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BTT starts construction on Richards Bay LPG storage facility  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     25th October 2018 Bulk liquid storage operator Bidvest Tank Terminals (BTT) on Thursday celebrated the start of construction on its R1-billion mounded liquified petroleum gas (LPG) storage facility in Richards Bay. The facility is set to house the largest tanks in the world once completed and is anticipated to... 

Air Products launches centralised dissolved acetylene facility 

25th October 2018 Air Products has invested more than R90-million into a centrally located dissolved acetylene plant in Midvaal, and is decommissioning its two existing plants, located on Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal. Tasneem Bulbulia tells us more. 

Air Products launches centralised dissolved acetylene facility
Air Products launches centralised dissolved acetylene facility

Siemens launches distributed energy system as solution to Africa’s energy transition

By: Simone Liedtke     25th October 2018 German electronics manufacturer Siemens on Wednesday launched, at its headquarters in Midrand, its end-to-end distributed energy system (DES) as a solution to assist the African continent in its energy transition. The DES provides for the targeted use of renewable energy, combined heating and... 

Siemens launches distributed energy system as solution to Africa’s energy transition
Photo by Dylan Slater
Siemens HQ and its solar car park in Midrand, Johannesburg

Concerned citizens have their say on IRP 2018 

By: Kim Cloete     24th October 2018 Concerned citizens and activists have come to Parliament to speak out about the draft Integrated Resource Plan (IRP), with fracking, high electricity tariffs and coal-fired power stations among their concerns. Ann October from the Eastridge Women’s Circle in Mitchell’s Plain, Cape Town, said... 

Pollutec 2018 shines the spotlight on Burkina Faso

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     23rd October 2018 Pollutec 2018, which will mark the fortieth anniversary of this international environmental trade show, is set to cover 14 key industry sectors, and focus keenly on Africa – notably Burkina Faso – as well as other key regions, such as South America and South-East Asia. Pollutec has featured an... 

Pollutec 2018 shines the spotlight on Burkina Faso

FTC gives conditional approval to Praxair-Linde merger

By: Reuters     22nd October 2018 The US Federal Trade Commission said on Monday that it will require Praxair and Linde to divest assets in nine industrial gases product markets in United States, as part of a settlement that resolves charges that their proposed merger would likely be anticompetitive. The assets will be sold to... 

Saoga upbeat about prospects for the gas industry in South Africa

By: Kim Cloete     19th October 2018 The South African Oil & Gas Alliance (Saoga) believes there are catalytic opportunities for developing the gas industry in South Africa, which have been buoyed by a renewed focus on attracting investment to the country. The two major opportunities will be the massive gas finds in neighbouring... 

Companies face prosecution for fixing gas cylinder prices

By: African News Agency      19th October 2018 The Competition Commission on Thursday referred to the Competition Tribunal for prosecution five Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) companies for cartel conduct.  The Commission said that Totalgaz Southern Africa, Oryx Oil South Africa, KayaGas, Easigas and African Oxygen (Afrox), have been charged... 

Transnet starts preparation work on reconstruction of Island View accumulator tanks

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th October 2018 State-owned Transnet has started preparation work on the reconstruction of the accumulator tanks at the Island View precinct in the Port of Durban, with the project expected to get under way in 2019. The project plan for the reconstruction of the tanks is currently at a feasibility phase, with... 

Sasol reports strong Natref turnaround as oil, rand provide Q1 tailwind 

By: Terence Creamer     18th October 2018 Energy and chemicals group Sasol reports that a turnaround in the production performance of the Natref refinery, in the Free State, helped offset the effects of an extended shutdown at its Secunda operations during the first quarter of its 2018/19 financial year. The JSE-listed company attributed... 

Sasol reports strong Natref turnaround as oil, rand provide Q1 tailwind
Natref refinery

Nigeria central bank, MTN getting closer to settlement – Minister

By: Reuters     18th October 2018 Nigeria's central bank and South African telecommunications firm MTN could soon strike a deal in their dispute over the repatriation of $8.1-billion, Nigeria's information minister said on Wednesday. The central bank says MTN transferred $8.1-billion of funds out of Nigeria in breach of... 

Nigeria State oil company denies existence of $3.5bn fuel subsidy fund

By: Reuters     17th October 2018 Nigeria's State oil company on Wednesday denied parliament's accusation that it had a $3.5-billion fund to surreptitiously subsidise imports of gasoline. The upper house Senate said on Tuesday it would investigate the fund it said the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) was using... 

EnviroServ returning to its roots following Shongweni malodour issue

By: Simone Liedtke     16th October 2018 After acknowledging that its KwaZulu-Natal-based Shongweni landfill was a contributor to malodour, waste management company EnviroServ has returned to its “old way of disposing of waste”, which comprises using lime to raise the alkalinity (pH) levels at its landfill sites. This decision,... 

EnviroServ returning to its roots following Shongweni malodour issue
Shongweni landfill, in KwaZulu-Natal.

Used oil industry offering significant job creation potential, says foundation

By: Simone Liedtke     16th October 2018 Although still relatively young in South Africa, the economic contribution to the country through job creation in the used oil sector is looking very promising, according to a study commissioned by the Recycling Oil Saves the Environment (Rose) Foundation. A survey commissioned by the foundation... 

South Africa’s synfuels know-how could give it edge as world mulls power fuels 

By: Terence Creamer     15th October 2018 The newly formed Global Alliance Power Fuels believes that South Africa is well positioned to become a leading site for the large-scale production of liquid fuels from renewable energy and has confirmed with Engineering News Online that the country is on its radar for possible future... 

South Africa’s synfuels know-how could give it edge as world mulls power fuels
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Transmission lines with Sasol's Secunda complex in the background, where synthetic fuels and chemicals are produced from coal

Opportunities abound for Italian entrepreneurs expanding into Africa

By: Shannon de Ryhove     12th October 2018 The Italian-South African Chamber of Trade and Industries says Italian companies are becoming increasingly positive about the opportunities offered by South Africa, which is being acknowledged as a hub from which to expand and invest into surrounding African countries, says Italian-South African... 

Air Products launches centralised acetylene facility 

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     11th October 2018 Air Products has invested more than R90-million into a centrally located dissolved acetylene facility in Midvaal and decommissioning its two existing plants in Kempton Park, in Gauteng, and Pinetown, in KwaZulu-Natal. The company officially unveiled the new central facility on Thursday. 

Air Products launches centralised acetylene facility
Air Products MD Rob Richardson details that company’s new dissolved acetylene facility in Midvaal, and Midvaal executive mayor Bongani Baloyi outlines the impact for the area. Video and editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Opec sees weaker demand for its crude next year as rivals surge

By: Bloomberg     11th October 2018 Opec is under intense pressure right now from consumers to ease prices by pumping more crude, but for 2019 it sees a more doubtful picture. The cartel cut its estimate for global demand for its crude next year due to weakening economic growth and higher output from rivals, notably US shale... 

Govt, fuels industry mull alternative pricing framework for petrol 

By: African News Agency      11th October 2018 Government was considering capping the price of 93 unleaded petrol, Energy Minister Jeff Radebe said on Thursday. Radebe, who joined his communications counterpart, Nomvula Mokonyane, during the post-cabinet media briefing, said they were consulting the industry on the proposal. 

Govt, fuels industry mull alternative pricing framework for petrol
Energy Minister Jeff Radebe

FairPlay welcomes Minister’s fuel ethanol policy strategy, to host ethanol strategy conference in November  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     10th October 2018 Nonprofit organisation FairPlay has welcomed government’s decision to revive its biofuels strategy, stating that a mandatory bioethanol fuel blend will benefit the country through job creation, increased fixed investment, technology development and energy security, as well as expanded sugar... 

Medupi’s fifth unit synchronised to the national grid – Eskom

By: Simone Liedtke     9th October 2018 Unit 2 at Eskom-owned Medupi power station, in Limpopo, was loaded to 400 MW on Sunday afternoon, making it the fifth of the six Medupi units to be synchronised to the national grid. The unit produced first power on Sunday morning, at around 11:53. 

Astron Energy appoints chair, CEO

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     9th October 2018 Astron Energy, previously Chevron South Africa (CSA), has appointed Mashudu Ramano chairperson and Jonathan Molapo CEO, with immediate effect. CSA was, last month, acquired by black economic empowerment consortium Off The Shelf Investments, which is chaired by Ramano, for $1-billion. 

IEA urges Opec to open the taps as oil market enters 'red zone'

By: Bloomberg     9th October 2018 The International Energy Agency made a direct appeal to Opec and other major oil producers to boost output, warning that prices are inflicting damage on the global economy. “We should all see the risky situation, the oil markets are entering the red zone,” IEA executive director Fatih Birol said... 

Kibo completes acquisition of 60% interest in MED

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     9th October 2018 Africa-focused energy company Kibo Energy has completed the acquisition of a 60% equity interest in Mast Energy Developments (MED), a private UK registered company targeting the development and operation of flexible power plants to service the reserve power generation market. MED’s business... 

Mozambique signs oil exploration agreements with Exxon, Rosneft

By: Reuters     9th October 2018 The Mozambican government said on Monday it had signed oil exploration agreements with US energy firm Exxon Mobil and Russia's Rosneft. Mozambique's National Petroleum Institute, an energy regulator in the southern African country, said the government was preparing to sign similar agreements with... 

Technology cost assumptions used to produce IRP explained 

By: Terence Creamer     9th October 2018 An experienced electricity system modeller has corrected a suggestion that the draft 2018 Integrated Resource Plan (IRP 2018) uses levelised cost assumptions for the various generation technologies tested, explaining that overnight capital cost assumptions for each technology are key inputs. The... 

Technology cost assumptions used to produce IRP explained

Bladon’s new microturbine genset to power up telecoms towers

By: Natasha Odendaal     9th October 2018 UK-based engineering pioneer Bladon Micro Turbine has launched its first commercial product, the Bladon MTG12 – a 12 kW (15 kVA) microturbine generator set (genset) dedicated to powering global telecoms towers. The microturbine genset manufacturer aims to dominate the telecoms tower market where... 

Global growth at risk from $100 oil next year, BofAML says

By: Bloomberg     9th October 2018 If oil prices head above $100 a barrel, it could shave 0.2 percentage points from global economic growth next year -- but this hinges crucially on the dollar, according to Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Sanctions on Iran, shale bottlenecks, Venezuelan turmoil and increased demand pose an upside... 

EDF, GIBB form GIBB Power partnership

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     8th October 2018 Through a new partnership between EDF and GIBB, finalised last week, GIBB Power aims to become a reference-engineering platform, specialising in supporting energy projects and offering solutions to overcome the challenges of Africa’s energy transition. GIBB Power is owned 70% by GIBB and 30% by... 

Climate crisis spurs UN call for $2.4tn fossil fuel shift  

By: Bloomberg     8th October 2018 The world must invest $2.4-trillion in clean energy every year through 2035 and cut the use of coal-fired power to almost nothing by 2050 to avoid catastrophic damage from climate change, according to scientists convened by the United Nations. Their report published Monday adds pressure on... 

Petrochemicals becoming largest driver of global oil demand – IEA

By: Simone Liedtke     5th October 2018 Petrochemicals are becoming the largest drivers of global oil demand, ahead of cars, planes and trucks, a study undertaken by the International Energy Agency (IEA) has revealed. Petrochemicals, which are components derived from oil and gas that are used in all sorts of daily products such as... 

Fresh blow for emerging markets as rising oil hits importers

By: Bloomberg     4th October 2018 For years, higher oil prices have stoked gains in emerging-market currencies. But now, Brent crude’s rally to a four-year high is beginning to hurt them. Crude-oil futures rose above $85 a barrel this week for the first time since 2014 as concern about shrinking Iranian exports outweighed higher... 

Tullow Oil optimistic about prospects in Africa

By: Kim Cloete     2nd October 2018 Oil and gas exploration and production company Tullow Oil has outlined its sharper and deeper focus on Africa, with upbeat outlooks for its projects in both West and East Africa.   Despite a shift to cleaner energy and alternative energy sources, Tullow Oil also believes there will be strong... 

Mini-refineries race billionaire to fix Nigerian fuel crisis

By: Bloomberg     2nd October 2018 In the race to solve a fuel-import crisis in Nigeria, Africa’s richest person faces competition from a swarm of tiny challengers. Billionaire Aliko Dangote is building a 650 000 barrel-a-day refinery in Nigeria that will help cut the nation’s $7-billion annual fuel-import bill. Such is the... 

PetroSA says it is committed to ethical leadership

By: Kim Cloete     1st October 2018 PetroSA has told international and local players in the energy space that it is committed to ethical leadership and prudent business management. “What has become pronounced is the issue of ethics in State-owned entities (SoE) and more broadly in government and elsewhere. National oil companies... 

Govt to finalise biofuels regulatory framework by March 2019

By: Kim Cloete     1st October 2018 The government plans to finalise the long-awaited biofuel blending regulatory framework and have it approved by Cabinet before the end of March 2019, while the Department of Energy (DoE) is also focusing sharply on the development of gas-to-power opportunities. This was revealed in a speech read... 

Niasa to hold deliberations on the draft IRP2018

By: Simone Liedtke     1st October 2018 The Nuclear Industry Association of South Africa (Niasa) will, on Wednesday, host a workshop to deliberate its response to the new Integrated Resource Plan 2018 (IRP2018). The workshop, which will be held at the Wits Club at the University of the Witwatersrand, in Braamfontein, aims to bring... 

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