Posts tagged as generation

Extra electricity capacity won’t drive economic recovery

Although the South African economy is not in as bad a state as many believe, and although growth is sluggish it won’t improve by simply increasing electricity generating capacity. This was the view of two experts who spoke at the Association of Municipal Electrical Utilities’ (AMEU’s) affiliates CEO breakfast at the Johannesburg Country Club, Woodmead, recently. […]

Natural gas: a boon for South Africa’s reindustrialisation?

Kishan Pillay and Ngqondi Nxokwana addressed the South African Oil and Gas Alliance’s (SAOGA’s) networking breakfast at the IDC in Sandton recently. Under the leadership of Niall Kramer, SAOGA’s CEO, the two men spoke of the need for, and development of, an infrastructure to make liquid natural gas (LNG) available to a wider market in […]

Minister calls on industry to light up Africa

  Addressing delegates at the opening of the 2017 PowerGen and Distributech Africa conference and exhibition, Lynne Brown, the minister of public enterprises, said that in satellite photos, Europe, North America and other regions were lit up like Christmas trees, while Africa remained the “dark continent”. In her keynote address, Brown called on stakeholders at […]

The end for “baseloadism” in SA, and the need for “flexible” power generation

  In the brave new world of power generation, the old paradigm and approach of dispatching baseload, mid-merit and peaking generation capacity, in that order to meet electricity demand, is being turned on its head. With the massive reduction in the price of renewable energy from wind and solar photo-voltaic (PV) plant over the last […]

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 […]

Overcoming the complexities of industrial gas turbine rotor repair

The power generation industry is under constant pressure to meet fluctuating energy requirements due to variable renewable energy demands. Because of this, combined cycle plants are growing in size and number and have become the primary source for stable power production. Industrial gas turbines operating in these environments require periodic repairs, a task that calls […]

Ten-year hybrid power deal signed

  Aggreko has signed a 10-year deal to provide solar-diesel hybrid power to Nevsun in Eritrea. The company will supply 22 MW of diesel and 7,5 MW of solar-generated power for the company’s copper and zinc operations. The company’s solar-diesel hybrid power package is said to combine cost-effectiveness and green renewable energy with the reliability of […]