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Electrification and Distribution

Kuiseb installs substation automation system

23rd April 2004 In conjunction with Siemens AG, Siemens has just completed the first successful application of the Sicam SAS system in Southern Africa, with its installation at the Kuiseb substation, in Namibia. 

R10m contract under way

23rd April 2004 Power and automation technology group ABB was awarded an order valued at R10-million in October last year to supply boiler control and protection systems for Kelvin Power, a division of CDC Globeleq, for its plant, located east of Johannesburg. 

R60m project to be completed by September

By: renay de     23rd April 2004 The North Riding area, in Johannesburg, is currently being upgraded by City Power, president and CEO MK Mohlala tells Engineering News. 

Moz prepares hydropower plan

By: Keith Campbell     9th April 2004 SOUTH Africa’s eastern neighbour Mozambique is busy preparing a Power System Master Plan, for completion this year. 

Remembering a great protection engineer

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     12th March 2004 Electrical engineering is a profession that fails to impress people. If at a dinner party and you’re asked your line of work there’s no interested response to the following: barman, car-parts salesman, cinema doorkeeper and electrical engineer. 

Bids call for Moz–Malawi powerline geosurvey

By: Marcel Chimwala     27th February 2004 Malawi – The $80-million Mozambique-Malawi power interconnect project has advanced to a new stage where the power utilities of the two countries are inviting sealed bids from eligible bidders for the supply of georeferenced aerial survey digital data for the powerline route. 

Electricity access within SADC is made easier

By: elizabeth rebelo     13th February 2004 With the electrification industry in South Africa experiencing a significant transformation it is important to keep abreast of developments in the market. 

Infrastructure company announces changes in ownership

13th February 2004 Leading local black economic empowerment group Alstom SA, a large player in energy and transport infrastructure in southern Africa, continues to grow, owing to its ability to meet the requirements of the diverse range of sectors it serves and its adaptability to changing market conditions, group... 

SA may face future power shortages

By: elizabeth rebelo     13th February 2004 Over 60% of South Africa’s population did not have electricity in 1994. 

Universal electricity access by 2010

By: elizabeth rebelo     13th February 2004 Universal access (UA), in regard to the national electrification programme, is what the Department of Minerals and Energy (DME) is aiming to achieve by the year 2010, says chief director of electricity Ompi Aphane. 

Free basic electricity becomes a reality in Johannesburg

By: elizabeth rebelo     13th February 2004 Free basic electricity (FBE) has become a national challenge, says City Power customer services VP Silas Zimu. 

Multinational’s African projects increase

13th February 2004 The world’s second-largest supplier of energy transmission and distribution, Siemens, has been involved in a number of electrification projects throughout Africa. 

Technology group in $10m electrification and automation equipment contract

12th December 2003 Leading power and automation technology group ABB received a $10-million order to supply electrification and automation equipment to Mondi’s Kraft mill in Richards Bay, Kwazulu-Natal, as part of the mill’s $260-million expansion project. 

Regulator prioritises power distribution sector as network deteriorates

By: Deborah Spicer     28th November 2003 South Africa’s electricity distribution network has deteriorated to such an extent that the National Electricity Regulator (NER) will be introducing interventions in the sector, after having been more concerned with other issues in the past. 

Power line telecoms solution launched

By: laurian clemence     5th November 2003 Telecoms equipment firm Grintek Telecom yesterday announced the local launch of a new power line communications (PLC) system, which it will distribute through a partnership deal with Cybercom International. 

Keeping the lights burning

By: Deborah Spicer     27th October 2003 The significant sums that Eskom is investing in its transmission and generation network should mean that the utility is in abetter position than many of its foreign counterparts to prevent the type of power outages that have swept through Europe and North America in the last few months. 

Rate-of-return model will be key to 2004 power tariff adjustment

By: Martin Czernowalow     14th October 2003 South Africans will be informed of how much more they will be paying for electricity from next year, when the National Electricity Regulator (NER) presents the proposed price increases to the NER board on Thursday. 

12 000 prepayment meters supplied to Tanzania

5th September 2003 A South African company that specialises in electricity metering solutions, Landis+Gyr, has completed a contract to supply the Tanzania Electric Supply Company (Tanesco), the national power utility of Tanzania, with Cashpower prepayment electricity meters. 

Delta’s 2003 earnings to be hit by rand, lower prices

26th August 2003 The world's largest producer of electrolytic manganese dioxide (EMD), Delta Electrical Industries, yesterday announced lower earnings for the six months to June, despite a rise in sales volumes. 

Energising the fight against electricity crime

By: nkolola halwindi     22nd August 2003 Electricity distribution giant Eskom is investing R15-million towards a campaign to sensitise communities on the impact of electricity-related crimes, such as conductor theft, illegal connections and vandalism. 

Power loss hits auto industry hard

15th August 2003 The heart of North America's automotive industry was shut down Thursday evening by cascading power outages that struck the northeastern US and southern Canada. 

A pan-African power grid in perspective

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     8th August 2003 In last week’s column I wrote about Eskom management supporting the concept of an ‘African Grid’ and how this could be part of the Inga Hydro project. 

Powering Nepad: six projects to kickstart the renaissance

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     21st July 2003 Africa is an irony in many ways, but the energy sector is perhaps one of few in which the irony is most telling. 

Kenya is set to commission third geothermal plant

18th July 2003 Kenya is expected to more than double its geothermal energy capacity when a third station begins producing 64 megawatts of geothermal power by October, an industry official said on Wednesday. 

$80m Moz–Malawi power interconnect project to begin soon

By: Marcel Chimwala     27th June 2003 Malawi – Preparations are under way to start installation works for the $80-million Mozambique-Malawi power interconnect project this year following Malawi’s awarding of the tender for the supply of the electricity under the project to Mozambican company Hidroelectrica de Cahora Bassa... 

CT budgets for upgrade of growing informal settlements

By: katharine mckenzie     20th June 2003 This year the City of Cape Town municipality has set aside considerable resources in its annual budget to upgrade the large informal settlements that characterise Cape Town. 

Transmission and distribution system being installed in Mozambique

By: candice haase     13th June 2003 The South African subsidiary of ABB, together with ABB Sweden, recently began installing a transmission and distribution system in Gurue-Lichinga, Mozambique, says ABB South Africa and Southern Africa CEO Carlos Po 

Construction starts at East London IDZ

By: Deborah Spicer     13th June 2003 Construction began at the East London industrial development zone (IDZ) last month to ensure that potential investors to the zone have the required external bulk-infrastructure services in place by the time the IDZ is established by August next year. 

Court prevents approval of KZN energy project

By: Deborah Spicer     23rd May 2003 The Durban high court put a spanner in the works of Mondi’s proposed multi-fuel bed combuster by forbidding the MEC of Agriculture and Environmental Affairs from making a decision on the project until it becomes clear whether an environmental-impact assessment (EIA) exemption granted to the... 

The hows and the wherefores of transborder transmission lines

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     16th May 2003 I had a phone call from Mr Charles Martin. He is 88 years old, an ex World War II bomber pilot, a mechanical and electrical engineer and one time honorary tutor for the University of Zimbabwe engineering faculty. 

Moz awards R60m power distribution contract

14th May 2003 Power and automation technology group ABB said yesterday it has won two orders, valued at more than R60-million ($7,5-million), from Mozambique's national utility, Electricidade de Mozambique (EDM), to improve the country's electricity infrastructure in two of its most populous cities. 

Non-grid electrification project gathers pace

By: Martin Czernowalow     9th May 2003 South Africa’s National Electricity Regulator (NER) has invited tenders from suitably-qualified institutions to assist with the management and operation of non-grid electrification projects currently being undertaken in various parts of the country. 

A small mountain town makes progress

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     9th May 2003 Some twenty years ago I worked for a consulting firm which had the contract to arrange for an electricity supply to a great number of police stations in the Eastern Cape. 

Dreaming of long-distance power highways

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     2nd May 2003 I made a new year’s resolution not to write about Eskom this year, as I have some good friends who work for Eskom and I don’t like to make them unhappy. But unfortunately I can’t abide by my resolution. 

Non-grid electrification project gathers pace

By: Martin Czernowalow     30th April 2003 South Africa’s National Electricity Regulator (NER) has invited tenders from suitably-qualified institutions to assist with the management and operation of non-grid electrification projects currently being undertaken in various parts of the country. 

Duvha set for refurb after explosion

By: Deborah Spicer     18th April 2003 The rebuilding of the damaged portion of Duvha power station, in Mpumalanga, will begin this month, power station manager Johan Prinsloo has confirmed. 

R150m electricity supply contract for Coega

17th April 2003 Black economic empowerment company Alstom SA has been awarded the bulk electricity supply infrastructure contract for Coega, worth in excess of R150-million. 

21% of Joburg’s electricity lost due to illegal connections, faulty meters

By: marisa rodrigues     14th February 2003 Theft of electricity continues to be a major problem facing utilities in South Africa. 

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