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Study urges South Africa to find energy storage niche

By: Mia Breytenbach     1st September 2017 With energy storage considered to be the “new wave” in the energy sector and increasingly becoming a reality, South Africa needs to prepare itself if it wishes to take advantage of the energy storage growth opportunities within the energy storage stationary value chain and the mobility value... 

LPG production steady and in demand, says supplier

By: Marleny Arnoldi     1st September 2017 In the past unscheduled shutdowns affected South Africa’s liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), but this year, local production is steady, says LPG supplier Easigas. Easigas commercial technical manager Dave de Wit points out that supply should improve, considering the development of terminal facilities... 

LPG production steady and in demand, says supplier
DAVE DE WIT Easigas has the capability and experience to evaluate and assist in optimising a customer’s gas equipment

Report indicates more research needed before fracking in the Karoo is allowed

By: Anine Kilian     31st August 2017 It is vital that all matters related to the development of a shale gas industry be carefully analysed and evaluated before South Africa considers exploiting shale gas, says University of Cape Town senior researcher Professor Cyril O’Connor. “It is well known that the exploitation of shale gas may... 

Uncertain power price path heightening grid-defection risk, EIUG warns

By: Terence Creamer     31st August 2017 Energy Intensive Users Group of Southern Africa’s (EIUG’s) Piet Van Staden has expressed serious anxiety about the near-term sustainability of South Africa’s electricity industry in light of the prospect of yet more tariffs hikes, which would further damage industrial demand and, in turn, trigger... 

Uncertain power price path heightening grid-defection risk, EIUG warns

Gas vital to South Africa’s energy mix

By: Anine Kilian     31st August 2017 All countries face energy challenges and must manage this by improving energy security and economic development, without compromising sustainable development, Department of Science and Technology (DST) director-general Dr Phil Mjwara said on Thursday. He pointed out that sub-Saharan Africa was... 

Fracking a potential 'game-changer' for South African economy - ASSAf professor

By: Anine Kilian     31st August 2017 Hydraulic fracturing (fracking) could be a “game-changer” for South Africa’s economy, Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) VP Professor Barney Pityana said on Thursday. Addressing delegates at a national shale gas conference, hosted by ASSAf in partnership with the Department of Science and... 

CIG expects lower FY17 earnings

By: Creamer Media Reporter      31st August 2017 JSE-listed Consolidated Infrastructure Group (CIG) expects its earnings per share (EPS) and headline earnings per share (HEPS) for the financial year ended August 31, to decrease by 25% to 35%. EPS are expected to be between 165.75c and 191.25c, compared with 225c in the 2016 financial year,... 

Cape Town’s first oil storage, distribution terminal open for business

By: Samantha Herbst     30th August 2017 Cape Town’s first independent oil storage and distribution terminal, Burgan Cape Terminal, was officially opened in the Eastern Mole of the Port of Cape Town on Tuesday. The city’s newest energy asset offers 122 000 m3 of diesel and petrol storage and will offer the option to blend bioethanol and... 

Cape Town’s first oil storage, distribution terminal open for business

Outa lays charges against Singh

By: Natasha Odendaal     29th August 2017 The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) has taken legal aim at State-owned power utility Eskom’s suspended CFO Anoj Singh following revelations that the power utility had allegedly lied about some of the payments made to Gupta-linked firm Trillian. Outa COO Ben Theron on Tuesday said charges of... 

Outa lays charges against Singh
Photo by Duane Daws
Suspended Eskom CFO Anoj Singh

Botswana reaffirms commitment to 100 MW solar project

By: Terence Creamer     29th August 2017 The Botswana government has assured potential renewable-energy investors that it will follow through with the implementation of a proposed 100 MW utility-scale solar project, for which it received 166 responses to a call for expressions of interest (EoI) released earlier this year. The Botswana... 

Botswana reaffirms commitment to 100 MW solar project

Oando says petitions submitted to SEC against it have no merit

By: Anine Kilian     28th August 2017 JSE- and Nigerian Stock Exchange-listed Oando on Monday said two petitions submitted to the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), alleging gross abuse of corporate governance and financial mismanagement by Oando, have no merit. The petitions were filed against the company by investment... 

BP Southern Africa appoints first black female CEO

By: African News Agency      28th August 2017 BP Southern Africa (BPSA) on Monday appointed chartered accountant, Priscillah Mabelane, as its new chief executive. Mabelane is the first woman in the history of the country’s oil industry to head a multinational company, marking a significant milestone in the organisation and industry’s... 

Science sector’s action on shale gas to be deliberated at conference

By: Anine Kilian     28th August 2017 A science action plan to help steer the South African shale gas industry will be considered at a national shale gas conference to be hosted by the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), in partnership with the Department of Science and Technology, in Port Elizabeth, later this week. The... 

Infrastructure key to unlocking trade and value chains across SADC region

By: Anine Kilian     25th August 2017 It is common cause that industrialisation across the Southern African Development Community (SADC) is key to diversifying the regional economy away from its current reliance on export of raw commodities and to supporting economic growth and employment creation. There is broad acceptance that SADC... 

Infrastructure key to unlocking trade  and value chains across SADC region

M&R homes in on US construction acquisition

By: Terence Creamer     24th August 2017 Restructured engineering and construction group Murray & Roberts (M&R), which offers project lifecycle services in selected natural resources markets globally, is actively pursuing a US acquisition, which it hopes to consummate during the company’s 2018 financial year. CEO Henry Laas tells... 

M&R homes in on US construction acquisition
Photo by Duane Daws
CEO Henry Laas

M&R reports ‘low’ order book of R26.9bn, but says outlook more promising

By: Terence Creamer     23rd August 2017 JSE-listed engineering and construction group Murray & Roberts (M&R) said on Wednesday that its “low” order book of R26.9-billion was reflective of tough conditions in the natural resources markets it serves internationally. However, the company described the near- and medium-term outlook as... 

M&R reports ‘low’ order book of R26.9bn, but says outlook more promising
M&R CEO Henry Laas

Infrastructure initiative garners support from nine African presidents

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st August 2017 Spearheaded by South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma, the Presidential Infrastructure Champion Initiative (PICI), aimed at accelerating regional trade and unlocking the economic potential of the continent, now has nine African presidents on board, with ten projects in the spotlight as Africa... 

Infrastructure initiative garners support from nine African presidents

Sasol review may result in sale or closure of assets, but no ‘fire sale’  

By: Terence Creamer     21st August 2017 Chemicals and energy group Sasol has announced that an asset-review process is under way that could result in the sale, closure or growth of certain assets. However, the JSE-listed company has also stressed that there will be no “fire sale”. Joint president and CEO Bongani Nqwababa reports that... 

Sasol review may result in sale or closure of assets, but no ‘fire sale’
Sasol joint president and CEO Bongani Nqwababa speaks to Terence Creamer about the group's results, asset review, tax shock and strategic outlook. Camera Work & Editing: Nicholas Boyd & Duane Daws. Recorded: 21.8.2017

Sasol turns to courts after Sars slaps it with tax bills worth R12.8bn 

By: Terence Creamer     21st August 2017 JSE-listed energy and chemicals group Sasol will approach the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) to resolve a tax dispute with the South African Revenue Service (Sars), which has slapped it with assessments for outstanding tax liabilities and penalties worth R12.8-billion. The company made a... 

Sasol turns to courts after Sars slaps it with tax bills worth R12.8bn
Sasol CFO Paul Victor on the group's tax dispute with the South African Revenue Service. Camera Work & Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 21.8.2017

Afrox anticipates higher interim earnings

By: Anine Kilian     18th August 2017 Higher sales volumes and improved operational efficiencies have contributed to an expected 20% to 32% year-on-year rise in JSE-listed Afrox’s earnings per share (EPS) for the six months to June 30. EPS are likely to be between 93c and 103c, compared with 77.8c in the first six months of 2016. 

African conference strives to boost bioenergy industries

     18th August 2017 Global conference organiser Centre for Management Technology (CMT) notes that its Biomass Trade & Bioenergy Africa conference will be held at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Sandton on September 28 and 29. CMT hopes that the conference will further development of the African biomass and bioenergy... 

African conference  strives to boost  bioenergy industries
GORGE FARM The commercial vegetable farm in Naivasha, Kenya, hosts a biogas plant as part of a larger renewable energy project - the Gorge Farm Energy Park

Biofuels company launches franchise solution

     18th August 2017 Cape Town-based biofuel company Biogreen Diesel will start franchising its ‘Biodiesel & Research model’, to aid in the expansion of the industry and simultaneously increase awareness of biofuels in the region. The company, having made the announcement in June on its website, says it felt it had... 

Biofuels company launches franchise solution
Photo by Bloomberg
GREASY GOODNESS Biogreen Diesel uses a locally developed jet reactor, to convert waste oil into an environment-friendly fuel that can be blended with, or substituted for, diesel

Wind body aims to use mentoring scheme to support gender transformation

By: Mia Breytenbach     18th August 2017 The South African Wind Energy Association (Sawea) has launched a programme to connect leading women in the energy sector with senior students at South African universities and young professionals currently entering the energy sector. The WindAc Africa Mentoring Programme seeks to promote the... 

Wind body aims to use mentoring scheme to support gender transformation
GROWING ENERGY The WindAc Africa Mentoring Programme moves to specifically grow future energy leaders within the wind sector

Still much uncertainty as LPG stakeholders grapple with market inquiry findings

By: Mia Breytenbach     18th August 2017 In the findings and recommendations of the first-ever market inquiry into the local liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) industry, the Competition Commission urges public and private organisations to improve performance in the sector, yet much uncertainty remains in the wake of the report’s publication.... 

Still much uncertainty as LPG stakeholders grapple with market inquiry findings

Organisation lobbies government to kick-start biogas market

By: Nadine James     18th August 2017 The Southern African Biogas Industry Association (Sabia) is liaising with national government departments to create an enabling environment for the biogas industry, thereby establishing a viable biogas market. Sabia chairperson Jason Gifford explains that the organisation’s working groups are in... 

Organisation lobbies  government to kick-start  biogas market
AGRICULTURAL BENEFITS A booming biogas industry will create jobs and ensure greater job security within the agricultural sector

Carbon capture tech will recycle ferroalloys sector’s emissions

     18th August 2017 South African green-technology company Swayana is collaborating with US-based carbon recycling company LanzaTech to introduce its proprietary carbon capture technology to South Africa. Swayana, a level 2 broad-based black economic-empowerment company established in 2016, uses carbon-footprint... 

Carbon capture tech will recycle ferroalloys sector’s emissions
IMMITATION GAME LanzaTech’s Chinese facility will produce fuel grade ethanol from captured steelmaking off-gas and Swayana hopes to implement this strategy in South Africa

Industrial gas supplier showcases commitment to craft beer market 

     17th August 2017 Industrial gas supplier Air Products hosted media at Johannesburg-based restaurant and microbrewery Mad Giant in June, where it showcased its support for South Africa’s bourgeoning craft beer industry. David Oliveira tells us more. 

Industrial gas supplier showcases commitment to craft beer market
Industrial gas supplier showcases commitment to craft beer market

Erin Energy starts drilling at Oyo-9 well

By: Creamer Media Reporter      14th August 2017 Oil and gas exploration and production company Erin Energy Corporation has started drilling of the Oyo-9 well, offshore Nigeria. The well is being drilled with the Pacific Bora sixth-generation drilling rig and is expected to take about 62 days to complete. 

TITAN vacuum furnace purchased to support aerospace industry

     11th August 2017 With a focus on pursuing additional market sectors, such as the aerospace industry, last month, heat-treating company Diamond Heat Treat purchased a TITAN H6 vacuum furnace with six-bar gas quenching to expand its capabilities. The TITAN H6 vacuum furnace is one of industrial vacuum and... 

TITAN vacuum furnace purchased to support aerospace industry
Photo by Bloomberg
PURSUING INDUSTRIES Diamond Heat Treat will use the TITAN vacuum furnace to pursue the aerospace industry

Rust-prevention sealing system ideal for corrosive environments

By: Nadine James     11th August 2017 Engineering components manufacturer Bearing Man Group’s (BMG’s) range of sealing products includes the Rust-Anode cold galvanisation system, designed for rust prevention in diverse industries, says BMG seals business unit manager Marc Gravett. He explains that Rust-Anode is the first active cold... 

Rust-prevention  sealing system ideal for corrosive environments
MULTIPURPOSE PRODUCT Rust-Anode is perfect for applications where an anti-corrosion seal would be beneficial

Local manufacturer looks to bridge skills gap

By: Nadine James     11th August 2017 Sealing products manufacturer Klinger Mzansi has opened its training academy, which offers a learnership programme, joint integrity training as well as an introductory course on all of the company’s products. Klinger sales and marketing director Phillip Herbst notes that the academy opened on... 

Local manufacturer looks to bridge skills gap
KLINGER TRAINING ACADEMY The trainees have access to a fully equipped workshop, and gain both practical and theoretical knowledge

Macozoma concerned South Africa may miss out on big electric-vehicle opportunity 

By: Terence Creamer     8th August 2017 Leading business personality Saki Macozoma has expressed concern that South Africa is not fully aligning its economic and industrialisation plans to areas of future demand, including in the area of electric vehicles (EVs). Speaking at the launch of a new book authored by political commentator... 

Macozoma concerned South Africa may miss out on big electric-vehicle opportunity
Photo by Duane Daws
Saki Macozoma

Sunrise Energy's R1bn LPG storage facility to boost energy security, downstream competition

By: Anine Kilian     7th August 2017 Sunrise Energy's R1.02-billion open-access liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) import and storage terminal, in Saldanha Bay, in the Western Cape, will enable the import of LPG in large quantities, boosting regional energy security and increasing downstream competition. The facility, which is Africa's... 

Sunrise Energy's R1bn LPG storage facility to boost energy security, downstream competition

Legal and policy certainty required if gas economy is to be realised

By: Mia Breytenbach     4th August 2017 Key factors that will influence the establishment of a gas economy in South Africa include the passing of the amended Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act (MPRDA) and greater clarity regarding the expected and stated imports of liquefied natural gas (LNG), says South African Oil and... 

Legal and policy certainty required if gas economy is to be realised
Photo by Reuters
INDUSTRIAL ROLEMODEL Liquefied petroleum gas industry could play a strategic role in the establishment of a gas economy as key lessons can be learnt from this industry 

Zambia’s offgrid homes to be equipped with pay-to-own solar home systems

By: Natasha Odendaal     2nd August 2017 Energy and financial services firm Fenix International is working to deploy pay-to-own solar home systems in Zambia leveraging telecommunications giant MTN’s mobile money platform. In partnership with the Swedish Embassy in Zambia, which committed nearly $3-million to the project up to 2020,... 

Localisation in infrastructure development in SADC critical for industrialisation

By: Anine Kilian     1st August 2017 Localisation in infrastructure development across the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region is critical for industrialisation, according to African Integration and Industry chief director Nigel Gwynne-Evans, who spoke at the SADC Industrialisation Week in Johannesburg on Tuesday.... 

DBSA committed to funding infrastructure projects throughout SADC

By: Anine Kilian     1st August 2017 With low levels of electrification hindering economic growth and development in sub-Saharan Africa – where 78% of the population is reliant on biomass as their main energy source – $57-trillion will be required until 2030 to fund the continent’s infrastructure and energy projects, according to... 

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