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Jul 15, 2014
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State-owned freight logistics utility Transnet has issued tenders opening the way for formal investigations into the rail requirements to link the the coal-rich Waterberg region with domestic and export coal markets. Transnet Capital Projects is seeking consultants...
Jul 14, 2014
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Jul 11, 2014
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Jul 11, 2014
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Interim Eskom CEO Collin Matjila
State-owned power utility Eskom spent a massive R10.5-billion on diesel fuel in 2013/14 to enable it to operate its two open-cycle gas turbines (OCGT) in the Western Cape. The expenditure was well up on the R5-billion spent in the prior year and a full R8.1-billion...
Jul 11, 2014
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The Medupi power project
Electricity producer Eskom has revealed that it has received cumulative contractor claims at Medupi and Kusile worth R50-billion. But group executive for the capital division Dan Marokane stresses that many of the claims are “concurrent”. He also suggests that global...
Jul 11, 2014
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Government’s Gas Utilisation Master Plan (Gump), Integrated Energy Plan (IEP) and Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) underline that gas is not only a substitutable alternative to coal but a definitive and substantial part of South Africa’s energy mix.
Jul 09, 2014
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The joint developers of the R3-billion Jeffreys Bay wind farm, situated alongside the N2 in Eastern Cape, have lauded South Africa’s transparent and well-run renewable-energy bidding programme and indicated on Wednesday that they would be participating in the...
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Jul 01, 2014
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Jun 30, 2014
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Following weeks of power emergency alerts and some instances of load shedding, State-owned power utility Eskom on Monday said the national grid had stabilised. The most recent biweekly system status bulletin, released on Monday, forecast an evening peak capacity of...
Jun 27, 2014
NEW BUILD SUPPORT Energy Engineered Products has supplied valve products to Eskom’s Medupi, Kusile and Ingula power generation projects
Specialist alloys and valve supplier Energy Engineered Products reports it has completed its latest contract for State-owned power utility Eskom’s Kusile power station project, in Mpumalanga. The company completed the supply of products, valued at about R2-million,...
Jun 27, 2014
SCHEDULE ACCELERATION Eskom will determine how to accelerate the Ingula project schedule to achieve earlier power commission
State-owned power utility Eskom plans to evaluate the remaining scope of work of the Ingula pumped-storage scheme to  synchronise the project’s first unit to South Africa’s electricity grid as close to the original project timeframe as possible Eskom group capital...
Jun 27, 2014
TEETHING PROBLEMS Eskom emphasises the importance of embedding lessons learned from Medupi’s Unit 6 to drive efficiencies in the rest of the utility’s fleet
With State-owned power utility Eskom having reached key milestones in resolving issues that have caused delays in synchronising its new-build Mepudi power station project Unit 6 onto the national electricity grid, Eskom is confident that the unit will be synchronised...
Jun 27, 2014
CORE COMPONENT Turnmill Proquip Engineering is supplying about 120 t a month of boiler ducting material to the Kusile power station
Manufacturing, machining and refurbishment services engineering company Turnmill Proquip Engineering, a subsidiary of suppliers of steel products and related services Structa Group, is producing material for boiler ducting for cold and hot air and supplying it to...
Jun 27, 2014
NEW BUILD PREPARATION Eskom is awaiting government direction regarding the proposed new nuclear and coal–fired power station builds
While work is progressing at State-owned power utility Eskom’s new build projects, Eskom group capital acting group executive Dan Marokane says the utility has conducted preliminary work for potential additional new build projects. These projects include a third...
Jun 27, 2014
CAPITAL TRANSMISSION Phase 1 of the R10-billion Medupi integration project is to be completed in July 2014
State-owned power utility Eskom’s Power Delivery Projects (PDP) portfolio, currently valued at about R37.5-billion as of 31 March this year, and which falls under the power utility’s Group Capital division, has carried out transmission line and associated...
Jun 27, 2014
POWER CONNECTION Eskom says the 765 kV network will stretch from the power stations in Mpumalanga to those in the Western Cape by 2016
State-owned power utility Eskom’s 765 kV transmission projects’ activities, which fall under its Power Delivery Projects (PDP) division, are currently concentrated on the Hydra-Sterrekus transmission line scheme, in the Western Cape, with completion for the Sterrekus...
Jun 27, 2014
South African businesses are tentatively, but increasingly, investigating and adopting solar photovoltaic (PV) systems to reduce their consumption of electricity during daylight hours, says UK solar PV subsidiary Solarcentury Southern Africa MD Gareth Warner. Many...
Jun 26, 2014
The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa’s (Numsa’s) employees working at State-owned power utility Eskom will stage a protest march on July 2, in support of the union’s wage and other demands after negotiations reached a deadlock. According to a report by...
 
 
 
 
Jun 26, 2014
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Jun 25, 2014
The high-voltage (HV) yard and three power lines at power utility Eskom’s Ingula pumped storage scheme project have been successfully energised at a cost of R1.1-billion, completing the first phase of the integration of the scheme’s transmission system. Main...
Jun 24, 2014
Jun 24, 2014
Electricity utility Eskom confirmed on Tuesday that credit rating agency Standard & Poor’s (S&P’s) had downgraded its long-term local and foreign currency rating to BBB- from BBB and had also placed it on “CreditWatch with potential negative implications”. The...
Jun 24, 2014
It is critical that South Africa’s strategic infrastructure projects are prioritised and implemented by learning from successful programmes, such as the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers Procurement Programme (REIPPPP), as the country’s economy continues...
Jun 24, 2014
Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson
Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson says she will be inviting members of the public to recommend people who can serve on a ‘Ministerial Advisory Council on Energy’, which she proposes to establish soon. “I have decided that, over and above the Department of Energy...
Jun 24, 2014
Creamer Media’s Electricity 2014 report provides insight into South Africa’s electricity generation, exploring the issues of State-owned power utility Eskom's generated power, coal supplies, electricity tariffs and demand-focused initiatives, as well as the...
Jun 23, 2014
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South Africa’s power system would be extremely tight during Monday’s evening peak with demand – forecast at 35 224 MW – exceeding the expected available capacity, including opencycle gas turbines, of 35 191 MW, State-owned power utility Eskom said in its latest...
Jun 23, 2014
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Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson
Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson has blamed municipal infrastructure for some of the power cuts in the country. "Power disruptions are not necessarily... [because of] load-shedding, but in some instances are due to municipal infrastructure failures,"...
Jun 19, 2014
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There is little question that electricity utility Eskom has had a difficult start to winter, having already declared several power emergencies and having also resorted to unpopular rotational load shedding. There is also serious concen that Eskom will struggle to...
 
 
 
 
Jun 18, 2014
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Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm
As South Africa moves to evolve its regulatory environment to accommodate renewable-energy inputs into the national grid, so too does the likelihood of a long-term evolution to the exclusive use of smart electricity grids to manage energy consumption in the country’s...
Jun 18, 2014
Venture capital (VC) presents an attractive value proposition for funding the development of green economy projects and, coupled with entrepreneurship at grassroot economic level, has unlimited potential to create financial inclusivity, National Empowerment Fund...
Jun 18, 2014
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Following the July 2013 launch of a public consultation phase for the formulation of South Africa’s envisaged Integrated Energy Plan (IEP), The Department of Energy (DoE) has advised that the final plan will be published by March next year. “The final IEP will be...
Jun 18, 2014
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The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation on Wednesday welcomed the revitalisation of the nuclear energy sector. "Nuclear energy will provide base-load electricity. It will allow our country to lower its carbon footprint and meet its international obligations,"...
Jun 13, 2014
Power cuts are unlikely over the weekend, Eskom said on Friday. Spokesperson Andrew Etzinger said deliberate power cuts became necessary on Thursday evening due to constraints on the power system.
Jun 12, 2014
The Kendal power station
A further power system emergency was declared on Thursday afternoon and a second night of load shedding was instituted, following the first load shedding of winter on Wednesday June 11. Eskom also indicated that conditions for the rest of the month and July could “be...
Jun 12, 2014
South Africa has much to celebrate on Global Wind Day, June 15, the South African Wind Energy Association (Sawea) said on Thursday. “… there is no better time to highlight our ongoing efforts towards bettering communities. Not only has [South Africa] embraced an...
Jun 11, 2014
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Conlog's Durban manufacturing plant, which has 170 mostly female workers, has capacity to produce 100 000 units monthly
South African prepayment electricity meter specialist Conlog has signalled its intention to aggressively accelerate its African and international expansion strategy in a bid to build on its already impressive installed base of eight-million units, which have been...
Jun 11, 2014
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The World Bank has made a further material downward revision to South Africa’s growth outlook for 2014, citing tense labour-market conditions as a key reason, along with weak electricity supply and tighter monetary policy. The bank’s latest Global Economic Prospects...
Jun 06, 2014
Power utility Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen) has injected life into plans to implement geothermal power projects that have failed to take off owing to a financial crunch. About two years ago, KenGen announced it intended developing up to 560 MW of...
 
 
 
 
Jun 06, 2014
WEE CHIEFTAN Cochran boilers operate in more than 100 countries worldwide
The popularity of coal-fired boilers is slowly losing momentum to the rise in cleaner burning fuels such as natural gas, according to heat generation company Steam Generation Africa.
Jun 05, 2014
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Jun 05, 2014
Interim Eskom CEO Collin Matjila
State-owned electricity utility Eskom will issue a tender soon for the procurement of an additional 500 MW of capacity from private generators, as part of a larger intervention to ensure supply security ahead of the introduction of new capacity from the Medupi,...
Jun 04, 2014
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Eskom's Megawatt Park head office
Senior executives at State-owned electricity supplier Eskom have agreed to forgo their bonuses for the financial year 2013/14 in light of the financial constraints afflicting the utility and ahead of possible Cabinet deliberations on additional future support for the...
Jun 03, 2014
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IEA executive director Maria van der Hoeven
With South Africa moving to materially raise the profile of gas in its energy mix – probably initially through the importation of liquefied natural gas (LNG) – the International Energy Agency (IEA) has cautioned that gas transportation costs could dampen prospects...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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