Posts tagged as coal

Cost of new power generation in South Africa

  The Energy Centre of the CSIR has moved to provide updated and consistent information on the cost of new power from wind, solar PV, baseload coal IPP, baseload Eskom coal, and nuclear power generation technologies in South Africa. In a presentation dated 14 October 2016, the head of CSIR’s Energy Centre, Dr. Tobias Bischof-Niemz, […]

Successful coal-based IPP bidders announced

  Tina Joematt-Pettersson, the minister of energy, has announced the successful bidders for the first coal-based independent power producer (IPP) programme. Coal is South Africa’s dominant energy source which provides 77% of the country’s energy needs. Environmental considerations and the increasing prevalence of extreme climate events compel the South African government to progressively reduce its […]

Renewables, gas and coal can’t match nuclear powered electricity generation

  The Nuclear Industry Association of South Africa (NIASA) has welcomed the recent statements made by Eskom and the minister of Public Enterprises that nuclear energy is South Africa’s most viable option for safe, reliable, green and affordable base load power. Investments in nuclear power plants will just be the beginning. Supply chains, jobs, skills […]

Study of the capital costs and the cost of electricity from new-nuclear in SA

  A new study by EE Publishers looks at the initial capital cost as well as the levelised cost of electricity (LCOE) generated by the proposed 9,6 GW new-nuclear build in South Africa. Note: Figures shown in RED were updated / corrected on 11 August 2016 at 21h30. The EE Publishers study estimates an initial […]

What’s the future for IPPs in South Africa?

  It is most unfair that Eskom now wants to ditch the coal-fired IPPs, when in fact they will be much more useful than the renewables. Moreover, it would be illuminating to see how much cheaper and faster IPP-owned coal-fired power stations can be commissioned than Eskom’s efforts. Coal IPPs should have been the first […]

I was told by Eskom not to speculate, but to ask questions. So I did…

  After the exposé by Carte Blanche on Sunday 12 June 2016 regarding a R500+ million prepayment by Eskom to the Guptas for coal, we were told by Eskom’s Khulu Phasiwe that if we had any questions, we should not speculate, but to simply ask the necessary questions. So I did… After first flatly denying […]

Majuba rail line nears completion

  The Majuba rail project, a component of the Eskom Road to Rail initiative which will link the Majuba Power Station to the main coal railway hub in Ermelo in Mpumalanga, is expected to be completed by December 2017. The 68 km corridor is the first large greenfield freight-rail infrastructure project to be carried out […]

South Africa locks onto coal despite water risks and grim market trends

  Credit: This article is published with permission from Circle of Blue, the news and science centre that reports on the competition between water, food, and energy globally.  South Africa’s allegiance to coal mining and coal-fired power generation in an era of rising concern about water supply and quality, and weakening national and global demand, is causing […]