South Africa is committed to adding nuclear to its energy mix, saying the procurement process for the nuclear new build programme will start in the second quarter and be completed by the end of the 2015 financial year. The first station will come on line in 2023.
The Airports Company South Africa says its expansion plans for Cape Town International include the upgrading of the domestic and international terminals and the realignment of the runway.
Sere adds 100MW to the grid and will save nearly six million tons of greenhouse gas emissions over its 20-year lifespan. Each year, it will supply enough energy to power about 124 000 homes. Next on Eskom's renewables agenda is a concentrated solar power plant.
Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson has announced plans to expand South Africa's renewable energy sector by adding another 6 300MW of wind and solar power to the 5 243MW the government programme already buys from the private sector.
Spanish companies Sener and Acciona have a strong presence in South Africa, and have been involved in several projects under the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme. Now they have been signed up to build Kathu Solar Park, outside Upington.
The third and final nuclear vendor parade workshop will take place with Canada and Japan this month. South Africa is looking at pressurised water reactor nuclear technology, similar to what it has safely used at Koeberg for the past 30 years.
South Africa opened its first solar thermal electricity plant - KaXu Solar One - near Pofadder in the Northern Province on Monday. KaXu, which means "open skies" in the local Nama language, will add 100MW of electricity from the sun to the national grid, equal to the consumption of 80 000 houses.
Four new diesel locomotives have been unloaded at Cape Town harbour, which are expected to help reduce rail commuter travel time, provide comfort and reliability, and improve efficiency. The trains are part of a multibillion-rand investment in the modernisation of South Africa's rail system.
The N3 Toll Concession is investing more than R1-billion in expanding and upgrading sections of the highway, the major freight link between South Africa's inland cities and Durban port. Traffic disruptions will be kept to a minimum, and the company will cover the costs of the upgrade, it says.
The first unit at the coal-powered electricity station is close to first synchronisation, with the unit expected to be fully operational by winter - when power usage traditionally increases. Eskom has again turned to load shedding as electricity supply is constrained, highlighting the need for the new station.