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Feb 12, 2015
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Although the power supply system is constrained, there is a low risk of rolling power cuts, Eskom said on Thursday. "The risk of load shedding is expected to be low to medium," spokesperson Khulu Phasiwe said in a statement.
Feb 11, 2015
Global CEO Jean-Pascal Tricoire
Global energy management and automation specialist Schneider Electric says its newly inaugurated factory and office campus in Midrand, north of Johannesburg, has positioned it for both growth in the region and to meet the South African government’s growing demand for...
Feb 11, 2015
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Cesa president Abe Thela
Private sector expertise and finance should be leveraged to help reinvigorate South Africa’s underperforming infrastructure programmes, Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) argues, adding that the accelerated deployment of energy, transport and water projects...
Feb 11, 2015
No power cuts were to be implemented on Wednesday but the risk of cuts in the evening remained high, Eskom said. "Currently the power system is constrained. Our projection is that it will be more constrained later this afternoon and as a result the risk of load...
Feb 10, 2015
JSE-listed packaged goods company Tiger Brands has increased its turnover for the first quarter ended December 31, 2014, to R8.2-billion, a 7% increase compared with the corresponding period of the prior year, despite facing difficult times, which are expected to...
Feb 10, 2015
South Africa’s electricity shortages are likely to lop a full percentage point off the country’s 2015 gross domestic product (GDP) growth. But Standard Bank chief economist Goolam Ballim expects lower fuel prices will help stimulate household spending during the...
Feb 10, 2015
There is a high risk that power cuts may be implemented on Tuesday, Eskom said. "The system is constrained and the risk of load shedding is high. We will update consumers at a later stage on when the load shedding might begin," spokesperson Khulu Phasiwe said.
Feb 09, 2015
HSBC Securities has cut its growth outlook for South Africa for 2015 and 2016 as a result of the country’s “deepening and prolonged energy crisis”, lowering its gross domestic product (GDP) growth forecast for this year to 1.6%, from 2% previously, and to 1.9% next...
Feb 09, 2015
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Feb 09, 2015
Feb 09, 2015
Feb 06, 2015
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Feb 06, 2015
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The tariff implications of the National Energy Regulator of South Africa’s (Nersa’s) decision to allow Eskom to operate its diesel-fuelled open-cycle gas turbines (OCGTs) for up to 450 GWh a month have not yet been determined. But the State-owned utility has...
Feb 06, 2015
Stage two rolling power cuts will be implemented on Friday morning, power utility Eskom said. The power outages would be from 8 am until 10 pm, it said in a statement.
Feb 06, 2015
SUPERIOR BASE STOCK Lubrication Engineers’ production facility uses mainly mineral oils for base stock and only synthetic formulas for specialised applications
US-based lubricant specialist Lubrication Engineers is helping heavy industries to register significant savings, owing to the improved energy efficiency and product longevity provided by the company’s advanced series of Pyroshield lubricants.
Feb 05, 2015
Feb 05, 2015
Stage two rolling power cuts will be implemented on Thursday morning, power utility Eskom said. The power outages would be from 08:00 until 23:00 due to a shortage of generation capacity, the Eskom media desk tweeted on its official account.
Feb 04, 2015
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Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown
Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown is urging households and businesses to make provision for “at least two-hour power outages between 7:00 and 22:00 daily”, while warning that the energy situation will remain “extremely tight” for the foreseeable future. Brown...
Feb 04, 2015
Power utility Eskom would implement stage two rolling blackouts from 14:00 on Wednesday, it stated on Twitter. "Loadshedding will move into stage 2 from 14:00. This is as a result of power station units not returning to service as planned," Eskom tweeted.
Feb 04, 2015
Government should allow other power producers to compete and end Eskom's monopoly, the DA said on Wednesday. "Let's break this monopoly before Eskom breaks us, and allow independent power producers," Democratic Alliance leader in Parliament Mmusi Maimane told party...
Feb 03, 2015
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State-owned power provider Eskom has implemented Stage 1 load shedding, which will run until 22:00 on Tuesday. The utility, which was currently facing a shortage in electricity generation capacity, on Tuesday morning reported that it would implement 12 hours of load...
Feb 03, 2015
Beyond a large increase in tariffs, a material improvement in Eskom's financial profile is not expected before new generation capacity comes on stream, Moody's Investors Service said on Tuesday. "Weak operational performance combined with insufficient tariffs and a...
 
 
 
 
Feb 03, 2015
Stage one rolling power cuts will be implemented on Tuesday morning, power utility Eskom said. "The system is severely constrained. Therefore we have had to implement stage one load shedding from 10am to 10pm," spokesperson Khulu Phasiwe said.
Feb 02, 2015
Construction company Group Five expects its headline earnings per share (HEPS) for the six months ended December 31 to be between 40% and 50% lower than the comparative period the year before, owing to a disappointing performance from its engineering and construction...
Feb 02, 2015
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MHPSA head of sales and business development David Milner
In light of the confusion that arose about whether the technical requirements had been fully met during the recent Medupi Unit 6 blow-through, Eskom and Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Africa (MHPSA) have set up a joint technical task team to review the blow-through...
Feb 02, 2015
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Koeberg
The power grid is under pressure on Monday after one of Koeberg's units – which produces 900 MW – has been taken out of service, Eskom said. "Unit one is out of service because of a technical fault," Eskom spokesperson Khulu Phasiwe said.
Jan 30, 2015
Commenting in his capacity as chairperson of the Presidential Infrastructure Championing Initiative (PICI), President Jacob Zuma this week provided an update on the progress of several cross-border and regional infastructure projects championed by the heads-of-State...
Jan 30, 2015
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Gauteng Premier David Makhura and JSE CEO Nicky Newton-King
Gauteng Premier David Makhura has promised to outline a comprehensive energy plan in his upcoming State of the Province address, acknowledging that without direct interventions to bolster security of electricity supply the province’s industrialisation vision could be...
Jan 30, 2015
EXPLORATION Much research is being conducted in South Africa to establish a gas policy, including a Gas Utilisation Master Plan
The South African gas sector is likely to see an increase in mergers and acquisitions among gas producers in 2015, especially during the early part of the year, as the industry adjusts to deal with the effects of the dropping oil price, says North-West University...
Jan 30, 2015
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EFFICIENT The technology used in the Hydrox Electrolyser reduces the production costs of hydrogen
Gas solutions provider Hydrox Holdings has introduced a new hydrogen production method that reduces production costs by eliminating the need for membranes or expensive electrodes typically required to produce the gas. Launched in December, the Hydrox Electrolyser is...
Jan 30, 2015
GAS TO POWER South Africa is likely to see accelerated plans to convert gas into power to meet the growing demand
There is likely to be continued support from the South African government this year to promote gas as an alternative source of energy, says professional services firm EY Africa energy sector leader Claire Lawrie. “There is demand for gas in South Africa from...
Jan 28, 2015
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Jan 28, 2015
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Ivan Glasenberg
Diversified mining major Glencore is considering the closure of some of its coal-mining operations in South Africa, which would reduce its overall South African production by at least five-million saleable tons of coal a year and affect more than 1 000 employees....
Jan 28, 2015
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Power utility Eskom halted load shedding at 14:00 on Wednesday, thanking customers for responding to its call to reduce power consumption. "[This] has enabled us to stop load shedding earlier than anticipated," Eskom said in a statement.
Jan 27, 2015
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Eskom implemented stage two rolling power cuts on Tuesday to help bolster power supply for the rest of the week, acting CEO Dan Marokane said. "We moved to stage two in order to manage our reserves at our pumped storage schemes and gas turbines so that we can better...
Jan 26, 2015
Temporary power generation services provider Aggreko has extended the contract for its 200 MW gas-fired power project in Côte d'Ivoire by three years, with the option to extend this by a further two years.
Jan 23, 2015
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Eskom CEO Tshediso Matona believes positive results from the current turnaround plan at the embattled utility will begin showing through in the next 18 to 24 months and has committed to continue “telling it as it is and telling it like it has never been told” so that...
Jan 23, 2015
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Eskom CEO Tshediso Matona
Apart, perhaps, from the Stoney ginger beer pick-me-up on his conference table and the queue of awaiting visitors in his reception area, there are few other signs of the pressure Eskom CEO Tshediso Matona is under. His corner office on the third-floor at Megawatt...
Jan 23, 2015
MASS ADOPTION SolarPlus’s goal is to implement its systems at 200 000 homes within a ten-year period
As part of its aim to become a renewable-energy utility, solar energy solutions provider SolarPlus Energy Investments has launched the SolarPlus residential long-term solution, a complete solar water heating (SWH) system installed free and provided at a fixed monthly...
Jan 23, 2015
SUSTAINABLE SUPPLY The facility comprises 2 000 solar panels covering a surface area of 4 000 m2 and produces approximately 843 MWh/y
Property group Hyprop Investments launched a new solar photovoltaic (PV) system, valued at about R8-million, at its Clearwater Mall, in Gauteng, in December. “Clearwater Mall is the first property of Hyprop to which we applied a solar PV system of this magnitude,”...
Jan 23, 2015
Jan 23, 2015
AGGRESSIVE TAKE-OFF Powermode’s average monthly installations have increased from about seven to more than 15 installations, for this month
Since power protection and management solutions provider Powermode forecast a significant demand increase for solar photovoltaic (PV) rooftop solutions for local industry in August last year, the company registered “serious” growth in the solar PV market. “Powermode...
 
 
 
 
Jan 23, 2015
TECHNICAL NECESSITY Professional technical partners can provide advisory services for solar projects to reduce technical, quality and contractual issues
Common problems faced by local solar photovoltaic (PV) projects and Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) projects, such as technical and contractual issues, can easily be resolved through the assistance of technical advisory...
Jan 23, 2015
International investors have arranged a €625m finance package for the Lake Turkana Wind Power (LTWP) project, for which the construction of a 300 MW wind farm, in north-eastern Kenya is taking place.
Jan 22, 2015
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Jan 22, 2015
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Municipalities owe State-owned power utility Eskom more than R4.6-billion, an increase of more than R2-billion in the last year, a debt that is contributing to the pressure on Eskom’s ability to provide electricity.
Jan 22, 2015
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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