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Oct 28, 2013
Dr Abdalla Hamdok, Donald Kaberuka, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma and Pravin Gordhan
Africa’s current growth “turning point” should not be construed as a sustainable-development “tipping point”, African Development Bank (AfDB) president Donald Kaberuka stressed on Monday. He added that accelerated economic integration would offer the...
Oct 25, 2013
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Standalone electricity generation sets (gensets) can be used to manage the resulting power produced by solar thermal and solar photovoltaic (PV) renewable-energy generation plants and can also be used to provide electricity in a rural area as part of a hybrid...
Oct 25, 2013
Greater efficiency outputs from lighting in warehousing applications are becoming more important, owing to the intense lighting demands of warehouses. Improved lighting systems offer warehouses and clients that use them the potential for significant savings on...
Oct 25, 2013
The crunch of energy and resources arising from economic and population growth can be reduced through the use of machine-to-machine (M2M) communications, says cellular major Vodacom Enterprise Business Unit executive head of sales Tony Smallwood. M2M will enable...
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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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...
Sep 05, 2013
State-owned power utility Eskom has gone out to tender for the construction of the 400 kV Hendrina-Gumeni transmission line, in Mpumalanga, with work expected to start at the beginning of December. The 83 km line would stretch from the 400 kV switchyard at the...
Sep 04, 2013
Medupi power station
Despite ongoing labour issues – the most recent being a strike by civils construction workers – State-owned power utility Eskom said on Wednesday that it had achieved some major milestones at its Medupi project. The power utility confirmed that workers...
Sep 02, 2013
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Business Unity South African (Busa) has added its voice to the chorus of opposition to the South African government’s proposal to introduce a carbon tax from January 1, 2015. The National Treasury is in the process of shifting through a number of comments,...
 
 
 
 
Sep 02, 2013
South African engineering company Merz and McLellan, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Mott MacDonald Group, has been appointed as the owner’s engineer for the two peaking power projects being developed in South Africa, with a combined capacity of 1 005 MW. The...
Aug 30, 2013
Isak Katali and Salvador Namburete
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 the gas-fired power plant at Gigawatt Park, in Ressano Garcia, Mozambique, on...
Aug 30, 2013
The R400-million construction of the Aurora and Vredendal solar photovoltaic (PV) power plants, in the Western Cape is underway and is expected to be completed before the end of the year.
Aug 28, 2013
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GDF SUEZ CEO Gérard Mestrallet said
Construction has started on the R9.7-billion peaker power projects being developed in KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape, with Investec Corporate and Institutional Banking confirming on Wednesday that the two open-cycle gas-turbine plants, which will have a combined...
Aug 28, 2013
Absa’s Corporate and Investment Banking division, acting as joint lead arranger, has raised $1-billion for State-owned power utility Eskom through a ten-year bond offering. The transaction, which closed earlier this month, achieved $4-billion in investor demand and...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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