Posts tagged as coal

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 […]

Balancing the energy mix: are fossil fuels really so bad?

  The use of coal and gas is often viewed by environmentalists as being dirty and the cause of climate change. Although some dangerous gases and particulates are emitted when fossil fuels are combusted, modern techniques can remove much of these at source making coal and gas viable sources of energy in South Africa’s energy […]

Independent power generation in Southern Africa

  Independent power producers (IPPs) are mainly understood to be renewable energy projects and the main programme, the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers Procurement Programme (REIPPPP), has focussed on this sector. There are however other IPP programmes, focusing on small coal and gas powered sites, as well as a number of private generation projects. The […]

What is the future for fossil fuels in South Africa?

  The Fossil Fuel Foundation held its third electricity conference at the Eskom research and innovation centre in Rosherville, near Johannesburg, recently. The theme of this conference was “Fossil fuels in South Africa – what factors will drive future use?” The event opened with a presentation by Tshilidzi Ramuedzisi, the chief director of energy planning […]

Zimbabwe to increase electricity generation

  Sable Mining is to develop a 600 MW coal-fired power plant at the company’s Lubu Coal Project in Zimbabwe (Lubu), with CITIC Construction, a Chinese based construction and services provider. Coal mined at Lubu (which is located in the established Hwange mining district of north-western Zimbabwe), will supply the power station. Andrew Groves, the […]