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SA to increase nuclear funding

[img:Koeberg%20-%20w_0.jpg|Koeberg ‒ South
Africa’s only existing
nuclear power station
]Cape Town, South Africa --- ESI-AFRICA.COM --- 28 February 2012 - The South African government plans to allocate more funds towards the construction of nuclear power plants as it moves towards implementation of its strategic growth initiative which aims to boost electricity supply in what is Africa’s biggest economy.

Shell bids for Cove Energy

[img:Shell%20su_0.jpg|Cove Energy ‒ successful
exploration in Mozambique’s
Rovuma Basin
]London, England --- ESI-AFRICA.COM --- 24 February 2012 - The Royal Dutch Shell group has submitted a proposal to buy British company Cove Energy ‒ a firm with oil assets in Mozambique ‒ for US$1.6 billion.

Announcing this in a statement issued here, Shell explained that Cove Energy’s main asset was an 8.5% stake in Area 1 of Mozambique’s Rovuma Basin, where US group Anadarko Petroleum ‒ which has the biggest stake and is the operator ‒ announced recently that it had discovered natural gas reserves estimated to total 30 trillion cubic feet.

China has long-term power plans in Portugal

[img:China%20co_0.jpg|Redes Energéticas
Nacionais (REN) ‒ in a
growing relationship with
the Chinese
]Lisbon, Portugal --- ESI-AFRICA.COM --- 24 February 2012 - The Chinese are moving ahead with plans to forge a long-term strategic relationship with their Portuguese counterparts on the energy front.

Revealing this in a statement issued here, the State Grid Corporation of China (SGCC) explained that its acquisition of a stake in Portuguese power grid company Redes Energéticas Nacionais (REN) was the start of a long-term strategic partnership between and two.     

Decision soon on new SA nuclear power station

[img:ESI71%2019%20Koeberg%201.thumbnail.jpg|Koeberg ‒ SA’s only
nuclear power station
]Johannesburg, South Africa --- ESI-AFRICA.COM --- 23 February 2012 - The government of South Africa will have to make a decision soon on whether or not to build the country’s next nuclear power station.

Making this statement here, energy minister Dipuo Peters emphasised, however, that the country’s nuclear power programme would also include a supply chain for nuclear fuel. For this, a uranium converter plant and a uranium enrichment plant would have to be constructed, Peters told the Africa Energy Indaba in Sandton.

Mozambique focuses on energy in April

[img:Fair%20-%20rb_0.gif|The Joaquim Chissano
international conference
centre ‒ venue in Maputo
for the Mozambique
Energy and Mining
Conference in April
]London, England --- ESI-AFRICA.COM --- 23 February 2012 - The third edition of the Mozambique Energy and Mining Conference is due to take place in the Mozambican capital on 24 and 25 April.

Announcing this in a statement released here, AME Trade Limited ‒ a company that specialises in organising events in Africa and the Middle East ‒ said the conference and trade fair was being planned and organised by Mozambican state oil and gas company Empresa Nacional de Hidrocarbonetos (ENH) and the Directorate General for Mining Resources, in association with AME. It would offer two days of seminars, round table and technical trips focused on the mining and energy sectors in Mozambique, and on their sustainable development.

Japanese to assist energy development in Mozambique

[img:Japs%20-%20Pic%201_0.jpg|Mozambican Prime
Minister, Aires Ali
]Tokyo, Japan --- ESI-AFRICA.COM --- 22 February 2012 - The Japanese International Cooperation agency (JICA) plans to carry out a number of development projects in Mozambique over the next five years, according to JICA vice president Tsuneo Kurokawa.

During a meeting of the Mozambican Prime Minister, Aires Ali with members of the Sub-Saharan Africa Commission of Keidanren, the Japanese employers’ organisation Kurokawa said that under the terms of Japan’s 4th Plan of Action for Cooperation with Africa (Ticad IV), Japan planned by 2016 to support the development of the Maputo and Nacala corridors, with a particular focus on energy.

Energy efficiency is SA’s best short-term power solution

[img:Boost%20en_0.jpg|South African
energy minister
Dipuo Peters
]Johannesburg, South Africa --- ESI-AFRICA.COM --- 22 February 2012 - Energy efficiency is South Africa’s best short-term hope to meet future electricity demand in the face of ongoing tight supply, says energy minister Dipuo Peters.

Making this point in an address to an energy indaba here, Peters said that in view of serious capacity limitations infrastructure development was a lengthy process, and could not be seen as an interim measure to solve the energy crisis.

IFM may soon join other ferroalloy producers in shutting down furnaces

[img:Outages%20-%20Pic%201_0.jpg| ]Johannesburg, South Africa --- ESI-AFRICA.COM --- 21 February 2012 - International Ferro Metals (IFM) may soon join South Africa’s other ferroalloy producers by shutting down furnaces in an allocation buy-back agreement with national power utility Eskom Holdings, saying such a deal could be of significant value to shareholders.

Miningmx reports that, should this materialise, IFM would join the Xstrata/Merafe joint venture which announced a similar deal on Friday, while Samancor and Ruukki have reportedly also agreed to cutbacks.

New hydroelectric plant for Zimbabwe

[img:Zimdam%20-%20Pic%201_0.jpg|The Lake Mutirikwi
]Masvingo, Zimbabwe --- ESI-AFRICA.COM --- 20 February 2012 - The Masvingo Rural District Council has approved a US$13 million mini-hydro power project at Lake Mutirikwi in Zimbabwe. The application was made by the Great Zimbabwe Hydro-Power Company, which is jointly owned by a Zimbabwean company, ZOL and its South African partner, New Planet.

Eskom and industry co-operate to ease burden on national power grid

[img:Co-operation%20-%20sl_0.jpg| ]Johannesburg, South Africa --- ESI-AFRICA.COM --- 20 February 2012 - Increasing co-operation between South African national power utility Eskom Holdings and the country’s big smelter operators is helping to ease the burden on the over-taxed national power grid.

In the latest development, ferrochrome producer Merafe Resources, with its joint venture partner Xstrata, has agreed to close down five smelters in a move that could cause production losses.

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