DRC, SA Energy Ministers meet to finalise Grand Inga treaty

Engineering News 6 March 2013.

South Africa’s Energy Minister Dipuo Peters and the Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC’s) Hydro Resources and Electricity Minister Bruno Kapanji Kalala will meet in Lubumbashi on Thursday and Friday with the intention of finalising the text of the proposed Grand Inga Project Treaty.

The treaty is expected to cover the governance of the project, financial issues, and the rights and obligations of the partners…



Africa aims to implement 15 cross-border energy projects worth $40.5bn by 2020

Engineering News 25 September 2012.

Africa’s heads of State have endorsed a pipeline of 15 priority energy projects with a combined price tag of $40.5-billion, which they say needs to be implemented between 2012 and 2020 to lay the basis for improved energy access and further economic growth.

The project portfolio, which has been identified and selected partly on the basis of the projects’ ability to enhance cross-border energy-market development, embraces nine hydroelectricity generation developments, four transmission corridors and two pipelines, one for oil and the other for gas…


Hydroelectricity powering on

SAAEA 21 September 2012.

Hydroelectric power is one of the oldest and best established sources of renewable energy, and world hydropower capacity has been growing at a steady rate of about 3% a year since the 1960s. The bulk of hydropower is generated on a large scale using water stored in dams. But, lately, smaller-scale run-of-river hydro schemes have been gaining traction in many developing countries, especially in rural areas.

Hydropower constitutes the world’s largest source of renewable electricity, contributing nearly 16% of total electrical power generation in 2011…


SA Cabinet approves Grand Inga power treaty with DRC

Engineering News 21 August 2012.

South Africa’s Cabinet has approved a treaty with the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) for the development of the so-called ‘Grand Inga Project’, which could produce hydroelectric power for the DRC and surrounding countries, including South Africa.

The project, which would be developed on the Congo river in several standalone phases, could eventually yield as much as 40 000 MW of capacity…


SA, DRC set to consider draft Grand Inga power treaty

Engineering News 21 August 2012.

South Africa’s Cabinet will in the coming weeks deliberate on the contents of a proposed treaty with the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), which has been drafted in a bid to unlock the high-potential ‘Grand Inga’ hydroelectric power project, which has been under consideration for over four decades…


Intermittency could limit solar PV market penetration – Thupela

Engineering News 21 June 2012.

Should solar photovoltaic (PV) become South Africa’s cheapest form of electricity, intermittency could limit the technology’s penetration of the energy market, Thupela Energy CEO Philip Calcott said.

Smart grid technologies, storage, as well as geographical and source diversity could assist in evening out changes in supply, he stated at the second yearly Solar South Africa conference, held in Johannesburg this week.

However, Calcott pointed out that for solar to extensively penetrate the market, backup power would be required.

“The backup sources will have to have a low capital cost, be flexible and have a relatively low fuel cost, if it is fuel driven,” he said and suggested that shale gas could be a feasible backup source to address long-term intermittency problems…

(Editorial note: Of course it doesn’t have to be shale gas, we could rather import liquefied natural gas from Mozambique, or get it direct by pipeline. The lead time on large scale shale gas production in SA is about 15 years – with much uncertainty along the way, such as energy policy, EIAs, financing and proving the viability of the gas fields. It is perhaps better to go the import route first. Other solutions to intermittency are to build CSP plants with storage, use imported hydro plus widely dispersed wind farms, exploit the SAPP, plus pumped storage of course.)


Clean Power Africa conference including the 5th Annual Hydropower Africa Conference and 2nd annual Solar Energy Africa

Clean Power Africa 15 June 2012.

Clean Power Africa conference including the 5th Annual Hydropower Africa Conference and 2nd annual Solar Energy Africa, set to take place on the 4th to 5th of September in Cape Town.
The untapped hydro potential of Africa is vast, major projects have been identified, and efforts in many countries to improve the framework and climate for investment are beginning to show good results. But many challenges remain, in terms of developing the necessary capacity to plan, develop and accelerate much needed water and energy schemes.