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Sep 13, 2013
POWER PURCHASE AGREEMENTNamibia Minister of Mines and Energy Isak Katali and Mozambique Energy Minister Salvador Namburete inaugurate Phase 2 of Aggreko’s cross-border interim power project at Gigawatt Park in Ressano Garcia, Mozambique
Temporary power and temperature control solutions provider Aggreko officiated its power purchase agreement (PPA) with Namibian power utility NamPower at the unveiling of Phase 2 of its Ressano Garcia gas-fired power plant at Gigawatt Park, in Mozambique, last month....
Sep 12, 2013
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The State-owned Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) announced on Thursday that it had approved a loan and guarantees worth R2-billion to facilitate black economic empowerment (BEE) and community participation in the development of two peaking electricity...
Sep 11, 2013
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Eskom commercial director Dan Marokane
Eskom is now in a position to make performance bond demands against Hitachi Power Africa for failing to deliver on its construction contracts at the Medupi power plant, MPs heard on Wednesday. The extended trigger date for calling in the bonds was August 9, Eskom...
Sep 10, 2013
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Eskom CEO Brian Dames
A mixed picture emerged on Tuesday regarding the status of Cabinet’s resolution to pursue the development of a third new large-scale coal-fired power station, with Eskom welcoming the ratification of ‘Coal Three’ and Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba...
Sep 10, 2013
State-owned electricity utility Eskom confirmed on Tuesday that it has declared a dispute with its three representative trade unions and the matter will go to arbitration on September 25. CEO Brian Dames said the dispute was declared following three rounds of...
Sep 10, 2013
Eskom said on Tuesday power will remain tight during the southern hemisphere summer period as it increases maintenance work on its ageing fleet, coupled with delays in bringing electricity from new plants online. Eskom CEO Brian Dames said more maintenance was done...
Sep 06, 2013
After years of delays and controversies, Uganda has finally embarked on the construction of the 700 MW Karuma hydropower project. Uganda’s President, Yoweri Museveni, officiated at the ground-breaking ceremony, where he warned local professionals, who have largely...
Sep 06, 2013
Kenya is set to end the monopoly on power distribution that has been long held by State-owned entity Kenya Power. In a move aimed to encourage competi-tion, improve efficiency and reduce the high cost of power in the East Africa nation, Parliament has set in motion a...
Sep 06, 2013
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Sep 05, 2013
State-owned power utility Eskom has gone out to tender for the construction of the 400 kV Hendrina-Gumeni transmission line, in Mpumalanga, with work expected to start at the beginning of December. The 83 km line would stretch from the 400 kV switchyard at the...
Sep 04, 2013
Medupi power station
Despite ongoing labour issues – the most recent being a strike by civils construction workers – State-owned power utility Eskom said on Wednesday that it had achieved some major milestones at its Medupi project. The power utility confirmed that workers...
Sep 02, 2013
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Business Unity South African (Busa) has added its voice to the chorus of opposition to the South African government’s proposal to introduce a carbon tax from January 1, 2015. The National Treasury is in the process of shifting through a number of comments,...
Sep 02, 2013
South African engineering company Merz and McLellan, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Mott MacDonald Group, has been appointed as the owner’s engineer for the two peaking power projects being developed in South Africa, with a combined capacity of 1 005 MW. The...
Aug 30, 2013
Isak Katali and Salvador Namburete
Temporary power and temperature control solutions provider Aggreko officiated its power purchase agreement (PPA) with Namibian power utility NamPower at the unveiling of Phase 2 of the gas-fired power plant at Gigawatt Park, in Ressano Garcia, Mozambique, on...
Aug 30, 2013
The R400-million construction of the Aurora and Vredendal solar photovoltaic (PV) power plants, in the Western Cape is underway and is expected to be completed before the end of the year.
Aug 28, 2013
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GDF SUEZ CEO Gérard Mestrallet said
Construction has started on the R9.7-billion peaker power projects being developed in KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape, with Investec Corporate and Institutional Banking confirming on Wednesday that the two open-cycle gas-turbine plants, which will have a combined...
Aug 28, 2013
Absa’s Corporate and Investment Banking division, acting as joint lead arranger, has raised $1-billion for State-owned power utility Eskom through a ten-year bond offering. The transaction, which closed earlier this month, achieved $4-billion in investor demand and...
Aug 27, 2013
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State-owned electricity producer Eskom has initiated a fresh process to test the potential for large power consumers to reduce their loads during periods of system stress in return for monetary compensation. The utility, which already has demand-response schemes in...
Aug 26, 2013
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There are signs that the South African government is, at last, gearing up to procure electricity capacity from independent power producers (IPPs) besides that which is already being acquired from renewable-energy IPPs. A tender has been published for the appointment...
 
 
 
 
Aug 23, 2013
Power utility Eskom has recovered over R243-million in revenue since the launch of Operation Khanyisa, a national partnership campaign established in 2010 to fight electricity theft and related energy losses in South Africa. This includes over R200-million recovered...
Aug 23, 2013
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Drilling and production testing at the Ibhubesi gas field
Gas exploration and development company Sunbird Energy, of Australia, expects to make a final investment decision in early 2015 on the development of the Ibhubesi gas project, off South Africa’s West Coast. Located 380 km north of Cape Town and 105 km offshore, the...
Aug 23, 2013
New discoveries of natural gas resources in Mozambique, Botswana, Namibia and South Africa have made the use of natural gas to provide heating, cooling and electricity in Southern Africa more viable, says German energy systems company MTU Onsite Energy sales manager...
Aug 23, 2013
POWER PLATFORMFollowing the success of the first Power-Gen Africa last year, event organiser PennWell International decided to co-locate next year’s event with the first DistribuTech Africa to further address the needs of Africa’s energy sector
Internationally renowned power transmission and distribution event DistribuTech, which has been providing a comprehensive overview of the global power distribution sector for more than 20 years, will make its Africa debut next year, in conjunction with the second...
Aug 23, 2013
132 km POWER LINEAbengoa’s power transmission lines will connect Kenya with Uganda
The Kenya Electricity Transmission Company (Ketraco) awarded Spain-based international sustainable energy company Abengoa a contract for the construction of a 132 km electricity transmission line between Kenya and Uganda.
Aug 23, 2013
Prefabricated energy centre modules, uninterrupted power supply and data centres that can be expanded or scaled can be installed within two to three days on sites throughout Africa, says secure power equipment company Master Power Technologies Durban engineer and...
Aug 20, 2013
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Aug 16, 2013
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Aug 16, 2013
Future data centres will be more efficient, but the exponential growth in data generated by people, businesses, devices and automated systems will result in more electricity being consumed by information systems, says network infrastructure company Emerson Network...
Aug 15, 2013
Electrical, lighting and related products supplier ARB Holdings has boosted its profit for the year ended June by 22% to R123.68-million, and reported a 24% increase in revenue to R1.94-billion. The group’s operating profit increased by 26% to R160-million.
 
 
 
 
Aug 15, 2013
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UCT Graduate School of Business professor, Anton Eberhard
South Africa’s prevailing electricity planning and investment paradigm has come in for sharp criticism from experts, who argue that a new, more responsive process is required to enable the country to adapt to changing circumstances, including changes to the demand...
Aug 14, 2013
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DTI acting deputy director general for industrial policy Garth Strachan
The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is conducting a comprehensive assessment of the impact that South Africa’s steep electricity price increases have had on the country’s manufacturing sector – the study will be used as the basis for a dialogue with...
Aug 09, 2013
FUNDING WORRIES Financial constraints are said to already be having an impact on geothermal investments
The quest by Kenya to invest in geothermal power projects to address perennial power challenges now stands on the precipice owing to a financing crunch. East Africa’s biggest economy has identified geothermal energy as the solution for a protracted energy crisis...
Aug 09, 2013
THREE-IN-ONE ACCREDITATIONFrom left: Babcock SHEQ GM Mpho Matshane, Babcock Engineering MD Cecil Oates, DQS South Africa MD Francois Labuschagne and Babcock Africa group risk manager Koos Cornelissen at the handover ceremony
The Africa branch of engineering support services provider Babcock has been awarded an integrated management systems certification by independent auditing and certification body authority DQS South Africa for its power generation business unit, Ntuthuko Generation....
Aug 09, 2013
Ethiopia has unveiled plans to invest in a new hydropower project in a bid to become an electricility powerhouse in the wider East African region.
Aug 09, 2013
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Aug 08, 2013
First Quantum's Kansanshi mine
Power and automation technology group ABB has won $32-million order to build a new substation and upgrade an existing one at First Quantum Minerals’ Kansanshi copper mine, in Zambia. ABB power systems division head Brice Koch said on Thursday that the substations...
Aug 08, 2013
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Eskom primary energy executive Kiren Maharaj
State electricity producer Eskom reports that it is working on a comprehensive response to what is being termed a ‘coal supply cliff’, which could result in yearly shortfalls of up to 40-million tons from 2018, as existing medium-term contracts expire and...
Aug 06, 2013
Scaw Metals CEO Markus Hannemann
Newly appointed Scaw Metals CEO Markus Hannemann says that, while his first priority is to oversee an internal review and stabilisation programme at the 7 000-employee-strong steel products manufacturer, he already has his eye on a number niche expansion prospects....
Aug 06, 2013
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The Department of Energy (DoE) has released the Draft Integrated Energy Planning Report for public consultation and has announced that it will host stakeholder consultations in various parts of the country during the months of September, October and November. The...
 
 
 
 
Aug 02, 2013
Construction on the 50 MWe Bokpoort concentrated solar power (CSP) plant project in the Northern Cape started after reaching financial close in June, a consortium led by Saudi-based electricity and desalinated water producer, Acwa Power International, said on Friday....
Aug 02, 2013
Rope access specialist Skyriders and plant care engineering consulting experts Carab Tekniva completed the inspection of a 210-m-high smokestack and various boiler pressure components at the Paiton coal-fired power station in East Java, Indonesia. The two South...
Aug 02, 2013
The Droogfontein and De Aar solar power projects received two high-voltage (HV) transformers, which will to enable them to connect to State-owned power utility Eskom’s network in April 2014. The HV transformers are not only the largest single components at the...
Aug 01, 2013
Acting Eskom spokesperson Andrew Etzinger
Power utility Eskom has appointed its senior GM for integrated demand management, Andrew Etzinger, acting spokesperson following the resignation of Hilary Joffe. Joffe, whose last day in office was July 31, is returning to Business Day, where she has been appointed...
Jul 31, 2013
The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) on Wednesday said it would not yield to State-owned Eskom’s 5.6%, five-year wage deal. “We remain unshakable on our demands,” said NUM chief negotiator at Eskom, Helen Diatile.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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