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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. 

Lifting distributed-generation cap ‘one of the easier decisions’ facing government – De Ruyter  

By: Terence Creamer     15th February 2021 Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter has described the plan, announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa in his State of the Nation (SONA) address, to lift the licence-exemption threshold for distributed-generation plants as “one of the easier decisions” government could make in the near-term to alleviate stress... 

Lifting distributed-generation cap ‘one of the easier decisions’ facing government – De Ruyter
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter

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
Smoothing the path for distributed generation investment

Eaton welcomes move away from sulphur hexafluoride switchgear

By: Donna Slater     11th February 2021 Power management solutions company Eaton welcomes a move by the European Union (EU) away from sulphur hexafluoride- (SF6-) based electrical switchgear toward more environment-friendly alternatives. Eaton power division business development manager Marcel Buckner, presenting during a webinar on... 

Eskom to implement Stage 3 load-shedding from 13:00 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      10th February 2021 Power utility Eskom says it will implement Stage 3 load-shedding from 13:00 on February 10 to 06:00 on February 11. This is necessary as the power generation system is still severely constrained as a result of high generation unit breakdowns during the past three days, as well as the need to... 

Eskom to implement Stage 3 load-shedding from 13:00

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 supports lifting licensing exemption threshold for electricity generation to 50MW

Eskom to implement power cuts from midday

By: Reuters     5th February 2021 South Africa's struggling state power utility Eskom said on Friday that it would implement scheduled power cuts from 12:00 until Sunday evening. Eskom said on its Twitter feed that outages would be "stage 2", which allow for up to 2 000 MW of the national load to be shed. It added that more... 

Busa supports De Ruyter's call for lifting licensing exemption threshold for distributed generators

By: Schalk Burger     3rd February 2021 Business organisation Business Unity South Africa (Busa) applauds the statement made by Eskom CEO André de Ruyter during a webinar on February 2, in favour of lifting the licencing exemption threshold for electricity generation. "Busa Energy structures have considered the analysis conducted by... 

De Ruyter backs call for lifting of licensing cap on distributed generators to 50 MW  

By: Terence Creamer     2nd February 2021 Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter says the State-owned utility is fully supportive of moves by large customers to develop distributed generation plants to power their operations, as well as growing calls to lift the licensing threshold from 1 MW to 50 MW so as to accelerate these investments. South... 

De Ruyter backs call for lifting of licensing cap on distributed generators to 50 MW
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter

Eskom confirms tropical storm has ‘not had any major negative impact’ on operations

By: Simone Liedtke     25th January 2021 State-owned power utility Eskom has confirmed that tropical storm Eloise has, at this stage, not had any major negative impact on its operations. The utility, however, says power lines in some parts of the Mpumalanga, Limpopo and northern KwaZulu-Natal provinces did experience localised outages... 

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

High-quality equipment supply through partnership

22nd January 2021 Power generation and electro-mechanical power transmission supplier Vert Energy has been appointed by Japanese diesel engine manufacturer Yanmar as its official distributor in Southern Africa for Yanmar industrial engines from the beginning of 2021. “What’s exciting for the African market is the... 

Alternators provide safe, uninterrupted power

22nd January 2021 Power generation and power transmission product supplier Vert Energy offers custom-designed solutions for dependable power in areas without connection to the mains. “There is often the inconvenience of having to do work that requires electricity, in areas where there is no connection to the... 

Alternators provide safe, uninterrupted power
POWERED UP Vert Energy offers custom-designed solutions for dependable power in areas without connection to the mains

NUM tackles De Ruyter over Eskom’s poor performance, load-shedding  

By: African News Agency      21st January 2021 The National Union of Mineworkers on Thursday said it is unhappy with the load-shedding being carried out in South Africa and “very disappointed” with the performance of Eskom under the leadership of chief executive André de Ruyter. “The current management team has taken the country to stage 6... 

 NUM tackles De Ruyter over Eskom’s poor performance, load-shedding
Photo by Donna Slater
Eskom CEO André de Ruyter

Eskom to resume power cuts in South Africa on Monday

By: Reuters     18th January 2021 South Africa's state power utility Eskom said on Sunday that a nationwide phased power cut due to end on Sunday would resume from Monday morning because some generating units were not yet operational. "As the return to service of some generation units has been delayed ... Stage 2 loadshedding... 

Eskom to resume power cuts in South Africa on Monday

Infrastructure market ‘can only get better’, Siemens South Africa CEO avers 

By: Terence Creamer     14th January 2021 Siemens South Africa CEO Sabine Dall’Omo expresses optimism that the country’s much promised infrastructure-led recovery will finally be implemented from late 2021 onwards, describing preparations for the roll-out as impressive. However, she warns that unless the Covid-19 pandemic is brought... 

Infrastructure market ‘can only get better’, Siemens South Africa CEO avers
Siemens South Africa CEO Sabine Dall’Omo

Government saddened at the death of business leader Mokgatle

By: Donna Slater     11th January 2021 Government conveys its sadness about the death of Peotona Group Holdings co-founder and executive director Dolly Mokgatle. She was an established business leader who held various leadership positions within several of South Africa’s State-owned enterprises and the private sector.  

Eskom suspends rolling blackouts as demand ebbs  

By: African News Agency      8th January 2021 South African electricity company Eskom said on Friday it was suspending rolling power cuts implemented this week as demand had dropped ahead of the weekend. Eskom, which supplies about 95 percent of the country’s electricity mainly through coal, however urged consumers to continue using the... 

 Eskom suspends rolling blackouts as demand ebbs

Eskom’s bailout emerging as equity swap by biggest bondholder 

By: Bloomberg     17th December 2020 South Africa’s biggest pot of available cash – R1.91-trillion of civil-servant pensions and unemployment funds managed by the Public Investment Corporation (PIC) – is emerging as the key to rescuing the debt-stricken national power monopoly. The money manager has approached its parent agency, the... 

Eskom’s bailout emerging as equity swap by biggest bondholder

EIUG notes concern about Eskom's operational, financial performance

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th December 2020 The Electricity Intensive Users Group of Southern Africa (EIUG) says it remains concerned about the operational and financial performance of power utility Eskom. This comes as Eskom on Monday reported an interim profit of R83-million, but warned of a full-year loss of R22.1-billion. 

Eskom outlines streamlined restructuring model to deliver independent grid company by end-2021  

By: Terence Creamer     14th December 2020 Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter outlined a streamlined approach on Monday to the vertical separation of the State-owned utility into three businesses of generation, distribution and transmission, which he said could accelerate the process of establishing an Eskom-owned independent transmission system... 

Eskom outlines streamlined restructuring model to deliver independent grid company by end-2021
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Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter

Hunt on for ‘tens of billions’ more, as ABB agrees to repay R1.56bn to settle corrupt Kusile contract

By: Terence Creamer     11th December 2020 Eskom and the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) announced on Friday that an agreement had been reached with ABB South Africa in terms of which the multinational technology group would repay R1.56-billion to the State-owned utility to settle an overpayment dispute relating to a corrupt Kusile... 

Hunt on for ‘tens of billions’ more, as ABB agrees to repay R1.56bn to settle corrupt Kusile contract

South Africa’s biggest power shift in over a generation holds big promise, and some risk

By: Terence Creamer     11th December 2020 Next year, 2021, is poised to be a pivotal one for South Africa’s renewable-energy sector – for real this time! The industry will have an opportunity, finally, to participate in the fifth bid window of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP), the bid... 

South Africa’s biggest power shift in over a generation holds big promise, and some risk

Pay for electricity to help Eskom succeed, Mabuza urges  

By: News24Wire      8th December 2020 Communities must pay for electricity if Eskom is to succeed, Deputy President David Mabuza has said. "Doing so is in the best interest of our country," he said on Tuesday morning at a Nedlac summit, which will see business, trade union and government leaders sign a social compact to support the... 

Pay for electricity to help Eskom succeed, Mabuza urges
Deputy President David Mabuza

Electricity grid collapses in Nigeria, Africa's largest economy 

By: Reuters     30th November 2020 Nigeria's national electricity grid collapsed on Sunday, the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) said in a statement. Power outages in Nigeria, the most-populous nation in Africa, are common, but a system collapse is unusual. 

Counterfeit goods a costly threat to sector

By: Darren Parker     27th November 2020 An influx of inferior-quality competitive electrical connector products into South Africa is a threat to the local manufacturing industry, owing to their unreliability, says electrical connector supplier Alexander and Poole area manager Juanita Fisher-Hill. “The greatest offenders are companies... 

Counterfeit goods a costly threat to sector
JUANITA FISHER-HILL Counterfeit parts neither carry a warranty or guarantee nor do they contain any of the inherent safety features

Six steps proposed for unlocking larger-scale self-gen projects, amid ongoing government resistance  

By: Terence Creamer     26th November 2020 Six steps could be taken immediately by the South African government and the energy regulator to unlock more self-generation investment by residential, commercial, industrial, mining and agricultural consumers so as to minimise power shortages and reduce the threat of load-shedding, a newly... 

Six steps proposed for unlocking larger-scale self-gen projects, amid ongoing government resistance

Western Cape launches Municipal Energy Resilience project

By: Donna Slater     24th November 2020 The Western Cape government has launched its three-year Municipal Energy Resilience (MER) project to assist municipalities to take advantage of the new energy regulations, which may include buying energy directly from independent power producers (IPPs). 

Eskom’s turnaround strategy to bear first fruit in April 2021 

By: Donna Slater     24th November 2020 Eskom CEO André de Ruyter says progress is being made in the unbundling of the utility and that “by April [2021], we should see a change”. He noted that the negative impact of load-shedding on the economy is well known and it is something that Eskom wishes to put behind it as quickly as possible.  

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

Partnership improves dry-type transformers access in Africa

By: Darren Parker     20th November 2020 Access to dry-type transformer technology has been boosted throughout Africa, following the partnership of South African transformer supplier Trafo Power Solutions with Italian transformer manufacturer TMC Transformers at the end of 2018. “The business prospects for TMC in Africa are quite good... 

Partnership improves dry-type transformers access in Africa
DAVID CLAASSEN Dry-type transformer technology is safer and requires less maintenance

European firms say South Africa’s poor utilities deter investment

By: Bloomberg     12th November 2020 European businesses are delaying investment in South Africa because of poor power and water supply and the costs of complying with Black economic empowerment legislation, representatives of an industry body said. South Africa has suffered intermittent power outages since 2008 after the state... 

Eskom Political Task Team remains concerned about debt owed to the utility 

By: Yvonne Silaule     9th November 2020 The Eskom Political Task Team has agreed that all avenues should be explored to deal with the utility's debt challenge, including dealing with the underlying causes; for example inefficiencies, cost overruns, misappropriation of funds, cash losses due to unpaid debt by municipalities and other... 

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
Eskom's losses, tariffs back in the spotlight

Credible pipeline of projects seen as key to achieving R1-trillion infrastructure goal  

By: Terence Creamer     3rd November 2020 President Cyril Ramaphosa has highlighted the importance of project preparation to unlocking the mostly private finance that will be needed to realise government’s goal of investing R1-trillion in infrastructure over the coming four years and turning South Africa into a “building site”. Speaking... 

Credible pipeline of projects seen as key to achieving R1-trillion infrastructure goal
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Eskom introduces 400 kV transmission line construction project to municipalities

By: Simone Liedtke     2nd November 2020 State-owned power utility Eskom has introduced its project for the construction of the 282 km of 400 kV transmission line, with associated feeder and transformer bays, which will be construction between the Gromis substation, in the Northern Cape, and the Juno substation, in the Western Cape. The... 

Fresh moves under way to address debt albatross at lossmaking Eskom 

By: Terence Creamer     30th October 2020 Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan said on Friday that a “second round” of work is being initiated in an effort to find a solution to Eskom’s unsustainable debt burden in line with the recent social compact between government, community, labour and business to “mobilise funding to address... 

Fresh moves under way to address debt albatross at lossmaking Eskom
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter
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