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Electrical Power Generation and Transmission

Switched on

16th December 2005 Construction work on the bulk electrical infrastructure for the South African government�s first industrial development complex, the Coega industrial development zone (IDZ) has been commissioned and Coega is now ready to supply electricity to consumers. 

Meeting industry’s water needs

By: Jade Davenport     9th December 2005 R3,3bn project flowing towards 2007 completion 

Public hearings into power prices set for January

By: Terence Creamer     9th December 2005 The National Electricity Regulator (NER) will hold a public hearing on January 20 and 21, to allow oral submissions into a proposed three-year tariff determination for Eskom, which will provide price-increase visibility for the period April 1, 2006 through to March 31, 2009. 

Regulator in far-reaching audit of power distributors

By: Liezel Hill     9th December 2005 The National Electricity Regulator (NER) will announce in May next year the findings and recommendations from the power-distributor audit currently under way at 12 large distributors around the country, acting CEO Naresh Singh said yesterday. 

Union calls for power-cut 'moratorium'

6th December 2005 Trade union Solidarity has proposed an immediate moratorium by the Tshwane Metro Council on electricity disconnection until after Christmas. 

Environmental responsibility key priority for State-enterprise

By: Jade Davenport     2nd December 2005 Environmental sustainability has become a key priority for South Africa’s most successful utility, Eskom, which was recently evidenced by the appointment of former Minister of the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism (DEAT), Valli Moosa as Eskom chairperson, in July this year. 

HR division targets skills recruitment

By: Jade Davenport     2nd December 2005 Since the major capital expansion projects of Eskom assets in the 1970s and 1980s, the electricity utilities giant and, in fact, South Africa, have lost numerous engineering, project management and artisan skills, primarily due to the turbulent political climate of the 1980s and early 1990s. 

R&D activities aimed at resources diversification

By: Jade Davenport     2nd December 2005 At the turn of the century, the State-owned electricity utility Eskom underwent fundamental changes that involved a realignment of the business inwardly to concentrate on its core activities of generation, transmission, trading and retailing of electricity. 

Key customers assured of additional capacity by 2009

By: Jade Davenport     2nd December 2005 With the R84-billion capital expansion project, undertaken by the State-owned electricity utility earlier this year, promising to add 5 

‘Return-to-service’ capacity expansion on schedule

By: Jade Davenport     2nd December 2005 The capacity expansion programme that was initiated by Eskom earlier this year is on schedule with the successful demothballing and return to commercial operation of Camden power station’s Unit Six last month, Engineering News can today report. 

Remote meter reading

By: Irma Venter     2nd December 2005 Two Pretoria-based companies have developed a system whereby any property’s electricity meter can be read through the existing power lines. 

State to crowd-in supplier industry around big public infrastructure spend

By: Terence Creamer     2nd December 2005 The South African government, which expects to facilitate public-infrastructure spending of about R320-billion over the next five years, is working on plans to raise the level of local content in these projects. 

BHP Billiton, Eskom in talks on tariffs for Mozal expansion

By: Liezel Hill     29th November 2005 World number-five aluminium producer BHP Billiton said yesterday that it would push for 'economic' rather than 'cheap' electricity rates for its planned Mozal 3 expansion, in Mozambique. 

SA's national energy regulator to be launched

22nd November 2005 President Thabo Mbeki and Minister Lindiwe Hendricks re to officially launch South Africa's National Energy Regulator (Nersa) at a gala dinner tonight at the Sandton Convention Centre. 

Businesses turn to diesel gensets as blackouts increase

By: Helene Le Roux     18th November 2005 South African manufacturers, retail businesses and households are increasingly turning to power-generation equipment, such as diesel generators (gensets), to ensure the continuity of their electricity supply. 

Question marks ovver umbrella regulator

By: Liezel Hill     4th November 2005 The regulation of South Africa’s energy sector is currently undergoing a substantial transformation, the climax of which is expected to be the launch of the new umbrella regulator, scheduled for early next year. 

Still question marks over umbrella energy regulator

By: Liezel Hill     25th October 2005 The regulation of South Africa's energy sector is currently undergoing a substantial transformation, the climax of which is expected to be the launch of the new umbrella regulator, scheduled for early next year. 

Eskom reports progress in power-station refurb

By: Liezel Hill     24th October 2005 Power utility Eskom last week reported that the upgrades of Units 1, 2 and 3 had been completed in its refurbishment project at Arnot power station. 

Coega IDZ gets switched on

19th October 2005 Construction work on the bulk electrical infrastructure for the South African government's first industrial development complex, the Coega Industrial Development Zone (IDZ) has been commissioned and Coega is now ready to supply electricity to consumers. 

South African firm in Inga refurbishment

By: Laura Tyrer     7th October 2005 MagEnergy, Canada has awarded Ing 

Eskom gives notice of above-inflation tariffs trajectory

By: Terence Creamer     6th October 2005 Power utility Eskom gave notice yesterday that it would most likely apply for above-inflation-target tariff increases in its submission to the National Electricity Regulator (NER) under a new three-year pricing dispensation, to be implemented as from April 2006 - the South African government has... 

ABB's SA arm expected to beat global targets

By: Terence Creamer     30th September 2005 The strong rise in commodity and energy prices over the last couple of years is serving as something of a double-edged sword for global power and automation technology group ABB, President and CEO Fred Kindle told Engineering News during a recent visit to South Africa. 

Nigerian oil group sets sights on JSE listing

By: Terence Creamer     30th September 2005 The JSE's somewhat anaemic oil-and-gas board could be enlarged before the end of this year with the listing of Nigerian integrated energy-solutions firm Oando - currently, the board is dominated by petrochemical group Sasol, with the far smaller Exxoteq still suspended. 

Group Five scoops $90m Nigerian contract

27th September 2005 JSE-listed construction firm Group Five said yesterday that it had been awarded its largest contract in West Africa and its first project in the independent (or deregulated) African power market. 

German group looking to expand dominant market position

By: Jade Davenport     23rd September 2005 Power, transport sectors identified as key growth areas 

Company growth leads to buy-out

23rd September 2005 UK-based private equity firm Doughty Hanson & Co has signed an agreement to buy German-based Moeller Group for a price of €1,1-billion, including pension liabilities and financial debt. 

'Electricity connectivity across SADC vital for growth'

By: Nicola Mawson     12th September 2005 Minister of Minerals and Energy Lindiwe Hendricks, addressing a meeting of the Southern African Power Pool (SAPP) at the weekend, said that a “lack of access to electricity frustrates economic development, impacts negatively on quality of life and environmental improvements, and it condemns... 

Investment in local engineering should not be overlooked

By: Terence Creamer     9th September 2005 Global technology group ABB has significantly beefed up its domestic engineering capacity over the last few years and claims to be able to deliver up to 60% of all products and projects ordered within sub-Saharan Africa from its South African base. 

Conditions 'extremely favourable' for PBMR commercialisation - Erwin

By: Terence Creamer     2nd September 2005 The South African government believes almost model conditions currently exist in South Africa and elsewhere to support the commercial exploitation of the indigenously researched and developed, but still controversial, nuclear technology known as the Pebble Bed Modular Reactor (PBMR). 

New power tariff regime to bring certainty

By: Liezel Hill     1st September 2005 Several key issues were raised yesterday over the National Electricity Regulator's (NER's) new multiyear pricing mechanism (MPM), which it hopes to implement from April 1 next year. 

Nuclear integral to SA's generation vision

By: Liezel Hill     25th August 2005 The South African government has 'pencilled in' an amount of between 4 000 MW and 5 000 MW of power to be generated by pebble bed modular reactors (PBMRs) starting from 2010, Minister of Public Enterprises Alec Erwin said yesterday. 

Nuclear industrial cluster to support localisation

By: Keith Campbell     5th August 2005 THE successful creation of a South African nuclear industry, based on the country�s development of the Pebble Bed Modular Reactor (PBMR) technology by the PBMR company, will require the development of a nuclear industrial cluster with an appropriate strategy by the South African government, such... 

Forging a new industry with PBMR hammer and Coega harbour anvil

By: Keith Campbell     5th August 2005 Offsets from the major international partner in the manufacture of the Pebble Bed Modular Reactor (PBMR) could create a whole new industry in South Africa. 

PBMR on track

By: Keith Campbell     5th August 2005 South Africa�s Pebble Bed Modular Reactor (PBMR) company, designers and developers of the inherently safe Pebble Bed Modular reactor nuclear power technology, is on course to commit to order major components for the first, demonstration, PBMR unit, by the end of this year and early next year. 

Safety first

By: Keith Campbell     5th August 2005 THE Pebble Bed Modular Reactor (PBMR) programme has now reached the stage that it requires a series of process hazard analyses (PHAs) to review the safety and operability of the proposed fuel process facility and auxiliary plants. 

PBMR boosts NW company’s international profile

By: Keith Campbell     5th August 2005 POTCHEFSTROOM-based ISO 9001-accredited high-technology software company M-Tech has had its international profile boosted by its work with the PBMR company on the latter�s Pebble Bed Modular Reactor (PBMR) programme. 

High-tech SA

By: Keith Campbell     5th August 2005 SA company IST Nuclear, part of the IST group, has a critically important role in the development of South Africa�s Pebble Bed Modular Reactor (PBMR) project. 

PBMR – SA’s star in a

By: Keith Campbell     5th August 2005 ALTHOUGH based on a successful and proved German technology, demonstrated for nearly 30 years by the AVR reactor in that country, which ran from 1960 to 1989, the pebble bed modular reactor (PBMR) concept has been subject to so much redesign and remodelling on computers by the South African PBMR... 

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