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Abengoa to develop 132 kilometer transmission line project in Kenya

Posted on 15 May 2013 by Africa Business

– The project, financed by the African Development Bank, is worth approximately €32 million.

About Abengoa

Abengoa (MCE: ABG.B) is a company that applies innovative technology solutions for sustainability in the energy and environment sectors, generating electricity from the sun, producing biofuels, desalinating sea water and recycling industrial waste. (www.abengoa.com)

SEVILLE, Spain /PRNewswire/ – Abengoa (MCE: ABG.B), the international company that applies innovative technology solutions for sustainability in the energy and environment sectors, has been chosen by the Kenya Electricity Transmission Company (Ketraco) of the Kenyan Ministry of Energy for an electricity transmission project that includes construction of a 132 kilometer line and extension of an existing substation in Kenya, in a contract worth approximately €32 million.

The project, which is being financed by the African Development Bank, is part of the plan called “Interconnection of Electric Grids of Nile Equatorial Lakes Countries,” which is being developed in Africa and involves the construction of approximately 769 kilometers of transmission lines in Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Burundi. Abengoa will not retain any interest in the constructed assets.

Abengoa will be responsible for the engineering, construction and commissioning, ensuring the highest levels of quality at every stage of the process. The 132 kilometer line will run from the substation in Lessos, Kenya, to the border with Uganda to connect with the Tororo, Uganda, substation. Abengoa will also extend the Lessos substation and be responsible for its design, construction and commissioning.

The project is scheduled to be completed within 18 months and handed over to Ketraco in November 2014.

This contract, together with projects previously carried out in Tanzania and Kenya, will strengthen Abengoa’s presence in the African market, reinforcing its position as a leading transmission and distribution contractor.

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WORLD ENERGY CONGRESS UNVEILS PROGRAM THEMES

Posted on 14 May 2013 by Africa Business

Ministers, CEOs and experts to address full range of energy issues

LONDON &SEOUL– 14th May 2013: The 2013 World Energy Congress Organizing Committee announced today some of the significant program topics that will be discussed by leading figures in the energy sector at the world’s premier energy event, to be held in Daegu, South Korea from October 13 to 17, 2013.

Under the theme of ‘Securing Tomorrow’s Energy Today’, topics range from the future prospects of the oil & gas, coal, nuclear, and renewables sectors to the tough policy decisions needed to balance the often conflicting priorities of energy security, universal access to affordable energy, and environmental protection. Delegates will also be given insights into how finance and innovation are shaping our energy future.

“The Congress will provide a fascinating overview of the opportunities and challenges of our energy world in transition,” said Dr. Christoph Frei, Secretary General of the World Energy Council. “The issues to be highlighted will be addressed from a number of viewpoints, encompassing the perspectives of individual energy sectors and geographical regions, as well as providing a strategic overview of global energy trends.”

More than 200 prominent speakers, including energy ministers, industry CEOs and top experts and researchers, will answer the most pressing questions facing the global energy industry today, such as:

· Oil: Will state oil companies and independents come to dominate the industry?

· Gas: Will shale gas be a game changer in redrawing the global energy map or is it just a bubble?

· Coal: Can demand for coal overcome environmental concerns?

· Renewables: Is the honeymoon over?

· Nuclear: Can effective international governance rules keep alive the nuclear renaissance?

· Hydro: Has its time finally come?

· Biofuels: What are the critical success factors for sustainable projects?

· Utilities: Will new business models succeed in promoting decentralization?

· Energy access: Is it achievable against the competing demands for water and food?

· Energy security: What are the next big energy sources?

· Environment mitigation: Are green growth and rapid economic growth compatible?

· Energy efficiency: Are yesterday’s cities fit for tomorrow’s energy?

· Finance: Is development finance delivering inclusive green growth?

· Energy innovation: Is venture capital more important than government support?

· Asia: Can the region become a showcase for green growth?

· Eurasia: Can it achieve partnerships to unlock its full energy potential?

· Middle East: Will it balance the needs of energy exports, local energy growth and job creation?

· Latin America: Blessed with resources, but overwhelmed by choice?

· Europe: Can it achieve effective energy market integration?

· Africa: Is there an energy infrastructure road map?

“The program at the 22nd World Energy Congress captures the full range and complexity of today’s energy challenges,” said Cho Hwan-eik, chair of the Organizing Committee of the 2013 World Energy Congress. “The Congress offers an impressive and unmatched list of speakers to provide insights on how these challenges can be addressed and overcome.”

Specific sessions and speakers will be announced shortly.

For further information, registration and other details, please log on to www.daegu2013.kr

Media Enquiries:

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Tel: +44 (0)20 7269 7133

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Monique Tsang

Tel: +44 (0)20 3214 0616

Email: tsang@worldenergy.org

About the World Energy Congress

The World Energy Congress is the world’s premier energy gathering. The triennial World Energy Congress has gained recognition since the first event in 1923 as the premier global forum for leaders and thinkers to debate solutions to energy issues. In addition to the discussions, the event provides an opportunity for executives to display their technologies and explore business opportunities. With the upcoming Congress in Daegu the event will have been held in 20 major cities around the world since its founding.

Further details at www.daegu2013.kr and @WECongress

About the World Energy Council (WEC)

The World Energy Council (WEC) is the principal impartial network of leaders and practitioners promoting an affordable, stable and environmentally sensitive energy system for the greatest benefit of all. Formed in 1923, WEC is the UN-accredited global energy body, representing the entire energy spectrum, with more than 3000 member organisations located in over 90 countries and drawn from governments, private and state corporations, academia, NGOs and energy related stakeholders. WEC informs global, regional and national energy strategies by hosting high-level events, publishing authoritative studies, and working through its extensive member network to facilitate the world’s energy policy dialogue.

Further details at www.worldenergy.org and @WECouncil

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LICEX 2013 Launched Sustainable development and investment opportunities in Lebanon’s infrastructure

Posted on 14 May 2013 by Africa Business

May 2013 – The Lebanon Infrastructure Conference and Exhibition (LICEX 2013) is taking place in the prestigious Hilton Habtoor Grand Hotel, Beirut on 10 and 11 October 2013 with the support of the Secretariat General of the Higher Council for Privatisation.

Organized by Global Events Partners Ltd (GEP) from the UK and Lebanon’s Planners and Partners S.A.L., LICEX 2013 is also supported by the UK Department of Trade and Industry, the Brazilian Chambers of Commerce and other international and local organizations.

‘’LICEX 2013 will feature an exhibition and conference bringing together the infrastructure community in Lebanon,’’ said Paul Gilbert from the GEP. ‘’Participants will have the opportunity to hear from industry experts about the latest planned infrastructure projects and to discuss the vast investment opportunities available in the country. They will have also a chance to hear from international experts about the latest on the Public Private Partnership.”

“There are a lot of new business opportunities to develop in Lebanon, particularly through possible contracts in the sectors of telecommunications, public transport, power and water management,” explained Dory Renno from Planners and Partners.

Gilbert explained that “LICEX 2013 will open the door for companies to introduce their latest products and services and to position themselves as leaders in their field to develop new business in Lebanon and to take advantage of the infrastructure contracts on offer.”

LICEX 2013 will attract exhibitors and visitors from across the infrastructure supply chain; EPC contractors, Government departments and companies from the following sectors: Construction, Technology, Regulators, Banks, Legal, Consultants, Telecommunications, Electricity, Transportation and Water and Power.

Despite the political instability all around the Middle East, Lebanon has kept a stable economy with a great potential for growth in the future. The constantly increasing interest in the country as a leading tourist destination, along with the emerging oil and gas sector offshore, are just two of many drivers for such an expected growth.

“The timing of the event is excellent,” said Renno, “it coincides with the increased interest and talk about the much-needed partnership between the private and public sectors in Lebanon.” A new PPP law is being prepared within the Lebanese Government, and could be approved at any time.

The programme of LICEX 2013 conference is being developed by government and industry partners. Conference will focus on the following main topics which will be structured in two or three days:

1- The investment climate in Lebanon particularly in infrastructure projects

2- The concept of PPP and its application in Lebanon

3- Presentations by a leading government ministries on their available projects

4- Leading local governments and the projects they have on offer

Speakers will include a large number of high-ranking government officials from involved ministries and governmental organizations, as well as representatives of leading infrastructure companies in Lebanon and internationally.

LICEX 2013 is being developed by the organisers of the Lebanon International Oil and Gas Summit (LIOG) which was held in December 2012 under the patronage of the Ministry of Energy and Water and in collaboration with the Ministry of Finance. It attracted over 330 delegates and 35 speakers from 23 countries representing 150 local and international companies and organizations, including major international oil companies (IOCs).

LICEX 2013 is the next step in the partnership between the UK based Global Event Partners Ltd and their local Lebanese partner company Planners and Partners SAL. Both companies are committed to holding the leading industry events in Beirut, with a strong commitment to Lebanon and its business climate.

To learn more about the event, how to participate and other details on the programme, participating delegates, speakers and sponsors, please visit: www.lebanoninfrastructure.com

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Green business awards launched in Zimbabwe

Posted on 14 May 2013 by Wallace Mawire

Zimbabwe anticipates to ignite its green economic revolution with the recent launch of the green business awards expected to be presented to outstanding winners in November 2013, according to Sebastian Zuze, Chairman of the awards. The awards recently launched in Harare under the theme:Greening the economy for sustainable national prosperity are an initiative of Xhib-it Events company and are meant to celebrate excellence in green practice,strategy and products, complimenting the Ministry of Environment’s efforts on greening the economy.They seek to recognize the most innovative,ambitious and effective initiatives by Zimbabwean business and individuals for achieving environmental sustainability and implementing smart business practice.

Launching the award, Zuze said going green is the idea of making sure that in any activity that is conducted by individuals,communities and business,the environmental impacts are assessed and minimized to ensure sustainability.

He added that the effects of not managing the environment include loss of bio-diversity and long term damage to ecosystems,pollution of the atmosphere and the consequences of climate change,damage to aquatic ecosystems,land degradation,the impacts of chemicals use and disposal,waste production and depletion of non-renewable resources.

“On the other hand, good environmental practice ensures increased productivity in our factories,reduction of waste, improved efficiencies,enhanced national image,better utilization of resources and development of environmentally friendly technologies,” Zuze said.   Through the awards, Zimbabwe seeks to explore various approaches to attain sustainable growth in the global market place.

“Goals for the awards are simple, but bold, to fill heads with practical knowledge,ideas,new trends,helping transform business as usual by partnering with extraordinary visionaries,forward thinkers,creative industry leaders and companies committed to building profitable and sustainable enterprises while solving some of the world’s toughest problems,” Zuze said.

Some of the award categories include;the overall green business award,the green leader award,the green entrepreneur award,the green supply chain award,the green building award,the green residential building award,the green energy award,the green professional services award,the green travel initiatives award,the waste to business resource award,the green retailer award,the green school/college award,the green SME award,the green manufacturer award,the green product award,the green innovation award,the green local council award,the green community award,the green healthcare award,the green entertainment and leisure award,the green communications award, the green financial institution award,the green corporate citizen award, the Minister of Environment’s award for environmental excellence, the minister of tourism’s award for eco-tourism excellence and the ministry of mines green mining award of excellence.

Awards chairman Zuze says many factors are impacting on local, regional and international trade.”Managing the environmental impact of manufacturing,mining and the activities involved during the provision of services to markets is assuming significance of enormous proportions especially in Zimbabwe,” Zuze said.

Zimbabwe’s Minister of Environment and Natural Resources Management, Francis Nhema said threats to the environment in Zimbabwe are arising from the construction industry, infrastructure development, mineral resources exploration, waste disposal, packaging and branding, communications, natural resource consumption, energy and water consumption.

“The precautionary principle is therefore crucial to apply that business should operate in a way that does not threaten the future of our existence by continually seeking alternative means and ways of operations that are sustainable,” Nhema said.

Nhema added that his ministry envisions using platforms like the Green Business awards,the merging of business and the environment through behaviour change known as sustainable business or green business to present opportunities for new business that is future oriented.

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ZIMFUND launches first phase of Zimbabwe’s water supply and sanitation rehab project

Posted on 14 May 2013 by Wallace Mawire

by Wallace Mawire

The Zimbabwe Multi-Donor Trust Fund (ZimFund) urgent Water Supply and Sanitation Rehabilitation Project phase one expected to increase the reliability, quality and availability of water, restore wastewater treatment capacity and reduce the incidence of cholera and other water related diseases has been launched, according to the Zimfund Manager,  Engineer Emmanuel Nzabanita.

The ZimFund Manager reports that Zimfund has handed-over the site of Mutare water and sanitation works to the contractor. This project, valued at  $9.04 million, is the first to be implemented under the Fund’s overall $29.65 million Urgent Water Supply and Sanitation Rehabilitation Project (UWSSRP), which will also see developments in the municipalities of Chegutu, Chitungwiza, Harare, Kwekwe and Masvingo.


The UWSSR project has been designed to improve the health and social well-being of the residents of the beneficiary cities, through the equitable provision of adequate water supply and sanitation services.

The ZimFund grant will enable the provision of urgent support for the restoration and stabilization of water supply and sanitation services in the six municipalities, by undertaking emergency rehabilitation to the systems and reducing pollution of the water sources.

In Mutare, the project comprises of  the partial rehabilitation of Odzani Water Treatment works, the completion of the Chikanga Reservoir, the completion of the Mutare Trunk Sewer, the rehabilitation of Gimboki Sewerage Treatment Works and  the supply of laboratory and other equipment for maintenance.

ZimFund Manager, Eng. Emmanuel Nzabanita said, “I am delighted that this project that is expected to have a major impact on the people living in Mutare has commenced.”

The rehabilitation of Chikanga Water Reservoir, the Gimboki BNR Sewage treatment plant and the pipeline for the outfall sewer is expected to improve the water and sanitation services considerably.

The restoration of some wastewater treatment capacity in the project areas will reduce pollution to the fresh water sources and the immediate environment.

In addition to the water and sanitation projects, ZimFund is also supporting the Emergency Power Infrastructure Rehabilitation Project (EPIRP) to the tune of $35 million, benefitting the electricity consuming public in Zimbabwe – especially the poor.

The second project is expected to help rehabilitate the Ash Plant at Hwange Power Station (HPS), in addition to sub-transmission and distribution facilities in Atlanta (Murehwa), Criterion (Bulawayo), Gweru, Kadoma, Marvel (Bulawayo), Mazowe, Mpopoma (Bulawayo), Norton, Pomona (Harare), Redcliff, Sherwood (Kwe Kwe), Victoria Falls, Zisco (Redcliff), Zvishavane and electricity distribution facilities throughout the country.

Once complete, these refurbishments and reinforcements of the sub-transmission and distribution networks are expected to  improve system reliability and allow the restoration of supply services to about 22,000 customers in various neighbourhoods across the country that presently have no access to electricity services.

The EPIR Project is linked to UWSSR Project, in that it will also improve the electricity supply to the water treatment plant of the Harare city water supply as well as the other five urban water supply systems, with a possible contribution to the reduction in the incidence of cholera and other water related diseases, according to the Zimfund Mamager.

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CAR: Food crisis looms

Posted on 13 May 2013 by Africa Business

NEW YORK, May 13, 2013/African Press Organization (APO)/ Food assistance is emerging as an urgent humanitarian priority in the Central African Republic (CAR). Assessments carried out earlier this year show that many people cannot afford the little food that is available in markets, and that farmers have begun to eat the seeds that were meant for planting this season.

Humanitarian agencies are now warning of critical food needs in both rural and urban areas as the country enters the traditional lean season between April and August/September. Food reserves are already low with many people forced to borrow or trade for food, or resort to fishing and hunting.

Women and children are particularly vulnerable. Irene, a 35-year old mother of two, lives in Bangui.

“I do not remember the last time my children and I had a balanced meal. If you visit the markets, you will see that virtually nothing is being sold there,” she says. “I often put an empty pot on the fire half an hour before the children’s bedtime to make them believe they will have dinner.”

Irene’s husband left in late March when the Seleka rebels took control of Bangui, fearing reprisals as he was associated with the former regime. Irene hasn’t seen him since.

“We have a small garden behind the house which provides us with vegetables, but we rely on the kindness of other women to provide us with cassava. When we eat, our meals consist of ngoundja (cassava leaves) cooked in salty water and cassava dumplings,” she says. “I see my children losing weight, but there is nothing I can do about it.” Her only income is around 100 Central African francs per day, about a quarter of a US dollar, from selling garden vegetables.

The crisis in CAR, which started in December 2012 when rebels launched an offensive against the government, has affected all of the country’s 4.6 million inhabitants. More than 173,000 have been displaced inside the country. A further 49,000 people have fled into neighbouring countries.

Even before this crisis, the World Food Programme (WFP) estimated that 80,000 people would be at risk of severe food insecurity during the 2013 lean season. This number is now expected to increase. WFP also projects that 13,500 children under the age of five will become severely malnourished.

“Over two million people are in need of critical health, nutrition and food assistance,” says Kaarina Immonen, the Humanitarian Coordinator for CAR. “But without access and security, our programmes cannot reach these people in need.”

In April, WFP identified 42,000 people in need of food assistance in Bangui, in the northern city of Kabo and in the central town of Bambari. Food distributions started on 25 April at Bangui’s community hospital and within a week nearly 3,000 people, most of them women, had received food rations. The agency is now focusing on reaching 7,500 particularly vulnerable people, including those living with HIV, malnourished children, and pregnant and lactating women.

WFP plans to assist some 400,000 severely food insecure people across the country by the end of this year. However insecurity continues to hamper access and to complicate efforts to supply humanitarian aid to Central Africans in desperate need.

 

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UNITED NATIONS

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Cape Town welcomes more than 5000 power and water professionals this week as Eskom CE Brian Dames and Minister Edna Molewa address African Utility Week

Posted on 13 May 2013 by Africa Business

60 free technical expo workshops for electricians and engineers

Some 5000 power and water professionals from more than 60 countries, 27 of them African, will meet in Cape Town this week for the annual African Utility Week at the CTICC, at what is the largest utility gathering of its kind on the continent. Eskom Chief Executive Brian Dames will once again deliver the keynote address during this year’s opening session on Tuesday, 14 May at 09h30. Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa will also address this session.

As host utility, Eskom has been a long-time supporter of the event. The City of Cape Town is the host city and will showcase its world class water and sanitation facilities and share its strategic plans for the future of the City’s water services.

Power professional getting their hands dirty
African Utility Week
will address many of the ongoing challenges that utilities on the continent grapple with says programme director Claire Volkwyn. “The day to day challenges of African utilities include getting the generation mix right so that they have the optimal balance of energy efficiency but also the maximum energy security that they can ensure.  This year we have greatly expanded our practical offering for visitors with a selection of 60 free-to-attend, CPD-accredited technical workshops on the expo floor. The workshops offer practical take home solutions, demonstrations and practice installation opportunities for electricians, engineers and other power professionals in the metering, water, transmission and distribution, smart grids, hydro and renewable energy sectors.”

Utilities CEO Forum

The exclusive CEO Forum will bring together the utility heads from more than a dozen African countries such as Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa, Sudan and Uganda to discuss strategic goals, regional cooperation, utility reform and reputation management. Overcoming the challenges of financing projects is also on the agenda. Industry leaders in technology and engineering such as SAP, Symbion Power, Ernst & Young and MTN will have the exclusive opportunity to engage with these utility leaders.

Opening session
Speaker highlights in the opening session include::::

  • Welcome and keynote: Brian Dames, CE, Eskom

· Keynote: Minister Edna Molewa, Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs

· Meeting Africa’s Power Challenges: Professor Anton Eberhard, Graduate School of Business, UCT

· Universal Access For All – panel discussion:
- Glenn Hodes, Africa Carbon Asset Development Facility, Denmark
- Minister Edna Molewa, Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs
- Professor Anton Eberhard, Graduate School of Business
- Nawal Al-Hosany, Director of Sustainability, Masdar, Director, Zayed Future Energy Prize, Abu Dhabi

Clean Power Africa
The co-located Clean Power Africa
will give an extensive look at hydro, wind and solar projects and opportunities across the African continent, gathering major stakeholders in the renewable energy generation sector looking at feasible solutions to fulfill Africa’s generation capacity needs. Says Claire Volkwyn:  “renewable energy sources need to play a vital role in increasing capacity worldwide.  Not only are they necessary to create sustainable energy sources and reduce carbon emissions but they also help to create jobs.“


African Utility Week and Clean Power Africa dates and location:

Exhibition & Conference: 14-15 May 2013
Pre-conference Workshops: 13 May 2013

Site Visits: 16 May 2013
Location: CTICC, Cape Town, South Africa

Websites: www.african-utility-week.com ; www.clean-power-africa.com


Contact:
Communications manager:  Annemarie Roodbol
Telephone: +27 21 700 3558
mobile: +27 82 562 7844
Email:  annemarie.roodbol@clarionevents.com

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City of Cape Town to share its water and sanitation vision and showcase facilities during African Utility Week

Posted on 10 May 2013 by Africa Business

“Demand will outstrip supply by 2019”

The City of Cape Town will showcase its world class water and sanitation facilities and share its strategic plans for the future of the City’s water services during next week’s African Utility Week and Clean Power Africa conference and exhibition.  As host city to this annual event, the City of Cape Town will welcome some 5000 power and water professionals to the CTICC from 14-15 May.

“Compared to other large municipalities in the country, the City of Cape Town is one of the best”, says Nicolette Pombo-van Zyl, the producer of the African Utility Week’s water track in the conference programme.  “The water and sanitation department is extremely pro-active in how it manages the city’s water resources, from bulk water through to the waste water systems.  There is a clear, very strategic and long-term vision to plan for the expansion of the city and cope with subsequent growth.  For example, the Faure Water Treatment Plant has one of the most advanced control centres in the Southern African hemisphere and frequently hosts delegations from international water professionals.  We look forward to sharing the city’s vision, as well as a glimpse into its facilities, with African Utility Week delegates next week.”

Demand will outstrip supply by 2019
According to the City of Cape Town’s Director of Water and Sanitation: Phil Mashoko, they have estimated that demand will outstrip supply in 2019 and that other sources must have been developed by then.  Says Mr Mashoko:  “we are working closely with the Department of Water Affairs to prioritise the next sources.  Options include water demand management, Voëlvlei off river dam raising, waste water reclamation, desalination, Lourens River, Table Mountain Group Acquifer (ground water), Steenbras Dam raising and effluent re-use.”

Jaco de Bruyn, Head: Integrated Planning, Strategy and Information Management at the department will address the water track at the African Utility Week conference on ”Strategic plans for water services in Cape Town”. Says Jaco:  “I will discuss how we run the Water and Sanitation business within the operating boundaries given to us.  We do this by strategic planning linking the City’s Vision and Strategic Focus Areas to our own Balanced Scorecard, following a risk-based approach to resource allocation and continuous outcomes measurement, with strong attention given to customer, stakeholder and staff.  Also, by staying financially viable while maintaining the balance between first world city development and social responsibility towards the indigent.”

He continues:  “we also ensure that adequate water resources are available for the metropolitan area, eliminating wastage and pollution is prevented.  The department furthermore plans for reduced energy consumption and global warming long-term impact.  We integrate our planning with the role players within and external to the City, increasingly making use of efficiency and empowering technology, including hydraulic models, GIS, remote monitoring, automation, real time measurement.”


African Utility Week site visit
As part of the African Utility Week technical site visit tours on 16 May, the City of Cape Town’s Water and Sanitation Department is hosting a tour which will showcase the full range of its facilities, some of them state of the art, to enable water professionals to enhance their learning.  The tour includes:

  • Athlone Wastewater Treatment Works: Treated Effluent Project
  • Epping Industria: Water and Sanitation Department’s AMR project
  • Mandalay: Pressure Management Project:  This $1 million water pressure management system in Mandalay, Mitchells Plain ranks as the third largest in the world. The system will mitigate damage to household plumbing appliances and pipes created by excessively high water pressures in pipes supplying consumers.
  • Faure Water Treatment Plant: Water Treatment Processes and Turbine Installation:  Faure Water Treatment Plant is one of the most sophisticated plants of its sort in the Southern African hemisphere and the flagship of the Cape Metropolitan Council’s (CMC) water treatment facilities. It has a design capacity to process 500 megalitres per day, and currently sources and treats between 200 and 400 megalitres from Riviersonderend and Firlands pump stations at the Steenbras Dam and distributes it to reservoirs in the area.
  • Fisantekraal: Wastewater Treatment Plant:  Featuring enhanced control centre system and use of ultraviolet light disinfection technology.  The City had been faced with serious development constraints in the northern parts of the city because the Bellville and Kraaifontein WWTWs were running out of spare capacity. Fisantekraal, officially opened in November 2012, features the most innovative and up-to-date electrical, control and instrumentation technology. The plant is an advanced biological reactor works with automated inlet screening and degritters, surface aerated biological reactors, secondary settling tanks, sludge dewatering system (linear screens and belt presses) and final effluent disinfection system. This latest plant is one of 23 WWTWs in the city and has the potential to be expanded as the need arises.

The African Utility Week expo is free to attend if visitors register online beforehand and there are more than 60 free, CPD-accredited technical workshops on the exhibition floor.  These practical courses are complimented by 250 global solution providers and manufacturers, in particular water companies Bentley Systems, Aqua-loc, AquaTrip, DIEHL Metering, Elster Kent Metering, Kamstrup, WEG-Wise, SA Leak Detection and many more.

African Utility Week
For the past 12 years, the African Utility Week conference and exhibition has helped to facilitate discussions around the opportunities in the power sector and has assisted in African utilities providing electricity and water to all of Africa. Co-located is Clean Power Africa, Africa’s leading event where major stakeholders from the renewable energy sector get together and explore clean generation as a feasible solution to fulfil Africa’s electricity needs.

African Utility Week dates and location:
Exhibition & Conference: 14-15 May 2013
Pre-conference Workshops: 13 May 2013

Site Visits: 16 May 2013
Location:  CTICC, Cape Town, South Africa

Websites: www.african-utility-week.com ; www.clean-power-africa.com


Contact:
Communications manager:  Annemarie Roodbol
Telephone:  +27 21 700 3558
mobile:  +27 82 562 7844
Email:  annemarie.roodbol@clarionevents.com

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GulfSol 2013 set to address MENA solar power problems

Posted on 10 May 2013 by Africa Business

Solar power in the Middle East seems simultaneously logical with sun-scorched deserts everywhere, and illogical, all that oil, at the same time.

But several of the “Gulf monarchies,” all major contributors to the world’s oil supplies, are starting to set goals to cut back on consuming the hydrocarbons they produce in favor of sustainable, climate-friendly energy sources.

Abu Dhabi has a goal of getting 7 percent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2020 and the state owned renewable energy company, Masdar, is reportedly set to announce that it will invest ‘up to £1 billion’ in alternative energy schemes alongside the UK’s Green Investment Bank (GIB). Saudi Arabia, the world’s largest oil producer, is even more ambitious. The Saudi government hopes to just about double its installed electricity capacity by building 54 gigawatts of renewable energy (as well as 17.6 GW of nuclear power) by 2032, of which 41 GW will come from the sun. Qatar is also turning to renewables, with a plan on the table to get 10 percent of the electricity and energy used in water desalination from solar by 2018. Kuwait, too, has ambitions for 10 percent renewables by 2020.

To meet the goals that the UAE have set themselves means expertise will be needed from the international solar power industry to deal with the difficulties involved in desert construction including dust, high winds and transmission requirements.

To address this demand, GulfSol takes place 3-5 September 2013 at the DWTC.

“It is apparent that whilst the solar industry in other areas is struggling, right across MENA, the opportunities for companies to get themselves involved with the wealth of opportunities that are presenting themselves. Right now, nothing is hotter for solar than the Middle East” said Derek Burston, exhibition manager of GulfSol 2013.

“It is this reason that there has been a surge in space reservations at this year’s inaugural GulfSol exhibition. As the only truly dedicated solar and PV show, the exhibition provides the perfect opportunity for companies to present themselves to a high quality visitor base over a three day period”.

For more information on confirming your exhibition presence at GulfSol 2013, contact Derek Burston on dburston@bowheadmedia.com or Ben Richardson on brichardson@bowheadmedia.com

To register to visit the event go to: www.confexsys.com/sol

For more information on the event go to: http://www.gulfsol.com/

Fast facts about the solar power industry

It’s hip, it’s cool, it’s trendy and it’s green. Solar and wind power are increasingly becoming topics of conversation as the world shifts from filthy coal, oil and other fossil fuels, to the clean and renewable energy provided by the wind and the sun.

  • It would take only around 0.3 per cent of the world’s land area to supply all of our electricity needs via solar power.
  • Weight for weight, advanced silicon based solar cells generate the same amount of electricity over their lifetime as nuclear fuel rods, without the hazardous waste. All the components in a solar panel can be recycled, whereas nuclear waste remains a threat for thousands of years.
  • Solar and wind power systems have 100 times better lifetime energy yield than either nuclear or fossil energy system per tonne of mined materials
  • The amount of energy that goes into creating solar panels is paid back through clean electricity production within anywhere from 1.5 – 4 years, depending on where they are used. This compares with a serviceable life of decades.
  • The theoretical limit for silicon based solar cells is 29% conversion efficiency. Currently, polycrystalline and monocrystalline solar panels generally available have efficiencies anywhere from 12% to 18%. With the addition of solar concentrators, the efficiency of photovoltaics is eventually likely to rise above 60 per cent.
  • The Earth receives more energy from the sun in an hour than is used in the entire world in one year
  • Solar radiation and related energy resources including wind and wave power, hydro and biomass make up 99.97% of the available renewable energy on Earth
  • The first solar cell was constructed by Charles Fritts in the 1880s
  • The world’s largest wind turbine is currently the Enercon E-126 with a rotor diameter of 126 meters. The E-126 produces 6 megawatts, enough to power approximately  5,000 European households.
  • Global annual photovoltaic installations increased from just 21 megawatts in 1985, to 2,826 megawatts in 2007
  • Manufacturing solar cells produces 90% less pollutants than conventional fossil fuel technologies
  • The solar industry creates 200 to 400 jobs in research, development, manufacturing and installation for every 10 megawatts of solar power generated annually.
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Switzerland promotes broad-based growth in Burkina Faso and Mozambique

Posted on 09 May 2013 by Africa Business

BERN, Switzerland /African Press Organization (APO)/ On 8 May 2013 the Federal Council decided to grant Burkina Faso and Mozambique general budgetary assistance of CHF 32 million each for the years 2013 to 2016. This will support both countries in implementation of their poverty reduction strategies, which focus on broad-based and sustainable growth.

 

Burkina Faso and Mozambique have in recent years displayed on-going macroeconomic stability, robust economic growth and a substantial increase in own revenues. Progress has also been made in social issues such as education, healthcare and water supply. Poverty reduction has seen only limited success, however, and both countries still need to catch up considerably, particularly in terms of basic infrastructure and economic diversification.

 

Through performance-based disbursements for the national budget and targeted policy dialogue, budgetary assistance helps to narrow the remaining development gaps and consolidate previous successes. This is done primarily with measures aimed at supporting broad-based growth and improving public services. Both of these budgetary assistance measures from Switzerland are being made in association with other donors.

 

Switzerland has cooperated with Burkina Faso and Mozambique for many years. It enjoys high visibility and is well regarded within policy dialogue for its expertise in core areas of the reform agenda and the predictability and far-sightedness of its interventions.

 

Burkina Faso and Mozambique are priority countries of Switzerland’s development cooperation, and the efforts of the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) are largely complementary. Budgetary assistance forms part of the package of measures to implement the framework credit on financing economic and trade policy measures.

 

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Switzerland – Ministry of Foreign Affairs

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