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E.Cape Rural Hydropower Scheme A Clean Energy Success Story

     14th March 2017 It's going to be a bright 2017 for the 39 households of the KwaMadiba settlement in the rural Eastern Cape 110 years after municipal electricity was first supplied to the provincial capital of Port Elizabeth. This village in the OR Tambo District Municipality has quite literally been "off the... 

Ninth Africa Energy Indaba shows growth, pointing to the energy opportunity in Africa 28th February 2017

     28th February 2017 The ninth annual Africa Energy Indaba delivered a successful week of strategic engagements, an exhibition and networking functions. The debates and discussions provided opportunity to African and national energy players in attendance that were seeking new opportunities to unlock energy access... 

Conference hopes to catalyse African energy revolution

By: Nadine James     17th February 2017 The 2017 Africa Energy Indaba will enable African energy sector stakeholders to evaluate opportunities and the means to pursue them that could unlock the continent’s energy potential and spark something of an energy revolution, says Indaba organising company Siyenza. “The African continent has... 

Exponential increase in the number of power generation projects

By: Nadine James     17th February 2017 The African continent’s large energy deficit has resulted in an exponential increase in the number of power generation projects – both planned and implemented – as well as the number of stakeholders which are a consequence of renewed commercial interest in the African energy sector, says... 

South Africans appointed to top nuclear positions abroad and at home

By: Keith Campbell     17th February 2017 International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General (DG) Yukiya Amano has appointed South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) CEO Phumzile Tshelane to the Standing Advisory Group on Nuclear Energy (SAGNE). Tshelane will serve as a member of the Group for two years. The Group... 

Expo and conference to focus on major industry trends

     3rd February 2017 In line with significant changes in the power and energy landscapes in Africa, this year’s African Utility Week (AUW) conference and expo will focus on the latest challenges, developments and opportunities in the power and water sectors. “The availability of private investment for power and... 

AFRICA ENERGY INDABA 2017 launches Africa Utility Forum to boost growth of energy projects in the region

     30th January 2017 South Africa has been seeking foreign investment to help drive sluggish economic growth and used the World Economic Forum 2017 platform last week to market the country as a favourable investment destination. South African Deputy President, Cyril Ramaphosa, led a 60-strong country delegation in... 

Arup collaborates for community engagement through design

     27th January 2017 The recently opened Isivivana Centre in the developing central business district of Khayelitsha, Cape Town will be home to numerous activist organisations as well as community services.  Arup provided multidisciplinary building engineering services for the design of the centre, with a focus on... 

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... 

One Month To Go To Africa Energy Indaba With Exciting Side Events January 2017

     16th January 2017 Energy is a prerequisite for sustainable economic growth in Africa and has been at the forefront of discussions on Africa reaching and maximising its growth potential. Without reliable and continuous access to energy, Africa’s most vulnerable remain disempowered and disenfranchised. Africa’s... 

Next four years critical to meeting Paris agreement targets

     10th January 2017 New report provides concrete recommendations for cities to meet aggressive goals and halt climate change On 1 December 2016 in Mexico City, the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40) and consultants Arup outlined the first emission reduction plan in order to meet the most ambitious Paris... 

Ottawa appoints temporary NEB members to review Energy East application

By: Henry Lazenby     13th December 2016 The Canadian federal government on Monday announced the appointment of three temporary members to the National Energy Board (NEB) to assist with the stalled application review of TransCanada Corp’s C$15.7-billion Energy East pipeline. Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr announced the appointment... 

Arup Appoints BIM Leader for Southern Africa

     9th December 2016 Arup has appointed Nic Karassavas as their BIM Leader for Southern Africa. Karassavas brings significant experience in initiating, managing and developing projects within a BIM environment as a result of having worked on a wide range of building and infrastructure projects as a principal, manager... 

Weak economy leading to underbidding by engineering firms

By: Irma Venter     9th December 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... 

Infrastructure-focused legal firm sets up Africa practice

By: Terence Creamer     5th December 2016 International law firm Pinsent Masons is formally establishing its African office in Johannesburg, from where it plans to pursue continental opportunities in the areasof infrastructure, energy and technology. The firm, which is domiciled in the UK, is a specialist infrastructure practice... 

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 in the IDZ

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... 

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