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Metair sees 7% drop in profit, signs supply agreement with Daimler

By: Irma Venter     Updated 1 hour 1 minute ago Manufacturer, distributor and retailer of energy storage solutions and automotive components, Metair, has secured a multiyear supply agreement, from 2018 onwards, for the supply of enhanced flooded start/stop batteries to German car maker Daimler, in Europe, says MD Theo Loock. Speaking in... 

OPINION: Enabling renewable energy with flexibility

     Updated 1 hour 9 minutes ago In this thought leadership article, Wärtsilä's Wayne Glossop explores the issue of building flexibility into the South African power system as the penetration of renewable energy rises  

OPINION: Enabling renewable energy with flexibility
Photo by Duane Daws
Wayne Glossop

Eskom, NamPower sign five-year supply deal

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     Updated 1 hour 11 minutes ago Eskom on Thursday signed a five-year firm electricity sales agreement with Namibia’s national electricity utility NamPower, providing energy security to the neighbouring country and facilitating economic development and growth. Eskom interim CEO Matshela Koko noted at the signing, held alongside... 

Kibo Mining positions for power purchase agreement with the Tanzanian government

By: African News Agency      Updated 2 hours 58 minutes ago Kibo Mining said on Thursday that it was well placed to conclude negotiations on a power purchase agreement (PPA) with the Tanzanian government following the completion of restructuring and policy changes at the State-owned power supplier. This comes after Tanzania president John Magufuli in... 

Coal transporters take Eskom, government to court

By: African News Agency      Updated 3 hours ago The Coal Transporters Forum (CTF) has approached the high court, seeking an interdict to bar Eskom from entering into contracts with renewable energy independent power producers (IPPs) as envisaged by government. At a press briefing in Pretoria on Thursday, CTF spokesperson Mary Phadi however... 

Exosun, Lesedi partner to offer localised solar tracking solutions in South Africa

By: Mia Breytenbach     Updated 5 hours ago Global supplier of solar tracking solutions for ground-mounted photovoltaic (PV) plants Exosun and South Africa-based engineering, procurement and construction company Lesedi Nuclear Services have entered into a partnership to provide localised solar tracking systems in South Africa. “Lesedi will... 

Eskom announces executive committee changes

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     22nd March 2017 Power provider Eskom has seconded group capital executive Abram Masango to the office of the group CE, to further strengthen the implementation of Eskom’s corporate plan. Eskom interim CEO Matshela Koko said the move was part of the company’s design-to-cost five-year strategic corporate plan,... 

Wärtsilä supplies 15 MW solar plant in Burkina Faso

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     22nd March 2017 Technology group Wärtsilä has entered into an agreement with independent power producer Eren Renewable Energy’s 90%-owned Essakane Solar, in Burkina Faso, to supply it with a 15 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant. The remaining 10% is owned by Eren’s development partner African Energy... 

EIUG supports Eskom plan for new pricing deals with power-intensive firms 

By: Terence Creamer     22nd March 2017 The Energy Intensive User Group of Southern Africa (EIUG) believes there is policy, legislative and regulatory space to introduce new electricity pricing arrangements to help restart of idle mining and process-industry activities, as well as encourage new investments to absorb Eskom’s surplus,... 

EIUG supports Eskom plan for new pricing deals with power-intensive firms

Soweto hearings on prepaid electricity begin

By: African News Agency      22nd March 2017 Petition hearings on Soweto prepaid electricity metering concerns get underway Wednesday morning at the St John’s Church, Jazzyville in Diepkloof extension 1, Parliament has announced. “The hearings will be held under the auspices of Parliament’s Committees on Public Enterprises and Cooperative... 

US firm seeks $561m from Tanzania in power supply dispute

By: Reuters     22nd March 2017 Symbion Power is seeking $561-million from Tanzania's state power supplier Tanesco via international mediation, accusing it of breach of contract, the US firm said on Tuesday. Symbion owns a 120 MW thermal power plant in Tanzania's commercial capital Dar es Salaam and is one the handful of... 

S&P affirms Eskom rating on ‘extremely high’ likelihood of govt support as liquidity weakens

By: Terence Creamer     22nd March 2017 S&P Global Ratings has sustained a negative outlook on Eskom after affirming its 'BB-' sub-investment-grade rating this week, pointing to the State-owned electricity utility’s weakening liquidity position as a result of a “lower-than-expected” tariff increase for 2017/18. On February 23, the... 

S&P affirms Eskom rating on ‘extremely high’ likelihood of govt support as liquidity weakens

Majuba coal silo recovery completed

By: Anine Kilian     20th March 2017 The construction of a permanent coal-handling solution for State-owned Eskom’s Majuba power station has been completed, including the rebuilding of Silo 20, the reinforcement of silos 10 and 30, as well as the implementation of a lift shaft, two piers and a coal conveyor system.   “We commend the... 

Majuba coal silo recovery completed
The collapsed Silo 20

AFD, Eskom sign R6bn financing deal 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     17th March 2017 To further support its investment in the extension and reinforcement of its power transmission grid, State-owned Eskom has signed a R6-billion multi-tranche framework agreement with the French Agency for Development (AFD). “This multi-tranche loan facility will contribute towards Eskom plans to... 

AFD, Eskom sign R6bn financing deal

Eskom connects a further 35 000 Eastern Cape households to grid

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     17th March 2017 During the 11 months to February, State-owned electricity provider Eskom has connected 35 000 more Eastern Cape households, in rural areas, to its grid. “We have intensified our implementation programme throughout the country and we intend achieving an additional 15 000 new connections in the... 

South Africa's Numsa calls for national strike over plant closures

By: Reuters     17th March 2017 The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa), which claims to have 350 000 members, said on Friday it was calling for a national strike over State-run power utility Eskom's decision to shut down several coal-fired power stations. "Numsa is gearing up for the mother of all strikes in... 

Amid challenges, power sector offers massive opportunities

By: Nadine James     17th March 2017 Although the power and electricity sector in Africa faces massive challenges, it also offers massive opportunities, says Power & Electricity World Africa (PEWA) event organiser Terrapinn.  

Amid challenges, power sector offers massive opportunities
MOMENT IN THE SUN Africa’s largest power and electricity event offers innovative, cost-effective means of tackling Africa’s power challenges

Automation products on display at event

     17th March 2017 Industrial product supplier Magnet’s stand at the Power & Electricity World Africa 2017 conference and exhibition, taking place at the Sandton Convention Centre on March 28 and 29, will highlight the company’s Carlo Gavazzi automation products portfolio.  

Automation products on  display at event
ENERGY METER Carlo Gavazzi energy meters, current transformers and energy-efficiency monitoring solutions will be exhibited at stand J5

Current Electric

By: Zandile Mavuso     17th March 2017 Established in February 1982 and acquired by electrical engineering group Actom Group in June 2008, current and transformers manufacturers Current Electric has been in the forefront of supplying ISO9001 accredited products globally.  

Current Electric

First continuous hydrothermal liquefaction production plant launched at NWU

By: David Oliveira     17th March 2017 South Africa’s first continuous hydrothermal liquefaction plant was launched at North-West University (NWU) earlier this month, which will result in the production of bio-oils, bio-char, biochemicals and biogas. The plant is one of the outputs of the Department of Science and Technology- and the... 

Govt’s involvement in promoting energy efficiency needed

     17th March 2017 Government should be more proactive and involved in encouraging energy efficiency, as it lies at the core of sustained economic growth, says the National Cleaner Production Centre of South Africa (NCPC-SA). This, along with the statement that industries and businesses must prepare more... 

Govt’s involvement in promoting energy efficiency needed
INDUSTRIAL ENERGY EFFICIENCY WORKSHOP The event held on February 22 focused on challenges of rising energy costs

Lack of reliable power supply hinders Africa’s growth – trade commission

By: Nadine James     17th March 2017 Despite an uptick in planned power-generation projects, it is still fair to say that Africa lacks reliable power supply, which has prevented the continent’s economies from developing in line with their potential, says Austrian Trade Commission Advantage Austria.  “The effects of the lack of... 

Lack of reliable power supply hinders Africa’s growth – trade commission
JOHANNES BRUNNER There is significant interest in Africa in terms of the opportunities available for companies in renewable-energy and energy-storage

Microgrid powers Kruger Park lodge resort

     17th March 2017 American battery manufacturer Aquion Energy last month announced the completion of  a newly installed offgrid microgrid at a nature lodge resort in Kruger National Park in South Africa, which consists of a 55 kWh Aquion Aspen battery bank, paired with a 10 kW solar array. Aquion, which... 

Microgrid powers Kruger Park lodge resort
WORTH ITS SALT The saltwater batteries have been sized to comfortably support the lodge's loads during overcast conditions

Power products on display at Solar Show Africa

By: Nadine James     17th March 2017 Global electronics company Omron Electronics will showcase its power-monitoring, power-management and energy-saving products at the Solar Show Africa 2017 – which runs alongside the Power & Electricity World Africa 2017 conference taking place at the Sandton Convention Centre on March 28 and 29.... 

Power products on display at Solar Show Africa
ONE OF A KIND Omron will use this African renewable-energy exhibition to display the only potential induced degradation

UK Minister forecasts major nuclear expansion over next 20 years

By: Keith Campbell     17th March 2017 It is estimated that, over the next 20 years, more than £930-billion will be invested in expanding civil nuclear energy capacity worldwide. This was affirmed by UK Secretary of State for International Trade Dr Liam Fox in his keynote address at the Civil Nuclear Showcase 2017 in London, at the... 

Zambia agreement seen paving way for further solar power solutions

By: Dylan Slater     17th March 2017 The government of Zambia last month signed a second mandate with Scaling Solar, an initiative of the World Bank Group, which is helping developing countries procure low-cost, privately financed, solar power.  

Dubai’s CSP price cap seen driving technology’s competitiveness 

By: Terence Creamer     16th March 2017 A leading developer of concentrated solar power (CSP) projects in Africa and the Middle East believes the price cap proposed by the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) for an upcoming CSP project could add significant impetus to improving the technology’s cost competitiveness, which may... 

Dubai’s CSP price cap seen driving technology’s competitiveness
Photo by Duane Daws
The Bookpoort CSP plant

City Power's board to be replaced

By: News24Wire      16th March 2017 The entire of board of City Power, including chair and ANC stalwart Reverend Frank Chikane, will be replaced after its term was not renewed. The announcement was made during City Power's Annual General Meeting on Thursday. 

City Power's board to be replaced
Reverand Frank Chikane

NUM up in arms over proposed closure of five Eskom power stations 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     16th March 2017 The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) on Thursday delivered memorandums at the Arnot, Komati and Duvha power stations, setting out their grievances over State-owned power provider Eskom’s decommissioning plan, which will see it close five power stations over five years, threatening 6 000 direct... 

Salga NEC welcomes ‘progress’ made in resolving impasse between Eskom, municipalities

By: Anine Kilian     15th March 2017 The South African Local Government Association’s (Salga’s) national executive committee (NEC) has welcomed the progress made in reaching a resolution in the matter of the nonpayment of historical debt owed by municipalities to State-owned power utility Eskom. Speaking shortly after the NEC’s... 

Eskom initiates talks on triggering government support to cover IPP costs 

By: Terence Creamer     15th March 2017 Eskom has written to the signatories of the Government Support Framework Agreement (GSFA) – which guarantees support for the State-owned utility in meeting its obligation to buy electricity from renewable-energy independent power producers (IPPs) – to discuss a possible triggering of government... 

Eskom initiates talks on triggering government support to cover IPP costs
Photo by Duane Daws
Eskom interim CEO Matshela Koko

Loeriesfontein completes wind turbine installation

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     15th March 2017 Loeriesfontein Wind Farm has completed the installation of its 61 wind turbines, while achieving over 1.25-million hours without a single lost-time incident, on March 1. “This is a hugely significant health and safety construction milestone for one of the country’s largest wind farms, so... 

Eskom, CDC sign MoU in preparation for possible Thyspunt nuclear build

By: Natasha Odendaal     14th March 2017 As South Africa “gears up” for its Nuclear New Build Programme (NNBP), State-owned power utility Eskom has joined hands with the Coega Development Corporation (CDC) as its partner on the ground at the preferred Thyspunt site, in the Eastern Cape, for the construction of the programme’s first... 

S&P Global sees higher use of guarantees by Eskom as ratings ‘pressure point’

By: Terence Creamer     14th March 2017 S&P Global warns that contingent liabilities associated with guarantees to State-owned companies (SoCs) such as Eskom have emerged as a “pressure point” for South Africa’s sovereign rating, which the agency currently has at one notch above junk, but with a negative outlook. The negative outlook... 

S&P Global sees higher use of guarantees by Eskom as ratings ‘pressure point’

Kusile’s Unit 1 reaches full load

By: Natasha Odendaal     14th March 2017 State-owned power utility Eskom on Tuesday said that Kusile power station’s Unit 1 had reached its full 800 MW load-generating capacity last week after the initial synchronisation on December 26. Kusile Unit 1, which is in the final stages of the combustion optimisation phase, is now one step... 

Zimbabwe seeks new South African electricity supply deal 

By: Reuters     13th March 2017 Zimbabwe is negotiationg a new deal to continue importing power from South African utility Eskom to make up for shortfalls in generating capacity at its Kariba hydropower station, the country's energy minister said on Monday. In January last year Eskom agreed a one-year deal to sell up to 300 MW... 

Tanzania gives coal mining licence to Dangote after President's order

By: Reuters     13th March 2017 Tanzania has awarded a coal mining licence to the local unit of Nigeria's Dangote Cement as part of plans to lower the company's production costs and ease disruptions caused by energy shortages. The cement maker suspended output in December, citing technical problems and high production costs,... 

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