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Eskom to add 6 500 km of high-voltage transmission lines by 2028

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th October 2018 Power utility Eskom plans to add about 6 500 km of high-voltage transmission lines and 46 000 MVA of transformer capacity in the next ten years, its latest Transmission Development Plan (TDP), for the period from 2019 to 2028, shows. The TDP, which was released on Thursday, also demonstrates... 

Indian power companies need to secure more own coal mines – Minister

By: Ajoy K Das     24th October 2018 India’s Power Ministry has directed thermal power companies to be more aggressive in securing their own coal assets and to reduce dependence on Coal India Limited, as these power plants will continue to be the country’s source of base electricity and will continue to suffer a shortage of dry fuel... 

Radebe outlines additional cost of coal IPPs to consumers

By: Terence Creamer     1st October 2018 Energy Minister Jeff Radebe has confirmed that electricity consumers will pay 1.9c/kWh more by 2030 on a projected electricity tariff of 119c/kWh to accommodate the two independent power producer (IPP) coal-fired power stations included in the draft 2018 Integrated Resource Plan (IRP 2018) – a... 

US private equity firm launches Coronado Coal IPO in Australia

By: Reuters     24th September 2018 US private equity firm Energy and Minerals Group (EMG) on Monday kicked off its planned float of Coronado Coal Group in Australia, seeking to raise up to A$1.3-billion for 30% of the group. The float will give the company an enterprise value of up to A$4.4-billion, making it the biggest coal... 

Kelvin power station coal-to-gas conversion project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     21st September 2018 A feasibility study has been initiated into the prospect of converting the Kelvin power station into a 450 MW to 600 MW gas-fired power station. 

‘We can’t do expensive’

By: Terence Creamer     14th September 2018 During a recent panel discussion on the ‘electricity utility of the future’ the Energy Intensive Users Group of Southern Africa’s Piet van Staden made the point that industry could deal with complexity, but “we can’t do expensive”. He was speaking the day after Energy Minister Jeff Radebe... 

RWE fears lignite industry collapse in hasty coal exit by Merkel

By: Bloomberg     12th September 2018 Chancellor Angela Merkel’s plan to phase out coal-fired power plants in Germany should stop short of “prematurely” closing brown coal facilities, or she risks the collapse of the nation’s mining industry as well as persistent blackouts, RWE AG said in a report. Shuttering coal plants may have a... 

IPP designed to facilitate private sector investment – Radebe

By: African News Agency      6th September 2018 Energy minister Jeff Radebe on Thursday said the independent power producer (IPP) programme had been designed to enlist the private sector to develop an impressive renewable energy generation network in the country.  "On the renewable sector, the independent power producer programme, as it is... 

BioTherm reaches financial close on four renewables projects

By: Creamer Media Reporter      25th July 2018 African renewable energy development platform and power producer BioTherm Energy has reached financial close on a 284 MW portfolio of wind and solar projects in South Africa as part of the fourth round of the South African Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme. The... 

New-look IPP bid documents will need to strike delicate balance

By: Terence Creamer     22nd June 2018 The new bid documentation being prepared by the Department of Energy (DoE) for future independent power producer (IPP) procurement rounds will have to strike a delicate balance between sustaining investor interest and responding to society’s demand for increased socioeconomic benefits. In fact,... 

Energy forum panelists reiterate need for regional integration in Africa

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th June 2018 A panel of speakers at the 2018 Africa Energy Forum, in Mauritius, on Wednesday, agreed that Ministers of energy in Africa and other stakeholders should focus on regional power integration, and what would work accordingly, rather than debating country-specific suitable energy resources and... 

Eskom wage talks off to a bad start – union

By: News24Wire      19th June 2018 Talks between Eskom and unions got off to a bad start on Tuesday, with the power producer reneging on its earlier agreement to include "high-powered" members in its delegation, a union spokesperson said. "The talks started this morning, but we are not happy with Eskom’s failure to honour its... 

Prepare for greater generation competition, Radebe tells Eskom

By: Terence Creamer     4th June 2018 Energy Minister Jeff Radebe has hinted at possible dramatic changes in the structure of South Africa’s electricity supply industry, which is currently dominated by Eskom, a vertically integrated State-owned utility. During a recent stakeholder gathering the Minister responded strongly in the... 

Two coal IPPs would cost S Africa an additional R20bn, not in public interest – report 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     30th May 2018 A report released by the University of Cape Town’s Energy Research Centre (ERC) shows that government’s planned independent power producer (IPP) coal plants – Thabametsi and Khanyisa – would cost South Africa an additional R19.68-billion compared with a least-cost energy system.  

Indian thermal power plants reeling from coal shortages

By: Ajoy K Das     24th May 2018 Private and public thermal power plants across India are facing an acute shortage of coal, at a time when rising electricity demand during summer months has sent the spot price of electricity skyrocketing. According to data sourced from industry policy advisory body, the Central Electricity... 

Black-owned energy group disputes notion that renewables programme is anti-transformation

By: Terence Creamer     4th May 2018 Black-owned and managed independent power producer (IPP) Pele Green Energy (PGE), which is an active owner and partner in wind and solar projects with a combined capacity of 900 MW, does not agree with prevailing arguments that South Africa’s IPP programmes are failing to deliver on South... 

Senegal integrating more renewables with 130 MW Wärtsilä Flexicycle power plant

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th April 2018 Technology group Wärtsilä has signed a contract to engineer, manufacture and deliver a 130 MW Flexicycle plant in Senegal, which will be an integral part of the country’s energy future.  

Resistance persists despite declaration of new renewables dawn 

By: Terence Creamer     20th April 2018 The world did not stop to allow South Africa to get off. While ‘sunny South Africa’ spent more than two years delaying the introduction of new renewable-energy plants, including 12 solar photovoltaic (PV) projects and a concentrated solar power (CSP) plant, the rest of the world continued... 

Resistance persists despite declaration of new renewables dawn

By: Terence Creamer     20th April 2018 The world did not stop to allow South Africa to get off. While ‘sunny South Africa’ spent more than two years delaying the introduction of new renewable-energy plants, including 12 solar photovoltaic (PV) projects and a concentrated solar power (CSP) plant, the rest of the world continued... 

Salga voices concern about impact of possible higher electricity tariffs on municipalities

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th April 2018 During public hearings being held to enable the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) to determine whether to allow power utility Eskom to recoup R66.6-billion under the Regulatory Clearing Account (RCA) mechanism, the South African Local Government Association (Salga) has expressed... 

Radebe lauds REIPPPP, Bepa’s role in transforming the energy sector

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th April 2018 The signing, earlier this month, of power purchase agreements for 27 independent power producer (IPP) energy projects under the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) supports an increase in black participation in the industry, as well as the creation of black... 

Colenso power project set for construction in 2019

By: Donald Makhafola     16th March 2018 The development of the greenfield Colenso anthracite coal mining project, in KwaZulu-Natal - primarily earmarked to supply the coal-fired Colenso power station currently in the planning phase - is expected to start next year at an estimated cost of R410-million, says coal mining and independent... 

Legal challenge a hurdle, but 'not end of the road' for renewables

By: Terence Creamer     13th March 2018 The excitement associated with Energy Minister Jeff Radebe’s move to end two years of confidence-sapping uncertainty in South Africa’s independent power producer (IPP) market, turned to frustration on Tuesday when the signing of agreements for 27 renewable-energy projects was voluntarily delayed... 

Fund invests in Africa-focused renewables IPP 

By: Dylan Slater     9th March 2018 Clean energy infrastructure and resource efficiency investment company Inspired Evolution has signed a deal to invest up to $36-million in independent power producer (IPP) Alten Renewable Energy Developments Africa, which is the sub-Saharan Africa-focused subsidiary of Netherlands-based solar... 

Exxaro negotiating new business opportunities beyond mining 

By: Martin Creamer     8th March 2018 While retaining coal as its bedrock, Exxaro Resources has begun taking steps that will take the company beyond coal and even beyond mining, Exxaro CEO Mxolisi Mgojo said on Thursday. But this is all taking place while Exxaro continues to invest heavily in its long-term coal-mining business, which... 

Radebe ends years of IPP uncertainty, unlocks R56bn in renewables investment 

By: Terence Creamer     8th March 2018 Energy Minister Jeff Radebe moved decisively on Thursday to end the confidence-sapping uncertainty that has hung over South Africa’s independent power producer (IPP) programmes for more than two years, announcing that project agreements for 27 stalled renewable-energy projects would be signed on... 

CIL revives ‘own-your-wagon’ plans

By: Ajoy K Das     27th February 2018 Acknowledging transportation and logistical bottlenecks as large contributing factors to dry fuel shortages at end-users plants, Coal India Limited (CIL) is drawing up plans to acquire its own railway wagons. The five-year plan will entail CIL acquiring its own wagons to transport coal to thermal... 

Poland's PGE says facing delays in coal-fuelled Opole power plant

By: Reuters     23rd February 2018 Poland's biggest power producer PGE said two units at its coal-fired Opole power plant will be completed a few months later than planned, potentially delaying the country's biggest infrastructure investment since 1989. The plant in the south-west of Poland is expected to help avoid power... 

Indian minerals companies consider entering mining services

By: Ajoy K Das     30th January 2018 In view of the Indian government’s proposal to implement paradigm shifts in the mining policy regime, several domestic mineral processing companies have started toying with options of entering merchant mining or float arms to offer mine developer operator (MDO) services to new investors. Several... 

Akuo secures €78m to build Mali solar plant

By: Schalk Burger     29th January 2018 French independent power producer (IPP) Akuo Energy has secured €78-million in financing to build the 50 MW Akuo Kita Solar Photovoltaic (PV) power plant, in southern Mali. Private sector infrastructure funding organisation Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund (EAIF) reports that the plant will be... 

CPV plant’s success contributes to economic growth

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     15th December 2017 Being the only concentrated photovoltaic (CPV) power plant of its kind in South Africa currently, independent power producer Pele Energy Group senior asset manager Ziska Mc Gilton says the 36 MW ac Touwsrivier CPV project is continuously providing economic upliftment and support for surrounding... 

NTPC to acquire stressed power assets, but sets domestic coal condition

By: Ajoy K Das     6th December 2017 Indian government-owned and -operated power producer NTPC has decided to acquire “stressed thermal power plants”, but only those that are equipped to use domestic coal as a feedstock. The country’s largest power utility, NTPC, will pursue inorganic growth by acquiring thermal power projects... 

Lemur secures State anchor offtaker for Madagascar project

By: Natasha Odendaal     23rd November 2017 Aim-listed Bushveld Minerals’ coal and energy subsidiary Lemur has secured a power purchase agreement (PPA) with Madagascar State-owned utility Jiro sy Rano Malagasy (Jirama). Lemur is developing the Imaloto power project, an integrated thermal coal mining and independent power producer (IPP)... 

Oracle signs project funding MoU with Chinese SoEs

By: Mariaan Webb     21st November 2017 UK energy developer Oracle Power has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with two Chinese State-owned enterprises for the funding of a $1.6-billion lignite coal mine and power station project in Pakistan. The MoU proposes that Sichuan Provincial Investment Group (SCIG) will be the majority... 

As Mozambique marks historic Cahora Bassa transfer, attention shifts to big capex plan

By: Terence Creamer     13th November 2017 Hidroelectrica Cahora Bassa (HCB), the Mozambique concession company which operates the Cahora Bassa dam and the 2 075 MW hydropower plant, is poised to move into a period of sustained investment, having settled all debt associated with the 2007 transfer of ownership of the scheme from Portugal... 

Building Energy celebrates start of production at Uganda solar PV plant

By: Anine Kilian     16th October 2017 Independent power producer Building Energy recently inaugurated the 10 MW Tororo solar plant – its first photovoltaic (PV) system in Uganda and one of the largest solar PV plants in Eastern Africa. Building Energy was responsible for the development of the project, arranging the financing, as... 

Big opportunity for change amid renewables-led disruption

By: Schalk Burger     22nd September 2017 As questions remain over what the future holds for South Africa’s power utility Eskom, there is a window of opportunity for utilities in developing countries to build on international power reform experience and design future power markets and operating systems to respond to new opportunities... 

‘Rebasing’ for lower Eskom sales to trigger 9.4% hike even before any revenue adjustment 

By: Terence Creamer     20th September 2017 State-owned electricity utility Eskom has sounded that warning that, even if its allowable revenue is not increased at all for the 2018/19 year, tariffs will still need to rise by 9.4% simply to accommodate a “rebasing” electricity sales volumes when compared with those approved in the third... 

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