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Reducing TCO will enable construction firms to remain competitive

By: Paige Müller     25th May 2018 With government infrastructure spending on large construction projects remaining subdued, Himoinsa Southern Africa MD Martin Foster warns against the short-sighted temptation by the South African construction industry to try and manage its power generation costs, stressing the importance of... 

New gland module system for improved safety/fire safety in industrial plants

24th May 2018 Available in gas and watertight and fire-resistant versions With the GLANDMOD system, Beele Engineering is providing a smart and effective alternative to gland plates. The modules can be directly attached to generators, motors and other (operating) equipment for incoming and outgoing cabling, as... 

Outa welcomes Nersa’s withdrawal of SSEG registration rules

By: Marleny Arnoldi     21st May 2018 Nonprofit organisation, the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa), has welcomed the National Energy Regulator of South Africa’s (Nersa’s) decision to withdraw the proposed rules to govern the registration of small-scale embedded generation (SSEG) below 1 MW.  

Eskom evacuates contractor workers after protest at Kusile

By: African News Agency      18th May 2018 South African power utility Eskom on Friday, said it had to evacuate contractor workers at the Kusile power station, in Mpumalanga, after a violent protest erupted by employees of SGB, a subcontractor of Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Africa. Mitsubishi Hitachi is appointed by Eskom to design,... 

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 The upgrading of the equipment includes repairing equipment that has been misused and replacing equipment that is obsolete. 

Barakah nuclear energy plant, United Arab Emirates

By: Sheila Barradas     18th May 2018 Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation is building the United Arab Emirates' first nuclear energy plant. 

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. 

India keen to do business with Africa’s energy sector

By: Kim Cloete     17th May 2018 Representatives from more than 45 Indian companies have been in Cape Town for the African Utility Week, with the hope of cracking deals in everything from the supply of galvanised wire to solar inverters and water generators.  Indian Chamber of Commerce director general and CEO Rajeev Singh... 

Trump said to mull 2015 grid emergency law to save coal plants

By: Bloomberg     16th May 2018 The Trump administration is weighing a broad array of strategies for keeping coal and nuclear power plants online as a matter of national security, with options ranging from invoking a 68-year-old law to a three-year-old one, according to a senior Energy Department official. Members of the... 

Chicago Pneumatic generates success at Botswana MTEs with three genset giveaways

16th May 2018 Chicago Pneumatic strenthened its foothold outside South Africa’s borders with the sponsorship of a CPPG5 (5.5Kva) petrol-driven portable generator at each of the three Mining & Technical Exhibitions (MTEs) held in Botswana during April 2018. Eben van der Vyver, Business Development Manager for... 

enX subsidiaries post satisfactory performance in six months to February 28

By: Simone Liedtke     14th May 2018 Diversified industrial group enX’s Eqstra Industrial Equipment (EIE) and Eqstra Fleet Management and Logistics (EFML) operations performed satisfactorily in the six months to February 28, enX reported on Monday. Group revenue for the six-month period ended February 28, increased to R3.6-billion,... 

Energy efficient tech can bring farmers substantial savings

By: Paige Müller     11th May 2018 With energy cost a major factor in farm viability and profitability, the South African farming sector will need to shift its thinking towards the implementation of energy efficient technology, says motor and controls manufacturer Zest WEG Group integrated solutions executive Johan van Niekerk.... 

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... 

Wacker Neuson appoints new dealer, strengthens foothold in Northern Cape

3rd May 2018 Wacker Neuson, South Africa’s foremost supplier of light construction equipment and compact machines, recently appointed Van Zyl Agri (Pty) Ltd. in Upington as its official dealer in a move to expand its footprint in the Northern Cape. “While we were exhibiting at Nampo 2017, Johan van Zyl Snr.... 

Company operating under new name

27th April 2018 Since the beginning of January, equipment manufacturer Bosch Group’s motors and generators division has started operating under independent company SEG Automotive. The new name is testimony to over a century of history in the development and production of starter motors and generators as well as... 

Power generation rental popular in developing, underdeveloped countries

27th April 2018 The rental power generation market is popular in developing and underdeveloped countries owing to power shortages being a major issue, says market research company ReportBuyer. With power an essential component for the enhancement of any country or economy and playing a vital role in the... 

Local company invests in significant rental fleet expansion

By: Victor Moolman     27th April 2018 Compressor and generator rental company Rand-Air has introduced 52 new generators, ranging between 60 kVa and 500 kVa, to its rental fleet. The generators arrived earlier this year from the original-equipment manufacturer and supplier Atlas Copco; and have subsequently been fitted with trailers... 

Power storage tech development on the rise

By: Victor Moolman     27th April 2018 With there being a rise in the development of technology for power distribution, storage and generation, power equipment manufacturer Himoinsa Europe, Middle East and Africa director Guillermo Elum says the company is also assessing ways in which technology will change the way electricity is... 

Barrick beats Q1 earnings call; halves debt in 3yrs

By: Henry Lazenby     24th April 2018 Canadian mining major Barrick Gold's Porgera Joint Venture mine, in Papua New Guinea, is still operating at only 25% of capacity following a 7.5 magnitude earthquake that struck the island on February 26, the company announced on Monday in its first-quarter earnings release. The earthquake... 

US coal bailout review is said to slow as Trump faces pushback

By: Bloomberg     23rd April 2018 A bankrupt power generator’s plea for President Donald Trump to help saving money-losing power plants has drawn opposition from key administration officials, slowing action on the proposal, according to two people familiar with the deliberations. FirstEnergy Solutions Corp. asked the Trump... 

Trump's latest plan for saving coal comes from the Cold War

By: Bloomberg     20th April 2018 Months into the Korean War, President Harry Truman capped wages and imposed price controls on the steel industry, seizing authority under a newly passed law to take action in the name of national defense. Now, more than a half century later, Trump administration officials are considering using... 

Resistance persists despite declaration of new renewables dawn 

By: Terence Creamer     20th April 2018 The world did not stop to allow South Africa to get off. While ‘sunny South Africa’ spent more than two years delaying the introduction of new renewable-energy plants, including 12 solar photovoltaic (PV) projects and a concentrated solar power (CSP) plant, the rest of the world continued... 

Distributed generation can mitigate transmission constraints in Africa

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     20th April 2018 Investment in the African transmission grid and distributed generation solutions could be viable in mitigating the challenge of providing access to electricity, says power generation original-equipment manufacturer Himoinsa. “Whether owing to transmission constraints or distribution issues,... 

Resistance persists despite declaration of new renewables dawn

By: Terence Creamer     20th April 2018 The world did not stop to allow South Africa to get off. While ‘sunny South Africa’ spent more than two years delaying the introduction of new renewable-energy plants, including 12 solar photovoltaic (PV) projects and a concentrated solar power (CSP) plant, the rest of the world continued... 

Nigeria plans power tariff overhaul by 2021 to attract investment

By: Reuters     19th April 2018 Nigeria plans to overhaul its energy tariff system by 2021 to try to attract investment and improve power supply, the vice chairman of the country's electricity regulator said. Only about half of the 190 million people in Africa's most populous country have access to power. The problem has been... 

Rand-Air ‘amps up’ to meet increased demand from customers with major investment in generator fleet

16th April 2018 Consistent and reliable electrical power supply is an absolute necessity for the smooth functioning of all sectors of industry and modern society today. Over the past few years in South Africa, there has however been growing uncertainty about the reliability of regular AC mains supply. This has... 

Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, Ethiopia

By: Sheila Barradas     13th April 2018 Talks between Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt to resolve differences over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam have concluded without agreement. 

Lake Turkana wind power project, Kenya

By: Sheila Barradas     13th April 2018 LTWP consortium is building a 310 MW wind farm in Marsabit County, which will feature sixty-five 850 kW wind turbine generators. 

Digitisation playing increasingly important role in grid transformation

By: Anine Kilian     11th April 2018 Increasing penetration of renewable energy has had a major impact on power grids all over the world, necessitating the need for digital technologies to handle factors such as variability, ABB power grids division president Claudio Facchin said at the ABB Customer World Africa Conference 2018 on... 

Wacker Neuson concludes ground-breaking black-owned dealer / distribution agreement with Enza Capital Equipment

10th April 2018 Wacker Neuson is proud to announce the successful conclusion of a dealer and distribution agreement on 22nd March 2018 which sees Enza Capital Equipment as the first 100% black-owned Wacker Neuson dealer in South Africa. Enza is a member of the Asani Group, a diversified industrial holdings... 

Endress+Hauser introduces the Memosens CCS50D chlorine dioxide sensor

10th April 2018 Endress+Hauser is starting a new platform for disinfection sensors. The new Memosens CCS50D chlorine dioxide sensor supports safe and effective disinfection for clean drinking water, pathogen-free cooling water and high-quality process water Systematic disinfection is an essential step in water... 

Nigeria: Africa’s prime power development hotspot

9th April 2018 Nigeria offers a wealth of power sector business opportunities, with industrialists actively seeking generation and distribution solutions to power their business growth. Paul Runge, Director Projects & Development Finance at research and consulting specialists Africa House, reports that his... 

Nigeria: Africa’s prime power development hotspot

5th April 2018 Nigeria offers a wealth of power sector business opportunities, with industrialists actively seeking generation and distribution solutions to power their business growth. Paul Runge, Director Projects & Development Finance at research and consulting specialists Africa House, reports that his... 

Wanjii small hydropower plant modernisation, Kenya

By: Sheila Barradas     30th March 2018 KenGen is replacing the turbines, generators and control technology at the Wanjii small hydropower plant. 

Gas turbine combined-cycle plant, Thailand

By: Sheila Barradas     30th March 2018 Gulf Energy Development Public Company and Mitsui & Co is planning to build a 5 300 MW natural-gas-fired power plant project in Bangkok. 

RCL Foods opens new pet food factory  

29th March 2018 Fast-moving consumer goods manufacturer RCL Foods launched a new pet food manufacturing facility, in Randfontein, earlier this month. Megan van Wyngaardt has the story. 

Ingeteam reaches the milestone of 50 GW in the supply of power converters for renewable energy plants

28th March 2018 To cap this achievement, in this same sector, the company also boasts a total of 12 GW in O&M contracts and 3 GW in plant automation. The energy generated in one year by those converters would be equivalent to the annual consumption of 28 million households Ingeteam. 

Nitrogen inflation adoption grows despite market misinformation

By: Paige Müller     23rd March 2018 Despite misinformation on the benefits of nitrogen tyre inflation there is significant adoption of nitrogen tyre inflation in sectors such as mining and transportation, says nitrogen inflation systems manufacturer NitraLife sales director Tom Sowry. “The lack of industry-related information... 

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