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Hulisani invests in Kouga wind farm through R145.2m acquisition

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     Updated 3 hours ago JSE-listed Hulisani plans to acquire the entire issued share capital of Red Cape Investment and Eurocape Renewables for a combined R145.2-million. Through the subscription of 400 ordinary shares in Red Cap, valued at R118.9-million, and 100 ordinary shares in Eurocape valued at R26.3-million,... 

Pandor questions issuance of nuclear RFP ahead of IRP agreement

By: Terence Creamer     Updated 4 hours ago Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor revealed on Tuesday the Economic Cluster of Ministers would be deliberating on the next iteration of the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) for electricity at its next meeting and questioned whether a nuclear request for proposals (RFP) could be released... 

Pandor questions issuance of nuclear RFP ahead of IRP agreement
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Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor

Edenville concludes Rukwa bulk sampling, awaits results

By: Natasha Odendaal     27th September 2016 Aim-listed Edenville Energy has completed its bulk sampling programme at the Rukwa coal-to-power project, in Tanzania, with 20 t of samples being delivered to SGS Laboratories, in Johannesburg, South Africa. While the results from testing are expected in October, the sampling at three different... 

Investors eye nuclear vs political power in South Africa

By: News24Wire      27th September 2016 Political power and nuclear power in South Africa are currently key topics of interest to investors, emerging markets economist Peter Attard Montalto of Nomura said on Monday. "We reiterate our existing views on political power not having shifted, though some risk of erosion of ‘foundations’ is... 

Investors eye nuclear vs political power in South Africa

City of Cape Town connects more backyarders to the power grid

By: African News Agency      26th September 2016 The City of Cape Town’s electricity services department is pumping a further R50 million into its backyarder electrification project in 2016/17, the city said on Sunday. A total of R229.5-million had been spent on this project from inception up until this financial year, mayoral committee member... 

Kibo, Sepco agree to 3-week extension on MCPP development cost determination

By: Natasha Odendaal     23rd September 2016 Aim- and Alt-X-listed Kibo Mining has agreed to a three-week extension for the determination of the final development amount still due by China-based contractor Sepco III as part of a redefined agreement for the progression of Kibo’s Mbeya coal-to-power project (MCPP), in Tanzania. The agreement,... 

Eskom to use $11bn future earnings for nuclear expansion 

By: Reuters     23rd September 2016 South Africa's power utility Eskom estimates it would have R150-billion ($11-billion) within the next decade to help fund a nuclear expansion programme planned by the government, a senior executive said. In a column in the BusinessDay newspaper, Eskom's group executive for generation, Matshela... 

Eskom to use $11bn future earnings for nuclear expansion
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Eskom group executive for generation Matshela Koko

Coega positions itself as energy mix hub

By: Nadine James     23rd September 2016 A growing number of manufacturing opportunities have been created and sustained through the approach of diversifying the energy mix in the Eastern Cape, which has seen the development of several energy investment projects worth more than R3.5-billion. The Coega Industrial Development Zone (IDZ)... 

Coega positions itself  as energy mix hub
GREEN SHOOTS OF GROWTH Special economic zones have managed to attract foreign and local investment in a lackluster economic environment

Entrepreneurs form joint venture to boost renewable energy service

By: Dylan Slater     23rd September 2016 With over 600-million people in Africa living without electricity, four entrepreneurs have joined forces in an effort to reduce this volume of people without access to electricity with the formation of renewable energy company ePower Holdings.  

Entrepreneurs form joint venture to boost renewable energy service
CONTAINERISED SOLUTIONS ePower Holdings uses shipping containers as a battery recharging and swap centre to improve access to electricity for communities not yet electrified

IoT solution helping to reduce electricity line losses in Nigeria

By: David Oliveira     23rd September 2016 Global information and communications technology (ICT) services provider Huawei’s advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) solutions have enabled energy conglomerate Sahara Group’s Nigerian Ikeja Electric power distributor to reduce line losses from 46.2% to 11.6% This has led to electricity bill... 

Limpopo’s proposed SEZ attracts R40bn investment

     23rd September 2016 A significant investment is already expected to be injected into the proposed Musina-Makhado Special Economic Zone (SEZ) - a boost for the energy and metallurgical industries. A consortium of Chinese investors led by Hong Kong Mining Exchange, will be investing more than R40-billion into an... 

Uncompetitive scrap metal prices causing further decline in industry

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd September 2016 Unless strong action is immediately taken to stem the export of scrap metal and keep it in South Africa at competitive prices, the scrap beneficiating industry will further decline, and directly affect the aluminium sector, says aluminium foundry alloys producer Zimco Aluminium Company (Zimalco)... 

Uncompetitive scrap metal prices causing further decline in industry
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ALUMINIUM SMELTING PLANT Scrap and aluminium metals are being processed further into semi-finished products

Date set for nuclear procurement case

By: Creamer Media Reporter      22nd September 2016 A High Court hearing into an application brought by the Southern African Faith Communities’ Environment Institute (Safcei) and Earthlife Africa Johannesburg relating to the legality of South Africa’s nuclear procurement process has been set down for December 13 and 14. The two organisations... 

BLSA outlines three urgent interventions for restoring confidence

By: Terence Creamer     22nd September 2016 Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA), which is an association of the biggest domestic and multinational businesses in the country, urged government on Thursday to take three urgent steps to demonstrate its commitment to delivering on its promise to support the economy and restore investor... 

BLSA outlines three urgent interventions for restoring confidence
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BLSA president Saki Macozoma

DBSA aims to ‘catalyse’ funding to poor munis as it sets R100bn funding goal

By: Terence Creamer     22nd September 2016 The Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) disbursed a record R17.1-billion during its 2016 financial year, up from R13-billion in 2015, with disbursements to the country’s eight metropolitan councils (metros) surging to R7.5-billion from R3.7-billion. CEO Patrick Dlamini said a total of... 

DBSA aims to ‘catalyse’ funding to poor munis as it sets R100bn funding goal
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Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and DBSA CEO Patrick Dlamini

Kibo appoints Absa as Mbeya Project’s financial adviser

By: African News Agency      22nd September 2016 Kibo Mining on Thursday said it had signed an advisory engagement letter with Absa Bank laying out the scope of work and terms under which it will act as financial advisor on the Mbeya Coal to Power Project (MCPP). Kibo is developing a 250 MW to 350 MW mouth-of-mine thermal power station in its... 

Edenville’s Rukwa financial model complete

By: Anine Kilian     21st September 2016 Independent power modelling consultancy Diamond Energy has completed a new financial model for Aim-listed Edenville Energy’s Rukwa coal-to-power project, in Tanzania. The new financial model builds on and validates the results and integrity of the financial model compiled from the results of the... 

No need for Treasury to finance nuclear – Molefe 

By: News24Wire      21st September 2016 A nuclear build programme for South Africa doesn’t need to be funded by the fiscus. There are enough potential financiers who would be willing to take the risk, said Brian Molefe, Eskom CEO on Wednesday. Speaking to Fin24 on the sidelines of a parliamentary meeting, Molefe said he doesn’t believe... 

Molefe: No nuclear by 2035 could mean another power crunch

By: News24Wire      21st September 2016 If South Africa doesn’t have additional nuclear power by 2035, the country will be in the same position as in 2008 when there was a serious shortage of power supply, Eskom CEO Brian Molefe said on Wednesday. Molefe was part of an Eskom delegation who briefed Parliament on the power utility’s... 

Molefe: No nuclear by 2035 could mean another power crunch
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Eskom CEO Brian Molefe

More than $1bn in Power Africa commitments finalised – USAID chief

By: Reuters     21st September 2016 More than $1-billion in debt and financing commitments from US agencies and private investors is set to be announced on Wednesday for US President Barack Obama's signature Africa energy initiative, Power Africa, a top USAID official said. The latest deals were finalized around a US-Africa... 

More than $1bn in Power Africa commitments finalised – USAID chief

TomTom helps Sasol solar challenge team

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     20th September 2016 Through its flagship products, TomTom will support Nuon Solar Team when it participates in the yearly Sasol Solar Challenge. The Dutch team won last year’s overall competition, the World Solar Challenge. 

TomTom helps Sasol solar challenge team

IFC, UK govt to develop solar energy prospects in Nigeria

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     20th September 2016 The International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the UK Department for International Development (DFID) are facilitating the deployment of off-grid and embedded solar in Nigeria. Through this partnership, IFC’s Off-Grid and Embedded Solar Market Development and Finance Programme, and DFID’s Solar... 

IFC, UK govt to develop solar energy prospects in Nigeria

Regional powers back studies on impact of Ethiopia's Nile dam

By: Reuters     20th September 2016 Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia commissioned studies into the environmental and economic impact of a $4-billion dam on the Nile that Addis Ababa aims to make the centrepiece of its bid to become Africa's biggest power exporter. The 6 000 MW Grand Renaissance Dam, situated close to Ethiopia's border... 

Regional powers back studies on impact of Ethiopia's Nile dam

Public comment period for Eskom application for nuclear installation licences extended

By: African News Agency      19th September 2016 Interested parties will from Monday be able to comment on Eskom’s application for nuclear installation site licences in the Western Cape and Eastern Cape, the power utility announced on Monday. Earlier this month, the National Nuclear Regulator (NNR) approved the extension of the deadline for... 

Awards recognise game-changers in South Africa’s energy sector

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     19th September 2016 Strategic adviser Dr Willie de Beer received the 2016 South African National Energy Association (Sanea) Energy Award in recognition of his ongoing contribution to the local energy sector. The awards recognise South Africans and their efforts in ensuring that the country enjoys a stable and secure... 

DoE insists 'compliant' nuclear management system contract part of procurement preparations 

By: Terence Creamer     19th September 2016 South Africa’s Department of Energy (DoE) has listed the names of several expert advisers whose services it has used over the past five years in relation to the country’s controversial nuclear procurement programme. However, the value of the various contracts was not immediately provided. The... 

DoE insists 'compliant' nuclear management system contract part of procurement preparations
Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson

Koeberg unit shut down for refuelling

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     19th September 2016 Unit 1 of the Koeberg nuclear power station, near Cape Town, will be shut down on Monday for a planned refuelling outage. This outage will take just over a month, with the unit expected to be back on line towards the end of October. Koeberg Unit 1 has been on stream without any interruption since... 

Koeberg unit shut down for refuelling

Burgh Group, Vitol to acquire Tegeta’s stake in RBCT

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     16th September 2016 A consortium comprising investment company Burgh Group and energy group Vitol has agreed to acquire Optimum Coal Terminal (OCT) from Gupta-owned Tegeta for an undisclosed sum. OCT has a 7.61% shareholding in the Richards Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT).  

Burgh Group, Vitol to acquire Tegeta’s stake in RBCT

Two more Eastern Cape wind farms inaugurated

By: Creamer Media Reporter      16th September 2016 Two Eastern Cape wind farms – the 134 MW Amakhala Emoyeni and the 95 MW Tsitsikamma Community wind facilities – were officially inaugurated this week. Both projects have been developed by Cennergi, the energy joint venture owned by Exxaro and Tata Power. The Amakhala Emoyeni  plant incorporates... 

Two more Eastern Cape wind farms inaugurated
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The 134 MW Amakhala Emoyeni wind farm

New revelations in South African nuclear deal

By: News24Wire      16th September 2016 The department of energy was tight-lipped on Friday over the awarding of a tender for the controversial nuclear build programme to the son of a close friend of President Jacob Zuma. When approached for comment, departmental spokesperson Thandiwe Maimane said by email: "For now the department of... 

Black business pioneer raises concern about IPP uncertainty

By: Terence Creamer     16th September 2016 One of South Africa’s pioneering black-owned companies, Thebe Investment Corporation, says it is critical that the prevailing uncertainty surrounding the future of independent power producers (IPPs) be urgently resolved, saying that the current “confusion is not appreciated” by it and other... 

Black business pioneer raises concern about IPP uncertainty
Thebe executive chairperson Vusi Khanyile

Zambia starts development of 600 MW solar plant

By: African News Agency      16th September 2016 The Zambia Development Agency (ZDA) says it has started developing a 600 megawatt solar power station as part of measures to diversify power sources to deal with a crippling nationwide power crisis. Presently, the Zambia Electricity Supply Commission (Zesco) runs a daily load shedding regime of... 

Construction starts on 372 MW Côte d'Ivoire power plant financed by China

By: Reuters     16th September 2016 Building work has started in Côte d'Ivoire on a 372 MW power plant worth €500-million financed mainly by China Construction Bank and set to open in 2018, Richard Amon, chairperson of Star Energie 2073, said on Thursday. The bank is providing 75% of funds for the Songon power station near the... 

Commercial bamboo production may have biofuel potential  

By: Dylan Slater     16th September 2016 According to Africa-focused bamboo technology company Afribam, growing bamboo commercially could create biofuel possibilities for commercial power generation and serve to sequestrate a percentage of carbon emitted by the same power generation facilities.  

Commercial bamboo production may have  biofuel potential
Bamboo specialist Adrian Sutton tells Engineering News about the opportunities of commercially growing bamboo. Camerawork and Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Eskom delivers on services despite arising challenges

By: Sascha Solomons     16th September 2016 Service delivery in South Africa is a very demanding undertaking, says the Western Cape provincial branch of State-owned utility Eskom; however, it has to be done regardless of the challenges. Eskom provincial spokesperson Jolene Henn adds that for this reason, the delivery of projects within the... 

Eskom delivers on services despite arising challenges
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STATE-OWNED UTILITY ESKOM Electrification by Eskom in the Western Cape has been undertaken in urban areas within the metropolis, peri-urban areas , rural areas and deep rural areas towards the border of the Northern Cape

UK PM firm on only revealing fate of nuclear project later this month

By: Keith Campbell     16th September 2016 The future of Britain’s first major nuclear power plant (NPP) project in two decades, Hinkley Point C, remains uncertain. In July, the new British Prime Minister, Theresa May, took everyone by surprise when she announced a delay in the approval for the project. Hinkley Point C is to be a European... 

Uncertainty surrounding resource programmes highlighted

By: Sascha Solomons     16th September 2016 With South Africa needing to ramp up its potential power supply in the medium and long term, engineering and design firm WSP⎪Parsons Brinckerhoff Africa comments that the biggest challenge impeding ramp up of power generation from IPPs is the level of uncertainty regarding power procurement... 

Uncertainty surrounding resource programmes highlighted
JAY URBAN The major current developments in the electricity generation space include the initiation of the GTP, which aims to use LNG for the gas-turbine power plants
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