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Apr 15, 2014
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Low growth in electricity demand in South Africa will delay, or eliminate the need for, new nuclear power plants. So warned Eskom Transmission Division Energy Planning and Market Development Department power system economics: chief adviser Keith Bowen, addressing an...
Apr 14, 2014
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Energy Minister Dikobe Ben Martins
Energy Minister Dikobe Ben Martins confirmed on Monday that the long awaited cogeneration and coal independent power producer (IPP) procurement programmes would be initiated in April and May respectively. In addition, in something of a surprise move, the Minister...
Apr 11, 2014
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State-owned power utility Eskom will likely need a R50-billion to R100-billion bailout if it is to survive over the next few years, Shava Mining Enterprise’s Andrew Kinghorn warned on Friday. The power utility was in distress as it battled to keep its head above...
Apr 11, 2014
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Energy Minister Dikobe Ben Martins
Energy Minister Dikobe Ben Martins will on Monday make major announcements related to the much-delayed independent power producer (IPP) procurement processes. But in an unusual move, it appears the announcements will coincide with the Minister’s address to a paid...
Apr 11, 2014
As Mozambique's “world-class” gas resources are developed and coal bed methane (CBM) increasingly offers potential, Zimbabwe could seemingly leverage gas opportunities to meet its rising energy demands. Mozambique's gas finds are expected to fuel the southern region...
Apr 10, 2014
The State-owned Development of Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) has issued the first request for project proposals from public and private entities seeking to tap the European Union’s (EU’s) R1.6-billion (€100-million) Infrastructure Investment Programme for South...
Apr 09, 2014
CIG CEO Raoul Gamsu
JSE-listed Consolidated Infrastructure Group (CIG) reported on Wednesday that more than half of its profits were now arising from outside of South Africa, following its recent acquisition of a stake in an Angolan oil services company. The company reported a 36% rise...
Apr 09, 2014
Brian Day
The South African National Energy Association (Sanea) has appointed Brian Day, of energy group Cennergi, to the newly created role of MD, following leadership changes made in light of Brian Statham’s retirement from the role of executive chairperson. Day would fill...
Apr 08, 2014
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Apr 08, 2014
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Apr 04, 2014
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Apr 04, 2014
 
 
 
Apr 03, 2014
South Africa’s power system would be stable on Thursday night and was expected to remain so over the weekend, energy utility Eskom said in its biweekly update on Thursday. This followed the failure of a boiler at Eskom’s Witbank-based Duvha power station on Sunday...
Apr 03, 2014
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Thembani Bukula
The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) expects to make a determination on Eskom’s Regulatory Clearing Account (RCA) balance submission in either April or May, but insists that there will be no tariff implications for consumers before April 1, 2015. The...
Apr 02, 2014
This publication contains insight into progress at the delayed Medupi and Kusile coal-fired projects, in Mpumalanga and Limpopo respectively, as well as at the Ingula pumped-storage scheme, which is under construction on the border between the Free State and...
Apr 01, 2014
Southern Africa country president Eric Léger
Global energy management specialist Schneider Electric is aiming to aggressively expand its Southern African footprint in the coming few years and has earmarked Angola, Mozambique and Zambia as priority territories for its regional business development. Southern...
Apr 01, 2014
State-owned power utility Eskom reports that it experienced an apparent over pressurisation incident on the Unit 3 boiler at the Duvha coal-fired power station, in Mpumalanga, just before midnight on March 30. “After a boiler tube leak alarm, the boiler tripped on a...
Mar 31, 2014
Steps taken to build climate resilience in urban areas can materially accelerate successful climate adaptation globally, the Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change (IPCC) latest report argues. But it also warns that many global climate risks are concentrated in...
Mar 31, 2014
South Africa saved 575 MW of electricity – enough to power a city the size of Polokwane, in Limpopo – on Saturday evening from 20:30 to 21:30 by switching their lights off during Earth Hour, State-owned power utility announced on Monday. Eskom had measured the...
Mar 28, 2014
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The global energy outlook is that energy demand will double by 2050 and the world’s population will grow to nine-billion, creating a need for increased energy supply with reduced carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.
Mar 28, 2014
CITY OF JOHANNESBURG The city is on its way to being one of the top ten greenest cities in Africa
The difficulties of accessing international financial assistance and meeting stringent borrowing conditions were a collective barrier to fully developing and rolling out climate change programmes for the City of Johannesburg, said city mayor Parks Tau at the C40...
Mar 27, 2014
Collin Matjila
State-owned electricity utility Eskom has named Collin Matjila as acting CEO with effect from April 1, 2014, with Brian Dames set to depart the company on March 31. Chairperson Zola Tsotsi emphasised Matjila’s “vast knowledge” of the electricity industry, noting...
 
 
 
 
Mar 26, 2014
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UK special representative on climate change Sir David King
UK special representative on climate change Sir David King believes South Africa is well placed to take advantage of strongly falling solar photovoltaic (PV) prices to deal cost effectively with its prevailing electricity shortfalls, while also lowering its carbon...
Mar 25, 2014
Alan Winde
The recent load shedding has cost the Western Cape economy, with businesses expressing concern that they are in for more growth-hampering power cuts. Speaking during question time in the Provincial Legislature, Western Cape Minister of Finance, Economic Development...
Mar 25, 2014
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South Africa’s Department of Energy (DoE) expects to finalise procurement documents for coal and cogeneration independent power producers (IPPs) before the end of this month and says the requests for proposals (RFPs) should be published in April, once internal...
Mar 24, 2014
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The Nkangala district municipality (NDM), in Mpumalanga, has refused State-owned power utility Eskom’s request to relax the conditions of its Kriel power station’s atmospheric emissions licence. Eskom had applied to amend the licence in November last year.
Mar 24, 2014
The Mogale City central business district (CBD) is set to get a facelift once the local municipality implements its Social Housing Policy, executive mayor Koketso Seerane said last week. The Gauteng-based city was currently finalising the Social Housing Policy, which...
Mar 20, 2014
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Nelisiwe Magubane
Department of Energy (DoE) director-general Nelisiwe Magubane will vacate her post at the end of March, eight months ahead of her official November 30 contract expiry date, owing to health reasons. In a surprise statement released on March 20, Minister Dikobe Ben...
Mar 19, 2014
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A Competition Commission investigation, initiated in 2010 into power cables companies, has unearthed cartel conduct by four firms and its findings have been referred to Competition Tribunal for adjudication. The probe, which included a May 6, 2010,...
Mar 18, 2014
The total energy capacity in Africa’s 54 member States is equal to that of Germany and Denmark alone, while 585-million people in sub-Saharan Africa have no access to electricity. Putting these facts on the table, South Africa’s deputy director-general of energy, Dr...
Mar 17, 2014
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Improving energy infrastructure on the African continent will unleash investments, drive jobs and drive down pollution, US Deputy Energy Secretary Daniel Poneman has told the Power-Gen Africa conference in Cape Town. An upbeat Poneman said while energy costs in...
Mar 17, 2014
Inga dam
The World Bank is likely to approve $73-million next week to fund an expansion of the Inga hydroelectric dam in Democratic Republic of Congo, a bank official said on Friday. The decision will be a relief to investors, particularly mining companies which have been...
 
 
 
 
Mar 14, 2014
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Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Africa CEO Stephen Moore
Corporate activity at an international level has resulted in the disappearance of Hitachi Power Africa (HPA), which was controversially associated with the African National Congress’s Chancellor House, and the emergence of Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Africa...
Mar 14, 2014
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About 250 MW from the Moatize IPP would be consumed by the mine, with the 50 MW balance to be fed into Mozambique's grid
A 25-year concession contract was signed on Friday opening the way for the development of a 300 MW, $1-billion coal-fired independent power producer (IPP) project in the Tete province of Mozambique, about 1 500 km north of Maputo. The contract was conclude between...
Mar 14, 2014
TIME CONTROL Electrical specialist Legrand’s new generation of digital time switches is suited for air-conditioning systems, thermostats and pressure sensors
France-based electrical and digital building infrastructure specialist Legrand has extended its range of time switches with the launch of a new generation of digital time switches for industrial, commercial and domestic environments. This range was launched at the...
Mar 13, 2014
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Business Unity South Africa (Busa) announced on Thursday that it intended mobilising a “strategic national response” to the problems associated with South Africa’s electricity shortages, which came into sharp focus again on March 6, when Eskom resorted to 14 hours of...
Mar 11, 2014
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Outgoing Eskom CEO Brian Dames addressing the media in Johannesburg on Tuesday
Outgoing Eskom CEO Brian Dames reported on Tuesday that the utility was considering restarting some of the energy-saving programmes that were suspended in late 2013 as a result of funding constraints. Speaking at a briefing hosted by the South African Chamber of...
Mar 11, 2014
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Kendal power station
State-owned power utility Eskom has applied to postpone the date by which sixteen of its power stations have to comply with the National Environmental Management: Air Quality Act (AQA) minimum emission standards, the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA)...
Mar 11, 2014
Mar 11, 2014
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Mar 10, 2014
Mining and energy solutions firm Cronimet Mining were recently selected to proceed to the next round of approval for independent power producers (IPPs) to bring six 5 MW South African projects on line. Should Cronimet receive approval to bring 30 MW of production...
Mar 07, 2014
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Zola Tsotsi and Brian Dames at the post-load-shedding briefing on Friday
Eskom confirmed on Friday that it had decided to extend “at risk” short-term electricity purchases from independent power producers (IPPs) and municipal generators to the end of May, despite not having received regulatory approval to do so. However, it was still in...
 
 
 
 
Mar 07, 2014
The load-shedding website operated by State-owned power utility Eskom was indicating that “no load shedding” was taking place on Friday morning, having shown ongoing rotational shedding throughout the day and night on Thursday. Eskom also formally lifted, at 22:00...
Mar 07, 2014
Mar 07, 2014
Power Evacuation 220 kV transmission lines will evacuate electricity from the Rusumo Falls hydroelectric plant
Construction of transmission lines to evacuate power from a regional hydroelectric project in East Africa, which was hanging on the balance following the withdrawal of financing by key partners, is now back on track. After six months of uncertainty, the African...
Mar 07, 2014
Atmospheric and speciality gas technology manufacturer Air Products South Africa says there has been an increase in the use of modified atmospheric packaging (MAP) – its gas-based food packaging technique. Air Products speciality gas sales manager Arthi Govender says...
Mar 06, 2014
JSE- and NYSE-listed miner Sibanye Gold on Thursday said that despite South African electricity utility Eskom’s request to reduce its power consumption by 10%, Sibanye did not expect any production losses. The company, which was last year spun out of gold major Gold...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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