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Regulation News

S African nuclear regulator building itself up to meet future challenges

By: Keith Campbell     5th October 2016 South Africa’s National Nuclear Regulator (NNR) is busy strengthening the country’s nuclear regulatory framework, in anticipation of the planned construction of a fleet of new nuclear power stations (NPPs). “As part of strengthening our capacity we recently launched a Centre for Nuclear Safety... 

Global investors show interest in gas-to-power programme 

By: Kim Cloete     4th October 2016 Investors from around the world, including the US, Japan, Spain, South Korea and China, among others, have met in Cape Town this week to hear more about plans for South Africa’s gas-to-power programme. A preliminary information memorandum (PIM), which establishes the scope of the Liquefied... 

Global investors show interest in gas-to-power programme
DoE IPP office head Karen Breytenbach

New Eskom treasurer to oversee R327bn funding programme

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     8th September 2016 State-owned power provider Eskom has appointed Andre Pillay as its treasurer, putting him in charge of the beleaguered parastatal’s R327-billion funding programme. Prior to the appointment, which was effective September 1, Pillay had been a senior manager in Eskom’s treasury department since... 

New Eskom treasurer to oversee R327bn funding programme

Nuclear regulator grants extension for Eskom nuclear site comment period

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     2nd September 2016 The National Nuclear Regulator (NNR) has given State-owned electricity provider Eskom approval to extend the period for comment on its application for a Nuclear Installation Site Licence (NISL) at Thyspunt, in the Eastern Cape, by 30 days. Additionally, the NNR gave Eskom approval to place a... 

RFO consumption expected to decline significantly by 2020

2nd September 2016 US energy research agency Energy Information Administration (EIA) in May released a report that commented that residual fuel oil (RFO) consumption is expected to decline significantly within the next four years. RFO is one of several residuals that remain after lighter materials, including... 

I am captured by the Constitution, not by the Guptas, says Molefe 

By: Kim Cloete     31st August 2016 Eskom CEO Brian Molefe has strongly rejected allegations that he undermined and blocked a review by National Treasury into the utility's coal contracts with Gupta-linked company Tegeta Exploration and Resources. “I am captured by the Constitution, not by the Guptas,” said Molefe, fielding... 

I am captured by the Constitution, not by the Guptas, says Molefe
Eskom CEO Brian Molefe

Opinion: Start electricity reform process now before another crisis 

26th August 2016 South Africa has not had load shedding for nearly a year. This is a welcome development after years of power cuts that constrained economic growth. Electricity consumption has more or less flattened out, giving the national utility, Eskom, more space to catch up on maintenance and meet demand.... 

Opinion: Start electricity reform process now before another crisis
Photo by Duane Daws
Anton Eberhard

Opinion: Regulated electricity tariffs put squeeze on municipal finances

26th August 2016 Annual increases in municipal charges take place in July each year and this week Stats SA’s Consumer Price Index reported that municipal electricity tariffs increased on average by 7.5%. This is slightly less than the 7.6% increase that the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) set as... 

Opinion: Regulated electricity tariffs put squeeze on municipal finances

Greater awareness of SA gas installation regulations needed

26th August 2016 Similar to an electrical equivalent, gas installations need to be regulated in order to ensure optimum safety practices are adhered to. As gas usage increases in South African homes and businesses, awareness needs to be drawn to the safe practice of working with, installing and storing gas. As an... 

Greater awareness of  SA gas installation  regulations needed
SAFETY FIRST Anyone that works with gas installations needs to be a registered gas practitioner with the South African Qualification and Certification Committee for Gas

Southern African piped gas industry booming

26th August 2016 With the availability of natural gas in countries such as Mozambique and Namibia, coupled with the discovery of gas reserves offshore Mozambique and South Africa, the piped gas industry in Southern Africa is undergoing rapid expansion, says the Southern African Gas Association (Saga). In November... 

Nersa confirms appeal of court’s RCA judgment

By: Terence Creamer     25th August 2016 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) confirmed on Thursday that it would appeal the August 16 North Gauteng High Court judgment setting aside its approval of Eskom’s third multiyear price determination (MYPD3) Regulatory Clearing Account (RCA) adjustment for the 2013/14 financial... 

Nersa confirms appeal of court’s RCA judgment

Nersa committee recommends that RCA judgment be appealed 

By: Terence Creamer     24th August 2016 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa’s (Nersa’s) electricity subcommittee will recommend that the Energy Regulator, which meets on Thursday, appeal the recent High Court judgment setting aside its Regulatory Clearing Account (RCA) determination, which enabled Eskom to increase its tariff... 

Nersa committee recommends that RCA judgment be appealed
Photo by Duane Daws
Nersa’s Thembani Bukula

Business chamber: court victory over electricity-tariff increases a gain for entire country

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     19th August 2016 The Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber says the North Gauteng High Court’s ruling to set aside the 9.4% tariff hike granted to Eskom under a Regulatory Clearing Account (RCA) application is a “massive win” for businesses and all electricity consumers. The chamber on Friday said its argument that... 

Outa investigating possibility of class action against Eskom

By: Samantha Herbst     18th August 2016 The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) will be engaging with various experts to assess the viability of a class action law suit against State-owned Eskom, on behalf of the public, to recoup amounts unlawfully charged by the power utility. This follows the North Gauteng High Court’s decision to... 

Outa investigating possibility of class action against Eskom

Editorial: Nersa judgment epitomises rise in civil society vigilance

By: Terence Creamer     17th August 2016 In all spheres of South African public life, the level of civil-society engagement and vigilance is rising. Increasingly, too, citizens are not merely tackling issues at the level of principle, but are also taking into account the minutiae of procedural fairness, executive responsibility and... 

Editorial: Nersa judgment epitomises rise in civil society vigilance

Eskom can cut off your power, but must be fair – Madonsela

By: News24Wire      16th August 2016 Eskom does have the right to disconnect electricity when tampering is suspected, but it must be done in a reasonable, lawful and procedurally fair manner. That is essence of the Public Protector’s provisional report titled, “Who tampered?”, which has been leaked to the media before its final... 

Eskom can cut off your power, but must be fair – Madonsela

Eskom, CSIR to tackle security threats at substations 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     2nd August 2016 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and State-owned Eskom have signed an agreement that formalises interaction between the organisations in the security domain, by establishing a standing security subcommittee to identify and deal with security risks. The electricity... 

Eskom, CSIR to tackle security threats at substations

New steel chief seeks dialogue on power-tariff risks

By: Terence Creamer     29th July 2016 New ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) CEO Wim de Klerk views the prospect of ongoing electricity tariff increases as among his chief anxieties as he settles in at a company that is edging towards recovery, having not shown a profit since 2010. Addressing shareholders for the first time on Friday,... 

New steel chief seeks dialogue on power-tariff risks

Energy Minister cracks down on CEF governance

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     27th July 2016 The Central Energy Fund (CEF) board will review its governance processes, as well as its turnaround strategies for the subsidiaries in the group, after Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson raised concerns around the recent lapses in governance in the group. At a meeting held earlier this month... 

Eskom’s letter causes uncertainty for IPPs 

27th July 2016 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the fallout of Eskom’s indications that it will not sign further contracts with independent power producers until it has had further consultations with the Energy Minister. 

Eskom’s letter causes uncertainty for IPPs
Eskom’s letter causes uncertainty for IPPs

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,... 

Eskom’s IPP stance seen undermining investment and green industrialisation

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

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