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Eskom’s IPP stance seen undermining investment and green industrialisation 

By: Terence Creamer     22nd July 2016 The decision by Eskom not to sign any new power purchase agreements (PPAs) with independent power producers (IPPs) beyond those selected in the latest competitive bidding round could have a “chilling” effect on investment and undermine industrialisation efforts under way in the green economy,... 

An update on the state of the electricity system 

22nd July 2016 Engineering News editor Terence Creamer tells Creamer Media’s Samantha Herbst about Eskom’s latest media briefing. 

An update on the state of the electricity system
An update on the state of the electricity system

Eskom letter sends shock waves through private power sector 

By: Terence Creamer     21st July 2016 News of Eskom’s letter to Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson – seeking clarity on the approach the utility should take to contracting in future with independent power producers (IPPs) – sent shock waves through the private power community, which is only just starting to find its feet in a... 

Eskom letter sends shock waves through private power sector
Photo by Duane Daws
Eskom chairperson Dr Ben Ngubane

Creamer Media publishes Real Economy Insight 2016: Electricity research report

11th July 2016 This eight-page brief is a synopsis of key developments in the electricity sector over the past 12 months, including details of South Africa’s constrained power system; State-owned power utility Eskom’s financial status and tariffs, capacity expansion programme, funding, independent power... 

Creamer Media publishes Real Economy Insight 2016: Electricity research report

Event costs deter local companies

By: Robyn Wilkinson     8th July 2016 The lack of emphasis on local innovation seems to be reflected in the pricing scheme of the Power-Gen Africa event, which favours international currencies more than the local one, says solar solutions provider Microcare Solar Components marketing manager Gareth Burley. 

Event costs deter local companies
FOCUS ON SOLAR Renewable energy will be a key focus at this year’s Power-Gen Africa event

Nersa grants Eskom extension on new tariff submission 

By: Terence Creamer     7th July 2016 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) has approved Eskom’s application for an extension, until April 1, 2017, to submit a new multi-year price determination (MYPD) application. The State-owned utility had originally been given three months, from March 1, to make a fresh... 

Nersa grants Eskom extension on new tariff submission

New nuclear project financing discussed at conference in France

By: Keith Campbell     13th May 2016 Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) secretary-general Angel Gurría has called for a level playing field for all low-carbon electricity generating technologies in energy markets. He was delivering the opening address at an international conference in Paris on Wednesday, on... 

Locally manufactured high-pressure globe valve for power industry

By: Schalk Burger     13th May 2016 Locally manufactured high-pressure globe valves for use in the power generation industry were launched last month and would be piloted by three State-owned power utility Eskom plants over an extended period in preparation for local procurement fulfilment, said advanced industrial valve... 

Locally manufactured high-pressure globe valve for power industry
Photo by Duane Daws
ALLI ALBERTS The percentage of local materials and components used in the valves can be increased above 70% if local sources are developed

Shale gas research necessary to put uncertainty to rest

By: Natasha Odendaal     11th May 2016 Shale gas research projects are becoming increasingly essential to put to bed speculation and uncertainties over the potential of reserves in South Africa, as well as the impact of hydraulic fracturing on the environment. This was heard at a Fossil Fuel Foundation workshop on unconventional gas,... 

Shale gas research necessary to put uncertainty to rest

Zuma: We will never have load-shedding again 

By: News24Wire      6th May 2016 Load shedding is now a thing of the past according to President Jacob Zuma, who was addressing staff at Eskom’s Megawatt Park in Johannesburg on Friday. Zuma was flanked by a large contingent of bodyguards and tactical police during a visit to the power utility's head office. He is expected to... 

Zuma: We will never have load-shedding again

Concern about South Africa’s ability to implement its new nuclear power programme

By: Keith Campbell     29th April 2016 South Africa lacks the skills necessary to implement the government’s plan to build 9.6 GWe of new nuclear energy capacity, warns nuclear-qualified Quality Strategies International CEO David Crawford. “Apart from the concern about the affordability of the programme, South Africa is short of the... 

Brown wants high cost of coal to Eskom investigated 

By: Terence Creamer     26th April 2016 Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown argued in Parliament on Tuesday that, as a 60% offtaker of coal in South Africa, Eskom should be in a position to command better coal prices and lamented the fact that the State-owned utility’s coal costs were rising at levels above inflation. “I am well... 

Brown wants high cost of coal to Eskom investigated

Nuclear regulator’s authority also covers component manufacturers

By: Keith Campbell     22nd April 2016 Any company seeking to manufacture parts, components or systems for future South African nuclear plants will have to meet the requirements of the National Nuclear Regulator (NNR). "We set safety standards," NNR Special Nuclear Projects Coordinator Peter Bester told the recent Nuclear Industries... 

Power factor correction to help lessen load

By: Simon Sonnekus     15th April 2016 The rise in electricity costs and the drop in commodity prices have led businesses across the industrial and commercial spectrum to look at how their electrical equipment converts electric current into useful power output in order to save on power by making use of power factor correction (PFC),... 

Rules uncertainty curbing Cape Town’s embedded generation enthusiasm

By: Kim Cloete     15th April 2016 Despite hurdles, Cape Town has surged ahead with alternative ways of procuring energy, with more businesses and households generating excess electricity and then feeding it back into the grid. The City of Cape Town was given permission to be a pilot site for embedded generation, with its first... 

Rules uncertainty curbing Cape Town’s embedded generation enthusiasm

Redistribution key for Africa’s power future

By: Simon Sonnekus     15th April 2016 The codevelopment and equal distribution of power between countries in Africa, along with focused research and development strategies around redistribution will provide more Africans with electricity in the future, says State-owned power utility Eskom MD for corporate affairs Chose Choeu.... 

Redistribution key for Africa’s power future
Photo by Duane Daws
CHOSE CHOEU Eskom and other power providers across the continent should also increase efforts to decentralise electrification solutions

Koeberg to pursue dry-cask storage as used-fuel pools head for 2018 limit 

By: Terence Creamer     14th April 2016 The two spent-fuel pools at Eskom’s 1 800 MW Koeberg nuclear power station, in the Western Cape, will be full by 2018, increasing the urgency on the State-owned utility to begin pursuing alternative storage options. Koeberg has, over the past 32 years, accumulated a total of 2 229 spent-fuel... 

Koeberg to pursue dry-cask storage as used-fuel pools head for 2018 limit

IAEA helps African countries develop their proposals, plans and projects

By: Keith Campbell     8th April 2016 Last year, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) sent Integrated Nuclear Infrastructure Review (INIR) missions to three countries, all of them in Africa. They were Kenya, Morocco and Nigeria. This was highlighted at the recent Nuclear Africa 2016 conference by IAEA Deputy Director General... 

Creamer Media publishes Electricity 2016: A review of South Africa's electricity sector research report

4th April 2016 Creamer Media’s Electricity 2016 report provides an overview of South Africa’s electricity sector, focusing on State-owned power utility Eskom and independent power producers, electricity planning, transmission, distribution and the theft thereof, besides other issues. 

Creamer Media publishes Electricity 2016: A review of South Africa's electricity sector research report

Nuclear essential in fight against global warming – World Nuclear Association

By: Keith Campbell     1st April 2016 If the world is to meet the target of restricting global warming to 2 ˚ C by 2100, then there will have to be a substantial increase in global nuclear power capacity. So affirmed incoming World Nuclear Association Chairman Dr Helmut Engelbrecht at the recent Nuclear Africa 2016 conference.  

Nersa announces decision on Transnet’s petroleum pipeline tariffs for 2016-17

By: Anine Kilian     29th March 2016 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) has set the allowable revenue for State-owned entity Transnet’s petroleum pipeline system at 23.03% for the period spanning April 6, 2016, to April 4, 2017, it announced in a statement on Tuesday. Transnet had applied for a 25.8% increase in... 

Nersa announces decision on Transnet’s petroleum pipeline tariffs for 2016-17

Competition Commission raids automotive glass companies’ offices

By: Anine Kilian     23rd March 2016 The Competition Commission has conducted a search and seizure operation at the Gauteng premises of automotive glass companies’ PG Glass, Glasfit, Shatterprufe and Digicall as part of an investigation into alleged collusion. PG Glass and Glasfit were automotive glass fitment and repair service... 

Competition Commission raids automotive glass companies’ offices

Nuclear regulator confirms receipt of Thyspunt, Duynefontein applications 

By: Terence Creamer     15th March 2016 South Africa’s National Nuclear Regulator (NNR) confirmed on Tuesday that it had received, on March 10, two Nuclear Installation Site Licence (NISL) applications from Eskom for Thyspunt, in the Eastern Cape, and Duynefontein, in the Western Cape. The NNR said that both NISL applications had been... 

Nuclear regulator confirms receipt of Thyspunt, Duynefontein applications

Loadshedding ‘holiday’ to continue through winter – Eskom CEO 

By: African News Agency      10th March 2016 South Africans would be spared power cuts through winter, Eskom chief executive Brian Molefe assured MPs on Thursday. Briefing Parliament’s portfolio committee on public enterprises, Molefe and his team said they were on track with its maintenance programme to ensure there’s enough capacity... 

Loadshedding ‘holiday’ to continue through winter – Eskom CEO
Photo by Duane Daws
Brian Molefe

No escape for Eskom from BHP Billiton deal, says S African energy regulator 

By: African News Agency      8th March 2016 There was no imaginable way for Eskom to escape from its onerous contract to supply BHP Billiton’s Hillside smelter and ease the knock-on effect on the ordinary consumer, the National Energy Regulator of South Africa said in response to questions from MPs on Tuesday. Nersa’s head of electricity... 

No escape for Eskom from BHP Billiton deal, says S African energy regulator
Photo by Duane Daws
Nersa head of electricity regulation Thembani Bukula

Necsa CEO welcomes appointment of new board members

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     4th March 2016 South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) CEO Phumzile Tshelane on Friday welcomed the appointment of new members to the organisation’s board, stating that this would strengthen the corporations’ governance process. Government on Thursday announced the appointment of Dr Kelvin Kemm as... 

Necsa CEO welcomes appointment of new board members

Nersa announces decision on Eskom’s RCA application 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      3rd March 2016 Creamer Media’s Samantha Herbst speaks to Engineering News editor Terence Creamer about the implications of Nersa’s decision to allow a 9.4% power tariff increase 

Nersa announces decision on Eskom’s RCA application
Nersa announces decision on Eskom’s RCA application

Power tariff to rise by 9.4% after Nersa allows Eskom a partial R11.2bn clawback

By: Terence Creamer     1st March 2016 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) has granted Eskom a partial clawback of revenue and cost variations recorded during the first year of the third multiyear price determination (MYPD3), which runs for five years until March 31, 2018. Nersa made the determination on Tuesday,... 

Power tariff to rise by 9.4% after Nersa allows Eskom a partial R11.2bn clawback
Thembani Bukula and Jocob Modise of Nersa explaining the RCA decision

Nersa postpones RCA determination to March 1 to enable ‘further verification’

By: Terence Creamer     25th February 2016 The National Energy Regulator (Nersa) has postponed a briefing, scheduled for Thursday, February 25, to announce the outcome of its deliberations into Eskom’s Regulatory Clearing Account (RCA) application – it would now make its determination known on Tuesday, March 1. The regulator said in a... 

Nersa postpones RCA determination to March 1 to enable ‘further verification’

S Africa is a sinking ship, says Vavi  

By: Anine Kilian     12th February 2016 President Jacob Zuma’s State of the Nation Address (Sona) showed a breakdown of trust between government and the population of South Africa, according to former Congress of South Africa Trade Union (Cosatu) general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi “Yesterday’s Sona address offered the President another... 

S Africa is a sinking ship, says Vavi
Former Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi

Business warns of power hike ‘vicious cycle’, amid weak demand outlook 

By: Terence Creamer     5th February 2016 Business warned on Friday that South Africa risked entering a “vicious cycle” of ever-increasing yearly electricity hikes, beyond those already approved, owing to the nature of the current tariff-setting formula, which allows Eskom to recover variances in revenue arising when power sales are... 

Business warns of power hike ‘vicious cycle’, amid weak demand outlook
Busa's Martin Kingston at the Nersa hearings

Radebe to work with Treasury, Cosatu on tax law

By: Anine Kilian     5th February 2016 President Jacob Zuma has tasked Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe to assist the National Treasury and the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) in their discussions relating to the Tax Administration Amendment Act. Cosatu and other unions were opposed to the legislation, arguing... 

Radebe to work with Treasury, Cosatu on tax law
Minister in the Preside Jeff Radebe

ABB reaches contract milestone at Kusile 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     5th February 2016 Automation company ABB is on schedule to complete automation for the first 800 MW generating unit at State-owned enterprise Eskom’s Kusile power station, in Mpumalanga. “With record timing as a key deliverable of such an intrinsically complex project, there is excellent cooperation between the... 

ABB reaches contract milestone at Kusile

Premier energy event a must for energy businesses

By: Nadine James     5th February 2016 Africa Energy Indaba (AEI) MD Liz Hart says the value of attending the eighth yearly AEI is that industry stakeholders will meet the right people who can decide on energy transactions and implement them.  

Premier energy event a must for energy businesses
DOING DEALS AND TAKING NAMES The Africa Energy Indaba is a great place to liaise with potential clients and create new partnerships

Bright future for energy storage

5th February 2016 The narrow focus on cost may be leading to misconceptions about the real value of energy storage, according to a new report by the World Energy Council (WEC) called ‘E-storage – shifting from cost to value’.  

Bright future for energy storage
Photo by Bloomberg
GO WITH THE FLOW Energy storage devices, such as redox-flow batteries, are becoming more cost effective, which will boost growth in the renewable energy sector

Local governments must play bigger role in energy sector

By: Nadine James     5th February 2016 Local governments, as key decision-makers in urban development and planning, need to be more involved in the development of a sustainable energy sector, says research organisation Sustainable Energy Africa (SEA) director Mark Borchers.  

Local governments  must play bigger role  in energy sector
ENERGY POVERTY Sustainable Energy Africa enables municipalities to implement sustainable energy strategies

Two solar plants target 2017 operation dates

By: Nadine James     5th February 2016 Renewable-energy project management company Aurora Power Solutions (APS) is involved in the development of two solar photovoltaic (PV) projects, which are scheduled for commercial operation in the first half of 2017, says APS project development manager Oliver Johnston.  

Two solar plants target 2017 operation dates
UP ON THE ROOF Aurora Power Solutions is involved in implementing solar photovoltaic roof systems for private entities in Cape Town

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