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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... 


SOLA Group CEO Dom Wills
Pioneering 195 MW solar plant to sell clean electricity to multiple customers nationwide
6th December 2023 By: Terence Creamer

South African independent power producer the SOLA Group has started construction on a pioneering 195 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) plant in the Free State, which will wheel and sell clean electricity... 


A construction site
Civil Confidence Index declines to 41 points, despite increase in construction activity
6th December 2023 By: Schalk Burger

The FNB/Bureau of Economic Research Civil Confidence Index declined to 41 in the fourth quarter, despite activity, profitability and tender competition data being more positive, and confidence is... 


A turbine at sunrise at Red Rocket's Roggeveld Wind Farm
Red Rocket confirms initial 500 MW of interest in 2 000 MW virtual wheeling renewables scheme
6th December 2023 By: Terence Creamer

Independent power producer (IPP) Red Rocket reports that it has signed up customers for 500 MW of the 2 000 MW of capacity it aims to deploy over the coming three years as part of an innovative... 


The Durban Container Terminal
TNPA seeks bidders for big berth expansion at congested Durban terminal
4th December 2023 By: Terence Creamer

The Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has issued a tender for the reconstruction, deepening and lengthening of three berths at the Pier 2 North Quay of the currently congested Durban... 


Boegoebaai greenfield site
Sasol appoints adviser to search for Boegoebaai hydrogen export hub coinvestors
1st December 2023 By: Terence Creamer

A financial adviser has been appointed to assist Sasol in a search for potential coinvestors into a green hydrogen and ammonia export hub at Boegoebaai, in the Northern Cape, following the... 


Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana
Treasury says equity injection can be averted as it unveils R47bn Transnet guarantee
1st December 2023 By: Terence Creamer

A R47-billion guarantee facility, effective immediately, has been extended to struggling State-owned freight logistics group Transnet in support of its recovery plan and to meet its immediate debt... 


The Asher machine installed at a client which incinerates waste in a more environment friendly manner
New waste management system has multiple environmental benefits
1st December 2023 By: Halima Frost

Sustainable waste management solutions provider Asher Africa’s latest waste management system effectively decreases a client's waste output and offers an “almost emissions-free process”,... 


Four utility-scale battery projects worth R10bn selected following inaugural public tender
Four utility-scale battery projects worth R10bn selected following inaugural public tender
30th November 2023 By: Terence Creamer

The South African government has selected preferred bidders for the development of four utility-scale battery energy storage system (BESS) projects in the Northern Cape, with a combined investment... 


How the Umoyilanga hybrid renewables-battery project is designed to work
75 MW Umoyilanga hybrid project reaches financial close under much-delayed risk-mitigation round
30th November 2023 By: Terence Creamer

The Umoyilanga hybrid renewables-battery project, which will supply 75 MW of dispatchable electricity daily from 05:00 to 21:30 when built, has officially achieved commercial and financial close... 


Busa president and Discovery CEO Adrian Gore
Gore warns of ‘plateauing’ pace of delivery on power, logistics, crime reforms
29th November 2023 By: Terence Creamer

Business Unity South Africa (Busa) president Adrian Gore has warned that the pace of delivery across the joint initiatives being taken with government on electricity, logistics and crime is... 


ArcelorMittal South Africa CEO Kobus Verster
ArcelorMittal SA CEO sees no way of avoiding longs closure, says wind down to start in Jan
28th November 2023 By: Terence Creamer

ArcelorMittal South Africa CEO Kobus Verster believes there is no immediate prospect of addressing the structural issues undermining the financial viability of the group’s long-products business... 


The Newcastle Works
3 500 jobs at risk as ArcelorMittal mulls closure of longs units at Newcastle, Vereeniging
28th November 2023 By: Terence Creamer

Steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa has indicated that it may close its long-products business, which could result in the loss of 3 500 direct and contractor jobs at its Newcastle and... 


Electricity Minister Kgosientsho Ramokgopa
Black Friday loadshedding triggered by depletion of reserves and heat-wave demand spike
24th November 2023 By: Terence Creamer

Electricity Minister Kgosientsho Ramokgopa attributed the “unwelcome” ramp up in the intensity of loadshedding to Stage 6 to a need for Eskom to rebuild its emergency reserves that had been... 


Contractors urge dialogue on the back of 88 liquidations
24th November 2023 By: Irma Venter

Contract changes within the construction industry and conditions that are slashing margins are becoming a growing threat to contractors, “contributing to the downward spiral of the construction... 


Power lines with wind turbines in the background
Renewables bodies await publication of Eskom’s curtailment framework
23rd November 2023 By: Terence Creamer

The associations representing the wind and solar sectors as well as independent power producers (IPPs) more generally are eagerly awaiting a proposed curtailment addendum to Eskom’s Grid Connection... 


The Port of East London
Stefanutti named preferred bidder for East London port N-berth deepening, strengthening project
22nd November 2023 By: Creamer Media Reporter

The Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has chosen multidisciplinary construction group Stefanutti Stocks as the preferred bidder for work package one of the Port of East London’s N-berth... 


South African Association of Freight Forwarders CEO Juanita Maree
SAAFF warns of rising port-congestion costs
22nd November 2023 By: Terence Creamer

The South African Association of Freight Forwarders (SAAFF) estimates that the current congestion at South Africa’s ports is costing at least R124-million a day in direct and indirect costs. With... 


Scott Cummins
Aveng shifts 'epicentre' to Melbourne as it names Cummins as new CEO
22nd November 2023 By: Terence Creamer

The locus of JSE-listed construction group Aveng is set to shift to Australia following the appointment of Scott Cummins, who currently leads McConnell Dowell, to succeed Sean Flanagan as CEO, as... 


Report proposes replication of collaborative water model in electricity sector
20th November 2023 By: Terence Creamer

A new PwC report makes the case for replicating a collaborative infrastructure model that has been used in South Africa’s Limpopo province to provide bulk water to both mines and some 400 000... 


The Durban Container Terminal
No ‘overnight’ solution to vessel congestion at Durban container terminal
20th November 2023 By: Terence Creamer

The prevailing backlog of ships at anchorage outside the country’s largest container terminal is currently forecast to be cleared only by the end of February amid persistent equipment shortages and... 


Zero Carbon Charge solar power EV charging station
Zero Carbon Charge breaks ground on solar-powered EV charging network
20th November 2023 By: Darren Parker

Electric vehicle (EV) charging station developer Zero Carbon Charge has broken ground on its first 100% renewable energy charging station in Wolmaransstad, in the North West, in what is to become... 


Wind farm
IPG confirms increase in just energy transition funding to $9.3bn
20th November 2023 By: Terence Creamer

The enlarged International Partners Group (IPG) has reaffirmed its commitment to extend concessional funding to South Africa in support of the country’s Just Energy Transition Investment Plan... 


Map showing the proposed locations for installing synchronous condensers
Eskom to add synchronous condensers to network, including repurposed Camden and Grootvlei generators
20th November 2023 By: Terence Creamer

Eskom is preparing to introduce 11 synchronous condensers – seven new and four repurposed – across its transmission system to support grid stability as the penetration of variable renewable-energy... 


Electricity Minister Kgosientsho Ramokgopa
Next renewables bid window ‘will not be location agnostic’
19th November 2023 By: Terence Creamer

Electricity Minister Kgosientsho Ramokgopa reports that the country’s next renewables bidding round will “not be location agnostic” and will seek to direct projects to areas where there is... 


An image depicting Chris Campbell
South African construction sector – challenging at present but hope remains
17th November 2023

Amid the slow release of standardised bidding criteria by public sector entities, the South African civil engineering and construction sector is described as being on a “hiatus”, with it being... 


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Delayed Lesotho Highlands project key to plugging Gauteng water-supply gap
17th November 2023 By: Natasha Odendaal

The long-anticipated second phase of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP Phase II) broke ground this year, with ambitions of providing Gauteng and surrounds with a much-needed boost in water... 


an image depicting concrete sleepers in a stockpile
Concrete manufacturer reopens manufacturing plant
17th November 2023 By: Sabrina Jardim

Precast concrete manufacturer Colossal Concrete Products reopened its De Aar manufacturing plant, in the Northern Cape, in September following the conclusion of a one-year contract with State-owned... 


Saice President, Steven Kaplan, at the University of the Free State
Mentorship programmes necessary
17th November 2023 By: Sabrina Jardim

Maintaining a sufficient number of capable engineers, technologists and technicians to meet the demands of the South African civil engineering and construction industry requires relevant training... 


Lineworkers seen working on an Eskom transmission line
Eskom’s hockey-stick shaped grid deployment plan comes under scrutiny
16th November 2023 By: Terence Creamer

The hockey-stick-curve shape of Eskom’s ten-year execution plan for delivering much-needed new transmission infrastructure continues to come under intense scrutiny from domestic industry, with... 


Wind farm with substation in foreground
New Eskom curtailment framework to unlock 4 GW of grid capacity in wind-rich provinces
15th November 2023 By: Terence Creamer

Eskom has confirmed that it will release a curtailment addendum to its recently published Generation Connection Capacity Assessment (GCCA) that will unlock 4 GW of connection capacity immediately... 


Rooftop and small-scale installations account for about two-thirds of the four-million jobs in the PV sector
There are already more clean-energy than fossil-fuel jobs and gap is set to widen
15th November 2023 By: Terence Creamer

More people work in the energy sector today than in 2019, almost exclusively because of the growth in clean-energy sectors, which have employed more workers than fossil fuels since 2021, a new... 


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