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Property sector increasingly embracing solar PV plants

By: Marleny Arnoldi     1st June 2018 JSE-listed real estate investment trust South African Corporate Real Estate (Sacre) will invest more than R30-million to install rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) plants to help curb ever-rising electricity tariffs at its malls and reduce their carbon footprint.  

Sector recovery affords new opportunities for banding company

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     1st June 2018 Stable growth in the electricity sector will likely have a positive effect on sales, says Jet Park-based stainless steel banding company Banding and Identification Solutions South Africa (Bisa) sales director Rosa Dos Remendos. “This is positive, as the sector is a major market for our stainless... 

Sector recovery affords new opportunities for banding company
BUCKLING UP Bisa stainless steel products can be used for a variety of projects and are suitable for niche markets

Global atomic agency stresses importance of safety skills development

By: Rebecca Campbell     1st June 2018 The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) signed two agreements with African nuclear regulatory bodies at the National Nuclear Regulator's (NNR’s) recent 2nd Nuclear Regulatory Information Conference. The agreements were designated "Practical Arrangements" and were between the IAEA and the... 

Small modular reactors offer promise, but face major challenges

By: Rebecca Campbell     1st June 2018 Worldwide, there is significant interest in the development of small and medium modular reactors (SMRs). “At the moment there are 11 countries developing about 50 SMR designs and four units are under construction or have a certified design,” said University of Pretoria Mechanical and Aeronautical... 

As Eskom grapples with corporate plan, calls being made for radical restructuring

By: Dylan Slater     1st June 2018 In a concerted effort to save and stabilise State-owned power utility Eskom as well as other deteriorating State-owned entities (SoEs), Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan announced in his Budget vote in May plans in the next 12 months that include the appointment of capable executive... 

As Eskom grapples with corporate plan, calls being made for radical restructuring

BLSA lifts Eskom’s suspension

By: Creamer Media Reporter      31st May 2018 Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA) has lifted its suspension of Eskom, reinstating the electricity utility’s full membership in the organisation. Eskom’s membership was suspended in September 2017 in the wake of serious allegations of State capture and corruption.  

Kenyan solar energy firm signs 40 MW power deal with State-run utility

By: Reuters     31st May 2018 A private Kenyan power firm has signed a 20-year deal to sell 40 MW it will generate from a solar plant it is building to the East African nation's State-run distributor, its chief executive said. Kenergy Renewables signed the agreement to sell the electricity to Kenya Power at $0.08/kWh, Khilna... 

Egypt to spend $1.4bn over two years to develop electricity grid

By: Reuters     30th May 2018 Egypt has set aside 25-billion Egyptian pounds (around $1.4-billion) to be spent over two years on developing the country's electricity network, the electricity minister said on Wednesday. The minister, Mohamed Shaker, told reporters the government had agreed on a loan worth 60-billion Kuwaiti... 

B2Gold opens 7 MW solar farm at Namibia mine

By: Marleny Arnoldi     30th May 2018 Gold producer B2Gold Namibia on Wednesday celebrated the opening of the B2Gold Otjikoto solar farm, in the Otjozondjupa region.  

B2Gold opens 7 MW solar farm at Namibia mine
Otjikoto solar farm in Namibia

Two coal IPPs would cost S Africa an additional R20bn, not in public interest – report 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     30th May 2018 A report released by the University of Cape Town’s Energy Research Centre (ERC) shows that government’s planned independent power producer (IPP) coal plants – Thabametsi and Khanyisa – would cost South Africa an additional R19.68-billion compared with a least-cost energy system.  

Two coal IPPs would cost S Africa an additional R20bn, not in public interest – report

Umoya study affirms social benefits of renewable energy IPPs 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     29th May 2018 A social impact study done by infrastructure investment managers Umoya Energy has found that the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPP) is effective in delivering on social benefits through meaningful initiatives.  

Umoya study affirms social benefits of renewable energy IPPs
Hopefield Wind Farm

NNR sets the record straight on application fees paid by Eskom for NISL

By: Anine Kilian     25th May 2018 The National Nuclear Regulator (NNR) says the payment of application fees by any applicant to the NNR does not automatically secure a nuclear authorisation. This follows reports by media earlier this week that State-owned Eskom's payment of nuclear installation site licence (NISL) application... 

NPA applies for forfeiture order in McKinsey, Eskom matter

By: News24Wire      25th May 2018 The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has confirmed that it filed papers in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on Wednesday in an application for a forfeiture order against global consultancy McKinsey. Fin24 reported earlier this year that Eskom approached the court in a bid to recover... 

Entry-level energy management solution launched

By: Schalk Burger     25th May 2018 The Simatic Energy Manager Basic solution has been designed for entry-level energy management, and includes Web-based dashboards and access to a cloud-based open Internet of Things analytics platform, as well as a mobile application (app) to monitor consumption data, says industrial control... 

Probe into influence peddling to start hearings in August

By: Reuters     24th May 2018 An inquiry into allegations of influence peddling revolving around former president Jacob Zuma and businessman friends of his will begin formal public hearings in August and could take two years or more, the head of the commission said on Thursday. The allegations around Zuma, forced from office... 

465 TWh of renewable energy sourced by companies in 2017 – Irena

By: Simone Liedtke     24th May 2018 Companies in 75 countries actively sourced 465 TWh of renewable energy in 2017, an amount close to the overall electricity demand of France, a new report by the International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena) states. With the continued decline in the costs of renewables, the report suggests that... 

Eskom business-model review aimed at lowering utility’s risk to fiscus

By: Terence Creamer     24th May 2018 Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan has confirmed that the business model of power utility Eskom is up for discussion as government seeks to reduce the fiscal risk currently posed by utility and to reposition the State-owned enterprise (SoE) for future sustainability. On his eighty-sixth... 

Eskom business-model review aimed at lowering utility’s risk to fiscus
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Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan

Gordhan appoints new Denel, Transnet, SA Express boards; Hadebe appointed Eskom CEO

By: Anine Kilian     24th May 2018 Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan has appointed Phakamani Hadebe as Eskom CEO. Hadebe has been acting CEO of the power utility since January. 

Gordhan appoints new Denel, Transnet, SA Express boards; Hadebe appointed Eskom CEO
Photo by Dylan Slater
Eskom CEO Phakamani Hadebe

Coega perfectly poised to participate in lithium-ion battery industry – CDC

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd May 2018 The Coega Special Economic Zone (SEZ) is at an advanced stage of setting up factories that will supply gigawatt factories with manganese, a key ingredient in most lithium-ion batteries. Coega Development Corporation (CDC) business development metallurgic sector manager Sadick Davids says the SEZ... 

Half of Ramaphosa’s SoE council to be made up of people from outside of government

By: Terence Creamer     23rd May 2018 President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced that the composition of the Presidential State-owned Enterprise (SoE) Council, whose establishment has been approved by Cabinet, will be split between Ministers, as well as business people, experts and stakeholders. Speaking in Parliament during the debate... 

Half of Ramaphosa’s SoE council to be made up of people from outside of government
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Desalination’s future is going solar – TWS

By: Simone Liedtke     22nd May 2018 The first highly cost-effective solar-powered desalination plant in South Africa will be commissioned by the end of October at Witsand, in the Hessequa municipality, in the Western Cape. The plant will produce 100 kl/d of fresh water to meet the water requirement of the struggling Witsand village. 

Desalination’s future is going solar – TWS

Outa welcomes Nersa’s withdrawal of SSEG registration rules

By: Marleny Arnoldi     21st May 2018 Nonprofit organisation, the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa), has welcomed the National Energy Regulator of South Africa’s (Nersa’s) decision to withdraw the proposed rules to govern the registration of small-scale embedded generation (SSEG) below 1 MW.  

Outa welcomes Nersa’s withdrawal of SSEG registration rules

Small modular reactors offer great promise but face major challenges 

By: Rebecca Campbell     18th May 2018 Worldwide, there is significant interest in the development of small and medium modular reactors (SMRs). “At the moment there are 11 countries developing about 50 SMR designs and four units are under construction or have a certified design,” said University of Pretoria Mechanical and Aeronautical... 

Researchers suggest 100% renewable energy system is plausible

By: Nadine James     18th May 2018 A multinational group of researchers have co-authored a paper to demonstrate that there are no roadblocks to sourcing 100% of a country’s power supply from renewable sources. The researchers, from Germany’s Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, South Africa’s Council for Scientific and Industrial... 

Eskom evacuates contractor workers after protest at Kusile

By: African News Agency      18th May 2018 South African power utility Eskom on Friday, said it had to evacuate contractor workers at the Kusile power station, in Mpumalanga, after a violent protest erupted by employees of SGB, a subcontractor of Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Africa. Mitsubishi Hitachi is appointed by Eskom to design,... 

Radebe officiates at launch of R9.4bn Xina Solar One plant

By: Simone Liedtke     18th May 2018 Xina Solar One, which is owned by a consortium between Abengoa, the Industrial Development Corporation, the Public Investment Corporation and the Xina Community Trust, was officially launched near Pofadder, in the Northern Cape, on Friday. The 300 ha solar thermal plant, which was built by... 

Radebe officiates at launch of R9.4bn Xina Solar One plant

CIG secures funding to turn Conco operation around

By: Marleny Arnoldi     18th May 2018 JSE-listed Consolidated Infrastructure Group (CIG) has secured funding to turn around its power infrastructure services provider subsidiary Conco, which fell into financial dire straits in November.  

Conference highlights importance of nuclear regulators engaging the public

By: Rebecca Campbell     18th May 2018 Public engagement by nuclear regulatory bodies benefits the regulators as well as the public. So highlighted Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) director general: strategic planning Liane Sauer in her keynote address to the National Nuclear Regulator's second Nuclear Regulatory Information... 

Plans in place to redeem utility

18th May 2018 In its presentation to Parliament last month, State-owned power utility Eskom mentioned that it would be dealing with a number of issues within the utility relating to governance, ethics and accountability as well as improving liquidity to ensure financial sustainability. Presented on April 18,... 

Plans in place to redeem utility
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REVIVING ESKOM The new board Eskom will focus on multiple aspects to bring it to financial sustainability

Ninety-five years of lighting up South Africa

18th May 2018 For the past 95 years, State-owned power utility Eskom, has been at the forefront of contributing positively towards fighting the country’s socioeconomic challenges through the Eskom Development Foundation. The foundation, a nonprofit organisation solely funded by Eskom, has launched many... 

Ninety-five years of lighting up South Africa
PROVIDING POWER Eskom has been supplying South Africa with electricity for 95 years

New research group to bridge skills gap at Eskom

18th May 2018 Applied Thermo Fluid Process Modelling Research Unit (ATProM), a new research group, is building on an existing collaboration between State-owned power utility Eskom and the University of Cape Town (UCT) to provide engineers with up-to-date research and students with real-world experience while... 

New research group  to bridge skills gap  at Eskom
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HANDS ON Engineering students will get real world experience while helping tackle challenges Eskom faces

Toshiba signs MoUs to support African hydropower, geothermal roll-out

By: Schalk Burger     18th May 2018 Energy systems multinational Toshiba Energy Systems and Solutions signed four memoranda of understanding (MoUs) to cooperate with African countries to develop hydropower and geothermal energy systems. The MoUs were signed on the sidelines of the Japan-Africa Public-Private Economic Forum, in... 

Cranes company upgrades equipment at power stations

18th May 2018 Crane manufacturer Konecranes Southern Africa is currently working on systematically upgrading lifting equipment at State-owned power utility Eskom’s different power stations. The upgrading of the equipment includes repairing equipment that has been misused and replacing equipment that is obsolete. 

Cranes company  upgrades equipment  at power stations
UPGRADING CRANES Konecranes is currently upgrading and replacing crane and lifting equipment at various Eskom power stations across South Africa

Rope specialist introduces drones to NDT at Eskom

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     18th May 2018 Rope access specialist Skyriders has introduced the collision-tolerant Elios drones to its nondestructive (NDT) testing offering, and has started using them at State-owned power utility Eskom. The drones are part of Skyriders’ turnkey solution offering that improves the efficiency of the NDT and... 

Rope specialist introduces drones to NDT at Eskom
DRONE INSPECTIONS Skyriders has added a drone to its NDT testing offerings at Eskom facilities

Alternative energy continues to power Robben Island

By: Kim Cloete     17th May 2018 A solar and lithium-ion microgrid installed on Robben Island last year has produced 650 000 kWh of solar energy so far. Since adopting a green system, the island has produced an average of 3 250 kWh/d of power, says SOLA Future Energy CEO Dominic Wills. 

Nuclear, renewables must complement each other in South Africa – Cilliers

By: Anine Kilian     17th May 2018 Nuclear and renewables are being pitted against each other in South Africa, which is not helpful in the energy solution space, says professional engineer Dr Anthonie Cilliers, arguing that the technologies should complement one another as part of the broader energy mix. Speaking to Engineering... 

Kenya banks on nuclear energy to sustain manufacturing, build the economy

By: Kim Cloete     17th May 2018 Kenya hopes to grow its economy and boost manufacturing after building nuclear power plants, a Kenyan academic has told African Utility Week in Cape Town. "We envisage we will become a middle-income industrial country by 2030. With nuclear coming onboard, that will gave us baseload which will... 

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