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African conference strives to boost bioenergy industries

     18th August 2017 Global conference organiser Centre for Management Technology (CMT) notes that its Biomass Trade & Bioenergy Africa conference will be held at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Sandton on September 28 and 29. CMT hopes that the conference will further development of the African biomass and bioenergy... 

Asian giant proceeds with latest nuclear expansion project with Russia

By: Keith Campbell     18th August 2017 The ASE Group of Companies, a subsidiary of Russia’s State-owned Rosatom nuclear energy group, has announced that key contracts for Stage III of India’s Kudankulam nuclear power plant (NPP) had been signed on the last day of July. The contracts cover priority design work, and working design and... 

Cape firm launches compact solar-powered battery system

By: Dylan Slater     18th August 2017 Cape Town-based energy storage solutions company BlueNova Energy has launched its first, fully integrated solar photovoltaic (PV) system – the CompactHybird – onto the South African market.  

Cape firm launches compact solar-powered battery system
COMPACT HYBRID The CompactHybrid renewable-energy solution is designed to be aesthetically pleasing for household use

Carbon capture tech will recycle ferroalloys sector’s emissions

     18th August 2017 South African green-technology company Swayana is collaborating with US-based carbon recycling company LanzaTech to introduce its proprietary carbon capture technology to South Africa. Swayana, a level 2 broad-based black economic-empowerment company established in 2016, uses carbon-footprint... 

Carbon capture tech will recycle ferroalloys sector’s emissions
IMMITATION GAME LanzaTech’s Chinese facility will produce fuel grade ethanol from captured steelmaking off-gas and Swayana hopes to implement this strategy in South Africa

Organisation lobbies government to kick-start biogas market

By: Nadine James     18th August 2017 The Southern African Biogas Industry Association (Sabia) is liaising with national government departments to create an enabling environment for the biogas industry, thereby establishing a viable biogas market. Sabia chairperson Jason Gifford explains that the organisation’s working groups are in... 

Organisation lobbies  government to kick-start  biogas market
AGRICULTURAL BENEFITS A booming biogas industry will create jobs and ensure greater job security within the agricultural sector

South Africa supplying critical medical radioisotope to 50 countries

By: Keith Campbell     18th August 2017 South African nuclear company NTP Radioisotopes (NTP), a subsidiary of the State-owned South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (better known as Necsa), has increased its production of, and its share in the global market for, the Molybdenum-99 (Mo-99) radioisotope, the company announced recently.... 

Wind body aims to use mentoring scheme to support gender transformation

By: Mia Breytenbach     18th August 2017 The South African Wind Energy Association (Sawea) has launched a programme to connect leading women in the energy sector with senior students at South African universities and young professionals currently entering the energy sector. The WindAc Africa Mentoring Programme seeks to promote the... 

Wind body aims to use mentoring scheme to support gender transformation
GROWING ENERGY The WindAc Africa Mentoring Programme moves to specifically grow future energy leaders within the wind sector

Study urges South Africa to find energy-storage niche

By: Mia Breytenbach     17th August 2017 With energy storage considered to be the “new wave” in the energy sector and increasingly becoming a reality, South Africa needs to prepare itself if it wishes to take advantage of the energy storage growth opportunities within the energy storage stationary value chain and the mobility value... 

Study urges South Africa to find energy-storage niche
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Tesla powerpacks and inverters at the Southern California Edison Company's Mira Loma energy storage system facility in California, in the US.

Eskom tariffs in the spotlight 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      17th August 2017 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the National Energy Regulator of South Africa’s decision not to grant Eskom’s request for a deviation from the tariff methodology for its upcoming price determination application and how industry is likely to... 

Eskom tariffs in the spotlight
Eskom tariffs in the spotlight

World treaty to ban and reduce mercury poison comes into force 

By: News24Wire      17th August 2017 It is rated as one of the top ten chemical poisons endangering human health and the natural world. Tiny drops of this poison can be found in human teeth, in fresh fish, in light bulbs, paints, batteries and even cosmetics. And it is in the air, water and soil everywhere, in varying amounts. 

Parliamentary State capture probe hits first hurdle

By: African News Agency      16th August 2017 The investigation into State capture by Parliament’s portfolio committee on public enterprises on Wednesday hit its first hurdle as it was confirmed to members that the legislature would not pay for an independent evidence leader. Acting chairperson Zukiswa Rantho told MPs she had asked the chair... 

Parliamentary State capture probe hits first hurdle

Electricity intensive firms to approach Nersa for new job-saving tariff deal

By: Terence Creamer     16th August 2017 The Energy Intensive Users Group (EIUG) will approach the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) before the end of September with a proposal for structural changes to Eskom’s tariff for large power users by removing existing cross-subsidies to assist businesses whose future... 

Electricity intensive firms to approach Nersa for new job-saving tariff deal
EIUG chairperson Dr Tsakani Mthombeni

Outa lays corruption charges against former Eskom board director 

By: African News Agency      15th August 2017 The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) has laid a criminal complaint with the police against former Eskom director, Mark Pamensky. Outa chief operating officer Ben Theron on Tuesday said the charges related to Pamensky’s conduct while at Eskom and a business ”linked to the Gupta business empire.” 

AfDB’s sustainable energy fund to support first utility-scale solar PV project in Lesotho

By: Mia Breytenbach     14th August 2017 The African Development Bank- (AfDB-) managed Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa (Sefa) has approved a $695 500 grant to NEO I SPV, a subsidiary of independent power producer OnePower Lesotho, to support the preparation of a bankable business case for the development of the winning project of the... 

AfDB’s sustainable energy fund to support first utility-scale solar PV project in Lesotho

Eskom electrifies 800 households in Klipheuwel community

By: Anine Kilian     14th August 2017 State-owned Eskom is aiming to achieve universal access to electricity by 2020 and more than 4 000 new households across the Western Cape have been connected to the grid since January.   Cape Town executive mayor Patricia de Lille officially switched on electricity for close to 800 households in... 

Zambia's CEC confirms reduced power supply to Glencore's copper miner

By: Reuters     14th August 2017 Copperbelt Energy Corp (CEC), Zambia's main supplier of power for its mines, confirmed on Sunday that it has restricted the amount of electricity it supplies to Glencore unit Mopani Copper Mines (MCM) because of a dispute over tariffs. Mopani said on Saturday that it has suspended operations in... 

Zambia's CEC confirms reduced power supply to Glencore's copper miner

Outa commends Nersa’s decision on Eskom secrecy application

By: Anine Kilian     11th August 2017 The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) has welcomed the National Energy Regulator of South Africa’s (Nersa’s) decision to overrule State-owned Eskom’s application to omit some of its operating costs during its next multiyear price determination (MYPD) tariff application. Eskom had applied to... 

Balwin Properties partners with SolarAfrica

By: Anine Kilian     11th August 2017 JSE-listed Balwin Properties has partnered with renewable energy provider SolarAfrica to incorporate solar energy at two of its upmarket developments. The Kikuyu development, in Midrand, and The Whisken development, in Johannesburg, are one of the first developments in South Africa to offer... 

Eskom given 30 days to meet Nersa requirements for 2018 tariff application 

By: Terence Creamer     11th August 2017 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) has refused Eskom’s request to deviate from key aspects of the multiyear price determination (MYPD) methodology, as well as the minimum information requirements for a tariff application (MIRTA) and has given the utility until the end of August... 

Eskom given 30 days to meet Nersa requirements for 2018 tariff application

Eskom postpones planned R21 road closure

By: Natasha Odendaal     11th August 2017 State-owned power utility Eskom has postponed its planned road closure on the R21 until further notice. Initially, certain sections surrounding the Flying Saucer interchange and Olifantsfontein drive on the R21 freeway were scheduled to be closed for the replacement of the Apollo-Croydon... 

Company ships dryers and convection oven

     11th August 2017 Global manufacturer of thermal-processing equipment Thermal Product Solutions has shipped two Gruenberg dryers to a prominent diesel engine manufacturer. The drying ovens – whose shipment was announced in March – will be used to dry diesel particulate filters after they are washed during the... 

Company ships dryers and convection oven
Photo by Bloomberg
FUELLING INDUSTRIES Two Gruenberg drying ovens will be used by a prominent diesel engine manufacturer to dry diesel particulate filters

Creative farming methods ensure sustainability

By: Robyn Wilkinson     11th August 2017 Amid extreme weather, regulatory barriers and import competition, South African farmers need to think creatively about farming practices – not only to reduce costs but also preserve an environment that is struggling under the pressures of a growing global population, says agriculture... 

Creative farming methods  ensure sustainability
PLANT PROTECTION Haygrove’s multispan polytunnel structure provides a controlled environment for the aquaponic and hydroponic systems

Furnaces and kilns manufacturers are feeling the heat

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     11th August 2017 Furnaces and kilns manufacturers are taking strain, as with many other industries, owing to financial difficulties amid the current economic climate, says furnaces and kilns manufacturer Van Tuyls director and owner Richard McCullough. McCullough indicates that the number of manufacturers in the... 

Furnaces and kilns manufacturers are feeling the heat
UNDER PRESSURE Manufacturers of furnaces and kilns are are changing their products and diversifying into new markets both locally and internationally

Rust-prevention sealing system ideal for corrosive environments

By: Nadine James     11th August 2017 Engineering components manufacturer Bearing Man Group’s (BMG’s) range of sealing products includes the Rust-Anode cold galvanisation system, designed for rust prevention in diverse industries, says BMG seals business unit manager Marc Gravett. He explains that Rust-Anode is the first active cold... 

Rust-prevention  sealing system ideal for corrosive environments
MULTIPURPOSE PRODUCT Rust-Anode is perfect for applications where an anti-corrosion seal would be beneficial

Eskom to sell more surplus power in major turnaround

By: Reuters     10th August 2017 South African power utility Eskom is to start selling more of its surplus capacity as new plants come on line, its acting chief executive said on Thursday, marking a shift from two years ago when the company had to conserve power because of shortages. South Africa had regular power cuts in 2015... 

Macozoma concerned South Africa may miss out on big electric-vehicle opportunity 

By: Terence Creamer     8th August 2017 Leading business personality Saki Macozoma has expressed concern that South Africa is not fully aligning its economic and industrialisation plans to areas of future demand, including in the area of electric vehicles (EVs). Speaking at the launch of a new book authored by political commentator... 

Macozoma concerned South Africa may miss out on big electric-vehicle opportunity
Photo by Duane Daws
Saki Macozoma

Eskom to temporarily close section of R21 on Sunday to replace transmission line

By: Natasha Odendaal     8th August 2017 State-owned power utility Eskom will be temporarily shutting down certain sections of the R21 highway on Sunday to complete the replacement of the Apollo-Croydon transmission line. This Sunday, there will be temporary road closures between 05:00 and 18:00 at the Flying Saucer interchange and... 

Lithium processors prepare to meet demand in era of electric car 

By: Reuters     7th August 2017 Producers of processed lithium – an essential element for batteries used in electric cars – are agreeing long-term contracts with their customers to fund the investments needed to address a looming shortfall. Demand for battery-grade lithium compounds is expected to skyrocket in the next decades... 

Lithium processors prepare to meet demand in era of electric car

Sunrise Energy's R1bn LPG storage facility to boost energy security, downstream competition

By: Anine Kilian     7th August 2017 Sunrise Energy's R1.02-billion open-access liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) import and storage terminal, in Saldanha Bay, in the Western Cape, will enable the import of LPG in large quantities, boosting regional energy security and increasing downstream competition. The facility, which is Africa's... 

Sunrise Energy's R1bn LPG storage facility to boost energy security, downstream competition

AfriBusiness supports renewable energy  

By: Anine Kilian     4th August 2017 Business rights watchdog AfriBusiness this week said it supports the stance of Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille on renewable energy and welcomes possible court action against State-owned Eskom. This court action is being considered as a result of the refusal by Eskom and the national government... 

As batteries make power play, South Africa mulls market participation

By: Irma Venter     4th August 2017 The world changed more than could be imagined in the 1990s. Not only was it the advent of all things Internet and digital connectivity, it also saw the birth of the rechargeable lithium battery, required to charge humankind’s new tools, such as cellphones and laptop computers. Today the chase is... 

As batteries make power play, South Africa mulls market participation

Legal and policy certainty required if gas economy is to be realised

By: Mia Breytenbach     4th August 2017 Key factors that will influence the establishment of a gas economy in South Africa include the passing of the amended Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act (MPRDA) and greater clarity regarding the expected and stated imports of liquefied natural gas (LNG), says South African Oil and... 

Legal and policy certainty required if gas economy is to be realised
Photo by Reuters
INDUSTRIAL ROLEMODEL Liquefied petroleum gas industry could play a strategic role in the establishment of a gas economy as key lessons can be learnt from this industry 

Rail is the future of Africa’s industrialisation

     4th August 2017 Rail infrastructure upgrades remain a core focus of the ongoing industrialisation of Africa, where the transportation of goods and commodities is often difficult and costly, owing to underinvestment in rail infrastructure, says multinational power and engine manufacturer and distributor Cummins. 

SADC urged to liberalise services and improve business environments

By: Keith Campbell     4th August 2017 In addition to making intraregional trade in goods easier, the member countries of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) should facilitate intra-bloc trade in services and improve their business environments, the Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) argued in... 

South Africa’s radioisotopes company shines globally

By: Keith Campbell     3rd August 2017 South African nuclear company NTP Radioisotopes (NTP), a subsidiary of the State-owned South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (better known as Necsa), has increased its production of, and its share in the global market for, the Molybdenum-99 (Mo-99) radioisotope, the company announced on... 

South Africa’s radioisotopes company shines globally
NTP Radioisotopes MD Tina Eboka

Zim staves off punitive action by Eskom, again – report 

By: News24Wire      2nd August 2017 Zimbabwe government officials have held "tough negotiations" with managers at Eskom to prevent South Africa’s power utility cutting off supplies over a $40-million debt. Cash-strapped Harare has been given another chance not to default on a repayment plan, which had seen Eskom threatening to cut... 

Zambia’s offgrid homes to be equipped with pay-to-own solar home systems

By: Natasha Odendaal     2nd August 2017 Energy and financial services firm Fenix International is working to deploy pay-to-own solar home systems in Zambia leveraging telecommunications giant MTN’s mobile money platform. In partnership with the Swedish Embassy in Zambia, which committed nearly $3-million to the project up to 2020,... 

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