Environmentalists have criticized the Energy Department’s move to procure more nuclear power. Eskom is looking at a second nuclear plant at Thyspunt in the Eastern Cape but communities in the area are unconvinced and have submitted their complaints to the National Energy Regulator.
The Department of Minerals and Energy has cautioned against the closure of oil refineries in the country, saying this will have a devastating impact on the South African economy.
The Mineral Resources and Energy Department has committed to developing adequate generation capacity to meet the country’s electricity demand.
The S&P 500 and Nasdaq eked out record finishes on Thursday, while the Dow also posted a modest gain, as higher commodity prices helped energy names recover ground and the latest jobs data left investors unfazed about existing positions.
The Portfolio Committee on Minerals and Energy will on Tuesday receive legal opinion from Parliament’s legal services, about the accountability of some so-called Schedule 2 entities, including the Central Energy Fund and the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation.
Turkish company Karpowership says it will appeal the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment’s decision to reject its application to generate electricity at three of the country’s ports.
The South African National Civic Organization (Sanco) in the North West has accused the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy and law enforcement agencies of turning a blind eye to illegal mining activities in the province.
Director-General in the Minerals and Energy Department, Advocate Thabo Mokoena, says South Africa is finalising its renewable energy master plan. Mokoena delivered the keynote address at the Enlit Africa conference on Tuesday.
The Department of Mineral Resources has welcomed the second significant discovery of gas by its offshore exploration rig off the Southern Cape coast.
The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy has sought to assure mining unions that they are working on a plan to retrieve a container – which collapsed underground with three mine workers inside at the Lily Mine in Barberton, Mpumalanga, in February 2016.