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Renewable Energy News

Role confirmed for local green entrepreneurs in economic recovery, just transition

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     2nd June 2022 There are a number of opportunities for local green entrepreneurs in South Africa and they can play a pivotal role in the country’s economic recovery and just energy transition; however, it is imperative that challenges in the ecosystem be addressed and for support for participants to be... 

Feasibility study of Namibia’s gigawatt-scale green hydrogen project to start this year 

By: Terence Creamer     1st June 2022 The preferred bidder for a gigawatt-scale green hydrogen-to-ammonia project near the coastal town of Lüderitz, in Namibia, is aiming to conclude an implementation agreement with government by August, opening the way for a full-scale feasibility study to enable the implementation of the... 

Artist impression of the Hyphen electrolyser facilities proposed for development near  Lüderitz, in Namibia
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Artist impression of the Hyphen electrolyser facilities proposed for development near Lüderitz, in Namibia

Contracts for ‘emergency’ power procurement programme to be signed on June 2  

By: Terence Creamer     31st May 2022 Power purchase agreements arising from the much-delayed Risk Mitigation Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme will be signed on June 2, the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy revealed on Tuesday. The DMRE did not indicate whether all 11 projects would be signed, saying only... 

Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe.
Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe.

Renewable energy the most effective load-shedding mitigation strategy, says Scatec

By: Schalk Burger     31st May 2022 South Africa is well-positioned for effective renewable energy generation, as abundant sun and wind resources, combined with the quick turnaround of establishing renewables-based projects, make for the most effective and sustainable solutions to the energy risks South Africa faces, says renewable... 

SANEDI celebrates more efficient waste-to-energy system design

By: Schalk Burger     30th May 2022 The South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI) has, ahead of World Environment Day on June 5, announced the finalisation of a concept design for an efficient and sustainable waste-to-energy technology. SANEDI had commissioned the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa)... 

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For the economy to recover, 'we must improve Eskom's performance' - ANC 

By: News24Wire      30th May 2022 The chairperson of the ANC's economic transformation committee, Mmamoloko Kubayi, says the party's policy conference will have to figure out how to help Eskom improve financially and operationally. The ANC will hold a policy conference in July. 

Investors should focus on climate opportunities instead of risks

By: Darren Parker     27th May 2022 There is significant tension not so much between the need for economic development and the need for climate action, but rather between the losses expected to be incurred as a result of climate inaction and the immense opportunities for growth that result from taking action, World Wide Fund for... 

Unlocking the 100 MW reform projects  

By: Creamer Media Reporter      27th May 2022 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the progress being made to advance the 100 MW reform and the efforts to simplify the registration process for these projects. 

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Unlocking the 100 MW reform projects

Enlit Africa is back

27th May 2022 Enlit Africa returns to Cape Town as a live conference and exhibition from June 7 to 9 this year, focusing on the current opportunities and challenges in the energy sector – from self-generation for municipalities and gas exploitation to renewable and energy storage solutions for the commercial... 

Company to exhibit at Enlit Africa in June

27th May 2022 With advanced submetering instrumentation and intelligent energy management solutions, industrial power and energy meter solution manufacturer Accuenergy is proud to be exhibiting at Africa's leading energy event, Enlit Africa 

Energy transition to be discussed at Enlit

27th May 2022 As South Africa experiences yet another period of load-shedding, the option of generating electricity for personal use is starting to look all the more attractive. 

Workable solutions to mitigate SA’s energy crisis

27th May 2022 South Africans have become accustomed to working and living with load-shedding over the past few years. Scheduled and unscheduled power outages have become a reality, with 1 130 hours of planned power cuts experienced in 2021 alone. Recently, the country was warned that the future of its... 

An image of a battery that stores energy from the solar PV
ENERGY STORAGE Solar photovoltaic equipment, such as battery prices, have increased owing to the pandemic

First hydrogen-burning power plant operational

27th May 2022 Energy supplier Long Ridge Energy Terminal (Long Ridge) – a subsidiary unit of transportation and infrastructure company Fortress Transportation and Infrastructure Investors and an affiliate managed by asset management firm GCM Grosvenor – announced a successful first step to transition Long... 

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HYDROGEN POWER PLANT Long Ridge Energy delivers first gas hydrogen burning plant

Hydro project achieves commercial operation

27th May 2022 The Nyamwamba 11, 7.8MW hydropower project reached its PPA Commercial Operation Date (COD) on March 17, 2022. 

Water solutions for Makana Municipality

27th May 2022 Water service utility Amatola Water, Makana municipality and consulting engineering company Bosch Projects continue to work hard to solve the water shortages in Makhanda, formerly Grahamstown, in the Eastern Cape.  

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PROJECT UNDER WAY The James Kleynhans Water Treatment Works project is currently in its second phase

Local construction sector continues to struggle 

By: Tracy Hancock     27th May 2022 The fragile South African construction sector is being further weakened by the continuing lack of implementation of the infrastructure delivery plan by government, as well as the demand for residential, retail and commercial buildings from the private sector, says diversified infrastructure and... 

THE GROOVE The construction of the 13-storey building for student accommodation is on schedule to be completed by the end of the year, despite inclement weather and ground conditions challenging its completion
Concor CEO Lucas Tseki talks to Engineering News about the state of South Africa’s construction sector

South Africa needs $250bn to transition away from coal 

By: Bloomberg     26th May 2022 South Africa, the world’s thirteenth-biggest source of greenhouse gases, will need to spend $250-billion over the next three decades closing down its coal-fired power plants and replacing them with green energy, according to a study. In addition to closing down the country’s coal-fired plants and... 

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Nersa to implement Operation Vulindlela recommendation to drop PPA as 100 MW registration requirement 

By: Terence Creamer     26th May 2022 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) has confirmed that it will implement the Operation Vulindlela recommendation that power purchase agreements (PPAs) should not be a requirement for registration of embedded generation projects below 100 MW. The regulator tells Engineering News... 

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Ekurhuleni noses ahead in city electricity race

By: Bloomberg     26th May 2022 Ekurhuleni, the industrial hub of more than 3 million people to the east of Johannesburg, may have a head start in the race between South African cities to buy their own power to alleviate crippling outages imposed by the national utility. A program to procure as much as 700 MW of electricity... 

Green Building Council relocates to new building in Cape Town

By: Donna Slater     25th May 2022 The Green Building Council South Africa (GBCSA) will be moving to a new 330 m3 green office at Growthpoint Properties’ River Park facility, in Mowbray, in Cape Town, on June 1 under a three-year lease. River Park recently improved its green rating to a GBCSA 5-Star Green Star SA – Existing... 

An image of Green Building Council South Africa's new Cape Town offices
The Green Building Council South Africa's new Cape Town offices

IFC signs agreement to support 1 500 MW Mozambique hydropower project

By: Schalk Burger     25th May 2022 Development finance institution the International Finance Corporation (IFC) has signed a collaboration agreement with the Mphanda Nkuwa Hydroelectric Project Implementation Office (GMNK) to develop a 1 500 MW hydropower project and associated transmission facilities to increase access to clean... 

Premier welcomes local businesses’ participation in Mpumalanga energy summit

By: Yvonne Silaule     25th May 2022 Mpumalanga Premier Refilwe Mtshweni-Tshipane has welcomed the participation of mining companies and other local businesses in the two-day Energy Summit held in the province this week, saying it was important that these companies had joined discussions on how to implement a just energy transition.... 

Joburg to launch IPP electricity procurement in three months

By: Terence Creamer     24th May 2022 The City of Johannesburg will issue a request for proposals (RFP) for the procurement of electricity from independent power producers in three months, Executive Mayor Mpho Phalatse announced in her closing address to the two-day Joburg Energy Indaba. Phalatse said the procurement would be... 

Joburg Skyline

EIMS Africa appoints Khan as projects CEO

By: Donna Slater     24th May 2022 EIMS Africa has appointed Tasneem Khan as its new project CEO for a portfolio of six solar photovoltaic (PV) projects in South Africa. As the former project CFO of the portfolio, she has been managing these projects in a caretaking capacity for the past few months. 

EIMS Africa projects CEO Tasneem Khan
EIMS Africa projects CEO Tasneem Khan

By leveraging three resource advantages Mpumalanga can be global just transition ‘flagship’ 

By: Terence Creamer     24th May 2022 Eskom CEO André de Ruyter has highlighted three key resource advantages that he argues could transform the coal province of Mpumalanga into a global “flagship” of the just energy transition. In an address to the Mpumalanga Energy Summit, De Ruyter argued that the province’s skilled human... 

Eskom will begin its just energy transition efforts in earnest at the Komati power station
Eskom will begin its just energy transition efforts in earnest at the Komati power station

Nedbank arranges R500m sustainability-linked loan for Old Mutual Property

By: Schalk Burger     23rd May 2022 Financial services firm Nedbank Corporate and Investment Banking (CIB) has coordinated, arranged and structured a R500-million sustainability-linked credit facility for Old Mutual Property to encourage increased consumption of renewable energy as a percentage of Old Mutual Property’s total energy... 

Joburg aims to partner with IPPs on R26bn electricity investment strategy  

By: Terence Creamer     23rd May 2022 The City of Johannesburg says it plans to partner with independent power producers (IPPs) on a R26-billion electricity investment strategy, which is designed to end load-shedding and place City Power on a more financially and environmentally sustainable footing. The strategy involves a... 

Joburg skyline
Joburg skyline

Standard Bank opens access to renewable energy for homeowners

By: Darren Parker     23rd May 2022 Financial services company Standard Bank has announced that it is opening access to a comprehensive and sustainable supply of renewable energy solutions and components to homeowners and enterprises throughout Africa through a new Africa-China Trade Solutions (ACTS) renewable energy import... 

Standard Bank trade and Africa-China business and commercial clients executive head Philip Myburgh
Standard Bank trade and Africa-China business and commercial clients executive head Philip Myburgh

Nersa confirms registration of first two 100 MW projects  

By: Terence Creamer     23rd May 2022 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) has confirmed the registration of the first two 100 MW projects following the August 2021 amendment of Schedule 2 of the Electricity Regulation Act allowing sub-100 MW projects to proceed without a licence. Both solar photovoltaic projects are... 

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Is the steel master plan delivering?  

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th May 2022 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about whether the steel master plan is delivering; the lack of demand that is negatively impacting on the industry and how localisation could help to boost demand; and the electricity supply and rail and port... 

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Is the steel master plan delivering?

Lithium-ion battery assembly plant opened in Cape Town

By: Irma Venter     20th May 2022 Swedish energy storage specialist Polarium has opened a lithium-ion battery assembly plant in Montague Park, Cape Town. The facility is the group’s third in the world, with the other two plants in Mexico and Vietnam. 

Mantashe open to meeting with opposition to seek short-term solutions to power crisis 

By: Terence Creamer     19th May 2022 Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe has described as “constructive” a proposal by the opposition Democratic Alliance for a meeting to discuss short-term solutions to the country’s ongoing load-shedding crisis. In his Budget Vote address, Mantashe outlined the initiatives his... 

Minerals Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Minerals Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe

Fanaroff dismisses infrastructure versus localisation dichotomy as ‘factually wrong’  

By: Terence Creamer     19th May 2022 The “either-or” narrative pitting accelerated infrastructure delivery against localisation has been challenged by Dr Bernie Fanaroff, who played a central role in the development of the Steel Master Plan, which identifies localisation as one of several instruments to be used to revive the... 

Dr Bernie Fanaroff
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Dr Bernie Fanaroff

Pivot to citizen-owned renewables could save City Power, energy specialist says ahead of indaba 

By: Terence Creamer     19th May 2022 Johannesburg could turn around the lossmaking performance of City Power, end load-shedding and improve the green credentials of its manufacturing industry by purchasing 80% of its wholesale electricity from large-scale, citizen-owned solar and wind plants at a cost below that purchased from Eskom... 

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Wind energy industry reaffirms commitment to energy security

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     18th May 2022 As the country once again contends with continued load-shedding, the South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) has reaffirmed the sector’s role in contributing to energy security. This is despite the recent announcement of delays to two renewable energy procurement rounds meant to unlock and... 

Creecy offers provinces help to process EIAs for 100 MW embedded projects 

By: Terence Creamer     18th May 2022 Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment Minister Barbara Creecy reports that she has written to provincial environment MECs to enquire whether they require any assistance in processing environmental impact assessments (EIAs) for embedded-generation projects that could help relieve pressure on the... 

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

Eskom compiling ‘consolidated proposal’ for ending load-shedding crisis 

By: Terence Creamer     17th May 2022 Eskom CEO André de Ruyter has revealed that the utility is compiling a “consolidated proposal” on how to end the ongoing electricity crisis, including how to introduce much-needed new generation capacity in the shortest possible time. The State-owned utility estimates the current shortfall to be... 

Eskom CEO André de Ruyter
Photo by Creamer Media Chief Photographer Donna Slater
Eskom CEO André de Ruyter
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