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Electricity News

SAWEA says renewables sector has proven its capacity to contribute to South Africa’s development

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     22nd February 2019 South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) CEO Brenda Martin on Friday asserted that the renewables sector has proven its capacity to take on upfront risk and to contribute to broader national development objectives such as job creation, social development and providing new opportunities for... 

Eskom was the 'main stage in the theatre of corruption', says Mabuza 

By: African News Agency      22nd February 2019 Eskom chairperson Jabu Mabuza told the Zondo Inquiry on Friday that the current board of directors discovered that the power utility was "the main stage in the theatre of corruption" when it was appointed in January 2018. Asked by evidence leader Vincent Maleka to detail the state of affairs when... 

Eskom was the 'main stage in the theatre of corruption', says Mabuza
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Eskom chairperson Jabu Mabuza

Eskom support will weigh on South Africa's finances – S&P Global

By: Reuters     22nd February 2019 South Africa's support plan for struggling state-owned electricity firm Eskom will put further strain on the country's finances, rating agency S&P Global said on Thursday, although it should be offset to a degree by easing external pressures. In his maiden budget speech on Wednesday Finance... 

Energy efficient lighting solution successfully installed

By: Thabi Madiba     22nd February 2019 Luminaires and glass-fibre-reinforced polyester poles manufacturer BEKA Schréder is proud to have worked with consulting engineers and project managers firm Bicon Consulting Engineers, consultant company WSP, and information technology specialists RM Consulting in providing a successful energy... 

Energy efficient lighting solution successfully installed
ENERGY EFFICIENT LIGHTS BEKA LEDpost bollards and LEDduo up- and downlighters illuminate the hotel

Inclusion of strategic partner in grid company ‘not privatisation’ 

By: Terence Creamer     21st February 2019 Finance Minister Tito Mboweni insists that the inclusion of a strategic equity partner in the national grid company to be formed in mid-2019 as a result of the unbundling of Eskom into three separate State-owned entities does not amount to privatisation. The proposal is, nevertheless, likely to... 

Inclusion of strategic partner in grid company ‘not privatisation’

Eskom bailout could reach R150bn over ten years

By: Reuters     21st February 2019 A bailout for struggling South African state utility Eskom could reach as much as R150-billion over ten years, a senior National Treasury official told Reuters. The Treasury said on Wednesday that it would provide Eskom with R69-billion of financial support over three years. 

Eskom bailout could reach R150bn over ten years

Zambia, Zimbabwe shortlist foreign firms to build hydro plant

By: Reuters     21st February 2019 Zambia and Zimbabwe have shortlisted American, European and Chinese companies to build the Batoka Gorge hydro power plant, the ministry of finance said in statement on Wednesday. Preparatory studies, including engineering feasibility, for the 2 400 MW power station will be completed by end of the... 

Africa still slow to take up EVs, energy storage solutions

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th February 2019 Globally, there is a rise in the uptake of electric vehicles (EVs) and battery storage systems, especially in regions where there is a lack of constant, reliable energy supply or more economically feasible solutions, Electric Vehicle Industry Association representative Carel Snyman said during a... 

R69bn in support for Eskom made conditional on restructuring 

By: Terence Creamer     20th February 2019 Finance Minister Tito Mboweni has turned down a proposal for R100-billion of Eskom’s debt to be transferred across to the National Treasury, but has instead announced R23-billion a year in financial assistance for the debt-laden utility that is directly tied to a restructuring of the business.... 

R69bn in support for Eskom made conditional on restructuring
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Finance Minister Tito Mboweni

State-owned AEMFC awarded PCF bid to the tune of R1bn

By: Nadine James     20th February 2019 A consortium led by State-owned mining company African Exploration Mining and Finance Corporation (AEMFC) has been awarded the post-commencement funding (PCF) bid for Optimum Coal and its associated assets to the value of R1-billion.  PFC is finance granted to a company in business rescue and is... 

State-owned AEMFC awarded PCF bid to the tune of R1bn
From left to right are: Lurco Group COO and co-founder Aubrey Chauke; Lurco Group business development, marketing and capital raising head Lee Stokes; Lurco Group commercial head Richard MacDonald; Lurco Group consultant Errol Salkinder; Ukwazi MD Jaco Lotheringen; the BRP's lead lawyer Bouwer van Niekerk; Optimum BRP Chris Monyela; BRP officer Devon Brikkels; Lurco Group CEO and co-founder Ellington Nxumalo; Optimum senior BRP Juanito Damon; Optimum senior BRP Louis Kloppers; AEMFC legal counsel Nkhangweni Ndou; and Lurco Group legal counsel Khanyi Zungu

Digitalisation could facilitate energy access, efficiency in Africa – panel

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th February 2019 Digitalisation within the African energy sector is accelerating at a rapid rate, creating demand for innovation and adaptation to new market technologies and the development of new skill sets within organisations, Trade and Industry Policy Strategies executive director Saul Levin told delegates... 

Digitalisation could facilitate energy access, efficiency in Africa – panel

AfDB optimistic about Eskom’s turnaround prospects

By: Terence Creamer     19th February 2019 The African Development Bank (AfDB), which has extended billions of rands in loans to Eskom, says it is optimistic the actions being taken to turnaround the embattled South African power utility will bear fruit. Power, energy, climate and green growth complex VP Amadou Hott told Engineering News... 

AfDB optimistic about Eskom’s turnaround prospects
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AfDB power, energy, climate and green growth complex VP Amadou Hott

Regional development focus necessary for Africa’s energy future – panel

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th February 2019 A number of trends and influences are driving change in the energy sector, with the collective drive towards a safer, more environment-friendly, reliable and sustainable future. Leading a panel discussion at the Africa Energy Indaba, on Tuesday, Strategic Concepts chairperson Sean Cleary said the... 

M&R expects significant improvement in interim HEPS

By: Nadine James     19th February 2019 JSE-listed engineering group Murray & Roberts (M&R) expects a significant improvement in total earnings per share (EPS) and headline earnings per share (HEPS) for the six months ended December 31. Basic EPS for the period are expected to increase by between 57% and 75% year-on-year to between 44c... 

Load-shedding 'extremely dangerous' to local auto sector, warns Naamsa chairperson 

By: Irma Venter     19th February 2019 Load-shedding is “extremely dangerous” to the local automotive industry, says Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) president and CEO Andrew Kirby. Kirby is also chairperson of the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa). 

Load-shedding 'extremely dangerous' to local auto sector, warns Naamsa chairperson
TSAM president and CEO Andrew Kirby

Radebe says IRP to be finalised in March and promises to address IPP issues soon 

By: Terence Creamer     19th February 2019 Energy Minister Jeff Radebe listed the finalisation of the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) for electricity as South Africa’s main energy priority and indicated on Tuesday the policy should be approved in March. Speaking on the sidelines of the 2019 edition of Africa Energy Indaba he said he would... 

Radebe says IRP to be finalised in March and promises to address IPP issues soon
Energy Minister Jeff Radebe

Sun Exchange signs fund agreement with Decentral Energy for solar projects

By: Schalk Burger     19th February 2019 Solar-generation microleasing platform Sun Exchange on Tuesday announced that it had signed an agreement with Johannesburg-based boutique clean energy fund manager Decentral Energy, said Sun Exchange founder and CEO Abe Cambridge. The agreement gives Decentral’s Grovest Energy, an Income Tax Act... 

Sun Exchange signs fund agreement with Decentral Energy for solar projects
473 kW Nioro Plastics solar project

Nampak marks 50 years on JSE amid moves to streamline and reduce environmental footprint 

By: Terence Creamer     19th February 2019 Packaging group Nampak, which celebrated 50 years on the JSE on February 19, is a markedly different business from the one that has its roots in a cardboard box-making factory established by John Herzberg in Waterkant Street, Cape Town, in 1918. Rising levels of automation across a portfolio of... 

Nampak marks 50 years on JSE amid moves to streamline and reduce environmental footprint

Africa has opportunity to supply more gas to China

By: Marleny Arnoldi     18th February 2019 Gas demand is expected to overtake coal demand globally by 2030, says Standard Bank Southern Africa oil and gas head Paul Eardley-Taylor. Speaking at Africa Gas Forum, on Monday, he stated that global energy demand was increasing by 1.3% a year, while gas demand was increasing at between 1.7% and... 

Africa must have clear plan for using its gas reserves

By: Marleny Arnoldi     18th February 2019 It is vital that Africa has a clear and cohesive vision in place for how it plans to use its gas reserves, says New Partnership for Africa's Development Business Foundation senior project manager John Rocha. Speaking at the Africa Gas Forum, on Monday, he pointed out that African countries have... 

Motsepe rejects Eskom conspiracy claims as ‘ridiculous’, but admits to ‘serious’ perception problem 

By: Terence Creamer     18th February 2019 Black business luminary Patrice Motsepe has labelled as “ridiculous” a recurring allegation that African Rainbow Energy & Power (AREP) is part of an unscrupulous plan to collapse Eskom and supplant the State-owned power utility with independent power producers (IPPs), in which the business would... 

Motsepe rejects Eskom conspiracy claims as ‘ridiculous’, but admits to ‘serious’ perception problem
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AREP chairperson Patrice Motsepe

African market is opening up to corporate PPAs – Baker McKenzie

By: Marleny Arnoldi     15th February 2019 At a time when electricity tariffs are increasing and the shift towards greener energy is gaining momentum, law firm Baker McKenzie says Africa is starting to see a surge in the signing of corporate power purchase agreements (PPAs).  

Gordhan’s IPP renegotiation proposal triggers ‘breach of contract’ warnings 

By: Terence Creamer     15th February 2019 A report indicating that the South African government may seek to renegotiate power purchase agreements (PPAs) concluded with independent power producers (IPPs) in 2011 and 2012 is raising alarm bells within the industry, which is still recovering from a protracted period of uncertainty created... 

Gordhan’s IPP renegotiation proposal triggers ‘breach of contract’ warnings

Eskom’s operational and financial crisis 

15th February 2019 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the operational and financial crisis facing Eskom, the immediate priorities for overcoming the crisis and what impact the proposed unbundling of Eskom is likely to have on the utility in the short term. 

Eskom’s operational and financial crisis
Eskom’s operational and financial crisis. Camerawork and Editing: Creamer Media's Nicholas Boyd.

Banks urge Ramaphosa to put politics aside in fixing State firms  

By: Bloomberg     15th February 2019 A lobby group representing South African banks urged President Cyril Ramaphosa to prioritise the country’s wider interests rather than securing votes for the ruling African National Congress if he is to boost confidence in the economy before May elections. Ramaphosa’s plan to split its troubled... 

Tanzania hydropower dam to cost more than double government estimate – study

By: Reuters     15th February 2019 Tanzania's Stiegler's Gorge Dam, due to be built on a Unesco World Heritage site, will cost more than double the government's estimates, an independent study showed on Thursday. In December, Tanzania signed a deal with two Egyptian companies, El Sewedy Electric Co and Arab Contractors, to build... 

Load-shedding 'not likely' on Friday – Eskom

By: African News Agency      15th February 2019 Eskom was not likely to implement load shedding on Friday, the power utility said. "Due to further improvement in generation performance and the notable strides made in replenishing water and diesel reserves, Eskom is not likely to implement load shedding on Friday. We thank South Africans and... 

Load-shedding 'not likely' on Friday – Eskom

'South Africans must take climate change seriously' – Ramaphosa

By: News24Wire      15th February 2019 It is time for South Africans to take climate change seriously, said President Cyril Ramaphosa on Thursday in his response to the debate on his State of the Nation Address. He said if South Africa is a country that prioritises the interests of the poor and the vulnerable, then we need to act with... 

'South Africans must take climate change seriously' – Ramaphosa
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Event set to dissect the future of African energy

By: Paige Müller     15th February 2019 The eleventh edition of the Africa Energy Indaba – which will take place at the Sandton Convention Centre, in Johannesburg, from February 19 to 20 this year – will focus on the future prospects and direction of energy on the African continent from an energy provision and investment point of view.... 

Event set to dissect the future of African energy
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AFRICA’S ENERGY FUTURE The Africa Energy Indaba will take place at the Sandton Convention Centre, in Johannesburg, from February 19 and 20 this year

Power utility business models set to change

15th February 2019 According to Africa Energy Indaba organiser Siyenza, African power utilities must respond appropriately to impending forces to prevent being surpassed by technological and market change. The organiser explains that several disruptive forces are set to threaten the traditional power utility... 

Power utility business models set to change
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A CHANGING FUTURE Several disruptive forces are set to threaten the traditional power utility business model

Continent’s energy demands increase

15th February 2019 Africa’s demand for energy is steadily increasing and solutions to meet this growth have become a major concern amongst the energy sector leaders of the continent. Key factors contributing to this soaring energy demand are Africa’s ever-growing population and the continent’s accelerating economic... 

Continent’s energy  demands increase
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DEMAND SPIKE Africa is still undergoing rapid urbanisation, further contributing to its economic development and energy consumption demands

What to expect from 2019 Africa Energy Indaba

15th February 2019 The Africa Energy Indaba Conference is the definitive energy conference for Africa providing an annual programme that shapes energy policy for the African continent. Key issues that impact the African energy sector will be discussed and debated at the event, based on the outcomes of the 2018... 

What to expect from 2019 Africa Energy Indaba
ADEQUATE GENERATION The Africa Energy Indaba Conference will discuss, debate and seek solutions to enable adequate energy generation across the continent.

SA company receives multibillion-dollar contract

15th February 2019 Construction and engineering company Clough, a wholly owned subsidiary of South African engineering company Murray & Roberts - and part of the Clough Salini Impregilo Joint Venture (JV) - has been selected as the preferred tenderer for the multibillion Australian dollar civil works for the... 

SA company receives  multibillion-dollar contract
SO MUCH DAM WATER The Snowy 2.0 project with reuse water through a pumping system to keep the grid running

Energy capacity shortfalls stunting Africa’s industrialisation efforts

By: Paige Müller     15th February 2019 Insurance company the Export Credit Insurance Corporation of South Africa (ECIC) says there are significant shortfalls and backlogs in Africa’s installed energy capacity, which is stunting the continent’s efforts to industrialise and expand its local economies. ECIC COO Mandisi Nkuhlu stresses... 

Energy capacity shortfalls stunting Africa’s industrialisation efforts
UPDATING INFRASTRUCTURE The ECIC is aiding Mozambique State utility Electricidade de Mocambique in a project to finance the rehabilitation of the country’s electricity infrastructure in northern Mozambique and in Maputo

Renewables ensure cleaner national energy

By: Paige Müller     15th February 2019 The wide-scale adoption of renewable energy projects throughout South Africa will result in a more cost-effective and cleaner national energy supply, says renewable-energy development and management company G7 Renewable Energies. “About 20 years ago, the renewables debate was about environmental... 

Renewables ensure cleaner national energy
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AFFORDABLE ENERGY For the first time, South Africa is seeing a real opportunity to buck the trend of ever-increasing electricity tariffs

Renewable grids present investment opportunity

By: Paige Müller     15th February 2019 The recent trend towards the development of renewable energy, including those based on smart grids and microgrids in Africa, has encouraged the establishment of a new renewable energy equity fund. With the Africa Energy Indaba set to take place from February 19 to 20 at the Sandton Convention... 

Renewable grids present investment opportunity
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GAS ON THE RISE There has been and increase in the development of gas-fired power stations throughout Africa

Hospital group’s impressive energy savings journey recognised

By: Schalk Burger     15th February 2019 Private healthcare company Netcare Group replaced 108 000 inefficient lights and light fittings with modern energy efficient alternatives, and reduced its light-load by 40%, offsetting its hospitals’ carbon footprint by 16 000 t/y of carbon dioxide, says Netcare Group CEO Dr Richard Friedland.... 

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