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Salitrillos wind project, Mexico

By: Sheila Barradas     21st October 2016 The Salitrillos wind farm will generate 400 GWh/y. 

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... 

Khanyisa coal-fired project to incorporate circulating fluidised-bed technology

By: Terence Creamer     11th October 2016 Saudi electricity group ACWA Power, which is leading the private consortium selected to build a 306 MW coal-fired power station in Mpumalanga, has confirmed that the project will be the first in South Arica to incorporate circulating fluidised-bed (CFB) technology. The Khanyisa project and the... 

Building Energy, FMO secure $14.7m loan for Ugandan PV project

By: Anine Kilian     7th October 2016 Dutch development bank FMO has arranged a $14.7-million senior loan for the financing of the Tororo solar photovoltaic (PV) project in Uganda. The plant is owned by multinational corporation Building Energy, which has experience in developing more than 2 000 MW of renewable-energy projects in... 

Construction starts on 100 MW Kathu Solar Park 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     7th October 2016 Ground was broken this week at the R9-billion, 100 MW Kathu Solar Park concentrated solar power (CSP) project, in the Northern Cape, which is set to be one of the largest projects of its kind in the country. The parabolic-trough technology plant, which is being developed by an Engie-led... 

$300m facility for African power, infrastructure projects announced

By: Mia Breytenbach     7th October 2016 Standard Bank of South Africa (SBSA), US overseas development financier Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) and diversified, community-based financial services company Wells Fargo Bank have announced a $300-million facility to fund power and infrastructure projects in Africa. The... 

DBSA’s funded 21 renewable-energy projects online

By: Creamer Media Reporter      5th October 2016 The 21 renewable-energy projects financed by the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) since the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme was implemented are contributing some 2 512 MW to the national grid. This includes five commercial solar panels, nine solar... 

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... 

Ensuring uninterrupted service for energy sector pumps

     30th September 2016 Owing to the requirement for technologically advanced systems on modern-day renewable energy plants, in order to obtain every available kilowatt of power out of a plant and thereby ensure the utmost efficiency and the projects’ success, pumps, valves and related systems producer KSB Pumps and... 

Construction confidence rises back above 50 in Q3

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     28th September 2016 Despite soft growth in the construction industry, the First National Bank (FNB)/Bureau of Economic Research Civil Confidence Index gained 11 points to 52 in the third quarter, 24 points higher than the first quarter of this year. This indicates that slightly more than half of respondents are... 

Hulisani invests in Kouga wind farm through R145.2m acquisition

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     27th September 2016 JSE-listed Hulisani plans to acquire the entire issued share capital of Red-Cap Investment and Eurocape Renewables for a combined R145.2-million. Through the subscription of 400 ordinary shares in Red Cap, valued at R118.9-million, and 100 ordinary shares in Eurocape valued at R26.3-million,... 

Pandor questions issuance of nuclear RFP ahead of IRP agreement 

By: Terence Creamer     27th September 2016 Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor revealed on Tuesday the Economic Cluster of Ministers would be deliberating on the next iteration of the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) for electricity at its next meeting and questioned whether a nuclear request for proposals (RFP) could be released... 

Jasco targets internal strategy as company stabilises

By: Natasha Odendaal     26th September 2016 As smart technologies firm Jasco Electronics emerges from a milestone year that represented stability and consolidation, the JSE-listed group will focus on two levers of growth, in addition to its identified group focus areas, in a year set to be marred by worsening economic conditions. Despite... 

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. 

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... 

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)... 

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.  

Waste-to-energy project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     23rd September 2016 The project entails the development of South Africa’s first waste-to-energy plant. 

IFC, UK govt to develop solar energy prospects in Nigeria

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     20th September 2016 The International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the UK Department for International Development (DFID) are facilitating the deployment of off-grid and embedded solar in Nigeria. Through this partnership, IFC’s Off-Grid and Embedded Solar Market Development and Finance Programme, and DFID’s Solar... 

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... 

Black business pioneer raises concern about IPP uncertainty

By: Terence Creamer     16th September 2016 One of South Africa’s pioneering black-owned companies, Thebe Investment Corporation, says it is critical that the prevailing uncertainty surrounding the future of independent power producers (IPPs) be urgently resolved, saying that the current “confusion is not appreciated” by it and other... 

Waste-to-energy project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     16th September 2016 The project entails the development of South Africa’s first waste-to-energy 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... 

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... 

Welding industry seeks new alternatives  

By: Victor Moolman     9th September 2016 With fewer projects being available in the power generation and petrochemical sectors, South African Institute of Welding (SAIW) executive director Sean Blake says that for those seeking welding industry opportunities alternative sectors have to be considered. 

Move to high-profile mining yielding benefits for Gold Fields' flagship mine

By: Dylan Slater     2nd September 2016 A move from low-profile to high-profile mining at gold major Gold Fields’ South Deep mine is yielding benefits, having not only improved production volumes by 87% in the first and second quarters of this year, compared with the same period last year, but also increased other key metrics. One of... 

African industry urged to use oil downturn to address regulatory uncertainty

By: Schalk Burger     2nd September 2016 Though the depressed global oil price has led to reduced activity in the oil and gas sector across Africa, the industry should improve skill levels and governments should improve regulatory frameworks and licence systems to prepare for when price and activity increases, says PwC Africa Oil and... 

CSIR model makes case for a renewables-first electricity mix

By: Terence Creamer     2nd September 2016 The dramatic fall in the cost of supplying power from wind and solar photovoltaic (PV) plants has moved the global electricity supply industry beyond a critical “tipping point”, which leading energy scientist Dr Tobias Bischof-Niemz says is irreversibly altering the operating model, with... 

Gestamp 2 solar project, Egypt

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

The future is bright for renewables

By: Saliem Fakir     2nd September 2016 It is hard for people to appreciate the history of renewables if they were not there from the beginning. Renewables started way before the large roll-out we have seen since 2012. Back then, it was a sort of hobby among enthusiasts, academics and experts. In fact, in the late 1970s, South Africa... 

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,... 

Massive increase in the use of resources looms over the next decade

By: Kim Cloete     31st August 2016 Stakeholders in the global minerals and metals industry, which uses 12% of global energy production, have been called to take responsibility in the quest for a more sustainable future. United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) International Resource Panel member Dr Patrice Christmann said... 

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... 

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