Projects and Energy Weekly Snippets

First solar-powered airport for South Africa

With dedicated efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and become a low carbon economy, Airports Company of South Africa (ACSA) has officially launched the country’s first solar-powered airport in George, Western Cape.

According to eNCA, the ZAR16 million airport will generate 750 kW in its first phase.

ESI-Africa, 29 February 2016

Solar PV sites in full swing for Eskom

South African state-owned power utility, Eskom, announced on Monday that its six solar photovoltaic (PV) sites are in full operation, with a total installed capacity of 2500 kW.

The utility stressed that it remains committed to reducing its carbon footprint and is doing its part in helping the country transition to become a low carbon economy.

ESI-Africa, 1 March 2016

Step closer for gas pipeline to Gauteng

SacOil Holdings and three other parties have signed a co-operation agreement to advance plans for a 2600 km gas pipeline at an estimated cost of US$6 billion from the Rovuma basin offshore in northern Mozambique to Gauteng.

In the past six years, about 160 trillion cubic feet of gas has been discovered in Rovuma by Anadarko and Eni, enough to make Mozambique the world’s third-biggest exporter of liquefied natural gas.

Business Day, 2 March 2016

Lower tariff will mean load shedding, says Eskom

Eskom warned on Tuesday that it would find it more difficult to avoid load shedding, after the National Energy Regulator of SA (NERSA) refused to allow it to claw back most of what it spent on the diesel-powered turbines that kept the lights on during 2013-14.

NERSA on Tuesday granted Eskom a 9.4% tariff increase for 2016-17 — far short of the 16% it had requested. Nonetheless, the reaction from industry and trade unions was dismay and concern over the effects of higher electricity prices on the economy.

Business Day, 2 March 2016

Gamesa unveils new wind turbine "ideal" for South Africa

Wind energy technology group Gamesa on Wednesday unveiled its latest offering, the G132-3.3 MW turbine that Europe, Middle East and Africa sales director Francisco Arzoz said was “ideal” for South Africa’s wind conditions.

“The G132-3.3 MW . . . is perfectly adapted to the country's requirements [and] guaranteed maximum output in the medium- and low-wind conditions that characterise this market,” Arzoz said.

Engineering News, 2 March 2016

Eskom rolls out smart electricity meters in Sandton and Midrand

Eskom on Tuesday began the roll-out of smart prepaid meters in Sandton and Midrand that would see 6000 households converted to the new smart meters.

“Our aim is to migrate all our customers in Gauteng to prepaid system, hopefully in the next year or so. Prepaid is the most cost-effective system as customers on conventional meters sometimes get overwhelmed by electricity bills at the end of the month, forcing Eskom to chase after them. This system is not only beneficial to the customers, but also to Eskom,” Eskom spokesperson Khulu Phasiwe said.

Engineering News, 2 March 2016

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