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Nov 12, 2014
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Koeberg power station
Power utility Eskom on Tuesday said Westinghouse Electric Belgium had withdrawn its urgent High Court application, which charged the utility with contempt of court, owing to what it said was Eskom’s failure to deliver documentation, as ordered by the court, to...
Nov 11, 2014
Ratings agency Standard & Poor's (S&P’s) affirmed its 'BBB-' long-term foreign and local currency ratings on South African electricity utility Eskom on Tuesday. S&P’s also removed the State-owned utility from CreditWatch, but said it had applied a negative outlook to...
Nov 11, 2014
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Collapsed silo at Eskom's Majuba power station
Democratic Alliance MP Natasha Michael on Tuesday demanded Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown supply Parliament with all maintenance records for the Majuba power station in Mpumalanga. (See letter here) In what appears to be a continuation of the war of words...
Nov 07, 2014
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The aftermath of the November 1 central coal silo collapse at Majuba
Eskom CEO Tshediso Matona says plans are in place ramp up output at the Majuba power station to a sustainable 1 800 MW for the coming six months, while the utility finalised interim and permanent recovery solutions for the 4 100 MW facility. On Friday, the plant was...
Nov 07, 2014
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A business-led initiative is under way to set up a new “vehicle” to enable the public sector, especially under-resourced municipalities, to tap “latent” private sector skills in a way that helps address gaps in the planning, execution and maintenance of...
Nov 07, 2014
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National Treasury senior project advisor Karen Breytenbach
The bidding process for the long awaited ‘baseload coal’ independent power producer (IPP) procurement programme is expected to begin this month, followed by a bidding process in early 2015 for cogeneration. Speaking at a South African National Energy Association...
Nov 07, 2014
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Professor Anton Eberhard
The National Planning Commission (NPC) is aiming to facilitate a series of “quiet conversations” between public and private stakeholders in the energy milieu in the coming months in an effort to unblock obstacles to greater private sector investment in the sector....
Nov 07, 2014
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Lynne Brown
Dear Ms Michael On 3 November 2014 you wrote a widely distributed letter addressed to me on matters related to Eskom in general and the recent incident at Majuba power station in particular. In addressing the issues which you raise, I would like to include your...
Nov 06, 2014
Nov 06, 2014
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Nov 05, 2014
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Nov 05, 2014
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Nov 04, 2014
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Medupi power station
State-owned power utility Eskom is in very real danger of a ratings downgrade, with the energy system on knife-edge at the moment, warns Professor Anton Eberhard, a member of the National Planning Commission (NPC). South Africa has been plunged into an energy crisis,...
Nov 03, 2014
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Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm
The government has warned that the extended deadline of November 24 for the financial close of the third-bid-window projects in the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme may be missed. “It’s going to be tight. There’s a slim chance which...
Nov 03, 2014
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The Majuba power station
State-owned electricity producer Eskom said it was not anticipating any need to introduce load shedding on Tuesday, having avoided load shedding on Monday. In a system update, the utility also reported that the risk of rotational load shedding had reduced...
Nov 03, 2014
The South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Sacci) on Monday encouraged State-owned power utility Eskom to continue communicating with the business community on the status of the power grid over the short to medium term, stating that certainty over power...
Nov 02, 2014
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The central silo at Majuba collapsed at 13:12 on Saturday November 1
Electricity utility Eskom confirmed on Sunday that the risk of load shedding had increased materially for the coming week in light of a catastrophic failure of the 10 000 t central coal storage silo at its Majuba power plant at 13:12 on Saturday November 1. The...
Nov 02, 2014
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State power utility Eskom began implementing load-shedding at 8:00 on Sunday November 2 and indicated that the system was projected to be “severely constrained” for the coming week, owing to the loss of 1 800 MW at the Majuba power station, in Mpumalanga. The Majuba...
Oct 31, 2014
Financial agreement for Ghanian independent power producer (IPP) Cenpower Generation Company’s $900-million, 350 MW combined-cycle gas-turbine power plant was finalised earlier this month, paving the way for the project’s construction to begin before 2015 in Tema,...
Oct 31, 2014
GREEN INDIFFERENCE Companies are focusing more on short-term investments and returns to reduce upfront investment costs, which negates the “green impact”
The South African market tends to be indifferent towards the green industry trend, with the current market seemingly not valuing buildings that practise green management or that have been designed with green principles, says integrated facilities management solutions...
Oct 31, 2014
Luminaires and glass-fibre reinforced polyester manufacturer Beka Schréder launched its range of light-emitting diode (LED) lighting products in September, which ensures the LEDs and their supporting electronics are, at African ambient temperatures of 35 °C, not...
Oct 29, 2014
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State-owned power utility Eskom on Wednesday warned of possible rotational loadshedding as “technical problems” further strained an already tight national grid. The utility, which had called on industrial customers, as well as consumers, to cut back 10% of their...
 
 
 
 
Oct 27, 2014
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Challenger Energy MD Robert Willes
The Petroleum Agency South Africa (Pasa) has confirmed on Monday that it would proceed with the processing of pending shale-gas applications received prior to February 1, 2011. The applicants affected include Shell South Africa Upstream, Falcon Oil and Gas and...
Oct 27, 2014
Fossil Fuel Foundations' Lionel Falcon
A roadmap for underground coal gasification (UCG) is on the way with its own association and charter, Fossil Fuel Foundation (FFF) stalwart Professor Lionel Falcon said at the weekend. Speaking at the FFF’s 20th anniversary awards banquet, Falcon said the UCG...
Oct 24, 2014
The relationship between economic growth and development and stable and affordable electricity supply is not only strong, but also indisputable. The link is reaffirmed in the Africa Energy Outlook publication, which was released by the International Energy Agency...
Oct 24, 2014
State-owned power utility Eskom’s renewable energy projects will contribute significantly to minimising power cuts as they have the ability to contribute positively to grid stability.
Oct 22, 2014
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Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene confirmed a further direct allocation to power utility Eskom of at least R20-billion. But he also stressed on Wednesday that the injection would have no impact on the Budget deficit as the capital would be raised through the sale of...
Oct 21, 2014
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Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown
Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown has released details of the remuneration of the chairpersons and nonexecutive directors of the various State-owned company boards falling under her Ministry. The remuneration figures, which are attached, are based on figures...
Oct 20, 2014
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Oct 17, 2014
Oct 16, 2014
Absa Capital economist Peter Worthington
Corporate and investment banking group Absa Capital says that, while the “worst is probably over”, South Africa’s current account deficit is likely to narrow only slowly in the coming year, owing to weakening terms of trade. Economist Peter Worthington noted that, at...
Oct 16, 2014
The Tronox-owned Namakwa Sands smelter took a big leap by investing R242-million in a cogeneration (cogen) plant, but it has exceeded the company’s expectations in terms of energy cost savings. The 13.6 MW plant on South Africa’s West Coast uses waste gas that was...
 
 
 
 
Oct 14, 2014
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The transmission unit of South African electricity utility Eskom has completed a strategic grid study for the period to 2040. The study signals major shifts in future generation and demand patterns that will have implications for the domestic network and future...
Oct 10, 2014
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Mongezi Ntsokolo
State-owned power utility Eskom has made significant changes to its transmission infrastructure expansion plan for the coming ten years, owing to financial constraints that made its previous plan “no longer realistic”. Group executive for transmission Mongezi...
Oct 10, 2014
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Zimbabwe signed a $1.5-billion deal with China's Sinohydro Corp on Friday to expand a coal-fired power plant in the most ambitious move yet to tackle the country's crippling electricity shortages. The deal, which still needs full financial cover, would see Sinohydro...
Oct 09, 2014
A 12-month prefeasibility study (PFS) by consulting firm GIBB to investigate the viability of the Monont’sa pumped-storage power plant, in Lesotho, has concluded that the scheme will provide significant power to South Africa’s rapidly developing neighbour when...
Oct 09, 2014
Coenraad Bezuidenhout
Government departments and State-owned companies (SoCs) needed to “drastically” improve their strategic procurement capacity, as well as their localisation compliance levels if local-procurement initiatives were to have any chance of stemming further...
Oct 08, 2014
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State-owned power utility Eskom noted on Tuesday that its renewable energy projects would contribute significantly to reducing power cuts, as these projects would assist in ensuring grid stability. Speaking at the sixty-fourth Association of Municipal Electricity...
Oct 07, 2014
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Medupi
Parliament’s portfolio committees on Public Enterprises and Energy are satisfied with the progress made on construction at State-owned power utility Eskom’s Medupi power station in Lephalale, Limpopo. Members of the joint committees conducted an oversight visit to...
Oct 06, 2014
Tanzania will complete a $455-million power transmission line next year linking its power grid to Kenya and Zambia, part of plans to export electricity powered by its gas and coal reserves to neighbours, the Energy and Minerals Ministry said on Monday. Tanzania,...
Oct 03, 2014
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The Medupi project
State-owned electricity producer Eskom plans to announce the completion date of Medupi Unit 5 – the second 794 MW unit at the Limpopo power project – by the latest March next year, having indicated that the original commissioning interval of six months following the...
Oct 03, 2014
The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) has approved the implementation plan of the Regulatory Clearing Account (RCA) balance of R7.8-billion for energy utility Eskom, outlining on Friday that the implementation of the second multiyear price...
 
 
 
 
Oct 03, 2014
Three Free State municipalities will no longer receive electricity supply from Eskom until they make a plan to pay back their R736 million debt, the power utility said on Thursday. Ngwathe, Dihlabeng and Maluti-a-Phofung municipalities' power supply would be cut off...
Oct 03, 2014
Although Southern Africa faces the global challenge of meeting the triple bottom line of energy affordability, security of supply and reducing its carbon footprint, it is rich in natural energy resources, which must be harnessed to deal with these and other energy...
Oct 02, 2014
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Professor Anton Eberhard
A respected energy-policy academic has called on President Jacob Zuma to appoint a commission of inquiry into South Africa’s worst electricity crisis in 40 years and to offer policy proposals for reforming Eskom and the sector. Writing in the Business Day, Anton...
Sep 29, 2014
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Toshiba’s Westinghouse Electric Company on Monday launched an expedited review application in the South Gauteng High Court challenging Eskom’s decision to award a R4.3-billion contract to Areva, of France, for the replacement of steam generators at the Koeberg...
Sep 26, 2014
Cellular major MTN South Africa has approved two gas-powered generation developments for its Doornfontein (1 MW) and Newlands (6 MW) sites, in Gauteng, based on the success of its 2 MW trigeneration plant at its Roodepoort headquarters. MTN will expand this methane-...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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