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Jun 03, 2014
The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) has requested additional information from Eskom relating to its regulatory clearing account (RCA) application arising from the second multiyear price determination period (MYPD2), which was in operation between...
May 30, 2014
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DOE deputy director-general Ompi Aphane
Progress on the various electricity generation procurement programmes being overseen by South Africa’s Department of Energy (DoE) is now contingent on the new Cabinet approving further guarantees for Eskom, which remains the single buyer of power generated by...
May 27, 2014
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Breaking Ground on the new Egoli Gas pipeline, west of Johannesburg
Natural gas reticulator Egoli Gas has formally initiated a network expansion on the west of Johannesburg, which will enable cellular group MTN to increase its power generation capacity from 2 MW currently to over 10 MW during 2015 and lay the basis for further...
May 26, 2014
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Tina Joemat-Petterssen
Widespread surprise, mixed with a good deal of concern, greeted news of Tina Joemat-Pettersson’s appointment as South Africa’s new Energy Minister – she replaces Dikobe Ben Martins, who himself only took up the position from Dipuo Peters following a Cabinet reshuffle...
May 23, 2014
Export & Import (Exim) Bank of the People’s Republic of China is expected to finance the construction of a coal-fired power station at Kamwamba, in the southern Malawi district of Neno. Energy Minister Ibrahim Matola reports that the Malawi government has already...
May 23, 2014
The Malawi Government is inviting expressions of interest from eligible consulting firms to carry out an assessment of the country’s geothermal resources. The assignment will be financed by the World Bank’s International Development Association (IDA) as part of the...
May 22, 2014
Koeberg power station
State-owned power utility Eskom on Thursday reported that the 900 MW unit 2 at the Koeberg nuclear power station, in the Western Cape, was currently being returned to service and was almost at full capacity, following a two-month scheduled shutdown for refuelling,...
May 19, 2014
Koeberg Nuclear power station
Parastatal Eskom on Monday stated that the 900 MW unit 2 at the Koeberg nuclear power station, in the Western Cape, would be back in service by the end of the week after a two-month scheduled shut down for refuelling, inspection and maintenance. The unit, taken...
May 19, 2014
May 16, 2014
May 16, 2014
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May 16, 2014
 
 
 
May 16, 2014
LIGHTS ON Consulting firm Frost & Sullivan estimates that Eskom will be able to manage the grid this winter
Despite differing views in industry, State-owned power generation utility Eskom can still generate sufficient power to keep the lights on, even while functioning on a tight reserve margin and with industry not firing on all cylinders, states global growth consulting...
May 16, 2014
Powertech, a 100% owned subsidiary of the JSE-listed Altron group, comprising Altron TMT (amalgamation of Altech and Bytes) and Altron Power (Powertech), over the years, adjusted and reviewed operational processes to accommodate market conditions, all of which have...
May 16, 2014
ENERGY REVOLUTION Total renewable power capacity worldwide exceeded 1 470 GW in 2012
While State-owned power utility Eskom, with support from government, needs an ambitious and transformative plan to produce, consume and share energy in the country, South Africa is naturally geared towards significant renewable- energy production, states independent...
May 16, 2014
GRID EXPANSION A strategic environmental assessment will facilitate the expansion of electricity grid infrastructure in South Africa
The national Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) is collaborating with State-owned power generation utility Eskom, the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) to facilitate the...
May 16, 2014
Standard, special fasteners and overhead line products manufacturer Tel-Screw, which was established in 1970, is equipped to do all types of bending and forming. The company’s capabilities include cold heading, hot forging, thread rolling, screw cutting, hot bending,...
May 14, 2014
Cape Town
The City of Cape Town has been named top municipality in the African Utility Week Awards, partly for its quality of electricity and moves to save water.“It is a city that is serious about service delivery and planning. The City of Cape Town’s infrastructure planning...
May 14, 2014
Executives from around the world have listed cyber security, regulatory uncertainty and a need to close the skills gap as three of the top challenges facing the smart metering industry. Delegates to African Utilities Week in Cape Town heard how the threat of hacking...
May 14, 2014
Private-sector partners have committed over $14-billion to the Power Africa project, which was launched by US President Barack Obama last year, doubling the $7-billion set aside by USAID for the project for the next five years. In an update on the project, Agnes...
May 13, 2014
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The African Utility Week has got under way in Cape Town with a call for more interconnectedness between countries and a concerted effort to power up more households and industries on the continent. Eskom transmission development group executive Mongezi Ntsokolo said...
May 12, 2014
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A new International Energy Agency (IEA) report estimates that an additional $44-trillion in electricity investment will be required to ensure a “sustainable energy system” by 2050, as represented by its 2 ˚C Scenario (2DS). The scenario itself is aligned with the...
 
 
 
 
May 09, 2014
Africa-focused thermal and hydroelectric power developer and operator Endeavor Energy, infrastructure giant General Electric (GE) and water and electricity utility sector operating group Finagestion this week partnered to develop and implement the largest-single...
May 05, 2014
South Africa’s electricity supply system was expected to be “extremely tight” on Monday during the evening peak, after which it was expected to be stable over this period for the rest of the week, owing to lower demand as a result of the public holiday for the...
May 02, 2014
State-owned power utility Eskom on Thursday said the country’s power system was stable and was expected to remain so over the weekend as the transmission line from Cahora Bassa, in Mozambique, which had been damaged by flooding in the area, had been repaired, fully...
May 02, 2014
The City of Cape Town has a clear, very strategic and long-term vision to plan for the expansion of the city and cope with subsequent growth, along with the need to drive carbon emission reduction, increase the use of clean energy and maximise on water resources,...
May 02, 2014
Established in South Africa in 1983, New Way Power, manufacturer of world class diesel generator sets, provides bespoke systems for a wide range of markets, including retail, commercial and African telecom sectors. The company offers full turnkey solutions of diesel...
May 02, 2014
DIRE STRAITS Utility power companies should consider using temporary power plants when no other possible alternative source of power generation
During emergency situations, where there is an unexpected loss of electricity, utility companies or energy authorities must have a backup plan to restore electricity as soon as possible. The best solution is to proactively plan the worst-case scenarios, says...
Apr 30, 2014
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Medupi
Alstom on Wednesday said it was considering a binding offer from General Electric (GE) to acquire its energy assets, leaving the France-headquartered company to expand its transport sector activities. The deal, representing an equity value of €12.35-billion and an...
Apr 25, 2014
Swiss-based overhead line equipment company Pfisterer Sefag on Friday announced that it would be selling 100% of its share interest in Pietermaritzburg-based Pfisterer South Africa to comply with its largest client, State-owned power utility Eskom’s, transformation...
Apr 25, 2014
Zambia should begin regular electricity exports by next year as new plants start production, helping to fill the deep power deficit in southern African, an industry official said on Friday. "By next year we will have a lot of excess and that should make us very...
Apr 24, 2014
A new business association has been formally launched to link foreign suppliers of equipment to State-owned companies (SoCs) with large and small domestic companies in an effort to improve prospects for higher levels of local content in South Africa’s...
 
 
 
 
Apr 24, 2014
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DPE director-general Tshediso Matona
Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) director-general Tshediso Matona confirms that the interdepartmental task team established to find a solution to Eskom’s financial problems has agreed that further support will be required. However, he says it is premature to...
Apr 23, 2014
US vanadium project developer and renewable energy technology purveyor American Vanadium on Wednesday unveiled plans to demonstrate the CellCube vanadium redox flow energy storage system in partnership with the New York State Research and Development Authority...
Apr 22, 2014
The national electricity system is expected to remain tight over the evening peak demand periods for the rest of the week, as Eskom continues with its planned maintenance schedule to prepare for winter while also managing unplanned outages that add more pressure to...
Apr 18, 2014
BACK FROM THE DEAD The expected life span of the Pacific trucks was 25 years, but a rebuild extended its life span a further ten years
South Africa’s growth and development rely significantly on services and solutions from the heavy-hauling industry, State-owned power utility Eskom subsidiary Rotek and Roshcon head of multi-axles logistics services Dennis Child says.
Apr 17, 2014
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Renewable-energy projects, such as this Northern Cape solar farm, seen as key to low‐carbon energy supply.
Upfront investment costs will and should remain a critical consideration as South Africa moves to upscale and accelerate its infrastructure programmes. But one of the lead authors of the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) argues that the...
Apr 17, 2014
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A specialist in finance and energy says South Africa's electricity prices are too low and unsustainable. “We are under-pricing electricity by at least a factor of two,” Bridge Capital Refco director Dudley Baylis told Engineering News Online.
Apr 17, 2014
The power and water sector will come together in May to discuss challenges and celebrate successes at the annual African Utility Week and Clean Power Africa in Cape Town. More than 5 000 power and water professionals, including utility heads from Nigeria, Uganda,...
Apr 15, 2014
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Low growth in electricity demand in South Africa will delay, or eliminate the need for, new nuclear power plants. So warned Eskom Transmission Division Energy Planning and Market Development Department power system economics: chief adviser Keith Bowen, addressing an...
Apr 14, 2014
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Energy Minister Dikobe Ben Martins
Energy Minister Dikobe Ben Martins confirmed on Monday that the long awaited cogeneration and coal independent power producer (IPP) procurement programmes would be initiated in April and May respectively. In addition, in something of a surprise move, the Minister...
Apr 11, 2014
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State-owned power utility Eskom will likely need a R50-billion to R100-billion bailout if it is to survive over the next few years, Shava Mining Enterprise’s Andrew Kinghorn warned on Friday. The power utility was in distress as it battled to keep its head above...
 
 
 
 
Apr 11, 2014
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Energy Minister Dikobe Ben Martins
Energy Minister Dikobe Ben Martins will on Monday make major announcements related to the much-delayed independent power producer (IPP) procurement processes. But in an unusual move, it appears the announcements will coincide with the Minister’s address to a paid...
Apr 11, 2014
As Mozambique's “world-class” gas resources are developed and coal bed methane (CBM) increasingly offers potential, Zimbabwe could seemingly leverage gas opportunities to meet its rising energy demands. Mozambique's gas finds are expected to fuel the southern region...
Apr 10, 2014
The State-owned Development of Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) has issued the first request for project proposals from public and private entities seeking to tap the European Union’s (EU’s) R1.6-billion (€100-million) Infrastructure Investment Programme for South...
Apr 09, 2014
CIG CEO Raoul Gamsu
JSE-listed Consolidated Infrastructure Group (CIG) reported on Wednesday that more than half of its profits were now arising from outside of South Africa, following its recent acquisition of a stake in an Angolan oil services company. The company reported a 36% rise...
Apr 09, 2014
Brian Day
The South African National Energy Association (Sanea) has appointed Brian Day, of energy group Cennergi, to the newly created role of MD, following leadership changes made in light of Brian Statham’s retirement from the role of executive chairperson. Day would fill...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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