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Electricity News

Top supplier against power generation privatisation

By: Joanne Delaurentis     29th June 2001 The privatisation of Eskom is meeting critical review from unexpected sources. 

New high-voltage test facility

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     29th June 2001 The new high-voltage test facility at Rotek Engineering's premises at Rosherville, in Johannesburg, has resulted in significant cost reductions for organisations relying on the Eskom Enterprises subsidiary for the repair and maintenance of their transformers. 

SA laying gas pipeline in Mozambique

29th June 2001 Construction of a $2,1-million 86-km-long 63-mm-diameter submerged high-density polyethylene gas pipeline to transfer gas from onshore town Vilanculos, to Santo Carolina, Magarugue, Benguerra and Bazurutho islands, in Mozambique, is well under way. 

Energy-hungry world relooks at nuclear

By: Laura Franz     29th June 2001 The golden age of nuclear energy ended nearly 30 years ago, but its return to favour is on the horizon at a time when energy needs are getting bigger, electricity plants are getting smaller and environmental pressures are getting stronger. 

Smelter expansion rearing to go

By: Joanne Delaurentis     22nd June 2001 The proposed expansion of the Mozambique aluminium smelter Mozal still has the green-light, despite delays on final approval decisions from the shareholders, says manager of Mozambique affairs Peter Cowie. 

No bribes please, we're African

By: Zonika Botha     22nd June 2001 A new era of ethical consciousness is dawning in Africa, destroying the fallacy that corruption is synonymous with a Third World country. 

Reds plan will kill golden goose

15th June 2001 This week again, Terry writes about the formation of the regional electricity distributors (Reds). 

New technology in ‘1-litre’ solar house

15th June 2001 Recent oil price hikes have again focused the attention on the need for alternative energy sources. Solar energy is one such resource that has increased its share of the energy market considerably over the last few decades. 

Power grid boss has global ambitions

15th June 2001 The transmission division of electricity utility Eskom is determined to become an organisation significant enough to compete in Africa and international markets, despite the transmission of electricity being regarded as a natural monopoly, says Eskom Transmission executive director Dolly Mokgatle. 

Hardly surprised

1st June 2001 My mom is 79. I would have written that she is a 'sprightly 79' but she is not quite so, having broken her arm. 

Malawi-Moz power interconnect

1st June 2001 Malawi and Mozambique are negotiating the implementation of a multimillion US dollar project to link up their power sectors. 

Big Lesotho power connection project

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     30th May 2001 The winning bidder for the contract to connect households to Lesotho Electricity Corporation’s (LEC’s) grid is expected to be announced before the end of this week. 

Cutting power bills

By: System Author     8th December 2000 Cape Town’s hot-mix asphalt company Much Asphalt is achieving promising results following the implementation of an energy-efficiency programme earlier this year. 

Regulator may have broken power rules

By: System Author     8th December 2000 Utility costs analyst National Utility Services believes that the National Electricity Regulatory may have breached its authority in granting State-owned power utility Eskom permission to reintroduce the conversion surcharge on businesses moving over to time-of-use tariffs. 

Year of the switchgear is at hand

By: System Author     8th December 2000 Next year may be the year that the low- and medium-voltage switchgear systems industry has been waiting for 

Ocean power, Western Cape

By: System Author     8th December 2000 A Cape Town entrepreneur has designed a system of swell energy pumps, which will use ocean power to generate electricity and desalinate sea-water. 

Urban power rehabilitation, Uganda

By: System Author     1st December 2000 The Uganda Electricity Board invites sealed bids from eligible bidders for the construction of a 130 km Masindi-Apac 33 kV transmission line 

SA wins from $40m Nigeria project

By: System Author     24th November 2000 A $40-million Nigerian contract, secured by multinational ABB, has guaranteed R50-million for the company’s South African operation, through the use of its products and systems, while enabling it to increase production by 30%. 

Ambitions beyond Africa – Gcabashe

By: System Author     24th November 2000 South African electricity utility Eskom has confirmed that it is interested in opportunities outside of Africa in its programme of international expansion. 

South African firm takes Middle-East power gap

By: System Author     24th November 2000 Power transmission specialist Trans-Africa Projects, of Johannesburg, a subsidiary of Eskom Enterprises, is looking at furthering its drive into the international market. 

SA know-how wows the world

By: System Author     17th November 2000 Energy measurements 

Eskom bright sparks

By: System Author     17th November 2000 Tech Track 

How electricity is being liberalised

By: System Author     17th November 2000 Liberalisation of the energy industry is becoming a global phenomenon. 

Seven distributor options for large energy users

By: System Author     17th November 2000 Large energy consumers will be able to choose from a group of seven distributors, including Eskom’s retailing arm, as the electricity distribution industry is restructured over the next few years. 

The cable guy’s guide

By: System Author     10th November 2000 Electrically Speaking 

Localisation plans in hand for PBMR

By: System Author     10th November 2000 Management at the Pebble Bed Modular Reactor company – the Eskom Enterprises subsidiary studying the feasibility of a new ‘fail-safe’ nuclear-reactor technology – is considering a number of ‘localisation’ options for the manufacture of the stations. 

South Africa becomes centre of the ‘new nuclear’ universe

By: System Author     10th November 2000 The R437-million detailed feasibility study for the proposed pebble-bed modular reactor, the innovative South African nuclear-energy technology, is hotting up. 

Electricity utility wins gold environmental reporting award

By: System Author     10th November 2000 Environmental protection 

Nickel smelter, Colombia

By: System Author     10th November 2000 The expansion of the Cerro Matoso nickel smelter in Colombia is ahead of schedule 

Transmission line, Free State to Eastern Cape

By: System Author     3rd November 2000 To meet the future electricity needs of the Eastern Cape, the construction of a new 400 kV transmission line from Beta substation to Delphi substation is being proposed. 

Hydropower mining proving its worth

By: System Author     3rd November 2000 Hydropower mining, initially believed to be suitable only for deep-level mining, is proving to be useful in shallow mines. 

BLACK POWER – Eskom’s first black CEO speaks about how he will lead the utility through its transition 

By: System Author     27th October 2000 Innovation is our history and this is what is going to leverage us into the future.” 

Gas pipeline, Kwazulu-Natal

By: System Author     27th October 2000 Sasol Gas intends to construct a new 12-inch steel pipeline to supply methane-rich gas to Engen’s premises in Wentworth, Durban. 

Energy-efficient focus needed

By: System Author     27th October 2000 Initial case-studies into increasing energy efficiency at three prominent South African companies have revealed that local corporations could be saving millions of rands a year by implementing simple energy-saving strategies. 

Zimbabwe power crisis: the latest

By: System Author     20th October 2000 Unconfirmed reports that the operating condition of Zimbabwe’s power sources have reached a critical level have been denied by Zimbabwe deputy high 

Potgietersrus Platreef Project, Northern Province

By: System Author     20th October 2000 South African exploration company Thabex has entered into an agreement with Canadian nickel producer Falconbridge to further explore for minerals on the farm Piet Potgietersrust Town and Townlands 44KS in the Northern Province 

R100-million in pump export orders secured

By: System Author     13th October 2000 Pumps 

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