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Aug 13, 2014
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State-owned power utility Eskom will make no apologies for its unpopular load shedding measures, saying on Wednesday that the long-term sustainability of the group and the security of the national power grid remained “at the heart of everything we do”.  Noting that...
Aug 13, 2014
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Mike Upton
There was little opportunity for JSE-listed infrastructure company Group Five to grow shareholder value in the domestic market, said CEO Mike Upton on Wednesday. Speaking to Engineering News Online at the group’s annual results function, he said value could still be...
Aug 12, 2014
Eskom has launched the National Electricity Safety Week, which promotes and educates the public on the safe use of electricity. National Electricity Week runs from August 11 to 17. “Every year, innocent lives are lost as a consequence of the unsafe use of...
Aug 11, 2014
South Africa’s power system was expected to be “extremely tight” over Monday’s evening peak owing to the cold weather, with demand forecast at 33 675 MW, while available capacity – including open-cycle gas turbines (OCGTs) – would be only 33 600 MW, State-owned power...
Aug 11, 2014
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State-owned power utility Eskom was owed about R10.85-billion by local municipalities as at the end of June this year, Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Pravin Gordhan has revealed in a written reply to a question asked by the Inkhata Freedom...
Aug 07, 2014
Minister in The Presidency Jeff Radebe
Minister in The Presidency Jeff Radebe confirmed on Thursday that the National Planning Commission (NPC) would be retained alongside moves to institutionalise long-term planning within government. Speaking at the formal release of the five-year Medium-Term Strategic...
Aug 07, 2014
State-owned power utility Eskom on Thursday launched its MyEskom mobile app as part of its ongoing effort to improve customer service, transparency and communication. The app, which was available for Android and iOS devices, as well as through a mobile site, provided...
Aug 07, 2014
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Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown
Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown says she has made a decision on her preferred candidate for the position of CEO of Eskom and will present the name at the next Cabinet meeting for approval. She indicated that a Cabinet committee would deliberate on the...
Aug 06, 2014
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Aug 05, 2014
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Aug 05, 2014
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Jul 30, 2014
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Jul 30, 2014
South African electricity tariffs are likely to increase by more than the 8% already sanctioned for the year starting April 1, 2015, after the energy regulator determined on Wednesday that Eskom had under recovered R7.82-billion in revenue between 2010 and 2013. The...
Jul 29, 2014
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The Medupi power station project
Electricity producer Eskom has, for the first time, offered a detailed timeline for the synchronisation of Medupi Unit 6, which is officially scheduled for December 15, 2014. Addressing a joint meeting of the Portfolio Committees on Public Enterprises and Energy on...
Jul 29, 2014
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State-owned electricity producer Eskom reported on Tuesday that a five-point recovery plan was being introduced in a bid to place its underperforming power station fleet on a “sustainable path”. However, Eskom cautioned that an additional 7 400 MW of capacity would...
Jul 29, 2014
Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown
Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown told the Joint Parliamentary Committee on Energy and Public Enterprises on Tuesday that the new Eskom CEO would be appointed within weeks. She said she was “treating the appointment of a permanent CEO with urgency”.
Jul 29, 2014
The first stage of the definitive mining feasibility study (DMFS) for Tanzania-focused mineral exploration and development company Kibo Mining’s Rukwa Coal to Power project (RCPP) would be completed by the end of November, the company reported on Tuesday. Kibo noted...
Jul 29, 2014
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A 1.2 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) plant, positioned on the rooftop of a Cape Town office block, would feed excess electricity into the City of Cape Town’s electrical distribution network. The Black River Park solar project would sell electricity back to the city for...
Jul 25, 2014
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Mike Rossouw
Eskom’s appointment of former mining executive Mike Rossouw on a one-year, extendable assignment appears to be closely associated with Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown’s appeal for “extraordinary” steps to be taken to deal with the “unsatisfactory” performance...
Jul 24, 2014
Jeff Radebe
Cabinet approved the five-year Medium-Term Strategic Framework (MTSF) of government on Wednesday, which would serve as the “building block towards the 2030 vision in the National Development Plan (NDP)”. The MTSF, which covers the period 2014 to 2019, reportedly...
Jul 24, 2014
 
 
 
 
Jul 24, 2014
Jul 23, 2014
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President Jacob Zuma on Wednesday announced the composition of the ‘Energy Security Cabinet SubCommittee’, which he said would oversee the development of South Africa’s future energy mix. Delivering his Budget Vote in the National Assembly, Zuma said the committee...
Jul 22, 2014
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Nersa's Thembani Bukula
A standardised tariff for electricity resellers is needed to avoid consumers being overcharged, energy regulator National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) said on Tuesday. "The pressing problem right now is that there is a standardised tariff that they...
Jul 22, 2014
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Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel
Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel says government will be prioritising six ‘I’s as part of its “radical economic transformation” agenda for the coming five years. Delivering his Budget Vote in Parliament on Tuesday, Patel said the six components included...
Jul 22, 2014
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Anti-fracking lobby group Treasure the Karoo Action Group (TKAG) and social rights group AfriForum hand delivered a letter to President Jacob Zuma this week calling on him to declare a fresh moratorium on hydraulic fracturing in South Africa, or face possible legal...
Jul 21, 2014
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Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson
Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson placed significant emphasis on the development of gas, including shale gas, and nuclear in her inaugural Energy Budget Vote to lawmakers in Cape Town on Monday. In an address framed by President Jacob Zuma’s State of the Nation...
Jul 18, 2014
The South African-German Energy Partnership is introducing European Energy Manager (EUREM) training to South Africa. The aim of this energy partnership initiative, with the financial support of the German Federal Ministry for Economics and Energy, is to enable...
Jul 17, 2014
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Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene
South Africa’s Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene is optimistic that the first commitment by the ‘New Development Bank’, which was officially approved for establishment by the governments of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa at the sixth Brics Summit in...
Jul 16, 2014
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Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown
Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown has reiterated that critical talks are under way within government to address Eskom’s financial problems, adding that the issue is being addressed “not as an Eskom problem but as a national priority”. Addressing lawmakers...
Jul 15, 2014
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State-owned freight logistics utility Transnet has issued tenders opening the way for formal investigations into the rail requirements to link the the coal-rich Waterberg region with domestic and export coal markets. Transnet Capital Projects is seeking consultants...
 
 
 
 
Jul 14, 2014
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Jul 11, 2014
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Jul 11, 2014
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Interim Eskom CEO Collin Matjila
State-owned power utility Eskom spent a massive R10.5-billion on diesel fuel in 2013/14 to enable it to operate its two open-cycle gas turbines (OCGT) in the Western Cape. The expenditure was well up on the R5-billion spent in the prior year and a full R8.1-billion...
Jul 11, 2014
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The Medupi power project
Electricity producer Eskom has revealed that it has received cumulative contractor claims at Medupi and Kusile worth R50-billion. But group executive for the capital division Dan Marokane stresses that many of the claims are “concurrent”. He also suggests that global...
Jul 11, 2014
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Government’s Gas Utilisation Master Plan (Gump), Integrated Energy Plan (IEP) and Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) underline that gas is not only a substitutable alternative to coal but a definitive and substantial part of South Africa’s energy mix.
Jul 09, 2014
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The joint developers of the R3-billion Jeffreys Bay wind farm, situated alongside the N2 in Eastern Cape, have lauded South Africa’s transparent and well-run renewable-energy bidding programme and indicated on Wednesday that they would be participating in the...
Jul 08, 2014
Banking group Standard Bank has confirmed the provision of $170-million in debt financing to support the construction of a 118 MW gas-fired power plant being developed by Gigawatt in Ressano Garcia, Mozambique. Gigawatt, which is a Mozambican company, has signed a...
Jul 04, 2014
South Africa’s Department of Energy (DoE), which has invited potential coal independent power producers (IPPs) to register their prospective projects by July 25, plans to use the information to gauge alignment between the location of the proposed projects and Eskom’s...
Jul 03, 2014
African countries should be targeting minimum investment levels of 25% of gross domestic product to sustain economic growth and to improve prospects for job creation and poverty reduction. But a new United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (Unctad) report...
 
 
 
 
Jul 01, 2014
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Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene
Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene gave a firm guarantee on Tuesday that the new Cabinet was fully behind the implementation of the National Development Plan (NDP) and even revealed that President Jacob Zuma was personally meeting with individual Ministers to seek...
Jun 30, 2014
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Following weeks of power emergency alerts and some instances of load shedding, State-owned power utility Eskom on Monday said the national grid had stabilised. The most recent biweekly system status bulletin, released on Monday, forecast an evening peak capacity of...
Jun 27, 2014
NEW BUILD SUPPORT Energy Engineered Products has supplied valve products to Eskom’s Medupi, Kusile and Ingula power generation projects
Specialist alloys and valve supplier Energy Engineered Products reports it has completed its latest contract for State-owned power utility Eskom’s Kusile power station project, in Mpumalanga. The company completed the supply of products, valued at about R2-million,...
Jun 27, 2014
SCHEDULE ACCELERATION Eskom will determine how to accelerate the Ingula project schedule to achieve earlier power commission
State-owned power utility Eskom plans to evaluate the remaining scope of work of the Ingula pumped-storage scheme to  synchronise the project’s first unit to South Africa’s electricity grid as close to the original project timeframe as possible Eskom group capital...
Jun 27, 2014
TEETHING PROBLEMS Eskom emphasises the importance of embedding lessons learned from Medupi’s Unit 6 to drive efficiencies in the rest of the utility’s fleet
With State-owned power utility Eskom having reached key milestones in resolving issues that have caused delays in synchronising its new-build Mepudi power station project Unit 6 onto the national electricity grid, Eskom is confident that the unit will be synchronised...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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