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Terence Creamer

Terence Creamer

Terence Creamer is the Editor of Engineering News and a Deputy Editor for Mining Weekly.

He also has editorial responsibility for Polity.org.za and Creamer Media's Research Channel Africa.

Tel: +2711 622 3744

Email: terence@engineeringnews.co.za

Without controls and oversight, electricity state of disaster ‘open to abuse’ – Cesa

2nd February 2023 Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) has expressed some reservations with a proposal that a National State of Disaster be declared to tackle South Africa’s long-running electricity crisis. While not rejecting the proposal entirely given the urgent need to address the “serious crisis”, CEO... 

NECOM outlines plan for adding and recovering 8 800 MW in 2023

31st January 2023 Initiatives being coordinated under the aegis of the National Energy Crisis Committee (NECOM) will seek to add about 8 800 MW of capacity to the South Africa’s electricity supply during the course of 2023 in an effort to reduce the intensity of loadshedding, a senior official from the NECOM... 

Temporary Kusile stacks set to bypass FGD for a year while remediation works are completed

30th January 2023 Eskom reports that it is currently expecting to operate temporary stacks on the three Kusile units – which have been inoperable since October 23 when the Unit 1 flue duct failed in a way that also compromised the Unit 2 and 3 flue ducts – for about a year while permanent remediation works are... 

Ramaphosa affirms Nersa’s independence in setting tariffs, but still calls for mitigation solution

30th January 2023 President Cyril Ramaphosa has acknowledged that tariffs that reflect the cost of producing electricity are necessary for Eskom’s financial sustainability, as well as for the utility to service its debt and to undertake the critical maintenance needed to end loadshedding. Writing in his weekly... 

Renewables industrialisation plan to be aligned to expected surge in private projects

27th January 2023 The newly appointed facilitator of the South African Renewable Energy Masterplan (SAREM) expects a draft document to be completed by mid-2023 and for the final masterplan to be negotiated before year-end. Gaylor Montmasson-Clair has also indicated that the industrialisation plan will be adjusted... 

Global clean-energy technologies market to triple to $650bn by 2030 – IEA

27th January 2023 A new International Energy Agency (IEA) analysis estimates that the global market for key mass-manufactured clean-energy technologies will grow by more than three times to $650-billion a year by 2030, heralding a “new industrial age” that could offer big dividends for countries that get their... 

Muddling problems and solutions

27th January 2023 South Africa’s power crisis is effectively death by a thousand cuts. It’s the consequence of decades of poor policy choices and inappropriate regulation, pitiable governance at Eskom, which enabled highly damaging political interference, and the extremely poor management of the old plants and... 

Eskom aims to unlock 500 MW of renewables from second land-lease tender

26th January 2023 Eskom will host site visits on February 7 for independent power producers (IPPs) interested in four new parcels of grid-ready land in Mpumalanga that the utility will make available under its long-term lease programme for the development of up to 500 MW of renewable-energy generation. The request... 

TFR sets March 20 closing date for tender seeking OEMs to step in to rehabilitate idle locos

26th January 2023 Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) has set a closing date of March 20 for responses to a tender inviting original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to step in to rehabilitate more than 160 Chinese-manufactured locomotives that are out of service, owing to the unavailability of critical spare parts. The... 

As diesel funding model is mooted, Eskom confirms diesel spend of R18bn and climbing

24th January 2023 Eskom CFO Calib Cassim told lawmakers on Tuesday that the State-owned utility had spent R18-billion on diesel for its current financial year-to-date, which began in April last year, and that it would probably need to spend another R4-billion until the end of March, raising the overall diesel... 

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