Medupi start-up delayed to mid-2014

By: Terence Creamer | 8th July 2013 | Engineering News

State-owned power utility Eskom confirmed on Monday that it would not be in a position to meet the end of year deadline for the flow of first power from the Medupi power station.

CEO <strong>Brian Dames</strong> reported that, following an independent assessment and fresh delays to the control and instrumentation contract, a new, “realistic”, timeframe had been set for the second half of 2014.

The power station was meant to supply first power to the grid by December 2013, a deadline reaffirmed as non-negotiable earlier this year by Public Enterprises Minister <strong>Malusi Gigaba</strong>.

Dames also confirmed that the cost of the project had increased from R91.2-billion to R105-billion, excluding interest during construction. In 2008, when the main boiler, turbine and civil contracts had been placed, Medupi’s cost was estimated at R87-billion and was revised to R91.2-billion in June 2012.

SOURCE: http://www.engineeringnews.co.za/article/medupi-start-up-delayed-to-mid-2014-costs-rise-to-r105bn-2013-07-08

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Opposition to fracking is not leftist or anti-development

Saliem Fakir BDLive 3 July 2013.

Cape Town in August 2011. Picture: THE TIMES

SIMON Lincoln Reader has become the latest proponent of fracking. In his column on BDlive, he rails against environmentalists, bunching them all as left-leaning. His generalisations are quite a stretch.

As much as Jonathan Deal, chairman of the Treasure the Karoo Action Group — whom Reader criticises in one of his columns — is a public spokesman for anti-fracking activists, he is not exactly what leftists would call left. He has no tradition in leftist politics and would say so himself, even if some the issues he takes up are of interest to the left…

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Rosatom awaits SA govt decision on nuclear power

Engineering News 28 June 2013.

Russian State-owned nuclear company Rosatom was awaiting the South African government’s decision regarding the nuclear aspect of its Integrated Resource Plan (IRP2010), as well as Russia’s role in this regard, deputy director-general Kirill Komarovsaid on Thursday.

In April, the South African government indicated that it was set on pursuing its plan, contained in the IRP2010, to construct new nuclear power plants (NPPs) and increase the country’s amount of nuclear-generated electricity to 9.6 GW by 2030. This is in part to help meet South Africa’s growing electricity needs and to reduce the country’s high greenhouse-gas emissions…

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SA’s energy resources key for economic growth

Engineering News 24 June 2013.

South Africa, with its vast renewable energy resources such as solar power, has the potential to become one of the world’s fastest growing economic hubs, said Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe.

Delivering the keynote address at the South African Youth Council-organised South African Green Energy Youth Summit on Monday, Motlanthe said South Africa’s future energy plans provided for a significant departure from the global paradigm. However, this did not mean that South Africa would abandon coal as a source of energy…

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better coal or bitter coal?

Better Coal is a new initiative established by a group of major utilities to promote the continuous improvement of corporate responsibility in the coal supply chain, with a specific focus on the mines themselves.

Find out if Better Coal is just another green washing initiative…

Bitter Coal
Bitter Coal is the reaction of the German NGO urgewald (the report is currently only available in German).

World Energy Outlook 2013 Special Report: Redrawing the Energy-Climate Map

Governments have decided collectively that the world needs to limit the average global temperature increase to no more than 2 °C and international negotiations are engaged to that end. Yet any resulting agreement will not emerge before 2015 and new legal obligations will not begin before 2020. Meanwhile, despite many countries taking new actions, the world is drifting further and further from the track it needs to follow.

The energy sector is the single largest source of climate-changing greenhouse-gas emissions and limiting these is an essential focus of action. The World Energy Outlook has published detailed analysis of the energy contribution to climate change for many years. But, amid major international economic preoccupations, there are worrying signs that the issue of climate change has slipped down the policy agenda. This Special Report seeks to bring it right back on top by showing that the dilemma can be tackled at no net economic cost.

Free download of Redrawing the Energy-Climate Map.

Changing the Game

Changing the Game is an educational tool allowing participants to create their own future energy scenario for 2030.

Watch the trailer below, and read more about it…

Project 90 by 2030 supports this game and will cooperate with stakeholders to create a South African version. If you are interested to play or contribute – go to Project 90’s website and drop an email.