Energy & Mining Trends 2018

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How blockchain can democratise green power
How blockchain can democratise green power

Imagine buying a solar panel from a hardware store, mounting it on your roof, then selling the green electricity you produce at a price you set...

By Srinivasan Keshav 22 hours ago

Eskom continues to block Daniels
Eskom continues to block Daniels

After more than three months, Eskom's suspended head of legal and compliance, Suzanne Daniels, will have to wait another month to continue her battle to be reinstated...

By Sikonathi Mantshantsha 3 days ago

SustainPower delivers locally manufactured biogas power generator to ibert
SustainPower delivers locally manufactured biogas power generator to ibert

SustainPower, together with Unique Hydra, recently delivered a locally manufactured biogas electrical power generator to ibert, a Southern Africa biogas company...

12 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: SA has reached its second energy transition tipping point
#BizTrends2018: SA has reached its second energy transition tipping point

At SAWEA's annual wind industry conference held in mid-November 2017, the outcome of a major national research study was launched...

By Brenda Martin 10 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: Smart disruption - the grid of 2018
#BizTrends2018: Smart disruption - the grid of 2018

The famous revolutionary hall of fame has a new name - technology. It changes regimes, rules and industries. It transforms the traditional, it disrupts the conventional and it redefines the future...

By Vinny Perumal 8 Jan 2018

Uganda: Power firms plan to invest billions in 2018
Uganda: Power firms plan to invest billions in 2018

Umeme, Eskom, UEDCL, UETCL and UEGCL have submitted investment plans for 2018 to the country's ERA, all of them signalling an increase in capital expenditure.

By Jeff Mbanga 5 Jan 2018

Matshela Koko
Govender and Koko back at Eskom - but they're not out of the water yet

Eskom's acting head of group capital Prish Govender returned to work on Tuesday while the head of generation Matshela Koko is scheduled to do so on Monday next week after both were cleared of wrongdoing by internal disciplinary processes and reinstated late last year....

By Linda Ensor 3 Jan 2018

Photo: Oilprice.com
Iraq invites bids for new oil pipeline

BAGHDAD - Iraq's oil ministry has called for bids for the construction of a pipeline to allow oil exports to resume from the northern province of Kirkuk to neighbouring Turkey...

27 Dec 2017

How Eskom fell apart
How Eskom fell apart

The government has repeatedly failed to engage the private sector in alleviating rising poverty and the declining economy, despite the protestations of policy-makers and bureaucrats...

By Nicholas Woode-Smith 22 Dec 2017

Isabel dos Santos
Angola oil giant probes Isabel dos Santos graft claims

LUANDA - Angola's state oil company has announced an investigation into "possible misappropriation" of funds by Isabel dos Santos, the daughter of the former president, during her time as the company's chief executive...

21 Dec 2017

Regulator notes energy licensing and exemption notice
Regulator notes energy licensing and exemption notice

The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) has noted the gazetting of the Licensing Exemption and Registration Notice...

20 Dec 2017

Matshela Koko off the hook, back in driving seat at Eskom
Matshela Koko off the hook, back in driving seat at Eskom

Eskom acting CE Matshela Koko has been found not guilty on all charges in a disciplinary hearing...

By Neo Goba and Kyle Cowan 18 Dec 2017

Riccardo Temmers, CDC acting executive manager,
Centre of Excellence
Lack of stakeholder consultation dominates Energy Indaba

Dominating the public discourse at the DoE's Energy Indaba was the department's failure to extensively consult with relevant stakeholders in the energy sector...

By Riccardo Temmers 15 Dec 2017

Photo: ANN7
Dismay at Brown's Eskom appointees

Public enterprises minister Lynne Brown has warded off attempts to put a credible board in place at Eskom, ignoring suggestions from quarters within the ANC and the misgivings of the Treasury over her choices.

12 Dec 2017

Eskom has a new board
Eskom has a new board

The tempestuous saga of the country's power utility may be entering calmer waters with the appointment of Eskom's new board...

11 Dec 2017

Vera Songwe, European Union Economic Commission for Africa’s executive secretary
Africa needs energy to grow

Africa's underdeveloped energy infrastructure and growing demand could be the catalyst to attract private sector investment and thereby actually fast-track energy development...

7 Dec 2017

Brian Molefe. Photo: BizNews
I never left, says Brian

Former Eskom boss Brian Molefe sat in the public gallery of the Pretoria High Court with his arms folded as his assertion that he had not resigned from the state-owned company was being shredded...

By Sipho Mabena 30 Nov 2017

Photo: Oil Change International
Shell 'liable for rights violations' in Nigeria: Amnesty

LAGOS - Amnesty International has called for Shell to be prosecuted for allegedly helping Nigeria's military to commit human rights abuses in the oil-rich south in the 1990s...

29 Nov 2017

Artist's impression of the new liquid bulk terminal at the Port of Ngqura
Ngqura liquid bulk terminal development making headway

The construction of a new petroleum trading hub at the Port of Ngqura is making progess...

29 Nov 2017

Eskom rejects Parliamentary inquiry bribe allegations
Eskom rejects Parliamentary inquiry bribe allegations

Eskom board interim chairperson Zethembe Khoza has rejected allegations that he tried to bribe a Member of Parliament...

28 Nov 2017

New Energy Leadership Centre to address energy shortages in Africa
New Energy Leadership Centre to address energy shortages in Africa

A first for South Africa and the continent, the African Energy Leadership Centre will be a hub of teaching and research aimed at addressing the issues of energy shortages in Africa...

27 Nov 2017

Matshela Koko
Eskom appointed Koko even though it knew his character defects

The Eskom board appointed suspended acting CEO Matshela Koko to the position despite knowing the "defects" in his character related to the manner in which he related to people...

By Linda Ensor 23 Nov 2017

Khezi Tiya, head, oil and gas South Africa, for Standard Bank.
Oil and gas are potential game-changers for economic growth

With the MPRDA and the IER plan rumbling along, South Africa is set to leverage its largely unexplored and underdeveloped oil and gas sector to reignite economic growth

23 Nov 2017

Noor Kapdi, Africa chief executive officer & South Africa managing partner at Dentons law firm
Energy + investment = economic growth

Despite all the talk about nuclear builds, renewables and fracking, the local energy sector will remain static until regulatory and political stability return...

22 Nov 2017

#WindAc 2017: How to select a wind farm development site without compromising visual resources
#WindAc 2017: How to select a wind farm development site without compromising visual resources

There are many considerations to take into account when developing a wind farm, one of which is the impact on visual, aesthetic, and scenic resources in and around a potential location...

By Sindy Peters 21 Nov 2017

SA's KaXu Solar One plant wins UN climate change award
SA's KaXu Solar One plant wins UN climate change award

KaXu Solar One concentrated solar power (CSP) project was presented with a Momentum of Change award by the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change...

By Wilson Johwa 17 Nov 2017

Isabel dos Santos
Daughter of Angola's ex-president sacked as state oil chief

LUANDA - Angolan President Joao Lourenco has fired his predecessor's daughter from her influential post as head of the Sonangol state oil company...

16 Nov 2017

Sunny future for renewables thanks to China: IEA
Sunny future for renewables thanks to China: IEA

Solar energy is to lead the race to new power generation over the coming decades, thanks in large part to China and India, the International Energy Agency said on Tuesday, 14 November...

16 Nov 2017

John Sanei
#Newsmaker: Singularity University invites John Sanei to panel

John Sanei, business innovation strategist, trend specialist, futurist and author of South African bestseller What's your moonshot?, has been invited to join Singularity University's panel of global speakers...

By Jessica Tennant 15 Nov 2017

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