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3 500 North West households to be electrified

     Updated 7 hours ago State-owned power utility Eskom GM Phil Khumalo says that the utility is committed to electrifying more than 3 500 households in the Madibeng local municipality in North West by the end of this financial year. 

Agency supports waste-to-energy project in SA

     Updated 7 hours ago The US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) has awarded a grant to South African renewable energy project developer MBHE African Power to support a waste-to-energy project in the Drakenstein municipality, in the Western Cape. 

Clearing environmental hurdles to power supply growth

     Updated 7 hours ago Environmental consultant SRK Consulting is developing an enabling framework that will help power projects in South Africa to streamline the process of acquiring environmental approvals, in order to avoid unnecessary delays in implementation. 

Concentrated solar plants valuable for South Africa 

By: Robyn Wilkinson     Updated 7 hours ago As baseload plants, concentrated solar plants (CSPs) are highly sought after in the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP), says infrastructure operations and maintenance (O&M) company Investing in Africa Holdings (IIAH) director Gabriel Reeder. 

Construction on the largest solar field in S Africa to start in 2017

     Updated 7 hours ago Norwegian power producer Scatec Solar plans to start construction by mid-2017 on three new adjacent solar projects in Upington, in the Northern Cape, which will form the largest solar field in South Africa and one of the biggest in the world with a combined peak capacity of 258 MW. 

Hassyan clean coal power project, UAE

By: Sheila Barradas     Updated 7 hours ago The project will be supported by a 25-year power purchase agreement with Dubai Electricity Water Authority. 

Power builds to continue despite decreased demand across industries

By: Robyn Wilkinson     Updated 7 hours ago Despite a decrease in demand for energy from the mining and related industries, construction, engineering and mining contractor Murray & Roberts Power & Water platform CEO Steve Harrison believes that the power station builds at Medupi, in Limpopo, and Kusile, in Mpumalanga, will continue to... 

S Africa renewables sector growing well

By: Robyn Wilkinson     Updated 7 hours ago Engineering firm Arup associate director Mariaan Woest believes that the renewables sector is growing well in South Africa, with Arup selected as a consultant on many of the projects approved in the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP). 

Seshego Industrial Park receives R21m boost from DTI

By: Ilan Solomons     28th July 2016 The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has launched the R21-million first phase of the Seshego Industrial Park revitalisation project, in Polokwane, which is aimed at promoting industrialisation, job creation and economic growth. Trade and Industry Minsiter Dr Rob Davies, Limpopo Premier Stan... 

A Crystal Clear Energy Choice

     28th July 2016 In South Africa, and Africa, we can make more energy than we can use from solar and other alternative sources, but what do we do when the sun goes down or the wind stops blowing? This is the stumbling block,” says Miles Oates, chief executive officer of the Build Africa Corporation. “The question... 

Rockefeller Brothers Fund confirms investment in Mainstream Renewable Power Africa power generation platform

     28th July 2016 The Rockefeller Brothers Fund investment is part of the R1.66 billion ($117.5m) deal which has now closed, after being announced in June subject to shareholder approval  Investment will fund Lekela Power Platform  to build over 1.3GW of wind and solar plants in Africa by 2018 Investors includes... 

Bio2Watt appoints Anaergia to manage Bronkhorstspruit commercial biogas plant

     28th July 2016 The day-to-day operations of South Africa’s first commercial biogas plant are being managed by biogas expert Anaergia Africa Proprietary Limited, part of the Anaergia international group of companies, effective 18 July 2016.   Sean Thomas, Bio2Watt’s Managing Director, says that Anaergia’s... 

Mining companies relying more on renewable energy

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     27th July 2016 Mining companies are increasingly looking to renewable energy to meet their power needs, as the subdued mineral price environment is incentivising firms to reduce reliance on more expensive diesel or distant, unreliable electricity grid systems, states research firm BMI Research. In its outlook... 

GE aiming to change coal narrative with high-efficiency power solutions

By: Terence Creamer     26th July 2016 Technology group GE is beginning to actively make the case for clean coal, having concluded that coal-fired generation will remain a major, albeit relatively smaller, part of the future electricity mix in many parts of the world. GE Power global sales and marketing leader for steam power systems,... 

Lumax Energy equips ABB headquarters with Renusol mounting solution for solar microgrid installation

     26th July 2016 The South African wholesaler Lumax Energy has equipped the national headquarters of ABB, the global leader in power and automation technology, with a mounting solution for its 756 kWp solar microgrid installation. This is a world premiere for the innovative solution with fully grid-connected and... 

Green building buy-in now imperative for corporates, developers, urge analysts

     25th July 2016 As government chases legislation to enforce the implementation of green building principles, analysts advise that embracing sustainable development is crucial for all sectors of South Africa. Sustainable development specialists and property analysts have urged all South African businesses and... 

12-year-old Chiara makes a difference all the way from the US

     25th July 2016 A 12-year-old girl from the United States recently showed that age, distance and cost do not have to impede one’s desire to make a real difference in the lives of countless people. vWhile on Facebook with her mother, planning their summer trip to South Africa, Chiara noticed an advert for... 

Randgold lowers Côte d'Ivoire output forecast on power cuts

By: Reuters     25th July 2016 Randgold Resources' Tongon mine in Côte d'Ivoire will have a slightly lower gold output this year than previously expected mainly owing to an erratic power supply, Chief Executive Mark Bristow told reporters late on Saturday. The mine, one of five operated by the London-listed company in three... 

Eskom’s IPP stance seen undermining investment and green industrialisation 

By: Terence Creamer     22nd July 2016 The decision by Eskom not to sign any new power purchase agreements (PPAs) with independent power producers (IPPs) beyond those selected in the latest competitive bidding round could have a “chilling” effect on investment and undermine industrialisation efforts under way in the green economy,... 

Greenpeace International executive director visits Africa for the first time

By: David Oliveira     22nd July 2016 Greenpeace International executive director Bunny McDiarmid visited the Greenpeace Africa office in Johannesburg, earlier this month, to show solidarity and gain further insight into the key issues. The visit was McDiarmid’s first to Africa since taking office in April. 

S Africa to use fuel-flexible turbines as interim power supply solution

     22nd July 2016 South Africa’s gas-to-power programme, aimed at delivering 3 726 MW of electricity, is expected to come on line between 2019 and 2025, says power generation plant and product provider APR Energy regional sales director Mark Makanda.  

South Africa draws up plans for gas-generated power

By: Sebastian Whyle     22nd July 2016 In South Africa’s search for viable long-term gas import partners to meet demand in the power sector, Nigeria has been identified as a strong contender, owing to its large natural gas reserves, says professional services firm KPMG.  

Soaring DRDGold adds R14bn a year to economy as it turns waste to gold  

By: Martin Creamer     21st July 2016 By taking material that has been dumped as waste and turning it into gold, DRDGold is adding R14-billion worth of value a year to the South African economy and unlocking scarce real estate for gainful development, a visiting media contingent heard on Thursday. “[That is] R14-billion rands worth... 

Eskom letter sends shock waves through private power sector 

By: Terence Creamer     21st July 2016 News of Eskom’s letter to Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson – seeking clarity on the approach the utility should take to contracting in future with independent power producers (IPPs) – sent shock waves through the private power community, which is only just starting to find its feet in a... 

How solar plants and animals match together

     21st July 2016 Sustainable development has been established since long as a priority goal of governments, businesses but also of private investors. As a recently published report of the International Renewable Energy Agency emphasises, solar energy will continue to contribute to this goal: From todays 2% share... 

Casualty of Australia's iron-ore war seeks second chance in lithium

By: Reuters     21st July 2016 Ken Brinsden rode Australia's iron-ore boom up and then down as head of Atlas Iron. Now he is chasing a new treasure, one fuelled by a metal powerful enough to propel electric cars to speeds of 250 km per hour: lithium His company, Pilbara Minerals, plans to be mining the silvery-white metal by... 

IDC, AFD sign €60m credit agreement for green projects

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     20th July 2016 South Africa’s Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) has signed an agreement with France's development agency, Agence Française de Développement (AFD), for a €60-million credit line aimed at local small-scale green projects. The facility, a collaboration under the Sustainable Use of Natural... 

Geothermal exploration for S Africa a possibility, funding a major challenge 

By: Anine Kilian     20th July 2016 While geothermal energy is renewable and can be used for baseload supply, the major challenge surrounding this type of energy in South Africa is that geothermal exploration is expensive, which is why it has yet to be undertaken in the country, says Royal Haskoning energy consultant David Johnson.... 

Food and beverages are an important economic factor for Southern Africa.

     20th July 2016 Food & drink technology Africa, trade fair for processing, filling, packaging and logistics, will present the industry’s latest developments on September 14 and 15, 2016. The food and beverage market in the entire Southern African region is experiencing continuous growth with South Africa leading... 

Save the date for Fak’ugesi 2016 – Africa’s best digital innovation and creativity festival

     20th July 2016 From 19 August to 3 September the Fak’ugesi African Digital Innovation Festival is back in Johannesburg to explore and celebrate technology and creativity by Africans for Africa.    The 2016 festival has cast its central theme as ‘Afro Tech Riot’ as community, femininity, notions of the... 

Solar Panels For Large Commercial And Industrial Warehousing Facilities

     20th July 2016 South Africa's electricity is ranked as the 10th most expensive in the world, and with the National Energy Regulator (Nersa) having also approved a 9.4% hike for Eskom for 2016/17, we can expect to climb those rankings. NUS Consulting, a global energy management consulting firm, which researches... 

Kibali on track to meet FY guidance despite sequencing headaches

By: Henry Lazenby     19th July 2016 Africa-focused miner Randgold Resources remains on track to meet the 600 000-oz-plus guidance for its Kibali mine, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), despite experiencing some sequencing difficulties at the mill. According to CEO Mark Bristow, the company had resolved certain expected... 

Financing and legal frameworks key for successful renewables projects in Africa

By: Anine Kilian     19th July 2016 Less than 30% of renewable energy projects in Africa reach financial close, with the development process highlighted as the riskiest part of the development cycle, according to advisory firm Castalia Africa practice leader Patrick Longmire. “Renewable energy project development is expensive and... 

Recent events show need for 'nuclear rethink' – professor 

By: Natasha Odendaal     19th July 2016 South Africa needs to tread carefully if it is to pursue its nuclear build plans, particularly in light of recent events that require a “nuclear rethink”, suggests University of Johannesburg Department of Physics head Hartmut Winkler. Over the past five years, the dynamics of the nuclear... 

India banking on coal exports to manage rising stockpiles

By: Ajoy K Das     19th July 2016 Coal exports could hold the key to managing mounting coal stockpiles in India, with shipments to neighbouring countries seen as the most obvious choice to mark the country’s entry into the coal export market. Under advice from the Coal Ministry, Coal India Limited (CIL) has started exploring... 

South Africa's Eskom, unions fail to reach wage deal 

By: Reuters     15th July 2016 South African power utility Eskom and union leaders failed to reach an agreement on workers' pay on Friday, a union spokesperson said, raising the prospect of a strike at the sole provider of electricity in Africa's most industrialised economy. A strike at the state-owned firm could lead to power... 

Côte d'Ivoire to begin construction of two power plants by 2017 

By: Reuters     15th July 2016 Côte d'Ivoire will start building a gas-fired power station near its commercial capital Abidjan later this year with work on a second plant due to start by 2017 at the latest, a government official said on Thursday. The world's top cocoa grower has emerged from a decade-long of crisis as one of... 

Company commercialises thermoplastic material with low friction coefficiency

     15th July 2016 In May, plastic fabrication and engineering company Vesconite Bearings  started to commercialise its Superlube, a thermoplastic bearing material with one of the lowest coefficients of friction of any polymer available. The development of Superlube – conducted at the company’s laboratory in... 

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