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Eskom’s IPP stance seen undermining investment and green industrialisation

By: Terence Creamer     22nd July 2016 The decision by Eskom not to sign any new power purchase agreements (PPAs) with independent power producers (IPPs) beyond those selected in the latest competitive bidding round could have a “chilling” effect on investment and undermine industrialisation efforts under way in the green economy,... 

Africa’s brightest youth brainstorm solutions to socioeconomic challenges 

By: David Oliveira     22nd July 2016 One hundred of Africa’s most innovative youth gathered at the Brightest Young Minds (BYM) 2016 summit, held in Johannesburg last month, to discuss and find innovative solutions for Africa’s socioeconomic challenges. “BYM is a nonprofit public-benefit organisation aimed at providing a platform for... 

Siemens upbeat about South Africa’s gas-to-power, renewables potential

By: Anine Kilian     21st July 2016 Global engineering firm Siemens says it is committed to South Africa’s renewable-energy revolution and supports the country’s imminent procurement of gas-to-power infrastructure.  Speaking to Engineering News Online on the sidelines of the Power-Gen Africa conference in Sandton, Johannesburg,... 

IDC, AFD sign €60m credit agreement for green projects

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     20th July 2016 South Africa’s Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) has signed an agreement with France's development agency, Agence Française de Développement (AFD), for a €60-million credit line aimed at local small-scale green projects. The facility, a collaboration under the Sustainable Use of Natural... 

Recent events show need for 'nuclear rethink' – professor 

By: Natasha Odendaal     19th July 2016 South Africa needs to tread carefully if it is to pursue its nuclear build plans, particularly in light of recent events that require a “nuclear rethink”, suggests University of Johannesburg Department of Physics head Hartmut Winkler. Over the past five years, the dynamics of the nuclear... 

$150m Brics bank facility seen helping ease South Africa’s grid bottlenecks

By: Terence Creamer     19th July 2016 State-owned electricity producer Eskom expects to finalise commercial terms with the New Development Bank (NDB), of the Brics grouping, for a $150-million facility in the next quarter, CFO Anoj Singh reports. A term sheet has been signed with the NDB and Singh reports that, once consummated, the... 

Paris Agreement consensus opens business opportunities

By: Natasha Odendaal     19th July 2016 A significant opportunity has emerged as a result of the consensus reached in Paris at the twenty-first Conference of the Parties (COP 21) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change at the end of last year and the world is now at an inflection point in the transition to cleaner... 

Group of 30-somethings making steady progress in building black-owned IPP 

By: Terence Creamer     18th July 2016 The Pele Energy Group (PEG), which is owned and managed by a group of 30-something black professionals, is making strides in its stated objective of evolving from an energy investor into a fully-fledged independent power producer (IPP) and, ultimately, a private utility company. Headquartered in... 

Company commercialises thermoplastic material with low friction coefficiency

     15th July 2016 In May, plastic fabrication and engineering company Vesconite Bearings  started to commercialise its Superlube, a thermoplastic bearing material with one of the lowest coefficients of friction of any polymer available. The development of Superlube – conducted at the company’s laboratory in... 

Energy company signs 20-year power purchase agreement

     15th July 2016 Wind energy developments project management company Kipeto Energy, is one step closer to delivering additional clean energy to the people of Kenya following an announcement that it formally signed a 20-year power purchase agreement with Kenya Power last month. 

Noupoort Wind Farm project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     15th July 2016 The Noupoort Wind Farm entered commercial operation on July 11. 

ABB inaugurates its first South African microgrid at Longmeadow headquarters 

     14th July 2016 Automation technology group ABB has commissioned an integrated solar-diesel microgrid installation at its 96 000 m2 Longmeadow facility in Johannesburg. This is the group’s first microgrid in South Africa. Mia Breytenbach tells us more.  

South Africa should consider onshore LNG regasification, Fluor argues 

By: Terence Creamer     12th July 2016 Global engineering and construction group Fluor argues that South Africa could consider both onshore and offshore storage and regasification options for the importation of liquefied natural gas (LNG), however it believes that onshore facilities could offer a number of advantages. The South... 

Black & Veatch eyeing South Africa’s gas-to-power opportunity

By: Terence Creamer     12th July 2016 Despite falling electricity demand in South Africa, global engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) group Black & Veatch remains optimistic about prospects for the country’s power market, as well as energy prospects across Africa, where increased attention is being given to addressing the... 

France, South Africa join hands on development

By: Natasha Odendaal     11th July 2016 There is further room to increase bilateral trade and investment and expand cooperation between South Africa and France, particularly in energy and infrastructure, President Jacob Zuma said on Monday. Zuma, currently on his second State visit to France to meet with French counterpart President... 

South Africa, India boast ‘enormous’ bilateral trade, investment potential – Zuma

By: Anine Kilian     8th July 2016 President Jacob Zuma and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday signed eight memoranda of understanding (MoUs). Some of the focus areas included the establishment of grassroots innovation in the area of science and technology, an MoU on tourism and a programme of cultural cooperation. 

Company supports impact of IPP projects in Africa

By: Robyn Wilkinson     8th July 2016 Consulting, engineering, procurement and construction services provider Black & Veatch will support the evolution of independent power producer (IPP) projects already under way in South Africa. 

Event costs deter local companies

By: Robyn Wilkinson     8th July 2016 The lack of emphasis on local innovation seems to be reflected in the pricing scheme of the Power-Gen Africa event, which favours international currencies more than the local one, says solar solutions provider Microcare Solar Components marketing manager Gareth Burley. 

Metair says acquisition extends its reach into renewable energy

By: Irma Venter     8th July 2016 Manufacturer, distributor and retailer of energy storage solutions and automotive components, Metair, has acquired 25% of Kenya-based Associated Battery Manufacturers East Africa (Abmeal), and its subsidiaries, at a price tag of $7.3-million. “This transaction ticked critical boxes for us as it... 

Microgrid solutions integral to sustainable power systems

By: Robyn Wilkinson     8th July 2016 The economics of distributed power generation are changing rapidly and modern microgrid solutions are becoming an important part of sustainable, reliable and cost-effective electric systems, says procurement and construction services provider Black & Veatch distributed generation service area... 

Power-Gen Africa a valuable platform for consulting engineers

By: Robyn Wilkinson     8th July 2016 Power-Gen Africa provides global engineering consultants WSP|Parsons Brinckerhoff with a platform for the company to continue raising its brand profile in the consulting engineering network and to collaborate with like-minded industry players and explore potential new business opportunities,... 

Long-term global infrastructure growth projected to inch to 5% per year by 2020

By: Anine Kilian     4th July 2016 Analysis released by global consulting firm PwC predicts that global spending  on capital projects and infrastructure (CP&I) will grow by 5% a year within four years, doubling the low rates of growth of just 2% expected this year. The analysis by Oxford Economics, which examined spending across... 

UJ appoints professor to lead research in ‘green’ economy

By: Anine Kilian     1st July 2016 Engineer and specialist consultant Dr Pat Naidoo will, from July 1, join the University of Johannesburg (UJ) as Professor of Research and City of Johannesburg chair in green economy and innovation. “The key areas that I will focus on include the engineering and development of microgrids to... 

Sapvia, German solar association formalise PV cooperation

By: Creamer Media Reporter      1st July 2016 The South African Photovoltaic Industry Association (Sapvia) and German solar association Bundesverband Solarwirtschaft (BSW-Solar) have teamed up to support the development of the nascent rooftop photovoltaic (PV) market segment in South Africa. The agreement, formally signed in Munich, would... 

Fibre laser technology on the rise in steel industry

By: Robyn Wilkinson     1st July 2016 Cutting solutions provider First Cut is supplying fibre laser cutting machines to South Africa, which are greatly improving the efficiency and cost effectiveness of laser-cutting operations in various industries, including the steel industry, in a difficult economic climate 

Solar may grow sixfold by 2030

By: Bloomberg     1st July 2016 The amount of electricity generated using solar panels stands to expand as much as sixfold by 2030 as the cost of production falls below competing natural gas and coal-fired plants, according to the International Renewable Energy Agency. Solar plants using photovoltaic (PV) technology could... 

Makhura eyes Gauteng as heart of South Africa’s industrial revival

By: Natasha Odendaal     30th June 2016 Gauteng, and more specifically the City of Ekurhuleni, should be used as a base for South Africa’s reindustrialisation programmes and drive the unfolding fourth industrial revolution, Premier David Makhura has said. Ekurhuleni, South Africa’s oldest industrialised region, remained the... 

Renewable-energy costs rapidly decreasing – SolarReserve 

By: Anine Kilian     27th June 2016 Concentrated solar power (CSP) plants with storage systems are expected to result in lower installation costs as global deployment accelerates. Proposed projects for future development were already seeing a 30% reduction in capital costs, utility-scale solar power project developer SolarReserve... 

Metair acquires 25% of East African battery and solar power group

By: Irma Venter     27th June 2016 Manufacturer, distributor and retailer of energy storage solutions and automotive components, Metair, announced on Monday that it had acquired 25% of Kenya-based Associated Battery Manufacturers East Africa (Abmeal), and its subsidiaries, at a price tag of $7.3-million. “This transaction ticked... 

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).  

Microgrid technologies can help unlock electrification

By: Mia Breytenbach     24th June 2016 Large scale centralised generation will increase with the development of grid solutions, which will include an increase in focus on microgrid and standalone home systems, as well as off-the-grid, distributed generation solutions, expects advisory firm PWC Power, Capital Projects, and... 

South Africa seen as attractive market amid surging global solar PV deployment

By: Terence Creamer     23rd June 2016 A new study assessing the future role of solar photovoltaics (PV) in the global electricity system suggests that the technology’s installed base could grow to between 1 760 GW and 2 500 GW by 2030 and identifies South Africa as among the most attractive markets for deployment. Solar PV capacity... 

Denham, GreenWish ink renewable-energy partnership

By: Creamer Media Reporter      22nd June 2016 Global energy-focused private equity firm Denham Capital and renewable-energy investment company GreenWish Partners have entered into a strategic partnership to develop, build and finance a 600 MW renewable-energy portfolio across sub-Saharan Africa by 2020. The partnership would unlock the... 

South Africa seeks comment on draft carbon-offset rules

By: Terence Creamer     20th June 2016 Draft carbon offset regulations have been released by the National Treasury for public comment, with a submission deadline of July 29. Under the proposed rules, firms can reduce their carbon tax liability by between 5% and 10% of their total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, by investing in... 

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... 

Aligning welding training with international standards

By: Robyn Wilkinson     10th June 2016 Welding industry association Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) is working with government organisations, such as the South African Qualifications Authority and the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations, to further develop its courses so that they are aligned with local... 

Cimarron Bend wind farm project, US

By: Sheila Barradas     10th June 2016 Cimarron Bend will have a total installed capacity of 400 MW and will be Enel’s largest wind farm worldwide. 

DeGrussa solar power plant project, Australia

By: Sheila Barradas     10th June 2016 The DeGrussa solar plant has been successfully commissioned and has started providing electricity to the DeGrussa copper and gold mine. 

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