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Projects to influence South African commuter behaviour

By: David Oliveira     27th June 2014 The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa’s (PRASA’s) national signalling upgrade project and its acquisition of new rolling stock from French manufacturer Alstom will significantly impact on commuter behaviour in South Africa, says consulting engineering firm GIBB GM Johann Rauch. GIBB is the... 

Company receives $50m financing

By: David Oliveira     27th June 2014 Freight and logistics services provider Grindrod Freight Services partnered with infrastructure investment company Pembani-Remgro-Infrastructure Fund to form Mauritius-based rolling stock leasing company GPR Leasing Africa, in January. Financial institution Rand Merchant Bank (RMB) was appointed... 

Company receives $50m financing
Photo by RMB
GREG McKENZIE It was a complex set of terms we provided GPR Leasing, which set out the basis on which the funding would be made available

Skills development through consortium

By: David Oliveira     27th June 2014 The Bombardier Africa Alliance (BAA) consortium is currently in the design phase of the Durban portion of State-owned rail operator the Passenger Rail Association of South Africa’s (PRASA’s) national resignalling project. The project involves the resignalling of 260 km of double-track and 42... 

Skills development through consortium
Photo by Bombardier
PRASA RESIGNALLING PROJECT The project involves the resignalling of 260 km of double-track and 42 major train stations on the Durban commuter rail network

Factors contributing to power project’s delay resolved

By: Mia Breytenbach     27th June 2014 With State-owned power utility Eskom having reached key milestones in resolving issues that have caused delays in synchronising its new-build Mepudi power station project Unit 6 onto the national electricity grid, Eskom is confident that the unit will be synchronised to the grid by the end of the... 

Factors contributing to power  project’s delay resolved
Photo by Eskom
TEETHING PROBLEMS Eskom emphasises the importance of embedding lessons learned from Medupi’s Unit 6 to drive efficiencies in the rest of the utility’s fleet

Preliminary work for new builds conducted

By: Mia Breytenbach     27th June 2014 While work is progressing at State-owned power utility Eskom’s new build projects, Eskom group capital acting group executive Dan Marokane says the utility has conducted preliminary work for potential additional new build projects. These projects include a third coal-fired power station,... 

Preliminary work for new builds conducted
Photo by Duane Daws
NEW BUILD PREPARATION Eskom is awaiting government direction regarding the proposed new nuclear and coal–fired power station builds

Private sector to support additional power supply

By: Mia Breytenbach     27th June 2014 Although additional baseload power stations will be required to combat the shortage in the electricity supply industry in South Africa, the exact time at which the next new baseload power station would be commissioned, after the commissioning of the current new build projects, is extremely... 

Private sector to support additional power supply
Photo by Bloomberg
POWER SUPPORT Sanea suggests that the private sector should be included with greater momentum to provide additional power supply

Transmission line and substation infrastructure projects on track

By: Mia Breytenbach     27th June 2014 State-owned power utility Eskom’s Power Delivery Projects (PDP) portfolio, currently valued at about R37.5-billion as of 31 March this year, and which falls under the power utility’s Group Capital division, has carried out transmission line and associated infrastructure projects to the value of... 

Transmission line and  substation infrastructure projects on track
Photo by Duane Daws
CAPITAL TRANSMISSION Phase 1 of the R10-billion Medupi integration project is to be completed in July 2014

Government braces for more REIPPPP submissions

By: Pimani Baloyi     27th June 2014 The South African Department of Energy (DoE) expects the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) to receive higher numbers of bid submissions this year than in previous rounds of bidding. The REIPPPP was initiated in 2011 to encourage private-sector investment... 

Government braces for more REIPPPP submissions

Local manufacturers improve quality

By: Pimani Baloyi     27th June 2014 The South African government’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) is helping local manufacturers that supply the programme’s projects to manufacture quality products that meet international standards, states local fastener solutions provider SA Bolt... 

Local manufacturers improve quality
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LOCAL CAPABILITIES Government’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme has presented extensive growth opportunities for local manufacturers

Time for ‘Leaders’ to make way for ‘Managers’

27th June 2014 The South Africa renewable energy industry is maturing, and many highly entrepreneurial project developers are now exiting the ‘start-up’ mind-set and entering a period of longer-term thinking, with companies starting to think beyond just the next bid window, recruitment agency AltGen Recruitment... 

Time for ‘Leaders’ to make way for ‘Managers’
Photo by Bloomberg
RENEWABLE ENERGY South Africa's renewable energy industry is maturing

Sunlight harvester growing market share 

By: Pimani Baloyi     27th June 2014 Sunlight harvesting systems supplier Light Sculptors reports that its services have been well received by the South African wine industry and food manufacturing industry. Light Sculptors is the first company to focus on developing and selling sunlight harvesting systems for the South African... 

Sunlight harvester growing market share
Light Sculptors CEO Fanie Neethling discusses light harvesting.

Transmission line projects in Western Cape in last phase

By: Mia Breytenbach     27th June 2014 State-owned power utility Eskom’s 765 kV transmission projects’ activities, which fall under its Power Delivery Projects (PDP) division, are currently concentrated on the Hydra-Sterrekus transmission line scheme, in the Western Cape, with completion for the Sterrekus line estimated to be in March... 

Transmission line projects in Western Cape in last phase
Photo by Duane Daws
POWER CONNECTION Eskom says the 765 kV network will stretch from the power stations in Mpumalanga to those in the Western Cape by 2016

GNC roof to be installed next month 

By: David Oliveira     27th June 2014 Construction of the Gauteng Nerve Centre (GNC), which will control all commuter rail traffic in Gauteng, is well under way, with the roof scheduled for completion next month. The centre is located in Kaalfontein, near Kempton Park, in Johannesburg. 

GNC roof to be installed next month
Siemens Southern Africa infrastructure and cities senior project manager Lucio Lefebvre discusses the developments of the Gauteng Nerve Centre.

REIPPPP reduces cost of renewable-energy technologies

By: Pimani Baloyi     27th June 2014 Government’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) has been extremely successful in reducing the cost of solar, wind and concentrated solar power (CSP) technologies, says State-owned power utility Eskom renewables senior GM Ayanda Nakedi. Nakedi tells... 

REIPPPP reduces cost of  renewable-energy technologies
MEGAWATT PARK Through the Ilanga solar PV project campaign, Eskom has installed photovoltaic panels at Megawatt Park power station

Material for boiler ducting supplied to power stations

By: Mia Breytenbach     27th June 2014 Manufacturing, machining and refurbishment services engineering company Turnmill Proquip Engineering, a subsidiary of suppliers of steel products and related services Structa Group, is producing material for boiler ducting for cold and hot air and supplying it to State-owned power utility Eskom’s... 

Material for boiler ducting supplied to power stations
Photo by Structa
CORE COMPONENT Turnmill Proquip Engineering is supplying about 120 t a month of boiler ducting material to the Kusile power station

South Africa a leader in renewable energy

By: Carina Borralho     13th December 2013 Owing to the abundance of natural resources, paired with the success of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP), South Africa is now widely considered one of the leading renewable- energy investment destinations worldwide, says energy consulting firm 3E... 

Bank wins bid for first biomass project in SA

By: Carina Borralho     13th December 2013 Financial services provider Rand Merchant Bank is financing a concentrated solar power (CSP) project and a biomass project awarded in round three of South Africa’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP).  “This is the first biomass project to be awarded in the... 

Principal contractor at Kusile receives award for safety excellence

By: David Oliveira     13th December 2013 The Stefanutti Stocks and Basil Read Joint Venture (SSBRJV), which is one of the principal contractors overseeing the construction at parastatal power utility Eskom’s Kusile power station project, was presented with the first prize in the category for projects valued at over R500-million at this... 

Principal contractor at Kusile receives award for safety excellence
CONTENDER FOR LARGEST COAL-FIRED POWER STATION The power station is expected to have a total installed capacity of 4 800 MW

Eskom looks to sign CSP financing agreement

By: David Oliveira     13th December 2013 State-owned power utility Eskom and France-based development finance institution Agence Française de Développement (AFD) agreed in October to facilitate the signing of a €100-million credit facility agreement, which will assist in funding Eskom’s 100 MW concentrating solar power (CSP) plant near... 

Medupi programme to provide post-construction employment opportunities

By: David Oliveira     13th December 2013 State-owned power utility Eskom says its Medupi Leadership Initiative (MLI), which is aimed at helping local unskilled and semiskilled workers find employment after completion of the power station project, near Lephalale, is setting the precedent as the largest post-construction work opportunity... 

Ingula tailrace concrete lining close to completion

By: David Oliveira     13th December 2013 State-owned power utility Eskom reports that its Ingula pumped storage scheme, which is located on the border of the Free State and KwaZulu-Natal, reached 93% completion on its tailrace concrete lining in October. The concrete lining will run for a total of 2 313 m, of which 2 158 m has already... 

Ingula tailrace concrete lining close to completion
INGULA PUMPED STORAGE SCHEME This is the twenty-first largest pumped storage scheme in the world

Growth in renewable energy sector for SA

By: Carina Borralho     13th December 2013 The renewable-energy industry in South Africa is experiencing significant growth as a result of government initiatives, says consulting firm Frost & Sullivan energy and power analyst Joanita Roos. “The South African Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) is... 

Public transport improving across the country

By: Jonathan Rodin     13th December 2013 With a number of bus rapid transit (BRT) projects already in operation, engineering consultancy Royal HaskoningDHV (RHDHV) is involved in various capacities and various phases - from planning and design to implementation - of projects in Rustenburg, Polokwane, Tshwane, Johannesburg, Mbombela,... 

Public transport improving  across the country
Photo by Duane Daws
"WE ARE GOING" The Rea Vaya BRT system transports more passengers than the Gautrain at a tenth of the infrastructure cost

Law firm continues to represent REIPPPP preferred bidders

By: Carina Borralho     13th December 2013 South African law firm Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr has once again represented projects that have been awarded preferred bidder status as part of round three of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP). Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr director and national practice head of... 

Law firm continues to represent REIPPPP preferred bidders
KIERAN WHYTEThe REIPPPP programme has placed South Africa on the map for renewable energy and it is showing the world that South Africa can run a sophisticated procurement programme

Construction for transport project under way

By: Jonathan Rodin     13th December 2013 The first phase of the Rustenburg Rapid Transport (RRT) system will be operational by 2015/16, following a R3.5-billion investment for the construction of Phase 1 and Phase 2 of the integrated public transport system. 

Construction for  transport project  under way
THE FUTURE LOOKS BRIGHT The ITS components are being designed to include a host of features

Design enhances Cape Town’s BRT system

By: Jonathan Rodin     13th December 2013 Geotextiles and geosynthetic solutions provider Kaytech has provided a design solution using its bidim drainage technology for the drainage system of the new new bus rapid transit (BRT) system in Cape Town. 

Design enhances  Cape Town’s BRT system
LIKE CLOCKWORK The MyCiti BRT system was designed to be rolled out in phases and, once completed, would cover the entire city and its surrounding suburbs

Over 4m LTI-free hours recorded for Medupi 

By: David Oliveira     13th December 2013 State-owned power generator Eskom achieved over 4.62-million worker hours without a lost-time injury at its Medupi power station, located to the west of Lephalale, in Limpopo, it reported in October. The company says this is a remarkable achievement considering the size, scope and complexity of... 

Over 4m LTI-free hours recorded for Medupi
SAFETY FIRST Eskom’s Medupi power station achieved over 4.62-million worker hours without a lost-time injury

Road construction for RRT project progressing well

By: Sashnee Moodley     28th June 2013 Roads for the Rustenburg Rapid Transport (RRT) project’s dedicated bus rapid transit (BRT) lanes are being completed in stages for the integrated system, and RRT director Marks Rapoo says progress on the north-west corridor, known as Corridor A, on the R104, towards Swartruggens, is going well. 

Cleaner-energy provider closer to supplying energy to national grid

By: Ilan Solomons     28th June 2013 Several of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPP) projects achieved financial closure between May and June, including those of cleaner energy company Cennergi’s two wind farm power projects. 

Coal is a reliable and cost-effective means of generating power – analyst

By: Chantelle Kotze     28th June 2013 South Africa has enough coal resources to supply all State-owned power utility Eskom’s existing power stations, plus ten more, says coal advisory firm XMP Consulting senior coal analyst Xavier Prevost. 

Gauteng transport master plan on track for presentation

By: Sashnee Moodley     28th June 2013 The 25-year integrated transport master plan for Gauteng, generated by the 2037 Consortium, is on track to be presented to the Gauteng Roads and Transport MEC Ismail Vadi at the end of this month, says consulting engineering company Gibb traffic engineer and transport planner Lize de Beer. 

Gauteng transport master plan on track for presentation

World’s largest rail contract expected to begin after financial close

By: Sashnee Moodley     28th June 2013 State-owned Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) is in the final negotiations with its preferred bidder, the Cabinet-endorsed Gibela Rail Transportation consortium, comprising French multinational Alstom and local engineering company Actom, for the first phase of the R51-billion contract. 

Construction starts on R816m KZN interchange 

By: Sashnee Moodley     28th June 2013 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) began construction for the R816-million improvement of the N2/M41 Mount Edgecombe interchange north of Durban, in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), last month.  

Wind energy blows in significant opportunities for South Africa

By: Ilan Solomons     28th June 2013 Wind power projects will assist in providing not only power to the national grid but much-needed skills development and job opportunities, renewable-energy  company DCD Energy marketing manager Hendrik Schoeman tells Engineering News. In May, DCD officially started construction work on its... 

Steel products supplier contracted at Medupi and Kusile

By: Chantelle Kotze     28th June 2013 Although lightweight steel structures and cold-formed sections manufacturer Robor Structural Solutions faces challenges in meeting State-owned power utility Eskom’s initial product-volume requirements, coupled with an erratic steel supply, the company worked with all of the supply-chain... 

REIPPPP process legally sound – legal expert

By: Ilan Solomons     28th June 2013 Currently, there are no major law suites pending, which pertain to projects procured under the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers Procurement Programme (REIPPPP), owing to the transparent  and credible nature of the tender process, Law firm Edward Nathan Sonnenbergs (ENS) director and... 

Renewable-energy projects have potential to create nuclear equivalent power

By: Ilan Solomons     28th June 2013 International technical advisory company 3E believes that South Africa is making tremendous progress towards achieving the goals of South Africa’s National Energy Regulator’s national integrated resource plan through the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers Procurement Programme... 

Renewable-energy projects have potential to create nuclear equivalent power

Droogfontein solar project enters construction phase

By: Ilan Solomons     28th June 2013 The 50 MW Droogfontein Solar Power photovoltaic (PV) project, which is 15 km outside of Kimberley, governed by the Sol Plaatje local municipality, in the Northern Cape, is on schedule to be completed by mid-2014, emerging markets power company Globeleq South Africa MD Mark Pickering informs... 

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