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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 […]

Coal conference announced

  The Southern African Coal Processing Society (SACPS) announces its 2015 biennial conference, “Unlocking Southern Africa’s coal potential” which will take place at the Graceland hotel, casino and country club in Secunda from 25 to 27 August 2015. The conference will showcase the future of coal processing by hosting nine presentations from university professors and students […]

Developments in independent power generation

  With the opening up of the power generating economy to IPPs a number of new developments are underway in the 100 MW upwards range.  Of concern to some operators is the need to establish which technologies will be the most effective for the coals unique to Southern Africa. It is vital that all coal-fired […]