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Electricity News

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. 

South Africa’s Zebra battery reincarnated by Swiss firm

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     1st August 2003 A local company has started using Swiss-made sodium-nickel chloride batteries – the development of which started in South Africa in the mid-1970s – to power part of its electric-vehicle fleet. 

Rwanda to privatise tea factories

By: Martin Czernowalow     1st August 2003 Environmental lobby group Earthlife Africa is preparing to lodge an appeal against the South African Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism’s (DEAT) decision to give the go-ahead for the country’s first pebble-bed modular nuclear reactor (PBMR) last month. 

Solar geyser punted as green solution

By: nkolola halwindi     1st August 2003 With 93,8% of South Africa’s energy produced from coal-fired power stations, the country is among the six largest carbon-dioxide producers per capita worldwide, says Solar Heat managing member Dylan Tudor Jones. 

Germans reignite SA boiler firm

By: Steven Chiaberta     29th July 2003 A leading German engineering group, which plunged into insolvency a year ago, is back on its feet in streamlined form and more vigorous than ever, Engineering News Online can today exclusively report. 

Energy efficiency labeling on the cards

28th July 2003 The Energy Efficiency workshop, held at the offices of the Department of Minerals and Energy in Pretoria on Friday, which formed part of National Energy Efficiency Week, said that South Africa could have its own energy efficiency label as early as autumn next year if South Africans become more... 

New nuclear framework to secure industry's future

By: Keith Campbell     28th July 2003 Without a doubt the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) is one of the country’s most strategic and valuable high-technology research and development (R&D) and industrial assets. 

Earthlife Africa lodges appeal against PBMR

By: Martin Czernowalow     28th July 2003 As environmentalists lodged an appeal against South Africa’s proposed pebble-bed modular reactor (PBMR) on Friday, the Institute of Nuclear Engineers urged that sight must not be lost of the project’s fundamentals. 

The Farge Effect named and explained

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     25th July 2003 A few columns ago I wrote about a query from Clive Farge. 

Fusion & Fission

By: Keith Campbell     25th July 2003 New nuclear framework splits the commercial from non-commercial in bid to secure industry’s future 

PBMR EIA appeal period extended

25th July 2003 The South African Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism has extended the appeal period against two environmental approvals for nuclear projects, following applications in terms of the environmental-impact assessment (EIA) regulations. 

Powering Nepad: six projects to kickstart the renaissance

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     21st July 2003 Africa is an irony in many ways, but the energy sector is perhaps one of few in which the irony is most telling. 

Earthlife prepares case against PBMR

By: Martin Czernowalow     21st July 2003 Environmental lobby group Earthlife Africa is preparing to lodge an appeal against the South African Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism’s (DEAT) decision to give the go-ahead for the country’s first pebble-bed modular nuclear reactor (PBMR) last month. 

Electric golf puts paid to handicapping dilemma

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     18th July 2003 My friend Mike and I used to play golf at the old Johannesburg Country Club. I remember vividly the days that we played. We spent ages looking for lost balls, losing balls in the water , missing putts, getting stuck in the rough and all those wonderful things that go with the game. 

Kenya is set to commission third geothermal plant

18th July 2003 Kenya is expected to more than double its geothermal energy capacity when a third station begins producing 64 megawatts of geothermal power by October, an industry official said on Wednesday. 

Powering Nepad

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     18th July 2003 Africa is an irony in many ways, but the energy sector is perhaps one of few in which the irony is most telling. 

PBMR: Greens see red, but SA sees gold

By: Kelvin Kemm     18th July 2003 A significant milestone was reached when the Director-General of the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism announced the approval of the environmental impact assessment for the pebble-bed modular reactor (PBMR). 

SA to run short of peak power capacity by 2007

By: Martin Czernowalow     16th July 2003 In a bid to promote energy efficiency in South Africa, power utility Eskom, the Department of Minerals and Energy and the National Electricity Regulator will launch the National Energy Efficiency Week, to be held from July 21 to 25. 

Electricity supplier implements convenient payment solution

11th July 2003 Electricity company City Power Johannesburg is responsible for a large portion of the power supply throughout Johannesburg. 

Core Values

By: Zonika Botha     11th July 2003 A new era is dawning for Eskom Enterprises, the wholly-owned subsidiary of the State-owned Eskom Holdings. 

Advanced NDT testing service now available to industry

By: Keith Campbell     11th July 2003 A non-destructive testing facility that is currently unique in the Southern Hemisphere is available to South African industry at Necsa Safari-1 nuclear research reactor at Pelindaba, west of Pretoria. 

Pebble-bed reactor takes off

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     11th July 2003 You may know that Eskom has received approval from the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism to go ahead with an experimental nuclear power station at the Koeberg site. 

€50m Algeria energy contract awarded

9th July 2003 Energy and transport infrastructure company Alstom has won a €50-million turnkey contract to install Algeria's first ever 400 kV gas-insulated substation, linking it to the Mediterranean regional 400 kV grid. 

Fly-fishing experience electrified

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     4th July 2003 I am a keen fly fisherman. I am also a rank amateur and thus my progress up any given stream or at the edge of any dam (‘stillwater’ to those that know) is marked by artificial flies hanging in bushes and pools where the trout have been so spooked by my passage that they’ll need... 

Eskom pledges R2,3bn to provide Coega smelter with electricity

By: Luxolo Tyali     4th July 2003 Negotiations between South African power utility, Eskom, together with the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), on equity participation in the Pechiney aluminium smelter, to be constructed at Coega, in the Eastern Cape, are at an advanced stage, reports Eskom spokesperson Fani Zulu. 

Power utility welcomes PBMR EIA approval

By: Martin Czernowalow     30th June 2003 South African power utility Eskom said it welcomes the positive record of decision by the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism (DEAT) on the proposed pebble-bed modular reactor (PBMR) demonstration module, to be situated at Koeberg in the Western Cape. 

Enviro group to appeal PBMR EIA decision

By: Martin Czernowalow     30th June 2003 Environmental lobby group Earthlife Africa has expressed “shock and outrage” over the South African Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism’s (DEAT) decision to give the go-ahead for the country’s first pebble-bed modular nuclear reactor (PBMR) and said it would... 

Electrical mysteries of the unexplained

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     27th June 2003 I received an e-mail from Clive Farge which reads as follows: “I experienced a strange phenomenon recently and wondered if you had an easy-to-understand explanation. In fact, my wife brought it to my attention and I did not believe her until I tried it myself and couldn’t explain it. 

$80m Moz–Malawi power interconnect project to begin soon

By: Marcel Chimwala     27th June 2003 Malawi – Preparations are under way to start installation works for the $80-million Mozambique-Malawi power interconnect project this year following Malawi’s awarding of the tender for the supply of the electricity under the project to Mozambican company Hidroelectrica de Cahora Bassa... 

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