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WorleyParsons Renewable Energy

Power generation is evolving throughout the world, driven by emission issues, policy and transforming markets. An increased interest in generation alternatives, including renewable energy has developed and this brings new challenges around issues of deployment, technology, risk, price and integration. These challenges apply to small businesses with considerable electricity cost exposure; utilities struggling with changing portfolios or looking to reduce carbon emissions; or a business simply looking to source cleaner energy.


Lahmeyer International at WindEnergy Hamburg 2016 in Hall B4 at Stand EG.301

     26th September 2016 From September 27 to 30, 2016, on- and offshore specialists will come together in Hamburg at the WindEnergy Trade Fair. Lahmeyer International, together with its parent company Tractebel, will present its range of services in the field of wind energy. The engineers support wind energy projects... 

ARC for Renewable Energy solar photovoltaic project, Egypt

By: Sheila Barradas     23rd September 2016 The project involves the construction of a 50 MW solar photovoltaic plant. 

Breathtaking views on electricity and renewables

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     23rd September 2016 Of late, I have been reading in Engineering News and other publications of opinion on electricity and renewable energy by various people that are just breathtaking. It is interesting that these opinions are somewhat fanciful, to say the least. Let us first get down to the detail in a particular... 

Entrepreneurs form joint venture to boost renewable energy service

By: Dylan Slater     23rd September 2016 With over 600-million people in Africa living without electricity, four entrepreneurs have joined forces in an effort to reduce this volume of people without access to electricity with the formation of renewable energy company ePower Holdings.  

Noupoort Wind Farm project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     23rd September 2016 The Noupoort Wind Farm, in the Northern Cape, has been declared officially operational. 

BLSA outlines three urgent interventions for restoring confidence

By: Terence Creamer     22nd September 2016 Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA), which is an association of the biggest domestic and multinational businesses in the country, urged government on Thursday to take three urgent steps to demonstrate its commitment to delivering on its promise to support the economy and restore investor... 

No need for Treasury to finance nuclear – Molefe 

By: News24Wire      21st September 2016 A nuclear build programme for South Africa doesn’t need to be funded by the fiscus. There are enough potential financiers who would be willing to take the risk, said Brian Molefe, Eskom CEO on Wednesday. Speaking to Fin24 on the sidelines of a parliamentary meeting, Molefe said he doesn’t believe... 

Barrick sees ‘perfect storm’ brewing around cost-effective renewables

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th September 2016 Renewable-energy sources have reached the stage where they can reduce energy costs as well as emissions, Barrick Gold’s senior manager of energy and greenhouse gases (GHGs), Russell Blades, tells Energy and Mines. “We are seeing a ‘perfect storm’ brewing around renewables. Solar and energy... 

Awards recognise game-changers in South Africa’s energy sector

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     19th September 2016 Strategic adviser Dr Willie de Beer received the 2016 South African National Energy Association (Sanea) Energy Award in recognition of his ongoing contribution to the local energy sector. The awards recognise South Africans and their efforts in ensuring that the country enjoys a stable and secure... 

Two more Eastern Cape wind farms inaugurated

By: Creamer Media Reporter      16th September 2016 Two Eastern Cape wind farms – the 134 MW Amakhala Emoyeni and the 95 MW Tsitsikamma Community wind facilities – were officially inaugurated this week. Both projects have been developed by Cennergi, the energy joint venture owned by Exxaro and Tata Power. The Amakhala Emoyeni  plant incorporates... 

Alcom Energy feed-in tariff programme, Egypt

By: Sheila Barradas     16th September 2016 The project involves the construction of a 50 MW photovoltaic plant. 

Gas will be integral to energy mix in the future – Eskom

By: Anine Kilian     15th September 2016 South Africa’s decision to introduce a carbon tax by 2020 will impact coal mines in an already declining coal market, Eskom renewables research manager Kubeshnie Bhugwadin said on Thursday. Addressing an audience at a gas workshop hosted by the Fossil Fuel Foundation, she pointed out that the... 

First Cut – celebrating 60 years at the ‘cutting-edge’ of South African industry

     15th September 2016 From a cool-drink can to an oil tanker, before something is manufactured or fabricated, each component needs to be cut from raw material. However, the speed, accuracy, precision and reliability with which that cutting is done all has a profound impact on a manufacturer’s ultimate profitability.... 

Driving the future of concentrated solar power with advanced steam turbines

     15th September 2016 Having set the African record of 161 hours for continuous operation at a load factor of 76% before an inclement weather interruption during its first month of operation, the Bokpoort concentrated solar plant (CSP) in the Northern Cape is a shining example of the immense potential of CSP... 

Will nuclear tender ‘lock in’ bid price, energy expert asks 

By: Terence Creamer     14th September 2016 A leading energy academic, who is opposed to the imminent issuance of a nuclear tender in the absence of an updated generation plan, says he will be paying close attention to whether the request for proposals (RFP) is a “genuine competitive tender for a fixed-price contract”, or simply a process... 

First global rankings of renewables use by mining companies to be released

By: Creamer Media Reporter      14th September 2016 Renewable energy information provider to the mining industry Energy and Mines has released the initial results of the first global rankings of renewables used by mining companies, identifying that the top 21 mining companies use wind and solar energy to power their operations. The ‘Energy and... 

Alcazar Solar 1 photovoltaic plant project, Egypt

By: Sheila Barradas     9th September 2016 The project entails the construction of a 50 MW solar photovoltaic plant. 

In need of decisive leadership

By: Terence Creamer     9th September 2016 Given the fast-moving nature of developments surrounding State-owned electricity producer Eskom, it is quite possible that there may well have been new developments in the ongoing saga between the utility and independent power producers (IPPs) since the time of writing. Nevertheless, Eskom's... 

Tsitsikamma Community Wind Farm project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     9th September 2016 The project has started commercial operation. 

Capital follows certainty, Cennergi warns amid IPP flux 

By: Terence Creamer     8th September 2016 South African independent power producer (IPP) Cennergi, which is a joint venture between Exxaro and Tata Power, warns of possible investor “flight” unless the prevailing uncertainty surrounding the future of IPPs in South Africa is urgently resolved. Speaking to Engineering News Online ahead of... 

Exciting New Solar Energy Company Set to Light Up Communities All Over Africa

     8th September 2016 The world is moving towards clean renewable resources yet in Africa, we still have over 600 million people living without electricity.   Statistics such as these are easy to overlook. Four entrepreneurs Tariq Yusuf, Brent Peterson, Rudi van der Westhuizen and Thlopie Motsepe have joined forces to... 

Sungrow releases new inverters at Renewable Energy India Expo 2016

     8th September 2016 Sungrow, the world‘s largest PV inverter manufacturer releases new inverters at the Renewable Energy India Expo (REI Expo) for the emerging solar market in India. The company showcased its highly efficient, newly designed central inverter - SG2500 (2.5MW container solution) and two string... 

Pinnacle to sustain growth through diversification, declares dividend

By: Schalk Burger     7th September 2016 Diversified information and communications technology (ICT) group Pinnacle Holdings has diversified significantly beyond its traditional ICT sector position and declared a 20c a share dividend for the 2016 financial year. The company described the year ended June 30 as “eventful”, with market... 

Investec says release of updated IRP could ease IPP frustration and uncertainty

By: Terence Creamer     7th September 2016 Banking group Investec, which has supported various renewable energy and peaking power projects in South Africa, including the Avon and Dedisa open cycle gas turbines that recently entered commercial operation, remains convinced that the country will continue with its independent power producer... 

NCPC-SA confident industry will meet carbon emissions reduction targets

By: Anine Kilian     7th September 2016 The National Cleaner Production Centre of South Africa (NCPC-SA) has, through its industrial energy efficiency project, assisted industry to reduce its carbon emissions by two-million tons since 2011, allowing it to confidently commit to meeting the industry target of a 6% reduction by 2020,... 

Bold EC macadamia nut project unlocks opportunity in the rural space

     6th September 2016 The Amajingqi rural community in Willowvale is set for a major socio-economic transformation when 300 hectares earmarked for macadamia plantations is completed in April 2017. Spearheaded by East Cape Macadamia (ECM), the project is the second macadamia growing site in the Eastern Cape’s coastal... 

Green buildings: conserving energy, preserving the environment and saving money

     5th September 2016 There is a global shift towards energy efficiency, environmental sustainability and green buildings. South Africa’s recent signing of the Paris Agreements, coupled with increasing demand on the power grid is driving many businesses to invest in energy efficiency and alternative energy sources.... 

Gestamp 2 solar project, Egypt

By: Sheila Barradas     2nd September 2016 The project entails the construction of a 20 MW photovoltaic plant. 

Editorial: Decisive leadership needed to address IPP impasse and industry structure 

By: Terence Creamer     1st September 2016 Eskom's hostility towards independent power producers (IPPs) can no longer be disputed, or ignored. The antagonism has also brought to the fore the oft-repeated warning about the genuine risk associated with the current structure of the industry, where IPPs are beholden to a dominant competitor... 

NWU to take on international competition at Sasol Solar Challenge

By: Samantha Herbst     31st August 2016 Various improvements, including the exclusive use of include German-made Gochermann solar panels, have been made to the North-West University (NWU) solar car team’s Sirius X25 enabling the R1-million sponsored solar car to perform about 20% more effectively. Nearly a year after becoming the first... 

Amid worries over IPP-programme credibility, Eskom says issues being resolved

By: Terence Creamer     31st August 2016 A South African solar industry body has warned that the credibility of the country’s much-vaunted Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) is being threatened by ongoing delays to the programme, as well as uncertainty over Eskom’s willingness to conclude power... 

Victoria premier moves to ban unconventional gas development in the state

By: Samantha Herbst     31st August 2016 Spearheaded by Victoria state premier David Andrews, the Labour government on Tuesday put forward a permanent ban on the exploration and development of all onshore unconventional gas in the state, including hydraulic fracturing (fracking) and coal seam gas. The proposed permanent legislative ban,... 

Winch Energy Electrifies First Off-Grid Village in Mauritania

     30th August 2016 Winch Energy announces the installation of its first Remote Power Unit in the remote village of Nimjat, 150km South East of Nouakchott, the capital of Mauritania and the signing of an agreement with the Government of Mauritania   Winch Energy is a UK based global energy developer and technology... 

Pig Farm Uses Synergies to Generate Energy

     30th August 2016 In summer 2016, a biogas plant of the German plant manufacturer WELTEC BIOPOWER went live in Varazdin, northern Croatia. The 250-kW plant of the pig farmer Dalibor Vrček perfectly suits the farm's cycle of food production, liquid manure utilisation and energy production in the form of power, heat... 

Qhena confident solar project commitment will be ‘honoured’

By: Terence Creamer     30th August 2016 Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) CEO Geoffrey Qhena expressed confidence on Tuesday that projects that had been adjudicated under the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) would proceed, despite the recent resistance shown by Eskom to signing a power... 

Eskom’s IPP pushback continues despite Cabinet endorsement 

By: Terence Creamer     30th August 2016 Despite Cabinet having insisted at its recent lekgotla that South Africa has no intention of “changing course midstream” in its support of the independent power producer (IPP) programme and notwithstanding that all determinations are in terms of official Ministerial determinations, State-owned... 

Eskom backtracks, wants review of green energy project

By: News24Wire      29th August 2016 While Eskom said it remains committed to sign all of the remaining renewable energy independent power producer procurement programme (REIPPPPPP) contracts under the current bid window, it reportedly backtracked on this pledge last week. Eskom CEO Brian Molefe reportedly refused to sign an... 

Opinion: Start electricity reform process now before another crisis 

     26th August 2016 South Africa has not had load shedding for nearly a year. This is a welcome development after years of power cuts that constrained economic growth. Electricity consumption has more or less flattened out, giving the national utility, Eskom, more space to catch up on maintenance and meet demand.... 

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