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Dec 17, 2014
anzania's attorney general resigned late on Tuesday, becoming the first political casualty in an energy corruption scandal in the east African country that has led Western donors to delay aid and weakened the currency. The resignation followed a vote in parliament...
Dec 17, 2014
The Democratic Alliance on Tuesday called on Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa to clarify Eskom's latest threat of further rolling blackouts. Spokesperson on public enterprises Natasha Michael said Ramaphosa had to disclose the reason four generators stopped working...
Dec 12, 2014
South Africa asked on Friday for bidders to submit proposals to build coal-fired power plants as part of a string of initiatives launched this week aimed at ending chronic electricity shortages. Bidders will need to pay a nonrefundable R200 000 rand ($17 000) fee...
Dec 12, 2014
South Africa will announce a series of renewable energy projects on Monday that will add 1 000 MW of power into the country's constrained electricity grid, sources close to the deals told Reuters. Africa's most advanced economy is in the midst of a severe power...
Dec 12, 2014
Financial problems at South Africa's Eskom have pushed the governing ANC to look into selling stakes in state companies to free up funds to update the utility and ease power blackouts. President Jacob Zuma's African National Congress has long been reluctant to sell...
Dec 12, 2014
The extent of the damage to industry and the costs that arise directly from load-shedding have been gravely underestimated, the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI) said on Friday. “This is a crisis for the country and a disaster for many industries, and...
Dec 12, 2014
Power management company Eaton announced on Friday that it would be providing electrical engineering services and power distribution equipment for the construction of a 5 MW solar microgrid system in Annobon province – an island off Equatorial Guinea, in central...
Dec 12, 2014
Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA) on Friday welcomed Cabinet’s establishment of a technical team war room to undertake various interventions to improve electricity supply security over the short- and medium-term, but added that the private sector also had a...
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Dec 12, 2014
INDUSTRIAL CHEMICALS Reba Chemicals exports its products to Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia, Swaziland and Mozambique
Johannesburg-based chemical manufacturer Reba Chemicals attended this year’s Lephalale Mining Expo, hosted by Mining and Technical Exhibitions (MTE), to establish partnerships that can expand the company’s reach in the area. Reba Chemicals MD Freddy Motau told...
Dec 12, 2014
Hydropower developer NuPlanet Project Development achieved financial close and started construction last month on the 4.5 MW Stortemelk hydro project near Clarens, in the Free State. The project, which was awarded preferred bidder status under bid window two of the...
Dec 12, 2014
Lifting solutions service provider Johnson Crane Hire recently completed an order for Jeffrey’s Bay wind farm in the Eastern Cape, in July, when a rotor from a wind turbine had to be removed to repair a damaged blade. Each turbine comprises an 80-m-high tower, three...
Dec 12, 2014
MARKET LEADER Toyota is the largest vehicle manufacturer in South Africa and a full affiliate of the Toyota Motor Corporation
Since 2011, the Industrial Energy Efficiency (IEE) Project, established in 2010 in response to the growing need to improve the energy efficiency of South Africa, has saved enough energy to electrify 75 000 South African middle-income homes for 12 months, says...
Dec 12, 2014
FAZEL MOOSA The benefit of any form of infrastructure is the value that it adds to the community around it
Financial services provider Investec says it has gained invaluable experience through its funding of a Mozambican power generation project, the Kuvaninga Energia project, which reached financial close in December 2013 and is scheduled for commercial operation in the...
Dec 12, 2014
TINA JOEMAT PETTERSSON Government has held two nuclear vendor parade workshops
Government last month announced that it had successfully concluded the second nuclear vendor parade workshop with delegations from China, France, South Korea and the US, in its bid to source experienced nuclear energy partners to help with South Africa’s nuclear...
Dec 12, 2014
VALVES Importing companies account for about 80% of the jobs in the valves industry
Local valve importer CMO Africa says the government regulation, which stipulates that 70% of valves used in State projects be manufactured in-country, will lead to the demise of the valves import industry. CMO Africa MD Mark Bowden told Engineering News at the Mining...
Dec 12, 2014
HERTZOG VERHOEF The Medupi power plant project provided us with an opportunity to establish ELB Construction
Engineering solutions provider ELB Engineering Services says that its conveyors moved the first coal to the mill bunkers of boiler 6 at Medupi power station in Lephalale, Limpopo last month. ELB Medupi project manager Hertzog Verhoef says the coal to bunker process...
Dec 12, 2014
LYNNE BROWN The next few years are going to be tough
Johannesburg-based chemical manufacturer Reba Chemicals attended this year’s Lephalale Mining Expo, hosted by Mining and Technical Exhibitions (MTE), to establish partnerships that can expand the company’s reach in the area. Reba Chemicals MD Freddy Motau told...
Dec 12, 2014
Local power solutions provider Jasco Power Solutions states that its uninterrupted power supply (UPS) system, the Gamatronic UPS range, introduced to the local market in March provides reliable backup power when State-owned power utility Eskom faces the challenge of...
 
 
 
 
Dec 12, 2014
MEDUPI POWER STATION At full capacity the station will add 4 800 MW to the national grid
State-owned power utility Eskom says it is in the process of building two 400 kV transmission lines between the Spitskop substation and the Dinaledi substation, both  in the greater Brits area, in the North West, to enable the integration of the first unit of the...
Dec 12, 2014
According to autonomous organisation the International Energy Agency (IEA), gas and renewable power are expected to be the major sources of energy growth on the African continent in the coming years.  More than 620-million people, or two-thirds of the continent’s...
Dec 12, 2014
The success of recently completed solar and wind projects in the country confirms that South Africa needs to continue investing in renewable energy, says solar modules and solar cells producer Talesun Energy VP Arthur Chien. South Africa’s renewable energy sector,...
Dec 12, 2014
PERFECT TIMING The insecurity of stable supply and the appropriate load profiles means that rooftop photovoltaic (PV) is in the perfect position for tremendous growth
Although already late in reaching financial close, Round 3 projects of the South African government’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) have been further delayed and Round 4 announcements are uncertain, owing to grid...
Dec 12, 2014
Heavy transportation and lifting provider ALE is playing a vital role in South Africa’s renewable energy sector, owing to the development of smarter solutions that are mitigating the challenges created by the increasing size and weight of wind turbines and the...
Dec 12, 2014
Less than half of South African businesses are considering switching to green energy sources, despite overwhelming dependence on reliable power and water supply to sustain growth strategies, an international study by advisory and outsourcing services provider Grant...
Dec 11, 2014
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Eskom chairperson Zola Tsotsi
Cabinet on Thursday announced sweeping changes to the composition of the nonexecutive boards of State-owned power utility Eskom and transport utility Transnet.
Dec 11, 2014
Two days after announcing that a first-stage definitive mining feasibility study (DMFS) for the coal-mining portion of its Rukwa coal-to-power project (RCPP), in Tanzania, had revealed four financially feasible options for project development, Kibo Mining said on...
Dec 11, 2014
Will South Africa’s electricity grid collapse, plunging the country into weeks of darkness? Experts say it is possible, but unlikely.
Dec 11, 2014
 
 
 
 
Dec 11, 2014
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Cabinet has approved a five-point plan to address the current strain on South Africa’s electricity system as well as the creation of a technical “war room” to undertake various interventions to improve supply security over the short and medium term. Since the start...
Dec 11, 2014
Uganda said on Wednesday four foreign and domestic firms would build two solar power plants, with a total capacity of 20 MW as it seeks to develop its renewable energy potential. Keen on expanding its small electricity generation capacity to support an...
Dec 11, 2014
The International Monetary Fund (IMF), which expects the South African economy to grow by only 2.1% in 2015, warns that even this “lackluster” outlook carries considerable downside risks, with the country’s high current account deficit “reflecting persistent...
Dec 09, 2014
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The expenses associated with connecting renewable-energy sources to the national energy grid are often underestimated and should be factored into the cost-benefit analysis of all renewable-energy projects prior to their implementation, Paris-based energy utility...
Dec 09, 2014
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The African National Congress (ANC) on Tuesday called on Eskom to fast-track the construction of the Medupi and Kusile power stations to alleviate the strain on the grid that has seen rolling blackouts. "The last meeting of the national executive committee of the...
Dec 09, 2014
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Eskom is still preparing an input for the Cabinet subcommittee set up to deal with the issue of energy security, but CEO Tshediso Matona revealed this week that the document will call for the stabilisation of the utility to be prioritised ahead of any restructuring...
Dec 09, 2014
Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) has urged government and State-owned power utility Eskom to bring an end to the current bout of load shedding, which, in the past three weeks, has cost the metals and engineering sector an...
Dec 09, 2014
Kenya Electricity Generating Co (KenGen) is seeking bids for the design and construction of two geothermal power plants with capacity totalling 210 MW. The plants will be built in the steam-filled Olkaria field, state-owned KenGen said on Tuesday.
Dec 08, 2014
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Eskom CEO Tshediso Matona
With plant breakdowns having increased drastically at Eskom since 2009, the State-owned utility has increased its use of diesel materially, having burnt around 140-million litres of the energy carrier in November alone. This rise in consumption has placed major...
Dec 08, 2014
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Eskom CEO Tshediso Matona
The electricity supply is expected to be constrained in February and March, Eskom said on Monday. "February and March are concerning for us. This due to budgetary constraints. Our financial director is looking at options in this regard," CEO Tshediso Matona told...
 
 
 
 
Dec 08, 2014
South African power utility Eskom said it would resume national rolling blackouts from 0600 to 1000 GMT on Monday after three units at its Majuba station did not contribute to grid as expected.
Dec 05, 2014
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The ongoing power blackouts will lead to job loses, the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) said on Friday. "One of the negative consequences of this load shedding, especially for the workers, is that industries heavily reliant on electricity for...
Dec 05, 2014
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South Africa's Eskom on Friday imposed its biggest power cuts since March, as the ailing state utility struggles to avoid a system collapse. For the second time this year, Eskom said it would need to reduce demand by 4 000 MW, or around 10% of the power capacity of...
Dec 05, 2014
The 138.6 MW Cookhouse wind farm
The 138.6 MW Cookhouse wind farm, in the Eastern Cape, has completed all required performance tests and grid compliance to reach commercial operations and enable achievement of commercial operations date (COD). The project was selected following the first bid window...
Dec 05, 2014
OPEN TYPE GAS GENERATOR Renttech SA provides rental and sale stand-by power products and services
Power equipment sales and rental company Renttech South Africa (SA) has brought two new ranges of diesel-fuelled power generators, which the company says has helped it grow its portfolio as an industrial sales and rental equipment company to the Southern African...
 
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