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Wind energy advances to lower breakdowns, maintenance

[img:65_66Pic3.thumbnail.jpg| ]9 May 2012 - Technological advancements in wind power mechanisms will negatively impact upon the wind energy operations and maintenance market, but will improve renewable energy generation, according to a new report by business intelligence company GBI Research. This report found that mechanical developments will allow wind farms to run far more efficiently, increasing profits and helping the environment, once initial investments are made to upgrade aging turbines.

Reliability engineering works towards zero unplanned outages

[img:AlanT.thumbnail.jpg|Alan Tait,
Managing Director,
Pragma Africa
]8 May 2012 - Managing director of Pragma Africa, Alan Tait, who will be speaking at the African Utility Week (AUW) conference, which takes place from 21 to 23 May 2012 at the Nasrec centre in Johannesburg, will discuss the concept of Zero Unplanned Stops (ZupS). That is a group of business processes aimed at a culture of companywide continuous improvement. It is based on reliability engineering and change management practices and is the next level of physical asset management (PAM) service after maintenance management.

Long term maintenance contract awarded for Algerian solar hybrid plant

[img:Hands.thumbnail.jpeg| ]7 May 2012 - Siemens Energy has been awarded a contract to provide long-term maintenance services at Algeria’s first solar-combined cycle hybrid power plant being developed by Abengoa.
The order was placed for Abengoa’s 150 MW solar hybrid plant operating at the Hassi R’Mel natural gas field in northern Algeria. The contract includes preventative and corrective maintenance for two SGT-800 gas turbines, which Siemens installed in April 2011. The service contract for the gas turbines will help to ensure long-term reliability and predictable maintenance costs for Abengoa at Hassi R’Mel, one of the world’s most innovative power stations.

The potential for renewable energy in Africa

[img:Report%20d_0.jpg| ]2 May 2012 - In Africa, South Africa is investing in wind farms, and along the highways of the Western Cape, one sees a number of solar panels gracing the roofs of government subsidised houses in townships. The national electricity supplier, Eskom, has offered incentive and rebate schemes to households and businesses that invest in solar geysers. In 2011 the World Bank agreed to finance US$250 million wind (in Vredendal on the West Coast) and solar power (Upington, Northern Cape) projects.

Egypt says Ethiopia’s Grand Millennium Dam will create water shortage

[img:Nasr.thumbnail.jpg|Mohamed Nasr El
Din Allam, Former
Minister of water
and irrigation of
]30 April 2012 - The National reports Mohamed Nasr El Din Allam, former minister of water and irrigation of Egypt until last year, as saying that Ethiopia’s Grand Millennium dam if built will cause a water shortage in Egypt.

French led consortium wins Moroccan wind farm bid

[img:Wind%20Jap_0.jpg| ]26 April 2012 - A consortium led by EdF Energies Nouvelles, and also comprising Mitsui and Alstom, was selected as the preferred bidder by Morocco’s Office National d’Electricité (ONE) for the 150 MW Taza wind farm.

The Taza wind farm will be equipped with 50 Alstom wind turbines of 3.0 MW each.
EDF Energies Nouvelles, Mitsui and Alstom will subcontract at least 30 % of the civils and construction of this project to Moroccan companies.

Africa told to get moving on power generation

[img:Shamal%20Sivasanker_0.JPG|Shamal Sivasanker,
Director for power
solutions, Deloitte
]26 April 2012 - One of the biggest challenges facing sub-Saharan Africa is how to generate sufficient power to unlock its economic potential. Speaking at the 4th annual Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) conference, Africa Dialogue 2012, Deloitte director for power solutions, Shamal Sivasanker said the time had come to stop merely talking and start doing.

Egypt’s electricity consumption growth above average

[img:switch1_0.jpg| ]24 April 2012 - Ahramonline reports that Egypt’s electricity-consumption levels grew by 95% from 2001 to 2010, more than three times international and Arab-world averages for same period.

The number of Egyptian electricity consumers grew by 28.5% from 2004/05 to 2010/11 to reach a total of 26.6 million. Households account for almost 40% of electricity usage, which is in line with international levels, followed by the industrial sector at 32.4% and the commercial sector at 8%. Electricity exports to other countries in the region accounted for 1.1% of the total consumption.

AfDB to show investment opportunities at African Utility Week

[img:Tas%20Anvaripour.thumbnail.JPG|Neside Tas
Anvaripour, AfDBs
]17 April 2012 - South Africa has been a model for good investment environment in the region, says the African Development Bank’s (AfDBs) Neside Tas Anvaripour, head of infrastructure finance in the private sector department. “Over the past decade, South Africa has shown political stability and a consistent regulatory environment and the size and strength of the country’s capital markets and the Johannesburg Stock Exchange is a testament to that. While the investment environment in Africa continues to improve, South Africa, as well as Namibia, Cape Verde, Mauritius, Tanzania, Tunisia, Ghana, amongst others, stand out as gateways into the continent,” she says.  

World Bank loans Egypt US$240 million for Giza North phase III

17 April 2012 - Last week, Egypt and the World Bank signed a US$240 million loan agreement as part of a package to finance the third stage (500 MW) of the country’s 1,500 MW combined cycle gas turbine North Giza power facility.

The project was approved in mid-2010 and later that year Egypt and the World Bank signed an agreement on the initial loan of US$600 million. In addition, the European Investment Bank provided a loan of US$340 million and the OPEC Fund for International Development provided US$30 million with local funding comprising a further US$380 million.

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