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Electrical Power Generation and Transmission

Sasol, Eskom in talks about Secunda cogeneration project

By: Terence Creamer     22nd September 2006 Petrochemicals group Sasol and State-owned electricity utility Eskom are in serious talks about the creation of a possible cogeneration electricity plant at Secunda, in Mpumalanga, that could release up to 400 MW of electricity into the national grid, while reducing Sasol’s overall energy... 

Boiler and turbine tenders out for R26bn power project

By: Irma Venter     8th September 2006 The tenders for the boilers and turbines for Eskom’s new R26-billion, 2 250-MW base-load coal-fired power station – which is currently earmarked for a brownfield site near Lephalale, in Limpopo – have been issued, and will be awarded early next year, says Eskom capital Expansion... 

SA's nuclear power-gen capacity could double over next two decades

By: Keith Campbell     8th September 2006 South Africa’s nuclear generation capacity could double over the next 19 years. 

Power junior seeks secondary listing on AltX

7th September 2006 Aim-quoted independent power producer Ipsa said that is was proceeding with the application for a proposed secondary-listing on the alternative investment market of the JSE, or AltX. 

Russians approached on SA conventional nuclear reactor project

By: Keith Campbell     4th September 2006 A South African Department of Minerals and Energy (DME) delegation, which visited Moscow in July, raised the possibility of Russia's cooperating with South Africa concerning the proposed new large nuclear power plant that could be constructed in this country, Engineering News Online can report. 

Enviro study moves ahead for Coega LNG power project

By: Mariaan Webb     4th September 2006 The environmental-impact assessment (EIA) process for a 2 400-MW liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility, being pursued by State-owned power utility Eskom at the Coega Industrial Development Zone (IDZ), east of Port Elizabeth, is advancing, with public hearings scheduled for next week. The hearings... 

SA's big power spend to be showcased to US firms

By: Terence Creamer     1st September 2006 Some 60 US companies, and an equal number of South African firms, are expected to converge on the Eskom Convention Centre in Midrand, Gauteng, in October, to participate in a conference outlining opportunities for American suppliers arising from Eskom’s R97-billion investment programme. 

31 SA firms in energy-conservation pledge

By: Laura Tyrer     1st September 2006 Seven more signatories and members of the National Business Institute (NBI) have added their names to the 31 companies already pledged to South Africa’s Energy Efficiency Accord, which forms part of a national drive to encourage more efficient use of energy. 

Cable business booms following BEE deal

By: Olivia Soraya Spadavecchia     1st September 2006 Durban-based ARB Electrical Wholesalers has, according to MD Craig Robertson, become the largest BEE, independent stockist and distributor of power cable and transmission line products in South Africa. 

Enrichment but one of the uranium-beneficiation options being studied - Erwin

By: Terence Creamer     28th August 2006 Given South Africa's position as a leading producer of uranium, it was only logical for it to assess the economic potential for adding value to the resource. This would include, but not exclusively so, possible uranium enrichment for use as fuel in conventional nuclear-energy plants as well as... 

Eskom, Siemens in R402m equipment deal for Komati demothballing

By: Mariaan Webb     25th August 2006 State-owned electricity supplier Eskom and electrical engineering company Siemens, headquartered in Germany, signed a R402-million contract for the replacement of control and instrumentation equipment at the Komati power station, one of Eskom's three plants being demothballed, on Friday. 

Eskom to fight 'unjustified sanctions'

By: Mariaan Webb     17th August 2006 State-owned power utility Eskom on Thursday reiterated that it would oppose any “unjustified sanctions” from South Africa's energy regulator, arguing that the findings of the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) on the recent Western Cape outages relied on isolated facts. 

Southern African nations study of $7bn power plan

By: Bloomberg     16th August 2006 Five Southern African countries will conduct feasibility studies into the development of a $7-billion power project in the region, where demand for electricity is expected to increase by a quarter by 2010. 

Sasol seeks to shift fuel debate from windfall taxes to security of supply

By: Terence Creamer     15th August 2006 Petrochemicals group Sasol attempted to shift the debate, in hearings convened to deliberate the appropriateness of introducing a windfall tax on synthetic fuels, from policy measures to extract possible redistributive benefits to issues of security of supply. 

Eskom could be fined up to R300m, energy regulator says

By: Mariaan Webb     15th August 2006 An investigation by the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) into the events that led to the recent widespread Western Cape power outages has found the State-owned electricity supplier Eskom guilty of transgressing its licensing conditions negligence on the part of the power utility.... 

New PBMR applications, test facilities progress

By: Keith Campbell     11th August 2006 South Africa�s cutting-edge nucleartechnology, the pebble-bed modularreactor (PBMR), is attracting interest for process-heat applications. �We have a team working on technicalconcepts and a business case for usingPBMRs for several process-heat applications, including desalination, hydrogen... 

Pilot PBMR fuel plant on the horizon

By: Keith Campbell     11th August 2006 THE PBMR company is busy with the process of declaring its detailed baseline design for the pilot fuel plant to supply the Pebble Bed Modular Rector demonstration power plant (DPP). 

Licensing and permitting process advances

By: Keith Campbell     11th August 2006 One of the top priorities this year for PBMR, the company developing South Africa�s fourth-generation, inherently-safe, Pebble-Bed Modular Reactor (PBMR), is advancing the licensing and permitting process for the construction of the demonstration power plant (DPP) and the pilot fuel plant. 

How PBMRs work

By: Keith Campbell     11th August 2006 Although derived from German technology, successfully pioneered by that country�s AVR reactor, which operated from 1960 to 1989, South Africa�s version of the Pebble-Bed Modular Reactor (PBMR) incorporates locally-developed, unique, and patented innovations, especially with regard to the power... 

Presses perform well

11th August 2006 Two fully-computerised nuclear fuel development presses manufactured by Hytec for South Africa�s Pebble Bed Modular Reactor (PBMR) programme have, for the past three years, been performing to specification, enabling an error margin of no more than 2,5% across the entire press range of 20 t to 500... 

State would like new and old nuclear options in the energy mix

11th August 2006 State-owned power utility Eskom is studying both a conventional nuclear investment as well as the deployment of the pebble bed modular reactor (PBMR) technology in line with government policy, which states that nuclear energy should be included South Africa�s electricity-supply mix. 

eThekwini received US funding for power-infrastructure study

By: Terence Creamer     10th August 2006 A US government agency has awarded a $500 000 (about R3,4-million) grant to the eThekwini municipality, which was to be used to fund a study into the upgrading and integration of the information systems that support the city's power infrastructure. A ceremony confirming the grant was held in... 

Green light for new nuclear in UK

By: Keith Campbell     28th July 2006 The British government earlier this month announced that nuclear power would be an important component in that country’s future energy matrix. 

Government wants State-owned enterprises to go extra mile in developing 'competitive' local suppliers

By: Terence Creamer     28th July 2006 The Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) and South Africa’s State-owned enterprises (SoEs) are finalising various supplier-development programmes in a bid to raise the level of local content in the multibillion-rand public infrastructure drive, involving large-scale power, transport and... 

Eskom considering World Bank funding for specific projects

By: Terence Creamer     28th July 2006 State-owned power utility Eskom is considering tapping the World Bank, the European Investment Bank and the African Development Bank for ‘specific funding’ as it pursues a R97-billion programme to raise its generation capacity, strengthen and expand its transmission network and... 

Electricity-distribution consolidation nudges forward

By: Terence Creamer     26th July 2006 The fraught process of creating metropolitan-level regional electricity distributors, or Reds, nudged forward on Wednesday with the confirmation of sponsors committees in five metropolitan areas. 

Eskom-BHP coal deal might see Ingwe reducing exports

By: Nelendhre Moodley     4th July 2006 The world’s largest diversified natural resources company BHP Billiton has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with local power utility Eskom to explore the conversion of its Optimum coal mine into a domestic producer which would exclusively supply Eskom. 

US government supports American firm and BEE partner in their bid for SA peaking-power project

By: Terence Creamer     30th June 2006 A US government agency has approved a $550 900 technical-assistance grant for a black economic-empowered (BEE) company partnering the giant US energy group, AES, in its bid to build one of the private peaking-power plants currently out to tender from the Department of Minerals and Energy (DME). 

Reunert rebrands its electrical businesses

By: Keith Campbell     30th June 2006 Electrical and electronics group Reunert has rebranded its electrical engineering businesses. 

Electricity-sector privatisation process progressing, says Nigerian official

By: Irma Venter     23rd June 2006 The privatisation of Nigeria’s electricity sector is progressing well, says Nigerian power sector forum senior special assistant to the president Foluseke Somolu. 

Televised power warnings enter national consciousness

By: Jade Davenport     23rd June 2006 The television and radio power alert campaign that was rolled out to the Western and Eastern Cape at the end of May has assumed a countrywide focus with the national rollout of this strategy last week. 

US government backs AES bid for SA peaking-power project

By: Terence Creamer     14th June 2006 A US government agency has approved a $550 900 technical-assistance grant for a black economic-empowered (BEE) company partnering the giant US energy group, AES, in its bid to build one of the private peaking-power plants currently out to tender from the Department of Minerals and Energy (DME).... 

New technology to help cut manufacturing cost of alternative energy source

By: Zonika Botha     26th May 2006 An agreement between the Central Energy Fund (CEF), of South Africa, and IFE, a German company, will help to make solar power a much more cost-effective alternative energy solution for end users. 

Top-notch lightning forecasting buffering industry, insurance and even sport against weather risk

By: Liezel Hill     26th May 2006 Severe and extreme weather moves quickly and can cause momentous damage to life and property in a short period of time, as vividly evidenced by the recent disasters in the Gulf Coast, South-East Asia and Pakistan. As a result, ‘nowcasting’ techniques are becoming increasingly... 

Reunert plans big electrical capex as it gets set to exit defence

By: Terence Creamer     26th May 2006 Engineering and technology group Reunert has outlined an aggressive organic-growth strategy as it seeks to align itself with opportunities set to arise from South Africa’s big public-infrastructure spend of R372-billion over the next four years. 

Accelerated base-load investment in prospect as new Eskom plan takes shape

By: Terence Creamer     19th May 2006 A detailed revision of State-owned power utility Eskom’s capital-expansion plans - which is likely to result in an accelerated and scaled-up investment programme - will be presented for board approval by the third quarter of this year. Work on the new plan began in February, following a... 

R2bn mini coal-corridor project on track

By: Terence Creamer     19th May 2006 State-owned enterprises Eskom and Transnet are close to concluding a deal for the construction of a dedicated railway spur from Ermelo, in Mpumalanga, to the Majuba power station in Kwazulu-Natal. 

Power infrastructure spending to boost Altron's order book

By: Zonika Botha     19th May 2006 State-owned electricity utility Eskom’s planned infrastructure expenditure of R93-billion over the next five years represents revenue-generating opportunities of between R1,1-billion and 1,8-billion a year for Powertech, a division of the Altron group. 

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