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International nuclear school for Africa successfully held in South Africa for second time

By: Rebecca Campbell     30th November 2018 The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has reported that its second South Africa-IAEA Nuclear Energy Management (NEM) School, held in Johannesburg earlier this month, was attended by 23 young professionals from 13 African countries. The School was organised in conjunction with the... 

100 MW CSP project, developed by black-owned IPP, enters commercial operation  

By: Terence Creamer     30th November 2018 A new 100 MW concentrated solar power (CSP) plant, developed by black-owned independent power producer (IPP) Emvelo, officially entered into commercial operation this week, providing Eskom with a new dispatchable generation option at a time of severe supply-side constraints. Located in Upington,... 

100 MW CSP project, developed by black-owned IPP, enters commercial operation
The Ilanga CSP1 plant

Almost half of coal power plants seen unprofitable to operate  

By: Bloomberg     30th November 2018 The surge in coal prices in the past three years is cutting into the profitability of power stations that burn the fuel, a prominent forecaster said. About 42% of the world’s coal generation capacity is losing money, according to Carbon Tracker, an energy researcher that advocates for climate... 

S&P maintains Eskom's CCC+ credit rating

By: African News Agency      30th November 2018 Standard & Poor’s on Thursday maintained Eskom's foreign and local currency long-term credit ratings at CCC+, below sub-investment status. The rating agency also affirmed Eskom’s ‘zaB’ and ‘zaB’ long and short-term national scale ratings. 

Kaefer SA holds partner-focused innovation day as it celebrates 100 years of sustainable growth

By: Schalk Burger     30th November 2018 Kaefer in South Africa, a division of German industrial insulation and thermal solutions multinational, celebrated 100 years of innovation and sustainable growth during a partner-focused innovation day in November, which also saw the handover of the local division to incoming MD Ben Garrad.... 

Kaefer SA holds partner-focused innovation day as it  celebrates 100 years of sustainable growth
BEN GARRAD AND GEORGE WARDROPE The company will leverage its relationships with its suppliers and partners to roll out new services and innovations

Interim results confirm the bad state of Eskom’s financial health 

29th November 2018 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about Eskom’s interim financial results and the utility’s plans to turn its financial position around. 

Interim results confirm the bad state of Eskom’s financial health
Interim results confirm the bad state of Eskom’s financial health

Eskom to implement Stage 1 load-shedding until 22:00

By: Creamer Media Reporter      29th November 2018 Power utility Eskom on Thursday said it would implement Stage 1 load-shedding from 12:00 to 22:00. This is as a result of increased generation plant being out for planned maintenance and unplanned outages. 

Eskom to implement Stage 1 load-shedding until 22:00

First institutional anaerobic digester launched at NPO’s Johannesburg premises

By: Simone Liedtke     28th November 2018 To promote renewable energy as a cost-effective technology in a world facing the impact of climate change and global warming, the University of South Africa, diversified miner Exxaro Resources and the South African National Energy Development Institution on Wednesday launched its first... 

First institutional anaerobic digester launched at NPO’s Johannesburg premises
Photo by Simone Liedtke
The University of South Africa, Exxaro Resources and the South African National Energy Development Institution on Wednesday launched its first institutional anaerobic digester at nonprofit organisation EARTH Centre’s premises, in Johannesburg

Another Eskom equity injection mooted amid R15bn loss warning   

By: Terence Creamer     28th November 2018 South Africa’s debt-laden electricity utility Eskom is in discussions with government about yet another equity injection, as well as various possible “debt-relief” options, as part of a turnaround plan, which chairperson Jabu Mabuza insists needs to be implemented immediately if the company is to... 

Another Eskom equity injection mooted amid R15bn loss warning
Eskom chairperson Jabu Mabuza on the utility's dire financial position and the board's proposed turnaround plan. Camera Work & Editing: Nicholas Boyd. 28.11.18

SAPP to prioritise Malawi, Tanzania, Angola for regional grid integration 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     28th November 2018 The Southern African Power Pool (SAPP) will prioritise connecting Malawi, Tanzania and Angola to the regional electricity grid by 2021, with an additional 22 000 MW of electricity generation capacity to be added to the regional grid by 2022. The SAPP currently serves around 300-million people,... 

'Debt-driven' Eskom not ruling out load shedding for remainder of year

By: News24Wire      28th November 2018 Weak financial ratios, reduced generation performance and low coal stock levels have again raised the spectre of load shedding for power utility Eskom. Announcing the interim financial results for the six months ended September 30, CEO Phakamani Hadebe warned that although liquidity had improved,... 

 'Debt-driven' Eskom not ruling out load shedding for remainder of year

Include 'important' nuclear in SA's electricity mix, says Parly committee 

By: News24Wire      28th November 2018 The energy portfolio committee has come out in strong support of including nuclear power in South Africa's future electricity mix. This is in stark contrast to the latest government plan for South Africa's future electricity mix – the draft Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) 2018 – which contains no... 

Include 'important' nuclear in SA's electricity mix, says Parly committee

Parly committee adopts Eskom inquiry report, recommends top executives testify before Zondo

By: News24Wire      28th November 2018 Parliament’s portfolio committee on public enterprises has adopted its final report into allegations of State capture at Eskom and Transnet, which recommends that some of power utility's former board chairs and top executives be requested to appear before the ongoing judicial commission of... 

Parly committee adopts Eskom inquiry report, recommends top executives testify before Zondo

Zambia targets 200 MW of solar power to reduce hydro dependency

By: Reuters     28th November 2018 Zambia is seeking proposals from potential developers of solar power projects with a combined 200 MW capacity as it tries to diversify its energy mix away from hydroelectric power. Energy Minister Matthew Nkhuwa said in a statement at an investment conference on Tuesday that the 200 MW would be... 

Ramatlhodi to testify at Zondo commission of inquiry

By: News24Wire      28th November 2018 Former Mineral Resources Minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi will be the fourth minister who served under former president Jacob Zuma to appear before the Zondo commission of inquiry into state capture on Wednesday. News24 understands Ramatlhodi and his former adviser and spokesperson advocate Mahlodi... 

Eskom, AfDB sign loan agreement to expand power pool in Southern Africa 

By: Simone Liedtke     27th November 2018 The African Development Bank group (AfDB) and South African power utility Eskom on Tuesday signed a loan agreement to the value of nearly R2.9-billion, or about $25-million, to improve power transmission across Southern Africa. This project contributes to the realisation of the AfDB’s New Deal on... 

Eskom, AfDB sign loan agreement to expand power pool in Southern Africa
Photo by Dylan Slater
Eskom acting CFO Calib Cassim

Eurasian Resources Group secures electricity supply for DRC copper mine

By: Creamer Media Reporter      27th November 2018 Diversified natural resources group Eurasian Resources Group (ERG) has concluded an agreement with electricity company Société Nationale d’Électricité (SNEL) for the supply of 41 MW of electricity for its Frontier mine, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). SNEL will source the... 

Power system remains 'tight and vulnerable' as protests add further strain – Eskom

By: News24Wire      27th November 2018 There is low to medium probability of load shedding this week but protest action at the entrance of a coal mine could have a detrimental impact, says State power utility Eskom. Eskom on Monday night issued a statement indicating that the power system remains "tight and vulnerable". 

 Power system remains 'tight and vulnerable' as protests add further strain – Eskom

Resolute procures 40 MW solar hybrid power plant for Syama

By: Creamer Media Reporter      26th November 2018 ASX-listed Resolute Mining has signed a joint development agreement with power project financier, developer and operator Ignite Energy Projects for the development of a 40 MW independent solar hybrid power plant at its Syama gold mine, in Mali. The power plant, which will be operational by the... 

100 MW Kathu CSP to enter commercial operation in early 2019 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      26th November 2018 The 100 MW Kathu Solar Park concentrated solar power (CSP) plant, in the Northern Cape, has been synchronised to the national grid and the power station is expected to enter into full commercial operation in early 2019. Construction of the parabolic-trough CSP plant began in May 2016, following... 

100 MW Kathu CSP to enter commercial operation in early 2019
The 100 MW Kathu Solar Park

Ncondezi submits work programme to Mozambican liaison committee

By: Creamer Media Reporter      26th November 2018 Aim-listed Ncondezi Energy has submitted a final work programme and timetable for its Ncondezi integrated 300 MW power and coal mine project, in Tete, Mozambique, to a government-sanctioned liaison committee that is tasked with implementing the project. “The updated work programme and timetable... 

Renergen says higher fuel prices strengthen its business case

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd November 2018 Higher fuel prices have helped to strengthen the business case for using natural gas as a cheaper alternative to more expensive liquid fuels, JSE- and ASX-listed Renergen said on Friday. Reporting on its results for the six months ended August 31, it added that pressure on corporate... 

Audit outcomes of State-owned entities continue to regress

By: Kim Cloete     22nd November 2018 The audit outcomes of State-owned entities (SOEs) have regressed over the past financial year compared with both the previous year and 2014/15. The 2017/18 general report for the Auditor-General South Africa (AGSA) said there was an increase in noncompliance of the 16 SOEs it audited. It also... 

Study under way to help shape policy needed to transition from coal-based to renewable energy systems

By: Simone Liedtke     21st November 2018 As more renewable energy capacity is added globally, thermal coal-fired power stations are likely to, in future, operate only for short periods of time to balance the shortfall in electricity when renewable capacity is not available, University of Johannesburg professor Bilainu Oboirien said at... 

Study under way to help shape policy needed to transition from coal-based to renewable energy systems
Photo by Dylan Slater
University of Johannesburg professor Bilainu Oboirien

Countries urged to embrace greener energy sources 

By: Simone Liedtke     21st November 2018 Amid rising global energy demand, University of the Witwatersrand visiting adjunct professor Adam Luckos urges developing countries to embrace greener energy principles. To do this without jeopardising economic growth, he suggests that developing countries, where coal is the most viable... 

Countries urged to embrace greener energy sources
Photo by Dylan Slater
University of the Witwatersrand visiting adjunct professor Adam Luckos

Coal to remain significant part of South Africa’s energy generation mix  

By: Simone Liedtke     21st November 2018 Notwithstanding recent and continued advances in the roll-out of renewable energy and energy efficiency measures, South African National Energy Development Institute (Sanedi) GM for cleaner fossil fuel use Professor Tony Surridge expects coal will continue to form a significant component of South... 

Coal to remain significant part of South Africa’s energy generation mix
South African National Energy Development Institute GM for cleaner fossil fuel use Professor Tony Surridge speaks to Mining Weekly Online about South Africa's status quo surrounding carbon dioxide storage and utilisation. Video & Editing: Nicholas Boyd

Eskom warns its debt could reach R550bn 

By: African News Agency      21st November 2018 Eskom's financial situation will remain dire for the next few years with a risk its debt burden would grow from R400-billion to some R550-billion in the foreseable future, the power utility's CEO Phakamani Hadebe conceded on Wednesday. "The institution is really under severe financial strain,"... 

 Eskom warns its debt could reach R550bn
Photo by Dylan Slater
Eskom CEO Phakamani Hadebe

Big plans afoot for training more young people in renewable energy

By: Kim Cloete     20th November 2018 The South African Renewable Energy Technology Centre (Saretec), which provides training for wind turbine service technicians and which has recently expanded into training solar photovoltaic (PV) installers, has been officially launched in Cape Town. The sophisticated and state-of-the-art training... 

South Africa’s coal output continues to decline   

By: Simone Liedtke     20th November 2018 XMP Consulting senior coal analyst Xavier Prevost expects South Africa’s coal production to soon “drop drastically” as a result of low investment in new coal mining capacity and older mines reaching the end of their lives. Speaking to Mining Weekly Online on the sidelines of the Fossil Fuel... 

South Africa’s coal output continues to decline
XMP Consultants senior coal analyst Xavier Prevost speaks to Mining Weekly Online on the sidelines of the Clean Coal Technologies conference about the current and future trends in coal production, trade and markets in South Africa. Video & Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

New stage 8 load shedding 'nothing to panic about', says Eskom 

By: News24Wire      20th November 2018 Power utility Eskom recently announced that it would be expanding its load shedding plan to eight stages, allowing for up to 8 000 MW to be shed from the national grid. It previously had four stages that allowed for up 4 000 MW to be cut.   The new schedule is "nothing to panic about", Eskom... 

 New stage 8 load shedding 'nothing to panic about', says Eskom

Eskom ordered to keep Musina's lights on

By: African News Agency      20th November 2018 The North Gauteng High Court on Tuesday ruled in favour of business organisation Sakeliga to interdict Eskom from interrupting electricity supply after Musina and other municipalities failed to settle their debts. "The first respondent be interdicted and restrained from implementing it's decision... 

Eskom says it is not load shedding

By: African News Agency      19th November 2018 Eskom on Monday said it was not implementing load shedding but the power grid was stretched with a low possibility of load shedding for the rest of week. "We will keep our customers informed if there are any changes to the system. Eskom would like to thank its customers for assisting in keeping... 

Eskom says it is not load shedding

Electricity access finance not enough to meet 2030 global energy goals

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th November 2018 The finance required to close electricity and clean cooking access gaps remains “drastically short” of what is needed to meet global energy goals by 2030, international energy organisation Sustainable Energy for All states in its latest report. Titled ‘Energizing Finance: Understanding the... 

Eskom’s monopoly plunging South Africa into power shortages – DA

By: African News Agency      19th November 2018 State-owned power utility Eskom needs a firm plan of action to make it more efficient and productive and its monopoly on electricity must be broken, the main opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) said on Monday. Eskom was forced to implement an emergency blackout on Sunday, referred to as stage one... 

Eskom’s monopoly plunging South Africa into power shortages – DA

The battery boom to attract $620bn in investment by 2040

By: Bloomberg     19th November 2018 The battery boom is coming to China, California and basically everywhere else – and it will be even bigger than previously thought. The global energy-storage market will surge to a cumulative 942 GW by 2040, according to a new forecast from Bloomberg NEF published on November 13, and that growth... 

Eskom is said to base executive revamp on consultant work

By: Bloomberg     19th November 2018 Eskom is proposing executive job cuts and a reorganisation of management units in an effort to improve the South African utility’s financial position, according to a document seen by Bloomberg. Eskom, which produces about 90% of the nation’s electricity, hired Boston Consulting Group earlier... 

Upcoming protest not the first amid talks of transition away from coal – SAWEA

By: Simone Liedtke     16th November 2018 The South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) has defended the industry’s job creation potential. This comes ahead of a peaceful march by the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), which is planned for November 17, to protest potential job losses in the coal-fired power generation sector as a... 

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