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Infrastructural challenges impede coal industry

By: Nadine Ramdass     17th September 2021 South Africa is a major coal-exporting country, with its coal sector also providing baseload capacity for the country. However, infrastructure challenges negatively impact on the local industry, says coal exploration and mining company Canyon Coal COO Clifford Hallatt. Locally mined coal is... 

Planetary alignment?

By: Terence Creamer     17th September 2021 Mining personality Bernard Swanepoel’s disarming sense of humour enables him to speak many a true word in jest without triggering offence. But he wasn’t joking when, in opening a recent webinar on the hydrogen economy, he indicated that he took pronouncements made inside African National Congress... 

Asset Health Monitoring

14th September 2021 Back in 2019, researchers from Verdantix identified the trends in technology roadmaps for asset management technologies and compiled a helpful graphic to illustrate the value and associated growth of these technologies. Of interest to us at the time was the rapid growth and high value associated... 

Opinion: African power project boon?

10th September 2021 In this opinion piece, law firm Bowmans head of banking and finance Shamilah Grimwood-Norley, writes about the power supply challenges in Africa and how governments are increasingly looking to private sector investment to improve electricity supply. 

Coal-fired plant achieves five years of supply

10th September 2021 Zambia’s largest coal-fired thermal power plant, owned by coal mining company Maamba Collieries Limited (MCL) and located in the Sinazongwe district, in the Southern province, last month celebrated five years since its commissioning and start of supply to the national grid.  

Botswana has big opportunity to harness solar, wind resources

By: Marleny Arnoldi     10th September 2021 A new report published by the International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena) has confirmed that Botswana has considerable opportunity to enhance its domestic energy security and increase access to modern energy services. The agency says the country’s significant wind and solar resources, as well... 

Lucara’s Botswana expansion formally approved 

By: Mariaan Webb     9th September 2021 The board of Lucara Diamond Corp has formally approved the $534-million expansion of its Karowe mine, in Botswana, the Canadian miner announced on Wednesday. The underground mine construction approval follows the financial closure and satisfaction all conditions precedent to a $220-million debt... 

Ramaphosa hints at yet more reforms as he predicts ‘massive investment’ in wake of electricity amendment 

By: Terence Creamer     3rd September 2021 President Cyril Ramaphosa has described a recently gazetted amendment to Schedule 2 of the Electricity Regulation Act, opening the way for sub-100 MW grid-tied embedded generators to supply one or more customers without a licence, as a “defining moment in energy generation in our country”.... 

Koeberg nuclear power station steam-generator replacement project, South Africa – update

By: Sheila Barradas     3rd September 2021 The manufacturing of the remaining steam generators is progressing well for installation on the second Koeberg unit during the next outage. 

Atlas Copco partners with distributor, BMG Mozambique, to support customers in the region

27th August 2021 In keeping with their customer-centric mind-set, Atlas Copco business areas, Power Technique and Compressor Technique, ensure seamless product and service delivery to their customers in Mozambique through their distributor, Bearing Man Group (BMG) Mozambique. Established in 1974, BMG has an... 

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