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GE Power expects to build a renewables ‘ecosystem’ in South Africa as electricity mix transitions

By: Terence Creamer     16th February 2018 The global head of GE Power says the group anticipates that South Africa’s future electricity mix will incorporate higher contributions from wind and solar and that its South African unit, which currently has a strong coal focus, will “pivot and adjust” its skills and localisation strategies... 

Growing need to fuel power demand in Africa

By: Simone Liedtke     16th February 2018 Energy transformation in Africa is necessary to ensure that the 600-million people on the continent who do not have access to energy gain access, says regional event Africa Energy Indaba (AEI) MD Liz Hart, who adds that the growing population and need for African industrialisation will continue... 

Innovation and blockchain tech high on agenda at energy event

     16th February 2018 Leading figures within the African energy scene will convene at the tenth Africa Energy Indaba (AEI), including at the World Energy Council's (WEC’s) annual Africa meeting, to discuss the importance of innovation and regional integration at a time when the energy sector is undergoing a major... 

Materials supplier company secures contract

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th February 2018 Construction materials company Afrimat has been awarded a contract to supply building material to the Mozambique liquefied natural gas fields, which will be developed by oil and gas exploration company Anadarko Petroleum Corporation, on the northern border of the country.  

Senegal utility awards €197-million grid expansion contract

By: Nadine James     16th February 2018 Electrical transmission, engineering and maintenance provider Omexom, a subsidiary of Italian energy company VINCI Energies, has won the Société d’Electricité du Sénégal (Senelec) contract to install five new extra-high voltage (EHV) transformer stations, nearly 200 km of overhead and underground... 

São Gonçalo solar plant, Brazil

By: Sheila Barradas     16th February 2018 Enel Green Power Brasil Participações plans to build solar photovolatic plant, which will be able to generate more than 850 GWh/y of renewable energy. 

Contract duration key to hybrid-power-for-mines investment case

By: Terence Creamer     15th February 2018 Alignment between a mine’s life and the tenor of a power purchase agreement (PPA) has been held up as the main consideration for those mining operations considering investments into hybrid power solutions, which combine renewable energy and battery storage with gas or diesel generators. Speaking... 

Global wind energy installations remain above 50 GW - GWEC

By: Simone Liedtke     14th February 2018 Installations in the global wind energy market remained above 50 GW in 2017, with Europe, India and the offshore sector having had record years. The Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) on Wednesday released its 2017 market statistics, which highlighted a decrease to 19.5 GW for Chinese... 

New CEO must position Eskom for ‘evolving energy markets and technologies’

By: Terence Creamer     12th February 2018 The newspaper advertisement calling for applications for the positions of CEO and CFO at State-owned power utility Eskom includes definite signs of the reforms that the newly appointed board is aiming to implement at the beleaguered organisation. The advertisement calls on appropriately qualified... 

Disrupting mindsets

By: Terence Creamer     9th February 2018 The main disruption in the global energy milieu over the past five years has been a “disruption in the mindset,” Engie CEO Isabelle Kocher asserted during a recent panel discussion at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. In fact, she argued that this shift in thinking (about the role... 

Solar-asset marketplace using cryptocurrency, blockchain to monetise solar energy

By: Schalk Burger     9th February 2018 SUNEX, a new South African cryptocurrency representing the value of power produced and dispatched from the bearer's solar photovoltaic (PV) panels, helps to support and accelerate the rollout and use of PV solar renewable-energy technologies, says Sun Exchange co-founder and CEO Abraham... 

Companies urged to ‘proactively’ reduce their carbon footprint as second Draft Carbon Tax Bill is released for comment

By: Nadine James     9th February 2018 In light of National Treasury’s publishing the second Draft Carbon Tax Bill for public comment in December, systems integration specialists Jasco Group’s CEO Pete da Silva suggests that companies proactively determine their carbon footprint and implement measures to mitigate the eventual effects... 

Many big new copper mines likely to be needed – Anglo

By: Martin Creamer     6th February 2018 Based on two relatively moderate and reasonable growth assumptions, the world will need the equivalent of another 22 Collahuasi copper mines to meet expected copper demand by 2030, Anglo American base metals marketing head Alex Schmitt said on Tuesday. Collahuasi, which Schmitt described as the... 

KfW, RMB create specialised debt fund vehicle for small-scale renewables projects

By: Anine Kilian     2nd February 2018 German government-owned KfW Development Bank and Rand Merchant Bank (RMB) on Thursday signed an agreement that establishes South Africa’s first specialised debt fund vehicle for small-scale renewables projects. Known as The Facility for Investment in Renewable Small Transactions (First), this... 

Eskom given go ahead to sign stalled deals with renewables IPPs

By: Terence Creamer     2nd February 2018 Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown announced on Friday that Eskom’s application to purchase additional renewable energy from independent power producers (IPPs) had been approved, clearing the way for the signing of power purchase agreements (PPAs) for 27 wind and solar projects procured by... 

Getting more efficient

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     2nd February 2018 About four years ago, I launched a project called the 400 W house. The house I proposed would use no more than an average of 400 W of electricity an hour over a 24 hour period. I specified a fridge that would use 180 W, a TV at 90 W, an induction cooker/hob at 900 W and an induction water heater... 

Terrapinn events inspire and transform business.

     31st January 2018 We’ve been sparking ideas, innovations and relationships that transform business for over 30 years. Using our global footprint, we bring innovators, disrupters and change agents together. Discussing and demonstrating the technology, strategies and personalities that are changing the way the world... 

Eskom cannot commit to nuclear expansion – acting CFO 

By: Reuters     30th January 2018 South Africa's power utility Eskom cannot afford a nuclear power station expansion, acting Eskom chief financial officer Calib Cassim said on Tuesday during the release of its financial results. South Africa's government has said it will push ahead with its nuclear expansion plan but will now do... 

BCI progressing diversified portfolio

By: Schalk Burger     30th January 2018 Junior miner BCI Minerals continues to focus on advancing existing projects and remaining debt-free, the company said on Tuesday in its quarterly report to the end of December. BCI’s cash balance was A$18.9-million at the end of December, down A$4.7-million compared with the quarter to the end of... 

Rocla, part of the IS Group of companies, has appointed Servaas Le Roux as its Technical Executive.

     30th January 2018 Le Roux who has been with Rocla for over eight years in his capacity as a civil engineer was previously responsible for the negotiation, development, design and project management of bespoke projects at Rocla as well the management of existing designs and advising on manufacturing processes.   “I... 

Europe to Trump: If you want a trade war, you'll get one

By: Bloomberg     29th January 2018 The European Union gave President Donald Trump a fresh warning about any US curbs on imports from Europe by pledging swift retaliation, highlighting the persistent risk of a trans-Atlantic trade war. The EU fired the shot across the US bow after Trump said in an interview with ITV broadcast over... 

Akuo secures €78m to build Mali solar plant

By: Schalk Burger     29th January 2018 French independent power producer (IPP) Akuo Energy has secured €78-million in financing to build the 50 MW Akuo Kita Solar Photovoltaic (PV) power plant, in southern Mali. Private sector infrastructure funding organisation Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund (EAIF) reports that the plant will be... 

Innovation and blockchain tech high on the agenda at the 10th Africa Energy Indaba

     29th January 2018 Leading figures within the African energy scene will convene at the 10th Annual Africa Energy Indaba, the World Energy Council’s annual African regional meeting, to discuss the importance of innovation and regional integration at a time when the energy sector is undergoing a major transition.... 

Junior projects lighting bright path into Africa for ‘search and solve’ group

By: Martin Creamer     26th January 2018 Motor and controls manufacturer Zest WEG Group, which designs, manufactures, markets and installs electrical products and solutions across the full electrical spectrum, is achieving great success with its new specially crafted ‘pavement pounding, search and solve’ business model that ensures... 

Need for more energy increases demand for solar power

By: Victor Moolman     26th January 2018 With electricity demand in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region increasing, Stellenbosch University Faculty of Engineering’s Centre for Renewable and Sustainable Energy Studies senior researcher Karin Kritzinger believes that solar water heaters can be one of the major... 

School installs solar system at boarding house

     26th January 2018 The South African College High School (SACS), in Cape Town, made a commitment to clean energy by installing a solar system at its Rosedale Boarding House. The solar system was installed in November by Energy Partners Home Solutions, part of the PSG group of companies. SACS deputy headmaster Barry... 

Solar energy can reduce tariff hike strain on consumers

     26th January 2018 With the ruling of the Constitutional Court having allowed power utility Eskom to retrospectively ask the National Energy Regulator of South Africa to claw back additional tariffs from consumers, solar energy equipment supplier Energy Partners Home Solutions believes that this could lead to... 

Microgrids using solar energy to meet energy demands

     26th January 2018 Communities and producers in Africa are struggling with energy deficits caused by a lack of infrastructure access in some cases and poor energy quality and high-power costs in others, explains procurement and construction services provider Black & Veatch. As a result, Black & Veatch has... 

Three-year project reaches completion

By: Victor Moolman     26th January 2018 Technology solutions provider Jasco has completed its three-year solar farm project, which has reduced its maximum electricity demand by 27% and its reliance on State-owned power utility Eskom by 33%. “Phase 1 of the project – which started in April 2015 – resulted in the installation of 53 kWp... 

Kenyan startup’s solar refrigeration solution wins energy prize 

     25th January 2018 Kenyan startup SolarFreeze, which has developed an offgrid solar-powered refrigeration solution for smallholder farmers and traders, has been named the winner of the Africa Energy Prize. The award is a joint initiative between energy multinational Enel and Swiss-based Seedstars World, which... 

Pick n Pay Longmeadow benefits from completion of solar PV project 

     25th January 2018 The installation of a photovoltaic system for South African retailer Pick n Pay’s Longmeadow distribution centre will be fully operational by the end of the month. The solar PV system, installed by Energy Partners Solar, is believed to be the largest solar PV installation in South Africa. Nadine... 

Sub-Saharan Africa set to reap the benefits of hybrid power

     25th January 2018 Hybrid power solutions, which combine renewable energy with fossil fuel and battery storage, are estimated to grow from a few installations to several thousand Megawatts in sub-Saharan Africa, between now and 2025. Renewable energy is now cheaper than gas and nuclear, and in several locations... 

Japan's record exports, manufacturing, point to powerhouse economy

By: Reuters     24th January 2018 Japan’s exports to China and Asia hit record levels as shipments rose for a thirteenth straight month in December and manufacturing growth hit a four-year high in January, pointing to an economy that powered through the fourth quarter and into 2018. The Ministry of Finance (MOF) said on Wednesday... 

Signing of power purchase agreements with IPPs imminent – SAWEA

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     19th January 2018 The South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) expects the conclusion of 26 outstanding power purchase agreements (PPAs) with independent power producers (IPPs) to occur during the first quarter of this year. It said on Friday that the majority of the processes required to conclude the PPAs... 

BCI reports positive progress on Mardie salt PFS

By: Natasha Odendaal     19th January 2018 ASX-listed BCI Minerals’ significantly progressed prefeasibility study (PFS) has provided further validation on the viability of its Mardie salt project, in the Pilbara region, Western Australia. Over the past six months, BCI has completed material environmental, heritage and geotechnical... 

German fascination with SA wind power

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     19th January 2018 Germans seem to be very interested in wind power generation in South Africa. Don't know why. First we had German-born Dr Tobias Bischof-Niemz running the Energy Centre at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR). In this position, he proposed a power generation model that was... 

Guidance note on support for off-grid renewable energy launched

By: Dylan Slater     19th January 2018 The first edition of the Off-Grid Government-Industry Dialogue (OGID) Day – which took place in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire during October – resulted in the launch of a guidance note for governments. The note aims to share recommendations for policymakers about how they can support the off-grid... 

$324m for Morocco, Côte d’Ivoire renewables projects

By: Dylan Slater     19th January 2018 The African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved $324-million in loan support to two renewable energy projects in Morocco and Côte d’Ivoire that are expected to significantly increase power supplies and boost economic growth in those countries.  

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