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.

Greenpeace votes Dames into its ‘dirty dozen’

[img:Dames%20sm_0.jpg|Kusile ‒ one of two
Eskom coal-fired power
stations currently under
construction
]Durban, South Africa --- ESI-AFRICA.COM --- 07 December 2011 - Eskom CEO Brian Dames has the dubious honour of being on Greenpeace International’s list of leaders of the 12 global entities actively working against progress in the United Nations climate change talks.

New hydroelectric power plant for Mozambique

[img:Manica%20l_0.jpg|The Nhancangare
river, where a third
hydroelectric dam
is being built for
Mozambique’s Manica
province
]Chimoio, Mozambique --- ESI-AFRICA.COM --- 07 December 2011 - Mozambique’s Manica province, in the central region of the country, is to have a new hydroelectric power plant in 2014 with sufficient capacity to also provide power to the neighbouring province of Sofala.

Cahora Bassa North Plant complete in 2013

[img:Cahora_0.jpg|Cahora Bassa ‒
new North Plant
operational in 2013
]Maputo, Mozambique --- ESI-AFRICA.COM --- 06 December 2011 - The North Plant ‒ a project included in the second phase of construction of the Cahora Bassa Hydroelectric Dam (HCB) ‒ will be finished by 2013, says HCB executive Gildo Sibumbe.

Cited by Mozambican daily newspaper Notícias, Sibumbe said that the idea behind the project was to export electricity generated at the new unit to West African markets.

Koeberg back on stream

[img:Koeberg%20db_0.jpg|Eskom’s Koeberg
nuclear power station
‒ unit 2 back in action
]Johannesburg, South Africa ---ESI-AFRICA.COM --- 05 December 2011 - South African national power utility Eskom Holdings says it has returned Unit 2 of its Koeberg nuclear power station to service after more than a month of repairs.

The unit was shut down late in October for repairs to the generator on the non-nuclear part of the station.

SA plans to spend R400billion on nuclear power

[img:Elizabeth_0.jpeg|South African
energy minister
Dipuo Peters
]Durban, South Africa --- ESI-AFRICA.COM --- 02 December 2011 - The South African government plans to spend an estimated R400 billion on building up its nuclear electricity-generating capacity, says energy minister Dipuo Peters.

Citing Sapa, Miningmx reports that, briefing the media here at the UN climate change conference, she said that whatever the total figure, the spending had to benefit the country. “Our cost estimate is R400 billion... but we believe whatever is spent must benefit South Africans.”

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.

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