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Electrical Power Generation and Transmission

Plant-hire company lights up film set

20th April 2007 South African plant-hire company Rand-Air, part of the Atlas Copco group, supplied ten generators to power AFM Lighting on the set of the Warner Brothers’ feature film 10 000 BC, directed by Roland Emmerich and shot in-studio in Cape Town. 

Service provider bids for mega power project

By: Shannon de Ryhove     20th April 2007 Local company Alstom hopes to be one of two possible suppliers for the boilers and turbines at the Medupi project in Limpopo, says Alstom Southern Africa vice-president Didier Farez. 

Grootvlei to receive new custom-made switchgear panels

20th April 2007 Global company GE Consumer & Industrial has signed its second major contract with Eskom, this time undertaking to replace Grootvlei power station’s existing low- voltage switchgear with the GE switchgear panels that have been customised to Eskom’s specific requirements, says GE -... 

New range of standby-power equipment to combat blackouts

20th April 2007 Standby power has become an essential component of doing business locally, as evidenced by the black outs in the Western Cape in 2006. The increased demand for standby power has seen Zest Electric Motors and Drives introduce a range of quality gensets to the local market. 

Electrifying prospects for independent power producers 

By: Shannon de Ryhove     20th April 2007 A study conducted by global growth consultancy firm Frost & Sullivan, estimates that the independent power producer (IPP) market is set to take-off from 2007. Multiple projects currently in the pipeline across the region, will trigger the market to grow to earn $13,25-billion in 2012. 

Utility powers up to support wood chip factory

20th April 2007 State-owned utility Eskom is upgrading the electricity supply to Ugie to power a multi-million rand PG Bison wood chip factory which is being built in the town. 

Botswana Morupule expansion set for phase one

By: Mariaan Webb     20th April 2007 State-owned electricity utility Botswana Power, which has embarked on a $1,2-billion expansion of the Morupule coal-fired power station, is moving ahead with the implementation of the first phase of its Morupule B expansion plans and will now appoint a contractor to construct the plant. 

Botswana may build solar-geothermal power plant

By: Matthew Hill     20th April 2007 The Botswana government has called for companies to tender for the provision of consultancy services to conduct a prefeasibility study for the construction of a solar geothermal power plant in the country. 

Megawatt-class fuel-cell power plant to power up for 2008

20th April 2007 With a goal of converting up to 70% of the fuel energy into electricity, EnBW (Energie Baden-Wuerttemberg AG) and Siemens Power Generation are joining forces to build a highly-efficient fuel cell hybrid power plant. 

Eskom chief says price spike in 'inevitable' given surging costs

By: Terence Creamer     9th February 2007 State power utility Eskom has cautioned that South Africa is headed for an ‘inevitable’ electricity price spike, given the fact that costs associated with new generation capacity and operations are rising so aggressively. 

Malawi moves ahead with Shire river hydroelectric rehab and expansion plan

By: Marcel Chimwala     9th February 2007 The Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom), has embarked on a multimillion-dollar programme to rehabilitate its hydroelectric power stations on the Shire river and to build new stations on the rivers where studies have indicated potential for electricity generation. 

Geothermal ambition

By: Talent Ngandwe     9th February 2007 The Zambia Electricity Supply Corporation (Zesco) has announced that it is probing the feasibility of venturing into geothermal electricity generation. 

Zimbabwe fails to come up with the cash to participate in Moz hydro scheme

By: Barnabas Thondhlana     9th February 2007 Zimbabwe has reportedly lost out on a US$500-million stake in neighbouring Mozambique’s Hidroelectrica de Cahora Bassa (HCB) electricity firm after failing to raise cash to finance a deal that could have gone a long way in ending the country’s perennial energy shortages. 

SA and the EU should team up in clean-coal technology push

By: Terence Creamer     9th February 2007 The European Commission has initiated high-level engagements with the South African government in a bid to explain its integrated energy and climatechange package, which was unveiled on January 10 and is designed to cut greenhouse gas emissions from the 27-country bloc by at least 20% by 2020. 

Work under way to double Western Cape gas-turbine capacity

By: Terence Creamer     7th February 2007 Advanced preparatory work is under way for the doubling up of Eskom's 1 050-MW open-cycle gas turbine (OCGT) capacity in the Western Cape to around 2 100 MW by the winter of 2008. Commissioning is currently under way at a 600-MW OCGT plant in Atlantis and another 450-MW station in Mossel Bay... 

Eskom now budgeting some R70bn capex for Lephalale project

By: Terence Creamer     6th February 2007 State-owned power utility Eskom revealed on Tuesday that it could now spend around R70-billion to build a new six-pack base-load coal-fired power station near Lephalale, in the Limpopo Province. Speaking during a media tour of the utility's Atlantis open cycle gas-turbine project, in the Western... 

Eskom may make nuclear decision by March

By: Terence Creamer     6th February 2007 The board at South African power utility Eskom might approve a plan to develop a multibillion rand conventional nuclear power station by March, Enterprise Division MD Brian Dames revealed on Tuesday. 

Electricity report slams SA's opaque forecasting and planning system

By: Terence Creamer     5th February 2007 A newly-released government-commissioned report into the security of electricity supply in South Africa lambastes the lack of transparency in demand forecasting and supply planning and calls for the scrapping of the current two-tier system in favour of an integrated planning solution under the... 

Investors shun $2,5bn Zambezi power project

By: Barnabas Thondhlana     2nd February 2007 The Zambezi River Authority (ZRA) has failed to attract investors for the construction of the giant $2,5-billion Batoka Gorge hydroelectric power station, a joint project between Zimbabwe and Zambia. 

Salga, EDI Holdings to hold workshops on power-distribution restructuring plans

By: Mariaan Webb     1st February 2007 State-owned power distributor EDI Holdings and the South African Local Government Association (Salga) will embark on provincial workshops to discuss the impact of Cabinet's decision in October to establish six wall-to-wall regional electricity distributors (Reds) with municipalities. 

EU, SA in exploratory clean-coal investment talks

By: Terence Creamer     31st January 2007 Exploratory discussions are under way between the European Commission (EC) and South Africa's Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism (Deat) that could result in South Africa's direct participation in a large-scale clean-coal technology rollout being proposed by the 27-country bloc. As... 

Company eyes R2-trillion assets-management opportunity as SA builds

By: Terence Creamer     26th January 2007 Emerging engineering and facilities management company Pangaea, which manages projects and assets mainly in the energy sector, calculates that South Africa’s current R409-billion infrastructure roll-out will have associated management costs of more than R2-trillion over a 20-year life cycle. 

Eskom's capex plan to swell well beyond R97bn as 'Project Charlie' gets board backing

By: Terence Creamer     26th January 2007 The board at South Africa's State-owned electricity utility has approved a plan to double up capacity of the proposed R26-billion 'Project Alpha' - initially planned as a three-unit, 2 250-MW base-load coal-fired station - by accelerating the development of its so-called 'Project Charlie'.... 

New BEE infrastructure fund eyes Kelvin power station

By: Terence Creamer     25th January 2007 A R649-million black economic-empowered (BEE) private-equity fund, which will target infrastructure investments in South Africa and the region, was officially launched on Wednesday evening, with the initiators suggesting that the fund's first disbursement would take place in the first half of the... 

Nersa study to get to grips with SA's electricity resale market

By: Mariaan Webb     24th January 2007 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) plans to get the country's first research study into the size and scope of its electricity resale market off the ground in 2007, the regulator's head of customer services, Margie Nkalashe, said on Wednesday. She said that South Africa had very... 

Higher interest rates won't slow power demand - Investec

By: Mariaan Webb     23rd January 2007 The 200 basis point interest hike that the South African Reserve Bank imposed last year is unlikely to slow down electricity demand, investment bank Investec said on Tuesday. 

Construction of Bethlehem hydro scheme under way

By: Helene Le Roux     19th January 2007 Construction has started on South Africa’s first purely commercial independent power project (IPP), the Bethlehem Hydro scheme, in the Free State. 

Ipsa plans February start-up for KZN cogeneration plant

By: Nelendhre Moodley     19th January 2007 Independent Power South Africa (Ipsa) on Friday unveiled the timetable for its new power plant located in Newcastle, in KwaZulu-Natal, which it plans to bring into commercial operation - providing steam and power - on February 23. The R120-million combined heat and power plant, will produce 15 MW... 

SA hit by widespread blackouts as Koeberg unit trips again

By: Matthew Hill     18th January 2007 National electricity utility Eskom warned on Thursday that it was experiencing nation-wide power outages because of generating unit outages, including a shutdown of its nuclear power station Koeberg's Unit 1 early on Thursday morning, which would result in it load shedding some 9% of its current... 

EU bank concludes €80m loan to Eskom for North-South transmission project, €300m more in the offing

By: Terence Creamer     16th January 2007 The European Investment Bank (EIB), which finances development projects primarily in the European Union (EU), had concluded a loan-finance deal with South African power utility Eskom, which would see it commit €80-million, or some R760-million, to the upgrading of the north-south power... 

Electricity distribution to provinces increases by 4,5%

11th January 2007 The estimated distribution of electricity to the provinces for the first eleven months of 2006 increased by 4,5 percent compared with the first eleven months of 2005. 

Yet-to-be-launched R649m BEE infrastructure fund already mulling a scale-up

By: Terence Creamer     11th December 2006 A newly announced R649-million black economic-empowered (BEE) private-equity fund, which will target infrastructure investments in South Africa and the region, is already considering a second fund, given growing interest in the sector among asset managers. The fund, which will be launched... 

State power utility mulls various ways to meet 47 252-MW target for 2025

By: Jade Davenport     1st December 2006 In a bid to meet South Africa’s phenomenal growth in electricity demand, State-owned utility Eskom is currently evaluating an elaborate capacity project funnel that comprises 17 375 MW is potential new projects. 

SA power generation grew 4,6% in October

30th November 2006 South Africa increased its power production in October by 4,6% to 954 gigawatt-hours (GWh), Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) said on Thursday. 

$2,7bn Alcan smelter poised to be first recipient of new power incentive

By: Terence Creamer     22nd November 2006 International aluminium producer Alcan appears set to emerge as the first recipient of South Africa's newest industrial incentive, known as the 'Developmental Electricity Pricing Programme', or DEPP, which was signed off by Trade and Industry Minister Mandisi Mpahlwa late last week. The DEPP... 

Proposals sought for second phase of Malawi hydroelectric scheme

By: Marcel Chimwala     17th November 2006 The Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom), is inviting proposals for the provision of engineering services for the second phase of the Kapichira hydroelectric power scheme in the lower Shire River area. 

Alstom SA targets black control by Jan 2007

17th November 2006 Alstom South Africa's target is to be a black-controlled company by January 1, 2007, group MD Mark Wilson tells Engineering News in an exclusive interview. Already, Alstom SA's black economic-empowerment (BEE) shareholding is at the comparatively high level of 47%, reflected in eight of its 12... 

Uncertainty lifted but . . .

By: Jade Davenport     10th November 2006 . . .Much to be finalised before implementation of six Reds by end 2007 

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