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Electricity News

Legal challenge a hurdle, but 'not end of the road' for renewables

By: Terence Creamer     13th March 2018 The excitement associated with Energy Minister Jeff Radebe’s move to end two years of confidence-sapping uncertainty in South Africa’s independent power producer (IPP) market, turned to frustration on Tuesday when the signing of agreements for 27 renewable-energy projects was voluntarily delayed... 

South African court grants union interdict blocking renewable energy deal

By: African News Agency      13th March 2018 The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa said it had obtained an urgent court interdict preventing power utility Eskom from signing renewable energy contracts on Tuesday with 27 independent power producers (IPPs). The move will be a blow for independent producers who say the deals would... 

South African court grants union interdict blocking renewable energy deal

Zimbabwe gives mines, farmers six months to clear electricity bills

By: Reuters     12th March 2018 Zimbabwe's state-owned electricity distributor has given businesses, including mines and large-scale farms, six months to clear their bills or risk being cut off and face litigation, the company said on Monday. The Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company (ZETDS) is owed more... 

Himoinsa sees demand growth in construction, mining in Africa 

By: Schalk Burger     12th March 2018 Power equipment manufacturer Himoinsa has expanded its local African teams and partners to meet the growing demand for custom-designed power systems and generators in the construction and mining sectors, Himoinsa Europe, Middle East and Africa director Guillermo Elum said on Monday. The demand... 

Himoinsa sees demand growth in construction, mining in Africa
Himoinsa EMEA regional director Guillermo Elum, Himoinsa Southern Africa MD Martin Foster and Himoinsa Southern Africa business development director Matthew Bell discuss the company’s growth and business development in Africa. Video and editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Optimum should have gone into business rescue months ago – Hogan Lovells

By: Anine Kilian     12th March 2018 The public announcement of the Gupta-owned Optimum coal mine going into business rescue has caused much uncertainty for employees and residents living in mine-owned properties are anxious about the implications of this process for their futures. In an interview, Hogan Lovells partner Gareth... 

New energy, environment partnership to further continental economy

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     12th March 2018 A new Energy and Environment Partnership (EEP) trust fund, covering Southern and East Africa was launched on Monday, with a combined commitment of €25-million from Finland and the Nordic Development Fund (NDF). The EEP is a multidonor fund providing early-stage grant and catalytic financing to... 

New energy, environment partnership to further continental economy

Radebe ends years of IPP uncertainty 

9th March 2018 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about Energy Minister Jeff Radebe’s announcement that the outstanding power purchase agreements with 27 independent power producers will be signed next week and what this means for the energy sector. 

Radebe ends years of IPP uncertainty
Radebe ends years of IPP uncertainty

Conference to shed light on CO2-based production technologies

9th March 2018 The sixth edition of the international Carbon Dioxide as Feedstock for Fuels, Chemicals and Polymers conference will take place in Cologne, Germany in mid-March. More than 200 industry and research experts are expected to attend the symposium. Organiser, independent institute Nova-Institute, has... 

Conference to shed  light on CO2-based  production technologies
CAPTURED CARBON-DIOXIDE It is only a matter of time before carbon dioxide is an important feedstock of the chemicals and energy industries

Rope access company using new technology at petrochemicals giant

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     9th March 2018 Rope access solutions provider Skyriders Access Specialists has started using the Elios drone, from Swiss drone manufacturer Flyability, at a large petrochemicals company, in Mpumalanga. “Skyriders is at the forefront in terms of using drones in tandem with rope access services; they complement... 

Rope access company  using new technology at petrochemicals giant
DYNAMITE DRONES The collision-tolerant drones can enter confined spaces indoors and ensure that conditions are safe and adequate for the rope access team to inspect

Russian group, SA industry body remain hopeful about prospects for nuclear

By: Rebecca Campbell     9th March 2018 Russia’s State-owned nuclear corporation Rosatom still believes that nuclear energy has a place in the future development of South Africa. This follows comments made by then Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba on Budget Day 2017, which suggested that the country’s planned programme to build a fleet of... 

SA’s radioisotope producer restarts production

By: Rebecca Campbell     9th March 2018 The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) announced on February 21 that its subsidiary company, NTP Radioisotopes, had resumed production. Necsa shut down operations at NTP in late November due to non-compliance with safety protocols at the radioisotope producer, a step with which the... 

Fund invests in Africa-focused renewables IPP

By: Dylan Slater     9th March 2018 Clean energy infrastructure and resource efficiency investment company Inspired Evolution has signed a deal to invest up to $36-million in independent power producer (IPP) Alten Renewable Energy Developments Africa, which is the sub-Saharan Africa-focused subsidiary of Netherlands-based solar... 

Development finance may unlock Moz–Malawi interconnector

By: Marcel Chimwala     9th March 2018 The European Union (EU) and the German Development Bank (KfW) are to extend a E20-million grant to Malawi to partially finance the $127-million Mozambique–Malawi electricity interconnector project. Malawi is keen to fast-track the project so that it can start importing electricity from... 

Contract to restart stalled Kenyan transmission project

By: John Muchira     9th March 2018 Kenya has contracted a consortium of Chinese companies to complete the construction of a major transmission line that will evacuate electricity from the Lake Turkana Wind Power (LTWP) project, which stalled in 2016, when the previous contractor, Italian company Isolux Ingeneria, went bankrupt.... 

NPC engages stakeholders on South Africa’s future energy mix

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th March 2018 The National Planning Commission (NPC) on Thursday hosted a roundtable discussion on its energy paper, which was released in February. The discussion covered mainly coal and carbon pricing, the end-state of the electricity industry, nuclear energy, the integration of renewables into the national... 

NPC engages stakeholders on South Africa’s future energy mix

Mantashe urges speedy resolution on Optimum mine

By: Reuters     8th March 2018 Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe said on Thursday in remarks to the eNCA news channel that the business rescue process being undertaken at the troubled Optimum coal mine had to be done with "speed." Optimum Coal mine, which has faced a strike by its workers over unpaid salaries, sought... 

Radebe ends years of IPP uncertainty, unlocks R56bn in renewables investment 

By: Terence Creamer     8th March 2018 Energy Minister Jeff Radebe moved decisively on Thursday to end the confidence-sapping uncertainty that has hung over South Africa’s independent power producer (IPP) programmes for more than two years, announcing that project agreements for 27 stalled renewable-energy projects would be signed on... 

Radebe ends years of IPP uncertainty, unlocks R56bn in renewables investment
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Energy Minister Jeff Radebe

Eskom to conduct own investigation on SAP, Gupta contracts

By: African News Agency      8th March 2018 South African power utility Eskom said on Thursday that it was aware of damning findings of an investigation by German software maker SAP into its dealings with state-owned entities as a third party SAP said that it had finished its investigation by the law firm Baker McKenzie into South Africa's... 

New rules needed to facilitate transition to decentralised electricity system – Tau  

By: Terence Creamer     7th March 2018 South African Local Government Association (Salga) president Parks Tau has called for an overhaul of the policy and regulations governing electricity supply in South Africa to facilitate a transition towards a more decentralised electricity system. Addressing a well-attended Salga Energy Summit... 

New rules needed to facilitate transition to decentralised electricity system – Tau
Salga president Parks Tau discusses the benefits of transitioning to a decentralised electricity supply model. Video and editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Minigrids gradually becoming more connected in Africa

By: Simone Liedtke     7th March 2018 Emerging power generation networks, which are minigrids that are off the grid, are gradually becoming more connected and providing a directional generation of supply to the demand in Africa, where about 625-million people are still without access to power. At a media roundtable discussion on... 

Commission approves Thebe Renewable Energy’s acquisition of four energy firms

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th March 2018 The Competition Commission has recommended to the Competition Tribunal that Thebe Renewable Energy Holdings’s proposed acquisition of Phembani Solar Energy, Phembani Renewables, Shanduka Black Umbrellas Energy and Pulida Energy, be approved.  

AfDB secures $52.5m to fund renewable energy projects in Zambia

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th March 2018 The board of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) has approved the first funding proposal of the African Development Bank (AfDB) for Zambia’s renewable energy financing framework, providing a $50-million loan and a $2.5-million grant.  

AfDB secures $52.5m to fund renewable energy projects in Zambia
100 MW of renewable energy projects will be financed in Zambia

Renewable energy procurement programme notches up successes despite delays

By: Kim Cloete     7th March 2018 A recent report has shown that 112 projects have been procured through the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers Procurement Programme (REIPPPP), with 62 of those having started commercial operations by December 31, 2017. The total infrastructure investment from 64 signed projects totals... 

DoE says renewable energy receiving ‘urgent attention’, Minister to brief the media on REIPPPP on Thursday 

By: Kim Cloete     7th March 2018 The Department of Energy (DoE) has promised that the signing of the outstanding power purchase agreements with renewable energy independent power producers (IPP) is receiving “very urgent attention” and would happen soon. Director General of the DoE Thabane Zulu on Tuesday told Parliament’s... 

DoE says renewable energy receiving ‘urgent attention’, Minister to brief the media on REIPPPP on Thursday
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IPP Office head Karen Breytenbach

DA challenges Radebe to say yes or no to nuclear 

By: Kim Cloete     6th March 2018 The Democratic Alliance (DA) has challenged new Energy Minister Jeff Radebe to give the South African public an unequivocal and unambiguous statement on the nuclear deal. This comes after a meeting of the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Energy where MPs called for clarity on the status of... 

DA challenges Radebe to say yes or no to nuclear

South Africa catching up with global energy transition – SAWEA

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th March 2018 To grow its green economy industrial base and benefit from the continued decline in renewable prices achieved globally, the South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) suggests South Africa should urgently restart its large-scale renewables industry, which has been stalled over the past three... 

South Africa catching up with global energy transition – SAWEA
Renewables are becoming cheaper than thermal generation technologies

Undoing State capture in South Africa will face stiff resistance, sabotage – Gordhan 

By: African News Agency      6th March 2018 Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan on Tuesday said the new political dispensation in South Africa and the reversal of the “bad things” which led to the capture of key state institutions by private interests will be regularly opposed by the beneficiaries of the corruption. “I think we all... 

Undoing State capture in South Africa will face stiff resistance, sabotage – Gordhan
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Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan

Eskom still studying Nersa report warning of utility ‘death spiral’ 

By: Terence Creamer     5th March 2018 State-owned electricity utility Eskom says it is still studying the reasons for decision (RfD) advanced by the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) for restricting its 2018/19 tariff increase to 5.23%, as opposed to the 19.9% hike sought, and would “decide on the way forward... 

Eskom still studying Nersa report warning of utility ‘death spiral’

Cape Town launches two landfill gas projects, working towards more 

By: Schalk Burger     2nd March 2018 The City of Cape Town’s Department of Solid Waste Management on Friday launched gas extraction and flaring systems at the Coastal Park and Bellville South landfills, while a similar system is under development at the Vissershok South landfill. Each system comprises a wellfield made up of a... 

Pros of on-site solar PV systems

By: Schalk Burger     2nd March 2018 On-site solar photovoltaic (PV) renewable-energy systems serve as effective and cost-effective ways for companies to become familiar with the correct application of renewable generation to reduce energy costs, says South African information and communication technology company Sizwe IT Group... 

Bosch completes Hytec takeover, strengthens African operations

By: Schalk Burger     1st March 2018 Industrial technology and equipment multinational Bosch has acquired the remaining 50% stake in Johannesburg-based industrial technology company Hytec. The company had acquired 50% of the Hytec shares in 2014. 

M&R’s oil and gas unit turns to ‘complementary markets’ amid project slowdown

By: Terence Creamer     1st March 2018 The oil and gas unit of engineering and construction group Murray & Roberts (M&R) is actively pursuing projects in “complementary markets”, owing to a slowdown in new project activity in the Australasian oil and gas sector. The value of M&R’s oil and gas order book has fallen to below R4-billion,... 

M&R’s oil and gas unit turns to ‘complementary markets’ amid project slowdown
M&R CEO Henry Laas

Eskom accepts Maritz’s resignation, cancels disciplinary hearing

By: Schalk Burger     1st March 2018 State-owned power utility Eskom on Thursday noted that it had received a resignation letter from suspended group executive for information technology Sean Maritz, in which he resigns with immediate effect. Eskom said in a statement on Thursday that the resignation comes against the backdrop of... 

Anglo concludes R2.3bn sale of Eskom-tied mines to Seriti

By: Anine Kilian     1st March 2018 Anglo American has completed the sale of its Eskom-tied thermal coal operations to broad-based, majority black-owned and -controlled South African mining company Seriti Resources, which is led by CEO Mike Teke, for R2.3-billion. The acquisition includes the New Vaal, New Denmark and Kriel mines,... 

Anglo concludes R2.3bn sale of Eskom-tied mines to Seriti
Photo by Christo Greyling
Dr Anna Mokgokong

Eskom turns 95, says more than 100 000 new households on grid

By: African News Agency      1st March 2018 South African State power utility Eskom said on Thursday it was celebrating its 95 year anniversary with 100 380 households which had been connected to the national grid over the past six months. Eskom, which provides about 95% of South Africa's electricity, but has been dogged by cash... 

Eskom signs a $2bn short-term loan with seven lenders

By: Reuters     28th February 2018 South Africa's State-run power utility Eskom said on Wednesday it has signed a R20-billion ($2-billion) short-term credit facility with a consortium of seven local and international banks. "The funding provides Eskom with sufficient liquidity to allow the company time to continue resolving its... 

New power generation exemption framework creates fresh hurdles for IPPs

By: Terence Creamer     28th February 2018 A warning has been sounded that recent amendments to the Electricity Regulation Act relating to licence exemptions for generation plants could create further impediments to the deployment of private generation facilities. Titled ‘Licensing Exemption and Registration Notice’, the amendment was... 

New power generation exemption framework creates fresh hurdles for IPPs

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