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Energy for the poor

13th July 2001 I was wondering the other day how much it costs in this country if one of the poorest of poor in this country dies. 

Jacob Maroga, Eskom Distribution

6th July 2001 Jacob Maroga Eskom Distribution Leader of 15 424 

Hendrina moves to reduce pollution

6th July 2001 Power utility Eskom has embarked on the second phase of the Hendrina power station particulate emission retrofit programme as part of the national utility’s commitment towards cleaner thermal power. 

Caring about Californians and caribou

29th June 2001 With monotonous regularity, the bunny-huggers spring to the defence of the defenceless. 

Energy-hungry world relooks at nuclear

By: Laura Franz     29th June 2001 The golden age of nuclear energy ended nearly 30 years ago, but its return to favour is on the horizon at a time when energy needs are getting bigger, electricity plants are getting smaller and environmental pressures are getting stronger. 

Top supplier against power generation privatisation

By: Joanne Delaurentis     29th June 2001 The privatisation of Eskom is meeting critical review from unexpected sources. 

New technology in ‘1-litre’ solar house

15th June 2001 Recent oil price hikes have again focused the attention on the need for alternative energy sources. Solar energy is one such resource that has increased its share of the energy market considerably over the last few decades. 

Power grid boss has global ambitions

15th June 2001 The transmission division of electricity utility Eskom is determined to become an organisation significant enough to compete in Africa and international markets, despite the transmission of electricity being regarded as a natural monopoly, says Eskom Transmission executive director Dolly Mokgatle. 

New application for ‘solar hose’

By: Irma Venter     15th June 2001 A South African solar water heating company hopes to win a half-a-million rand contract in a neighbouring country for an old product that is proving valuable in a new application. 

Seven distributor options for large energy users

By: System Author     17th November 2000 Large energy consumers will be able to choose from a group of seven distributors, including Eskom’s retailing arm, as the electricity distribution industry is restructured over the next few years. 

Energy-efficient focus needed

By: System Author     27th October 2000 Initial case-studies into increasing energy efficiency at three prominent South African companies have revealed that local corporations could be saving millions of rands a year by implementing simple energy-saving strategies. 

Small power goes big

By: System Author     29th September 2000 Developments to Watch 

Renewable energy advocates unite

By: System Author     15th September 2000 The renewable energy industry is set to get one voice, following the launch of the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Council of Southern Africa this month. 

When the Reds revolution comes

By: System Author     28th July 2000 Electrically Speaking 

SA-Russian project pact

By: System Author     16th June 2000 The engineering consultancy subsidiary of Eskom Enterprises, TSI, is jointly exploring global opportunities with Russian industrial group Energomash. 

World lessons as SA embarks on energy sector reformation

By: System Author     12th May 2000 While South Africa’s energy sector prepares for a significant shake-up, it is comforting to know that the country is not the first to be dealing with transformation of this environment. 

Yet another autocat spin-off

By: System Author     18th February 2000 Japanese company NGK Insulators is considering a ‘substantial investment’ to install and operate a ceramics shuttle kiln at Airport Industria in the Western Cape. 

Domestic market has most potential

By: System Author     11th February 2000 Gas manufacture, distribution, supply and servicing 

State power utility demonstrates that it is up to Y2K challenge

By: System Author     19th November 1999 As the new millennium looms ever nearer, State power utility Eskom has announced that it has completed the necessary testing to ensure its Y2K compliance. 

Big power deal on the boil for renamed giant

By: System Author     5th November 1999 Steinm 

Mozambique energy project advances

By: System Author     29th October 1999 The proposed US$1-billion 1 000 MW power-station and US$240-million coal-mine at Moatize in Mozambique are set to move into the bankable feasibility study phase as soon as finance is secured. 

Promise of battery factory for South Africa

By: System Author     10th September 1999 The introduction of rechargeable alkaline manganese batteries into the South African market will not only give sustainable renewable energy to the population but also energise the local economy to the tune of US$25-million within three years. 

SA’s world leader exports to the Far East

By: System Author     20th August 1999 The world’s largest producer of electrolytic manganese dioxide (EMD), South African company Delta Electrical, is poised to take advantage of its long-term expansion potential to enter the lucrative Far East market. 

DME set to power-up non-grid image in SA

By: System Author     6th August 1999 Non-grid electrification should be seen as being equal to that of grid electrification 

Combating expensive leakage problem

By: System Author     23rd July 1999 In industry, compressed-air generation can account for as much as 10% of all energy costs, of which as much as 30% of the air is wasted through system inefficiencies. An averaged-sized plant with a capacity of about 1 000 1/s can lose as much as R200 000 a year. Leakage is the single largest... 

Cape mulling pilot wind-farm project

By: System Author     9th July 1999 Adecision to proceed with a pilot wind-farm project in the Western Cape is expected by the end of this year. Project leader: wind Lizelle Kok reports that State-owned power utility Eskom has been conducting desktop studies on wind energy for two years, looking at the feasibility of such an... 

Tidal, biomass also being probed

By: System Author     9th July 1999 Tidal power generation-desalination and the use of biomass fuel are two renewable energy options under investigation by the State’s power utility, Eskom. The two technological advances, though still in their infancy, are being probed under Eskom’s Southern African Bulk Renewable... 

Future of fuel-cell technology looks good

By: System Author     9th July 1999 The future of the fuel-cell, touted as the answer to petrol- and diesel-powered vehicles, hinges on the technology ultimately chosen. Fuel-cells, which convert chemical energy to electrical energy in a highly-efficient manner, still need fuel to operate, and commonly use hydrogen. But non-petrol... 

Company’s restructuring process gets wind in its sails

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 Although the Mossgas project was launched in 1987, Mossgas in its present form was established in April 1989. It owns and operates the offshore production platform on the FA field, as well as the onshore plant. The company is part of the CEF group of companies through which the State’s... 

Key contract under way

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 A key Mossgas contract for the new condensate top-up is currently under way by a top international alliance. A division of Krupp Engineering and a subsidiary of its German parent, Krupp Uhde is undertaking the project in joint venture with Parsons Energy & Chemicals, part of global giant Parsons... 

Still no end in sight for Cahora Bassa tussle

By: System Author     18th June 1999 There has been no progress in resolving the stand-off between South Africa and Portugal over Cahora Bassa. The dispute over tariff charges for electricity emanating from the Cahora Bassa power station in Mozambique has been under way for three decades. The conflict arose due to differences... 

Offshore petrol association launched

By: System Author     4th June 1999 THE Offshore Petroleum Association of South Africa (known as Opasa) was officially launched last month in Cape Town. The Department of Minerals and Energy, and others interested in the upstream industry of South Africa, joined with companies involved in the offshore exploration and production of... 

Sports village an energy-efficiency model

By: System Author     4th June 1999 The athletes’ village being built for the seventh All Africa Games, in Alexandra township, north of Johannesburg, could serve as a model for future low-cost housing developments. The R80-million, 1 799-unit athletes’ village, situated on a 52 ha site located on the far east bank of... 

Transport sector set for transformation

By: System Author     28th May 1999 The final version of the national Department of Transport’s 14-month study – Moving South Africa (MSA) – to determine the transport challenges facing South Africa at the start of the twenty-first century was released earlier this month, containing several ‘action... 

Complete solution for power industry

By: System Author     30th April 1999 It is imperative that the quality of water in steam-generation plants is controlled to high standards. Burkert Contromatic has products suitable for this demanding environment, and it will be releasing 37 new products this year alone, one of which is Top Control. This is heralded by the company... 

Electronic rotary hammer

By: System Author     30th April 1999 Industrial power-tool company Metabo Power Tools, of Johannesburg, a subsidiary of Metabo Germany – which has just purchased four stationary woodworking companies, making Metabo the largest woodworking-tool company in the world – has launched a new product in its cordless range in... 

R8-billion Tanzanian energy alternatives

By: System Author     16th April 1999 Tanzania has turned its eyes towards international investors to upgrade the country’s existing inadequate power sector. “We realise the critical importance of increasing our power-generating capacity,” explains Tanzania Electric Supply Company (Tanesco) MD R Abdulla. “As... 

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