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Eskom still finalising interval between first and second Medupi units 

By: Terence Creamer State-owned electricity producer Eskom plans to announce the completion date of Medupi Unit 5 – the second 794 MW unit at the Limpopo power project – by the latest March next year, having indicated that the original commissioning interval of six months following the introduction of the first... 

Group Line Projects

By: Samantha Moolman Group Line Projects, an industrial linings solutions provider, was founded in 1991 and acquired in 2012 by Wonderstone, which is part of the larger Assore Group, whose origins date back to the early 1900s. Group Line Projects’ core business is focused on the appropriate specification, selection... 

Power transmission products on show

Bibby Turboflex SA, which is celebrating 85 years in South Africa, will again be exhibiting at Electra Mining Africa. 

Right Eskom price will trigger R10bn Waterberg coal investment 

By: Martin Creamer A successful bulk sample burn test at Majuba power station has opened the way for Waterberg coal to be used at Majuba power station in Mpumalanga. As part of the feasibility and technical work the ASX- and JSE-listed Waterberg Coal Company has been doing with Eskom over the last 18 months –... 

Southern Africa’s largest spreader commissioned at Grootegeluk expansion project

By: Anine Vermeulen State-owned power utility Eskom’s  Medupi power station has comissioned a PA299-2100/50+50  spreader – the largest type in Southern Africa – from mining equipment manufacturer Sandvik earlier this month for the  coal miner Exxaro-owned Grootegeluk Medupi Expansion Project (GMEP), to supply coal... 

Pig iron project could boost company profile

By: Mia Breytenbach Once pig iron developer Ironveld’s Limpopo-based pig iron project starts production, which is expected in the second half of 2015, the company is likely to become South Africa’s first producer of high-purity iron (HPI), says Ironveld CEO Peter Cox. “Currently, no company is producing HPI and, as... 

Grootegeluk production dampened by rain

Operations at the Limpopo-based Grootegeluk coal mine, owned by coal and heavy minerals mining company Exxaro Resources, experienced a setback following heavy rainfall in March. 

ANC’s Mantashe backs fracking to meet SA’s energy needs 

By: Shannon de Ryhove Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, would have to begin in the Karoo to meet South Africa's growing energy needs despite resistance from environmental and other lobby groups, African National Congress secretary general Gwede Mantashe said on Tuesday. He was speaking at a breakfast meeting of the... 

Supplying Eskom is coal industry’s greatest challenge, says professional services firm

By: Dylan Slater The greatest and most immediate challenge currently facing the South African coal sector is security of supply for State-owned power utility Eskom, says professional services firm KPMG Africa mining transaction leader Werner Jacobs. 

Transnet boosts Exxaro’s coal railing, Eskom paying invoices

By: Martin Creamer State-owned rail enterprise Transnet was praised at Thursday’s Exxaro Resources results presentation for boosting the JSE-listed company’s coal exports by 15% last year and facilitating the doubling of them in 2014. But at the other end of the parastatal spectrum, investors had to be assured... 

Second Waterberg operation has to come to the party – Meyer

By: Leandi Kolver A second operation in the Waterberg coalfield, where mining major Exxaro’s Grootegeluk colliery was currently the only producing mine, had to come to party to meet the country’s future needs, PC Meyer Consulting exploration geologist Peet Meyer said on Tuesday. Speaking at a symposium hosted by... 

Strong focus on electricity supply, access negatively affecting climate 

By: Leandi Kolver At present, countries are so focused on the immediate challenges of energy security and energy access that the environmental impact associated with addressing these challenges is mostly ignored, Mac Consulting principal consultant Dave Collins said on Tuesday. Speaking at Southern African... 

Medupi-linked water scheme delayed, but ‘poses no risk’ to start up

By: Terence Creamer The first phase of the Mokolo and Crocodile Water Augmentation Project (MCWAP), which is under construction partly to provide water from Mokolo dam to the Medupi power station, is behind schedule, Eskom has confirmed. However, the State-owned power utility insists that the delay does not pose a... 

Power, labour pose risks to realising weak-rand benefits in 2014 

By: Terence Creamer The weaker rand should be supportive of a reduction in South Africa’s current account deficit over the medium-term, but Standard Bank chief economist Goolam Ballim warns that continued industrial unrest and ongoing electricity constraints remain key risks to realising the potential trade benefits... 

Hitachi confirms Medupi progress, insists it can meet revised schedule

By: Terence Creamer Engineering group Hitachi Power Africa (HPA) reports that 98% of its scope of work on boiler Unit 6 at the Medupi power station, being built in Limpopo, has been completed. It has also confirmed that it is in a position to meet Eskom’s revised commissioning programme, despite having to replace up... 

Waterberg opens up to Exxaro as Transnet expansion gains traction

By: Natasha Odendaal JSE-listed Exxaro said it was optimistic about the “action on the ground” at State-owned Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) as it progressed plans to expand capacity on the existing rail network out of the Waterberg coal region. The Waterberg region had one of South Africa’s largest remaining coal... 

Big implications for SA’s power plan as Eskom’s sales fall to 2006 levels 

By: Terence Creamer State-owned utility Eskom reported a 3.7% decline in electricity sales to 216 561 GWh for the year ended March 31, 2013, lowering its sales to levels similar to those reported in 2006 and 2007, prior to the 2008 power crisis. It had been budgeting sales for the year of 222 083 GWh, which would... 

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

By: Terence Creamer 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 coal ‘cliff’ could deal another blow to already battered electricity outlook 

By: Martin Creamer Electricity supplies will be further constrained if South Africa fails to secure coal supplies, the Energy Intensive User Group (EIUG) warned a day after State-owned power utility Eskom confirmed that it would not be in a position to meet the end-of-year deadline for the flow of first power from... 

Medupi start-up delayed to mid-2014, costs rise to R105bn 

By: Terence Creamer State-owned power utility Eskom confirmed on Monday that it would not be in a position to meet the end of year deadline for the flow of first power from the Medupi power station, which is being built in the Limpopo province. CEO Brian Dames reported that, following an independent assessment and... 

05/04/2013 (On-The-Air)

By: Martin Creamer The US’s new clean-energy centre in Johannesburg is a shot in the arm for renewable energy in Africa; The production lines for South Africa’s joint missile project with Brazil are beginning to take shape; and The confirmation of coking coal at Makhado is another boost for the Limpopo province. 

22/03/2013 (On-The-Air)

By: Martin Creamer South Africa as a whole, collectively needs to deal with the wildcat strikes that are impacting on the country 

Coal strike talks fail, power disruption fears intensify 

By: Martin Creamer Talks to end the coal strikes at Exxaro coal-mines have been unsuccessful and the fear of electricity disruption at the power stations the mines serve is intensifying. Diversified resources group Exxaro said in a media release, on Tuesday, that, following unsuccessful engagement with the... 

Exxaro adds R700m to GMEP undertakings, receives force majeure from Eskom

By: Natasha Odendaal Diversified miner Exxaro has added R700-million to the cost of expanding the Grootegeluk Medupi coal operations as labour unrest, scope expansion and steel shortages weigh on the capital expenditure of the project. The Limpopo-based, 92%-complete Grootegeluk Medupi expansion project (GMEP) was... 

Company Announcement: Wade Walker Forges Ahead with E & I Projects at GMEP

Electrical, control and instrumentation engineers and constructors Wade Walker, a wholly owned subsidiary of Murray & Roberts, is progressing on schedule with electrical and instrumentation work at Exxaro’s Grootegeluk Medupi Expansion Project in Limpopo 

COAL FOR POWER

By: Martin Creamer Eskom’s giant new coal-fired power station, which is rising out of the bush in South Africa’s Limpopo province, has taken delivery of its first coal from the JSE-listed Exxaro’s R9-billion coal expansion project, which will meet the full fuel demand of the 4 764-MW dry-cooled Medupi power... 

15/06/2012 (On-The-Air)

By: Martin Creamer Billions of rands are expected to be generated from the iron in an old waste dump in Limpopo province; The Defence Force of Finland is buying more armoured cars from South Africa; and Eskom is confident that it will be able to spend at a rate of R65-billion a year for the next six years. 

Critical Medupi boiler test to begin within two months

By: Terence Creamer The hydrostatic pressure test of the Medupi power station’s Unit 6 boiler pressure parts should begin within the coming two months, Hitachi Power Africa has confirmed. CEO Johannes Musel tells Engineering News Online that the test will signal the start of the “cold commissioning” phase of the... 

SA power constraint an ‘underappreciated’ growth threat 

By: Terence Creamer South Africa’s power supply constraint has the potential to act as a “hand brake” on the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) growth outlook and is an “underappreciated” downside risk, a domestic banking group has warned. In fact, Absa Capital economist Jeffrey Schultz describes that power... 

Grootegeluk Medupi expansion project, South Africa

By: Lisete Bigala Exxaro Resources has reported that the construction of the Grootegeluk Medupi expansion project continues to progress to deliver first coal in May 2012. 

Coal miner Exxaro to submit five renewable energy bids

By: Natasha Odendaal South Africa’s second-largest coal miner Exxaro Resources moving ahead with plans to generate clean energy.  

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