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Electrical Power Generation and Transmission

Eskom base-load announcement now imminent

By: Terence Creamer     2nd March 2006 Embattled State-owned power utility Eskom is set to fast-track the development of new base-load generation capacity countrywide, and is also considering several new base-load options for the Western Cape Province, which has been hit by rolling power outages since the end of December. Public... 

Sabotage suspected cause of Koeberg outages, charges expected soon

28th February 2006 The South African Police Service is well advanced with an investigation into alleged sabotage at the Koeberg nuclear facility in the Western Cape, which has led to widespread power outages in that province over the last few months. Public Enterprises Minister Alec Erwin told a press briefing in... 

Growing business in both range and turnover

By: Keith Campbell     17th February 2006 The latest move up the added-value chain by IST Energy, part of the group’s Electronics wing, into the field of turnkey electricity substation solutions, has been very successful indeed. 

New-generation software

By: Keith Campbell     17th February 2006 UTILITY information solutions company IST Otokon is busy developing the latest generation of its ecWIN software, ecWIN 6.0. 

Launch of Hitachi Power Africa adds new competitive dimension ahead of power spend

By: Liezel Hill     17th February 2006 A new player officially entered the local power-generation construction sector on Wednesday this week, with the launch of Hitachi Power Africa. 

Mapping surveys completed

By: Mariaan Webb     10th February 2006 Specialist laser-surveying company Airborne Laser Solutions (ALS), a member of the Eskom group, is supporting the Department of Minerals and Energy’s drive to electrify all areas of South Africa and has been contracted by Eskom to carry out several mapping surveys in various rural areas. 

Utility tenders penalised local content

By: Terence Creamer     10th February 2006 Inconsistencies in the manner in which rules on local content and black economic-empowerment (BEE) have been applied in a slew of recent tenders released by State-owned Enterprises' Eskom and Transnet has the South African supplier community up in arms. 

Eskom responds to tender concerns

By: Terence Creamer     10th February 2006 Engineering News sent a list of questions to power utility Eskom relating to some of the concerns being raised by the local supplier community. 

Swaziland ponders new coal-fired power plant

By: Liezel Hill     1st February 2006 Proposals were last month submitted for tenders to draw up a full feasibility study on a proposed1 000 MW - 2 000 MW coal-fired thermal power station in Swaziland, which, when commissioned, would move the small Southern African nation from a nett importer to a nett exporter of electricity. 

South Africa re-jigs formula for energy heavy investors

By: Terence Creamer     27th January 2006 The South African government’s decision last year to stop State-owned power utility Eskom from entering into any new commodity-linked tariff agreements created a degree of uncertainty about what pricing mechanism might be employed in future as an incentive to large-scale energy-intensive... 

Long-term concessions to be offered

By: Marcel Chimwala     27th January 2006 As part of the privatisation process for its electricity sector, the government of Malawi is planning to offer long-term concessions to private companies to operate the transmission and distribution business units of the Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom). 

Switched on

16th December 2005 Construction work on the bulk electrical infrastructure for the South African government�s first industrial development complex, the Coega industrial development zone (IDZ) has been commissioned and Coega is now ready to supply electricity to consumers. 

Meeting industry’s water needs

By: Jade Davenport     9th December 2005 R3,3bn project flowing towards 2007 completion 

Public hearings into power prices set for January

By: Terence Creamer     9th December 2005 The National Electricity Regulator (NER) will hold a public hearing on January 20 and 21, to allow oral submissions into a proposed three-year tariff determination for Eskom, which will provide price-increase visibility for the period April 1, 2006 through to March 31, 2009. 

Regulator in far-reaching audit of power distributors

By: Liezel Hill     9th December 2005 The National Electricity Regulator (NER) will announce in May next year the findings and recommendations from the power-distributor audit currently under way at 12 large distributors around the country, acting CEO Naresh Singh said yesterday. 

Union calls for power-cut 'moratorium'

6th December 2005 Trade union Solidarity has proposed an immediate moratorium by the Tshwane Metro Council on electricity disconnection until after Christmas. 

Environmental responsibility key priority for State-enterprise

By: Jade Davenport     2nd December 2005 Environmental sustainability has become a key priority for South Africa’s most successful utility, Eskom, which was recently evidenced by the appointment of former Minister of the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism (DEAT), Valli Moosa as Eskom chairperson, in July this year. 

HR division targets skills recruitment

By: Jade Davenport     2nd December 2005 Since the major capital expansion projects of Eskom assets in the 1970s and 1980s, the electricity utilities giant and, in fact, South Africa, have lost numerous engineering, project management and artisan skills, primarily due to the turbulent political climate of the 1980s and early 1990s. 

R&D activities aimed at resources diversification

By: Jade Davenport     2nd December 2005 At the turn of the century, the State-owned electricity utility Eskom underwent fundamental changes that involved a realignment of the business inwardly to concentrate on its core activities of generation, transmission, trading and retailing of electricity. 

Key customers assured of additional capacity by 2009

By: Jade Davenport     2nd December 2005 With the R84-billion capital expansion project, undertaken by the State-owned electricity utility earlier this year, promising to add 5 

‘Return-to-service’ capacity expansion on schedule

By: Jade Davenport     2nd December 2005 The capacity expansion programme that was initiated by Eskom earlier this year is on schedule with the successful demothballing and return to commercial operation of Camden power station’s Unit Six last month, Engineering News can today report. 

Remote meter reading

By: Irma Venter     2nd December 2005 Two Pretoria-based companies have developed a system whereby any property’s electricity meter can be read through the existing power lines. 

State to crowd-in supplier industry around big public infrastructure spend

By: Terence Creamer     2nd December 2005 The South African government, which expects to facilitate public-infrastructure spending of about R320-billion over the next five years, is working on plans to raise the level of local content in these projects. 

BHP Billiton, Eskom in talks on tariffs for Mozal expansion

By: Liezel Hill     29th November 2005 World number-five aluminium producer BHP Billiton said yesterday that it would push for 'economic' rather than 'cheap' electricity rates for its planned Mozal 3 expansion, in Mozambique. 

SA's national energy regulator to be launched

22nd November 2005 President Thabo Mbeki and Minister Lindiwe Hendricks re to officially launch South Africa's National Energy Regulator (Nersa) at a gala dinner tonight at the Sandton Convention Centre. 

Businesses turn to diesel gensets as blackouts increase

By: Helene Le Roux     18th November 2005 South African manufacturers, retail businesses and households are increasingly turning to power-generation equipment, such as diesel generators (gensets), to ensure the continuity of their electricity supply. 

Question marks ovver umbrella regulator

By: Liezel Hill     4th November 2005 The regulation of South Africa’s energy sector is currently undergoing a substantial transformation, the climax of which is expected to be the launch of the new umbrella regulator, scheduled for early next year. 

Still question marks over umbrella energy regulator

By: Liezel Hill     25th October 2005 The regulation of South Africa's energy sector is currently undergoing a substantial transformation, the climax of which is expected to be the launch of the new umbrella regulator, scheduled for early next year. 

Eskom reports progress in power-station refurb

By: Liezel Hill     24th October 2005 Power utility Eskom last week reported that the upgrades of Units 1, 2 and 3 had been completed in its refurbishment project at Arnot power station. 

Coega IDZ gets switched on

19th October 2005 Construction work on the bulk electrical infrastructure for the South African government's first industrial development complex, the Coega Industrial Development Zone (IDZ) has been commissioned and Coega is now ready to supply electricity to consumers. 

South African firm in Inga refurbishment

By: Laura Tyrer     7th October 2005 MagEnergy, Canada has awarded Ing 

Eskom gives notice of above-inflation tariffs trajectory

By: Terence Creamer     6th October 2005 Power utility Eskom gave notice yesterday that it would most likely apply for above-inflation-target tariff increases in its submission to the National Electricity Regulator (NER) under a new three-year pricing dispensation, to be implemented as from April 2006 - the South African government has... 

ABB's SA arm expected to beat global targets

By: Terence Creamer     30th September 2005 The strong rise in commodity and energy prices over the last couple of years is serving as something of a double-edged sword for global power and automation technology group ABB, President and CEO Fred Kindle told Engineering News during a recent visit to South Africa. 

Nigerian oil group sets sights on JSE listing

By: Terence Creamer     30th September 2005 The JSE's somewhat anaemic oil-and-gas board could be enlarged before the end of this year with the listing of Nigerian integrated energy-solutions firm Oando - currently, the board is dominated by petrochemical group Sasol, with the far smaller Exxoteq still suspended. 

Group Five scoops $90m Nigerian contract

27th September 2005 JSE-listed construction firm Group Five said yesterday that it had been awarded its largest contract in West Africa and its first project in the independent (or deregulated) African power market. 

German group looking to expand dominant market position

By: Jade Davenport     23rd September 2005 Power, transport sectors identified as key growth areas 

Company growth leads to buy-out

23rd September 2005 UK-based private equity firm Doughty Hanson & Co has signed an agreement to buy German-based Moeller Group for a price of €1,1-billion, including pension liabilities and financial debt. 

'Electricity connectivity across SADC vital for growth'

By: Nicola Mawson     12th September 2005 Minister of Minerals and Energy Lindiwe Hendricks, addressing a meeting of the Southern African Power Pool (SAPP) at the weekend, said that a “lack of access to electricity frustrates economic development, impacts negatively on quality of life and environmental improvements, and it condemns... 

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