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Sustainable disposal methods to be investigated

     8th July 2016 The rise in waste generated by South Africa has led to the need for responsible and environment-friendly disposal methods. According to local waste management business Interwaste sales and marketing director Jason McNeil the default method of disposal for many years has been directing this waste... 

Volkswagen's US diesel emissions settlement to cost $15bn – source

By: Reuters     28th June 2016 Volkswagen AG's settlement with nearly 500 000 US diesel owners and government regulators over polluting vehicles is valued at more than $15-billion cash, two sources briefed on the matter said on Monday. The settlement, to be announced on Tuesday in Washington, includes $10.03-billion to offer... 

France, Switzerland to finance small-scale green energy projects in South Africa

By: Dylan Slater     24th June 2016 An agreement to finance a technical assistance programme to assist banks in financing small scale renewable energy and energy efficiency projects in South Africa was signed on May 26 by the French Agency for Development (AFD) and the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs of Switzerland (Seco).  

SANEDI signs agreement to extend technical assistance for Green Credit Line

     9th June 2016 SANEDI (South African National Energy Development Institute) and the AFD (the French Development Agency) signed an agreement on the 26th of May 2016, to extend and implement the Technical Assistance Facility to the SUNREF 2 Green Credit Facility. The event was attended by the Ambassadors of both... 

IHS Towers Wins Africa Telecom Infrastructure Company Of The Year Award

     24th May 2016 IHS Towers, the largest mobile telecommunications infrastructure provider in Africa, Europe and the Middle East, has won the 2016 Africa Telecom Infrastructure Company of the Year Award at Africa’s Information Technology & Telecom Awards. The Award was received during the West Africa Telecom... 

Renewable-energy prices reach low of $0.03/kWh 

By: Kim Cloete     18th May 2016 New technologies and the rapid rise of renewable energy have shaken up the global energy landscape, with prices falling to below $0.03/kWh. “We are now in the world of three cent renewable energy,” said Bloomberg New Energy Finance UK advisory board chairperson and founder Michael Liebreich. 

Aus govt must ban fracking – report

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     5th May 2016 An interim report by a Select Committee on unconventional gas mining in Australia has recommended that the federal government work with state and territory governments to ban the process of hydraulic fracturing across the country. In November, the Senate resolved to establish a Select Committee... 

DTI industrialisation goal boosted by R57bn in private-sector investment

By: Ilan Solomons     20th April 2016 The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is leveraging R57.1-billion in private-sector investment, through various incentive schemes, to support local industrialisation efforts, said Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies, who delivered his Budget Vote on Wednesday. The Minister noted that... 

Black industrialists funding forum sifting through first 50 applications 

By: Terence Creamer     31st March 2016 South Africa’s black industrialists funding forum had its inaugural meeting in mid-March to consider 50 applications from aspirant black-owned manufacturing enterprises, Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies revealed this week. Speaking following a meeting with the Black Business Council... 

Squeeze On China An Opportunity For Australian

     22nd March 2016 An Australian company which has won Japanese backing to develop high grade graphite deposits out of east Africa to market into Europe says the sector should take heart from supply and regulatory pressures on the commodity’s historic powerhouse, China. Addressing the inaugural Paydirt 2016... 

KACO new energy inverters power the largest solar park on the Virgin Islands. 

     4th March 2016 At five megawatts, USVI Solar I is the largest photovoltaic system on the U.S. Virgin Islands. Installed on challenging terrain and under harsh weather conditions on Saint Thomas, the solar park received the 2015 "Ground-Mount Project of the Year Award". After all, the system covers ten percent... 

Green technology uptake slow in Africa owing to risk to jobs

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     17th February 2016 While it makes economic and environmental sense for African governments to adopt green energy technologies at a macro level , the continent is reluctant to do so as green technologies are currently not economically viable for households or individuals, says the Sam Tambani Research Institute’s Dr... 

Ascension Properties installs solar plant

     2nd February 2016 Ascension Properties, together with Voltas Technologies and Tritec SA, has installed a 140 kWp solar plant on its Island Centre complex in Paarden Eiland, Cape Town. Ascension Properties, a JSE listed property income fund, has gone green with its first solar PV installation commissioned early in... 

Sustainable solutions provided for hydroelectricity components

By: Kimberley Smuts     30th October 2015 With a focus on using renewable-energy sources to produce green energy as a reliable source of electricity, power generation products provider Vert Energy provides sustainable solutions for hydroelectricity, wind power and for steam and gas turbines. The company has the capacity to deliver... 

EGP solar photovoltaic projects, Brazil

By: Sheila Barradas     16th October 2015 Enel Green Power has been awarded the right to sign 20-year energy supply contracts in Brazil for 553 MW. 

Nuclear the cheapest; subsidises renewables‚ says minister 

By: RDM News Wire      3rd September 2015 Nuclear energy is the cheapest source of energy in South Africa‚ and is subsidising renewable energy‚ says Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson‚ on another day of heated parliamentary debate as ministers refused to lift the veil of secrecy surrounding the proposed nuclear new build deal.... 

Cesa celebrates engineering excellence

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     14th August 2015 Consulting engineering firm Moroff & Kuhne won this year’s Engineering Excellence award for projects with a value greater than R250-million, at the Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) Aon Engineering Excellence Awards, for work done on The Point shopping and lifestyle centre. This involved... 

NSN Link will interconnect Nordic and British energy markets with the world's longest subsea power link incorporating Nexans' HVDC cable technology

     14th July 2015 • Power interconnection beneath the North Sea will enable Norway and UK to share up to 1400 MW of green energy from 2021 onwards • Statnett SF and National Grid has awarded Nexans a contract valued at around Euros 340 million to deliver the subsea cable on the Norwegian side The NSN Link under... 

Solar Impulse 2 proves you cannot rely on the sun for power

By: Kelvin Kemm     26th June 2015 The totally solar-powered aircraft, Solar Impulse 2, was built to be used in an attempt to fly around the world powered by solar power alone. I must say that this aircraft is a wonderful piece of technology and I marvel at the science and design which went into its construction. 

TNG considers solar power for Mt Peake project

By: Creamer Media Reporter      19th June 2015 Australian strategic metals company TNG has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with renewable energy group Energy Made Clean (EMC) to evaluate and implement energy supply options for its Mount Peake vanadium project, including the potential supply of a solar power system to the project.... 

Greener energy sources for groundwater projects in KZN

By: Mia Breytenbach     29th May 2015 Clients are looking towards greener energy sources to drive groundwater abstraction and reticulation schemes in the rural parts of KwaZulu-Natal, according to the KwaZulu-Natal office of consulting engineers and scientists, SRK Consulting SA. SRK tells Engineering News that appropriate energy... 

Baglar wind power project, Turkey

By: Sheila Barradas     8th May 2015 The project consists of the development, construction and operation of a greenfield wind power plant near Konya, in Turkey. 

Nordlink interconnector project, Germany and Norway

By: Sheila Barradas     1st May 2015 The project will connect the Norwegian and German electricity markets to exchange green energy. 

After navigating SA’s perilous IPPs rules, 4.4 MW biogas plant to switch on before June 

By: Terence Creamer     17th March 2015 After several years of navigating project-threatening red tape and currency fluctuations, the 4.4 MW Bronkhorstspruit biogas power plant, which will supply clean energy to a leading automotive manufacturer in Gauteng, is expected to enter production before June. Outlining the project’s... 

Sustainable building driven by environmental concerns

By: Dylan Slater     23rd May 2014 Construction companies are aiming to use more sustainable methods of building, as the sector is increasingly being driven by companies’ need to have a lower environmental footprint to meet increasingly stringent environmental legislation, states audit, tax and advisory services firm KPMG. 

Construction projects face challenges owing to skills shortage - ATI

     14th February 2014 The South African construction industry, which many expect to go through a high growth phase this year, owing to an increased number of construction projects, and a greater focus on housing projects and large-scale infrastructure projects, is facing severe problems regarding construction project... 

Gullen Range wind farm project, Australia

By: Sheila Barradas     17th January 2014 Construction work at the site is expected to be completed in June. 

Northern Cape solar power plant secures R2.8bn of funding  

By: Natalie Greve     29th October 2013 In a significant show of support for South African renewable-energy projects, the European Union’s (EUs) long-term lending institution, the European Investment Bank (EIB), has agreed to provide €210-million, or R2.8-billion, for the construction of the Ka Xu Solar One concentrated solar power... 

Ka Xu Solar One CSP plant gets EUR 210 million European Investment Bank backing

     29th October 2013 The European Investment Bank has agreed to provide EUR 210 million (2.8 billion ZAR) for construction of the Ka Xu Solar One concentrated solar power plant north of Pofadder in the Northern Cape. This significant support will be provided through two South African partner banks. The first 20 year... 

Renewable energy's evolution to change mining economics 

By: Henry Lazenby     26th September 2013 Until quite recently, miners generally used words like “unreliable”, “expensive” and “risky” to describe renewable-energy power, but outdated perceptions of most forms of renewable power are slowly giving way to a new generation of miners embracing greener technologies. Consulting engineering... 

Banks playing key role in launching SA’s renewables future

     31st May 2013 The finalisation of phase II of the South African government’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) on May 9 represented the passing of another important route marker on the country’s journey towards a future powered increasingly by green energy. The... 

Mondi achieves 35% growth in Q1 underlying operating profit

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     3rd May 2013 JSE- and LSE-listed packaging and paper group Mondi recorded a 35% year-on-year increase in underlying operating profit to €162-million during the first quarter of 2013, in line with its expectations, despite the effects of a one-off write-down in the value of green energy credits of €11-million.... 

Deal signed for 50 MW Addis waste-to-energy plant

By: John Muchira     8th February 2013 The State-owned Ethiopian Electric Power Corporation (EEPCo) has signed a $120-million contract with UK-based company Cambridge Industries for the construction of a 50 MW waste-to-energy power plant. The facility, which will be located, at Repi, on the outskirts of the capital city, Addis Ababa,... 

MTN’s trigen plant to expand, incorporate other players

By: Natasha Odendaal     9th November 2012 The success of MTN’s first trigeneration plant has sparked an influx of South African companies wanting to join the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Programme of Activities (PoA) of the telecommunication group’s next clean energy project, carbon advisory firm Promethium Carbon director Robbie... 

09/11/2012 (On-The-Air) 

By: Martin Creamer     9th November 2012 Foreign investors in South Africa’s latest batch of renewable energy opportunities have hit the ground running; Strong calls are being made for the crafting of a new social compact for the mining industry to prevent another Marikana; and Impala Platinum is working with the Department of Science... 

Company Announcement: European Investment Bank backs South Africa’s first solar tower project

     7th November 2012 The European Investment Bank, Europe’s long-term lending institution, has agreed to provide EUR 50m for the Khi Solar One Project 

Angola sugar manufacturing project under way

By: Yolandi Booyens     3rd August 2012 Consulting engineering company Bosch Projects is undertaking the largest greenfield sugar project in Angola. Bosch Projects signed a multimillion-dollar contract with Japanese trading company Marubeni Corporation on April 24 to undertake this project, which entails the design of a sugar and... 

Junior explorers’ geology teams a ‘make or break’ factor

By: Henry Lazenby     18th June 2012 The task of exploring for new mineral deposits is increasingly falling in the hands of junior exploration companies, underscoring their need to attract and maintain a team of passionate, gifted and experienced geologists. But, with cash-strapped juniors hard pressed to delineate and file... 

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