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Masango resigns as Eskom capital division executive

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th November 2018 Eskom group capital division executive Abram Masango has resigned, the Mail & Guardian reported on Friday. This follows after Eskom's announcement earlier in the day that it had suspended him, pending an investigation into various allegations of impropriety against him relating to the Kusile... 

IRP could revive struggling construction sector

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     16th November 2018 The Integrated Resource Plan 2018 (IRP 2018) could revive South Africa’s struggling construction sector, says engineering consultancy DBI Consulting Engineers executive director Monty Ditibane. The draft IRP 2018, which outlines the plan for South Africa to meet its growing national electricity... 

IRP could revive struggling construction sector
Photo by Creamer Media
OPTIMUM OPPORTUNITIES Although the construction industry is facing challenging times, it must be realised that there are many opportunities and initiatives to uplift the industry

Leguan lifts introduced onto South African market

By: Thabi Madiba     16th November 2018 As part of expanding its product range, multitask articulated loader importer Avant South Africa (SA) started importing Leguan access lifts, developed and manufactured in Finland for maintenance purposes. Avant SA manager Steyn le Grange states that the first lift arrived in August in Boksburg... 

Leguan lifts introduced onto South African market
HIGH PLATFORM The Leguan lifts provide outstanding working height with stability

SA electromechanical firm steadily growing its international presence

By: Schalk Burger     16th November 2018 Local electro-mechanical service provider Marthinusen and Coutts continues to receive service and repair contracts locally, in Africa and internationally, and expects demand for its outsourced services and maintenance offerings to continue to grow, says Marthinusen and Coutts marketing executive... 

SA electromechanical firm steadily growing its  international presence
Photo by Dylan Slater
140 T LATHE The new 140 t CNC lathe in the Benoni workshop

Eskom highlights risk of further debt accumulation as it gears up to defend big hikes 

By: Terence Creamer     14th November 2018 Debt-laden electricity utility Eskom is preparing for yet another bruising encounter with consumers in the coming months, during which it will seek to justify it latest R762-billion, three-year revenue application. If successful with its fourth multiyear price determination (MYPD4) application,... 

Eskom highlights risk of further debt accumulation as it gears up to defend big hikes

Policy support needed for development of sustainable alternative energy sources – SAEEC

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th November 2018 Although natural gas is about 60% cleaner than coal in terms of carbon dioxide emissions, it currently contributes only 1.5% of the country’s total primary energy needs. Even through the National Development Plan (NDP) aims to delink economic development from environmental decay and... 

South Africa must consider charging strategies before investing in EVs

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th November 2018 South Africa needs to develop controlled charging strategies before it embarks on large-scale investment in electric vehicles (EVs), Council for Scientific and Industrial Research research engineer Paseka Mabina said during the South African Energy Efficiency Confederation conference, on... 

Vanadium batteries the solution to meet growing energy storage demand – Bushveld 

By: Simone Liedtke     14th November 2018 Vanadium redox flow batteries (VRFBs) are a front-runner technology for meeting the growing demand in the energy storage sector, says Bushveld Energy CEO Mikhail Nikomarov. During a webinar on energy storage this week, he noted that data by US-based multiservice professional firm Navigant shows... 

SA needs to consider oil underinvestment, variable renewables implications 

14th November 2018 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the possible implications for South Africa of a global underinvestment in oil production, as well as the growing need to introduce flexibility in power markets. 

SA needs to consider oil underinvestment, variable renewables implications
SA needs to consider oil underinvestment, variable renewables implications, says Terence Creamer

Flexibility to take on ‘unprecedented importance’ as renewables rise 

By: Terence Creamer     13th November 2018 The International Energy Agency (IEA) says that higher shares of variable renewable energy in electricity systems will require a “step change” in the requirement for flexibility, which is the capability to balance electricity supply and demand at all times so as to keep the lights burning. The... 

Flexibility to take on ‘unprecedented importance’ as renewables rise

Energy industry in need of efficiency intervention

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th November 2018 The global energy industry finds itself in urgent need of energy efficiency intervention, in support of preventing the earth from heating up by 4.5 ˚C by 2100, South African Energy Efficiency Confederation (SAEEC) president Lisa Reynolds said during the opening of the SAEEC Conference, on... 

Energy efficiency important in mitigating climate change

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th November 2018 South Africa is warming up, with a current estimated 4 ˚C to 6 ˚C increase in national temperature expected by 2050, compared with the global threat of a 4.5 ˚C temperature increase by 2100, Department of Environmental Affairs climate change director Reitumetse Molotsoane said on Tuesday.... 

Energy industry steadily embracing digitalisation, 4IR

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th November 2018 Internet traffic data has grown from 2 TB in 1987 to 1.1 zettabytes, or 1.1 ZB, in 2017, meaning digitalisation is already upon us, and not a distant dream, said national Cleaner Production Centre industrial energy efficiency project manager Alfred Hartzenburg. Speaking at the South African... 

Municipal debt to Eskom climbs to R17bn

By: African News Agency      13th November 2018 The debt owed to Eskom by South Africa's municipalities continues to grow and had now reached R17-billion, Cooperative Governance Minister Zweli Mkhize told MPs on Tuesday.. "We have noted that debt stood at R14.3-billion and currently has gone up to R17-billion and that's just for Eskom and a... 

Electrifying the world no panacea for global warming, IEA says  

By: Bloomberg     13th November 2018 Driving electric cars and scrapping your natural gas-fired boiler won’t make a dent in global carbon emissions, and may even increase pollution levels. Higher electrification may lead to oil demand peaking by 2030, but any reduction in emissions from the likes of electric vehicles will be offset... 

Jet Demolition lands second World Demolition Award for Eskom project

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     12th November 2018 Jet Demolition has won the Industrial Demolition Award at the World Demolition Awards for the fast-track demolition of a damaged boiler structure at power utility Eskom’s Duvha power station, in Mpumalanga. The awards were held in Dublin, Ireland, last week. 

Jet Demolition lands second World Demolition Award for Eskom project
Jet Demolition boiler demolition project

Eskom warns of power cuts due to low coal stockpiles 

By: Reuters     12th November 2018 Cash-strapped power utility Eskom said on Monday the risk of nation-wide electricity outages had increased significantly due to a sharp fall in coal stockpiles at five of its power stations. "The risk of load-shedding is there and its rising," said Eskom spokesperson Khulu Phasiwe. 

Eskom warns of power cuts due to low coal stockpiles

Kibo submits mining right application for Mabesekwa project

By: Marleny Arnoldi     9th November 2018 Aim-listed Kibo Energy has submitted its application for a full mining right for the Mabesekwa coal independent power producer project, in Botswana. This follows the company’s formal presentation to Botswana’s Department of Mines, which outlined the project’s envisaged development plan.  

M&I Materials opens Africa’s pioneer ester transformer fluid factory

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     9th November 2018 M&I Materials has opened South Africa’s first ester transformer fluid manufacturing plant, to provide a reliable, local supply of electricity grid components to support the country’s plans for electrification. M&I Materials is a family-owned manufacturing company based in the UK with offices in... 

M&I Materials opens Africa’s pioneer ester transformer fluid factory
Ribbon cutting ceremony at the opening of M&I Material’s ester transformer fluid manufacturing plant in South Africa

Wind energy OEMs call to boost procurement gap; promise to boost localisation

By: Kim Cloete     9th November 2018 Major manufacturers and suppliers of wind energy turbines and equipment to South Africa are relieved that the wind industry is on a roll again, but have called on the government to close the procurement gap in the draft Integrated Resource Plan (IRP). The current draft IRP has a gap in the years... 

Lazard says ‘inflection point’ reached making new renewables cheaper than existing coal 

By: Terence Creamer     9th November 2018 A new US study comparing the costs of energy from various generation technologies indicates that an “inflection point” has been reached where, in some cases, it is more cost effective to build and operate new renewable-energy projects than to maintain existing conventional generation plants. The... 

Lazard says ‘inflection point’ reached making new renewables cheaper than existing coal

Nordex to install more turbines at four South African wind farms

By: Kim Cloete     9th November 2018 Wind turbine designer and manufacturer Nordex will double the number of local employees and install another 174 wind turbines on four wind farm sites in South Africa. Nordex South Africa MD Anne Henschel said the investment followed the signing of Round 4 of the Renewable Energy Independent Power... 

Wind energy industry commits to investing in South Africa

By: Kim Cloete     9th November 2018 South Africa’s wind energy industry has adopted a charter, which commits to long-term investment in the development of the country. A commitment statement drafted by members of the industry was adopted at an annual general meeting of the South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) in Cape Town.... 

Valve repair and refurbishment present vast opportunities

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     9th November 2018 The repair and refurbishment of critical valves present significant opportunities in the South African valve industry, says mechanical engineering company Brimis Engineering MD Andile Nqandela. The company can manufacture in-house components required for repair and refurbishment of critical... 

Valve repair and  refurbishment present  vast opportunities
TEST BENCH Brimis Engineering has procured a pressure relief valve test bench to service 90% of the installed pressure relief valves in the local market

Necsa’s annual report delayed to 2019 owing to auditing complications

By: Rebecca Campbell     9th November 2018 The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) has confirmed, in a press release, that the completion of its 2017/2018 audit has been delayed. Parliament has granted the corporation an extension until February 15, 2019, to present its 2017/2018 annual report. “I am proud to say that in the... 

SA lags, but has much to gain from boosting energy efficiency

By: Schalk Burger     9th November 2018 The energy intensity of South Africa’s economy – defined as energy consumption as a function of gross domestic product – is about twice the international average and electrical energy consumption is about 40% higher than the international average, says the Academy of Science South Africa (ASSAf).... 

SA lags, but has much to gain from boosting energy efficiency

Energy efficiency practices and technologies can provide significant savings

By: Schalk Burger     9th November 2018 The scale of savings that can be cost effectively achieved in South Africa through managing energy use and using more energy efficient modern technologies and equipment can comprise up to 30% of all energy used, says building intelligence company Johnson Controls building efficiency GM Neil... 

Energy efficiency practices and technologies can  provide significant savings
NEIL CAMERON About half of total energy savings can be achieved through better management of energy use and the other half by deploying more efficient modern technologies

Improved performance, energy efficiency and fault-finding

By: Schalk Burger     9th November 2018 A new cloud-based analytical building optimisation platform for building management systems analyses building data, and helps property owners and managers to improve building performance, fault finding and corrective action, as well as reduce energy costs, says building technology multinational... 

Conditions not conducive for retrofits, but regulation can help

By: Schalk Burger     9th November 2018 Challenging economic conditions and the commensurate impact on investments reduce the impetus to deploy energy efficiency equipment and systems despite a squeeze in local electricity use and higher electricity tariffs, says industrial drives and motors specialist company SEW-Eurodrive South... 

Conditions not conducive for retrofits, but regulation can help
NORMAN MALEKA The earlier a company includes energy efficiency as a goal, the less costly the deployment and the greater the savings

Efficiency prominence increasing in South African businesses

9th November 2018 Energy solutions company Energy Partners Intelligence has developed a utility management platform that can display an organisation’s energy-related data in real time. The management tool, called GLO, is a Web- and mobile-based utility management software designed for real-time metering and data... 

Energy efficiency illuminates Absa Umhlanga

9th November 2018 Financial bank Absa’s Umhlanga offices, in KwaZulu-Natal, is Green Building Council South Africa 4-star rated for energy efficient lighting, with electrical solutions company Magnet having installed light-emitting diodes (LED) for the parking lots, general office and staircase lighting, as well... 

Energy efficiency illuminates Absa Umhlanga
ABSA UMHLANGA ATRIUM LEDs produce less heat, which reduces the air conditioning load in the building

Energy reuse to help base metals industries

By: Schalk Burger     9th November 2018 Base metals-production industries can maximise the capture of waste heat and reuse it to reduce energy use, and South Africa has does not have many heat reclamation systems in place, compared to widespread use of these systems in developing countries, such as China, says energy-intensive industry... 

Energy reuse to help base metals industries
WASTE-HEAT RECOVERY A waste-heat recovery system in a cement plant

Wind energy set to play important role in diversifying the energy mix

By: Kim Cloete     8th November 2018 Energy Minister Jeff Radebe says wind power can play a pivotal role in driving South Africa’s transition to a low-carbon economy.  Its competitive prices are also a drawcard and should be capitalised on. 

Wartsila wins contract to build two Kenyan solar-power farms

By: Bloomberg     8th November 2018 Wartsila Oyj’s East African unit won two engineering, procurement and construction contracts to develop grid-connected solar farms in Kenya, each with a capacity of 40 megawatts. Construction is expected to begin next year, according to George Oywer, a business development manager at Wartsila... 

USAID transmission roadmap guides electricity development in Africa

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th November 2018 A roadmap to unlock electricity trade, published by US Agency for International Development (USAID), could guide leaders in identifying and focusing on specific projects that will bring electricity to millions of people, while bringing down the cost of power and driving economic growth. The... 

USAID transmission roadmap guides electricity development in Africa

Africa poised to be global renewable-energy leader – AfDB president  

By: Terence Creamer     8th November 2018 African Development Bank (AfDB) president Dr Akinwumi Adesina says Africa is poised to become the leading region for renewable-energy globally and has reaffirmed the bank’s support for the ambitious ‘Desert to Power’ programme in the Sahel region. Speaking in Johannesburg at the inaugural Africa... 

Africa poised to be global renewable-energy leader – AfDB president
Photo by Reuters
AfDB president Dr Akinwumi Adesina

Global body forecasts continued growth in wind energy generation capacity

By: Kim Cloete     8th November 2018 China, the US, Germany, India and Spain are the top five markets for wind energy in the world, with 19.6 GW of installed capacity in 2017, according to the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC). GWEC senior policy adviser Steve Sawyer said the figure was slightly down on the previous year, but was... 

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