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 […]

Eskom’s anticipated long-term strategic recovery plan delayed

Eskom says its long-term strategic recovery plan will be published later than originally announced. This state-owned power utility – the largest in Africa and for many years the model for and envy of many international power companies – is virtually broke. It is in so much debt that servicing that debt is eroding any profit […]

The coal crisis at Eskom worsens…

Information being received by EE Publishers indicates that the coal crisis at Eskom is worsening, with at least four and possibly more of Eskom’s 15 coal-fired power stations now having less than ten days of coal at hand on their stockpiles. Eskom has advised EE Publishers that it requires an additional 1,3-million tons of coal […]

Understanding implications of 2°C-compatible coal phase-out plan for SA

South Africa is highly coal and energy intensive, and has an economy characterised by extremely high levels of inequality and poverty (with more than half of the population living in poverty). In the long run, sustainable growth and development in South Africa will depend crucially on the transition away from a coal-intensive energy system and […]