Energy (112)

Energy Ministry Tours Kenyan Geothermal Plant

As one way of sensitizing and creating awareness of the great potential Uganda has with its yet to be exploited Geothermal potential, the Directorate of Geological survey and mines took a delegation of local leaders from Hoima District to visit Olkaria Power Plant, East Africa's biggest Geothermal power Plant in Kenya.

The Olkaria Area is a region located immediately to the south of Lake Naivasha in the Great Rift Valley of Kenya, Africa. It is geothermally active and is being used to generate growing quantities of clean electrical power. The region has an estimated potential of 2,000 MW.

The geothermal complex and power plants lie within the Hell's Gate National Park. The Olkaria volcanic area is about 120 kilometres (75 mi) from Nairobi.

Led by Mr. Kato Vincent, the Ass. Commissioner Geothermal Energy, the delegation was led on a guided tour of all the Olkaria power plants. Uganda’s Vision 20140 projects that Uganda will require 41,738 MW by 2040. It further indicates that generation of the electricity from nuclear and geothermal energy will play a critical role in meeting the electricity deficit in the long term.

Report: Renewables Key To Emission Reductions, Positive For Economy

The European Union (EU) can increase the share of renewable energy in its energy mix to 34 per cent by 2030 – double the share in 2016 – with a net positive economic impact, finds a report by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), launched in Brussels.

Presenting the findings during a launch event, ‘Renewable Energy Prospects for the European Union’ – developed at the request of the European Commission – IRENA’s Director-General Mr. Adnan Z. Amin highlighted that achieving higher shares of renewable energy is possible with today’s technology, and would trigger additional investments of around EUR 368 billion until 2030 – equal to an average annual contribution of 0.3 per cent of the GDP of the EU. The number of people employed in the sector across the EU – currently 1.2 million – would grow significantly under a revised strategy.

Raising the share of renewable energy would help reduce emissions by a further 15 per cent by 2030 – an amount equivalent to Italy’s total emissions. These reductions would bring the EU in line with its goal to reduce emissions by 40 per cent compared to 1990 levels, and set it on a positive pathway towards longer-term decarbonisation.

The increase would result in savings of between EUR 44 billion and EUR 113 billion per year by 2030, when accounting for savings related to the cost of energy, and avoided environmental and health costs.

“For decades now, through ambitious long-term targets and strong policy measures, Europe has been at the forefront of global renewable energy deployment,” said IRENA Director-General Adnan Z. Amin.

“With an ambitious and achievable new renewable energy strategy, the EU can deliver market certainty to investors and developers, strengthen economic activity, grow jobs, improve health and put the EU on a stronger decarbonisation pathway in line with its climate objectives.”

Welcoming the timeliness of the report, Mr. Miguel Arias Cañete, European Commissioner for Energy and Climate Action said: “The report confirms our own assessments that the costs of renewables have come down significantly in the last couple of years, and that we need to consider these new realities in our ambition levels for the upcoming negotiations to finalise Europe's renewable energy policies.”

The report highlights that all EU Member States have additional cost-effective renewable energy potential, noting that renewable heating and cooling options account for more than one-third of the EU’s additional renewables potential.

Furthermore, all renewable transport options will be needed to realise EU's long-term decarbonisation objectives.

Additional key findings from the report, include:

Reaching a 34% renewable share by 2030 would require an estimated average investment in renewable energy of around EUR 62 billion per year.

The renewable energy potential identified would result in 327 GW of installed wind capacity an additional 97 GW compared to business as usual, and 270 GW of solar, an 86 GW increase on business as usual.

Accelerated adoption of heat pumps and electric vehicles would increase electricity to 27 per cent of total final energy consumption, up from 24 per cent in a business as usual scenario.

The share of renewable energy in the power sector would rise to 50 per cent by 2030, compared to 29 per cent in 2015.

In end-use sectors, renewable energy would account for 42 per cent of energy in buildings, 36 per cent in industry and 17 per cent in transport.

All renewable transport options are needed, including electric vehicles and – both advanced and conventional – biofuels to realise long-term EU decarbonisation objectives.

The report is a contribution to the ongoing discussions on the European Commission’s ‘Clean Energy for All Europeans’ package, tabled in November 2016, which proposed a framework to support renewable energy deployment.

Renewable Energy Prospects for the European Union is part of IRENA’s renewable energy roadmap, REmap, which determines the potential for countries, regions and the world to scale up renewables to ensure an affordable and sustainable energy future.

The roadmap focuses on renewable technology options in power, as well as heating, cooling and transport. The REmap study for the EU is based on deep analysis of existing REmap studies for 10 EU Member States (accounting for 73 per cent of EU energy use), complemented and aggregated with high-level analyses for the other 18 EU Member States.

Installation Of Radial Gates at Karuma Commences

The Karuma (600MW) hydro Power project has announced that installation of the first radial gates at the dam section commenced on 26th January, 2018 giving the multi million project a much needed positive result.

Mr. Deng Changyi, the Acting project Manager, Sinohydro Corporation the project contractor, made the revelation in a press release sent to this news website.

The spillway of Karuma hydropower station is designed (with) 9 radial gates, whose main function is to control orifice flow, undertake blocking main water, and can be opened and closed during flood conditions to prevent overtopping of the dam.

Each of these gates has a height of 9metres is 10m wide, and weighs 54 tonnes. Despite this huge size and heavy weight, these gates are designed to flip and hold a huge resistance to water pressure. Mr. Deng, confirmed that the installation of all the gates was done successfully and within the agreed project timelines.

Commenced in 2013, Karuma Hydro power project was scheduled for a 60 months construction period. Today, it’s crossed the 50th month mark and is expected to be commissioned in December this year.

By the end of January 2018, the overall progress of physical works (civil, hydro-mechanical and electrical-mechanical) at Karuma HPP was about 74%. Concrete works for dam blocks #1 to #16 are practically completed paving way for the installation of spillway sections at blocks #1, #2 and #3.

At the intake, work progress is at 95% with concrete casting nearing completion. Installation of Hydro-mechanical equipment for gates at intake block 1 and back filling are the main activities currently on-going.

To ensure quality is not compromised at this project, a team consisting of UEGCL, Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development, the supervising engineer Energy infratech Pyt Limited (EIPL) and the contractor Sinohydro left for China earlier in January to conduct Factory Acceptance Test (FAT) on the following equipment; Intake maintenance gates, Outfall maintenance gates, spillway stop logs, Generator Step Up Transformer, Intake trash rack gantry crane among other equipment. Upon successful completion of these tests shall this equipment be shipped to site for installation.

 The 600 Megawatt Project is financed partly by China’s Exim Bank and the government of Uganda at 85% and 15% respectively. The total cost of the project is USD 1.7 billion catering for the generation and transmission components at USD 1.3 billion and USD 400 million respectively.

There will be three transmission lines to evacuate the Karuma Power; the longest being Karuma-Kawanda, Karuma- Lira and Karuma-Olwiyo. Uganda Electricity Transmission Company Limited UETCL is implementing the transmission component of the project.

Mobisol Tackles Off-grid Solar Industry’s Recycling Challenges

Mobisol, a leading provider of decentralized solar solutions, has joined hands with e-waste and battery recyclers in all operational countries.

 By partnering with Phenix Recycling in Tanzania, Enviroserve in Rwanda, and Associated Battery Manufacturers (ABM) in Kenya, Mobisol has established ties with experts in their field.

All three recycling partners have demonstrated a strong commitment to establishing a comprehensive recycling network for off-grid solar components, such as waste from solar products, consumer electronics and lead-based batteries.

This milestone comes at a time where the off-grid solar industry increasingly acknowledges the importance of finding end-of-life solutions for its products. In order to steer this urgent issue with clarity and transparency, Mobisol positions itself as one of the first market players to openly communicate its recycling infrastructure.

E-waste recycling was one of the emerging topics of discussion at the Off-Grid Solar Forum in Hong Kong last month. At the event, attended by over 600 sector representatives, the importance of collaboration and exchange in order to improve existing methods for safe disposal of e-waste and batteries was strongly emphasized.

Facing the immense challenge of the informal recycling sector that uses practices which do not meet acceptable, sustainable standards, Mobisol is convinced that recyclers and off-grid companies need to work together to focus on social and environmental standards and create awareness for sound waste management in countries they work in.

After having recently announced its partnership with the Tanzania-based recycling company Phenix Ltd., Mobisol has now additionally established ties with ABM, a long-standing lead battery recycling business from Kenya.

Guy Jack, Managing Director of ABM, says: “ABM is very content to have found an ambitious, environmentally-conscious partner in Mobisol. The decentralized solar industry is one that will face further challenges with regards to recycling in the future; experienced, long-standing recyclers like ABM have the responsibility to provide clear and transparent end-of-life solutions to those who are willing to tackle the challenge of informal and inappropriate practices sustainably.” 

On December 7th of last year, the Government of Rwanda officially inaugurated its first e-waste recycling facility in Kigali. The event was attended by several public representatives, demonstrating the national will to create an infrastructure for responsible recycling.

Building on a long-standing partnership with the Government of Rwanda since 2014, Mobisol is proud to be able to establish ties with Enviroserve, a Dubai-based international recycling expert taking over the operation of the Kigali facility since January this year.

Stuart Fleming, Group CEO of Enviroserve, says: “Having recently entered the Rwandan market by signing a public private partnership with the Government for the operation of the new, state-of-the-art e-waste recycling facility, Enviroserve proudly takes on partners like Mobisol that are willing to jointly create awareness among the population for the growing waste problem around solar products and consumer electronics. We are looking forward to becoming a recycling hub in East Africa in the future.”

Two Hydropower Plants Authorized In Morocco

In parallel to the "Photovoltaica" congress of renewable energies in Marrakech, Voltalia (Euronext Paris, ISIN code: FR0011995588) announces it has obtained permits for two hydropower plants of 9.8 MW and 7.2 MW in Morocco.

Delivered by the Moroccan Ministry for Energy, the permits relate to two hydropower plants projects of 9.8 MW and 7.2 MW, located in the Middle-Atlas region.

These permits follow positive technical approvals delivered by the National Bureau for Electricity and Drinking Water regarding the connexion of the plants to the national grid. The concerned Water Basin Agencies have also given a greenlight, taking into account the quality of the projects presented by Voltalia. The electricity produced will be sold under long-term private PPAs, which are currently under negotiation with corporate clients.

"These permits come as a recognition of the extensive work done over the past three years by our Moroccan team", declares Sébastien Clerc, CEO of Voltalia. "They confirm Voltalia's capacity to position itself as a first class partner for the electricity provision of its clients, at a competitive price" adds Yoni Ammar, CEO of Voltalia Morocco.

Siemens Remains Committed To Sudan

Member of the Managing Board of Siemens AG Ms. Janina Kugel, together with regional and pan African executive management visited Sudan.

Kugel held a strategic partnership discussion with the Sudanese Vice President Bakri Hassan Salih Khairi where the global leader in the fields of Electrification, Automation and Digitalization had expressed interest in supporting further energy infrastructure and skills development initiatives.

"The focus on infrastructure investments and partnerships between public and private sectors remain a key priority for us to realize the ambitions we have for the country.

Together with Sudan we have strategically identified electrification as a catalyst to stimulate socio-economic growth. Electricity will grow existing industries as well as create new ones.

It also enables the advancement of social investments into priorities such as healthcare," said Kugel.

Siemens also signed an Operation and Maintenance (O&M) contract with the Sudanese Thermal Power Generating Company (STPGC) which covers aspects and activities necessary for the running of the Garri Power Station in the North of the Khartoum, and the Port Sudan on the country's Red Sea coast.

Sabine Dall'Omo, Chief Executive of Siemens Southern & Eastern Africa said: "The O&M agreement will indeed minimize the operational risks and maximize plant availability. As the original manufacturer of the turbines, we are best positioned to partner with STPGC.

This agreement is also tangible evidence of our mutual long term relationship with the country." On a full time basis, the O&M contract offers the full benefits that digitalization brings to the energy sector, such as remote monitoring and preventative maintenance.

Since the signing of the memorandum of understanding to cooperate in the areas of power supply, industry, transportation and healthcare during WEF Africa, Siemens has established a local company in Sudan.

Power Sector: Ghana Draws Inspiration From Ivory Coast

Managing staff of the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) made a 48-hour working visit to Côte d'Ivoire. Their aim was to draw inspiration from the economic model of Compagnie Ivoirienne d'Électricité (CIE), notably for power distribution.

The two firms decided to strengthen their cooperation, in accordance with the commitments made by the leaders of the two countries, President Alassane Ouattara and President Nana Akufo-Addo.

A strong delegation from the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG), led by its Chairman of the Board, Keli Gadzeko, is making a 48-hour visit to Côte d'Ivoire. Objective: to draw inspiration from the economic model of the Compagnie Ivoirienne d'Électricité (CIE), in particular in relation with electrical energy distribution.

On the first day, Dominique Kakou, CIE Managing Director, with whom the Ghanaian delegation had a working session, reassured the ECG delegation that Côte d'Ivoire is still ready to support Ghana in this sector.

Keli Gadzeko told the media in Marcory "It is certain that the CIE has a very mature, well-established organisation. We came to learn". In May 2017, during a friendly work visit to Côte d'Ivoire, the Ghanaian head of state, Nana Akufo Addo, went to the Ivorian Electricity Generation Company (Ciprel) in port-Bouët-Vridi to discover the company.

A private operator and subsidiary of the Eranove group, the CIE (4769 employees) is linked to the state by a concession agreement covering production, transport and distribution, and marketing facilities.

The provision also takes into account the import and export of electric energy throughout the national territory and in the subregion. Ghana, just like Mali, Burkina Faso, Togo, Benin and Liberia benefit from this export. The company has had these segments in hand for 27 years.

"The company was organised around a model led by a managerial policy that is specific and adapted to the African context. It takes into account what is positive like all modern companies do", explained the CIE Managing Director, on the last day of this visit.

This was marked, among other things, by the presentation of the managerial, social and union policy of this company based in Treichville. "The most important thing for us is to see how this company works here to learn important lessons, because we have now taken the same path," says Keli Gadzeko. Transportation and energy movements, dispatching as well as the organisation of distribution operations were also central to this trip.

"Workers take initiatives with a policy of decentralization, accountability and in the end, they know that they are controlled based on their own self-control. Such system allows for fluidity of action on the ground. There is a force that allows us to go quickly and correct mistakes", added Dominique Kakou.

With a turnover of 164.2 billion CFA francs, the CIE (state: 15% of the shares), which exported 1648 gigawatt hours in 2016, claims to have a customer portfolio (high and low voltage) of nearly 1.63 million. Thanks to its management, the company enjoys a long-term AA + financial rating with a positive outlook and a stable outlook on the short term with an A1 + rating.

Energy Hub

Although it imports some of its energy from its Ivorian neighbour and even from Nigeria, Ghana has great regional ambitions in this sector, aiming to become a hub. An ambition that also feeds Abidjan. From 2020 onwards, this country of 268,537 km2 intends to offer full access to electricity, which is in high demand, to its population, estimated at around 26 million, just like in Côte d'Ivoire (about 10%).

Thanks to reforms conducted in this sector, it now has five independent power producers (IPP). The installed capacity of the country is estimated at more than 3,500 megawatts and should reach 5,500 by 2030; a little less than Côte d'Ivoire (currently more than 2000) at the same time (6000 Mgw) against 4000 MW in 2020. Focusing mainly on solar, hydro and thermal, Ghana relies on many private investments and is multiplying initiatives to achieve this.

Uganda Turns Focus To Clean Energy Electricity Generation

The Uganda Solar Energy Association (USEA), with support from USAID and Power Africa, hosted an off-grid solar exhibition, today, Tuesday, February 6, 2018 at the Kampala Serena Hotel.

More than 40 local and international solar companies showcased solutions for lighting off-grid homes, businesses, and public buildings, watching TV without having grid power, irrigating for greater harvests, and much more, at the side event, held alongside the Africa Energy Forum. 

This exhibition, according to Emmy Kimbowa, the Chairman of USEA; Uganda’s apex membership body for solar system companies, demonstrated the opportunity that solar systems present for the economic growth and transformation of Uganda.

While electricity generation capacity in Uganda currently is 870 MW and peak demand is 550 MW, approximately, demand is increasing at an average of ten percent each year. Electricity shortfalls are expected until more power generation facilities are brought online.

Further, as the bulk of grid electricity is generated through large hydropower (approximately 85%), the reliability of Uganda’ power supply is susceptible to drought, intermittent rainfall, and reduced river flow – all factors that are expected to become more acute with climate change.

The Government of Uganda is meeting this challenge head-on by targeting an increase in installed capacity to 2,500 MW by 2020. Furthermore, Uganda aims to achieve a more diversified energy mix by making greater use of other renewable sources including medium and small-scale hydropower, biomass, solar, and geothermal.

Power Africa Uganda Electricity Supply Accelerator (PAUESA), is a project that was launched at the exhibition, by the U.S. Ambassador to Uganda Deborah R. Malac and Honorable Irene Muloni, Minister of Energy and Mineral Development in the company of the UK High Commissioner Peter West.

Also referred to as The Accelerator, PAUESA is aligned both with Uganda’s objectives and the Power Africa Roadmap goal of increasing regional generation capacity by 30,000 MW and increasing connections by 60 million.

Its main objective is to facilitate the increase of clean energy electricity generation and electricity access among rural and urban communities in Uganda by working with clean energy generation and access.

With a population of about 34 million people, Uganda has one of the world’s lowest electrification rates even though Uganda has experienced an average economic growth rate of five percent per annum over the last ten years. In urban areas, while 55 percent of Ugandans have access to electricity, in rural areas, however, the electrification rate drops to 10 percent.

Only 5% (five percent) of the population is connected to the national grid, indicating that many of those who do have access to electricity are employing off-grid technologies such as distributed power and solar home systems to meet their energy needs.

Uganda’s per capita electricity consumption of 157 kilowatt hours (kWh) is considerably lower than the sub-Saharan Africa per capita average of 552 kWh and the global per capita average of 2,472 kWh. By 2020, Uganda aims to achieve a national electrification rate of 30 percent through new on- and off-grid connections, and to increase per capita consumption to 578 kWh.

Power Africa is a U.S. Government-led initiative launched in 2013 to expand electricity access and generation capacity in sub-Saharan Africa by adding more than 30,000 megawatts and 60 million new home and business connections.

Energy Africa, a UK Government-led initiative has been working closely with other development partners and the Government of Uganda to support the growth of the off-grid solar market through the establishment of a suitable enabling environment.

Kampala Summit To Unlock Investment In Energy, Infrastructure

The East Africa Energy and Infrastructure Summit (EAEIS) will bring together regional governments, leading utility and regulatory companies, financiers, donor organisations and power developers in an effort to unlock investment in energy and infrastructure for regional growth and development.

The Summit taking place on 6-8 February in Kampala, Uganda, will discuss the most significant energy and infrastructure projects being developed across the region and to explore practical solutions geared at increasing investor appetite in East Africa.

The East Africa Energy and Infrastructure Summit is largely expected to unite regional governments from Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and Ethiopia. EnergyNet's Anna Gorzkowska commented that energy landscape in East Africa is evolving and diversifying.

“From the development of the East Africa Crude Oil Pipeline and Refinery Project, to the large renewable energy projects such as the Bujagali Hydropower Project and Lake Turkana Wind Power Project – there has never been a more exciting time for the East African region, and we're delighted to have got the timing of this meeting right.

There is so much interest not only in the larger infrastructure and energy projects, but also in the ever-developing off grid space."

The East Africa summit will be co-located with the second annual Africa Energy Forum: Off The Grid (AEF:OTG). AEF:OTG will focus on the topical issues concerning rolling out off-grid projects across Africa, presenting current project opportunities and building on the outcomes of the first successful off grid Summit, held in Dar es Salaam in December 2016.

Participating at both meetings are the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development for Uganda, UMEME, the Energy Regulatory Authority and the Rural Electrification Agency. Power Africa, ENGIE, Fieldstone Africa, METKA, Nedbank, Shell New Energies, Wartsila, Nocart, Windlab and the African Trade Insurance Agency have all confirmed their full support and sponsorship of the forums, demonstrating their central role in shaping the East African region's power and infrastructure sector. 

Africa To Meet In Washington To Discuss Energy Investment Partnerships

The Powering Africa: Summit will return for a fourth year to the Marriott Marquis Hotel in Washington D.C. from 28 February to 2nd March 2018 to discuss opportunities to develop and invest in power projects on the African continent.

US intergovernmental agencies confirmed for the summit including OPIC, Power Africa and USAID are increasing their objectives for the African continent as well as their involvement in the development of projects from a more varied mix of technologies.

In numerous conversations with EnergyNet, Department of State and Department of Energy communicated a clear determination to play a greater role in Africa, promoting commercial partnerships and progressing deals at an increased pace which will be measured to help navigate bottlenecks more effectively.

Whilst the market has hesitated in some key economies, the likes of Uganda, Cote D'Ivoire, Senegal, Zambia and Ghana are booming with projects including the multibillion dollar Uganda-Tanzania Oil Pipeline, which has investors buzzing.

Simon Gosling, Managing Director of EnergyNet comments that South Africa has struggled over the last 24 months to finalise the renewable IPPs, these projects are now progressing because of increased localisation and BPE engagement which will allow these PPAs to finally be signed in the coming weeks.

This, he said, will trigger the Gas IPP Programme which will be a huge opportunity for foreign investors and gas providers as well as being transformative for the development of the country."

"On a recent trip to South Africa, U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry noted how energy increases security for the young. An obvious corollary is how increased security increases confidence which enables better learning, stronger ideas and employment, and in the end a more ready and able consumer - which will really turn the lights on across the continent."

From these perspectives, Africa should be emboldened to negotiate a greater volume of deals and at the 4th Powering Africa Summit a significant number of these conversations will commence.

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