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Electricity News

Focus shifts to power distribution

     14th July 2017 Global professional services provider Accenture resources MD and associate director Ken Robinson – who will be speaking at this year’s POWER-GEN & DistribuTECH Africa – says South Africa’s generation crisis is largely under control, but that power supply challenges loom in distribution. 

Increased demand for fibre connectivity cables and accessories

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th July 2017 Cable accessories company Tank Industries says the telecommunications industry is picking up, owing to the uptake of fibre-optic cables in domestic and new build commercial installations.  

Increased demand for fibre  connectivity cables and accessories
Photo by Reuters
SPEED OF LIGHT The demand for connectivity and higher speeds in cable networks has created many opportunities for cable companies on the telecommunications front for fibre-optic technology

New solutions make LNG to power a reality in Africa

By: Robyn Wilkinson     14th July 2017 Marine and energy solutions provider Wärtsilä will present solutions that provide a way for the South African government to realise its liquefied natural gas (LNG)-to-power ambitions in a realistic, cost-effective and swift manner at this year’s POWER-GEN & DistribuTECH Africa. 

New solutions make LNG to power a reality in Africa
NEW AVENUES New technologies enable the delivery of smaller volumes of liquefied natural gas to almost any coastal location

New thermodynamic cycle to disrupt the renewables landscape

By: Robyn Wilkinson     14th July 2017 Thermodynamic technology developer Heat Recovery Micro Systems owner Johan Enslin will introduce a disruptive new avenue for renewable-energy generation that can significantly lower electricity costs for power utilities and smaller decentralised power generating systems at this year’s POWER-GEN &... 

New thermodynamic cycle to disrupt the renewables landscape
JOHAN ENSLIN The REHOS cycle is based on proven process components, but features a novel interconnected configuration of these components

New variable-speed drive showcased at European expo

     14th July 2017 Last month multinational industrial machinery manufacturer Voith exhibited power industry  solutions at the POWER-GEN Europe 2017 conference and exhibition, and  one of the main features was its new variable speed drive (VSD), the VECO-Drive, intended to enhance the efficiency of rotating... 

New variable-speed  drive showcased  at European expo
DRIVING FORCE The VECO-Drive increases input speed and generates a high output speed for compressors or pumps

Power crucial to Africa’s economic development

By: Robyn Wilkinson     14th July 2017 With strong correlations between electric capacity and economic development, access to reliable and cost-effective power is crucial to enabling nations to harness the productive capabilities of their people and obtain meaningful growth, says engineering, procurement and construction company Black... 

Power crucial to Africa’s economic development
WEBB MEKO POWER-GEN & DistribuTECH Africa is the ideal platform to shift the conversations surrounding new power technology into meaningful action

Specialist to showcase latest international developments

     14th July 2017 Global engineering company Sulzer will be highlighting the specialist services it has on offer for gas turbines operators and other rotating equipment at this year’s POWER-GEN & DistribuTECH Africa. 

Specialist to showcase latest international developments
SHOWCASING SPECIALTIES Sulzer will be highlighting its range of specialist services for rotating equipment operators at this year’s POWER-GEN & DistribuTECH Africa

Spotlight on solar

By: Robyn Wilkinson     14th July 2017 With solar photovoltaic (PV) installations now recognised globally as the cheapest form of power generation, a key emerging trend is the integration of these systems with storage and transport options, says solar solutions provider SOLA Future Energy CEO Dom Wills. 

Spotlight on solar
DOM WILLS A reliable power supply on Robben Island has been ensured through a 666 kW solar farm designed by SOLA Future

WEG Transformers Africa

By: Zandile Mavuso     14th July 2017 WEG Transformers Africa (WTA) is one of the largest manufacturers of mini substations and distribution transformers in South Africa. 

WEG Transformers Africa

Gigaba tables economy action plan, reopens mining charter engagement 

By: Natasha Odendaal     13th July 2017 Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba on Thursday unveiled a series of aggressive planned interventions and action steps to stimulate economic recovery after South Africa’s fall into recession in the first quarter. His address revealed two main desired outcomes – dodge another downgrade and reignite... 

Gigaba tables economy action plan, reopens mining charter engagement
Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba

Finalisation of ‘lowest cost’ IRP included in growth action plan 

By: Terence Creamer     13th July 2017 The finalisation of the “lowest cost” Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) for electricity has been included in a list of energy-related interventions unveiled by Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba as part of ‘Government’s Inclusive Growth Action Plan’ published on Thursday. Likewise, the National Treasury... 

Finalisation of ‘lowest cost’ IRP included in growth action plan

Competition aims to unearth African energy startups

By: Creamer Media Reporter      11th July 2017 A competition aimed at identifying innovative startups in the field of electricity access in Africa has been launched, following an agreement between energy multinational Enel and Swiss-based Seedstars World, which facilitates startup competitions in more that 75 countries. Dubbed the ‘Africa... 

Clean energy’s global investment share grew to record 43% in 2016 

By: Terence Creamer     11th July 2017 The share of clean-energy spending rose to a record 43% of total energy-related investment in 2016, the International Energy Agency’s (IEA’s) yearly World Energy Investment report shows. Global energy investment fell by 12% to $1.7-trillion last year, the second consecutive year of decline.... 

Clean energy’s global investment share grew to record 43% in 2016

Civil society, business speak out against Eskom for MYPD noncompliance 

By: Anine Kilian     7th July 2017 The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) has requested the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) to reject State-owned power utility Eskom’s application for permission to omit critical statistics in its upcoming Multi-Year Price Determination (MYPD) electricity price application. The... 

Civil society, business speak out against Eskom for MYPD noncompliance
Eskom financial planning and economic regulation GM Calib Cassim

Eskom has over recovered R7.6bn in renewables-related costs since 2014 

By: Terence Creamer     7th July 2017 The affordability of South Africa’s growing fleet of renewable energy plants has been questioned on several occasions by Eskom and Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown also weighed in recently, telling Parliamentarians in late June that, while electricity arising from the renewables plants was... 

Eskom has over recovered R7.6bn in renewables-related costs since 2014

Blockchain will have big impact on electricity sector, KPMG asserts

By: David Oliveira     7th July 2017 A number of new technology developments are expected to impact the global electricity sector, including virtual and augmented reality, artificial intelligence, Big Data and the Internet of Things (IoT), however, tax, audit and advisory firm KPMG South Africa senior manager Nevellan Moodley says... 

Commissioning activities under way at pipeline

By: Simone Liedtke     7th July 2017 Packaging company Nampak Glass in May commissioned a 1-km-long, high-pressure underground gas pipeline that was constructed by multidisciplinary corporation Saiyl. 

Commissioning activities under way at pipeline
NAMPAK STATION This underground pipeline ties into the newly constructed Nampak Pressure Reduction Station in Germiston

Increased battery efficiency for electric forklift fleets

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th July 2017 Industrial battery management system (BMS) developer Balancell has turned electric forklift batteries into smart connected devices for increased lifespan and efficiency.  

Increased battery efficiency for electric forklift fleets
TOGETHER FOR LONGER Individual cell monitoring and balancing extend the life of industrial batteries

International nuclear regulatory body selects South African for key post

By: Keith Campbell     7th July 2017 South Africa’s National Nuclear Regulator (NNR) CEO Dr Bismark Tyobeka has been appointed Chairperson of the Regulatory Cooperation Forum (RCF) of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the NNR announced late last month. The appointment was decided at the annual RCF Steering Committee... 

Lack of contractual commitments hindering solar-geyser manufacturing growth

By: David Oliveira     7th July 2017 The current economic climate and a lack of mid- to long-term contractual agreements from the Department of Energy (DoE) has slowed plant expansion and capacity increases by local solar water heater (SWH) manufacturers. Local manufacturer Satchwell Controls, a division of electro-mechanical... 

Lack of contractual commitments hindering solar-geyser manufacturing growth

Nigerian university expansion project receives AfDB loan

By: David Oliveira     7th July 2017 The African Development Bank (AfDB) last month signed agreements for a corporate loan to finance the expansion of Afe Babalola University (ABUAD) in Ado Ekiti, Nigeria. The expansion project consists of the construction of new facilities – including a 400-bed teaching hospital, an industrial... 

Tight market conditions put demand for LSFB under pressure

By: Nica Schreuder     7th July 2017 The light steel frame building (LSFB) industry is experiencing the same hardship as the building and construction industry. According to Statistics South Africa, the area of buildings completed during 2016, excluding additions and alterations, matched that of 2015, meaning that no growth was... 

Tight market conditions put demand for LSFB  under pressure
A 12-storey office block in Summit Place, Pretoria. The building’s external façade consists of light steel frame

Eskom expects DFIs to form ‘backbone’ of capital-raising effort in coming three years

By: Terence Creamer     6th July 2017 State-owned power utility Eskom indicated that funding from development finance institutions (DFIs) is likely to form the backbone of its capital-raising effort over the coming five years, during which its debt is expected to peak at R500-billion. However, Eskom followed fellow State-owned... 

Eskom expects DFIs to form ‘backbone’ of capital-raising effort in coming three years
Photo by Duane Daws
Eskom interim CEO Johnny Dladla

Eskom board confident of turnaround

By: African News Agency      6th July 2017 Eskom’s newly-reconstituted board on Thursday expressed its support on the strides made by executive management in turning around the company’s operational and financial performance, as well as the overall strategy of sustaining this momentum. This comes after a two-day board induction session... 

Eskom board confident of turnaround
Photo by Duane Daws
Eskom interim chairperson Zethembe Khoza

Sacked City Power MD denies corruption allegations 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     5th July 2017 Former City Power MD Sicelo Xulu, who was relieved from his position by City of Johannesburg (CoJ) Mayor Herman Mashaba this week, denied media reports that he was corrupt or that there was any corruption within the municipal entity. Mashaba earlier this week said a forensic report tabled in... 

LHDA appoints JV to oversee Polihali dam design, construction

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     5th July 2017 The Lesotho Highlands Development Authority (LHDA) has appointed the Matla a Metsi joint venture to oversee the R445-million design and construction supervision of the Polihali dam. The dam is one of the two main water transfer components of Phase 2 of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP),... 

LHDA appoints JV to oversee Polihali dam design, construction

Nersa calls for comment on special pricing deal to unlock ferrosilicon production 

By: Terence Creamer     4th July 2017 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) is calling for written comments on an application by Eskom to implement a two-year incentive pricing package that will enable the restart of ferrosilicon production in the Limpopo and Mpumalanga provinces. The regulator turned down an earlier... 

Nersa calls for comment on special pricing deal to unlock ferrosilicon production

City Power MD fired 

By: News24Wire      4th July 2017 The managing director of Johannesburg’s power utility City Power has been relieved from all his contractual responsibilities, City of Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba said on Monday. In a statement, Mashaba said a forensic report tabled in front of City Power’s board last week detailed serious... 

Outa to oppose Eskom’s bid to deviate from normal electricity price application 

By: African News Agency      4th July 2017 The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) said on Tuesday that it would be opposing Eskom’s bid to deviate from the Multi-Year Price Determination (MYPD), which will set electricity prices for 2018. This comes after Outa convinced the National Energy Regulator (Nersa) to hold a public hearing on... 

Mashaba opens criminal case against building contractor 

By: News24Wire      4th July 2017 City of Joburg mayor Herman Mashaba on Monday announced that he had opened a criminal case against a substation contractor who was awarded contracts worth R212-million. “I will ensure that those found wanting, following these investigations, will face the full might of the law and that any stolen... 

Hudaco maintains resilience amid tough economic environment 

By: Mia Breytenbach     30th June 2017 Despite a difficult economic and trading environment, JSE-listed industrial products provider Hudaco remains cash-generative, with operations having generated net cash of R247-million for the six months to May 31. Speaking at a presentation of the group’s results on Friday, CEO Graham Dunford... 

Hudaco maintains resilience amid tough economic environment
Industrial products provider Hudaco CEO Graham Dunford discusses the group's results for the six months ended May 31, and provides an outlook for the second half of the year. Video and editing: Nicholas Boyd

AEP debuts on JSE’s AltX 

By: Natasha Odendaal     30th June 2017 The debut of black-empowered clean energy group AEP Energy Africa on JSE’s AltX marks the start of new beginnings for the company which is aiming to become “Africa’s clean energy champion”. Speaking to Engineering News Online post the listing celebrations, AEP COO Nkosi Gugushe boasted about the... 

AEP debuts on JSE’s AltX
AEP COO Nkosi Gugushe discusses the listing of AEP and its ambitions for the future. Date recorded: 30.06.2016. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd. Video Editing: Lionel da Silva.

Company leads by example in new green premises

By: Robyn Wilkinson     30th June 2017 Engineering consultant WSP Africa will be moving into its new head office in Knightsbridge office park in Bryanston, in September, providing its clients with a stellar example of a sustainable building project.  

Company leads by example  in new green premises
MATHIEU DU PLOOY South Africa has a very strong environmental stance, supported by powerful legislation

Women in energy efficiency look to expand mentorship programme

By: Mia Breytenbach     30th June 2017 Following the initial success of the Southern African Females in Energy Efficiency (Safee) mentorship programmes in the past year, Safee’s potential objectives are to establish the mentorship programme in other provinces, as well as host Safee chapters at various tertiary institutions in the... 

South Africa needs to find middle ground for electricity conundrum – former EIUG chair 

     29th June 2017 If South Africa wants to prevent its deindustrialisation and find middle ground between the sustainability of State-owned Eskom and the affordability of electricity, a few “holy cows will have to be slaughtered”, former Energy Intensive User Group (EIUG) of Southern Africa chairperson Piet van... 

South Africa needs to find middle ground for electricity conundrum – former EIUG chair

Eskom acting CE to focus on governance, ethics

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     29th June 2017 Eskom acting CEO Johnny Dladla is prioritising meeting with critical stakeholders, including employees, to share and get support for the company’s operational plans going forward. “Together with my executive management team, we will put special focus on corporate governance and ethics going... 

Billions more in municipal coffers – Stats SA

By: African News Agency      29th June 2017 The revenue collected by municipalities across South Africa increased by R27-billion in the financial year ending June 2016, in comparison with the previous year, according to the Financial Census of Municipalities results released by Statistics South Africa (StatsSA) on Wednesday. The report,... 

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