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Standard Bank head of Southern Africa’s oil and gas coverage Paul Eardley-Taylor
South Africa needs 13 GW of gas-to-power capacity – more than the IRP envisions
17th April 2024 By: Darren Parker

Standard Bank head of Southern Africa’s oil and gas coverage Paul Eardley-Taylor has suggested that South Africa needs 13 GW of gas-to-power (GtP) capacity, rather than the 7.2 GW to 8.6 GW... 


Joburg Water showcases its reservoirs
Joburg Water showcases its reservoirs
17th April 2024

Johannesburg Water has showcased some of the various reservoirs and systems that supply the City of Johannesburg with water. The water utility also outlined the challenges in operating the systems... 


An image showing key points from a GWEC report
Wind industry achieves record year, but more work required to reach renewables target
17th April 2024 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

The global wind industry installed a record 117 GW of new capacity in 2023, making it the best year ever for new wind energy, the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) states in its ‘Global Wind Report... 


Power lines over an informal settlement
South Africa’s ranking in World Energy Trilemma Index falls
16th April 2024 By: Terence Creamer

South Africa has fallen to sixty-ninth from sixty-fourth on the World Energy Council’s (WEC’s) latest World Energy Trilemma Index which ranks more than 100 countries against the three key... 


Solar PV sector provides many opportunities for South Africa, but there are challenges
12th April 2024 By: Rebecca Campbell

The growth of the photovoltaic (PV or solar) sector worldwide has resulted in a current manufacturing overcapacity, which has driven down the prices of PV modules by almost 50%, solar PV... 


Power lines
Eskom mulls private, foreign options on R390-billion grid build
12th April 2024 By: Bloomberg

South Africa’s State-owned power utility Eskom said it’s in talks with government ministries over private and foreign options to fund a R390-billion expansion of its transmission network as more... 


Electricity outlook for winter
Electricity outlook for winter
12th April 2024 By: Creamer Media Reporter

Engineering News editor Terence Creamer discusses the halt in loadshedding over recent weeks; what South Africans should expect for the higher-demand winter period; and the longer-term outlook for... 


Two men wearing PPE and safety harnesses working on teh turbines of a wind turbine stack
Wind energy poses increased fall risks
12th April 2024 By: Halima Frost

As the demand for greener energy helps drive the increased uptake of wind energy, the dangers that face workers in the sector are becoming even more evident. As reported by the US Occupational... 


A Rolls-Royce SAF test flight
Contract negotiations for Secunda sustainable aviation fuel project may be concluded by mid-2024
11th April 2024 By: Terence Creamer

Contractual negotiations are under way between the developers of the HySHiFT sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) project, in Mpumalanga, and the intermediary company set up under Germany’s H2Global... 


Nedbank outgoing CEO Mike Brown
Nedbank looks to investment banking for growth under new CEO
11th April 2024 By: Bloomberg

South Africa’s Nedbank Group is hoping to hire more investment bankers as it seeks to take advantage of a surge of deals in renewable energy, water and logistics in Africa’s most developed economy.... 


Namibian president Dr Nangolo Mbumba alongside Hyphen CEO Marco Raffinetti
Hyphen deploys MetMasts to model energy yield for Namibia green hydrogen project
9th April 2024 By: Sabrina Jardim

Green hydrogen development company Hyphen Hydrogen Energy is investing €2-million on its MetMast Measuring Campaign, which makes use of meteorological masts (MetMasts) to precisely model the energy... 


Nordex Delta4000
Nordex increases its generation capacity in South Africa
9th April 2024 By: Sabrina Jardim

Turbine manufacturer Nordex Energy South Africa (NESA) says an additional 830 MW of operational capacity will start feeding into South Africa’s energy grid by mid-2025. The company on April 9... 


Solar panels being installed
Africa Data Centres breaks ground on new solar farm in the Free State
8th April 2024 By: Darren Parker

Technology group Cassava Technologies subsidiary Africa Data Centres (ADC) has broken ground on the construction of a solar farm in the Free State in collaboration with solar power company... 


Africa GreenCo signs $27million guarantee facility with GuarantCo
5th April 2024 By: Sabrina Jardim

Renewable energy buyer and trader Africa GreenCo has signed a $27-million guarantee facility with GuarantCo – part of the Private Infrastructure Development Group (PIDG) – to boost renewable energy... 


Battery storage, renewables procurement make headlines
Battery storage, renewables procurement make headlines
5th April 2024 By: Creamer Media Reporter

Engineering News editor Terence Creamer discusses the latest developments with regard to the procurement of new electricity generation capacity and storage. 


Seriti Green CEO Peter Venn
RMB facilitates project financing for Seriti Green’s first wind farm in Mpumalanga
5th April 2024 By: Marleny Arnoldi

Mining and energy company Seriti Resources’ subsidiary Seriti Green has signed a long-term project financing agreement with Rand Merchant Bank (RMB) as co-mandated lead arranger to enable the... 


A Nordex wind turbine
Concrete towers selected for Impofu wind farm to bolster local content
4th April 2024 By: Terence Creamer

Enel Green Power South Africa has confirmed that the Nordex manufacturing facility being set up in Humansdorp, in the Eastern Cape, will produce concrete wind tower sections for the three new wind... 


Satchwell PV module installation
Satchwell enters residential and light commercial PV solar, inverter, battery market
3rd April 2024 By: Sabrina Jardim

Satchwell – electromechanical equipment manufacturer ACTOM’s Paarl-based manufacturer and supplier of domestic and industrial products and components – has entered the solar power generation market... 


Chinese groups partner to deliver major solar energy power plant in South Africa
3rd April 2024 By: Rebecca Campbell

Chinese photovoltaic (PV) and energy storage systems company Trina Solar announced on Wednesday that it has entered a partnership with China Energy International Group and China Gezhouba Group to... 


At the ceremony confirming the selection of a preferred bidder for the Port of East London water desalination project are (from left): Norland Construction’s Jarl Heurlin, Impact Water Solutions’ Patrice Boyer, TNPA acting CEO Phyllis Difeto and Port of East London manager Sphiwe Mthembu
TNPA moves ahead with R60m seawater desalination project at Port of East London
3rd April 2024 By: Terence Creamer

South Africa’s State-owned Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has awarded a R60-million contract for the construction of a water desalination plant at the Port of East London, the country’s... 


InfraCo Africa invests $12m to scale up solar irrigation offering in sub-Saharan Africa
2nd April 2024 By: Schalk Burger

Sub-Saharan African private sustainable infrastructure project developer InfraCo Africa has made a $12-million equity investment in climate-smart agriculture equipment company SunCulture to scale... 


Etana CEO Evan Rice
Autocast to benefit from renewables deal with Etana Energy
2nd April 2024 By: Sabrina Jardim

Cast and machined components supplier Autocast South Africa is the first of more than 30 of Nelson Mandela Bay’s largest electricity users to benefit from a renewable power supply deal with... 


An image from a study showing the evolution of yearly wind energy indexes on a global scale
Study highlights predictability of wind power production
2nd April 2024 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

Wind and solar resource assessment consultancy Eoltech has released findings of a new study that aims to assess the variations of the global wind resource over the last 15 years, with the data... 


Business Leadership South Africa CEO Busisiwe Mavuso
BLSA calls for immediate reworking of IRP, describing assumptions as ‘spurious’
2nd April 2024 By: Terence Creamer

Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA), whose members include the largest domestic and foreign companies operating in South Africa, has added its voice to a growing chorus of opposition to the... 


Clean energy company implements renewable energy system for major agri business
2nd April 2024 By: Rebecca Campbell

South African clean energy infrastructure development and operation company Blue Energy Africa has highlighted its implementation of hybrid solar and battery energy systems for a major Western Cape... 


Wind turbines
China could drive Africa's renewable energy revolution, report says
2nd April 2024 By: Reuters

China has a unique opportunity to drive forward an energy revolution in Africa, but it must first reverse nearly two decades of neglect of green power investments there, research from Boston... 


New online portal launched to aid Cape Town’s solar PV boom
29th March 2024 By: Irma Venter

The City of Cape Town has launched a new online application portal for solar photovoltaic (PV) installations. More than 5 000 solar PV systems have been authorised to date, totalling 126 MVA, with... 


City of Cape Town CFO Kevin Jacoby, Finance MMC Siseko Mbandezi, Mayor Geordin Hill-Lewis and city manager Lungelo Mbandazayo
Cape Town tables R76.4bn budget; infrastructure spending at R12.1bn
28th March 2024 By: Irma Venter

Cape Town Mayor Geordin Hill-Lewis has tabled a R76.4-billion draft budget for the city for the 2024/25 financial year. The budget proposes record infrastructure investment of R12.1-billion for the... 


Installing solar panels
Record yet uneven renewables growth recorded in 2023, Irena report shows
27th March 2024 By: Terence Creamer

Despite record renewable-energy installations of 473 GW last year, the International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena) says the pace of deployment remains well below that needed to match the global... 


A coal-fired power plant operated by Eskom
Draft IRP 2023 lacks environmental, health, climate commitments, says Life After Coal
27th March 2024 By: Schalk Burger

Coal phase-out campaign the Life After Coal Campaign, in its comments on the draft Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) 2023, said the plan has fundamental flaws and expressed skepticism in the plan's... 


Solar panels
Solar PV body questions technology costs and build limits in draft IRP
26th March 2024 By: Terence Creamer

The South African Photovoltaic Industry Association (SAPVIA) questions both the cost assumptions used for the technology in the draft Integrated Resource Plan 2023 (IRP 2023), as well as the 900 MW... 


Map showing the location of the Batoka Gorge project
Zambia, Zimbabwe to retender $5bn Batoka hydropower plant
25th March 2024 By: Bloomberg

Zambia and Zimbabwe are retendering a $5-billion project to build a hydropower plant they previously awarded to General Electric Co. and Power Construction Corp. of China, and expect to select new... 


TrinaTracker launches smart solar tracking in South Africa
22nd March 2024 By: Schalk Burger

Solar tracking development company TrinaTracker showcased and launched its Vanguard 1P solution in South Africa at the 2024 Solar and Storage Live Africa event. The Vanguard 1P is based on the... 


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The company's offerings underscore its commitment to excellence and reliability
Company leverages offering, expertise to ‘redefine’ S Africa’s energy industry
22nd March 2024 By: Simone Liedtke

As South Africa’s energy sector continues to grapple with climate change and an increasing demand for electricity, electromechanical equipment manufacturer ACTOM is making significant strides in... 


BW8 last under IRP 2019, nuclear ambitions not a pipe dream – Mantashe
22nd March 2024 By: Irma Venter

Bid Window 8 of government’s Renewable Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme will be the last bid window under the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) 2019, says Mineral Resources and Energy... 


LYDIA ZHANG
The strategic financial package is set to enable more South Africans to access affordable solar energy solutions
R600m financing facility to support S Africa’s renewables landscape
22nd March 2024 By: Simone Liedtke

Financial services firm Standard Bank and China National Building Materials International (CNBM) have concluded a R600-million sustainable finance solution. The strategic financial package,... 


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