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Electricity News

Reunert concludes R25m Australian acquisition

22nd June 2004 Johannesburg JSE Securities Exchange-listed electronics and electrical engineering group Reunert has entered the Australian market, after buying Australian company Heinemann Electric for R25-million. 

Advancing the quality of life by accelerating electricity consumption

By: Kelvin Kemm     18th June 2004 In a recent newspaper article it was stated that South Africa has announced plans to cut total energy consumption by 12% over the next ten years. 

Consortium begins study on Drakensberg power scheme

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     18th June 2004 The consortium selected by electricity utility Eskom Holdings to produce the basic engineering design for the proposed 1 330 MW Braamhoek pumped-storage scheme, on the Drakensberg escarpment, started working on the project in mid-May and should have completed it in 30 months. 

Utility invests in live-line maintenance system

By: Jill Stanford     18th June 2004 ESKOM Distribution Western Region has acquired a highly specialised live work unit, which is the first device of its kind in South Africa and the only one that can be used for live line maintenance work on a new line design called the monopole double circuit structure. 

Concerns raised over SA's electrical certificates

By: Irma Venter     14th June 2004 Estimates from various stakeholders on the number of electrical certificates of compliance (CoCs) issued by electrical contractors in South Africa without sufficient inspection, or even fraudulently, range from one in a hundred, to ninty-nine in a hundred. 

Power expo expects strong African presence

14th June 2004 The power generation, electrical engineering and lighting exhibition Elenex Africa that is running concurrently with Electra Mining Africa, the specialised mining, industrial, construction and electrical exhibition is reported to be set to provide companies and stakeholders with a platform to... 

Eskom unveils retail tariff restructuring plan

By: Martin Czernowalow     14th June 2004 South African power utility Eskom has published its retail tariff restructuring plan for 2005, aimed at developing tariffs that encourage efficient investments in electricity through the establishment of cost-based tariff structures and rates. 

Safe as houses

By: Irma Venter     11th June 2004 Are electrical certificates worth the paper they are printed on? 

Electric motor manufacturer goes platinum

By: Helene Le Roux     11th June 2004 Local manufacturer of low-voltage motors Alstom South Africa reports that it has been awarded a R5-million contract to supply its new high-specification range of cast-iron motors to Aquarius Platinum’s pooling and sharing (PSA) project at the Kroondal platinum-mine. 

New BEE target for electrification

By: Jill Stanford     11th June 2004 TARGETED black economic empowerment (BEE) spend in the Integrated National Electrification Programme for 2004/5 has been set at 50% with the emphasis on the involvement of BEE consulting engineers. 

Utility budgets R350m for managing energy demand

By: Laura Franz     11th June 2004 For the second year in a row, electricity parastatal Eskom has budgeted R350-million for its demand-side management (DSM) programme, which aims to promote the efficient use of energy resources. 

Cabinet approves nuclear research initiative

11th June 2004 Cabinet has approved a programme to develop human capital and improve research and innovation in relation to the Pebble Bed Modular Reactor (PBMR) Project. 

Renewable renaissance: local solar breakthrough brings hope

By: Irma Venter     11th June 2004 It looks like a small piece of blackened glass – what it can do, though, is produce 10 W of electricity. And, on top of that, it promises to do so at a cost of more than 50% less than anything else on the market. 

Entries open for lighting competition

8th June 2004 Architects, interior designers, engineers, electrical contractors, consultants and lighting specialists have the opportunity to enter the Eskom Energy Efficiency Design Competition for 2004, with R100 000 in prize money. 

New line powers east coast aluminium industry

8th June 2004 State power utility Eskom has officially opened a new transmission line to Richards Bay. 

SA’s ageing switchgear in dire need of replacement

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     4th June 2004 This week …switchgear, but, first, some basic explanations. 

Power plant tender raises questions of moral hazard

By: Terence Creamer     4th June 2004 President Thabo Mbeki confirmed last month that a tender for the provision of new generating capacity, to cater for South Africa’s growing energy needs from 2008, will be issued in December and should be awarded during the first half of 2005. 

BEE spend set at 50% for electrification programme

By: Jill Stanford     31st May 2004 Target black economic empowerment (BEE) spend in the Integrated National Electrification Programme for 2004/5 has been set at 50%, with the emphasis on the involvement of consulting engineers. 

Former Eskom man to head Kosova power utility

31st May 2004 Former Eskom executive director for transmission Piet Faling has been appointed MD of Korporata Energjetike e Kosov 

SA misses the boat to the Hannover Fair

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     28th May 2004 This is the final article on my visit to the Hannover Fair.?The Hannover fair is a technical trade exhibition and it’s huge. It represents a definitive showing of all the latest in electrical and mechanical engineering from many countries. 

Black South African appointed to nuclear-medicine body

28th May 2004 The head of nuclear medicine at Dr George Mukhari in Ga-Rankuwa near Pretoria, Professor Mike Sathekge, has been appointed advisor to the World Federation of Nuclear Medicine. 

Minister rejects Eskom’s appeal against 2,5% increase

20th May 2004 South Africa’s National Electricity Regulator (NER) yesterday announced that Minister of Minerals and Energy Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka has upheld the NER decision to approve an average tariff increase of 2,5% for power utility Eskom, with effect from January 1, 2004. 

Modular valves fit existing, new power packs

By: elizabeth rebelo     14th May 2004 A range of modular valves designed to fit all existing and new electric power packs has been introduced by Enerpac. 

Bateman wins $190m Kazakhstan power project

14th May 2004 South African engineering group Bateman has won an engineering, procurement and construction contract for the design, supply and erection of a power plant in Kazakhstan. 

Getting personal about wind power

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     14th May 2004 Many years ago there was a technical magazine editor who liked to see his name, indeed his life, in print. 

Manufacturer continues to promote rubber-lined butterfly valves

By: elizabeth rebelo     14th May 2004 Last year Gauteng-based Premier Valves relaunched its range of concentric disc rubber-lined butterfly valves, previously known as the Rockwell BA butterfly valve, on the back of a new appreciation for the durability of the design, particularly in the power-generating industry. ? 

Draft agreement a first step to untangling SNO mess

By: Zonika Botha     10th May 2004 South Africans have been on hold for more than three years for the arrival of the much-talked-about second network operator (SNO) to challenge Telkom’s monopoly of the fixed-line telephone market. 

Saving electricity begins at home

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     7th May 2004 There the type of maths know as ‘golf tee maths’ which goes like this: If I invent a new type of golf tee which is only 10% more expensive than the conventional tee, and if there are 20-million golfers in the world, and if just one per cent of them buy the tee and if the profit per... 

Switchgear manufacturer secures R15m orders

7th May 2004 Johannesburg-based RBF Technology, manufacturer of switchgear assemblies for the local industry, has recently secured a number of key orders, totaling around R15-million, from Sasol, Iscor, De Beers and Anglo American. 


By: Zonika Botha     7th May 2004 South Africans have been on hold for more than three years for the arrival of the much-talked-about second network operator (SNO) to challenge Telkom’s monopoly of the fixed-line telephone market. 

Eskom to seek State funding for nuclear project

By: Keith Campbell     7th May 2004 South Africa’s electricity utility Eskom would like the South African government to contribute to the costs of the country’s pebble-bed modular reactor (PBMR) programme. 

Anti-nuclear lobby raises its game

By: Terence Creamer     7th May 2004 South Africa’s anti-nuclear lobby has elevated the level of debate surrounding plans by State-owned power utility Eskom to pursue a new nuclear development, known as the pebble-bed modular reactor (PBMR). 

PBMR progress will boost firm's nuclear division

By: Helene Le Roux     7th May 2004 Diversified local engineering technology group IST expects to achieve improved growth in its nuclear division once funding issues around the pebble-bed modular reactor (PBMR) are sorted out. 

SA launches energy efficiency month

6th May 2004 The South African Department of Minerals and Energy, the National Electricity Regulator (NER) and power utility Eskom officially launched the Energy Efficiency Month, in Pretoria, yesterday. 

Eskom 'coped comfortably' through record-breaking April chill

By: Matthew Hill     30th April 2004 South Africa's power utility, Eskom, said on Monday that it coped comfortably when the mercury dropped this weekend, in what was the year's coldest weekend so far. 

Lesotho gears up for power-utility sale

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     30th April 2004 The long-awaited sale of a majority stake in Lesotho’s State-owned electricity utility to a private investor or investors is expected to be completed by the end of this year, according to an official at the Privatisation Unit of the Lesotho Ministry of Finance. 

Much to gain from power integration

By: Keith Campbell     30th April 2004 THE countries of Southern Africa are increasingly realising the advantages of an interconnected regional electricity system. 

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