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Nov 21, 2014
The African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved a $133-million loan to fund a project aimed at improving access to electricity among poor populations in Kenya's rural areas. Only a third of Kenya's more than 40-million people are connected to the grid, and poor...
Nov 21, 2014
I really wanted to go on stage. I wanted to be an actor. To this day, I weep, real tears, in stage productions. The last stage production I saw was Ons Vir Jou. By the time we came to the theme song, I was a snivelling wreck. I blindly asked for a tissue – it was...
Nov 21, 2014
GARY WHALLEY The power line industry supports Eskom’s power transmission plans in the short and medium term
Engagement between the power line industry, State power utility Eskom and government is necessary to develop a strong and sustainable power line industry that is capable of servicing the electricity transmission requirements of the country as well as protecting jobs...
Nov 21, 2014
The Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme first-round projects represent a potential capacity of 1 415.52 MW and potential investment of billions of rands.
Nov 19, 2014
More people across Africa have access to a cellphone network than they do to electricity, piped water, or a health clinic, according to the latest Afrobarometer released on Wednesday. The survey, titled "Developing Africa's Infrastructure: the Rough Road to Better...
Nov 19, 2014
Total turnover in the private sector economy rose by over eight% in the 2013 financial year, Statistics SA (Stats SA) said on Wednesday. "Turnover was estimated at R7-trillion, the purchases were R4.1-trillion," Stats SA private sector statistics manager Krisseelan...
Nov 19, 2014
The Department of Science and Technology (DST) has officially launched the innovative 2.5 kW hydrogen fuel cell power generator prototype unit at the University of the Western Cape (UWC). The generator demonstrates South Africa's innovative capabilities in the...
Nov 18, 2014
In support of ever-emerging smart grid adoption, information and communication technology (ICT) group Huawei on Tuesday unveiled a long-term evolution (LTE) solution for electricity grids. The eLTE smart grid solution, based on the “most advanced” fourth-generation...
Nov 18, 2014
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Nov 17, 2014
Marthinusen & Coutts, a division of Actom, is consolidating its role as an integrated electrical and mechanical services provider for the power generation and other  industries in Africa, with its latest contract at the N’Zilo hydroelectric power station in the...
Nov 17, 2014
Jeffrey’s Bay Wind Farm in the Eastern Cape recently had a tall order for Johnson Crane Hire in Port Elizabeth when a rotor from a wind turbine had to be removed in order to repair a damaged blade. Each turbine comprises an 80 m high tower, three 49 m blades, a...
Nov 14, 2014
I am in Port Elizabeth, presenting a nuclear quality assurance course.  It is a course based on the ASME Code III, which is the nuclear fabrication code.  ASME is an international organisation, based in New York, in the US. Its stamp of approval is accepted...
Nov 14, 2014
CHARLOTTE VAN DER MERWE Planning-related professions need to bear accountability
The professional planning part of the civil engineering industry is becoming increasingly reactive in terms of preplanning, instead of its primary, and preferred, focus of being proactive, says multidisciplinary engineering consulting firm GIBB.
Nov 14, 2014
A recent media report alluded to 'technical' constraints for additional power from current renewable energy rollout. The argument is that the grid will not be able to cope with additional power that will be commissioned through current government programmes. There is...
Nov 13, 2014
Nov 13, 2014
Access to mobile services in developing countries has outpaced the rate at which much of the population is gaining access to basic services, such as electricity, sanitation and banking, a report by GSMA has revealed. However, the dominance of mobile services in...
Nov 12, 2014
All development policies in Mozambique are focused on two major issues: poverty reduction and social and economic infrastructure development. This was affirmed to Engineering News Online on Wednesday by the Rector of Mozambique's Higher Institute of International...
Nov 10, 2014
The Business Council of Australia on Monday called for concerted policy action to unlock the country’s energy reserves and to allow Australia to compete with other energy-rich nations in supplying world demand. “Governments, the community and business need to work...
Nov 07, 2014
Professor Anton Eberhard
The National Planning Commission (NPC) is aiming to facilitate a series of “quiet conversations” between public and private stakeholders in the energy milieu in the coming months in an effort to unblock obstacles to greater private sector investment in the sector....
 
 
 
 
Nov 07, 2014
I was invited by the Danish Embassy in South Africa to undertake a study tour of the Nordic country with fellow South Africans. There were 12 of us from both the public sector and the private sector. We were hosted by an organisation called the State of Green. The...
Nov 07, 2014
Wärtsilä has been awarded a contract to supply a Flexicycle power plant to Energia del Caribe.
Nov 07, 2014
The Grand Inga is expected to generate 44 000 MW of electricity once all the phases are complete.
Nov 06, 2014
Seafloor-mining pioneer Nautilus Minerals on Thursday reported that it had secured a vessel charter to be deployed at the Solwara 1 copper/gold project, offshore Papua New Guinea (PNG). Dubai-based marine solutions company Marine Assets Corporation (MAC), which...
Nov 06, 2014
Power utility Eskom reported on Thursday afternoon that the risk of loadshedding was low for the remainder of the week and the weekend, as the Majuba power station was now generating 1 900 MW. Four of the six units at the power station were now operating, with a...
Nov 06, 2014
Government is worried about the economic impact of power cuts following the collapse of a coal silo at an Eskom power station, Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe said on Wednesday. "Yes, we are worried... that is why we are impressing upon Eskom to do everything...
Nov 05, 2014
South African power utility Eskom said the risk of rolling blackouts on Wednesday and the rest of the week was low after engineers had made good progress in repairing the coal supply at a power station after a weekend accident. Eskom had warned previously that the...
Nov 05, 2014
A project delivered by Southeast Power Engineering of the UK has seen a mini power station installed on the River Thames at Romney Weir to generate electricity sustainably using environment friendly water driven Archimedes screw generators. The completed design...
Nov 05, 2014
With South Africa currently in the grip of debilitating rolling black-outs and load shedding due to the Eskom power grid being stretched to capacity, and exacerbated by a loss of capacity at its Majuba power station in Mpumalanga, it comes as a ray of light that GRI...
Nov 04, 2014
Medupi power station
State-owned power utility Eskom is in very real danger of a ratings downgrade, with the energy system on knife-edge at the moment, warns Professor Anton Eberhard, a member of the National Planning Commission (NPC). South Africa has been plunged into an energy crisis,...
 
 
 
 
Nov 04, 2014
Nigeria's Dangote Cement has applied for a licence to build a 75 MW coal-fired plant in Tanzania that would power a $500-million cement factory now under construction, Tanzania's energy watchdog said. Sub-Saharan Africa's leading cement producer plans to roll out...
Oct 31, 2014
South African Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene
US Secretary of Treasury Jacob Lew and South African Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene met in Pretoria on Friday to discuss the state of the global economy, policies to promote regional growth and investment, and the development of trade and investment linkages between...
Oct 31, 2014
Energy utility Eskom and the South African Local Government Association (Salga) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) aimed at fostering an active partnership to ensure a cooperative and collaborative working relationship. The MoU, which was signed by Salga...
Oct 31, 2014
There is little likelihood that South Africa’s electricity constraints will ease materially even after the first Medupi unit is introduced. In addition, a tariff hike of nearly 12.7% has been approved for introduction from April 1, 2015, with a possibility of more...
Oct 31, 2014
The transmission unit of South African electricity utility Eskom has completed a strategic grid study for the period to 2040. The study signals major shifts in future generation and demand patterns that will have implications for the domestic network and future...
Oct 31, 2014
GENERATION CAPACITY Trigeneration can be up to 40% more energy efficient, and helps to reducing operating costs, fuel expenses and environmental pollutants
Trigeneration technology as a green technology is receiving more interest locally, resulting in its increased implementation. Trigeneration technology has the same components as a cogeneration plant – a gas engine, electricity generator and a heat exchanger – but...
Oct 31, 2014
I recently spent time with a group of teachers. I told them that I guessed a major drawback was dealing with parents who wanted to make sure their child was getting the best attention possible and that the teacher, who probably knows that the child in question is a...
Oct 30, 2014
South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) group corporate services executive Ambassador Xolisa Mabhongo stressed on Thursday that South Africa currently had only one Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) for electricity, the IRP 2010, and that the IRP Update...
Oct 30, 2014
ASX-listed Lemur Resources continued to advance its three-ponged growth strategy by developing its planned flagship Imaloto coal mine, in Madagascar, exploiting its cash balance to acquire additional assets and leveraging its geoservices equipment and geological...
Oct 29, 2014
State-owned power utility Eskom on Wednesday warned of possible rotational loadshedding as “technical problems” further strained an already tight national grid. The utility, which had called on industrial customers, as well as consumers, to cut back 10% of their...
 
 
 
 
Oct 24, 2014
Tanzania and China have signed investment deals to build a $1 billion satellite city and $500 million financial centre in the commercial capital Dar es Salaam, the latest sign of Beijing's deepening ties with East Africa. The total of five deals, worth more than $1.7...
Oct 24, 2014
Rwanda has joined a number of East African countries seeking to import electricity from Ethiopia as its demand grows. After it became apparent several generation project it is implementing will not come on stream early enough, now plans to import 400 MW from Ethiopia...
Oct 24, 2014
The Caithness-Moray subsea link will connect the electricity grid on either side of the Moray Firth, in Northern Scotland.
Oct 24, 2014
In the first quarter of 2015, seven Vestas V112 wind turbines will be erected in the Great Kei local municipality at integrated renewable energy company InnoWind’s 21 MW Chaba wind farm in the Eastern Cape.
Oct 24, 2014
The relationship between economic growth and development and stable and affordable electricity supply is not only strong, but also indisputable. The link is reaffirmed in the Africa Energy Outlook publication, which was released by the International Energy Agency...
 
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