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Ghana
GhanaVolta River Authority signs MOU for 1,200MW coal power plant

Emmanuel Armah-Kofi BuahMr. Emmanuel Armah-Kofi BuahIn Ghana, the national electric utility the Volta River Authority (VRA) has announced a memorandum of understanding with a subsidiary of Shenzhen Energy Group to develop a 1,200 megawatt (MW) coalfired power plant.

Volta River Authority will work with locally-based Sunon Asogli Power Ghana to bring the power station online by 2018, Energy Minister Emmanuel Armah-Kofi Buah told a press briefing in the capital Accra recently. Li Xiaohai, chairman of Sunon Asogli, said that he believes.

LiberiaLiberia
‘Operation WASH Ebola Away’ Goes to Margibi County

Most of the latest Ebola fatalities have come from LiberiaMost of the latest Ebola fatalities have come from LiberiaAs the Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) sector “Operation WASH Ebola Away” continues, the sector and partners have extended the program to Margibi County,a county hard hit by the outbreak. The ‘Operation WASH Ebola Away’ was launched in Kakata, capital of the county, with the distribution of 8,000 hygiene kits for the use of communities affected by the virus.

Nigerianigeria
RusHydro to kick off tenders for Nigeria hydropower renovation

Kanji-damKanji-damA subsidiary of Russia’s largest electricity generating company RusHydro is set to put out tenders for the rehabilitation of two hydropower stations in Nigeria bought through the unbundling of the West African country’s state-run electricity system.

RusHydro International AG has confirmed that its financepartner Nigeria’s Mainstream Energy Solutions has agreed to its plan to rehabilitate Kainji and Jebba power plants, with a total installed capacity of 1.3 GW.

Rwandarwanda
Water Agency to Enforce Accountability Measures

Only 52 of Rwandans have access to clean waterOnly 52% of Rwandans have access to clean waterThe Water and Sanitation Corporation Ltd (WASAC) has developed a billing system that will be integrated with the management information system in use. The new measure, officials hope, will help curb financial and administrative shortcomings and ensure accountability at the utility regulator.

Wasac chief executive James Sano said the development will help avoid shortcomings and cases of mismanagement that were highlighted in the 2012/13 Auditor-General’s report that faulted the defunct Energy Sanitation and Water Authority (EWSA) for various financial impropriety issues.

South AfricaSouth africa
Looming water disaster

Cape Town - Gauteng’s water was recently switched off because it was “so close to the edge” – and that’s just the beginning. The rest of the country is running on empty unless government spends 100 times more to secure water supply.

In more than half of the country, South Africans are using more water than what’s available. They are already using 98% of our available water supply, and 40% of our wastewater treatment is in a “critical state”.

 

                           


            

Current Issue: Africa Water & Sanitation & Hygiene March-April 2017 Vol.12 No.2