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Wind project to inject more than R800m into local community – CEO

     30th June 2016 Call for pupils to become entrepreneurs in the renewable energy sector to position SA globally A little more than a year after connecting to the national energy grid, one of South Africa’s first major wind farms has announced that it is injecting more than R800-million into community economic... 

Aurora photovoltaic solar power project, US

By: Sheila Barradas     24th June 2016 The project will be Enel’s biggest solar plant in North America when complete. 

AFC, Harith merge power assets

By: Natasha Odendaal     22nd June 2016 Two Africa-based institutional investors have merged their power assets to create a new energy entity equipped with substantial capital, sector specific experience, a critical mass of existing assets and a pipeline of credible power projects. Harith General Partners and Africa Finance... 

Malawi and neighbours studying several new electricity interconnectors

By: Marcel Chimwala     3rd June 2016 Malawi is implementing several feasibility studies for electricity interconnectors with neighbouring countries as it moves to offset its electricity deficit. Joseph Kalowekamo, energy affairs spokesperson at the Ministry of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining, says the interconnector projects at... 

APC’s Dartbrook mine has coal resource estimate of 1.2bn tonnes

By: Samantha Herbst     24th May 2016 ASX-listed junior Australia Pacific Coal (APC) has identified a total coal resource estimate of 1.2-billion tonnes at its New South Wales-based Dartbrook coal mine, confirming the newly acquired mine as one of the largest underdeveloped coal operations in the Hunter Valley. After last week’s move... 

Water, energy sectors need to collaborate more – World Bank

By: Kim Cloete     18th May 2016 The interplay between water and energy is more critical than ever, with climate change forcing people to work together, according to World Bank energy and extractives global practive director Charles Feinstein. “You can’t tackle energy problems without being sensitive to water demands. Global... 

Tallying the benefits of South Africa’s Renewable Energy Power Producer’s Procurement Programme

     9th May 2016 As energy investors eagerly await announcements of the preferred bidders in the latest round of South Africa’s renewable IPP programme – the so-called expedited bid window - it is worth reflecting on the successes of the country’s Renewable Energy Power Producer’s Procurement Programme (REIPPPP)... 

South African solar power plant sets record for continuous, round the clock electricity supply

     5th May 2016 Record six days of 24 hours full-load operation of the Bokpoort Concentrated Solar Power Plant A South African solar power plant has set a new African record for the continuous, round the clock supply of electricity. Within the first month of its commercial operation, the newly inaugurated 50 MW... 

Ensuring future growth and sustainability in challenging times: EBH Namibia puts strategic stabilisation plan into action

     20th April 2016 Like all stakeholders in the international oil and gas industry, leading ship repair company, Elgin Brown & Hamer (EBH) Namibia, has been closely tracking the sliding oil price since it dropped to below US$ 80 per barrel in late 2014. In anticipation of the ‘lag effect’ of the sustained low oil... 

Kibo’s Mbeya coal restatement hikes resource

By: Natasha Odendaal     11th April 2016 Aim- and AltX-listed Kibo Mining’s now completed restatement of its Mbeya coal resource has shown an “unexpected” 10% hike in the mineral resource of the Tanzania-based asset. The total mineral resource increased from the 109.2-million tonnes disclosed in the 2012 resource statement to... 

IAEA helps African countries develop their proposals, plans and projects

By: Keith Campbell     8th April 2016 Last year, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) sent Integrated Nuclear Infrastructure Review (INIR) missions to three countries, all of them in Africa. They were Kenya, Morocco and Nigeria. This was highlighted at the recent Nuclear Africa 2016 conference by IAEA Deputy Director General... 

The Ultimate Challenge For A Quantity Surveyor: Building Almost Entirely With Scrap Materials

     6th April 2016 For many centuries, quantity surveyors were regarded as financial managers for conventional building projects. But the 'green revolution' has changed all that. Nowadays, a  quantity surveyor has to be able to control costs for the most unusual type of structure - even one built almost entirely... 

Solar photovoltaic energy for corporate buildings

     29th March 2016 There are two main synergies which can be incorporated into modern building design to reduce the dependency of electrical generation on fossil fuels.  These synergies are to reduce the overall energy need of the building through the use of energy efficient methods, and to meet some of the energy... 

City of Cape Town sets target of sourcing 20% energy needs from renewables

By: Anine Kilian     22nd March 2016 The City of Cape Town has set itself a target of sourcing up to 20% of its energy needs from renewable energy sources by 2020, Mayor Patricia de Lille revealed at the weekend. She stated that the Western Cape was engaging national government on building its own renewable energy plants, buying... 

Nuclear expert to interrogate viability in SA

     9th March 2016 Mycle Schneider, convening lead author and publisher of the internationally acclaimed annual World Nuclear Industry Status Report and independent international energy and nuclear policy analyst, will be in the country next week to share his extensive knowledge on the state of nuclear globally.... 

KACO new energy inverters power the largest solar park on the Virgin Islands. 

     4th March 2016 At five megawatts, USVI Solar I is the largest photovoltaic system on the U.S. Virgin Islands. Installed on challenging terrain and under harsh weather conditions on Saint Thomas, the solar park received the 2015 "Ground-Mount Project of the Year Award". After all, the system covers ten percent... 

AFC takes controlling stake in Cape Verde wind farm

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     19th February 2016 Africa Finance Corporation (AFC) has bought early-stage development capital provider InfraCo Africa’s stake in the 25.5 MW, €65-million Cabeólica wind farm, in Cape Verde, for an undisclosed amount. The deal followed a share purchase agreement signed in May last year, in which AFC agreed to buy... 

Africa Finance Corporation increases stake in Cabeólica Wind Farm

     19th February 2016 Africa Finance Corporation has completed the purchase of InfraCo Africa’s stake in the Cabeólica Wind Farm. The deal follows the share purchase agreement signed on 6 May 2015 in which AFC agreed to purchase InfraCo Africa’s remaining stake in the project. Cabeólica is the first privately-financed... 

Energy efficiency in farming – no longer a nice to have but a crucial necessity

     16th February 2016 Farming in South Africa, as in many parts of the world, is faced with severe drought conditions and steadily increasing costs on all fronts. Labour, infrastructure, equipment, transport, energy, livestock and seed stock are becoming more and more expensive. Farmers’ need to counterbalance these... 

Good energy strategies will reduce operating costs

     5th February 2016 Renewable energy company Ubuntu Energy Solutions MD Jonathan de Magalhães says very few companies rethink their energy strategy, despite most businesses struggling with escalating electricity costs and intermittent power outages.  

Energy critical for Africa to benefit from 4th Industrial Revolution

By: African News Agency      22nd January 2016 Africa can take a quantum leap forward via the Fourth Industrial Revolution, but a stable supply of energy, as envisaged by the New Deal on Energy for Africa, was absolutely critical. This was the clear consensus at Thursday’s high-level session at the World Economic Forum in Davos, with... 

Natural gas will power South Africa’s future, says consulting firm

By: Dylan Stewart     11th December 2015 As South Africa grapples with its current and future energy challenges, global management consulting firm McKinsey & Company argues that gas energy, supplemented by renewable power, is a feasible baseload option for meeting the country’s 2025 energy needs. 

Coal and gas to remain part of Australia’s energy mix – report

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     26th November 2015 An independent report into Australia’s electricity future has assured that both coal and natural gas would maintain a foothold in the country’s energy generation mix. The Australian Power Generation Technology Report released on Thursday measured a broad range of technologies, their... 

Victoria reviews coal programme, to publish strategy in 2016

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     20th November 2015 The Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) has welcomed the Victorian government’s independent review of the state’s coal development programme, and its commitment to develop a coal strategy in 2016. Victoria’s Energy and Resources Minister, Lily D’Ambrosio, said this week that the independent... 

Future role for fossil fuels

     20th November 2015 Most of South Africa’s energy needs are provided by coal.  Besides massive electricity generation, coal is also used as a liquid fuel by millions of lower-income households for cooking, lighting and heating. There has, however, been a slowdown in these key industries in recent years.  The mining... 

Jemena selected to build A$800m NT gas pipeline

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     17th November 2015 The Northern Territory government has selected Jemena Northern Gas Pipeline to build and operate the North East Gas Interconnector (NEGI) pipeline to connect the state’s gas resources to eastern gas markets. The 622 km pipeline, which will run between Tennant Creek and Mount Isa, in Queensland,... 

Envisioning and co-designing a sustainable future for African cities

     16th November 2015 It was with the powerful phrase in mind: “What if the only way to predict the future is to design it,” that Jeff Robinson, Aurecon’s Sustainable Buildings Group Leader, presented at the Green Building Council South Africa’s annual convention as one of the event’s innovation speakers. Envisaging... 

Joest Kwatani Fulfills Coal Sector’s Need For Sustainable Solutions

     10th November 2015 Locally owned and operated vibrating equipment specialist Joest Kwatani remains focused on delivering sustainable, engineered-for-tonnage mining solutions to one of the mining industry’s most significant sectors – coal - which will remain the primary source of energy across the globe for decades... 

Google set to invest in Kenya’s Lake Turkana wind power project

By: John Muchira     6th November 2015 Global information technology (IT) giant Google is set to invest in Kenya’s Lake Turkana wind power (LTWP) project as part of its efforts to promote clean energy in developing nations. The company is backing the project with a $40-million investment for a 12.5% stake. The investment will be... 

Nuclear advocate urges South Africa to consider emerging reactor designs 

By: Terence Creamer     5th November 2015 Independent nuclear expert Tom Blees, who is president of US-based nongovernmental organisation the Science Council for Global Initiatives, believes that the South African government should leave room in its procurement programme for emerging reactor designs, rather than committing the full 9 600... 

Aalborg CSP begins construction of the world’s first Integrated Energy System based on Concentrated Solar Power

     12th October 2015 Aalborg CSP, leading developer and supplier of innovative renewable systems and technologies has begun construction of the world’s first Integrated Energy System based on Concentrated Solar Power to holistically satisfy multiple energy needs of Sundrop Farms’ greenhouses in the South Australian... 

Africa can quadruple share of renewable energy – Irena report 

By: Kim Cloete     5th October 2015 Amid soaring electricity demand, the African continent is capable of generating nearly one-quarter of its energy needs through clean, indigenous renewable energy by 2030, a new report by the International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena) shows. A combination of modern renewables technology could... 

Energy storage seen as having key role in complex electricity ecosystems 

By: Schalk Burger     2nd October 2015 Energy storage systems have a key role to play in smoothing electricity consumption in South Africa because such systems can reduce peak demand, enable broader and more efficient use of alternative energy and renewable-energy systems, as well as enable more efficient use of existing capacity.... 

Energy storage seen as having key role in complex electricity ecosystems

By: Schalk Burger     2nd October 2015 Energy storage systems have a key role to play in smoothing electricity consumption in South Africa because it can reduce peak demand, enable broader and more efficient use of alternative energy and renewable-energy systems, as well as enable more efficient use of existing capacity. This is the... 

Macfarlane cuts the ribbon at Maules Creek

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     2nd September 2015 Industry and Science Minister Ian Macfarlane on Wednesday officially opened the Maules Creek coal mine, in New South Wales. ASX-listed Whitehaven’s A$767-million opencut coal mine started production in August 2014, and was expected to deliver some 13-million tonnes of coal a year. 

Japan's nuclear restart to benefit Aus uranium sector

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     13th August 2015 The Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) has welcomed the restart of a nuclear reactor in Japan, following the meltdown of a reactor at the Fukushima Daiichi plant in 2011. The Kyushu Electric Power company this week reactivated one of the reactors at the Sendai nuclear power plant, on the... 

Cities should be ‘labs for innovation’ – Tshwane mayor

By: Natalie Greve     17th July 2015 Tshwane executive mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa has pointed to the need for South African cities to become “laboratories for innovation” if their endemic socioeconomic and developmental challenges, such as unemployment, depressed economic growth and energy deficits, are to be meaningfully solved.... 

GlobalCOAL welcomes new Market Members from Germany and India

     14th July 2015 Two new Market Members have today joined the globalCOAL online coal trading platform. Hanseatic Coal and Coke Trading GmbH is a privately owned German company specialising in the international trade of solid fuels such as thermal and coking coal, anthracite and biomass. They have close... 

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