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Agreement opens way for R1.8bn oil services hub at Saldanha port

By: Terence Creamer     23rd April 2018 A private port terminal operator has been selected to build and operate South Africa’s first offshore supply base (OSSB) at the Port of Saldanha, in the Western Cape. The facility, which will involve investments of R1.8-billion over the coming five years, will provide services to offshore oil and... 

Company offers customisable electrical distribution solution

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     20th April 2018 Transformer supplier Trafo Power Solutions is offering dry-type mini substations as a complete and customisable electrical distribution solution for several applications. “Mini substations generally include oil transformers, but Trafo Power Solutions is now able to design and deliver dry-type... 

Company offers customisable electrical distribution solution
MADE-TO-ORDER Well proven dry-type technology is being used in Trafo Power Solutions’ customised dry-type mini substations

Africa pursuing diversified energy investments to deliver power

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     20th April 2018 Africa has an abundance of energy resources that can be brought online rapidly and cost effectively, says engineering, procurement and construction services provider Black & Veatch sub-Saharan Africa business development director Webb Meko. With governments realising that no single technology... 

Africa pursuing diversified energy investments to deliver power
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EVs not yet a market force to disrupt oil demand growth

By: Anine Kilian     19th April 2018 Short-term oil demand is still growing strong and will continue to do so through the end of 2020, a trend taking place despite the market’s increasing focus on electric vehicles (EVs) and the forecasted future plateau in oil demand, according to a new report from IHS Markit’s oil and gas team.... 

Oanda awarded EPC contract for Nigeria’s AKK pipeline

By: Anine Kilian     19th April 2018 JSE-listed Oando together with Oilserv have been awarded the engineering, procurement, construction (EPC) mandate for the Ajaokuta – Abuja portion of the $727-million Ajaokuta-Kaduna-Kano (AKK) pipeline system by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC). The contract award follows an... 

Further tariff increases would exacerbate Eskom’s death spiral – EIUG 

By: Simone Liedtke     18th April 2018 The Energy Intensive User Group (EIUG) of Southern Africa, whose members account for about 40% of electrical energy consumed in the country, has warned that increases to electricity tariffs will exacerbate State-owned power utility Eskom’s “death spiral”. The EIUG is participating in the National... 

Grindrod concludes sale of Unicorn Bunker Services

By: Simone Liedtke     18th April 2018 Grindrod has finalised the sale of its bunker division, Unicorn Bunker Services, for an undisclosed amount. Unicorn Bunker Services, which employs 110 people, was first established in 2006 and operates three modern bunker tankers in the ports of Durban and Cape Town under contract to BP, Engen... 

Ncondezi JDA on track to be concluded by end-July

By: Simone Liedtke     18th April 2018 The joint development agreement (JDA) for Aim-listed Ncondezi Energy’s integrated 300 MW power plant and coal mine project in Tete, Mozambique, remains on track for completion by the end of July. Proposals for the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) and operations and maintenance... 

AfriForum, TKAG welcome Shell’s indication to withdraw from shale gas exploration

By: Anine Kilian     16th April 2018 AfriForum and the Treasure THE Karoo Action Group (TKAG) view Shell South Africa’s indication of its intention to withdraw from shale gas exploration in the Karoo as a major victory for those who care about the environment, TKAG said in a statement on Monday. The Herald last week reported that... 

Zambia shortlists five firms for majority stake in oil refinery

By: Reuters     16th April 2018 Zambia has short-listed five companies including Britain's Glencore Energy and Sahara Energy Resources to buy a majority stake in its only oil refinery, a state-owned firm said on Monday. The government-owned Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) has said it wants a strong strategic equity... 

Costs, downtime impede pressure vessel testing

By: Paige Müller     13th April 2018 Potential downtime and cost considerations are preventing industries from conducting essential pressure vessel testing, says air compression products distributor Tru Compressor Solutions product specialist and sales director Phillip Botha. “Air compressors and pressure vessels are used in... 

Costs, downtime impede pressure vessel testing
PHILLIP BOTHA In the current South African economic climate, companies are still extremely price sensitive

TNPA presents strategy to improve transformation at Island View Precinct

By: Shirley le Guern     12th April 2018 A major shake-up within the Island View Precinct (IVP) in the port of Durban is expected after Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) began engaging tenants ahead of the implementation of its new IVP strategy this week. At a press conference following initial engagements with leaseholders and... 

TNPA presents strategy to improve transformation at Island View Precinct
TNPA acting Durban port manager Nokuzola Nkowane

Afrox secures contract to supply medical gases to State healthcare facilities

By: Simone Liedtke     11th April 2018 JSE-listed African Oxygen (Afrox) has been awarded a contract to supply medical gases to government hospitals and clinics across all provinces. 

Afrox secures contract to supply medical gases to State healthcare facilities
JSE-listed African Oxygen (Afrox) has been awarded a contract to supply medical gases to government hospitals and clinics across all provinces

Vivo Energy plans to list on LSE, JSE

By: Simone Liedtke     10th April 2018 Vivo Energy, which is a retailer of Shell-branded fuels and lubricants in Africa, plans to proceed with an initial public offering (IPO) and to apply for admission of its shares to the LSE and the JSE. Admission is expected to occur in May. 

Environmental Affairs Committee welcomes signing of IPP contracts

By: Simone Liedtke     9th April 2018 The Portfolio Committee on Environmental Affairs on Monday welcomed the signing, last week, of 27 contracts by Energy Minister Jeff Radebe with independent power producers (IPPs). This, the committee averred, indicates South Africa’s commitment to reducing its greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions... 

Coega Development Corporation welcomes the signing of the IPP contracts

By: Simone Liedtke     6th April 2018 The Coega Development Corporation (CDC) on Friday welcomed government’s commitment to clean energy, following the signing of 27 power purchase agreements with renewable-energy producers, reigniting the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP). The projects,... 

Nigeria awards two of three gas pipeline deals

By: Reuters     6th April 2018 The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) said on Friday it had awarded two of three gas pipeline contracts which in total will be worth more than $2.8-billion. One contract for a roughly 200 km (124.27 miles) stretch of the 614 km Ajaokuta-Kaduna-Kano pipeline and stations was awarded... 

Consortium appointed as EPC contractor for Mpumalanga biomass project

By: Simone Liedtke     5th April 2018 A consortium comprising engineering consultant ELB Engineering Services, environment equipment manufacturer KC Cottrell and the ELB Educational Trust, has been appointed as the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor for Ngodwana Energy’s 25 MW biomass project, in Mpumalanga.... 

Consortium appointed as EPC contractor for Mpumalanga biomass project

Ghana to review corporate tax exemptions for resources sector

By: Reuters     5th April 2018 Ghana plans to review its process for granting corporate tax exemptions to mining and oil companies as part of measures to eliminate fraud and boost revenues, its vice president said on Wednesday. Mahamudu Bawumia said tax exemptions claimed by some resources companies were not transparent, and... 

Oando commissions new office building in Lagos

By: Anine Kilian     5th April 2018 Dual-listed Oando has officially commissioned its new office building, the Wings Office Complex, in Lagos, Nigeria. The complex, which was commissioned by State and Petroleum Minister Ibe Kachickwu,  comprises two 12-storey towers with 27 000 m2 of lettable office space, a three-level car park,... 

Upgrade of shiploaders at Durban harbour completed

30th March 2018 Consulting engineering solutions provider Bosch Projects has recently completed the upgrade of two shiploaders at the Durban harbour. The shiploaders have been used to load sugar onto vessels at the South African Sugar Association’s sugar terminal for over 50 years. 

Upgrade of shiploaders at Durban harbour completed
DURBAN HARBOUR The shiploaders needed to be refurbished in line with Transnet’s upgrade of berths at Maydon Wharf

Gas seen playing key role in Africa’s decentralised power landscape

By: Schalk Burger     30th March 2018 Africa is aiming to raise its installed power generation capacity by 250 GW by 2030. Liquefied natural gas (LNG) can serve as a baseload energy source and gas-powered generation assets can be built modularly and scaled up as use increases, says modular infrastructure, engineering services and gas... 

Safety solution provided for contractor at Sappi mill

30th March 2018 Rope-access specialist Skyriders has provided a working at height safety solution for a contractor undertaking maintenance at paper and pulp manufacturer Sappi’s Ngodwana pulp and paper mill, in Mpumalanga. The company explains that this follows an earlier successful project in 2016 where it... 

BP's coastal bunker barge now operational at Port of Richards Bay

By: Marleny Arnoldi     29th March 2018 South Africa’s first coastal bunker barge Amber II is now operational at Transnet National Ports Authority’s (TNPA) Port of Richards Bay, serving as a floating storage and fuel replacement vessel for petrochemicals company BP’s customer vessels at the port.  

BP's coastal bunker barge now operational at Port of Richards Bay
BP's Amber II operational at Port of Richards Bay

US power group touts microgrids ‘as the way forward’

By: Simone Liedtke     29th March 2018 Decentralisation, through the implementation of microgrids, could be the key to improving grid resilience, US-based electricity supplier Illinois Power Company and Tucson Electric Power Company CEO Charles Bayless told an audience in Johannesburg this week. The design of microgrids, which... 

Huge petrol price hike to kick in next Wednesday

By: News24Wire      28th March 2018 The price of 95 unleaded and leaded petrol in Gauteng will increase by 72c/l and at the coast 62c/l with effect from next Wednesday, the Department of Energy announced on Wednesday. The per litre pump price of 93 unleaded and leaded petrol will increase 69c/l in Gauteng and 59c/l at the coast,... 

 Huge petrol price hike to kick in next Wednesday

World’s largest oxygen production plant inaugurated at Sasol Secunda

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th March 2018 Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa on Monday inaugurated French gas company Air Liquide’s €200-million air separation unit (ASU) at chemicals and energy group Sasol's Secunda plant, in Mpumalanga. The ASU is the biggest oxygen production unit in the world, with a capacity of 5 000 t/d... 

World’s largest oxygen production plant inaugurated at Sasol Secunda

Congo's 2017 mining revenue up 36% while oil revenue doubles

By: Reuters     26th March 2018 Democratic Republic of Congo's 2017 mining sector revenue rose 35.6% to $822.2-million while revenue from the oil and gas sector jumped by 103% to $203.9-million, finance ministry data showed. Mining revenue in the fourth quarter more than doubled helped by higher prices for key exports such as... 

Gabon to revise hydrocarbons law to attract investment – oil ministry

By: Reuters     23rd March 2018 Gabon plans to revise its hydrocarbons law to attract new investment, the oil ministry said on Thursday. Under the current legal framework, the Gabonese state holds a minimum 20% stake in oil projects. The state oil company has the right to a stake of up to 15%. 

Genel might starting drilling in Somaliland in 2019 – CEO

By: Reuters     22nd March 2018 Kurdistan-focused Genel Energy might start drilling in Somaliland next year, Chief Executive Murat Ozgul said on Thursday, as the group reported 2017 results broadly in line with expectations. "For the long term, I really like (our) Somaliland exploration assets. It's giving me a sense of... 

Nersa announces petroleum pipelines tariff hike

By: Simone Liedtke     16th March 2018 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) has granted freight logistics group Transnet a lower-than-requested allowable revenue increase for 2018/19 tariff period to cushion end users from the impact of recent fuel levy and value-added tax increases. The State-owned group applied for... 

'Fuel will be more expensive in April' – AA

By: News24Wire      15th March 2018 Although basic fuel prices are showing signs of further decreases at month end, the overall price of fuel is set to increase because of the addition of increased fuel levies in April. This is according to the Automobile Association (AA), which was commenting on unaudited mid-month fuel price data... 

'Fuel will be more expensive in April' – AA

Africa’s downstream oil industry holds promise

By: Kim Cloete     14th March 2018 The downstream market is dynamic in Africa and continues to evolve and become more transparent throughout the supply chain, says African energy specialist CITAC Africa executive director Gary Still. He told the annual African Refiners & Distributors Association (ARA) conference, in Cape Town, on... 

BP outlines the prospects for global energy demand

By: Kim Cloete     13th March 2018 India is rapidly emerging as the world’s largest growth market for energy, says BP West Africa head of origination John Goodridge. He told the annual African Refiners & Distributors (ARA) conference, in Cape Town, that while growth in energy demand in China was tapering off, demand in India would... 

Nigeria aims to become net exporter of refined petroleum by the end of 2019

By: Kim Cloete     13th March 2018 The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation Nigeria (NNPC) is pushing ahead with its goal to revive its oil refineries and become a net exporter of petroleum products by the end of next year, delegates at the annual conference of the African Refiners & Distributors Association (ARA), in Cape... 

South Africa to become eighth country to export helium by 2019 – Renergen

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th March 2018 Alternative and renewable energy investment firm Renergen expects to become a significant global producer of helium when its Virginia project starts production in 2019.  

South Africa to become eighth country to export helium by 2019 – Renergen
Tetra4 plant in the Free State

Himoinsa sees demand growth in construction, mining in Africa 

By: Schalk Burger     12th March 2018 Power equipment manufacturer Himoinsa has expanded its local African teams and partners to meet the growing demand for custom-designed power systems and generators in the construction and mining sectors, Himoinsa Europe, Middle East and Africa director Guillermo Elum said on Monday. The demand... 

Himoinsa sees demand growth in construction, mining in Africa
Himoinsa EMEA regional director Guillermo Elum, Himoinsa Southern Africa MD Martin Foster and Himoinsa Southern Africa business development director Matthew Bell discuss the company’s growth and business development in Africa. Video and editing: Nicholas Boyd.

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