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Price war placing pressure on proper design, warns Arup SA boss

By: Irma Venter     30th November 2016 South Africa’s struggling economy has increased the pressure on engineering firms to underbid on larger projects, says Arup Southern Africa leader Poya Rasekhi. This, however, often leads to poor design and staff burn-out, which almost inevitably ensures that the final price tag ends up being... 

New Energy Business Leader at Arup

     25th October 2016 Deon Gerber has been appointed as leader, Arup Energy Business in South Africa. With 35 years of experience in the engineering and project management fields, Gerber brings strategic short-and-long term planning, project management and construction management, particularly in the infrastructure... 

Kenya aims to mobilise private capital for grid expansion

By: John Muchira     21st October 2016 Kenya is banking on public–private partnerships (PPPs) to mobilise a staggering $6.5-billion to implement the country’s electricity transmission plan, which will involve the construction of 18 000 km of high-voltage power lines by 2030. Says Energy principal secretary Joseph Njoroge: “Every year,... 

NGOs unhappy about new bids for baseload coal 

By: Kim Cloete     13th October 2016 Nongovernmental organisations (NGOs) have criticised the Department of Energy’s (DoE’s) decision to select preferred bidders under the first bid window for independent coal baseload power plants. The Life After Coal Network says the expansion of coal-fired power generation through the Coal... 

Coega puts R25bn value to proposed gas-to-power investment into zone

By: Terence Creamer     6th October 2016 The Coega Development Corporation (CDC), which oversees the Coega Industrial Development Zone (IDZ), in the Eastern Cape, expects the investment associated with the zone’s selection as one of two locations for the first phase of government’s Liquefied Natural Gas Independent Power Producer... 

Eskom secures 75% of borrowing requirements for 2016/17

By: Natasha Odendaal     3rd October 2016 State-owned power utility Eskom has secured 75% of the required funding for the 2016/17 capital expenditure programme after signing the first $500-million, or R7-billion, credit facility with China Development Bank (CDB). The parastatal and the CDB signed the short-term credit facility agreement... 

Coega positions itself as energy mix hub

By: Nadine James     23rd September 2016 A growing number of manufacturing opportunities have been created and sustained through the approach of diversifying the energy mix in the Eastern Cape, which has seen the development of several energy investment projects worth more than R3.5-billion. The Coega Industrial Development Zone (IDZ)... 

The Energy Trilemma

     22nd September 2016 As the world population continues to grow exponentially and becomes more urbanised and affluent, demand for power, heat and transport will continue to grow. Global energy demand is expected to increase in line and potentially double by 2050. To keep up with global energy demand, the investment... 

Trudeau said to plan pipeline approval, favour Kinder Morgan

By: Bloomberg     14th September 2016 Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau plans to approve at least one new oil pipeline project in his first term, with Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain expansion to the Pacific Coast the most likely candidate, people familiar with his plans said. The prime minister is seeking to strengthen... 

Tanzania’s rural electrification plan gets $470m boost

By: John Muchira     26th August 2016 Tanzania's plans to increase electricity connections in rural areas have been boosted by a $470-million loan that the East African country has secured from a consortium of development partners. Efforts to tackle abject poverty in rural Tanzania, where electricity access has remained a pipe dream... 

Kibo signs on Norton Rose to assist with Mbeya PPA

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     17th August 2016 Dual-listed Kibo Mining has rallied law firm Norton Rose Fulbright to assist with the preparation and negotiation of commercial arrangements and agreements pertaining to a power purchase agreement (PPA) with the Tanzanian government and power distribution company Tanesco for the Mbeya... 

Clearing environmental hurdles to power supply growth

     29th July 2016 Environmental consultant SRK Consulting is developing an enabling framework that will help power projects in South Africa to streamline the process of acquiring environmental approvals, in order to avoid unnecessary delays in implementation. 

Arup Sustainable Buildings Specialist Wins Established Green Star Award

     28th July 2016 Jaco Kemp, sustainable buildings specialist at Arup, has won the 2016 Established Green Star Award by the Green Buildings Council of South Africa (GBCSA) for his continued contribution to the green building economy.   Kemp has been involved in the design of a variety of projects that have... 

Despite volume slump, Omnia sees growth opportunities in mining sector

By: Mia Breytenbach     28th June 2016 Despite the downturn in global mining revenues and volumes, JSE-listed Omnia’s Mining division has been “remarkably resilient” and continues “to forge ahead in maintaining its position as a leading player” in the opencast mining industry on the African continent, group CEO Rod Humphris said on... 

Partnership to increase infrastructure growth

     24th June 2016 Three international firms consisting of the technology developer General Electric (GE) Africa, multi-industry company Mara Group and financial institution Atlas Merchant Capital have partnered to help address infrastructure challenges in Africa through investments in equity projects such as rail... 

Africa uniquely placed to develop a diverse and sustainable energy mix

     22nd June 2016 Africa is uniquely placed to build a sustainable, renewable energy matrix with immense potential, says Rentia van Tonder, Head: Power at Standard Bank.  “However, how quickly, efficiently and at what cost the continent builds this energy infrastructure will be influenced by sovereign wealth,... 

Turnbull govt promises A$1bn fund to protect Great Barrier Reef

By: Mariaan Webb     13th June 2016 Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Monday vowed to create a A$1-billion fund to protect the Great Barrier Reef. Malcolm, who is facing a general election on July 2, said that a re-elected Coalition government would provide the funding over ten years to invest in finance for projects... 

Infrastructure Africa Summit to tackle issues that will awaken sleeping African giant

     6th June 2016 31st May, Johannesburg – Last week’s Africa Day was commemorated across the continent, marking the birth of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) in 1963. The celebrations were met with renewed calls for Africa to make its own way, to work on the low rate of inter-regional trade and to build... 

Infrastructure Africa Summit To Tackle Issues That Will Awaken Sleeping African Giant

     1st June 2016 Last week’s Africa Day was commemorated across the continent, marking the birth of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) in 1963. The celebrations were met with renewed calls for Africa to make its own way, to work on the low rate of inter-regional trade and to build the infrastructure that... 

Collaboration And Integrity Required For Infrastructure Project Success Says Arup SA

     23rd May 2016 “Two key factors for the success of infrastructure projects in Africa is the collaboration between the private and public sector, whilst using a third party for early engagement and de-risk; and integrity in the design process,” said Poya Rasekhi, Chief Executive Officer of Arup SA, at the recent... 

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)... 

Sun Shines On Johnson Renew

     6th May 2016 Johnson Crane Hire has added impetus to its growing presence in the South African wind farm market by establishing Johnson Renew. This new division houses all the experience garnered over the years undertaking heavy lifts in both the construction and maintenance of wind farms in the country. The... 

Potential growth in technology 

By: Sascha Solomons     8th April 2016 Amid the economic downturn and lack of skills in the foundry industry, the South African Institute of Foundrymen (SAIF) believes that growth opportunities for the industry lies in embracing technological development that will create new market opportunities. “To become more competitive, we, as an... 

Hatch showcases energy solutions in Africa

     18th March 2016 Global engineering and consulting firm Hatch has a range of innovative technologies in the energy sector, which it is showcasing at various mining, petrochemical and industrial projects in Africa. These range from thermal power generation (including conventional and advanced technologies) to... 

Projected infrastructure spend tied to mining in Africa in 2016

     16th March 2016 African infrastructure spend will reach US$180 billion per annum by 2025 according to a study by PwC. This sizeable sum represents a commitment from national governments throughout the region, to address regional development. The mining sector in Africa has historically played an important role... 

Arup drives innovation and green building industry firsts

     16th March 2016 Arup appreciates that sustainability can be used to find better ways to resolve the challenges facing clients by using our technical expertise to deliver bold, sustainable solutions which consider the whole-life costs and make commercial sense. The firm increases its sustainability influence... 

Renewable Energy Performance Platform (REPP) launches

     14th March 2016 Supporting small scale renewable energy projects in sub-Saharan Africa   The Renewable Energy Performance Platform has been established in order to develop small-scale and distributed renewable energy in sub-Saharan Africa.   REPP has been set up with the support of The European Investment Bank... 

Africa’s electricity supply challenge opens opportunity for leadership development

By: Natasha Odendaal     16th February 2016 The challenges faced in powering Africa is unlike anything experienced before in any sector, anywhere in the world and strong leadership is needed to overcome these challenges. With the bulk of Africa’s growing population still without electricity – 700-million of its 1.1-billion population have... 

Waste heat from boilers provides fossil fuel-free electricity

     22nd January 2016 Through the process of feeding off heat from burners and boilers at tempretures as low as between 77 ºC and 116 ºC, the ElectraTherm Power+Generator distributed in South Africa by energy projects and professional services company Alt.EnerPro can generate up to 110 kWe of fossil fuel-free... 

Russia’s Gazprom in partnership deal for SA coal gasification project 

By: Ilan Solomons     15th January 2016 Diversified investment and mining company Anglo African Capital (AAC) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Russian gas company Gazprom to secure the sole distribution rights for Gazprom’s underground coal gasification (UCG) technology in sub-Saharan Africa. Gazprom has also agreed... 

Diesel price plunge slowed but not stymied renewables uptake

By: Simon Rees     9th January 2016 The mining sector’s uptake of renewable energy could be slowed by cheaper diesel in the wake of crude oil’s price plunge, head of energy consulting firm THEnergy Thomas Hillig told an audience at a recent Canadian German Chamber of Industry and Commerce conference on renewables in mining, in... 

2016 – The year for Independent Power Producers in Africa

     4th January 2016 Johannesburg - 2016 promises to be another very active year for independent power producers and energy projects throughout the sub-Saharan Africa region and across various technologies. “There is huge international investor focus on IPPs due to the power shortages and load shedding in the region... 

Africa Energy Indaba 2016 broadens its offering as energy issues take spotlight in Africa’s growth path plans October 2015

     22nd December 2015 With the exciting news that South Africa has rapidly become a world player in renewable energy and is well on its way to achieving government’s goal of 30% clean energy by 2025, there are exciting programme developments confirmed for Africa’s energy event of the year - the Africa Energy Indaba,... 

Sir Jack Zunz Awarded Honorary Doctorate Of Science In Engineering By The University Of The Witwatersrand

     9th December 2015 Sir Jack Zunz is receiving an Honorary Doctorate of Science in Engineering Honoris Causa, from his alma mater, the University of the Witwatersrand’s Faculty of Engineering on 9 December 2015. This is in recognition of his vast contribution to engineering and the built environment, as well as his... 

South Australia to help companies tap into mining supply chain

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     4th December 2015 The South Australian government has launched a new Plan for Accelerating Exploration (Pace) in the hope of allowing South Australian companies to tap into more than A$250-billion worth of mining projects around the world. Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Tom Koutsantonis said the Pace... 

Engineering multinational provides 157 wind turbines for SA wind farms

     27th November 2015 Electrical engineering and electronics company Siemens will, by 2017, have supplied a total of 157 wind turbines to wind energy projects in South Africa, following a 2014 contract that committed Siemens to supplying wind turbines to a consortium led by wind and solar utility Mainstream Renewable... 

14 Renewable energy projects adding to national grid says Standard Bank

     28th October 2015 Renewable energy projects financed by Standard Bank are currently producing more  than 40% of the 1 760 Megawatts  by Independent Power Producers, under the Renewable Energy Independent Power Procurement Programme, , delivering roughly the same amount of power that is cut when phase one load... 

Transport enables citizens and organisations to access goods

     7th October 2015 Is An Integrated Transport System The Key To Creating A Greener Future? Transport enables citizens and organisations to access goods, services and information in a sustainable manner. It supports and enriches their quality of life, increases travel choices and promotes social cohesion. The City... 

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