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South Africa’s Power utility

17th July 2019 Eskom is by far the largest of South Africa’s many state owned companies. This near monopoly power utility is in crisis. It is the single largest threat to South Africa’s economy, according to a former Minister of Finance. 

People are dying from pollution in South Africa 

By: Bloomberg     27th June 2019 In Pullens Hope, your eyes itch and your nose clogs. It’s easy to figure out why. On the right side of the main street of the dilapidated village east of Johannesburg is a fenced-off electricity substation with a red sign warning of pollutants. On the left, a power plant belches emissions from... 

For first time ever, renewables surpass coal in US power mix

By: Bloomberg     26th June 2019 For the clearest sign yet that renewable energy has gone mainstream, consider this: Clean energy resources supplied more of America’s electricity than coal for the first time ever in April. Hydropower dams, solar panels and wind turbines generated almost 68.5-million megawatt-hours of power in... 

Massive solar-storage project is planned for the Nevada desert

By: Bloomberg     26th June 2019 NV Energy, the Nevada utility owned by Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway, agreed to buy power from three massive solar farms equipped with big batteries in the Nevada desert. The projects mark one of the the biggest expansions of solar and storage ever proposed in the US Combined, they’ll... 

Exxaro says Eskom woes to hit coal production

By: Reuters     26th June 2019 Exxaro Resources expects its coal production to fall by 5% by volume in the first half of 2019, mainly due to reduced demand from struggling state-owned power utility Eskom, it said on Wednesday. It added it expects domestic coal demand and pricing to remain stable for the remainder of the year,... 

Sephaku expects weak construction materials demand to continue

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     26th June 2019 Amid weak demand, JSE-listed Sephaku Holdings focused on lowering its debt, defending its share of the market and improving cost efficiencies during the financial year ended March 31. Sephaku CEO Dr Lelau Mohuba on Wednesday said local building and construction materials manufacturers continued... 

Indonesia regulatory changes to bring more uncertainty to coal sector

By: Reuters     26th June 2019 Indonesian coal miners said upcoming regulatory changes are putting added pressure on their businesses amid depressed prices and rising competition from other energy sources. The Indonesian government is in the process of amending coal mining rules to enforce implementation of a 2009 mineral law... 

Defining the heavy-haul railway of the future

26th June 2019 Heavy-haul railways are under constant pressure to optimise operational efficiency, a factor that has led the sector to spearhead many new technologies. Michael Roney, special advisor to the International Heavy Haul Association (IHHA), explains in this article, originally published in the... 

Skyriders deploys Elios SkyEye drone for major boiler inspection

25th June 2019 Skyriders Access Specialists (Pty) Ltd. set a new record when it deployed its Elios SkyEye confined-space drone for the first time in the massive internal space of the back-pass ducting at a major coal-fired power station in Limpopo. The back-pass ducting conveys the hot exhaust gases and fly ash... 

Rio Tinto removed from Norway blacklist after selling polluting mine

By: Bloomberg     25th June 2019 Norway’s $1-trillion wealth fund has removed Rio Tinto from its investing blacklist after the world’s second-biggest miner sold out of the controversial Grasberg mine in Indonesia. Norway has refused to buy Rio Tinto stock for more than a decade because of the environmental damage caused by one... 

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