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Electricity News

Big contract as the Kelvin refurb begins

By: Deborah Spicer     7th June 2002 Kelvin power station has kicked off its much-awaited refurbishment programme with the letting of R20-million-worth of contracts for essential maintenance and safety systems. 

Briefing on SA's energy restructuring

4th June 2002 The Department of Public Enterprises and the Department of Minerals and Energy is holding a briefing session on Wednesday in Pretoria to explain the details of the restructuring of the electrical supply industry (ESI). 

Key acquisition marks 10 years of business success

By: Marius Roodt     31st May 2002 An East Rand company is celebrating the tenth anniversary of its founding by acquiring a complementary business that will immediately increase its yearly sales turnover by more than a third. 

Transdeco GTMH

31st May 2002 Transdeco was established in 1970 to design, fabricate and erect steel lattice structures for high-voltage overhead transmission lines 

Steady power supply with inverters

31st May 2002 While the reliability of electrical power to industry is relatively high, supply systems are inevitably subjected to voltage depressions or dips during network failure. 

Call for increased protection of local manufacturing industry

By: vanessa vasques     31st May 2002 Johannesburg-based electrical protection switchgear and metering manufacturer Circuit Breaker Industries (CBI) has restructured its management structure in an effort to supply a better service to its customers and compete more effectively with international manufacturers flooding the local market. 

Insulation for low-voltage machinery

31st May 2002 Specialist in electrical insulation materials and industrial laminates Calidus Von Roll Isola has launched a new wire insulation material, which, in comparison with conventional varnished winding wires, significantly extends the life of low-voltage machinery. 

A bit more about acoustics

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     31st May 2002 Last week I said that I would write more about acoustics in buildings. Starting with the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University, US. 

Namibia awards contract for 220 kV power line

31st May 2002 A R130-million tender for the construction of a 294 km 220 kV twin Pelican conductor power line has been awarded to ABB Namibia by NamPower. 

Hotter the better for this rare pair

By: Marius Roodt     31st May 2002 Exactly ten years go to the month, Andr 

Solar power biggest in 2050

By: Karel Smrcka     24th May 2002 In the US, Europe and to a lesser extent, Asia, manufacturers of solar cells, wind turbines, fuel-cells and microturbines are reporting booming sales. 

Fuel-cell challenge

24th May 2002 Sasol Oil’s research and development department’s longer-term challenge is to keep abreast of development in engine design. 

New vision powering Africa's renaissance

24th May 2002 The New Partnership for Africa’s Development (Nepad) programme has set a target of increasing Africans’ access to reliable and affordable commercial energy supply from 10% to 35% over the next 20 years. 

Electricity exchange on the cards for SA

By: Terence Creamer     24th May 2002 While the Department of Minerals and Energy and the National Electricity Regulator work on the overall design of South Africa future electricity supply and transmission system, it appears there are already moves to create an independent power exchange to cater for multi-participant competition in... 

A bit about acoustics

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     24th May 2002 For obvious reasons people always think that acoustics is a branch of architecture and that the best acousticians are in fact architects. 

Morocco in solar power deal

23rd May 2002 A French consortium has won a $11,97-million contract to supply 16 000 Moroccan homes with solar power panels to generate electricity, consortium leader TotalFinaElf said. 

John Baird (III)

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     17th May 2002 In previous columns I wrote how John Baird, the inventor of television, had begun life as a tech student, municipal mains engineer, sock supplier, jam maker and soap trader until when at 35 he started on his invention of television. 

'Reds delays not leading to investment strike'

By: Deborah Spicer     10th May 2002 The fact that 200 municipalities’ electrification distribution networks will be replaced by six regional electricity distributors (REDs) has led to rumours that municipalities may choose not to invest in infrastructure replacement to the detriment of the network. 

Big restructuring for energy-supply firm

10th May 2002 In a bid to streamline and focus on core business processes, Babcock Borsig Power Steinmuller Africa (BBP-SA) has undergone a restructuring programme in line with global trends, competitive positioning and black empowerment goals. 

New shareholders sought for SA's nuclear project

By: Terence Creamer     10th May 2002 The remaining shareholders in South African nuclear-energy project, the pebble-bed modular reactor (PBMR), are prioritising the detection and inclusion of new shareholders to replace US energy group Exelon, which has decided to withdraw from the project. 

Plan to convert hospital, prisons to electricity

7th May 2002 South Africa’s energy parastatal, through electrical advisory service Elektroserve, is intent on converting 60% of coal-fired steam-generating systems used in correctional service facilities and government hospitals, to electrical point-of-use systems in three years. 

SA’s first electricity distributor by late 2003

7th May 2002 Minerals and Energy Minister Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka yesterday said in her budget vote speech that the first regional electricity distributor (RED) would be established by the last quarter of 2003. The long-awaited establishment of six REDs forms part of government’s restructuring of the... 

Ah, electrical engineering, romance

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     3rd May 2002 I was going to write about the mechanisms of electrochemical attack through concentartion cells, but I got bored just thinking about it so I won’t. 

SA skills sparking African energy sector

By: Joanne Delaurentis     3rd May 2002 The four-year involvement of the unregulated arm of South Africa’s national power utility Eskom Enterprises in the supply of operational and management support to power utilities on the continent is bearing much fruit. 

S African transmission-network expansion plan dominated by Cape

By: marisa rodrigues     26th April 2002 One of the focuses of the Eskom Transmission Group for this year is expansion, with particular emphasis on the strengthening of the Cape, senior GM: Transmission Peter O’Connor informs Engineering News. 

African transmission consultant casts eye beyond continent's shores

By: marisa rodrigues     26th April 2002 With a number of multimillion-dollar contracts in progress throughout Africa, power transmission specialist, Trans-Africa Projects (Tap), has become one of the major consultants in the Southern African power industry in just seven years. 

Mining is key to electrification growth

By: marisa rodrigues     26th April 2002 Specialists in electrical infrastructure, Tractionel Enterprises, which will have been operating in South Africa for its twentieth year this November, claims to be one of only a handful of companies in this country that is able to offer complete turnkey projects for railway electrification and... 

Utility gearing up to meet SA's 2007 generation needs

By: marisa rodrigues     26th April 2002 Plans have already been set in motion to prepare South Africa for the electricity-generation capacity expansions that will be needed from 2007 onwards. 

Namibia awards R130m transmission line contract

By: marisa rodrigues     26th April 2002 Global automation and power technology group, ABB, has won a R130-million contract to build a transmission line for NamPower, in Namibia. 

Overcapacity bringsmaintenance opportunities

By: marisa rodrigues     26th April 2002 As South Africa currently has a generation over-capacity, Alstom Power is concentrating its efforts on customer service by offering technical service contracts to the majority of South Africa’s power stations. 

SA's third IPP licence awarded

By: marisa rodrigues     26th April 2002 The third independent power producer (IPP) to be granted a licence by the National Electricity Regulator (NER) is Darlipp wind farm in Darling, in the Western Cape. 

Largest straw-fired power station opens in UK

26th April 2002 The world's largest and most efficient straw-fired power station, just formally opened in the UK, will burn 200 000 t of surplus straw a year to generate enough electricity to heat and light 80 000 homes. 

Richards Bay gets new substation

26th April 2002 A R16,5-million project that included the establishment of a new 132 kV multipurpose substation and the replacement of two 132 kV oil-filled underground cables by overhead lines, was completed in Richards Bay earlier this year. 

Emergency back-up power for cellular operator

26th April 2002 Emergency back-up power, in the event of a mains power failure, has been ensured for South Africa’s third cellular operator, Cell C. 

Nigerian cement maker's power project

26th April 2002 Global power company Rolls-Royce has won an order to supply a new electrical power project, providing 12,5 MW of electricity, to Nigeria’s West Africa Portland Cement (Wapco). 

International buy-out benefits SA

By: marisa rodrigues     26th April 2002 In January this year, GE Power Systems (GEPS), the world’s largest supplier of power generation technology and services, aquired the Bently Nevada Corporation, an international supplier of machinery monitoring and diagnostics technology. 

Firm gets second rail commutator contract

By: marisa rodrigues     26th April 2002 Langlaagte-based Transwerk has awarded electro-mechanical engineering specialist, Contact Engineering, a major contract to manufacture and supply a range of commutators. 

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