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Rio-Carb appoints new Finance Manager to oversee its diversification

18th May 2018 Wear-engineering specialist Rio-Carb from Alrode in Johannesburg has appointed Iwan Pretorius as its new Financial Manager, with immediate effect. Pretorius has a BA (Psychology) from the University of Johannesburg and a BCompt (Accounting) from Unisa. He received his accreditation from the South... 

Radebe officiates at launch of R9.4bn Xina Solar One plant

By: Simone Liedtke     18th May 2018 Xina Solar One, which is owned by a consortium between Abengoa, the Industrial Development Corporation, the Public Investment Corporation and the Xina Community Trust, was officially launched near Pofadder, in the Northern Cape, on Friday. The 300 ha solar thermal plant, which was built by... 

Eskom wants to use “lessons” from Medupi and Kusile to drive nuclear

18th May 2018 Written by Alicestine October The power utility Eskom wants to use lessons learnt from the construction of the two mega power stations, Medupi and Kusile, to drive the country’s nuclear build programme. 

Rope specialist introduces drones to NDT at Eskom

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     18th May 2018 Rope access specialist Skyriders has introduced the collision-tolerant Elios drones to its nondestructive (NDT) testing offering, and has started using them at State-owned power utility Eskom. The drones are part of Skyriders’ turnkey solution offering that improves the efficiency of the NDT and... 

Plans in place to redeem utility

18th May 2018 In its presentation to Parliament last month, State-owned power utility Eskom mentioned that it would be dealing with a number of issues within the utility relating to governance, ethics and accountability as well as improving liquidity to ensure financial sustainability. Presented on April 18,... 

Science enhancement initiative expands to EC

18th May 2018 State owned power utility Eskom has signed an agreement with the Technology Research Activity Centre South Africa (TRAC SA) to increase the coverage of the Eskom Science Enhancement Initiative support programme, TRAC 2. In partnership with the Eastern Cape Department of Education, Eskom signed... 

New research group to bridge skills gap at Eskom

18th May 2018 Applied Thermo Fluid Process Modelling Research Unit (ATProM), a new research group, is building on an existing collaboration between State-owned power utility Eskom and the University of Cape Town (UCT) to provide engineers with up-to-date research and students with real-world experience while... 

Cranes company upgrades equipment at power stations

18th May 2018 Crane manufacturer Konecranes Southern Africa is currently working on systematically upgrading lifting equipment at State-owned power utility Eskom’s different power stations. The upgrading of the equipment includes repairing equipment that has been misused and replacing equipment that is obsolete. 

Ninety-five years of lighting up South Africa

18th May 2018 For the past 95 years, State-owned power utility Eskom, has been at the forefront of contributing positively towards fighting the country’s socioeconomic challenges through the Eskom Development Foundation. The foundation, a nonprofit organisation solely funded by Eskom, has launched many... 

Alternative energy continues to power Robben Island

By: Kim Cloete     17th May 2018 A solar and lithium-ion microgrid installed on Robben Island last year has produced 650 000 kWh of solar energy so far. Since adopting a green system, the island has produced an average of 3 250 kWh/d of power, says SOLA Future Energy CEO Dominic Wills. 

Eskom continuing with nuclear plans pending IRP update

By: Kim Cloete     17th May 2018 Eskom is going ahead with tentative plans for new nuclear capacity amid uncertainty about whether the technology will be included in the updated Integrated Resource Plan (IRP), which government has indicated will be released for public comment soon. Eskom acting general manager for nuclear new... 

South Africa will need more power generation, for itself and for region – consultant

By: Rebecca Campbell     17th May 2018 Energy planning in South Africa should take into account energy security and energy equity, highlighted energy consultancy NuEnergy Developments MD Des Muller in his address to the National Nuclear Regulator's second Nuclear Information Conference on Wednesday. Energy security was important while... 

Renewable energy, plus gas, can meet South Africa's future energy needs – Greenpeace

By: Rebecca Campbell     16th May 2018 The current and any future investment in coal-fired power stations violates the people's right to a clean environment, affirmed Greenpeace (South Africa) Senior Climate and Energy Campaign Manager Melita Steele on Wednesday. She was addressing the National Nuclear Regulator's second Nuclear... 

Nuclear industry urged to address business case

By: Rebecca Campbell     16th May 2018 Decisions on the future energy mix for South Africa need to be forward looking, not backward looking. So affirmed EE Publishers MD Chris Yelland in his keynote address to the National Nuclear Regulator's second Nuclear Regulatory Information Conference on Wednesday. "Nuclear power in South Africa... 

MPs to summon ministers on R13.8bn owed to Eskom by municipalities

By: African News Agency      16th May 2018 Members of Parliament (MPs) on Wednesday resolved to summon the inter-ministerial task team looking into municipalities which owe State-owned power utility Eskom close to R14-billion in debt to Parliament. At a meeting of Parliament's standing committee on public accounts (Scopa), Eskom board... 

Gordhan outlines his plan for the ‘recapture’ of South Africa’s SoCs

16th May 2018 The full text of Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan’s Budget Vote speech to Parliament on May 15. In it, the Minister warns that it has become evident that several State-owned companies (SOCs) will not be able to trade and borrow their way out of their financial difficulties and that some... 

Chamber of Mines opposes Eskom’s RCA applications

By: Simone Liedtke     15th May 2018 The Chamber of Mines (CoM) has opposed State-owned Eskom’s application to the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) for a large tariff increase to recover losses on its Regulatory Clearing Account (RCA). If granted, the requested R66.6-billion increase, will be passed on to consumers... 

Eskom says it intends to play a bigger role in Africa

By: Kim Cloete     15th May 2018 Eskom interim CEO Phakamani Hadebe says the utility is keen to expand its services into other African countries.  “We have made a decision that our ambition is to play a bigger role on the continent,” he told the opening plenary of African Utility Week, in Cape Town, on Tuesday. 

Business, Cogta agree on cooperation plan for municipalities

By: Thabi Madiba     15th May 2018 Business Unity South Africa (Busa) and the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) have agreed to cooperate in setting up a structured process aimed at resolving some of the key challenges facing many of South Africa’s dysfunctional municipalities, particularly in the... 

Large power users urge Nersa to hold Eskom accountable for inefficiencies 

By: Terence Creamer     11th May 2018 The Energy Intensive Users Group of Southern Africa (EIUG) has argued that any cost-recovery granted to Eskom in relation to three Regulatory Clearing Account (RCA) applications currently under review by the regulator be capped at R40.5-billion. However, it also urged the National Energy... 

Ramaphosa’s ‘New Deal’ could revive investor confidence, restore fiscal discipline – Goldman Sachs

By: Anine Kilian     11th May 2018 President Cyril Ramaphosa’s economic policy platform – otherwise known as the ‘New Deal’ for South Africa – does not represent a significant philosophical departure from stated objectives in the existing National Development Plan (NDP), but Ramaphosa’s focus on economic stewardship and reform... 

Electric cable association to pay penalty for price-fixing

By: Simone Liedtke     11th May 2018 The Competition Tribunal has confirmed a settlement agreement with the Association of Electric Cable Manufacturers South Africa (AECMSA) relating to its involvement in fixing the selling price of electric power cables. Customers affected by the contravention were primarily State-owned Eskom, as... 

Nuclear energy vital in building sustainable economy 

By: Melissa Zisengwe     11th May 2018 The adoption and implementation of nuclear energy would help the country reach its energy targets and build a sustainable economy, says independent economic risk consultant Rob Jeffrey. “South Africa’s prioritisation of economic growth should include adopting an effective and efficient energy... 

NNR conference a key stakeholder platform for nuclear industry

By: Melissa Zisengwe     11th May 2018 State-owned entity National Nuclear Regulator (NNR) will host its second nuclear regulatory information conference at the Indaba Hotel & Conference Centre, Johannesburg, from May 16 to 18. The key themes for this year’s conference are the energy mix; safety and security culture; lessons learned... 

Radebe links IRP certainty to Ramaphosa’s $100bn investment drive

By: Terence Creamer     10th May 2018 The long awaited update to South Africa’s Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) will be presented to Cabinet for its approval on August 15, Energy Minister Jeff Radebe confirmed on Thursday, adding that the document would provide much-needed certainty for investors in the electricity sector. The... 

Coating solution from Surcotec extends Labyrinth casing life span and saves costs for Eskom Palmiet Hydro installation

10th May 2018 Surcotec’s metal spray coating solution has extended the life span of a Labyrinth casing thereby avoiding the need for costly replacement, leading to significant cost savings for key customer, Eskom, at its Palmiet Hydro installation.  The power station is located near Grabouw in the Western Cape... 

FujiFilm unveils innovation centre to get closer to clients 

10th May 2018 Fujifilm has opened its new, more compact innovation centre, in Johannesburg, in an effort to get closer to its customers. Natasha Odendaal tells us more. 

Eskom addressing coal shortages 

10th May 2018 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about Eskom’s immediate and longer-term plans for securing sufficient coal for its power stations. 

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... 

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... 

Black-owned energy group disputes notion that renewables programme is anti-transformation

By: Terence Creamer     4th May 2018 Black-owned and managed independent power producer (IPP) Pele Green Energy (PGE), which is an active owner and partner in wind and solar projects with a combined capacity of 900 MW, does not agree with prevailing arguments that South Africa’s IPP programmes are failing to deliver on South... 

Local company targets mechanical tube cleaning opportunities at AUW

By: Melissa Zisengwe     4th May 2018 South Africa-based engineering, procurement and construction company Lesedi Nuclear Services says the African Utility Week (AUW) is the ideal platform to introduce energy companies and utilities to lesser known but an efficient mechanical tube cleaning system. The event is an opportunity to meet... 

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... 

Eskom acting CEO says no power cuts this year

By: Reuters     3rd May 2018 South African power utility Eskom, which is struggling from a financial crisis, said on Thursday that it would not resort to controlled power blackouts this year despite previous reports that it was facing coal shortages. "There will not be load-shedding this year," said Eskom's acting CE... 

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... 

Water dept is in 'shambles', admits Nkwinti after taking over from Mokonyane

By: News24Wire      3rd May 2018 Water and Sanitation Minister Gugile Nkwinti conceded to MPs that the department he had inherited earlier this year from Nomvula Mokonyanewa is "a mess". At a briefing on the department's budget and strategic plan, presented to the parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Water and Sanitation on... 

SA falling behind on renewable energy 

By: News24Wire      2nd May 2018 South Africa is falling behind on renewable energy project implementation, even as other nations accelerate their plans for green energy. According to data from Greenbyte, a renewable energy management systems manufacturer, SA lags far behind fellow BRICS country China which has 188 232 MW... 

No agreement yet in Eskom’s discussions with Optimum BRPs

By: Simone Liedtke     30th April 2018 State-owned power utility Eskom says it is considering a proposal by Optimum coal mine business rescue practitioners (BRPs) to reduce the monthly coal supply tonnage from the mine from 400 000 t to 200 000 t for the remainder of the contract period. Eskom on Monday stressed, however, that it has... 

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