R/€ = 15.01Change: 0.11
R/$ = 13.30Change: 0.10
Au 1140.65 $/ozChange: -3.50
Pt 950.50 $/ozChange: -2.50
Note: Search is limited to the most recent 250 articles. Set date range to access earlier articles.
Where? With... When?

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 Letters About Us
RSS Feed
Article   Comments   Other News   Research   Magazine  
Jun 30, 2006

On-The-Air (30/06/2006)

© 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: We have talked a lot about power provision - two new peaking power stations to be built at the coast by October 2008. Interestingly it is not Eskom doing it.

Creamer: Yes, the two new peaking power stations that are due to be built on the coast will not be built, owned and operated by Eskom, as we have become accustomed to, but these will be owned by the private-sector. Enter the acronym IPP, Independent Power Producer, which is now coming in on the scene. IPP is still on a very moderate scale, of course, but significantly five international companies have been prequalified to bid for this and they are coming from the United States, UK, India, Malaysia and France. They will be asked to put up two power stations, not of huge megawattages at this stage and both on the coast. One in the Eastern Cape and one in Kwazulu Natal, producing a collective 1 000 MW of electricity. They won't be using coal, as we have been used to up to now; they will be oil-fired - open-cycle gas-turbine (OCGT). These are due to come in during the last quarter of 2008 and they will follow those peaking power plants that are being built of a similar type, also OCGTs and also oil-fired, but in the Western Cape and not built by the private sector, but by Eskom.

Perlman: Now Martin, the private-sector again getting involved in power. This time, though, it is hydroelectrical and it is in the Free State. Tell us about that.

Creamer: Hydro-electricity is a rarity in South Africa and in the Free State even more so. We see a very small, again a moderate entry of an IPP coming in on two sites, one on the As river and one on the Saulspoort dam. There they will collectively produce about 6,4 MW of electricity, again moderate, but again showing a new trend towards IPP and they will sell this electricity off to the local authority, which will rely to extent of 20 % on hydroelectric power. That will be the Bethelehem local authority receiving this from the end of next year. Construction is due to begin in September on these two micro power plants. NuPlanet is the company involved, a Netherlands-South African amalgam, supported by an off-shoot of the Central Energy Fund, which is State-owned.

Perlman: Staying with energy, Sasol, a company with an increasing global reach, has some US-related developments.

Creamer: In a surprise development and again related to energy, we see that an American company, Intelligent Energy, has produced a system that generates electricity using the diesel that is produced by Sasol. Again, we see the inching along of the so-called hydrogen age and hydrogen economy. The Americans have chosen Sasol's fuel because it is so ultra-clean and has a low sulphur content. They have put it into their systems, which is a real-world demonstration of how a fuel-cell can produce electricity. They have actually sold their excess electricity into the Southern Californian electricity grid, having used fuel from South Africa's Sasol. We know that oil is a finite commodity and has got to exit as a pervasive fuel at some stage. A lot of people are working on the fuel-cell, which is regarded as the engine of the future. What is fascinating is that conventional fuel, coming from South Africa's Sasol, can be the chemical energy that is converted into electricity, in a very efficient way, using a fuel cell.

Perlman: A fast-changing sector. Keep an eye on it for us. 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: Yolande Botes
Creamer Media Assistant Chief Operating Officer and Personal Assistant to the Publishing Editor
© Reuse this Comment Guidelines (150 word limit)
Other SAFM
Latest News
The contraction in the metals and engineering sector is worsening, the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) warned on Thursday. Speaking after the release of production numbers by Statistics South Africa, Seifsa chief economist Henk...
Local innovation will undoubtedly provide solutions to many of the challenges faced by Africa, as it sets the tone for progress and enables businesses to gain a competitive advantage, create additional jobs and change peoples’ lives. Speaking as part of a panellist...
Zambia and Zimbabwe drew more water than they should have from the Kariba dam to generate electricity, draining the reservoir to 29% of its capacity in September, compared with 70% capacity last year, an engineering body said on Thursday. The Zambezi River Authority...
Recent Research Reports
Liquid Fuels 2015: A review of South Africa's liquid fuels sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Liquid Fuels 2015 Report examines these issues in the context of South Africa’s business environment; oil and gas exploration; fuel pricing; the development of the country’s biofuels industry; the logistics of transporting liquid fuels; and...
Road and Rail 2015: A review of South Africa's road and rail sectors (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Road and Rail 2015 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 infrastructure and network, the funding and maintenance of these respective networks, and...
Defence 2015: A review of South Africa's defence sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Coal 2015 report examines South Africa’s coal industry with regards to the business environment, the key participants in the sector, local demand, export sales and coal logistics, projects being undertaken by the large and smaller participants in the...
Real Economy Year Book 2015 (PDF Report)
There are very few beacons of hope on South Africa’s economic horizon. Economic growth is weak, unemployment is rising, electricity supply is insufficient to meet demand and/or spur growth, with poor prospects for many of the commodities mined and exported. However,...
Real Economy Insight: Automotive 2015 (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Real Economy Year Book comprises separate reports under the banner Real Economy Insight and investigates key developments in the automotive, construction, electricity, road and rail, steel, water, gold, iron-ore and platinum sectors.
Real Economy Insight: Water 2015 (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Real Economy Year Book has been divided into individual reports under the banner Real Economy Insight and investigates key developments in the automotive, construction, electricity, road and rail, steel, water, coal, gold, iron-ore and platinum sectors.
This Week's Magazine
BUSINESS LEADERS PANEL Adam Craker, Ivor Chipkin, Alan Hosking and Allon Raiz at the 6th IQ Business Active Growth conference
Updated 3 hours ago At the sixth IQ Business conference held in Sandton last month, a panel of business leaders and academics advocated that business reclaims the initiative to spur growth in South Africa amid fragmented and haphazard political direction. Management consulting firm IQ...
Updated 3 hours ago The building industry is an essential component of the South African economy as it contributes about 15% to the gross fixed investment that drives the economy. However, with the country’s economy going through a tough time currently, this, in turn, reflects on the...
Updated 3 hours ago The recipients of the 2015 South African National Energy Association (Sanea)/South African National Energy Development Institute Energy (Sanedi) Awards were announced at a ceremony and banquet in Sandton last month. Sanea chairperson Brian Statham named Exxaro CEO...
ASHER BOHBOT EOH’s corporate goals were originally aspirations, but the company is relevant and is making a difference in the territories it operates in
Updated 3 hours ago As South African information technology (IT) firm EOH posted another full year of strong growth, CEO Asher Bohbot, known for his frank words, people-centric management style and stoic humanism, attributed the company’s continued South African and African growth to...
Updated 3 hours ago International heavy-equipment engine manufacturer Cummins’ regional distribution centre (RDC) in Woodmead, Gauteng, has halved the average logistics distribution time for clients in Southern Africa and allowed for critical or long-lead stock to be kept closer to...
Alert Close
Embed Code Close
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
Engineering News
Completely Re-Engineered
Experience it now. Click here
*website to launch in a few weeks
Subscribe Now for $96 Close
Subscribe Now for $96