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Eskom and Transnet need to borrow billions more

By: News24Wire      Updated 4 hours ago Eskom and Transnet need to borrow billions more than anticipated in 2016, National Treasury revealed in its 2017 Budget Review on Wednesday. Even as Eskom’s financial performance improved in 2015/16 as a result of a 12.7% tariff hike and a revenue increase by R10.5-billion to R161-billion, it... 

EOH, Steag join forces to boost energy services in South Africa

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     21st February 2017 JSE-listed technology solutions provider EOH Industrial Technologies on Tuesday entered into a strategic joint venture (JV) with German energy group Steag Energy Services broaden EOH’s services offering in South Africa. The JV will cover all aspects of power project developments, from inception... 

Edenville raises £2m to advance Rukwa project to production

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     20th February 2017 Aim-listed Edenville Energy has raised £2-million through an oversubscribed subscription of 250-million new ordinary shares at 0.8p apiece. The company also issued 125-million warrants to the subscribers on the basis of one warrant for every two new ordinary shares, exercisable at 1.08p per... 

New-look M&R to transfer listing to Diversified Industrials board from Heavy Construction

By: Terence Creamer     20th February 2017 Murray & Roberts (M&R) has confirmed that its application to transfer its listing from the ‘Construction and Materials’ sector of the JSE to the ‘General Industrials’ sector has been approved and that the change will become effective from Monday, March 20. From that date, the company will trade... 

New-look M&R to transfer listing to Diversified Industrials board from Heavy Construction
Photo by Duane Daws
CEO Henry Laas

Outa calls for judicial enquiry into Eskom’s affairs 

By: Natasha Odendaal     17th February 2017 The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) on Friday called for a full judicial commission of enquiry into State-owned Eskom's affairs, following the release of a redacted version of the so-called Dentons report into corruption at the parastatal. International legal firm Dentons conducted a... 

Conference hopes to catalyse African energy revolution

By: Nadine James     17th February 2017 The 2017 Africa Energy Indaba will enable African energy sector stakeholders to evaluate opportunities and the means to pursue them that could unlock the continent’s energy potential and spark something of an energy revolution, says Indaba organising company Siyenza. “The African continent has... 

Conference hopes to catalyse African energy revolution
BOOSTING ENERGY The Africa Energy Indaba brings together politicians and energy luminaries to envision and catalyse decisions that will enhance access to energy

Exponential increase in the number of power generation projects

By: Nadine James     17th February 2017 The African continent’s large energy deficit has resulted in an exponential increase in the number of power generation projects – both planned and implemented – as well as the number of stakeholders which are a consequence of renewed commercial interest in the African energy sector, says... 

Exponential increase in the number of power generation projects
TSIDISO DISENYANA Foreign investment is targeted at establishing Africa’s green economy, therefore renewables will become a driver of socioeconomic growth

Third Women in Energy conference cohosted at Energy Indaba

     17th February 2017 The yearly Women in Energy conference, organised by the Africa Energy Indaba, will bring together Africa’s leading women in the energy sector for its third iteration on Monday, February 20 at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg. The Africa Energy Indaba was the first energy conference... 

Third Women in Energy conference cohosted at Energy Indaba
DOING IT FOR THEMSELVES The Women in Energy conference is designed to aid the increase in leadership and development of women involved in the African energy sectors

Kenya Power expects no drought-related rationing, minimal price hike

By: Reuters     16th February 2017 Kenyans will not be hit by electricity rationing or significant price rises, with diesel generation making up for a fall from drought-hit hydroelectric dams, the head of sole distributor Kenya Power said on Thursday. State-run Kenya Meteorological Department said earlier this week that the East... 

Kibo awaits MCPP Esia certification

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     15th February 2017 Dual-listed Kibo Mining has completed the environmental- and social-impact assessment (Esia) for its Mbeya coal-to-power project (MCPP), in Tanzania, and is now awaiting certification. CEO Louis Coetzee on Wednesday said the completion of the Esia work marked another major step forward in the... 

AMSA keen to tap power tariff deal as Eskom mulls ‘incentive pricing’  

By: Terence Creamer     10th February 2017 Steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) is optimistic that Eskom, with the support of the energy regulatory, could extend pricing incentives to it and other energy-intensive businesses in light of its surplus position and government’s appeal for interventions to reignite growth in the... 

AMSA keen to tap power tariff deal as Eskom mulls ‘incentive pricing’
AMSA CEO Wim de Klerk makes the case for further protection for domestic steel industry. Video and editing: Darlene Creamer 10.2.2017

Eskom releases redacted version of Dentons report, but only to PAIA applicants 

By: Terence Creamer     7th February 2017 State-owned electricity utility Eskom has agreed to release a redacted version of a “final report” compiled by international legal firm Dentons in July 2015, following a board-initiated probe into the operational and financial underperformance of the organisation at the time. However, the report... 

Eskom releases redacted version of Dentons report, but only to PAIA applicants
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Eskom Chairperson Dr Ben Ngubane

Eskom terminates contracts of six coal transportation companies

By: Creamer Media Reporter      6th February 2017 State-owned power utility Eskom has terminated six coal transportation agreements under its Free Carrier Arrangement (FCA) following a secondary independent investigation into the unlawful introduction of additional trucks by some FCA transporters. Eskom, which had 58 FCA transporters contracted... 

Eskom terminates contracts of six coal transportation companies

While coal remains important, its future is uncertain – Prevost

By: Ilan Solomons     3rd February 2017 Although the world still needs coal, particularly for power generation, it is an unloved commodity that is facing a myriad of challenges from different forces, says XMP Consulting senior coal analyst Xavier Prevost. Speaking at IHS Markit’s 2017 South African Coal Export Conference, in Cape Town,... 

While coal remains important, its future is uncertain – Prevost
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Xavier Prevost

Eskom not solely focused on short-term contracts, says exec

By: Ilan Solomons     3rd February 2017 Eskom fuel sourcing acting GM Ayanda Nteta has rebuffed claims that the power utility’s procurement policies are centred on short-term contracts, or spot market deals. Speaking at the IHS Markit 2017 South African Coal Export Conference, in Cape Town, on Thursday, she stated that Eskom took a... 

South Africa to issue tenders for millions of tons of coal

By: Reuters     2nd February 2017 South African power utility Eskom will issue at least two tenders early in the first half of this year for millions of tons of coal for its power stations, including its new 4 800 MW Kusile plant, a senior official said on Thursday. Ayanda Nteta, acting general manager for fuel sourcing, said... 

New Nersa chief insists regulator will not act illegally when determining 2017 power tariffs

By: Terence Creamer     31st January 2017 Newly appointed National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) CEO Christopher Forlee insists that the Energy Regulator will not take any “illegal” decisions when making a determination in February about the trajectory of Eskom’s 2017 tariffs. Instead, any decision will seek to navigate the... 

New Nersa chief insists regulator will not act illegally when determining 2017 power tariffs
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Nersa CEO Christopher Forlee

Digital solutions to drive next wave of industrial productivity – Immelt

By: Terence Creamer     27th January 2017 The next wave of industrial productivity will be driven by digital solutions, GE CEO Jeff Immelt argued during a visit to South Africa this week, adding that industrial firms would, therefore, have little option but to rethink their strategies in a digital context. The US multinational is in the... 

Digital solutions to drive next wave of industrial productivity – Immelt
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GE CEO Jeff Immelt

Exxaro will support any ‘sustainable’ plan for restarting Arnot 

By: Terence Creamer     26th January 2017 Mining group Exxaro says it will be guided by Eskom on the future of the Arnot coal mine, in Mpumalanga, which was closed after Eskom’s contentious December 31, 2015, decision not to renew a 40-year coal supply agreement (CSA) with Arnot, an Eskom-tied mine operated by Exxaro. The termination of... 

Exxaro will support any ‘sustainable’ plan for restarting Arnot
Eskom interim CEO Matshela Koko on Arnot, Matla and Exxaro's empowerment structure. Camera Work & Editing: Nicholas Boyd

Eskom again calls on defaulting municipalities to pay up

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     26th January 2017 Eskom on Thursday reiterated its call to defaulting municipalities to pay their outstanding debts and avoid electricity interruptions. The utility stressed that failure to honour the outstanding debt will compel it to reactivate the electricity interruptions, by issuing the schedule for the next... 

Eskom talks tough on renewables, coal 

     26th January 2017 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about Eskom’s continued reluctance to sign power purchase agreements for new renewables capacity and its aim to use its coal procurement as leverage to transform the coal industry. 

Eskom talks tough on renewables, coal
Eskom talks tough on renewables, coal

Anglo confident of ‘favourable outcome’ with Eskom on sale of three tied coal mines  

By: Terence Creamer     25th January 2017 Mining group Anglo American says it has held discussions with and continues to engage with Eskom, government and potential bidders on its plan to exit its Eskom-tied mines – Kriel, New Denmark and New Vaal. Responding to Eskom interim CEO Matshela Koko’s insistence that Eskom had assets at the... 

Anglo confident of ‘favourable outcome’ with Eskom on sale of three tied coal mines
Eskom interim CEO Matshela Koko on Anglo American's proposed exit of Eskom-tied coal mines. Camera Work & Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Lynne Brown throws weight behind Eskom’s coal procurement policy

By: African News Agency      24th January 2017 Eskom will continue to “radically but fairly” transform coal procurement because this is a non-negotiable national imperative, Public Enterprise Minister Lynne Brown said on Tuesday. Eskom is currently embroiled in a bitter disagreement with one of its suppliers, Exxaro, over the diversified... 

Eskom courts energy-intensive firms as it promises surplus to 2021

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     24th January 2017 Despite having connected more than 162 000 new customers to the grid in the last nine months, State-owned power provider Eskom has still experienced a 1%, or 2 252 GWh, drop in energy demand. For this reason, Eskom interim CEO Matshela Koko has called on “energy-intensive” industry to reinvest in... 

Eskom courts energy-intensive firms as it promises surplus to 2021

Opinion: Billions can be saved by building gas turbines ahead of solar and wind 

     24th January 2017 In this opinion piece, Professor Dawid Serfontein enters the debate on the costs and benefits of South Africa’s renewable-energy fleet, responds to recent media articles on the matter and makes the case for a revision to the sequence in which new generation technologies are added to the... 

DoE resumes IEP, IRP public consultations

By: Natasha Odendaal     24th January 2017 The Department of Energy’s (DoE’s) public consultation workshops on the updated draft Integrated Energy Plan (IEP) and the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) will resume in Limpopo on Wednesday. This followed on the first series of public consultation sessions, which were held in Gauteng,... 

Opinion: South Africa at an electricity crossroads 

     23rd January 2017 In this commentary, independent economic consultant Rob Jeffrey cautions that a future electricity mix which relies heavily on wind and limits the contribution of coal could undermine South Africa’s plans for addressing unemployment and poverty 

Opinion: South Africa at an electricity crossroads
Rob Jeffrey

Kibo completes MCPP integrated bankable feasibility study

By: Natasha Odendaal     23rd January 2017 The positive outcome of Aim- and AltX-listed Kibo Mining’s integrated bankable feasibility study (IBFS) for the Mbeya coal-to-power project (MCPP), in Tanzania, has placed the company in “a strong position” during the ongoing discussions and negotiations for the final power purchase agreement, as... 

Sanral rehabilitation project derisks Uitenhage power failures 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     17th January 2017 The completion of an R80-million slope stabilisation engineering project in Nelson Mandela Bay metropolitan region, in the Eastern Cape, has prevented the risk of damage to power cables and related blackouts in Uitenhage. The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) said on Tuesday... 

Sanral rehabilitation project derisks Uitenhage power failures

Astral says Eskom cutting municipal electricity supply would be ‘catastrophic’ for Standerton operations 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     13th January 2017 Eskom’s plan to cut power to the Lekwa local municipality, in Mpumalanga, will interrupt poultry producer Astral’s feed and poultry operations in Standerton with “catastrophic” results, the company has warned. Astral has received notification that Eskom plans to start interruptions of its bulk... 

Astral says Eskom cutting municipal electricity supply would be ‘catastrophic’ for Standerton operations

Trial mining starts at Edenville’s Rukwa coal project

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     12th January 2017 Trial mining has started at Edenville Energy’s 120 MW Rukwa coal-to-power project, in Tanzania. The project hosts 171-million tons of measured and indicated coal, sufficient to support a power station over a 30-year project life. 

Shumba, HMS Bergbau sign exclusive marketing agreement

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     10th January 2017 Botswana-based energy development company Shumba Energy has signed a binding memorandum of understanding (MoU) with HMS Bergbau Africa, a subsidiary of German trading house HMS Bergbau. Under the terms of the agreement, the latter will be responsible for the exclusive marketing of all export... 

Shumba, HMS Bergbau sign exclusive marketing agreement

DoE extends comment period for energy plans to end of March 

By: Terence Creamer     9th January 2017 The Department of Energy (DoE) has formally extended the period for public comment on the draft Integrated Energy Plan (IEP) and the draft Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) base case until March 31. The closing date for written comment was initially set as February 15, after the two plans were... 

DoE extends comment period for energy plans to end of March

Kibo Mining unfazed by management restructuring at Tanzanian Electric Supply Company

By: African News Agency      5th January 2017 Kibo Mining has said that it was not fazed by the ongoing changes and restructuring at the Tanzanian Electric Supply Company (Tanesco) which were seen as threatening to its Mbeya Coal to Power Project (MCPP). This comes after Tanzania president John Magufuli promptly sacked Tanesco MD Felchesmi... 

Kibo Mining unfazed by management restructuring at Tanzanian Electric Supply Company

Eskom’s excess generation capacity builds as Kusile Unit 1 ties-in to national grid 

By: Henry Lazenby     28th December 2016 South Africa’s electricity utility Eskom has connected the first power-generating unit of the new Kusile coal-fired power station, in Mpumalanga; reaching the milestone ahead of schedule and adding 800 MW to further stabilise the energy grid. In a statement Tuesday, Eskom said it is making... 

Eskom’s excess generation capacity builds as Kusile Unit 1 ties-in to national grid

Kibo secures $2.9m forward payment facility for Mbeya project

By: Ilan Solomons     21st December 2016 Tanzania-focused mineral exploration and development company Kibo Mining has entered into a binding term sheet with UK-based private equity provider Sanderson Capital Partners for a new $2.9-million forward payment facility. The facility provides for Kibo to be advanced part of the $3.6-million... 

Kibo secures $2.9m forward payment facility for Mbeya project

Medupi’s second unit powered for first time, generates 796 MW

By: Ilan Solomons     20th December 2016 State-owned power utility Eskom revealed on Tuesday that the second unit of its Medupi coal-fired power station, in Limpopo was loaded to full capacity over the weekend and generated 796 MW of electricity. Eskom interim CE Matshela Koko said that this was Medupi’s most “significant achievement”... 

Medupi’s second unit powered for first time, generates 796 MW
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