Ethiopia Signs a Deal for Construction of a High-Voltage Transmission Line to Kenya

Ethiopia signed a US$20 million-agreement with China Electric Power Equipment and Technology for the construction of a high-voltage transmission line connecting with Kenya as part of plans to boost regional power exports.

The 433-km project will stretch from Wolaita in southern Ethiopia to the border, making half of a planned 1,045 km link with Kenya. It was signed on Friday (June 19) Ethiopian Electric Power's Chief Executive Azeb Asnake and the CEPET's vice-president Chen Wei.

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Enel Green Power announces start of construction on an 82.5 MW PV plant in South Africa

Enel Green Power (EGP, Rome, Italy) has begun construction of the Pulida solar photovoltaic (PV) plant, which is located in the Free State Province in South Africa.

The PV project will have a total installed capacity of 82.5 MW and once fully operational will be able to generate more than 150 GWh of solar power annually, equivalent to the annual consumption needs of around 48,000 South African households.

Solar power generated by Pulida will be sold to the South African utility Eskom through the 20-year power supply agreement that EGP was awarded in October 2013 as part of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) promoted by the South African Government.

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Sh500 Billion for Urban Renewal Project

Nairobi — Nairobi County Government is seeking to raise about Sh530 billion through a Public Private Partnership (PPP) to undertake its urban regeneration and renewal projects within the city.

Speaking during an investors briefing on Wednesday morning, Governor Evans Kidero indicated that the project will consist of three phases which will involve the redevelopment of old housing estates in sections of the city into apartment buildings, developing high storey car park buildings and rehabilitation of medical facilities.

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Kenya ranked eighth largest global geothermal producer

The injection of additional 280 megawatts produced in Olkaria to the national grid in December has lifted Kenya’s global ranking as the eighth largest producer of geothermal energy, a new study shows.

Kenya’s installed steam power capacity now stands at 579MW, ahead of giant economies such as Japan, Russia, China and Germany – according to a study presented to the World Bank by state-owned KenGen.

The US remains the world’s top geothermal producer with an installed capacity of 3,389 MW – nearly six times Kenya’s output – followed by Philippines (1,894MW), Indonesia (1,333MW), Mexico (980MW) and Italy is fifth with 901MW of steam power. New Zealand is graded sixth with 895MW ahead of Iceland (664MW).

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