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Cape Town readies battery storage, ‘dispatchable IPP’ procurement programmes 

By: Terence Creamer     12th August 2022 The City of Cape Town, which is in the process of procuring up to 200 MW of renewable energy from independent power producers (IPPs), expects to initiate a utility-scale battery energy storage system (BESS) programme in 2023. It is also working on the design of a so-called ‘dispatchable IPP... 

Greenpeace targets Woodside supplies in Germany - report

By: Esmarie Iannucci     12th August 2022 Environmental group Greenpeace on Friday claimed that environmental activists in Germany had blocked a ship carrying pipelines slated for use in ASX-listed Woodside’s Scarborough offshore gas project. Greenpeace Australia Pacific head of clean transitions, Jess Panegyres, said that around 20... 

Construction of Africa’s first biophilic building under way in Cape Town

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th August 2022 Estate agent Dogon Group has confirmed that demolition is under way ahead of the start of construction of Africa’s first-ever biophilic development, in Cape Town. The Fynbos building, as it will be called, will comprise 24 storeys of mixed-use space, including Cape Town’s first-ever urban... 

Caledonia achieves strong second quarter, half-year performance

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     11th August 2022 Gold miner Caledonia Mining achieved a “terrific” quarter and six months ended June 30, with second quarter production of just over 20 000 oz, which set a record for any quarter, CEO Mark Learmonth acclaims in an operating and financial results update. Caledonia produced 20 091 oz of gold in the... 

Santos buys pipeline for Narrabri

By: Esmarie Iannucci     11th August 2022 Oil and gas major Santos on Thursday announced the acquisition of Hunter Gas Pipeline, which owns an approved underground gas pipeline route from Wallumbilla in Queensland to Newcastle in New South Wales. The underground pipeline route passes close to Santos’ Narrabri gas project and the... 

Molo’s processing plant arrives in Madagascar

By: Creamer Media Reporter      10th August 2022 The processing plant for the Molo graphite mine has arrived in Madagascar, cleared customs and the modules, including two mobile cranes, are now on route to the mine site, Toronto-listed NextSource Materials reports. The company says earthworks at the mine site are complete and civil works are... 

Resources Watch  

10th August 2022 This week: Royal Bafokeng applauds President’s energy plan, nears decision on solar; Anglo’s big on-site solar, off-site wind plan lays foundation for green hydrogen; and, High-flying Glencore locks in renewable power, prioritises future-facing metals  

Royal Bafokeng looking to R1.6bn off-balance-sheet spend on 98 MW solar plant  

By: Martin Creamer     10th August 2022 Platinum group metals (PGMs) mining company Royal Bafokeng Platinum (RBPlat) is looking to off-balance-sheet capital expenditure of R1.6-billion for a 98 MW solar power plant. The photovoltaic (PV) plant will further buffer RBPlat and the region from load-shedding into the future should it prove... 

Why battery storage is the key to unlocking the value of renewable energy in South Africa

10th August 2022 By Sherwin Harris, Renewables Lead at ENGIE It is no secret that South Africa faces challenges with energy generation and capacity. There is a growing focus on investment into cleaner, less carbon-intensive energy that can be fed into the grid to boost the much-needed power supply that the... 

Smart grids: A solution to power outages

10th August 2022 By Corridor Africa Technologies CEO Matone Ditlhake   Energy utility companies across the world are striving to find smarter ways to control the flow of energy. The benefits of digitalisation and connectivity are unquestionable. To survive, energy companies must harness the power and possibility... 

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