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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. 

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IEA warns of energy market turbulence, underinvestment  

15th October 2021 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the release of the International Energy Agency's (IEA's) latest World Energy Report and warnings of more energy market turbulence unless higher levels of investment are made to both meet demand and decarbonise... 

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Ramaphosa supports green hydrogen export ambitions  

8th October 2021 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about President Cyril Ramaphosa throwing his weight behind South Africa’s green hydrogen export ambitions and encouraging South Africa to embrace green energy and decarbonisation. 

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Implications of Eskom's rejected revenue application unpacked   

1st October 2021 The Energy Regulator has rejected Eskom’s latest revenue application for the three-year tariff cycle starting in 2022 and has proposed that it be submitted again under a new methodology. Engineering News editor Terence Creamer unpacks the development and its implications.   

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Sasol's revised decarbonisation commitments 

23rd September 2021 Sasol has announced revised and accelerated decarbonisation commitments. Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer unpacks the significance of the 2030 target and the group’s promise to be net-zero by 2050.   

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Energy transition opportunities, risks  

17th September 2021 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the need for South Africa to compile a clear country commitment to net-zero and to find a common vision and action plan around the just transition, as well as about the growth potential for hydrogen and energy... 

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Developments in SA's automotive industry  

10th September 2021 Engineering News Senior Deputy Editor Irma Venter tells Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn about the progress Ford South Africa is making at its Pretoria plant in preparation for the start of production of the next-generation Ranger bakkie, as well as about how German car manufacturer BMW has... 

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Eskom debt remains a challenge as utility posts nearly R19bn loss  

3rd September 2021 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the nearly R19-billion loss posted by power utility Eskom for the 2021 financial year, as well as about Eskom's still-high debt levels and what impact this could have on the utility's just energy transition... 

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Implications of the latest IPCC report for South Africa  

26th August 2021 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about warnings by South African climate scientists about the implications of the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report for the country, as well as the possibility of a day-zero drought in... 

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Private sector participation at SA ports  

20th August 2021   Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about Transnet's plans to potentially introduce private sector participation at the ports of Durban and Ngqura and whether this may eventually extend to other ports and Transnet units. 

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Eskom's Just Energy Transition initiatives  

13th August 2021 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about power utility Eskom's plans for the repowering and repurposing of the Komati power station as part of a larger just energy transition project and financing plan. 

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South Africa's plans for COP26  

5th August 2021 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about what South Africa is aiming to achieve at the upcoming COP26 climate negotiations, what a just transition could look like for South Africa and the main risks to achieving a successful just energy transition. 

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Govt's R38.9bn relief package  

29th July 2021 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the R38.9-billion relief packaged unveiled by Finance Minister Tito Mboweni to support businesses affected by the recent riots in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng, as well as to support poor citizens and vulnerable... 

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More municipalities procuring their own power  

23rd July 2021 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the increasing number of big cities and medium-sized municipalities that are looking to either build or procure new electricity capacity. 

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South Africa's green hydrogen potential  

16th July 2021 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about some of the emerging opportunities for the production of green hydrogen and green hydrogen derivatives in South Africa and the funding support that is available for hydrogen-linked projects. 

South Africa's green hydrogen potential

Another hurdle in embedded generation licensing exemption saga  

9th July 2021 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe's latest update on amendments to be made to Schedule 2 of the Electricity Regulation Act to lift the licensing-exemption threshold for embedded generation... 

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Energy transition to have a net positive effect on jobs  

2nd July 2021 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about a new report published by the International Renewable Energy Agency that shows that an energy transition aligned with a 1.5°C-compatible climate pathway will have a net positive effects on job creation and... 

Energy transition to have a net positive effect on jobs

Dept refuses enviro authorisations for Karpowership SA projects  

25th June 2021 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment's decision to refuse to provider Karpowership SA environmental authorisations for its proposed powership projects; Karpowership's response; and what... 

Dept refuses enviro authorisations for Karpowership SA projects

Reviving South Africa's steel sector  

18th June 2021 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the newly signed Steel Masterplan and whether it is enough to reignite the revival of South Africa's steel sector. 

Reviving South Africa's steel sector

SA's green hydrogen potential  

10th June 2021 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the Presidency's backing for the development of a green hydrogen strategy for South Africa, why South Africa is seen as a good location to produce green hydrogen and the funding support for green hydrogen... 

SA's green hydrogen potential

Steel pricing, duties causing discontent  

4th June 2021 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the difficulties that continue to affect the domestic steel market, unhappiness about safeguard duties and the way ArcelorMittal South Africa prices its steel and how the steel master plan process may help to... 

Steel pricing, duties causing discontent

Eskom's debt  

28th May 2021   Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the R83-billion reduction in debt achieved by State-owned power utility Eskom, whether it is enough to place the utility on a sustainable debt footing and when a solution to Eskom's high debt burden could be... 

Terence Creamer

Patel sets target to localise R200bn of additional production  

21st May 2021   Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the target set by Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel to localise R200-billion of additional production over a five-year period to displace non-oil imports; how business is responding in... 

Patel sets target to localise R200bn of additional production

Nersa to assess new NPA between Eskom, Hillside smelter  

13th May 2021 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about a new Negotiated Pricing Agreement (NPA) between Eskom and the Hillside aluminium smelter, what the process will be for Nersa to adjudicate the NPA and if there are likely to be more such NPAs with other... 

Nersa to assess new NPA between Eskom, Hillside smelter

Reforms needed to unlock private energy capacity  

7th May 2021 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about increasing calls for reforms to the Electricity Regulation Act that will truly unlock new private capacity. 

Reforms needed to unlock private energy capacity

South Africa's energy transition  

30th April 2021 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about more signs that the energy transition is starting to have a real impact in South Africa with Engen's planned refinery closure, moves by the eThekwini municipality to buy electricity from independent power... 

South Africa's energy transition

Concerns about RMIPPPP  

23rd April 2021 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about concerns raised about the architecture of the Risk Mitigation Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (RMIPPPP) and the powership projects that have been selected as preferred bidders under the... 

Concerns about RMIPPPP

Sasol moving ahead with renewables procurement, green hydrogen goals 

16th April 2021   Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about Sasol and Air Liquide's plans to jointly procure renewable electricity and Sasol's ambitions to shift to producing green hydrogen and powerfuels.   

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Global net zero ambitions  

9th April 2021 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the global push for net zero, what this means for the future energy system and whether South Africa is on the same net zero pathway as other countries. 

Global net zero ambitions

Creecy unveils draft updated Nationally Determined Contribution  

31st March 2021   Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the draft updated Nationally Determined Contribution unveiled by Environment Minister Barbara Creecy, as well as about South Africa's climate finance targets and the fact that the country is not yet ready to... 

Creecy unveils draft updated Nationally Determined Contribution

Electricity sector developments  

26th March 2021 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the details of the nature and pricing for projects selected as preferred bidders for the emergency bid window; the National Energy Regulator of South Africa's view of the future; and global wind installations... 

Electricity sector developments

RMIPPPP preferred bidders announced; REIPPPP procurement resumes  

19th March 2021 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about announcements by Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe of the preferred bidders for the Risk Mitigation Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme, as well as that Bid Window 5 of the... 

RMIPPPP preferred bidders announced; REIPPPP procurement resumes

Creecy proclaims three more REDZ  

12th March 2021 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the proclamation of three more Renewable Energy Development Zones and why these are important for the country's just transition. 

Creecy proclaims three more REDZ

Renewables procurement to resume  

5th March 2021 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about South Africa's plans to resume the procurement of renewable energy after a six-year stall, what commitments have been made by government and the potential for industrialisation around the programme?   

Renewables procurement to resume

Budget highlights  

25th February 2021 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about Finance Minister Tito Mboweni's 2021 Budget, which included a focus on the importance of the Covid-19 vaccine rollout. Tax changes and better than expected debt and deficit projections also featured. 

Budget highlights

Repowering and Repurposing  

17th February 2021 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about Eskom's plans for repowering and repurposing the Komati power station and others in its coal-fired fleet, as well as the power utility's focus on ensuring the transition to renewables is just. 

Repowering and Repurposing

Smoothing the path for distributed generation investment  

12th February 2021 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about President Cyril Ramaphosa's announcement in his State of the Nation Address that the regulatory framework governing distributed-generation power projects will be amended and how this will help South Africa at... 

Smoothing the path for distributed generation investment

Eskom supports lifting licensing exemption threshold for electricity generation to 50MW  

5th February 2021 Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter has expressed support for a lifting of the licensing threshold on distributed generators from 1 MW to 50 MW. Engineering News editor Terence Creamer unpacks the significance of this statement.   

Eskom supports lifting licensing exemption threshold for electricity generation to 50MW
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