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Loadshedding News

Renewables deal indicative of South Africans making positive difference, says Seriti Green  

By: Martin Creamer     2nd December 2022 The big renewables deal undertaken by Seriti is indicative of just how passionate South Africans are to make a positive difference for the benefit of future generations, said new Seriti Green CEO Peter Venn of the multi-gigawatt deal that is poised to lighten South Africa’s loadshedding burden... 

South African green hydrogen technology wins top global recognition  

By: Martin Creamer     1st December 2022 Proudly South African hydrogen technology, which has the potential to slash the cost of green hydrogen, has just won top recognition in Monaco at the principality's inaugural hydrogen forum. The homegrown divergent electrode flow through (DEFT ™) technology, which is already a recipient of South... 

Hydrox Holdings CEO Corrie de Jager (centre) with Prince of Monaco (left) during award ceremony in Monaco.
Hydrox Holdings CEO Corrie de Jager interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Nicholas Boyd. Video Editing: Darlene Creamer.

More Eskom arrests as coal truck driver, supervisor apprehended at Matla station

By: News24Wire      30th November 2022 A truck driver and his supervisor were arrested for allegedly swapping out good-quality coal, and delivering sub-standard product to Eskom’s Matla power station on Monday. "The arrests took place after the truck driver was found to be in possession of sub-grade coal destined for the facility. The... 

Strong call for rapid green hydrogen investment by ramp-up backer 

By: Martin Creamer     30th November 2022 A strong call for final investment decisions (FIDs) on a multiplicity of green hydrogen projects was made at the South Africa Green Hydrogen Summit in Cape Town yesterday by H2Global, a market ramp-up instrument that serves as an innovative form of subsidy scheme to smooth out bumps along green... 

Taking part in the South Africa Green Hydrogen Summit panel discussion are (from left to right) facilitator Lorato Tshenkeng, Timo Bollerhey, Till Mansmann, Sasol’s Gosiame Khoele, and Tobias Bischof-Niemz.
Photo by Creamer Media
Taking part in the South Africa Green Hydrogen Summit panel discussion are (from left to right) facilitator Lorato Tshenkeng, Timo Bollerhey, Till Mansmann, Sasol’s Gosiame Khoele, and Tobias Bischof-Niemz.

South Africa unveils R300bn green-hydrogen pipeline as it states ambition to be ‘destination of choice’ 

By: Terence Creamer     29th November 2022 A R300-billion investment pipeline has been identified under South Africa’s Green Hydrogen National Programme, which has been designated as a Strategic Integrated Project (SIP) for accelerated development under the country’s Infrastructure Development Act. Speaking at the South Africa Green... 

President Cyril Ramaphosa
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Embedded generation project pipeline stands at 9 GW – Ramaphosa 

By: Terence Creamer     28th November 2022 President Cyril Ramaphosa reports that the pipeline of confirmed private embedded generation projects has increased to 100 with a total combined capacity of around 9 000 MW. The President confirmed the figure in a series of written responses to Parliamentary questions posed by Democratic Alliance... 

President Cyril Ramaphosa
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Loadshedding to be downgraded thanks to diesel from PetroSA

By: News24Wire      24th November 2022 Thanks to diesel supplied by PetroSA, Eskom will be able to reduce load shedding to Stage 3 from Stage 4 during the night, Eskom said. This is expected to last until Monday morning.  The lifeline from PetroSA was supplied after Eskom recently ran out of funds to pay for diesel, which it uses to... 

A photo of Eskom's head office

New govt report calls for ‘solid timeframes’ for updating of IRP2019 

By: Terence Creamer     24th November 2022 A new report into the progress government is making in implementing the current five-year Medium-Term Strategic Framework, from 2019 to 2024, has confirmed that energy unavailability represents the single biggest risk to doing business in South Africa, by undermining investor confidence and... 

Minister in the Presidency Mondli Gungubele
Minister in the Presidency Mondli Gungubele

Eskom diesel plan will be announced in the coming days, says Gordhan 

By: News24Wire      23rd November 2022 A plan to deal with Eskom's diesel crisis will be announced in the coming days, Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan told Parliament on Wednesday. Eskom said last week that it had overspent its budget for diesel and had no more cash to buy new stocks until 1 April. Diesel is used to run... 

Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan
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Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan

Groundbreaking for R1bn fuel cell factory set for first quarter of 2023 

By: Martin Creamer     22nd November 2022 A bankable feasibility study has opened the way for the building of a factory for the local manufacture of fuel cells that are designed to provide low-carbon electricity to decentralised users at affordable prices throughout the African continent. Innovative South African Mitochondria Energy... 

Mitochondria founder and CEO Mashudu Ramano (right) interviewed by Martin Creamer (left).
Photo by Creamer Media
Mitochondria founder and CEO Mashudu Ramano (right) interviewed by Martin Creamer (left).

Loadshedding downgraded again, for now

By: News24Wire      21st November 2022 Stage 4 loadshedding (instead of Stage 5) will be implemented continuously until 05:00 on Tuesday morning, Eskom said on Monday afternoon. Thereafter Stage 2 loadshedding will be implemented daily at 05:00 - 16:00. 

Extreme loadshedding ahead as Eskom diesel budget runs dry 

By: News24Wire      21st November 2022 Eskom said on Sunday that it has run out of cash to buy diesel and does not plan to order any more until 1April 1, 2023.  The consequence of this will be extreme levels of loadshedding not yet experienced in South Africa.  

Eskom's logo

Sedibelo Platinum will now have wind power as well as solar and smelterless technology  

By: Martin Creamer     18th November 2022 Latest news from Sedibelo Platinum Mines in North West province is that the company’s Pilanesberg platinum mines situated in the Bushveld Complex, 207 km west of Johannesburg, will not only have abundant solar power on site plus a world-first smelterless processing technology that consumes 82% –... 

Pallinghurst Group managing partner and cofounder Arne Frandsen.
Pallinghurst's Arne Frandsen interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Eskom must issue fresh boiler maintenance tender after Babcock’s disqualification is declared unlawful  

By: Terence Creamer     17th November 2022 The Gauteng High Court has reviewed and set aside an Eskom decision to exclude Babcock Ntuthuko Engineering from contracts to maintain and repair of boiler pressure parts and high-pressure pipework across 15 power stations. The contracts are valued at R16.3-billion. The contracts were awarded in... 

Prior to being disqualified, Babcock had provided boiler maintenance services to Eskom for several years
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Prior to being disqualified, Babcock had provided boiler maintenance services to Eskom for several years

Eskom presents 6 000 MW fleet recovery plan, but describes 75% EAF target as ‘daunting’

By: Terence Creamer     15th November 2022 Electricity utility Eskom has outlined a plan to deliver 6 000 MW of much-needed capacity over the coming two years from its own fleet, primarily by recovering production at six underperforming coal stations and also by completing its much-delayed build programme. However, the utility again... 

Eskom COO Jan Oberholzer
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Eskom COO Jan Oberholzer

Stage 3 loadshedding to be implemented on Monday and Tuesday

By: News24Wire      14th November 2022 Eskom has announced that Stage 3 loadshedding will be implemented on Monday from 16:00 until 05:00 on Tuesday morning. It will then drop to Stage 2 until 16:00 on Tuesday, when Stage 3 will again be implemented until 05:00 on Wednesday. Stage 2 will then again be implemented until further notice.  

Drivers stopping at traffic lights amid loadshedding

CSIR statistics underline how significantly loadshedding has intensified during 2022  

By: Terence Creamer     14th November 2022 Statistics released by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) underlined how significantly loadshedding has intensified during 2022, which is the first year that the majority of the rotational cuts have been implemented at Stage 4, representing 4 000 MW of simultaneous cuts. It... 

Cumulative loadshedding yearly Jan 2014 - Sept 2022
Cumulative loadshedding yearly Jan 2014 - Sept 2022

EIB’s €200m funding of DBSA to support 1 200 MW private renewables roll-out 

By: Terence Creamer     11th November 2022 The European Investment Bank (EIB) has extended a €200-million line of credit to the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) to support the delivery of 1 200 MW of distributed renewables generation by private investors. The financing package, which is the largest-ever extended by the EIB to... 

DBSA CEO Patrick Dlamini and EIB VP Ambroise Fayolle at the signing ceremony in Egypt
DBSA CEO Patrick Dlamini and EIB VP Ambroise Fayolle at the signing ceremony in Egypt

National Treasury releases details of ‘highly concessional’ AFD, KfW loans worth €600m 

By: Terence Creamer     10th November 2022 The National Treasury has released details of what it describes as “highly concessional” loans with a combined value of €600-million, which are the first to be advanced under the $8.5-billion Just Energy Transition Partnership that South Africa entered into with several developed countries in... 

The National Treasury says the just energy transition could help South Africa to achieve energy security and climate resilience
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The National Treasury says the just energy transition could help South Africa to achieve energy security and climate resilience

Mminele outlines Just Energy Transition Investment Plan implementation vision 

By: Terence Creamer     10th November 2022 The International Partners Group (IPG) of France, Germany, the UK, the US and the EU jointly endorsed South Africa’s Just Energy Transition Investment Plan (JET-IP) during the World Leaders Summit at COP27, which took place at Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, on November 7. Engineering News editor Terence... 

Presidential Climate Finance Task Team head Daniel Mminele
Presidential Climate Finance Task Team head Daniel Mminele

Investment needed for outgoing coal, incoming renewables, impacted communities, Mapungubwe highlights 

By: Martin Creamer     8th November 2022 With South Africa having committed to transition away from coal, investments will not only be required for the retiring of coal plants and the ramping up of renewable energy, but also for coal communities, who will require alternative economic development plans to sustain the livelihoods of all... 

President Cyril Ramaphosa arriving in Egypt for COP27.
President Cyril Ramaphosa arriving in Egypt for COP27.

Stage 2 loadshedding to start from 09:00 

By: News24Wire      8th November 2022 Stage 2 loadshedding will start at 09:00 on Tuesday, and will be implemented until further notice, Eskom has announced.  "This is necessitated by a breakdown of a Duvha generating unit and the delay in returning to service another Duvha unit. 

Eskom's Duvha power station
Photo by Bloomberg
Eskom's Duvha power station

Court’s order that Nersa must re-determine Eskom’s regulatory asset base has implications for pending tariffs 

By: Terence Creamer     7th November 2022 The Gauteng High Court has set aside the National Energy Regulator of South Africa’s (Nersa’s) most recent evaluation of Eskom’s regulatory asset base (RAB), a decision that has potential significant implications for a pending tariff determination. The State-owned utility took the regulator’s RAB... 

Court’s order that Nersa must re-determine Eskom’s regulatory asset base has implications for pending tariffs

DMRE confirms yet another extension for delayed IPP projects 

By: Terence Creamer     7th November 2022 The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) has confirmed that the deadline for outstanding projects named as preferred bids under both the risk mitigation and bid window five (BW5) of the renewables programme have been given yet another extension beyond the October 31 deadline... 

Only the Scatec projects, pictured, signed under the RMIPPPP on June 2, have reached financial close and have entered into construction
Only the Scatec projects, pictured, signed under the RMIPPPP on June 2, have reached financial close and have entered into construction

$8.5bn ‘catalytic’ but insufficient to deliver $99bn Just Energy Transition Investment Plan

By: Terence Creamer     5th November 2022 President Cyril Ramaphosa says the $8.5-billion (R128-billion) in concessional climate financing on offer from various developed countries to South Africa will play a “catalytic” role in supporting the implementation of the country’s larger $99-billion (R1.5-trillion) Just Energy Transition... 

President Cyril Ramaphosa
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Expect loadshedding all weekend

By: News24Wire      4th November 2022 Stage 1 loadshedding will continue to be implemented daily from 05:00 to 16:00 until Sunday, Eskom said on Friday. Meanwhile, Stage 2 loadshedding will also continue to be implemented daily at 16:00 to 05:00 until Monday. 

$497m just transition loan for Komati repowering approved by World Bank 

By: Terence Creamer     4th November 2022 South Africa’s request for a $497-million (about R9-billion) to decommission and repower the Komati coal-fired power plant using renewables and batteries has been approved by the World Bank Group board of executive directors. The last Komati unit was shut at midday on October 31, signalling what... 

The last Komati unit was shut at midday on October 31
Photo by Creamer Media
The last Komati unit was shut at midday on October 31

Sasol says 600 MW renewables deal ‘imminent’ as it moves to cut emissions  

By: Terence Creamer     3rd November 2022 JSE-listed group Sasol expects to conclude power purchase agreements for 600 MW of renewable energy “imminently” as it moves ahead with plans to meet a 2030 target of reducing its greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions by 30%, while sustaining energy and chemical production volumes. The renewables... 

Sasol CEO Fleetwood Grobler
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Sasol CEO Fleetwood Grobler

Eskom steps up loadshedding as repair of four generation units delayed

By: News24Wire      1st November 2022 Stage 1 loadshedding will be implemented every day this week until Friday, while Stage 2 will be implemented nightly until Friday, Eskom said on Tuesday evening.  Stage 1 will start at 05:00 and continue until 16:00, after which Stage 2 will start and continue until the next morning. 

R8.5tr net-zero transition can boost growth and jobs in South Africa 

By: Terence Creamer     1st November 2022 South Africa’s gross domestic product (GDP) could expand at a yearly average of about 2.3% between 2022 and 2050, or more than twice the rate achieved over the past decade, under a scenario where the country transitions towards net-zero carbon emissions, a new World Bank report states. The South... 

A wind farm in South Africa

Shutting of last Komati unit signals start of Eskom’s just energy transition journey 

By: Terence Creamer     31st October 2022 Eskom has announced that the final unit at the Komati power station in Mpumalanga was shut at midday October 31, officially signalling the end of the station’s operating life as a coal-fired generator and the site’s transition to a renewables, storage, manufacturing and training hub – one that... 

A solar panel in front of the Komati coal station, the last unit of which was shut on October 31
A solar panel in front of the Komati coal station, the last unit of which was shut on October 31

Stage 2 loadshedding is back this week, Eskom confirms

By: News24Wire      30th October 2022 Stage 2 loadshedding will be implemented from 05:00 on Monday until 05:00 on Tuesday, and again during the evening peaks from 16:00 until midnight on Tuesday and Wednesday, Eskom said on Sunday afternoon. "Eskom will publish a further update on Wednesday afternoon, or as soon as there are any... 

A photo of Eskom infrastructure

Loadshedding to be suspended at midnight, but Stage 2 planned for next week

By: News24Wire      28th October 2022 Loadshedding will be suspended at midnight on Friday, Eskom said. This is thanks to lower weekend demand. But Stage 2 loadshedding will continue until 16:00, which will increase to Stage 3 until midnight on Friday.  

Photo of an Eskom-owned power line

Eskom’s new grid plan says 53 GW of new generation must be connected by 2032 

By: Terence Creamer     27th October 2022 Eskom’s latest Transmission Development Plan (TDP2022) includes assumptions that deviate materially from those contained in the outdated Integrated Resource Plan of 2019 (IRP2019) and points to the need for a significant acceleration in grid-related investments to facilitate the integration of 53... 

Eskom Transmission MD Segomoco Scheppers
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Eskom Transmission MD Segomoco Scheppers

Loadshedding to continue into the weekend

By: News24Wire      27th October 2022 Loadshedding will continue into the weekend, but will be dropped to Stage 2 and Stage 1, Eskom said on Thursday morning.  "Stage 3 loadshedding is currently underway until 16:00 on Thursday, thereafter, it will increase to Stage 4 until 05:00 on Friday morning," the power utility said.  

A photo of an Eskom power station

Bushveld considering renewable self-generation options for Vanchem

By: Chanel de Bruyn     25th October 2022 Vertically integrated primary vanadium producer Bushveld Minerals achieved “solid” production for the quarter ended September 30, despite the negative impact of loadshedding on its Vanchem operation, in particular. Bushveld CEO Fortune Mojapelo attributed the good production performance to the... 

Bushveld Minerals CEO Fortune Mojapelo
Photo by Creamer Media
Bushveld Minerals CEO Fortune Mojapelo

Loadshedding planned for the weekend

By: News24Wire      20th October 2022 Stage 3 and 2 loadshedding will again be implemented continuously from 16:00 on Friday until 05:00 Monday morning, Eskom said. Stage 3 loadshedding will continue to be implemented until 05:00 on Friday morning. Loadshedding will then be suspended for the day. 

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