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Company contributes to rebuilding SA boiler manufacturing industry

By: Gia Costella     14th December 2012 Boiler contractor for State-owned power utility Eskom’s Kusile and Medupi power stations, Hitachi Power Africa (HPA), says it is rebuilding the South African boiler industry. Speaking at the inaugural Power-Gen Africa Conference, held in Johannesburg last month, HPA CEO Johannes Musel said the... 

Contractor strives to bring clean coal technology to SA

By: Gia Costella     14th December 2012 Boiler contractor for State-owned power utility Eskom’s Kusile and Medupi power stations, Hitachi Power Africa (HPA), is striving to incorporate clean coal technology into South Africa’s power generation industry.   

Progress made with new build programme

By: Gia Costella     14th December 2012 State-owned power utility Eskom was making significant progress with its R340-billion new build programme, but many serious risks had to be carefully managed to ensure the ongoing success of the programme, the utility’s outgoing FD Paul O’Flaherty said during a presentation to the Parliamentary... 

Localisation might be a challenge in future REIPPP bidding rounds

By: Anine Kilian     14th December 2012 While the localisation targets for wind energy projects in the first window of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Programme (REIPPP) will be met, this will become more difficult to do by the third bidding round, says business research and consulting firm Frost & Sullivan energy and... 

Bank provides funding for REIPPP projects

By: Anine Kilian     14th December 2012 The Development Bank of Southern Africa’s (DBSA’s) credit and investment committee has approved 11 loans totalling R6.2-billion to fund various projects in the first round of South Africa’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Programme (REIPPP). The DBSA-funded projects represent 748 MW... 

Adequate metro rail system vital for South Africans

By: Yolandi Booyens     14th December 2012 It is imperative for a country, such as South Africa, which has inadequate access to public transport, to re-establish its rail industry and ensure it offers reliable and safe public transportation, states global professional services firm KPMG South Africa infrastructure projects head De Buys... 

Rail core to building a competitive logistics system

By: Yolandi Booyens     14th December 2012 It was imperative that South Africa improve the quality of its rail infrastructure and associated operating equipment, Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba said in October at the signing of a R2.6-billion contract between State-owned freight logistics group Transnet and a consortium led by a... 

Fleet renewal project to help overcome safety challenges

By: Yolandi Booyens     14th December 2012 The limited investment in South Africa’s rail infrastructure and rolling stock over the past three to four decades contributes to poor operating safety, says Railway Safety Regulator (RSR) CEO Nkululeko Poya. This challenge will be mitigated through the implementation of the Passenger Rail Agency... 

Firm appointed as technical adviser

14th December 2012 Professional services firm Arup has been appointed by a number of financial services providers and the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) as lender’s technical adviser (LTA) to conduct due diligence for a portfolio of eight of the 28 projects that were selected as preferred bidders for the... 

Tracking solar PV plant under construction

By: Anine Kilian     14th December 2012 Global renewable-energy company Building Energy expects to create 400 jobs during the 21 month construction period of its 81 MWp tracking solar photovoltaic (PV) plant in Kathu, in the Northern Cape. Construction on the project, which is one of the 28 preferred bidder projects selected in the... 

REIPPP roll-out to reduce perceived risks – law firm

14th December 2012 The successful roll-out of phases one and two of the Department of Energy’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Programme (REIPPP) will reduce the perceived risks to the programme, says law firm Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr director and national head of the projects and infrastructure practice... 

Financial services firm supports first round bidders

14th December 2012 Financial services provider Absa Bank, acting through its corporate and investment banking division, has provided project financing, corporate financing, risk management solutions and transactional services for preferred bidders under phase one of the Department of Energy’s Renewable Energy... 

Equipment specialist repairs East Rand substations

By: Anine Kilian     29th June 2012 The Ekurhuleni metropolitan municipality commissioned industrial and commercial equipment specialist Advanced Industrial Technology (Ai-Tec) to undertake a repair and maintenance programme at power substations and mini substations in the municipality’s areas of responsibility on Gauteng's East... 

Eskom says first Medupi unit on track

By: Anine Kilian     29th June 2012 The 4 800 MW Medupi power plant, in Lephalale, Limpopo, is on track to deliver first power to the grid before the end of 2013, State-owned power utility Eskom CFO Paul O’Flaherty said.  

Medupi, Kusile steel fabrication on schedule

By: Anine Kilian     29th June 2012 Steel fabricator Genrec, which is part of the Murray & Roberts group, has fabricated nearly 50% of the 220 000 t of steel required for the erection of boiler units at State-owned power utility Eskom’s Medupi and Kusile power plants. 

Utility completes Medupi coal stockyard study

By: Anine Kilian     29th June 2012 State-owned power utility Eskom’s Medupi power station has recently completed its latest environmental study for an additional coal stockyard. 

Mobile units supplied to Medupi project

By: Leandi Kolver     29th June 2012 Prefabricated structure manufacturer Kwikspace Modular Buildings has, on an ongoing basis, supplied over 8 000 m2 of mobile and modular units, as well as numerous rental units to State-owned power utility Eskom’s Medupi project, near Lephalale, in Limpopo. 

Alterations made to avoid giraffe electrocutions

29th June 2012 State-owned power utility Eskom has rebuilt and moved some of its infrastructure in the Marloth Park nature conservancy, following the electrocution of four giraffe, the Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) reports. 

Submetering solution to assist landlords and tenants  

By: Anine Kilian     29th June 2012 The use of prepaid submetering is gaining popularity in South Africa and is becoming a common tool for landlords and body corporates, prepaid metering company Ideal Prepaid Metering Systems national sales manager Ethan Hugo tells Engineering News. 

Infrastructure development will create strong economic future

By: Chantelle Kotze     29th June 2012 Road and rail infrastructure improvement projects by entities such as the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa), State-owned logistics group Transnet and the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) are highly advantageous for the future of the domestic economy. 

Construction starts on rapid transport system 

By: Chantelle Kotze     29th June 2012 The first contract of the Rustenburg local municipality’s R3-billion Rustenburg Rapid Transport (RRT) project, aimed at providing 200 000 commuters in Rustenburg with transport from 2015, started on June 18. 

Gautrain passenger numbers to rise

By: Chantelle Kotze     29th June 2012 The Gautrain Management Agency (GMA) expects the number of regular passengers using the rapid rail transport system to stabilise from July, now that the final leg between Rosebank and Park stations has finally been opened. 

TFR orders R1.8m of concrete walling

By: Chantelle Kotze     29th June 2012 State-owned Transnet Freight Rail (TFR), in April, placed a R1.8-million order with precast concrete products manufacturer Rocla for 600 units of its Alfabloc concrete walling product. 

Bolsterless passenger coach bogie for SA conditions

29th June 2012 Rolling stock manufacturer and refurbishment company DCD Rolling Stock, formerly known as RSD, has developed a new bolsterless fabricated passenger coach bogie specifically designed for South African conditions. 

Municipality allocates R1bn for water treatment plant upgrade

By: Zandile Mavuso     29th June 2012 The Emfuleni local municipality has budgeted R1-billion for the expansion of the Sebokeng wastewater treatment works (WWTW), in southern Gauteng. 

Namibian utility appoints physical asset management partner

By: Zandile Mavuso     29th June 2012 Bulk water utility Namibia Water Corporation (NamWater) has appointed asset performance management specialist Pragma as its physical asset management partner for a high-priority maintenance project that will be implemented during 2012/13. 

MCWAP to deliver water by September 2013

29th June 2012 Phase 1 of the R15-billion Mokolo Crocodile River Water Augmentation Project (MCWAP) will deliver water by September 2013. 

Construction completed on 5 Mℓ/d water treatment plant

29th June 2012 The construction of the upgraded 5Ml/d Maphephetwa water treatment plant (WTP) in KwaZulu-Natal has been completed.  

Company refocuses its resources on SA power projects

29th June 2012 Fluor South Africa, which is part of the global engineering, procurement, construction, maintenance and project management company Fluor Corporation, says its newly established power group is well-positioned to bring the corporation’s international power expertise to the local market. 

Steam cycle solution introduced to SA 

By: Leandi Kolver     29th June 2012 Systems automation company GE Intelligent Platforms expects to see significant demand in the South African market for its US-developed distributed control system (DCS) steam cycle solution for power plants, which was launched last month, global energy industry manager Bill Pezalla tells... 

Utility retains Blue Drop status

29th June 2012 Provincial utility Amatola Water received three Blue Drop awards at the Water Institute of Southern Africa biennial conference, held in Cape Town, in May. 

Urgent need to procure rolling stock a challenge

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     16th December 2011 The time pressures caused by the urgent need to procure new rolling stock pose a significant challenge in the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa’s (Prasa’s) rolling stock fleet-renewal programme, says audit, tax and advisory firm KPMG head of infrastructure advisory and financing De Buys Scott. 

Water conservation lowers future KZN demand

16th December 2011 The water conservation and water demand management initiatives implemented by the eThekwini, Ilembe, Ugu and Msunduzi municipalities have resulted in shortening the water supply deficit period for the KwaZulu-Natal coastal metropolitan area by three years to 2013, the Department of Water Affairs... 

Skills training key to success of major projects

16th December 2011 When executed successfully, the skills legacy of a major project ensures the effective, ongoing operation and asset management of the completed project, says engineering, management and specialist technical services company Aurecon. 

Localisation a priority for rolling stock renewal programme

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     16th December 2011 The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) expects to start the tender process for the local manufacturing of rolling stock by March next year. 

Prasa to take a greener route

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     16th December 2011 The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) is in the process of developing its own environmental policy and strategy framework, which will be applicable to all its operating entities. 

Pace of rolling stock procurement might have to be revised – DoT 

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     16th December 2011 The Department of Transport’s (DoT’s) initial calculation that about 360 new coaches will have to be procured each year during the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa’s (Prasa’s) rolling stock fleet-renewal programme, might have to be revised, says acting deputy director-general Jan-David de... 

Water utility to assist municipalities in improving service delivery

By: Joanne Taylor     16th December 2011 The Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA) has allocated an R8-billion budget for the 2011/12 financial year to enable bulk water utility Rand Water to assist municipalities in improving service delivery. 

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