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Sawea considers legal options to get Eskom to sign PPAs

By: Kim Cloete     2nd November 2016 The South African Wind Energy Association (Sawea) is considering legal options in a bid to get Eskom CEO Brian Molefe to sign power purchase agreements (PPAs) for round four of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP). Sawea says 26 projects totalling... 

Eskom, IDC study use of vegetable oils in utility transformers

By: Schalk Burger     21st October 2016 Power utility Eskom and the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) signed a memorandum of agreement at a technical workshop at the Eskom Academy of Learning, in Midrand, in September to complete feasibility studies to enable the adoption and use of natural esters, or vegetable oils, as... 

Fuel cell field trial providing detailed technical data on rural microgrids

By: Schalk Burger     21st October 2016 A methanol-based fuel cell rural electrification field trial by JSE-listed Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) with support from the departments of Mineral Resources, Energy, Science and Technology and Trade and Industry, Eskom and the Moqhaka Municipality has provided detailed data on the use of... 

New Eaton Africa MD to put his energy into powering Africa

By: Schalk Burger     14th October 2016 Newly appointed power quality and management multinational Eaton Africa MD Seydou Kane is passionate about helping Africa overcome its energy deficit and unlock its growth potential by leveraging the company’s international experience and collaboration. The French-speaking, Niger-born Kane has... 

SEYDOU KANE
Eaton will leverage its experience to ensure that suitable solutions and effective designs are deployed
SEYDOU KANE Eaton will leverage its experience to ensure that suitable solutions and effective designs are deployed

Operation Khanyisa cracks down on illegal electricity connections in North West

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     12th October 2016 Through Operation Khanyisa, a national partnership campaign established in 2010 by power utility Eskom and other organisations to fight electricity theft, illegal connections in the North West’s Chaneng village, where electricity theft is widespread, were removed on Wednesday. North West, along... 

Fuel cell field trial provides technical data on rural microgrids 

By: Schalk Burger     5th October 2016 A methanol-based fuel cell rural electrification field trial by JSE-listed Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) with support from the departments of Mineral Resources, Energy, Science and Technology and Trade and Industry, Eskom and the Moqhaka Municipality has provided detailed data on the use of... 

Amplats CEO's office: technical assistant Stephen Bullock, Mineral Resources Deputy Minister Godfrey Oliphant, Amplats market development principal Angelin Maharaj and Amplats technical and engineering consultant Clive Seymour
Photo by Duane Daws
Amplats CEO's office: technical assistant Stephen Bullock, Mineral Resources Deputy Minister Godfrey Oliphant, Amplats market development principal Angelin Maharaj and Amplats technical and engineering consultant Clive Seymour

Siemens SA eyes global market entry with fourth-generation substation 

4th October 2016 Siemens South Africa has unveiled its new 11 MW fully automated direct current containerised trolley assist substation, which has been introduced at a mine in Namibia, to set the platform for an international entry.  

Siemens SA eyes global market entry with fourth-generation substation
Siemens SA eyes global market entry with fourth-generation substation

Eskom, IDC to collaborate on validating use of vegetable oils in utility transformers

By: Schalk Burger     29th September 2016 Power utility Eskom and the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) on Thursday signed a memorandum of agreement at a technical workshop at the Eskom Academy of Learning, in Midrand, to complete feasibility studies to enable the adoption and use of natural esters, or vegetable oils, as... 

City of Cape Town connects more backyarders to the power grid 

By: African News Agency      26th September 2016 The City of Cape Town’s electricity services department is pumping a further R50 million into its backyarder electrification project in 2016/17, the city said on Sunday. A total of R229.5-million had been spent on this project from inception up until this financial year, mayoral committee member... 

IoT solution helping to reduce electricity line losses in Nigeria

By: David Oliveira     23rd September 2016 Global information and communications technology (ICT) services provider Huawei’s advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) solutions have enabled energy conglomerate Sahara Group’s Nigerian Ikeja Electric power distributor to reduce line losses from 46.2% to 11.6% This has led to electricity bill... 

Uncertainty surrounding resource programmes highlighted

By: Sascha Solomons     16th September 2016 With South Africa needing to ramp up its potential power supply in the medium and long term, engineering and design firm WSP⎪Parsons Brinckerhoff Africa comments that the biggest challenge impeding ramp up of power generation from IPPs is the level of uncertainty regarding power procurement... 

JAY URBAN 
The major current developments in the electricity generation space include the initiation of the GTP, which aims to use LNG for the gas-turbine power plants
JAY URBAN The major current developments in the electricity generation space include the initiation of the GTP, which aims to use LNG for the gas-turbine power plants

Eskom delivers on services despite arising challenges

By: Sascha Solomons     16th September 2016 Service delivery in South Africa is a very demanding undertaking, says the Western Cape provincial branch of State-owned utility Eskom; however, it has to be done regardless of the challenges. Eskom provincial spokesperson Jolene Henn adds that for this reason, the delivery of projects within the... 

STATE-OWNED UTILITY ESKOM
Electrification by Eskom in the Western Cape has been undertaken in urban areas within the metropolis, peri-urban areas , rural areas and deep rural areas towards the border of the Northern Cape
Photo by Duane Daws
STATE-OWNED UTILITY ESKOM Electrification by Eskom in the Western Cape has been undertaken in urban areas within the metropolis, peri-urban areas , rural areas and deep rural areas towards the border of the Northern Cape

Eskom to engage Moody’s on possible downgrade

By: African News Agency      15th September 2016 Eskom on Thursday said it would be engaging Moody’s Investor Services, following concerns raised by the ratings agency about the power utility’s funding risk after Futuregrowth withdrew new funding to the State-owned company. The Eskom move follows Moody’s ratings update on Wednesday, which... 

Eskom to engage Moody’s on possible downgrade

Brown lauds Eskom leadership after Medupi unit comes on line

By: African News Agency      9th September 2016 Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown had high praise for Eskom CEO Brian Molefe and chairman Ben Ngubane on Friday after the Medupi power plant’s Unit 5 was synchronised to the electricity grid. Brown said their inspirational leadership had turned the embattled utility around. The unit adds an... 

Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown
Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown

Electricity safety campaign highlights risks of illegal connections

By: Donna Slater     9th September 2016 State-owned power utility Eskom launched a countrywide week-long safety campaign between August 22 and 28 to create awareness about and responsible use of electricity.  

Eskom to accelerate prepaid meter roll-out in Soweto

By: Creamer Media Reporter      6th September 2016 Power utility Eskom is planning to accelerate the roll-out of prepaid meters in Soweto after its revenue collection in the area improved by R39-million from the start of the 2014/15 financial year to June 30 as a result of the installation of split prepaid meters. Soweto has about 181 000... 

Molefe urges municipalities to move to prepaid electricity meters

By: Kim Cloete     1st September 2016 Eskom CEO Brian Molefe says municipalities that have electricity arrears, should enter into an agreement to allow Eskom to install prepaid meters for customers. He also anticipates a complete move to prepaid meters in the long term. “[In the] long-term, South Africa should move to prepaid... 

Eskom exec first African to be elected president of Cigre

26th August 2016 Eskom master specialist in the technology group Dr Rob Stephen has been elected president of the International Council on Large Electric Systems (Cigre). He is the first African to hold the position of Cigre president, placing him in a favourable position to expand the benefit of the organisation... 

Zimbabwe energy distributor scales up debt recovery rate

By: African News Agency      25th August 2016 The country’s energy distributor, Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company (ZETDC), has intensified its efforts to recover more than $1-billion in debt owed to it by consumers. Of the total debt, domestic consumers account for $300-million. 

Eskom urges South Africans to use electricity safely

By: African News Agency      22nd August 2016 Eskom will launch a countrywide campaign on Monday to educate the public on safe electricity use. Public fatalities and injuries due to the unsafe use of electricity remains a major problem, the electricity parastatal said in a statement. 

Contractor for Mpumalanga power lines EIA named

By: David Oliveira     19th August 2016 Engineering and environmental consultants Jones & Wagener announced earlier this month that it had been appointed to undertake an environmental impact assessment (EIA) for the proposed construction of two loop-in and loop-out 400 kV power lines to connect the approved KiPower independent power... 

Eskom procures two mobile substations for North West

By: African News Agency      18th August 2016 Eskom obtained two mobile substations to provide a continuous supply of electricity for the North West, the power utility said on Wednesday. “These mobile substations are to be used as temporary back-up power to restore electricity supply to customers during instances when substation equipment is... 

Former Eskom MD to be sentenced for fraud 

By: News24Wire      17th August 2016 Former Eskom managing director Dawid Malherbe is expected to be sentenced at the Belville Specialised Commercial Crimes Court on Wednesday after being found guilty of fraud and money laundering. Malherbe was convicted in June this year and had gone on trial after a whistleblower flagged... 

Eskom can cut off your power, but must be fair – Madonsela

By: News24Wire      16th August 2016 Eskom does have the right to disconnect electricity when tampering is suspected, but it must be done in a reasonable, lawful and procedurally fair manner. That is essence of the Public Protector’s provisional report titled, “Who tampered?”, which has been leaked to the media before its final... 

Eskom can cut off your power, but must be fair – Madonsela

Not all unions on board with Eskom wage deal

By: News24Wire      12th August 2016 Not all unions are on board with Eskom's new wage offer.Eskom announced on Friday morning that it has reached a two-year wage agreement with its recognised trade unions, ending what it deems to have been illegal strike action by members of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and Numsa.... 

Not all unions on board with Eskom wage deal

Company implements new logistics system

By: Sascha Solomons     12th August 2016 Amid the challenges of cost transparency and inefficient vehicle use, food and beverages producer and distributor Pioneer Foods implemented solutions provider Resolve Solution Partners’ in-house transport management system PLATO at its plant. The PLATO system helps generate an optimised... 

CIG buys prepaid electricity meter manufacturer Conlog for up to R850m

By: Creamer Media Reporter      11th August 2016 JSE-listed Consolidated Infrastructure Group (CIG) has acquired Schneider Electric’s Conlog business – a Durban-based developer, manufacturer and distributor of prepaid electricity meters, smart meters and related software applications – for up to R850-million. “Conlog is an ideal extension to... 

CIG CEO Raoul Gamsu
CIG CEO Raoul Gamsu

Wage strike starts at South Africa power utility Eskom, supplies stable

By: Reuters     8th August 2016 Workers downed tools Monday at three South African power stations with more set to follow as a wage strike began at State-run utility Eskom, but the company said its operations had not yet been impacted and branded the stoppage illegal. Paris Mashego, NUM's energy sector coordinator, told Reuters... 

Wage strike starts at South Africa power utility Eskom, supplies stable

Eskom, CSIR to tackle security threats at substations 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     2nd August 2016 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and State-owned Eskom have signed an agreement that formalises interaction between the organisations in the security domain, by establishing a standing security subcommittee to identify and deal with security risks. The electricity... 

Eskom, CSIR to tackle security threats at substations

Eskom’s letter causes uncertainty for IPPs 

27th July 2016 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the fallout of Eskom’s indications that it will not sign further contracts with independent power producers until it has had further consultations with the Energy Minister. 

Eskom’s letter causes uncertainty for IPPs
Eskom’s letter causes uncertainty for IPPs

An update on the state of the electricity system 

22nd July 2016 Engineering News editor Terence Creamer tells Creamer Media’s Samantha Herbst about Eskom’s latest media briefing. 

An update on the state of the electricity system
An update on the state of the electricity system

Eskom letter sends shock waves through private power sector 

By: Terence Creamer     21st July 2016 News of Eskom’s letter to Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson – seeking clarity on the approach the utility should take to contracting in future with independent power producers (IPPs) – sent shock waves through the private power community, which is only just starting to find its feet in a... 

Eskom chairperson Dr Ben Ngubane
Photo by Duane Daws
Eskom chairperson Dr Ben Ngubane

Creamer Media publishes Real Economy Insight 2016: Electricity research report

11th July 2016 This eight-page brief is a synopsis of key developments in the electricity sector over the past 12 months, including details of South Africa’s constrained power system; State-owned power utility Eskom’s financial status and tariffs, capacity expansion programme, funding, independent power... 

Creamer Media publishes Real Economy Insight 2016: Electricity research report

Eskom reports strong profit recovery despite another fall in yearly sales 

By: Terence Creamer     5th July 2016 Despite another, albeit modest, fall in electricity sales, State-owned electricity producer Eskom reported a strong recovery in its financial performance for 2016, with net profit rising to R4.6-billion from R200-million in 2015. At the interim stage, however, net profit stood at R11.3-billion,... 

Eskom reports strong profit recovery despite another fall in yearly sales

Eskom tackles recurring localised power outages 

By: Natasha Odendaal     27th June 2016 With several recurring power outages, particularly across Gauteng in recent months, State-owned power utility Eskom is taking a three-pronged approach to recover, stabilise and improve the performance of the electricity distribution network. Illegal connections causing overloading, cable theft,... 

Power station fault and cable theft cause outages in Joburg

By: News24Wire      20th June 2016 A fault at a power station and cable theft resulted in power outages in two areas in and around Johannesburg on Monday, Eskom said. “Earlier today the Kelvin power station experienced a fault, which meant that it could not energise its supply areas in Johannesburg,” Eskom said in a statement. 

Illegal connections trip Eskom supply to parts of Jhb 

By: News24Wire      17th June 2016 Illegal connections overloaded the electricity grid causing power outages across parts of Johannesburg this week, Eskom said on Friday. Eskom said communities should “refrain from connecting themselves illegally, to use electricity sparingly and stop buying electricity from ghost vendors”. 

Illegal connections trip Eskom supply to parts of Jhb
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