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Roadshow highlights motion control products to industry

By: Halima Frost     Updated 3 hours ago Electrical solutions provider Magnet Group hosted a roadshow with about five of power management company Eaton’s technicians in October to highlight Eaton’s DILM range of contractors, circuit breakers and overload relays to Magnet clients and end-users. The roadshow, which visited the Durban,... 

Sappma pleased with results after increasing audit frequency

By: Cameron Mackay     Updated 3 hours ago Last year, more factory audits of plastic pipe producers and manufacturers who are members of the Southern African Plastic Pipe Manufacturers Association (Sappma) showed promising results leaving much hope for the future of the plastic pipes industry, says the quality regulator’s CEO, Jan Venter.... 

Sappma pleased with results after increasing audit frequency
SAPPMA From an environmental point of view, we can do a lot more for the same amount of money and materials

Tullow Oil hit by payment delay, but sees higher output

By: Reuters     16th January 2019 A delay in receiving payment from the sale of a stake in Ugandan oilfields caused Tullow Oil to miss cash flow and debt forecasts on Wednesday, although the firm said it expected to receive the money soon and also forecast higher production. The Africa-focused company said it expected production... 

Talks under way to build new gas pipeline to Egypt, Israel says

By: Bloomberg     16th January 2019 Talks are in progress to build a new underwater gas pipeline between Israel and Egypt, part of efforts to transform the eastern Mediterranean into an energy export hub on Europe’s doorstep, Israeli Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz said. Israeli gas stocks rose. Construction could begin as early as... 

Nersa cancels Eskom revenue application hearings in Northern Cape, Limpopo

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     15th January 2019 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) has cancelled the public hearings into Eskom’s third multiyear price determination (MYPD3) regulatory clearing account (RCA) Year 5 (2017/18) application and its MYPD4 revenue application, that were scheduled to take place in Kimberley, in the... 

AA predicts another fuel price drop for February

By: News24Wire      15th January 2019 The Automobile Association (AA) said on Tuesday that the fuel price would likely fall in February, based on unaudited mid-month fuel price data released by the Central Energy Fund. The AA said the projected drop in the price of petrol, diesel and illuminating paraffin was due to international oil... 

 AA predicts another fuel price drop for February

Radebe confirmed as Ministerial keynote speaker for Africa Energy Indaba

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     15th January 2019 Energy Minister Jeff Radebe will deliver a Ministerial keynote address at this year’s Africa Energy Indaba.   The indaba will be held at the Sandton Convention Centre on February 19 and 20. 

Mnangagwa seeks cash in Russia as Zimbabwe descends into chaos

By: Bloomberg     15th January 2019 Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa said he’s seeking loans from Russia on a visit to Moscow as protests erupted across his country Monday, leaving 24 people injured and five possibly dead. “I can’t say that we want this much or that much,” he said in an interview with the state-run Russian... 

Opec+ plans review in Baku in March, Ministers' Meeting in April

By: Bloomberg     15th January 2019 Opec and its allies plan to hold a meeting in March to assess their oil-production accord in Azerbaijan, and then ministers will gather to set policy in April, according to the organization’s top official. The body that reviews the implementation of Opec’s supply cuts, the Joint Ministerial... 

World's highest gasoline price prompts strike in Zimbabwe

By: Bloomberg     14th January 2019 Police clashed with protesters in the Zimbabwean capital as the main labor-union confederation began a national strike after the government more than doubled fuel prices to the highest in the world. The stay-away comes as a foreign-exchange shortage has sparked scarcities of everything from fuel... 

Oil near one-month high amid Opec cuts, economic uncertainty

By: Bloomberg     10th January 2019 Oil traded near a one-month high after entering a bull market, while the tension between an uncertain economic outlook and efforts by Opec to restrict supplies continued to cause volatile trading. West Texas Intermediate slipped 0.5% after a rally on Wednesday brought crude’s rebound from an... 

Total starts production at Nigeria's deepwater Egina oilfield

By: Reuters     4th January 2019 Total SA said on Wednesday it had started production from the Egina oilfield off Nigeria's coast, part of a shift by the French energy firm towards deepwater oil and gas projects to its drive cashflow. Output from Egina, which is located in waters about 1 600 m deep, is expected to plateau at... 

Self-sustaining clean energy system developed

By: Paige Müller     14th December 2018 Sustainable energy specialist Hyson Sustainable Energy – situated in Krugersdorp – has developed and patented a fully self-sustaining, energy-producing tower, says Hyson Sustainable Energy MD Sally Hall. “The Hyson Sustainable Energy ‘Power Tower’, which was provisionally patented just seven... 

Self-sustaining clean  energy system developed
Photo by Bloomberg
ZERO EMISSIONS The Hyson Sustainable Energy ‘Power Tower’ allows for the recycling of liquefied carbon dioxide and water used in the energy generation process, resulting in zero harmful emissions

Research shows tribology improves energy efficiency

14th December 2018 National science academy the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), completed a study into the state of energy efficiency technologies in South Africa in June this year. The study, initially commenced by ASSAf in 2016, focused on electrical energy efficiency. However, according to national... 

Odourless treatment process produces energy, creates jobs

By: Cameron Mackay     14th December 2018 A new labour-based upgrade for wastewater management plants and acid mine drainage plants below ground – the upflow anaerobic sludge blanket reactor (UASB) process – can be used to produce potable water and energy while reducing costs and creating job opportunities, says engineering and... 

Odourless treatment process produces energy, creates jobs
HYSON CELLS The upflow anaerobic sludge blanket reactor process is below ground, which allows for natural insulation of the cone structures

Nigeria files $1.1bn London lawsuit against Shell, Eni over oil deal

By: Reuters     13th December 2018 Lawyers for the Nigerian government said they had filed a $1.1-billion lawsuit against Royal Dutch Shell and Eni in a commercial court in London on Thursday in relation to a 2011 oilfield deal. The OPL 245 oilfield is also at the heart of an ongoing corruption trial in Milan in which former and... 

Afrox seeks to improve efficiencies in light of declining growth

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     13th December 2018 Against a backdrop of subdued economic growth during the past two years, which Afrox believes will prevail in the medium term, the company has reviewed its operating model to enable continued growth in earnings, the company said in a trading statement released on Thursday. Particular areas have... 

Total to further expand oil exploration footprint in Mauritania

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th December 2018 Global energy company Total and the Mauritanian Ministry of Petroleum, Energy and Mines have signed an agreement that awards Total two new exploration and production contracts for blocks C15 and C31, which are deep offshore Mauritania. The contracts cover an area of 14 175 km2 and will be 90%... 

Total to further expand oil exploration footprint in Mauritania
Total awarded two new exploration and production contracts in Mauritania

Big coal wants consumers to pay for fixing its pollution problem  

By: Bloomberg     11th December 2018 Some of the world’s biggest fossil-fuel producers are calling on taxpayers to help them kick their pollution habit. The world’s biggest oil, natural gas and mining companies are stepping up their campaign to deploy carbon capture and storage, or CCS, as way to slow global warming. But with a... 

15 on Orange’s PVT energy system now fully operational

By: Simone Liedtke     11th December 2018 The newly installed Solarus energy system on the roof of the 15 on Orange Hotel, in Cape Town, is now fully operational. According to a statement issued on Tuesday, the hybrid photovoltaic and thermal (PVT) project is currently the largest in Cape Town and is a system that provides the luxury... 

15 on Orange’s PVT energy system now fully operational
The newly installed Solarus energy system on the roof of the 15 on Orange Hotel, in Cape Town

Oil holds drop on doubts over Opec curbs and US supply threat

By: Bloomberg     11th December 2018 Oil held its biggest loss in two weeks as uncertainty over how the Opec+ coalition will implement its output cuts and the prospect of surging US supplies kept investors wary. Futures in New York were little changed, after Monday’s 3.1% drop erased gains following last week’s pact between Saudi... 

Egypt's Carbon Holdings secures $1.25bn to build petrochemicals complex

By: Reuters     10th December 2018 Egypt's Carbon Holdings has secured $1.25-billion in financing to build a giant petrochemicals complex in the Red Sea port of Ain Sokhna. The Tahrir Petrochemicals Complex, a $10.9-billion project, would be the largest in the Middle East and is expected to create 48 000 jobs. 

Opec goes back into crunch talks as Russia resists big oil cut

By: Bloomberg     7th December 2018 The Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (Opec) prepared for a further day of talks on oil-production curbs after a summit on Thursday ended with no deal, as Russia resisted the big output cut that Saudi Arabia was demanding. After a six-hour meeting in Vienna, Saudi Energy Minister... 

Tullow oil seeking partners in bid for additional Ghana block

By: Reuters     7th December 2018 UK oil explorer Tullow Oil is seeking partners in a bid to acquire a new oil block in Ghana which launched its first oil bidding round in October, the company's MD Kweku Awotwi said on Thursday. Tullow is already lead operator of two oil fields in Ghana including its flagship offshore Jubilee... 

Regius developing coal-to-liquids, fertiliser project in Mozambique

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     7th December 2018 UK-incorporated company Regius Synfuels is, through its Mozambican subsidiary Regius Synfuels Mozambique, developing an integrated 10 000 bbl/d clean diesel and gasoline and a 409 000 t/y fertiliser project, in the Tete province of Mozambique. The project is registered with the Investment... 

Nigerian govt launches bid for flare gas offtakers

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th December 2018 The Nigerian government is inviting parties with an interest in accessing and securing competitively priced gas to participate in an open and competitive bid process. The government is implementing a Nigerian Gas Flare Commercialisation Programme (NGFCP) to make use of gas instead of it being... 

Nigerian govt launches bid for flare gas offtakers

Local sugar industry struggles to stay afloat

By: Paige Müller     7th December 2018 The survival and sustainability of the labour intensive sugar industry is under severe threat owing to the flood of sugar imports and the resultant inability by industry bodies to recover costs, according to South African Sugar Association executive director Trix Trikam. “The local sugar industry... 

Local sugar industry  struggles to stay afloat
UNBALANCED TRADE The world sugar market is distorted by producer country incentives, resulting in production that is surplus to demand

Delays in biofuel framework hinder industry

By: Paige Müller     7th December 2018 Despite the local sugar industry championing a bioethanol fuel subsidy as a potential method to relieve the burden on sugar through demand diversification, Ethanol Producers Association of Southern Africa secretary, Alf Stevens, suggests that this may not have the timely impact that the local... 

Delays in biofuel framework hinder industry
Photo by Bloomberg
SLOW PROGRESS Even if the Biofuels Regulatory Framework is attractive, the first ethanol for biofuel would only reach the petrol blenders by the end of 2021 at the earliest

Sugar dumping remains a crisis for industry  

By: Paige Müller     7th December 2018 While national government has shown a willingness to protect the sugar industry against corrosive trade-dumping practices, nonprofit anti-dumping organisation FairPlay founder Francois Baird emphasises that government’s ineffective administrative processes have made its previous attempts at... 

Sugar dumping remains a crisis  for industry
Anti-dumping organisation FairPlay’s Lebogang Chaka discusses the impact of sugar dumping on the local industry. Camerawork and Editing: Nicholas Boyd

South Africa should not be over-reliant on renewable energy for its future electricity needs 

By: Rebecca Campbell     6th December 2018 The proposal of the country’s Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) 2018 that wind, solar and gas generation account for a combined total of 42% of South Africa’s total installed electricity capacity by 2030 was most unwise, AFRA-NEST Regional Coordinator Dr Anthonie Cilliers has warned. (AFRA stands... 

South Africa should not be over-reliant on renewable energy for its future electricity needs
Photo by Duane Daws/Creamer Media
Jeffreys Bay wind farm

DoE seeks comment on proposed revisions to fuel-price formula 

By: Terence Creamer     5th December 2018 The Department of Energy (DoE) is calling for comment on a discussion document it has compiled following a review the basic fuel price (BFP) structure for petrol, diesel and illuminating paraffin. The BFP formula has been employed to calculate the prices of petroleum products produce at South... 

DoE seeks comment on proposed revisions to fuel-price formula

EVs to become main driver of battery storage deployment over next decade, says Fitch Solutions

By: Simone Liedtke     5th December 2018 The electric vehicle (EV) market is set to become the main driver of surging battery storage deployment over the next decade, following increasing ambitions by developed and emerging markets to decarbonise their transport sectors, and will have a substantial disruptive effect on how energy is... 

Springs-based fuel cell SEZ approved  

By: Nadine James     5th December 2018 The special economic zone (SEZ) for fuel cell development, proposed for development by the Gauteng Industrial Development Zone initiative and Impala Platinum (Implats), has been approved, Implats fuel cell coordinator Fahmida Smith told attendees at the International Partnership for Hydrogen and... 

Equinor set to start talks with Tanzania over LNG project

By: Reuters     4th December 2018 Norway's Equinor is ready to start talks with the Tanzanian government over developing a liquefied natural gas (LNG) project to produce a huge offshore discovery in the deepwater block 2, the company said on Tuesday. Tanzanian President John Magufuli asked his government to proceed with... 

AfDB, fund provide $200m in joint financing to support Nigeria electrification project

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd December 2018 The African Development Bank’s (AfDB’s) board of directors has approved a $150-million sovereign loan to the Nigerian government to finance the Nigeria Electrification Project (NEP). The financing will support rural electrification efforts in Nigeria by facilitating private sector development and... 

DST hosts hydrogen fuel cell technology conference

By: Nadine James     3rd December 2018 Global stakeholders in the multibillion-dollar fuel cell industry will meet in Pretoria this week for the thirtieth Steering Committee Meeting of the International Partnership for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells in the Economy (IPHE). The Department of Science and Technology (DST) will host the meeting... 

African renewables IPP to list on Mauritian Stock Exchange

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd December 2018 Independent power producer (IPP) Africa Clean Energy Solutions (Aces) will list on the Mauritian Stock Exchange on December 14. The company will issue up to 600 000 new shares prior to the initial listing date. 

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