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SA to remain heavily reliant on coal – analyst

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     10th May 2012 Coal remains vital to the South African economy and would not soon be replaced as the main energy source, delegates heard at the Coaltrans South Africa conference in Sandton on Thursday. South Africa, which has an estimated 33.1-billion tons of coal reserves, would maintain its 93% dependence on... 

Company Announcement: Commissioning of Eskom's Railway Line To Tutuka Power Station

9th May 2012 Eskom has today commissioned a newly refurbished railway line from Standerton to Tutuka Power Station’s coal stockyard. 

Company Announcement: Afrox Off-Loads Biggest Ever LPG Shipment

4th May 2012 Afrox recently landed and off-loaded the largest shipment of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) it has ever received by sea, against a background of world-class safety measures. 

Safety stops, skills turnover weigh on RBPlat output

By: Natasha Odendaal     25th April 2012 JSE-listed Royal Bafokeng Platinum (RBPlat) said on Wednesday Section 54 safety stoppages had cost it an estimated 61 618 t in lost output in the first quarter, compared with 28 925 t a year earlier. The midtier platinum group metals (PGMs) miner delivered 532 000 t of ore to the concentrators... 

Nuclear expansion to create mining, construction jobs  

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     23rd April 2012 Expanding South Africa’s nuclear power industry would boost job creation, particularly in the uranium mining and construction sectors, Energy Minister Dipuo Peters said at the National Union of Mineworkers' (NUM’s) Nuclear Energy Workshop, in Midrand, on Monday. The Minister was reacting to... 

Company Announcement:Metso involved in green energy production in southeastern Finland

23rd April 2012 Metso will increase the reliable supply of hydroelectric power at the Inkeroinen and Anjalankoski power plants owned by Kemijoki Oy in Finland by renewing the automation in their four water turbines. 

“Number of nuclear disasters is far less than those that occur at coal mines”

By: Kim Kruger     20th April 2012 When the South African government approved the hotly debated Integrated Resource Plan (IRP 2010) in 2011, it was clear that a substantial part of future power generation will come from nuclear power. According to this plan, 42% of all the new electricity generating capacity in the country will... 

Company Announcement: Nuclear power inevitable part of South Africa’s energy future?

20th April 2012 “Number of nuclear disasters is far less than those that occur at coal mines”  

Africa's scarce infrastructure breeds 'self-reliant' companies

By: Reuters     20th April 2012 Companies betting on Africa's growing affluence are being forced to come up with clever ways of doing business to get around the continent's dilapidated roads, shaky power supply and inept ports. "If there isn't a well developed distribution network in place, many companies would take some of... 

Organic fuels company plans to partner with Eskom 

By: Gia Costella     20th April 2012 Organic fuel manufacturer Liquifire Organic Fuel plans to partner with State-owned power utility Eskom in the near future to provide alternative fuel and lighting sources to poverty-stricken areas, CEO William Haywood tells Engineering News. 

Company urges SA to become more service-orientated

By: Gia Costella     20th April 2012 South Africa must focus on becoming a service-orientated society to mitigate the sociological challenges, such as skills shortages, facing the power industry. This will ensure that the country has a sustainable, efficient and reliable power generation system, asserts energy service systems and... 

South Sudan sets up national power company 

By: John Muchira     20th April 2012 Africa’s newest nation, South Sudan, has established a national power company to spearhead investments in the energy sector as part of measures to rebuild the country, which was ravaged by years of war. 

Rwanda seeks to attract mini hydro investors through feed-in tariffs

By: John Muchira     20th April 2012 Rwandan authorities have introduced feed-in tariffs to attract more investments in the country’s energy sector in order to connect more people and meet growing demand for electricity. 

Kenya Power receives $47m World Bank loan for distribution projects

By: John Muchira     20th April 2012 Kenya’s electricity distributor, Kenya Power, has received a $47-million loan from the World Bank to finance projects aimed at enhancing the distribution network in the East African nation. 

Company Announcment: Exclusive interview with CEO of Solar Reserve

19th April 2012 Last week Solar Reserve made headlines with their new 200MW CSP project announcement in Colorado. This week CSP Today gained exclusive access with Kevin Smith, CEO of Solar Reserve ahead of him speaking at CSP Today USA 2012 on 27-28 June in Las Vegas 

Resources, infrastructure attracting investor attention  

By: Natasha Odendaal     18th April 2012 Natural resources were the foundation of investments in Africa, a panel at a KPMG Africa Conversation Series, held in Johannesburg, said on Wednesday. Natural resources, such as minerals, oil and gas and agriculture, combined with increasing consumer demand on a continent that held over a... 

Company Announcement: ABB wins substations order in Kenya

17th April 2012 New power infrastructure to help reinforce the transmission and distribution grid 

Company Announcement: Zest Weg Group's Programme Lights Up The Soweto Kliptown Youth Centre

13th April 2012 The Zest WEG Group’s multi-million rand Corporate Social Investment programme completed an important project in March 

Energy efficient technologies integrated into varsity residence 

By: Schalk Burger     13th April 2012 Readily available energy efficiency technologies have been integrated into the design of a student accommodation apartment block in Sunnyside, Pretoria, to provide hot water, says solar water heating and heat pump specialist company SunTank. 

Electricity costs remain a concern despite lower 2012/13 tariff increase 

By: Samantha Herbst     13th April 2012 The electricity-intensive foundry industry still has a lot of obstacles to overcome despite the National Energy Regulator of South Africa’s (Nersa’s) downward revision of State-owned power utility Eskom’s tariff increase for 2012/13, says South African Institute of Foundrymen (Saif) CEO John Davies. 

Enviro study for initial nuclear site to be finalised by year-end 

By: Terence Creamer     11th April 2012 The final environmental impact report for the possible development of a new nuclear power station in South Africa should be completed for submission to the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) before the end of 2012, Energy Minister Dipuo Peters has confirmed. In a response to a... 

Adcorp says March employment up, union membership down

By: Henry Lazenby     10th April 2012 A total of 108 826 new jobs were created in South Africa in March, an increase from the 24 000 jobs created in February and 80 000 jobs created in January, the latest Adcorp Employment Index showed on Tuesday. This was the strongest monthly showing of job creation since the 2009 recession, with... 

Company Announcement: Offshore wind power- AREVA technology chosen to develop the Saint-Brieuc wind farm, alongside Iberdrola and EOLE-RES

10th April 2012 As part of the call for tenders for offshore wind power in France, the French government has just awarded a contract to the consortium led by Iberdrola and EOLE-RES for the development of the Saint-Brieuc wind farm, which was the most competitive field with three different technologies proposed. 

06/04/2012 (On-The-Air) 

By: Martin Creamer     6th April 2012 South Africa’s State-owned Industrial Development Corporation is investing billions of rands in the platinum industry; The Department of Trade and Industry is going all out to boost South Africa’s struggling manufacturing sector. Here is another one, and Indian and South African companies have... 

Boosting coal with solar has localisation potential, Areva argues

By: Schalk Burger     6th April 2012 Concentrated solar booster projects for coal-fired power stations in South Africa can be constructed within about 18 months, can provide about 10% extra electricity and can be constructed using more than 60% local content, says French nuclear firm subsidiary Areva Solar business development lead... 

New energy training centre opens at Vaal University of Technology

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     6th April 2012 Energy management specialist Schneider Electric South Africa has teamed up with the French Ministry of Education and tertiary institution the Vaal University of Technology (VUT) to launch a centre aimed at developing programmes to train technicians and higher technicians in the fields of energy,... 

New process opens way for full-spectrum platinum beneficiation 

By: Martin Creamer     5th April 2012 The Kell Process, which slashes electricity consumption by eliminating the power-guzzling smelting step in the processing of platinum-group metals (PGMs), also opens the way for full-spectrum platinum beneficiation, including the facilitation of fuel cell and autocatalytic converter manufacture.... 

February power consumption, production up

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     5th April 2012 South Africa’s electricity consumption grew by 1.8% year-on-year in February, while production increased by 0.5%, Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) reported on Thursday. The country increased its power consumption to 18 779 GWh in February, from 18 455 GWh a year earlier. In January,... 

Boosting coal with solar has localisation potential, Areva argues  

By: Schalk Burger     5th April 2012 Concentrating solar booster projects for coal-fired power stations in South Africa can be constructed within about 18 months, can provide about 10% extra electricity and can be constructed using more than 60% local content, says French nuclear firm subsidiary Areva Solar business development lead... 

Medupi power station project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     5th April 2012 The hydrostatic pressure test of the Medupi power station’s Unit 6 boiler pressure parts should begin within the coming two months. 

Ellies aims to save another 30 MW

By: Natasha Odendaal     4th April 2012 JSE-listed Ellies completed the first phase of its joint initiative Project Power Save and started a new phase this week to reduce energy consumption by an additional 30 MW, the company said on Wednesday. Ellies said the first phase of the project aimed to eventually reduce the energy demand on... 

Company Announcement: New opportunities for the Concentrated Solar Thermal Power Industry

3rd April 2012 With the recent approval of Solar Reserve’s 200-megawatt, two-tower Saguache Solar Energy Project comes a sense of excitement for not only Solar Reserve, but the industry as a whole. As Solana, Ivanpah, Cresecent Dunes and Rice projects continue to be constructed 

Company Announcement: OVO Art Installation- The Landmark of Light+Building 2012

3rd April 2012 From the 15th to the 20th of April visitors will be able to admire a very special lighting attraction at the Hauptwache in Frankfurt on Main.  

South Africa opts for incremental smart-grid migration 

By: Schalk Burger     30th March 2012 State-owned power utility Eskom has started to deploy a hybrid smart grid model that supports its legacy time- division multiplexing management system, while gradually introducing an Internet Protocol (IP) packet communication system, which will enable smart demand-side management, automatic... 

Municipalities not always to blame for local govt inadequacies

30th March 2012 Municipalities bear the brunt of organised boycotts by the rich and protests on the streets by the poor. Yet, while some service delivery failures are due to corruption and mismanagement of resources, local government problems are often symptoms of failure by other spheres of government. National... 

South Africa opts for incremental smart-grid migration 

By: Schalk Burger     30th March 2012 State-owned power utility Eskom has begun to deploy a hybrid smart grid model that supports its legacy time-division multiplexing management system, while gradually introducing an Internet protocol (IP) packet communication system, which will enable smart demand side management, automatic... 

Germany’s new energy policy a complex puzzle

By: Karel Smrcka     30th March 2012 Germany's new energy policy includes far more than just phasing out nuclear power by 2022. The expansion of renewables like wind and solar power (which will account for 80% of the energy mix by 2050) and the reduction of greenhouse gases by 80% by 2050 will require a wide range of measures that... 

Khulna power plant and heavy fuel oil power plant projects, Bangladesh

By: Sheila Barradas     30th March 2012 Wärtsilä has been awarded two contracts to supply power plant generating equipment to the power plants. 

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