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TPDC MD Mussa Makame and KS Energy Group CEO Steve Martin sign agreement
Financial closure for $90m small-scale LNG plant in Tanzania imminent
22nd January 2024 By: Darren Parker

Energy solutions company KS Energy is targeting financial closure this year for the first phase of a small-scale liquefied natural gas (LNG) supply chain in partnership with a Tanzanian gas... 


BMA extends ports of entry redevelopment bids submission date
22nd January 2024 By: Schalk Burger

The Border Management Authority (BMA) has agreed to extend the submission date for requests for proposal for the 'Redevelopment of the Six Priority Land Ports of Entry' project to July 4. The six... 


ISA to hold Sustainable Infrastructure Development Symposium in Cape Town in March
22nd January 2024 By: Schalk Burger

Infrastructure planning and management centre Infrastructure South Africa (ISA) will hold the Sustainable Infrastructure Development Symposium (Sidssa) 2024 on March 17 to 19 at the Century City... 


An artist's impression of the proposed Cape Winelands Airport
Multibillion-rand Cape Winelands Airport aims to receive first passengers in 2027  
22nd January 2024 By: Irma Venter

Cape Town’s proposed second big commercial airport, the Cape Winelands Airport (CWA), should receive its first passengers in 2027, says RSA.Aero MD Nick Ferguson. RSA.Aero is the project developer,... 


BLSA CEO Busi Mavuso
South Africa must build renewable energy momentum, and then move on to other sectors – Mavuso
22nd January 2024 By: Schalk Burger

The rapid pace at which South Africa is building renewable energy projects, driven by private sector investment, is viewed as positive in the global context, including at the recently held World... 


Chinese President Xi Jinping and DRC President Felix Tshisekedi during a site visit in the African country in May 2023
China, DRC talking $7bn in finance, Tshisekedi says
22nd January 2024 By: Reuters

China and Democratic Republic of Congo are discussing $7-billion in financing as part of a renegotiated minerals-for-infrastructure deal, President Felix Tshisekedi said Saturday at his second... 


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Eastern Cape megabridges making steady construction progress after initial setbacks
19th January 2024 By: Marleny Arnoldi

Following delays and setbacks in recent years, roads parastatal South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) restarted works last year on the Mtentu and Msikaba megabridges, in the Eastern... 


Two women and a baby standing around tap with a gent overseeing it
Huge investment to bring Rwanda water relief
19th January 2024

Development finance institution African Development Bank’s (AfDB’s) board in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, announced last month that it had approved loans of over R4.7-billion to Rwanda, to improve the... 


TNPA recently selected a preferred bidder for a 25-year LNG terminal concession in the Port of Richards Bay's South Dunes precinct
1 000 MW gas-to-power cap placed on Richards Bay for first gas procurement round
18th January 2024 By: Terence Creamer

While ‘location agnostic’, South Africa’s inaugural 2 000 MW gas-to-power (GtP) procurement round is limiting the development of facilities in the City of uMhlathuze, where KwaZulu-Natal’s... 


An image depicting a solar plant
Globeleq completes debt restructuring for Aries, Konkoonsies solar plants
18th January 2024 By: Sabrina Jardim

Independent power company Globeleq has completed a $37-million senior debt restructuring of its 11 MW Aries and 11 MW Konkoonsies solar plants, in the Northern Cape. The debt restructuring was led... 


Aerial view of Eskom's Hex battery energy storage facility
Work under way to identify next battery sites amid bidding at eight North West substations
17th January 2024 By: Terence Creamer

Independent Power Producer Office head Bernard Magoro reports that work is under way to identify substation sites for the upcoming third Battery Energy Storage Independent Power Producer... 


Independent Power Producer Office head Bernard Magoro
Grid constraints cast shadow over South Africa’s seventh renewables bid window
17th January 2024 By: Terence Creamer

South Africa’s grid constraints are continuing to cast a shadow over the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP), the seventh bidding round for which was... 


ENGIE South Africa CEO Mohamed Hoosen
Fast-growing ENGIE South Africa will consider grid investments under right conditions
16th January 2024 By: Terence Creamer

Global independent power company ENGIE, which is prioritising the South African electricity market for significant organic and acquisitive growth, is also open to participating in grid investments... 


A railway line
Critical infrastructure failure the biggest business risk in South Africa this year
16th January 2024 By: Schalk Burger

Critical infrastructure blackouts have emerged as the number one risk for businesses in South Africa for the second consecutive year, highlighting the severe impact of power outages and the failure... 


Busy week for DMRE as it hosts IPP bidders conferences and IRP workshop
Busy week for DMRE as it hosts IPP bidders conferences and IRP workshop
15th January 2024 By: Terence Creamer

The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) and the Independent Power Producer Office (IPPO) have a busy week ahead, with three virtual bidders conferences to be hosted over Wednesday and... 


EAIF completes $294m debt raise for African infrastructure
15th January 2024 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

Private Infrastructure Development Group (PIDG) company the Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund (EAIF) has raised $294-million of additional debt facilities, achieving over half of its target to... 


Sanral to issue 70 tenders in ‘the next couple of weeks’
Sanral to issue 70 tenders in ‘the next couple of weeks’
12th January 2024 By: Irma Venter

The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) says it will issue at least 70 tenders “in the next couple of weeks”. In terms of the State-owned company’s interim preferential procurement... 


The Port of Richards Bay, which is currently a coal export hub, has been earmarked for gas infrastructure
Preferred bidder selected to build and operate Richards Bay LNG terminal
10th January 2024 By: Terence Creamer

South Africa’s State-owned Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has announced that it has selected a public-private consortium as the preferred bidder to develop and operate a liquefied natural... 


The scaled-up gas-to-power capacity allocation in the draft IRP would initially require LNG imports
No plan yet for public hearings into gas-heavy draft IRP 2023
10th January 2024 By: Terence Creamer

The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) has belatedly released the background technical information that has been used to inform the assumptions included in the draft Integrated... 


Priscillah Mabelane
Sasol’s Mabelane to head board at Eskom’s unbundled grid company, NTCSA
9th January 2024 By: Terence Creamer

The inaugural board of directors of the National Transmission Company of South Africa (NTCSA), which was announced by the Eskom board on Tuesday, will be chaired by Priscillah Mabelane, who is also... 


Lineworkers on a high-voltage powerline
Ramokgopa seeks to unlock private finance for 6 000 km of new grid in coming three years
9th January 2024 By: Terence Creamer

Electricity Minister Kgosientsho Ramokgopa says the current plan for rolling out grid infrastructure, particularly in the coming three years, is insufficient to end loadshedding and should, thus,... 


Busa energy and environment desk head Happy Khambule
Busa warns that lack of detail in IRP 2023 makes it impossible to assess plan’s credibility
8th January 2024 By: Terence Creamer

Business Unity South Africa (Busa) will approach the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) to secure the technoeconomic information that has been used to inform the assumptions... 


Mike Levington
Opinion: The grid’s the thing
8th January 2024

In this opinion article, Mike Levington argues that using renewable energy to meet South Africa’s economic and developmental goals will require a significant shift in thinking about the grid. 


Hydropower plants, like Kinguélé Aval in Gabon, can, with refurbishment, play a key role in Africa's energy transition by reducing reliance on fossil fuel-derived electricity
AfDB approves $9.72m grant to modernise African hydropower
19th December 2023 By: Donna Slater

The African Development Bank- (AfDB)-managed Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa (SEFA), on November 21, approved a $9.72-million grant to scale up the Africa Hydropower Modernisation Programme... 


Coal shipments on Transnet freight-rail network have plunged to 30-year lows and iron-ore railings are at their lowest in a decade
Crumbling South African rail prompts Botswana to forge new route
19th December 2023 By: Bloomberg

Botswana has received unsolicited bids from investors to build a rail line to a Namibian port that will help avoid South Africa and its disintegrating logistics network. The 1 500 km... 


A sunset picture of solar panels with wind turbines in the background ad reflecting off the panels
Project achieves financial close
15th December 2023

Independent power producer EDF Renewables achieved commercial and financial close on its Umoyilanga project on November 28, 2023, reaching commercial close with the Department of Mineral Resources... 


A man in PPE under a Solar PV Panel installation conducting quality assurance checks
Energy company driving global move to renewables
15th December 2023

In South Africa, global renewable-power producer Scatec has initiated numerous projects under the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme contributing towards a more... 


South Africa moves to procure 5GW of renewables, 2GW of gas-to-power, 615 MW of battery storage
South Africa moves to procure 5GW of renewables, 2GW of gas-to-power, 615 MW of battery storage
14th December 2023 By: Terence Creamer

The South African government has released three requests for proposals (RFPs) for new electricity generation and storage capacity, including 5 000 MW of new wind and solar, 2 000 MW of gas-to-power... 


The Klipheuwel wind farm
South Africa launches renewables procurement round for 5 000 MW of wind and solar
14th December 2023 By: Terence Creamer

The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) has released the much-anticipated and delayed seventh bid window (BW7) of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme... 


Public Works and Infrastructure Minister Sihle Zikalala
Zikalala vows to ensure government contractors are paid on time
13th December 2023 By: Darren Parker

Public Works and Infrastructure Minister Sihle Zikalala has vowed to intensify Operation Pay-on-Time and urgently put an end to the failure of government to pay service providers in the... 


Polasa chairperson Sagren Moodley
Powerline industry warns it may not survive until grid roll-out ‘feast’ given current investment ‘famine’
13th December 2023 By: Terence Creamer

The Power Operations & Leadership Association of Southern Africa (Polasa) believes the famine-then-feast profile of Eskom’s execution plan for the roll-out of new transmission infrastructure will... 


The PetroSA GTL refinery in Mossel Bay
Shrugging off sanctions risk, PetroSA aims to seal GTL refinery investment deal with GazpromBank by April
11th December 2023 By: Terence Creamer

South Africa’s PetroSA aims to make a final investment decision (FID) by April on a project designed to support the resumption of production at the mothballed gas-to-liquids (GTL) refinery in... 


The Koeberg nuclear power station behind transmission lines
Koeberg Unit 2 to return in Sept, heightening risk of both units being out simultaneously
10th December 2023 By: Terence Creamer

Eskom generation head Bheki Nxumalo has indicated that an extended outage at Koeberg Unit 2, which begins on December 11, is currently expected to continue until September 2024, increasing the... 


Electricity Minister Kgosientsho Ramokgopa has confirmed that the IRP update contains a revised decommissioning schedule for Eskom’s aged coal power stations.
IRP update approved by Cabinet includes new coal decommissioning schedule
10th December 2023 By: Terence Creamer

Electricity Minister Kgosientsho Ramokgopa reports that Cabinet has approved the release of an updated Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) for public comment and also confirms that the document contains... 


This SOLA Group project was the first utility-scale project to be registered after the licence-exemption cap was lifted
Electricity reform bears fruit with 1 185 generators now registered with Nersa
7th December 2023 By: Terence Creamer

The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) reports that it registered a further 98 generation facilities – with a combined capacity of 908 MW and an investment value of R17.3-billion –... 


The Vredendal solar park
Two more solar projects from delayed BW5 set to begin construction in early 2024
6th December 2023 By: Terence Creamer

Two 75-MW apiece solar photovoltaic (PV) projects bid under the much-delayed Bid Window Five (BW5) of South Africa’s public renewables procurement programme have officially advanced to commercial... 


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