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Electricity News

New JV to develop small-scale Zambian hydropower projects

By: Schalk Burger     12th December 2017 The New Africa Power joint venture (JV) plans to develop a 65 MW portfolio of small-scale, run-of-the-river hydropower projects in Zambia. The JV, established by Nairobi-based energy holding company responsAbility Renewable Energy, international finance institution Norfund and investment company... 

Siemens to build two gas-powered electricity plants in Libya

By: African News Agency      12th December 2017 Germany’s Siemens says it has signed contracts worth some €700-million ($824-million) to build two gas-powered electricity plants in Libya, AP reports. The plants are to be constructed in Misrata and Libya’s capital Tripoli, according to the Munich-based industrial conglomerate. 

Eskom study on the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) (2017)

     12th December 2017 The Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) 2010-30 was promulgated in March 2011. It was indicated at the time that the IRP should be a "living plan" which would be revised by the Department of Energy (DoE) every two years. The IRP is the over-arching energy plan for the country of which the IRP forms an... 

Eskom study on the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) (2017)

DA consulting lawyers on legality of energy blueprint

By: African News Agency      11th December 2017 The Democratic Alliance said on Monday it was taking legal advice on the approval of government’s new Integrated Resource Plan (IRP), which envisions nuclear procurement. Democratic Alliance energy spokesperson, Gavin Davis, said the apparently rushed approval of the policy blueprint with no... 

AfDB grants loan support to two African renewable energy projects

By: Dylan Slater     11th December 2017 The African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved $324-million in loan support to two renewable energy projects in Morocco and Côte d’Ivoire that are expected to significantly increase power supplies and boost economic growth in those countries.  

AfDB grants loan support to two African renewable energy projects
The Noor concentrated solar power project’s Phase 1

Khoza to continue as Eskom chair

By: Anine Kilian     8th December 2017 Zethembe Khoza will continue in his position as chairperson of State-owned power utility Eskom until the 2018 annual general meeting, according to Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown, who announced the State-owned power utility’s new board on Friday. The new board – comprising Khoza, Dr Pat... 

Khoza to continue as Eskom chair
Eskom chairperson Zethembe Khoza

SAPVIA launches ‘bold’ 5-point plan for solar industrialisation

By: Mia Breytenbach     8th December 2017 The South African Photovoltaic Industry Association (SAPVIA) has announced a “bold” five-point plan for the solar photovoltaic (PV) industry to drive industrialisation, create jobs, and contribute to economic growth. Speaking at the Energy Indaba held at Gallagher Estate in Midrand, on Friday,... 

SAPVIA launches ‘bold’ 5-point plan for solar industrialisation

Cabinet approves long-awaited IRP update 

     8th December 2017 Creamer Media’s Samantha Herbst talks to Engineering News editor Terence Creamer about the newly approved IRP and what this means for South Africa’s energy mix. 

Cabinet approves long-awaited IRP update
Cabinet approves long-awaited IRP update

Energy efficient transformers reduce financial and environmental costs

     8th December 2017 Electrical solutions supplier Legrand last month introduced its upgraded range of cast resin transformers, which offer advanced environment-friendly features that enable the products to meet the requirements of the new European standard for distribution transformers (EN50541-1) and ensure the... 

Energy efficient transformers reduce financial and environmental costs
GREEN TECHNOLOGY Legrand’s cast resin transformers have no risk of insulating fluid losses and are a low fire hazard, even when operating in harsh environments

Jasco slashes carbon footprint with solar energy solution

By: Nadine James     8th December 2017 Technology solutions provider Jasco’s Power Solutions & Renewable Energy team will leverage its experiences from its successful solar project as a base for understanding the engineering, procurement and construction requirements for solar energy systems in high-end residential, commercial and... 

Quality reprioritised in local battery market

By: Robyn Wilkinson     8th December 2017 With its battery anti-theft solution successfully protecting more than 15 000 lead acid batteries in South Africa, battery and related-components supplier Aztec is seeing an increase in demand for premium quality batteries with a longer operating life. 

Quality reprioritised in local battery market
POSITIVE RESPONSE NorthStar ACE was launched in South Africa this year and Aztec has seen a positive local market response to its advanced capabilities

No further IRP consultations as Cabinet approves plan and 27 renewables projects 

By: Terence Creamer     7th December 2017 Energy Minister David Mahlobo reported on Thursday that Cabinet approved an updated Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) for electricity during a marathon 12-hour meeting on Wednesday and that the new plan would be published without any further public consultation. Briefing the media at an ‘Energy... 

No further IRP consultations as Cabinet approves plan and 27 renewables projects
Energy Minister David Mahlobo

Zuma promises ‘seamless’ ANC transition at energy indaba that sidesteps IRP debate 

By: Terence Creamer     7th December 2017 President Jacob Zuma used his address at the Energy Indaba, taking place in Johannesburg this week, to assure business and investors that the upcoming African National Congress (ANC) elective conference would be “orderly and peaceful”, while promising a “seamless” handover to the new ANC... 

Zuma promises ‘seamless’ ANC transition at energy indaba that sidesteps IRP debate
President Jacob Zuma and Energy Minister David Mahlobo

Kganyago concerned another big power tariff hike will trigger grid defections

By: Terence Creamer     6th December 2017 South African Reserve Bank governor Lesetja Kganyago has added his voice to a growing chorus of concern that South African businesses, and even high-income households, could defect from the electricity grid in numbers should Eskom prevail in its bid for a 19.9% tariff increase from April 1, 2018.... 

Kganyago concerned another big power tariff hike will trigger grid defections
South African Reserve Bank governor Lesetja Kganyago

Nersa says special power deal for Silicon Smelters must start on July 1 or earlier

By: Terence Creamer     6th December 2017 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) has confirmed that a special pricing agreement (SPA) between Eskom and Silicon Smelters, which was approved in August, should commence no later than July 1, 2018, and continue for a maximum of two years. Silicon Smelters, a subsidiary of... 

Nersa says special power deal for Silicon Smelters must start on July 1 or earlier

Eskom inquiry postponed, suspended CFO Singh accused of delaying tactics

By: African News Agency      5th December 2017 Suspended Eskom CFO Anoj Singh was on Tuesday told he would be called to testify before Parliament’s inquiry into the power utility at a later date, after he infuriated MPs by submitting 400 pages of documentation less that 24 hours before his scheduled appearance. “We are not going to engage... 

Nersa shifts Eskom tariff decision to December 13

By: Terence Creamer     4th December 2017 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) confirmed on Monday that it would announce its decision on Eskom’s 2018/19 revenue application on December 13, instead of the December 7 date initially set for the determination. “The date has been changed due to more time being required to... 

Nersa shifts Eskom tariff decision to December 13

Renewables-heavy mix is South Africa’s cheapest option, yet another study confirms

By: Terence Creamer     1st December 2017 A new, independently produced techno-economic model of South Africa’s cost-optimal power generation mix in 2040 outlines a system where 69% of the electrical energy is produced from onshore wind and solar photovoltaic (PV) generators, supported by batteries and gas-fired generators. Conducted by... 

Renewables-heavy mix is South Africa’s cheapest option, yet another study confirms

Local company popularises electrical heat tracing

By: Nica Schreuder     1st December 2017 Amid escalating costs of heating containers using traditional methods, such as steam or gas, a more cost-effective, efficient and controlled method of ensuring the constant heating of containers is electrical heat tracing (EHT), says eltherm South Africa MD Peter Stone. EHT specialist eltherm... 

Local company popularises electrical heat tracing
EFFICIENT HEATING Eltherm’s EHT system makes controlled, efficient and constant heating solutions for tanktainers and road tankers

Green consciousness continues to drive green building trends

By: Simone Liedtke     1st December 2017 Increasing pressure on the built environment to address inadequate energy resources, carbon reduction targets and tightening building energy efficiency standards, continues to drive green building trends in South Africa, states multidisciplinary engineering consultancy WSP Africa sustainability... 

Green consciousness continues to drive green building trends
GREG RICE Businesses and citizens have recently become more conscious of the importance of resilience and resource scarcity

Necsa shuts down key unit because of compliance failure

By: Keith Campbell     1st December 2017 The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) has executed an immediate shut down of its NTP Radiochemical Facility, because of non-compliance with licensing conditions. NTP produces radioisotopes for both industrial and an especially medical purposes, and many cancer and other patients in... 

Globeleq increases stake in South African renewables projects

By: Anine Kilian     30th November 2017 Electricity generation project developer, owner and operator Globeleq has increased its shareholding in the Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm, as well as in the De Aar Solar and Droogfontein Solar projects in South Africa by acquiring Mainstream Renewable Power’s minority shareholdings in the three... 

GE reaches halfway mark of construction at Medupi power station

By: Anine Kilian     30th November 2017 General Electric (GE) Steam Power Systems has received a final acceptance certificate from State-owned Eskom for the successful testing and transitioning of Unit 4 at the Medupi power station.   Unit 4 is the third of six units to be transferred to commercial operation, marking the halfway point... 

Academy of engineers calls for nuclear procurement halt until IRP consensus is reached

By: Terence Creamer     30th November 2017 The South African Academy of Engineering (SAAE) has called for a moratorium on the procurement of new electricity generation capacity, including nuclear power, until consensus has been reached on a new Integrated Resource Plan (IRP), which should be the outcome of “proper consultation in an open... 

Academy of engineers calls for nuclear procurement halt until IRP consensus is reached
Photo by Duane Daws
Energy Minister David Mahlobo

Civil rights groups voice opposition to ‘rushed’ Energy Indaba

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     29th November 2017 Twenty-three South African civil rights and environmental activist groups have sent a letter to Energy Minister David Mahlobo seeking clarity on the nature and purpose of the upcoming Energy Indaba, scheduled for December 7 to 8 in Johannesburg. “It appears that the indaba will relate to the... 

Civil rights groups voice opposition to ‘rushed’ Energy Indaba

South Africa assesses battery energy storage prospects 

     29th November 2017 Creamer Media’s Samantha Herbst talks to Engineering News editor Terence Creamer about the future of battery energy storage in South Africa. 

South Africa assesses battery energy storage prospects
South Africa assesses battery energy storage prospects

Pretoria court to hear application for Molefe to reimburse Eskom

By: African News Agency      29th November 2017 Former Eskom CEO Brian Molefe’s court action to repay his R30.1-million pension, has been set down to be heard in Pretoria’s North Gauteng High Court for three days, starting on Wednesday. Molefe was taken to court by Solidarity, the Democratic Alliance and the Economic Freedom Fighters, which... 

Koko disciplinary hearing 'fair and transparent' - Eskom

By: African News Agency      29th November 2017 Stung by criticism, Eskom on Wednesday issued a statement declaring that it's disciplinary hearing of its suspended group executive, Matshela Koko, was being conducted in "a fair, professional, and transparent manner". The power utility said it "has noted with great concern" some media reports... 

Grid operators turning to batteries as costs fall and need for flexibility rises

By: Terence Creamer     28th November 2017 The standalone cost of battery energy storage remains above South Africa’s prevailing, albeit rising, electricity tariffs, but could already be commercially viable in some instances when the “stacked benefits” of the technology are taken into account. A levelised cost of electricity (LCOE) study... 

Grid operators turning to batteries as costs fall and need for flexibility rises
Photo by Duane Daws
Eskom's battery energy storage test site at Rosherville, in Gauteng

De Aar wind projects connected to the grid

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     28th November 2017 The 96.48 MW De Aar and the 138.96 MW De Aar 2 North wind projects have successfully reached early operations and have been connected to the Hydra transmission substation. The projects, located near De Aar, in the Northern Cape, were selected as preferred bidders under Round 3 of the Renewable... 

De Aar wind projects connected to the grid

Mahlobo’s call for ‘modular’ electricity roll-out at odds with nuclear ambition

By: Terence Creamer     27th November 2017 Energy Minister David Mahlobo’s latest Parliamentary reply, in which he argues that there is no longer a need to build large generation units, owing to the availability of low-cost smaller generation options, is at odds with his support for a large-scale nuclear build programme. In response to... 

Mahlobo’s call for ‘modular’ electricity roll-out at odds with nuclear ambition
Photo by Duane Daws
Energy Minister David Mahlobo

Wärtsilä to build utility-scale solar power plant in Nigeria

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     24th November 2017 Technology group Wärtsilä has been awarded the engineering, procurement and construction contract for its first utility-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant, in Nigeria. The 75MW plant is being developed by Pan Africa Solar and, when operational, will be the largest in Nigeria; and one of... 

Growing domestic demand at heart of plan to create a million manufacturing jobs 

By: Terence Creamer     24th November 2017 The Manufacturing Circle released a plan on Friday outlining how South Africa could create a million jobs over a ten-year period through pursuing a series of reforms designed at stimulating demand for South African manufactured products and improving the investment climate. The 48-page document,... 

Growing domestic demand at heart of plan to create a million manufacturing jobs
Photo by Duane Daws
Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies and Manufacturing Circle chairperson André de Ruyter

Hawks probing Brian Molefe's R30m pension payout claims

By: News24Wire      24th November 2017 Trade Union Solidarity announced on Thursday that it would launch legal proceedings to force former Eskom CEO Brian Molefe to repay the "unlawful" R30-million pension payout he received. "Unlawful actions must bear consequences. An apology and even pay back [from Molefe], is not enough,"... 

Hawks probing Brian Molefe's R30m pension payout claims
Photo by Duane Daws
Former Eskom CEO Brian Molefe

Company embraces industry trends and challenges

By: Nica Schreuder     24th November 2017 The major  trend in steel construction globally is very much towards high-end automation driven by integrated software solutions, which has led to local industrial manufacturer and distributor First Cut’s embracing this trend through energy- efficient  capital equipment and consumables from their... 

Company embraces  industry trends  and challenges
TIMED INVESTMENT The Bystronic laser, a significant capital investment, is one that is best done at the downturn of the industry, or just after the upturn

Steel Awards 2017 confirms LSFB growth

     24th November 2017 This year’s annual Steel Awards, hosted by the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction, showed excellent growth for the South African light steel frame building (LSFB) industry, with more than 25 000 m2 represented in category entries. The awards, which took place on September 13, saw 19... 

Steel Awards 2017  confirms LSFB growth
SUMMIT PLACE The Assupol Building, the 11-storey winning office block in the Summit Place development

Microgrids add new arrow to Africa’s electricity access quiver

By: Mia Breytenbach     24th November 2017 The launch of a R25-million solar energy, lithium-ion battery storage microgrid on Robben Island – the World Heritage Site in Table Bay, Cape Town, which, until recently, relied on diesel to generate electricity – not only showcases the versatile advantages of microgrid technology, but also... 

Microgrids add new arrow to Africa’s electricity access quiver

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