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SA’s electricity supply still at risk

18th May 2007 In February this year, the Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) released a report on the security of electricity supply in South Africa. The review of the security of electricity supply in South Africa was developed as a confidential report for the DPE, following the widespread energy supply... 

Power utility boosts capex plan

By: Esmarie Iannucci     18th May 2007 In February 2007, State power utility Eskom approved the revised five-year capital expenditure plan. The revised plan showed an increase of R53-billion, taking the total amount of capital expenditure to R150-billion. The investment is aimed at upgrading South Africa�s power supply infrastructure,... 

New build project to influence Eskom’s financial performance

18th May 2007 State-owned power utility Eskom reported in its annual report that the capital expansion programme it is undertaking, including the strengthening of the transmission lines, is likely to negatively affect the productivity of the company, in the short term. At least until the assets start... 

Inga project opens the sluices to power generation

By: Esmarie Iannucci     18th May 2007 In March 2007, the World Energy Council (WEC) hosted an international forum on the Grand Inga water project. During the forum, a draft action plan was drawn up to assure the continuation of the Inga project. The first phase of the action plan, the creation of Team Inga whose aim is to drive the... 

Planned transmission project elicits environmental fears

18th May 2007 The environmental impact report (EIR) on power utility Eskom’s Kudu transmission line, has been released. The EIR reports that although the power utility has an electricity surplus in the northern reaches of South Africa, the transmission power lines from Mpumalanga to the greater Cape... 

Demand-side management to tackle excess capacity loss

By: Esmarie Iannucci     18th May 2007 The era of excess capacity is over for good, warned State owned power utility Eskom. “We are now in a risk management of excess capacity,” said Eskom outgoing CEO Thulani Gcabashe during a informational session earlier this year. This warning comes amidst Eskom’s announcement of... 

Power price increase looms

By: Esmarie Iannucci     18th May 2007 Electricity users have been warned by State power utility, Eskom, that the country is heading for an electricity price spike. With the growing demand for electricity in South Africa, Eskom has announced a R150-billion capacity expansion programme which, it says will have an influence on the cost... 

OCGT stations fuel Eskom’s winter fire

By: Esmarie Iannucci     18th May 2007 The Gourikwa and Ankerlig open-cycle gas-turbine (OCGT) power stations, previously known as Mossel Bay and Atlantis, are in the final stages of construction, with commissioning activities in full swing, reports plant developer, Lesedi Nuclear. 

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