Electricity
The Journal Sentinal (a Milwaukee-based newspaper) recently reported that an environmental group is urging the US Export-Import Bank to deny finance to South Africa’s coal-fired Kusile powerstation project. The environmental groups are asking the bank to deny financing for Kusile, saying the power plant annually would spew greenhouse gases with a global warming potential equal to 36.8-million tons of carbon dioxide.
Tuesday, 22 March 2011 13:41

Fears over long-term coal supply - Eskom

Eskom has been implementing a coal supply strategy over the past three years in order to ensure security of supply for its power stations. Eskom faces substantial challenges to secure the long-term coal supplies it requires for existing and new power stations, Chief Commercial Officer Dan Marokane told a coal conference in Cape Town on 2 February 2011.
Eskom said it welcomed the government’s support for a proposed ZAR20-billion of equity into Eskom over the next three years. This comes after the government announced on 28 October that it would extend its guarantees for Eskom by ZAR174bn to a total of ZAR350bn.
The expansion of Namibia’s mining industry, particularly that of uranium, is expected to lead to a rapid growth in electricity demand in the country.
Friday, 28 January 2011 12:47

DBSA grants ZAR15-billion loan to Eskom

The Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) will be supported Eskom’s expansion programme by approving a ZAR15-billion loan. The loan, which was approved at the end of 2010, won’t be using guarantees from the local government and it has been structured so that Eskom can draw this money over the course of five years.
Despite current power rationing realities and looming threats of blackouts in the country, Zimbabwe plans to have a power surplus by as soon as 2014.
Friday, 12 November 2010 10:58

Challenges of the 21st century power utility

Access to cheap energy and the ability to generate, transmit and broadly distribute this electricity used to be easier than it is today. This old paradigm, however, can’t sustain energy delivery from fossil fuels while also meeting mandates for a cleaner, safer and more sustainable world.
The Power Technology Group has been awarded the US$23-million contract for the engineering, design, installation and commissioning of Eskom’s Ingula pumped storage project. The Ingula project is located on the border of KwaZulu-Natal and the Free State and it represents one of Eskom’s three major power generation projects.
Siemens presented advanced smart metering technology at this year’s Metering Europe conference and exhibition in Vienna. The technology incorporates automated metering, an information system and an Energy IP metering management system and acts as a data hub which integrates existing utility IT systems via a SAP-certified interface into the smart metering infrastructure.
Eskom’s Containerised Coal Terminal was launched at the end of October at the official opening of the Camden Power Station in Ermelo. Eskom and Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) developed the innovative container solution for the transportation of coal to Eskom’s power stations by rail.

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