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Orascom Completes 375MW Gasfired Plant in Six Months

Egyptian contractor Orascom Construction, says it has achieved a major milestone by completing the first phase of a giant power plant in Assiut, Egypt, in record time.  The plant generates and connects 375 MW to the country’s national grid.

The Dubai-headquartered company, owned byEgypt’s wealthiest family-the Sawiris- started the engineering and construction work on December 15, 2014 and completed all the installations for the first phase of the project five-and-a-half months later.

A company statement said the job was achieved with the effort of more than 5,500 Egyptian workers currently on site and 5.7 million man-hours with no injury to date.

Orascom Construction is part of a consortium that was awarded two contracts last December to build power plants at Assiut and West Damietta with a capacity of 1,000 MW and 500 MW respectively.

Both projects are part of Egypt’s emergency power programme scheduled for completion on an fast-track basis. The consortium intends to add another 625 MW to Egypt’s national power grid at both Assiut and West Damietta by July 1, 2015.

Orascom Construction said it had also completed a part of the second phase of the power plant at 6th of October City this month, connecting an additional 300 MW to the national grid.


Little Spark on Nigeria’s 10th Anniversary of Power Reform

By Toyin Akinosho

  • Publicly generated power supply remains flat at around 2005 figure.


Ghana’s Short Term Power Supply Measure Is Expensive-US official

Two power barges to arrive from Turkey in April 2015
The USAID Country Director in Ghana has described the procurement of power barges from Turkey as an expensive short-term measure. USAID is the United States Agency for International Development.

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Blackout In Accra: Blame The Nigerians

Average supply of Natural Gas From WAGP Was Half Of Contractual Volume

The Ghanaian Government has a handy excuse for the rolling blackouts experienced in Accra and the country’s other major cities in recent times. President John Mahama told the Press on visiting the Aboadze Plant, under construction. ‘We know that the challenges started as a result of the breakdown of the West African Gas Pipeline, which we are working to fix’

In other words: ‘Nigeria’s gas is not reaching this place in enough quantity to fire our power plants’.

The Energy Minister, Joe Oteng-Adjei, told The Report, Ghana 2012: “The Primary causes for load shedding are a shortfall in power generation due to erratic supply of the gas supplied by Nigeria”. He had the facts. The supply in 2012 averaged around 55MMscf/d “instead of a contractual volume of 110MMscf/d, at an expected minimum of 90MMscf/d”. The minister admits that supply has stabilized, “but it has been consistently below the minimum 90MMscf/d and since the Volta River Authority(VRA) thermal facilities are now dual fired(light crude and gas), the unreliable supply of gas causes frequent switching between crude oil and gas. This has given rise to a number of problems”.


Aggreko to Supply 122 MW of Cross-Border Power to Mozambique and Namibia

Aggreko, the British Power Plant contractor, has signed Tri-Party Power Purchase Agreements (TPPA) with Electricidade de Moçambique (EDM), the Mozambique power utility and NamPower, the Namibian power utility, to provide 122 MW of gas-fuelled power from the Aggreko interim power plant located at Gigawatt Park at Ressano Garcia, Mozambique. The agreement follows the authorisation by EDM for the direct supply of power by Aggreko to NamPower and will see the installed capacity of 122 MW split between the two utilities with EDM utilising up to 32 MW and NamPower up to 90 MW, based on the specific needs of both utilities.

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Gas To Power: Why The Darkness Will Linger

Shell-Afam-Power-Plant

Nigeria arrived at 2013 still a long distance away from an eight year goal: to get its public power utility and private suppliers, to put l0,000Megawatts (MW) of electricity into the national grid, every day.
The target was set around the time that the Electricity Power Sector Reform Act(EPSRA) was signed into law in March 2005, four long years after the bill itself was first presented at the National Assembly.
President Umar Yar’adua elected to moderate the vision of his predecessor. He wanted to get the nation plugged in to 6,000MW of electricity by December 2009 and increase the wattage 10,000MW by 2011, when his mandate was supposed to end.

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UNITED CEMENT EXTENDS SERVICE AGREEMENT WITH WÄRTSILÄ

Wärtsilä, THE Finnish power plant contractor, has signed three year operations and maintenance (O&M) agreement covering the United Cement Company of Nigeria Ltd (UniCem) power plant. This is an extension to the current three year O&M contract expiring in 2012.

The power plant provides electricity to United Cement Company’s Mfamosing cement manufacturing plant, located north-east of Calabar in Nigeria’s Cross River State. It has an annual cement production of 2.5 million tonnes. The 47MW UniCem power plant is capable of operating on either natural gas or heavy fuel oil and is powered by three Wärtsilä 50DF dual-fuel engines.

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S.A Giant Plans A 175 MW Plant For Mozambique

Synfuels giant Sasol and Mozambican power utility EDM plan to build a $250Million gas-fired plant in the south of Mozambique.
The 175 MW facility will be owned as a joint venture by Sasol and EDM, with EDM taking a 51% stake. The plant will be fuelled by Mozambican gas from the Pande/Temane field, operated by Sasol.

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Siemens In Billion Dollar Windy Entry Into South Africa

Siemens has secured a $1.152Billion order to deliver 60 wind turbines for the 138MW Jeffrey’s Bay wind power plant in the Eastern Cape, South Africa.

The German firm will supply the wind turbines, each with a 2.3MW capacity and a rotor diameter of 101metres, for the Jeffrey’s Bay plant, in addition to servicing the wind turbines for a period of ten years.

The project is part of the construction of  several renewable energy plants, which would cater to the country’s desire for clean electricity. Turbines and equipment will be delivered to a consortium comprising of Mainstream Renewable Power, Globeleq, Thebe Investment, Enzani Technologies, and Usizo Engineering.

Siemens says that this  order marks its market entry into South Africa’s wind power sector.

Since July 2012, Siemens has received a total of 16 orders for over 270 onshore wind turbines from Europe and South Africa.


KenGen Plans 14 Portable Geothermal plants

Kenyan utility KenGen is planning to build 14 temporary geothermal plants with a total capacity of 65MW by 2014.
The scheme follows the completion of the piloting of a 5MW portable station in late 2011.

Each of the portable plants is expected to take about six months to complete. KenGen managing director Eddy Njoroge said that portable plants will allow early generation, unlike conventional plants that take nearly ten years to implement.

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