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Electricity News

Can SA avoid becoming the next California?

     24th August 2001 Is South Africa, with its energy sector that is set to undergo significant restructuring in the near future, in danger of experiencing a power crisis, as is being experienced in California, US? 

Hendrina power contracts flow

     24th August 2001 A R35-million contract for control and instrumentation refurbishment at power utility Eskom’s Hendrina power station has been awarded to Siemens. 

Keith Lennox, Energy Measurements

     24th August 2001 Keith Lennox Energy Measurements Leader of 200 

SA utility bids Uganda hydropower contract

     17th August 2001 National power utility Eskom’s unregulated arm, Eskom Enterprises, and five other companies which are eyeing the build-own-operate (BOO) contract for two mini hydro-electric power stations in north-western Uganda will be asked to submit technical bids within the next three months, Uganda... 

Energy efficiency ideas rewarded

     17th August 2001 National power utility Eskom is recognising innovative ideas in the field of electricity efficiency through the eta awards. 

For my fellows

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     17th August 2001 Here I was, working 18 hours a day on two very large projects. One was commercial building and the other was a factory revamp. 

Solar could be cheaper in future

     17th August 2001 In the wake of alarming news from Eskom that electricity tariffs could possibly increase by as much as 40% to 50% nation-wide over the next few years, more light is being shed on alternative energy solutions. 

Solar energy solution developed

By: Irma Venter     17th August 2001 Black empowerment company Suntracker Dome has developed an innovative solution in the field of solar energy. 

Keep the family silver

     10th August 2001 I know six people who have been hijacked in Johannesburg, and one who was shot and hijacked so, I guess that if I extend this circle of knowledge, I can see that hijacking is a relatively regular thing in Jo’burg. 

Taking energy grid 'out of Africa'

     10th August 2001 MALI – Following the award of a contract in Mali last month, Eskom Enterprises is now present in 16 countries in Africa but, more importantly, this contract could be seen as a building block in the embryonic beginnings of Africa supplying power beyond the borders of the continent. 

SA in Malawi power management

     10th August 2001 MALAWI - The Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom), has awarded Eskom Enterprises a two-year management-support contract. 

SA in energy demand-management mode

     7th August 2001 The emission of nearly four-million tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere will be prevented over the next decade and, over an assumed 20-year lifespan, South Africa's efficient lighting initiative (ELI) will yield societal benefits valued at around R495-million with the penetration of... 

UK nuclear power shift could benefit SA

By: Keith Campbell     6th August 2001 IN a move that could be of great value to South Africa’s Pebble Bed Modular Reactor (PBMR) project, the UK Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is indicating that a revival of nuclear power in Britain could be both economic and prudent 

Malawi proposes to liberalise energy sector

     3rd August 2001 The Malawi government has taken a step ahead in the liberalisation of its energy sector 

Energy Bill to be tabled in 2002

By: Irma Venter     3rd August 2001 The first draft of the new Energy Bill will be on the table by next year, Minerals and Energy Minister Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka tells Engineering News. 

Local biotech funding tops R100m

     3rd August 2001 Total biotechnology funding in South Africa amounts to more than R100-million a year, and it is estimated that half of this supports genetic modification. 

Cape winds to power new R90m project

     3rd August 2001 Construction of a R90-million wind farm in the Western Cape capable of producing 10 MW of renewable energy that will serve as a demonstration project for the local industry, will begin before the end of the year. 

The price of butter

     27th July 2001 I grew up in the time of the nationalist government. In fact, I was alive for nearly the whole schmear – from 1948 to 1994. Well, let’s say remember it all rather well. One thing the Nats did was provide terrific support for the farmers. 

SA taps into R8bn Nigeria power project

     27th July 2001 Some of the larger South African suppliers to the power generation sector have missed out on significant export opportunities and multimillion-rand contracts with oil-rich, but power-starved Nigeria. 

Hot price for big N Cape sun chimney

By: Irma Venter     27th July 2001 The environmental impact assessment (EIA) and feasibility study for Eskom’s project in the Northern Cape to generate electricity using energy from the sun started this month. 

R600m for JHB power infrastructure upgrade

By: Laura Franz     20th July 2001 The regenerated operator and distributor of electricity in the Johannesburg municipal area, City Power, has earmarked some R600-million over the next three years for the upgrading of the ageing electricity infrastructure. 

SA well placed in bid for $1bn Iraq power rehab

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     20th July 2001 South African companies are “extremely well positioned” to clinch some of the $1-billion power-sector rehabilitation contracts to be awarded by Iraq during the next two to three years under the United Nations (UN) oil-for-food programme, says South African Electrotechnical Export... 

Russians propose an unorthodox nuclear reactor

By: Keith Campbell     20th July 2001 RUSSIAN nuclear scientists and engineers are proposing the development of a new type of fast reactor that would be able to use weapons-grade plutonium, recovered from scrapped nuclear weapons, as a power source. 

Energy for the poor

     13th July 2001 I was wondering the other day how much it costs in this country if one of the poorest of poor in this country dies. 

Cabinet approves electricity blueprint

By: Laura Franz     13th July 2001 Cabinet has approved the restructuring of the fragmented electricity distribution industry, which will be consolidated into six State-owned regional electricity distributors, or Reds, between January 2002 and December 2003. 

A matter of direct current

     6th July 2001 A reader, Mr Dennis Osborne wrote to ask why we do not use direct current mains power instead of alternating current. 

Russian help for PBMR

By: Keith Campbell     6th July 2001 Russia is providing valuable support to South Africa’s Pebble Bed Modular Reactor (PBMR) project. 

Caring about Californians and caribou

     29th June 2001 With monotonous regularity, the bunny-huggers spring to the defence of the defenceless. 

Foreign businesses battle with Bee

By: Laura Franz     29th June 2001 Although most small- and medium-sized South African companies have taken the black economic empowerment (Bee) route, those large local businesses owned by foreign principals have been slow in following suite, reports Eskom operational support manager Reuben Mamorare. 

High-power partnership established

     29th June 2001 US company American Power Conversion has appointed uninterruptible power supply (UPS) specialist UPScom, a member of the listed Square One Solutions group, as its second high power partner. 

Top supplier against power generation privatisation

By: Joanne Delaurentis     29th June 2001 The privatisation of Eskom is meeting critical review from unexpected sources. 

New high-voltage test facility

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     29th June 2001 The new high-voltage test facility at Rotek Engineering's premises at Rosherville, in Johannesburg, has resulted in significant cost reductions for organisations relying on the Eskom Enterprises subsidiary for the repair and maintenance of their transformers. 

SA laying gas pipeline in Mozambique

     29th June 2001 Construction of a $2,1-million 86-km-long 63-mm-diameter submerged high-density polyethylene gas pipeline to transfer gas from onshore town Vilanculos, to Santo Carolina, Magarugue, Benguerra and Bazurutho islands, in Mozambique, is well under way. 

Energy-hungry world relooks at nuclear

By: Laura Franz     29th June 2001 The golden age of nuclear energy ended nearly 30 years ago, but its return to favour is on the horizon at a time when energy needs are getting bigger, electricity plants are getting smaller and environmental pressures are getting stronger. 

Smelter expansion rearing to go

By: Joanne Delaurentis     22nd June 2001 The proposed expansion of the Mozambique aluminium smelter Mozal still has the green-light, despite delays on final approval decisions from the shareholders, says manager of Mozambique affairs Peter Cowie. 

No bribes please, we're African

By: Zonika Botha     22nd June 2001 A new era of ethical consciousness is dawning in Africa, destroying the fallacy that corruption is synonymous with a Third World country. 

Reds plan will kill golden goose

     15th June 2001 This week again, Terry writes about the formation of the regional electricity distributors (Reds). 

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