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Ethiopia moving to scale up investments in solar

By: John Muchira     8th February 2019 Ethiopia is scaling up investments in solar energy after unveiling six projects that will have a capacity to generate 750 MW.   As part of its ambitions to become a net exporter of electricity, the Horn of Africa nation said the six projects estimated to cost $800-million will be implemented... 

Denel urges govt to use, support its new cybersecurity unit

By: Rebecca Campbell     8th February 2019 State-owned defence industrial group Denel has urged the Government to support the development of and make use of the capabilities of the group’s recently established division, Denel Sovereign Security Solutions (Denel S3). The aim is to ensure that cyber security for Government information and... 

Hydrogen fuel cell power plant, South Korea

By: Sheila Barradas     8th February 2019 Hanwha Energy is building a fuel cell power plant, which will be the first in the world to be powered solely by hydrogen that is extracted as a by-product from petrochemicals production.  

Ramaphosa promises ‘meaningful consultation’ as he confirms split of Eskom into three units 

By: Terence Creamer     7th February 2019 President Cyril Ramaphosa confirmed on Thursday that South Africa’s embattled State-owned electricity producer would be split, under Eskom Holdings, into three separate entities – generation, transmission and distribution – in an effort to bring credibility to the turnaround of the utility and to... 

Sort out Eskom or beneficiation will suffer, warns Mantashe

By: Kim Cloete     7th February 2019 Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe has expressed concern about progress in beneficiating minerals, while Eskom is still battling. “If we don’t sort out Eskom problems, we are going to be in trouble with beneficiation. There must be an arrangement for certain categories of customers for an... 

Sebenza substation officially opened

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     7th February 2019 City Power on Thursday officially launched the newly-built Sebenza 400 kV – 275/132 kV intake substation, built and project managed by Consolidated Power Projects (Conco) on behalf of City Power. The ribbon cutting marking the opening was undertaken by Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba and City... 

Steel group to approach Nersa for power-tariff relief  

By: Terence Creamer     7th February 2019 Steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) says it will submit site-specific applications to the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) to secure tariff relief from Eskom for its operations in Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal and the Western Cape. The submissions will be made in line with... 

AMSA reports first profit since 2010 on back of higher steel prices  

By: Terence Creamer     7th February 2019 Following years of sustained losses, steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) reported a full-year profit in 2018, on the back of a 12% rise in average realised prices and a 5% increase in sales volumes, supported by a 21% rise in export sales. The company last reported a full-year profit... 

Working together can deliver mining’s massive benefits – Friedland 

By: Martin Creamer     6th February 2019 Mining can and will deliver massive benefits if all stakeholders work together, Ivanhoe Mines executive co-chairperson and founder Robert Friedland said on Wednesday Speaking on the third day of the Investing in African Mining Indaba, he outlined the huge potential of collaborative government,... 

Minerals Council welcomes President’s statements at Mining Indaba

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     6th February 2019 The Minerals Council South Africa has welcomed the statements made by President Cyril Ramaphosa during his address at the Investing in African Mining Indaba, in Cape Town, on Tuesday. The Minerals Council said the President had, throughout his address, echoed the sentiments expressed by Mineral... 

Sanedi ready to support the mining industry in energy efficiency

By: Kim Cloete     6th February 2019 The mining sector has been encouraged to use more renewable energy and tighten up on energy efficiency, with the support of the South African National Energy Development Institute (Sanedi). Energy Minister Jeff Radebe said the mining industry would need innovative and novel solutions to reduce... 

Nersa to make Eskom tariff decision before March 15  

By: Terence Creamer     5th February 2019 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) says it will make a ruling on Eskom’s heavily contested revenue application before March 15, but has not committed to a firm date for the release of the determination. Full-time regulatory member Nomfundo Maseti, who chaired the marathon... 

Energy megaprojects on South Africa's radar as utility falters

By: Bloomberg     5th February 2019 South Africa is looking to spend-billions of rand to secure energy from megaprojects on the continent at a time when state power utility Eskom is broke and struggling to supply enough electricity. The government has signaled a willingness to buy 5 000 MW of power from a planned $18-billion... 

Expect some tough announcements on Eskom soon – Davies 

By: News24Wire      5th February 2019 Eskom is in deep trouble financially and operationally and South Africa is facing enormous challenges in the electricity industry, Minister of Trade and Industry Rob Davies said on Tuesday. Davies was a guest speaker at a round table discussion hosted by the Department of Trade and Industry on... 

Mantashe to investors: Don't listen to doomsayers, invest in SA

By: News24Wire      5th February 2019 Investors must be shown that there are opportunities to make money and that is what we offer them in the South African mining industry, Minister of Mineral Resources Gwede Mantashe said on Tuesday. He was one of the guest speakers at a roundtable hosted by the Department of Trade and Industry... 

South32’s South Africa Energy Coal expresses concern about Eskom’s fragile state 

By: Kim Cloete     4th February 2019 Mining and metals company South32 says it is concerned about the challenges that have increasingly threatened the stability of South African power utility Eskom and needs to ensure the continuity of supply of its coal to Eskom in the long run. South32’s South Africa Energy Coal (SAEC) company... 

Power-Gen Africa co-located with African Utility Week

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     1st February 2019 Following the acquisition of event organisers PennWell by event organisers Clarion Energy, this year, the Power-Gen Africa show will be colocated alongside African Utility Week (AUW), creating a truly scaled, end-to-end show encompassing the entire electricity and water value chain. The events... 

Laguna solar power plant, Mexico

By: Sheila Barradas     1st February 2019 Hanwha Energy is building a solar power plant in Coahuila, which will power more than 25 000 homes. 

Vinca waste-to-energy project, Serbia

By: Sheila Barradas     1st February 2019 Beo Cista Energija is building a waste-to-energy facility that will process residual municipal waste generated by 13 municipalities of the City of Belgrade, as well as construction and demolition waste generated in its territory. 

BI assists sugar industry with essential maintenance in ‘off-crop’ season

31st January 2019 Leading supplier Bearings International (BI) assists its sugar-industry clients with essential maintenance and equipment upgrades of sugar mills, especially in ‘off-crop’ season. BI has been supplying industrial power transmission products to the sugar industry for the past 60 years. An area of... 

Eskom laments poor quality of coal  

By: Kim Cloete     31st January 2019 Eskom COO Jan Oberholzer has called on coal mining companies to "play ball" and improve the quality of the coal they supply to the utility. He has also outlined the massive challenges facing the utility and said Eskom was holding out for the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) to... 

Minerals Council's Langenhoven warns of tipping point for mining if electricity tariffs increase by 15% a year  

By: Nadine James     30th January 2019 State-owned utility Eskom’s proposed tariff increases would cost some 150 000 direct mining jobs, all but eliminate the gold sector and, as a consequence, reduce Eskom’s mining client base by around 36%, thereby exacerbating the utility’s “death spiral”, Minerals Council South Africa chief... 

Palladium theft rampant – FT 

By: Martin Creamer     29th January 2019 Palladium, used in catalytic converters that reduce harmful petrol vehicle emissions, is catalysing a crime wave in the UK, says the Financial Times (FT) of London. “Thieves are stealing catalytic converters – often in broad daylight – and selling the devices to illegal scrap dealers for cash,”... 

Goldman cheers as rand heads for best-ever start to a year

By: Bloomberg     29th January 2019 The rand’s flying start to 2019 may be just the beginning, according to Goldman Sachs Group. The South African currency is heading for its biggest January gain against the dollar since Bloomberg started compiling the data in 1999. And with expected volatility near an eight-month low, traders are... 

Boost Sub-Station Reliability With Flir Thermal Optics

28th January 2019 The return of an unreliable electricity supply in South Africa has much to do with the fact that the country’s power distribution grid is said to be falling apart. While something of an overstatement, power outages were indeed up 100% in 2018. The challenges are set to continue with predictions... 

Numsa slams 'nefarious' plans to privatise Eskom, other SOEs

By: African News Agency      28th January 2019 The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) has accused the governing African National Congress of pursuing what it calls 'nefarious' plans to privatise power utility Eskom and other cash-strapped state owned enterprises. In a column published in a local newspaper on Sunday, Numsa... 

Modules finalisation nearing completion

By: Halima Frost     25th January 2019 The South African Renewable Energy Technology Centre (Saretec) has taken on the custodian role as the national renewable-energy-sector educator and hopes to have finalised all five occupational certificates of the Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Qualification through its collaboration with Manufacturing,... 

Project helps industry achieve energy and cost savings

By: Thabi Madiba     25th January 2019 With steam accounting for about 30% of industrial plant energy consumption, the National Cleaner Production Centre South Africa’s (NCPC-SA’s) Industrial Energy Efficiency (IEE) Project is assisting industry in assessing steam systems to achieve energy and cost savings. Steam is used widely across... 

Lesotho Highlands Water Project – Phase II, Lesotho

By: Sheila Barradas     25th January 2019 The Lesotho Highlands Development Authority has announced the appointment of an engineering panel of experts for the project. 

Syama solar hybrid power plant, Mali

By: Sheila Barradas     25th January 2019 The plant is tipped to be the world’s largest off-grid, fully integrated hybrid power plant for a standalone mining operation.  

The Ugly Truth About Climate Change

24th January 2019 “When a problem arises do not ignore it. Take the time to evaluate it. Take the time to understand it in (an) effort to discover and implement a solution.”- Wendy Nicole Anderson. Climate change is a real problem, it is not just going to go away simply by looking the other way. It is a serious... 

LHDA appoints engineering panel for LHWP II

By: Natasha Odendaal     22nd January 2019 The Lesotho Highlands Development Authority (LHDA) on Tuesday announced the appointment of an engineering panel of experts for the second phase of the Lesotho Highlands water project (LHWP II). The panel comprises a selection of experts from the UK, Europe, the US and Australia, with the combined... 

New vehicle technology uses cobalt 

By: Martin Creamer     22nd January 2019 A promising new vehicle technology, which uses a cobalt-based catalyst, mirrors the world’s current ‘well-to-wheel’ refuelling ecosystem in being designed to allow motorists to call at conventional petrol stations to fill up with the liquid fuel from which hydrogen is extracted and then converted... 

Evolution II Fund closes $41m funding round

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     18th January 2019 Africa-focused investment advisory firm Inspired Evolution led a $41-million equity investment by its Evolution II Fund and other consortium partners into Africa-focused solar business d.light. Evolution II invested $18-million alongside $10.6-million from the Dutch Development Bank FMO,... 

Radebe insists IRP to be approved soon, amid Nedlac uncertainty 

By: Terence Creamer     18th January 2019 Energy Minister Jeff Radebe has reiterated that Cabinet could soon approve the long-awaited update to South Africa’s Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) for electricity, despite persistent suggestions that National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac) sign-off of the document is still... 

Asset management systems seen as way to bolster utility sustainability

By: Schalk Burger     18th January 2019 Enterprise asset management (EAM) systems, including metering and billing solutions, help utilities to run more efficiently and, thereby, support utility and infrastructure provision, says information technology services multinational Wipro Africa business development head Marleze van... 

Investec, UK Climate Investments kickstart renewable energy vehicle with R1bn

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th January 2019 Investec Bank and UK Climate Investments have committed a combined R1-billion to a dedicated renewable energy investment vehicle Revego Africa Energy. Revego Fund Managers (RFM) – a newly incorporated black-owned and managed fund manager – will be responsible for managing Revego’s investments... 

Don’t hurt farmers with higher electricity tariffs, says Agri Western Cape 

By: Kim Cloete     15th January 2019 Sharp electricity tariff hikes would have a major detrimental effect on the agricultural sector, Agri Western Cape has said during public hearings into electricity tariffs. In its submission to the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa), Agri SA said high increases in electricity costs... 

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