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Apr 30, 2015
State-owned power utility Eskom has gained a seat on the board of directors of an international research organisation, giving the utility direct access to energy research and the opportunity to influence the strategic direction and work programme of the electric...
Apr 30, 2015
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While State-owned power utility Eskom has reached payment agreements with ten of the top 20 defaulting municipalities, the balance would face scheduled power interruptions from June for nonpayment. The 20 local municipalities aggregately owed Eskom about...
Apr 30, 2015
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Engineering, procurement, construction and management (EPCM) firm WorleyParsons says construction is running smoothly at solar energy specialist Abengoa Solar’s 50 MW  Khi Solar One concentrated solar power (CSP) plant, near Upington in the Northern Cape. The CSP...
Apr 29, 2015
Power utility Eskom on Wednesday said it would not need to implement load-shedding for the first part of Wednesday, as there was enough electricity generation capacity to meet demand. “The power system is stable at present but is expected to be constrained during the...
Apr 29, 2015
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Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene
The lack of sufficient electricity is the most binding constraint to production and investment in South Africa, Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene has acknowledged to MPs. In reply to a written question from David Ross, a DA MP, who asked what were the “structural and...
Apr 28, 2015
Police have a dispersed a group of striking workers who attempted to block a road at the Medupi power station near Lephalale on Tuesday morning, Limpopo police said. "A group of striking workers attempted to block the road, however they were dispersed by police,"...
Apr 28, 2015
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The first part of power utility Eskom’s maintenance drive has been completed without the parastatal having to implement load-shedding over the weekend. The State-owed utility on Friday embarked on a three-day maintenance “festival” to improve the performance and...
Apr 24, 2015
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South African mining and energy adviser Ted Blom has raised a litany of concerns about the state of power utility Eskom and has warned of runaway costs and shortfalls in coal and water, as well as rail capacity. Blom was surprised by the recent buoyancy shown by...
Apr 24, 2015
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Apr 22, 2015
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Acting Eskom CEO Brian Molefe
Acting Eskom CEO Brian Molefe has suggested that all companies and households should be transitioned across to prepaid electricity systems, adding that he will propose that those municipalities not paying Eskom be bypassed. “The whole of South Africa should move to...
Apr 22, 2015
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Acting Eskom CEO Brian Molefe has outlined a range of moves he hopes will alleviate the State-owned power utility’s power supply crisis, including finding an extra 3 000 MW by 2016, which could lead to an end to load-shedding.  “We need 3 000 MW to do both planned...
Apr 22, 2015
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To improve the performance and reliability of its power generating units ahead of the expected peak winter demand, State-owned power provider Eskom will embark on a “massive maintenance festival” this weekend. The utility explained in a statement that almost 64% of...
Apr 22, 2015
Globally, the power industry is facing a perfect storm of unprecedented challenges and companies failing to stay ahead of the curve face an uncertain future, PwC said on Wednesday. As South Africa – and the world’s – power sector rapidly transformed, new business and...
Apr 22, 2015
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Boutique advisory company EDPlatform, established in 2012 to support energy developers meet the economic-development requirements of South Africa’s independent power producer (IPP) procurement initiatives, has described recent announcements on the expansion and...
Apr 21, 2015
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State-owned electricity utility Eskom has overhauled its approach to demand-side management (DSM), narrowing its focus to two main areas: a small number of large-scale industrial projects; and the mass deployment of energy-efficient light bulbs. The utility halted...
Apr 21, 2015
Eskom will implement stage 1 load shedding (1 000 MW cut) for the tenth day in a row, but only from 17:00 to 22:00 on Tuesday as it tries to minimise the power cuts during the day. The power utility informed users via Twitter just before 14:00. Earlier on Tuesday,...
Apr 21, 2015
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With Africa holding 60% of the world’s arable land, agriculture held one of the keys to unlocking economic opportunities for the continent, but could only be achieved through cooperation with other countries in regions such as Asia. Speaking at the Asia–Africa...
Apr 21, 2015
JSE-listed Consolidated Infrastructure Group (CIG) on Tuesday reported a 26% year-on-year increase in revenue to R1.7-billion for the six months ended February 28, while its aftertax profit grew by 36% year-on-year to R164-million. The higher profit was driven...
Apr 20, 2015
Transnet acting CE Siyabonga Gama
State-owned Transnet has appointed Siyabonga Gama as acting CE, effective immediately. This followed Brian Molefe’s secondment as acting CE of power utility Eskom.
 
 
 
 
Apr 17, 2015
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Apr 17, 2015
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South Africans could soon experience their first-ever stage four load-shedding, after Eskom confirmed that the stage allocation would be altered. The current stages of load-shedding are stage 1, when 1 000 MW is cut from the grid; stage 2, when 2 000 MW is cut from...
Apr 17, 2015
Dual-listed power plant developer Independent Power South Africa (Ipsa) on Thursday reported that an appeal by Iris Ecopower, the Malaysian company with which it had entered into a $31-million contract to sell two of its Siemens Westinghouse 701 DU turbines in...
Apr 17, 2015
Llewellyn Consulting's Russell Jones
Power represents Africa’s largest infrastructure challenge, a new thought-leader report argues, noting that the continent’s power infrastructure delivers only a small fraction of that delivered in other developing regions. Titled ‘Foundations for Growth -...
Apr 17, 2015
Today’s organisations execute projects within increasingly complex environments – particularly in the engineering sector. The ability to successfully execute these projects is what drives the realisation of successful projects and, ultimately, the achievement of...
Apr 17, 2015
Vanguard loads a 230 t generator with its 800 t hydraulic lift system
International heavy-lift, abnormal transport and installation specialist, Vanguard, has been active in two vital power generation projects in the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal, which are set to supply South Africa with more than 1 000 MW of power during times of...
Apr 17, 2015
SMART DISTRIBUTION Providing funds to introduce smart grid technologies in the absence of a clearly defined strategy will not result in the desired outcome
South Africa’s distribution grid is a twentieth-century relic, which must be changed to serve the country’s modern electricity needs, says South African National Energy Development Institute (Sanedi) Smart Grid Programme manager Dr Minnesh Bipath. “What we are...
Apr 17, 2015
STRANDED POWER It would not be feasible to propose building a thermal plant in a location far from the nearest gas pipeline
Applying for an independent power producer (IPP) licence required extensive planning, with help from various industry-specific companies, said Nigeria-based energy advisory firm Lavayo Energy CEO Lolu Adubifa, who addressed delegates at the ‘How to Get an IPP...
Apr 17, 2015
HEAVY LIFTING Johnson Crane Hire is committed to providing the latest heavy lift equipment for local clients
South Africa-based mobile crane hire company Johnson Crane Hire’s (JCH’s) heavy-lifting division in January completed a heavy lift project at platinum mining major Impala Platinum’s Zimbabwe-based subsidiary Zimplats’ Selous Metallurgical Complex for global...
Apr 17, 2015
EXPANDING USE OF SOLAR Regulations in Dubai are aimed at encouraging people to install solar energy
The regulations to govern solar power connection in Dubai homes and businesses in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), are in the final stages of development.
 
 
 
 
Apr 17, 2015
HARNESSING WIND POWER Siemens will manufacture rotor blade for wind turbines to contribute to the 2 GW of wind power capacity that will be generated in Egypt
Electrical engineering company Siemens and the Egyptian government reached two firm agreements on March 14, firstly to build a 4.4 GW combined-cycle power plant and, secondly, to install wind power capacity of 2 GW – both in Egypt.
Apr 17, 2015
While the energy crunch in South Africa will remain a problem over the medium term, the benefits of energy efficiency and management will persist for much longer, says national Measurement and Verification Council (MVCSA) board member and Southern African Association...
Apr 17, 2015
HEATING A CITY One advantage of a multiple gas engine power plant is the high plant part-load efficiency and availability
With the Energy Efficiency Law of Romania and financial incentives for cogeneration driving the country to implement more energy efficiency initiatives, energy services company Bepco showcased the success of four high-efficiency combined heat and power (CHP) plants...
Apr 17, 2015
Green electric power generation equipment supplier Vert Energy announced in March that it has extended its range of electric power generation (EPG) components to meet growing demand from generator set (genset) builders and electromechanical power transmission...
Apr 17, 2015
ABNORMAL LOADS Five bridges ere propped and three were bypassed
Heavy transportation and lifting solutions provider ALE in November completed the delivery of three 149 t transformers to the Songo high-voltage direct-current converter station, in Mozambique. ALE South Africa brand manager Theo van Wyk tells Engineering News that...
Apr 17, 2015
Unit 6 of State-owned power utility Eskom’s Medupi power station, in Lephalale, Limpopo, reached a critical milestone last month when it produced and delivered power for the first time.
Apr 17, 2015
BURNING METHANE Zest WEG Group is focusing on gas-powered electricity generation in industries where methane is prevalent
State-owned power utility Eskom has ordered a set of five trailer-mounted substations from electrical solutions company Zest WEG Group to assist with substation up-time.
Apr 17, 2015
LOUIS SHAFFER It would be in South Africa’s best interest to pursue rooftop solar to add a few gigawatts in the near future
The large-scale exploitation and rapid implementation of rooftop solar power for commercial buildings and households would bring drastic relief from South Africa’s current electricity woes, says power management solutions company Eaton.
Apr 17, 2015
SHUNT REACTORS Powertech Transformers has designed and built specialty transformers for use in the South African industry
JSE-listed power industries company Altron Group subsidiary Powertech Transformers broke new ground in August last year by successfully designing, building and testing new shunt reactors exclusively specified for the South African market.
Apr 17, 2015
HARSH ENVIRONMENTS CleanARC coatings serve to extend the performance of photovoltaic products in harsh conditions
China-based solar panel manufacturer Yingli Green Energy Holding Company Limited (Yingli Solar) announced in January that CleanARC anti-reflective (AR) glass coating is now available on all Yingli product lines.
 
 
 
 
Apr 17, 2015
According to the International Energy Agency, only 290-million people out of a population of 915-million in sub-Saharan Africa had access to electricity.
Apr 17, 2015
BARRY BREDENKAMP The number one priority of enhancing energy efficiency and reducing the emissions of large-scale electricity generation is gathering data
Energy efficiency requires a complex approach that should be initiated and implemented across the supply chain, from production to the consumer, said State-owned entity the South African National Energy Development Institute (Sanedi) senior manager for energy...
Apr 16, 2015
A request for proposals (RFP) for cogeneration power projects will be released in April 2015, Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson has announced, adding that preferred bidders would be named during the third quarter of 2015. In line with Gazetted determinations,...
Apr 16, 2015
Eskom will move from stage 1 to stage 2 load shedding at 18:00 on Thursday, which is expected to continue until 22:00. This is due to a further shortage of generation capacity as additional units have had to be taken out of service for unplanned maintenance caused by...
Apr 16, 2015
The first phase of the Mokolo Crocodile River Water Augmentation Project (MCWAP) would only be ready for operation on October 8, Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane revealed in a written response to a Parliamentary question by opposition party Democratic...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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