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Key Ramaphosa ally hinders efforts to tackle power supply crisis 

By: Bloomberg     8th January 2020 South Africa has been hit by rolling power cuts less than a month after President Cyril Ramaphosa gave renewed assurances that energy constraints were being addressed, making his pledges ring hollow and highlighting his administration’s inability to tackle the crisis. While Eskom Holdings, the... 

Investec warns of energy sector’s negative impact on output, GDP growth

By: Simone Liedtke     7th January 2020 Eskom’s declining energy availability factor (EAF) is expected to have a negative impact on the country’s industrial output for the fourth quarter of 2019, as well as gross domestic product growth (GDP) for the fourth quarter of 2019 and the first quarter of this year, warns financial services... 

Eskom: No performance bonuses – only 13th cheques  

By: News24Wire      7th January 2020 Eskom has hit back at reports that it is paying R1.8-billion in performance bonuses saying it has not paid any performance bonuses in the past two years, nor has it applied to the national energy regulator to allow for R1.8-billion in performance bonus pay. The power utility on Tuesday morning... 

 Eskom: No performance bonuses – only 13th cheques

Eskom breakdowns are shrinking slowly, Koeberg unit back online  

By: News24Wire      7th January 2020 Eskom is not expecting load-shedding on Tuesday, with unplanned breakdowns down to 13 694MW after reaching almost 16 000MW over the weekend, which triggered stage two load-shedding. Eskom has not managed to keep unplanned breakdowns at below 9 500MW - the level at which it is forced to consider... 

Eskom breakdowns are shrinking slowly, Koeberg unit back online

No rolling powercuts scheduled for Tuesday – Eskom

By: African News Agency      7th January 2020 South Africa is not expected to experience rotational power cuts on Tuesday although the system remains constrained, State-owned electricity utility Eskom said. Eskom, which implemented load-shedding several times last year and again on Sunday to ease pressure on the grid due to inadequate... 

 No rolling powercuts scheduled for Tuesday – Eskom

5 things on De Ruyter's to-do list as he starts at Eskom 

By: News24Wire      6th January 2020 As Andre de Ruyter officially begins his role as the new Eskom CEO, some energy experts have agreed that no single person is capable of solving all of the power utility's problems. In frank terms, one such an expert - Chris Yelland - said that it should not be expected for De Ruyter to solve the... 

Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter
Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter

Batteries, EVs to play ‘critical role’ in low-carbon future

By: Simone Liedtke     19th December 2019 The switch from fossil fuels to renewable energy alternatives and the electrification of energy is one of the key elements of delivering carbon neutral economies, and batteries are set to play a critical role in delivering this low-carbon future, says investment research and advisory company... 

No load shedding expected, but it still remains a possibility, says Eskom

By: Simone Liedtke     18th December 2019 No load shedding is expected on Wednesday, State-owned power utility Eskom confirmed. This is owing to a decrease in demand during the holiday period alongside the return of some generating units to the service. 

No load shedding expected, but it still remains a possibility, says Eskom

Mantashe says DMRE moves with ‘necessary speed’ on IRP implementation 

By: Simone Liedtke     17th December 2019 Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe on Tuesday hit back at criticism about the implementation of the Integrated Resources Plan 2019 (IRP 2019), which was promulgated in October. “We have moved with the necessary speed to ensure the implementation of the IRP, particularly given... 

Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe
Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe

South Africa should use all available energy resources, Minister says at coal event  

By: Simone Liedtke     17th December 2019 Secure and reliable energy supply is a catalyst for economic growth and development, especially within the South African context, says Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe, who highlights that an energy mix that uses all available resources is required to bring certainty to the... 

Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe
Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe

Minerals Council joins calls for govt to ensure increased electricity self-generation 

By: Simone Liedtke     13th December 2019 The Minerals Council South Africa has welcomed the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy’s (DMRE’s) statement that it is committed to the development of adequate generation capacity to meet electricity demand in the interests of economic growth. However, the council said the industry... 

Eskom continues load-shedding as unplanned breakdowns affect 12 000 MW of capacity

By: African News Agency      13th December 2019 South Africa's electricity company Eskom said on Friday unplanned breakdowns at its plants were affecting just under 12 000 megawatt of generating capacity, forcing it to burn diesel and use water from pumped storage schemes to augment its base load. "Load-shedding will be required all day to... 

 Eskom continues load-shedding as unplanned breakdowns affect 12 000 MW of capacity

Union to protest on Eskom CEO’s first day 

By: News24Wire      13th December 2019 Incoming Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter can expect a rocky start to his tenure as boss of the troubled power utility, as the National Union of Mineworkers plans to demonstrate and hand him a memorandum on his first day in the office. The Num has been disgruntled at Eskom lately, not least due to what... 

Incoming Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter
Incoming Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter

AfDB, African Union to develop electricity master plan for the continent

By: Schalk Burger     13th December 2019 Development finance institution, the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the African Union’s Development Agency (AUDA-NEPAD) plan to develop a blueprint for a pan-continental electricity network and market, the organisations have said. “The Continental Power System Master Plan will ensure that... 

Renewable-energy projects well under way

By: Darren Parker     13th December 2019 Construction on several Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) fourth bid window projects are well under way. The REIPPPP fourth window bids include 12 wind farms, 12 solar photovoltaic (PV) projects, a biomass project, a mini-hydro project and a concentrated... 

BLADE RUNNING
About half of the turbine components had been delivered to Kangnas and Perdekraal Wind Farms in October
BLADE RUNNING About half of the turbine components had been delivered to Kangnas and Perdekraal Wind Farms in October

Success of renewables programme continues

By: Darren Parker     13th December 2019 Over the past eight years, the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) has attracted about R209.4-billion in committed private-sector investment, with the successful fourth window bids being valued at about R56-billion. South African companies, such as... 

WINDOW OF OPPORTUNITY
27 preferred bidders signed agreements last year and their respective renewable energy projects are well underway
WINDOW OF OPPORTUNITY 27 preferred bidders signed agreements last year and their respective renewable energy projects are well underway

Additional renewable energy development zones proposed

13th December 2019 The second phase of the Strategic Environmental Assessment for wind and solar photovoltaic (PV) energy in South Africa proposes three additional renewable energy development zones for wind and solar PV energy projects. The renewable energy development zones support the responsible implementation... 

RENEWABLE ENERGY DEVELOPMENT ZONES
The Phase 2 proposed zones support the responsible implementation of the Integrated Resource Plan 2019
RENEWABLE ENERGY DEVELOPMENT ZONES The Phase 2 proposed zones support the responsible implementation of the Integrated Resource Plan 2019

Maintenance work on tunnel completed

13th December 2019 The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) has indicated that the inspection and maintenance work on the Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP) tunnel – which was closed on October 1 and was scheduled to open November 30 – was completed as planned. The recharge of the tunnel started on November... 

USEFUL BEAUTY
The Katse dam not only supplies water to the South Africa but also hydro electricity and tourism to the Kingdom of Lesotho
USEFUL BEAUTY The Katse dam not only supplies water to the South Africa but also hydro electricity and tourism to the Kingdom of Lesotho

Water project underway and making progress

13th December 2019 Last month, the official ground-breaking function for Phase II of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP) took place and was attended by Kingdom of Lesotho Minister of Water Samonyane Ntsekele and South Africa Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu. “Implementing Phase... 

DAM BIG PROJECT
The site of the 2.3-billion-cubic-metre Polihali dam
DAM BIG PROJECT The site of the 2.3-billion-cubic-metre Polihali dam

Environmental studies essential to REIPP success

By: Darren Parker     13th December 2019 In most renewable-energy independent power producer (REIPP) project cases, environmental sensitivities can be successfully avoided if developers embrace advice given by environmental consultants during the environmental impact assessment (EIA) stage. This enables developers to better ensure that... 

NOT WINGING IT
Embracing the advice given by professional environmental consultants early on can lead to the avoidance of many environmental issues
NOT WINGING IT Embracing the advice given by professional environmental consultants early on can lead to the avoidance of many environmental issues

Eskom: We have 'non-firm' power contracts with Zim and Zambia   

By: News24Wire      12th December 2019 Eskom's chief operations officer, Jan Oberholzer, has confirmed to journalists that the power utility entered into contracts to supply power to Zimbabwe and Zambia - but only if it is available. The executive was responding to questions from media, following a briefing by President Cyril... 

Eskom COO Jan Oberholzer
Photo by Creamer Media's Dylan Slater
Eskom COO Jan Oberholzer

Uganda's Umeme gets $70m loan for national grid expansion

By: Reuters     12th December 2019 Umeme, the Ugandan power distributor, said on Thursday it has secured $70-million in a syndicated loan to fund infrastructure upgrades and grid expansion. The loan was agreed with the World Bank's private lending arm IFC, South Africa's Standard Bank and Dutch development bank FMO. 

Eskom wants emission exemptions 

By: Bloomberg     12th December 2019 Eskom Holdings, South Africa’s biggest polluter, has asked for additional emission exemptions at two of its biggest plants, a request that will increase environmental protests against the State-owned utility at a time when it’s already being slammed for rolling power cuts. Eskom, which is... 

Eskom wants emission exemptions

Emergency electricity supply options 

12th December 2019 Creamer Media’s Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the tight electricity demand and supply situation and the options available to government to help bridge the gap.   

Emergency electricity supply options
Emergency electricity supply options

Cape Town to Mantashe: Avoid 'costly litigation' by allowing municipalities to buy their own electricity

By: News24Wire      12th December 2019 The City of Cape Town has written to the minister of mineral resources and energy asking that it and other municipalities be permitted to buy electricity directly from independent power producers, avoiding a pending court case. Acting mayor Ian Neilson said in a statement on Wednesday that if... 

Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy Gwede Mantashe
Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy Gwede Mantashe

Eskom to continue with rotational blackouts on Thursday 

By: African News Agency      12th December 2019 Power utility Eskom said it would continue with rolling blackouts on Thursday, suppressing up to 2 000 MW of demand on a staggered basis until 11 pm to avoid collapsing the strained national grid. In the latest update on the electricity crisis which saw it implement unprecedented Stage 6... 

Eskom to continue with rotational blackouts on Thursday

Cabinet to consider emergency power plan as Eskom asks for 5 000 MW breathing space 

By: Terence Creamer     11th December 2019 President Cyril Ramaphosa on Wednesday said Cabinet would consider several emergency power supply options at its meeting on Friday. He indicated during a briefing at Eskom's Megawatt Park head office that the power utility needed 5 000 MW of additional supply to help it address a deficit that has... 

Cabinet to consider emergency power plan as Eskom asks for 5 000 MW breathing space

Ramaphosa: 'There has been a measure of sabotage' behind power cuts  

By: News24Wire      11th December 2019 President Cyril Ramaphosa has said that sabotage contributed to recent uninterrupted load-shedding. Ramaphosa is briefing the media on Eskom after cutting short an official visit to Egypt. The president said that while a number of factors contributed to recent rotational power cuts, including... 

President Cyril Ramaphosa
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Eskom’s Oberholzer: ‘Grid has been abused for far too long and we’re now reaping the reward’  

By: News24Wire      11th December 2019 South Africa's national electricity grid has been abused for too long and both Eskom and the country are now suffering the consequences of a management approach that all but ignored the health of the system. "The electricity system has been abused for far too long. For at least ten years the... 

Eskom COO Jan Oberholzer
Eskom COO Jan Oberholzer

Eskom implements Stage 2 load-shedding on Wednesday 

By: News24Wire      11th December 2019 Electricity company Eskom said it was implementing Stage 2 load-shedding until 11 pm on Wednesday as capacity remained constrained, albeit at a lesser level than earlier in the week, adding that the probability for further rolling blackouts remained high for the rest of the week. "Load-shedding... 

Eskom implements Stage 2 load-shedding on Wednesday

Eskom: Multiple systems failures but grid remains stable and ‘won’t collapse’

By: News24Wire      11th December 2019 Eskom, the beleaguered national electricity utility, is suffering from multiple system failures at power stations around the country brought about by poor planning, old and malfunctioning infrastructure, an acute lack of skills and a loss of institutional expertise. Internal Eskom status updates... 

 Eskom: Multiple systems failures but grid remains stable and ‘won’t collapse’

DMRE’s promise of urgent action on power supply fails to include timelines

By: Terence Creamer     10th December 2019 The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) announced on Tuesday that the much-anticipated request for information (RFI) for emergency supply- and demand-side solutions to close the gap left by Eskom’s underperforming coal-fired power stations, both old and new, would be published soon.... 

Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe
Photo by Creamer Media's Dylan Slater
Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe

Ramaphosa cuts short Egypt trip over power crisis

By: Reuters     10th December 2019 President Cyril Ramaphosa cut short his state visit Egypt so he could return home and meet with utility Eskom, local news agency EWN said on Tuesday, over a deepening power crisis that has seen six straight days of nationwide blackouts. Opposition political party, the Democratic Alliance, and... 

Ramaphosa cuts short Egypt trip over power crisis

Mines halt operations countrywide as Eskom asks for 20% power savings  

By: News24Wire      10th December 2019 Several mining companies in South Africa have had to temporarily shut down domestic operations after receiving requests by Eskom to reduce their load on the national power system. This comes after Eskom instituted stage 6 load-shedding for the first time on Monday evening. Stage 6 was downgraded... 

Load-shedding: Cape Town warns that water supply may be intermittent at Stage 6

By: News24Wire      10th December 2019 Capetonians who are seeing red over load-shedding should also prepare for possible interruptions to their water supply should Eskom decide to move to Stage 6, it emerged on Tuesday. Citizens around the country were caught by surprise when the power utility moved to Stage 6 on Monday evening. On... 

Load-shedding: Cape Town warns that water supply may be intermittent at Stage 6

Load-shedding forces South African miners to halt work

By: Bloomberg     10th December 2019 South Africa’s biggest platinum and gold mining companies are scaling back some operations as record power cuts, now in their sixth day, start to cripple key parts of the economy. Eskom Holdings on Monday moved to Stage 6 load-shedding from 18:00 local time, meaning it cut 6 000 MW from the... 

Load-shedding forces South African miners to halt work

Stage 4 load-shedding to continue until 11pm on Tuesday

By: News24Wire      10th December 2019 After implementing stage 6 load-shedding for the first time on Monday, Eskom says it will continue with stage 4 load-shedding on Tuesday until 11pm.  Stage 4 allows for up to 4 000MW to be cut from the national grid.  

 Stage 4 load-shedding to continue until 11pm on Tuesday
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