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Electricity liberalisation up to 50 MW will support economy, allow more renewables, storage, says Neasa

By: Schalk Burger     26th May 2021 Business organisation the National Employers' Association of South Africa (Neasa), in its comments on the proposed amendments to Schedule 2 of the Electricity Regulation Act (ERA), called for the liberalisation of electricity generation up to 50 MW. It also called for wheeling and for definitions... 

eThekwini aiming to conclude first IPP contract in 2022 as city mulls hydrogen role 

By: Terence Creamer     29th April 2021 The eThekwini metropolitan municipality, in KwaZulu-Natal, is aiming to sign its first independent power producer (IPP) contract next year following the publication of the eThekwini Integrated Resource Plan (EIRP) in 2020, which it described as the first IRP for a local government in South... 

On-The-Air (23/04/2021) 

By: Martin Creamer     23rd April 2021 South Africa must use the upcoming COP26 to promote platinum’s role in fighting climate change; Clearing South Africa’s massive exploration backlog will be a huge boost for the economy; and in generating 750 MW of power, the ferrochrome industry will help to solve our energy crisis. 

Glencore ferrochrome business evaluating clean energy projects 

By: Martin Creamer     17th February 2021 The ferrochrome business of diversified mining and marketing company Glencore, which uses a substantial amount of electricity, is evaluating various clean energy projects, Glencore ferroalloys head Japie Fullard said during this week’s Glencore a media conference. The media conference followed... 

Ferrochrome business remains solid, world still requires large amount of it – Glasenberg 

By: Martin Creamer     11th August 2020 The ferrochrome business remains solid and there is still a large amount of ferrochrome required in the world. Unfortunately, most of the production occurs in ferrochrome plants in China, while South Africa continues exporting chrome ore and moving a large amount of it to China owing to South... 

Mantashe sustains 1 MW licence-exemption cap despite calls for higher threshold 

By: Terence Creamer     10th April 2020 Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe Gazetted an amended version of Schedule 2 of the Electricity Regulation Act on March 26, which the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) said further clarified the requirements for generation for own use for facilities of under 1... 

Zest WEG Group

24th January 2020 Zest WEG Group, a subsidiary of leading Brazilian motor and controls manufacturer WEG, has a strong commitment to contributing to the development of Africa and has been servicing the mining sector on the continent for more than 35 years. An in-depth understanding of the harsh conditions found... 

Green hydrogen proposed for buses in South Africa 

By: Martin Creamer     25th September 2019 Twenty of 125 buses operated by the Gautrain Management Agency (GMA) and currently fuelled by diesel may be switched to green hydrogen. Critical to the mandate of the GMA, established in 2006 under the GMA Act, is to ensure that the rapid-rail Gautrain passenger transport system operates in a... 

Kibo mulls renewables cogeneration opportunities  

By: Simone Liedtke     24th June 2019 In line with its strategy of incorporating long-term renewable energy solutions into its existing coal power projects, Africa-focused Kibo Energy has signed a collaboration agreement with ESS Tech to develop suitable baseload electricity storage solutions. Having recognised the increasing need to... 

Wits launches first solar district heating system in South Africa 

20th June 2019 The South African National Energy Development Institute last month launched the first solar district heating system in South Africa at the Wits University’s Junction Campus, saving the buildings millions in energy costs a year. 

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