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.

Egypt to initiate 5,500 MW of private power opportunities

[img:Egyptf_0.jpg| ]22 March 2013 - Egypt’s ministry of electricity hopes to attract private sector investors to undertake three power generation projects totalling 5,500 MW. This initiative is to be floated in April 2013.

The projects will be offered under the build own and transfer (BOT) system. They will require an investment of some US$7.4 billion and are an attempt to end the problem of power shortages in the country. The three projects will be a 2,250 MW facility to be established in Dairut, a 1,300 MW power station to be established at Qena and a 1,950 MW power station to be established at Beni Suef.

SA’s sugar industry could supply 1,000 MW

[img:sugar.thumbnail.jpg| ]20 March 2013 - South Africa’s Sugar Association is in talks with the country’s government about using bagasse, a by-product from sugarcane, to generate power and help stem a shortage of electricity in the country.

“It is being worked on with government and hopefully, in the next couple of months, something will come up,” Trix Trikam, the association’s executive director, said in an interview with Bloomberg.

Strikes threaten electricity supply in South Africa

[img:Strike%20ani_0.jpg| ]18 March 2013 - Strikes by employees at coal producer Exxaro Resources, which supplies numerous Eskom power stations, was on-going in mid-March 2013 as workers demanded performance bonuses. These bonuses were not paid because the mines had not achieved the pre-requisite performance goals.

Mines affected by the strike include the Arnot and Matla collieries in Mpumalanga as well as the Grootegeluk mine in Limpopo and the Inyanda and Leeuwpan mines in Mpumalanga.

Mozambique to supply Namibia with 122 MW

[img:Sign.thumbnail.jpg| ]18 March 2013 - Aggreko signed tri-party power purchase agreements (TPPA) with Electricidade de Moçambique (EDM), the Mozambique power utility, and NamPower, the Namibian power utility, to provide 122 MW of gas-fuelled power from the Aggreko interim power plant located at Gigawatt Park at Ressano Garcia, Mozambique.

The agreement follows the authorisation by EDM for the direct supply of power by Aggreko to NamPower and will see the installed capacity of 122 MW split between the two utilities with EDM utilising up to 32 MW and NamPower up to 90 MW, based on the specific needs of both utilities.

More than half of Namibia’s electricity requirements imported

[img:Lalaua%20-%20Pic%201_0.jpg| ]15 March 2013 - NamPower's managing director, Paulinus Shilamba, says that the thinly populated southern African country generates only 46% of its own electricity. The Zambia Electricity Supply Corporation (Zesco) supplies 10% of Namibia’s electricity requirements and another 23% comes from South Africa’s national electricity utility Eskom. A further 21% is imported from the Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (Zesa).

Zambia suffers load shedding

[img:PowerO.thumbnail.jpg| ]13 March 2013 - According to Zambia Reports Zesco says electricity consumers are now so used to load shedding they are mistaking electrical faults for load shedding.
Zesco public relations officer Yammy Zimba has advised the Zambian public to make a clear distinction between load shedding and faults. She says some consumers have not been reporting electrical faults but instead mistake such for load shedding.

Pre-feasibility on 600 MW coal station in Waterberg continues

[img:studyf.thumbnail.jpg| ]12 March 2013 - South African mining group Exxaro Resources reports that the pre-feasibility study for the development of a 600 MW coal-fired base load independent power producer power station in the country’s Waterberg region continues. Following a selection process Exxaro and an independent power producer developer concluded a project development agreement for the development of the 600 MW coal-fired base load independent power producer power station in the Waterberg, in November 2012.

Zimbabwe improves power generation output

[img:October%2021%202008%20pic%203_0.JPG| ]12 March 2013 - In late February 2013 Zimbabwe’s power generation averaged 1,300 MW, with the bulk of the power (750 MW) coming from the relatively stable Kariba hydroelectric facility and another 500 MW being produced by the coal fired Hwange power station. The remainder was produced by functional smaller thermal power stations.

Tanzania faces 18 months of power cuts

[img:Tanesco_0.jpg| ]12 March 2013 - Tanzania Electric Supply Company (Tanesco) says that the country will continue to experience random power cuts for the next 18 months. At that point it is hoped the proposed US$1.22 billion natural gas pipeline to run from Mtwara to Dar es Salaam will be completed.

Tanesco acting managing director Felchesmi Mramba says that the frequent power cuts were mainly due to high power generating costs in meeting the country’s electricity demand.  A mere 130 MW is being generated from Kidatu, Pangani and Kihansi hydroelectricity sources and prolonged drought could make the situation worse.

Djibouti to get 57 MW of temporary power

[img:Djib_0.jpg| ]11 March 2013 - Aggreko, in conjunction with its local partner TKE-DJPL, is to provide a 57 MW fast-track power solution to Djibouti to bring much needed additional power capacity into the country.

TKE-DJPL, in partnership with the Djibouti government, is working on improving energy supply across the country through a combination of thermal and renewable energy projects. To deal with the immediate needs of its customers, TKE-DJPL partnered with Aggreko to bring online a fast-track power solution while longer term projects are in development.

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