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Côte d’Ivoire smart grid improves power security, access to power pool

By: Schalk Burger     14th June 2019 A smart electricity grid solution, developed and built by electricity multinational ABB, provides connectivity for all critical elements of the grid, helps operators to balance supply and demand and, crucially, enables Côte d’Ivoire to access the West African Power Pool (Wapp), says ABB Power... 

Greenpeace study recommends Eskom sell its coal-fired power stations

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     11th June 2019 A study commissioned by Greenpeace Africa recommends that State-owned Eskom, as part of its reform, gradually spin out its coal-fired power generation activities to new generation companies that will operate the power plants for the remainder of their operating lives. Greenpeace had commissioned... 

The Lethabo power station
Photo by Creamer Media's Terence Creamer
The Lethabo power station

TCTA comes up with power alternative amid ‘war zone’ at Mintails plant  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th June 2019 The Trans-Caledon Tunnel Authority on Thursday announced that its acid mine drainage water treatment plant in the Western basin, near Krugersdorp, could not be reopened as planned on June 4. This was owing to an escalating security threat at the adjacent Mintails gold treatment plant, where... 

Ramaphosa meets State firm chiefs after resignations

By: Reuters     6th June 2019 President Cyril Ramaphosa held talks on Wednesday with executives of key state companies, including power utility Eskom and South African Airways, to discuss challenges they face, his office said. The meeting follows resignations of Eskom and SAA chief executives, moves that investors said could... 

President Cyril Ramaphosa
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Departures at State firms could drag out Ramaphosa's reforms  

By: Reuters     4th June 2019 President Cyril Ramaphosa's mission to fix two of South Africa's most troubled state companies, power firm Eskom and South African Airways, could take longer than planned after their chief executives quit within a week of each other. Investors say the CEOs' resignations could slow the... 

President Cyril Ramaphosa
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Oil monitoring technology prolongs gearbox life

31st May 2019 Advanced monitoring technology company Atten2 presented its OilHealth and OilWear on-line optical sensors at the Wind O&M EU 2019 trade fair, held in February in Munich, Germany. Atten2 produces and markets the OilHealth and OilWear on-line optical sensors for the analysis of industrial fluids,... 

WINDING ME UP The wind turbine’s gearbox and oil efficacy can be monitored by sensors
WINDING ME UP The wind turbine’s gearbox and oil efficacy can be monitored by sensors

Eskom insiders provide 'very limited' choices to replace CEO  

By: Bloomberg     28th May 2019 Eskom Holdings’ 96-year history is replete with former CEOs who rose from within South Africa’s debt-laden State utility to run the company. There are few obvious choices for the next CEO to come from those same ranks. Two possible candidates from Eskom’s executive team to replace Phakamani... 

Eskom CFO Calib Cassim
Photo by Creamer Media's Dylan Slater
Eskom CFO Calib Cassim

Brazilians score following African Utility Week

By: Kim Cloete     28th May 2019 Brazilian companies are expected to generate business of $5.3-million over the next year as a result of the recent African Utility Week and PowerGEN Africa conference and exhibition. The Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency, Apex-Brasil, in partnership with the Brazilian Association of... 

Delegates from Brazil attended the African Utility Week in South Africa
Delegates from Brazil attended the African Utility Week in South Africa

BMG extends supply of gearboxes and variators

24th May 2019 Engineering consumables and components distributor Bearing Man Group (BMG), as exclusive distributors for gears and drives manufacturer Varvel Group in sub-Saharan Africa for more than 40 years, has extended the supply of Varvel gearboxes and variators for small- and medium-power applications.... 

TRACKING THE SUN

BMG’s Varvel worm gearboxes are installed on solar panels to ensure that they are in an ideal position to track the sun
TRACKING THE SUN BMG’s Varvel worm gearboxes are installed on solar panels to ensure that they are in an ideal position to track the sun

New motor released to electric drives and controls industry

24th May 2019 Automation technology solutions provider Tectra Automation’s new MS2N Synchronous Servo Motor is the company’s latest innovative product offering to the electric drives and controls industry. The MS2N servo motor range combines high dynamics with compact dimensions and energy efficiency, with... 

VERSATILITY IN APPLICATION

The MS2N includes over 50 motor types in six motor sizes, five motor lengths and more than 20 fully configurable options
VERSATILITY IN APPLICATION The MS2N includes over 50 motor types in six motor sizes, five motor lengths and more than 20 fully configurable options

Company introduces new ACS6080 drive

24th May 2019 Automation technology provider ABB has expanded its all-compatible drives offering to include the ACS6080 medium voltage (MV) drive for critical applications. The new drive introduces an innovative control technology, developed by the company, that brings high-performance motor control to... 

VERSATILE CONTROL

The ACS6080 controls all types of AC motors including induction, synchronous and permanent magnet, without the need for different software
VERSATILE CONTROL The ACS6080 controls all types of AC motors including induction, synchronous and permanent magnet, without the need for different software

South Africa’s fiscal crisis, price volatility among top energy risks for this year 

By: Kim Cloete     23rd May 2019 The South African National Energy Association (Sanea) has outlined its nine top energy risks for 2019, with price volatility and uncertainty, and South Africa’s fiscal crisis, among the top risks at both the country and industry level. The issue of price volatility and uncertainty was significant... 

South Africa’s fiscal crisis, price volatility among top energy risks for this year

Eskom keeps investors in the dark as debt speculation mounts 

By: Bloomberg     22nd May 2019 As speculation swirls about plans to deal with Eskom Holdings’ crippling debt load, one group of stakeholders hasn’t been consulted – owners of the company’s R243-billion of bonds. South Africa’s State-owned power utility is groaning under almost R500-billion of bond and loan debt, according to... 

Mboweni bemoans 'madness' of Eskom debt  

By: Bloomberg     21st May 2019 South Africa’s embattled State power utility must prioritise collecting the money it is owed by municipalities as a first step toward becoming financially sustainable, Finance Minister Tito Mboweni said. Eskom Holdings has reported that municipalities owed it R17-billion in arrears for power... 

Finance Minister Tito Mboweni
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Finance Minister Tito Mboweni

Eskom unbundling will allow for efficient and effective management

By: Mamaili Mamaila     17th May 2019 The challenges facing State-owned power utility Eskom can be mitigated through proper, efficient and effective management, which is possible with the company’s unbundling, says Stellenbosch University Centre for Renewable and Sustainable Energy Studies (CRSES) director Professor Sampson Mamphweli. 

SAMPSON MAMPHWELI
There is a greater need for a balanced energy mix between coal, gas and renewable energy
SAMPSON MAMPHWELI There is a greater need for a balanced energy mix between coal, gas and renewable energy

Nuclear is a solution to Eskom’s woes 

By: Mamaili Mamaila     17th May 2019 The success of all the countries that have undertaken large nuclear programmes shows that nuclear energy is a credible solution to State-owned power utility Eskom’s power challenges, says retired Eskom chief nuclear officer David Nicholls. 

Nuclear is a solution to Eskom’s woes
Retired Eskom Chief Nuclear Officer David Nicholls discusses the power utility, scan the barcode with your phones QR reader, or go to ‘Video Reports’ on www.engineeringnews.co.za/ Camerawork: Christo Greyling. Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 24.04.2019

Eaton acquires controlling interest in Turkish company

By: Kim Cloete     16th May 2019 Power management company Eaton has acquired a controlling interest in Ulusoy Elektrik, a manufacturer of medium-voltage electrical equipment based in Ankara, Turkey. The acquisition will help Eaton develop innovative power solutions for the African market. “The acquisition of Ulusoy Elektrik... 

Mozambique power utility begins the long process of recovery following cyclones

By: Kim Cloete     15th May 2019 Mozambique’s energy sector is trying to get back on track following the devastation wreaked on its power system by Cyclone Idai in March and cyclone Kenneth in April.   Electricity Company of Mozambique chairperson and CEO Aly Impija told delegates attending the African Utility Week, in Cape... 

Zimbabwe platinum mines to ride out power cuts, gold output less secure 

By: Reuters     15th May 2019 Power imports are cushioning platinum mining companies against Zimbabwe's worst blackouts in three years, but gold mines could face production cuts as they continue to rely on an unstable national grid, industry officials said. State utility ZETDC this week started indefinite rolling power cuts... 

Ramaphosa says to speed up economic reforms, fix Eskom 

By: Reuters     15th May 2019 President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Wednesday that he would use a new five-year term to speed up economic reforms and fix ailing state power firm Eskom, a week after his African National Congress party was re-elected with a reduced majority. Analysts have said reforms like cutting red tape and... 

President Cyril Ramaphosa
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Mnangagwa gets rid of Energy Minister amid power cuts, fuel crisis

By: African News Agency      15th May 2019 President Emmerson Mnangagwa on Tuesday night dropped energy and power development minister, Joram Gumbo, amid crippling fuel shortages and power cuts that have rocked Zimbabwe. Gumbo was has been moved to the less prominent portfolio of minister of state for presidential affairs. 

UCT GSB professor joins prestigious global initiative to end energy poverty

By: Simone Liedtke     13th May 2019 University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business Professor Anton Eberhard has been appointed to the Global Commission to End Energy Poverty – a new initiative which aims to accelerate access to electricity to millions of under-serviced homes and businesses quickly and cost-effectively. The... 

Over 400 organisations, small businesses join class action against Eskom

By: News24Wire      7th May 2019 A law firm believes that its plans to launch a class action against Eskom over load-shedding are viable, despite a previous statement from the power utility that there are limited grounds for such a case to be successful. De Beer Attorneys in April called on businesses and organisations which... 

Over 400 organisations, small businesses join class action against Eskom

Partnership aims to enhance local fluid power sector

3rd May 2019 Incorporated fluid power technology provider Hyflo Southern Africa has been incorporated into engineering products and service provider Bearing Man Group’s (BMG’s) fluid technology division. 

OPPORTUNITIES THROUGH PARTNERSHIP

With access to BMG’s central support functions, including engineering, technical expertise and manufacturing skills, Hyflo can further improve its service to its customer base
OPPORTUNITIES THROUGH PARTNERSHIP With access to BMG’s central support functions, including engineering, technical expertise and manufacturing skills, Hyflo can further improve its service to its customer base

Fieldbus solution for pneumatic valves first step to smart assembly

By: Cameron Mackay     3rd May 2019 The incorporation of a fieldbus solution to control pneumatic valves could be an important step towards cloud-connected Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) innovations on the assembly line, says multinational motion and control technologies provider Parker Hannifin South Africa account manager... 

SELINA NAIDOO

Asset monitoring and management of an automated system remotely, from anywhere in the world, will create opportunities and solutions that were once only envisaged
SELINA NAIDOO Asset monitoring and management of an automated system remotely, from anywhere in the world, will create opportunities and solutions that were once only envisaged

Brokk introduces new hydraulic breaker series

3rd May 2019 Multinational remote-controlled demolition machines manufacturer Brokk has launched its own line of hydraulic breakers. The new Brokk Hydraulic Breaker (BHB) series is matched with the company’s full range of remote-controlled demolition robots. Each robot is essentially designed from the... 

BROKK HYDRAULIC BREAKER SERIES

The breakers match the company’s full range of remote-controlled demolition robots
BROKK HYDRAULIC BREAKER SERIES The breakers match the company’s full range of remote-controlled demolition robots

Hydraulic fluid reduces energy consumption

By: Cameron Mackay     3rd May 2019 Multinational oil and gas corporation ExxonMobil’s Mobil DTE 10 Excel 46 hydraulic lubricant oil has reduced paper and plastics packaging manufacturing company Mpact Plastics’ energy consumption by 7%. Mpact Plastics – based in Pinetown, in KwaZulu-Natal – intended to reach the group’s national... 

ESSENTIAL OILS

When the oil reaches the end-of-life phase and must be disposed, high-performance oils can be formulated to have a reduced environmental impact
ESSENTIAL OILS When the oil reaches the end-of-life phase and must be disposed, high-performance oils can be formulated to have a reduced environmental impact

Company launched natural gas gensets at electricity show in Dubai

By: Halima Frost     26th April 2019 Global power leader Cummins launched its latest global offering – the HSK78G gas generator series – at the Middle East Electricity show, held at the Dubai World Trade Centre, in the United Arb Emirates (UAE) last month. Cummins, also a sponsor of the event, displayed the new series at its stand... 

NEXT GEN GEN
Cummins launched the HSK78G gas generator series last month
NEXT GEN GEN Cummins launched the HSK78G gas generator series last month

Generator supplier helps combat load-shedding impact

By: Halima Frost     26th April 2019 With inconsistent power supply being an ongoing issue for companies in South Africa, electrical products supplier and local manufacturer Zest WEG Group offers synchronised generator sets (gensets) to the industry, which allow for continuous power supply, negating the start-up and shutdown dangers... 

HOT HOT HOT
The Doosan generator is one of the long term - mid range - solutions Zest WEG offers
HOT HOT HOT The Doosan generator is one of the long term - mid range - solutions Zest WEG offers

Company making inroads into embedded generation generators

By: Halima Frost     26th April 2019 The global trend of moving towards decentralised embedded generation has encouraged power solutions manufacturer Himoinsa to work with its research and development (R&D) teams to enable its generator sets, or gensets, to feed excess power back into the grid. Himoinsa has conducted R&D on this... 

DUCKS IN A ROW
If installed and maintained correctly, a genset can minimise operational costs on site
DUCKS IN A ROW If installed and maintained correctly, a genset can minimise operational costs on site

Generator company offers contingency planning assistance

26th April 2019 Temporary power generation supplier Aggreko highlights that developing a contingency plan is essential in helping a business stay afloat and prevent costly downtime in the event something unexpected does occur. An added bonus to putting a plan in place ahead of an emergency is that this will... 

MASTER PLAN
Aggreko helps clients plan for the unexpected
MASTER PLAN Aggreko helps clients plan for the unexpected

Compressor supplier offering containerised solution

26th April 2019 This month, compressor and generator rental company Rand-Air purchased four of sustainable productivity solutions provider Atlas Copco’s TwinPower generators as part of its rental offering its clients. This containerised generator solution gives a compact footprint, versatility, optimised... 

POWER LIFT
The containerized generators offer power to remote areas
POWER LIFT The containerized generators offer power to remote areas

South Africa brings forward Eskom bailout to avert default

By: Reuters     23rd April 2019 South Africa's government has had to bring forward the bailout of state power firm Eskom, after it rushed R5-billion to the struggling utility earlier this month to avert a default and said more cash could be needed soon. Eskom supplies more than 90% of electricity in Africa's most advanced... 

South Africa brings forward Eskom bailout to avert default

Partnership ensures reliable power transmission

By: Mamaili Mamaila     19th April 2019 To ensure reliable power transmission, solar industry supplier Valsa is partnering with solar energy equipment suppliers A+Sun, SAT Control, Jinko Solar, Seraphim, Viasolis and electronics company Schweizer, as well as funding institutions, to provide funding for solar photovoltaic (PV) projects. 

TECHNOLOGICAL DEVELOPMENT
Valsa  brings the latest technology in panels and tracking systems to the market while localising some of the production
TECHNOLOGICAL DEVELOPMENT Valsa brings the latest technology in panels and tracking systems to the market while localising some of the production

Load-shedding may cut growth close to zero, SARB says 

By: Bloomberg     18th April 2019 South Africa’s power cuts could bring economic growth for the year close to zero if they continue at the same severity seen in March, the South African Reserve Bank (SARB) said. The wave of rolling blackouts that started in November and are among the worst the country has yet experienced could... 

SARB deputy governor Kuben Naidoo
SARB deputy governor Kuben Naidoo

Eskom CEO says 'days of surprises' over as problems exposed 

By: Bloomberg     17th April 2019 Almost 15 months into the job, and the boss of South Africa’s state-owned electricity company is getting to grips with issues spanning corruption to defective power plants that threatened to collapse the grid. “The days of surprises are over,” Eskom Holdings CEO Phakamani Hadebe said in an... 

Impediments to small-scale embedded generation 

17th April 2019 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the policy and regulatory impediments that are standing in the way of investment in small-scale embedded generation. 

Impediments to small-scale embedded generation
Impediments to small-scale embedded generation
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