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Oct 14, 2014
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The transmission unit of South African electricity utility Eskom has completed a strategic grid study for the period to 2040. The study signals major shifts in future generation and demand patterns that will have implications for the domestic network and future...
Oct 10, 2014
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Mongezi Ntsokolo
State-owned power utility Eskom has made significant changes to its transmission infrastructure expansion plan for the coming ten years, owing to financial constraints that made its previous plan “no longer realistic”. Group executive for transmission Mongezi...
Oct 10, 2014
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Zimbabwe signed a $1.5-billion deal with China's Sinohydro Corp on Friday to expand a coal-fired power plant in the most ambitious move yet to tackle the country's crippling electricity shortages. The deal, which still needs full financial cover, would see Sinohydro...
Oct 09, 2014
A 12-month prefeasibility study (PFS) by consulting firm GIBB to investigate the viability of the Monont’sa pumped-storage power plant, in Lesotho, has concluded that the scheme will provide significant power to South Africa’s rapidly developing neighbour when...
Oct 09, 2014
Coenraad Bezuidenhout
Government departments and State-owned companies (SoCs) needed to “drastically” improve their strategic procurement capacity, as well as their localisation compliance levels if local-procurement initiatives were to have any chance of stemming further...
Oct 08, 2014
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State-owned power utility Eskom noted on Tuesday that its renewable energy projects would contribute significantly to reducing power cuts, as these projects would assist in ensuring grid stability. Speaking at the sixty-fourth Association of Municipal Electricity...
Oct 07, 2014
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Medupi
Parliament’s portfolio committees on Public Enterprises and Energy are satisfied with the progress made on construction at State-owned power utility Eskom’s Medupi power station in Lephalale, Limpopo. Members of the joint committees conducted an oversight visit to...
Oct 06, 2014
Tanzania will complete a $455-million power transmission line next year linking its power grid to Kenya and Zambia, part of plans to export electricity powered by its gas and coal reserves to neighbours, the Energy and Minerals Ministry said on Monday. Tanzania,...
Oct 03, 2014
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Oct 02, 2014
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Professor Anton Eberhard
A respected energy-policy academic has called on President Jacob Zuma to appoint a commission of inquiry into South Africa’s worst electricity crisis in 40 years and to offer policy proposals for reforming Eskom and the sector. Writing in the Business Day, Anton...
Sep 29, 2014
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Toshiba’s Westinghouse Electric Company on Monday launched an expedited review application in the South Gauteng High Court challenging Eskom’s decision to award a R4.3-billion contract to Areva, of France, for the replacement of steam generators at the Koeberg...
Sep 26, 2014
Cellular major MTN South Africa has approved two gas-powered generation developments for its Doornfontein (1 MW) and Newlands (6 MW) sites, in Gauteng, based on the success of its 2 MW trigeneration plant at its Roodepoort headquarters. MTN will expand this methane-...
Sep 26, 2014
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Efforts by the Kenya government to increase energy generation by 5 000 MW over the next three years received a major boost following the award of a $2-billion contract to build a coal power plant in Lamu.  Despite allegations of irregular tendering process, the...
Sep 26, 2014
Cellular major MTN South Africa has approved two gas-powered generation developments for its Doornfontein (1 MW) and Newlands (6 MW) sites, in Gauteng, based on the success of its 2 MW trigeneration plant, at its Roodepoort headquarters. MTN will expand this...
Sep 25, 2014
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Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown
State-owned power utility Eskom has requested all default municipalities to settle their arrear debt to the utility by March 31, 2015, Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown said in a Parliamentary reply. Responding to a question by the Congress of the People, in...
Sep 25, 2014
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Steve Lennon
Two of Eskom's top executives have resigned, the parastatal confirmed on Wednesday. Eskom's group executive for sustainability Steve Lennon would leave at the end of March next year and group executive enterprise development and acting group executive of customer...
Sep 22, 2014
Energy efficient commercial buildings in South Africa delivered better returns than non-energy efficient buildings, a new study by the Investment Property Databank and the Green Building Council of South Africa has shown. The study, which investigated 461 commercial...
Sep 19, 2014
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The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) will release a consultation paper in February next year outlining the possible regulatory framework for “distributed power generation” in South Africa, including how “prosumers” could be empowered to feed surplus...
Sep 18, 2014
Despite apparent legitimate reasoning behind State-owned power utility Eskom’s electricity tariff increases, increased costs would undoubtedly hurt those in the lower portion of South Africa’s income distribution, consulting firm Frost & Sullivan Africa energy and...
 
 
 
 
Sep 18, 2014
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Medupi
Reiterating that the target date for synchronisation of the first unit at the 4 764 MW coal-fired Medupi power station remained December, Eskom senior general manager Andrew Etzinger has further updated the market on the plant’s progress, saying on Thursday that...
Sep 18, 2014
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Andrew Etzinger
While energy utility Eskom’s build programme continues at pace – with the first unit (Unit 6) of the long-awaited coal-fired Medupi power station to finally be synchronised to the grid in December – Eskom senior general manager Andrew Etzinger believes this...
Sep 17, 2014
The African hub of the United Nations Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) initiative was aiming to have assisted 14 countries on the continent in developing energy action agendas and investment prospectuses by the end of this year, the African Union’s (AU’s) New...
Sep 17, 2014
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Thembani Bukula
National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) full-time member for electricity Thembani Bukula says the regulator is not anticipating an approach by Eskom for a “reopener” of the current tariff determination, notwithstanding National Treasury’s indication that...
Sep 16, 2014
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Electricity producer Eskom warned on Tuesday it would take some time to arrest the current high levels of unplanned outages, revealing that 32 of its 87 coal-fired generating units required “major surgery”, while four were in a “critical condition”. However,...
Sep 16, 2014
Barclays Africa group company Absa, in partnership with the French Development Agency (FDA), was offering commercial businesses in South Africa an up to 7% rebate on loans of up to R100-million that are used to fund energy efficiency or renewable energy projects....
Sep 15, 2014
Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene
Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene reported on Monday that nonstrategic government assets had been identified within various government departments that could be used to support an equity injection into the financially strained State-owned electricity producer, Eskom....
Sep 15, 2014
The Cabinet-approved support package for Eskom has reaffirmed that tariff adjustments “remain the key mechanism that will provide the electricity supply industry with a sustainable solution”, but it also included a further allocation of funds – no figure was provided...
Sep 13, 2014
State-owned power utility Eskom starts its 100-day countdown for the first power from the first 794 MW Medupi power station unit on Monday September 15, with Unit 6 scheduled to be synchronised at midday on December 24. Synchronisation is the process whereby the...
Sep 12, 2014
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Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies
Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies confirmed on Friday that the Hebei Iron and Steel Group, of China, was set to partner with the State-owned Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) on the development of steelmaking capacity based on the raw material...
 
 
 
 
Sep 12, 2014
There is a need to start planning another pumped storage scheme in South Africa. Much work has already been done at a site in the Limpopo province and the project was very close to being put out to tender at one stage. In 2008/9 the National Energy Regulator of South...
Sep 11, 2014
Professor Mosad Elmissiry
The African Union’s New Partnership for Africa’s Development (Nepad) Agency have signed a memorandum of understanding with USAID outlining new commitments to the implementation of the Power Africa Initiative, which was unveiled by President Barack Obama in 2013....
Sep 09, 2014
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Despite the vital role that energy efficiency could play in boosting economic growth, while simultaneously reducing energy demand, assessments by the International Energy Agency (IEA) suggest that, under existing policies, two-thirds of the economically viable energy...
Sep 09, 2014
ABB CEO Ulrich Spiesshofer
Power and automation group ABB is moving to “shift the centre of gravity” of the corporation to accelerate its already strong global power and automation position to the next level, amid the global change in the electrical value chain and the fourth industrial...
Sep 08, 2014
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Sep 05, 2014
Banking group Standard Bank has reinforced its commitment to the Power Africa Initiative amidst an increasing pipeline of power projects across sub-Saharan Africa.
Sep 04, 2014
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Koeberg
Westinghouse Electric SA has partly withdrawn an urgent application relating to a R4 billion tender to replace steam generators at the Koeberg nuclear power plant, Eskom said on Thursday. Westinghouse wanted to prevent Eskom from finalising the contract and to see...
Sep 03, 2014
Tshediso Matona
Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown confirmed on Wednesday that Tshediso Matona, who has been appointed as the new Eskom CEO, would assume his duties at the State-owned power utility on October 1, 2014. She also announced that Matsietsi Mokholo had been appointed...
Sep 03, 2014
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Koeberg
Eskom acting CEO Collin Matjila on Wednesday told MPs there had been no bias in the tender process that led to French company Areva securing the contract to replace six steam generators at the Koeberg nuclear power plant. "We believe the process was beyond reproach,"...
Sep 02, 2014
Regional interconnections and oil discoveries are expected to drive the transmission and distribution industry’s (T&D’s) growth in East Africa, the second-fastest growing region in Africa, global growth consulting firm Frost & Sullivan said on Tuesday. The region’s...
 
 
 
 
Sep 02, 2014
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Former Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga
With 12 new African nations expected to enter the oil production space over the next decade, the African continent had to start deliberating energy policy that focused on security and sustainability, former Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga said on Tuesday. Speaking...
Sep 02, 2014
Fuel cell products provider Ballard Power Systems has appointed Randall MacEwen as president and CEO, effective October 6, replacing John Sheridan, who is retiring after serving as the company’s president and CEO since 2006. Sheridan would continue to serve as an...
Aug 29, 2014
BEFORE AND AFTER The company has experienced a keen interest in dry-ice blasters being used to clean sensitive electrical components such as stators and rotors in generators
A locally developed and manufactured industrial cleaning machine that uses dry ice to clean and prepare surfaces is undergoing testing before being launched onto the South African market at the Electra Mining Africa trade show, in Johannesburg, next month.
Aug 29, 2014
SUZANNE DANIELS You do need to get to know your boss. You don’t have to be friends, but you need to know their pressure points and what drives them
Blurb: Suzanne Daniels, senior manager in the office of the group executive, technology and commercial at Eskom, talks to Tracy Hancock of Engineering News about her attachment to her secretary and why it is okay to question the boss.
Aug 27, 2014
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Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa
Government has received more than 180 nominations for the yet-to-be-established Ministerial Advisory Council on Energy, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Wednesday. "I have been informed by the department of energy that the proposed ministerial advisory...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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