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May 13, 2015
Power utility Eskom will implement stage 1 load-shedding from 16:00 on Wednesday. Load-shedding would likely continue until 22:00.
May 13, 2015
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Tshwane mayor Kgosientsho Ramokgopa “lied” about terminating the electricity smart meter contract on Tuesday‚ the Democratic Alliance (DA) said on Wednesday. Instead‚ the party said‚ an agreement had been reached between the contractor and the council in March.
May 13, 2015
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The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) did not approve Eskom’s application for a 25.3% tariff hike for 2015/16 at its meeting on Wednesday and instead instituted a fast-track public-consultation process, which would culminate in a determination by June...
May 13, 2015
Power utility Eskom is determined to try to get the extra 12.61% increase it needs from the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa). This would push its price hike request to 25.3% for this financial year. Eskom spokesperson Khulu Phasiwe said if the...
May 13, 2015
Revenue recovered or saved by Eskom in terms of its Operation Khanyisa campaign‚ which was launched to combat electricity theft and prevent further energy losses for the national power utility‚ is approaching the R1-billion mark. This was revealed at a presentation...
May 12, 2015
The lack of vital electricity infrastructure continued to bedevil Africa’s drive towards developing integrated regional markets, while energy usage in sub-Saharan Africa had increased by 45% in the past 15 years, said Eskom board member Zethembe Khoza at African...
May 12, 2015
Eskom announced that stage 2 load shedding would be implemented from 16:00 until 22:00 on Tuesday. The announcement was made on Twitter at 13:20.
May 12, 2015
The chances of load-shedding on Tuesday are medium for the day and high for the evening, Eskom said in a tweet on Tuesday. On Monday Eskom implemented stage 1 load-shedding just after 16:00 without warning, only notifying the media and public about half an hour later.
May 11, 2015
May 11, 2015
May 08, 2015
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May 08, 2015
 
 
 
May 08, 2015
Eskom has confirmed that stage 1 load-shedding would take place from 10:00 until 22:00 on Friday. The City of Cape Town tweeted that Area 11 would experience load-shedding from 10:00 to 12:30 ahead of Eskom's official tweet or media update.
May 07, 2015
HEAVY LIFTING Vanguard loads a 230 t generator with its 800 t hydraulic lift system
International heavy-lift, abnormal transport and installation specialist, Vanguard, has been active in two vital power generation projects in the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal, which are set to supply South Africa with more than 1 000 MW of power during times of...
May 06, 2015
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South African businesses are growing more pessimistic about the outlook of the domestic economy, with local business optimism levels having plummeted by 30% since 2013 to a record low, international advisory firm Grant Thornton revealed in its latest International...
May 06, 2015
An unexpected loss of additional generation capacity has led power utility Eskom to kick off stage 1 load-shedding earlier than planned on Wednesday afternoon. Rotational load-shedding would be implemented from 16:12, instead of 17:00, and would likely continue until...
May 06, 2015
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The sombre mood of economic growth won’t improve in South Africa while Eskom’s energy constraints continue, according to economist JP Landman. Landman was speaking at the Association for Savings and Investment South Africa (Asisa) conference on Wednesday at the...
May 06, 2015
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Power utility Eskom, its contractors and organised labour were working to find a way forward to get all employees back to work at the Medupi construction site within the next two week. The utility said on Wednesday that most employees had defied and ignored the court...
May 05, 2015
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Municipalities in the Free State owe Eskom almost R2-billion and the bulk electricity supplier is threatening to cut off the power supply to a host of municipalities in the province as a result of the huge municipal debts. “This will be grossly unfair to all the...
May 05, 2015
The bidding window for government’s Coal Baseload Independent Power Producers (IPP) Programme is likely to be pushed back beyond its initially indicated June 8 closing date as the Department of Energy (DoE) tackles the design of a complex programme framework and...
May 05, 2015
State-owned power utility Eskom expected electricity demand to surpass supply until Friday, when peak demand was expected to start easing. In its latest state of the power system bulletin, the embattled parastatal said peak demand on Tuesday was expected to reach 32...
May 04, 2015
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Ferrochrome produced in South Africa.
Black South African interests are giving South Africa’s once-mighty ferrochrome business the cold shoulder. The value-adding pursuit, which puts six times more value into chrome and generates three times more jobs than mere raw chrome exportation, was last week...
 
 
 
 
May 04, 2015
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South Africa’s national electricity grid has received a 100 MW boost as the Dorper wind farm, in the Eastern Cape, reached steady-state electricity feed-in. The wind farm, which was one of the Department of Energy’s first-window projects of the Renewable Energy...
May 01, 2015
Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk.
Clean energy leader Tesla Motors on Thursday night launched a new range of batteries that could power homes and commercial buildings at a fraction of the expected cost, highlighting the growing demand for the minerals, such as graphite, cobalt and lithium, required...
Apr 30, 2015
CRAIG HENRY Had proper asset management been implemented in South Africa's power sector, the country would not have to deal with the electricity challenges it is currently facing
The Southern African Asset Management Association (Saama) will, for the second year running, host an asset management conference alongside the African Utility Week and Clean Power Africa at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from May 12 to 14. Saama VP...
Apr 30, 2015
RICK ST JOHN Lucy Electric's new products have been developed to automate medium-voltage networks to efficiently distribute the scarce commodity of generated electricity
Secondary power distribution solutions provider Lucy Electric South Africa will launch an extension of its ring main unit (RMU) range, the Aegis Plus, at this year’s African Utility Week and Clean Power Africa conference and exhibition, which will take place at the...
Apr 30, 2015
UNIFIED SOLUTIONS The African Utility Week and Clean Power Africa conference and exhibition has formed strategic partnerships with the Department of Energy and Barack Obama's Power Africa initiative
The African Utility Week and Clean Power Africa conference and exhibition have this year attracted two key partners, the Department of Energy (DoE), which has committed to a three-year partnership, and US President Barack Obama’s $20-billion fund to improve access to...
Apr 30, 2015
SKILLS TRANSFER Africa’s power and utility sector is highly reliant on government
The 2015 African Utility Week and Clean Power Africa conference and exhibition will see the start of a three-day specialised course, the Power & Utlilities Management School, for power and utility personnel at all levels of management who want to develop a broad...
Apr 30, 2015
Local pumps supplier Ritz Pumps South Africa, a subsidiary pump provider Andritz, will showcase its energy-saving and -generating technological pumps, which incorporate turbine technology, at this year’s African Utility Week to be held at the Cape Town International...
Apr 30, 2015
GLOBAL GATHERING The 2015 African Utility Week and Clean Power Africa conference will consider ways of using renewable energy to resolve Africa’s power challenges
Africa’s untapped power potential, regional collaboration and ways of attracting foreign investment will take centre stage at what is set to be the biggest African Utility Week and Clean Power Africa conference and exhibition to date. Event organiser Spintelligent...
Apr 30, 2015
STARS HONOURED The African Utility Week Industry Awards will be held for the second time at this year’s event
Africa-based individuals and companies that made a significant contribution to the utility, energy and water professions and projects in 2014 will be honoured at the 2015 African Utility Week and Clean Power Africa conference and exhibition, which will take place at...
Apr 30, 2015
State-owned power provider Eskom on Thursday said no load-shedding would be implemented for the first part of the day, as there was enough electricity generating capacity to meet demand. “The power system is stable at present but is expected to be constrained during...
 
 
 
 
Apr 30, 2015
State-owned power utility Eskom has gained a seat on the board of directors of an international research organisation, giving the utility direct access to energy research and the opportunity to influence the strategic direction and work programme of the electric...
Apr 30, 2015
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While State-owned power utility Eskom has reached payment agreements with ten of the top 20 defaulting municipalities, the balance would face scheduled power interruptions from June for nonpayment. The 20 local municipalities aggregately owed Eskom about...
Apr 29, 2015
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Engineering, procurement, construction and management (EPCM) firm WorleyParsons says construction is running smoothly at solar energy specialist Abengoa Solar’s 50 MW  Khi Solar One concentrated solar power (CSP) plant, near Upington in the Northern Cape. The CSP...
Apr 29, 2015
Power utility Eskom on Wednesday said it would not need to implement load-shedding for the first part of Wednesday, as there was enough electricity generation capacity to meet demand. “The power system is stable at present but is expected to be constrained during the...
Apr 29, 2015
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Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene
The lack of sufficient electricity is the most binding constraint to production and investment in South Africa, Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene has acknowledged to MPs. In reply to a written question from David Ross, a DA MP, who asked what were the “structural and...
Apr 28, 2015
Police have a dispersed a group of striking workers who attempted to block a road at the Medupi power station near Lephalale on Tuesday morning, Limpopo police said. "A group of striking workers attempted to block the road, however they were dispersed by police,"...
Apr 28, 2015
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The first part of power utility Eskom’s maintenance drive has been completed without the parastatal having to implement load-shedding over the weekend. The State-owed utility on Friday embarked on a three-day maintenance “festival” to improve the performance and...
Apr 24, 2015
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South African mining and energy adviser Ted Blom has raised a litany of concerns about the state of power utility Eskom and has warned of runaway costs and shortfalls in coal and water, as well as rail capacity. Blom was surprised by the recent buoyancy shown by...
Apr 24, 2015
State-owned power utility Eskom has warned that it is highly likely that there will be load-shedding this weekend, as, along with its “massive maintenance drive” to improve the performance and reliability of its power generating units ahead of the expected peak...
Apr 23, 2015
APPLICATIONS EXPERTISE All Zest WEG Group generator sets are manufactured in accordance with stringent quality control systems to ensure reliable performance
The most important consideration when buying a diesel generator set (genset) is to seek professional assistance from a genset supplier that will consider the entire electrical infrastructure, including the appropriate recommendation of the genset power rating, and...
 
 
 
 
Apr 23, 2015
GENERATION BOOST Temporary power plants can assist other energy sources while these sources are being enhanced to better serve Southern Africa
Electrical energy provided by temporary power plants can boost the electricity generation of not only conventional power sources as they are being maintained or constructed but also renewable-energy sources as they are being stabilised and enhanced. There is,...
Apr 23, 2015
The construction of a 100 MW natural gas-fired power station at Ressano Garcia is progressing well, with the first of 13 power generation sets having arrived at the Gigawatt Park site on April 15. South African investment group and majority shareholder in the project...
Apr 22, 2015
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Acting Eskom CEO Brian Molefe
Acting Eskom CEO Brian Molefe has suggested that all companies and households should be transitioned across to prepaid electricity systems, adding that he will propose that those municipalities not paying Eskom be bypassed. “The whole of South Africa should move to...
Apr 22, 2015
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Acting Eskom CEO Brian Molefe has outlined a range of moves he hopes will alleviate the State-owned power utility’s power supply crisis, including finding an extra 3 000 MW by 2016, which could lead to an end to load-shedding.  “We need 3 000 MW to do both planned...
Apr 22, 2015
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To improve the performance and reliability of its power generating units ahead of the expected peak winter demand, State-owned power provider Eskom will embark on a “massive maintenance festival” this weekend. The utility explained in a statement that almost 64% of...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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