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Sep 18, 2015
Sep 18, 2015
XL3 POWER DISTRIBUTION ENCLOSURE The XL³ cabinets and enclosures are used for power distribution sites that have a capacity of between 160 A and 6 300 A
International electrical and digital building infrastructure specialist Legrand last month announced that its range of XL³ modular power distribution enclosures comply with the new IEC 61439 standards, which replaced the previous IEC 60439 standards. The  XL³...
Sep 18, 2015
ENERGY MASTERPLAN DEVELOPED The scope of Aurecon’s energy master plan includes the establishment of new supply points with Eskom
Specialist technical services provider Aurecon was tasked earlier this year by KwaZulu-Natal’s KwaDukuza municipality to develop an energy master plan for the municipality’s Electricity Priority Projects (EPP) programme, as well as electrical and civil design aspects...
Sep 17, 2015
The Independent Power Producer (IPP) Office has, at the request of prospective bidders, again deferred the first bid submission date for the Coal Baseload IPP Programme. The new submission date has been set as November 2, having initially been shifted to August 28,...
Sep 17, 2015
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Sasol Inzalo Public, which was established through energy and chemicals company Sasol’s largest broad-based black economic-empowerment (BEE) transaction, intends to list on the BEE segment of the JSE’s main board. The R26-billion transaction has given over 290 000...
Sep 17, 2015
State-owned parastatal Eskom on Thursday warned that prepaid customers could experience slow, intermittent or offline service when attempting to buy prepaid electricity online. “We are currently running our back-up system as we are attending to a technical problem...
Sep 17, 2015
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Neal Froneman
JSE-listed mining company Sibanye Gold has signed a term sheet with the Waterberg Coal Company, which opens the way for the company to organise the generation of its own power in electricity-short South Africa. Sibanye, headed by Neal Froneman, is to inject...
Sep 17, 2015
The public relations surrounding the announcement of South Africa's framework agreement with Rosatom in 2014 was not handled correctly, sources in Russia said this week. Russia is not the only country in the running to win South Africa's Nuclear Build Programme,...
Sep 16, 2015
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Sep 15, 2015
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Sep 14, 2015
The UK’s State-owned development finance institution CDC and Norwegian investment fund Norfund’s joint buyout of power generation platform Globeleq Africa from emerging market investor Actis has been concluded, the parties announced on Monday. Norfund, which injected...
Sep 14, 2015
Opposition party, the Democratic Alliance (DA), on Monday expressed concern that the Ditsobotla municipality had defaulted on its agreed R2.5-million a month downpayment to parastatal Eskom to prevent power supply to the area being cut. The municipality owed Eskom...
Sep 14, 2015
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Tegeta Resources
Media reports on Sunday confirm that parastatal Eskom bent over backwards to ensure that the politically-connected Gupta family were awarded a coal deal worth R4-billion, the Democratic Alliance (DA) said. It was incumbent on Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, as head...
Sep 14, 2015
Eskom, which has managed to stave off load-shedding for more than five weeks, warned that its daily supply from the Cahora Bassa hydroelectric scheme will be reduced by more than half to 650 MW from Monday. This is due to planned maintenance it will undertake on the...
Sep 11, 2015
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Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa addressing Nedlac delegates
Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Friday that “affordability” should underpin South Africa’s future electricity generation investment decisions, but also stressed that government remained committed to pursuing a diversified power-generation mix. Speaking at...
Sep 11, 2015
Zwelinzima Vavi
Corruption was at the root of load shedding implemented by Eskom, former Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi said on Thursday evening. “Corruption, waste, and incompetence have contributed to the disastrous load shedding which has not only caused massive...
Sep 11, 2015
TEAMWORK TÜV SÜD South Africa provides dedicated service to clients
TÜV SÜD Pro-Tec, part of the global technical services provider TÜV SÜD, performs phased array testing, not only on large bore piping, but also on small tubes, at State-owned power utility Eskom power plants, where welds have been tested during scheduled outages....
Sep 10, 2015
Multinational company Tata is looking to take its business on the African continent to the next level. Tata Sons business development and public affairs head Madhu Kannan told journalists that while the group had worked on the continent for almost 40 years, “the game...
Sep 10, 2015
The Department of Environmental Affairs has called for public comment, as part of a strategic environmental assessment (SEA) process, on the proposed routing of five power corridors that have been identified as critical to meeting South Africa’s electricity...
Sep 10, 2015
JSE-listed Wescoal has signed a short-term contract to supply State-owned Eskom with 221 000 t of coal from its Elandspruit mine. This followed on contracts signed in May for the supply of 190 000 t of coal from Wescoal’s Khanyisa and Intibane mines to the power...
 
 
 
 
Sep 09, 2015
Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown said on Wednesday she hoped Cabinet would confirm the appointment of a permanent chief executive for Eskom by the end of October. “I am hoping that the board will bring me a decision on either advertising or appointing formally...
Sep 09, 2015
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Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown
Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown said on Wednesday she remained opposed to privatisation of State-owned enterprises (SOEs) and believed Eskom was too vulnerable to contemplate the sale of a stake in any one of its three core capabilities. “The ruling party...
Sep 08, 2015
The global information and communication technology (ICT) sector consumed around 109 GW of electricity in 2013 – representing about 6% of the world’s total electricity consumption. It is becoming critical to curtail power use amid a rapidly rising number of connected...
Sep 07, 2015
Sep 04, 2015
The business rescue practitioners at the Optimum coal mine, in Mpumalanga, announced on Friday that coal supply to Eskom’s Hendrina power station had resumed after an agreement was reached with the State-owned utility that negotiations would commence on the coal...
Sep 04, 2015
WBCSD CEO Peter Bakker
South African power utility Eskom is participating in the World Business Council for Sustainable Development’s (WBCSD’s) microgrids programme, itself a subcomponent of the council’s larger Low Carbon Technology Partnerships initiative (LCTPi). WBCSD CEO Peter Bakker...
Sep 04, 2015
The Square Kilometre Array (SKA) Africa project's radio antennae positioner took top honours at this year’s Southern African Institute of Steel Construction Steel Awards, which took place on Thursday night at Emperor’s Palace, in Ekurhuleni. This year marked the...
Sep 02, 2015
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Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa
Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Wednesday that his attempts to improve the efficiency of South Africa's state-owned entities (SOEs) are not an attempt to get more votes in the 2016 Local Government Elections. He was updating the National Council of Provinces...
Sep 02, 2015
Next year’s local government elections will be the most important ever held in South Africa’s recent democratic history, believes political analyst Daniel Silke. He says a more vulnerable, fragile ANC faces a shifting political landscape, and along with it, increased...
Sep 01, 2015
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Aug 31, 2015
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Aug 31, 2015
South Africa is set to play host to Africa’s first international renewable-energy conference, providing a platform to showcase the continent’s numerous renewable-energy projects to high-level international delegates, in Cape Town, from October 4 to 7. The South...
Aug 31, 2015
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Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson
There are indications that South Africa’s much neglected gas industry may start seeing renewed activity, as Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson on Monday pushed forward her ambitions for immediate focus to shift to the development of gas-sourced power, alongside...
Aug 28, 2015
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State-owned power provider Eskom received the Green Grand Prix Award at this year’s Sunday Times Top Brands Awards for preserving the environment and harnessing the country’s natural resources, based on spontaneous awareness among consumers. The award, which Eskom...
Aug 28, 2015
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Spanish technology group Abengoa has announced that it has been awarded a $25-million contract by South Africa’s State-owned electricity utility Eskom for the construction of two 400 kV transmission lines spanning 174 km. The company, which is building large-scale...
Aug 28, 2015
GAS BOOST The Department of Energy’s request for information may spur growth in the gas sector
A request for information (RFI) issued by the Department of Energy (DoE) in May for the development of its gas-to-power programme is expected to be a much needed catalyst for growth in South Africa’s natural-gas sector, avers Sandton-based law firm Baker & McKenzie.
Aug 27, 2015
Engineering and construction group Murray & Roberts (M&R) says it has no intention of shifting its strategy away from the international natural resources market, notwithstanding the prevailing weak climate for commodities and a bleak immediate outlook. Speaking to...
Aug 25, 2015
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New Ministerial determinations creating the framework for the procurement of additional renewable-energy, gas and cogeneration capacity from independent power producers (IPPs) have been published in the Government Gazette. The determinations are in line with...
Aug 24, 2015
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Government has welcomed the full commercial operation of unit six at the Medupi power station. “This is a good achievement by Medupi and is in line with the Five-Point Plan to deal with the country’s energy challenges which was approved by Cabinet in December last year.
Aug 24, 2015
Graham Kerr
New diversified mining company South32, which on Monday reported 56%-higher underlying earnings of $1-billion, sees an opportunity to work with Eskom on additional coal supply.   The demerged BHP Billiton entity, which is fast-tracking the implementation of its...
 
 
 
 
Aug 24, 2015
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Eskom’s failure to have a contingency plan in place for coal supplies is nothing less than gross negligence, the Democratic Alliance (DA) said on Sunday. The DA would ask Public Enterprises Minister Lynn Brown to table a contingency plan to deal with possible coal...
Aug 21, 2015
While ARB Holdings’ lighting division delivered a strong performance in the financial year to June 30, the JSE-listed group’s full-year earnings growth has been hampered by its electrical division’s continued battle with headwinds. The group’s headline earnings a...
Aug 21, 2015
Germany-based cable manufacturer Helukabel has introduced advanced cables, with the ability to maintain their function integrity for up to two hours in a fire, into the local market. The new Helufire PH30/120 cables are specifically used for fire alarm and emergency...
Aug 21, 2015
WIND TURBINES The 134.4 MW plant will consist of 56 N117/2400 Nordex turbines and will have a capacity factor of 35%
Cleaner energy company Cennergi’s Amakhala Emoyeni Wind Farm, in the Eastern Cape, is set for commercial operation in June 2016, with the first shipment of wind turbines having arrived in May at Coega Bay, in Port Elizabeth.
Aug 21, 2015
LAYING THE FOUNDATION Umsobomvu local municipality mayor Nombulelo Hermans at the Noupoort Wind Farm site
The construction of the first 14 wind turbine foundations for the Noupoort Wind Farm in the Umsobomvu local municipality, in the Northern Cape, was completed last month, with the remaining 21 foundations expected to be completed by the end of the year.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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