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Lesedi exploring opportunities in Africa at PEWA

By: Mamaili Mamaila     15th March 2019 Engineering, procurement, project management and maintenance solutions house Lesedi Nuclear Services will, for the second time, attend the Power and Electricity World Africa (PEWA) conference taking place on March 26 to 27.  

PV solar energy the solution to power woes

By: Mamaili Mamaila     15th March 2019 The energy sector in Africa is under pressure, considering its inability to supply sufficient power for end-users, says photovoltaic (PV) solar industry supplier Valsa Trading MD Svilen Voychev. 

PV solar energy the solution to power woes
SVILEN VOYCHEV European power solutions are not necessarily ideal for African power challenges

Radioisotope maker faces heavy losses this year but should regain market share

By: Rebecca Campbell     15th March 2019 NTP Radioisotopes (NTP), a subsidiary of the State-owned South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa), is expected to make a loss this year of R224-million, in comparison to profits of R108-million last year and of R184-million in 2017. This was stated in a written reply to a Parliamentary... 

Solar microleasing platform in deal with clean-energy fund manager

By: Schalk Burger     15th March 2019 Solar-generation microleasing platform Sun Exchange announced last month that it had signed an agreement with Johannesburg-based boutique clean energy fund manager Decentral Energy, says Sun Exchange founder and CEO Abe Cambridge. The agreement gives Decentral’s Grovest Energy, an Income Tax Act... 

Equipment supplier to spread its wings outside South Africa

By: Mamaili Mamaila     15th March 2019 Industrial equipment supplier Vermeer will attend The Solar Show Africa 2019 which is combined with the 2019 Power and Electricity World Africa (PEWA) conference at the Sandton Convention Centre on March 26 and 27, 2019. 

Equipment supplier to spread its wings outside South Africa
SITES ON AFRICA Vermeer aims to penetrate the renewable-energy market in Africa

Lithium and cobalt risks growing, World Energy Council survey finds

By: Schalk Burger     15th March 2019 The tenth edition of the World Energy Council’s (WEC’s) World Energy Issues Monitor 2019 highlights that lithium and cobalt will play an increasing role in commodity market risks, which are traditionally dominated by oil and gas price fluctuations. According to the survey, this is one of the four... 

Africa needs to embrace all forms of energy, says Van Loggerenberg

By: Mamaili Mamaila     15th March 2019 There is huge demand for electricity in Africa, with about 600-million people on the continent who have no access to electricity. 

Africa needs to embrace all forms of energy, says Van Loggerenberg
MARLEZE VAN LOGGERENBERG We need to embrace LNG as one of the renewables that can make a difference globally

World Bank, others continue investment in African offgrid projects

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     14th March 2019 While progress has been made in increasing access to electricity in Africa, population growth has also increased considerably and, therefore, more needs to be done to meet the needs of the millions of people on the continent who are still without access to electricity, says Pinsent Masons partner... 

Stage 2 load-shedding to come this afternoon, says Eskom

By: News24Wire      14th March 2019 Stage 2 load-shedding will be implemented from 3pm, Eskom has said. Eskom spokesperson Khulu Phasiwe tweeted an update at 2:30pm. No further details were given.  

 Stage 2 load-shedding to come this afternoon, says Eskom

Eskom technical review team to deliver preliminary report in four weeks 

By: Terence Creamer     14th March 2019 The Eskom technical review team, appointed by the Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan and the Eskom board on March 4, will produce a preliminary report within four weeks, Cabinet said in a statement released on the same day, March 14, that Eskom resumed load-shedding. Cabinet said the team... 

Eskom technical review team to deliver preliminary report in four weeks

Turkey, Romania operations bolster Metair’s operating profit growth in FY18 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th March 2019 JSE-listed energy storage solutions and automotive components manufacturer Metair saw a strong contribution from its overseas acquisitions in the energy storage vertical, while also being supported by good volume throughput from the automotive components vertical in the year ended December 31,... 

Turkey, Romania operations bolster Metair’s operating profit growth in FY18
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Metair MD Theo Loock

Mpact says rising power prices will place pressure on margins 

By: Terence Creamer     13th March 2019 South African paper and plastics packaging group Mpact is forecasting further improvements in the operating performance of its paper business in 2019 as recent capital projects are optimised and fruit volumes improve following the recent Western Cape drought. In the short term, however, the group... 

Mpact says rising power prices will place pressure on margins

'No tomorrow' for many unless consumption falls – UN

By: Reuters     13th March 2019 Global exploitation of natural resources – from water, sand and timber to oil, coal and gemstones – has more than tripled in 50 years, the United Nations (UN) said on Tuesday, warning of devastating environmental impacts unless demand is reduced. Surging consumption of natural resources –... 

NUM to march on Luthuli House on March 30 to protest Eskom unbundling

By: Terence Creamer     12th March 2019 The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) announced on Tuesday that it would march on the African National Congress’ (ANC's) Luthuli House head office, in Johannesburg, on March 30 to voice its opposition to the unbundling of Eskom. It would also use the protest action to call for the resignation... 

NUM to march on Luthuli House on March 30 to protest Eskom unbundling

Better planning needed to ensure jobs for skilled persons in water, energy sectors

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th March 2019 About 300 000 graduates in the energy and water sectors in South Africa are seeking employment, some of whom even re-enter into learnerships to stay in the economically active loop, says Energy and Water Sector Education and Training Authority acting CEO Mpho Mookapele. Speaking at the Skills... 

Medupi, Kusile contracts were misguided, Mabuza says 

By: African News Agency      12th March 2019 The contracts to build Medupi and Kusile were badly structured, leading to corruption and making Eskom carry the cost of time overruns, Deputy President David Mabuza conceded in Parliament on Tuesday. "The contracting model did not achieve the objective of maximising local participation," Mabuza... 

Medupi, Kusile contracts were misguided, Mabuza says

'High risk' of load shedding on Tuesday, says Eskom

By: News24Wire      12th March 2019 Eskom has announced there is a high risk of rotational load shedding on Tuesday, saying the power system is constrained. The power utility called on customers to switch off all non-essential appliances to decrease pressure on the national grid. 

'High risk' of load shedding on Tuesday, says Eskom

Transnet to raise pipeline tariff by 10.95%

By: Simone Liedtke     11th March 2019 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa has granted freight logistics group Transnet a 7.69% increase in its allowable revenue to R5.68-billion for 2019/20, which translates to a 10.95% increase in pipeline tariffs. Should Energy Minister Jeff Radebe decide to use the pipeline tariff as a... 

Eskom struggles and tariff hikes strengthen case for distributed generation – SAWEA study

By: Simone Liedtke     11th March 2019 Commissioned against the backdrop of volatility and uncertainty in the electricity landscape, a new study by the South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) has highlighted the role that distributed generation renewable energy (DG-RE) could play in the South African electricity market. The... 

High risk of loadshedding on Monday - Eskom

By: News24Wire      11th March 2019 Eskom has announced there is a high risk of rotational load-shedding on Monday, caused by a shortage of capacity due to the loss of generating units at our power stations. The power utility said the cuts would only be implemented if "absolutely necessary". 

 High risk of loadshedding on Monday - Eskom

Electricity tariff increases will have severe economic ramifications for South Africa

By: Simone Liedtke     8th March 2019 The decision by the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) to grant State-owned Eskom an effective tariff increase of 13.82% for 2019/20, has been met with hostile reactions, with various parties condemning the decision, saying that it will have severe ramifications for the South... 

Electricity tariff increases will have severe economic ramifications for South Africa

Nersa announces Eskom tariff hikes 

8th March 2019 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the electricity tariff increases announced by the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa), if Eskom’s governance failings were taken into account in Nersa’s determination and what this means for... 

Nersa announces Eskom tariff hikes
Terence Creamer discusses Nersa's tariff increase announcement. (Camera & Editing: Creamer Media's Christo Greyling)

Watch out for load-shedding at short notice – Eskom

By: News24Wire      8th March 2019 Eskom says load-shedding could be implemented at short notice on Friday, as the power systems remains tight and vulnerable.  "[....] while Eskom is making every effort to limit load-shedding, it could be implemented at short notice should there be a shift in plant performance. This could include... 

Watch out for load-shedding at short notice – Eskom

Opinion: If there are more jobs in renewables, why are coal miners so unhappy?

By: Tobias Bischof-Niemz     8th March 2019 As outlined previously, an electricity system made up of solar photovoltaic (PV) plants, wind farms and flexible generators will employ at least 30% more people than a comparable energy-equivalent coal fleet (see the Transition Talk column in the February 22-28 edition of Engineering News). This... 

Opinion: If there are more jobs  in renewables, why are coal miners so unhappy?
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The net benefits of a least-cost mix of solar PV, wind and flexibility should be directed towards policies that support coal workers

Energy outlook sees GDP doubling by 2040

8th March 2019 With the world’s gross domestic product (GDP) likely to double by 2040 driven by increasing prosperity in fast-growing developing economies, multinational oil and gas company BP states that in the evolving energy transition scenario, this improvement in living standards causes energy demand to... 

Growth boosts fuel distributor

By: Thabi Madiba     8th March 2019 The 100-million litres supplied to logistics, construction and mining companies in 2017 compared to the 151-million supplied in 2018, shows a significant growth of 51%, which fuel distributor Advent Oil MD Lebo Mbethe hopes will serve as a catalyst for the business in 2019. She attributes this... 

Growth boosts  fuel distributor
GROWTH IN NUMBERS Hunger for taking up new changes in a demanding market will catalyse growth for Advent Oil

Atlantis wind turbine tower manufacturing signals renewables industry’s recovery

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     7th March 2019 Wind turbine tower sections for the 140 MW Kangnas Wind Farm, one of the Round 4 Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) projects, are being manufactured locally, at the Atlantis Special Economic Zone (SEZ), in the Western Cape. Kangnas Wind Farm said in a... 

Globeleq, Azito Energie to expand Abidjan gas-fired plant

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     7th March 2019 Globeleq and its partner IPS’s Azito Energie subsidiary have signed an amended concession agreement with the government of Côte d’Ivoire to add 250 MW to the existing Azito gas-fired power plant near Abidjan. The power plant currently generates 430 MW. 

Energy Regulator sanctions 13.82% Eskom tariff hike for 2019 

By: Terence Creamer     7th March 2019 South Africa’s Energy Regulator has granted Eskom allowable revenue of R206.38-billion for 2019/20, which will translate into a tariff increase of 9.41% from April 1, exclusive of the 4.41% hike sanctioned following an adjudication, in 2018, of three Eskom regulatory clearing account (RCA)... 

Energy Regulator sanctions 13.82% Eskom tariff hike for 2019
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Nersa CEO Chris Forlee, Nersa regulatory member for electricity and piped gas Nomfundo Maseti, Nersa chairperson Jacob Modise and Nersa communications head Charles Hlebela

High risk of load-shedding on Thursday as SA awaits news of tariff hikes

By: News24Wire      7th March 2019 There is a high risk of load-shedding on Thursday but it will only be implemented if "absolutely necessary", says Eskom.  In a tweet, the power utility said it would continue to provide regular updates, but did not specify the reason for the increased risk.  

High risk of load-shedding on Thursday as SA awaits news of tariff hikes

US’s OPIC provides $10m in finance for solar kit supply in Chad

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th March 2019 The US government’s development finance institution, the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), will loan $10-million to support the introduction of offgrid solar kits and appliances in Chad. The loan, extended to a company called FinLux Ellen, will help to distribute solar kits and... 

US’s OPIC provides $10m in finance for solar kit supply in Chad

Busa says it hopes timeframe for Eskom task team can be extended

By: African News Agency      7th March 2019 Business Unity South Africa (Busa) said on Wednesday that it hoped the timeframe for the engineering task team mandated with investigating a host of issues at embattled power producer Eskom could be extended.  The team is set to start its work on Monday and has to deliver its report to public... 

M&R’s underground mining order book rises to R25bn amid oil and gas slowdown

By: Terence Creamer     6th March 2019 A strong performance from Murray & Roberts’ (M&R’s) underground mining business was insufficient to offset lower contributions from its oil and gas, as well as its power and water platforms in the six months to December 31, 2018. The JSE-listed company reported a 17% fall, to R9.8-billion, in... 

M&R’s underground mining order book rises to R25bn amid oil and gas slowdown

Measures in place to prevent electricity smart meter bypassing, municipal nonpayment

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     6th March 2019 Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan has confirmed that electricity smart meters installed by power utility Eskom are equipped with technology that notifies the utility if the meters are being bypassed. In response to a Parliamentary question by the Democratic Alliance’s (DA’s) Natasha... 

SABS to invest R300m in laboratory infrastructure as part of turnaround  

By: Terence Creamer     6th March 2019 The South African Bureau of Standards (SABS), which is currently in administration, has initiated a process of renewing its laboratory infrastructure as part of a broader turnaround plan under way at the organisation. The SABS was placed in administration by Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob... 

SABS to invest R300m in laboratory infrastructure as part of turnaround
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SABS Acting CEO Garth Strachan

Eskom warns of high risk of rotational powercuts

By: African News Agency      6th March 2019 State-owned electricity company Eskom warned on Wednesday that the risk of rotational powercuts to ease pressure on the grid remained high. Cash strapped Eskom, which supplies about 95 percent of South Africa's electricity, has struggled to meet demand and was forced to implement rolling... 

Eskom warns of high risk of rotational powercuts

Sanderson increases its shareholding in Kibo to 23.3%

By: Simone Liedtke     5th March 2019 Africa-focused Kibo Energy on Tuesday signed a binding term sheet with Sanderson Capital Partners for the conversion of the latter’s 2.5% equity interest in Kibo’s 100%-owned Tanzanian subsidiary, Mbeya Development, to ordinary shares in Kibo. Kibo will issue just over 126.4-million new ordinary... 

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