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End to Eskom ‘stalemate’ will unleash wind market in 2017 – GWEC

By: Terence Creamer     Updated 4 hours ago The Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) expects a recovery in the deployment of wind projects in South Africa, following a hiatus in 2016 brought about by Eskom’s refusal to enter into power purchase agreements (PPAs) for renewable-energy projects procured in 2015. In its ‘Global Wind Report:... 

Eskom connects more households to the grid

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     25th April 2017 State-owned electricity provider Eskom has connected 47 402 more households across the Eastern Cape to the electricity grid during the financial year ended March 31, at a cost of R830-million. Further, in Mpumalanga, over 120 households in kaMajika near Hazyview received electricity in their area... 

CIG uncertain about local outlook, but sees growth potential in Africa

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     24th April 2017 Pan-African infrastructure group Consolidated Infrastructure Group (CIG) on Monday posted revenue growth of 29% to R2.7-billion for the six months to February 28, owing to its strategy to expand across Africa’s energy markets. The company further reported a 20% year-on-year increase in its... 

Congo nears Eskom power-supply contract to boost copper output

By: Bloomberg     24th April 2017 The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) signed a provisional agreement to import power from South Africa that could boost copper production this year by as much as 20%, according to the country’s chamber of mines. State-owned power company SNEL proposed importing 200 MW from South African utility... 

Anglo American achieves strong Q1 operational performance

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     24th April 2017 Diversified major Anglo American, led by CEO Mark Cutifani, posted a strong operational performance in the quarter ended March 31, with higher output achieved for most of its products, except copper and nickel. South African coal production increased 9% to five-million tonnes in the first quarter... 

Outa welcomes Brown’s decision to refuse Molefe’s R30m pension payout 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     24th April 2017 The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) on Monday welcomed Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown’s decision to decline State-owned electricity provider Eskom’s proposal to pay its former CEO Brian Molefe a R30-million pension payout, noting that it was setting a precedent by placing an end to... 

Tegeta coal prepayment not a loan says Eskom

By: News24Wire      22nd April 2017 The over R600-million Eskom paid to Tegeta, a company in which the Gupta family has interests, was not a loan, but a prepayment, the state-owned power utility said on Saturday. Eskom also wanted it made clear that Tegeta honoured its side of the agreement by delivering all the pre-paid coal,... 

Eskom confirms it wants exemption from ‘areas’ of national procurement regulations for nuclear

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     21st April 2017 State-owned power Eskom on Friday confirmed in a statement that it had raised concerns with National Treasury about “areas” of the current procurement regulations, specifically mentioning waivers of certain evaluation criteria that would be required to facilitate the “proposed nuclear new build... 

On-The-Air (21/04/2017) 

By: Martin Creamer     21st April 2017 A new gold project being fast-tracked following the successful raising of capital in London and Johannesburg; A new aspirant mining champion has stepped up to the plate with a R2.3-billion debut deal and Money is being raised to revive a once thriving copper-mining area in the Northern Cape. 

Interest in nuclear energy said to be rising across sub-Saharan Africa 

By: Keith Campbell     21st April 2017 There is more interest in nuclear energy in sub-Saharan Africa than is generally realised. According to the World Nuclear Association (WNA), countries in the region which are individually planning or considering nuclear power are Ghana, Kenya, Namibia, Nigeria, Senegal, Tanzania, Uganda and... 

Africa’s largest scissor lift launched

By: Mia Breytenbach     21st April 2017 Mobile elevated work platform rental company Goscor Access Rental launched Africa’s largest scissor lift at its Montague Gardens facility, in Cape Town, last month. The HL-275 D27, manufactured by Netherland-based industrial equipment supplier Holland Lift, has the highest working height and... 

Alternative power supply approach to benefit low-income areas

By: Robyn Wilkinson     21st April 2017 Alternative energy supply company Specialized Solar Systems (SSS) is making significant headway in driving the large-scale implementation of its solar-powered distributed direct current microgrids, which incorporate the Internet of Things (IoT) to supply energy to low-income areas in the form of... 

Cogeneration valuable to S Africa’s energy mix

By: Robyn Wilkinson     21st April 2017 With cleaner energy technology rapidly advancing and industries increasingly aiming to stabilise their power supply through off-grid generation alternatives, energy solutions provider Vuselela Energy director Jacques Malan is confident that cogeneration systems can offer a valuable power... 

Interest in nuclear energy said to be rising across sub-Saharan Africa

By: Keith Campbell     21st April 2017 There is more interest in nuclear energy in sub-Saharan Africa than is generally realised. According to the World Nuclear Association (WNA), countries in the region which are individually planning or considering nuclear power are Ghana, Kenya, Namibia, Nigeria, Senegal, Tanzania, Uganda and... 

Once again, we have a nonengineer as Energy Minister

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     21st April 2017 In the film The Remains of the Day, Anthony Hopkins is a butler in a large country house. It is before World War II. The upper-class guests are all discussing the state of the world and of Germany. Somebody suggests that the opinion of the people should be taken into account. The common people. A... 

Wind body questions unjustified constraints in power-mix base case

By: Mia Breytenbach     21st April 2017 The South African Wind Energy Association (Sawea) has rejected the current base case scenario used for the 2016 updated Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) Update for Electricity, calling for the scenario to be remodelled as a “least-cost energy plan” and re-issued for consultation. The public... 

Eskom pumps R4m into renewable-energy research at Stellenbosch 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     20th April 2017 To further fund research in the renewable-energy space, Eskom will, through its Power Plant Engineering Institute (EPPEI), donate a further R4-million to the Centre for Renewable and Sustainable Energy Studies (CRSES), based at Stellenbosch University. It donated R2.6-million to CRSES last year. 

Recruitment process for new Eskom CEO to be concluded by end-May

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     19th April 2017 Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown expects the recruitment process for a new CEO at Eskom to be concluded by the end of May. Matshela Koko has been acting CEO since November 2016, when Brian Molefe resigned as CEO, following the release of a Public Protector report alleging his involvement... 

Gigaba slams Eskom’s ‘mistake’ of contradicting government policy on renewables 

By: Terence Creamer     19th April 2017 Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba says Eskom made a “mistake” by raising its corporate difficulties in relation to the signing of power purchase agreements (PPAs) with renewable-energy generators in a way that undermined the policy position of government on both the energy mix and the... 

Public Protector assessing Molefe 'golden handshake' complaint

By: News24Wire      19th April 2017 The Office of the Public Protector is assessing a complaint from the South African National Civic Organisation (Sanco) asking it to probe former Eskom CEO Brian Molefe's reported R30-million "golden handshake". Last week, Sanco requested that Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane probe whether or... 

Koeberg Unit 2 shut down for planned maintenance

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     18th April 2017 Unit 2 of Eskom’s Koeberg nuclear power station was shut down on Monday for a scheduled refuelling outage, after a record 492 days of uninterrupted run. The refuelling outage will take about two months to complete, with Unit 2 expected back on line by May. Unit 1 is currently operating optimally... 

PTM reviews strategic alternatives as Maseve’s underperformance leaves a hole in pocket

By: Henry Lazenby     18th April 2017 Canadian precious metals miner Platinum Group Metals (PTM) has cut its 2017 guidance from 100 000 oz of platinum, palladium, rhodium and gold (4E) to 85 000 oz 4E, saying it is working with BMO Capital Markets and Macquarie Capital to review and assess corporate and asset-level strategic... 

France’s new nuclear firm pursuing SA research reactor deal

By: Keith Campbell     14th April 2017 Newly created French nuclear company TechnicAtome plans to bid for South Africa’s planned new research reactor. The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) is planning a p rogramme to replace its current research reactor, SAFARI-1, which is now more than 50 years old. "We are absolutely... 

R&D capitalises on global growth

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     14th April 2017 The National Laser Centre (NLC), part of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), is undertaking a Photonics Prototyping Facility (PPF) programme and is exploring advance manufacturing technologies, leveraging on the strong global growth of the laser technology sector. NLC PPF... 

Eskom seeking Tegeta ‘consent’ to disclose value of Optimum settlement

By: Terence Creamer     13th April 2017 Department of Public Enterprises director-general Mogokare Seleke revealed on Thursday that Eskom’s legal representatives had approached Tegeta Resources, owner of the Optimum coal mine, to obtain “consent” in making details of a recent arbitration settlement, relating to a R2.2-billion penalty... 

Kouga municipality gears up for possible nuclear development

By: African News Agency      13th April 2017 Seven work groups are expected to be established to help prepare the Kouga municipal region for the construction of a nuclear plant at Thyspunt should the national power project receive the green light. Kouga executive mayor Elza van Lingen said the work groups will serve as subcommittees of the... 

Keaton delivers ‘pleasing’ FY17 production

By: Natasha Odendaal     13th April 2017 JSE-listed Keaton Energy delivered “pleasing” production volumes for the financial year ended March 31, despite experiencing a 4% dip in sales. Some 2.1-million tonnes of washed two- and four-seam thermal coal from Keaton’s Vanggatfontein openpit colliery, near Delmas, were sold to State-owned... 

Khobab and Loeriesfontein wind farm projects, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     13th April 2017 Construction at the Khobab Wind Farm has begun in earnest with the arrival of various wind turbine components. 

AfriBusiness applies PAIA rule for Eskom, Optimum penalty clarification

By: Natasha Odendaal     12th April 2017 As media reports surface over a settlement agreement between State-owned Eskom and Optimum coal mine, business rights watchdog AfriBusiness is seeking more information on “what transpired” during the alleged payment of the fine by Tegeta Exploration & Resources. Leveraging the Promotion of Access... 

Congo aims to import South African electricity amid deep shortfall 

By: Reuters     12th April 2017 Democratic Republic of Congo hopes to import electricity from South Africa, an expensive measure aimed at reducing a gaping power deficit that has dented mining output in the continent's top copper producer, the chamber of commerce said on Wednesday. Congo is plagued by massive energy shortfalls... 

R2.3bn Anglo coal sale to Seriti  

     12th April 2017 A new South African mining company recently announced its intention to purchase Anglo American’s Eskom-tied domestic thermal coal operations in South Africa, which would position the majority black-owned start-up as the potential second-largest provider of coal to Eskom. Mining Weekly editor... 

Fitch next to downgrade Eskom, Transnet to align with sovereign ratings

By: Natasha Odendaal     12th April 2017 South African State-owned Eskom and Transnet have also been downgraded by ratings agency Fitch to align with the recent downgrade of South Africa’s sovereign rating. Eskom’s long-term local currency issuer default rating (IDR) and the senior unsecured local currency rating have been downgraded... 

Unions back Seriti's purchase of Anglo coal mines

By: Martin Creamer     11th April 2017 Two labour unions on Tuesday publicly backed the sale by Anglo American of coal assets to Seriti, the new black-owned start-up with aspirations to be South Africa’s next mining champion. Both the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and the Solidarity union put out statements welcoming the... 

Solar body urges Energy Minister to provide revised PPA signing date 

By: Terence Creamer     11th April 2017 The South African Solar Photovoltaic Industry Association (Sapvia) expressed confidence on Tuesday that the latest delay in signing of power purchase agreements (PPAs) for 37 renewable-energy projects procured in 2015 would be “short-term” in nature. However, it urged newly appointed Energy... 

Koeberg Unit 2 sets new record  

By: Anine Kilian     11th April 2017 Unit 2 of Koeberg power station on Monday achieved 485 days of continuous operation since its last outage.   “This is a new record and it further proves how reliable Africa’s only nuclear power station is,” State-owned Eskom interim CEO Matshela Koko said.   He added that Eskom takes pride in the... 

Eskom says Gupta-linked miner settles fine in arbitration

By: Bloomberg     11th April 2017 Tegeta Exploration & Resources, a company part-owned by South Africa’s Gupta family, reached an arbitrated settlement over a fine levied on its Optimum coal mine by power utility Eskom Holdings. The R2-billion ($144-million) penalty was originally issued to the mine’s previous owner, Glencore,... 

Renewables contracts will not be signed on April 11 

By: Terence Creamer     10th April 2017 The signing of power purchase agreements (PPAs) for the projects procured under the fourth bid window of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) will not take place on April 11 as initially envisaged. The date had been set by former Energy Minister Tina... 

R2.3bn Anglo coal sale to Seriti may hit Eskom ownership snag 

By: Martin Creamer     10th April 2017 A new aspirant South African mining champion on Monday announced its intention to purchase Anglo American’s Eskom-tied domestic thermal coal operations in South Africa, which would position the majority black-owned start-up as the potential second-largest provider of coal to the State electricity... 

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