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Eskom backtracks, wants review of green energy project

By: News24Wire      29th August 2016 While Eskom said it remains committed to sign all of the remaining renewable energy independent power producer procurement (REIPPPPPP) contracts under the current bid window, it reportedly backtracked on this pledge last week. Eskom CEO Brian Molefe reportedly refused to sign an agreement for a... 

Treasury, Eskom in war of words over cooperation in coal-contract review

By: Terence Creamer     29th August 2016 The National Treasury has strongly disputed Eskom’s contention that it has been cooperating with its review of coal contracts involving the Gupta-family-linked Tegeta Exploration and Resources, indicating rather that its “efforts have met resistance” from the utility. It also disputed Eskom’s... 

Maimane presses Madonsela on Gupta probe

By: African News Agency      29th August 2016 The Democratic Alliance (DA) has demanded a progress report from Public Protector Thuli Madonsela on her investigation into the allegations of State capture by the Gupta family, party leader Mmusi Maimane said on Monday. “I have today written to the Public Protector, Thuli Madonsela, requesting a... 

Anti-tax abuse group says response good to call for submissions on planned nuclear sites

By: Keith Campbell     29th August 2016 Civil society group Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) reported on Monday morning that more than 17 000 individual submissions had been made through its web portal, regarding national electricity utility Eskom’s proposed locations for new nuclear power plants (NPP). The organisation affirms... 

City of Cape Town lights up residents’ lives

By: African News Agency      29th August 2016 The City of Cape Town’s utility services directorate plans to invest R65.8-million in street lighting projects by the end of June 2017, but says vandalism, theft, and damage to infrastructure as a result of motor vehicle accidents remain problems. “The funds have been allocated for expansion of... 

Eskom continues to cooperate with National Treasury on coal contract probes

By: African News Agency      29th August 2016 Eskom on Sunday dismissed reports that findings have been made against the parastatal, insisting it continues to cooperate with the National Treasury on its investigations of Eskom coal contracts. “Contrary to the allegations made by the Sunday Times today [Sunday], the National Treasury has not... 

Eskom may re-advertise nuclear notices after noncomplaint E Cape notice

By: Terence Creamer     26th August 2016 State-owned electricity utility Eskom may re-advertise notices relating to its Nuclear Installation Site Licence (NISL) applications for Thyspunt, in the Eastern Cape, and Duynefontyn, in the Western Cape, having acknowledged that a notice published in the Eastern Cape Provincial Gazette on... 

Drones Now Regulated Heat-Seeking Troubleshooters

     26th August 2016 New rules regulating the use of remotely-piloted aircraft systems, colloquially known as drones, are now firmly in effect after having been signed by the Minister of Transport. "The regulations governing the use of drones in South Africa are welcome because they bring clarity," says Philip... 

Opinion: Start electricity reform process now before another crisis 

     26th August 2016 South Africa has not had load shedding for nearly a year. This is a welcome development after years of power cuts that constrained economic growth. Electricity consumption has more or less flattened out, giving the national utility, Eskom, more space to catch up on maintenance and meet demand.... 

Opinion: Regulated electricity tariffs put squeeze on municipal finances

     26th August 2016 Annual increases in municipal charges take place in July each year and this week Stats SA’s Consumer Price Index reported that municipal electricity tariffs increased on average by 7.5%. This is slightly less than the 7.6% increase that the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) set as... 

Eskom exec first African to be elected president of Cigre

     26th August 2016 Eskom master specialist in the technology group Dr Rob Stephen has been elected president of the International Council on Large Electric Systems (Cigre). He is the first African to hold the position of Cigre president, placing him in a favourable position to expand the benefit of the organisation... 

Ibhubesi gas project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     26th August 2016 The draft environmental-impact report has been updated to a final enviornmental-impact report. 

Ingula pumped-storage scheme project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     26th August 2016 The second unit at State-owned electricity provider Eskom’s Ingula pumped-storage scheme entered into commercial operation on August 23. 

KiPower independent power producer (IPP) plant project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     26th August 2016 The final environmental-impact report and the environmental management programme for the Matla-Glockner loop-in and loop-out transmission line project has been submitted to the Department of Environmental Affairs for review. 

Rising vigilance

By: Terence Creamer     26th August 2016 In all spheres of South African public life, the level of civil-society engagement and vigilance is rising. Increasingly, too, citizens are not merely tackling issues at the level of principle, but are also taking into account the minutiae of procedural fairness, executive responsibility and... 

The ‘unbelievably’ low cost of solar PV electricity in South Africa

     26th August 2016 The Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) has seen South Africa leapfrog from renewable energy zero to hero in a few short years. This progress has contributed significantly to acceleration of growth in the commercial, industrial and residential spaces as... 

Release coal docs at your own peril, Guptas warn Treasury 

By: News24Wire      25th August 2016 Four days before the Guptas’ business chiefs ambushed Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan on a radio station, their company Tegeta threatened Treasury over a report into coal contracts with Eskom. The threat occurred when Democratic Alliance MP David Maynier submitted a request under the Promotion of... 

South32’s local coal expansion projects progressing to feasibility stage

By: Samantha Herbst     25th August 2016 While diversified mining major South32’s South Africa-based thermal coal expansion projects are yet to be approved, CEO Graham Kerr remains optimistic about developments at its South Africa Energy Coal operation, noting that both proposed expansion projects are progressing well into the... 

Nersa confirms appeal of court’s RCA judgment

By: Terence Creamer     25th August 2016 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) confirmed on Thursday that it would appeal the August 16 North Gauteng High Court judgment setting aside its approval of Eskom’s third multiyear price determination (MYPD3) Regulatory Clearing Account (RCA) adjustment for the 2013/14 financial... 

Zimbabwe energy distributor scales up debt recovery rate

By: African News Agency      25th August 2016 The country’s energy distributor, Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company (ZETDC), has intensified its efforts to recover more than $1-billion in debt owed to it by consumers. Of the total debt, domestic consumers account for $300-million. 

Eskom, Outa at odds over nuclear-site licensing notices 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      24th August 2016 Eskom insists it has complied with the National Nuclear Regulator’s (NNR’s) prescribed processes in its application for Nuclear Installation Site Licences (NISL) at Thyspunt, in the Eastern Cape, and Duynefontein, in the Western Cape. However, a civil society campaigner, Organisation Undoing Tax... 

Exxaro’s sale of Inyanda given green light

By: Natasha Odendaal     24th August 2016 The Competition Commission on Wednesday gave an unconditional green light for the buyout of diversified miner Exxaro Coal’s Inyanda colliery business, in Mpumalanga, by joint venture (JV) partners Lurco Group and Burgh Group. The JV, Inyanda Mining Holdings, also titled Main Street, will take... 

Tightening supply should bode well for commodity prices – Glencore

By: Martin Creamer     24th August 2016 Diversified mining and marketing company Glencore, now with a significantly reduced debt profile, is producing its key commodities at exceptionally low operational cost, exemplified by the unit cost of the zinc it produced in the six months to June 30 coming in at the negative unit cost figure of... 

Nersa committee recommends that RCA judgment be appealed 

By: Terence Creamer     24th August 2016 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa’s (Nersa’s) electricity subcommittee will recommend that the Energy Regulator, which meets on Thursday, appeal the recent High Court judgment setting aside its Regulatory Clearing Account (RCA) determination, which enabled Eskom to increase its tariff... 

Govt sheds light on Zuma's role as head of SOCs

By: News24Wire      24th August 2016 The government clarified President Jacob Zuma’s role in the leadership of state owned companies (SOCs) on Tuesday, amid allegations of state capture where the Guptas use their friendship with Zuma as a way of winning contracts in the critical sector. The Guptas have been central figures in the... 

Ingula’s second unit in operation 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     23rd August 2016 The second unit at State-owned electricity provider Eskom’s Ingula pumped storage scheme has entered into commercial operation. The second unit has been contributing 333 MW to the national power grid since May, while in a testing phase. 

Universal reiterates Sept production start date for NCC

By: Creamer Media Reporter      23rd August 2016 ASX-listed Universal Coal’s New Clydesdale Colliery (NCC), in South Africa’s Mpumalanga province, remains on schedule for the production of first coal in September. Coal mining contractor STA Coal Mining Company has been appointed to conduct the underground mining and has begun to re-establish... 

Eskom under fire as Ingula costs said to balloon to R36bn 

By: News24Wire      22nd August 2016 Eskom’s board is facing calls to appear before Parliament with documents relating to the Ingula pumped storage scheme, which has allegedly seen costs spiral from R8.9-billion to R36-billion. On July 27, President Jacob Zuma unveiled the first of four turbines at Ingula, which is on the border of... 

South Africa won’t change IPP course ‘midstream’ 

By: Terence Creamer     22nd August 2016 Cabinet appears to have put paid to Eskom efforts to halt the country’s highly regarded independent power producer (IPP) programme, with Minister in The Presidency for Performance Monitoring and Evaluation Jeff Radebe indicating on Monday that there was no intention to “change course midstream”.... 

Wind, solar can supply bulk of South Africa’s power at least cost, CSIR model shows 

By: Terence Creamer     22nd August 2016 The dramatic fall in the cost of supplying power from wind and solar photovoltaic (PV) plants has moved the global electricity supply industry beyond a critical “tipping point”, which leading energy scientist Dr Tobias Bischof-Niemz says is irreversibly altering the operating model, with... 

Eskom urges South Africans to use electricity safely

By: African News Agency      22nd August 2016 Eskom will launch a countrywide campaign on Monday to educate the public on safe electricity use. Public fatalities and injuries due to the unsafe use of electricity remains a major problem, the electricity parastatal said in a statement. 

Business chamber: court victory over electricity-tariff increases a gain for entire country

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     19th August 2016 The Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber says the North Gauteng High Court’s ruling to set aside the 9.4% tariff hike granted to Eskom under a Regulatory Clearing Account (RCA) application is a “massive win” for businesses and all electricity consumers. The chamber on Friday said its argument that... 

Joemat-Pettersson to be quizzed on missing nuclear documents

By: News24Wire      19th August 2016 Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson will be asked in Parliament next week to account for missing documents in a court case regarding the nuclear energy programme. That is according to Democratic Alliance (DA) MP and shadow energy minister Gordon Mackay on Thursday, who sits on the energy... 

Consulting firm warns of ‘vicious cycle of defection’ from Eskom, municipalities

By: Mia Breytenbach     19th August 2016 The rapid decline in renewables pricing, large-scale battery production and new technologies reducing the price of storage, which will make renewables feasible on a larger scale within 15 years is putting State-owned power utility Eskom at risk of losing electricity demand to the... 

Contractor for Mpumalanga power lines EIA named

By: David Oliveira     19th August 2016 Engineering and environmental consultants Jones & Wagener announced earlier this month that it had been appointed to undertake an environmental impact assessment (EIA) for the proposed construction of two loop-in and loop-out 400 kV power lines to connect the approved KiPower independent power... 

Khobab and Loeriesfontein wind farm projects, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     19th August 2016 Construction of the R3.5-billion Loeriesfontein wind farm, in the Northern Cape, has passed another milestone. 

Exxaro eyes more renewables

By: Natasha Odendaal     18th August 2016 Following the success of its entry into renewable energy through a 50% wind farm joint venture (JV) with Tata Power, diversified miner Exxaro Resources is exploring further opportunities in clean energy. Independent power producer (IPP) Cennergi had marked its first income generation following... 

2016 engineering awards offer glimpse into South African profession's excellence

By: Samantha Herbst     18th August 2016 Creamer Media’s Engineering News was among the organisations and individuals recognised at 2016 Engineering Excellence Awards, hosted by Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) and Aon South Africa in Gauteng on Wednesday night. Engineering News received recognition for Publishing Excellence in... 

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