http://www.engineeringnews.co.za
  SEARCH
Login
R/€ = 14.10Change: -0.11
R/$ = 10.74Change: -0.09
Au 1264.90 $/ozChange: -22.28
Pt 1407.50 $/ozChange: -16.50
 
 
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  
 
 
Jan 30, 2004

On-The-Air (30/01/2004)

Back
Construction|Engineering|Harbour|Port|Africa|CoAL|Engineering News|Eskom|Mining Weekly|Ports|PROJECT|Water|Africa|Kenya|South Africa|Tanzania|Zambia|Building|Mining|Power Generation|Power-generation|Products|Supply Electricity|Surplus Electricity|Drakensberg Mountain|Eskom|Infrastructure|John Perlman|Martin Creamer|Power|Water|Engineering News|Mining Weekly
Construction|Engineering|Harbour|Port|Africa|CoAL|Eskom|Ports|PROJECT|Water|Africa|Kenya|Tanzania|Zambia|Building|Mining|Power Generation|Power-generation|Products|||Infrastructure|Power|Water|
construction|engineering|harbour|port|africa-company|coal|engineering-news|eskom|mining-weekly-company|ports|project|water-company|africa|kenya|south-africa|tanzania|zambia|building|mining|power-generation|power-generation-industry-term|products|supply-electricity|surplus-electricity|drakensberg-mountain|eskom-person|infrastructure|john-perlman|martin-creamer|power|water|engineering-news-published-medium|mining-weekly
© Reuse this Every Friday morning, SAfm’s AMLive’s radio anchor John Perlman speaks to Martin Creamer, publishing editor of Engineering News and Mining Weekly. Reported here is this Friday’s At the Coalface transcript:

Perlman: A power station in the Drakensberg mountain using pumped water. Tell us about that.

Creamer: South Africa is looking to another pumped-storage scheme in the Drankensberg. This would become South Africa’s fourth pumped-storage scheme overall. The pumped-storage scheme consists of an upper reservoir and a lower reservoir with a power station in between. The purpose of this power station is to supply electricity during peak periods, then when supply is in excess and there is small demand, surplus electricity will be used to pump the water back up to the upper reservoir once again and this cycle will keep repeating itself. This is what they are planning in the Drankensberg. They are looking to 2012 as the commissioning date. At the moment the National Electricity Regulator has given Eskom permission to appoint a consultancy to do the basic engineering design. Significantly it hasn’t appointed Eskom and given Eskom permission to build and operate this scheme, significantly leaving the way open for private-sector involvement in what will be a R4,2-billion project and the date 2012. It is important that we increase power generation capacity in South Africa where there could be a shortage looming.

Perlman: Staying with the theme of power but looking at a regional initiative – Zambia, Kenya and Tanzania are working together.

Creamer: That’s right. Zambia, with all its water, is blessed with a lot of hydro-power capacity. Zambia only needs 1 200 MW of power for itself, but Zambia is generating 1 600 MW at the moment. So, the power authority there, which is now commercialised, is looking for outside markets and as it looks across its border into Kenya and Tanzania, it finds that they are power short, creating the ideal supply-demand match. Zambia has announced that they want to invest US$326-million in the construction of a big electrical interconnector. They want work to start on that in October and to fit in with their plans of commercialising their own operation earning foreign exchange for themselves from the sale of their hydroelectric power and giving a chance for their two neighbours to enhance their economies with greater electricity supply.

Perlman: Richards Bay, a crucial port, complains though that doesn’t always punch its weight moving goods in and out. I believe there are some changes afoot that might change that.

Creamer: There is a new bulk-handling terminal be built as we speak. Construction has started on that. It is a private sector initiative and R250-million are being spent on it. The investment is being made by new materials handler, RBC Distributors, which has been doing a lot of salt distribution for the last 18 months, but demand is now building up in other areas and they are going ahead with the construction of this bulk terminal to handle anthracite, coking coal, ferromanganese, titanium dioxide and urea, all speciality-type products. They are also asking the National Ports Authority for direct infrastructural link to the harbour and if approval for this link is forthcoming, linking infrastructure will be built concurrently. Grinaker LTA is on site, starting with construction of the bulk handling terminal, which should be completed by mid-2005, though even by June this year, there will be capacity for greater handling by RBC Distributors.

Perlman: 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: Yolande Botes
© Reuse this Comment Guidelines (150 word limit)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Other SAFM
More
 
 
Latest News
Updated 2 hours 33 minutes ago Despite various challenges related to the extraction of shale oil and gas, as countries grow accustomed to the idea, the use of shale as a form of energy will be more widely pursued, international oil and gas market analyst Michael Lynch said on Tuesday. Speaking at...
Updated 2 hours 36 minutes ago A consortium led by two Kenyan firms won a government tender to build a 1 000-MW, coal-fired power plant, company officials said on Tuesday, part of moves to satisfy rising demand for energy in East Africa's biggest economy. Kenya suffers from regular blackouts due...
TNPA CEO Tau Morwe
Updated 2 hours 42 minutes ago The announcement of the successful bidder for the construction of Durban’s long-awaited passenger cruise terminal was imminent, Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) CEO Tau Morwe told delegates at the African Ports Evolution Conference in Durban on Tuesday. ...
More
 
 
Recent Research Reports
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...
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.
Real Economy Insight: Road and Rail 2014 (PDF Report)
This six-page brief covers key developments in the road and rail industries over the past 12 months, including details of South Africa’s road and rail network and prospects for both sectors.
 
 
 
 
 
This Week's Magazine
South African State-owned defence industrial group Denel has announced its fourth consecutive year of profits. The group's results for the financial year 2013/2014 were recently announced at its head office in Centurion, south of Pretoria. Revenues grew by 17%, net...
There is little opportunity for JSE-listed infrastructure company Group Five to grow shareholder value in the domestic market, says CEO Mike Upton. He says value can still be found in the private sector, in the renewable and industrial power sector, as well as in...
The National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) has announced the event dates of the 2015 Johannesburg International Motor Show (JIMS). The event will take place from October 14 to October 25, 2015, at the Johannesburg Expo Centre, Nasrec.
UK engineering support services provider Babcock is set to deliver the largest order of global truck manufacturer DAF’s truck tractors in Southern Africa to bulk carrier road-based logistics company Ngululu Bulk Carriers (NBC), with 133 trucks to be delivered in...
Digital radio communications in the African local government space can open up the world, but have many challenges to overcome, notes integration and migration of legacy radio communications infrastructure with digital mobile radio company Emcom Wireless head of...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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