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Eskom

Consulting firm calls for privatisation of power utility

By: Sascha Solomons     13th May 2016 State-owned power utility Eskom needs to be operated more like a private-sector business by people who have knowledge of the energy sector, experience in bureaucratic processes, business acumen and political influence, says global growth consulting firm Frost and Sullivan. “Bringing politics... 

Energy sector headed in a positive direction

By: Sascha Solomons     13th May 2016 With State-owned power utility Eskom’s Medupi and Kusile power stations contributing about 10 GW jointly at full operation, global consulting firm KPMG believes the Department of Energy is proactively working towards reaching the National Development Plan’s (NDP) 2030 goal of having about 17 GW... 

Fifty-eight participants graduate from Eskom academy

By: Sascha Solomons     13th May 2016 In line with its commitment to develop skills and create jobs, State-owned power utility Eskom’s Contractor Academy saw 58 participants drawn from Mpumalanga, Limpopo, the North West and Gauteng graduate in March this year. The graduation ceremony celebrated the upskilling of another group of... 

Fifty-eight participants graduate from  Eskom academy
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BRIAN MOLEFE Through the academy, Eskom develops and supports of small and medium-sized enterprises

Illegal connections, cable theft pose threat to zero harm mandate

By: Sascha Solomons     13th May 2016 The increase in the number of informal settlements in the Western Cape has led to an increase in  unsafe electricity connections. This plus the ability of higher income areas to pay electricians to by-pass Eskom meters,  impinges on State-owned power utility Eskom’s zero harm initiative. “The... 

Illegal connections, cable theft pose threat  to zero harm mandate
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ILLEGAL CONNECTIONS The unsafe electiciy connections are proving to be a costly procedure for Eskom

Ingula set for completion next month

By: Sascha Solomons     13th May 2016 Mechanical engineering contracting company SA FIVE Engineering says State-owned power utility Eskom’s Ingula pumped-storage scheme’s commissioning is set to be completed by the end of next month. “The construction of Ingula is complete and only the commissioning needs to be done. Unit 3 and Unit... 

Ingula set for completion next month
INGULA POWER STATION The new hydropower station nears completion

Medupi to comply with emissions standards

By: Sascha Solomons     13th May 2016 State-owned power utility Eskom intends to retrofit each of Medupi power stations’ six power generation units with flue gas desulphurisation (FGD) technology, which is used to reduce the sulphur dioxide (SO2) emissions of a coal-fired power station but has the drawback of requiring high water... 

Medupi to comply with emissions standards
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MEDUPI POWER STATION The FGD will allow Medupi to comply with the new plant cabon dioxide minimum emission standard

Power grid might have reached secure state

By: Sascha Solomons     13th May 2016 Despite negative publicity associated with load-shedding, tariff price hikes and the loss of senior management in the past couple of years, State-owned power utility Eskom might have reached a more secure state in 2016, consulting firm Frost & Sullivan asserts. Frost and Sullivan energy and... 

Power grid might have reached secure state
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ESKOM REACHES STABLE GROUND Power utility to provide oversupply of power

Power utility opts to use renewable energy source

By: Sascha Solomons     13th May 2016 Solar system specialists and engineering design company ZRW Mechanika completed the installation of a 50 kW hybrid solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant at Wilgers education and community centre near the Kusile power plant in Witbank, Mpumalanga, in January 2016. ZRW Mechanika was awarded the... 

Power utility opts to use renewable energy source
HYBRID SOLAR PHOTOVOLTAIC Renewable and cost efficient energy source

Chequered power system needs balanced maintenance, strong leadership, says consultancy

By: Mia Breytenbach     15th May 2015 Power utilities need to master the act of balancing scheduled and unscheduled maintenance, says global growth consulting firm Frost & Sullivan. Programme manager for energy and environment, Johan Muller, adds that maintenance can be managed, provided a utility’s assets are relatively predictive.... 

Chequered power system needs  balanced maintenance, strong  leadership, says consultancy
Photo by Braam Daniels (Lesedi Nuclear Services)s
GAME PLAN Eskom's strategic focus points could include ensuring the viability of projects before commissioning and ensuring their completion on time and within budget

Flue ducting, distribution pylons supplied to new build

By: Mia Breytenbach     15th May 2015 Steel products and related services company Structa Group’s manufacturing, machining and refurbishment services subsidiaries Turnmill Proquip Engineering and One Steel Engineering are supplying flue-ducting material to State-owned power utility Eskom’s Kusile power station, in Mpumalanga. In... 

Flue ducting, distribution pylons supplied to  new build
HOLISTIC OFFERING Structa’s subsidiaries provided significant quality, sufficient capacity and a quick production turnaround on the Kusile and Medupi flue ducting

Gas turbines should power current and future WC demand

By: Dylan Slater     15th May 2015 The use of gas turbines should, ideally, be conceptualised and the related infrastructure constructed as soon as possible in the Western Cape to overcome current electricity undercapacity issues and grow future demand, says business leadership organisation Accelerate Cape Town (ACT). 

Gas turbines should  power current and  future WC demand
CHRIS WHELAN There is a strong push in the Western Cape to pursue gas turbines to supplement national baseload power generation

Grid expansion to unlock new capacity

By: Mia Breytenbach     15th May 2015 The key to successful grid expansion and transformation is State-owned power utility Eskom’s ability to rapidly respond to the new generation footprint. Therefore, the power utility should be able to expand the transmission grid as soon as new generation access is needed, says Eskom strategic... 

Grid expansion  to unlock  new capacity
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ACCELERATED IMPLEMENTATION Generation implementation can be reduced through strategic anticipation of the correct corridors to unlock generation access capacities for the grid

Key changes needed for efficient electricity generation

By: Mia Breytenbach     15th May 2015 State-owned power utility Eskom has to implement changes in several key areas to ensure efficient electricity generation and operational management, combined with cost improvements, says management consulting technology services and outsourcing company Accenture South Africa. Accenture South... 

Key changes needed for efficient electricity generation
REINVENTING THE MODEL Staff in capital build services should cover specialisation in industrial relations, procurement, information technology systems and finance for projects

Koeberg generators, tank replacement projects still on track

By: Mia Breytenbach     15th May 2015 Technical resources provider, Lesedi Nuclear Services, remains on track to complete its portion of the steam generator replacement (SGR) project in 2018 at State-owned power utility Eskom’s Koeberg nuclear power station, in the Western Cape. Lesedi Nuclear Services, part of the South African SGR... 

Koeberg generators, tank replacement projects still on track
ON TRACK The scope of work of the South African SGR consortium at the Koeberg nuclear power station include removal and off-loading of the old steam generators

Mindset, approach changes key to ensure sustainable power sector – solutions provider

By: Mia Breytenbach     15th May 2015 While South Africa has to resolve the current power supply problems, the country needs to change its mindset and approach to the power system, as the system allows for ample opportunity to create space for additional growth, states State-owned power utility Eskom former sustainability executive... 

Mindset, approach changes key to ensure sustainable power sector – solutions provider
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INTEGRATED APPROACH The South African power sector opportunities include designing a dynamic system that can manage the incorporation of alternative energy technologies

Position of strategic transmission corridors confirmed

By: Mia Breytenbach     15th May 2015 South African research institute the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), in collaboration with the South African National Biodiversity Institute (Sanbi) and State-owned power utility Eskom, has confirmed the final position of the five strategic transmission corridors in the... 

Position of strategic transmission  corridors confirmed
FUTURE BACKBONE The transmission corridors were identified in support of Strategic Integrated Project 10 pertaining to electricity transmission and distribution

Power outages harming metals and engineering industry, exports

By: Dylan Slater     15th May 2015 The impact of load-shedding and other power outages on the productivity of the metals and engineering industries might soon cripple some local companies’ ability to fulfil export orders, according to employer federation the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa). 

Power outages harming metals and engineering industry, exports
HENK LANGENHOVEN The manufacturing and mining sectors stand to lose the most in production during an unplanned power outage

Research centre to determine renewables impact on power system

By: Mia Breytenbach     15th May 2015 As renewable energy has become increasingly cost competitive as an alternative new-build option in South Africa in the past five years, South African research institute the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) is streamlining its energy-research offerings to cater for the... 

Research centre to  determine renewables  impact on power system
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SYSTEM BLUEPRINT The six Council for Scientific and Industrial Research campuses will demonstrate how a primarily renewables-based energy system can be designed and operated

Residential solar feed-in required for immediate relief

By: Dylan Slater     15th May 2015 A mass supply of electricity from rooftop-mounted solar photovoltaic (PV) solutions in residential households is the only immediate solution to supplement and bring relief to the strained national power grid, which is currently facing undercapacity issues, says management consulting firm The... 

Residential solar feed-in required for immediate relief
URS REINHARD Residential rooftop solar photovoltaic solutions that feed into the national grid are the right thing to do to alleviate the power crisis

Rope access maintenance could reduce power station shutdown durations

By: Mia Breytenbach     15th May 2015 Rope access use can assist in speeding up maintenance and shortening the duration of shutdowns and planned outages at State-owned electricity entity Eskom’s coal-fired power stations, states industrial rope access specialist Skyriders Access Specialists marketing manager Mike Zinn. “Rope access... 

Rope access maintenance could reduce power station shutdown durations
ACCESS ALTERNATIVE Inspections and maintenance at some power stations are performed using ropes, reducing the need for expensive, and time-consuming traditional access systems

‘Flagship’ gearbox orders to new coal-fired builds completed

By: Mia Breytenbach     15th May 2015 Gearbox designer and manufacturer Hansen Transmissions South Africa has completed the supply of 384 Hansen M4 air-cooled condenser (ACC) drives each to State-owned power utility Eskom’s coal-fired Medupi power station, in Limpopo, and the Kusile power station, in Mpumalanga, last month. While the... 

‘Flagship’ gearbox orders to new coal-fired  builds completed
MEGA-DELIVERY The Medupi ACC drive order was the single biggest order received by the Sumitomo group worldwide, and became a material reference project

Government gears for nuclear energy

By: Pimani Baloyi     12th December 2014 Government last month announced that it had successfully concluded the second nuclear vendor parade workshop with delegations from China, France, South Korea and the US, in its bid to source experienced nuclear energy partners to help with South Africa’s nuclear power generation programme. The... 

Government gears for  nuclear energy
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TINA JOEMAT PETTERSSON Government has held two nuclear vendor parade workshops

Medupi fires first coal in conveyors

By: Pimani Baloyi     12th December 2014 Engineering solutions provider ELB Engineering Services says that its conveyors moved the first coal to the mill bunkers of boiler 6 at Medupi power station in Lephalale, Limpopo last month. ELB Medupi project manager Hertzog Verhoef says the coal to bunker process started on October 15, when... 

Medupi fires first coal in conveyors
HERTZOG VERHOEF The Medupi power plant project provided us with an opportunity to establish ELB Construction

Medupi Unit 6 will contribute power by mid-2015

By: Pimani Baloyi     12th December 2014 Johannesburg-based chemical manufacturer Reba Chemicals attended this year’s Lephalale Mining Expo, hosted by Mining and Technical Exhibitions (MTE), to establish partnerships that can expand the company’s reach in the area. Reba Chemicals MD Freddy Motau told Engineering News at the expo, which... 

Medupi Unit 6 will  contribute power by mid-2015
Photo by Duane Daws
LYNNE BROWN The next few years are going to be tough

Additional pumps supply for power stations

By: Mia Breytenbach     16th May 2014 Pumps and pump components manufacturer, servicer and supplier APE Pumps received R11-million worth of pumps supply, installation and refurbishment contracts for State-owned power utility Eskom’s power stations this year, APE Pumps GM Richard Rudling tells Engineering News. While APE Sangus –... 

Additional pumps supply for power stations
PUMPS SUPPLY APE Pumps will supply cooling water recirculation pumps to various Eskom power stations

Auxiliary transformers ready for Kusile

By: Ilan Solomons     16th May 2014 Electrical equipment supplier Zest WEG Group has delivered 18 auxiliary transformers to State-owned power utility Eskom’s new 4 800 MW Kusile coal-fired power station, in Mpumalanga, and is ready to deliver 12 more auxiliary transformers that are currently stored at the company’s Middleburg... 

Auxiliary transformers ready for Kusile
IMPORTANT COMPONENT Auxiliary transformers are a vital element of the Kusile plant

Cable manufacturer supplies Eskom

By: Ilan Solomons     16th May 2014 Local power cable manufacturer Aberdare Cables, a Powertech company within the JSE-listed Altron Group, is supplying cables to State-owned power utility Eskom for use on several of the utility’s new build projects, including the 4 800 MW Kusile coal-fired power station, in Mpumalanga. The company... 

Cable manufacturer supplies Eskom
LONG-TERM COMMITMENT Aberdare Cables has been supplying products to Eskom for since 1954

Company empowers the Emalahleni community through donations

     16th May 2014 Deutsche Telekom information technology business T-Systems South Africa has empowered the community of Emalahleni, in Mpumalanga, with the donation of 38 laptops, including software, accessories and training, to 19 local nongovernmental organisations (NGOs) in March. T-Systems says that this... 

Company empowers the Emalahleni community through donations
GERT SCHOONBEE As a large supplier of solutions and services to Eskom, T-Systems is proud to be a part of the Kusile Package 22 initiative

Company hopes for rebate programme continuation

By: Ilan Solomons     16th May 2014 State-owned power utility Eskom’s standard offer rebate programme encouraged companies to implement energy reduction technologies and many local companies would benefit from it being reinstated, says local engineering, procurement and construction company and energy efficiency solutions provider... 

Company hopes for rebate programme continuation
KAMALLUDIEN PARKER The standard offer rebate programme encouraged commercial, industrial and residential users to install energy efficient systems

Eskom braces for tough winter  

By: Ilan Solomons     16th May 2014 State-owned power utility Eskom will scale down its plans to repair power plants during winter to ensure the country has sufficient electricity supply during this period, Energy Minister Dikobe Ben Martins said during a New Age breakfast briefing, held in Midrand, Johannesburg, last month. He... 

Eskom braces for  tough winter
Department of Energy deputy director-general Dr Wolsey Barnard discusses the challenges facing the national grid.

Eskom obliged to sell power to SADC 

By: Ilan Solomons     16th May 2014 Although South Africa’s power system is severely constrained, State-owned power utility Eskom will continue to sell electricity to neighbouring countries, says Eskom chairperson Zola Tsotsi. Tsotsi, who was speaking at the quarterly state-of-the-system briefing at the utility’s Megawatt Park head... 

Eskom obliged to sell power to SADC
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ZOLA TSOTSI South Africa is a member of the Southern African Development Community and is obliged to trade fairly with other member States

Eskom receives new mobile distribution switching stations

By: Ilan Solomons     16th May 2014 Electrical equipment supplier Zest WEG Group has extended its market reach into mobile distribution switching, with the successful handover of four 22/11 kV mobile distribution switching stations to State-owned power utility Eskom’s Central region, in February, and the subsequent receipt of an... 

Eskom receives new mobile distribution switching stations
SAFETY FOCUS Safety was a major factor during the design phase of the mobile distribution switching stations

Generation and distribution crucial for South Africa

By: Ilan Solomons     16th May 2014 Much emphasis is placed on State-owned power utility Eskom’s lack of electricity generation capacity but distribution is an equally important issue for South Africa, management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company Accenture South Africa Energy senior executive Kenneth Robinson... 

Generation and distribution crucial  for South Africa
Photo by Duane Daws
POWER PRIORITY According to the Integrated Resource Plan for 2010, South Africa requires an additional 40 000 MW over the next 20 years

IPP programmes on track – Eskom  

By: Mia Breytenbach     16th May 2014 State-owned power utility Eskom contracted a total of 6 352 MW from about 82 power purchase agreements (PPAs) with private-sector electricity generators within the borders of South Africa under the Independent Power Producer (IPP) programmes, said Eskom Transmission single buyer office head... 

IPP programmes  on track – Eskom
Eskom single buyer office head Yousuf Haffajee discusses the status of the independent power producer programmes.

New technology to enhance situational awareness for Eskom  

By: Mia Breytenbach     16th May 2014 Power delivery currently faces many challenges including decreasing reserves, an increase in renewable generation and changes in electricity loads – it is, therefore, important that State-owned power utility Eskom manages these challenges by having near real-time observation of the health of the... 

New technology to enhance situational awareness for Eskom
Eskom Power Delivery Engineering division smart grid technologies and operational data chief engineer Reshin Moodley and Eskom System Operator, specialised studies senior engineer Brian Berry explain the advantages of the new PMU technology. Video and video editing: Darlene Creamer

Power utility should continue investment – consulting group

By: Mia Breytenbach     16th May 2014 Despite differing views in industry, State-owned power generation utility Eskom can still generate sufficient power to keep the lights on, even while functioning on a tight reserve margin and with industry not firing on all cylinders, states global growth consulting firm Frost & Sullivan... 

Power utility should continue investment – consulting group
LIGHTS ON Consulting firm Frost & Sullivan estimates that Eskom will be able to manage the grid this winter

Renewable-energy revolution encouraged for South Africa

By: Mia Breytenbach     16th May 2014 While State-owned power utility Eskom, with support from government, needs an ambitious and transformative plan to produce, consume and share energy in the country, South Africa is naturally geared towards significant renewable- energy production, states independent campaigning organisation... 

Renewable-energy  revolution encouraged for South Africa
Photo by Duane Daws
ENERGY REVOLUTION Total renewable power capacity worldwide exceeded 1 470 GW in 2012

SEA to assist in electricity grid infrastructure expansion

By: Mia Breytenbach     16th May 2014 The national Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) is collaborating with State-owned power generation utility Eskom, the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) to facilitate the expansion of electricity grid... 

SEA to assist in electricity grid infrastructure expansion
Photo by Duane Daws
GRID EXPANSION A strategic environmental assessment will facilitate the expansion of electricity grid infrastructure in South Africa
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