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Kruisvallei hydro project comes on line

By: Marleny Arnoldi     4th March 2021 Power project developer Red Rocket has announced the start of commercial operations at the 4 MW Kruisvallei hydropower plant, along the Ash River between Clarens and Bethlehem, in the Free State. The completion of the plant comes almost two years since construction began on March 26, 2019.  

Nersa committee holds back approval on Eskom application to buy short-term power 

By: Terence Creamer     5th February 2021 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa’s (Nersa’s) electricity subcommittee decided, on February 5, not to approve Eskom’s application for the emergency procurement of electricity from eight private generators under its Short-Term Power Purchase Programme (STPPP). In March 2020, the... 

What makes people smart?

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     22nd January 2021 In May 1941, the city of London was bombed and the seat of Parliament, the House of Commons, was very badly damaged. When it was being rebuilt, Winston Churchill was asked if the original seating arrangement should be altered. He said not – the original seats had been such that government and... 

Clir provides software to enhance Lake Turkana Wind Power wind farm

By: Donna Slater     18th January 2021 Renewable energy software company Clir Renewables has formed a partnership agreement with renewable energy generator Lake Turkana Wind Power (LTWP). The partnership will result in Clir enhancing LTWP’s wind farm performance tracking and support its Kenya-based team in realising potential... 

Rainbow completes Phalaborwa due diligence

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th December 2020 LSE-listed Rainbow Rare Earths has completed an initial due diligence of the Phalaborwa rare earths project, in South Africa. Rainbow and Bosveld Phosphates in November entered into a co-development agreement for the Phalaborwa project, which holds about 35-million tonnes of gypsum resulting from... 

Energy Fuels to enter commercial REE business in Q1

By: Mariaan Webb     14th December 2020 US-based Energy Fuels is set to become a rare earth producer in the first quarter of 2021, announcing on Monday that it had entered into a supply agreement to process monazite at its White Mesa mill, in Utah. The company signed a three-year supply deal with the Chemours Company to acquire 2 500... 

Rare earth producers aim to agree global environment standards in 2021

By: Reuters     14th December 2020 Producers of rare earths, under increasing pressure from their industrial buyers over longstanding pollution issues, are hammering out a single set of global environmental standards, the head of the industry association has told Reuters. Manufacturers of products such as electronic goods and... 

South Africa’s renewables plan presents ‘remarkable’ industrialisation opportunity 

By: Terence Creamer     11th December 2020 The roll-out of renewable energy at the scale envisaged in South Africa’s official electricity plan to 2030 presents a “remarkable” industrialisation opportunity, the leader of the South African Renewable Energy Masterplan (SAREM) project team, Francis Jackson, argues. Jackson, who is also a... 

CTT secures chunk of debt funding, expects financial close by mid-2021

By: Marleny Arnoldi     10th December 2020 The Temane regional energy initiative says it is making significant progress on securing debt funding for the Central Termica de Temane (CTT) project, in Mozambique. CTT is expected to achieve financial close by the second quarter of next year and provide first power in the fourth quarter of... 

Upscaling of wind technician training needed to support 14.4 GW roll-out 

By: Terence Creamer     3rd December 2020 The planned growth of South Africa’s wind-energy sector over the coming decade, and beyond, will require a material upscaling of the country’s training infrastructure to ensure that there are sufficient South African wind technicians trained to support the building and maintenance of an expanding... 

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