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Renewable power costs rise, just not as much as fossil fuels

By: Bloomberg     Updated 5 hours ago It’s costing more these days to build and run solar farms and wind turbines, but they’re still cheaper than power plants that rely on fossil fuels. The costs of renewable plants are rising after years of declines due to soaring prices for materials, shipping and labour, according to a... 

Manufacturer now offers new stainless steel braided hose

Updated 6 hours ago Earlier this year, industrial hose specialist Truco announced it had started manufacturing stainless steel braided hose at its Chamdor campus in Johannesburg, Gauteng. Initial capabilities are for hose assemblies from 6 mm to 25 cm in diameter. 

A reel of stainless steel braided hose which is impervious to fire chemicals and pressure
STEELING THE SHOW The new sheet braided hose offered by Truco is ideal for use across a range of industries

Growthpoint struggles to secure diesel amid power cuts

By: Bloomberg     30th June 2022 Growthpoint Properties, South Africa’s largest real estate investment trust, said its running out of diesel to operate generators at some of its buildings as the country grapples with the worst electricity shortage since 2019. In a letter to customers at one of its sites in Johannesburg the... 

Eskom to implement Stage 6 load-shedding on Thursday and Friday

By: Creamer Media Reporter      30th June 2022 Power utility Eskom on Thursday said it would again implement Stage 6 load-shedding, from 14:00 until midnight, as the unlawful strike by employees continues. Stage 4 load-shedding will be implemented from 00:00 to 05:00 on Friday. From 05:00 until 00:00 on Friday, load-shedding will be... 

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Eskom offers workers 7% increase after illegal protests

By: Bloomberg     29th June 2022 Eskom Holdings is offering workers a 7% wage increase, after the utility lost units during illegal protests that plunged South Africa into the worst blackouts since 2019, according to people familiar with the information. 

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'It's unfair' to blame me or govt for Eskom crisis - Mantashe on defensive at urgent Cabinet meeting

By: News24Wire      29th June 2022 A Cabinet committee was meeting urgently on Wednesday to deliberate on the crises at Eskom after the power utility plunged the country into stage 6 load-shedding on Tuesday. No Cabinet meeting had been scheduled for Wednesday. Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe told News24 it... 

Stage 6 load-shedding from 16:00 as maintenance backlog could take 'weeks to clear' 

By: News24Wire      29th June 2022 Stage 6 load-shedding will kick in again from 16:00 until 22:00 on Wednesday evening, Eskom said in a statement. This is despite the fact that striking employees have started returning to work. Stage 4 load-shedding will be implemented from 22:00 until midnight, and then reduced to Stage 2 until... 

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Eskom employees start returning to work amid speculation of a higher wage offer

By: News24Wire      29th June 2022 As reports and speculation about Eskom's new wage offer to unions were in full swing, the power utility confirmed that employees were returning to work at various stations and other operations on Wednesday morning. After a week of protest disruptions due to a wage negotiation deadlock, Minister... 

Stage 6 fiasco: Ratings downgrade may now be on the cards, economists warn

By: News24Wire      29th June 2022 Stage 6 load shedding – the worst since 2019 – sparked by a wildcat strike at ailing power utility Eskom could stamp out the SA economy's recent tentative green shoots, analysts have warned. Amid spiralling unemployment, high inflation and rocketing fuel prices, there have been small pockets of... 

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Gordhan says Eskom, unions reach wage agreement; hopes second day of Stage 6 load-shedding can be avoided 

By: Chanel de Bruyn     28th June 2022 Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan on Tuesday evening said he was hopeful that Eskom would be able to avoid implementing Stage 6 load-shedding for a second day on Wednesday, after the power utility and unions had reached a wage agreement earlier in the day. Eskom on Tuesday afternoon... 

Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan
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Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan

Power trip: While Stage 4 drags on some unions want Pravin, but Eskom heads to CCMA

By: News24Wire      28th June 2022 While Eskom has put its plans in motion to end protests that have disrupted its operations and break the deadlock at its wage talks, unions in the negotiations are split on whether the impasse may need an intervention from Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan. Historically, an intervention... 

Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan
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Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan

G7 to allow fossil-fuel financing if climate pledges are kept

By: Bloomberg     28th June 2022 Group of Seven (G7) nations are set to allow some exceptional public financing of overseas fossil-fuel projects to continue provided that the investments are consistent with prior climate-change agreements, according to people familiar with the matter. The final text of the leaders’ statement,... 

Eskom says most workers at power plants, still sporadic protests

By: Bloomberg     27th June 2022 South Africa’s power utility said most of its workforce is in place, despite some ongoing demonstrations that started last week after a breakdown in wage negotiations, though generation capacity has yet to improve. “The greater majority of employees are reporting for duty,” Eskom Holdings' media... 

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UK to guarantee $2bn of AfDB debt to boost climate fight

By: Bloomberg     27th June 2022 The UK has agreed to guarantee $2-billion of the debt the African Development Bank has extended to governments on the continent, allowing the lender to free up finance for climate-related projects. The additional lending capacity will be used to fund projects for climate resilience and renewable... 

Stage 4 power cuts to continue until Wednesday due to labour action, says Eskom

By: News24Wire      27th June 2022 Stage 4 load-shedding will continue to be implemented from 05:00 in the morning until Wednesday, Eskom has announced.  The power utility said the power cuts would be implemented every day until midnight.  

Renewed focus on South Africa's Just Energy Transition Partnership  

24th June 2022 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the fresh attention this week on the $8.5-billion Just Energy Transition Partnership (JET-P) between South Africa and various developed countries; the importance of South Africa finalising a JET-P investment... 

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Renewed focus on South Africa's Just Energy Transition Partnership

If power station protests persist, there’ll be much more load-shedding, Eskom warns

By: News24Wire      24th June 2022 Power utility Eskom warned on Friday morning that if protests at nine of its power stations and facilities continue, it increases the risk of higher stages of load-shedding. SA is currently experiencing Stage 2 load-shedding every day up to midnight until Sunday. 

An Eskom coal-fired power station

Is it possible to convert old coal mines into successful farms?

By: Darren Parker     24th June 2022 The rehabilitation of South Africa’s closed coal mines has long been a source of contention among miners, environmental activists and affected communities. Numerous old mines were not rehabilitated at all, while many others were rehabilitated to within only the bare minimum requirements of the... 

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Eskom set to host first roundtable with energy experts as load-shedding is extended 

By: Terence Creamer     22nd June 2022 Eskom CEO André de Ryuter reports that the utility will host its first roundtable with local and international energy experts on Friday June 24 to discuss solutions to the country’s electricity crisis and ongoing load-shedding. Speaking during a briefing to explain a decision to extend rotational... 

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Eskom's Megawatt Park HQ

De Ruyter says immediate renewable energy investment should focus on Mpumalanga

By: Darren Parker     22nd June 2022 State-owned utility Eskom CEO André de Ruyter wants Mpumalanga to be the focal point for investment in renewable energy generation capacity to leverage the province’s well established transmission grid and to mitigate the potential for mass unemployment in the province as coal-fired power... 

Eskom CEO André de Ruyter
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Eskom CEO André de Ruyter

Final Just Energy Transition Partnership Investment Plan expected by November 

By: Terence Creamer     22nd June 2022 A Just Energy Transition Partnership Investment Plan (JETP-IP), which will seek to unlock $8.5-billion in concessional climate finance to accelerate South Africa’s transition from coal to renewables and support workers and communities currently reliant on the coal value chain, is expected to be... 

COP President Alok Sharma
COP President Alok Sharma

South Africa transmission firm seen hobbled by Eskom millstone

By: Bloomberg     21st June 2022 South Africa’s plan to create a power transmission company that will attract the investment needed to strengthen the national grid has been hobbled by its restrictive debt arrangements with parent Eskom Holdings, two people familiar with the situation said. Under the plan to separate the unit,... 

Stage 2 load-shedding to be implemented every evening from Monday to Thursday

By: News24Wire      20th June 2022 Eskom will implement Stage 2 load-shedding every evening between 17:00 and 22:00, from Monday to Thursday. The power utility said the load shedding was due to the continued shortage of generation capacity. 

Power pylons in South Africa

Climate change conference president in South Africa to discuss just energy transition

By: Rebecca Campbell     20th June 2022 The President of the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26), Alok Sharma of the UK, arrived in South Africa on Sunday, to support the implementation of the South Africa Just Energy Transition Partnership (JETP). He will depart the country on Tuesday. The JETP was announced at... 

COP26 President Alok Sharma
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COP26 President Alok Sharma

Global clean energy transition not happening – REN21

By: Donna Slater     15th June 2022 According to global community of renewable energy actors REN21’s ‘Renewables 2022 Global Status Report’ (GSR), the global clean energy transition is not happening, making it unlikely that the world will be able to meet critical climate goals this decade. Despite promises of a worldwide green... 

Proposals made to end worsening load-shedding  

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th June 2022 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about warnings that load-shedding could become much worse if urgent action is not taken, proposals by Meridien Economics and other experts on how to end load-shedding and the need for political will and coordination... 

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Proposals made to end worsening load-shedding

New report outlines strategy for ending load-shedding by early 2024, but delivery hinges on ‘substantial political will’ 

By: Terence Creamer     13th June 2022 A comprehensive strategy for drastically reducing, or even eliminating, the scourge of rotational power cuts in South Africa by early 2024 has been outlined in a new public-interest report published by Meridian Economics. The authors warn, however, that load-shedding is poised to rise to extreme... 

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Solving Eskom’s inability to meet demand requires multistakeholder participation – EIUG

By: Donna Slater     10th June 2022 The Energy Intensive Users Group (EIUG) says that the task of mitigating risks related to the system performance and defining future electricity supply is too complex to be resolved by power utility Eskom alone, but instead requires active participation by other stakeholders as well. EIUG CEO... 

Committee welcomes appointment of Jacob Mbele as DMRE director-general

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     10th June 2022 Portfolio Committee on Mineral Resources and Energy chairperson Sahlulele Luzipo has welcomed the appointment of Jacob Mbele as director-general of the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE), saying he believes Mbele’s illustrious career at the DMRE qualifies him for the position.... 

An image of Jacob Mbele, newly appointed director-general of the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy
Jacob Mbele

The latest developments on the electricity front  

By: Creamer Media Reporter      10th June 2022 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the progress being made with the registration of distributed generation projects; load-shedding; Eskom consulting with experts about possible energy sector solutions; and President Cyril Ramaphosa's six-point... 

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The latest developments on the electricity front

Eskom completes 80% of boiler defect rectification work for Medupi and Kusile

By: Donna Slater     9th June 2022 State-owned power utility Eskom’s actions to rectify major boiler defects at its newly-built Medupi and Kusile power stations is improving the plants’ energy availability factor (EAF), in some cases almost doubling it from when the first boiler’s fires were lit. The major boiler defects relate... 

An image of a turbine and generator
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A turbine and generator unit at the Kusile power station

SANEDI releases first technical assessment towards Clean Coal Roadmap

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     9th June 2022 A new report from government organisation the South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI) on clean coal technologies has presented a case for potential opportunities and challenges associated with adopting these in a roadmap towards 2030. The report constitutes Phase 1 in a... 

Here’s one idea for ending load-shedding within two years  

By: Terence Creamer     9th June 2022 As Eskom consults a range of experts to assess potential solutions for resolving the load-shedding crisis, independent energy analyst Clyde Mallinson has a proposal that he believes will end rotational power cuts in two years without creating stranded assets or increasing tariffs. The proposed... 

Independent energy analyst Clyde Mallinson
Independent energy analyst Clyde Mallinson

China ban on foreign coal investment leaves Zimbabwe scrambling

By: Bloomberg     8th June 2022 Zimbabwe’s plan to refurbish two idled coal-fired power stations has been thrown into disarray by China’s decision to ban investment in plants burning the dirtiest fossil fuel outside its borders. Zimbabwe was depending on China to help get the Bulawayo Power Station, which has a design capacity... 

2021 confirmed as most intensive load-shedding year yet as Eskom’s EAF continues to fall 

By: Terence Creamer     7th June 2022 The Council for Scientific and industrial Research (CSIR) has confirmed that 2021 surpassed 2020 as South Africa’s most intensive load-shedding year to date, as the performance of Eskom’s coal fleet continued to deteriorate. Load-shedding occurred for 1 169 hours, or 13% of the year, with an... 

Eskom coal-fired power plant
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Eskom coal-fired power plant

Funder says Eskom’s $8.7bn power plant won’t make money

By: Bloomberg     2nd June 2022 An $8.7-billion power plant in South Africa won’t ever make a profit because of delays, design defects and increasing opposition to coal-fired electricity generation, one of its funders said. Cost overruns at the 4 764 MW Medupi coal-fired plant, owned by Eskom Holdings, along with the even... 

Kusile Unit 4 enters commercial operation, two more units to go 

By: Terence Creamer     1st June 2022 Eskom has announced that Kusile Unit 4, in eMalahleni, Mpumalanga, has entered into commercial operation, adding some 800 MW of much-needed generation capacity to South Africa’s load-shedding-prone electricity system. The unit is the fourth of six units to enter commercial operation at the... 

The Kusile power station project
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The Kusile power station project
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