Posts tagged as Eskom

Largest CSP power plant in Africa goes online

Ebrahim Patel, the minister of economic development, inaugurated the 100 MW KaXu parabolic trough type concentrating solar power (CSP) power plant near the town of Pofadder in the Northern Cape on 2 March 2015. The plant, which occupies 300 hectares of land in the Khâi-ma municipal district, was built by Abengoa, and financed by the […]

Power station’s gas cleaning systems upgraded

  Eskom has awarded ACTOM John Thompson a multi-million rand contract to retrofit the gas-cleaning systems for three generation units at the utility’s Grootvlei power station near Balfour in Mpumalanga. The contract, due for completion in April 2016, involves replacing the electrostatic precipitators (ESPs) on Units 2, 3 and 4 with custom-designed pulse jet fabric […]

Minister: Eskom is achieving important milestones

  In a speech delivered at the recent State of the Nation Address debate, Lynne Brown, the minister of public enterprises, said that Eskom has stopped its practice of keeping the lights on at the cost of increased wear and tear on equipment at its power stations, and is following its preventative maintenance schedules “to […]

South Africa “does not have a shortage of generation capacity”

  South Africa does not have a shortage of generation capacity, says the Department of Energy, but a shortage of available generation capacity. Delivering the keynote address on behalf of the minister of energy at the Africa Energy Indaba in Sandton on 17 February 2015, Dr. Wolsey Barnard, the department’s acting director general, said that […]

Deadline for syncronisation of Unit 6 at Medupi delayed a further 6 weeks

  Roman Crookes, Eskom’s project manager at Medupi Power Station, advised yesterday that the deadline for synchronisation of the first unit at Medupi Power station has been extended by a further six weeks, from mid February 2015 to end March 2015. This follows the recent disclosure by Eskom that the commercial operation date for the […]

Energize Inbox, Jan/Feb 2015

re: Loadshedding and the cost of unserved energy Sir If one were to ask an iron and steel factory whether if it would be prepared to pay 50% more for reliable power versus a blackout, what would its answer be? Similarly, how would a country or national economy respond to this question? The answer to […]

Steve Lennon receives Lifetime Achiever’s Award

  Dr. Steve Lennon, who 23 years ago co-founded the TT100 Business Awards, was presented with the daVinci Technology Top 100 lifetime achievers award at the Technology Top 100 Business Awards ceremony, held in conjunction with the Innovation Bridge technology showcase and matchmaking event at the CSIR International Convention Centre on 2 February 2015. Lennon, […]

Electricity, the economy, and war rooms – is there hope at last?

  The Fossil Fuel Foundation will be hosting its second Electricity Conference on 25 March 2015 at Glen Hove Conferencing, 52 Glenhove Road, Melrose, Johannesburg. The theme of the conference will be: “Electricity, the economy, and war rooms – is there hope at last?” South Africa has already had over six years of constrained electricity […]

High temperature low sag power line conductors

  The increasing need to expand the capacity of transmission networks, and limits on servitudes available, has lead to the development of methods to increase the capacity of existing routes. This has resulted in a new breed of overhead conductor which can remain within physical limits at higher currents and higher operating temperatures. One of […]