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Feb 05, 2016
JONATHAN DE MAGALHAES Finding the right energy services company is just as important as finding the right energy solution
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.
Jan 22, 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...
Dec 11, 2015
EXTENSIVE FUNDING Between R600-billion and R1-trillion worth of investment will be required by 2030 to develop gas-to-power facilities
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.
Nov 26, 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...
Nov 20, 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...
Nov 20, 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...
Nov 17, 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...
Nov 16, 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...
Nov 10, 2015
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Oct 05, 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...
Oct 02, 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...
Oct 02, 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...
Sep 02, 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...
Aug 13, 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...
Jul 17, 2015
Tshwane mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa
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...
Jul 14, 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...
Jul 10, 2015
The Kearl project is expected to reach 110 000 bbl/d, accessing an estimated 4.6-billion barrels of resources for more than 40 years.
Jul 03, 2015
Unilever officially unveiled its fourth South African production facility in June this year.
Jun 29, 2015
Italian independent renewable-energy power producer Building Energy has signed a memorandum of understanding with Egypt’s New & Renewable Energy Authority for two 50 MW, $200-million, photovoltaic (PV) plants, in Benban, Upper Egypt. The plants, which would be built...
Jun 15, 2015
Despite the downturn in prices, Queensland coal exports were expected to reach a record 220-million tonnes during the 2015 financial year, which ends in June, the Queensland Resources Council (QRC) reported on Monday. QRC CEO Michael Roche said that there was still...
Jun 08, 2015
A consortium led by global wind and solar company Mainstream Renewable Power has been awarded preferred bidder status by the Department of Energy (DoE) for two large-scale wind energy projects with a total generation capacity of 250 MW. The award was made under the...
Jun 03, 2015
Global coal industry body, the World Coal Association (WCA) has appointed Benjamin Sporton as its new CEO and Mick Buffier as chairperson. “The new leadership marks an important change at the WCA, as it repositions itself to more fully engage on the global challenges...
Jun 02, 2015
Jun 02, 2015
The resolution of one of South Africa’s most pressing crises – the electricity challenge – should be taken out of the hands of those who caused it and placed in the hands of all South Africans in a more inclusive, transparent manner. This was one of the messages that...
May 19, 2015
Aurecon power systems expert Dr Clinton Carter-Brown provides a perspective on the role of Independent Power Producers  in solving South Africa’s energy crisis. Energy infrastructure is a critical component that underpins economic activity and growth in South Africa....
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.
Mar 31, 2015
Zola Tsotsi
State-owned electricity producer Eskom announced in the early hours of Tuesday morning that Zola Tsotsi had agreed to step down as a director and chairperson of the board and that Dr Ben Ngubane had been appointed acting chairperson. In a statement the utility...
Mar 20, 2015
Mar 13, 2015
STEVEN MOTI The project is expected to produce enough clean, renewable energy to power more than 50 000 homes
Local company GSC Energy, a subsidiary of GSC Holdings, has entered into a 27-year partnership agreement with the Cameroonian government and will undertake a $2.2-billion project to construct ten solar parks to help the country meet its energy needs.
Feb 17, 2015
Data centres have for years been known to be excessive consumers of power, consuming up to 3% of all global electricity production, and roughly ten times more per square metre than the average office. Previously, energy efficiency wouldn’t necessarily be at the top...
Jan 23, 2015
The project involves the construction of a combined-cycle gas turbine power plant near Kirikkale, in Central Anatolia, about 50 km east of Ankara.
Jan 12, 2015
President Jacob Zuma
President Jacob Zuma devoted much of his January 8th statement on Saturday to talking about corruption, saying there was a misperception that the ANC was largely responsible for it. "It cannot be, it is another misrepresentation of fact," he said at the party's 103rd...
Jan 12, 2015
Energy will remain an apex priority for the ANC, President Jacob Zuma said on Saturday. Zuma made reference to the power shortfall facing the country in the ANC National Executive Committee's annual January 8 statement at the party's 103rd anniversary celebrations at...
Dec 02, 2014
Queensland Premier Campbell Newman used the opening of a A$200-million micro-liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant to launch the state’s new fuels and energy strategy. The Premier revealed that some A$500-million would be made available to energy companies through an...
Nov 05, 2014
The Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) has echoed Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s views that fossil fuels would remain an integral part of Australia’s energy mix. “For the foreseeable future, coal is the foundation of our prosperity,” Prime Minister Abbott said in...
Oct 17, 2014
President Jacob Zuma has officially opened the Department of Environmental Affairs’ (DEA’s) new green head office, in Pretoria, describing it as an event that would usher in a new green-focused era for the South African construction industry. “[This building] will...
Oct 16, 2014
Among the many challenges facing as many as 20 mining companies holding claims in the Ring of Fire (RoF) mineral region of Northern Ontario, the most significant might be the limited infrastructure. However, besides having to deal with exploration, project planning,...
Oct 14, 2014
A twelve month long pre-feasibility study to investigate the viability of the Monont’sa Pumped Storage Power Plant in Lesotho has concluded that the scheme will provide significant power to South Africa’s rapidly developing neighbour when required to do so, said GIBB...
Sep 04, 2014
Several industry pressures, ranging from greater competition for capital because of lower metal prices, to the expense of electrical energy storage, delay the widespread acceptance of renewable energy within the mining sector, Barrick Gold director of power projects...
Aug 25, 2014
The City of Cape Town has taken public transport to the next level with the launch of its first green transport facility. The Wallacedene taxi rank is the first public transport facility in the country to be regarded as a green building -- from its foundation to the...
Aug 20, 2014
With declining mineable coal reserves and the ever increasing global energy demand, Underground Coal Gasification is a resurging technology that promises to deliver on these challenges. On Thursday 28th August the Fossil Fuel Foundation will host the Underground Coal...
Aug 15, 2014
The Ashalim solar plant will generate enough electricity to meet the energy needs of more than 120 000 homes.
Jul 11, 2014
Accelerating the importation of liquefied natural gas (LNG) could aide in the development of South Africa’s lacking gas infrastructure and bolster the nation’s aim of ensuring sufficient energy supply within the next three to five years. As the country awaits the...
Jun 26, 2014
Accelerating the importation of liquefied natural gas (LNG) could aide in the development of South Africa’s lacking gas infrastructure and bolster the nation’s aim of ensuring sufficient energy supply within the next three to five years. As the country awaits the...
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