http://www.engineeringnews.co.za
  SEARCH
Login
R/€ = 13.78Change: -0.08
R/$ = 11.04Change: -0.08
Au 1185.03 $/ozChange: -6.87
Pt 1215.50 $/ozChange: -4.00
 
 
Note: Search is limited to the most recent 250 articles. Set date range to access earlier articles.
Where? With... When?








Start
 
End
 
 
And must exclude these words...
Close Main Search
Close Main Login
My Profile News Alerts Newsletters Logout Close Main Profile
 
Agriculture   Automotive   Chemicals   Competition Policy   Construction   Defence   Economy   Electricity   Energy   Environment   ICT   Metals   Mining   Science and Technology   Services   Trade   Transport & Logistics   Water  
What's On Press Office Tenders Suppliers Directory Research Jobs Announcements Contact Us
 
 
 
RSS Feed
Article   Comments   Other News   Research   Magazine  
 
 
Jun 13, 2008

On-The-Air (13/06/2008)

Back
Safm 13 June 2008
Engineering|Finally|Johannesburg|Pretoria|Africa|CoAL|Engineering News|Eskom|Mining Weekly|PROJECT|Projects|Renewable Energy|Renewable-Energy|Road|Roads|Africa|South Africa|Gauteng Freeway|Energy|Freeway Network|Mining|Wind Energy|Wind Energy Projects|St Helena Bay|Walvis Bay|West Coast|Western Cape|Environmental|Western Cape Environmental Department|Martin Creamer|Power|Engineering News|Mining Weekly|West Coast
Engineering||Africa|CoAL|Eskom|PROJECT|Projects|Renewable Energy|Renewable-Energy|Road|Roads|Africa|||Energy|Mining|Wind Energy|||Environmental||Power||
engineering|finally-city|johannesburg|pretoria|africa-company|coal|engineering-news|eskom|mining-weekly-company|project|projects|renewable-energy|renewable-energy-company|road|roads|africa|south-africa|gauteng-freeway|energy|freeway-network|mining|wind-energy|wind-energy-projects|st-helena-bay|walvis-bay|west-coast-natural-feature|western-cape|environmental|western-cape-environmental-department|martin-creamer|power|engineering-news-published-medium|mining-weekly|west-coast
© Reuse this



Every Friday morning, SAfm’s AMLive’s radio anchor Tsepiso Makwetla speaks to Martin Creamer, publishing editor of Engineering News and Mining Weekly. Reported here is this Friday’s At the Coalface transcript:

Makwetla: The first contracts have been awarded for the upgrading of hundreds of kilometres of busy Gauteng freeway. Tell us about that.

Creamer: Yes, there is a massive roads upgrading programme under way, basically between Johannesburg and Pretoria and it is known as the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Programme (GFIP), with a budget of about R55-billion and about 516 km of road are going to be upgraded.

The bad news is that this will be upgraded while we still have to travel on it, but they have given the assurance that the workings won’t be talking place during peak periods. In the meantime, a lot of bridges are going to have to be removed and a lot of roads are going to have to be widened, with new lanes coming in.

Just the one example of the Allendale off-ramp that has one bridge at the moment is going to end up with three bridges there and all the robots will go so it will be free flowing traffic. So, we are looking forward to a great new freeway network between Johannesburg and Pretoria, but the constraint at the moment is that the civil engineering community is so busy that every tender that goes out is so highly priced and the budget could go way above the R55-billion estimated.

Makwetla: A second wind farm – 15 times larger than the first – is on the cards for the Western Cape.

Creamer: The Western Cape is into wind energy. We saw it with the Darling launch, which is only a small micro-wind farm, 5,2 MW, but that is up and running and it is a commercial project backed by the Danes. Now we see the Western Cape Environmental Department coming in with a St Helena Bay project.

This is 15 times bigger, 80 MW and they are looking to laying the foundation, maybe a bit ambitious, by June next year. Then, of course, Eskom has got its own project, it wants to put up a wind farm in the Western Cape as well and has been working on one in the Vredendal area for some time now.

There will be a little bit of a delay on that, but that will be 100 MW. Then going on to the West Coast, other projects are planned on the West Coast, where there is a lot of wind potential, then over the border into Nambia, of course, there are plans for wind energy projects at Luderitz and Swartkopmund and also Walvis Bay.

South Africa has its own target that it wants renewable energy percentage to be 15 % of the total energy by 2014 and it looks like with these projects going through, it might just meet that.

Makwetla: Finally, South Africa has drawn up a road map for the combating of climate change and global warming.

Creamer: Climate change and global warming are on the lips of the whole international community. South Africa has to come into line, we are just not country ready at the moment. Other countries are way ahead of us and so we have to set up a road map and that is being done by Saneri, which is the South African National Energy Research Institute.

They promised at a recent fossil fuel workshop that they would come up with the road map, as they call it, to map the way forward as to how we get ready for dealing with the issues of climate change and global warming. The International Energy Agency has pleaded with all countries that any new fossil fuel or coal-fired power station going up should have carbon capture and storage.

That is the new buzzword, CCS, and that means that you don’t allow the carbon dioxide to go into the air anymore because that creates the global warming and pollution. You capture that carbon dioxide and you inject it into the ground and you leave it in the ground for another 250 years, making sure it doesn’t escape.

So, what Saneri has to do is find out where we can inject this into the ground with the correct rock formations. That will be done by December 2009 and then they will come up with a demonstration plant, because we want to see how this works, and they will have the plans for that in 2011 and then go forward with it in 2014.

So a little bit in the distance, but in the meantime, South Africa looking at this whole issue of carbon capture and storage, because so much of our energy comes from coal and we put so much CO2 into the atmosphere.

The cost is an issue and it looks like it is something like $60 per ton and just on the demonstration plant of 10 000 tons a year it is going to be a costly business, so they need to come down the cost-curve and perhaps the Australians will be able to help them, because they have got Zerogen coming through. Zerogen will probably be the first carbon capture and storage example for the world and perhaps we can learn a few lessons there.

Makwetla: Thanks very much. Martin Creamer is publishing editor of Engineering News and Mining Weekly, he’ll be back with us at the same time next week.

Edited by: Creamer Media Reporter
© Reuse this Comment Guidelines (150 word limit)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Other SAFM
More
 
 
Latest News
Updated 12 minutes ago JSE-listed Afrox on Friday announced cost reduction plans to improve its financial position following a decline in profit and earnings during the six months ended June 30. A “challenging trading environment” led to a 4.5% fall in profit to R169-million and a 10.2%...
Updated 31 minutes ago The deficit on South Africa's trade account widened sharply to R21.33-billion ($1.9-billion) in October, from a revised R3.04-billion shortfall in September, data from the revenue service showed on Friday. Exports fell 1.8% to 89-billion rand, while imports jumped...
Updated 35 minutes ago In a move likely to hearten Gauteng commuters who spend rush hour stuck behind big trucks, Transport Minister Dipuo Peters on Friday said her department was looking at restricting heavy vehicles during these times. "The department is considering some form of...
More
 
 
Recent Research Reports
Defence 2014: A review of South Africa's defence industry (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Defence 2014 report examines South Africa’s defence industry, with particular focus on the key participants in the sector, the innovations that have come out of the sector, local and export demand, South Africa’s controversial multibillion-rand...
Road and Rail 2014: A review of South Africa's road and rail infrastructure (PDF report)
Creamer Media’s Road and Rail 2014 report examines South Africa’s road and rail transport system, with particular focus on the size and state of the country’s road and rail network, the funding and maintenance of these respective networks, and the push to move road...
Real Economy Year Book 2014 (PDF Report)
This edition drills down into the performance and outlook for a variety of sectors, including automotive, construction, electricity, transport, steel, water, coal, gold, iron-ore and platinum.
Real Economy Insight: Automotive 2014 (PDF Report)
This four-page brief covers key developments in the automotive industry over the past 12 months, including an overview of South Africa’s automotive market, trade figures, production and the policies influencing the sector.
Real Economy Insight: Construction 2014 (PDF Report)
This five-page brief covers key developments in the construction industry over the past 12 months. It provides an overview of the sector and includes details of employment in the sector, infrastructure and municipal spending, as well as insight into companies’...
Real Economy Insight: Electricity 2014 (PDF Report)
This five-page brief covers key developments in the electricity industry over the past 12 months, including details of State-owned power utility Eskom’s generation activities, funding and tariffs, independent power producers and prospects for the sector.
 
 
 
 
 
This Week's Magazine
As the City of Ekurhuleni continues its bid to develop the largely industrialised metropole into the continent’s first aerotropolis, executive mayor Mondli Gungubele has committed the city to creating a predictable, stable and enabling business environment in which...
While Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) did not have “significant issues” with power supply in Gauteng, it was a different story in the Eastern Cape, said FMCSA and American Chamber of Commerce in South Africa president Jeff Nemeth earlier this month....
In 2000, exports into Africa from South Africa represented less than 5% of the turnover of Federal Mogul Motorparts Africa, with sales largely centred around Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique. Today, African exports represent 30% of sales, with trade expanded...
The Malawi government has launched a $50-million project to upgrade the Kamuzu barrage, on the Shire river, an outlet of Lake Malawi, which is used to control the flow of water from the lake to the lower Shire area. The project will run from this year to 2017 and...
  Our new Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Colleges will replace the Further Education and Training (FET) Colleges which have served us for the past twenty years.  The buildings will be the same and most of the staff will be the same but as the...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Alert Close
Embed Code Close
content
Research Reports Close
Research Reports are a product of the
Research Channel Africa. Reports can be bought individually or you can gain full access to all reports as part of a Research Channel Africa subscription.
Find Out More Buy Report
 
 
Close
Engineering News
Completely Re-Engineered
Experience it now. Click here
*website to launch in a few weeks