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Eskom

Generator transformer contract on track despite civil works delays

By: Gia Costella     14th December 2012 Multinational technology conglomerate Siemens is on track with its work for State-owned power utility Eskom’s Medupi and Kusile power stations, but is facing challenges, owing to delays in the civil works at both project sites.   

Company contributes to rebuilding SA boiler manufacturing industry

By: Gia Costella     14th December 2012 Boiler contractor for State-owned power utility Eskom’s Kusile and Medupi power stations, Hitachi Power Africa (HPA), says it is rebuilding the South African boiler industry. Speaking at the inaugural Power-Gen Africa Conference, held in Johannesburg last month, HPA CEO Johannes Musel said the... 

Contractor strives to bring clean coal technology to SA

By: Gia Costella     14th December 2012 Boiler contractor for State-owned power utility Eskom’s Kusile and Medupi power stations, Hitachi Power Africa (HPA), is striving to incorporate clean coal technology into South Africa’s power generation industry.   

Progress made with new build programme

By: Gia Costella     14th December 2012 State-owned power utility Eskom was making significant progress with its R340-billion new build programme, but many serious risks had to be carefully managed to ensure the ongoing success of the programme, the utility’s outgoing FD Paul O’Flaherty said during a presentation to the Parliamentary... 

Eskom says first Medupi unit on track

By: Anine Kilian     29th June 2012 The 4 800 MW Medupi power plant, in Lephalale, Limpopo, is on track to deliver first power to the grid before the end of 2013, State-owned power utility Eskom CFO Paul O’Flaherty said.  

Medupi, Kusile steel fabrication on schedule

By: Anine Kilian     29th June 2012 Steel fabricator Genrec, which is part of the Murray & Roberts group, has fabricated nearly 50% of the 220 000 t of steel required for the erection of boiler units at State-owned power utility Eskom’s Medupi and Kusile power plants. 

Utility completes Medupi coal stockyard study

By: Anine Kilian     29th June 2012 State-owned power utility Eskom’s Medupi power station has recently completed its latest environmental study for an additional coal stockyard. 

Mobile units supplied to Medupi project

By: Leandi Kolver     29th June 2012 Prefabricated structure manufacturer Kwikspace Modular Buildings has, on an ongoing basis, supplied over 8 000 m2 of mobile and modular units, as well as numerous rental units to State-owned power utility Eskom’s Medupi project, near Lephalale, in Limpopo. 

Alterations made to avoid giraffe electrocutions

29th June 2012 State-owned power utility Eskom has rebuilt and moved some of its infrastructure in the Marloth Park nature conservancy, following the electrocution of four giraffe, the Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) reports. 

Submetering solution to assist landlords and tenants  

By: Anine Kilian     29th June 2012 The use of prepaid submetering is gaining popularity in South Africa and is becoming a common tool for landlords and body corporates, prepaid metering company Ideal Prepaid Metering Systems national sales manager Ethan Hugo tells Engineering News. 

Company refocuses its resources on SA power projects

29th June 2012 Fluor South Africa, which is part of the global engineering, procurement, construction, maintenance and project management company Fluor Corporation, says its newly established power group is well-positioned to bring the corporation’s international power expertise to the local market. 

Steam cycle solution introduced to SA 

By: Leandi Kolver     29th June 2012 Systems automation company GE Intelligent Platforms expects to see significant demand in the South African market for its US-developed distributed control system (DCS) steam cycle solution for power plants, which was launched last month, global energy industry manager Bill Pezalla tells... 

Consulting firm works on nuclear site safety reports

By: Sashnee Moodley     18th May 2012 Global consulting engineering group SRK Consulting is compiling site safety reports (SSRs) for State-owned power utility Eskom’s existing Koeberg nuclear power generation plant, as well as two new proposed nuclear sites, Thyspunt, in the Eastern Cape, and Bantamsklip, in the Western Cape. 

Power utility ready to create nuclear industry – Dames

By: Sashnee Moodley     18th May 2012 State-owned power utility Eskom is ready to lead any developments around nuclear power generation in South Africa, CEO Brian Dames said at the National Union of Mineworkers' Nuclear Energy Workshop, in Midrand, last month.  

Electricity to become a luxury in SA – Prevost

By: Yolandi Booyens     18th May 2012 While the introduction of independent power producers (IPPs) will lighten the load on State-owned power utility Eskom and create economic opportunities, it will not have a significant impact on rising electricity tariffs, which will become unaffordable for many, says mining and project financial... 

Energy self-provisioning becoming more attractive to mines

By: Yolandi Booyens     18th May 2012 The technology is available and the time is ripe for South Africa’s mines to start reducing their reliance on State-owned power utility Eskom for electricity, as well as for these mines to reduce their carbon footprint, asserts Werksmans Attorneys corporate mining energy law specialist and... 

Company hopes to benefit from local procurement plans

By: Yolandi Booyens     18th May 2012 International manufacturing and engineering company DCD, formerly DCD-Dorbyl, is undertaking R89-million worth of work at State-owned power utility Eskom’s Medupi and Kusile power stations, in Limpopo and Mpumalanga respectively. 

Company assists in Kusile subterranean service infrastructure construction

By: Yolandi Booyens     18th May 2012 Geotechnical and civil engineering company Esorfranki is undertaking the construction of complex subterranean service infrastructure at State-owned utility Eskom’s Kusile power station, in Mpumalanga. 

Economic viability of UCG programme to be determined in 2020

By: Yolandi Booyens     18th May 2012 State-owned power utility Eskom’s underground coal gasification (UCG) research project programme is officially in the design phase of the demonstration plant and is currently within budget but is five months overdue on schedule, says Eskom sustainability group executive Dr Steve Lennon. 

Control centre improves power utility’s crisis management

By: Sashnee Moodley     18th May 2012 To help alleviate the pressure on State-owned power utility Eskom’s electricity supply, engineering and information technology company Invensys Wonderware Operations Management and information technology provider Bytes Systems Integration have provided the utility with an integrated generation... 

JV trains unskilled 
community members

By: Sashnee Moodley     18th May 2012 While steel fabricator and construction joint venture (JV) company Cosira Tubular continues to contribute towards the 2016 completion of the steam turbine hall at the Kusile power station, in Mpumalanga, it is simultaneously contributing towards the upliftment of the nearby community, reports... 

Rail agency benefits from energy retrofit project

By: Yolandi Booyens     18th May 2012 Integrated building technology solutions and services provider Honeywell Building Solutions has secured a R300 000 rebate from State-owned power utility Eskom through the implementation of an energy retrofit project at the Passenger Rail Association of South Africa’s (Prasa’s) Durban station, in... 

Energy saving initiative success leads to extension

By: Sashnee Moodley     18th May 2012 Over 71 MW of electricity has been saved through electronic products manufacturer and distributor Ellies’ Project Power Save campaign, which was launched by the company’s renewable energy division early this year and is supported by State-owned power utility Eskom. 

Rope access company seeks permanent contracts

By: Yolandi Booyens     18th May 2012 Rope access specialist Skyriders aims to secure permanent contracts at all State-owned power utility Eskom’s power stations in the future. 

Buy-back programme to save about 50 MW from industry user

By: Sashnee Moodley     18th May 2012 Integrated ferrochrome producer Hernic Ferrochrome expects its participation in State-owned power utility Eskom’s electricity buy-back programme to have a limited impact on contracted tons. 

Technology to improve power utility efficiency, safety 

By: Sashnee Moodley     18th May 2012 Not enough money is being spent on maintaining and rejuvenating equipment at South African power stations and large process plants, which often feature old technology that, in turn, results in high maintenance and breakdown costs, says targeted consulting and implementation skills provider... 

Electricity theft prevention campaign gaining momentum,says Eskom 

By: Yolandi Booyens     18th May 2012 Since the launch of the Operation Khanyisa campaign in October 2010, there has been an increase in the number of incidents of electricity theft reported to authorities, says State-owned power utility Eskom. 

LED deal results in potential R41m cost savings

By: Sashnee Moodley     18th May 2012 South African businesses that participate in the continent’s largest energy saving lighting deal, can save the country a collective R41-million a year if they use the energy saving light-emitting diode (LED) lightbulbs in their businesses and operations, says lighting manufacturer Philips... 

Company offers 
homeowners free energy saving technology

By: Sashnee Moodley     18th May 2012 Homeowners are being offered the opportunity to reduce their energy consumption through the free installation of energy efficient technologies, as part of State-owned power utility Eskom’s Residential Mass Rollout Programme. 

Supplier questions utility’s maintenance procedures, Eskom denies claims 

By: Yolandi Booyens     18th May 2012 Split bearings supplier Sekela Bearings says it has a product that will reduce what it claims to be an unusually high bearings consumption at State-owned power utility Eskom’s Arnot power station, in Mpumalanga. 

Utility managing Medupi delays

By: Nomvelo Buthelezi     9th December 2011 State-owned power utility Eskom says the consortium responsible for supplying the boiler at Unit 6 of its 4 800 MW Medupi power station, in Limpopo, has committed itself to meeting the revised deadlines to have the unit brought on line by May 2013. 

Steel supply contract progressing

By: Nomvelo Buthelezi     9th December 2011 In excess of 24 000 t of steel has already been used for the erection of boilers at State-owned Eskom’s Medupi power station, as steel fabricator Genrec Engineering continues to make steady progress on fabricating with a total of 45 000 t delivered to site for the project. 

Construction materials supplier starts additional deliveries

By: Nomvelo Buthelezi     9th December 2011 Construction and industrial materials supplier Afrimat has secured additional orders to supply coarse and fine aggregate for the construction of State-owned power utility Eskom’s Medupi power plant in Lephalale, Limpopo. 

Ventilation equipment installation gets under way

9th December 2011 Manufacturer and distributor of electrical equipment Actom Air Pollution Control, which two years ago won the heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) contracts for the turbine halls at Eskom’s Medupi and Kusile coal-fired power stations, has, to date, produced about half of the total... 

Company achieves safety milestone at Medupi

9th December 2011 Insulation, scaffolding and industrial coatings company Kaefer South Africa, through its subsidiary Kaefer Energy Projects (KEP), achieved a significant milestone by clocking up 500 000 work hours without a lost time injury (LTI) at Eskom’s Medupi power station near Lephalale, in Limpopo province.  

JV fast-tracks Medupi silo, chimney construction

9th December 2011 Slipform construction specialist the Karrena-Concor joint venture (JV) says it adopted innovative measures to meet advanced deadlines for the construction of two 213 m chimney’s and nine coal and ash silos for the Medupi power station in the Limpopo province. 

Demand response expected to provide further load reduction by winter

By: Tracy Hancock     13th May 2011 This year, State-owned power utility Eskom aims to extend its Demand Market Participation (DMP) programme, which is currently focused on large industrial customers, to include small industrial and commercial customers. The utility aims to achieve an additional 300 MW load reduction through the... 

Construction on solar power demonstration plant to start in 2013

By: Tracy Hancock     13th May 2011 State-owned power utility Eskom intends to start construction of a 100 MW central-receiver system concentrating solar power demonstration plant near Upington, in the Northern Cape, in 2013. The proposed project is currently the largest of its kind in the world. 

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