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Swiss, French agencies establish €3m programme to help finance S African renewable-energy projects

     27th May 2016 The Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (Seco) and Agence Française de Développement  (AFD) have agreed on a €3-million technical assistance programme to assist banks in financing small-scale renewable-energy and energy efficiency projects in South Africa. The finance would be provided... 

Disused Saldanha quarry emerging as new liquid petroleum gas hub

By: Dylan Slater     27th May 2016 A liquid petroleum gas (LPG) terminal and import infrastructure is being constructed by energy infrastructure company Sunrise Energy in Saldanha Bay, in the Western Cape, to curb historical LPG shortages and meet potential future requirements for gas-fired power plants and other industrial energy... 

Disused Saldanha quarry emerging as new liquid petroleum gas hub

Disused Saldanha quarry emerging as new liquid petroleum gas hub

By: Dylan Slater     27th May 2016 A liquid petroleum gas (LPG) terminal and import infrastructure are being constructed by energy infrastructure company Sunrise Energy, in Saldanha Bay, in the Western Cape, to curb historical LPG shortages and meet potential future requirements for gas-fired power plants and other industrial... 

Disused Saldanha quarry emerging as new liquid petroleum gas hub

eThekwini digestion pilot plant in trial

     27th May 2016 Resource management company Veolia Water Technologies completed the installation of an anaerobic digestion pilot plant, which was erected at eThekwini Water and Sanitation’s Southern Wastewater Treatment Plant in Merebank, Durban in the first quarter of this year. The trial project, which was... 

eThekwini digestion pilot plant in trial
ANAEROBIC DIGESTION PILOT The trial project, which was commissioned and optimised by Veolia, aims to generate biogas from the current waste water feeds at the plant

Global nuclear agency ready to help African countries adopt atomic power

By: Keith Campbell     27th May 2016 The Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Yukiya Amano, has reaffirmed his organisation's readiness to help African countries adopt nuclear energy, if they wish to. "Your country [South Africa] is the only established user of nuclear power [in Africa]. Other countries... 

Local company produces photovoltaic modules

     27th May 2016 Photovoltaic (PV) cell producer ARTsolar has recently completed production of the final consignment of locally produced PV modules at its KwaZulu-Natal-based plant, for the third round of the South African government’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP). 

Local company produces photovoltaic modules
LARGER MANUFACTURING PLANT ARTsolar has upgraded its manufacturing plant in KwaZulu-Natal

Piano key weir solutions investigated at ICOLD 2016

By: Simon Sonnekus     27th May 2016 The investigation into the structural behaviour of piano key weirs was put under the spotlight at the 2016 annual International Commission on Large Dams Meeting (ICOLD), which was held at the Sandton Convention Centre from May 15 to 20. Speaking at the eighty-fourth edition of the meeting,... 

Piano key weir  solutions investigated  at ICOLD 2016
PIANO KEY WEIRS The rectangular keys are made with sloped bases, which guide flow over and away from the crest of the weir

Power management company unveils new products

By: Mia Breytenbach     27th May 2016 Power management company Eaton launched its first month-long exhibition, called South Africa Mobile Tech Day, to showcase solutions in commercial construction that combines expert analysis and demonstrative exhibitions to address customers’ power management needs. The Eaton Mobile Tech Day... 

Power management company unveils new products
SOLUTIONS SHOWCASE Eaton solutions were demonstrated at the exhibition while industry experts discussed business issues face to face with established and new clients

Tricky hydro scheme checks completed

By: Simon Sonnekus     27th May 2016 Difficult-to-complete inspections, high up at a water-storage scheme, in KwaZulu-Natal, were easily completed within the allotted time using  rope access.  Rope access solutions provider Skyriders marketing manager Mike Zinn notes that the operation – which took place after the conclusion of one... 

Tricky hydro scheme checks completed
ROPE ACCESS The shafts inspected at a KZN hydro scheme were over 700 m long, 6 m in diameter and with 25˚ slopes

Water and sanitation priority at WISA 2016

By: Simon Sonnekus     27th May 2016 African cities are developing rapidly and existing water management systems cannot keep up, leading to a projected quadrupling in demand for water over the next 25 years, said ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability - Africa professional officer Tarryn Quayle during the Water Institute of... 

Water and sanitation  priority at WISA 2016
WATER SHORTAGE ICLEI cited figures which suggested 565-million people are still using unimproved sanitation and 330-million using unimproved drinking water in sub-Saharan Africa.

Wind power potential in South Africa on par with solar – CSIR 

By: Anine Kilian     26th May 2016 The potential to produce electricity from wind turbines in South Africa is more widely spread than initially thought, a study by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has determined. The study conducted by the CSIR in collaboration with the South African Energy Development... 

Wind power potential in South Africa on par with solar – CSIR

Repp, Opic team up for renewable-energy project development

By: Creamer Media Reporter      26th May 2016 The Renewable Energy Performance Platform (Repp) and the US development finance institution Overseas Private Investment Corporation (Opic) have inked a memorandum of understanding that supports the development of renewable-energy projects in sub-Saharan Africa. The parties would jointly identify... 

Repp, Opic team up for renewable-energy project development

Eskom to waive Soweto users’ debt, on condition 

By: News24Wire      25th May 2016 Eskom will waive Soweto residents’ debt repayments as an incentive to convert to prepaid meters, it was revealed  in a written reply in Parliament by the Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) on Wednesday. The DPE was responding to a question by Democratic Alliance MP Natasha Mazzone, who asked... 

Eskom to waive Soweto users’ debt, on condition

Tanzania plans to invest $1.9bn/y in energy projects to 2025

By: Reuters     25th May 2016 Tanzania plans to invest $1.9-billion each year to 2025 in energy projects in a bid to end power shortages and boost industrial growth in East Africa's second-biggest economy, its prime minister said. Tanzania aims to boost power generation capacity to 10 000 MW from around 1 500 MW at present,... 

Tanzania plans to invest $1.9bn/y in energy projects to 2025

Eskom permanently appoints Pule as HR exec

By: Anine Kilian     24th May 2016 State-owned Eskom has permanently appointed Elsie Pule as group executive for human resources (HR). She had been acting group HR executive since 2014.   CEO Brian Molefe said Pule would bring stability and continuity to the programmes that she had already initiated within her department.   

Eskom permanently appoints Pule as HR exec
ESKOM CEO Brian Molefe

Eskom, CSIR sign strategic partnership agreement

     24th May 2016 Power utility Eskom and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) have signed a partnership agreement aimed at synergising the research capabilities of the two State-owned organisations in support of Eskom’s strategic and operational needs.   The five-year agreement was aimed at... 

Ekurhuleni to spend over R100m to prevent power outages

By: African News Agency      24th May 2016 The City of Ekurhuleni in Gauteng is set to spend over R100-million to stabilise power supply in Germiston, this after weeks of prolonged power outages in the area. In a statement from the City, it admitted that Germiston had for the past few months experienced intermittent power failures due to... 

Ekurhuleni to spend over R100m to prevent power outages

Offgrid tech has bigger role to play in African electrification – PwC 

By: Natasha Odendaal     23rd May 2016 With two-thirds of the world’s population likely to still be without electricity by 2030 – despite the newly agreed post-2015 UN Sustainable Development Goal of universal access to energy – a new approach is needed that better recognises the role offgrid technology can play, a new PwC report... 

Offgrid tech has bigger role to play in African electrification – PwC

Safcei prepared to go to ConCourt over ‘secret’ nuclear deal 

By: News24Wire      23rd May 2016 An environmental group locked in a legal battle with government over its nuclear procurement plans said on Monday that it is prepared to take the matter all the way to the Constitutional Court. Speaking after a fundraising breakfast to raise funds for the court battle, Southern African Faith... 

Safcei prepared to go to ConCourt over ‘secret’ nuclear deal

NUM still open to wage talks with Eskom

By: Reuters     20th May 2016 South Africa's National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) is still open to wage talks with government power firm Eskom after rejecting a 5% pay rise, it said on Friday. On Wednesday, the union had seemed to suggest it expected talks to break down because South Africa's energy regulator Nersa had... 

NUM still open to wage talks with Eskom

Call for more certainty on nuclear energy in South Africa

By: Kim Cloete     20th May 2016 Nuclear experts are anxious to get to the request for proposals (RFP) stage in the nuclear build plan for South Africa. “Let’s get this RFP to vendors to see what they can offer and what the costs will be. Over the past few years, we have got closer and closer to this point and are ready to take... 

Call for more certainty on nuclear energy in South Africa

Ingula on course to meet its commercial operation date 

By: Natasha Odendaal     20th May 2016 Despite a setback on Unit 3, a month after being synchronised to the grid, the Ingula pumped-storage scheme would remain on schedule for commercial operations in January 2017, State-owned power utility Eskom assured on Friday. Unit 3, which, on March 3, became the first of the four Ingula units... 

Ingula on course to meet its commercial operation date
Photo by Duane Daws
Eskom CEO Brian Molefe

City Power outlines efforts to eradicate fraud and corruption

By: Mia Breytenbach     20th May 2016 City Power plans to strengthen its corruption-busting initiatives as the utility realigns its operations with its revised business mandate. Speaking at a media briefing in Johannesburg earlier this month, City Power chairperson Reverend Frank Chikane noted that the multipronged anticorruption... 

City Power outlines efforts to eradicate fraud  and corruption
SICELO XULU The realignment of City Power’s operational structure favourably positions the utility to realise its revised business mandate

Green car ferry going into operation mid-2017

     20th May 2016 German electronics and industrial conglomerate Siemens has been commissioned to provide a complete electro-technical solution for a car ferry for Finnish sea and lake transport provider FinFerries.  

Green car ferry going  into operation mid-2017
GREEN CAR FERRY The ferry car will be about 90 m long and 16 m wide with capacity for a maximum of 90 cars

UK wind industry to benefit from service agreement

     20th May 2016 Wind gearbox service provider Moventas Gears UK has invested heavily in the UK wind service market with its offering of a multi-brand service portfolio suited to UK and Ireland’s most popular fleets. A substantial upgrade of Moventas’s original equipment manufacturer quality facility in... 

UK wind industry to benefit from service agreement
WIND ENERGYMoventas Gears UK is the first gearbox service provider in the UK able to provide multi megawatt full load testing – an essential part of gearbox servicing

ABB delivers its largest multimillion rand GIS board to Sebenza

By: Anine Kilian     19th May 2016 Automation technology group ABB South Africa has delivered its largest 132 kV high-voltage gas insulated switchgear (GIS) board to City Power's new Sebenza intake substation, as part of a multimillion rand order. The new 1 000 MVA Sebenza intake substation near Kempton Park promised to strengthen... 

ABB delivers its largest multimillion rand GIS board to Sebenza

Makro Carnival going green

     19th May 2016 Retail company Massmart recently installed a 572 kW solar photovoltaic (PV) plant on the roof of its soon-to-be-launched Makro Carnival store, in Brakpan, Gauteng. 

Makro Carnival going green

Russia to lend Egypt $25bn to build nuclear power plant

By: Reuters     19th May 2016 Russia will loan Egypt $25-billion to finance building and operating a nuclear power plant in Egypt, the official gazette said on Thursday. Egypt and Russia signed an agreement on Nov. 19 for Russia to build Egypt's first nuclear power plant in Egypt and to extend Egypt a loan to cover the cost... 

Russia to lend Egypt $25bn to build nuclear power plant

Rosatom seeks cooperation agreements for African nuclear expansion

By: Reuters     19th May 2016 Russia's State nuclear agency Rosatom plans to sign cooperation agreements with Kenya, Uganda and Zambia to lay the groundwork for an expanded presence in sub-Saharan Africa beyond its planned bid to build nuclear power plants in South Africa. Rosatom has voiced confidence in its ability to see... 

Rosatom seeks cooperation agreements for African nuclear expansion
Photo by Duane Daws
Rosatom sub-Saharan Africa VP Victor Polikarpov

Govt misses court deadline on nuclear plan

By: News24Wire      19th May 2016 The government failed to submit answering affidavits in the court case with leading environmentalists and activists who claim that Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson acted unconstitutionally in not submitting the government's nuclear deal with Russia to Parliament. In October last year,... 

Govt misses court deadline on nuclear plan

Emperors Palace launches rooftop solar PV plant

By: Mia Breytenbach     18th May 2016 The construction of one of the largest rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) plants in South Africa at Emperors Palace, in Boksburg, Gauteng, is 50% complete, with first power supply to Emperors Palace expected to start next week. Construction of the plant – a grid-tied solar PV system that would... 

Emperors Palace launches rooftop solar PV plant

Minister outlines 2016/17 gas IPP, FSRU procurement plans 

By: Terence Creamer     18th May 2016 Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson indicates that the procurement processes for the gas-to-power (GTP) programme and associated gas infrastructure will begin taking shape during the course of the 2016/17 financial year, with a request for proposals scheduled for the fourth quarter.... 

Minister outlines 2016/17 gas IPP, FSRU procurement plans

New partnership to boost smart energy tech in South Africa

By: Kim Cloete     18th May 2016 South African consulting firm EON Consulting has joined forces with global advisory firm Analysys Mason and leading renewable-energy producer Iberdrola to boost the development and implementation of smart energy technologies and services in South Africa. “Transformation in the energy sector is... 

New partnership to boost smart energy tech in South Africa

NUM rejects Eskom’s 5% wage offer

By: African News Agency      18th May 2016 The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) on Wednesday said it had rejected “with disgust a lousy offer” by power utility Eskom of 5% In an statement NUM said: “This horrible increase will drive thousands of Eskom employees into poverty taking into account the continued rise of Consumer Price Index”. 

NUM rejects Eskom’s 5% wage offer

Eskom taken to task for its pricing structure 

By: Kim Cloete     18th May 2016 Independent energy adviser Ted Blom has lambasted Eskom for its pricing structure, saying it does not work to have cost-reflective prices in a monopoly. He told delegates at the African Utility Week that using the pricing system to justify very sharp price increases was hurting the South African... 

Eskom taken to task for its pricing structure

DoE launches appliance label to encourage energy savings

By: Kim Cloete     18th May 2016 The Department of Energy (DoE) has unveiled an energy efficient label for domestic appliances in a bid to promote energy savings in South Africa.   The South African Energy Efficiency Label would be attached to all appliances that meet the minimum energy performance standards (MEPS) so that... 

DoE launches appliance label to encourage energy savings
Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson

Renewable-energy prices reach low of $0.03/kWh 

By: Kim Cloete     18th May 2016 New technologies and the rapid rise of renewable energy have shaken up the global energy landscape, with prices falling to below $0.03/kWh. “We are now in the world of three cent renewable energy,” said Bloomberg New Energy Finance UK advisory board chairperson and founder Michael Liebreich. 

Renewable-energy prices reach low of $0.03/kWh
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