Posts tagged as Eskom

This is an exciting time for the energy sector, conference hears

A more exciting time can be expected in the electrical industry, as the scale and pace of change increases. This is the view of Mark Waldron, the chair of Cigré’s technical council, and Dr. Rob Stephen, the organisation’s president. The changes will affect the way in which infrastructure is built, while the main drivers for […]

Irrational IRP madness grips the energy sector in South Africa

At a media briefing on 7 December 2017 during the so-called “Energy Indaba”, energy minister David Mahlobo announced that the long-awaited Integrated Resource Plan for electricity, IRP 2017, had been finalised and approved by the cabinet the night before. President Jacob Zuma and Energy Minister David Mahlobo IRP 2017 sets the course for the technology […]

Switchgear company embraces local manufacture, diversification

Elias Monage, the CEO of Afika Group – a 100% black-owned company – says his company, which through its subsidiary Afika Power, recently acquired Powertech Switchgear and Powertech QuadPro, will differentiate itself by localisation and diversification. Monage says the company plans to open a factory to manufacture panels and structures for CTs and VTs in […]

Eskom’s first vanadium redox flow battery

Bushveld Energy has confirmed its first vanadium redox flow battery (VRFB) deployment in South Africa. The system will be deployed at Eskom’s Research, Testing and Development (RT&D) centre in Rosherville, Gauteng. This follows Eskom’s identification of the need for potentially up to 2000 MW of additional, daily balanced energy storage within the existing grid earlier […]

Koko’s disciplinary hearing at Eskom heads south…

The fifth day of the disciplinary hearing of suspended acting Eskom Group CEO and head of generation, Matshela Koko, got off to a very slow start on a wet, cold Saturday morning on 25 November 2017. The day commenced with a continuation of the inconclusive evidence of Alison Seckle, Eskom’s manager of governance and acting […]

Eskom’s latest work on the IRP for the DoE rejects nuclear

The findings of the latest work on the draft Integrated Resource Plan for Electricity, IRP 2017, by Eskom for the South African Department of Energy (DoE) are proving to be somewhat problematic for Energy Minister David Mahlobo. Click here to download the full Eskom IRP 2017 study for DoE dated November 2017 As a result, […]

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 […]

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” […]