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Electrical Power Generation and Transmission

Free State municipality mulls revival of mothballed power station

By: Nicola Mawson     29th April 2005 A Free State municipality has issued a request for proposals for the possible recommissioning of the mothballed Kroonstad Power Station. 

New voice enters power-tariff debate

27th April 2005 Below is a contribution by Dr Michael Ellman a former General Manager at the National Electricity Regulator (NER). In it, he raises specific concerns around the pricing methodologies being planned for implementation by the regulator. The NER is currently considering bids submitted by consultants... 

Award of power-tariff tender delayed

By: Nicola Mawson     25th April 2005 The National Electricity Regulator (NER) was unable at the weekend to announce the award of a contract for the urgent design of a new multi-year pricing mechanism following a delay in the adjudication process. 

Power distributors to fund infrastructure maintenance

By: Martin Czernowalow     25th April 2005 South Africa's National Electricity Regulator (NER) on Friday published the country's second National Integrated Resource Plan (NIRP) – an independent information source for stakeholders and decision-makers for insuring security of energy supply in the country. 

New software package enables pumps to save more energy

By: Mariaan Webb     22nd April 2005 The CH Warman Pump Group is the only local pump manufacturer that has adopted and has been using an integrated-design approach for some time now, and strategic project manager Pieter Jordaan tells Engineering News that the group is currently reviewing an improved software package which will... 

Company in surveying projects for electricity generator

By: Nelendhre Moodley     22nd April 2005 Specialist laser-surveying company Airborne Laser Solutions is currently busy with several large projects involving the survey of power stations and power lines for South Africa’s State-owned power utility Eskom, which is currently on a drive to increase its generating capacity. 

Company targets 20% of power transformer market

By: Nelendhre Moodley     22nd April 2005 The success of the recently-incorporated transformer division of South African-based Zest Electric Motors and Drives is attributed to the strength of the company and the strategic planning by the division, which intends further intensifying its promotion efforts before the next financial year end. 

First phase of R10m contract completed

By: Nelendhre Moodley     22nd April 2005 The completion of the first phase of a contract for the supply of 18 advanced-technology hybrid generators and the initiation of the second phase for the supply of three mobile units to the Malaysian Ministry of Defence, has been reported by onsite power systems specialist developers VoltAmpere. 

Company secures orders in Africa, India and Middle East

22nd April 2005 Orders worth about E580-million have been received by Siemens Power Generation and are destined for Africa, India and the Middle East. 

Empowerment partner for top standby-power supplier

22nd April 2005 A Western Cape black economic-empowerment investment company, Graceful Equity Holdings, has acquired a 30% share of Barloworld Equipment subsidiary Umndeni Circon, supplier of standby power solutions, with an option to increase its share to 44% in the future. 

Brazilian exhibitor secures $300m-worth of deals

22nd April 2005 Two of the leading energy companies from Brazil, Orteng and Trafo, were among the many new exhibitors at Middle East Electricity 2005 and both have found their first experience of the Middle East region extremely interesting, receiving many enquiries for their products and services. 

3,1 MW solar project announced for Las Vegas

22nd April 2005 The Las Vegas Valley Water District and Nevada Power Company recently announced the regulatory approval of contracts with PowerLight Corporation to proceed with a 3,1 MW solar power project. 

SA distributor for electrical products is appointed

22nd April 2005 The appointment of Comtest as the sole distributor in Southern Africa of ?Fluke Corporation’s (Fluke) products, has been effective from the beginning of the year. 

Power utility looks to keep blackouts at bay

By: Nelendhre Moodley     22nd April 2005 The onset of winter brings with it concerns of power capacity, and reports two-years back of global power disruptions at major global cities, such as New York, London, Italy and the Nordic regions begs the question whether South Africa’s State-owned power utility Eskom has sufficient power... 

Exchange resins used in power station upgrade

22nd April 2005 Global speciality chemical company Rohm & Haas is closely involved with South Africa’s State-owned power utility Eskom in the refurbishment of water demineralisation plants and stator coolant demineralisation systems at Eskom’s mothballed power stations – Camden, Grootvlei and... 

Safety harnesses for the electrical industry

22nd April 2005 An extensive range of Bellambie fall-arrest equipment, including safety harnesses and working belts, suitable for use in the electrical industry is available from Bellambie Mining & Industrial. 

NUM slams Eskom over alleged retrenchments

By: Nicola Mawson     21st April 2005 South Africa's National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has issued a harshly-worded statement in which it accuses national power utility Eskom of lying to the public. 

African power market a 'new frontier'

By: Martin Czernowalow     20th April 2005 Africa's power market is a “new frontier” to be exploited and unlocked, and can generate enormous growth for the continent once it begins to attract investment, a high-level speaker told the Pan African Power Congress yesterday. 

SA moving ahead with three peaking-power projects

By: Terence Creamer     19th April 2005 The Department of Minerals and Energy (DME) will on Friday (April 22) host a gathering in Gauteng for potential bidders for two privately-owned open-cycle gas-turbine peaking power stations. 

Concern raised over safety at Eskom

18th April 2005 Trade union Solidarity claims that Eskom’s safety performance is deteriorating, following  

Work starts on multiyear power-tariff regime

By: Terence Creamer     15th April 2005 The National Electricity Regulator (NER) has taken steps to develop a new multi-year pricing mechanism to determine prices for Eskom generation and distribution for the 2006 to 2008 period. 

Cable-management systems designed for commercial flooring

15th April 2005 Leading manufacturer of electrical accessories and cable management systems Legrand has designed a new cable management system for flooring. 

Six bid to design new power-tariff regime

By: Nicola Mawson     14th April 2005 A tender issued by the National Electricity Regulator (NER) calling for a consultant to urgently design a new multi year pricing mechanism has received six responses. 

New book highlights complexity of corporate governance

By: Jade Davenport     8th April 2005 State-ownership of a large economic asset tends to pose governance challenges quite different from those facing private companies. 

Jet-power solution to energy-hungry world

By: Helene Le Roux     8th April 2005 Technology designed to power jet aircraft is putting a new spin on electricity generation in an energy-hungry world. 

Four firms shortlisted for PBMR construction

By: Martin Czernowalow     7th April 2005 Four companies have been shortlisted for the EPCM contract for South Africa's pebble-bed modular reactor (PBMR) pilot plant, a PBMR Company spokesperson told Engineering News Online yesterday. 

Regulator starts work on multiyear power-tariff regime

By: Terence Creamer     5th April 2005 Power utility Eskom has welcomed moves by the National Electricity Regulator (NER) to develop a new multi-year pricing mechanism to determine prices for Eskom generation and distribution for the 2006 to 2008 period. 

SA sees niche for private-power producers

4th April 2005 South Africa is entering a new electricity-supply era, with some 30% of the new power to be generated over the next five years set to arise from independent power producers (IPPs). 

Multiyear power-tariff framework proposed

By: Terence Creamer     1st April 2005 South Africa, traditionally electricity-rich, is poised to enter a period of supply constraint. 

SA, Angola thaw creates business opportunities

By: Keith Campbell     25th March 2005 THE warming in bilateral relations between South Africa & Angola is creating significant new opportunities for SA business in Angola. 

Big things expected for SA-China nuclear link-up

By: Keith Campbell     25th March 2005 Story about the benefits to SA’s PBMR of MoU recently signed between PBMR Ltd & Chinese PBMR developer Chinergy. 

Coal versus nuclear generation explained

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     4th March 2005 An email from Gavin Lawson arrived, and he encouraged me to explain, step by step, how coal-fired generation plant differs from nuclear and how pebble-bed reactors differ from other nuclear reactors. 

Cape terminal beefs up cold-container capacity

By: Jill Stanford     25th February 2005 THE Cape Town Container Terminal (CTCT) had put 2 000 reefer points in place by the end of January 2005, strengthening efforts by South African Port Operations (Sapo) to drive customer satisfaction and efficiency and achieve a R1-billion profit target for this year. 

The early days of the battery

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     25th February 2005 When I was very young I used to occasionally put coins in my mouth. 

Construction of R60m Free State bridge to start next year

By: abdul cook     18th February 2005 Construction of a new bridge over the Caledon river at Wepener, in the Free State, will begin early next year. 

SA engineers poised for big role in rebuilding tsunami-hit countries

By: abdul cook     18th February 2005 The South African Institution of Civil Engineering (Saice) is playing a big role in the civil engineering side of South Africa’s effort to assist countries that were affected by the recent tsunami. 

Consultancy lands chrome-mine job

By: abdul cook     18th February 2005 Gauteng-based TWP Consulting has been commissioned to design and manage the construction of a new underground chrome-mine. 

No shocks promised as electricity distribution restructuring looms

By: Irma Venter     18th February 2005 Special low electricity tariff deals for large industry – users of 100 gigawatts or more a year – will be honoured when the system of regional electricity distributors (Reds) comes into force later this year, says CEO of State-owned entity EDI Holdings Phindile Nzimande. 

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