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Incentives needed to aid local energy tech

By: Mamaili Mamaila     1st May 2020 While there is an increased focus on local content across several South African industries, government could do more in terms of incentivising local manufacturing, says energy solutions company i-G3n co-founder and director Sydney Phakathi. 

Lockdown highlights food supply importance

By: Darren Parker     1st May 2020 The Covid-19 outbreak and consequent measures taken by government to combat its spread have highlighted the importance of food supply, says motors and drives company SEW Eurodrive MD Raymond Obermeyer. “We will ensure that we reconsider the areas that we believe will benefit the agriculture... 

Lockdown highlights food supply importance
RAYMOND OBERMEYER Throughout the lockdown, SEW Eurodrive has continued to assist the agriculture sector as crucial link in the food supply chain.

Renewables to be only energy growth source in 2020 as markets experience ‘biggest shock since Second World War’

By: Terence Creamer     30th April 2020 Renewables will be the only energy source to experience growth in 2020, as Covid-19 lockdowns trigger a plunge in demand for all other energy sources amid what the International Energy Agency (IEA) is describing as the “biggest energy market shock since the Second World War”. A new IEA report,... 

Renewables to be only energy growth source in 2020 as markets experience ‘biggest shock since Second World War’
IEA executive director Fatih Birol

Eskom advises of staged repairs to Kendal’s noncomplying units

By: Marleny Arnoldi     30th April 2020 State-owned power utility Eskom has acknowledged the environmental breaches emanating from the operation of its Kendal power station and is in the process of mending the technical faults that led to the environmental breaches. However, the utility advises that this will take some time to be... 

Eskom advises of staged repairs to Kendal’s noncomplying units
Photo by Creamer Media
Kendal power station

Eskom shuts power plant after warning ash dam may collapse

By: , Bloomberg     30th April 2020 Eskom Holdings, South Africa’s State-owned electricity utility, said it has temporarily closed its Camden power plant because the dam where it stores the ash from burning coal could burst and endanger local residents. The 1,600-megawatt power plant will be closed for up to three months after a... 

Eskom seeks to repurpose three coal-fired power stations 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      29th April 2020 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News editor Terence Creamer about Eskom's plans for repurposing three coal-fired power stations, in Mpumalanga, that are due to close in the next few years. 

Eskom seeks to repurpose three coal-fired power stations
Eskom seeks to repurpose three coal-fired power stations

Solar body calls for overhaul of distributed-generation rules in open letter to Ramaphosa 

By: Terence Creamer     29th April 2020 The South African Photovoltaic Industry Association (SAPVIA) has written to President Cyril Ramaphosa endorsing his call for the forging of a “new economy”, while also appealing for decisive policy and regulatory action to ensure that the country does not “return to the dark days of... 

Solar body calls for overhaul of distributed-generation rules in open letter to Ramaphosa
Wido Schnabel

Pele secures funding for project pipeline

By: Donna Slater     28th April 2020 Black-owned energy and development company Pele Energy Group has raised new capital for growth and working capital through a unique preference share funding structure, leading to a long-term partnership with financial services provider Investec Bank. This structure has accounted for Pele’s full... 

Eskom says all repurposing options on table for Komati, Hendrina and Grootvlei 

By: Terence Creamer     28th April 2020 State-owned power utility Eskom insists that all options are on the table as it considers proposals for the repurposing of three coal-fired power stations – Komati, Hendrina and Grootvlei – that are scheduled to cease producing electricity between 2022 and 2026. The utility issued an expression... 

Eskom says all repurposing options on table for Komati, Hendrina and Grootvlei
Komati

Opinion: Why should SA’s post-Covid-19 stimulus incorporate a big green-energy component?

By: Tobias Bischof-Niemz     24th April 2020 Governments around the world are grappling with ways to reignite their economies and limit the duration of recessions precipitated by the response to the Covid-19 pandemic. South Africa is no different. Naturally, the first response of the South African authorities has been to direct limited... 

Opinion: Why should SA’s post-Covid-19 stimulus incorporate a big green-energy component?

2019 set a record for renewable electricity generation in the UK

By: Rebecca Campbell     24th April 2020 In a report issued on April 9, the British Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) reported that, based on provisional figures, last year had been a record year for the production of electricity using renewable technologies in the UK. Renewable electricity generation last... 

LPG could plug backup energy gap

By: Cameron Mackay     24th April 2020 Research conducted by strategy agency Birguid shows that liquified petroleum gas (LPG) suppliers can approach State-owned power utility Eskom, as well as other independent power producers, to offer LPG supply as a backup energy source instead of diesel or petrol. Birguid researcher Patience... 

LPG could plug backup energy gap
GAS RISING LPG imports are expected to increase, as current suppliers will not be able to cope with the expected increase in industrial and domestic end-user demand

New gas gensets launched

By: Mamaili Mamaila     24th April 2020 Global diesel, alternative fuels and generator set (genset) supplier Cummins launched its new “innovative power generation products” at the Middle East Energy (MEE) event earlier this year. 

New gas gensets launched
PROGRESSIVELY FORGING AHEAD Cummins remains hopeful about the future, as it will introduce two new digital master controls which provide comprehensive design flexibility

Opportune time for LPG growth

By: Cameron Mackay     24th April 2020 The local liquified petroleum gas (LPG) market is an underdeveloped industry and has significant growth potential, largely owing to its use as an energy source, says the Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) Safety Association of South Africa acting MD Nirvan Brijlal. Moreover, he highlights the... 

Opportune time  for LPG growth
POTENTIAL UNLOCKED LPG’s versatility in domestic, commercial and industrial applications, and impending supply capacity improvements, are significant factors signalling the potential for growth for the industry

Association improves technicians training

By: Cameron Mackay     24th April 2020 The Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) Safety Association of South Africa has been investing in improving its LPG technicians’ installation training through collaboration with the Department of Employment and Labour (DEL) as one of its mandates for the LPG sector. “This will enable us to ensure that... 

Association improves technicians training
NIRVAN BRIJLAL The industry is well regulated, with many safety standards in place

LNG market sees increased clean energy demand

24th April 2020 Global demand for liquefied natural gas (LNG) increased by 12.5% to 359-million tonnes last year, which is a significant increase that bolsters LNG’s growing role in the transition to a lower carbon energy system. This is according to a LNG outlook report that was published by natural gas and... 

LNG market sees increased  clean energy demand
AN EVOLVING MARKET New spot-trading mechanisms and a wider variety of indices used for long-term contracts point towards LNG becoming an increasingly flexible commodity

GWEC launches Memorial Award in honour of late CEO Steve Sawyer

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     22nd April 2020 On the occasion of Earth Day, the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) has launched a memorial award in honour of its late CEO Steve Sawyer. The REvolutionaries: The Steve Sawyer Memorial Award will honour Sawyer’s life mission to pioneer the global energy transition, recognising young leaders in... 

Opinion: Covid-19 presents opportunity to rethink impact of mines on communities

22nd April 2020 The temporary closure and imminent reopening of mines across the country in the coming weeks provides an opportunity for mine bosses to assess and rethink their impact on communities, say Louise Scholtz and Khodani Mulaudzi of the World Wide Fund for Nature South Africa (WWF-SA). In a small town... 

Opinion: Covid-19 presents opportunity to rethink impact of mines on communities
WWF-SA's Khodani Mulaudzi and Louise Scholtz

Covid-19 leads to energy curtailment issues

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     17th April 2020 Futuregrowth Power Debt Fund portfolio manager Paul Semple says that following the devastating effect on economic activity by the lockdown and onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, for the first time in many years, State-owned power utility Eskom has a different challenge on its hands, that of managing... 

AUC, Irena to advance renewables in response to Covid-19

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     17th April 2020 Continental body, the African Union Commission (AUC), and intergovernmental agency, the International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena), have agreed to work closely to advance renewable energy across the continent to bolster Africa’s response to Covid-19. The two organisations will focus on... 

Wind power capacity worldwide reaches 650.8 GW; coronavirus impact expected

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     17th April 2020 The overall capacity of all wind turbines installed worldwide by the end of 2019 reached 650.8 GW, according to statistics published by the World Wind Energy Association (WWEA). 59 667 MW of capacity was added in 2019, substantially more than the 50 252 MW of capacity added in 2018. 

M&R warns of impact of Covid-19 on full-year earnings

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th April 2020 JSE-listed engineering and construction services group Murray & Roberts (M&R) continues to experience the impact on its projects from measures to contain the spread of Covid-19. In South Africa, the group is impacted by the extended lockdown period to end-April, and in Australasia and the... 

Cleaner power demand boosts gas genset sales

17th April 2020 Stringent environmental regulations, declining gas prices and increasing demand for flexible transmission of renewable power have sparked a growing interest in gas-powered generator sets (gensets) in Europe, says market research company Frost & Sullivan. The firm reported in February, in... 

Cleaner power demand boosts gas genset sales
SWITCHED ON According to Frost & Sullivan a growing interest in gas-powered generator sets has been experienced in Europe

Power supplier targets datacentres

17th April 2020 In realising that providing uninterrupted electrical energy is the backbone of a datacentre’s infrastructure, global generator manufacturer Aksa Power Generation launched its power range targeted at the requirements of a datacentre earlier this year. The company suggests that companies need... 

Power supplier  targets datacentres
DATACENTRIC Maintaining power is core to the successful running of data centres according to Aksa Power Generation

Cleaner LPG and natural gas generators making inroads in local market

By: Halima Frost     17th April 2020 Gas-to-power solutions provider Sustainable Power Generation (SustainPower) says the adoption of its cleaner, environment-friendly liquified petroleum gas (LPG) and natural gas generators that are available to homes and businesses in South Africa has been quite successful – to the extent that the... 

Cleaner LPG and natural gas generators making inroads in local market
WHAT A GAS A new liquefied petroleum gas-powered generator is now available for South African businesses and homes

Company to introduce standby power system in South Africa

By: Halima Frost     17th April 2020 Subsequent to the successful launch of power management solutions provider Eaton Electric’s xStorage Home system in Europe, the company plans to formally introduce the system to the local market at this year’s Power & Electricity World Africa Expo 2020 (PEWA) in August. Although Eaton Electric... 

Company to introduce standby  power system in South Africa
BATTER UP The battery on the xStorage system allows for power to be stored and harnessed for use when needed

Generator company awarded second energy contract

By: Halima Frost     17th April 2020 Power solutions provider HIMOINSA Southern Africa was awarded a substantial power supply contract for an international pharmaceutical manufacturing facility, based in South Africa, which will be the second project of its kind in the pharmaceutical sector for the company this year. Awarded in... 

Generator company awarded second  energy contract
ENERGY SUPPLEMENT Pharmaceutical firms can power their manufacturing plant using Himoinsa’s rental options

Modular power solutions increasing in Africa

By: Simone Liedtke     17th April 2020 In most power plants across Africa, clients prefer to install modular-type solutions, also known as containerised solutions or e-houses, and dry-type transformers fit “perfectly” within this scope, says transformer supplier and specialist Trafo Power Solutions MD David Claassen. The preference... 

Modular power solutions increasing in Africa
DAVID CLAASSEN Trafo also designs and customises its transformers according to client specifications and requirements

Decarbonising of local power generation sedate

By: Tracy Hancock     17th April 2020 Decarbonising South Africa’s electricity generation is no longer a technical challenge, it is a political and economic issue, says University of Pretoria Graduate School of Technology Management professor David Walwyn.  The Integrated Resource Plan 2019 (IRP 2019) forecasts that it will take... 

Decarbonising of local power generation sedate
RENEWED PROJECTION The growing appeal of grid-tied and standalone rooftop solar systems may alter the Integrated Resource Plan’s 30-year projection for the decarbonising of South Africa’s electric power generation

Suppression system averts oil transformer fires

By: Tracy Hancock     17th April 2020 Mitigating risks on oil-filled transformers is a primary concern for various firms that make use of this high-value equipment. Although safety in the engineering of transformers is increasingly being improved, efficient fire-suppression technology that will mitigate the risk posed on the business... 

Suppression system averts oil transformer fires
LOCALISED SUPPRESSION I-CAT has several installations of its localised suppression system scheduled for transformers in Mozambique and Ghana

Absa imposes strict new coal project financing criteria

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th April 2020 Absa has published an updated sustainability policy and standard for financing coal, affirming the bank’s commitment to responsible financing and doing its bit towards mitigating climate change. The updated policy applies the Principles for Responsible Banking, which is the framework that... 

Restrictions eased on various industries as South Africa enters extended lockdown phase  

By: Terence Creamer     16th April 2020 The South African government announced the easing of lockdown restrictions for parts of the logistics, retail, services, mining and energy sectors on April 16, as the country entered the second phase of what was initially meant to be a 21-day nationwide lockdown in response to the Covid-19... 

 Restrictions eased on various industries as South Africa enters extended lockdown phase
Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma

Debt funders appointed for 15 MW Kenya hydropower project 

By: Terence Creamer     16th April 2020 Africa-focused independent power producer Tembo Power, of Mauritius, has announced the appointment of two senior debt financiers – the Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund (EAIF) and Finnfund – for its 15 MW Kaptis hydropower project in Kenya. The $44-million run-of-river project is located near... 

Debt funders appointed for 15 MW Kenya hydropower project
Tembo Power has a portfolio of ten projects across Kenya, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo

Global nuclear industry contributing to fight against Covid-19

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     16th April 2020 The global nuclear industry’s already established robust safety culture is helping related organisations to act fast and modify their processes during the Covid-19 pandemic, says data and analytics company GlobalData. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is providing support to 14... 

Eskom clears COO of all wrongdoing

By: Donna Slater     15th April 2020 After being accused by a fellow employee of corruption, conflict of interest, dishonesty and abuse of power, power utility Eskom COO Jan Oberholzer has been cleared of all allegations by an external Senior Counsel. The complainant made the numerous accusations against Oberholzer in March through... 

Eskom clears COO of all wrongdoing
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Eskom COO Jan Oberholzer

Energy industry calls for more local content in energy supply chain to secure SA’s energy security

By: Simone Liedtke     14th April 2020 Wind tower producer GRI Towers South Africa has called on government to insist on more local content in the energy supply chain to ensure energy security for South Africa in line with anticipations of a changed global economic reality post Covid-19. According to GRI, government has achieved... 

Glencore provides electricity for 300 households

By: Donna Slater     14th April 2020 Diversified mining and marketing company Glencore recently completed an electrification project where it assisted South African power utility Eskom to provide electricity access to 300 households in the Ga-Masha and Ga-Rantho communities, in Limpopo. Glencore aims to assist government in its... 

Glencore provides electricity for 300 households
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