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Electricity News

As renewables soar, BP sees China hitting brakes on energy growth

By: Reuters     14th February 2019 Global demand for renewable power will soar at an unprecedented pace over the coming decades, BP said in a benchmark report on Thursday, while China’s energy growth is seen sharply decelerating as its economic expansion slows. Still, China is set to remain the largest energy consumer by a long... 

Kibo, Edenville’s shares knocked by Tanesco bid rejection

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th February 2019 The share prices of Kibo Energy and Edenville Energy took a knock on Thursday after the companies announced that they had not qualified to participate in the next stage of a bidding process by the Tanzania Electricity Supply Company (Tanesco) to develop coal power projects with a total capacity... 

Kibo, Edenville’s shares knocked by Tanesco bid rejection
Kibo's drilling at the Mbeya coal-to-power project, in Tanzania

Ramaphosa sets up cabinet committee to manage Eskom daily

By: African News Agency      14th February 2019 President Cyril Ramaphosa said a special cabinet task team has been established to deal with the Eskom crisis and provide him with reports daily on the State of the power grid and "what actions need to be taken to ensure energy supply". Responding to the debate on the State of the nation address,... 

Ramaphosa sets up cabinet committee to manage Eskom daily
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Ramaphosa promises to correct lack of consultation with labour on Eskom unbundling 

By: Terence Creamer     14th February 2019 President Cyril Ramaphosa acknowledged on Thursday that there had been insufficient consultation with labour on government’s plan to unbundle Eskom into three separate companies, but he also stressed that the proposed restructuring would not result in privatisation. In his response to the debate... 

Ramaphosa promises to correct lack of consultation with labour on Eskom unbundling
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Ramaphosa rules out any privatisation of Eskom

By: African News Agency      14th February 2019 President Cyril Ramaphosa on Thursday emphatically ruled out privatising any part of Eskom as government moves to split the struggling power utility into three separate entities. In reply to the parliamentary debate on his state of the nation address, Ramaphosa urged critics of the plan to... 

Ramaphosa rules out any privatisation of Eskom
President Cyril Ramaphosa

KenGen to raise funds from the market this year, eyes green bond

By: Reuters     14th February 2019 The Kenya Electricity Generating Company plans to raise funds from the market later this year and it may opt to issue the country's first green bond, its chief executive said. KenGen has a 1 631 MW annual capacity and it supplies 70% of the East African nation's electricity. Private investors... 

NUM seethes over lack of consultation on Eskom unbundling 

By: Terence Creamer     14th February 2019 The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has expressed deep unhappiness with the decision of President Cyril Ramaphosa to announce the unbundling of Eskom in the absence of any prior consultation with the union, which is a formal ally of the governing African National Congress (ANC). The union,... 

NUM seethes over lack of consultation on Eskom unbundling
NUM president Joseph Montisetse (left) listens while his general-secretary David Sipunzi speaks during a media conference

SA infrastructure think tank slams Eskom's hiring of foreign engineers

By: African News Agency      14th February 2019 The Infrastructure Research Development Centre (IRDC) said on Thursday it opposed the government's decision to bring in external engineers to investigate the crisis at State utility Eskom's power stations. Public enterprises minister Pravin Gordhan on Wednesday told Parliament that a panel of... 

SA infrastructure think tank slams Eskom's hiring of foreign engineers

Shifting R100bn in Eskom debt to government will have ‘dire’ economic consequences 

By: Terence Creamer     13th February 2019 Amid confirmation that Eskom is technically insolvent and will require a capital injection by April to remain a going concern, a leading economist is cautioning against the proposed transfer of R100-billion of the utility’s debt to government’s balance sheet. Instead, Standard Bank chief... 

Shifting R100bn in Eskom debt to government will have ‘dire’ economic consequences
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Standard Bank chief economist Goolam Ballim

Load shedding: This is an emergency – Gordhan 

By: News24Wire      13th February 2019 No one could have anticipated the return of load shedding four days ago, Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan has said, referring to the present state of Eskom as an "emergency". The minister was briefing the portfolio committee on public enterprises on Wednesday about the crisis at Eskom. 

 Load shedding: This is an emergency – Gordhan
Photo by Reuters
Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan

Gordhan: Those responsible for Eskom's failures may soon be in 'orange uniforms'

By: News24Wire      13th February 2019 Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan has said that government plans to hold those responsible for Eskom's failures to account. Gordhan said there would be litigation against those responsible for the poor design of Medupi and also suggested that, in terms of corruption, some people might... 

 Gordhan: Those responsible for Eskom's failures may soon be in 'orange uniforms'
Photo by Creamer Media's Dylan Slater
Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan

Lemur completes review of power BFS for Imaloto project

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     13th February 2019 Bushveld Minerals subsidiary Lemur has completed the review of the bankable feasibility study (BFS) for the power aspect of its Imaloto integrated thermal coal mining and independent power producer (IPP) project, in Madagascar. It has also issued a request for proposals for legal advisory... 

South Africa not planning to privatise Eskom after split – Gordhan

By: Reuters     13th February 2019 South Africa is not planning to privatise embattled power utility Eskom after the firm is split into three separate entities of generation, transmission and distribution, Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan said on Wednesday. "At no stage has the president said, or the government... 

South Africa not planning to privatise Eskom after split – Gordhan
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Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan

Eskom 'technically insolvent', won't last beyond April 2019 – committee hears

By: News24Wire      13th February 2019 Eskom is "technically insolvent" and will cease to exist at the current trajectory by April 2019, the portfolio committee on public enterprises heard. The department of public enterprises (DPE) briefed members of the portfolio committee on public enterprises on Wednesday, where the issues at... 

Eskom 'technically insolvent', won't last beyond April 2019 – committee hears

Eskom and the multi-billion rand mega projects that could have saved SA 

By: News24Wire      13th February 2019 Corruption and State capture are major reasons why coal plants Medupi and Kusile are not delivering electricity as planned and why South Africa is facing crippling blackouts, say energy experts. Kusile and Medupi, the third and fourth largest coal power plants in the world, were originally due to... 

 Eskom and the multi-billion rand mega projects that could have saved SA

South Africa's biggest labour group embarks on nationwide strike

By: Bloomberg     13th February 2019 South Africa’s biggest labor federation will embark on a nationwide protest on Wednesday that will keep teachers, policemen, miners and workers at embattled power utility Eskom away from their posts amid a fourth day of rolling blackouts. The National Union of Mineworkers -- an affiliate of the... 

Eskom to implement Stage 3 load shedding

By: African News Agency      13th February 2019 Eskom will implement Stage 3 load shedding on Wednesday from 8am to 11pm as a result of a shortage of capacity, the power utility said. The shortage was a result of a number of generating units that are out of service due to breakdowns, it said. 

Eskom to implement Stage 3 load shedding

Enel starts construction of 140 MW Eastern Cape wind farm

By: Simone Liedtke     12th February 2019 Italy’s Enel, through its renewable subsidiary Enel Green Power RSA (EGP RSA), has started construction of its 140 MW Nxuba wind farm in the Amatole district, making it the group’s third wind project in the Eastern Cape province. The construction of Nxuba, which is expected to be completed by... 

Battle lines drawn as opposition parties contest Ramaphosa’s Eskom unbundling plan  

By: Terence Creamer     12th February 2019 The future structure of South Africa’s debt-laden electricity producer Eskom emerged as the central topic during the debate on President Cyril Ramaphosa’s February 7 State of the Nation Address (SONA), in which he announced that the utility would be split, under Eskom Holdings, into three... 

Battle lines drawn as opposition parties contest Ramaphosa’s Eskom unbundling plan

Eskom blames new-plant faults as South Africa blackouts continue

By: Bloomberg     12th February 2019 Struggling power utility Eskom started a third day of power outages, blaming issues including failures at two huge new power stations that are also the main source of the company’s massive debt. Eskom on Tuesday implemented rotational power cuts of 3 000 MW. The utility Monday resorted to the... 

Outa calls for bold decisions to end load shedding

By: African News Agency      12th February 2019 The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) on Tuesday called on government to make bold interventions to minimise load shedding by the State-owned power utility. This as Eskom on Monday unexpectedly began cutting off power supply with stage 4 load shedding after six power generating units tripped.... 

Outa calls for bold decisions to end load shedding

Opinion: Are there really more jobs in coal than in renewables? 

By: Tobias Bischof-Niemz     12th February 2019 There is considerable support in South Africa for the notion that a transition in the electricity system from coal to renewable energy will trigger a jobs bloodbath at both Eskom and the Mpumalanga coal mines. A detailed analysis of the job numbers, however, suggests quite the opposite. In fact,... 

Opinion: Are there really more jobs in coal than in renewables?
Dr Tobias Bischof-Niemz

Electrical equipment group aims to penetrate new markets with integrated offering 

By: Terence Creamer     12th February 2019 Electrical products manufacturer Zest WEG Group has added an integrated-solutions offering to its products-oriented sales strategy in a bid to penetrate market segments in which there is a growing appetite for all-encompassing solutions. The South African company is the fifth largest branch... 

Electrical equipment group aims to penetrate new markets with integrated offering
Zest WEG Group CEO Siegfried Kreutzfeld in conversation with Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer on the group's growth strategy. Camera Work & Editing: Darlene Creamer.

Eskom to take 3 000 MW off the grid in rotational powercuts

By: African News Agency      12th February 2019 State power company Eskom said it would implement rolling blackouts for a third straight day on Tuesday, taking 3 000 MW off the load at any given time to ease pressure on the national grid. It said generating units that had broken down unexpectedly had returned to service, but emergency reserves... 

Eskom to take 3 000 MW off the grid in rotational powercuts

Ramaphosa says Eskom power cuts 'most worrying'

By: Reuters     12th February 2019 South Africa's president Cyril Ramaphosa said on Monday the prospect of more power cuts by utility Eskom were "most worrying". The cash-strapped company warned of wider controlled power cuts on Monday after six additional generating units unexpectedly went offline. 

Ramaphosa says Eskom power cuts 'most worrying'
President Cyril Ramaphosa

New statistics point to renewables playing a role in load-shedding mitigation  

By: Terence Creamer     11th February 2019 Newly released statistics on the performance of South Africa’s small, but expanding, renewable-energy fleet point to a positive contribution from the country’s wind and solar plants during those hours towards the end of 2018 when Eskom resorted to load-shedding. Compiled by the Council for... 

New statistics point to renewables playing a role in load-shedding mitigation
CSIR Energy Centre principal engineer Jarrad Wright

Agri SA warns of negative impact of load-shedding on agriculture

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     11th February 2019 Agri SA has noted its concerns about the potential negative impact of load-shedding on the agricultural sector and the broader value chain. In a statement on Monday, the company highlighted that electricity is an important input cost for many farmers, especially farmers that depend on irrigation. 

Africa, Middle East increase onshore wind power capacity to 5.7 GW

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th February 2019 The Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) on Monday released data that found Africa and the Middle East had installed 962 MW of onshore wind power capacity in 2018 – a 300 MW increase compared with 2017. The GWEC’s global wind report forecasts that a further 6.5 GW of capacity will be added by... 

Africa, Middle East increase onshore wind power capacity to 5.7 GW

Gordhan meeting Eskom executives over power crisis 

By: Reuters     11th February 2019 Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan is meeting executives from state power firm Eskom on Monday to find solutions to the country's electricity crisis, Eskom spokesperson Khulu Phasiwe told Reuters. Eskom said on Monday it would cut 4 000 MW from the national grid from 13:00 after six... 

Gordhan meeting Eskom executives over power crisis
Photo by Bloomberg
Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan

Moody's says split plan does little to solve South Africa's Eskom financial woes 

By: Reuters     11th February 2019 The South African government's plan to split struggling state power company Eskom into three entities does little to address the company's financial difficulties, credit ratings agency Moody's said in a research report. "The move paves the way for a more transparent group with more clearly... 

DA calls for parliamentary debate on Eskom

By: African News Agency      11th February 2019 As Eskom resumed load-shedding, the Democratic Alliance (DA) on Monday demanded a parliamentary debate on the crisis gripping the power utility. Senior DA MP Natasha Mazzone said it was imperative that it takes place before Thursday, when President Cyril Ramaphosa will reply to the debate on the... 

DA calls for parliamentary debate on Eskom

Stage 2 load-shedding to start at 09:00

By: Creamer Media Reporter      11th February 2019 Power utility Eskom on Monday said Stage 2 load-shedding would start at 09:00 and would likely continue until 22:00.   "Although a number of generating units have returned to service as per the nine-point recovery plan, regrettably additional units continue to trip. This results in a shortage of... 

Stage 2 load-shedding to start at 09:00

Eskom says risk of rotational power cuts high for Monday

By: African News Agency      11th February 2019 State power utility Eskom said the risk for staggered powercuts was high for Monday after implementing the first loadshedding since early December on Sunday. "The probability of rotational loadshedding remains high tomorrow as a result of a shortage of capacity due to a number of generating units... 

Eskom says risk of rotational power cuts high for Monday

Industry shares sentiments on Eskom, energy landscape following SoNA 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th February 2019 Following President Cyril Ramaphosa’s State of the Nation Address (SoNA) on Thursday evening, Business Unity South Africa (Busa) said it concurred on the urgent need to implement an effective turnaround strategy at Eskom.  The organisation also welcomed the general thrust of policies mapped out... 

Industry shares sentiments on Eskom, energy landscape following SoNA

DBSA wins global award for renewable energy project financing 

By: Simone Liedtke     8th February 2019 The Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) has won the African Renewable Energy Programme Award. The award was presented to the DBSA, in London, in the UK, by Project Finance International (PFI), an institution that organises the global awards. 

Ramaphosa promises ‘meaningful consultation’ as he confirms split of Eskom into three units 

By: Terence Creamer     7th February 2019 President Cyril Ramaphosa confirmed on Thursday that South Africa’s embattled State-owned electricity producer would be split, under Eskom Holdings, into three separate entities – generation, transmission and distribution – in an effort to bring credibility to the turnaround of the utility and to... 

Ramaphosa promises ‘meaningful consultation’ as he confirms split of Eskom into three units
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President Cyril Ramaphosa

Sort out Eskom or beneficiation will suffer, warns Mantashe

By: Kim Cloete     7th February 2019 Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe has expressed concern about progress in beneficiating minerals, while Eskom is still battling. “If we don’t sort out Eskom problems, we are going to be in trouble with beneficiation. There must be an arrangement for certain categories of customers for an... 

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