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Govt proposes new entity to procure transmission infrastructure
26th January 2024 By: Creamer Media Reporter

Engineering News editor Terence Creamer discusses government's proposal to set up a dedicated entity to procure new electricity transmission infrastructure from the private sector and the role... 


Firm hails efficiency plan’s stance on electric motors
26th January 2024

Plan to apply the Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS) for low-voltage electric motors in South Africa have been hailed by solutions provider WEG Africa as an exciting step toward energy... 


IPP Office head Bernard Magoro
Grid constraint likely to translate to a renewables price premium, Magoro warns
24th January 2024 By: Terence Creamer

Independent Power Producer (IPP) Office head Bernard Magoro has signalled that the projects bid during the current seventh renewables procurement bid window could carry a price premium, as bidders... 


Big divergence as African electricity demand flatlined over the past three decades and India and South East Asia's surged
Africa’s flatlining electricity trajectory requires urgent intervention – IEA
24th January 2024 By: Terence Creamer

A new International Energy Agency (IEA) report on electricity highlights that per person electricity demand across Africa has been stagnant for three decades, making the continent a worrying... 


Power line and substation
Independent transmission project office to be set up to procure new grid using build, operate, transfer model
23rd January 2024 By: Terence Creamer

Electricity Minister Kgosientsho Ramokgopa reports that government plans to establish an independent transmission project office, located either at the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) or... 


Wind turbines
DBSA to support participation of black firms, communities in bid windows for renewables, batteries and gas
22nd January 2024 By: Terence Creamer

State-owned development financier the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) is gearing up to play a role in the public procurement of 7 615 MW of new electricity generation and storage... 


An image of delegates at COP28
Reliable electricity must be prioritised over transition
19th January 2024

The sheer urgency of addressing energy insecurity in Africa demands that a reliable grid is prioritised first and other energy concerns, such as transitioning to renewable-energy sources, second,... 


An image of ACTOM High Voltage Equipment divisional CEO Casbah Zwane
Manufacturer poised to support Transmission Development Plan
19th January 2024

Electromechanical equipment manufacturer ACTOM High Voltage Equipment, a division of the ACTOM Group, is preparing to participate in State-owned electricity utility Eskom’s Transmission Development... 


An image of Cummins Africa and Middle East hydrogen and fuel cell business director Alan Zhao
Hydrogen implementation remains limited
19th January 2024 By: Nadine Ramdass

Following global trends, discussions in South Africa on hydrogen, its production and use have gained momentum, although actual implementation remains limited, says power technology provider Cummins... 


An image of Centre for Renewable and Sustainable Energy Studies (CRSES) chief engineer Monique le Roux
Loadshedding could increase in 2024
19th January 2024 By: Nadine Ramdass

Loadshedding is expected to continue in 2024, possibly at even higher levels than those of 2023, says tertiary institute Stellenbosch University’s Centre for Renewable and Sustainable Energy... 


Aerial view of Eskom's Hex battery energy storage facility
Work under way to identify next battery sites amid bidding at eight North West substations
17th January 2024 By: Terence Creamer

Independent Power Producer Office head Bernard Magoro reports that work is under way to identify substation sites for the upcoming third Battery Energy Storage Independent Power Producer... 


Independent Power Producer Office head Bernard Magoro
Grid constraints cast shadow over South Africa’s seventh renewables bid window
17th January 2024 By: Terence Creamer

South Africa’s grid constraints are continuing to cast a shadow over the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP), the seventh bidding round for which was... 


ENGIE South Africa CEO Mohamed Hoosen
Fast-growing ENGIE South Africa will consider grid investments under right conditions
16th January 2024 By: Terence Creamer

Global independent power company ENGIE, which is prioritising the South African electricity market for significant organic and acquisitive growth, is also open to participating in grid investments... 


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Proposed new IRP met with some skepticism
12th January 2024 By: Creamer Media Reporter

Engineering News editor Terence Creamer discusses the background to the publication for public comment of the latest Integrated Resource Plan (IRP); the main changes in the IRP 2023, compared with... 


The scaled-up gas-to-power capacity allocation in the draft IRP would initially require LNG imports
No plan yet for public hearings into gas-heavy draft IRP 2023
10th January 2024 By: Terence Creamer

The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) has belatedly released the background technical information that has been used to inform the assumptions included in the draft Integrated... 


Priscillah Mabelane
Sasol’s Mabelane to head board at Eskom’s unbundled grid company, NTCSA
9th January 2024 By: Terence Creamer

The inaugural board of directors of the National Transmission Company of South Africa (NTCSA), which was announced by the Eskom board on Tuesday, will be chaired by Priscillah Mabelane, who is also... 


Lineworkers on a high-voltage powerline
Ramokgopa seeks to unlock private finance for 6 000 km of new grid in coming three years
9th January 2024 By: Terence Creamer

Electricity Minister Kgosientsho Ramokgopa says the current plan for rolling out grid infrastructure, particularly in the coming three years, is insufficient to end loadshedding and should, thus,... 


Busa energy and environment desk head Happy Khambule
Busa warns that lack of detail in IRP 2023 makes it impossible to assess plan’s credibility
8th January 2024 By: Terence Creamer

Business Unity South Africa (Busa) will approach the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) to secure the technoeconomic information that has been used to inform the assumptions... 


Mike Levington
Opinion: The grid’s the thing
8th January 2024

In this opinion article, Mike Levington argues that using renewable energy to meet South Africa’s economic and developmental goals will require a significant shift in thinking about the grid. 


Solar PV panels
Affirma, Norfund and KLP provide $145m for CEC to build additional capacity
8th January 2024 By: Schalk Burger

Private equity firm Affirma Capital, development finance institution Norfund and Norwegian pension fund Kommunal Landspensjonskasse (KLP) have invested $145-million in Zambian independent power... 


Wind turbines and solar PV panels
South Africa's new energy plan is 'shoddy' and will probably fail – analysts
6th January 2024 By: News24Wire

South Africa's new energy generation plan lacks detail and leaves many unanswered questions, according to some energy analysts. The long-awaited draft of the Integrated Energy Plan (IRP) of 2023... 


A Karpowership vessel
Eskom ends grid access for Karpowership
5th January 2024 By: Bloomberg

Eskom Holdings said it will no longer reserve the transmission capacity it had agreed to set aside for winners of a South African tender for emergency power provision that didn’t meet a Dec. 31... 


A sunset picture of solar panels with wind turbines in the background ad reflecting off the panels
Project achieves financial close
15th December 2023

Independent power producer EDF Renewables achieved commercial and financial close on its Umoyilanga project on November 28, 2023, reaching commercial close with the Department of Mineral Resources... 


An Eskom run coal-fired power station
Eskom set for seventh full-year loss as power cuts grip South Africa
13th December 2023 By: Bloomberg

South Africa’s Eskom Holdings is on track to post its seventh consecutive full-year loss as the utility crumbles under the weight of its debt pile and high financing costs, poor plant performance... 


Polasa chairperson Sagren Moodley
Powerline industry warns it may not survive until grid roll-out ‘feast’ given current investment ‘famine’
13th December 2023 By: Terence Creamer

The Power Operations & Leadership Association of Southern Africa (Polasa) believes the famine-then-feast profile of Eskom’s execution plan for the roll-out of new transmission infrastructure will... 


Nersa grants three electricity distribution licences in the Free State
11th December 2023 By: Marleny Arnoldi

The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) has granted three licences to Klipfontein Solar Facility, Lieliehoek Solar Facility and Sonoblomo Solar Facility for the operation of... 


Dan Marokane
Eskom's new CEO confirmed
8th December 2023 By: News24Wire

Daniel Leseja Marokane has been appointed as chief executive officer of Eskom. On Friday afternoon, Minister of Public Enterprises Pravin Gordhan said Marokane would join Eskom no later than 31... 


Hybrid solutions gain traction amid energy challenges
8th December 2023 By: Nadine Ramdass

As loadshedding continues to impact businesses, many corporates are opting for hybrid solutions that leverage grid, generator, and renewable energy, mainly solar, to alleviate the pressure of... 


An image of Cresco Group’s decarbonisation advisor Dominic Goncalves
Microgrids gain traction to combat critical outage impacts
8th December 2023 By: Nadine Ramdass

Microgrids are gaining traction globally owing to its ability to alleviate the impact of critical outages, caused by extreme weather, climate events, and various other reasons.  Microgrids can... 


Eskom's Megawatt Park office
South Africa set to pick Dan Marokane as new Eskom CEO
7th December 2023 By: Bloomberg

Dan Marokane is expected to be appointed as the new CEO of South Africa’s state power utility Eskom Holdings after an almost year-long search for a candidate, according to people familiar with the... 


Eskom Komati power station
Eskom acknowledges difficult trade-offs ahead as it pursues energy transition
7th December 2023 By: Darren Parker

State-owned utility Eskom is expecting to have to make “difficult trade-offs” in its pursuit of a just energy transition (JET) strategy, as it grapples with ongoing short-term operational struggles... 


A turbine at sunrise at Red Rocket's Roggeveld Wind Farm
Red Rocket confirms initial 500 MW of interest in 2 000 MW virtual wheeling renewables scheme
6th December 2023 By: Terence Creamer

Independent power producer (IPP) Red Rocket reports that it has signed up customers for 500 MW of the 2 000 MW of capacity it aims to deploy over the coming three years as part of an innovative... 


Curtailment framework submitted to Nersa as new deadline is set for restart of IPP procurement
Curtailment framework submitted to Nersa as new deadline is set for restart of IPP procurement
1st December 2023 By: Terence Creamer

Eskom has confirmed that it has delivered a curtailment framework, as well as its proposed Gated Generator Connection Process (GGCP) to the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) for... 


Four utility-scale battery projects worth R10bn selected following inaugural public tender
Four utility-scale battery projects worth R10bn selected following inaugural public tender
30th November 2023 By: Terence Creamer

The South African government has selected preferred bidders for the development of four utility-scale battery energy storage system (BESS) projects in the Northern Cape, with a combined investment... 


Electricity pylons
Night loadshedding drops to Stage 5
30th November 2023 By: News24Wire

Eskom announced a marginal drop in loadshedding on Thursday due to improved generation recovery and emergency reserves.  Stage 3 loadshedding kicked in at 10:00, and will continue until 16:00, when... 


Electricity Minister Kgosientsho Ramokgopa
Black Friday loadshedding triggered by depletion of reserves and heat-wave demand spike
24th November 2023 By: Terence Creamer

Electricity Minister Kgosientsho Ramokgopa attributed the “unwelcome” ramp up in the intensity of loadshedding to Stage 6 to a need for Eskom to rebuild its emergency reserves that had been... 


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