India Plans Deep Dive for Seabed Minerals
awarded by the ISA, and Beijing controls more exploration areas in the high seas than any other country, according to the Jamaica-based intergovernmental agency.Experts say India is most interested in copper, nickel and cobalt, as it ramps up clean power generation.Cobalt, also produced in Democratic Republic of Congo, is used to make batteries that can store energy from renewable sources, including solar and wind."These metals are not widely available in India, so they have strategic importance," said Ramadass, whose team is set to trial mining at a depth of 5,500 meters by 2022.India'
China Plumbs Ocean Depths for Cobalt
leading holder of international deep sea exploration licences, has increased its lead in the race for alternative sources of battery minerals by taking samples from cobalt-bearing mountains deep in the Pacific.The cobalt-rich crusts could one day curb the world's dependence on cobalt from Democratic Republic of Congo, but most companies say deep sea mining is a distant prospect.Maersk Supply Service, part of shipping company Maersk, is working with Canada's DeepGreen to harvest metallic rocks from the ocean floor."It is a promising business area with the potential for significant future growth
Kipevu Oil Terminal at Mombasa Port to Relocate
. Danish engineering firm Niras was in 2014 tasked with designing the new facility at a cost of $1.7 million. The jetty is expected to increase efficiency in delivery of imported refined fuel for Kenya’s domestic use and export to Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. KPA also plans to more than double the capacity of its fuel terminal in Nairobi to cater for the extra flow of petroleum products when a new pipeline linking the capital with Mombasa becomes operational in the end of this year. ( (Source: Wilhelmsen Ship Agency
Total Conducting Seismic Testing on Congo Oil Block
French oil major Total is conducting seismic testing on a block it operates in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo, a company spokeswoman confirmed on Thursday, making it the first oil major to conduct such testing in the country. Congo produces just 25,000 barrels of oil per day along its Atlantic coast in the west but hopes that further exploration offshore and near Lake Albert, which straddles the eastern border with Uganda, will boost that figure significantly in coming years. Total holds a 66.66 percent stake in Block 3, located along Lake Albert. Semliki Sarl, majority
World Bank to Help Fund Hydro Dams in Burundi
projects that will almost double the east African country's tiny electricity output, the bank and government said. Like many sub-Saharan African countries, Burundi suffers a chronic power deficit and regular power outages that peg back economic growth. It even has to import energy from Democratic Republic of Congo whose own infrastructure is falling apart. Two dams will produce a combined 48 megawatts (MW) of power, tiny compared to the massive 6,000 MW dam nearby Ethiopia is building but much needed in a country where just 4 percent of the 10 million population has access to electricity. "