1. Articles in category: Utilities

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    1. Is a new nuclear programme for SA affordable?

      Explore Polity.org.za (Apr 15 2014)

      Is a new nuclear programme for SA affordable?

      South Africa may have difficulty in financing new nuclear power plants (NPPs), an Academy of Science of South Africa symposium in Pretoria has been warned. The concern was expressed by University of Cape Town Energy Research Centre director Professor Harald Winkler.

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      Mentions:   Russia   South Korea   Japan

    2. Transnet applies for electricity licence

      Explore BDlive (Apr 15 2014)

      Transnet applies for electricity licence

      State logistics group Transnet has applied for a licence to generate electricity, and plans to regenerate 38MW by 2017, mostly using the technology of its new locomotives.

      Transnet, a member of the Energy Intensive Users Group, will need as much as 66% more energy than its present consumption to implement its R300bn port, rail and pipeline expansion plans.

      Eskom is struggling to meet growing electricity demand and it is urging its major customers to cut consumption. Transnet Freight Rail applied to the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) for a power-producer licence in November 2012.

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      Mentions:   South Africa   Transnet   Eskom

    3. Energy Minister opens way for coal, cogen IPPs, extends renewables allocation

      Explore MiningWeekly.com (Apr 14 2014)

      Energy Minister opens way for coal, cogen IPPs, extends renewables allocation

      Energy Minister Dikobe Ben Martins confirmed on Monday that the long awaited cogeneration and coal independent power producer (IPP) procurement programmes would be initiated in April and May respectively. In addition, in something of a surprise move, the Minister announced that further renewable-energy projects would be added to the list of 17 preferred projects selected in November, following the third bid window under the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP).

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      Mentions:   South Africa   Eskom

    4. R12.45bn Mzimvubu water project launched

      Explore Polity.org.za (Apr 14 2014)

      R12.45bn Mzimvubu water project launched

      President Jacob Zuma on Friday launched the more than R12.45-billion Mzimvubu water project, which would include the building of the Ntabelanga and Laleni dams, in the Eastern Cape.

      The Ntabelanga dam, which would store about 490-million cubic meters of water, would be used for domestic and agricultural water supply requirements, while the Laleni dam would be used for hydropower generation.

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      Mentions:   South Africa   Jacob Zuma

    5. Eskom mulls restart of some suspended savings schemes in wake of load shedding

      Explore Engineering News (Mar 11 2014)

      Eskom mulls restart of some suspended savings schemes in wake of load shedding

      Outgoing Eskom CEO Brian Dames reported on Tuesday that the utility was considering restarting some of the energy-saving programmes that were suspended in late 2013 as a result of funding constraints. Speaking at a briefing hosted by the South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Dames said he had requested the integrated demand management (IDM) unit to prepare a proposal for board for approval.

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      Mentions:   South Africa   Eskom   Bureau for Economic Research

    6. Seeking answers to energy trilemma

      Explore iol.co.za (Mar 10 2014)

      Seeking answers to energy trilemma

      Africa’s energy sector has long been working to widen energy access to unlock the continent’s vast potential. Energy access remains a critical priority for this dynamic region.

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      Africa’s energy sector has long been working to widen energy access to unlock the continent’s vast potential. Energy access remains a critical priority for this dynamic region.

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      Mentions:   India   Africa   South Africa

    7. Eskom to procure ‘at risk’ short-term IPP power while longer-term deal is debated

      Explore Polity.org.za (Mar 7 2014)

      Eskom to procure ‘at risk’ short-term IPP power while longer-term deal is debated

      Eskom confirmed on Friday that it had decided to extend “at risk” short-term electricity purchases from independent power producers (IPPs) and municipal generators to the end of May, despite not having received regulatory approval to do so. However, it was still in discussions with government about securing the necessary financial resources to continue with the contracts after May.

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      Mentions:   South Africa   Parliament   Botswana

    8. Eskom receives feasibility study for Waterberg coal project

      Explore MiningWeekly.com (Feb 24 2014)

      The Waterberg Coal Joint Venture Partners (WCJVP) have delivered a feasibility study into the development of a ten-million-tonne-a year opencast coal operation, in Limpopo, to prospective offtake partner Eskom. This followed the cementing of a memorandum of understanding between the Waterberg joint venture (JV) and Eskom for a proposed coal supply agreement (CSA), which would see the envisaged mining operation delivering product to the coal-dependant parastatal for an initial 30-year term.

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      Mentions:   Johannesburg   Eskom

    9. N Cape to shine as SA’s renewable energy hub

      Explore SA News (Feb 21 2014)

      Pretoria - The Northern Cape is ready to become South Africa’s renewable energy hub through the construction of large solar and wind power stations, Premier Sylvia Lucas said on Friday.

      Speaking during the State of the Province Address, the premier said the Provincial Renewable Energy Strategy had been developed to unlock existing potential and to position the province to attract both local and foreign investment.

      “In terms of the strategy, we [will become] a net producer of renewable energy to the rest of the country by 2020.

      “The planned solar corridor stretching between ZF Mgcawu and the Pixley ka Seme ...

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      Mentions:   South Africa   Transnet   Jacob Zuma

    10. DoE, Eskom make nuclear localisation moves

      Explore Engineering News (Feb 17 2014)

      DoE, Eskom make nuclear localisation moves

      Days after President Jacob Zuma confirmed in his State of the Nation address that government would move ahead with the procurement of new nuclear capacity, the Department of Energy (DoE) indicated that it planned to appoint an adviser to assess the economic impact of “localisation for the nuclear expansion programme”.

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      Mentions:   Eskom   Jacob Zuma

    11. Pressure On Renewable Energy?

      Explore Procurement Leaders Network (Jan 16 2014)

      Once again for procurement professionals the question comes back to cost versus quality, with the added factor of pressure to be seen to be sustainable.

      A growing number of governments have thrown money at renewable energy options in the past few years to win votes and encourage business to invest into sustainable energy, most typically through incentives like subsidies.

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      Mentions:   Australia   Germany

    12. National energy award winners revealed

      Explore Engineering News (Dec 6 2013)

      National energy award winners revealed

      State-owned power utility Eskom’s eta Awards this week unveiled exceptional efforts by South Africa’s individuals, students, companies and other institutions in energy efficiency initiatives to reduce strain on the national grid. The eta Awards, initially established 20 years ago to create awareness and encourage action in the energy efficiency field, sought to recognise and reward excellence in energy efficiency. 

      INNOVATION
      Welding solutions specialist Shield Technologies was the winner of Innovation category with its weld spatter product – Spatter Guard HT Plus – which reduced the amount of spatter caused when weldingEnergy intensive methods, such as manual grinding and needle ...

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      Mentions:   South Africa   Eskom

    13. Futuregrowth provides R165-million for five REIPPPP projects

      Explore Engineering News (Nov 27 2013)

      Futuregrowth provides R165-million for five REIPPPP projects

      Futuregrowth Asset Management is investing R165-million in five projects in round three of the Department of Energy's (DoE) Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP). This brought the total number of REIPPPP projects in which Futuregrowth was involved, through its Power Debt Fund (projects in round one and two) and its Development Equity Fund (round three projects) to 23, the company said on Wednesday. .

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      Mentions:   Eskom

    14. Eskom says to lift power emergency

      Explore iol.co.za (Nov 22 2013)

      Eskom says to lift power emergency

      Eskom has lifted its electricity supply emergency declaration as the system is now stable.  However, the risk of another emergency declaration remains, as the system continues to be constrained.

      “Understanding the impact on our key industrial customers and the South African economy, the emergency has been lifted. The system still remains critical and we will continue to heavily rely on the partnerships we have with our customers for the necessary voluntary load reduction to keep us going,” Eskom Chief Executive Brian Dames said on Thursday.

       

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      Mentions:   South Africa   Glencore   Johannesburg

    15. Kimberley solar project to start supplying power to national grid

      Explore Polity.org.za (Nov 19 2013)

      Kimberley solar project to start supplying power to national grid

      The supply of electricity from the 50 MW Droogfontein solar project, in Kimberley, to the national grid is expected to start this week, as the commissioning of the plant gets under way.

      Once commissioning started, a small amount of electricity generated by the plant would be supplied to State-owned power utility Eskom’s grid to check the equipment’s reliability.  If no problems were encountered and the reliability of the equipment was verified, the power from the inverter area would continue to flow to the Eskom grid.

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      Mentions:   Eskom

    16. Northern Cape solar power plant secures R2.8bn of funding

      Explore Engineering News (Oct 29 2013)

      Northern Cape solar power plant secures R2.8bn of funding

      In a significant show of support for South African renewable-energy projects, the European Union’s (EUs) long-term lending institution, the European Investment Bank (EIB), has agreed to provide €210-million, or R2.8-billion, for the construction of the Ka Xu Solar One concentrated solar power (csp) plant, to be located north of Pofadder, in the Northern Cape.

      The loan, which is the first 20-year credit facility provided by the EU member State-owned institution, will be provided through South African partner banks FirstRand Bank Group and its subsidiary Rand Merchant Bank (RMB).

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      Mentions:   Africa   South Africa   RMB

    17. Another 17 renewables projects approved, more possible in light of competitive bids

      Explore Engineering News (Oct 29 2013)

      Another 17 renewables projects approved, more possible in light of competitive bids

      The Department of Energy (DoE) has informed another 17 renewable-energy developers that they have been appointed as preferred bidders following the conclusion of the third bid-submission round under the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP). The bidders were informed in line with the schedule outlined for the third bid-submission and despite the postponement of the official media announcement to November 4.

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      Mentions:   Africa   South Africa   Jacob Zuma

    18. Winning bid to refit SA's nuclear plant due early 2014

      Explore Polity.org.za (Oct 16 2013)

      Winning bid to refit SA's nuclear plant due early 2014

      The winning bid to replace six steam generators at South Africa's Koeberg nuclear plant, needed to extend its lifespan by at least another decade, is expected early next year, State-owned power utility Eskom said on Wednesday.

      The Koeberg refit forms part of a broader nuclear programme in Africa's largest economy to install up to 9 600 MW of new nuclear power by 2030, as it seeks to overcome chronic power shortages and slow the amount of greenhouse gases it emits. The vast majority of South Africa's electricity is generated from coal and the country is in a ...

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      Mentions:   Reuters   Africa   South Africa

    19. Lighting firm suing Eskom for harmful claims contained in official bid documents

      Explore Polity.org.za (Oct 15 2013)

      Lighting firm suing Eskom for harmful claims contained in official bid documents

      South African industrial lighting specialist Magnitech Lighting is suing State-owned electricity producer Eskom for making what it alleges to be false and misleading claims about its xenon-sodium lamp, which has resulted in a dramatic decline in the sale of these lamps to the industrial and mining markets.

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      Mentions:   Japan   Eskom

    20. Standard Bank backing another R10bn worth of SA renewables projects

      Explore Engineering News (Oct 14 2013)

      Standard Bank backing another R10bn worth of SA renewables projects

      Standard Bank Corporate and Investment Banking reports that it is backing projects worth R10-billion as part of South Africa’s third renewable-energy bidding round, which is currently in the final stages of adjudication. CEO David Munro says the projects have a combined capacity of more than 1 000 MW and that the bank, which was a leading funder of projects during the first two rounds, is eagerly awaiting the outcome of the adjudication process.

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      Mentions:   South Africa   Nigeria   Mozambique

    21. Heat over R6bn ‘emergency’ plant

      Explore iol.co.za (Oct 14 2013)

      Heat over R6bn ‘emergency’ plant

      Opposition is growing to a proposed R6 billion “emergency” power plant north of Durban, with fears that it will further push up costs of electricity, reduce water supply and increase noise and pollution levels on the North Coast.

      The massive 670 megawatt diesel-powered Avon Peaking Power Plant, earmarked for Shakaskraal, would take more than 30 months to build.  The project, which involves a private consortium of European, Japanese and black empowerment groups, was approved by the national Department of Environmental Affairs in 2007, but the approval was only valid for four years.

       

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      Mentions:   Japan   France   Eskom

    22. Status of SA's large infrastructure projects

      Explore Polity.org.za (Sep 30 2013)

      Status of SA's large infrastructure projects

      The Department of Energy's (DoE) Renewable Energy Independent  Power Producers Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) was launched in August 2011 and provided for the procurement  of 3,625 MW of renewable energy from renewable energy sources, such as onshore wind, concentrated solar power,  solar photovoltaic, biomass, biogas, landfill gas and small hydro. The REIPPPP is being conducted in six phases. 

      In the First Bid Submission Phase, Preferred Bidder status was awarded to 28 proposals out of a total of 53 received by the DoE. The legal close date for the first bid submission was achieved on 5 November 2013. This secured ...

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      Mentions:   South Africa   Siemens   Johannesburg

    23. Eskom is caught in crosshairs of its own inaction to protect environment

      Explore Polity.org.za (Sep 20 2013)

      Eskom is caught in crosshairs of its own inaction to protect environment

      Statement by environmental organisations, state that Eskom is caught in crosshairs of its own inaction to protect environment (20/09/2013). Eskom’s response, in a statement released on Wednesday, to groundWork  and Earthlife Africa Jhb’s  concerns on the company’s application for exemption from Minimum Emission Standards (MES)  and postponement of the MES timeframes for a number of their power stations, including Medupi, is best described as contradictory and confused.

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      Mentions:   South Africa   World Bank   Sasol

    24. Demand more from energy contracts and suppliers, buyers urged

      Explore supplymanagement.com (Sep 11 2013)

      The European energy procurement manager at Kimberly-Clark (KC) has urged fellow buyers to be more demanding of suppliers and not to accept standard contracts. Miguel-Angel Pescador, who buys gas and electricity in seven European countries for KC, whose brands include Huggies and Kleenex, said energy companies were “built to deal with thousands if not millions of customers” and “they still see you as a standard product, as a standard customer”.

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      Mentions:   CIPS   NEC   Birmingham

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