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International nuclear school for Africa successfully held in South Africa for second time

By: Rebecca Campbell     30th November 2018 The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has reported that its second South Africa-IAEA Nuclear Energy Management (NEM) School, held in Johannesburg earlier this month, was attended by 23 young professionals from 13 African countries. The School was organised in conjunction with the... 

Circular economy presents opportunities for Africa

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     30th November 2018 The circular economy, as a reformative system, presents significant opportunities for Africa to deliver on more inclusive economic growth, which includes job opportunities and the positive environmental practices that are in dire need for sustainable growth, says waste management company... 

Circular economy presents opportunities for Africa
Photo by Creamer Media
GROWING SECTOR The waste picker sector is growing and plays a key role in South Africa’s recycling strategy

Company opens new energy and resource recovery facility

30th November 2018 Waste management service provider Oricol Environmental Services earlier this month opened its new resource recovery facility in Cato Ridge, KwaZulu-Natal. The facility has been certified to the international standard ISO 14001:2015. It specifies the requirements for an environmental management... 

Company opens new energy and resource  recovery facility
RECOVERY FACILITY The Cato Ridge facility is permitted to process hazardous solids, liquids and sludges, which includes solvents, oils and oils sludges, paint sludges, solids, acids and bases

Kaefer SA holds partner-focused innovation day as it celebrates 100 years of sustainable growth

By: Schalk Burger     30th November 2018 Kaefer in South Africa, a division of German industrial insulation and thermal solutions multinational, celebrated 100 years of innovation and sustainable growth during a partner-focused innovation day in November, which also saw the handover of the local division to incoming MD Ben Garrad.... 

Kaefer SA holds partner-focused innovation day as it  celebrates 100 years of sustainable growth
BEN GARRAD AND GEORGE WARDROPE The company will leverage its relationships with its suppliers and partners to roll out new services and innovations

Council for Geoscience to finalise its data policy

By: Kim Cloete     29th November 2018 The Council for Geoscience (CGS) says it is will be finalising its data policy early next year following a moratorium on its geophysical data. The council put a moratorium on geophysical data after it discovered that someone had sold some of its data.   

DMR hopeful about shale gas prospects 

By: Kim Cloete     29th November 2018 The Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) and the Council for Geoscience (CGS) are upbeat about the prospect of shale gas in the Karoo. “Gas formations are starting to show already,” Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe told oil and gas investors at an event in Cape Town on Thursday. He said... 

Mantashe lifts moratorium on oil, gas applications to kickstart exploration  

By: Kim Cloete     29th November 2018 Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe has announced he will amend the moratorium currently in place for the oil and gas sector, to allow for the processing of applications currently in the system. The moratorium, which was originally put in place in June, restricts the granting of... 

Mantashe lifts moratorium on oil, gas applications to kickstart exploration
Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe

First institutional anaerobic digester launched at NPO’s Johannesburg premises

By: Simone Liedtke     28th November 2018 To promote renewable energy as a cost-effective technology in a world facing the impact of climate change and global warming, the University of South Africa, diversified miner Exxaro Resources and the South African National Energy Development Institution on Wednesday launched its first... 

First institutional anaerobic digester launched at NPO’s Johannesburg premises
Photo by Simone Liedtke
The University of South Africa, Exxaro Resources and the South African National Energy Development Institution on Wednesday launched its first institutional anaerobic digester at nonprofit organisation EARTH Centre’s premises, in Johannesburg

AA predicts massive drop in petrol price in December 

By: News24Wire      28th November 2018 Motorists can expect a R1.85 reduction per litre in the price of petrol, with diesel coming down by an estimated R1.40, and illuminating paraffin dropping by R1.28, the Automobile Association (AA) predicted on Wednesday. The association was commenting on unaudited month-end fuel price data... 

 AA predicts massive drop in petrol price in December

Department of Energy to review how it costs basic fuel price 

By: News24Wire      28th November 2018 The department of energy has invited public comments on how it calculates the underlying prices of fuel, diesel and illuminating paraffin, known as the Basic Fuel Price (BFP). This is the price of fuel before taxes, transport, and other costs are added.  

 Department of Energy to review how it costs basic fuel price

Nema to ensure mines are held accountable, adhere to legal duties – law firm

By: Simone Liedtke     27th November 2018 The gazetting of the overhauled National Environment Management Act (Nema) will ensure more mines are held accountable and meet their obligations in terms of financial provisioning for environmental rehabilitation, says law firm Webber Wentzel environment and natural resources partner Garyn... 

Nema to ensure mines are held accountable, adhere to legal duties – law firm
Webber Wentzel environment and natural resources partner Garyn Rapson

Eskom, AfDB sign loan agreement to expand power pool in Southern Africa 

By: Simone Liedtke     27th November 2018 The African Development Bank group (AfDB) and South African power utility Eskom on Tuesday signed a loan agreement to the value of nearly R2.9-billion, or about $25-million, to improve power transmission across Southern Africa. This project contributes to the realisation of the AfDB’s New Deal on... 

Eskom, AfDB sign loan agreement to expand power pool in Southern Africa
Photo by Dylan Slater
Eskom acting CFO Calib Cassim

African energy group commends South Sudan for progress in oil sector

By: African News Agency      23rd November 2018 The African Energy Chamber, a group that works with indigenous firms throughout the continent in optimising their networks, said it is encouraged by the progress made in South Sudan’s oil sector after the peace deal was signed. “The success of the South Sudan Oil & Power 2018 conference, which... 

African energy group commends South Sudan for progress in oil sector

Renergen says higher fuel prices strengthen its business case

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd November 2018 Higher fuel prices have helped to strengthen the business case for using natural gas as a cheaper alternative to more expensive liquid fuels, JSE- and ASX-listed Renergen said on Friday. Reporting on its results for the six months ended August 31, it added that pressure on corporate... 

BP to invest $1bn in South Africa, including refinery upgrade

By: Reuters     22nd November 2018 BP Southern Africa (BPSA) will invest $1-billion in South Africa in the next five years with more than a quarter of that set aside to upgrade the SAPREF refinery to produce lower sulphur diesel, its chief executive said on Thursday. The 180 00 barrels per day SAPREF refinery, South Africa's... 

Audit outcomes of State-owned entities continue to regress

By: Kim Cloete     22nd November 2018 The audit outcomes of State-owned entities (SOEs) have regressed over the past financial year compared with both the previous year and 2014/15. The 2017/18 general report for the Auditor-General South Africa (AGSA) said there was an increase in noncompliance of the 16 SOEs it audited. It also... 

Study under way to help shape policy needed to transition from coal-based to renewable energy systems

By: Simone Liedtke     21st November 2018 As more renewable energy capacity is added globally, thermal coal-fired power stations are likely to, in future, operate only for short periods of time to balance the shortfall in electricity when renewable capacity is not available, University of Johannesburg professor Bilainu Oboirien said at... 

Study under way to help shape policy needed to transition from coal-based to renewable energy systems
Photo by Dylan Slater
University of Johannesburg professor Bilainu Oboirien

Countries urged to embrace greener energy sources 

By: Simone Liedtke     21st November 2018 Amid rising global energy demand, University of the Witwatersrand visiting adjunct professor Adam Luckos urges developing countries to embrace greener energy principles. To do this without jeopardising economic growth, he suggests that developing countries, where coal is the most viable... 

Countries urged to embrace greener energy sources
Photo by Dylan Slater
University of the Witwatersrand visiting adjunct professor Adam Luckos

Coal to remain significant part of South Africa’s energy generation mix  

By: Simone Liedtke     21st November 2018 Notwithstanding recent and continued advances in the roll-out of renewable energy and energy efficiency measures, South African National Energy Development Institute (Sanedi) GM for cleaner fossil fuel use Professor Tony Surridge expects coal will continue to form a significant component of South... 

Coal to remain significant part of South Africa’s energy generation mix
South African National Energy Development Institute GM for cleaner fossil fuel use Professor Tony Surridge speaks to Mining Weekly Online about South Africa's status quo surrounding carbon dioxide storage and utilisation. Video & Editing: Nicholas Boyd

Sasol anticipates rise in H1 earnings

By: Marleny Arnoldi     21st November 2018 Petrochemicals giant Sasol expects to deliver a solid set of results for the six months to end December 31, underpinned by higher Brent crude oil and product prices, a weaker average rand exchange rate and good performance from its global asset base. Sasol on Wednesday said it was likely to... 

Sasol anticipates rise in H1 earnings

Oil halts slide as signs of stockpile drop counter Opec doubts

By: Bloomberg     21st November 2018 Oil halted a slide near $54 a barrel as investors weighed industry data that showed US crude inventories unexpectedly fell last week against doubts over Opec’s plans to cut output. Futures in New York rose as much as 2%, after plunging more than 6% on Tuesday. The American Petroleum Institute was... 

Vaal River pollution: 'There have been challenges to compliance', Sasol says

By: News24Wire      21st November 2018 Petrochemicals giant Sasol has denied that it is responsible for pollution in the Vaal river. However, it has admitted struggling to interpret some compliance requirements with regard to regulations on the discharge of waste. According to a report by the Department of Water and Sanitation... 

Upcoming protest not the first amid talks of transition away from coal – SAWEA

By: Simone Liedtke     16th November 2018 The South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) has defended the industry’s job creation potential. This comes ahead of a peaceful march by the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), which is planned for November 17, to protest potential job losses in the coal-fired power generation sector as a... 

Astron commissions new R150m tank truck loading rack at Cape Town refinery

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th November 2018 Astron Energy, formerly Chevron South Africa, officially opened its new tank truck loading rack (TTLR) at its Milnerton refinery, in Cape Town, on Wednesday. The facility took two years to complete and will increase filling efficiency at the refinery – reducing loading time of an average 40 000... 

Astron commissions new R150m tank truck loading rack at Cape Town refinery
Astron Energy CEO Jonathan Molapo and Astron Energy regional transport and operations GM Danie Gouws open the new TTLR at Milnerton refinery

Boiler maintenance project close to completion

By: Thabi Madiba     16th November 2018 Maintenance and refurbishment services company GM Boiler plans to complete a boiler maintenance project at a local prison, in Johannesburg, by December this year. As part of government’s 36-month facility inspection programme, GM Boiler MD Gregory Morgan says the project includes the overhauling... 

Ghana to raise $750m through London IPO of minerals fund

By: Bloomberg     15th November 2018 Ghana will seek to raise as much as $750-million through a sale of shares in a fund that will hold the West African nation’s stakes in mining companies and receive mineral royalties, said Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta. In September, lawmakers passed legislation for the creation of the fund that... 

‘Massive’ fuel price drop on the cards for December – AA

By: News24Wire      15th November 2018 The Automobile Association (AA) announced on Thursday that, based on current data, motorists could expect ‘massive drops’ in the prices of petrol and diesel for December.  The association is predicting a drop of R1.54 per litre for petrol, with diesel dropping by 92 cents and illuminating... 

 ‘Massive’ fuel price drop on the cards for December – AA

SA needs to consider oil underinvestment, variable renewables implications 

14th November 2018 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the possible implications for South Africa of a global underinvestment in oil production, as well as the growing need to introduce flexibility in power markets. 

SA needs to consider oil underinvestment, variable renewables implications
SA needs to consider oil underinvestment, variable renewables implications, says Terence Creamer

Electrifying the world no panacea for global warming, IEA says  

By: Bloomberg     13th November 2018 Driving electric cars and scrapping your natural gas-fired boiler won’t make a dent in global carbon emissions, and may even increase pollution levels. Higher electrification may lead to oil demand peaking by 2030, but any reduction in emissions from the likes of electric vehicles will be offset... 

IEA warns of damaging price spikes if weak oil investment left unchecked 

By: Terence Creamer     13th November 2018 The International Energy Agency (IEA) is cautioning of “damaging price spikes in the 2020s” if the current weak investment in new oil supply is “left unchecked”. The agency states that the average level of new conventional crude oil project approvals over the last three years is only half the... 

IEA warns of damaging price spikes if weak oil investment left unchecked

Sasol Oil reverses R1.3bn tax provision after favourable court ruling

By: Terence Creamer     9th November 2018 Energy and chemicals group Sasol reported on Friday that it would reverse a R1.3-billion provision made in its 2018 annual financial statements after the Supreme Court of Appeal overturned an earlier adverse finding against Sasol Oil by the Tax Court. Sasol Oil and the South African Revenue... 

M&I Materials opens Africa’s pioneer ester transformer fluid factory

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     9th November 2018 M&I Materials has opened South Africa’s first ester transformer fluid manufacturing plant, to provide a reliable, local supply of electricity grid components to support the country’s plans for electrification. M&I Materials is a family-owned manufacturing company based in the UK with offices in... 

M&I Materials opens Africa’s pioneer ester transformer fluid factory
Ribbon cutting ceremony at the opening of M&I Material’s ester transformer fluid manufacturing plant in South Africa

Company extends life span of critical steam systems

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     9th November 2018 Professional services and project management company SNC-Lavalin completed a 40 bar high-pressure steam isolation valve replacement project last month for South African integrated chemicals company Sasol’s Group Technology division. The company was awarded the project in May of this year and the... 

Company extends life span of critical steam systems
SASOL STEAM SYSTEM The steam system on the Sasol refinery is the main steam header which links the steam generation plant to the rest of the factory

Demand increases for thermoplastic valves

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     9th November 2018 Demand for thermoplastic materials over conventional alloy metals has increased since engineering consumables and components distributor BMG was appointed exclusive distributor of UK-based manufacturer SAFi Thermoplastic Valve Solutions’ (SAFi’s) products, says BMG industrial valves national... 

Demand increases for thermoplastic valves
PROCESSING PLANT BMG’s SAFi range of valves can be used in mining, energy, environmental, process plant, agriculture, and food and beverage applications

Lack of valve traceability hampers local industry

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     9th November 2018 The local valves industry has become extremely competitive, especially since there has been an influx of products that have no traceability, says industrial automation, valve and control supplier Fluid Control Services owner Allen Maguire. Many products are entering the local market from the... 

Lack of valve traceability hampers local industry
VALVE STANDARD The local valves industry needs to conform to a certain standard in terms of traceability

Valve repair and refurbishment present vast opportunities

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     9th November 2018 The repair and refurbishment of critical valves present significant opportunities in the South African valve industry, says mechanical engineering company Brimis Engineering MD Andile Nqandela. The company can manufacture in-house components required for repair and refurbishment of critical... 

Valve repair and  refurbishment present  vast opportunities
TEST BENCH Brimis Engineering has procured a pressure relief valve test bench to service 90% of the installed pressure relief valves in the local market

Uganda expects first oil production in 2021, refinery by 2023

By: Reuters     8th November 2018 Uganda expects to start producing oil in 2021, a year later than initially planned, and its refinery should be up and running by 2023, its oil minister said on Thursday. France's Total is an investor in Uganda's oilfields, with China's CNOOC and Britain's Tullow Oil. 

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