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Powering up R20-million Namibian contract

By: System Author     16th July 1999 South African transmission and distribution company Alstom Power Systems has won a R20-million turnkey contract to construct the 220/66 kV outdoor Harib substation for Nampower near Karasburg in southern Namibia. The new substation, which will tap power from the Aggeneis–Kokerboom 220 kV... 

Cape mulling pilot wind-farm project

By: System Author     9th July 1999 Adecision to proceed with a pilot wind-farm project in the Western Cape is expected by the end of this year. Project leader: wind Lizelle Kok reports that State-owned power utility Eskom has been conducting desktop studies on wind energy for two years, looking at the feasibility of such an... 

Tidal, biomass also being probed

By: System Author     9th July 1999 Tidal power generation-desalination and the use of biomass fuel are two renewable energy options under investigation by the State’s power utility, Eskom. The two technological advances, though still in their infancy, are being probed under Eskom’s Southern African Bulk Renewable... 

Search is hotting up for duff coal use

By: System Author     9th July 1999 The feasibility of using low-grade discard coal as a fuel source will begin within the next few weeks, chairperson of the joint study steering committee, comprising representatives from Eskom, Ingwe, Anglo Coal, government and the Chamber of Mines Eddie Khanda tells Engineering News. The study,... 

High-powered UK team to visit South Africa

By: System Author     9th July 1999 High-powered representatives from Britain’s business and political establishment will be converging on South Africa during the course of the rest of the year to continue a process of seeking partnerships and business opportunities. The process began a couple of years ago when South Africa... 

Electricity sector prepares for transformation

By: System Author     9th July 1999 The restructuring of the Johannesburgs electricity distribution system and subsequent application by Pretoria West to take on private sector partners is proof of the urgency with which electricity distribution throughout South Africa needs to be revamped. Speaking at an informal lunch with... 

Building up for big international trade expos

By: System Author     9th July 1999 In one of her first public functions as the new Minister of Public Works, Stella Sigcau will officially open the Afribuild and Afriwater trade exhibitions in August. Afribuild is the international trade exhibition focused on the building, construction and infrastructure sectors, while Afriwater... 

R80m housing project

By: System Author     9th July 1999 The Gauteng Housing Board has awarded an R80-million contract for the development of 5 068 subsidised houses in Midrand to the Kaalfontein Development Company, Engineering News can today report. The company is owned by shareholders Grinaker Housing (45%), Group Five (30%), and credit-linked... 

R1,2-million electrical contract completed

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 Electrical installation at, and distribution to, South Africa’s first commercial cassava-starch project, in the Northern Province, has been completed by Gauteng consulting electrical engineer Eksteen & Le Roux. The company was awarded the contract in March last year, which included the... 

Funds shortage hinders telecom competition

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 The South African Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (Satra) does not have the resources in its R64-million budget to begin the process of setting up the framework for a competitive domestic telecommunications environment. Industry observers believe that, unless such a framework is worked... 

Contract and the Heathrow tunnel collapse

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 Several institutions, including the London Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), the South African NEC Users Group and Eskom, have come out in support of the New Engineering Contract (NEC) following articles in the Engineering News and other local and international journals regarding the... 

Additional electricity generation not required

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 THERE will be no need for new electricity-generating capacity before the end of this year, provided plans to implement demand-side management options are put in place. This emerged from the Eskom environmental media seminar, where this year’s corporate environmental report was released... 

Novel plasma dross-treatment project hots up

By: System Author     25th June 1999 A dross-treatment project using plasma as the heat source is being researched by Eskom’s research and development section, Technology Research Investigations (TRI), together with an industrial partner. This type of system is already being operated by an international company in Canada using... 

Y2K testing tools available in South Africa

By: System Author     18th June 1999 South African distributor for Generation Systems Bateleur Software has announced that new versions of Genada and Gentest, the powerful year 2000 (Y2K) testing tools, are available locally. The Genset suite of tools has already been purchased by Standard Corporate and Merchant Bank, with which it... 

Hi-tech composite farm vehicles on show

By: System Author     18th June 1999 The chugging of diesel tractors made of steel and iron is slowly making way for the quiet whining of electric motors powering lightweight vehicles made of composite materials across the vast farmlands of South Africa. Well, at least on paper and in the minds of vehicle designers at the novel... 

Power station sale looms

By: System Author     18th June 1999 Preparations are being made to finance a detailed phase-two study into the opportunities offered for private sector investment by Kelvin power station in Edenvale, Gauteng. This follows the successful completion of the first feasibility study carried out by a consortium consisting of Fieldstone... 

Still no end in sight for Cahora Bassa tussle

By: System Author     18th June 1999 There has been no progress in resolving the stand-off between South Africa and Portugal over Cahora Bassa. The dispute over tariff charges for electricity emanating from the Cahora Bassa power station in Mozambique has been under way for three decades. The conflict arose due to differences... 

Nine upgrade projects at Cape Town harbour

By: System Author     11th June 1999 Nine upgrade projects are under way at present at Cape Town harbour which will greatly enhance the capacity of the port. A deed of sale has been signed, finalising Portnet’s purchase of the old Eskom power station site adjacent to the harbour, and the parastatal has applied for funds with... 

Sparks fly over NEC contract

By: System Author     11th June 1999 As one of the largest users of the New Engineering Contract (NEC), Eskom this week declined to comment on calls from former president of the Institution of Civil Engineers in Europe Sir Alan Wood for an immediate warning to be issued by the institution over the use of the NEC Conditions of... 

R188m solar project lights up rural towns

By: System Author     11th June 1999 Twinkling lights, the sound of up-to-the-minute television news broadcasts and lilting radio music are becoming part and parcel of nights in the rolling hills of rural northern Kwazulu-Natal. This follows the launch of a R188-million solar power project that is set to provide power to 60 000... 

Instrumentation company measures up

By: System Author     4th June 1999 Leading South African supplier of ac electrical transducers, dc signal conditioners and measurement systems Measurtronic was acquired by the Stratcon group of companies in 1993. Stratcon comprises Measurtronic, Stratford Engineering, a mechanical power transmission company which is celebrating... 

Fly ash producer is one of world’s largest

By: System Author     4th June 1999 Producing 1,2-million tons of fly ash a year from three plants based at Eskom’s Matla, Kendal and Lethabo power stations, Ash Resources is one of the world’s largest, GM Bert Dijkema tells Engineering News. Fly ash is used as a partial replacement (or extender) for cement in concretes... 

Pros and cons of a domestic satellite

By: System Author     4th June 1999 It might be too soon for South Africa to start looking at a government-owned regional domestic satellite. Following government’s decision to launch a study into the feasibility of such a venture, VisionSet CE Harold Bopalamo reflects industry perspectives as cautious. “The advantages... 

Sports village an energy-efficiency model

By: System Author     4th June 1999 The athletes’ village being built for the seventh All Africa Games, in Alexandra township, north of Johannesburg, could serve as a model for future low-cost housing developments. The R80-million, 1 799-unit athletes’ village, situated on a 52 ha site located on the far east bank of... 

New vector control for traction applications

By: System Author     28th May 1999 Johannesburg variable-speed drive (VSD) manufacturer Motor Control Systems (MCS) has completed development on its new vector-control drives, which will be used for traction applications. This is intended to complement its existing range of scalar control drives, and will focus on underground... 

Merger boosts turnkey ability of company

By: System Author     28th May 1999 One of the latest initiatives within General Electric (GE) includes the merger of GE Electrical Distribution and Control (ED&C) and GE Industrial Control Systems (ICS) to form one of its ten core businesses worldwide, known as GE Industrial Systems. The result is a leading global supplier of... 

International exhibition for Jhb

By: System Author     28th May 1999 Drives and controls are invaluable tools to industry because they act as a vital interface between the power supply and industrial processes, be they manufacturing or mining. Without them, industry simply could not function. With a market value of around R160 million, drives and controls are... 

Property developers urged to go the green route

By: System Author     28th May 1999 Property developers might consider going green in the long-term management of their buildings through a programme designed to optimise the benefits of environmental responsibility and energy conservation. The green buildings for Africa programme has been developed by CSIR Building and... 

One privatisation a month

By: System Author     28th May 1999 What could amount to a ‘privatisation a month’ is on the cards for R24-billion-a-year transport parastatal Transnet. Deputy MD Mafika Mkwanazi reports that for the rest of this calendar year, Transnet plans to make a series of announcements involving partial privatisations,... 

Special applications lead way

By: System Author     21st May 1999 Specialised valve applications in South Africa and abroad are providing local manufacturers with an opportunity to become more competitive in the global marketplace, Mitech MD Mike Sessions tells Engineering News. “We have very little chance of marketing standard control valves successfully... 

Low-quality imports abound

By: System Author     21st May 1999 Greater use should be made of local manufacturers due to the proliferation of low-quality imported products being dumped on the South African market, says Republic Transmission joint MD Joachim Livonius. The 19-year-old gearbox and actuator manufacturer, which deals mainly with the valve... 

Industrial development drive for the new millennium

By: System Author     21st May 1999 The Industrial Development Engineering Association (Idea) has embarked on a campaign to promote industrial development in Southern Africa and Africa. This started in October last year with a national conference on innovative concepts in industrial development, and will continue through a series... 

African radiation protection centre set up

By: System Author     14th May 1999 South Africa is set to strengthen its position at the forefront of global radiation protection following a decision by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) and the Council for Nuclear Safety (CNS), with strong support from parastatal power... 

South African students compete globally

By: System Author     14th May 1999 South African students are participating in international science and technology fairs in Europe, the US, and South America through the local Expo for Young Scientists Programme. Winning students of different categories in the expo are selected to represent South Africa in different science fairs... 

Turnkey hydraulic package offered in SA

By: Deborah Spicer     7th May 1999 The range of hydraulic equipment manufactured by Denison, and imported from the US and Europe to South Africa through the Denquip group, has a stronger-than-ever presence in the country. “With some changes taking place in the group itself, as well as a change of agency in South Africa, some... 

Turnkey corrosion-control repertoire

By: System Author     7th May 1999 The relocation and depreservation of Anglo American’s Venetia diamond-mine’s bulk-sampling equipment from its original location near Messina, Northern Province, to the new Oaks mine outside Swartwater, in the same province, where a single dolomite pipe has been identified, has been... 

SA to receive R15m in foreign aid

By: System Author     7th May 1999 South Africa is to receive a total of US$2,5-million (about R15-million) from the World Bank this year for projects to help bring efficient lighting technology to consumers. This will assist the international community to meet its goals of reducing greenhouse emissions, but, more importantly,... 

Regional power trade nets R150m for SA

By: System Author     7th May 1999 In an extremely difficult economic climate Eskom’s traders last year managed to make a gross profit of more than R150-million, simply by buying and selling electricity in Africa. The power utility reports that South Africa is the largest producer and consumer of electricity in the... 

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