Posts tagged as electricity

Quo vadis Eskom?

The South African economy relies on the availability of a reliable, affordable and adequate supply of electricity. Economic growth is thus dependent upon the success of Eskom as its prime supplier of electricity. The power utility’s leaders are working to improve its performance, but are they moving the utility in the right direction? In a […]

The use of robots in the maintenance of overhead lines

Strategic assets, such as electricity transmission grids, must be operated in a safe, predictable and reliable way. To do so, best practices in the operation and maintenance of transmission networks must evolve to respond to the changing context of pressured grid operators: operation and maintenance standards, laws and regulations, increasing loads, commercial exchanges, etc. This […]

Floating power barge offers quick reliable electricity

Wärtsilä has combined two of its strengths, viz. power generation and marine technology, to create an integrated solution in the form of power barges. These barges can be easily relocated where needed and are therefore an ideal solution for power production on an interim basis as they can be connected to the grid to alleviate […]

Foreign loan for infrastructure upgrade

Eskom and Agence Française de Développement (AFD) have signed a R1,5-billion loan agreement to support the electricity utility’s investments in extending and strengthening its power transmission grid along the west coast of South Africa. This loan constitutes the first tranche of a R6,5-billion multi-tranche loan facility signed between the two institutions in March 2017. The […]

Coal 2018: Analysis and forecasts to 2023

Coal remains a major component of global fuel supplies, accounting for 27% of all energy used worldwide and making up 38% of electricity generation. It plays a crucial role in industries such as iron and steel. But concerns about air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions cloud the future of coal. This year’s annual IEA coal […]

Is a shortage of coal really the cause of loadshedding?

Eskom has repeatedly said that the shortage of coal at some power stations, together with breakdowns resulting from previously deferred maintenance, has resulted in the power utility having less power generation capacity than what is needed to meet the country’s demand. To protect the system from total collapse, we have been told, the utility needs at […]

Black company makes renewable energy history

A 100% black-owned company has made history in the highly competitive South African renewable energy industry by pioneering and leading the development of a large-scale concentrated solar power (CSP) station that is now supplying electricity to Eskom’s severely constrained national grid. The R11-billion, 100 MW Ilanga CSP1 power station is the first of 92 large-scale […]

Load shedding: Minister cracks the whip

Public enterprises minister Pravin Gordhan on Thursday announced immediate plans to put an end to the load shedding that has been a daily occurrence countrywide since 29 November and threatens to gobble up any green shoots of economic growth. Gordhan had called the Eskom leadership back from an investor roadshow to its Megawatt Park headquarters […]

Local start-up strikes gold in Ghana and Mali: An interview with the MD

Ignite Energy, a local, two-year old, power generations solutions company, has been selected to set up a 40 MW hybrid solar, battery and heavy fuel oil plant at Resolute Mining’s Syama Gold Mine in Mali. This is in addition to a 20 MW grid-tied solar PV project that the company is involved in at a […]