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Brick and mortar retail not dying a slow death – US property developer  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     1st November 2018 Private commercial real estate investor and operator Rainier Companies principal Danny Lovell says brick and mortal retail is here to stay, despite rapid growth in sales on e-commerce platforms. “It is easy to get caught up in the ‘retail Armageddon’ story and it clearly has created . . .... 

Load-shedding spectre returns as unplanned outages rise  

By: Terence Creamer     1st November 2018 The spectre of load-shedding, which has haunted South Africa and its economy since 2008, but has lifted somewhat in recent years, appears to have returned. State-owned electricity producer Eskom confirmed with Engineering News Online on Thursday that the system had become vulnerable once again,... 

E-toll management company works to make Gauteng freeway project sustainable as it seeks to re-win tender 

By: Natasha Odendaal     31st October 2018 The Electronic Toll Collection (ETC) will continue managing the e-tolling systems on Gauteng’s freeways on behalf of the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) until at least December 2019, as the State-owned roads agency works on a new tender. Eight years after being established as... 

New Eskom report warns of possible generation gaps in coming five years  

By: Terence Creamer     31st October 2018 Eskom’s newly released Medium-Term System Adequacy Outlook (MTSAO) report highlights several risks to South Africa’s electricity supply for the period 2018 to 2023 and indicates that additional capacity will be required during the period to restore generation adequacy should the energy... 

DA to tackle Eskom's 'monopoly' via new bill

By: News24Wire      29th October 2018 Introducing competition in the energy sector will keep electricity prices down, according to the Democratic Alliance (DA). DA leader Mmusi Maimane on Monday announced plans at a briefing to address "Eskom's monopoly" in the energy sector, through the introduction of a private member's bill known... 

Shake-up at US energy regulator raises specter of coal bailout

By: Bloomberg     26th October 2018 An untimely resignation has given one Kentucky Republican a second shot at saving coal. Neil Chatterjee, former energy adviser to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, has been tapped to lead the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission after Chairman Kevin McIntyre stepped down this week due to... 

Mike Eksteen reflects on twenty-fifth anniversary of Kloof Gold accident

By: Nadine James     19th October 2018 October 13 marked the twenty-fifth anniversary of the successful rescue of 150 miners trapped 3 km underground at the Kloof Gold Mine No. 3 sub shaft, in Westonaria, west of Johannesburg. Former Kloof Gold Mine GM Mike Eksteen, who helmed one of the most successful mine rescue operations in South... 

Olkaria V geothermal power plant project, Kenya

By: Sheila Barradas     19th October 2018 The project is three quarters complete and on schedule for commissioning in July next year. 

Renewable energy industry comments on draft IRP

By: Kim Cloete     17th October 2018 The renewable energy sector in South Africa has welcomed the draft Integrated Resource Plant (IRP) 2018, but has also expressed concerns. “While the IRP forecasting is rational in its choices, it unfortunately requires us to accept some overly optimistic assumptions,” said the South African... 

Improved, integrated healthcare waste management policy needed – health dept

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th October 2018 A survey conducted by Department of Health found that the majority (79%) of Gauteng public healthcare facilities have a healthcare waste management policy (HCWMP) in place; however, the policy was not always integrated with the various environmental, occupational health and safety as well as... 

CSIR seeks municipal partners for energy master plan pilot project 

By: Terence Creamer     16th October 2018 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) aims to partner with a metropolitan council and a district municipality to compile pilot municipal energy master plans for electricity (MEMPs), which will provide the two councils with insight into the best electricity supply blends for... 

SA yet to achieve land reform in urban areas, says deputy minister

By: News24Wire      15th October 2018 There has not been any substantial land reform and restitution in urban areas in South Africa. So says Deputy Minister for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Andries Nel, who was speaking at the Planning Africa 2018 conference on Monday. 

Study that fails to back Trump coal rescue plan kept under wraps

By: Bloomberg     15th October 2018 A report commissioned by the Energy Department failed to reach conclusions favoring the Trump administration’s efforts to prop up coal and nuclear power – and remains under wraps six months after submission. “The report hasn’t seen the light of day,” the principal author, Michael Webber tweeted... 

Electrically mobile 

By: Terence Creamer     12th October 2018 Following a somewhat questionable hiatus in September, petrol and diesel prices resumed their sheer climbs in October, leaving motorist with the financial equivalent of altitude sickness. The decision to freeze prices last month (apart from a 4.9c/l increase to cater for a wage settlement) was... 

Medupi power station project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     12th October 2018 Unit 2 at the Medupi power station produced first power on October 7, 2018. 

Lethabo unit to remain out of service for 3 months following boiler rupture

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th October 2018 Based on a preliminary inspection by State-owned power utility Eskom, it is expected that Unit 5 at the Lethabo power station will remain out of service for a minimum of three months. This follows after the death of one employee and the injury of another at the power station on Wednesday when... 

Medupi’s fifth unit synchronised to the national grid – Eskom

By: Simone Liedtke     9th October 2018 Unit 2 at Eskom-owned Medupi power station, in Limpopo, was loaded to 400 MW on Sunday afternoon, making it the fifth of the six Medupi units to be synchronised to the national grid. The unit produced first power on Sunday morning, at around 11:53. 

A.B.E. Products For Historic Knysna Hotel’s New Floors

9th October 2018 Three of a.b.e. Construction Chemicals’ popular flooring products were used for the refurbishment and alterations to the concrete floors of Knysna’s historic and prestige Turbine Boutique Hotel and Spa. Leading supplier of specialist products for the construction industry, a.b.e. is part of the... 

Kibo completes acquisition of 60% interest in MED

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     9th October 2018 Africa-focused energy company Kibo Energy has completed the acquisition of a 60% equity interest in Mast Energy Developments (MED), a private UK registered company targeting the development and operation of flexible power plants to service the reserve power generation market. MED’s business... 

Technology cost assumptions used to produce IRP explained 

By: Terence Creamer     9th October 2018 An experienced electricity system modeller has corrected a suggestion that the draft 2018 Integrated Resource Plan (IRP 2018) uses levelised cost assumptions for the various generation technologies tested, explaining that overnight capital cost assumptions for each technology are key inputs. The... 

Integrated Solutions Key To Growing Africa’s Power Generation

4th October 2018 As African countries work to develop their power generation capacity in the most cost effective ways, the key will be to find integrated solutions that attract investment throughout the value chain. According to Alastair Gerrard, integrated solutions executive at Zest WEG Group, the energy sector... 

NitraLife's nitrogen generation helps cut fabrication costs locally and in Africa

1st October 2018 In a breakthrough for the leading South African manufacturer of nitrogen generators, NitraLife, the company is proud to announce that it has exported a NitraCut nitrogen generator into Africa. To date, this is the first generator of this type to be exported pan-Africa. First Cut, South Africa's... 

Medupi power station project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     28th September 2018 The remaining units at the Medupi project are progressing well against the revised schedule. 

Taiba N’Diaye wind farm, Senegal

By: Sheila Barradas     28th September 2018 Taiba N’Diaye is the first utility-scale wind power project in Senegal. 

Uranium import probe threatens US nuclear power industry - group

By: Reuters     27th September 2018 US nuclear power generators urged the federal government against taking action in a dispute over imported uranium, arguing tariffs or quotas would increase costs for the struggling industry and possibly cause some reactors to shut, according to a statement emailed on Wednesday. The US Department... 

Link Solar launches portable solar panels suitable for outdoor, marine use

By: Simone Liedtke     26th September 2018 There is a lack of portable solar panels in the market, says specialised solar product manufacturer Link Solar, which has released of its own portable solar panel range for outdoor use and marine grade level use. These solar panels, the company explained, are specifically created to serve as an... 

New regulations clamping down on toxic waste

26th September 2018 New regulations governing the disposal of hazardous waste are kicking in, obliging manufacturers to comply with much stricter standards than in the past. The authorities at hazardous waste landfill sites are enforcing the new rules and, in recent months, have rejected many samples of the same... 

New regulations clamping down on toxic waste

25th September 2018 New regulations governing the disposal of hazardous waste are kicking in, obliging manufacturers to comply with much stricter standards than in the past. The authorities at hazardous waste landfill sites are enforcing the new rules and, in recent months, have rejected many samples of the same... 

Atlas Copco launches latest high-efficiency oil-injected screw compressor

20th September 2018 The GA 90+-160 (VSD+) oil-injected screw compressors, the latest air compressor range in Atlas Copco’s smart AIR solutions portfolio, are designed for reduced energy consumption and ease of installation and service. The range features state-of-the-art compression elements with Smart Injection... 

Rainbow sees positive outcomes in FY18

By: Simone Liedtke     19th September 2018 Following years of planning and preparation, LSE-listed Rainbow Rare Earths’ Gakara project, in Burundi, entered production in the 2018 financial year, ended June 30, and exported 575 t of rare earths concentrate. In a market dominated by Chinese producers, Rainbow chairperson Adonis Pouroulis... 

Atlas Copco launches latest high-efficiency oil-injected screw compressor

19th September 2018 The GA 90+-160 (VSD+) oil-injected screw compressors, the latest air compressor range in Atlas Copco’s smart AIR solutions portfolio, are designed for reduced energy consumption and ease of installation and service. The range features state-of-the-art compression elements with Smart Injection... 

Chicago Pneumatic makes it a hat trick of genset give-ways at Zambia MTEs

19th September 2018 August 2018 saw Chicago Pneumatic travel to Zambia to display its generator prowess at three highly successful Mining & Technical Exhibitions (MTEs) as part of its pledge to give away a CPPG5 portable generator at each of the mining exhibitions during 2018. A renowned leader in compact, high... 

Imilingo making strides at Electra Mining 2018

17th September 2018 As the final day of Electra Mining Africa 2018 themed ‘Diversity Day’ drew to  a close, the Imilingo Mineral Processing team were upbeat about their diversified Electra experience. “We came into this with a great deal of enthusiasm and it hasn't disappointed in terms of our overall objectives to... 

Tango’s African diamond focus grows

By: Schalk Burger     14th September 2018 TSX-listed Africa-focused Tango Mining on Thursday reported production since January of 941 ct of high-value diamonds from its Oena diamond mine, in the Western Cape. It also reported on progress at further diamond exploration projects in Angola, Liberia and Botswana. 

‘We can’t do expensive’

By: Terence Creamer     14th September 2018 During a recent panel discussion on the ‘electricity utility of the future’ the Energy Intensive Users Group of Southern Africa’s Piet van Staden made the point that industry could deal with complexity, but “we can’t do expensive”. He was speaking the day after Energy Minister Jeff Radebe... 

Nghi Son-2 power plant, Vietnam

By: Sheila Barradas     14th September 2018 Korea Electric Power Company and the Marubeni Corporation are building a 1 330 MW coal-fired power plant in Thanh Hoa province. 

Cape vulture provides inspiration for homegrown vertical-axis wind turbine  

By: Terence Creamer     11th September 2018 A South African start-up has developed a vertical-axis wind-turbine that employs a groundbreaking morphing wing design, which seeks to mimic the movements of the Cape vulture. A prototype of the turbine, developed by Brayfoil Technologies in collaboration with WorleyParsons, is currently being... 

Significant growth expected in flame arrestor market

7th September 2018 The global flame arrestors market is estimated to be $713.8-million in 2018 and is projected to reach $924.7-million by 2023, at a compound annual growth rate of 5.31%, according to research company Research and Markets. In their report titled ‘Flame Arrestors Market by Type (In-Line and... 

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