ARTICLES RELATING TO ELECTRICITY

Electricity system under strain - Eskom

2014-10-30 18:01

Eskom has issued an alert, warning that the power system in under severe pressure as a result of technical faults.

UK electric grid may shut factories

2014-10-29 12:55

Britain's electricity grid has emergency plans to pay factories to shut down during peak hours if it comes under strain this winter.

Eskom denies tender documents claim

2014-10-27 19:38

Eskom has rejected claims that it did not hand over documents to losing bidder Westinghouse for a tender to replace generators at the Koeberg.

Govt making progress on nuclear vendors

2014-10-19 12:03

The government is making progress in its engagements with various prospective vendors to build nuclear power stations in SA, says the department of energy.

Eskom powers Botswana amid breakdown

2014-10-16 07:00

Botswana's only power station has broken down, leaving the world's biggest diamond producer entirely dependent on power imports from Eskom.

France, SA sign nuclear energy deal

2014-10-14 17:05

France and SA have signed a deal which could open the way for French nuclear giant Areva to bid to build eight nuclear reactors in South Africa worth up to R554bn.

Zim signs power deal with China's Sinohydro

2014-10-10 18:57

Zimbabwe has signed a $1.5bn deal with Sinohydro to expand a coal-fired power plant in the most ambitious move yet to tackle its crippling electricity shortages.

No light on future electricity costs

2014-10-09 07:00

The department of energy is still studying the relative costs of the different technologies involved in the new build projects, says Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson.

Power to stay on in Free State

2014-10-03 22:39

Electricity supply to three Free State municipalities which owe power utility Eskom R736m will stay on.

$1.1bn Zimbabwe, China power deal delayed

2014-10-03 12:27

Zimbabwe will brace for more power cuts as the $1.1bn power deal with China’s Sinohydro to boost the country’s power generation has been postponed.

Million left in the dark

2014-10-02 16:08
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More than a million Free State residents will be left in the dark as Eskom goes ahead with the suspension of bulk electricity supply.

Power failures cause East Cape water disruptions

2014-09-30 21:39

The flow of water in the Eastern Cape's Amathole district has been disrupted due to a power failure at a substation which powers the municipality's pump station.

DA not surprised by possible power crisis

2014-09-29 20:01

The DA says it is not surprised at reports that the City of Johannesburg is facing a possible power crisis.

Gulf electricity-sharing grid set to expand

2014-09-28 17:09

A unified Gulf Arab electricity grid created to share capacity in emergencies is set for expansion by 2019 with an estimated investment of up to $420m.

Rand recoups losses over Russia deal

2014-09-23 17:57

The rand has pulled back from the previous day's 8-month lows as calm returned to a market spooked by news of a major nuclear power deal with Russia.

If state can't, who will foot nuclear bill?

2014-09-23 15:30

Neither Eskom nor Treasury can foot the bill if the Russian nuclear deal should cost near the estimated R1trn mark, says energy researcher Prof Harald Winkler.

Debt warning over nuclear deal

2014-09-23 12:37

South Africans could have to deal with major debt if the energy deal with Russian nuclear firm Rosatom costs as much as R1trn, an expert indicated.

Hundreds in Jhb want green energy

2014-09-21 20:59

Scores of people in Johannesburg have joined a global demonstration to demand environmentally friendly energy.

Eskom needs maintenance, not just new plants

2014-09-18 12:04

Building new plants won't save Eskom if the power utility can't get its old power plants back in order, says a senior manager.

Eskom announcement positive, says Moody's

2014-09-16 18:38

The government's funding package for Eskom is positive but lacks details on how the power utility's financial profile could be improved, says ratings agency Moody's.

Parts of Centurion without power

2014-09-08 11:24

Parts of Centurion are without power following a power trip and possible cable theft, the City of Tshwane says.

Eskom signs Areva contract

2014-09-07 10:32

Eskom has signed a contract with French nuclear and renewable energy company Areva for the replacement of Koeberg power station's steam generators.

 

Eskom issues nationwide power alert

2014-10-29 16:44
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Eskom has turned to consumers to help prevent the need for rotational load shedding. "The power system is severely constrained", the power utility says.

Kusile reaches critical milestone - Eskom

2014-10-28 20:36

Eskom says unit one of the Kusile power station has switched on the barring gear motor, which is a mechanism to ensure a turbine does not bend.

Cable theft leaves Lenasia in the dark

2014-10-24 17:18

Cable theft has caused a major power interruption in Lenasia, City Power says.

Medupi unit gets its boiler certificate

2014-10-17 10:34

The first Medupi unit scheduled to be synchronised to the national electricity grid has reached a milestone after receiving its boiler certification.

Green power floods Japan grid

2014-10-15 12:41

Japan's utilities are being swamped by green power as rules force them to buy up renewable energy, as new generating firms seek to cash in on premium prices.

Big hopes for African power capacity

2014-10-13 11:56

Power generation capacity in Africa will quadruple from 2020 to 2040, giving nearly a billion people access to electricity, says the International Energy Agency.

SA in another nuclear deal

2014-10-10 14:36
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President Jacob Zuma has authorised the signing of a nuclear agreement with France, following the uproar over a recent deal with Russia.

Medupi fires up first gas burner

2014-10-09 14:19

The Medupi power station's unit six, which has faced numerous construction delays, fired up its first gas burner this week, says Eskom.

Barnard: SA still probing nuclear options

2014-10-06 12:06

South Africa is still looking at different options to facilitate nuclear power in the country, says energy department acting director general Wolsey Barnard.

Consumers face extra 4% power tariff hike

2014-10-03 15:40
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Consumers will be hit with a total 12.69% electricity tariff hike for next year, the National Energy Regulator of SA has announced.

Concern over falling energy prices

2014-10-02 20:15

A sharp fall in energy prices signals worse to come for the slowing global economy as China's decade-long boom peters out and amid Europe's long recession struggle.

Barnard: Nuclear deal only window shopping

2014-10-01 14:55

The Russian nuclear deal is merely part of a window shopping exercise and no purchases have been made, says acting director general of energy Wolsey Barnard.

No shock at possible electricity crisis - DA

2014-09-29 20:26

The DA says it is not surprised at reports that the City of Johannesburg is facing a possible power crisis because they lack giving attention to maintenance.

We have an electricity crisis - ANC

2014-09-29 06:00
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South Africa has an energy supply dilemma and the use of nuclear power was not taken lightly, according to the ANC.

Plans for nuclear deal good for SA - body

2014-09-24 12:00

The Nuclear Industry Association of South Africa is upbeat about plans to build nuclear power plans in the country, but it has called for a fair tender process.

Power prices could double over nuclear deal

2014-09-23 17:07

The Russian nuclear deal is basically five times last year’s turnover of Eskom, economist Mike Schüssler has told Fin24.

Russia deal not contract to build plants - govt

2014-09-23 14:44

South Africa's nuclear cooperation deal signed with Russia is part of a tender process that will involve other competing countries, say government officials.

SA 'needs nuclear'

2014-09-23 12:12

SA needs nuclear to reduce its carbon footprint and also needs it for energy security, says an expert regarding the deal with a Russian company.

SA signs nuclear deal with Russia

2014-09-22 19:15
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Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson says nuclear is a key driver for economic growth after signing a deal for SA to get up to eight nuclear reactors from Russia.

Eskom: Where will help come from?

2014-09-21 17:38

Economists say the state might dispose of its key assets to ease utility Eskom’s massive R225bn cash crunch.

Power cuts biggest hurdle to investment - Egypt

2014-09-17 10:30

Power cuts clouding Egypt have become the biggest obstacle to luring back foreign investment after three years of political upheaval.

Cops fire rubber bullets at Grabouw protesters

2014-09-15 14:49

Police have fired rubber bullets and used teargas to disperse more than 1 000 people protesting over service delivery at the Grabouw municipal offices in the Western Cape.

Eskom shrugs off nuclear 'war'

2014-09-07 17:00

City Press reports that Eskom is putting up a massive show of bravado regarding an impending review of a R4bn tender.

Cape Town prepaid power to shut down

2014-09-05 21:24

Cape Town's prepaid electricity system will be temporarily off-line next week for maintenance, the city says.

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