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Feb 27, 2015
Eskom power stations
While State-owned power utility Eskom was unable to cut off electricity supply to some of its neighbouring trade partners, it was able to reduce energy exports by 10% when load shedding was implemented locally. The Department of Public Enterprise explained that Eskom...
Feb 27, 2015
Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson
Greenpeace has filed papers in the High Court in Pretoria to try and compel Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson to update the country's nuclear liability regulations, it said on Friday. The fact that the South African government was pushing ahead with...
Feb 27, 2015
Through its climate investment fund (CIF), the African Development Bank (AfDB) now supports one regional and 25 national investment plans across Africa.
Feb 27, 2015
China’s investment in African resources remains at a relatively early stage and is likely to increase further over the next decade, despite the economic slowdown in the world’s second-largest economy, reports South African financier Standard Bank. China’s economy...
Feb 27, 2015
Gas has the potential to account for more than 40% of the electricity generated in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) from 2020 onwards, a new report by McKinsey & Company shows, adding that, by 2040, gas-fired capacity could be responsible for more than 700 terawatt-hours in...
Feb 27, 2015
Property management company Citiq has officially opened its Umhlanga Junction Extension, a 75-bed student apartment block, in Brixton, built entirely from shipping containers. Situated in Caroline Street, the striking building was erected within two months. “We...
Feb 27, 2015
No blackouts were scheduled for Friday, Eskom said. "The system is collectively stable at the moment with a medium to high possibility of load shedding. The reason being we still have not recovered some of the generating units down for maintenance," spokesperson...
Feb 27, 2015
OFF-SHORE GAS The CCCI is encouraging industrial clients to incorporate liquid natural gas infrastructure for industrial-scale power generation in the Western Cape
Industrial forum the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI) is working closely with provincial and city representatives to incorporate liquid natural gas (LNG) infrastructure for industrial-scale power generation in the Western Cape.
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Feb 26, 2015
The Chamber of Mines (CoM) has lauded Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene’s budget speech on Wednesday, stating that it prioritised the Mining Phakisa Lab, aimed at healthier cooperation between government and the mining industry to resolve constraints and hurdles that...
Feb 26, 2015
Vikash Mathura
The Solar Water Heating Manufacturers Cluster of South Africa (SWHMancosa) was officially launched at the South Africa Capital Equipment Export Council (Saceec) office, in Benoni, on Wednesday. Chaired by Franke Water Heating Systems MD Vikash Mathura, the cluster...
Feb 26, 2015
Eskom will implement stage two load shedding from 10am on Thursday, the power utility said. "We do not have enough generating units, we are forced to implement stage two of load shedding from 10am to 10pm," spokesperson Khulu Phasiwe said.
Feb 25, 2015
Prioritising spending on “economic” infrastructure such as roads and transport, electricity, and water and sanitation, the 2015 National Budget has earmarked R274-billion of the public kitty for the construction, maintenance, repair and upgrade of public-sector...
Feb 25, 2015
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The first installment of an approved R23-billion capital injection for struggling electricity utility Eskom would be made in June, Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene revealed in his 2015 Budget address. The allocations would be made in two installments, with a special...
Feb 24, 2015
There was a high risk of rolling blackouts on Tuesday due to a "very constrained" power system, Eskom said. "The power system is currently very constrained and there is a high probability of load shedding later this afternoon," spokesperson Khulu Phasiwe said.
Feb 24, 2015
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Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson confirmed on Tuesday that 77 bids were received by the August 18, 2014, submission deadline for the fourth bid window under government’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) and that, with...
Feb 24, 2015
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South Africa’s gross domestic product (GDP) grew by a meagre 1.5% in 2014, lower than the 2.2% growth of 2013 and well below the 5.5% growth target set out by government in its National Development Plan. The main contributors to the increase in economic activity in...
Feb 24, 2015
Zimbabwe's state utility ZESA said on Tuesday four generating units at the Hwange power station had broken down, worsening power cuts in the southern African country. Electricity shortages have been constantly blamed by potential foreign investors as a barrier to...
Feb 24, 2015
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Representatives of Mulilo Renewable Energy and Eskom
South African energy developer Mulilo Renewable Energy reports that it is poised to begin construction on four Northern Cape projects with a combined vlaue of R8.8-billion and a collective capacity of 385 MW.  The projects, which are being pursued with partners,...
 
 
 
 
Feb 23, 2015
Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Minister Jeff Radebe
Minister in The Presidency for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Jeff Radebe would “soon” call for nominations for commissioners to serve on the country’s second National Planning Commission (NPC), with the term of the inaugural commission set to end in May....
Feb 23, 2015
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Gauteng Premier David Makhura
Gauteng Premier David Makhura has outlined a range of initiatives to bolster power supply across South Africa’s wealthiest province, including a plan to increase municipal coal-fired power generation by 1 200 MW and to use provincial government buildings to install...
Feb 23, 2015
Tina Joemat-Petterson
Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson has set up a task team to investigate allegations against the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) and the National Radioactive Waste Disposal Institute (NRWDI) boards. The investigation was prompted by numerous...
Feb 23, 2015
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The risk of blackouts is medium to high on Monday, power utility Eskom said. "Should anything unexpected happen on the generation side we may need to go into load shedding," its media desk said.
Feb 23, 2015
Plans for a hydro-electric power plant between Zambia and Zimbabwe have been expanded to 2 400 MW from 1 600 MW, an industry official said on Sunday. A recent study showed that the Batoka Gorge power plant would produce more electricity than previously envisaged,...
Feb 20, 2015
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IPP Office head Karen Breytenbach
The South African government's Independent Power Producer (IPP) Office will release a request for information (RFI) in March for possible domestic gas-to-power projects, as a precursor to a possible 3 000 MW tender that should arise before year-end. IPP Office head...
Feb 20, 2015
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Koeberg nuclear station
A judgment on the ongoing battle between parastatal Eskom and Toshiba’s Westinghouse Electric Company over a R4.3-billion steam generator contract was imminent, as High Court Judge Zeenat Carelse deliberated over the arguments presented during a three-day hearing...
Feb 20, 2015
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The electricity supply system remains constrained but stable, Eskom said on Thursday. “The electricity supply system still remains constrained but stable, meaning that any extra load or faults in the system may necessitate the need to go into load shedding. Eskom...
Feb 20, 2015
Experts have suggested that government deploy an independent task team that will consider alternative energy-saving methods, such as switching to daylight saving in South Africa, to mitigate the disruption caused by the current load-shedding system implemented by...
Feb 20, 2015
PROVEN TECHNOLOGY Bulk hydrogen storage and handling is common in many industries, including the oil and gas industry, and can be applied to develop hydrogen infrastructure
Research regarding the use of South Africa’s platinum group metals (PGMs) in fuel cells and water electrolysis will enable electrification of remote communities and the use of hydrogen as a primary energy carrier in future. Hydrocarbons, mostly petroleum distillates...
 
 
 
 
Feb 20, 2015
HYDROGEN FUEL CELL Hydrogen technologies enable variable renewable energy to be stored
The Department of Science and Technology (DST) research organisation Hydrogen South Africa (HySA) Infrastructure Centre has developed an electrochemical hydrogen compressor unit with no moving parts, which improves the commercial application of water electrolysis...
Feb 20, 2015
LIGHTING TECHNOLOGY In the past 12 months, Beka Schréder has designed and manufactured more than eight new light-emitting diode products
Johannesburg-based luminaire designer and manufacturer Beka Schréder has registered significant growth in the past year, having recently secured various contracts in the municipal, industrial, mining, floodlighting and solar light-emitting diode (LED) lighting...
Feb 20, 2015
VIKTOR POLIKARPOV The growth in skills, industrial capacity and subsequent electricity surplus bolster industrialisation of countries building nuclear generation fleets
A programme to build new nuclear generation capacity will require the involvement of large parts of the industrial capacity of South Africa, which will require and support large-scale industrial activity and, subsequently, provide surplus electricity to support...
Feb 20, 2015
SYSTEM UPGRADE Legrand’s lighting and motion system, which reduces the time the lights are left on unnecessarily
Electrical systems supplier Legrand has upgraded its lighting and motion management system to incorporate an additional dimming functionality, as well as a switch sensor, or motion management system, says sales manager Johan Bosch. He tells Engineering News that the...
Feb 19, 2015
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Feb 19, 2015
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Global Electricity Initiative executive chairperson Philippe Joubert
Executive chairperson of the Global Electricity Initiative (GEI) Philippe Joubert says energy utilities globally, together with the business community more generally, have come to terms with the science of climate change, particularly as extreme weather events begin...
Feb 19, 2015
Emergency repairs to the Majuba power station in South Africa have added around 1 800 MW to the grid, reducing the need for controlled power outages, a spokesperson for State-run electricity utility Eskom said on Thursday. "We are using mobile feeders to deliver the...
Feb 19, 2015
The African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved a $144.9-million African Development Fund loan to support the development of the Kenya–Tanzania Power Interconnection project. The interconnection project would entail the construction of about 508 km of transmission...
Feb 19, 2015
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Africa had the potential to be one of the biggest providers of energy in the world, but was still seen as a “good for nothing” continent, particularly with regard to US investment, World Energy Council (WEC) Africa vice-chairperson Bonang Mohale said on Wednesday....
Feb 18, 2015
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Medupi power station
With both the African water and energy sectors being under high levels of stress, while being pressured by climate change, the water–energy nexus has become a key uncertainty on the continent. “It is necessary for [countries] to zoom in on the relationship, linkages...
 
 
 
 
Feb 18, 2015
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South African power utility Eskom may seek a bank loan to secure diesel supplies needed to operate some of its turbines, a spokesman for the State-run company said on Wednesday. "Our finance division is looking at a number of options. One could include a loan. How...
Feb 18, 2015
The chance of power cuts on Wednesday is low to medium, power utility Eskom said on Wednesday. "Today's load shedding prognosis is low to medium. Medium to high during the evening, dependent on the performance of the generating plant," the electricity supplier posted...
Feb 17, 2015
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IFP leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi
Government should privatise and not pump money into state-owned companies such as South African Airways (SAA) and Eskom, Inkatha Freedom Party leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi told MPs on Tuesday. "We are pouring good money after bad," he said, speaking during a joint...
Feb 17, 2015
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Enel Green Power (EGP) country manager for South Africa Lamberto Dai Pra has described government’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) as a case study for the industry, which is capturing the attention of other countries....
Feb 17, 2015
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Global wind and solar company Mainstream Renewable Power and emerging market private equity firm Actis have launched a Pan-African renewable-energy generation platform, Lekela Power, which aims to provide between 700 MW and 900 MW of wind and solar power across...
 
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