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Eskom seeks to reserve grid capacity for publicly procured IPP projects  

By: Creamer Media Reporter      24th May 2024 Engineering News editor Terence Creamer discusses Eskom's application to the National Energy Regulator of South Africa, seeking permission to preserve and reserve grid capacity for publicly procured IPP projects, as well as the implications should permission be granted. 

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NCOP votes to pass Electricity Regulation Amendment Bill  

By: Creamer Media Reporter      17th May 2024 Engineering News editor Terence Creamer discusses the significance of the National Council of Provinces' (NCOP's) vote to pass the Electricity Regulation Amendment Bill; if the Bill is likely to face any opposition; and what further actions can be expected once the Bill becomes law.   

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Battery storage procurement faces some delays 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      10th May 2024 Engineering News editor Terence Creamer discusses South Africa's approach to procuring battery storage, the delays that some of the battery storage bid windows face and the likely market reaction to these delays. 

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Reigniting growth in South Africa's real economy  

By: Creamer Media Reporter      3rd May 2024 Engineering News editor Terence Creamer talks about the highs and lows of South Africa's real economy in the 30 years of democracy, as well as what could be done to reignite the manufacturing sector in particular. 

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Work starts on market code for future competitive electricity industry  

By: Creamer Media Reporter      26th April 2024 Engineering News editor Terence Creamer discusses the work that has started on a market code for a competitive electricity industry in South Africa; what still needs to be done to transition to a multimarket framework; and where South Africa is in its reform journey.   

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Efforts to boost local manufacture of renewable energy components  

By: Creamer Media Reporter      19th April 2024 Engineering News editor Terence Creamer discusses South Africa's plans to stimulate local manufacturing around solar, wind and batteries. 

Efforts to boost local manufacture of renewable energy components

Electricity outlook for winter  

By: Creamer Media Reporter      12th April 2024 Engineering News editor Terence Creamer discusses the halt in loadshedding over recent weeks; what South Africans should expect for the higher-demand winter period; and the longer-term outlook for South Africa's electricity sector. 

Electricity outlook for winter

Battery storage, renewables procurement make headlines  

By: Creamer Media Reporter      5th April 2024 Engineering News editor Terence Creamer discusses the latest developments with regard to the procurement of new electricity generation capacity and storage. 

Battery storage, renewables procurement make headlines

Rail, ports reforms gaining traction  

By: Creamer Media Reporter      28th March 2024 Engineering News editor Terence Creamer discusses the key reforms being pursued across the rail and ports sectors; the recent publication of a rail network statement and the subsequent concerns raised; and Transnet's owns recovery plan. 

Rail, ports reforms gaining traction

IRP 2023 comment deadline fast approaching  

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th March 2024 Engineering News editor Terence Creamer discusses the fast-approaching deadline for public comment on the draft Integrated Resource Plan of 2023 and stakeholders' likely reaction. 

IRP 2023 comment deadline fast approaching

REIPPPP Bid Window submissions deadline extended  

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th March 2024 Engineering News editor Terence Creamer discusses the reasons for the extension of the bid submissions deadline for Bid Window 7 of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme, what this could mean for other procurement rounds and the anticipated outcome of Bid Window 7. 

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Business, govt meet to discuss electricity, logistics reforms  

By: Creamer Media Reporter      8th March 2024 Engineering News editor Terence Creamer discusses the latest meeting held between senior business leaders and President Cyril Ramaphosa and his Cabinet; the feedback provided on efforts to tackle loadshedding; and a report back on the Transnet Recovery Plan and the reforms in the logistics sector. 

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Business welcomes appointment of new Transnet leadership  

By: Creamer Media Reporter      1st March 2024 Engineering News editor Terence Creamer discusses the business community's reaction to the appointment of permanent executive leadership at Transnet; signs that the turnaround and reforms at Transnet are starting to show some results; and when these developments are likely to start having a... 

Business welcomes appointment of new Transnet leadership

2024 Budget highlights  

21st February 2024 Engineering News editor Terence Creamer discusses the key topics raised by Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana in his 2024 Budget speech. 

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South Africa's gas cliff   

By: Creamer Media Reporter      16th February 2024 Engineering News editor Terence Creamer discusses South Africa's gas cliff and the warning of a likely 'day zero' in the coming two years, as well as the possible risks associated with some for the proposed solutions.   

South Africa's gas cliff

Loadshedding, logistics, water crises key themes of SoNA 2024  

By: Creamer Media Reporter      9th February 2024 Engineering News editor Terence Creamer discusses some of the key themes that emerged during President Cyril Ramaphosa's final State of the Nation Address of the current administration and how these affect the economy and business.   

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SA green hydrogen developers urged to bid for €270m in grant funding  

By: Creamer Media Reporter      2nd February 2024 The German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development is offering €270-million in nonrefundable grant funding to close “bankability gaps” standing in the way of implementing industrial-scale green hydrogen projects in Brazil, Egypt, Georgia, India, Kenya, Morocco and South Africa.... 

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Govt proposes new entity to procure transmission infrastructure  

By: Creamer Media Reporter      26th January 2024 Engineering News editor Terence Creamer discusses government's proposal to set up a dedicated entity to procure new electricity transmission infrastructure from the private sector and the role government expects the private sector to play in the area of the grid. 

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Electricity procurement picks up pace  

By: Chanel de Bruyn     19th January 2024 Engineering News editor Terence Creamer discusses the efforts being made to reinvigorate South Africa's public procurement of new electricity capacity after recent disappointments and amid ongoing loadshedding, as well as the key messages that emerged from bidders’ conferences on the country's... 

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Proposed new IRP met with some skepticism  

By: Creamer Media Reporter      12th January 2024 Engineering News editor Terence Creamer discusses the background to the publication for public comment of the latest Integrated Resource Plan (IRP); the main changes in the IRP 2023, compared with the IRP 2019; the initial reaction to the new IRP; and the public commentary process. 

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Refinery partnership, new nuclear procurement raises questions  

By: Creamer Media Reporter      13th December 2023 Engineering News editor Terence Creamer discusses the controversial decision by Cabinet to approve a proposed partnership with a Russian company to support the restart of the mothballed gas-to-liquids refinery in Mossel Bay, as well as proposed plans for government to procure 2 500 MW of new... 

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Concerns linger over Koeberg's life extension  

By: Creamer Media Reporter      7th December 2023 Engineering News editor Terence Creamer discusses the outlook for the Koeberg life-extension operation following significant delays and rising safety concerns. 

Concerns linger over Koeberg's life extension

ArcelorMittal longs business closure to impact on jobs, industrial capacity  

By: Creamer Media Reporter      1st December 2023 Creamer Media editor Terence Creamer discusses ArcelorMittal South Africa's announcement that it may cut about 3 500 jobs as it plans to wind down its long-products business; the reasons for it taking this step; the impact of the closure on the town of Newcastle, as well as South Africa's... 

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Loadshedding and port congestion make headlines  

24th November 2023 Creamer Media editor Terence Creamer discusses the lagging procurement of new electricity generation and addition of crucial grid infrastructure, as well as the dire situation at Transnet's ports and rail systems.   

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Eskom's TDP in the spotlight  

By: Creamer Media Reporter      17th November 2023 Creamer Media editor Terence Creamer discusses Eskom's update on the implementation of its Transmission Development Plan (TDP), as well as the implications for industry and developers.   

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Renewables procurement still facing delays  

By: Creamer Media Reporter      10th November 2023 Engineering News editor Terence Creamer discusses the ongoing delays in the procurement of new electricity generation by the State; the reasons for the delays; and if the procurement model is still fit for purpose.   

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Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement highlights  

By: Creamer Media Reporter      1st November 2023 Engineering News editor Terence Creamer discusses the main talking points in this year's Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement, which was presented to Cabinet by Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana on November 1. 

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Transnet unveils recovery plan  

By: Creamer Media Reporter      27th October 2023 Engineering News editor Terence Creamer discusses the background to Transnet's proposed recovery plan; some of the key components of this plan; and if Transnet is likely to get the support it is looking for from government. 

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Big week for green hydrogen in South Africa  

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th October 2023 Engineering News editor Terence Creamer discusses the potential implications of Cabinet's approval of the Green Hydrogen Commercialisation Strategy; the components of the strategy; what this means for provinces keen to tap into this emerging industry; and if there is a risk that green hydrogen... 

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Eskom's virtual wheeling plans in the spotlight  

By: Creamer Media Reporter      13th October 2023 Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer discusses Eskom's plans to roll-out a new virtual wheeling platform that could unlock renewables supply to companies with operations spread across the country. 

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Green hydrogen developments in South Africa  

By: Creamer Media Reporter      6th October 2023 Engineering News editor Terence Creamer discusses the latest update on the creation of South Africa's Green Hydrogen Commercialisation Strategy; the launch of a green hydrogen proof-of-concept initiative in the transport sector; and what developments may be next on the green hydrogen front. 

Green hydrogen developments in South Africa

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. 

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More licences approved for transmission company  

21st September 2023 Engineering News editor Terence Creamer discusses the National Energy Regulator of South Africa's approval of two more licences required for the National Transmission Company South Africa (NTCSA) to begin operating, when the NTCSA is expected to start operating and what still needs to be done... 

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South Africa's grid capacity constraints  

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th September 2023 Engineering News editor Terence Creamer discusses the various grid-related funding proposals and delivery mechanisms being considered by South Africa and what this could mean for adding much-needed electricity supply.   

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Transnet posts big financial loss  

By: Creamer Media Reporter      7th September 2023 Engineering News editor Terence Creamer discusses State-owned Transnet's financial and operational results; the response of government and the new Transnet chairperson; and potential developments in the months ahead. 

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An updated IRP and Eskom's restructuring make headlines  

By: Creamer Media Reporter      1st September 2023 Engineering News editor Terence Creamer discusses Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe's plan to take an updated Integrated Resource Plan through Cabinet processes soon and the latest update from the Department of Public Enterprises on Eskom's restructuring. 

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Sasol assessing solutions to bolster liquid fuels volumes at Secunda  

By: Creamer Media Reporter      24th August 2023 Engineering News editor Terence Creamer speaks about the latest developments at Sasol's Secunda operation, including the R36-billion impairment Sasol has taken, what this means for the Secunda operation, the air quality emissions challenge Sasol is facing and what the developments at Sasol say... 

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Tabling of ERA Bill delayed  

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th August 2023 Engineering News editor Terence Creamer discusses the importance of the Electricity Regulation Amendment (ERA) Bill; why the Bill has not yet been tabled in Parliament despite Cabinet having approved its tabling in March; and the implications of this delay. 

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