Urban News Roundup – August 7, 2015

Accra – World Bank Approves Largest Ever Guarantees for Ghana’s Energy Transformation

The World Bank’s Board of Directors today approved a record investment of $700 million in guarantees for Ghana’s Sankofa Gas Project – a transformational project that will help address the country’s serious energy shortages by developing new sources of natural gas for domestic power generation. Ghana, with a population of 25 million people, has suffered macroeconomic shocks in recent years – partly due to challenges being faced by the country’s power sector. Developing the Sankofa Gas Project is expected to deliver to 1,000 megawatts of power generation once the Sankofa field starts to produce gas in early 2018. – All Africa

Casablanca – Authorities Announce Uber Taxi Illegal

According to Maghreb Arab Press (MAP), Uber Morocco is not allowed to continue with their business, and in case of resistance, both the drivers and those responsible will be prosecuted and punished by law. In addition, Casablanca’s waliya will take “all necessary measures to ensure social peace in the national transport sector”. The manager of Uber Morocco, states Uber offers “a service between individuals and transportation professionals through an application. Uber does not own transport cars and does not hire drivers. They are our partners who hold the transport licenses issued by the state.”. – Morocco World News

Kampala – NWSC lays pipes under roads to avoid pay

The National Water and Sewerage Corporation (NWSC) has resorted to digging up public roads in Makindye Division to lay water pipes connecting to the new reservoir at Namasuba hill to avoid a huge compensation bill. People encroaching on road reserves where the pipes are supposed to be laid have demanded large amounts of money that would inflate the projects price. Conflict between residents and the pipe laying teams have arisen. – Daily Monitor

Kigali – City moves to produce energy from garbage recycling

Waste material at Nduba Dump Site in Gasabo District could soon be turned into energy to be added to the national grid. Reuben Ahimbisibwe, the director-general of infrastructure at the City of Kigali, said some investors have already shown interest in recycling all non-solid waste matter at the dump site to produce energy. Officials say the welfare of the scavenging workers on site could also be improved by working at the plant.The envisaged waste recycling plant would supply clean energy as an alternative to fossil fuels. – The New Times

Dar es Salaam – Gas pipeline to be complete next month

Transportation of natural gas from Madimba in Mtwara to Kinyerezi I Power Plant in Dar es Salaam will start early next month after completion of the construction of the 542-kilometre natural gas pipeline project. Upon completion of the infrastructures, the project would see the country getting reliable electricity supply, expansion and increase of industrial production, cleaner environment and employment creation. – Daily News

Luanda – Metropolitan plan provides 410 km of rehabilitated roads

The General Metropolitan Master Plan of Luanda, which is being developed by the provincial government, will provide 410 kilometres of primary roads and other secondary 621 to facilitate road mobility. This North/South corridor will enable faster connectivity linking the municipalities of Cacuaco/Viana and the urban district of Kilamba Kiaxi and will attract freight traffic from the major logistics centers in the region and reduce the pressure over the secondary and tertiary paths. – ANGOP

Port Said – All you need to know about Egypt’s Suez Canal

Egypt is preparing to open a new shipping route in the Suez Canal on Thursday. A vital source of foreign currency for Egypt, the Suez Canal is one of the world’s busiest waterways. It connects the Mediterranean and Red seas, allowing ships to travel between Europe and South Asia without navigating around Africa. The “New Suez Canal” is in fact a new 72-kilometre shipping route connected to the main canal. Egyptian authorities raised $8.5 billion for the mega-project by selling non-tradable certificates to Egyptian citizens. The government claims the project will double the country’s Suez Canal earnings from the current $5.3 billion per year to some $13 billion annually. – Egypt Independent

Windhoek – Cabinet hunts down mass housing ‘culprits’, but probe finds no inflation of prices

The Cabinet has ordered its ad-hoc committee on mass housing to investigate the possibility of misappropriated funds or inflated prices in the projects. An investigation by external quantity surveyors into mass housing contracts found that the rates were generally market related and not inflated as initially feared. – New Era

Kribi – Cameroon moves on first wholly-owned submarine cable

The government of Cameroon is funding the installation of the country’s first wholly-owned submarine cable. The Nigeria-Cameroon Submarine Cable System (NCSNC) will link Kribi in Cameroon with Lagos in Nigeria, delivering 12.8 Tbps in new broadband capacity. The NCSCS is part of a larger strategic plan to build Cameroon’s national broadband network, becoming a bandwidth hub in the region. – IT Africa



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