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Wärtsilä wins 128 MW power contract at Grasberg

By: Mariaan Webb     21st October 2020 The technology group Wärtsilä has received contracts from PT Freeport Indonesia for a 128 MW power plant to supply electricity to the Grasberg mine. The plant will be located at Amamapare, PT Freeport Indonesia’s port site in Papua. From here, the electricity will be fed to the Grasberg mine... 

Massive grid investment needed to unlock IRP’s 30GW-by-2030 vision  

By: Terence Creamer     20th October 2020 State-owned electricity utility Eskom is warning that a significant and accelerated expansion of South Africa’s grid infrastructure, beyond that catered for by its current R118-billion investment plan to 2030, is required to integrate the 30 GW of mainly wind and solar generators that will have... 

Australia’s commodities heartland set for major hydrogen plant

By: Bloomberg     20th October 2020 The desolate red sands of the Pilbara region in western Australia, home to most of the iron-ore mines that account for a major chunk of the nation’s export income, may one day house an ambitious hydrogen export hub. The Asian Renewable Energy Hub, which would use electricity from wind and solar... 

Kepco cancels investment in South African coal energy plant

By: African News Agency      16th October 2020 South Korea’s State-owned power utility Kepco will either cancel its investment in coal-driven South African independent power producer Thabametsi, or transition the project to gas. A statement issued on Friday by Seoul-based nongovernmental organisation Solutions for Our Climate said Kepco... 

Business welcomes recovery plan, but urges swift implementation 

16th October 2020 Organised business formations have responded to the Reconstruction and Recovery Plan released by President Cyril Ramaphosa on October 15. On the whole, business has welcomed the plan, including the fact that it embraces many of the recommendations made to government by the social partners through... 

Report discusses challenges, options as world continues to drive decarbonisation agenda 

By: Simone Liedtke     16th October 2020 While the global shift from fossil fuels to renewables is helping new ecosystems and technologies to emerge, many of the pursued steps towards decarbonisation pose unique challenges. Many participants in the energy and resources industries have declared an intention to become carbon neutral by... 

Pragmatarians unite to bring Covid-19 relief

By: Creamer Media Reporter      9th October 2020 Taking the pandemic by the horns is how Pragma’s employees tend to address the challenges that Covid 19 has caused in the workplace. While stringent lockdown measures have been successful at curbing the spread of the virus, many families are devastated as a result of partial or total income loss.... 

Pragma | 30 Years in the making

By: Creamer Media Reporter      9th October 2020 2020 might forever be known as the year in which Covid 19 struck, but life goes on despite this and many other challenges that businesses face. It is with this mindset, that we take a look back at an engineering firm that was born on the first of June 1990. “Politically South Africa was in chaos... 

Exxaro celebrates four employees announced as Pragma Value Add Ambassador winners

By: Creamer Media Reporter      9th October 2020 Every six months, future-focused engineering services company Pragma, awards industry achievers in the mining, retail, government, manufacturing and oil and gas sectors for their meaningful contribution to their respective organisations. Pragma aims at helping their clients to perform at their... 

Energy expert calls for RMIPPPP overhaul to facilitate cheaper, cleaner emergency power 

By: Terence Creamer     8th October 2020 Energy expert Clyde Mallinson is calling on government to urgently overhaul its Risk Mitigation Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (RMIPPPP), which he says not only fails to address the country’s immediate electricity needs, but will also lock in dirty and expensive energy for the... 

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