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SA's radioisotopes exports rise to R131m

11th September 2003 The Nuclear Technology Products (NTP) division responsible for the radioisotope marketing and sales of Nuclear Energy Corporation of South Africa (Necsa), exported 86% of its production worth R131-million to 40 countries on five continents during 2002-03. 

IST awarded PBMR design contract

By: laurian clemence     9th September 2003 South Africa’s IST Nuclear, a member of the electronics and mechanical group, IST, announced yesterday that it has been awarded a R260-million contract by the Pebble Bed Modular Reactor (PBMR) company for the detailed design of three key systems for the first PBMR demonstration plant. 

12 000 prepayment meters supplied to Tanzania

5th September 2003 A South African company that specialises in electricity metering solutions, Landis+Gyr, has completed a contract to supply the Tanzania Electric Supply Company (Tanesco), the national power utility of Tanzania, with Cashpower prepayment electricity meters. 

NY power-failure analysis continued

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     5th September 2003 Last week I wrote about the latest power failure in the US – fifty million people powerless and a system deficit of 65 800 MW. I wrote that I believe the failure was due to terrorist action and that the whole scenario is just a run up to a fresh attack on the September 11 coming. 

Camden power station to be demothballed by 2005

By: Zonika Botha     5th September 2003 State-owned power utility Eskom is planning to resuscitate three of its mothballed power stations over the next six years. 

Expo aims to stimulate entrepreneurship

4th September 2003 The corporate social investment arm of State-owned power utility Eskom yesterday kicked off what has been described as the biggest small business development exhibition in Africa. 

Kelvin retrofit programme on schedule

By: Martin Czernowalow     4th September 2003 Independent electricity producer Kelvin Power Station announced yesterday that the first phase of a multimillion-rand retrofit programme is on schedule and will be completed by November, following the completion and commissioning of the first two units last month. 

Radioactive policy seen as precursor to PBMR build

By: Terence Creamer     4th September 2003 The South African government has released for public comment a draft radioactive waste policy and strategy document, which it hopes will be finalised by the end of the year. 

US energy problems high on Congress' agenda

2nd September 2003 The aging US power grid takes center stage next week as Congress returns from vacation to grapple with electricity legislation that was already sizzling with conflict. 

The US: a surging megawatt monster

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     29th August 2003 The latest power failure in the US – with 50-million people powerless and a system deficit of 65 800 MW – shows how badly the US power systems are run. 

R260m contract awarded for demo PBMR plant

29th August 2003 Last week saw the Pebble Bed Modular Reactor Company has award a R260-million contract to IST Nuclear, a member of the IST group, for the design of three key systems for the PBMR demonstration plant. 

Firm delivers N-fuel presses for PBMR project

29th August 2003 Engineering group Hytec South Africa has reported that two hydraulic nuclear-fuel laboratory development presses valued at R1,6-million have been designed, delivered and commissioned by the company’s Spartan branch. 

Cape Town appeals PBMR decision

27th August 2003 Following many concerns raised by residents on the environmental impact of the proposed Pebble Bed Modular Reactor at Koeberg, Cape Town has submitted an appeal to the Minister of Environmental Affairs and Tourism (DEAT), Valli Moosa. 

Delta’s 2003 earnings to be hit by rand, lower prices

26th August 2003 The world's largest producer of electrolytic manganese dioxide (EMD), Delta Electrical Industries, yesterday announced lower earnings for the six months to June, despite a rise in sales volumes. 

The sound of silence, thanks to noise cancellation devices

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     22nd August 2003 Regular readers of this column (Oh, don’t be unkind – there must be at least one or two) will know that I have in the past written about acoustics, since acoustics is in fact a branch of electrical engineering. 

Energising the fight against electricity crime

By: nkolola halwindi     22nd August 2003 Electricity distribution giant Eskom is investing R15-million towards a campaign to sensitise communities on the impact of electricity-related crimes, such as conductor theft, illegal connections and vandalism. 

R1bn Arnot spend signals return of growth in the energy sector

By: Zonika Botha     22nd August 2003 About a R1-billion will be spend over the next three years to refurbish Eskom’s second-oldest operating power station, Engineering News can report. 

Arnot power station refurbishment project

22nd August 2003 Name of the project and location Arnot power station refurbishment project, Middelburg. Project Description One of South Africa’s oldest power stations, Arnot, is undergoing refurbishment. The project entails a complete new control and instrumentation system and a new controlroom, new... 

Eskom seeks to consolidate scrap disposal

By: laurian clemence     21st August 2003 State-owned power utility Eskom has issued a tender calling for prospective companies to bid for a contract involving the collection, processing, and disposal of its scrap nonferrous metal on a national basis. 

Firm delivers N-fuel presses for PBMR project

19th August 2003 Engineering group Hytec South Africa reported yesterday that two hydraulic nuclear fuel laboratory development presses valued at R1,6-million have been designed, delivered and commissioned by the company’s Spartan branch. 

New standard to improve telecoms interoperability

19th August 2003 Global telecommunication organisation ITU has approved a set of standards that will allow service providers to make significant savings on network equipment and increase service efficiency. 

Exel secures Eskom contract

18th August 2003 After a ten-month audit by Eskom, South Africa’s main electricity utility, Exel Petroleum has won a tender to supply fuel oil to a number of Eskom power stations, including Matla, Majuba, Tutuka, Duvha, Lethabo, Kendal, Matimba, Kriel and Hendrina. 

Move to promote role of women in nuclear sector

By: laurian clemence     18th August 2003 Deputy Minister of Minerals and Energy Susan Shabangu was upbeat about the outcome of the “Women in Nuclear Industry” workshop, held in Benoni at the weekend. 

Power loss hits auto industry hard

15th August 2003 The heart of North America's automotive industry was shut down Thursday evening by cascading power outages that struck the northeastern US and southern Canada. 

Dwelling on Drax power station

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     15th August 2003 The other day I bought tickets to go to the UK. I go to York to visit my daughter, Katie. She’s about 15 and speaks Yorkese, a language which has as much in common with English as an elephant has with a Learjet. 

Blackout rattles New York

15th August 2003 Sweltering New Yorkers were hit by a giant power blackout yesterday that stranded hundreds of thousands of commuters, trapped subway riders underground and evoked fearful memories of the September 11 attacks. 

Uganda seeks new partners for Bujagali power project

15th August 2003 The Ugandan government, the World Bank Group, and US energy firm AES, are in the process of establishing a working group to ensure a smooth transition in the development of the proposed $500-million Bujagali hydropower project. 

Richards Bay power project on hold until partner is found

By: Martin Czernowalow     14th August 2003 The development of a proposed R2,5-billion power station, in Richards Bay, has been put on hold, while shareholders seek to obtain an electricity distribution licence and, as well as a strategic equity partner. 

ABB wins $15m Eskom contract

12th August 2003 Leading power and automation technology group ABB has won a $15-million order to supply unit and turbine control systems for South Africa’s national electricity supplier Eskom. 

Billion-rand power station refurb

By: Martin Creamer     11th August 2003 South Africa’s second-oldest power station on Friday officially launched a billion-rand refurbishing programme. 

A pan-African power grid in perspective

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     8th August 2003 In last week’s column I wrote about Eskom management supporting the concept of an ‘African Grid’ and how this could be part of the Inga Hydro project. 

R140m water-accounting project for megacity

By: Deborah Spicer     8th August 2003 It is hoped that a project to make the Ekurhuleni database more accurately reflect water and electricity usage will reduce the amount of unaccounted for water that the metropolitan area is reporting by a significant amount. 

Where is the business plan for energy alternatives?

By: Kelvin Kemm     8th August 2003 The environmental-impact assessment of the South African pebble-bed modular reactor (PBMR) was approved in June and then there was a thirty-day period until July 25 allowed by government for any public objections. 

NER seeks bidders for grid electrification projects

By: laurian clemence     7th August 2003 The National Electricity Regulator (NER) has requested proposals to assist the agency with the management and operational control of the special programme of grid electrification projects. 

Eskom moves to rebalance tariffs

By: laurian clemence     4th August 2003 South Africa’s electricity utility Eskom announced last week that it is proposing a retail tariff restructuring plan designed to rebalance its tariffs so that they more fairly reflect production costs and limit cross-subsidisation. 

The DRC hydropower dream deconstructed

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     1st August 2003 A few columns ago I wrote the following: Eskom seems to be splitting into two factions. 

Potch on energy-efficiency mission

By: Zonika Botha     1st August 2003 A number of innovative, holistic and highly-effective energy-related projects have been, and continue to be undertaken in Potchefstroom, in the North West Province. 

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