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US nuclear company Westinghouse emerges from bankruptcy protection

By: Rebecca Campbell     17th August 2018 US major nuclear group Westinghouse Electric exited from bankruptcy protection (under Chapter 11 of US Bankruptcy Code) at the start of this month, when its takeover by Brookfield Business Partners came into effect. Brookfield, which is listed on the New York and Toronto Stock Exchanges and is... 

Biofuels unviable alternative in South Africa – expert

By: Paige Müller     17th August 2018 Owing to biofuels being too expensive to manufacture, University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) Business School Energy Leadership Centre director Dr Rod Crompton says this makes them a commercially unviable energy source. He tells Engineering News that, despite the fact that global renewable-energy... 

Biofuels unviable alternative  in South Africa – expert
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ENERGY LEADERSHIP CENTRE The University of the Witwatersrand launched the Energy Leadership Centre to equip Africa’s energy industry for future technological advancements

Biogas plant demonstrates potential using new tech

By: Paige Müller     17th August 2018 Renewable-energy and waste disposal solutions provider Global Energy has constructed a fully operational biogas demonstration plant using technology that has been designed to be more cost effective, manufactured locally and simpler to operate and maintain. The plant aims to showcase the potential... 

Biogas plant demonstrates potential using new tech
BIOGAS DEMO PLANT Global Energy expects its biogas demonstration plant to be open for viewing by prospective clients by the end of this month.

Investors looking for viable infrastructure projects in Africa

By: Donald Makhafola     17th August 2018 There is investor appetite for well-structured infrastructure projects on the continent, but investors need clarity from governments on regulations and the various projects earmarked for development, says specialist banking company Investec Bank head of power and infrastructure finance... 

Investors looking for  viable infrastructure  projects in Africa
INVESTING IN INFRASTRUCTURE Investec Bank is considering investment in renewable energy, water desalination and treatment projects, transportation infrastructure and speciality buildings

NUM says ready to sign Eskom's wage offer

By: Reuters     16th August 2018 The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) said on Thursday it was ready to sign a three-year wage offer from state power firm Eskom provided the utility agrees not to discipline staff who went on strike illegally. Investors want to see a resolution to the standoff between workers and Eskom as any... 

Kibo receives water permit approval for MCPP

By: Simone Liedtke     16th August 2018 Aim-listed Kibo Energy has received provisional approval from the Lake Rukwa Water Basin Board for water permits for the Mbeya coal-to-power project (MCPP), in Tanzania. An application was made to permit the operation of numerous water boreholes, which the Africa-focussed energy company said are... 

Hawks investigate cases related to Gupta-loot worth more than R40bn

By: News24Wire      16th August 2018 The Hawks are investigating cases related to the Guptas' state capture project that involves more than R40 billion which has been plundered from state coffers. Lieutenant General Godfrey Lebeya presented the Hawks' progress in several cases of state capture to the Portfolio Committee on Police on... 

Numsa rejects Eskom disciplinary action proposal against striking workers

By: African News Agency      16th August 2018 The National Union of Metalworkers South Africa has rejected Eskom's proposal to institute disciplinary action against workers who participated in industrial action during protracted wage negotiations, on the grounds that the power utility is an essential service.  On Wednesday Eskom declared a... 

Gordhan announces whistleblower hotline to boost fight against corruption

By: News24Wire      15th August 2018 Stabilising State-owned enterprises could take six months or longer, depending on the extent of corruption, said Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan. The minister on Wednesday briefed the portfolio committee on public enterprises on the progress made in addressing governance challenges at... 

Gordhan announces whistleblower hotline to boost fight against corruption
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Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan

Kibo to acquire 60% stake in UK energy company

By: Simone Liedtke     15th August 2018 Africa-focussed energy company Kibo Energy has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for the acquisition of a 60% equity interest in UK company Mast Energy Developments (MED). Under the terms of the MoU, Kibo can acquire a 60% shareholding in MED for £300 000 payable to existing MED... 

Municipalities owed R139bn for services – Cogta

By: News24Wire      15th August 2018 Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Zweli Mkhize has revealed that municipalities are owed R139-billion for municipal services rendered. He said that the outstanding billions made it difficult for them to pay money owed to Eskom. Mkhize was responding to questions in the... 

Lazard drafting plan to bolster Eskom's balance sheet – sources

By: Reuters     14th August 2018 State-owned power firm Eskom has hired financial adviser Lazard to draft a plan to shore up its balance sheet as it struggles to emerge from a financial crisis, two banking sources told Reuters. Cash-strapped Eskom is critical to Africa's most industrialised economy as it supplies more than 90%... 

Rukwa plant upgrade set for completion in September

By: Simone Liedtke     14th August 2018 Aim-listed Edenville Energy is planning to complete the upgrade of the processing plant at its Rukwa coal project, in Tanzania, by the end of September, which will allow for increased throughput. A Lamella clarifier water treatment plant is nearing assembly stage completion and will be installed... 

Fund manager Vantage provides R2bn for six South African renewable energy projects

By: African News Agency      14th August 2018 Fund manager Vantage said late on Monday it had, through its renewable energy fund Vantage GreenX Note II, provided R2.05-billion of funding to six solar and wind energy projects in South Africa with a combined capacity of 433 MW. The projects, which are part of South Africa's Renewable Energy... 

Kudu gas project might not be viable for Namibia – Energy Minister

By: Reuters     14th August 2018 Namibia's long-delayed Kudu gas-to-power project, seen as key to boosting electricity security in the southwest African country, might not be viable, Mines and Energy Minister Tom Alweendo said on Monday. Namibia's offshore Kudu Gas Fields have proven and probable recoverable reserves estimated... 

Juwi to build, operate three REIPPPP Round 4 solar PV projects

By: Simone Liedtke     13th August 2018 Solar energy equipment supplier juwi Renewable Energies has concluded three engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) and operation and maintenance (O&M) contracts, with a combined value of R3-billion, with African Infrastructure Investment Managers (AIIM), which will deliver 250 MW of... 

Juwi to build, operate three REIPPPP Round 4 solar PV projects

Eskom prices oversubscribed $1.5bn notes offering

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th August 2018 State-owned power utility Eskom has successfully priced a two-tranche ten-year $1.5-billion global bond, under its $4-billion global medium-term note programme, following a series of investor meetings held by the utility, the Department of Public Enterprises, and Europe and US National... 

Tribunal to pursue alleged price-fixing, collusion in R240m Eskom tender

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th August 2018 The Competition Tribunal has refused an application to dismiss a complaint against companies accused of alleged price-fixing and tender collusion in a R240-million tender issued by State-owned power utility Eskom in March 2015. The tender was for the supply, installation and dismantling of... 

Eskom vows to take disciplinary action against striking workers

By: African News Agency      13th August 2018 Eskom on Monday vowed to take disciplinary action against its workers who embarked on industrial action and damaged infrastructure last week as the power utility and unions failed to reach an agreement in protracted wage negotiations. The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa)... 

Eskom vows to take disciplinary action against striking workers

Northern Cape wind farm funds FitzPatrick Institute bird study

By: Anine Kilian     10th August 2018 Kangnas Wind Farm and the FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology are working in partnership to gather data related to the Red Lark’s current status, its occurrence, habitat preferences and threats.  As an endemic species, Red Lark is one of only a few species solely confined to the Northern... 

Company appoints resellers to install sealing systems

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     10th August 2018 Distributor and maintenance contractor Southern Africa Master Distributors (SAMD), which is the Africa representative for sealing solutions provider Beele Engineering, has trained and appointed resellers in key industries to install Beele Engineering products, says SAMD sales and marketing... 

Company appoints  resellers to install  sealing systems
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SOLAR SEALING Southern Africa Master Distributors is in negotiations to supply Beele Engineering products for a solar plant, in the Northern Cape

Enhanced compressed air dryer launched

10th August 2018 Global manufacturing and industrial equipment supplier, SPX Flow, through compressed air treatment supplier Artic Driers International, has introduced a “radically” new approach to compressed air drying, according to an Artic Driers International statement in July. The incessant need to reduce... 

Anticipated growth for solar furnace market

10th August 2018 The global solar furnace market is envisaged to leverage the opportunity created by the growing need to use solar energy as a cost-effective alternative to fossil fuel, owing to increasing prices. This is according to a report by market researcher and consulting services provider TMR Research,... 

Anticipated growth for solar furnace market
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VERSATILE Solar furnaces can be installed for controlling heat generation during high temperature processes

R12m solar PV plant to be installed at Liberty Midlands Mall

By: Nadine James     8th August 2018 Liberty Two Degrees (L2D), in partnership with Liberty Group, on Wednesday announced the first solar photovoltaic (PV) installation at the Liberty Midlands Mall, in Pietermaritzburg. This solar PV plant is being commissioned on the roof of the mall’s 22 000 m2 Phase 3 extension, which was... 

Ghanaian President sacks Energy Minister, gives no reason

By: Reuters     7th August 2018 Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo sacked Energy Minister Boakye Agyarko on Monday, a statement from the presidency said, giving no official reason. Press reports said Agyarko was removed because Akufo-Addo was unhappy with his handling of an agreement to extend an existing five-year deal with... 

SENER, Acciona initiate salt melting process at Kathu CSP project

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th August 2018 Engineering and technology group SENER, together with Acciona Industrial, have achieved a milestone with the start of the salt melting process at the Kathu Solar Park concentrated solar power (CSP) plant. The molten salt will be used to store heat from the solar field that can later be... 

SENER, Acciona initiate salt melting process at Kathu CSP project
SENERtrough-2 system at Kathu Solar Park's concentrated solar power plant

Eskom pilots incentive designed to claw back 5 TWh of energy-intensive demand 

By: Terence Creamer     6th August 2018 State-owned electricity producer Eskom has confirmed that it has entered into a sales incentive pilot programme with nine large industrial customers in a bid to stabilise sales to electricity-intensive industries. The two-year sales incentive pilot programme, which commenced on June 1, has the... 

Eskom pilots incentive designed to claw back 5 TWh of energy-intensive demand

Energy access a catalyst for economic growth, says green energy company 

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd August 2018 Access to cheaper and reliable energy, through renewable energy technology, would be a catalyst for boosting the African continent’s gross domestic product (GDP) in a sustainable way, green energy technology provider New Southern Energy (NSE) CEO David Masureik told Engineering News Online in a... 

Energy access a catalyst for economic growth, says green energy company
New Southern Energy CEO David Masureik speaks to Engineering News Online about renewable energy projects and Africa's energy future. Video and Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Power system recovery to take 30 days, load-shedding risk remains high

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd August 2018 State-owned Eskom expects it will take up to 30 days for the power system to recover from the effects of the recent industrial action, which interrupted continuous processes at the power stations. During the 30-day recovery period, the risk of load-shedding remains high, it warned on Friday. 

Power system recovery to take 30 days, load-shedding risk remains high

Numsa takes Eskom's latest wage offer back to members

By: African News Agency      3rd August 2018 The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) said on Friday that it would take the latest wage offer made by power utility Eskom to its members for ratification.  This, as Numsa, together with other trade unions, met with the management team of Eskom on Thursday under the auspices... 

Numsa takes Eskom's latest wage offer back to members
Numsa general secretary Irvin Jim

Agreement stokes West African renewable-energy market

By: Schalk Burger     3rd August 2018 German solar mounting company Schletter Group has signed a wholesale agreement with steel manufacturer Sparkwest Steel Industries, which will exclusively market Schletter open-area and rooftop systems in Nigeria. Sparkwest Steel will also act as wholesale dealer for the Schletter Group in a... 

Solidarity accepts Eskom's latest wage offer

By: African News Agency      2nd August 2018 Trade union Solidarity on Thursday said its members had accepted power utility Eskom's wage offer. In a statement, the union said "it would now do everything within its power to stabilise the power grid", after members indicated they would accept an offer of a 7.5% wage increase for this year, 7%... 

Eskom postpones power interruptions to the Emfuleni municipality 

By: African News Agency      2nd August 2018 South African power utility, Eskom on Thursday said it has postponed the planned power interruptions to the Emfuleni municipality following a court interdict lodged by a group of local businesses in the greater Vaal area, in Gauteng. Eskom spokesperson Khulu Phasiwe said the businesses have asked... 

Eskom offers investors up to $1.5bn of 10-year bonds – source

By: Reuters     2nd August 2018 South Africa's struggling state-owned power firm Eskom offered investors up to $1.5-billion of ten-year bonds on Thursday, a source familiar with the matter told Reuters. Separately, Eskom spokesperson Khulu Phasiwe said Eskom was planning a foreign bond sale and that the firm's chief executive... 

IFC, Gaia partnership working to power Africa

By: Simone Liedtke     1st August 2018 World Bank Group member, the International Finance Corporation (IFC), has forged a new partnership with Moroccan renewable energy developer Gaia Energy to create a joint platform for the development of wind power and other renewable energy projects in Africa. Originally developed by Gaia Energy,... 

AMSA studies new Vanderbijl electric arc furnace as it moves to restart Vereeniging mill 

By: Terence Creamer     1st August 2018 Steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA), which announced its first interim profit in six years and may be on track to deliver its first full year profit since 2010, has initiated a study for the construction of a new electric arc furnace (EAF) at its Vanderbijlpark mill and has also... 

AMSA studies new Vanderbijl electric arc furnace as it moves to restart Vereeniging mill
AMSA CEO Kobus Verster

Energy access solution lies in adopting VRFB technology in renewable energy – Nikomarov  

By: Simone Liedtke     1st August 2018 With about 650-million people in Africa currently without access to electricity, Bushveld Minerals subsidiary Bushveld Energy CEO Mikhail Nikomarov believes the solution lies in area-specific solutions. He explained in an interview with Mining Weekly Online that a solution needs to be an... 

Energy access solution lies in adopting VRFB technology in renewable energy – Nikomarov
Bushveld Energy CEO Mikhail Nikomarov speaks to Mining Weekly Online about the company's mission to address Africa's electricity shortage through cost effective storage and vanadium applications for Africa-specific solutions. Video and Editing: Nicholas Boyd
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