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Ethiopian Cement Company Signs Up For Renewable Energy

 

The Egyptian Company for Solid Waste Recycling (ECARU), a subsidiary of Qalaa Holdings’ Tawazon, announced signing of a US$ 50 million, five-year contract with Ethiopia’s Messebo Cement to supply 100,000 tons of biomass annually. The biomass will be used as a source of energy to replace coal.

As stipulated by the agreement between the two companies, ECARU will be the technology and service provider responsible for collecting, transporting and processing local Biomass that will be converted to environmentally-friendly alternative solid fuel.

“Biomass is a renewable, carbon neutral energy source that comes from agricultural residues that would otherwise be openly burned. This waste to energy solution for heavy industries such as cement manufacturing, is beneficial on multiple fronts. It helps nations solve their Biomass challenges, it reduces emissions that come from burning fossil fuels such as fuel oil, natural gas and coal, and it is a more cost-efficient and sustainable source of energy,” said Dr.HishamSherif, CEO of ENTAG/ECARU.

“Today we are exceptionally proud to be able to transfer our knowledge and years of experience to the countries of sub-Saharan Africa where Biomass as a source of renewable energy has been largely untapped,” he adds. ECARU has been supplying alternative Solid fuel, Biomass, as a source of energy to Egypt’s leading cement companies for the past five years.

The contract with Messebo Cement, which is located in Mekelle, 780 km from Addis Ababa with a production capacity of 2 million tons of cement per annum, is renewable beyond the stipulated five-year time period under the same terms and conditions.

Tawazon, Qalaa Holdings’ subsidiary company for investment in the regional solid waste management industry, controls two companies: the Egyptian Company for Solid Waste Recycling (ECARU), a solid waste management service provider, and Engineering Tasks Group (ENTAG), a solid waste management technology provider. Together, these two companies form a leading waste management enterprise with extensive operations in Egypt and an international project book in Oman, Malaysia, Sudan, Nigeria, Libya, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Syria.

Qalaa Holdings has invested in Tawazon as part of its energy portfolio which also includes TAQA Arabia, Egypt’s largest private sector energy distribution company and the Egyptian Refining Company (ERC), a US$ 3.7 billion refinery, Egypt’s largest in-progress, private sector mega project.

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Speke Resort Munyonyo Voted Best Hotel At Tourism Awards

 

Speke Resort & Conference Centre Munyonyo emerged as the Best Service/Luxury Standard Hotel in Uganda fending off competition from Sheraton Hotel, Serena Hotel and Imperial Royale Hotel.

The award came at the inaugural Ekkula Pearl of Africa Tourism Awards which took place at Hotel Africana on Friday. The awards recognized individuals and personalities in the tourism sector.

Speaking upon receiving the award, Greg Petzer, the General Manager of Speke Resort Munyonyo, said it was a great honor to be recognized as hotel with the best services and standards in the whole country.

He said they will continue reviewing standards to meet the market needs and make Uganda the best tourism destination. “We are extremely proud for the recognition,” he acknowledged.

“As a team, we work very hard to meet the expectations of our quests. By winning this award it means we are doing something right but we are not going to seat on our laurels; instead we are going to work extra hard and continue being the best.” Petzer said in an interview.

Speke Resort Munyonyo is a 5 star hotel located 12 km from Uganda's capital Kampala. The hotel offers the ultimate in luxury accommodation, leisure facilities, the finest conference and business meeting location in East Africa.

The Resort has 59 Presidential suites with a unique blend of traditional Ugandan décor, furnishings, cottages, apartments and studio rooms. The hotel has a total of 335 rooms.

Speke Resort Munyonyo was built in 2001 and accommodated the visiting Presidents and Prime Ministers at the 2007 Commonwealth Conference (CHOGM).

The judges’ choice was based on a number of factors but most notably the nominee’s contribution to promoting Uganda as a top tourist destination, promote domestic tourism and professionalism.

Other winners

Best tourism blog/magazine

  • Pearl guide

Best supporting tourism photographer

  • Natty dread king

Best travel t.v show

  • Uganda ekkula. (Bukkede t.v)

Best traditional dance troupe

  • Ndeere troupe

Best tourism promotional song

  • Bwojo-Nichoe Kitone.

Best traditional cuisine restaurant

  • Baguma restaurant.

Best cultural center

  • Uganda national cultural centre

Best tourism training center

  • Uganda hotel & tourism training institute. (Jinja)

Best tourism youth initiative

  • Wildlife clubs of uganda

Private wildlife conservation center

  • Kavumba recreation center - Wakiso.

Best tourism initiative

  • Miss tourism pageant.

Best eco-resort

  • Budongo eco-lodge

Most active tourism cluster

  • Busoga tourism initiative.

Best institutional museum and antique center

  • Kikonyogo money museum.

Best community museums/antique center

  • Igongo museum.

Best supporting television

  • UBC

Best supporting corporate company.

  • Madhvani/ marasa africa

Best supporting airlines (business class)

  • Brussels airlines

Best supporting airlines (economy class)

  • Ethiopian airways.

Best tourism role model

  • Amos Wekesa

Most user friendly tourism association

  • U.H.O.A

Tourism event of the year

  • Pope’s visit.

Best supporting hotel

  • Serena hotel

Best service/luxury standard hotel

  • Speke resort /common wealth Munyonyo

Best tourism investor

  • Ruparelia group.

Outstanding tourism achiever?  

  • Amos Wekesa

Mining Expos To Expose East Africa’s Potential

 

The global mining fraternity will later this year descend on East Africa to see what the region has to offer in terms of natural resources and what can be done in terms of exploration, production and mineral trade.

The Minexpo Africa is holding two high level mining expos, one in Kenya and another in Tanzania to expose the region to the world as a budding investment destination.

Minexpo Africa Kenya and Minexpo Africa Tanzania will take place 10 - 12 June, 2016, at The Dome,Nairobi - Kenya and on 02 - 04 July, 2016 at Mlimani Conference Centre, Dar-es-Salaam respectively.

The expos, taking two days each, will showcase some of the latest technology in the mining & processing of minerals, earthmoving, safety equipment and much more that can be used in industry within the region.  

Tanzania's mining industry is expected to reach $1.28 billion in 2015 according to a study by Business Monitor International (BMI). This means the country needs ample preparations, technology, know-how to handle the boom.

The country is the 4th largest gold producer in Africa after South Africa, Ghana and Mali. Gold production currently stands at roughly 40 tonnes a year, copper at 2980 tonnes, silver at 10 tonnes and diamond at 112670 carats.

In total the mining sector contributes 2.8% to GDP each year but this could rise considerably in future years, with Business Monitor International (BMI) forecasting average annual growth in the sector of 7.7% between 2011 and 2016. BMI also predict a doubling in value of the sector between 2010 and 2016, from US$0.64bn to US$1.28bn.

Minerals that have been identified in Tanzania include gold, iron ore, nickel, copper, cobalt, silver, diamond, tanzanite, ruby, garnet, limestone, soda ash, gypsum, salt, phosphate, coal, uranium, gravel, sand and dimension stones. Read more about Tanzania.

The Minexpo Africa is the only show with the widest range of the latest technology in the mining & processing of minerals Industry. The events will satisfy the expectations of clients to the mining companies. Latest technology and machinery from the areas of mineral extraction, earthmoving, safety equipment and much more, are presented.

The exhibition provides a common platform for both local and international exhibitors, professionals, buyers and delegates who share a common outlook in the industry. Mining is one of the core sectors that drives growth in the East African continent in terms of infrastructure and economy.

Not only does it contribute to GDP, but acts as a catalyst for the growth in other industries such as constructions, power & energy and industrialization.

The future of the mining sector in Africa lies in laying emphasis on scientific mining so that state of the art technology & machinery is used for exploration, efficiency and safe mining practices.

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