Eskom COO Jan Oberholzer has once again highlighted the utility’s liquidity crunch as a key constraint to the execution of its much-vaunted reliability maintenance programme, which is seen as key to reversing the poor operational performance of its aged coal fleet.
After power cuts at the weekend, the City of Cape Town is even more determined to gain the right to procure and sell its own renewable energy. The metro’s customers were once again shielded from the full effects of the blackouts, thanks to the hydro-power generating plant at the Steenbras dam.
The attractiveness of renewable energy, even in the face of using gas as a bridging fuel to take off from where coal is being disused, is continuing to increase, the World Wide Fund for Nature senior climate specialist James Reeler has said.
A new combined cycle gas turbine power plant adding 535MW to the Taiwanese national grid has started commercial operations. The Chia Hut Combined Heat and Power Plant project was led by GE. The company supplied and installed its 7HA.02 gas turbine powering an H65 generator, a STF-A650 steam turbine powering an H33 generator, and a Heat Recovery Steam Generator (HRSG).
Utilities companies should be used to the occasional existential threat. It happened when monolithic phone companies had to adapt globally to the arrival of the internet, smartphones and competition from digital-first competitors.
Government has now given mining companies the ability to generate 100MW of power. So what happens now? Will the companies use this facility and, if so, how? And what effect will it have? Arguably, the company furthest down the line is gold miner Pan African Resources, which is already close to producing 10MW of solar photovoltaic power at its Evander mine.
Only one unit out of six at the Kusile Power Station which is under construction in Mpumalanga is online and contributing to the national grid. Eskom management briefed members of the Portfolio Committee on Public Enterprises who conducted an oversight visit at the power station.
Energy ministers from 40 countries dialled into the International Energy Agency’s Clean Energy Transitions Summit in early July 2020. These countries account for 80% of the world’s energy demand.
Among the politicians joining via video call was Gwede Mantashe, South Africa’s Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy. In his speech he confirmed South Africa’s commitment to the carbon emissions targets set out in the Paris Agreement but emphasised the need for a “just transition”.