Local start-up strikes gold in Ghana and Mali: An interview with the MD

Ignite Energy, a local, two-year old, power generations solutions company, has been selected to set up a 40 MW hybrid solar, battery and heavy fuel oil plant at Resolute Mining’s Syama Gold Mine in Mali. This is in addition to a 20 MW grid-tied solar PV project that the company is involved in at a […]

Interview: Is there light at the end of Eskom’s tunnel?

. Bruce Whitfield, the host on Talk Radio 702’s Money Show, interviewed Chris Yelland, an energy commentator and the managing director at EE Publishers, following Eskom’s media briefing on 28 November 2018, where it released its interim financial results for the 6-month period to 30 September 2018. Whitfield asked Yelland about Eskom’s position and the […]

Comments on the draft integrated resource plan (IRP2018)

The recently released IRP2018 draft, a discussion document and not cast in stone, differs significantly from both the 2010 and 2016 versions. Changes which steer the plan away from a diverse mix of technologies in the direction of a high dependence on renewable energy have evoked a large amount of comments, both pro and anti. […]

The myth of “clean coal”: Why coal can only ever be dirty

“Clean coal” is sometimes promoted as the lifeline that will allow governments to continue to depend on coal for energy generation. But there is no such thing as “clean coal”. South Africa is the biggest coal producer in Africa. Over the past 10 years alone, South Africa has produced an average of 254-million tons of […]

Localised production facilities for natural ester dielectric fluid in South Africa

The use of natural ester dielectric fluid instead of mineral oil in power transformers offers many advantages and the announcement that a local factory is to be set up to produce this fluid is a very important development in South Africa’s energy sector. Wilec, a division of Actom, currently imports natural ester dielectric fluid for […]

Concerns mount over Eskom’s medium-term system adequacy outlook

. Following the recent exposé by EE Publishers on the deepening coal supply crisis facing Eskom, alarm bells are also sounding regarding the utility’s worsening generation plant performance impacting South Africa’s medium-term (five-year) system adequacy outlook. There are deepening concerns about the overall state of Eskom’s aging fleet of coal-fired power plants, and the ability […]