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Committee concerned about electrification backlogs caused by new budget

By: Marleny Arnoldi     Updated 4 hours ago While still in the process of reviewing the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy’s revised budget for the 2020/21 financial year, the Portfolio Committee on Mineral Resources and Energy has noted its revision to R7.8-billion, from R9.3-billion previously. The revised budget follows after... 

More SA corporates pursuing self-generation 

2nd July 2020 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the South African companies that are seeking to generate renewable energy to supply power for their operations in order to reduce emissions and ensure available power supply. He also talks about what is... 

More SA corporates pursuing self-generation
More SA corporates pursuing self-generation

South African court sides with Eskom in clawback dispute

By: Reuters     30th June 2020 South Africa’s High Court on Monday sided with Eskom in a dispute over the amounts energy regulator Nersa allowed the state utility to claw back from customers for electricity supplied in the 2014/15, 2015/16 and 2016/17 financial years. Nersa’s 2018 decisions to allow Eskom to recoup... 

Eskom widens its funding search to sukuk market

By: Bloomberg     29th June 2020 South Africa’s indebted power utility Eskom Holdings plans to issue a R1-billion sukuk bond as it tries to diversify funding sources to reduce borrowing costs. Eskom has appointed a lead arranger “to work towards establishing time lines for the issue,” spokesperson Sikonathi Mantshantsha said in... 

Revenue under severe strain, but no tariff increases for Ekurhuleni

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     26th June 2020 The City of Ekurhuleni will not be increasing municipal tariffs that are within the control of the city, despite a considerable strain on revenue collection exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic, Finance and Economic Development MMC Nkosindiphile Xhakaza said on June 26 during a webinar discussing... 

Eskom has plan to avoid unexpected power supply disruptions – Mabuza

By: African News Agency      26th June 2020 South Africa's state power utility Eskom has put a clear maintenance plan in place to avoid unexpected electricity supply disruptions, the country's Deputy President has said. In a written response on Thursday to questions in Parliament, David Mabuza said the government had taken a view that the... 

 Eskom has plan to avoid unexpected power supply disruptions – Mabuza
Deputy President David Mabuza

Ramaphosa says infrastructure to be placed at heart of South Africa’s postpandemic stimulus  

By: Terence Creamer     23rd June 2020 President Cyril Ramaphosa believes that infrastructure should be the “flywheel” of South Africa’s economic recovery from the growth- and job-destroying Covid-19 crisis and announced on Tuesday that infrastructure would, thus, be placed at the centre of South Africa’s postpandemic stimulus... 

Ramaphosa says infrastructure to be placed at heart of South Africa’s postpandemic stimulus
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Midvaal municipality pursues pioneering electricity distribution PPP model  

By: Terence Creamer     18th June 2020 The Midvaal municipality, in southern Gauteng, has issued a pioneering tender through which it is seeking to enter into a long-term concession agreement with a private entity to manage, operate and finance its electricity distribution service and to invest in new technologies. The municipality... 

Midvaal municipality pursues pioneering electricity distribution PPP model
DBSA specialist adviser Elliott Monama on the proposed Midvaal Electricity Distribution Services PPP. Camera Work & Editing: Kutlwano Matala and Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 18 June 2020.

IEA makes case for $3-trillion global clean-energy stimulus plan  

By: Terence Creamer     18th June 2020 The International Energy Agency (IEA) released a ‘Sustainable Recovery Plan’ on June 18 that outlines the case for a $3-trillion global clean-energy stimulus plan over the coming three years to help repair the economic and employment damage caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. Produced in... 

IEA makes case for $3-trillion global clean-energy stimulus plan

What the fall in renewables costs means for energy systems and South Africa 

11th June 2020 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the fall in the costs of new wind and solar energy projects and what this means for electricity and energy systems, as well as what this is likely to mean for South Africa. 

What the fall in renewables costs means for energy systems and South Africa
What the fall in renewables costs means for energy systems and South Africa

Eskom informs lawmakers it will not meet DPE's unbundling timeline

By: Terence Creamer     3rd June 2020 In a presentation to lawmakers on Wednesday, Eskom indicated that it would not meet the unbundling timetable outlined for the vertically integrated power utility by the Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) in a policy paper released in October, titled a ‘Roadmap for Eskom in a Reformed... 

Eskom informs lawmakers it will not meet DPE's unbundling timeline
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter

PIC proposes converting Eskom bonds into equity - chairperson

By: Reuters     28th May 2020 South African state asset manager the Public Investment Corporation (PIC) has submitted a proposal to government on converting bonds it holds in struggling state utility Eskom into equity, PIC chairperson Reuel Khoza told Reuters in an interview. Khoza said the PIC had discussed the proposal with... 

South Africa's Eskom sees lower risk of power cuts during winter 

By: Reuters     28th May 2020 South Africa's state-owned power utility Eskom expects only 3 days of stage one power cuts, where up to 1 000 megawatts is taken off the national grid, during the winter period when demand increases, the chief executive officer said on Wednesday. "We anticipate three days of stage one... 

South Africa's Eskom sees lower risk of power cuts during winter
Photo by Donna Slater
Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter

Auto-battery makers mull alternative chemistries to lower costs, increase driving range

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     22nd May 2020 Battery makers and car manufacturers have seen a shift in the pursuit of altering battery chemistry to lower the costs of new energy vehicles (NEVs) that are being manufactured and extend their driving range. Speaking to Engineering News & Mining Weekly, independent research house Afriforesight... 

Auto-battery makers mull alternative chemistries to lower costs, increase driving range

Sector increasingly adopting digitalisation

By: Mamaili Mamaila     22nd May 2020 Technology provider ABB Southern Africa believes that digitalisation can address the production challenges of the sugar industry. 

Sector increasingly adopting digitalisation
JOHN MANUELL The full potential of sugar production processes lies in leveraging available data to drive the seamless interoperability among people, assets and production processes

Eskom CEO sees sustainable future if R450bn debt pile can be slashed

By: Reuters     21st May 2020 The chief executive of South Africa's Eskom said on Thursday the State power utility could become financially viable and do without government bailouts if it could more than halve its debt to R200-billion. Eskom has about R450-billion of debt and is mired in financial crisis as it does not... 

Nersa allows Eskom to claw back R13.3bn in tariffs 

By: Reuters     18th May 2020 South African energy regulator Nersa said on Friday it will allow utility Eskom to recover R13.3-billion from customers for electricity supplied in the 2018/19 financial year, lower than what the state-owned power utility had applied for. Nersa said in a statement it will give its reasons for the... 

Nersa allows Eskom to claw back R13.3bn in tariffs

South Africa's nuclear energy plans 

14th May 2020 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the Departmentof  Mineral Resources and Energy's short to medium-term plans. 

South Africa's nuclear energy plans
South Africa's nuclear energy plans

Eskom reports lost income of R2.5bn in April

By: African News Agency      7th May 2020 Eskom's income has shrunk by about R2.5 billion in April as energy demand plummeted due to the country's national lockdown in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the power utility's CEO Andre de Ruyter said on Wednesday. "We have seen a reduction in cash-generation for April of some R2.5 billion.... 

Eskom reports lost income of R2.5bn in April
Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter

Covid-19 likely to negatively impact PPAs as power prices drop

By: Donna Slater     5th May 2020 Data and analytics company GlobalData states that, with a decline in power consumption and a drop in electricity prices resulting from offices and manufacturing plants being temporarily shut in line the Covid-19 restrictions, existing power purchase agreements (PPA) may be negatively impacted.... 

KwaZulu-Natal vital for bearing distributor growth

By: Mamaili Mamaila     1st May 2020 Power transmission products distributor Bearings International (BI) has earmarked KwaZulu-Natal as a key growth area for its business going forward. 

KwaZulu-Natal vital for bearing distributor growth
POWERING ON Bearings International’s Durban branch stocks a range of bearings, electric motors, gearboxes, lubricants, seals, tools and power transmission products for several industries

2019 set a record for renewable electricity generation in the UK

By: Rebecca Campbell     24th April 2020 In a report issued on April 9, the British Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) reported that, based on provisional figures, last year had been a record year for the production of electricity using renewable technologies in the UK. Renewable electricity generation last... 

Opportune time for LPG growth

By: Cameron Mackay     24th April 2020 The local liquified petroleum gas (LPG) market is an underdeveloped industry and has significant growth potential, largely owing to its use as an energy source, says the Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) Safety Association of South Africa acting MD Nirvan Brijlal. Moreover, he highlights the... 

Opportune time  for LPG growth
POTENTIAL UNLOCKED LPG’s versatility in domestic, commercial and industrial applications, and impending supply capacity improvements, are significant factors signalling the potential for growth for the industry

Cleaner power demand boosts gas genset sales

17th April 2020 Stringent environmental regulations, declining gas prices and increasing demand for flexible transmission of renewable power have sparked a growing interest in gas-powered generator sets (gensets) in Europe, says market research company Frost & Sullivan. The firm reported in February, in... 

Cleaner power demand boosts gas genset sales
SWITCHED ON According to Frost & Sullivan a growing interest in gas-powered generator sets has been experienced in Europe

Power supplier targets datacentres

17th April 2020 In realising that providing uninterrupted electrical energy is the backbone of a datacentre’s infrastructure, global generator manufacturer Aksa Power Generation launched its power range targeted at the requirements of a datacentre earlier this year. The company suggests that companies need... 

Power supplier  targets datacentres
DATACENTRIC Maintaining power is core to the successful running of data centres according to Aksa Power Generation

Cleaner LPG and natural gas generators making inroads in local market

By: Halima Frost     17th April 2020 Gas-to-power solutions provider Sustainable Power Generation (SustainPower) says the adoption of its cleaner, environment-friendly liquified petroleum gas (LPG) and natural gas generators that are available to homes and businesses in South Africa has been quite successful – to the extent that the... 

Cleaner LPG and natural gas generators making inroads in local market
WHAT A GAS A new liquefied petroleum gas-powered generator is now available for South African businesses and homes

Generator company awarded second energy contract

By: Halima Frost     17th April 2020 Power solutions provider HIMOINSA Southern Africa was awarded a substantial power supply contract for an international pharmaceutical manufacturing facility, based in South Africa, which will be the second project of its kind in the pharmaceutical sector for the company this year. Awarded in... 

Generator company awarded second  energy contract
ENERGY SUPPLEMENT Pharmaceutical firms can power their manufacturing plant using Himoinsa’s rental options

Suppression system averts oil transformer fires

By: Tracy Hancock     17th April 2020 Mitigating risks on oil-filled transformers is a primary concern for various firms that make use of this high-value equipment. Although safety in the engineering of transformers is increasingly being improved, efficient fire-suppression technology that will mitigate the risk posed on the business... 

Suppression system averts oil transformer fires
LOCALISED SUPPRESSION I-CAT has several installations of its localised suppression system scheduled for transformers in Mozambique and Ghana

Modular power solutions increasing in Africa

By: Simone Liedtke     17th April 2020 In most power plants across Africa, clients prefer to install modular-type solutions, also known as containerised solutions or e-houses, and dry-type transformers fit “perfectly” within this scope, says transformer supplier and specialist Trafo Power Solutions MD David Claassen. The preference... 

Modular power solutions increasing in Africa
DAVID CLAASSEN Trafo also designs and customises its transformers according to client specifications and requirements

Eskom clears COO of all wrongdoing

By: Donna Slater     15th April 2020 After being accused by a fellow employee of corruption, conflict of interest, dishonesty and abuse of power, power utility Eskom COO Jan Oberholzer has been cleared of all allegations by an external Senior Counsel. The complainant made the numerous accusations against Oberholzer in March through... 

Eskom clears COO of all wrongdoing
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Eskom COO Jan Oberholzer

Glencore provides electricity for 300 households

By: Donna Slater     14th April 2020 Diversified mining and marketing company Glencore recently completed an electrification project where it assisted South African power utility Eskom to provide electricity access to 300 households in the Ga-Masha and Ga-Rantho communities, in Limpopo. Glencore aims to assist government in its... 

Glencore provides electricity for 300 households

Kibo advancing assets despite Covid-19 related delays

By: Simone Liedtke     8th April 2020 Multi-asset energy company Kibo Energy is continuing to advance its portfolio of assets during the “unprecedented time” of the global fight against Covid-19, which is creating a changing landscape and having lasting implications that are still unknown at this stage. It is within this context that... 

Governments urged to integrate clean energy into Covid-19 stimulus packages 

By: Terence Creamer     6th April 2020 Economic stimulus measures adopted in response to the Covid-19 pandemic should embrace sustainability and climate goals, International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena) director-general Francesco La Camera argues in the agency’s Renewables Capacity Statistics 2020 report. Released on April 6, the... 

Governments urged to integrate clean energy into Covid-19 stimulus packages

Risk of load-shedding will be low during lockdown - Mantashe  

By: Terence Creamer     25th March 2020 Security of energy supply remains critical during the Covid-19 lockdown period, Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe reiterated on March 25. The supply of fuel to critical and essential services, as well as the supply of coal to Eskom for electricity supply and liquid fuels... 

Risk of load-shedding will be low during lockdown - Mantashe
Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe r

South Africa's Eskom says coal stocks healthy ahead of lockdown

By: Reuters     25th March 2020 South African power utility Eskom said on Wednesday that coal stocks at its power stations were healthy, with at least 20 days of supplies at all stations, before a nationwide lockdown over the coronavirus outbreak starting at midnight on Thursday. Eskom said all its activities were considered... 

South Africa's Eskom says coal stocks healthy ahead of lockdown

DMRE, petroleum and mining industries developing framework to execute lockdown

By: Simone Liedtke     24th March 2020 Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe met with the South African Petroleum Industry Association (Sapia) and the Minerals Council South Africa on March 24 to consolidate plans to deal with the impact of Covid-19. The meeting follows President Cyril Ramaphosa’s announcement on the... 

DMRE, petroleum and mining industries developing framework to execute lockdown
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe

Eskom: No power cuts expected this week, but keep reducing demand

By: News24Wire      23rd March 2020 Power utility Eskom says it is not planning to implement load-shedding during this week. With South Africa's electricity system still constrained and vulnerable, however, the utility says it may need to implement rotational power cuts at short notice should the system performance deteriorate.... 

 Eskom: No power cuts expected this week, but keep reducing demand
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