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GE aiming to change coal narrative with high-efficiency power solutions

By: Terence Creamer     26th July 2016 Technology group GE is beginning to actively make the case for clean coal, having concluded that coal-fired generation will remain a major, albeit relatively smaller, part of the future electricity mix in many parts of the world. GE Power global sales and marketing leader for steam power systems,... 

685 MW Avon power plant enters commercial operation  

By: Anine Kilian     25th July 2016 The independent Avon peaking power open-cycle gas-fired power plant, near Durban, has started commercial operations. The 685 MW Avon power plant is the second independent power producer project (IPP) in South Africa developed by joint venture (JV) partners France’s Engie, South Africa’s Legend... 

Nafcoc ‘alarmed’ by Eskom move against IPPs

By: Terence Creamer     25th July 2016 The National African Federated Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Nafcoc) has added its voice to those questioning Eskom’s resistance to connecting new independent power producers (IPPs), saying it is “alarmed” by the State-owned electricity producer’s move. In a letter sent to Energy Minister... 

Eskom’s IPP stance seen undermining investment and green industrialisation 

By: Terence Creamer     22nd July 2016 The decision by Eskom not to sign any new power purchase agreements (PPAs) with independent power producers (IPPs) beyond those selected in the latest competitive bidding round could have a “chilling” effect on investment and undermine industrialisation efforts under way in the green economy,... 

An update on the state of the electricity system 

     22nd July 2016 Engineering News editor Terence Creamer tells Creamer Media’s Samantha Herbst about Eskom’s latest media briefing. 

Eastern Cape gas-to-power hub plans on track

     22nd July 2016 The Eastern Cape’s plan to host a gas-to-power hub is well advanced with the Coega industrial development zone (IDZ) now clearly the province's preferred location for the development says Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism MEC Sakhumzi Somyo.  

South Africa draws up plans for gas-generated power

By: Sebastian Whyle     22nd July 2016 In South Africa’s search for viable long-term gas import partners to meet demand in the power sector, Nigeria has been identified as a strong contender, owing to its large natural gas reserves, says professional services firm KPMG.  

Brics looks back at first year of NDB

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     21st July 2016 A South African delegation, led by Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, was party to discussions on the New Development Bank’s (NDB) five-year strategy at its first annual meeting in Shanghai, China last week. The Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa-, or Brics-, led institution used the... 

Eskom letter sends shock waves through private power sector 

By: Terence Creamer     21st July 2016 News of Eskom’s letter to Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson – seeking clarity on the approach the utility should take to contracting in future with independent power producers (IPPs) – sent shock waves through the private power community, which is only just starting to find its feet in a... 

Anglo ups South African export coal output as diamond, iron-ore volumes fall

By: Martin Creamer     20th July 2016 Diversified mining company Anglo American upped South African export coal production in the three months to June 30, which saw local diamond and iron-ore output fall appreciably. While Eskom-related production remained broadly unchanged in the second quarter, export coal production rose 8% to... 

Solar Panels For Large Commercial And Industrial Warehousing Facilities

     20th July 2016 South Africa's electricity is ranked as the 10th most expensive in the world, and with the National Energy Regulator (Nersa) having also approved a 9.4% hike for Eskom for 2016/17, we can expect to climb those rankings. NUS Consulting, a global energy management consulting firm, which researches... 

Recent events show need for 'nuclear rethink' – professor 

By: Natasha Odendaal     19th July 2016 South Africa needs to tread carefully if it is to pursue its nuclear build plans, particularly in light of recent events that require a “nuclear rethink”, suggests University of Johannesburg Department of Physics head Hartmut Winkler. Over the past five years, the dynamics of the nuclear... 

$150m Brics bank facility seen helping ease South Africa’s grid bottlenecks

By: Terence Creamer     19th July 2016 State-owned electricity producer Eskom expects to finalise commercial terms with the New Development Bank (NDB), of the Brics grouping, for a $150-million facility in the next quarter, CFO Anoj Singh reports. A term sheet has been signed with the NDB and Singh reports that, once consummated, the... 

Paris Agreement consensus opens business opportunities  

By: Natasha Odendaal     19th July 2016 A significant opportunity has emerged as a result of the consensus reached in Paris at the twenty-first Conference of the Parties (COP 21) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change at the end of last year and the world is now at an inflection point in the transition to cleaner... 

Eskom moves to raise exports as it closes in on 80% plant-availability goal  

By: Terence Creamer     19th July 2016 State-owned electricity producer Eskom says it is on course to achieve its stated goal of achieving an energy availability factor (EAF) of 80% well ahead of its 2021 target, reporting a steady recovery in the performance of its fleet of coal-fired power stations. As a consequence, the utility... 

Solidarity urges unions to review Eskom salary increase demands

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     18th July 2016 Trade union Solidarity has called on other trade unions in the bargaining unit, including the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) and the National Union of Mineworkers, currently negotiating salaries with parastatal Eskom, to review their demands after the parties reached a... 

Universal Coal to push ahead with New Clydesdale colliery

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     18th July 2016 South Africa-focused Universal Coal plans to restart the New Clydesdale colliery (NCC), in Mpumalanga, as an export-focused coal mine, while negotiations continue to supply State-owned power utility Eskom. CEO Tony Weber on Monday also expressed the ASX-listed company’s disappointment that... 

Eskom starts decommissioning Klipheuwel research facility

By: Anine Kilian     18th July 2016 State-owned Eskom has started decommissioning the first turbine at its Klipheuwel wind farm, in the Western Cape. For the past 13 years, the wind farm served as a valuable research facility for wind energy technology and contributed 3 MW to the Eskom plant mix.    With the 100 MW Sere wind farm,... 

South Africa's Eskom, unions fail to reach wage deal 

By: Reuters     15th July 2016 South African power utility Eskom and union leaders failed to reach an agreement on workers' pay on Friday, a union spokesperson said, raising the prospect of a strike at the sole provider of electricity in Africa's most industrialised economy. A strike at the state-owned firm could lead to power... 

CoAL’s offer to take over Universal Coal lapses

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     15th July 2016 Triple-listed Coal of Africa Limited’s (CoAL’s) offer to acquire the entire share capital of Universal Coal has lapsed, with all contracts resulting from acceptances of the offer by Universal shareholders now void. CoAL in December formally launched an offer to take over the South Africa-focused... 

Vanggatfontein achieves consistent performance in Q1 – Keaton

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th July 2016 JSE-listed Keaton Energy’s Vanggatfontein mine, in Mpumalanga, continued to perform consistently in the quarter ended June 30, producing 574 536 t of washed 2- and 4-Seam thermal coal for delivery to Eskom. Although this was 7% lower than the 617 413 t produced in the quarter ended June 30, 2015,... 

Khobab and Loeriesfontein wind farm projects, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     15th July 2016 The first of 61 low-carbon foundations for the turbines at the new Khobab wind farm has been poured. 

New technology for NDT technicians in South Africa

By: Simon Sonnekus     15th July 2016 South African non-destructive testing (NDT) technicians can possibly look forward to the global influx of new technology, following the completion of the nineteenth World Conference on NDT held in Munich, Germany, last month. According to South African Institute of Non-Destructive Testing... 

Noupoort Wind Farm project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     15th July 2016 The Noupoort Wind Farm entered commercial operation on July 11. 

Polymeric coatings extend component life

     15th July 2016 Surface coating technology company Thermaspray’s range of wear and corrosion resistant polymeric coatings protect components in extremely harsh environments, delivering cost and time saving benefits to customers through extended component life and enhanced production. “These highly flexible... 

Think long

By: Terence Creamer     15th July 2016 For some time now, State-owned electricity utility Eskom has been signalling that it intends overhauling the way it sources coal. Ever since Brian Molefe took over as CEO, he has questioned whether it is appropriate for Eskom to invest directly in mines through cost-plus supply contracts with... 

Permanent shaft-sinking starts at Ivanhoe’s Platreef project

By: Henry Lazenby     14th July 2016 Permanent sinking work has started on Shaft 1 at the Platreef platinum-group metals/nickel/copper/gold mine in South Africa, proponent Ivanhoe Mines reported Thursday. The 7.25-m-wide Shaft 1, was planned to give initial access for early underground development at the Flatreef deposit and would... 

Resources Watch 

     14th July 2016 This week: Molefe in forceful defence of Gupta-linked coal deal; Construction of tailings storage facilities at Tharisa platinum mine to be completed in six months; And, Eskom insists R1 600/t is the ‘total cost’ of Anglo coal to Tutuka 

Creating Power for Sustainable Growth: POWER-GEN & DistribuTECH Africa

     13th July 2016 SSA socio-economic development hinges on energy With massive power shortfalls across the continent, Africa must look to increased generation, alternative energy and better grid management for growth 

Workers at Eskom subsidiary down tools over bonuses 

By: News24Wire      13th July 2016 About 3 000 workers at Eskom subsidiary Rotek in Germiston downed tools over performance bonuses on Wednesday. "Apparently, management is claiming that they didn't reach their target this year," said one protester, speaking on condition of anonymity. 

Eskom, local universities sign Phase 2 of the EPPEI funding agreement

By: Samantha Herbst     13th July 2016 Eskom will next week sign Phase 2 of the Eskom Power Plant Engineering Institute (EPPEI) funding agreement, which will see the State power utility committing R155-million to execute and enhance eight interuniversity programmes in South Africa, integrating research efforts and creating synergy... 

Eskom commits to second phase funding of the Eskom Power Plant Engineering Institute (EPPEI)

     13th July 2016 Eskom will sign phase 2 of Eskom Power Plant Engineering Institute funding agreement, in collaboration with the Universities of Cape Town, Witwatersrand, North-West, Pretoria, KwaZulu-Natal and Stellenbosch, in partnership with a further seven other universities. The signing ceremony will be held... 

A New Dawn For Solar Power

     13th July 2016 The extended energy crisis is set to remain integral to life in SA and likely to deteriorate further in the coming years, causing considerable economic losses. Eskom issues aside, sustainable and affordable energy production has become a global trend with improved, cheaper technology and... 

Wescoal ‘comfortable’ with coal price from Eskom 

By: Martin Creamer     12th July 2016 Coal mining and trading company Wescoal, which sells 80% of its coal to Eskom, is comfortable with the price it receives from South Africa’s State-owned electricity utility. “We think it’s a fair price, both to Wescoal and to Eskom. I understand Eskom’s challenges around managing costs and the... 

South Africa should consider onshore LNG regasification, Fluor argues 

By: Terence Creamer     12th July 2016 Global engineering and construction group Fluor argues that South Africa could consider both onshore and offshore storage and regasification options for the importation of liquefied natural gas (LNG), however it believes that onshore facilities could offer a number of advantages. The South... 

Black & Veatch eyeing South Africa’s gas-to-power opportunity

By: Terence Creamer     12th July 2016 Despite falling electricity demand in South Africa, global engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) group Black & Veatch remains optimistic about prospects for the country’s power market, as well as energy prospects across Africa, where increased attention is being given to addressing the... 

80 MW Noupoort wind farm enters commercial operation

By: Terence Creamer     11th July 2016 The 80 MW Noupoort wind farm, in the Northern Cape, entered commercial operation on July 11, with all 35 turbines at the R1.9-billion facility commissioned and connected to the Eskom grid. Country programme manager Savva Antoniadis reports that Noupoort is also the first wind farm selected during... 

Eskom technical tours to feature at POWER-GEN & DistribuTECH Africa

     11th July 2016 POWER-GEN & DistribuTECH Africa host utility Eskom is set to host technical tours to its facilities, as well as a number of in-depth workshops, during the 2016 POWER-GEN & DistribuTECH Africa conferences and expo in Johannesburg from 19-21 July. Technical tours, a popular optional feature of the... 

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