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Company provides solutions for remote wind farm

By: Cameron Mackay     2nd October 2020 Air compressor, pumps and generator rental supplier Rand-Air has supplied a new wind farm project, in the Eastern Cape, with energy solutions for on-site offices. The supplier provided 12 QLV model lighting towers, and four 60 kVA generators with distribution boards. 

Windaba riding winds of digital change

By: Cameron Mackay     2nd October 2020 Owing to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and physical distancing regulations, the tenth yearly Windaba Conference and Exhibition will be hosted as a virtual event on October 26 and 27. The Windaba event brings together exhibitors, industry pioneers and leaders, investors, and power producers. 

Software boosts company’s capability in wind energy

By: Cameron Mackay     2nd October 2020 Energy project solutions provider UL has released a beta version of its Wind Resource Assessment Platform (WRAP) software, after the company began development on the wind energy yield assessment software last year. Released to market in June this year, UL renewable energy VP Michael Brower says... 

Software boosts company’s capability in wind energy
NAVIGATING WINDY TIMES UL has been increasing its investment in digital solutions for wind energy for several years, as the Covid-19 pandemic has accelerated this trend

Wind farms in Northern, Western Cape head for completion

2nd October 2020 Two of major renewable power generation company Lekela Power’s wind farms will take major steps towards completion and to contributing 250 MW of energy to the national power grid before the end of the year. The Perdekraal East Wind Farm will add 110 MW to the grid. It is one of the company’s... 

Renewables in Africa – power is only half the story

2nd October 2020 Energy companies should combine the provision of power with positive economic impacts for the communities where they build their projects, says renewable power generation company Lekela Power CEO Chris Antonopoulos. Lekela’s portfolio includes more than 1 300 MW of wind power projects in Egypt,... 

Skills demand in wind sector met

By: Cameron Mackay     2nd October 2020 As more wind energy farms are constructed and contribute to employment, demand for the training and retraining of people to work on wind turbines will increase, which has consequently resulted in wind turbines safety training provider AID Renewables’ investing in improving its training processes... 

Creecy hints to inclusion of green components in economic recovery plan 

By: Terence Creamer     1st October 2020 Environment, Fisheries and Forestry Minister Barbara Creecy has indicated that government is likely to integrate green-economy components into the country’s Covid-19 economic recovery strategy, details of which are yet to be released by President Cyril Ramaphosa. Speaking during a webinar on... 

Creecy hints to inclusion of green components in economic recovery plan
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Environment, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Barbara Creecy

SA making the shift from coal to renewables 

1st October 2020 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Creamer Media Editor Terence Creamer about a just transition in South Africa's energy sector and how the country should go about preparing the way for that transition. 

SA making the shift from coal to renewables

Two of BioTherm’s solar plants start feeding into the grid  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     30th September 2020 The Aggeneys Solar and Konkoonsies II Solar utility-scale solar plants, in the Northern Cape, have started commercial operations. The plants add 132 MW to South Africa’s power generation capacity and together generate 33.3 GWh/y of clean energy.  

Two of BioTherm’s solar plants start feeding into the grid
BioTherm Energy solar plant

Koeberg’s 20-year life extension marks steam-generator milestone   

By: Terence Creamer     30th September 2020 The steam generator replacement project, which is central to Eskom’s R20-billion programme to extend the 40-year design life of the Koeberg nuclear power station by a further 20 years, marked a major milestone this week with the arrival of the first units in Cape Town. The project, which was... 

Koeberg’s 20-year life extension marks steam-generator milestone
The first unit being transported the 40-km distance from the Cape Town Harbour to Koeberg using abnormal-load vehicles.

Solar retains top jobs spot as renewables employment climbs to 11.5m

By: Terence Creamer     29th September 2020 Renewable-energy jobs rose to 11.5-million globally last year, from 11-million in 2018, with the solar photovoltaic (PV) industry retaining its leading position with 3.8-million jobs, a new study shows. The ‘Renewable Energy and Jobs – Annual Review 2020’, published by the International Renewable... 

Solar retains top jobs spot as renewables employment climbs to 11.5m

SAWEA welcomes gazetting of determination to procure more renewable energy

By: Donna Slater     28th September 2020 The South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) welcomes Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe’s gazetted Section 34 Ministerial determination to procure more renewable energy from independent power producers (IPPs). SAWEA enthuses that this step takes the wind energy sector one... 

Eskom tests market for Medupi flue gas desulphurisation solutions 

By: Terence Creamer     28th September 2020 State-owned electricity utility Eskom has issued a no-obligation request for information (RFI) in a bid to gain insight into what flue gas desulphurisation (FGD) technologies are currently available and to assess their potential suitability for deployment at the Medupi power station, in Limpopo.... 

Eskom tests market for Medupi flue gas desulphurisation solutions

juwi appoints Austin as regional director

By: Donna Slater     28th September 2020 Renewable Energy company juwi Renewable Energies has appointed former MD Greg Austin as Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) regional director, effective October 1. He has worked in the renewable energy sector since 2000 and joined juwi in 2012 as South Africa MD.  

juwi appoints Austin as regional director
juwi Renewable Energies incoming Europe, Middle East and Africa regional director Greg Austin

IPP procurement a signal that growth-enhancing reform is moving ahead – Ramaphosa  

By: Terence Creamer     28th September 2020 President Cyril Ramaphosa says the Gazetting of a Ministerial determination enabling the development of more than 11 800 MW of new electricity capacity by independent power producers signals government’s intention to move ahead with one of the key reforms needed to unlock growth and investment in... 

IPP procurement a signal that growth-enhancing reform is moving ahead – Ramaphosa
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President Cyril Ramaphosa

Manganese market fundamentals reaffirmed at Tesla Battery Day

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th September 2020 TSX-V-listed Giyani Metals Corporation says it is encouraged by the endorsement of high-purity manganese as a critical component of cathode chemistries, as discussed during the Tesla Battery Day event on September 22. Tesla announced that the cathode chemistry for its intermediate range... 

Manganese market fundamentals reaffirmed at Tesla Battery Day
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Manganese ore

Eskom COO cleared of all wrongdoing in Aveng payment dispute

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th September 2020 The grievance procedure brought against Eskom COO Jan Oberholzer has been brought to finality and he has been cleared of all wrongdoing in a payment dispute with a contractor, construction company Aveng, power utility Eskom said in a statement on September 25. Following a court’s findings... 

Eskom COO cleared of all wrongdoing in Aveng payment dispute
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Eskom COO Jan Oberholzer

DMRE confirms Eskom as buyer of renewable energy under REIPPPP Bid Window 5 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th September 2020 Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe on September 25 gazetted a Section 34 Determination to procure energy from independent power producers. This paves the way for Bid Window 5 of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme.  

DMRE confirms Eskom as buyer of renewable energy under REIPPPP Bid Window 5

‘Emergency’ IPP power projects to be grid-connected by mid-2022 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th September 2020 The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) and the Independent Power Producer (IPP) Office has set the long-stop date for projects under the Risk Mitigation Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (RMIPPPP) to start commercial operation as the end of June 2022. The... 

‘Emergency’ IPP power projects to be grid-connected by mid-2022

Transition to green energy needs to happen as soon as possible, says think tank

By: Donna Slater     25th September 2020 The transition from burning fossil fuels and the large-scale emitting of carbon dioxide and other harmful gases to renewable energies needs to happen as quickly as the industry can manage, independent financial think tank Carbon Tracker Initiative founder and executive chairperson Mark Campanale... 

SA's transition to renewables 

25th September 2020 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Creamer Media Editor Terence Creamer about the role of renewables in South Africa's energy system, concerns that some industries and people may be left behind during this transition and some of the solutions being considered. 

SA's transition to renewables
SA's transition to renewables

Safety during wind turbine upgrades offered

25th September 2020 Specialist design and manufacturing company Power Curve ApS has forged a strategic partnership with working at height specialists Dangle Rope Access, to help deliver specialist installation services for wind turbine performance upgrades across the UK's wind farm sector. Announced in July, the... 

Safety during wind turbine upgrades offered
DANGLING IN THE WIND Dangle will offer rope access services to the upgrade and maintenance of UK's wind farms in partnership with Power Curve ApS

Manufacturing tipping point could be pushed back by innovation and tech – De Ruyter

By: Donna Slater     23rd September 2020 Addressing the Manufacturing Circle annual general meeting (AGM) on September 22, Eskom CEO and former Manufacturing Circle former chairperson Andre de Ruyter said that investing in research, embracing innovation and technology and lowering manufacturing costs are equally critical in boosting... 

Ten lessons to guide South Africa’s ‘just transition’ from coal to renewables 

By: Terence Creamer     23rd September 2020 A new study, which outlines global best practices for just-transition journeys, includes ten lessons for South Africa to consider as the country prepares to navigate what it hopes will be a just transition, over the coming decades, from an electricity sector based on coal to one based... 

Ten lessons to guide South Africa’s ‘just transition’ from coal to renewables

Russian and African organisations sign nuclear energy agreement

By: Rebecca Campbell     23rd September 2020 Russia’s State-owned nuclear energy group Rosatom signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the African Commission on Nuclear Energy (Afcone) this week. The MoU, signed simultaneously in Pretoria and Moscow, provides for cooperation between the two organisations in the peace uses of nuclear... 

Nersa says Eskom must be buyer of IPP power arising from new determination 

By: Terence Creamer     22nd September 2020 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) says that Eskom should remain the buyer of the electricity produced by independent power producers (IPPs) and procured by the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) in line with a new Section 34 Ministerial determination for 11 813... 

Nersa says Eskom must be buyer of IPP power arising from new determination

CCBSA continues to ramp up solar power generation capacity

By: Simone Liedtke     22nd September 2020 Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa (CCBSA) has ramped up its solar power generation capacity, with seven of its 13 manufacturing facilities now using solar power. CCBSA is plans to install solar power capacity at a further five of its plants by the end of this year. 

CCBSA continues to ramp up solar power generation capacity
Sopal power panels at one of CCBSA's manufacturing plants.

IRP’s wind component could trigger yearly investments of R40bn, create 144 000 jobs by 2030 

By: Terence Creamer     22nd September 2020 The 14.4 GW of new wind included in South Africa’s electricity plan positions the country as a “top ten” wind-energy market for the coming decade, while building capacity at the yearly tempo of 1 600 MW envisaged in the plan could attract R40-billion a year in new investment and create 144 000... 

IRP’s wind component could trigger yearly investments of R40bn, create 144 000 jobs by 2030
BioTherm Energy's Excelsior Wind Farm

Mantashe confirms consultations with nuclear power vendors and replacement of SAFARI

By: Rebecca Campbell     22nd September 2020 Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe has informed the 64th session of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), via a video recording, that South Africa had started consultations with nuclear power reactor vendors, to obtain information about costs, schedules and possible... 

Kangnas wind farm's main transformer energised

By: Donna Slater     21st September 2020 The main transformer of the 140 MW Kangnas wind farm, on the outskirts of Springbok, in the Northern Cape, was energised on September 21. The 250 MVA transformer was locally manufactured and was transported to site from Gauteng by road.  

SAPVIA, SAWEA partner to assist local renewables project developers

By: Donna Slater     21st September 2020 Renewable energy lobby organisations the South African Photovoltaic Industry Association (SAPVIA) and the South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) have joined forces with the Independent Power Producers Office, REEFSA and the Black Energy Professionals Association to launch the Developing... 

Nuclear organisations stage public demonstration

By: Rebecca Campbell     21st September 2020 Six organisations representing professionals in the country’s nuclear sector jointly staged a public demonstration in Pretoria on Saturday in support of nuclear technology and the expansion of the South African nuclear sector. The demonstration was carried out in full compliance with... 

Glencore welcomes Australian govt's investments for clean future

By: Marleny Arnoldi     18th September 2020 Diversified miner Glencore has welcomed the Australian federal government’s decision to invest A$1.9-billion in a suite of new and emerging energy technology to position the country for a low-emission future. To this end, metals and minerals will play a key role in the global transition to a... 

Bokamoso Solar starts commercial operations

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     18th September 2020 Bokamoso Solar, situated near Leeudoringstad, in the North West province, has started commercial operations. The 67.9 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant and several others currently under construction are expected to have put the North West on the map as a player in the renewable energy... 

Bokamoso Solar starts commercial operations
Bokamoso Solar

Nersa to learn next week if tariff-raising Eskom judgment can be appealed 

By: Terence Creamer     18th September 2020 High Court Judge Fayeeza Kathree-Setiloane will decide next week whether to grant the National Energy Regulator of South Africa leave to appeal her July 28 judgment, which found the regulator’s decision to deduct a R69-billion equity injection into Eskom from its allowable revenue for the period... 

Nersa to learn next week if tariff-raising Eskom judgment can be appealed

Cameroon seeking to build $3bn dam to export electricity

By: Bloomberg     18th September 2020 Cameroon will build a $3-billion hydropower plant as part of an ambitious plan to make the central African nation an exporter of electricity by 2035. The 810 MW Grand Eweng project on the Sanaga river, a joint venture between the government and the US-based energy company Hydromine, is the fifth... 

Heating solutions ensure energy efficiency

18th September 2020 Electrical and digital building infrastructure specialist Legrand South Africa’s smart Netatmo solutions, which are designed for convenience, safety and comfort at home, ensure energy efficiency and enhanced aesthetics. 

Heating solutions ensure energy efficiency
UNMATCHED CONSISTENCY Smart Netatmo thermostats ensure the home environment stays at the correct pre-set temperature – no matter what the outside weather conditions are
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