Green hydrogen development company Hyphen Hydrogen Energy is investing €2-million on its MetMast Measuring Campaign, which makes use of meteorological masts (MetMasts) to precisely model the energy yield of the wind and solar resources to enable the optimised design of a project it is developing near Lüderitz, in Namibia. The investment includes the deployment of ten new MetMasts and the refitting of one mast it acquired from Namibian power utility NamPower.
Turbine manufacturer Nordex Energy South Africa (NESA) says an additional 830 MW of operational capacity will start feeding into South Africa’s energy grid by mid-2025. The company on April 9 announced a 75% increase in its generation capacity in operations, as well as plans to locally manufacture concrete tower sections in the Eastern Cape.
Electricity Minister Kgosientsho Ramokgopa reports that a “degree of convergence” has been reached between his Ministry and the National Transmission Company South Africa (NTCSA) regarding private sector participation in the electricity grid and no further Cabinet approval is required ahead of implementation. Speaking at one of his regular updates on the implementation of the Energy Action Plan, Ramokgopa said Cabinet had given its approval for him to proceed, together with the NTCSA, on finalising a model to unlock private financing for the expansion and modernisation of the grid, which had become an impediment to the integration of new generation capacity.
State-owned electricity utility Eskom will reduce planned maintenance to 3 000 MW during the upcoming winter season and will seek to keep unplanned breakdowns to below 14 000 MW in a bid to navigate the high-demand period with limited loadshedding. During the summer period, from September to the end of March, the utility  set a target of restricting unplanned breakdowns to 14 500 MW during the high-maintenance summer months, when average planned maintenance levels of 7 000 MW were targeted.