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Eskom to add 6 500 km of high-voltage transmission lines by 2028
Published: 25 Oct 18
Power utility Eskom plans to add about 6 500 km of high-voltage transmission lines and 46 000 MVA of transformer capacity in the next ten years, its latest Transmission Development Plan (TDP), for the period from 2019 to 2028, shows. The TDP, which was released on Thursday, also demonstrates Eskom’s inclusion of independent power producer (IPP) projects in its transmission network and sets out plans to increase cross-border transmission lines to Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Swaziland and Lesotho.
Indian power companies need to secure more own coal mines – Minister
Published: 24 Oct 18
India’s Power Ministry has directed thermal power companies to be more aggressive in securing their own coal assets and to reduce dependence on Coal India Limited, as these power plants will continue to be the country’s source of base electricity and will continue to suffer a shortage of dry fuel supplies from State-run miners. “Thermal capacity expansion is a constraint. We need to do something about it. Companies like NTPC Limited and Damodar Valley Corporation Limited (DVC) will have to set things right and strengthen their mining wings,” Power Minister R K Singh said.
Radebe outlines additional cost of coal IPPs to consumers
Published: 01 Oct 18
Energy Minister Jeff Radebe has confirmed that electricity consumers will pay 1.9c/kWh more by 2030 on a projected electricity tariff of 119c/kWh to accommodate the two independent power producer (IPP) coal-fired power stations included in the draft 2018 Integrated Resource Plan (IRP 2018) – a cumulative R23-billion. In a response to a question posed by outgoing Democratic Alliance Member of Parliament Gavin Davis, Radebe said the projects, which were procured in accordance with IRP 2010 and a Ministerial Determination published on December 21, 2012, were anticipated to begin producing electricity from 2023.
US private equity firm launches Coronado Coal IPO in Australia
Published: 24 Sep 18
US private equity firm Energy and Minerals Group (EMG) on Monday kicked off its planned float of Coronado Coal Group in Australia, seeking to raise up to A$1.3-billion for 30% of the group. The float will give the company an enterprise value of up to A$4.4-billion, making it the biggest coal mining float in Australia since Yancoal Australia listed in 2012 at the peak of the country's mining boom.
Kelvin power station coal-to-gas conversion project, South Africa Kelvin power station coal-to-gas conversion project, South Africa
Published: 21 Sep 18
A feasibility study has been initiated into the prospect of converting the Kelvin power station into a 450 MW to 600 MW gas-fired power station.
‘We can’t do expensive’
Published: 14 Sep 18
During a recent panel discussion on the ‘electricity utility of the future’ the Energy Intensive Users Group of Southern Africa’s Piet van Staden made the point that industry could deal with complexity, but “we can’t do expensive”. He was speaking the day after Energy Minister Jeff Radebe released a draft Integrated Resource Plan (IRP 2018), which confirmed that the cheapest way to provide new electricity in South Africa would be through a mix of solar photovoltaic (PV), onshore wind and ...
RWE fears lignite industry collapse in hasty coal exit by Merkel
Published: 12 Sep 18
Chancellor Angela Merkel’s plan to phase out coal-fired power plants in Germany should stop short of “prematurely” closing brown coal facilities, or she risks the collapse of the nation’s mining industry as well as persistent blackouts, RWE AG said in a report. Shuttering coal plants may have a “domino” effect on mining, which is regulated by concessions that would take years to renegotiate, Germany’s biggest power producer said in a report sent to the coal commission at the end of August and obtained by Bloomberg News. Without new permits, mining would cease and bring “the whole system to a standstill.” The body is due to present an exit road map next month.
IPP designed to facilitate private sector investment – Radebe
Published: 06 Sep 18
Energy minister Jeff Radebe on Thursday said the independent power producer (IPP) programme had been designed to enlist the private sector to develop an impressive renewable energy generation network in the country.  "On the renewable sector, the independent power producer programme, as it is known is a competitive tender process that has been designed by our country to facilitate private sector investment into great connected renewable energy generation in South Africa," he said.
Energy Roundup – August 2018 Energy Roundup – August 2018 Has PDF
Published: 03 Aug 18
Creamer Media's Energy Roundup is a monthly report providing a synopsis of energy-related news from South Africa in the past month. The August 2018 roundup covers activities across South Africa in July 2018, and includes details of African renewable-energy development platform and power producer BioTherm Energy reaching financial close on a 284 MW portfolio of wind and solar projects; the City of Cape Town’s plans to implement new renewable-energy projects; and independent power producer Globeleq’s agreement with an affiliate of Brookfield Asset Management to acquire Brookfield’s interest in its South African renewable-energy portfolio.
BioTherm reaches financial close on four renewables projects
Published: 25 Jul 18
African renewable energy development platform and power producer BioTherm Energy has reached financial close on a 284 MW portfolio of wind and solar projects in South Africa as part of the fourth round of the South African Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme. The four projects, on which construction will start shortly, are estimated to be fully operational by 2020.
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