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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(Read Full Article)
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 welding. Energy intensive methods, such as manual grinding and needle ...
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. .(Read Full Article)
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.
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.(Read Full Article)
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).(Read Full Article)
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.(Read Full Article)
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 ...(Read Full Article)
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.(Read Full Article)
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.(Read Full Article)
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.
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 ...(Read Full Article)
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.(Read Full Article)
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”.(Read Full Article)
Maputo -Mozambique plans to export 122 megawatts of electricity to Namibia, from a gas fired power station at Ressano Garcia, on the border with South Africa.(Read Full Article)
Russian nuclear company Rusatom Overseas believes that it could generate thousands of jobs in South Africa if it is chosen to build the proposed new fleet of nuclear power plants (NPPs) and that its localisation programme would generate billions of dollars in revenues for South African companies.(Read Full Article)
South Africa needs to invest as much as 90 billion rand ($9 billion) in new coal mines to supply power plants that are at risk of running short of the fuel as soon as 2015, an industry study found. While some of the growing demand from power stations can be satisfied by extending current coal projects, “the majority will need to be met from new mines,” the Green House, a Cape Town-based consultant, said in its Coal Roadmap report obtained by Bloomberg. Disagreement between mining companies and state utility Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd. over returns on investment has delayed new ...(Read Full Article)
There is an indisputable need to worry about the supply of water to Lephalale, where Eskom’s Medupi coal-fired power station is situated, writes David Gleason. The power station, which will employ a dry-cooling method that doesn’t use evaporation to cool the water, will nevertheless require 6-billion litres of water a year without a flue gas desulphurisation (FGD) plant, and 14-billion litres a year with such a plant. Those numbers are Eskom’s, and they are at huge variance to those produced by James Blignaut, whose scientific paper was published in the Journal of Energy in Southern Africa (Volume ...(Read Full Article)
French energy solutions group Alstom acknowledged on Tuesday that tests performed on the boiler protection system (BPS), which forms part of the control and instrumentation (C&I) solution to be installed at the Medupi power station, had not been “fully satisfactory”. However, in a statement released a day after Eskom announced that the start of the first Medupi unit, Unit 6, had been delayed until the second half of 2014, from the end of 2013, Alstom said it remained confident of delivering its commitments for Medupi “in line with agreed timeframes”.(Read Full Article)
ESKOM said on Monday that the first power from its Medupi plant would hit the grid only in the second half of 2014 — a delay of at least six months that will increase the cost of the project and possibly cause a gap in supply in 2014. The power utility said it was working with stakeholders to ensure security of electricity supply despite the delay caused by labour unrest and "underperformance" by contractors. "The target date of December 2013 is unlikely to be achieved. "We have done everything in our power to meet the December target date," Mr Dames said ...(Read Full Article)
South African power utility Eskom briefly cut supply to one of BHP Billiton's aluminium smelters on Monday night after nation-wide demand outstripped supply, a company spokeswoman said on Tuesday. An agreement between state-run Eskom and BHP allow the utility to interrupt power to the latter's energy-intensive smelters if the national grid approaches a tipping point. “We did interrupt supply to one of the BHP Billiton units for a time, but still have emergency reserves available,” spokeswoman Hilary Joffe said. She also said Eskom ran gas turbines which it activates when supply is tight. Eskom said on Monday the ...(Read Full Article)
The basic design work for Eskom’s 100 MW concentrating solar power (CSP) demonstration project, earmarked for development in the Northern Cape town of Upington, is nearing completion and the prequalification of potential contractors should begin within months. Proposed is the development of a central-receiver CSP plant, where molten salt is used as a storage and heat-transfer medium. The so-called power tower will be surrounded by an array for heliostats, or mirrors, which continuously reflect sunlight on to the tower’s central receiver.(Read Full Article)
Eskom’s announcement that Siemens would supply 46 new wind turbines to add to those already creaking and groaning in the Western Cape, indicates that South Africa has learned nothing from the sobering lessons of Europeans and Americans, when they embraced this technology. Neither, it seems, has the World Bank, the African Development Bank, Agence France (who should know better) nor the Clean Technology Fund (no surprises there). One supposes that these mainly offshore and hard currency funders couldn’t resist the lure of interest payments on the massive R2.4 billion needed to complete the project.(Read Full Article)
Thin-film photovoltaic (PV) manufacturer and solar project developer First Solar, of the US, is preparing a number of projects for submission during the third bid window under South Africa’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP). Regional director Johan Cilliers, who joined the group at the end of last year, having worked previously for General Electric, Siemens and Eskom, tells Engineering News Online that it currently has a pipeline of potential Southern Africa projects collectively representing 1 000 MW of capacity.(Read Full Article)
Johannesburg - South Africa's national grid came within a hair's breadth of overloading last week, suggesting the region's top economy is going to battle to keep the lights on with the approach of the southern hemisphere winter. State-run power utility Eskom said on Monday that demand last Thursday peaked at 32,081 MW and was met by a supply of only 32,103 MW - a gap of just 0.06 percent. This means that an unexpected problem at a power station or a surge in demand on that day would have tripped the national grid.(Read Full Article)