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Changes at Eskom 

     25th January 2018 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the changes in Eskom’s leadership, the evidence given by former executives at the Parliamentary inquiry into State capture and the prospect of further tariff increases. 

BLSA welcomes Eskom resignations, urges Koko to follow suit

By: Creamer Media Reporter      24th January 2018 Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA) has called for the resignation of State-owned Eskom generation group executive Matshela Koko. This follows the “welcomed” resignations of CFO Anoj Singh and acting group capital head Prish Govender. 

Necsa marks South African nuclear industry milestone 

By: Rebecca Campbell     24th January 2018 The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) marked an important milestone on Wednesday when it formally handed over the first locally-designed and manufactured safety-critical nuclear component, fully certified, to national power utility Eskom for use in the Koeberg nuclear power plant,... 

Necsa marks South African nuclear industry milestone
Photo by Duane Daws
Pelindaba Nuclear Research Centre

Prish Govender quits SAfrica's Eskom

By: African News Agency      24th January 2018 Eskom's acting head of group capital Prish Govender resigned on Tuesday, South Africa's power utility said. Eskom spokesperson Khulu Phasiwe first Tweeted, and later confirmed the news on the phone that Govender had left the embattled power utility with immediate effect. 

Former Eskom CFO Singh accused of lying and stonewalling at inquiry

By: African News Agency      24th January 2018 Former Eskom chief financial officer Anoj Singh was accused of lying about who paid for his travels to Dubai and ducking questions about suspect transactions he approved in his testimony before the parliamentary inquiry into the power utility on Tuesday. After more than four hours of questions... 

I can start State capture inquiry as soon as Zuma gives me terms of reference – Judge Zondo

By: News24Wire      23rd January 2018 Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo, who will chair the commission of inquiry into allegations of State capture, says he is ready to get going, but still needs to receive the terms of reference from President Jacob Zuma. During a press briefing in Midrand on Tuesday, Justice Zondo told reporters... 

Nersa to host hearings into R66.6bn Eskom claw-back applications in May

By: Terence Creamer     23rd January 2018 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) will hold public hearings across all of South Africa’s nine provinces between May 7 and May 25 to consider three revenue claw-back applications, collectively valued at R66.6-billion, submitted by cash-strapped power utility Eskom. The... 

Nersa to host hearings into R66.6bn Eskom claw-back applications in May

Suspended Eskom CFO resigns

By: African News Agency      23rd January 2018 Suspended Eskom chief financial officer (CFO), Anoj Singh, resigned on Monday, South Africa's power utility said. "Eskom has today [on Monday] received, through Mr Anoj Singh’s attorneys, a formal letter of resignation by Mr Singh from his position as the Chief Financial Officer, in line with the... 

Suspended Eskom CFO resigns
Photo by Duane Daws
Former Eskom CFO Anoj Singh

Industry confident Eskom board changes will help save utility

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     22nd January 2018 The appointment of a new Eskom board with “credibility, business acumen and experience” has given South African businesses hope that the embattled State-owned entity (SOE) can be salvaged, with a number of organisations lauding Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa for taking a step in the right... 

Industry confident Eskom board changes will help save utility

Botswana to spend $495m to extend power grid to northwest

By: Reuters     22nd January 2018 The Botswana Power Corporation (BPC) on Monday launched a P4.8-billion ($495-million) project to build an electricity transmission line to connect the northwest of the country, a centre of copper mining and tourism, to the national grid. Domestic consumers in the region currently rely on imports... 

New Eskom board will provide 'comfort' to markets – Phasiwe

By: News24Wire      22nd January 2018 The newly appointed Eskom board will provide the reassurance markets have been seeking around issues of corporate governance at the power utility, said spokesperson Khulu Phasiwe. Speaking to Fin24 by phone on Monday, Phasiwe explained Eskom and Treasury would be approaching financial... 

Ethiopia leader rejects call for World Bank arbitration in dam dispute 

By: Reuters     22nd January 2018 Ethiopia's Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn has rejected a call by Egypt for World Bank arbitration in a dispute over a hydroelectric dam Addis Ababa is building along its share of the Nile. The two countries are at odds over the construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, with Cairo... 

Business welcomes government’s 'commitment' to restore confidence with new Eskom board

By: News24Wire      22nd January 2018 Business leaders have welcomed the appointment of Eskom’s new board as a sign that there is political will to restore confidence in state-owned enterprises. Government announced on Saturday that Telkom chairperson Jabu Mabuza will chair Eskom’s board as part of a host of measures to “stabilise... 

Eskom board had to be fast tracked – Brown

By: News24Wire      22nd January 2018 The new Eskom board had to be fast tracked because the parastatal is in a precarious financial position, Minister of Public Enterprises Lynne Brown has said. “Fast-tracking the appointment of Eskom’s new Board was [necessitated] by the company’s precarious liquidity position and the previous... 

Eskom board had to be fast tracked – Brown
Photo by Duane Daws
Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown

South Africa names Jabu Mabuza as Eskom chair in board shake-up

By: Reuters     20th January 2018   South Africa’s Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has appointed a new board at state-owned power utility Eskom and named Telkom’s chairman Jabu Mabuza as its new chairman, the country’s presidency said on Saturday. 

South Africa names Jabu Mabuza as Eskom chair in board shake-up
Photo by Duane Daws
Jabu Mabuza

Signing of power purchase agreements with IPPs imminent – SAWEA

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     19th January 2018 The South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) expects the conclusion of 26 outstanding power purchase agreements (PPAs) with independent power producers (IPPs) to occur during the first quarter of this year. It said on Friday that the majority of the processes required to conclude the PPAs... 

Signing of power purchase agreements with IPPs imminent – SAWEA

Egypt, Ethiopia leaders say Nile dam must not ruin relations

By: Reuters     19th January 2018 Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi pledged on Thursday not to let differences over a dam Ethiopia is building on the Nile river ruin relations with Addis Ababa. Ethiopia hopes the hydroelectric Grand Renaissance Dam will make it Africa's largest power exporter. 

African Energy to delist from Botswana exchange

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     19th January 2018 ASX-lsited African Energy Resources (AER) on Friday said it would delist from the Botswana Stock Exchange (BSE), as it currently encompassed only 22 shareholders with less than 0.3% of its shares on issue. Listed since October 2011, AER’s directors believed that the administrative costs and... 

African Energy to delist from Botswana exchange

UK announces further funding for small modular nuclear reactor programme

By: Keith Campbell     19th January 2018 The British government last month announced the next phase in its programme of funding the development of small modular nuclear reactors (SMRs), which forms part of a larger programme to develop the nuclear technology and energy sector in the UK. This phase will see Westminster awarding up to... 

Guidance note on support for off-grid renewable energy launched

By: Dylan Slater     19th January 2018 The first edition of the Off-Grid Government-Industry Dialogue (OGID) Day – which took place in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire during October – resulted in the launch of a guidance note for governments. The note aims to share recommendations for policymakers about how they can support the off-grid... 

$324m for Morocco, Côte d’Ivoire renewables projects

By: Dylan Slater     19th January 2018 The African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved $324-million in loan support to two renewable energy projects in Morocco and Côte d’Ivoire that are expected to significantly increase power supplies and boost economic growth in those countries.  

Toshiba reaches deal to help resolve Westinghouse bankruptcy, rebuild finances

By: Reuters     18th January 2018 Toshiba Corp said on Thursday it had clinched an agreement to sell its claims in bankrupt US nuclear plant maker Westinghouse Electric Co in a deal that would add $3.7-billion to the Japanese owner's depleted capital base. The Japanese conglomerate has also agreed to transfer its... 

Eskom challenges need to be addressed urgently, or South Africa will sink – Gigaba

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     18th January 2018 Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba on Thursday painted a grim picture of the financial challenges facing power utility Eskom, stating that the national fiscus would be unable to bail the State-owned enterprise (SOE) out in the event of a default. Speaking at a pre-World Economic Forum (WEF)... 

Eskom challenges need to be addressed urgently, or South Africa will sink – Gigaba
Photo by Duane Daws
Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa and Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba

Editorial: Eskom requires surgery not a Band-Aid

By: Terence Creamer     18th January 2018 Eskom’s debt refinancing is undoubtedly a critical burning platform. The clock is most definitely ticking and the consequences of not closing the immediate financial chasm will be dire not only for the utility, but also for citizens. That said, government is extremely unlikely to allow Eskom to... 

Editorial: Eskom requires surgery not a Band-Aid

CTRG reaches financial close with lenders

By: Creamer Media Reporter      17th January 2018 Mozambique-based Central Térmica de Ressano Garcia (CTRG), a joint venture between Sasol Energy and Electricidade de Moçambique (EDM) has reached financial close on a $189-million project finance transaction with its lenders. CTRG, in which EDM holds a 51% stake and Sasol Energy the balance,... 

Eskom inquiry to hear testimony from Singh, Koko next week

By: African News Agency      17th January 2018 The parliamentary inquiry into alleged corruption at Eskom will resume next week with testimony from suspended chief financial officer Anoj Singh and former acting chief executive Matshela Koko, the chairperson of the public enterprises committee Zukiswa Rantho said on Wednesday. "The Committee... 

SA’s renewables production costs minimised at high penetration levels, NREL study shows

By: Terence Creamer     17th January 2018 A new independent study published by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), in the US, concludes that significant production cost savings could be achieved if South Africa added between 60 GW and 100 GW of additional variable renewable energy (VRE) by 2035. The NREL study is a pure... 

SA’s renewables production costs minimised at high penetration levels, NREL study shows
NREL research engineer Erol Chartan

Global competition aims to promote start-ups in energy innovation

By: Anine Kilian     16th January 2018 Start Up Energy Transition (SET), an international platform promoting innovation in energy transition, is accepting applications for global start-ups to pitch in Berlin, at the SET Tech Festival, and get featured as a top global start-up company with the World Energy Council. The SET award is a... 

New ‘power-to-X’ prospects may arise as renewables costs continue to fall

By: Terence Creamer     15th January 2018 The outlook for solar and wind electricity costs to 2020 “presages historically low costs for new renewable electricity”, which could create new economic and industrial opportunities, a new International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena) report argues. Released in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab... 

New ‘power-to-X’ prospects may arise as renewables costs continue to fall

Rwanda, Mauritius get funding for solar PV projects

By: Anine Kilian     15th January 2018 The Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD) and the International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena) on Monday announced that $25-million in concessional loans from ADFD have been earmarked for solar photovoltaic (PV) projects in Mauritius and Rwanda. The projects have the potential to significantly... 

Eskom's bonds face suspension from South Africa exchange

By: Reuters     15th January 2018 South Africa's stock exchange has not received Eskom's interim results on time and if they are not submitted by Jan. 31 trading of the power utility's debt may be suspended, the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) said on Monday. Cash-strapped Eskom, the sole power supplier in Africa's most... 

Eskom's bonds face suspension from South Africa exchange

Acwa Power buys into blockchain currency

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     15th January 2018 Power generation technology developer Acwa Power has adopted SolarCoin – the global reward programme for solar electricity generation – marking the first time a utility-scale generator joins the SolarCoin ecosystem. SolarCoin will provide digital tokens to Acwa Power for every MWh of solar energy... 

Acwa Power buys into blockchain currency

Solar steam powers homes – and new jobs – in South Africa

By: Reuters     12th January 2018 South Africa may still get most of its energy from coal, but in the country’s sunny Northern Cape province, a different electricity source is taking hold: solar steam. A Spanish renewable energy company has opened three thermal solar plants – which use the sun’s heat to create electricity - in... 

Solar steam powers homes – and new jobs – in South Africa

Aggreko 28 MW HFO plant comes online in Madagascar

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     12th January 2018 Electricity solutions provider Aggreko has started to supply stable power in Madagascar, using 28 MW of its heavy fuel oil- (HFO-) generated energy from its Noor 2 turbine, running alongside its joint venture partner Jovena’s Noor 1 turbines. This forms part of an extension to a 50 MW agreement... 

Opic executive VP tours Togo to see thermal power plant

By: Anine Kilian     11th January 2018 US government agency Overseas Private Investment Corporation (Opic) VP David Bohigian met with Togolese Prime Minister Komi Klassou on Wednesday to tour the Opic-supported Lomé thermal power plant, which has tripled the country's energy supply.   US-based ContourGlobal built the plant in Togo... 

Calls made for far-reaching Eskom restructuring as sustainability risks mount

By: Terence Creamer     9th January 2018 Eskom’s current financial situation makes it difficult to see any other path to sustainability than that of drastic cost-cutting, restructuring and bringing private equity into the business, Energy Intensive Users Group of Southern Africa (EIUG) past chairperson Piet van Staden argues. In an... 

Calls made for far-reaching Eskom restructuring as sustainability risks mount

ACWA Power reaches financial close on Egypt solar PV projects

By: Anine Kilian     9th January 2018 Saudi Arabian group ACWA Power has reached financial close on three solar photovoltaic (PV) projects, in Egypt. The projects, which are located in the southern Aswan province, are being developed under Round 2 of Egypt’s Feed-in-Tariff programme and are subject to 25-year power purchase agreements. 

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