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Japan's Marubeni to halve coal-fired power capacity by 2030

By: Reuters     18th September 2018 Japan’s Marubeni Corp said it would no longer start new coal-fired power plant projects and will halve its net coal power generating capacity of about 3 GW by 2030 to cut greenhouse-gas emissions and tackle global climate change. “As a general principle, Marubeni will no longer enter into any new... 

Cummins emerges a major winner at 2018 Gender Mainstreaming Awards

18th September 2018 Cummins Africa Middle East (AME) emerged a major winner at the Gender Mainstreaming Awards at the Ticketpro Dome in Northgate, Johannesburg on Thursday 13 September. The awards are an initiative of the Business Engage Association NPC, sponsored by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). The awards aim to... 

Cummins emerges a major winner at 2018 Gender Mainstreaming Awards

17th September 2018 Cummins Africa Middle East (AME) emerged a major winner at the Gender Mainstreaming Awards at the Ticketpro Dome in Northgate, Johannesburg on Thursday 13 September. The awards are an initiative of the Business Engage Association NPC, sponsored by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). The awards aim to... 

Minami megasolar power plant, Japan

By: Sheila Barradas     14th September 2018 Pacifico Energy is building a 55 MW dc solar power plant in Gujo City, Gifu. 

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. 

Vitaglass - ‘reinforcing’ the trend toward maintenance-free, glass fibre reinforced gratings

13th September 2018 For nearly 80 years, Vital Engineering has been providing clients across various industry sectors – from food and beverage, marine exploration, minerals sands processing, architectural, construction, petrochemical, mining, and power generation – with a range of products. This comprises non-slip... 

RWE fears lignite industry collapse in hasty coal exit by Merkel

By: Bloomberg     12th September 2018 Chancellor Angela Merkel’s plan to phase out coal-fired power plants in Germany should stop short of “prematurely” closing brown coal facilities, or she risks the collapse of the nation’s mining industry as well as persistent blackouts, RWE AG said in a report. Shuttering coal plants may have a... 

WorleyParsons provides design support for revolutionary wind power technology

11th September 2018 As an organisation that focuses on finding solutions to the world’s changing resources and energy challenges, WorleyParsons continuously seeks to develop and encourage innovative ideas, refine those ideas and take them to market. With the drive towards renewable energy gaining pace, the project... 

Hydrogen from renewables may be energy transition’s ‘missing link’

By: Terence Creamer     7th September 2018 Producing hydrogen from variable renewable electricity (VRE) could be the ‘missing link’ in the unfolding transition to a decarbonised global energy system, a newly released report argues. Published by the International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena), the study explores the production of... 

A reflection on latest IRP iteration

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     7th September 2018 The Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) is a government plan that supposedly sets out  the future development of the South African electricity generation system. In theory, government passes the plan around for comment by industry and municipalities and everybody agrees, after which government policy... 

Energía del Pacífico project, El Salvador

By: Sheila Barradas     7th September 2018 Energía del Pacífico is building a power plant and a floating storage regasification unit in the Department of Sonsonate. 

China's TBEA to invest in €180m Gabon hydropower project – Gabon official

By: Reuters     3rd September 2018 Chinese energy firm TBEA will invest in a €180-million ($209-million) hydropower project in Gabon alongside the West African country's sovereign wealth fund, a Gabonese official said on Saturday. Construction will begin "pretty soon" on the project, which will have a power generation capacity of... 

S Africa’s changing energy landscape

31st August 2018 Natural gas is one of the cleanest, safest, and most useful forms of energy, providing the world with over 20% of its energy requirements across power generation, industry and transport applications. In South Africa, at just 3%, the meaningful addition of natural gas to the country’s energy mix... 

Adventures on the interconnected power system

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     31st August 2018   I worked for State-owned power utility Eskom as the senior engineer for operations in the Eastern Cape for just under two years. It was a fabulous job. I reported to the chief engineer, who, in turn, reported to the regional manager. But both the chief engineer and I had a reporting... 

Air quality control solutions balance social and environmental needs

29th August 2018 Coal-fired power generation remains an important component of Africa’s energy landscape. Air-quality control solutions are key to preserving clean air and quality of life, says Webb Meko, Business Development Director, Sub-Saharan Africa, Black & Veatch Johannesburg, 21 August 2018 – According to... 

Rental market, power-as-service offerings underpinning demand for generators

By: Schalk Burger     24th August 2018 A growing rental market and the provision of expert services, including electrical engineering services, is providing global generator manufacturer Himoinsa with good growth in Southern Africa, says Himoinsa Southern Africa business development director Matt Bell. The rental market provides it... 

GAIL plans core, noncore diversification

By: Ajoy K Das     23rd August 2018 India’s State-owned natural gas marketer and infrastructure provider, GAIL India, is seeking to diversify into ‘core’ and ‘noncore’ business verticals that extend from solar power generation and electric vehicle charging stations to water transportation pipelines. The natural gas logistics major... 

Origin swings to profit

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     16th August 2018 Energy major Origin Energy has swung into profit for the financial year ended June, following a full year of operations from both the liquefied natural gas (LNG) trains at its Australia Pacific LNG operation, as well as higher commodity prices. Statutory profit for the full year to June was... 

What is driving a rally in EU carbon permit prices?

By: Reuters     15th August 2018 The Benchmark European carbon price hit a 10-year high on Wednesday, marking a near 130% rise this year, with prices set to continue climbing over the next few years. The European Union's Emissions Trading System (ETS) charges power plants and factories for every tonne of carbon dioxide (CO2)... 

Kibo to acquire 60% stake in UK energy company

By: Simone Liedtke     15th August 2018 Africa-focussed energy company Kibo Energy has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for the acquisition of a 60% equity interest in UK company Mast Energy Developments (MED). Under the terms of the MoU, Kibo can acquire a 60% shareholding in MED for £300 000 payable to existing MED... 

South African farmers face tough road to recovery

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     10th August 2018 Local orchards and vineyards could take between five and seven years to fully recover from the recent drought, provided there is average or above-average rainfall for three consecutive years, says agriculture industry association Agri SA head of natural resources Janse Rabie. “Because of the... 

Industry provider to expand African footprint

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     10th August 2018 With many emerging and developing industries in Africa, as well as greater awareness of environmental issues and concerns, instrumentation manufacturer E Instruments regards the continent as an area of growth for its business. E Instruments product manager Bill Freed tells Engineering News that... 

Sars appoints acting finance chief to permanent position

By: Schalk Burger     7th August 2018 The South African Revenue Service (Sars) has appointed Johnstone Makhubu as its chief officer: finance with immediate effect. He had been the acting chief financial officer since August 2017. 

Ghanaian President sacks Energy Minister, gives no reason

By: Reuters     7th August 2018 Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo sacked Energy Minister Boakye Agyarko on Monday, a statement from the presidency said, giving no official reason. Press reports said Agyarko was removed because Akufo-Addo was unhappy with his handling of an agreement to extend an existing five-year deal with... 

Energy access solution lies in adopting VRFB technology in renewable energy – Nikomarov  

By: Simone Liedtke     1st August 2018 With about 650-million people in Africa currently without access to electricity, Bushveld Minerals subsidiary Bushveld Energy CEO Mikhail Nikomarov believes the solution lies in area-specific solutions. He explained in an interview with Mining Weekly Online that a solution needs to be an... 

South Africa’s wind industry calls for standard metrics for employment in the energy sector 

By: Kim Cloete     27th July 2018 The South African wind industry has called for a standardised metric to determine employment in the energy sector.   Currently all South African coal power-related employment studies use the metric employees or jobs as opposed to the more internationally applied metric person-years, which is used... 

Ethiopian Nile dam manager found shot dead in his car

By: Reuters     27th July 2018 The project manager of a $4-billion Ethiopian dam was found shot dead in his car on Thursday, police said. "We have confirmed that engineer Simegnew Bekele was shot dead," Zeinu Jemal, head of Ethiopia's Federal Police Commission, told reporters. "He had a bullet wound behind his right ear,"... 

Price of electricity affects local gas-to-power projects

By: Melissa Zisengwe     27th July 2018 One of the biggest challenges of implementing gas-to-power projects in South Africa is the volatility of the natural gas price, compared with that of electricity, says consultancy firm WSP Africa generation and power regional director Martin Mkhabela. This volatility is caused by the pricing... 

POWER-GEN & DistribuTECH Africa 2018 wraps up with bigger plans for 2019

26th July 2018 Africa’s premier power sector conference and exhibition, POWER-GEN & DistribuTECH Africa, wrapped up its 2018 edition in Johannesburg on a high note last week; announcing bigger plans for 2019. POWER-GEN & DistribuTECH Africa, now in its 6th year in South Africa, attracted over 2,100 delegates... 

The natural gas revolution in South Africa: A changing energy landscape

By: Creamer Media Reporter      24th July 2018 Recent on- and off-shore discoveries of globally significant quantities of natural gas in Southern Africa – including trillions of cubic metres of natural gas in the Rovuma Basin off the Mozambique coast, the biggest global find of natural gas in decades – represent a new dawn for the region’s... 

Biotechnology disinfectant for industrial water treatment

24th July 2018 Local biotechnology company Biodx’s Decont-A biodegradable disinfectant, which has been tested and proven under operating conditions in industrial, power generation and mine water treatment applications, helps to reduce the energy and chemical costs associated with the cleaning and treatment of... 

POWER-GEN & DistribuTECH Africa to co-locate with African Utility Week in 2019

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th July 2018 Africa’s premier power generation and distribution event, POWER-GEN & DistribuTECH Africa, will be co-located with leading African utility sector event, African Utility Week, in 2019, following the acquisition of POWER-GEN & DistribuTECH Africa organisers PennWell by Clarion Energy South Africa... 

Africa must respond to power challenges as a collective

18th July 2018 Massive change is underway in Africa’s power sector, and unless the continent’s power sector adapts to the changes and embraces new models and new technologies, it risks its future profitability, pan-African stakeholders heard ahead of POWER-GEN & DistribuTECH Africa. Dr Willie de Beer, power... 

SA Integrated Resource Plan nears completion

18th July 2018 Pan-African progress updates as Africa’s stakeholders convene in Sandton for key power sector summit South Africa’s Integrated Resource Plan (IRP), expected to be finalised in the course of the next month, will give Eskom and other power stakeholders clarity and direction, says Eskom Chairman... 

Africa must respond to power challenges as a collective

17th July 2018 Massive change is underway in Africa’s power sector, and unless the continent’s power sector adapts to the changes and embraces new models and new technologies, it risks its future profitability, pan-African stakeholders heard ahead of POWER-GEN & DistribuTECH Africa. Dr Willie de Beer, power... 

Acwa Power, CEF to co-invest in Redstone CSP project 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th July 2018 Power generation technology developer Acwa Power on Monday signed an investment agreement with South Africa’s Central Energy Fund (CEF) regarding the Redstone concentrated solar thermal power plant (CSP) plant, in the Northern Cape.  

No ‘hollow’ promises: Allied Steelrode’s LT20 tube laser leverages the full engineering and design potential of tubular steel

13th July 2018 The increased popularity and use of square and rectangular section hollow steel tubing is a boon for consulting engineers, as it has opened up many new and innovative design opportunities. This type of  steel tubing has many advantages for the consulting engineer as it is cost-effective, light,... 

Others expected to follow Coca-Cola’s solar leadership as costs fall

By: Simone Liedtke     13th July 2018 Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa (CCBSA), Coca-Cola’s bottling partner in South Africa, is aiming to have 25% of its electricity powered by renewable sources by 2025. The company says the first 10% of this renewable energy, about 18-million kilowatt hours a year, will be rolled out nationwide... 

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