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Rosatom, partners to trial small hydropower plant at Lonmin site

By: Anine Kilian     22nd July 2016 Russian nuclear giant Rosatom will begin work on a $40-million 2 MW hydropower plant for South African platinum producer Lonmin in August. It will be the first time this type of technology is used in a mining application in South Africa. 

Specialised bushings used for tyre testing rig

By: Nadine James     22nd July 2016 Self-lubricating polymer bearings and bushes manufacturer Vesconite Bearings – a division of VescoPlastics – has supplied specialised thermoplastic Vesconite bushings for a tyre test rig at the University of Pretoria’s (UP’s) Vehicle Dynamics Group (VDG). The test rig, manufactured and assembled... 

Kibali on track to meet FY guidance despite sequencing headaches

By: Henry Lazenby     19th July 2016 Africa-focused miner Randgold Resources remains on track to meet the 600 000-oz-plus guidance for its Kibali mine, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), despite experiencing some sequencing difficulties at the mill. According to CEO Mark Bristow, the company had resolved certain expected... 

Cameroon's $1bn hydroelectric dam expected by 2020 – Energy Minister

By: Reuters     8th July 2016 A $1-billion hydroelectric dam planned for Cameroon's Nachtigal River will be ready by 2020, adding over 30% to the country's hydropower capacity, the minister of water and energy said on Thursday. Work on the dam, which will have the capacity to produce 420 MW of electricity, will begin by the... 

More needs to be done to meet Africa’s energy needs

     8th July 2016 African Development Bank (AfDB) president Akinwumi Adesina believes that a lot more needs to be done in Africa, given the continent’s energy potential and the huge needs to be met. Energy is thus at the top of the AfDB’s five major priorities, with the energy and climate change theme highlighted... 

Suwalong hydropower project, Tibet

By: Sheila Barradas     8th July 2016 The project involves the construction of the first hydropower station on the Jinsha river, in Tibet. 

Temporary power plants an immediate solution to energy challenges

     8th July 2016 Temporary power plants represent an immediate, reliable, scalable and cost-efficient solution to Southern Africa’s power concerns, says large-scale power solutions provider Altaaqa Global Cat Rental Power marketing manager Robert Bagatsing. 

S Africa still reliant on coal, struggling to transition to low-carbon economy 

By: Anine Kilian     29th June 2016 South Africa is the twelfth-greatest emitter of greenhouse gases (GHGs) in the world, as well as the biggest polluter on the African continent, according to German political foundation Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) South Africa director Renate Tenbusch, speaking at a roundtable event on black... 

Top 10 Guidelines to Address Operational Technology Vulnerabilities in Critical Infrastructure Organisations

     22nd June 2016 Fortinet – the global leader in high-performance cybersecurity solutions, states that almost 80 percent of industrial security incidents in critical infrastructure organisations are caused by unintentional internal issues such as software misconfigurations from human error and malfunctioning... 

Momentum grows for solar-diesel hybrid microgrids in Zambia

By: Anine Kilian     21st June 2016 Amid an ongoing drought that has resulted in a severe power crisis in Zambia, the framework conditions for investment in solar power projects have become more attractive. New analysis ‘Power crisis and consequences for solar energy in the Zambian mining sector’ published by the Deutsche... 

Agricultural technologies to drive growth and development, survey finds

By: Schalk Burger     17th June 2016 The increasing use of agricultural technologies in Africa, as reported in a survey of 25 large agricultural companies, can dramatically improve yields, food security and product quality, as well as provide raw materials for new products in new markets, says PwC Africa Agribusiness industry leader... 

Ship lock and fishway project, China

By: Sheila Barradas     10th June 2016 The project is a national key water transport infrastructure project in the Dayuandu navigation and hydropower junction. 

Malawi and neighbours studying several new electricity interconnectors

By: Marcel Chimwala     3rd June 2016 Malawi is implementing several feasibility studies for electricity interconnectors with neighbouring countries as it moves to offset its electricity deficit. Joseph Kalowekamo, energy affairs spokesperson at the Ministry of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining, says the interconnector projects at... 

Nigeria targeting 30% coal-based electricity

By: Martin Creamer     1st June 2016 Nigeria is targeting 30% of its electricity generation to be coal based. Speaking at the Junior Indaba in Johannesburg, Nigeria’s Solid Minerals Development Minister Dr Kayode Fayemi, represented by stand-in Alex Nwengbu, invited South African companies to invest in Nigeria to help the country... 

$60m boost to Zambia power grid

By: Martin Creamer     30th May 2016 Mining is poised to receive a spinoff benefit from Monday’s announcement that the power grid in Zambia is to be boosted by a $60-million investment. In this latest transaction, Standard Chartered bank has partnered with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to provide a... 

Go green … for career and industry growth

     30th May 2016 We must create more jobs. Everybody says so, while neglecting to tell us what kind in what industries. Clearly, not every industry is a net job creator. Manufacturing and mining have shed jobs for years. So the first task is to identify a jobs incubator that will rapidly generate thousands of... 

Grand Inga hydropower project, Democratic Republic of Congo

By: Sheila Barradas     20th May 2016 The Democratic Republic of Congo government will decide on either a Chinese or Spanish consortium to develop the long-delayed Inga 3 hydroelectric project by October this year. 

UN expert urges African utilities to improve policies, pricing

By: Kim Cloete     17th May 2016 African power utilities have been urged to adopt good policies and pricing and be at the forefront of change or risk being left behind. “Africa contributes less than 3% of manufacturing globally. That is unacceptable. Our population will be 1.4-billion by 2030 and two-billion by 2050. We need to... 

On-The-Air (13/06/2016) 

By: Martin Creamer     13th May 2016 A row is brewing over of water meant for Gauteng being extracted from the Sterkfontein dam and not replaced as promised. A brace of marketing thrusts has seen platinum break out of its low-price straightjacket. Patrice Motsepe’s African Rainbow Minerals this week commissioned a major... 

Consulting engineer highlights need for new wave of technoproject managers

By: Mia Breytenbach     13th May 2016 The role of traditional technical managers should be redefined and enhanced to improve project success, giving rise to techno-project managers, states South Africa-based black-owned engineering consulting firm Gibb. “Depending on the type and size of a client’s project, the roles of professionals... 

Ingula set for completion next month

By: Sascha Solomons     13th May 2016 Mechanical engineering contracting company SA FIVE Engineering says State-owned power utility Eskom’s Ingula pumped-storage scheme’s commissioning is set to be completed by the end of next month. “The construction of Ingula is complete and only the commissioning needs to be done. Unit 3 and Unit... 

Kariba dam rehabilitation project, Zambia

By: Sheila Barradas     13th May 2016 Zambia and Zimbabwe plan to start repairs to Kariba dam in the first quarter of next year. 

Upper Trishuli-1 hydropower project, Nepal

By: Sheila Barradas     13th May 2016 The project involves the development, construction and operation of a 216 MW run-of-river hydropower plant on the Trishuli river, in Nepal 

Ethiopia likely to face green opposition over new hydropower plan

By: John Muchira     6th May 2016 Ethiopia could be headed for another round of confrontation with environmentalists following the announcement of plans to construct another hydropower plant on the contested Omo river. The Horn of Africa nation managed to silence conservationists opposed to the Gilgel Gibe III project, which... 

Malawi power plant developer signs term sheet with utility

By: Marcel Chimwala     6th May 2016 ASX-listed Intra Energy Corporation, which is developing a 120 MW coal-fired power station in Malawi’s lakeshore district of Salima, has signed a term sheet relating to a power purchase agreement with the Southern African country's power utility. CEO Tarn Brereton says the Pamodzi plant will... 

Nuclear energy not a threat for renewables

     6th May 2016 Renewable energy producers who believe the new nuclear build programme could mean an end to business and the derailment of renewable energy targets can sleep easy, says Sandton-based corporate and commercial law firm Werkmans Attorneys director Happy Masondo. She notes that the derailment of... 

Uganda unhappy with quality of work on two power projects

By: John Muchira     6th May 2016 Two Chinese companies undertaking critical power projects in Uganda are at loggerheads with the East African country over shoddy workmanship. Synohydro and China Water & Electric (CWE), which are constructing the Karuma hydropower dam and Isimba hydropower dam respectively, have attracted the... 

Gas-to-power an industrial milestone for South Africa

     22nd April 2016 The South African government’s bold bid to procure energy from gas could position the country as an African gas leader. The Department of Energy (DoE) says development of South Africa’s gas industry could be anchored on the demand from its imminent gas-to-power programme. This makes gas-to-power... 

Malawi hoping to attract 1 000 MW of private power investment

By: Marcel Chimwala     22nd April 2016 Malawi plans to procure a total of 1 000 MW from independent power producers (IPPs) to boost the country’s electricity generation capacity, which currently stands at 351 MW, compared with maximum demand of 400 MW. Natural Resources, Energy and Mining Minister Bright Msaka says negotiations with... 

Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme – second window, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     22nd April 2016 An update on the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme – second window. 

The case for gas as SA’s gas-to-power procurement programme looms

     22nd April 2016 By Sabine Dall’Omo The Department of Energy (DoE) says development of South Africa’s gas industry could be anchored on the demand from its imminent gas-to-power programme. 

The downside of renewable energy

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     22nd April 2016 I have just read an article by one Leo Smith. I do not know him. His article is called the 'Limitations of renewable energy' – and it is hard hitting.  Smith says of renewable energy: “It is against this backdrop of extreme emotional attachment to 'renewable energy' and extreme ignorance of the... 

Rosatom outlines benefits of nuclear energy

By: Anine Kilian     21st April 2016 The South African government’s decision to build a further 9.6 GW of nuclear power generation capacity would result in a significant boost to the local economy, Rosatom sub-Saharan Africa VP Viktor Polikarpov has told Engineering News Online. “Government should strive to develop an energy mix... 

Most nuclear waste is not highly radioactive

By: Keith Campbell     15th April 2016 Only a tiny minority of nuclear waste contains the vast majority of radiation produced by such waste. “No less than 96% of the radioactivity comes from just 0.2% of the waste volume,” highlights Arint SA MD François Mellet. Nuclear waste is generally divided into low level waste, intermediate... 

New Energy modernisation project, Russia

By: Sheila Barradas     15th April 2016 The project involves the upgrade of the 6 000 MW Krasnoyarsk hydropower plant, as well as the Bratsk and Ust-Ilimsk hydropower plants. 

Redistribution key for Africa’s power future

By: Simon Sonnekus     15th April 2016 The codevelopment and equal distribution of power between countries in Africa, along with focused research and development strategies around redistribution will provide more Africans with electricity in the future, says State-owned power utility Eskom MD for corporate affairs Chose Choeu.... 

The case for gas as South Africa prepares way for gas-to-power procurement

     12th April 2016 The Department of Energy (DoE) says development of South Africa’s gas industry could be anchored on the demand from its imminent gas-to-power programme. That makes Gas-to-Power a milestone not just for power generation, but also for South African industry to access a natural, cleaner and cheaper... 

Amisk hydroelectric project, Canada

By: Sheila Barradas     8th April 2016 The project proposes the construction and operation of a 330 MW hydroelectric facility on the Peace river, in north-western Alberta. 

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