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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.
New-look IPP bid documents will need to strike delicate balance
Published: 22 Jun 18
The new bid documentation being prepared by the Department of Energy (DoE) for future independent power producer (IPP) procurement rounds will have to strike a delicate balance between sustaining investor interest and responding to society’s demand for increased socioeconomic benefits. In fact, Allen & Overy partner Jason van der Poel, who advised government when South Africa initiated its IPP bidding programmes in 2011 and who currently advises developers and lenders, believes the DoE should take care not to “entirely reinvent the wheel” when introducing the new co-benefit clauses.
Energy forum panelists reiterate need for regional integration in Africa
Published: 20 Jun 18
A panel of speakers at the 2018 Africa Energy Forum, in Mauritius, on Wednesday, agreed that Ministers of energy in Africa and other stakeholders should focus on regional power integration, and what would work accordingly, rather than debating country-specific suitable energy resources and generation methods. The panelists comprised independent power producer Globeleq east African business development head Christian Wright; energy project developer Access Power MD Vahid Futahi; Central African Republic State-owned power utility Enerca CEO Thierry-Patient Bendima; energy power source manufacturer Wärtsilä energy solutions manager Jyrki Leino; economic development programme New Partnership for Africa’s Development regional integration, infrastructure and trade programme head Symerre Grey-Johnson; and global association International Gas Union director Rafael Lázaro.
Eskom wage talks off to a bad start – union
Published: 19 Jun 18
Talks between Eskom and unions got off to a bad start on Tuesday, with the power producer reneging on its earlier agreement to include "high-powered" members in its delegation, a union spokesperson said. "The talks started this morning, but we are not happy with Eskom’s failure to honour its agreement with the Minister of Public Enterprises Pravin Gordhan to include at least two high-powered members in its delegation," said the spokesperson of the National Union of Mineworkers (Num), Livhuwani Mammburu.
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