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Jan 23, 2015
Kenya is moving to boost its solar energy capacity, with a new plant now under construction aiming to start producing electricity for the national grid by January 2016. This heralds a shift in the balance of the country's efforts to embrace renewable energy, which...
Jan 23, 2015
According to a recent report by Statistics South Africa (download full report here beta2.statssa.gov.za , South Africa’s manufacturing industry recorded the third consecutive quarter-on-quarter contraction in 2014, shrinking by 3,4% in the third quarter of 2014. The...
Jan 23, 2015
Eskom CEO Tshediso Matona
Apart, perhaps, from the Stoney ginger beer pick-me-up on his conference table and the queue of awaiting visitors in his reception area, there are few other signs of the pressure Eskom CEO Tshediso Matona is under. His corner office on the third-floor at Megawatt...
Jan 23, 2015
Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA) last month welcomed Cabinet’s establishment of a technical team war room to undertake various interventions to improve electricity supply security over the short- and medium-term, but added that the private sector also had a...
Jan 23, 2015
The project involves the construction of a combined-cycle gas turbine power plant near Kirikkale, in Central Anatolia, about 50 km east of Ankara.
Jan 23, 2015
BELT-DRIVE MOTOR The most effective means of reducing operational costs is through enhanced energy use
The biggest cost factor involved in owning a compressor is its motor’s energy use, with cost cutting in this area resulting in substantial savings for the operator, says air process company Airgas Compressors.
Jan 23, 2015
South Africa should reconsider Integrated (coal) Gasification Combined Cycle (IGCC) technology for future power stations, because refinements in the technology have greatly increased its efficiency and rendered its previous evaluation obsolete. So argues Mitsubishi...
Jan 23, 2015
Kenya's Centum Investment Company will start building the coal power plant after a challenge for the award of the tender by a rival bidder was rejected by a tribunal.
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Jan 23, 2015
International investors have arranged a €625m finance package for the Lake Turkana Wind Power (LTWP) project, for which the construction of a 300 MW wind farm, in north-eastern Kenya is taking place.
Jan 22, 2015
The Kathu solar photovoltaic (PV) facility, in the Northern Cape, is expected to deliver 179 GWh/y of clean energy to the national grid.
Jan 22, 2015
Municipalities owe State-owned power utility Eskom more than R4.6-billion, an increase of more than R2-billion in the last year, a debt that is contributing to the pressure on Eskom’s ability to provide electricity.
Jan 22, 2015
Gold miner Evolution has reported record quarterly production and cash flows during the period ended December, with the miner also posting its lowest reported costs since its formation. Group production during the quarter increased to 113 280 oz – the highest...
Jan 22, 2015
The electricity infrastructure was not designed to serve 11-million households, President Jacob Zuma told the World Economic Forum in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland on Wednesday. "Our electricity infrastructure for example, was never designed to serve an expanded...
Jan 21, 2015
The renewable energy from South Africa’s first wind and solar projects last year delivered R800-million more in financial benefits for the country than it cost, according to a study by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR).
Jan 20, 2015
Namibian power utility NamPower is currently exporting electricity to its South African counterpart Eskom, which is struggling to meet demand, an official said Monday. "We are currently exporting up to 200 MW of electricity to South Africa," Werner Graupe, senior...
Jan 19, 2015
There were no power cuts planned for Monday but the electricity grid remained constrained, Eskom said. "There is no load shedding being implemented at present," Eskom's media desk said in an email.
Jan 15, 2015
Medupi synchronisation said to be weeks away
Embattled power utility Eskom, which has been experiencing major delays and cost overruns at its two coal-fired megaprojects Medupi and Kusile, gave an assurance on Thursday that the synchronisation of Medupi Unit 6 is only weeks away, with pipe restoration work...
Jan 14, 2015
Despite declining by 3.3 index points in December, the seasonally adjusted Kagiso Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) ended the year marginally above the neutral 50-point mark, at 50.2. During the second and third quarters of 2014, the PMI languished below 50, but the...
 
 
 
 
Jan 13, 2015
There was no indication of rolling blackouts on Tuesday, but the power grid remained under pressure, Eskom said. "We are looking relatively okay for today but the system is constantly constrained, so if something unexpected happens we might have to implement load...
Jan 09, 2015
The final array cable has been installed at the Gwynt y Môr offshore wind farm, completing the construction phase of the project.
Jan 05, 2015
The power grid was constrained, but stable on Monday after a spike in electricity usage as people returned from holiday, Eskom said. "We are seeing a lot of demand, but we are able to supply. The risk of load-shedding is low to medium," spokesperson Khulu Phasiwe said.
Jan 05, 2015
At first glance, the Cape Flats Nature Reserve building at the University of the Western Cape doesn't seem exceptional. The modest two-storey structure hosts office space and utility rooms for the six staff who care for the plants and animals living in the 30-hectare...
Jan 02, 2015
City Power is working on new technologies to mitigate the effects of power cuts, it said on Friday. These included installing smart meters, which would enable efficient management of electricity consumption, it said in a statement.
Dec 31, 2014
Improvements to water and energy infrastructure must continue in the new year, President Jacob Zuma said on Wednesday. "[In 2014], we celebrated the milestone of 11-million connections to electricity since 1994," he said in his new year's statement.
Dec 29, 2014
The risk of power cuts is currently low as many industries are still on holiday, Eskom said on Monday. "The power system is expected to remain constrained but stable this week and for the rest of the festive season. The risk of load shedding is low during this...
Dec 29, 2014
Albania's power regulator ERE raised the price of electricity for businesses and scrapped its cheaper rate for households on Friday to help companies in the sector pay off debt to meet criteria set by international lenders. The World Bank lent Albania $150-million...
Dec 12, 2014
Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA) on Friday welcomed Cabinet’s establishment of a technical team war room to undertake various interventions to improve electricity supply security over the short- and medium-term, but added that the private sector also had a...
Dec 12, 2014
Along with the Arctic, sub-Saharan Africa remains the most underexplored and highly prospective mineralised region on earth. However, despite its ‘open for business’ approach and myriad investment opportunities – in terms of greenfield and brownfield projects across...
 
 
 
 
Dec 12, 2014
Infrastructure spend in sub-Saharan Africa will grow from $70-billion in 2013 to $180-billion by 2025, says PwC capital projects and infrastructure Africa leader Jonathan Cawood. This is one of the findings of PwC’s Capital Projects & Infrastructure report on East...
Dec 12, 2014
The Cookhouse wind farm has completed all required performance tests and grid compliance to reach commercial operations and reach the commercial operations date.
Dec 12, 2014
Lifting solutions service provider Johnson Crane Hire recently completed an order for Jeffrey’s Bay wind farm in the Eastern Cape, in July, when a rotor from a wind turbine had to be removed to repair a damaged blade. Each turbine comprises an 80-m-high tower, three...
Dec 12, 2014
LYNNE BROWN The next few years are going to be tough
Johannesburg-based chemical manufacturer Reba Chemicals attended this year’s Lephalale Mining Expo, hosted by Mining and Technical Exhibitions (MTE), to establish partnerships that can expand the company’s reach in the area. Reba Chemicals MD Freddy Motau told...
Dec 12, 2014
The South African government is seeking bids from international and domestic advisers with expertise to design, develop and implement programmes for the “procurement of energy from independent power producers (IPPs)”. The request for proposals (RFP) has been issued...
Dec 12, 2014
According to autonomous organisation the International Energy Agency (IEA), gas and renewable power are expected to be the major sources of energy growth on the African continent in the coming years.  More than 620-million people, or two-thirds of the continent’s...
Dec 12, 2014
The success of recently completed solar and wind projects in the country confirms that South Africa needs to continue investing in renewable energy, says solar modules and solar cells producer Talesun Energy VP Arthur Chien. South Africa’s renewable energy sector,...
Dec 12, 2014
I am, 100 years after 1914, reminded of the effect that war had on engineering. When The Second World War (WW2) started, the situation, technology- and armswise, was this: fighter aircraft were propeller-driven biplanes with open cockpits, fixed undercarriage and low...
Dec 11, 2014
Will South Africa’s electricity grid collapse, plunging the country into weeks of darkness? Experts say it is possible, but unlikely.
Dec 11, 2014
Powertech (Power Technologies (Pty)Ltd, is focused on delivering advanced technologies for the creation management, distribution, storage and use of electricity across industries, such as power infrastructure, large power users, mining, renewable energies, building...
 
 
 
 
Dec 11, 2014
Uganda said on Wednesday four foreign and domestic firms would build two solar power plants, with a total capacity of 20 MW as it seeks to develop its renewable energy potential. Keen on expanding its small electricity generation capacity to support an...
Dec 10, 2014
This week CNN ‘African Start-Up’ profiles two South Africans - Thato Kgatlhanye and Rea Ngwane, co-founders of Rethaka, a company that converts plastic bags into solar panel school bags. For this South African start-up, upcycled plastic bags are the main component in...
Dec 10, 2014
A Rustenburg-based company that converts upcycled plastic bags into solar panel school bags that charge while children walk to school and act as a light source to enable them to to study at night has been featured on international news organisation CNN’s ‘African...
Dec 09, 2014
The expenses associated with connecting renewable-energy sources to the national energy grid are often underestimated and should be factored into the cost-benefit analysis of all renewable-energy projects prior to their implementation, Paris-based energy utility...
Dec 09, 2014
The African National Congress (ANC) on Tuesday called on Eskom to fast-track the construction of the Medupi and Kusile power stations to alleviate the strain on the grid that has seen rolling blackouts. "The last meeting of the national executive committee of the...
 
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