La Centrale à Cycle Combiné d’Azito, du groupe Globeleq, va accroitre sa capacité de production

LONDRES, 13 décembre 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Azito Energie, filiale du groupe Globeleq, producteur d’électricité de premier plan, opérant uniquement sur le continent africain, vient de signer un accord avec le Gouvernement de Côte d’Ivoire pour mettre en œuvre des améliorations techniques sur sa centrale thermique à cycle combiné d’Azito, située à proximité d’Abidjan. La mise à niveau des turbines à gaz permettra notamment d’accroître la capacité installée et la disponibilité, d’améliorer le rendement de la centrale et de réduire ses émissions en CO2.

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La centrale existante d’Azito a une capacité installée de 430 MW. Elle joue un rôle important dans le secteur électrique Ivoirien en fournissant plus de 25 % des besoins en énergie électrique du pays. Une fois l’amélioration technique achevée, 30 MW supplémentaires seront mis à disposition du réseau national pour contribuer à améliorer la couverture des besoins électrique du pays.

La production annuelle prévisionnelle attendue est de 3 130 GWh. Ces améliorations vont permettre d’augmenter le rendement de la centrale et de diminuer les émissions de CO2 sur la durée de vie des installations de 420 000 tonnes environ. Ces améliorations permettront également de prolonger le cycle des inspections des turbines à gaz, et par voie de conséquence, de diminuer le nombre d’inspections majeures et d’améliorer la disponibilité de la centrale.

Mike Scholey, le président d’Azito Energie et Directeur des Operations de Globeleq, a notamment indiqué que “la centrale d’Azito est une infrastructure capitale pour le secteur électrique de la Côte d’Ivoire depuis sa mise en service en 1999. C’est également une des centrales à cycle combiné les plus puissantes et les plus efficaces de l’Afrique de l’Ouest. Cette mise à niveau technologique de la centrale débutera au premier semestre 2018 et s’achèvera fin 2019. »

Avec cet investissement destiné à l’augmentation et l’amélioration des capacités de production de la centrale d’Azito, Globeleq renforce son engagement dans le secteur électrique de la Côte d’Ivoire et continue ainsi à se développer et contribuer à produire l’énergie électrique dont l’Afrique a si besoin pour sa croissance. »

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Globeleq est un développeur, propriétaire et exploitant de centrales de production d’électricité de premier plan en Afrique. Son équipe expérimentée de spécialistes a su créer un portefeuille diversifié de centrales électriques indépendantes, générant plus de 1 200 MW sur huit sites répartis dans cinq pays. Les projets en cours de développement représentent environ 2 000 MW et le groupe prévoit d’accroître ses capacités de production à travers de nouvelles centrales au cours des dix années à venir. www.globeleq.com

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Globeleq’s Azito power plant will increase its generation capacity

LONDON, Dec. 13, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Globeleq, a leading independent power producer solely focused on Africa, has indicated that its majority owned subsidiary, Azito Energie and the Government of Côte d’Ivoire have signed an agreement to enable implementation of technical improvements to its Azito combined cycle power plant near Abidjan.  The improvements will increase the plant capacity and efficiency, improve the availability of the plant and reduce CO2 emissions.

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The existing power plant has an installed capacity of 430 MW and already plays an important part in the sector, supplying around 25 percent of Côte d’Ivoire’s electricity. Once the technical improvements have been made, the plant’s capacity will increase by around 30 MW adding much needed electricity to the national grid.

With planned annual production of 3,130 GWh, the technical improvements will increase the efficiency of the power plant, avoiding the production of approximately 420,000 metric tonnes of CO2 over the life span of the plant.  The enhancements will also extend the lifetime of equipment, requiring less inspections and improving the plant’s availability.

Azito Energie’s Chairman and COO of Globeleq, Mike Scholey, commented: “Azito has been an ever present cornerstone of Côte d’Ivoire’s electricity sector since 1999, and is today one of the largest and most efficient thermal power plants in West Africa. The upgrade is scheduled to occur from the first half of 2018 to end of 2019.  This investment in improvements to the plant reinforces Globeleq’s commitment to ensure Côte d’Ivoire’s power generation sector continues to develop and supply much needed electricity to power Africa’s growth.”

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Globeleq is a leading developer, owner and operator of electricity generation in Africa.  Its experienced team of professionals have built a diverse portfolio of independent power plants, generating more than 1,200 MW in 8 locations across 5 countries.  The company has around 2,000 MW of power projects in development and plans to add significant MW of new power generation during the next 10 years.  www.globeleq.com

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GHANA TO ESTABLISH BAUXITE REFINERY SOON

ACCRA, Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia says government is working to establish a bauxite refinery plant to process the mineral as part of efforts to add value to natural resources to maximize profit and create jobs.

He said government was putting in place all the necessary legislative framework and logistics to construct the refinery in the next two or three years.

A bill seeking to set up a Bauxite Development Authority to facilitate the establishment of an Integrated Aluminium Industry will be submitted to Parliament early next year after broad consultations have been done.

Bawumia made the disclosure in Accra on Tuesday when he took part in a panel discussion on the role of the private sector in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the African Roundtable.

Other panel members who took part in the discussion were; Gunnar Andreas-Holm, the Norwegian Ambassador to Ghana, Nana Osei Bonsu, the Chief Executive Officer of the Private Enterprise Federation, and Ms. Razia Khan, the Chief Economist for Africa, Standard Chartered Bank, London.

The discussion was moderated by Ruby Sandhu-Rojon, the Deputy Special Representative for the Secretary General for West Africa and the Sahel.

The event was the theme: Mobilising Support and Accelerating Implementation of the SDGs, which attracted government officials, economists, financial analysts, entrepreneurs, diplomats and representatives from civil society organisations.

The Vice President said: Our goal is to have an aluminium refinery in Ghana in the next two or three years, possibly by 2019.

We are going to look at the power and other issues, but there is no reason we shouldn’t refine our gold or bauxite.

There is a clear direction that the President has set, we will go with the Bill to parliament early next year, and move on with the establishment of the refinery.

He said the establishment of the refinery would further show government’s resolve to partner the private sector to achieve the United Nations SDGs and make the lives of the ordinary Ghanaian better.

Achieving the SDGs would benefit both the public and private sectors, Vice President Bawumia said, and that government was working to create an enabling environment to improve the health and employable skills of the people.

He said: Government will fulfill its obligation to the citizenry to provide a safe, healthy and economically sound environment for growth.

When we fail to fulfill the SDGs there will be a lot of hunger and poverty, therefore, it is imperative and in the interest of the private sector to achieve the SDGs so that there will be prosperity among the people.

If we achieve the SDGs it would mean that the necessary investment have been made, and those investments present a huge opportunity for private sector participation in national development.

The Vice President said the private sector would play a key role in achieving the SDGs and would make sure that the investment climate was conducive for private sector participation.

He said a Report by the Sustainable Development Commission for the UN indicated that there was about 12 trillion dollars available to the private sector to access towards the implementation of the SDGs.

Therefore every country is supposed to build a strong foundation to achieve the SDGs, which required that they had good investment climate with functioning regulatory bodies to facilitate the process, he noted.

So whatever you do, you must ensure inclusiveness in order to achieve the SDGs. For instance, in Ghana, we’re prioritising education to make sure everyone, at least, attain senior high education.

We cannot build an economy that is exclusive, we must build an economy that is inclusive and since independence the paradigm is shifting from exclusive economy to that of inclusive one whether in the education, healthcare or identifying people.

What we want in Ghana is ensuring inclusion in everything we do in terms of formalising the economy to facilitate job creation,” the Vice President said.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

South Sudanese Turn to Illegal Mining for Survival

KAPOETA, SOUTH SUDAN South Sudanese residents of Kapoeta state say they found a way to earn money to feed their families: selling gold. Gold mining is illegal in South Sudan, but locals say it is worth the risk of getting arrested, or buried. They say they might sell as much as 30 grams of gold in a week in a country where six million people are going hungry each day.

Gold is found in Kapoeta state’s Ngauro, Namurunyang, Kauto and Napotpot villages, all dozens of kilometers outside Kapoeta town.

A 20-year-old man whom VOA is identifying only as Lokuru for safety reasons is one of the local illegal gold miners in Kauto village, some 30 kilometers outside Kapoeta town. Lokuru said the amateur miners often dig down more than 20 meters to find gold.

You can continue digging and the ground might even cover you. That is why people say it is God who is taking care of people. You continue digging deeper since you know it is something that can bring food when sold,” Lokuru told VOA’s South Sudan in Focus.

Once they are down that far, the miners dig sideways in search of the precious mineral. They collect a mixture of dirt and gold dust, place it in basins or bowls, slowly pour water over the top, and shake. If there are gold nuggets inside, they settle at the bottom.

Last week, Lokuru was looking for a customer to buy three grams of precious stones he recently found outside of Kapoeta.

I came here to Kapoeta and found some white stones. I saw them gathered in one place. I started digging deeper into the ground and found other stones inside, said Lokuru.

In the past, most Kapoeta residents did not know they could earn a living from the illegal trade of mining gold and depended entirely on keeping and selling livestock as their only source of livelihood.

In a place like South Sudan, gold mining can be extremely lucrative. Lokuru says 20 grams can sell for as much as 50,000 South Sudanese pounds.

Another amateur gold miner named Mark, said a friend introduced him to gold mining at Nahanak village. He told South Sudan in Focus his life has improved because of the lucrative gold trade.

He taught me to dig this way and that for about two months and I was able to get 10 grams which I sold. I used that money for buying cows and goats which I now take to Juba, Mark said.

At the same time, Mark emphasized that gold mining can be dangerous.

In areas of Namurunyang the gold is far [underground]. People dig up to eight meters deep and if one gets [gold], everybody will get into that hole and the digging continues. Sometimes the hole will collapse and could bury even more than 10 people, Mark said.

Kapoeta officials announced a ban on gold mining earlier this year. Locals were told if they have gold, to sell it directly to the state investment cooperative in Kapoeta. The state said it would pay 6,000 South Sudanese pounds per gram, or $33. ($1 U.S. = 180 South Sudanese pounds on the black market.)

Middlemen have smuggled gold out of the country to be sold in neighboring Uganda or Kenya, where a gram of pure gold fetches $35. According to a source who spoke on condition of anonymity for security reasons, the same quantity sold for $50 two years ago.

Kapoeta Deputy Governor Paul Langa told South Sudan in Focus it’s not easy to control illegal mining of gold in the state.

“The gold is everywhere, ranging from here up to the mountains of Didinga, down to Buya, so it is tremendously hard to control. This is the dust which anyone can just get. For example, when we were renovating the airstrip, the Murrum [paving material] we collected, children were able to mine gold out of it, said Langa.

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GERMANY AND GHANA IN 100 MILLION EURO PARTNERSHIP FOR SUSTAINABLE ENERGY

ACCRA, Germany and Ghana on Tuesday signed a 100 million Euros bilateral Investment and Reform Partnership agreement to promote private investment in renewable energy and vocational training.

The agreement is part of Germany’s G-20 Compact with Africa programme for sustainable economic development.

Ghana’s Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta and Germany’s Deputy Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, Friedrich Kitschelt signed the agreement under the auspices of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and the visiting German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier at the Flagstaff House in Accra.

The Partnership with Ghana is geared towards improving conditions for sustainable private sector investment, investment in infrastructure, economic participation, and employment in the country.

Addressing the press after the signing ceremony, President Akufo-Addo warmly welcomed Mr Steinmeier to Ghana, optimistic that his visit to the country would “renew the friendship and advance the dialogue that has been between our two countries.”

With Ghana being the third largest trading partner of Germany in Sub-Saharan Africa, the President said the relations between the two nations had been excellent, with many important features of commonality between both states.

President Akufo-Addo said the German economy had been distinguished by the prevalence and importance of small and medium scale enterprises, a rich experience Ghana could exploit to scale up and strengthen the sector to revamp its economy.

The President noted further Germany’s leading role in the training of its workforce had made that country’s workforce one of the most efficient in the world “and it shows in the continuous performance and resilience of the German economy.”

“This is another area of great concern for us – the whole area of skills development and training for our workforce and for our young people,” He said.

The President told the German leader that his government’s main priority was the enhancement of Education, which would ultimately scale up the capacity and competence of Ghana’s workforce.

Germany, he noted, was an important world leader in the area of renewable energy, an area that held extreme importance and concern for Ghana, and which the country hopes to find “a meaningful intercourse with Germany.”

Akufo-Addo stated further that there were many other areas of international concern where Ghana and Germany “stood shoulder to shoulder in our view of issues about terrorism.”

“And above all we have taken a great deal of inspiration from the commitment of Germany’s leaders in supporting the options that Ghanaians have taken to assume greater responsibility for their economic development.”

The President said the “Ghana beyond aid” was one of the finest and greatest resonance of the leadership of Germany and it provided “another important basis for this continuing and fruitful dialogue that there is between our two countries.”

“I am particularly happy that today that he has come with a very impressive business delegation and we are hoping that the delegation would have a serious and meaningful intercourse with our own business community so that the very strong relations that are between our two countries would continue to develop,” the President said.

Steinmeier said the longstanding relations between his country and Ghana had been given an additional impetus with him being in Ghana with a business delegation and praised Ghana’s democracy and tradition of stability, as well as the excellent and friendly business climate, which suited well with German businesses and industry that were very keen to invest in the country.

Ghana, Steinmeier noted, had shown the world in the last twelve months “that it was possible to move away from divisive tendencies through determined actions and the data available to us, has improved and we are more optimistic more than we were a year or two ago.”

“The interest on the part of Ghana in Germany’s investment is just as great because it is not only about investing companies and plants, but about German companies bringing something here that you urgently need,” he said.

The German President also commended the Ghanaian government for focusing on education and vocational training “and it is something that I consider to be very necessary and makes a lot of sense as the President pointed out earlier when he explained the philosophy that you want to build a Ghana beyond aid.”

“I think we both are quite aware of the fact that this is not only a right and objective way to go but it can also be beneficial if you open up the opportunities for the young people through training and vocational education to follow a perspective for yourself and your country,” he noted.

Steinmeier pledged his country’s support to partner Ghana to promote private investment and sustainable economic development for mutual benefit.

Beyond what I have just said, we hope that we would be able to partner more strongly in the field of university training and in view of that I will be paying a visit to the University of Ghana and will be opening a study course for advanced university studies.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK