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Eskom to implement Stage 6 load-shedding on Thursday and Friday

By: Creamer Media Reporter      30th June 2022 Power utility Eskom on Thursday said it would again implement Stage 6 load-shedding, from 14:00 until midnight, as the unlawful strike by employees continues. Stage 4 load-shedding will be implemented from 00:00 to 05:00 on Friday. From 05:00 until 00:00 on Friday, load-shedding will be... 

Asia coal prices hit record on hot global competition for fuel

By: Bloomberg     27th June 2022 A worsening global fuel shortage catapulted Asia’s coal benchmark to a record, threatening to boost power bills and add to inflation woes. Spot physical coal at Australia’s Newcastle port jumped 3.4% to a record $402.50 a ton on Friday, according to a biweekly index compiled by IHS Markit seen... 

Stage 4 load-shedding extended into weekend as illegal strike disrupts coal plants 

By: Terence Creamer     24th June 2022 Eskom has extended Stage 4 load-shedding – initially implemented at 11:00 on Friday June 24, as an illegal strike led to the loss of more coal production – until Sunday and the utility has also refrained from providing a system prognosis for the coming week. COO Jan Oberholzer said the decision... 

Delay gas procurement until policy reflects big cost and emission shifts – study 

By: Terence Creamer     20th June 2022 Before moving ahead with the procurement of gas-fired generation, South Africa should update both its Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) for electricity and its Gas Master Plan to reflect prevailing renewables and battery costs, as well as the country’s carbon constraints, a new Meridian Economics... 

Eskom has 32 GW of grid capacity, but not where most renewables investors want it 

By: Terence Creamer     17th June 2022 Eskom acknowledges that transmission constraints remain an obstacle to the introduction of new renewables generation, but the utility also highlights that 32 GW of grid capacity is immediately available to those independent power producers (IPPs) willing to build projects outside of the country’s... 

Increased interest in gas-powered generators

By: Nadine Ramdass     17th June 2022 Since the lifting of the own-generation licence threshold to 100 MW, interest in using gas for embedded power generation has increased significantly, says gas engine and hybrid power plant specialist Clarke Energy business development manager Kara Neale. The high efficiency of gas-powered... 

Scania sees up to 15% growth in local extra-heavy market as demand rises

By: Irma Venter     17th June 2022 Scania Southern Africa MD Erik Bergvall says he expects the extra-heavy truck market in South Africa to grow by between 10% and 15% this year, with Scania to reflect the same upward momentum. Bergvall was appointed as the new head of Scania Southern Africa at the end of last year. He has spent 15... 

Motsepe plans to boost clean power generation seven fold

By: Bloomberg     13th June 2022 African Rainbow Energy and Power (AREP), backed by South African billionaire Patrice Motsepe, is looking to boost renewable power generation sevenfold to become one of the biggest clean electricity providers on the continent. The Johannesburg-based company ultimately has a target of adding as... 

New report outlines strategy for ending load-shedding by early 2024, but delivery hinges on ‘substantial political will’ 

By: Terence Creamer     13th June 2022 A comprehensive strategy for drastically reducing, or even eliminating, the scourge of rotational power cuts in South Africa by early 2024 has been outlined in a new public-interest report published by Meridian Economics. The authors warn, however, that load-shedding is poised to rise to extreme... 

Ramaphosa outlines six steps to tackle electricity deficit in disrupted Budget Vote speech  

By: Terence Creamer     9th June 2022 President Cyril Ramaphosa outlined six steps for addressing the country’s electricity shortfall in a Budget Vote speech that was delayed and disrupted by opposition Members of Parliament who objected to the address from proceeding in light of a criminal complaint having been lodged against... 

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