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Electricity News

Energy Bill to be tabled in 2002

By: Irma Venter     3rd August 2001 The first draft of the new Energy Bill will be on the table by next year, Minerals and Energy Minister Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka tells Engineering News. 

Local biotech funding tops R100m

3rd August 2001 Total biotechnology funding in South Africa amounts to more than R100-million a year, and it is estimated that half of this supports genetic modification. 

Cape winds to power new R90m project

3rd August 2001 Construction of a R90-million wind farm in the Western Cape capable of producing 10 MW of renewable energy that will serve as a demonstration project for the local industry, will begin before the end of the year. 

The price of butter

27th July 2001 I grew up in the time of the nationalist government. In fact, I was alive for nearly the whole schmear – from 1948 to 1994. Well, let’s say remember it all rather well. One thing the Nats did was provide terrific support for the farmers. 

SA taps into R8bn Nigeria power project

27th July 2001 Some of the larger South African suppliers to the power generation sector have missed out on significant export opportunities and multimillion-rand contracts with oil-rich, but power-starved Nigeria. 

Hot price for big N Cape sun chimney

By: Irma Venter     27th July 2001 The environmental impact assessment (EIA) and feasibility study for Eskom’s project in the Northern Cape to generate electricity using energy from the sun started this month. 

R600m for JHB power infrastructure upgrade

By: Laura Franz     20th July 2001 The regenerated operator and distributor of electricity in the Johannesburg municipal area, City Power, has earmarked some R600-million over the next three years for the upgrading of the ageing electricity infrastructure. 

SA well placed in bid for $1bn Iraq power rehab

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     20th July 2001 South African companies are “extremely well positioned” to clinch some of the $1-billion power-sector rehabilitation contracts to be awarded by Iraq during the next two to three years under the United Nations (UN) oil-for-food programme, says South African Electrotechnical Export... 

Russians propose an unorthodox nuclear reactor

By: Keith Campbell     20th July 2001 RUSSIAN nuclear scientists and engineers are proposing the development of a new type of fast reactor that would be able to use weapons-grade plutonium, recovered from scrapped nuclear weapons, as a power source. 

Energy for the poor

13th July 2001 I was wondering the other day how much it costs in this country if one of the poorest of poor in this country dies. 

Cabinet approves electricity blueprint

By: Laura Franz     13th July 2001 Cabinet has approved the restructuring of the fragmented electricity distribution industry, which will be consolidated into six State-owned regional electricity distributors, or Reds, between January 2002 and December 2003. 

A matter of direct current

6th July 2001 A reader, Mr Dennis Osborne wrote to ask why we do not use direct current mains power instead of alternating current. 

Russian help for PBMR

By: Keith Campbell     6th July 2001 Russia is providing valuable support to South Africa’s Pebble Bed Modular Reactor (PBMR) project. 

Caring about Californians and caribou

29th June 2001 With monotonous regularity, the bunny-huggers spring to the defence of the defenceless. 

Foreign businesses battle with Bee

By: Laura Franz     29th June 2001 Although most small- and medium-sized South African companies have taken the black economic empowerment (Bee) route, those large local businesses owned by foreign principals have been slow in following suite, reports Eskom operational support manager Reuben Mamorare. 

High-power partnership established

29th June 2001 US company American Power Conversion has appointed uninterruptible power supply (UPS) specialist UPScom, a member of the listed Square One Solutions group, as its second high power partner. 

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 

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