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Discover the seven deadly sins of DIY energy procurement and how to make sure you avoid them. Energy procurement should be simple – suppliers want you to buy from them after all. But there are plenty of pitfalls waiting to trip you up – here are seven to avoid.
1. Adopting a short-term energy strategy(Read Full Article)
Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson confirmed on Tuesday that 77 bids were received by the August 18, 2014, submission deadline for the fourth bid window under government’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) and that, with the evaluation process complete, an announcement of the preferred bidders was “imminent”.(Read Full Article)
Johannesburg - Sibanye Gold, the biggest producer of the metal in South Africa, intends to become energy-independent “over the next few years” as Eskom struggles to supply the economy with enough power.(Read Full Article)
STATE-owned power company Eskom added "strategic considerations" in the last stage of the negotiation process for its R4.3bn nuclear power tender, which were not in the original bid criteria, US-Japanese nuclear company Westinghouse told the Johannesburg High Court on Tuesday.
They included the bidder having to be the original equipment manufacturer of the steam generators to be replaced, lawyers representing the company in its fight to have the tender reviewed argued.
According to Westinghouse, Eskom included additional requirements for bidders "at the last minute", which tipped the result of the tender in the favour of Areva.(Read Full Article)
Solar geyser manufacturers are reeling after having lost millions of rands as a result of a procurement technicality.
This, according to the Sustainable Energy Society of South Africa and business owners Small Business Connect spoke to. They claim that a number of businesses, which were set up in order to install and service solar geysers for the government’s mass installation scheme, have either gone out of business or have had to lay off staff.
In 2012, the then minister of energy Dipuo Peters stated that her department aimed to install one million solar geysers in households and commercial buildings ...(Read Full Article)
INDEPENDENT power producers are eagerly waiting for national and local governments to issue tenders to build power stations to help alleviate the country’s electricity crisis, South African Independent Power Producers Association chairman Sisa Njikelana says.
"Independent power producers are more agile than government or Eskom in building and operating a power station," he told Business Day on Tuesday on the sidelines of the 2015 Mining Indaba.(Read Full Article)
Almost all companies today are aware of their labor or material costs... but what about energy consumption?
It all comes down to having the energy data needed to determine what actions you must take to improve. The payoff is worth it, as insight into energy data allows you to make more valuable, relevant operating decisions.(Read Full Article)
In the Request for Qualifications and Proposals (RFP) issued in relation to the Coal Baseload IPP Procurement Programme, the Department of Energy (DoE) recognises that, at any bid submission date, bidders may not have all of the necessary appointments, consents or documents required to undertake their projects immediately upon being appointed as preferred bidders.(Read Full Article)
South Africa remains open for business and is an attractive destination for investments despite the current energy challenges, says President Jacob Zuma.
Addressing a business delegation at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos Switzerland, the President said some areas of the South African economy require more effort especially with regards to the energy sector.
“Our electricity infrastructure, for example, was never designed to serve an expanded citizenry. Last year we celebrated the expansion of electricity to 11 million households. In the past six months of the year we reached more than 100 000 homes.
“This extension of electricity to ...
Despite an array of challenges ranging from labour volatility, a weakened currency and unpredictable policy, South Africa continues to lure international investment to its various renewable-energy projects, global solar group Talesun Energy VP Arthur Chien has asserted.
“Foreign investment has helped the country achieve top status [with] renewable-energy investors [from] countries such as China, the US, Germany and Japan.(Read Full Article)
juwi Renewable Energies, the South African subsidiary of the international juwi group, is to build the Mulilo Sonnedix Prieska PV solar park in the Northern Cape for Independent Power Producer (IPP) Sonnedix.
The PV power plant has a total generation capacity of 86 MegaWatts (MW). Financial close was achieved on December 11 2014. The commencement of construction is scheduled for the first quarter of 2015.
For the juwi group, the utility-scale project in the Northern Cape is the company’s largest single solar EPC-project in the world. juwi is also providing operation and maintenance services for the plant.(Read Full Article)
Energy will remain an apex priority for the ANC, President Jacob Zuma said on Saturday.
Zuma made reference to the power shortfall facing the country in the ANC National Executive Committee's annual January 8 statement at the party's 103rd anniversary celebrations at the Cape Town Stadium.
"Our country needs creative and pragmatic solutions to this problem to guarantee security of supply for our energy needs," he said.(Read Full Article)
The Department of Energy on Thursday gave the go-ahead for SolarReserve and Saudi Arabia’s ACWA Power to build a 100MW solar power plant.
Acceptance of the bid means the companies can now proceed to financial close, expected this year, and the signing of a power-purchase agreement with state-owned utility Eskom.
The Redstone plant, near Kimberley, is expected to start working in early 2018, California-based SolarReserve said on Thursday in a statement on its website.(Read Full Article)
In addition to the two new bidders — Kathu Solar Park and Redstone Solar Thermal Power, which will both build 100MW capacity — there are five other concentrated solar power projects(Read Full Article)
South Africa is poised to add yet more concentrating solar power (CSP) capacity, with two additional preferred projects named by the Department of Energy (DoE) and two others reaching financial close in December.
The development brings to seven the number of active CSP projects being pursued by independent power producers in the country’s sun-drenched Northern Cape province. In addition, Eskom is pursuing its own CSP project near Upington in the same province.(Read Full Article)
Financial problems at Eskom have pushed the government to look into selling stakes in state companies to free up funds to update the utility and ease power blackouts.
President Jacob Zuma's ANC has long been reluctant to sell company stakes to ease the strain on the budget, for fear of upsetting powerful labour union allies who say this would cause job losses.
But state-owned Eskom urgently needs 250 billion rand to upgrade its infrastructure and this has left the ANC, managing a national debt of 50 percent of GDP, with little choice but to rethink the state ownership model ...(Read Full Article)
South Africa has suffered its worst power shortages in six years this month due to creaking power plants and emergency maintenance. Eskom is facing a $20-billion funding shortfall over the next four years, forcing the government to consider selling state assets to bail out the utility.
The government announced on Thursday that it would launch a private sector-led coal-fired power plant programme by January 2015, which should add 2 500 MW of generation capacity to the grid.(Read Full Article)
The South African government is seeking bids from international and domestic advisers with expertise to design, develop and implement programmes for the “procurement of energy from independent power producers (IPPs)”.
The request for proposals (RFP) has been issued by the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) on behalf of the Department of Energy (DoE) and the National Treasury and appears to be the precursor to bidding processes that should extend government’s IPP procurement reach beyond renewable energy.
However, a similar RFP was released in August 2013, which failed to yield any procurement processes.(Read Full Article)
Power utility says it has signed coal supply deal with Anglo American’s black empowerment company to have coal delivered from New Largo project to Kusile(Read Full Article)
A R39 billion power station to help ease South Africa’s energy demand is expected to be built in Limpopo.
Premier Stan Mathabatha revealed this in an interview with The Star along with the news that a deal was clinched during his two-week trip to China recently.
The planned power station is set to be the fifth operating from Limpopo. It will supply electricity to new industry in Limpopo that is in the planning phase. Eskom operates the coal-fired Matimba power station, a 3 990 megawatt plant, at Lephalale – the same area where the Medupi power station is being built.,
ESKOM is challenging charges that its executives are in contempt of court and should go to jail for failing to deliver documents related to a R4.3bn tender to replace six steam generators at Koeberg nuclear power station.
In answering affidavits Business Day has seen, the power utility says accusations that it willfully failed to comply with a court order to hand over the documents are "frivolous in the extreme and … a gross abuse of court process".
These arguments are set to be tested in court on Wednesday after Westinghouse Electric SA filed a contempt of court application at the ...(Read Full Article)
Danish companies are keen to set up a green hub on renewable energy in South Africa, with an eye on developing markets into Southern Africa, Danish Minister of Trade and Development Cooperation Morgens Jensen has told Engineering News Online. He said he saw tremendous opportunity in South Africa, particularly in terms of wind energy, but that Danish companies needed to expand into Africa to make their investments worthwhile.(Read Full Article)
COUNTRIES wanting to sell their nuclear technology will be able to parade their wares in a pre-procurement workshop to be hosted by the Department of Energy that will include representatives from other state entities.
On Sunday, the Department of Energy issued a statement saying the first of these workshops would begin with Russia and would take place before the end of October.
According to the statement, the vendor parade workshops entailed vendor countries presenting their nuclear technology offerings.(Read Full Article)
THE three most advanced coal companies in the Waterberg region — Exxaro, Resource Generation (Resgen) and Waterberg Coal Company — are working together with Sasol to develop the area’s coal resources most efficiently and sustainably to avoid some of the problems that have evolved in the Mpumalanga coal fields, Exxaro executive for business development Ernst Venter said on Wednesday.
Mr Venter, who was answering questions at Wednesday’s Fossil Fuel Foundation Waterberg coal conference in Lephalale, said he was confident the mines would together be producing about 30-million tons a year of coal for export within the next 20 years.(Read Full Article)