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Aug 28, 2015
Updated 3 hours ago State-owned power provider Eskom received the Green Grand Prix Award at this year’s Sunday Times Top Brands Awards for preserving the environment and harnessing the country’s natural resources, based on spontaneous awareness among consumers. The award, which Eskom...
Aug 28, 2015
Updated 7 hours ago South Africa's coal-fired Medupi power station is expected to be fully operational in the first half of 2019, the Cabinet said on Friday. "Once completed, it will be the fourth largest coal-fired plant and the largest dry-cooled power station in the world," Cabinet...
Aug 28, 2015
Spanish technology group Abengoa has announced that it has been awarded a $25-million contract by South Africa’s State-owned electricity utility Eskom for the construction of two 400 kV transmission lines spanning 174 km. The company, which is building large-scale...
Aug 27, 2015
Power lines connecting the east African states of Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya and Ethiopia are expected to be completed within the next three years, helping improve supplies and power trading, a senior Kenyan official said on Thursday. Power shortages are common...
Aug 27, 2015
South Africa’s successful Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) has not only brought in hundreds of billions of rands in economic infrastructure investment but has also seemingly become the fulcrum of the country’s proposed...
Aug 27, 2015
Engineering and construction group Murray & Roberts (M&R) says it has no intention of shifting its strategy away from the international natural resources market, notwithstanding the prevailing weak climate for commodities and a bleak immediate outlook. Speaking to...
Aug 27, 2015
The Zimbabwe Power Company (ZPC) will cut electricity generation by a third to 475 MW at the Kariba hydropower plant due to low water levels, the company said on Thursday, likely worsening daily power cuts. Kariba produces half of Zimbabwe's electricity. The cut back...
Aug 26, 2015
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South Africa's Eskom said on Wednesday it wants compensation from Glencore's mining subsidiary Optimum if it is unable to supply coal to its Hendrina power plant. Administrators for Glencore's South African coal mining subsidiary suspended the firm's supply agreement...
Aug 25, 2015
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Aug 24, 2015
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Aug 24, 2015
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Eskom’s failure to have a contingency plan in place for coal supplies is nothing less than gross negligence, the Democratic Alliance (DA) said on Sunday. The DA would ask Public Enterprises Minister Lynn Brown to table a contingency plan to deal with possible coal...
Aug 21, 2015
While ARB Holdings’ lighting division delivered a strong performance in the financial year to June 30, the JSE-listed group’s full-year earnings growth has been hampered by its electrical division’s continued battle with headwinds. The group’s headline earnings a...
Aug 21, 2015
Germany-based cable manufacturer Helukabel has introduced advanced cables, with the ability to maintain their function integrity for up to two hours in a fire, into the local market. The new Helufire PH30/120 cables are specifically used for fire alarm and emergency...
Aug 21, 2015
WIND TURBINES The 134.4 MW plant will consist of 56 N117/2400 Nordex turbines and will have a capacity factor of 35%
Cleaner energy company Cennergi’s Amakhala Emoyeni Wind Farm, in the Eastern Cape, is set for commercial operation in June 2016, with the first shipment of wind turbines having arrived in May at Coega Bay, in Port Elizabeth.
Aug 21, 2015
LAYING THE FOUNDATION Umsobomvu local municipality mayor Nombulelo Hermans at the Noupoort Wind Farm site
The construction of the first 14 wind turbine foundations for the Noupoort Wind Farm in the Umsobomvu local municipality, in the Northern Cape, was completed last month, with the remaining 21 foundations expected to be completed by the end of the year.
Aug 21, 2015
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The erratic implementation of load-shedding schedules is costing the local food production industry millions of rands every month, says energy solutions provider Energy Partners.
Aug 20, 2015
The business rescue practitioners at the struggling Optimum coal mine, in Mpumalanga, announced on Thursday that the coal-supply agreement with Eskom’s Hendrina power station would be suspended for the duration of the business rescue proceedings. The joint business...
Aug 20, 2015
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South Africa's only nuclear reactor at Koeberg, in the Western Cape
Lobby group the Manufacturing Circle has become the latest business organisation to voice reservations about the South African government’s intention to proceed with a large-scale nuclear energy programme, describing any reliance on “old-style nuclear reactors to...
Aug 20, 2015
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US philanthropist Howard Buffett, son of billionaire investor Warren, is pouring millions of dollars into power projects in war-torn Congo, betting that private investment can bring development where the United Nations and aid agencies failed. In the town of Matebe,...
Aug 19, 2015
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A new Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) study calculates that South Africa’s wind and solar photovoltaic (PV) projects generated nearly R4-billion more in financial benefits during the first half of 2015 than they cost the country. Conducted by...
 
 
 
 
Aug 19, 2015
Ivan Glasenberg greeting pupils at the R75-million school Glencore built in the Mpumalanga coalfields
It was important that the Optimum Coal issue was resolved well so that the coal-mining company could become operational once more, Glencore CEO Ivan Glasenberg said on Wednesday. Responding to media questions after the mining and marketing company’s presentation of...
Aug 18, 2015
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Greenpeace Africa has demanded that Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson make publicly available all the key documents and plans surrounding South Africa’s controversial R1-trillion nuclear deal. As public speculation over the nation’s accelerated nuclear plans...
Aug 17, 2015
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While delivering a downbeat assessment of South Africa’s immediate economic prospects, a new World Bank study argues strongly that the window of opportunity remains open for South Africa to take advantage of its “demographic dividend”, with the country’s working-age...
Aug 17, 2015
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ANC NEC policy subcommittee member Lindiwe Sisulu
South Africa’s State-owned enterprises were not in crisis, African National Congress (ANC) national executive committee policy subcommittee member Lindiwe Sisulu said on Monday. ”It is not true that the State-owned enterprises are in crisis. This matter was responded...
Aug 17, 2015
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With one month to go before the start of the Ethiopian New Year (2008) which falls on September 11 – based on the Julian Calendar not the Gregorian Calendar which most of the world follows – Ethiopia is humming economically, as any tour of the capital city Addis...
Aug 14, 2015
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A South African entrepreneur has pioneered a wind-powered generator that operates as an independent mini power station for households and small businesses. The Psiclone wind generator, which had been rigorously tested in partnership with Fort Hare University’s...
Aug 14, 2015
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One year into operation, a pioneering 500 kVA biogas power plant at the Uilenkraal dairy farm, near Darling in the Western Cape, achieved a 1.5 GWh electricity-production milestone during August. However, Cape Advanced Engineering (CAE) MD Dr Andrew Taylor tells...
Aug 14, 2015
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Fears are growing in South Africa that agreements to build nuclear power plants that could be the most expensive procurement in the country's history will be made behind closed doors, without the necessary public scrutiny. Among those voicing concern, two government...
Aug 14, 2015
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Cosatu says it will be holding the "mother of all stay-aways" on October 7. A section 77 notice has been tabled at the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac), acting general secretary Bheki Ntshalintshali told reporters on Thursday.
Aug 13, 2015
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Two-thirds of power utility companies and stakeholders across Africa cited ageing or badly maintained infrastructure as a “very high” concern for the continent’s power sector. Many believed, however, that this situation would improve, with only 39% predicting that it...
 
 
 
 
Aug 13, 2015
Coal renegotiation sought
The directors of Optimum are of the view that there is a reasonable prospect of rescuing Optimum Coal if the supply agreement with Eskom can be renegotiated, Glencore said on Thursday. Optimum Coal announced on August 4 that it had begun business rescue proceedings...
Aug 12, 2015
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South African power utility Eskom, struggling to meet demand in Africa's most developed economy, is to pay an estimated R200-million ($15.6-million) for the supply of nuclear waste storage casks to keep its Koeberg plant running beyond 2018. The seven new reinforced...
Aug 12, 2015
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Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson
Energy minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson caused a stir on Tuesday when she tabled a document classified as secret at a portfolio committee meeting on energy. The move, which was unannounced, was not on the agenda of the portfolio committee meeting.
Aug 11, 2015
State-owned electricity utility Eskom has again argued that South African consumers are not yet paying “cost-reflective tariffs” and has indicated that it will continue to pursue revenue “claw backs” through the National Energy Regulator of South Africa’s (Nersa’s)...
Aug 11, 2015
Numsa general secretary Irvin Jim
National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) general secretary Irvin Jim on Tuesday said the dumping of steel by Chinese producers in South Africa was a “crisis”. He added that customs tariffs would be one of the main issues to be discussed at a meeting...
Aug 11, 2015
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Eskom experienced a revenue shortfall in its financial year 2014/2015 due to challenges created by the multi-year price determination of the National Energy Regulator (Nersa) that was determined at 8% instead of the 16% it applied for, said acting chief financial...
Aug 11, 2015
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Aug 11, 2015
Eskom's financial year until the end of March 2015 was unusually challenging, leading to the financial and operational health of the business deteriorating, according to acting CEO Brian Molefe. He spoke at a media briefing on Tuesday where Eskom released its...
Aug 07, 2015
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The Coega Development Corporation (CDC) has issued a tender notice for an environmental-impact assessment (EIA) for its proposed combined-cycle gas turbine (CCGT) power facility, in the Coega industrial development zone (IDZ), near Port Elizabeth. The gas-fired plant...
Aug 07, 2015
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Aug 07, 2015
SASOBIT An asphalt additive that reduces the viscosity and penetration, while increasing the softening point, of bitumen
With local road infrastructure gradually deteriorating, most bitumen and asphalt customers are likely to consider products, additives and mixes that could significantly extend the life of roads, says petrochemicals major Sasol. “Road-deterioration challenges could be...
Aug 07, 2015
Nelspruit-based agricultural processing equipment manufacturer Dryers for Africa is in the final stages of testing its SD300 solar dryer at an environment control solutions company, in the Western Cape, says GM Catherine de Villiers-Burgers.
Aug 07, 2015
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V&A WATERFRONT The tourist attraction hopes to reduce its demand on the energy grid in the Western Cape with a R20-million solar project
In an effort to reduce its demand on the energy grid in the Western Cape, the V&A Waterfront has begun a R20-million solar project that will include the installation of 7 000 m2 of solar panels on the roof of eight buildings across the property.
Aug 06, 2015
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Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown
Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown has urged management at State-owned electricity utility Eskom to take decisive steps to halt the decline in profitability, which she revealed on Thursday had slumped from R7.1-billion in 2013/14 to R3.6-billion in 2014/15....
Aug 06, 2015
Eskom announced on Thursday that it would implement stage 2 load-shedding from 17:00 until 22:00 in the evening. The announcement came after Eskom stopped load-shedding at 12:00 and notified users that "as a result of increased electricity demand and power generating...
 
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