AFRICA

Abengoa to develop Ghana’s first desalination plant

Last modified on 2013-12-09 23:17:59 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

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” Abengoa, the company that develops innovative technology solutions for sustainable development in the energy and environment sectors, has signed an agreement with Ghana Water Limited Company (GWCL), Ghana’s public water trading company, to construct a desalination plant and to operate it for 25 years in the town of Nungua, south eastern Ghana, some 15 kilometres from the capital. This will be the first desalination project that the company has developed in West Africa.

“ The plant, which will require an investment of $115 million and will have a capacity to produce 60,000 cubic metres of water per day, represents an important step forward in improving the facilities for supplying drinking water in the country, which has a rapidly expanding population. The capital, Accra, has a population of approximately three million people and currently struggles to meet demand from the surrounding towns and villages. The new desalination plant will therefore help to supply local areas such as Teshie, Nungua and Tema.”

Read more: Environment Expert

Privatization Has Failed to Deliver Safe, Affordable Water for All — Here’s a Better Idea

Last modified on 2011-04-29 17:42:27 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

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“National ministers from Africa gathered with hundreds of people from United Nations agencies, development banks, public water operators, non-profit groups and trade unions from around the world to celebrate World Water Day last month in Cape Town. A priority on the agenda: responding to the growing urban water challenge. The number of people living in cities in Africa with no access to tap water at home or in the immediate area increased by 43 percent (from 137 million to 195 million) between 2000 and 2008.

It is unbelievable that in this day and age — with the untold wealth generated by human activity — that millions of people die each year from waterborne diseases.

The right to water is akin to the right to life, but many governments are reluctant to recognise this most basic reality and shoulder their responsibilities to deliver safe, affordable water.

Fortunately, Bolivia boldly pushed through a resolution endorsing the human right to water and sanitation in the United Nations General Assembly last year. Working with other allied governments, Bolivia managed to shame various rich countries such that rather than oppose such an obvious right, they merely abstained. The nonbinding resolution passed on 28 July 2010. Among the arguments used against the resolution is a lack of clarity about what responsibilities the right to water will place on governments.”

Read more: AlterNet

 

Ethiopian Opposition Questions Construction of “Renaissance Dam”

Last modified on 2011-04-27 01:05:31 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

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“The Ethiopian Federal Democratic Forum, commonly known as Medrek, fears foreign aggression against the country due to the construction of “Renaissance Dam”, as the government calls it. Medrek released an official statement questioning the government about its preparedness to face any foreign aggression against the dam, saying that hydro-politics is often a source of mounting conflicts in the 21st century.

Medrek, which was the main opposition party before the recent elections, asked the Ethiopian Government if it had taken Nile Basin members into confidence about the construction of the dam. Raising doubts about corruption, it also asked the government whether it had prepared a mechanism to ensure that the public money was directed toward the targeted project and that there was no frittering away of the taxpayers’ money by corrupt officials.

Medrek also called for reaching a national consensus on the construction of the dam in Benishangul region, which will likely generate 5,250-MW power. The government recently announced its willingness to go ahead with the construction of the dam, which would cost 80 billion birr, to exploit the abundant resources of energy in the country. The government has rejected “unsubstantiated” claims as they call it that the dam would cause significant harm to downstream countries. It has assured Ethiopians that Egypt cannot do any harm to the project, though Cairo has been successful in lobbying global financial institutions from financing the project.

Touted to be the biggest hydropower plant in Africa, it is expected to be completed in four years. Ethiopia is said to have over 45,000-MW potential of hydropower. The Ethiopian Government will finance a major chunk of the project. It also seeks remittances from overseas Ethiopians under the GTP project. Further, the government has started issuing Millennium Bond, giving five percent interest rate, to finance the project.”

Read more: Ezega.com

 

COTE D’IVOIRE: Crisis could hit drinking water supply

Last modified on 2013-12-09 23:17:58 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

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“Hundreds of thousands of urban residents in Côte d’Ivoire could be hit by drinking water shortages in the coming weeks, as the post-electoral violence interrupted the supply of chemicals used at treatment plants throughout the country.

“The risk of shortages is particularly worrying given the cholera outbreak in neighboring Ghana, with more than 6,000 cases to date, said François Bellet, water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) specialist in the UN Children’s Fund’s (UNICEF’s) West and Central Africa regional office.

“Between January and March Côte d’Ivoire’s main city Abidjan saw at least 515 cases of cholera, with 12 deaths, according to Kadjo Yao of UNICEF’s WASH team in Abidjan. It is unclear whether cholera is still infecting people, as surveillance systems are down, the agency says.

“The situation [of drinking water supply] is extremely uncertain – we’re on a razor’s edge,” said Bellet, who is currently in Côte d’Ivoire.”

Read more: Irin News

Egypt Holds On Tight To Nile Water Rights

Last modified on 2011-04-12 16:15:24 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

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“Egypt has announced a final effort to re-negotiate the terms of the Cooperative Framework Agreement which apportions water from the Nile River to various basin countries. Since 1929, Egypt has held a near-monopoly on the water, but last year Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda signed the Entebbe Treaty that neither Egypt nor Sudan recognize in order to arrest that monopoly.

At the beginning of April 2011, Ethiopia started construction on the Grand Millennium Dam near Sudan. Egypt asked permission to conduct an assessment to gauge the impact of the 6,000MW hydropower plant on its own water supply, but Ethiopia refused. Almasry Alyoum reports that concerned parties will try one more time to find a fair solution.

Under the terms of the Entebbe Treaty, Nile basin countries will no longer have to ask Egypt’s permission to undertake water diversion projects on the mighty river. Emboldened by this, Ethiopia – which contributes more water to the river’s annual flow than any other country – began construction on a massive dam project.

Egypt sent a 40-person delegation to Uganda in order to persuade President Museveni to oppose the dam project currently underway in Ethiopia’s Benshangul Gumuz state. Egypt’s 85 million inhabitants rely almost exclusively on the Nile for their water needs, while Ethiopia claims that electricity produced by the hydropower project can benefit everyone.”

Read more: Green Prophet

 

Shale Gas Stirs Ecology Fears In S.Africa’s Karoo

Last modified on 2011-04-08 17:43:51 GMT. 1 comment. Top.

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“South Africa’s Karoo, a vast arid wilderness, may contain gas reserves that could solve the country’s energy problems — but only through an extraction process called fracking that has greens seeing red.

The sprawling and ecologically sensitive region, home to rare species such as the mountain zebra and riverine rabbit, may hold vast deposits of natural gas in shale rock deep underground.

Once unobtainable, such reserves can now be exploited with new techniques and could serve as a badly needed energy source for Africa’s largest economy, which is heavily reliant on coal.

Petrochemicals group Sasol (SOLJ.J), Anglo American (AAL.L) and Falcon Oil and Gas (FO.V) are among those eyeing shale gas in the region, although oil giant Royal Dutch Shell (RDSa.L) is leading the pack with exploration rights to 90,000 sq km (34,750 sq mile).

But farmers and conservationists are opposed to shale gas development in a parched region famed for its succulent lamb, big skies and rare plant and animal life.

Public concern focuses on hydraulic fracturing or “fracking”, in which drillers blast millions of litres of water, sand and chemicals at high pressure into underground rock to create cracks for gas and oil to escape.”

Read more: Reuters

 

Defiant Ethiopia To Proceed With Massive Dam On The Nile River

Last modified on 2011-04-06 11:27:19 GMT. 1 comment. Top.

Waterfalls on the Blue Nile. Ethiopia has plans to grab hold of a bigger share of the river despite Egypt’s long held monopoly. Photo retrieved from: www.greenprophet.com

“Defiant of Egypt’s historic monopoly over its flow, Ethiopia is pushing ahead with a controversial plan to build a massive dam on the Nile river. Egypt and Sudan have maintained control of the Nile through a series of laws originally brokered by colonial powers in 1929.

But last May, six upstream countries signed a legally binding document that dispossessed Egypt of its right to veto decisions regarding the Nile’s distribution. Buoyed by President Hosni Mubarak’s recent ouster, and undaunted by criticism, Ethiopia insists that it will proceed with its plan even without international support.

At a recent news conference, Ethiopia’s Water and Energy Minister Alemayehu Tegenu explained that construction of the dam near the Ethiopian and Sudanese border is expected to start soon, Reutersreports.

This despite widespread opposition to the project, which Minister Tegenu suspects is a direct result of Egypt’s campaign to prevent the dam’s construction.

But Mr. Tegunu is adamant that Ethiopia will proceed with the $4.78 billion dollar project even without donor support. In order to finance the project, they will sell off government bonds.

At present, Ethiopia uses 1% of its annual 86% contribution of Nile water, while Egypt has access to 55 out of the river’s 84 billion cubic meter annual flow. Last year, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania and Burundi signed an agreement to re-apportion the Nile, an agreement Egypt refuses to acknowledge.

The Nile Dam is expected to generate 5,250MW of hydroelectricity after its completion in approximately 44 months, contributing more than a third to the country’s $12 billion plan to generate 15,000 MW within the next 25 years.”

Read more: Green Prophet

 

Ethiopia Offers Olive Branch in Nile Water Sharing Dispute

Last modified on 2013-12-09 23:17:56 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

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“Ethiopia is offering Egypt and Sudan an olive branch in their bitter dispute over sharing the waters of the Nile River. The offer includes possible joint ownership of a huge Ethiopian hydropower project that Egypt has tried to block.

“Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Meles Zenawi launched a furious attack Friday on powerful interests seeking to prevent construction of a 5,200-megawatt dam on the Blue Nile, in the highlands along the Sudanese border.

“Meles says the massive project would allow Ethiopia to earn precious foreign exchange from electricity exports. But traditional funding sources have dried up, largely due to opposition from environmentalists, as well as from Egypt, which depends almost totally on the Nile for its water supply.

“Speaking to the opening session of an international hydropower conference, Meles vowed the $4.8-billion project would go ahead, even if impoverished Ethiopia has to pay the tab itself.

“We are so convinced of the justice of our cause, so sure of the strength of our arguments, so convinced of the role of our hydropower projects in eliminating poverty in our country that we will use every ounce of our strength, every dime of money that we can save to complete our program,” Meles said. ”

Read more: Voanews

Billion-plus people to lack water in 2050: study

Last modified on 2011-03-30 03:56:18 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

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“More than one billion urban residents will face serious water shortages by 2050 as climate change worsens effects of urbanization, with Indian cities among the worst hit, a study said Monday.

“The shortage threatens sanitation in some of the world’s fastest-growing cities but also poses risks for wildlife if cities pump in water from outside, said the article in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

“The study found that under current urbanization trends, by mid-century some 993 million city dwellers will live with less than 100 liters (26 gallons) each day of water each — roughly the amount that fills a personal bathtub — which authors considered the daily minimum.

“Adding on the impact of climate change, an additional 100 million people will lack what they need for drinking, cooking, cleaning, bathing and toilet use.

“”Don’t take the numbers as destiny. They’re a sign of a challenge,” said lead author Rob McDonald of The Nature Conservancy, a private environmental group based near Washington.

“”There are solutions to getting those billion people water. It’s just a sign that a lot more investment is going to be needed, either in infrastructure or in water use efficiency,” he said.”

Read more: Brisbane Times

Libya: Oil and Water Mix?

Last modified on 2013-12-09 23:17:56 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

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“Oil, of course, remains a key element in the fight for control of Libya. Via pipeline and tanker distribution, Libya’s oil resources supply a substantial part of the consumption in the United States and the European Union and are the major source of financial support for the Gadhafi regime. This primary aspect of the present and future national economy is vulnerable to the ongoing military battle for political control, war damage to lines, pumps, and port facilities, economic sanctions and naval blockades, and even vindictive sabotage by whoever plays the losing hand and wishes to leave behind a nation without any financial viability.

“But what about water? One of the less well known projects undertaken by Gadhafi is “The Great Man Made River Scheme,” a huge technological plan to shift fresh water from ancient underground aquifers in the Hamada, Murzuq, and Kufra basins in the Sahara Desert to irrigate new remote agricultural harvest and provide ample supply to Tripoli, Benghazi, and the concentrated population along the Mediterranean coast. The project involves drilling hundreds of deep wells and 5000 kilometers of 4-meter diameter concrete piping that is designed eventually to convey north over six million cubic meters of water a day. This construction in the most stressful physical conditions has been performed by thousands of “foreign” workers, many of whom presumably are among the refugees now fleeing the country.

“This exceptional underground reservoir is part of an ancient connected system that covers two million square kilometers, overlapping parts of Libya, Egypt, Chad, and Sudan — the so-called Nubian Sandstone Aquifer System. This is “fossil” water, accumulated over millions of years, finite, marginally rechargeable, thus non-renewable, and not an active part of the surrounding hydrological cycle that has provided limited groundwater for expanding use and demand by growing population.”

Read more: Huffington Post

 

Droughts to Worsen in East Africa, With Implications for U.S. Food Aid

Last modified on 2011-03-24 18:28:48 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

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“The researchers, who reported their conclusions in the journal Climate Dynamics, used data spanning six decades to show that rising sea surface temperatures from emissions of human origin have created an intensification of air circulation in the Indian and Pacific Oceans, also known as the “Walker cell.”

This strengthening has caused the circulation to swell westward toward the African coast, boosting heat transfer in the atmosphere and triggering greater rainfall and cloud cover over the Indian Ocean over the past 30 years.

For East Africa, this has spelled trouble — perhaps counterintuitively.

The study finds that warm and dry winds have moved west toward Africa’s coast, inhibiting rainfall, particularly in parts of Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia from March to June, one of the main growing seasons.”

Read more: Reuters

 

“Hydro-diplomacy” needed to avert Arab water wars

Last modified on 2011-03-20 20:08:12 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

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“The United Nations should promote “hydro-diplomacy” to defuse any tensions over water in regions like the Middle East and North Africa where scarce supplies have the potential to spark future conflicts, experts said on Sunday.

“They said the U.N. Security Council should work out ways to bolster cooperation over water in shared lakes or rivers, from the Mekong to the Nile, that are likely to come under pressure from a rising world population and climate change.

“The Middle East and North Africa are the regions most at risk of conflict over scarce water supplies, they said, but history shows “water wars” are very rare.

“”We think that water is an issue that would be a appropriate for the U.N. Security Council,” Zafar Adeel, chair of UN-Water, told Reuters ahead of a meeting of experts in Canada this week to discuss water and security.

“U.N. studies project that 30 nations will be “water scarce” in 2025, up from 20 in 1990. Eighteen of them are in the Middle East and North Africa, with Libya and Egypt among those added to the 1990 list that includes Israel and Somalia.”

Read more: Reuters Africa

Uganda’s Karuma dam costs escalate to $2.2 bln

Last modified on 2011-03-17 01:09:02 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

The Karuma Falls hydropower project site. Photo retrieved from: in2eastafrica.net

“CAPE TOWN (Reuters) – The cost of Uganda’s new 700 megawatt Karuma hydropower project has more than doubled to $2.2 billion and the government may tap foreign bond markets to fund the plant, an industry official said on Monday.

“In September Energy Minister Hilary Onek told Reuters the cost of the plant, situated on the Nile River, was estimated at $900 million.

“We have just completed a feasibility study and it says $2.2 billion,” John Mugyenzi, managing director of Uganda Electricity Generation Company, told reporters on the sidelines of an African power conference.

“We expect construction to start late this year, early next year with first power within five years,” Mugyenzi said.

“He said the government may consider tapping international foreign bond markets to help fund construction costs.”

read more: Reuters; Africa

Avoiding Water Wars

Last modified on 2011-03-08 01:37:31 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

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“With the climate change and as a consequence shrinking water availability across the Middle East, Asia and sub-Saharan Africa, violent conflict between states is increasingly likely. This matter was on the agenda of annul World Water Week forum in Stockholm held in 2006, but it could not answer the question raised in the meeting whether we are heading for an era of “hydrological warfare” in which rivers, lakes and aquifers become national security assets to be fought over, or controlled through proxy armies and client states? Or can water act as a force for peace and cooperation? It has been estimated by the experts that by 2025, more than two billion people are expected to live in countries that find it difficult or impossible to mobilize the water resources needed to meet the needs of agriculture, industry and households. Population growth, urbanization and the rapid development of manufacturing industries are relentlessly increasing demand for finite water resources. Symptoms of the resulting water stress are increasingly visible. In northern China, rivers now run dry in their lower reaches for much of the year. In parts of Pakistan and India, groundwater levels are falling so rapidly that from 10 percent to 20 percent of agricultural production is under threat.

In the past, there have been wars between the countries over religions, usurpation of territories and control of resources including oil, but in view of acute shortages of water in Africa, Middle East, Asia and elsewhere, the future wars could be fought over water.

In addition to Kashmir dispute, the Indus River Basin has been an area of conflict between India and Pakistan for about four decades. Spanning 1,800 miles, the river and its tributaries together make up one of the largest irrigation canals in the world. Dams and canals built in order to provide hydropower and irrigation have dried up stretches of the Indus River. The division of the river basin water has created friction among the countries of South Asia, and among their states and provinces. Accusations of overdrawing of share of water made by each province have resulted in the lack of water supplies to coastal regions of Pakistan. India and Bangladesh have also dispute over Ganges River water and India is resorting to water theft there as well. Nepal and Bangladesh are also victims of India’s water thievery. India had dispute with Bangladesh over Farrakha Barrage, with Nepal over Mahakali River and with Pakistan over 1960 Indus Water Treaty.”

Read more: Pakistan Observer

Ethiopia’s Controversial Dam Project

Last modified on 2011-03-07 18:46:23 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

Members of the Karo tribe at the Omo river, on which the Gibe III dam is being built. Photo retrieved from: www.guardian.co.uk

“There is particular concern over the Gibe III dam being built on the Omo river, the largest infrastructure project in Ethiopian history. Campaigners say it threatens the livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of people in the South Omo region and around Lake Turkana in Kenya. The Lower Omo Valley, a Unesco World Heritage Site, is home to agro-pastoralists from eight distinct indigenous groups who depend on the Omo river’s annual flood to support riverbank cultivation and grazing lands for livestock.

Launching a new five-year development plan in August last year, the Ethiopian prime minister, Meles Zenawi, vowed to complete the dam “at any cost” and lashed out at Survival International and other critics, saying, “They don’t want to see developed Africa; they want us to remain undeveloped and backward to serve their tourists as a museum … These people talk about the hazard of building dams after they have already completed building dams in their country.”

However, Peter Bosshard, policy director for International Rivers, one of the groups involved in the campaign against Gibe III(pdf), says that international groups had to speak out because local campaigners had effectively been silenced. He said members of affected communities were not consulted; anybody even suspected of opposing the dam risks suffering serious consequences.

“Accountable governments and public participation in decision-making are key elements of social and economic development,” said Bosshard. “The Ethiopian government makes a mockery of these concepts. In the Gibe III dam, the biggest infrastructure project in Ethiopia’s history, any participation by the affected people has been suppressed, and any dissenters risk arrest or worse.”

Read more: Guardian

Forest Loss Threatens Sierra Leone Water Supplies

Last modified on 2011-03-07 18:25:01 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

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“Sierra Leone is one of a number of African countries where deforestation is impacting water supply.

“WATER LOST”

Although the house building on Leicester Peak is outside the main water catchment area of Freetown’s main dam, officials worry it sets a precedent that protected forest can be cut.

“Our efforts have not yielded much fruit,” said Samuel Serry, Sierra Leone forests and agriculture ministry spokesman.

“There is a serious problem enforcing the regulations.”

In Moseh, a village on a peninsula south of Freetown, village chief Foday Koroma said water supplies were getting more irregular and local people were carrying water in jerrycans.

On a continent where rain often buckets down then dries up, trees help moderate the cycle, by slowing run-off and soaking up precipitation to be released later.

“When you take forest off, all (the water) comes off in the wet season,” said Richard Harding, of the UK-based Centre for Ecology and Hydrology. “It will all be lost … out to sea.”

Only 40 percent of a protected forest of 17,482 hectares (43,199 acres) on a peninsula south of Freetown is left, yet a fifth of the nation’s six million people depend on it for water.”

Read more: Reuters

Sudan Shrugs Off Burundi’s Signing Of New Nile Water Deal

Last modified on 2011-03-03 16:21:26 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

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“Sudan and Egypt in particular have ardently opposed an agreement signed in May last year by four of the Nile’s upstream countries – Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia, Tanzania and Rwanda – to alter shares of the Nile water as defined in a colonial-era accord which gives Egypt the lion’s share of the water and the right to veto Nile projects proposed by other countries.

The new agreement was signed after 13 years of failure in talks between the Nile basin countries to reach an agreement guaranteeing an equitable use of Nile water.

Under the old accords, Egypt receives 55.5 billion square meters of water annually, out of the estimated total 84 billion square meters, whereas Sudan receives the second largest share, 18 billion cubic meters per year.

Burundi on Monday signed up to the new pact known as the Nile Basin Initiative, rendering it ready to go into effect pending ratification by local parliaments in the countries that signed it.

Sudan’s minister of irrigation and water resources, Kamal Ali Mohamed, said in statements carried on Wednesday by the country’s official news agency SUNA that Burundi’s joining of the agreement was “expected.”

The minister went on to say that Sudan’s stance towards the new deal remains unchanged because it ignores the existing rights and does not enjoy consensus by all Nile basin countries.”

Read more: Sudan Tribune

Water, electricity cut to half of Ivory Coast

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“Water and electricity have been cut in Ivory Coast’s north, the electric company and the rebels who control the area said Wednesday, a move that deprives millions of people and further deepens an increasingly violent political crisis.

“Armed men entered the electricity company and ordered that the electricity for the entire northern half of the country be cut on late Monday, “even though no operational need existed and the network was healthy,” said a statement signed by the management of the national electric company.

“The company has been operating under the supervision of incumbent leader Laurent Gbagbo, who nationalized the key state asset in January, more than a month after he lost a presidential election according the results certified by the United Nations. He refuses to cede power to the man the U.N. recognized as the poll’s winner, Alassane Ouattara.

“Millions of people across the north are without water or electricity,” said Issia Doumbia, a spokesman for the New Forces rebels, which control the north and are loyal to Ouattara.

“During the entire war, Gbagbo never cut the people off,” he said, referring to a war 8 years ago that divided the country into a rebel-controlled north and a loyalist south. “But now, things are turning bad — fast.”

“Fighting in Ivory Coast’s commercial capital reached a new level of intensity last week, when gunmen loyal to Ouattara began fighting back and ambushing police officers after weeks of violent repression.

“Last week, the U.N. said more than 300 people had died since the country’s disputed November election, but that total does not include casualties from the most intense fighting which could easily reach 100.”

Read more: Fox

Dar on Brink of Darkness as Power Crisis Deepens

Last modified on 2011-03-02 16:06:56 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

Tanesco power sub-station in Dar es Salaam. Photo retrieved from: www.theeastafrican.co.ke

“The energy crisis engulfing Tanzania deepened last week, as it emerged that East Africa’s second biggest economy is operating on a depleted electricity reserve that could throw it into darkness in case of an outage.

In coming weeks, authorities plan to shut down major hydro plants, the main source of power due to falling water levels.

The country’s power generation system encompasses the use of hydro, thermal and gas power.

The interconnected grid has an installed capacity of 773MW, of which 71 per cent is hydropower.

The largest hydropower complexes are the Mtera and Kidatu Dams situated on the Great Ruaha River.

Currently, the area (Ruaha and Ihefu) has been hit by a severe drought, which has greatly affected the generation of hydropower.

Manufacturers are already staring at major revenue losses that could in turn pile pressure on prices of key commodities.

Tanzania Meteorological Agency acting director general Agnes Kijazi told The EastAfrican last week that there were no foreseeable rains in the coming months, especially in the central and southeastern zone of the country where the major hydropower generation plants are based.”

Read more: The East African

Ethiopia: Kenyan protests could compromise mega electric project?

Last modified on 2011-02-24 01:44:34 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

“After massive protests in Nairobi, Kenya, last weekend, against the construction of Ethiopia’s mega hydro electric dam, Gilgel Gibe III, calling on China to stop financing it, Ethiopia has announced that at least 41 percent of the dam’s construction works has been completed.

“Azeb Asnake, Engineer and manager of the project, appeared on Ethiopian state television last Monday to give details on the completion of the 243-meter high dam. Its 211 km2 reservoir is expected to be the first in Africa in terms of capacity.

“A group of International and Kenyan NGOs, since the inauguration of the project three years ago, have been lobbying international financial institutions and donors to hold their financial support of the hydropower dam arguing that it will significantly impact the water level of Lake Turkana. The activists say the outcome will negatively affect the livelihoods of herdsmen in the region.”

Read more: Afrik-News

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