Country Profile
Friday, 12 November 2010 10:52

Energy in Gabon

Despite unstable political conditions and a small population, Gabon’s abundant natural resources and foreign support have helped to make the country one of the more prosperous African countries.
Friday, 12 November 2010 10:49

Country profile: Gabon

Ali Ben Bongo was elected as the president of Gabon in 2009. He is the son of El Hadj Omar Bongo Ondimba, the previous president of Gabon, who was one of the longest-serving heads of state in the world. He has been dominating the political scene in this African country for over four decades. Since Gabon’s independence from France in 1960, only two autocratic presidents had ruled the country.
Thursday, 16 September 2010 10:18

Energy in Algeria

Approximately 60% of budget revenues are attributed to hydrocarbons, which are the backbone of the economy (representing 30% of GDP and over 95% of export earnings). The primary source of hydrocarbons, which are a subset of organic compounds, is fossil fuels, which is the primary energy source for today’s civilization. Hydrocarbon fuel is also used to mobile machines such as cars and planes.
Thursday, 16 September 2010 10:16

Country profile: Algeria

Algeria achieved independence from France in 1962 and the country’s primary political party, the National Liberation Front (NLF), has dominated ever since. Unsatisfied Algerians, however, countered the FLN’s centrality in Algerian politics and the surprising balloting success of the Islamic Salvation Front (ISF) in 1991 spurred the Algerian army to intervene.
Tuesday, 06 July 2010 10:19

Energy issues in Lesotho

According to the Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP), there is abundant hydro-electric power which generates most of the country’s electricity needs. However, electricity only accounts for 3% of the energy that is consumed (www.reep.org).
Tuesday, 06 July 2010 10:17

Country profile: Lesotho

Upon independence from the United Kingdom in 1966, Basutoland was renamed the Kingdom of Lesotho. For the first two decades, the Basuto National Party ruled. King Moshoeshoe, who was exiled in 1990, returned to Lesotho in 1992 and was reinstated in 1995.
Egyptian officials have been reported to say that the country’s oil and gas reserves will be depleted within the next three decades, encouraging a shift to alternative energy sources. In December 2009, Egypt announced plans to bring its first solar power unit online in 2010 in an effort to generate 20% of its energy from renewable energy sources by 2020 (www.ae-africa.com).
Monday, 10 May 2010 15:18

Country profile: Egypt

A series of dynasties ruled Egypt for over three millennia and the last native dynasty fell to the Persians in 341 BC. These rulers were replaced by Greeks, Romans and Byzantines and in the 7th century Arabs started to rule Egypt, introducing Islam and the Arabic languages to a country which they would rule for the next six centuries.
Wednesday, 24 March 2010 12:21

Providing Turnkey Solutions

Consolidated Power Projects (Pty) Ltd (CONCO) specialises in the creation of turnkey solutions for the electricity supply industry based on the design, procurement, construction, commissioning, project management and site management of high-voltage installations – including substations, overhead power lines, protection and automation systems, and renewables. CONCO is South Africa’s largest high-voltage construction company and is owned by the Buildworks Group, a publicly listed entity.
Wednesday, 24 March 2010 12:20

Burundi’s hydropower resources

According to a presentation by the Hangzhou Regional Center for Small Hydropower (www.hrcshp.org), hydro-energy is the most prominent source of energy in Burundi. The total potential hydropower capacity is 300 MW and the total already installed capacity is 30 MW (10%).
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