Updated: Appeal stalls RCA clawback of R42-billion by Eskom from electricity customers

  Both Eskom and the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA) have submitted applications for leave to appeal a 16 August 2016 judgement by Judge Cynthia Pretorius in the Pretoria High Court . (See editor’s note below.)  The judgement by Judge Cynthia Pretorius had set aside NERSA’s R11,2-billion regulatory clearing account (RCA) award for […]

Cost of new power generation in South Africa

  The Energy Centre of the CSIR has moved to provide updated and consistent information on the cost of new power from wind, solar PV, baseload coal IPP, baseload Eskom coal, and nuclear power generation technologies in South Africa. In a presentation dated 14 October 2016, the head of CSIR’s Energy Centre, Dr. Tobias Bischof-Niemz, […]

Showcasing a world class industry

  David Makhura, Gauteng’s premier, speaking at the recent Electra Mining Africa show, expressed his support for the engineering and mining industry and called Gauteng the industrial and manufacturing capital of the country. He said Electra Mining Africa, which was held  at the NASREC Expo Centre in Johannesburg recently and attracted over 29 000 visitors, […]

One day seminar: Alternative insulating fluids for transformers

  Eskom will be hosting a one day seminar “Alternative insulating fluids for application in transformers” at the John Maree Auditorium at Eskom College in Midrand on 29 September 2016. The IDC will be in attendance as well as a number of Governmental departments. The objective is to introduce these fluids to the market in […]

New evidence to Concourt leads to suspension of Koeberg manager

  A routine letter sent by Koeberg nuclear power station manager, Riedewaan Bakardien, to a wide range of suppliers has lead to his suspension by Eskom, as the utility assesses the impact of the letter on its appeal to the Constitutional Court of South Africa (Concourt) against a Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) judgement ordering […]

First power from Rosatom’s VVER-1200 Generation III+ nuclear reactor

  Latest news is that Rosatom, the Russian state nuclear agency, has produced first power from its newest and most powerful nuclear reactor at the Novovoronezh nuclear power plant in Russia. At 03h35 (MSK) on 5 August 2016, Unit 6 at the Novovoronezh nuclear power plant was successfully connected to the national grid, and produced […]

Solar PV association slams Eskom, points to energy policy failings in SA

  SAPVIA Media Statement: 21 July 2016 “South Africa’s energy mix is expected to shift considerably towards renewables over the next two decades”. That is according to Eskom’s Chairperson, Dr. Ben Ngubane, quoted in the state-owned utility’s media statement released recently of its annual results presentation. The Department of Energy, in a recently published Expression […]

An appeal to Eskom to include all role players

  The South African Independent Power Producers Association, SAIPPA, has taken note of the recent statement about the decision taken by Eskom regarding suspension of signing any further power purchase agreements until it has engaged the Departments of Energy and Public Enterprise with concerns. While this comes as no surprise, the manner in which it […]

ICASA strike disrupts licensing services

  Despite assurances by the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) management, the strike, now in its second week, is causing major disruption as no licences can be issued. Almost 100 staff went on strike on Monday 4 July over a pay and human resource policies dispute. Over 70 workers picketed outside ICASA’s head […]

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