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Electrification and Distribution

Local masts manufacturer supplies utility poles to power giant

By: Sashnee Moodley     10th February 2012 Steel masts manufacturer Structa Technology has unveiled its new utility steel pole as part of its 200/240 range and has supplied these poles to State-owned power utility Eskom and various mining companies. 

Medupi transmission project EIAs progress

By: Sashnee Moodley     10th February 2012 Construction on State utility Eskom’s Medupi Transmission Integration project is under way, following the authorisation of four of the seven environmental-impact assessments (EIAs), says engineering and environmental consultancy Fourth Element Consulting director Stuart Dunsmore.  

Commissioning of first Ingula unit on schedule

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     24th June 2011 The first of four 333 MW pump turbine units at State-owned power utility Eskom’s Ingula pumped-storage scheme is expected to be commissioned in the first quarter of 2014, with the remaining units to start commercial operation in 2014. 

Eskom working hard to offset time lost due to violent protests 

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     24th June 2011 State-owned power utility Eskom aimed to stress its zero tolerance of violent protests when it shut down operations at its Medupi and Kusile power plant construction projects, in May, spokesperson Hilary Joffe tells Engineering News. 

Steel fabricator expands crane fleet

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     24th June 2011 Structural steel fabricator Cosira Group will deliver its new 400 t crawler crane to State-owned power utility Eskom’s Kusile power plant in August. 

Utility undertakes electrification of more households

By: Tracy Hancock     4th February 2011 In its current financial year, which ends in March, State-owned power utility Eskom will complete the electrification of 118 600 households in its supply areas at a cost of R1,75-billion, reports Eskom divisional capital programme manager of electrification Nomvula Hlatshwayo. 

Association expects a challenging year for municipal electricity distributors

By: Tracy Hancock     4th February 2011 Association of Municipal Electricity Undertakings (AMEU) of Southern Africa president Michael Rhode believes that 2011 will be one of the most challenging years that the electricity distribution industry (EDI) has experienced for some time.  

Industry crippled by delayed effects of recession

By: Tracy Hancock     4th February 2011 The electrical contracting industry (ECI) experienced a significant decline in the amount of available work last year, resulting in many employees being retrenched, reports industry body Electrical Contractors’ Association (South Africa) (ECA(SA) or (ECASA) national director of operations Chris... 

Transformers designed for easy setting and maintenance

4th February 2011 Capital equipment division Becker Mining Africa of the Becker Group of Companies has extended its product range to include local electrical equipment specialist Emis transformers and switchgear combinations, designed for the distribution of electricity, energy cogeneration, rectification and... 

DoE deals with electrification backlog in Eastern Cape

4th February 2011 The Department of Energy (DoE) is working at accelerating the electrification programme in the OR Tambo district municipality, which is one of the most challenging areas in the Eastern Cape region in terms of dealing with the current electrification backlog. 

Current IRP fails to tackle distribution costs – NGO

By: Tracy Hancock     4th February 2011 The current draft of the integrated resource plan (IRP2010) does not adequately factor in electricity distribution costs, says nongovernmental organisation Sustainable Energy Africa director Mark Borchers. 

New technologies stimulus for business opportunities for electrical contractors

By: Schalk Burger     5th February 2010 One of the greatest opportunities for electrical contractors currently to gain new business is to become familiar with the new technologies that conserve power in both the industrial and domestic sectors, industry body Electrical Contractors Association of South Africa (ECA) national director... 

Reducing risks from power lines critical

By: Schalk Burger     5th February 2010 The corridors needed to transmit electricity from new power stations, such as the coal-fired 4 700-MW Medupi power station being built in Waterberg, in Limpopo province, to regions where it is needed, must be considered carefully to balance the risks to communities, farmers, game farmers and... 

Planning for sustainable cities of the future

By: Schalk Burger     5th February 2010 Proper spatial planning of cities, designing buildings with renewable energy features and creating energy efficient transport systems are essential components of sustainable cities of the future, energy efficiency and sustainability advocacy body Sustainable Energy Africa director Mark Borchers... 

Electrical energy auditing equipment for energy efficiency

By: Schalk Burger     5th February 2010 Load profiling, analysis and implemented corrective strategies, by using electrical energy auditing equipment, can lead to optimisation of electrical energy use for small industry, heavy mining applications, commercial facilities and residential homes. New vacuum technology used in medium-voltage... 

Stadium receives R6m worth of distribution equipment

By: Jacqueline Holman     6th February 2009 Specialist supplier of low- and medium-voltage motor control equipment CHI Control is providing a range of distribution products to the Soccer City stadium to the value of about R6-million. 

Engineering company electrifies rural areas

By: Jacqueline Holman     6th February 2009 Engineering and environmental consulting company SSI is currently involved in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) with a number of projects for State-owned power utility Eskom, funded by the Department of Minerals and Energy, to provide rural electrification. 

Resource centre seeks to 
improve network performance

By: Jacqueline Holman     6th February 2009 State-owned power utility Eskom’s Industry’s Association Resource Centre is currently researching different distribution automation (DA) systems at three sites around the country to find the best technical form to improve Eskom’s network performance. 

Transmission integration project two-thirds complete

By: Jacqueline Holman     6th February 2009 Engineering and environmental consulting company PBA International has completed two-thirds of the Mmamabula-Medupi Transmission Integration project, which includes integrating the two power stations into the South African transmission network, comments director Stuart Dunsmore. 

Construction sector growth drives electrical industry 

By: Jacqueline Holman     6th February 2009 The Electrical Contractors' Association of South Africa (ECA(SA)) national director of operations Chris Greager says that the value of work currently taking place in the South African electrical industry is about R2-billion. 

Timber company gets set to take pole position

By: Janice Healing     6th February 2009 After just three years of operation, treated timber products company Timberg is positioned to build on its solid growth and take on its competitors to capture an even greater share of the market. Based in Johannesburg, Gauteng, and Tzaneen, Limpopo, the company supplies treated eucalyptus poles... 

New wall box design allows first-time alignment

By: Gerrit Bezuidenhout     8th February 2008 A new wall box, designed by domestic electrical installation materials manufacturer Lesco, allows for the faster installation of wall boxes through precise aligning and spacing of the wall boxes.  

Manufacturer produces affordable products for power distribution

8th February 2008 Power cable manufacturing company Aberdare Cables is applying technology to develop affordable, efficient and hardy products for power distribution to new developments.  

Manufacturer concludes 7-year transformer supply contract

8th February 2008 Electric equipment manufacturing company Zest has concluded a seven-year contract with Eskom for the supply of transformers to the utility’s distribution and generation divisions 

New division signs first large transformers contract

8th February 2008 Electrical distribution and protection components manufacturer CBI-electric medium voltage, the newly formed division of CBI-electric, has signed two contracts with Rustenburg Local Municipality 

Proposed electrification plan causes eco uproar

By: Gerrit Bezuidenhout     8th February 2008 Proposed plans by national electricity utility Eskom to erect three 400-kV power lines to supply power to substations in the Rustenburg area and six more 765-kV lines to a new substation in the Potchefstroom area, have local environmental groups in an uproar 

Distribution network design software receives upgrade

By: Gerrit Bezuidenhout     8th February 2008 Software development company Ciber Terrasoft has upgraded its software product, which facilitates the designing of electrical distribution networks, evaluating its performance, generating bills of materials, determining project costs and producing detailed construction drawings 

Power utility accelerates plant upgrades

8th February 2008 State power utility Eskom is to accelerate the implementation of its capacity programmes and will invest R150-billion over the next five years in upgrading the country’s power supply infrastructure 

South African bank on lookout for yet more African power-project opportunities

By: Dennis Ndaba     1st February 2008 To increase its footprint in Africa, South African investment bank Absa Capital, together with its global affiliate Barclays, has arranged for the commercial debt facility of a $867-million hydropower project in Uganda. 

Engineering firm takes on electrification challenge

By: Shannon de Ryhove     9th February 2007 Owing to the growth of the economy in South Africa, there is an increased demand in the distribution of electricity. 

Quick delivery times win transformer supply contract

9th February 2007 Local firm Zest has supplied three 20-MVA 66/11-kV WEG power transformers to the Sishen Expansion Project. 

DTI praises prepaid electricity system 

9th February 2007 The South African Depart-ment of Trade and Industry has rewarded Expertron for its efforts during the development of the Cell Power system. 

Efficient electrification makes industry more competitive

By: Shannon de Ryhove     9th February 2007 Power and automation technology company ABB’s variable-speed drives for electric motors reduce energy consumption by regulating the motor speed. “Globally, ABB’s drives save 96 TWh of energy, which is equal to the production of ten 900-MW-capacity power stations each... 

Port solutions firm awarded electrification contract

9th February 2007 Several major electrification projects have been awarded to the electrical light and power (EL & P) segment of Protekon port solutions.? 

Joburg upgrades transmission facilities

9th February 2007 The purchase of four transformers by the city of Johannesburg has kept the focus on its accelerated programme that will see transmission and distribution facilities being upgraded to counter the current overloading situation. 

Power boost for Eastern Cape infrastructure

9th February 2007 Electricity giant Eskom’s plans to increase power supply to the Eastern Cape are well advanced. 

Eskom examines hydrogen as alternative energy source 

By: Jade Davenport     11th August 2006 State-owned electricity utility, Eskom, is currently investigating the possibility of using hydrogen to generate electricity, as part of its resource diversification strategy. 

Construction of 6,4-MW project to start in September

By: Jade Davenport     30th June 2006 With the completion of the development phase at the end of last year, construction of the R60-million 6,4 MW Bethlehem Hydroelectric project in the Free State is due to start in September this year, with the first electricity to be delivered in November 2007. 

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