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Apr 29, 2016
South Africa’s programme to acquire a number of new nuclear power plants (NPPs) seems to be suffering from yet another delay. The Requests for Proposals to the various groups interested in constructing these new NPPs that were apparently meant to have been issued on...
Apr 29, 2016
South Africa lacks the skills necessary to implement the government’s plan to build 9.6 GWe of new nuclear energy capacity, warns nuclear-qualified Quality Strategies International CEO David Crawford. “Apart from the concern about the affordability of the programme,...
Apr 29, 2016
SULLAIR AIR COMPRESSOR Goscor has installed variable-capacity control air compressors at Barloworld branches to increase energy efficiency
Significant energy savings can be achieved by replacing existing oversized air compressors with correctly sized units that use power more efficiently, says compressed air products distributor Goscor.
Apr 29, 2016
The success of the Department of Energy’s (DoE) Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) is a shining example of South Africa’s ability to undertake large infrastructure programmes to boost the local economy, despite the current...
Apr 29, 2016
South African power solution and data centre specialist Master Power Technologies last month opened a branch in Windhoek, Namibia, as part of its growth strategy in Africa. The new office complements the Master Power branches successfully operating in Kitwe and...
Apr 28, 2016
In an attempt to maintain a pro-poor stance on public spending aimed at improving social development, the City of Ekurhuleni will inject R3.5-billion of its 2016 budget for into its community empowerment package, Mintirho Ya Vula Vula. Tabling the budget vote for the...
Apr 28, 2016
Apr 27, 2016
South African power utility Eskom is not under pressure to tap international markets to help fund its 340-billion rand ($23.5-billion) five-year expansion plan, its chief executive said on Tuesday. State-owned Eskom is building new plants and transmission lines to...
Apr 26, 2016
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Apr 26, 2016
The National Energy Regulator (Nersa) wants to determine a coal benchmark cost - an average rand/tonne cost of coal - as part of its final decision on Eskom's multi-year price determination (MYPD) process. Nersa proposes that this coal benchmark cost it determines...
Apr 25, 2016
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Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane
Amid new night-time water restrictions on eThekwini residents, Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane has confirmed that a medium-sized seawater desalination plant is being studied for development in an area south of the city. Writing in a response to a...
Apr 25, 2016
Eskom's board has approved a new fleet renewal strategy based on the economic viability of a station as opposed to a purely age-based decommissioning of power stations. Eskom said on Monday that to ensure reliable supply of electricity and no load shedding, a fleet...
Apr 25, 2016
Securing its first project in Tanzania, privately owned gas-driven power plant specialist Clarke Energy has won a contract to supply one of GE’s high-efficiency Jenbacher gas engines to Bakhresa Group flagship company Said Salim Bakhresa for a combined heat and power...
Apr 25, 2016
The Paks nuclear power plant (NPP), in Hungary, will feature the most advanced nuclear technology in the world by 2027, when its second phase (Paks II) is launched. Paks II would incorporate generation 3+ technology, Hungarian government commissioner for Paks II...
Apr 25, 2016
A statement from Eskom on Monday said aggressive action was being employed in the fight against electricity theft, which was costing the State-owned electricity provider and municipalities an estimated R7.5-billion a year. The problem of electricity theft is an...
Apr 22, 2016
Apr 22, 2016
INVESTMENT NEED Mozambique is in the process of revitalising its economy, focusing on priority areas, such as agriculture, energy and infrastructure
The African Development Bank Group (AfDB) has affirmed its commitment to continue supporting the growing Mozambique economy, particularly regarding the country’s energy, agriculture and infrastructure sectors. Leading a team of senior staff to Maputo earlier this...
Apr 22, 2016
Electrical power generation, alternators and drive systems manufacturer Leroy Somer alternators, available in Southern Africa from power generator supplier Vert Energy, ensure dependable electricity production in diverse industries, including the telecommunications...
Apr 22, 2016
KOMBIO SYSTEM The new system will help to stabilise sewage and speed up biofuel production
The KomBio digester system reactor from tank and systems solutions provider LIPP, in the UK, is an economical solution for energy production at biogas plants and stabilisation of sewage sludge.
 
 
 
 
Apr 22, 2016
While energy storage may seem like a viable option for standby power initiatives during grid failure, several issues first need to resolved for it to be implemented, South African National Energy Development Institute’s Renewable Energy Centre of Research and...
Apr 22, 2016
CUSTOM GENSETS Custom generator options offer creative solutions, complemented with aftermarket service
Electrical equipment supplier and manufacturer Zest WEG Group has added adequate filtration on the inlet- and combustion-air side of its diesel generators to ensure that they can withstand harsh environments. Zest WEG Group currently has a canopy generator running in...
Apr 22, 2016
RELIABLE BACK UP POWER The QSK95 can facilitate a facility’s full load in less than ten seconds
Multinational power generation equipment manufacturer Cummins introduced its QSK95 generator set to the African market at the Power and Electricity World Africa Exhibition, held at the Sandton Convention Centre last month. The generator set has been designed for...
Apr 22, 2016
Newly established renewable energy special-purpose acquisition company (Spac) Hulisani listed on the main board of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE), earlier this month, taking advantage of investor demand for energy assets in South Africa and Africa. Company CEO...
Apr 22, 2016
Any company seeking to manufacture parts, components or systems for future South African nuclear plants will have to meet the requirements of the National Nuclear Regulator (NNR). "We set safety standards," NNR Special Nuclear Projects Coordinator Peter Bester told...
Apr 22, 2016
BACK UP POWER In residential back-up power applications, the Conext SW inverter integrates into the electrical system and converts power from battery reserves to support critical loads
Electrical solutions consultants, suppliers and engineers Magnet Group has broadened its solar range by introducing France-based electricity distribution company Schneider’s Conext SW, a solar hybrid inverter system which offers reliable solutions for community...
Apr 21, 2016
Rosatom sub-Saharan Africa VP Viktor Polikarpov
The South African government’s decision to build a further 9.6 GW of nuclear power generation capacity would result in a significant boost to the local economy, Rosatom sub-Saharan Africa VP Viktor Polikarpov has told Engineering News Online. “Government should...
Apr 21, 2016
Anglo American should work with Eskom on its plans to sell local coal assets because the South African power utility owns part of the mines, a senior Eskom executive said on Thursday. Anglo, which reported lower first-quarter production figures on Thursday, is trying...
Apr 20, 2016
Renewable energy services company SolarAfrica has launched a new rooftop solar solution, tailored specifically for South Africa’s large sectional-title market. The offering is designed to provide homeowners in complexes and estates with immediate access to affordable...
Apr 20, 2016
Power utility Eskom is making progress with the roll-out of smart electricity meters in Sandton and Midrand, with 5 932 meters installed in the first three months of this year. Eskom has made a strategic decision to convert all of its conventionally billed customers...
 
 
 
 
Apr 19, 2016
The growth of wind-energy installations in 2016 is unlikely to match the unexpectedly strong 22% expansion of 2015, when a record 63.4 GW was added internationally, Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) secretary general Steve Sawyer said on Tuesday. Speaking during a...
Apr 19, 2016
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Eskom has reported a significant decline in diesel usage from R800-million to R40-million in five months as the power utility makes steady progress in its turnaround strategy. Following a two-day board breakaway session in which Eskom’s key performance targets were...
Apr 19, 2016
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Eskom chairperson Dr Baldwin Ngubane
State-owned electricity utility Eskom has moved to challenge ongoing media reports suggesting that the company has been “captured by politically connected families and individuals” and has also called on its former chairperson to approach the law enforcement agencies...
Apr 19, 2016
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A residential energy solution, which allows homeowners to generate and store their own electricity, has been officially launched in the Western Cape market by Energy Partners Home Solutions, a division of PSG. Dubbed the ‘Icon Home Energy Hub’, the solution comprises...
Apr 19, 2016
Consumers who receive their power from municipalities will see electricity prices jump by about 7.64% on July 1, after energy regulator Nersa approved the increase for municipalities this week. This follows Nersa’s 9.4% increase of Eskom’s regulatory clearing account...
Apr 19, 2016
South Africa’s five top retailers have a major role to play in sustainable growth in the energy sector, said Greenpeace on Tuesday as it launched a new campaign called “Renewable Energy Champions”. Greenpeace Africa Climate and Energy Campaigner Penny-Jane Cooke said...
Apr 19, 2016
State-owned power utility Eskom plans to maximise weekend “opportunity” maintenance to ensure plant reliability and sustainability as it continues to prepare for the expected winter peak. The group, as part of its “winter plan” from April 1 to the end of August, had...
Apr 18, 2016
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The first of 1 098 wind turbine components are en route from the deepwater Port of Ngqura, 20 km north-east of Port Elizabeth, to Loeriesfontein, in the Northern Cape, which will soon become home to the largest expanse of wind turbines on the African continent,...
Apr 18, 2016
The New Development Bank said on Monday South African power utility Eskom would get $180-million in assistance for renewable energy projects, part of a package of $811-million in green energy loans it approved last week. A spokesperson for the bank said the Eskom...
Apr 18, 2016
The New Development Bank’s (NDB’s) first set of loans, totalling $811-million, to be disbursed in tranches, was allocated to supporting the development of 2 370 MW of renewable-energy capacity across emerging economies. The NDB, which was formed by Brazil, Russia,...
 
 
 
 
Apr 15, 2016
Italy's Eni plans to invest about €20-billion ($22.5-billion) in Africa over the next fours, mostly in oil and gas, the company's Chief Executive Officer Claudio Descalzi said on Friday. "That represents about 60% of our investments" (over that period) he said in a...
Apr 15, 2016
TINA JOEMAT-PETTERSSON The Northern Cape hosts 100% of the CSP and 65% of the solar PV capacity procured in the REIPPPP bid windows
The inauguration last month of renewable-energy project developer Solar Capital’s 90 MW De Aar 3 solar photovoltaic (PV) plant, in the Northern Cape, marked the seventeenth solar PV plant to start commercial operation in the province. Energy Minister Tina...
Apr 15, 2016
Current market conditions and trends within the power sector have enabled heat exchanger supplier Kelvion to focus on supplying replacement heat exchange equipment and maintenance products within the existing power plant installed base as well as focusing on...
Apr 15, 2016
WATERFRONT Blue Rock Village is situated alongside the only lake in the Cape Town
The mixed-use Blue Rock Village, valued at R14-billion, is being developed by property development and management company Swisatec as an upgrade to the existing Blue Rock Resort, in Cape Town, incorporating various green aspects.
Apr 15, 2016
PROPERTY POWER Growthpoint’s Airport Industria property near Cape Town International Airport is one of the properties that have a solar power system
JSE-listed real estate investment trust (Reit) Growthpoint Properties has embarked on its two largest rooftop solar installations, each with a capacity of nearly 1.2 MW, on the rooftops of the Northgate Mall, in Johannesburg, and the Brooklyn Mall, in Pretoria....
 
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