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State power utility demonstrates that it is up to Y2K challenge

By: System Author     19th November 1999 As the new millennium looms ever nearer, State power utility Eskom has announced that it has completed the necessary testing to ensure its Y2K compliance. 

Big power deal on the boil for renamed giant

By: System Author     5th November 1999 Steinm 

Mozambique energy project advances

By: System Author     29th October 1999 The proposed US$1-billion 1 000 MW power-station and US$240-million coal-mine at Moatize in Mozambique are set to move into the bankable feasibility study phase as soon as finance is secured. 

Promise of battery factory for South Africa

By: System Author     10th September 1999 The introduction of rechargeable alkaline manganese batteries into the South African market will not only give sustainable renewable energy to the population but also energise the local economy to the tune of US$25-million within three years. 

SA’s world leader exports to the Far East

By: System Author     20th August 1999 The world’s largest producer of electrolytic manganese dioxide (EMD), South African company Delta Electrical, is poised to take advantage of its long-term expansion potential to enter the lucrative Far East market. 

DME set to power-up non-grid image in SA

By: System Author     6th August 1999 Non-grid electrification should be seen as being equal to that of grid electrification 

Combating expensive leakage problem

By: System Author     23rd July 1999 In industry, compressed-air generation can account for as much as 10% of all energy costs, of which as much as 30% of the air is wasted through system inefficiencies. An averaged-sized plant with a capacity of about 1 000 1/s can lose as much as R200 000 a year. Leakage is the single largest... 

Cape mulling pilot wind-farm project

By: System Author     9th July 1999 Adecision to proceed with a pilot wind-farm project in the Western Cape is expected by the end of this year. Project leader: wind Lizelle Kok reports that State-owned power utility Eskom has been conducting desktop studies on wind energy for two years, looking at the feasibility of such an... 

Tidal, biomass also being probed

By: System Author     9th July 1999 Tidal power generation-desalination and the use of biomass fuel are two renewable energy options under investigation by the State’s power utility, Eskom. The two technological advances, though still in their infancy, are being probed under Eskom’s Southern African Bulk Renewable... 

Future of fuel-cell technology looks good

By: System Author     9th July 1999 The future of the fuel-cell, touted as the answer to petrol- and diesel-powered vehicles, hinges on the technology ultimately chosen. Fuel-cells, which convert chemical energy to electrical energy in a highly-efficient manner, still need fuel to operate, and commonly use hydrogen. But non-petrol... 

Company’s restructuring process gets wind in its sails

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 Although the Mossgas project was launched in 1987, Mossgas in its present form was established in April 1989. It owns and operates the offshore production platform on the FA field, as well as the onshore plant. The company is part of the CEF group of companies through which the State’s... 

Key contract under way

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 A key Mossgas contract for the new condensate top-up is currently under way by a top international alliance. A division of Krupp Engineering and a subsidiary of its German parent, Krupp Uhde is undertaking the project in joint venture with Parsons Energy & Chemicals, part of global giant Parsons... 

Still no end in sight for Cahora Bassa tussle

By: System Author     18th June 1999 There has been no progress in resolving the stand-off between South Africa and Portugal over Cahora Bassa. The dispute over tariff charges for electricity emanating from the Cahora Bassa power station in Mozambique has been under way for three decades. The conflict arose due to differences... 

Offshore petrol association launched

By: System Author     4th June 1999 THE Offshore Petroleum Association of South Africa (known as Opasa) was officially launched last month in Cape Town. The Department of Minerals and Energy, and others interested in the upstream industry of South Africa, joined with companies involved in the offshore exploration and production of... 

Sports village an energy-efficiency model

By: System Author     4th June 1999 The athletes’ village being built for the seventh All Africa Games, in Alexandra township, north of Johannesburg, could serve as a model for future low-cost housing developments. The R80-million, 1 799-unit athletes’ village, situated on a 52 ha site located on the far east bank of... 

Transport sector set for transformation

By: System Author     28th May 1999 The final version of the national Department of Transport’s 14-month study – Moving South Africa (MSA) – to determine the transport challenges facing South Africa at the start of the twenty-first century was released earlier this month, containing several ‘action... 

Complete solution for power industry

By: System Author     30th April 1999 It is imperative that the quality of water in steam-generation plants is controlled to high standards. Burkert Contromatic has products suitable for this demanding environment, and it will be releasing 37 new products this year alone, one of which is Top Control. This is heralded by the company... 

Electronic rotary hammer

By: System Author     30th April 1999 Industrial power-tool company Metabo Power Tools, of Johannesburg, a subsidiary of Metabo Germany – which has just purchased four stationary woodworking companies, making Metabo the largest woodworking-tool company in the world – has launched a new product in its cordless range in... 

R8-billion Tanzanian energy alternatives

By: System Author     16th April 1999 Tanzania has turned its eyes towards international investors to upgrade the country’s existing inadequate power sector. “We realise the critical importance of increasing our power-generating capacity,” explains Tanzania Electric Supply Company (Tanesco) MD R Abdulla. “As... 

Sunny South Africa becomes solar capital

By: System Author     2nd April 1999 A R2,7-million solar energy project completed last month is providing electricity to 582 homes, three schools and eight businesses in the remote Folovhodwe village in the Northern Province. The project has been undertaken in a joint venture between ASE, IBC, Webasto, and Siemens, which led the... 

Critical period for SA gas sector at hand

By: System Author     26th March 1999 The first six months of this year are going to be a critical period in determining whether South Africa’s largely underdeveloped gas industry realises its long-held potential to develop and thrive. This is the view of Fluor Daniel business manager energy and chemicals, Philip Morkel, who... 

State loosening oil grip

By: System Author     12th March 1999 THE first steps in the restructuring and possible privatisation of parts of the controversial Central Energy Fund (CEF) have been taken. It is understood that moves are under way to separate the strategic, regulatory, promotional, administrative and commercial aspects of the fund so as to... 

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