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Dec 04, 2013
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The Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) advised State-owned power utility Eskom on Wednesday to apply for a five-year postponement to the Kriel coal-fired power station’s full compliance with its atmospheric emission licence. However, it also stressed that...
Dec 04, 2013
Eskom spokesperson Andrew Etzinger
Eskom is in a race against time to keep lights on as it battles to obtain a licence for the Kriel power station in Mpumalanga. "We applied to the department of environmental affairs to have a licence that complies with environmental regulations and we are waiting for...
Dec 03, 2013
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The Department of Energy (DoE) has called for public comment on an updated version of the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) 2010-2030, in which a materially lower demand outlook is projected over the 20-year horizon. In fact, the update anticipates that 6 600 MW less...
Dec 02, 2013
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Busa special policy adviser Professor Raymond Parsons
Business Unity South Africa (Busa) expects Presidential sign-off either before the end of the year or in early 2014 on actions plans that have been jointly developed with government relating to organised business’ role in implementing the National Development Plan...
Nov 29, 2013
A dry flue-gas desulphurisation (dry FGD) system uses a lime-based reagent to remove sulphur oxides (SOx) from the flue gases of any combustion installation without using water, says gas and energy specialist engineering company Tractebel Engineering South Africa...
Nov 29, 2013
Circular fluidised-bed (CFB) combustion power stations enable the cleaner combustion of different fuels to generate power, which result in power being produced from lower grades of coal and diverse fuels, such as biomass, oil shale and waste wood, says French energy...
Nov 28, 2013
Leading South African corporates have again performed well ahead of the global norm in reporting their carbon emissions, with 83 of the companies making up the JSE 100 participating in the seventh edition of the South African Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) – the...
Nov 28, 2013
The Mpumalanga Department of Economic Development, Environmental and Tourism (DEDET) had linked 368 small, medium and micro-enterprises (SMMEs) to business opportunities created by the Kusile power station project outside Delmas since its inception, DEDET MEC Pinky...
Nov 28, 2013
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Nov 26, 2013
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Steelmaking under way
South Africa’s only graphite electrodes plant, which is also the sole manufacturer on the African continent, is facing possible closure, putting 370 jobs at risk. The plant, which was established in 1965 in Meyerton, 50 km south of Johannesburg, currently supplies...
Nov 25, 2013
Group Five is already doing work at the Koeberg nuclear power station
The energy-related proportion of Group Five’s R14.7-billion order book as of the end of October has increased to 39%, or R5.7-billion, with power projects comprising R3.4-billion and oil and gas developments the R1.9-billion balance. CEO Mike Upton says power, oil...
Nov 22, 2013
Power group Ipsa would acquire two high-efficiency Jenbacher 616 gas engines to provide its Newcastle Cogeneration (NewCogen) subsidiary with 3.8 MW of additional power capacity to sell to Eskom under an existing medium-term power purchase programme (MTPPP) contract....
Nov 22, 2013
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Saldanha Steel is able to produce 1.2-million tons of thin-gauge steel yearly
Steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa is hoping to conclude a power purchase agreement (PPA) early next year with an independent power producer (IPP), which is proposing the development of a 800 MW power station on the Saldanha Steel mill site, in the Western...
Nov 22, 2013
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Academics, policymakers and government are in the process of developing the pilot carbon dioxide (CO2) storage project (PCSP) that will demonstrate the potential viability of long-term CO2 storage in deep underground geological basins and the project has been granted...
Nov 22, 2013
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State-owned power utility Eskom has lifted its emergency declaration, invoked on Tuesday, stating that the power system was now stable. It warned, however, that the risk of another emergency declaration remained, as the system continued to be constrained....
Nov 22, 2013
HERBERT PLANT The 22 MWp plant at Herbert and the 11 MWp plant at Greefspan, both in Douglas, in the Northern Cape, are expected to be complete in January next year
Electrical contractor Brand Engineering South Africa (SA) is diversifying and expanding into the electrical engineering industry by including renewable-energy projects in its portfolio, such as 14 projects as part of the Department of Energy’s (DoE’s) first Request...
Nov 22, 2013
State-owned power utility Eskom has reiterated the crisis regarding electricity theft, its effect on residents and business owners – whether they pay for electricity or not – and how Operation Khanyisa is dealing with this issue.
Nov 22, 2013
Academics, policy makers and government are in the process of developing the Pilot carbon dioxide (CO2) Storage Project (PCSP) that will demonstrate the potential viability of long-term carbon dioxide storage in deep underground geological basins and the project has...
Nov 19, 2013
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State-owned power utility Eskom on Tuesday declared emergency regulatory protocol, which requires key industrial users to cut 10% of their energy load and consumers to “urgently” switch off nonessential appliances, as the national grid edged closer to overcapacity....
 
 
 
 
Nov 18, 2013
State-owned power utility Eskom on Monday reiterated that the national power system would be “particularly tight” over the next two weeks, owing to a high number of generating units being shut down for unplanned and planned maintenance. Current planned maintenance...
Nov 18, 2013
Parsons Brinckerhoff MD Ian Maclean
Infrastructure-focused engineering consultancy Parsons Brinckerhoff, part of the Balfour Beatty group, which has been active in South Africa’s energy and mining sectors for three decades, is aiming to diversify its activities into the domestic railways market, where...
Nov 15, 2013
RIEKIE SWANEPOEL Eskom’s virtual three-dimensional plant simulator project was a culmination of two years of hard work that would have been impossible without Team Kusile
State-owned power utility Eskom’s Kusile power station received top honours at global infrastructure software developer Bentley Systems’ 2013 Be Inspired awards, which took place at the Hilton Metropole, in London from October 29 to 31. The 4 800 MW power station,...
Nov 15, 2013
A global gathering of leading executives and thought leaders from around the world took place at London’s Hilton Metropole late last month for the Year in Infrastructure 2013 Conference (YII2013). Participants used the platform to compare notes on effective...
Nov 15, 2013
Recognising the need to help mitigate the shortage of power in South Africa and taking advantage of the country’s fast-changing energy landscape, Germany-based green energy management solutions provider QTE Energy has expanded its service offering and opened a local...
Nov 14, 2013
Engineering group Hitachi Power Africa (HPA) reports that 98% of its scope of work on boiler Unit 6 at the Medupi power station, being built in Limpopo, has been completed. It has also confirmed that it is in a position to meet Eskom’s revised commissioning...
Nov 13, 2013
There was the political will in South Africa to promote energy efficiency, however, intense mobilisation was needed, South African Parliament chairperson of the portfolio committee for energy Sisa Njikelana said on Wednesday. Speaking at the eighth yearly Southern...
Nov 13, 2013
The National Business Initiative (NBI) would, on December 4, launch its Private Sector Energy Efficiency (PSEE) project, which is aimed at improving the energy efficiency of commercial and industrial companies of various sizes in South Africa, NBI head of energy...
Nov 12, 2013
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The Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) on Tuesday announced that it would inject R205-million into a programme to fast-track the implementation of the electrification of 14 000 households in rural regions. The Integrated National Electrification Programme...
Nov 11, 2013
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City Power will continue installing smart meters across Johannesburg now that it has been cleared of allegations of corruption and fraud in the awarding of its smart meters tender, it said on Sunday. In the past eight months it had installed 153 of the new...
 
 
 
 
Nov 08, 2013
Energy Minister Dikobe Ben Martins
Following the signing of the Grand Inga Hydropower Project Treaty the South African and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) governments are planning a series of engagements with other countries in Southern African to assess their role, or interest in participating in...
Nov 08, 2013
Global supplier of lighting solutions, Philips Lighting plans to implement 100 light centres across Africa that will provide security through the correct lighting technology and ensure community safety and therefore, upliftment.  To date, six centres have been rolled...
Nov 04, 2013
The Mozambique Ministry for Coordination of Environmental Action has approved the environmental and social impact assessment (ESIA) for Aim-listed Ncondezi Energy’s planned power plant. Ncondezi Energy continued its application process for an environmental permit,...
Nov 01, 2013
Ellis Park stadium, which has an electricity bill of just below R400 000 a month, could reduce its electricity consumption by up to 40% by implementing energy efficiency measures, German consulting firm Transsolar Energietechnik CE Professor Volkmar Bleicher said on...
Nov 01, 2013
Artisan training has finally become firmly entrenched as a national priority in South Africa on the basis of a burst of energy and innovation over the past few years. This new status was confirmed when Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande declared...
Oct 31, 2013
Riekie Swanepoel
State-owned power utility Eskom’s Kusile power station received top honours on Wednesday night at global infrastructure software developer Bentley Systems’ 2013 Be Inspired awards, which took place at the Hilton Metropole in London. The 4 800 MW power station, which...
Oct 29, 2013
The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) did not consider Eskom’s application for a review of its electricity supply contracts with BHP Billiton’s aluminium smelters at the October 29 meeting of the Energy Regulator, indicating that internal processes...
Oct 28, 2013
Dr Abdalla Hamdok, Donald Kaberuka, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma and Pravin Gordhan
Africa’s current growth “turning point” should not be construed as a sustainable-development “tipping point”, African Development Bank (AfDB) president Donald Kaberuka stressed on Monday. He added that accelerated economic integration would offer the greatest...
Oct 25, 2013
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Standalone electricity generation sets (gensets) can be used to manage the resulting power produced by solar thermal and solar photovoltaic (PV) renewable-energy generation plants and can also be used to provide electricity in a rural area as part of a hybrid...
Oct 25, 2013
Greater efficiency outputs from lighting in warehousing applications are becoming more important, owing to the intense lighting demands of warehouses. Improved lighting systems offer warehouses and clients that use them the potential for significant savings on...
 
 
 
 
Oct 25, 2013
The crunch of energy and resources arising from economic and population growth can be reduced through the use of machine-to-machine (M2M) communications, says cellular major Vodacom Enterprise Business Unit executive head of sales Tony Smallwood. M2M will enable...
Oct 22, 2013
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Oct 18, 2013
PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENTBramhope Safety Solutions supplies safety equipment, such as gloves, to corporations throughout Africa
Safety products supplier Bramhope Safety Solutions is increasingly being approached by South African organisations for their work apparel and personal protective equipment (PPE) solutions, Bramhope CEO Isak Marais tells Engineering News. This is owing to companies...
Oct 15, 2013
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Magnitech Lighting MD Howard Page
South African industrial lighting specialist Magnitech Lighting is suing State-owned electricity producer Eskom for making what it alleges to be false and misleading claims about its xenon-sodium lamp, which has resulted in a dramatic decline in the sale of these...
Oct 15, 2013
Edwin Dreyer, Louis Delport and Owen Maroleni
Amid high-level calls for the emergence of black industrialists, a new black-owned manufacturing company has been formed through a merger of pipe-bending specialist Delberg Engineering and metals trader Corrotherm Special Metals Africa. The company began trading...
 
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