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System to improve efficiencies at Matla power station

By: Tracy Hancock     13th May 2011 Materials handling company Clyde Bergemann Africa (CBZ) is in contracted to State-owned power utility Eskom to improve efficiencies and reduce operating costs at its Matla coal-fired power station, in Mpumalanga. By replacing CBZ’s ash pump technology with its MD pump system (a dense-phase... 

Kusile transformer contract awarded to local supplier

13th May 2011 State-owned power utility Eskom’s Kusile power station, which is currently under construction near Delmas, in Mpumalanga, is to be fitted with locally designed and manufactured unit transformers produced by electrical equipment manufacturer Actom group company Actom Power Transformers. 

Coal stockpiles maintained at 40-day supply – Eskom

By: Tracy Hancock     13th May 2011 State-owned power utility Eskom expects to maintain its coal stockpiles at a healthy level of over 40 days to prevent the coal supply problems experienced in January 2008, when stockpile averages reached less than ten days. At the second 2011 quarterly briefing on the utility’s state of... 

Need for more nuclear despite Fukushima

13th May 2011 Although South Africa’s government recognises the sensitivities that have arisen as a result of Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant disaster, it is equally imperative that adequate attention be paid to factors that strengthen the motivation for an increase of South Africa’s nuclear capacity. 

Deployment of renewables should support localisation

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     13th May 2011 Without clarity on the contribution renewable energy is expected to make to South Africa’s future energy plans, it is difficult to determine whether State-owned power utility Eskom will be able to reduce its coal-generated electricity by more than 50%, World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) South... 

Electricity distribution improvements must become a priority

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     13th May 2011 Challenges within the electricity distribution sector are hampering the growth and progress of South Africa’s electricity sector, Engineering Council of South Africa council member Dr Philip Lloyd tells Engineering News. 

Switchgear market holds high growth potential

13th May 2011 The medium voltage- (MV-) and high voltage- (HV-) switchgear markets in South Africa hold high growth potential for manufacturers, reports industry analyst and consulting firm Frost & Sullivan.  

Eskom to spend R90m on CSI

By: Tracy Hancock     13th May 2011 State-owned power utility Eskom has allocated about R90-million for corporate social investment purposes for the 2011/12 financial year. “The Eskom Development Foundation’s aim is to improve the quality of life of communities surrounding Eskom’s operations. This involves initiatives that... 

Medupi successor programme to cultivate intellectual capital

By: Tracy Hancock     13th May 2011 The Medupi power station joint venture (MPS-JV), one of 38 packages contracted by State-owned power utility Eskom to build the Medupi power station will implement a successor development programme for identified positions this month to inject much needed skills into the construction industry.  

CSIR and Eskom establish strategic partnership

13th May 2011 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and State-owned utility Eskom have signed a memorandum of agreement (MoA) to collaborate on research and development (R&D) in areas of mutual interest. 

Industries speak up about increasing electricity costs

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     13th May 2011 State-owned power utility Eskom’s April electricity tariff hike under the second multi-year price determination, has significantly affected key industries approached by Engineering News. 

Tariff hikes drive demand for power saving alternatives

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     13th May 2011 Energy savings and back-up power solutions provider Mr Power has seen a marked increase in sales of and enquiries about its products since the latest electricity tariff increases took effect at the start of April. 

Boiler tube inspection at Kendal under way

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     13th May 2011 A boiler tube inspection is currently under way at Unit 1 of State-owned power utility Eskom’s Kendal power station, in Mpumalanga.  

R500m motor control centres contract for Medupi

By: Henry Lazenby     25th June 2010 Industrial equipment manufacturer General Electric South Africa (GE SA) has been awarded a R500-million contract to manufacture and install motor control centres (MCCs) for the Medupi power plant. The company will embark on a major refit of its Midrand manufacturing plant, in preparation for the... 

Scaffolding contract spurs skills development

By: Henry Lazenby     25th June 2010 Insulation contractor Kaefer has been awarded a contract by local construction contractor Murray & Roberts to erect scaffolding during the construction of State-owned power utility Eskom’s Medupi coal-fired power station. 

IPP deals catalyst for renewable energy growth

By: Henry Lazenby     25th June 2010 Solar power generation company Solairedirect Southern Africa believes that State-owned power utility Eskom's newly signed deals to purchase power from independent power producers (IPPs) is a sign that the renewable energy industry is on track to becoming a commercial reality. 

Possibility of more rate increases for R115bn capex 

By: Henry Lazenby     25th June 2010 More rate increases may be on the cards for State-owned power utility Eskom’s customers to cover the R115-billion shortfall on its current three-year capital expenditure (capex) programme. 

project progresses

By: Henry Lazenby     25th June 2010 A milestone was achieved in the construction of State-owned power utility Eskom’s Ingula pumped-storage scheme project, situated on the border between the Free State and Kwa-Zulu-Natal, when the first of 32 concrete face slab panels was placed at the upper Bedford dam. Placing the remainder of... 

Broader electricity industry must gear up for accelerated delivery

By: Schalk Burger     14th May 2010 The broader electricity industry including consultants, manufacturers and suppliers must gear itself for the expected acceleration in electricity infrastructure development, in the next five to ten years. 

Key transmission lines to strengthen 
national grid

14th May 2010 The first and second phase of State-owned power utility Eskom’s power delivery project will build transmission lines in key areas of the country to strengthen the national power transmission grid. The project includes the upgrading of substations and installing new transformers that can handle... 

MYPD 2 about capacity needs, generation mix 
and finance

14th May 2010 State-owned power utility Eskom’s second multiyear price determination (MYPD 2) plan is about the electricity generation capacity needs of the country, the mix of generation options used, as well as about finance around the generation and supply of electricity, says Eskom senior GM for regulatory... 

85% electricity deals pending 
final approval

14th May 2010 State-owned power utility Eskom has finalised 85% of its deals to buy electricity from independent producers to achieve its target of 400 MW of electricity, as stipulated by the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) for Eskom’s current multiyear price determination, the utility says... 

Ensuring reliable and 
efficient operations

14th May 2010 State-owned power utility Eskom is returning many power stations to service to meet the short and medium-term growth in electricity demand. A project update released by the utility indicates that projects include detailed inspections and assessments of the condition of machinery and the... 

Medupi spurs local 
boiler industry growth

14th May 2010 Contracts for the boiler island at State-owned Eskom’s Medupi power station, valued at R20-billion, will boost the local boiler industry and use local goods and services as part of the government’s Accelerated Shared Growth Initiative for South Africa (Asgisa), says State-owned power utility... 

Electricity hikes 
to negatively impact on employment

14th May 2010 South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Sacci) CEO Neren Rau says that strikes can be as harmful to job creation as the increases in electricity prices. 

Expansion on track to deliver coal to Medupi

By: Schalk Burger     14th May 2010 The Grootgeluk coal mine near Lephalale, in Limpopo province, will nearly double its yearly capacity to supply 15-million tons of coal to the new Medupi power station by the end of 2014. Coal giant Exxaro will deliver the first coal to unit 6 by March 2012, says Exxaro Grootgeluk Medupi project... 

Return-to-service projects see electric motors fitted

By: Schalk Burger     14th May 2010 Electricity generation stations being returned to service as part of State-owned power utility Eskom’s capacity expansion programme, are being fitted with custom-designed electrical motors that improve efficiency without changing the layout of the plants, says electrical motor specialists Actom... 

Quick-start power 
plants can stabilise wind power generation

By: Schalk Burger     14th May 2010 Electricity generated by wind power plants varies with the wind and must be stabilised to provide the constant supply needed to meet demand, says power plant specialists Wärtsilä Power Plants South Africa MD Arnaud Gouet. 

Structural steel work progresses

14th May 2010 Steel structure fabricating company DSE has secured two separate contracts for the structural steelwork for the Medupi and Kusile power stations. The contracts were awarded on a subcontract basis to the company by Genrec Engineering, a Murray & Roberts company. 

No water worries for Medupi 

14th May 2010 State-owned power utility Eskom reports that its new power station Medupi, has adequate water supply, using the existing surplus from the Matimba power station. There is an additional pipeline from the existing Mokolo dam, to Medupi, without impacting on other users or using water from the... 

Supercritical steam 
cycle operates with greater efficiency

14th May 2010 State-owned power utility Eskom’s Medupi power station will incorporate a supercritical steam cycle, which will use higher temperatures and pressures than previous generation machines, and will operate with greater efficiency.  

Environmental management is critical

By: Dimakatso Motau     14th May 2010 EnviroServ Waste Management company‘s regional commercial manager, Theresa Walton, says that while there is a need for social and economic development, environmental management is critical, or the world’s fragile climate and ecosystems will collapse.  

Utility remains optimistic about solar water heater roll-out  

By: Dimakatso Motau     14th May 2010 State-owned power utility Eskom is confident about the second phase of the solar water-heating (SWH) programme. Lack of awareness and knowledge is not a challenge, says Eskom renewable portfolio manager Cedric Worthmann.  

Increased demand for solar water heaters

By: Dimakatso Motau     14th May 2010 The SWH industry is an exciting industry with great prospects, says solar water heaters (SWHs) supply company INTI Solar director Marlene Snowdon.  

Affordability remains a challenge for solar water heating

By: Dimakatso Motau     14th May 2010 While government remains committed to progressively deploy solar water heating in all residential dwellings, solar water heater (SWH) supply and installation company Gener8 MD Brandon October says that the affordability of the product is a challenge.  

Sedimentation plant 
at Arnot complete

14th May 2010 Total water solutions and wastewater company VWS Envig, a whollyowned subsidiary of Veolia Water, has completed a turnkey project of a Multiflo sedimentation plant for State-owned power utility Eskom’s Arnot power station.The plant removes sedimentation from blowdown water created in the... 

Further power crisis 

14th May 2010 “South Africa has a narrow window of opportunity to resolve logistical, regulatory and funding challenges in the power sector. If these issues are not dealt with soon, the country risks further damage to key sectors, such as the mining industry,” says corporate and commercial law firm Werksmans... 

Capital investment and local skills development key

By: Schalk Burger     14th May 2010 Capital investment and local skills development are needed to deal with the shortage of electricity generation capacity in South Africa, says power generation specialists Steinmüller Engineering Services (SES) MD Stefan Leser. 

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