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Wind body seeks right to contest Nersa report on delayed renewables projects
Published: 25 Sep 18
The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) Tribunal has invited the South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) to present its case this week as to why the tribunal should hear the association’s arguments in opposition to a 2017 Nersa panel report. The document in question concluded that Eskom had not breached its license conditions by delaying, for more than two years, the signing of power purchase agreements (PPAs) for 27 renewable-energy projects procured by government in 2015.
New Eskom strategy to include pan-African expansion roadmap
Published: 25 Sep 18
State-owned electricity utility Eskom has confirmed that its new strategy, which will involve far-reaching changes to its business model, will seek to position the company for opportunities arising in the rest of Africa. “Growth opportunities for Eskom are not restricted to South Africa. To grow the business, Eskom will need to become a strong pan-African utility,” Eskom told Engineering News Online in response to questions on the scope of the strategic changes being contemplated.
Eskom implements smart meters in Gauteng
Published: 21 Sep 18
State-owned power utility Eskom is currently implementing an electricity network infrastructure programme in Gauteng that aims to improve the services rendered to customers through ensuring reliable supply and empowering them to control and manage their own consumption. The implementation process is still ongoing, according the Gauteng head office. The company is rolling out smart prepaid meters in Sandton and Midrand, targeting residential customers, free of charge. Customer awareness forums will be held in the area with the aim of explaining the split metering system to the residents.
Local coal future depends on economic situation
Published: 21 Sep 18
Coal mining currently provides more than 86 000 jobs locally, and this figure will increase as more junior mines are expected to open in the future, provided that the economic situation “does not deteriorate further”, says coal consulting company XMP Consulting senior coal analyst Xavier Prévost. South African coal production has remained stagnant during the last five years because of a lack of incentives and capital to implement new coal projects. However, production will soon drop drastically because some of the older, larger mine reserves are almost exhausted, he tells Mining Weekly.
Company eyes expansion into Africa
Published: 21 Sep 18
Owing to its ability to adhere to State-owned power utility Eskom’s stringent electrification infrastructure requirements, electrical solutions and engineering provider Gridbow has expanded its services into other African countries. “Contrary to popular belief, Eskom has very stringent rules with regards to engineering and quality in electrification and distribution that include the submission of correct documentation, complying with legislation about upholding environmental standards and maintaining heritage sites. We have been able to produce projects that meet requirements without fail,” says Gridbow Engineers and Technical Services COO Farai Chabata.
R&D on clean coal technologies crucial in SA
Published: 21 Sep 18
The research and development (R&D) of clean coal technologies in South Africa is absolutely necessary, says Fossil Fuel Foundation director and recently retired Department of Science and Technology-National Research Foundation South African Research Chairs Initiative Clean Coal Technology chair Professor Rosemary Falcon. Clean coal technologies are a collection of technologies being developed to reduce the environmental impact of coal during production and in energy generation.
Life After Coal continues fight against coal-fired IPP projects
Published: 20 Sep 18
The Life After Coal Campaign contends that two proposed independent power producer (IPP) coal-fired power stations will never be built. The organisation is opposed to the construction of the proposed 557 MW Thabametsi project, near Lephalale, in Limpopo, and the proposed 306 MW Khanyisa project near eMalahleni, in Mpumalanga.
Phosa says South Africa should be ‘plotting’ a credible economic strategy Has Video
Published: 20 Sep 18
Former African National Congress (ANC) treasurer-general Mathews Phosa made a forthright appeal on Thursday for the creation and implementation of a credible economic strategy, centred on growth and job creation, rather than “vague, ill-timed, conflicting and populist” policies. Speaking at the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa’s (Seifsa’s) fourth annual Metals and Engineering Indaba in Sandton, Phosa said South Africa was in “serious trouble” and that the proposal for land expropriation without compensation was “dangerous” for job creation and investment.
Eskom delays finalisation of new strategy to mid-November
Published: 18 Sep 18
South Africa’s electricity utility Eskom has delayed the publication of a new strategy blueprint to mid-November from an initial deadline of the end September to allow for greater consultation with external stakeholders. Following the appointment of a new board in February, a strategy review was initiated in April and Boston Consulting Group was appointed to support Eskom with the development and delivery of the strategy.
CEO Initiative to support government’s investor outreach at October summit CEO Initiative to support government’s investor outreach at October summit
Published: 18 Sep 18
The CEO Initiative is putting its weight behind President Cyril Ramaphosa’s plans for increasing levels of investment and stimulating growth in the recession-afflicted South African economy. The CEO Initiative draws in business leaders from various sectors and rose to prominence during Pravin Gordhan’s second stint as Finance Minister, after President Jacob Zuma’s highly criticised decision to remove Nhlanhla Nene from the position and replace him with Des van Rooyen.
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