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USTDA connects US energy industry to business opportunities in South Africa

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The US Trade and Development Agency awarded a grant to Solafrica Energy (Pty) Ltd., a developer of utility-scale solar power plants in southern Africa, for a pilot project that demonstrates the performance of an energy storage system based on Primus Power Corporation’s (California) EnergyPod2® technology. The EnergyPod2® is a long-duration energy storage system based on […]


Morocco to welcome African energy leaders for November’s Renewable Energy Forum

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The Africa Renewable Energy Forum (ARF) and the preceding Gas Options: North and West Africa meeting will take place from 29th November – 1st December 2017 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Casablanca. As the officially labelised side-event of COP22, the Africa Renewable Energy Forum was first held in Marrakesh from 2-4 November 2016 under the […]


GE’s efficient power generation and air-quality control technology deployed at Kusile Unit One

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GE has announced that it has successfully commenced commercial operations of Unit One of Kusile’s coal power plant. GE’s scope in Kusile Unit One is the Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) of six turbine islands, air-cooled condensers and wet flue gas desulphurisation plant (WFGD). The WFGD plant is an environmental control solution and the first […]


Africa gears up for IoT transformation

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A recent global survey by HP Enterprise of 3,000+ IT and business decision makers at the end of 2016, found that the Internet of Things has hit an inflection point in their minds. IoT is moving from good to great. Expectations from IoT are sky-high, and those who have implemented IoT in the right way […]


USTDA introduces US carbon capture and recycling technology to South Africa

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Today, the US Trade and Development Agency awarded a grant to Swayana (Pty) Ltd, a Pretoria-based energy project developer, for a feasibility study that will use innovative US technologies to convert waste gas – also known as off-gas – into a valuable commodity at a plant in South Africa’s Mpumalanga province. The project will use […]


Rwanda Energy Group goes live with Phase 1 of IFS Applications roll-out

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IFS, the global enterprise applications company, announces that Rwanda Energy Group’s (REG) operating companies have gone live with IFS Applications™ 9 in the first phase of the implementation of an Integrated Business Management Solution (IBMS). REG is Rwanda’s national grid operator, comprising Energy Utility Corporation Limited (EUCL) and Energy Development Corporation Limited (EDCL). This represents […]


East African experts benefit from training on energy demand, supply planning and management

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The Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) recently hosted a course on energy demand and supply training for east African energy experts in a bid to strengthen the region’s technical capacity in energy demand, supply planning and management. This will allow them to respond to current energy planning gaps; integrate energy sector planning tools in sector […]


GE leads the end to end power technology debate at event in Johannesburg

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Technology available today can be employed to create reliable, sustainable, localised and more efficient energy networks. That was the message that George Njenga, GM, Steam Power Systems for sub-Saharan Africa delivered to delegates while making his keynote address at the opening session of this year’s Power-Gen Africa and DistribuTech event in Johannesburg. The electricity industry […]


Highlights from Power Africa at Africa Energy Forum

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Power Africa attended the Africa Energy Forum (AEF) to further advance its goal to increase energy access and power generation in sub-Saharan Africa. Through grant signings, facilitated events and targeted meetings with government and private sector partners, Power Africa plans to further increase the number of transactions that have reached financial close. Currently, the 76 […]


ENGIE and eleQtra sign an agreement for wind power project in Ghana

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ENGIE and eleQtra, a developer of power and transportation projects in sub-Saharan Africa, signed a Joint Development Agreement that defines the terms and the schedule for the development and construction of the 50 MW Ada Wind Power Project in the Greater Accra Region in Ghana. The project is expected to require an investment of approximately […]


Alternative sustainable power sources create new growth opportunities

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Over the past decade, the South African electricity sector has witnessed dynamic change. An economic shift from mining and industrial production towards a service industry has reduced electricity demand to pre-2008 levels. Under these challenging circumstances, the continued development of the electricity supply industry will prove essential in achieving business sustainability and providing power at […]


Huawei Technologies to venture smart grid technologies in Africa

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Huawei Technologies, a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider, has announced plans to advance smart grid technologies to Africa, beginning with South Africa, followed by other countries like Kenya. The announcement was made during the recently concluded African Utility Week (AUW) 2017, held in Cape Town, where Huawei Technologies co-hosted its 5th […]


USTDA supports US and Kenyan business partnerships in power sector

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USTDA is partnering with Kenyan company, Xago Africa Limited, on developing a utility scale solar photovoltaic power plant with battery storage in Siaya County, Kenya. North Carolina-based Alevo USA, Inc., a battery storage technology manufacturer will provide technology and analytics services for the project. The plant will be among the first utility-scale battery storage installations […]


General Electric inaugurates new offices in Ethiopia

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General Electric, the world’s leading digital industrial company consolidated its footprint in Africa with the official opening of GE Ethiopia new offices in Addis Ababa. The President of FDRE (Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia), H.E Dr Mulatu Teshome was the guest of honour and was joined by Peter Vrooman, Chargé d’Affaires A.I of the United […]


Efacec chosen to bring electricity to Rwanda

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Efacec has just been chosen by the winning consortium of the international tender, launched by the Republic of Rwanda, for the construction of three new 200kV substations. These infrastructures are essential to distribute power to the country’s rural areas, such as Rwabusoro, Mamba e Rilima. The technical abilities and skills of Efacec’s high tension substation […]


GE to supply power generation technology for Ghana’s 400 MW Bridge Power project

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GE has announced that it will supply the power generation equipment for the Bridge Power project in Tema, Ghana. The equipment, which will be used in the first phase of the project, will collectively generate 200 MW of power. An additional 200 MW of power will be deployed in stage two of the project. The […]


Siemens signs agreements with Uganda and Sudan

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Siemens will work more closely with the African countries Uganda and Sudan in the areas of power supply, industry, transportation and healthcare. The African states signed the corresponding Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) at the World Economic Forum 2017 in the South African city of Durban. The documents were signed in the presence of Brigitte Zypries, […]


Critical infrastructure protection gets a boost with Kaspersky Industrial CyberSecurity for Energy

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Kaspersky Lab has announced the global availability of Kaspersky Industrial CyberSecurity for Energy, a vertical advanced package for energy enterprises, based on Kaspersky Lab’s suite for protection of industrial infrastructure. Modern electrical power grids are complex networks, with integrated automation and control functions. However, because they communicate through open protocols, they do not have sufficient […]


GE announces order with AE Energia to bring fast, digital power to Angola

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GE have today announced an order from AE Energia for fast, digital power in Angola. The order includes seven TM2500 mobile aeroderivative gas turbine generator sets, services agreements and digital solutions for PRODEL, the state-owned company responsible for power production. The TM2500 units will be installed in Namibe, Huila and Cuando Cubango provinces and will […]


WebNMS and EML partner to deliver end-to-end IoT enabled energy & industrial solutions in East Africa

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WebNMS, a leading provider of enterprise IoT platform and solutions and Energy Monitoring Ltd. (EML), a fast-growing energy and industrial solutions provider in Africa, have partnered to develop end-to-end IoT applications to control and manage energy operations and centrally monitor performance of remote industrial assets. These combined solutions will allow enterprises to optimise energy consumption, […]