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Electrical Power Generation and Transmission

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. 

Utility targets business in bid to smooth power peaks

By: Zonika Botha     18th February 2005 Business will be one of State-owned power utility Eskom’s biggest electricity-saving target markets for 2005 as its demand side management (DSM) campaign, aimed at reducing electricity demand particularly at peak periods, continues to gather momentum. 

SA power demand to grow by 1 200 MW/y

By: Helene Le Roux     11th February 2005 South African power utility Eskom is embarking on a large capital expansion programme to provide the generation capacity required to meet the country’s growing energy consumption. Speaking at a seminar on the world energy situation, presented in Johannesburg last month, Eskom GM strategy... 

We are surrounded: The Reds advance

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     4th February 2005 The Regional Electricity Distributors (Reds) are coming. 

PCB Power Transformers

4th February 2005 PCB Power Transformers claims to be the only 100% black-female-owned manufacturer of transformers and distribution boxes in the country. 

Power management saving SA billions

By: Martin Czernowalow     4th February 2005 South African power utility Eskom said yesterday that it is on track with its demand-side management (DSM) programme for 2005, following a successful 2004, when the programme exceeded its targets. 

Court overturns PBMR enviro decision

By: Martin Czernowalow     27th January 2005 The Cape High Court yesterday set aside a government decision to allow construction of a multibillion-rand nuclear reactor, at Koeberg, north of Cape Town. 

$36m Tutuka power station upgrade contract awarded

By: Martin Czernowalow     21st January 2005 Global power and automation technology group ABB announced yesterday that it has won a $36-million order to refurbish and increase the efficiency of Eskom's Tutuka power plant. 

Joburg plans big electricity network upgrade

By: Martin Czernowalow     20th January 2005 The City of Johannesburg could yesterday not comment on reports that national government is considering giving the council a once-off R800-million capital injection to boost the city's run-down electricity infrastructure. 

Coega dumps 'ancho-tenant' fixation

By: elizabeth rebelo     14th January 2005 The Coega Development Corporation (CDC) is no longer exclusively focusing on obtaining a “so called anchor tenant” for the Coega industrial development zone in the Eastern Cape, reports CDC CEO Pepi Silinga. 

South Africa seeks bids for R6-billion power project

By: Zonika Botha     14th January 2005 Plans are in the pipeline to establish one or maybe two new power plants in South Africa by 2008. 

$16m Western Cape power supply contract awarded

10th December 2004 Power and automation technology group ABB has won a high-end technology order worth $16-million to strengthen power supply in the Western Cape region of South Africa. 

African power utility lines up big projects

By: Marcel Chimwala     10th December 2004 Malawi - Malawi’s sole electricity supplier, Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom), has lined up a number of multimillion-dollar projects as part of a programme to improve quality and security of power supply in the southern African country, where power black-outs are a common... 

2004: A retrospective, electrically speaking

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     10th December 2004 Where did 2004 actually go? ?Most of the contractors agree that it’s been a busy year but few think it’s been a good one. 

Firm completes R53m filter-system contracts

By: Nelendhre Moodley     10th December 2004 Johannesburg-based pollution-control equipment specialist Bateman Howden 

Kelvin refurb will help dent SA's projected power deficit

By: Nelendhre Moodley     10th December 2004 South Africa may be in the initial stages of a crisis! 

Bank's role in power station refurbishment

By: Nelendhre Moodley     10th December 2004 Two years ago, Rand Merchant Bank (RMB) acted as the underwriter of the R375-million loan to finance the sale and refurbishment of Kelvin power station. 

R10-million boiler systems contract to be completed this month

By: Nelendhre Moodley     10th December 2004 Power and automation-technologies group ABB, which won an order valued at R10-million to supply boiler-control and protection systems for Kelvin power station, indicates that the project, which started in October 2003, is scheduled for completion by the end of this year. 

Govt invites bids for R6bn electricity project

By: Martin Czernowalow     9th December 2004 The South African Department of Minerals and Energy (DME) yesterday invited parties to register expressions of interest for the development of two new peaking generation projects. 

1,5 km of surface-heating tapes for Camden

3rd December 2004 Heating expert Bartec is to design, supply and install electrical surface heating tapes on pipelines supplying heavy fuel oil to one of six boilers undergoing demothballing at Camden power station. 

Commissioning of power infrastructure set for early 2005

By: abdul cook     3rd December 2004 Engineering company Alstom, which started building the R190-million bulk electricity infrastructure at the Port of Ngqura in mid-2003, reports that commissioning will be completed early next year. 

High-tech products ensure efficient vibration

By: abdul cook     3rd December 2004 Gauteng-based Concrete Finishing Equipment (CFE) was awarded the contract to supply the high-frequency vibrators and convertors for the Coega project, near Port Elizabeth. 

Work under way on $84m Moz–Malawi interconnect

By: Marcel Chimwala     3rd December 2004 Malawi - Malawi’s power utility Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom) and its Mozambican counterpart, Electridade de Mozambique (EdM), are at an advanced stage in their preparations to engage a consultancy firm to start a power line route survey for the $84-million... 

New project fund being created

By: elizabeth rebelo     26th November 2004 While the name Bateman conjures up images of technical excellence, the new Bateman Africa has an added dimension - finance facilitation and project development. 

Bulk-materials market set to soar

By: elizabeth rebelo     26th November 2004 Bateman Africa’s bulk-materials business line, which is bidding for projects worth R800-million, expects the market for bulk materials to double or even treble in the next five years. 

Electronics firm poised for growth in Australia

By: Martin Czernowalow     26th November 2004 Electronics and electrical engineering group Reunert has established a foothold in Australia, and is confident that the acquisition of Heinemann Australia, for R25,1-million, will help to grow its global market share in the electrical engineering sector. 

Energy efficiency strategy soon - Mlambo-Ngcuka

By: jenny furness     9th November 2004 The Department of Minerals and Energy will soon be publishing the Energy Efficiency Strategy for South Africa, which will put forward a “challenging and yet achievable” target of a 12% reduction in final energy demand by 2014, Minerals and Energy Minister Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka said... 

Energy-saving lamps shrink electricity bills

By: abdul cook     5th November 2004 A Philips energy-saving lamp – available in 11 W, 14 W and 18 W – not only reduces harmful gas emissions, but also has a life time of 6 000 hours, compared with an ordinary lamp which, lasts for 1 000 hours. 

We have ways of making you talk

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     5th November 2004 Quote from the Internet: “Tape bias is a high-frequency signal (generally from 40 kHz to 150 kHz) added to the audio signal recorded on an analog tape recorder. 

Establishment agreement for power-distribution industry

2nd November 2004 State-owned Electricity Distribution Industry (EDI) Holdings signed a landmark establishment agreement for the EDI Transitional Labour Relations Structure (TLRS) with organised labour in Johannesburg, last week. 

Electrically speaking, South Africa’s buildings are sound . . . for now

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     29th October 2004 To be the editor of my column is to plough an ocean. The poor editor never ceases to ask me (and others) to meet our respective deadlines and we almost never do. 

Western Corridor power deal to be signed

22nd October 2004 The Minister of Minerals and Energy, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka will host various African Energy Ministers today in Sandton, Johannesburg. 

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