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GE calls for more coal power within the IRP 

By: Kim Cloete     17th October 2018 General Electric (GE) has called on the South African government to reconsider investing in a further 1 600 MW of coal-fired power generation capacity, describing it as "the lifeblood" of South Africa’s economy, a significant job creator and important source of foreign exchange. “The removal of 1... 

KenGen says new geothermal plant nearly ready

By: Reuters     12th October 2018 KenGen's new 165.4 MW capacity plant powered by geothermal steam is three quarters complete and on schedule for commissioning next July, Kenya's main electricity producer said on Friday. Geothermal steam, hot underground steam found in the Rift Valley which is used to drive turbines for... 

Forward-thinking municipality uses pumps to generate electricity

By: Creamer Media Reporter      12th October 2018 A technical team serving the requirements of the Drakenstein Municipality in the Western Cape has designed one of the country’s largest pump and turbine stations to be used for water reticulation to the nearby town of Paarl in dry periods, and as turbines to generate electricity for the city... 

A.B.E. Products For Historic Knysna Hotel’s New Floors

9th October 2018 Three of a.b.e. Construction Chemicals’ popular flooring products were used for the refurbishment and alterations to the concrete floors of Knysna’s historic and prestige Turbine Boutique Hotel and Spa. Leading supplier of specialist products for the construction industry, a.b.e. is part of the... 

Technology cost assumptions used to produce IRP explained 

By: Terence Creamer     9th October 2018 An experienced electricity system modeller has corrected a suggestion that the draft 2018 Integrated Resource Plan (IRP 2018) uses levelised cost assumptions for the various generation technologies tested, explaining that overnight capital cost assumptions for each technology are key inputs. The... 

Tech advances poised to shorten prospecting-to-mine-development timelines

By: Tracy Hancock     5th October 2018 The impact of the Fourth Industrial Revolution on the minerals industry has not yet played out, but South Africa's, and the world’s, ability to generate massive amounts of data and integrate and use them will undoubtedly improve, leading to an acceleration in mineral exploration in the future,... 

Coal reaching $100/t in Europe boosts greener alternatives

By: Bloomberg     4th October 2018 Coal’s push to $100/t in Europe may benefit the greenest energy providers more than it does for miners. Companies that provide alternatives ranging from renewable power plants to natural gas turbines are expecting a lift after the commodity reached a five-year high. Far from spurring a revival... 

IRP 2018 suffers from major errors, affirms nuclear analyst 

By: Rebecca Campbell     3rd October 2018 South Africa's Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) 2018 contained serious flaws which significantly undermined confidence in its recommendations. So affirmed University of the Witwatersrand Honorary Research Fellow and South African Network for Nuclear Education, Science and Technology National... 

Taiba N’Diaye wind farm, Senegal

By: Sheila Barradas     28th September 2018 Taiba N’Diaye is the first utility-scale wind power project in Senegal. 

The Californian rare earths mine caught between Trump and China

By: Bloomberg     27th September 2018 The only operating rare earths mine in the US - and once the world’s biggest -- is caught up in the crossfire of the Trump administration’s trade war with China. Rare earths, an esoteric group of materials used in everything from Tesla Inc. automobiles to high-tech military equipment, were... 

Kangnas Wind Farm and Perdekraal East Wind Farm, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     21st September 2018 The Perdekraal East wind farm is preparing for the start of major construction activity. 

Rainbow sees positive outcomes in FY18

By: Simone Liedtke     19th September 2018 Following years of planning and preparation, LSE-listed Rainbow Rare Earths’ Gakara project, in Burundi, entered production in the 2018 financial year, ended June 30, and exported 575 t of rare earths concentrate. In a market dominated by Chinese producers, Rainbow chairperson Adonis Pouroulis... 

Perdekraal East wind farm preparing for construction activity to start

By: Simone Liedtke     17th September 2018 The Perdekraal East wind farm, which is situated within the Witzenberg local municipality, in the Western Cape, is preparing for the start of major construction activity. Once complete, the 110 MW Perdekraal wind farm, which spans 3 055 ha, will comprise 48, 115-m-high wind turbines. 

Adventures on the interconnected electricity system

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     14th September 2018 In my last column on the Eskom intergrated power system, I explained that I worked for electricity utility as the senior engineer for operations in the Eastern Cape for just under two years. The backbone of the national grid was the 400 kV powerline system and the 220 kV powerline system, which... 

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. 

Nordex to supply 80 wind turbines to two South African wind farm projects

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th September 2018 Wind turbine manufacturer Nordex Group has been awarded contracts in South Africa to install 80 AW125/3150 turbines for the Garob and Copperton projects, in the Northern Cape. The turbines have a combined capacity of 252 MW.  

Cape vulture provides inspiration for homegrown vertical-axis wind turbine  

By: Terence Creamer     11th September 2018 A South African start-up has developed a vertical-axis wind-turbine that employs a groundbreaking morphing wing design, which seeks to mimic the movements of the Cape vulture. A prototype of the turbine, developed by Brayfoil Technologies in collaboration with WorleyParsons, is currently being... 

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... 

Sasol, Indian companies join EP100 global energy saving initiative

By: Marleny Arnoldi     10th September 2018 Petrochemicals giant Sasol and Indian companies UltraTech Cement, Mahindra Vehicle Manufacturers, Mahindra Heavy Engines and Godrej Industries and Associate Companies (Gilac) on Monday pledged to put energy efficiency at the heart of their business growth strategies by joining EP100. EP100 is a... 

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... 

Nurek hydropower rehabilitation project, Tajikistan

By: Sheila Barradas     7th September 2018 Barqi Tojik plans to rehabilitate and restore the generating capacity of nine power generating units at the Nurek power plant. 

Kenya 428 km power line complete, to add 310 MW to grid by December

By: Reuters     5th September 2018 A high-voltage power line to carry electricity from a 310 MW wind power plant to central Kenya from the north is complete and supply to the national grid will stabilise by December, the energy minister said, replacing diesel generation. The 428 km, 400 kV power line is critical for the Lake... 

Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme – fourth window

By: Sheila Barradas     31st August 2018 Twenty-seven Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme project agreements were signed in April 2018.  

Riau gas-fired combined-cycle gas turbine power project, Indonesia

By: Sheila Barradas     31st August 2018 PT Medco Ratch Power Riau plans to build a baseload power plant with a capacity of 1 445 GWh/y. 

Place your bid on cranes and more from MHPS Africa

By: Creamer Media Reporter      23rd August 2018 It’s not every day that one of Africa’s largest players in the construction of fossil fuel-fired power plants goes to auction with one of its biggest crawler cranes. Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Africa (MHPS Africa) have mandated GoIndustry DoveBid S.A to dispose of their surplus assets,... 

Place your bid on cranes and more from MHPS Africa

By: Maxine Arries     23rd August 2018 It’s not every day that one of Africa’s largest players in the construction of fossil fuel-fired power plants goes to auction with one of its biggest crawler cranes. Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Africa (MHPS Africa) have mandated GoIndustry DoveBid S.A to dispose of their surplus assets,... 

Why converting municipal trash into energy isn’t a complete waste of time

15th August 2018 Although many would argue otherwise, the inevitable concept of centralized power plants is slowly dissipating. We’re moving into an era where consumers of energy are also becoming producers of it, where communities and businesses are generating their own power. But, even though conversations... 

Battery boom spurs quest to resurrect World War II cobalt mines

By: Bloomberg     15th August 2018 The giant rocky outcrop known by locals as La Cobaltera offers a glimpse into northern Chile’s mining past, and a hint of its future. Slag from an ancient furnace is piled at the entrance of a mine shaft that hasn’t seen commercial activity since World War II. Inside, eucalyptus posts still... 

Borssele III/IV wind farms, the Netherlands

By: Sheila Barradas     10th August 2018 Blauwwind Consortium is building a wind farm with a 731.5 MW capacity off the coast of the Netherlands. 

Čibuk 1 Wind Farm, Serbia

By: Sheila Barradas     3rd August 2018 Čibuk 1 will contribute towards Serbia’s commitment to produce 27% of its domestic power using renewable-energy sources by 2020. 

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... 

Horns Rev 3 Wind Farm, Denmark

By: Sheila Barradas     27th July 2018 The project involves the construction of a 407 MW wind farm. 

Stockyard Hill Wind Farm, Australia

By: Sheila Barradas     27th July 2018 Goldwind Australia is building the largest wind farm in Australia and the southern hemisphere. 

WorleyParsons commences with second wind power project in Kenya

By: Creamer Media Reporter      23rd July 2018 WorleyParsons has recently signed a 22-month owner’s engineer contract for the Kipeto Wind Power Project in Kenya, the second largest in the country after the Lake Turkana Wind Power Project. The Kipeto Wind Power Project will comprise 60 wind turbines generating a combined capacity of 100 MW of... 

The elephant in the substation

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     20th July 2018 Everybody knows that renewable energy is great for us all: it is free, it does not pollute, it keeps big bad Eskom on its toes and it  represents huge investments in South Africa. What is there not to love? The bids for various wind power farms (this is the amount for which Eskom has to buy power... 

Albatross Wind Farm, northern Europe

By: Sheila Barradas     20th July 2018 EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg and Enbridge plan to build a 112 MW wind farm in the so-called “exclusive economic zone” of the North Sea. 

Tanzania approves first large-scale wind farm project

By: John Muchira     6th July 2018 The authorities in Tanzania have granted Australian company Windlab approval to build a 300 MW wind farm, which is expected to contribute significantly to the country’s energy needs. This comes after Windlab's local subsidiary, Windlab Developments Tanzania, was awarded an environmental- and... 

Crowlands Wind Farm, Australia

By: Sheila Barradas     6th July 2018 Pacific Hydro plans to build an 80 MW wind farm in Victoria. 

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