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Vacuum systems leak detection a first for Southern Africa

By: Halima Frost     13th July 2018 South African pump distributor Integrated Pump Technology has added on-site vacuum leak detection of vacuum systems to complement its existing service offering of design, supply, service and repairs of vacuum pumps and systems. Making use of the recently launched Leybold Phoenix Quadro portable... 

Wind energy industry warned of tough road ahead

By: Kim Cloete     12th July 2018 A leading economist has warned the wind energy industry that it will need to become even more competitive and lower the price of wind power in a stagnant and increasingly challenging South African energy sector.   “Our power sector is bankrupt. Whether we like it or not, this will impact the wind... 

Wind energy industry warned of tough road ahead

Ramaphosa embarks on Eskom overhaul

By: Reuters     12th July 2018 A month after Cyril Ramaphosa took the helm of South Africa's ruling African National Congress (ANC) in December, he called an urgent meeting with then-President Jacob Zuma and senior ministers to save state power firm Eskom. Ramaphosa understood sweeping changes were needed at the struggling... 

Ramaphosa embarks on Eskom overhaul
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Zambia says debt restructuring will not disrupt Chinese projects

By: Reuters     12th July 2018 Zambia will be careful to ensure its planned debt restructuring does not disrupt Chinese-financed projects, President Edgar Lungu said on Wednesday, after China's ambassador to the southern African nation sought clarification on the matter. China is a leading financier of infrastructure projects... 

Eskom and IPP deal to create more than 60 000 jobs

By: African News Agency      10th July 2018 More than 60 000 jobs are expected to be created during the 27 new renewable energy plant projects being rolled out under the independent power producers (IPP) programme, valued at some R56-billion. According to a statement issued on behalf of Workforce Staffing, a temporary employment service... 

Eskom and IPP deal to create more than 60 000 jobs

Three senior NTP executives reinstated following Nov 2017 radiochemical incident

By: Marleny Arnoldi     10th July 2018 NTP Radioisotopes, a subsidiary of the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa), has reinstated three senior executives, who were put on special leave.  

Swiss energy storage startup breathing new life into South African battery invention

By: Terence Creamer     10th July 2018 A Swiss energy storage startup is moving to revive the Zebra battery, which was invented at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), in Pretoria, in the 1980s and initially commercialised for use in electric vehicles (EVs) by, among others, Anglo American and Daimler. Located in... 

Swiss energy storage startup breathing new life into South African battery invention
Battery Consult founder and MD Dr Cord-Henrich Dustmann

Kibo to issue shares to Sanderson to settle debt

By: Marleny Arnoldi     9th July 2018 Aim- and AltX-listed Kibo Mining has settled the outstanding balance of £1.11-million on the forward payment facility that was agreed on in December 2016 with Sanderson Capital Partners.  

Kibo to issue shares to Sanderson to settle debt
Kibo Mining CEO Louis Coetzee

McKinsey overhauls South African office after graft scandal 

By: Reuters     9th July 2018 McKinsey has made sweeping changes to its South Africa business to try to rebuild its reputation following an ill-fated deal with friends of scandal-plagued former President Jacob Zuma. Kevin Sneader, who started as McKinsey's global managing partner last week, announced on Monday that the firm... 

McKinsey overhauls South African office after graft scandal

Eskom executive structure strengthened with the appointment of a COO

By: Nadine James     6th July 2018 The board of State-owned power utility Eskom has appointed Jan Oberholzer COO. The board, which was appointed in January, was mandated to resolve and take decisions to address the immediate challenges facing Eskom. Key to this mandate was to bring stability to the executive leadership structures... 

Eskom ups pay rise offer to 6.7%, NUM says ready to strike

By: Reuters     6th July 2018 South Africa's State-run power utility Eskom has raised its latest pay rise offer to 6.7% from around 6% to three unions it is in negotiations with, a source with the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) said on Friday. The NUM source earlier said its members were demanding as much as 12% but... 

Eskom ups pay rise offer to 6.7%, NUM says ready to strike

Cooperative governance minister tackles municipality debt, electricity distribution

By: African News Agency      6th July 2018 South African municipalities are buckling under the pressure of non-payment for services which has resulted in dwindling revenue, threatening delivery of service to communities, the Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA) said late on Thursday after its minister Zweli Mkhize met... 

Installation of water metering system complete

By: Donald Makhafola     6th July 2018 Utility management company Bosch Munitech in March completed the design and installation of a metering and monitoring system to manage water consumption for the Lower Berg River Irrigation Board, in the Western Cape. The company was appointed last year in November to install the Krohne Waterflux... 

Installation of water  metering system complete
COMPLIANT The Krohne Waterflux electromagnetic flow meter is a low maintenance water meter which meets stringent potable water standards designed for bidirectional flow measurement

Key enviro assessment launched for SA gas and power networks

By: Nadine James     6th July 2018 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and the South African National Biodiversity Institute are undertaking a strategic environmental assessment (SEA) for the development of a phased gas pipeline network and the expansion of the electricity grid infrastructure (EGI) corridors.... 

Russian nuclear group further develops cooperation with Africa

By: Rebecca Campbell     6th July 2018 Russian State-owned nuclear group Rosatom has announced that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Ministry of Infrastructure of Rwanda. The MoU covers cooperation in the peaceful uses of nuclear energy. This is the first agreement between the two countries regarding the... 

Mintek, Difeme partner to beneficiate quartz mined in the Northern Cape

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th July 2018 Minerals beneficiator Mintek has partnered with Difeme Holdings Group on the development of appropriate process technologies to beneficiate quartz. Mintek will provide technical services to Difeme – a black-owned mining start-up company with a focus on the mining and beneficiation of quartz to a... 

Cabinet’s failure to consider IRP threatens mid-August deadline

By: Terence Creamer     5th July 2018 South Africa’s Cabinet did not deliberate on the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) at its most recent fortnightly meeting, potentially threatening Energy Minister Jeff Radebe’s self-imposed mid-August deadline for finalising the long-awaited update to the electricity generation plan. Communications... 

Cabinet’s failure to consider IRP threatens mid-August deadline
Photo by GCIS
Communications Minister Nomvula Mokonyane

Rights group AfriBusiness says Eskom undertakes not to cut power in Musina

By: African News Agency      5th July 2018 Rights group AfriBusiness said on Thursday state power utility had undertaken not to cut power to Musina in Limpopo, narrowly avoiding an urgent court interdict over a move that would have impacted paying electricity customers. AfriBusiness said it had made the urgent application after notice by... 

Radebe sets the record straight on power plant decommissioning, IPP job creation 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     4th July 2018 State-owned power utility Eskom will not be closing its own coal plants to accommodate the offtake requirements of the coal independent power producers (IPPs), Energy Minister Jeff Radebe said in a Parliamentary reply this week.  

Radebe sets the record straight on power plant decommissioning, IPP job creation
Energy Minister Jeff Radebe

Eskom denies reports of debt restructuring

By: Anine Kilian     4th July 2018 State-owned Eskom says recent media reports suggesting the company plans to restructure or extend its debt are not true. Various media outlets have reported that the utility is considering asking for extensions on some debt, and staff layoffs, amid a constrained financial position. 

Imaloto IPP in Madagascar progressed well during second quarter

By: Marleny Arnoldi     4th July 2018 The granting of a 30-year concession agreement during the second quarter of this year was a critical milestone for the Imaloto coal-fired independent power project (IPP), in Madagascar, aligning its development with that of the government’s broader plans, Bushveld Minerals CEO Fortune Mojapelo... 

Imaloto IPP in Madagascar progressed well during second quarter
Bushveld Minerals CEO Fortune Mojapelo

Côte d'Ivoire eyes biomass power generation from cocoa waste

By: Reuters     3rd July 2018 The world's top cocoa producer Côte d'Ivoire plans to build a 60 MW to 70 MW capacity biomass power generation plant running on waste from cocoa pods, part of its aim of developing 424 MW of biomass power generation capacity by 2030. The plant, which will enable Côte d'Ivoire to diversify its... 

Acwa Power inaugurates first wind farm in Morocco

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd July 2018 Power generation technology developer Acwa Power on Sunday inaugurated its 120 MW Khalladi Wind Farm, near Tangiers, in Morocco, which will supply clean power to a number of large industrial companies.  

Acwa Power inaugurates first wind farm in Morocco
Khalladi Wind Farm in Morocco

Kibo reaches final PPA discussion phase for MCPP

By: Simone Liedtke     29th June 2018 Aim- and AltX-listed Kibo Mining has reached the final phase of discussions with the Tanzania Electric Supply company (Tanesco) regarding the power purchase agreement (PPA) for its Mbeya coal-to-power project (MCPP). Kibo on Friday resubmitted a reformatted integrated bankable feasibility study... 

Radebe says labour cannot be 'left behind' in energy transition 

By: Terence Creamer     29th June 2018 Energy Minister Jeff Radebe urged business to support government in ensuring that South Africa’s energy transition is a “just” one for labour, especially those operating in the coal-mining sector. In an engagement on Friday with business leaders in Johannesburg, following a meeting of the energy... 

Radebe says labour cannot be 'left behind' in energy transition
Photo by Dylan Slater
Energy Minister Jeff Radebe

Eskom secures R1.35bn loan from KfW to integrate Northern Cape renewables into the grid

By: Simone Liedtke     29th June 2018 State-owned Eskom has entered into a R1.35-billion loan facility with German development bank KfW to support further investments in Eskom's transmission network in the Northern Cape in order to integrate renewable energy independent power producer (IPP) projects. This funding will also allow for... 

Eskom secures R1.35bn loan from KfW to integrate Northern Cape renewables into the grid

World Bank approves $2.1bn loans for Nigerian projects

By: Reuters     29th June 2018 The World Bank said on Thursday it had approved a total of $2.1-billion in concessionary loans to fund projects in Nigeria aimed at improving access to electricity and promoting governance. The projects approved by the International Development Association (IDA), the bank's low-interest arm, are... 

South Africa urged to improve energy efficiency

By: Rebecca Campbell     29th June 2018 A report commissioned by the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and compiled by the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) has called for energy efficiency to be given “the priority it deserves” in future versions of the country’s Integrated Resource Plan (IRP). The report is entitled... 

Mining downturn results in profile expansion for consulting firm

By: Paige Müller     29th June 2018 International consulting engineering and scientists consultancy SRK Consulting’s local non-mining contracts have become its main revenue contributor, contributing to about 40% to 50% of the firm’s overall workload over the past three years. “The company’s growth in non-mining work is not just in... 

Mining downturn results  in profile expansion  for consulting firm
MEDUPI POWER STATION SRK Consulting’s scope of work at the Medupi power station is due for completion in December

With universal access in sight, SA’s electrification drive takes on new dimensions

By: Schalk Burger     29th June 2018 The integrated national electrification programme (INEP) of the Department of Energy (DoE) is set to change in scope and character as it nears its initial goals of electrifying most communities in South Africa that were not connected to the national grid. Energy Deputy Minister Thembisile Majola... 

With universal access in sight, SA’s electrification drive takes on new dimensions

Eskom raises wage offer to unions – Numsa

By: Reuters     28th June 2018 South Africa's State power utility Eskom has raised its wage increase offer for this year to 6.2% from 4.7% previously, the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) said on Thursday. Numsa said in a statement that three unions negotiating with Eskom were demanding a 9% increase in... 

Eskom raises wage offer to unions – Numsa

South Africa calls for expanded Brics cooperation on energy transition

By: Terence Creamer     28th June 2018 South Africa is proposing that the Brics bloc of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa extends the scope of its energy cooperation beyond that of energy savings and energy efficiency to include a range of other issues, arising as a result of the “global energy transition”. In an address... 

South Africa calls for expanded Brics cooperation on energy transition

Southern Africa's natural gas potential 

28th June 2018 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the recent meeting between Southern African energy Ministers about Southern Africa's energy potential and how to unlock that potential. 

Southern Africa's natural gas potential
Southern Africa's natural gas potential

Kibo, Termoeléctrica finalise Benga JV in Mozambique

By: Marleny Arnoldi     28th June 2018 Aim- and JSE-listed Kibo Mining has finalised a joint venture (JV) agreement with Mozambique energy company Termoeléctrica de Benga regarding the development of the Benga independent power project, in Tete, Mozambique. This agreement includes the right to build and operate a 150 MW to 300 MW... 

Radebe initiates bilaterals with Moz and Namibia on cross-border gas prospects

By: Terence Creamer     27th June 2018 Energy Minister Jeff Radebe initiated bilateral discussions with Mozambique this week regarding the further development of the cross-border gas infrastructure linking South Africa’s energy and chemicals sectors to Mozambique’s vast natural gas resource. Well over 100-trillion cubic feet (tcf) of... 

Radebe initiates bilaterals with Moz and Namibia on cross-border gas prospects
Ministers Jeff Radebe and Gugile Nkwinti with SADC deputy executive secretary Dr Thembinkosi Mhlongo

Renewable energy brings power and jobs to Clanwilliam

By: African News Agency      27th June 2018 The Western Cape town of Clanwilliam’s first retail shopping centre to be opened on Thursday is an example of how renewable energy is aiding economic development in small towns with limited access to the national grid, an energy company executive said on Wednesday. SOLA Future Energy installed a... 

AEP to acquire East African energy firm

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th June 2018 Clean energy company AEP Energy Africa has entered into a purchase agreement with First Independent Power, in Kenya, and Global Power Generation Sociedad Anónima to acquire 100% of East African company IberAfrica Power for $61-million, or R835-million. IberAfrica owns and operates the 103 MW... 

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