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OPEC talks collapse

[img:Opec%20-%20Pic%201_0.jpg|OPEC ‒ latest production
talks collapse with no
agreement reached
]Vienna, Austria --- ESI-AFRICA.COM --- 09 June 2011 - The latest round of OPEC talks have broken down in acrimony without any agreement reached to raise international oil output, after Saudi Arabia had failed to convince the oil cartel to lift production.

“We were unable to reach an agreement ‒ this is one of the worst meetings we have ever had,” said Ali al-Naimi, the oil minister for Saudi Arabia, OPEC's biggest producer.

Power generation to escalate global oil usage this year

[img:Oil%20bu_0.jpg|The Energy Information
Administration headquarters
in Washington DC
]Washington DC, United States --- ESI-AFRICA.COM --- 08 June 2011 - Japan and several other countries will need much more oil this year to generate electricity, the United States government says in a surprising upwardly-revised oil demand forecast that could add to pressure on OPEC to boost production.

SA and Italy to co-operate on oil in Africa

[img:PetroSA%20-%20Pic%201_0.jpg|Eni operations in Libya]Milan, Italy --- ESI-AFRICA.COM --- 07 June 2011 - Italian oil and gas giant Eni has announced that it has signed a cooperation agreement with South Africa’s state-owned oil company PetroSA, as it seeks to expand its footprint in Africa.

Reuters reports that Eni ‒ the world’s No 7 listed oil company in terms of output ‒ is one of the largest operators in Africa, where it produces about 1 million barrels of its daily 1.8 million barrel output.

Clean and renewable energy financing is coming back

[img:Energy%20b_0.jpg|Renewable energy
bio-diesel plant
in the United States
]Seattle, United States --- ESI-AFRICA.COM --- 07 June 2011 - An exhaustive analysis of the global market for clean and renewable energy in the last quarter of 2010 has shown that financing is coming back, even though it was not reflected in the market data at that time.

Revealing this in a statement released here, international investment bank Cascadia Capital said that while capital investments were not actively pouring into the space, other factors played out to slowly create momentum in the market including the maturation of technologies, particularly in the waste to energy, bio-fuel and solar sectors.

Global wind capacity increases, but more slowly

[img:June%202%202008%20Pic%2033_0.jpg|Wind power ‒ still
climbing, but at
a slower rate
]Bonn, Germany --- ESI-AFRICA.COM --- 07 June 2011 - Despite gaining 37GW last year to reach a total of 196GW ‒ 2.5% of global electricity supply ‒ global installation of wind power capacity has slowed down.

In 2010 the total installed global wind capacity reached some 196.63MW, showing sustained growth on 2009's 159,05MW, 2008's 120,903MW, and 2007's 93,930MW.

JFE Engineering to build solar thermal power plants

[img:Thermal%20gy_0.jpg|A US solar thermal
power plant ‒ now Japan
is to manufacture them
as well
]Tokyo, Japan --- ESI-AFRICA.COM --- 07 June 2011 - Japan’s JFE Engineering Corporation ‒ a unit of JFE Holdings Incorporated ‒ is to enter the solar thermal power plant business, business daily Nikkei reported.

The engineering facilities manufacturer expects US$247.2 to US$$370.8 million in revenue from the sector by 2015, the newspaper said. JFE Engineering expects to have a commercial version of its technology ready by 2012 and sees orders streaming in by 2013, the business daily reported.

Schneider bids for Telvent

[img:Schneider%20-%20Pic%201_0.jpg|The Schneider head
office in France
]Rueil-Malmaison, France --- ESI-AFRICA.COM --- 02 June 2011 - Global specialist in energy management Schneider Electric has announced that it is bidding to buy software maker Telvent for US$40/share, or about US$2 billion. The acquisition would give Schneider, which is a massive power equipment maker, more software and IT capabilities for the power grid.

System selected to control new solar thermal plant in UAE

[img:Telvent%20-%20Pic%201_0.jpg|The Shams-1 solar
thermal power plant
]Madrid, Spain --- ESI-AFRICA.COM --- 02 June 2011 - Telvent ‒ a Spanish global IT solutions and information services provider that improves the efficiency and safety of the world’s leading companies ‒ has been selected to design, install and manage the distributed control system for Shams Power Company's Shams-1 solar thermal power plant in Madinat Zayed, 120km  southwest of Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates.

German plan to close down all nuclear reactors draws little support

[img:Germany%20l_0.jpg|German Chancellor
Angela Merkel
]Berlin, Germany --- ESI-AFRICA.COM --- 02 June 2011 - The German plan to shut all nuclear reactors by 2022 is unlikely to inspire many imitators abroad, even though safety worries after Japan's Fukushima crisis have dimmed nuclear industry hopes of a renaissance, experts say.

Reuters reports that Chancellor Angela Merkel's phase-out plan risks boosting greenhouse gas emissions by aiding fossil fuel producers, despite her assurances of a renewed drive to promote greener energies such as wind and solar power, they added.

China acts against worst power shortage in years

[img:China%20bu_0.jpg|Headquarters of the
State Grid Corporation
of China
]Beijing, China --- ESI-AFRICA.COM --- 31 May 2011 - Electricity supplies to industrial users in China will be cut further this summer as capacity shortages, coal supply problems and declining hydropower output combine to produce the worst power crunch the country has experienced in years.

“Power deficits in the 26 provinces and regions serviced by State Grid Corporation of China (SGCC) would total 30GW in the summer, even if coal supplies remained steady, water levels were normal and there were no persistent high temperatures,” SGCC vice general manager Shuai Junqing was quoted as saying by the State Grid News, a company newspaper.

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