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Eskom

Bearings reduce costs and 
down time

By: Dimakatso Motau     14th May 2010 Witbank-based Arrow Bearings & Transmission reports that its Rexnord 5000 Premium series bearings range, which is being used on a crusher application at a local power station, has to date reduced the use of the bearings on the crusher application by more than 50%. 

Regulator takes positive stance on renewable energy

By: Dimakatso Motau     14th May 2010 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) is positive about the renewable energy feed-in tariff (Refit) system. Nersa spokesperson Charles Hlebela explains that a Refit system is a kWp payment for the electricity produced by a renewable source, such as the wind or sun. 

Is there light at the end of the tunnel for cash-strapped utility?

4th December 2009 Following significant growth in infrastructure development, housing and industries, South Africa’s demand for electricity supply has peaked and given the countries current power woes, has led State-owned power utility Eskom having to ensure that it meets power supply demand requirements. 

Air-cooled condensing units for Medupi

4th December 2009 Electrical engineering company Actom Electrical Machines was subcontracted by heat transfer equipment supplier GEA Aircooled Systems, of Germiston, to install air-cooled condensing (ACC) units at government parastatal Eskom’s new power station, Medupi. 

Gauteng-based company 
supplies dust filters and silo safety systems

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     4th December 2009 Bulk handling equipment importer and supplier Concrete Finishing Equipment (CFE), of Gauteng, has been awarded the contract to supply dust filters and KCS Silo Safety systems to government parastatal Eskom’s Medupi power station. 

Uncertainty over 
hydroelectric project, Eskom’s involvement

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     4th December 2009 It has emerged that the Democratic Republic of Congo government was mulling over a plan to reverse the South African Development Community’s (SADC) mandate over the development of the high-potential Inga hydroelectric project, and effectively make it a national project. 

Millions invested 
in local boiler part manufacturing 
facilities

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     4th December 2009 South African power equipment supplier Hitachi Power Africa has invested R904-million in increasing boiler-part manufacturing facilities in South Africa. 

Efforts to conserve the environment continue

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     4th December 2009 With State-owned power utility Eskom’s new build programmes, there have been a lot of concerns from various conservation groups and nongovernmental organisations vexed by the possible environmental impacts of resulting emissions, disturbance to fauna and flora, and other factors. 

Municipal solid 
waste energy study under way

By: Carla Thomaz     15th May 2009 State-owned power utility Eskom is currently undertaking a full feasibility study into the use of municipal solid waste as a source of biomass generated electricity. 

New addition to renewable energy’s Big Four 

By: Carla Thomaz     15th May 2009 State-owned power utility Eskom’s research into renewable energy has predominantly focused on biomass energy, ocean energy, wind energy and solar energy, but, this year, the power parastatal has included geothermal energy as part of its project portfolio. 

New wave energy test facility forges ahead 

By: Carla Thomaz     15th May 2009 State-owned power utility Eskom and energy research institute South African National Energy Research Institute (Saneri), in a joint collaboration, will embark on a site facility study this year to develop a wave energy technology test facility that will promote research and demonstration of ocean... 

South African sunshine 
to power the nation

By: Carla Thomaz     15th May 2009 A 100-MW Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) demonstration plant, in the Northern Cape province, that could produce the lowest-cost solar electricity in the world to date could be operational by first quarter 2013.
 

100-MW wind farm to be operational by 2010

By: Carla Thomaz     15th May 2009 State-owned power utility Eskom’s 100-MW wind farm, which will be located close to the town of Koekenaap, just north of the Olifants River, is expected to be operational in 2010, despite recruitment problems and long lead times threatening to delay the project. 

Medupi construction bolsters local economy

By: Lindsey Berry     15th May 2009 Construction company Murray & Roberts reports that it will be investing about R700-million into the Lepalale local economy, through the Medupi Power Station joint venture (JV) project, in the Limpopo province. 

Service provider encourages nuclear development skills transfer

By: Lindsey Berry     15th May 2009 Specialist engineering, construction, manufacturing and technology service provider Aker Solutions is significantly investing in local skills development at state-owned power utility Eskom’s Koeberg nuclear power station in the Western Cape. 

Reduced energy demand not an indefinite respite for power utility

By: Lindsey Berry     15th May 2009 State-owned power utility Eskom has been given a brief respite to focus on its build programme, owing to reduced electricity demand, especially in mining and minerals processing, says the University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business management programme in infrastructure reform and... 

Kusile filtration system 
reduces air pollution 

By: Lindsey Berry     15th May 2009 State-owned power utility Eskom aims to maintain environmental responsibility at its Kusile development, in Mpumalanga, through the Flue-Gas Desulphurization (FGD) air filtration system. 

Effective transmission will reduce electricity losses

By: Lindsey Berry     15th May 2009 A significant challenge for the development of transmission networks in the Western Cape is ensuring that effective control systems in the longer transmission lines are installed to ensure that minimal electrical energy is lost during transition, says ABB South Africa power technologies sales... 

Fifth supplier to be accredited in motor programme

By: Carla Thomaz     15th May 2009 Power utility Eskom Demand Side Management (DSM) is in the process of accrediting its fifth motor supplier to its energy efficiency motor programme. 

Transportation company 
gives power utility a lift

By: Carla Thomaz     15th May 2009 Heavy Transportation and Lifting company ALE has achieved Africa’s highest heavy lift for power utility Eskom’s Komati power station as more power generation equipment handling projects lie in the pipeline. 

SA electricity supply stable, but vulnerability remains

By: Shona Kohler     15th May 2009 In April 2009, Eskom’s CEO Jacob Maroga indicated that he did not foresee blackouts for the next 24 months. However, a day later, an incident at the utility’s Koeberg nuclear power station saw Unit 2 trip at a time when Unit 1 was already shut for refuelling and maintenance, once again raising... 

Electricity supply emergency revisited

By: Shona Kohler     15th May 2009 Until recently, South Africa had excess electricity generating capacity, owing to a period of overinvestment by electricity utility Eskom. However, this situation has come to an end, and the country is now in a position of needing to commission additional plants urgently. 

Investment critical to 
ensuring electricity 
supply security

By: Shona Kohler     15th May 2009 A key intervention aimed at alleviating South Africa’s electricity supply constraints is an aggressive investment and capacity expansion programme by State-owned power utility Eskom. 

Earnings and capital markets to fund electricity capex

By: Shona Kohler     15th May 2009 South African electricity utility Eskom intends to fund its massive investment programme partly through retained earnings, and partly through the capital markets, including bond issues. 

IPPs to relieve pressure on Eskom

By: Shona Kohler     15th May 2009 The private sector is expected to play an increasingly important role in the generation of electricity in South Africa in the coming years, with independent power producers (IPPs) intended to generate 30% of the additional power capacity required by the country. 

Distribution poses key threat to SA electricity supply

By: Shona Kohler     15th May 2009 The poor state of South Africa’s electricity distribution network has been identified as one of the greatest threats to electricity supply security in coming years. 

Women-owned group seeks to add value to power-station waste

By: Dennis Ndaba     14th November 2008 Black women-owned company Fly Ash Brick Technology reports that it has the technology to convert State-owned power utility Eskom's fly ash into bricks. 

What are the ingredients of a cogeneration project?

By: Leandi Kolver     3rd October 2008 For a cogeneration project to qualify as a cogenerator, the electricity produced should be the coproduct, byproduct, waste product or residual product of some industrial process, says the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) senior manager for energy, infrastructure and operations... 

Eskom needs to be far more open with public 

By: Leandi Kolver     5th September 2008 Eskom needed to be more forthright with South Africans so as to reduce the current power-related uncertainty facing businesses, which have investment options elsewhere in the world, T-Sec chief economist Mike Schüssler said at the annual Rhode conference, held in Johannesburg recently. 

Current energy crisis is an opportunity, says urban planning specialist

By: Leandi Kolver     23rd May 2008 The energy crisis that South Africa is experiencing is in many ways a "fantastic opportunity" because it means that cities now have to implement alternative energy projects, says urban planner and author of The New Energy Book for Urban Development in South Africa Sarah Ward. 

Generation investments to feed South Africa’s power hunger

By: Shona Kohler     16th May 2008 In a milieu of increasing demand for electricity and large-scale power shortages, power utility Eskom is pursuing a number of projects to boost its capacity, and plans to spend R343-billion over the next five years, and R1,3-trillion between now and 2025, mostly on generation-related investments. 

National electricity supply shortage sets in

By: Shona Kohler     16th May 2008 South Africa’s current power supply shortage is likely to leave the country vulnerable for a number of years going forward, with some even suggesting that the situation could persist for the next five to eight years if appropriate and immediate interventions are not made.  

Upgrade projects to strengthen countrywide power supply

By: Shona Kohler     16th May 2008 Power utility Eskom has embarked on a major transmission line upgrading programme, with the company having approved transmission projects valued at R15,5-billion, which will strengthen various transmission corridors within the country. 

Consumers strain under double-digit price hike

By: Shona Kohler     16th May 2008 South African consumers have historically enjoyed the world’s lowest electricity prices. This, however, is set to change as the country’s power price increases enter double digits for the first time.  

Eskom scraps old motors as part of efficiency drive

By: Leandi Kolver     25th April 2008 State-owned electricity utility Eskom is scrapping old energy inefficient electric motors and is encouraging users through its energy efficiency drive to bring their old motors in to be replaced with new ones. 

Energy control innovation promises load management benefits

By: Dennis Ndaba     14th March 2008 With power utility Eskom facing severe criticism from industry and residential consumers for the extensive rolling blackouts owing to an increasingly constrained energy generation capacity, local company, Ergon Networx has introduced a new product known as Net-PODS into the South African energy... 

Afrox describes State’s aspiration to swing towards LPG as a double-edged sword

By: Leandi Kolver     29th February 2008 Gases and welding products supplier African Oxygen (Afrox) predicts another shortfall in liquified petroleum gas (LPG) supply over the winter period. 

New CE takes the reins earlier than expected

18th May 2007 State-owned power utility Eskom announced during April, that outgoing CE Thulani Gcabashe would end his term on 30 April 2007. Gcabashe was replaced by Jacob Maroga, who commenced his tenure as CE on May 1, 2007. Gcabashe�s term originally only expired at the end of 2007 and no explanation was... 

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