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Siemens wins Digital Solutions of the Year Award at Africa Utility Week

Siemens has won the Digital Solutions of the Year Award for its South Africa headquarters microgrid project at the Africa Utility Week Industry Awards that took place in Cape Town. The traditional power grid provides reliable power most of the time, but when natural disasters or security breaches threaten the grid, the ensuring blackouts can […]


Mobile tools to unlock productivity of African utilities’ workforces

Colin Beaney, Global Industry Director for Asset-intensive and Energy and Utilities at IFS, says Africa’s abundant natural resources and urgent need for power mean that it is one of the most exciting and innovative energy markets. Power systems are evolving from centralised, top-down systems as interest in off-grid technology grows among African businesses and consumers. […]


‘Liberate economic development for renewable energy companies’

With government refreshing its drive to build renewable energy capacity, Waldo Adams, Executive Director for Projects at Economic Development Solutions, says it’s time for companies to renew their focus on economic development outputs. Licences were first issued in 2011 and the communities around these plants are growing. With the sector being revitalised, now is the […]


Predictive maintenance can unlock lower costs for African utilities

 Colin Beaney, Global Industry Director for Asset-intensive and Energy and Utilities at IFS, says African power utilities need to find ways to optimise their business. African power utilities are evolving as they are unbundled into separate generation, transmission and distribution companies and as they come under growing pressure to service unserved communities as well as […]


Opinion: ‘Tomorrow’s smart cities will need equally smart utilities’

Hannes Venter, Industry Advisor, Utilities at SAP Africa, says the true empowerment of the energy utility lies with the interplay between consumers, utilities, connected devices and the software that links it all together in a cohesive whole. Sustainable energy consumption and ‘green’ energy production at home is becoming a new lifestyle. Today’s hyperconnected consumer expects […]


Massdiscounters adopts Trackmatic’s Driver-Led Visibility solution

Massdiscounters, a leading distribution chain, has adopted Trackmatic’s Driver-Led Visibility solution. The solution, paired with Trackmatic’s detailed business analytics, has transformed key performance indicators, with objective, empirically based driver performance KPIs improving by 14% and significant savings on fuel, productivity and time. Massdiscounters heads up the two retail chains Game and DionWired and is a […]


GSMA Global Mobile Award for Eseye connected IoT solution

Eseye has announced that eWATERpay’s IoT deployment has won the Outstanding Mobile Contribution to the UN Sustainable Development Goals in this year’s Global Mobile Awards (GLOMOs). Presented at the GSMA Mobile World Congress in Barcelona by hosts Suzi Perry and Ortis Deley, the GLOMOs showcase companies and individuals that are driving innovation in the rapidly […]


ALTEN Africa Completes Financing of Solar PV Plant in Namibia

ALTEN Africa has completed the financing of what will be one of the biggest photovoltaic solar power plants in Namibia and Sub Sahara Africa. Located in the area around Mariental, the installed capacity will be 45.5 MWp for an output of 37 MWac, an investment forecast of US$70 million and a useful life of over 25 years. […]


Commodity reporting agency Argus opens new Africa office in Cape Town

International commodity price reporting agency Argus has opened a new office in Cape Town, South Africa. The African energy sector is experiencing dramatic change. International asset holders are no longer the sole producers of oil and gas as more local participants add to diversity of supply. And downstream marketing and trading companies are entering and […]


Mastercard and M-KOPA join forces to light up homes and businesses

Mastercard and M-KOPA are to provide Africans living without electricity a simple way to light up their homes and businesses. M-KOPA, which already provides affordable, safe and clean energy to three million people in East Africa, will pilot Mastercard’s Quick Response (QR) payment technology in Uganda to extend the reach of its pioneering pay-as-you-go solar […]


GE Nigeria releases latest report in ‘Future of Work’ series

General Electric (GE) Nigeria, has released a White Paper titled The Future of Work in Nigeria. Bridging the Skills Gap: The Key to Unlocking Nigeria’s Inherent Potential as part of the company’s global ‘The Future of Work’ series to highlight the need for investment in sustainable skills development. In this 2017 issue, GE commissioned a […]


GE increases efficiency and output at Ivory Coast’s Azito Power Plant

To improve performance and provide valuable insights and visibility into plant and turbine operations, GE’s Power Services business has announced it has signed an agreement with Azito Energie S.A. to upgrade two gas turbines at the company’s combined cycle power plant. GE’s hardware upgrade and Operations Optimization digital solutions will help increase power output by […]


SONATRACH and BHGE collaborate to meet manufacturing demand

In a signing ceremony hosted by SONATRACH in Algiers, and in the presence of the Minister of Energy, Mustapha Guitouni, SONATRACH and Baker Hughes, a GE company, have announced the creation of a 20,000 Sq m manufacturing facility in Arzew Industrial Zone. The facility aims to strengthen Algeria’s position in the upstream oil and gas […]


ETELM showcases the latest solutions required for safe cities in Africa

ETELM, a leading manufacturer of advanced mission critical communications infrastructures, is using this week’s Mission Critical Africa to discuss how its 4GLinked solution is meeting the growing demand for safe cities across Africa and beyond. ETELM’s 4GLinked solution has been designed with mission critical users in mind, allowing a balance between cost, service, and coverage. […]


Comment on Redline Communications and IT Max Global’s partnership

Redline Communications Group Inc., a leading provider of wide-area wireless networks for the most challenging applications and locations, has signed a distribution agreement with IT Max Global to offer its complete range of mission critical communications solutions across Africa. IT Max Global helps customers design, plan, integrate, deploy, and service all IT and telecom environments […]


ENGIE and Fenix accelerate off-grid energy market development

ENGIE and Fenix have announced that they have agreed on a transaction in which ENGIE will acquire 100% of Fenix International, a next generation energy company, offering solar home systems (SHS) in Africa. Founded in 2009, Fenix employs over 350 people and has its main activities in Uganda where it is the leading SHS player […]


Datacentrix clinches Huawei Energy Partner of the Year award

Datacentrix, a provider of high performing and secure ICT solutions, has been honoured with the ‘Huawei Energy Partner of the Year’ award. Datacentrix, which attained its certification as Huawei Gold Partner late last year, has also earned its status as a Certified Service Partner with a specialisation in network energy, covering the full range of […]


Building Energy begins production of photovoltaic power plant in Uganda

Building Energy, the multinational company operating as a Globally Integrated IPP in the renewable energy industry, has announced the inauguration of the Tororo Solar Plant, its first photovoltaic system in Uganda. With a capacity of 10 MWp, this plant is among the largest in Eastern Africa. Building Energy was also responsible for the development of […]


A bright future for Ugandan oil and gas sector, Siemens predicts

The International Monetary Fund recently stated that the oil reserves in Uganda may account for around 4% of the country’s economy annually in the next few years if managed well. These sentiments were echoed by speakers and delegates attending the Uganda International Oil & Gas Summit in Kampala Uganda. Addressing government officials and delegates, Patrice […]


USTDA connects US energy industry to business opportunities in South Africa

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 […]