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Transmission & Distribution News

Dependable power supply a top priority in shipping

13th May 2016 Electric power generation and electromechanical power transmission specialist Vert Energy MD Grant Robertson notes that reliable power supply is a top priority in shipping. Therefore, Vert Energy has tailored its capability to assist vessel owners – not only with routine maintenance programmes,... 

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

Eskom avoids downgrade following Moody’s review

By: Creamer Media Reporter      10th May 2016 State-owned electricity producer Eskom announced on Tuesday that Moody’s Investors Service (Moody’s) had affirmed the utility’s credit rating of Ba1, with a negative outlook, following an earlier affirmation of South Africa’s sovereign rating by the same agency. In March 2016, Moody’s placed... 

Eskom avoids downgrade following Moody’s review

Private–public partnership could improve service delivery

6th May 2016 The lack of capacity, both financial and human, in municipal departments remains a challenge according to strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations solutions provider Accenture resources MD Melusi Maposa, who says that the private sector should be allowed to take part in utility... 

Brics bank gives $811m in first round green energy loans

By: Bloomberg     6th May 2016 The New Development Bank, a multilateral lender formerly known as the Brics Development Bank, will provide $811-million in a first round of loans for clean energy projects in four nations. 

Room for improvement in energy transmission and distribution

By: Robyn Wilkinson     6th May 2016 Despite South Africa’s achievements in its renewable energy programme to date, power transmission and distribution continue to warrant improvement if electricity supply is to be stable in the country, says professional services firm KPMG infrastructure advisory head De Buys Scott.  

Room for improvement in energy transmission and distribution
IMPROVING THE POWER SUPPLY CHAIN South Africa’s growing power generation capacity needs to be supported by transmission and distribution systems

South African power solutions firm expands into Namibia

By: David Oliveira     29th April 2016 South African power solution and data centre specialist Master Power Technologies last month opened a branch in Windhoek, Namibia, as part of its growth strategy in Africa. The new office complements the Master Power branches successfully operating in Kitwe and Lusaka, in Zambia, as well as in... 

Harsh action as electricity theft costs R7.5bn a year

By: African News Agency      25th April 2016 A statement from Eskom on Monday said aggressive action was being employed in the fight against electricity theft, which was costing the State-owned electricity provider and municipalities an estimated R7.5-billion a year. The problem of electricity theft is an international one, according to... 

Harsh action as electricity theft costs R7.5bn a year

Energy storage possible standby for grid failure

By: Simon Sonnekus     22nd April 2016 While energy storage may seem like a viable option for standby power initiatives during grid failure, several issues first need to resolved for it to be implemented, South African National Energy Development Institute’s Renewable Energy Centre of Research and Development manager Dr Karen... 

South African company stocks French solar hybrid product

22nd April 2016 Electrical solutions consultants, suppliers and engineers Magnet Group has broadened its solar range by introducing France-based electricity distribution company Schneider’s Conext SW, a solar hybrid inverter system which offers reliable solutions for community electrification, residential... 

South African company stocks French solar hybrid product
BACK UP POWER In residential back-up power applications, the Conext SW inverter integrates into the electrical system and converts power from battery reserves to support critical loads

Nearly 6 000 smart meters installed in Sandton, Midrand – Eskom

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th April 2016 Power utility Eskom is making progress with the roll-out of smart electricity meters in Sandton and Midrand, with 5 932 meters installed in the first three months of this year. Eskom has made a strategic decision to convert all of its conventionally billed customers to prepaid meters, a project... 

Nearly 6 000 smart meters installed in Sandton, Midrand – Eskom

Eskom challenges ‘unfair’ State capture claims 

By: Terence Creamer     19th April 2016 State-owned electricity utility Eskom has moved to challenge ongoing media reports suggesting that the company has been “captured by politically connected families and individuals” and has also called on its former chairperson to approach the law enforcement agencies if he has any information... 

Eskom challenges ‘unfair’ State capture claims
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Eskom chairperson Dr Baldwin Ngubane

7.64% Eskom hike to hit municipalities in July

By: News24Wire      19th April 2016 Consumers who receive their power from municipalities will see electricity prices jump by about 7.64% on July 1, after energy regulator Nersa approved the increase for municipalities this week. This follows Nersa’s 9.4% increase of Eskom’s regulatory clearing account application for the first... 

7.64% Eskom hike to hit municipalities in July

Current trends shift company’s focus to IPPs

By: Simon Sonnekus     15th April 2016 Current market conditions and trends within the power sector have enabled heat exchanger supplier Kelvion to focus on supplying replacement heat exchange equipment and maintenance products within the existing power plant installed base as well as focusing on independent power producers (IPPs),... 

Most nuclear waste is not highly radioactive

By: Keith Campbell     15th April 2016 Only a tiny minority of nuclear waste contains the vast majority of radiation produced by such waste. “No less than 96% of the radioactivity comes from just 0.2% of the waste volume,” highlights Arint SA MD François Mellet. Nuclear waste is generally divided into low level waste, intermediate... 

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
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CHOSE CHOEU Eskom and other power providers across the continent should also increase efforts to decentralise electrification solutions

Small businesses, not shack-dwellers behind most WCape electricity theft – Eskom

By: News24Wire      14th April 2016 Illegal electricity connections in townships are not behind much of the 6% revenue loss in the Western Cape, Eskom said on Wednesday. "Let me clear this misperception – people think our losses are bigger in areas like Khayelitsha. It's not," Eskom Western Cape provincial head Alwie Lester said.... 

Small businesses, not shack-dwellers behind most WCape electricity theft – Eskom

No load-shedding on Tuesday despite several technical faults

By: Samantha Herbst     12th April 2016 Despite multiple unit trips at three power stations, which caused a combined loss of 3 535 MW, Eskom managed to avoid implementing load-shedding on Tuesday, which the State power utility attributed to the resilience of the power system that it had been building over the past eight months. Eskom... 

No load-shedding on Tuesday despite several technical faults

Eskom suspends disconnections in four Mpumalanga municipalities

By: African News Agency      11th April 2016 Eskom has reached agreement with three municipalities and suspended electricity disconnections to another four municipalities in Mpumalanga, the parastatal said on Sunday. Over the past number of weeks, Eskom had had several engagements with the municipalities in Mpumalanga who had defaulted on... 

Eskom suspends disconnections in four Mpumalanga municipalities

Molten salt energy storage used in S Africa CSP project

8th April 2016 The Bokpoort concentrated solar power (CSP) project in the Northern Cape is one of the few CSP projects that use heat exchanger as a diffusion medium for the energy stored inside the molten salt. The R5-billion project has one of the highest solar radiation footprints in the world and is being... 

Molten salt energy storage used in S Africa CSP project
CSP PROJECT LAUNCHED Projects uses heat exchanger as a diffusion medium for the energy stored inside the molten salt

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... 

More than 4m households connected to electricity in 25 years, says Eskom

By: African News Agency      5th April 2016 At least 4.6-million households have been connected to Eskom’s power grid since 1991, the national power utility said on Tuesday. “Eskom successfully completed 5 620 self-funded electrification connections as well as 1 080 farm dweller connections in the 2014/15 financial year,” Eskom said. 

More than 4m households connected to electricity in 25 years, says Eskom

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

Malawi awards $7.5m grid-monitoring contract to GE

By: Mia Breytenbach     1st April 2016 Industrial major GE started a $7.5-million contract for the installation and commissioning of the energy management system (EMS) and telecommunication system at the State-owned Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom). The Millennium Challenge Account - Malawi (MCA-Malawi) awarded the... 

Malawi awards $7.5m grid-monitoring contract to GE
KEY BENEFIT GE’s solutions include improving the efficiency and reliability of the transmission network while reducing technical and nontechnical power losses

Noncompliant powerline structures seen as cause of vulture electrocutions 

By: Terence Creamer     31st March 2016 An initial investigation into the electrocution of 48 Cape vultures on Eskom powerlines near Elliot, in the Eastern Cape, has indicated that noncompliant structures were responsible for the death of the endangered birds. The two main incidents took place near one of the 20 remaining breeding... 

Noncompliant powerline structures seen as cause of vulture electrocutions

Eskom efforts to ease grid bottlenecks for renewables backed up by World Bank agency

By: Terence Creamer     30th March 2016 The World Bank Group’s Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA) announced on Wednesday that it had extended €698.9-million in guarantees to South Arica’s Eskom to support transmission infrastructure investments, which would help it alleviate prevailing grid bottlenecks to the connection of... 

Eskom efforts to ease grid bottlenecks for renewables backed up by World Bank agency

Urgent probe launched into powerline electrocution of 48 vultures 

By: Terence Creamer     29th March 2016 A special investigation is being launched by the Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) following a discovery that as many as 48 Cape Vultures have been electrocuted on Eskom powerlines near Elliot, in the Eastern Cape, in recent times. The State-owned electricity utility confirmed on Tuesday that some... 

Urgent probe launched into powerline electrocution of 48 vultures

AfDB to put up $1.1bn for Tanzania’s transformation to inclusive, green growth

By: David Oliveira     25th March 2016 The African Development Bank (AfDB) announced last month that it will support Tanzania’s economic transformation to inclusive and green growth through an indicative concessional resource assistance package estimated at more than $1.1-billion over a five-year period. The support package is... 

Small, safe and simple modular nuclear reactors seen as offering potential 

By: Keith Campbell     25th March 2016 Last November, the international nuclear industry was delighted with the news, announced in his Spending Review and [Northern] Autumn Statement by UK Chancellor of the Exchequer (equivalent to Minister of Finance) George Osborne that the British government was making “a major commitment to small... 

Small, safe and simple modular nuclear reactors seen as offering potential

Molefe backtracks on load-shedding risk  

By: News24Wire      9th March 2016 Eskom CEO Brian Molefe on Wednesday retracted his previous statement that the lower tariff hike granted by the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) would lead to load shedding this year. Eskom issued a statement shortly after Nersa’s decision to grant it an additional R11.2-billion... 

Molefe backtracks on load-shedding risk
Photo by Duane Daws
Brian Molefe

Eskom rolls out smart electricity meters in Sandton and Midrand 

By: African News Agency      2nd March 2016 Eskom on Tuesday began the roll-out of smart prepaid meters in Sandton and Midrand that would see 6 000 households converted to the new smart meters. “The programme is part of Eskom’s Smart Prepayment Solution to all customer sectors. Customers are encouraged to convert from their conventional... 

Eskom rolls out smart electricity meters in Sandton and Midrand

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
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