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Electricity News

Renewables, decentralisation top energy trends in Africa – Aggreko

By: Marleny Arnoldi     Updated 3 hours ago The pace of electrification in Africa has nearly tripled since 2012, relative to the previous decade, with electrification in sub-Saharan Africa surpassing population growth for the first time in 2014. However, there is a long way to go to realise continental electrification, says Aggreko CEO... 

AfDB pledges $12bn for Africa’s energy development

By: Marleny Arnoldi     Updated 3 hours ago The African Development Bank (AfDB) has placed access to sustainable energy development at the heart of its strategy, with the biggest priority ensuring improved access to electricity across the continent. AfDB power, energy, green growth and climate change VP Amadou Hott told delegates at the... 

Global interest in investing in African energy sector picking up – Minister

By: Marleny Arnoldi     Updated 4 hours ago The willingness and interest to invest in the African energy sector is picking up globally, says Mauritius Deputy Prime Minister and Energy and Public Utilities Minister Ivan Collendavelloo. Speaking at the Africa Energy Forum, now in its twentieth year, in Mauritius, on Tuesday, he said the... 

South Africa ahead of renewable energy curve – adviser

By: Simone Liedtke     Updated 5 hours ago Despite the South African renewables market being in its infancy in comparison to well-established markets, South Africa is ahead of the curve, says owner’s engineer and lender’s technical adviser K2 Management. This, K2 Management South Africa country director Hebren James explains, is owing to... 

South Africa ahead of renewable energy curve – adviser

South Africa should push energy efficiency

By: Rebecca Campbell     Updated 5 hours ago A report commissioned by the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and compiled by the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) has called for energy efficiency to be given “the priority it deserves” in future versions of the country’s Integrated Resource Plan (IRP). The report, “The State... 

Nigeria power generation drops after ruptured gas pipe shuts six power stations

By: Reuters     19th June 2018 Nigeria experienced a sharp drop in power after a gas pipeline rupture caused six power stations to halt operations temporarily, the electricity grid operator said, underscoring the chronic instability of the country's power infrastructure. The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), the grid... 

Global utility ENGIE says focused on off-grid energy provision in Africa

By: African News Agency      19th June 2018 Global utility ENGIE says it wants to focus on providing off-grid energy in Africa, with plans to expand its solar home system (SHS) and mini-grid activities. ENGIE, which is participating in the Africa Energy Forum beginning in Mauritius on Tuesday, is launching new mini-grid projects in Zambia... 

Eskom wage talks resume on Tuesday

By: African News Agency      19th June 2018 Wage negotiations between the South African power utility Eskom and three key trade unions will resume on Tuesday after all parties agreed to go back to the negotiating table for three days of talks. The power utility has agreed to withdraw its zero percent wage increase offer as the unions have... 

Eskom wage talks resume on Tuesday

NUM slams claims of 'sabotage' by Eskom

By: African News Agency      18th June 2018 The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) on Monday said that Eskom was lying to the public that workers affiliated to the trade union were responsible for sabotaging work being done at the power utility's power stations across the country.  This comes as Eskom last week began implementing... 

NUM slams claims of 'sabotage' by Eskom

State capture at heart of Eskom’s load-shedding woes – Maimane

By: News24Wire      18th June 2018 Diversifying the energy mix, reducing demand and putting an end to the Eskom monopoly in the energy sector are some of the proposals the Democratic Alliance (DA) has made to mitigate load-shedding. Speaking during a briefing at Parliament on Monday, DA leader Mmusi Maimane stressed that... 

 State capture at heart of Eskom’s load-shedding woes – Maimane
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DA leader Mmusi Maimane

Num denies reports it wanted to postpone wage talks with Eskom

By: African News Agency      18th June 2018 The National Union of Mineworkers (Num) on Monday slammed reports that it had called for the postponement of wage negotiations with power utility Eskom because of its congress this week.  "The Num congress is starting on Wednesday at the Birchwood Hotel and that will not affect the wage... 

 Num denies reports it wanted to postpone wage talks with Eskom

Swiss place efficiency at heart of post-nuclear energy strategy

By: Terence Creamer     18th June 2018 Residents taking occupation of apartments at a new mixed-use property development on the site of a decommissioned paper mill in southern Zurich, Switzerland, are all encouraged to download a neighbourhood App to their mobile devices. The social media component, which allows Greencity residents... 

Swiss place efficiency at heart of post-nuclear energy strategy
Photo by Empa
Testing new building innovations at the Empa NEST

Eskom says low probability of day-time load-shedding

By: African News Agency      18th June 2018 State electricity company Eskom said on Monday there is a low probability of rotational load-shedding during the day as a result of power station units being returned to the system after last week's wage strike, but the probability was higher for the evening peak period due to increased demand.... 

Eskom says low probability of day-time load-shedding

Eskom says power system will take up to 10 days to recover from strike impact

By: News24Wire      18th June 2018 State electricity company Eskom said late on Sunday its power system remained constrained and would take up to ten days to recover from the effects of last week's wage strike. Eskom warned consumers to work on the assumption that rolling power interruptions, or loadshedding, implemented over the... 

 Eskom says power system will take up to 10 days to recover from strike impact

Numsa rejects Eskom arbitration process

By: African News Agency      15th June 2018 The National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) on Friday rejected Eskom's decision to engage in an arbitration process on the current wage dispute with workers unions, saying that such a decision was made without consulting them. Numsa, the National Union of Mineworkers (Num), and Solidarity... 

Numsa rejects Eskom arbitration process

'High risk' of load shedding over weekend

By: News24Wire      15th June 2018 South Africa on Friday experienced its second consecutive day of load shedding, with power outages likely to continue over the weekend.  Eskom spokesperson Khulu Phasiwe said that stage 1 load shedding started at 11:30 and would continue until 21:00 due to "multiple trips of its power generation... 

'High risk' of load shedding over weekend

Eskom obtains court interdict against workers pickets at power stations

By: African News Agency      15th June 2018 Eskom on Friday obtained a court interdict prohibiting the intimidation of workers and contractors who are not part of an ongoing wage strike, as well as the highjacking of coal trucks and the sabotaging of the power utility's electricity infrastructure.  On Thursday, generation and distribution... 

Eskom obtains court interdict against workers pickets at power stations

City of Johannesburg slams Eskom over power cuts

By: Reuters     15th June 2018 The city of Johannesburg said late on Thursday that State-owned electricity company Eskom had failed to give adequate notice before implementing scheduled power interruptions, or loadshedding, to relieve pressure on the grid in the face of a wage strike. "Despite the city receiving communication... 

Improved quality and productivity reduce production costs

15th June 2018 As the leading supplier of gases and welding equipment and machinery in sub-Saharan Africa, industrial gases company Afrox continues to provide innovative welding solutions to the Southern African market by introducing new products and technology. The latest of these is welding equipment... 

Improved quality and  productivity reduce  production costs
MULTIPURPOSE PIPE WELDING SOLUTION Miller Electric’s PipeWorx process improves quality and productivity

Mkhize discusses govt’s strategy towards municipal debt owed to Eskom 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th June 2018 Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize on Thursday briefed the Standing Committee on Public Accounts about government’s plans to resolve the challenge of debt owed by municipalities to State-owned power utility Eskom.  

Mkhize discusses govt’s strategy towards municipal debt owed to Eskom
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Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Zweli Mkhize

Nersa grants Eskom R32.69bn in RCA application 

By: African News Agency      14th June 2018 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) on Thursday granted Eskom R32.69-billion following its regulatory clearing account (RCA) application for the multi-year price determination period from 2015 to 2017. The cash-strapped power utility had applied for a 19.9% tariff hike to recoup... 

Nersa grants Eskom R32.69bn in RCA application

Wage protests threaten South African power supply

By: Reuters     14th June 2018 About 1 000 union members picketed Eskom's headquarters on Thursday in a wage dispute that threatens the cash-strapped South African utility's ability to deliver power. There have been no reports of outages in Africa's most industrialised economy, but Eskom said that some plants had cut output,... 

Wage protests threaten South African power supply

SOURCE hydropanel launches in S Africa

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th June 2018 Zero Mass Water has launched its SOURCE hydropanel, which applies thermodynamics, materials science and controls technology to produce potable drinking water from only sunlight and air, in South Africa.  

SOURCE hydropanel launches in S Africa
Zero Mass Water's SOURCE hydropanel

Labour unions picket Eskom office in wage dispute

By: Reuters     14th June 2018 Hundreds of union members picketed outside the headquarters of Eskom on Thursday because of a wage dispute which has hurt the cash-strapped South African power utility's ability to deliver electricity to Africa's most industrialised economy. Labour unions, angered by Eskom's failure to raise... 

Labour unions picket Eskom office in wage dispute

Kenya's Centum to finalise power plant funding this year

By: Reuters     13th June 2018 Kenya's Centum Investment Company said on Wednesday a $2-billion, 1 000 MW coal-fired power plant it has a stake in is expected to reach financial close this year. The Amu Power consortium that includes Centum, won a contract to build the plant in Lamu. The project has attracted criticism from... 

Electricity situation ‘tense but stable’ – Eskom

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th June 2018 State-owned power utility Eskom’s power stations and other critical facilities continue to operate optimally, in line with the contingency measures put in place to ensure security of power supply during a period of “wildcat strikes”.  

Electricity situation ‘tense but stable’ – Eskom
Business as usual at Eskom, despite union protests

NUM, Numsa reject Eskom wage offer, want Ramaphosa to intervene

By: African News Agency      12th June 2018 The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) on Tuesday officially rejected Eskom's zero percent wage offer, saying that the state-owned power utility cannot plead poverty because it was "dealing with a self-imposed crisis". Last week, wage... 

NUM, Numsa reject Eskom wage offer, want Ramaphosa to intervene

Solidarity declares dispute with Eskom over wage offer

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th June 2018 Trade union Solidarity on Monday declared a dispute with State-owned power utility Eskom.  

Solidarity declares dispute with Eskom over wage offer

Ncondezi power project in Mozambique nears JDA completion, financial close 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th June 2018 The joint development agreement (JDA) for Aim-listed Ncondezi Energy’s integrated 300 MW power and coal mine project in Tete, Mozambique, is nearing completion.  

Egypt, Ethiopia agree to settle differences over Nile mega-dam

By: Reuters     11th June 2018 The leaders of Ethiopia and Egypt vowed on Sunday to iron out their differences over a dam Addis Ababa is building on the Nile River that Cairo fears threatens its water supplies. Talks over the Grand Renaissance Dam, Ethiopia's $4-billion hydroelectric project, have been deadlocked for months.... 

Botswana cancels plans to sell troubled power plant to Chinese firm

By: Reuters     11th June 2018 Botswana has scrapped talks to sell a power station plagued by technical problems to a state-owned Chinese company linked to the plant's builder, an official document seen by Reuters showed. The 600 MW coal-fired Morupule B plant, which was commissioned in 2012 and built by China National... 

Energy discussion must be resolved soonest to spur economic transformation – Dr Yves Guenon

By: Nadine James     8th June 2018 Certainty, particularly around South Africa’s future baseload energy supply must be achieved in the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP), in order to ensure supply security, which will, in turn, stimulate investment and economic transformation, Izibani consultancy founder and French South African... 

Eskom’s application to have tariff decision set aside increases uncertainty – EIUG  

By: Nadine James     8th June 2018 The Energy Intensive User Group (EIUG) has expressed concern that power utility Eskom’s decision to approach the courts to have the National Energy Regulator of South Africa’s (Nersa’s) tariff determination for 2018/19 set aside will increase uncertainty regarding electricity prices. This will... 

Radebe hosts stakeholder forum; Eskom takes Nersa decision to court 

8th June 2018 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the latest developments on the energy policy front, as well as Eskom’s turnaround. 

Radebe hosts stakeholder forum; Eskom takes Nersa decision to court
Terence Creamer on the latest energy developments and Eskom's turnaround. (Camera & editing: Nicholas Boyd)

Energy efficient lighting system pilot project completed

By: Donald Makhafola     8th June 2018 Electrical solutions and lighting specialists Magnet Group, in partnership with electronic multinational Philips, completed a pilot project for the design and installation of an energy efficient lighting system at property investment company Growthpoint Properties’ head offices, in Johannesburg,... 

Energy efficient lighting system pilot project completed
EFFICIENT LIGHTING Lighting for circadian systems requires different metrics from those used for conventional architectural lighting

Industry pursuing better management of energy use

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     8th June 2018 There has been a growing trend among South African manufacturing plants to pursue energy reduction and manage its use better, says energy training services provider the Energy Training Foundation (EnTF) training manager Yolanda de Lange. She explains that significant hikes in electricity rates... 

Industry pursuing better management  of energy use
YOLANDA DE LANGE The Energy Training Foundation is looking forward to expanding further into West Africa

S Africa must maintain cost-competitive sector

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     8th June 2018 It is vital for South Africa to maintain a manufacturing sector that is internationally cost competitive and can produce quality end-products, says Germiston-based material transfer solutions provider Weba Chute Systems MD Mark Baller. “The manufacturing industry has been under a lot of... 

S Africa must maintain cost-competitive sector
LATEST TECHNOLOGY Weba Chute Systems uses the latest techniques and technologies to ensure optimum accuracy during the design and engineering phases, which also facilitate improved efficiencies
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