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Eskom vows to take disciplinary action against striking workers

By: African News Agency      13th August 2018 Eskom on Monday vowed to take disciplinary action against its workers who embarked on industrial action and damaged infrastructure last week as the power utility and unions failed to reach an agreement in protracted wage negotiations. The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa)... 

Northern Cape wind farm funds FitzPatrick Institute bird study

By: Anine Kilian     10th August 2018 Kangnas Wind Farm and the FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology are working in partnership to gather data related to the Red Lark’s current status, its occurrence, habitat preferences and threats.  As an endemic species, Red Lark is one of only a few species solely confined to the Northern... 

Company appoints resellers to install sealing systems

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     10th August 2018 Distributor and maintenance contractor Southern Africa Master Distributors (SAMD), which is the Africa representative for sealing solutions provider Beele Engineering, has trained and appointed resellers in key industries to install Beele Engineering products, says SAMD sales and marketing... 

Company appoints  resellers to install  sealing systems
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SOLAR SEALING Southern Africa Master Distributors is in negotiations to supply Beele Engineering products for a solar plant, in the Northern Cape

Enhanced compressed air dryer launched

10th August 2018 Global manufacturing and industrial equipment supplier, SPX Flow, through compressed air treatment supplier Artic Driers International, has introduced a “radically” new approach to compressed air drying, according to an Artic Driers International statement in July. The incessant need to reduce... 

Anticipated growth for solar furnace market

10th August 2018 The global solar furnace market is envisaged to leverage the opportunity created by the growing need to use solar energy as a cost-effective alternative to fossil fuel, owing to increasing prices. This is according to a report by market researcher and consulting services provider TMR Research,... 

Anticipated growth for solar furnace market
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VERSATILE Solar furnaces can be installed for controlling heat generation during high temperature processes

R12m solar PV plant to be installed at Liberty Midlands Mall

By: Nadine James     8th August 2018 Liberty Two Degrees (L2D), in partnership with Liberty Group, on Wednesday announced the first solar photovoltaic (PV) installation at the Liberty Midlands Mall, in Pietermaritzburg. This solar PV plant is being commissioned on the roof of the mall’s 22 000 m2 Phase 3 extension, which was... 

Ghanaian President sacks Energy Minister, gives no reason

By: Reuters     7th August 2018 Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo sacked Energy Minister Boakye Agyarko on Monday, a statement from the presidency said, giving no official reason. Press reports said Agyarko was removed because Akufo-Addo was unhappy with his handling of an agreement to extend an existing five-year deal with... 

SENER, Acciona initiate salt melting process at Kathu CSP project

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th August 2018 Engineering and technology group SENER, together with Acciona Industrial, have achieved a milestone with the start of the salt melting process at the Kathu Solar Park concentrated solar power (CSP) plant. The molten salt will be used to store heat from the solar field that can later be... 

SENER, Acciona initiate salt melting process at Kathu CSP project
SENERtrough-2 system at Kathu Solar Park's concentrated solar power plant

Eskom pilots incentive designed to claw back 5 TWh of energy-intensive demand 

By: Terence Creamer     6th August 2018 State-owned electricity producer Eskom has confirmed that it has entered into a sales incentive pilot programme with nine large industrial customers in a bid to stabilise sales to electricity-intensive industries. The two-year sales incentive pilot programme, which commenced on June 1, has the... 

Eskom pilots incentive designed to claw back 5 TWh of energy-intensive demand

Energy access a catalyst for economic growth, says green energy company 

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd August 2018 Access to cheaper and reliable energy, through renewable energy technology, would be a catalyst for boosting the African continent’s gross domestic product (GDP) in a sustainable way, green energy technology provider New Southern Energy (NSE) CEO David Masureik told Engineering News Online in a... 

Energy access a catalyst for economic growth, says green energy company
New Southern Energy CEO David Masureik speaks to Engineering News Online about renewable energy projects and Africa's energy future. Video and Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Power system recovery to take 30 days, load-shedding risk remains high 

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd August 2018 State-owned Eskom expects it will take up to 30 days for the power system to recover from the effects of the recent industrial action, which interrupted continuous processes at the power stations. During the 30-day recovery period, the risk of load-shedding remains high, it warned on Friday. 

Power system recovery to take 30 days, load-shedding risk remains high

Numsa takes Eskom's latest wage offer back to members

By: African News Agency      3rd August 2018 The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) said on Friday that it would take the latest wage offer made by power utility Eskom to its members for ratification.  This, as Numsa, together with other trade unions, met with the management team of Eskom on Thursday under the auspices... 

Numsa takes Eskom's latest wage offer back to members
Numsa general secretary Irvin Jim

Agreement stokes West African renewable-energy market

By: Schalk Burger     3rd August 2018 German solar mounting company Schletter Group has signed a wholesale agreement with steel manufacturer Sparkwest Steel Industries, which will exclusively market Schletter open-area and rooftop systems in Nigeria. Sparkwest Steel will also act as wholesale dealer for the Schletter Group in a... 

Solidarity accepts Eskom's latest wage offer

By: African News Agency      2nd August 2018 Trade union Solidarity on Thursday said its members had accepted power utility Eskom's wage offer. In a statement, the union said "it would now do everything within its power to stabilise the power grid", after members indicated they would accept an offer of a 7.5% wage increase for this year, 7%... 

Eskom postpones power interruptions to the Emfuleni municipality 

By: African News Agency      2nd August 2018 South African power utility, Eskom on Thursday said it has postponed the planned power interruptions to the Emfuleni municipality following a court interdict lodged by a group of local businesses in the greater Vaal area, in Gauteng. Eskom spokesperson Khulu Phasiwe said the businesses have asked... 

Eskom offers investors up to $1.5bn of 10-year bonds – source

By: Reuters     2nd August 2018 South Africa's struggling state-owned power firm Eskom offered investors up to $1.5-billion of ten-year bonds on Thursday, a source familiar with the matter told Reuters. Separately, Eskom spokesperson Khulu Phasiwe said Eskom was planning a foreign bond sale and that the firm's chief executive... 

IFC, Gaia partnership working to power Africa

By: Simone Liedtke     1st August 2018 World Bank Group member, the International Finance Corporation (IFC), has forged a new partnership with Moroccan renewable energy developer Gaia Energy to create a joint platform for the development of wind power and other renewable energy projects in Africa. Originally developed by Gaia Energy,... 

AMSA studies new Vanderbijl electric arc furnace as it moves to restart Vereeniging mill 

By: Terence Creamer     1st August 2018 Steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA), which announced its first interim profit in six years and may be on track to deliver its first full year profit since 2010, has initiated a study for the construction of a new electric arc furnace (EAF) at its Vanderbijlpark mill and has also... 

AMSA studies new Vanderbijl electric arc furnace as it moves to restart Vereeniging mill
AMSA CEO Kobus Verster

Energy access solution lies in adopting VRFB technology in renewable energy – Nikomarov  

By: Simone Liedtke     1st August 2018 With about 650-million people in Africa currently without access to electricity, Bushveld Minerals subsidiary Bushveld Energy CEO Mikhail Nikomarov believes the solution lies in area-specific solutions. He explained in an interview with Mining Weekly Online that a solution needs to be an... 

Energy access solution lies in adopting VRFB technology in renewable energy – Nikomarov
Bushveld Energy CEO Mikhail Nikomarov speaks to Mining Weekly Online about the company's mission to address Africa's electricity shortage through cost effective storage and vanadium applications for Africa-specific solutions. Video and Editing: Nicholas Boyd

Enel Green Power reaches financial close on five new wind farms

By: Simone Liedtke     1st August 2018 Enel Global Renewable Energies’ Enel Green Power (EGP) division, in Southern Africa, has reached financial close on five new wind farms with about 700 MW in capacity. The five wind farms – Nxuba and Oyster Bay, in the Eastern Cape, and Garob, Karusa and Soetwater, in the Northern Cape – have a... 

Enel Green Power reaches financial close on five new wind farms

Risk of rotational load shedding high on Wednesday – Eskom 

By: African News Agency      1st August 2018 South Africa's power utility, Eskom, on Wednesday, said that the risk of Stage 1 rotational load shedding remained high but will only be implemented if "absolutely necessary". Eskom said it did not implement load shedding on Wednesday morning, adding that the electricity system remained... 

Sanedi calls on industry to move back Earth Overshoot Day

By: Simone Liedtke     1st August 2018 As part of its mission to address the issues of clean and sustainable energy, the South African National Energy Development Institute (Sanedi) will be participating in this year’s global Earth Overshoot Day, taking place on August 1, by urging South Africans to check their ecological footprint... 

Sanedi calls on industry to move back Earth Overshoot Day

EIUG calls on Eskom to end impasse, resolve conflict

By: Simone Liedtke     1st August 2018 The Energy Intensive User Group (EIUG) of Southern Africa is concerned about the continuing industrial conflict at State-owned Eskom, it said in a statement on Wednesday. It called on the power utility and its unions to find a way to end the impasse, and to “show responsibility in respect of... 

Floating solar PV solution could hold benefits for South African end-users – Black & Veatch 

By: Simone Liedtke     1st August 2018 Floating solar photovoltaic (PV) solutions, which make use of a flotation system on which the PV modules are attached, addresses the shortage of reasonably priced land, as well as the need to reduce the rate of evaporation from precious freshwater reservoirs, such as dams or lakes, Black & Veatch... 

South Africa faces power cuts as Eskom power units down – internal report 

By: Reuters     31st July 2018 Fifteen units are currently down at nine South African power stations, taking over 6 000 MW of power or 13% of Eskom's output off the national grid, an internal document seen by Reuters showed on Tuesday. Eskom provides more than 90% of the power for Africa's most industrialised economy, but the... 

South Africa faces power cuts as Eskom power units down – internal report

Eskom workers down tools at some South African power stations

By: Reuters     30th July 2018 Workers at some of South African State-owned utility Eskom's power stations have downed tools after an impasse over wages but supply has not been disrupted, spokesperson Khulu Phasiwe said on Monday. A spate of controlled blackouts was triggered last month following worker-led protests after the... 

Eskom workers down tools at some South African power stations

Treasury says has received draft report on Eskom coal contract

By: News24Wire      30th July 2018 South Africa's National Treasury has received the draft forensic report on alleged irregularities in the awarding by state power utility Eskom of a coal contract to Tegeta and in logistics firm Transnet’s procurement of locomotives from China South Rail, it said at the weekend. The Treasury said... 

Treasury says has received draft report on Eskom coal contract

Chinese investors plan $10bn metallurgical complex in South Africa

By: Reuters     27th July 2018 Chinese investors signed agreements to build a $10-billion metallurgical complex in South Africa during President Xi Jinping's state visit this week and hope to start construction next year, an executive involved in the project and a provincial official told Reuters. South Africa's President... 

South Africa’s wind industry calls for standard metrics for employment in the energy sector 

By: Kim Cloete     27th July 2018 The South African wind industry has called for a standardised metric to determine employment in the energy sector.   Currently all South African coal power-related employment studies use the metric employees or jobs as opposed to the more internationally applied metric person-years, which is used... 

Uganda signs agreement to protect small-scale renewable energy projects

By: African News Agency      27th July 2018 Uganda on Friday became the first African country to de-risk small and medium scale renewables in a bid to ensure the viability of these renewable energy projects. This, as Uganda signed an agreement with the Regional Liquidity Support Facility (RLSF), a joint initiative of the African Trade... 

Ethiopian Nile dam manager found shot dead in his car

By: Reuters     27th July 2018 The project manager of a $4-billion Ethiopian dam was found shot dead in his car on Thursday, police said. "We have confirmed that engineer Simegnew Bekele was shot dead," Zeinu Jemal, head of Ethiopia's Federal Police Commission, told reporters. "He had a bullet wound behind his right ear,"... 

Limited gas exploration affects South Africa’s energy mix

By: Melissa Zisengwe     27th July 2018 Gas could soon become an important element in the South African energy mix, despite the amount of gas used currently being very low, with limited imports and exploration activities, says South African Oil & Gas Alliance (SAOGA) CEO Niall Kramer. “South Africa’s gas usage is about 3% of our total... 

Limited gas exploration affects South Africa’s energy mix
NIALL KRAMER The gas industry has the potential to grow and catalytically influence our economy

Natural gas vital for S Africa’s energy security

By: Melissa Zisengwe     27th July 2018 The energy sector’s global and inclusive forum for engagement, the Energy Council, believes that South Africa’s Gas-to-Power programme is vital to ensuring energy security for the country. Consequently, the Energy Council regularly engages with the Department of Energy (DoE) to see how the... 

Natural gas vital for  S Africa’s energy security
PIPPA BROWN Energy Council Africa director speaking at the Energy Council event in May

Price of electricity affects local gas-to-power projects

By: Melissa Zisengwe     27th July 2018 One of the biggest challenges of implementing gas-to-power projects in South Africa is the volatility of the natural gas price, compared with that of electricity, says consultancy firm WSP Africa generation and power regional director Martin Mkhabela. This volatility is caused by the pricing... 

Price of electricity affects local gas-to-power projects
MARTIN MKHABELA The Integrated Resource Plan forecasts South Africa’s long-term electricity demand

China loans to Africa energy, infrastructure projects almost trebled between 2016 and 2017

By: African News Agency      26th July 2018 The value of Chinese loans to energy and infrastructure projects in Africa almost trebled between 2016 and 2017 to nearly $9-billion and the impact of this lending is increasingly visible in Africa, law firm Baker McKenzie said at the sidelines of a Brics summit. Baker McKenzie, participating at... 

Cape Town pushes ahead with plans for more renewable energy

By: Kim Cloete     26th July 2018 The City of Cape Town is working hard to meet its target for renewable energy to make up 20% of total energy used in the city by 2020. It is also following international blueprints and plans to implement more renewable energy projects, says City of Cape Town energy executive director Kadri Nassiep. 

Cape Town pushes ahead with plans for more renewable energy

South Africa opens door to future Russian nuclear power deal

By: Reuters     26th July 2018 South Africa cannot afford large-scale expansion of its nuclear power fleet but would still be open to future nuclear deals with Russia, the ruling party's Treasurer General said on Thursday shortly before President Vladimir Putin arrived for the Brics summit. The nuclear project was prioritised... 

South Africa opens door to future Russian nuclear power deal
ANC treasurer general Paul Mashatile

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