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Wind farms improve on foundation mix design to reduce carbon footprint

By: Simone Liedtke     28th January 2019 The 140 MW Kangnas wind farm, in the Northern Cape, and the 110 MW Perdekraal East wind farm, in the Western Cape, have announced the completion of a 28-day strength test of their first foundations, with a significant improvement in the mix design and savings in carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.... 

Numsa slams 'nefarious' plans to privatise Eskom, other SOEs

By: African News Agency      28th January 2019 The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) has accused the governing African National Congress of pursuing what it calls 'nefarious' plans to privatise power utility Eskom and other cash-strapped state owned enterprises. In a column published in a local newspaper on Sunday, Numsa... 

SolarAfrica, Inspired Evolution establishes fund for solar PV solutions

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th January 2019 Solar financing specialist SolarAfrica, together with investment manager Inspired Evolution, have signed a R100-million equity investment facility that will contribute to a R500-million fund for financing solar photovoltaic (PV) solutions. The funding joint venture allows SolarAfrica to... 

SolarAfrica, Inspired Evolution establishes fund for solar PV solutions

Boiler relocation project near completion

By: Thabi Madiba     25th January 2019 Boiler maintenance and installations provider Boiler and Industrial Plant hopes to complete the boiler relocation project it has been working on for manufacturer United National Breweries (UNB), commonly known as Ijuba breweries, by the end of this month. The project, valued at R2-million,... 

Boiler relocation project near completion
MAINTENANCE The installation of a pumped condensate system and a refurbished pressure control system at the Majola Tea project were completed

Project helps industry achieve energy and cost savings

By: Thabi Madiba     25th January 2019 With steam accounting for about 30% of industrial plant energy consumption, the National Cleaner Production Centre South Africa’s (NCPC-SA’s) Industrial Energy Efficiency (IEE) Project is assisting industry in assessing steam systems to achieve energy and cost savings. Steam is used widely across... 

Project helps industry achieve  energy and cost savings
Photo by Bloomberg
INSPECTION The IEE project calculates boiler plant and heat exchanger efficiencies, quantifies boiler and system losses, and establishes the cost of steam generation

Modules finalisation nearing completion

By: Halima Frost     25th January 2019 The South African Renewable Energy Technology Centre (Saretec) has taken on the custodian role as the national renewable-energy-sector educator and hopes to have finalised all five occupational certificates of the Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Qualification through its collaboration with Manufacturing,... 

Modules finalisation nearing  completion
HOME BASE Saretec is based at the Cape Peninsular University of Technology

Steam Generation in talks to expand on boiler distribution

By: Thabi Madiba     25th January 2019 Heat and energy generation equipment provider Steam Generation Africa says it is in talks with a small- to mid-range biomass boiler manufacturer to distribute into the South African and African markets this year. Owing to biomass being readily available and the possibility to produce it as a... 

Steam Generation in talks to expand on boiler distribution
STEAM GENERATOR Each Cochran boiler features a robust design and construction, ensuring a long operational life and maximum efficiency

Solar streetlights installed at mine

By: Halima Frost     25th January 2019 Lighting manufacturer BEKA Schréder’s LEDlume-midi 36/55W luminaire, used in solar lighting solutions has been used at four intersections leading to iron-ore and manganese mine Assmang’s Black Rock mine, in the Northern Cape. “The intersections leading to the different sections of the mine have... 

Solar streetlights installed at mine
ILLUMINATING The solar installation at the Black Rock mine has made the intersections leading to the mine more visible and safer

Improved film helps extend solar panel lifetime

By: Halima Frost     25th January 2019 With a focus on continuous innovation, science multinational DuPont is developing a new and improved clear Tedlar film to increase efficiency and the life of a solar panel well beyond the industry standard of 30 years. The Tedlar film is made of polyvinyl fluoride polymer – which is a more... 

Improved film helps  extend solar panel lifetime
CRACKING UNDER PRESSURE Solar panels are showing signs of deterioration sooner than anticipated owing to harsher environments

Collaboration key to protect critical infrastructure from cyberthreats

By: Schalk Burger     25th January 2019 Electrical engineers and those involved in the power generation sector play a critical role in hardening power operations against intruders. However, the collaboration and support of corporate management and information technology (IT) departments are essential to mitigate cyberthreats, says... 

Investors will continue to invest in solar

By: Halima Frost     25th January 2019 Specialist banking company Investec Bank will continue to offer funding to viable projects in the renewables sector as solar photovoltaic (PV) technology becomes more cost effective. Southern Africa – more notably the Northern Cape province, in South Africa, and Namibia – is considered as one of... 

Investors will continue to invest in solar
ANDRE WEPENER Asserts that South Africa’s recent reinvestment of power-generation projects are capital intensive

Acquisition of German company confirmed

25th January 2019 The acquisition of Germany-based planetary drives producer O&K Antriebstechnik GmbH by Italian gear motors, drive systems and planetary gearboxes producer Bonfiglioli and Italian transmission systems producer Carraro has made Bonfiglioli the sole owner of O&K Antriebstechnik GmbH. The process,... 

Acquisition of German company confirmed
BONFIGLIOLI AS GLOBAL LEADER The company's goal is to continue expanding into heavy construction, mining machinery, marine, port and airport equipment markets

Company focused on agriculture

By: Cameron Mackay     25th January 2019 The agricultural sector is set to become a significant focal point for leading bearings and power transmission product distributor Bearings International (BI) in 2019, as it expands its portfolio of agricultural application products in the first quarter of this year. “There are a few product... 

Company focused on agriculture
AGRI-SMART SOLUTION The joint venture will bring the most essential spare products closer to farmers, in order to satisfy their maintenance needs for bearings and agricultural products

Expanded products portfolio leads to new opportunities

By: Cameron Mackay     25th January 2019 New markets and opportunities have arisen after technical solutions provider BMG expanded its products portfolio with the addition of Fenner conveyor belting products last year. “BMG decided to sign a long-term agreement in 2018 with polyvinyl chloride (PVC) solid woven conveyor belting products... 

Expanded products portfolio leads to  new opportunities
FENNER PRODUCT GROUP 2018 The extended scope has put BMG in a position to deal with conveyors clients

Solar inverter available for water pumps

By: Halima Frost     25th January 2019 Obtaining water in rural and domestic environments from boreholes, ponds and dams is now easier, with technical solutions provider BMG’s Motoline P19000-S series of solar inverters for photovoltaic (PV) water pumps.   The solar inverters are used to power pumps for agricultural irrigation and... 

Solar inverter available for water pumps
EASY PEASY Solar inverters make rural irrigation systems easier to power

Major upgrades to start at six airports

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     25th January 2019 South African airport management company Airports Company of South Africa (ACSA) announced that upgrades and improvements over the next three to eight years at six of the country’s airports will cost about R26-billion. The upgrades and improvements are primarily to improve passenger facilities... 

Major upgrades to  start at six airports
UPGRADES AND IMPROVEMENTS Realignment of the runway at Cape Town International Airport is expected to start this year

Eskom should be split, experts to tell president – sources 

By: Reuters     24th January 2019 South Africa's Eskom could be split into three separate firms under proposals from experts President Cyril Ramaphosa has hired to help revive the ailing state power company, two sources familiar with the matter told Reuters. Reforming Eskom is vital to get Africa's most industrialised economy... 

Unisa, Exxaro, Sanedi launch first institutional anaerobic digester  

24th January 2019 To promote renewable energy as a cost-effective technology amid climate change and global warming, the University of South Africa, Exxaro Resources and the South African National Energy Development Institution launched in November its first institutional anaerobic digester. Simone Liedtke reports. 

Unisa, Exxaro, Sanedi launch first institutional anaerobic digester
Unisa, Exxaro, Sanedi launch first institutional anaerobic digester

Eskom warns of impact of rising municipal debt on its sustainability 

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     24th January 2019 Rising municipal debt, coupled with Eskom’s poor financial and operational performance, pose a systemic risk to the sustainability of the company, State-owned Eskom CFO Calib Cassim said during public hearings into Eskom’s three-year tariff application, in Bloemfontein, on Wednesday. Cassim said... 

World Bank says Eskom debt restructuring should be coupled to power market reform  

By: Terence Creamer     23rd January 2019 World Bank country director Paul Noumba Um believes the South African government is moving in the “right direction” by pursuing discussions on possible debt relief for Eskom in conjunction with plans for restructuring the utility and overhauling the architecture of domestic power market. He also... 

World Bank says Eskom debt restructuring should be coupled to power market reform
World Bank country director Paul Noumba Um on restructuring of Eskom and the need for power-market reform. Camera Work & Editing: Darlene Creamer

World Bank says Eskom simply too big to fail

By: News24Wire      22nd January 2019 The World Bank has argued that Eskom is too big to fail, and the South African economy would not withstand a financial meltdown of the cash-strapped power utility. "It is just too big to allow it to disintegrate, and fixing all these pieces will be costlier than trying to reform it," the bank’s... 

 World Bank says Eskom simply too big to fail

GETI provides insights into talent environment for energy sectors

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     22nd January 2019 The third annual Global Energy Talent Index (GETI), the world’s largest energy recruitment and employment trends report, was released on Tuesday, and offered insights into five industry subsectors – oil and gas, renewables, power, nuclear and petrochemicals. The report, compiled by Airswift and... 

To meet climate goals, world urged to reuse natural resources

By: Reuters     22nd January 2019 More of the billions of tonnes of materials the world uses each year must be recycled and reused to keep climate change in check, researchers said on Tuesday. Only about a tenth of the nearly 93 billion tonnes of materials utilised annually - including minerals, metals, fossil fuels and biomass -... 

South Africa may double power purchases from Congo hydro plant

By: Bloomberg     21st January 2019 South Africa is mulling committing to doubling the amount of electricity it will buy from a proposed multibillion-dollar hydro power plant in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Increasing the amount of electricity that South Africa will buy has become a linchpin for the companies seeking to build... 

South Africa may double power purchases from Congo hydro plant

Evolution II Fund closes $41m funding round

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     18th January 2019 Africa-focused investment advisory firm Inspired Evolution led a $41-million equity investment by its Evolution II Fund and other consortium partners into Africa-focused solar business d.light. Evolution II invested $18-million alongside $10.6-million from the Dutch Development Bank FMO,... 

Radebe insists IRP to be approved soon, amid Nedlac uncertainty 

By: Terence Creamer     18th January 2019 Energy Minister Jeff Radebe has reiterated that Cabinet could soon approve the long-awaited update to South Africa’s Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) for electricity, despite persistent suggestions that National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac) sign-off of the document is still... 

Radebe insists IRP to be approved soon, amid Nedlac uncertainty

Clough JV selected as preferred tenderer for civil works at Australian hydropower project 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th January 2019 The Clough Salini Joint Venture (JV) has been selected as the preferred tenderer for about A$4-billion worth of civil works packages for the Snowy 2.0 project – a multiyear infrastructure project. Clough is a wholly owned subsidiary of Murray & Roberts and has a 35% shareholding in the JV. 

Eskom faces coal supply shortfall, long term contracts coming to an end – manager

By: African News Agency      18th January 2019 State-owned electricity utility Eskom is grappling with a coal supply shortfall at several power stations with long term contracts coming to an end, a senior company executive has said. South Africa is also experiencing lack of new mining investments in large scale coal mines and execution of... 

Eskom faces coal supply shortfall, long term contracts coming to an end – manager

No pleasantries as KZN consumers challenge Eskom’s proposed tariff increase

By: African News Agency      18th January 2019 Instead of granting increases to Eskom’s “fat cats”, the state-owned energy supplier should be told to reclaim money stolen through corruption, representatives from the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) were told on Thursday. “We propose a radical shift in how electricity is... 

South Africa’s electricity sector 

18th January 2019 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about Eskom’s latest tariff applications, its debt burden and what South Africa needs to ensure the future sustainability of its electricity supply. 

South Africa’s electricity sector
South Africa’s electricity sector

New board has important issues to consider regarding Necsa

By: Rebecca Campbell     18th January 2019 Major decisions are going to have to be taken about the future of the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa), new Necsa Board Chairperson Dr Rob Adam has old “Engineering News”. A totally new Board for the corporation was announced by the Government on December 6, the new Board’s term... 

AEMFC says will submit bid for Optimum assets

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th January 2019 An African Exploration Mining and Finance Corporation- (AEMFC-) led consortium on Thursday announced that it would submit a bid for the Optimum Coal assets, which are currently in business rescue. State-owned AEMFC believed the Optimum Coal transaction would be fundamental to the country’s... 

AEMFC says will submit bid for Optimum assets
Coal stockpile

Investec, UK Climate Investments kickstart renewable energy vehicle with R1bn

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th January 2019 Investec Bank and UK Climate Investments have committed a combined R1-billion to a dedicated renewable energy investment vehicle Revego Africa Energy. Revego Fund Managers (RFM) – a newly incorporated black-owned and managed fund manager – will be responsible for managing Revego’s investments... 

Johannesburg city council discovers almost R9m in lost revenue

By: African News Agency      17th January 2019 The Johannesburg city council says an operation in Fourways led to the discovery of almost R9-million in lost revenue due to illegal connections to services since 2015. "The three properties which were visited were also found not to have complied with the city's bylaws and were fined," it said of... 

Optimum, Koornfontein preliminary business rescue plan to be submitted for creditor approval next week 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th January 2019 Legal adviser Bouwer van Niekerk expects to have a preliminary business rescue plan for Optimum Coal Mine and Koornfontein Mine submitted for creditor approval by the end of next week, he confirmed to Mining Weekly Online on Wednesday. The mines’ business rescue practitioners (BRPs) have been... 

Optimum, Koornfontein preliminary business rescue plan to be submitted for creditor approval next week

South Africa aims to finalise long-term energy plan next month – Radebe 

By: Reuters     16th January 2019 South Africa is aiming to finalise a long-term plan for the country's energy mix next month, and once that is done it will launch another round of renewable energy deals, Energy Minister Jeff Radebe said on Wednesday. "We are aiming for February," Radebe told Reuters, when asked when the... 

South Africa aims to finalise long-term energy plan next month – Radebe
Photo by Dylan Slater
Energy Minister Jeff Radebe

Project Halo refutes allegations of favoritism in bid to acquire Optimum, Koornfontein mines 

By: African News Agency      16th January 2019 Project Halo – the consortium which came out as the preferred bidder in the highly-contested purchase of coal mine previously owned by the Gupta family – on Tuesday rejected allegations of impropriety in the way it secured the bid to acquire mine and other related assets.  Last year, Project Halo... 

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