US group to build photovoltaic power plant in Namibia

[img:Solarp_0.jpg|This 500MW solar project
in the U.S. is the same
size as the one to be
built in Namibia
]Dallas, United States --- ESI-AFRICA.COM --- 27 October 2011 - An American-based investment group has secured a power purchase agreement with the government of Namibia for the construction of a 500-megawatt (MW) photovoltaic power plant near the capital city of Windhoek.

Hydro plant may be built on Lurio river in Mozambique

[img:Lurio%20-%20Pic%201_0.jpg|Increasing industrial
activity triggers need
for new hydro-electric
plant
]Maputo, Mozambique --- ESI-AFRICA.COM --- 26 October 2011 - Latest data indicates that a new hydroelectric facility may be constructed on the Lurio river to provide adequate power for the rapidly increasing number of industrial projects being planned for the Nacala area of the Nampula province of Mozambique.

Further Medupi delay could have negative impact on SA projects

[img:Eskom%20dr_0.jpg|Artist’s impression
of the boilers being
built for the new power
stations
]Johannesburg, South Africa --- ESI-AFRICA.COM --- 26 October 2011 - The warning that there could be a further delay to the start up of the first generating set at Eskom’s 4,800MW Medupi power station underlines the knife-edge situation still facing South Africa’s future power supply, reports Miningmx.

Kenya accelerates geothermal energy plans

[img:Uganda%20-%20s_0.jpg|A Kenyan geothermal
power plant ‒ the way
forward
]Nairobi, Kenya --- ESI-AFRICA.COM --- 25 October 2011 - The government of Kenya has stepped up plans to produce over 1,300 megawatts (MW) of geothermal power in the next seven years in an effort to reduce its over-reliance on hydro and thermal sources of energy.

Through its main power generator Kengen, the government has drawn up an ambitious plan that targets production of more than half of its total power from geothermal sources by 2018. In the process, the new programme will phase out its longtime dependence on thermal power and the more unreliable hydro and wind power.

Nigeria aims to double power generation by 2015

[img:Barth_0.jpg|Nigerian power
minister Barth Nnaji
]Enugu, Nigeria --- ESI-AFRICA.COM --- 25 October 2011 - Nigerian minister of power Barth Nnaji says there has been a significant increase in power generation and supply in the country, and predicts that Nigerians can expect much more in the near future.

Making this prediction to newsmen here, Nnaji pointed out that at present power generated in Nigeria was 4,000 megawatts (MW), and disclosed that what the country needed was between 20,000 and 40,000MW of electricity to serve the teeming population of over 150 million people.

Chinese seek stake in Portuguese power firm

[img:EDP%20-%20Pic%201_3.jpg|The Sines plant
‒ one of EDP’s recently
upgraded thermal
facilities
]Lisbon, Portugal ---- ESI-AFRICA.COM --- 25 October 2011 - The Portuguese government has received six proposals ‒ one of them from China’s Three Gorges Corporation ‒ to acquire the state’s 21% stake in power company Energias de Portugal (EDP).

Rwanda involving private sector in energy generation

[img:Leases%20-%20Pic%201_0.jpg|The Rukarara small hydro
power project in Rwanda
‒ to be leased to local
firm by government
]Kigali, Rwanda --- ESI-AFRICA.COM --- 24 October 2011 - The government of Rwanda has approved the lease of the Rukarara small hydro power project to a local firm Digi-tech Solutions as part of the government's plan to involve the private sector in energy generation.

Angola does not export power to Namibia

[img:Angola_t_0.jpg|Angolan power ‒
three new thermal
plants on the way
]Luanda, Angola --- ESI-AFRICA.COM --- 25 October 2011 - Angolan secretary of state for energy João Baptista Borges states categorically that the country does not export power to the neighbouring Republic of Namibia.

Speaking on the “Public Space” programme on the Angolan Public Television (TPA) here, Borges explained that the true situation was one of common exploration of Cunene River by both countries.

New link to Egyptian power grid

[img:Egyptg_0.jpg|The Egyptian
electricity minister
Hassan Younis
]Cairo, Egypt --- ESI-AFRICA.COM --- 24 October 2011 - The Egyptian electricity minister Hassan Younis has announced that the country’s East Oweinat area is to be linked to the national power grid tomorrow.

Younis revealed in press statements released here that most of the 41 operations of the Oweinat power linkage plant had been finalised at a cost of USD180 million to feed East Oweinat with power supply needed for reclamation of 160,000 state-owned feddans.

Nigeria may opt out of U.S. loan

[img:Loan%20sm_0.jpg|Nigerian speaker
Aminu Waziri
Tambuwal
]Abuja, Nigeria --- ESI-AFRICA.COM --- 24 October 2011 - The House of Representatives in Nigeria has moved to stop the country’s Federal Government from accessing a US$1.5 billion facility to enable the independent power producers (IPP’s) to purchase equipment and services from the United States.

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