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Nov 21, 2014
Steel among the five resource value-chains being prioritised
The Mineral Beneficiation Action Plan (MBAP), which is currently in draft form, should be finalised by the end of March 2015, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has confirmed. The department is leading the drafting process, which also involves the National...
Nov 21, 2014
Eskom started with scheduled blackouts on Friday afternoon, the power utility said. "Load shedding will continue until 8pm tonight," it said in a short power update.
Nov 21, 2014
The African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved a $133-million loan to fund a project aimed at improving access to electricity among poor populations in Kenya's rural areas. Only a third of Kenya's more than 40-million people are connected to the grid, and poor...
Nov 21, 2014
BMW South Africa (SA) has signed a power purchasing agreement with energy company Bio2Watt. The offtake partnership will bring renewable energy to the carmaker’s Rosslyn plant, north of Pretoria.
Nov 21, 2014
GARY WHALLEY The power line industry supports Eskom’s power transmission plans in the short and medium term
Engagement between the power line industry, State power utility Eskom and government is necessary to develop a strong and sustainable power line industry that is capable of servicing the electricity transmission requirements of the country as well as protecting jobs...
Nov 20, 2014
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Majuba power station
Nearly a month after the catastrophic failure of the 10 000 t central coal-storage silo at its Majuba power plant, State-owned power utility Eskom could face the collapse of another silo if urgent action is not taken, Solidarity claimed on Thursday. The...
Nov 20, 2014
Kenya Power, the country's sole electricity distributor, said on Wednesday it had secured a $190-million loan from Standard Chartered Bank to upgrade its transmission network. East Africa's largest economy is struggling with ageing energy infrastructure and the...
Nov 19, 2014
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The Department of Science and Technology (DST) has officially launched the innovative 2.5 kW hydrogen fuel cell power generator prototype unit at the University of the Western Cape (UWC). The generator demonstrates South Africa's innovative capabilities in the...
Nov 18, 2014
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Nov 18, 2014
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Nov 18, 2014
 
 
 
Nov 18, 2014
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As Eskom battles to keep South Africa’s lights on amid ageing and failing energy infrastructure, it has emerged that its internal telecommunications network that provides critical information and communication technology (ICT) services to the utility had reached the...
Nov 18, 2014
There are no scheduled power blackouts planned despite increased demand for electricity, Eskom said on Tuesday. "The cold and wet weather has resulted in increased demand for electricity but the power grid is stable," said spokesman Andrew Etzinger.
Nov 17, 2014
A State-owned Zimbabwean bank will float two bonds worth $65-million on Tuesday to boost electricity output and increase use of pre-paid meters, a senior bank official said. The southern African country produces up to 1 300 MW of power against peak demand of 2 200...
Nov 17, 2014
Outgoing Group Five CEO Mike Upton
Construction company Group Five has welcomed the decision of the Competition Commission to refer a collusive tendering case to the Competition Tribunal in respect of the construction of 2010 FIFA World Cup stadiums, with outgoing CEO Mike Upton arguing that the move...
Nov 17, 2014
Niger has secured 100 billion CFA francs ($190.39 million) in financing needed to build a dam which is expected to make the country self-sufficient in power and boost agricultural production, the government said. The 130 megawatt Kandadji hydroelectric project, 180...
Nov 17, 2014
Tanzania's parliament has received a report on the findings of an investigation into corruption allegations in the energy sector, officials said on Sunday, an issue that has led to donors delaying aid and weakened its currency. A group of 12 international donors have...
Nov 14, 2014
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The Department of Energy (DoE) confirmed at the weekend that further nuclear vendor-parade workshops would be held with China, France, the US and South Korea during November. The first such workshop, which was held in the Drakensberg in late October, was held with...
Nov 14, 2014
NIMBUS Student winner Ashley Adami’s Nimbus comprises bamboo and 12 V strip light-emitting diodes
State-owned power utility Eskom’s biannual Energy Efficient Lighting Design competition awards took place in Sandton, Johannesburg, last month, showcasing local environment-friendly designs by students, learners and professionals under the theme Celebrate 20 Years of...
Nov 14, 2014
The basic idea behind the creation of a nuclear network in South Africa is to prevent the country developing a mess of overlapping bilateral and multilateral cooperative agreements between institutions, as a result of ad hoc, or narrowly focused arrangements. Under...
Nov 14, 2014
The Potchefstroom campus of the North West University (NWU) recently hosted a workshop to plan the creation of a network for nuclear education, science and technology in South Africa. The creation of such a network would bring this country into line with many other...
 
 
 
 
Nov 14, 2014
CONCRETE COMPLETION Skyriders was commissioned to complete maintenance on the entire water treatment building’s 6-m-high columns at the Medupi power station, in Lephalale, in Limpopo
Rope access specialists Skyriders has successfully completed the maintenance of six water treatment units, which form part of the water treatment plant at the Medupi power station, a greenfield coal-fired power plant near Lephalale, in Limpopo. Skyriders was...
Nov 13, 2014
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Energy utility Eskom said on Thursday that steady progress was being made on the construction of the Medupi power station, in Limpopo, with a number of milestones being reached on the station’s Unit 6, in preparation for its planned synchronisation to the grid in...
Nov 13, 2014
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Pan-African Investment and Research Services CEO Dr Iraj Abedian
Respondents to the Manufacturing Circle’s quarterly Manufacturing Bulletin surveys have become increasingly pessimistic about the outlook for the sector, notwithstanding a recovery in output in September and improvement to the Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI)....
Nov 13, 2014
Cut in half by the equator, sunshine is one thing that Africa has in abundance. Now a growing number of African enterprises are tapping this under-utilised source to keep their businesses running.
Nov 13, 2014
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Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene
Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene says the coming two years are likely to be “challenging” for South Africa as government moves to rebuild the fiscal space that has been exhausted through actions taken to stimulate the economy following the global economic crisis. But...
Nov 12, 2014
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Construction has started on the 4.5 MW Stortemelk hydropower plant, in the Free State, with engineering, management and specialist technical services company Aurecon having been appointed as the engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) services...
Nov 12, 2014
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Koeberg power station
Power utility Eskom on Tuesday said Westinghouse Electric Belgium had withdrawn its urgent High Court application, which charged the utility with contempt of court, owing to what it said was Eskom’s failure to deliver documentation, as ordered by the court, to...
Nov 12, 2014
Senegal aims to increase its power generation capacity by over 70% in three years as it brings more sources of energy on line to diversify away from a costly diesel and oil-dependent system, the prime minister said on Tuesday. The plan seeks to use a mix of solar,...
Nov 11, 2014
Ratings agency Standard & Poor's (S&P’s) affirmed its 'BBB-' long-term foreign and local currency ratings on South African electricity utility Eskom on Tuesday. S&P’s also removed the State-owned utility from CreditWatch, but said it had applied a negative outlook to...
Nov 11, 2014
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Collapsed silo at Eskom's Majuba power station
Democratic Alliance MP Natasha Michael on Tuesday demanded Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown supply Parliament with all maintenance records for the Majuba power station in Mpumalanga. (See letter here) In what appears to be a continuation of the war of words...
 
 
 
 
Nov 10, 2014
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Small Business Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu
The entrepreneurial climate in South Africa “is dire”, Small Business Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu lamented on Monday, noting that fewer than 14% of South Africans were planning to start a business in the coming three years. However, she also unveiled a target...
Nov 07, 2014
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Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson
In what is now the fourth such agreement, Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson signed an ‘Inter-Governmental Framework Agreement on Nuclear Cooperation’ on Friday with China’s National Energy Administration director Wu Xinxiong. Similar agreements have been signed...
Nov 07, 2014
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The aftermath of the November 1 central coal silo collapse at Majuba
Eskom CEO Tshediso Matona says plans are in place ramp up output at the Majuba power station to a sustainable 1 800 MW for the coming six months, while the utility finalised interim and permanent recovery solutions for the 4 100 MW facility. On Friday, the plant was...
Nov 07, 2014
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A business-led initiative is under way to set up a new “vehicle” to enable the public sector, especially under-resourced municipalities, to tap “latent” private sector skills in a way that helps address gaps in the planning, execution and maintenance of...
Nov 07, 2014
European wind energy company Gestamp Wind still had strong confidence in the South African Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) despite tender process delays, CEO Dionisio Fernandez said on Thursday. He said the group was...
Nov 07, 2014
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National Treasury senior project advisor Karen Breytenbach
The bidding process for the long awaited ‘baseload coal’ independent power producer (IPP) procurement programme is expected to begin this month, followed by a bidding process in early 2015 for cogeneration. Speaking at a South African National Energy Association...
Nov 07, 2014
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Professor Anton Eberhard
The National Planning Commission (NPC) is aiming to facilitate a series of “quiet conversations” between public and private stakeholders in the energy milieu in the coming months in an effort to unblock obstacles to greater private sector investment in the sector....
Nov 07, 2014
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Lynne Brown
Dear Ms Michael On 3 November 2014 you wrote a widely distributed letter addressed to me on matters related to Eskom in general and the recent incident at Majuba power station in particular. In addressing the issues which you raise, I would like to include your...
Nov 06, 2014
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Koeberg
Westinghouse Electric Company has filed an application to the High Court of South Africa, charging power utility Eskom with contempt of court, owing to what it said was the utility’s failure to deliver documentation, as ordered by the court, to Westinghouse within...
Nov 06, 2014
Power utility Eskom reported on Thursday afternoon that the risk of loadshedding was low for the remainder of the week and the weekend, as the Majuba power station was now generating 1 900 MW. Four of the six units at the power station were now operating, with a...
 
 
 
 
Nov 06, 2014
Nov 06, 2014
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Government is worried about the economic impact of power cuts following the collapse of a coal silo at an Eskom power station, Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe said on Wednesday. "Yes, we are worried... that is why we are impressing upon Eskom to do everything...
Nov 05, 2014
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Shell South Africa Marketing chairperson Bonang Mohale
Energy group Shell confirmed on Wednesday that the company had received notification from the Petroleum Agency South Africa (Pasa) that its applications for three exploration rights in the Karoo, which had been submitted in 2009, were being processed. But Shell South...
Nov 05, 2014
South African power utility Eskom said the risk of rolling blackouts on Wednesday and the rest of the week was low after engineers had made good progress in repairing the coal supply at a power station after a weekend accident. Eskom had warned previously that the...
Nov 05, 2014
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Shell LNG business development manager John Shoobridge
Energy multinational Shell says South Africa would be able to recoup the capital costs associated with a liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminal within three to four years by using the gas to replace diesel at Eskom’s open-cycle gas-turbines (OCGT) in the Western...
 
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