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Ndola Energy company’s 50 MW NECL power plant located in Ndola is scheduled to commence commercial operations at the end of July 2013, with its output to be sold to the Zambia Electricity Supply Company (Zesco). The plant will be powered by six Wärtsilä 32 engines running on heavy fuel oil (HFO), a by-product supplied from the Indeni refinery, which is immediately adjacent to the plant.
Kenya Electricity Transmission Company (Ketraco) has awarded a contract for the construction of an electricity transmission project that includes construction of a 132 km long power line and extension of an existing substation in Kenya to Spanish company Abengoa.
First Quantum Minerals has awarded a fiercely contested contract for customised power transformers as part of the construction of Canadian company’s new Sentinel copper mine and smelter project in Zambia’s North Western province.
Ian Hall, chairman of the SA coal roadmap steering committee
By Antonio Ruffini, Editor, ESI Africa magazine
The South African coal roadmap project, a fact-based policy-neutral analysis of the country’s coal sector, is largely complete.
A broad base of stakeholders including business and government participated in the development of the South African coal roadmap, a project begun in early 2010. Its work includes the development of four possible scenarios and the identification of key actions that have to be taken to maximise the value of South Africa’s coal endowment for the benefit of the whole country, and critically, its coal dependent energy sector. more
South Africa’s electricity sector is in trouble, and has been for some time. There are days when the
supply available to meet peak demand is less than the capacity of a single large generation unit
available to Eskom, which means margins for error let alone reserve margins are non-existent.