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Electricity News

SA’s first electricity distributor by late 2003

7th May 2002 Minerals and Energy Minister Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka yesterday said in her budget vote speech that the first regional electricity distributor (RED) would be established by the last quarter of 2003. The long-awaited establishment of six REDs forms part of government’s restructuring of the... 

Ah, electrical engineering, romance

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     3rd May 2002 I was going to write about the mechanisms of electrochemical attack through concentartion cells, but I got bored just thinking about it so I won’t. 

SA skills sparking African energy sector

By: Joanne Delaurentis     3rd May 2002 The four-year involvement of the unregulated arm of South Africa’s national power utility Eskom Enterprises in the supply of operational and management support to power utilities on the continent is bearing much fruit. 

S African transmission-network expansion plan dominated by Cape

By: marisa rodrigues     26th April 2002 One of the focuses of the Eskom Transmission Group for this year is expansion, with particular emphasis on the strengthening of the Cape, senior GM: Transmission Peter O’Connor informs Engineering News. 

African transmission consultant casts eye beyond continent's shores

By: marisa rodrigues     26th April 2002 With a number of multimillion-dollar contracts in progress throughout Africa, power transmission specialist, Trans-Africa Projects (Tap), has become one of the major consultants in the Southern African power industry in just seven years. 

Mining is key to electrification growth

By: marisa rodrigues     26th April 2002 Specialists in electrical infrastructure, Tractionel Enterprises, which will have been operating in South Africa for its twentieth year this November, claims to be one of only a handful of companies in this country that is able to offer complete turnkey projects for railway electrification and... 

Utility gearing up to meet SA's 2007 generation needs

By: marisa rodrigues     26th April 2002 Plans have already been set in motion to prepare South Africa for the electricity-generation capacity expansions that will be needed from 2007 onwards. 

Namibia awards R130m transmission line contract

By: marisa rodrigues     26th April 2002 Global automation and power technology group, ABB, has won a R130-million contract to build a transmission line for NamPower, in Namibia. 

Overcapacity bringsmaintenance opportunities

By: marisa rodrigues     26th April 2002 As South Africa currently has a generation over-capacity, Alstom Power is concentrating its efforts on customer service by offering technical service contracts to the majority of South Africa’s power stations. 

SA's third IPP licence awarded

By: marisa rodrigues     26th April 2002 The third independent power producer (IPP) to be granted a licence by the National Electricity Regulator (NER) is Darlipp wind farm in Darling, in the Western Cape. 

Largest straw-fired power station opens in UK

26th April 2002 The world's largest and most efficient straw-fired power station, just formally opened in the UK, will burn 200 000 t of surplus straw a year to generate enough electricity to heat and light 80 000 homes. 

Richards Bay gets new substation

26th April 2002 A R16,5-million project that included the establishment of a new 132 kV multipurpose substation and the replacement of two 132 kV oil-filled underground cables by overhead lines, was completed in Richards Bay earlier this year. 

Emergency back-up power for cellular operator

26th April 2002 Emergency back-up power, in the event of a mains power failure, has been ensured for South Africa’s third cellular operator, Cell C. 

Nigerian cement maker's power project

26th April 2002 Global power company Rolls-Royce has won an order to supply a new electrical power project, providing 12,5 MW of electricity, to Nigeria’s West Africa Portland Cement (Wapco). 

International buy-out benefits SA

By: marisa rodrigues     26th April 2002 In January this year, GE Power Systems (GEPS), the world’s largest supplier of power generation technology and services, aquired the Bently Nevada Corporation, an international supplier of machinery monitoring and diagnostics technology. 

Firm gets second rail commutator contract

By: marisa rodrigues     26th April 2002 Langlaagte-based Transwerk has awarded electro-mechanical engineering specialist, Contact Engineering, a major contract to manufacture and supply a range of commutators. 

South African vacuum-pump manufacturer's US success story

By: nkolola halwindi     26th April 2002 The South African pumps industry is under pressure due to stiff competition from imported products as well as locally-manufactured products which have saturated the local markets, laments local vacuum-pump and compressor engineering firm Global Vacuum GM Scott Gordon. 

Yankee bashing

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     26th April 2002 I have had my doubts about US engineering for some time. 

Power utiity tests non-grid solar solution in Gauteng

By: Irma Venter     26th April 2002 An 18-m-high solar dish will capture the attention of motorists on the N1 in July as Eskom, in partnership with the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA), install the 25 kW system on the bank’s property next to the Ben Schoeman highway between Johannesburg and Pretoria. 

Southern Africa woos energy-intensive industry

26th April 2002 At its 11th meeting, the executive committee of the Southern African Power Pool resolved to intensify its efforts to attract energy-intensive users into the region to take advantage of the low cost, high quality, and reliable electrical energy. 

Solar water pump launched following Australian/SA JV

By: nkolola halwindi     26th April 2002 Through a joint venture with Australian-based pumps company Magnetic Gearing and Turbine (MGT), Boksburg castings company Rely Precision Castings, a division of Allied Productions Industries (API), has launched the MGT-50 solar water pump for use in the agricultural industry and in remote areas. 

New water-supply system to challenge windmills

26th April 2002 A new cost-competitive solution driven by renewable energy sources to the world water supply market has been introduced by Grundfos, of Johannesburg. 

Africa's second-largest transformer repaired

19th April 2002 Local company LH Marthinusen, of Johannesburg, has repaired a furnace transformer at Columbus Steel, saving the customer 75% of the estimated multi million rand replacement cost. 

US investor withdraws from SA nuclear project

17th April 2002 US investor, Exelon Generation Company, notified the board of the Pebble Bed Modular Reactor (PBMR) that, due to a change in their strategic focus, they would not be participating in the project beyond the current phase. 

De Beer steps down as Eskom Enterprises CEO

16th April 2002 The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Eskom Enterprises, Jan De Beer, has confirmed to Engineering News Online that he will be leaving the company when his contract expires at the end of this year 

Energy groups eye SA electricity slice

15th April 2002 US energy groups Cinergy Corporation and AES Corporation are among global power companies who have set up offices in South Africa in anticipation of the government’s opening up of the local market, which is at present dominated by State-owned Eskom. 

Remembering Spike Milligan (II)

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     12th April 2002 WG: “Part two: Looking for diamonds Neddy is finding being in the desert somewhat arduous . . .” 

Big solar plan for Northern Cape

12th April 2002 By 2005, South African power utility Eskom could be operating the world’s largest concentrating solar power (CSP) plant. 

R200m for E.Cape power projects

12th April 2002 Power utility Eskom will invest a total of R200-million on growing and improving the Eastern Cape’s electricity supply during this year alone. 

SA test solar generation option

8th April 2002 Energy utility Eskom and the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) have announced the proposed launch of a solar dish-engine system, which will be erected at the premises of DBSA. 

Powering up Central Africa

5th April 2002 A leader power transmission and distribution group (PTD) is electrifying a hundred villages in Gabon in a €20-million project ordered by the state energy ministry and scheduled for completion by the end of 2003. 

Remembering Spike Milligan I

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     5th April 2002 WG: “ Yes, folks, welcome again to another gripping saga. In tonight’s story we have . . . 

Alstom South Arica

5th April 2002 Mark Wilson Alstom South Africa Leader of 4 000 

R16-million desalination plant contract secured

5th April 2002 Competing against international contractors, Keyplan has secured the contract to construct a 12 000 m3 per day plant to desalinate effluent arising from Eskom’s Lethabo power station. 

Championing local manufacture

By: Martin Creamer     29th March 2002 The window of opportunity is widening for South Africa’s local manufacturers who have retained strong engineering departments, honed their global competitiveness and gained black economic-empowerment status. 

The switchgear success story

By: Martin Creamer     29th March 2002 Jack Rowan wears two Alstom hats. Besides being MD of Alstom South Africa’s Transmission and Distribution division, he is also vice president of Alstom’s International Sales and Country Organisation (Isco) for Southern and Eastern Africa, one of 15 Alstom regions. 

Electrical machines operation bounces back

By: candice haase     29th March 2002 Three main manufacturing activities take place at the Alstom Electrical Machines factory in Aberdeen Road, Benoni. 

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