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Electricity News

Private wind farm awaits purchase decision

By: System Author     6th August 1999 A decision on a power purchase agreement (PPA) for the proposed pilot wind farm located at Darling, on the Cape West Coast, is imminent following the conclusion of talks between the developer of the project, Darling Independent Power Producer (IPP) and power utility Eskom. 

Eskom sets aside R968m for black firms

By: System Author     6th August 1999 As part of its commitment to black economic empowerment (Bee) State electricity utility Eskom, which boasts a Bee budget of R968-million, has introduced an affirmative procurement policy in terms of which it plans to direct at least 50% of its operational spending to the emergent business sector. 

Toxic waste versus nuclear fuel

By: System Author     6th August 1999 Tech Track 

DME set to power-up non-grid image in SA

By: System Author     6th August 1999 Non-grid electrification should be seen as being equal to that of grid electrification 

SA non-grid must find its place in the sun

By: System Author     6th August 1999 David Poggiolini Engineering News Features Reporter South Africa has the expertise, the resources and the manufacturers, and yet it does not even feature on the renewable-energy map, argues Solcen MD Hannes Opperman. Solcen is a non-governmental organisation (NGO) which strives to promote the use... 

Duties, theft short-circuit solar-energy sector

By: System Author     6th August 1999 Steep customs duties on imported photovoltaic (PV) components and the theft of PV modules are hampering the growth of the local solar-energy manufacturing industry, Africa Solar MD John Doster tells 

R22m reticulation works on course

By: System Author     30th July 1999 Good progress is being made on the R21,5-million Driftsands water-reticulation works for the Port Elizabeth municipality, Engineering News can today report. Gauteng consulting engineer Jeffares & Green has been appointed by the main consultant and overall project manager, JE Glibbery &... 

Search for groundwater tees off

By: System Author     30th July 1999 n investigation to secure a ground- water source for the residential golf course at Melkbosstrand, 40 km from Cape Town, has been undertaken by SRK Consulting. The consulting firm was appointed during the proposal phase of the development by Johnnic Properties to secure a groundwater source which... 

Jhb utility companies on the cards by 2002

By: System Author     30th July 1999 Despite limited human and financial resources, Johannesburg’s water-service providers are progressing steadily towards the formation of utility companies as set out by the iGoli 2002 plan, reports Metro Bulk Water acting executive officer Chris Botha. The Greater Johannesburg masterplan,... 

R29m meter contract

By: System Author     30th July 1999 Leading manufacturer of prepayment electricity, water and solar dispensing systems, Conlog of Durban, has been contracted to supply Bambamanzi community standpipe water meters to the Peddie regional water-supply scheme in the Eastern Cape. The scheme, worth R29,1-million, will eventually supply... 

R192m investment creates 1 610 local jobs

By: System Author     30th July 1999 A PROJECT to encourage the establishment of new business in South Africa has created 1 610 new jobs and brought in R192-million in fixed investments in 1998. A team of just 11 people, employed under Eskom’s new-business promotion (NBP) department, was instrumental in creating nearly 2 000... 

Co-operative spirit is forged between suppliers

By: System Author     23rd July 1999 The co-operative spirit that has prevailed between steel-pipe producer Hall Longmore, of Wadeville, Gauteng, and its primary-product suppliers, Iscor and Highveld Steel, has opened the doors for a wealth of export opportunities for the companies. In order to run Hall Longmore’s new... 

R8m Cape winery nearing completion

By: System Author     23rd July 1999 CONSTRUCTION of an R8-million winery at Waterford Estate, near Stellenbosch, in Cape Town, is nearing completion. The project is the result of a team effort involving winemaker Kevin Arnold, project engineer Johan Biesenbach, architect Alex Walker, landscape architect Ian Ford, Fulcrum... 

R200m for Gauteng community projects

By: System Author     23rd July 1999 Accelerating the pace of delivery in terms of projects and services as well as creating job opportunities are two of the biggest challenges which face the Eastern Gauteng Services Council (EGSC) in its 1999–2000 financial year, executive committee chairperson William Mahlangu tells... 

UK-built power station for Indonesia

By: System Author     23rd July 1999 A BRITISH-built power station in East Kalimantan, Indonesia, is bringing much-needed electricity to the town of Samarinda and its surrounding area. The combined-cycle station, built under a package deal by the Rolls-Royce (RR) aerospace and industrial group for Indonesian power utility Perusahaan... 

Electric vehicle cluster proposed

By: System Author     16th July 1999 BY creating an electric-vehicle (EV) cluster by the end of the year, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) hopes to set the wheels in motion of a new export industry for South Africa. With the country being a low-cost producer of electricity, and an internationally-accepted small-scale car... 

Is there an engineer available in the house?

By: System Author     9th July 1999 Martin Gottlieb is an engineer. He is also president of the American Institute of Engineers, and he currently has a mission. He is looking for a new name for ‘engineer’. Actually he is looking for a synonym. Gottlieb says doctors can be called physicians, lawyers can be called... 

Aussie order

By: System Author     9th July 1999 A locally-designed tube leak detection system used successfully in South Africa, Germany, India and China to detect steam leaks on power station boilers, is now being installed in Australia. This first Australian contract for Instrotech, valued at R1-million, consists of two Inspecta FFT systems... 

Electricity sector prepares for transformation

By: System Author     9th July 1999 The restructuring of the Johannesburgs electricity distribution system and subsequent application by Pretoria West to take on private sector partners is proof of the urgency with which electricity distribution throughout South Africa needs to be revamped. Speaking at an informal lunch with... 

R5-million 380-unit extension completed

By: System Author     9th July 1999 The first 380 homes have been completed at the R5,28-million Olievenhoutbosch Extension 13, in Centurion, Gauteng, through the efforts of the National Urban Reconstruction and Housing Agency (Nurcha) and emerging developer Ahanang Hardware & Construction. The Greater Pretoria Metropolitan Council... 

US$550m hydroelectric project

By: System Author     9th July 1999 A US$550-million project to construct a 1 140 MW hydropower plant on the Pelotas river in southern Brazil, is progressing according to schedule, with diversion of the river planned for October this year. This will be followed by the filling of the reservoir in January 2002 and construction of the... 

Cape mulling pilot wind-farm project

By: System Author     9th July 1999 Adecision to proceed with a pilot wind-farm project in the Western Cape is expected by the end of this year. Project leader: wind Lizelle Kok reports that State-owned power utility Eskom has been conducting desktop studies on wind energy for two years, looking at the feasibility of such an... 

Tidal, biomass also being probed

By: System Author     9th July 1999 Tidal power generation-desalination and the use of biomass fuel are two renewable energy options under investigation by the State’s power utility, Eskom. The two technological advances, though still in their infancy, are being probed under Eskom’s Southern African Bulk Renewable... 

Search is hotting up for duff coal use

By: System Author     9th July 1999 The feasibility of using low-grade discard coal as a fuel source will begin within the next few weeks, chairperson of the joint study steering committee, comprising representatives from Eskom, Ingwe, Anglo Coal, government and the Chamber of Mines Eddie Khanda tells Engineering News. The study,... 

R80m housing project

By: System Author     9th July 1999 The Gauteng Housing Board has awarded an R80-million contract for the development of 5 068 subsidised houses in Midrand to the Kaalfontein Development Company, Engineering News can today report. The company is owned by shareholders Grinaker Housing (45%), Group Five (30%), and credit-linked... 

Canadians add extra byte

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 A bilateral projectvalued at C$3,5-million over three years is being realised between the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the Canadian government through the Canadian International Development Agency (Cida) to study and develop the South African information technology (IT) industry.... 

Tale of an electrostatic precipitator

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 An ‘ESP’ is shorthand for an ‘electrostatic precipitator’, which is a device used to remove dust and particulate matter from a stream of gas which normally is discharged through a chimney stack. My friend Paul and I had the chance to supervise the design and commissioning... 

R5-million electrical contract awarded

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 ADOPTING a reportedly unique approach to infrastructure funding, Rand Merchant Bank (RMB) and the Infrastructure Finance Corporation (Inca) have provided R65-million for the construction of the newly-opened Ceres Koekedouw dam. This figure represents the Koekedouw Irrigation Board’s portion... 

Additional electricity generation not required

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 THERE will be no need for new electricity-generating capacity before the end of this year, provided plans to implement demand-side management options are put in place. This emerged from the Eskom environmental media seminar, where this year’s corporate environmental report was released... 

Contract and the Heathrow tunnel collapse

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 Several institutions, including the London Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), the South African NEC Users Group and Eskom, have come out in support of the New Engineering Contract (NEC) following articles in the Engineering News and other local and international journals regarding the... 

R1,2-million electrical contract completed

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 Electrical installation at, and distribution to, South Africa’s first commercial cassava-starch project, in the Northern Province, has been completed by Gauteng consulting electrical engineer Eksteen & Le Roux. The company was awarded the contract in March last year, which included the... 

Lesotho electrical contract

By: System Author     25th June 1999 AN electrical subcontract for the Matsoku tunnel and weir project – which forms part of the R1,2-billion phase 1B of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project – has been secured by electrical and instrumentation contractor B&W Electrical. The floodwaters of the Matsoku river will be... 

Electrifying training

By: System Author     25th June 1999 The electrical and electronics arm of Stantronic, the Standard Electrical group, has subcontracted 40% of its R9-million electrical contract on the Gold Reef City casino, convention centre and hotel project to emerging contracting company, CMIT. A 100% black-owned initiative, the contractor... 

Control leader offers didactic training

By: System Author     25th June 1999 A global leader in control technology, Festo not only designs, manufactures and supplies products, equipment and systems for control technology, but also offers didactic training in order to assist with the upgrading of worker skills for industry. First established in Germany in 1970, Festo... 

The name of the game is staying ahead of the pack

By: System Author     25th June 1999 Staying ahead of the pack in electrical distribution, industrial control and automation requires adapting a company constantly to future market and customer needs, argues Schneider Electric MD Jean-Pierre Mura. “It is not always easy to convince people to adapt constantly, particularly if... 

Dynamic changes for company on the move

By: System Author     25th June 1999 IN addition to the launch of a new name and logo to face a new era, Schneider Electric South Africa is moving to new premises in Midrand, Gauteng. The main reason for the move is to have one company with a single vision as, for the first time since the formation of Groupe Schneider in South... 

‘Transparent’ factory leads way in virtual technology

By: System Author     25th June 1999 The main focus of Schneider Automation is to build long-term strategic partnerships with its customers, both authorised system integrators (SI) and end-users. Within the realm of a complete turnkey solution in terms of electrical distribution, industrial control and automation, the company... 

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