Power from gas

[img:rwanda.thumbnail.jpg| ]19 November 2008 - The methane gas reservoirs at Rwanda’s Lake Kivu are being utilised to generate 2MW of power reports from the Central African country say.

54% of the Rwandan electricity being generated by fossil fuels, and the remainder by hydropower.  Methane gas reserves however, could produce as much as 350MW over time in Rwanda and a similar amount in the DRC (which owns half the gas reserves).

Ugandan hydropower project gets US$49 million boost

[img:November%207%202008%20pic%201_0.JPG|The Mpanga river
in Uganda
]7 November 2008 - Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund, EAIF, an international private infrastructure financier founded by the governments of UK, Sweden, Netherlands and Switzerland, has offered a US$49 million loan to the developers of two mini-hydro projects in Uganda.

The projects, Mpanga and Bugoye hydropower dams being constructed in Kamwenge and Kasese districts respectively, are being developed by Tronder Power Limited, and South Asia Energy Management Systems, SAEMS, a US company that provides renewable energy solutions.

Once completed, both projects will inject a combined 31MW of hydro power into the grid, partially plugging the ever widening power deficit in the country and cutting back on the frequent outages.

Uganda currently produces about 280MW while peak power demand stands at about 350MW, growing at a rate of 30 per cent per year, according to the Electricity Regulatory Authority (ERA). Power from Bugoye will be fed into the main grid at the Nkenda Substation via a 6km long 33kV transmission line. This transmission line will be financed by a grant from the Norwegian government to Uganda.

Rwanda aims for 16% electrification by 2012

[img:albert_0.jpg|Albert Butare,
State Minister
for Energy
]4 November 2008 - An agreement between the Investment Climate Facility (ICF) and the Rwandan government will help the government reach its target of electricity to 16% of the population by 2012.

An initiative of the G8 countries, the ICF is a public private partnership that aims to help Africa create a more enabling business environment.  "The ICF's support will help us to lay the regulatory foundations that will secure greater private investment for Rwandan power generation," said Eng. Albert Butare, the State Minister for Energy in a statement.

Some progress on meeting the African energy challenge but a long...

by Alistair Wray, Dfid

The Infrastructure Consortium for Africa held its 4th Annual Meeting in Tokyo in March. While Africa’s infrastructure needs are daunting, ICA members heard how commitments to make new investments have increased dramatically over the past year. The ICA was established after the 2005 Gleneagles G8 summit to facilitate more and better coordinated investment in infrastructure in Africa to achieve the economic growth and poverty reduction necessary to meet the Millennium Development Goals.

Electrifying Rwanda with micro hydro

[img:rwanda.thumbnail.jpg| ]16 October 2008 - The Rwandan Ministry of Infrastructure, with the help of the Belgian Technical Cooperation (BTC), is actively seeking to improve the electrification rate of Rwanda – especially in rural areas

According to Erik Van Malderen, the co-manager of the Rural Energy Project (REP) run jointly by the Ministry of Infrastructure and the BTC, Rwanda is one of the least electrified countries in Africa if not the least, with only five % of the population having access.

African Union Commission and European Commission launch an ambitious Africa-EU Energy...

15 September 2008 - High-level discussions on the implementation of the Africa-EU energy partnership took place at the premises of the African Union Commission in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to establish the Africa-EU Energy Partnership as part of the EU-Africa Joint Strategy.
European Untion
 

Dr. Elham Mahmoud Ahmed Ibrahim, African Union commissioner for infrastructure and energy, Louis Michel, European Commissioner for development and humanitarian aid and Andris Piebalgs, European commissioner for energy signed a “Joint statement on the implementation of the first Action Plan of the Africa-EU Energy Partnership” and agreed on actions to be taken in order to speed up the implementation of the Partnership.

More talks on Inga project

22 July 2008 - Another round of talks on the construction and implementation of the Inga projects has kicked off in Kinshasa, DRC this week.
Inga II power station
Inga II

Ministers from the Great Lakes region and other African countries will meet with partners of the Grand Inga project and discuss issues facing the project, which is estimated to cost US$80 billion.

Harmonisation of power sector essential

27 June 2008 - Managers in Africa power sector have agreed to adopt common electricity standards and need to put a process into place to make this move a reality.

Power dis1Common standards will increase the speed at which interconnections between countries can be set up, as currently power systems vary from country to country in terms of voltage and frequency, procurement models and equipment standards.

Governments must loosen grip on utilities

26 June 2008 - Experts have warned that African governments must loosen their grip on power utility companies or face an acute shortage of energy.

ElectricityIt was reported that Africa could fall into a deep crisis within three years if existing power generation capacity is not expanded and if the continent's over-dependence on hydro power continues.

Electrogaz and Tunis company partner to supply cheap electricity

19 June 2008 - Société Tunisienne de l'Electricité du Gaz of Tunisia and Rwanda’s Electrogaz has signed a contract for the supply of cheap electricity to Rwanda. Electrogaz managing director, John Mirenge said there had been a number of criteria to consider before entering into the agreement.
Mirenge
Electrogaz managing
director, John Mirenge

"First, this company is the leading electricity supplier on the continent with quality products that are competing on the international market; their electricity networking system of a MALT-single cable is also very unique, standard and cheap," he said.

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