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Electrical Power Generation and Transmission

ETA Awards to focus on energy efficiency

20th July 2004 The judges of the ETA Awards entries will be focusing more on energy savings this year, as opposed to previous years where the main focus was on innovation. 

Department ensuring compliance to electrical certificates

20th July 2004 Labour Minister Membathisi Mdladlana says his department has no intention of abolishing Compliance Certificates under the electrical installation regulations aimed at ensuring a safe environment for workers. 

Drakensberg scheme not expected to be included in big power tender

By: Terence Creamer     16th July 2004 State-owned electricity utility Eskom does not expect the Braamhoek pumped storage scheme in the Drakensberg Mountains to be included in a government power-generation tender to be issued later this year. 

Electrical connections à la James Burke

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     16th July 2004 I was an avid reader of Scientific American Magazine. 

BEE consortium to buy into wood pellet venture

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     16th July 2004 A black economic-empowerment consortium known as Temoso Trading is buying into a Mpumalanga company which is planning to build two plants to make wood pellets for export to power producers in Europe, where environmental pressures on fossil-fuel-based power stations are mounting. 

Call for energy efficiency entries

12th July 2004 Electricity utility Eskom, supported by the Department of Minerals and Energy, on Friday called on businesses, farmers, councils, women and schools to showcase their achievements in energy efficiency and cost savings by entering the 16th Annual Eta Awards. 

Concern about settlements in power servitudes

8th July 2004 South Africa’s electricity utility Eskom’s 66 kV overhead power line servitudes at Mbekwene informal settlement in Paarl are occupied by illegal squatter dwellings, which is affecting public safety and quality of power supply. 

Namibian gas-to-power project takes off

6th July 2004 Namibian power utility NamPower, Energy Africa and the National Petroleum Corporation of Namibia (Namcor) announced yesterday that they have concluded a joint development agreement in relation to the planned Kudu gas-to-power project. 

Power-system control for beginners

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     2nd July 2004 In last week’s column I predicted that terrorists can, and are planning, an attack on the power systems of the world. 

BEE firms encouraged to join renewable-energy push

By: jenny furness     2nd July 2004 Public purpose investment company E+Co yesterday hosted a workshop in Midrand, Gauteng, aimed at encouraging black economic empowerment (BEE) participation in the internationally-expanding renewable-energy and energy-efficiency sectors. 

Bateman in Romanian power station deal

28th June 2004 Romania’s Electrocentrale Bucuresti SA (Elecen) and the Romanian Ministry of Economy and Commerce have jointly awarded a build-own-operate (BOO) contract to establish two new electrical-power stations in Romania, to a consortium between South Africa’s Bateman and Somogin (registered... 

Eskom’s R50bn investment

By: andrea marais     25th June 2004 Included in State-owned power utility Eskom’s R50-billion budget to raise its overall installed capacity by 10 000 MW by 2014, is the demothballing of its Simunye plant which includes Camden, Komati and Grootvlei power stations. 

Preparation begins for future contracts

By: andrea marais     25th June 2004 As many contractors are pressingly busy to meet the deadline for the return to service of Camden unit 6 and the common plant area scheduled to be in operation by March 31, 2005, others are finding ways to tender for the next set of contracts to be awarded by Eskom. 

Unit 6 is preparation for other contracts

By: andrea marais     25th June 2004 Power and automation technology company ABB have won contracts for Unit 6 common plant switchgear worth R10-million and the Unit 6 switchgear protection worth more than R1-million at Eskom’s Camden power station. 

Training prepares employees to operate power station

By: andrea marais     25th June 2004 “My vision for Camden is for it to become an Eskom benchmark of world stature with regard to electricity generation, which means that Camden will focus on making sure that it sets the pace.” 

R34m contract under way

By: andrea marais     25th June 2004 Out of three tendering companies, a contract worth nearly R34-million for the refurbishment of Camden’s Unit 6 boiler plant, as part of the Eskom return to service (RTS) project, was awarded to Steinm 

Fire-detection system to be installed

By: andrea marais     25th June 2004 One pivotal, but often less-thought-about part of a demothballing project is the fire-detection system.? 

SA should take note of electricity restructuring lessons from abroad

By: Terence Creamer     25th June 2004 For some time now, South Africa has been considering various ways to introduce electricity-sector reform as well as competition. 

Demineralisation plant commissioned next month

By: andrea marais     25th June 2004 The demineralisation plant at Camden power station is scheduled to be?commissioned during the week of July 17. The refurbishment of this plant is a critical part of the return to service (RTS) project, as the water is needed for a flushing sequence on the boilers. 

Eskom unveils retail tariff restructuring plan

By: Martin Czernowalow     25th June 2004 South African power utility Eskom has published its retail tariff restructuring plan for 2005, aimed at developing tariffs that encourage efficient investments in electricity through the establishment of cost-based tariff structures and rates. 

Cape Town ready for Regional Electricity Distributor

By: Martin Czernowalow     25th June 2004 The South African Department of Minerals and Energy yesterday announced that Cape Town has fulfilled all criteria to host the country’s first Regional Electricity Distributor (Red). 

Machoy’s prediction of doom and gloom

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     25th June 2004 My great-grandmother referred to somebody who predicted nothing but doom and gloom as somebody who was shaking ‘essence of aunt frightener’ around the room. 

Reunert concludes R25m Australian acquisition

22nd June 2004 Johannesburg JSE Securities Exchange-listed electronics and electrical engineering group Reunert has entered the Australian market, after buying Australian company Heinemann Electric for R25-million. 

Advancing the quality of life by accelerating electricity consumption

By: Kelvin Kemm     18th June 2004 In a recent newspaper article it was stated that South Africa has announced plans to cut total energy consumption by 12% over the next ten years. 

Consortium begins study on Drakensberg power scheme

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     18th June 2004 The consortium selected by electricity utility Eskom Holdings to produce the basic engineering design for the proposed 1 330 MW Braamhoek pumped-storage scheme, on the Drakensberg escarpment, started working on the project in mid-May and should have completed it in 30 months. 

Utility invests in live-line maintenance system

By: Jill Stanford     18th June 2004 ESKOM Distribution Western Region has acquired a highly specialised live work unit, which is the first device of its kind in South Africa and the only one that can be used for live line maintenance work on a new line design called the monopole double circuit structure. 

Eskom unveils retail tariff restructuring plan

By: Martin Czernowalow     14th June 2004 South African power utility Eskom has published its retail tariff restructuring plan for 2005, aimed at developing tariffs that encourage efficient investments in electricity through the establishment of cost-based tariff structures and rates. 

Concerns raised over SA's electrical certificates

By: Irma Venter     14th June 2004 Estimates from various stakeholders on the number of electrical certificates of compliance (CoCs) issued by electrical contractors in South Africa without sufficient inspection, or even fraudulently, range from one in a hundred, to ninty-nine in a hundred. 

Safe as houses

By: Irma Venter     11th June 2004 Are electrical certificates worth the paper they are printed on? 

Electric motor manufacturer goes platinum

By: Helene Le Roux     11th June 2004 Local manufacturer of low-voltage motors Alstom South Africa reports that it has been awarded a R5-million contract to supply its new high-specification range of cast-iron motors to Aquarius Platinum’s pooling and sharing (PSA) project at the Kroondal platinum-mine. 

Entries open for lighting competition

8th June 2004 Architects, interior designers, engineers, electrical contractors, consultants and lighting specialists have the opportunity to enter the Eskom Energy Efficiency Design Competition for 2004, with R100 000 in prize money. 

New line powers east coast aluminium industry

8th June 2004 State power utility Eskom has officially opened a new transmission line to Richards Bay. 

SA’s ageing switchgear in dire need of replacement

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     4th June 2004 This week …switchgear, but, first, some basic explanations. 

Power plant tender raises questions of moral hazard

By: Terence Creamer     4th June 2004 President Thabo Mbeki confirmed last month that a tender for the provision of new generating capacity, to cater for South Africa’s growing energy needs from 2008, will be issued in December and should be awarded during the first half of 2005. 

Former Eskom man to head Kosova power utility

31st May 2004 Former Eskom executive director for transmission Piet Faling has been appointed MD of Korporata Energjetike e Kosov 

SA misses the boat to the Hannover Fair

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     28th May 2004 This is the final article on my visit to the Hannover Fair.?The Hannover fair is a technical trade exhibition and it’s huge. It represents a definitive showing of all the latest in electrical and mechanical engineering from many countries. 

Minister rejects Eskom’s appeal against 2,5% increase

20th May 2004 South Africa’s National Electricity Regulator (NER) yesterday announced that Minister of Minerals and Energy Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka has upheld the NER decision to approve an average tariff increase of 2,5% for power utility Eskom, with effect from January 1, 2004. 

Bateman wins $190m Kazakhstan power project

14th May 2004 South African engineering group Bateman has won an engineering, procurement and construction contract for the design, supply and erection of a power plant in Kazakhstan. 

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