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Electricity News

Include 'important' nuclear in SA's electricity mix, says Parly committee 

By: News24Wire      28th November 2018 The energy portfolio committee has come out in strong support of including nuclear power in South Africa's future electricity mix. This is in stark contrast to the latest government plan for South Africa's future electricity mix – the draft Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) 2018 – which contains no... 

Parly committee adopts Eskom inquiry report, recommends top executives testify before Zondo

By: News24Wire      28th November 2018 Parliament’s portfolio committee on public enterprises has adopted its final report into allegations of State capture at Eskom and Transnet, which recommends that some of power utility's former board chairs and top executives be requested to appear before the ongoing judicial commission of... 

Parly committee adopts Eskom inquiry report, recommends top executives testify before Zondo

Zambia targets 200 MW of solar power to reduce hydro dependency

By: Reuters     28th November 2018 Zambia is seeking proposals from potential developers of solar power projects with a combined 200 MW capacity as it tries to diversify its energy mix away from hydroelectric power. Energy Minister Matthew Nkhuwa said in a statement at an investment conference on Tuesday that the 200 MW would be... 

Ramatlhodi to testify at Zondo commission of inquiry

By: News24Wire      28th November 2018 Former Mineral Resources Minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi will be the fourth minister who served under former president Jacob Zuma to appear before the Zondo commission of inquiry into state capture on Wednesday. News24 understands Ramatlhodi and his former adviser and spokesperson advocate Mahlodi... 

Eskom, AfDB sign loan agreement to expand power pool in Southern Africa 

By: Simone Liedtke     27th November 2018 The African Development Bank group (AfDB) and South African power utility Eskom on Tuesday signed a loan agreement to the value of nearly R2.9-billion, or about $25-million, to improve power transmission across Southern Africa. This project contributes to the realisation of the AfDB’s New Deal on... 

Eskom, AfDB sign loan agreement to expand power pool in Southern Africa
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Eskom acting CFO Calib Cassim

Eurasian Resources Group secures electricity supply for DRC copper mine

By: Creamer Media Reporter      27th November 2018 Diversified natural resources group Eurasian Resources Group (ERG) has concluded an agreement with electricity company Société Nationale d’Électricité (SNEL) for the supply of 41 MW of electricity for its Frontier mine, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). SNEL will source the... 

Power system remains 'tight and vulnerable' as protests add further strain – Eskom

By: News24Wire      27th November 2018 There is low to medium probability of load shedding this week but protest action at the entrance of a coal mine could have a detrimental impact, says State power utility Eskom. Eskom on Monday night issued a statement indicating that the power system remains "tight and vulnerable". 

 Power system remains 'tight and vulnerable' as protests add further strain – Eskom

Resolute procures 40 MW solar hybrid power plant for Syama

By: Creamer Media Reporter      26th November 2018 ASX-listed Resolute Mining has signed a joint development agreement with power project financier, developer and operator Ignite Energy Projects for the development of a 40 MW independent solar hybrid power plant at its Syama gold mine, in Mali. The power plant, which will be operational by the... 

100 MW Kathu CSP to enter commercial operation in early 2019 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      26th November 2018 The 100 MW Kathu Solar Park concentrated solar power (CSP) plant, in the Northern Cape, has been synchronised to the national grid and the power station is expected to enter into full commercial operation in early 2019. Construction of the parabolic-trough CSP plant began in May 2016, following... 

100 MW Kathu CSP to enter commercial operation in early 2019
The 100 MW Kathu Solar Park

Ncondezi submits work programme to Mozambican liaison committee

By: Creamer Media Reporter      26th November 2018 Aim-listed Ncondezi Energy has submitted a final work programme and timetable for its Ncondezi integrated 300 MW power and coal mine project, in Tete, Mozambique, to a government-sanctioned liaison committee that is tasked with implementing the project. “The updated work programme and timetable... 

Renergen says higher fuel prices strengthen its business case

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd November 2018 Higher fuel prices have helped to strengthen the business case for using natural gas as a cheaper alternative to more expensive liquid fuels, JSE- and ASX-listed Renergen said on Friday. Reporting on its results for the six months ended August 31, it added that pressure on corporate... 

Audit outcomes of State-owned entities continue to regress

By: Kim Cloete     22nd November 2018 The audit outcomes of State-owned entities (SOEs) have regressed over the past financial year compared with both the previous year and 2014/15. The 2017/18 general report for the Auditor-General South Africa (AGSA) said there was an increase in noncompliance of the 16 SOEs it audited. It also... 

Study under way to help shape policy needed to transition from coal-based to renewable energy systems

By: Simone Liedtke     21st November 2018 As more renewable energy capacity is added globally, thermal coal-fired power stations are likely to, in future, operate only for short periods of time to balance the shortfall in electricity when renewable capacity is not available, University of Johannesburg professor Bilainu Oboirien said at... 

Study under way to help shape policy needed to transition from coal-based to renewable energy systems
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University of Johannesburg professor Bilainu Oboirien

Countries urged to embrace greener energy sources 

By: Simone Liedtke     21st November 2018 Amid rising global energy demand, University of the Witwatersrand visiting adjunct professor Adam Luckos urges developing countries to embrace greener energy principles. To do this without jeopardising economic growth, he suggests that developing countries, where coal is the most viable... 

Countries urged to embrace greener energy sources
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University of the Witwatersrand visiting adjunct professor Adam Luckos

Coal to remain significant part of South Africa’s energy generation mix  

By: Simone Liedtke     21st November 2018 Notwithstanding recent and continued advances in the roll-out of renewable energy and energy efficiency measures, South African National Energy Development Institute (Sanedi) GM for cleaner fossil fuel use Professor Tony Surridge expects coal will continue to form a significant component of South... 

Coal to remain significant part of South Africa’s energy generation mix
South African National Energy Development Institute GM for cleaner fossil fuel use Professor Tony Surridge speaks to Mining Weekly Online about South Africa's status quo surrounding carbon dioxide storage and utilisation. Video & Editing: Nicholas Boyd

Eskom warns its debt could reach R550bn 

By: African News Agency      21st November 2018 Eskom's financial situation will remain dire for the next few years with a risk its debt burden would grow from R400-billion to some R550-billion in the foreseable future, the power utility's CEO Phakamani Hadebe conceded on Wednesday. "The institution is really under severe financial strain,"... 

 Eskom warns its debt could reach R550bn
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Eskom CEO Phakamani Hadebe

Big plans afoot for training more young people in renewable energy

By: Kim Cloete     20th November 2018 The South African Renewable Energy Technology Centre (Saretec), which provides training for wind turbine service technicians and which has recently expanded into training solar photovoltaic (PV) installers, has been officially launched in Cape Town. The sophisticated and state-of-the-art training... 

South Africa’s coal output continues to decline   

By: Simone Liedtke     20th November 2018 XMP Consulting senior coal analyst Xavier Prevost expects South Africa’s coal production to soon “drop drastically” as a result of low investment in new coal mining capacity and older mines reaching the end of their lives. Speaking to Mining Weekly Online on the sidelines of the Fossil Fuel... 

South Africa’s coal output continues to decline
XMP Consultants senior coal analyst Xavier Prevost speaks to Mining Weekly Online on the sidelines of the Clean Coal Technologies conference about the current and future trends in coal production, trade and markets in South Africa. Video & Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

New stage 8 load shedding 'nothing to panic about', says Eskom 

By: News24Wire      20th November 2018 Power utility Eskom recently announced that it would be expanding its load shedding plan to eight stages, allowing for up to 8 000 MW to be shed from the national grid. It previously had four stages that allowed for up 4 000 MW to be cut.   The new schedule is "nothing to panic about", Eskom... 

 New stage 8 load shedding 'nothing to panic about', says Eskom

Eskom ordered to keep Musina's lights on

By: African News Agency      20th November 2018 The North Gauteng High Court on Tuesday ruled in favour of business organisation Sakeliga to interdict Eskom from interrupting electricity supply after Musina and other municipalities failed to settle their debts. "The first respondent be interdicted and restrained from implementing it's decision... 

Eskom says it is not load shedding

By: African News Agency      19th November 2018 Eskom on Monday said it was not implementing load shedding but the power grid was stretched with a low possibility of load shedding for the rest of week. "We will keep our customers informed if there are any changes to the system. Eskom would like to thank its customers for assisting in keeping... 

Eskom says it is not load shedding

Electricity access finance not enough to meet 2030 global energy goals

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th November 2018 The finance required to close electricity and clean cooking access gaps remains “drastically short” of what is needed to meet global energy goals by 2030, international energy organisation Sustainable Energy for All states in its latest report. Titled ‘Energizing Finance: Understanding the... 

Eskom’s monopoly plunging South Africa into power shortages – DA

By: African News Agency      19th November 2018 State-owned power utility Eskom needs a firm plan of action to make it more efficient and productive and its monopoly on electricity must be broken, the main opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) said on Monday. Eskom was forced to implement an emergency blackout on Sunday, referred to as stage one... 

Eskom’s monopoly plunging South Africa into power shortages – DA

The battery boom to attract $620bn in investment by 2040

By: Bloomberg     19th November 2018 The battery boom is coming to China, California and basically everywhere else – and it will be even bigger than previously thought. The global energy-storage market will surge to a cumulative 942 GW by 2040, according to a new forecast from Bloomberg NEF published on November 13, and that growth... 

Eskom is said to base executive revamp on consultant work

By: Bloomberg     19th November 2018 Eskom is proposing executive job cuts and a reorganisation of management units in an effort to improve the South African utility’s financial position, according to a document seen by Bloomberg. Eskom, which produces about 90% of the nation’s electricity, hired Boston Consulting Group earlier... 

Upcoming protest not the first amid talks of transition away from coal – SAWEA

By: Simone Liedtke     16th November 2018 The South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) has defended the industry’s job creation potential. This comes ahead of a peaceful march by the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), which is planned for November 17, to protest potential job losses in the coal-fired power generation sector as a... 

Eskom to buy ‘emergency’ coal, splurge on diesel as load-shedding risk returns 

By: Terence Creamer     16th November 2018 South Africa’s power utility Eskom reports that it has received approval for the National Treasury from the “urgent procurement” of four-million tons of emergency coal to help address serious stock shortfalls at several of its 15 coal-fired power stations. More than 1.1-million tons have already... 

Eskom to buy ‘emergency’ coal, splurge on diesel as load-shedding risk returns
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Eskom CEO Phakamani Hadebe

Zambia plans to transform state power utility into viable firm

By: Reuters     16th November 2018 Zambia has started implementing measures aimed at transforming State-owned Zesco into a viable and efficient public power utility company, the government said on Thursday. Zesco has in the recent past been experiencing serious operational challenges, the chairman of the team put in place to... 

Masango resigns as Eskom capital division executive

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th November 2018 Eskom group capital division executive Abram Masango has resigned, the Mail & Guardian reported on Friday. This follows after Eskom's announcement earlier in the day that it had suspended him, pending an investigation into various allegations of impropriety against him relating to the Kusile... 

Masango resigns as Eskom capital division executive
Eskom group capital division executive Abram Masango

IRP could revive struggling construction sector

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     16th November 2018 The Integrated Resource Plan 2018 (IRP 2018) could revive South Africa’s struggling construction sector, says engineering consultancy DBI Consulting Engineers executive director Monty Ditibane. The draft IRP 2018, which outlines the plan for South Africa to meet its growing national electricity... 

IRP could revive struggling construction sector
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OPTIMUM OPPORTUNITIES Although the construction industry is facing challenging times, it must be realised that there are many opportunities and initiatives to uplift the industry

Leguan lifts introduced onto South African market

By: Thabi Madiba     16th November 2018 As part of expanding its product range, multitask articulated loader importer Avant South Africa (SA) started importing Leguan access lifts, developed and manufactured in Finland for maintenance purposes. Avant SA manager Steyn le Grange states that the first lift arrived in August in Boksburg... 

Leguan lifts introduced onto South African market
HIGH PLATFORM The Leguan lifts provide outstanding working height with stability

SA electromechanical firm steadily growing its international presence

By: Schalk Burger     16th November 2018 Local electro-mechanical service provider Marthinusen and Coutts continues to receive service and repair contracts locally, in Africa and internationally, and expects demand for its outsourced services and maintenance offerings to continue to grow, says Marthinusen and Coutts marketing executive... 

SA electromechanical firm steadily growing its  international presence
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140 T LATHE The new 140 t CNC lathe in the Benoni workshop

Eskom highlights risk of further debt accumulation as it gears up to defend big hikes 

By: Terence Creamer     14th November 2018 Debt-laden electricity utility Eskom is preparing for yet another bruising encounter with consumers in the coming months, during which it will seek to justify it latest R762-billion, three-year revenue application. If successful with its fourth multiyear price determination (MYPD4) application,... 

Eskom highlights risk of further debt accumulation as it gears up to defend big hikes

Policy support needed for development of sustainable alternative energy sources – SAEEC

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th November 2018 Although natural gas is about 60% cleaner than coal in terms of carbon dioxide emissions, it currently contributes only 1.5% of the country’s total primary energy needs. Even through the National Development Plan (NDP) aims to delink economic development from environmental decay and... 

South Africa must consider charging strategies before investing in EVs

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th November 2018 South Africa needs to develop controlled charging strategies before it embarks on large-scale investment in electric vehicles (EVs), Council for Scientific and Industrial Research research engineer Paseka Mabina said during the South African Energy Efficiency Confederation conference, on... 

Vanadium batteries the solution to meet growing energy storage demand – Bushveld 

By: Simone Liedtke     14th November 2018 Vanadium redox flow batteries (VRFBs) are a front-runner technology for meeting the growing demand in the energy storage sector, says Bushveld Energy CEO Mikhail Nikomarov. During a webinar on energy storage this week, he noted that data by US-based multiservice professional firm Navigant shows... 

SA needs to consider oil underinvestment, variable renewables implications 

14th November 2018 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the possible implications for South Africa of a global underinvestment in oil production, as well as the growing need to introduce flexibility in power markets. 

SA needs to consider oil underinvestment, variable renewables implications
SA needs to consider oil underinvestment, variable renewables implications, says Terence Creamer

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