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S Africa’s changing energy landscape

31st August 2018 Natural gas is one of the cleanest, safest, and most useful forms of energy, providing the world with over 20% of its energy requirements across power generation, industry and transport applications. In South Africa, at just 3%, the meaningful addition of natural gas to the country’s energy mix... 

Ncondezi receives in principle support from all loan holders for loan restructuring

By: Simone Liedtke     30th August 2018 Aim-listed Ncondezi Energy has received “in principle” support from all loan holders to enter into a loan restructuring for its existing $5.1-million loan and on the process to conclude a binding joint development agreement (JDA) for the company’s integrated 300 MW power and coal mine project in... 

Nigeria's Presidency rebuffs landmark oil reform bill in current form – sources

By: Reuters     29th August 2018 Nigeria's Presidency has rebuffed a landmark oil industry reform law in its current form, according to two people familiar with the matter, in a setback for plans to reinvigorate investment in Africa's largest crude producer. The legislation, sent back to the National Assembly by the presidency,... 

Manufacturers continue to invest, despite tough market conditions

By: Simone Liedtke     28th August 2018 With tough economic conditions continuing to impact on manufacturers, the Manufacturing Circle Investment Tracker (MCIT) index for the second quarter of 2018 saw a marginal decrease from 59 index points to 58. Despite this marginal decrease, Manufacturing Circle (MC) executive Philippa Rodseth... 

Solidarity to strike at Sasol over black staff scheme

By: Reuters     28th August 2018 South Africa's mainly white Solidarity union has given Sasol a 48-hour notice to strike over the energy giant's plan to launch a share ownership scheme exclusively for black staff, the union said on Tuesday. "This type of crude racial exclusion cannot be tolerated any longer. These white workers... 

Majority of Solidarity members at Sasol Secunda in favour of proposed strike

By: Marleny Arnoldi     27th August 2018 Eighty-three per cent of trade union Solidarity’s members at petrochemicals giant Sasol’s Secunda operations have voted in favour of strike action regarding Sasol’s exclusion of white employees from an employee share ownership plan. Solidarity is also planning a national protest in which... 

Wind body praises IRP, but wants clarity on three-year gap in new additions

By: Terence Creamer     27th August 2018 The South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) has praised the emphasis placed in the draft Integrated Resource Plan (IRP 2018) on integrating the least-cost generation solutions of wind, solar photovoltaic (PV) and gas into the South African electricity mix between 2018 and 2030. However, the... 

Wind body praises IRP, but wants clarity on three-year gap in new additions

Nigerian economy loses momentum in Q2 as oil sector contracts

By: Reuters     27th August 2018 Nigeria's economic growth dipped to 1.50% year on year between April and June, the statistics office said on Monday, extending a slowdown into a second quarter as the oil sector contracted. Largely dependent on its rich crude reserves, Nigeria's economy began climbing out of its first recession... 

Making quick work of salvaging gas

24th August 2018 Industrial gas company A-Gas has launched its Rapid Recovery aftermarket service to combat the flood of sub-standard refrigerants in disposable cylinders in the food and beverage industry being imported from many global suppliers. The inferior products hamper the cooling capacity of systems,... 

Making quick work  of salvaging gas
LIFE’S A GAS Filling points can fill tanks from 5 kg to 1 t drums

South African watchdog approves Glencore's bid for Chevron assets

By: Reuters     23rd August 2018 South African competition watchdog has given Glencore's bid worth roughly $900-million for Chevron's local and Botswana assets the green light, it said on Thursday. But the Competition Commission placed a number of conditions on its approval, including the preservation of jobs after the deal and... 

Cabinet approves gazetting of updated IRP for public comment 

By: Anine Kilian     23rd August 2018 Communications Minister Nomvula Mokonyane confirmed on Thursday that Cabinet has approved the publication of the updated Integrated Resources Plan (IRP) and that it will be gazetted for comment by no later than August 27. Briefing media on the outcomes of the Cabinet meeting held on Wednesday,... 

Cabinet approves gazetting of updated IRP for public comment

Linde, Praxair try to save $83bn merger after antitrust blow

By: Reuters     22nd August 2018 Industrial gases giants Linde and Praxair are in talks to try to salvage their $83-billion merger after US competition regulators demanded they sell assets that generate more than $4.3-billion in sales. Linde said on Wednesday the divestments were expected to reach a level that would allow either... 

No concrete plans for now to douse high petrol price

By: Kim Cloete     21st August 2018 Energy Minister Jeff Radebe has lamented the sharp rise in the petrol price but has not announced any concrete plans to douse the situation. He says a cluster of Ministers has been seconded to see what government can do to mitigate high petrol prices. He expects the Ministers to report back to... 

SA looking to Equatorial Guinea, South Sudan and Algeria for oil

By: African News Agency      21st August 2018 South Africa is looking to Algeria, Equatorial-Guinea and South Sudan for crude oil sources closer to home as the country experiences its highest fuel prices in history, Energy Minister Jeff Radebe said on Tuesday. "We are looking very aggressively to other countries, Equatorial Guinea, Algeria,... 

 SA looking to Equatorial Guinea, South Sudan and Algeria for oil
Energy Minister Jeff Radebe

Study initiated to assess conversion of Kelvin power station from coal to gas

By: Terence Creamer     21st August 2018 A $1.3-million feasibility study has been initiated into the prospect of converting the coal-fired Kelvin power station, east of Johannesburg, into a 450 MW to 600 MW gas-fired power station. The study will also assess the potential for developing the Kelvin site into a gas distribution hub for... 

Study initiated to assess conversion of Kelvin power station from coal to gas
The Kelvin power station

Sasol FY18 headline earnings fall 22%

By: Anine Kilian     20th August 2018 Integrated chemicals and energy company Sasol on Monday reported a 22% year-on-year decrease in its headline earnings a share to R27.44 for the financial year ended June 30. Speaking at a presentation of the group’s results on Wednesday, joint president and CEO Bongani Nqwababa said core headline... 

China sells diesel to South Africa as refiners seek new export markets

By: Reuters     20th August 2018 State-run oil company Sinopec is selling diesel as far afield as South Africa as China's refiners seek homes for their surplus fuel in the latest sign of troubles in the domestic refining business. Sinopec said on Monday it shipped its first 30 000 t of diesel from its Shanghai refinery heading... 

Sasol says earnings down 22% in year to June

By: African News Agency      20th August 2018 Global integrated chemicals and energy company Sasol said on Monday its headline earnings per share dropped 22% to R27.44 in the year to June 30. Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization rose 10% to R52-billion and the company declared a dividend per share of R12.90. 

Biofuels unviable alternative in South Africa – expert

By: Paige Müller     17th August 2018 Owing to biofuels being too expensive to manufacture, University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) Business School Energy Leadership Centre director Dr Rod Crompton says this makes them a commercially unviable energy source. He tells Engineering News that, despite the fact that global renewable-energy... 

Biofuels unviable alternative  in South Africa – expert
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ENERGY LEADERSHIP CENTRE The University of the Witwatersrand launched the Energy Leadership Centre to equip Africa’s energy industry for future technological advancements

Biogas plant demonstrates potential using new tech

By: Paige Müller     17th August 2018 Renewable-energy and waste disposal solutions provider Global Energy has constructed a fully operational biogas demonstration plant using technology that has been designed to be more cost effective, manufactured locally and simpler to operate and maintain. The plant aims to showcase the potential... 

Biogas plant demonstrates potential using new tech
BIOGAS DEMO PLANT Global Energy expects its biogas demonstration plant to be open for viewing by prospective clients by the end of this month.

Biojet feasibility project under way

By: Paige Müller     17th August 2018 The Waste to Wing feasibility project, aimed at ascertaining the viability of waste-based sustainable aviation biofuel production and consumption in South Africa, is under way, says nature conservation organisation World Wide Fund for Nature South Africa (WWF-SA). WWF-SA bioenergy programme... 

Biojet feasibility project under way
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PROOF OF CONCEPT Waste to Wing aims to prove that biojet fuel can be used economically in South Africa and that it can offer an inclusive value chain

Angola aims to boost oil output with new block sale agency

By: Reuters     16th August 2018 Angola will launch next year a new agency to handle oil concessions, the government said on Thursday, as President João Lourenço pushes ahead with reforms aimed at boosting production in Africa's second biggest oil industry. The creation of a National Agency of Petroleum and Gas to manage and... 

Kibo receives water permit approval for MCPP

By: Simone Liedtke     16th August 2018 Aim-listed Kibo Energy has received provisional approval from the Lake Rukwa Water Basin Board for water permits for the Mbeya coal-to-power project (MCPP), in Tanzania. An application was made to permit the operation of numerous water boreholes, which the Africa-focussed energy company said are... 

Rand rout threatens fuel price stability, warns AA

By: News24Wire      15th August 2018 Substantial rand weakness could undo recent fuel price stability, the Automobile Association (AA) warned on Wednesday. It was commenting on unaudited mid-month fuel price data released by the Central Energy Fund (CEF). "Almost two months of modestly improving rand strength ended in a dramatic... 

Nigeria's State-owned oil company considers refinery partnerships

By: Reuters     14th August 2018 Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) could allow private investors to install two refineries on two of its sites, the State-owned oil company said on Tuesday. NNPC said in a statement that it was considering plans to establish a 100 000 bbl/d brownfield refinery at its Port-Harcourt and... 

Energy committee blasts department for ‘boycott’ of meeting on fuel prices

By: Kim Cloete     14th August 2018 Energy Minister Jeff Radebe and his department’s failure, on Tuesday, to show up at a hotly anticipated meeting in Parliament on the fuel price has been described as a “boycott” and “a disgrace” by Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Energy. Neither the Minister, nor his deputy Thembisile Majola,... 

Energy committee blasts department for ‘boycott’ of meeting on fuel prices

Ecowas moves to address gap in energy sector

By: African News Agency      14th August 2018 The Commission of the Economic Community of West African States (Ecowas) has moved to validate its regional strategy to popularise liquefied petroleum gas in West Africa to improve its economy and address health challenges and environmental degradation associated with the lack of access to the... 

Rukwa plant upgrade set for completion in September

By: Simone Liedtke     14th August 2018 Aim-listed Edenville Energy is planning to complete the upgrade of the processing plant at its Rukwa coal project, in Tanzania, by the end of September, which will allow for increased throughput. A Lamella clarifier water treatment plant is nearing assembly stage completion and will be installed... 

Kudu gas project might not be viable for Namibia – Energy Minister

By: Reuters     14th August 2018 Namibia's long-delayed Kudu gas-to-power project, seen as key to boosting electricity security in the southwest African country, might not be viable, Mines and Energy Minister Tom Alweendo said on Monday. Namibia's offshore Kudu Gas Fields have proven and probable recoverable reserves estimated... 

Juwi to build, operate three REIPPPP Round 4 solar PV projects

By: Simone Liedtke     13th August 2018 Solar energy equipment supplier juwi Renewable Energies has concluded three engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) and operation and maintenance (O&M) contracts, with a combined value of R3-billion, with African Infrastructure Investment Managers (AIIM), which will deliver 250 MW of... 

Juwi to build, operate three REIPPPP Round 4 solar PV projects

Lithium-ion batteries, energy storage on strong demand growth trajectory

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th August 2018 The automotive industry’s use of lithium-ion batteries is on track to grow seven-fold to 650 GWh by 2025, from 70 GWh in 2017; the increase in energy storage, although from a lower base, will add to this, says specialist international publisher Metal Bulletin. It adds that the electrification of... 

Lithium-ion batteries, energy storage on strong demand growth trajectory

Petronas acquires 30% equity in Senegal oil, gas block

By: Reuters     13th August 2018 Malaysian oil and gas company Petroliam Nasional (Petronas) said on Monday it has acquired a 30% stake in Senegal's Rufisque Offshore Profond block, its first project in the West African nation. Oil major Total will maintain operatorship of the block with a 60% ownership, Petronas said in a... 

Algeria's State oil firm gets new management, targets brain drain

By: Reuters     13th August 2018 The head of Algerian State oil firm Sonatrach has assembled a new leadership team, a senior company source said, aiming to reverse a flow of talent from an unwieldy state enterprise that keeps the country afloat. President Abdelaziz Bouteflika put US-trained Abdelmoumen Ould Kaddour in charge of... 

Billionaire's huge Nigerian oil refinery likely delayed until 2022 – sources

By: Reuters     10th August 2018 A huge oil refinery being built in Nigeria by Africa's richest man is unlikely to start production until 2022, two years later than the target date, sources with direct knowledge of the matter said. The 650 000 bbl/d refinery near Lagos, set to be Africa's biggest, is expected to boost Nigeria's... 

Sonatrach in talks with 14 foreign firms on trading venture – CEO

By: Reuters     10th August 2018 Algerian State energy firm Sonatrach is in talks with 14 international firms for a joint venture to trade oil and gas products after agreeing to buy its first overseas refinery, its CEO said on Thursday. "I am happy to say that 14 firms are on the list to do a JV on trading with us," Abdelmoumen... 

UAE to build oil pipeline between Eritrea and Ethiopia – Fana Broadcasting

By: Reuters     10th August 2018 The United Arab Emirates will build an oil pipeline connecting Eritrea's port city of Assab with Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa, an Ethiopian state-affiliated broadcaster said on Friday. Fana Broadcasting said the information was revealed during a meeting in Addis Ababa between Ethiopia Prime... 

Mozambique finalises block 5 oil deals with multinational firms

By: Reuters     8th August 2018 Mozambique's government on Tuesday approved contracts giving exclusive rights to energy companies to act on concessions awarded to them to explore for oil following four years of negotiations and delays that threatened to derail the projects. Cabinet spokesperson Ana Comoana said the companies... 

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