Daily Archives: May 30, 2018

Suntech et Enerray ont signé un contrat pour fournir des modules en Égypte

WUXI, Chine, 30 mai 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Wuxi Suntech Power Co., Ltd. (« Suntech »), a annoncé aujourd’hui qu’Enerray S.p.A. et Suntech ont signé un contrat pour fournir des modules en Égypte.

Enerray est une société d’énergie solaire de premier plan en matière de conception, de construction et de gestion de systèmes photovoltaïques industriels et à grande échelle, dont les domaines d’activité s’étendent sur toute l’Europe, le Moyen-Orient, l’Afrique, l’Amérique latine et l’Asie du Sud-Est : « Enerray est très heureux de coopérer avec Suntech, une société avec laquelle elle a déjà eu le plaisir de travailler par le passé, aux prémices du marché du solaire en Italie. Chaque module utilisé lors de la construction de notre centrale est soigneusement choisi pour le marché mondial, à travers des partenariats consolidés avec des fournisseurs de grande qualité comme Suntech et en visant le meilleur rapport entre la qualité du produit, la fiabilité de l’entreprise et les coûts à assumer. Enerray est fier d’être concepteur, parrain, de s’occuper de l’ingénierie, de l’approvisionnement et de la construction et de l’exploitation et de l’entretien de Benban. Ce faisant, une croissance durable sera garantie pour toute la région, un domaine dans lequel nous voyons un grand potentiel et dans lequel nous investissons de façon notable », a déclaré M. Andrea Venezia, le PDG d’Enerray S.p.A. C’est la première coopération entre Enerray et Suntech. Le projet est situé à Assouan (Égypte). Il est prévu que la quantité totale des modules STP330-24/vfw(1500V) soit entièrement livrée sur le site d’ici la fin du troisième trimestre.

« Ces dernières années, le marché du photovoltaïque en Égypte prend rapidement de l’ampleur, du fait de ses excellentes conditions d’investissement, de son ensoleillement suffisant et de l’appui des autorités publiques. Pour satisfaire la demande croissante en électricité, la part des énergies renouvelables atteindra 42 % d’ici à 2025 », a déclaré M. Shuangquan He, le président de Suntech. « Nous sommes très heureux de coopérer avec Enerray S.p.A. et il nous tarde d’avoir une collaboration plus étroite et renforcée avec Enerray S.p.A. à l’avenir. Ces dix-huit dernières années, nous avons réalisé de grands progrès en matière de technologie de produits et notre image de marque s’est renforcée sur le marché du photovoltaïque. Suntech offre une garantie de 12 ans sur les produits et une garantie de performance linéaire de 25 ans, réassurée par le chef de file mondial du secteur : Munich Re. Nous pourrions développer ensemble la charte commerciale mondiale, sur la base d’un partenariat stable et de longue durée. Suntech maintient son intention première et ne ménage aucun effort pour éclairer tous les coins du monde grâce à l’énergie solaire. »

Varian Halcyon Systems Expand Access to Cancer Care at Three Centers in Africa

PALO ALTO, California, May 30, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Designed to expand the availability of high quality cancer care globally and help save the lives of millions more cancer patients, treatments with Varian’s (NYSE: VAR) Halcyon system have started at three different cancer centers in northern and southern Africa. Halcyon simplifies and enhances virtually every aspect of image-guided volumetric intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IMRT), including improved patient comfort and shortening the time from installation to first treatment without sacrificing quality.

The cancer centers now offering Halcyon treatments in Africa are Clinique le Littoral Casablanca and Centre d’Oncologie Nakhil Rabat in Morocco, and Busamed Oncology Center- Hillcrest in South Africa.

  • Clinique le Littoral Casablanca, Morocco was the first Halcyon installation in Africa and was selected over other available solutions to help address the cancer center’s growing patient volume, and as a complement to their existing capabilities.
  • Centre d’Oncologie Nakhil Rabat, Morocco was able to have the system installed, commissioned, staff trained and begin treating patients in just two weeks. Since beginning Halcyon treatments in January 2018, the center is already providing care to over 70 patients per day on this system as part of their expanding state-of-the-art techniques including IGRT, RapidArc and SBRT using other Varian equipment exclusively.
  • Busamed Oncology Center- Hillcrest, South Africa was the first Halcyon installation in Sub-Sahara Africa. This project is a symbol of a successful collaboration between the oncology center, Varian and partners for responding to the oncology need in the province. The fast installation process, ease of customer training, useful QA tools, and seamless workflows allowed the center to quickly begin offering treatments with the new system.

With the innovations in Halcyon, the system delivers high quality treatments, which empowers clinicians to care for more patients. Halcyon features a streamlined workflow that only requires nine steps from the start to the end of treatment compared to up to more than 30 steps with older technologies. To assist in the reduction of time and construction costs from installation to first patient treatment, Halcyon offers expedited commissioning, requires less shielding than traditional systems, can fit in the majority of existing small vaults and can be installed in two weeks or less. Several cancer centers have already begun treating patients with Halcyon including Radiation Oncology Centres (Australia), University Hospitals Leuven (Belgium), Queen’s Hospital (England), and Penn Medicine (U.S.).

“We are proud of our collaboration with these centers in Africa and increasing the access to high quality cancer treatments with Halcyon,” said Jean-LucDevleeschauwer, president, Varian Oncology Systems EMEIA. “We look forward to working with more centers across the region, and around the world, in the global fight against cancer.”

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Suntech and Enerray signed a contract for supplying modules in Egypt

WUXI, China, May 30, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Wuxi Suntech Power Co., Ltd. (“Suntech”) announced today that Enerray S.p.A. and Suntech have signed a contract for supplying modules in Egypt.

Enerray is a leading solar power company of designing, construction and management of utility scale and industrial photovoltaic systems, whose business areas spread throughout Europe, the Middle East, African regions, Latin America, and Southeast Asia.”Enerray is very glad to cooperate with Suntech with which it has already had the pleasure to work in the past at the beginning of the solar market in Italy. Every module to be used during our plant construction is carefully selected for the world market, using the consolidated partnerships with high-quality suppliers such as Suntech and aiming towards the best correlation between product quality, reliability of the company, and the costs to be sustained. Enerray is proud of  acting as developer, sponsor, EPC and O&M Contractor in Benban. In this way sustainable growth will be guaranteed for the whole region, an area in which we see great potential and we are investing significantly,” said Mr. Andrea Venezia, CEO of  Enerray S.p.A. It is the first cooperation between Enerray and Suntech. The project is located in Aswan, Egypt. It is foreseen the total amount of STP330-24/vfw(1500V) modules will be fully delivered to the site by the end of the third quarter.

“In recent years, the PV market in Egypt is speeding up rapidly due to its excellent investment conditions, sufficient sunshine resources and sufficient support by government. To meet the increasing demand for electric power, the proportion of renewable energy supplying will reach 42% by 2025,” said Mr. Shuangquan He, the president of Suntech. “We are so glad to cooperate with Enerray S.p.A. and look forward to having deeper and strengthened collaboration with Enerray S.p.A in the future. In the past 18 years, we have achieved great progress in product technology and gained brand reputation in PV market. Suntech offers an industry-leading 12-year product warranty and a 25-year linear performance warranty which is reinsured by the world-leading reinsurance company – Munich Re. We could expand the global business chart together based on a long and stable good partnership. Suntech is adhering to its original intention and sparing no effort to light each corner of the world by using the solar energy.”

UN: More Than 1 Million Children Going Hungry in Mali

UNICEF is warning that hundreds of thousands of severely malnourished children in Mali are at risk of dying, as the security situation in the country worsens.

The United Nations reports that attacks by extremists and criminals in northern and central Mali are rising at an alarming rate, with many civilians being deliberately targeted.

UNICEF spokesman Christophe Boulierac says more than a million children are going hungry because of severe food shortages.

“More than 850,000 children under the age of 5 are at risk of global acute malnutrition this year, including 274,000 children facing severe malnutrition and at imminent risk of death,” he said. “This represents a 34 percent increase and is largely due to the worsening food security situation in parts of the country.”

The U.N. reports 20 percent of the country is suffering from food insecurity and 1.2 million people lack water, sanitation and basic hygiene.

UNICEF says severe acute malnutrition rates are highest in the conflict affected areas in the north, exceeding the emergency level of 15 percent in Timbuktu. It cites Mali as one of the countries with the highest newborn and maternal mortality rates in the world.

Boulierac also says newborn deaths are rising because of malnutrition and lack of basic health services.

Northern Mail has been in turmoil since 2012, when Islamist militant groups temporarily seized control of the region.

On a visit to Mali’s capital Bamako on Tuesday, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres paid homage to the U.N. peacekeepers who have been killed while serving what is considered the world body’s most dangerous peacekeeping mission.Twenty-one peacekeepers were killed in attacks by extremists last year.

While in Mali, Guterres appealed for funds to support the G5 Sahel force, which is composed of troops from Mali, Niger, Chad, Burkina Faso and Mauritania.The force was created to contain the West African jihadists active in Mali and nearby countries.

UNICEF calls the crisis in Mali one of the most forgotten in the world. It notes nearly 80 percent of the agency’s $37 million humanitarian appeal for this year remains unfunded.

Source: Voice of America

Analysts Warn Sahel Region to Deny Militants Safe Havens

Islamic State is spreading its influence to other regions, including Africa’s Sahel, and experts are warning that countries in the region should take measures to keep the militant groups from regrouping in these areas.

Having lost most of the territory it once controlled in Iraq and Syria, the terror group’s fighters are reportedly establishing ties with local militant organizations.

“A key strength of these extremist organizations has been their ability to move with ease across national borders within the Sahel, allowing them to regroup after setbacks, and to replenish their ranks with inflows of fighters, weaponry and resources,” Jennifer G. Cooke of George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs told VOA.

Officials in the Sahel region have also voiced concerns over growing militancy and warned that the militant groups are not only destabilizing the region, but also pose a threat to the security of other countries.

“Most of these terrorists are leaving these places to come to the Sahel, to harbor there and to organize attacks against everybody.” Abdoulaye Diop, Mali’s foreign minister, said during a discussion at the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) late last year.

Michael Shurkin, a senior political scientist with the Rand Corporation, shares Diop’s concerns.

“There is legitimate concern that if allowed to, the extremist groups will make themselves into a direct threat to the U.S. and its friends by turning the region into a new Afghanistan, where the Taliban gave al-Qaida the freedom to organize the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.”

G5 Sahel

In order to crack down on militant groups in the region, five countries including Niger, Chad, Mali, Burkina Faso and Mauritania established a joint force known as the G5, which is a 5,000-person military and police force, tasked with carrying out counterterrorism operations along the common border regions of all five countries.

However, the G5 Sahel is not yet fully operational due to funding and logistical issues.

On Tuesday, while on a visit to Mali, the country most affected by terrorism among the G5, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres appealed to donors to provide more sustainable support to the G5 Sahel force.

“The international community must understand the need to provide the G5 Sahel countries with predictable support,” Guterres said.

In February, various countries pledged $509 million to G5, just shy of the group’s initial budget of $529 million, but the contributions have not been made yet.

Some analysts, like George Washington University’s Cooke, warn that the G5 must pull its act together to ensure that international partners do no lose interest.

“The force has won initial support from European partners, the United States, Saudi Arabia and others, all of whom have been convinced of the need for a greater regional security cooperation,” Cooke said. “If operationalization of the joint force becomes bogged down in disagreements or delays, international partners will very likely lose interest.”

Military option

Some experts charge that the military option is not the only answer to the problem of extremism in the region.

“Equally important, however, will be to use U.S. diplomatic and development leverage to press governments of the region to think beyond the military and address not just the symptoms, but the drivers of violence and insecurity as well,” Cooke said.

The Rand Corporation’s Michael Shurkin agrees with Cooke’s assessment.

“The answer is some combination of longer-term economic and political development paired with steady progress on the part of the member nations’ security force,” Shurkin said. “It’s about opportunities as well as about integrating marginalized populations.”

U.S. role

A U.S military spokesperson told VOA that they are coordinating with G5 on the ground.

Samantha Reho, spokesperson for the U.S. Africa Command, said that last month, several military officers from G5 Force participated in the annual Flintlock Exercise, organized by the U.S. Special Forces Command in cooperation with nations across the Sahel. Flintlock is designed to foster regional cooperation to stabilize regions of North and West Africa, and reduce the presence of violent extremist organizations.

Reho added that the G5 Force is a new initiative and that there is no determination yet as to how the U.S. will support it.

“But what I can tell you is that any direct support we provide will be [in] conjunction and in coordination with those respective host nations and other U.N. and international partners, mainly France’s 4,000 troops, who have had a long-standing military presence in the region,” said Reho.

Shurkin of the Rand Corporation believes that working with the French in the Sahel will be a good idea.

“The U.S. can help the G5 force be more effective, working in tandem with the French, not in isolation from the French,” he said.

Source: Voice of America