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South Africa urged to consider CSP-PV blend to lower cost of dispatchable solar generation 

By: Terence Creamer     7th May 2018 International technology and infrastructure group Abengoa, which has developed a portfolio of three concentrated solar power (CSP) projects in South Africa, believes blending CSP with solar photovoltaic (PV) technology is the logical next step for lowering CSP costs, while also producing... 

FNB to roll out biometric banking transaction points in South African townships

By: Schalk Burger     7th May 2018 Financial services firm First National Bank (FNB) will roll out 50 self-service kiosks that use fingerprint biometrics to verify a user’s identity in South African townships over the next six months, FNB Points of Presence CEO Lee-Anne van Zyl said on Monday. The “TouchPoint” is a self-service... 

Gulf signs power deal for Kupang

By: Esmarie Iannucci     7th May 2018 ASX-listed Gulf Manganese has signed a five-year power purchase agreement with national power provider PT PLN Wilayah for the supply of 20 MVA power to the Kupang smelting hub facility, in Indonesia. Gulf told shareholders on Monday that as a premium customer, the company was guaranteed power... 

Court orders business rescue practitioners be allowed back at Gupta-linked firms

By: News24Wire      7th May 2018 An appeal to have business rescue practitioners barred from the office of several Gupta-linked companies has been overturned in the South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg. Business rescue practitioners Louis Klopper and Robert Knoop were told they were "no longer welcome" by the very... 

Transforming an informal settlement in South Africa into a modern city

4th May 2018 Transforming an informal settlement into a fully-fledged urban development requires extensive planning and integration of infrastructure. This was the major problem faced by the City of Johannesburg’s Housing Department when it embarked on a long-term project to develop Elias Motsoaledi. Named... 

Death toll rises to four at South African gold mine

By: Reuters     4th May 2018 Mine operator Sibanye-Stillwater said on Friday that ten of 13 miners trapped underground at its South African gold mine were rescued but four of the ten have died from their injuries. The miners were trapped by at the company's Masakhane mine, west of Johannesburg, on Thursday, after an... 

Exclusive CEO Forum to discuss utilities transformation at AUW

By: Melissa Zisengwe     4th May 2018 CEOs from Africa will meet at the Pan-African Utility CEO Forum to discuss pertinent issues affecting the power, energy and water sectors. The Forum at African Utility Week (AUW), taking place from 15 to 17 May, is the largest of the five forums and is the meeting place for CEOs from across the... 

Pneumatic systems are an energy efficient alternative

4th May 2018 With there being a need to consider service life costs when planning municipal water management systems, pneumatic systems and industrial equipment supplier Festo says pneumatic systems are 28% more advantageous. 

Firm sees taxis and mine trucks as logical hydrogen transport pioneers

By: Schalk Burger     4th May 2018 Hydrogen transportation technology can serve the local taxi industry and be used in large opencast mines where several haul trucks operate in a limited radius. One hydrogen fuelling station could serve an entire fleet. Such applications would eliminate the need for a dispersed suburban and urban... 

Wither fundamental knowledge?

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     4th May 2018 I was drinking at the bar Elsabe used to call A Touch of Sadness. I was with an architect and Pierre F, a brilliant French fine artist and great conversationalist. Oh, yes, he has a doctorate in oceanography and used to work for the US's National Aeronautics and Space Administration. The... 

Lesotho Highlands Water Project – Phase II, Lesotho and South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     4th May 2018 The Lesotho Highlands Development Authority has awarded the contract for designing and supervising the construction of the Polihali water transfer tunnel – the largest of all the Phase II engineering design contracts. 

Toshiba signs African energy development MoUs

By: Schalk Burger     3rd May 2018 Energy sytems multinational Toshiba Energy Systems and Solutions on Thursday 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... 

Coal ‘not like buying bread’, Hadebe says as Eskom reverses policy on cost-plus mines  

By: Terence Creamer     3rd May 2018 In a major policy reversal, State-owned electricity producer Eskom is budgeting to invest in the sustenance of mines that supply coal to the utility on a cost-plus basis. During Brian Molefe’s controversial tenure as Eskom CEO, the utility became hostile to the cost-plus model, which Molefe... 

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... 

Ripasso Energy to open sales office in South Africa

By: Creamer Media Reporter      2nd May 2018 Swedish cleantech company Ripasso Energy will form a subsidiary, Ripasso South Africa Ltd, and open a sales and service office in Johannesburg. The recent interest from the metal and mining industries in South Africa may prove to be the company’s major breakthrough. The sales and service office... 

Feasibility into zinc smelting, refining in Northern Cape

By: Martin Creamer     2nd May 2018 A feasibility study into the development and construction of a zinc smelter-refinery complex in the Northern Cape is under way, London-listed India-based Vedanta subsidiary Vedanta Zinc International (VZI) said on Wednesday. This is the latest step in the unfolding of what is envisaged as a major... 

Tanzania asks bank to finance hydropower project in heritage site

By: Reuters     30th April 2018 Tanzania has approached the African Development Bank (AfDB) to finance a 2 100 MW hydroelectric plant in a World Heritage site renowned for its animal population, despite concerns from conservationists. The East African nation considers the project at Stiegler’s Gorge in the UNESCO-designated... 

World Bank approves $180m loan guarantee for Kenya's energy sector

By: Reuters     30th April 2018 The World Bank approved a $180-million loan guarantee on Monday for Kenya Electricity Generation Company to help strengthen the financial position of the state-run company, which produces more than 70% of the country's electricity. The guarantee will help in long-term commercial financing of up... 

Plastic pipes experience growth in sewer infrastructure market

27th April 2018 The global plastic pipe market is benefiting from the growing acceptance of large diameter plastic pipes in infrastructure applications such as drainage, sewer and water transmission, says South African Plastic Pipe Manufacturing Association (Sappma) CEO Jan Venter. “Water distribution and sewage... 

Tanzania remains power hungry despite 240 MW plant commissioning

By: John Muchira     27th April 2018 Tanzania has achieved a major electricity generation milestone with the recent commissioning of a $345-million gas-fired power plant. The new plant, Kinyerezi II, with an installed capacity of 240 MW, was constructed by Japanese company Sumitomo and is one of the many power projects Tanzania is... 

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... 

New association aims to raise level of debate on energy economics in South Africa

By: Terence Creamer     26th April 2018 A new independent professional organisation was launched in Pretoria on Thursday with the aim of raising the level of research and debate on energy economics in South Africa, where policy and regulatory uncertainty remain a major constraint to investment. Named the South African Association for... 

Fuel cell frenzy as cars, plants deploy platinum to protect environment

By: Martin Creamer     26th April 2018 Hyundai has just launched its new Nexo fuel cell car in South Korea, pre-orders for which exceeded expectations, Honda last month launched the new 2018 Clarity fuel cell car, Doosan Fuel Cell America has cut the ribbon on three 460 kW fuel cells at the Waterbury Pollution Control Authority in... 

Senegal integrating more renewables with 130 MW Wärtsilä Flexicycle power plant

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th April 2018 Technology group Wärtsilä has signed a contract to engineer, manufacture and deliver a 130 MW Flexicycle plant in Senegal, which will be an integral part of the country’s energy future.  

Sherritt narrows Q1 loss as metals prices jump

By: Henry Lazenby     26th April 2018 Canadian diversified miner Sherritt International has reported a narrower first-quarter headline loss of C$14.7-million, or C$0.04 a share, compared with a loss of C$82.7-million, or C$0.28 a share, for the same period of 2017, mainly as higher metals prices made up for lower output. Sherritt... 

De Lille asks for lower water tariff hike after thousands of complaints

By: News24Wire      25th April 2018 Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille has asked for a reduction in the proposed 27% water tariff hike, after the City received roughly 24 900 complaints from residents during public submissions on the new budget. De Lille - in what could be one of her last budget speeches before the council as mayor... 

First renewables projects reach financial close after April 4 signing

By: Terence Creamer     25th April 2018 Wind turbine supplier Nordex has received an order to supply 47 turbines to the 147 MW Roggeveld wind farm, which is among the first projects to reach financial close following the signing of agreements for 27 independent power producer projects on April 4. Situated in the Karoo, on the boundary... 

Global wind body sees South African market returning to ‘full health’ in 2018

By: Terence Creamer     25th April 2018 The Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) expects the South African wind market to return to “full health” in the coming year, following more than two years of uncertainty. The council’s latest Global Wind Report, which deals with market developments for 2017, notes that the South African renewable... 

SA component suppliers 'making real progress', says benchmarking study

By: Irma Venter     24th April 2018 Despite certain areas of weakness, South African component suppliers have advanced their competitiveness and productivity in recent years, shows the South African Automotive Supplier Industry Benchmarking Report 2018. “It is clear that South African suppliers are making real progress, and that... 

Barrick beats Q1 earnings call; halves debt in 3yrs

By: Henry Lazenby     24th April 2018 Canadian mining major Barrick Gold's Porgera Joint Venture mine, in Papua New Guinea, is still operating at only 25% of capacity following a 7.5 magnitude earthquake that struck the island on February 26, the company announced on Monday in its first-quarter earnings release. The earthquake... 

Resistance persists despite declaration of new renewables dawn 

By: Terence Creamer     20th April 2018 The world did not stop to allow South Africa to get off. While ‘sunny South Africa’ spent more than two years delaying the introduction of new renewable-energy plants, including 12 solar photovoltaic (PV) projects and a concentrated solar power (CSP) plant, the rest of the world continued... 

What Industry 4.0 means for business

20th April 2018 At its core, the Fourth Industrial Revolution, or Industry 4.0, is driven by the coming together of physical and digital technologies. By gathering and analysing data from machines and robots, we are able to obtain insights into the health and performance of industrial installations, allowing us... 

Renewable energy crucial to Africa’s power

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     20th April 2018 Many African leaders have realised the crucial role that renewable energy can and will play in “bringing power to their people”, says multidisciplinary engineering consultancy WSP Africa power transmission and distribution director Dinesh Buldoo. “The return-on-investment of renewable power... 

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,... 

Resistance persists despite declaration of new renewables dawn

By: Terence Creamer     20th April 2018 The world did not stop to allow South Africa to get off. While ‘sunny South Africa’ spent more than two years delaying the introduction of new renewable-energy plants, including 12 solar photovoltaic (PV) projects and a concentrated solar power (CSP) plant, the rest of the world continued... 

Salga voices concern about impact of possible higher electricity tariffs on municipalities

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th April 2018 During public hearings being held to enable the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) to determine whether to allow power utility Eskom to recoup R66.6-billion under the Regulatory Clearing Account (RCA) mechanism, the South African Local Government Association (Salga) has expressed... 

Gauteng province to streamline approval process for projects to boost investment – MEC

By: African News Agency      19th April 2018 The Gauteng provincial government is working at streamlining the process of assessing the environmental impact of projects in order to speed up the approval process for businesses and encourage investment, its member of the executive council for economic development, environment, agriculture and... 

Further tariff increases would exacerbate Eskom’s death spiral – EIUG 

By: Simone Liedtke     18th April 2018 The Energy Intensive User Group (EIUG) of Southern Africa, whose members account for about 40% of electrical energy consumed in the country, has warned that increases to electricity tariffs will exacerbate State-owned power utility Eskom’s “death spiral”. The EIUG is participating in the National... 

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