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Electricity News

South Africa to align energy plans with SADC gas master plan

By: Terence Creamer     26th June 2018 Energy Minister Jeff Radebe has promised greater alignment between South Africa’s energy plans, included the new Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) for electricity, with a regional gas master plan, which is currently under development within the the 16-country Southern African Development Community... 

Wärtsilä partners with Hyundai to advance second-life EV batteries for energy storage

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th June 2018 Technology group Wärtsilä and automaker Hyundai Motor Group have signed a technology and commercial partnership to use second-life electric vehicle (EV) batteries towards the growing energy storage market.  

Edenville, Sinohydro extend MoU to December 2019

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th June 2018 Energy commodity developer Edenville Energy has extended the validity of its memorandum of understanding (MoU) with hydropower engineering company Sinohydro Corporation of China, over the Rukwa coal project, in south-west Tanzania, to December 2019.  

Bilateral nuclear agreement signed between Russians and Rwandans

By: Rebecca Campbell     25th June 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... 

Bilateral nuclear agreement signed between Russians and Rwandans
Photo by Rosatom
Rosatom Deputy Director General Nikolay Spasskiy (right) and Ambassador Jeanne d’Arc Mujawamariya pose with their copies of the MoU

Hybrid power generation on the rise – HIMOINSA

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th June 2018 Interest in hybrid energy generation is high, says generator manufacturer HIMOINSA Southern Africa business development director Matthew Bell.  

Hybrid power generation on the rise – HIMOINSA
HIMOINSA Southern Africa business development manager Matt Bell

Zambia shortlists ten firms for 100 MW solar projects

By: Reuters     22nd June 2018 Zambia has shortlisted ten regional and international companies to build a total of 100 MW of solar electricity projects by 2020, the director of the project said on Friday. Zambia is heavily dependent on hydropower and following a drought in 2016, an electricity shortage hit Africa's No.2 copper... 

IFC signs $34m financing agreement for Zambia solar project

By: Marleny Arnoldi     22nd June 2018 The International Finance Corporation (IFC) has signed a $34-million financing agreement with Enel, the Industrial Development Corporation of Zambia and the European Investment Bank for the construction of the 34 MW Ngonye solar plant, in Zambia.  

AfDB launches index to drive improvements in electricity regulatory environment

By: Marleny Arnoldi     22nd June 2018 The African Development Bank (AfDB) this week launched its Electricity Regulatory Index (ERI) at the Africa Energy Forum 2018, in Mauritius.  

AfDB launches index to drive improvements in electricity regulatory environment
African Development Bank power, energy, climate change and green growth development VP Amadou Hott

Restructuring Eskom top of South Africa's agenda – Nene

By: Reuters     22nd June 2018 Restructuring State-run power firm Eskom is "on top of the agenda" for South Africa, Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene said on Friday, though he said recent outages likely had very little impact on the economy. Africa's most industrialised economy suffered power outages earlier in June because of... 

Restructuring Eskom top of South Africa's agenda – Nene
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Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene

World Bank approves $455m loan for Tanzania power projects

By: Reuters     22nd June 2018 The World Bank has approved a $455-million loan to Tanzania under its International Development Assistance (IDA) programme to support financing of power projects in the East African nation. The financing from IDA, which gives grants or low-interest loans to the world’s poorest countries, will... 

New-look IPP bid documents will need to strike delicate balance

By: Terence Creamer     22nd June 2018 The new bid documentation being prepared by the Department of Energy (DoE) for future independent power producer (IPP) procurement rounds will have to strike a delicate balance between sustaining investor interest and responding to society’s demand for increased socioeconomic benefits. In fact,... 

New-look IPP bid documents will need to strike delicate balance
Allen & Overy partner Jason van der Poel

Order received for two H-25 gas turbines

22nd June 2018 Thermal power generation systems manufacturer Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems (MHPS) has received an order for two H-25 gas turbines for a thermal power station being built by power provider China Resources Power Group, in Taixing City, in Jiangsu province, China. The units will form the core... 

Order received for two H-25  gas turbines
Photo by Bloomberg
POWER PLANT Serving as a standalone power source in a local industrial zone, the new plant will supply power, steam for manufacturing processes, and cooled air for air-conditioning

Two approaches for energy transformation in South Africa

By: Melissa Zisengwe     22nd June 2018 Solar photovoltaics (PVs) and energy storage system provider IBC SOLAR South Africa says it wants to be part of the transformation of the energy system in South Africa using two approaches. One approach entails informing South Africans and local companies about the advantages and possibilities of... 

Two approaches for  energy transformation in South Africa
ENERGY TRANSITION Solar power could transform the South African energy sector

Company completes boiler modernisation project

22nd June 2018 Sustainable energy solutions provider Sumitomo SHI FW has successfully completed the delivery of a circulating fluidised-bed (CFB) boiler technology upgrade project to increase the oil shale retort gas combustion in an existing CFB boiler at energy group Enefit’s Narva power plant in Estonia,... 

Company completes boiler modernisation project
Photo by Bloomberg
DELIVERY DONE Sustainable energy solutions provider Sumitomo SHI FW has successfully completed a circulating fluidised-bed boiler technology upgrade project at energy group Enefit’s Narva power plant

Increased drive towards using natural gas

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     22nd June 2018 There is an increased drive in the local boiler industry towards converting from using coal to using natural gas, as coal – despite its being the cheapest fuel to use – is becoming increasingly problematic, says heat and energy generation equipment provider Steam Generation Africa MD John Rundle.... 

Increased drive towards using natural gas
BOILER DISTRIBUTION Steam Generation Africa is the local distributor for boiler specialists Cochran UK products

Order for 97 MW steam generation system received

22nd June 2018 Thermal power generation systems manufacturer Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems (MHPS) has received an order to provide a steam turbine power generation system for a pulp and paper mill in Sumatra, Indonesia. With an output of 97 MW, the system will be used as an in-house power source, while steam... 

Order for 97 MW steam generation system received
Photo by Bloomberg
SYSTEM SUPPLY Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems will supply the core components such as the steam turbine and the generator

NCPC-SA reduces small-enterprise energy consumption by 50%

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     22nd June 2018 Since the National Cleaner Production Centre South Africa (NCPC-SA) did a steam system optimisation (SSO) at the Klein River Cheese farm, the farm’s overall energy consumption has reduced by 50%, says NCPC-SA project manager Sashay Ramdharee. The NCPC-SA scoped the steam system at Klein River... 

NCPC-SA reduces small-enterprise energy consumption by 50%
SASHAY RAMDHAREE The National Cleaner Production Centre South Africa makes sure to track whether the companies it works with have been or are saving energy as they planned to do

Nontechnical issues present the main obstacles to nuclear’s role in future energy mix

By: Rebecca Campbell     22nd June 2018 Key issues regarding the future of nuclear power in South Africa were raised at the National Nuclear Regulator’s recent 2nd Nuclear Regulatory Information Conference, held in northern Johannesburg. The conference took place over three days.  

Nontechnical issues present the main obstacles to nuclear’s role in future energy mix

SAGCC, partners aim to digitalise industries

By: Melissa Zisengwe     22nd June 2018 The Southern African-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SAGCC) and its partners are looking into automating and digitalising South African supply chain industries. According to the SAGCC, there is a substantial shift towards automation and digitalisation in organisations in Germany and in... 

SAGCC, partners aim  to digitalise industries
Photo by Bloomberg
NEW STANDARD There is a shift towards automation and digitalisation of supply chains

Siemens boss outlines how China’s BRI will benefit 70% of global population

By: Zandile Mavuso     22nd June 2018 Earlier this month, multidisciplinary cooperation Siemens held its first Belt & Road International Summit in Beijing, China, themed Create, Connect and Collaborate, during which it advocated for a digital ecosystem to foster future-oriented infrastructure development globally in what it referred... 

Zambia aiming for power prices that reflect costs by end 2018

By: Reuters     21st June 2018 Zambia plans to introduce electricity tariffs that reflect the cost of production by the end of this year, a senior government official said on Thursday, a move that could increase costs for economically vital mining firms that currently pay a flat price. In 2015 and 2016, Zambia experienced a... 

NGOs rate South Africa’s transition to a green economy at five out of ten

By: Nadine James     21st June 2018 Nongovernmental organisations (NGOs) on Thursday released the findings of new research, which describes South Africa’s transition to a low-carbon, sustainable and inclusive future as “stuck in first gear”, with ambitious policies but slow implementation. The ‘South Africa Green Economy... 

Globeleq-led consortium partners with EDM to progress Moz gas-fired power project

By: Nadine James     21st June 2018 Lead partner in the Temane Energy Consortium (TEC), Globeleq, has signed a joint development agreement with Electricidade de Moçambique (EDM) to progress the 400 MW Temane gas-fired power project, located in Mozambique’s Inhambane province. The agreement, which was signed at the African Energy... 

Eskom wage negotiations enter final day

By: African News Agency      21st June 2018 Wage negotiations between Eskom and trade unions will on Thursday enter the final day after workers rejected the 4.7% wage offer from the embattled power utility. Trade unions on Wednesday said they presented a consolidated wage proposal to Eskom as talks resumed for a second day this week after... 

Eskom wage negotiations enter final day

Cost competitiveness key for a thriving energy sector

By: Anine Kilian     20th June 2018 The number of power projects across Africa and South Africa has grown in the last few years and has given rise to many opportunities, but also challenges, Trade and Industrial Policy Strategies executive director Saul Levin said on Wednesday. Speaking at the Manufacturing Indaba, in Sandton, he... 

More calls for Eskom to be restructured

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th June 2018 A South Africa-focused panel discussion at the Africa Energy Forum, in Mauritius, on Wednesday, concluded that while State-owned Eskom, as a dominant player in South Africa’s energy sector, needed to be restructured, so too did the energy industry as a whole. Panel moderator and publication house... 

Energy forum panelists reiterate need for regional integration in Africa

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th June 2018 A panel of speakers at the 2018 Africa Energy Forum, in Mauritius, on Wednesday, agreed that Ministers of energy in Africa and other stakeholders should focus on regional power integration, and what would work accordingly, rather than debating country-specific suitable energy resources and... 

Emission abatement technology could drive industrialisation – EPCM Global

By: Nadine James     20th June 2018 South African firm EPCM Global Engineering has partnered with Luxembourg-based Carbon Process & Plant Engineering (CPPE) to bring its emissions abatement technology to Africa, in a move that could spur industrialisation, says EPCM Global CEO Tumi Kgomo. He explains that the technology, which was... 

Renewables, decentralisation top energy trends in Africa – Aggreko

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th June 2018 The pace of electrification in Africa has nearly tripled since 2012, relative to the previous decade, with electrification in sub-Saharan Africa surpassing population growth for the first time in 2014. However, there is a long way to go to realise continental electrification, says Aggreko CEO... 

Renewables, decentralisation top energy trends in Africa – Aggreko

AfDB pledges $12bn for Africa’s energy development

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th June 2018 The African Development Bank (AfDB) has placed access to sustainable energy development at the heart of its strategy, with the biggest priority ensuring improved access to electricity across the continent. AfDB power, energy, green growth and climate change VP Amadou Hott told delegates at the... 

Global interest in investing in African energy sector picking up – Minister

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th June 2018 The willingness and interest to invest in the African energy sector is picking up globally, says Mauritius Deputy Prime Minister and Energy and Public Utilities Minister Ivan Collendavelloo. Speaking at the Africa Energy Forum, now in its twentieth year, in Mauritius, on Tuesday, he said the... 

South Africa ahead of renewable energy curve – adviser

By: Simone Liedtke     19th June 2018 Despite the South African renewables market being in its infancy in comparison to well-established markets, South Africa is ahead of the curve, says owner’s engineer and lender’s technical adviser K2 Management. This, K2 Management South Africa country director Hebren James explains, is owing to... 

South Africa ahead of renewable energy curve – adviser

South Africa should push energy efficiency

By: Rebecca Campbell     19th 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, “The State... 

Nigeria power generation drops after ruptured gas pipe shuts six power stations

By: Reuters     19th June 2018 Nigeria experienced a sharp drop in power after a gas pipeline rupture caused six power stations to halt operations temporarily, the electricity grid operator said, underscoring the chronic instability of the country's power infrastructure. The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), the grid... 

Global utility ENGIE says focused on off-grid energy provision in Africa

By: African News Agency      19th June 2018 Global utility ENGIE says it wants to focus on providing off-grid energy in Africa, with plans to expand its solar home system (SHS) and mini-grid activities. ENGIE, which is participating in the Africa Energy Forum beginning in Mauritius on Tuesday, is launching new mini-grid projects in Zambia... 

Eskom wage talks resume on Tuesday

By: African News Agency      19th June 2018 Wage negotiations between the South African power utility Eskom and three key trade unions will resume on Tuesday after all parties agreed to go back to the negotiating table for three days of talks. The power utility has agreed to withdraw its zero percent wage increase offer as the unions have... 

Eskom wage talks resume on Tuesday

NUM slams claims of 'sabotage' by Eskom

By: African News Agency      18th June 2018 The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) on Monday said that Eskom was lying to the public that workers affiliated to the trade union were responsible for sabotaging work being done at the power utility's power stations across the country.  This comes as Eskom last week began implementing... 

NUM slams claims of 'sabotage' by Eskom

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