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Clearing environmental hurdles to power supply growth

     Updated 2 hours 18 minutes ago 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... 

Why collaboration is key to low-carbon cities

     30th September 2015 Paula Kirk, Arup Energy and Climate Change Leader and Justin Wimbush, Associate, Energy, South Africa discusses why cities need to take the lead in tackling climate change, and why public, private and civil society partnerships will be critical to their success. 

The Department of Trade and Industry, South Africa – Partnerships to grow the green economy

By: Creamer Media Reporter      28th August 2015 “South Africa is currently ranked as one of the top three investors in the renewable energy generation sector in the world, and the South African Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) not only supports the continued development of a ‘Green Economy’ but offers a range of services and... 

Prophecy expects to imminently award Mongolian turnkey contract

By: Henry Lazenby     20th August 2015 Canadian project originator Prophecy Development expects to close a binding turnkey engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract for its Mongolia-based Chandgana coal/energy project this quarter. The TSX-listed company advised on Wednesday that the preferred bidder would be ready to... 

New EC Power Plant to improve SA energy security through LNG / Gas

     7th August 2015 PLANS for a liquefied natural gas power plant in Port Elizabeth, set to be one of the most efficient greenfield capacity expansion options for South African energy security, will soon become a reality with Coega Development Corporation announcing that the project will now enter the next stage of... 

Successful independent renewable-energy projects boosting industry regionally

By: Dylan Slater     31st July 2015 The South African Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) has proven to be so successful in South Africa that the same model could be replicated across Africa, especially amid the current drive towards using cleaner sources of energy, says Sandton-based law... 

Rosatom demonstrates its thermal capabilities at PowerGen

     20th July 2015 On July 16, 2015 within the framework of the world renowned POWER-GEN Africa conference and exhibition, Russian Atomic Energy Corporation Rosatom hosted a workshop on its thermal capabilities, ‘Modern Russian Technologies for Thermal Power Engineering in Africa.’ The workshop was attended by over... 

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.... 

Breakthrough

     17th July 2015 GE and National Geographic are collaborating to launch ‘Breakthrough’, a TV series of six episodes, which will share compelling stories of the people, science, and technology that are defining our future. The series is not a content partnership, but rather a co-production of GE and NatGeo. Each... 

Rare earths to ride price see-saw for foreseeable future

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     10th July 2015 The general mood in the rare earths industry is cautiously optimistic, owing to the Chinese market opening up and the increased use of the elements in the automotive sector and in renewable energy. According to independent mining consultancy Core Consultant’s ‘Rare Earths Monthly Report’, which... 

Brics countries expected to lead next round of nuclear investment

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     10th July 2015 Nuclear energy’s share of the world’s electricity generation mix may have pared down in the past decade, but hopes that this technology will once again account for nearly one-fifth of total supplies from around 2050 remain. And the Brics grouping of Brazil, Russia, China and South Africa is set... 

Corporation to install solar panels on 15 buildings at Coega

By: Sashnee Moodley     3rd July 2015 The Coega Development Corporation (CDC) plans to fit 15 of its buildings, totalling 127 000 m2 of roof space, in the Coega Industrial Development Zone (IDZ), in the Eastern Cape, with solar panels. 

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