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Polish coal mining swings to profit on prices, restructuring - PAP

By: Reuters     22nd August 2017 Net profit at Polish coal mines stood at 1.45-billion zlotys ($400.06-million) in the first half of the year compared to a 800-million zlotys loss a year earlier amid higher coal prices and restructuring, data from a state agency showed on Tuesday. Data by the Industrial Development Agency... 

Bushveld Energy, IDC studies indicate favourable vanadium battery, electrolyte demand

By: Mia Breytenbach     16th August 2017 There is favourable demand for vanadium redox flow batteries (VRFBs), particularly in the utility and offgrid, as well as minigrid markets, with demand to peak in 2025 to 2030. This is according to recently concluded market studies, commissioned by Aim-listed Bushveld Minerals’ energy subsidiary... 

AfDB’s sustainable energy fund to support first utility-scale solar PV project in Lesotho

By: Mia Breytenbach     14th August 2017 The African Development Bank- (AfDB-) managed Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa (Sefa) has approved a $695 500 grant to NEO I SPV, a subsidiary of independent power producer OnePower Lesotho, to support the preparation of a bankable business case for the development of the winning project of the... 

Poland's PGE expects coal prices to rise next year

By: Reuters     9th August 2017 Poland's biggest power producer PGE expects coal prices to rise next year due to declining supplies, the company's CFO Emil Wojtowicz said on Wednesday. State-run PGE generates most of its electricity from lignite and thermal coal. It produces lignite in its own mines and buys thermal coal... 

India pushes coal miners, power producers to roll out renewable energy projects

By: Ajoy K Das     30th June 2017 Overlooking apparent contradictions, India is pushing government-owned mining companies, including coal, thermal power producers and mineral processors to commit to more renewable energy projects. “It is a little bit of a contradiction, but I have to keep the coal industry going while ensuring... 

Renewable Energy Holdings signs private power supply contract

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     29th May 2017 Bethlehem Hydro, an independent power producer (IPP) and subsidiary of Renewable Energy Holdings (REH), has entered into a contract under which the full output from its 4 MW Merino hydropower plant, near Clarens, in the Free State, will be sold to electricity trader PowerX. REH and Bethlehem... 

CSP projects boost South Africa’s green economy

By: Anine Kilian     25th May 2017 Global private engineering company Sener believes the 50 MW Bokpoort concentrated solar power (CSP) plant, together with the 100 MW Ilanga and 100 MW Kathu CSP plants, will significantly contribute to South Africa’s green economy. Sener is the engineering, procurement and construction partner on... 

Kubayi expresses support for 3 700 MW gas-to-power vision amid IPP uncertainty 

By: Terence Creamer     16th May 2017 Energy Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi expressed her support on Tuesday for the country’s proposed gas-to-power programme, assuring delegates to a conference in Cape Town that government intended proceeding in line with the existing “vision and policy objectives” for gas infrastructure. “Over the past... 

Local hydropower plants receive international recognition

By: Anine Kilian     10th May 2017 South Africa-based independent power producer Renewable Energy Holdings (REH) has received the Monsonyi award for excellence in hydropower from the International Hydropower Association (IHA). The award recognises individuals within IHA’s membership for outstanding contributions to the sector. 

CIL’s maiden export set to bank on NTPC’s Bangladesh power project

By: Ajoy K Das     10th May 2017 Indian major Coal India Limited’s (CIL) hopes of marking its maiden entry into coal exports is banking on the country’s largest power producer NTPC Limited. NTPC Limited, the largest domestic customer of CIL, has signed an agreement to establish a thermal power plant in Bangladesh through a joint... 

Awards to recognise innovation and efficiency at utility event

     5th May 2017 The fourth edition of the yearly African Utility Week (AUW) Industry Awards will once again honour pioneering utilities, projects and people in the energy and water industry on the continent during the AUW event, on May 17, at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.  

Largest private IPP in Ghana on course for 2017 completion

By: Mia Breytenbach     5th May 2017 Ghanaian independent power producer Cenpower Generation Company’s Kpone Independent Power Plant (KIPP), which is expected to become a critical baseload component in meeting Ghana’s growing electricity demand, is expected to be commissioned before the end of 2017. Cenpower Generation Company’s... 

Resgen makes first drawdown from extended facility agreement

By: Anine Kilian     28th April 2017 JSE-and ASX-listed Resource Generation (Resgen) has made the first drawdown of $2.4-million under an extended $8.4-million facility agreement. The company reported on March 14 that it had obtained the $8.4-million extension to a March 2014 facility agreement with Noble Resources International,... 

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... 

Bushveld’s Lemur, Sinohydro to build coal-fired power plant in Madagascar

By: Mia Breytenbach     5th April 2017 Aim-listed Bushveld Minerals’ Lemur Resources subsidiary has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Chinese State-owned hydropower engineering and construction company Sinohydro Corporation to codevelop an initial 60 MW independent power producer (IPP) coal-fired power plant and an... 

Hulisani signs R26.5m agreement to earn a stake in Rustmo1 Solar Farm

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     3rd April 2017 JSE-listed Hulisani has entered into a R26.5-million share sale agreement with Pravin Semnarayan and Gareth Warner to acquire 100% of the issued ordinary shares in holding company Momentous Technologies. Momentous is currently a 15% shareholder of Rustmo1 Solar Farm (RF) – a 7 MW solar... 

Eskom to fast-track socioeconomic assessments for five coal stations facing closure 

By: Terence Creamer     30th March 2017 Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown has called on Eskom to urgently complete socioeconomic impact assessments for its coal-fired power stations in Mpumalanga, five of which having been earmarked for decommissioning over the coming five years, owing to flat demand and the introduction of new... 

Wärtsilä supplies 15 MW solar plant in Burkina Faso

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     22nd March 2017 Technology group Wärtsilä has entered into an agreement with independent power producer Eren Renewable Energy’s 90%-owned Essakane Solar, in Burkina Faso, to supply it with a 15 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant. The remaining 10% is owned by Eren’s development partner African Energy... 

Resgen aligns coal project contracts to secure funding

By: Martin Creamer     2nd March 2017 Engineering, procurement, construction and logistics contracts have been aligned to meet the debt funding requirements of the Boikarabelo coal mine project in Limpopo. Boikarabelo, which hosts coal resources of 995-million tonnes and the coal reserves of 267-million tonnes, with the first stage... 

Chamber notes Gordhan’s bemoaning of Section 54 stoppages 

By: Martin Creamer     22nd February 2017 The Chamber of Mines of South Africa has described Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan as having done an effective job of maintaining fiscal discipline with a budget deficit of 3.1% in these most trying of times. The chamber comments that the 2017/18 Budget demonstrates the truism that sustaining and... 

Continued support for renewables IPPs an economic boost – Sarec 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     22nd February 2017 The South African Renewable Energy Council (Sarec) has welcomed the confirmation by Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan that the continuation of South Africa’s independent power producer (IPP) programme was imperative, given the need to boost investment in the short term. In a statement following... 

AFRICA ENERGY INDABA 2017 launches Africa Utility Forum to boost growth of energy projects in the region

     30th January 2017 South Africa has been seeking foreign investment to help drive sluggish economic growth and used the World Economic Forum 2017 platform last week to market the country as a favourable investment destination. South African Deputy President, Cyril Ramaphosa, led a 60-strong country delegation in... 

Uganda solar PV project on track

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     21st December 2016 Multinational independent power producer Building Energy on Wednesday said it could proceed with the construction of the 10 MW Tororo solar photovoltaic project ins Uganda, as it reached financial close with Dutch development bank FMO for $14.7-million. The project’s shareholders will attribute... 

Amandi starts construction on 200 MW Ghana power plant project

By: Anine Kilian     15th December 2016 Amandi Energy has reached financial close and started construction on the $552-million Amandi Energy Power Plant, a 200 MW combined cycle, dual-fuel power project in Aboadze, Ghana.    Fieldstone Africa advised the project company from early in its development in mid-2013 through to financial... 

New gas projects will be economical – Aurecon  

By: Victor Moolman     15th December 2016 With two major gas-to-power projects under way in the country, consulting company Aurecon believes that the two, possibly three, gas power stations associated with the projects can be economical as existing infrastructure can be used to support them. 

Hybrid gensets to complement renewable energy

By: Robyn Wilkinson     2nd December 2016 Generating set producer Aksa Power Generation South Africa (SA) will launch its hybrid generating set (genset) in South Africa in January next year, providing a standby power generating solution to the country that is able to run in parallel with renewable-energy sources. 

Brown says current power build ‘trajectory’ may be detrimental to consumers 

By: Terence Creamer     30th November 2016 Public Enterprises Lynne Brown says that South Africa is currently adding electricity capacity to the grid at rate higher than what is required and argues that the “current trajectory” could be detrimental to consumers. She asserts, therefore, that it is “critical that the Integrated Resource... 

Rolls-Royce unit eyeing Southern African gas-to-power prospects

By: Terence Creamer     17th November 2016 Power systems group Rolls-Royce aims to use a newly inaugurated 100 MW gas-fired power station at Ressano Garcia, in southern Mozambique, as a key reference plant, as several countries in the region consider their gas-to-power options. The plant is owned and operated by the independent power... 

ACWA Power to reassess bullish South Africa stance should Redstone collapse 

By: Terence Creamer     15th November 2016 The head of Saudi Arabian electricity group ACWA Power says that, while the company remains a patient investor in South Africa, the outcome of the current impasse with Eskom relating to its 100 MW Redstone concentrated solar power (CSP) project will be critical to the group’s future investment... 

India sets coal-import deadline for govt-owned power producers

By: Ajoy K Das     4th November 2016 Having already announced a stated policy to reduce coal imports to nil, India has directed government-owned thermal power plants to stop coal imports from April 1. In advisory to thermal power plants owned and operated by federal or provincial government companies, the Coal Ministry has said that... 

South African renewables IPP in financing deal with Japan’s Inabata

By: Mia Breytenbach     4th November 2016 Renewable energy independent power producer and energy consulting group Next Renewable Generation (NrG) has concluded a significant investment deal with large Japanese trading company Inabata to further fund the development of renewable energy projects in Africa. The investment deal, finalised in... 

India scours globe for bargain LNG as domestic plants idle

By: Bloomberg     28th October 2016 India is scouting for new liquefied natural gas (LNG) contracts globally as part of a push to secure cheap supplies for its under-utilised gas-fired power plants. Australia, Qatar and Iran could all act as potential suppliers of long-term LNG contracts, Power Minister Piyush Goyal said in... 

Company sees potential for growth in wind energy

By: Kimberley Smuts     28th October 2016 Owing to Southern Africa’s vast coastline and high winds, energy distributor Vert Energy believes that there are plenty of opportunities for the wind power division of its business to grow, in both the residential and independent power producer (IPP) sectors. Vert Energy MD Grant Robertson... 

Enel expects renewables to prevail in South Africa despite current uncertainty 

By: Terence Creamer     20th October 2016 Enel Green Power South Africa country manager William Price says he is “surprised” by Eskom’s current resistance to signing power purchase agreements (PPAs) for new renewable-energy projects in light of the undeniable success of the competitive-bidding model pursued by the Department of Energy... 

Global investors show interest in gas-to-power programme 

By: Kim Cloete     4th October 2016 Investors from around the world, including the US, Japan, Spain, South Korea and China, among others, have met in Cape Town this week to hear more about plans for South Africa’s gas-to-power programme. A preliminary information memorandum (PIM), which establishes the scope of the Liquefied... 

BioTherm Energy secures 20 MW solar project in Ghana

By: Anine Kilian     23rd September 2016 Independent power producer BioTherm Energy has won the tender to develop a 20 MW solar project in Ghana. The company will build, own and operate the facility under a 20-year power purchase agreement. 

Coega positions itself as energy mix hub

By: Nadine James     23rd September 2016 A growing number of manufacturing opportunities have been created and sustained through the approach of diversifying the energy mix in the Eastern Cape, which has seen the development of several energy investment projects worth more than R3.5-billion. The Coega Industrial Development Zone (IDZ)... 

Cost of coal rises for Indian power companies despite surplus availability

By: Ajoy K Das     14th September 2016 Large bulk end-users of coal are not benefiting from the availability of surplus coal, as much of the potential windfall has been eroded by an increase in railways freight rates and the doubling of the Clean Energy Cess. In fact, thermal power companies have warned that electricity tariffs could... 

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