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Mar 05, 2014
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Professor Rosemary Falcon
South Africa’s State-owned power utility Eskom was being fed the dregs after coals were washed for export to India which was why efficiencies were so low and maintenance was an issue, Wits University coal researcher Professor Rosemary Falcon said on Wednesday....
Mar 04, 2014
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Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa
Exploration for shale gas in the Karoo has taken another step, with the final regulations being consolidated, Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa has revealed. “The Minister of Mineral Resources is now ready to consolidate. We’re looking at...
Mar 03, 2014
The Medupi power station site.
The first phase of the Mokolo and Crocodile Water Augmentation Project (MCWAP), which is under construction partly to provide water from Mokolo dam to the Medupi power station, is behind schedule, Eskom has confirmed. However, the State-owned power utility insists...
Feb 28, 2014
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The Germany-based controlling shareholder of Hitachi Power Africa (HPA) has acquired the controversial 25% stake held in HPA by the African National Congress’s (ANC's) investment arm, Chancellor House Holdings. The transaction, the terms and value of which were not...
Feb 28, 2014
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The initiative by government to electrify the households of previously disadvantaged South Africans is generally regarded as one of the significant achievements of the democratic era. However, it is also widely accepted that it cannot be ‘business as usual’ if...
Feb 28, 2014
Lightning and surge protection, electrical safety, and test and measurement specialists Surgetek will introduce its thermal imaging power quality analysers, test and measurement equipment, as well as its new range of surge arresters, at the Power-Gen Africa 2014...
Feb 28, 2014
KUSILE POWER STATION The Kusile project includes a power station precinct, power station buildings, administrative buildings (control buildings and buildings for medical and security purposes), roads and a high-voltage yard
Lifting company Konecranes is responsible for the provision and erection of the main turbine hall cranes at State-owned electricity utility Eskom’s critically important Medupi, Kusile and Ingula power plants, says Konecranes service, sales and marketing director...
Feb 26, 2014
The Department of Energy’s R9.7-billion independent power producer (IPP) peaking projects, Avon and Dedisa were last week named the winners of the Euromoney Project Finance Magazine’s Africa Power Deal of the Year for 2013 award. The financing for the IPP peaking...
Feb 26, 2014
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Feb 25, 2014
Feb 25, 2014
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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
Vestas CEO Anders Runevad
The world’s leading wind-turbine manufacturer Vestas, which is building 435 MW of capacity in South Africa and has a further 90 MW advancing towards financial close, has opened permanent offices in Johannesburg, from where it intends pursuing South African and...
Feb 14, 2014
Small boilers producing less than 50 MW of thermal power are now regulated under sections 23 and 24 of the National Environmental Management Air Quality Act No. 39 of 2004 and must comply with the emissions standards set out in the amended Act, says Water and...
Feb 13, 2014
ABB SA CEO Leon Viljoen
The South African unit of global technology group ABB is poised to investment R216-million over the coming three years to significantly expand its Alrode manufacturing facility in a bid to position the factory for rail opportunities emerging across Southern Africa....
 
 
 
 
Feb 12, 2014
Cesa president Abe Thela
Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa), which represents about 500 member firms, has called for the creation of a dedicated fund to support the maintenance of municipal infrastructure, the deterioration of which has been blamed for a number of recent service...
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.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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