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ACSA unveils Kimberley Airport solar power plant

By: Anine Kilian     13th May 2016 Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) on Friday launched a R13.5-million solar power plant at Kimberley Airport as part of ACSA’s broader plan to install solar farms at all six of its regional airports. Construction of the Kimberley Airport plant got under way in September last year and was... 

Environmental impact report on KiPower power lines released for public comment

By: Samantha Herbst     13th May 2016 A draft environmental impact report (EIR) for the proposed construction of two loop-in- loop-out 400 kV power lines to connect the recently approved KiPower independent power producer (IPP) power plant to the Eskom grid was released on Friday for public comment by engineering and environmental... 

Environmental impact report on KiPower power lines released for public comment

Saudi group keen to expand South African solar footprint well beyond Bokpoort  

By: Terence Creamer     13th May 2016 Located on a dead flat piece of land about an hour-and-a-half’s drive from Upington and close to the Orange river, the curved solar collector mirrors, gleaming pipes and large molten-salt tanks of the 50 MW Bokpoort concentrated solar power (CSP) plant stand in stark industrial contrast to the... 

Saudi group keen to expand South African solar footprint well beyond Bokpoort
Photo by Duane Daws
The 50 MW Bokpoort CSP plant

Ramaphosa: Infrastructure a key economic driver

By: News24Wire      13th May 2016 Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has mooted investments in the infrastructure and ICT sectors in South Africa and Africa. Ramaphosa was wooing potential investors at the World Economic Forum on Africa (WEF Africa) in Kigali in Rwanda. In a session on how innovative partnerships can bridge... 

Ramaphosa: Infrastructure a key economic driver
Photo by Duane Daws
Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa

Is labour-intensive construction still an option for unemployment alleviation?

By: David Oliveira     13th May 2016 The Department of Public Works’ (DPW’s) Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) should be focused on delivering projects in rural areas using labour-intensive construction (LIC) methods if it is to meet its objective of providing poverty and income relief for six-million South Africans by 2019.... 

Is labour-intensive construction still an option for unemployment alleviation?

St Helena Airport receives certification to start commercial flight operations

By: Creamer Media Reporter      12th May 2016 The St Helena Airport has been given the go-ahead to start commercial flight operations. South African construction firm Basil Read was, in November 2011, awarded the contract to design, build and operate the airport on the remote island of St Helena, a British territory 2 300 km north-west of... 

St Helena Airport receives certification to start commercial flight operations

DoE tests market appetite for three new public-private solar parks

By: Terence Creamer     11th May 2016 The Department of Energy (DoE) indicated on Wednesday that it would canvass the appetite of independent power producers (IPPs) to develop, finance, construct and operate three new Northern Cape solar parks, of between 400 MW and 700 MW in size, in partnership with State-owned companies (SoCs). In... 

DoE tests market appetite for three new public-private solar parks

South Africa moves to procure 600 MW gas-fired power project 

By: Terence Creamer     11th May 2016 The Department of Energy (DoE) has confirmed plans to procure a new 600 MW gas-fired power generation project, to developed as a public-private partnership. It is envisaged that the private ‘strategic partner’ will work with the State-owned companies (SoCs) to implement the project, with private... 

South Africa moves to procure 600 MW gas-fired power project
LNG tanker

Special Africa Hub will help deliver multibillion-dollar infrastructure projects

By: African News Agency      11th May 2016 The formation of a special hub to drive multi-billion dollar infrastructure investment was announced at the World Economic Forum (WEF) on Africa meeting in Kigali, Rwanda, on Wednesday. The Sustainable Development Investment Partnership (SDIP) announced the creation of a dedicated Africa hub... 

Special Africa Hub will help deliver multibillion-dollar infrastructure projects

New infrastructure project development approach needed to address African infrastructure gap

By: David Oliveira     10th May 2016 An alternative approach to infrastructure project development in Africa would be needed to address the significant infrastructure gap on the continent, International Finance Corporation (IFC) infrastructure and natural resources global director Sujoy Bose told delegates at the africainvestor (Ai)... 

100 MW Kathu CSP plant to be operational in 2018 

By: Terence Creamer     10th May 2016 Construction of the 100 MW Kathu Solar Park concentrated solar power (CSP) project, in the Northern Cape, is expected to begin soon, following the signing of a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) by the ENGIE-led consortium and South Africa’s State-owned electricity utility Eskom. The... 

100 MW Kathu CSP plant to be operational in 2018
The signing of the Kathu CSP PPA

Sanral takes aim at collusion-accused construction companies 

By: Natasha Odendaal     10th May 2016 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) has lodged civil damages claims with the Gauteng Local Division High Court against the construction firms the competition authorities had investigated for collusive conduct. Seven construction firms and joint ventures had been served papers... 

Sanral takes aim at collusion-accused construction companies

Davies weighs in on rail localisation

By: Terence Creamer     9th May 2016 Government was aware of the complaints surrounding the lack of progress in ensuring that localisation in Transnet’s locomotive procurement programme, Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies said on Monday. However, he gave an assurance that there was a plan, as part of the latest Industrial... 

Davies weighs in on rail localisation
Photo by Duane Daws
Rob Davies, Ebrahim Patel and Sibusiso Maphatiane on the factory floor at Guestro Casting & Machining

Johannesburg gears up to host Infrastructure Africa Business Forum

By: Natasha Odendaal     9th May 2016 Infrastructure Africa and the African Development Bank (AfDB) are preparing to host the 2016 edition of the Infrastructure Africa Business Forum, incorporating side event, the Africa Inclusive Infrastructure Forum, at the Sandton Convention Centre from June 9 to 10. The two-day conference and... 

Fabrication of ‘bullets’ for R1.2bn Saldanha LPG facility completed

By: Creamer Media Reporter      9th May 2016 The fabrication of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) vessels, or ‘bullets’, for an open access LPG terminal being developed at Saldanha Bay, in the Western Cape, has been completed. Sunrise Energy reported on Monday that the bullets would be moved to the terminal site over the coming five weeks,... 

Fabrication of ‘bullets’ for R1.2bn Saldanha LPG facility completed
Aerial photo of the Sunrise Energy terminal site

Westinghouse outlines to ConCourt why it should be awarded Koeberg contract

By: Terence Creamer     6th May 2016 Nuclear vendor Westinghouse has described as “alarmist” Eskom’s argument that the existing steam generators at Koeberg would pose a safety threat after 2018, arguing in an affidavit filed with the Constitutional Court that it is able to install replacement steam generators well before the end of... 

Westinghouse outlines to ConCourt why it should be awarded Koeberg contract

AMSA insists further protection still required despite recent price increases

By: Terence Creamer     6th May 2016 Safeguard duties, in addition to the 10% protection already introduced on a range of steel products entering South Africa, “remain critical in the short term to ensure the future sustainability of primary steel production”, ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) said on Friday. Releasing an... 

AMSA insists further protection still required despite recent price increases

Africa’s 2015/16 growth projections will be difficult to meet

By: David Oliveira     6th May 2016 Following the drop in commodity prices and China’s demand for Africa’s resources, African economies were slumping and gross domestic product growth was stagnating in most of the continent’s emerging markets, said the New Partnership for Africa’s Development, or Nepad, Business Foundation (NBF)... 

Nuclear project affordability a concern for industry

By: Simon Sonnekus     6th May 2016 Owing to the current global economic climate, South Africa’s nuclear procurement deal has had several industry professionals questioning whether the country will be able to afford the projected R1-trillion project. “Currently, there is still a lot of market debate on whether South Africa can... 

Nuclear project affordability a concern for industry
COAL BASELOAD POWER In South Africa, the reality is that coal baseload is the most cost-effective power option as there is direct access to the raw materials

Wärtsilä enters the solar energy business

By: Dylan Slater     6th May 2016 Complete life cycle solutions company Wärtsilä is entering the solar energy business by offering utility-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) solutions.  

Wärtsilä enters the solar energy business
JORDAN POWER Wärtsilä's first solar project in Jordan combines an existing 250 MW engine power plant and a 46 MW solar photovoltaic plant

Inquiry into Grayston Drive bridge collapse postponed

By: African News Agency      4th May 2016 The Grayston Drive Pedestrian and cyclist structural bridge collapse inquiry has been postponed, the Department of Labour said on Wednesday. “The sitting of the Grayston Drive Pedestrian and cyclist structural bridge collapse inquiry expected to sit for three days from today (04 May 2016) was... 

Inquiry into Grayston Drive bridge collapse postponed

Deal opens way for commercialisation of Free State gas deposit, helium plant investment

By: Terence Creamer     4th May 2016 A contract signed on Wednesday between alternative energy company Renergen, JSE-listed Afrox and The Linde Group, of Germany, is expected to open the way for a €13-million investment into the commercialisation of a Free State natural gas resource and the creation of a large-scale helium... 

Deal opens way for commercialisation of Free State gas deposit, helium plant investment
Photo by Duane Daws
Renergen CEO Stefano Marani, The Linde Group’s Dr Alexander Brandl and head Nick Haines and Afrox MD Schalk Venter

Enel’s 82.5 MW Paleisheuwel solar plant connected to the grid

By: Creamer Media Reporter      4th May 2016 The South African unit Enel Green Power, itself a subsidiary of Italian energy group Enel, reports that its 82.5 MW Paleisheuwel photovoltaic (PV) power plant has been connected to the grid. Located in the Western Cape, the plant is Enel Green Power’s largest power plant currently in operation in... 

Enel’s 82.5 MW Paleisheuwel solar plant connected to the grid

Human Settlements selects 101 PPP projects

By: Natasha Odendaal     3rd May 2016 The Department of Human Settlements (DHS) has approved 101 “catalytic” public–private partnership (PPP) projects, valued at around R340-billion – more than half of which would be sourced from the private sector – that would mobilise and coordinate private-sector involvement in government housing... 

Human Settlements selects 101 PPP projects
Photo by Duane Daws
Human Settlements Minister Lindiwe Sisulu

Concern about South Africa’s ability to implement its new nuclear power programme

By: Keith Campbell     29th April 2016 South Africa lacks the skills necessary to implement the government’s plan to build 9.6 GWe of new nuclear energy capacity, warns nuclear-qualified Quality Strategies International CEO David Crawford. “Apart from the concern about the affordability of the programme, South Africa is short of the... 

Partnership aims to use Joburg offices as a catalyst for redevelopment

By: Dylan Slater     29th April 2016 State-owned company the Johannesburg Property Company (JPC) is partnering with the South African Property Owners Association (Sapoa) in a municipal property development project valued at R12-billion, which aims to enhance the use of municipal-owned land within the City of Johannesburg’s (CoJ’s)... 

Partnership aims to use Joburg offices as a catalyst for redevelopment
PARTNERSHIP DEAL Helen Botes and Neil Gopal shake hands at the announcement of the property development programme

Renewables programme showcases benefits of public–private collaboration

By: David Oliveira     29th April 2016 The success of the Department of Energy’s (DoE) Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) is a shining example of South Africa’s ability to undertake large infrastructure programmes to boost the local economy, despite the current period of slow growth... 

Ekurhuleni budget maintains ‘pro-poor' stance

By: Samantha Herbst     28th April 2016 In an attempt to maintain a pro-poor stance on public spending aimed at improving social development, the City of Ekurhuleni will inject R3.5-billion of its 2016 budget for into its community empowerment package, Mintirho Ya Vula Vula. Tabling the budget vote for the city on Thursday, mayoral... 

Ekurhuleni budget maintains ‘pro-poor' stance

New Transnet chief prioritising diversification as commodity ‘meltdown’ bites 

By: Terence Creamer     28th April 2016 State-owned freight logistics group Transnet is taking aim at new sectors, such as fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) and manufacturing, as it seeks to sustain volumes amid the prevailing commodity “meltdown”. Speaking publically for the first since his appointment as permanent Transnet CEO,... 

New Transnet chief prioritising diversification as commodity ‘meltdown’ bites
Photo by Duane Daws
Transnet CEO Siyabonga Gama

Rail sector moves to deal with ‘mismatch’ between localisation promises and delivery 

By: Terence Creamer     28th April 2016 The railways sector and government have agreed to the creation of a framework to improve the monitoring and implementation of localisation commitments associated with multibillion-rand investments being undertaken by both Transnet and the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA). Discussions... 

Rail sector moves to deal with ‘mismatch’ between localisation promises and delivery

Decision ‘soon’ on seawater desalination plant for Durban 

By: Terence Creamer     25th April 2016 Amid new night-time water restrictions on eThekwini residents, Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane has confirmed that a medium-sized seawater desalination plant is being studied for development in an area south of the city. Writing in a response to a Parliamentary question posed by... 

Decision ‘soon’ on seawater desalination plant for Durban
Photo by Duane Daws
Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane

Commission study shows only 47% alignment between Budget and NDP 

By: Terence Creamer     22nd April 2016 A preliminary analysis conducted by South Africa’s second National Planning Commission (NPC) of the current alignment between the country’s Budget and the National Development Plan (NDP) shows there to be only a 47% correlation. Nevertheless, Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe, who is NPC... 

Commission study shows only 47% alignment between Budget and NDP
NPC deputy chairperson Professor Malegapuru Makgoba

Cape Town receives new technology for sewer construction

     22nd April 2016 The AVN 800 XC Herrenknecht micro-tunnelling machine (AVN 800), which will be used for a sewer project, has been delivered to the City of Cape Town’s Water and Sanitation at a cost of R10.6-million. 

Electrofusion welding suitable for high-pressure sewerage system pipes

By: Victor Moolman     22nd April 2016 Plastic pipe specialists Marley Pipe Systems has throughout 2015 and in 2016 supplied high-density polyethylene (HDPE) Megatuff pipes that are suitable for electrofusion in sewage system upgrades throughout South Africa. 

Electrofusion welding suitable for high-pressure sewerage system pipes
ELECTROFUSION WELDING The electrofusion welding uses a smaller machine and requires less time to weld

Excessive water restrictions impact on sewage treatment systems

By: Victor Moolman     22nd April 2016 Extreme and prolonged water restrictions could have a negative impact on the sewage treatment system if it is not managed properly says the Water Research Commission (WRC). 

Excessive water  restrictions impact on sewage treatment systems
TREATMENT PLANT The impact of a draught on the sewerage system is still being researched

Generators withstand tough conditions

By: Simon Sonnekus     22nd April 2016 Electrical equipment supplier and manufacturer Zest WEG Group has added adequate filtration on the inlet- and combustion-air side of its diesel generators to ensure that they can withstand harsh environments. Zest WEG Group currently has a canopy generator running in a pilot project at a waste... 

Generators withstand tough conditions
CUSTOM GENSETS Custom generator options offer creative solutions, complemented with aftermarket service

Hulisani says it has R2.5bn project pipeline as it lists on JSE

By: David Oliveira     22nd April 2016 Newly established renewable energy special-purpose acquisition company (Spac) Hulisani listed on the main board of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE), earlier this month, taking advantage of investor demand for energy assets in South Africa and Africa. Company CEO Mlungelo Zilimbola... 

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