Dedisa Peaking Power in Port Elizabeth Starts Commercial Operation

October 3, 2015 3:45 pm0 comments by:
Dedisa Peaking Power in Port Elizabeth Starts Commercial Operation

Johannesburg — Dedisa Peaking Power, a venture of ENGIE (formerly GDF SUEZ, France), black majority owned Legend Power Solutions (RSA), Mitsui & Co., Ltd. (Japan), and The Peaker Trust (RSA) representing the community in the area, today announced that it has started commercial operation of the 335 MW Dedisa Peaking Power Project in Port Elizabeth (Eastern Cape). Together with the 670 MW Avon Peaking Power Project near Durban (KwaZulu-Natal), Dedisa is South Africa’s first large scale independent power project originated by the Department of Energy. The power generated by these two open cycle gas turbine power plants will be sold to Eskom Holdings, South Africa’s state-owned utility, under a Power […]

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Extractive Industries: Equatorial Guinea Hosts Second Meeting of National Coordinators of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative

September 14, 2015 4:54 pm0 comments by:
Extractive Industries: Equatorial Guinea Hosts Second Meeting of National Coordinators of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative

MALABO, Equatorial Guinea, September 14, 2015/ — On the morning of September 14, His Excellency Fidel Mañé Ncogo, Delegate Minister of Mines, Industry appearing on behalf of the Minister, opened the Second Meeting of National Coordinators of EITI (Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative). The meeting is being held September 14-15 in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea. This meeting is a continuation of a first gathering held last June in Yamoussoukro, Ivory Coast. The objective of these meetings is for African countries to find a common position before the next EITI Global Conference, to be held in Lima, Peru in February 2016. Participants will discuss ongoing developments in the EITI standard and the impact […]

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Uganda Shortlists 17 Firms for Oil Exploration

August 11, 2015 3:41 pm0 comments by:
Uganda Shortlists 17 Firms for Oil Exploration

KAMPALA 11th AUGUST, 2015: The Government of Uganda has concluded the evaluation of Applications for qualification from the 17 firms that submitted applications for petroleum exploration. Dr. F.A Kabagambe-Kaliisa, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Energy & Mineral Development, said: “16 of the 17 firms that submitted the Applications met the evaluation criteria as spelt out in the request for qualification document and will therefore proceed to the Request for Proposal stage of this licensing round. According to Kabgambe the firms were evaluated based on their technical competence, financial capabilities, legal qualifications as well as National Content and Health Safety and Environment track record.” The 16 successful firms are: 1. […]

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China to Support Expansion of Entebbe International Airport

China to Support Expansion of Entebbe International Airport

The Government of China has pledged to support the expansion of Entebbe International Airport. The Chinese Ambassador to Uganda H. E. Zhao Yali says his Government will extend financial support to the Government of Uganda as part of its bilateral relations for the expansion of Entebbe International Airport. The Government of Uganda is to embark on US$300m expansion of Entebbe International Airport to cope up with the increase in the business and the number of air travelers. Entebbe International Airport is currently attracting international airlines. Between 2011- 12 EIA received Qatar Airways, Turkish Airlines, NAS Air (Eritrea) and Gulf Air, a feat that won her the Best Marketing Award in […]

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Ugandans to Foot Extra Cost of Bloated Parliament

As the term the 9th Parliament comes to an end Ugandans taxpayers should brace to foot the extra cost ofy a bloated parliament. President Museveni has proposed the creation of thirty nine more constituencies to add to the country 375 seats. The number of Members of Parliament has been rising in each national election, resulting in an increased burden on the taxpayers. A Member of Parliament in Uganda earns close to $6000 dollars per month. They are also given more than $31,000 to purchase new cars at the beginning of each term of parliament. In addition to that they sometime get a financial bailout like the 2014 scenario where the […]

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Ugandan Ex-Iraqi Guards Cry Foul Over Alleged Exploitation

Ugandan Ex-Iraqi Guards Cry Foul Over Alleged Exploitation

By Joseph Elunya Ugandan private security guards returning home from Iraq are complaining of exploitation. More than 15,000 Ugandans have since 2007 been hired to offer guard duties to American companies in Iraq. Some of the companies that have hired the services of Ugandan security guards include Askar Security Services, Watertight Security Services and Rashak Security Services. In total there are 24 registered companies from Uganda that recruits security guards for the external labour market in the Middle East. Originally working as a guard in Iraq was seen by most Ugandans as a ‘goldmine’ because of the package that those who went there came back home with in the early […]

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