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Sasol sets sights on large-scale renewables procurement as it pulls trigger on embedded generation projects  

By: Terence Creamer     4th August 2020 Chemicals and energy group Sasol intends issuing, during its current financial year, a request for proposals (RFP) for wind and solar projects with a combined capacity of between 200 MW and 300 MW having received a strong response to a market-testing request for information (RFI) issued in May.... 

New booster for industry 

By: Darren Parker     3rd July 2020 Nitrogen generation equipment manufacturer and supplier NitraLife has introduced a booster for its NitraCut nitrogen generator product, which ‘bolts’ onto the company’s NitraCut nitrogen generator, to increase its nitrogen delivery pressure and therefore also increase the thickness of steel it... 

Moody's sees US coal miners' earnings halve this year

By: Mariaan Webb     2nd June 2020 The outlook for the North American coal industry remains negative and earnings for coal miners could fall by more than 50% this year, says Moody’s Investor Service. The ratings agency says the coronavirus pandemic has worsened the outlook for the sector. "Domestic demand for thermal coal for... 

Storage key to exploiting renewables’ full potential

By: Mamaili Mamaila     10th April 2020 Energy storage is a key technology to unlock renewable-energy potential, says full-service renewable-energy provider New Southern Energy (NSE) MD John Deepak. 

Engineering company exploits gap in market

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     10th April 2020 South Africa-based foundry and engineering company Thos Begbie sales engineer Esli Bantjes explains that the shortage of capital in South Africa has forced mining companies to cut back on retaining full-time maintenance crews, instead outsourcing this critical service when necessary. This has... 

Mantashe sustains 1 MW licence-exemption cap despite calls for higher threshold 

By: Terence Creamer     10th April 2020 Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe Gazetted an amended version of Schedule 2 of the Electricity Regulation Act on March 26, which the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) said further clarified the requirements for generation for own use for facilities of under 1... 

Nevada Gold Mines plans power switch to lower carbon emissions

By: Creamer Media Reporter      25th February 2020 Nevada Gold Mines (NGM) – a joint venture (JV) between Barrick Gold and Newmont – will convert its TS coal power plant to a dual fuel processing, allowing the facility to generate power from natural gas. The JV is also mulling the potential for a 200 MW solar facility with battery storage. NGM... 

Eskom’s transition to ‘philosophy maintenance’ will increase load-shedding risk for at least 18 months  

By: Terence Creamer     31st January 2020 The board at State-owned electricity utility Eskom has sanctioned a proposal to migrate the group’s unreliable coal fleet to a ‘philosophy maintenance’ model, whereby generation units are serviced in strict adherence with prescribed maintenance schedules in a bid to break the cycle of unplanned... 

Germany's 2019 hard coal imports fell 14.7% - importers

By: Reuters     17th January 2020 Germany imported 40.2 million tonnes of hard coal last year, 14.7% less than in 2018 due to competition from renewables and gas, and as the steel industry curbed usage, importers said on Friday. The total was comprised of an estimated 7.4% lower intake of coking coal for steelmakers, who... 

AVZ finds power solution for DRC project

By: Esmarie Iannucci     15th January 2020 Lithium hopeful AVZ Minerals on Wednesday announced that its subsidiary AVZ power SAU had inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Ministry of Hydraulic Resources and Energy, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, to investigate the refurbishment of the Mpiana-Mwanga hydro-electric power... 

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