Conference to include technical tours

Technical tours of Eskom’s new Centre for Substation Automation and Energy Management Systems at the Cape Town Peninsula University of Technology, and Eskom’s Ankerlig power station (previously known as the Atlantis OCGT power station), will be included in this year’s Power-Gen Africa and DistribuTECH Africa conference to be held at the Cape Town International Convention […]

Additive Manufacturing/3-D Printing, a key agenda point for the DST and CSIR

The South African Additive Manufacturing Roadmap Development Project seeks to engage key players in workshops tailored to identify opportunities for, and the future of, Additive Manufacturing or 3-D Printing in South Africa by developing a representative and relevant strategy that will not only improve the competitiveness of local industry players but also attract buy in […]

Eskom cancels prestigious software contract

  EE Publishers has received substantial information that Eskom is currently in the process of terminating the Alstom boiler protection contract at Medupi power station. The boiler protection software in a coal-fired power station is a critical safely item subject to stringent regulatory controls. In the light of Eskom’s negative experience with Alstom, the utility […]

Energy needs good logistics

Africa is the region with highest increase in oil consumption globally – 5% in 2012 versus only a 1% increase globally. The recent oil and gas finds in Africa will continue to have a positive impact on local economies, if local African suppliers, service providers and other businesses are geared up to service this growth. […]

Summary of REIPPP round three projects

by Mike Rycroft, features editor The preferred bidders for window three of the REIPPP process were announced on 4 November 2013. Ninety-three bids were received on 19 August amounting to 6023 MW although the available MW for allocation was only 1473 MW. Download the PDF document

Power conference addressing Africa

Important players in the power industry and government officials from across Africa and abroad are set to converge in Cape Town from 17 – 19 March 2014, for the second Power-Gen Africa and inaugural DistribuTech Africa exhibition and conference, presented by PennWell International. Key developments changing the face of the power sector in sub-Saharan Africa […]

1000 RADMASTE certificates awarded

by Mike Rycroft, features editor Since the beginning of 2009, the centre for research and development in mathematics, science and technology education (RADMASTE) has been providing in-service development opportunities to educators through Witwatersrand University accredited short courses. Download the PDF document

The work of Cigre subcommittee SC D2

The scope of SC D2 is: ICT as applied to the electricity networks of the future: Telecommunication networks in electric power utilities (architectures, media, protocols, etc.) New ICT architectures to control the bulk power systems (smart meter, smart grid, intelligent grid, control centres EMS, MMS, etc.) ICT governance within utilities – in-house versus outsourced Information […]

Mentorship programme for women engineers

South Africa desperately needs engineering and built environment skills to match industry demand. A past president of the South African Institution of Civil Engineering, Allyson Lawless, in her book titled, “Numbers and Needs” states that South Africa needs more graduates with engineering qualifications to meet the future demand in South Africa. On average, however, only […]

1000 additional learner artisans to be trained

The minister of public enterprises, Malusi Gigaba, has launched the official intake of 1000 additional artisan learners to be trained at six Transnet Engineering (TE) facilities across the country. The launch took place at Transnet’s School of Engineering in Salt River, Cape Town. The Department of Public Enterprises in collaboration with the Department of Higher […]