Eskom’s coal stockpiles deteriorate further

Eskom’s coal stockpile situation has deteriorated further, with five power stations having less than 10 days’ stock. Interventions to stabilise the coal supply may only have a positive impact by March next year. This means Eskom is entering the rainy season in Mpumalanga extremely exposed and that load shedding is a real risk, Eskom spokesperson Khulu […]

Africa’s first ester transformer fluid factory opens

UK-based M&I Materials has opened a manufacturing facility in Ekurhuleni. The factory, which is the first of its kind in Africa, will produce the company’s Midel brand of fire-safe and biodegradable ester dielectric fluids for electricity transformers. Speaking at the official launch in Sandton, the company’s chief executive, Giles Salt, said that the factory, which […]

South Africa joins International Energy Agency

Jeff Radebe, the minister of energy, and Dr Fatih Birol, the executive director of the International Energy Agency (IEA), jointly announced that South Africa has joined the IEA as an Association Country. South Africa is the first sub-Saharan African country to institutionalise its engagement with the IEA, a development which marks an important milestone for […]

Electric energy associations sign historic agreement

Two of the world’s largest electric energy associations, Cigré and GO15, have signed an historic memorandum of understanding (MOU). The signing cements the relationship between the two organisations and will strengthen collaboration efforts in solving issues facing the electrical power industry. The signing took place GO15’s Annual Steering Board meeting in Milan, just prior to […]

Battery-based energy storage to accelerate renewable energy take-up

The uptake of large-scale battery-based energy storage will accelerate the implementation of renewable energy technologies and drive the decentralisation of South Africa’s energy system. Furthermore, energy storage, small-scale embedded generation and smart-grid solutions are set to fundamentally transform the country’s electricity landscape. These statements were made by Thabang Audat, the chief director of energy planning […]

South Africa’s electricity systems to change dramatically

Modern technologies, which have already impacted the way we communicate, are entertained, work and live, are about to change the way we generate, use and pay for electricity. The digital age, which was born with the invention of the microprocessor integrated circuit in the late 1960s, has revolutionised modern society. Digital techniques are used in […]