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Electricity interruptions impact on Sasol’s FY18 production performance

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th July 2018 Several unplanned electricity supply interruptions and two internal outages at its Secunda synfuels operations, resulted in lower production volumes for petrochemicals group Sasol for the financial year ended June 30. In a trading update published on Friday, the company said its earnings before... 

SMEC South Africa to help develop white oil storage terminal in Ethiopia

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th July 2018 Consulting engineering firm SMEC South Africa, with support from SMEC International, has been appointed by Ethiopian Petroleum Supply Enterprise to develop a white oil products storage terminal at Port Dukem, in Ethiopia. The facility will be the biggest among the country’s depots at 240 000 m3.  

M&R awarded R4bn of projects in Australasia

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th July 2018 JSE-listed engineering and construction group Murray & Roberts (M&R) has been awarded new projects to the value of R4-billion, to be delivered over the next two years. These awards include projects to be undertaken by M&R’s oil and gas platform in the metals and minerals market in Australasia,... 

Tullow Oil to shoulder Kosmos' $65m burden over Ghana rig dispute

By: Reuters     18th July 2018 Britain's Tullow Oil has to cough up around $65-million for Kosmos Energy's share and legal fees over a cancelled rig contract in Ghana, the companies said on Wednesday. A London judge had ordered Tullow this month to pay rig owner Seadrill around $254-million, saying Tullow was wrong to end the... 

Africa's richest man signs $650m Afreximbank loan for oil refinery

By: Reuters     16th July 2018 Africa's richest man, Aliko Dangote, has signed a $650-million loan facility with the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) for his oil refinery project in Nigeria. The seven-year term loan would attract a moratorium of five years, according to facility terms read out during the signing. 

Total’s acquisition of Engie LNG portfolio closes

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th July 2018 Petroleum giant Total’s acquisition of Engie’s portfolio of upstream liquefied natural gas (LNG) assets for an overall enterprise value of $1.5-billion, has closed.  

Transnet Pipelines unveils new national operating centre

By: Shirley le Guern     13th July 2018 A new national operating centre (NOC) that will serve as a nerve centre for Transnet Pipelines (TPL) and its 3 800 km underground national pipeline network was officially opened in Durban on Friday. Up until now, the control centre was based at TPL’s head office in the Durban central business... 

Transnet Pipelines unveils new national operating centre
Transnet Group CEO Siyabonga Gama, TPL COO Sibongiseni Khathi and Transnet COO Mlamuli Buthelezi

Investment, solutions critical for Africa’s power generation sector

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     13th July 2018  The African power generation sector needs sustainable investment to bolster economic growth and assist in developing fit-for-purpose, integrated power solutions, says electrical equipment manufacturer and solutions provider Zest WEG Group integrated solutions executive Alastair Gerrard.... 

Investment, solutions critical for Africa’s power generation sector
SOLUTIONS FOR AFRICA A combination of integrated power solutions and reliable infrastructure is critical to grow the continent’s power generation sector

Power generation posited as mutually beneficial solution

13th July 2018 Municipalities have a lot to gain from small scale, localised power generation in future, but any power generation plans must be approached in a long-term strategic manner involving multiple departments. Speaking ahead of POWER-GEN & DistribuTECH Africa 2018, power sector experts said... 

Power generation posited as  mutually beneficial solution
FULL CIRCLE Before the advent of Eskom in 1926, municipalities in South Africa generated their own power

Gas processing specialist acquired by vacuum pumps company

13th July 2018 Last month industrial vacuum supplier Busch Vacuum Pumps and Systems announced that Switzerland-based engineering company NSB Gas Processing is now part of the global Busch group. The NSB Gas Processing business has been renamed Busch NSB AG and brings a highly regarded team of engineers and a... 

Gas processing specialist acquired by vacuum  pumps company
BIGGER AND BETTER Busch's new manufacturing plant and offices in Virginia Beach USA

M&A advisory firm aims to use SA as gateway to African market

By: Nadine James     13th July 2018 Washington DC-headquartered mergers and acquisition advisory firm Taylor Advisory announced last week that it was entering the African market through South Africa with the appointment of Francois Baird as its Africa co-chairperson and Riaan Rademan as its South Africa co-chairperson. This is... 

M&A advisory firm aims to use SA as gateway to African market
FRANCOIS BAIRD Taylor Advisory's ability to deliver the best results, instead of simply brokering a deal, is specifically vital for Africa-based companies

UK continues to push development of small and modular reactors

By: Rebecca Campbell     13th July 2018 The UK Government has reaffirmed its commitment, including research and development (R&D) funding, to the development of small and modular nuclear reactors. It has done so in the Nuclear Sector Deal, developed by Britain’s Nuclear Industry Council in cooperation with the Government, and published... 

Others expected to follow Coca-Cola’s solar leadership as costs fall

By: Simone Liedtke     13th July 2018 Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa (CCBSA), Coca-Cola’s bottling partner in South Africa, is aiming to have 25% of its electricity powered by renewable sources by 2025. The company says the first 10% of this renewable energy, about 18-million kilowatt hours a year, will be rolled out nationwide... 

Others expected to follow Coca-Cola’s solar leadership as costs fall

Technological advances fast-track new power projects

13th July 2018 Technological advances and a decline in prices in battery energy storage are driving progress in distributed power generation, grid stabilisation and utility scale energy applications, with significant opportunities for companies across Africa. Speaking ahead of Africa’s premier power sector... 

Technological  advances fast-track  new power projects
LESS CHARGE The cost of advanced battery storage has dropped by up to 90% in the past ten years, thanks mainly to the arrival of electric cars

Key issues in focus at Africa’s power forum

13th July 2018 New power sector priorities are emerging across Africa, such as the financing of new power projects, integration of independent power projects, sustainable plant management and the role of the digital revolution in power generation and distribution today. According to local and international... 

Key issues in focus at Africa’s power forum
Photo by Bloomberg
POWER TALK At POWER-GEN & DistribuTECH Africa 2018, experts will assess the trends, challenges and solutions in power generation and distribution across the continent

World's oil cushion could be stretched to the limit, IEA warns

By: Reuters     12th July 2018 The world's oil supply cushion could be stretched to the limit due to prolonged outages, supporting prices and threatening demand growth, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said on Thursday. The expected drop in Iranian crude exports this year due to renewed US sanctions, coupled with a... 

World's oil cushion could be stretched to the limit, IEA warns

Kenya says Nairobi–Mombasa refined products pipeline ready for use

By: Reuters     11th July 2018 A refined products pipeline linking Kenya's capital Nairobi with the port city of Mombasa is complete and ready for use, state-run Kenya Pipeline Company (KPC) said on Wednesday. The 450 km pipeline will eliminate an estimated 700 oil tanker trucks per day that transport fuel by road between... 

Opec sees lower 2019 demand for its oil, points to surplus returning

By: Reuters     11th July 2018 Opec on Wednesday forecast world demand for its crude will decline next year as growth in consumption slows and rivals pump more, pointing to a market surplus returning despite an Opec-led pact to restrain supplies. Giving its first 2019 forecasts in a monthly report, the Organization of the... 

Libyan NOC announces reopening of key oil export terminals

By: Reuters     11th July 2018 Libya's Tripoli-based National Oil Corp (NOC) said on Wednesday that four export terminals were being reopened after eastern factions handed over the ports, ending a standoff that had shut down most of the country's oil output. Production and export operations would be restored "within the next... 

Brazil's Petrobras nears $1.3bn sales of African venture stake – paper

By: Reuters     10th July 2018 Brazilian State-controlled oil company Petróleo Brasileiro SA is close to agreeing the sale of its stake in an African venture for around $1.3-billion, newspaper Valor Econômico said on Tuesday. Petrobras, as the company is known, owns 50% of Petrobras Oil & Gas BV, or Petrobras Africa. Grupo BTG... 

Gabon oil workers start 15-day strike at Total facilities

By: Reuters     9th July 2018 Gabon oil workers' union ONEP launched a 15-day strike at the facilities of French oil producer Total on Monday after its demands for higher salaries and other issues were not met, the union said in a statement. "The 15-day strike will affect all installations operated by Total Gabon's employees... 

Emergency rescue mask available in Africa

By: Paige Müller     6th July 2018 Local safety equipment supplier Dromex now holds the sole distribution rights in Africa for the internationally distributed safety-critical Duram escape mask. The emergency evacuation mask, manufactured in Israel, is designed to provide respiratory protection and reduce the health risk and... 

Emergency rescue mask available in Africa
EASE OF APPLICATION The Duram escape mask makes use of a pull-over hood design making application in emergency situations easy and fast

Russian nuclear group further develops cooperation with Africa

By: Rebecca Campbell     6th July 2018 Russian State-owned nuclear group Rosatom has announced that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Ministry of Infrastructure of Rwanda. The MoU covers cooperation in the peaceful uses of nuclear energy. This is the first agreement between the two countries regarding the... 

Key enviro assessment launched for SA gas and power networks

By: Nadine James     6th July 2018 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and the South African National Biodiversity Institute are undertaking a strategic environmental assessment (SEA) for the development of a phased gas pipeline network and the expansion of the electricity grid infrastructure (EGI) corridors.... 

German funding to back oil, gas exploration in Namibia

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th July 2018 Gravionic, a specialist in the development of complex sensor systems, was awarded a €376 000 grant from the German government to mount its gravity and magnetic surveying equipment on to a gyrocopter for the first time.  

Shondoni to help sustain Sasol's Secunda Complex until 2050 

By: Nadine James     5th July 2018 The inauguration of Sasol's R5.5-billion Shondoni Colliery, on Thursday, was attended by Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe, Mpumalanga Finance, Economic Development and Tourism MEC Eric Kholwane and Goven Mbeki municipality executive mayor Thandiwe Ngxonono. The Shondoni mine is part of a... 

Shondoni to help sustain Sasol's Secunda Complex until 2050
Sasol joint president and CEO Bongani Nqwababa discusses the Mine Replacement Programme and the Shondoni Colliery, the opening of which was attended by Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe. Video and editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Govt expects another fuel price increase

By: Sashnee Moodley     5th July 2018 The South African government has noted the recent surge in fuel prices and expects another increase next month. South Africa’s currency exchange to the US dollar has fallen by more than one percent since May this year. Petrol went up by 26 cents a litre for 93 octane and by 23 cents for 95... 

Govt expects another fuel price increase

Tullow told to pay Seadrill $254m over Ghana dispute

By: Reuters     4th July 2018 A London judge ordered Tullow Oil to pay rig owner Seadrill around $254-million saying Tullow was wrong to end a rig contract in Ghana on grounds of force majeure over a maritime dispute, Tullow said on Tuesday. Tullow cancelled the contract for Seadrill's West Leo rig in December 2016 after... 

Fuel prices to rise by more than 1.5% in July

By: Reuters     2nd July 2018 The retail price of petrol in South Africa will rise by more than 1.5% from July 4, while the price of wholesale diesel will rise by 1.8%, the Energy Department said on Sunday. The price of petrol will rise by 26c to R16.02 a litre in the commercial hub of Gauteng province, while diesel will... 

Fuel prices to rise by more than 1.5% in July

Kibo reaches final PPA discussion phase for MCPP

By: Simone Liedtke     29th June 2018 Aim- and AltX-listed Kibo Mining has reached the final phase of discussions with the Tanzania Electric Supply company (Tanesco) regarding the power purchase agreement (PPA) for its Mbeya coal-to-power project (MCPP). Kibo on Friday resubmitted a reformatted integrated bankable feasibility study... 

Nigeria's finance minister questions NNPC remittance to government 

By: Reuters     29th June 2018 Nigeria's finance minister said on Thursday proposed revenue payments by State oil company NNPC to the government account were unacceptable because they were less than expected in view of raised crude oil prices. Kemi Adeosun, told the National Economic Council advisory body the company's... 

World Bank approves $2.1bn loans for Nigerian projects

By: Reuters     29th June 2018 The World Bank said on Thursday it had approved a total of $2.1-billion in concessionary loans to fund projects in Nigeria aimed at improving access to electricity and promoting governance. The projects approved by the International Development Association (IDA), the bank's low-interest arm, are... 

Cleaner, safer fuel on display at expo

By: Halima Frost     29th June 2018 Natural gas supplier CNG Holdings hopes to educate the private sector and original-equipment manufacturers about the benefits of alternative fuels during the TruckX Expo, to be held at the Kyalami International Grand Prix Circuit and Conference Centre on July 11 and 12. “Compressed natural gas... 

Cleaner, safer fuel  on display at expo
POWERED BY NATURAL GAS Natural gas fueling stations are the way of the future

South Africa urged to improve energy efficiency

By: Rebecca Campbell     29th June 2018 A report commissioned by the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and compiled by the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) has called for energy efficiency to be given “the priority it deserves” in future versions of the country’s Integrated Resource Plan (IRP). The report is entitled... 

Petrol price still on course to breach record R16/litre: Fuel hikes 'could've been far higher' – AA

By: News24Wire      28th June 2018 South Africans have been thrown a lifeline by declining oil prices in June, reports the Automobile Association (AA). Commenting on unaudited month-end fuel price data released by the Central Energy Fund (CEF). The AA says that without oil's decline, the fuel price hike for July would have been... 

Petrol price still on course to breach record R16/litre: Fuel hikes 'could've been far higher' – AA

Oranto Petroleum makes Zambian oil and gas exploration debut

By: Marleny Arnoldi     28th June 2018 Pan-African oil and gas exploration and development group Oranto Petroleum has started farming into two exploration blocks located onshore in Zambia. These blocks are Oranto’s first inroads into the country. 

Radebe initiates bilaterals with Moz and Namibia on cross-border gas prospects

By: Terence Creamer     27th June 2018 Energy Minister Jeff Radebe initiated bilateral discussions with Mozambique this week regarding the further development of the cross-border gas infrastructure linking South Africa’s energy and chemicals sectors to Mozambique’s vast natural gas resource. Well over 100-trillion cubic feet (tcf) of... 

Radebe initiates bilaterals with Moz and Namibia on cross-border gas prospects
Ministers Jeff Radebe and Gugile Nkwinti with SADC deputy executive secretary Dr Thembinkosi Mhlongo
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