Invoicing & Payment,
Spend Analysis & Benchmarking,
Supplier Relationship Management,
B2B Social Media: Online Supply Communities, Open Innovation, SM B2B Marketing, SM Customer Driven Support
Industry Groups: Construction, Defence & Aerospace, Education, Financial Services, Healthcare, Manufacturing & Automotive, Public Sector, Resources, Retail & CPG/FMCG, Utilities
Categories / Commodities: Business Travel, Capital Equipment, Construction & Building, Electronic & High Tech, Fuels & Lubricants, Managed Print Services, Marketing & Advertising, Metals & Minerals, Office Suppliers, Services Procurement, Supply Chain Management, Transport & Logistics
Procurement People: Careers, Leadership, People on the move, Talent Management
Articles in category: Utilities
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)
President Jacob Zuma has given authority to Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson to sign an agreement for the safe use of nuclear energy with France. “President Jacob Zuma has, in terms of section 231 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, granted authority to the Minister of Energy, Ms Tina Joemat-Pettersson, to sign an agreement on Cooperation in the Development of Peaceful uses of Nuclear Energy, between the Government of the Republic of South Africa and the Government of the French Republic,” said Presidential spokesperson Mac Maharaj.
Toshiba’s Westinghouse Electric Company on Monday launched an expedited review application in the South Gauteng High Court challenging Eskom’s decision to award a R4.3-billion contract to Areva, of France, for the replacement of steam generators at the Koeberg nuclear power station, in Cape Town.(Read Full Article)
Much confusion has followed an announcement on Monday afternoon by Russian state nuclear agency Rosatom of an “agreement on strategic partnership in nuclear energy” signed between the Russian and South African governments.
It seems though that the agreement is merely a framework agreement that may or may not lead to the procurement of the reactors from Rosatom. The agreement provides for the two countries to work together to develop a local nuclear industry.
Power parastatal Eskom has signed a contract that will see the replacement of steam generators at the Koeberg nuclear power plant, it confirmed.
“Eskom is pleased to announce that the contract between it and Areva NP was signed on Friday,” said Eskom on Saturday.
The signing of the contract comes as Westinghouse Electric, a manufacturing company, withdrew its high court application to interdict Eskom. Westinghouse had filed an urgent application to the court in order to see documentation relating to Eskom’s awarding of the R4 billion tender.
While the Department of Energy (DoE) has indicated that standard documents would be developed to reduce transaction costs related to bidding for the small projects Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP), local advisory firm Infrastream director Grant Berndsen has urged prequalified bidders not to delay their preparation for the first Stage 2 submission in anticipation of these documents being released.(Read Full Article)
THE government hopes to contain electricity tariff increases to a maximum of 12% over the next four years in an effort to balance Eskom’s financial sustainability with the potential damage of higher tariffs to the economy.
The recommendation is believed to be part of a package of measures put forward to the Cabinet by an interministerial task team charged with finding a solution to Eskom’s financial crisis, according to several participants in the process.
Eskom faces a revenue shortfall of R225bn, which must be met through a combination of increased tariffs, savings and cash, most likely in the ...(Read Full Article)
Eskom acting CEO Collin Matjila on Wednesday told MPs there had been no bias in the tender process that led to French company Areva securing the contract to replace six steam generators at the Koeberg nuclear power plant.
"We believe the process was beyond reproach," Matjila told members of Parliament's economic development and energy portfolio committees.(Read Full Article)
ESKOM, under newly appointed CEO Tshediso Matona — currently the director-general of the Department of Public Enterprises — will be more tightly controlled by the department in future.
Not only will Mr Matona want to improve on what he says was Eskom’s failure to account properly, but he will have to ensure that the utility complies with a proposed bill that the department is working on.
The Government Shareholder Management Bill, which the department hopes to submit to Parliament by the end of the fiscal year, will set the legislative framework in which all state-owned companies will have to function.(Read Full Article)