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Hydrogen leap needed to aid platinum’s future 

By: Martin Creamer     11th January 2019 A South African decision to step firmly into the hydrogen age, like so many other countries are doing, has great potential benefit for the country. Because South Africa has better combined solar and wind resources than just about any other country, it is well positioned to generate hydrogen using... 

On-The-Air (01/06/2018) 

By: Martin Creamer     1st June 2018 Former Energy Director-General Nelisiwe Magubane this week called for clean coal technology to be introduced to stave off litigation; Vigorous new investment in junior mining is scheduled to begin in the third quarter of this year and The positive role platinum can play to clean the world’s air... 

Platinum for new fuel cell Mercedes cut to autocat level  

By: Martin Creamer     12th July 2017 German car manufacturer Daimler has cut the platinum loading of its new fuel cell Mercedes to catalytic converter level. “We reduced the amount of platinum by 90%, which provides a significant cost reduction. Our fuel cell is not much above the platinum loading of a catalytic converter on a... 

Power & Electricity World Africa 2017

9th March 2017 Africa’s largest power and electricity show - Power & Electricity World Africa 2017 celebrates its 20th anniversary. The show welcomes over 7000 attendees and hosts a mecca of solution providers spanning 3 halls and thousands of square meters. Taking place in Johannesburg South Africa, this is a... 

Mining majors use Davos to get their messages across

By: Martin Creamer     27th January 2017 Mining companies featured strongly in a multi-page feature in the edition of Time magazine that followed closely on the heels of the influential World Economic Forum meeting in Davos. Mining majors like South Africa’s Anglo American, America’s Newmont and Canada’s Goldcorp got their messages... 

Davos boosts platinum fuel cell outlook with hydrogen council launch 

By: Martin Creamer     18th January 2017 Hydrogen-powered fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) offer the most natural solution for emission-free vehicles, discharging only water and requiring negligible change to current driving and refuelling habits, which is why 13 leading energy, transport and industry companies this week chose Davos... 

GE aiming to change coal narrative with high-efficiency power solutions 

By: Terence Creamer     26th July 2016 Technology group GE is beginning to actively make the case for clean coal, having concluded that coal-fired generation will remain a major, albeit relatively smaller, part of the future electricity mix in many parts of the world. GE Power global sales and marketing leader for steam power systems,... 

Digitisation could boost South Africa’s power performance – GE Power chief 

By: Terence Creamer     14th April 2016 The uptime and efficiency of South Africa’s existing power stations could be substantially improved through the integration of new digital software solutions and data analytics, the global president and CEO of GE Power asserts. Speaking to Engineering News Online during a visit to South Africa,... 

The Big Picture: Here’s What GE Will Look Like In 2016

19th February 2016 GE released its fourth-quarter results two weeks ago, capping a pivotal year when the company sold much of its lending business and embraced software to become the world’s largest digital-industrial company. The company also improved its operations, growing revenue at a faster clip than peers and... 

SA gear manufacturer targets South American mining

By: Dylan Stewart     9th October 2015 Mechanical power transmission manufacturers Pylon Gears last month embarked on a trade mission to Peru, which was funded by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), to gain a foothold in the country’s growing mining market, says Pylon Gears CEO Alex De Bruyn. 

Alstom to build HVDC VSC converter stations for the France-Italy transmission link

3rd September 2015 Alstom has been awarded a contract worth over €300 million by TERNA Rete Italia, a company fully owned by TERNA, the Italian electricity transmission system operator, and Réseau de Transport d'Électricité, its French counterpart, to build two High Voltage Direct Current converter stations  for... 

Eskom terminates Alstom’s Kusile C&I contract, appoints ABB

By: Terence Creamer     20th March 2015 State-owned electricity utility Eskom reported on Friday that the control and instrumentation (C&I) works contract with Alstom at the Kusile power station project would be “consensually terminated” as from April 17, 2015. ABB South Africa had been selected to complete the execution of the C&I... 

World needs immediate carbon-price signal, Global Electricity Initiative chair argues 

By: Terence Creamer     19th February 2015 Executive chairperson of the Global Electricity Initiative (GEI) Philippe Joubert says energy utilities globally, together with the business community more generally, have come to terms with the science of climate change, particularly as extreme weather events begin impacting their profitability.... 

Eskom, boiler contractor set up task team to assess blow-through procedures 

By: Terence Creamer     2nd February 2015 In light of the confusion that arose about whether the technical requirements had been fully met during the recent Medupi Unit 6 blow-through, Eskom and Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Africa (MHPSA) have set up a joint technical task team to review the blow-through procedure ahead of future... 

Fluidised-bed combustion technology of the future, says Alstom director

By: Leandi Kolver     2nd August 2013 Circulating fluidised-bed (CFB) technology was the way of the future, owing to the availability of large amounts of discard coal and a worldwide move towards using lower-grade fuels, power technology group Alstom steam business regional sales director Hugh Kennedy said at a Fossil Fuel Foundation... 

Alstom admits boiler protection system tests were not ‘fully satisfactory’ 

By: Terence Creamer     9th July 2013 French energy solutions group Alstom acknowledged on Tuesday that tests performed on the boiler protection system (BPS), which forms part of the control and instrumentation (C&I) solution to be installed at the Medupi power station, had not been “fully satisfactory”. However, in a statement... 

Eskom pushes for December Medupi start, but shares risks with Nersa 

By: Terence Creamer     20th March 2013 State-owned power utility Eskom insists that it remains committed to ensuring that first power flows from the first Medupi unit in December 2013. However, it has become increasingly forthright about the risks posed to the schedule and has also shared these risks with the National Energy Regulator... 

Lonmin nominated ‘Worst Company of the Year’ by NPOs

By: Samantha Herbst     1st February 2013 Local nonprofit organisations (NPOs) groundWork and The Bench Marks Foundation have nominated embattled platinum-mining corporation Lonmin as the Public Eye Awards’ Worst Company of the Year for 2012. The Public Eye Awards take place each year before the annual general meeting (AGM) of the World... 

07/12/2012 (On-The-Air) 

By: Martin Creamer     7th December 2012 Anglo American is building 23 000 houses for its workers, making sure there is only one person per room in its hostels and opening up a debate with its workers on the migrant labour curse; South Africa moved ahead this week with two big train and port projects that will together cost a whopping... 

Philippe Mellier

By: Martin Creamer     28th September 2012 Position: CEO De Beers Group since May 2011 Main activity of company: Diamond mining and marketing Date and place of birth: Nancy, France, 1955 Education: Degree in mechanical engineering, École Nationale Supérieure de Techniques Avancées in Paris, 1979; MBA, INSTEAD, 1980 First job: Joined Ford... 

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