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Apr 28, 2015
Updated 2 hours 59 minutes ago Forecast demand for electrical energy in the sub-Sahara Africa region has led to heads of state endorsing the investigation of the 15 most promising hydropower projects, with an estimated worth of $50-bn. South Africa’s own demand for energy according to the National...
Apr 24, 2015
Oil firm Chevron said on Friday it has offered to supply South Africa's electricity firm Eskom with excess diesel from its Cape Town refinery, to help run some of its generators. Steve Hegarty, the general manager for strategy at the oil major's South African unit...
Apr 24, 2015
Construction has begun on the Kiyú wind farm.
Apr 24, 2015
Kribi II will involve the installation of an additional seven 17.9 MW natural gas-fired reciprocating engines.
Apr 24, 2015
ANAEROBIC MEMBRANE BIOREACTOR Sasol’s 20 000 ℓ pilot scale plant was completed in 2013 following a 12-month construction period
Petrochemicals group Sasol will finalise the conceptual design of a 60 Mℓ anaerobic membrane bioreactor (AnMBR) at the end of this year, which is expected to generate 40 MW of electricity by treating a gas-to-liquids (GTL) plant’s industrial effluent to produce...
Apr 24, 2015
For a long time, I have been saying that, invariably, new technology developments bring with them not only highly tangible benefits, but also, quite frequently, undesirable side effects that are not that tangible at first.  I have said that it is the duty of...
Apr 24, 2015
The combined heat and power plant will replace the existing coal-fired, outdated units in Zabrze and Bytom.
Apr 23, 2015
JSE-listed Altron subsidiary Powertech System Integrators (PTSI) has launched a grid-tied solar rooftop photovoltaic (PV) offering aimed at corporates that allows access to a hybrid energy solution, which uses a combination of grid and solar power. The company...
Apr 23, 2015
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Apr 22, 2015
Acting Eskom CEO Brian Molefe
Acting Eskom CEO Brian Molefe has suggested that all companies and households should be transitioned across to prepaid electricity systems, adding that he will propose that those municipalities not paying Eskom be bypassed. “The whole of South Africa should move to...
Apr 22, 2015
To improve the performance and reliability of its power generating units ahead of the expected peak winter demand, State-owned power provider Eskom will embark on a “massive maintenance festival” this weekend. The utility explained in a statement that almost 64% of...
Apr 22, 2015
Globally, the power industry is facing a perfect storm of unprecedented challenges and companies failing to stay ahead of the curve face an uncertain future, PwC said on Wednesday. As South Africa – and the world’s – power sector rapidly transformed, new business and...
Apr 22, 2015
Eskom has rectified a City of Ekurhuleni tweet that load-shedding would be at stage 2, saying that it will only be at stage 1 from 17:00 to 22:00 on Wednesday. "Eskom will implement stage 1 load-shedding from 17:00 today, which is likely to continue until 22:00 this...
Apr 21, 2015
Moses Mabhida Stadium
The eThekwini municipality will invest R8.7-million in placing solar photovoltaic (PV) panels at the Moses Mabhida Stadium, uShaka Marine World, Kings Park swimming pool, the Metro Police headquarters, eThekwini Water and Sanitation’s (EWS’s) customer service block...
Apr 21, 2015
Eskom will implement stage 1 load shedding (1 000 MW cut) for the tenth day in a row, but only from 17:00 to 22:00 on Tuesday as it tries to minimise the power cuts during the day. The power utility informed users via Twitter just before 14:00. Earlier on Tuesday,...
Apr 20, 2015
South Africa's Eskom plans to reduce as much as 1 000 MW of electricity from the national grid on Monday, the power utility said in a statement on Twitter. The power cuts would start from 17:00 and last until 22:00.
Apr 20, 2015
Without announcing definite power cuts for Monday, Eskom warned in a tweet that the "load shedding prognosis for today is medium to high" and is "dependent on the performance of our power plants". This follows eight straight days of load shedding in which Eskom...
Apr 17, 2015
Zimbabwe plans to build new power stations to generate 3 500 MW at a cost of $5-billion, the national power company said, in a bid to end chronic power cuts that have damaged the economy. Local industries are forced to use costly diesel generators to keep operations...
Apr 17, 2015
SMART DISTRIBUTION Providing funds to introduce smart grid technologies in the absence of a clearly defined strategy will not result in the desired outcome
South Africa’s distribution grid is a twentieth-century relic, which must be changed to serve the country’s modern electricity needs, says South African National Energy Development Institute (Sanedi) Smart Grid Programme manager Dr Minnesh Bipath. “What we are...
 
 
 
 
Apr 17, 2015
EXPANDING USE OF SOLAR Regulations in Dubai are aimed at encouraging people to install solar energy
The regulations to govern solar power connection in Dubai homes and businesses in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), are in the final stages of development.
Apr 17, 2015
South Africa’s electricity problems are offering platinum mining companies a major opportunity to stimulate the offtake of platinum. State power utility Eskom’s loadshedding programme and the global trend towards decentralised power generation are elevating...
Apr 17, 2015
While the energy crunch in South Africa will remain a problem over the medium term, the benefits of energy efficiency and management will persist for much longer, says national Measurement and Verification Council (MVCSA) board member and Southern African Association...
Apr 17, 2015
The $860-million KaXu Solar One has become the first concentrated solar power project in sub-Saharan Africa to enter operation.
Apr 17, 2015
Public opinion is an essential element in any nuclear programme. This was highlighted last month by World Nuclear Association chairperson Jean-Jacques Gautrot. "Public acceptance is essential to develop the environment in which nuclear development can take place," he...
Apr 17, 2015
Participation as an African partner country, with South Africa, in the international Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescope programme is important to Mozambique, says the country’s Vice Minister for Science, Technology, Higher and Professional Education, Leda...
Apr 17, 2015
According to the International Energy Agency, only 290-million people out of a population of 915-million in sub-Saharan Africa had access to electricity.
Apr 16, 2015
Costs associated with packaging firm Astrapak’s sweeping restructuring programme have hurt the company’s financial performance for the year ended February 28, but were explained away by CFO and MD Manley Diedloff as a necessary evil in the company’s five-year plan to...
Apr 16, 2015
Eskom will move from stage 1 to stage 2 load shedding at 18:00 on Thursday, which is expected to continue until 22:00. This is due to a further shortage of generation capacity as additional units have had to be taken out of service for unplanned maintenance caused by...
Apr 16, 2015
The first phase of the Mokolo Crocodile River Water Augmentation Project (MCWAP) would only be ready for operation on October 8, Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane revealed in a written response to a Parliamentary question by opposition party Democratic...
 
 
 
 
Apr 15, 2015
South African utility Eskom said on Wednesday it had restored 1 200 MW of electricity of the 9 500 MW of power lost on Tuesday in plant breakdowns. "Early this morning, two generating units of 600 MW each were brought back to service," Eskom spokesperson Khulu...
Apr 14, 2015
South Africa's Eskom will cut up to 4 000 megawatts of electricity from the strained national power grid on Tuesday from 1600 GMT to 2000 GMT, the utility said on its official Twitter account. Africa's most advanced economy is in the midst of its worst electricity...
Apr 14, 2015
With one major concentrated solar power (CSP) plant up and running near Upington, in the Northern Cape, and another two in development, players in the CSP market see much opportunity for the industry. But they have called for greater certainty from government on its...
Apr 14, 2015
Platinum prices will average $1 500/oz in 2016 and $1 285/oz this year, French bank Natixis forecasts in its metals review for the first half of 2015. Platinum is currently trading at a far lower $1 147/oz with recycled metal and above-ground stocks still playing a...
Apr 14, 2015
Eskom said on Tuesday it will rehire 1 700 employees fired after a strike at the Medupi power plant the utility is building, in an attempt to end a row that has hobbled construction at the facility. The contract workers were dismissed on March 27 for vandalising...
Apr 14, 2015
State-owned power utility Eskom on Tuesday announced that it has implemented Stage 2 load-shedding to ease the strain on the national electricity grid. Stage 2 load-shedding, which had been ongoing since Sunday morning, started at 06:00 on Tuesday and would continue...
Apr 13, 2015
South Africa's Eskom will cut 2 000 MW of electricity from the strained national power grid on Monday from 16:00 to 22:00, the utility said on its official Twitter account. Africa's most advanced economy is in the midst of its worst electricity crisis since 2008 and...
Apr 13, 2015
Eskom’s intention to deliberately interrupt the supply of electricity to 20 defaulting municipalities from across South Africa will have major impacts, says South African Local Government Association (Salga) acting Chief Executive Simphiwe Dzengwa. This after the...
Apr 13, 2015
Thousands of workers at Medupi power plant that utility Eskom is building stayed away from work on Monday to protest the firing of some of their colleagues, the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) said. Labour disruption and technical faults have...
Apr 10, 2015
South Africa’s agriculture sector is at a significant crossroads, facing numerous challenges and increasing limitations, including depleted soils and overextracted and polluted water reserves, highlights Worldwide Fund for Nature South Africa’s (WWF-SA) 2015 Farming...
 
 
 
 
Apr 10, 2015
Energy utility Eskom has warned residents of the 20 municipalities across the country that are defaulting most severely that it may interrupt bulk electricity supply to these municipalities from June 5, outlining on Friday that the total municipal arrear debt greater...
Apr 10, 2015
Work on South African utility Eskom's new Medupi power plant faced disruption again on Friday after the company said sacked workers blocked other employees from entering the site, while a union said some of its members had gone on strike. Labour disputes and...
Apr 10, 2015
Monier Larry and daughter Isis
“It has changed my life a lot, it is seriously much better. I am more independent now with my own electricity,” says 35-year-old Monier Larry who lives in the backyard of a council house in Albecore street, in Factreton, a northern suburb of Cape Town. His dwelling...
Apr 10, 2015
Apr 10, 2015
POWERING THE CHAMBER OF MINES Mitochondria Energy Company’s fuel cell system will supply an average of between 30 kWh and 80 kWh during periods of peak demand
Energy solutions provider Mitochondria Energy Company (MEC) last month unveiled its 100 kW fuel cell at the Chamber of Mines (CoM) building, in Johannesburg. The new technology promises to be the future of alternative electricity supply, particularly amid escalating...
 
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