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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 and Creamer Media's Research Channel Africa.

Tel: +2711 622 3744


As load-shedding returns, Eskom splurges on emergency coal and diesel

30th November 2018 South Africa’s power utility Eskom reports that it has received approval for the National Treasury from the “urgent procurement” of four-million tons of emergency coal to help address serious stock shortfalls at several of its 15 coal-fired power stations. More than 1.1-million tons have already... 

Sappi mulls further Saiccor expansion as it moves ahead with R7.7bn project

30th November 2018 JSE-listed forest products group Sappi has confirmed that it is considering a further expansion of its giant Saiccor dissolving wood pulp (DWP) mill in KwaZulu-Natal, having only recently pulled the trigger on a R7.7-billion investment to expand output at the facility by 110 000 t/y. An... 

Eskom highlights risk of further debt accumulation as it gears up to defend big hikes

30th November 2018 Debt-laden electricity utility Eskom is preparing for yet another bruising encounter with consumers in the coming months, during which it will seek to justify it latest R762-billion, three-year revenue application. If successful with its fourth multiyear price determination (MYPD4) application,... 

Flexibility to take on ‘unprecedented importance’ as renewables rise

30th November 2018 The International Energy Agency (IEA) says that higher shares of variable renewable energy in electricity systems will require a “step change” in the requirement for flexibility, which is the capability to balance electricity supply and demand at all times so as to keep the lights burning. The... 

Eskom: reality versus conspiracy

30th November 2018 Albeit on the margins, the unfolding narrative suggesting that the current leaders within government and at Eskom are part of a grand conspiracy to weaken the State-owned utility to the point where it is broken up and privatised, is at once maddening and dangerous. It is doubly infuriating... 

Another Eskom equity injection mooted amid R15bn loss warning

28th November 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... 

Omnia sees R695m nitrophosphate investment as fertiliser ‘game changer’

27th November 2018 Diversified chemicals group Omnia says its innovative nitrophosphate plant under construction in Sasolburg will materially improve the company’s overall competitiveness in the production of fertilisers, despite an upward revision to the project’s capital cost. Omnia reported on Tuesday that the... 

South Africa realigns auto incentives as it seeks to raise local content to 60% by 2035

23rd November 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... 

SA needs an ‘explicit’ digital industrial policy

23rd November 2018 Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies is warning that unless South Africa develops and “explicit digital industrial policy” there is no guarantee that the potential benefits of the so-called Fourth Industrial Revolution will outweigh the disadvantages. South Africa has had an official... 

Lazard says ‘inflection point’ reached making new renewables cheaper than existing coal

23rd November 2018 A new US study comparing the costs of energy from various generation technologies indicates that an “inflection point” has been reached where, in some cases, it is more cost effective to build and operate new renewable-energy projects than to maintain existing conventional generation plants. The... 


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