City of Cape Town Mayoral Committee Member for Energy councillor Beverley van Reenen has hosted a World Bank delegation to the city’s Steenbras hydro pumped storage scheme. The Steenbras plant is used to protect city-supplied customers from up to two stages of loadshedding, where possible, and is also indicated to be pivotal to the city’s plans to protect residents from up to four stages of loadshedding by 2026.
The South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) is urging the energy community to critically analyse the revised draft Integrated Resource Plan 2023 (IRP 2023) to provide constructive inputs that will improve the country’s energy future. SAWEA says it appreciates the information sessions hosted by the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) to delve deeper into the plan and its underlying assumptions, which have provided much-needed context and additional information, ensuring a common understanding across various interpretations.
The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) has officially published on its website the three licences required for the operationalisation of the National Transmission Company South Africa (NTCSA), having approved their transfer from Eskom to the NTCSA last year. The NTCSA is in the process of being established as an independent subsidiary of Eskom Holdings as part of a far-reaching restructuring process initiated in 2019 to unbundle the vertically integrated utility into three independent businesses of transmission, distribution and generation.
Mozambique plans to end half a century of hydropower supply to South Africa’s State-owned electricity utility, raising risks for the continent’s most industrialized economy and threatening the viability of Africa’s second-biggest aluminum smelter. In the country’s yet-to-be published energy transition strategy, a copy of which Bloomberg has seen, Mozambique details the plan to secure the 1,150 megawatts of power it sells to South Africa from its Cahora Bassa plant for its own use.
If South Africa’s energy investment programmes and reforms continue, the energy availability factor (EAF) for State-owned utility Eskom’s coal fleet does not decline, and business partnerships and collaboration endure, it is possible to, from a societal perspective, effectively end loadshedding by the end of this year. This is the assessment of Energy Council CEO James Mackay, who participated in a recent Webinar hosted by Creamer Media on the ‘Energy Outlook for 2024’.
The corrosion of waste heat boilers (WHBs) – which are crucial in the recovery and use of heat generated as a by-product by non-ferrous pyrometallurgical plants globally – has a detrimental impact on asset life and overall performance, according to international surface protection solutions provider Integrated Global Services (IGS).  The flue gas stream within a smelting furnace WHB has comparatively high dust content, that may either slag on the surface depending on its melting point temperature or erode waterwalls. In general, metal oxides are present in the dust and are characterised as very erosive media.