Bujagali hydropower plant delayed by two months

[img:Bujagali%20l_0.jpg|Generation unit at
the Bujagali hydropower
plant in Uganda
]Kampala, Uganda --- ESI-AFRICA.COM --- 13 December 2011 - There has been another delay with the troubled Bujagli hydropower project ‒ which is seen as crucial in solving the acute power shortage in Uganda ‒ and it will not be launching operations tomorrow, as planned.

It was revealed here that technical hitches in the completed unit of the project now required engineers to disassemble the unit and fix it afresh to avoid possible permanent damage.

Global energy demand to rise 30% by 2040

[img:Demand%20li_0.jpg|This is the Exxon-Mobil
Baytown area ‒ the largest
petroleum and petrochemical
complex in the United States
]Baytown, United States --- ESI-AFRICA.COM --- 13 December 2011 - Global energy demand is predicted to be 30% higher by 2040 due to growing population and a rising Gross Domestic Product (GDP), but consumption of coal will peak and decline over this same period.

ABB win R72 million power systems order in Mozambique

[img:ABB_0.gif| ]Zurich, Switzerland --- ESI-AFRICA.COM --- 13 December 2011 - Leading power and automation technology group ABB has won an order from JSPL Mozambique Minerais LDA ‒ a subsidiary of Jindal Steel and Power Limited ‒ for a 220/33 kV turnkey substation to electrify the open cast coil mine project  at its mining concession near the Chirodzi village in the Tete Province of Mozambique.

Governor seeks power solutions for Luanda

[img:Angola%20li_0.jpg|Luanda at night ‒
power problems
]Luanda, Angola --- ESI-AFRICA.COM --- 12 December 2011 - The governor of Luanda, Bento Joaquim Sebastião Francisco Bento admits that the capital city of Angola faces difficult moments as regards power supply, but he says this will be overcome as soon as possible.

Bento Bento, who is also the first provincial secretary of the ruling MPLA, expressed this recognition of the situation at a rally organised to salute the party's 55th foundation anniversary ‒ an act that was preceded by a march of support to President José Eduardo dos Santos.

More than 20 Nigerian power companies issued with licences

[img:Licences%20to_0.jpg|An existing power
plant in Nigeria
‒ more on the way
]Abuja, Nigeria --- ESI-AFRICA.COM --- 07 December 2011 - Twenty new power generation companies, a distribution firm and the Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trading Company Plc (NBETC) have been formally issued with operational licences by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Company (NERC).

NBETC, otherwise known as the 'Bulk Trader', got its official trading licence to commence business as an entity in the power sector as well as be the manager of the Federal Government/World Bank's Partial Risk Guarantee (PRG) scheme.

Greenpeace votes Dames into its ‘dirty dozen’

[img:Dames%20sm_0.jpg|Kusile ‒ one of two
Eskom coal-fired power
stations currently under
]Durban, South Africa --- ESI-AFRICA.COM --- 07 December 2011 - Eskom CEO Brian Dames has the dubious honour of being on Greenpeace International’s list of leaders of the 12 global entities actively working against progress in the United Nations climate change talks.

New hydroelectric power plant for Mozambique

[img:Manica%20l_0.jpg|The Nhancangare
river, where a third
hydroelectric dam
is being built for
Mozambique’s Manica
]Chimoio, Mozambique --- ESI-AFRICA.COM --- 07 December 2011 - Mozambique’s Manica province, in the central region of the country, is to have a new hydroelectric power plant in 2014 with sufficient capacity to also provide power to the neighbouring province of Sofala.

Cahora Bassa North Plant complete in 2013

[img:Cahora_0.jpg|Cahora Bassa ‒
new North Plant
operational in 2013
]Maputo, Mozambique --- ESI-AFRICA.COM --- 06 December 2011 - The North Plant ‒ a project included in the second phase of construction of the Cahora Bassa Hydroelectric Dam (HCB) ‒ will be finished by 2013, says HCB executive Gildo Sibumbe.

Cited by Mozambican daily newspaper Notícias, Sibumbe said that the idea behind the project was to export electricity generated at the new unit to West African markets.

Koeberg back on stream

[img:Koeberg%20db_0.jpg|Eskom’s Koeberg
nuclear power station
‒ unit 2 back in action
]Johannesburg, South Africa ---ESI-AFRICA.COM --- 05 December 2011 - South African national power utility Eskom Holdings says it has returned Unit 2 of its Koeberg nuclear power station to service after more than a month of repairs.

The unit was shut down late in October for repairs to the generator on the non-nuclear part of the station.

SA plans to spend R400billion on nuclear power

[img:Elizabeth_0.jpeg|South African
energy minister
Dipuo Peters
]Durban, South Africa --- ESI-AFRICA.COM --- 02 December 2011 - The South African government plans to spend an estimated R400 billion on building up its nuclear electricity-generating capacity, says energy minister Dipuo Peters.

Citing Sapa, Miningmx reports that, briefing the media here at the UN climate change conference, she said that whatever the total figure, the spending had to benefit the country. “Our cost estimate is R400 billion... but we believe whatever is spent must benefit South Africans.”

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