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Electrical Power Generation and Transmission

Namibia considers options as SA's power crisis bites

By: Irma Venter     19th May 2006 Namibia has installed electricity capacity of 384 MW. However, demand has reached more than 500 MW, and at 2% projected annual growth, this will peak at 600 MW in 2022, says national power utility NamPower Kudu project leader Margaret van der Merwe. 

New Western Cape peaking plants to be handed to Eskom by April

By: Irma Venter     19th May 2006 The Western Cape’s two new open-cycle gas turbine (OCGT) plants will be handed over to Eskom in April next year, says Siemens Power Generation Germany new plants and service sales director (Africa) Olaf W 

Alpha could spark base-load bonanza

By: Terence Creamer     12th May 2006 Energy levels on the third-floor executive suite at Eskom’s Megawatt Park are arguably reaching a level where the utility should consider tapping into them as part of a winter-peak mitigation plan. 

Engineers who want to be submerged

By: Keith Campbell     12th May 2006 Getting marine engineers into shipshape 

R20bn-plus baseload power station certain, site still undecided

By: Terence Creamer     27th April 2006 An announcement by State-owned electricity utility Eskom regarding a R20-billion-plus coal-fired base-load power station, dubbed Project Alpha, is reportedly imminent. In a recent interview, CEO Thulani Gcabashe told Engineering News that the investment had been sanctioned by the Eskom board and... 

Eskom targets SA expats at UK jobs fair

By: Terence Creamer     26th April 2006 Power utility Eskom is sending a team of 12 recruitment specialists to the UK over the weekend to participate in a 'jobs fair' arranged specifically for South Africans and those keen to work in South Africa. 

Eskom to release 'Project Alpha' details next week

By: Terence Creamer     25th April 2006 State electricity utility Eskom should release details of a new coal-fired base-load power station, dubbed Project Alpha, next week, CEO Thulani Gcabashe has told Engineering News. In an interview, Gcabashe revealed that the Eskom board had sanctioned the 1 000-MW-plus investment, but confirmed... 

Equipment supplier jumps the queue with short lead times

By: Laura Tyrer     21st April 2006 While increasing power demands have caught most utility and equipment suppliers off guard, Zest is one step ahead, offering short lead-delivery times for its WEG transformers. 

Communications at the highest level facilitate supply of key component

By: Keith Campbell     21st April 2006 SA President Thabo Mbeki contacted French President Jacques Chirac to request his assistance to get a replacement rotor for the Koeberg nuclear power station’s damaged unit 1. 

Hope for IPPs?

By: Laura Tyrer     21st April 2006 While the recent power problems in the Western Cape have given impetus and a greater sense of urgency to Eskom’s development plan, Rand Merchant Bank (RMB) is providing financing for private-sector power-generation projects. 

Keeping the balance in power-station fan technology

21st April 2006 The trend in fan technology for larger coal-fired power stations built in Europe and elsewhere is toward axial flow fans. 

Equipment supplier switched on to power opportunities

By: Laura Tyrer     21st April 2006 The upcoming infrastructure development and refurbishment projects in South Africa’s power-generation sector are a source of opportunity for equipment supplier Moeller Electric. 

Project finance – the solution to Africa’s economic ills?

21st April 2006 Power generation, a commodity which is generally scarce on the African continent, can create nodes of economic activity that can benefit the local community and help develop small and medium-sized enterprises. 

Universal power standard to aid accurate measurement

21st April 2006 Tool distributor Comtest has introduced the first truly universal power standard, the Fluke 6100A Electrical Power Standard. 

BEE group in the race to keep pace with electricity demand

21st April 2006 Rapidly-growing demand for new ?power-generation capacity and extension of electricity transmission and distribution networks throughout Southern Africa, particularly in South Africa, has brought the main players to the fore offering the required solutions. 

New power company to evaluate engineering, manufacturing and erection capabilities of 45 local firms

By: Laura Tyrer     21st April 2006 In preparing to bid for Eskom’s new coal-fired base-load power station, recently-launched Hitachi Power Africa (HPA) has engaged in a local capability survey. The survey is examining the engineering, manufacturing and erection capabilities of about 45 South African engineering companies.... 

National integrated resource plan under review

By: Laura Tyrer     21st April 2006 In light of the growing international trend towards renewable energy as a contributor to future energy needs, South Africa’s National Energy Regulator (Nersa) will include a ?least-cost renewable energy scenario in its upcoming national integrated resource plan (NIRP). 

New control solution a sweet success

21st April 2006 Indian sugar company Dhampur Sugar Mills has implemented a cost-effective solution to dramatically reduce maintenance costs and enhance system reliability at its Rauzagaon facility. 

New Botswana power station study streaking ahead

By: Mariaan Webb     14th April 2006 The Mmamabula energy project in Botswana, which could potentially supply South Africa with a significant amount of electricity by 2011, has reached a feasibility stage. 

Eskom mulls smelter interruptions as power squeeze bites

By: Terence Creamer     7th April 2006 Electricity utility Eskom will consider invoking the interruptability clauses it has with various energy-intensive clients, particularly those in the metals sector, as the reserve position between South Africa’s winter peak and its installed power capacity continues to narrow. 

Mittal progresses power-plant plans

By: Helene Le Roux     5th April 2006 South Africa's largest steel producer is progressing plans to become one of the country's first large-scale independent power producers. Mittal Steel South Africa CEO Davinder Chugh says that the company is in the advanced stages of a feasibility study to construct a gas-fired power plant at its... 

Disagreement all round

By: Terence Creamer     31st March 2006 What will a scaled-up electricity-generation investment plan mean for future prices? This question, no doubt, is weighing heavily on the minds of officials at State utility Eskom, the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) and those private enterprises deliberating energy-based... 

What precisely did Erwin say?

By: Terence Creamer     17th March 2006 What precisely did Public Enterprises Minister Alec Erwin say on February 28, the day before the March 1 municipal elections, about the incident at Koeberg? 

Managing demand

By: Liezel Hill     17th March 2006 Minerals and Energy Minister Lindiwe Hendricks has signed a directive for the establishment, by April 1, of an energy-efficiency agency to oversee the coordination of initiatives in the country and oversee the measurement and verification of energy-saving projects. 

Eskom approves 1 000 MW base-load plant, revising plans to 6% growth

By: Terence Creamer     13th March 2006 The board at beleaguered State-owned electricity utility Eskom has sanctioned the first of what is expected to be a slew of new base-load power-generation projects, and has given a new directive to the management to re-calibrate the investment programme to South Africa's six per cent growth... 

Eskom to announce new base-load investments soon

By: Terence Creamer     10th March 2006 Embattled State-owned power utility Eskom is set to fast-track the development of new base-load generation capacity countrywide, and is also considering several new base-load options for the Western Cape Province, which has been hit by rolling power outages since the end of December. 

South Africa's power prospects attract global giant

By: Keith Campbell     3rd March 2006 There is a renaissiance in the construction of coal-fired power plants across the world, and in South Africa. 

Eskom base-load announcement now imminent

By: Terence Creamer     2nd March 2006 Embattled State-owned power utility Eskom is set to fast-track the development of new base-load generation capacity countrywide, and is also considering several new base-load options for the Western Cape Province, which has been hit by rolling power outages since the end of December. Public... 

Sabotage suspected cause of Koeberg outages, charges expected soon

28th February 2006 The South African Police Service is well advanced with an investigation into alleged sabotage at the Koeberg nuclear facility in the Western Cape, which has led to widespread power outages in that province over the last few months. Public Enterprises Minister Alec Erwin told a press briefing in... 

Growing business in both range and turnover

By: Keith Campbell     17th February 2006 The latest move up the added-value chain by IST Energy, part of the group’s Electronics wing, into the field of turnkey electricity substation solutions, has been very successful indeed. 

New-generation software

By: Keith Campbell     17th February 2006 UTILITY information solutions company IST Otokon is busy developing the latest generation of its ecWIN software, ecWIN 6.0. 

Launch of Hitachi Power Africa adds new competitive dimension ahead of power spend

By: Liezel Hill     17th February 2006 A new player officially entered the local power-generation construction sector on Wednesday this week, with the launch of Hitachi Power Africa. 

Mapping surveys completed

By: Mariaan Webb     10th February 2006 Specialist laser-surveying company Airborne Laser Solutions (ALS), a member of the Eskom group, is supporting the Department of Minerals and Energy’s drive to electrify all areas of South Africa and has been contracted by Eskom to carry out several mapping surveys in various rural areas. 

Utility tenders penalised local content

By: Terence Creamer     10th February 2006 Inconsistencies in the manner in which rules on local content and black economic-empowerment (BEE) have been applied in a slew of recent tenders released by State-owned Enterprises' Eskom and Transnet has the South African supplier community up in arms. 

Eskom responds to tender concerns

By: Terence Creamer     10th February 2006 Engineering News sent a list of questions to power utility Eskom relating to some of the concerns being raised by the local supplier community. 

Swaziland ponders new coal-fired power plant

By: Liezel Hill     1st February 2006 Proposals were last month submitted for tenders to draw up a full feasibility study on a proposed1 000 MW - 2 000 MW coal-fired thermal power station in Swaziland, which, when commissioned, would move the small Southern African nation from a nett importer to a nett exporter of electricity. 

South Africa re-jigs formula for energy heavy investors

By: Terence Creamer     27th January 2006 The South African government’s decision last year to stop State-owned power utility Eskom from entering into any new commodity-linked tariff agreements created a degree of uncertainty about what pricing mechanism might be employed in future as an incentive to large-scale energy-intensive... 

Long-term concessions to be offered

By: Marcel Chimwala     27th January 2006 As part of the privatisation process for its electricity sector, the government of Malawi is planning to offer long-term concessions to private companies to operate the transmission and distribution business units of the Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom). 

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