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R28m SA boiler commissioned in Mauritius

By: System Author     26th February 1999 A new boiler installa- tion from South Africa is helping Mauritius meet the heavy electricity demands of its current peak tourist season. Industrial boiler manufacturer John Thompson Africa (JTA) has commissioned a R28-million, 100 t/h watertube boiler at Flaq United Estates sugar mill on the... 

Majuba conveyor feasible

By: System Author     26th February 1999 STUDIES to date have shown that the transportation of coal by rail or conveyor to Majuba power station near Volksrust in Mpumalanga will definitely be economically feasible, provided the volume of coal transported is large enough. Due to lower-than-expected growth in electricity demand, the... 

R5,3-million Botswana transformer contracts

By: System Author     19th February 1999 TWO contracts totalling R5,3-million, comprising the supply and installation of transformers and outdoor yard extensions for the 132/33 kV Mogoditshane substation at Gaborone in Botswana, have been awarded to Alstom Power Systems. Due to get under way in July and scheduled for completion in... 

White Paper sparks review of energy plan

By: System Author     19th February 1999 With the target of electrifying 2,5-million households in rural areas by the end of the year within reach, government is laying the groundwork for future electrification projects in the White Paper on Energy Policy released in December last year. Until now, the national electrification programme... 

$5m Zambian contract

By: System Author     19th February 1999 CONTRACTS have been signed between Roshcon and the Zambian Electricity Supply Company (Zesco) for the electrification of houses at Buchi and Kamitondo, Kitwe and Chifubu, Ndola. The South African company’s scope of work comprises the turnkey design and construction of the scheme. Roshcon... 

Renewed vision on non-grid electrification

By: System Author     19th February 1999 In the new White Paper on Energy Policy released in December last year, government recognises the need to bring the role of non-grid electrification projects in line with grid electrification projects. “Biomass forms the main energy source in the rural domestic sector, while other renewable... 

Use of stand-alone energy units probed

By: System Author     19th February 1999 With many unelectrified households situated in rural areas, far away from the national electricity grid, the Eskom non-grid electrification division is studying various possibilities of providing these households with stand-alone energy units. “Eskom has been involved in electrification for... 

Govt to assume responsibility for target

By: System Author     19th February 1999 The electrification programme aimed at connecting 2,5-million new households by the end of the year is at the tail end of a long road, reports Eskom national electrification planning manager Paul Mar 

R1,5m cable-replacement contract won

By: System Author     19th February 1999 In a contract valued at R1,5-million, Robins Engineering is replacing a 4,5-km-long 88 kV high-voltage power cable between the Sans Souci and Ridge substations in Parktown, Johannesburg. The contract calls for the excavation of 1,5-m- deep trenches, laying the cable, which is supplied by African... 

New era on horizon for SA’s electrification

By: System Author     19th February 1999 A new era will dawn for South Africa’s electrification programme at the end of the year when the present programme comes to an end. “Until now about 2,2-million new connections, connecting about 68% of South Africa’s households to the national grid, have been made by the... 

Sustained development needed for electrification

By: System Author     19th February 1999 Power generation and transmission specialist ABB South Africa, which forms part of the international electrical engineering and technology group, ABB, places great emphasis on sustained development when it becomes involved in community electrification projects. The company supports the training... 

Winds of change evident

By: System Author     19th February 1999 SINCE 1990 wind energy, as a source of renewable energy, has been growing at a rate of 20% a year, making it the fastest-growing energy resource worldwide. South Africa possesses attractive renewable resources, particularly solar and wind, applications which are cost-effective in many instances,... 

Electrification fund will energise SA

By: System Author     19th February 1999 With government taking over the initiative for the national electrification programme, it will establish a national electrification fund (NEF) to provide electrification subsidies. “Until now, Eskom, local authorities and, in some cases, developmental agencies, have funded electrification... 

2,7-million households expected to be electrified

By: System Author     19th February 1999 It is expected that about 200 000 more households will receive electricity than the targeted 2,5-million originally set out in the national electrification programme. “We have reached about 2,2-million households since 1994 and at the rate at which we are going, we expect a total number of... 

D-Day looms for SA’s ‘safe’ nuclear project

By: System Author     19th February 1999 Next month is crunch-time for parastatal power utility Eskom’s pebble-bed modular reactor (PBMR) programme. Two factors that will directly affect the future of the ambitious project will be the finalisation of Eskom’s restructuring, and the deadline for the PBMR Project Office to hand... 

Automatic lubricators destined for matla

By: System Author     19th February 1999 Supplier of automatic lubricators Perma Lubrication, of Johannesburg has secured a contract to supply lubricators to Eskom’s Matla power station through an agent. Perma will supply a number of the Perma Classic 3, Classic 6 and Star units to Eskom over two years. The Perma Star is a new... 

R50-million station project a boon

By: System Author     19th February 1999 THE R50-million Katlehong station project is certainly living up to its promise of delivering real empowerment to emerging contractors and local workers. The project is being undertaken by Intersite Property Management Services on behalf of the SA Rail Commuter Corporation (Sarcc), while the... 

South African electrical sector using more plastics

By: System Author     5th February 1999 Following a world trend, the local electrical industry is increasing its use of plastics in the manufacture of electrical products. South African manufacturers have traditionally used only metallic materials for the manufacture and installation of electrical equipment and components, elaborates... 

‘Serious referee’ appointed to sit in electric chair

By: System Author     5th February 1999 THE new CEO of the troubled National Electricity Regulator (NER) is determined to be a “serious referee” for the electricity-supply industry, Engineering News can today report. Dr Humphrey Mkhwanazi took up his new post on February 1, appointed by Minerals and Energy Minister Penuell... 

Zim dam hydro project

By: System Author     5th February 1999 A MEMORANDUM of understanding has been signed between the Zimbabwean government, the Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (Zesa), the E7 Fund for Sustainable Development, and the Mwenezi Development Corporation to initiate the finalisation of all project agreements required to construct and... 

R4,5m Koeberg spent-fuel contract

By: System Author     5th February 1999 THE industrial and automotive division of the IST group has been awarded a R4,5-million contract to upgrade the spent-fuel cranes at the Koeberg nuclear-power plant in the Western Cape. Eskom is in the process of increasing the spent-fuel storage capacity at the power station in order to allow... 

Fourth power conference

By: Archivist     29th January 1999 THE continent’s fourth international exhibition and conference for power generation, transmission, distribution, installation and alternative energy, Electrics Africa, returns to Johannesburg in August with a new, expanded profile. Under the banner of Epea ’99, Electrics Africa will... 

Some tips on professional hoodwinking

By: Archivist     29th January 1999 Since it is January and not much is happening, I thought I would give readers some tips on how to make some quick bucks over this quiet period. Now, note well, none of what I am about to reveal is necessarily illegal, but that is my opinion only – you try the scam that follows at your own... 

Utility seeks to galvanise business in SA

By: Archivist     29th January 1999 Electricity utility Eskom is developing new business opportunities and foreign investment through the investigation of opportunities for electricity-intensive industries in South Africa, which has the lowest-priced electricity in the world, says Eskom new-business promotion manager Don Govender.... 

‘Y’ and ‘Z’ plant decommissioning nears

By: Archivist     29th January 1999 The Atomic Energy Corporation (AEC) has nearly completed the decommissioning of its former Y-Plant and Z-Plant uranium-enrichment plants at Pelindaba, Engineering News can today report. “As of December last year, 98,4% of the demolition work and 88,3% of the decontamination work had been... 

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