Generation

Power generation is the process of producing electric power from sources of primary energy. Energy resources can be classified in three categories namely renewable, fossil, and nuclear. Within the generation categories renewable comprise of wind, solar, geothermal, biomass, and hydropower. Fossil fuels include coal, petroleum, natural gas For utilities in the electric power industry, generation is the stage prior to the delivery of power to end users (transmission, distribution, etc.) or its storage (using, for example, the pumped-storage method). Electricity generation is carried out in power stations also called power plants.

Lack of rain hinders Angolan hydropower

[img:Capanda_1a_0.jpeg|The Capanda dam
in better days
]Malanje City, Angola --- ESI-AFRICA.COM --- 02 December 2011 -  The head of maintenance of the Capanda Dam in Angola, Moisés Jaime, says that scarcity of rain in the region has been hindering the normal functioning of the hydroelectric project's reservoir.

Speaking to the press, Jaime disclosed that in normal conditions by this time of the year, the water should be at an approximate level of 940m, which corresponded to 400cu m per second. He explained, however, that due to lack of rain the waters had only reached 929.91m, which had caused a reduction in the production of electric power by the Capanda Dam.

Appeal to support Stiegler’s Gorge Power Project

[img:Stieglers%20dd_0.jpg|This is the stretch
of the Rufiji river that
has been earmarked
as a probable site for
the Stiegler’s Gorge
hydroelectric project
in Tanzania
]Dar es Salaam, Tanzania --- ESI-AFRICA.COM --- 01 December 2011 - Development stakeholders in Tanzania have been urged to cooperate and work diligently to ensure that the envisaged Stiegler's Gorge hydroelectric project becomes a reality which will boost the country's power sector.

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.

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