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SA electricity generators to be audited - Nersa

By: Christy van der Merwe     15th January 2008 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) said this week that independent technical audits would be conducted on 12 Eskom power stations to determine the effectiveness of maintenance strategies, assess refurbishment developments and look at emergency preparedness. 

Hitachi and Steinmüller at odds over SA boiler ‘reference' sites

By: Terence Creamer     5th December 2007 A sharp difference of opinion has emerged between Hitachi Power Africa and Steinmüller Africa over whether Hitachi can rightfully appropriate as ‘references' the 20 000-MWe of boiler technology that has been installed in South Africa over the last number of decades.The dispute... 

Eskom’s 18% price hike draws mixed reaction, mines pledge their support

By: Matthew Hill     22nd November 2007 South Africa's Chamber of Mines (CoM), which represents the country's major mining companies, on Thursday came out in support of State-owned power utility Eskom's proposed 18% price hike next year. Speaking at the multi-year price determination (MYPD) hearings in Pretoria, the CoM... 

Eskom resorts to land expropriation as farmers delay R15,5bn transmission roll-out

By: Terence Creamer     5th November 2007 State power utility Eskom claims to be expediting regulations to enable it to expropriate land it requires for transmission-line servitudes, because the acquisition process is said to be taking too long. The utility has also made it apparent that most of the delays relate to land owned by... 

SA business still hasn't fully woken up to the real opportunities in greenhouse-gas abatement

By: Christy van der Merwe     19th October 2007 Whether you believe that carbon dioxide-induced climate change is a real threat or not, is irrelevant. The fact is that the issue is high on the agenda of politicians and those responsible for drawing up regulation, which means the drive to reduce emissions will affect you and your business. 

Eskom views private utilities as security and tariff allies rather than market rivals

By: Terence Creamer     12th October 2007 The head of South African power utility Eskom, Jacob Maroga, says the State-owned enterprise is strongly in favour of facilitating the entry of independent power producers (IPP), if for no other reason but to add weight to its ongoing appeal for a substantial increase in tariffs. 

Energy white paper review gets under way

By: Christy van der Merwe     12th October 2007 An energy summit to kick-start the review of the now almost ten-year-old Energy White Paper took place in Sandton at the end of September, and drew together delegates and stakeholders from across the energy spectrum. 

The R1-trillion power imponderable

By: Terence Creamer     5th October 2007 There is arguably only one certainty in electricity-demand forecasting and that is it is sure to be wrong. This statement, made again recently by Eskom CEO Jacob Maroga, is indicative of the dilemma faced not only by the utility, but by anyone involved in the current debate about future security... 

The other inconvenient truth

By: Terence Creamer     28th September 2007 Over the last decade or so, it has become increasingly implausible to deny the growing body of science showing that the continued and growing flow of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere is starting to alter the Earth's climate. 

SA plans to subsidise renewable energy schemes 

By: Mariaan Webb     25th September 2007 The South African government has set up a subsidy and finance office to guide funding for renewable energy technologies, Minerals and Energy Minister Buyelwa Sonjica said on Tuesday. Speaking at an energy summit in Johannesburg, she said that South Africa would also establish a new certification... 

Foreign landowners stymie transmission strengthening, says Eskom chief 

By: Terence Creamer     19th September 2007 The heated debate over the foreign ownership of South African land took a somewhat surprising new turn on Wednesday, with the head of the State power utility suggesting that foreign ownership of large tracts of land is constraining its ability to secure the servitudes necessary to strengthen the... 

Standards certainty crucial to South Africa saving 8 000 MW by 2025

By: Terence Creamer     7th September 2007 Perhaps the only positive to emerge from South Africa's current tight electricity-supply challenge, which is set to persist until at least 2012, is the serious effort that is now being given to energy efficiency and demand-side management (DSM) initiatives. 

Renewed vigour needed to fast-track electricity-distribution restructuring

By: Christy van der Merwe     24th August 2007 Electricity Distribution Industry (EDI) Holdings is confident that the restructuring of electricity distribution in South Africa into six regional electricity distributors (Reds) can be fast-tracked, since policies and legislative enablers are being resolved by the relevant government departments. 

Eskom hopes to save the equivalent of two power stations by 2025

By: Terence Creamer     3rd August 2007 State-owned power utility Eskom is advancing what it calls its 'Accelerated Demand Side Management' (DSM) programme on which it plans to spend R10-billion over the next five years in a bid to save 3 000 MW by 2012 - nearly the equivalent of a new base-load power station. 

Eskom in serious talks on Botswana power project

By: Terence Creamer     3rd August 2007 Africa's leading power utility, which is planning to nearly double its installed base of generation capacity to 77 960 MW by 2025, has confirmed that nuclear energy will constitute about half of those additional megawatts. But Eskom CEO Jacob Maroga tells Engineering News that the State... 

Eskom warns of even bigger price spike later if current tariffs remain

By: Terence Creamer     19th July 2007 State power utility Eskom has warned that South African electricity consumers could face an even more dramatic 30% step change in tariffs unless the country's regulator acceded to its request for an adjustment of 18%, followed by 17%, during the current tariff-dispensation period, which was... 

Eskom likely to spend some R800-billion over next two decades to

By: Irma Venter     13th July 2007 Electricity utility Eskom has a capital expenditure budget of R800-billion for the next 20 years, says Eskom CEO Jacob Maroga. 

Joined-up government approach to energy ‘challenges’

By: Christy van der Merwe     6th July 2007 n order to monitor and provide strategic guidance on energy issues in South Africa, the directors-general of the Department of Minerals and Energy (DME) and the Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) have created a forum, drawing in executives from both departments, as well as Eskom, the National... 

Energy regulator to publish report on proposed Eskom price hikes

By: Mariaan Webb     2nd July 2007 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) would finalise a preliminary report on Eskom's proposed electricity price increase before the end of the month, which would pave the way for a public comment period to get under way, spokesperson Nhlanhla Cebekhulu said on Monday.  

Eskom chief repeats need for electricity price hikes

21st June 2007 Eskom CEO Jacob Maroga reiterated on Thursday that a steep increase in electricity prices would be necessary to ensure the power utility fulfills its ambitious capital expenditure plans, and meets South Africa's unprecedented, and growing, demand for power. Maroga's comments echo... 

State to regulate LPG industry with view to lowering prices

By: Mariaan Webb     30th May 2007 The South African government will regulate the liquid petroleum gas (LPG) industry to ensure that high prices were lowered, Minerals and Energy Minister Buyelwa Sonjica said on Wednesday. 

DME to unveil energy master plan in June, to pass electricity efficiency laws

By: Mariaan Webb     30th May 2007 The Department of Minerals and Energy (DME) will present a new energy master plan, covering a detailed energy infrastructure plan until 2011, next month, Minerals and Energy Minister Buyelwa Sonjica said on Wednesday. Delivering her department's R2,96-billion budget vote speech in... 

Eskom kicks off environmental process for 4 000-MW nuclear plant

By: Terence Creamer     28th May 2007 South Africa's State-owned electricity utility Eskom will, in early June, kick off what is likely to be a highly contested public-participation process around its plans to build a 4 000-MW conventional nuclear power station in either the Northern, Eastern or Western Cape provinces. The... 

Building countervailing power

By: Terence Creamer     18th May 2007 The decision by State-owned power utility Eskom to consolidate its tenders into far larger parcels appears to be a logical one in the current environment, where there are more electricity, infrastructure and large private-sector projects around the world than can be dealt with by the supplier... 

All systems go for R66bn coal-fired power station build, SA's first in two decades

By: Terence Creamer     8th May 2007 The construction subsidiary of State-owned power utility Eskom is gearing up to move on to the Lephalale site, in the Limpopo province, for the construction of South Africa�s first new greenfield coal-fired power station in more than two decades. This, following receipt of an environmental record... 

A sustainable approach to waste management

13th April 2007 The National Environmental Management: Waste Management Bill, gazzetted in January, will entrench best practices in waste management into law, replacing the outdated and unsustainable ‘end of pipe’ approach with a new, more environmentally responsible and sustainable approach. 

Top economist believes economies can still grow while taking responsibility for climate change

By: Terence Creamer     30th March 2007 Renowned UK economist Sir Nicholas Stern, author of the now famed ‘Stern Review: The Economics of Climate Change’, believes adaptive and mitigation action to stem the flow of carbon-dioxide emissions, viewed by most scientists as the cause of global warming, is not only urgent, but also not... 

Eskom to launch pilot cogeneration plant in April

By: Mariaan Webb     13th March 2007 State-owned power utility Eskom is to launch its pilot cogeneration project next month as it moves towards achieving at least 900 MW from cogeneration by 2011, Eskom Enterprises business development manager Rob Higgo said on Tuesday. Speaking at a workshop in Johannesburg, where delegates debated... 

Electricity distributor meets miners, local govt body on restructuring

By: Mariaan Webb     6th March 2007 State-owned power distributor EDI Holdings met with the Chamber of Mines and South African Local Government Association (Salga) on Monday to discuss the country's electricity restructuring process. 

SA's power-planning system should be more transparent

By: Terence Creamer     16th February 2006 A newly-released government-commissioned report into the security of electricity supply in South Africa lambastes the lack of transparency in demand forecasting and supply planning and calls for the scrapping of the current two-tier system in favour of an integrated planning solution under the... 

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