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Electrical Power Generation and Transmission

Nuclear industrial cluster to support localisation

By: Keith Campbell     5th August 2005 THE successful creation of a South African nuclear industry, based on the country�s development of the Pebble Bed Modular Reactor (PBMR) technology by the PBMR company, will require the development of a nuclear industrial cluster with an appropriate strategy by the South African government, such... 

Forging a new industry with PBMR hammer and Coega harbour anvil

By: Keith Campbell     5th August 2005 Offsets from the major international partner in the manufacture of the Pebble Bed Modular Reactor (PBMR) could create a whole new industry in South Africa. 

PBMR on track

By: Keith Campbell     5th August 2005 South Africa�s Pebble Bed Modular Reactor (PBMR) company, designers and developers of the inherently safe Pebble Bed Modular reactor nuclear power technology, is on course to commit to order major components for the first, demonstration, PBMR unit, by the end of this year and early next year. 

Safety first

By: Keith Campbell     5th August 2005 THE Pebble Bed Modular Reactor (PBMR) programme has now reached the stage that it requires a series of process hazard analyses (PHAs) to review the safety and operability of the proposed fuel process facility and auxiliary plants. 

PBMR boosts NW company’s international profile

By: Keith Campbell     5th August 2005 POTCHEFSTROOM-based ISO 9001-accredited high-technology software company M-Tech has had its international profile boosted by its work with the PBMR company on the latter�s Pebble Bed Modular Reactor (PBMR) programme. 

High-tech SA

By: Keith Campbell     5th August 2005 SA company IST Nuclear, part of the IST group, has a critically important role in the development of South Africa�s Pebble Bed Modular Reactor (PBMR) project. 

PBMR – SA’s star in a

By: Keith Campbell     5th August 2005 ALTHOUGH based on a successful and proved German technology, demonstrated for nearly 30 years by the AVR reactor in that country, which ran from 1960 to 1989, the pebble bed modular reactor (PBMR) concept has been subject to so much redesign and remodelling on computers by the South African PBMR... 

Russia must accelerate electricity reform - Fitch

3rd August 2005 International ratings agency Fitch Ratings argues in a special report that Russia needs to continue to push forward with its electricity sector reforms in order to achieve economic growth targets. 

Five trade unions unite in REDs negotiations

1st August 2005 All trade unions active at Eskom - Solidarity, Imatu, Num, Numsa, and Samwu - are engaged in negotiations with Eskom, Salga and EDI Holdings regarding the establishment of Regional Electricity Distributors (REDs). 

$84m cross-border power surge

By: Marcel Chimwala     29th July 2005 The governments of Malawi and Mozambique, in conjunction with the World Bank, are arranging to hold a financiers’ conference for the $84-million Mozambique–Malawi electricity interconnector project before the end of the year. 

Eskom-Globeleq team up in Uganda concession

By: Liezel Hill     28th July 2005 A joint venture company owned by South African power utility Eskom (44%) and UK power firm Globeleq (56%) has acquired and begun to implement a 20-year concession from the Ugandan government to manage and operate the distribution network in the areas which fall under the State-owned Ugandan... 

Eskom puts R3,5bn peak-power project on fast track

By: Liezel Hill     22nd July 2005 State power utility Eskom yesterday demonstrated its commitment to meeting its five-year, R85-billion, 3 710 MW generation target by awarding the first and largest contract for two new peaking-power open-cycle gas turbine (OCGT) power stations worth R3,5-billion. 

State wants keen focus on efficacies as Eskom gears up of R84bn spend

By: Terence Creamer     8th July 2005 Public Enterprises Minister Alec Erwin has warned the leadership of State-owned electricity utility Eskom not to lose sight of the need to continue to extract efficiencies while rolling out an R84-billion, five-year capacity-expansion programme. 

Exploring wave energy in SA

By: sarah-leigh paul     24th June 2005 With South Africa’s vast coastline, wave energy is an obvious choice for power generation; yet this abundant resource is not being used. 

Hope for SA power supplies

By: sarah-leigh paul     24th June 2005 Demothballing under way to boost electricity supply 

Chimneys repaired at Camden station

By: sarah-leigh paul     24th June 2005 Built over 30 years ago, the chimneys at Camden Power Station had deteriorated and were in need of extensive repairs, especially to the tops of the smoke stacks. 

SA and China team up to develop nuclear technology

24th June 2005 The advancement of the next generation of nuclear reactors has received an important boost with the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the South African and Chinese developers of the inherently-safe pebble-bed technology. 

Water project powered up

By: Mariaan Webb     24th June 2005 For over 30 years Brand Engineering has been engaged in the construction industry as a contractor for power distribution, electrical, instrumentation and control installations. 

State infrastructure push underpins R1bn engineering-sector transaction

By: Terence Creamer     24th June 2005 The proposed R1,296-billion sale by Delta Electrical Industries (DEI) of its repairs-and-services and replacement-parts divisions to an equity consortium should herald the entry of a significant black-economic empowered (BEE) force into the power-distribution and locomotive-traction services... 

Eskom set to raise R56bn on capital markets

By: Terence Creamer     24th June 2005 State-owned power utility Eskom expects to raise about R56-billion on the domestic and foreign capital markets over the next five years to fund a R93-billion capacity expansion programme, which is designed to add some 5 000 MW to the generation system. 

Eskom set to raise R56bn on capital markets

By: Terence Creamer     15th June 2005 State-owned power utility Eskom expects to raise about R56-billion on the domestic and foreign capital markets over the next five years to fund a R93-billion capacity expansion programme, which is designed to add some 5 000 MW to the generation system. 

Electricity production marginally up

By: Nicola Mawson     6th June 2005 Key findings in electricity generation and availability were released at the weekend by Statistics South Africa in its weekly newsletter. 

Balancing the portfolio

By: Terence Creamer     3rd June 2005 German trans-national seeks telecoms, power, transport, medical balance 

Work finally set to resume at hydro plant

By: John Muchira     3rd June 2005 Construction work of the second phase of the multibillion-dollar Sondu-Miriu hydropower project in Kenya has finally began - after a four-year lull. 

PRIVATE POWER PUSH - Bank inundated with private-power enquiries

By: Helene Le Roux     3rd June 2005 The government’s call for private-sector investment in the local power industry, which will total an estimated R24-billion in the next five years, has attracted the attention of some of the world’s largest power companies. 

Power group clinches $36m refurbishment contract

27th May 2005 Leading power and automation technology group ABB has recently won a $36-million order to refurbish and increase the efficiency of a coal-fired power plant. 

Camden set for new lease of life

By: Irma Venter     27th May 2005 Unit six at Eskom’s Camden power station, returning to service following years spend on the shelf, should be commercially operational in June, promises Eskom Enterprises division MD Brian Dames. 

Power Hungry

By: Irma Venter     27th May 2005 Africa's coming to grips with centrality of electricity in fighting underdevelopment 

Electric motor programme offers added value

By: Jade Davenport     27th May 2005 The increasing accessibility to the latest technology, combined with the ever-shrinking global market, is creating a serious challenge for the electrical motor repair industry, especially in the South African market. 

Neighbours mulling cross-border power option

By: Irma Venter     20th May 2005 Malawi’s power generation surplus capacity is fast diminishing, and one of the best strategies to mitigate the threat is to interconnect the Malawi and Mozambique power systems, says Electricity Supply Commission of Malawi CEO Dr Allexon Chiwaya. 

Kroonstad releases power-revival proposal

By: Nicola Mawson     17th May 2005 Kroonstad's ambition to demothball a coal-fired power station as an independent power producer (IPP) project is taking shape with the release last week of the request-for-proposals document. 

Britain's chief scientist warns of global-warming threat

By: Nicola Mawson     17th May 2005 The biggest global challenge this century is climate control, chief scientific adviser to the British government Sir David King said yesterday. 

SA's power tariffs set to rise

By: Irma Venter     13th May 2005 Power utility Eskom has indicated that its current low-price electricity tariff structure will not last for ever. 

Turbomachinery sector hits skills crisis

By: Keith Campbell     6th May 2005 THE biggest challenge facing the turbomachinery servicing and refurbishing industry in Southern Africa today is the lack of people who are both qualified and experienced. 

Left in the dark City Power spells out why

By: Irma Venter     6th May 2005 Johannesburg utility City Power is in the process of implementing an infrastructure maintenance and replacement policy, rather than a run-to-failure policy, such as is currently the situation, says CEO Mogwailane Mohlala. 

When State ownership makes sense

By: Terence Creamer     6th May 2005 One of the biggest uncertainties clarified within months of the start of the second Thabo Mbeki administration has been in the area of public enterprises. 

Eskom advances peaking-power plans

By: Nicola Mawson     5th May 2005 Power utility Eskom has given notice of its intention to construct an open-cycle gas-turbine power plant, fuel supply pipeline and a substation with transmission lines in Mossel Bay. 

Utility awards big prepayment contract

29th April 2005 State-owned power utility Eskom has awarded 70% of its annual national contract for prepayment electricity meters to the South African arm of international group Landis+Gyr. 

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