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Electricity News

Eskom to approach courts to have Nersa’s 5.23% tariff decision set aside 

By: Terence Creamer     7th June 2018 State-owned electricity utility Eskom will, in the coming days, approach the courts to have the National Energy Regulator of South Africa’s (Nersa’s) tariff determination for 2018/19 set aside, chairperson Jabu Mabuza confirmed on Thursday. The action would represent Eskom’s first-ever legal... 

Seriti Resources interested in Optimum Coal as it looks to export

By: Reuters     6th June 2018 South African miner Seriti Resources wants to move into exporting coal and would be interested in buying the assets and quotas of the Gupta family's Optimum Coal, its CEO said. Bidding for Optimum Coal would pit Seriti, which has ambitions to become a black-owned mining champion, with bigger... 

Seriti Resources interested in Optimum Coal as it looks to export
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Seriti CEO Mike Teke

Kibo moves into the Mozambican market

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th June 2018 Aim- and JSE-listed Kibo Mining has signed a joint venture (JV) agreement with Mozambican energy company Termoeléctrica de Benga to participate in the further assessment and potential development of the Benga independent power project, in Tete, Mozambique.  

Interest in IFC’s solar procurement solution growing across Africa

By: Terence Creamer     6th June 2018 The International Finance Corporation (IFC) reports that its programme to support African governments and utilities in procuring solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity from independent power producers (IPPs) has made significant headway in four countries, with construction of the first project under... 

Interest in IFC’s solar procurement solution growing across Africa
IFC country manager Saleem Karimjee

Necsa has suspended radioisotope production because of a non-risk technical problem 

By: Rebecca Campbell     6th June 2018 The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) announced on Tuesday that there had been a “non-risk” incident at its NTP Radioisotopes subsidiary. This incident resulted in the activation of safety protocols, which temporarily halted the production of medical radioisotopes. At no time was... 

Necsa has suspended radioisotope production because of a non-risk technical problem
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An aerial view of Necsa’s complex at Pelindaba, west of Pretoria

Another two South African wind projects reach financial close

By: Terence Creamer     5th June 2018 A further two South African wind farms, with a combined investment value of R6.6-billion, have reached financial close following the signing of agreements for 27 renewable-energy projects on April 4. Global wind and solar company Mainstream Renewable Power announced on Tuesday that construction... 

Another two South African wind projects reach financial close

NUM kicks against Eskom’s 0% wage increase

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th June 2018 National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) members in the Pretoria-Witwatersrand-Vereeniging region who are employees at Eskom have resolved not to accept the utility’s offer of a 0% wage increase.  

NUM kicks against Eskom’s 0% wage increase

Record amount of renewable energy installed in 2017 - research

By: Reuters     4th June 2018 A record amount of renewable power capacity was installed worldwide last year as the cost of wind and solar became even more competitive with fossil fuels, research by renewables policy organisation REN21 showed. Renewable power generation capacity had its largest annual increase yet in 2017,... 

Prepare for greater generation competition, Radebe tells Eskom

By: Terence Creamer     4th June 2018 Energy Minister Jeff Radebe has hinted at possible dramatic changes in the structure of South Africa’s electricity supply industry, which is currently dominated by Eskom, a vertically integrated State-owned utility. During a recent stakeholder gathering the Minister responded strongly in the... 

Prepare for greater generation competition, Radebe tells Eskom

SA no longer has agreement with Russians on nuclear, says Radebe

By: News24Wire      4th June 2018 Minister of Energy Jeff Radebe told eNCA on Sunday evening that South Africa no longer had an agreement with the Russians to procure for the development of nuclear energy for the country. Speaking to journalist and political analyst Karima Brown on the news network’s show The Fix, Radebe said he... 

 SA no longer has agreement with Russians on nuclear, says Radebe
Energy Minister Jeff Radebe

South Africa to release new-look renewables bid window in November

By: Terence Creamer     1st June 2018 Energy Minister Jeff Radebe announced on Friday that South Africa would launch a fifth Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) bid window in November with the aim of procuring a further 1 800 MW of renewable energy from independent power producers (IPPs).... 

South Africa to release new-look renewables bid window in November
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Energy Minister Jeff Radebe

Renergen impairs hydro project to focus on South African natural gas market

By: Simone Liedtke     1st June 2018 Integrated alternative energy business Renergen impaired its R12.2-million Côte d’Ivoire Hydro hydroelectric project, which was managed by its subsidiary, Mega Power Renewables, during the 2018 financial year and shifted its focus to the South African natural gas market. The impairment decision... 

Property sector increasingly embracing solar PV plants

By: Marleny Arnoldi     1st June 2018 JSE-listed real estate investment trust South African Corporate Real Estate (Sacre) will invest more than R30-million to install rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) plants to help curb ever-rising electricity tariffs at its malls and reduce their carbon footprint.  

Property sector increasingly embracing solar PV plants
Montana Crossing solar panel rooftop

Sector recovery affords new opportunities for banding company

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     1st June 2018 Stable growth in the electricity sector will likely have a positive effect on sales, says Jet Park-based stainless steel banding company Banding and Identification Solutions South Africa (Bisa) sales director Rosa Dos Remendos. “This is positive, as the sector is a major market for our stainless... 

Sector recovery affords new opportunities for banding company
BUCKLING UP Bisa stainless steel products can be used for a variety of projects and are suitable for niche markets

Global atomic agency stresses importance of safety skills development

By: Rebecca Campbell     1st June 2018 The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) signed two agreements with African nuclear regulatory bodies at the National Nuclear Regulator's (NNR’s) recent 2nd Nuclear Regulatory Information Conference. The agreements were designated "Practical Arrangements" and were between the IAEA and the... 

Small modular reactors offer promise, but face major challenges

By: Rebecca Campbell     1st June 2018 Worldwide, there is significant interest in the development of small and medium modular reactors (SMRs). “At the moment there are 11 countries developing about 50 SMR designs and four units are under construction or have a certified design,” said University of Pretoria Mechanical and Aeronautical... 

As Eskom grapples with corporate plan, calls being made for radical restructuring

By: Dylan Slater     1st June 2018 In a concerted effort to save and stabilise State-owned power utility Eskom as well as other deteriorating State-owned entities (SoEs), Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan announced in his Budget vote in May plans in the next 12 months that include the appointment of capable executive... 

As Eskom grapples with corporate plan, calls being made for radical restructuring

BLSA lifts Eskom’s suspension

By: Creamer Media Reporter      31st May 2018 Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA) has lifted its suspension of Eskom, reinstating the electricity utility’s full membership in the organisation. Eskom’s membership was suspended in September 2017 in the wake of serious allegations of State capture and corruption.  

Kenyan solar energy firm signs 40 MW power deal with State-run utility

By: Reuters     31st May 2018 A private Kenyan power firm has signed a 20-year deal to sell 40 MW it will generate from a solar plant it is building to the East African nation's State-run distributor, its chief executive said. Kenergy Renewables signed the agreement to sell the electricity to Kenya Power at $0.08/kWh, Khilna... 

Egypt to spend $1.4bn over two years to develop electricity grid

By: Reuters     30th May 2018 Egypt has set aside 25-billion Egyptian pounds (around $1.4-billion) to be spent over two years on developing the country's electricity network, the electricity minister said on Wednesday. The minister, Mohamed Shaker, told reporters the government had agreed on a loan worth 60-billion Kuwaiti... 

B2Gold opens 7 MW solar farm at Namibia mine

By: Marleny Arnoldi     30th May 2018 Gold producer B2Gold Namibia on Wednesday celebrated the opening of the B2Gold Otjikoto solar farm, in the Otjozondjupa region.  

B2Gold opens 7 MW solar farm at Namibia mine
Otjikoto solar farm in Namibia

Two coal IPPs would cost S Africa an additional R20bn, not in public interest – report 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     30th May 2018 A report released by the University of Cape Town’s Energy Research Centre (ERC) shows that government’s planned independent power producer (IPP) coal plants – Thabametsi and Khanyisa – would cost South Africa an additional R19.68-billion compared with a least-cost energy system.  

Two coal IPPs would cost S Africa an additional R20bn, not in public interest – report

Umoya study affirms social benefits of renewable energy IPPs 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     29th May 2018 A social impact study done by infrastructure investment managers Umoya Energy has found that the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPP) is effective in delivering on social benefits through meaningful initiatives.  

Umoya study affirms social benefits of renewable energy IPPs
Hopefield Wind Farm

NNR sets the record straight on application fees paid by Eskom for NISL

By: Anine Kilian     25th May 2018 The National Nuclear Regulator (NNR) says the payment of application fees by any applicant to the NNR does not automatically secure a nuclear authorisation. This follows reports by media earlier this week that State-owned Eskom's payment of nuclear installation site licence (NISL) application... 

NPA applies for forfeiture order in McKinsey, Eskom matter

By: News24Wire      25th May 2018 The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has confirmed that it filed papers in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on Wednesday in an application for a forfeiture order against global consultancy McKinsey. Fin24 reported earlier this year that Eskom approached the court in a bid to recover... 

Entry-level energy management solution launched

By: Schalk Burger     25th May 2018 The Simatic Energy Manager Basic solution has been designed for entry-level energy management, and includes Web-based dashboards and access to a cloud-based open Internet of Things analytics platform, as well as a mobile application (app) to monitor consumption data, says industrial control... 

Probe into influence peddling to start hearings in August

By: Reuters     24th May 2018 An inquiry into allegations of influence peddling revolving around former president Jacob Zuma and businessman friends of his will begin formal public hearings in August and could take two years or more, the head of the commission said on Thursday. The allegations around Zuma, forced from office... 

465 TWh of renewable energy sourced by companies in 2017 – Irena

By: Simone Liedtke     24th May 2018 Companies in 75 countries actively sourced 465 TWh of renewable energy in 2017, an amount close to the overall electricity demand of France, a new report by the International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena) states. With the continued decline in the costs of renewables, the report suggests that... 

Eskom business-model review aimed at lowering utility’s risk to fiscus

By: Terence Creamer     24th May 2018 Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan has confirmed that the business model of power utility Eskom is up for discussion as government seeks to reduce the fiscal risk currently posed by utility and to reposition the State-owned enterprise (SoE) for future sustainability. On his eighty-sixth... 

Eskom business-model review aimed at lowering utility’s risk to fiscus
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Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan

Gordhan appoints new Denel, Transnet, SA Express boards; Hadebe appointed Eskom CEO

By: Anine Kilian     24th May 2018 Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan has appointed Phakamani Hadebe as Eskom CEO. Hadebe has been acting CEO of the power utility since January. 

Gordhan appoints new Denel, Transnet, SA Express boards; Hadebe appointed Eskom CEO
Photo by Dylan Slater
Eskom CEO Phakamani Hadebe

Coega perfectly poised to participate in lithium-ion battery industry – CDC

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd May 2018 The Coega Special Economic Zone (SEZ) is at an advanced stage of setting up factories that will supply gigawatt factories with manganese, a key ingredient in most lithium-ion batteries. Coega Development Corporation (CDC) business development metallurgic sector manager Sadick Davids says the SEZ... 

Half of Ramaphosa’s SoE council to be made up of people from outside of government

By: Terence Creamer     23rd May 2018 President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced that the composition of the Presidential State-owned Enterprise (SoE) Council, whose establishment has been approved by Cabinet, will be split between Ministers, as well as business people, experts and stakeholders. Speaking in Parliament during the debate... 

Half of Ramaphosa’s SoE council to be made up of people from outside of government
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Desalination’s future is going solar – TWS

By: Simone Liedtke     22nd May 2018 The first highly cost-effective solar-powered desalination plant in South Africa will be commissioned by the end of October at Witsand, in the Hessequa municipality, in the Western Cape. The plant will produce 100 kl/d of fresh water to meet the water requirement of the struggling Witsand village. 

Desalination’s future is going solar – TWS

Outa welcomes Nersa’s withdrawal of SSEG registration rules

By: Marleny Arnoldi     21st May 2018 Nonprofit organisation, the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa), has welcomed the National Energy Regulator of South Africa’s (Nersa’s) decision to withdraw the proposed rules to govern the registration of small-scale embedded generation (SSEG) below 1 MW.  

Outa welcomes Nersa’s withdrawal of SSEG registration rules

Small modular reactors offer great promise but face major challenges 

By: Rebecca Campbell     18th May 2018 Worldwide, there is significant interest in the development of small and medium modular reactors (SMRs). “At the moment there are 11 countries developing about 50 SMR designs and four units are under construction or have a certified design,” said University of Pretoria Mechanical and Aeronautical... 

Researchers suggest 100% renewable energy system is plausible

By: Nadine James     18th May 2018 A multinational group of researchers have co-authored a paper to demonstrate that there are no roadblocks to sourcing 100% of a country’s power supply from renewable sources. The researchers, from Germany’s Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, South Africa’s Council for Scientific and Industrial... 

Eskom evacuates contractor workers after protest at Kusile

By: African News Agency      18th May 2018 South African power utility Eskom on Friday, said it had to evacuate contractor workers at the Kusile power station, in Mpumalanga, after a violent protest erupted by employees of SGB, a subcontractor of Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Africa. Mitsubishi Hitachi is appointed by Eskom to design,... 

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