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Electrification and Distribution

Moz awards R60m power distribution contract

14th May 2003 Power and automation technology group ABB said yesterday it has won two orders, valued at more than R60-million ($7,5-million), from Mozambique's national utility, Electricidade de Mozambique (EDM), to improve the country's electricity infrastructure in two of its most populous cities. 

Non-grid electrification project gathers pace

By: Martin Czernowalow     9th May 2003 South Africa’s National Electricity Regulator (NER) has invited tenders from suitably-qualified institutions to assist with the management and operation of non-grid electrification projects currently being undertaken in various parts of the country. 

A small mountain town makes progress

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     9th May 2003 Some twenty years ago I worked for a consulting firm which had the contract to arrange for an electricity supply to a great number of police stations in the Eastern Cape. 

Dreaming of long-distance power highways

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     2nd May 2003 I made a new year’s resolution not to write about Eskom this year, as I have some good friends who work for Eskom and I don’t like to make them unhappy. But unfortunately I can’t abide by my resolution. 

Non-grid electrification project gathers pace

By: Martin Czernowalow     30th April 2003 South Africa’s National Electricity Regulator (NER) has invited tenders from suitably-qualified institutions to assist with the management and operation of non-grid electrification projects currently being undertaken in various parts of the country. 

Duvha set for refurb after explosion

By: Deborah Spicer     18th April 2003 The rebuilding of the damaged portion of Duvha power station, in Mpumalanga, will begin this month, power station manager Johan Prinsloo has confirmed. 

R150m electricity supply contract for Coega

17th April 2003 Black economic empowerment company Alstom SA has been awarded the bulk electricity supply infrastructure contract for Coega, worth in excess of R150-million. 

21% of Joburg’s electricity lost due to illegal connections, faulty meters

By: marisa rodrigues     14th February 2003 Theft of electricity continues to be a major problem facing utilities in South Africa. 

Large customers likely to remain with Eskom following restructuring

By: marisa rodrigues     14th February 2003 Following the restructuring of South Africa’s electricity distribution industry (EDI), six new regional electricity distributors (Reds) will be responsible for all electricity distribution activities in the country, thereby taking over the responsibility currently held by Eskom... 

DRC prepayment contract is just the beginning

By: marisa rodrigues     14th February 2003 Electronic and electrical engineering firm Siemens Southern Africa hopes to use the contract it has won for the implementation of the Kinshasa network normalisation and prepayment meter project as an entry point into the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). 

N KZN to receive 3 800 solar systems in 2003

By: marisa rodrigues     14th February 2003 With the pilot programme completed and the project launched officially, Nuon-Raps Utilities (NuRa), intends to install at least 3 800 solar home systems at households in 2003 in a bid to complete its allocated 50 000 installations in five years. 

Namibia moves to power farm belt

By: Jill Stanford     14th February 2003 Nampower is taking the first step to encourage the development of Namibia’s agricultural sector with a three-year project to electrify farms in its agricultural belt. 

Cape to host global genomics gathering

By: marisa rodrigues     14th February 2003 World-renowned super-scientists working to eradicate HIV, TB and Malaria through genetic engineering are to attend a ground-breaking human genome conference in South Africa this year. 

R500m for smart electricity use programme

By: marisa rodrigues     14th February 2003 The efficient use of electricity could prevent the need to build another power station in South Africa, which is likely to become necessary by 2007 (according to current growth estimates) in order to meet peak demand. 

Coega IDZ metallurgical cluster gets power supply

9th December 2002 The installation and commissioning of temporary power lines to the metallurgical cluster at the Coega Industrial Development Zone (IDZ) is well underway, bringing the readiness of the site for investors in the metals and aluminium sector closer to realisation. 

Work starts on DRC-Zambia interconnect

By: Laura Franz     6th December 2002 The Copperbelt Energy Company in Zambia has embarked on the erection of a second 220kV line between Luano near Chingola and the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). 

KZN households get non-grid power

28th November 2002 A new housing energisation project, called Switch On, was launched yesterday in Nkwelesheni, a rural KwaZulu Natal village near Ixopo. 

DRC moves to stabilise electricity system

By: Martin Czernowalow     26th November 2002 The Democratic Republic of the Congo’s (DRC) power utility, Societe Nationale d'Electricite (SNEL) has signed a contract for the implementation of the Kinshasha network normalisation and prepayment metre project. 

African energy fund should be running by year end

14th November 2002 It is anticipated that the African Energy Fund - a joint initiative by State power utility Eskom, the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) and the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), to support energy-related projects in Africa - will be up and running by the end of the year. 

Electricity giant seeks interconnected continent

25th October 2002 South African-based power utility Eskom describes itself as pioneering the rollout of the African Renaissance. 

Group in Moz primary-energy push

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     27th September 2002 As part of its broad strategy to play a significant role on the African energy scene, Eskom Enterprises is pursuing several primary-energy projects in Mozambique. 

New range of UK products to be introduced

By: candice haase     20th September 2002 A Randfontein-based wire rope, sling and chain supplier has added a range of UK-manufactured products for tensioning and insulating electric fencing to its range. 

Energy expert sees 1,4b without power by 2032

29th August 2002 Rapid population growth means 30 years from now almost one in five people on earth will lack electricity, based on current patterns of energy investment. 

Africa's power-grid map raises questions

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     23rd August 2002 Those of us who are unfortunate enough to be awake at night will know that after a certain time we all get to watch CNN. 

State sets renewable energy targets

By: Deborah Spicer     23rd August 2002 While the difficulty of setting renewable-energy targets has been demonstrated by talks leading up to the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD), different levels of government in South Africa have begun to propose targets for the portion of total energy use that should come from... 

Namibian power utility raises R570m

23rd August 2002 Namibia Power Corporation (NamPower), the national electricity utility of Namibia, has successfully raised over R570-million of debt funding, announced Mike Meeser, Investec’s South African Head of Project and Infrastructure Finance. 

African green-energy zones promoted

By: vanessa vasques     2nd August 2002 The Utility Initiative for Africa is a renewable energy project currently being undertaken by the International Solar Energy Society (ISES). 

International demand for South African telecoms expertise

By: Deborah Spicer     26th July 2002 The South African subsidiary of Industrial and Financial Systems (IFS) is exporting its telecoms know-how to Trinidad and Tobago as well as to countries in the Middle East, following the successful implementation of the company’s asset-management software at the operations of MTN SA, MTN... 

Acquisitions open door to steel-pipe conveyance market

By: candice haase     19th July 2002 The acquisition of Barloworld’s Robor Stewarts and Lloyds distribution centres based in Kwazulu-Natal was effected by Johannesburg-based steel merchant NJR Steel Holdings in March this year. 

Morocco to spend $676m on rural electrification

15th July 2002 Morocco will spend $676-million (7,2-billion dirhams) between 2002 and 2006 to connect more than 11 000 villages to the national electric power grid, a senior Energy Ministry official has said. 

Cable-laying contract lands safely

28th June 2002 Gauteng based electrical-infrastructure specialists, Tractionel Enterprise (TE), has successfully completed a R3,1-million contract for Airport Contractors, lead contractor for the Johannesburg International Airport domestic terminal upgrade, relocating the main 11 kV feeder and other cables to... 

Jhb firm wins R30m follow-up contract

28th June 2002 Following its successful completion of a R40-million low-voltage contract and electrical installation at the first phase of BHP Billiton’s Mozal project, near Maputo in Mozambique, Johannesburg-based company RBF Technology has won an additional R30-million contract for the supply of... 

Electricals upgrade to boost output

28th June 2002 Global power and automation technology group ABB has won a $26-million order to supply electrical and control equipment for BHP Billiton’s Hillside aluminium smelter in Richards Bay, near Durban. 

Joburg on track with free-power plan

By: Deborah Spicer     28th June 2002 Johannesburg is on track to provide residents with 50 kWh of free electricity by July 1, confirmed mayor Amos Masondo during his budget speech in May. 

Bids this month for engineering privatisation

By: Deborah Spicer     21st June 2002 Following the call for expressions of interest in acquiring a stake in Eskom Enterprise-owned engineering firm Roshcon earlier this month, non-binding offers are to be submitted by June 28. 

Africa's utilities add energy to renaissance plan

21st June 2002 Africa's top power utilities say they are ready to take a leading role in a recovery plan for the continent through the provision of infrastructure development. 

R115m recapitalisation for Kelvin power plant

By: Deborah Spicer     14th June 2002 In excess of R115-million will be spent by AES Kelvin Power over the next three years, when it carries out systematic overhauls and upgrades to some systems at the Johannesburg power station. 

SA, Morocco in energy joint venture

12th June 2002 State power utility Eskom Enterprises (EE) and the Office National de l’Electricit 

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