Ethiopia: World Bank Approves Loan for Geothermal Project

The World Bank’s board of directors, based in Washington DC, US, has approved two hundred million dollars of credit for the Ethiopian government to develop its potential geothermal sites at Aluto and Alalobad, in the rift valley of Afar Regional State, on Thursday, May 29, 2014. The loan will be financed by the International Development […]

Energy Talk – Closing a coal-fired power plant


Much is made of large schemes to alter the way in which energy is produced in the United States. Large scale wind farms, and great arrays of solar panels attract large interest and funding, yet it is often in the smaller projects, from the individual solar panels to the change in energy sources for individual […]

Crude oil terminal owners called to show pollution cleanup funding

Crude oil terminal owners called to show pollution cleanup funding Albany. A state lawmaker from Albany is proposing that oil storage terminals that handle Bakken crude oil or tar sands oil — like the two terminals at the Port of Albany — be required to put up financial guarantees to cover the multimillion-dollar … Read […]

Mozambique: France and Mozambique Sign Power Station Agreement

Maputo — The Mozambican and French governments signed in Maputo on Friday an agreement whereby France will provide 52 million US dollars to finance the participation of the Mozambican public electricity company (EDM) in the construction of a gas-fired power station at Ressano Garcia, on the border with South Africa. The project, co-financed by EDM […]

Privately owned generators play a growing role in Mexico’s electricity supply

May 30, 2014 Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, based on the Comisión Reguladora de EnergiaNote: Distributed or self-supplied generation as well as cogeneration facilities in Mexico are largely concentrated at industrial facilities. Other electric capacity that is not owned by the state-owned corporation includes small generators and capacity designed to import or export electricity across […]

Waterjetting 20c – collection in Gilsonite and steep seams


Picking up the debris from a waterjetting operation can be a more expensive part of the process than actually removing the material in the first place. This is particularly true where the material no longer has any inherent value, but is sufficiently toxic that it has to be collected and then properly disposed of. On […]

Zimbabwe: Alternative Energy Sources Answer to Zim’s Energy Needs

Wood has been a source of energy globally since time immemorial. Forests which traditionally provided firewood have been “stripped naked” by people who indiscriminately cut down trees and do not bother to replace them. Heavy extraction coupled with the increasing agricultural activities also threaten natural forests, which for long has been the source of firewood. […]

Man jailed four-and-half months for theft

ABEOKUTA— A 32‑year‑old man, Gbenga Oyebode, was Tuesday, sentenced to four-and-half months imprisonment over theft of N254,000 belonging to twin brothers. The suspect was arranged before an Abeokuta magistrate’s court sitting at Isabo for stealing the money belonging to Taiwo and Kehinde Ojo. The accused, however, pleaded not guilty to the one count charge of […]

Cameroon: Commentary – Scrupulous Respect of Engagements

Electric energy supply constitutes one, if not, the most important priority in the drive towards emergence come the year 2035. With an annual national demand situated at between six and seven per cent which incidentally, is not marched by increase in supply, there is every reason to consider electric supply as one of the country’s […]

South Africa: Tina Joemat-Pettersson – Tainted Figure Will Chart SA’s Energy Course

“Winter is coming.” The gloomy tagline of TV show Game of Thrones, promising cold and darkness, was proclaimed by many social media commentators in response to the news that the controversial Tina Joemat-Pettersson is to take up the role of Minister of Energy. Contrary to apparently widespread belief, managing oversight of Eskom does not currently […]

Energy Talk – China, Russia and East Siberian natural gas


The recent agreement between Russia and China for the sale of some 38 billion cu m of natural gas a year for 30 years, at a reported price of $ 400 billion ends a long-going negotiation between the two countries over the price of that supply. (Which works out at roughly $ 10 a thousand […]

Mexico Congress OKs Political Reform, Paves Way For Energy Bill

MEXICO CITY, May 16 (Reuters) – Mexico’s Congress early on Friday gave final approval to a political reform bill that will help clear the way for the passage of legislation needed to implement a major energy reform. Setting out details of a law to allow lawmakers to serve consecutive terms and establish rules for coalition […]

Dutch Police Raid Greenpeace Ship

ROTTERDAM, Netherlands, May 1 (Reuters) – Dutch police stormed a Greenpeace ship on Thursday to prevent environmental activists blocking delivery of the first oil from Russia’s new Arctic drilling platform reaching port in Rotterdam. The Rainbow Warrior was crewed by the activists who were detained last year by Russia in the Arctic, the campaign group […]

Iran Cancels Oilfield Deal with China’s CNPC

DUBAI, April 30 (Reuters) – Iran has terminated China National Petroleum Corp’s (CNPC) contract to develop the Azadegan oilfield after the Chinese energy giant ignored repeated appeals to work on it, Iranian news agency Shana said on Wednesday. China’s biggest oil and gas company signed up to develop Iranian oil and gas fields after Japanese […]

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