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Apr 22, 2015
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Boutique advisory company EDPlatform, established in 2012 to support energy developers meet the economic-development requirements of South Africa’s independent power producer (IPP) procurement initiatives, has described recent announcements on the expansion and...
Apr 21, 2015
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State-owned electricity utility Eskom has overhauled its approach to demand-side management (DSM), narrowing its focus to two main areas: a small number of large-scale industrial projects; and the mass deployment of energy-efficient light bulbs. The utility halted...
Apr 21, 2015
Eskom will implement stage 1 load shedding (1 000 MW cut) for the tenth day in a row, but only from 17:00 to 22:00 on Tuesday as it tries to minimise the power cuts during the day. The power utility informed users via Twitter just before 14:00. Earlier on Tuesday,...
Apr 21, 2015
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With Africa holding 60% of the world’s arable land, agriculture held one of the keys to unlocking economic opportunities for the continent, but could only be achieved through cooperation with other countries in regions such as Asia. Speaking at the Asia–Africa...
Apr 21, 2015
JSE-listed Consolidated Infrastructure Group (CIG) on Tuesday reported a 26% year-on-year increase in revenue to R1.7-billion for the six months ended February 28, while its aftertax profit grew by 36% year-on-year to R164-million. The higher profit was driven...
Apr 20, 2015
Transnet acting CE Siyabonga Gama
State-owned Transnet has appointed Siyabonga Gama as acting CE, effective immediately. This followed Brian Molefe’s secondment as acting CE of power utility Eskom.
Apr 17, 2015
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Apr 17, 2015
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South Africans could soon experience their first-ever stage four load-shedding, after Eskom confirmed that the stage allocation would be altered. The current stages of load-shedding are stage 1, when 1 000 MW is cut from the grid; stage 2, when 2 000 MW is cut from...
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Apr 17, 2015
SMART DISTRIBUTION Providing funds to introduce smart grid technologies in the absence of a clearly defined strategy will not result in the desired outcome
South Africa’s distribution grid is a twentieth-century relic, which must be changed to serve the country’s modern electricity needs, says South African National Energy Development Institute (Sanedi) Smart Grid Programme manager Dr Minnesh Bipath. “What we are...
Apr 17, 2015
STRANDED POWER It would not be feasible to propose building a thermal plant in a location far from the nearest gas pipeline
Applying for an independent power producer (IPP) licence required extensive planning, with help from various industry-specific companies, said Nigeria-based energy advisory firm Lavayo Energy CEO Lolu Adubifa, who addressed delegates at the ‘How to Get an IPP...
Apr 17, 2015
HEAVY LIFTING Johnson Crane Hire is committed to providing the latest heavy lift equipment for local clients
South Africa-based mobile crane hire company Johnson Crane Hire’s (JCH’s) heavy-lifting division in January completed a heavy lift project at platinum mining major Impala Platinum’s Zimbabwe-based subsidiary Zimplats’ Selous Metallurgical Complex for global...
Apr 17, 2015
EXPANDING USE OF SOLAR Regulations in Dubai are aimed at encouraging people to install solar energy
The regulations to govern solar power connection in Dubai homes and businesses in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), are in the final stages of development.
Apr 17, 2015
HARNESSING WIND POWER Siemens will manufacture rotor blade for wind turbines to contribute to the 2 GW of wind power capacity that will be generated in Egypt
Electrical engineering company Siemens and the Egyptian government reached two firm agreements on March 14, firstly to build a 4.4 GW combined-cycle power plant and, secondly, to install wind power capacity of 2 GW – both in Egypt.
Apr 17, 2015
While the energy crunch in South Africa will remain a problem over the medium term, the benefits of energy efficiency and management will persist for much longer, says national Measurement and Verification Council (MVCSA) board member and Southern African Association...
Apr 17, 2015
HEATING A CITY One advantage of a multiple gas engine power plant is the high plant part-load efficiency and availability
With the Energy Efficiency Law of Romania and financial incentives for cogeneration driving the country to implement more energy efficiency initiatives, energy services company Bepco showcased the success of four high-efficiency combined heat and power (CHP) plants...
Apr 17, 2015
Green electric power generation equipment supplier Vert Energy announced in March that it has extended its range of electric power generation (EPG) components to meet growing demand from generator set (genset) builders and electromechanical power transmission...
Apr 17, 2015
ABNORMAL LOADS Five bridges ere propped and three were bypassed
Heavy transportation and lifting solutions provider ALE in November completed the delivery of three 149 t transformers to the Songo high-voltage direct-current converter station, in Mozambique. ALE South Africa brand manager Theo van Wyk tells Engineering News that...
Apr 17, 2015
Unit 6 of State-owned power utility Eskom’s Medupi power station, in Lephalale, Limpopo, reached a critical milestone last month when it produced and delivered power for the first time.
 
 
 
 
Apr 17, 2015
BURNING METHANE Zest WEG Group is focusing on gas-powered electricity generation in industries where methane is prevalent
State-owned power utility Eskom has ordered a set of five trailer-mounted substations from electrical solutions company Zest WEG Group to assist with substation up-time.
Apr 17, 2015
LOUIS SHAFFER It would be in South Africa’s best interest to pursue rooftop solar to add a few gigawatts in the near future
The large-scale exploitation and rapid implementation of rooftop solar power for commercial buildings and households would bring drastic relief from South Africa’s current electricity woes, says power management solutions company Eaton.
Apr 17, 2015
SHUNT REACTORS Powertech Transformers has designed and built specialty transformers for use in the South African industry
JSE-listed power industries company Altron Group subsidiary Powertech Transformers broke new ground in August last year by successfully designing, building and testing new shunt reactors exclusively specified for the South African market.
Apr 17, 2015
HARSH ENVIRONMENTS CleanARC coatings serve to extend the performance of photovoltaic products in harsh conditions
China-based solar panel manufacturer Yingli Green Energy Holding Company Limited (Yingli Solar) announced in January that CleanARC anti-reflective (AR) glass coating is now available on all Yingli product lines.
Apr 17, 2015
According to the International Energy Agency, only 290-million people out of a population of 915-million in sub-Saharan Africa had access to electricity.
Apr 17, 2015
BARRY BREDENKAMP The number one priority of enhancing energy efficiency and reducing the emissions of large-scale electricity generation is gathering data
Energy efficiency requires a complex approach that should be initiated and implemented across the supply chain, from production to the consumer, said State-owned entity the South African National Energy Development Institute (Sanedi) senior manager for energy...
Apr 16, 2015
A request for proposals (RFP) for cogeneration power projects will be released in April 2015, Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson has announced, adding that preferred bidders would be named during the third quarter of 2015. In line with Gazetted determinations,...
Apr 16, 2015
Eskom will move from stage 1 to stage 2 load shedding at 18:00 on Thursday, which is expected to continue until 22:00. This is due to a further shortage of generation capacity as additional units have had to be taken out of service for unplanned maintenance caused by...
Apr 16, 2015
The first phase of the Mokolo Crocodile River Water Augmentation Project (MCWAP) would only be ready for operation on October 8, Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane revealed in a written response to a Parliamentary question by opposition party Democratic...
Apr 15, 2015
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Colin Coleman
Leading global investment banking, securities and investment management firm Goldman Sachs is bullish on South Africa, which it regards as a favourable destination for fund managers because of the depth of its capital market and the scarcity of other emerging market...
 
 
 
 
Apr 15, 2015
Eskom will implement stage 2 load shedding from 06:00 this morning, and this is likely to continue until 22:00 this evening. This followed stage 2 and stage 3 load shedding on Tuesday, with Eskom assuring customers that load shedding is implemented as a necessary...
Apr 15, 2015
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Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown
Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown has reiterated the need for a “deep dive” into Eskom’s operational and financial problems, while warning that load-shedding is likely to remain an ever-present threat over the coming two years as the State-owned utility takes...
Apr 15, 2015
Deferred generator maintenance has caused an overload of unplanned repairs, resulting in a week of darkness for South Africa. On Tuesday, unplanned outages resulted in 9 500 MW being cut off the grid, while planned outages accounted for 5 000 MW, according to Eskom...
Apr 14, 2015
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Civil rights organisation AfriForum on Tuesday said it would do all it could to prevent State-owned power utility Eskom from unfairly cutting electricity supply to consumers. This followed after Eskom, on Friday, warned that it was considering implementing regulated...
Apr 14, 2015
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Johannesburg’s City Power has announced that it will begin offering a ‘load limiting’ solution in the coming weeks that will empower its 65 000 smart-meter customers to partially avoid rotational load-shedding by voluntarily reducing consumption during times of...
Apr 14, 2015
State-owned power utility Eskom on Tuesday announced that it has implemented Stage 2 load-shedding to ease the strain on the national electricity grid. Stage 2 load-shedding, which had been ongoing since Sunday morning, started at 06:00 on Tuesday and would continue...
Apr 13, 2015
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Eskom’s intention to deliberately interrupt the supply of electricity to 20 defaulting municipalities from across South Africa will have major impacts, says South African Local Government Association (Salga) acting Chief Executive Simphiwe Dzengwa. This after the...
Apr 09, 2015
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Construction has been halted again at Eskom’s Medupi power plant as remaining construction workers joined the dismissed group belonging to the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa). Numsa on Thursday said its members joined the dismissed 1 500 in a...
Apr 09, 2015
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Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba
Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba has made a public commitment that South Africa’s systems for facilitating the entry of foreign skills into the country will be professionalised and made more convenient in the coming months, acknowledging ongoing frustration over...
Apr 09, 2015
Stephen Miller
Standard Bank on Thursday kept the Waterberg Coal Company’s expired loan facility rolling on a daily “on demand” basis to allow the ASX- and JSE-listed company to make alternative funding arrangements. Simultaneously, Waterberg Coal, headed by Western Australia-born...
 
 
 
 
Apr 08, 2015
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The strike at Medupi Power Station is expected to resume on Wednesday, after unions representing affected workers met on Tuesday after the Easter break and decided to down tools. The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) announced that its workers...
Apr 08, 2015
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According to the International Energy Agency, only 290-million people out of a population of 915-million in sub-Saharan Africa have access to electricity.
Apr 07, 2015
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The man behind Eskom’s inquiry has been dumped in the latest twist in the boardroom drama that has unfolded at the state utility over recent weeks. Business turnaround consultant Nick Linnell was selected by former Eskom chairperson Zola Tsotsi to conduct an...
Apr 07, 2015
State-owned enterprise, the Central Energy Fund (CEF), is seeking to appoint a new CEO. The CEF said it was seeking to appoint a CEO to provide strategic direction and leadership to CEF Group for a five-year term.
Apr 07, 2015
Dual-listed power plant developer Independent Power South Africa (Ipsa) has, through its Newastle Cogeneration (NewCogen) subsidiary, signed an extension of its 2011 medium-term power purchase programme (MTPPP) with State-owned Eskom. NewCogen is contracted to...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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