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Eskom’s transition to ‘philosophy maintenance’ will increase load-shedding risk for at least 18 months  

By: Terence Creamer     31st January 2020 The board at State-owned electricity utility Eskom has sanctioned a proposal to migrate the group’s unreliable coal fleet to a ‘philosophy maintenance’ model, whereby generation units are serviced in strict adherence with prescribed maintenance schedules in a bid to break the cycle of unplanned... 

Boost SA’s Electrical Uptime By Quickly Catching Failing Components

28th January 2020 Whether caused by poor maintenance or shoddy workmanship; the fact is key power generation, transmission and distribution components across the length and breadth of South Africa’s electrical grid are falling like flies. That’s the bad news. The good news, according to certified thermographic... 

Sasol to finalise scope of LCCP unit's repairs in Feb 

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     24th January 2020 Integrated energy and chemicals company Sasol expects to finalise the scope of, and time needed for, repairs to the low-density polyethylene (LDPE) unit, at its Lake Charles Chemicals Project (LCCP), in Louisiana, in the US, during the second half of February. “Limited” damage was done to a small... 

Grindrod breaks ground at R105m AutoPort project 

By: Irma Venter     17th January 2020 Freight logistics group Grindrod has started construction on a new, R105-million AutoPort, just off the N3 in Camperdown, KwaZulu-Natal. The 270 000 m2 property is located between Pinetown and Pietermaritzburg. 

Resolute's output misses targets

By: Esmarie Iannucci     8th January 2020 Australia- and UK-listed gold miner Resolute Mining on Wednesday reported that its 400 000 oz gold production target for 2019 had been narrowly missed as the sulphide circuit at the Syama mine, in Mali, remained offline for most of the December quarter. Resolute’s gold production for the... 

Resolute restarts sulphide roaster

By: Esmarie Iannucci     20th December 2019 Africa-focused gold miner Resolute Mining on Friday repo0rted that the sulphide roaster at the Syama gold mine, in Mali, has been successfully brought back online, and is operating at nameplate capacity. Resolute in October took the roaster offline after a crack was detected in the main... 

Illegal miners at KCC operations remain dispersed – Katanga

By: Mariaan Webb     18th December 2019 Glencore subsidiary Katanga Mining, which trades on the TSX, has installed nearly 20 km of new perimeter security fencing at its Komoto Copper Company (KCC) site in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), where at least 41 illegal miners died earlier this year when part of the copper and cobalt... 

Bloodhound chief engineer on heat, dust and record-breaking dream 

By: Irma Venter     13th December 2019 Dusty Hakskeenpan, in the Kalahari desert, is not exactly the place one expects a bunch of Brits to hang around during a hot African summer. It’s 260 km from the nearest big town – Upington – and average daytime temperatures hover somewhere in the mid-thirties, if not higher. But, the men and... 

Cape Town central train line still suspended as officials seek cable theft solution

By: News24Wire      12th December 2019 Train commuters on Cape Town's central line are still without rail services as continued fears over cable theft, safety and subsequent repairs have hindered Metrorail's services. For the last month, commuters from areas such as Khayelitsha and Mitchells Plain have been forced to make use of... 

Eskom: Multiple systems failures but grid remains stable and ‘won’t collapse’

By: News24Wire      11th December 2019 Eskom, the beleaguered national electricity utility, is suffering from multiple system failures at power stations around the country brought about by poor planning, old and malfunctioning infrastructure, an acute lack of skills and a loss of institutional expertise. Internal Eskom status updates... 

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