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ABB wins power order for new pumped storage plant in South...

[img:Ingula.thumbnail.jpg| ]14 September 2010 - ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, has won an order worth $23 million from Eskom, South Africa’s leading electric utility, to supply an electrical balance of plant (eBoP) solution for the Ingula Pumped Storage Scheme (PSS), currently under construction on the border of the Free State and KwaZulu-Natal provinces in South Africa.

RSA independent power purchasing authority by April 2011

[img:Nelis.thumbnail.jpg|Nelisiwe Magubane,
Director General for
Department of Energy
]14 September 2010 - South Africa plans to establish an independent power purchasing authority by April 2011 in an effort to encourage private investment in power generation, a senior energy official said on Monday.

Under the existing system, the state-owned power utility Eskom, the country's main power distributor, also buys power from independent producers.

Loads of bright designs for a greener future

[img:Lightbulb1_0.JPG| ]13 September 2010 - With South Africans facing the challenge of reducing electricity consumption, a biennial competition to encourage the integration of energy efficient lighting in architectural, engineering and interior design, recently received a record number of entries.

The competition that closed on 30 July 2010, received a record number of 567 entries by designers, architects and engineering professionals and students who took on Eskom’s challenge to integrate energy efficient lighting sources with outstanding design solutions. Each entrant assembled a working lighting fixture designed specifically for energy efficient light bulbs. 

Eskom ready to start buying green energy plants

[img:Energy.thumbnail.JPG| ]10 September 2010 - South Africa's power utility Eskom will start procuring renewable energy projects next month to help ease power shortages in the country and relieve its carbon footprint, it said on Wednesday.

The utility said it would start the procurement in October or November, even before a planned independent power purchase body, to be created to negotiate power purchase deals separately from Eskom, was created.

Megger welcomes new recruit

[img:Meg_0.JPG| ]10 September 2010 - Megger Limited has recently expanded their Middle East operations and has appointed Mohammed Saleh as Service & Repair Manager to cover the Middle East.

Mohammed is a Bahraini national who has a background in Electrical Engineering, previously working for companies such as Balexco and working on the ALBA Line 5 project for over two years.

Kenya’s KenGen to add 20 MW from wind by end 2012

[img:June 2 2008 Pic 33_0.jpg| ]10 September 2010 - Kenya's KenGen will add 20.4 megawatts of electricity from wind turbines at a single site in a move to add renewable power sources to help stabilise supplies by 2013, its energy minister said on Wednesday.

Ranked as east Africa's largest economy, Kenya has a low power generation capacity and is heavily dependent on good rainfall to fill its dams.

‘Power problems hamper SA’

[img:Power%20SA.thumbnail.JPG| ]8 September 2010 - The emergence of an independent power producing industry would fuel significant construction growth in the local economy, Alexander Forbes Risk Services said on Wednesday.

It pointed out that such an industry would have to be large enough to supply power to a resurgent mining and growing mineral beneficiation sector, thereby creating jobs and building a globally competitive industrial economy.

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Company Profile

Umeme Limited is a private Limited Company wholly owned by CDC Group plc (formerly the Commonwealth Development Corporation (CDC) of the United Kingdom) and managed by the CDC investment fund ACTIS 2 L P. Umeme Ltd is licensed to distribute electricity in parts of Uganda under a 20 year concession from the Government of Uganda, effective 1st March 2005. Umeme Ltd is committed to providing safe and reliable electricity, improving customer service, minimizing energy losses and operating in a cost efficient manner.

SA Govt concerned over slow private sector investment in new power...

[img:Elizabeth_0.jpeg|Energy Minister
Dipuo Peters
]8 September 2010 - Government has expressed concern that investment by the private sector in new power generation capacity has not happened as it should.

Addressing an Investec Summit on Tuesday, Energy Minister Dipuo Peters said in 2006 government committed itself to achieving a minimum of 30 percent participation by the private sector in new generation capacity going into the future.

iPAD to kickstart DRC’s next fifty golden years

[img:iPAD_DRC_0.jpg| ]The DRC government is serious about creating a better business environment in one of the most exciting emerging economies on the African continent, says Soren du Preez, the director of the upcoming annual iPAD investment conference in Kinshasa.  The conference has always enjoyed a high-level government support and participation and this year is no exception with, so far, the ministers of Mines, Hydrocarbons and Planning, the vice-prime minister of Reconstruction in charge of post, telephones, and telecommunications and the Central Bank governor, among others, attending.  

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