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Forum set up to improve cooperation between Eskom, Transnet and domestic industrialists 

By: Terence Creamer     20th May 2022 A new forum comprising Eskom, Transnet and domestic industrialists is to be established to improve collaboration between the two large infrastructure-focused State-owned companies and domestic manufacturers and suppliers. The initiative was unveiled by Ministers Pravin Gordhan and Ebrahim Patel... 

Medupi units 1 to 3 at full load, Eskom to bring damaged unit 4 online in August 2024

By: Schalk Burger     20th May 2022 State-owned power utility Eskom this week revealed that it had implemented repairs and fixes to generation Units 1 to 3 at the Medupi power station, and that the units are operating at full load, producing 720 MW of electricity each. Unit 4, which was damaged in a generator explosion, after... 

The Medupi power station
Photo by Creamer Media's Schalk Burger
The Medupi power station

Gordhan reports yet another sabotage incident at Hendrina power station 

By: Terence Creamer     20th May 2022 A day after Eskom confirmed incidents of sabotage at its Tutuka power station, Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan alleged that another incident of sabotage had taken place at the Hendrina power station. The Hendrina incident raises to six the number of incidents of suspected sabotage that... 

Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan
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Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan

Stage 2 load-shedding in the evenings all weekend – Eskom

By: News24Wire      20th May 2022 Eskom says a shortage of generation capacity has persisted, and Stage 2 load shedding will be implemented from 17:00 to 22:00 on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. "As previously communicated, due to the continued shortage of generation capacity Stage 2 load shedding will be implemented from 17:00... 

Eskom power lines

Is the steel master plan delivering?  

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th May 2022 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about whether the steel master plan is delivering; the lack of demand that is negatively impacting on the industry and how localisation could help to boost demand; and the electricity supply and rail and port... 

Photo of Terence Creamer
Is the steel master plan delivering?

Rich nations offer debt guarantees on South African climate deal

By: Bloomberg     20th May 2022 A group of the world’s richest nations offered South Africa debt guarantees as part of a proposed $8.5-billion deal designed to cut the nation’s reliance on coal for power generation, people familiar with the talks said, potentially resolving one sticking point in the negotiations. The guarantees... 

Eskom confirms sabotage incidents at Tutuka

By: Creamer Media Reporter      19th May 2022 Power utility Eskom on May 19 confirmed an incident in which a cable was severed at the Tutuka power station this week while the power station was finalising preparations to return Unit 5 to service. "The damage to the cable had the effect of delaying the unit’s return to service by three days,... 

Creecy offers provinces help to process EIAs for 100 MW embedded projects 

By: Terence Creamer     18th May 2022 Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment Minister Barbara Creecy reports that she has written to provincial environment MECs to enquire whether they require any assistance in processing environmental impact assessments (EIAs) for embedded-generation projects that could help relieve pressure on the... 

Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment Minister Barbara Creecy
Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment Minister Barbara Creecy

Eskom compiling ‘consolidated proposal’ for ending load-shedding crisis 

By: Terence Creamer     17th May 2022 Eskom CEO André de Ruyter has revealed that the utility is compiling a “consolidated proposal” on how to end the ongoing electricity crisis, including how to introduce much-needed new generation capacity in the shortest possible time. The State-owned utility estimates the current shortfall to be... 

Eskom CEO André de Ruyter
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Eskom CEO André de Ruyter

Emissions reduction tech at Kusile contributes to move to Stage 4 load-shedding 

By: Darren Parker     16th May 2022 State-owned utility Eskom was forced to implement Stage 4 load-shedding on the evening of May 16 after Unit 2 at the Kusile power station tripped, Eskom spokesperson Sikonathi Mantshantsha said. The tripped Kusile unit removed 720 MW of generating capacity from the already constrained grid. 

Kusile
Kusile

Godongwana says work under way to unblock R54bn embedded generation pipeline 

By: Terence Creamer     13th May 2022 Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana reports that work is under way with the private sector to unblock the remaining obstacles to investment of about R54-billion in embedded generation projects. Speaking during a presentation of Operation Vulindlela’s first quarter progress report, Godongwana said... 

Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana
Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana

South Africa must cut red tape to close energy gap, ANC suggests

By: Bloomberg     13th May 2022 South Africa must accelerate plans to generate more electricity itself, buy more energy from private producers and make it easier for power-hungry mining companies to build their own plants, according to a draft economic policy document compiled by the nation’s governing party. Projects outlined... 

South African coal consumers face tough decisions as miners prioritise exports over domestic offtakers – Jones 

By: Donna Slater     13th May 2022 A potential food crisis may be brewing in South Africa as domestic coal consumers face increasing difficulty in securing coal supplies at a fair price to fire their processing plants, says commodity insights and marketplace company African Source Markets CEO Bevan Jones. He tells Mining Weekly... 

An image of African Source Markets CEO Bevan Jones
African Source Markets CEO Bevan Jones

Relaxation of PFMA rules empowers Eskom to engage directly with OEMs, maintenance suppliers

By: Terence Creamer     13th May 2022 State-owned utility Eskom says the National Treasury’s relaxation of some procurement and supply chain management rules and processes contained in the Public Finance Management Act (PFMA) will assist it in speeding up critical and urgent procurement. The amendment, which is outlined in an... 

Eskom CEO André de Ruyter
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Eskom CEO André de Ruyter

Winter load-shedding outlook  

13th May 2022 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the outlook for load-shedding this winter, why the electricity system is in a precarious state, power utility Eskom's heavy reliance on its open-cycle gas turbine plants and the utility's calls for additional... 

Photo of Terence Creamer
Winter load-shedding outlook

Two installations prove company’s mettle

By: Halima Frost     13th May 2022 Industrial boiler manufacturer Steam Generation has successfully completed two projects in Africa that highlight its ability to improve energy efficiency and management for clients. “We commissioned a steam generation plant for a notable brewery in Accra, Ghana, in January, which entailed... 

A large 3 000 kg/h burner installed at local food, home and personal care product producer, in Isando,
BIG BURNER Steam Generation has installed two burners for a client based in Isando

Eskom says power cuts to resume on Thursday

By: Reuters     12th May 2022 Power utility Eskom will again implement rotational power cuts from 117:00 to 22:00 on Thursday, as it struggles with breakdowns at its generating units. Eskom said in a statement the outages will be under Stage 2, which requires up to 2 000 MW to be cut from the national grid. 

Eskom power lines

Eskom sets August 2024 target date for return of damaged Medupi 4 

By: Terence Creamer     12th May 2022 Electricity utility Eskom has set a target date of August 2024 for the return to service of Medupi Unit 4, the generator of which was “catastrophically” damaged during an explosion on August 8, 2021. Acting generation MD Rhulani Mathebula, who has stepped into the role following the resignation... 

Eskom acting generation MD Rhulani Mathebula
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Eskom acting generation MD Rhulani Mathebula

Talk must make way for action if ‘SA Inc’ is to navigate looming 22 GW coal exit  

By: Terence Creamer     11th May 2022 Eskom COO Jan Oberholzer has appealed for urgent and coordinated public-private action to close an immediate electricity shortfall of up to 6 000 MW and to prepare the way for the replacement of 22 000 MW of coal capacity that will be shut over the coming 14 years. Speaking during a system... 

Eskom COO Jan Oberholzer
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Eskom COO Jan Oberholzer

Eskom confirms winter load-shedding risk and warns on diesel costs 

By: Terence Creamer     11th May 2022 Electricity utility Eskom has again highlighted the risk of load-shedding during the current winter period, during which it will rely heavily on the country’s expensive diesel-fuelled open-cycle gas turbines (OCGTs) to either avoid rotational cuts or reduce the intensity of such cuts.... 

Eskom transmission MD Segomoco Scheppers
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Eskom transmission MD Segomoco Scheppers

Stage 2 load-shedding to be implemented from 17:00 to 22:00

By: Reuters     11th May 2022 State power utility Eskom said it would implement Stage 2 rotational power cuts from 17:00 to 22:00 on Wednesday due to the failure of three generation units. This would be the third day that Eskom has implemented load-shedding from 17:00 to 22:00. 

Power lines owned by Eskom

Groups welcome expiry of enviro authorisation for proposed coal-fired power station

By: Donna Slater     10th May 2022 The Pretoria High Court confirmed, on May 3, that the environmental authorisation for the planned 600 MW KiPower coal-fired power station had expired, meaning the proposed power station cannot be built. KiPower was intended to be built outside Emalahleni, in Mpumalanga – a region with poor air... 

Stage 2 load-shedding planned for Tuesday evening – with a risk of worse during the day

By: News24Wire      10th May 2022 Stage 2 load-shedding will again be implemented from 17:00 to 22:00 on Tuesday night, Eskom announced on Tuesday morning. In addition, there is a possibility of higher load-shedding stages should any breakdowns occur during the day on Tuesday. 

A burning candle

Eskom appoints Mathebula as acting generation exec as Dukashe resigns

By: Darren Parker     9th May 2022 State-owned utility Eskom has announced the resignation of generation group executive Phillip Dukashe, whose last day will be on May 31 after having served 26 years in the company. In his resignation letter and discussions with Eskom executives, Dukashe cited the critical need to achieve a... 

Outgoing Eskom generation group executive Phillip Dukashe
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Outgoing Eskom generation group executive Phillip Dukashe

Eskom warns of load-shedding at short notice on Monday evening

By: News24Wire      9th May 2022 The power system will be severely constrained on Monday evening, with the possibility of load-shedding at short notice should there be any unit breakdowns, Eskom warned on Monday. load-shedding was suspended on Saturday, and the power system has recovered sufficiently to meet the demand during... 

Load-shedding to move to Stage 1 at 22:00 on Friday

By: Creamer Media Reporter      6th May 2022 Owing to the lower weekend demand, load-shedding will be reduced to Stage 1 from 22:00 on Friday, Eskom has announced. Load-shedding will continue at that level until 05:00 on Monday. 

NPA, Eskom meet to collaborate on State capture and organised crime

By: Donna Slater     6th May 2022 The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), led by National Director of Public Prosecutions Advocate Shamila Batohi and Eskom CEO André de Ruyter met on May 5 to discuss appropriate collaboration on State capture cases and other organised crimes against Eskom. Batohi and De Ruyter were accompanied... 

Opinion: Sasolburg power station turnaround offers hope for keeping lights on

6th May 2022 In this opinion article, Sasol senior VP for the Sasolburg & Ekandustria operations Rightwell Laxa, and Sebenzana MD Andrew Carr, argue that old, coal-fired power stations similar to those used by Sasol and Eskom could achieve a much-needed maintenance turnaround by blending dwindling engineering... 

Parts of the power generation fleet have been in operation for close to 70 years
Photo by Supplied: Sasol
Parts of the power generation fleet have been in operation for close to 70 years

Electricity generation procurement delays  

By: Creamer Media Reporter      6th May 2022 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the latest delays in the procurement of new electricity generation capacity under the Risk Mitigation Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme, as well as the Renewable Energy Independent Power... 

Photo Terence Creamer
Electricity generation procurement delays

Gordhan says Eskom restructuring will avert ‘protracted failure’ of utility 

By: Terence Creamer     5th May 2022 Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan acknowledged that Eskom is in crisis but has dismissed suggestions that the utility is broken and heading for a “protracted failure”, saying that the restructuring under way will result in the emergence of a “completely different entity”. Speaking at the... 

Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan
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Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan

R745m Kusile fraud case against former Eskom managers postponed again

By: News24Wire      5th May 2022 The fraud and corruption case against former senior Eskom manager France Hlakudi and his co-accused was once again postponed in the Palm Ridge Specialised Crimes Court on Thursday. His co-accused are former Eskom group executive for the Group Capital Division, Abram Masango; businessperson... 

Floods, power cuts weighed on South African factory activity in April

By: Reuters     5th May 2022 South African private sector activity expanded at a slower rate in April as power cuts and floods in KwaZulu-Natal province weighed on output and new orders, a survey showed on Thursday. The S&P Global South Africa Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) fell to 50.3 in April from 51.4 in March,... 

South Africa seeks to make climate finance deal global benchmark 

By: Bloomberg     4th May 2022 South Africa’s planned $8.5-billion climate finance deal with some of the world’s richest nations could serve as a blueprint for other coal-dependent countries, the head of its negotiating team said. The potential funding, which will be made available over three to five years, was announced at... 

Daniel Mminele
Photo by Bloomberg
Daniel Mminele

Eskom to implement Stage 2 load-shedding from 17:00 until 05:00 on May 9

By: Creamer Media Reporter      3rd May 2022 Power utility Eskom has announced that it will implement Stage 2 load-shedding from 17:00 on May 3 to 05:00 on Monday, May 9. The utility attributed the load-shedding to a shortage of generation capacity owing to delays in returning generators to service, as well as breakdowns of nine generators. 

Eskom's head office

Rich nations scramble to seal coal transition deals before COP27

By: Bloomberg     3rd May 2022 As they prepare for the next round of global climate talks in November, officials from rich countries are trying to pull together a series of multibillion-dollar packages to help poor countries phase out coal. But negotiations have been snarled by national politics and Russia’s war in Ukraine,... 

Truck transporting coal

Eskom sets up project team to deal with Zondo report recommendations 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      29th April 2022 Power utility Eskom has announced that it has established a project team, supported by its internal and external lawyers, to review the report issued by the Judicial Commission of Inquiry into Allegations of State Capture and to ensure appropriate actions are taken to address the recommendations... 

Vehicle with an Eskom logo

Presidency receives fourth part of Zondo Commission's report into State capture

By: Creamer Media Reporter      29th April 2022 The Presidency on April 29 received the fourth part of the report of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry into Allegations of State Capture.   Secretary of the Commission Professor Itumeleng Mosala handed over the report to acting Director-General in The Presidency Thami Ngwenya at the Union... 

Chief Justice Raymond Zondo
Chief Justice Raymond Zondo
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