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Floating tidal farm on horizon

1st May 2020 Scotland-based tidal energy developer Orbital Marine Power has signed up to a second berth at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in Orkney, Scotland. This will pave the way for Orbital to deliver its first floating tidal turbine farm. 

Eskom gearing up to run philosophy maintenance ‘as a project’ following Covid-19 hiatus 

By: Terence Creamer     1st April 2020 State-owned electricity producer Eskom is gearing up to implement philosophy maintenance as a centralised project across its unreliable coal fleet, where ongoing breakdowns have increased the risk of growth- and confidence-sapping load-shedding. The utility’s board has given its approval for the... 

Lessons from Brazil and India as South Africa gets set to resume renewables auctions  

By: Terence Creamer     10th March 2020 Auctions have proved extremely successful for driving down the cost of wind and solar photovoltaic (PV) tariffs in both Brazil and India in recent years and are, thus, set to remain the main instrument for introducing yet more variable renewable-energy capacity. Nevertheless, specialists from... 

Trudeau extends zero-emission-vehicle incentive to mining fleets

By: Mariaan Webb     3rd March 2020 The Canadian government will extend the zero-emission-vehicle incentive for businesses to include offroad vehicles, like mining fleets, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced at a major mining conference in Toronto on Monday. The incentive would make it more affordable for businesses to invest... 

Eskom’s survival cannot be based on continuing tariff increases, says Minerals Council

By: Marleny Arnoldi     21st February 2020 The Minerals Council South Africa has reiterated the significant job losses that may result from power utility Eskom being granted the additional R27.3-billion in revenue it is seeking. In a media release issued ahead of a submission at public consultations held by the National Energy Regulator... 

Consortium makes Richards Bay gas-to-power proposal in response to DMRE’s call for emergency solutions  

By: Terence Creamer     7th February 2020 A black-empowered consortium that includes companies with extensive gas-to-power experience has made a formal submission to the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) in which plans for power generation plants capable of adding between 300 MW and 3 300 MW to South Africa’s grid within... 

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... 

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... 

Applications for self-generation being fast tracked – Ramaphosa

By: Mariaan Webb     18th December 2019 As calls grow for urgent action on electricity self-generation in the wake of the recent devastating power cuts, President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Wednesday that his government was fast-tracking applications that would allow industry and businesses to produce and use its own power. In an opinion... 

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