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Electrical Power Generation and Transmission

'Global power sector needs $10-trillion investment'

By: Martin Czernowalow     21st October 2004 Global power demand is outstripping supply, and this demand is expected to rise by two-thirds between 2003 and 2030, meaning that global electricity sector investment needs during this period are estimated at $10-trillion - three times higher than investment in the electricity sector during the... 

R165bn power, transport capex plan unveiled

By: Terence Creamer     21st October 2004 Cabinet yesterday considered the long-awaited financing strategy for two key State-owned Enterprises (SoEs), Eskom and Transnet, and outlined a R165-billion investment programme for the power, rail, port and pipeline sectors. 

If not an aluminium smelter at Coega, then what?

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     15th October 2004 I was going to write more about contract businesses, but what the heck. What about Coega? 

Administered-prices impact study initiated

By: Terence Creamer     13th October 2004 Only days after an announcement by government that Statistics South Africa will be introducing an administered price index to monitor prices set in the electricity, communications, transport, water, health and education sector, a tender has been issued for a consultant to conduct a study into the... 

SA techno group awarded R45m municipal contracts

12th October 2004 Technology group Landis+Gyr, developer and manufacturer of the Cashpower prepayment metering system, has recently been awarded contracts to the combined value of some R45-million from City Power (the Johannesburg utility) and the City of Tshwane metropole (the greater Pretoria region utility). 

New Sudan oilfields order for transformer group

8th October 2004 Power transformer group Alstom reported this week that it has been selected to again provide power transformers for an oilfields project in Sudan. 

Electrical group appoints BEE primary distributor

7th October 2004 The black economic empowerment (BEE) subsidiary of Alstom SA, Alstom Siyakha, has succeeded Alstom Electrical Products as the Alstom SA group's primary distribution arm. 

Electrical firm concludes BEE deal

29th September 2004 Last week saw the conclusion of a significant black economic empowerment (BEE) transaction in which Umbani Mentis Electrical acquired a 30% stake in South Africa's largest independent electrical wholesaler, ARB Electrical - a Kwazulu-Natal-headquartered national company. 

Eskom to spend billions to improve reliability of supply

By: Martin Czernowalow     24th September 2004 South Africa’s Eskom Transmission last week officially opened the new 400/88 kV Lulamisa substation – the first of several new capital investment projects undertaken by the power utility to ensure improved reliability and quality of supply. 

Desta Power Matla

24th September 2004 Desta Power Matla is a local manufacturer of distribution transformers from 16 kVA to 40 MVA, neutral earthing compensators, neutral earthing resistors, Resibloc transformers (dry type) from50 kVA to 7,5 MVA, miniature substations from 100 kVA to 1 600 kVA, and 12 kV oil switches. 

It could only happen in the movies . . .

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     24th September 2004 I was with some people who, like me, fly-fish for recreation. (I nearly wrote that I was ‘with some fly-fishing friends’ but then I thought . . . ah well). 

African mobile subscriber market expected to double

By: elizabeth rebelo     17th September 2004 By the end of 2007, the sub-Saharan African mobile subscriber market will more than double, from 40-million subscribers to some 95-million subscribers. 

Underneath the lamplight: Tracking the progress of electric lighting

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     17th September 2004 Some time back I wrote about a song my mother used to sing. 

Eskom to spend billions to improve reliability of supply

By: Martin Czernowalow     14th September 2004 South Africa's Eskom Transmission yesterday officially opened the new 400/88 kV Lulamisa substation - the first of several new capital investment projects undertaken by the power utility to ensure improved reliability and quality of supply. 

State considering plans for R55bn power-sector investment

By: Jill Stanford     10th September 2004 GOVERNMENT is continuing with the financial analysis of capex plans for electricity generation, distribution and transmission projects totaling R55-billion over the next ten years. 

R30m investment for 35 new products…

By: Martin Creamer     10th September 2004 … but weak technical enforcement, porous borders and currency uncertainty are blurring local manufacturing outlook 

Why are trance parties still legal? 

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     10th September 2004 The other day my son was at a trance party. Those who do not know what a trance party is, read on, while Natal graduates can just go to the next paragraph. 

Two instrumentation and electrical contracts completed

By: elizabeth rebelo     3rd September 2004 Two high-profile contracts at cross-border diamond mines have been completed by B&W Instrumentation and Electrical. 

A new take on the transmission of signals? I think not!

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     3rd September 2004 I read an article in New Scientist which left me open-mouthed - not in admiration but rather in astonishment. 

Investec to finance €300m Irish power plant

1st September 2004 International specialist banking group Investec announced yesterday the successful €300-million financing of the 400-MW combined cycle power plant, at Tynagh Company, Galway, in the Republic of Ireland. 

Power crunch puts paid to competitive vision

By: Terence Creamer     27th August 2004 For years, South Africa has not had to concern itself with the issue of building new electricity-generation capacity. Indeed, State-owned utility Eskom had more than enough capacity, particularly given South Africa’s low-growth scenario in both gross-domestic-product (GDP) and consumption... 

Eskom submits price increase request

By: Terence Creamer     27th August 2004 South African power utility Eskom has submitted its application for a 2005 price increase to the National Electricity Regulator (NER), but has not given details as to the quantum of the increase requested. 

R330m Kelvin power station refurb project is on track

By: Helene Le Roux     27th August 2004 Independent electricity producer Kelvin power station is on schedule to complete its three-year R331-million refurbishment programme in November.?The Johannesburg power station, which supplies about 20% of the power consumed in the city, is 

Conductor theft costs R1bn a year – Eskom

23rd August 2004 The forensic investigations unit within power-utility Eskom estimates that the losses suffered by the South African economy due to conductor theft amounts to more than R1-billion a year. 

Leon Viljoen, Desta Power Matla

20th August 2004 Full name: Leon Viljoen Position: Managing director Main activity of the company: Manufacturer of distribution transformers Date and place of birth: May 31, 1963, Johannesburg Education: B Eng (Electrical & Electronic) – RAU, 1986; MBA, Henley Management College – UK, 2002 First job:... 

Institutional memory key to smooth energy transition

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     20th August 2004 John McEnroe was a great tennis player. He played in the time when line calls were made by line judges. When he disagreed with the line judge he’d appeal to the umpire. 

Electrical contractors in battle with State over certificates

By: Irma Venter     20th August 2004 The Electrical Contractors Association (ECA), representing about 2 500 electrical contractors, is taking legal action against the Department of Labour (DoL) over the policing of the system of Electrical Certificates of Compliance (CoCs). 

Sugar mills consider renewable-energy options

By: tom robbins     20th August 2004 Prospects for sugar mills to provide renewable energy had improved, as government moved to meet more environment-friendly energy targets and as electricity and fuel demand increased. 

Number of electricity-related deaths declines - Eskom

17th August 2004 National electricity utility Eskom reports that it has exceeded its objective of lowering the incident rate of public fatalities and injuries by at least 10% a year. 

Leading auto group responds to sustainability challenge

By: Keith Campbell     16th August 2004 The key challenge facing the global automotive industry in the coming years and decades can be summed up quite simply. 

R4,4bn power demothballing project to be awarded soon

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     13th August 2004 The consortium which is to partner Eskom in the R4,4-billion demothballing of the Grootvlei coal-fired power station, near Balfour, will be named by the middle of this month. 

Driving the Future

By: Keith Campbell     13th August 2004 How a leading auto group is responding to the sustainability challenge 

R3-million contract for heat-exchanger supplier

By: elizabeth rebelo     6th August 2004 A contract valued at more than R3-million has been awarded to Randburg-based Krisch-Wecam Engineering for the refurbishment of eight high-pressure feed-water heaters at Kelvin B power station. 

Energy awards closing date looms

4th August 2004 The closing date for entries into this year's Eta Awards competition is fast approaching. 

Southern Africa discusses growing electricity needs

2nd August 2004 Chief executives of power utilities from 13 southern African nations last week began a meeting in the Namibian capital, Windhoek, to discuss the burgeoning needs of the region where demand is set to outstrip supply. 

Power supply to DCSA supports 400% overload

30th July 2004 A parallel redundancy, uninterruptible power supply (UPS) solution based on American Power Conversion Silcon UPS equipment has been installed by UPS specialist Square One Power Solutions and its agent, Schultz Power Systems, at the East London plant of DaimlerChrysler South Africa (DCSA). 

Big power spend forecast for SA as demand climbs

By: Laura Franz     30th July 2004 SOUTH Africa will have to spend R200-billion over the next 20 years on power stations to ensure adequate electricity supplies. 

Are we heading for energy system failure?

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     30th July 2004 One legacy of the apartheid regime was the fact that the South African power system in 1994 had ample capacity, provided very cheap electricity and was run with some measure of transparency as far as Jill and Joe Public were concerned. 

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