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Rebates on offer for efficient lighting drive

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     13th July 2012 Lighting solutions provider OEN Enterprises reports that it is extending its energy efficiency business group, focusing on lighting solutions, which will be locally manufactured by partner RV Technologies. 

Solar photovoltaic a rising star

By: Jeremy Wakeford     13th July 2012 While the global use of fossil fuels continues to grow by up to a few percentage points a year, solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity is exploding, driven partly by government policies but also by rapidly falling costs.  

Menlyn Maine city precinct, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     13th July 2012 Nedbank has unveiled the first of seven Green Star South Africa-rated commercial buildings in Menlyn Maine. 

Queensland projects under strain - QRC

By: Esmarie Iannucci     12th July 2012 The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) on Thursday warned that higher taxes, unnecessary and poorly designed regulations and falling productivity were placing strain on current and proposed resources projects in the state. Quoting a report by Port Jackson Partners, QRC CEO Michael Roche said... 

Company Announcement: Anglogold Ashanti becomes 49th partner of the 49M campaign

12th July 2012 AngloGold Ashanti today became the 49th business partner to join the 49M energy efficiency drive 

Company Announcement: ACWA Power Acquires a 42% Interest in a Bulgarian PV Solar Plant

9th July 2012 ACWA Power International, today announced that on 28th June, 2012 it partnered with an affiliate of First Reserve Energy Infrastructure Fund and Clean Energy Transition Fund, a fund managed by Crescent Capital to acquire a Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Plant located in Karadzhalovo, Bulgaria 

Company Announcement:AREVA’s electricity storage system

6th July 2012 The AREVA Group has won the call for tenders launched by La Croix Valmer city for the supply of an energy storage system 

Packaging industry holds many opportunities

By: Yolandi Booyens     6th July 2012 While the South African packaging industry is facing challenges like many other sectors, it is capable of successfully competing in global markets and packaging companies should aim to turn challenges into opportunities, advises paper and plastic packaging manufacturer Mpact CEO Bruce Strong. 

Industry to diversify beyond sugar production

By: Zandile Mavuso     6th July 2012 Sugarcane crop production in the 2011/12 season recovered somewhat from the effects of the drought experienced in the 2010/11 season, the South African Cane Growers’ Association (Canegrowers) reports 

Sugar producer aims to extract maximum value from sugar cane

By: Zandile Mavuso     6th July 2012 Sugar producer Illovo aims to limit its waste and improve the return on every stick of sugar cane by producing and marketing a number of niche, high-value downstream products in addition to its core products of sugarcane fibre, sugar and molasses. 

Biodiversity, sustainable development punted as humanity’s main ‘worries’ at Rio+20

By: Kelvin Kemm     6th July 2012 The Rio+20 world environment conference has come and gone. The ‘+20’ comes from the fact that it took place 20 years after the first great world environment conference, which was held in Rio de Janeiro in 1992. Between these two world environment conferences, one was held in Johannesburg in 2002.... 

Malawi adjusts power pricing thinking in bid to attract private developers

By: Marcel Chimwala     6th July 2012 The Malawi government says it has put in place measures to attract independent power producers in its electricity sector, which is dominated by the State-owned Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom). 

Kenya Power signs power-access contract

By: John Muchira     6th July 2012 Indian power company KEC International and engineering giant Siemens have signed power distribution system improvement contracts with Kenya Power worth $12.6-moillion.  

San Mariano bioethanol facility, the Philippines

By: Sheila Barradas     6th July 2012 The facility involves the development of a 4 452 ha sugar cane plantation and a 54-million-litre-a-year ethanol fuel plant. 

Wrexham Energy Centre Project, UK

By: Sheila Barradas     6th July 2012 A formal application for the Wrexham Energy Centre Project is expected to be submitted in 2014. 

School building receiving top-level attention, but details vague 

By: Schalk Burger     29th June 2012 Recent high-profile media reports have exposed serious backlogs in the provision of basic educational infrastructure. One story, which featured on the front page of the Sunday Times, described how 14 teachers in Silvermine, in Limpopo province, are teaching 165 children under marula trees.... 

Alterations made to avoid giraffe electrocutions

29th June 2012 State-owned power utility Eskom has rebuilt and moved some of its infrastructure in the Marloth Park nature conservancy, following the electrocution of four giraffe, the Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) reports. 

Medupi, Kusile steel fabrication on schedule

By: Anine Kilian     29th June 2012 Steel fabricator Genrec, which is part of the Murray & Roberts group, has fabricated nearly 50% of the 220 000 t of steel required for the erection of boiler units at State-owned power utility Eskom’s Medupi and Kusile power plants. 

Submetering solution to assist landlords and tenants  

By: Anine Kilian     29th June 2012 The use of prepaid submetering is gaining popularity in South Africa and is becoming a common tool for landlords and body corporates, prepaid metering company Ideal Prepaid Metering Systems national sales manager Ethan Hugo tells Engineering News. 

School building programme receiving top-level attention, but implementation details remain vague

By: Schalk Burger     29th June 2012 Recent high-profile media reports have exposed some the serious backlogs in the provision of basic educational infrastructure. 

Planned ISMO unlikely to be panacea for power sector’s woes

By: Saliem Fakir     29th June 2012 The proposal to introduce an independent system and market operator (ISMO) into South Africa’s power generation sector seems to have found favour with government. However, it remains to be seen whether an ISMO would help in resolving the country’s electricity woes by encouraging and benefiting... 

Sustainable insulation key to green ‘off the grid’ living 

By: Natalie Greve     29th June 2012 Extensive temperature insulation of residential structures is crucial to the efficacy of off-the-grid, solar-powered living, asserts property developer the Green Housing Company CEO Brett Petzer. 

!KaXu and !Khi concentrating solar power projects, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     29th June 2012 The proposed project entails the construction and operation of two greenfield concentrating solar power projects near Pofadder and Upington respectively, in the Northern Cape. 

High-voltage power transmission lines study, Ethiopia

By: Sheila Barradas     29th June 2012 Ethiopia's high-voltage power transmission lines study is expected to be completed within six months. 

Sasol to make investment call on 140 MW Moz power plant before year-end

By: Terence Creamer     28th June 2012 Energy and chemicals group Sasol expects to make a final investment and funding decision during the second half of 2012 for a 140 MW gas engine power project to be developed in Ressano Garcia, a Mozambique town located close to the South African border. In a letter to shareholders published, CFO... 

Botswana can become major energy corridor – Kalahari Energy

By: Martin Creamer     27th June 2012 Coal-endowed Botswana has the potential to become a major energy corridor within the Southern African power pool, says Kalahari Energy Botswana group CEO Steve Martin. Kalahari Energy, which is pioneering energy growth in Botswana through coal-based methane exploitation, operates the small 90 MW... 

Company Announcement: ‘Berry, Berry’ Successful CSI Project for Corobrik

25th June 2012 The strawberry farming initiative at Corobrik’s Rietvlei factory near Pretoria is bearing fruit 

Wood-pellet-to-power plant for refractory product firm

By: Joanne Taylor     22nd June 2012 Renewable energy company Infinergy has won a £1-million contract to design and build a carbon-neutral power plant, in the UK, which will use wood pellets instead of fossil fuels to generate electricity. The plant is reportedly the first of its kind and will be used by refractory product firm... 

SA renewables programme helping to drive down costs

22nd June 2012 When it comes to South Africa’s future power needs, we all agree on two things: we have to increase the amount of electricity we generate, and we have to reduce our reliance on fossil-fuel power generation. A third issue, on which we don’t always agree, is the cost of power. It’s well-known that... 

Ethiopia commissions big power transmission lines study 

By: John Muchira     22nd June 2012 New high-voltage power transmission lines will have to be constructed in Ethiopia to evacuate electricity from emerging power generation projects, with the existing network unable transport electricity that will be generated. In addition, the Horn of Africa nation also aims to become a net... 

Malawi pursues price reforms to attract private power generators

By: Marcel Chimwala     22nd June 2012 The Malawi government says it has put in place measures to attract independent power producers (IPPs) into its electricity sector, which is dominated by State-owned Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom). In unveiling Malawi’s Budget statement to parliament in June, Finance Minister... 

Constructing Advantages

By: Terence Creamer     22nd June 2012 During the period immediately following South Africa’s democratic elections of 1994, the country’s competitive advantage was obvious for all to see: cheap and abundant electricity. This advantage had arisen primarily as a result of a material overinvestment by Eskom during the preceding decade,... 

DoE tests market appetite for small-scale renewables projects 

By: Terence Creamer     21st June 2012 South Africa’s Department of Energy (DoE) has initiated the long-awaited process to procure electricity from small-scale renewable energy projects of between 1 MW and 5 MW. The department has indicated that it intends procuring 100 MW from small-scale wind, solar photovoltaic, biomass, biogas... 

Prophecy Coal consolidates Mongolian coal resource

By: Henry Lazenby     19th June 2012 Toronto-listed Prophecy Coal on Monday said it would expand its coal resources in Mongolia by acquiring certain assets next to its Chandgana licences from privately held Tethys Mining. 

15/06/2012 (On-The-Air) 

By: Martin Creamer     15th June 2012 Billions of rands are expected to be generated from the iron in an old waste dump in Limpopo province; The Defence Force of Finland is buying more armoured cars from South Africa; and Eskom is confident that it will be able to spend at a rate of R65-billion a year for the next six years. 

The First World is impeding African agriculture 

By: Kelvin Kemm     15th June 2012 I was invited to a congress of the Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN), which took place in Pretoria.  

Energy return on energy invested

By: Jeremy Wakeford     15th June 2012 Economists are fond of saying that “there is no such thing as a free lunch”. This adage applies to the harnessing or extraction of energy resources, whether they are nonrenewable – such as fossil fuels – or renewable sources like solar and wind.  

Company Announcement: Eskom Reports a Sound Financial Performance for the Third Consecutive Year

14th June 2012 Eskom today reported a sound financial performance for the third consecutive year, earning a surplus which will be reinvested in full in the company to support its expansion and service debt 

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