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Electricity News

Wind power still too costly

By: Keith Campbell     11th October 2002 Is wind power really too expensive an energy source for South Africa? A cost comparison with Brazil suggests that it still is too costly for South Africa. 

Engineering privatisation moves ahead

By: Deborah Spicer     11th October 2002 Binding offers for a 26% share in Eskom Enterprises-owned engineering firm Roshcon were expected to be received on September 25, following the receipt of eight non-binding offers on July 24. 

Power utility will help firms meet BEE targets

By: Zonika Botha     11th October 2002 Earlier this month, Eskom’s Commercial and Financial Services GM Reuben Mamorare, who has been a custodian of the State-owned enterprise’s black economic empowerment (BEE) targets since 1994, pledged its support to any of the Electrical Engineering and Allied Industries Association's... 

Rocky times for SA's nuclear pebble

By: Keith Campbell     11th October 2002 The end of this year will mark a crucial point in the history of South Africa’s innovative Pebble Bed Modular Reactor nuclear power plant project. 

Triple-B rating for power utility's bonds

10th October 2002 Standard & Poor's Ratings Services said today it assigned its triple-'B'-minus long-term senior secured debt rating to the South African electricity utility Eskom's EUR200-million bonds due 2005. 

SA power utility in 200m euro bond issue

7th October 2002 South Africa's state-owned power utility Eskom launched a planned 200-million euro bond on Friday, defying European national holidays and emerging bond market volatility that might have derailed it. 

Effective energy storage with superconductivity

By: Karel Smrcka     4th October 2002 As an energy storage device, superconducting magnetic energy storage is a relatively simple concept. 

Car component makers eye 42 V opportunities

By: Zonika Botha     4th October 2002 As a result of the surge in electrical power demands inside motor vehicles, as well as a desire to introduce new features in vehicles that require higher voltages to operate, the automotive industry is currently engaged in a concerted drive to replace the 12-V electrical system, which is the most... 

Electricity prices under upward pressure - Minister

2nd October 2002 Minerals and Energy Minister Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka forecasts that electricity prices in South Africa, which are among the lowest-cost globally, will come under upward pressure in the medium term, and that this pressure could be mitigated only by the introduction competition. 

Regional power regulatory body formed

30th September 2002 The four founding members (Malawi, Namibia, South Africa and Zambia) of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) have announced the formation of the Regional Electricity Regulators’ Association (RERA) in Windhoek, Namibia, last week. 

Group in Moz primary-energy push

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     27th September 2002 As part of its broad strategy to play a significant role on the African energy scene, Eskom Enterprises is pursuing several primary-energy projects in Mozambique. 

ICT company unveils new nuclear solution

27th September 2002 The US subsidiary Spescom Software, of JSE Securities listed ICT group Spescom, announced the release of eB Nuclear, its information management solution for nuclear facility operators, at the Nuclear Information and Records Management Association (Nirma) 2002 Symposium held last month in... 

Nuclear reactors: the sky's no longer the limit

By: Kelvin Kemm     27th September 2002 We regularly hear of the challenge of providing energy here on earth, but there is another energy challenge unfolding in parallel, and that is the challenge of energy for deep space exploration. 

New range of UK products to be introduced

By: candice haase     20th September 2002 A Randfontein-based wire rope, sling and chain supplier has added a range of UK-manufactured products for tensioning and insulating electric fencing to its range. 

Moves to curb water wastage in Africa

By: Deborah Spicer     20th September 2002 Although the number of people that have access to electricity is growing, 1,6-billion people continue to go without this easy means of cooking, heating and lighting. 

SA spin-off from Moz transmission project

19th September 2002 Global power and automation technology group, ABB, said it had won a $32-million order to build a power transmission system to supply power to northwestern Niassa province in Mozambique. 

SA signs atomic energy commitment

16th September 2002 The Deputy Minister of Minerals and Energy, Susan Shabangu has signed the Protocol Additional to the Safeguard Agreement, between South Africa and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna, Austria, at the weekend. 

Ehud Matya, Eskom Generation Division

13th September 2002 Leader of 11 000 

Is electricity with us for ever?

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     13th September 2002 Nikola Tesla was the man who invented polyphase theory and gave us the fundamentals of the modern three-phase electrical systems that we use today. 

Power utility to push for an African grid by 2010

12th September 2002 South African state-owned power utility, Eskom said on Tuesday it will lead a campaign to light up the continent with a unified grid by 2010 and possibly export excess capacity to Europe. 

Coal can also be clean – utility

By: Zonika Botha     6th September 2002 The need to develop cleaner and more efficient fossil-fuel technologies and increasing the availability of renewable-energy resources is recognised globally. 

SA likely to join EU-led renewable-energy club

By: Terence Creamer     6th September 2002 South Africa would most probably join the European Union-led coalition of like-minded countries that have committed to increasing the use of renewable energies through quantified, time-bound targets. 

I say eco-terrorist, you say eco-activist

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     6th September 2002 Many years ago I was command engineering officer at Durban Naval Command. This was the time of the full influence of the old government, which had Reds under every bed and lived in a state of worry that the Republic of South Africa would be infiltrated and overthrown by terrorist saboteurs. 

New Sudan dam to triple electricity capacity

3rd September 2002 A $1,73-billion Sudan dam project, that will triple electricity capacity in the power-starved state when completed in about six years' time, will give the country a much-needed economic boost, an official has said. 

Black Power takes on real dimension

By: Terence Creamer     30th August 2002 Black power is taking on a whole new meaning in South Africa as black business gears up to take up a position in a sector that has been traditionally dominated by State-owned utility Eskom. 

Fledgeling cable maker boosts standards ahead of export drive

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     30th August 2002 Specialist cable manufacturer Flexicor Cables has achieved the much sought-after international ISO 9001/BSI management systems accreditation, just two-and-a-half years after it was established. 

Hertz Technologies

30th August 2002 Design and manufacture of high-voltage and low-voltage electrical machines, both standard and to specific customer requirements. 

Energy expert sees 1,4b without power by 2032

29th August 2002 Rapid population growth means 30 years from now almost one in five people on earth will lack electricity, based on current patterns of energy investment. 

Africa to benefit from Summit’s energy legacy

28th August 2002 It is hoped that the World Summit on Sustainable Development will leave several legacy projects in Africa when it closes on September 4. 

Electricity regulator calls for GIS bids

27th August 2002 The National Electricity Regulator (NER) has made a call for proposals for the introduction and implementation of a Geographical Information System (GIS). 

Cape wind farm begins producing

26th August 2002 In a sub-Saharan African first, the blades of South Africa's first modern wind turbine started turning this week. 

Africa's power-grid map raises questions

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     23rd August 2002 Those of us who are unfortunate enough to be awake at night will know that after a certain time we all get to watch CNN. 

State sets renewable energy targets

By: Deborah Spicer     23rd August 2002 While the difficulty of setting renewable-energy targets has been demonstrated by talks leading up to the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD), different levels of government in South Africa have begun to propose targets for the portion of total energy use that should come from... 

Namibian power utility raises R570m

23rd August 2002 Namibia Power Corporation (NamPower), the national electricity utility of Namibia, has successfully raised over R570-million of debt funding, announced Mike Meeser, Investec’s South African Head of Project and Infrastructure Finance. 

Local expertise for Turkish project

By: nkolola halwindi     23rd August 2002 In a $34-million contract, materials handling specialist Koch South Africa is currently supervising the installation and commissioning of materials handling infrastructure for the coal-fired power plant in Iskenderun in Turkey. 

Thukela’s hydro potential needs review

21st August 2002 The Thukela Basin's hydro potential could provide one answer to the need for 'clean' electricity in South Africa, Kwazulu-Natal’s MEC for Agriculture and Environmental Affairs Narend Singh suggests. 

BEE charter mooted for electricity sector

By: Terence Creamer     19th August 2002 Plans are afoot to create a black economic empowerment (BEE) charter for the electricity sector following similar moves in the liquid-fuels and mining industries. 

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