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South Africa’s first private equity clean energy fund, the Evolution One Fund, raised $56m from offshore investors in 2008 and says it is now seeking projects to invest in.

South Africa
Issue 156 - 06 February 2009

ABB wins transmission order

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ABB has won an order worth $53m from Eskom to strengthen the transmission network in the Western Cape region. ABB will design, manufacture, install and commission six 765kV capacitor banks at the Alpha, Beta, Mercury and Perseus substations.

South Africa
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Eskom announced on 19 January that construction of its 1,520MW Lima pumped storage hydropower project would be delayed as a result of the global economic crisis, which has seen Eskom revise its supply and demand projections in line with lower projected growth – not to mention problems securing finance (AE 154/6).

South Africa
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Critics within the industry say South Africa still lacks a coherent strategy for its electricity supply industry more than ten years after the Energy White Paper’s publication.

South Africa
Issue 154 - 09 January 2009

Eskom: Kusile civils contract

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Eskom awarded a R2.9bn ($313m) contract to a local joint venture for the main civil works package at the new Kusile Power Station in Emalahleni, Mpumalanga Province. The order was awarded to Kusile Civil Works Joint Venture, comprising Basil Read (Pty) Ltd, Group Five Construction (Pty) Ltd, Stefanutti Stocks Civils (Pty) Ltd and WBHO Construction (Pty) Ltd.

South Africa
Issue 154 - 09 January 2009

EIB backs innovative PV production unit

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Until now, donor funding for the South African energy sector has focused on smaller, alternative energy projects. The European Investment Bank (EIB) has just announced that it is to provide

South Africa
Issue 154 - 09 January 2009

Sasol contracts for KBR

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Sasol Technology has given KBR two contracts to provide engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCm) services, and basic engineering services for two of its petrochemical projects in Sasolburg.

South Africa
Issue 152 - 12 December 2008

Coega refinery contract for KBR

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PetroSA has given KBR a contract to provide feasibility and front-end engineering and design (FEED) study services for its proposed 400,000 b/d Coega refinery known as Project Mthombo. KBR said it would work with PetroSA “to provide a sustainable and commercially viable solution to the liquid fuels supply challenges faced in South Africa”.

South Africa
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South Africa-based Engen Petroleum has completed the purchase of Total’s downstream operations in Guinea Bissau, Rwanda and Burundi. The agreement, signed on 31 July in Paris and effective from 19 November, sees Engen take over Total’s shareholding in Total Rwanda and in Total Burundi.

Rwanda | Guinea-Bissau | South Africa
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Denham Capital, a US-based, energy and commodities-focused private equity firm, plans to invest up to $150m in Johannesburg-based BioTherm Energy, which develops, acquires, owns and operates waste to energy, renewable energy and energy efficiency projects in the 5MW-100MW range.

South Africa
Issue 151 - 28 November 2008

GE signs service deal with Sasol

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GE Energy has signed a 15-year service agreement with Sasol to provide monitoring and diagnostics for the synthetic fuels company’s new 280MW power plant in Secunda.

South Africa
Issue 150 - 14 November 2008

Eskom secures $500m loan

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Eskom has secured a $500m 20-year loan from the African Development Bank (AfDB) to help finance its capacity expansion programme (AE 149/11).

South Africa
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The Johannesburg-based South African National Energy Research Institute (Saneri) has been awarded the rights to host the Southern African Regional Secretariat for the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP).

South Africa
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Eskom says it has prequalified 27 companies or consortia as potential independent power project developers under its multi-site base load independent power producer programme.

South Africa
Issue 149 - 31 October 2008

IPSA Group to use Elitheni’s coal

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IPSA Group has reached agreement with Elitheni Coal to supply the coal for some 250MW of its initial power projects in the Eastern Cape.

South Africa