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Energy News

VEHS presents opportunity to change energy landscape

By: Simone Liedtke     12th February 2018 With South Africa's electricity largely still generated from fossil fuels and the lengthy processes involved in commissioning renewable-energy, civil engineering company Epitome Consulting GM Clement Mokoenene says transferring high volumes of traffic energy into electricity could significantly... 

Lubricants company creates specialist division to drive localisation

By: Marleny Arnoldi     9th February 2018 Lubricants specialist FUCHS Lubricants South Africa (FUCHS) and its parent company FUCHS Petrolub SE, based in Germany, have created a Lubritech division to drive a specialisation and localisation agenda.  

Lubricants company creates specialist  division to drive localisation
Photo by Duane Daws
PLANT FOR PURPOSE Before food-grade lubrication can be manufactured, it needs certain certifications, including Kosher, Halaal and ISO 21469 certification

Political shifts lift investor mood in Southern African mining

By: Reuters     8th February 2018 Mining is a long-term game, but in Southern Africa dramatic political changes have transformed the investment mood for the better in the space of a year. Angola's Jose Eduardo dos Santos and Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe stepped down in 2017 after a combined 75 years in office, while the election of... 

Tribunal to consider Sinopec's $900m deal to acquire 75% of Chevron South Africa

By: Simone Liedtke     7th February 2018 The Competition Tribunal will, on Thursday, consider the proposed $900-million buyout by China Petroleum and Chemical Corporation (Sinopec) subsidiary SOIHL HK of a 75% interest in Chevron South Africa (CSA). Sinopec is a significant Chinese manufacturer and supplier of petroleum and... 

Sasol successfully commissions Phase 2 of wax expansion plant

By: Simone Liedtke     6th February 2018 Phase 2 of petrochemicals company Sasol’s Fischer-Tropsch Wax Expansion Plant (FTWEP) has successfully been commissioned at its Sasolburg operation. Valued at R13.6-billion, the plant has successfully started in its entirety and has been running stably for six months. 

Sasol successfully commissions Phase 2 of wax expansion plant

Total sells 25% stake in South African offshore prospect to Qatar Petroleum

By: Creamer Media Reporter      5th February 2018 International energy group Total announced on Monday that it would sell, subject to regulatory approval, a 25% interest in Exploration Block 11B/12B, offshore South Africa, to Qatar Petroleum. The block is located in the Outeniqua basin, around 175 km off the southern coast of South Africa. It... 

Total sells 25% stake in South African offshore prospect to Qatar Petroleum

Petrol, diesel prices drop for February

By: African News Agency      5th February 2018 The price of all grades of petrol will drop by 30c/l with effect from midnight on Tuesday. Diesel (0.05 percent sulphur) will drop by 17c/l, as will diesel (0.005 percent sulphur), the energy department said in a statement on Sunday. 

World-class speakers confirmed for exhibition

2nd February 2018 Africa’s only dedicated heating, energy, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration trade exhibition FRIGAIR expo will fly in three world-class American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) speakers to present topical short courses during the show. The... 

World-class speakers  confirmed for exhibition
KNOWLEDGE CORNER Courses at FRIGAIR expo can benefit engineers, architects, contractors and designers

African expo and conference expanding

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     2nd February 2018 To cater for a growing interest in power generation and water, this year’s African Utility Week (AUW) will occupy the entire Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) as well as the new building, CTICC 2. The new 31 148 m2 building consists of 10 000 m2 conference and exhibition space... 

African expo and  conference expanding
NETWORKING HUB The African Utility Week conference and expo will feature over 300 speakers

New flowmeter from South African manufacturer

2nd February 2018 South African manufacturer Instrotech is offering a flow meter called Kobold RCD, for measuring and monitoring the flow of liquids and gases. The company explains that depending on the model, the measuring range of the Kobold RCD ranges from 0.5 ℓ/min to 2 350 ℓ/min for water and 0.5 Nm3/h to 2... 

New gas detection sensors available in SA

2nd February 2018 A range of compact gas sensors from gas detection sensor technology developer Figaro is now available for purchase in South Africa through electronics components supplier RS Components (RS). The company explains that the gas sensors are targeting a wide range of gas monitoring and detection... 

Production starts at Algerian gasfield

2nd February 2018 Energy company Repsol has started production from the Reggane Nord gasfields, in Algeria. With construction completed in December, the company explains that the Reggane Nord gasfields are expected to produce eight-million cubic metres a day of gas. 

Production starts at Algerian gasfield
Photo by Bloomberg
CONTROLLING THE BLAZE There are several blocks of gas producing fields currently controlled by Repsol in Algeria

Looming 2020 bunker fuel deadline spells trouble for coastal refineries

By: Nadine James     2nd February 2018 South Africa’s three coastal refineries – as well as a significant majority of coastal refineries globally – will definitely miss the International Maritime Organisation’s (IMO’s) January 1, 2020 deadline to reduce the sulphur specification in bunker fuel oil (BFO) from 3.5% to 0.5%, says Wright... 

Looming 2020 bunker fuel deadline  spells trouble for coastal refineries
UNCERTAINTY Owing to the uncertainty of the deadline set out by the International Maritime Organisation many shippers and refiners have avoided spending on capital intensive upgrades

Air Liquide launches €200m air separation unit at Sasol

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     1st February 2018 Gas company Air Liquide has launched a €200-million air separation unit (ASU) at energy and chemicals company Sasol's Secunda plant. Said to be the biggest oxygen production unit in the world, the ASU has a production capacity of 5 000 t/d of oxygen. Owned and operated by Air Liquide, it is the... 

Air Liquide launches €200m air separation unit at Sasol

Erin Energy discovers hydrocarbons at Nigeria well

By: Anine Kilian     31st January 2018 JSE-listed Erin Energy has completed drilling of its Nigeria-based Oyo-NW well and, based on preliminary evaluation, has discovered hydrocarbons in the Miocene formation. The well is located about 9.5 km northwest of the Oyo Central field on the company’s block 120 offshore Nigeria. 

Brown says boards of State-owned enterprises must shape up 

By: African News Agency      30th January 2018 Embattled Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown on Tuesday told MPs she expected the boards of South Africa's corruption-stricken, cash-strapped parastatals to perform or be replaced. "The message to the boards of all SOCs is that they must shape up or ship out. If they are unable to instill... 

Brown says boards of State-owned enterprises must shape up
Photo by Duane Daws
Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown

Egypt to halt imports of LNG by end of FY 2017/18 – Petroleum Minister

By: Reuters     29th January 2018 Egypt plans to stop importing liquefied natural gas (LNG) by the end of the 2017/18 fiscal year ending in June as it speeds up production at recently discovered gasfields, Petroleum Minister Tarek El Molla said on Saturday. Egypt said previously that it would halt imports by the start of 2019. 

Natural gas boilers coming to the fore

By: Robyn Wilkinson     26th January 2018 As environmental protection pressures increase globally and the quality of coal being supplied to the local market decreases, Johannesburg-based gas reticulator Egoli Gas and one of its technology partners Steam Generation Africa are confident that interest in natural gas as an alternative fuel... 

Natural gas boilers coming to the fore
CLEANER TECHNOLOGY Steam Generation’s heat recovery boilers are fully insulated and clad, complete with valves and pipework, to ease site installation

Need for more energy increases demand for solar power

By: Victor Moolman     26th January 2018 With electricity demand in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region increasing, Stellenbosch University Faculty of Engineering’s Centre for Renewable and Sustainable Energy Studies senior researcher Karin Kritzinger believes that solar water heaters can be one of the major... 

Need for more energy increases  demand for solar power
Photo by Duane Daws
WIDESPREAD POWER There are several solar farms across the member countries of the Southern African Development Community

Angola opens up fuel imports with first major tender – sources

By: Reuters     24th January 2018 Angolan state oil firm Sonangol has issued its first public tender to buy refined products to widen its import base, market sources who have seen the tender said, in a sign the country is committed to reforming its oil industry. For years OPEC member Angola has largely relied on commodities... 

Sasol says higher oil price, if sustained, bodes well for H2

By: Terence Creamer     23rd January 2018 Chemicals and energy group Sasol indicated on Tuesday that its second-half results would be positively affected should the recent rise in oil prices to levels approaching $70/bbl be sustained for the remainder of its financial year, which runs to June 30. In a trading statement for the six months... 

Sasol says higher oil price, if sustained, bodes well for H2

Nigeria's Oando and key shareholder settle long-running dispute

By: Reuters     23rd January 2018 Nigerian oil company Oando said on Monday it had settled a squabble with a key shareholder and was working on resolving remaining shareholder disputes and getting a suspension of its shares lifted. The company said it has addressed issues raised by Dahiru Mangal, ending a drawn-out conflict, and... 

Saudi energy minister: oil producers have consensus on cooperating after 2018

By: Reuters     22nd January 2018 Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (Opec) and non-Opec oil producers have a consensus that they should continue cooperating on production after the end of 2018, when their current agreement on production cuts expires, Saudi Arabian energy minister Khalid al-Falih said on Sunday. If oil... 

Nigeria passes major oil reform bill after 17 year struggle

By: Reuters     19th January 2018 Nigeria has moved closer to turning an oil industry bill into law after a 17 year struggle to complete the legislation which aims to increase transparency and stimulate growth in the country's oil industry. Nigeria' lower house of parliament has passed a version of the bill which is the same as... 

Nigeria lawmakers look into recovering $21bn revenues from oil groups

By: Reuters     19th January 2018 Nigerian lawmakers ordered an investigation on Thursday into whether the government could recover $21-billion in revenues from international oil companies. Oil minister Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu said in December the government had failed to enforce a legal provision entitling it to a greater share of... 

UK announces further funding for small modular nuclear reactor programme

By: Keith Campbell     19th January 2018 The British government last month announced the next phase in its programme of funding the development of small modular nuclear reactors (SMRs), which forms part of a larger programme to develop the nuclear technology and energy sector in the UK. This phase will see Westminster awarding up to... 

Sasol service stations attract largest number of visitors, survey reveals

By: Irma Venter     19th January 2018 Sasol service stations are attracting the most feet per service station in South Africa, with Shell service stations in second position. Engen, with its much larger service station footprint, attracts more visitors, in total, than any other brand. 

Nigeria moves closer to turning long-awaited oil bill into law

By: Reuters     18th January 2018 Nigeria moved closer to turning the first part of a long-awaited oil industry bill into law after the lower house passed the same version of the legislation approved by the Senate last year, a lawmaker in the House of Representatives said on Thursday. It is the first time both houses have... 

Congo Republic plans to join Opec oil cartel

By: Reuters     18th January 2018 Congo Republic plans to join the Opec oil cartel, the government said, as the former French colony presses ahead with projects that could help it become the third-largest oil producer in sub-Saharan Africa. "The Republic of Congo has decided to accede to the Organization of the Petroleum... 

Niger Delta Avengers say they will attack Nigeria's oil sector within days

By: Reuters     17th January 2018 Nigerian militant group Niger Delta Avengers said on Wednesday it planned to launch attacks on the country's oil sector in the next few days. The group claimed responsibility for most attacks on oil facilities in the Niger Delta in 2016, which cut Nigeria's crude production from a peak of... 

Global competition aims to promote start-ups in energy innovation

By: Anine Kilian     16th January 2018 Start Up Energy Transition (SET), an international platform promoting innovation in energy transition, is accepting applications for global start-ups to pitch in Berlin, at the SET Tech Festival, and get featured as a top global start-up company with the World Energy Council. The SET award is a... 

More fuel price relief for SA motorists – AA

By: News24Wire      15th January 2018 Fuel prices are set for month-end decreases, this is according to the Automobile Association (AA) commenting on mid-month fuel price data released by the Central Energy Fund. The AA said: "The Rand/US dollar exchange rate has had one of its flattest periods of trading in recent times. It has... 

More fuel price relief for SA motorists – AA

Sinopec commits to R6bn upgrade of Chevron South Africa refinery as buyout deal gathers pace

11th January 2018 Chinese oil company China Petroleum and Chemical Corporation (Sinopec) has undertaken to invest R6-billion to upgrade and modernise Chevron South Africa’s (CSA’s) Cape Town-based oil refinery, if it succeeds in its bid to acquire control of CSA. 

Sinopec commits to R6bn upgrade of Chevron South Africa refinery as buyout deal gathers pace

Africa Energy Indaba partners with SAEEC

By: Anine Kilian     9th January 2018 The Africa Energy Indaba (AEI) has entered into a strategic partnership with the South African Electrotechnical Export Council (SAEEC) to grow and develop the African energy sector with SAEEC member companies.   The SAEEC is a public–private partnership between South African business and the... 

Fuel prices to drop in January

By: African News Agency      2nd January 2018 The price of fuel products will drop with effect from midnight on Tuesday, according to the energy department. Petrol 93 octane ULP (unleaded) and LRP (lead replacement) will drop by 29 cents a litre (c/ℓ), petrol 95 ULP and LRP by 34 c/ℓ, diesel 0.05 percent sulphur by 22 c/ℓ, and diesel 0.005... 

Fuel prices to drop in January

Oil and gas firm Efora says deal to buy Belton Park lapses

By: African News Agency      2nd January 2018 Oil and gas company Efora Energy said on Tuesday its agreement to acquire the assets and operations of Belton Park Trading 134 had lapsed after outstanding conditions were not fulfilled. In October, Efora said it was buying Belton Park, which markets and sells petroleum products for an aggregate... 

Oil and gas firm Efora says deal to buy Belton Park lapses

Group Five expects material earnings impact as Kpone drags

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     19th December 2017 Owing to a number of delays at construction company Group Five’s $410-million independent gas- and oil-fired combined cycle power plant Kpone contract in Ghana, the company expects to report an impact on its group earnings and cash in the first half of 2018. The company was contracted to design,... 

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