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Loadshedding News

Standard Bank’s pipeline of private utility scale renewables projects stands at 4 GW 

By: Terence Creamer     3rd October 2023 Standard Bank reports that it has financed 400 MW of distributed generation since government’s recent decision to allow utility scale projects of any size to proceed without a licence even when wheeling electricity through the grid. In addition, its pipeline of such projects for the coming 12... 

As Kusile unit returns early, South Africa misses renewables procurement deadline 

By: Terence Creamer     1st October 2023 Electricity Minister Kgosientsho Ramokgopa has welcomed the earlier-than-expected return of Kusile Unit 3 coal-fired generation, but has also acknowledged that government simultaneously failed to meet its end of September deadline for the release of the next public procurement round for renewable... 

Electricity Minister Kgosientsho Ramokgopa
Electricity Minister Kgosientsho Ramokgopa

No daytime loadshedding expected over the weekend

By: News24Wire      29th September 2023 Due to the sustained improved performance of generation availability as well as the anticipated lower demand over the weekend, loadshedding will be suspended between 05:00 and 16:00 on Saturday and Sunday, Eskom said on Friday.  Stage 2 loadshedding will be implemented from 16:00 until 05:00 on... 

Electricity pylon

JET pledges rise to $11.9bn as South Africa moves to finalise implementation plan 

By: Terence Creamer     29th September 2023 The South African government has received additional pledges, worth nearly $3.5-billion, in support of its Just Energy Transition Investment Plan (JET IP), increasing the overall envelope of concessional debt and grant funding to $11.9-billion. The Presidency’s Rudi Dicks told the Presidential... 

The Presidency’s Rudi Dicks
The Presidency’s Rudi Dicks

Eskom evolving from traditional to virtual wheeling with Vodacom

By: Cameron Mackay     29th September 2023 State-owned power utility Eskom strategy development senior manager Mutenda Tshipala has noted that Eskom is evolving from the traditional electricity wheeling mechanism to virtual wheeling in collaboration with local telecommunications company Vodacom. Speaking at RES4Africa Foundation’s virtual... 

Eskom's summer outlook  

By: Creamer Media Reporter      29th September 2023 Engineering News editor Terence Creamer discusses Eskom's system outlook for the high-maintenance summer months; the early return of units at Kusile and the impact of that decision on pollution; and an update on Koeberg. 

Photo of Terence Creamer
Eskom's summer outlook

Eskom aiming not to breach Stage 4 loadshedding this summer  

By: Terence Creamer     27th September 2023 Eskom is aiming to limit loadshedding to Stage 4 during the summer months to the end of March by restricting unplanned breakdowns to 14 500 MW during what is also its high-maintenance season, when planned outages of about 7 000 MW will be implemented. Interim CEO Calib Cassim indicated on... 

Interim Eskom CEO Calib Cassim
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Interim Eskom CEO Calib Cassim

Roadmap to ‘fundamentally reform’ freight logistics sector by end of October  

By: Terence Creamer     27th September 2023 Government has committed to finalise a Freight Logistics Roadmap, outlining a sequenced set of actions to fundamentally reform the logistics system, by the end of October. The commitment was made at a meeting of Cabinet members and senior business leaders held at Discovery Place in Sandton on... 

President Cyril Ramaphosa alongside Discovery CEO Adrian Gore at a joint government-business meeting at Discovery Place, Sandton.
President Cyril Ramaphosa alongside Discovery CEO Adrian Gore at a joint government-business meeting at Discovery Place, Sandton.

IDC reports surge in disbursements to R17.8bn despite economic headwinds  

By: Terence Creamer     26th September 2023 The Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) has reported a 147% surge in disbursements to R17.8-billion for 2022/23, up from only R7.2-billion in the prior year – a performance that is within range of the R20-billion target that has eluded the development financier for several years, and which... 

TP Nchocho
TP Nchocho

Creecy upholds decision allowing Kusile to bypass pollution system, with tighter conditions 

By: Terence Creamer     26th September 2023 Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment Minister Barbara Creecy has upheld the decision of the National Air Quality Officer (NAQO) to permit the temporary operation of the Kusile coal power station using temporary stacks that bypass the flue gas desulphurisation (FGD) pollution-control plant. The... 

Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment Minister Barbara Creecy
Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment Minister Barbara Creecy

Eskom suspends loadshedding over the long weekend

By: News24Wire      22nd September 2023 Due to the sustained improved performance of generation availability as well as the anticipated lower demand over the long weekend, Stage 2 loadshedding will be implemented at 16:00 this afternoon until 05:00 on Saturday. Thereafter, loadshedding will be suspended over the long weekend and will... 

Lightbulb

Early Kusile restart uncertain as Creecy adjudicates emissions appeal 

By: Terence Creamer     22nd September 2023 The Department of Fisheries, Forestry and the Environment (DFFE) has confirmed that Minister Barbara Creecy is still adjudicating an appeal of the National Air Quality Officer’s (NAQO’s) decision to postpone a requirement for the Kusile power station to meet Minimum Emission Standards. The NAQO,... 

Electricity Minister Kgosietsho Ramokgopa says Eskom has provided a response to the issues raised in the appeal
Electricity Minister Kgosietsho Ramokgopa says Eskom has provided a response to the issues raised in the appeal

Grid investment ‘fully funded’ for next three years, but scale-up requires alternative models 

By: Terence Creamer     21st September 2023 Eskom has indicated that it has sufficient funding for the coming three years for the grid infrastructure investments that will be pursued in line with its Transmission Development Plan, but says additional financing will be required beyond that point and that alternative funding and delivery... 

Electricity Minister Kgosientsho Ramokgopa
Electricity Minister Kgosientsho Ramokgopa

Gordhan criticises Eskom’s ‘elongated’ restructuring timelines, wants grid company trading from Nov  

By: Terence Creamer     20th September 2023 Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan has criticised Eskom’s “elongated” restructuring timeframes and has called for greater urgency and drive from the utility in completing the remaining processes required to enable the independent grid company to begin trading. Eskom has indicated that the... 

Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan
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Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan

Eskom expects NTCSA to begin trading from April 

By: Terence Creamer     19th September 2023 Eskom expects the remaining suspensive conditions required for the operationalisation of the National Transmission Company South Africa (NTCSA) to be met by the end of its current financial year and for the entity to commence trading from the start of the new financial year, which begins on April... 

Power line

'We have been doing nothing for 10 years': Idle Tshwane power stations cost the City billions

By: News24Wire      19th September 2023 Around R300-million is spent annually on salaries for staff and maintenance at the Rooiwal and Pretoria West power stations, which have not been operational for more than a decade. On Monday, Tshwane Mayor Cilliers Brink addressed the media on the City's plan to procure and generate at least 1... 

Tshwane Mayor Cilliers Brink
Tshwane Mayor Cilliers Brink

R107m Steenbras Dam scheme upgrade in the works to help Cape Town ease loadshedding  

By: News24Wire      18th September 2023 A R107-million refurbishment of the Steenbras Hydro Pumped Storage Scheme is on the pipeline, with Capetonians hoping it will bring further relief from load shedding. This week, the City of Cape Town's mayoral committee recommended that the council approve funding for the provision of... 

Energy Regulator approves two outstanding licences for new grid company 

By: Terence Creamer     18th September 2023 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) has approved the two licence applications required for the operationalisation of the National Transmission Company of South Africa (NTCSA), which is in the process of being established as an independent unbundled division of Eskom Holdings.... 

Power lines

Diesel supply problem blamed for low OCGT use during intense loadshedding week 

By: Terence Creamer     17th September 2023 Eskom has confirmed that problems in the diesel supply chain last week meant that it did not operate its open-cycle gas turbines (OCGTs) as “hard” as it would have done normally in a context where the utility was resorting to Stage 6 loadshedding. Head of generation Bheki Nxumalo did not offer... 

The Atlantis OCGT plant

Further reprieve from Stage 6 over the weekend, Eskom says

By: News24Wire      15th September 2023 Loadshedding will be reduced to Stages 2 and 4 over the weekend, Eskom said in a statement on Friday afternoon. Stage 4 loadshedding was implemented at 14:00 and will continue until 05:00 on Saturday. Thereafter, Stage 2 loadshedding will be implemented from 05:00 on Saturday until 16:00,... 

Eskom's Megawatt Park

SA imported an entire Eskom power station's worth of solar panels - in just 6 months

By: News24Wire      15th September 2023 South Africa quadrupled its solar panel imports from China in the first half of 2023 to 3.4GW – which, at peak production, amounts to nearly the generation capacity of Eskom's Duvha or Matla power stations. Duvha and Matla have an installed capacity of 3.6GW each. Energy think tank Ember on... 

Solar PV panels

High loadshedding stages 'temporary', as government assures it has measures to tackle blackouts  

By: News24Wire      14th September 2023 Cabinet has been given the assurance that the current higher stages of loadshedding are temporary. This is according to Minister in the Presidency Khumbudzo Ntshavheni, who said Cabinet had extensive meetings focusing on the country's energy crisis. On Thursday, she presented the Cabinet's... 

Electricity pylons

Renewables hosting capacity of existing Western Cape grid could be doubled with 10% curtailment 

By: Terence Creamer     14th September 2023 An assessment by two leading European transmission system operators (TSOs) of an Eskom-generated grid analysis shows that the capacity of the existing Western Cape grid to host variable renewable generators could be doubled under a scenario where no more than 10% curtailment is implemented.... 

Grid connection point with wind turbine in the backgound

Energy Council CEO sees 2023 as a turning point in the energy crisis, but warns of slow decarbonisation progress

By: Darren Parker     14th September 2023 Industry body the Energy Council of South Africa CEO James Mackay has said there is sufficient reason to believe that loadshedding could end as early as the end of 2024, but warns that South Africa is not on track to meet its decarbonisation targets. Mackay was speaking at the Solutions From the... 

Energy Council of South Africa CEO James Mackay
Photo by Creamer Media's Darren Parker
Energy Council of South Africa CEO James Mackay

Cabinet consulted on IRP update, but further input required before public release 

By: Terence Creamer     14th September 2023 Cabinet was consulted on the updated Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) for electricity during its meeting on September 13, but the document will be further consulted and revised before it is released for public comment. Minister in the Presidency Khumbudzo Ntshavheni stressed in her post-Cabinet... 

Minister in the Presidency Khumbudzo Ntshavheni
Minister in the Presidency Khumbudzo Ntshavheni

Pieterse says results of State configuration review could be made known before November 

By: Terence Creamer     12th September 2023 New National Treasury director-general Dr Duncan Pieterse reports that recommendations arising from a joint review by the National Treasury and the Presidency regarding the configuration of government and its programmes could be made ahead of the November 1 Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement... 

National Treasury director-general Dr Duncan Pieterse
National Treasury director-general Dr Duncan Pieterse

City of Cape recommends green light for R107m Steenbras refurbishment

By: Natasha Odendaal     12th September 2023 The City of Cape Town’s Mayoral Committee is recommending the approval of a R107-million investment over the next few years to refurbish the Steenbras Hydro Pumped Storage Scheme. The 108-month contract, which is expected to start on February 15, 2024, with completion tabled for June 30, 2032,... 

SIU’s Mothibi says contents of private Eskom investigation ‘cannot be ignored’ 

By: Terence Creamer     12th September 2023 Special Investigating Unit head Advocate Andy Mothibi says the fact that former Eskom CEO André de Ruyter did not receive board authorisation to commission a private intelligence investigation into criminality and sabotage at the State-owned utility raises potentially grave governance issues.... 

Former Eskom CEO André de Ruyter
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Former Eskom CEO André de Ruyter

Stage 6 overnight, with higher stages of loadshedding all week

By: News24Wire      12th September 2023 Stage 5 loadshedding will continue until 16:00 on Tuesday - followed by Stage 6 overnight until 05:00 Wednesday, Eskom said in a statement.  This comes as four generating units have gone offline.  

Cars at an intersection

Non-stop Stage 4 until further notice after breakdowns

By: News24Wire      11th September 2023 Due to breakdowns at Arnot, Duvha and Grootvlei power stations, as well as the delay in returning generating units to service, Stage 4 loadshedding will be implemented from 12:00 on Monday until further notice, Eskom announced. Previously, loadshedding was supposed to alternate between Stages 3... 

Eskom's Arnot power station
Eskom's Arnot power station

South Africa to co-host grid financing seminar with JSE in September 

By: Terence Creamer     10th September 2023 Electricity Minister Dr Kgosientsho Ramokgopa reports that he is planning to co-host a seminar with the JSE in September to unpack various financing options for the expansion of South Africa’s electricity grid. Insufficient investment in the transmission system over the past number of years has... 

The seminar will be co-hosted with the JSE
The seminar will be co-hosted with the JSE

Nedlac mulls new social compacting models after failure of ‘big trade-off’ 

By: Terence Creamer     8th September 2023 With South Africa’s social partners having failed to agree the social compact that President Cyril Ramaphosa called for in his 2022 State of the Nation Address, participants to the 28th National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac) summit have indicated a preference for pursuing... 

Deputy President Paul Mashatile
Photo by Nedlac
Deputy President Paul Mashatile

Loadshedding to ease further on Saturday

By: News24Wire      8th September 2023 Rugby fans can expect slightly fewer interruptions to their TV time this weekend, with scheduled power cuts expected to ease a little from early on Saturday morning.  This follows the implementation of Stage 6 when Eskom recently suffered several breakdowns at the same time as it ramped up... 

A coal-fired power station

Kenhardt hybrid plant to prove competitiveness of dispatchable renewables – Scatec CEO 

By: Terence Creamer     7th September 2023 The global head of renewable-energy group Scatec is “extremely enthusiastic” about the market opportunities in South Africa, where he says variable wind and solar generation offer the cheapest and quickest route to injecting electricity into the loadshedding-prone grid. It is also where the... 

Scatec CEO Terje Pilskog
Scatec CEO Terje Pilskog

G7 Renewable Energies withdraws case against Eskom's interim grid rules  

By: Terence Creamer     7th September 2023 G7 Renewable Energies has withdrawn its High Court review against Eskom's Interim Grid Capacity Allocation Rules (IGCAR), following what it describes as “meaningful industry engagements” that have resulted in an “amicable resolution”. On June 17 Eskom unveiled the interim rules, which sought to... 

Power lines

As new Mulilo chair, Jan Oberholzer hopes to support 5 GW expansion  

By: Terence Creamer     6th September 2023 South African independent power producer Mulilo Energy has appointed former Eskom COO Jan Oberholzer as its new non-executive chairperson as it gears up to grow its renewables and battery storage portfolio by about 5 GW over the coming five years. The appointment became effective from September 1. 

 Jan Oberholzer
Jan Oberholzer

Rise in planned maintenance, spike in breakdowns trigger ‘unwelcome’ Stage 6 return  

By: Terence Creamer     5th September 2023 Electricity Minister Dr Kgosientsho Ramokgopa has attributed the “unwelcome” resumption of Stage 6 loadshedding, during which business and residential areas experience rotational cuts for as much as half of the hours in the day, to a combination of higher planned maintenance and a spike in... 

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