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Eskom pushes for mandatory energy conservation

[img:Scheme%20-%20Pic%201_0.jpg|Eskom’s operations
and planning division
managing director
Kannan Lakmeeharan
]Johannesburg, South Africa --- ESI-AFRICA.COM --- 11 March 2011 - South African power utility Eskom continues to recommend ‒ despite opposition from companies ‒ that the country’s top 500 consumers join a mandatory Energy Conservation Scheme (ECS) to be activated in times of crisis.

Lucy launches the AEGIS

[img:Lucy%20c_0.jpg|Lucy Switchgear’s
Aegis ring main
]Cape Town, South Africa --- ESI-AFRICA.COM --- 11 March 2011 - Lucy Switchgear ‒ which provides switching and protection solutions for electrical distribution systems ‒ is holding the South African launch of its latest product, the AEGIS, at African Utility Week (AUW) at the Cape Town convention centre from March 14 to 17.

Aqualoc features new energy products

[img:Aqualoc%20-%20Pic%201_0.jpg|A view of the
exhibition hall at
African Utility Week
in Cape Town
]Cape Town, South Africa --- ESI-AFRICA.COM --- 10 March 2011 - Celebrating its 11th year anniversary, Aqualoc South Africa (Pty) Ltd and its Hydrometer Germany partnership are exhibiting their full range of products on offer for the African market at this year’s African Utility Week (AUW) in Cape Town.

New water management system saves billions

[img:Weg%20-%20Pic%201_0.jpg|WEG CFW-08
]Cape Town, South Africa --- ESI-AFRICA.COM --- 09 March 2011 - A new high-tech water management system claims it will save the South African tax payer and municipalities billions in bad debt. Currently, Metropolitan municipalities are owed a total of R30.6 billion as at 31 March last year, according to the third-quarter local government budget statement by the National Treasury.

Kafue George training centre a growing success

[img:Kafue%20-%20Pic%201_0.jpg|The Kafue Gorge power
project ‒ home of the
Kafue Gorge Regional
Training Centre
]Lusaka, Zambia --- ESI-AFRICA.COM --- 09 March 2011 - The Kafue Gorge Regional Training Centre (KGRTC) ‒ a registered trust in Zambia controlled by a regional Board of Trustees ‒ operates independently with 57 members of staff to provide electricity utilities with competitive specialised training solutions in hydropower and related fields.

New power cable technology will cut costs and boost benefits

[img:Abedare%20c_0.jpg|Copper power cable ‒
theft is costing
South Africa billions
]Johannesburg, South Africa --- ESI-AFRICA.COM --- 09 March 2011 - New power cable identification technology is set to provide significant cost savings and major benefits for electricity distribution as well as for business, commercial, industrial and domestic power consumers.

Leading power cable manufacturer Aberdare Cables has taken up the fight against copper cable thieves and unscrupulous scrap dealers that buy stolen cable ‒ an activity that disrupts power distribution and supply, costing South Africa billions of rand.

Sasol ensuring uninterrupted coal supply

[img:Loan%20-%20Pic%201_0.jpg|Eskom power stations
like Medupi are
being assured of
uninterrupted coal
]Johannesburg, South Africa --- ESI-AFRICA.COM --- 08 March 2011 - South African petrochemical giant Sasol says its mine replacement programme has remained on track to deliver uninterrupted coal supplies for exports and for its synthetic fuels division. It has budgeted a total of R8 billion in capital expenditure.

Sasol gets the green light in China

[img:Sasol%20-%20P_0.jpg|Sasol’s CTL plant
at Secunda in South
]Beijing, China --- ESI-AFRICA.COM --- 07 March 2011 - The government of China has granted initial environmental approval to an US$8.8 billion project by South African petrochemical firm Sasol and China's top coal producer, the Shenhua Group, to convert coal into fuels.

Reuters reports from here that the environmental clearance has put the project ‒ potentially one of the largest foreign investments in China ‒ a step closer to final approval from the top economic steering body, the National Development & Reform Commission (NDRC), after nearly a decade of talks between the two parties.

SA and France extend nuclear cooperation

[img:Koeberg%20-%20w_0.jpg|Koeberg ‒ South
Africa’s only nuclear
power station
]Paris, France --- ESI-AFRICA.COM --- 7 March 2011 - French nuclear energy specialist Areva and the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (NECSA) have signed an agreement to extend their ongoing cooperation to develop South Africa’s nuclear industry.

The agreement was signed by Areva CEO Anne Lauvergeon, and Necsa CEO Rob Adam in the presence of French minister for industry Eric Besson, South African energy minister Elizabeth Dipuo Peters, and South African industry and trade minister Rob Davies.

Chinese solar power dominates African energy exhibitions

[img:Solar%20cf_0.jpg|Massive solar farm
in China
]Johannesburg, South Africa --- ESI-AFRICA.COM --- 4 March 2011 - In a show of commercial muscle that highlights China's growing investment in Africa, Chinese solar power producers dominated exhibits at an energy conference on a continent where nearly two-thirds of the population is not connected to electric grids.

“ It's like an invasion!” exclaimed a South African exhibitor at the African Energy Indaba, where 60 of the 80 stands were Chinese vendors, according to event organisers.

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