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Green Building Council SA aims to change perspectives during World Green Building Week

     23rd September 2016 The impact of buildings on the environment is astounding, with the built environment currently accounting for 25% of the world’s water usage and 60% of its electricity. But it doesn’t have to be this way. World Green Building Week 2016 takes place from 26 September to 2 October under the theme... 

Breathtaking views on electricity and renewables

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     23rd September 2016 Of late, I have been reading in Engineering News and other publications of opinion on electricity and renewable energy by various people that are just breathtaking. It is interesting that these opinions are somewhat fanciful, to say the least. Let us first get down to the detail in a particular... 

Entrepreneurs form joint venture to boost renewable energy service

By: Dylan Slater     23rd September 2016 With over 600-million people in Africa living without electricity, four entrepreneurs have joined forces in an effort to reduce this volume of people without access to electricity with the formation of renewable energy company ePower Holdings.  

Gibe III dam, Ethiopia

By: Sheila Barradas     23rd September 2016 Electricity generation at the Gibe III hydropower dam has hit 800 MW after the sixth turbine was switched on. 

Power trends

By: Terence Creamer     23rd September 2016 In light of recent disruptions in the sector, as well as sharply rising tariffs, electricity remains a hot topic in South Africa. There is an especially heated debate currently under way about what would be the lowest-cost generation mix, particularly in light of the country’s weaker... 

South32 aluminium production unchanged in FY2016

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd September 2016 Mining resources company South32 announced in its full report for the 2016 financial year that South Africa aluminium saleable production was largely unchanged in, as the impact of electricity load-shedding events were lower than expected, particularly in the December 2015 half-year. 

No need for Treasury to finance nuclear – Molefe 

By: News24Wire      21st September 2016 A nuclear build programme for South Africa doesn’t need to be funded by the fiscus. There are enough potential financiers who would be willing to take the risk, said Brian Molefe, Eskom CEO on Wednesday. Speaking to Fin24 on the sidelines of a parliamentary meeting, Molefe said he doesn’t believe... 

Alstom unveils emission-free Coradia iLint locomotive

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st September 2016 Two years after inking the first letters of intent (LoIs) with various German states and entities, French multinational Alstom’s zero-carbon-dioxide- (CO2) emission passenger train is set to grace the European country’s rail network. Launched on Tuesday at railway trade fair InnoTrans, in Berlin,... 

ABB sells Power Grid's cable business to NKT in $932m deal

By: Reuters     21st September 2016 ABB is selling its high-voltage cabling business to NKT Cables in a deal worth €836-million ($932-million), the first fruit of the Swiss power and automation company's review of its massive Power Grids division. Analysts interpreted the deal as a signal ABB was more likely to keep Power Grids... 

Futuregrowth seeks ‘right side of history’ with clean coal

By: Bloomberg     21st September 2016 Futuregrowth Asset Management, South Africa’s largest specialist fixed-income money manager, said it won’t participate in funding of coal-fired power generation until the industry develops environmentally sustainable methods of operating. The decision is based on the company’s investment... 

After 40 years of boom, bust hits America’s cowboy coal basin

By: Bloomberg     21st September 2016 The last bastion of the American coal industry has been breached. The bust that’s devastated Appalachia for five years has finally reached cowboy country’s Powder River Basin. For four decades, the 300-mile corridor stretching from Wyoming north into Montana thrived on the strength of the cleaner... 

Barrick sees ‘perfect storm’ brewing around cost-effective renewables

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th September 2016 Renewable-energy sources have reached the stage where they can reduce energy costs as well as emissions, Barrick Gold’s senior manager of energy and greenhouse gases (GHGs), Russell Blades, tells Energy and Mines. “We are seeing a ‘perfect storm’ brewing around renewables. Solar and energy... 

IFC, UK govt to develop solar energy prospects in Nigeria

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     20th September 2016 The International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the UK Department for International Development (DFID) are facilitating the deployment of off-grid and embedded solar in Nigeria. Through this partnership, IFC’s Off-Grid and Embedded Solar Market Development and Finance Programme, and DFID’s Solar... 

Awards recognise game-changers in South Africa’s energy sector

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     19th September 2016 Strategic adviser Dr Willie de Beer received the 2016 South African National Energy Association (Sanea) Energy Award in recognition of his ongoing contribution to the local energy sector. The awards recognise South Africans and their efforts in ensuring that the country enjoys a stable and secure... 

Koeberg unit shut down for refuelling

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     19th September 2016 Unit 1 of the Koeberg nuclear power station, near Cape Town, will be shut down on Monday for a planned refuelling outage. This outage will take just over a month, with the unit expected to be back on line towards the end of October. Koeberg Unit 1 has been on stream without any interruption since... 

Black business pioneer raises concern about IPP uncertainty

By: Terence Creamer     16th September 2016 One of South Africa’s pioneering black-owned companies, Thebe Investment Corporation, says it is critical that the prevailing uncertainty surrounding the future of independent power producers (IPPs) be urgently resolved, saying that the current “confusion is not appreciated” by it and other... 

Construction starts on 372 MW Côte d'Ivoire power plant financed by China

By: Reuters     16th September 2016 Building work has started in Côte d'Ivoire on a 372 MW power plant worth €500-million financed mainly by China Construction Bank and set to open in 2018, Richard Amon, chairperson of Star Energie 2073, said on Thursday. The bank is providing 75% of funds for the Songon power station near the... 

Cooling solution to negate need for owning refrigeration plants

By: Sebastian Whyle     16th September 2016 Leading energy solutions provider Energy Partners in June launched its new refrigeration solution, which enables clients to buy low-cost cooling without having to buy or maintain a refrigeration plant.  

Eskom delivers on services despite arising challenges

By: Sascha Solomons     16th September 2016 Service delivery in South Africa is a very demanding undertaking, says the Western Cape provincial branch of State-owned utility Eskom; however, it has to be done regardless of the challenges. Eskom provincial spokesperson Jolene Henn adds that for this reason, the delivery of projects within the... 

Medupi power station project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     16th September 2016 The second 800 MW unit – Unit 5 – has been synchronised to the grid. 

Waste coal gasification could offer alternative power generation source  

By: Nadine James     16th September 2016 To facilitate the gasification of low-grade fine waste coal that is discarded as a by-product of coal processing, State-owned mineral research council Mintek is developing the concept of direct current (dc) arc plasma gasification, intending to produce a synthesis gas (syngas) that could be used... 

Water fund to slake Cape Town's thirst by restoring native bush

By: Reuters     15th September 2016 Cape Town is planning to launch a new fund by the end of 2017 that will improve its water supply by restoring the native shrubland plants covering the region's watersheds and aquifers. Amid uncertain rainfall patterns as the planet warms, protecting indigenous vegetation should yield more water... 

South African firms report ‘positive but cautious’ Q4 hiring intentions

By: Natasha Odendaal     14th September 2016 South Africa’s mining, quarrying and manufacturing sectors will remain the country’s weakest job link as local employers report cautiously optimistic hiring intentions for the next three months to December, according to data released by workforce expert Manpower Group. This data alternatively... 

Renewables investment in 2015 more than covers global power demand growth for first time

By: Terence Creamer     14th September 2016 A new report by the International Energy Agency (IEA) states that global electricity sector investment rose 4% to a record $682-billion in 2015 – a year when overall investment in the energy sector fell to $1.8-trillion, from $2-trillion, mainly as a result of lower oil and gas investment. The... 

Cost of coal rises for Indian power companies despite surplus availability

By: Ajoy K Das     14th September 2016 Large bulk end-users of coal are not benefiting from the availability of surplus coal, as much of the potential windfall has been eroded by an increase in railways freight rates and the doubling of the Clean Energy Cess. In fact, thermal power companies have warned that electricity tariffs could... 

Tucano taps into power grid

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     14th September 2016 Gold miner Beadell Resources has inked a deed of understanding with the Amapa Electricity Company to transition its Tucano gold project, in Brazil, to grid power. Beadell would start required improvements to the existing 110 km 69 KV power line, which terminates at the Tucano mine, which would... 

Ivanhoe starts supplying power from first of three DRC hydropower plant upgrades

By: Henry Lazenby     14th September 2016 Ivanhoe Mines has started supplying electricity to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) national grid from the first of three hydropower plants it has agreed to upgrade in collaboration with its joint venture (JV) partners. Ongoing upgrading work at the Mwadingusha hydropower plant, financed by... 

Mechanisation key for sustainability, says ABB exec

By: Anine Kilian     13th September 2016 The mining industry is increasingly moving to automation to remove people from hazardous situations, but this also results in higher energy costs, ABB global mining manager Leonard Eros said at the Electra Mining Africa 2016 conference in Johannesburg. He pointed out that the move to automation... 

800-plus exhibitors to showcase their products, services at Electra Mining 2016

By: Ilan Solomons     9th September 2016 It has become increasingly important for mining equipment and service providers to attend trade shows to benefit from increased marketing opportunities amid the difficult operating conditions in the global mining industry, says Electra Mining Africa 2016 show organiser Specialised Exhibitions... 

Contractor commits to completing Ethiopia-Kenya power link by August 2017

By: John Muchira     9th September 2016 The Chinese company constructing a high-voltage transmission line that will enable Ethiopia to export electricity to Kenya has promised to complete the project by August next year. China Electric Power Equipment and Technology (CET), which officially commenced the construction of the... 

Crowdfunding for fun engineering projects

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     9th September 2016 I am really not sure what crowdfunding is. Wikipedia puts it this way: “Crowdfunding (a form of crowdsourcing) is the practice of funding a project or venture by raising monetary contributions from a large number of people, today often performed via Internet-mediated . . .” I am not sure why a... 

Electricity safety campaign highlights risks of illegal connections

By: Dylan Slater     9th September 2016 State-owned power utility Eskom launched a countrywide week-long safety campaign between August 22 and 28 to create awareness about and responsible use of electricity.  

In need of decisive leadership

By: Terence Creamer     9th September 2016 Given the fast-moving nature of developments surrounding State-owned electricity producer Eskom, it is quite possible that there may well have been new developments in the ongoing saga between the utility and independent power producers (IPPs) since the time of writing. Nevertheless, Eskom's... 

Exciting New Solar Energy Company Set to Light Up Communities All Over Africa

     8th September 2016 The world is moving towards clean renewable resources yet in Africa, we still have over 600 million people living without electricity.   Statistics such as these are easy to overlook. Four entrepreneurs Tariq Yusuf, Brent Peterson, Rudi van der Westhuizen and Thlopie Motsepe have joined forces to... 

Assore earnings down on global iron-ore, manganese oversupply

By: Martin Creamer     7th September 2016 Base mineral and metals mining company Assore, which released financial results for the 12 months to June 30 on Wednesday, reported 11.7% lower headline earnings to R1.7-billion for the financial year. The Johannesburg Stock Exchange-listed company, chaired by Des Sacco, reported a poor ongoing... 

NamPower to install 1m LED lightbulbs to reduce power consumption in Windhoek

By: African News Agency      7th September 2016 State-owned Namibian power utility NamPower has embarked on the installation of one-million power-saving light emitting diode (LED) lightbulbs to replace power-intensive incandescent lightbulbs as part of a project aimed at cutting down household power consumption in the capital Windhoek.... 

NCPC-SA confident industry will meet carbon emissions reduction targets

By: Anine Kilian     7th September 2016 The National Cleaner Production Centre of South Africa (NCPC-SA) has, through its industrial energy efficiency project, assisted industry to reduce its carbon emissions by two-million tons since 2011, allowing it to confidently commit to meeting the industry target of a 6% reduction by 2020,... 

Opinion: Hybrid nuclear-desalination deployment could transform South Africa’s agricultural fortunes

     6th September 2016 A recent article in Engineering News argued that wind and solar could provide the bulk of South Africa’s power at the least cost. Dr Tobias Bischof-Niemz argued that building 22 GW of wind and solar capacity and 8 GW of “backup” (in the form of coal and/or gas) was the sensible solution to... 

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