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Nov 28, 2014
Kenya Power plans to spend 8.7-billion shillings ($96.6-million) on new power distribution stations to improve electricity supply aimed at curbing chronic power shortages that companies say have discouraged investments. Kenya Power, the country's main electricity...
Nov 28, 2014
Barack Obama
Barack Obama last year told a cheering crowd in Cape Town that a $7-billion plan to "Power Africa" would double electricity output on the world's poorest continent and bring "light where currently there is darkness". A year later, the US president's flagship project...
Nov 28, 2014
Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown
Electricity utility Eskom confirmed on Friday that it would implement rotational load shedding in stage 2 (about 2 000 MW) over the weekend of November 29 and 30, entrenching a pattern of rotational power cuts that first emerged after a coal silo collapsed at the...
Nov 28, 2014
As the City of Ekurhuleni continues its bid to develop the largely industrialised metropole into the continent’s first aerotropolis, executive mayor Mondli Gungubele has committed the city to creating a predictable, stable and enabling business environment in which...
Nov 28, 2014
Given the attention, disproportionate or not, being given to nuclear energy in South Africa, it was interesting to see what the International Energy Agency (IEA) had to say about the future of technology in its World Energy Outlook 2014 (WEO-2014), released earlier...
Nov 28, 2014
Construction has begun on Africa’s largest wind power project.
Nov 28, 2014
All development policies in Mozambique are focused on two major issues: poverty reduction and social and economic infrastructure development. This was recently affirmed by the Rector of Mozambique's Higher Institute of International Relations, Dr Patricio José....
Nov 28, 2014
PRODUCTION CAPACITY The new wind-turbine tower production factory is capable of producing 150 wind towers a year
Renewable energy industrial and logistics processes company GRI Renewable Industries in November opened a new R300-million wind-turbine tower production factory in Atlantis, Cape Town. “With South Africa currently in the grip of debilitating rolling black-outs and...
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Nov 27, 2014
Solidarity CEO Dirk Hermann
Trade union Solidarity, which has 7 000 members working at Eskom, is urging the State-owned utility to abandon its voluntary-severance offer to employees and focus instead on rebuilding staff morale as part of a broader effort to improve the currently dire outlook...
Nov 27, 2014
Chile's sprawling mining industry, responsible for around a third of global copper output, is set to nearly double its electricity use by 2025 as multibillion-dollar investments come to fruition, state copper commission Cochilco said on Wednesday. Top copper producer...
Nov 24, 2014
Fourth renewables bid announcement postponed amid third-round closure delay
Nov 24, 2014
Global law firm Baker & McKenzie partner Paul Curnow believes South Africa holds significant upside potential for manufacturers and developers of commercial rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) projects, as these players would be able to bypass often protracted government...
Nov 24, 2014
Creamer Media’s Coal 2014 report examines South Africa’s coal industry amid the business environment, the key participants in the sector, local demand, export sales and coal logistics, projects being undertaken by the large and smaller participants in the market, as...
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
As utilities worldwide move to modernise their networks and enhance efficiencies through the use of telecommunications, the Utilities Telecom Council (UTC) has launched an Africa-focused division to deal with the energy security challenges facing utilities and energy...
Nov 18, 2014
African building materials maker Uganda Clays Ltd (UCL) expects its costs to fall by up to 40% in 2015, helped by a switch to cheaper, local biofuels from imported oil to fire more of its furnaces, its managing director said on Tuesday. George Inholo, who took over...
Nov 18, 2014
There are no scheduled power blackouts planned despite increased demand for electricity, Eskom said on Tuesday. "The cold and wet weather has resulted in increased demand for electricity but the power grid is stable," said spokesman Andrew Etzinger.
Nov 17, 2014
A State-owned Zimbabwean bank will float two bonds worth $65-million on Tuesday to boost electricity output and increase use of pre-paid meters, a senior bank official said. The southern African country produces up to 1 300 MW of power against peak demand of 2 200...
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...
 
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