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Ninety-five years of lighting up South Africa

18th May 2018 For the past 95 years, State-owned power utility Eskom, has been at the forefront of contributing positively towards fighting the country’s socioeconomic challenges through the Eskom Development Foundation. The foundation, a nonprofit organisation solely funded by Eskom, has launched many... 

Cranes company upgrades equipment at power stations

18th May 2018 Crane manufacturer Konecranes Southern Africa is currently working on systematically upgrading lifting equipment at State-owned power utility Eskom’s different power stations. The upgrading of the equipment includes repairing equipment that has been misused and replacing equipment that is obsolete. 

Cranes company  upgrades equipment  at power stations
UPGRADING CRANES Konecranes is currently upgrading and replacing crane and lifting equipment at various Eskom power stations across South Africa

Toshiba signs MoUs to support African hydropower, geothermal roll-out

By: Schalk Burger     18th May 2018 Energy systems multinational Toshiba Energy Systems and Solutions signed four memoranda of understanding (MoUs) to cooperate with African countries to develop hydropower and geothermal energy systems. The MoUs were signed on the sidelines of the Japan-Africa Public-Private Economic Forum, in... 

India keen to do business with Africa’s energy sector

By: Kim Cloete     17th May 2018 Representatives from more than 45 Indian companies have been in Cape Town for the African Utility Week, with the hope of cracking deals in everything from the supply of galvanised wire to solar inverters and water generators.  Indian Chamber of Commerce director general and CEO Rajeev Singh... 

MPs to summon ministers on R13.8bn owed to Eskom by municipalities

By: African News Agency      16th May 2018 Members of Parliament (MPs) on Wednesday resolved to summon the inter-ministerial task team looking into municipalities which owe State-owned power utility Eskom close to R14-billion in debt to Parliament. At a meeting of Parliament's standing committee on public accounts (Scopa), Eskom board... 

 MPs to summon ministers on R13.8bn owed to Eskom by municipalities

Eskom says it intends to play a bigger role in Africa

By: Kim Cloete     15th May 2018 Eskom interim CEO Phakamani Hadebe says the utility is keen to expand its services into other African countries.  “We have made a decision that our ambition is to play a bigger role on the continent,” he told the opening plenary of African Utility Week, in Cape Town, on Tuesday. 

Business, Cogta agree on cooperation plan for municipalities

By: Thabi Madiba     15th May 2018 Business Unity South Africa (Busa) and the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) have agreed to cooperate in setting up a structured process aimed at resolving some of the key challenges facing many of South Africa’s dysfunctional municipalities, particularly in the... 

Business, Cogta agree on cooperation plan for municipalities

Africa is opportune for energy, smart solutions development – Schneider Electric

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th May 2018 Automation and energy management multinational Schneider Electric on Tuesday revealed its strategy for the African continent and how it relates to creating smart cities – taking cognisance of challenges and opportunities.  

Africa is opportune for energy, smart solutions development – Schneider Electric
Photo by Marleny Arnoldi
Schneider Electric Middle East and Africa region president Casper Herzberg & Schneider Anglophone Africa cluster president Albert Fuchet

Eskom acting CEO says no power cuts this year

By: Reuters     3rd May 2018 South African power utility Eskom, which is struggling from a financial crisis, said on Thursday that it would not resort to controlled power blackouts this year despite previous reports that it was facing coal shortages. "There will not be load-shedding this year," said Eskom's acting CE... 

Eskom acting CEO says no power cuts this year

World Bank grants Kenya $1bn loan for infrastructure projects

By: Reuters     3rd May 2018 The World Bank said on Thursday it had given Kenya a $1-billion concessional loan for energy, transport and water infrastructure projects in poorer regions in its north and northeast. These regions have benefited little from Kenya's strong economic performance, the World Bank said. The East... 

Local company invests in significant rental fleet expansion

By: Victor Moolman     27th April 2018 Compressor and generator rental company Rand-Air has introduced 52 new generators, ranging between 60 kVa and 500 kVa, to its rental fleet. The generators arrived earlier this year from the original-equipment manufacturer and supplier Atlas Copco; and have subsequently been fitted with trailers... 

New gensets introduced at Middle East Electricity

27th April 2018 Engine manufacturer Cummins has introduced the C450 D5, which is part of its QSG12 series diesel generator sets (gensets) for the commercial and industrial markets, at the Middle East Electricity (MEE) 2018 in Dubai, which was held from March 6 to 8 at the Dubai World Trade Centre, in Dubai. The... 

Site survey recommended before installing power backup system

27th April 2018 With the winter months approaching, systems integration specialist Jasco Intelligent Technologies (Jasco) explains that before companies invest in alternative power solutions it is important to select the right solution for their needs. Jasco renewable energy consulting solutions architect Kevin... 

Power storage tech development on the rise

By: Victor Moolman     27th April 2018 With there being a rise in the development of technology for power distribution, storage and generation, power equipment manufacturer Himoinsa Europe, Middle East and Africa director Guillermo Elum says the company is also assessing ways in which technology will change the way electricity is... 

Power storage tech  development on the rise
POWER GENERATION The company provides several power generation, distribution and storage systems worldwide

Distributed generation can mitigate transmission constraints in Africa

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     20th April 2018 Investment in the African transmission grid and distributed generation solutions could be viable in mitigating the challenge of providing access to electricity, says power generation original-equipment manufacturer Himoinsa. “Whether owing to transmission constraints or distribution issues,... 

Distributed generation can mitigate transmission constraints in Africa
MATTHEW BELL Himoinsa has spent a lot of time developing a distributed generation offering to the marketplace

Investor interest in Africa’s power sectors remains significant

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     20th April 2018 Despite the downturn in commodity prices that led to more subdued growth in several of Africa’s resource-intense economies, there is still significant investor interest in Africa’s power sectors, says multidisciplinary engineering consultancy WSP Africa power transmission and distribution... 

Investor interest in Africa’s power sectors remains significant
DINESH BULDOO Transmission and distribution networks are equally critical components to electrifying Africa

SA distributor secures rights to market cable fire-protection system

By: Dylan Slater     20th April 2018 A joint venture (JV) between 24-year-old South Africa-based construction access systems provider IBAS Group and Norway-based fire-prevention solutions company Fire Security aims to increase market awareness in South Africa for two fire-prevention systems developed and manufactured by Fire... 

SA distributor secures rights to  market cable fire-protection system
PROTECTIVE COATING FS1 expands up to 100 times its thickness to protect cables from direct contact with flames

Nigeria plans power tariff overhaul by 2021 to attract investment

By: Reuters     19th April 2018 Nigeria plans to overhaul its energy tariff system by 2021 to try to attract investment and improve power supply, the vice chairman of the country's electricity regulator said. Only about half of the 190 million people in Africa's most populous country have access to power. The problem has been... 

Eskom board continues to clean house

By: African News Agency      18th April 2018 Board members at Eskom are continuing with their clean sweep at the State-owned power utility, with 239 cases of possible wrongdoing being identified through whistleblowers alone, MPs heard on Wednesday. Briefing Parliament's portfolio committee on public enterprises, board member Sindi... 

Molefe loses court bid to appeal pay back pension ruling

By: News24Wire      17th April 2018 The North Gauteng High Court on Tuesday dismissed an application by former Eskom CEO Brian Molefe for leave to appeal a ruling that he pay back the part of his pension payout he already received. Judge Elias Matojane said based on the submission presented to the court "we are of the view that... 

Outa calls for Eskom turnaround before tariff hikes are granted  

By: Kim Cloete     17th April 2018 Eskom should first implement a turnaround strategy before the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) considers granting it a tariff hike, says the Organisation for Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa). “Eskom leadership must institute stringent measures to recoup the billions of rands siphoned out... 

Eskom kicks off public hearings by asking for R66.6bn 

By: Kim Cloete     16th April 2018 Eskom has argued its case for the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) to grant it the R66.6-billion it is claiming, including for unforeseen expenses and unrealised revenue for the past three financial years. An Eskom team on Monday kicked off countrywide public hearings in Cape... 

Eskom kicks off public hearings by asking for R66.6bn
Photo by Dylan Slater
Eskom interim CEO Phakamani Hadebe

Eskom considers sale of mortgage business

By: Reuters     12th April 2018 South Africa's state power utility Eskom is sounding out possible buyers for its mortgage business, a tender document showed on Wednesday, in what would be the first major privatisation deal under President Cyril Ramaphosa. Ramaphosa has made revamping state-owned firms like Eskom a top priority... 

Botswana's power utility lifts tariffs by 10%

By: Reuters     5th April 2018 The Botswana Power Corporation (BPC) said on Thursday it had increased electricity tariffs by 10% as the loss-making utility tries to recover costs. BPC has made operating losses for years due to high import costs, non-performing assets and operational inefficiencies. That has made the company... 

US power group touts microgrids ‘as the way forward’

By: Simone Liedtke     29th March 2018 Decentralisation, through the implementation of microgrids, could be the key to improving grid resilience, US-based electricity supplier Illinois Power Company and Tucson Electric Power Company CEO Charles Bayless told an audience in Johannesburg this week. The design of microgrids, which... 

Moody's downgrades Eskom's ratings to a negative outlook 

By: African News Agency      29th March 2018 Moody's Investors Service on Wednesday, announced a decision to downgrade to B2 from B1 the long-term corporate family rating (CFR) of Eskom Holdings SOC Limited (Eskom) and the zero coupon eurobonds to B2 from B1 in line with the CFR.  "The rating action reflects the fact that, despite a number... 

Moody's downgrades Eskom's ratings to a negative outlook

East Africa looking to smart grids for cost-effective way to deliver electricity – US firm

By: African News Agency      28th March 2018 East African countries are increasingly looking to smart grids and associated technologies as a cost effective and scalable way to deliver electricity quickly and reliably, an industry official said. Delegates from Kenya, Ethiopia, Rwanda, and Uganda recently participated in business meetings and... 

Africa struggles to meet energy demand and reduce carbon emissions 

By: Simone Liedtke     28th March 2018 The global energy sector is faced with the dual challenge of meeting growing energy demand, while simultaneously needing to lower carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in the energy system, says MIT Energy Initiative director Robert Armstrong. Speaking at the twenty-first Power and Electricity World... 

Eskom goes to Parliament to argue its case for a higher tariff increase 

By: Kim Cloete     27th March 2018 Eskom’s top officials have gone to Parliament to argue their case for a higher tariff increase, saying the 5.23% tariff increase for 2018/19 granted by the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) would seriously harm the utility. “The 2.2% price increase for 2017/18 has strained the... 

Eskom goes to Parliament to argue its case for a higher tariff increase
Photo by Dylan Slater
Eskom acting CEO Phakamani Hadebe

Africa needs private investment to meet energy needs – Radebe

By: Simone Liedtke     27th March 2018 The cost of meeting sub-Saharan Africa’s power demand has been estimated at about $14-billion a year and cannot be met by public funding alone. Although public utilities have historically been the major sources of funding for new power generation capacity, South African Energy Minister Jeff... 

South Africans saved 410 MW during Earth Hour - Eskom

By: African News Agency      26th March 2018 South Africans joined the rest of the world when they switched off their lights for Earth Hour from 20:30 to 21:30 on Saturday night and together they saved 410 MW, Eskom has announced. Earth Hour is a global call for the protection of the planet and for people to take a stand against climate... 

Radebe to address power roundtable in April

23rd March 2018 South Africa’s power sector has again entered a period of uncertainty after a planned signing ceremony for 27 independent power producers (IPPs) failed to materialise on March 13, following a legal challenge by the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa. The court case, planned for March... 

Radebe to address power roundtable in April

PEWA to set stage for African energy investment once again

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th March 2018 With 600-million people in Africa not having access to electricity, the onus is on Power & Electricity World Africa (PEWA) to provide the platform that will encourage investment in infrastructure and grid connection across Africa.  

PEWA to set stage for African  energy investment once again
POWER UNITED Terrapinn is expecting about 8 000 attendees from more than 40 African countries, including 350 exhibitors and 300 speakers, to attend PEWA 2018

Engine manufacturer offers new generator engine series

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th March 2018 Engine manufacturer Cummins’ South African branch will take its latest engine series of gensets, the QSG12, to market in the second quarter of 2018.  

Engine manufacturer offers new generator engine series
ROBIN KURIAKOSE Cummins aims to get maximum power density from its gensets, from a cylinder capacity perspective and a footprint size perspective

Waste-to-energy significant to Africa’s energy mix

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th March 2018 Integrated infrastructure delivery company AECOM says waste-to-energy (WtE) electricity conversion can play a significant role in the future of Africa’s energy mix, providing extra support to fossil-fuel baseload power stations.  

Waste-to-energy significant  to Africa’s energy mix
Photo by Bloomberg
POWER IN WASTE With 54-million people generating waste in South Africa, the potential to use that waste for energy conversion is promising

Development finance may unlock Moz–Malawi interconnector

By: Marcel Chimwala     9th March 2018 The European Union (EU) and the German Development Bank (KfW) are to extend a E20-million grant to Malawi to partially finance the $127-million Mozambique–Malawi electricity interconnector project. Malawi is keen to fast-track the project so that it can start importing electricity from... 

Contract to restart stalled Kenyan transmission project

By: John Muchira     9th March 2018 Kenya has contracted a consortium of Chinese companies to complete the construction of a major transmission line that will evacuate electricity from the Lake Turkana Wind Power (LTWP) project, which stalled in 2016, when the previous contractor, Italian company Isolux Ingeneria, went bankrupt.... 

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