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Radebe lauds REIPPPP, Bepa’s role in transforming the energy sector

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th April 2018 The signing, earlier this month, of power purchase agreements for 27 independent power producer (IPP) energy projects under the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) supports an increase in black participation in the industry, as well as the creation of black... 

Kibo Mining’s acquisition of 85% stake in Botswana project completed

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd April 2018 Multi-asset Africa-focused energy and resources company Kibo Mining has completed the acquisition of an 85% interest in the Mabesekwa Coal Independent Power Project (MCIPP), in Botswana, from Sechaba Natural Resources.  

New Technical Director Channels Water Expertise Into WEC Projects

     23rd March 2018 South Africa’s water sector issues can be overcome with a renewed public private sector partnership that prioritises technical skills. That’s the word from newly-installed WEC Projects Techical Director, Gunter Rencken, who believes our current challenges are not insurmountable. “Technical... 

Wind body dismisses as ‘false’ link between IPPs and tariffs surge

By: Terence Creamer     16th March 2018 The South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) has dismissed as a “falsehood” claims by the National Union of Metalworkers (Numsa) and Transform RSA that the 27 renewable-energy projects, which the two organisations are seeking to block through a court challenge, will raise the cost of... 

China's Zijin Mining interested in Serbian copper mine RTB, Belgrade says

By: Reuters     12th March 2018 China's Zijin Mining Group has expressed interest in buying loss-making Serbian copper miner and smelter RTB Bor, which the Balkan state has been trying to sell for the past decade. President Aleksandar Vucic on Monday met representatives of the Chinese firm, who expressed an intention to invest... 

JSE to launch project bonds in March

By: Reuters     26th February 2018 Africa's largest bourse, the JSE, will begin listing "project bonds" from mid-March, an official said on Monday, giving institutional investors a window to invest in infrastructure projects. The bonds will provide private firms a chance to get a foothold in infrastructure projects in Africa's... 

Energy policy certainty needed to bolster manufacturing growth in Africa

By: Anine Kilian     21st February 2018 More policy certainty is required to support energy projects and to build a strong manufacturing sector in Africa, says engineering and infrastructure advisory group Aurecon African market energy director Elekanyani Ndlovu. Speaking as part of a panel discussion at the Africa Energy Indaba on... 

AfDB expresses strong support for new Eskom leadership

By: Terence Creamer     20th February 2018 The African Development Bank (AfDB), which has extended loan facilities worth a collective R20-billion to South Africa’s power utility Eskom, expressed confidence on Tuesday that the new leadership at the cash-strapped State-owned company would restore the group’s governance and creditworthiness.... 

Framework continues to form sector foundation

By: Simone Liedtke     16th February 2018 The economic opportunity represented by the continent’s need for energy makes the African energy industry an attractive prospect for foreign investment, says law firm Norton Rose Fulbright director Lizel Oberholzer. 

Two Weeks To Go Before The Tenth Africa Energy Indaba With Exciting Side Events

     8th February 2018 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... 

TNG commissions EMC to assess alternative power for mine

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     21st December 2017 Australian strategic metals company TNG has commissioned Energy Made Clean (EMC), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Carnegie Clean Energy, to assess alternative power options for its flagship Mount Peak vanadium-titanium-iron project, in the Northern Territory. EMC will conduct an alternative power... 

African Energy Indaba celebrates its 10th edition in 2018.

     11th December 2017 The African Energy Indaba (AEI) celebrates its 10th edition on 20-21 February, 2018 at the Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa. This flagship annual event on the African business calendar correlates with the growth in African energy on the continent, as the AEI is well-renowned... 

Renewable energy must continue to take centre stage in energy planning

     1st December 2017 By Tim Davidson It is imperative that South African policymakers continue to prioritise renewable energy in future power planning, considering the major strides the country has already made in the field. 

Kibo advances strategy with Botswana IPP project stake acquisition

By: Anine Kilian     30th November 2017 In line with its strategy of building a diversified portfolio of energy production assets, Aim-listed Kibo Mining will acquire an 85% stake in a company that will hold the Mabesekwa coal independent power producer (MCIPP) project for about £9-million in shares. Kibo has entered into an agreement... 

South Sudan seeks outside help as it aims to power up

By: John Muchira     10th November 2017 South Sudan is pleading for foreign funding and investment in the energy sector to light the country which remains in the dark. Despite being endowed with vast oil and gas reserves and massive potential to generate electricity from hydro, solar and wind sources, the country entirely depends on... 

Khato Holdings is making great strides in Botswana and other SADC states 

     9th November 2017 Khato Civils has also established a country office in Botswana, where it has 60-million pula of equipment and has bought a 4 ha site on which to construct its head office in the country. Khato Civils CEO Mongezi Mnyani explains that the building plans are in the last stages of being approved by... 

Wind energy sector still attractive to investors

By: Nadine James     27th October 2017 Shorter fabrication time, lower costs for parts, and increased repeatability and uniformity have led to impressive improvements in the wind energy sector, says multidisciplinary engineering consultancy WSP Africa power director Dinesh Buldoo. “For instance, there is significant focus on advanced... 

US to strengthen energy partnerships in Africa, says US Energy Secretary

By: Kim Cloete     25th October 2017 US Energy Secretary Rick Perry says his government is committed to strengthening its energy partnerships with African countries, but has called for a clear and transparent regulatory environment. “There is no more important message that governing bodies can send to both the US government and the... 

New initiative to be launched at tenth Africa Energy Indaba

By: Simone Liedtke     24th October 2017 In the run-up to the tenth yearly Africa Energy Indaba (AEI) in February, the South African Electrotechnical Export Council (SAEEC) on Tuesday announced that it would launch its African Energy Consultants initiative at the event. The SAAEC, which is a partner of the AEI Trade Association that... 

Curb construction project costs through value management

     3rd October 2017 Improvements in the construction process as well as the function of a building can be achieved through a highly underrated process called value management. The value management process is ideal to improve a project’s function, streamline the construction process, highlight potential future... 

Infrastructure key to unlocking trade and value chains across SADC region

By: Anine Kilian     25th August 2017 It is common cause that industrialisation across the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region is key to diversifying the regional economy away from its current reliance on the export of raw commodities and to supporting economic growth and employment creation. There is broad... 

Infrastructure key to unlocking trade and value chains across SADC region

By: Anine Kilian     25th August 2017 It is common cause that industrialisation across the Southern African Development Community (SADC) is key to diversifying the regional economy away from its current reliance on export of raw commodities and to supporting economic growth and employment creation. There is broad acceptance that SADC... 

Arup Structural Engineering Expertise Highly Commended By Saice

     16th August 2017 The South African Institution of Civil Engineering (SAICE) recognised Arup with a Highly Commended Award in the Structural Engineering Project Division for their work on the PwC Tower, at the Most Outstanding Project Awards ceremony hosted by SAICE, Johannesburg Branch.   “Our unique contribution... 

Japan-Africa initiative to help improve electricity access on the continent

By: John Muchira     11th August 2017 Efforts to increase electricity access in Africa have received a major boost following the launch of the Japan-Africa Energy Initiative (JAEI). Through the JAEI, the Japanese government intends to provide up to $6-billion in both concessional and nonconcessional loans to support the New Deal on... 

CDC’s diverse Energy approach boasts well for the Eastern Cape

     7th August 2017 The Coega Development Corporation recently hosted the Minister of Energy Ms Mamokolo Kubayi who recommitted the Coega SEZ as one of the preferred locations identified to host the gas to power plant and identified the CDC as one of the important partners to assist the department in implementing... 

DBSA committed to funding infrastructure projects throughout SADC

By: Anine Kilian     1st August 2017 With low levels of electrification hindering economic growth and development in sub-Saharan Africa – where 78% of the population is reliant on biomass as their main energy source – $57-trillion will be required until 2030 to fund the continent’s infrastructure and energy projects, according to... 

Collaboration key to developing gas projects in SADC region 

By: Anine Kilian     1st August 2017 The successful execution and implementation of energy projects in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region, such as the Mozambique–South Africa gas pipeline project, depends on adequate collaboration between SADC member states and the owner-operators of the project, according to... 

African countries embrace alternative energy sources

     28th July 2017 With African governments realising that long-term power solutions will not come in the form of one technology, South Africa’s Department of Energy is advocating advances in coal, renewable energy, gas and nuclear technologies, says global engineering, procurement, construction and consulting... 

Prophecy picks-up fourth vanadium play this year

By: Henry Lazenby     21st July 2017 Canadian project developer Prophecy Development Corp has agreed to acquire rights to a fourth vanadium project – its second this month. The Vancouver-based project developer has entered a binding letter of agreement with Fairmont Resources to acquire the fully permitted Buttercup... 

Decentralise, find optimal mix

     14th July 2017 Decentralisation of generation and determining the optimal energy mix for available resources and needs are crucial for addressing Africa’s energy challenges, say industry experts on the advisory board of the upcoming POWER-GEN & DistribuTECH Africa conference and exhibition in Johannesburg. 

Prophecy secures third vanadium project in 2017

By: Henry Lazenby     13th July 2017 Canadian project developer Prophecy Development Corp has secured a third vanadium-focused project in 2017, announcing on Thursday that it has signed a lease on the Louie Hill vanadium project, in Nevada With the acquisition of the Louie Hill project, together with the previously acquired... 

Shumba, Basil Read Mining sign MoU

By: Anine Kilian     15th June 2017 Basil Read Mining (BRM) will provide contract mining solutions to Botswana coal and energy development company Shumba Energy’s coal projects. BRM specialises in contract openpit and opencast mining. 

CONCO’s success gained in SA renewable energy market opens doors

     6th June 2017 CONCO, Africa’s largest power infrastructure service provider with 30 years’ Africa-wide experience in transmission, distribution and power infrastructure development, has successfully completed the electrical balance of plant for over nine wind farms and four solar photovoltaic (PV) parks in... 

Junk status impact on construction industry widely exaggerated

     6th June 2017 Dentons SA discusses the real effect of junk status on SA’s construction industry There has been highly publicised, widespread concerns about how South Africa’s downgraded status by international agencies will affect the local construction sector. Fears of non-payment, rising credit costs and a... 

Renewable Energy Holdings signs private power supply contract

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     29th May 2017 Bethlehem Hydro, an independent power producer (IPP) and subsidiary of Renewable Energy Holdings (REH), has entered into a contract under which the full output from its 4 MW Merino hydropower plant, near Clarens, in the Free State, will be sold to electricity trader PowerX. REH and Bethlehem... 

Innovation, home-grown solutions to be showcased at event

     5th May 2017 Conference and exhibition African Utility Week, held in Cape Town from May 16 to 18, will showcase how the continent is coming up with innovative, home-grown solutions to its energy and water challenges and how these are creating exciting and lucrative opportunities for utilities and industry... 

Utility expo to highlight off-grid project developments

By: David Oliveira     5th May 2017 African Utility Week, taking place from May 16 to 18, in Cape Town, will showcase how the continent is creating innovative, home-grown solutions for its energy and water challenges, and how these are creating opportunities for utilities and industry suppliers. The event will give voice to the... 

Leigh Creek raises funds for ISG demo facility

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     30th March 2017 ASX-listed Leigh Creek Energy has announced a A$21.85-million capital raise to fund its precommercial in-situ gasification (ISG) demonstration facility at its Leigh Creek project, in South Australia. The company on Thursday told shareholders that it would place some 150-million shares at a price... 

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