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Rooppur nuclear power plant, Bangladesh

By: Sheila Barradas     15th February 2019 Concrete works have been completed for the turbine hall foundation slab of Rooppur 1. 

Barrick’s Loulo gold mine going solar

By: Martin Creamer     14th February 2019 As part of its cost-reduction me and drive to manage its carbon footprint, the Loulo-Gounkoto gold mine is to install a 24 MW off-grid solar hybrid plant to support its existing 63 MW thermal power station, by harnessing Mali’s abundant solar resource. The 24MW off-grid solar plant has the... 

Eskom and the multi-billion rand mega projects that could have saved SA 

By: News24Wire      13th February 2019 Corruption and State capture are major reasons why coal plants Medupi and Kusile are not delivering electricity as planned and why South Africa is facing crippling blackouts, say energy experts. Kusile and Medupi, the third and fourth largest coal power plants in the world, were originally due to... 

Smart grids

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     8th February 2019 An Internet definition of a smart grid is: "An electricity network based on digital technology that is used to supply electricity to consumers via two-way digital communication. This system allows for monitoring, analysis, control and communication within the supply chain to help improve... 

Will unbundling Eskom ensure a sustainable electricity system?

By: Tobias Bischof-Niemz     8th February 2019 That Eskom needs to be restructured is no longer in question. In its current form, the organisation poses a systemic risk to the South African economy and is ‘too big to fail’. The real question is what form this restructuring should take. For sure, the generation assets need to be separated from... 

Xiamen pumped-storage plant, China

By: Sheila Barradas     8th February 2019 The project will optimise the energy structure of the Fujian power grid. 

Medupi power station project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     8th February 2019 Eskom has offered a sobering update on the difficulties it is having at its Medupi project. 

Sanedi ready to support the mining industry in energy efficiency

By: Kim Cloete     6th February 2019 The mining sector has been encouraged to use more renewable energy and tighten up on energy efficiency, with the support of the South African National Energy Development Institute (Sanedi). Energy Minister Jeff Radebe said the mining industry would need innovative and novel solutions to reduce... 

Gold Fields revamps Granny Smith circuits

By: Esmarie Iannucci     5th February 2019 Gold miner Gold Fields will install one of the world’s largest renewable energy microgids at its Granny Smith gold mine, in Western Australia. The miner on Tuesday said that more than 20 000 solar panels and a 2MW/1MWh battery system would be installed at the mine, with the grid to be... 

ZhenAn hydropower plant, China

By: Sheila Barradas     1st February 2019 Shaanxi ZhenAn Pumped Storage Co is building north-west China's first pumped-storage power station. 

Opinion: Will unbundling Eskom ensure a sustainable electricity system?  

By: Tobias Bischof-Niemz     30th January 2019 That Eskom needs to be restructured is no longer in question. In its current form, the organisation poses a systemic risk to the South African economy and is ‘too big to fail’. The real question is what form this restructuring should take. For sure, the generation assets need to be separated from... 

NitraLife has it covered!

25th January 2019 Assists RSI SmartCanopy with on-site, on-demand nitrogen for premium-quality steel and paint finishes The success story of RSI SmartCanopy is a remarkable one. From a start-up which rubberised pick-up or 'bakkie' load bins, within just 11 years, the company has grown into a major manufacturer of... 

Missing element

By: Terence Creamer     25th January 2019 It has taken nearly ten years – and counting – for South Africa to update its Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) for electricity. The draft document is currently wending its way though the final, excruciating stages of a revision process that has been under way since August. Some adjustments will be... 

La Genoveva Wind Farm, Argentina

By: Sheila Barradas     25th January 2019 The project involves the construction of a wind farm with a capacity of 130 MW. 

The real challenge facing the Eskom task team

By: Terence Creamer     18th January 2019 The most recent financial and operational crises at Eskom have brought to the fore the serious economic risks associated with relying on an entity that is simply too big to fail. Its governance problems, meanwhile, have highlighted the social, political and reputational risks of allowing such an... 

Understanding damage tolerance in hybrid bearings

15th January 2019 New research by SKF could make hybrid bearings more cost-effective and reliable, paving the way for their use in a wider range of applications. Gothenburg, Sweden, 19 December 2018: Hybrid bearings, which combine hardened steel rings with rolling elements made of high-performance ceramic... 

Ctrack launches small tracking devices for use on containers, packages, bikes

By: Irma Venter     15th January 2019 Vehicle tracking and telematics provider, Ctrack, has launched its BX500 and BX600 range of wireless, ultra-compact GPS tracking devices. The company says these devices are ideal for use in cars, trucks and motorbikes, such as delivery bikes, quads, golf carts, delivery vans and generators. 

Electric cars seen getting cleaner even where grids rely on coal

By: Bloomberg     15th January 2019 Electric cars are better for the environment than traditional gasoline models, and that benefit will grow as power generators shift away from coal. That’s the conclusion of research by BloombergNEF, which found carbon dioxide emissions from battery-powered vehicles were about 40% lower than for... 

Uganda aims to impose penalties on distributor for power outages

By: Reuters     11th January 2019 Uganda aims to impose financial penalties from March on its sole power distributor Umeme for any frequent and prolonged supply outages, the regulator said. The public has long complained about high tariffs and long power cuts, while unreliable supplies add extra costs to businesses, which often... 

RTS Africa fills a gap in the local hydrogen generation market with Nel Hydrogen Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) electrolysers

11th January 2019 With its wide range of industrial uses and applications, hydrogen is a very important molecule. This gas is essential in many sectors such as chemicals, refining, metallurgical applications; as well as glass and electronics manufacturing to name a few. When it comes to the bulk manufacturing of... 

Local Kwagga small plant from Hire It a big hit in construction industry

9th January 2019 The increasing demand for fibreoptic cable infrastructure has seen a Durban installer acquire eight Kwagga rammers from Hire It (Natal) (Pty) Ltd. This is testament to the success of the rugged and cost-effective range of small plant for the construction industry. The customer is very happy with... 

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. 

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