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Oct 31, 2014
Updated 5 hours ago Financial agreement for Ghanian independent power producer (IPP) Cenpower Generation Company’s $900-million, 350 MW combined-cycle gas-turbine power plant was finalised earlier this month, paving the way for the project’s construction to begin before 2015 in Tema,...
Oct 31, 2014
GREEN INDIFFERENCE Companies are focusing more on short-term investments and returns to reduce upfront investment costs, which negates the “green impact”
Updated 5 hours ago The South African market tends to be indifferent towards the green industry trend, with the current market seemingly not valuing buildings that practise green management or that have been designed with green principles, says integrated facilities management solutions...
Oct 31, 2014
Updated 5 hours ago Luminaires and glass-fibre reinforced polyester manufacturer Beka Schréder launched its range of light-emitting diode (LED) lighting products in September, which ensures the LEDs and their supporting electronics are, at African ambient temperatures of 35 °C, not...
Oct 30, 2014
South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) group corporate services executive Ambassador Xolisa Mabhongo stressed on Thursday that South Africa currently had only one Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) for electricity, the IRP 2010, and that the IRP Update...
Oct 30, 2014
The team of engineers that delivered the Jeffreys Bay wind farm have been shortlisted for an international engineering award.  Professional body Engineers Ireland announced the six shortlisted engineering projects in the running for the national title of ‘Engineering...
Oct 30, 2014
Ratings agency Fitch has affirmed energy utility Eskom’s long-term local currency Issuer Default Rating at ‘BBB+’, with a ‘negative’ outlook. Fitch said in a statement that government’s indication of support to the utility through a R350-billion Guarantee Framework...
Oct 29, 2014
Industry proponents at the Southern Africa Solar Thermal and Electricity Association-hosted concentrated solar power (CSP) leadership dialogue on Wednesday moved to build a case for the application of CSP technology to complement South Africa’s energy mix shift and...
Oct 29, 2014
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State-owned power utility Eskom on Wednesday warned of possible rotational loadshedding as “technical problems” further strained an already tight national grid. The utility, which had called on industrial customers, as well as consumers, to cut back 10% of their...
Oct 29, 2014
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Oct 27, 2014
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Oct 27, 2014
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Challenger Energy MD Robert Willes
The Petroleum Agency South Africa (Pasa) has confirmed on Monday that it would proceed with the processing of pending shale-gas applications received prior to February 1, 2011. The applicants affected include Shell South Africa Upstream, Falcon Oil and Gas and...
Oct 27, 2014
Fossil Fuel Foundations' Lionel Falcon
A roadmap for underground coal gasification (UCG) is on the way with its own association and charter, Fossil Fuel Foundation (FFF) stalwart Professor Lionel Falcon said at the weekend. Speaking at the FFF’s 20th anniversary awards banquet, Falcon said the UCG...
Oct 24, 2014
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South Africa’s financial institutions have been instrumental in funding the bulk of the projects under the Department of Energy’s multibillion-rand Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP), delegates heard at the Solar Indaba, in...
Oct 24, 2014
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The Department of Energy (DoE) reported on Thursday night that it had concluded its first “nuclear vendor parade workshop” with a delegation from the Russian Federation and that further meetings were planned with vendor countries such as France, China, South Korea,...
Oct 24, 2014
Cash-hungry solar photovoltaic (PV) projects in sub-Saharan Africa are largely assessed by lenders on a case-by-case technical basis and, while some standard technical and nontechnical aspects would be required to reach financial close, these are not entirely...
Oct 24, 2014
In the first quarter of 2015, seven Vestas V112 wind turbines will be erected in the Great Kei local municipality at integrated renewable energy company InnoWind’s 21 MW Chaba wind farm in the Eastern Cape.
Oct 24, 2014
The relationship between economic growth and development and stable and affordable electricity supply is not only strong, but also indisputable. The link is reaffirmed in the Africa Energy Outlook publication, which was released by the International Energy Agency...
Oct 24, 2014
State-owned power utility Eskom’s renewable energy projects will contribute significantly to minimising power cuts as they have the ability to contribute positively to grid stability.
Oct 24, 2014
Maragon Private Schools Olympus pupils competed at energy and chemical company Sasol’s Solar Challenge from September 27, which entailed driving a solar-powered car over eight days covering 2 000 km from Pretoria to Cape Town. The race is held in South Africa every...
Oct 23, 2014
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Photovoltaic (PV) microgrids are increasingly emerging as favourable off-grid power options for the electrification of rural settlements and remote industrial operations in Africa, largely owing to a continued increasing of the diesel price coupled with the...
 
 
 
 
Oct 23, 2014
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Relevant government departments and solar industry stakeholders represented by the South African Photovoltaic Industy Association (Sapvia) are due to meet next week in Kimberley, in the Northern Cape, to decisively bed down an industry “master plan” that would guide...
Oct 22, 2014
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Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene confirmed a further direct allocation to power utility Eskom of at least R20-billion. But he also stressed on Wednesday that the injection would have no impact on the Budget deficit as the capital would be raised through the sale of...
Oct 22, 2014
Government aimed to fast-track certain “fast-growing” infrastructure programmes, despite cutting back on expenditure over the next few years, the 2014 Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS) revealed on Wednesday. The MTBPS, released by new Finance Minister...
Oct 21, 2014
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Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown
Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown has released details of the remuneration of the chairpersons and nonexecutive directors of the various State-owned company boards falling under her Ministry. The remuneration figures, which are attached, are based on figures...
Oct 21, 2014
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Installed wind power capacity could swell by 530% to 2,000 gigawatts (GW) by 2030, supplying up to 19% of global electricity, a report from a trade association and Greenpeace said on Tuesday. It said installed wind energy capacity totalled 318 GW at the end of last...
Oct 20, 2014
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Oct 20, 2014
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In a bid to progress its contentious nuclear build programme and increase the contribution of nuclear energy to the country’s overall energy mix, government reiterates it is in talks with various prospective nuclear vendors over nuclear technologies that could...
Oct 17, 2014
Further advancing the project toward its December 24 synchronisation date, power utility Eskom’s Medupi power station project, in Limpopo, has received the Pressure Equipment Regulation Certificate of Registration for Unit 6 – the first Medupi boiler to be connected...
Oct 17, 2014
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Kariba North South Hydropwer
Efforts to adequately fund the $290-million rehabilitation of the Kariba dam, on the Zambezi river basin, have proven successful as the Zambezi River Authority (ZRA) moves to finalise pledges of up to $280-million. The ZRA on Friday said it had embarked on the final...
Oct 17, 2014
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GRI Renewable Industries is investing in a R300-million wind-tower factory
The Western Cape government’s GreenCape sector development agency is finalising work on an application to have the Atlantis industrial area designated as a green-technology (greentech) special economic zone (SEZ). Atlantis SEZ project executive Mike Mulcahy tells...
 
 
 
 
Oct 17, 2014
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Tanzania's public audit office is extending its investigation into corruption in the energy industry, a move likely to further delay financial aid to the east African nation. A group of 12 international donors has withheld aid payments until the investigation's...
Oct 17, 2014
Oct 17, 2014
ENHANCED HAIL GUN A pneumatic vacuum generator was used to suck an iceball through a barrel canister
Industrial automation and control company Festo recently assisted statutory body South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) – whose testing activities include a wide range of testing, calibration and inspection – to automate its hail gun for testing solar panels...
Oct 17, 2014
The next two-and-a-half months could see major impetus given to wide ranging science and technology cooperation between Russia and South Africa, both bilaterally and within the multilateral Brics (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) group framework. Russia...
Oct 17, 2014
Russian nuclear group Rosatom is confident that it could supply nuclear-generated electricity to the South African market from Generation III+ pressurised water reactors (PWR) at a price significantly below that of coal-, oil- or gas-generated electricity. Rusatom...
Oct 16, 2014
Absa Capital economist Peter Worthington
Corporate and investment banking group Absa Capital says that, while the “worst is probably over”, South Africa’s current account deficit is likely to narrow only slowly in the coming year, owing to weakening terms of trade. Economist Peter Worthington noted that, at...
Oct 16, 2014
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The Sere wind farm project
Electricity utility Eskom reports that the first seven wind generators at its R2.5-billion Sere wind farm project, in the Western Cape, have been synchronised to the grid and that the project is on track for full commercial operations by end March 2015. Renewables GM...
Oct 16, 2014
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Sapvia CEO Moeketsi Thobela
The South African Photovoltaic Industry Association (Sapvia) newly appointed CEO, Moeketsi Thobela, says he is hoping to raise the profile of solar PV as a solution to South Africa’s immediate electricity crisis, owing to the fact that the technology can be deployed...
Oct 16, 2014
The Tronox-owned Namakwa Sands smelter took a big leap by investing R242-million in a cogeneration (cogen) plant, but it has exceeded the company’s expectations in terms of energy cost savings. The 13.6 MW plant on South Africa’s West Coast uses waste gas that was...
Oct 16, 2014
Botswana's only power station has broken down due to boiler leaks and generator failures, leaving the world's biggest diamond producer entirely dependent on power imports from South Africa's already strained grid, its energy minister said. "All four units at the 600...
 
 
 
 
Oct 14, 2014
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Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson
The Department of Energy (DoE) confirmed on Tuesday that an ‘Inter-Governmental Framework Agreement on Nuclear Cooperation’ had been signed with France as part of the “preparatory phase for the possible deployment of French nuclear technology in South Africa”. In a...
Oct 14, 2014
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The transmission unit of South African electricity utility Eskom has completed a strategic grid study for the period to 2040. The study signals major shifts in future generation and demand patterns that will have implications for the domestic network and future...
Oct 14, 2014
Trade and Industry South Africa (Tisa) and the Rwanda Development Board (RDB) were this week awarded Investment Promotion Awards for excellence in promoting foreign direct investment (FDI) projects to advance sustainable development. The awards ceremony was held...
Oct 13, 2014
Power generation capacity in Africa will quadruple from 2020 to 2040, giving nearly a billion people access to electricity, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said in its first Africa Energy Outlook released on Monday. "Reform programmes are starting to improve...
Oct 13, 2014
Sierra Leone is aiming to increase its power capacity tenfold by 2017, a plan the energy minister said should be driven by foreign investors despite the outbreak of Ebola and a history of bureaucratic difficulties. Sierra Leone has recorded strong economic growth...
 
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