Eskom has over-recovered R7,6-billion in renewables-related costs since 2014

  Acknowledgement: This article was published here by Engineering News, and is republished with permission. Mike Levington, SAPVIA member and MD of energy resources company Navitas Holdings, reveals that because R38,5-billion of renewable energy purchases is already factored into the average Eskom sales tariff, Eskom has over-recovered some R7,6-billion through IPP tariffs since 2013/14. The […]

Eskom borrows a further US$1,5-billion from Chinese bank

  Eskom has signed a US$1,5-billion (approximately R19,6-billion) loan agreement with the China Development Bank (CDB). This is the second such loan the power utility has negotiated with CDB, the first being for $500-million last year.  The period over which these amounts may be drawn by Eskom is said to be five years, with a […]

Recognised for a life dedicated to science, engineering and technology

  The minister of science and technology, Nalendi Pandor, presented a lifetime achievement award to Prof. Nicolas Beukes at the recent NSTF-South32 Awards ceremony. Prof. Beukes was recognised for his outstanding contribution to science, engineering and technology (SET) and innovation in South Africa over many years. The National Science and Technology Forum (NTSF) held a […]

How to address non-technical risruptives in the energy sector

  Credit rating movements, exchange rate volatility, political shuffles, legal challenges, foreign elections and local activists all add to the turbulence of the world in which we live and work. How is the energy sector impacted and how should it react?  Perhaps, like a super-tanker, the sector has too much inertia to be affected by […]

Eskom told to restart R4-billion Duvha tender

  The Johannesburg high court interdicted Eskom on Friday from continuing with a controversial R4-billion tender to replace power station Duvha’s damaged boiler. Eskom awarded the contract to Chinese firm Dongfang in March, even though it quoted R1-billion more than its rivals. But in April losing bidders General Electric, along with Murray & Roberts, approached […]

Flying into the future: drones make their mark

  Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), also known as drones, are more than simply hobbyists’ toys or military hardware. Although they can be, and often are, used for recreational purposes as well in security-related applications, the latest versions are being used in various commercial, environmental, industrial, surveying and agricultural applications. Drones Conference 2017, which was held […]

Earthing and lightning protection association launched

  The Earthing and Lightning Protection Association (ELPA) was launched on 19 June 2017 to regulate the lightning protection industry, establish a uniform interpretation of the codes of practice, and to protect the rights of the end-user. In his keynote address at the launch on the Wits University Johannesburg campus, Prof. Ian Jandrell, dean of […]

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