The end of sporadic power supply in Eritrea is on the horizon as the extension and construction programs at the Hirgigo thermal power plant is almost complete.
According to African Energy Intelligence sources, Hirgigo power plant will go fully operational later this year.
The country have seen multiple power cuts in the last couple of years mainly due to shortfalls in the supply. The current output at Hirgigo, the biggest plant in the country, and that of Belaza (17MW) accounts for 90% of all supply in Eritrea; and together lose 18% of the power they generate. Continue reading Power Outage to End in Eritrea→
ERITREAN President Issayas Afeworki is pushing for the rapid development of mining projects, without taking too much notice of the conclusions of a recent report by the United Nations Monitoring Group on Somalia and Eritrea (ESMG).
This report nevertheless singled out Hagos Gebrethiwet Maesho (known as Hagos Kisha), the director of economic affairs of the country’s ruling party, People’s Front for Democracy and Justice (PFDJ).
It suspects him of setting up “complex financial structures” that enable the Eritrean government to use revenue from the mining sector to finance the PFDJ and even to support military activity that “could constitute a violation of resolution 1907”.
Eritrea is underlain by the volcano-sedimentary rocks of the Arabian-Nubian shield, one of the world’s most unexplored but potentially productive mineral provinces. It has only a handful of deposits now in production or under development.
The major styles of economic mineralisation include the volcanogenic massive sulphide (VMS) deposits; the geologically much younger orogenic and intrusive related gold deposits; and very large potash accumulations. Many of the outcropping VMS deposits form high-grade ‘gold caps’. The current rapid erosion of the elevated land surface has resulted in excellent exposure of the geology. Continue reading Northeast Africa and Middle East: Gold Frontier→
In an attempt to promote sustainable exploration and mining activities in the country and the Arabian-Nubian Shield region, the Ministry of Energy and Mines is organizing the Third Asmara Mining Conference dubbed as “Asmara GeoCongress 2012” from 2 – 6 October 2012, in Asmara.
As part of the Arabian Nubian Shield, Eritrea is now being acknowledged for its substantial mineral potential that ranges from VHMS polymetallic deposits associated with NeoProterozoic rocks of this Shield, to epithermal gold and Potash deposits in the younger Red Sea Rift-related sedimentary Continue reading Third Asmara Mining Conference to be Conducted→