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Mar 07, 2014
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Zola Tsotsi and Brian Dames at the post-load-shedding briefing on Friday
Eskom confirmed on Friday that it had decided to extend “at risk” short-term electricity purchases from independent power producers (IPPs) and municipal generators to the end of May, despite not having received regulatory approval to do so. However, it was still in...
Mar 07, 2014
The load-shedding website operated by State-owned power utility Eskom was indicating that “no load shedding” was taking place on Friday morning, having shown ongoing rotational shedding throughout the day and night on Thursday. Eskom also formally lifted, at 22:00...
Mar 07, 2014
Mar 07, 2014
Power Evacuation 220 kV transmission lines will evacuate electricity from the Rusumo Falls hydroelectric plant
Construction of transmission lines to evacuate power from a regional hydroelectric project in East Africa, which was hanging on the balance following the withdrawal of financing by key partners, is now back on track. After six months of uncertainty, the African...
Mar 07, 2014
Atmospheric and speciality gas technology manufacturer Air Products South Africa says there has been an increase in the use of modified atmospheric packaging (MAP) – its gas-based food packaging technique. Air Products speciality gas sales manager Arthi Govender says...
Mar 06, 2014
JSE- and NYSE-listed miner Sibanye Gold on Thursday said that despite South African electricity utility Eskom’s request to reduce its power consumption by 10%, Sibanye did not expect any production losses. The company, which was last year spun out of gold major Gold...
Mar 06, 2014
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As energy utility Eskom on Thursday instituted nationwide load-shedding for the first time since 2008, a report released by Statistics South Africa (StatsSA) revealed that the volume of electricity consumed in January increased by 2.8% year-on-year, exceeding a 1.2%...
Mar 06, 2014
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The loss of three units at Kendal, pictured, a key reason for SA's load-shedding relapse
State-owned electricity producer Eskom, which declared its fourth power emergency of the 2013/14 summer maintenance season on Thursday morning, began implementing load shedding from 9:00, causing shops to shut, disrupting cellular networks and raising fresh concerns...
Mar 06, 2014
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Mar 06, 2014
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Mar 05, 2014
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Mar 05, 2014
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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 the...
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 John...
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
Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan reaffirmed the State’s commitment to national infrastructure development in his 2014 Budget, noting that R847-billion would be invested in infrastructure over the coming three years, reinforcing a shift in the composition of...
Feb 26, 2014
Capital expenditure by major State-owned companies (SoCs) is projected to reach R381.9-billion over the next three years, with investments by Eskom, Transnet and the South African National Roads Agency accounting for 90% this amount. This projected spend formed part...
Feb 25, 2014
Austro CEO Paul Mansour
Energy-focused industrial supplier Austro has beefed up its board ahead of what CEO Paul Mansour hopes will be a period of accelerated growth, designed to elevate the company from its current status as a “micro cap” on the JSE to a “small cap”, with a market...
 
 
 
 
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
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. At...
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 National...
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 construction...
 
 
 
 
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 cheaper...
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 cheaper...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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