TECHNOLOGY

IAEA Mission Sees High Commitment to Safety at Ghana’s Research Reactor after high enriched uranium (HEU) to low enriched uranium (LEU) Fuel Conversion

IAEA Mission Sees High Commitment to Safety at Ghana’s Research Reactor after high enriched uranium (HEU) to low enriched uranium (LEU) Fuel Conversion

AFRICA, INTERNATIONAL, TECHNOLOGY
ACCRA, GhanaAn International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) team of experts said the operator of Ghana’s research reactor has demonstrated a high commitment to safety following the conversion of the reactor core to use low enriched uranium (LEU) as fuel instead of high enriched uranium (HEU). The team also made recommendations for further safety enhancements. The Integrated Safety Assessment for Research Reactors (INSARR) team concluded a five-day mission today to assess the safety of the GHARR-1 research reactor, originally commissioned in 1994. The 30 kW reactor, operated by the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission (GAEC) at the National Nuclear Research Institute in the capital Accra, is used primarily for trace element analysis for industrial or agricultural purposes, research, educat
Government of Uganda signs Agreement for the Development of the Oil Refinery in Kabaale – Hoima District.

Government of Uganda signs Agreement for the Development of the Oil Refinery in Kabaale – Hoima District.

AFRICA, BUSINESS, EAST AFRICA, TECHNOLOGY, UGANDA
Kampala, Uganda In June 2017, Government of Uganda selected the Albertine Graben Refinery Consortium to negotiate the Project Framework Agreement (PFA) for the development of the oil refinery. The plan for the development of the refinery is in line with the Uganda National Oil and Gas Policy (2008) which provides for value addition and development of necessary infrastructure in the oil and gas sector. Government of Uganda’s entry into the Project Framework Agreement (PFA) with the Albertine Graben Refinery Consortium (AGRC) for the purposes of developing, designing, financing, construction, operation and maintenance of the oil refinery in Hoima district, marks a major milestone in the Country’s oil and gas sector. The signing of the PFA will lead to the commencement of pre-Final In
Scotland plans business venture in Ghana

Scotland plans business venture in Ghana

AFRICA, BUSINESS, INTERNATIONAL, TECHNOLOGY
ACCRA, Ghana A large trade delegation from the oil and gas industry in Scotland will be visiting Ghanaian companies with key interest in bringing new technologies and skills to Ghana. The aim of this visit is to gain a thorough understanding of local market conditions while investigating local investment opportunities. "Seen by many as the gateway to the West African oil and gas sector due to its relative stability and ease of doing business, Ghana presents a great opportunity for Scottish companies looking to explore the region. The recent successful resolution in the maritime border issue with Ivory Coast has increased this already strong interest in Ghanaian opportunities available to suitable Scottish companies." says Cameron Douglas, Scottish International Trade Advis...
Applications open for the third cycle of Innovate Ventures Accelerator in Somaliland

Applications open for the third cycle of Innovate Ventures Accelerator in Somaliland

AFRICA, BUSINESS, INTERNATIONAL, TECHNOLOGY
HARGEISA, Somaliland Innovate Ventures  pioneer in the Somali start-up space, has just opened applications for the next round of its Hargeisa-based tech accelerator. To date, the programme has graduated 25 startups and has invested almost $50,000 in its graduates. "Building on last year’s success, this year’s program will accept 12 startups and will invest up to $30,000 in the teams with the highest potential." said Warda Dirir, Co-Founder of Innovate Ventures The programme aims to support young entrepreneurs in Somaliland and Somalia and grow the nascent start-up ecosystem in the country. Innovate Ventures is the leading Somali start-up accelerator and technology fund, and works with VC4A Telesom and Oxfam under the Work In Progress project to make this programme po
Avanti Gateway Earth Station Goes Live in MDXI Data Centre

Avanti Gateway Earth Station Goes Live in MDXI Data Centre

AFRICA, BUSINESS, TECHNOLOGY
LAGOS, Nigeria MDXI data center, a subsidiary of Main One , has partnered with Avanti Communications Group , a leading British satellite operator, to host and manage the satellite operator’s in-country Gateway Earth Station (GES). The partnership has already delivered the commissioning of Avanti’s first GES in West Africa, hosted at MDXI’s satellite farm in Lagos. The project, which has seen Avanti invest up to USD 20 million in the Nigerian Gateway, will ensure data from the HYLAS 4 Ka-band satellite is delivered efficiently in-country and interconnected with other networks. "The HYLAS 4 Ka-band satellite will deliver  High Throughput Satellite (HTS) connectivity to complement the country’s existing fibre-optic networks, ensuring access is available to enable high-spee
Egypt Launches Digital Forensic Lab to Improve Intellectual Property Rights

Egypt Launches Digital Forensic Lab to Improve Intellectual Property Rights

AFRICA, TECHNOLOGY
CAIRO, Egypt: The Government of Egypt has announced today that it is setting up a specialized digital forensic lab for Intellectual Property as part of its enforcement schemes of combating software piracy. The new lab, the first of its kind in the MENA region, is mainly designed to resolve business software and internet-based piracy cases. It authentically recovers data from digital devices and unearths new fraud techniques. The latest measures applied aim to enhance the investigative capabilities and ease the digital forensic evidence acquisition, analysis, and reporting. The cutting-edge techniques and latest technologies employed in the lab devise a road map for judges, prosecutors, and lawyers. The practiced procedures enable them to distinguish the counterfei
South African Risk and Vulnerability Atlas to help South Africa prepare against climate change

South African Risk and Vulnerability Atlas to help South Africa prepare against climate change

AFRICA, TECHNOLOGY
CAPE TOWN, South Africa: The Department of Science and Technology (DST) will launch the second edition of the South African Risk and Vulnerability Atlas (SARVA) with critical information on the impact of climate change in South Africa. Developed by the DST entity, the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), the atlas presents findings of current research on the risk and vulnerability of key social and economic sectors to climate change and emphasises the need for proactive disaster management. Like many nations across the globe, South Africa is facing devastating effects due to climate change. Provinces like the Western Cape are experiencing one of its worst droughts in decades, while the Free State and Northern Cape have suffered substantial dep
Dangote Refinery promises an end to fuel scarcity when Refinery takes off

Dangote Refinery promises an end to fuel scarcity when Refinery takes off

BUSINESS, TECHNOLOGY
LAGOS, Nigeria:Returnee indigenous India trained Graduate engineers of the Dangote Refinery (www.Dangote.com) have promised to deploy the knowledge and skills acquired during the training to ensure Nigeria is saved the embarrassment of fuel scarcity when the refinery come on stream. The engineers who described their experience as second to none in the history of Nigeria oil and gas sector said never again would Nigeria experience fuel scarcity as the Dangote refinery would be operated in the most efficient manner. Dangote Oil Refinery Company had in preparation for take off sent in batches local Graduate s engineers to Bharat Refinery in India, arguably the biggest in the world for training in refinery operation and production. The nation is anxiously awaiting the Dangote...
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