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Renergen reports modest interim results

By: Anine Kilian     31st October 2017 JSE-listed alternative and renewable energy business Renergen’s revenue increased by 179% to R1.4-million in the half-year ended August 31, bolstered by a higher diesel price following a weaker rand and higher oil prices in the period under review. The company’s cost of sales increased by 381% to... 

Financial results exhibit value-based growth

     27th October 2017 In the 2017 financial year, energy and chemicals company Sasol’s results portrayed value-based growth on a robust foundation owing to a strong business performance across most of the value chain. 

Financial results exhibit value-based growth
STRONG PERFORMANCE The company’s strong cost performance was achieved by the sustainable delivery of its Business Performance Enhancement Programme and Response Plan

Company mitigates refinery industry challenges

By: Marleny Arnoldi     27th October 2017 Amid the weak demand and low prices that have hampered strategic decision-making and stalled planning for the oil and gas industry globally, specialised engineering company RTS Africa Engineering says improved technologies facilitating the understanding of process variables allow for cautious... 

Company mitigates refinery industry challenges
MEASURING HYDROGEN The Hy-Optima 2700 series hydrogen analysers uses a solid-state, non-consumable sensor that is configured to operate in process gas streams

Pressure equipment for petrochem industry

By: Marleny Arnoldi     27th October 2017 Gas equipment supplier Energas Technologies says it will be beneficial being a local distributor and service provider for Italy-based specialised equipment manufacturer VRV, to local refineries and petrochemicals companies in particular.  

Pressure equipment for petrochem industry
UNDER PRESSURE Energas' core focus is supplying systems and equipment for natural gas and petrochemical industries

Continued volatility impacts on energy and chemicals company

     27th October 2017 Continued volatility in the macroeconomic environment, particularly the stronger rand and low oil price, has adversely impacted energy and chemicals company Sasol’s financial performance, says Sasol CFO Paul Victor. 

Continued volatility  impacts on energy and  chemicals company
Photo by Bloomberg
RECORD PRODUCTION Sasol showed great resilience and character through delivering record production volumes at Secunda Synfuels

CTL beneficial as a synfuel

By: Marleny Arnoldi     27th October 2017 Depending on market forces and subsequent regulations, coal-to-liquids (CTL) as a fuel alternative could be beneficial for the synfuels industry, especially for companies that diversify outside of conversion processes to include other capabilities, says synfuel company Synfuels Americas.  

CTL beneficial  as a synfuel
JUDD SWIFT The cost of cleaner resources and technology makes conversion unreasonable for developing economies

First synthetic Blue Crude plant to start operation in 2020

     27th October 2017 The mass production of the environment-friendly synthetic crude oil substitute Blue Crude will become a reality from 2020, says research and development company Sunfire.  

First synthetic Blue Crude plant to start operation in 2020
GOING BLUE Refineries can use Blue Crude as a raw material for waxes, and petrol, diesel, kerosene and even rocket fuel

Initiatives aim to reduce carbon footprint and production costs

By: Simone Liedtke     27th October 2017 Current initiatives in the global synthetic fuels (synfuels) industry are focussing on using coal feedstock more efficiently to reduce operational and capital costs of production, states chemicals process engineering company Holland and Hausberger CEO Dr Brendon Hausberger. 

Initiatives aim to  reduce carbon footprint and production costs
GENERAL PUBLIC PERCEPTION The general public perception is that coal is a dirty and undesirable environment-costly option

Sasol mitigates material matters issues in 2017

     27th October 2017 To mitigate material matters that could substantially affect its ability to create value in the short, medium or long term, as a result of not being able to execute its strategy and the impact thereof on its ability to stay competitive, petrochemicals giant Sasol has outlined a five-step process... 

Sasol mitigates material matters issues in 2017
MANAGING MATTERS Sasol reviews and monitors material matters through stakeholder inclusiveness always keeping a sustainability context in mind

Supplier prepares for maintenance shutdown

By: Marleny Arnoldi     27th October 2017 Specialist valve, overpressure, combustion, pipeline, and product storage equipment supplier Heaton Valves Africa (HVA) is gearing up for petrochemicals giant Sasol’s major plant maintenance shutdown, planned for September next year in Secunda, Mpumalanga, which will also affect Sasol’s Sasolburg... 

Supplier prepares for maintenance shutdown
SCHEDULED MAINTENANCE Sasol’s Secunda plant shutdown every eight years gives many suppliers the opportunity to do maintenance and replacements

UCT’s business school to participate in UN programme research council

By: Mia Breytenbach     27th October 2017 The University of Cape Town’s (UCT’s) Graduate School of Business (GSB) has been named as one of nine leading universities to be part of a partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to develop a research agenda that will better leverage private investment to finance the... 

Positive prospects for synfuels sector with focus on efficient maintenance

By: Simone Liedtke     27th October 2017 Welding and construction equipment-related supplier Renttech South Africa (SA) sees prospects for the synfuels industry improving, as the recent depressed period - owing to the decline globally in hydrocarbon fuel prices - has seen the petrochemicals industry focusing on efficient maintenance,... 

Positive prospects for synfuels sector with focus on efficient maintenance
TO GROW AND PROSPER The country needs to have an efficient, cost-competitive local petrochemicals industry

Oil prices still struggling but huge potential ahead for Africa

By: Kim Cloete     26th October 2017 Experts from UK-based Standard Chartered Bank expect the oil price will remain in the $45/bl to $60/bl-plus range. “We are in a lower for a longer cycle,” Standard Chartered Bank global head of energy and natural resources Peter Gaw told delegates at the Africa Oil Week, in Cape Town. 

US Energy Secretary defends its stance on nuclear and clean coal

By: Kim Cloete     26th October 2017 US Energy Secretary Rick Perry has defended the US government’s suggested pivot towards clean coal and nuclear energy, saying nuclear and coal producers had been discriminated against in the Obama era. “Basically, we’re saying the government is going to be fair to nuclear and coal . . . no... 

US to strengthen energy partnerships in Africa, says US Energy Secretary

By: Kim Cloete     25th October 2017 US Energy Secretary Rick Perry says his government is committed to strengthening its energy partnerships with African countries, but has called for a clear and transparent regulatory environment. “There is no more important message that governing bodies can send to both the US government and the... 

US to strengthen energy partnerships in Africa, says US Energy Secretary
US Energy Secretary Rick Perry

Renergen secures onshore petroleum production right in South Africa; will locally produce LNG

By: Mia Breytenbach     24th October 2017 The Petroleum Agency of South Africa has granted integrated alternative and renewable energy business Renergen’s Tetra4 subsidiary environmental authorisation for its Free State natural gas development. The authorisation, the processing of which has taken more than two years and has involved... 

Renergen secures onshore petroleum production right in South Africa; will locally produce LNG
Renergen CEO Stefano Marani

New AfDB, OpenOil report shows gaps in extractive resources management

By: Natasha Odendaal     20th October 2017 The African Development Bank (AfDB) and Berlin-based financial analysis firm OpenOil are hoping to trigger a new debate within Africa’s oil and gas and mining sectors with the publication of a jointly produced report on how African governments use financial models to manage projects. In an effort... 

IDC will invest in infrastructure that unlocks industrialisation

By: Keith Campbell     20th October 2017 The Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), South Africa’s development finance institution which exists to fund entrepreneurs and projects in the industrial sector, also seeks to use investments in infrastructure to free up industrial development opportunities. This was highlighted by IDC... 

Local gas company trials diesel dual-fuel kits on long-haul trucks

By: Mia Breytenbach     20th October 2017 As fleet operators increasingly aim to enhance fuel efficiency and reduce costs, natural gas company Tetra4, a subsidiary of JSE-listed energy company Renergen, has started trialling diesel dual-fuel (DDF) kits on two European brands of trucks to establish the advantages of natural gas as a fuel... 

Local gas company trials diesel dual-fuel kits on long-haul trucks
SAVINGS PURSUIT Indicative results can play a role in the development of an alternative cost-saving methodology for fleet owners and in pursuing and encouraging fleet optimisation

Empowered lubricants firm seeks to raise market share with blending plant investment

By: Irma Venter     20th October 2017 Blue Chip Lubricants (BCL) has completed the construction of a new blending plant in Johannesburg, which it hopes will help the company to secure a fifth of the lubricants market in South Africa. The company will be aided in this ambition by the sale of 51% of the business to black-owned firm... 

Renergen interim losses widen

By: Anine Kilian     17th October 2017 JSE-listed alternative energy company Renergen expects to report a loss a share and headline loss a share of between 19.85c and 22.39c for the six months ended August 31. This reflects a 56% to 76% widening on the 12.73c loss a share and headline loss a share for the first half of the prior... 

DA to report minister Brown to public protector and ethics committee over Eskom contract

By: African News Agency      16th October 2017 The Democratic Alliance (DA) will ask Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane to investigate Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown for any role she played in awarding lucrative oil contracts worth R1.2-million from Eskom “to her lover and close business associate” despite their lack of expertise in... 

Event drives partnerships at the highest levels

By: Robyn Wilkinson     13th October 2017 This year’s South Africa-Italy Summit/Indaba will advance the work of the previous three years’ events in building a community of business and governmental leaders from South Africa and Italy that will seek to reinforce strategic business relationships and actively explore new opportunities for... 

Event drives partnerships  at the highest levels
COMMITMENT TO COLLABORATION Nico de Kock, Phindile Baleni and Paolo Borzatta signed an agreement of collaboration between Gauteng and Italy at the launch of the South Africa-Italy Summit/Indaba

SA weighs market opportunities as utility-scale battery storage prospects improve

By: Mia Breytenbach     13th October 2017 Following the release of an energy storage techno-economic study ‘The South Africa Energy Storage Technology and Market Assessment’, advocating that South Africa requires market preparation to take advantage of growth opportunities in the stationary and mobility value chains of energy storage,... 

SA weighs market opportunities as utility-scale  battery storage prospects improve

Energy Minister Kubayi denies her secondment of Zulu to fuel fund was illegal

By: African News Agency      10th October 2017 Energy Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi on Tuesday told MPs she had no doubt about the legality of her secondment of former director general Thabane Zulu to the Strategic Fuel Fund as its acting chief executive officer, but stopped short of assuring them it had been approved by the board of the entity.... 

Public comments on gas exploration to close soon

By: African News Agency      10th October 2017 The South African public has at least eight days left to comment on the environmental authorization that the department of mineral resources (DMR) recently granted to Rhino Oil and Gas Exploration South Africa (Rhino) for natural gas exploration across four provinces. The area affected by these... 

Glencore to acquire Chevron’s South Africa, Botswana assets for $973m

By: Anine Kilian     6th October 2017 JSE-listed Glencore has entered into an agreement with Off The Shelf Investments Fifty Six (OTS) to acquire a 75% interest in Chevron South Africa, as well as a 100% interest in Chevron Botswana, for an aggregate consideration of $973-million. The assets comprise the interests of the Chevron... 

Glencore to acquire Chevron’s South Africa, Botswana assets for $973m

Work apparel company sees further growth in sales

By: Simone Liedtke     6th October 2017 Since the beginning of the year, industrial supplier and solutions provider Total Blasting – a subsidiary of Total Product Solutions Group – has sold more than 50 sets of water blast and water jet personal protective equipment (PPE) and the company foresees this number steadily growing at a... 

Work apparel company sees further growth in sales
SPECIAL DESIGN The personal protective equipment was designed to not restrict operator movement and flexibility

‘Virtual’ gas network expands offering to firms within 300 km of Joburg

By: Dylan Slater     6th October 2017 Through a rapidly expanding gas distribution network, gas supplier Virtual Gas Network is presenting the energy industry with lower energy costs and improved profitability, while also enabling energy producers and consumers to move towards meeting cleaner emissions targets.  

‘Virtual’ gas network expands offering to firms within 300 km of Joburg
VIRTUAL NETWORK The ‘virtual’ distribution network is an innovative road-based delivery system of compressed-gas tube-trailer modules each storing compressed gas for distribution to customers

Sale of South Africa’s strategic fuel stocks heads to court

By: African News Agency      5th October 2017 The question of whether South Africa can access strategic fuel stocks sold way below market price in a controversial deal made in late 2015 will be answered by a court of law, Strategic Fuel Fund (SFF) acting chief executive Thabani Zulu said on Wednesday. Speaking to journalists on the sidelines... 

Transnet upgrades fuel pipeline from Durban to Johannesburg

By: African News Agency      5th October 2017 Transnet’s has commissioned its upgraded 55 km multiproduct pipeline, which will enable it to move four petroleum products from Durban to Johannesburg. When the 24-inch trunk-line was first commissioned in 2012 it transported only diesel. 

SacOil acquires Belton Park for up to R220m

By: Anine Kilian     2nd October 2017 Independent oil and gas company SacOil will acquire the assets and operations of independent fuel wholesaler and distributor Belton Park for up to R220-million. Belton Park owns a substantial fleet of heavy-duty tankers that distribute over 20-million litres of fuel products a month to a... 

Opinion: Minister Kubayi’s Renewable Energy Plan: Does it signify progress or regression?

     29th September 2017 In this opinion piece, Sener regional MD Siyabonga Mbanjwa expresses the hope that both the current moratorium on new renewable-energy projects and the proposed 77c/kWh tariff cap will be reconsidered during industry consultations.  

Opinion: Minister Kubayi’s Renewable Energy Plan: Does it signify progress or regression?
Sener regional MD Siyabonga Mbanjwa

Turbine installations at wind project completed ahead of schedule

By: Mia Breytenbach     29th September 2017 Khobab Wind Farm, in the Northern Cape has completed all 61 wind turbine installations, ahead of schedule this month. Further, Khobab, together with its adjacent wind farm, the Loeriesfontein Wind Farm, in the Hantam municipality, in the Northern Cape province, have achieved more than two-million... 

Turbine installations at wind project completed ahead of schedule
SOARING CONSTRUCTION The 100-m-tall Siemens wind turbines, which allow for optimum energy production, take between one and three days to construct, assuming favourable weather

International bodies sign agreement to promote sustainable energy

By: Ilan Solomons     29th September 2017 The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (Unido) and the World Energy Council (WEC) have signed a joint declaration to support the global dissemination of sustainable energy solutions. Under the new partnership, Unido and the WEC have committed to develop the leadership skills and... 

International bodies sign agreement  to promote sustainable energy
Photo by Duane Daws
CHRISTOPH FREI Energy leaders of tomorrow will need to rely on different skill sets from the energy leaders of the past

Blue Chip Lubricants opens plant, seals empowerment deal as it aims for fifth of the market 

By: Irma Venter     28th September 2017 Blue Chip Lubricants (BCL) has completed the construction of a new blending plant in Johannesburg, which it hopes will help the company to secure a fifth of the lubricants market in South Africa. The company will be aided in this ambition by the sale of 51% of the business to black-owned firm... 

Blue Chip Lubricants opens plant, seals empowerment deal as it aims for fifth of the market
Lutramart director Sandile Koza chats to Engineering News Online about the benefits of the new Johannesburg-based blending plant

Fuel retailers need to consider rapidly changing industry dynamics

By: Natasha Odendaal     27th September 2017 A new approach to sustaining the fuel retail industry is required as technology and new trends are set to disrupt the way retailers operate, Absa franchise Africa head Dumisani Bengu said on Wednesday. Speaking at the Fuel Retailers Association Conference, held on the sidelines of the... 

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