Oct 15, 2009
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Thursday, October 15, 2009.
From Creamer Media in Johannesburg, I'm Shannon de Ryhove.
Making headlines today:
South African power utility Eskom played down the possibility of deferring the 100-billion-rand-plus Kusile coal-fired power station project, being built in Mpumalanga province, when releasing its tariff application earlier this week. However, it has indicated to the regulator that it may be left with little alternative but to defer the project by between 18 and 36 months, unless a far higher tariff path is forthcoming.
CEO Jacob Maroga refused to be drawn on what minimum tariff adjustment was needed to ensure that the project remained on schedule. The first unit of Kusile was scheduled for commissioning during the first half of 2013.
All Maroga would say was that it wasn't about "a technical percentage", but would come down instead to "choices that need to be made" by government and the National Energy Regulator of South Africa.
However, Aerosud MD Dr Paul Potgieter says that the cancellation of South Africa's participation in the A400M airlifter project will gravely affect the country's aerospace industry.
South Africa is a risk-sharing partner in the A400M programme, with eight of the aircraft on order for the South African Air Force. South African companies involved in the programme are Aerosud, Denel Saab Aerostructures, Grintek and Omniples, with Armscor providing engineering services.
Also making headlines:
Nersa turns down licence applications by Gigajoule Africa for the construction of gas distribution and transmission facilities, as well as for the trading of gas, in the Cape West Coast region.
That's a round up of news making headlines today. For more on these and other stories please visit engineeringnews.co.za.
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