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Sugar cane production declines by more than 16.3% y/y

By: Samantha Herbst     15th June 2016 As a result of the ongoing countrywide drought, South African cane production declined during the 2015/16 season by more than 16.3% to 14.81-million tons, following an 11.4% reduction recorded in the previous season. “The decrease will impact on the sustainability of the rural economy in both... 

Biofuels tested for boiler efficiency

By: Sebastian Whyle     3rd June 2016 Owing to growing global demand for a cleaner and more sustainable environment, boiler and environmental solutions provider John Thompson has, over the past few years, carried out a series of tests by firing a variety of biomass fuels on boilers installed at the company’s Boiler Development and... 

Economic status hinders nuclear developments

By: Simon Sonnekus     6th May 2016 The development of the proposed nuclear energy project in South Africa could become increasingly difficult to complete, should the economy be downgraded to junk status by credit rating companies. According to advisory firm KPMG global infrastructure major projects advisory head De Buys Scott,... 

Room for improvement in energy transmission and distribution

By: Robyn Wilkinson     6th May 2016 Despite South Africa’s achievements in its renewable energy programme to date, power transmission and distribution continue to warrant improvement if electricity supply is to be stable in the country, says professional services firm KPMG infrastructure advisory head De Buys Scott.  

Expected decline in sugar cane crop

By: Simon Sonnekus     25th March 2016 The drought in the eastern part of South Africa will lead to a projected decline in sugar production of 500 000 t, says South African Sugar Association (Sasa) executive director Trix Trikam. “The strategic crop, which is grown in Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal, yields an average of 2.3-million tons... 

Plan in motion to manage carbon tax uncertainties

By: Robyn Wilkinson     25th March 2016 Through education, lobbying and research, the paper industry will manage policy uncertainties regarding the inception of carbon tax, says Paper Manufacturers Association of South Africa (Pamsa) executive director Jane Molony. 

Hatch showcases energy solutions in Africa

     18th March 2016 Global engineering and consulting firm Hatch has a range of innovative technologies in the energy sector, which it is showcasing at various mining, petrochemical and industrial projects in Africa. These range from thermal power generation (including conventional and advanced technologies) to... 

Clarke Energy provides reliable energy solutions

     4th March 2016 KwaZulu-Natal-based multinational engineering, installation and maintenance of reciprocating engine-based power plants and gas engine compression stations company Clarke Energy will exhibit at the 2016 Power & Electricity World Africa event that is being held at the Sandton Convention Centre on... 

Ipsa concludes sale of S Africa operating subsidiary

By: Natasha Odendaal     1st March 2016 Dual-listed Ipsa now has six months to make an acquisition or acquisitions constituting a reverse takeover after concluding the sale of its sole operating asset. The embattled group was now an Aim Rule 15 cash shell after selling subsidiary Blazeway Engineering, which owns Newcastle Cogeneration,... 

Eco-mode UPSes and free power make energy management systems even more important

     19th February 2016 The need for reliable power solutions has been a hot topic in the data centre industry for quite a number of years. In response to this need, Schneider Electric advocates energy management systems as being a key component of ensuring reliable power. In fact, Schneider Electric recently published... 

Yokogawa to Receive Control Systems Orders for 12 Combined Cycle Power Plants in Thailand

     17th February 2016 Yokogawa announces that its subsidiary, Yokogawa (Thailand) Ltd., has received letters of intent for the purchase of control systems for 12 combined cycle cogeneration plants*¹ that are to be built for small power producers (SPP)*² in Thailand.   The 12 SPPs responsible for these projects are all... 

Ipsa shareholders approve sale of sole operating asset

By: Creamer Media Reporter      17th February 2016 Shareholders of dual-listed Ipsa on Wednesday approved the sale of the company’s subsidiary Blazeway Engineering, which owns Newcastle Cogeneration (NewCogen), to Sloane Corporation. Ipsa last month announced plans to sell the subsidiary to raise working capital and avoid sending NewCogen – its... 

South Africa is not using its biogas potential as it should 

     4th February 2016 Renewable energy, in the form of biogas generated from anaerobic digestion, has not nearly reached its full potential in South Africa.  However, Hilde Herman, Intern, EES Africa (Pty) Ltd, states it can be beneficial to diverse users across the country. EES Africa is an ISO 9001:2008 certified... 

Ipsa sets date to seek shareholder approval for sale of sole operating asset

By: Natasha Odendaal     2nd February 2016 Dual-listed Ipsa will, in two weeks’ time, seek out shareholder approval for the sale of its sole operating asset in an attempt to avoid administration. The group, which on Tuesday explained to shareholders the rationale behind its plans to sell its UK holding company Blazeway Engineering, which... 

Ipsa sells S Africa operating subsidiary to avoid business rescue

By: Natasha Odendaal     29th January 2016 Aim- and AltX-listed Ipsa this week announced plans to sell its UK holding company Blazeway Engineering, which owns Newcastle Cogeneration (NewCogen), to raise working capital and avoid sending the South African operating subsidiary into business rescue in the absence of other funding solutions... 

Electric motors donated to training facility

     22nd January 2016 Electric motors manufacturer Zest WEG Group donated a substantial quantity of electrical equipment, which includes electric motors, to the Tshwane North Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) College late last year.  

Need for manufacturing of biofuel-fired boilers steadily increasing

By: Bruce Montiea     22nd January 2016 Owing to the price of biofuels becoming more competitive than that of traditional fuels, such as coal, oil and gas, the need for biofuel-fired boilers is steadily increasing, says Cape Town-based industrial boilers manufacturer John Thompson divisional technical manager Etienne de Villiers.  

SA company leverages international partnerships to consolidate presence in Africa

     22nd January 2016 Heat generation technology company Steam Generation Africa has been able to consolidate its presence in providing boilers on the African continent following its concluded agreement with Scotland-based industrial boiler specialist Cochran in 2014 and a partnership entered into last year with... 

Alberta puts a price on carbon in sweeping climate change mitigation reforms

By: Henry Lazenby     23rd November 2015 The fossil-energy rich Western Canadian province of Alberta on Sunday announced a far-reaching climate change plan that accelerates the transition from coal to renewable energy, puts a price on carbon pollution for everyone and sets emissions limits for oil sands. "This is the day we step up, at... 

Project Tsosoloso coal-to-liquid plant, Botswana

By: Sheila Barradas     20th November 2015 The project involves the development of a 20 000 bbl/d coal-to-liquids cogeneration and fertiliser project, in the North East district. 

Amplats unveils first cogen clean energy power plant for Rustenburg smelter 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th October 2015 Anglo American Platinum has officially launched the 5 MW Eternity Power Thermal Harvesting plant at its Waterval Smelting Complex, in Rustenburg. 

Amplats unveils first cogen clean energy power plant for Rustenburg smelter 

By: Natasha Odendaal     28th September 2015 Platinum producer Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) on Monday unveiled a new R150-million “revolutionary” 5 MW cogeneration plant at its Waterval Smelting Complex, in Rustenburg. The Eternity Power Thermal Harvesting plant, which had a nominal 4.3 MW of generation capacity, was expected to... 

Hong Kong resources group named as winning Highveld bidder 

By: Terence Creamer     16th September 2015 Little-known Hong Kong-based company International Resources Limited (IRL), which has metals and mining interests globally, was named on Wednesday as the successful bidder for embattled South African steel producer Evraz Highveld Steel and Vanadium, following a sale process initiated as part of a... 

Livelihoods hang in the balance as drought hits South African sugar yields 

By: Tracy Hancock     11th September 2015 South Africa’s sugar industry is in a dire state as it is experiencing the worst drought since 1992 as the dry spell grips the eastern and central parts of the country, with cane yields expected to drop by six-million tons in the 2015/16 season, leaving many farmers, big and small, and... 

Livelihoods hang in the balance as drought hits South African sugar yields

By: Tracy Hancock     11th September 2015 South Africa’s sugar industry is in a dire state as it is experiencing the worst drought since 1992 as drought grips the eastern and central parts of the country, with cane yields expected to drop by six-million tons in the 2015/16 season, leaving many farmers, big and small, and farmworkers... 

Oldest UK Hospital, Latest Technology: St. Bartholomews Deploys Modern Trigeneration System from Clarke Energy and GE

     4th September 2015 • Clarke Energy to Supply Skanska with Trigeneration System to Drive Hospital’s New Combined Cooling, Heating and Power Energy Centre in London • First Fully Financed PFI Variation of its Kind, Delivered by Skanska • Facility Features GE’s 1. 4-MW Jenbacher Gas Engine as a Core Component •... 

Technology provider to supply Malaysian refinery project

By: Kimberley Smuts     4th September 2015 Malaysia’s national oil and gas company Petroliam Nasional Berhad (Petronas) has selected international provider of advanced technologies, catalysts, adsorbents and services Axens as a technology provider for Petronas’s Refinery and Petrochemicals Integrated Development (Rapid) project in... 

New determinations create framework for key IPP procurement programmes 

By: Terence Creamer     25th August 2015 New Ministerial determinations creating the framework for the procurement of additional renewable-energy, gas and cogeneration capacity from independent power producers (IPPs) have been published in the Government Gazette. The determinations are in line with announcements made by Energy Minister... 

Rurelec makes further dent in Ipsa debt, to settle by Oct

By: Natalie Greve     21st August 2015 As part of a 2013 deal that saw power plant operator Rurelec acquiring two gas turbines from contemporary Ipsa for £16.1-million, Rurelec has paid Ipsa’s primary creditor Ethos Energy €1-million of the outstanding balance due to it. This came a little under a month after Latin America-focused... 

Pengerang integrated complex industrial terminal project, Malaysia

By: Sheila Barradas     21st August 2015 The industrial terminal will have a storage capacity of up to 2.1-million cubic meters for crude, refined and petrochemical products, and liquefied petroleum gas. 

Cape biogas power plant breaches 1.5 GWh milestone, but far more possible 

By: Terence Creamer     14th August 2015 One year into operation, a pioneering 500 kVA biogas power plant at the Uilenkraal dairy farm, near Darling in the Western Cape, achieved a 1.5 GWh electricity-production milestone during August. However, Cape Advanced Engineering (CAE) MD Dr Andrew Taylor tells Engineering News Online that the... 

IFM fights low ferrochrome price, higher input costs

By: Natasha Odendaal     13th August 2015 International Ferro Metals’ (IFM’s) financial performance and cash flows will likely remain under pressure unless there is a “sustained improvement” in the ferrochrome price, which has been hovering at the same level for three consecutive quarters. The European Benchmark Price remained at a... 

Zuma's mid-year review a farce – Maimane 

By: News24Wire      12th August 2015 President Jacob Zuma's mid-year review on the economy is a farce, Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane said on Wednesday. "It was an exercise in saying how we have a plan, it's working and we must continue with the same plan," he told News24 at the South West Gauteng College in Roodepoort,... 

First-of-its-kind cogen plant fully commissioned

By: Dylan Slater     31st July 2015 The R175-million Eternity Project, an initiative that uses waste heat from mining processes, has reached full commissioning at platinum group metals miner Anglo American Platinum’s (Amplats’) Rustenburg-based Waterval smelter. 

Rurulec makes interim payment to Ethos Energy under Ipsa deal

By: Natalie Greve     21st July 2015 After striking a deal to buy two Westinghouse Siemens gas turbines from South African independent power producer Ipsa for £16.1-million, Latin America-focused Rurulec has made an interim payment to Ipsa’s primary creditor, Ethos Energy, bringing the amount still owed to Ipsa under the deal to... 

OECD urges reforms to address South Africa's 'structural' electricity constraint

By: Terence Creamer     17th July 2015 The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) latest economic survey of South Africa urges government to increase private electricity generation and pursue fundamental market reforms to address the country’s growth-sapping “structural” electricity constraint. Flanked by Finance... 

Gauteng pitches water, sanitation, energy projects to private investors 

By: Natalie Greve     17th July 2015 In a hard sell to the private investment community, Gauteng Infrastructure Development MEC Nandi Mayathula-Khoza on Friday reiterated her province’s need for private-sector equity investment in its bold infrastructure roll-out programme, telling delegates at the inaugural Gauteng Infrastructure... 

Warnings of lost opportunities amid delay in finalising new solar-geyser rebate  

By: Sashnee Moodley     17th July 2015 Government’s ambitious national solar water heating (SWH) rebate programme, which was suspended in February until further notice, has left investors and businesses in limbo. The programme was launched in 2008 to help mitigate energy system constraints by installing a million solar geysers in... 

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