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Apr 24, 2015
South African mining and energy adviser Ted Blom has raised a litany of concerns about the state of power utility Eskom and has warned of runaway costs and shortfalls in coal and water, as well as rail capacity. Blom was surprised by the recent buoyancy shown by...
Apr 24, 2015
State-owned power utility Eskom has warned that it is highly likely that there will be load-shedding this weekend, as, along with its “massive maintenance drive” to improve the performance and reliability of its power generating units ahead of the expected peak...
Apr 24, 2015
Oil firm Chevron said on Friday it has offered to supply South Africa's electricity firm Eskom with excess diesel from its Cape Town refinery, to help run some of its generators. Steve Hegarty, the general manager for strategy at the oil major's South African unit...
Apr 24, 2015
ESSENTIAL OUTLAY A rental fleet avoids the capital outlay required to buy generators while capacity can be quickly increased or decreased as required
As grid power is intermittently available – or even entirely unavailable – owing to delays in new build permanent power generation, transmission and distribution infrastructure, the additional price for generator power has become a necessary and acceptable cost of...
Apr 24, 2015
EXPENSE REDUCTION During 8 000 hours of operation, the QSK95 series can achieve fuel savings of more than R4-million a year and reduce maintenance requirements
Integrated generator set (genset) manufacturer Cummins Africa has launched the QSK95 series – a new range of high-horsepower gensets to help industrial and mining customers across Africa lower their fuel costs and reduce their environmental impact. “The QSK95 gensets...
Apr 24, 2015
APPLICATIONS EXPERTISE All Zest WEG Group generator sets are manufactured in accordance with stringent quality control systems to ensure reliable performance
The most important consideration when buying a diesel generator set (genset) is to seek professional assistance from a genset supplier that will consider the entire electrical infrastructure, including the appropriate recommendation of the genset power rating, and...
Apr 24, 2015
GENERATING POPULARITY The Lutian LT25, or 25 kVA, diesel generator is currently a prevalent industry favourite for small business industry
Having experienced substantial success in its generators division in 2014, engine, pumps and power products distributor Goscor Power Products has increased its focus on supplying standby diesel generator units to small businesses. Goscor Power Products MD Mark Bester...
Apr 24, 2015
GENERATION BOOST Temporary power plants can assist other energy sources while these sources are being enhanced to better serve Southern Africa
Electrical energy provided by temporary power plants can boost the electricity generation of not only conventional power sources as they are being maintained or constructed but also renewable-energy sources as they are being stabilised and enhanced. There is,...
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Apr 23, 2015
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In a long awaited announcement, which attracted intense media attention, the South African Department of Energy (DoE) recently published the list of preferred bidders for round 4 of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) – 415...
Apr 22, 2015
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Acting Eskom CEO Brian Molefe
Acting Eskom CEO Brian Molefe has suggested that all companies and households should be transitioned across to prepaid electricity systems, adding that he will propose that those municipalities not paying Eskom be bypassed. “The whole of South Africa should move to...
Apr 22, 2015
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Acting Eskom CEO Brian Molefe has outlined a range of moves he hopes will alleviate the State-owned power utility’s power supply crisis, including finding an extra 3 000 MW by 2016, which could lead to an end to load-shedding.  “We need 3 000 MW to do both planned...
Apr 22, 2015
To improve the performance and reliability of its power generating units ahead of the expected peak winter demand, State-owned power provider Eskom will embark on a “massive maintenance festival” this weekend. The utility explained in a statement that almost 64% of...
Apr 22, 2015
Eskom acting CEO Brian Molefe
South African power utility Eskom told parliament on Wednesday that it was not near bankruptcy and would cooperate with ratings agencies to avoid downgrades. Eskom is battling to keep the lights on in Africa's most advanced economy and faces a serious liquidity...
Apr 22, 2015
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South Africa's struggling power utility Eskom expects two of its long-delayed coal-fired power plants, Medupi and Kusile, to be fully operational by 2021, its acting head of group capital Abram Masango said on Wednesday. Medupi and Kusile are expected to add a...
Apr 22, 2015
Globally, the power industry is facing a perfect storm of unprecedented challenges and companies failing to stay ahead of the curve face an uncertain future, PwC said on Wednesday. As South Africa – and the world’s – power sector rapidly transformed, new business and...
Apr 22, 2015
The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) has signed two additional nuclear cooperation agreements with Chinese entities as part of preparations for South Africa's nuclear new build programme. At a gathering to welcome 50 South African trainees to the...
Apr 22, 2015
Sapoa CEO Neil Gopal and Sapvia CEO Moeketsi Thobela
The South African Property Owners Association (Sapoa) and South African Photovoltaic Industry Association (Sapvia) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) opening to way for collaboration on the use of rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) technology in the...
Apr 22, 2015
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Boutique advisory company EDPlatform, established in 2012 to support energy developers meet the economic-development requirements of South Africa’s independent power producer (IPP) procurement initiatives, has described recent announcements on the expansion and...
 
 
 
 
Apr 22, 2015
On the heels of Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson’s recent announcement of the preferred bidders under the fourth bidding round of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP), renewable-energy specialists, energy policymakers...
Apr 22, 2015
Eskom has rectified a City of Ekurhuleni tweet that load-shedding would be at stage 2, saying that it will only be at stage 1 from 17:00 to 22:00 on Wednesday. "Eskom will implement stage 1 load-shedding from 17:00 today, which is likely to continue until 22:00 this...
Apr 21, 2015
Moses Mabhida Stadium
The eThekwini municipality will invest R8.7-million in placing solar photovoltaic (PV) panels at the Moses Mabhida Stadium, uShaka Marine World, Kings Park swimming pool, the Metro Police headquarters, eThekwini Water and Sanitation’s (EWS’s) customer service block...
Apr 21, 2015
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State-owned electricity utility Eskom has overhauled its approach to demand-side management (DSM), narrowing its focus to two main areas: a small number of large-scale industrial projects; and the mass deployment of energy-efficient light bulbs. The utility halted...
Apr 21, 2015
Eskom will implement stage 1 load shedding (1 000 MW cut) for the tenth day in a row, but only from 17:00 to 22:00 on Tuesday as it tries to minimise the power cuts during the day. The power utility informed users via Twitter just before 14:00. Earlier on Tuesday,...
Apr 21, 2015
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With Africa holding 60% of the world’s arable land, agriculture held one of the keys to unlocking economic opportunities for the continent, but could only be achieved through cooperation with other countries in regions such as Asia. Speaking at the Asia–Africa...
Apr 21, 2015
JSE-listed Consolidated Infrastructure Group (CIG) on Tuesday reported a 26% year-on-year increase in revenue to R1.7-billion for the six months ended February 28, while its aftertax profit grew by 36% year-on-year to R164-million. The higher profit was driven...
Apr 20, 2015
The Sere wind farm
Electricity utility Eskom announced on Monday that its 100 MW Sere wind farm, near Vredendal in the Western Cape, had entered full commercial operations at the end of March, with all 46 wind turbines having been erected and the construction of the Skaapvlei...
Apr 20, 2015
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Ministers from governments across Africa have renewed their call for a strong, new universal climate-change agreement and increased flows of funds, including through market and finance opportunities, sufficient to fulfil Africa’s development aspirations, at the...
Apr 20, 2015
South Africa's Eskom plans to reduce as much as 1 000 MW of electricity from the national grid on Monday, the power utility said in a statement on Twitter. The power cuts would start from 17:00 and last until 22:00.
 
 
 
 
Apr 20, 2015
Transnet acting CE Siyabonga Gama
State-owned Transnet has appointed Siyabonga Gama as acting CE, effective immediately. This followed Brian Molefe’s secondment as acting CE of power utility Eskom.
Apr 20, 2015
Solar panels and systems designer SunPower on Monday started construction on the 86 MW peak Prieska solar power plant in the Northern Cape. The project, which would become operational in 2016, was the third solar power plant to be built by SunPower under the South...
Apr 20, 2015
Black-empowered residential project developer Calgro M3 is set to launch a subsidiary that will operate completely off the national electricity grid, generating its own renewable energy to power all aspects of the business, including its administration office. Calgro...
Apr 20, 2015
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In a bid to develop specialised nuclear skills ahead of the roll-out of its nuclear new build programme, government has announced that it will, this month, send 50 trainees from the South African nuclear industry to China to take part in a four-month nuclear power...
Apr 20, 2015
Without announcing definite power cuts for Monday, Eskom warned in a tweet that the "load shedding prognosis for today is medium to high" and is "dependent on the performance of our power plants". This follows eight straight days of load shedding in which Eskom...
Apr 17, 2015
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Zimbabwe plans to build new power stations to generate 3 500 MW at a cost of $5-billion, the national power company said, in a bid to end chronic power cuts that have damaged the economy. Local industries are forced to use costly diesel generators to keep operations...
Apr 17, 2015
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Apr 17, 2015
South Africans could soon experience their first-ever stage four load-shedding, after Eskom confirmed that the stage allocation would be altered. The current stages of load-shedding are stage 1, when 1 000 MW is cut from the grid; stage 2, when 2 000 MW is cut from...
Apr 17, 2015
Russian State-owned nuclear group Rosatom has confirmed that it is in talks with Nigeria about the construction of nuclear power plants (NPPs) in that country, but has denied that any agreement has been signed. This follows a recent report in the Nigerian media that...
Apr 17, 2015
Dual-listed power plant developer Independent Power South Africa (Ipsa) on Thursday reported that an appeal by Iris Ecopower, the Malaysian company with which it had entered into a $31-million contract to sell two of its Siemens Westinghouse 701 DU turbines in...
 
 
 
 
Apr 17, 2015
Llewellyn Consulting's Russell Jones
Power represents Africa’s largest infrastructure challenge, a new thought-leader report argues, noting that the continent’s power infrastructure delivers only a small fraction of that delivered in other developing regions. Titled ‘Foundations for Growth -...
Apr 17, 2015
South African independent power producer (IPP) Pele Green Energy (PGE) has been granted preferred bidder status on two 140 MW wind projects as part of the fourth bidding window for the Department of Energy’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement...
Apr 17, 2015
Today’s organisations execute projects within increasingly complex environments – particularly in the engineering sector. The ability to successfully execute these projects is what drives the realisation of successful projects and, ultimately, the achievement of...
Apr 17, 2015
Vanguard loads a 230 t generator with its 800 t hydraulic lift system
International heavy-lift, abnormal transport and installation specialist, Vanguard, has been active in two vital power generation projects in the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal, which are set to supply South Africa with more than 1 000 MW of power during times of...
Apr 17, 2015
South African power utility Eskom restarted rolling blackouts on Friday, the sixth straight day of power cuts to hit Africa's most advanced economy. South Africa is in the middle of its worst electricity crisis since 2008 and its citizens are subjected to frequent...
 
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