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Khobab and Loeriesfontein wind farm projects, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     24th March 2017 Loeriesfontein Wind Farm has completed the installation of its 61 wind turbines. 

Majuba coal Silo 20 rebuild project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     24th March 2017 The project was completed this month. 

Ratings ‘pressure point’

By: Terence Creamer     24th March 2017 While much of 2016 was dedicated to junk avoidance, the risk of a downgrade persists, with both Fitch Ratings and S&P Global to decide this year whether to designate the country as ‘stable’, or to downgrade it to junk. South Africa’s unstable political climate, together with the country’s poor... 

OPINION: Enabling renewable energy with flexibility

     23rd March 2017 In this thought leadership article, Wärtsilä's Wayne Glossop explores the issue of building flexibility into the South African power system as the penetration of renewable energy rises  

Eskom, NamPower sign five-year supply deal

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     23rd March 2017 Eskom on Thursday signed a five-year firm electricity sales agreement with Namibia’s national electricity utility NamPower, providing energy security to the neighbouring country and facilitating economic development and growth. Eskom interim CEO Matshela Koko noted at the signing, held alongside... 

Coal transporters take Eskom, government to court 

By: African News Agency      23rd March 2017 The Coal Transporters Forum (CTF) has approached the high court, seeking an interdict to bar Eskom from entering into contracts with renewable energy independent power producers (IPPs) as envisaged by government. At a press briefing in Pretoria on Thursday, CTF spokesperson Mary Phadi however... 

Uncertainty over regulatory clearing account having an impact on Eskom 

     23rd March 2017 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the implications for Eskom of the uncertainties surrounding the Regulatory Clearing Account. 

Eskom announces executive committee changes

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     22nd March 2017 Power provider Eskom has seconded group capital executive Abram Masango to the office of the group CE, to further strengthen the implementation of Eskom’s corporate plan. Eskom interim CEO Matshela Koko said the move was part of the company’s design-to-cost five-year strategic corporate plan,... 

EIUG supports Eskom plan for new pricing deals with power-intensive firms 

By: Terence Creamer     22nd March 2017 The Energy Intensive User Group of Southern Africa (EIUG) believes there is policy, legislative and regulatory space to introduce new electricity pricing arrangements to help restart of idle mining and process-industry activities, as well as encourage new investments to absorb Eskom’s surplus,... 

Soweto hearings on prepaid electricity begin

By: African News Agency      22nd March 2017 Petition hearings on Soweto prepaid electricity metering concerns get underway Wednesday morning at the St John’s Church, Jazzyville in Diepkloof extension 1, Parliament has announced. “The hearings will be held under the auspices of Parliament’s Committees on Public Enterprises and Cooperative... 

S&P affirms Eskom rating on ‘extremely high’ likelihood of govt support as liquidity weakens 

By: Terence Creamer     22nd March 2017 S&P Global Ratings has sustained a negative outlook on Eskom after affirming its 'BB-' sub-investment-grade rating this week, pointing to the State-owned electricity utility’s weakening liquidity position as a result of a “lower-than-expected” tariff increase for 2017/18. On February 23, the... 

Majuba coal silo recovery completed

By: Anine Kilian     20th March 2017 The construction of a permanent coal-handling solution for State-owned Eskom’s Majuba power station has been completed, including the rebuilding of Silo 20, the reinforcement of silos 10 and 30, as well as the implementation of a lift shaft, two piers and a coal conveyor system.   “We commend the... 

JRA to upgrade Roodepoort intersection

By: Anine Kilian     20th March 2017 The Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) has embarked on a R4.3-million upgrade of the Jim Fouche road and Wilhelmina avenue intersection in Constantia Kloof, Roodepoort, to ease congestion and improve motorist safety. The project will be completed in September. 

Electricity 2017: A review of South Africa's electricity sector (PDF Report)

     20th March 2017 A lack of adequate electricity supply in recent years has had a negative impact on the South African economy. Power shortages have hindered economic growth and negatively affected business confidence. Generation capacity issues were at the heart of the electricity supply woes, but a strong... 

South Africa asks World Bank to review ease-of-doing-business position in light of InvestSA initiative 

By: Terence Creamer     17th March 2017 The South African government has officially launched a new investment facilitation service, dubbed InvestSA, which it claims will dramatically reduce red tape for foreign and domestic businesses seeking to pursue greenfield or brownfield projects in the country. The service, which has both... 

AFD, Eskom sign R6bn financing deal 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     17th March 2017 To further support its investment in the extension and reinforcement of its power transmission grid, State-owned Eskom has signed a R6-billion multi-tranche framework agreement with the French Agency for Development (AFD). “This multi-tranche loan facility will contribute towards Eskom plans to... 

Eskom connects a further 35 000 Eastern Cape households to grid

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     17th March 2017 During the 11 months to February, State-owned electricity provider Eskom has connected 35 000 more Eastern Cape households, in rural areas, to its grid. “We have intensified our implementation programme throughout the country and we intend achieving an additional 15 000 new connections in the... 

South Africa's Numsa calls for national strike over plant closures

By: Reuters     17th March 2017 The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa), which claims to have 350 000 members, said on Friday it was calling for a national strike over State-run power utility Eskom's decision to shut down several coal-fired power stations. "Numsa is gearing up for the mother of all strikes in... 

Kusile power plant project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     17th March 2017 The Kusile power station’s Unit 1 has reached its full 800 MW load-generating capacity after initial synchronisation on December 26. 

Medupi Power Station Integration Project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     17th March 2017 Eskom has energised and commissioned the second 500 MVA power transformer at the newly built Ngwedi substation. 

New procurement regulations a boost for broad-based empowerment

     17th March 2017 New regulations in terms of the Preferential Procurement Policy Framework Act (PPPFA) have been published and will take effect from 1 April 2017.  The regulations replace the 2011 regulations and introduce several important changes that have significant implications for firms contracting with... 

Salani Sithole

     17th March 2017 This week we feature Salani Sithole, Managing Director of consulting engineering firm Royal HaskoningDHV South Africa   

Dubai’s CSP price cap seen driving technology’s competitiveness 

By: Terence Creamer     16th March 2017 A leading developer of concentrated solar power (CSP) projects in Africa and the Middle East believes the price cap proposed by the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) for an upcoming CSP project could add significant impetus to improving the technology’s cost competitiveness, which may... 

NUM up in arms over proposed closure of five Eskom power stations 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     16th March 2017 The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) on Thursday delivered memorandums at the Arnot, Komati and Duvha power stations, setting out their grievances over State-owned power provider Eskom’s decommissioning plan, which will see it close five power stations over five years, threatening 6 000 direct... 

Salga NEC welcomes ‘progress’ made in resolving impasse between Eskom, municipalities

By: Anine Kilian     15th March 2017 The South African Local Government Association’s (Salga’s) national executive committee (NEC) has welcomed the progress made in reaching a resolution in the matter of the nonpayment of historical debt owed by municipalities to State-owned power utility Eskom. Speaking shortly after the NEC’s... 

Eskom initiates talks on triggering government support to cover IPP costs 

By: Terence Creamer     15th March 2017 Eskom has written to the signatories of the Government Support Framework Agreement (GSFA) – which guarantees support for the State-owned utility in meeting its obligation to buy electricity from renewable-energy independent power producers (IPPs) – to discuss a possible triggering of government... 

Anglo's South African coal bidders said to consider listings

By: Bloomberg     15th March 2017 The two main bidders for Anglo American’s South African coal mines plan to list their companies if they are successful in buying the operations, according to three people familiar with the plans. Phembani Group, founded by MTN Group chairperson Phuthuma Nhleko, and Masimong Minerals are seen as... 

Eskom, CDC sign MoU in preparation for possible Thyspunt nuclear build

By: Natasha Odendaal     14th March 2017 As South Africa “gears up” for its Nuclear New Build Programme (NNBP), State-owned power utility Eskom has joined hands with the Coega Development Corporation (CDC) as its partner on the ground at the preferred Thyspunt site, in the Eastern Cape, for the construction of the programme’s first... 

S&P Global sees higher use of guarantees by Eskom as ratings ‘pressure point’

By: Terence Creamer     14th March 2017 S&P Global warns that contingent liabilities associated with guarantees to State-owned companies (SoCs) such as Eskom have emerged as a “pressure point” for South Africa’s sovereign rating, which the agency currently has at one notch above junk, but with a negative outlook. The negative outlook... 

Kusile’s Unit 1 reaches full load

By: Natasha Odendaal     14th March 2017 State-owned power utility Eskom on Tuesday said that Kusile power station’s Unit 1 had reached its full 800 MW load-generating capacity last week after the initial synchronisation on December 26. Kusile Unit 1, which is in the final stages of the combustion optimisation phase, is now one step... 

Zimbabwe seeks new South African electricity supply deal 

By: Reuters     13th March 2017 Zimbabwe is negotiationg a new deal to continue importing power from South African utility Eskom to make up for shortfalls in generating capacity at its Kariba hydropower station, the country's energy minister said on Monday. In January last year Eskom agreed a one-year deal to sell up to 300 MW... 

Universal starts supply to Eskom

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     10th March 2017 South Africa-focused coal miner Universal Coal has delivered the first product from its New Clydesdale Colliery (NCC) to power utility Eskom. Universal returned the NCC to operation in September 2016 and, in November 2016, inked an agreement with Eskom for the supply of 1.2-million tonnes a year... 

Office tower development seen heralding new Gauteng CBD

By: Anine Kilian     10th March 2017 Motorists on the N1 have had a front-row seat as accounting firm PwC’s 28-storey office building rose from the veld at the Waterfall City development, in Gauteng. Launching in February 2018, the high-rise building is potentially spearheading a new central business district (CBD) between... 

Early signs pointing to recovery in foundry industry 

By: Simone Liedtke     10th March 2017 With the foundry industry having been under pressure last year owing to very low levels of economic growth, the drought and continuing import leakage, the South African Institute of Foundrymen (Saif) believes that signs to date this year point towards some form of industry recovery. 

Industrial manufacturers to implement energy management systems

By: Simone Liedtke     10th March 2017 The National Cleaner Production Centre of South Africa (NCPC-SA) is assisting industrial manufacturing companies – such as foundries – to develop and implement energy management systems (EnMS) in line with ISO 50001 through its EnMS training programme. 

Office tower development seen heralding new Gauteng CBD

By: Anine Kilian     10th March 2017 Accounting firm PwC’s Waterfall City-based 28-storey office building, launching in February 2018, has the potential to spearhead the new central business district (CBD) of Gauteng. Located between Midrand and Woodmead, off the Alandale interchange on the N1 highway, the R1.5-billion skyscraper... 

Rope access company continues maintenance for petrochemicals giant

By: Nadine James     10th March 2017 Rope access solutions provider Skyriders Access Specialists is continuing maintenance work at a petrochemicals company, in Mpumalanga, as part of a five-year service contract that extends  to 2019. Skyriders marketing manager Mike Zinn says the company is providing maintenance solutions for the... 

Supplier delivers products for chemical conveyance system

By: Nadine James     10th March 2017 Thermoplastic products supplier Astore Keymak – formerly Astore Africa – supplied and delivered several polymer plastic products to assist with the installation of a conveyance system at Omnia Group’s chemical subsidiary Protea Chemicals’ plant, in Wadeville. The project, a result of a... 

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