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SAPVIA releases best practice operations, maintenance guidelines

By: Schalk Burger     26th October 2021 Industry body South African Photovoltaic Industry Association (SAPVIA) and Europe energy market organisation SolarPower Europe have released the 'Operation & Maintenance (O&M) Best Practice Guidelines for South Africa'.  The guidelines build on SolarPower Europe’s 'European O&M Best Practice... 

De Ruyter suggests 15-yr roadmap for South Africa’s just energy transition

By: Simone Liedtke     26th October 2021 While there has been “very positive engagement” in the lead up to COP26, power utility Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter stresses that the coal value chains and communities that surround its coal-fired generation “cannot be left in the lurch” as foreign governments look to support South Africa in its... 

Eskom’s R178bn grid plan points to ‘scary’ step change in expansionary capex 

By: Terence Creamer     26th October 2021 State-owned electricity utility Eskom has outlined a R178-billion grid investment plan for the coming ten years, which is premised on a dramatic acceleration of expansionary capital expenditure. The Transmission Development Plan (TDP) for the period 2022 to 2031 is largely geared towards... 

Eskom group executive for transmission Segomoco Scheppers
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Eskom group executive for transmission Segomoco Scheppers

African Energy Chamber report provides details into continent's energy sector

By: Schalk Burger     26th October 2021 Industry organisation the African Energy Chamber (AEC) has published its 'State of African Energy 2022' report, which highlights the need for a balanced and Africa-centric energy transition that incorporates the needs of the African continent within global climate mitigation strategies.... 

SAWEA urges industry members, stakeholders to support global net-zero push

By: Schalk Burger     26th October 2021 Industry organisation the South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) urges key stakeholders, including governments, economies and communities, to put policies in place that will raise ambitions and remove barriers to the massive scale up in investments in wind power to help reach global... 

Diesel and load-shedding feature in summer outlook as Eskom's maintenance recovery takes longer than envisaged  

By: Terence Creamer     25th October 2021 State-owned electricity utility Eskom says its reliability maintenance recovery (RMR) interventions have not yet succeeded in stabilising the performance of its unpredictable coal fleet and that more than year of ongoing maintenance is needed to address the poor performance of its generation... 

From left to right: Jan Oberholzer, Segomoco Scheppers, Phillip Dukashe and Monde Bala at the Eskom State of the System briefing. CEO Andre de Ruyter was not present as he was travelling to the COP26 climate talks
Eskom's Segomoco Scheppers, Jan Oberholzer and Phillip Dukashe on the outlook for the system this summer and the status of the reliability maintenance recovery programme. Camera Work: Kutlwano Matlala. Editing: Nicholas Boyd. 25.10.2021

Availability of sustainability funding driving changes in legal agreements

By: Schalk Burger     25th October 2021 Demand for sustainability-linked loans is surging and banks are competing to offer this new form of finance in South Africa, which is driving legal firms like Webber Wentzel to innovate in the loan terms and agreements that they are drafting for clients, say Webber Wentzel partners Khurshid Fazel... 

Eskom to jointly develop solar projects with Exxaro, Seriti  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th October 2021 Coal miners Exxaro and Seriti Resources are joining forces with State-owned power utility Eskom to jointly develop renewable energy projects. The landmark memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed between the parties on October 25 spells out the companies’ development plan to lower their carbon... 

Matla coal mine surrounds
Matla coal mine surrounds

Just Energy Transition to result in 300 000 new energy jobs over ten years – De Ruyter

By: Donna Slater     22nd October 2021 Ongoing analysis and work done by various groups into the so-called Just Energy Transition (JET) points to the potential creation of 300 000 direct, indirect and induced jobs in South Africa’s electricity sector over the next decade, Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter said on October 22. He added that... 

South Africa to set up finance workstream to assess climate-finance offers 

By: Terence Creamer     22nd October 2021 The South African government is set to establish a high-level technical workstream, which will work under the direction of a Cabinet subcommittee, to evaluate possible concessional finance offers that could be made in support of the country’s just energy transition strategy. The workstream is yet... 

Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment Minister Barbara Creecy
Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment Minister Barbara Creecy

Castle Lite beer to be made using renewable electricity

By: Schalk Burger     22nd October 2021 South African Breweries (SAB) will soon produce its Castle Lite beer using renewable electricity, which will reduce the electricity drawn from the grid and reduce interruptions to production. Further, SAB is committed to fully switching to renewable energy sources by 2025. 

Caterpillar, Tractafric complete 7.5 MW battery storage solution for grid stability at Barrick's Kibali

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     22nd October 2021 Construction and equipment manufacturer Caterpillar and equipment distribution multinational Tractafric have installed 7.5 MW of battery energy storage capacity at gold miner Barrick Gold's Kibali mine, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The Tractafric solution is operational and deploys... 

Hydrogen Society Roadmap to guide South Africa’s hydrogen rollout – Nzimande

By: Donna Slater     22nd October 2021 The Hydrogen Society Roadmap (HSRM), which was approved by Cabinet on September 14, provides a “clear indication” of how hydrogen and fuel cell technologies could be a “game changer” for the South African economy, Science and Innovation Minister Blade Nzimande noted during the Hydrogen Economy... 

Countdown to COP26  

22nd October 2021 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the final countdown to COP26, the South African government's negotiating stance and its plans to canvass a just energy transition financing facility. 

Photo Terence Creamer
Countdown to COP26

Private power generation creates multiple benefits

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     22nd October 2021 The South African economy will benefit from the recent change in regulation that enables private organisations to invest in larger power-generation infrastructure, says natural gas producer Renergen. “The economy will benefit through the upfront monetary expenditure by private companies on power... 

Renergen CEO Stefano Marani standing
STEFANO MARANI Solar’s peak power generation is when the grid needs only moderate power

Repurposed EV batteries aids in power storage

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     22nd October 2021 Energy storage solutions are a viable approach in assisting with embedded-electricity solutions, and one such solution is using repurposed electric vehicle (EV) battery cells, battery equipment supplier REVOV tells Engineering News. “Automotive-grade cells are manufactured specifically for use in... 

image of REVOV MD Lance Dickerson
LANCE DICKERSON Stationary storage applications change the high throughput requirement and optimise the requirement to provide a lower throughput over a longer period

New methods, technology key in driving net zero goal

By: Anna Moross     22nd October 2021 The South African road infrastructure and construction industry can learn from international markets and apply several key lessons on its journey to achieving the goal of net zero, ensuring a balance between emissions produced and the amount removed from the atmosphere, says consulting engineers... 

An image of Marshall Muthen WSP in Africa’s highways, intelligent transportation systems (ITS) and rail director
MARSHALL MUTHEN South Africa can futureproof the road network infrastructure and its construction by taking digital roads into consideration to achieve the net zero goals and implement digital technologies

Technologies play powerful role in climate change efforts

By: Anna Moross     22nd October 2021 Technology is a critical accelerator in the efforts to implement climate change actions, and according to South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI) energy efficiency and data & knowledge management GM Barry Bredenkamp, there is a major shift in the design of energy-consuming... 

An image of Barry Bredenkamp, the energy efficiency and data & knowledge management GM at Sanedi.
BARRY BREDENKAMP Small- and large-scale renewable-energy technologies solutions are also developing at a rapid rate and digitalisation is inevitable

Going ‘off the grid’ can have consequences

22nd October 2021 The recent announcement by the President to lift the limit on the self-generation of power from 1 MW to 100 MW, is a gamechanger for industries such as mining, farming, retail, healthcare and manufacturing. Off the back of this announcement, some companies such as private hospital groups have... 

Positive outcome from government’s amendment to embedded generation

22nd October 2021 Renewable energy producer Genesis Eco Energy states that the promulgation of the Electricity Regulation Act (ERA) amendment, gazetted August 20, 2021, surprised many. “Business had been calling for an increase from the 1 MW limitation for years but the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy... 

Development pipeline increased to 9 GW

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     22nd October 2021 With renewable energy developer Mainstream Renewable Power (RP) already responsible for developing wind and solar assets contributing 850 MW of power to South Africa’s grid, the company is currently involved in developing new projects that will contribute up to 9 GW of power to the grid.... 

aerial shot of Noupoort wind farm
HEAVY WINDED Currently, Mainstream RP is in the developmental stages of about 9 GW in wind and solar energy projects across almost all provinces

Company provides renewable energy solutions

22nd October 2021 Last year, South African engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) company Lesedi Nuclear Services (LNS) established a 100% held subsidiary called Lesedi Renewables Africa (RA) to offer tailormade renewable solutions to clients. Lesedi RA is technology agnostic and offers appropriate... 

Head shot of LNS business development executive Shane Pereira
SHANE PEREIRA Lesedi RA is technology agnostic and offers appropriate technologies and hybrid solutions

Energy saving proves uncertain

22nd October 2021 Uncertainty seems to be the only certainty when it comes to the security of South Africa’s electricity supply and associated utility costs.   

image of TEPM CEO Richard Purser
RICHARD PURSER There are a myriad of ways in which large energy consumers can better manage their processes and energy spend

GeoSUN expands into wind energy measurement industry

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     21st October 2021 Solar resource technical service providers GeoSUN has expanded into the wind energy industry through a newly formed brand GeoWIND. “We see the future of renewables being a combination of solar, wind and batteries, as well as other renewables. Clients will most likely be looking for a single... 

An image of a wind mast
Wind mast

How South Africa plans to secure backing for its ‘Just Transition Financing Facility’ at COP26 

By: Terence Creamer     21st October 2021 South Africa aims to meet with other governments and multilateral finance institutions on the sidelines of the upcoming COP26 gathering to progress talks on raising concessional funding, in phases, for a Cabinet-endorsed ‘Just Transition Financing Facility’ to fund green projects in the... 

Photo of a solar farm
Cabinet wants ‘Just Transition Financing Facility’ to fund green projects in the electricity, automotive and hydrogen sectors.

South Africa’s integrated energy policy ‘vacuum’ discouraging investment, report warns 

By: Terence Creamer     21st October 2021 The continued absence of a long-term vision for South Africa’s energy sector is creating a policy “vacuum” and undermining investment, the 2021 edition of the South African Energy Risk Report states. Published by the South African National Energy Association (Sanea), the report highlights that... 

Photo of power lines

Water-poor Egypt eyes quadrupling desalination capacity in five years

By: Reuters     21st October 2021 Water-scarce Egypt aims to more than quadruple desalination capacity by granting private companies concessions from its sovereign wealth fund to build 17 plants over the next five years with sustainable solar energy. The plan fits into Egypt's push to diversify its sources of fresh water for a... 

Municipalities central to resolving energy security issues, says panel  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th October 2021 During the closing panel of the Electricity Forum, Manufacturing Circle executive director Philippa Rodseth said municipalities were the missing piece of the energy security puzzle and an elephant in the room in terms of South Africa achieving a just energy transition. From an industrialisation... 

To cut carbon emissions, Germany needs to keep nuclear plants open and close coal plants

By: Rebecca Campbell     20th October 2021 A study, commissioned by Berlin-based science and the environment association Ökomoderne e.V. and executed by Finnish not-for-profit research company Think Atom, has concluded that Germany’s current policy of closing its nuclear power plants early would result in the country releasing no less... 

Energy transition holds greatest promise for growth, job creation and development 

By: Schalk Burger     19th October 2021 A transition away from fossil fuel-based electricity to renewable-based electricity in South Africa can contribute significantly to job creation, growth and increased availability of electricity to support other commercial activities, four investment and energy specialists noted during a... 

South Africa’s electricity woes continue to place manufacturing at risk 

By: Terence Creamer     19th October 2021 The lack of reliable electricity supply is not only leading to lost production and increased costs across South Africa’s shrinking manufacturing sector, but has left enterprises unable to plan, invest and grow, Manufacturing Circle executive director Philippa Rodseth warned on Tuesday. Speaking... 

Photo of power lines

Wind sector manifesto sets out eight steps for govts to reach climate goals

By: Marleny Arnoldi     18th October 2021 The global wind energy sector has released a manifesto calling on governments to get serious about the energy transition and to work with the private sector to rapidly scale up wind and renewable energy installations. The 90 wind energy companies and associations that contributed to the... 

Tlou signs PPA with Botswana government

By: Marleny Arnoldi     18th October 2021 Dual-listed Tlou Energy expects to sign a 10 MW power purchase agreement (PPA) with State-owned Botswana Power Corporation, for power generated at Tlou’s Lesedi project. Tlou plans to develop gas, solar and hydrogen power generation assets at Lesedi, with electricity to be sold into the local... 

South African energy sector the most carbon intensive of G20 nations

By: Schalk Burger     18th October 2021 South Africa’s energy sector has the highest carbon-intensity of the Group of 20 (G20) nations owing to its heavy reliance on coal, according to the latest assessment by Climate Transparency International. In 2020, three-quarters (74%) of South Africa’s total primary energy supply was derived... 

Creecy says a climate finance breakthrough is key to COP26 success 

By: Terence Creamer     15th October 2021 South Africa’s Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment Minister Barbara Creecy says a breakthrough is needed at COP26 on the issue of climate finance, warning that the failure of developed countries to honour their $100-billion-a-year commitments has led a breakdown of trust. Addressing a virtual... 

South Africa’s Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment Minister Barbara Creecy
South Africa’s Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment Minister Barbara Creecy

Zambia's State power firm Zesco has $3.5bn debt - energy minister

By: Reuters     15th October 2021 Zambia's State power utility Zesco had a total debt of $3.5 billion as at September 2021, Energy Minister Peter Kapala told parliament on Friday. He added that Zesco had made $400 million in loses between 2018 and 2019 owing to the depreciation of the local Kwacha currency. 

Opinion: Combatting climate change with green energy solutions for Africa

15th October 2021 In this opinion article, Standard Bank head of sustainable finance, wholesale clients Greg Fyfe and head of power, wholesale clients Rentia van Tonder write that Africa has no choice but to join the global drive toward limiting greenhouse-gas emissions; however, the continent must facilitate a... 

A photo of Greg Fyfe
Greg Fyfe
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