South African nuclear radio-isotope production facility back in business, but…

The Necsa NTP production facility at Pelindaba, which produces medical nuclear radio-isotopes and associated products and services, is back in partial operation after approval to restart was given by South Africa’s National Nuclear Regulator (NNR). The facility is the main supplier of medical nuclear radio-isotopes such as Molybdenum-99 in Africa, and one of only four […]

Light at the end of the tunnel? Eskom reveals recovery plan

Eskom’s new chief executive officer, Phakamani Hadebe, says the board has approved a turnaround strategy which will address the power utility’s major difficulties. The institution has compiled a 9-point recovery plan which is designed to overcome problems in its generation division and enable the power utility to meet its obligations to provide a reliable supply […]

Eskom’s coal stockpiles deteriorate further

Eskom’s coal stockpile situation has deteriorated further, with five power stations having less than 10 days’ stock. Interventions to stabilise the coal supply may only have a positive impact by March next year. This means Eskom is entering the rainy season in Mpumalanga extremely exposed and that load shedding is a real risk, Eskom spokesperson Khulu […]

Eskom claims R762-billion over the next three years

The National Energy Regulator (Nersa) has received Eskom’s Third Multi-Year Price Determination (MYPD3) Regulatory Clearing Account (RCA) Year 5 (2017/18) application, totalling R21,6-billion, as well as the Fourth Multi-Year Price Determination (MYPD4) revenue application, totalling R762-billion (R219-billion, R252-billion and R291-billion for 2019/20, 2020/21 and 2021/22 financial years, respectively). In February 2013, Nersa approved a total […]

Workshop equips industry to respond to Draft IRP 2018

In August 2018, the South Africa Department of Energy released a draft of the Integrated Resource Plan for electricity (Draft IRP 2018) for public comment by 25 October 2018. In order to better prepare themselves to submit responses to the Draft IRP 2018, about 230 energy-industry related people gathered at the Axiz Auditorium in Midrand […]

Electricity tariffs to increase dramatically

The National Energy Regulator of South Africa, Nersa, has approved the liquidation of Eskom’s third mutli-year determination (MYPD3) regulatory clearing account (RCA) balances for the 2014/15, 2015/16 and 2017/18 financial years over a four-year period. On 14 June 2018, the regulator approved that a total RCA balance of R32,69-billion will be recoverable from standard tariff customers, […]

Funding of two new coal IPPs in South Africa under threat

International and local efforts to restrict funding for construction of new coal-fired power plants are gaining momentum, and threatening financial closure of the planned two new coal independent power producer projects in South Africa, Thabametsi and Khanyisa. In the latest development, it has been reliably learned that last week Standard Bank advised the director general […]

Concerns mount over Eskom’s medium-term system adequacy outlook

. Following the recent exposé by EE Publishers on the deepening coal supply crisis facing Eskom, alarm bells are also sounding regarding the utility’s worsening generation plant performance impacting South Africa’s medium-term (five-year) system adequacy outlook. There are deepening concerns about the overall state of Eskom’s aging fleet of coal-fired power plants, and the ability […]