Malawi plans multi-purpose water infrastructure investment strategy

[img:Malawi%20bu_0.jpg|W.S. Atkins
International Limited
]Lilongwe, Malawi --- ESI-AFRICA.COM --- 16 November 2011 - The government of Malawi has appointed British company W.S. Atkins International Limited to help it develop a framework and strategy to advance a multi-purpose water infrastructure investment strategy in the country.

HydroWorld.com quotes the Ministry of Irrigation and Water Development as saying that it is looking at multi-purpose dam construction on the Songwe, North Rukuru, Kasitu, Bua, Shire, and Ruo rivers. This includes agricultural applications as well as the possibility of hydropower projects.

Armed troops take over Nigerian power stations

[img:Soldiers%20-%20Pic%201_0.jpg|One of Nigeria’s
packed churches ‒
they now have army
protection against
terrorists
]Lagos, Nigeria --- ESI-AFRICA.COM --- 15 November 2011 - Armed soldiers have taken over most of Nigeria’s power stations, including the Egbin power station, as workers at the Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) threatened to withdraw their services.

World Bank and IFC approve US$82 million power loan for Cameroon

[img:Loan%20fa_0.jpg|Artist’s impression
of the 216MW Kribi
power project to be
built in Cameroon
]Washington DC, United States --- ESI-AFRICA.COM --- 14 November 2011 - The boards of directors of the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) have approved an US$86 million loan, as well as an US$82 million partial risk guarantee to support the Kribi power project that is expected to supply reliable electricity to over 160,000 households in Cameroon.

Eskom says its power system is and will remain tight

[img:Koeberg%20-%20w_0.jpg|Koeberg nuclear plant
‒ out of service for
a few weeks for repairs
]Johannesburg, South Africa --- ESI-AFRICA.COM --- 11 November 2011 - South African national power utility Eskom Holdings admits that its power system is tight, and says it will continue to be so for at least the next two years.

Reporting this situation, I-Net Bridge quotes Eskom as saying: “For this week, and the weeks that follow, it will be a challenge to balance supply and demand due to a number of factors. We have entered our maintenance season,” it adds.

New power project will serve three countries

[img:Project%20wa_0.jpg|The Rusumo waterfall
on the Kagera river
‒ where the new
Rusumo Waterfall
power project is to
be built
]Mwanza, Tanzania --- ESI-AFRICA.COM --- 11 November 2011 - The governments of Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi are expected to combine to arrange compensation for 125 households from 32 villages in Ngara District, in the Kagera Region of north-western Tanzania, in order to pave way for an electricity project.

New geothermal project will increase Kenyan power output by 30%

[img:Ormat%20-%20Pic%201_0.jpg|Existing geothermal
power plant at Olkaria ‒
two new ones by 2014
]Nairobi, Kenya --- ESI-AFRICA.COM --- 10 November 2011 - The government of Kenya will spend more than US$1.4 billion over two years to construct a 280 megawatt (MW) geothermal power complex in Olkaria, in what has been billed as the largest single, one-off geothermal project in the world.

Kenyan parliament guarantees US$1.3 billion power loan

[img:Guarantee%20b_0.jpg|One of Kenyan power
operator Kengen’s existing
geothermal power plants ‒
another one is on the way
]Nairobi, Kenya --- ESI-AFRICA.COM --- 10 November 2011 - Parliament in Kenya has approved a Treasury guarantee for an international loan for the country’s public power generator KenGen, paving the way for a geothermal project that could add 280 megawatts (MW) ‒ a fifth of existing supply ‒ to the national grid.

Japanese and Koreans to build geothermal plants in Kenya

[img:Toyotaf_0.jpg|One of Kenya’s
existing geothermal
power installations ‒
the Olkario station
]Nairobi, Kenya --- ESI-AFRICA.COM --- 09 November 2011 - Japanese trading firm Toyota Tsusho Corpporation and Hyundai Engineering Company of South Korea have won the bid to build new geothermal plants worth US$413 million in Kenya, in the process cementing their involvement in the country’s geothermal power generation.

Activists arrested at Eskom plant

[img:Eskom%20or_0.jpg| ]Johannesburg, South Africa --- ESI-AFRICA.COM --- 08 November 2011 - Three Greenpeace activists were arrested at the Kusile power station’s construction site in Mpumalanga for scaling a crane, reports news24.

Six activists gained entry to the site at about 10h00 on Monday and climbed a crane, said Eskom spokesperson Hilary Joffe. “We are most concerned about the safety of all on site, and cannot condone illegal entry nor the climbing of a crane,”

Brazil’s key role in solving Tanzanian power shortage

[img:Stieglers%20-%20Pic%201_0.jpg|Artist’s impression
of the Stiegler's Gorge
power project in
Tanzania’s Rufiji river
basin
]Dar es Salaam, Tanzania --- ESI-AFRICA.COM --- 08 November 2011 - Brazilian diversified business giant Odebrecht Company Limited ‒ with top global businesses and operations across a wide variety of industries ‒ has shown interest in undertaking the huge Stiegler's Gorge power project in Tanzania’s Rufiji river basin.

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