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Oct 24, 2014
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
Oct 22, 2014
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Oct 22, 2014
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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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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...
Oct 10, 2014
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Mongezi Ntsokolo
State-owned power utility Eskom has made significant changes to its transmission infrastructure expansion plan for the coming ten years, owing to financial constraints that made its previous plan “no longer realistic”. Group executive for transmission Mongezi...
Oct 10, 2014
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Zimbabwe signed a $1.5-billion deal with China's Sinohydro Corp on Friday to expand a coal-fired power plant in the most ambitious move yet to tackle the country's crippling electricity shortages. The deal, which still needs full financial cover, would see Sinohydro...
Oct 10, 2014
Reinforcing government’s pro-stance on nuclear energy, President Jacob Zuma has, in terms of Section 231 of the Constitution, granted Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson the authority to sign an agreement on Cooperation in the Development of Peaceful uses of...
Oct 10, 2014
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The 50 MW Bokpoort concentrated solar power (CSP) plant, in the Northern Cape, which is being built as part of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme, was over 50% complete and was expected to be completed by December 2015, project...
Oct 10, 2014
Cape Town is on a drive to strengthen its position as a key business capital in Africa. The Mother City is keen to retain its reputation as a leading tourist destination, but wants to be taken more seriously as a destination for local and international investment...
Oct 10, 2014
Multinational electronics company Samsung Electronics Africa, together with nongovernmental organisation Habitat for Humanity and the Gauteng Department of Education, officially unveiled the Solar Powered Internet School at Refalletse Primary School in Orange Farm,...
Oct 09, 2014
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Southern Africa has cut its power deficit to 3 000 MW in the last year and will add another 27 000 MW by 2018 as countries ramp up electricity generation to meet growing demand, an official with a regional power pool said on Thursday. The region currently has a peak...
Oct 09, 2014
A 12-month prefeasibility study (PFS) by consulting firm GIBB to investigate the viability of the Monont’sa pumped-storage power plant, in Lesotho, has concluded that the scheme will provide significant power to South Africa’s rapidly developing neighbour when...
Oct 09, 2014
Coenraad Bezuidenhout
Government departments and State-owned companies (SoCs) needed to “drastically” improve their strategic procurement capacity, as well as their localisation compliance levels if local-procurement initiatives were to have any chance of stemming further...
 
 
 
 
Oct 08, 2014
Through the installation of a 108 kilowatt-peak solar photovoltaic (PV) system on the roof of retailer Woolworths’ Cape Town head office, the company has over the past three months saved 30 828 kWh worth of electricity, which translated into an energy bill reduction...
Oct 08, 2014
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State-owned power utility Eskom noted on Tuesday that its renewable energy projects would contribute significantly to reducing power cuts, as these projects would assist in ensuring grid stability. Speaking at the sixty-fourth Association of Municipal Electricity...
Oct 07, 2014
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US Ambassador to South Africa Patrick Gaspard expressed concern on Tuesday about alleged irregularities in the recent Eskom tender for the replacement of steam generators at the Koeberg nuclear power station in Cape Town. The R4.3-billion contract was awarded to...
Oct 07, 2014
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Medupi
Parliament’s portfolio committees on Public Enterprises and Energy are satisfied with the progress made on construction at State-owned power utility Eskom’s Medupi power station in Lephalale, Limpopo. Members of the joint committees conducted an oversight visit to...
Oct 07, 2014
State-controlled Kenya Electricity Generating Co (KenGen) said on Monday it wanted to team up with private investors for the first time to build geothermal power plants that would come on stream by 2016. KenGen's plan is part of Kenya's ambition to add 5 000...
 
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