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Eskom's Matshela Koko submits letter of resignation

By: News24Wire      16th February 2018 Controversial top Eskom executive Matshela Koko submitted his resignation on Friday, but did not admit to any guilt.   This came out at his second disciplinary hearing, currently taking place in Sandton. 

Innovation and blockchain tech high on agenda at energy event

     16th February 2018 Leading figures within the African energy scene will convene at the tenth Africa Energy Indaba (AEI), including at the World Energy Council's (WEC’s) annual Africa meeting, to discuss the importance of innovation and regional integration at a time when the energy sector is undergoing a major... 

Innovation and blockchain tech high on agenda  at energy event
Photo by Duane Daws
CHRISTOPH FREI Achieving a robust energy future in a context of the triple transition requires different approaches guided by innovative policies

Event to add value to African energy sector

By: Simone Liedtke     16th February 2018 To bolster the socioeconomic development of the African energy sector, Africa Energy Indaba (AEI) chairperson Brian Statham says thinking within the sector needs to be expanded. 

Event to add value to African energy sector
BRIAN STATHAM Diversity energy sources provide an opportunity to interconnect energy systems

Company first-time exhibitor at event

By: Simone Liedtke     16th February 2018 South African electrical engineering company Power Plant Electrical Technologies (PPE Technologies) will exhibit at the African Energy Indaba (AEI) for the first time this year. 

Company first-time exhibitor at event
POSITIVE GROWTH TRAJECTORY Creating awareness of companies’ capabilities will lead to positive results in trade growth

Conference to foster entrepreneurial opportunities for women

By: Simone Liedtke     16th February 2018 To assist women in being successful renewable-energy entrepreneurs, the African Energy Sector: Scope and Opportunity discussion topic at this year’s Women in Energy Conference will focus on the entrepreneurial opportunities in the energy sector and how women can maximise their participation. 

Conference to foster  entrepreneurial opportunities for women
NELISIWE MAGUBANE The conference will also provide insights and opportunities for career development and entrepreneurship for women who want to participate in the energy sector

Senegal utility awards €197-million grid expansion contract

By: Nadine James     16th February 2018 Electrical transmission, engineering and maintenance provider Omexom, a subsidiary of Italian energy company VINCI Energies, has won the Société d’Electricité du Sénégal (Senelec) contract to install five new extra-high voltage (EHV) transformer stations, nearly 200 km of overhead and underground... 

Nuclear energy future imminent, despite delays in updated IRP

By: Simone Liedtke     16th February 2018 South Africa-based engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) company Lesedi Nuclear Services (Lesedi) business development executive Shane Pereira believes that there is a future for nuclear power globally, although it is being hindered locally by the delay in passing the updated Integrated... 

Nuclear energy future  imminent, despite  delays in updated IRP
SHANE PEREIRA South Africa has a strong nuclear industry

Framework continues to form sector foundation

By: Simone Liedtke     16th February 2018 The economic opportunity represented by the continent’s need for energy makes the African energy industry an attractive prospect for foreign investment, says law firm Norton Rose Fulbright director Lizel Oberholzer. 

Framework continues to form sector foundation
LIZEL OBERHOLZER There is an ever-increasing opportunity for private sector renewable and alternative energy projects to support energy supply

Robust energy base key to industrialisation

By: Simone Liedtke     16th February 2018 Public-private partnership South African Electrotechnical Export Council (SAEEC) CEO Chiboni Evans states that Africa's industrialisation can occur only if countries have a robust energy base. 

Robust energy base key to industrialisation
CHIBONI EVANS The South African government strongly supports the industrialisation of the African continent

Growing need to fuel power demand in Africa

By: Simone Liedtke     16th February 2018 Energy transformation in Africa is necessary to ensure that the 600-million people on the continent who do not have access to energy gain access, says regional event Africa Energy Indaba (AEI) MD Liz Hart, who adds that the growing population and need for African industrialisation will continue... 

Growing need to fuel power  demand in Africa
LIZ HART The growing population and need for African industrialisation will continue to fuel the demand for power

Contract duration key to hybrid-power-for-mines investment case

By: Terence Creamer     15th February 2018 Alignment between a mine’s life and the tenor of a power purchase agreement (PPA) has been held up as the main consideration for those mining operations considering investments into hybrid power solutions, which combine renewable energy and battery storage with gas or diesel generators. Speaking... 

Contract duration key to hybrid-power-for-mines investment case
The hybrid installation at the DeGrussa copper-gold mine in Western Australia

Koeberg launches mobile desalination plant to counter water shortages

By: Kim Cloete     14th February 2018 In the wake of the severe water shortages in and around Cape Town, Eskom’s Koeberg nuclear power station has launched a mobile groundwater desalination plant which will take care of the station’s water needs. The temporary groundwater desalination plant has a 920 kilolitre-a-day capacity. The... 

Koeberg launches mobile desalination plant to counter water shortages

Global wind energy installations remain above 50 GW - GWEC

By: Simone Liedtke     14th February 2018 Installations in the global wind energy market remained above 50 GW in 2017, with Europe, India and the offshore sector having had record years. The Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) on Wednesday released its 2017 market statistics, which highlighted a decrease to 19.5 GW for Chinese... 

Kibo, Tanesco sign MoU

By: Simone Liedtke     14th February 2018 Africa-focused energy and resource company Kibo Mining has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Tanzania Electric Supply Company (Tanesco) as a precursor to the finalisation of a power Purchase Agreement (PPA) for the Mbeya coal-to-power project (MCPP). The PPA is expected to be... 

Shutdown of radioisotope subsidiary is a crisis for nuclear corporation and for the country

By: Rebecca Campbell     14th February 2018 The safety compliance failures at NTP Radioisotopes, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the State-owned South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa), has created a crisis within the parastatal and for the country’s nuclear medicine community and its patients. Necsa shut down operations at NTP in... 

Shutdown of radioisotope subsidiary is a crisis for nuclear corporation and for the country
Photo by Duane Daws/Creamer Media
An aerial view of Necsa’s Pelindaba complex

WSP to develop 330 kV Zambia-DRC electricity transmission line

By: Dylan Slater     13th February 2018 The Southern African Power Pool has appointed UK-based engineering consultancy WSP to develop a proposed 330 kV electricity interconnector between Zambia and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).  

VEHS presents opportunity to change energy landscape

By: Simone Liedtke     12th February 2018 With South Africa's electricity largely still generated from fossil fuels and the lengthy processes involved in commissioning renewable-energy, civil engineering company Epitome Consulting GM Clement Mokoenene says transferring high volumes of traffic energy into electricity could significantly... 

VEHS presents opportunity to change energy landscape
Epitome Consulting GM Clement Mokoenene

Oracle Power gets approval for next step in coal, power plant development

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     12th February 2018 The Private Power and Infrastructure Board (PPIB) of Pakistan has approved the issue of notice to proceed (NTP) and letter of intent (LoI) for a coal mine and mine-mouth power plant in Block VI of the Thar desert, UK-based Oracle Power reported on Monday. The project is being developed in a... 

Wind energy installations continue to grow – WWEA

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     12th February 2018 The overall capacity of all wind turbines installed worldwide by the end of 2017 reached 539 291 MW, preliminary statistics published by World Wind Energy Association (WWEA) has shown. A WWEA report, released on Monday, further showed that 52 552 MW of wind energy capacity were added last year,... 

Wind energy installations continue to grow – WWEA

New CEO must position Eskom for ‘evolving energy markets and technologies’

By: Terence Creamer     12th February 2018 The newspaper advertisement calling for applications for the positions of CEO and CFO at State-owned power utility Eskom includes definite signs of the reforms that the newly appointed board is aiming to implement at the beleaguered organisation. The advertisement calls on appropriately qualified... 

New CEO must position Eskom for ‘evolving energy markets and technologies’
Photo by Dylan Slater
Eskom chairperson Jabu Mabuza

Electric trucks sale targeted for 2019

     9th February 2018 Truck manufacturer Volvo Trucks will start selling electric trucks in Europe in 2019, with the first units already being put into operation together with selected reference customers this year. 

Electric trucks sale  targeted for 2019
SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT Volvo Trucks’ electric trucks will reduce the burden on the roads during daytime rush-hour traffic

Solar-asset marketplace using cryptocurrency, blockchain to monetise solar energy

By: Schalk Burger     9th February 2018 SUNEX, a new South African cryptocurrency representing the value of power produced and dispatched from the bearer's solar photovoltaic (PV) panels, helps to support and accelerate the rollout and use of PV solar renewable-energy technologies, says Sun Exchange co-founder and CEO Abraham... 

Companies urged to ‘proactively’ reduce their carbon footprint as second Draft Carbon Tax Bill is released for comment

By: Nadine James     9th February 2018 In light of National Treasury’s publishing the second Draft Carbon Tax Bill for public comment in December, systems integration specialists Jasco Group’s CEO Pete da Silva suggests that companies proactively determine their carbon footprint and implement measures to mitigate the eventual effects... 

Editorial: Is Eskom loan a case of good money after bad?

By: Terence Creamer     8th February 2018 It seems an eternity since there has been anything to be excited about when it comes to South Africa’s most important, and most embattled, State-owned company (SoC), Eskom. Since 2008, the business has lurched from supply crunch to wet-coal chaos, from funding crisis to construction confusion,... 

Editorial: Is Eskom loan a case of good money after bad?

Competition Commission exposes alleged collusion in R4.5bn Eskom tender

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     6th February 2018 A Competition Commission investigation has found evidence of alleged price fixing and collusive tendering, involving an Eskom tender worth R4.5-billion, on the part of Waco Africa, acting through its division SGB Cape, as well as Tedoc Industries, Mtsweni Corrosion Control and Superfecta Trading.... 

Criminal charges laid against Molefe over R30m pension payout

By: African News Agency      6th February 2018 Trade union Solidarity on Tuesday laid criminal charges against embattled former Eskom chief executive Brian Molefe and former Eskom board chairperson Ben Ngubane over the R30-million pension awarded to Molefe when he left the struggling state-owned power utility. “The charges focus specifically... 

Coal opponents prepare for yet another court battle over Thabametsi power project

By: Terence Creamer     6th February 2018 Civil society organisations opposing the development of new coal-fired power generation capacity in South Africa say they will again approach the courts to challenge the latest environmental authorisation granted for the 557 MW Thabametsi coal-fired power station project, proposed for development... 

Coal opponents prepare for yet another court battle over Thabametsi power project

GE, Arenko collaborate on building energy storage systems

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     6th February 2018 Digital industrial company GE and flexible energy storage systems operator Arenko Group have entered into a strategic alliance to build grid-scale energy storage systems in the UK. The companies will seek to leverage the advantages of combining GE's battery technology solutions, power electronics... 

GE, Arenko collaborate on building energy storage systems

PIC advances R5bn bridging loan to fund Eskom through February

By: Terence Creamer     5th February 2018 The Public Investment Corporation (PIC) announced on Monday that it is advancing R5-billion to cash-strapped power utility Eskom in the form of bridging finance to fund the company’s operations during February. The one-month loan, which has been advanced on behalf of the Government Employees... 

PIC advances R5bn bridging loan to fund Eskom through February

AfDB boosts ALBC Fund books with R140m loan

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     5th February 2018 To further enhance the African Local Currency Bond Fund (ALCB Fund) portfolio and promote the development of domestic capital markets across the continent, the African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved a loan of R140-million. The senior loan, with a seven-year tenor including a two-year grace... 

KfW, RMB create specialised debt fund vehicle for small-scale renewables projects

By: Anine Kilian     2nd February 2018 German government-owned KfW Development Bank and Rand Merchant Bank (RMB) on Thursday signed an agreement that establishes South Africa’s first specialised debt fund vehicle for small-scale renewables projects. Known as The Facility for Investment in Renewable Small Transactions (First), this... 

Eskom given go ahead to sign stalled deals with renewables IPPs

By: Terence Creamer     2nd February 2018 Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown announced on Friday that Eskom’s application to purchase additional renewable energy from independent power producers (IPPs) had been approved, clearing the way for the signing of power purchase agreements (PPAs) for 27 wind and solar projects procured by... 

Eskom given go ahead to sign stalled deals with renewables IPPs

African expo and conference expanding

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     2nd February 2018 To cater for a growing interest in power generation and water, this year’s African Utility Week (AUW) will occupy the entire Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) as well as the new building, CTICC 2. The new 31 148 m2 building consists of 10 000 m2 conference and exhibition space... 

African expo and  conference expanding
NETWORKING HUB The African Utility Week conference and expo will feature over 300 speakers

Production starts at Algerian gasfield

     2nd February 2018 Energy company Repsol has started production from the Reggane Nord gasfields, in Algeria. With construction completed in December, the company explains that the Reggane Nord gasfields are expected to produce eight-million cubic metres a day of gas. 

Production starts at Algerian gasfield
Photo by Bloomberg
CONTROLLING THE BLAZE There are several blocks of gas producing fields currently controlled by Repsol in Algeria

Eskom expects to sign emergency funding deals in ‘day or two’ 

By: Terence Creamer     1st February 2018 Cash-strapped State-owned power utility Eskom confirmed on Thursday that its negotiations with funders to meet immediate debt-repayment obligations were at an advanced stage and that it expected to sign-off on the deals “in a day or two”. Eskom acting CEO Phakamani Hadebe revealed this week that... 

Eskom expects to sign emergency funding deals in ‘day or two’
Eskom chairperson Jabu Mabuza and acting CEO Phakamani Hadebe on the options being considered to improve the group's capital structure. Camera work & editing Darlene Creamer.

Eskom sees opportunity for emerging coal miners to improve utility’s security of supply, logistics

By: Mia Breytenbach     1st February 2018 State-owned power utility Eskom’s demand for about 750-million tonnes of coal between now and about 2040, has seen the utility identify opportunities arising for emerging coal miners in respect of two of its strategic objectives – the security of supply and logistics optimisation. Speaking at the... 

Koko‏ suspended from Eskom

By: African News Agency      1st February 2018 Eskom's head of generation Matshela Koko on Wednesday, confirmed that he was suspended from South Africa's power utility. "I have since this evening received a confirmation of my suspension from Eskom. I have been served with new charges. I welcome these developments and once again look forward... 

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