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Electricity News

Collapsible towers for powerline repair

By: System Author     30th April 1999 Electrical-maintenance crews who need to bypass existing powerlines for repairs or restore power in areas where lines are down due to severe storms, accidents or vandalism now have a new tool available in the form of collapsible emergency towers. Developed and tested in Canada by SBB... 

SA power innovations galvanise the world

By: System Author     30th April 1999 South African technology for innovative applications and developments in the electric power-generation and transmission industry is typically leading-edge and highly-regarded internationally, says South African Institute of Electrical Engineers president Alf Schulze. “These latest... 

Power applications exhibition

By: System Author     30th April 1999 The broader profile of the Electrics Power Electronic Africa (Epea) ’99 exhibition has led the Indian Electrical and Electronic Manufacturers Association to book a national pavilion for its participating companies at this year’s show. The power-applications section of the show is a... 

Greasing up on electrical contact

By: System Author     30th April 1999 A range of greases especially formulated to protect electrical contact surfaces is being marketed by electro-mechanical manufacturer Contact Engineering of Boksburg. Sourced from SBB International of Canada on an exclusive agency basis, the CTX dielectric compounds have been formulated... 

Hand-tool industry powering up changes

By: System Author     30th April 1999 The biggest challenge facing the power-tool industry at present is fly-by-night companies that import under their own, or assumed, names to and from the Far East, including countries such as China, Taiwan, Singapore and Korea, reports South African Power Tool Association (Sapta) chairperson Armin... 

Voltage is upped on thriving expansion drive

By: System Author     30th April 1999 Medium-voltage (MV) specialist Marqott Holdings is conducting a thriving expansion drive, which is the culmination of more than 12 years experience in the industry. A contributing factor to this initiative is the fact that, through its subsidiary Marqott Power Industries, Siemens awarded the... 

Banking on R7,5m power-supply project

By: System Author     30th April 1999 Uninterruptible power supply (UPS) manufacturer and supplier Meissners, of Isando, Gauteng, is entering phase two of a R7,5-million project for the supply of two 400 kVA UPSs to leading local banking group Nedcor. The first unit was installed at the bank eight months ago, and has since undergone... 

‘South Africa cannot ignore world trends’

By: System Author     30th April 1999 Electricity-supply industries around the world have undergone significant change over the past ten years, with many transforming into competitive structures featuring privatisation and customer choice. “South Africa cannot ignore these trends,” says National Electricity Regulator... 

Regional institute is powering ahead

By: System Author     30th April 1999 The Power Institute for East and Southern Africa (Piesa), a regional power-utility association, has achieved much since its establishment in February of last year. The institute launched a marketing strategy to encourage membership among regional utilities, and established an Internet Web site... 

Merger leads to creation of R&D powerhouse

By: System Author     30th April 1999 new giant in the power-generation industry has been announced with the merger between the power-generation divisions of ABB and Alstom to create a 50:50 joint company to be known as ABB Alstom Power. ABB South Africa communications manager Chesney Bradshaw refused to comment on the merger.... 

R5,3m Botswana substation contracts

By: System Author     30th April 1999 Local electricity trans- mission and distri- bution specialist Alstom Power Systems has been awarded two contracts totalling R5,3-million. These comprise the supply and installation of transformers and outdoor yard extensions for the 132/33 kV Mogoditshane substation at Gaborone in Botswana. The... 

R7,3m Mozal HV contract

By: System Author     30th April 1999 The contract for the supply of high-voltage (HV) circuit-breakers for the substations and power stations involved in the multimillion-rand 400 kV power-supply project to Maputo has been awarded to Alstom High Voltage Equipment (HVE). Motraco, the joint-venture company established to run the... 

Adding sparks to big cordless debate

By: System Author     30th April 1999 SOUTH African consumers still associate cordless tools with second-rate performance and a lack of power, comments Peter Schneider in the April issue of The Home Handyman. Whereas every household in Australia has at least one cordless power tool, the situation in South Africa is quite different.... 

R20m mast contract a towering success

By: System Author     30th April 1999 Electrification-mast manufacturer Dorbyl Structural Products (DSP), of Vereeniging, Gauteng, has had great success with its patented 259 series masts, which it has supplied to Eskom for the last four years in a contract valued at about R20-million a year. The company designed and developed the... 

Solar roof development

By: System Author     30th April 1999 A solar roofing system, jointly developed by Gapp Architects and Urban Designers and Solar Heat Exchangers, is being used to roof part of a public bathhouse built for the Katorus Market Society. This society is a non-governmental organisation representing the townships of Katlehong, Tokoza and... 

R50m-worth of SA-made transformers destined for Nigeria

By: System Author     23rd April 1999 A R50-million order for the supply of 21 power transformers totalling 1 140 MVA for installation at various substations within Nigeria has been awarded to South African transformer manufacturer ABB Powertech Transformers by the Nigerian Energy Power Authority. All 21 transformers are scheduled to... 

Voice for small companies

By: System Author     23rd April 1999 ORGANISERS of Electrics Africa, the international electrical exhibition, have created a village area of affordable stands for smaller South African companies. This will give suppliers the opportunity to enjoy all the benefits associated with full-scale participation at the event. “We... 

R8-billion Tanzanian energy alternatives

By: System Author     16th April 1999 Tanzania has turned its eyes towards international investors to upgrade the country’s existing inadequate power sector. “We realise the critical importance of increasing our power-generating capacity,” explains Tanzania Electric Supply Company (Tanesco) MD R Abdulla. “As... 

Y2k compliance upgrade for Swaziland’s electricity-billing system

By: System Author     16th April 1999 ELECTRICITY giant Eskom is assisting the Swaziland government in ensuring its electricity-billing system is Year 2000 compliant. The billing system, developed in-house by Eskom through application development software from SPL, is flexible, being ported from a mainframe to a Unix environment in... 

New bidder for fixed-line network no 2

By: System Author     16th April 1999 Telecom provider to Transnet, Transtel might become a legal entity in its own right by the end of the year, Transtel transmission networks CEO Michael Nuttall tells Engineering News. “If we are to become involved in a second fixed-line telecom network, we will have to become a legal entity... 

Enviro-hazard removed from plastic

By: System Author     9th April 1999 A new worldwide patented technology developed by a South African company cleans and separates granulated polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and polyethylene contaminated with copper or aluminium. Kew Polymers, in Wynberg, Gauteng, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Kew Cables, which supplies electrical cables... 

Academy maintains 100% success rate

By: System Author     9th April 1999 South Africa ranked a lowly seventh on the list of most competitive African countries, stated Anglo American Industrial Corporation chairperson Leslie Boyd at the graduation ceremony of the African Academy for Cadd Training last month. He pointed out that only with the invaluable input of... 

From 175 to 1 000 electrical units a day

By: System Author     9th April 1999 From a company that was on the verge of closing down, Kelvinator has been turned into a highly productive operation which is now positioned to capitalise on ‘enormous’ potential in the electrical appliance market. In 1996 factory output measured 175 units a day – within nine... 

MIT backs SA pebble-bed reactor

By: System Author     9th April 1999 One of the world’s most respected technical institutions has independently researched and proved the pebble-bed modular reactor (PBMR) technology as “the nuclear plant of the future”. Eskom intends to become a world-leading exporter of these intrinsically safe mini-nuclear... 

R198-million loan agreement for Namibia

By: System Author     9th April 1999 A R198-million loan agreement has been signed between the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) and the government of Namibia, for on-lending to the Windhoek City Council. This is part of the DBSA’s fulfilment of its mandate to build foundations for development in the Southern African... 

South Africa builds its own ‘IFC’ unit

By: System Author     9th April 1999 South Africa is in the throes of developing its own International Finance Corporation (IFC)-styled lending institution to provide support for private-sector provision of infrastructure. The Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA), of Midrand, set up its Private Sector Investments Unit (PSIU)... 

Light on horizon from UK solar developments

By: System Author     2nd April 1999 Communities in the world’s poorest countries and in the most developed nations alike are benefiting from UK-developed technology improvements that help to turn sunshine into electrical power more economically and reliably than ever before. These developments are bringing power to the people... 

Company rolls out bearing service

By: System Author     2nd April 1999 Rolling out a comprehensive strategy for bearing services in South Africa, supplier of ZKL Bearings and Plummer block assemblies, Mecho Agencies of Sandton, Gauteng, focuses its attention on more than just supplying roller bearings. “We have been marketing the bearings, which are imported... 

Sunny South Africa becomes solar capital

By: System Author     2nd April 1999 A R2,7-million solar energy project completed last month is providing electricity to 582 homes, three schools and eight businesses in the remote Folovhodwe village in the Northern Province. The project has been undertaken in a joint venture between ASE, IBC, Webasto, and Siemens, which led the... 

Move into the electrode boiler segment

By: System Author     2nd April 1999 Industrial boiler manufacturer John Thompson Africa (JTA) has established an electrode boiler division following its acquisition of the Steamcor patent, designs and technology and the right to use the company name. The new division will be headed by Jan Malan, former MD of Steamcor and a 30-year... 

EU funds for school electrification

By: System Author     2nd April 1999 The European Union (EU) is providing 15-million Euro for the remote electrification of 1 000 rural schools in South Africa that are outside of Eskom’s grid expansion plan using solar energy. Eskom non-grid electrification project leader Henry van Rensburg tells Engineering News that the EU... 

R1,8m switchgear contract

By: System Author     2nd April 1999 THE Klerksdorp city council has awarded a R1,8-million contract to Reyrolle to replace 22 panels of switchgear at the city’s main intake substation. The contract follows a substation failure which left the town without electricity for critical periods and involved the replacement of the... 

Nuclear fuel cranes produced locally

By: System Author     2nd April 1999 THE manufacture of 5 t and 10 t stainless-steel overhead gantry cranes for the movement and storage of nuclear fuel in a controlled environment for a UK client has been completed by Strachan & Henshaw South Africa. A first for the local company, the contract was secured after British Nuclear Fuel... 

Digital compatibility demand

By: System Author     26th March 1999 Interest in, and use of, digital protocols in the processing industry has grown dramatically, and Worcester Controls, a BTR Siebe Flow Control company, is responding to the demand for digital-compatible products. The company has added actuator sensor interface (ASI) technology to the Norbro... 

Long-term hire for giant compressor

By: System Author     26th March 1999 Cape Town company Saldanha Steel has taken delivery of Rand-Air’s high-volume Centac portable electric compressor for a six-month hire. The oil-free machine has been commissioned into use for 24-hour back-up to the steel mill’s in-plant compressors, while routine motor maintenance is... 

Station-upgrade contract

By: System Author     26th March 1999 ELECTRICAL installations for part of the refurbishment of the Ikwezi station, in Dobsonville, Soweto, have been completed by Buzzard Electrical. Several of the busier train stations were identified as being in urgent need of renovations in order to make them safe for commuters. Various upgrade... 

Small turbines a worldwide energy source

By: System Author     26th March 1999 Worldwide micro-hydro turbine technology is winning popularity as a flexible medium-sized rural power source. Having progressed from research and development to commercialisation in just four years, former World Electricity Council chairperson John Baker pointed out at last year’s congress... 

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