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Electrification and Distribution

Hope for IPPs?

By: Laura Tyrer     21st April 2006 While the recent power problems in the Western Cape have given impetus and a greater sense of urgency to Eskom’s development plan, Rand Merchant Bank (RMB) is providing financing for private-sector power-generation projects. 

Keeping the balance in power-station fan technology

21st April 2006 The trend in fan technology for larger coal-fired power stations built in Europe and elsewhere is toward axial flow fans. 

Equipment supplier switched on to power opportunities

By: Laura Tyrer     21st April 2006 The upcoming infrastructure development and refurbishment projects in South Africa’s power-generation sector are a source of opportunity for equipment supplier Moeller Electric. 

Project finance – the solution to Africa’s economic ills?

21st April 2006 Power generation, a commodity which is generally scarce on the African continent, can create nodes of economic activity that can benefit the local community and help develop small and medium-sized enterprises. 

Universal power standard to aid accurate measurement

21st April 2006 Tool distributor Comtest has introduced the first truly universal power standard, the Fluke 6100A Electrical Power Standard. 

BEE group in the race to keep pace with electricity demand

21st April 2006 Rapidly-growing demand for new ?power-generation capacity and extension of electricity transmission and distribution networks throughout Southern Africa, particularly in South Africa, has brought the main players to the fore offering the required solutions. 

New power company to evaluate engineering, manufacturing and erection capabilities of 45 local firms

By: Laura Tyrer     21st April 2006 In preparing to bid for Eskom’s new coal-fired base-load power station, recently-launched Hitachi Power Africa (HPA) has engaged in a local capability survey. The survey is examining the engineering, manufacturing and erection capabilities of about 45 South African engineering companies.... 

National integrated resource plan under review

By: Laura Tyrer     21st April 2006 In light of the growing international trend towards renewable energy as a contributor to future energy needs, South Africa’s National Energy Regulator (Nersa) will include a ?least-cost renewable energy scenario in its upcoming national integrated resource plan (NIRP). 

New control solution a sweet success

21st April 2006 Indian sugar company Dhampur Sugar Mills has implemented a cost-effective solution to dramatically reduce maintenance costs and enhance system reliability at its Rauzagaon facility. 

Eskom mulls smelter interruptions as power squeeze bites

By: Terence Creamer     7th April 2006 Electricity utility Eskom will consider invoking the interruptability clauses it has with various energy-intensive clients, particularly those in the metals sector, as the reserve position between South Africa’s winter peak and its installed power capacity continues to narrow. 

Mittal progresses power-plant plans

By: Helene Le Roux     5th April 2006 South Africa's largest steel producer is progressing plans to become one of the country's first large-scale independent power producers. Mittal Steel South Africa CEO Davinder Chugh says that the company is in the advanced stages of a feasibility study to construct a gas-fired power plant at its... 

Technology giant's domestic arm sees surge in orders

By: peter cromberge     3rd March 2006 Global power and automation technology group ABB has reported ‘strong organic growth following strong demand for power infrastructure in the country. 

Growing business in both range and turnover

By: Keith Campbell     17th February 2006 The latest move up the added-value chain by IST Energy, part of the group’s Electronics wing, into the field of turnkey electricity substation solutions, has been very successful indeed. 

New-generation software

By: Keith Campbell     17th February 2006 UTILITY information solutions company IST Otokon is busy developing the latest generation of its ecWIN software, ecWIN 6.0. 

Powerfull 2012 promise

By: Mariaan Webb     10th February 2006 Over a century ago, Thomas Edison provided the developed world with an invention which created unimaginable benefits. But, even though it is now the 21st century, not all South African households have access to the benefits of the 130-odd year invention of a light bulb. 

Prepayment lighting up communities

10th February 2006 One of the key challenges facing South African electrification programmes is ensuring payment for the service. 

Firm wins R9,2m contract to curb electricity theft

By: Mariaan Webb     10th February 2006 The revenue lost through electricity theft adds up to millions a year, and is a challenge that needs to be eradicated if the electricity distribution industry is to remain sustainable and viable. 

Jo'burg official details challenges associated with infrastructure rollout

By: peter cromberge     10th February 2006 Although the city of Johannesburg is planning the roll-out of a capital programme to overhaul the city’s electricity network over the next five years, chairperson of municipal entities for the City of Johannesburg Brian Hlongwe notes that significant effort needs to be committed to the task. 

Mapping surveys completed

By: Mariaan Webb     10th February 2006 Specialist laser-surveying company Airborne Laser Solutions (ALS), a member of the Eskom group, is supporting the Department of Minerals and Energy’s drive to electrify all areas of South Africa and has been contracted by Eskom to carry out several mapping surveys in various rural areas. 

Swaziland ponders new coal-fired power plant

By: Liezel Hill     1st February 2006 Proposals were last month submitted for tenders to draw up a full feasibility study on a proposed1 000 MW - 2 000 MW coal-fired thermal power station in Swaziland, which, when commissioned, would move the small Southern African nation from a nett importer to a nett exporter of electricity. 

Coega IDZ gets switched on

19th October 2005 Construction work on the bulk electrical infrastructure for the South African government's first industrial development complex, the Coega Industrial Development Zone (IDZ) has been commissioned and Coega is now ready to supply electricity to consumers. 

Fitch affirms Eskom's short-term national rating

7th September 2005 International rating agency Fitch Ratings yesterday said that it has affirmed South African power utility Eskom's short-term national rating at 'F1+(zaf)'. 

Hydro plant project officially launched

By: Liezel Hill     26th August 2005 The project launch and signing ceremony for the hydropower station planned near Bethlehem, in the Free State, took place last night, hosted by the Development Bank of South Africa (DBSA). 

Lephalale power station scoping report to be released next month

By: Liezel Hill     16th August 2005 The environmental-scoping report for Eskom's proposed new coal-fired power station project in the Lephalale area (previously Ellisras), in Limpopo, is expected to be available for public review next month, environmental-assessment agency Bohlweki Environmental said yesterday. 

SA's second Red by early 2006

By: Liezel Hill     9th August 2005 The company responsible for implementing the government's regional electricity distribution (Red) project has indicated that the second Red will be launched early next year. 

DBSA to back BEE aspect of R6bn power project

By: Nicola Mawson     26th April 2005 A third of the equity for the proposed 1 000 MW independent power producer (IPP) project must be owned by a black economic-empowered (BEE) entity. 

Seven consortia qualify to bid on Kudu power project

22nd April 2005 Seven consortia have met the qualification criteria to tender for an engineering, procurement and construct (EPC) contract for the proposed 800 MW combined-cycle gas turbine (CCGT) Kudu Power Station to be built near Oranjemund in southwestern Namibia. 

Private power

By: Nicola Mawson     1st April 2005 Independent production less about competition than keeping wires live 

Quality assurance in electrification

11th February 2005 There are some significant differences between the design of electrical equipment and accessories manufactured in Europe and local designs, maintains electrical equipment company Legrand. 

Steaming up for SA's electrification revamp

By: peter cromberge     11th February 2005 The Department of Minerals and Energy is to award a contract for two 500-MW peaking gas-turbine power stations during the second half of the year. 

Advanced technology will increase reliability and cut costs

11th February 2005 Power and automation-technology group ABB said in January that it had won a $36-million order to refurbish and increase the efficiency of a coal-fired power plant. 

Reducing BankCity energy bill

By: peter cromberge     11th February 2005 A substantial electricity-saving scheme was concluded in November at the First National Bank (FNB) headoffice in BankCity, Johannesburg. 

Transmission capacity boost for Western Cape

By: peter cromberge     11th February 2005 Power and automation-technology group ABB announced in November 2004 that it had won a $16-million contract with Eskom to strengthen power supply in the Western Cape. 

Lights, telecommunication and action for Moma mine

By: peter cromberge     11th February 2005 An order worth more than R200-million to complete a turnkey electrical solution for the Moma titanium-minerals mine project in the coastal region of north-eastern Mozambique has been awarded to electrical engineering and electronics-solutions company Siemens. 

Johannesburg to get a jump-start

11th February 2005 City Power, Johannesburg’s electricity utility, has launched Operation Vuselela - a project to upgrade the city’s ageing electricity network. 

A stronghold for cables

By: peter cromberge     11th February 2005 A new range of cable glands, the device used to hold electricity cables in place in a distribution-board box, was introduced in July last year by Ekurhuleni-based Patrax Engineering. 

SA power demand to grow by 1 200 MW/y

By: Helene Le Roux     11th February 2005 South African power utility Eskom is embarking on a large capital expansion programme to provide the generation capacity required to meet the country’s growing energy consumption. Speaking at a seminar on the world energy situation, presented in Johannesburg last month, Eskom GM strategy... 

Firm develops method to refurbish breakers

3rd December 2004 Eskom is experiencing problems with the turning and support porcelain columns of its 275-kV and 400-kV breakers and isolators in several power stations. 

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