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Loadshedding News

Platinum-boosting clean hydrogen projects, patents are all the rage 

By: Martin Creamer     11th January 2023 The implementation agreement for Namibia’s planned multibillion-dollar Hyphen Hydrogen Energy project is scheduled to commence in the first quarter of this year, Namibia President Hage Geingob revealed in his 2023 New Year’s message. Egypt has granted approval for two green hydrogen projects in... 

Pronounced platinum production plummet­ predicted by independent consultant 

By: Martin Creamer     10th January 2023 Global mine supply of platinum will fall by 500 000 oz to a million ounces as South Africa’s power shortage lowers production from 2023 to 2027, independent precious metals consultant Dr David Davis calculates in a summary report on platinum group metals (PGMs) production and Eskom. Davis, who... 

Independent consultant Dr David Davis
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Independent consultant Dr David Davis

Enable South Africa to become green hydrogen centre – ANC

By: Martin Creamer     9th January 2023 Enabling South Africa to become a green hydrogen centre through government support is highlighted in the January 8 Statement 2023 of the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the African National Congress (ANC). "The ANC recognises important work in the Hydrogen Roadmap and directs government to... 

Cover image of 22-page ‘Year of Decisive Action’ document to mark ANC’s 111th anniversary.
Cover image of 22-page ‘Year of Decisive Action’ document to mark ANC’s 111th anniversary.

Gordhan describes Mantashe’s comments as ‘unfair and uncalled for’ as he praises outgoing Eskom CEO 

By: Terence Creamer     15th December 2022 Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan responded with an “emphatic no” to a question as to whether government considered outgoing Eskom CEO André de Ruyter to be a traitor, as implied in a recent statement by Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe, who said “Eskom, by not... 

Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan
Photo by Creamer Media Chief Photographer Donna Slater
Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan

Pan African gold operation receives Eskom approval to connect to grid 

By: Martin Creamer     15th December 2022 The 10 MW Elikhulu solar renewable energy plant developed at Evander gold operations has become the first embedded project over 1 MW to receive full grid code compliance from Eskom.  This was announced at the weekend by JUWI Renewable Energies and South African mid-tier gold producer Pan African... 

Pan African's Elikhulu plant.
Pan African's Elikhulu plant.

Some relief as Eskom reduces loadshedding from Thursday

By: News24Wire      14th December 2022 Stage 5 load shedding will be reduced to Stage 4 starting from 05:00 on Thursday morning until 05:00 on Sunday morning, Eskom announced on Wednesday evening. It added that Stage 3 load shedding would be implemented on Sunday. "Since Tuesday morning, a unit each at Camden, Kriel, Majuba, Matla and... 

Eskom crisis: Makwana expected to take over from departing De Ruyter  

By: News24Wire      14th December 2022 Mpho Makwana, recently appointed chairperson of the Eskom board, is widely expected to step into André de Ruyter’s role as Eskom group chief executive. In 2009, Makwana - then a non-executive director - acted in that role for seven months after the departure of Jacob Maroga from the top job. He... 

Andre de Ruyter
Andre de Ruyter

Platinum-based hydrogen, fuel cell decarbonisation winning global support 

By: Martin Creamer     14th December 2022 Platinum-based green hydrogen and fuel cell clean energy solutions made news across a broad front in 2022. Active support for the creation of a viable green hydrogen economy, along with the firm underpinning of a just energy transition in South Africa, have captured many headlines. 

Hydrogen reaching for the sky.
Hydrogen reaching for the sky.

Energy Regulator postpones Eskom tariff decision as Christmas Eve deadline looms  

By: Terence Creamer     14th December 2022 The Energy Regulator has postponed deciding on Eskom’s tariffs for 2023/24 and 2024/25 after the Electricity Subcommittee (ELS) of the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) requested more time to finalise its recommendation – this only ten days out from a looming December 24 deadline... 

Nersa held public hearings into Eskom's MYPD5 application in September
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Nersa held public hearings into Eskom's MYPD5 application in September

Underground mining at Anglo Platinum’s Mogalakwena targeted to start end 2024 

By: Martin Creamer     12th December 2022 The first potential underground mining at Anglo American Platinum’s opencast Mogalakwena platinum group metals (PGM) mine in Limpopo is targeted to start towards the end of 2024 and build up slowly to a full underground unit by the end of the decade. “We’re nearing the end of phase one of the... 

Anglo Platinum CEO Natascha Viljoen.
Anglo Platinum CEO Natascha Viljoen.

Organised business urges govt to fund Eskom diesel 

By: Terence Creamer     9th December 2022 Organised business has called on government to fund adequate and reliable diesel supply for the country’s national peaking generators, which it describes as critical to ensuring that Eskom can best manage a stable grid and mitigate a further escalation in loadshedding levels. In a joint business... 

The Ankerlig OCGT plant
The Ankerlig OCGT plant

Glencore working on value accretive emission reduction 

By: Martin Creamer     8th December 2022 Over and above the carbon emission reduction that automatically results from declining coal assets, diversified mining and marketing company Glencore is working on reducing its Scope 1 and 2 emissions across its entire portfolio of assets in a manner that is largely value accretive or cost free.... 

Glencore industrial assets head Peter Freyberg.
Glencore industrial assets head Peter Freyberg.

Gordhan calls on Eskom to get South Africa out of Stage 6 loadshedding

By: Creamer Media Reporter      8th December 2022 Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan has directed the management and board of power utility Eskom to work hard to get the country out of Stage 6 loadshedding with immediate effect. “I met the board of Eskom yesterday. I have directed them to meet and act with a great sense of urgency to... 

Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan
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Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan

Only five solar projects advance to preferred-bidder status following latest renewables round   

By: Terence Creamer     8th December 2022 In a disappointing development, Minerals Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe has announced the appointment of only six preferred bidders, with a combined capacity of 1 000 MW, following the evaluation of bids made during South Africa’s latest renewables procurement round. All six are... 

Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe at the IPP Office on December 8
IPP Office Head Bernard Magoro and Eskom Transmission MD Segomoco Scheepers explain the grid-access issues that prevented any of the wind projects in the Western, Eastern and Northern Cape provinces from advancing to preferred-bidder status during Bid Window Six. Camera Work & Editing: Shadwyn Dickinson

Eskom agitates for 'overthrow of the state' by not dealing with loadshedding – Mantashe 

By: News24Wire      8th December 2022 Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe has accused Eskom of "actively agitating for the overthrow of the state" as it continues to implement load shedding, which hit Stage 6 this week as power plants suffered breakdowns. At a signing ceremony for 13 new independent power projects on... 

Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe

Eskom's desperate scramble to avoid Stage 7

By: News24Wire      8th December 2022 Eskom on Wednesday evening called off the planned outage of Koeberg unit 1 at the eleventh hour as the utility scrambled to avoid moving to Stage 7 loadshedding. The decision, not yet announced by the utility, was confirmed to News24 by two independent sources who did not want to be named as they... 

The Koeberg nuclear power station
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The Koeberg nuclear power station

Anglo invests $200m to accelerate zero emissions haulage solution 

By: Martin Creamer     7th December 2022 Diversified mining company Anglo American has signed a binding agreement with First Mode, the specialist engineering technology company it partnered to develop the nuGenTM technology. The agreement is intended to accelerate the commercialisation of the climate-friendly truck and includes Anglo... 

Loadshedding jumps to Stage 6

By: News24Wire      7th December 2022 Stage 6 loadshedding will be implemented from midday until further notice, Eskom announced. "This is due to a high number of breakdowns since midnight, as well as the requirement to strictly preserve the remaining emergency generation reserves," the utility said. Eskom has overspent its budget... 

Eskom power lines

Green hydrogen can be near-future reality with collaboration, says Science Minister 

By: Martin Creamer     7th December 2022 The transition to green hydrogen can be a hugely beneficial reality in the near future with collaboration between companies, countries and knowledge institutions, Higher Education, Science and Innovation Minister Blade Nzimande told a just transition event attended by European Commission Joint... 

Higher Education Science and Innovation Minister Blade Nzimande.
Higher Education Science and Innovation Minister Blade Nzimande.

Loadshedding jumps to Stage 4 after more breakdowns

By: News24Wire      7th December 2022 Stage 4 loadshedding will kick in from 09:00 on Wednesday, Eskom announced.  "Due to further breakdowns and delayed returns of generating units to service, Stage 4 load shedding will be implemented from 09:00 until further notice," spokesperson Sikonathi Mantshantsha said.  

An Eskom power station

Eskom moves to appeal Babcock boiler maintenance judgment  

By: Terence Creamer     6th December 2022 Eskom has given notice that it intends applying for leave to appeal a Gauteng High Court judgment setting aside a decision by the utility to exclude Babcock Ntuthuko Engineering from boiler maintenance contracts at 15 coal power stations, as well as an order that Eskom should conclude a fresh... 

Stage 3 continues as Eskom tries to save diesel

By: News24Wire      6th December 2022 Stage 3 loadshedding will be implemented on Tuesday afternoon at 16:00 to 05:00, and on Wednesday afternoon at the same time. Stage 2 loadshedding will continue being implemented at 05:00 to 16:00 daily until further notice. 

An Eskom power station

Canadian Solar to supply modules for 256 MW North West projects

By: Creamer Media Reporter      6th December 2022 Solar technology group Canadian Solar has announced that its majority-owned subsidiary CSI Solar had signed a 256 MW module contract with SOLA Group, the Cape Town-based independent power producer that is building two utility-scale projects in South Africa on the back of pioneering private power... 

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... 

Seriti Green CEO Peter Venn.
Seriti Green CEO Peter Venn interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Nicholas Boyd. Video Editing: Darlene Creamer.

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.
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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
Photo by Creamer Media
Prior to being disqualified, Babcock had provided boiler maintenance services to Eskom for several years
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