FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Renewables Now:An Ethiopia-incorporated energy company is looking for contractors for the first phase of a long-term geothermal development programme with a total capacity of 520 MW.Tulu Moye Geothermal Operations Plc (TMGO) is inviting expressions of interest (EoI) from parties ready to participate in the 50-MW Phase 1 of the Tulu Moye project in the Eastern Rift Valley, Ethiopia. The selected contractor will be tasked with delivering a fully functional geothermal power plant and the associated steam field gathering system.Expressions of interest can be submitted by April 24, 2019.The news about the launch of the EoI was announced by the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA), which in August 2018 awarded a grant to TMGO to coordinate a feasibility study. The company is owned indirectly by Meridiam Infrastructure Africa Fund, which in turn is managed by Paris-based asset manager Meridiam and Reykjavik Geothermal Ltd.Phase 1 is planned to be completed and begin commercial operation in December 2021. The entire project has a power purchase agreement (PPA) in place with Ethiopian Electric Power (EEP). The scheme is divided into four phases, with the fourth one being the largest with a capacity of 270 MW.More: EoI launched for phase 1 of 520-MW geothermal project in Ethiopia Ethiopia moves forward with 520MW geothermal project
By Renée Carnegie/Diálogo June 11, 2018 The Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) Coast Guard continues 2018 with a strong frontal assault against drug trafficking. On May 3rd, authorities intercepted a vessel and seized 765 pounds of compressed marijuana off the coast of Westmoreland, the westernmost parish of Cornwall County. The bust was the result of JDF Coast Guard routine patrols aboard Her Majesty Jamaica Ship (HMJS) Cornwall. Three men, one Haitian and two Jamaican nationals, were held in connection with the seizure. “The patrol team on board HMJS Cornwall was conducting routine surveillance when they spotted a blue motor-vessel acting suspiciously and approached the vessel to carry out a board and search,” Major Basil Jarrett, civil military cooperation officer at JDF, told Diálogo. “That’s when the three men were spotted throwing a number of packages overboard.” Coast Guard units recovered five packages of marijuana from the sea and found 11 additional packages aboard the vessel. According to a United Nations Office on Drug and Crime 2015 report, a pound of marijuana can be worth as much as $4,000 on the black market—placing the potential value of this bust at more than $3 million. Authorities also seized containers with more than 150 gallons of fuel from the vessel. “The men were handed over to the narcotics police for processing and the marijuana weighed and similarly processed,” said Maj. Jarrett. “The seizure and arrest are strongly suspected to be connected to the ongoing guns-for-drugs trade between Jamaican and Haitian criminals.” Wide area of responsibilities According to the U.S. Department of State’s 2018 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report, Jamaica remains the largest supplier of marijuana to the United States and is a major transit point for cocaine trafficked from South to North America. Drug traffickers also export Jamaican-grown marijuana via small vessels and speedboats to other Caribbean nations in return for illicit firearms and contraband, the report indicated. Operations against marijuana trafficking and transnational criminal organizations bore fruits in recent years for Jamaican authorities. According to the International Narcotics Control Board’s 2016 annual report, Jamaica eradicated 725 hectares of marijuana plants in 2015—cultivation throughout the island is currently estimated at 15,000 hectares. In its 2016 Annual Report, the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), the nation’s police, reported seizing nearly 48 tons of marijuana. Jamaican authorities continue to boost operations at sea. Jamaica’s 92,000 square miles of maritime domain—25 times greater than its landmass—falls under the responsibility of the JDF Coast Guard and its staff of nearly 300. The naval unit recently beefed up its maritime border protection and security capacities with the 2017 acquisition of two new Stan Patrol 4207 offshore patrol vessels. The vessels joined a fleet of eight patrol, inshore patrol, and coastal interceptors. The JDF Coast Guard is also set to receive a maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) that will supplement its maritime security duties from the skies. The aircraft was approved for purchase in 2017. “Most of our successful interdictions have been in tandem with air support to help us detect or put surface assets unto the specific target,” said Captain Antonette Wemyss Gorman, commanding officer of the JDF Coast Guard, of joint efforts with the JDF Air Wing. “The MPA will not arrive until October of this year . It’s a King Air 350. It’s currently being outfitted with the relevant equipment.” Combined operations In the first quarter of 2018, JDF, along with Dutch Caribbean Coast Guard units, participated in the U.S. Coast Guard Atlantic Area-led combined operation Riptide. The focus of the operation was the fight against drug trafficking in the Caribbean and being able to dismantle transnational criminal networks. Riptide also strengthened the bonds of friendship with partner nations and promoted operational coordination. “Jamaica is a critical partner in our efforts to combat the efforts of transnational criminal networks seeking to exploit the maritime domain,” said U.S. Navy Commander Carmen DeGeorge, commanding officer of USCGC Resolute, which participated in the operation. “The officers and crew of the Resolute were humbled to be part of this unique event.” On March 17, Riptide interdicted two suspicious vessels and seized 1.3 tons of marijuana. Seven drug traffickers were detained as part of the operation. “By working hand-in-hand with DHS [U.S. Department of Homeland and Security] and the nation of Jamaica, we were able to efficiently interdict the 2,600 pounds of marijuana,” Cmdr. DeGeorge said in a release upon the return of USCGC Resolute to its homeport in St. Petersburg, Florida, April 28th. “Today’s offload represents the ongoing commitment of U.S. and international partners to combat transnational criminal networks and promote stability across the Caribbean region.” The JDF Coast Guard keeps up the fight against drug trafficking and protects its waters while sending a strong message to criminals. “We are serious about interdiction, and will use all resources available to deter and interdict illegal activities,” concluded Capt. Wemyss Gorman.
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has thanked Pope Francis and the Catholic Church for its commitment to peace and reconciliation, as well as the Church’s contribution in the fields of social welfare and education in Liberia.According to a dispatch from the Vatican in Rome, Italy, the Liberian leader made the comments during a meeting with the Holy Father at his private library in the Apostolic Palace in Vatican City on Saturday, April 5.Pope Francis is the 266th and current Pope of the Catholic Church, in which capacity he is Bishop of Rome and absolute Sovereign of the Vatican City State.During the cordial discussion, both the President and the Pontiff discussed the cordial relations between Liberia and the Holy See and expressed satisfaction about the positive progress made in strengthening Liberia’s democratic institutions.President Sirleaf, particularly highlighted Government’s efforts for peace and reconciliation; which he encouraged. She praised the Church for its immense contribution in the fields of social welfare and education.The Liberian leader urged Pope Francis to pray for the country in order to have a sense of holiness, reconciliation, peace and that all Liberians can love one another. She also asked for the Pontiff’s prayers for courage of tolerance.They later exchanged views on current regional and international issues, with particular reference on trouble spots around the world.Later, President Sirleaf met with His Eminence Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin, accompanied by the Secretary for Relations with States, Dominique Mamberti.During the meeting, President Sirleaf extended thanks and appreciation to the Holy See for its support to Liberia over time especially during the years of the country’s civil war. They discussed how relations can be strengthened, especially with support to social welfare, health and educational institutions.“I think for us, this is more or less a one time opportunity. I found the Pope very affable,” President Sirleaf said following the meeting, adding that she found him to be a very humble man. President Sirleaf is the first Liberian President to visit a Pope at the Vatican.President Sirleaf was later taken on a guided tour of St. Peter’s Basilica within the Vatican City, the largest church in the world and one of the holiest Catholic sites.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)