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Electricity News

Africa has opportunity to supply more gas to China

By: Marleny Arnoldi     18th February 2019 Gas demand is expected to overtake coal demand globally by 2030, says Standard Bank Southern Africa oil and gas head Paul Eardley-Taylor. Speaking at Africa Gas Forum, on Monday, he stated that global energy demand was increasing by 1.3% a year, while gas demand was increasing at between 1.7% and... 

Africa must have clear plan for using its gas reserves

By: Marleny Arnoldi     18th February 2019 It is vital that Africa has a clear and cohesive vision in place for how it plans to use its gas reserves, says New Partnership for Africa's Development Business Foundation senior project manager John Rocha. Speaking at the Africa Gas Forum, on Monday, he pointed out that African countries have... 

Motsepe rejects Eskom conspiracy claims as ‘ridiculous’, but admits to ‘serious’ perception problem 

By: Terence Creamer     18th February 2019 Black business luminary Patrice Motsepe has labelled as “ridiculous” a recurring allegation that African Rainbow Energy & Power (AREP) is part of an unscrupulous plan to collapse Eskom and supplant the State-owned power utility with independent power producers (IPPs), in which the business would... 

Motsepe rejects Eskom conspiracy claims as ‘ridiculous’, but admits to ‘serious’ perception problem
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AREP chairperson Patrice Motsepe

African market is opening up to corporate PPAs – Baker McKenzie

By: Marleny Arnoldi     15th February 2019 At a time when electricity tariffs are increasing and the shift towards greener energy is gaining momentum, law firm Baker McKenzie says Africa is starting to see a surge in the signing of corporate power purchase agreements (PPAs).  

Gordhan’s IPP renegotiation proposal triggers ‘breach of contract’ warnings 

By: Terence Creamer     15th February 2019 A report indicating that the South African government may seek to renegotiate power purchase agreements (PPAs) concluded with independent power producers (IPPs) in 2011 and 2012 is raising alarm bells within the industry, which is still recovering from a protracted period of uncertainty created... 

Gordhan’s IPP renegotiation proposal triggers ‘breach of contract’ warnings

Eskom’s operational and financial crisis 

15th February 2019 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the operational and financial crisis facing Eskom, the immediate priorities for overcoming the crisis and what impact the proposed unbundling of Eskom is likely to have on the utility in the short term. 

Eskom’s operational and financial crisis
Eskom’s operational and financial crisis. Camerawork and Editing: Creamer Media's Nicholas Boyd.

Banks urge Ramaphosa to put politics aside in fixing State firms  

By: Bloomberg     15th February 2019 A lobby group representing South African banks urged President Cyril Ramaphosa to prioritise the country’s wider interests rather than securing votes for the ruling African National Congress if he is to boost confidence in the economy before May elections. Ramaphosa’s plan to split its troubled... 

Tanzania hydropower dam to cost more than double government estimate – study

By: Reuters     15th February 2019 Tanzania's Stiegler's Gorge Dam, due to be built on a Unesco World Heritage site, will cost more than double the government's estimates, an independent study showed on Thursday. In December, Tanzania signed a deal with two Egyptian companies, El Sewedy Electric Co and Arab Contractors, to build... 

Load-shedding 'not likely' on Friday – Eskom

By: African News Agency      15th February 2019 Eskom was not likely to implement load shedding on Friday, the power utility said. "Due to further improvement in generation performance and the notable strides made in replenishing water and diesel reserves, Eskom is not likely to implement load shedding on Friday. We thank South Africans and... 

Load-shedding 'not likely' on Friday – Eskom

'South Africans must take climate change seriously' – Ramaphosa

By: News24Wire      15th February 2019 It is time for South Africans to take climate change seriously, said President Cyril Ramaphosa on Thursday in his response to the debate on his State of the Nation Address. He said if South Africa is a country that prioritises the interests of the poor and the vulnerable, then we need to act with... 

'South Africans must take climate change seriously' – Ramaphosa
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Event set to dissect the future of African energy

By: Paige Müller     15th February 2019 The eleventh edition of the Africa Energy Indaba – which will take place at the Sandton Convention Centre, in Johannesburg, from February 19 to 20 this year – will focus on the future prospects and direction of energy on the African continent from an energy provision and investment point of view.... 

Event set to dissect the future of African energy
Photo by Duane Daws
AFRICA’S ENERGY FUTURE The Africa Energy Indaba will take place at the Sandton Convention Centre, in Johannesburg, from February 19 and 20 this year

Power utility business models set to change

15th February 2019 According to Africa Energy Indaba organiser Siyenza, African power utilities must respond appropriately to impending forces to prevent being surpassed by technological and market change. The organiser explains that several disruptive forces are set to threaten the traditional power utility... 

Power utility business models set to change
Photo by Duane Daws
A CHANGING FUTURE Several disruptive forces are set to threaten the traditional power utility business model

Continent’s energy demands increase

15th February 2019 Africa’s demand for energy is steadily increasing and solutions to meet this growth have become a major concern amongst the energy sector leaders of the continent. Key factors contributing to this soaring energy demand are Africa’s ever-growing population and the continent’s accelerating economic... 

Continent’s energy  demands increase
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DEMAND SPIKE Africa is still undergoing rapid urbanisation, further contributing to its economic development and energy consumption demands

What to expect from 2019 Africa Energy Indaba

15th February 2019 The Africa Energy Indaba Conference is the definitive energy conference for Africa providing an annual programme that shapes energy policy for the African continent. Key issues that impact the African energy sector will be discussed and debated at the event, based on the outcomes of the 2018... 

What to expect from 2019 Africa Energy Indaba
ADEQUATE GENERATION The Africa Energy Indaba Conference will discuss, debate and seek solutions to enable adequate energy generation across the continent.

SA company receives multibillion-dollar contract

15th February 2019 Construction and engineering company Clough, a wholly owned subsidiary of South African engineering company Murray & Roberts - and part of the Clough Salini Impregilo Joint Venture (JV) - has been selected as the preferred tenderer for the multibillion Australian dollar civil works for the... 

SA company receives  multibillion-dollar contract
SO MUCH DAM WATER The Snowy 2.0 project with reuse water through a pumping system to keep the grid running

Energy capacity shortfalls stunting Africa’s industrialisation efforts

By: Paige Müller     15th February 2019 Insurance company the Export Credit Insurance Corporation of South Africa (ECIC) says there are significant shortfalls and backlogs in Africa’s installed energy capacity, which is stunting the continent’s efforts to industrialise and expand its local economies. ECIC COO Mandisi Nkuhlu stresses... 

Energy capacity shortfalls stunting Africa’s industrialisation efforts
UPDATING INFRASTRUCTURE The ECIC is aiding Mozambique State utility Electricidade de Mocambique in a project to finance the rehabilitation of the country’s electricity infrastructure in northern Mozambique and in Maputo

Renewables ensure cleaner national energy

By: Paige Müller     15th February 2019 The wide-scale adoption of renewable energy projects throughout South Africa will result in a more cost-effective and cleaner national energy supply, says renewable-energy development and management company G7 Renewable Energies. “About 20 years ago, the renewables debate was about environmental... 

Renewables ensure cleaner national energy
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AFFORDABLE ENERGY For the first time, South Africa is seeing a real opportunity to buck the trend of ever-increasing electricity tariffs

Renewable grids present investment opportunity

By: Paige Müller     15th February 2019 The recent trend towards the development of renewable energy, including those based on smart grids and microgrids in Africa, has encouraged the establishment of a new renewable energy equity fund. With the Africa Energy Indaba set to take place from February 19 to 20 at the Sandton Convention... 

Renewable grids present investment opportunity
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GAS ON THE RISE There has been and increase in the development of gas-fired power stations throughout Africa

Hospital group’s impressive energy savings journey recognised

By: Schalk Burger     15th February 2019 Private healthcare company Netcare Group replaced 108 000 inefficient lights and light fittings with modern energy efficient alternatives, and reduced its light-load by 40%, offsetting its hospitals’ carbon footprint by 16 000 t/y of carbon dioxide, says Netcare Group CEO Dr Richard Friedland.... 

As renewables soar, BP sees China hitting brakes on energy growth

By: Reuters     14th February 2019 Global demand for renewable power will soar at an unprecedented pace over the coming decades, BP said in a benchmark report on Thursday, while China’s energy growth is seen sharply decelerating as its economic expansion slows. Still, China is set to remain the largest energy consumer by a long... 

Kibo, Edenville’s shares knocked by Tanesco bid rejection

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th February 2019 The share prices of Kibo Energy and Edenville Energy took a knock on Thursday after the companies announced that they had not qualified to participate in the next stage of a bidding process by the Tanzania Electricity Supply Company (Tanesco) to develop coal power projects with a total capacity... 

Kibo, Edenville’s shares knocked by Tanesco bid rejection
Kibo's drilling at the Mbeya coal-to-power project, in Tanzania

Ramaphosa sets up cabinet committee to manage Eskom daily

By: African News Agency      14th February 2019 President Cyril Ramaphosa said a special cabinet task team has been established to deal with the Eskom crisis and provide him with reports daily on the State of the power grid and "what actions need to be taken to ensure energy supply". Responding to the debate on the State of the nation address,... 

Ramaphosa sets up cabinet committee to manage Eskom daily
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Ramaphosa promises to correct lack of consultation with labour on Eskom unbundling 

By: Terence Creamer     14th February 2019 President Cyril Ramaphosa acknowledged on Thursday that there had been insufficient consultation with labour on government’s plan to unbundle Eskom into three separate companies, but he also stressed that the proposed restructuring would not result in privatisation. In his response to the debate... 

Ramaphosa promises to correct lack of consultation with labour on Eskom unbundling
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Ramaphosa rules out any privatisation of Eskom

By: African News Agency      14th February 2019 President Cyril Ramaphosa on Thursday emphatically ruled out privatising any part of Eskom as government moves to split the struggling power utility into three separate entities. In reply to the parliamentary debate on his state of the nation address, Ramaphosa urged critics of the plan to... 

Ramaphosa rules out any privatisation of Eskom
President Cyril Ramaphosa

KenGen to raise funds from the market this year, eyes green bond

By: Reuters     14th February 2019 The Kenya Electricity Generating Company plans to raise funds from the market later this year and it may opt to issue the country's first green bond, its chief executive said. KenGen has a 1 631 MW annual capacity and it supplies 70% of the East African nation's electricity. Private investors... 

NUM seethes over lack of consultation on Eskom unbundling 

By: Terence Creamer     14th February 2019 The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has expressed deep unhappiness with the decision of President Cyril Ramaphosa to announce the unbundling of Eskom in the absence of any prior consultation with the union, which is a formal ally of the governing African National Congress (ANC). The union,... 

NUM seethes over lack of consultation on Eskom unbundling
NUM president Joseph Montisetse (left) listens while his general-secretary David Sipunzi speaks during a media conference

SA infrastructure think tank slams Eskom's hiring of foreign engineers

By: African News Agency      14th February 2019 The Infrastructure Research Development Centre (IRDC) said on Thursday it opposed the government's decision to bring in external engineers to investigate the crisis at State utility Eskom's power stations. Public enterprises minister Pravin Gordhan on Wednesday told Parliament that a panel of... 

SA infrastructure think tank slams Eskom's hiring of foreign engineers

Shifting R100bn in Eskom debt to government will have ‘dire’ economic consequences 

By: Terence Creamer     13th February 2019 Amid confirmation that Eskom is technically insolvent and will require a capital injection by April to remain a going concern, a leading economist is cautioning against the proposed transfer of R100-billion of the utility’s debt to government’s balance sheet. Instead, Standard Bank chief... 

Shifting R100bn in Eskom debt to government will have ‘dire’ economic consequences
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Standard Bank chief economist Goolam Ballim

Load shedding: This is an emergency – Gordhan 

By: News24Wire      13th February 2019 No one could have anticipated the return of load shedding four days ago, Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan has said, referring to the present state of Eskom as an "emergency". The minister was briefing the portfolio committee on public enterprises on Wednesday about the crisis at Eskom. 

 Load shedding: This is an emergency – Gordhan
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Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan

Gordhan: Those responsible for Eskom's failures may soon be in 'orange uniforms'

By: News24Wire      13th February 2019 Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan has said that government plans to hold those responsible for Eskom's failures to account. Gordhan said there would be litigation against those responsible for the poor design of Medupi and also suggested that, in terms of corruption, some people might... 

 Gordhan: Those responsible for Eskom's failures may soon be in 'orange uniforms'
Photo by Creamer Media's Dylan Slater
Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan

Lemur completes review of power BFS for Imaloto project

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     13th February 2019 Bushveld Minerals subsidiary Lemur has completed the review of the bankable feasibility study (BFS) for the power aspect of its Imaloto integrated thermal coal mining and independent power producer (IPP) project, in Madagascar. It has also issued a request for proposals for legal advisory... 

South Africa not planning to privatise Eskom after split – Gordhan

By: Reuters     13th February 2019 South Africa is not planning to privatise embattled power utility Eskom after the firm is split into three separate entities of generation, transmission and distribution, Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan said on Wednesday. "At no stage has the president said, or the government... 

South Africa not planning to privatise Eskom after split – Gordhan
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Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan

Eskom 'technically insolvent', won't last beyond April 2019 – committee hears

By: News24Wire      13th February 2019 Eskom is "technically insolvent" and will cease to exist at the current trajectory by April 2019, the portfolio committee on public enterprises heard. The department of public enterprises (DPE) briefed members of the portfolio committee on public enterprises on Wednesday, where the issues at... 

Eskom 'technically insolvent', won't last beyond April 2019 – committee hears

Eskom and the multi-billion rand mega projects that could have saved SA 

By: News24Wire      13th February 2019 Corruption and State capture are major reasons why coal plants Medupi and Kusile are not delivering electricity as planned and why South Africa is facing crippling blackouts, say energy experts. Kusile and Medupi, the third and fourth largest coal power plants in the world, were originally due to... 

 Eskom and the multi-billion rand mega projects that could have saved SA

South Africa's biggest labour group embarks on nationwide strike

By: Bloomberg     13th February 2019 South Africa’s biggest labor federation will embark on a nationwide protest on Wednesday that will keep teachers, policemen, miners and workers at embattled power utility Eskom away from their posts amid a fourth day of rolling blackouts. The National Union of Mineworkers -- an affiliate of the... 

Eskom to implement Stage 3 load shedding

By: African News Agency      13th February 2019 Eskom will implement Stage 3 load shedding on Wednesday from 8am to 11pm as a result of a shortage of capacity, the power utility said. The shortage was a result of a number of generating units that are out of service due to breakdowns, it said. 

Eskom to implement Stage 3 load shedding

Enel starts construction of 140 MW Eastern Cape wind farm

By: Simone Liedtke     12th February 2019 Italy’s Enel, through its renewable subsidiary Enel Green Power RSA (EGP RSA), has started construction of its 140 MW Nxuba wind farm in the Amatole district, making it the group’s third wind project in the Eastern Cape province. The construction of Nxuba, which is expected to be completed by... 

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