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Eskom’s transition to ‘philosophy maintenance’ will increase load-shedding risk for at least 18 months  

By: Terence Creamer     31st January 2020 The board at State-owned electricity utility Eskom has sanctioned a proposal to migrate the group’s unreliable coal fleet to a ‘philosophy maintenance’ model, whereby generation units are serviced in strict adherence with prescribed maintenance schedules in a bid to break the cycle of unplanned... 

Boost SA’s Electrical Uptime By Quickly Catching Failing Components

28th January 2020 Whether caused by poor maintenance or shoddy workmanship; the fact is key power generation, transmission and distribution components across the length and breadth of South Africa’s electrical grid are falling like flies. That’s the bad news. The good news, according to certified thermographic... 

Germany's 2019 hard coal imports fell 14.7% - importers

By: Reuters     17th January 2020 Germany imported 40.2 million tonnes of hard coal last year, 14.7% less than in 2018 due to competition from renewables and gas, and as the steel industry curbed usage, importers said on Friday. The total was comprised of an estimated 7.4% lower intake of coking coal for steelmakers, who... 

AVZ finds power solution for DRC project

By: Esmarie Iannucci     15th January 2020 Lithium hopeful AVZ Minerals on Wednesday announced that its subsidiary AVZ power SAU had inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Ministry of Hydraulic Resources and Energy, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, to investigate the refurbishment of the Mpiana-Mwanga hydro-electric power... 

Eskom breakdowns are shrinking slowly, Koeberg unit back online  

By: News24Wire      7th January 2020 Eskom is not expecting load-shedding on Tuesday, with unplanned breakdowns down to 13 694MW after reaching almost 16 000MW over the weekend, which triggered stage two load-shedding. Eskom has not managed to keep unplanned breakdowns at below 9 500MW - the level at which it is forced to consider... 

Steenkampskraal now fully permitted for construction  

By: Simone Liedtke     18th December 2019 Rare earth mine Steenkampskraal has received its water license from the Department of Water and Sanitation, marking the last of the remaining permits that the mine required, As a result, Steenkampskraal is now fully permitted to start construction and production, Steenkampskraal chairperson... 

Applications for self-generation being fast tracked – Ramaphosa

By: Mariaan Webb     18th December 2019 As calls grow for urgent action on electricity self-generation in the wake of the recent devastating power cuts, President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Wednesday that his government was fast-tracking applications that would allow industry and businesses to produce and use its own power. In an opinion... 

DMRE sets Jan 31 deadline for responses to RFI for 3 000 MW of near-term supply

By: Terence Creamer     13th December 2019 The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) on Friday released a request for information (RFI) in a bid to procure between 2000 MW and 3000 MW of power generation capacity "that can be grid connected in the shortest time at the least possible cost". Respondents to the RFI have been... 

Proudly South African continuous miner on its way into Australian mining market  

By: Martin Creamer     13th December 2019 A Proudly South African continuous miner, which is being shipped to Australia for final assembly, is due to go into operation Down Under in May, Mining Weekly Online can today report. “It certainly shows that the Australian mining industry has gained a lot of confidence in our ability,” said... 

South African mining revival threatened as power cuts take toll 

By: Bloomberg     12th December 2019 When South Africa’s State-owned utility announced record power cuts on Monday afternoon, Impala Platinum Holdings had two hours to hoist thousands of workers from 1 km deep shafts. The deepening crisis at debt-ridden Eskom Holdings shut down South Africa’s key mining industry for 24 hours,... 

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