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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.

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Eskom to buy ‘emergency’ coal, splurge on diesel as load-shedding risk returns

16th 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... 

Possible expansion on cards for trailblazing Darling wind farm

16th November 2018 Independent energy company ENERTRAG South Africa, which acquired the iconic 5.2 MW Darling wind farm in mid-October, has confirmed that it intends studying the feasibility of expanding the Western Cape facility. The wind farm was South Africa’s first-ever renewable-energy independent power... 

Big power users call for inflation-linked tariff ‘compact’

16th November 2018 The Energy Intensive Users Group (EIUG) has called for an electricity price compact that sustains tariff increases as close to consumer price inflation as possible for the coming five years. The proposal is made in a precursor to the EIUG’s official response to Eskom’s latest revenue application,... 

Load-shedding spectre returns as unplanned outages rise

16th November 2018 The spectre of load-shedding, which has haunted South Africa and its economy since 2008, but has lifted somewhat in recent years, appears to have returned. State-owned electricity producer Eskom confirmed with Engineering News Online on Thursday that the system had become vulnerable once again,... 

New owners aim to transform SA factory into global narrow-gauge hub

16th November 2018 Leading Russian rail engineering group Transmashholding (TMH) confirmed earlier this month that it, together with its South African partner Mjisa, had completed the acquisition of a 45 000 m2 rail manufacturing facility in Gauteng, South Africa. Black empowerment company Mjisa Investments, which... 

Building bridges to future

16th November 2018 By circumstance rather than design, the end states of several of South Africa’s largest – and most troubled – State-owned companies (SoCs) are becoming increasingly discernible. National carrier South African Airways (SAA) is unlikely to be closed, but it will eventually have a strategic equity... 

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

15th 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

14th 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

13th 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... 

IEA warns of damaging price spikes if weak oil investment left unchecked

13th November 2018 The International Energy Agency (IEA) is cautioning of “damaging price spikes in the 2020s” if the current weak investment in new oil supply is “left unchecked”. The agency states that the average level of new conventional crude oil project approvals over the last three years is only half the... 

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