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Electrical Power Generation and Transmission

Joint venture on track with Kusile contract

20th April 2012 The Cosira Tubular joint venture (JV), which comprises structural steel fabricator Cosira Group and construction company Tubular Holdings, will supply 13 000 t of steel for power utility Eskom’s Kusile power station in Mpumalanga. 

Skills, capacity management a priority during maintenance plan

By: Chantelle Kotze     20th April 2012 Critical skills and capacity management are extremely important throughout State-owned power utility Eskom’s planned maintenance programme, emphasises Eskom subsidiary Rotek Industries. 

SA must grow specialist power plant construction skills

By: Chantelle Kotze     20th April 2012 South Africa needs to grow specialist power plant construction skills at various levels but, sustaining such an initiative will require the construction of new power plants on an ongoing basis, rather than the current cyclical construction approach, says audit, tax and advisory service provider... 

Energised transmission line upgrades eliminate power supply disruptions

20th April 2012 Johannesburg utility City Power has, for the first time, undertaken energised transmission line upgrades when engineering firm Merz and McLellan, a Mott MacDonald company, assisted City Power, specialist electrical services supplier Edison Jehamo Power and US-based Quanta Services, with the... 

Skills training a success

By: Chantelle Kotze     20th April 2012 Nuclear energy research and development company the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) has seen an almost twofold increase in the number of people enrolled in its skills development programme over the past three years. 

Company to deliver 1.2 MW biogas power generation plant

By: Chantelle Kotze     20th April 2012 South African electric equipment supplier Zest WEG Group, through its subsidiary company Zest Energy and in collaboration with an engineering, procurement and construction management contractor, has been awarded a contract by water and sanitation services provider Johannesburg Water for the... 

Utility warns electricity supply remains tight

By: Chantelle Kotze     20th April 2012 State-owned power utility Eskom has, throughout the first quarter of this year, continued to warn that electricity supply remains tight. 

Regulator focused on maintaining power sector sustainability

By: Chantelle Kotze     20th April 2012 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) expects to make a decision on power utility Eskom’s third multiyear price determination (MYPD) by February 2013, says Nersa full-time regulatory member Thembani Bukula. 

Commissioning of first Ingula unit on schedule

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     24th June 2011 The first of four 333 MW pump turbine units at State-owned power utility Eskom’s Ingula pumped-storage scheme is expected to be commissioned in the first quarter of 2014, with the remaining units to start commercial operation in 2014. 

Eskom working hard to offset time lost due to violent protests 

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     24th June 2011 State-owned power utility Eskom aimed to stress its zero tolerance of violent protests when it shut down operations at its Medupi and Kusile power plant construction projects, in May, spokesperson Hilary Joffe tells Engineering News. 

Steel fabricator expands crane fleet

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     24th June 2011 Structural steel fabricator Cosira Group will deliver its new 400 t crawler crane to State-owned power utility Eskom’s Kusile power plant in August. 

Fair and balanced ISMO will gain support – Eskom

By: Natasha Odendaal     15th April 2011 State-owned power utility Eskom will work with government on the transition path to an independent system and market operator (ISMO) if a transparent process is implemented, Eskom system operations and planning divisional executive Kannan Lakmeeharan says. 

Return-to-service projects on schedule

By: Natasha Odendaal     15th April 2011 The remaining two boiler and turbine units required to complete the R8-billion return to service of State-owned power utility Eskom’s Grootvlei power station, near Balfour, in Mpumalanga, will begin commercial operation within the next two months. 

Motor supply contract for Kusile awarded

By: Natasha Odendaal     15th April 2011 Electrical engineering company Actom Electrical Machines is set to design, manufacture and supply medium-voltage, large-frame electric motors for the wet flue gas desulphurisation plant at State-owned utility Eskom’s Kusile coal-fired power station, near Delmas, in Mpumalanga. 

Benchmarking can improve EDI’s performance

By: Natasha Odendaal     15th April 2011 The implementation of a comprehensive benchmarking process in the electricity distribution industry in South Africa is an essential element of improving the industry’s performance, former State-owned Electricity Distribution Industry (EDI) Holdings COO Dr Willie de Beer says. 

Power utility gets tough on cable theft

By: Natasha Odendaal     15th April 2011 To mitigate against the theft of copper cables and associated losses, State-owned power utility Eskom has appointed a new security contractor to enforce a more proactive approach in fighting cable theft, in February. 

Temporary power supply prevents significant profit loss

By: Tracy Hancock     15th April 2011 Global temporary power supply giant Aggreko has prevented a major dairy manufacturer, in Boksburg, from experiencing a significant loss in profits after its facility lost power, owing to a break in transmission. “The company had no indication of how long its power would remain switched off and... 

Transformer manufacturer moving into Africa

By: Natasha Odendaal     15th April 2011 Electrical equipment supplier Zest Group, which is part of the Brazilian-based transformer and electrical equipment manufacturer WEG, is positioning itself as a significant player in the South African and African transformer markets. 

Cogen projects dependent on tariffs, qualifying criteria – Sappi

By: Tracy Hancock     15th April 2011 Global pulp and paper producer Sappi reports the implementation of new cogeneration projects by the group in South Africa are dependant on the qualifying criteria and tariffs set by the Department of Energy for its cogeneration feed-in tariff and renewable energy feed-in tariff programmes. 

Medupi to go on line in third quarter of 2012 

By: Tracy Hancock     15th April 2011 State-owned power utility Eskom confirms that the first of six 800 MW units, Unit 6, at its Medupi coal-fired power station is still expected to start supplying power to the national grid in the third quarter of 2012 and offset the decrease in South Africa’s generation capacity. The Medupi power... 

IPP plans three 10 MW solar plants for Refit programme

By: Tracy Hancock     15th April 2011 Integrated solar power producer Solairedirect Southern Africa reports that it is involved in the development of three multiphase PV projects under the Department of Energy’s (DoE’s) renewable energy feed-in tariff (Refit) programme. 

EC schools benefit from wind power

By: Tracy Hancock     15th April 2011 Two schools in the Eastern Cape have benefited from the installation of wind turbines to provide power to operate computers and other technological resources. Kestrel Wind Turbines, a subsidiary of South African battery company Eveready, has supplied three e300i battery-charging 1 kW wind... 

Utility confident about Medupi’s progress

By: Dimakatso Motau     10th December 2010 State-owned power utility Eskom reports that significant progress is being made with the construction work currently under way at the Medupi power station, in Limpopo, which is a major project for South Africa's energy sector.  

South Africa’s R125bn power station

By: Lindiwe Molekoa     10th December 2010 State-owned power utility Eskom reports that Medupi, which means ‘a rain that soaks parched lands, giving economic relief, will be a dry-cooled coal-fired base-load power generating plant, comprising six 800-MW units, with a 4 800-MW installed capacity, the biggest of its kind in the world. It... 

Coal-handling equipment contract secured

10th December 2010 Materials-handling company ThyssenKrupp Materials Handling (TKMH) reports that it has secured the tender to supply coal-handling equipment to feed the 4 800-MW Medupi power station, in Lephalale, in Limpopo.  

Small business hub takes off in Lephalale

10th December 2010 Power equipment vendor Hitachi Power Africa (HPA) aims to contribute to the upliftment of the South African community through education, job creation and social investment initiatives.  

Steel fabricator uses its software at Medupi

10th December 2010 Structural steel fabricator and erector Cosira Group reports that it was awarded the turbine hall contract for power utility's Eskom Medupi power station, managed by international power technology group Alstom, in the latter half of 2008.  

Contract for Nigerian power station

16th April 2010 Manufacturer of natural gas, diesel and liquid biofuel engine-based power plants and complete propulsion systems Wärtsilä has been tasked with the operation and maintenance (O&M) of a power station for a Nigerian cement plant, owned by Lafarge Cement, for the next ten years after its... 

Self-generation alleviates demand on SA’s power grid

By: Tracy Hancock     16th April 2010 With South Africa’s power needs exceeding State-owned power utility Eskom’s generation capacity, there has been talk of private companies generating electricity to feed into the country’s power grid. However, this is not the case with petrochemicals giant Sasol. The company has invested in the... 

New power generation process

16th April 2010 A new power generation process, called WeldCore, developed by the Automotive Components Technology Station (Acts) at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU), uses plant friendly methodology to accurately monitor degradation, reduce downtime and save substantially on costs. 

R200m substation upgrade to be complete in time for World Cup

By: Tracy Hancock     16th April 2010 The R200-million ugrade of the Acacia substation, in Cape Town, which forms part of State-owned power utility Eskom’s R426-billion capacity expansion programme, is expected to be completed by May 2010. The upgrade will ensure reliable electricity supply during the 2010 FIFA World Cup and beyond,... 

Alternative power solution for Eastern Cape’s farmers

By: Tracy Hancock     16th April 2010 While farmers in the Eastern Cape are experiencing some of the driest conditions in the province in the past 130 years, South African battery company Eveready reports the necessity of finding alternative sources of water, and believes that it has a cost-effective green solution for this... 

Claims of solar water 
heating scheme endorsing inefficient products

16th April 2010 Some of the products accepted by State-owned power utility Eskom’s subsidy scheme are not fit for solar water heating purposes, says supplier of solar water heating systems Sky Power MD Barry Cribb. About 39% of the products listed under the scheme deliver less than 60% of the energy required to... 

Environment-friendly transformers save electricity 

16th April 2010 Specialists in products and systems for electrical installations and information networks Legrand recently supplied eight energy-efficient cast resin transformers to be used in new commercial buildings in Johannesburg and Durban. The low-fire-hazard transformers will result in significant savings... 

Cable theft worsens, threatening SA’s power supply

By: Tracy Hancock     16th April 2010 The theft of copper cable from South Africa’s State-owned power utility Eskom has continued to worsen over the years, and is an unwanted worry as the country struggles with its capacity to generate enough electricity to meet consumers’ needs. Eskom says that 116 cable thefts were reported in... 

First delivery part of R18m protection equipment for Medupi

16th April 2010 Local protection systems specialists Actom Protection & Control (P&C), formerly Alstom Protection & Control, is due for the first delivery of its R18-million protection equipment contract for the turbine generators at State-owned power utility Eskom’s Medupi power station, in the... 

Land secured for nine renewable-energy projects

By: Tracy Hancock     16th April 2010 While South Africa’s power grid struggles to supply the country with enough electricity, nine renewable energy projects with the potential to produce 3 607 MW of power, initiated by joint venture (JV) Mainstream Renewable Power South Africa (Mainstream SA), are undergoing environmental-impact... 

R175m transmission 
line project at Medupi

By: Tracy Hancock     16th April 2010 Ntuthuko Powerlines, the transmission line manufacturing and constructing company of engineering support services company Babcock, has started building a R175-million transmission line for State-owned power utility Eskom’s Medupi power station, the first base-load coal-fired station built in... 

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