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Electrical Power Generation and Transmission

Medupi on track for 2012 power-up

By: Jacqueline Holman     20th June 2008 Power utility Eskom’s R78,6-billion Medupi power station, which will form part of the utility’s integrated strategic electricity plan, is currently on schedule and the first unit should be ready for commercial operation in April 2012, the company tells Engineering News. 

Enabling civils work nears completion, despite rocky road

By: Jacqueline Holman     20th June 2008 The construction of the main platform and services for the Medupi power station is currently on track and the Lephalale project is going well, assures infrastructure development and waste management company Roshcon’s civil infrastructure GM, Nico Vermeulen. 

Turbine power islands contract holds to schedule

By: Jacqueline Holman     20th June 2008 Power generation specialist Alstom, reports that its portion of the Medupi project is progressing well. Alstom’s South African president, Didier Farez, states that the R13-billion turbine power island contract was awarded to the company in September last year. 

Power station boiler contractors begin material procurement

By: Jacqueline Holman     20th June 2008 Power-equipment supplier Hitachi Power Africa’s involvement in the Medupi project is on schedule. The design of the boilers is well under way and Hitachi has begun material procurement, reports project manager Mark Marais. The planning and setting up of, and establishing of works is also on... 

Transmission lines threaten ecotourism: action group

By: Jacqueline Holman     20th June 2008 Dispute rages over the routing of transmission lines from the new Eskom Medupi power station in Limpopo. Farmers from the Makoppa Environmental Action Group are appealing two decisions that have already been made about three 400-kV lines and are lobbying for more participation in the... 

Coal mine grows to support new power station

By: Jacqueline Holman     20th June 2008 Diversified resources group Exxaro Resources’ Medupi project group’s vision for the Medupi project is to implement an unrivalled value creation project for all stakeholders through the excellence of its people and superior processes by using technology that will produce 14,6-million... 

Former geologist puts nature to work in battery-charger innovation

By: Leandi Kolver     2nd May 2008 Retired mining geologist Ron Johnson has designed a new buoyancy-gravity (B-G) battery charger for long-lasting rechargeable 12-V and 24-V batteries. 

Heavy engineering company manufactures components for nuclear and fossil power generation

By: Loni Prinsloo     18th April 2008 Heavy engineering company DCD-Dorbyl is one of a small number of companies worldwide capable of manufacturing the large components required for the nuclear and fossil power stations being planned for South Africa. 

Energy specialist providing alternative energy solutions

18th April 2008 Energy generation and transmission specialist General Electric (GE) Energy has supplied three of its ecomagination-certified Jenbacher biogas generator sets to the owner of a process effluent-to-biogas plant that will provide electricity to a gas-to-liquids (GTL) refinery in South Africa 

Power-generating specialist provides turnkey solution for blackouts

By: Loni Prinsloo     18th April 2008 As protection against potentially hazardous electric power failures, Netcare St. Augustine’s hospital in Durban has been equipped with a Cummins power generation stand-by power system, which will ensure the entire hospital remains 100% operational in the event of a power blackout. 

Power and automation technology group wins R149-million order from Eskom

18th April 2008 Power and automation technology group, ABB, has won an order valued at about R 149-million from South Africa's national electricity provider Eskom, for the design, manufacture, delivery, erection and commissioning of series capacitor banks at Serumula on the Beta-Delphi 400-kV transmission line,... 

African power and electricity exhibition sold out

By: Loni Prinsloo     18th April 2008 The Africa power and electricity congress exhibition that will be hosted at the Sandton Convention Centre from April 14 to April 17 this year has grown substantially and will incorporate triple the floor space needed for the exhibition two years ago. There will be 85 international exhibiting... 

Alstom signs second major contract with Eskom for coal-fired power plant in South Africa

By: Loni Prinsloo     18th April 2008 Power generation services specialist Alstom has signed a contract worth more than R16-billion with State-owned utility Eskom to provide key equipments for a 4 740-MW coal-fired power station located in the Mpumalanga province. 

Real-time power consumption becomes visible

By: Loni Prinsloo     18th April 2008 n response to industry needs with regard to power shortages around the country, software solutions company MineWare Consulting has developed a system that enables the personnel on the mine to see, in real time, exactly what its power consumption is as soon as they access their computers.  

Students leading the way in energy conservation

By: Loni Prinsloo     18th April 2008 Students at the University of Fort Hare have been urged to lead the country in cultivating a culture of energy conservation. 

Biomass energy generation uplifting rural community

By: Loni Prinsloo     18th April 2008 Biomass energy specialist Carbo Consult & Engineering has supplied the Melanie community, near Alice in the Eastern Cape, with a 300-NM3/h wood-gasification system. 

Electricity price increase under debate

18th April 2008 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) says that June 6, 2008, will be the day of reckoning for Eskom and consumers alike. 

Commitment to renewable energy sources at international convention

By: Loni Prinsloo     18th April 2008 With the support from the US Agency for International Development, World Learning, and the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP) the International Secretariat (IS) hosted a one-day Southern African preparatory workshop for the Washington International Renewable Energy... 

Energy-efficient motors subsidy will change the face of power use in industry – Eskom

By: Loni Prinsloo     18th April 2008 The estimated 60 000 industrial motors which keep the South African industry humming, and in the process consume up to 10 GW electricity, is under the spotlight as potential means to reducing national electricity load-shedding. 

Light at the end of the tunnel

By: Loni Prinsloo     18th April 2008 The vexing question in South Africa currently is the lack of electric power generating capacity by the country's utility Eskom. 

Power utility awards R13-m maintenance contract

20th April 2007 State-owned utility company Eskom has awarded a three-year contract for the maintenance of four units comprising 24 mills at its Duvha power station, near Witbank, to Babcock Ntuthuko company, of Bedfordview, which is the black economic empowerment arm of Babcock Africa. 

Fuel cells to power SA’s remote locations

By: Shannon de Ryhove     20th April 2007 The $3-million grant awarded by the International Finance Corporation (IFC) to South African company IST Holdings, and US partner Plug Power, to install 400 fuel cells in remote locations and cities of South Africa is 10% complete, says IST Holdings GM power systems Kennith Shuda. 

Local company supplies backup power to SA airports

20th April 2007 More than 30 generating sets have been supplied by Umndeni Circon to Airports Company of South Africa (ACSA) for its backup power requirements at various airports throughout the country. 

Capital expansion power projects run ahead of schedule

By: Shannon de Ryhove     20th April 2007 Power utility Eskom’s capacity expansion projects in Atlantis and Mossel Bay for the 1 050 MW open-cycle gas turbine contract are running between two to three months ahead of schedule and are due to be commissioned between the end of March to mid-April this year, says Siemens Power... 

Plant-hire company lights up film set

20th April 2007 South African plant-hire company Rand-Air, part of the Atlas Copco group, supplied ten generators to power AFM Lighting on the set of the Warner Brothers’ feature film 10 000 BC, directed by Roland Emmerich and shot in-studio in Cape Town. 

Service provider bids for mega power project

By: Shannon de Ryhove     20th April 2007 Local company Alstom hopes to be one of two possible suppliers for the boilers and turbines at the Medupi project in Limpopo, says Alstom Southern Africa vice-president Didier Farez. 

Grootvlei to receive new custom-made switchgear panels

20th April 2007 Global company GE Consumer & Industrial has signed its second major contract with Eskom, this time undertaking to replace Grootvlei power station’s existing low- voltage switchgear with the GE switchgear panels that have been customised to Eskom’s specific requirements, says GE -... 

New range of standby-power equipment to combat blackouts

20th April 2007 Standby power has become an essential component of doing business locally, as evidenced by the black outs in the Western Cape in 2006. The increased demand for standby power has seen Zest Electric Motors and Drives introduce a range of quality gensets to the local market. 

Electrifying prospects for independent power producers 

By: Shannon de Ryhove     20th April 2007 A study conducted by global growth consultancy firm Frost & Sullivan, estimates that the independent power producer (IPP) market is set to take-off from 2007. Multiple projects currently in the pipeline across the region, will trigger the market to grow to earn $13,25-billion in 2012. 

Utility powers up to support wood chip factory

20th April 2007 State-owned utility Eskom is upgrading the electricity supply to Ugie to power a multi-million rand PG Bison wood chip factory which is being built in the town. 

Botswana Morupule expansion set for phase one

By: Mariaan Webb     20th April 2007 State-owned electricity utility Botswana Power, which has embarked on a $1,2-billion expansion of the Morupule coal-fired power station, is moving ahead with the implementation of the first phase of its Morupule B expansion plans and will now appoint a contractor to construct the plant. 

Botswana may build solar-geothermal power plant

By: Matthew Hill     20th April 2007 The Botswana government has called for companies to tender for the provision of consultancy services to conduct a prefeasibility study for the construction of a solar geothermal power plant in the country. 

Megawatt-class fuel-cell power plant to power up for 2008

20th April 2007 With a goal of converting up to 70% of the fuel energy into electricity, EnBW (Energie Baden-Wuerttemberg AG) and Siemens Power Generation are joining forces to build a highly-efficient fuel cell hybrid power plant. 

Eskom chief says price spike in 'inevitable' given surging costs

By: Terence Creamer     9th February 2007 State power utility Eskom has cautioned that South Africa is headed for an ‘inevitable’ electricity price spike, given the fact that costs associated with new generation capacity and operations are rising so aggressively. 

Malawi moves ahead with Shire river hydroelectric rehab and expansion plan

By: Marcel Chimwala     9th February 2007 The Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom), has embarked on a multimillion-dollar programme to rehabilitate its hydroelectric power stations on the Shire river and to build new stations on the rivers where studies have indicated potential for electricity generation. 

Geothermal ambition

By: Talent Ngandwe     9th February 2007 The Zambia Electricity Supply Corporation (Zesco) has announced that it is probing the feasibility of venturing into geothermal electricity generation. 

Zimbabwe fails to come up with the cash to participate in Moz hydro scheme

By: Barnabas Thondhlana     9th February 2007 Zimbabwe has reportedly lost out on a US$500-million stake in neighbouring Mozambique’s Hidroelectrica de Cahora Bassa (HCB) electricity firm after failing to raise cash to finance a deal that could have gone a long way in ending the country’s perennial energy shortages. 

SA and the EU should team up in clean-coal technology push

By: Terence Creamer     9th February 2007 The European Commission has initiated high-level engagements with the South African government in a bid to explain its integrated energy and climatechange package, which was unveiled on January 10 and is designed to cut greenhouse gas emissions from the 27-country bloc by at least 20% by 2020. 

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