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Just Transition Framework means South Africa can ‘proceed apace’ with $8.5bn partnership 

By: Terence Creamer     5th July 2022 President Cyril Ramaphosa says the publication of the Just Transition Framework will enable South Africa to “proceed apace with harnessing the benefits” of the Just Energy Transition Partnership concluded with the US, the UK, Germany, France and the European Union in late 2021. The partnership... 

Unions sign 7% Eskom wage offer  

By: News24Wire      5th July 2022 The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) and the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) have accepted Eskom's one-year 7% wage deal have signed an agreement to this effect. This comes after a several-week deadlock in wage talks at the Central Bargaining Forum, which triggered... 

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Eskom crisis: ANC NEC hears calls for state of emergency, moving power utility to energy dept  

By: News24Wire      5th July 2022 The African National Congress's national executive committee heard wide-ranging and spirited calls for intervention in response to the Eskom energy crisis, which ranged from the declaration of a state of emergency to immediately moving Eskom from the Department of Public Enterprises to the... 

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Joburg City Power increases electricity tariffs by 7.47%

By: Schalk Burger     4th July 2022 City of Johannesburg electricity utility City Power said the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) has approved its application for an average electricity tariff increase of 7.47%, which is essential to cover the increased cost of bulk purchases from Eskom, which increased by 8.61%,... 

South Africa seeks legal advice on R396bn Eskom debt burden

By: Bloomberg     4th July 2022 South Africa’s National Treasury is seeking to hire a legal firm to advise it on how to reorganize the R396-billion debt burden held by national power utility Eskom Holdings, people familiar with the situation said. A request for proposals from the firms was issued recently, according to one of... 

Eskom rejects Tshwane's debt repayment plan

By: News24Wire      4th July 2022 Eskom has rejected the City of Tshwane Municipality's offer to enter into payment settlement arrangements for R878-million owed to the power utility. Tshwane failed to pay Eskom a total amount of R908-million, which was due and payable by 17 June 2022. The municipality only made a payment of... 

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Load-shedding back for eThekwini in coming weeks

By: News24Wire      4th July 2022 Durban residents will experience load-shedding in coming weeks, this after eThekwini Metro's electricity infrastructure was so heavily compromised during the April floods that the City could not produce enough power to load shed. In a joint statement released on Monday, Eskom and the City of... 

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Eskom working on grid-access Web portal to improve connection visibility 

By: Terence Creamer     4th July 2022 Electricity utility Eskom is developing a Web-based portal that will offer real-time visibility of locations in South Africa where new generators can be immediately or easily connected to the grid. The utility has, for the past three years, been arguing that between 4 000 MW and 6 000 MW of... 

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Hudaco lifts interim profit despite global market challenges

By: Donna Slater     1st July 2022 Branded automotive, industrial and electrical consumable products group of companies Hudaco grew its turnover for the six months ended May 31 by 12% year-on-year to R3.8-billion. Turnover was also 19% higher than pre-Covid-19 levels.  

Police have opened two cases of intimidation related to Eskom protests  

By: News24Wire      1st July 2022 Police say they have opened two cases of intimidation related to the unlawful strikes at Eskom, which the power utility has blamed for Stage 6 load-shedding. "One was registered at Belfast Police Station while the other was registered at Hendrina Police Station. Both matters are still under... 

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Cesa challenges Sanral’s decision to cancel tender

1st July 2022 Industry body Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) is challenging the decision by the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) board to cancel critical infrastructure tenders worth R17.5-billion on the basis that the adjudication process was flawed owing to the involvement of... 

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TENDER DEBACLE Cesa is challenging Sanral’s decision to cancel 17.5-billion in tenders

Batteries and decentralised power seen as key way to boost security of supply

By: Cameron Mackay     1st July 2022 Industry body the South African Energy Storage Association chairperson Mikhail Nikomarov emphasises the importance of a decentralised power system and the benefits it can provide, and how this can be supported using battery energy storage systems (BESS) in the local market. “Energy storage... 

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Eskom: NUM, Numsa deal with divisions, allege 'fake news' as members reject 7% increase  

By: News24Wire      30th June 2022 After a week of protests at Eskom operations that no one has claimed responsibility for plunged the country into Stage 6 load-shedding, two unions are now dealing with members who are pushing for an outright rejection of a new wage offer. The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa, the... 

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Amid load-shedding pain, more than 50% of Soweto residents are illegally connected to grid – Eskom

By: News24Wire      29th June 2022 As Soweto residents marched to the office of Johannesburg Mayor Mpho Phalatse last week to demand a more sustainable and consistent electricity supply, they did so against the backdrop of an area plagued by illegal connections and residents who can't or won't pay for power. Eskom says 50% of... 

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Eskom nears completion of rectification of major boiler defects 

29th June 2022 Eskom’s newest coal-fired power stations, Limpopo-based Medupi and Mpumalanga-based Kusile have suffered setbacks since their commissioning, some of which are yet to be finalised. Because Eskom ordered boilers of such a high capacity – at about 800 MW a unit – this meant that the power utility... 

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Eskom nears completion of rectification of major boiler defects

Numsa claims Eskom provoked the 'rage' that led to protests and more load-shedding

By: News24Wire      27th June 2022 The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa laid the blame at Eskom's feet for the protests at power stations that ultimately plunged South Africa into Stage 4 load-shedding late last week. Speaking to Fin24 on Monday, Numsa spokesperson Phakamile Hlubi-Majola denied any involvement by the... 

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Earth & Wire targets Eastern Cape for first long-duration storage roll-out 

By: Terence Creamer     27th June 2022 Independent renewable energy company Earth & Wire expects to begin installing its first long-duration energy storage system in South Africa in 2024 after announcing a 300 MW/1 200 MWh order for a battery system from Ambri, of the US. First deliveries are scheduled for the second quarter of 2024,... 

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Renewed focus on South Africa's Just Energy Transition Partnership  

24th June 2022 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the fresh attention this week on the $8.5-billion Just Energy Transition Partnership (JET-P) between South Africa and various developed countries; the importance of South Africa finalising a JET-P investment... 

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Renewed focus on South Africa's Just Energy Transition Partnership

Load-shedding to hit stage 4 all weekend after wage talks deadlock – Eskom

By: News24Wire      24th June 2022 Eskom will implement stage 4 load-shedding from 11am on Friday until midnight, and again on Saturday and Sunday from 5am until midnight, amid ongoing unprotected labour action, it said in a statement on Friday. "It is necessary to bolster emergency generation reserves to react to unforeseen... 

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Eskom says workers protest at some plants

By: Bloomberg     23rd June 2022 Tensions are rising at Eskom, with the struggling South African electricity supplier confirming protests at a number of power plants following a breakdown in wage negotiations. Groups at six coal-fired stations “have blocked roads leading to some of the power stations, which hampers the movement... 

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De Ruyter says immediate renewable energy investment should focus on Mpumalanga

By: Darren Parker     22nd June 2022 State-owned utility Eskom CEO André de Ruyter wants Mpumalanga to be the focal point for investment in renewable energy generation capacity to leverage the province’s well established transmission grid and to mitigate the potential for mass unemployment in the province as coal-fired power... 

Eskom CEO André de Ruyter
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Eskom CEO André de Ruyter

Final Just Energy Transition Partnership Investment Plan expected by November 

By: Terence Creamer     22nd June 2022 A Just Energy Transition Partnership Investment Plan (JETP-IP), which will seek to unlock $8.5-billion in concessional climate finance to accelerate South Africa’s transition from coal to renewables and support workers and communities currently reliant on the coal value chain, is expected to be... 

COP President Alok Sharma
COP President Alok Sharma

Stage 2 load-shedding times extended - Eskom

By: News24Wire      22nd June 2022 Eskom will implement Stage 2 load-shedding between 10:00 and midnight on Wednesday, and between 05:00 and midnight from Thursday to Sunday. The power utility said the load-shedding was due to the breakdown of four generation units on Wednesday morning, which contributed to the capacity... 

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South Africa transmission firm seen hobbled by Eskom millstone

By: Bloomberg     21st June 2022 South Africa’s plan to create a power transmission company that will attract the investment needed to strengthen the national grid has been hobbled by its restrictive debt arrangements with parent Eskom Holdings, two people familiar with the situation said. Under the plan to separate the unit,... 

Eskom warns of high load-shedding risk as grid likely strained for 'next few weeks'

By: News24Wire      20th June 2022 The power system is under severe pressure and there is a risk of load-shedding at short notice if there are any significant breakdowns at Eskom plants, the power utility warned on Monday morning.  The power system will be under strain for the next few weeks, it added in a statement.  

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Eskom has 32 GW of grid capacity, but not where most renewables investors want it 

By: Terence Creamer     17th June 2022 Eskom acknowledges that transmission constraints remain an obstacle to the introduction of new renewables generation, but the utility also highlights that 32 GW of grid capacity is immediately available to those independent power producers (IPPs) willing to build projects outside of the country’s... 

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Eskom power lines

Eskom warns power system is 'very constrained', risk of load-shedding in coming weeks

By: News24Wire      14th June 2022 Eskom warned on Tuesday afternoon that load-shedding may be implemented at short notice during the evenings this week, should there be any significant breakdowns. Eskom said there's a continued shortage of generation capacity, and that the power system will be very constrained on Tuesday evening... 

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R40m earmarked to help curb, prevent electricity vandalism in Cape Town

By: Yvonne Silaule     14th June 2022 The City of Cape Town is investing R40-million to curb and prevent vandalism of electricity infrastructure in the province. The funds were set aside as part of the city's approved 2022/23 budget. In a media release on Monday, the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Energy, Councillor Beverley van... 

Eskom probes fire at Duvha power station

By: News24Wire      13th June 2022 A fire broke out at Unit 2 of the Duvha power station in Mpumalanga on Monday morning, Eskom has confirmed. In a statement, spokesperson Sikonathi Mantshantsha said the fire had been extinguished quickly and no injuries to staff had been reported.  

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Committee welcomes appointment of Jacob Mbele as DMRE director-general

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     10th June 2022 Portfolio Committee on Mineral Resources and Energy chairperson Sahlulele Luzipo has welcomed the appointment of Jacob Mbele as director-general of the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE), saying he believes Mbele’s illustrious career at the DMRE qualifies him for the position.... 

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Jacob Mbele

Eskom to transfer R39.9bn loan to transmission unit 

By: Bloomberg     10th June 2022 Eskom Holdings said it will give the transmission unit that it’s transforming into a separate entity a R39.9-billion loan to make sure it can complete projects and be financially viable. The loan will be guaranteed by the transmission unit’s assets with Eskom’s creditors able to call on them if... 

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Ways to overcome challenges when your boiler fails

10th June 2022 Over the past 24 months, companies requiring emergency boiler systems have succumbed to price increases to keep their steam operations functioning. 

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STEAM SYSTEMS A spike in boiler hire is directly proportional to an increased uptake in boiler repair services.

Coating firm awarded corrosion prevention contract

10th June 2022 Last month, anti-corrosion coatings manufacturer Corrocoat announced it has been awarded a contract to protect 300 new pipe spools of various dimensions by a multinational energy client. The company say its Corroglass 600 series was the coating system selected for this project, as it offered the... 

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CROSS OUT CORROSION A cross section of pipe that was successfully coated with Corrocoats Corroglass coating system

Cost-effective electrical termination solutions for construction industry

10th June 2022 Industrial products and adhesives manufacturer Pratley offers a range of cost-effective electrical solutions available to assist contractors in a recovering construction industry. “It is important that one does not compromise on quality in favour of cost, which is especially important when it... 

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CANT CORRODE Pratley's range of junction boxes and cable glands are made of tough, corrosion-resistant engineering plastic

Eskom warns power system is 'very constrained', risk of load-shedding in coming weeks

By: News24Wire      7th June 2022 Eskom warned on Tuesday afternoon of a "very constrained" power system and said it might have to implement load-shedding at short notice.  "Should there be any significant breakdowns, load-shedding may be required at short notice, most likely during the evening peak of 17:00 and 22:00," the... 

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Kenyan power lines re-routed to protect flamingos and pelicans

By: Bloomberg     7th June 2022 Kenya’s State-run electricity distribution company is re-configuring power lines to prevent the electrocution of birds such as flamingos, pelicans and cranes. Kenya Power and Lighting Co has re-routed a 33 kV power line outside Lake Nakuru National Park to prevent flamingos and pelicans from... 

Nersa registers 16 more distributed projects to add 211 MW 

By: Terence Creamer     6th June 2022 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) has approved the registration of a further 16 distributed generation projects with a combined capacity of 211 MW and a collective investment value of R3.65-bilion. The approvals were made during a regulator executive committee meeting on June... 

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