The Azito power plant, owned by Azito Energie, consists of two GT13E2 gas turbines operating in single cycle mode and is located close to the country's capital Abidjan. The plant provides 288 MW to the grid and accounts for approximately 35 % of the total electricity production in the Ivory Coast.
[img:Hwange.thumbnail.jpg| ]4 January 2013 - Uganda Electricity Transmission Company Ltd (UETCL) plans to increase its uptake of thermal electricity, although this will be three times more expensive than electricity generated from hydroelectric sources. Deputy CEO of UETCL, William Kiryahika, told the Daily Monitor of Uganda that the surplus electricity being generated by the Bujagali dam would soon be exhausted and the country would have no choice but to resort to thermal power.
The UETCL’s uptake of thermal energy will increase from 268.8 gigawatt-hours (GWh) to 350.5 GWh effective early 2013. Over the same period, UETCL, Uganda’s sole buyer of bulk electricity, will reduce its uptake from large hydropower plants, with the exception of the Bujagali from 2,287.1GWh (2012) to 2,689.3GWh (2014).
“The provision is in case we outstrip hydro; we must be able to respond to demand even as we continue to develop hydropower stations,” Irene Muloni, the minister of energy, says.
Dickens Kamugisha, the CEO of Africa Institute for Energy Governance, however, says the company’s move could have been dictated by the inefficiency of some large hydropower plants.
"The fuel ran dry, leading to the reduction of some 3,000 MW of electricity capacity for the first time ever," Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company (EETC) said, as reported by Al-Ahram daily newspaper.
of Information]2 January 2013 - Nigerian minister of information Labaran Maku says that the country’s government has finalised plans to borrow US$1.15 billion to fund its power reform programme in 2013. This funding will be sourced from the African Development Bank (AfDB). About US$1 billion will be used to finance gas supply, while another US$150 million will be used to finance the liberalisation of the power sector.
[img:Bisasar.thumbnail.JPG| ]20 December 2012 - A South African waste to energy project, whose development was heavily supported by environmental firm SLR Consulting, has been identified as one of the world’s most exciting infrastructure projects by KPMG.
The project includes the recovery of energy from two landfill sites, Bisasar Road and Mariannhill. The Bisasar Road site in Durban takes up to 3,500 tonnes of municipal solid waste every day, making it Africa’s busiest landfill site. It currently generates and exports 6.5 MW into the local grid, sufficient to supply up to 40,000 homes.
[img:GlobalD.thumbnail.jpg| ]20 December 2012 - Insufficient power supply and infrastructure are damaging the growth of many African economies, but driving the revenues of diesel and gas generator (genset) manufacturers, says business intelligence company GlobalData. The inability of countries across the African continent to meet the power demands of their expanding industries is resulting in the large scale employment of electricity gensets, with Nigeria at the forefront of the market.
[img:Wartsila%20Moz.thumbnail.jpg| ]18 December 2012 - Wärtsilä has signed a contract to engineer, supply and install a major gas fuelled power plant to Mozambique. This will be the biggest gas power plant ever installed in Mozambique and second largest power plant running exclusively on gas engines to be installed on the African continent. In addition to the power plant itself, the turnkey contract includes the construction of a sub-station and a gas pipeline.
[img:nuclear_power.thumbnail.jpg| ]14 December 2012 - Japan’s Fukishima Diiachi disaster in 2011 focused more negative public sentiment towards nuclear power than any other single event of the last 20 years, but despite protests and political opposition in countries all over the world, nuclear power will only become more prevalent in the future, says energy expert GlobalData. According to the intelligence firm’s findings, the emerging nuclear countries are expected to add more than 95,000 MW in global nuclear installed capacity by 2030.
Nations across the Middle East, Africa and the Asia-Pacific regions will be substantially bolstering the size of their nuclear power production. These countries have traditionally been dependent on fossil fuels to maintain energy security, but with depleting reserves billed at higher prices and the impracticality of introducing large-scale renewable energy plants, many growing countries are increasing their reliance on nuclear power.
The Middle East and North Africa is the top emerging nuclear region in the world with 42,000 MW of planned and proposed nuclear power capacity to come online by 2030. Of these countries, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) will increase nuclear power capacity the most with 20,000 MW by 2030, provided by the implementation of 14 new reactors.