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Coal & Diesel News

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

By: Terence Creamer     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... 

Masango resigns as Eskom capital division executive

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th November 2018 Eskom group capital division executive Abram Masango has resigned, the Mail & Guardian reported on Friday. This follows after Eskom's announcement earlier in the day that it had suspended him, pending an investigation into various allegations of impropriety against him relating to the Kusile... 

Masango resigns as Eskom capital division executive
Eskom group capital division executive Abram Masango

Leguan lifts introduced onto South African market

By: Thabi Madiba     16th November 2018 As part of expanding its product range, multitask articulated loader importer Avant South Africa (SA) started importing Leguan access lifts, developed and manufactured in Finland for maintenance purposes. Avant SA manager Steyn le Grange states that the first lift arrived in August in Boksburg... 

Leguan lifts introduced onto South African market
HIGH PLATFORM The Leguan lifts provide outstanding working height with stability

SA electromechanical firm steadily growing its international presence

By: Schalk Burger     16th November 2018 Local electro-mechanical service provider Marthinusen and Coutts continues to receive service and repair contracts locally, in Africa and internationally, and expects demand for its outsourced services and maintenance offerings to continue to grow, says Marthinusen and Coutts marketing executive... 

SA electromechanical firm steadily growing its  international presence
Photo by Dylan Slater
140 T LATHE The new 140 t CNC lathe in the Benoni workshop

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

By: Terence Creamer     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,... 

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

Policy support needed for development of sustainable alternative energy sources – SAEEC

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th November 2018 Although natural gas is about 60% cleaner than coal in terms of carbon dioxide emissions, it currently contributes only 1.5% of the country’s total primary energy needs. Even through the National Development Plan (NDP) aims to delink economic development from environmental decay and... 

Municipal debt to Eskom climbs to R17bn

By: African News Agency      13th November 2018 The debt owed to Eskom by South Africa's municipalities continues to grow and had now reached R17-billion, Cooperative Governance Minister Zweli Mkhize told MPs on Tuesday.. "We have noted that debt stood at R14.3-billion and currently has gone up to R17-billion and that's just for Eskom and a... 

Electrifying the world no panacea for global warming, IEA says  

By: Bloomberg     13th November 2018 Driving electric cars and scrapping your natural gas-fired boiler won’t make a dent in global carbon emissions, and may even increase pollution levels. Higher electrification may lead to oil demand peaking by 2030, but any reduction in emissions from the likes of electric vehicles will be offset... 

Eskom warns of power cuts due to low coal stockpiles 

By: Reuters     12th November 2018 Cash-strapped power utility Eskom said on Monday the risk of nation-wide electricity outages had increased significantly due to a sharp fall in coal stockpiles at five of its power stations. "The risk of load-shedding is there and its rising," said Eskom spokesperson Khulu Phasiwe. 

Eskom warns of power cuts due to low coal stockpiles

Kibo submits mining right application for Mabesekwa project

By: Marleny Arnoldi     9th November 2018 Aim-listed Kibo Energy has submitted its application for a full mining right for the Mabesekwa coal independent power producer project, in Botswana. This follows the company’s formal presentation to Botswana’s Department of Mines, which outlined the project’s envisaged development plan.  

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

By: Terence Creamer     9th 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... 

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

Global body forecasts continued growth in wind energy generation capacity

By: Kim Cloete     8th November 2018 China, the US, Germany, India and Spain are the top five markets for wind energy in the world, with 19.6 GW of installed capacity in 2017, according to the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC). GWEC senior policy adviser Steve Sawyer said the figure was slightly down on the previous year, but was... 

Prices for renewable energy likely to drop further, suggests energy expert

By: Kim Cloete     7th November 2018 Prices for renewable energy are likely to continue to drop, while the next utility-scale renewable energy procurements will probably come sooner rather than later, suggests energy expert, Professor Anton Eberhard. “I have no doubt that we will see prices coming down further,” Eberhard told... 

Kibo welcomes Tanesco’s resumption of tender process

By: Creamer Media Reporter      7th November 2018 Multi-asset energy company Kibo Energy on Wednesday welcomed the announcement by the Tanzania Electricity Supply Company (Tanesco) that it had resumed the tender process for certain energy projects in the country. Kibo on Friday said certain procedural amendments needed to be made to the process... 

Eskom issues senior managers with retrenchment notice 

By: Terence Creamer     7th November 2018 The board at State-owned electricity utility Eskom has approved a process that could result in the retrenchment of senior managers, the company confirmed on Wednesday. Eskom said in a statement that, despite efforts to curb expenditure, operating costs had continued to increase dramatically,... 

Eskom issues senior managers with retrenchment notice

African Development Bank plans R10bn in loans to Eskom 

By: Reuters     7th November 2018 The African Development Bank plans to lend South African power utility Eskom around R10-billion ($720-million) in 2019 and 2020, the bank's president Akinwumi Adesina said. "We plan to lend around $620-million for the Medupi power plant, and around $100-million for Eskom's transmission network,... 

African Development Bank plans R10bn in loans to Eskom
Photo by Reuters
AfDB president Akinwumi Adesina

South Africa joins the IEA as an association country 

By: Kim Cloete     6th November 2018 South Africa has joined the International Energy Agency (IEA) as an association country in a move it believes will bring it closer to the cutting-edge of technology and global energy governance. It is the first country in Africa to be afforded this status. 

South Africa joins the IEA as an association country
IEA executive director Dr Fatih Birol and Energy Minsiter Jeff Radebe

Kibo says Tanesco tender to resume shortly

By: Creamer Media Reporter      2nd November 2018 An announcement by the Tanzania Electricity Supply Company (Tanesco) cancelling three tenders for large solar power, coal-fired generation projects and large wind power projects is “unfortunate, but not out of the ordinary”, dual-listed Kibo Energy CEO Leon Coetzer said on Friday. The company,... 

Small thermal plants hold promise for regions without grid electricity 

By: Nadine James     2nd November 2018 Small-scale power generation plants driven by hydrocarbon sources and biomass are still likely to play a valuable part in rolling out electricity in regions of Africa unserved by grid power and where renewable resources are insufficient to sustain a reliable energy supply, according to SRK... 

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

By: Terence Creamer     1st 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,... 

Big power users call for inflation-linked tariff ‘compact’ and industry review
Dr Tsakani Mthombeni

Load-shedding spectre returns as unplanned outages rise  

By: Terence Creamer     1st 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,... 

Load-shedding spectre returns as unplanned outages rise

New Eskom report warns of possible generation gaps in coming five years  

By: Terence Creamer     31st October 2018 Eskom’s newly released Medium-Term System Adequacy Outlook (MTSAO) report highlights several risks to South Africa’s electricity supply for the period 2018 to 2023 and indicates that additional capacity will be required during the period to restore generation adequacy should the energy... 

New Eskom report warns of possible generation gaps in coming five years

Greenpeace Africa affirms Mpumalanga is a nitrogen dioxide air pollution hotspot

By: Marleny Arnoldi     29th October 2018 Greenpeace Africa states that analysis from satellite data between June 1 and August 31 shows that Mpumalanga is the world’s largest nitrogen dioxide air pollution hotspot across six continents. The data points to coal and transport as the two principal sources of the nitrogen dioxide air... 

Calls to even out procurement for wind energy

By: Kim Cloete     29th October 2018 The South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) has called for energy planners to even out the procurement of wind energy allocations between 2021 and 2030 to prevent a "stop-start" scenario.  The current draft Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) has a gap in the years, 2022, 2023 and 2024, when no... 

Fossil Fuel Foundation sees clean coal as a solution for South Africa 

By: Kim Cloete     29th October 2018 The Fossil Fuel Foundation (FFF) has advocated strongly for coal to be retained as a sustainable part of South Africa's energy mix for the short to medium term. “Contrary to the popular belief that ‘coal is dead’, South Africa’s coal resources are abundant and can provide low-emitting,... 

Business concerned about coal sector job losses

By: Kim Cloete     26th October 2018 The National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) and the Black Business Council (BBC) have called for amendments to the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) 2018, telling Parliament's Portfolio Committee on Energy, on Friday, that the draft plan, with its emphasis on renewable energy rather than coal,... 

NGOs criticise IRP public hearings process

By: Kim Cloete     26th October 2018 Energy Governance South Africa (EGSA) has expressed concern about the way the public hearings process into the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) has been conducted in Parliament, saying it had been a "one-way flow of information, without interrogation and interaction". The organization has penned a... 

Salga calls for new electricity demand forecasts

By: Kim Cloete     26th October 2018 The South African Local Government Association (Salga) has called for a reduced demand forecast for electricity to be included in the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) 2018, in line with the slowdown in electricity sales and a drop in customer demand. Salga says the forecasts contained in the draft... 

Eskom welcomes Fitch Ratings’ decision

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th October 2018 Ratings agency Fitch Ratings has affirmed Eskom’s long-term local currency issuer default rating and unguaranteed local currency senior unsecured ratings of ‘BB-’ . Fitch also maintained the national long-term rating at ‘A(zaf)’ and the national short-term rating at ‘F1(zaf)’.  

Eskom welcomes Fitch Ratings’ decision

CSIR points to 30 000 net jobs gain in electricity to 2030, despite fall in coal jobs 

By: Terence Creamer     26th October 2018 An analysis of the Department of Energy’s (DoE’s) recommended plan in the draft Integrated Resource Plan 2018 (IRP 2018) shows that there will be a 30 000 net increase in employment in the electricity industry to 2030, despite a 100 000 fall in coal jobs over the period. In its formal response to... 

CSIR points to 30 000 net jobs gain in electricity to 2030, despite fall in coal jobs

South32 foresees short-term volatility, but long-term growth, sustainability 

By: Schalk Burger     25th October 2018 Diversified mining and metals company South32 on Thursday forecast short-term price volatility for the commodities it produces, but also highlighted its strong cash position and its work to further optimise its global portfolio of assets. In a speech delivered at the company’s 2018 annual general... 

Mali's first independent power project to start up next week

By: Reuters     25th October 2018 Mali's first independent power project – a €122-million ($139.06-million), 90 MW diesel plant – will go online next week in the country's gold-rich southwest, a board member of the operator said on Wednesday. The new plant could spur more of the foreign investment Mali has struggled to attract... 

Concerned citizens have their say on IRP 2018 

By: Kim Cloete     24th October 2018 Concerned citizens and activists have come to Parliament to speak out about the draft Integrated Resource Plan (IRP), with fracking, high electricity tariffs and coal-fired power stations among their concerns. Ann October from the Eastridge Women’s Circle in Mitchell’s Plain, Cape Town, said... 

Cosatu calls for overhaul of draft IRP

By: Kim Cloete     24th October 2018 The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) has rejected the draft Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) 2018, calling for an overhaul. It also called for a firm commitment not to retrench workers as well as tougher, hard-hitting plans to halt looting and recover money stolen from Eskom. 

Mboweni calls for ‘open-minded’ approach to reconfiguration of State firms 

By: Terence Creamer     24th October 2018 Finance Minister Tito Mboweni has called for a reconfiguration of South Africa’s debt-laden State-owned companies (SoCs) and has appealed to stakeholders to adopt an open-mind with regard to the form such restructuring could take, particularly in the cases of Eskom and South African Airways... 

Mboweni calls for ‘open-minded’ approach to reconfiguration of State firms

Don’t limit renewables in IRP, urges prominent activist

By: Kim Cloete     24th October 2018 Prominent activist Liz McDaid has called on the government not to limit the construction of renewable energy capacity under the draft Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) 2018. “A look at the IRP says renewables must be constrained. The rationale for restricting renewables is to pull nuclear or coal... 

NGOs call for more time to deliberate on the draft IRP

By: Kim Cloete     23rd October 2018 Earthlife Africa has called for more time to deliberate on the draft Integrated Resource Plan (IRP), saying the 60-day period for public comment is "highly ambitious" and many citizens have been left out of the process. Makoma Lekalakala of Earthlife Africa said South Africans had a right to... 

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