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Electrification and Distribution

S African gov powers SADC rural electrification plans

By: nkolola halwindi     7th June 2002 Thus far, the Department of Minerals and Energy (DME) has invested about R84-million, with an additional EUR15,9-million received as a grant, into renewable energy projects. 

Union to unlock Africa's energy potential

By: nkolola halwindi     7th June 2002 A new vision to ensure that the Union of Producers, Conveyors and Distributors of Electrical Energy in Africa (Updea) becomes the main catalyst in the electrification of the continent, will be launched at the 14th Updea congress to be held in Durban in June. 

Economic development and electrification go hand in hand

By: nkolola halwindi     7th June 2002 As calls to electrify the African continent are being sounded by power pools and the New Partnership for African Development, global automation and power technology group ABB has responded to the call by undertaking a number of projects across the continent. 

$172-million Ethiopian energy access project under way

7th June 2002 The African office of the World Bank has announced that it will be participating in a $171,8-million energy access project in Ethiopia. 

Malawi–Moz power interconnect project advances cautiously

By: Marcel Chimwala     7th June 2002 MALAWI – A call for expressions of interest has been issued to consulting engineers for a project to interconnect Malawi's hydro-electric power grid with that of neighbouring Mozambique. 

Key acquisition marks 10 years of business success

By: Marius Roodt     31st May 2002 An East Rand company is celebrating the tenth anniversary of its founding by acquiring a complementary business that will immediately increase its yearly sales turnover by more than a third. 

Transdeco GTMH

31st May 2002 Transdeco was established in 1970 to design, fabricate and erect steel lattice structures for high-voltage overhead transmission lines 

'Reds delays not leading to investment strike'

By: Deborah Spicer     10th May 2002 The fact that 200 municipalities’ electrification distribution networks will be replaced by six regional electricity distributors (REDs) has led to rumours that municipalities may choose not to invest in infrastructure replacement to the detriment of the network. 

Ah, electrical engineering, romance

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     3rd May 2002 I was going to write about the mechanisms of electrochemical attack through concentartion cells, but I got bored just thinking about it so I won’t. 

S African transmission-network expansion plan dominated by Cape

By: marisa rodrigues     26th April 2002 One of the focuses of the Eskom Transmission Group for this year is expansion, with particular emphasis on the strengthening of the Cape, senior GM: Transmission Peter O’Connor informs Engineering News. 

Africa's second-largest transformer repaired

19th April 2002 Local company LH Marthinusen, of Johannesburg, has repaired a furnace transformer at Columbus Steel, saving the customer 75% of the estimated multi million rand replacement cost. 

Powering up Central Africa

5th April 2002 A leader power transmission and distribution group (PTD) is electrifying a hundred villages in Gabon in a €20-million project ordered by the state energy ministry and scheduled for completion by the end of 2003. 

Championing local manufacture

By: Martin Creamer     29th March 2002 The window of opportunity is widening for South Africa’s local manufacturers who have retained strong engineering departments, honed their global competitiveness and gained black economic-empowerment status. 

The switchgear success story

By: Martin Creamer     29th March 2002 Jack Rowan wears two Alstom hats. Besides being MD of Alstom South Africa’s Transmission and Distribution division, he is also vice president of Alstom’s International Sales and Country Organisation (Isco) for Southern and Eastern Africa, one of 15 Alstom regions. 

Electrical machines operation bounces back

By: candice haase     29th March 2002 Three main manufacturing activities take place at the Alstom Electrical Machines factory in Aberdeen Road, Benoni. 

Fast-growing black distribution firm

By: Marius Roodt     29th March 2002 The Distribution Network division of energy and transport company Alstom South Africa has spawned a fast-growing black economically-empowered company called Siyakha. 

Big Gabon electrification drive

13th March 2002 A hundred villages in Gabon are currently being electrified by the Siemens Power Transmission and Distribution Group (PTD) in a 20-million euro project ordered by the state energy ministry and is scheduled for completion by the end of 2003. 

Wind power

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     22nd February 2002 Ian Smit of Eskom TSI gave a paper which was titled “Looking at Eskom’s proposed research and demonstration of wind farms in the Western Cape”. 

R950m earmarked for electrification

19th February 2002 Government will spend R950-million this year to electrify 300 000 households, 700 schools and 100 clinics, said minerals and energy minister Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka. 

Lesotho embraces prepaid electricity

15th February 2002 Since 1995, Energy Measurements, a subsidiary of Siemens, has introduced several thousand Cashpower 2000 prepayment electricity meters in the Kingdom of Lesotho, and additional meters are planned for implementation over the next three months. 

SA set to budget R950m for electrification

By: Deborah Spicer     15th February 2002 Electrification plans for South Africa for the 2002/03 financial year will be finalised this month, reports Department of Minerals and Energy (DME) chief director of electricity Nelisiwe Magubane. 

Mining house awards R23m KZN substation contract

15th February 2002 Iscor Mining’s restructured mining assets, Kumba Resources, has awarded Alstom Power Systems a R23-million contract for a substation to be erected near Empangeni, in Kwazulu-Natal. 

Solar-system electrification for KZN homes

By: Deborah Spicer     15th February 2002 Off-grid concessionaire Nuon Raps is due to sign an interim agreement to begin installing solar-home systems in 50 000 households in the north of Kwazulu-Natal this month. 

R150m prepayment-meter contract in offing

By: Deborah Spicer     15th February 2002 One of the bidders for Eskom’s R150-million prepayment-metering supply contract is optimistic that it will get a portion of that contract when the results are announced within the next month. 

Copperbelt electrification contract awarded

By: Deborah Spicer     15th February 2002 Zambian State electrification utility Zesco has awarded the Johannesburg firm Roshcon a contract for the electrification of 5 800 connections in the Copperbelt town of Luanshya, near Ndola. 

Intelligent metering for Mpumalanga community

By: Deborah Spicer     15th February 2002 The Mbombela district near Nelspruit is the latest municipality to award East Rand firm Intelligent Metering Systems a contract to supply and commission a customer-relation management-integration system for its industrial and residential consumers. 

Wave power potential

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     15th February 2002 I undertook that the next few columns would discuss the above topic, based on a number of papers given at a recent conference. 

SA utility acquires share in Zambian hydropower firm

15th February 2002 As part of its ongoing initiative to expand its activities in Africa and the Middle East, Eskom Enterprises has purchased a 51% shareholding in the Lusemfwa Hydro Power Company, which owns two hydro power stations at Mulungushi and Lusemfwa, Zambia, with a combined capacity of 36MW. 

SA firm's $14,7m Moz electrification projects

15th February 2002 Global power and automation technology group subsidiary ABB in South Africa, has been a partner in the electrification of South African households of historically-disadvantaged communities and is now extending its locally-acquired expertise in electrification to the Southern African region. 

Service deal adds value ahead of potential sale

1st February 2002 A service agreement between Eskom Generation and Rotek Engineering has been extended by three years, indirectly making Rotek a more attractive purchase to prospective buyers. 

SA power group buys into Zambia hydro firm

9th January 2002 As part of its ongoing initiative to expand its activities in Africa and the Middle East, Eskom Enterprises has bought a 51% shareholding in the Lusemfwa Hydro Power Company, which owns two hydropower stations, at Mulungushi and Lusemfwa, Zambia, with a combined capacity of 36MW. “The... 

Fuel-cell cogeneration system for homes

By: Karel Smrcka     14th December 2001 Japanese company Sanyo Electric has developed a fuel-cell cogeneration system for home use that uses city gas as its fuel. The rated output of the power-generation unit is one kilowatt and, by using the exhaust heat, it can produce over 300 l of warm water at over 60  

Bid on for R150m prepayment-meter contract

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     14th December 2001 The winning bidders for national electricity utility Eskom’s prepayment metering supply contract for next year, estimated to be worth R150-million, will be named in February or March, with delivery of the 450 000 units starting in April. 

Deal on new power-distribution regime by Jan

11th December 2001 A cooperative agreement between government and participants in the electricity distribution industry (EDI) on the restructuring of this sector – which includes the controversial formation of regional electricity distributors (Reds) – is expected to be finalised in January. 

Malawi–Zambia power interconnect project

By: Marcel Chimwala     30th November 2001 MALAWI – Malawi and Zambia have started implementing a project to interconnect their power sectors. The project is part of a regional initiative, which will see the electricity sectors of countries in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) interconnected to form the Southern... 

385 MW power project for Morocco

30th November 2001 German firm Siemens has agreed to build a 385 MW power plant in northern Morocco at a cost of $250-million, a Moroccan government official said. 

The masterminds behind Africa's new masterplan

By: Deborah Spicer     16th November 2001 Tangible results of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (Nepad), formerly known as the New African Initiative and Map, should start to emerge now that the inaugural meeting of the initiative’s implementation committee of heads of state and government in Abuja, Nigeria, have... 

Overarching regional strategy embraced

By: Deborah Spicer     16th November 2001 Regional co-operation and integration was seen as one of the central pillars of Africa’s economic development when the concept of the African Renaissance started being fleshed out three years ago. 

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