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Jul 31, 2015
A “record” $700-million in guarantees has been secured from the World Bank for Ghana’s Sankofa gas project to advance the West African nation’s energy transformation. The World Bank approved a $500-million International Development Association payment guarantee to...
Jul 31, 2015
Cabinet ministers are reviewing their decision to grant Eskom the ownership and operational rights of the proposed nuclear build programme, said the energy department's Deputy Director General Zizamele Mbambo. Mbambo, addressing a  seminar on South Africa’s nuclear...
Jul 30, 2015
POWER POTENTIAL Central Africa has significant hydropower potential to meet both its local and export requirements
The forecast increase in demand for electrical energy in the sub-Sahara Africa region has prompted heads of States to endorse an investigation of the 15 most promising hydropower projects, worth an estimated $50-billion, says black-owned engineering consulting firm...
Jul 30, 2015
GAS POWER APR Energy has invested significantly in gas-fired power projects in Africa
Global electricity supplier APR Energy announced earlier this month that it has extended and expanded several power generation contracts in Africa, amounting to a combined total of 108 MW.
Jul 30, 2015
ETERNITY PROJECT The Eternity Project is the world’s first cogeneration power plant that uses an organic rankine cycle
The R175-million Eternity Project, an initiative that uses waste heat from mining processes, has reached full commissioning at platinum group metals miner Anglo American Platinum’s (Amplats’) Rustenburg-based Waterval smelter.
Jul 30, 2015
The industry body Electrical Conformance Board (ECB), previously the Electrical Contracting Board, aims to use its electrical industry members to drive conformity of electrical components and services standards to ensure that the industry improves its compliance to...
Jul 30, 2015
DUVHA RETROFIT Flextra is retrofitting fabric expansion joints at Eskom’s Duvha power station on all its vertical-duct expansion joints
The quality of materials used in fabric expansion joints cannot be compromised as they perform a critical role in the combustion process, says expansion joints manufacturer Flextra Engineered Products.
Jul 30, 2015
KIERAN WHYTE The renewable energy independent power producer procurement programme has proven to be a “hugely successful” South African business model
The South African Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) has proven to be so successful in South Africa that the same model could be replicated across Africa, especially amid the current drive towards using cleaner sources of...
Jul 30, 2015
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Jul 29, 2015
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Jul 29, 2015
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Jul 29, 2015
Eskom will implement Stage 1 load-shedding on Wednesday between 17:00 to 22:00, the power utility said. “The power system is currently constrained and under pressure because of a shortage of generating capacity as some of our power stations’ units are currently on...
Jul 29, 2015
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The price of electricity generated by nuclear power is expected to be higher than that from any other technology except for gas and diesel‚ two separate and independent analyses have found‚ the newspaper reported. The government is pressing ahead with a politically...
Jul 28, 2015
The Portfolio Committee on Energy on Tuesday welcomed the resignation of PetroSA chairperson Nonhlanhla Jiyane, but maintained that the entire PetroSA board should resign and be reconstituted, following months of financial mismanagement. Jiyane’s resignation had...
Jul 28, 2015
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The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation’s (Necsa’s) subsidiary company NTP Radioisotopes has, in conjunction with the Steve Biko Academic Hospital/University of Pretoria and Germany’s ITG Isotopes Technologies Garching, undertaken a new anti-cancer procedure in...
Jul 28, 2015
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South African power utility Eskom is open to importing coal for plants it still plans to commission, a coal conference heard on Tuesday. Willem Theron, business development manager of Eskom's southern Africa transmission group, said the state-run utility planned to...
Jul 28, 2015
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Kenya Power has signed an agreement to purchase electricity from a 100 MW wind farm whose construction is expected to start later this year, the nation's sole power supplier said on Tuesday. The electricity would be from the $300-million Kipeto wind farm in the Rift...
Jul 27, 2015
Supermarket chain Pick n Pay has vowed to create 20 jobs every day through a new 20, 20, 20 by 2020 programme that would also see the firm simultaneously cut energy use and reduce waste. The newly launched “war on waste” campaign would target food waste, energy...
Jul 27, 2015
Jul 27, 2015
US President Barack Obama
US President Barack Obama on Monday said he was yet to hear a strong factual argument against a nuclear deal with Iran and criticised rhetoric about the agreement from some leading members of the Republican party. Obama, speaking in Ethiopia during a tour of African...
Jul 24, 2015
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Southern African Development Community (SADC) Energy Ministers have called on member countries to produce roadmaps for transitioning their electricity supply industries towards cost-reflective tariffs by 2019 in an effort to improve the sustainability of the sector...
 
 
 
 
Jul 24, 2015
Eskom has announced that it would implement staggered load-shedding on Friday due to increased electricity demand. Easkom had earlier said there would be no load-shedding on Friday morning, but in a later statement the power utility announced that it would be...
Jul 24, 2015
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Unit 2 of South Africa's sole nuclear power plant will be shut down for three months from the end of August as part of routine refuelling and maintenance, power utility Eskom said on Thursday. In February, unit 1 of the plant known as Koeberg was shut down for a...
Jul 24, 2015
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Zimbabwe's PER Lusulu Power has signed an agreement with China State Construction Engineering Corp to build a coal power station in April next year, company officials said on Thursday. The 600 MW plant will be the first phase of a 2 000 MW project.
Jul 23, 2015
Platinum investment bars
Platinum marketing money previously devoted largely to discounts and commissions is now being used to boost platinum jewellery, investment and fuel cell promotion, says Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) CEO Chris Griffith. Bridal platinum jewellery demand is growing...
Jul 23, 2015
Ghana's parliament was thrown into darkness by a power outage on Wednesday, leading to jeers from the opposition as MPs flipped open their mobile phones to use as flashlights. The blackout, which held up proceedings in the 275-member house for nearly an hour...
Jul 22, 2015
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The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) told the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Energy on Wednesday that it is ready for South Africa’s proposed programme to build a number of new nuclear power plants (NPP). It can do so using its existing...
Jul 22, 2015
Eskom said on Wednesday it will implement stage 1 load-shedding from 17:00, which will likely continue until 22:00. It said the power system was constrained but stable for most of the day, thus enabling Eskom to perform maintenance without the need for load-shedding.
Jul 21, 2015
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While studying fundamental properties of matter in the course of their day-to-day research, a team of scientists have discovered a novel approach to crafting higher thermoelectric efficiencies, which can help develop electricity from waste heat, such as that emitted...
Jul 21, 2015
Eskom announced on Tuesday that it will implement load-shedding stage 2 from from 17:00 until 22:00. Eskom said in a statement the power system was constrained but stable for most of the day today, thus enabling Eskom to perform maintenance without the need for...
Jul 21, 2015
The Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) has put its two biomass pellet manufacturing plants up for sale. Potential buyers, who would be subject to a confidentiality agreement, were invited last week to submit their offers for the IDC’s 100 000 t/y Coega-based...
 
 
 
 
Jul 21, 2015
After striking a deal to buy two Westinghouse Siemens gas turbines from South African independent power producer Ipsa for £16.1-million, Latin America-focused Rurulec has made an interim payment to Ipsa’s primary creditor, Ethos Energy, bringing the amount still owed...
Jul 21, 2015
This eight-page brief is a synopsis of key developments in the electricity industry over the past 12 months, including details of South Africa’s constrained power system; State-owned power utility Eskom’s financial status and tariffs, capacity expansion programme,...
Jul 20, 2015
South Africans should brace for stage one load-shedding from 17:00 on Monday, Eskom said. The load-shedding would start at 17:00 and end at 22:00 on Monday.
Jul 20, 2015
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European Commission Vice President Maroš Šefčovič plans to follow up his recent visit to South Africa with a firm proposal on how the European Union (EU) and South Africa could cooperate on clean-coal technology and carbon capture and storage (CCS). In an interview...
Jul 20, 2015
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City Power said it is pleading with residents in its area of supply not to panic when they experience recurrent disconnections. "City Power has started to roll out a solution called load limiting in its areas of supply in Johannesburg and households have been advised...
Jul 17, 2015
OECD secretary-general Angel Gurria
The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) latest economic survey of South Africa urges government to increase private electricity generation and pursue fundamental market reforms to address the country’s growth-sapping “structural” electricity...
Jul 17, 2015
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Government’s ambitious national solar water heating (SWH) rebate programme, which was suspended in February until further notice, has left investors and businesses in limbo. The programme was launched in 2008 to help mitigate energy system constraints by installing a...
Jul 17, 2015
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A large delegation from Russia’s nuclear giant Rosatom has showcased its technologies for thermal power engineering at the PowerGen Africa conference in Cape Town. The thermal technology could be used in coal-fired or gas projects in South Africa. Russia is widely...
Jul 16, 2015
HINKLEY POINT C EDF Energy plans to build two new reactors at Hinkley Point
Engineering, procurement and construction contractor Foster Wheeler announced in March that it was awarded a contract by UK-based energy provider EDF Energy to provide project management services to all of its UK nuclear power stations and technical offices in...
Jul 16, 2015
 
 
 
 
Jul 16, 2015
Government’s ambitious national solar water heating (SWH) rebate programme, which was suspended in February until further notice, has left investors and businesses in limbo.
Jul 16, 2015
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Koeberg nuclear power station
South Africa needs an additional 5 TWh of energy a year to keep up with its growing population and meet the energy shortage, states Professor Philip Lloyd of the Energy Institute at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology. “Renewable energy will help us, but not...
Jul 16, 2015
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Jul 16, 2015
Eskom announced on Thursday that it would implement stage 1 load shedding from 17:00 to 22:00. "The power system is currently constrained and under pressure because of the increased demand in electricity as a result of the current cold front and a shortage of...
Jul 16, 2015
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ECSA council member Nelisiwe Magubane
Young South African engineers should be paid as much as merchant bankers if the country wants to stop them from heading into more lucrative fields or seeking work opportunities abroad, says Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) council member and former...
 
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