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Water usage identified as important way to ease electricity crisis

Water pump station

 

Stellenbosch University’s Eugene Cloete on Wednesday presented a report commissioned by the Department of Science and Technology, and prepared by a panel of local and international experts from the Academy of Science of SA. The experts volunteered their time.

The State of Green Technologies in SA report was released as […]

Ample water available for Medupi

Medupi power station

THE item “Little water for a thirsty Medupi” (July 24) was misleading and misinformed.

The Department of Water Affairs is developing the Crocodile River (West) Water Augmentation Project (MCWAP) in phases to meet the existing and future water requirements in the Lephalale area, including the Medupi power station.

The first phase […]

Pay less for electricity

Pay less for electricity […]

Eskom Uses 10 000 Litres Of Water A Second

Due to growing water shortages, competition for water is likely to increase between the agricultural, electricity, and residential sectors. This could lead to conflicts over water. […]

SA running out of water

We’re a water stressed country. We don’t have enough water resources to go around. Even once we get water in our managed infrastructure, nearly half of that leaks out of the system […]

Eskom revises tariff hikes for 2013

Eskom on Wednesday said it was still revising its tariff increases before it makes any announcements.

According to the South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Sacci), the original proposition was for an increase of up to 19 percent per annum.

Earlier in 2012, the power utility proposed a new five-year plan of tariff increases […]

Eskom to cut water use by 260bn litres

Eskom aims to reduce its water consumption by 260 billion litres a year by 2030.

The utility said the alternative technologies used at its new power stations would reduce the water requirement to 270 billion litres by next year. The company would have needed 530 billion litres to operate its coal-fired stations had the new […]

Eskom coal plants might be at risk – Water issue

Eskom might face difficulties in raising funds for its coal-fired projects in future if environmental organisations kept challenging decisions to fund coal plants, Econometrix’s chief economist, Azar Jammine, said yesterday.

Jammine was reacting to the release of a report by the World Bank on Friday, which showed that water and environmental concerns regarding the coal-fired […]

R300m to restore Berg River water quality

IT will cost in the region of R300 million to remove alien vegetation from the Berg River that’s drastically affecting the water quality. […]

Water and energy a thirsty business

All SA’s coal-fired power stations require significant amounts of water. A 5000MW plant (about the size of Medupi) will use 60m m³ of water every year with wet cooling (that’s 2000l a second), but only 6m m ³ with dry cooling technology. […]