On the brink of a death spiral

With debt approaching R450-billion and an operating deficit of R20,7-billion for the 2018/2019 financial year, and the utility being unable to cover its operational and debt-servicing costs with revenue from sales of electricity, Eskom is on the brink of a death spiral. This is the implication from the figures presented at Eskom’s recent Integrated Results […]

The crisis at Kusile and the titanic Eskom continues…

. Eleven years after construction started on Eskom’s massive 4800 MW Kusile coal-fired power station in Mpumalanga province, South Africa, not one of its six 800 MW generator units is currently delivering power into the grid. Construction started at Kusile in 2008, and all six generation units were planned to be in commercial service by […]

Establishing a viable gas energy sector in SA

The third in a series of morning seminars presented by Nedbank and EE Publishers will be hosted at the Nedbank Main Auditorium, 135 Rivonia Rd, Sandton, on 18 September 2019. The seminar will discuss the establishment of a viable gas energy sector in South Africa. The series of seminars focuses on infrastructure issues facing the […]

Energy efficiency conference announced

The Southern African Energy Efficiency Confederation (SAEEC) will host the 14th Southern African Energy Efficiency Confederation Conference (2019SAEEC) on 14 and 15 November 2019 at Farm Inn, Silver Lakes, Pretoria for industries working to improve energy management; energy engineering; cogeneration; power generation; efficiency and others. The conference is an important energy event of national scope […]

Mitigate the impacts of carbon tax

Carbon tax came into effect on 1 June 2019 in South Africa as part of government’s drive to reduce carbon emissions and live up to its commitments on climate change. Phase 1 of the tax sees carbon emissions taxed at a rate of R120/tonne of CO2e (carbon dioxide equivalent). With the various allowances considered, the […]

SABS tests largest pump in four decades

The SABS Laboratory Services Division has put a KSB split case pump with a 2800 m3 per hour capacity through the paces of pump acceptance testing at the SABS Pump Testing Facility in Pretoria. The pump, driven by a V16 quad turbo Mitsubishi motor with 1350 kW power output, is intended for the suppression of […]

Consulting engineers welcome R100-billion seed fund for infrastructure

Consulting Engineers South Africa (CESA) welcomed President Cyril Ramaphosa’s announcement during his State of the Nation address of the R100-billion seed fund for infrastructure development. Chris Campbell, CESA CEO said, the organisation is hopeful that between the Development Bank of SA (DBSA) and the new Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPW&I) they will ensure […]