Operating a business without water is an unfathomable thought; however, a very real reality for the industries, agribusiness and commercial operations in and around Cape Town. ESI Africa is hosting a live free-to-attend webinar discussion on Thursday, 8 March 2018, addressing the current water situation in the City of Cape Town, South Africa and the available technologies, strategies and solutions, to overcome the challenge. “The looming Day Zero is not endemic to the City as other areas in South Africa and globally are experiencing drought conditions” says Nicolette Pombo-van Zyl editor of ESI Africa. “What is unique is that if Cape Town does in fact reach Day Zero – the day when taps are turned off - it will be the first major city world-wide to have reached this unimaginable point of no return, the resulting economic impact as agri-business, construction industry, smelters and commercial concerns grind to a halt will be catastrophic.” She adds: “it is imperative that we find alternative means to manage and replenish our water sources, whether this is from groundwater supplies or reducing waste of potable water in the reticulation system – suitable technologies must be explored.” “With the one-hour webinar on 8 March, we will gather large water consumers, water sector professionals, owners of businesses that use water as its main revenue driver, or public sector water professionals to share and gain greater insight into current plans to increase bulk water supply; and what technology solutions are available to implement in their businesses to support water best practice. It is also an opportunity to ask our expert presenters real-time questions.” “Among the concerns raised are the impact this has on commerce and industry, and national plans going forward to better manage bulk water supply,” states Pombo-van Zyl adding that through this webinar global cities and major industrial hubs can learn from Cape Town’s current predicament. The webinar, . . .
Investment in water solutions is needed by the public and private sector to enable universal access, water security and resilient societies. African Utility Week will have a strong focus on water again this year from 15-17 May in Cape Town when the strategic water conference will showcase how partnerships, financial models and latest technological advances can make the greatest impact in meeting Africa's water demand. “We want utilities to start thinking out of the box on water solutions, capabilities and solutions,” says Gerardt P. Viljoen, Managing Director of Sensus SA and GM for Sensus in Africa, an event sponsor and one of the expert speakers at the water conference at African Utility Week. He continues: “the water situation in South Africa is not only worrisome it should be considered as THE top priority for any form of economic sustainability. Increasing storing capabilities, reviewing traditional catchment areas and weather pattern changes, recycling of water and waste water treatment, network infrastructure maintenance and demand side management should all be top NATIONAL priorities going forward.” The Sensus SA MD adds: “it’s important to not only have smart metering. Smart metering should be intelligent. How to make smart metering intelligent and use it to solve infrastructure, supply and demand issues is what we are all about this year.” The full interview with Gerardt Viljoen can be read on the event website. Sensus is a returning gold sponsor at the event. Event going ahead as planned despite water shortages Meanwhile, the organisers of African Utility Week have assured all stakeholders in this long running conference and exhibition that the event will go ahead as planned despite the current water restrictions in Cape Town. “As a major event in the City, African Utility Week plays a crucial role in contributing towards the in-ward bound travel market,” says event director Evan Schiff, “by holding the event as planned, African Utility . . .
Engen Refinery, South Africa’s second largest oil refinery, is set to undergo planned maintenance. Starting on 5 February 2018, this scheduled activity forms part of the refinery’s ongoing maintenance programme and will run for 45 days until 30 March 2018. Jehan Zaib, General Manager of the Engen Refinery, explains that routine planned maintenance is essential for the safe and reliable operation of the facility. “The planned outage will primarily focus on essential plant maintenance and inspection activities as well as process regeneration activities,” says Zaib. Additional resources over this period will see the creation of approximately 4 600 temporary positions for skilled workers, and where applicable have been sourced from the local South Durban community. Minimum disruption “To ensure that we complete this planned maintenance outage on time, there will be increased traffic as suppliers and contractors service the refinery,” says Zaib. “We will however do our utmost to keep any disruption to a minimum and have detailed planning schedules to mitigate any potential access and capacity issues.” The safety of Engen employees and the neighbouring community is of the highest priority to Engen, adds Zaib. “We want to thank our neighbours in advance for their understanding during this period.” Engen is a leading distributor and marketer of fuels, lubricants and oil-based products. Engen markets approximately one in every four litres of fuel sold in South Africa, while the Engen Refinery produces approximately 17% of South Africa’s refined product. For any queries please phone the Engen Refinery Call Centre: 0800 330099 (toll-free). CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
A recent report by Statistics South Africa noted that mining production had increased by 6.5% year-on-year, up from the annual growth of 5.2% reported in October 2017. This bodes well for Black Royalty Minerals (BRM), a subsidiary of the Makole Group, which launched its first colliery in Bronkhorstspruit, a small-town east of Pretoria characterised by typical socio-economic issues faced by many poor communities in South Africa. Chilwavhusiku Colliery is the first mining operation project owned by Black Royalty Minerals and is also the first colliery in the town. It became fully operational in the last quarter of 2017 and has contracted Stefanutti Stocks as mining contractor. The mine supplies coal to primarily inland customers and is currently working on export contracts. “As a business that is 100% black-owned, we are proud to be contributing to the GDP of the country but we’re very gratified to impact the lives of the Bronkhorstspruit community though job creation and local business development,” says Ndavhe Mareda, Chairman of Makole Group. BRM’s development plans for the Bronkhorstspruit community include ensuring that over 80% of its colliery workforce are sourced from surrounding communities; investing in promising young students by offering them tertiary education bursaries; and outsourcing to and collaborating with local business in advancing the economic circumstances of the community. Employing this strategy allows BRM to make further contribution to the community of Bronkhorstspruit by employing community members which addresses joblessness and the social problems that are caused by unemployment. “While community development is a priority, equally important is our business strategy, which combines future mining acquisitions within the next 12 to 24 months and exploring export opportunities. These will allow us to diversify risk and increase earning potential,” adds Mareda. Mareda has also identified significant potential for junior miners. . . .
The fifth annual African Utility Week Industry Awards has added two new categories to honour excellence in energy or water journalism as well as digitally advanced utilities. The awards gala dinner forms part of the African Utility Week conference and expo taking place at the CTICC in Cape Town from 15-17 May and celebrates pioneering utilities, projects and people in the energy and water industry on the continent during 2017/2018. “The media plays a vital role in the energy and water industries on the continent” says African Utility Week event director Evan Schiff, “not only by its investigative work which exposes the sectors’ challenges and failings, holding stakeholders accountable but also by celebrating the successes and advancements. We invite all journalists who specialise in reporting on energy or water affairs to either nominate themselves or for news and industry organisations to put forward their top choice for the journalist that has covered the sector in an innovative yet objective manner. The category is open to media across the continent.” Another exciting new category in the African Utility Week Industry Awards is the Digital Utility Award. “The African utility of the future is likely to be a fully digital system”, says Evan Schiff, “entrants for this award are utilities and solution providers who are leading the disruption in the market, maximising utility profitability and adapting business models in the evolving digital environment.” The deadline for entries is 2 March 2018. More information and entry forms can be found on the event website: http://www.african-utility-week.com/aboutawards The complete list of 2018 award categories: Individual Awards: - Lifetime Achievement Award The Lifetime Achievement Award is presented to an individual for prolonged and consistent achievements who has made a significant contribution to the development and future of the energy or water industries during his or her entire career rather than or . . .
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=16JigAfzEi4&feature=youtu.be Independent energy expert Ted Blom, speaker and advisory board member at African Utility Week in Cape Town in May shares his views on several developments this week in the energy sector including the appointment of the new Eskom board, appearance of two Eskom executives before the Parliamentary enquiry, Brian Molefe’s court judgement, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa’s announcement about nuclear power and the Cape Town water crisis. The interview was done by ESI Africa editor Nicolette Pombo-Van Zyl. Award-winning energy platform The 18th annual African Utility Week will gather over 7000 decision makers from more than 80 countries to discuss the challenges, solutions and successes in the power, energy and water sectors on the continent. Along with multiple side events and numerous networking functions the event also boasts a seven track conference with over 300 expert speakers. The conference programme will address the latest challenges, developments and opportunities in the power and water sectors: ranging from generation, T&D, metering, technology and water. The African Utility Week expo offers an extensive technical workshop programme that are CPD accredited, free to attend, hands-on presentations that take place in defined spaces on the exhibition floor. They discuss practical, day-to-day technical topics, best practices and product solutions that businesses, large power users and utilities can implement in their daily operations. Industry support Already the event has secured support from leading industry players including Landis+Gyr, Hexing South Africa as platinum sponsors while water expert company Sensus is a gold sponsor. African Utility Week is the flagship energy event organised by the multi-award winning Spintelligent, leading Cape Town-based trade exhibition and conference organiser, and part of Clarion Events Ltd, based in the UK. Other well-known energy events . . .
Energy expert Ted Blom believes distributed generation will slice electricity costs by up to 90% for the average household. Blom is a speaker and advisory board member of the 18th African Utility Week that is taking place from 15-17 May in Cape Town, South Africa. In the run-up to the event, he says in an interview that “South Africa and the world is at the precipice of revolutionary developments in energy generation and distribution, and the next 5 -10 years will render such dramatic changes that today's energy supply chain will not be recognisable, especially with the advent of distributed generation, which in many instances will kill off centralised ‘bulk’ generation and distribution. I believe this move will slice electricity costs by up to 90% for the average household, and be a boom industry for participants in the energy revolution, with concomitant radical improvements in standards of living.” Parliamentary investigation into Eskom Last year, the independent energy expert also testified before the South African Parliament’s inquiry into Eskom’s governance: “the Parliamentary Energy subcommittee investigation is a refreshing attempt to decipher what has gone wrong at Eskom since it was ‘commercialised’ in 2001. However, any results will only highlight that prosecution and clean-ups are long overdue, as the committee is powerless to take punitive action against wrongdoers.” Blom also conducted forensic reviews on the Medupi, Ingula and Kusile power station contracts, “but that work is far from complete and dramatically short of resources. Another milestone is the completion of the legal preparatory work to have the first Tegeta coal supply agreement terminated, but again the action has been suspended for unknown reasons. The other two Tegeta coal supply agreements should also be terminated, but it seems South Africans do not have the political staying power to exercise their rights, with the result that Tegeta has managed to get Eskom to further . . .
Following a petition from the Indigenous Vessels Operators Association of Nigeria to the Senate Committee on Local Content, Total Upstream Nigeria Limited (TUPNI) and National Petroleum Investment Management Services (NAPIMS) attended a meeting with the Senate Committee on Local Content on the 9th of January at which TUPNI and NAPIMS provided clarification on an ongoing call for tender for the provision of support vessels. Following this Senate Committee meeting, some media articles reported allegations of bribery and potential conflict of interest in the contracting process. Total Upstream Nigeria Limited wishes to state that it has strict Conflict of Interest and Compliance policies. Total Upstream Nigeria Limited also wishes to state that it rejects all forms of bribery and corruption. Total Upstream Nigeria Limited and its partners remain committed to the development of Nigerian Content and will continue to maintain strong and steadfast partnerships with the Nigerian government, NNPC and indigenous companies in developing the country’s hydrocarbon industry. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Cape Town, 6 December 2017, Between 24 November and 10 December, the City of Cape Town plays host to the 2017-2017 edition of the Volvo Ocean Race (VOR) for the 11th time since the inception of the yacht race in 1973. Chevron South Africa, which markets its fuel under the Caltex brand, is one of the sponsors of the Cape Town stop-over of the VOR and was able to make it possible for over 240 primary, secondary and tertiary level learners from under-resourced schools around the Western Cape to attend the VOR schools education programme, which focuses on the global sustainability of our oceans. “Through our partnership with the Amy Foundation, we were able to give these children the opportunity to explore the VOR race village and experience what the ocean race is all about and to learn more about the problems our planet faces due to pollution of the oceans,” said Jill Koopman, Policy, Government and Public Affairs Manager, Chevron South Africa. The VOR schools programme, hosted at the race village at Cape Town’s Waterfront, combines fun, interactive educational activities to teach about the damaging effect of ocean plastic pollution on the sustainability of our oceans’ marine ecosystems and how each of us can play a role in reducing plastic waste from entering the sea. A tour of the race village allowed the learners to experience first-hand what life must be like aboard a race yacht, as they got to climb aboard the yacht exhibit. The third leg of the Volvo Ocean Race kicks off from Cape Town on 10 December, when the crews and their yachts set sail for Melbourne, Australia, across the Southern Indian Ocean, taking their message of ocean health along with them. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
When it comes to Solar Systems the consumer always had two choices: Grid Tie only which had to shut down during load shedding and failure of the grid Hybrid incorporating (mainly) battery back up which would seamlessly provide power to the home in the event of a grid failure. Obviously the difference between the two is in the cost of installation and the running cost over the life of a system with straight grid tie winning the cost race hands down. Almost all residential solar power grid tie inverters are designed to shut down for safety and technical reasons in case of the grid powering down. Now when one reads about Solar 2.0 one experiences an 'Aha' moment - surely the solution cannot be that simple? Essentially Solar 2.0 is being touted as an 'in-between' solution between hybrid and grid tie as Solar 2.0 will function even when the grid goes down - but still only in sunlight hours with the option of adding battery power. The ideal Solar 2.0 system will offer a seamless transition between grid tied and off-grid whilst also offering a battery system as a 'plug and play' option. Another win for solar system owners will be the ability of any Solar 2.0 Inverter to be able to be swopped out for 'old technology'. When it comes to Solar Energy production the progression has been rapid. Initially inverters received DC power from a string of solar panels and the production rate was directly tied to the performance of the lowest solar panel in the string (think of the weakest link in a chain to understand the concept). The next advance was to increase the number of strings that an inverter could handle so as to minimise the possiblity of one solar panel adversely affecting the production. What affects the production of any string of solar panels are things like shadows, birds, leaves etc on the panels over the course of the day. So, a solution was needed to further increase the number of 'strings' available so that the 'weakest link' . . .