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Rising prices signal end of ‘hand-to-mouth’ CREE market 

By: Henry Lazenby     22nd August 2017 Higher prices for critical rare earth elements (CREE) are marking a return of confidence to the industry and the end of the so-called “hand-to-mouth” market as users increasingly turn to contracting to secure long-term security of supply. “For several years users were unsure about the market... 

Cape Town reveals sites of proposed new water desalination plants

By: News24Wire      18th August 2017 Cape Town's Granger Bay, Hout Bay and Dido Bay may soon be home to three proposed new desalination plants that the city intends commissioning to make extra drinking water for its residents and visitors, according to tender documents issued this week. Earlier on Thursday Cape Town Mayor Patricia... 

Electrical Power Generation 101

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     18th August 2017 A few things we should possibly all know if we wish to talk about energy. The national grid is not a energy storage dam. What goes into the grid comes out of the grid very shortly, almost instantaneously. Thus, the amount of power generated matches the amount of power used, apart of losses due to... 

Chicago Pneumatic provides vital continuous energy supply for new luxury residential development in Dubai

     15th August 2017 Fourteen tough and reliable stationary generators from Chicago Pneumatic are providing the essential power required for the construction of a luxury residential development besides the Dubai Water Canal. The order was secured by authorised Chicago Pneumatic distributor German-Gulf Enterprises... 

Merger completed in thermal application sector

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     11th August 2017 Export-oriented engineering company Loesche Group has completed the merger of its combustion systems and drying systems businesses into one central location. Completed in April, the group has built a team of specialists to manage the merger accordingly, as all technical details, drawings,... 

Nurek hydropower plant rehabilitation project, Tajikistan

By: Sheila Barradas     11th August 2017 The Nurek dam, commissioned in 1972, is the highest embankment dam in the world at 300 m high. 

British mineral explorer in Africa lists in London

By: Reuters     10th August 2017 A British explorer for mineral resources in Africa will on Thursday become the first venture of its kind to be listed on London's Aim market for growing companies, its CEO said. Following the recovery of the mining sector from a commodity price crash in 2015/16, a handful of new companies have... 

Ingeteam bags 170 MW inverter order for three PV plants in Morocco

     8th August 2017 Ingeteam has commenced the supply of its equipment to three solar photovoltaic power plants in Morocco, totaling 170 MW of output power. These three PV plants, which will be amongst the largest in North Africa, are expected to be operating within a year and to have a service life of at least... 

Fortescue brings power in-house

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     1st August 2017 Iron-ore miner Fortescue Metals has moved to repurchase the Solomon power station from TSX-listed TransAlta Corporation. The company in 2012 sold the Solomon power station to TransAlta and entered into a power purchase agreement (PPA) for the power station’s entire capacity, which is providing... 

Medupi power station project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     28th July 2017 Eskom is focusing on maintaining momentum of construction progress on Units 4 to 1. 

Air, power and flow solutions from newly evolved Atlas Copco Power Technique

     25th July 2017 Atlas Copco Power Technique has evolved out of the success of the Construction Technique business area to bring 360° air, power and flow solutions and services to mining and industry across Southern Africa. Since its establishment in January 2012, Construction Technique has developed into much... 

Coal mine switches to Atlas Copco LED light towers

     25th July 2017 Atlas Copco Portable Energy supplied four state-of-the-art HiLight V5+ LED light towers mounted on custom-built double-axle trailers to trading partner, Tracpart Mining Supplies. The end-user, a coal mine in Mpumalanga, uses the light towers for above ground lighting applications. When approached... 

First Cut and NitraLife form a ‘clean cut’ partnership to provide on-site, on-demand nitrogen to the laser-cutting industry

     20th July 2017 Nitrogen is all around us and makes up the majority of the air we breathe. But for the laser cutting and fabrication sectors, high-purity nitrogen is essential as it is used to clear molten metal from the point of cutting. An important factor in this process is that – as an alternative to oxygen... 

Opinion: Hybrid energy solutions can boost viability of African mines

     18th July 2017 In this opinion article, juwi Renewable Energies MD Greg Austin reflects on prospects in Africa for bilateral power purchase agreements for both grid-connected and behind-the-meter hybrid energy solutions 

Atlas Copco to launch Power Technique business area

     17th July 2017 Atlas Copco’s Power Technique business area is created from the people, products and technologies of the current Construction Technique business area. Moving forward, Power Technique will better reflect the product applications and industries served. The change is effective today. The Power... 

Elon Musk exposes deep coal divide in energy-hit Australia

By: Bloomberg     14th July 2017 Elon Musk’s intervention in Australia’s energy crisis is widening a divide over the future of coal. The billionaire Tesla Inc. founder, who has promised to help solve an Australian state’s clean energy obstacles, sees no place for the fossil fuel. That conflicts with the national government’s... 

Medupi power station project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     14th July 2017 Eskom signed a loan agreement with the China Development Bank, which will form part of the funding for the Medupi power plant. 

New thermodynamic cycle to disrupt the renewables landscape

By: Robyn Wilkinson     14th July 2017 Thermodynamic technology developer Heat Recovery Micro Systems owner Johan Enslin will introduce a disruptive new avenue for renewable-energy generation that can significantly lower electricity costs for power utilities and smaller decentralised power generating systems at this year’s POWER-GEN &... 

Specialist to showcase latest international developments

     14th July 2017 Global engineering company Sulzer will be highlighting the specialist services it has on offer for gas turbines operators and other rotating equipment at this year’s POWER-GEN & DistribuTECH Africa. 

Štvanice and Veletov hydroelectric power plant projects, Czech Republic

By: Sheila Barradas     14th July 2017 The project involves the refurbishment of the Štvanice and Veletov hydroelectric power plants. 

Thermal spray coating and Plasma Transferred Arc cladding solutions from Thermaspray protect power generation components against corrosion and wear

     12th July 2017 South Africa’s Thermal Spray and Plasma Coating technology specialist, Thermaspray, delivers world-class refurbishing, manufacturing and repair services to numerous power stations around the country. Equipment and components such as steam generators, pumps and turbines that handle steam and water... 

Australia's Joyce sees merit in government taking stakes in coal

By: Bloomberg     10th July 2017 Australia’s Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce indicated he supports the government being an equity partner in any new coal-fired power station, and said that lenders are willing to finance fossil fuel-based electricity generation. “I have got nothing against taking equity in it,” Joyce told Sky... 

Eskom board confident of turnaround

By: African News Agency      6th July 2017 Eskom’s newly-reconstituted board on Thursday expressed its support on the strides made by executive management in turning around the company’s operational and financial performance, as well as the overall strategy of sustaining this momentum. This comes after a two-day board induction session... 

Kpone independent power plant project, Ghana

By: Sheila Barradas     30th June 2017 The project entails the construction of a combined-cycle gas turbine power plant, with multiple fuel – light crude oil, distillate and natural gas – operating capability. 

New solution available in SA

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     30th June 2017 US-based safe water disinfection company MIOX, a Johnson Matthey company, designs and manufactures on-site chemical generators, which are an alternative solution to using hazardous chemicals, and its many benefits can be applied positively in South Africa, suggests MIOX senior applications... 

Biggest coal plant in US west gets another two years to live

By: Bloomberg     28th June 2017 The Navajo generating station, the biggest coal-fired power plant in the US West, will live to see another two years. On Monday, Navajo Nation leaders approved a lease with the plant’s utility owners that will keep the ailing, 2 250 MW complex operating through December 2019. The owners signaled... 

Ingeteam supplies its photovoltaic power stations for a 100 MW solar plant in Australia

     26th June 2017 Ingeteam has supplied 23 of its 4.8 MW power stations for the Clare Solar Farm project, located in the Australian state of Queensland. This 100 MWAC (125 MWDC) project, conducted by Fotowatio Renewable Ventures (FRV), is being constructed by the Australian EPC, Downer EDI. The energy generated by... 

Mitsubishi Hitachi, Sumitomo ink ¥38bn power plant deal with Tunisian company

By: Creamer Media Reporter      21st June 2017 Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems (MHPS) and Sumitomo Corporation have secured an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract with Societe Tunisienne de l'Electricite et du Gaz (Steg) for the construction of a ¥38-billion, 450 MW combined cycle gas turbine (CCGT) power plant in Rades,... 

Goldplat’s Kilimapesa switches to grid power

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     21st June 2017 Africa-focused Goldplat will start using grid power at its Kilimapesa mine, in Kenya, as it is facing ongoing difficulties with its generators, primarily owing to poor diesel quality. The miner has reached an agreement to pay the $200 000 installation cost for the required infrastructure to the... 

La Castellana wind power project, Argentina

By: Sheila Barradas     16th June 2017 The project entails the construction and operation of a 100.8 MW wind power plant. 

Nitrogen partnership creates opportunities in local market 

By: Victor Moolman     16th June 2017 A distribution partnership between nitrogen filtration systems manufacturer NitraLife and cutting and bending solutions provider First Cut will see it become the exclusive distributor of NitraLife’s NitraCut nitrogen generators, allow its Swiss principal, sheet processing systems manufacturer... 

Biala Wind Farm project, Australia

By: Sheila Barradas     9th June 2017 The project involves the installation, operation, maintenance and decommissioning of 31 wind turbines. 

CE marking awarded to local boiler company

By: Nica Schreuder     9th June 2017 Having received the European Conformity (CE) quality marking approval to manufacture a steam generator for leading oils partner IOI Loders Croklaan’s processing plant, in Ghana, in January, boiler and environmental solutions company John Thompson aims to complete the manufacturing of the steam... 

Company unveils containerised gas-to-power product offering

By: David Oliveira     9th June 2017 Cape Town-based containerised renewable-energy generation company SustainPower hosted their official gas-to-power product launch at African Utility Week (AUW), held in Cape Town last month. The company focusses on containerised gas-to-power and solar solutions with the integration of technologies... 

Company wins $157m boiler contract

     9th June 2017 India-based energy and environmental engineering solutions company Thermax has won export contracts from an undisclosed leading African conglomerate to supply four utility boilers, eight heat recovery steam generators and two flue gas steam generators for its upcoming refinery and petrochemicals... 

Local embedded generation requires management

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     9th June 2017 Although embedded power generation is gaining traction nationwide, the National Cleaner Production Centre of South Africa (NCPC-SA) Industrial Energy Efficiency (IEE) national project manager Alf Hartzenburg says the benefits of such generation have to be managed. Embedded generation entails... 

Medupi power station project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     9th June 2017 Eskom announced on June 1 that Unit 4 had been synchronised to the grid. 

Coal industry expresses ‘serious concern’ about Australia’s electricity market review

By: Mariaan Webb     5th June 2017 The Australian coal industry has expressed “serious concern” about reports that the Finkel review of the national electricity market has turned its back on coal-fired electricity, in favour of renewable energy. Minerals Council of Australia CEO Brendan Pearson said on Monday that the country... 

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