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Apr 18, 2014
HYDROPOWER POTENTIAL The 2 067 MW Laúca hydropower station will provide electricity for about 750 000 Angolans
Work on the 2 067 MW Laúca hydropower station, in Angola’s Kwanza riverbed, has started. The country aims to have the facility commissioned by the end of 2017, says Angolan State-owned power utility Empresa Nacional de Electricidade de Angola (ENE) international...
Apr 18, 2014
ANDREW GILDER The biofuels industry has the potential to be a key source of employment
The use of biofuels, as a renewable-energy source, presents the potential for numerous environmental, energy security and efficiency benefits to the South African economy, says law firm ENSafrica senior associate environmental law division senior associate Andrew...
Apr 18, 2014
Apr 18, 2014
PLAYING IT SAFE A warning sign with the text 'Danger Live Voltage' should be affixed to the meter cabinet and to the power distribution panel
Given the rapidly declining cost of photovoltaic- (PV-) generated electricity globally, independence from energy suppliers, through the use of solar PV technology, is likely to become a favourable option for businesses and home owners, says China-based solar cells...
Apr 18, 2014
BACK FROM THE DEAD The expected life span of the Pacific trucks was 25 years, but a rebuild extended its life span a further ten years
South Africa’s growth and development rely significantly on services and solutions from the heavy-hauling industry, State-owned power utility Eskom subsidiary Rotek and Roshcon head of multi-axles logistics services Dennis Child says.
Apr 18, 2014
POWER PROJECTS Ressano Garcia thermal power station is a joint venture project between Electricidade de Mozambique and Sasol New Energy
Mozambique was building several new gas, coal and hydropower stations to address the country’s growing electricity demand, said Mozambique State-owned power utility Electricidade de Mozambique (EDM) board adviser Marcelino Gildo Alberto at the 2014 Power &...
Apr 18, 2014
POWERING PROGRESS Aggreko’s diesel generation hire fleet ranges from 20 kVA to 1 500 kVA
Temporary power and temperature control solutions provider Aggreko is providing critical power generation systems and solutions for projects operating in some of the most isolated parts of the African continent, Aggreko Southern Africa local business head Martin...
Apr 18, 2014
LINKING UP Mozambique and Malawi are undertaking a joint transmission project in coordination with the World Bank
The commissioning of about 22 000 MW of new generation capacity in the Southern African region by 2017 will require new transmission networks to evacuate power from generation stations to load centres in the region, according to Southern African Power Pool (SAPP)...
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Apr 18, 2014
LANCE TUBE MANUFACTURING Eskom’s aging fleet of power stations require regular maintenance to ensure that they remain operational
In the past two years, power service systems and solutions provider Clyde Bergemann Africa has placed special emphasis on strengthening its after- market service offering to the local power industry, aftermarket service executive director Badrish Nathoo tells...
Apr 17, 2014
Renewable-energy projects, such as this Northern Cape solar farm, seen as key to low‐carbon energy supply.
Upfront investment costs will and should remain a critical consideration as South Africa moves to upscale and accelerate its infrastructure programmes. But one of the lead authors of the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) argues that the...
Apr 17, 2014
A specialist in finance and energy says South Africa's electricity prices are too low and unsustainable. “We are under-pricing electricity by at least a factor of two,” Bridge Capital Refco director Dudley Baylis told Engineering News Online.
Apr 17, 2014
Two more Northern Cape solar photovoltaic (PV) projects, Droogfontein Solar Power and De Aar Solar Power, have achieved commercial operations and will be formally inaugurated in mid May. Both projects are majority owned by independent power producer Globeleq and both...
Apr 17, 2014
The power and water sector will come together in May to discuss challenges and celebrate successes at the annual African Utility Week and Clean Power Africa in Cape Town. More than 5 000 power and water professionals, including utility heads from Nigeria, Uganda,...
Apr 16, 2014
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South African nonprofit environmental organisation Project 90 by 2030 has filed a complaint with the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) of South Africa against the Department of Energy’s (DoE’s) recent promotion of nuclear energy. The complaint, in which the...
Apr 16, 2014
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Apr 15, 2014
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Koeberg
South Africa may have difficulty in financing new nuclear power plants (NPPs), an Academy of Science of South Africa symposium in Pretoria has been warned. The concern was expressed by University of Cape Town Energy Research Centre director Professor Harald Winkler....
Apr 15, 2014
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Low growth in electricity demand in South Africa will delay, or eliminate the need for, new nuclear power plants. So warned Eskom Transmission Division Energy Planning and Market Development Department power system economics: chief adviser Keith Bowen, addressing an...
Apr 14, 2014
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Energy Minister Dikobe Ben Martins
Energy Minister Dikobe Ben Martins confirmed on Monday that the long awaited cogeneration and coal independent power producer (IPP) procurement programmes would be initiated in April and May respectively. In addition, in something of a surprise move, the Minister...
 
 
 
 
Apr 11, 2014
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State-owned power utility Eskom will likely need a R50-billion to R100-billion bailout if it is to survive over the next few years, Shava Mining Enterprise’s Andrew Kinghorn warned on Friday. The power utility was in distress as it battled to keep its head above...
Apr 11, 2014
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Energy Minister Dikobe Ben Martins
Energy Minister Dikobe Ben Martins will on Monday make major announcements related to the much-delayed independent power producer (IPP) procurement processes. But in an unusual move, it appears the announcements will coincide with the Minister’s address to a paid...
Apr 11, 2014
As Mozambique's “world-class” gas resources are developed and coal bed methane (CBM) increasingly offers potential, Zimbabwe could seemingly leverage gas opportunities to meet its rising energy demands. Mozambique's gas finds are expected to fuel the southern...
Apr 11, 2014
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Nuclear Industry Association of South Africa president Rob Adam remains convinced that the energy policy tide in South Africa is running in favour of nuclear power and that the country will, in due course, construct new nuclear power plants (NPPs), despite the fact...
Apr 11, 2014
The global energy outlook is that energy demand will double by 2050 and the world’s population will grow to nine-billion, creating a need for increased energy supply with reduced carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.
Apr 11, 2014
Nuclear fuel fabricator Tvel, part of the Russian State-owned Rosatom nuclear energy group, has recently briefed the two South African entities that operate nuclear reactors about its capabilities and the services and products it can supply to them. These are...
Apr 11, 2014
Nuclear Industry Association of South Africa President Rob Adam remains convinced that the energy policy tide in South Africa is running in favour of nuclear power and that the country will, in due course, construct new nuclear power plants (NPPs). This despite the...
Apr 10, 2014
The State-owned Development of Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) has issued the first request for project proposals from public and private entities seeking to tap the European Union’s (EU’s) R1.6-billion (€100-million) Infrastructure Investment Programme for...
Apr 10, 2014
Parastatal Eskom says it will “rework” the maintenance plans of its power plants to ensure there is enough electricity to meet demand, adding that, while the national electricity system will be stable on Thursday night, it will be tight over the evening peak...
Apr 09, 2014
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Transitioning to a green economy can help the world mitigate rising unemployment levels, particularly at a time when youth unemployment is peaking. Globally, in 2013, 202-million people were unemployed, up five-million on the previous year, said International Labour...
 
 
 
 
Apr 09, 2014
CIG CEO Raoul Gamsu
JSE-listed Consolidated Infrastructure Group (CIG) reported on Wednesday that more than half of its profits were now arising from outside of South Africa, following its recent acquisition of a stake in an Angolan oil services company. The company reported a 36% rise...
Apr 09, 2014
Brian Day
The South African National Energy Association (Sanea) has appointed Brian Day, of energy group Cennergi, to the newly created role of MD, following leadership changes made in light of Brian Statham’s retirement from the role of executive chairperson. Day would...
Apr 08, 2014
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Southern Africa’s first ever wind atlas, developed to help government and industry to identify high-potential wind development zones, has reached the end of its first stage and is to be expanded following new funding commitments. The Wind Atlas for South Africa...
Apr 08, 2014
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The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has again lowered its growth outlook for the South African economy and has listed the country among those large emerging economies whose growth outlook has been downgraded as a result of domestic policy weaknesses, tighter...
Apr 08, 2014
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African National Congress secretary general Gwede Mantashe
Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, would have to begin in the Karoo to meet South Africa's growing energy needs despite resistance from environmental and other lobby groups, African National Congress secretary general Gwede Mantashe said on Tuesday. He was speaking...
Apr 04, 2014
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South Africa’s sole nuclear power station Koeberg
South Africa’s sole nuclear power station Koeberg, which is located in the Western Cape, marks a major operations milestone today, April 4, which is the thirtieth anniversary of Unit 1 having been connected to the grid. Eskom, which operates the two-unit plant,...
Apr 04, 2014
As South Africa follows the world into an increasingly cashless economy, small, medium-sized and microenterprises (SMME’s) and informal traders are getting a shot in the arm as business leverages innovative financial technologies to stimulate financial inclusion...
Apr 03, 2014
South Africa’s power system would be stable on Thursday night and was expected to remain so over the weekend, energy utility Eskom said in its biweekly update on Thursday. This followed the failure of a boiler at Eskom’s Witbank-based Duvha power station on...
Apr 03, 2014
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Thembani Bukula
The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) expects to make a determination on Eskom’s Regulatory Clearing Account (RCA) balance submission in either April or May, but insists that there will be no tariff implications for consumers before April 1, 2015....
Apr 02, 2014
This publication contains insight into progress at the delayed Medupi and Kusile coal-fired projects, in Mpumalanga and Limpopo respectively, as well as at the Ingula pumped-storage scheme, which is under construction on the border between the Free State and...
 
 
 
 
Apr 01, 2014
Southern Africa country president Eric Léger
Global energy management specialist Schneider Electric is aiming to aggressively expand its Southern African footprint in the coming few years and has earmarked Angola, Mozambique and Zambia as priority territories for its regional business development. Southern...
Apr 01, 2014
State-owned power utility Eskom reports that it experienced an apparent over pressurisation incident on the Unit 3 boiler at the Duvha coal-fired power station, in Mpumalanga, just before midnight on March 30. “After a boiler tube leak alarm, the boiler tripped on...
Apr 01, 2014
Creamer Media’s Electricity 2014 report provides insight into South Africa’s electricity generation, exploring the issues of State-owned power utility Eskom's generated power, coal supplies, electricity tariffs and demand-focused initiatives, as well as the...
Mar 31, 2014
Steps taken to build climate resilience in urban areas can materially accelerate successful climate adaptation globally, the Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change (IPCC) latest report argues. But it also warns that many global climate risks are concentrated in...
Mar 31, 2014
South Africa saved 575 MW of electricity – enough to power a city the size of Polokwane, in Limpopo – on Saturday evening from 20:30 to 21:30 by switching their lights off during Earth Hour, State-owned power utility announced on Monday. Eskom had measured the...
 
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