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South Africa’s energy industry in limbo, facing many challenges

By: Anine Kilian     17th July 2018 South Africa’s energy industry is not declining, but it is being disrupted, says GE gas power systems anglophone Africa sales MD Nosizwe Dlengezele. Addressing media at a briefing, in Johannesburg, on Tuesday, she noted that, ultimately, people who rely on the energy market will find ways to... 

Eskom cuts power to defaulting Free State municipalities

By: African News Agency      17th July 2018 Residents at Tokologo, Masilonyana and Nala municipalities in the Free State will face power cuts due to the councils' failure to honour their debt payment agreements with Eskom, the power utility said on Tuesday. ''The next payments for Tokologo, Masilonyana and Nala Local municipalities were... 

Life After Coal campaign demands IRP take water costs into account

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th July 2018 A report from the Life After Coal campaign calls for uncounted costs to South Africa’s water resources to be accounted for in the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP). Mining coal and burning it in power stations uses large amounts of water and pollutes water as well, imposing massive but uncounted... 

Acwa Power, CEF to co-invest in Redstone CSP project

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th July 2018 Power generation technology developer Acwa Power on Monday signed an investment agreement with South Africa’s Central Energy Fund (CEF) regarding the Redstone concentrated solar thermal power plant (CSP) plant, in the Northern Cape.  

Thyssenkrupp launches industrial-scale water electrolysis solution for large projects

By: Schalk Burger     13th July 2018 Engineering and construction company Thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions on Thursday launched its industrial-scale advanced water electrolysis solution that makes large-scale hydrogen production from electricity economically attractive. The advanced water electrolysis features a well-proven cell... 

Others expected to follow Coca-Cola’s solar leadership as costs fall

By: Simone Liedtke     13th July 2018 Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa (CCBSA), Coca-Cola’s bottling partner in South Africa, is aiming to have 25% of its electricity powered by renewable sources by 2025. The company says the first 10% of this renewable energy, about 18-million kilowatt hours a year, will be rolled out nationwide... 

Company calls for distribution partners to increase footprint

By: Paige Müller     13th July 2018 Industrial equipment supplier Banding and Identification Solutions Africa (Bisa) is calling for distribution partnerships to help the company expand its footprint in Africa. The company – the only certified African distributor of the US and UK manufactured Band-It products – has noted a... 

Designation status a cabling industry boon

By: Paige Müller     13th July 2018 Providing the cable industry with designation status has helped the industry to grow despite a myriad of local manufacturing barriers, says the Association of Electrical Cable Manufacturers of South Africa (AECMSA). The Department of Trade and Industry’s (DTI’s) revised Preferential Procurement... 

Others expected to follow Coca-Cola’s solar leadership as costs fall

By: Simone Liedtke     13th July 2018 Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa (CCBSA), Coca-Cola’s bottling partner in South Africa, is aiming to have 25% of its electricity powered by renewable sources by 2025. The company says the first 10% of this renewable energy, about 18-million kilowatt hours a year, will be rolled out nationwide... 

UK continues to push development of small and modular reactors

By: Rebecca Campbell     13th July 2018 The UK Government has reaffirmed its commitment, including research and development (R&D) funding, to the development of small and modular nuclear reactors. It has done so in the Nuclear Sector Deal, developed by Britain’s Nuclear Industry Council in cooperation with the Government, and published... 

The war is over

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     13th July 2018 Alan Campbell mentioned to me that, since this column is titled Electrically Speaking, it really should be about electricity. Good point. Well, water is normally supplied by pumps, and pumps work on electricity. So, joining the dots, this column is about water. Or more specifically the recent... 

Coal to remain a significant energy source for decades – WCA

By: Nadine James     13th July 2018 Coal will remain a vital growth enabler and source of energy for decades to come, says World Coal Association CEO Benjamin Sporton. He notes that demand for coal will remain stable to positive, as a result of increased industrialisation and electrification, especially in Africa and South-East Asia. 

Miners welcome ACCC power plans

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     11th July 2018 The resources sector has welcomed recommendations from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) to significantly improve electricity affordability for Australian consumers and businesses. The ACCC in March launched an inquiry to identify the root causes of the high electricity... 

India’s Coal Ministry lays down conditions for thermal power plants to switch linkages

By: Ajoy K Das     11th July 2018 India’s Coal Ministry has directed government coal mining companies to immediately implement rationalisation of coal linkages of independent power producers (IPPs), but has laid down strict conditions for the latter to be eligible to switch coal supply sources. Through a government order issued... 

Energy efficiency a priority in air conditioning

6th July 2018 Multinational electronics conglomerate Samsung has designed an energy efficient air conditioning system with the aim of helping to alleviate the pressure placed on South Africa’s strained natural resources. Since the recording of global temperatures began in 1951, the 17 warmest years were within... 

Tanzania approves first large-scale wind farm project

By: John Muchira     6th July 2018 The authorities in Tanzania have granted Australian company Windlab approval to build a 300 MW wind farm, which is expected to contribute significantly to the country’s energy needs. This comes after Windlab's local subsidiary, Windlab Developments Tanzania, was awarded an environmental- and... 

Olkiluoto 3 European pressurised reactor project, Finland

By: Sheila Barradas     6th July 2018 Teollisuuden Voima Oyj has received an updated schedule for the commissioning of the European pressurised reactor plant.  

Rights group AfriBusiness says Eskom undertakes not to cut power in Musina

By: African News Agency      5th July 2018 Rights group AfriBusiness said on Thursday state power utility had undertaken not to cut power to Musina in Limpopo, narrowly avoiding an urgent court interdict over a move that would have impacted paying electricity customers. AfriBusiness said it had made the urgent application after notice by... 

Imaloto IPP in Madagascar progressed well during second quarter

By: Marleny Arnoldi     4th July 2018 The granting of a 30-year concession agreement during the second quarter of this year was a critical milestone for the Imaloto coal-fired independent power project (IPP), in Madagascar, aligning its development with that of the government’s broader plans, Bushveld Minerals CEO Fortune Mojapelo... 

Côte d'Ivoire eyes biomass power generation from cocoa waste

By: Reuters     3rd July 2018 The world's top cocoa producer Côte d'Ivoire plans to build a 60 MW to 70 MW capacity biomass power generation plant running on waste from cocoa pods, part of its aim of developing 424 MW of biomass power generation capacity by 2030. The plant, which will enable Côte d'Ivoire to diversify its... 

World Bank approves $2.1bn loans for Nigerian projects

By: Reuters     29th June 2018 The World Bank said on Thursday it had approved a total of $2.1-billion in concessionary loans to fund projects in Nigeria aimed at improving access to electricity and promoting governance. The projects approved by the International Development Association (IDA), the bank's low-interest arm, are... 

With universal access in sight, SA’s electrification drive takes on new dimensions

By: Schalk Burger     29th June 2018 The integrated national electrification programme (INEP) of the Department of Energy (DoE) is set to change in scope and character as it nears its initial goals of electrifying most communities in South Africa that were not connected to the national grid. Energy Deputy Minister Thembisile Majola... 

With universal access in sight, SA’s electrification drive takes on new dimensions

By: Schalk Burger     29th June 2018 The integrated national electrification programme (INEP) of the Department of Energy (DoE) is set to change in scope and character as it nears its initial goals of electrifying most communities in South Africa that were not connected to the national grid. Energy Deputy Minister Thembisile Majola... 

Exxaro expects H1 thermal coal output to rise 1%

By: Reuters     28th June 2018 Exxaro Resources Ltd expects coal production for the half year to June 30 to increase by 1.7% to 23.52-million tonnes, the South African coal miner said on Thursday. It expects thermal coal output to rise by 1% to 22.307-million tonnes and metallurgical coal to increase by 12% compared with the... 

AngloGold says no production impact from Guinea power protests

By: Reuters     28th June 2018 AngloGold Ashanti said on Thursday that there has been no production impact at its Siguiri gold mine in Guinea despite two days of violent protests over prolonged electricity outages by communities around the mine. Youths barricaded roads, clashed with security forces and tried to force through... 

Unlocking the Potential in Aluminum can Revolutionize the World

28th June 2018 Aluminum has changed the face of the planet in the 20th century. As we unlock the potential of this abundant metal, our lives are on the fringe of an imminent revolution. We cannot imagine our current lifestyle without one particular element, aluminum. While steel and iron were the foundation... 

Renewable energy brings power and jobs to Clanwilliam

By: African News Agency      27th June 2018 The Western Cape town of Clanwilliam’s first retail shopping centre to be opened on Thursday is an example of how renewable energy is aiding economic development in small towns with limited access to the national grid, an energy company executive said on Wednesday. SOLA Future Energy installed a... 

Copper remains globally undersupplied, but production to pick up in next decade – BMI

By: Marleny Arnoldi     27th June 2018 BMI Research expects the global copper market to experience a persistent undersupply over the coming years, as global consumption growth, driven by China's power and infrastructure sectors and increasingly by rising electric vehicle (EV) production, continues to outpace supply growth.  

Ongoing fuel cell developments kindle hope for platinum demand 

By: Martin Creamer     26th June 2018 Ongoing hydrogen fuel cell developments across the globe are kindling hope for an eventual significant increase in platinum demand. This month alone, Hyundai Auto Canada took part in the official opening of Canada's first retail hydrogen fuelling station operated by Shell and Hydrogen Technology... 

AEP to acquire East African energy firm

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th June 2018 Clean energy company AEP Energy Africa has entered into a purchase agreement with First Independent Power, in Kenya, and Global Power Generation Sociedad Anónima to acquire 100% of East African company IberAfrica Power for $61-million, or R835-million. IberAfrica owns and operates the 103 MW... 

South Africa to align energy plans with SADC gas master plan

By: Terence Creamer     26th June 2018 Energy Minister Jeff Radebe has promised greater alignment between South Africa’s energy plans, included the new Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) for electricity, with a regional gas master plan, which is currently under development within the the 16-country Southern African Development Community... 

Schneider Electric ready to break barriers, connect ideas

25th June 2018 Solar water pumps Reducing pump electricity usage by 20% Harnessing IIoT in water utilities   Schneider Electric’s international knowledge on the water and wastewater industry and its ability to break barriers and connect ideas will be demonstrated later this month at the Water Institute of... 

DonBur and DHL take solar power from trailer roofs

22nd June 2018 Worldwide logistics company DHL is partnering with Staffordshire-based semi-trailer manufacturer, Don-Bur, to launch a system that draws solar energy from trailer roofs and converts it into electricity to operate the trailer lights and tail-lifts. TRAiLAR is part of DHL’s target of zero emissions... 

IFC signs $34m financing agreement for Zambia solar project

By: Marleny Arnoldi     22nd June 2018 The International Finance Corporation (IFC) has signed a $34-million financing agreement with Enel, the Industrial Development Corporation of Zambia and the European Investment Bank for the construction of the 34 MW Ngonye solar plant, in Zambia.  

AEMO sees no gas supply gaps to 2030

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     22nd June 2018 The latest Gas Statement of Opportunities (GSOO) by the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) has found that market intervention, new supply and lower demand have avoided a potential energy shortfall. The AEMO in late 2017, warned of a substantial shortfall in gas for the east coast of... 

Lithium Americas sees strong potential for US project

By: Mariaan Webb     22nd June 2018 Dual-listed Lithium Americas will rapidly develop its large-scale lithium project in northern Nevada, as it moves to become the leading source of lithium production in the US, the company said on Thursday, announcing the outcomes of a preliminary feasibility study (PFS) for the Thacker Pass... 

Nontechnical issues present the main obstacles to nuclear’s role in future energy mix

By: Rebecca Campbell     22nd June 2018 Key issues regarding the future of nuclear power in South Africa were raised at the National Nuclear Regulator’s recent 2nd Nuclear Regulatory Information Conference, held in northern Johannesburg. The conference took place over three days.  

Two approaches for energy transformation in South Africa

By: Melissa Zisengwe     22nd June 2018 Solar photovoltaics (PVs) and energy storage system provider IBC SOLAR South Africa says it wants to be part of the transformation of the energy system in South Africa using two approaches. One approach entails informing South Africans and local companies about the advantages and possibilities of... 

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