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Eskom issues force majeure to wind plants amid low demand

By: Bloomberg     1st April 2020 Eskom Holdings told operators of some independent wind-power plants that it won’t need their power at certain times of day due to lower demand amid a national shutdown. The amount of power generated from wind is at its highest early in the morning when Eskom’s need is lowest, said Sikonathi... 

Protect Our Scarce Water Resources From Oil Pollution

4th March 2020 National Water Week, which takes place from 16-22 March, is an important time to focus on preventing the pollution of our water sources, which are severely threatened by sewerage, plastics, fertilizers, motor oil and other chemicals.  Of the many sources of contamination that could end up making... 

Nevada Gold Mines plans power switch to lower carbon emissions

By: Creamer Media Reporter      25th February 2020 Nevada Gold Mines (NGM) – a joint venture (JV) between Barrick Gold and Newmont – will convert its TS coal power plant to a dual fuel processing, allowing the facility to generate power from natural gas. The JV is also mulling the potential for a 200 MW solar facility with battery storage. NGM... 

As South Africa prepares to resume renewables procurement, new global report points to rising popularity of auctions 

By: Terence Creamer     21st February 2020 As South Africa prepares to restart its electricity procurement programmes, following a five-year hiatus, the global popularity of competitive auctions as the preferred instrument for procuring renewable energy has again been highlighted in a newly released report. Published by the International... 

Eskom’s transition to ‘philosophy maintenance’ will increase load-shedding risk for at least 18 months  

By: Terence Creamer     31st January 2020 The board at State-owned electricity utility Eskom has sanctioned a proposal to migrate the group’s unreliable coal fleet to a ‘philosophy maintenance’ model, whereby generation units are serviced in strict adherence with prescribed maintenance schedules in a bid to break the cycle of unplanned... 

Boost SA’s Electrical Uptime By Quickly Catching Failing Components

28th January 2020 Whether caused by poor maintenance or shoddy workmanship; the fact is key power generation, transmission and distribution components across the length and breadth of South Africa’s electrical grid are falling like flies. That’s the bad news. The good news, according to certified thermographic... 

Germany's 2019 hard coal imports fell 14.7% - importers

By: Reuters     17th January 2020 Germany imported 40.2 million tonnes of hard coal last year, 14.7% less than in 2018 due to competition from renewables and gas, and as the steel industry curbed usage, importers said on Friday. The total was comprised of an estimated 7.4% lower intake of coking coal for steelmakers, who... 

AVZ finds power solution for DRC project

By: Esmarie Iannucci     15th January 2020 Lithium hopeful AVZ Minerals on Wednesday announced that its subsidiary AVZ power SAU had inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Ministry of Hydraulic Resources and Energy, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, to investigate the refurbishment of the Mpiana-Mwanga hydro-electric power... 

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... 

Steenkampskraal now fully permitted for construction  

By: Simone Liedtke     18th December 2019 Rare earth mine Steenkampskraal has received its water license from the Department of Water and Sanitation, marking the last of the remaining permits that the mine required, As a result, Steenkampskraal is now fully permitted to start construction and production, Steenkampskraal chairperson... 

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