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.

Kenya going into solar

[img:Kengen_0.JPG| ]30 November 2012 - Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen), Kenya’s largest power producer, plans to begin building its first solar-power plants in 2013, producing as much as 150 MW at a cost of about US$300 million. The plan is to start with about 10 MW of photovoltaic solar capacity connected to the grid and about 20 MW of concentrated solar power.

Egypt’s first privately owned power plant begins operations

[img:Egyptf_0.jpg| ]30 November 2012 - The Daily News of Egypt that TAQA power, a branch of the Citadel Capital owned TAQA Arabia (formerly Global Energy), has announced the start of the commercial operations of its independent power plant (IPP).

The Alexandriabased power plant is the first in the Egyptian private sector to provide electricity; the energy market has historically state controlled.The company was awarded a Build Own Operate (BOO) contract to provide the energy needs of Egyptian polystyrene company, E-Styrenics, a subsidiary of the Egyptian Petrochemical Holding company, in July 2011. It is the first to acquire a license to generate and produce electricity from the Egyptian Electric Utility Regulatory Agency, and the Consumer Protection Agency.

Kariba tender goes to SinoHydro

[img:Zesco%20-da_0.jpg| ]30 November 2012 - SinoHydro has been awarded with the tender for the Kariba South expansion project in Zimbabwe. The project is expected to add 300MW to the national electricity grid. Zimbabwe Power Company(ZPC) says, “The tender for the project was awarded to SinoHydro by the State Procurement Board (SPB), and they have tendered their bid for US$368 million. We are now in the phase of contract negotiations and we hope these will be completed by the end of this year, with the intention of resuming the project in early 2013.”

Eskom committed to facilitating IPP entry

[img:Vending%20ge_0.jpg| ]26 November 2012 - Eskom says it remains committed to facilitating the entry of independent power producers (IPPs) and welcomes their entry into the South African electricity market. Eskom is supporting the government's renewable energy independent power producer programme, which aims to bring 3,725 MW of renewable IPPs onto the national grid. On 5 November 2012, Eskom signed 28 power purchase agreements for the first round totalling 1,441.7 MW of renewable energy capacity with an average price between ZA114 c/MWh and 275 c/MWh (dependent on technology). The 20 year agreements will introduce renewable energy on to the national grid on a significant scale, and are the first long-term power purchase agreements to be signed with IPPs since the mid-1970s.

Natural gas infrastructure being established for power in Tanzania

[img:Gas.thumbnail.jpg| ]23 November 2012 - Tanzania is laying a 500km gas pipeline and constructing infrastructure to generate electricity from gas in a US$1.225 billion project to help the country meet all its power needs. The construction of the Mnazi Bay and SongoSongo natural gas processing plant has been launched along with work to build a transportation pipeline.

The project is being undertaken by the China National Petroleum Corporation, is being financed through a loan from China’s Exim Bank, and is expected to generate 990 MW when completed in 2014. The electricity will be generated using four generators two with a capacity to generate 300MW each, and two to generate 150MW and 240MW respectively.

Power outages batter Ghana

[img:outage_0.jpg| ]23 November 2012 - The Association of Ghana Industries (AGI) has identified poor power supply as the topmost constraint to growth of businesses in Ghana. This is as on-going load shedding negatively impacts upon Electricity Company of Ghana’s (ECG’s) network infrastructure.

Robert Dwamena, director of procurement at ECG, told the Daily Guide of Ghana that the frequent power outages had weakened most of ECG’s network equipment such as transformers and switchgear.“Our equipment is not designed to be switched on and off like we do currently and this is sometimes responsible for unplanned outages due to unit trips from the generation and transmission sites.”

Plans for coal-fired power in DRC

[img:Private%20-%20Pic%201_0.jpg| ]21 November 2012 - The Democratic Republic of the Congo’s (DRC’s) stated owned mining company Gecamins is doing a feasibility study for the US$648 million coal fired power plant, which will use coal from Luena in Katanga province. That power station would have a 500 MW capacity and the company says it could be operational within 36 months.

Spain fails to sign up for Moroccan Desertec project

[img:solar_0.JPG| ]20 November 2012 - Plans for the first Desertec cooperation project between European Union (EU) member states and Morocco have stalled after Spain failed to attend the official signing of the agreement. Representatives from Morocco, France, Italy, Malta and Luxemburg travelled to Berlin in November 2012 to sign a memorandum of understanding with Germany to begin work on a large-scale solar and wind power project in Morocco.

Service agreement extension for Nigerian cement company power plant

[img:Sign.thumbnail.jpg| ]20 November 2012 - Wärtsilä has signed a three year operations and maintenance (O&M) agreement covering the United Cement Company of Nigeria (UniCem) power plant. This is an extension to the current three year O&M contract that expires in 2012.

The power plant provides electricity to United Cement company's Mfamosing cement manufacturing plant, located north east of Calabar in Nigeria's Cross River state. It has an annual cement production of 2.5 million tonnes. The 47 MW UniCem power plant is capable of operating on either natural gas or heavy fuel oil and is powered by three Wärtsilä 50DF dual-fuel engines.

ABB sells SA condition monitoring division

[img:Hands.thumbnail.jpeg| ]13 November 2012 - South Africa-based oil analysis specialist, WearCheck, has acquired the Condition Monitoring division of ABB. The acquisition complements WearCheck’s strategy to offer a complete industrial condition monitoring solution – which also includes the analysis of heat transfer, turbine and transformer oils.

The former ABB division was responsible for most of the condition monitoring carried out by ABB in the fields of vibration analysis, infrared, laser alignment, shaft balancing and oil analysis, which WearCheck had been doing on behalf of ABB for a number of years. This business unit has been incorporated into WearCheck’s recently-formed Reliability Solutions division.

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