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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
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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...
Dec 05, 2014
The Libyan Iron and Steel Company (Lisco), one of North Africa's biggest steelmakers, has seen output slump this year as the turmoil in the country hit power supplies but hopes better security will lift output in 2015, its chairman said. Chairperson Mohamed...
Dec 05, 2014
The ongoing power blackouts will lead to job loses, the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) said on Friday. "One of the negative consequences of this load shedding, especially for the workers, is that industries heavily reliant on electricity for...
Dec 05, 2014
The 138.6 MW Cookhouse wind farm
The 138.6 MW Cookhouse wind farm, in the Eastern Cape, has completed all required performance tests and grid compliance to reach commercial operations and enable achievement of commercial operations date (COD). The project was selected following the first bid window...
Dec 05, 2014
PAUL HEYNS Altaaqa Global Southern Africa continuously communicates with potential customers and local authorities, strengthening the company’s reach in the Southern Africa region
Temporary power solutions provider Altaaqa Global says its Southern Africa branch, which recently opened in Johannesburg, South Africa, has expanded the company’s reach in the temporary power supply market, especially in the mining and infrastructure construction...
Dec 05, 2014
If government wanted to increase South Africa’s productivity, the country needed to boost its manufacturing sector, Industrial Development Corporation head of corporate strategy and portfolio management David Jarvis said at the localisation infrastructure dialogue,...
 
 
 
 
Dec 05, 2014
It is unfortunate that, instead of focusing on practical and immediate solutions to gaping energy crisis South Africa is facing, the debate on the country’s energy future is plagued by misinformation, simplifications and outdated arguments against renewable energy...
Dec 05, 2014
Hey, read this: “South Africa is in a major electric power crisis." Do read on: "Peak power demand is exceeding reliable generation and transmission capacity. The industry is trying to overcome the crisis by installing gas turbines, creating, in turn, a diesel fuel...
Dec 02, 2014
Infrastructure spend in sub-Saharan Africa would grow from $70-billion in 2013 to $180-billion by 2025, said PwC capital projects and infrastructure Africa leader Jonathan Cawood on Tuesday. This was one of the findings of PwC’s Capital Projects & Infrastructure...
Dec 01, 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 01, 2014
Eskom spokesperson Andrew Etzinger
There are no scheduled power cuts for this week, Eskom said on Monday. "[The] system will be tight but no load shedding is planned at this stage," Eskom spokesperson Andrew Etzinger said in a statement.
Dec 01, 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 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...
Nov 28, 2014
GENERATING ELECTRICITY The Jeffreys Bay wind farm started operating this year
South Africa is creating the capacity to generate close to 2 GW of electricity from wind farms and, “within the next five years, this will more than double”, says Stellenbosch University’s Centre for Renewable and Sustainable Energy Studies director, Professor Wikus...
Nov 28, 2014
NICOLA CENCELLI The wind industry market has progressed into a thriving industry that is showing clear signs of sustainability
The South African wind energy industry has had a few hiccups since the beginning of the independent power producer (IPP) procurement programme, however on the whole the industry has excelled, says technical consultancy 3E Renewable Energy. “Essentially initiated and...
Nov 28, 2014
The project involves the construction of a 66 MW wind farm in Edirne, in western Turkey.
Nov 28, 2014
I was sent a photograph. It is of a fairly young man in his twenties. He is lying on his back and holds a hacksaw in one hand. He is lying on top of an electrical transformer, which is, in turn, mounted on a wooden pole structure. The man is quite dead. The story is...
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 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...
 
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