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Wind News

Wind energy untapped vine of job creation

By: Theresa Bhowan     4th October 2019 The wind energy industry comprises various subsectors, each with its own degree of job creation potential, Cape Town-based wind farm developer G7 Renewable Energies tells Engineering News. 

Wind turbine brake maintenance revolutionised with specialised tools

4th October 2019 Lifting and positioning brakes is a sizable challenge in confined spaces, but maintenance is critical to minimising operational downtime, specifically when large wind turbines feature a yaw brake. 

Wind turbine brake maintenance revolutionised with specialised tools
FIX WHAT IS BROKEN Svendborg Brakes’ LBS Yaw Brake Lifting tool allows service teams to carry out Wind Turbine maintenance in-situ

Outlook for wind energy in SA improving, despite headwinds

By: Terence Creamer     4th October 2019 After stalling last year, global renewable energy capacity additions are expected to recover strongly in 2019, supported by a solid rebound in onshore wind deployments and ongoing solar photovoltaic (PV) growth. The International Energy Agency (IEA) expects almost 200 GW of renewables capacity to... 

Outlook for wind energy in SA improving, despite headwinds

Wind energy on the rise in S Africa

By: Theresa Bhowan     4th October 2019 Although wind energy is a long way from being a dominant source of energy in South Africa, consulting engineering company Aurecon tells Engineering News that wind is one of the most competitive forms of electricity generation in the country. 

Wind energy on the rise in S Africa
JANICE FOSTER The contribution of wind energy to the power grid is likely to grow

New study confirms renewables-based system not only possible but cheapest for South Africa  

By: Terence Creamer     23rd September 2019 A new study of South Africa’s electricity system concludes that a fully renewable-energy-based system will be at least 25% more cost competitive by 2050 than the generation scenario currently being considered by policymakers, which still envisages further investments in new coal and new nuclear... 

New study confirms renewables-based system not only possible but cheapest for South Africa

SAWEA disappointed at Cabinet’s failure to approve IRP update 

By: Simone Liedtke     20th September 2019 Following another delay in the release of the 2019 Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) update, the South African Wind Energy Association on Friday reminded key stakeholders of “the role that renewable energy plays in the country’s future development” and the achievement of the National Development... 

Korea electricity utility offers knowledge and equipment to SA

By: Schalk Burger     20th September 2019 National utility Korea Electric Power Corporation (Kepco) stands ready to provide electricity and equipment services in South Africa as part of its goal of growing its export business, Kepco small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) and start-up VP Hwang Kwang-Soo says. The utility has experience... 

$11bn green-energy initiative takes shape in South Africa 

By: Bloomberg     16th September 2019 A plan to establish the world’s largest green-energy financing initiative is being threshed out in South Africa, which needs to reduce its environmental footprint and find innovative ways to fund debt-stricken state power utility Eskom Holdings. The plan being formulated by Meridian Economics, a... 

Mantashe expects IRP to go before Cabinet next week

By: Terence Creamer     13th September 2019 Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe says he expects the long-awaited update to the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) to be considered for approval by Cabinet at its next meeting, scheduled for Wednesday September 18. The IRP has not been updated since the IRP2010 was officially... 

Mantashe expects IRP to go before Cabinet next week

Corporate power deals expected to add impetus to South Africa’s future wind-energy demand

By: Terence Creamer     12th September 2019 The South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) is anticipating that bilateral power purchase agreements (PPAs) with corporates and municipalities could add further impetus to domestic demand for wind energy and that a shift to such deals is likely to gain momentum once Eskom’s transmission and... 

Corporate power deals expected to add impetus to South Africa’s future wind-energy demand

First turbine at Perdekraal East Wind Farm erected

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     11th September 2019 Perdekraal East Wind Farm this month celebrated the erection of its first wind turbine – a pivotal point in the construction of the project. The milestone was also achieved by a predominantly South African team. 

First turbine at Perdekraal East Wind Farm erected

Korea electricity utility offers knowledge and equipment to South Africa

By: Schalk Burger     6th September 2019 National utility Korea Electric Power Corporation (Kepco) stands ready to provide electricity and equipment services in South Africa as part of its goal of growing its export business, Kepco small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) and start-up VP Kwang-Soo Hwang said on Thursday. The utility has... 

Ntombifuthi Ntuli to steer R200bn wind energy sector as SAWEA's new CEO

By: Creamer Media Reporter      4th September 2019 The South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) has appointed Ntombifuthi Ntuli CEO. She is tasked with steering the R200-billion wind energy industry, by "drawing on her deep knowledge and talents gained during her 14 years of experience in the energy and related sectors", the association said... 

Ntombifuthi Ntuli to steer R200bn wind energy sector as SAWEA's new CEO
SAWEA CEO Ntombifuthi Ntuli

Workshop makes the case for renewable energy

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     28th August 2019 Long-term sustainable growth and development in South Africa will require a transition away from the country’s current coal-intensive energy system and economy towards an economy backed by an environment-friendly and renewable energy system. The country is highly dependent on coal and is energy... 

Allocate 5GW of renewables to mining regions to mitigate decommissioning impact – SAREC 

By: Terence Creamer     22nd August 2019 The South African Renewable Energy Council (SAREC) has called for urgent dialogue between government, business, labour and civil society on the so-called ‘just energy transition’ in order to craft an action-orientated, government-led plan to facilitate a diversification of economies in coal- and... 

Allocate 5GW of renewables to mining regions to mitigate decommissioning impact – SAREC

Acting IPP Office head promises ‘extensive' talks with stakeholders on new bid documents 

By: Terence Creamer     19th August 2019 The acting head of the Independent Power Producer Office (IPPO), Advocate Sandra Coetzee, has indicated that there should be “no surprises” in the bid documentation that will be released once procurement activities resume again, following a hiatus of nearly five years. Coetzee, who stepped into... 

Acting IPP Office head promises ‘extensive' talks with stakeholders on new bid documents
Advocate Sandra Coetzee

Saudi project sets new record low price for onshore wind power

By: Simone Liedtke     12th August 2019 The 400 MW Dumat Al Jandal wind project in Saudi Arabia has achieved a new record for the lowest levelised cost of energy (LCOE) for onshore wind power, closing in at 1.99c/kWh. The utility-scale wind farm project is the first of its kind in Saudi Arabia and was awarded to a consortium led by EDF... 

Oil needs to fall below $20 to compete in transport's future 

By: Bloomberg     5th August 2019 Wind and solar power can produce seven times more useful energy for cars, dollar for dollar, than gasoline with oil prices near current levels, according to BNP Paribas. Oil will have fall to $9/bl to $10/bl in the long term in order for gasoline cars to remain competitive with clean-powered... 

Denham Capital sells its African renewable energy company

By: Simone Liedtke     1st August 2019 Private equity firm Denham Capital has sold renewable energy firm BioTherm Energy, which has built some of the very first wind and solar projects in South Africa, to emerging market investor Actis Capital, for an undisclosed amount. Denham invested in BioTherm Energy through its Fund V and helped... 

SAWEA says IPP Office able to withstand leadership transition

By: Marleny Arnoldi     24th July 2019 The South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) says the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme is structured in a manner that will ensure its integrity and viability can endure a change in leadership. This follows after the Department of Energy and the Development... 

First turbine at Kangnas Wind Farm erected ahead of schedule

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd July 2019 Kangnas Wind Farm, in the Northern Cape, on Tuesday celebrated the simultaneous completion of two major construction milestones – the erection of the first of its 61 wind turbines and the completion of its final turbine foundation. Both of these milestones have been completed slightly ahead of... 

First turbine at Kangnas Wind Farm erected ahead of schedule

Respected head of IPP Office, Breytenbach, asked to leave post

By: Terence Creamer     22nd July 2019 The respected head of South Africa’s Independent Power Producer (IPP) Office, Karen Breytenbach, has confirmed to Engineering News Online that she has been asked to vacate her position by the Department of Energy (DOE) and the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA). News of her departure was... 

Respected head of IPP Office, Breytenbach, asked to leave post
Photo by Creamer Media's Dylan Slater
Karen Breytenbach

CSIR doubles down on solar PV amid energy-autonomous campus success

By: Donna Slater     12th July 2019 The Pretoria-based headquarters of research organisation the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has almost doubled its commissioning of solar photovoltaic (PV) installed capacity because of its rooftop-mounted fixed-axis solar PV plant exceeding initial performance expectations.  

CSIR doubles down on solar PV amid energy-autonomous campus success

Marubeni seeks sites and partners as it gears up for next renewables bid window 

By: Terence Creamer     5th July 2019 Japanese multinational Marubeni has issued an expression of interest (EoI) notice calling on entities with ‘bid ready’ wind and solar photovoltaic (PV) project sites in South Africa to approach it with the view to potentially jointly submitting the project as part of any future renewables auction... 

Marubeni seeks sites and partners as it gears up for next renewables bid window

Valuation methods under microscope as secondary market for renewables picks up 

By: Terence Creamer     4th July 2019 Ongoing consolidation in South Africa’s renewable-energy sector has led consulting firm Deloitte Africa to assess several asset valuation methodologies to help guide participants in secondary market transactions. Deloitte Africa partner Mohsin Khan tells Engineering News Online that valuing... 

Valuation methods under microscope as secondary market for renewables picks up
Deloitte Africa partner Mohsin Khan

SAWEA calls for urgent finalisation of the IRP

By: Simone Liedtke     4th July 2019 The South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) is making an urgent call for the release of the finalised Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) in order to “create the certainty required to attract foreign investment”. The draft IRP was tabled for public comment in August 2018 and an updated version... 

SAWEA calls for urgent finalisation of the IRP
Noupoort Wind Farm

Initial ‘just energy transition’ work points to need to cushion coal regions 

By: Terence Creamer     3rd July 2019 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Energy Centre has initiated a project to model the socioeconomic risks and opportunities associated with South Africa’s transition from a coal-dominant electricity industry to one that is increasingly based on renewable energy. The... 

Initial ‘just energy transition’ work points to need to cushion coal regions
CSIR research group leader for the energy industry Ntombifuthi Ntuli

Enel Green Power starts Garob wind farm construction

By: Marleny Arnoldi     2nd July 2019 Enel Green Power South Africa this week started construction on its 140 MW Garob wind farm, near Copperton, in the Northern Cape. This is the group’s fifth wind project in the country, operating as a renewable subsidiary for energy multinational Enel, and will cost around €200-million to build.  

Perdekraal East Wind Farm turbine foundations completed ahead of schedule

By: Simone Liedtke     24th June 2019 The developers of the Perdekraal East Wind Farm, in the Western Cape, last week completed the project’s 48 wind turbine foundations – three weeks ahead of schedule and still within budget. The first of the foundations was poured in November 2018. 

Perdekraal East Wind Farm turbine foundations completed ahead of schedule

SA urged to home in on green-hydrogen export niche

By: Schalk Burger     21st June 2019 The technology to produce green hydrogen, which is produced by electrolysing water using renewable energy, in South Africa is becoming cost-effective enough to develop the capacity to sell the product in local and international industrial markets, says technical advisory services firm Kambuku... 

The world will get half its power from wind, solar by 2050

By: Bloomberg     18th June 2019 Nearly half the world’s electricity will come from renewable energy by 2050 as costs of wind, solar and battery storage continue to plummet. That titanic shift over the next three decades will come as electricity demand increases 62% and investors pump $13.3-trillion into new projects, according... 

Russia’s latest great game in Africa: energy 

By: African News Agency      10th June 2019 Vladimir Putin has made no secret of his intention to return Russia to its previous glory as a world power by all means available to him, not least of which has been military aggression such as in Crimea. But on the African continent, where Russia has no colonial hangover like Europe or the... 

South Africa’s wind power construction to peak at above 1 GW in 2020/21 – WoodMac 

By: Schalk Burger     5th June 2019 Wind energy construction activity in South Africa will peak at more than 1 GW of capacity in 2020/21 as developers race to operationalise projects that were awarded during the fourth bid window of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers Procurement Programme, says Wood Mackenzie... 

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,... 

Oil monitoring technology prolongs gearbox life
WINDING ME UP The wind turbine’s gearbox and oil efficacy can be monitored by sensors

Enel’s fourth South African wind farm to start operating in 2021

By: Marleny Arnoldi     27th May 2019 Energy company Enel’s renewables subsidiary Enel Green Power (EPG) South Africa has started construction on its 140 MW Oyster Bay Wind Farm, in the Kouga municipality, in the Eastern Cape. The €180-million wind project comprises 41 turbines and will generate around 568 GWh/y, which effectively... 

Senegal imports turbines for West Africa's first big wind farm project

By: Reuters     24th May 2019 Senegal started importing turbines for its first large-scale wind farm on Thursday, the biggest such project in West Africa that will supply nearly a sixth of the country's power. Privately-owned British renewable power company Lekela expects the wind farm, located in Taiba Ndiaye, about 100 km... 

Transport of wind turbine components for two projects under way

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     20th May 2019 Turbine tower sections for the Kangnas Wind Farm and Perdekraal East Wind Farm are being transported from the Port of Saldanha Bay and from Atlantis to the project sites. The two wind projects, which form part of Bid Window 4 of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers Procurement... 

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