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Saudi Arabia embarks on utility-scale renewable energy projects 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     18th April 2017 Saudi Arabia is seeking bids for its first utility-scale renewable energy projects, following the launch of the round one request for proposal (RFP) stage by the country’s Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources Minister Khalid Al Falih. The RFP is now live on a 300 MW solar photovoltaic (PV)... 

Renewables remain a priority for African economies – WEC

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     6th April 2017 Three critical uncertainties facing South Africa this year includes commodity prices, electric storage and exchange rates, the World Energy Council’s (WEC’s) ‘World Energy Issues Monitor 2017’ suggests. The report states that, given the strong linkage of the South African economy to commodity... 

CSIR’s formal IRP submission deviates dramatically from Base Case 

By: Terence Creamer     5th April 2017 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research’s (CSIR’s) formal input into the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) public consultation process, which ended on March 31, proposes a new-build mix that deviates materially from the IRP Base Case released by the Department of Energy (DoE) in November.... 

Amid challenges, power sector offers massive opportunities

By: Nadine James     17th March 2017 Although the power and electricity sector in Africa faces massive challenges, it also offers massive opportunities, says Power & Electricity World Africa (PEWA) event organiser Terrapinn.  

Automation products on display at event

     17th March 2017 Industrial product supplier Magnet’s stand at the Power & Electricity World Africa 2017 conference and exhibition, taking place at the Sandton Convention Centre on March 28 and 29, will highlight the company’s Carlo Gavazzi automation products portfolio.  

Turnbull concerned by impending Australia gas supply cliff

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     9th March 2017 Australian Prime Minster Malcolm Turnbull on Thursday said warnings of potential shortfalls in gas were “very concerning”, and called on the CEOs of east coast gas companies to address the threat to customers. Turnbull’s comments come after the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) released a... 

Lack of reskilling of coal miners, truckers a concern – Greenpeace

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     1st March 2017 In light of industrial action by truck drivers in the coal transportation sector on Wednesday morning, in protest at Eskom's expected signing of power purchase agreements with more independent power producers, which they believe threaten their jobs, Greenpeace Africa campaigner Nhlanhla Sibisi... 

India's coal oversupply to persist, despite recent drawdown in power plant stocks

By: Ajoy K Das     28th February 2017 Thermal power plants across India have achieved significant drawdown on existing coal stocks this month, but this is not expected to be a sustained emerging trend. According to government data, total coal stocks carried by all thermal power plants in the country were pegged at 24-million tonnes... 

Electricity-mix model shows South Africa won’t need to trade off clean for low-cost 

By: Terence Creamer     23rd February 2017 The steep decline in wind and solar photovoltaic (PV) costs means that South Africa will not need to make the traditional trade-off between investing in either clean or least-cost electricity production, as the “cost-optimal mix” for South Africa is now also the cleanest, research conducted by... 

IPP programme identified as imperative for boosting investment

By: News24Wire      22nd February 2017 Eskom’s delay in signing power purchase agreements with renewable energy independent power producers (IPPs) whose bids were approved by the Department of Energy could result in manufacturers going out of business, National Treasury warned in its 2017 Budget Review. “Lack of clarity on Eskom’s... 

MCA echoes call for Australia to adopt clean-coal technology

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     9th February 2017 The Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) has made a case for high-efficiency, low-emission (HELE) coal technology, echoing calls by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull that clean-coal technologies should be considered in the future of Australia’s electricity sector. Turnbull recently said more focus... 

Trump’s latest executive orders may be burdensome for oil

By: Bloomberg     1st February 2017 Oil-services giant Halliburton told employees to stay put. An oil trade group is concerned by the proposed border tax. Another global oil company is reconsidering whether to place a crude trader in Houston. And universities that train energy workers across the country estimated that hundreds of... 

New Nersa chief insists regulator will not act illegally when determining 2017 power tariffs

By: Terence Creamer     31st January 2017 Newly appointed National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) CEO Christopher Forlee insists that the Energy Regulator will not take any “illegal” decisions when making a determination in February about the trajectory of Eskom’s 2017 tariffs. Instead, any decision will seek to navigate the... 

African Utility Week returns to Cape Town in May and showcases how community scale projects are the continent’s energy future

     18th January 2017 Expo and conference to focus on major industry trends “The power and energy landscape in Africa is undergoing significant change” says Evan Schiff, African Utility Week event director, adding that current trends include “the availability of private investment for power and energy projects, the... 

Siae Microelettronica To Deploy New Digital Microwave Network Across The São Paulo Area For Cpfl Energia

     13th December 2016 SIAE MICROELETTRONICA is partnering with CMA group for this turnkey project CPFL Energia, the largest private group of electricity sector in Brazil, invested in the deployment of a state of the art microwave radio transmission network to interconnect its operational sites in the São Paulo region.... 

The State of Energy in Africa

     23rd November 2016 Africa: a continent of vast natural resources is a continent woefully short of electricity. According to Mckinsey Global Institute's February 2015 report "Brighter Africa The growth potential of the Sub-Saharan electricity sector", access to electricity and the ability to consume electricity are... 

Carbon tax will help lower South Africa’s emissions, study shows

By: Terence Creamer     10th November 2016 A newly published analysis of South Africa’s proposed carbon tax suggests that the intervention could have a “significant impact in reducing the country’s emissions”, while having only modest consequences for growth. In addition, the study, titled ‘Modeling the Impact on South Africa’s Economy of... 

The order is fading

By: Terence Creamer     4th November 2016 A line from American folk singer Bob Dylan’s 1964 classic ‘The Times They Are a-Changin'’ has deep resonance for the position the domestic and international electricity supply industry currently finds itself. Dylan, who was recently awarded the Nobel literature prize (a fact he has scarcely... 

CSIR study reveals optimistic renewable-energy scenario

By: Kim Cloete     3rd November 2016 A study by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has revealed that South Africa could radically cut its energy costs if it aims for a 70% renewable-energy share by 2040. CSIR Energy Centre head Dr Tobias Bischof-Niemz provided details of the study, titled ‘Least-cost... 

National Energy Board assessment reveals hazy long-term Canadian energy outlook

By: Henry Lazenby     27th October 2016 A new assessment released Wednesday by the Canadian National Energy Board (NEB) has cast a shadow over the country’s long-term energy prospects, lowering both the future price of crude and the estimated increase in Canadian oil production by 2040. In its energy market assessment titled ‘Canada’s... 

Highlights from the minibudget 

     26th October 2016 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the key themes of this year’s minibudget, including funding for higher education and developments in the electricity sector. 

Big development-finance backing for R40bn coal IPP programme 

By: Terence Creamer     10th October 2016 Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson confirmed on Monday that the 557.3 MW Thabametsi and the 306 MW Khanyisa coal-fired power station projects have been selected as preferred bidders following the first bid window of South Africa’s Coal Baseload Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme... 

Weakness in economy becoming more broad-based 

By: Anine Kilian     22nd September 2016 The weakness in South Africa’s economy is coming from all sectors and increasingly becoming more broad-based, says Nedbank economist Nicky Weimar. Speaking at the eighth Integrated Housing Solutions Affordable Housing Summit, in Johannesburg, on Thursday, she pointed out that the 3.3%... 

Investec says release of updated IRP could ease IPP frustration and uncertainty

By: Terence Creamer     7th September 2016 Banking group Investec, which has supported various renewable energy and peaking power projects in South Africa, including the Avon and Dedisa open cycle gas turbines that recently entered commercial operation, remains convinced that the country will continue with its independent power producer... 

Qhena confident solar project commitment will be ‘honoured’

By: Terence Creamer     30th August 2016 Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) CEO Geoffrey Qhena expressed confidence on Tuesday that projects that had been adjudicated under the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) would proceed, despite the recent resistance shown by Eskom to signing a power... 

Opinion: Start electricity reform process now before another crisis 

     26th August 2016 South Africa has not had load shedding for nearly a year. This is a welcome development after years of power cuts that constrained economic growth. Electricity consumption has more or less flattened out, giving the national utility, Eskom, more space to catch up on maintenance and meet demand.... 

Eskom letter opens festering wounds

By: Terence Creamer     12th August 2016 Revelations last month that Eskom is insisting on consultations with Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson before signing any further power purchase agreements with private generators has opened up all manner of wounds that have been quietly festering for the last number of years. Firstly, it... 

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... 

Creamer Media publishes Real Economy Insight 2016: Electricity research report

     11th July 2016 This eight-page brief is a synopsis of key developments in the electricity sector over the past 12 months, including details of South Africa’s constrained power system; State-owned power utility Eskom’s financial status and tariffs, capacity expansion programme, funding, independent power... 

East African Power Industry Convention announces platinum sponsorship by Lucy Electric

     20th June 2016 “This is a very exciting time for the electricity sector across East Africa and at Lucy Electric we hope to play a key part in helping to make this a reality” says Phil Dingle, Marketing Director, Lucy Electric, a global secondary distribution leader in the electricity sector and a platinum... 

G20 Nations Jeopardize Energy Transition

     6th June 2016 • Growing gap between investments and needs • South Africa has the highest investment needs • G20 putting climate goals and competitiveness at risk • Germany, UK, France and China the most attractive for investors The G20 nations are at risk of falling short of the climate goals they set in Paris... 

Realities of modern energy planning

By: Saliem Fakir     3rd June 2016 Energy technologies involve two realities that influence the way we do our planning: certainty and uncertainty. There is certainty in tried and tested stuff, and this relates to our experience and knowledge of mature technologies. These technologies give us confidence in several regards:... 

Economic status hinders nuclear developments

By: Simon Sonnekus     6th May 2016 The development of the proposed nuclear energy project in South Africa could become increasingly difficult to complete, should the economy be downgraded to junk status by credit rating companies. According to advisory firm KPMG global infrastructure major projects advisory head De Buys Scott,... 

Low commodity prices hamper South Africa’s job creation efforts

By: Anine Kilian     26th April 2016 There is little hope that South Africa’s manufacturing, mining, electricity, construction and transport sectors will create jobs unless commodity prices strengthen, economist Mike Schüssler asserted on Tuesday. Speaking at an event hosted by union Uasa, he stated that new opportunities would have... 

Redistribution key for Africa’s power future

By: Simon Sonnekus     15th April 2016 The codevelopment and equal distribution of power between countries in Africa, along with focused research and development strategies around redistribution will provide more Africans with electricity in the future, says State-owned power utility Eskom MD for corporate affairs Chose Choeu.... 

Creamer Media publishes Electricity 2016: A review of South Africa's electricity sector research report

     4th April 2016 Creamer Media’s Electricity 2016 report provides an overview of South Africa’s electricity sector, focusing on State-owned power utility Eskom and independent power producers, electricity planning, transmission, distribution and the theft thereof, besides other issues. 

EDF’s travails at Hinkley Point have no relevance to wider UK nuclear sector

By: Keith Campbell     25th March 2016 Normally, I like to vary my columns from month to month, but I find myself, for the the second month in a row, impelled to remain with the topic of nuclear energy. The reason is the current difficulties being experienced by the predominantly (about 84.5%) French State-owned group EDF regarding... 

Employment in formal nonagricultural sector inches up 0.5% in Q4

By: Natasha Odendaal     23rd March 2016 Employment in the formal nonagricultural sector of the South African economy edged up marginally during 2015, with increases recorded over the past three quarters, Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) revealed on Wednesday. The latest Stats SA Quarterly Employment Statistics (QES) survey showed the... 

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