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Eskom

Eskom Academy trains over 500 contractors

     19th May 2017 Over the last three years, State-owned power utility Eskom’s enterprise development programme, the Contractor Academy, trained 518 contractors from all nine provinces, with the youth accounting for about 60% of participants. The programme started as a pilot programme in 2008 and has since grown... 

Expo creates new opportunities for young scientists

     19th May 2017 Earlier this month, three learners departed to participate in the International Sustainable World Energy, Engineering, and Environment Project Olympiad (I-SWEEEP) in Houston, US. The three learners did exceptionally well in the Eskom Expo for Young Scientists International Finals in October last... 

Five mobile transformers delivered to Mkondeni unit

     19th May 2017 Five mobile transformers were delivered to State-owned power utility Eskom’s Mkondeni unit in KwaZulu-Natal in March.  The plan to purchase the five 132/88-22/11KV mobile transformers started in 2011 and was followed by a rigorous procurement process. Industrial corporation Siemens was awarded... 

Five mobile transformers delivered to Mkondeni unit
ALTERNATIVE POWER Five mobile transformers delivered to Eskom’s Mkondeni unit can be used to replace existing equipment during scheduled maintenance

Geosynthetic products supplied for substation

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     19th May 2017 Manufacturer and comprehensive supplier of geosynthetic products Fibertex South Africa is providing an ongoing supply of its geosynthetic products for use in the construction of State-owned power utility Eskom’s Pinotage substation, in the Western Cape. This new large electrical substation is... 

Geosynthetic products supplied for substation
GEOSYNTHETIC SUPPLY Fibertex South Africa is providing an ongoing supply of a range of geosynthetic products for use in the construction of the Eskom Pinotage substation

Industry leaders warn of loss in investments in renewables sector

By: Johane Turkstra     19th May 2017 Following State-owned power utility Eskom’s decision last year not to sign a number of contracts with independent power producers (IPP) and the delay in doing so since, industry leaders are warning that a loss in investments in the renewables sector could lead to a severe plateau in... 

Industry leaders warn of loss in investments in renewables sector
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NON-RENEWABLE ENERGY Eskom is responsible for generating about 95% of South Africa’s electricity and the firm mainly relies on coal for its power generation

Millions invested in renewables, research excellence

     19th May 2017 Last month, State-owned power utility Eskom says over an extended period of time, funded research work done by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and Stellenbosch University has ostensibly benefited research in the renewables space. “Eskom’s unique role in driving... 

Rope access services provided for coal-fired power station

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     19th May 2017 Industrial rope access specialist Skyriders Access Specialists is providing rope access services for State-owned power utility Eskom at its Kendal power station, located about 40 km southwest of Witbank, in Mpumalanga. Skyriders marketing manager Mike Zinn tells Engineering News that the company... 

Rope access services provided for coal-fired power station
CIRCUMVENTING BOILING POINT Skyriders conducted boiler safe access inspections for Eskom at one of its coal-fired stations

Young innovative entrepreneurs offer renewable-energy solutions

By: Johane Turkstra     19th May 2017 State-owned power utility Eskom’s Development Foundation’s yearly Business Investment Competition (BIC) continues to discover businesses bringing about positive socioeconomic changes to the benefit of communities and the country. The latest such business is solar energy company Lamo Solar, which... 

Young innovative  entrepreneurs offer  renewable-energy solutions
LAMO SOLAR Co-owners Tshibvumo Sikhwivhilu and Elmond Khoza

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... 

Consulting firm calls  for privatisation  of power utility
JOHAN MULLER Privatisation of power utility will allow Eskom to have more flexibility to focus on other arears of the power value chain

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.
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