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Jan 15, 2015
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Medupi synchronisation said to be weeks away
Embattled power utility Eskom, which has been experiencing major delays and cost overruns at its two coal-fired megaprojects Medupi and Kusile, gave an assurance on Thursday that the synchronisation of Medupi Unit 6 is only weeks away, with pipe restoration work...
Jan 15, 2015
Jan 15, 2015
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Eskom CEO Tshediso Matona
Eskom CEO Tshediso Matona says the State-owned utility requires an immediate cash injection of R3-billion to sustain the diesel purchases it requires to operate its open-cycle gas turbines (OCGTs) in the Western Cape and help lower the risk of ongoing power cuts...
Jan 14, 2015
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It was crucial for renewable energy projects to be fast-tracked nationally to counter electricity shortages in the short-term, photovoltaic (PV) solutions provider Talesun Energy VP Arthur Chien said. State-owned Eskom has been struggling to keep the lights on in the...
Jan 14, 2015
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In light of rolling blackouts and reports that State-owned power utility Eskom is facing financial problems, the South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Sacci) has called on its members to submit any proposals that they believe may alleviate the situation....
Jan 13, 2015
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Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson today met with representatives of the Energy Intensive User Group (EIUG) – comprising South African companies that are the major users of energy in South Africa – to discuss how to tackle the challenge of limited electricity...
Jan 13, 2015
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South Africa’s Department of Energy (DoE), which issued the long-awaited coal baseload independent power producer (IPP) procurement programme request for proposals (RFP) in December, is insisting that 51% of the equity in qualifying projects be held by South...
Jan 13, 2015
There was no indication of rolling blackouts on Tuesday, but the power grid remained under pressure, Eskom said. "We are looking relatively okay for today but the system is constantly constrained, so if something unexpected happens we might have to implement load...
Jan 13, 2015
Jan 12, 2015
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Jan 12, 2015
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Jan 12, 2015
 
 
 
Jan 09, 2015
Eskom's financial issues are partly responsible for the country's rolling blackouts, it said on Friday. "Eskom does have financial issues. It is true that we are having financial crunch and we are currently in discussion with government to get us out of this...
Jan 08, 2015
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Electricity utility Eskom is not providing an official revised date for the first synchronisation of Medupi Unit 6, having missed the December 24 deadline. However, spokesperson Andrew Etzinger says the milestone should be reached before the end of February and that...
Jan 07, 2015
The risk of power cuts was high on Wednesday after two of Eskom's generators failed, the power utility said. "Two generators failed and this is part of a number of other challenges within the systems which have exacerbated the situation," spokesperson Khulu Phasiwe...
Jan 05, 2015
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The power grid was constrained, but stable on Monday after a spike in electricity usage as people returned from holiday, Eskom said. "We are seeing a lot of demand, but we are able to supply. The risk of load-shedding is low to medium," spokesperson Khulu Phasiwe said.
Jan 05, 2015
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The Democratic Alliance on Sunday said it was concerned with a lack of clarity about the current state of South Africa's power supply system as the new year took off. "The power utility and Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa must... let us know exactly what the current...
Dec 12, 2014
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The extent of the damage to industry and the costs that arise directly from load-shedding have been gravely underestimated, the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI) said on Friday. “This is a crisis for the country and a disaster for many industries, and...
Dec 12, 2014
As South Africans prepare for the summer holiday with lazy days of parties and fine food, Eskom says there will not be any disturbances caused by power cuts. "As it stands and things don't change, the risk of load shedding is very low for today and the whole of...
Dec 12, 2014
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Power cuts on Friday were unlikely as the national power grid was doing well, Eskom said. "There is a low probability of load shedding today. The grid is in good shape and unless something happens, the power will be fine," Eskom spokesman Andrew Etzinger said.
Dec 12, 2014
INDUSTRIAL CHEMICALS Reba Chemicals exports its products to Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia, Swaziland and Mozambique
Johannesburg-based chemical manufacturer Reba Chemicals attended this year’s Lephalale Mining Expo, hosted by Mining and Technical Exhibitions (MTE), to establish partnerships that can expand the company’s reach in the area. Reba Chemicals MD Freddy Motau told...
Dec 12, 2014
FAZEL MOOSA The benefit of any form of infrastructure is the value that it adds to the community around it
Financial services provider Investec says it has gained invaluable experience through its funding of a Mozambican power generation project, the Kuvaninga Energia project, which reached financial close in December 2013 and is scheduled for commercial operation in the...
 
 
 
 
Dec 12, 2014
VALVES Importing companies account for about 80% of the jobs in the valves industry
Local valve importer CMO Africa says the government regulation, which stipulates that 70% of valves used in State projects be manufactured in-country, will lead to the demise of the valves import industry. CMO Africa MD Mark Bowden told Engineering News at the Mining...
Dec 12, 2014
HERTZOG VERHOEF The Medupi power plant project provided us with an opportunity to establish ELB Construction
Engineering solutions provider ELB Engineering Services says that its conveyors moved the first coal to the mill bunkers of boiler 6 at Medupi power station in Lephalale, Limpopo last month. ELB Medupi project manager Hertzog Verhoef says the coal to bunker process...
Dec 12, 2014
LYNNE BROWN The next few years are going to be tough
Johannesburg-based chemical manufacturer Reba Chemicals attended this year’s Lephalale Mining Expo, hosted by Mining and Technical Exhibitions (MTE), to establish partnerships that can expand the company’s reach in the area. Reba Chemicals MD Freddy Motau told...
Dec 12, 2014
Local power solutions provider Jasco Power Solutions states that its uninterrupted power supply (UPS) system, the Gamatronic UPS range, introduced to the local market in March provides reliable backup power when State-owned power utility Eskom faces the challenge of...
Dec 12, 2014
MEDUPI POWER STATION At full capacity the station will add 4 800 MW to the national grid
State-owned power utility Eskom says it is in the process of building two 400 kV transmission lines between the Spitskop substation and the Dinaledi substation, both  in the greater Brits area, in the North West, to enable the integration of the first unit of the...
Dec 11, 2014
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Will South Africa’s electricity grid collapse, plunging the country into weeks of darkness? Experts say it is possible, but unlikely.
Dec 11, 2014
Dec 11, 2014
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Cabinet has approved a five-point plan to address the current strain on South Africa’s electricity system as well as the creation of a technical “war room” to undertake various interventions to improve supply security over the short and medium term. Since the start...
Dec 11, 2014
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The International Monetary Fund (IMF), which expects the South African economy to grow by only 2.1% in 2015, warns that even this “lackluster” outlook carries considerable downside risks, with the country’s high current account deficit “reflecting persistent...
Dec 09, 2014
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The African National Congress (ANC) on Tuesday called on Eskom to fast-track the construction of the Medupi and Kusile power stations to alleviate the strain on the grid that has seen rolling blackouts. "The last meeting of the national executive committee of the...
 
 
 
 
Dec 09, 2014
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Eskom is still preparing an input for the Cabinet subcommittee set up to deal with the issue of energy security, but CEO Tshediso Matona revealed this week that the document will call for the stabilisation of the utility to be prioritised ahead of any restructuring...
Dec 09, 2014
Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) has urged government and State-owned power utility Eskom to bring an end to the current bout of load shedding, which, in the past three weeks, has cost the metals and engineering sector an...
Dec 08, 2014
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Eskom CEO Tshediso Matona
With plant breakdowns having increased drastically at Eskom since 2009, the State-owned utility has increased its use of diesel materially, having burnt around 140-million litres of the energy carrier in November alone. This rise in consumption has placed major...
Dec 08, 2014
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Eskom CEO Tshediso Matona
The electricity supply is expected to be constrained in February and March, Eskom said on Monday. "February and March are concerning for us. This due to budgetary constraints. Our financial director is looking at options in this regard," CEO Tshediso Matona told...
Dec 05, 2014
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The ongoing power blackouts will lead to job loses, the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) said on Friday. "One of the negative consequences of this load shedding, especially for the workers, is that industries heavily reliant on electricity for...
Dec 05, 2014
The latest version of power and automation giant ABB’s 800xA integration platform unifies core industrial functions, their planning and execution, enabling industrial companies to maintain control over all aspects affecting production, including safety. The platform,...
Dec 05, 2014
PAUL HEYNS Altaaqa Global Southern Africa continuously communicates with potential customers and local authorities, strengthening the company’s reach in the Southern Africa region
Temporary power solutions provider Altaaqa Global says its Southern Africa branch, which recently opened in Johannesburg, South Africa, has expanded the company’s reach in the temporary power supply market, especially in the mining and infrastructure construction...
Dec 05, 2014
POWER TROLLEY 6 The portable, ecofriendly generator is cost effective
Local power generation technology specialist Sinetech says that its Power Trolley 6 provides reliable, mobile back-up power during load shedding and other instances where the main source of energy fails or does not exist. Sinetech GM Herbert Teubner says that the...
Dec 05, 2014
LEGRAND MODULAR UPS The system ensures continuity of service when the mains source of power fails
Electrical systems supplier Legrand South Africa says that its new range of service sector solutions, the uninterruptible power supply (UPS) system, enhances products such as structured cabling systems for data networks and control and management of installation...
Dec 04, 2014
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Automotive manufacturer Volkswagen South Africa (VWSA) has achieved an international ISO 50001 certification for its energy management systems. The systems were implemented at VWSA’s Uitenhage and Port Elizabeth plants to enhance the company’s energy performance,...
 
 
 
 
Dec 04, 2014
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Eskom will start rolling blackouts countrywide at 4pm on Thursday because of low diesel reserves, the parastatal said. "Unfortunately it is necessary to implement stage two load shedding from 4pm to 10pm," spokesperson Andrew Etzinger said.
Dec 03, 2014
South Africans could have their power cut if more pressure is put on Eskom's grid this week, the power utility said on Wednesday. "We are using our emergency reserves extensively so far this week," spokesperson Andrew Etzinger said.
Dec 03, 2014
Kelvin power station
Nedbank and Investec Bank are considering selling the 600 MW privately owned coal-fired Kelvin power station, in Kempton Park. The power station formed a crucial part of the City of Johannesburg metropolitan municipality’s power supply and historically supplied...
Dec 01, 2014
The South African government is seeking bids from international and domestic advisers with expertise to design, develop and implement programmes for the “procurement of energy from independent power producers (IPPs)”. The request for proposals (RFP) has been issued...
Dec 01, 2014
South Africa’s seasonally adjusted Kagiso Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) recovered to its best level in over a year in November, rising to 53.3 points – a reading above the 50-point level signals an expansion. Besides being at its best level since August 2013, the...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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