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Dec 12, 2014
VALVES Importing companies account for about 80% of the jobs in the valves industry
Local valve importer CMO Africa says the government regulation, which stipulates that 70% of valves used in State projects be manufactured in-country, will lead to the demise of the valves import industry. CMO Africa MD Mark Bowden told Engineering News at the Mining...
Dec 12, 2014
HERTZOG VERHOEF The Medupi power plant project provided us with an opportunity to establish ELB Construction
Engineering solutions provider ELB Engineering Services says that its conveyors moved the first coal to the mill bunkers of boiler 6 at Medupi power station in Lephalale, Limpopo last month. ELB Medupi project manager Hertzog Verhoef says the coal to bunker process...
Dec 12, 2014
LYNNE BROWN The next few years are going to be tough
Johannesburg-based chemical manufacturer Reba Chemicals attended this year’s Lephalale Mining Expo, hosted by Mining and Technical Exhibitions (MTE), to establish partnerships that can expand the company’s reach in the area. Reba Chemicals MD Freddy Motau told...
Dec 12, 2014
Local power solutions provider Jasco Power Solutions states that its uninterrupted power supply (UPS) system, the Gamatronic UPS range, introduced to the local market in March provides reliable backup power when State-owned power utility Eskom faces the challenge of...
Dec 12, 2014
MEDUPI POWER STATION At full capacity the station will add 4 800 MW to the national grid
State-owned power utility Eskom says it is in the process of building two 400 kV transmission lines between the Spitskop substation and the Dinaledi substation, both  in the greater Brits area, in the North West, to enable the integration of the first unit of the...
Dec 11, 2014
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Will South Africa’s electricity grid collapse, plunging the country into weeks of darkness? Experts say it is possible, but unlikely.
Dec 11, 2014
Dec 11, 2014
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Cabinet has approved a five-point plan to address the current strain on South Africa’s electricity system as well as the creation of a technical “war room” to undertake various interventions to improve supply security over the short and medium term. Since the start...
Dec 11, 2014
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Dec 09, 2014
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Dec 09, 2014
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Dec 09, 2014
 
 
 
Dec 08, 2014
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Eskom CEO Tshediso Matona
With plant breakdowns having increased drastically at Eskom since 2009, the State-owned utility has increased its use of diesel materially, having burnt around 140-million litres of the energy carrier in November alone. This rise in consumption has placed major...
Dec 08, 2014
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Eskom CEO Tshediso Matona
The electricity supply is expected to be constrained in February and March, Eskom said on Monday. "February and March are concerning for us. This due to budgetary constraints. Our financial director is looking at options in this regard," CEO Tshediso Matona told...
Dec 05, 2014
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The ongoing power blackouts will lead to job loses, the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) said on Friday. "One of the negative consequences of this load shedding, especially for the workers, is that industries heavily reliant on electricity for...
Dec 05, 2014
The latest version of power and automation giant ABB’s 800xA integration platform unifies core industrial functions, their planning and execution, enabling industrial companies to maintain control over all aspects affecting production, including safety. The platform,...
Dec 05, 2014
PAUL HEYNS Altaaqa Global Southern Africa continuously communicates with potential customers and local authorities, strengthening the company’s reach in the Southern Africa region
Temporary power solutions provider Altaaqa Global says its Southern Africa branch, which recently opened in Johannesburg, South Africa, has expanded the company’s reach in the temporary power supply market, especially in the mining and infrastructure construction...
Dec 05, 2014
POWER TROLLEY 6 The portable, ecofriendly generator is cost effective
Local power generation technology specialist Sinetech says that its Power Trolley 6 provides reliable, mobile back-up power during load shedding and other instances where the main source of energy fails or does not exist. Sinetech GM Herbert Teubner says that the...
Dec 05, 2014
LEGRAND MODULAR UPS The system ensures continuity of service when the mains source of power fails
Electrical systems supplier Legrand South Africa says that its new range of service sector solutions, the uninterruptible power supply (UPS) system, enhances products such as structured cabling systems for data networks and control and management of installation...
Dec 04, 2014
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Automotive manufacturer Volkswagen South Africa (VWSA) has achieved an international ISO 50001 certification for its energy management systems. The systems were implemented at VWSA’s Uitenhage and Port Elizabeth plants to enhance the company’s energy performance,...
Dec 04, 2014
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Eskom will start rolling blackouts countrywide at 4pm on Thursday because of low diesel reserves, the parastatal said. "Unfortunately it is necessary to implement stage two load shedding from 4pm to 10pm," spokesperson Andrew Etzinger said.
Dec 03, 2014
South Africans could have their power cut if more pressure is put on Eskom's grid this week, the power utility said on Wednesday. "We are using our emergency reserves extensively so far this week," spokesperson Andrew Etzinger said.
 
 
 
 
Dec 03, 2014
Kelvin power station
Nedbank and Investec Bank are considering selling the 600 MW privately owned coal-fired Kelvin power station, in Kempton Park. The power station formed a crucial part of the City of Johannesburg metropolitan municipality’s power supply and historically supplied...
Dec 01, 2014
The South African government is seeking bids from international and domestic advisers with expertise to design, develop and implement programmes for the “procurement of energy from independent power producers (IPPs)”. The request for proposals (RFP) has been issued...
Dec 01, 2014
South Africa’s seasonally adjusted Kagiso Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) recovered to its best level in over a year in November, rising to 53.3 points – a reading above the 50-point level signals an expansion. Besides being at its best level since August 2013, the...
Dec 01, 2014
Eskom spokesperson Andrew Etzinger
There are no scheduled power cuts for this week, Eskom said on Monday. "[The] system will be tight but no load shedding is planned at this stage," Eskom spokesperson Andrew Etzinger said in a statement.
Nov 28, 2014
Themba Mkhwanazi
Anglo American Inyosi Coal and Eskom “are broadly aligned” regarding Eskom’s empowerment imperatives for the New Largo project, Anglo American coal business in South Africa CEO and Anglo American Inyosi Coal chairperson Themba Mkhwanazi reported on Friday. In a...
Nov 28, 2014
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Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown
Electricity utility Eskom confirmed on Friday that it would implement rotational load shedding in stage 2 (about 2 000 MW) over the weekend of November 29 and 30, entrenching a pattern of rotational power cuts that first emerged after a coal silo collapsed at the...
Nov 27, 2014
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South Africa’s Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene
South Africa’s Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene has emphasised the role of the private sector in delivering the 51 Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa (Pida) projects, collectively valued at $68-billion, being prioritised for implementation by 2020....
Nov 27, 2014
Nov 27, 2014
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Solidarity CEO Dirk Hermann
Trade union Solidarity, which has 7 000 members working at Eskom, is urging the State-owned utility to abandon its voluntary-severance offer to employees and focus instead on rebuilding staff morale as part of a broader effort to improve the currently dire outlook...
Nov 26, 2014
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Eskom has asked its staff to consider voluntary retrenchment packages, a spokesman confirmed on Wednesday. "We can confirm that we have announced the process by which employees can apply for voluntary separation packages," spokesman Andrew Etzinger said.
 
 
 
 
Nov 25, 2014
Eskom capital division group executive Dan Marokane
Electricity utility Eskom says it and Anglo American have concluded a memorandum of understanding (MoU) that maps out the process to be followed to enable the parties to conclude a final coal-supply contract for the Kusile power station, which is currently being...
Nov 25, 2014
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Medupi project site
Electricity utility Eskom has confirmed a likely further, albeit modest, slippage in the schedule for first synchronisation of Medupi Unit 6, which was scheduled for December 24, 2014. The delay is the latest in several to afflict the project, which has faced...
Nov 25, 2014
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Eskom CEO Tshediso Matona
State-owned electricity utility Eskom is forecasting a dramatic slump in profitability for the full-year to March 31, 2015, with CEO Tshediso Matona indicating that its profit is likely to fall to R500-million in 2014/15 from nearly R7.1-billion in 2013/14. Releasing...
Nov 25, 2014
Namibia's 885 MW Kudu gas-to-power project is still on track with a final investment decision expected by June 2015, the mines and energy ministry said. Despite objections by an energy lobby group against the generation licence application by the government power...
Nov 25, 2014
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The ANC is not in favour of privatising the country's power system, despite problems with parastatal Eskom, secretary general Gwede Mantashe said on Monday. "Electricity remains a public good and therefore, if you totally privatise it, it will have problems,"...
Nov 24, 2014
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Fourth renewables bid announcement postponed amid third-round closure delay
Nov 21, 2014
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Steel among the five resource value-chains being prioritised
The Mineral Beneficiation Action Plan (MBAP), which is currently in draft form, should be finalised by the end of March 2015, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has confirmed. The department is leading the drafting process, which also involves the National...
Nov 21, 2014
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Eskom started with scheduled blackouts on Friday afternoon, the power utility said. "Load shedding will continue until 8pm tonight," it said in a short power update.
Nov 21, 2014
GARY WHALLEY The power line industry supports Eskom’s power transmission plans in the short and medium term
Engagement between the power line industry, State power utility Eskom and government is necessary to develop a strong and sustainable power line industry that is capable of servicing the electricity transmission requirements of the country as well as protecting jobs...
Nov 20, 2014
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Majuba power station
Nearly a month after the catastrophic failure of the 10 000 t central coal-storage silo at its Majuba power plant, State-owned power utility Eskom could face the collapse of another silo if urgent action is not taken, Solidarity claimed on Thursday. The...
 
 
 
 
Nov 19, 2014
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The Department of Science and Technology (DST) has officially launched the innovative 2.5 kW hydrogen fuel cell power generator prototype unit at the University of the Western Cape (UWC). The generator demonstrates South Africa's innovative capabilities in the...
Nov 18, 2014
In support of ever-emerging smart grid adoption, information and communication technology (ICT) group Huawei on Tuesday unveiled a long-term evolution (LTE) solution for electricity grids. The eLTE smart grid solution, based on the “most advanced” fourth-generation...
Nov 18, 2014
With the models of energy utilities worldwide increasingly “turned on their head” on the back of technological advances and an ever-transforming industry, more and more stakeholders were realizing the importance of adapting to and adopting technology into their...
Nov 18, 2014
As utilities worldwide move to modernise their networks and enhance efficiencies through the use of telecommunications, the Utilities Telecom Council (UTC) has launched an Africa-focused division to deal with the energy security challenges facing utilities and energy...
Nov 18, 2014
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As Eskom battles to keep South Africa’s lights on amid ageing and failing energy infrastructure, it has emerged that its internal telecommunications network that provides critical information and communication technology (ICT) services to the utility had reached the...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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