Johannesburg, South Africa — MININGREVIEW.COM — 10 November 2010 – State power utility Eskom is to join forces with the Water Research Commission (WRC) in researching strategic subjects that will include climate change, and water management and purification.

Revealing this in a statement issued here, the commission said Eskom and the WRC had entered into a strategic research partnership which recognised the strategic link between sustainable water management and energy generation.

The two parties are scheduled to sign a memorandum of agreement on Thursday, and will form a joint research committee.

“Eskom and the WRC will fund and conduct research on topics of mutual and strategic interest, covering climate change, water resource availability and accessibility, and water quality,” the statement added. “Research will also be conducted on other subjects of interest such as water conservation, water demand management, technology development and acid mine drainage,” it said.

The statement went on to say: “As these entities join hands, their partnership will extend toward growing the research capacity pool; encouraging skills transfer; mentoring and coaching through the centres of excellence; and identifying skills shortages which require focused interventions.”

The two organisations would collaborate in implementing research findings from laboratory to demonstration plant.