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Kaspersky Boosts Industrial CyberSecurity For Energy

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 built-in cybersecurity functions to combat the increasingly sophisticated range of security threats they face.

Kaspersky Lab’s recent report on industrial cybersecurity found that 92% of externally available industrial control system (ICS) devices use open and insecure Internet connection protocols.

Since 2010 the number of ICS-component vulnerabilities has also increased by a factor of 10, making these devices an easy and lucrative target for cybercriminals.

The challenge for energy companies is clear, with Ernst & Young’s most recent Global Information Security Survey revealing that 42% of power and utilities companies say it’s unlikely they would be able to detect a sophisticated attack.

Kaspersky Industrial CyberSecurity (KICS) for Energy is dedicated to helping energy companies secure every layer of their industrial infrastructure, without impacting on the operational continuity and consistency of technological processes.

Kaspersky Lab’s solution protects SCADA level control centers and Substation Automation Systems on every level: upper level of automation including Servers, HMI, Gateways, Engineering workstations. Secondary automation equipment: Protection relays, Bay Controllers, Merging units, RTU and other substation bus and process bus IED and overall network infrastructure.

The solution provides a variety of advanced technologies to protect industrial nodes (including servers, HMI, Gateways and Engineering workstations) and network infrastructure.

The latter offers network monitoring and integrity checking with the capability of deep application protocol inspection (including IEC 60870-5-104, IEC 61850, and other standards and protocols for electric power infrastructures).

“Electrical power equipment automation, control and protection are no longer handled by closed systems and, as things stand, detecting a potential threat is extremely difficult, both technically and organisationally,” said Andrey Suvorov, Head of Critical Infrastructure Protection, Kaspersky Lab.

“That’s why energy enterprises need to bolster their defences to combat increasingly prevalent cyberattacks and avoid the nightmare scenario of complete loss of service and the impact that would have on citizens and society in general.”

Alexander Golubev, Chief IT Security Officer at Electrical Distribution Network Northwest Federal District, Rosseti, commented that being one of the major operators of electric grids in Russia, it is very important to ensure uninterrupted operations, including those caused by cyberattacks on IT infrastructure.

“A large number of our subsidiaries has been using Kaspersky Lab’s solutions for a long time, as they allow them to effectively detect and block all types of cybersecurity threats in a timely manner. As a result of this positive experience, we are evaluating the option to extend cooperation to the field of industrial security. The test deployment of Kaspersky Industrial CyberSecurity for Energy on one of our substations has become the first important step in this direction”.

Countries Join Forces to Accelerate Global Energy Transition

Ministers and representatives from frontrunner countries in energy transition met on the sidelines of the Berlin Energy Transition dialogue to discuss the urgency for the world to move onto a trajectory of sustainable low carbon economic growth while meeting increasing global energy demand and addressing climate change. They also emphasized that the technologies and business models to do so are available today.

At the meeting, ministers and high-level representatives from China, Denmark, Germany, Indonesia, Mexico, Morocco, and the United Arab Emirates, agreed to work together to establish an Energy Transition Coalition in the course of this year for accelerating the transition to a sustainable energy future.

The Coalition will assemble countries leading in developing long term energy transition strategies to foster investments in a low carbon energy sector. Ensuring increased investor certainty for low carbon economic growth by developing energy transition strategies will be at the heart of the Energy Transition Coalition.

“Few people would have imagined the scale and pace of the energy transition which we are witnessing today. Renewable energy deployment has considerably expanded thanks to reduced costs and record new investments in power generation from renewables.

Energy efficiency is picking up and we see important synergies emerging with renewable energy. Many countries are proving that the ongoing energy transition in fact has multiple positive social, economic and environmental impacts,” said International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) Director-General Adnan Z Amin. “By working together, we can hasten the transition to a sustainable energy future,” he added.

“Today, our energy landscape is under a fundamental transition, driven by the emergency of new energy technologies, and the need for global carbon emission reduction. The development of the future world energy system should be moving in the direction of green, low-carbon and smart technologies," said Mr. Nur Bekri, Administrator of China’s National Energy Administration.

“The energy transition is a huge chance for further economic growth in our countries. We will set the right framework for new business models and start ups to modernize our energy systems. The coalition countries are frontrunners with political experience.

We will make use of the political momentum that is accompanying international energy discussions since some years. We are looking forward to joining forces with all interested countries to accelerate the global energy transition,” highlighted Mrs. Brigitte Zypries, German Minister of Economic Affairs an Energy.

Recalling the Suzhou Declaration of the International Forum on Energy Transition, which calls for enhanced international co-operation for accelerating the energy transition, the ministers and high-level representatives agreed to work towards establishing an Energy Transition Coalition of high ambition countries, supported by IRENA, which would enable the sharing of expertise, exchange of best practices, and development of innovative approaches to accelerate power sector transformation through integrating higher shares of renewable energy in energy supply and energy use and improving energy efficiency.

The Coalition will maximize the use of existing platforms and collaborate with all relevant international organisations to promote the exchange of information on issues such as optimal transition pathways, enabling technologies, financing and enabling policy frameworks.


GE’s Fuel-Flexible Power Plant Brings Vital Energy Boost To Ghana

GE, the world’s premier digital industrial company, today announced the order of a 200MW combined-cycle power plant to be operated by Amandi Energy Ltd in Aboadze, Ghana.

The plant will help to add reliable and efficient capacity to the grid to tackle Ghana’s increasing demand for power. The plant’s construction will be overseen by Metka, a leading international engineering contractor.

This turnkey plant will be powered by GE’s 9E.04 gas turbine with tri-fuel capabilities. Initially fueled by light crude oil, the switch will be made to indigenous gas from Ghana’s offshore Sankofa natural gas field once available. 

“GE’s fuel capabilities are unmatched. Having a turbine that is able to switch between fuels can provide increased plant operability allowing for power generation months before the indigenous gas supply would otherwise be available,” said Boaz Lavi, GM for Amandi Energy Ltd, Ghana. “This is crucial in helping Ghana meet its growing power needs.”

GE will also provide the steam turbine, heat recovery steam generator (HRSG), associated balance of plant, and 7-year CSA. Once operational, the 200 MW plant will be one of the most efficient power plants in the country and will generate the equivalent power needed to supply more than one million Ghanaian homes.

“Our customers have complex fuel needs, and this project illustrates the breadth of solutions we are able to deliver to meet their expectations,” said Leslie Nelson, GM Gas Power Systems at GE Power in Sub-Saharan Africa, “We are pleased that our strong regional presence allows us to get power to our customers, like Amandi Energy, quickly and efficiently."

The rugged 9E can burn more than 50 types of fuels and can switch between natural gas, distillate and heavy fuel oil while operating under full load. GE’s 9E.04 has multiple features that help reduce fuel costs and increase revenue, such as a 145 MW output and 37 percent efficiency in simple-cycle. GE has more than 3,000 E-class turbines installed throughout the world with 143 million combined operating hours. 

GE works with the government, corporate customers and other stakeholders in Ghana to support economic growth through infrastructure development in the power, healthcare and transport sectors. In 2014, GE opened a 200-capacity permanent office in Accra, and now has over 80 employees - 95% of which are Ghanaians.  

 GE is the world's Digital Industrial Company, transforming industry with software defined machines and solutions that are connected, responsive and predictive. GE Power is a world leader in power generation with deep domain expertise to help customers deliver electricity from a wide spectrum of fuel sources.


Eskom Uganda Celebrates Women’s Day With Jinja Homeless Kids

As Uganda joined the rest of the world to acknowledge women’s contributions to workplace, families and societies at large,Eskom Uganda dedicated the day for its female staff members to reach out to an orphanage home in Njeru.

With this year’s theme being Be Bold for Change Eskom female staff visited a charity home owned by Margaret Gonza who takes care of severalhomeless children in Jinja.

Eskom Women donated gifts which included Mosquito nets, Mattresses and Blankets to help add value to the work Margaret is doing with the children.The female staff also dedicated their time to help clean up the home and share good moments with the children.

Speaking during the out-reach, Eskom Managing Director Thozama Gangi said the outreach was in line with Eskom’s commitment to continue making a difference in the lives of ordinary people, and also to ensure their wellbeing is improved.

 “We as Eskom female staff fee extremely proud to express solidarity with a woman who opened her doors to the homeless.Mrs. Margaret Gonza has demonstrated to us that even amid misery, lack of hope and absolute poverty, there can still be love for humanity and sacrifice to make life better for others. She has singlehandedly positioned herself as a beacon of hope for the homeless children in this area” said Thozama.

Thozama further noted, “We are delighted to be here to show appreciation to a very charitable individual who God has picked to reach out to the homeless children in this community”.

Eskom Uganda believes in adding value to the lives of local communities and hence it has over the last 13 years invested in environmental upgrade, sports sponsorship, health and education especially in Busoga region.

The celebrations were crowned with a dinner at Nile Resort Hotel for Eskom female staff where Eng. Ziria Tibalwa Waako Ag. CEO Electricity Regulatory Authority (ERA) gave a motivational talk.  Eng. Tibalwa expounded on the need for women to be resilient at their workplaces to remain relevant in today’s fast paced world where technological evolution is taking the centre stage.

She called on women to rise and equip themselves with all the available knowledge through appropriate channels and take their place at the table of decision making.


African Renewable Energy Projects To Compete For $7m

Access Power a developer, owner and operator of power projects in emerging markets and a Power Africa partner, has announced the launch of ACF 2017, the third edition of the highly successful funding and support platform for renewable energy projects in Africa. The official opening of the submissions process was announced today at the Power Africa Annual Partners Meeting in Washington, D.C.

Now in its third year, the ACF is an innovative US$7 million financial support mechanism designed to provide local power project developers and originators with project development support, technical experience, expertise and funding required to bring their renewable energy projects to life.

ACF 2017 aims to further build on the success of the previous two years where a total of five projects passed the final round of selection and three projects successfully executed joint development agreements with Access Power.

This year’s finalists will once again be evaluated and scored by an independent panel of industry experts comprised of senior representatives from Power Africa, InfraCo Africa, Proparco, the Dutch Development Bank (FMO) and Access Power who will provide Access Power with recommendations on the commercial, technical, social and environmental viability of each project based on a host of market, regulatory, environmental and economic factors.

The winners of ACF 2017 will be announced during a live final evaluation panel on June 7th 2017 during the Africa Energy Forum in Copenhagen. The top three finalists will subsequently enter into direct Joint Development Agreement (JDA) discussions with Access Power.

  • Once these are successfully concluded, Access Power will take an equity stake in those projects and commence independently funding their third-party development costs such as feasibility studies, grid studies, environmental and social impact assessments and due diligence fees

    Reda El Chaar, Executive Chairman, Access Power said ACF will draw on a wider communication platform – enabling them to reach a bigger network of innovative and pioneering entrepreneurs across Africa with the opportunity to develop their ambitious ideas into tangible projects.

    “Last year was another highly successful year for the competition as we received nearly 100 submissions from over 25 countries across the full spectrum of renewable technologies, a 75 percent increase on the previous edition. This is a chance to shine a spotlight on ideas and showcase talent. We are delighted to see the competition develop as word spreads about the possibilities it can bring.”

    Power Africa is a U.S. government-led initiative coordinating 12 U.S. government agencies and a diverse coalition of more than 140 public and private sector partners, including bilateral and multilateral development partners.

    Power Africa Coordinator Andrew Herscowitz stated that the ACF is an exciting concept, “and we are delighted to see Access Power’s efforts to transform power delivery and access across Africa. The ACF demonstrates how Power Africa’s private sector partners are working to help accelerate progress towards our shared goals of increasing new electricity generation capacity and increasing household and business connections in Sub-Saharan Africa.” 

    The ACF 2017 application form and guidelines are available on Access Power website http://www.access-power.com/. The submission period runs from March to May, 2017.The ACF 2017 is a financial support mechanism designed to provide local developers and entrepreneurs with the technical expertise and funding required to bring their renewable energy projects to life.

More details  

  • Applications for the ACF 2017 will open in March 2017.
  • The submission period runs from March to May, 2017.
  • An independent judging panel will include industry and legal experts as well as representatives from multilateral development banks.
  • Following a pre-selection process, a shortlist of applicants will be chosen to present their projects to a panel of judges at the Africa Energy Forum in Copenhagen, June 2017 (http://africa-energy-forum.com/).
  • Applicants must present their projects to the judging panel during the Forum within a given time and take questions from panel members.
  • Panel members will score each project based on the evaluation criteria, using weighted percentages.
  • The winners will enter a Joint Development Agreement with Access Power, which will take an equity stake in the winning projects and fund third-party development costs such as feasibility studies, grid studies, environmental and social impact assessments and due diligence fees. Access Power will also provide technical support, financial structure and development process management.
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Eskom Uganda hands over refurbished School

Eskom Uganda this week handed over the newly refurbished Njeru Primary School to the School’s management and Njeru district officials. At the close of 2016, Eskom embarked on a facelift project to give a whole new look to the dilapidated School.

Njeru Primary School is a government school under the Ministry of Education and Sports and was started in 1960. It was previously located in the present day Nalubaale power station but later relocated to pave way for construction of the then Owen falls dam to Njeru village, where its presently located.

The School was dilapidated with broken windows and roofed with asbestos roofing materials which is said to be a Health risk for the pupils.

Eskom Uganda, the generating company running the Nalubale and Kiira power stations injected 110 million Uganda shillings to reinstate the lost glory of the School which faded away with the reduced number of children currently standing at 400.

Speaking during the ceremony to officially hand over the renovated School, the Managing Director Eskom Uganda, Thozama Gangi noted that the renovation of the block is the first phase and the second phase will include fencing of the school, installation of proper electricity supply, water harvesting, renovation of staff housing and a computer lab.

“We are in a changing world with fast moving technology we should not live the children behind. We are looking for partners who will join us to create a conducive learning environment for the children in Njeru primary school” said Thozama.

She further said that Eskom is evaluating ways on how to help the parents by finding innovative ways to utilize the available land so that they may be able to feed their children hence motivating them.” This will end the debate on whether it’s the government or the parents to feed the UPE children” Thozama concluded.

The Guest of honour Dr. Mukasa Lusambu, Assistant Commissioner for Primary Education, Ministry of Education and Sports urged the School management to enforce equitable education on the young scholars to make them competitive at national level.

Dr. Lusambu said the renovation of this School will enable the teachers to better attend to the individual and special needs of the children. She emphasized the importance of education in building a strong and productive economy. “I hope when the whole project is complete, Njeru Primary School will be able to gain it’s lost glory and compete at the National level” he noted.

On his part, the Njeru Town Clerk Mr Kasajja Jamil Kailu hailed Eskom for the continued support extended to Njeru Municipality and the Primary School in particular. He noted that the renovation of the School, will attract and increase the number of school going children in Njeru Municipality and also create a conducive environment for the children to compete at National level.

Eskom Uganda Limited since inception in 2003 set out to engage in a number of Corporate Social investment programmes with the objective of enhancing the quality of life of the communities in which it operates. The programmes focus on selected areas of national priority, that’s to say, health care, education, environment conservation and safety practice/culture.

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African Energy Ministers To Address Investors At Key Energy Summit

Uganda’s Minister in charge of Energy and Mineral Development, Irene Muloni will join her counterparts from Liberia and Democratic Republic of Congo to address critical issues affecting the African continent when it comes to energy issues.

The deliberations will be made at the 3rd Powering Africa: Summit which has attracted 400 investors and 50 speakers from 23 countries including 16 African countries. The investment forum exploring global opportunities within Africa’s energy & infrastructure sectors will take place from 9-10 March 2017 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in Washington D.C.

The Summit will take the form of panel discussions and roundtables focusing on sector-specific topics and addressing how bottlenecks can be overcome to drive forward projects. Maintaining US competitiveness in Africa will be a key theme, setting out how commercial partnerships can deliver energy, create jobs, build capacity and spur industrial growth.

A networking reception will take place on the evening of 9th March, and delegates will have the opportunity to arrange meetings with other attendees using an onsite networking app.

U.S. Representative Congressman Ed Royce, Chairman, House Foreign Affairs Committee has also confirmed to address delegates at the 2017 Summit. Chairman Royce worked tirelessly to pass the Electrify Africa Act which was successfully signed into law in early 2016.

The bill seeks to address the significant electricity shortage in Africa that affects the everyday lives of millions of people. His participation will provide an insight into the act and how it will continue to maintain competitiveness in Africa whilst increasing global security and social stability.

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Lumos, MTN Target 1m Off-Grid Electricity Customers In Nigeria

Telecom services provider MTN, in partnership with electricity company, Lumos, has announced the nationwide rollout of its Mobile Electricity Service with an ambitious commitment to bringing clean and affordable solar electricity to one million Nigerians in 2017.

Lumos and MTN have partnered to bring Lumos's revolutionary solar technology to Nigeria, the first country in the world to have access to these systems. Already, over 150,000 Nigerians enjoy reliable, affordable and safe solar electricity 24/7 through the service. Customers pay for the Lumos solar system as they go, easily paying with their mobile phones. Purchasing electricity costs less than 50 US cents a day.

The announcement of the nationwide roll out was made by the CEOs of Lumos and MTN Nigeria at a launch event in Abuja where keynote speeches were delivered by the Nigerian Power Minister, Mr. Babatunde Fashola and the US Ambassador to Nigeria. Mr. W. Stuart Symington.

Marketed as Mobile Electricity powered by Lumos, and available at MTN stores, this system enables Nigerians across the country to replace expensive, dangerous and noisy generators with modern solar electricity that can power lights, cellphones, fans, computers, TVs and other electronic devices (all at once, every day) – for as low as NGN150 per day.

The Lumos technology includes a large solar panel linked to an indoor unit that allows customers to access significant amounts of power on-demand, day or night, all paid for by the credit on their MTN mobile devices. Customers receive full repair services during over five years, assuring peace of mind and a well-delivered product.

The service has been a success to date in Nigeria, aided by the financing of OPIC and initial grants from DFID and GSMA. MTN and Lumos Nigeria, after expanding their partnership with OPIC in 2016, are ready to rapidly scale the service across Nigeria and bring accessible, affordable and clean electricity to one million people in 2017 and many more thereafter.

Yuri Tsitrinbaum, Lumos Nigeria CEO said "Together with MTN, we are committed to supporting Nigeria's efforts to address power access challenges and pledge to increase our contribution to spreading clean energy solutions that will impact the lives of millions of Nigerians living off-grid".

UEGCL Engineers Get Eskom Uganda Training

Eskom Uganda has passed out 25 graduate Engineers who are expected to operate at the Karuma and Isimba Dams after undergoing intensive training in hydro power generation engineering at Nalubaale hydro power station. 

The trainees were seconded by UEGCL which is the government implementing agency for the flagship hydro power projects of Karuma and Isimba Dams. These two projects, are scheduled for commissioning in 2018 and 2019 respectively. 

Speaking at the pass out ceremony held at the Eskom plant in Jinja, the Managing Director Thozama Gangi noted that one of Eskom’s top most priorities as a generation company, is to transfer critical skills to Ugandans for the growth of the energy sector in the country.

“In line with government’s focus on Skilling the youth, Eskom is already making a contribution towards taking Uganda to a middle income economy by 2020” said Thozama. 

She further cautioned the trainees to put to good use the skillsacquired for the overall development of the energy sector in Uganda. “Uganda needs your services regardless of wherever you will be posted. Do your best and make positive contribution for the growth of the sector” She noted. 

Eskom offersindustrial training of students every year. Over the years, Eskom has adopted prudent Utility practices to ensure that it meets dispatch demands and generate enough electricity for the country. 

Eskom has been able to assemble competent staff with immense experience in operations and maintenance and have not only continued to excel in providing reliable and affordable electricity for national development but also to impart useful skills to young graduates.  

Speaking on behalf of the trainees, Ian Sedirimbahailed Eskom for the selfless service its rendering to the nation in as far as skills transfer policy is concerned. He said the skills they have received from Eskom will be equitably utilized in the upcoming plants such as Isimba and Karuma dams.


South East Europe Renewable Energy Potential Rises To 740 GW

A new comprehensive study from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), reveals the enormous potential of renewable energy in the South East Europe (SEE) region.

The report, Cost-Competitive Renewable Power Generation: Potential across South East Europe, was released at a high-level meeting preceding the opening of the seventh session of IRENA’s Assembly, which gathered policymakers from SEE and key regional stakeholders, to discuss the opportunities and challenges in expanding the share of renewable energy in SEE.

The report underscores that SEE possesses vast technical renewable energy potential – equal to some 740 GW. The region’s wind energy (532 GW) and solar PV (120 GW) potential is largely untapped, and 127 GW of this overall renewable energy potential could be implemented in a cost-competitive way today. The report says this figure could rise further, to above 290 GW, if more favourable cost of capital is considered for the region.

“The region’s case for renewables is strong, particularly for solar and wind. Harnessing these resources will result in affordable energy, job creation, improved air quality, and a means to meet international commitments,” said IRENA Director-General Adnan Z. Amin. “Solar and wind energy are now viable power supply options and the region is well poised to further scale-up its power systems sustainably.”

“IRENA is prepared to continue supporting governments across SEE to harness untapped renewable energy potential and accelerate their deployment,” added Mr. Amin. “Discussions at today’s meeting helped to identify the potential areas where IRENA can offer most added value and best assist countries in addressing the key obstacles hindering greater renewables deployment.”

The report provides useful guidance for decision-makers in the SEE region seeking to scale-up renewables, in line with new long-term EU renewable energy target aimed at driving future economic growth.

“The European Commission commends IRENA for scaling up its engagement in South East Europe,” said Dominique Ristori, Director General for Energy, European Commission. “This report will be a valuable contribution for policymakers in SEE to follow the EU’s goals to promote renewables.”

Increasing deployment and continued technological innovation have led to sharp cost reductions and improved cost-effectiveness, particularly for solar PV and wind energy. IRENA’s report shows that almost the entire potential of solar PV and wind energy in SEE, can be cost-competitively deployed by 2030. The broader macroeconomic impact of renewable energy deployment, along with notable socio-economic benefits, such as creating employment, developing local manufacturing capacity, avoiding health and environmental costs, and addressing climate change.

“I am strongly convinced that a close collaboration of IRENA and other key regional stakeholders will significantly contribute to our ongoing efforts in better harnessing the renewable energy potential currently largely untapped”, added Mr. Mirko Šarović, Minister of Foreign Trade and Economic Relations, Bosnia and Herzegovina.”

The meeting was held one day before the opening of the seventh IRENA Assembly, when global energy leaders from more than 150 countries will gather to discuss IRENA’s strategic and programmatic direction to help countries accelerate the deployment of renewable energy, and in doing so, meet climate goals, boost the economy, and increase energy access and security.

Download the report, Cost-Competitive Renewable Power Generation: Potential across South East Europe

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