Guidelines for the safe use of standby / portable generators on utilities’ networks

  In the past few months, many South Africans had to make peace with the fact that the country does not have enough generating capacity to meet the growing demand for energy. This admission has seen many households and businesses subjected to load shedding as the grid creaked under severe pressure and back-up generating capacity […]

NERSA responds to Eskom’s request for 25,3% tariff hike

  The National Energy Regulator (NERSA) has responded to an application request received from Eskom for the selective reopening of the Third Multi-Year Price Determination (MYPD3) decision for the 2015/16 to 2017/18 period. Eskom’s selective reopener application requires cost recovery of R32,9-billion for the utility’s open cycle gas turbines (OCGTs) and a further R19,9-billion for […]

Obituary: Jos Lurie 1929 – 2015

  Jos Lurie, an honorary life Fellow of the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy  passed away on  27 April 2015 at the age of 86 after his fight with cancer. From his early childhood  in Maclear in East Griqualand he challenged the world and showed his leadership qualities in the Scouts and through independent […]

Energy professionals present conference outcomes to War Room

  The 2nd Electricity Conference of the Fossil Fuel Foundation (FFF) was held was held on 25 March 2015, and was attended by 60 delegates, mainly from industry and the electricity sector. The conference was entitled: “Electricity, the Economy, War Rooms – is there hope at last?” Presenters at the conference included: Dr. Steve Lennon, […]

R1-billion Eskom Kusile automation contract cancelled and reinstated with ABB

  On 20 March 2014, Eskom announced the termination, with effect from 17 April 2015, of the approximately €100-million (approx R1-billion) control and instrumentation (C&I) works contract placed with Alstom in 2011 for its 4800 MW Kusile power station, which currently under construction near eMalahleni (Witbank) in Mpumalanga Province, South Africa. Shortly thereafter Eskom announced […]

The electricity sector – understanding the drama and moving forward

  For too long government, Eskom and electricity customers have been complacent in the belief that the old way of doing things is adequate. The reality is quite different, and it is disingenuous for the president of South Africa to paint the picture that the electricity supply problems currently being experienced are primarily a result […]

VIDEO: Analysis on the suspension of the Eskom CEO and three senior executives

  Energy analyst Chris Yelland from EE Publishers speaks to Leigh Roberts of BusinessDay TV about how the decision of Eskom’s board to suspend four executives including CEO Tshediso Matona could hamper the rollout of new capacity, and other implications…