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Electrical Power Generation and Transmission

Fair and balanced ISMO will gain support – Eskom

By: Natasha Odendaal     15th April 2011 State-owned power utility Eskom will work with government on the transition path to an independent system and market operator (ISMO) if a transparent process is implemented, Eskom system operations and planning divisional executive Kannan Lakmeeharan says. 

Return-to-service projects on schedule

By: Natasha Odendaal     15th April 2011 The remaining two boiler and turbine units required to complete the R8-billion return to service of State-owned power utility Eskom’s Grootvlei power station, near Balfour, in Mpumalanga, will begin commercial operation within the next two months. 

Motor supply contract for Kusile awarded

By: Natasha Odendaal     15th April 2011 Electrical engineering company Actom Electrical Machines is set to design, manufacture and supply medium-voltage, large-frame electric motors for the wet flue gas desulphurisation plant at State-owned utility Eskom’s Kusile coal-fired power station, near Delmas, in Mpumalanga. 

Benchmarking can improve EDI’s performance

By: Natasha Odendaal     15th April 2011 The implementation of a comprehensive benchmarking process in the electricity distribution industry in South Africa is an essential element of improving the industry’s performance, former State-owned Electricity Distribution Industry (EDI) Holdings COO Dr Willie de Beer says. 

Power utility gets tough on cable theft

By: Natasha Odendaal     15th April 2011 To mitigate against the theft of copper cables and associated losses, State-owned power utility Eskom has appointed a new security contractor to enforce a more proactive approach in fighting cable theft, in February. 

Temporary power supply prevents significant profit loss

By: Tracy Hancock     15th April 2011 Global temporary power supply giant Aggreko has prevented a major dairy manufacturer, in Boksburg, from experiencing a significant loss in profits after its facility lost power, owing to a break in transmission. “The company had no indication of how long its power would remain switched off and... 

Transformer manufacturer moving into Africa

By: Natasha Odendaal     15th April 2011 Electrical equipment supplier Zest Group, which is part of the Brazilian-based transformer and electrical equipment manufacturer WEG, is positioning itself as a significant player in the South African and African transformer markets. 

Cogen projects dependent on tariffs, qualifying criteria – Sappi

By: Tracy Hancock     15th April 2011 Global pulp and paper producer Sappi reports the implementation of new cogeneration projects by the group in South Africa are dependant on the qualifying criteria and tariffs set by the Department of Energy for its cogeneration feed-in tariff and renewable energy feed-in tariff programmes. 

Medupi to go on line in third quarter of 2012 

By: Tracy Hancock     15th April 2011 State-owned power utility Eskom confirms that the first of six 800 MW units, Unit 6, at its Medupi coal-fired power station is still expected to start supplying power to the national grid in the third quarter of 2012 and offset the decrease in South Africa’s generation capacity. The Medupi power... 

IPP plans three 10 MW solar plants for Refit programme

By: Tracy Hancock     15th April 2011 Integrated solar power producer Solairedirect Southern Africa reports that it is involved in the development of three multiphase PV projects under the Department of Energy’s (DoE’s) renewable energy feed-in tariff (Refit) programme. 

EC schools benefit from wind power

By: Tracy Hancock     15th April 2011 Two schools in the Eastern Cape have benefited from the installation of wind turbines to provide power to operate computers and other technological resources. Kestrel Wind Turbines, a subsidiary of South African battery company Eveready, has supplied three e300i battery-charging 1 kW wind... 

Utility confident about Medupi’s progress

By: Dimakatso Motau     10th December 2010 State-owned power utility Eskom reports that significant progress is being made with the construction work currently under way at the Medupi power station, in Limpopo, which is a major project for South Africa's energy sector.  

South Africa’s R125bn power station

By: Lindiwe Molekoa     10th December 2010 State-owned power utility Eskom reports that Medupi, which means ‘a rain that soaks parched lands, giving economic relief, will be a dry-cooled coal-fired base-load power generating plant, comprising six 800-MW units, with a 4 800-MW installed capacity, the biggest of its kind in the world. It... 

Coal-handling equipment contract secured

10th December 2010 Materials-handling company ThyssenKrupp Materials Handling (TKMH) reports that it has secured the tender to supply coal-handling equipment to feed the 4 800-MW Medupi power station, in Lephalale, in Limpopo.  

Small business hub takes off in Lephalale

10th December 2010 Power equipment vendor Hitachi Power Africa (HPA) aims to contribute to the upliftment of the South African community through education, job creation and social investment initiatives.  

Steel fabricator uses its software at Medupi

10th December 2010 Structural steel fabricator and erector Cosira Group reports that it was awarded the turbine hall contract for power utility's Eskom Medupi power station, managed by international power technology group Alstom, in the latter half of 2008.  

Contract for Nigerian power station

16th April 2010 Manufacturer of natural gas, diesel and liquid biofuel engine-based power plants and complete propulsion systems Wärtsilä has been tasked with the operation and maintenance (O&M) of a power station for a Nigerian cement plant, owned by Lafarge Cement, for the next ten years after its... 

Self-generation alleviates demand on SA’s power grid

By: Tracy Hancock     16th April 2010 With South Africa’s power needs exceeding State-owned power utility Eskom’s generation capacity, there has been talk of private companies generating electricity to feed into the country’s power grid. However, this is not the case with petrochemicals giant Sasol. The company has invested in the... 

New power generation process

16th April 2010 A new power generation process, called WeldCore, developed by the Automotive Components Technology Station (Acts) at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU), uses plant friendly methodology to accurately monitor degradation, reduce downtime and save substantially on costs. 

R200m substation upgrade to be complete in time for World Cup

By: Tracy Hancock     16th April 2010 The R200-million ugrade of the Acacia substation, in Cape Town, which forms part of State-owned power utility Eskom’s R426-billion capacity expansion programme, is expected to be completed by May 2010. The upgrade will ensure reliable electricity supply during the 2010 FIFA World Cup and beyond,... 

Alternative power solution for Eastern Cape’s farmers

By: Tracy Hancock     16th April 2010 While farmers in the Eastern Cape are experiencing some of the driest conditions in the province in the past 130 years, South African battery company Eveready reports the necessity of finding alternative sources of water, and believes that it has a cost-effective green solution for this... 

Claims of solar water 
heating scheme endorsing inefficient products

16th April 2010 Some of the products accepted by State-owned power utility Eskom’s subsidy scheme are not fit for solar water heating purposes, says supplier of solar water heating systems Sky Power MD Barry Cribb. About 39% of the products listed under the scheme deliver less than 60% of the energy required to... 

Environment-friendly transformers save electricity 

16th April 2010 Specialists in products and systems for electrical installations and information networks Legrand recently supplied eight energy-efficient cast resin transformers to be used in new commercial buildings in Johannesburg and Durban. The low-fire-hazard transformers will result in significant savings... 

Cable theft worsens, threatening SA’s power supply

By: Tracy Hancock     16th April 2010 The theft of copper cable from South Africa’s State-owned power utility Eskom has continued to worsen over the years, and is an unwanted worry as the country struggles with its capacity to generate enough electricity to meet consumers’ needs. Eskom says that 116 cable thefts were reported in... 

First delivery part of R18m protection equipment for Medupi

16th April 2010 Local protection systems specialists Actom Protection & Control (P&C), formerly Alstom Protection & Control, is due for the first delivery of its R18-million protection equipment contract for the turbine generators at State-owned power utility Eskom’s Medupi power station, in the... 

Land secured for nine renewable-energy projects

By: Tracy Hancock     16th April 2010 While South Africa’s power grid struggles to supply the country with enough electricity, nine renewable energy projects with the potential to produce 3 607 MW of power, initiated by joint venture (JV) Mainstream Renewable Power South Africa (Mainstream SA), are undergoing environmental-impact... 

R175m transmission 
line project at Medupi

By: Tracy Hancock     16th April 2010 Ntuthuko Powerlines, the transmission line manufacturing and constructing company of engineering support services company Babcock, has started building a R175-million transmission line for State-owned power utility Eskom’s Medupi power station, the first base-load coal-fired station built in... 

No cogeneration agreement signed, Sappi affirms

By: Tracy Hancock     16th April 2010 Despite previous reports in the media, global pulp and paper producer Sappi has not as yet signed a cogeneration agreement with State-owned power utility Eskom. However, negotiations are still under way.

Further, Sappi regional communications manager Zelda Schwalbach reports that the company... 

Global electricity consumption set to explode by 2030

By: Jacqueline Holman     17th April 2009 Growth partnership company Frost & Sullivan reports that at a global level, electricity consumption is forecast to increase from 10 543-billion kilowatt hours in 1990 to over 30 116-billion kilowatt hours in 2030 at a compound annual growth rate of 3,6%. 

Sub-Saharan Africa requires $560b investment to meet supply and demand

By: Jacqueline Holman     17th April 2009 At least $560-billion would be required over the next two decades for sub-Saharan Africa's electricity industry to be in a position to match supply and demand, as well as support economic growth, says Frost & Sullivan energy industry analyst Jeannot Boussougouth. 

Consultancy conducts R15m contract for State utility

By: Jacqueline Holman     17th April 2009 Engineering and environmental consulting company SSI is in charge of the integration of the Medupi power plant into the electricity network and the power delivery, a project which carries a R15-million contract for the consultancy, says SSI's Industrial group manager, Eric Tshwele. 

Foreign assistance schedules Coega LNG regasification project visit

By: Jacqueline Holman     17th April 2009 Foreign assistance agency, the US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) will schedule for later this year an orientation visit (OV) it is funding for project developers focused on the proposed Coega liquefied natural gas (LNG) regasification and power plant project in Port Elizabeth, says USTDA... 

Engineering company supplies services to PBMR

By: Jacqueline Holman     17th April 2009 Multidisciplinary engineering company M-Tech Industrial is supplying a range of specialist thermal-fluid systems analysis, simulation and engineering design services to the Pebble Bed Modular Reactor (PBMR) company. 

New transmission line boosts SA grid options 

By: Jacqueline Holman     17th April 2009 Transmission line manufacturing and constructing company Babcock Ntuthuko Powerlines is currently building a 275-kV transmission line over an 85-km distance from the Spencer substation to the Tabor substation in Limpopo province, to add extra power supply options to the South African electricity... 

Pumped storage scheme on schedule 2012

By: Jacqueline Holman     17th April 2009 Power utility Eskom's R16,6-billion Ingula power station, which is a pumped storage scheme situated on the border between the Free State and KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), is currently on schedule to commission its first unit in September 2012, reports the utility. 

Power stations set for commissioning target

By: Jacqueline Holman     17th April 2009 Power utility Eskom reports that, to date, its Medupi and Kusile power stations are on schedule to meet their commissioning target dates in 2012 and 2013 respectively.  

Power lines project strengthens Cape corridor

By: Jacqueline Holman     17th April 2009 Power utility Eskom tells Engineering News that its new 765-kV line from Mercury substation, near Orkney, to Perseus substation, near Dealeville, is almost complete with only a few kilometres left to construct. 

New feed-in tariffs to inspire renewables projects

17th April 2009 Energy regulator the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) has approved the Renewable Energy Feed-In Tariff (Refit) guidelines.ho 

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