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Egypt signs MoU with China's GCL for $2bn solar panel factory

By: Reuters     10th May 2018 China's GCL Group has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Egypt's ministry of military production to build a solar panel facility at a cost of up to $2-billion, State-run newspaper Al-Ahram reported on Thursday. Under the MoU, which was signed on Wednesday, the facility will... 

Radebe links IRP certainty to Ramaphosa’s $100bn investment drive

By: Terence Creamer     10th May 2018 The long awaited update to South Africa’s Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) will be presented to Cabinet for its approval on August 15, Energy Minister Jeff Radebe confirmed on Thursday, adding that the document would provide much-needed certainty for investors in the electricity sector. The... 

Radebe links IRP certainty to Ramaphosa’s $100bn investment drive
Photo by Dylan Slater
Energy Minister Jeff Radebe

Eskom addressing coal shortages 

10th May 2018 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about Eskom’s immediate and longer-term plans for securing sufficient coal for its power stations. 

Eskom addressing coal shortages
Eskom addressing coal shortages

Coca-Cola Beverages to tap into solar energy

By: Simone Liedtke     9th May 2018 Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa (CCBSA) is installing rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) units, with a combined installed capacity of 10.4 MW, at 11 of its sites. 10 sites will be completed by the end of the year, with the 11th expected to be completed by the end of February 2019. 

Africa is opportune for energy, smart solutions development – Schneider Electric

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th May 2018 Automation and energy management multinational Schneider Electric on Tuesday revealed its strategy for the African continent and how it relates to creating smart cities – taking cognisance of challenges and opportunities.  

Africa is opportune for energy, smart solutions development – Schneider Electric
Photo by Marleny Arnoldi
Schneider Electric Middle East and Africa region president Casper Herzberg & Schneider Anglophone Africa cluster president Albert Fuchet

Zambia to complete 50 MW World Bank solar project in September

By: Reuters     8th May 2018 Zambia will complete its first large-scale 50 MW solar power generation plant in September this year as the nation battles a power deficit which threatens industrial output, a state-owned agency said on Tuesday. The electricity shortfall has forced Africa's second-largest copper producer to... 

Renewable energy jobs reached 10.3m globally in 2017

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th May 2018 The renewable energy industry created more than 500 000 jobs globally last year – a 5.3% year-on-year increase, says the International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena).  

Renewable energy jobs reached 10.3m globally in 2017

EIUG, associate organisation appoint board members

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th May 2018 The Energy Intensive User Group (EIUG) and its associated organisation, the Industry Task Team on Climate Change (ITTCC), on Monday announced their new chairpersons, who were elected at the yearly general meetings of the two bodies.  

Toshiba, RentCo form geothermal power generation partnership

By: Schalk Burger     7th May 2018 Energy systems multinational Toshiba Energy Systems and Solutions and lease financing company RentCo East Africa on Monday signed a general cooperation agreement to expand sales channels and orders of wellhead geothermal power generation systems in Kenya and the wider sub-Saharan Africa. In a... 

South Africa urged to consider CSP-PV blend to lower cost of dispatchable solar generation 

By: Terence Creamer     7th May 2018 International technology and infrastructure group Abengoa, which has developed a portfolio of three concentrated solar power (CSP) projects in South Africa, believes blending CSP with solar photovoltaic (PV) technology is the logical next step for lowering CSP costs, while also producing... 

South Africa urged to consider CSP-PV blend to lower cost of dispatchable solar generation
The 100 MW XiNa Solar One parabolic-trough CSP power station in the Northern Cape

Court orders business rescue practitioners be allowed back at Gupta-linked firms

By: News24Wire      7th May 2018 An appeal to have business rescue practitioners barred from the office of several Gupta-linked companies has been overturned in the South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg. Business rescue practitioners Louis Klopper and Robert Knoop were told they were "no longer welcome" by the very... 

Black-owned energy group disputes notion that renewables programme is anti-transformation

By: Terence Creamer     4th May 2018 Black-owned and managed independent power producer (IPP) Pele Green Energy (PGE), which is an active owner and partner in wind and solar projects with a combined capacity of 900 MW, does not agree with prevailing arguments that South Africa’s IPP programmes are failing to deliver on South... 

Black-owned energy group disputes notion that renewables programme is anti-transformation
Pele Green Energy MD Gqi Raoleka

Ncondezi raises £950 000

By: Simone Liedtke     4th May 2018 Aim-listed Ncondezi Energy has raised £950 000, before expenses, through a conditional placing of 15.2-million ordinary shares at a price of 6.25p apiece. The company will use the funds to strengthen its balance sheet as it moves towards the conclusion of a joint development agreement (JDA) for... 

Development agendas to curb power woes

4th May 2018 Sub-Saharan Africa is burdened with a complex and persistent electricity gap that is difficult to bridge in the medium to long-term owing to population growth, says intergovernmental partnership Nile Basin Initiative (NBI) programme officer Grania Rubomboras. To address the increasing population... 

Development agendas  to curb power woes
Photo by Bloomberg
TRANSMISSION DISCUSSIONS The transmission and distribution programme at African Utility Week will focus on Africa’s electricity business models

Industry body pioneers awareness programme to upgrade vending systems

4th May 2018 The South African metering standards industry body Standard Transfer Specification Association (STSA) will hold a workshop presentation and take part in the strategic conference during the African Utility Week (AUW) to urge the utilities industry to upgrade electricity meters to STS600. STSA is a... 

Local company targets mechanical tube cleaning opportunities at AUW

By: Melissa Zisengwe     4th May 2018 South Africa-based engineering, procurement and construction company Lesedi Nuclear Services says the African Utility Week (AUW) is the ideal platform to introduce energy companies and utilities to lesser known but an efficient mechanical tube cleaning system. The event is an opportunity to meet... 

Local company targets mechanical tube cleaning opportunities at AUW
SHANE PEREIRA AUW is an opportunity to meet companies and energy professionals in the African market

Initiative brings more German companies to AUW

4th May 2018 The German Energy Solutions Initiative which is coordinated and financed by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy will be bringing seven German companies to African Utility Week (AUW) for the German pavilion. According to the German Energy Solutions Initiative head of division... 

Initiative brings more German companies to AUW
RENEWABLE ENERGY The initiative supports the implementation of flagship energy projects

Firm sees taxis and mine trucks as logical hydrogen transport pioneers

By: Schalk Burger     4th May 2018 Hydrogen transportation technology can serve the local taxi industry and be used in large opencast mines where several haul trucks operate in a limited radius. One hydrogen fuelling station could serve an entire fleet. Such applications would eliminate the need for a dispersed suburban and urban... 

New funding triggers open call for project proposals

4th May 2018 Multi-donor fund, the Energy and Environment Partnership covering Southern and East Africa (EEP Africa) will launch an open call for proposals on innovative clean energy projects, technologies, and business models that require funding during the African Utility Week (AUW) to be held in Cape Town... 

New funding triggers open call for project proposals
Photo by EEP
SIGNED, SEALED AND DELIVERED The financial commitment was signed at the at Nordic Development Fund (NDF) in Finland

Toshiba signs African energy development MoUs

By: Schalk Burger     3rd May 2018 Energy sytems multinational Toshiba Energy Systems and Solutions on Thursday signed four memoranda of understanding (MoUs) to cooperate with African countries to develop hydropower and geothermal energy systems. The MoUs were signed on the sidelines of the Japan-Africa Public-Private Economic... 

Eskom acting CEO says no power cuts this year

By: Reuters     3rd May 2018 South African power utility Eskom, which is struggling from a financial crisis, said on Thursday that it would not resort to controlled power blackouts this year despite previous reports that it was facing coal shortages. "There will not be load-shedding this year," said Eskom's acting CE... 

Eskom acting CEO says no power cuts this year

Coal ‘not like buying bread’, Hadebe says as Eskom reverses policy on cost-plus mines  

By: Terence Creamer     3rd May 2018 In a major policy reversal, State-owned electricity producer Eskom is budgeting to invest in the sustenance of mines that supply coal to the utility on a cost-plus basis. During Brian Molefe’s controversial tenure as Eskom CEO, the utility became hostile to the cost-plus model, which Molefe... 

Coal ‘not like buying bread’, Hadebe says as Eskom reverses policy on cost-plus mines
Eskom acting CEO Phakamani Hadebe on what he told investors on a recent roadshow and why load-shedding is unlikely this winter. Camera Work & Editing: Darlene Creamer. Recorded: 3.5.2018

World Bank grants Kenya $1bn loan for infrastructure projects

By: Reuters     3rd May 2018 The World Bank said on Thursday it had given Kenya a $1-billion concessional loan for energy, transport and water infrastructure projects in poorer regions in its north and northeast. These regions have benefited little from Kenya's strong economic performance, the World Bank said. The East... 

Ncondezi confident it can achieve a more competitive tariff

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd May 2018 Preliminary results from a review of updated proposals for the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC), and operations and maintenance (O&M), contracts for Ncondezi Energy’s integrated 300 MW power and coal mine project, in Tete, Mozambique, are positive.  

Revised IRP needs better energy choices to secure South Africa’s future – SAWEA

By: Simone Liedtke     2nd May 2018 Calls for the release of an updated Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) are mounting, as it provides a clear technology roadmap that is essential to confirming investor certainty to 2050, says the South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA). Such certainty, SAWEA added, is particularly important for... 

SA falling behind on renewable energy 

By: News24Wire      2nd May 2018 South Africa is falling behind on renewable energy project implementation, even as other nations accelerate their plans for green energy. According to data from Greenbyte, a renewable energy management systems manufacturer, SA lags far behind fellow BRICS country China which has 188 232 MW... 

SA falling behind on renewable energy

Berkeley Energia to list on LSE, Spanish stock exchanges

By: Marleny Arnoldi     2nd May 2018 Uranium developer Berkeley Energia (currently Aim-listed) on Wednesday announced its intention to apply for admission of its ordinary shares to the main board of the LSE and to the Spanish Stock Exchanges (SSEs) of Madrid, Barcelona, Bilbao and Valencia.  

Berkeley Energia to list on LSE, Spanish stock exchanges

Namibia to pare back Kudu gas-to-power project

By: Reuters     30th April 2018 Namibia will reduce the size of the planned Kudu Power Station after off-take agreements with South Africa's Eskom and Zambia’s Copperbelt Energy Corporation failed to materialize, the chief executive of power utility NamPower said on Friday. Namibia's offshore Kudu Gas Fields have proven and... 

Tanzania asks bank to finance hydropower project in heritage site

By: Reuters     30th April 2018 Tanzania has approached the African Development Bank (AfDB) to finance a 2 100 MW hydroelectric plant in a World Heritage site renowned for its animal population, despite concerns from conservationists. The East African nation considers the project at Stiegler’s Gorge in the UNESCO-designated... 

World Bank approves $180m loan guarantee for Kenya's energy sector

By: Reuters     30th April 2018 The World Bank approved a $180-million loan guarantee on Monday for Kenya Electricity Generation Company to help strengthen the financial position of the state-run company, which produces more than 70% of the country's electricity. The guarantee will help in long-term commercial financing of up... 

Local company invests in significant rental fleet expansion

By: Victor Moolman     27th April 2018 Compressor and generator rental company Rand-Air has introduced 52 new generators, ranging between 60 kVa and 500 kVa, to its rental fleet. The generators arrived earlier this year from the original-equipment manufacturer and supplier Atlas Copco; and have subsequently been fitted with trailers... 

New gensets introduced at Middle East Electricity

27th April 2018 Engine manufacturer Cummins has introduced the C450 D5, which is part of its QSG12 series diesel generator sets (gensets) for the commercial and industrial markets, at the Middle East Electricity (MEE) 2018 in Dubai, which was held from March 6 to 8 at the Dubai World Trade Centre, in Dubai. The... 

Power storage tech development on the rise

By: Victor Moolman     27th April 2018 With there being a rise in the development of technology for power distribution, storage and generation, power equipment manufacturer Himoinsa Europe, Middle East and Africa director Guillermo Elum says the company is also assessing ways in which technology will change the way electricity is... 

Power storage tech  development on the rise
POWER GENERATION The company provides several power generation, distribution and storage systems worldwide

Site survey recommended before installing power backup system

27th April 2018 With the winter months approaching, systems integration specialist Jasco Intelligent Technologies (Jasco) explains that before companies invest in alternative power solutions it is important to select the right solution for their needs. Jasco renewable energy consulting solutions architect Kevin... 

New association aims to raise level of debate on energy economics in South Africa

By: Terence Creamer     26th April 2018 A new independent professional organisation was launched in Pretoria on Thursday with the aim of raising the level of research and debate on energy economics in South Africa, where policy and regulatory uncertainty remain a major constraint to investment. Named the South African Association for... 

New association aims to raise level of debate on energy economics in South Africa
Photo by Dylan Slater
SAAEE president Professor Roula Inglesi-Lotz

Senegal integrating more renewables with 130 MW Wärtsilä Flexicycle power plant

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th April 2018 Technology group Wärtsilä has signed a contract to engineer, manufacture and deliver a 130 MW Flexicycle plant in Senegal, which will be an integral part of the country’s energy future.  

Senegal integrating more renewables with 130 MW Wärtsilä Flexicycle power plant
A Wärtsilä Flexicycle power plant

Eskom dealing with coal shortages at seven power stations  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th April 2018 State-owned power utility Eskom on Wednesday said it had put measures in place to deal with the coal shortages at seven of its power stations, in Mpumalanga, and has assured the public that this would not result in load-shedding.  

Eskom dealing with coal shortages at seven power stations
Majuba power station

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