[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.
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.
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.
Din Allam, Former
Minister of water
and irrigation of
Egypt]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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.