UN General Assembly urges sharing of geospatial data

  The science that supports the precise pinpointing of people and places should be shared more widely, according to the United Nations General Assembly as it adopted its first resolution recognising the importance of a globally-coordinated approach to geodesy – the discipline focused on accurately measuring the shape, rotation and gravitational field of planet Earth. Geodesy […]

Audio: Chris Yelland on the Eskom crisis and the way forward

  EE Publishers’ Chris Yelland speaks to Bruce Whitfield on the Radio 702/Cape Talk “Money Show” about Eskom’s War Room and 5-point plan to address the electricity crisis in South Africa. He discusses what the future holds in terms of load shedding; NERSA’s announcement that end-users will settle Eskom’s diesel bill by 2016; independent power […]

Deadline for syncronisation of Unit 6 at Medupi delayed a further 6 weeks

  Roman Crookes, Eskom’s project manager at Medupi Power Station, advised yesterday that the deadline for synchronisation of the first unit at Medupi Power station has been extended by a further six weeks, from mid February 2015 to end March 2015. This follows the recent disclosure by Eskom that the commercial operation date for the […]

Eskom’s boiler contractor at Medupi and Kusile defends its reputation

  Eskom’s boiler works contractor at Medupi and Kusile has moved to defend its reputation, and to clarify its position in respect of any perceived non-performances in meeting its contractual obligations to deliver steam of the right cleanliness, speed, temperature, pressure and mass flow-rate to the turbines at the power station construction sites. At a […]

Trends from the automation capital

  The buzzwords at this year’s SPS IPC Drives Exhibition in Germany were “energy” and “data”. Economic pressures, environmental consciousness and regulations have influenced product and service designs, and shifted the focus to technology optimisation. Automation trade fairs and conferences are good indicators of shifting trends in the market, and the SPS IPC Drives Exhibition […]

New technical problems at Medupi place South Africa at risk

  New technical problems arising during the commissioning of Unit 6, the first of six 800 MW generation units at Eskom’s Medupi power station, may be placing South Africa’s electricity supply at risk. These problems have made it impossible for Eskom to conduct blow-through testing of the first Hitachi boiler at Medupi at the steam […]

Security of electricity supply in South Africa

  A confidential report to the Department of Public Enterprises, dated July 2006, on security of electricity supply in South Africa, written by Duncan Wilson and Ivan Adams, has come to the attention of EE Publishers. Although marked confidential, the report has some historical significance, having been submitted some 18 months prior to the loadsheedding […]

Eskom’s former maintenance policies described as “pure madness”

  Dear Editor I write this letter as a former Eskom executive to provide some insights from the past into the problems facing Eskom today. Eskom’s previously effective maintenance policy was dramatically adversely affected by a change during the chairmanship of Dr. John Maree, who, against opposition from some executives, introduced a unique new approach […]

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