Posts tagged as coal

New twist in IPP battle as Eskom may close stations early

  Eskom has been vague when it comes to backing up its claims about five power stations which will have to close early due to the expected inclusion of more renewable energy producers. Not even the three unions that have met with executives from the power utility over the past few weeks have been given details about […]

Highly critical written responses received by DoE to its Draft IRP 2016

  The Department of Energy (DoE) released a draft update (Draft IRP 2016) to its earlier Integrated Resource Plan for Electricity (IRP 2010-2030) in November 2016, and invited comments and input through a public participation process. The deadline for this feedback was 31 March 2017. This review provides a summary of five major submissions made, […]

Eskom blows R311-million

  City Press reports that Lynne Brown, the minister of public enterprises, is demanding answers from Eskom’s chairperson, Ben Ngubane, its board and acting CEO Matshela Koko about R310,8-million that was irregularly spent on an unapproved project. Brown, according to a letter obtained by City Press, expresses a concern that Eskom went ahead with its […]

Majuba power station coal silos rebuilt

  Eskom has announced that the construction of a permanent coal-handling solution for the Majuba power station has been completed, including the rebuilding of Silo 20, the reinforcement of Silos 10 and 30, lift shaft, two piers and the coal conveyor system. On 1 November 2014 the wall of Coal Silo 20 at Majuba collapsed. […]

Does the need for flexibility spell the end for “baseloadism”?

  Electricity demand in South Africa has changed dramatically over the last eight years. New demand profiles call for more flexibility in electricity generation, while environmental concerns and new technologies make energy efficiency and renewable energy sources more popular. Speaking at a meeting of the Society for Automation, Instrumentation, Measurement and Control (SAIMC) recently, Chris […]

In response to the Coal Transportation Forum’s action in Tshwane

  The South African Renewable Energy Council (SAREC) has issued a statement in response to the Coal Transportation Forum’s (CTF’s) press notice, relating to the reasons behind their industrial action in Tshwane recently. SAREC believes that the statement contains a number of factual errors which need correcting. South Africa, along with the rest of the […]

Pragmatism and common-sense in energy planning

  The Department of Energy released its revised version of the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) 2030, which has been updated to cater for South Africa’s energy needs up to 2050. Preliminary results shared by the Department of Energy (DoE) show that many stakeholders take strong positions in one direction or the other, most of them […]