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Electrical Power Generation and Transmission

GE supplies gas engines to heat Romanian city

17th April 2015 With the Energy Efficiency Law of Romania and financial incentives for cogeneration driving the country to implement more energy efficiency initiatives, energy services company Bepco showcased the success of four high-efficiency combined heat and power (CHP) plants at the heart of a district... 

Genset supplier expands product offering

17th April 2015 Green electric power generation equipment supplier Vert Energy announced in March that it has extended its range of electric power generation (EPG) components to meet growing demand from generator set (genset) builders and electromechanical power transmission industries.  

Medupi fires first coal in conveyors

By: Pimani Baloyi     12th December 2014 Engineering solutions provider ELB Engineering Services says that its conveyors moved the first coal to the mill bunkers of boiler 6 at Medupi power station in Lephalale, Limpopo last month. ELB Medupi project manager Hertzog Verhoef says the coal to bunker process started on October 15, when... 

Medupi fires first coal in conveyors
HERTZOG VERHOEF The Medupi power plant project provided us with an opportunity to establish ELB Construction

Power utility prepares for Medupi integration

By: Pimani Baloyi     12th December 2014 State-owned power utility Eskom says it is in the process of building two 400 kV transmission lines between the Spitskop substation and the Dinaledi substation, both  in the greater Brits area, in the North West, to enable the integration of the first unit of the Medupi power station in... 

Power utility prepares for Medupi integration
Photo by Pimani Baloyi
MEDUPI POWER STATION At full capacity the station will add 4 800 MW to the national grid

Local-content stipulation will thwart import industry

By: Pimani Baloyi     12th December 2014 Local valve importer CMO Africa says the government regulation, which stipulates that 70% of valves used in State projects be manufactured in-country, will lead to the demise of the valves import industry. CMO Africa MD Mark Bowden told Engineering News at the Mining and Technical Exhibitions’... 

Local-content stipulation will thwart import industry
Photo by Bloomberg
VALVES Importing companies account for about 80% of the jobs in the valves industry

Government gears for nuclear energy

By: Pimani Baloyi     12th December 2014 Government last month announced that it had successfully concluded the second nuclear vendor parade workshop with delegations from China, France, South Korea and the US, in its bid to source experienced nuclear energy partners to help with South Africa’s nuclear power generation programme. The... 

Government gears for  nuclear energy
Photo by Duane Daws
TINA JOEMAT PETTERSSON Government has held two nuclear vendor parade workshops

Medupi Unit 6 will contribute power by mid-2015

By: Pimani Baloyi     12th December 2014 Johannesburg-based chemical manufacturer Reba Chemicals attended this year’s Lephalale Mining Expo, hosted by Mining and Technical Exhibitions (MTE), to establish partnerships that can expand the company’s reach in the area. Reba Chemicals MD Freddy Motau told Engineering News at the expo, which... 

Medupi Unit 6 will  contribute power by mid-2015
Photo by Duane Daws
LYNNE BROWN The next few years are going to be tough

Boilermaker affects management changes

12th December 2014 Johannesburg-based company Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Africa, which is constructing boilers for State-owned power utility Eskom’s new Medupi and Kusile power stations, announced a revised top structure, including a new executive chairperson and a new chief executive. The changes, which were... 

Boilermaker affects management changes
Photo by Duane Daws
MEDUPI BOILERS Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Africa took over the boiler contacts that were awarded to Hitach

Alloys supplier completes project

By: Mia Breytenbach     27th June 2014 Specialist alloys and valve supplier Energy Engineered Products reports it has completed its latest contract for State-owned power utility Eskom’s Kusile power station project, in Mpumalanga. The company completed the supply of products, valued at about R2-million, which included a range of... 

Alloys supplier  completes project
Photo by Energy Engineered Products
NEW BUILD SUPPORT Energy Engineered Products has supplied valve products to Eskom’s Medupi, Kusile and Ingula power generation projects

Factors contributing to power project’s delay resolved

By: Mia Breytenbach     27th June 2014 With State-owned power utility Eskom having reached key milestones in resolving issues that have caused delays in synchronising its new-build Mepudi power station project Unit 6 onto the national electricity grid, Eskom is confident that the unit will be synchronised to the grid by the end of the... 

Factors contributing to power  project’s delay resolved
Photo by Eskom
TEETHING PROBLEMS Eskom emphasises the importance of embedding lessons learned from Medupi’s Unit 6 to drive efficiencies in the rest of the utility’s fleet

Preliminary work for new builds conducted

By: Mia Breytenbach     27th June 2014 While work is progressing at State-owned power utility Eskom’s new build projects, Eskom group capital acting group executive Dan Marokane says the utility has conducted preliminary work for potential additional new build projects. These projects include a third coal-fired power station,... 

Preliminary work for new builds conducted
Photo by Duane Daws
NEW BUILD PREPARATION Eskom is awaiting government direction regarding the proposed new nuclear and coal–fired power station builds

Private sector to support additional power supply

By: Mia Breytenbach     27th June 2014 Although additional baseload power stations will be required to combat the shortage in the electricity supply industry in South Africa, the exact time at which the next new baseload power station would be commissioned, after the commissioning of the current new build projects, is extremely... 

Private sector to support additional power supply
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POWER SUPPORT Sanea suggests that the private sector should be included with greater momentum to provide additional power supply

Transmission line and substation infrastructure projects on track

By: Mia Breytenbach     27th June 2014 State-owned power utility Eskom’s Power Delivery Projects (PDP) portfolio, currently valued at about R37.5-billion as of 31 March this year, and which falls under the power utility’s Group Capital division, has carried out transmission line and associated infrastructure projects to the value of... 

Transmission line and  substation infrastructure projects on track
Photo by Duane Daws
CAPITAL TRANSMISSION Phase 1 of the R10-billion Medupi integration project is to be completed in July 2014

Powertech perfectly placed for growth in Africa

16th May 2014 Powertech, a 100% owned subsidiary of the JSE-listed Altron group, comprising Altron TMT (amalgamation of Altech and Bytes) and Altron Power (Powertech), over the years, adjusted and reviewed operational processes to accommodate market conditions, all of which have produced positive end-results... 

Powertech perfectly placed for growth in Africa

Power for African enterprises in remote locations

By: Ilan Solomons     18th April 2014 Temporary power and temperature control solutions provider Aggreko is providing critical power generation systems and solutions for projects operating in some of the most isolated parts of the African continent, Aggreko Southern Africa local business head Martin Foster tells Engineering News. He... 

Power for African  enterprises in remote  locations
POWERING PROGRESS Aggreko’s diesel generation hire fleet ranges from 20 kVA to 1 500 kVA

Soot blower and water lance maintenance crucial

By: Ilan Solomons     18th April 2014 In the past two years, power service systems and solutions provider Clyde Bergemann Africa has placed special emphasis on strengthening its after- market service offering to the local power industry, aftermarket service executive director Badrish Nathoo tells Engineering News. “This is... 

Soot blower and water lance maintenance crucial
Photo by Duane Daws
LANCE TUBE MANUFACTURING Eskom’s aging fleet of power stations require regular maintenance to ensure that they remain operational

Biofuel policy developments

18th April 2014 The use of biofuels, as a renewable-energy source, presents the potential for numerous environmental, energy security and efficiency benefits to the South African economy, says law firm ENSafrica senior associate environmental law division senior associate Andrew Gilder. Further, he points out... 

Biofuel policy developments
ANDREW GILDER The biofuels industry has the potential to be a key source of employment

SA solar industry a global example in sustainable government policy

18th April 2014 South Africa is currently one of the world's leading examples of sustainable government policy on solar power, says global solar energy conference organiser Solarplaza CEO Edwin Koot. “The global photovoltaic (PV) industry has been turned upside down in the last 24 months, with former industry... 

SA solar industry a global example in sustainable government policy
EDWIN KOOT South Africa is an example of a country that is correctly implementing a sustainable government policy on solar energy use

Moz power sector in rapid expansion phase

By: Ilan Solomons     18th April 2014 Mozambique was building several new gas, coal and hydropower stations to address the country’s growing electricity demand, said Mozambique State-owned power utility Electricidade de Mozambique (EDM) board adviser Marcelino Gildo Alberto at the 2014 Power & Electricity World Africa conference,... 

Moz power sector in rapid expansion phase
POWER PROJECTS Ressano Garcia thermal power station is a joint venture project between Electricidade de Mozambique and Sasol New Energy

DoE blueprint for power industry sustainability 

By: Ilan Solomons     18th April 2014 It is important to have certain core anchoring points in place to ensure that African countries develop sustainable power industries, according to Department of Energy (DoE) deputy director-general Dr Wolsey Barnard. “The power industry is an important enabler of local industry growth; therefore,... 

DoE blueprint for power industry sustainability
Department of Energy deputy director-general Dr Wolsey Barnard outlines some of the guiding principles that will ensure long- term sustainability for the power generation industry in Africa

Power transmission projects progress in Southern Africa

By: Ilan Solomons     18th April 2014 The commissioning of about 22 000 MW of new generation capacity in the Southern African region by 2017 will require new transmission networks to evacuate power from generation stations to load centres in the region, according to Southern African Power Pool (SAPP) coordination centre manager Dr... 

Power transmission projects progress in Southern Africa
LINKING UP Mozambique and Malawi are undertaking a joint transmission project in coordination with the World Bank

Ensure fire protection provisions are made for PV installations

18th April 2014 Given the rapidly declining cost of photovoltaic- (PV-) generated electricity globally, independence from energy suppliers, through the use of solar PV technology, is likely to become a favourable option for businesses and home owners, says China-based solar cells and modules manufacturer Talesun... 

Ensure fire protection provisions are made for PV installations
PLAYING IT SAFE A warning sign with the text 'Danger Live Voltage' should be affixed to the meter cabinet and to the power distribution panel

Renewable energy plays critical role in powering Africa

By: Ilan Solomons     18th April 2014 It was a bullish time for the African power industry, particularly in the area of renewable-energy power generation, said business intelligence services provider Cross-border Information chairperson and founder Jon Marks at the 2014 Power & Electricity World Africa conference, held in... 

Renewable energy  plays critical role in powering Africa
Photo by Duane Daws
REALISING WIND POWER POTENTIAL The Africa Union–European Union Energy Partnership aims to build at least 5 000 MW of wind power capacity in Africa by 2020

Angola undertakes new power projects

By: Ilan Solomons     18th April 2014 Work on the 2 067 MW Laúca hydropower station, in Angola’s Kwanza riverbed, has started. The country aims to have the facility commissioned by the end of 2017, says Angolan State-owned power utility Empresa Nacional de Electricidade de Angola (ENE) international relations director Ramos Tony... 

Angola undertakes new power projects
HYDROPOWER POTENTIAL The 2 067 MW Laúca hydropower station will provide electricity for about 750 000 Angolans

SA scientist develops portable power solution 

By: Ilan Solomons     18th April 2014 Rocket scientist and innovator Siyabulela Xuza believes microfuel-cell technology can be used as a portable power source, which would provide crucial additional power for cellphone users. Xuza, who addressed the 2014 Power & Electricity World Africa conference in Johannesburg last month,... 

SA scientist develops portable power solution
Rocket scientist and innovator Siyabulela Xuza discusses the challenges of developing his energy solution locally.

Privatisation drive lights up Nigeria’s energy prospects 

By: Ilan Solomons     18th April 2014 Nigeria currently produced only about 5 000 MW of electricity a year, but required at least 15 000 MW a year to sufficiently power the country and ensure supply security and reliability, said Nigeria Presidential Taskforce on Power chairperson Reynolds Bekinbo Dagogo-Jack at the 2014 Power &... 

Privatisation drive  lights up Nigeria’s  energy prospects
Energy Commission of Nigeria professor Eli Jidere Bala discusses the development of the power industry in Nigeria.

Principal contractor at Kusile receives award for safety excellence

By: David Oliveira     13th December 2013 The Stefanutti Stocks and Basil Read Joint Venture (SSBRJV), which is one of the principal contractors overseeing the construction at parastatal power utility Eskom’s Kusile power station project, was presented with the first prize in the category for projects valued at over R500-million at this... 

Principal contractor at Kusile receives award for safety excellence
CONTENDER FOR LARGEST COAL-FIRED POWER STATION The power station is expected to have a total installed capacity of 4 800 MW

Eskom looks to sign CSP financing agreement

By: David Oliveira     13th December 2013 State-owned power utility Eskom and France-based development finance institution Agence Française de Développement (AFD) agreed in October to facilitate the signing of a €100-million credit facility agreement, which will assist in funding Eskom’s 100 MW concentrating solar power (CSP) plant near... 

Medupi programme to provide post-construction employment opportunities

By: David Oliveira     13th December 2013 State-owned power utility Eskom says its Medupi Leadership Initiative (MLI), which is aimed at helping local unskilled and semiskilled workers find employment after completion of the power station project, near Lephalale, is setting the precedent as the largest post-construction work opportunity... 

Ingula tailrace concrete lining close to completion

By: David Oliveira     13th December 2013 State-owned power utility Eskom reports that its Ingula pumped storage scheme, which is located on the border of the Free State and KwaZulu-Natal, reached 93% completion on its tailrace concrete lining in October. The concrete lining will run for a total of 2 313 m, of which 2 158 m has already... 

Ingula tailrace concrete lining close to completion
INGULA PUMPED STORAGE SCHEME This is the twenty-first largest pumped storage scheme in the world

Over 4m LTI-free hours recorded for Medupi 

By: David Oliveira     13th December 2013 State-owned power generator Eskom achieved over 4.62-million worker hours without a lost-time injury at its Medupi power station, located to the west of Lephalale, in Limpopo, it reported in October. The company says this is a remarkable achievement considering the size, scope and complexity of... 

Over 4m LTI-free hours recorded for Medupi
SAFETY FIRST Eskom’s Medupi power station achieved over 4.62-million worker hours without a lost-time injury

PV module manufacturer determined to contribute to SA’s electricity supply

19th April 2013 Local interest in photovoltaic (PV) technology has heightened since the launch in 2011 of South Africa’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme. 

New corporation expects to service local PV industry

19th April 2013 Turnkey photovoltaic (PV) systems supplier GPtech and electrical engineering group CBI-Electric have signed an agreement with the object of manufacturing and selling GPtech’s equipment in South Africa to supply the country’s future photovoltaic PV projects.  

New 122 MW gas-fired Moz power plant to start production in Q2

19th April 2013 Temporary power and temperature control solutions provider Aggreko is expanding the power generation capacity at Gigawatt Park, in Ressano Garcia, Mozambique, to 232 MW at a cost of more than $200-million, including fuel costs. 

Urgent intervention needed to stop deterioration of electricity assets

By: Sashnee Moodley     19th April 2013 The electricity distribution grid in South Africa are only a few years away from collapse and that would result in unexpected power failures, as most infrastructure is nearing the end of its life cycle and the general tendency to deal with maintenance happens only when a breakdown occurs. 

Power plant projects growing in Africa

By: Sashnee Moodley     19th April 2013 Finnish power solutions group Wärtsilä says that, to date, it has installed 470 power plants in Africa, with a total output of almost 6 GW, and it is on track to complete its latest projects on the continent.  

Upgrade under way at power station

By: Gia Costella     19th April 2013 Multinational technology conglomerate Siemens Energy is currently involved in upgrading the human machine interface (HMI) systems on the generation units at State-owned power utility Eskom’s Camden coal-fired power station near Ermelo, in Mpumalanga. 

Precast concrete products important in power generation

19th April 2013 Products from admixture producer Chryso Southern Africa can play a vital role in ensuring speed and uniformity in production of precast concrete elements for the turbines which are expected to become a major source of power generation in South Africa in the future, says Chryso technical services... 

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