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Transmission line projects in Western Cape in last phase

By: Mia Breytenbach     27th June 2014 State-owned power utility Eskom’s 765 kV transmission projects’ activities, which fall under its Power Delivery Projects (PDP) division, are currently concentrated on the Hydra-Sterrekus transmission line scheme, in the Western Cape, with completion for the Sterrekus line estimated to be in March... 

GNC roof to be installed next month 

By: David Oliveira     27th June 2014 Construction of the Gauteng Nerve Centre (GNC), which will control all commuter rail traffic in Gauteng, is well under way, with the roof scheduled for completion next month. The centre is located in Kaalfontein, near Kempton Park, in Johannesburg. 

GNC roof to be installed next month
Siemens Southern Africa infrastructure and cities senior project manager Lucio Lefebvre discusses the developments of the Gauteng Nerve Centre.

REIPPPP reduces cost of renewable-energy technologies

By: Pimani Baloyi     27th June 2014 Government’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) has been extremely successful in reducing the cost of solar, wind and concentrated solar power (CSP) technologies, says State-owned power utility Eskom renewables senior GM Ayanda Nakedi. Nakedi tells... 

REIPPPP reduces cost of  renewable-energy technologies
MEGAWATT PARK Through the Ilanga solar PV project campaign, Eskom has installed photovoltaic panels at Megawatt Park power station

Material for boiler ducting supplied to power stations

By: Mia Breytenbach     27th June 2014 Manufacturing, machining and refurbishment services engineering company Turnmill Proquip Engineering, a subsidiary of suppliers of steel products and related services Structa Group, is producing material for boiler ducting for cold and hot air and supplying it to State-owned power utility Eskom’s... 

Material for boiler ducting supplied to power stations
Photo by Structa
CORE COMPONENT Turnmill Proquip Engineering is supplying about 120 t a month of boiler ducting material to the Kusile power station

South Africa a leader in renewable energy

By: Carina Borralho     13th December 2013 Owing to the abundance of natural resources, paired with the success of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP), South Africa is now widely considered one of the leading renewable- energy investment destinations worldwide, says energy consulting firm 3E... 

Bank wins bid for first biomass project in SA

By: Carina Borralho     13th December 2013 Financial services provider Rand Merchant Bank is financing a concentrated solar power (CSP) project and a biomass project awarded in round three of South Africa’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP).  “This is the first biomass project to be awarded in the... 

Principal contractor at Kusile receives award for safety excellence

By: David Oliveira     13th December 2013 The Stefanutti Stocks and Basil Read Joint Venture (SSBRJV), which is one of the principal contractors overseeing the construction at parastatal power utility Eskom’s Kusile power station project, was presented with the first prize in the category for projects valued at over R500-million at this... 

Principal contractor at Kusile receives award for safety excellence
CONTENDER FOR LARGEST COAL-FIRED POWER STATION The power station is expected to have a total installed capacity of 4 800 MW

Eskom looks to sign CSP financing agreement

By: David Oliveira     13th December 2013 State-owned power utility Eskom and France-based development finance institution Agence Française de Développement (AFD) agreed in October to facilitate the signing of a €100-million credit facility agreement, which will assist in funding Eskom’s 100 MW concentrating solar power (CSP) plant near... 

Medupi programme to provide post-construction employment opportunities

By: David Oliveira     13th December 2013 State-owned power utility Eskom says its Medupi Leadership Initiative (MLI), which is aimed at helping local unskilled and semiskilled workers find employment after completion of the power station project, near Lephalale, is setting the precedent as the largest post-construction work opportunity... 

Ingula tailrace concrete lining close to completion

By: David Oliveira     13th December 2013 State-owned power utility Eskom reports that its Ingula pumped storage scheme, which is located on the border of the Free State and KwaZulu-Natal, reached 93% completion on its tailrace concrete lining in October. The concrete lining will run for a total of 2 313 m, of which 2 158 m has already... 

Ingula tailrace concrete lining close to completion
INGULA PUMPED STORAGE SCHEME This is the twenty-first largest pumped storage scheme in the world

Growth in renewable energy sector for SA

By: Carina Borralho     13th December 2013 The renewable-energy industry in South Africa is experiencing significant growth as a result of government initiatives, says consulting firm Frost & Sullivan energy and power analyst Joanita Roos. “The South African Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) is... 

Public transport improving across the country

By: Jonathan Rodin     13th December 2013 With a number of bus rapid transit (BRT) projects already in operation, engineering consultancy Royal HaskoningDHV (RHDHV) is involved in various capacities and various phases - from planning and design to implementation - of projects in Rustenburg, Polokwane, Tshwane, Johannesburg, Mbombela,... 

Public transport improving  across the country
Photo by Duane Daws
"WE ARE GOING" The Rea Vaya BRT system transports more passengers than the Gautrain at a tenth of the infrastructure cost

Law firm continues to represent REIPPPP preferred bidders

By: Carina Borralho     13th December 2013 South African law firm Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr has once again represented projects that have been awarded preferred bidder status as part of round three of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP). Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr director and national practice head of... 

Law firm continues to represent REIPPPP preferred bidders
KIERAN WHYTEThe REIPPPP programme has placed South Africa on the map for renewable energy and it is showing the world that South Africa can run a sophisticated procurement programme

Construction for transport project under way

By: Jonathan Rodin     13th December 2013 The first phase of the Rustenburg Rapid Transport (RRT) system will be operational by 2015/16, following a R3.5-billion investment for the construction of Phase 1 and Phase 2 of the integrated public transport system. 

Construction for  transport project  under way
THE FUTURE LOOKS BRIGHT The ITS components are being designed to include a host of features

Design enhances Cape Town’s BRT system

By: Jonathan Rodin     13th December 2013 Geotextiles and geosynthetic solutions provider Kaytech has provided a design solution using its bidim drainage technology for the drainage system of the new new bus rapid transit (BRT) system in Cape Town. 

Design enhances  Cape Town’s BRT system
LIKE CLOCKWORK The MyCiti BRT system was designed to be rolled out in phases and, once completed, would cover the entire city and its surrounding suburbs

Over 4m LTI-free hours recorded for Medupi 

By: David Oliveira     13th December 2013 State-owned power generator Eskom achieved over 4.62-million worker hours without a lost-time injury at its Medupi power station, located to the west of Lephalale, in Limpopo, it reported in October. The company says this is a remarkable achievement considering the size, scope and complexity of... 

Over 4m LTI-free hours recorded for Medupi
SAFETY FIRST Eskom’s Medupi power station achieved over 4.62-million worker hours without a lost-time injury

Road construction for RRT project progressing well

By: Sashnee Moodley     28th June 2013 Roads for the Rustenburg Rapid Transport (RRT) project’s dedicated bus rapid transit (BRT) lanes are being completed in stages for the integrated system, and RRT director Marks Rapoo says progress on the north-west corridor, known as Corridor A, on the R104, towards Swartruggens, is going well. 

Cleaner-energy provider closer to supplying energy to national grid

By: Ilan Solomons     28th June 2013 Several of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPP) projects achieved financial closure between May and June, including those of cleaner energy company Cennergi’s two wind farm power projects. 

Coal is a reliable and cost-effective means of generating power – analyst

By: Chantelle Kotze     28th June 2013 South Africa has enough coal resources to supply all State-owned power utility Eskom’s existing power stations, plus ten more, says coal advisory firm XMP Consulting senior coal analyst Xavier Prevost. 

Gauteng transport master plan on track for presentation

By: Sashnee Moodley     28th June 2013 The 25-year integrated transport master plan for Gauteng, generated by the 2037 Consortium, is on track to be presented to the Gauteng Roads and Transport MEC Ismail Vadi at the end of this month, says consulting engineering company Gibb traffic engineer and transport planner Lize de Beer. 

Gauteng transport master plan on track for presentation

World’s largest rail contract expected to begin after financial close

By: Sashnee Moodley     28th June 2013 State-owned Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) is in the final negotiations with its preferred bidder, the Cabinet-endorsed Gibela Rail Transportation consortium, comprising French multinational Alstom and local engineering company Actom, for the first phase of the R51-billion contract. 

Construction starts on R816m KZN interchange 

By: Sashnee Moodley     28th June 2013 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) began construction for the R816-million improvement of the N2/M41 Mount Edgecombe interchange north of Durban, in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), last month.  

Wind energy blows in significant opportunities for South Africa

By: Ilan Solomons     28th June 2013 Wind power projects will assist in providing not only power to the national grid but much-needed skills development and job opportunities, renewable-energy  company DCD Energy marketing manager Hendrik Schoeman tells Engineering News. In May, DCD officially started construction work on its... 

Steel products supplier contracted at Medupi and Kusile

By: Chantelle Kotze     28th June 2013 Although lightweight steel structures and cold-formed sections manufacturer Robor Structural Solutions faces challenges in meeting State-owned power utility Eskom’s initial product-volume requirements, coupled with an erratic steel supply, the company worked with all of the supply-chain... 

REIPPPP process legally sound – legal expert

By: Ilan Solomons     28th June 2013 Currently, there are no major law suites pending, which pertain to projects procured under the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers Procurement Programme (REIPPPP), owing to the transparent  and credible nature of the tender process, Law firm Edward Nathan Sonnenbergs (ENS) director and... 

Renewable-energy projects have potential to create nuclear equivalent power

By: Ilan Solomons     28th June 2013 International technical advisory company 3E believes that South Africa is making tremendous progress towards achieving the goals of South Africa’s National Energy Regulator’s national integrated resource plan through the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers Procurement Programme... 

Renewable-energy projects have potential to create nuclear equivalent power

Droogfontein solar project enters construction phase

By: Ilan Solomons     28th June 2013 The 50 MW Droogfontein Solar Power photovoltaic (PV) project, which is 15 km outside of Kimberley, governed by the Sol Plaatje local municipality, in the Northern Cape, is on schedule to be completed by mid-2014, emerging markets power company Globeleq South Africa MD Mark Pickering informs... 

Company embarks on electrical and instrumentation subcontract at Medupi

28th June 2013 Electrical, control and instrumentation engineers and constructors Wade Walker, a wholly owned subsidiary of construction group Murray & Roberts, has embarked on a subcontract awarded by bulk materials handling solutions provider ELB Engineering at State-owned power utility Eskom’s Medupi... 

De Aar solar project on track, creating job opportunities

By: Ilan Solomons     28th June 2013 Work on the 50 MW photovoltaic (PV) De Aar Solar power project’s PV tables and substations are progressing well, emerging markets power company Globeleq South Africa MD Mark Pickering tells Engineering News. The project, located a few kilometres outside the town of De Aar, in the Northern Cape,... 

Turnkey dosing station solution for Kriel power station

By: Chantelle Kotze     28th June 2013 The fabrication of two caustic dosing skids, destined for State-owned power utility Eskom’s 3 000 MW Kriel power station, in Mpumalanga is on track to be completed at the start of July; the skids will be shipped to site during the second week of July and will be installed by the end of that... 

Acoustic tube leak-detection system to be commissioned next month

By: Chantelle Kotze     28th June 2013 A South African-designed acoustic tube leak-detection system will be commissioned at Unit 3 of State-owned power utility Eskom’s 1 000 MW Komati coal-fired power station, in Mpumalanga, next month. 

Acoustic tube leak-detection system to be commissioned next month

Special alloy products withstand heat, pressure, corrosion

By: Chantelle Kotze     28th June 2013 A contract to supply a range of high-alloy stainless steel valves, pipe, flanges and fittings was awarded to stainless steel, specialist alloys and valve supplier Energy Engineered Products and its associated company Multi Alloys in March for State-owned power utility Eskom’s R91.2-billion Medupi... 

138 MW wind farm making good progress 

By: Ilan Solomons     28th June 2013 The construction of the turbine foundations, roads and substation civil works are progressing well for the 138 MW Jeffreys Bay wind farm project, says emerging markets power company Globeleq South Africa MD Mark Pickering. The project, between the towns of Jeffreys Bay and Humansdorp, in the... 

Company to build 36 MW CPV plant for REIPPP 

By: Anine Kilian     14th December 2012 Renewable-energy company Pele Green Energy, one of the 28 preferred bidders in the first round of South Africa’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Programme (REIPPP), has started construction this month on a 36 MW solar concentrated photovoltaic (CPV) power plant, in the Western Cape.... 

Intermodal transport in South Africa's future

By: Yolandi Booyens     14th December 2012 An inter-relationship among the different modes of transport, which should not operate in isolation, has to exist for a country’s transport system to be effective, says rail solutions provider Naledi Rail Engineering CEO Wahed Rasool. Naledi Rail Engineering is part of the Dudula Rail company,... 

Bidder sings rail agency's praises

By: Yolandi Booyens     14th December 2012 Swiss rolling stock manufacturer Stadler Rail Group has praised the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) for the professional way in which Prasa has handled its R123-billion tender to acquire new passenger coaches. Stadler has joined forces with global power and automation company ABB... 

Department monitors new build programme progress

By: Gia Costella     14th December 2012 Concerted efforts to ensure that the necessary maintenance at State-owned power utility Eskom’s power stations is carried out, while also securing the necessary supply- and demand-side levers to keep the lights on, must continue until the Kusile and Medupi power stations are brought on line,... 

Generator transformer contract on track despite civil works delays

By: Gia Costella     14th December 2012 Multinational technology conglomerate Siemens is on track with its work for State-owned power utility Eskom’s Medupi and Kusile power stations, but is facing challenges, owing to delays in the civil works at both project sites.   

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