Eskom powers ahead with nuclear plans, report shows

Despite terminating its nuclear new build request for information in 2017 following a court decision to halt the process, Eskom is powering ahead with plans in preparation for the tender programme to be rebooted.  Acting Eskom Group CEO Sean Maritz Nuclear vendors from France, Russia and China had prepared lengthy documents to submit to Eskom […]

Call for papers: Powering up a continent

PennWell, has issued a call for papers for Power-Gen and Distributech Africa 2018. The conference, themed “Powering up a continent”, will bring together up to 3000 key industry stakeholders from across Africa and abroad for three days of high-level debate and analysis in July 2018. In over 30 conference sessions across several focused tracks, Power-Gen […]

Changing dynamics: Using distributed energy resources to meet the trilemma challenge

The global energy sector is being transformed by three trends that are impacting demand and supply at an unprecedented pace: decarbonisation, digitisation and decentralisation. These trends are reinforcing each other and helping to facilitate a new trend of empowered consumers. This is happening at a time when we are seeing a shift in final energy […]

Eskom’s sales, revenue and debtor management challenges

The low electricity price increase granted by the regulator, NERSA, for the 2016/17 financial year, coupled with declining sales volumes, rising costs and debtor payment challenges, are all working to put Eskom’s revenue, cash flow and bottom line under severe pressure. As a result, the Eskom Group profit of R6,38-bilion for the 6-month period ending […]

Eskom should curtail Kusile construction, decommission older coal-fired power stations to save costs

New research shows that Eskom should decommission its older coal-fired power stations and consider curtailing the Kusile construction programme to save costs. These interventions can be achieved without affecting security of supply. The study, “Eskom’s financial crisis and the viability of coal-fired power in South Africa: Implications for Kusile and the older coal-fired power stations” […]

Multi-product fuel pipeline commissioned

Transnet has recently upgraded its Durban-to-Johannesburg trunk line to multi-petroleum mode. In addition to transporting diesel, which it has done since 2012, it can now also transport Unleaded 93 Octane, Unleaded 95 Octane, and jet fuel at a capacity of 1-million l of fuel per hour (1000 m3/h). The 60,96 cm diameter pipeline forms part […]

An alarming picture emerges as Eskom’s liquidity dries up

A final draft report from Eskom to its shareholder for the second quarter of 2017 ending 30 September 2017 paints an alarming picture of funding difficulties and declining liquidity (cash and cash equivalents plus investments in securities), primarily driven by perceptions of poor governance. The report, which has been viewed by EE Publishers and Fin24, provides […]

EPRI appoints African representative

The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) has strengthened its coverage in Africa with the appointment of Barry MacColl as EPRI International’s a senior regional manager facilitating technology transfer. MacColl will be based in Johannesburg.  MacColl joined EPRI International from Eskom, where he was general manager of the Research, Testing and Development Business Unit. He had […]