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Eskom mulls private, foreign options on R390-billion grid build
Updated 1 hour 25 minutes ago By: Bloomberg

South Africa’s State-owned power utility Eskom said it’s in talks with government ministries over private and foreign options to fund a R390-billion expansion of its transmission network as more... 


Electricity outlook for winter
Electricity outlook for winter
Updated 2 hours 13 minutes ago By: Creamer Media Reporter

Engineering News editor Terence Creamer discusses the halt in loadshedding over recent weeks; what South Africans should expect for the higher-demand winter period; and the longer-term outlook for... 


Electricity Minister Kgosientsho Ramokgopa
Ramokgopa says ‘degree of convergence’ reached with NTCSA on unlocking private participation in grid
9th April 2024 By: Terence Creamer

Electricity Minister Kgosientsho Ramokgopa reports that a “degree of convergence” has been reached between his Ministry and the National Transmission Company South Africa (NTCSA) regarding private... 


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All conditions met for separation of NTCSA, but April deadline for full operationalisation missed
4th April 2024 By: Terence Creamer

All the suspensive conditions opening the way for the National Transmission Company of South Africa (NTCSA) to be constituted as a separate, distinct and wholly-owned subsidiary of Eskom Holdings... 


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Draft IRP 2023 lacks environmental, health, climate commitments, says Life After Coal
27th March 2024 By: Schalk Burger

Coal phase-out campaign the Life After Coal Campaign, in its comments on the draft Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) 2023, said the plan has fundamental flaws and expressed skepticism in the plan's... 


Powerlines
NTCSA unbundling secures lender consent, Ramokgopa confirms
25th March 2024 By: Terence Creamer

Electricity Minister Kgosientsho Ramokgopa reports that Eskom’s eight “lender groups” have given their consent to the establishment of the National Transmission Company South Africa (NTCSA) as a... 


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Company leverages offering, expertise to ‘redefine’ S Africa’s energy industry
22nd March 2024 By: Simone Liedtke

As South Africa’s energy sector continues to grapple with climate change and an increasing demand for electricity, electromechanical equipment manufacturer ACTOM is making significant strides in... 


IRP 2023 comment deadline fast approaching
IRP 2023 comment deadline fast approaching
20th March 2024 By: Creamer Media Reporter

Engineering News editor Terence Creamer discusses the fast-approaching deadline for public comment on the draft Integrated Resource Plan of 2023 and stakeholders' likely reaction. 


Unconstrained IRP would have far more wind and solar PV, analysis shows
Conclusions in opaque IRP 2023 are ‘incorrect and economically damaging’
19th March 2024 By: Terence Creamer

In an excoriating assessment of the draft Integrated Resource Plan 2023 (IRP 2023), Meridian Economics points to serious problems with the modelling and cost assumptions used by the Department of... 


Energy Regulator approvals mark another step towards NTCSA’s operationalisation
Energy Regulator approvals mark another step towards NTCSA’s operationalisation
18th March 2024 By: Terence Creamer

South Africa’s Energy Regulator has taken another set of decisions opening the way for the operationalisation of a separate grid company in South Africa ahead of the far-reaching legislative... 


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South Africa’s next energy challenge: A R390-billion grid upgrade
15th March 2024 By: Bloomberg

South Africa is facing a monumental challenge as it seeks to end years of rolling electricity outages that have hobbled the economy: It needs to build and fund a R390-billion expansion of the... 


Andrea Ranieri, Alessandra Governanti, Louise Paulsen, Lasad Jaouani and Manuele Battisti at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Impofu Wind Farms
Construction begins on wind farms to supply Secunda oxygen plants
13th March 2024 By: Creamer Media Reporter

Enel Green Power (EGP) South Africa has started construction of three new wind farms in the Eastern Cape, which will provide electricity to Air Liquide and Sasol in Secunda, Mpumalanga, through a... 


Reserve Bank governor Lesetja Kganyago
South Africa should get off global regulator's 'grey list' in 2025, says Kganyago
13th March 2024 By: Reuters

South Africa's central bank governor said on Wednesday that he was confident the country would be removed from an international financial crime watchdog's "grey list" next year, given the work that... 


Wind turbine at sunrise
IPPO confirms May 30 renewables bid deadline as it moves to accommodate grid quotes and curtailment
13th March 2024 By: Terence Creamer

The Independent Power Producer Office (IPPO) has confirmed that the deadline for submissions under Bid Window Seven (BW7) of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme... 


Electricity Minister Kgosientsho Ramokgopa
South Africa won’t need Electricity Minister by end of 2024
12th March 2024 By: Bloomberg

Electricity Minister Kgosientsho Ramokgopa said an anticipated improvement in electricity supply should see him out of a job by the end of 2024. The country, which has been plagued by crippling... 


Substation with wind turbines in the background
Curtailment framework in play for current renewables bidding round, Ramokgopa confirms
11th March 2024 By: Terence Creamer

Electricity Minister Kgosientsho Ramokgopa and the Independent Power Producer Office (IPPO) have both confirmed that the curtailment framework outlined by Eskom in January is immediately available... 


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GDP figures cap decade of negative GDP per capita growth – BLSA
11th March 2024 By: Schalk Burger

While the gross domestic product (GDP) growth for the fourth quarter of 2023 was 0.1%, growth was negative in terms of GDP per capita, given that population growth is outpacing it. "We have been... 


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Business, govt meet to discuss electricity, logistics reforms
8th March 2024 By: Creamer Media Reporter

Engineering News editor Terence Creamer discusses the latest meeting held between senior business leaders and President Cyril Ramaphosa and his Cabinet; the feedback provided on efforts to tackle... 


Transmission lines
Trading, transmission key factors in a liberalised South African electricity market
7th March 2024 By: Rebecca Campbell

With the liberalisation of the South African electricity market, energy trading will become increasingly important. So highlighted Investec Project Finance Director Franca Sandham. She was... 


Kendal power station
Move to formalise deal on injecting private skills into Eskom amid plan to add and recover 10.6 GW by end-2025
6th March 2024 By: Terence Creamer

Government and business have set a goal of increasing South Africa’s electricity generation capacity by 10.6 GW by the end of 2025 as part of ongoing collaborative efforts to tackle growth-sapping... 


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M&R gets back on track with narrowed losses, lower debt
6th March 2024 By: Darren Parker

JSE-listed Murray & Roberts (M&R) has reported a significant year-on-year reduction in its attributable loss for the six months ended December 31, 2023, signalling a positive turn in its financial... 


Transmission infrastructure in South Africa
New fund to finance cross-border electricity transmission in Southern Africa
6th March 2024 By: Rebecca Campbell

The Southern African Power Pool’s (SAPP’s) Regional Transmission Infrastructure Financing Facility (RTIFF) will be managed by climate-focused blended finance fund manager Climate Fund Managers... 


Energy Council of South Africa CEO James Mackay
Real progress being made against loadshedding in recent months, says Energy Council CEO
5th March 2024 By: Rebecca Campbell

The number of hours of loadshedding in South Africa has been cut by 67% over the past three-and-a-half months, Energy Council of South Africa CEO James MacKay highlighted on Monday evening. He was... 


National Treasury director-general Dr Duncan Pieterse
PPP reforms could avert need for prescribed-assets policy to increase private infrastructure investment – Pieterse
1st March 2024 By: Terence Creamer

National Treasury director-general Dr Duncan Pieterse says the reforms being proposed to facilitate greater private sector investment into infrastructure could obviate the need to introduce a... 


Eskom CEO Dan Marokane
Eskom board tasks Marokane with three priorities in his first 100 days as CEO
1st March 2024 By: Schalk Burger

State-owned power utility Eskom's board of directors has tasked incoming CEO Dan Marokane to prioritise three key areas – assessing the generation operational recovery plan, reviewing Eskom’s... 


Eskom power lines
KwaZulu-Natal municipalities now owe Eskom R1.5bn
29th February 2024 By: Marleny Arnoldi

The debt owed by municipalities in KwaZulu-Natal to Eskom have increased by R818-million between March 2023 and January this year, resulting in municipalities in the province now owing Eskom... 


Wind turbines, solar panels and transmission lines
Amplats signs renewable energy offtake agreement with Envusa Energy
28th February 2024 By: Sabrina Jardim

Platinum group metals (PGMs) miner Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) has, through its wholly owned Rustenburg Platinum Mines (RPM) subsidiary, entered into a 20-year energy offtake agreement (EOA)... 


DA leader John Steenhuisen
Multi-Party Charter reveals its plans to end loadshedding if ANC can be ousted
28th February 2024 By: Darren Parker

The 11 political parties that are members of the Multi-Party Charter (MPC) for South Africa have voiced a unified plan to end loadshedding once and for all if only they could collectively oust... 


BCG highlights challenges, opportunities amid energy transition
28th February 2024 By: Sabrina Jardim

Amid the global transition to cleaner energy sources, African countries face various challenges and opportunities pertaining to the adoption of renewable energy. Consulting firm Boston Consulting... 


Lineworkers work on a high-voltage powerline
Settling on funding solutions for expedited grid infrastructure set as a Just Energy Transition Investment Plan priority
27th February 2024 By: Terence Creamer

Finalising funding solutions for the expedited expansion of South Africa’s electricity transmission grid has been identified as a key priority for the Just Energy Transition (JET) project... 


Grid infrastrucuture
Ramokgopa says govt close to finalising structure for private grid financing
26th February 2024 By: Terence Creamer

Electricity Minister Kgosientsho Ramokgopa says all the work being done by government on the financial structure to facilitate private investment into the country’s transmission infrastructure is... 


Solar panels
Another 124 power plants registered with Nersa raising total to 1 087 since 2018
23rd February 2024 By: Terence Creamer

The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) reports that a further 124 generation facilities were registered during the third quarter of its financial year from October to December,... 


Eskom's transmission infrastructure
Eskom eschews $2.5bn of cheap loans as climate pact flounders
23rd February 2024 By: Bloomberg

South Africa’s State power utility has failed to tap $2.5-billion of cheap loans to build critical transmission infrastructure that would help end the country’s crippling energy crisis. That’s... 


Power lines
RFP for private transmission investment to be launched in July
21st February 2024 By: Terence Creamer

The South African government will release a request for proposals (RFP) in the coming months seeking private sector investment into a pilot electricity grid infrastructure project. The National... 


Gauteng Premier Panyaza Lesufi
100 MW of OCGT power to be available in Gauteng by April – Lesufi
20th February 2024 By: Schalk Burger

Johannesburg power utility City Power would, on behalf of the Gauteng government, add 100 MW of electricity capacity to the grid to assist the Gauteng province in its goal to reduce the impact of... 


Energy Council of South Africa joins World Energy Council
19th February 2024 By: Schalk Burger

The Energy Council of South Africa has become a member of the United Nations-affiliated global body the World Energy Council (WEC), which will serve to strengthen the standing of the Energy Council... 


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