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From 175 to 1 000 electrical units a day

By: System Author     9th April 1999 From a company that was on the verge of closing down, Kelvinator has been turned into a highly productive operation which is now positioned to capitalise on ‘enormous’ potential in the electrical appliance market. In 1996 factory output measured 175 units a day – within nine... 

Sunny South Africa becomes solar capital

By: System Author     2nd April 1999 A R2,7-million solar energy project completed last month is providing electricity to 582 homes, three schools and eight businesses in the remote Folovhodwe village in the Northern Province. The project has been undertaken in a joint venture between ASE, IBC, Webasto, and Siemens, which led the... 

SA manufacturer transforms its exports

By: System Author     2nd April 1999 Most South African manufacturing companies will never return to the high-volume business they experienced in the 1980s but ABB Powertech Transformers sees this happening soon. A R40-million contract for the supply of transformers to the US is the latest development in its break into the foreign... 

EU funds for school electrification

By: System Author     2nd April 1999 The European Union (EU) is providing 15-million Euro for the remote electrification of 1 000 rural schools in South Africa that are outside of Eskom’s grid expansion plan using solar energy. Eskom non-grid electrification project leader Henry van Rensburg tells Engineering News that the EU... 

R7-million contract to automate gold-mine

By: System Author     26th March 1999 An estimated R7-million three- year contract for the automation of a Free State gold-mine, has been awarded to automation, control and data-acquisition specialist Systems Automation & Management (SAM) of Petervale, Gauteng, Engineering News has learnt. It is believed that the company was awarded... 

Power-quality monitoring system

By: System Author     26th March 1999 Engineering software solution provider TLC Software has installed an electrical-power quality-monitoring system at Columbus Stainless, Middelburg, on the main incoming electrical supply from Eskom. Columbus Stainless team manager Frikkie Jordaan explains how it has lost thousands of rands because... 

Revolutionary infra-red drying system

By: System Author     26th March 1999 An innovative infra- red dye-drying sys- tem has been unveiled after running as a pilot project at the Mooi River Textiles plant in Kwazulu-Natal. The infra-red system, which is reportedly a world-first, is the brainchild of local company Radiant Processes and is set to revolutionise the local... 

Utility powers down cost curve

By: System Author     26th March 1999 THE generation business of Eskom has converted to the new Finesse processes and systems for financial and materials management. Finesse is a R350-million programme involving 300 full-time project staff to align financial and materials management with the Eskom vision of being the world’s... 

Instrument sector must control its future

By: System Author     26th March 1999 What is the value of the local industry? The leading vendors in the industry appoint independent market-research company Access Marketing International (AMI) to conduct general research every two years. Since 1985 we have had two-yearly updates as to industry trends and worth. The 1998 survey... 

Potchefstroom software for nuclear project

By: System Author     19th March 1999 A program devel oped by Potchef- stroom University’s School for Mechanical and Materials Engineering, known as Flownet, is playing an important role in South Africa’s pebble bed modular reactor (PBMR) project. Developed over the past ten years, the unique code is able to solve... 

French–SA power partnership

By: System Author     12th March 1999 Aco-operation agree- ment signed at the beginning of March between Eskom and its French equivalent,  

SA industry being energised into Africa

By: System Author     12th March 1999 South African electricity utility Eskom’s new wholly-owned subsidiary for non-regulated business, Eskom Enterprises, has ambitions to be a catalyst for South African industrial expansion, Engineering News can today report. “We can be a vehicle for growing South African industry, at... 

Company wins oil-supply contracts worth R18,6m

By: System Author     12th March 1999 EMERGING black oil marketing company Tepco Petroleum has won two multi- million-rand contracts to supply petrol and diesel to Eskom and the Uitenhage Town Council over the next three to four years. The tender, awarded by Eskom, is valued at R9-million and will involve the supply of 2,6 milllion... 

The Cahora Bassa tariff dispute rages on

By: System Author     12th March 1999 The unpalatable three-decade-long dispute over tariff charges for electricity emanating from the Cahora Bassa power station in Mozambique looks set to continue this year with the South Africans and Portuguese at loggerheads once again. The conflict arises, on the one hand, from the fact that... 

Participation required in environment studies

By: System Author     5th March 1999 It is required by law that any company in South Africa which undertakes an environmental impact assessment (EIA) or commissions an environmental management programme report (EMPR) must employ an independent public participation practitioner. “The Department of Environmental Affairs and... 

SA–Spanish power agreement

By: System Author     5th March 1999 SOUTH Africa’s national electricity company, Eskom, has signed a framework agreement for co-operation with Spanish electrical utility company Union Fenosa, Engineering News can today report. “The agreement we have signed with Eskom is a very open framework agreement, which provides... 

Eskom signs agreement with Spain

By: System Author     26th February 1999 SOUTH Africa’s national electricity supplier, Eskom, has signed a co-operation agreement with its Spanish counterpart, Union Fenosa. The agreement was signed by chief executive Allen Morgan and by Santiago Roura Lama in his capacity as MD of Union Fenosa (Acex) Accion Exterior. The purpose... 

Majuba conveyor feasible

By: System Author     26th February 1999 STUDIES to date have shown that the transportation of coal by rail or conveyor to Majuba power station near Volksrust in Mpumalanga will definitely be economically feasible, provided the volume of coal transported is large enough. Due to lower-than-expected growth in electricity demand, the... 

Electrification fund will energise SA

By: System Author     19th February 1999 With government taking over the initiative for the national electrification programme, it will establish a national electrification fund (NEF) to provide electrification subsidies. “Until now, Eskom, local authorities and, in some cases, developmental agencies, have funded electrification... 

Automatic lubricators destined for matla

By: System Author     19th February 1999 Supplier of automatic lubricators Perma Lubrication, of Johannesburg has secured a contract to supply lubricators to Eskom’s Matla power station through an agent. Perma will supply a number of the Perma Classic 3, Classic 6 and Star units to Eskom over two years. The Perma Star is a new... 

R50-million station project a boon

By: System Author     19th February 1999 THE R50-million Katlehong station project is certainly living up to its promise of delivering real empowerment to emerging contractors and local workers. The project is being undertaken by Intersite Property Management Services on behalf of the SA Rail Commuter Corporation (Sarcc), while the... 

White Paper sparks review of energy plan

By: System Author     19th February 1999 With the target of electrifying 2,5-million households in rural areas by the end of the year within reach, government is laying the groundwork for future electrification projects in the White Paper on Energy Policy released in December last year. Until now, the national electrification programme... 

Renewed vision on non-grid electrification

By: System Author     19th February 1999 In the new White Paper on Energy Policy released in December last year, government recognises the need to bring the role of non-grid electrification projects in line with grid electrification projects. “Biomass forms the main energy source in the rural domestic sector, while other renewable... 

2,7-million households expected to be electrified

By: System Author     19th February 1999 It is expected that about 200 000 more households will receive electricity than the targeted 2,5-million originally set out in the national electrification programme. “We have reached about 2,2-million households since 1994 and at the rate at which we are going, we expect a total number of... 

Use of stand-alone energy units probed

By: System Author     19th February 1999 With many unelectrified households situated in rural areas, far away from the national electricity grid, the Eskom non-grid electrification division is studying various possibilities of providing these households with stand-alone energy units. “Eskom has been involved in electrification for... 

Govt to assume responsibility for target

By: System Author     19th February 1999 The electrification programme aimed at connecting 2,5-million new households by the end of the year is at the tail end of a long road, reports Eskom national electrification planning manager Paul Mar 

R1,5m cable-replacement contract won

By: System Author     19th February 1999 In a contract valued at R1,5-million, Robins Engineering is replacing a 4,5-km-long 88 kV high-voltage power cable between the Sans Souci and Ridge substations in Parktown, Johannesburg. The contract calls for the excavation of 1,5-m- deep trenches, laying the cable, which is supplied by African... 

Sustained development needed for electrification

By: System Author     19th February 1999 Power generation and transmission specialist ABB South Africa, which forms part of the international electrical engineering and technology group, ABB, places great emphasis on sustained development when it becomes involved in community electrification projects. The company supports the training... 

D-Day looms for SA’s ‘safe’ nuclear project

By: System Author     19th February 1999 Next month is crunch-time for parastatal power utility Eskom’s pebble-bed modular reactor (PBMR) programme. Two factors that will directly affect the future of the ambitious project will be the finalisation of Eskom’s restructuring, and the deadline for the PBMR Project Office to hand... 

Fast-track second licence for fixed-line operator

By: System Author     19th February 1999 THE issuing of a licence for South Africa’s second fixed-line telecom operator should be seen as a matter of urgency, Transtel chief executive Alf Schulze tells Engineering News. Transtel is the telecom business unit of Transnet. “The government needs to fast-track the process of... 

More control of LPG sector

By: System Author     12th February 1999 The Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG) Association of Southern Africa has taken on a stronger policing role to ensure dealer safety standards following its annual general meeting held in October last year, reports MD Colin Bain. The active policing of LPG dealers received the full ratification of members... 

R4,5m Koeberg spent-fuel contract

By: System Author     5th February 1999 THE industrial and automotive division of the IST group has been awarded a R4,5-million contract to upgrade the spent-fuel cranes at the Koeberg nuclear-power plant in the Western Cape. Eskom is in the process of increasing the spent-fuel storage capacity at the power station in order to allow... 

‘Serious referee’ appointed to sit in electric chair

By: System Author     5th February 1999 THE new CEO of the troubled National Electricity Regulator (NER) is determined to be a “serious referee” for the electricity-supply industry, Engineering News can today report. Dr Humphrey Mkhwanazi took up his new post on February 1, appointed by Minerals and Energy Minister Penuell... 

R200m construction contract at Moz smelter

By: Archivist     29th January 1999 The Mozambique aluminium (Mozal) smelter, Orapa diamond-mine and the Phalaborwa underground mining project are some of the projects in which civil engineering and construction company Murray & Roberts (M&R) Gillis-Mason is involved in. “We are heavily involved in the Mozal smelter and are... 

Utility seeks to galvanise business in SA

By: Archivist     29th January 1999 Electricity utility Eskom is developing new business opportunities and foreign investment through the investigation of opportunities for electricity-intensive industries in South Africa, which has the lowest-priced electricity in the world, says Eskom new-business promotion manager Don Govender.... 

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