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Electricity News

Russians conclude deal with SA utility

By: System Author     5th November 1999 Energomash Corporation, of Moscow, and electricity utility Eskom has the potential to open new markets in Asia and Africa. 

Placing the spotlight on electricity pricing

By: System Author     5th November 1999 Electrically Speaking 

Solar-powered emergency callpoints

By: System Author     5th November 1999 Calling ambulance services and the South African Police Services is being made easier with the installation of emergency callpoints throughout the Cape metropolitan area’s informal settlements. A hundred premanufactured callpoints are being erected at a rate of ten a day among the six local... 

Eskom sale would raise at least R80bn

By: System Author     29th October 1999 The full privatisation of State power utility Eskom would raise a minimum of R80-billion for the country. 

A UK physicist who developed atomic theory

By: System Author     29th October 1999 Achievers 

R12,5bn power station set for fifth unit

By: System Author     22nd October 1999 The R12,5-billion Majuba power station near Volksrust, in Mpumalanga, is on schedule for commercial load of its fifth unit next April and the sixth the following year. 

‘Little nukes’ to mushroom in South Africa

By: System Author     22nd October 1999 Electrically Speaking 

Technological advances with solar cells

By: System Author     22nd October 1999 Developments to Watch 

New national control centre for energy

By: System Author     15th October 1999 The R27-million project to construct a new national control centre and upgrade existing facilities in Germiston, Gauteng, by State electricity utility, Eskom. 

Floating nuclear power stations

By: System Author     15th October 1999 Electrically Speaking 

Sun shines brightly on new referral system

By: System Author     15th October 1999 Pumps 

Power utility has what it takes to be Telkom No 2

By: System Author     8th October 1999 Electricity provider Eskom has the infrastructure to compete for the second fixed-line telecommunications licence to be awarded in either 2002 or 2003. 

Thulani Gcabashe - Eskom Enterprises

By: System Author     1st October 1999 Leaders 

Computerised turbine data

By: System Author     24th September 1999 To enable electricity utility Eskom to undertake preventive maintenance on turbines in its power stations, all its turbine equipment data is being computerised. 

Rewiring from the vantage of a milk crate

By: System Author     24th September 1999 Electrically Speaking 

Fuel-cell, battery hybrid possible –expert

By: System Author     17th September 1999 Low-cost alkaline hydrogen-air fuel-cell systems with circulating electrolytes combined with a rechargeable battery in a hybrid configuration will play a more important role in the future of electric vehicles. 

Computers are ‘dumbing down’ things

By: System Author     17th September 1999 Electrically Speaking 

Non-grid spark from EU for far-flung schools

By: System Author     17th September 1999 In a project valued at 15-million euros (R98-million), the European Union is contributing to the non-grid electrification of schools in the Eastern Cape and Northern Province. 

R54m contract won for ladders

By: System Author     17th September 1999 A R54-million ladder contract, reportedly the biggest ever in South Africa, has been awarded to SA Ladder, of Booysens, Gauteng, by government parastatals Telkom and Eskom. 

Wheel turns again as stainless cycle bottoms out

By: System Author     17th September 1999 Stainless Steel 

R800-million nickel plant for Eastern Cape

By: System Author     17th September 1999 Stainless Steel 

Guaranteed Swazi power supply on way

By: System Author     10th September 1999 A R90-million contract to integrate the new 400 kV Edwaleni II substation supply point into Swaziland’s existing transmission network has been signed. 

Feb scheduling for new transmission line

By: System Author     10th September 1999 Construction on the second phase of the 400 kV transmission line stretching from Aries in South Africa to Auas outside Windhoek in Namibia is progressing ahead of schedule. 

Bloemfontein City

By: System Author     10th September 1999 Bainsvlei 33kV distribution centres and switching station 

Millennium doom ‘n’ gloom

By: System Author     3rd September 1999 Electrically Speaking 

New era dawning in surveying industry

By: System Author     3rd September 1999 Eskom Enterprises 

Let us build fuel plant: Stumpf on pebble-bed

By: System Author     3rd September 1999 The State-owned Atomic Energy Corporation of South Africa is in an ideal position to build the fuel plant for the country’s first inherently safer nuclear power reactor, the much-celebrated pebble-bed modular reactor which could contribute an estimated R20-billion to South Africa’s... 

State enterprise looks set to make a profit

By: System Author     3rd September 1999 The commercial division of the Atomic Energy Corporation of South Africa, Pelindaba Technology – consisting of a chemicals, nuclear technology products and a systems and engineering division – is developing and remains on track to produce profits for the State-owned company. 

Darling power project is blowing in the wind

By: System Author     27th August 1999 Electrically Speaking 

Pillar of new parastatal outreach finds success

By: System Author     27th August 1999 Specialist engineering group Rotek, in celebrating its tenth birthday, looked back at a decade in which a once loss-making operating division of Eskom became a profitable limited liability company, which last year achieved a turnover of R750-million, and looking forward to a new era in which it... 

Solar power solution in barrow

By: System Author     27th August 1999 An innovative solution has been found for previously-disadvantaged communities to obtain hot, purified water; a necessity to most people. 

New tech for long-wear agro components

By: System Author     20th August 1999 Agriculture engineering, irrigation and plant propagation 

New range of robust vibrators

By: System Author     6th August 1999 A new range of robust vibrators has been launched on to the local market. 

Private wind farm awaits purchase decision

By: System Author     6th August 1999 A decision on a power purchase agreement (PPA) for the proposed pilot wind farm located at Darling, on the Cape West Coast, is imminent following the conclusion of talks between the developer of the project, Darling Independent Power Producer (IPP) and power utility Eskom. 

Eskom sets aside R968m for black firms

By: System Author     6th August 1999 As part of its commitment to black economic empowerment (Bee) State electricity utility Eskom, which boasts a Bee budget of R968-million, has introduced an affirmative procurement policy in terms of which it plans to direct at least 50% of its operational spending to the emergent business sector. 

Toxic waste versus nuclear fuel

By: System Author     6th August 1999 Tech Track 

DME set to power-up non-grid image in SA

By: System Author     6th August 1999 Non-grid electrification should be seen as being equal to that of grid electrification 

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