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MPRDA, LNG import clarity key to establishment of gas economy

By: Mia Breytenbach     11th July 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), while greater clarity is also needed around the anticipated and stated imports of liquefied natural gas (LNG), says South... 

Nepad Special Fund contributors call for increased contribution for Africa’s infrastructure development

By: Creamer Media Reporter      10th July 2017 While contributions to the New Partnership for Africa’s Development’s (Nepad’s) Infrastructure Project Preparation Facility (IPPF) Special Fund reached some $90.5-million during the first half of this year, donor contributors have urged other countries to contribute to the fund to support... 

New-generation Sentient hand-held unit for gas detection

     7th July 2017 The new generation Ingress Protection 68 rated Sentient handheld unit is widely regarded as the most cost effective, sophisticated and low maintenance gas detection device in the mining industry today. 

New-generation Sentient hand-held unit for  gas detection
GAS DETECTION SYSTEMS This instrument was developed by Booyco Electronics, specifically to improve safety in any confined spaces

Thermometer designed and tested for industry use

     7th July 2017 Handheld-products supplier Fluke - represented locally by distribution service provider Comtest - has launched the Fluke 64 MAX IR thermometer with internal memory, unattended monitoring, improved accuracy, increased battery life, as well as the precision needed to do the job accurately. 

Thermometer  designed and tested  for industry use
THERMOMETER APPLICATIONS Applications include the industrial maintenance, the electrical as well as the heating, ventilation and air conditioning industries

Commissioning activities under way at pipeline

By: Simone Liedtke     7th July 2017 Packaging company Nampak Glass in May commissioned a 1-km-long, high-pressure underground gas pipeline that was constructed by multidisciplinary corporation Saiyl. 

Commissioning activities under way at pipeline
NAMPAK STATION This underground pipeline ties into the newly constructed Nampak Pressure Reduction Station in Germiston

Need for accurate designs of dosing systems 

By: Simone Liedtke     7th July 2017 The designs for dosing systems in the gas and fumes industries have to be accurate to ensure safety, says chemical dosing and pumping applications supplier Packaged Metering and Pumping Solutions (PMPS) technical director David O’Neill. 

Need for accurate designs of dosing systems
Packaged Metering and Pumping Solutions’ David O’Neill talks about the company’s strategies with regards to the fracking process. Camerawork and Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Particulate matter a national concern

By: Simone Liedtke     7th July 2017 Owing to government’s 2020 target that air quality in all low-income settlements should be in full compliance with ambient air quality standards, mineral processing company MIP Process Technologies (MIP) MD Philip Hoff says particulate matter is, therefore, a national concern. 

Particulate matter a national concern
PHILIP HOFF MIP invests in young engineers and has, in the past, offered bursaries to chemical engineering students

Tosaco Energy granted permits to explore for onshore gas in Mpumalanga 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     6th July 2017 The Petroleum Agency of South Africa has granted a new entrant in South Africa’s energy sector, Tosaco Energy, three onshore technical cooperation permits (TCPs), enabling the company to explore for and develop a potential gas resource in Mpumlanga. Situated near existing natural gas pipeline... 

Tosaco Energy granted permits to explore for onshore gas in Mpumalanga

CEF appoints new interim PetroSA board

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     6th July 2017 The Central Energy Fund (CEF) has appointed a new interim board at embattled State-owned oil and gas company PetroSA, effective July 5. Former South African Farmers Development Agency MD Nhlanhla Gumede has been appointed chairperson, succeeding former interim chairperson Wilfred Ngubane. 

Agri SA says will not support fracking as set out under current legislation  

By: Anine Kilian     5th July 2017 Agricultural industry association Agri SA says it cannot support government’s continued pursuit of hydraulic fracturing (fracking). Addressing media at a briefing in Centurion, on Wednesday, Agri SA president Johannes Möller said there were still uncertainties with respect to water supply and... 

Agri SA says will not support fracking as set out under current legislation
Agri SA President Johannes Moller talks to Engineeirng News Online about fracking

AFC loans $28m to Tunisia’s Topic SA

By: Anine Kilian     4th July 2017 Independent energy company Topic SA will receive a $28-million subordinated loan facility from multilateral development finance institution Africa Finance Corporation (AFC) to develop the Halk El Menzel offshore oil concession block, also known as the Helm project, in Northern Tunisia. The Helm... 

AEP debuts on JSE’s AltX 

By: Natasha Odendaal     30th June 2017 The debut of black-empowered clean energy group AEP Energy Africa on JSE’s AltX marks the start of new beginnings for the company which is aiming to become “Africa’s clean energy champion”. Speaking to Engineering News Online post the listing celebrations, AEP COO Nkosi Gugushe boasted about the... 

AEP debuts on JSE’s AltX
AEP COO Nkosi Gugushe discusses the listing of AEP and its ambitions for the future. Date recorded: 30.06.2016. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd. Video Editing: Lionel da Silva.

Women in energy efficiency look to expand mentorship programme

By: Mia Breytenbach     30th June 2017 Following the initial success of the Southern African Females in Energy Efficiency (Safee) mentorship programmes in the past year, Safee’s potential objectives are to establish the mentorship programme in other provinces, as well as host Safee chapters at various tertiary institutions in the... 

New solution available in SA

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     30th June 2017 US-based safe water disinfection company MIOX, a Johnson Matthey company, designs and manufactures on-site chemical generators, which are an alternative solution to using hazardous chemicals, and its many benefits can be applied positively in South Africa, suggests MIOX senior applications... 

New solution available in SA
ALTERNATIVE SOLUTION MIOX’s on-site chemical generators are an alternative to using hazardous chemicals for water treatment

Summit to outline African LPG market growth potential

By: Mia Breytenbach     29th June 2017 While Africa – the fastest-growing liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) market in the world today – is rich with potential for LPG industry players, distribution challenges, affordability and safety issues need to be addressed to capitalise on this potential, according to industry experts. This emerged... 

Rocket technology idea wins Global Impact Challenge Award

By: Mia Breytenbach     16th June 2017 The idea to use innovative rocket technology that uses asteroid metal as fuel to achieve industrial-scale transport of mined asteroid material has been crowned the winner of the 2017 Singularity University Global Impact Challenge (GIC) Southern Africa edition competition. The US-based Singularity... 

Rocket technology idea wins Global Impact Challenge Award
JONATHAN LUN My idea is to use . . . a vacuum arc thruster, that consumes asteroid metal as fuel to achieve industrial-scale transport of mined asteroid material

Municipality reduces GHG by using buses

By: Simone Liedtke     16th June 2017 The City of Johannesburg metropolitan municipality aims to achieve 25% less greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions, an operational cost efficiency with gas at R7/l for bus equivalents, and over three phases create more supply chain opportunities using its ‘green’ Metrobus fleet. 

AIIM secures 44% stake in Albatross Energy Mali

By: Natasha Odendaal     13th June 2017 Equity investor African Infrastructure Investment Managers (AIIM) has acquired a 44% stake in Albatros Energy Mali, which is developing Mali’s first independent power project (IPP) to feed into the national grid. Albatros will start the 16-month construction – under a build, own, operate and... 

Erin Energy targets Oyo-9 drilling completion by year-end

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     12th June 2017 JOHANNESBURG (miningweekly.com) – The start of drilling operations at dual-listed Erin Energy’s Oyo-9 development well, in Nigeria, is planned for July, with a targeted completion date before year-end. This follows the signing of a $15-million drilling contract with Pacific Drilling, in March,... 

Petredec, Bidvest to develop 22 600 t LPG storage facility 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     9th June 2017 Liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) logistics company Petredec has entered into an agreement with bulk liquid storage operator Bidvest Tank Terminals to develop a new 22 600 t facility for the import and storage of LPG at Bidvest’s site, in Richards Bay. The completed facility will be the region’s... 

Conglomerate helps company reduce power generation costs

     9th June 2017 US-based multinational conglomerate corporation General Electric (GE) have announced an agreement with the world’s largest aluminium rolling company Hindalco Industries to upgrade generation equipment at its Renusagar Captive Power Plant in Uttar Pradesh, India. GE will modernise two steam... 

IRP draft hinders cogeneration opportunities  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     9th June 2017 An unintended consequence of the recently published draft Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) for energy is that because it excludes cogeneration as a viable technology, cogenerators will be unable to participate in the energy market without Ministerial consent, says Paper Manufacturers Association of... 

IRP draft hinders cogeneration opportunities
Photo by Bloomberg
OVERLOOKED ENTITY The impact of the DoE IRP draft excludeing cogeneration as a viable, green technology raises concerns forpulp and paper industry

Experts see radical changes ahead in the oil and gas industry

By: Kim Cloete     8th June 2017 Climate change policies, green investment and changes in consumer behaviour are beginning to bite and are expected to have a major impact on oil consumption throughout the world, a special seminar on the future of oil and gas has heard. “The collapse in the price of oil and the failure of the... 

Afrox appoints new CFO

By: Creamer Media Reporter      8th June 2017 JSE-listed African Oxygen (Afrox) has appointed Matthias Vogt CFO and executive director, effective August 1. He will succeed Dorian Devers, who will step down as CFO on July 31. 

Only two board members left at beleaguered PetroSA – report

By: News24Wire      7th June 2017 The Central Energy Fund declined to comment on Wednesday on a report that four of the six remaining board members of PetroSA tendered their resignations. BusinessLive reported that the resignations of now interim board chairperson Wilfred Ngubane, Thami Hlongwa, Johlene Ntwane and Banothile... 

Sunrise discharges first LPG shipment through Saldanha Bay terminal

By: Samantha Herbst     2nd June 2017 One of two international traders – and their local joint venture partners – who have commercial agreements in place with South Africa-based energy infrastructure company Sunrise Energy on Thursday discharged 2 450 t of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) through Sunrise’s Saldanha Bay terminal, in the... 

Sunrise discharges first LPG shipment through Saldanha Bay terminal

US agency awards grant to SA IPP for Free State solar study

By: Mia Breytenbach     2nd June 2017 The US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) has awarded a grant to Johannesburg-based independent power developer Pele Green Energy. The grant will fund a feasibility study to assess the viability of a 75 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant, in the Free State. US Consul General of Cape Town... 

US agency awards grant to SA IPP for Free State solar study
Photo by Bloomberg
NECESSARY ANALYSIS The grant funds a feasibility study to assess the viability of a 75 MW solar photovoltaic power plant, in the Free State

Sasol faces up to air quality challenges of new standards

By: Natasha Odendaal     31st May 2017 As Sasol works to transition its plant operations to meet the new air quality minimum emissions standards requirements, “credible, viable solutions” to its two biggest air quality challenges remain out of reach and the group plans to apply to have the compliance deadline postponed by five years.... 

Sasol faces up to air quality challenges of new standards

UCT to host oil, gas webinar

By: Anine Kilian     30th May 2017 The University of Cape Town will host a two-hour webinar on the future of oil and gas in South Africa on June 7. This webinar will take a 10- to 25-year view on the future of oil and gas in South Africa and the broader Southern African region. It will ask critical questions about the way forward. 

Energy Minister mulls criminal charges over sale of S Africa’s strategic fuel stocks 

By: African News Agency      30th May 2017 Energy Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi on Tuesday told MPs she was considering criminal charges relating to the sale of 10.3-million barrels of South Africa’s strategic fuel reserves. Briefing Parliament’s portfolio committee on energy, Kubayi again confirmed the fuel stocks were “sold” and not rotated... 

Energy Minister mulls criminal charges over sale of S Africa’s strategic fuel stocks
Energy Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi

Rising US output holding back Opec’s efforts to cut global supply

By: Anine Kilian     26th May 2017 Fast-rising US shale output continues to hamper efforts by the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (Opec) to cut oil supply to boost prices. IHS Markit senior director Bhushan Bahree noted in a statement on Friday that the US’s crude oil production is expected to rise by more 900... 

Gas safety highlighted during summit as energy demand grows

By: Dylan Slater     26th May 2017 Using gas safely as a form of energy was highlighted during the Gas Safety and Compliance Summit, held in February, at the Royal Elephant Hotel and Conference Centre in Eldoraigne, and hosted by the Southern African Gas Association (Saga).  

Koeberg Unit 2 restarted after maintenance shutdown

By: Natasha Odendaal     24th May 2017 Koeberg nuclear power station’s Unit 2 has reconnected to State-owned power utility Eskom’s national electricity grid following a 36-day planned maintenance outage. The outage, dubbed Outage 222, as it is the twenty-second outage on Unit 2, has become the second shortest outage performed in the... 

IDC approves R218m loan for development of Free State natural gas project 

By: Terence Creamer     24th May 2017 South Africa’s State-owned Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) has approved R218-million in loan finance to support the further development of a natural gas resource in the Free State through the creation of a 107-km pipeline network and associated gas processing facilities. The funding,... 

IDC approves R218m loan for development of Free State natural gas project
Photo by Duane Daws
Renergen CEO Stefano Marani

Puma Energy sponsors South Africa’s Flying Lions aerobatic team 

     24th May 2017 International oil company Puma Energy recently announced, at Rand Airport in Germiston, east of Johannesburg, that it was sponsoring the Flying Lions aerobatic team. Keith Campbell reports. 

Puma Energy sponsors South Africa’s Flying Lions aerobatic team
Puma Energy sponsors South Africa’s Flying Lions aerobatic team

Adam retires as Niasa president

By: Creamer Media Reporter      22nd May 2017 The Nuclear Industry Association of South Africa (Niasa) will, in due course, announce a successor to nuclear physicist Dr Rob Adam, who retired last week as president. Adam, who served as Niasa president for the past decade, is currently SKA telescope project CEO and a past South African Nuclear... 

IPP Office to be incorporated into overhauled Central Energy Fund 

By: Terence Creamer     19th May 2017 South Africa’s highly respected Independent Power Producer (IPP) Office, which has overseen nearly R200-billion-worth of renewable-energy investment since 2011, is to be incorporated into the Central Energy Fund (CEF), which itself is to be overhauled. Energy Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi announced... 

IPP Office to be incorporated into overhauled Central Energy Fund
DoE director-general Thabane Zulu seconded to SFF as acting CEO

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