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Electrical Power Generation and Transmission

Modular valves fit existing, new power packs

By: elizabeth rebelo     14th May 2004 A range of modular valves designed to fit all existing and new electric power packs has been introduced by Enerpac. 

Saving electricity begins at home

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     7th May 2004 There the type of maths know as ‘golf tee maths’ which goes like this: If I invent a new type of golf tee which is only 10% more expensive than the conventional tee, and if there are 20-million golfers in the world, and if just one per cent of them buy the tee and if the profit per... 

Switchgear manufacturer secures R15m orders

7th May 2004 Johannesburg-based RBF Technology, manufacturer of switchgear assemblies for the local industry, has recently secured a number of key orders, totaling around R15-million, from Sasol, Iscor, De Beers and Anglo American. 

SA launches energy efficiency month

6th May 2004 The South African Department of Minerals and Energy, the National Electricity Regulator (NER) and power utility Eskom officially launched the Energy Efficiency Month, in Pretoria, yesterday. 

Much to gain from power integration

By: Keith Campbell     30th April 2004 THE countries of Southern Africa are increasingly realising the advantages of an interconnected regional electricity system. 

Lesotho gears up for power-utility sale

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     30th April 2004 The long-awaited sale of a majority stake in Lesotho’s State-owned electricity utility to a private investor or investors is expected to be completed by the end of this year, according to an official at the Privatisation Unit of the Lesotho Ministry of Finance. 

Utility continues to plan even though it might not build

By: Terence Creamer     30th April 2004 State-owned power utility Eskom will spend some R50-billion over the next ten years in a bid to keep pace with growing local consumption, and plans to raise its overall installed capacity by 10 000 MW by 2014 – Eskom’s current capacity stands at about 36 000 MW. 

Klipheuwel shows the way in renewable energy

By: renay de     23rd April 2004 Most countries, including South Africa, currently rely on fossil fuels, such as coal, oil and natural gas, for energy. 

MEC responds to power failures in Brakpan

23rd April 2004 Steps are being taken to attend to continual power failures in the Brakpan area, in the Ekurhuleni Metro Municipality, Gauteng development planning and local government MEC Trevor Fowler said. 

The word on the street is . . .

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     23rd April 2004 When I worked in Namibia, there was a newspaper called the Windhoek Observer (I think) and the editor had his ear very close to the ground. 

Gauteng electric motor entry

23rd April 2004 Durban -headquartered CMG Electric Motors has opened a branch at Millennium Business Park in Johannesburg. 


23rd April 2004 Wilec is involved in the conversion of bulk tape product to finished rolls, the covering of bare copper or aluminium conductor with glass, nomex or mica for the electrical industry, and the conversion of bulk coated abrasives to industrial and portable sanding belts. 

Kuiseb installs substation automation system

23rd April 2004 In conjunction with Siemens AG, Siemens has just completed the first successful application of the Sicam SAS system in Southern Africa, with its installation at the Kuiseb substation, in Namibia. 

R10m contract under way

23rd April 2004 Power and automation technology group ABB was awarded an order valued at R10-million in October last year to supply boiler control and protection systems for Kelvin Power, a division of CDC Globeleq, for its plant, located east of Johannesburg. 

R60m project to be completed by September

By: renay de     23rd April 2004 The North Riding area, in Johannesburg, is currently being upgraded by City Power, president and CEO MK Mohlala tells Engineering News. 

Eskom details R50bn expansion plan

By: Terence Creamer     21st April 2004 State-owned power utility Eskom will spend some R50-billion over the next ten years in a bid to keep pace with growing local consumption, and plans to raise its overall installed capacity by 10 000 MW by 2014 – Eskom’s current capacity stands at about 36 000 MW. 

‘South Africa’s first Red by the end of 2005’

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     16th April 2004 South Africa’s first regional electricity-distribution (Red) company should be established by the third quarter of next year, with the second coming on stream three months later, says EDI Holdings chief operating officer Willie de Beer. 

Opening the way for private power generators

By: Zonika Botha     16th April 2004 The South African government is currently in the process of restructuring the electricity supply industry (ESI), a process which will allow the private sector to build new power stations to meet the need for additional generating capacity that experts predict the country will need before 2010. 

Five utilities team up in pursuit of Inga dream

By: Keith Campbell     16th April 2004 The Southern African Power Pool has formed a Western Corridor Steering Committee to examine the viability of a Power Corridor running from Inga in the DRC to South Africa 

Malawi pursues electricity privatisation projects

By: Marcel Chimwala     16th April 2004 Malawi – The Malawian government is seeking to prequalify eligible contractors and consultants to respectively carry out rehabilitation work for hydroelectric power stations and consultancy services involving the restructuring of the country’s electricity utility, the Electricity... 

Inferior cables are a problem, says manufacturer

By: elizabeth rebelo     16th April 2004 Local furnace cable manufacturer Flexicor Cables faces recurring problems with the mining and foundry industries where furnace designers and engineers specify the incorrect cable. 

Moz prepares hydropower plan

By: Keith Campbell     9th April 2004 SOUTH Africa’s eastern neighbour Mozambique is busy preparing a Power System Master Plan, for completion this year. 

The definitive doing something-for-nothing letter

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     9th April 2004 For some time I have wanted to write this letter. This letter is for anybody who has a trade, a profession, a business, or a factory, who is essentially self-employed. 

Mauritius: the island of (electricity) dreams

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     2nd April 2004 The other day at the supermarket and there was an appeal notice and trolley for food for the people who had been rendered homeless by a fire in an informal settlement. So I thought I would find out why fires start in informal settlements to begin with. 

Kenyans put geothermal on African power map

By: Keith Campbell     2nd April 2004 THE Kenyan government’s most recent Least Cost Power Development Plan (LCPDP) is emphasising the development of geothermal power to meet the country’s growing need for electricty. 

Fuel-cell-based power back-up system soon available in SA

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     2nd April 2004 JSE Securities Exchange-listed IST Group has clinched a deal to distribute US company Plug Power’s fuel-cell-based electricity-supply back-up system to South Africa’s telecommunications, cable broadband and uninterruptible power-supply markets. 

Nuclear blueprint

By: Martin Creamer     26th March 2004 A far-reaching plan to create South Africa’s first nuclear manufacturing hub is winning strong support across a broad front both nationally and internationally, Engineering News can today exclusively reveal. 

Call for energy planning with foresight

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     26th March 2004 I recently took the younger Mac Hoy aside and spoke unto him, saying: Ho son of mine, now that you have finished your gap year what branch of engineering do you wish to study? And the son spoke, saying: Archeology. I reeled slightly. 

Singing the blues for the Reds

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     19th March 2004 Ten years ago this government, before it assumed power, promised that it would electrify 2,5-million homes over a period of five years at a cost of about seven and a half billion rands. 

Equipment continues to ensure safety in drives

By: elizabeth rebelo     19th March 2004 The joint MD of H 

‘Africa will benefit from regional power integration’

By: Martin Czernowalow     17th March 2004 There are substantial benefits to be gained from regional market integration for customers and service providers of electricity, including improved customer choice, adequate security of supply and improved fallback on reserve requirements. 

A dog’s best friend is his man

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     5th March 2004 Last week I described Jennifer’s black box: The box has the property of repeating, after a short delay, any sound it picks up. It’s main use is supposed to be barking back at dogs who bark. 

SA mulls over more power imports as surplus is eroded

By: Jill Stanford     27th February 2004 OVER the next 30 years, global demand for electricity will double and the total investment required for energy supply infrastructure to 2030 will be $16-trillion. 

When a dog’s bark isn’t worse than his bite

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     27th February 2004 Jennifer asked me if I could make a black box, of the type that was described in a magazine. The box has the property of barking back at dogs who bark. 

Electricity access within SADC is made easier

By: elizabeth rebelo     13th February 2004 With the electrification industry in South Africa experiencing a significant transformation it is important to keep abreast of developments in the market. 

Falling African electricity-access levels could undermine growth

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     13th February 2004 Sub-Saharan Africa, the only region to have experienced falling electricity access rates from 1970 until 2000, could see this trend continue until 2030, says a divisional director at Siemens Southern Africa, basing his forecast on World Bank statistics. 

Low-cost power underpins eucalyptus project

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     13th February 2004 Competitive electricity prices and South Africa’s location on major shipping routes to Europe and the Far East played a big role in drawing Sodra Cell, a big Swedish cooperative in the wood and pulp business, to this country. 

Toolkit available for electricity distribution restructuring

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     6th February 2004 The company established in 2003 to drive the restructuring of the electricity-distribution industry, EDI Holdings, said last week that it expected the ring-fencing ‘toolkit’ developed for use by municipalities in their merger with Eskom Distribution into six regional electricity... 

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