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Electricity News

Ncondezi submits updated tariff proposal for Mozambique energy project

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th July 2018 Aim-listed Ncondezi Energy has submitted an updated tariff proposal to Mozambican State-owned power utility Electricidade de Moçambique (EDM) and the Ministry of Mineral Resources and Energy (Mireme). The updated tariff proposal arose from a financial model submitted to the two authorities, which... 

Greenpeace, DA scrutinise Eskom, China Bank’s R33bn loan agreement 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th July 2018 Nonprofit organisation Greenpeace has expressed its disappointment at China choosing to support “dirty, dead-end coal” in South Africa, especially since China has an emerging and strengthening leadership on climate change. This comment follows after State-owned power utility Eskom on Tuesday... 

BioTherm reaches financial close on four renewables projects

By: Creamer Media Reporter      25th July 2018 African renewable energy development platform and power producer BioTherm Energy has reached financial close on a 284 MW portfolio of wind and solar projects in South Africa as part of the fourth round of the South African Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme. The... 

Eskom leaders hint at need for independent system operator 

By: Terence Creamer     24th July 2018 South Africa’s cash-strapped electricity utility Eskom is considering far-reaching changes to its business model as part of an in-depth review, being undertaken ahead of the finalisation of a new corporate plan. Chairperson Jabu Mabuza already flagged this week that the new corporate plan, which... 

Eskom leaders hint at need for independent system operator
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Eskom chairperson Jabu Mabuza

Brics bank approves $600m loans for South African, Chinese projects

By: Reuters     24th July 2018 The New Development Bank, set up by the Brics group of emerging economies, has approved loans of $300-million for energy projects in South Africa and $300-million for a transportation project in China. South Africa, which will host a Brics summit later this week in Johannesburg, is trying to... 

Eskom confident of raising R72bn despite qualified audit  

By: Terence Creamer     23rd July 2018 Financially stressed electricity producer Eskom expressed confidence on Monday that it would be able raise the R72-billion it required for the 2019 financial year, despite having received a qualified audit opinion for the 2018 financial year, reporting a R2.3-billion loss and nearly 20-billion in... 

Eskom confident of raising R72bn despite qualified audit
Eskom chairperson Jabu Mabuza explains why IPPs do not pose a financial risk to the utility. Camera Work & Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 23.07.2018

As crops dry, Malawi turns to solar irrigation

By: Reuters     23rd July 2018 As climate change brings longer droughts, farmers in eastern Malawi's already dry Lake Chilwa basin are seeing an ever-more-frequent disaster: maize wilting or drying completely, leaving families hungry. "In the past many farmers relied on rain-fed agriculture to grow their food," said Edwin... 

Eskom in talks with government over firm's headcount

By: Reuters     23rd July 2018 Power utility Eskom said on Monday it was in discussions with the government to look at the cash-strapped firm's headcount in effort to boost productivity. "These are discussions we are having with our shareholder," said CEO Phakamani Hadebe, during the State-owned company's results presentation... 

Eskom reports R19bn in irregular expenditure, net loss of R2.3bn 

By: African News Agency      23rd July 2018 South Africa's cash-strapped state power utility Eskom has uncovered R19-billion in irregular expenditure going as far back as 2012, its chairperson Jabu Mabuza said on Monday in a statement accompanying the company's results for the year ended March 31. The entity also reported a net loss after... 

Eskom reports R19bn in irregular expenditure, net loss of R2.3bn
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Eskom chairperson Jabu Mabuza

Eskom blames illegal connections for Soweto power failures

By: African News Agency      20th July 2018 Parts of Soweto have gone without electricity for several days, but Eskom has simply said there is nothing it can do because the power failures are caused by "illegal connections". Residents of Zola, Emndeni, Zondi, and Mofolo residents have taken to social media to vent their frustrations about... 

S African project managers require business competencies

By: Donald Makhafola     20th July 2018 In the early stages of a project management career, some professionals have a lack of understanding of the link between business strategy and projects, and with this, the acumen to know what business information emanating from the project is useful to extract, interpret and provide to the... 

S African project managers require business competencies
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PROJECT MANAGERS Project Management South Africa members are currently undergoing assessment on the designations that require a review of the competencies associated with project management

Lighting system success to spur further projects

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     20th July 2018 On the back of its successfully executed project in the design, supply and installation of a new lighting system at consumer goods company Unilever’s distribution centre in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal, energy efficient electrical solutions provider Magnet will pursue large-scale energy... 

Lighting system success to spur further projects
LIGHT ‘EM UP Magnet will expand its large-scale energy solution offerings to other Unilever sites

Varied policy frameworks constraining Africa’s development potential

By: Simone Liedtke     19th July 2018 Policy and regulatory frameworks across Africa remain varied and largely constrain the development potential of the continent, international law firm Pinsent Masons Africa partner Rob Morson says. Speaking at the PowerGen conference, in Sandton, on Thursday, he lamented that the current policy... 

Sixth solar challenge sees champions return, raft of new entries from abroad

By: Irma Venter     19th July 2018 The 2018 Sasol Solar Challenge, set to take place from September 22 to September 29, will mark South Africa’s sixth solar car race. The eight-day event will see more than 20 teams depart from Pretoria and finish in Stellenbosch. The awards ceremony is scheduled to take place in Cape Town on... 

Sixth solar challenge sees champions return, raft of new entries from abroad

Kibo’s Mbeya special mining licence submissions in final stages

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th July 2018 Following the submission of Aim- and AltX-listed Kibo Mining’s local content plan (LCP) and integrity pledge (IP) to the Mining Commission – a constituent of the Tanzania Ministry of Mines – within the next two weeks, the authority will be ready to consider Kibo’s application for a special mining... 

Battery storage to benefit businesses, municipalities

By: Simone Liedtke     18th July 2018 Battery storage will have a significant and firm impact on the uptake of renewable energy in South Africa, enabling users, whether in the retail or industrial space, to leverage some of the value that solar energy can create, says SOLA Future Energy energy storage services head Daniel Goldstuck.... 

Globeleq acquires Brookfield’s South African renewables portfolio

By: Anine Kilian     18th July 2018 Globeleq has entered into an agreement with an affiliate of Brookfield Asset Management to acquire Brookfield’s interest in its South African renewable energy portfolio.   The agreement is subject to various closing conditions and, once fulfilled, will give Globeleq a majority shareholding in six... 

Globeleq acquires Brookfield’s South African renewables portfolio

Electricity supply in Africa driven by market rather than player – PowerGen panel

By: Marleny Arnoldi     18th July 2018 The energy industry in Africa is faced with more opportunities than challenges, a panel of speakers at the PowerGen conference agreed on Tuesday. Power Utility Leadership platform founder Izak du Plessis remarked that similar to other industries, the electricity industry will change and keep... 

Africa’s energy industry facing disruption

By: Anine Kilian     17th July 2018 Africa’s energy industry is not declining, but it is being disrupted, says GE gas power systems anglophone Africa sales MD Nosizwe Dlengezele. Addressing media at a briefing, in Johannesburg, on Tuesday, she noted that, ultimately, people who rely on the energy market will find ways to acquire... 

Eskom cuts power to defaulting Free State municipalities 

By: African News Agency      17th July 2018 Residents at Tokologo, Masilonyana and Nala municipalities in the Free State will face power cuts due to the councils' failure to honour their debt payment agreements with Eskom, the power utility said on Tuesday. ''The next payments for Tokologo, Masilonyana and Nala Local municipalities were... 

Life After Coal campaign demands IRP take water costs into account

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th July 2018 A report from the Life After Coal campaign calls for uncounted costs to South Africa’s water resources to be accounted for in the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP). Mining coal and burning it in power stations uses large amounts of water and pollutes water as well, imposing massive but uncounted... 

Acwa Power, CEF to co-invest in Redstone CSP project 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th July 2018 Power generation technology developer Acwa Power on Monday signed an investment agreement with South Africa’s Central Energy Fund (CEF) regarding the Redstone concentrated solar thermal power plant (CSP) plant, in the Northern Cape.  

Acwa Power, CEF to co-invest in Redstone CSP project
Acwa investment agreement signed with CEF

Multimillion-rand French funding deal for drought-stricken Western Cape still needs environmental approval

By: News24Wire      16th July 2018 A nearly R9-million joint desalination project between the Western Cape government and the French government still needs the required environmental approval for operation in November. The solar-powered desalination plant, the first of its kind, will be located in the coastal town of Witsand on... 

Ministers reiterate commitment to implementation of LHWP Phase 2

By: Simone Liedtke     16th July 2018 South African Water and Sanitation Minister Gugile Nkwinti, Lesotho Water Minister Samonyane Ntsekele and the Lesotho High Commissioner Sello Moloto have reaffirmed their commitment to the successful implementation of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP) Phase 2. Poised to secure a... 

Low-carbon economy scenarios project under way

By: Terence Creamer     13th July 2018 Amid growing calls for South Africa’s transition to a low-carbon economy to be a just one, a project has been launched to map the possible socioeconomic and environmental scenarios for the transition. The initiative is being undertaken by the Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection... 

Low-carbon economy scenarios project under way
Zamanzima Mazibuko

One arrested as Eskom stolen cables worth R5m discovered in Johannesburg 

By: Reuters     13th July 2018 An investigation team from Eskom recovered stolen Eskom infrastructure worth R5-million, the power utility said on Friday. One person was arrested when the team and members of the SA Police Service made the discovery of the infrastructure, which included aluminium and copper cables, in... 

Thyssenkrupp launches industrial-scale water electrolysis solution for large projects

By: Schalk Burger     13th July 2018 Engineering and construction company Thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions on Thursday launched its industrial-scale advanced water electrolysis solution that makes large-scale hydrogen production from electricity economically attractive. The advanced water electrolysis features a well-proven cell... 

Infrastructure-focused firm moving to raise capital for next round of acquisitions

By: Terence Creamer     13th July 2018 JSE-listed investment holding company GAIA Infrastructure Capital is embarking on an investor roadshow in an effort to raise the capital it needs to acquire additional infrastructure assets with a combined value of R1.7-billion. The company, which invests in operating infrastructure assets in... 

Infrastructure-focused firm moving to raise capital for next round of acquisitions
GAIA Infrastructure Capital CEO Prudence Lebina

Event seeks sustainability for Africa’s electricity supply industry

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     13th July 2018 This year’s POWER-GEN & DistribuTECH Africa (PGDA) event will focus on all areas of the electricity supply industry, in line with the goal to take a holistic approach and engender sustainability across the industry, PGDA consistent advisory board chairperson Dr Willie De Beer tells Engineering... 

Event seeks sustainability for Africa’s electricity supply industry
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INDUSTRY EVENT POWER-GEN & DistribuTECH Africa presents a one-stop shop for the electricity supply industry under one roof

Event provides inclusive platform for power supply industry

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     13th July 2018 POWER-GEN & DistribuTECH Africa is an important power generation and distribution event, as it enables the entire spectrum of the power supply industry to convene in one place, from end-user and supplier to service provider, says industrial rope access provider Skyriders marketing manager Mike... 

Event provides inclusive platform for power  supply industry
INDUSTRY PLAYER Skyriders conducts inspections for power generation companies

Power generation posited as mutually beneficial solution

13th July 2018 Municipalities have a lot to gain from small scale, localised power generation in future, but any power generation plans must be approached in a long-term strategic manner involving multiple departments. Speaking ahead of POWER-GEN & DistribuTECH Africa 2018, power sector experts said... 

Power generation posited as  mutually beneficial solution
FULL CIRCLE Before the advent of Eskom in 1926, municipalities in South Africa generated their own power

Magnets driving energy saving

By: Halima Frost     13th July 2018 Over the past 18 months, Durban-based compressor original-equipment manufacturer Airstream Compressors has supplied 15 rotary-screw air compressor (SCR) permanent magnet (PM) driven compressors across South Africa, saving clients between 30% and 40% on energy costs. Airstream Compressors has... 

Magnets driving energy saving
ALL IN ONE SOLUTION The SCR PM Compressor offers energy saving and a sleek design

M&A advisory firm aims to use SA as gateway to African market

By: Nadine James     13th July 2018 Washington DC-headquartered mergers and acquisition advisory firm Taylor Advisory announced last week that it was entering the African market through South Africa with the appointment of Francois Baird as its Africa co-chairperson and Riaan Rademan as its South Africa co-chairperson. This is... 

M&A advisory firm aims to use SA as gateway to African market
FRANCOIS BAIRD Taylor Advisory's ability to deliver the best results, instead of simply brokering a deal, is specifically vital for Africa-based companies

UK continues to push development of small and modular reactors

By: Rebecca Campbell     13th July 2018 The UK Government has reaffirmed its commitment, including research and development (R&D) funding, to the development of small and modular nuclear reactors. It has done so in the Nuclear Sector Deal, developed by Britain’s Nuclear Industry Council in cooperation with the Government, and published... 

Others expected to follow Coca-Cola’s solar leadership as costs fall

By: Simone Liedtke     13th July 2018 Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa (CCBSA), Coca-Cola’s bottling partner in South Africa, is aiming to have 25% of its electricity powered by renewable sources by 2025. The company says the first 10% of this renewable energy, about 18-million kilowatt hours a year, will be rolled out nationwide... 

Others expected to follow Coca-Cola’s solar leadership as costs fall

Vacuum systems leak detection a first for Southern Africa

By: Halima Frost     13th July 2018 South African pump distributor Integrated Pump Technology has added on-site vacuum leak detection of vacuum systems to complement its existing service offering of design, supply, service and repairs of vacuum pumps and systems. Making use of the recently launched Leybold Phoenix Quadro portable... 

Wind energy industry warned of tough road ahead

By: Kim Cloete     12th July 2018 A leading economist has warned the wind energy industry that it will need to become even more competitive and lower the price of wind power in a stagnant and increasingly challenging South African energy sector.   “Our power sector is bankrupt. Whether we like it or not, this will impact the wind... 

Wind energy industry warned of tough road ahead

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