Another 600MW for the Nigerian national grid

[img:Shiroro%20-%20Pic%201_0.jpg|The Shiroro
hydroelectric power
station
]Abuja, Nigeria --- ESI-AFRICA.COM --- 01 December 2011 - An additional 600 megawatts (MW) of electricity is scheduled to be added to the Nigerian national grid this month from the Shiroro hydroelectric power station, according to the Ministry of Power.

A statement issued by the ministry said the expected addition would add to the existing 4,300MW bringing it very close to the 5,000MW target promised by the Federal Government before year end.

US power company adds 60MW to Tanzanian grid

[img:Symbion%20-%20Pic%201_0.jpg|Example of 120MW
power plant already
built by Symbion in
Tanzania
]Dar es Salaam, Tanzania --- ESI-AFRICA.COM --- 29 November 2011 - United States-based energy firm Symbion Power has added 60MW into the national grid of Tanzania in terms of its emergency power plan.

Quoting “The Citizen” newspaper, allAfrica.com reports that the power has been connected to the grid from the company's plant in Dodoma in a move that could most likely relieve millions of Tanzanians from the prolonged power rationing that has been the norm for more than a year now.

Stieglers Gorge power project in top gear

[img:Stieglers%20-%20Pic%201_0.jpg|Sketch of the planned
Stieglers Gorge hydro
-power project in
Tanzania
]Rufiji, Tanzania --- ESI-AFRICA.COM --- 29 November 2011 - Preparations for the implementation of the long-awaited Stieglers Gorge power project in Tanzania are currently in top gear, with the sense of optimism that has followed a second visit by a team of experts from Odebrecht Company Limited, the Brazilian firm that has shown interest in developing the project.

REN to take a stake in Cahora Bassa

[img:Cahora_0.jpg|Cahora Bassa hydro
-electric project ‒ now
the Portuguese will
have a stake
]Lisbon, Portugal --- ESI-AFRICA.COM --- 28 November 2011 - Portuguese power grid company Redes Energéticas Nacionais (REN) is due officially to take a stake in Mozambique’s Cahora Bassa hydroelectric dam project this week.

Reporting this development here, Portuguese news agency Lusa said it would be confirmed during the Luso-Mozambican summit which began here today.

Eskom reveals 600MW power shortage

[img:Duvha%20eq_0.jpg|Eskom's Duvha
power station unit 4,
after the incident
]Pretoria, South Africa --- ESI-AFRICA.COM --- 28 November 2011 - Workers who deviated from the rules earlier this year knocked unit four at Eskom’s Duvha power station ‒ which meant 600MW of critical generation capacity ‒ out of the generation system.

South Africa’s national power utility has disclosed the findings of a comprehensive investigation into an event that on February 9 resulted in massive damage to the steam turbine, electricity generator and components supporting the unit at Duvha. Sake24 reports that the loss of 600MW could topple the balance of South Africa's extremely fragile electricity supply, again causing power cuts to ravage the country, particularly over the coming three months.

Zimbabwe will pay US$70 million towards Kariba South

[img:Zesco%20w_0.jpg|Kariba dam ‒ Zambia
and Zimbabwe reach
agreement on Kariba
South
]Harare, Zimbabwe --- ESI-AFRICA.COM --- 25 November 2011 - The government of Zimbabwe has agreed to pay Zambia US$70 million as its contribution towards the construction of the Kariba South power station on the Zambezi River, which divides the two countries.

Daily newspaper “The Herald” reports that payment is expected to end a standoff that has stalled co-operation between Zambia and Zimbabwe on the so-called Batoka power project.

The Angolan power network continues to grow

[img:Emanuela_0.gif|Angolan minister
of energy and water
Emanuela Vieira Lopes
]Luanda, Angola --- ESI-AFRICA.COM --- 25 November 2011 - Angolan minister of energy and water Emanuela Vieira Lopes, says that as from next year the energy sector will increase the supply of electricity to 11 additional areas of the country, through the operation of new stations that will generate another 424.5 Megawatts (MW).

US prepared to assist Nigeria in developing energy sector

[img:Agreements%20S_0.jpg| ]Abuja, Nigeria --- ESI-AFRICA.COM --- 24 November 2011 - The United States has expressed its willingness to partner with Nigeria in the development of its energy sector in line with world best practices.

Cynthia Akuetteh ‒ director for Europe, the Middle East and Africa in the State Department Bureau of Energy Resources ‒ praised the Federal Government's power sector reform agenda, and said the U.S. was ready to help in the efficient implementation of the programme.

Zambia wants Chinese to speed up Kariba power project

[img:Zesco%20w_0.jpg|Kariba ‒ North Bank
extension to be
accelerated
]Lusaka, Zambia --- ESI-AFRICA.COM --- 23 November 2011 - The government of Zambia has called on the Zambia Electricity Supply Corporation (Zesco) to ensure that Sino-Hydro Power Company ‒ the Chinese company contracted to upgrade the Kariba North Bank extension power project ‒ speeds up its work to boost electricity supply in the country.

New Uganda mini-hydro dam switches on today

[img:Ishasha_0.jpg|Water falling from
the Ishasha Mini-Hydro
Power plant in Kanungu
]Kampala, Uganda --- ESI-AFRICA.COM --- 22 November 2011 - The Ishasha Mini Hydro Power Plant in Kanungu District of Uganda will be switched on to the national grid today as the country grapples with power outages.

The 6.5 megawatts (MW) mini-hydropower dam, construction of which began in June 2008, is expected to be commissioned by President Museveni amid expectations that the increased load-shedding will be reduced in the south-western region of the country.

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