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GWEC expects recovery in deployment of South African wind projects 

     26th April 2017 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the Global Wind Energy Council’s latest forecast for growth in wind energy capacity in South Africa and the rest of Africa. 

End to Eskom ‘stalemate’ will unleash wind market in 2017 – GWEC 

By: Terence Creamer     25th April 2017 The Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) expects a recovery in the deployment of wind projects in South Africa, following a hiatus in 2016 brought about by Eskom’s refusal to enter into power purchase agreements (PPAs) for renewable-energy projects procured in 2015. In its ‘Global Wind Report:... 

End to Eskom ‘stalemate’ will unleash wind market in 2017 – GWEC

Rosatom to aid IAEA in developing atomic infrastructures in new nuclear countries

By: Keith Campbell     25th April 2017 Russia’s national atomic energy group Rosatom and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) have concluded a Contribution Agreement, under which the group will help fund IAEA nuclear infrastructure development programmes, Rosatom announced on Tuesday. These programmes assist countries seeking... 

LNG-focused energy aspirant plans June listing on AltX

By: Terence Creamer     25th April 2017 A black-empowered energy company, with a specific focus on liquefied natural gas (LNG), intends listing as a special purpose acquisition company on the JSE’s AltX board in June. African Energy Partners Limited (AEP) will seek to raise up to R500-million to help fund its first “viable... 

Eskom connects more households to the grid

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     25th April 2017 State-owned electricity provider Eskom has connected 47 402 more households across the Eastern Cape to the electricity grid during the financial year ended March 31, at a cost of R830-million. Further, in Mpumalanga, over 120 households in kaMajika near Hazyview received electricity in their area... 

LPG industry urged to act on non-binding market inquiry findings 

By: Terence Creamer     24th April 2017 South Africa’s Competition Commission has made far-reaching, yet non-binding, recommendations for dealing with prevailing “market distortions” in the domestic liquid petroleum gas (LPG) sector following its first-ever market inquiry, which took nearly three years to complete. The report... 

LPG industry urged to act on non-binding market inquiry findings
Photo by Duane Daws
Commissioner Tembinkosi Bonakele and Minister Ebrahim Patel

CIG uncertain about local outlook, but sees growth potential in Africa

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     24th April 2017 Pan-African infrastructure group Consolidated Infrastructure Group (CIG) on Monday posted revenue growth of 29% to R2.7-billion for the six months to February 28, owing to its strategy to expand across Africa’s energy markets. The company further reported a 20% year-on-year increase in its... 

Outa welcomes Brown’s decision to refuse Molefe’s R30m pension payout 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     24th April 2017 The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) on Monday welcomed Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown’s decision to decline State-owned electricity provider Eskom’s proposal to pay its former CEO Brian Molefe a R30-million pension payout, noting that it was setting a precedent by placing an end to... 

Outa welcomes Brown’s decision to refuse Molefe’s R30m pension payout
Photo by Duane Daws
Brian Molefe

Tegeta coal prepayment not a loan, says Eskom 

By: News24Wire      22nd April 2017 The over R600-million Eskom paid to Tegeta, a company in which the Gupta family has interests, was not a loan, but a prepayment, the state-owned power utility said on Saturday. Eskom also wanted it made clear that Tegeta honoured its side of the agreement by delivering all the pre-paid coal,... 

AfDB to review development of Senegalese power plant after complaints 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     21st April 2017 The African Development Bank (AfDB) will review compliance eligibility at the €206-million, 125 MW Sendou coal-fired power plant project, in Senegal, following several community complaints. Two groups raised eight similar issues with the bank, including an unviable government policy option to use... 

Eskom confirms it wants exemption from ‘areas’ of national procurement regulations for nuclear

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     21st April 2017 State-owned power Eskom on Friday confirmed in a statement that it had raised concerns with National Treasury about “areas” of the current procurement regulations, specifically mentioning waivers of certain evaluation criteria that would be required to facilitate the “proposed nuclear new build... 

Eskom confirms it wants exemption from ‘areas’ of national procurement regulations for nuclear

Alternative power supply approach to benefit low-income areas

By: Robyn Wilkinson     21st April 2017 Alternative energy supply company Specialized Solar Systems (SSS) is making significant headway in driving the large-scale implementation of its solar-powered distributed direct current microgrids, which incorporate the Internet of Things (IoT) to supply energy to low-income areas in the form of... 

Clamp an effective cable-theft solution

By: Robyn Wilkinson     21st April 2017 Industrial equipment supplier Banding and Identification Solutions Africa is seeing a rise in demand from the electric power sector for its Ultra-Lok open-end clamp, owing to cable theft causing substantial disruptions in South Africa’s power supply. 

Cogeneration valuable to S Africa’s energy mix

By: Robyn Wilkinson     21st April 2017 With cleaner energy technology rapidly advancing and industries increasingly aiming to stabilise their power supply through off-grid generation alternatives, energy solutions provider Vuselela Energy director Jacques Malan is confident that cogeneration systems can offer a valuable power... 

Cogeneration valuable  to S Africa’s energy mix
AWARD-WINNING SOLUTIONS Vuselela Energy’s Eternity Power project is enabling a smelter in Rustenburg to harvest thermal energy and convert it into energy

Cross-border power to boost African economies

By: Robyn Wilkinson     21st April 2017 With the announcement of an ambitious power project to connect Cape Town and Cairo within the next three years by regional orhganisation the Eastern Africa Power Pool, the opportunities for reliable cross-border electricity generation are once again in the spotlight, says power generation... 

Fabrication facility to expand to accommodate heavy lifting fleet

By: Simone Liedtke     21st April 2017 Manufacturing company Sky Hill Heavy Engineering - a part of project services corporation Hydra-Arc in Secunda, Mpumalanga - has already commenced with the 100 m expansion of three of its four fabrication bays, to accommodate its heavy lifting fleet, says Hydra-Arc. 

Fabrication facility to expand to accommodate heavy lifting fleet
Photo by Petrus Saayman
IN-HOUSE PROJECTS Fabrication and refurbishment projects are executed from the engineering to transportation stages

Generator giant to expand its Southern Africa network

By: Robyn Wilkinson     21st April 2017 Power generation equipment developer Himoinsa’s new subsidiary, Himoinsa Southern Africa, will provide a base from which the company can develop its geophysical footprint in Southern Africa by expanding and supporting its existing distribution network. 

Generator giant to expand its Southern Africa network
STRENGTHENING NETWORKS Himoinsa’s new subsidiary will operate primarily as a base to provide more technical and after-sales support for Himoinsa’s distributor network Southern Africa

Integrated energy solutions Africa’s answer

By: Robyn Wilkinson     21st April 2017 While several large-scale energy projects in Africa are progressing positively, growing global interest in sustainability and renewable energy highlights the need to actively pursue other low-cost, fast-tracked integrated energy solutions that will benefit Africans without access to electricity,... 

Interest in nuclear energy said to be rising across sub-Saharan Africa

By: Keith Campbell     21st April 2017 There is more interest in nuclear energy in sub-Saharan Africa than is generally realised. According to the World Nuclear Association (WNA), countries in the region which are individually planning or considering nuclear power are Ghana, Kenya, Namibia, Nigeria, Senegal, Tanzania, Uganda and... 

Interest in nuclear energy said to be rising across sub-Saharan Africa

Joburg pilots scheme to improve energy access in informal settlements

By: David Oliveira     21st April 2017 To address the challenges of supplying electricity to informal settlements in Johannesburg, the city’s electricity utility City Power is managing a pilot project to supply residents in the Lawley and Thembelihle informal settlements. During the Power and Electricity World Africa conference, which... 

Pay-as-you-go microgrids seen offering rural electrification alternative

By: David Oliveira     21st April 2017 Pay-as-you-go solar microgrid solutions, coupled with energy storage, is proving to be a boon for the African communities they power and offers opportunities to entrepreneurs to tap into this growing market. South Africa has highlighted the potential of this system through the government Green... 

Solar, liquid-energy storage solution seen having big off-grid potential

By: David Oliveira     21st April 2017 Containerised liquid-energy storage machines, or flow machines, coupled with solar photovoltaic (PV) power generation, could provide Africa with the most cost-effective and energy efficient off-grid electricity generation solution, said UK-based energy storage solutions company redT CEO Scott... 

Solar, liquid-energy storage solution seen having  big off-grid potential
LONG-LASTING STORAGE One of the greatest benefits of flow machines were their ability to store energy, which would discharge for more than 12 hours

Wind body questions unjustified constraints in power-mix base case

By: Mia Breytenbach     21st April 2017 The South African Wind Energy Association (Sawea) has rejected the current base case scenario used for the 2016 updated Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) Update for Electricity, calling for the scenario to be remodelled as a “least-cost energy plan” and re-issued for consultation. The public... 

Wind body questions unjustified constraints in power-mix  base case
Photo by Duane Daws
ARTIFICIAL CONSTRAINT The South African Wind Energy Association says the 2016 updated Integrated Resource Plan has unjustified artificial constraints on connection rates for wind and solar photovoltaic

More than half a million rand worth of copper recovered in Tshwane

By: African News Agency      20th April 2017 The newly established anti-cable theft unit arrested 12 suspected cable thieves and recovered several tons of copper valued at more than half a million rand over the Easter weekend, Tshwane Executive Mayor Solly Msimanga said on Thursday. He said the weekend arrests were in addition to 67 other... 

Eskom pumps R4m into renewable-energy research at Stellenbosch 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     20th April 2017 To further fund research in the renewable-energy space, Eskom will, through its Power Plant Engineering Institute (EPPEI), donate a further R4-million to the Centre for Renewable and Sustainable Energy Studies (CRSES), based at Stellenbosch University. It donated R2.6-million to CRSES last year. 

Recruitment process for new Eskom CEO to be concluded by end-May

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     19th April 2017 Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown expects the recruitment process for a new CEO at Eskom to be concluded by the end of May. Matshela Koko has been acting CEO since November 2016, when Brian Molefe resigned as CEO, following the release of a Public Protector report alleging his involvement... 

Recruitment process for new Eskom CEO to be concluded by end-May
Photo by Duane Daws
Minister Lynne Brown and Eskom CEO Matshela Koko

Gigaba slams Eskom’s ‘mistake’ of contradicting government policy on renewables 

By: Terence Creamer     19th April 2017 Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba says Eskom made a “mistake” by raising its corporate difficulties in relation to the signing of power purchase agreements (PPAs) with renewable-energy generators in a way that undermined the policy position of government on both the energy mix and the... 

Gigaba slams Eskom’s ‘mistake’ of contradicting government policy on renewables
Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba

Electricity supply programme of R2.4bn for Ekurhuleni informal settlements

By: African News Agency      19th April 2017 A R2.4-billion programme for electricity in informal settlements across Ekurhuleni will be completed by the end of this financial year covering 16 000 households, Ekurhuleni executive mayor Mzwandile Masina announced. The legalities on the roll-out of the programme in privately owned informal... 

Public Protector assessing Molefe 'golden handshake' complaint

By: News24Wire      19th April 2017 The Office of the Public Protector is assessing a complaint from the South African National Civic Organisation (Sanco) asking it to probe former Eskom CEO Brian Molefe's reported R30-million "golden handshake". Last week, Sanco requested that Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane probe whether or... 

De Lille vows to take minister to court over energy management

By: News24Wire      19th April 2017 The City of Cape Town is preparing to take legal action against the energy minister over where it receives its electricity supply from, mayor Patricia de Lille said on Tuesday. The city would fight for its right to purchase renewable energy directly from independent power producers (IPP), she... 

Koeberg Unit 2 shut down for planned maintenance

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     18th April 2017 Unit 2 of Eskom’s Koeberg nuclear power station was shut down on Monday for a scheduled refuelling outage, after a record 492 days of uninterrupted run. The refuelling outage will take about two months to complete, with Unit 2 expected back on line by May. Unit 1 is currently operating optimally... 

Saudi Arabia embarks on utility-scale renewable energy projects 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     18th April 2017 Saudi Arabia is seeking bids for its first utility-scale renewable energy projects, following the launch of the round one request for proposal (RFP) stage by the country’s Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources Minister Khalid Al Falih. The RFP is now live on a 300 MW solar photovoltaic (PV)... 

Saudi Arabia embarks on utility-scale renewable energy projects

Company seizes opportunities in power sector

By: Nadine James     14th April 2017 Many utility power plants are approaching the end of their design life, with engineers conducting life extension studies for boilers and related auxiliary equipment. To accommodate a changing operating environment, redesigning components and equipment to replace those which have reached the end... 

Company seizes opportunities in  power sector
VERSATILE OFFERING Steinmüller Africa offers turnkey solutions for header-type, tube sheet-type, shell and tube heat exchangers

Exosun, Lesedi partnership to offer localised solar tracking solutions

By: Mia Breytenbach     14th April 2017 Global supplier of solar tracking solutions for ground-mounted photovoltaic (PV) plants Exosun and South Africa-based engineering, procurement and construction company Lesedi Nuclear Services have entered into a partnership to provide localised solar tracking systems in South Africa. “Lesedi will... 

Exosun, Lesedi partnership to offer localised solar tracking solutions
Photo by Exosun
BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT Lesedi Nuclear Services will ensure plant design, tracker manufacturing and installation of Exosun’s single-axis solar tracker

France’s new nuclear firm pursuing SA research reactor deal

By: Keith Campbell     14th April 2017 Newly created French nuclear company TechnicAtome plans to bid for South Africa’s planned new research reactor. The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) is planning a p rogramme to replace its current research reactor, SAFARI-1, which is now more than 50 years old. "We are absolutely... 

Increased demand for SD flooring

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th April 2017 Static control solutions provider Altico completed two static dissipative (SD) flooring installations last month for the electronic repairs franchise weFix at Balito Lifestyle Centre, in KwaZulu-Natal, as well as at the Vaal Mall, in Gauteng. 

Increased demand  for SD flooring
INDUSTRIAL APPLICATION Static dissipative flooring eliminates electron imbalances and decreases faulting electronic equipment

Innovative projects making strides in laser industry

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     14th April 2017 The Laser Research Institute (LRI), part of the Physics Department at Stellenbosch University, has achieved notable research outputs during the past three years, which has resulted in several innovative projects such as ultrafast laser spectroscopy, as well as infrared spectroscopy and laser... 

Innovative projects making strides in laser industry
SIZEABLE DEVELOPMENT A robust miniature carbon dioxide laser test system for commercialisation and a large, high-pressure carbon dioxide laser to provide infrared light with Terawatt peak power are being developed

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