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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...
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,...
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...
Oct 25, 2013
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Oct 25, 2013
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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...
Oct 14, 2013
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Ratings agency Standard & Poor's (S&P’s) has downgraded Eskom’s standalone credit profile (SACP) to ‘b-' from 'b' and has indicated that it believes the utility will require additional funding of about R50-billion to close a gap that arose as a result of the...
Oct 14, 2013
Namibia’s power utility NamPower has invited qualified companies to tender for the contract to carry out an air quality monitoring study for the proposed Kudu combined cycle gas turbine power station at Uubvlei, near Oranjemund, in Namibia. The Kudu gas-to-power...
Oct 14, 2013
State-owned Eskom on Monday said it had cut back on its coal-hauling times on the back of a recent spate of driver fatalities on Mpumalanga roads. The trucking of coal to Eskom’s power stations, which was an around-the-clock operation, would be halted from 18:00 on...
Oct 11, 2013
A new world record of 44.7% of sunlight was converted into electricity by a photovoltaic panel using a new solar cell structure with four solar subcells last month, says German research organisation Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems department head and...
Oct 11, 2013
A lack of funds to implement capital-intensive geothermal projects has forced the authorities in Kenya to shift to coal-powered plants in an effort to achieve a generation target of 5 000 MW by 2017.
Oct 11, 2013
Ivanpah concentrated solar power plant’s Unit 1 produced its first output of energy and was successfully synchronised to the California power grid for the first time last month. The solar thermal project uses an array of mirrors to focus sunlight and heat on a...
 
 
 
 
Oct 11, 2013
Space weather has the capacity to have disastrous effects on space and earth based technology infrastructure – from information and communication technology to electrical power distribution systems.
Oct 03, 2013
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Energy Minister Dikobe Ben Martins
South Africa has indicated that it will continue to explore whether carbon capture and storage (CCS) can play a meaningful role in helping it to reduce the country’s carbon footprint notwithstanding limited progress in international climate negotiations and carbon...
Oct 02, 2013
City Power's Louis Pieterse
Johannesburg’s electricity utility City Power is finalising the design of a comprehensive security solution for its network, which was seriously compromised during a wildcat strike in early September, leaving residents across several suburbs without power for...
Sep 26, 2013
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Deputy Energy Minister Barbara Thompson, Energy Minister Dikobe Ben Martins andDepartment of Energy director-general Nelisiwe Magubane
Recently appointed Energy Minister Dikobe Ben Martins is yet to determine whether the next coal-fired power generation capacity – a project that has been widely dubbed ‘Coal Three’ – is to be built by State-owned electricity utility Eskom, or by an...
Sep 25, 2013
Sep 25, 2013
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Powertech Transformers, a subsidiary of Powertech and JSE-listed Altron Group, has received the majority share of a miniature substation contract from State-owned power utility Eskom. The R350-million contract, which covers a two-year period from August 2013 to July...
Sep 20, 2013
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President Jacob Zuma
The return to service of the mothballed Grootvlei power station in Balfour, Mpumalanga, will help to reverse the electricity difficulties the country has been experiencing since 2007, President Jacob Zuma said on Friday. Speaking at the official reopening of the...
Sep 20, 2013
SIGNIFICANT REGIONAL BENEFITSA detailed map of the proposed 2 600 km Gasnosu pipeline which, if approved, could run from Cabo Delgado to Maputo, Mozambique, and possibly to regional markets further south, such as Richards Bay, South Africa
A feasibility study is currently under way for the construction of a $5-billion, 2 600 km natural gas pipeline that could connect significant natural gas discoveries in northern Mozambique to benefit gas-to-power markets in Southern Africa. Having concluded a...
Sep 19, 2013
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The Majuba power station
State-owned power utility Eskom reports that the first coal-loaded train is scheduled to begin operating on the R5.2-billion, 68 km railway corridor, which is currently being built to link the coal mines of Mpumalanga with the Majuba power station, on May 31, 2016....
Sep 19, 2013
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There has been a delay in fitting emission control equipment at the Medupi power station, Eskom said on Wednesday. "The delay in the retrofitting... is aligned with the delay in the commissioning of the generating units at Medupi," it said in a statement.
 
 
 
 
Sep 16, 2013
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President Jacob Zuma
President Jacob Zuma will officially reopen the Grootvlei power station in Balfour, Mpumalanga, on Friday. The Grootvlei power station, which comprises six coal-fired units with a combined capacity of 1 200 MW, was mothballed in 1990 owing to an excess of available...
Sep 16, 2013
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Sep 16, 2013
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South Africa’s coal-heavy power utility Eskom has issued a request for information (RFI) for the supply and delivery of conventional or unconventional gas to its Ankerlig power station, near Atlantis in the Western Cape. The open-cycle gas turbine (OCGT) facility...
Sep 13, 2013
POWER PURCHASE AGREEMENTNamibia Minister of Mines and Energy Isak Katali and Mozambique Energy Minister Salvador Namburete inaugurate Phase 2 of Aggreko’s cross-border interim power project at Gigawatt Park in Ressano Garcia, Mozambique
Temporary power and temperature control solutions provider Aggreko officiated its power purchase agreement (PPA) with Namibian power utility NamPower at the unveiling of Phase 2 of its Ressano Garcia gas-fired power plant at Gigawatt Park, in Mozambique, last month....
Sep 12, 2013
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The State-owned Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) announced on Thursday that it had approved a loan and guarantees worth R2-billion to facilitate black economic empowerment (BEE) and community participation in the development of two peaking electricity...
Sep 11, 2013
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Eskom commercial director Dan Marokane
Eskom is now in a position to make performance bond demands against Hitachi Power Africa for failing to deliver on its construction contracts at the Medupi power plant, MPs heard on Wednesday. The extended trigger date for calling in the bonds was August 9, Eskom...
Sep 10, 2013
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Eskom CEO Brian Dames
A mixed picture emerged on Tuesday regarding the status of Cabinet’s resolution to pursue the development of a third new large-scale coal-fired power station, with Eskom welcoming the ratification of ‘Coal Three’ and Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba...
Sep 10, 2013
State-owned electricity utility Eskom confirmed on Tuesday that it has declared a dispute with its three representative trade unions and the matter will go to arbitration on September 25. CEO Brian Dames said the dispute was declared following three rounds of...
Sep 10, 2013
Eskom said on Tuesday power will remain tight during the southern hemisphere summer period as it increases maintenance work on its ageing fleet, coupled with delays in bringing electricity from new plants online. Eskom CEO Brian Dames said more maintenance was done...
Sep 06, 2013
After years of delays and controversies, Uganda has finally embarked on the construction of the 700 MW Karuma hydropower project. Uganda’s President, Yoweri Museveni, officiated at the ground-breaking ceremony, where he warned local professionals, who have largely...
 
 
 
 
Sep 06, 2013
Kenya is set to end the monopoly on power distribution that has been long held by State-owned entity Kenya Power. In a move aimed to encourage competi-tion, improve efficiency and reduce the high cost of power in the East Africa nation, Parliament has set in motion a...
Sep 06, 2013
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Sep 06, 2013
Asset performance management specialist Pragma, supported by Aurecon Energy Services, conducted a technical review of four key transmission substations for Namibia’s national power utility NamPower in May and June.
Sep 06, 2013
POWER NETWORKThe newly formed Power Line Association of South Africa will provide a key service to the development of an electrical infrastructure system necessary to underpin South Africa’s economic growth into the future
The Power Line Association of South Africa (Polasa) was launched earlier this month under the auspices of the South African Institute of Steel Construction (Saisc) to represent the broader interests of power transmission and distribution line fabricators and...
Sep 05, 2013
Widespread power failures on the West Rand and in northern Johannesburg could take up to three days to resolve due to an unprotected strike, City Power said on Thursday. "We are currently experiencing power outages as a result of the strike, we have not been able to...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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