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Terence Creamer

Terence Creamer

Terence Creamer is the Editor of Engineering News and a Deputy Editor for Mining Weekly.

He also has editorial responsibility for Polity.org.za and Creamer Media's Research Channel Africa.

Tel: +2711 622 3744

Email: newsdesk@engineeringnews.co.za

Back to the future for Eskom as it seeks to plug 1.3bn ton coal hole

13th December 2018 State-owned electricity producer Eskom is going back to the future as it seeks to close an estimated 1.3-billion ton coal shortfall that it calculates will arise over the remaining life of its coal-fired power station fleet. The shortfall calculation takes account of the decommissioning of the... 

Revamped auto scheme seeks to raise local content to 60% by 2035

7th December 2018 South Africa’s revamped automotive industry framework places local content at the centre of any future support for the industry, with government having set a target of raising local content from less than 40% currently to 60% by 2035. The local-content target is outlined in the newly released... 

Concern persists despite Carbon Tax Bill’s tax-free allowances of up to 95%

7th December 2018 South Africa’s National Treasury has included several transitional tax-free allowances in the Carbon Tax Bill tabled in Parliament in late November. The allowances will result in an effective carbon tax rate of between R6/t and R48/t for carbon dioxide-equivalent (CO2e) emissions released by... 

Another Eskom equity injection mooted amid R15bn loss warning

7th December 2018 South Africa’s debt-laden electricity utility Eskom is in discussions with government about yet another equity injection, as well as various possible “debt-relief” options, as part of a turnaround plan, which chairperson Jabu Mabuza insists needs to be implemented immediately if the company is to... 

Reality check

7th December 2018 It is certainty not news to anyone that Eskom “as it is conceived and is operating today is not sustainable”. Nevertheless, that fact that chairperson Jabu Mabuza made this statement so bluntly at last week’s interim results presentation is refreshing and terrifying in equal measure. It is... 

'Treasonous' tweets won't help Eskom out of current 'crisis'

6th December 2018 Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan reported that a Cabinet task team would be appointed by President Cyril Ramaphosa soon to finalise a road map for turning around the debt-laden utility, which he acknowledged was in the midst of an operational “crisis”. The “small” task team would work... 

Nuclear regulator confirms receipt of 25 000 comments on Thyspunt, Duynefontyn applications

6th December 2018 The National Nuclear Regulator (NNR) reports that is has received over 25 000 comments from affected parties and the general public in response to two nuclear installation site licence (NISL) applications received from Eskom on March 2016. The applications are for the Thyspunt site, in the... 

DoE seeks comment on proposed revisions to fuel-price formula

5th December 2018 The Department of Energy (DoE) is calling for comment on a discussion document it has compiled following a review the basic fuel price (BFP) structure for petrol, diesel and illuminating paraffin. The BFP formula has been employed to calculate the prices of petroleum products produce at South... 

Sener advocates for IRP policy adjustment to cater for ‘reliable, carbon-free’ CSP

4th December 2018 Spanish technology group Sener, which has overseen the construction of three concentrated solar power (CSP) projects in South Africa and 29 in total internationally, is urging the South African government to reconsider CSP’s exclusion from the final version of the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP).... 

100 MW CSP project, developed by black-owned IPP, enters commercial operation

30th November 2018 A new 100 MW concentrated solar power (CSP) plant, developed by black-owned independent power producer (IPP) Emvelo, officially entered into commercial operation this week, providing Eskom with a new dispatchable generation option at a time of severe supply-side constraints. Located in Upington,... 

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