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Coal suppliers urged to put South Africa first 

By: Kim Cloete     28th August 2018 Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan has suggested that Parliament call in some of the big and small coal suppliers to account for their export of coal, amid increasing concerns about the shortage of coal in the country. Gordhan was speaking after several Members of Parliament suggested... 

US Trade and Development Agency grants $1.2m funding for Mozambique solar project

By: Marleny Arnoldi     28th August 2018 Investment bank Fieldstone has assisted WHN Solar to raise grant funding of almost $1.2-million for a solar energy project in Mozambique. The funding was conferred by the US Trade and Development Agency for a feasibility study to assess the viability of a photovoltaic plant of up to 100 MW to... 

Solar body raises concern over procurement gap, as lobby group slams inclusion of IPP coal

By: Terence Creamer     28th August 2018 The South Africa Photovoltaic Industry Association (SAPVIA) has added its voice to concerns being expressed over the three-year gap outlined in the draft Integrated Resource Plan (IRP 2018) during which no allocations have been made for new renewable-energy capacity additions. In a statement,... 

Solar body raises concern over procurement gap, as lobby group slams inclusion of IPP coal

Wind body praises IRP, but wants clarity on three-year gap in new additions

By: Terence Creamer     27th August 2018 The South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) has praised the emphasis placed in the draft Integrated Resource Plan (IRP 2018) on integrating the least-cost generation solutions of wind, solar photovoltaic (PV) and gas into the South African electricity mix between 2018 and 2030. However, the... 

Wind body praises IRP, but wants clarity on three-year gap in new additions

Ethiopia ousts State firm from Nile dam project after construction delays

By: Reuters     27th August 2018 Ethiopia has ousted State-run Metals and Engineering Corporation (METEC) from a $4-billion dam project on the River Nile due to numerous delays in completing the project. The Grand Renaissance Dam is the centrepiece of Ethiopia's bid to become Africa's biggest power exporter. 

No new nuclear in IRP update as time horizon is trimmed to 2030 

By: Terence Creamer     27th August 2018 Energy Minister Jeff Radebe released the much-anticipated draft updated Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) for public comment on Monday, offering stakeholders 60 days to provide written feedback.   The comment period was extended from the 30 days initially envisaged after a meeting of the National... 

No new nuclear in IRP update as time horizon is trimmed to 2030
Energy Minister Jeff Radebe

Integrated Resource Plan to be released on Monday, Radebe confirms

By: African News Agency      24th August 2018 The release of the updated Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) will go ahead on Monday, Energy Minister Jeff Radebe has confirmed. Radebe tweeted on Friday that the long-awaited energy update was under discussion at the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac) but would be posted on... 

Integrated Resource Plan to be released on Monday, Radebe confirms
Energy Minister Jeff Radebe

Maimane asks Ramaphosa to table terms, conditions of R33bn Eskom-China loan in Parliament

By: African News Agency      24th August 2018 Main opposition Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane said on Friday he had written to President Cyril Ramaphosa requesting that he table in Parliament within 14 days, the full terms and conditions of a R33-billion loan agreement state power firm Eskom recently signed with the Chinese... 

Rental market, power-as-service offerings underpinning demand for generators

By: Schalk Burger     24th August 2018 A growing rental market and the provision of expert services, including electrical engineering services, is providing global generator manufacturer Himoinsa with good growth in Southern Africa, says Himoinsa Southern Africa business development director Matt Bell. The rental market provides it... 

Rental market, power-as-service offerings underpinning  demand for generators
Photo by Dylan Slater
MATT BELL and CHRIS DAVISON Himoinsa can integrate and synchronise a range of generators to provide power for larger applications

Two solar plants opened in Namibia

By: Marleny Arnoldi     23rd August 2018 Two solar plants, Ejuva One and Ejuva Two, were opened in Gobabis, Namibia, by Deputy Minister of Mines and Energy Kornelia Shilunga, on Thursday. She said Ejuva will help to diversify Namibia’s energy mix, increase generation capacity and reduce carbon emissions. “We are particularly pleased... 

Two solar plants opened in Namibia
Ejuva solar project in Gobabis, Namibia

Eskom expects to reduce staff by 15% in five years

By: Reuters     23rd August 2018 South Africa's State-run power utility Eskom expects to have 7 000 less staff in five years from now, a senior manager at the utility that is struggling to emerge from a financial crisis said on Thursday. Cash-strapped Eskom is critical to Africa's most industrialised economy as it supplies more... 

Eskom begins stakeholder interactions on ‘Strategy 2035’  

By: Terence Creamer     23rd August 2018 South Africa’s electricity utility Eskom has initiated a series of interactions with stakeholders as part of a review process designed to deliver a new long-term strategy, dubbed ‘Strategy 2035’, for the beleaguered organisation. The new leadership at the State-owned company, together with Public... 

Eskom begins stakeholder interactions on ‘Strategy 2035’

Cabinet approves gazetting of updated IRP for public comment 

By: Anine Kilian     23rd August 2018 Communications Minister Nomvula Mokonyane confirmed on Thursday that Cabinet has approved the publication of the updated Integrated Resources Plan (IRP) and that it will be gazetted for comment by no later than August 27. Briefing media on the outcomes of the Cabinet meeting held on Wednesday,... 

Cabinet approves gazetting of updated IRP for public comment

Eskom warns of load-shedding on Wednesday evening 

By: African News Agency      22nd August 2018 Power utility Eskom said the risk of load-shedding remained high on Wednesday, especially for the evening peak period from 5pm to 9pm, due to a number of its generating units being out on maintenance and possibly not being back in time to meet the evening peak period. "We encourage residents and... 

 Eskom warns of load-shedding on Wednesday evening

South Africa's new coal-fired plants must have emissions technology

By: Reuters     21st August 2018 South Africa's first privately built coal-fired power plants must have the latest technology to reduce harmful emissions, the energy minister said on Tuesday, as a wave of court challenges threaten to derail the projects. Environmental activists have taken legal action against the new Thabametsi... 

South African govt to release long-term energy plan

By: African News Agency      21st August 2018 Government will release the reviewed Integrated Resource Plan later this week, Energy Minister Jeff Radebe said on Tuesday. Radebe told reporters the energy blueprint would be tabled to Cabinet on Wednesday and made public later in the week, "probably on Friday". 

South African govt to release long-term energy plan
Photo by Dylan Slater
Energy Minister Jeff Radebe

AfriForum launches petition against planned CSIR biogas plant

By: Marleny Arnoldi     21st August 2018 AfriForum has launched a petition against the planned new biogas plant that the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) intends to build at its campus, in Pretoria. AfriForum, as well as residents, are concerned that the plant might be unsafe and pollute the area, which borders... 

Study initiated to assess conversion of Kelvin power station from coal to gas

By: Terence Creamer     21st August 2018 A $1.3-million feasibility study has been initiated into the prospect of converting the coal-fired Kelvin power station, east of Johannesburg, into a 450 MW to 600 MW gas-fired power station. The study will also assess the potential for developing the Kelvin site into a gas distribution hub for... 

Study initiated to assess conversion of Kelvin power station from coal to gas
The Kelvin power station

State capture inquiry gets underway in Johannesburg

By: African News Agency      20th August 2018 The judicial commission of inquiry into alleged capture of the South African State and its entities, referred to as ''State capture'', is set to begin on Monday in Johannesburg. At the centre of the hearings are the fugitive Gupta family, who have since left the country as allegations of... 

State capture inquiry gets underway in Johannesburg
Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo

US nuclear company Westinghouse emerges from bankruptcy protection

By: Rebecca Campbell     17th August 2018 US major nuclear group Westinghouse Electric exited from bankruptcy protection (under Chapter 11 of US Bankruptcy Code) at the start of this month, when its takeover by Brookfield Business Partners came into effect. Brookfield, which is listed on the New York and Toronto Stock Exchanges and is... 

Biofuels unviable alternative in South Africa – expert

By: Paige Müller     17th August 2018 Owing to biofuels being too expensive to manufacture, University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) Business School Energy Leadership Centre director Dr Rod Crompton says this makes them a commercially unviable energy source. He tells Engineering News that, despite the fact that global renewable-energy... 

Biofuels unviable alternative  in South Africa – expert
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ENERGY LEADERSHIP CENTRE The University of the Witwatersrand launched the Energy Leadership Centre to equip Africa’s energy industry for future technological advancements

Biogas plant demonstrates potential using new tech

By: Paige Müller     17th August 2018 Renewable-energy and waste disposal solutions provider Global Energy has constructed a fully operational biogas demonstration plant using technology that has been designed to be more cost effective, manufactured locally and simpler to operate and maintain. The plant aims to showcase the potential... 

Biogas plant demonstrates potential using new tech
BIOGAS DEMO PLANT Global Energy expects its biogas demonstration plant to be open for viewing by prospective clients by the end of this month.

Investors looking for viable infrastructure projects in Africa

By: Donald Makhafola     17th August 2018 There is investor appetite for well-structured infrastructure projects on the continent, but investors need clarity from governments on regulations and the various projects earmarked for development, says specialist banking company Investec Bank head of power and infrastructure finance... 

Investors looking for  viable infrastructure  projects in Africa
INVESTING IN INFRASTRUCTURE Investec Bank is considering investment in renewable energy, water desalination and treatment projects, transportation infrastructure and speciality buildings

NUM says ready to sign Eskom's wage offer

By: Reuters     16th August 2018 The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) said on Thursday it was ready to sign a three-year wage offer from state power firm Eskom provided the utility agrees not to discipline staff who went on strike illegally. Investors want to see a resolution to the standoff between workers and Eskom as any... 

Kibo receives water permit approval for MCPP

By: Simone Liedtke     16th August 2018 Aim-listed Kibo Energy has received provisional approval from the Lake Rukwa Water Basin Board for water permits for the Mbeya coal-to-power project (MCPP), in Tanzania. An application was made to permit the operation of numerous water boreholes, which the Africa-focussed energy company said are... 

Hawks investigate cases related to Gupta-loot worth more than R40bn

By: News24Wire      16th August 2018 The Hawks are investigating cases related to the Guptas' state capture project that involves more than R40 billion which has been plundered from state coffers. Lieutenant General Godfrey Lebeya presented the Hawks' progress in several cases of state capture to the Portfolio Committee on Police on... 

Numsa rejects Eskom disciplinary action proposal against striking workers

By: African News Agency      16th August 2018 The National Union of Metalworkers South Africa has rejected Eskom's proposal to institute disciplinary action against workers who participated in industrial action during protracted wage negotiations, on the grounds that the power utility is an essential service.  On Wednesday Eskom declared a... 

Gordhan announces whistleblower hotline to boost fight against corruption

By: News24Wire      15th August 2018 Stabilising State-owned enterprises could take six months or longer, depending on the extent of corruption, said Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan. The minister on Wednesday briefed the portfolio committee on public enterprises on the progress made in addressing governance challenges at... 

Gordhan announces whistleblower hotline to boost fight against corruption
Photo by Dylan Slater
Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan

Kibo to acquire 60% stake in UK energy company

By: Simone Liedtke     15th August 2018 Africa-focussed energy company Kibo Energy has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for the acquisition of a 60% equity interest in UK company Mast Energy Developments (MED). Under the terms of the MoU, Kibo can acquire a 60% shareholding in MED for £300 000 payable to existing MED... 

Municipalities owed R139bn for services – Cogta

By: News24Wire      15th August 2018 Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Zweli Mkhize has revealed that municipalities are owed R139-billion for municipal services rendered. He said that the outstanding billions made it difficult for them to pay money owed to Eskom. Mkhize was responding to questions in the... 

Lazard drafting plan to bolster Eskom's balance sheet – sources

By: Reuters     14th August 2018 State-owned power firm Eskom has hired financial adviser Lazard to draft a plan to shore up its balance sheet as it struggles to emerge from a financial crisis, two banking sources told Reuters. Cash-strapped Eskom is critical to Africa's most industrialised economy as it supplies more than 90%... 

Rukwa plant upgrade set for completion in September

By: Simone Liedtke     14th August 2018 Aim-listed Edenville Energy is planning to complete the upgrade of the processing plant at its Rukwa coal project, in Tanzania, by the end of September, which will allow for increased throughput. A Lamella clarifier water treatment plant is nearing assembly stage completion and will be installed... 

Fund manager Vantage provides R2bn for six South African renewable energy projects

By: African News Agency      14th August 2018 Fund manager Vantage said late on Monday it had, through its renewable energy fund Vantage GreenX Note II, provided R2.05-billion of funding to six solar and wind energy projects in South Africa with a combined capacity of 433 MW. The projects, which are part of South Africa's Renewable Energy... 

Kudu gas project might not be viable for Namibia – Energy Minister

By: Reuters     14th August 2018 Namibia's long-delayed Kudu gas-to-power project, seen as key to boosting electricity security in the southwest African country, might not be viable, Mines and Energy Minister Tom Alweendo said on Monday. Namibia's offshore Kudu Gas Fields have proven and probable recoverable reserves estimated... 

Juwi to build, operate three REIPPPP Round 4 solar PV projects

By: Simone Liedtke     13th August 2018 Solar energy equipment supplier juwi Renewable Energies has concluded three engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) and operation and maintenance (O&M) contracts, with a combined value of R3-billion, with African Infrastructure Investment Managers (AIIM), which will deliver 250 MW of... 

Juwi to build, operate three REIPPPP Round 4 solar PV projects

Eskom prices oversubscribed $1.5bn notes offering

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th August 2018 State-owned power utility Eskom has successfully priced a two-tranche ten-year $1.5-billion global bond, under its $4-billion global medium-term note programme, following a series of investor meetings held by the utility, the Department of Public Enterprises, and Europe and US National... 

Tribunal to pursue alleged price-fixing, collusion in R240m Eskom tender

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th August 2018 The Competition Tribunal has refused an application to dismiss a complaint against companies accused of alleged price-fixing and tender collusion in a R240-million tender issued by State-owned power utility Eskom in March 2015. The tender was for the supply, installation and dismantling of... 

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