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Feb 25, 2014
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Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba
State-owned electricity producer Eskom and government are assessing ways to secure the financial resources necessary to enable the utility to resume power-saving schemes, as well as to contract with those municipalities and independent power producers (IPPs) able to...
Feb 21, 2014
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Power utility Eskom declared a power emergency on Friday between 16:00 and 21:00 and urged South Africans to use electricity sparingly. "We are going to use the available resources to man the system but there is a risk of load-shedding," spokesman Andrew Etzinger said.
Feb 21, 2014
Eskom's Andrew Etzinger
Eskom was expecting its system to remain constrained on Friday and next week, it said. "We anticipate that the system will remain constrained for the rest of the day and next week, with a slight reprieve over the weekend," said spokesman Andrew Etzinger in a statement.
Feb 21, 2014
Eskom CEO Brian Dames
State-owned power utility Eskom lifted the power emergency at 21:00 on February 20, after industrial customers reduced their loads by 10% earlier in the day and commercial and residential customers responded with 200 MW of savings. Eskom said the system remained...
Feb 20, 2014
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Dual-listed mining exploration and development company Jubilee Platinum on Thursday announced that State-owned power utility Eskom had, with immediate effect, reinstated its private power purchase agreement (PPPA) with Jubilee subsidiary Power Alt. The reinstated...
Feb 20, 2014
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State-owned power utility Eskom has once again declared an emergency and has alerted its key industrial customers that they should reduce their load by a minimum of 10% in line with regulatory protocols. The declaration is the first of 2014, with the utility having...
Feb 18, 2014
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WEC secretary-general Christoph Frei
World Energy Council (WEC) secretary-general Christoph Frei says South Africa will have to weigh a number of complex factors when assessing how best to proceed in exploiting its shale-gas resources, with water management presenting the most significant risk. Speaking...
Feb 18, 2014
Nepad Agency energy programme head Professor Mosad Elmissiry
High-level initiatives are under way to mobilise indigenous financial resources to support the implementation of priority cross-border African energy projects with a combined price tag of $60-billion. The 15 power generation, electrical transmission and gas pipeline...
Feb 17, 2014
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Feb 11, 2014
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Energy Minister Dikobe Ben Martins
Energy Minister Dikobe Ben Martins reported on Tuesday that a deadline of the end of March had been set by the Department of Energy (DoE) for the initiation of the long-awaited procurement processes for new baseload and cogeneration independent power producer (IPP)...
Feb 10, 2014
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Standard Bank chief economist Goolam Ballim
The weaker rand should be supportive of a reduction in South Africa’s current account deficit over the medium-term, but Standard Bank chief economist Goolam Ballim warns that continued industrial unrest and ongoing electricity constraints remain key risks to...
Feb 10, 2014
The Energy Intensive User Group (EIUG) has appointed BHP Billiton’s GM for energy, Kevin Morgan, as its new chairperson, following the recent departure of previous chairperson Mike Rossouw from resources group GlencoreXstrata to engineering consultancy Hatch Goba....
Feb 07, 2014
CATALYSING TRANSFORMATION The Africa Energy Projects Roundtable forum at the 2014 Africa Energy Indaba will focus on energy projects that will provide the best return on investment
The importance of an energy event such as the Africa Energy Indaba cannot be underestimated, as it “brings together business, government and civil society leaders to collaborate and shape shared solutions to the continent’s energy future”, South African...
Feb 07, 2014
Last month, electrical and digital building infrastructures specialist Legrand launched its range of products and systems for electrical installations and building infrastructures encompass environment-friendly cast resin transformers, designed for low environmental...
Feb 05, 2014
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Feb 04, 2014
A new World Bank analysis of South Africa’s 20 000-plus exporters documents a worrying trend of underperformance over the past decade and highlights several structural and infrastructure constraints to the country meeting the National Development Plan’s (NDP’s)...
Feb 03, 2014
Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba
Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba says he expects to make an “exciting” announcement in the near future relating to the ownership of the New Largo coal-mine project, which has been earmarked to supply Eskom’s 4 800 MW Kusile power station, under...
Feb 03, 2014
Saippa MD Doug Kuni
The South African Independent Power Producer Association (Saippa) believes that the draft update of the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) fails to adequately cater for the introduction of private power generation to address what it believes to be “artificially...
Jan 31, 2014
Nigeria’s Transnational Corporation (Transcorp) has partnered with General Electric (GE) to expand the capacity of Transcorp Ughelli Power’s 360 MW power plant by 1 000 MW over the next three to five years. The deal, the result of a cooperation agreement signed...
 
 
 
 
Jan 31, 2014
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With ongoing electricity price increases, embedded generation – connecting small-scale energy producers with the electricity distribution network – is becoming an increasingly attractive prospect in South Africa. Both solar and wind energy have become a lot...
Jan 31, 2014
Jan 31, 2014
With ongoing electricity price increases, embedded generation – connecting small-scale energy producers with the electricity distribution network – is becoming an increasingly attractive prospect in South Africa. Both solar and wind energy have become a lot...
Jan 29, 2014
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South Africa’s consumption of electricity decreased by 0.5% year-on-year in 2013, while the country’s yearly electricity production narrowed by 0.7% over the 12 months, Statistics South Africa said on Wednesday. According to a report released by the service, the...
Jan 28, 2014
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Outgoing Eskom CEO Brian Dames
Outgoing Eskom CEO Brian Dames has confirmed that the State-owned utility has “exercised its contractual rights” by appointing Siemens to replace Alstom as the supplier of the boiler protection system (BPS) at the R105-billion Medupi power station project, under...
Jan 23, 2014
Kuyasa Mining subsidiary KiPower continues to advance preparations for the construction of a 600 MW power plant some 20 km south-east of Delmas, in Mpumalanga, announcing on Thursday that the draft reports on the project’s environmental-impact assessment , waste...
Jan 23, 2014
As output from its newly expanded Moma mine jumps, Kenmare Resources has partnered with Mozambique’s State-owned power utility to combat unstable power supply. The London-listed titanium minerals producer mined 7.65-million tonnes of ore at a grade of 6.3% during...
Jan 23, 2014
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ASX-listed energy hopeful Sunbird Energy on Thursday revealed plans to fast-track the commercial development of its Ibhubesi gas project, offshore South Africa. The decision came after the company signed a memorandum of understanding with South African electricity...
Jan 22, 2014
Once its landfill gas-to-energy projects were completed, the City of Johannesburg will be able to generate 19 MW of electricity, which could be used by about 12 500 middle-income households from waste materials. The city explained in a statement that landfill gas was...
Jan 20, 2014
Power utility Eskom was set to go ahead with a 5.6% basic wage hike for its employees following the conclusion of an arbitration process overseen by the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA). The arbitration award, which granted Eskom workers...
 
 
 
 
Jan 20, 2014
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Much of the initial commentary on the draft update of the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) has focused on the potential delay, downscaling or even abandonment of South Africa’s proposed new nuclear build programme. But more comprehensive responses are beginning to...
Jan 17, 2014
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Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences graduate Siyabulela Xuza has returned to South Africa to fill a gap in the skills space and participate in the nation’s energy revolution. The Eastern Cape-born entrepreneur, who graduated from the world’s...
Jan 17, 2014
The Malawi government has set in motion the process to engage a consulting firm to produce the design for a hydropower plant at Mpatamanga Falls, on the Shire river, which is expected to generate between 140 MW to 310 MW. Energy Minister Ibrahim Matola explains that...
Jan 16, 2014
Energy is a long-term investment and significant funds, a long-term plan and clear policy frameworks are needed in Africa to ensure thriving energy sectors on the continent.
Jan 16, 2014
Eskom chairperson Zola Tsotsi
Eskom chairperson Zola Tsotsi reports that the utility’s board is pursuing an open process to select a successor to CEO Brian Dames, who made the surprise announcement in December that he will be stepping down on March 31, 2014. In an interview with Engineering...
Jan 10, 2014
Andrew Etzinger
State-owned electricity utility Eskom expects to secure a resolution by the end of January to the fact that its Kriel power station, in Mpumalanga, is operating in breach of its Atmospheric Emission Licence conditions. Spokesperson Andrew Etzinger told Engineering...
Jan 10, 2014
Mike Rossouw
Energy Intensive User Group (EIUG) chairperson Mike Rossouw has been appointed as Hatch Goba’s new director for power and has left Xstrata Alloys, where he served as an executive director for five years. However, his former employer, GlencoreXstrata, together with...
Jan 08, 2014
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The actual estimated electricity consumption and production decreased for the second consecutive month in November after registering a marginal uptick in September, a Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) report shows. The 'Electricity generated and available for...
Jan 07, 2014
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Africa is blessed with natural resources – key inputs to the manufacturing process. However, as is well known, the majority of these natural resources are exported to the developed world in their raw or semi-processed form, says Frost & Sullivan Africa industry...
Jan 06, 2014
Energy utility Eskom expects its current electricity capacity of 32 500 MW, which includes power generated by its open cycle gas turbines, to meet Monday evening’s peak demand of 29 597 MW, the parastatal noted in its biweekly system status bulletin on Monday. The...
 
 
 
 
Dec 13, 2013
U7 turbogen top view at Camden station
The Eskom Holdings’ Board of Directors took a decision in 2004 to return three power stations, Camden, Grootvlei, and Komati, which had been mothballed in the late 1980s and early 1990s, due to the declining reserve margin and the prohibition on constructing new...
Dec 13, 2013
State-owned power utility Eskom and France-based development finance institution Agence Française de Développement (AFD) agreed in October to facilitate the signing of a €100-million credit facility agreement, which will assist in funding Eskom’s 100 MW...
Dec 13, 2013
INGULA PUMPED STORAGE SCHEME This is the twenty-first largest pumped storage scheme in the world
State-owned power utility Eskom reports that its Ingula pumped storage scheme, which is located on the border of the Free State and KwaZulu-Natal, reached 93% completion on its tailrace concrete lining in October. The concrete lining will run for a total of 2 313 m,...
Dec 13, 2013
State-owned power utility Eskom says its Medupi Leadership Initiative (MLI), which is aimed at helping local unskilled and semiskilled workers find employment after completion of the power station project, near Lephalale, is setting the precedent as the largest...
Dec 13, 2013
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SAFETY FIRST Eskom’s Medupi power station achieved over 4.62-million worker hours without a lost-time injury
State-owned power generator Eskom achieved over 4.62-million worker hours without a lost-time injury at its Medupi power station, located to the west of Lephalale, in Limpopo, it reported in October. The company says this is a remarkable achievement considering the...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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