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OPINION: Energy is a key catalyst in moving Africa forward

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JOHANNESBURG – ‘We have to be impatient in moving Africa forward”. These were the words of Akinwumi Ayodeji Adesina, President of the African Development Bank at the World Economic Forum in 2016.

Two years on, this quote is as relevant today as it was when it was spoken in the snow-capped hills of Davos, Switzerland.

I believe that energy can be a key catalyst in moving Africa forward. But first, let’s look at the macro-economic indicators of Africa holistically. Compared with the rest of the world, Africa as a continent has enjoyed “above-average” growth. The aggregated gross domestic product growth (GDP) was 3.6percent for 2017, with a forecast growth of 4.1percent in 2018 (Source: African Development Bank Economic Outlook 2018).

According to the World Bank Report released earlier this year, Ghana and Ethiopia are expected to achieve GDP growth of 8.3percent and 8.2percent, respectively. In fact, the World Bank predicts that Ethiopia economy will double by 2025. (Source – World Bank Global Economic Prospects 2018: Africa analysis)

Admittedly closer to home, South Africa’s economy has seen a -2.2percent contraction in the last quarter. However, the reforms being implemented (especially with respect to state-owned enterprises) should create fertile soil for “green shoots” come 2019 and 2020.

Taking a closer look at the homogeneous challenges facing the African continent, they can be grouped into several principal areas: job creation, food security, water stewardship and climate change.

While these challenges may vary in degree of severity from country to country, their impact is the same. These issues stifle economic growth and create widening gaps of inequality in our citizens. However, shifts in the regulatory environments coupled with innovation, are creating opportunities for addressing these societal ills.

Job creation

In Botswana, legislative changes in 2016 have opened the country’s energy market to Independent Power Producers (IPPs). As we have seen in South Africa, the Renewable Independent Power Producer Programme (Reipppp) has spawned multiple manufacturing and service industries in addition to achieving significant job growth since its inception.

Given Botswana’s unemployment rate of 18.1percent against a population of just more than 2million, a programme like Reipppp would serve to reduce levels of unemployment and create sustainable manufacturing capacity.

The levels of solar radiation in the country and methane gas opportunities resulting from the thriving livestock industry are clear indicators that this country is primed for renewable energy expansion.

Food security

In Kenya the reduction of connection charges and end-user tariffs for both domestic and commercial/industrial consumers is anticipated to alleviate the country’s low levels of electrification. This country is heavily reliant on food produce exports (coffee, tea, spices).

Therefore, there is a need for promoting the use of renewable energy systems for sustainable agriculture. For example, solar photovoltaic water pumps, and solar water heaters can provide irrigation and input into production processes for produce such as milk, as well as staple crops (for example, maize).

As part of accelerating electrification, a programme dubbed the Green Mini Grid (GMG) facility in Kenya has been rolled out. This programme aims to connect 14000 homes and businesses to green mini-grids by the end of 2018.

Water scarcity

Ethiopia, as one of the top five ranked driest countries on earth faces a dire water scarcity threat. With a projected economic growth of above 8percent for 2018, the scarcity of water could throttle economic growth if serious measures are not taken.

Innovation could be Ethiopia’s saviour. For example, the Sahara Forest Project in Australia uses seawater as an energy source. In a nutshell, the seawater is pumped from the sea and dripped over a “honeycomb” structure inside a greenhouse, where it evaporates. The evaporation cools down the indoor environment, while the resulting water vapour condenses on the greenhouse roof forming fresh water.

Emissions

South Africa, as the most industrialised economy, is also understandably the biggest emitter, with emissions states at 468 metric tons of carbon dioxide as at the end of 2016. While the Reipppp has gone some way to reducing the reliance on coal-fired power, more than 70percent of the country’s power comes from fossil-powered generation.

Companies across the country are seeing the benefits of reducing energy costs through the installation of renewable energy solutions, via tax incentives.

Given the capital outlay of installing solar PV systems on large building roofs, such tax incentives help to accelerate the payback period, thereby alleviating the cost for the business.

By harnessing the power of our natural resources, we can unlock endless possibilities for energy, the catalyst for change in Africa.

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How to Achieve Safety at Workplace (Case study – Nestoil)

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As the energy industry continues to grow and people utilise more cutting-edge technologies in terrains previously unexplored, the need for ensuring workplace safety has even become greater. Establishing a reliable system of managing cases of onshore or offshore hazards to minimise lost-time injury (LTI) is essential to the success of any company, particularly in the energy industry.

At Nestoil, workplace safety is not just a word thrown around lightly; it is a truth embedded in their values. This ethos ensures that the safety and wellbeing of our most valuable assets – Nestoil employees – is guaranteed. Beyond protecting the company’s personnel, having a dependable health, safety and environment (HSE) policy means protection for customers, suppliers, and the public from potential health risks and other dangers.

Nestoil commitment to delivering reliable energy is built on a zero-tolerance for HSE violations, ensuring that risks are mitigated in all operations, especially those in danger-prone sites,

Safety policies cut across all Nestoil sister companies – IMPAC Engineering, B&Q Dredging, Energy Works Technology (EWT) and Hammakopp Consortium. The Nestoil Group has also implemented the ISO 45001:2018 Occupational Health Management in line with other Management System (QMS ISO 9001:2015 and EMS ISO 14001:2015) for synergy, structured organisational strategy and occupational health and safety within the company. This strategy makes reporting and collation of HSE performance statistics on every project efficient and scalable.

Read More : Achieving Workplace Safety Means Having a People-first Policy

 

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Generator Buying Guide

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Are you to purchase an electric power generator?are you pondering on which brand of generator to purchase? Would you like to realize what specificatioon to think about when purchasing convenient electric power generators for your home, little, average sized, and huge business? On the off chance that your response to any of the above inquiries is indeed, at that point welcome, you are at the correct site. Concentrate will be on versatile power generators utilized in homes and private companies just as mechanical evaluation generators.

Generator Size

Before you purchase a generator, you should know how much power you need so as to helpfully run your home or office apparatuses. You can discover how much power you need by taking note of the significant machines you use. For example, do you have to control a siphoning machine, printer, cooling units, iron, cooker? The more apparatuses required, the greater the power-producing set you’ll require.

 

Fuel Type

The most widely recognized fuel types for emergency backup frameworks are gaseous petrol, propane, and diesel. While gas may appear to be helpful, it’s regularly seen as a poor fuel decision for backup frameworks because of its generally short existence of steadiness. Cost can be a factor when picking between a diesel or flammable gas generator (or propane) since the cost distinction can fluctuate contingent upon the size of the generator. The accessibility of the fuel source is another significant factor. Diesel and propane give an ‘on location’ fuel source however may require a re-fill during an all-inclusive power blackout, where petroleum gas is pulled from the neighborhood utility. Nearby code prerequisites may direct which fuel types are accessible to your territory; for instance propane may not be an alternative inside city restricts in certain areas. Likewise, the sort of office can now and again direct if an on location fuel source is required.

 

Equipment Installation:

The general answer is an authorized circuit repairman and may likewise require an authorized handyman, however the decision is regularly up to the purchaser. The key is to pick a respectable organization with a past filled with introducing reserve generator frameworks. A few purchasers may have an organization at the top of the priority list when choosing to buy a generator while others may profit by a referral.

 

Purchase Channel (broker vs. dealer/distributor)

While anybody on the road can put a generator available to be purchased in the classifieds, on eBay, etc, that is unmistakably not a perfect circumstance for a purchaser. Modern diesel generators are unpredictable, finely tuned bits of apparatus that unmistakably should be appropriately kept up and tried by affirmed professionals with the goal for them to work at ideal effectiveness and be there when you need them most. They aren’t called crisis backup generators to no end! Also, since most generators accompany a significant sticker price, even more motivation to ensure you have experts and an association you can trust. You can check here to purchase quality generators

 

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Top Generators to Buy in Nigeria (Gasoline/Petrol Generators)

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These are the most prevalent sorts of generators. Fuel for this sort of generators is promptly accessible.

 

They produce increasingly hurtful emanations. Go for these in case you’re OK with commotion. On the in addition to side however – they’re more affordable and spending plan benevolent. They’re additionally compact and fit for those with exceptionally low power needs.

 

Tiger Manual Gasoline Generator

The Tiger Manual Gasoline Generator is one of the most prominent generators in Nigeria since it fits the power needs and spending plans of generally homes. It is generally modest and can control the fundamentals – fan, DVD player, PC, TV, decoder and comparative contraptions. It isn’t perfect for use with your iron or icebox.

 

Prons

 

  • It’s Portable

 

  • Perfect for little homes

 

Cons

 

  • Makes a ton of commotion following a couple of years
  • Not perfect for overwhelming machines like the iron
  • Overwhelming discharge of vapor

 

Mantrac

Mantrac Generators are powered by CAT engines, which carry the same technology, performance, and legendary durability of all Caterpillar machines.

 

Pros

 

  • High Performance with Lower Fuel Consumption
  • Reliable, High and Low, Heat and Cold
  • Cheap Maintenance
  • Boost Efficiency and Boost Productivity with Integrated Cat Connect

 

Cons

 

  • It massive and occupies room
  • It requires visit upkeep from prepared professionals

See Price Here : Mantrac generators

 

Lutian 8.1KVA Diesel Generator with Remote Control

This generator is best for you in the event that you have a powerful necessity. It gives a normal power supply yield of 8.1KVA. It accompanies a low oil ready framework and makes next to no clamor.

 

Pros

 

  • Low oil ready framework
  • Perfect for those with high control utilization

 

Cons

 

  • It’s costly
  • Requires huge space
  • Requires normal upkeep

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