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World nuclear energy use to grow over next 20 years, requiring increased uranium mining

By: Rebecca Campbell     9th September 2021 The World Nuclear Association (WNA) has forecast that worldwide nuclear energy generation capacity will grow by 2.6% a year over the next 20 years. The prediction is contained in the WNA publication The Nuclear Fuel Report: Global Scenarios for Demand and Supply Availability 2021-2040, which was... 

Eskom unbundling fails to cut solvency risk, Futuregrowth says

By: Bloomberg     9th September 2021 Futuregrowth Asset Management said that despite efforts to make South Africa’s Eskom Holdings profitable, including a process of unbundling its divisions into separate entities, “the core problem of debt” has yet to be addressed. The utility that reported a fourth straight full-year loss on Aug.... 

Senegal starts clock on $550m US grant to boost power supply

By: Reuters     9th September 2021 Senegal has completed reforms that will unlock a five-year grant of $550-million from the United States that will help build high-voltage power transmission lines and substations to boost access to electricity. The grant from the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), the U.S. government's main... 

New trade idea for South Africa is debt relief for climate goals

By: Bloomberg     9th September 2021 Politicians and academics are turning their attention to a new trade pitch for South Africa: debt relief in exchange for progress toward global climate goals. The debt-for-climate concept, which was floated by International Monetary Fund MD Kristalina Georgieva in April, has been picked up by... 

South Africa’s green hydrogen ‘first mover’ opportunity based on three structural advantages  

By: Terence Creamer     8th September 2021 South Africa has three favourable structural characteristics that potentially give it a “first mover advantage” to become a global green-hydrogen leader, Sasol CEO Fleetwood Grobler argued in his address during a ‘Hydrogen Economy Discussion’ facilitated by well-known mining personality Bernard... 

Sasol CEO Fleetwood Grobler
Sasol CEO Fleetwood Grobler

Ukrainian, US companies enter agreement to build new nuclear reactor

By: Rebecca Campbell     8th September 2021 Ukrainian nuclear energy company Energoatom has signed a Memorandum of Cooperation with US nuclear manufacturing company Westinghouse, for the completion of the former’s Khmelnitsky nuclear power plant (NPP) unit 4, using the latter’s AP1000 reactor technology, World Nuclear News has reported.... 

A photo of the Energoatom delegation inspecting an AP1000 reactor vessel stored at a US facility
Photo by Energoatom
The Energoatom delegation inspects an AP1000 reactor vessel stored at a US facility

Absa achieves compliance with new building energy performance requirements

By: Simone Liedtke     8th September 2021 Financial services provider Absa is the first bank to achieve compliance with the country’s new building energy performance regulations, the South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI) reports. In December 2020, the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) gazetted... 

One-of-a-kind electricity forum to hold inaugural event this month

By: Simone Liedtke     8th September 2021 The inaugural Electricity Forum will be held on September 28 and 30 and will kick off a multi-stakeholder drive to turn the country’s multiple power challenges into opportunities to spur growth, investment and jobs. The initiative is being spearheaded by the Manufacturing Circle, which has... 

World's largest plant capturing carbon from air starts in Iceland

By: Reuters     8th September 2021 The world's largest plant that sucks carbon dioxide directly from the air and deposits it underground is due to start operating on Wednesday, the company behind the nascent green technology said. Swiss start-up Climeworks, which specialises in capturing carbon dioxide directly from the air, has... 

Masondo raises R146bn South Africa debt forgiveness 

By: Bloomberg     7th September 2021 David Masondo, South Africa’s deputy finance minister, suggested that investors forgive about R146-billion of sovereign debt in exchange for the national power utility meeting climate targets. In order to transition from the use of coal to generate electricity to renewable energy Eskom Holdings... 

South Africa’s updated NDC climate pledge to be released ‘very soon’ 

By: Terence Creamer     7th September 2021 Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment Minister Barbara Creecy reported on Tuesday that South Africa’s revised Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC), which is to be deposited with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change later this year, is close to being finalised and will... 

Forestry, Fisheries and Environment Minister Barbara Creecy
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Forestry, Fisheries and Environment Minister Barbara Creecy

Mantashe appoints new Nersa CEO

By: Creamer Media Reporter      7th September 2021 Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe has appointed Advocate Nomalanga Petronella Sithole as CEO and full-time regulator member of the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa). Sithole's appointment is for a five-year period, effective from August 25. 

A photo of Nersa CEO Nomalanga Sithole
Nersa CEO Nomalanga Sithole

DTIC establishes metering association

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th September 2021 The Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (DTIC) has established the South African Metering Industry Association (Samia). Since the designation of both residential electricity and water meters have created employment, and has benefited component manufacturing industries, the DTIC... 

ANC offers strong endorsement of Eskom’s just energy transaction following lekgotla  

By: Terence Creamer     7th September 2021 The National Executive Committee (NEC) of the African National Congress (ANC) has given its backing to the just energy transaction being pursued by State-owned electricity producer Eskom. In closing remarks following the NEC’s September lekgotla, ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa said that the... 

Photo of the Komati power station
The Komati power station

Russian arctic mining project to be powered by nuclear energy

By: Rebecca Campbell     6th September 2021 Russian civil nuclear shipping and floating nuclear power plant company Atomflot, part of the State-owned Rosatom nuclear group, has signed a preliminary agreement with mining company GDK Baimskaya to provide four small modular reactors (SMRs) to power the miner’s Baimskaya copper and gold... 

Engie partners with Scatec for PV support at mine-based hydrogen plant  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th September 2021 Renewable energy company Scatec has signed a two-year lease agreement with Engie to provide a mobile plug-and-play solar photovoltaic (PV) plant at its hydrogen production plant at Anglo American Platinum’s Mokalakwena mine, in Limpopo. Scatec launched its Release by Scatec service in September... 

Local world-record rower joins Solar Capital as South Africa country manager

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th September 2021 Renewable energy company Solar Capital has appointed the Row2Rio ocean rower Zirk Botha country manager of its South African operations. Solar Capital is a subsidiary of the Phelan Energy Group.  

A photo of Zirk Botha on his boat Ratel
Zirk Botha on his boat

ACWA says investor pitch well received as it gears up for IPO

By: Bloomberg     6th September 2021 ACWA Power, one of Saudi Arabia’s main vehicles for building renewable energy projects, said meetings with potential investors ahead of an initial public offering have gone “very well.” The company, half-owned by the kingdom’s sovereign wealth fund, is pushing ahead with an IPO it’s been... 

Eskom CEO says carbon capture being considered in South Africa

By: Bloomberg     3rd September 2021 Eskom Holdings, South Africa’s biggest emitter of greenhouse gases, is evaluating the use of carbon capture at power plants as part of decarbonisation plans to transform the coal-burning utility. The process that captures carbon-dioxide emissions would need to be financially viable, CEO Andre de... 

Ramaphosa hints at yet more reforms as he predicts ‘massive investment’ in wake of electricity amendment 

By: Terence Creamer     3rd September 2021 President Cyril Ramaphosa has described a recently gazetted amendment to Schedule 2 of the Electricity Regulation Act, opening the way for sub-100 MW grid-tied embedded generators to supply one or more customers without a licence, as a “defining moment in energy generation in our country”.... 

President Cyril Ramaphosa in a face mask as he prepares to answer questions during a hybrid sitting of Parliament on Friday
President Cyril Ramaphosa in a face mask as he prepares to answer questions during a hybrid sitting of Parliament on Friday

Mediclinic Southern Africa enters R2bn renewables procurement deal 

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd September 2021 Diversified international private healthcare services group Mediclinic’s Southern Africa division has entered into an agreement, valued at up to £110-million, or about R2-billion, with Energy Exchange of Southern Africa to procure renewable electricity. As part of the group's broad environmental,... 

Pic of Wind Turbines and solar panels.

Researchers using Joburg as live lightning research laboratory

By: Schalk Burger     3rd September 2021 The University of the Witwatersrand' (Wits') Johannesburg Lightning Research Laboratory (JLRL) is turning Johannesburg into a laboratory where live lightning events are measured and characterised through the use of high-speed cameras, direct current measurements, fast electric field measurements,... 

Eskom debt remains a challenge as utility posts nearly R19bn loss  

3rd September 2021 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the nearly R19-billion loss posted by power utility Eskom for the 2021 financial year, as well as about Eskom's still-high debt levels and what impact this could have on the utility's just energy transition... 

Photo of Terence Creamer
Eskom debt remains a challenge as utility posts nearly R19bn loss

Eskom ponders options for debt recovery from Emfuleni municipality

By: Marleny Arnoldi     2nd September 2021 Power utility Eskom has won a summary judgment against the Emfuleni local municipality for R1.3-billion, which the municipality owes the State-owned entity for unpaid bulk electricity services in 2019. The R1.3-billion was part of a total debt of R1.9-billion, which the local government had... 

Western Cape launches renewable energy planning fund

By: Marleny Arnoldi     2nd September 2021 The Western Cape provincial government has launched its Municipal Energy Resilience Fund (MERF), which will make nearly R13-million available to qualifying municipalities for research and planning for renewable energy projects. This should help mitigate load-shedding in the province, the... 

Organisations raise concern over lack of public participation in nuclear energy talks 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     2nd September 2021 Societal wellbeing organisations the Southern African Faith Communities’ Environment Institute (Safcei) and Earthlife Africa Johannesburg have expressed their concern about the South African government pushing for more nuclear energy, while renewables wait in the wings. The two organisations... 

Koeberg nuclear power station
Photo by Creamer Media
Koeberg nuclear power station

RMB launches ESG-risk-measuring platforms to support sustainable investing

By: Donna Slater     2nd September 2021 Financial services provider Rand Merchant Bank (RMB), a division of FirstRand Bank, has launched environmental, social and governance- (ESG-) measuring platforms – ESGo! and ESGNow. The platforms are envisaged to drive sustainable finance by offering client interfaces that enable more informed... 

Public Works to release RFI in development of green energy, resource efficiency drive 

By: Donna Slater     2nd September 2021 The Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI) plans to release a request for information (RFI) for the Integrated Renewable Energy and Resource Efficiency Programme (iREREP) on September 20, to garner ideas and information into ways to deliver mutual value through strong partnerships... 

An image of the Mpumalanga High Court
The Mpumalanga High Court, which the DPWI handed over in November 2019, is an example of a building where energy and water saving technologies could be rolled out

DNG Energy seeks to postpone South Africa emergency power case

By: Bloomberg     2nd September 2021 A losing bidder in a South African tender for the provision of 2 000 MW of power is asking for the postponement of a court case where it’s seeking for the award of the bulk of that contract to Turkey’s Karpowership to be halted. In the case, due to be heard from Sept. 9, DNG Energy has alleged... 

Koeberg Unit 1 to be returned to service at the weekend following reactor trip

By: Creamer Media Reporter      1st September 2021 Power utility Eskom says the Koeberg Unit 1 reactor tripped at 16:30 on August 30, as a result of a fault on the electrical breaker to one of the primary coolant pumps. "Eskom can confirm that the reactor was then safely shut down by the operators, in compliance with the operating procedure. 

Eskom offers business customers a trial Renewable Energy Tariff 

By: Simone Liedtke     1st September 2021 State-owned power utility Eskom has launched the Renewable Energy Tariff pilot programme to assist businesses who have corporate renewable energy commitments. This, the entity said on September 1, enables customers to source a blended electricity supply with up to 100% of their electricity from... 

Pic/Image of Eskom's Sere wind farm.
Eskom's Sere wind farm.

Enel Green Power’s Nontokozi Nkosi joins SAWEA board

By: Simone Liedtke     1st September 2021 Enel Green Power (EGP) Republic of South Africa (RSA) commercial office head Nontokozo Nkosi has been appointed to the board of the South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) as a co-opted member. Having joined EGP RSA in 2016 as a commercial officer, Nkosi’s key responsibilities include... 

Pic/Image/Headshot of Nontokozo Nkosi
Nontokozo Nkosi

Eskom warns of ongoing injections unless solution is found to ‘unsustainable’ debt 

By: Terence Creamer     31st August 2021 State-owned power utility Eskom’s debt burden remains “unsustainable” despite an R81.9-billion reduction in its gross debt to R401.8-billion in the year to March 31, 2021, during which the entity remained a going concern only because of a R56-billion government injection. The utility reported a... 

Photo of CEO Andre de Ruyter
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter

DBSA expects strong demand for $200m embedded-generation scheme amid regulatory reform tail wind 

By: Terence Creamer     31st August 2021 The Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) is optimistic that there will be a significant uptake of its $200-million Embedded Generation Investment Programme (EGIP) in light of recent regulatory changes exempting sub-100 MW facilities from licensing and enabling distributed plants to both... 

Photo of DBSA project finance head Mpho Mokwele
DBSA project finance head Mpho Mokwele

Trina Solar expanding its presence in East, Central Africa

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     31st August 2021 Global photovoltaic (PV) and smart energy solutions provider Trina Solar has appointed Solinc East Africa, in Kenya, as an official distributor to supply its products and solutions in East Africa. This forms part of Trina Solar’s commitment to further increasing its footprint and presence in... 

Eskom considers R106bn in wind and solar investment by 2030

By: Bloomberg     30th August 2021 Eskom Holdings, which supplies almost all South Africa’s electricity from coal-fired power plants, is considering spending R106-billion on wind and solar energy by 2030. The investment plan, which Eskom could carry out by itself or in partnerships, is the most detailed demonstration yet of the... 

An image of wind turbines

SANEDI joins EnergyDRIVE road trip

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     30th August 2021 The South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI) has announced that it will board the renewable energy educational road trip, the EnergyDRIVE, as a partner in this year’s campaign. Industry organisation the South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA), in partnership with the... 

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