Posts tagged as electricity

Medupi power station synchronises to the grid

  Eskom has announced that Unit 6 of the Medupi power station was synchronised to the national power grid at 11h03 on 2 March 2015. Synchronisation, or first power, is the process whereby the generator in the unit is electrically connected to the national power grid, in such a way that its power is aligned […]

How will SA’s new nuclear power stations be paid for?

  The South African government has committed itself, by means of its Nuclear Energy Policy and Integrated Resource Plan, to an energy mix consisting of coal, gas, hydro, nuclear, solar and wind. Yet, if the government is so determined to pursue nuclear power stations, why was no mention of the financing for this included in […]

Largest CSP power plant in Africa goes online

Ebrahim Patel, the minister of economic development, inaugurated the 100 MW KaXu parabolic trough type concentrating solar power (CSP) power plant near the town of Pofadder in the Northern Cape on 2 March 2015. The plant, which occupies 300 hectares of land in the Khâi-ma municipal district, was built by Abengoa, and financed by the […]

Protecting the grid from attack and disruption

  The US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has ordered US power companies to take steps to ensure that the electricity grid is protected against attacks and disruptions. FERC wants the power companies to identify key transmission substations and other hubs on the grid that, if disabled, could cause blackouts or major service interruptions, and […]

Intelligent “multi-tasking” standby generators ordered

  Atlas Plant Hire (APH) recently ordered two QAS 500 kVA Prime 400 V 50 Hz diesel-driven generators from Atlas Copco to provide critical standby power for various mining applications. The QAS on-site generators are intelligent “multi-taskers” that efficiently deliver power to operate a wide range of electrical equipment in a variety of applications. Their rugged design ensures […]

Power sector technology day hosted in Nigeria

  Eaton hosted its inaugural West Africa Technology Day in Lagos, Nigeria recently to showcase the company’s solutions spanning five industry segments: oil and gas, data centre and IT, mining, electrical utilities, and solar and wind. Charles Iyo, the company’s sales manager for the company’s electrical sector in Nigeria, says that the country is emerging […]

Mozambique generates extra power

  Aggreko, in partnership with Electricidade de Moçambique (EDM), the state power utility has commissioned 11 MW of generation capacity in the port city of Nacala, northern Mozambique. This facility will be further increased by 7 MW in the coming weeks, bringing the total capacity of the plant to 18 MW. With consistent annual GDP growth […]

Electricity levy to increase by 57%

  Nhlanhla Nene, the minister of finance, in his budget speech on 25 February 2015, said that he proposes a number of tax measures to promote energy efficiency, which will be discussed further with industry, the electricity regulator, Eskom and other interested parties. The first proposal is a temporary increase in the electricity levy, from […]

Municipal electricity tariffs to increase by 12,2%

  The National Energy Regulator (NERSA) has approved the municipal tariff guideline increase of 12,20% and the benchmarks for the 2015/16 municipal tariff review process on 29 January 2015. The municipal tariff guideline increase and benchmarks will be implemented on 1 July 2015 and are meant to assist municipalities in preparing their tariff reviews. The […]