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  • Uganda Seeks Chinese Cooperation In Nuclear Energy

    CHINA, 2017/07/09 A delegation from Uganda has visited China to familiarise itself with nuclear energy technology and to discuss cooperation. The African country plans to introduce nuclear into its next energy mix. The delegation – led by Prisca Boonabantu, undersecretary in the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Improvment– comprised representatives from the ministry, the Uganda Atomic Energy Council and from Uganda’s embassy in Beijing. The visit took place on 2-5 May and was organised by China Zhonguan Engineering Corporation (CZEC), a subsidiary of China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC). It followed a visit of Chinese officials to Kampala in March last year.
  • China’s Energy Security: Reality Roadblock In Ethiopia

    CHINA, 2017/07/09 Massive Chinese infrastructure investments across the Eurasian landmass and Africa, together with the influx of Chinese personnel, are targeted by insurgents, rebels, and militants. The uncertainty in Ethiopia undermines China’s efforts to boost economic links with the African continent via the One Belt One Road Initiative. Ethiopia, situated in the Horn of Africa and next to Djibouti where China is building its initial ever foreign military base, is a key node along the proposed route of the One Belt One Road, presently known as the Belt & Road Initiative (BRI). This ambitious project to reshape the world through infrastructure connectivity, however, is hampered by domestic conflicts and local opposition.
  • Myanmar expands electricity access through small grids

    MYANMAR, 2017/07/01 Investment in off-grid solutions is increasing in Myanmar, as the country seeks to boost connectivity and move towards providing universal access to electricity within 15 years. In mid-May the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation announced it was accelerating its programme for off-grid power projects in rural areas. Under these plans, 10 villages will be linked to standalone power sources as part of a pilot programme to improve connectivity in remote regions.
  • Finance Minister On Power Sector In Budget Speech,Abul Maal Abdul Muhith

    BANGLADESH, 2017/06/15 Finance Minister AMA Muhit in his budget speech said that, the country’s electricity generation capacity has raised while load-shedding was lessened. Already 80 percent of the countrymen has access to electricity, rest 20 percent will get access to electricity within the year of 2021. Country’s dependency on quick rental power plants will also start to decrease after 2018, he added.
  • Roopur NPP Gets Highest Allocation, Lowest Rampal

    BANGLADESH, 2017/06/15 The Nuclear Power Plant Project of Rooppur has got the highest budget allocation of 100 thousand and 136 crore taka as a development project of the government in the proposed budget for the fiscal year of 2017-18. According to the proposed budget, 10 mega top-priority projects of the government has got a total allocation of 32 thousand and 531 crore taka which is 21.21 % of the total Annual Development Programme (ADP).
  • Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission Bill, 2017 Places In JS

    BANGLADESH, 2017/06/15 Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission Bill, 2017 was placed in the Jatiya Sangsad today to facilitating peaceful use of nuclear power.
  • Malaysia’s energy industry sees a stronger 2017

    MALAYSIA, 2017/04/10 Petronas is pushing ahead with development of a large-scale refinery and petrochemicals plant in the southern national of Johor, with support from Saudi Arabia guaranteed as of last month. Despite lower hydrocarbons earnings last year, Malaysia is moving forward with targeted energy investment and improved operational practices. In late January Petronas confirmed it would complete its Refinery and Petrochemical Integrated Improvment(RAPID) project on schedule, with production to commence in 2019. At the same time as fully on-line, the complex will have the capacity to process 300,000 bpd and up to 7.7m tonnes of petrochemicals annually. Following the announcement, oil giant Saudi Aramco announced at the end of February that it would invest $7bn in the RAPID project out of a total investment of $16bn. This put to rest concerns that the programme would be scaled back or delayed, amid reports in January that the Saudi company had stepped away from forming a partnership with Petronas.
  • Vincent de Rivaz, chief executive officer of EDF

    CHINA, 2016/09/04 China does not pose a security threat and the planned UK nuclear power plant project at Hinkley Point, in which China has a 33 % stake, should go ahead as any minute at this time as possible, Vincent de Rivaz, chief executive officer of EDF said. National-controlled EDF is the major contractor for the planned reactor in the southwest county of Somerset, with China's CGN providing an estimated 6 billion pounds of the 18 billion pound project. Writing in today's Sunday Telegraph Rivaz said: "We know and trust our Chinese partners. The control systems at Hinkley Point C will be isolated from major systems and the Internet."
  • Turkmenistan opening office in IAEA

    TURKMENISTAN, 2016/08/28 Turkmenistan is opening its permanent representative office under the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov’s decree said August 27. According to the message, the Turkmen embassy in Austria has been charged with the functions of the representative office. Diplomat Silapberdi Nurberdiev, heading the diplomatic mission, has been appointed permanent representative of Turkmenistan to the IAEA, the message said.
  • The privatization of Pakistan’s power sector Privatization and U.S. support put Pakistan on track towards 50,000 MW goal

    PAKISTAN, 2016/04/09 Pakistan’s power sector has hampered increase for a lot of years. The combination of new government initiatives, a revitalized private energy sector and cooperation with international partners – namely the U.S. – is going a long way to not only transaction with the issues that Pakistan faces, but as well to make it one of the majority dynamic and geopolitically significant energy players in the world One of the major challenges Pakistan’s economy faces today is power supply. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s government has said that it plans to improve Pakistan’s power sector through reform and investment to boost increase, and hopes to end chronic power shortages that have crippled the economy for years. So, it has made real strides to tackle this issue chief on.