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Global oil demand forecasts are down

[img:Demand%20l_0.gif|Libya’s oil
installations ‒ back
in business before
the end of the year
]Paris, France --- ESI-AFRICA.COM --- 14 September 2011 - The International Energy Agency has cut global oil demand forecasts for this year and next, as the international economic recovery falters.

The agency reduced its estimate for 2012 consumption by 400,000 barrels a day, and for 2011 by 200,000. “Worldwide demand will rise by 1.2% to 89.3 million barrels a day this year and by 1.6% to 90.7 million next year. The full resumption of Libyan exports following the ousting of Muammar Qaddafi will be long and difficult,” it added.

Glencore and Vitol vie for Iraqi oil exploration rights

[img:Oilb_0.jpg|Fires flare off
the gas from crude
oil at Iraq's oldest
oil processing plant
]Dubai, United Arab Emirates --- ESI-AFRICA.COM --- 12 September 2011 - The upstream growth plans of the world's two biggest oil trading companies have taken a big step forward as Iraq pre-qualified Glencore and Vitol to bid for billions of barrels of oil exploration rights next January.

Renewable energy performs well despite economic recession

[img:Report%2021_0.jpg|REN21 ‒ authors of
the new 2011 Global
Status Report on
renewable energy
]Washington D.C., United States --- ESI-AFRICA.COM --- 08 September 2011 - On an international basis, the renewable energy sector, including the hydropower sector, is continuing to perform well despite continuing economic recession, incentive cuts and low natural gas prices.

UN secretary-general promotes renewable energy

[img:Moon%20-%20Pic%201_0.jpg|United Nations
secretary-general
Ban Ki-moon
]Golden, Colorado, United States --- ESI-AFRICA.COM --- 08 September 2011 - The United Nations secretary-general Ban Ki-moon made renewable energy and its ability to lift the poorest nations to new levels of prosperity a central theme during his visit to Colorado this week.

With the Rockies as his backdrop, Ban toured the National Renewable Energy Laborotary here, where he inspected the flexible thin-film modules produced by Colorado-based Ascent Solar. “The facility,” he said, “represents innovative approaches that for relatively little cost can connect remote areas to the global network of information and ideas.”

English and French companies could do well in Libya’s reconstruction

[img:Gurdon%20-%20Pic%201_0.jpg|The new Libyan Transitional
Council is unlikely to refrain
from using foreign oil
company operations like this
]London, England --- ESI-AFRICA.COM --- 05 September 2011 - The Libyan National Transitional Council is expected to undoubtedly favour companies from those countries that supported it, and French and British companies could do particularly well during the country’s economic reconstruction.  

Opening speech


Conference: iPAD (Infrastructure Partnerships for African Development) Angola
Location: Luanda, Angola
Presenter: Augusto da Silva Tomás
Abstract: Presented by Augusto da Silva Tomás at iPAD (Infrastructure Partnerships for African Development) Angola

The new law of PPP´s Law


Conference: iPAD (Infrastructure Partnerships for African Development) Angola
Location: Luanda, Angola
Presenter: Alberto Galhardo Simões
Abstract: Presented by Alberto Galhardo Simões at iPAD (Infrastructure Partnerships for African Development) Angola

China accelerates renewable energy growth

[img:ExportR_0.jpg|Renewable energy
‒ on the way up
in China
]London, England --- ESI-AFRICA.COM --- 02 September 2011 - Ongoing debt worries from the United States to Europe, and austerity measures that aim to drastically slash government spending in those countries, continue to impact financing of renewable energy projects. China, meanwhile, is moving ahead with its accelerated growth as renewables continue to figure prominently into its energy future.

Renewable Energy World reports that the stark differences are represented in Ernst & Young’s latest quarterly global renewable energy country attractiveness indices, released this week. The index ranks countries in order of attractiveness for investment in renewable energy.

According to the report, financing costs are soaring in the countries with the deepest economic troubles, while those that have been mostly spared of downturns are returning to more competitive lending.

The report provides scores for 35 countries for national renewable energy markets, renewable energy infrastructures and their suitability for individual technologies.

China remained at the top. The Chinese government has said it will hold tenders for a total of two gigawatts (GW) of offshore wind projects in order to reach its target of 5GW by 2015.

iPAD Angola: Conference Program 2011

Infrastructure Partnerships for African Development (iPAD) Angola

13 - 16 September 2011

Pre-Conference

Tuesday 13 September 2011

WORKSHOP A
 Session 0.2.1

The new law of PPP´s Law

Instructor: Dr. Alberto Galhardo Simões, Partner, Miranda Correia Amendoeira & Associados

09h30 - 12h30

Japanese nuclear power utilisation plummets

[img:Nuclear%20-pi_0.jpg|Part of the crippled
Fukushima nuclear
plant
]Tokyo, Japan --- ESI-AFRICA.COM --- 02 September 2011 - Japan's total nuclear power plant utilisation rate through its 10 utilities with reactors dropped sharply to an average 26.4% in August, down from 70.2 % a year earlier.

In March this year, Japan was struck by an earthquake and tsunami which flooded the Fukushima nuclear plant and triggered a nuclear crisis that had thousands of people fearing for their safety and moving out of area. In the subsequent six months safety concerns over the use of nuclear power have increased.

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