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USTDA expects to support project preparation for South Africa’s just energy transition 

By: Terence Creamer     10th August 2022 US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) believes it is well positioned to feed projects into the Just Energy Transition Partnership (JETP), which was established between South Africa and several developed countries, including the US, in 2020, and which is expected to progress towards... 

Polls show German public support for operating nuclear reactors for longer than planned

By: Rebecca Campbell     10th August 2022 Two separate opinion polls undertaken in Germany have both shown that the greater number of those polled want the life of the country’s three remaining nuclear power reactors to be extended, “World Nuclear News” has pointed out. The three reactors are currently scheduled to be shut down at the... 

Eskom makes case for major overhaul of retail tariff structure in submission to regulator

By: Terence Creamer     8th August 2022 Eskom has submitted a tariff restructuring application to the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) in which the utility is proposing a major overhaul of the prevailing retail tariff structure, including a separation of energy, network and service charges and the introduction of... 

Eskom head office at Megawatt Park
Eskom head office at Megawatt Park

Eskom confirms restart of Koeberg Unit 2 after delays 

By: Terence Creamer     8th August 2022 State-owned electricity utility Eskom has confirmed that Unit 2 at the Koeberg nuclear power station was returned to service at 20:24 on Sunday, August 7. “The unit is currently loading and will require about ten days to reach full output,” spokesperson Sikonathi Mantshantsha confirmed in an... 

The steam generators, which arrived in late 2020, were not installed during the extended maintenance of Unit 2.
The steam generators, which arrived in late 2020, were not installed during the extended maintenance of Unit 2.

Eskom to implement power cuts over weekend

By: Reuters     5th August 2022  South Africa's Eskom said it would implement "Stage 2" power cuts between 1600 and 2400 local time (1400 and 2200 GMT) on Saturday and Sunday due to several generating units breaking down and delays returning others to service. The struggling state-owned company resumed power cuts on Wednesday... 

City Power replacing all Joburg streetlights with LEDs

By: Schalk Burger     5th August 2022 The project by City of Johannesburg (CoJ) utility City Power to retrofit all of Johannesburg’s streetlights with light-emitting diode (LED) technology is gathering pace, providing energy saving and environment-friendly light, CoJ Environment and Infrastructure Services Department MMC Michael Sun... 

Nersa announces timelines for Eskom’s MYPD5 application

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     5th August 2022 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) announces that on July 29, the Energy Regulator approved the publication of a consultation paper and timelines to process State-owned utility Eskom’s Fifth Multi-Year Price Determination (MYPD5) revenue application for the 2023/24 financial year. 

Electricity reforms to spur ‘boom in private fixed investment’ 

By: Terence Creamer     5th August 2022 Minister in the Presidency Mondli Gungubele says the reforms under way in the electricity sector – including the removal of the 100 MW licensing threshold for distributed generation projects and the expedited procurement of new capacity from renewables, gas and battery storage – will “supercharge... 

Minister in the Presidency Mondli Gungubele
Photo by Creamer Media Chief Photographer Donna Slater
Minister in the Presidency Mondli Gungubele

US investors visit South Africa with eye on renewable energy

By: Bloomberg     5th August 2022 US investors with more than $1-trillion of assets under management are in South Africa to look for investment opportunities. The visit being facilitated by USAID and Prosper Africa, the US government’s initiative to increase trade and investment between African nations and America, started... 

Ministers provide some clarity on elements of the new energy strategy  

By: Creamer Media Reporter      5th August 2022 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the clarity that has been provided about what will be prioritised at Eskom as part of government's new energy strategy; the uncertainty that remains on the energy procurement side; the need for clear... 

Terence Creamer photo
Ministers provide some clarity on elements of the new energy strategy

Solidarity sends list of 300 power experts to Gordhan, Eskom

By: Donna Slater     4th August 2022 Trade union Solidarity sent a list of skilled power experts to Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan and Eskom CEO André de Ruyter on August 4, following calls by Gordhan to identify energy experts to help the country address prevailing electricity generation deficiencies. 
According to... 

Largo Clean Energy mulls JV with Ansaldo

By: Marleny Arnoldi     4th August 2022 Canada-headquartered vanadium supplier Largo subsidiary Largo Clean Energy has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with renewable energy company Ansaldo Green Tech (AGT) to assess opportunities for working together on manufacturing and deploying vanadium redox flow batteries (VRFBs). The... 

TNPA initiates process for possible development of greenfield Boegoebaai port 

By: Terence Creamer     4th August 2022 South Africa’s Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has initiated a preliminary process for the proposed development of a new deep-water port at Boegoebaai in the far Northern Cape near the Namibian border, which has been earmarked as a possible hub for the production and export of green... 

Boegoebaai has been earmarked as a possible hub for the production and export of green hydrogen and derivative products
Boegoebaai has been earmarked as a possible hub for the production and export of green hydrogen and derivative products

Forgotten Zimbabwe city of Bulawayo gets a dam as elections loom

By: Bloomberg     4th August 2022 A $42-million dam a century in the making could end water shortages for more than half a million Zimbabweans -- and win votes for the ruling party in an opposition stronghold that may decide next year’s presidential election. The expected completion early in 2023 of the Gwayi-Shangani dam 153... 

The Gwayi-Shangani dam under construction
Photo by Bloomberg
The Gwayi-Shangani dam is under construction

DMRE confirms Sept 22 as new deadline for submission of BW6 bids 

By: Terence Creamer     4th August 2022 The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) has confirmed September 22 as the new bid submission deadline for Bid Window Six (BW6) of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme following its expansion from 2 600 MW to 5 200 MW. Prior to the doubling of the... 

Wind turbines

Stage 2 load-shedding for Wed and Thurs evening

By: News24Wire      3rd August 2022 Eskom is implementing Stage 2 load-shedding from 16:00 to 24:00 on Wednesday and Thursday.  "The delay in returning a generation unit to service each at Arnot, Koeberg and the Kusile power stations, as well as the unplanned outage of a generation unit each at Camden, Medupi and two units each at... 

Electricity pylons

Stage 2 load-shedding expected at short notice for next three days

By: News24Wire      2nd August 2022 Eskom warned on Tuesday that Stage 2 load-shedding might be implemented at short notice between 16:00 and 24:00 over the next three days. This is due to a delay in returning a generation unit to service each at Arnot, Kusile and the Koeberg power stations, as well as the failure of a generation... 

Electricity Pylons

Myhydro aims to supply green power in Congo, keep fish safe

By: Bloomberg     2nd August 2022 An Africa-focused hydro-power startup has teamed up with a Californian maker of ‘fish-safe’ turbines in a bid to solve electricity supply problems in the Democratic Republic of Congo. MyHydro has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Congolese government to develop 36 small hydro projects... 

Eskom moves to ramp up maintenance at six coal plants as it seeks permission to buy up to 1 600 MW of surplus power 

By: Terence Creamer     1st August 2022 Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan reports that Eskom will seek the exemptions it requires to immediately buy up to 1 600 MW of surplus electricity generation that it believes could be available immediately from existing independent power producers (IPPs) and those private South African... 

Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan

Mantashe confirms 45- to 60-day delay in renewables bidding to cater for doubling of procurement to 5 200 MW 

By: Terence Creamer     1st August 2022 Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe reported that the bid submission deadline for Bid Window Six (BW6) of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme would be delayed by between 45 and 60 days to ensure procedural fairness in light of President Cyril... 

Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe

Zimbabwean president in bid to block SA from taking over foreign electricity deals  

By: News24Wire      1st August 2022 Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa will visit Mozambique and Zambia in a bid to save the country's electricity import contracts that are being eyed by Eskom. Mnangagwa's trips come at a time when South Africa, which is undergoing an electricity crisis, seeks to replace Zimbabwe as an... 

Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa
Photo by WEF
Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa

EIMS Africa completes acquisition of Reesco

By: Donna Slater     1st August 2022 Renewable energy company EIMS Africa has successfully acquired Renewable Energy Empowerment Management Services (Reesco) – a key step in the company’s expansion plans as it anticipates increasing its generation capacity to about 1 500 MW by late 2022. EIMS Africa’s current renewable energy... 

An image of EIMS Africa's 50 MW solar project
EIMS Africa's 50 MW De Wildt solar project in the North West province

Atlantic Council proposes Africa agenda at upcoming COP 27 to help combat climate change

By: Donna Slater     1st August 2022 Africa deserves the highest priority attention at the upcoming twenty-seventh United Nations’ climate conference – the Conference of the Parties 27 (COP 27), to be held in Egypt, in November, panel members said in a discussion of the the African Development Bank’s (AfDB’s) African Economic... 

Eskom meets with CEOs, BLSA, JSE to discuss possible electricity solutions

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     1st August 2022 State-owned utility Eskom met with CEOs and leadership from over 70 private institutions in a session led by the JSE and business organisation Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA) on July 29, as part of ongoing efforts to resolve the long-running electricity crisis. “The purpose of the... 

An image of an electricity pylon and the sun
Photo by Bloomberg
Eskom is collaborating with business as part of its efforts to resolve the long-running electricity crisis.

Nedbank sees South Africa clean energy loans jump to R50bn

By: Bloomberg     1st August 2022 Nedbank Group wants to almost double its lending to green energy projects in South Africa over the next two years as it seeks to cement its position as a market leader in funding renewable power projects. The bank’s lending toward the government’s Renewable Independent Power Producer Programme –... 

Nersa consultation paper on next Eskom tariff points to possible 38.1% hike 

By: Terence Creamer     29th July 2022 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) has formally initiated the process of adjudicating Eskom’s next tariff increase with the publication of a consultation paper on the utility’s allowable revenue application for 2023/24 and 2024/25. The paper includes a pro forma tariff... 

Nersa hearings to be held from September 19 to 23
Photo by Creamer Media
Nersa hearings to be held from September 19 to 23

Eskom confirms R4.4bn battery contracts as it moots bigger roll-out  

By: Terence Creamer     29th July 2022 State-owned electricity utility Eskom has confirmed the award of contracts, with a combined value of R4.4-billion, to Hyosung Heavy Industries, of South Korea, and the Pinggao Group, of China, for battery energy storage system (BESS) projects that will be delivered across several sites by the end... 

Batteries being tested by Eskom
Photo by Creamer Media
Batteries being tested by Eskom

Much to do before Ramaphosa's new energy plan can be implemented  

By: Creamer Media Reporter      29th July 2022 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the interventions announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa to address South Africa's electricity crisis; what needs to happen for implementation of the new energy plan to start; and when the new plan could start... 

Photo of Terence Creamer
Much to do before Ramaphosa's new energy plan can be implemented

44 MW solar plant gets refinanced by shareholders

By: Darren Parker     28th July 2022 The Concentrator Photovoltaics Power Plant No.1 (CPV1), a 44 MW concentrated solar photovoltaic plant in the Western Cape, has successfully been refinanced by its shareholders Pele Green Energy (PGE), the Public Investment Corporation (PIC) and Touwsrivier Solar Community Trust, which represents... 

South Africa set to take over part of Eskom’s R396bn debt 

By: Bloomberg     28th July 2022 South Africa’s Treasury is finalising a plan to take over a portion of Eskom Holdings' R396-billion debt as part of a process to place the struggling electricity company on a sustainable footing, a top official said. The “broad brush strokes” of the debt transfer will be announced in the mid-term... 

An Eskom-owned power station

ArcelorMittal to seek access to rail network amid a collapse in Transnet service  

By: Terence Creamer     28th July 2022 ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) has confirmed that it will seek to secure third-party access to Transnet’s rail network as part of efforts to stabilise the logistics involved in supplying key raw materials, such as iron-ore, having experienced an intense period of rail disruption during the... 

An iron-ore train

Eskom, Netherlands Embassy to collaborate further on repurposing of the Grootvlei power station site

By: Creamer Media Reporter      28th July 2022 Power utility Eskom and the Netherlands Embassy have signed a letter of intent to guide the next phase of collaboration between the two parties. In the next phase of the collaboration, Eskom and the Netherlands Embassy, supported by the Netherlands Enterprise Agency, intend to work along two... 

As silent rooftop revolution gathers pace, attention turns to fair tariff structure 

By: Terence Creamer     28th July 2022 President Cyril Ramaphosa’s announcement that a feed-in tariff is to be created to incentivise businesses and households to invest in rooftop solar is likely to further stimulate the so-called ‘silent revolution’ that is already under way as South Africans seek to navigate their way through an... 

Workers installing rooftop solar

SAWEA voices support for Ramaphosa’s electricity security interventions

By: Darren Parker     27th July 2022 The South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) has applauded the numerous interventions outlined by President Cyril Ramaphosa to tackle South Africa’s energy crisis. The association said on July 26 that it viewed the plan as being sharply focused on the key areas of concern, encompassing the... 

wind farm in South Africa

Environmental ambiguities, inclusion of gas in new energy plan of concern for organisations

By: Donna Slater     27th July 2022 President Cyril Ramaphosa’s plan to arrest a degradation in the prevailing electricity generation deficit issue in South Africa has been welcomed by several organisations as a measure that took into account consultation from various perspectives, as well as one that addresses rolling out new... 

Eskom submits safety case in support of keeping Koeberg going

By: Darren Parker     27th July 2022 Public entity the National Nuclear Regulator (NNR) has confirmed that State-owned Eskom has submitted the safety case in support of its application to extend the operational life of the Koeberg nuclear power station beyond the current licence term. The application to extend the operational life... 

Koeberg Koeberg nuclear power station with zebras in the foreground
Koeberg nuclear power station

Botswana offers off-peak electricity to supplement Eskom supply  

By: News24Wire      27th July 2022 After President Cyril Ramaphosa announced an intention to import electricity from neighbouring countries to supplement South Africa's constrained power supply, Botswana wants South Africa to even buy more from it. Botswana Power Corporation wants Eskom to buy its off-peak generated power since... 

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