Private Companies Get $750 Million Contract for Afghanistan Development

The United States’ Agency for International Development has awarded a combined contract to three separate companies to provide water and energy development projects in Afghanistan. Construction, engineering and support services will be provided by the firms, who include Tetra Tech. Dan Batrack, Tetra Tech’s Chairman and CEO said of the indefinite quantity contract (IDQ): “This … Read more Private Companies Get $750 Million Contract for Afghanistan Development

Mumbai Company Signs Deal for Municipal Solid Waste to Energy Technology

Mumbai-based company, Concord Enviro Systems, has signed a deal with the New Zealand based syngas company, Lanzatech, for the technology to convert waste biomass or Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) to syngas for conversion into liquid transport fuels. Concord Enviro Systems is owned by Concord Blue, a German-Indian company. The firm will convert waste biomass into … Read more Mumbai Company Signs Deal for Municipal Solid Waste to Energy Technology

Poland to Build Two New Nuclear Power Plants

Poland is planning to build two new operational nuclear power plants by 2020. The bidding process begins in late September and a variety of companies are already lining up to provide the technical expertise to build the plants. GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy is jockeying for position. The company has 10,000 employees in Poland and has … Read more Poland to Build Two New Nuclear Power Plants

Interview with Dr David Otwoma at the Kenyan Nuclear Electricity Project

Dr David Otwoma is chief scientist and secretary to the Kenyan Nuclear Electricity Project (NEP) Committee, which is charged with the responsibility of harnessing nuclear energy for Kenya by 2022. Dr Otwoma had an interview with The Global Herald on the steps they are making as well as the various challenges they are out to overcome … Read more Interview with Dr David Otwoma at the Kenyan Nuclear Electricity Project

Kenya Must Build Human Capacity to Achieve Nuclear Plant by 2022 – Michael Mangala

“The training of experts in preparation for harnessing nuclear energy in developing countries, particularly Kenya, calls for strategic collaborations with nations that have huge experience in nuclear energy generation”, says Mr Michael Mangala – a nuclear technique expert at the University of Nairobi, Institute of Nuclear Science and Technology (INST). Mr Mangala says that most … Read more Kenya Must Build Human Capacity to Achieve Nuclear Plant by 2022 – Michael Mangala

Hess Corporation Secures Exploration Contracts in Kurdistan, Iraq

Hess Corporation has secured exploration rights for the Dinarta and Shakrok blocks in Kurdistan, Iraq. In partnership with Petroceltic International PLC, Hess will maintain a 64 percent participating interest and 80 percent paying interest in the blocks. The production sharing contracts are held with the Kurdistan Regional Government of Iraq and cover an area of 1,737 km … Read more Hess Corporation Secures Exploration Contracts in Kurdistan, Iraq

Kenya: Commercially Viable Deposits of Coal Confirmed in Mui Basin

Kenya will soon join the Coal mining nations following the confirmation of commercially viable deposits of coal in the Mui Basin, in Mwingi East, Mwingi Central and Mutitu Districts. The Government of Kenya has moved to divide the coal blocks within the basin into concessions for the purposes of private sector exploration, exploitation and development. … Read more Kenya: Commercially Viable Deposits of Coal Confirmed in Mui Basin

Interview with Kris Skrinak – CEO of adaptiveARC Cool Plasma Gasification

Kris Skrinak is CEO of adaptiveARC – a gasification company which creates syngas from waste which can then be combusted to create energy. Mr Skrinak spoke on 13th July 2011 at the Clean Energy Finance & Investment Summit and took the time to speak to The Global Herald concerning his career in business and the … Read more Interview with Kris Skrinak – CEO of adaptiveARC Cool Plasma Gasification

Kenya Power Shelves Plans to Review Cost of Electricity

Kenya Power and Lighting Company (KPLC) has shelved plans to review power tariffs this year, citing the current tough economic times Kenyans are facing due to rising inflation. The power distributor reviews power tariffs every three years and was due to announce new tariffs on 30th June 2011 in accordance with the Energy Regulatory Commission … Read more Kenya Power Shelves Plans to Review Cost of Electricity

Kenya: Consumer Group Slams 25% Increase in Electricity Prices

The Consumer Federation of Kenya (Cofek) has warned that the Kenya Power and Lightening Company (KPLC) proposal to increase the cost of power to the consumer by 25 percent is ill – timed. Cofek has said this will translate to an average increase of about Sh 400 to monthly consumer bills. “While Cofek appreciates that … Read more Kenya: Consumer Group Slams 25% Increase in Electricity Prices

Kenya Ups Energy Budget with a Call for Efficient Usage

The Government of Kenya in this year’s budget recognized that reliable and affordable energy is necessary for sustained economic growth and poverty reduction. Thus, the Ministry of Energy was allocated about twofold increased budget amounting Sh.65.7 billion, up from Sh.34.9 billion in 2010/11 fiscal year. Of this amount, geothermal development will receive Sh.16.1 billion, which … Read more Kenya Ups Energy Budget with a Call for Efficient Usage

American Electric Power to Extend Lifespan of Cook Nuclear Plant by 20 Years

Indiana Michigan Power Company, an affiliate of American Electric Power, has awarded a contract to The Shaw Group Inc. to extend the lifespan of the Cook nuclear plan in Michigan, in the United States for another 20 years. Shaw will provide engineering, procurement and construction services on projects designed to extend the life cycle of … Read more American Electric Power to Extend Lifespan of Cook Nuclear Plant by 20 Years

Germany Will Abandon Nuclear Energy by 2022

In a press conference on 30th May 2011, the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, announced that Germany would abandon nuclear energy by 2022. The country has been in  turmoil over nuclear power since the Fukushiima disaster in Japan showed the potential for future problems with nuclear sources of energy. The German leader said: “Germany is one … Read more Germany Will Abandon Nuclear Energy by 2022

President of Mongolia Discusses Renewables in Germany

The President of Mongolia, Tsakhia Elbegdorj, met with Hans-Josef Fell, Member of the German Bundestag and spokesperson on energy policy for the Green Parliamentary Group of the German Parliament on 3rd May 2011. Mr Fell explained to the Mongolian leader how Germany had adopted the Law on Renewable Energy in 2000 and is now supplying … Read more President of Mongolia Discusses Renewables in Germany

Shaw Group Insists Nuclear Power Fears Over Japan Will Not Affect Business

Shaw Group, Inc., a builder of nuclear power plants, released a statement on 14th March 2011 claiming that business continues as usual and that there is no anticipated impact on the company’s scheduled contracts following the major worldwide concerns over the Fukushimi Daiichi and Fukushima Daini plants in Japan which are struggling to restore safety … Read more Shaw Group Insists Nuclear Power Fears Over Japan Will Not Affect Business