MAPUTO (Reuters) – Mozambique has approved the construction of a $2 billion hydro-electric dam in a bid to increase power generation and attract foreign investments, the state-run Noticias daily newspaper reported recently.

The paper quoted Energy Minister Salvador Namburete as saying the new Mphanda Nkuwa dam would be built 60 kilometres downstream from the Cahora Bassa Hydro-electric dam (HCB) on the Zambezi River and would produce 1,500 megawatts of power.

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Bekezela Phakathi

Johannesburg — A University of Cape Town doctoral study has found that SA has more than enough wind to provide a consistent feed of electricity into the national grid.

The government’s renewable energy policy has set a target for a 4% contribution, or about 10 000GWh, of electricity to be produced from renewable sources by 2013.

The study, conducted by Kilian Hagermann for his doctoral thesis , concluded there was enough wind to provide an unexpected 35% of SA’s electricity. Mr Hagermann’s calculations, done in 2008, were based on electricity demand in 2007. The study also found that almost half of SA had enough wind to be considered a “good” supply and that sizeable inland regions were an “excellent” resource.

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Kasita Ibrahim

Kampala — Uganda is shopping for investors to repair and restock the dilapidated Jinja oil reserves, an effort that will boost fuel supply security. “The Government intends to engage a private operator for a period of 10 years to refurbish, restock, operate and manage the 30-million fuel plant,” said Fred Kabagambe-Kaliisa, the energy ministry permanent secretary.

He added that the project would be under the department of petroleum supplies. “The concession period excludes the refurbishment period of six months. In this arrangement, the storage tanks will be stocked with 20 million litres of diesel and 10 million litres of petrol,” Kaliisa said.

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