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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. 

World Bank says backs Uganda hydropower project

By: Liezel Hill     30th September 2005 The World Bank supports long- delayed plans by Uganda to build a new $400-million hydropower plant on the Nile, but the extent of its financial involvement is yet to be decided, the international lender said yesterday. 

UK likely to maintain links with PBMR

By: Keith Campbell     30th September 2005 British Nuclear Fuels Ltd expects that the UK will remain connected with the project and the technology even if it transfers its shareholding to its US subsidiary, Westinghouse. 

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. 

British shares in PBMR set to become American

By: Keith Campbell     16th September 2005 THE 22% shareholding held by British Nuclear Fuels Ltd (BNFL) in South Africa�s PBMR company, is set to be transferred to BNFL�s wholly-owned US subsidiary, Westinghouse. 


By: Helene Le Roux     16th September 2005 The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation�s (Necsa�s) launch of a R25-million cyclotope production facility has enabled the local healthcare profession to make a giant leap in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer. 

'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... 

Investment in local engineering should not be overlooked

By: Terence Creamer     9th September 2005 Global technology group ABB has significantly beefed up its domestic engineering capacity over the last few years and claims to be able to deliver up to 60% of all products and projects ordered within sub-Saharan Africa from its South African base. 

Fitch affirms Eskom's short-term national rating

7th September 2005 International rating agency Fitch Ratings yesterday said that it has affirmed South African power utility Eskom's short-term national rating at 'F1+(zaf)'. 

Conditions 'extremely favourable' for PBMR commercialisation - Erwin

By: Terence Creamer     2nd September 2005 The South African government believes almost model conditions currently exist in South Africa and elsewhere to support the commercial exploitation of the indigenously researched and developed, but still controversial, nuclear technology known as the Pebble Bed Modular Reactor (PBMR). 

New power tariff regime to bring certainty

By: Liezel Hill     1st September 2005 Several key issues were raised yesterday over the National Electricity Regulator's (NER's) new multiyear pricing mechanism (MPM), which it hopes to implement from April 1 next year. 

Hydro plant project officially launched

By: Liezel Hill     26th August 2005 The project launch and signing ceremony for the hydropower station planned near Bethlehem, in the Free State, took place last night, hosted by the Development Bank of South Africa (DBSA). 

PBMR programme sees first commercial delivery by 2014

By: Liezel Hill     26th August 2005 The preparation for a pilot fuel plant using pebble-bed modular reactor (PBMR) technology is expected to begin next year in Pelindaba, near Pretoria, PBMR CEO Jaco Kriek said on Wednesday. 

Nuclear integral to SA's generation vision

By: Liezel Hill     25th August 2005 The South African government has 'pencilled in' an amount of between 4 000 MW and 5 000 MW of power to be generated by pebble bed modular reactors (PBMRs) starting from 2010, Minister of Public Enterprises Alec Erwin said yesterday. 

Free State hydro plant seeks clean-energy accreditation

By: Liezel Hill     18th August 2005 The Bethlehem hydropower plant in the Free State, construction on which is scheduled to start early next year, is in talks with the World Bank regarding possible funding for certified emission reductions (CERs), as a result of the estimated 25 000 t of carbon savings which stand be achieved... 

Lephalale power station scoping report to be released next month

By: Liezel Hill     16th August 2005 The environmental-scoping report for Eskom's proposed new coal-fired power station project in the Lephalale area (previously Ellisras), in Limpopo, is expected to be available for public review next month, environmental-assessment agency Bohlweki Environmental said yesterday. 

SA's second Red by early 2006

By: Liezel Hill     9th August 2005 The company responsible for implementing the government's regional electricity distribution (Red) project has indicated that the second Red will be launched early next year. 

Nuclear cluster required for successful SA nuclear industry

By: Keith Campbell     8th August 2005 The successful creation of a South African nuclear industry, based on the country's development of 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... 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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... 

Solidarity rejects Necsa wage offer

By: Nicola Mawson     4th August 2005 Members of the trade union Solidarity at the Nuclear Energy Corporation of South Africa (Necsa) today rejected the company's latest wage offer and a strike at the company seems increasingly likely. 

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. 

Union threatens nuclear strike

29th July 2005 Trade union Solidarity has indicated that if a process of mediation between the trade union Solidarity and the Nuclear Energy Corporation of South Africa (Necsa) did not succeed yesterday, its members will probably go out on strike. 

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, unions reach agreement

By: Liezel Hill     28th July 2005 Trade union Solidarity said yesterday that it had signed a salary agreement with Eskom late on Tuesday. 

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. 

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