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Aug 24, 2015
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Eskom’s failure to have a contingency plan in place for coal supplies is nothing less than gross negligence, the Democratic Alliance (DA) said on Sunday. The DA would ask Public Enterprises Minister Lynn Brown to table a contingency plan to deal with possible coal...
Aug 21, 2015
While ARB Holdings’ lighting division delivered a strong performance in the financial year to June 30, the JSE-listed group’s full-year earnings growth has been hampered by its electrical division’s continued battle with headwinds. The group’s headline earnings a...
Aug 21, 2015
Germany-based cable manufacturer Helukabel has introduced advanced cables, with the ability to maintain their function integrity for up to two hours in a fire, into the local market. The new Helufire PH30/120 cables are specifically used for fire alarm and emergency...
Aug 21, 2015
WIND TURBINES The 134.4 MW plant will consist of 56 N117/2400 Nordex turbines and will have a capacity factor of 35%
Cleaner energy company Cennergi’s Amakhala Emoyeni Wind Farm, in the Eastern Cape, is set for commercial operation in June 2016, with the first shipment of wind turbines having arrived in May at Coega Bay, in Port Elizabeth.
Aug 21, 2015
LAYING THE FOUNDATION Umsobomvu local municipality mayor Nombulelo Hermans at the Noupoort Wind Farm site
The construction of the first 14 wind turbine foundations for the Noupoort Wind Farm in the Umsobomvu local municipality, in the Northern Cape, was completed last month, with the remaining 21 foundations expected to be completed by the end of the year.
Aug 20, 2015
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The business rescue practitioners at the struggling Optimum coal mine, in Mpumalanga, announced on Thursday that the coal-supply agreement with Eskom’s Hendrina power station would be suspended for the duration of the business rescue proceedings. The joint business...
Aug 19, 2015
Ivan Glasenberg greeting pupils at the R75-million school Glencore built in the Mpumalanga coalfields
It was important that the Optimum Coal issue was resolved well so that the coal-mining company could become operational once more, Glencore CEO Ivan Glasenberg said on Wednesday. Responding to media questions after the mining and marketing company’s presentation of...
Aug 17, 2015
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While delivering a downbeat assessment of South Africa’s immediate economic prospects, a new World Bank study argues strongly that the window of opportunity remains open for South Africa to take advantage of its “demographic dividend”, with the country’s working-age...
Aug 17, 2015
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Aug 17, 2015
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Aug 14, 2015
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Aug 13, 2015
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Aug 13, 2015
Coal renegotiation sought
The directors of Optimum are of the view that there is a reasonable prospect of rescuing Optimum Coal if the supply agreement with Eskom can be renegotiated, Glencore said on Thursday. Optimum Coal announced on August 4 that it had begun business rescue proceedings...
Aug 12, 2015
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Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson
Energy minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson caused a stir on Tuesday when she tabled a document classified as secret at a portfolio committee meeting on energy. The move, which was unannounced, was not on the agenda of the portfolio committee meeting.
Aug 11, 2015
State-owned electricity utility Eskom has again argued that South African consumers are not yet paying “cost-reflective tariffs” and has indicated that it will continue to pursue revenue “claw backs” through the National Energy Regulator of South Africa’s (Nersa’s)...
Aug 11, 2015
Numsa general secretary Irvin Jim
National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) general secretary Irvin Jim on Tuesday said the dumping of steel by Chinese producers in South Africa was a “crisis”. He added that customs tariffs would be one of the main issues to be discussed at a meeting...
Aug 11, 2015
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Aug 11, 2015
Eskom's financial year until the end of March 2015 was unusually challenging, leading to the financial and operational health of the business deteriorating, according to acting CEO Brian Molefe. He spoke at a media briefing on Tuesday where Eskom released its...
Aug 07, 2015
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The Coega Development Corporation (CDC) has issued a tender notice for an environmental-impact assessment (EIA) for its proposed combined-cycle gas turbine (CCGT) power facility, in the Coega industrial development zone (IDZ), near Port Elizabeth. The gas-fired plant...
Aug 07, 2015
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Aug 06, 2015
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Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown
Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown has urged management at State-owned electricity utility Eskom to take decisive steps to halt the decline in profitability, which she revealed on Thursday had slumped from R7.1-billion in 2013/14 to R3.6-billion in 2014/15....
Aug 06, 2015
Eskom announced on Thursday that it would implement stage 2 load-shedding from 17:00 until 22:00 in the evening. The announcement came after Eskom stopped load-shedding at 12:00 and notified users that "as a result of increased electricity demand and power generating...
 
 
 
 
Aug 05, 2015
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Amid coal miner Glencore’s supply dispute with State-owned entity Eskom – the latter claiming that the coal supplied is below standard – Mineral Resources Minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi would act as mediator between the parastatal, the Department of Public Enterprises...
Aug 05, 2015
Stage 2 load-shedding was expected to take effect from 17:00 on Wednesday, Eskom said. “The power system was constrained but stable for most of the day today, thus enabling Eskom to perform maintenance without the need for load shedding,” the power utility said in a...
Aug 05, 2015
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Mineral Resources Minister Ngoako Ramathlodi
Mineral Resources Minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi says international mining giant Glencore should have looked at alternatives to retrenchments, including shifting workers to vacancies in other operations, before considering the potential retrenchment of about 1 000...
Aug 05, 2015
The uncertain regulatory framework for oil and gas exploration and development in South Africa was likely to result in delays to the development of offshore and unconventional “frontier” projects, particularly in light of the depressed pricing environment, PWC’s...
Aug 04, 2015
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Clinton Ephron
Financially stricken Optimum Coal has been hit by a double whammy – huge potential penalty claims from State electricity utility Eskom plus a suspension of its mining licence by the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) for alleged inhumane retrenchment. In the face...
Aug 04, 2015
Eskom announced on Tuesday that it would implement stage 2 load-shedding due to a shortage of generation capacity. "Due to increased electricity demand and a shortage of generation capacity due to power station units being on maintenance, Eskom will implement stage 2...
Aug 04, 2015
Engineering and technology specialist Steinmüller Engineering has opened a branch office in South Africa, which will focus on providing services to the power and industrial markets in South Africa and sub-Saharan Africa. The company was formed in Germany in 2003 and,...
Aug 04, 2015
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Coal mine into business rescue
Business rescue proceedings are to begin at both Optimum Coal Holdings and Optimum Coal Mine after attempts to renegotiate a 22-year-old lossmaking supply agreement with Eskom ended in the State electricity utility asserting its rights to past and future penalty...
Aug 04, 2015
This eight-page brief is a synopsis of key developments in the electricity industry over the past 12 months, including details of South Africa’s constrained power system; State-owned power utility Eskom’s financial status and tariffs, capacity expansion programme,...
Aug 03, 2015
Due to increased electricity demand and a shortage of generation capacity, Eskom will implement stage 2 load shedding this afternoon. This after the power system was constrained but stable for much of Monday.
 
 
 
 
Jul 31, 2015
A “record” $700-million in guarantees has been secured from the World Bank for Ghana’s Sankofa gas project to advance the West African nation’s energy transformation. The World Bank approved a $500-million International Development Association payment guarantee to...
Jul 31, 2015
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Cabinet ministers are reviewing their decision to grant Eskom the ownership and operational rights of the proposed nuclear build programme, said the energy department's Deputy Director General Zizamele Mbambo. Mbambo, addressing a  seminar on South Africa’s nuclear...
Jul 31, 2015
POWER POTENTIAL Central Africa has significant hydropower potential to meet both its local and export requirements
The forecast increase in demand for electrical energy in the sub-Sahara Africa region has prompted heads of States to endorse an investigation of the 15 most promising hydropower projects, worth an estimated $50-billion, says black-owned engineering consulting firm...
Jul 31, 2015
GAS POWER APR Energy has invested significantly in gas-fired power projects in Africa
Global electricity supplier APR Energy announced earlier this month that it has extended and expanded several power generation contracts in Africa, amounting to a combined total of 108 MW.
Jul 31, 2015
ETERNITY PROJECT The Eternity Project is the world’s first cogeneration power plant that uses an organic rankine cycle
The R175-million Eternity Project, an initiative that uses waste heat from mining processes, has reached full commissioning at platinum group metals miner Anglo American Platinum’s (Amplats’) Rustenburg-based Waterval smelter.
Jul 31, 2015
The industry body Electrical Conformance Board (ECB), previously the Electrical Contracting Board, aims to use its electrical industry members to drive conformity of electrical components and services standards to ensure that the industry improves its compliance to...
Jul 31, 2015
DUVHA RETROFIT Flextra is retrofitting fabric expansion joints at Eskom’s Duvha power station on all its vertical-duct expansion joints
The quality of materials used in fabric expansion joints cannot be compromised as they perform a critical role in the combustion process, says expansion joints manufacturer Flextra Engineered Products.
Jul 31, 2015
KIERAN WHYTE The renewable energy independent power producer procurement programme has proven to be a “hugely successful” South African business model
The South African Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) has proven to be so successful in South Africa that the same model could be replicated across Africa, especially amid the current drive towards using cleaner sources of...
Jul 30, 2015
At least 71% of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) consider load-shedding the biggest external threat to their businesses this year.
Jul 29, 2015
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Leading water scientists say it is no longer debatable that South Africa is experiencing a water crisis given that there are already serious problems in supplying enough water of sufficient quality to meet the country’s social and economic needs. Council for...
 
 
 
 
Jul 29, 2015
Eskom will implement Stage 1 load-shedding on Wednesday between 17:00 to 22:00, the power utility said. “The power system is currently constrained and under pressure because of a shortage of generating capacity as some of our power stations’ units are currently on...
Jul 27, 2015
Supermarket chain Pick n Pay has vowed to create 20 jobs every day through a new 20, 20, 20 by 2020 programme that would also see the firm simultaneously cut energy use and reduce waste. The newly launched “war on waste” campaign would target food waste, energy...
Jul 27, 2015
Jul 24, 2015
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Southern African Development Community (SADC) Energy Ministers have called on member countries to produce roadmaps for transitioning their electricity supply industries towards cost-reflective tariffs by 2019 in an effort to improve the sustainability of the sector...
Jul 24, 2015
Eskom has announced that it would implement staggered load-shedding on Friday due to increased electricity demand. Easkom had earlier said there would be no load-shedding on Friday morning, but in a later statement the power utility announced that it would be...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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