Technology group Andritz has been commissioned by Mainstream Energy Solutions to modernise a generation unit at Jebba hydroelectric power plant on the Niger River.
“Based on the above Eskom scenarios,” says Ted Blom, “the likelihood of level 6 loadshedding appears >50%, and in worst case scenarios, even level 8 loadshedding appears very likely to be achieved intermittently."
COVID-19 is further highlighting the relationship between reliable, adequately functioning power systems and resilience, and is likely to reveal new issues to consider in future energy system planning, operation and maintenance in developing countries.
Business and markets
Cummins has appointed 11 new dealers as in-country representatives in North and West Africa. The firm conducted training virtually due to COVID-19 lockdowns.
Eskom has announced that it will implement Stage 2 loadshedding between 22:00 and 05:00 tonight and on Thursday night.
Finance and Policy
December 2020 has seen the South African government place a stronger emphasis on health and safety.
The Nordic Development Fund (NDF) has approved a $8.8million in grant funding to the African Water Facility for projects in the Sahel and Horn of Africa.
Recently Rand Water piloted the use of drones across several projects and with water security in mind, passed the test with flying colours.
Equitable access to water and sanitation for all South Africans comes with a multi-billion rand price tag. But for willing investors, and businesses in the urban water space, the opportunities are substantial.