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Jun 03, 2015
Updated 2 hours 41 minutes ago Kusile’s recently appointed contractor said on Wednesday that it was confident it would meet the tough deadlines set by Eskom and that labour issues will be averted going forward. The Mpumalanga-based power station has experienced massive delays and its completion...
Jun 03, 2015
Updated 2 hours 54 minutes ago With State-owned power producer Eskom “failing” South Africa, smaller private energy producers were stepping up to the plate and collectively delivering more power at a faster pace than Eskom or any other single entity could, EE Publishers MD Chris Yelland said on...
Jun 03, 2015
Updated 2 hours 57 minutes ago Following calls by civil society organisations, this week, to scrap the electricity war room, National Treasury deputy director-general Malcolm Simpson on Wednesday defended the progress that had been made since the war room’s inception in December. Unpacking the...
Jun 03, 2015
Updated 3 hours ago The University of Johannesburg (UJ) Energy Movement’s solar-powered Ilanga II car, will be the first of its kind to cross into Namibia and Botswana on June 18. This formed part of the 2015 African Solar Drive, covering 4 160 km, which aside from the adventure of the...
Jun 03, 2015
Updated 7 hours ago Echoing the sentiments of South Africa’s civil society and trade unions, global research and advocacy institute Transnational Institute and Municipal Services Project researcher and author Dr Daniel Chavez on Wednesday cautioned against the privatisation of...
Jun 03, 2015
As the Department of Energy (DoE) on Tuesday presented the case for nuclear energy to Parliament, the National Nuclear Regulator (NNR) faced uncertain times. Funding for the NNR had always been an issue of contention. It received its revenue from two streams – the...
Jun 03, 2015
Department of Energy (DoE) head of nuclear Zizamele Mbambo has told MPs that the government was firmly committed to going ahead with the nuclear build programme, with the first unit scheduled for 2023, and other units to follow soon afterwards. “We are going to...
Jun 02, 2015
Department of Energy's Deputy Director General in charge of nuclear, Zizamele Mbambo
The Department of Energy (DoE) told Parliament on Tuesday that technical preparations for the nuclear programme were at an advanced stage and that government was ready to move full steam ahead; but it kept details of how the programme would be financed firmly under...
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Jun 02, 2015
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Spanish renewable-energy company Acciona’s 94.3 MW Sishen solar photovoltaic (PV) plant, in Dibeng, in the Northern Cape, has reached 100% capacity. The plant entered service on November 29, 2014, with forecasts that it will, in future, generate 216 GWh/y of...
Jun 02, 2015
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The resolution of one of South Africa’s most pressing crises – the electricity challenge – should be taken out of the hands of those who caused it and placed in the hands of all South Africans in a more inclusive, transparent manner. This was one of the messages that...
Jun 02, 2015
Mike Rossouw
Acting Eskom CEO Brian Molefe decided this week not to renew the contract of Mike Rossouw, who had been working as an energy thought leader at the embattled utility for the past year. Rossouw’s one-year, but renewable, contract was due to expire on June 16.
Jun 02, 2015
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As South Africa continues to battle a far-reaching – and worsening – electricity crisis, civil society and trade unions have teamed up to organise “social power” to place pressure on government and embattled State-owned power utility Eskom to resolve the continuous...
Jun 02, 2015
Renergen, a holding company focused on investing in alternative energy projects, will list on the AltX as a special purpose acquisition company on June 9. It had already raised about R74-million by way of a private placement from blue-chip investors to enable it to...
Jun 02, 2015
Two Eskom contractors died on Monday afternoon after a pipe burst and produced high pressure steam at the Grootvlei Power Station in Mpumalanga, the power utility said. Spokesperson Khulu Phasiwe said the steam, produced by the boilers, was at a very high pressure...
Jun 02, 2015
The Japanese nuclear power generation sector, which was shut down in 2011, in the aftermath of the Fukushima Dai-ichi disaster, is set to reopen on a limited scale with the expected recommissioning of two units in the next two to three months. Japan Atomic Industrial...
Jun 02, 2015
Necsa CEO Phumzile Tshelane
Russia’s Rosatom would be open to participating in the financing of South Africa’s nuclear build programme should it be selected as the country’s nuclear energy strategic partner and such participation be required, the State-owned group’s second most senior executive...
Jun 01, 2015
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Eskom and suspended group capital executive Dan Marokane have mutually agreed to part ways “on an amicable basis”, the energy utility said on Monday. While declining Engineering News Online’s request for clarity on the terms of separation, the State-owned company...
Jun 01, 2015
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The Department of Energy (DoE) has issued a notice of a request for bids (RFB) under the recently announced cogeneration (CoGen) independent power producer (IPP) procurement programme. The RFB documentation will be available from 17:00 on June 4, which prospective...
 
 
 
 
Jun 01, 2015
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It would be a major strategic error to privatise Eskom in any way, the South African Communist Party (SACP) said on Sunday. In a statement, after the conclusion of the party's three day central committee meeting in Johannesburg, the SACP said separating power...
Jun 01, 2015
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Karpowership sales director Patrick O’Driscoll
Turkish floating power plant group Karpowership says it has identified several potential sites along South Africa’s coastline where it could berth or moor vessels with generating capacities of up to 500 MW, indicating that the sites are generally located near load...
May 29, 2015
Under the auspices of the World Economic Forum (WEF) on Africa, being held in Cape Town from June 3 to 5, South Africa will reiterate its stance that it is open for business, showcasing what it has to offer other countries and global business. The event, which would...
May 29, 2015
South Africa's power utility Eskom said on Friday all but three of the top 20 defaulting municipalities had settled their outstanding dues and that the debtors still face electricity cuts next week. The cash-strapped utility did not specify which municipalities had...
May 29, 2015
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Eskom acting CEO Brian Molefe
South Africans could be living without load shedding this winter, if acting Eskom CEO Brian Molefe gets his way. Speaking at the launch of the Transnet Development Hub on Friday, Molefe said planned maintenance was mostly completed and so the utility was able to...
May 29, 2015
May 29, 2015
Eskom said on Friday there was currently no planned load shedding as it had enough generating capacity to meet the demand. This follows the first full day without load shedding in a month after Eskom resumed power cuts on April 29, breaking a five-day streak of no...
May 29, 2015
While strongly welcoming the promulgation of the new Part 101 of South Africa’s civil aviation regulations, governing the commercial operation of civil remotely piloted aircraft (RPAs) in South Africa, the Commercial Unmanned Aircraft Association of Southern Africa...
May 29, 2015
The South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) has announced that it is to introduce regulations for the operation of civilian remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS, previously known as unmanned air vehicles or UAVs and popularly called drones). Director of...
May 29, 2015
Power management company Eaton signed a premium distribution partnership deal with electrical components manufacturer Diesel Electric Services last week in Sandton, which will result in Diesel Electric distributing between 80% and 90% of Eaton’s range of...
 
 
 
 
May 29, 2015
GARETH WARNER South Africa should open up the energy generation space to bolster its economy and help secure more energy to meet current and future demand
Owing to the power crunch and rising power costs in South Africa, there is significant interest from commercial and light industrial users to offset their energy consumption using alternative energy systems. A key requirement to bolster commercial and residential...
May 29, 2015
IMPERATIVE USE Private individuals in KwaZulu-Natal are largely using solar and wind technologies owing to their improving affordability
Clients are looking towards greener energy sources to drive groundwater abstraction and reticulation schemes in the rural parts of KwaZulu-Natal, according to the KwaZulu-Natal office of consulting engineers and scientists, SRK Consulting SA. SRK tells Engineering...
May 29, 2015
ITHEMBELIHLE LSEN SCHOOL Voith Turbo won the Best Corporate Social Responsibility Programme of the Year award at the Seifsa Awards for Excellence for its work at the school
A holistic understanding of the needs of Ithembelihle Learners with Special Educational Needs (LSen) School in Primrose, Johannesburg, helped power transmission specialist Voith Turbo secure the Best Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Programme of the Year award...
May 28, 2015
Kenya reduced the cost of connecting houses to the electricity grid by 57% on Wednesday to double the share of the population with electricity to 70% by 2017. East Africa's largest economy is struggling with ageing energy infrastructure and the government has said it...
May 28, 2015
Tanzania said on Thursday it had signed a $70.5-million loan with the African Development Bank (AfDB) to finance reforms in the east African nation’s energy sector. AfDB is among a group of donors that withheld nearly $500-million in budget support to Tanzania last...
May 27, 2015
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IMD World Competitiveness Center director Arturo Bris
South Africa slipped one position, from 52 to 53, in the latest world competitiveness ranking, which highlighted power and infrastructure shortfalls, high youth unemployment, as well as inadequate education and technical skills availability as key challenges to the...
May 27, 2015
JSE-listed Growthpoint Properties’ Kirstenhof Office Park, in Johannesburg, has become the hundredth building in South Africa to achieve a Green Star SA certification from the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA), securing a 5-Star Green Star: Existing...
May 27, 2015
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Kriel power station
South African power utility Eskom faces a 17-million tonne coal shortfall by 2017 at its coal-fired power plants, a Cabinet Minister said on Wednesday. The shortfall is anticipated in 2015 at Matla, Tutuka and Hendrina power stations and in 2016 at Kriel and Arnot...
May 27, 2015
Energy utility Eskom will implement stage 1 load-shedding this evening from 17:00 owing to a shortage of generating capacity while several units remain out of service for maintenance. The power outage was likely to continue until 22:00.
May 27, 2015
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While global economic factors impacted South Africa’s weak growth prognosis, there were binding constraints coming from the electricity supply uncertainties, said Reserve Bank (Sarb) deputy governor Francois Groepe. On Tuesday, Stats SA said the country’s GDP...
 
 
 
 
May 27, 2015
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The installation of an R8-million roof-mounted solar photovoltaic (PV) energy harvesting system by diversified South African agribusiness BKB is set to provide energy to, and reduce the carbon footprint of, South Africa’s wool and mohair industry, in Nelson Mandela...
May 27, 2015
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Africa's second-biggest copper producer Zambia has cut its power generation by 300 MW after water levels in the Kariba dam, a key source of hydropower, dropped following a prolonged drought, its deputy minister of energy said on Tuesday. Charles Zulu said Zambia...
May 27, 2015
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Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa
State-owned enterprises (SOEs) have the potential to stimulate “reindustrialisation and radical economic transformation”, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa said during the Presidency’s budget vote debate on Tuesday. Ramaphosa said it made sense for the efforts of SOEs...
May 26, 2015
South African power producer BioTherm Energy has signed an agreement to sell a 60% interest in its Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) round one portfolio of operating solar and wind power plants in South Africa to global solar...
May 26, 2015
Owing to a shortage of generation capacity resulting from technical faults at some of its units, State-owned entity Eskom would implement stage 1 load-shedding from 17:00 on Tuesday. Load-shedding would likely continue until 22:00.
 
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