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Jan 23, 2014
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ASX-listed energy hopeful Sunbird Energy on Thursday revealed plans to fast-track the commercial development of its Ibhubesi gas project, offshore South Africa. The decision came after the company signed a memorandum of understanding with South African electricity...
Jan 22, 2014
Once its landfill gas-to-energy projects were completed, the City of Johannesburg will be able to generate 19 MW of electricity, which could be used by about 12 500 middle-income households from waste materials. The city explained in a statement that landfill gas was...
Jan 20, 2014
Power utility Eskom was set to go ahead with a 5.6% basic wage hike for its employees following the conclusion of an arbitration process overseen by the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA). The arbitration award, which granted Eskom workers...
Jan 20, 2014
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Much of the initial commentary on the draft update of the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) has focused on the potential delay, downscaling or even abandonment of South Africa’s proposed new nuclear build programme. But more comprehensive responses are beginning to...
Jan 17, 2014
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Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences graduate Siyabulela Xuza has returned to South Africa to fill a gap in the skills space and participate in the nation’s energy revolution. The Eastern Cape-born entrepreneur, who graduated from the world’s number-one...
Jan 17, 2014
The Malawi government has set in motion the process to engage a consulting firm to produce the design for a hydropower plant at Mpatamanga Falls, on the Shire river, which is expected to generate between 140 MW to 310 MW. Energy Minister Ibrahim Matola explains that...
Jan 16, 2014
Energy is a long-term investment and significant funds, a long-term plan and clear policy frameworks are needed in Africa to ensure thriving energy sectors on the continent.
Jan 16, 2014
Eskom chairperson Zola Tsotsi
Eskom chairperson Zola Tsotsi reports that the utility’s board is pursuing an open process to select a successor to CEO Brian Dames, who made the surprise announcement in December that he will be stepping down on March 31, 2014. In an interview with Engineering News...
Jan 10, 2014
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Jan 08, 2014
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Jan 07, 2014
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Jan 06, 2014
Energy utility Eskom expects its current electricity capacity of 32 500 MW, which includes power generated by its open cycle gas turbines, to meet Monday evening’s peak demand of 29 597 MW, the parastatal noted in its biweekly system status bulletin on Monday. The...
Dec 13, 2013
U7 turbogen top view at Camden station
The Eskom Holdings’ Board of Directors took a decision in 2004 to return three power stations, Camden, Grootvlei, and Komati, which had been mothballed in the late 1980s and early 1990s, due to the declining reserve margin and the prohibition on constructing new...
Dec 13, 2013
State-owned power utility Eskom and France-based development finance institution Agence Française de Développement (AFD) agreed in October to facilitate the signing of a €100-million credit facility agreement, which will assist in funding Eskom’s 100 MW concentrating...
Dec 13, 2013
INGULA PUMPED STORAGE SCHEME This is the twenty-first largest pumped storage scheme in the world
State-owned power utility Eskom reports that its Ingula pumped storage scheme, which is located on the border of the Free State and KwaZulu-Natal, reached 93% completion on its tailrace concrete lining in October. The concrete lining will run for a total of 2 313 m,...
Dec 13, 2013
State-owned power utility Eskom says its Medupi Leadership Initiative (MLI), which is aimed at helping local unskilled and semiskilled workers find employment after completion of the power station project, near Lephalale, is setting the precedent as the largest...
Dec 13, 2013
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SAFETY FIRST Eskom’s Medupi power station achieved over 4.62-million worker hours without a lost-time injury
State-owned power generator Eskom achieved over 4.62-million worker hours without a lost-time injury at its Medupi power station, located to the west of Lephalale, in Limpopo, it reported in October. The company says this is a remarkable achievement considering the...
Dec 13, 2013
CONTENDER FOR LARGEST COAL-FIRED POWER STATION The power station is expected to have a total installed capacity of 4 800 MW
The Stefanutti Stocks and Basil Read Joint Venture (SSBRJV), which is one of the principal contractors overseeing the construction at parastatal power utility Eskom’s Kusile power station project, was presented with the first prize in the category for projects valued...
Dec 11, 2013
Kentz regional MD for Africa Carl Dyer
Energy-focused engineering group Kentz is gearing up for what it expects to be material growth in Mozambique in the coming years, owing principally to the discovery of large-scale gas resources and the ongoing development of the country’s coal and power industries....
Dec 10, 2013
Global pan-emerging markets investment firm Actis on Monday closed its third energy fund, Actis Energy 3, after having raised $1.15-billion, exceeding its original target of $750-million by 50%. Actis Energy 3’s investor base included pension funds, sovereign wealth...
Dec 09, 2013
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Eskom IDM senior GM Andrew Etzinger
Power utility Eskom has placed its energy efficiency rebates for businesses and homes on hold, pending a review of the incentive programmes in light of financial constraints, integrated demand management (IDM) senior GM Andrew Etzinger has confirmed. This applies to...
 
 
 
 
Dec 06, 2013
Chinese company Afrochine plans to build a power station that will generate up to 1 000 MW to bridge the power deficit affecting the operations of its chrome smelting plant in Sealous, about 50 km from Harare, Zimbabwe's capital.
Dec 05, 2013
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Dec 05, 2013
Dec 05, 2013
Eskom recorded a profit of R12.24-billion for the six months ended September 30 but this will be eroded by maintenance costs, it said on Thursday. "The company has indicated, consistent with the seasonality inherent in the sales and maintenance profiles, that this...
Dec 05, 2013
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
ECSA acting CEO Edgar Sabela
The Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) has again appealed to all registered and nonregistered engineers, certificated engineers, engineering technicians and engineering technologists to participate in an online survey designed to improve the overall...
Nov 27, 2013
Medupi power station
The infrastructure boom in Africa had seen investment in 322 megaprojects reach $222.7-billion, said professional services firm Deloitte on Wednesday as it released its ‘African Construction Trends’ report in Johannesburg. Deloitte Southern Africa infrastructure and...
Nov 27, 2013
State-owned power utility Eskom expects construction work in some areas of its Ingula pumped storage scheme, in KwaZulu-Natal, to resume soon, with all workers at the site currently undergoing training to prepare them to resume work in accessible areas. This followed...
Nov 26, 2013
The developer of the Ibhubesi gas project off South Africa’s West Coast expects to conclude a sales memorandum of understanding (MoU) with power utility Eskom before the end of the year – a move that could open the way for a future supply agreement that facilitates...
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.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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