Consistent and reliable electrical power supply is an absolute necessity for the smooth functioning of all sectors of industry. However, there has been growing uncertainty about the reliability of regular AC mains supply over the past few years. This has seen the demand for so-called ‘prime’ or primary power rental increasing. In addition, new developments in industry have also increased the demand for reliable prime power.

A recent PwC report has found that Africa needs to take advantage of the economic potential of its ports and shipping sector if it is to realise its growth ambitions. Globally, ports are gateways for 80% of merchandise trade by volume and 70% by value. Investment in ports and their related transport infrastructure to advance trade and promote overall economic development and growth is therefore vital – particularly in emerging economies that are currently under-served by modern transportation facilities. However, port investment must be channelled appropriately to ensure financial sustainability and economic growth, the report states.

The recently held SADC Summit featured a roundtable looking at power in Africa, which saw Director General of the Department Of Energy (DoE), Thabane Zulu, calling for further investment into South Africa’s power sector. “Today we are seeing the dawn of a new era in the investment of the renewable energy sector. The Department would like to encourage investors to have line of sight of what will be procured in the future so as to indicate the investments needed for the sector,” he told delegates.

The Black Energy Professionals Association (BEPA) has been launched. Intended to represent black members of the industry, the BEPA will allow black professionals to get their hands dirty and work towards transformation in the energy sector, according to energy minister Jeff Radebe.

Eskom’s Kusile plant is the first power plant in Africa to implement clean fuel technology in the form of flue-gas desulphurization – a state-of-the-art technology used to remove oxides of sulphur, such as sulphur dioxide, from exhaust flue gases in power plants that burn coal or oil. This technology is fitted as an atmospheric emission abatement to ensure compliance with air-quality standards.

ABB has launched more than 210 digital solutions and services, aimed at unlocking the value of automation. ABB Ability, which creates solutions and services that deliver opportunities to increase productivity and cut costs, will help other countries leapfrog outmoded western models of industrialisation and become true digital leaders, according to the company.


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