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Strategic planning ensures successful turnaround on refinery upgrades

     8th September 2017 Creative thinking and sound preparation enabled engineering firm MegChem to assist oil company Chevron with large-scale upgrades at its Cape Town refinery in a turnaround period of ten weeks, says MegChem director Louis Odendaal 

Company champions enterprise development in fledgling waste industry

By: Nadine James     8th September 2017 Skills and socioeconomic development company Bosch Ulwazi launched the first phase of its three-year Enterprise and Supplier Development (ESD) programme in KwaZulu-Natal, in July. The Petroleum and Waste Recycling programme will assist in developing five businesses that will offer products and... 

Company champions  enterprise development in fledgling waste industry
ENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT The programme encompasses project and operations management, mentoring and skills development, as well as assistance with International Organisation of Standardisation accreditation

Statoil acquires an interest in two South African exploration licences

By: Anine Kilian     7th September 2017 Norwegian multinational oil and gas company Statoil has acquired an interest into two South African oil and gas exploration licences. It has bought a 35% interest in exploration right 12/3/252 Transkei-Algoa from ExxonMobil Exploration and Production South Africa. The licence covers about 45 000... 

Woodside steadily building its offshore position in Africa

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     6th September 2017 Australian oil and gas major Woodside will continue to grow its portfolio of offshore petroleum assets across the African region, executive VP for global exploration, Phil Loader, said on Wednesday. Speaking on the sidelines of the Africa Downunder conference, in Perth, Loader said that the... 

Woodside steadily building its offshore position in Africa
Photo by Bryan Charlton
Woodside VP for global exploration Phil Loader

PetroSA, Rosgeo sign multimillion-dollar deal for oil, gas exploration in South Africa

By: Anine Kilian     4th September 2017 State-owned PetroSA has signed an agreement with Russian geological exploration company Rosgeo that will result in the investment of about $400-million in oil and gas development off the coast of South Africa. The agreement was signed at the ninth yearly Brics Summit that is currently under way... 

South Africa has insufficient skills for development of a shale gas industry

By: Anine Kilian     1st September 2017 There are insufficient skills in South Africa to support the development of a shale gas industry, South African National Energy Association secretary general Dave Wright said at a national shale gas conference, in Port Elizabeth, on Friday. He noted that the country had a small and limited... 

Government certainty needed for successful shale gas exploration in South Africa

By: Anine Kilian     1st September 2017 Government must make a clear-cut decision on whether or not to proceed with shale gas exploration in the Karoo, University of Cape Town Institute of Marine and Environmental Law's Professor Jan Glazewski said on Friday. Speaking to Engineering News Online on the sidelines of a national shale gas... 

Policy limits South African gas economy

By: Marleny Arnoldi     1st September 2017 Policy and legislation on natural gas are currently bottlenecked in South Africa, which creates limits to South Africa’s gas economy growth, says growth strategy company Frost & Sullivan.  

Policy limits South African gas economy
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COVERING THE BASES South Africa is unlikely to get to a stage of fully understanding the technicalities and geology of indigenous natural gas until it gathers more empirical data

More participation in safety scheme ensures safe gas use

By: Marleny Arnoldi     1st September 2017 Despite strict safety compliance procedures, industries that use coal-fired or electrical equipment are slowly realising the benefits of using gas-fired equipment instead.  

More participation in safety scheme ensures safe gas use
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SAFETY CONCERN Having equipment conform to international/national safety standards is key to an effective gas system

Project to unlock local gas economy

By: Marleny Arnoldi     1st September 2017 The pursuit of piped gas into South Africa from Mozambique could unlock South Africa’s gas economy, says investment and project development company Fortune Capital.  

Project to unlock local gas economy
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UNLOCKING POTENTIAL Fortune Capital is an entity that is going to enable power players to access gas in South Africa Filename:

Waste management company recommends alternative energy switch

By: Marleny Arnoldi     1st September 2017 Considering natural gas as an alternative energy source could prove beneficial for the country’s economy in the long run, says waste management company Interwaste COO Jason McNeil.  

Waste management company recommends alternative energy switch
JASON MCNEIL South Africa’s gas economy is in its infancy, but once the market becomes more competitive, you will see a lot more technology introduced

Studies point to favourable outlook for vanadium redox flow battery

By: Mia Breytenbach     1st September 2017 There is favourable demand for vanadium redox flow batteries (VRFBs), particularly in the utility and offgrid, as well as minigrid, markets, with demand to peak from 2025 to 2030. This is according to recently concluded market studies, commissioned by Aim-listed Bushveld Minerals’ energy... 

Studies point to favourable outlook for vanadium redox flow battery
Photo by Duane Daws
FORTUNE MOJAPELO There is no longer any doubt about the growth of energy storage globally to gigawatts of annual capacity and billions of dollars in market opportunity

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
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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
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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

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