Posts tagged as coal

The potential for IPP coal fired power generation in South Africa

  The DoE has issued a request for qualification (RFQ) and proposals for new generation capacity under the coal base-load IPP procurement programme. The request does not mention plant size but stipulates both pulverised coal and fluidised bed systems. The proposed plant will be of a much smaller scale than the existing mega-projects under construction […]

Medupi’s ash conveyor commissioned

  Medupi’s overland ash conveyor was successfully commissioned and operated from the DCS for the first time. The ash overland conveyor will transport the boiler bottom ash via the Unit 6 coarse ash, transverse ash and the overland link conveyor which includes the fly ash from the pulse jet fabric filter plant and ash conditioning plant, to the […]

Baseload IPPP anticipated

  After the success of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPP) run by the Department of Energy (DoE), the release by the DoE of requests for proposals for gas, coal and hydro under the government’s baseload procurement programme is hotly anticipated. This article highlights some of the differences that we expect to […]

Majuba output continues to increase

  The latest news from Eskom is that its Majuba power station’s output has increased to 1900 MW. Majuba suffered the collapse of one of its three coal silos on 1 November 2014, and the utility reduced the station’s output to 600 MW. Since then, Eskom has managed to increase the station’s output progressively to its […]

Coal silo collapse removes 3 GW from SA’s grid

  Eskom reports that the Majuba power station suffered a catastrophic event on 1 November 2014 when a coal silo collapsed. No one on the site was injured and the station’s output was reduced from 3600 MW to 1800 MW and then to 600 MW. The utility called a media briefing on 2 November to […]

Does coal have a future?

  Coal’s future does not look bright in America. Rules already in place and others proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will make it increasingly difficult to build new coal-fired power plants unless they come with carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology, currently an expensive and technically challenging proposition. Europe, where coal has enjoyed […]

Coal meets solar at hybrid energy workshop

  Two unlikely sectors in the electrical power generation sector, fossil fuel fired power generation and solar thermal systems, previously regarded as being diametrically opposed elements in the power field came together at the “Hybrid solar/fossil energy workshop” organised by the Fossil Fuel Foundation and SolarPaces on 20 and 21 August 2014 at the Glenhove […]

Renewable power generation leads to coal power stations closing

  The ongoing expansion of renewable energy is increasingly leading to reductions in the utilisation of conventional power plants. German power plant operator RWE Generation plans to shut down most of  its coal-fired power plants by 2017. Wholesale prices for electricity have been in freefall for some time, and are now at only around 3,5 Euro cent per […]