R/€ = 15.08Change: 0.17
R/$ = 13.41Change: 0.14
Au 1147.47 $/ozChange: 1.02
Pt 944.00 $/ozChange: 9.50
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  
Aug 14, 2008

Real Economy Report

Engineering|Africa|Botswana|CoAL|Coal-fired Power Station|Defence|Denel|Eskom|Export|Gas|Generators|Industrial|Mining|PROJECT|Storage|Water|Africa|Energy|Manufacturing|Power
Engineering|Africa|Botswana|CoAL|Coal-fired Power Station|Defence|Denel|Eskom|Export|Gas|Generators|Industrial|Mining|PROJECT|Storage|Water|Africa|Energy|Manufacturing|Power
© Reuse this From Creamer Media in Johannesburg, this is the Real Economy Report. Our top stories this week: we explore the efforts being made to reduce air pollution from South Africa's newest coal-fired power station, the energy boom spurs a R100m manufacturing investment in Pretoria and, we look at the A-Darter missile programme.

Shannon O'Donnell:
With 11 of Eskom's 13 coal-fired power stations sited in the Mpumalanga province, air pollution is a major threat. Terence Creamer looks at what is being done to ensure it newest facility doesn't tip that air shed in to crisis.

Terence Creamer:
The new R80-billion Kusile power station, being built near Delmas, 110-km east of Johannesburg, will be the first South African plant to incorporate flue gas desulphurisation technology. Chief officer Brian Dames, who believes the emission-abatement investment will add more than R5-billion to the project's overall price tag, outlines the rationale for the expenditure, as well as its water-consumption downside.

Brain Dames

Terence Creamer:
The technology will reduce Kusile's atmospheric pollution by removing deleterious emissions such as sulphur dioxide as the plant ramps up its six 803-MW units to a final nameplate of 4 818 MW by 2017. But what of carbon capture and storage, which government views as integral to its ‘peak, plateau and decline' CO2 emissions aspiration, as well as its Cabinet endorsed climate-change mitigation framework?

Brain Dames

Terence Creamer:
Given that National Treasury has been mandated to look at instruments that will eventually place a price on carbon, possibly through an escalating CO2 tax, and/or the creation of a ‘cap-and-trade' mechanism, there is also likely to be an economic imperative on Eskom to take a lower carbon route. But for the immediate future, the trajectory remains upwards, until 2030 at best.

Shannon O'Donnell:
We'll be back after this short commercial break.

Den Braven Sealants advert

Shannon O'Donnell:
Steinmüller Africa has opened a pressure part manufacturing facility at Arcelor Mittal in Pretoria. Guy Copans reports.

Guy Copans:

Steimüller Africa's new pressure part manufacturing facility will manufacture pressure parts for steam generators and industrial applications such as headers, heat exchangers and cooled water wall machines. It cost over R100-million to build.

Steinmüller Africa MD Hermann Brümmer says that South Africa does not have a facility that can fabricate pressure parts, and has to build up capacity and knowledge again, and train and develop people.

Hermann Brümmer

Guy Copans:
While Steinmüller has no orders on its book yet, Brümmer says that it is negotiating with some of the main customers from Eskom's expansion programme. It is confident that it will get some major contracts within the next few weeks.

Shannon O'Donnell:
South Africa is developing the Denel Dynamics A-Darter missile in a joint programme with Brazil. Keith Campbell reports.

Keith Campbell:
The South African Air Force project officer for the A-Darter infrared-homing air-to-air missile programme is Colonel Ian van Vuuren. He explains the significance of the programme.

SAAF Col Ian van Vuuren

Keith Campbell:
The Brazilian Air Force project officer for the A-Darter programme, Colonel Nelson Silveira, outlines the form the cooperation is taking.

Brazilian Air Force Col Nelson Silveira

Shannon O'Donnell:
And now for a sneak preview of this week's Engineering News magazine:

We provide a comprehensive follow up on whether the EIA backlog has been reduced

We carry a piece on how a local defence company has developed further upgrade packages for three Mirage fighter platforms

And, we offer insight into a 400-million dollar, 250-MW coal-bed methane power project being developed in central Botswana

And in Mining Weekly this week:

Read how Russia's Norilsk Nickel now stretches from the Arctic to South Africa, and from the US to Australia

News that Anglo Coal South Africa is to supply Eskom's Kusile power station with 17-million tons of coal a year

And, a warning from Steve Phiri that the export of unbeneficiated raw chromite ore from South Africa is ‘suicidal'

Shannon O'Donnell:
That's Creamer Media's Real Economy Report. Join us again next week for more news and insight into South Africa's real economy.


Edited by: Shannon de Ryhove
Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor Polity & Multimedia
© Reuse this Comment Guidelines (150 word limit)
Other Real Economy Report
Latest News
Updated 15 minutes ago World-renowned fuel cell scientist Dr Sharon Blair would like to see South Africa supply 25% of the global demand for fuel cells by 2020, stating that the country has a tremendous opportunity to develop the industry and capture a share of the growing sector. However,...
Updated 38 minutes ago Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown should table an uncensored contract agreement between Eskom and one of its coal suppliers owned by the Gupta family, the Democratic Alliance (DA) urged on Wednesday. The Sunday Times reported on September 13 that Gupta-owned...
Updated 54 minutes ago Cosatu's provincial general secretary, Tony Ehrenreich, had strong words for government and higher income groups as union members marched to Parliament on Wednesday. “We want them to tax the people who live in Clifton and Sea Point,” he demanded, saying workers...
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
Sphere Holdings CEO Itumeleng Kgaboesele
Black-owned investment holding company Sphere Holdings plans to raise a further R1-billion in the coming months in support of its strategy to become a leading black industrial enterprise, which could ultimately seek a listing on the JSE.
Energy analyst and EE Publishers MD Chris Yelland warned recently against excessive optimism regarding timescales for the proposed construction of new nuclear power plants (NPPs) in South Africa. He was speaking at a Nuclear Roundtable in Johannesburg. “I think we...
Malawi’s Lilongwe Water Board (LWB) is inviting eligible bidders to prequalify for the board’s efficiency improvement works, which will be implemented as part of the E24-million Lilongwe Water Resources Efficiency Programme.   LWB CEO Alfonso Chikuni explains that...
CROATIA, AN EU MEMBER BUT NOT A TDCA MEMBER On July 1, 2013, Croatia officially became the twenty-eighth member of the European Union (EU). Despite Croatia’s accession into the EU, it is yet to become party to the Trade, Development and Cooperation Agreement (TDCA)...
The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has announced that its new Inundu airborne electronics testing, evaluation and training pod had made its first test flight on September 10. The successful flight was undertaken from Lanseria International...
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