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Forum set up to improve cooperation between Eskom, Transnet and domestic industrialists 

By: Terence Creamer     20th May 2022 A new forum comprising Eskom, Transnet and domestic industrialists is to be established to improve collaboration between the two large infrastructure-focused State-owned companies and domestic manufacturers and suppliers. The initiative was unveiled by Ministers Pravin Gordhan and Ebrahim Patel... 

Medupi units 1 to 3 at full load, Eskom to bring damaged unit 4 online in August 2024

By: Schalk Burger     20th May 2022 State-owned power utility Eskom this week revealed that it had implemented repairs and fixes to generation Units 1 to 3 at the Medupi power station, and that the units are operating at full load, producing 720 MW of electricity each. Unit 4, which was damaged in a generator explosion, after... 

The Medupi power station
Photo by Creamer Media's Schalk Burger
The Medupi power station

Gordhan reports yet another sabotage incident at Hendrina power station 

By: Terence Creamer     20th May 2022 A day after Eskom confirmed incidents of sabotage at its Tutuka power station, Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan alleged that another incident of sabotage had taken place at the Hendrina power station. The Hendrina incident raises to six the number of incidents of suspected sabotage that... 

Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan
Photo by Creamer Media Chief Photographer Donna Slater
Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan

Stage 2 load-shedding in the evenings all weekend – Eskom

By: News24Wire      20th May 2022 Eskom says a shortage of generation capacity has persisted, and Stage 2 load shedding will be implemented from 17:00 to 22:00 on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. "As previously communicated, due to the continued shortage of generation capacity Stage 2 load shedding will be implemented from 17:00... 

Eskom power lines

Kibo Energy appoints new CFO

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th May 2022 Aim- and AltX-listed energy developer Kibo Energy has appointed Cobus van der Merwe group CFO and Pieter Krügel CEO of Kibo subsidiary Mast Energy Developments, effective June 1. Van der Merwe brings to the position more than a decade of experience in managerial and executive roles in the... 

Is the steel master plan delivering?  

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th May 2022 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about whether the steel master plan is delivering; the lack of demand that is negatively impacting on the industry and how localisation could help to boost demand; and the electricity supply and rail and port... 

Photo of Terence Creamer
Is the steel master plan delivering?

Rich nations offer debt guarantees on South African climate deal

By: Bloomberg     20th May 2022 A group of the world’s richest nations offered South Africa debt guarantees as part of a proposed $8.5-billion deal designed to cut the nation’s reliance on coal for power generation, people familiar with the talks said, potentially resolving one sticking point in the negotiations. The guarantees... 

Lithium-ion battery assembly plant opened in Cape Town

By: Irma Venter     20th May 2022 Swedish energy storage specialist Polarium has opened a lithium-ion battery assembly plant in Montague Park, Cape Town. The facility is the group’s third in the world, with the other two plants in Mexico and Vietnam. 

Mantashe open to meeting with opposition to seek short-term solutions to power crisis 

By: Terence Creamer     19th May 2022 Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe has described as “constructive” a proposal by the opposition Democratic Alliance for a meeting to discuss short-term solutions to the country’s ongoing load-shedding crisis. In his Budget Vote address, Mantashe outlined the initiatives his... 

Minerals Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Minerals Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe

Eskom confirms sabotage incidents at Tutuka

By: Creamer Media Reporter      19th May 2022 Power utility Eskom on May 19 confirmed an incident in which a cable was severed at the Tutuka power station this week while the power station was finalising preparations to return Unit 5 to service. "The damage to the cable had the effect of delaying the unit’s return to service by three days,... 

Fanaroff dismisses infrastructure versus localisation dichotomy as ‘factually wrong’ 

By: Terence Creamer     19th May 2022 The “either-or” narrative pitting accelerated infrastructure delivery against localisation has been challenged by Dr Bernie Fanaroff, who played a central role in the development of the Steel Master Plan, which identifies localisation as one of several instruments to be used to revive the... 

Dr Bernie Fanaroff
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Dr Bernie Fanaroff

Pivot to citizen-owned renewables could save City Power, energy specialist says ahead of indaba 

By: Terence Creamer     19th May 2022 Johannesburg could turn around the lossmaking performance of City Power, end load-shedding and improve the green credentials of its manufacturing industry by purchasing 80% of its wholesale electricity from large-scale, citizen-owned solar and wind plants at a cost below that purchased from Eskom... 

Image of Johannesburg

Wind energy industry reaffirms commitment to energy security

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     18th May 2022 As the country once again contends with continued load-shedding, the South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) has reaffirmed the sector’s role in contributing to energy security. This is despite the recent announcement of delays to two renewable energy procurement rounds meant to unlock and... 

Energy crisis requires policy reform to resolve it – Seifsa

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     18th May 2022 The reasons for South Africa’s energy crisis are well known and include the State ignoring the warnings that electricity generation was falling short, maintenance was not being undertaken, the grid having deteriorated to the point of near collapse and corruption being allowed to continue unbated,... 

Creecy offers provinces help to process EIAs for 100 MW embedded projects 

By: Terence Creamer     18th May 2022 Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment Minister Barbara Creecy reports that she has written to provincial environment MECs to enquire whether they require any assistance in processing environmental impact assessments (EIAs) for embedded-generation projects that could help relieve pressure on the... 

Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment Minister Barbara Creecy
Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment Minister Barbara Creecy

Eskom compiling ‘consolidated proposal’ for ending load-shedding crisis 

By: Terence Creamer     17th May 2022 Eskom CEO André de Ruyter has revealed that the utility is compiling a “consolidated proposal” on how to end the ongoing electricity crisis, including how to introduce much-needed new generation capacity in the shortest possible time. The State-owned utility estimates the current shortfall to be... 

Eskom CEO André de Ruyter
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Eskom CEO André de Ruyter

Kibo secures deal to develop, deploy CellCube-based energy storage solutions in Southern Africa

By: Schalk Burger     17th May 2022 Energy company Kibo Energy has signed a rolling five-year agreement with energy storage company Enerox’s subsidiary CellCube to develop and deploy CellCube-based long-duration energy storage (LDES) solutions in selected sectors in Southern Africa. Kibo has been granted conditional exclusive... 

Stage 3 load-shedding planned for Tuesday night, for now

By: News24Wire      17th May 2022 South Africa is still currently on track for Stage 3 load-shedding between 17:00 and 22:00 on Tuesday as a lack of capacity has left the country with evening power cuts for the rest of the week. Eskom had initially said there would Stage 3 load-shedding on Monday night as well, but had to... 

Electricity pylons

Developing countries have opportunity to call for greater access to nuclear energy, technology

By: Schalk Burger     17th May 2022 States that do not have nuclear weapons, which include most developing countries, have an opportunity to demand greater access to nuclear sciences and technologies for peaceful purposes, including for energy, industry and medicine, at the tenth review conference of the Treaty on the... 

The Koeberg nuclear power station
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The Koeberg nuclear power station

IPP Office head says stakeholder alignment key to regular, investment-promoting procurement rhythm 

By: Terence Creamer     17th May 2022 The head of South Africa’s Independent Power Producer (IPP) Office believes that improved stakeholder management and alignment are key to overcoming delays to the introduction of urgently required new electricity capacity and to creating the predictable “procurement rhythm” required to attract... 

IPP Office head Bernard Magoro
IPP Office head Bernard Magoro

Emissions reduction tech at Kusile contributes to move to Stage 4 load-shedding 

By: Darren Parker     16th May 2022 State-owned utility Eskom was forced to implement Stage 4 load-shedding on the evening of May 16 after Unit 2 at the Kusile power station tripped, Eskom spokesperson Sikonathi Mantshantsha said. The tripped Kusile unit removed 720 MW of generating capacity from the already constrained grid. 

Kusile
Kusile

Load-shedding escalated to Stage 4 on Monday  

By: News24Wire      16th May 2022 Load-shedding will be escalated to Stage 4 on Monday afternoon, Eskom announced. This is owing to a unit at Kusile power station tripping earlier on Monday, taking 720MW of generating capacity with it, Eskom spokesperson Sikonathi Mantshantsha said.  "While this unit has since returned to... 

Electricity pylons

BLSA suggests business plan for an incoming modernised electricity system

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th May 2022 South Africa will eventually find itself with a thoroughly modern electricity supply sector, including many generators competing with each other, an effective distribution operator and a wide marketplace for consumers to buy electricity. Businesses should see through the doom and gloom of the... 

BLSA CEO Mavuso
BLSA CEO Busi Mavuso

Godongwana says work under way to unblock R54bn embedded generation pipeline 

By: Terence Creamer     13th May 2022 Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana reports that work is under way with the private sector to unblock the remaining obstacles to investment of about R54-billion in embedded generation projects. Speaking during a presentation of Operation Vulindlela’s first quarter progress report, Godongwana said... 

Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana
Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana

Newly rebranded DFI launches in Kenya

By: Darren Parker     13th May 2022 The newly rebranded UK government’s development finance institution (DFI) British International Investment (BII) was launched on May 12 at the British High Commissioner’s residence in Nairobi, Kenya – one of the DFI’s most important markets. The event was attended by BII CEO Nick O’Donohoe and... 

South Africa must cut red tape to close energy gap, ANC suggests

By: Bloomberg     13th May 2022 South Africa must accelerate plans to generate more electricity itself, buy more energy from private producers and make it easier for power-hungry mining companies to build their own plants, according to a draft economic policy document compiled by the nation’s governing party. Projects outlined... 

South African coal consumers face tough decisions as miners prioritise exports over domestic offtakers – Jones 

By: Donna Slater     13th May 2022 A potential food crisis may be brewing in South Africa as domestic coal consumers face increasing difficulty in securing coal supplies at a fair price to fire their processing plants, says commodity insights and marketplace company African Source Markets CEO Bevan Jones. He tells Mining Weekly... 

An image of African Source Markets CEO Bevan Jones
African Source Markets CEO Bevan Jones

Relaxation of PFMA rules empowers Eskom to engage directly with OEMs, maintenance suppliers

By: Terence Creamer     13th May 2022 State-owned utility Eskom says the National Treasury’s relaxation of some procurement and supply chain management rules and processes contained in the Public Finance Management Act (PFMA) will assist it in speeding up critical and urgent procurement. The amendment, which is outlined in an... 

Eskom CEO André de Ruyter
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Eskom CEO André de Ruyter

Stage 2 load-shedding on Friday night as over 16 000 MW lost to breakdowns

By: News24Wire      13th May 2022 Stage 2 load-shedding will be implemented for the fifth time this week, running from 17:00 to 22:00 on Friday, Eskom said in a statement. Several generating units are expected to return to service starting on Friday afternoon and through the weekend, however. "Eskom will continue to closely... 

Electricity Pylons

Eskom reiterates support for BW5 of the REIPPPP

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     13th May 2022 State-owned power utility Eskom has acknowledged and welcomed the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy’s (DMRE’s) extension of the commercial close timelines for the 25 preferred bidders announced under the Renewable Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) Bid Window 5... 

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Winter load-shedding outlook  

13th May 2022 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the outlook for load-shedding this winter, why the electricity system is in a precarious state, power utility Eskom's heavy reliance on its open-cycle gas turbine plants and the utility's calls for additional... 

Photo of Terence Creamer
Winter load-shedding outlook

InfraCo Africa provides $15m loan to Bboxx to ramp up clean energy access in Africa

By: Schalk Burger     13th May 2022 Infrastructure investment mobilisation organisation InfraCo Africa will provide $15-million by way of convertible loan notes to decentralised solar-powered systems company Bboxx to enable it to accelerate its provision of clean energy solutions to millions of people in existing and new markets... 

Efficient trucks added to fleet

By: Halima Frost     13th May 2022 Heavy lifting and rigging specialist Lovemore Bros added four new trucks from global truck manufacturer Volvo to its heavy lifting and materials handling fleet. Lovemore Bros heavy rigging manager Shane Hawyes says the benefit of the acquisition is threefold. 

A condenser lift using a hydraulic gantry at a heavy lift job in South Africa
CONDENSED POWER A condenser lift supplied by Lovemore Bros using its hydraulic gantry

Project launched to fast-track energy, water transition

By: Halima Frost     13th May 2022 The South African Industry Adaption (SAIA) project was launched last month to accelerate South African industry’s energy and water transition to a decarbonised, green and inclusive economy, as well as a vibrant job market. SAIA is a collaboration between the governments of South Africa and... 

A photo of Lee-Hendor Ruiters speaking at teh launch of the The South African Industry Adaption (SAIA) project which was launched last month to accelerate South African industry’s energy and water transition a collaboration between the governments of South Africa and Flanders, in Belgium, and the United Nations Industrial Development Corporation
LEE-HENDOR RUITERSThe South African Industry Adaption (SAIA) project was launched last month to accelerate South African industry’s energy and water transition

Tracker technology increases PV efficacy

By: Halima Frost     13th May 2022 The Genius Tracker from solar energy equipment supplier GameChange Solar can increase a solar photovoltaic (PV) installation’s harnessing efficacy by up to 25% as opposed to a static tracking system. The single axis tracker can be installed on slopes of about 7%, “but it could be designed to... 

A long row of solar panels of specially designed Genius trackers supplied by Gamechange solar at an installation in South Africa
TOP TRACKER The Genius Tracker offered by GamChange solar increases harnessing efficiency on a solar panel by about 25%

Two installations prove company’s mettle

By: Halima Frost     13th May 2022 Industrial boiler manufacturer Steam Generation has successfully completed two projects in Africa that highlight its ability to improve energy efficiency and management for clients. “We commissioned a steam generation plant for a notable brewery in Accra, Ghana, in January, which entailed... 

A large 3 000 kg/h burner installed at local food, home and personal care product producer, in Isando,
BIG BURNER Steam Generation has installed two burners for a client based in Isando

Battery installation bolsters solar plant efficacy

By: Halima Frost     13th May 2022 Renewable-energy turnkey provider African Clean Energy Solutions (ACES) Renewables is installing two 540 kWh hybrid lithium-ion batteries at a business park near the Eastgate shopping centre, in Gauteng, to ensure energy efficiency amid load-shedding disruptions. The project, which includes the... 

A large array of solar panels on the top of an office building
TOP-UP The solar PV installation on top of a building finished by ACES Renewables last year will be complimented by a Battery storage system
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