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Electricity News

Breytenbach welcomes greater certainty for renewable energy projects 

By: Kim Cloete     19th October 2018 Participants in the renewable energy sector say they are encouraged by the dedicated infrastructure team that will be set up in the Presidency, as it will give investors more certainty and confidence to back projects. “We’ve seen what the last two years of delays in the signing of renewable... 

Kibo Energy says submits documents in bid for Tanzania coal to power project

By: African News Agency      19th October 2018 Africa-focused energy company Kibo said on Friday it had submitted its formal tender qualification document to the Tanzania Electricity Supply Company (Tanesco) for the Mbeya coal to power project, in line with the government’s new initiative to develop independent power projects. "Our visionary... 

IRP 2018 suffers from major failings, nuclear analyst claims

By: Rebecca Campbell     19th October 2018 South Africa's Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) 2018 contained serious flaws which significantly undermined confidence in its recommendations. So affirmed University of the Witwatersrand Honorary Research Fellow and South African Network for Nuclear Education, Science and Technology National... 

Germany's Voith to supply more turbines for Ethiopia's Renaissance Dam

By: Reuters     18th October 2018 German mechanical engineering conglomerate Voith has signed an agreement to supply turbines for a $4-billion dam Ethiopia is building along the River Nile, state-affiliated media said on Wednesday. The 6 000 MW Grand Renaissance Dam is the centrepiece of the Horn of Africa country's bid to become... 

Keep coal’s current share of the energy mix, says NUM

By: Kim Cloete     18th October 2018 The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has called for coal to be retained far more strongly in the country’s energy mix. In its submission on the draft Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) 2018, the NUM Western Cape said it was concerned that coal’s share in the energy mix was set to be reduced. “As... 

Renewable energy industry comments on draft IRP

By: Kim Cloete     17th October 2018 The renewable energy sector in South Africa has welcomed the draft Integrated Resource Plant (IRP) 2018, but has also expressed concerns. “While the IRP forecasting is rational in its choices, it unfortunately requires us to accept some overly optimistic assumptions,” said the South African... 

Organisations raise objections to the draft IRP

By: Kim Cloete     17th October 2018 Industry bodies and organisations have welcomed aspects of the draft Integrated Resource Plan 2018 but have also raised concerns during public hearings held in Parliament on Wednesday. They are hoping that their suggestions will be included in a final plan for South Africa’s energy future. 

First electricity from Imaloto slated for 2021 

By: Simone Liedtke     17th October 2018 Aim-listed Bushveld Minerals, parent company of coal and energy company Lemur Holdings, on Wednesday announced that the Imaloto project is on track to deliver electricity to south-western Madagascar by 2021. The Imaloto project is a developing integrated thermal coal mining and independent power... 

First electricity from Imaloto slated for 2021
Bushveld Minerals CEO Fortune Mojapelo

GE calls for more coal power within the IRP 

By: Kim Cloete     17th October 2018 General Electric (GE) has called on the South African government to reconsider investing in a further 1 600 MW of coal-fired power generation capacity, describing it as "the lifeblood" of South Africa’s economy, a significant job creator and important source of foreign exchange. “The removal of 1... 

City of Johannesburg, Eskom reach agreement to electrify Zandspruit

By: News24Wire      17th October 2018 Eskom and the City of Johannesburg have reached an agreement to rid the Zandspruit informal settlement of illegal electrical connections. The area has been rocked by protests, which flared up when two children were reportedly electrocuted last week. The protests entered their second day on... 

Calls for greater transformation in the energy industry 

By: Kim Cloete     16th October 2018 Calls for greater participation by black professionals in the energy industry were made during public hearings into the Integrated Resources Plan (IRP), held at Parliament, on Tuesday. The Black Energy Professionals Association, an organisation of black professionals that practice their trade... 

Organisations oppose coal in IRP public hearings 

By: Kim Cloete     16th October 2018 Public hearings into the Integrated Resources Plan (IRP) kicked off in Parliament on Tuesday, with several organisations voicing their concerns about the plan’s provision for new coal-fired power stations. Attorney Robyn Hugo of the Centre for Environmental Rights (CER) told Parliament’s... 

AfDB to provide €229m for Rwanda electricity programme

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th October 2018 The Rwandan government has signed a €229.20-million funding agreement with the African Development Bank (AfDB) to support the country’s electricity supply improvement programme and expand access to electricity under the Scaling Up Electricity Access Program Phase II (SEAP II). This builds on... 

AfDB to provide €229m for Rwanda electricity programme
African Development Bank power, energy, climate change and green growth VP Amadou Hott

EnviroServ returning to its roots following Shongweni malodour issue

By: Simone Liedtke     16th October 2018 After acknowledging that its KwaZulu-Natal-based Shongweni landfill was a contributor to malodour, waste management company EnviroServ has returned to its “old way of disposing of waste”, which comprises using lime to raise the alkalinity (pH) levels at its landfill sites. This decision,... 

EnviroServ returning to its roots following Shongweni malodour issue
Shongweni landfill, in KwaZulu-Natal.

CSIR seeks municipal partners for energy master plan pilot project 

By: Terence Creamer     16th October 2018 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) aims to partner with a metropolitan council and a district municipality to compile pilot municipal energy master plans for electricity (MEMPs), which will provide the two councils with insight into the best electricity supply blends for... 

CSIR seeks municipal partners for energy master plan pilot project
CSIR Energy Centre head Dr Clinton Carter-Brown

Eskom executive for generation Thava Govender quits

By: African News Agency      15th October 2018 Eskom's group executive for generation, Thava Govender, on Monday tendered his resignation after assuming the position only in March this year, the power utility's spokesperson Khulu Phasiwe said. Govender, who was also acting group executive of risk and sustainability, has worked for Eskom for... 

CER attorneys to address MPs on new coal in the IRP

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th October 2018 Attorneys from the Centre for Environmental Rights (CER) plan to, on Tuesday, tell Members of Parliament (MPs) that an Integrated Resource Plan for Electricity (IRP) that provides for expensive new coal-fired power, at a time when South Africa needs to be urgently transitioning away from... 

Roman’s Pizza head office kitted out with solar PV plant

By: Marleny Arnoldi     15th October 2018 Fast food franchise Roman’s Pizza’s head office in Centurion, Gauteng, has installed a 137 kW grid-tied photovoltaic (PV) solar plant, which is one of several actions the company is implementing to help conserve the environment. Other green initiatives by Roman’s include eliminating plastic... 

Renewable energy sector could provide jobs boost to SA

By: African News Agency      15th October 2018 The renewable energy sector could provide an unexpected but much-needed jobs boost to South Africa’s employment levels, as the sector continues to mature, solar enery company SOLA Future Energy said on Monday. SOLA Future Energy is the company that replaced Robben Island’s diesel-powered... 

South Africa’s synfuels know-how could give it edge as world mulls power fuels 

By: Terence Creamer     15th October 2018 The newly formed Global Alliance Power Fuels believes that South Africa is well positioned to become a leading site for the large-scale production of liquid fuels from renewable energy and has confirmed with Engineering News Online that the country is on its radar for possible future... 

South Africa’s synfuels know-how could give it edge as world mulls power fuels
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Transmission lines with Sasol's Secunda complex in the background, where synthetic fuels and chemicals are produced from coal

KenGen says new geothermal plant nearly ready

By: Reuters     12th October 2018 KenGen's new 165.4 MW capacity plant powered by geothermal steam is three quarters complete and on schedule for commissioning next July, Kenya's main electricity producer said on Friday. Geothermal steam, hot underground steam found in the Rift Valley which is used to drive turbines for... 

Exxaro looks to fill Eskom coal shortage

By: Reuters     12th October 2018 Exxaro Resources said on Friday it was looking to supply coal to state-owned power utility Eskom, which has been hit by supply shortages, posing a threat to the power supply in Africa's most industrialised economy. Eskom, which has fewer than 20 days of coal supply at 10 of its power stations,... 

Lethabo unit to remain out of service for 3 months following boiler rupture

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th October 2018 Based on a preliminary inspection by State-owned power utility Eskom, it is expected that Unit 5 at the Lethabo power station will remain out of service for a minimum of three months. This follows after the death of one employee and the injury of another at the power station on Wednesday when... 

Wind body to request smoothing of procurement profile in IRP submission

By: Terence Creamer     11th October 2018 The South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) will appeal for a “smooth rolling procurement” of new wind-energy capacity in its response to the draft Integrated Resource Plan (IRP 2018) so as to close a three-year procurement gap in the current document. The Draft IRP 2018 was released on... 

Wind body to request smoothing of procurement profile in IRP submission
The Nojoli wind farm

Cape vulture provides inspiration for homegrown vertical-axis wind turbine 

11th October 2018 A South African inventor has developed a new flexible wing, which he believes could have application in everything from wind energy and sailing to aviation and motoring. 

Cape vulture provides inspiration for homegrown vertical-axis wind turbine
Cape vulture provides inspiration for homegrown vertical-axis wind turbine

One killed in explosion at Eskom power station

By: News24Wire      11th October 2018 An employee at the Lethabo Power Station in the Free State died and another was seriously injured in a "major incident" on Wednesday afternoon, Eskom said. The power utility said in a statement that police officials were on the scene at Unit 5 and emergency response teams had been activated. "The... 

Govt urged to include IRP adjustment that steers renewables jobs the way of coal regions 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      10th October 2018 South Africa should consider including a policy adjustment in its upcoming Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) directing developers of new renewable-energy infrastructure to build projects in regions currently geared towards coal mining and coal-fired electricity production. University of Johannesburg... 

Govt urged to include IRP adjustment that steers renewables jobs the way of coal regions
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Dr Tobias Bischof-Niemz

Medupi’s fifth unit synchronised to the national grid – Eskom

By: Simone Liedtke     9th October 2018 Unit 2 at Eskom-owned Medupi power station, in Limpopo, was loaded to 400 MW on Sunday afternoon, making it the fifth of the six Medupi units to be synchronised to the national grid. The unit produced first power on Sunday morning, at around 11:53. 

Technology cost assumptions used to produce IRP explained 

By: Terence Creamer     9th October 2018 An experienced electricity system modeller has corrected a suggestion that the draft 2018 Integrated Resource Plan (IRP 2018) uses levelised cost assumptions for the various generation technologies tested, explaining that overnight capital cost assumptions for each technology are key inputs. The... 

Technology cost assumptions used to produce IRP explained

Bladon’s new microturbine genset to power up telecoms towers

By: Natasha Odendaal     9th October 2018 UK-based engineering pioneer Bladon Micro Turbine has launched its first commercial product, the Bladon MTG12 – a 12 kW (15 kVA) microturbine generator set (genset) dedicated to powering global telecoms towers. The microturbine genset manufacturer aims to dominate the telecoms tower market where... 

Dladla steps down as CEO of Eskom Rotek Industries

By: Creamer Media Reporter      9th October 2018 Eskom Rotek Industries CEO Johnny Dladla, who served a short stint as the group's CEO in 2017, has resigned and will leave Eskom at the end of October to "pursue private business interests".   The State-owned utility said in a statement that Dladla's successor would be announced in due course.... 

Dladla steps down as CEO of Eskom Rotek Industries
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Johnny Dladla

Lazard report on Eskom asset sale options due within days – Eskom chair

By: Reuters     8th October 2018 Financial adviser Lazard will conclude its assessment of which assets South Africa's State-owned power firm Eskom can put up for sale in the next few days, Eskom's chairperson Jabu Mabuza said on Monday. "We have hired Lazard to look at what assets, if any, we can dispose of on our balance... 

Lazard report on Eskom asset sale options due within days – Eskom chair
Photo by Dylan Slater
Eskom chairperson Jabu Mabuza

Eskom won't need more government cash over next year – Minister 

By: Reuters     8th October 2018 State-owned power firm Eskom does not require government cash injections over the next 12 months, the country's Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan said on Monday. Cash-strapped Eskom is critical to Africa's most industrialised economy as it supplies more than 90 percent of its power but... 

Eskom won't need more government cash over next year – Minister

Climate crisis spurs UN call for $2.4tn fossil fuel shift  

By: Bloomberg     8th October 2018 The world must invest $2.4-trillion in clean energy every year through 2035 and cut the use of coal-fired power to almost nothing by 2050 to avoid catastrophic damage from climate change, according to scientists convened by the United Nations. Their report published Monday adds pressure on... 

Technologies listed in IRP may be used as ‘proxies’ for equivalent solutions

By: Terence Creamer     5th October 2018 The Department of Energy (DoE) may consider using the generation technologies listed in the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) as “proxies” for other technologies that are able to deliver an equivalent solution to the power system at the same cost. Speaking at a stakeholder workshop hosted by the... 

Technologies listed in IRP may be used as ‘proxies’ for equivalent solutions
Department of Energy chief director Jacob Mbele

Balking miners jeopardise $2.8bn Mozambican coal rail

By: Bloomberg     5th October 2018 A plan to develop a $2.8-billion railway and port to ferry coal in Mozambique may collapse because miners are balking, according to the man trying to build it. Failing to get the project off the ground would deprive the southern African country of a source of revenue it’s come to rely on as it... 

Kenya on course to develop nuclear energy, official says

By: Reuters     5th October 2018 Kenya's ambition of having a nuclear power plant is still on course and it hopes to build its first such facility in the next 12 to 15 years, a senior Energy Ministry official said on Friday. Joseph Njoroge, principal secretary for electricity, told Reuters the East African nation plans to turn... 

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