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Electricity News

Electricity situation ‘tense but stable’ – Eskom

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th June 2018 State-owned power utility Eskom’s power stations and other critical facilities continue to operate optimally, in line with the contingency measures put in place to ensure security of power supply during a period of “wildcat strikes”.  

NUM, Numsa reject Eskom wage offer, want Ramaphosa to intervene

By: African News Agency      12th June 2018 The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) on Tuesday officially rejected Eskom's zero percent wage offer, saying that the state-owned power utility cannot plead poverty because it was "dealing with a self-imposed crisis". Last week, wage... 

NUM, Numsa reject Eskom wage offer, want Ramaphosa to intervene

Solidarity declares dispute with Eskom over wage offer

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th June 2018 Trade union Solidarity on Monday declared a dispute with State-owned power utility Eskom.  

Solidarity declares dispute with Eskom over wage offer

Ncondezi power project in Mozambique nears JDA completion, financial close 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th June 2018 The joint development agreement (JDA) for Aim-listed Ncondezi Energy’s integrated 300 MW power and coal mine project in Tete, Mozambique, is nearing completion.  

Egypt, Ethiopia agree to settle differences over Nile mega-dam

By: Reuters     11th June 2018 The leaders of Ethiopia and Egypt vowed on Sunday to iron out their differences over a dam Addis Ababa is building on the Nile River that Cairo fears threatens its water supplies. Talks over the Grand Renaissance Dam, Ethiopia's $4-billion hydroelectric project, have been deadlocked for months.... 

Botswana cancels plans to sell troubled power plant to Chinese firm

By: Reuters     11th June 2018 Botswana has scrapped talks to sell a power station plagued by technical problems to a state-owned Chinese company linked to the plant's builder, an official document seen by Reuters showed. The 600 MW coal-fired Morupule B plant, which was commissioned in 2012 and built by China National... 

Energy discussion must be resolved soonest to spur economic transformation – Dr Yves Guenon

By: Nadine James     8th June 2018 Certainty, particularly around South Africa’s future baseload energy supply must be achieved in the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP), in order to ensure supply security, which will, in turn, stimulate investment and economic transformation, Izibani consultancy founder and French South African... 

Eskom’s application to have tariff decision set aside increases uncertainty – EIUG  

By: Nadine James     8th June 2018 The Energy Intensive User Group (EIUG) has expressed concern that power utility Eskom’s decision to approach the courts to have the National Energy Regulator of South Africa’s (Nersa’s) tariff determination for 2018/19 set aside will increase uncertainty regarding electricity prices. This will... 

Radebe hosts stakeholder forum; Eskom takes Nersa decision to court 

8th June 2018 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the latest developments on the energy policy front, as well as Eskom’s turnaround. 

Radebe hosts stakeholder forum; Eskom takes Nersa decision to court
Terence Creamer on the latest energy developments and Eskom's turnaround. (Camera & editing: Nicholas Boyd)

Energy efficient lighting system pilot project completed

By: Donald Makhafola     8th June 2018 Electrical solutions and lighting specialists Magnet Group, in partnership with electronic multinational Philips, completed a pilot project for the design and installation of an energy efficient lighting system at property investment company Growthpoint Properties’ head offices, in Johannesburg,... 

Energy efficient lighting system pilot project completed
EFFICIENT LIGHTING Lighting for circadian systems requires different metrics from those used for conventional architectural lighting

Industry pursuing better management of energy use

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     8th June 2018 There has been a growing trend among South African manufacturing plants to pursue energy reduction and manage its use better, says energy training services provider the Energy Training Foundation (EnTF) training manager Yolanda de Lange. She explains that significant hikes in electricity rates... 

Industry pursuing better management  of energy use
YOLANDA DE LANGE The Energy Training Foundation is looking forward to expanding further into West Africa

S Africa must maintain cost-competitive sector

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     8th June 2018 It is vital for South Africa to maintain a manufacturing sector that is internationally cost competitive and can produce quality end-products, says Germiston-based material transfer solutions provider Weba Chute Systems MD Mark Baller. “The manufacturing industry has been under a lot of... 

S Africa must maintain cost-competitive sector
LATEST TECHNOLOGY Weba Chute Systems uses the latest techniques and technologies to ensure optimum accuracy during the design and engineering phases, which also facilitate improved efficiencies

Zest to enter renewables market

By: Shannon de Ryhove     8th June 2018 Local manufacturer of large electrical equipment and supplier of motors, drives and switchgear Zest WEG Group Africa has announced exclusively to Engineering News that it has recently restructured its business to include the renewable-energy industry. This move is strategically aligned with the... 

Laser machine in full production at fabrication company

By: Halima Frost     8th June 2018 Machine tool supplier Puma Machine Tools completed the supply of its high-end laser profile JinFangYuan (JFY) 4020 machine to a Wadeville metals fabrication company last month. The machine, with a Trumpf TruDisk 3001 laser source, will be used to cut processing plates for the manufacturing of... 

Interwaste uses innovation to convert waste into energy

By: Donald Makhafola     8th June 2018 Waste management company Interwaste is continually exploring processes and technologies to divert waste from landfills and has created a variety of methods converting waste-to-energy. Interwaste director for business development and marketing Kate Stubbs says the first way to get value out of... 

Interwaste uses innovation to convert waste into energy
WASTE-TO-ENERGY Companies are committed to reduce their carbon emissions footprint and looking at alternative sources of fuel, as well as renewable energy

Energy efficiency could massively reduce global carbon emissions

8th June 2018 Renewable energy and energy efficiency are the cornerstone of the world’s solution to energy-related carbon emissions, and can provide over 90% of the energy-related carbon emission reductions required to keep global temperature rise to 2 °C above pre-industrial levels, says International... 

Energy efficiency could massively reduce global carbon emissions
CLEAN ENERGY The world must work together in adopting strong policies, mobilising capital and driving innovation across the energy system

Demand rising for funding for grid-tied renewables

By: Schalk Burger     8th June 2018 Financing to build renewable-energy systems for use by businesses in South Africa is growing, with many projects showing good financial viability and return on investment, says financial institution Absa renewable-energy head Justin Schmidt. The return on investment for well-designed energy... 

Demand rising for funding for grid-tied renewables
JUSTIN SCHMIDT Most companies will rely on more than one source of energy, and the most compelling business cases currently are grid-tied solutions

Good corporate citizenship in a post-State-capture South Africa 

By: Kim Cloete     8th June 2018 A string of corporate governance failures and climate change challenges have cranked up the pressure on companies to become better corporate citizens and take care of the environment they are operating in. The renewed emphasis on governance and sustainability is not limited to the private sector,... 

Good corporate citizenship in a post-State-capture South Africa

Eltherm’s EHT regulates cold, prevents heat loss

8th June 2018 Electrical heat tracing (EHT) can provide significant cost reductions and energy conservation as it regulates temperature ensuring that during uncharacteristically cold days, other costly sources such as flange or gas heaters do not have to be used to compensate for unplanned heat loss, says EHT... 

Eltherm’s EHT  regulates cold,  prevents heat loss
REDUCING COSTS Electrical heat tracing helps to ensure that pumps do not malfunction

Companies to submit plans to reduce energy consumption

By: Donald Makhafola     8th June 2018 South Africa-based companies consuming over 400 TJ of energy a year will be required to submit energy management plans to the Department of Energy (DoE) to demonstrate how they are reducing energy consumption and their carbon emissions footprint if draft legislation is promulgated in its current... 

Companies to submit plans to reduce energy consumption
RENEWABLE The National Cleaner Production Centre of South Africa seeks to support companies to improving the capacity of the South African industry to use its natural energy efficiently ahead of looking for renewable energy

Eco Aire delivers tailored ecofriendly HVAC solutions

8th June 2018 Air conditioning supplier Eco Aire distributes ecofriendly solutions that limit the release of harmful gases into the atmosphere, and use and reuse energy responsibly in heating, ventilation and air conditioning. Eco Aire designs and manufactures residential, commercial and industrial air... 

Eco Aire delivers tailored  ecofriendly HVAC solutions
ECOFRIENDLY SOLUTION Eco Aire has been the agent for Hitachi's VRF systems in South Africa for 20 years

VSD compressor saves up to 28% energy cost

By: Donald Makhafola     8th June 2018 Owing to its unlimited starts per hour without a decrease in motor life, the variable-speed drive (VSD) compressors of compressor supplier Tru Compressor have been designed to save up to 28% on energy costs in their motor life span. “In a conventional air-compressor, starting up the drive motor... 

Reinstatement of Eskom system reports seen as way to rebuild trust through transparency

By: Terence Creamer     7th June 2018 State-owned electricity producer Eskom has re-launched its weekly system status report as part of broader efforts to rebuild trust with South African citizens, who remain skeptical about the utility’s ability to keep the lights on. The service, which is now available on Eskom’s website, was... 

Reinstatement of Eskom system reports seen as way to rebuild trust through transparency
Photo by Dylan Slater
Eskom system operator Bernard Magoro

Workers call for total shutdown of Eskom amid wage negotiations deadlock 

By: African News Agency      7th June 2018 The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) on Thursday called for a total shutdown of South African state-owned power utility, Eskom, following another collapse in wage negotiations.  Eskom workers are demanding a 15% wage increase across the board in a one-year agreement, 80:20 percent contribution... 

Eskom must diversify its energy mix – MacColl  

By: Nadine James     7th June 2018 State-owned power utility Eskom should diversify its energy mix, Electric Power Research Institute senior regional manager Barry MacColl said during a panel discussion on South Africa’s energy policy, and specifically the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP). The panel, held on Thursday at the Mazars... 

Eskom to approach courts to have Nersa’s 5.23% tariff decision set aside 

By: Terence Creamer     7th June 2018 State-owned electricity utility Eskom will, in the coming days, approach the courts to have the National Energy Regulator of South Africa’s (Nersa’s) tariff determination for 2018/19 set aside, chairperson Jabu Mabuza confirmed on Thursday. The action would represent Eskom’s first-ever legal... 

Eskom to approach courts to have Nersa’s 5.23% tariff decision set aside
Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan on Eskom's restructuring, 'Gupta-risation' of coal and improving primary-energy security and costs. Camera Work & Editing: Nicholas Boyd: Recorded: 7.6.2018

Seriti Resources interested in Optimum Coal as it looks to export

By: Reuters     6th June 2018 South African miner Seriti Resources wants to move into exporting coal and would be interested in buying the assets and quotas of the Gupta family's Optimum Coal, its CEO said. Bidding for Optimum Coal would pit Seriti, which has ambitions to become a black-owned mining champion, with bigger... 

Seriti Resources interested in Optimum Coal as it looks to export
Photo by Creamer Media
Seriti CEO Mike Teke

Kibo moves into the Mozambican market

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th June 2018 Aim- and JSE-listed Kibo Mining has signed a joint venture (JV) agreement with Mozambican energy company Termoeléctrica de Benga to participate in the further assessment and potential development of the Benga independent power project, in Tete, Mozambique.  

Interest in IFC’s solar procurement solution growing across Africa

By: Terence Creamer     6th June 2018 The International Finance Corporation (IFC) reports that its programme to support African governments and utilities in procuring solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity from independent power producers (IPPs) has made significant headway in four countries, with construction of the first project under... 

Interest in IFC’s solar procurement solution growing across Africa
IFC country manager Saleem Karimjee

Necsa has suspended radioisotope production because of a non-risk technical problem 

By: Rebecca Campbell     6th June 2018 The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) announced on Tuesday that there had been a “non-risk” incident at its NTP Radioisotopes subsidiary. This incident resulted in the activation of safety protocols, which temporarily halted the production of medical radioisotopes. At no time was... 

Necsa has suspended radioisotope production because of a non-risk technical problem
Photo by Duane Daws/Creamer Media
An aerial view of Necsa’s complex at Pelindaba, west of Pretoria

Another two South African wind projects reach financial close

By: Terence Creamer     5th June 2018 A further two South African wind farms, with a combined investment value of R6.6-billion, have reached financial close following the signing of agreements for 27 renewable-energy projects on April 4. Global wind and solar company Mainstream Renewable Power announced on Tuesday that construction... 

Another two South African wind projects reach financial close

NUM kicks against Eskom’s 0% wage increase

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th June 2018 National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) members in the Pretoria-Witwatersrand-Vereeniging region who are employees at Eskom have resolved not to accept the utility’s offer of a 0% wage increase.  

NUM kicks against Eskom’s 0% wage increase

Record amount of renewable energy installed in 2017 - research

By: Reuters     4th June 2018 A record amount of renewable power capacity was installed worldwide last year as the cost of wind and solar became even more competitive with fossil fuels, research by renewables policy organisation REN21 showed. Renewable power generation capacity had its largest annual increase yet in 2017,... 

Prepare for greater generation competition, Radebe tells Eskom

By: Terence Creamer     4th June 2018 Energy Minister Jeff Radebe has hinted at possible dramatic changes in the structure of South Africa’s electricity supply industry, which is currently dominated by Eskom, a vertically integrated State-owned utility. During a recent stakeholder gathering the Minister responded strongly in the... 

Prepare for greater generation competition, Radebe tells Eskom

SA no longer has agreement with Russians on nuclear, says Radebe

By: News24Wire      4th June 2018 Minister of Energy Jeff Radebe told eNCA on Sunday evening that South Africa no longer had an agreement with the Russians to procure for the development of nuclear energy for the country. Speaking to journalist and political analyst Karima Brown on the news network’s show The Fix, Radebe said he... 

 SA no longer has agreement with Russians on nuclear, says Radebe
Energy Minister Jeff Radebe

South Africa to release new-look renewables bid window in November

By: Terence Creamer     1st June 2018 Energy Minister Jeff Radebe announced on Friday that South Africa would launch a fifth Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) bid window in November with the aim of procuring a further 1 800 MW of renewable energy from independent power producers (IPPs).... 

South Africa to release new-look renewables bid window in November
Photo by Dylan Slater
Energy Minister Jeff Radebe

Renergen impairs hydro project to focus on South African natural gas market

By: Simone Liedtke     1st June 2018 Integrated alternative energy business Renergen impaired its R12.2-million Côte d’Ivoire Hydro hydroelectric project, which was managed by its subsidiary, Mega Power Renewables, during the 2018 financial year and shifted its focus to the South African natural gas market. The impairment decision... 

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