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Electricity News

Duvha set for refurb after explosion

By: Deborah Spicer     18th April 2003 The rebuilding of the damaged portion of Duvha power station, in Mpumalanga, will begin this month, power station manager Johan Prinsloo has confirmed. 

Ten African countries mull geothermal power

18th April 2003 Ten African countries are aiming to boost geothermal power generation to reach a combined 1 000 megawatts by the year 2020, officials said. 

NER clears Mkhwanazi of corruption charges

18th April 2003 The National Electricity Regulator (NER) has concluded that there is no evidence of systematic fraud and corruption at the organisation, following a series of anonymous letters alleging fraud and corruption at the regulator and against its CEO, Dr Xolani Mkhwanazi. 

R150m electricity supply contract for Coega

17th April 2003 Black economic empowerment company Alstom SA has been awarded the bulk electricity supply infrastructure contract for Coega, worth in excess of R150-million. 

UN agency supports ‘hot rocks’ power option

15th April 2003 In a promising form of renewable energy, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) unveiled a new plan to use the steam produced by hot rocks buried within the earth to generate electricity in eastern Africa. 

Green light for REDS

By: Deborah Spicer     14th April 2003 The electricity-distribution-industry (EDI) restructuring process, first mooted ten years ago, may be making headway finally with the establishment of a com-pany that will be dedicated to thecreation of regional electricity distribution companies (Reds). 

Green light for REDS

By: Deborah Spicer     11th April 2003 The electricity-distribution-industry (EDI) restructuring process, first mooted ten years ago, may be making headway finally with the establishment of a company that will be dedicated to the creation of regional electricity distribution companies (Reds). 

Malawi kickstarts electricity privatisation

By: Marcel Chimwala     11th April 2003 Malawi – Malawi has started granting licences to private companies to operate in its electricity sector as one way of privatising the country’s electricity industry, which has all along been dominated by the State-owned utility, Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom). 

R4bn pumped-storage power project moves into design phase

By: Martin Czernowalow     11th April 2003 South African power utility Eskom Holdings is about to enter the first phase of final design of the proposed Braamhoek pumped-storage scheme, having recently completed the feasibility study for the 1 330 MW project. 

SA electricity prices set to rise - regulator

10th April 2003 For the past two decades South Africa has been in the fortunate position of being able to generate more electricity than what it uses, but this could soon change, MPs heard on Wednesday. 

A brief chronicle of electronic warfare

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     4th April 2003 I thought I would give readers some idea of how complicated things have become with regard to electronic warfare. 

Advance of private KZN power station study

By: Joanne Delaurentis     4th April 2003 A proposed new Richards Bay power station Kwazulu-Natal could result in an improved and stabilised electricity supply to the city of uMhlathuze, putting an end to supply interruptions and unscheduled industrial start-ups, and reducing the amount of pollution pumped into the atmosphere when... 

Draft report on Duvha explosion next week

By: Deborah Spicer     3rd April 2003 The draft report on the explosion at Eskom’s Duvha power station in January will be completed and made available for Eskom management comment next week. 

Environmental judgement on PBMR expected this month

By: Martin Czernowalow     3rd April 2003 Amid much opposition, shareholders in South Africa’s pebble-bed modular reactor (PBMR) programme are hopeful that a record of decision will be handed down by the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism this month. 

Temane electrical contract awarded

1st April 2003 The instrumentation and electrical contract for the central processing facility (CPF) at the Temane gas fields, in Mozambique, has been awarded to B&W Instrumentation and Electrical, in a joint venture with Electrotec LDA of Maputo. 

R4bn pumped-storage power project moves into design phase

By: Martin Czernowalow     1st April 2003 South African power utility Eskom Holdings is about to enter the first phase of final design of the proposed Braamhoek pumped-storage scheme, having recently completed the feasibility study for the 1 330 MW project. 

Power shortage may force closure of Ghana aluminium plant

31st March 2003 The Volta Aluminium Company in Ghana (Valco) may shut down in April because of low water levels at the Volta Dam which supplies its electric power, an energy industry source said last week. 

Negawatts vs. Megawatts in SA’s power equation

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     28th March 2003 Maybe the biggest blunder an Engineering News sub-editor ever made with this column was when I wrote about ‘Negawatts’ and the sub changed it to ‘Megawatts’. The article read like rubbish. 

Design tweaks ready PBMR for roll-out

By: Joanne Delaurentis     28th March 2003 The pebble-bed modular reactor (PBMR) project, which is still awaiting approval from a number of government bodies ahead of the construction of a demonstration model at Koeberg, outside Cape Town, has undergone a number of design changes since 1996 when its fundamental design elements were... 

Copperbelt energy firm to diversify away from mining

By: Martin Czernowalow     27th March 2003 Zambia’s Copperbelt Energy Corporation (CEC), supplier of electricity to the country’s mining industry, has embarked on a diversified growth programme, aimed at increasing its role in the Zambian and Southern African electricity markets through appropriate investments. 

The art of smart war

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     21st March 2003 A popular read among businesspeople is “The Art of War” by Sun Tzu. 

Multinational prepares to innovate for the future

By: Keith Campbell     21st March 2003 German electrical engineering, electronics and embedded software group Siemens has revealed how it sees the the future, about a decade from now, in socioeconomic and technological terms. 

Wind power, but only when the wind blows

By: Kelvin Kemm     21st March 2003 One of my clients asked me to go to Germany for a week and what I was required to do took me a couple of thousand kilometres across the country, stopping each night at a different place. 

Utility to pursue R50bn replacement capex plan

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     21st March 2003 Electricity group Eskom Holdings is to spend about R50-billion on capital projects over the next five years, largely on the refurbishment of its power stations. 

Power group's Bee spend to stay above R5bn

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     21st March 2003 Power group Eskom Holdings will this year maintain purchases of goods and services from black economic-empowerment (BEE) companies and small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs) above R5-billion. 

Eskom confident Zim arrears are in hand

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     21st March 2003 Although Zimbabwe’s electricity utility still owes Eskom Holdings huge sums for electricity imports, it has started whittling down the arrears that have accumulated over recent years, thanks to increased foreign-currency allocations by the government. 

Productivity has to be Eskom’s main priority

By: Terence Creamer     21st March 2003 The reason for State-owned power utility Eskom’s assertion that it will be seeking above-inflation price increases can only be understood by an analysis of its inflation-adjusted financial statements. 

Helicopter filters now used in ploughing farmlands

By: candice haase     21st March 2003 South African air-filter technology is making an impact on the locomotive industry both locally and overseas. 

High-level meeting to chart PBMR course

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     21st March 2003 Executives at electricity utility Eskom Holdings are to meet with government officials soon to discuss the next phase of South Africa’s pebble-bed modular reactor programme. 

Bringing power to millions

By: Karel Smrcka     21st March 2003 Scientists believe they are in reach of evolving simple, low-cost solar-power cells that could at last bring electricity to billions of people in the developing world. 

Environmentalist slams State’s inaction on energy reform

By: Martin Czernowalow     20th March 2003 South Africa’s ‘business as usual’ approach to its energy industry has come under fire, with calls for reform of the country’s energy generation strategy. 

Technology company consolidates its PE offering

14th March 2003 Power and automation technology company ABB has consolidated and expanded its representation to customers in the Port Elizabeth area, and positioned itself to support the growing automotive industry and other industrial initiatives such as the Coega Industrial Development Zone. 

Eskom open to Zim power-plant purchase

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     14th March 2003 Electricity utility Eskom Holdings would consider buying into Zimbabwe’s Hwange thermal power station, if the Zimbabwean government decides to put it up for sale. 

SA unit of troubled engineering group performs well

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     14th March 2003 Power and automation-technologies company ABB South Africa’s revenue for 2002 increased by 19% to reach R2-billion, while its order book grew by 51% to R2,5-billion. 

Jacob Modise joins the Altron board

13th March 2003 Electrical engineering and electronics holding company Altron Group announced this week the appointment of Jacob Modise as an independent non-executive director to the Altron board, effective from March. 

Eskom tariff decision ‘unfortunate’ – govt

13th March 2003 The South African Department of Minerals and Energy (DME) expressed dismay today over a proposal by electricity parastatal Eskom to increase its rates by more than inflation. 

European power plants show interest in olive waste

12th March 2003 European power stations are showing increased interest in burning olive waste, with Greece and Tunisia grabbing a large slice of the green power business, an Italian olive oil industry official said yesterday. 

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