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Additional electricity generation not required

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 THERE will be no need for new electricity-generating capacity before the end of this year, provided plans to implement demand-side management options are put in place. This emerged from the Eskom environmental media seminar, where this year’s corporate environmental report was released... 

Contract and the Heathrow tunnel collapse

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 Several institutions, including the London Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), the South African NEC Users Group and Eskom, have come out in support of the New Engineering Contract (NEC) following articles in the Engineering News and other local and international journals regarding the... 

R1,2-million electrical contract completed

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 Electrical installation at, and distribution to, South Africa’s first commercial cassava-starch project, in the Northern Province, has been completed by Gauteng consulting electrical engineer Eksteen & Le Roux. The company was awarded the contract in March last year, which included the... 

New Johannesburg gas owner by September

By: System Author     25th June 1999 One of South Africa’s few local government gas distributors, Johannesburg’s Metro Gas is to be privatised by the beginning of next year. The selection of prequalification bidders, of which there are expected to be between two to five local and international companies, should be... 

R2m Indian hydroelectric contract

By: System Author     25th June 1999 A CONSORTIUM, comprising Indian company Jaiprakash Indus-tries and a group of Canadian companies, has been awarded a C$500-million (R2-million) contract with the National Hydroelectric Power Corporation in New Delhi, for the turnkey construction of the Chamera II hydroelectric development in... 

Novel plasma dross-treatment project hots up

By: System Author     25th June 1999 A dross-treatment project using plasma as the heat source is being researched by Eskom’s research and development section, Technology Research Investigations (TRI), together with an industrial partner. This type of system is already being operated by an international company in Canada using... 

Still no end in sight for Cahora Bassa tussle

By: System Author     18th June 1999 There has been no progress in resolving the stand-off between South Africa and Portugal over Cahora Bassa. The dispute over tariff charges for electricity emanating from the Cahora Bassa power station in Mozambique has been under way for three decades. The conflict arose due to differences... 

Hi-tech composite farm vehicles on show

By: System Author     18th June 1999 The chugging of diesel tractors made of steel and iron is slowly making way for the quiet whining of electric motors powering lightweight vehicles made of composite materials across the vast farmlands of South Africa. Well, at least on paper and in the minds of vehicle designers at the novel... 

R188m solar project lights up rural towns

By: System Author     11th June 1999 Twinkling lights, the sound of up-to-the-minute television news broadcasts and lilting radio music are becoming part and parcel of nights in the rolling hills of rural northern Kwazulu-Natal. This follows the launch of a R188-million solar power project that is set to provide power to 60 000... 

Nine upgrade projects at Cape Town harbour

By: System Author     11th June 1999 Nine upgrade projects are under way at present at Cape Town harbour which will greatly enhance the capacity of the port. A deed of sale has been signed, finalising Portnet’s purchase of the old Eskom power station site adjacent to the harbour, and the parastatal has applied for funds with... 

Sports village an energy-efficiency model

By: System Author     4th June 1999 The athletes’ village being built for the seventh All Africa Games, in Alexandra township, north of Johannesburg, could serve as a model for future low-cost housing developments. The R80-million, 1 799-unit athletes’ village, situated on a 52 ha site located on the far east bank of... 

Fly ash producer is one of world’s largest

By: System Author     4th June 1999 Producing 1,2-million tons of fly ash a year from three plants based at Eskom’s Matla, Kendal and Lethabo power stations, Ash Resources is one of the world’s largest, GM Bert Dijkema tells Engineering News. Fly ash is used as a partial replacement (or extender) for cement in concretes... 

Instrumentation company measures up

By: System Author     4th June 1999 Leading South African supplier of ac electrical transducers, dc signal conditioners and measurement systems Measurtronic was acquired by the Stratcon group of companies in 1993. Stratcon comprises Measurtronic, Stratford Engineering, a mechanical power transmission company which is celebrating... 

New vector control for traction applications

By: System Author     28th May 1999 Johannesburg variable-speed drive (VSD) manufacturer Motor Control Systems (MCS) has completed development on its new vector-control drives, which will be used for traction applications. This is intended to complement its existing range of scalar control drives, and will focus on underground... 

New power station technology punted

By: System Author     21st May 1999  

R22-million-worth of contracts secured

By: System Author     21st May 1999 Cable manufacturer African Cables has actively pursued new markets for its products and, as a result, it has experienced phenomenal growth in its exports in the last six months. Orders totalling more than R22-million have been secured during this period for contracts in the Far East and the... 

Low-quality imports abound

By: System Author     21st May 1999 Greater use should be made of local manufacturers due to the proliferation of low-quality imported products being dumped on the South African market, says Republic Transmission joint MD Joachim Livonius. The 19-year-old gearbox and actuator manufacturer, which deals mainly with the valve... 

Digital villages to empower communities

By: System Author     14th May 1999 The hi-tech world of information technology (IT) is opening up for South Africa’s historically-disadvantaged communities through the establishment of ‘digital villages’ by Gauteng IT leader Microsoft SA. The company’s community investment programme aims to bring the... 

African radiation protection centre set up

By: System Author     14th May 1999 South Africa is set to strengthen its position at the forefront of global radiation protection following a decision by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) and the Council for Nuclear Safety (CNS), with strong support from parastatal power... 

Regional power trade nets R150m for SA

By: System Author     7th May 1999 In an extremely difficult economic climate Eskom’s traders last year managed to make a gross profit of more than R150-million, simply by buying and selling electricity in Africa. The power utility reports that South Africa is the largest producer and consumer of electricity in the... 

Pneumatic system for trenchless piping

By: System Author     7th May 1999 A range of pneumat- ic equipment used to install underground pipes and cables without digging trenches is available from Reef Trenchless Technology SA (RTT), a wholly-owned company of Reef Pneumatics and Industrial Supplies. “The conventional method of digging trenches when one needs to... 

SA to receive R15m in foreign aid

By: System Author     7th May 1999 South Africa is to receive a total of US$2,5-million (about R15-million) from the World Bank this year for projects to help bring efficient lighting technology to consumers. This will assist the international community to meet its goals of reducing greenhouse emissions, but, more importantly,... 

Turnkey hydraulic package offered in SA

By: Deborah Spicer     7th May 1999 The range of hydraulic equipment manufactured by Denison, and imported from the US and Europe to South Africa through the Denquip group, has a stronger-than-ever presence in the country. “With some changes taking place in the group itself, as well as a change of agency in South Africa, some... 

Voltage is upped on thriving expansion drive

By: System Author     30th April 1999 Medium-voltage (MV) specialist Marqott Holdings is conducting a thriving expansion drive, which is the culmination of more than 12 years experience in the industry. A contributing factor to this initiative is the fact that, through its subsidiary Marqott Power Industries, Siemens awarded the... 

Banking on R7,5m power-supply project

By: System Author     30th April 1999 Uninterruptible power supply (UPS) manufacturer and supplier Meissners, of Isando, Gauteng, is entering phase two of a R7,5-million project for the supply of two 400 kVA UPSs to leading local banking group Nedcor. The first unit was installed at the bank eight months ago, and has since undergone... 

‘South Africa cannot ignore world trends’

By: System Author     30th April 1999 Electricity-supply industries around the world have undergone significant change over the past ten years, with many transforming into competitive structures featuring privatisation and customer choice. “South Africa cannot ignore these trends,” says National Electricity Regulator... 

Regional institute is powering ahead

By: System Author     30th April 1999 The Power Institute for East and Southern Africa (Piesa), a regional power-utility association, has achieved much since its establishment in February of last year. The institute launched a marketing strategy to encourage membership among regional utilities, and established an Internet Web site... 

Merger leads to creation of R&D powerhouse

By: System Author     30th April 1999 new giant in the power-generation industry has been announced with the merger between the power-generation divisions of ABB and Alstom to create a 50:50 joint company to be known as ABB Alstom Power. ABB South Africa communications manager Chesney Bradshaw refused to comment on the merger.... 

R5,3m Botswana substation contracts

By: System Author     30th April 1999 Local electricity trans- mission and distri- bution specialist Alstom Power Systems has been awarded two contracts totalling R5,3-million. These comprise the supply and installation of transformers and outdoor yard extensions for the 132/33 kV Mogoditshane substation at Gaborone in Botswana. The... 

R7,3m Mozal HV contract

By: System Author     30th April 1999 The contract for the supply of high-voltage (HV) circuit-breakers for the substations and power stations involved in the multimillion-rand 400 kV power-supply project to Maputo has been awarded to Alstom High Voltage Equipment (HVE). Motraco, the joint-venture company established to run the... 

Adding sparks to big cordless debate

By: System Author     30th April 1999 SOUTH African consumers still associate cordless tools with second-rate performance and a lack of power, comments Peter Schneider in the April issue of The Home Handyman. Whereas every household in Australia has at least one cordless power tool, the situation in South Africa is quite different.... 

R20m mast contract a towering success

By: System Author     30th April 1999 Electrification-mast manufacturer Dorbyl Structural Products (DSP), of Vereeniging, Gauteng, has had great success with its patented 259 series masts, which it has supplied to Eskom for the last four years in a contract valued at about R20-million a year. The company designed and developed the... 

R8-billion Tanzanian energy alternatives

By: System Author     16th April 1999 Tanzania has turned its eyes towards international investors to upgrade the country’s existing inadequate power sector. “We realise the critical importance of increasing our power-generating capacity,” explains Tanzania Electric Supply Company (Tanesco) MD R Abdulla. “As... 

Y2k compliance upgrade for Swaziland’s electricity-billing system

By: System Author     16th April 1999 ELECTRICITY giant Eskom is assisting the Swaziland government in ensuring its electricity-billing system is Year 2000 compliant. The billing system, developed in-house by Eskom through application development software from SPL, is flexible, being ported from a mainframe to a Unix environment in... 

New bidder for fixed-line network no 2

By: System Author     16th April 1999 Telecom provider to Transnet, Transtel might become a legal entity in its own right by the end of the year, Transtel transmission networks CEO Michael Nuttall tells Engineering News. “If we are to become involved in a second fixed-line telecom network, we will have to become a legal entity... 

MIT backs SA pebble-bed reactor

By: System Author     9th April 1999 One of the world’s most respected technical institutions has independently researched and proved the pebble-bed modular reactor (PBMR) technology as “the nuclear plant of the future”. Eskom intends to become a world-leading exporter of these intrinsically safe mini-nuclear... 

R198-million loan agreement for Namibia

By: System Author     9th April 1999 A R198-million loan agreement has been signed between the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) and the government of Namibia, for on-lending to the Windhoek City Council. This is part of the DBSA’s fulfilment of its mandate to build foundations for development in the Southern African... 

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