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Electrical Power Generation and Transmission

Alcan, Eskom within 'spitting distance' of deal, says Gcabashe

By: Matthew Hill     10th November 2006 One of the world's leading aluminium producers Alcan and State-owned electricity utility Eskom were in “spitting distance” of completing their negotiations for the electricity-supply contract for a new aluminium smelter to be built at Coega, in the Eastern Cape. Speaking to... 

Eskom's power-station demothballing hit by cost pressures

By: Matthew Hill     10th November 2006 South African State-owned power utility Eskom had increased the estimated return-to-service spend on its three mothballed coal-fired power stations, owing to cost pressures, which were “literally going up by the month”, CEO Thulani Gcabashe said on Friday. Published resources... 

Bidding deadline for new R26bn power station

By: Martin Creamer     9th November 2006 November 10 is the deadline for the submission of bids for Project Alpha, South Africa's first coal-fired base-load power station in decades, which is expected to be the country's most expensive ever at R26-billion. Engineering News Online learns that bidding packages on the three-unit... 

BEE, techno partners selected for SA soya-to-diesel plant, but economics still a concern

7th November 2006 Petrochemicals group Sasol and the State-owned Central Energy Fund (CEF) have selected Siyanda Biodiesel as their black economic-empowerment (BEE) partner in a proposed 100 000-t/y soya-bean based biodiesel production plant in South Africa. Sasol said in a statement issued on Tuesday that it... 

SA's first gas-fired cogen plant under construction

By: Helene Le Roux     3rd November 2006 The first gas-fired co-generation plant by an independent power producer in South Africa is being constructed in Newcastle, in Kwazulu-Natal. 

New propulsion system under test for army's fighting vehicles

By: Keith Campbell     3rd November 2006 South Africa’s defence acqui-sition, disposals and research and development (R&D) agency, Armscor, will next year start a combat vehicle electric-drive technology test programme for the South African National Defence Force (SANDF), using a modified Rooikat armoured fighting vehicle, as the... 

Chamber of Mines welcomes power-distribution certainty

1st November 2006 The Chamber of Mines of South Africa on Wednesday added its support to Cabinet’s approval to establish six regional electricity distributors (Reds) as public entities under the auspices of EDI Holdings. 

Revised Reds legislation to be finalised early 2007, says EDI Holdings

By: Mariaan Webb     31st October 2006 Revised legislation to enact South Africa's R59-billion regional electricity distribution initiative would be finalised by early next year, EDI Holdings, the State-owned company mandated to implement the project, CEO Phindile Nzimande said on Tuesday. 

Fuelling energy

By: Mariaan Webb     27th October 2006 Petrochemicals group Sasol’s cogeneration study should reach financial closure for a 200 MW open-cycle gas-turbine (OCGT) plant before June, Sasol Synfuels energy manager Sydney Zeederberg said. 

New 1 000 MW gas project could be operational in W Cape by winter 2008

By: Jade Davenport     27th October 2006 South African State-owned enterprise Eskom is in the process of authorising a new gas turbine energy project that will provide an additional 1 000 MW to the Western Cape region by the winter of 2008. 

Ipsa to become first AltX- and Aim-listed firm

18th October 2006 Power-generation firm Independent Power South Africa (Ipsa) Group will on Thursday become the first company to be listed on both the JSE Alternative Exchange (AltX) and London's Alternative Investment Market (Aim), it said in a statement to shareholders on Wednesday. 

Regional power-pool members look to accelerate generation projects

By: Marcel Chimwala     13th October 2006 Members of the Southern African Power Pool (Sapp) have resolved to speed up implementation of various electricity projects in order to tackle the problem of diminishing generation capacity in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region. 

Eskom chief to step down, search for successor launched

By: Terence Creamer     28th September 2006 State-owned power utility Eskom has announced that current CEO Thulani Gcabashe will stand down in December 2007 after 15 years with the organisation, eight of which were served as CEO. The utility said in a statement that the search for the new chief executive had been launched. Earlier in the... 

Eskom calls for Braamhoek access-tunnel bids, says R8,9bn pumped-storage project advancing well

By: Mariaan Webb     26th September 2006 State-owned electricity supplier Eskom's R8,9-billion Braamhoek pumped-storage scheme is “well advanced” and the utility is gearing up to start building the main access tunnel. Eskom Enterprises' Neo Mosinyi said on Tuesday that the company, which issued an invitation to tender for... 

Sasol, Eskom in talks about Secunda cogeneration project

By: Terence Creamer     22nd September 2006 Petrochemicals group Sasol and State-owned electricity utility Eskom are in serious talks about the creation of a possible cogeneration electricity plant at Secunda, in Mpumalanga, that could release up to 400 MW of electricity into the national grid, while reducing Sasol’s overall energy... 

Boiler and turbine tenders out for R26bn power project

By: Irma Venter     8th September 2006 The tenders for the boilers and turbines for Eskom’s new R26-billion, 2 250-MW base-load coal-fired power station – which is currently earmarked for a brownfield site near Lephalale, in Limpopo – have been issued, and will be awarded early next year, says Eskom capital Expansion... 

SA's nuclear power-gen capacity could double over next two decades

By: Keith Campbell     8th September 2006 South Africa’s nuclear generation capacity could double over the next 19 years. 

Power junior seeks secondary listing on AltX

7th September 2006 Aim-quoted independent power producer Ipsa said that is was proceeding with the application for a proposed secondary-listing on the alternative investment market of the JSE, or AltX. 

Russians approached on SA conventional nuclear reactor project

By: Keith Campbell     4th September 2006 A South African Department of Minerals and Energy (DME) delegation, which visited Moscow in July, raised the possibility of Russia's cooperating with South Africa concerning the proposed new large nuclear power plant that could be constructed in this country, Engineering News Online can report. 

Enviro study moves ahead for Coega LNG power project

By: Mariaan Webb     4th September 2006 The environmental-impact assessment (EIA) process for a 2 400-MW liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility, being pursued by State-owned power utility Eskom at the Coega Industrial Development Zone (IDZ), east of Port Elizabeth, is advancing, with public hearings scheduled for next week. The hearings... 

SA's big power spend to be showcased to US firms

By: Terence Creamer     1st September 2006 Some 60 US companies, and an equal number of South African firms, are expected to converge on the Eskom Convention Centre in Midrand, Gauteng, in October, to participate in a conference outlining opportunities for American suppliers arising from Eskom’s R97-billion investment programme. 

31 SA firms in energy-conservation pledge

By: Laura Tyrer     1st September 2006 Seven more signatories and members of the National Business Institute (NBI) have added their names to the 31 companies already pledged to South Africa’s Energy Efficiency Accord, which forms part of a national drive to encourage more efficient use of energy. 

Cable business booms following BEE deal

By: Olivia Soraya Spadavecchia     1st September 2006 Durban-based ARB Electrical Wholesalers has, according to MD Craig Robertson, become the largest BEE, independent stockist and distributor of power cable and transmission line products in South Africa. 

Enrichment but one of the uranium-beneficiation options being studied - Erwin

By: Terence Creamer     28th August 2006 Given South Africa's position as a leading producer of uranium, it was only logical for it to assess the economic potential for adding value to the resource. This would include, but not exclusively so, possible uranium enrichment for use as fuel in conventional nuclear-energy plants as well as... 

Eskom, Siemens in R402m equipment deal for Komati demothballing

By: Mariaan Webb     25th August 2006 State-owned electricity supplier Eskom and electrical engineering company Siemens, headquartered in Germany, signed a R402-million contract for the replacement of control and instrumentation equipment at the Komati power station, one of Eskom's three plants being demothballed, on Friday. 

Eskom to fight 'unjustified sanctions'

By: Mariaan Webb     17th August 2006 State-owned power utility Eskom on Thursday reiterated that it would oppose any “unjustified sanctions” from South Africa's energy regulator, arguing that the findings of the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) on the recent Western Cape outages relied on isolated facts. 

Southern African nations study of $7bn power plan

By: Bloomberg     16th August 2006 Five Southern African countries will conduct feasibility studies into the development of a $7-billion power project in the region, where demand for electricity is expected to increase by a quarter by 2010. 

Sasol seeks to shift fuel debate from windfall taxes to security of supply

By: Terence Creamer     15th August 2006 Petrochemicals group Sasol attempted to shift the debate, in hearings convened to deliberate the appropriateness of introducing a windfall tax on synthetic fuels, from policy measures to extract possible redistributive benefits to issues of security of supply. 

Eskom could be fined up to R300m, energy regulator says

By: Mariaan Webb     15th August 2006 An investigation by the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) into the events that led to the recent widespread Western Cape power outages has found the State-owned electricity supplier Eskom guilty of transgressing its licensing conditions negligence on the part of the power utility.... 

New PBMR applications, test facilities progress

By: Keith Campbell     11th August 2006 South Africa�s cutting-edge nucleartechnology, the pebble-bed modularreactor (PBMR), is attracting interest for process-heat applications. �We have a team working on technicalconcepts and a business case for usingPBMRs for several process-heat applications, including desalination, hydrogen... 

Pilot PBMR fuel plant on the horizon

By: Keith Campbell     11th August 2006 THE PBMR company is busy with the process of declaring its detailed baseline design for the pilot fuel plant to supply the Pebble Bed Modular Rector demonstration power plant (DPP). 

Licensing and permitting process advances

By: Keith Campbell     11th August 2006 One of the top priorities this year for PBMR, the company developing South Africa�s fourth-generation, inherently-safe, Pebble-Bed Modular Reactor (PBMR), is advancing the licensing and permitting process for the construction of the demonstration power plant (DPP) and the pilot fuel plant. 

How PBMRs work

By: Keith Campbell     11th August 2006 Although derived from German technology, successfully pioneered by that country�s AVR reactor, which operated from 1960 to 1989, South Africa�s version of the Pebble-Bed Modular Reactor (PBMR) incorporates locally-developed, unique, and patented innovations, especially with regard to the power... 

Presses perform well

11th August 2006 Two fully-computerised nuclear fuel development presses manufactured by Hytec for South Africa�s Pebble Bed Modular Reactor (PBMR) programme have, for the past three years, been performing to specification, enabling an error margin of no more than 2,5% across the entire press range of 20 t to 500... 

State would like new and old nuclear options in the energy mix

11th August 2006 State-owned power utility Eskom is studying both a conventional nuclear investment as well as the deployment of the pebble bed modular reactor (PBMR) technology in line with government policy, which states that nuclear energy should be included South Africa�s electricity-supply mix. 

eThekwini received US funding for power-infrastructure study

By: Terence Creamer     10th August 2006 A US government agency has awarded a $500 000 (about R3,4-million) grant to the eThekwini municipality, which was to be used to fund a study into the upgrading and integration of the information systems that support the city's power infrastructure. A ceremony confirming the grant was held in... 

Green light for new nuclear in UK

By: Keith Campbell     28th July 2006 The British government earlier this month announced that nuclear power would be an important component in that country’s future energy matrix. 

Government wants State-owned enterprises to go extra mile in developing 'competitive' local suppliers

By: Terence Creamer     28th July 2006 The Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) and South Africa’s State-owned enterprises (SoEs) are finalising various supplier-development programmes in a bid to raise the level of local content in the multibillion-rand public infrastructure drive, involving large-scale power, transport and... 

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