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Africa must respond to power challenges as a collective

Updated 6 hours ago Massive change is underway in Africa’s power sector, and unless the continent’s power sector adapts to the changes and embraces new models and new technologies, it risks its future profitability, pan-African stakeholders heard ahead of POWER-GEN & DistribuTECH Africa. Dr Willie de Beer, power... 

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.  

Pratley to replicate famous suspended bulldozer stunt on Friday 13 July

16th July 2018 In celebration of its 70th anniversary this year, the Pratley Group will use Friday 13 July as an auspicious occasion to replicate the memorable launch of Pratley Wondafix in 1985. This saw CEO Kim Pratley stand underneath a 13 t bulldozer, hoisted and held aloft by a crane, attached to two... 

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... 

Designation status a cabling industry boon

By: Paige Müller     13th July 2018 Providing the cable industry with designation status has helped the industry to grow despite a myriad of local manufacturing barriers, says the Association of Electrical Cable Manufacturers of South Africa (AECMSA). The Department of Trade and Industry’s (DTI’s) revised Preferential Procurement... 

Technological advances fast-track new power projects

13th July 2018 Technological advances and a decline in prices in battery energy storage are driving progress in distributed power generation, grid stabilisation and utility scale energy applications, with significant opportunities for companies across Africa. Speaking ahead of Africa’s premier power sector... 

New measuring instrument launched

13th July 2018 Last month, measurement technology specialist WIKA launched the CPH7000 portable process calibrator, which is the first handheld instrument from WIKA that records measured values of up to 10 000 bar. With the CPH7000 portable process calibrator, high-pressure measuring instruments can now also be... 

Investment, solutions critical for Africa’s power generation sector

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     13th July 2018  The African power generation sector needs sustainable investment to bolster economic growth and assist in developing fit-for-purpose, integrated power solutions, says electrical equipment manufacturer and solutions provider Zest WEG Group integrated solutions executive Alastair Gerrard.... 

Solid demand forecast for turboprop aircraft amid growth in regional routes

By: Rebecca Campbell     13th July 2018 Regional turboprop airliner manufacturer ATR has released its 20-year (2018 to 2037) forecast for global demand for turboprop airliners. It estimates the market at 3 020 aircraft, worth more than $80-billion. “The key driver for this positive outlook is traffic growth in regional connectivity,”... 

Combined-cycle power plants, Thailand

By: Sheila Barradas     13th July 2018 Gulf MP Company is building 12 gas-fired combined-cycle power plants, with a total capacity of 1 470 MW. 

Get reel quality with new SR-Express spring cable reels from Powermite

12th July 2018 Powermite, South Africa’s industry-leading supplier of electrical and mechanical equipment for moving machinery, has boosted its superior quality, rugged and reliable cable reeling systems with the introduction of the new SR-Express range from Conductix Wampfler. Powermite holds exclusive... 

New vessel repair hub boosts local economy

12th July 2018 The new vessel repair facilities in the Port of PE were not only developed as a positive step towards a thriving vessel maintenance and marine engineering hub, but also to boost the local economy in the long term. With the final part of this R200 million project completed about a year ago, it is... 

Trump started the metals rally, now he's the reason it's ending

By: Bloomberg     11th July 2018 The US election of Donald Trump lit a fire under metals markets in 2016 as investors took a liking to his pro-business agenda. Now, copper and other metals are tanking as Trump’s trade war against China threatens to derail economic growth. Copper sunk to an almost one-year low and has fallen 16%... 

Eskom and IPP deal to create more than 60 000 jobs

By: African News Agency      10th July 2018 More than 60 000 jobs are expected to be created during the 27 new renewable energy plant projects being rolled out under the independent power producers (IPP) programme, valued at some R56-billion. According to a statement issued on behalf of Workforce Staffing, a temporary employment service... 

TDS, Newrak awarded construction contract for Exxaro’s Matla Mine 2 and Mine 3

By: Nadine James     10th July 2018 TDS Projects Construction, in a joint venture with Newrak Mining, has been awarded the contract for two distinct but integrated mine development and infrastructure projects at Exxaro's Matla Mine 2 and Mine 3. The project will start on September 7, with the first blast taking place at Mine 3 for... 

Johnson Crane Hire Now Offers Access Platforms, Telehandlers

10th July 2018 Extending its total lifting solution for customers, Johnson Crane Hire now offers an extensive fleet of access platforms and telescopic handlers from its branch network around South Africa. According to Steve Robson of Johnson Crane Hire’s business development executive, the new units were put in... 

Green tech to drive industrial demand for silver

By: Nadine James     6th July 2018 The ongoing green technologies revolution, driven by the exponential growth of new energy vehicles (NEVs) and continued investment in solar photovoltaic (PV) energy, should boost global industrial demand for silver over the next decade, says non-profit industry organisation Silver Institute in a... 

Schneider Electric expands education training collaboration with DHET

By: Schalk Burger     6th July 2018 Energy management and automation multinational Schneider Electric South Africa has signed a letter of intent with the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) to expand their Access to Education training collaboration. Working towards the promotion of vocational training and training of... 

Technology provides digital water solution for Africa

6th July 2018 The water industry has been focused on ushering in a new era of water management, with an emphasis on automation, the Internet of Things (IoT) and sophisticated data management and analysis software that enables the water end-user or plant operator to have valuable, actionable information, says... 

Alternative solution for composite construction

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     6th July 2018 Construction industry supplier Hilti South Africa’s Hilti X-HVB system – an alternative composite deck shear connector – makes composite construction more convenient and cost effective, says Hilti South Africa head of engineering Christiaan Davel. Composite construction consists of a concrete... 

Russian nuclear group further develops cooperation with Africa

By: Rebecca Campbell     6th July 2018 Russian State-owned nuclear group Rosatom has announced that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Ministry of Infrastructure of Rwanda. The MoU covers cooperation in the peaceful uses of nuclear energy. This is the first agreement between the two countries regarding the... 

Tanzania approves first large-scale wind farm project

By: John Muchira     6th July 2018 The authorities in Tanzania have granted Australian company Windlab approval to build a 300 MW wind farm, which is expected to contribute significantly to the country’s energy needs. This comes after Windlab's local subsidiary, Windlab Developments Tanzania, was awarded an environmental- and... 

Roofing and cold formed sections specialists: Covering Africa

6th July 2018 Southern Africa’s leading supplier of metal roofing products and cold formed sections, Macsteel Roofing’s specialised roofing products continue to show increasing demand nationally and from within Southern African emerging markets. Included in its comprehensive product offering is the manufacture... 

Olkiluoto 3 European pressurised reactor project, Finland

By: Sheila Barradas     6th July 2018 Teollisuuden Voima Oyj has received an updated schedule for the commissioning of the European pressurised reactor plant.  

IT and engineering: bringing it all together

By: Creamer Media Reporter      5th July 2018 The maintenance of infrastructure is a vital role for engineers worldwide – to mitigate risks for our industries and for society at large.   With recent advances in information technology (IT), possibilities have opened up to ensure that this maintenance and risk management happens effectively.... 

Phase 1 of Madibeng water plant set for 2019 completion

By: Simone Liedtke     4th July 2018 The first phase of the Madibeng water purification plant, in North West, is projected to be completed by March 31, 2019, provided that an additional R100-million is made available in the current financial year for electrical and mechanical works of the plant, Water and Sanitation Minister Gugile... 

Wacker Neuson welcomes Powerdek to its dealer network!

4th July 2018 Wacker Neuson South Africa recently welcomed long-standing customer and industrial power tools and accessories specialist, Powerdek, into its fold. The partnership was formalised with the signing of the dealer agreement during an intimate gathering of customers and staff on 28th June 2018. The... 

ElectroMechanica celebrates longstanding relationship with Perelec

3rd July 2018 Kya Sand-based electrical supply company Perelec has been a distributor of low-voltage switchgear products from leading distributor ElectroMechanica (EM) since 1991. This is testament to the longstanding business relationships that EM has forged over the years. Established in 1989, this... 

HellermannTyton Adds Flex to Adhesive Cable Tie Mounts

2nd July 2018 FlexTack cable tie mounts will conform to curved and angled surfaces. MILWAUKEE – HellermannTyton announces FlexTack, a new line of adhesive cable tie mounts designed to adhere to curved and moderately angled surfaces. Available immediately, the product enables installers to route wires, cables... 

Airbus, Bombardier airliner deal now operational

By: Rebecca Campbell     2nd July 2018 Europe-based major global airliner manufacturer Airbus announced on Sunday that its deal with Canadian aerospace company Bombardier (part of the wider Bombardier group) to take a majority share in the latter’s C Series airliner programme had come into effect. The C-Series comprises two models:... 

Global Trade Show - Set to Surpass 2017 Success

29th June 2018 The Global Trade Show of Networking and Matchmaking South Africa 2018 (GTS2018) a leading business opportunities exhibition, is back for a second year in South Africa – bigger and better! The three-day event, which takes place from 27 to 29 July at Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand,... 

Feasibility study on Western Cape rare earths mine to be completed in 6 to 12 months

By: Anine Kilian     29th June 2018 The Steenkampskraal rare earths mine, owned by developer Steenkampskraal Holdings, in the Western Cape, is aiming to be a building block in a global rare earths supply chain independent of China. Manufacturers globally are expressing concern over China’s dominance of these strategic elements,... 

Service expansion expected to promote geographical expansion

By: Paige Müller     29th June 2018 Multidisciplinary consulting engineering firm Bosch East Africa Consulting Engineers – part of South Africa-based Bosch Holdings – has extended its mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) services to include civil and structural engineering services to further extend its footprint in Africa.... 

South Africa urged to improve energy efficiency

By: Rebecca Campbell     29th June 2018 A report commissioned by the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and compiled by the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) has called for energy efficiency to be given “the priority it deserves” in future versions of the country’s Integrated Resource Plan (IRP). The report is entitled... 

Unbundling Eskom

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     29th June 2018 It should be evident to everybody that State-owned electricity utility Eskom is in the following condition: (a) The road transport coal supply contractors have for years been ripping off the system – the trucks get loaded with good-quality coal, which is driven to an export depot. They then pick... 

Coal miner, community set to meet in public debate to discuss Yzermyn underground coal mine

By: Simone Liedtke     28th June 2018 India-owned mining company Atha Africa Ventures is set to engage in a public debate with the community to discuss the potential impacts and remediation of a proposed coal mine near Wakkerstroom, in Mpumalanga, on Friday, June 29. This open forum community-oriented debate will allow all parties,... 

Unlocking the Potential in Aluminum can Revolutionize the World

28th June 2018 Aluminum has changed the face of the planet in the 20th century. As we unlock the potential of this abundant metal, our lives are on the fringe of an imminent revolution. We cannot imagine our current lifestyle without one particular element, aluminum. While steel and iron were the foundation... 

Stonewall plans for 2019 restart of production at Pilgrims Rest project

By: Nadine James     22nd June 2018 ASX-listed Stonewall Resources’ Pilgrims Rest gold project, in Mpumalanga, is expected to start production towards the end of 2019. Stonewall Mining South Africa CEO George Jenkins told African Mining Network attendees on Thursday evening that the company is converting its mining permits to... 

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