Daily Archives: June 14, 2016

Northern Cape Arts and Culture commemorates June 16 40th anniversary

The Northern Cape Provincial Government will mark the 40th anniversary commemoration of the 1976 Soweto uprisings and Youth Day at the Noord-Kaap Primary school in Olifantshoek in the John Taolo Gaetsewe District. The commemoration will be marked under a theme “Youth Moving South Africa Forward”. It will be addressed by Premier Sylvia Lucas who will be accompanied by other Members of Executive Council.

The commemoration will be preceded by a Youth Day Memorial Lecture to be held at Postdene Community Hall in the ZF Mgcawu District on Wednesday, 15 June 2016. The lecture will be addressed by the MEC for Sport, Arts and Culture Ms. Bongiwe Mbinqo-Gigaba.

The 2016 celebrations follow a successful Provincial Youth Summit and Career Expo which were held in Upington between Thursday 08 June and Saturday 11 June 2016.

The 2016 commemoration also coincides with the 20th anniversary of the signing of the final draft of the Constitution into law and the 60th anniversary of the 1956 Women’s march to the Union Buildings.

It also coincides with South Africa holding its fifth municipal or local government elections.

Source: Government of South Africa.

Hisense qu’elle parrainera l’UEFA Euro 2016

PARIS, 14 juin 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Hisense, la première marque de télévision chinoise, a annoncé qu’elle sera un sponsor officiel de l’UEFA Euro 2016. Le premier message publicitaire de Hisense est apparu devant les yeux de fans de football à travers le monde à Saint-Denis, à Paris, le 10 juin 2016. C’est la première fois en 56 ans que l’UEFA a un sponsor de Chine. Les messages publicitaires de Hisense apparaîtront lors de tous les 51 matchs qui auront lieu pendant l’UEFA Euro 2016.

Hisense advertisement appeared on the spot.

Photo – http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20160611/378191

La coopération entre Hisense et l’UEFA Euro revêt une grande importance. Etant l’un des tournois de football les plus importants au monde, l’UEFA Euro compte sur de nombreux fans en Chine. Les marques chinoises sont à la recherche de partenariats avec d’excellentes plate-formes comme l’UEFA Euro depuis que la Chine est devenue la deuxième économie mondiale. L’UEFA Euro 2016 sera retransmis dans plus de 230 pays et régions. On estime que plus de 150 millions de personnes regarderont la retransmission en direct des matches, et le nombre cumulé de spectateurs devrait dépasser les 7 milliards, dont plus de 1,1 milliard de Chinois.

Hisense rejoint Adidas, Coca Cola, McDonald’s et neuf autres marques mondiales de tout premier plan pendant l’UEFA Euro 2016. Le logo de Hisense apparaîtra sur les tickets et les panneaux officiels. En outre, 4K téléviseurs et smartphones 4G de Hisense seront également utilisés. Dans chacune des FANZONE mises à disposition dans les 10 villes organisatrices, Hisense disposera d’un stand d’exposition exclusif où sera présentée toute la gamme de ses produits. Nos 8 pom-pom girls apparaîtront également pendant l’UEFA Euro 2016 !

Les droits de parrainage de l’UEFA Euro dureront jusqu’en 2018. La réputation et l’influence de la marque Hisense continueront d’être renforcées dans les prochaines années.

Contacto:

Jiang Shan
+86-532-8087-8024
jiangshan5@hisense.com

ET Energy Founds Subsidiary to Break New Ground In South Africa

PRETORIA, South Africa, June 14, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — ET Energy, a leading clean energy developer, announces that it has founded a South African subsidiary, ET Solutions South Africa Pty Ltd. The new subsidiary will provide Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) as well as Operations & Maintenance (O&M) for large-scale solar power plants. This accomplishment is the fruit of years of strenuously cultivating the South African market.

ET Energy has secured a 130 MW package of projects under the fourth round of bidding in the country’s successful Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Program (REIPPPP) by a leading South African based investor. Construction is expected to start at the end of the third quarter of this year.

The company has targets for completion of an additional 300 MW of EPC services in South Africa and other Sub-Saharan markets within the next two years.

As an economical and electrical giant in Africa, South Africa will play a crucial role in the global solar industry. IHS estimates that South Africa’s cumulative PV installations will reach 2,043 MW in 2016, the majority of which will be utility and commercial solar projects. South African government authorities have set an ambitious goal of 42% renewable energy generation by 2030. In addition, investment in clean energy projects across major Sub-Saharan African markets reached $5.4 billion in 2015, topping the preceding year’s total by over $2.5 billion.

Dennis She, ET Energy’s President and CEO, said, “ET Energy’s new subsidiary in South Africa demonstrates our confidence in the vast opportunities in this region. Africa has abundant sunshine, yet an estimated 600 million people lack proper access to electricity. However, now that PV prices are competitive with fossil fuel prices, even without subsidies, Africa can become power-independent using its own resources. We are proud to help this marvelous continent use its own clean, renewable energy without environmental side effects.”

Kobus Ackermann, ET Energy’s Regional Director in South Africa, commented, “Our new subsidiary will be the operational headquarters for our work in all Sub-Saharan countries. It will oversee our local operations and coordinate the execution of all projects in Sub-Saharan Africa, as well as developing business opportunities for future projects.”

About ET Energy

ET Energy is a global leading energy solutions provider. With innovative solar technologies and tailored financial solutions, ET Energy provides professional one-stop solutions across the entire solar power plant lifecycle including development, financing, engineering, procurement, construction, and operations & maintenance. To learn more about ET Energy, please visit http://www.etsolar.com.

Business Contact

Kobus Ackermann
Regional Director South Africa
+27 82 680 7589
Kobus.ackermann@etsolutions.de

Media Contact

Eric Zhang
+86 25 8689 8098 ext.9011 / +86 136 4518 8386
eric.zhang@etsolar.com / pr@etsolar.com

ET Energy fonde une filiale pour poser de nouvelles bases en Afrique du Sud

PRETORIA, Afrique du Sud, 14 juin 2016 /PRNewswire/ — ET Energy, un grand développeur d’énergies propres, annonce qu’il a fondé une filiale sud-africaine, ET Solutions South Africa Pty Ltd. La nouvelle filiale va apporter des services d’ingénierie, d’approvisionnement et de construction (EPC), ainsi que des services d’exploitation et de maintenance (O&M) pour des centrales photovoltaïques de grande envergure. Cette réalisation est le fruit d’années d’efforts soutenus consacrés à cultiver le marché sud-africain.

ET Energy a décroché des projets totalisant 130 MW lors de la quatrième ronde d’appel d’offres dans le cadre du programme à succès du pays, Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Program (REIPPPP) – programme d’approvisionnement des producteurs indépendants d’énergies renouvelables – par un grand investisseur basé en Afrique du Sud. La construction devrait commencer à la fin du troisième trimestre de cette année.

L’entreprise a pour objectif l’achèvement de services EPC supplémentaires de 300 MW en Afrique du Sud et sur d’autres marchés sub-sahariens dans les deux ans à venir.

En tant que géant de l’économie et de l’électricité en Afrique, l’Afrique du Sud va jouer un rôle crucial dans l’industrie photovoltaïque à l’échelle mondiale. IHS estime que le cumul des installations photovoltaïques en Afrique du Sud va atteindre 2 043 MW en 2016, dont la majorité sera constituée de projets solaires pour les fournisseurs de services et commerciaux. Les autorités du gouvernement sud-africain ont fixé un objectif ambitieux de 42 % de production d’énergies renouvelables à l’horizon 2030. En outre, les investissements dans des projets d’énergie propre sur tous les grands marchés sub-sahariens ont atteint le chiffre de 5,4 milliards d’USD en 2015, dépassant le total de l’année précédente de plus de 2,5 milliards d’USD.

Dennis She, président du conseil et PDG d’ET Energy, a déclaré : « La nouvelle filiale d’ET Energy en Afrique du Sud démontre la confiance que nous avons dans les grandes possibilités que nous offre cette région. Bien que l’Afrique bénéfice d’un très grand ensoleillement, on estime à 600 millions le nombre de personnes qui manquent d’un accès approprié à l’électricité. Toutefois, maintenant que les prix du photovoltaïque sont concurrentiels par rapport à ceux des carburants fossiles, même sans subventions, l’Afrique peut obtenir l’indépendance énergétique en utilisant ses propres ressources. Nous sommes heureux d’aider ce merveilleux continent à utiliser son énergie propre et renouvelable sans effets secondaires sur l’environnement. »

Kobus Ackermann, directeur régional d’ET Energy en Afrique du Sud, a commenté à ce sujet : « Notre nouvelle filiale va être le siège opérationnel de notre travail dans tous les pays sub-sahariens. Elle supervisera nos opérations locales et coordonnera l’exécution de tous les projets en Afrique sub-saharienne, tout en développant des opportunités commerciales pour des projets à venir. »

À propos d’ET Energy

ET Energy est un important prestataire mondial de solutions énergétiques. Avec des technologies solaires novatrices et des solutions de financement sur mesure, ET Energy propose des solutions professionnelles tout-en-un à chaque étape du cycle de vie de la centrale solaire, dont le développement, le financement, l’ingénierie, l’approvisionnement, la construction, l’exploitation et la maintenance. Pour en savoir plus sur ET Energy, veuillez visiter http://www.etsolar.com.

Contact pour les entreprises

Kobus Ackermann
Directeur régional Afrique du Sud
+27 82 680 7589
Kobus.ackermann@etsolutions.de

Contact pour la presse

Eric Zhang
+86 25 8689 8098 poste 9011 / +86 136 4518 8386
eric.zhang@etsolar.com / pr@etsolar.com

ContourGlobal’s Highly Efficient “Cap des Biches” Electricity Generation Facility Inaugurated by Senegal’s President Macky Sall

— 53 MW First Phase of 86 MW Cap des Biches power plant completed in only 14 months

— 33 MW Second Phase to begin generating electricity in September 2016

— The modern and highly efficient plant will provide reliable low-cost energy to 100,000 people in Senegal

DAKAR, Senegal and NEW YORK, June 13, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — ContourGlobal, the U.S.-based power generation company, inaugurated its 53 MW Cap des Biches power plant in Senegal today in Rufisque just outside of Dakar, Senegal.  The Cap des Biches power plant is the largest investment by a U.S. company in Senegal and the inauguration took place in the presence of 300 people, including HE Macky Sall, President of the Republic of Senegal, Mohammed Dionne, Prime Minster of the Republic of Senegal, Joseph C. Brandt, ContourGlobal’s President and Chief Executive Officer, Thierno Alassane SALL, Senegal’s Minister of Energy, and Mouhamadou Makhtar Cissé, General Manager of Senelec, the national utility of Senegal.  The event was also attended by James P. Zumwalt, United States Ambassador to the Republic of Senegal and the Republic of Guinea Bissau, Cheick Oumar Sylla, Executive Vice President of ContourGlobal, and other senior executives from the company as well as representatives of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (“OPIC”), the International Finance Corporation of the World Bank Group (“IFC”), and Wärtsilä Oy, the company that constructed the power plant.  The announcement comes just one month after ContourGlobal inaugurated its methane gas facility and power plant at Lake Kivu in Rwanda.

Cap des Biches is an 86 MW thermal generation facility developed and constructed by ContourGlobal in two phases—53 MW that began generating electricity in April 2016 after only 14 months of construction, and a second phase consisting of 33 MW that broke ground in January 2016 and will generate electricity by September 2016. The new power plant was designed to utilize the existing facilities and infrastructure of an old power plant site to lower the cost of development and construction, thereby enabling the Cap des Biches facility to produce the lowest cost thermal generation in Senegal.

The Cap des Biches power plant is designed to operate day and night and will significantly boost Senegal’s economic growth.  The project’s innovative financing model brings together two leading development finance institutions: OPIC and IFC, with OPIC providing an 18-year financing of USD 91m for Phase I, and IFC providing an 18-year cross currency swap of the same amount and tenor.  OPIC and IFC intend to underwrite a similar structure for the USD41 million financing planned for Phase II.

Joseph C. Brandt, President and Chief Executive Officer of ContourGlobal, stated, “ContourGlobal and Senelec committed to the Cap des Biches power project in Washington DC in August 2014 during the Africa Leaders’ Summit convened by US President Barack Obama.  This power plant has been enabled by two visionary commitments to eliminate poverty and bring the benefits of development to the African continent—President Obama’s Power Africa Initiative and President Macky Sall’s Plan Senegal Emergent.”

Mouhamadou Makhtar Cissé, General Manager of Senelec, noted: “The execution of the Cap des Biches power plant is a decisive step in the Plan Senegal Emergent.  With the support of the Senegalese Government, Senelec has set up an energy policy that combines energy mix with satisfying demand at the lowest possible prices. This will help the country’s fight against poverty and ensure the industrial development of Senegal.”

“Today marks an important step for private sector-led development in West Africa. ContourGlobal is a steadfast OPIC partner, and with our support, their work at Cap des Biches signifies progress for President Obama’s Power Africa initiative, for building bankable power facility models in the region, and most importantly providing new energy to the people of Senegal,” said Elizabeth Littlefield, OPIC’s President and CEO.

“Electricity, a development imperative, is necessary for economic growth,” said Vera Songwe, IFC Director for West and Central Africa. “IFC’s innovative, customized approaches are enabling private sector operators to play a bigger role in delivering high-quality energy installations to support the Plan Senegal Emergent.”

About ContourGlobal

ContourGlobal is a developer and operator of electric power generation facilities located in 20 countries on 3 continents. The Company owns and operates a portfolio of 62 power plants in both thermal and renewable technologies, with approximately 4,000 MW of installed gross capacity in operation. The projects utilize a wide range of fuel types, technology, and equipment and are operated by 2,000 people working for ContourGlobal around the globe.

ContourGlobal in Africa

ContourGlobal began operating in Africa in 2008 when it developed and constructed its flagship power plant in Lomé, Togo.  The ContourGlobal Togo plant, winner of the US Overseas Private Investment Corporation’s 2014 “Impact Award for Critical Infrastructure,” was placed into commercial operation in 2010 and has been a reliable producer of electricity for the country ever since.

ContourGlobal’s innovative project in Rwanda utilizes potentially deadly methane gas from the bottom of Lake Kivu to generate much needed electricity.  The project was commissioned in December, 2015 and will be expanded to add over 100 MW of electricity to Rwanda in the coming years. The KivuWatt project was awarded “Deal of the Year” by Project Finance International in 2010.

ContourGlobal provides efficient tri-generation (heat, electricity, and water) in Nigeria to our client, Nigeria Bottling Company Limited, one of the biggest companies in the non-alcoholic beverage industry in the country and the sole franchise bottler of The Coca-Cola Company in Nigeria.  Our Nigerian businesses are part of the ContourGlobal Solutions group whose financing by OPIC was awarded “Deal of the Year” by Project Finance International in 2011.

ContourGlobal also has nearly 2,000 MW of projects under development throughout Africa.

Please find additional information on ContourGlobal at: www.contourglobal.com