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Pelindaba still an asset for Africa

By: Keith Campbell     9th November 2001 Former Acting CEO of Necsa is convinced of the future of that organisation but believes research arm should go under DACST and not, as present, DME. 

SA electricity prices rise ahead of inflation

     7th November 2001 Energy utility Eskom announced that the National Electricity Regulator (NER) had approved a general price increase of 6,2% for 2002, which is marginally above the expected inflation rate for 2002. 

Prepayment water offer to deal with arrears

By: Jill Stanford     2nd November 2001 CAPE Town companies Tellumat and Rhomberg claim to have the answer to the city's problem of recovering hundreds of millions of rands in outstanding water revenues. 

Senegal extends electricity bids deadline

     2nd November 2001 Senegal has extended a deadline for offers from foreign bidders for a 51% stake in State power generator and distributor Senelec, an energy ministry official said. 

East Africa power conference

     1st November 2001 The third East African power industry convention has started in Addis Ababa, The Daily Monitor reports. 

Kenya mulls SA energy imports

     30th October 2001 Kenya plans to import electricity from South Africa to avert power shortages in future. 

How to love meetings

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     26th October 2001 The very best meetings are held with all parties standing up, in the corridor by the tea urn. 

Radwaste, compare their ice and our sand

By: Kelvin Kemm     26th October 2001 The National Nuclear Regulator (NNR) invited Mr Jukka Laaksonen to visit South Africa to present the annual NNR Guest Lecture. Mr Laaksonen is the director general of the Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority of Finland, which is known by its Finnish abbreviation STUK. 

Big industrial solar-heating potential

     19th October 2001 Domestic, commercial and industrial solar-water heating opportunities in sub-Saharan Africa are vastly underutilised and, with electricity price increases expected to startle consumers in the near future, some observers believe that economic forces will drive individuals and businesses towards... 

SA at risk of losing cheapest-power status

     15th October 2001 South Africa risks losing its status as one of the world’s cheapest electricity providers regardless of its plans to restructure the State-owned power utility Eskom, industry executives said. 

Without fossil fuels

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     12th October 2001 I was wondering, just the other day, what will happen when fossil fuels run out. 

Electrical industy faces skills crisis

By: Keith Campbell     12th October 2001 THE geatest challenge facing the engineering industry today is the shortage of skilled workers. 

Power, heat and cooling from manure

By: Karel Smrcka     12th October 2001 Alternative energy sources currently enjoy good market prospects in Germany: from 1998 to 2000 alone, the number of biogas plants doubled to 1 200. 

Feedback on coal and electricity export

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     5th October 2001 I recently wrote two articles on the morality and ‘rightness’ of Sasol exporting coal and Eskom exporting electricity. I received a number of replies. 

African standardisation for electrical equipment mooted

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     5th October 2001 The Power Institute of East and Southern Africa (Piesa) – which groups about half the electricity utilities in the region – says there is need to ‘Africanise’ specifications for distribution equipment, as standards developed overseas do not always fit the needs of the... 

Gas-to-energy moves in East Africa

By: Irma Venter     5th October 2001 The Songo Songo gas-to-electricity project represents the first step in developing natural-gas infrastructure in East Africa, says Songas MD Jim McCardle. 

Africa’s big gas adventure begins

By: Irma Venter     5th October 2001 Natural gas was, until a few years ago, seen as a nuisance by the energy industry. 

Africa's nuclear industry advances

     5th October 2001 West African country Morocco and the US have signed an agreement for peaceful nuclear co-operation, including research. 

If engineers weren't apolitical

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     28th September 2001 One of the threats that a person, hell-bent of destruction, can carry out with relative ease to make a social point is the destruction or disruption of the power system of a country. 

Senegal seeks energy partners

     28th September 2001 SENEGAL – Potential strategic partners in Senegal’s electricity company, Senelec, presented their offers to the Senegalese government two weeks ago. 

Integrated solution for city council

     28th September 2001 One of the greatest challenges of this new century is to provide integrated solutions which support not only the individual business tasks, but which also work together to streamline the business process, maintains Netgroup Solutions. 

SA's virtual power plant

By: Irma Venter     28th September 2001 It is Africa's smallest power station, managed by a handful of people with cellphones and laptops. 

Lesotho power restructuring on track

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     28th September 2001 South African company Southern African Development Through Electricity (SAD-Elec), mandated with bringing the Lesotho Electricity Corporation (LEC) up to standard before it is put up for sale after next July, is inviting bids for a contract to connect 800 households and small commercial and... 

Senegal seeks energy partner

     28th September 2001 SENEGAL – Potential strategic partners with Senegal's electricity company, Senelec, presented their offers to the Senegalese government two weeks ago. 

Fresh African nuclear energy moves

     26th September 2001 Morocco and the United States have signed an agreement for peaceful nuclear cooperation, including cooperation in research, Moroccan Energy Minister Mustapha Mansouri said. 

Transnational enters new SA market

     21st September 2001 In a R9-million deal that heralds its entry into the substation automation market, Siemens’ power automation department has been awarded a contract by the city of Cape Town for the supply of remote terminal units (RTUs). 

Development of renewable energy

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     21st September 2001 This column is about the above, but before we get into the topic per se, I would like to tell a true tale from the crypt. 

Big non-ferrous scrap contract next month

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     21st September 2001 Power utility Eskom will next month award the fifth two-year national contract for the disposal of up to 2 000 t of non-ferrous scrap, assets disposal manager Mark Hunter tells Engineering News. 

Nuclear ships and bread rolls

By: Kelvin Kemm     21st September 2001 There has been some fuss around the request for the American nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, the USS Enterprise, to visit Cape Town. 

SA commits to electricity liberalisation

     20th September 2001 The South African government appears committed to the introduction of competition into the local energy environment before 2003. 

A dog's life

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     14th September 2001 The other day I was at a site meeting. There were many of us there, some new faces. We were appointed to do the main power supply of the building. 

MK Mohlala, City Power

     14th September 2001 MK Mohlala City Power Leader of 3 000 

Seals for revenue protection

     14th September 2001 Electricity theft is a major problem in South Africa. This is according to Aluvin Securiseal MD Kevin Norwitz, the largest manufacturer and distributor of security seals in South Africa. 

Seals for Chinese power station

     14th September 2001 German company Gustav Espey, has been awarded a contract by BBP Energy, a subsidiary of the Babcock Borsig Power Group, for the supply of 48 shaft seals for sealing double-flow ball mills at the Dezhou power station project in China. BBP Energy will be delivering two steam generators each with an... 

Brits to get energy efficient lamps

By: Irma Venter     7th September 2001 Street lamps in parts of Brits, in the North West Province; Garankuwa, near Pretoria in Gauteng; and Baberton, in Mpumalanga, are to be retrofitted with energy-efficient lamps. 

SA has key role in transforming African nuclear sector

By: Keith Campbell     7th September 2001 SOUTH Africa is playing a key role in the transformation of the nuclear technology sector in Africa. 

North to South, Africa houses nine nuclear reactors

By: Keith Campbell     7th September 2001 THE nuclear science and technology sector in Africa is much bigger than generally realised – the continent is home to nine nuclear research reactors, six particle accelerators, and two cyclotrons. 

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