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DMR to brief Western Cape communities on shale gas development

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     21st April 2017 Mineral Resources Deputy Minister Godfrey Oliphant will on Tuesday host an information-sharing session with interested and affected communities and organisations in the Western Cape on the potential of shale gas development through hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. The Deputy Minister will... 

Nigerian finance minister says country needs to tap its non-oil revenues

By: Reuters     21st April 2017 Nigeria plans to get out of recession by boosting government revenues and cracking down on corruption, Finance Minister Kemi Adeosun said on Thursday, and will also issue more international debt to pay for infrastructure projects. The country is in its second year of recession, brought on by... 

Bunkers improve product quality

     21st April 2017 Dutch axial control valve manufacturers Mokveld Valves BV has recently commissioned two new test bunkers for testing critical, high quality valve systems – used in process control applications for the oil and gas industries – thereby improving the quality and safety of the system. Mokveld, whose... 

Cogeneration valuable to S Africa’s energy mix

By: Robyn Wilkinson     21st April 2017 With cleaner energy technology rapidly advancing and industries increasingly aiming to stabilise their power supply through off-grid generation alternatives, energy solutions provider Vuselela Energy director Jacques Malan is confident that cogeneration systems can offer a valuable power... 

Cogeneration valuable  to S Africa’s energy mix
AWARD-WINNING SOLUTIONS Vuselela Energy’s Eternity Power project is enabling a smelter in Rustenburg to harvest thermal energy and convert it into energy

Cross-border power to boost African economies

By: Robyn Wilkinson     21st April 2017 With the announcement of an ambitious power project to connect Cape Town and Cairo within the next three years by regional orhganisation the Eastern Africa Power Pool, the opportunities for reliable cross-border electricity generation are once again in the spotlight, says power generation... 

Fabrication facility to expand to accommodate heavy lifting fleet

By: Simone Liedtke     21st April 2017 Manufacturing company Sky Hill Heavy Engineering - a part of project services corporation Hydra-Arc in Secunda, Mpumalanga - has already commenced with the 100 m expansion of three of its four fabrication bays, to accommodate its heavy lifting fleet, says Hydra-Arc. 

Fabrication facility to expand to accommodate heavy lifting fleet
Photo by Petrus Saayman
IN-HOUSE PROJECTS Fabrication and refurbishment projects are executed from the engineering to transportation stages

Integrated energy solutions Africa’s answer

By: Robyn Wilkinson     21st April 2017 While several large-scale energy projects in Africa are progressing positively, growing global interest in sustainability and renewable energy highlights the need to actively pursue other low-cost, fast-tracked integrated energy solutions that will benefit Africans without access to electricity,... 

Pressure, temperature transmitter launched for downhole applications

     21st April 2017 Last month, US-based Emerson Automation Solutions introduced the Paine 328-12-0010 pressure and temperature data logger and digital transmitter for process measurement and data logging in downhole drilling applications. The company notes that downhole drilling operators need to measure pressure... 

Pressure, temperature transmitter launched for downhole applications
PAINE 328-12-0010 It measures pressure and temperature with full-scale accuracy of about 0.05% and is able to withstand operating temperatures from -40 °C to 175 °C

Energy Minister reveals extent of executive vacancies at State-owned energy entities 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     19th April 2017 Several executive positions in the country’s State-owned energy entities have remained vacant for a year or more, a written Parliamentary reply by Energy Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi reveals. The Petroleum Agency of South Africa (PASA) has now been without a CEO for five years. 

Gas pipeline to Libya's Wafa oilfield closed – NOC source

By: Reuters     17th April 2017 An armed group has again blocked gas pipelines from Libya's Wafa oilfield to a local power plant and the Mellitah gas export terminal on the coast, a source from state energy firm NOC said on Friday. The NOC earlier this week lifted a force majeure on Wafa and said its pipelines were open after... 

Innovative projects making strides in laser industry

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     14th April 2017 The Laser Research Institute (LRI), part of the Physics Department at Stellenbosch University, has achieved notable research outputs during the past three years, which has resulted in several innovative projects such as ultrafast laser spectroscopy, as well as infrared spectroscopy and laser... 

Innovative projects making strides in laser industry
SIZEABLE DEVELOPMENT A robust miniature carbon dioxide laser test system for commercialisation and a large, high-pressure carbon dioxide laser to provide infrared light with Terawatt peak power are being developed

Moz plant illustrates rapid commissioning potential of gas engines

By: Dylan Slater     14th April 2017 Electricity generation using gas as a fuel has great potential to meet the growing needs of many African countries, especially with a peaking-plant application, according to Cape Town-based engineering firm MTU South Africa, a subsidiary of UK-based engines, propulsion systems and distributed... 

Moz plant illustrates rapid commissioning potential of gas engines
RESSANO GARCIA The Mozambique gas-fired power plant can operate at full power production of 120 MW at short notice and can be shut down and started multiple times a day with no detrimental affect to the plant

R&D capitalises on global growth

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     14th April 2017 The National Laser Centre (NLC), part of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), is undertaking a Photonics Prototyping Facility (PPF) programme and is exploring advance manufacturing technologies, leveraging on the strong global growth of the laser technology sector. NLC PPF... 

R&D capitalises on global growth
Photo by Bloomberg
ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING Laser-based three-dimensional technology is mostly focused on industrial application, and presents a specific area for significant growth in the future

South Africa’s hydrogen fuel cell programme making steady progress

By: Keith Campbell     14th April 2017 The Department of Science and technology (DST) is pleased with the progress being made by the Hydrogen South Africa (HySA) research, development and innovation (RDI) programme. This is a natural resources beneficiation project, aimed at increasing the market for the country’s platinum reserves by... 

South Africa’s hydrogen fuel cell programme making steady progress

Sasol finalises currency hedges worth $4bn

By: Terence Creamer     11th April 2017 Energy and chemicals group Sasol reported on Tuesday that it had finalised currency hedges with a total notional amount of $4-billion for its 2018 financial year. The hedges represent about 70% of its expected net rand/US dollar exposure for the period, which runs until June 30, 2018. The... 

Sasol finalises currency hedges worth $4bn

Shell says it knew some payments for Nigeria oilfield would go to Malabu

By: Reuters     11th April 2017 Royal Dutch Shell has said it knew that some of the payments it made to Nigeria for the rights to an oilfield would go to Malabu Oil and Gas, a company associated with a former Nigerian oil minister and convicted money launderer. Shell spokesperson Andy Norman said the group had known the... 

Eni, Shell deny wrongdoing in Nigeria after allegations of improper payment

By: Reuters     10th April 2017 Oil majors Royal Dutch Shell and Eni reiterated on Monday that neither they nor their personnel had been involved in any wrongdoing in Nigeria, including improper payments to Nigerian officials. The comments follow media reports alleging how hundreds of millions of dollars from the two companies... 

Data-rich Atlas shows SA having higher bio-energy potential than believed

By: Keith Campbell     7th April 2017 The South Africa Bio-energy Atlas, recently launched in Pretoria, will allow the country to identify opportunities for sustainable bio-energy and be able to achieve much more in terms of developing a Green Economy. This was affirmed by Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor in her keynote... 

South Africa has real bioenergy potential

By: Keith Campbell     7th April 2017 "South Africa definitely has exploitable bio-energy potential," stated Council for Scientific and Industrial Research Principle Engineer Crescent Mushwana at the recent launch of the South Africa Bio-energy Atlas in Pretoria. "Bio-energy is feasible from organic waste, residues from forestry and... 

AfDB lends Tanzania $29.8m for natural gas developments

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     6th April 2017 The African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved a $29.8-million loan to Tanzania to help the country mobilise domestic resources and unlock the potential of its natural gas resources through leveraging domestic markets and local content initiatives. The project will help Tanzania “capture the... 

Index shows South Africa is wasting its renewable energy potential

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     3rd April 2017 Although South Africa is the country with the most potential “by far” in terms of its renewable energy programmes, it is stuck in a the “(Fitfully) Waking Giant” category, financial services provider Fieldstone Africa said in its first renewables index for the year. When the Fieldstone Africa... 

Biomass solution brings new energy to degraded land

By: Dylan Slater     31st March 2017 A case study into an opportunity for renewable energy development in conjunction with community upliftment, has led to a proposal for biomass production and a 2 MW bio-energy power plant to be built in the Merafong local municipality, west of Johannesburg.  

Need for industry growth must be recognised

By: Robyn Wilkinson     31st March 2017 More favourable economic conditions for sugar cane production and processing need to be fostered in South Africa to protect and grow a sector that contributes an average R12-billion to the economy and provides about 350 000 jobs in the country, say industry associations the South African Cane... 

Need for industry growth must be recognised
Photo by Duane Daws
REMAINING GLOBALLY RELEVANT South Africa needs to protect its positon as a globally competitive producer of high-quality sugar

Sustainable industry dispels misconceptions

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     31st March 2017 Contrary to the misconceptions about the paper industry being detrimental to the environment, Paper Manufacturers Association of South Africa (Pamsa) executive director Jane Molony posits that the sector is “incredibly sustainable” and shows a circular economy in action. Whether made from virgin... 

Govt gives green light for shale gas fracking in Karoo

By: News24Wire      30th March 2017 The government has given the go-ahead for shale gas development in the Karoo region, Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane said on Thursday. He revealed this during a community engagement on shale gas development in Richmond, in the Northern Cape. 

Liquid metal battery inventor questions lithium-ion as grid-scale storage solution 

By: Terence Creamer     29th March 2017 Liquid metal battery inventor Professor Donald Sadoway, of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, believes the technology has the potential to provide the “missing piece” in an electricity market that relies on “redundancy and overcapacity” to balance supply and demand – a feature that will... 

Liquid metal battery inventor questions lithium-ion as grid-scale storage solution
Professor Donald Sadoway

Angola trims May crude exports to boost Opec compliance

By: Reuters     28th March 2017 Angola's State-run Sonangol has taken two cargoes out of its planned May exports in a move to boost its compliance with an Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (Opec) deal to curb production, an oil trader familiar with Angolan loading plans said on Monday. A revised loading... 

Erin Energy enters farm-out agreement over two oil blocks in The Gambia

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     27th March 2017 Dual-listed Erin Energy Corporation has entered into a definitive farm-out agreement with ASX-listed oil and gas company FAR, which will acquire an 80% interest and operatorship of Erin’s offshore A2 and A5 blocks in The Gambia. Erin Energy will retain a 20% working interest in both blocks. 

High pressure clean-in-place pump now available

     24th March 2017 Peristaltic hose pump provider Brubin Pumps – a division of pumping solution provider Letaba Pumps – has set the benchmark in developing a solution for easier and better clean-in-place (CIP) pumps, says Brubin GM Hannes Liebenberg. 

High pressure  clean-in-place  pump now available
CLEAN-IN-PROCESS PUMP The Brubin BA Clean-In-Process (CIP) pump has a patent pending designed pump-wheel that will allow the pressing shoes to retract for efficient CIP

Pumps range included in offering to cater for demand

By: Simone Liedtke     24th March 2017 Technical solutions provider Bearing Man Group (BMG) is strategising to enhance its fluid technology services to meet growing market demand in diverse industries, including the pumps industry. 

Pumps range included in offering to cater for demand
PNEUMATIC GREASE TRANSFER About 180 kg of grease is being pumped and used daily at Richards Bay Minerals

Sunrise Energy secures two international deals for LPG terminal

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th March 2017 Sunrise Energy has secured two commercial contracts with international traders and their South African joint venture partners for the sourcing and importation of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) through its new import and storage facility in the Western Cape. The R1.2-billion open-access Sunrise... 

Amid challenges, power sector offers massive opportunities

By: Nadine James     17th March 2017 Although the power and electricity sector in Africa faces massive challenges, it also offers massive opportunities, says Power & Electricity World Africa (PEWA) event organiser Terrapinn.  

Amid challenges, power sector offers massive opportunities
MOMENT IN THE SUN Africa’s largest power and electricity event offers innovative, cost-effective means of tackling Africa’s power challenges

First continuous hydrothermal liquefaction production plant launched at NWU

By: David Oliveira     17th March 2017 South Africa’s first continuous hydrothermal liquefaction plant was launched at North-West University (NWU) earlier this month, which will result in the production of bio-oils, bio-char, biochemicals and biogas. The plant is one of the outputs of the Department of Science and Technology- and the... 

Lack of reliable power supply hinders Africa’s growth – trade commission

By: Nadine James     17th March 2017 Despite an uptick in planned power-generation projects, it is still fair to say that Africa lacks reliable power supply, which has prevented the continent’s economies from developing in line with their potential, says Austrian Trade Commission Advantage Austria.  “The effects of the lack of... 

Lack of reliable power supply hinders Africa’s growth – trade commission
JOHANNES BRUNNER There is significant interest in Africa in terms of the opportunities available for companies in renewable-energy and energy-storage

UK Minister forecasts major nuclear expansion over next 20 years

By: Keith Campbell     17th March 2017 It is estimated that, over the next 20 years, more than £930-billion will be invested in expanding civil nuclear energy capacity worldwide. This was affirmed by UK Secretary of State for International Trade Dr Liam Fox in his keynote address at the Civil Nuclear Showcase 2017 in London, at the... 

Sasol officially launches 2017 GTC Championship

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     16th March 2017 The Sasol GTC Championship team on Thursday welcomed newest team member Robert Wolk, who will be behind the wheel of the team’s BMW GTC racer. Thirty-one-year-old Wolk replaces Hennie Groenewald, who stepped down to start a new business venture in Cape Town. Wolk has been racing since the age of... 

Sasol officially launches 2017 GTC Championship

Expect more oil price volatility over the coming months – Vitol

By: Kim Cloete     15th March 2017 A continuing massive stock overhang could contribute to more volatility in the oil price over the coming months, says energy and commodities company Vitol global analyst Simon Warren. He told delegates at the yearly conference of the African Refiners Association (ARA), in Cape Town, that despite... 

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