Daily Archives: July 9, 2015

Press Releases: Statement on the South Sudan Conflict on the 4th Anniversary of its Independence

Today should be a time for celebration in South Sudan, but it is overshadowed by the tragic costs of conflict. Since December 2013 thousands have been killed, more than 2.2 million displaced, and 4.6 million people remain at risk of life-threatening hunger. Both the government and the armed opposition are responsible for ongoing military actions, violations of international humanitarian law, and widespread human rights abuses against civilians, including horrific crimes against women and children. The country’s economy is also deteriorating as its leaders squander its oil wealth on a senseless war.

The South Sudanese legislature’s decision to temporarily extend the government takes effect today. The extension must be used for one purpose: to secure a peace deal immediately and form a transitional government of national unity. We urge all sides to finally put the people of South Sudan first and demonstrate the leadership necessary to forge a lasting peace. The United States along with our Troika (the UK and Norway) and EU partners stand steadfast in our support to the people of South Sudan on today’s anniversary and for the long term.

Press release – EU Neighbourhood Policy must go back to basics, says EP

The European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) must return to its original aim of creating an area of prosperity, stability, security and good neighbourliness, Parliament said on Thursday. The EU must go “back to basics” and place these goals at the top of its agenda, say MEPs. They stress that the revised policy must be more political, differentiated and based on EU values and principles, democracy, the rule of law and human rights.

“Setting an ambitious and forward-looking neighbourhood policy right is currently one of the greatest challenges in the EU’s external relations. And more than ever, we need a more politically driven policy. The EU has to show leadership and vision in its neighbourhood as only a democratic, secure, stable and prosperous neighbourhood can guarantee us all better prospects for the future,” said Eduard Kukan (EPP, SK), who steered the resolution through Parliament.

More political ENP: case for special representatives

The renewed policy must be more strategic, focused, flexible and coherent, says Parliament. It calls for the different challenges facing individual countries and their various aspirations to be matched with differentiated and better targeted EU support. To ensure the political coordination of the revised ENP, the text calls for the appointment of special representatives for the East and the South, who would be more engaged in all EU action in the neighbourhood.

It also asks for support for democracy, the rule of law, good governance, state-building, human rights and fundamental freedoms to be at the centre of the ENP. The EU and its member states should offer incentives and know-how for undertaking and supporting democratic reforms, in accordance with “more for more” principles, Parliament adds.

Boost the security dimension

The sharply deteriorating security environment in the EU’s neighbourhood calls for a strong security component in the ENP, matched with much needed policy tools, says the resolution. The EU must develop capacities to broaden its spectrum of crisis management tools, support its neighbours in building proper security structures and promote joint initiatives of its neighbours in the security field, MEPs say.

Build strong partnerships

Parliament stresses that the ENP must be part of the EU’s broader external policy and take into account the “neighbours of neighbours” who seek to pursue their own interests in the EU’s neighbourhood. They also insist that the EU must match its ambitions of reinforced engagement in its neighbourhood with sufficient funding, namely through the upcoming 2017 review of its external financing instruments.

The resolution was passed by 460 votes to 61, with 55 abstentions.

EU regions and cities call for more resources to handle reception of migrants

With more and more migrants arriving to the European Union via the Mediterranean, the European Committee of the Regions (CoR) stressed the crucial role of regions and cities in the integration process and urged all Member States to make more resources available to them. In a resolution approved on Wednesday by four of its five political groups, the CoR also called for greater solidarity among Member States to ensure the fair relocation of migrants across the EU.

Reacting to current EU plans on migration, the CoR – the EU’s assembly of local and regional governments – adopted a resolution as part of its contribution to creating a “sustainable” EU approach to migration. It emphasised the pinnacle role played by regions and cities given many of them constitute a point of entry or transit for migrants and stressed that they are not equipped with sufficient resources to deal with the problem. Furthermore, it pointed out that these regions are dealing with a migration crisis that affects all of Europe, not only the Mediterranean. Therefore, the CoR called on all EU Member States to make more resources available to regions hosting a larger number of migrants. It also called to significantly step up cooperation with regions in the implementation of the emergency relocation mechanism that has been proposed by the European Commission.

This scheme is meant for Syrian and Eritrean nationals in need of international protection that arrive in either Italy or Greece and aims to relocate a total of 40 000 persons from these countries to other EU Member States over the next two years. The CoR emphasised that relocation and resettlement policies should involve all European countries taking into account specific criteria. Only the European Conservative Group (ECR) disagreed with the CoR’s position on managing migrants in the EU. The CoR also made a joint call for solidarity of Member States to receive, relocate and resettle migrants arriving to the Mediterranean coasts.

The CoR also stressed that cooperation with stable governments in North Africa would help reduce departures from their coasts. Therefore, it called for a “crucial” allocation of funds for Member States with Mediterranean coasts. In addition, the CoR welcomes the Commission’s timely revision of the so-called Dublin regulation, which aims to identify the State responsible for examining an asylum application, but has proven “impracticable”. The CoR also stressed that asylum procedures must be shortened, as this would strengthen the citizens’ confidence in the European asylum systems.

Furthermore, regions and cities welcomed the budget increase of €69.6 million approved by the European Parliament for the EU operations Triton, in Italy, and Poseidon, in Greece, whose capacities have been tripled to prevent the loss of additional lives in the Mediterranean. Given the effectiveness shown by both operations so far, the CoR also hoped that Member States would allocate and release additional resources as swiftly as possible.

In addition, regions and cities stressed the importance of the EU engaging with third countries in order to internally manage migration flows and strengthen these countries’ capacity to save the lives of migrants in distress. Therefore the CoR called on Member States to dedicate at least 0.7% of their GDP to development cooperation and support in particular decentralised cooperation.

As part of this approach, the CoR also considered that it is important to create opportunities for non-EU nationals to come to Europe to work or study. Consequently, it stressed the importance of developing deeper cooperation with third countries and also providing information on the opportunities for legal migration to Europe.

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APR Energy ajoute 108 MW à ses contrats de production d’électricité en Afrique

JACKSONVILLE, Floride, 9 juillet 2015 /PRNewswire/ – APR Energy plc (LSE : APR), premier fournisseur mondial d’électricité rapide par turbines mobiles, a annoncé aujourd’hui qu’elle avait élargi et étendu sa solution provisoire de production électrique pour la Société nationale d’électricité du Sénégal (Senelec), l’entreprise nationale de distribution d’électricité du Sénégal. Le cahier des charges comprend l’installation et l’exploitation d’une centrale mobile diesel capable de produire 48 MW supplémentaire, ainsi que des actifs redéployés depuis la Libye, afin de compléter les 20 MW qui sont actuellement produits par le site d’APR Energy à Kounoune. L’échéance du contrat pour les 68 MW cumulés se prolongera jusqu’au quatrième trimestre de 2015.

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APR Energy annonce également qu’elle a prolongé son projet de turbine à gaz mobile produisant 40 MW à Rocha Pinto, en Angola, jusqu’à la fin du quatrième trimestre de 2015. Situé près de la capitale Luanda, ce projet est l’un des deux que l’entreprise mène en Angola, la troisième économie africaine en termes de taille. APR Energy offre 40 MW supplémentaire à sa centrale de Morro Bento, qui a été prolongée jusqu’à la fin du premier trimestre de 2016 au début de cette année.

Les projets en Angola et au Sénégal, ainsi que d’autres centrales au Botswana et au Mali, produisent ensemble plus de 180 MW pour l’Afrique subsaharienne.

« L’extension de nos activités au Sénégal et en Angola témoigne de la fiabilité de nos solutions énergétiques et est une nouvelle fois le signe que nos clients accordent une grande valeur à l’excellence opérationnelle que nous conférons à nos projets », explique Laurence Anderson, PDG d’APR Energy. « Nous sommes heureux de poursuivre notre importante collaboration avec nos partenaires distributeurs d’énergie, et nous sommes fiers de contribuer à la croissance économique dans cette région du monde ».

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APR Energy operators perform routine maintenance on a mobile gas turbine generator at Rocha Pinto, Angola. APR Energy provides more than 180 megawatts of power generation capacity to Sub-Saharan Africa.

Le président exécutif John Campion ajoute : « Des extensions et des expansions de production d’électricité comme celles en Angola et au Sénégal sont un élément essentiel de la stratégie de notre entreprise. La planification, le financement et la construction de centrales permanentes peuvent durer de nombreuses années, et c’est pourquoi nos turbines à gaz mobiles et nos modules de production d’électricité sont des solutions provisoires parfaites qui offrent aux clients la flexibilité et le service intégral dont ils ont besoin pendant l’édification d’une solution permanente de production d’électricité ».

A propos d’APR Energy
APR Energy est le premier fournisseur mondial d’électricité rapide par turbines mobiles. Nous fournissons de l’électricité rapide à grande échelle, offrant à nos clients un accès rapide à une source d’électricité fiable quand et où ils en ont besoin. Combinant une technologie de pointe, économe en carburant, à une expertise sans égal, nous fournissons des usines électriques clés en main au service des villes, des pays et des industries à travers le monde, tant sur les marchés développés que sur les marchés en voie de développement. Pour de plus amples informations, consultez le site internet de la société : www.aprenergy.com.

APR Energy Extends and Expands 108MW of Power Generation Contracts in Africa

JACKSONVILLE, Florida, July 9, 2015 / PRNewswire – APR Energy plc (LSE: APR), a global leader in fast-track power solutions, today announces that it has extended and expanded its interim power solution for Societe Nationale d’Électricite du Senegal (Senelec), Senegal’s national electric utility. The requirements include installation and operation of an additional 48MW of mobile diesel-powered generation, including assets being redeployed from Libya, to supplement an existing 20MW block of power at APR Energy’s Kounoune site. The contract term for the combined 68MW extends into the fourth quarter of 2015.

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APR Energy also announces that it has extended its 40MW mobile gas turbine project in Rocha Pinto, Angola, through late in the fourth quarter of 2015. Located near the capital city of Luanda, the project is one of two the Company has in Angola, the third-largest economy in Africa. APR Energy provides an additional 40MW of power generation at its plant in Morro Bento, which was extended through the first quarter of 2016 earlier this year.

The Angola and Senegal projects, together with additional plant sites in Botswana and Mali, combine to provide more than 180MW of power generation capacity to Sub-Saharan Africa.

“The expansions in Senegal and Angola are a testament to the reliable power solutions that we offer, as well as another indication that our customers place great value on the operational excellence we bring to our projects,” said Laurence Anderson, Chief Executive Officer at APR Energy. “We are pleased to continue these important relationships with our utility partners, and are proud to contribute to the economic growth in this region of the world.”

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APR Energy operators perform routine maintenance on a mobile gas turbine generator at Rocha Pinto, Angola. APR Energy provides more than 180 megawatts of power generation capacity to Sub-Saharan Africa.

Executive Chairman John Campion added: “Power extensions and expansions like the ones in Angola and Senegal are a fundamental element of our business strategy. The planning, financing and construction of permanent power plants can take many years, and our mobile gas turbines and power modules are perfect interim solutions that provide customers the flexibility and full service they need during the development of permanent generation.”

About APR Energy

APR Energy is the world’s leading provider of fast-track mobile turbine power. Our fast, flexible and full-service power solutions provide customers with rapid access to reliable electricity when and where they need it, for as long as they need it. Combining state-of-the-art, fuel-efficient technology with industry-leading expertise, our scalable turnkey plants help run cities, countries and industries around the world, in both developed and developing markets. For more information, visit the Company’s website at www.aprenergy.com.