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Electrical Power Generation and Transmission

Trigeneration plant begins operation

By: Sashnee Moodley     19th April 2013 Financial services firm Standard Bank began operating South Africa’s second trigeneration plant at its new 65 000 m2 corporate head office in Rosebank, Johannesburg, last month and will produce more than eight-million kilowatt hours a year. 

Circuit breaker tests contribute to development of new technologies

19th April 2013 French electricity major Alstom Grid has developed a new circuit breaker, which paves the way to multiple possibilities for future direct current (DC) grids, reports the company. 

Efficient maintenance planning will attract investment, new technology promotes efficiency

By: Sashnee Moodley     19th April 2013 The South African energy sector needs to improve the efficiency of its maintenance planning to complete power plant maintenance faster, thereby, alleviating the pressure on supply and stabilising energy supply to attract more investment in South Africa. 

First solar farm for North West under construction

By: Sashnee Moodley     19th April 2013 Renewable energies specialist juwi Renewable Energies has begun construction on a 7 MW solar park for South African company Momentous Energy’s RustMo 1 solar farm in Spruitfontein, in the North West.  

Energy capabilities showcased at open day 

By: Sashnee Moodley     19th April 2013 Energy solutions provider Siemens Energy Service held its energy service open day at its 4 900 m2 Wadeville factory, in Johannesburg, last month to inform customers about and present the capabilities of the company’s service facility to them. 

Energy generation opportunities in Africa abundant

By: Sashnee Moodley     19th April 2013 There is an increase in power generation contracts, infrastructure refurbishment, solar projects and other renewable-energy technologies by African power utilities and independent power producers (IPPs), says business media company Terrapinn project director Kim Frankental. 

Equipment specialist repairs East Rand substations

By: Anine Kilian     29th June 2012 The Ekurhuleni metropolitan municipality commissioned industrial and commercial equipment specialist Advanced Industrial Technology (Ai-Tec) to undertake a repair and maintenance programme at power substations and mini substations in the municipality’s areas of responsibility on Gauteng's East... 

Eskom says first Medupi unit on track

By: Anine Kilian     29th June 2012 The 4 800 MW Medupi power plant, in Lephalale, Limpopo, is on track to deliver first power to the grid before the end of 2013, State-owned power utility Eskom CFO Paul O’Flaherty said.  

Medupi, Kusile steel fabrication on schedule

By: Anine Kilian     29th June 2012 Steel fabricator Genrec, which is part of the Murray & Roberts group, has fabricated nearly 50% of the 220 000 t of steel required for the erection of boiler units at State-owned power utility Eskom’s Medupi and Kusile power plants. 

Utility completes Medupi coal stockyard study

By: Anine Kilian     29th June 2012 State-owned power utility Eskom’s Medupi power station has recently completed its latest environmental study for an additional coal stockyard. 

Mobile units supplied to Medupi project

By: Leandi Kolver     29th June 2012 Prefabricated structure manufacturer Kwikspace Modular Buildings has, on an ongoing basis, supplied over 8 000 m2 of mobile and modular units, as well as numerous rental units to State-owned power utility Eskom’s Medupi project, near Lephalale, in Limpopo. 

Alterations made to avoid giraffe electrocutions

29th June 2012 State-owned power utility Eskom has rebuilt and moved some of its infrastructure in the Marloth Park nature conservancy, following the electrocution of four giraffe, the Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) reports. 

Submetering solution to assist landlords and tenants  

By: Anine Kilian     29th June 2012 The use of prepaid submetering is gaining popularity in South Africa and is becoming a common tool for landlords and body corporates, prepaid metering company Ideal Prepaid Metering Systems national sales manager Ethan Hugo tells Engineering News. 

Company refocuses its resources on SA power projects

29th June 2012 Fluor South Africa, which is part of the global engineering, procurement, construction, maintenance and project management company Fluor Corporation, says its newly established power group is well-positioned to bring the corporation’s international power expertise to the local market. 

Steam cycle solution introduced to SA 

By: Leandi Kolver     29th June 2012 Systems automation company GE Intelligent Platforms expects to see significant demand in the South African market for its US-developed distributed control system (DCS) steam cycle solution for power plants, which was launched last month, global energy industry manager Bill Pezalla tells... 

Power solutions group says it can offer novel genset solutions

By: Schalk Burger     11th May 2012 Intelligent ways of using existing technologies or innovative solutions to solve problems experienced by legacy standalone generators is key in the African and South African generator-set market, says power solutions company Diesel Electric Services commercial sales manager Richard Baxter. 

Organic fuels company plans to partner with Eskom 

By: Gia Costella     20th April 2012 Organic fuel manufacturer Liquifire Organic Fuel plans to partner with State-owned power utility Eskom in the near future to provide alternative fuel and lighting sources to poverty-stricken areas, CEO William Haywood tells Engineering News. 

Tzaneen transmission line upgraded

20th April 2012 International Organisation for Standardisation-certified precast concrete infrastructure manufacturer Rocla has partnered with Polokwane-based contracting company Mohale Electrical Contractors to improve the double circuit 66 kV transmission line from the Tzaneen main substation to the new... 

Upcoming milestones at Medupi looming

20th April 2012 Hitachi Power Africa, the power plant contractor for the Medupi and Kusile boilers, is continuing work ahead of the next milestones in the construction of the boilers at the Medupi power station.  

Company urges SA to become more service-orientated

By: Gia Costella     20th April 2012 South Africa must focus on becoming a service-orientated society to mitigate the sociological challenges, such as skills shortages, facing the power industry. This will ensure that the country has a sustainable, efficient and reliable power generation system, asserts energy service systems and... 

Joint venture on track with Kusile contract

20th April 2012 The Cosira Tubular joint venture (JV), which comprises structural steel fabricator Cosira Group and construction company Tubular Holdings, will supply 13 000 t of steel for power utility Eskom’s Kusile power station in Mpumalanga. 

Skills, capacity management a priority during maintenance plan

By: Chantelle Kotze     20th April 2012 Critical skills and capacity management are extremely important throughout State-owned power utility Eskom’s planned maintenance programme, emphasises Eskom subsidiary Rotek Industries. 

SA must grow specialist power plant construction skills

By: Chantelle Kotze     20th April 2012 South Africa needs to grow specialist power plant construction skills at various levels but, sustaining such an initiative will require the construction of new power plants on an ongoing basis, rather than the current cyclical construction approach, says audit, tax and advisory service provider... 

Energised transmission line upgrades eliminate power supply disruptions

20th April 2012 Johannesburg utility City Power has, for the first time, undertaken energised transmission line upgrades when engineering firm Merz and McLellan, a Mott MacDonald company, assisted City Power, specialist electrical services supplier Edison Jehamo Power and US-based Quanta Services, with the... 

Skills training a success

By: Chantelle Kotze     20th April 2012 Nuclear energy research and development company the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) has seen an almost twofold increase in the number of people enrolled in its skills development programme over the past three years. 

Company to deliver 1.2 MW biogas power generation plant

By: Chantelle Kotze     20th April 2012 South African electric equipment supplier Zest WEG Group, through its subsidiary company Zest Energy and in collaboration with an engineering, procurement and construction management contractor, has been awarded a contract by water and sanitation services provider Johannesburg Water for the... 

Utility warns electricity supply remains tight

By: Chantelle Kotze     20th April 2012 State-owned power utility Eskom has, throughout the first quarter of this year, continued to warn that electricity supply remains tight. 

Regulator focused on maintaining power sector sustainability

By: Chantelle Kotze     20th April 2012 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) expects to make a decision on power utility Eskom’s third multiyear price determination (MYPD) by February 2013, says Nersa full-time regulatory member Thembani Bukula. 

Commissioning of first Ingula unit on schedule

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     24th June 2011 The first of four 333 MW pump turbine units at State-owned power utility Eskom’s Ingula pumped-storage scheme is expected to be commissioned in the first quarter of 2014, with the remaining units to start commercial operation in 2014. 

Eskom working hard to offset time lost due to violent protests 

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     24th June 2011 State-owned power utility Eskom aimed to stress its zero tolerance of violent protests when it shut down operations at its Medupi and Kusile power plant construction projects, in May, spokesperson Hilary Joffe tells Engineering News. 

Steel fabricator expands crane fleet

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     24th June 2011 Structural steel fabricator Cosira Group will deliver its new 400 t crawler crane to State-owned power utility Eskom’s Kusile power plant in August. 

Fair and balanced ISMO will gain support – Eskom

By: Natasha Odendaal     15th April 2011 State-owned power utility Eskom will work with government on the transition path to an independent system and market operator (ISMO) if a transparent process is implemented, Eskom system operations and planning divisional executive Kannan Lakmeeharan says. 

Return-to-service projects on schedule

By: Natasha Odendaal     15th April 2011 The remaining two boiler and turbine units required to complete the R8-billion return to service of State-owned power utility Eskom’s Grootvlei power station, near Balfour, in Mpumalanga, will begin commercial operation within the next two months. 

Motor supply contract for Kusile awarded

By: Natasha Odendaal     15th April 2011 Electrical engineering company Actom Electrical Machines is set to design, manufacture and supply medium-voltage, large-frame electric motors for the wet flue gas desulphurisation plant at State-owned utility Eskom’s Kusile coal-fired power station, near Delmas, in Mpumalanga. 

Benchmarking can improve EDI’s performance

By: Natasha Odendaal     15th April 2011 The implementation of a comprehensive benchmarking process in the electricity distribution industry in South Africa is an essential element of improving the industry’s performance, former State-owned Electricity Distribution Industry (EDI) Holdings COO Dr Willie de Beer says. 

Power utility gets tough on cable theft

By: Natasha Odendaal     15th April 2011 To mitigate against the theft of copper cables and associated losses, State-owned power utility Eskom has appointed a new security contractor to enforce a more proactive approach in fighting cable theft, in February. 

Temporary power supply prevents significant profit loss

By: Tracy Hancock     15th April 2011 Global temporary power supply giant Aggreko has prevented a major dairy manufacturer, in Boksburg, from experiencing a significant loss in profits after its facility lost power, owing to a break in transmission. “The company had no indication of how long its power would remain switched off and... 

Transformer manufacturer moving into Africa

By: Natasha Odendaal     15th April 2011 Electrical equipment supplier Zest Group, which is part of the Brazilian-based transformer and electrical equipment manufacturer WEG, is positioning itself as a significant player in the South African and African transformer markets. 

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