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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.   

Sasol moving ahead with renewables procurement, green hydrogen goals

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

Eskom seeks to recover R23bn through courts amid tariff hike  

29th January 2021 The precise size of the upcoming tariff hike is not yet known as Eskom seeks to recover R23-billion more through the courts. Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer unpacks this complicated issue. 

Eskom seeks to recover R23bn through courts amid tariff hike

Regulatory, policy constraints continue to bedevil SA's distributed generation market 

22nd January 2021 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the fact that South Africa is still experiencing load-shedding, but remains slow to open up the market to distributed energy projects, as well as about what could be done to realise this pent-up potential. 

Regulatory, policy constraints continue to bedevil SA's distributed generation market

Frameworks put in place for incentivised tariffs for energy-intensive users 

15th January 2021 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about frameworks that have been put in place to allow companies that use electricity intensively to apply for an incentivised tariff. 

Frameworks put in place for incentivised tariffs for energy-intensive users

Key lessons learned this year 

10th December 2020   Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the key lessons emerging from a traumatic 2020 and the prospects for a recovery in 2021. 

Key lessons learned this year

Sasol's rights issue and 2.0 transformation programme  

4th December 2020 Sasol is still mulling over whether or not to proceed with a rights issue to help it deal with its debt burden. Engineering News editor Terence Creamer discusses this and the ‘Sasol 2.0’ transformation programme. 

Sasol's rights issue and 2.0 transformation programme

SA's prospects for future coal projects 

27th November 2020 The role of new coal in South Africa’s electricity mix is coming under increasing scrutiny, with Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter the latest to question whether it can indeed be built. Engineering News editor Terence Creamer discusses the prospects for future coal projects. 

SA's prospects for future coal projects

Repurposing of Eskom power stations key in SA's just transition  

20th November 2020   Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Creamer Media Editor Terence Creamer about plans by Eskom to repurpose and repower three coal-fired power stations that are due for decommissioning, why it is important for creating a just transition framework and the need for South Africa to determine... 

Repurposing of Eskom power stations key in SA's just transition

Sasol working to reset business for low-carbon world 

13th November 2020 Financially and environmentally beleaguered energy and chemicals group Sasol is working to reset its business for a low-carbon world. Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer unpacks the emerging strategy. 

Sasol working to reset business for low-carbon world

Eskom's losses, tariffs back in the spotlight 

6th November 2020 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Creamer Media Editor Terence Creamer about power utility Eskom's unsustainable debt position and financial loss and the tariff increases it is seeking.  

Eskom's losses, tariffs back in the spotlight

Medium-term budget highlights 

29th October 2020   Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Creamer Media Editor Terence Creamer about the new fiscal framework presented by Finance Minister Tito Mboweni during his Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement, on Wednesday; what this could mean for public sector wages and South Africa's credit rating;... 

Medium-term budget highlights

Eskom's State of the System briefing 

23rd October 2020 Eskom delivered its State of the System briefing this week. Engineering News editor Terence Creamer attended the session and unpacks the prognosis for electricity supply for the summer months. 

Eskom's State of the System briefing

Ramaphosa announces a renewables-led recovery plan 

16th October 2020 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Creamer Media Editor Terence Creamer about the unveiling of the Reconstruction and Recovery Plan, the role of electricity and renewable energy in that plan and whether South Africa will be able to solve its power crisis within the next two years.   

Ramaphosa announces a renewables-led recovery plan

Growing determination for municipalities to build, procure own electricity  

9th October 2020 There is a growing determination among some municipalities to begin building and procuring their own electricity to reduce their dependence on Eskom. Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer unpacks the prospects in this regard. 

Growing determination for municipalities to build, procure own electricity

SA making the shift from coal to renewables 

1st October 2020 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Creamer Media Editor Terence Creamer about a just transition in South Africa's energy sector and how the country should go about preparing the way for that transition. 

SA making the shift from coal to renewables

SA's transition to renewables 

25th September 2020 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Creamer Media Editor Terence Creamer about the role of renewables in South Africa's energy system, concerns that some industries and people may be left behind during this transition and some of the solutions being considered. 

SA's transition to renewables

Some positive movement on the electricity front 

17th September 2020 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Creamer Media Editor Terence Creamer about the National Energy Regulator of South Africa's concurrence with a Ministerial determination that paves the way for the resumption of regular procurement and the significance of Eskom having signalled its support... 

Some positive movement on the electricity front

South Africa's green hydrogen production potential 

10th September 2020   Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Creamer Media Editor Terence Creamer about the global interest in green hydrogen and what South Africa needs to do to become a world leader in green hydrogen. 

South Africa's green hydrogen production potential

Engineers, contractors still struggling despite SA's infrastructure-led recovery plan 

4th September 2020 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Creamer Media Editor Terence Creamer about why government is prioritising an infrastructure-led economic recovery and the fact that this has yet to result in new work or projects for the construction secftor. 

Engineers, contractors still struggling despite SA's infrastructure-led recovery plan

DMRE starts procurement process for 2 000 MW of electricity capacity 

27th August 2020  Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the process initiated by the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy to procure 2 000 MW of electricity capacity to fill an emergency supply gap and what this process says about the how the department... 

DMRE starts procurement process for 2 000 MW of electricity capacity

Changes on the cards at CEF, Necsa 

20th August 2020  Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the restructuring and rationalisation plans for the Central Energy Fund group of companies and the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation. 

Changes on the cards at CEF, Necsa

Risk of load-shedding could worsen 

14th August 2020 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Creamer Media Editor Terence Creamer about new analysis published by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research that shows that load-shedding in 2020 has surpassed that of 2019 and, if urgent action is not taken, South Africa is likely to face... 

Risk of load-shedding could worsen

Eskom, Sasol gear up for energy storage and renewables roll-outs  

6th August 2020 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Creamer Media Editor Terence Creamer about Eskom's battery energy storage plans and Sasol's renewables roll-out. 

Eskom, Sasol gear up for energy storage and renewables roll-outs

Electricity tariffs to increase 

30th July 2020 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Creamer Media Editor Terence Creamer about a recent court judgment that declared the National Energy Regulator of South Africa's (Nersa's) decision to deduct a R69-billion equity injection into Eskom from its allowable revenue for the period 2019/20 to... 

Electricity tariffs to increase

Mozambique's $20-billion LNG megaproject 

23rd July 2020   Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Creamer Media Editor Terence Creamer about the debt financing secured for a $20-billion LNG megaproject in Mozambique and the risks and opportunities this holds for Mozambique and South Africa, 

Mozambique's $20-billion LNG megaproject

Load-shedding returns 

16th July 2020 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Creamer Media Editor Terence Creamer about the return of load-shedding, what Eskom is doing to address the situation and how South Africa can move beyond the cycle of power disruptions. 

Load-shedding returns
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