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Electricity News

NPC commissioner calls for energy-planning overhaul 

By: Terence Creamer     14th June 2017 A member of the National Planning Commission (NPC) has pointed to serious shortcomings in South Africa’s current energy planning processes and has called for future plans, including the highly contested Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) for electricity, to be compiled by a new independent technical... 

AIIM secures 44% stake in Albatross Energy Mali

By: Natasha Odendaal     13th June 2017 Equity investor African Infrastructure Investment Managers (AIIM) has acquired a 44% stake in Albatros Energy Mali, which is developing Mali’s first independent power project (IPP) to feed into the national grid. Albatros will start the 16-month construction – under a build, own, operate and... 

No word yet on interim Eskom CEO as Ngubane resigns as chair

By: Creamer Media Reporter      13th June 2017 Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown has announced that Dr Ben Ngubane has resigned as nonexecutive director and chairperson of the Eskom board with immediate effect. “Dr Ngubane formally tendered his resignation, which I accepted,” Brown said in a statement released late on Monday night. 

No word yet on interim Eskom CEO as Ngubane resigns as chair
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Dr Ben Ngubane

Renewable energy eclipsing coal – Fieldstone 

By: Martin Creamer     12th June 2017 Renewable energy is very rapidly ousting coal, which could present a blow to Botswana, which has been pinning its hopes on coal replacing the static diamond industry as its new platform for economic growth. “Renewable energy is just about the only thing being invested in,” Fieldstone Africa MD... 

Renewable energy eclipsing coal – Fieldstone
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Fieldstone Africa MD Jonathan Berman

Senwes launches first silo PV system

By: Anine Kilian     9th June 2017 Agricultural company Senwes has launched the first silo solar photovoltaic (PV) system in South Africa, at its Hennenman silo, in the Free State. “Around 1 120 solar panels were installed, with a total capacity of 358 kW. The total projected solar utilisation is 472 460 kWh/y, which constitutes... 

Senwes launches first silo PV system

Company introduces new cost effective technology in line with 2020 target

By: Nica Schreuder     9th June 2017 With increasing pressure to conform to the 2020 Air Quality Act, industrial equipment supplier Heaton Valves Africa have introduced Zeeco Combustion equipment’s GB single-jet burner into the Southern African Market in order to minimise oxides of nitrogen (NOx) emissions. During fuel combustion,... 

Company unveils containerised gas-to-power product offering

By: David Oliveira     9th June 2017 Cape Town-based containerised renewable-energy generation company SustainPower hosted their official gas-to-power product launch at African Utility Week (AUW), held in Cape Town last month. The company focusses on containerised gas-to-power and solar solutions with the integration of technologies... 

Company wins $157m boiler contract

     9th June 2017 India-based energy and environmental engineering solutions company Thermax has won export contracts from an undisclosed leading African conglomerate to supply four utility boilers, eight heat recovery steam generators and two flue gas steam generators for its upcoming refinery and petrochemicals... 

Company wins $157m boiler contract
BOILER POWER Thermax is supplying four utility boilers for a refinery and petrochemical project in Nigeria

Conglomerate helps company reduce power generation costs

     9th June 2017 US-based multinational conglomerate corporation General Electric (GE) have announced an agreement with the world’s largest aluminium rolling company Hindalco Industries to upgrade generation equipment at its Renusagar Captive Power Plant in Uttar Pradesh, India. GE will modernise two steam... 

Increase in demand to create opportunities

     9th June 2017 The utility and industrial boilers market is predicted to experience an increase in demand, across a scope of applications, owing to rising industrialisation, says research and consulting services company Transparency Market Research (TMR). According to a 2017 research report conducted by TMR,... 

Increase in demand to create opportunities
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BOILING POINT Pressure gauges for utility boilers beside a generator

Industry trends shift towards efficient, intelligent strategies

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     9th June 2017 The main feature of global demand for energy is a shift to maximising efficiency through delivering energy at the lowest cost per kilowatt per hour, says independent process industry consultant Santosh Gunpath. He tells Engineering News that this was evident from his interactions with industry... 

Industry trends shift towards efficient, intelligent strategies
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EFFICIENCY PRIORITISED With energy integral to every process, the objective should be to maximise the efficiency of delivering the necessary energy at the lowest cost per kilowatt per hour

IRP draft hinders cogeneration opportunities  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     9th June 2017 An unintended consequence of the recently published draft Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) for energy is that because it excludes cogeneration as a viable technology, cogenerators will be unable to participate in the energy market without Ministerial consent, says Paper Manufacturers Association of... 

IRP draft hinders cogeneration opportunities
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OVERLOOKED ENTITY The impact of the DoE IRP draft excludeing cogeneration as a viable, green technology raises concerns forpulp and paper industry

Lighting system a resounding success

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     9th June 2017 Electrical solutions provider Magnet Group is seeing much success from its MARS light-emitting-diode (LED) lighting system since its launch in August 2015. Magnet lighting solutions engineer and MARS product specialist Kaylen Reddy informs that the MARS LED lighting range is based on advanced... 

Local embedded generation requires management

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     9th June 2017 Although embedded power generation is gaining traction nationwide, the National Cleaner Production Centre of South Africa (NCPC-SA) Industrial Energy Efficiency (IEE) national project manager Alf Hartzenburg says the benefits of such generation have to be managed. Embedded generation entails... 

Local embedded generation requires management
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SELF-SUFFICIENT The proliferation of embedded generation has led to a decrease in electricity sales this year

Need for businesses to become energy efficient

     9th June 2017 According to the International Energy Agency, many companies are using up to 100% more energy than they would if they were best practice energy efficient businesses, says provider of efficient solutions for reducing energy costs and carbon emissions Ensight Energy Solutions CEO Francis Barram. 

Residential solar PV poses significant threat to utility model 

By: David Oliveira     9th June 2017 Increasing environmental awareness was driving South Africans to invest in a more sustainable future by installing solar photovoltaic (PV) rooftop panels, global professional service company Accenture resources associate director Ashley Maistry said at the African Utility Week, held in Cape Town... 

Smart electricity meter standards presented

By: David Oliveira     9th June 2017 Underwriters Laboratories (UL) presented on important new standards for testing and certifying smart electricity meters at the African Utility Week, held in Cape Town last month. During the presentation, titled Accelerating Technology Adoption with Product Standards, UL electricity utility... 

System positions company in good stead in South Africa

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     9th June 2017 Global electrical and digital building infrastructure specialist Legrand is using its lighting and motion management systems to position itself in the South African energy efficiency market. “We have seen a positive response from the South African market to these systems, with a pleasing... 

System positions company in good  stead in South Africa
SEEING THE LIGHT Legrand’s sensors improve the energy efficiency of buildings by automatically reducing the amount of time if lighting is left on unnecessarily

Decision to be made this month on Eskom request to deviate from methodology in next tariff submission

By: Terence Creamer     8th June 2017 The electricity subcommittee at the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) will, on June 19, deliberate on Eskom’s request that the regulator condone the utility’s deviation from the multiyear price determination (MYPD) methodology and minimum information requirements for tariff... 

Decision to be made this month on Eskom request to deviate from methodology in next tariff submission

Hulisani overhauls management to align with strategy

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     7th June 2017 JSE-listed investment holding company Hulisani has appointed its current CIO Marubini Raphulu as its new CEO, effective July 1. Raphulu takes the reins from Hulisani co-founder Malungelo Zilimbola, who will continue to serve as a member of the board in a nonexecutive role and who will remain... 

Upliftment model launched to help BoP SMMEs

By: Anine Kilian     7th June 2017 Turnkey business solutions provider Modular has launched its Modularise initiative and show room, in Pretoria. The Modular Innoboxes are made from reusable storage containers and contain the hardware, software and educational content to run a successful business in a micro economy.  

Upliftment model launched to help BoP SMMEs
Hasan Darwish

Eskom wants Nersa to consider two outstanding RCA applications in wake of court ruling 

By: Terence Creamer     7th June 2017 State-owned electricity utility Eskom believes the decision of the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) to upheld an appeal by National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) and Eskom relating to implementation of a clawback mechanism in South Africa’s tariff-setting methodology opens the way for... 

Eskom wants Nersa to consider two outstanding RCA applications in wake of court ruling

Eskom to make final ‘double digit’ tariff application for 2018/19 this month

By: Terence Creamer     5th June 2017 State-owned electricity utility Eskom says it will make a final revenue application to the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) this month, but has confirmed that the application will be for a “double digit” tariff increase for implementation on April 1, 2018. Business news website... 

Eskom to make final ‘double digit’ tariff application for 2018/19 this month
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Eskom CFO Anoj Singh

Eskom and Huawei team up to deliver smart grid by 2030

By: David Oliveira     2nd June 2017 To take better advantage of the increasing adoption of smart grid technology, State-owned power utility Eskom announced a partnership with global information communication technology (ICT) company Huawei at the African Utility Week, which took place in Cape Town last month. The Huawei-Eskom... 

Ring main unit launched to cater for increased renewables output

By: David Oliveira     2nd June 2017 Electrical engineering firm Lucy Electric launched its modular Aegis36 ring main unit at Africa Utility Week, which took place in Cape Town last month. The unit is designed for switchgear of up to 36 kV installed in secondary distribution networks and particularly for renewable-energy projects. 

US agency awards grant to SA IPP for Free State solar study

By: Mia Breytenbach     2nd June 2017 The US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) has awarded a grant to Johannesburg-based independent power developer Pele Green Energy. The grant will fund a feasibility study to assess the viability of a 75 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant, in the Free State. US Consul General of Cape Town... 

US agency awards grant to SA IPP for Free State solar study
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NECESSARY ANALYSIS The grant funds a feasibility study to assess the viability of a 75 MW solar photovoltaic power plant, in the Free State

Eskom’s Medupi Unit 4 synchronised to the grid

By: Natasha Odendaal     1st June 2017 State-owned power utility Eskom on Thursday said Unit 4 at the Medupi coal-fired power station project, in Limpopo, had been synchronised to the national power grid this week. This was the third of six units to come on stream and marked a key milestone towards the full commercial operation of the... 

Solidarity, NUM welcome Molefe’s dismissal

By: Anine Kilian     1st June 2017 Solidarity and the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) on Thursday welcomed Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown’s decision to rescind the reappointment of Brian Molefe as CEO of Eskom. The NUM said it was concerned about a lack of stability in Eskom's leadership and called on the Minister to... 

Hulisani completes acquisition of Momentous Technology, posts maiden results

By: Anine Kilian     1st June 2017 JSE-listed Hulisani has completed the R122-million acquisition of Momentous Technology, which owns a stake in the 7MW Rustmo1 Solar Farm. Hulisani CEO Marubini Raphulu on Thursday said the acquisition is an important step in the company’s long-term strategy. 

Broadening scope of State capture inquiry a transparent attempt at diversion - BLSA

By: Terence Creamer     1st June 2017 Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA) has strongly criticised an African National Congress (ANC) suggestion that the scope of a proposed judicial commission of inquiry into allegations of State capture be broadened beyond the issues outlined in the former Public Protector’s ‘State of Capture’... 

Broadening scope of State capture inquiry a transparent attempt at diversion - BLSA
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BLSA chairperson Jabu Mabuza

Molefe removed as Eskom CEO, board might go too 

By: African News Agency      31st May 2017 Government on Wednesday ordered that Brian Molefe’s return to the helm of Eskom be rescinded and conceded that it had inflicted reputational harm on the country and the power utility. Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown told a media briefing she had met with the Eskom board and instructed it... 

Molefe removed as Eskom CEO, board might go too

Scopa welcomes SIU investigation into Eskom coal deals

By: Ilan Solomons     30th May 2017 The Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa) has welcomed the decision by Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown to refer Eskom’s procurement contracts, including those signed with the Gupta family-linked Tegeta Resources, to the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) for investigation. The SIU... 

Scopa welcomes SIU investigation into Eskom coal deals
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Minister of Public Enterprises Lynne Brown

Busa urges Nersa to reject Eskom’s request to deviate from tariff methodology 

By: Terence Creamer     30th May 2017 Business Unity South Africa (Busa) has heavily criticised what it describes as Eskom’s request for a “blanket condonation” from the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) to deviate from the multiyear price determination (MYPD) methodology and minimum information requirements for... 

Busa urges Nersa to reject Eskom’s request to deviate from tariff methodology

Renewable Energy Holdings signs private power supply contract

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     29th May 2017 Bethlehem Hydro, an independent power producer (IPP) and subsidiary of Renewable Energy Holdings (REH), has entered into a contract under which the full output from its 4 MW Merino hydropower plant, near Clarens, in the Free State, will be sold to electricity trader PowerX. REH and Bethlehem... 

Column: Koeberg aims to ease Cape Town's water woes through desalination

     29th May 2017 In this article, Koeberg power station manager Velaphi Ntuli outlines initiatives under way at the nuclear power station to reduce water consumption and desalinate groundwater. Cape Town is in a drought crisis, and it is predicted that this will certainly not be the city’s last water crisis. Dam... 

Column: Koeberg aims to ease Cape Town's water woes through desalination

Ncondezi calls off joint development agreement with SEP

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     26th May 2017 Mozambique-focused coal miner and energy developer Ncondezi Energy will engage with new strategic partners who have expressed an interest in helping to develop its integrated thermal coal mine and 300 MW power plant in the country’s Tete province. This comes after the company on Friday suspended... 

Ncondezi calls off joint development agreement with SEP

$100-million loan for African infrastructure spending

By: Nadine James     26th May 2017 The Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) and the Agence Française de Développement (AFD) in March signed a $100-million loan agreement aimed at furthering the DBSA’s infrastructure financing activity across Africa. This flexible credit line will focus on DBSA’s four strategic sectors:... 

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