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Electrical Power Generation and Transmission

Power transmission projects progress in Southern Africa

By: Ilan Solomons     18th April 2014 The commissioning of about 22 000 MW of new generation capacity in the Southern African region by 2017 will require new transmission networks to evacuate power from generation stations to load centres in the region, according to Southern African Power Pool (SAPP) coordination centre manager Dr... 

Ensure fire protection provisions are made for PV installations

18th April 2014 Given the rapidly declining cost of photovoltaic- (PV-) generated electricity globally, independence from energy suppliers, through the use of solar PV technology, is likely to become a favourable option for businesses and home owners, says China-based solar cells and modules manufacturer Talesun... 

PLAYING IT SAFE
A warning sign with the text 'Danger Live Voltage' should be affixed to the meter cabinet and to the power distribution panel
PLAYING IT SAFE A warning sign with the text 'Danger Live Voltage' should be affixed to the meter cabinet and to the power distribution panel

Renewable energy plays critical role in powering Africa

By: Ilan Solomons     18th April 2014 It was a bullish time for the African power industry, particularly in the area of renewable-energy power generation, said business intelligence services provider Cross-border Information chairperson and founder Jon Marks at the 2014 Power & Electricity World Africa conference, held in... 

REALISING WIND POWER POTENTIAL
The Africa Union–European Union Energy Partnership aims to build at least 
5 000 MW of wind power capacity in Africa by 2020
Photo by Duane Daws
REALISING WIND POWER POTENTIAL The Africa Union–European Union Energy Partnership aims to build at least 5 000 MW of wind power capacity in Africa by 2020

Angola undertakes new power projects

By: Ilan Solomons     18th April 2014 Work on the 2 067 MW Laúca hydropower station, in Angola’s Kwanza riverbed, has started. The country aims to have the facility commissioned by the end of 2017, says Angolan State-owned power utility Empresa Nacional de Electricidade de Angola (ENE) international relations director Ramos Tony... 

HYDROPOWER POTENTIAL The 2 067 MW Laúca hydropower station will provide electricity for about 750 000 Angolans
HYDROPOWER POTENTIAL The 2 067 MW Laúca hydropower station will provide electricity for about 750 000 Angolans

SA scientist develops portable power solution 

By: Ilan Solomons     18th April 2014 Rocket scientist and innovator Siyabulela Xuza believes microfuel-cell technology can be used as a portable power source, which would provide crucial additional power for cellphone users. Xuza, who addressed the 2014 Power & Electricity World Africa conference in Johannesburg last month,... 

CELLULAR STORAGE With the advent of smartphones in the past ten years, cellphones are requiring significantly more battery power
Rocket scientist and innovator Siyabulela Xuza discusses the challenges of developing his energy solution locally.

Privatisation drive lights up Nigeria’s energy prospects 

By: Ilan Solomons     18th April 2014 Nigeria currently produced only about 5 000 MW of electricity a year, but required at least 15 000 MW a year to sufficiently power the country and ensure supply security and reliability, said Nigeria Presidential Taskforce on Power chairperson Reynolds Bekinbo Dagogo-Jack at the 2014 Power &... 

GOODLUCK JONATHAN President Goodluck Jonathan’s government has implemented a reform programme in the past five years to privatise the country’s energy sector
Energy Commission of Nigeria professor Eli Jidere Bala discusses the development of the power industry in Nigeria.

Principal contractor at Kusile receives award for safety excellence

By: David Oliveira     13th December 2013 The Stefanutti Stocks and Basil Read Joint Venture (SSBRJV), which is one of the principal contractors overseeing the construction at parastatal power utility Eskom’s Kusile power station project, was presented with the first prize in the category for projects valued at over R500-million at this... 

CONTENDER FOR LARGEST COAL-FIRED POWER STATION
The power station is expected to have a total installed capacity of 4 800 MW
CONTENDER FOR LARGEST COAL-FIRED POWER STATION The power station is expected to have a total installed capacity of 4 800 MW

Eskom looks to sign CSP financing agreement

By: David Oliveira     13th December 2013 State-owned power utility Eskom and France-based development finance institution Agence Française de Développement (AFD) agreed in October to facilitate the signing of a €100-million credit facility agreement, which will assist in funding Eskom’s 100 MW concentrating solar power (CSP) plant near... 

Medupi programme to provide post-construction employment opportunities

By: David Oliveira     13th December 2013 State-owned power utility Eskom says its Medupi Leadership Initiative (MLI), which is aimed at helping local unskilled and semiskilled workers find employment after completion of the power station project, near Lephalale, is setting the precedent as the largest post-construction work opportunity... 

Ingula tailrace concrete lining close to completion

By: David Oliveira     13th December 2013 State-owned power utility Eskom reports that its Ingula pumped storage scheme, which is located on the border of the Free State and KwaZulu-Natal, reached 93% completion on its tailrace concrete lining in October. The concrete lining will run for a total of 2 313 m, of which 2 158 m has already... 

INGULA PUMPED STORAGE SCHEME
This is the twenty-first largest pumped storage scheme in the world
INGULA PUMPED STORAGE SCHEME This is the twenty-first largest pumped storage scheme in the world

Over 4m LTI-free hours recorded for Medupi 

By: David Oliveira     13th December 2013 State-owned power generator Eskom achieved over 4.62-million worker hours without a lost-time injury at its Medupi power station, located to the west of Lephalale, in Limpopo, it reported in October. The company says this is a remarkable achievement considering the size, scope and complexity of... 

SAFETY FIRST
Eskom’s Medupi power station achieved over 4.62-million worker hours without a lost-time injury
SAFETY FIRST Eskom’s Medupi power station achieved over 4.62-million worker hours without a lost-time injury

PV module manufacturer determined to contribute to SA’s electricity supply

19th April 2013 Local interest in photovoltaic (PV) technology has heightened since the launch in 2011 of South Africa’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme. 

New corporation expects to service local PV industry

19th April 2013 Turnkey photovoltaic (PV) systems supplier GPtech and electrical engineering group CBI-Electric have signed an agreement with the object of manufacturing and selling GPtech’s equipment in South Africa to supply the country’s future photovoltaic PV projects.  

New 122 MW gas-fired Moz power plant to start production in Q2

19th April 2013 Temporary power and temperature control solutions provider Aggreko is expanding the power generation capacity at Gigawatt Park, in Ressano Garcia, Mozambique, to 232 MW at a cost of more than $200-million, including fuel costs. 

Urgent intervention needed to stop deterioration of electricity assets

By: Sashnee Moodley     19th April 2013 The electricity distribution grid in South Africa are only a few years away from collapse and that would result in unexpected power failures, as most infrastructure is nearing the end of its life cycle and the general tendency to deal with maintenance happens only when a breakdown occurs. 

Power plant projects growing in Africa

By: Sashnee Moodley     19th April 2013 Finnish power solutions group Wärtsilä says that, to date, it has installed 470 power plants in Africa, with a total output of almost 6 GW, and it is on track to complete its latest projects on the continent.  

Upgrade under way at power station

By: Gia Costella     19th April 2013 Multinational technology conglomerate Siemens Energy is currently involved in upgrading the human machine interface (HMI) systems on the generation units at State-owned power utility Eskom’s Camden coal-fired power station near Ermelo, in Mpumalanga. 

Precast concrete products important in power generation

19th April 2013 Products from admixture producer Chryso Southern Africa can play a vital role in ensuring speed and uniformity in production of precast concrete elements for the turbines which are expected to become a major source of power generation in South Africa in the future, says Chryso technical services... 

Trigeneration plant begins operation

By: Sashnee Moodley     19th April 2013 Financial services firm Standard Bank began operating South Africa’s second trigeneration plant at its new 65 000 m2 corporate head office in Rosebank, Johannesburg, last month and will produce more than eight-million kilowatt hours a year. 

Circuit breaker tests contribute to development of new technologies

19th April 2013 French electricity major Alstom Grid has developed a new circuit breaker, which paves the way to multiple possibilities for future direct current (DC) grids, reports the company. 

Efficient maintenance planning will attract investment, new technology promotes efficiency

By: Sashnee Moodley     19th April 2013 The South African energy sector needs to improve the efficiency of its maintenance planning to complete power plant maintenance faster, thereby, alleviating the pressure on supply and stabilising energy supply to attract more investment in South Africa. 

First solar farm for North West under construction

By: Sashnee Moodley     19th April 2013 Renewable energies specialist juwi Renewable Energies has begun construction on a 7 MW solar park for South African company Momentous Energy’s RustMo 1 solar farm in Spruitfontein, in the North West.  

Energy capabilities showcased at open day 

By: Sashnee Moodley     19th April 2013 Energy solutions provider Siemens Energy Service held its energy service open day at its 4 900 m2 Wadeville factory, in Johannesburg, last month to inform customers about and present the capabilities of the company’s service facility to them. 

Energy generation opportunities in Africa abundant

By: Sashnee Moodley     19th April 2013 There is an increase in power generation contracts, infrastructure refurbishment, solar projects and other renewable-energy technologies by African power utilities and independent power producers (IPPs), says business media company Terrapinn project director Kim Frankental. 

Equipment specialist repairs East Rand substations

By: Anine Kilian     29th June 2012 The Ekurhuleni metropolitan municipality commissioned industrial and commercial equipment specialist Advanced Industrial Technology (Ai-Tec) to undertake a repair and maintenance programme at power substations and mini substations in the municipality’s areas of responsibility on Gauteng's East... 

Eskom says first Medupi unit on track

By: Anine Kilian     29th June 2012 The 4 800 MW Medupi power plant, in Lephalale, Limpopo, is on track to deliver first power to the grid before the end of 2013, State-owned power utility Eskom CFO Paul O’Flaherty said.  

Medupi, Kusile steel fabrication on schedule

By: Anine Kilian     29th June 2012 Steel fabricator Genrec, which is part of the Murray & Roberts group, has fabricated nearly 50% of the 220 000 t of steel required for the erection of boiler units at State-owned power utility Eskom’s Medupi and Kusile power plants. 

Utility completes Medupi coal stockyard study

By: Anine Kilian     29th June 2012 State-owned power utility Eskom’s Medupi power station has recently completed its latest environmental study for an additional coal stockyard. 

Mobile units supplied to Medupi project

By: Leandi Kolver     29th June 2012 Prefabricated structure manufacturer Kwikspace Modular Buildings has, on an ongoing basis, supplied over 8 000 m2 of mobile and modular units, as well as numerous rental units to State-owned power utility Eskom’s Medupi project, near Lephalale, in Limpopo. 

Alterations made to avoid giraffe electrocutions

29th June 2012 State-owned power utility Eskom has rebuilt and moved some of its infrastructure in the Marloth Park nature conservancy, following the electrocution of four giraffe, the Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) reports. 

Submetering solution to assist landlords and tenants  

By: Anine Kilian     29th June 2012 The use of prepaid submetering is gaining popularity in South Africa and is becoming a common tool for landlords and body corporates, prepaid metering company Ideal Prepaid Metering Systems national sales manager Ethan Hugo tells Engineering News. 

Company refocuses its resources on SA power projects

29th June 2012 Fluor South Africa, which is part of the global engineering, procurement, construction, maintenance and project management company Fluor Corporation, says its newly established power group is well-positioned to bring the corporation’s international power expertise to the local market. 

Steam cycle solution introduced to SA 

By: Leandi Kolver     29th June 2012 Systems automation company GE Intelligent Platforms expects to see significant demand in the South African market for its US-developed distributed control system (DCS) steam cycle solution for power plants, which was launched last month, global energy industry manager Bill Pezalla tells... 

Power solutions group says it can offer novel genset solutions

By: Schalk Burger     11th May 2012 Intelligent ways of using existing technologies or innovative solutions to solve problems experienced by legacy standalone generators is key in the African and South African generator-set market, says power solutions company Diesel Electric Services commercial sales manager Richard Baxter. 

Organic fuels company plans to partner with Eskom 

By: Gia Costella     20th April 2012 Organic fuel manufacturer Liquifire Organic Fuel plans to partner with State-owned power utility Eskom in the near future to provide alternative fuel and lighting sources to poverty-stricken areas, CEO William Haywood tells Engineering News. 

Tzaneen transmission line upgraded

20th April 2012 International Organisation for Standardisation-certified precast concrete infrastructure manufacturer Rocla has partnered with Polokwane-based contracting company Mohale Electrical Contractors to improve the double circuit 66 kV transmission line from the Tzaneen main substation to the new... 

Upcoming milestones at Medupi looming

20th April 2012 Hitachi Power Africa, the power plant contractor for the Medupi and Kusile boilers, is continuing work ahead of the next milestones in the construction of the boilers at the Medupi power station.  

Company urges SA to become more service-orientated

By: Gia Costella     20th April 2012 South Africa must focus on becoming a service-orientated society to mitigate the sociological challenges, such as skills shortages, facing the power industry. This will ensure that the country has a sustainable, efficient and reliable power generation system, asserts energy service systems and... 

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