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Deal opens way for new liquid bulk handling facility at the Port of Ngqura

By: Irma Venter     19th May 2017 Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) and Oiltanking Grindrod Calulo (OTGC) in May signed an agreement in Port Elizabeth that will see OTGC plan, fund, construct, maintain and operate a new liquid bulk handling facility at the Port of Ngqura, in the Eastern Cape. The facility’s concept... 

World record set after large oil rig lifted and shipped in one piece

By: Dylan Slater     19th May 2017 North Sea oil rig the Brent Delta platform, belonging to oil company Shell UK, was recently successfully lifted off of its three-legged structure in the Brent oilfield, about 180 km off the coast of the Shetland Islands last month, setting a world record for the heaviest single-piece lift at sea.  

World record set after large oil rig lifted and shipped in one piece
BRENT DELTA The large and ageing oil rig arrives at the Able Seaton Port to be recycled

Eastern Cape sets sights on becoming Africa’s leading fuel bunkering centre

By: Mia Breytenbach     12th May 2017 Following the successful introduction of a deep-sea bunkering service off the coast of  Port Elizabeth, in the Eastern Cape, the province has set itself the target of being the leading bunkering stopover in Africa, states Eastern Cape MEC for Rural Development and Agrarian Reform Mlibo... 

Eastern Cape sets sights on becoming Africa’s leading fuel bunkering centre
Photo by Duane Daws
TARGETING OPPORTUNITIES The Eastern Cape province is targeting liquid fuels, bunkering services and biofuels, gas-to-power generation and a commercial and industrial gas industry

Cement and concrete affected by faltering construction industry

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     12th May 2017 The construction industry in South Africa – which is tied directly to the state of cement and concrete – is stuttering, but there is scope to improve, says chemicals solutions provider Chryso Southern Africa (Chryso) CEO Norman Seymore. It has been widely reported that the construction industry... 

Cement and concrete affected by faltering construction industry
Photo by Bloomberg
NOTHING CONCRETE A lack of major infrastructure projects in South Africa is negatively affecting the construction industry, thereby hindering the state of cement and concrete

Robust pump delivers water on dry days

     12th May 2017 Pump manufacturer Franklin Electric has developed a rugged, high-output solar-powered pumping system which solves the challenges presented by harsh and remote environments, providing pumping power on dry days when water is needed most. 

Robust pump delivers water  on dry days
Photo by Bloomberg
SOLAR POWER The SolarPAK uses solar power to transport water over long distances

Renewed interest in delayed Uganda oil refinery plan

By: John Muchira     12th May 2017 The much-delayed crude oil refinery in Uganda is back on track after eight international companies expressed interest in implementing the $4-billion project. Four of the bidders have been shortlisted, and the Uganda government intends to select one of them before July, eight months after the... 

Afrox CFO resigns

     9th May 2017 Dorian Devers has resigned as CFO of JSE-listed African Oxygen (Afrox), effective July 31. He is relocating to New Zealand to pursue opportunities outside Linde Group. 

PetroSA denies business rescue allegations

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     8th May 2017 State-owned oil and gas company PetroSA on Monday refuted claims that it had asked its holding company, the Central Energy Fund, to place it under business rescue, stating that it was not in “financial distress”. It said media reports last week about the alleged request were “inaccurate and... 

Telecommunications giant sponsors African Utility Week

     5th May 2017 Telecommunication provider Huawei has signed a platinum sponsorship with African Utility Week (AUW), which is the leading conference and trade exhibition for African power, energy and water professionals, taking place from May 16 to 18 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.  

Telecommunications giant sponsors  African Utility Week
JERRY JI Green sustainable development can enrich lives in the era of energy intelligence

Awards to recognise innovation and efficiency at utility event

     5th May 2017 The fourth edition of the yearly African Utility Week (AUW) Industry Awards will once again honour pioneering utilities, projects and people in the energy and water industry on the continent during the AUW event, on May 17, at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.  

Awards to recognise  innovation and efficiency at utility event
RECOGNITION Being a finalist verifies excellence in the nominee’s business and proves leadership in either the energy or water industry

PPP promising for water industry

     5th May 2017 Water management forms an important part of African Utility Week and this year, the conference will focus on how private-public partnerships (PPPs) can assist water utilities to become more responsive and efficient in their practices. During the upcoming African Utility Week in Cape Town in May,... 

Energy management to improve

By: Johane Turkstra     5th May 2017 Attending this year’s African Utility Week taking place from May 16 to 18, the National Cleaner Production Centre of South Africa (NCPC-SA) believes that the implementation of energy management systems (EnMSes) can be beneficial for energy producers in Africa. Referring to the Industrial Energy... 

South Africa’s junk status problematic for power sector

By: Johane Turkstra     5th May 2017 South Africa’s recent demotion to credit rating junk status is immediately and directly affecting the country’s power supply. South Africans should not “bluff themselves” as the country’s newfound status can become a huge problem says audit, tax and advisory services company KPMG advisory head De... 

Gold and silver sponsors sign global reseller agreement

     5th May 2017 German conglomerate company and silver sponsor at this year’s African Utility Week, Siemens, and business analytics company and gold sponsor at the event SAP, have signed a global reseller agreement through which SAP will globally resell Siemens’ market-leading meter data management solution... 

Gold and silver sponsors sign global reseller agreement
SIEMENS AND SAP The effort is to address multiple digital end-to-end business scenarios for energy and utility clients globally

Innovation, home-grown solutions to be showcased at event

     5th May 2017 Conference and exhibition African Utility Week, held in Cape Town from May 16 to 18, will showcase how the continent is coming up with innovative, home-grown solutions to its energy and water challenges and how these are creating exciting and lucrative opportunities for utilities and industry... 

Innovation, home-grown solutions to be showcased at event
COMMUNITY ENERGY PROJECTS Community-scale projects are an important emerging trend in the sector

Business networking at Africa’s biggest trade event

     5th May 2017 By participating in business to business (B2B) meetings at the renowned African Utility Week, small, medium-sized and micro enterprises (SMMEs) in the water and power utility sector that benefit from European Union (EU) support will be better able to expand business abroad. Business Beyond... 

Business networking  at Africa’s biggest  trade event
BUSINESS BEYOND BORDERS The next BBB business connections event will take place at African Utility Week

Challenged renewable energy sector growing rapidly in Africa

By: Johane Turkstra     5th May 2017 The renewable energy sector has grown rapidly in the last four years and has delivered over 5 000 MW in South Africa alone, owing to the completion of about 80 renewable energy projects, says financial services company Thomson Reuters. “Renewables will receive considerable attention at African... 

Challenged renewable  energy sector growing  rapidly in Africa
RENEWABLE ENERGY Renewables will receive considerable attention at African Utility Week and in Africa’s energy sector in the future

Largest private IPP in Ghana on course for 2017 completion

By: Mia Breytenbach     5th May 2017 Ghanaian independent power producer Cenpower Generation Company’s Kpone Independent Power Plant (KIPP), which is expected to become a critical baseload component in meeting Ghana’s growing electricity demand, is expected to be commissioned before the end of 2017. Cenpower Generation Company’s... 

Largest private IPP in Ghana on course for 2017 completion
Photo by Cenpower Generation Company
BASELOAD COMPONENT The Kpone Independent Power Plant is a combined-cycle gas turbine power plant with a planned capacity of 340 MW and a multiple fuel operating capability

Internship academy launches young professionals platform

     5th May 2017 In response to the youth unemployment epidemic on the African continent, internship facilitators  Africa Internship Academy (AIA), will be launching its Young Energy and Power Professionals (YEPP) platform at the 2017 African Utility Week, which takes place at the  Cape Town International... 

Internship academy launches young professionals platform
NURTURING POTENTIAL The launch intends to establish a network of graduates attempting to solve Africa’s power and energy issues

Platinum sponsor returns to African Utility Week

     5th May 2017 Conference and trade exhibition African Utility Week has welcomed back a long-standing supporter - global energy giant Shell. The oil company will again be a platinum sponsor at the conference and exhibition from May 16 to 18, in Cape Town. 

Oiltanking Grindrod Calulo, TNPA sign liquid bulk agreement

By: Irma Venter     4th May 2017 Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) and Oiltanking Grindrod Calulo (OTGC) on Thursday signed an agreement in Port Elizabeth that will see OTGC plan, fund, construct, maintain and operate a new liquid bulk handling facility at the Port of Ngqura, in the Eastern Cape. The facility’s concept... 

Oiltanking Grindrod Calulo, TNPA sign liquid bulk agreement
Photo by Duane Daws
The Port of Ngqura

Business R&D showing signs of recovery

By: Keith Campbell     28th April 2017 The South African Government seeks to increase the country’s investment in research and development (R&D) by 100% from the R29-billion of 2014/2015 to to about R60-billion/year by 2020. In terms of percentage of gross domestic product (GDP), this would involve an increase from 0.77% to 1.5%.... 

Fuel price to rise next week

By: African News Agency      27th April 2017 The Department of Energy has confirmed that the price of petrol in Gauteng will increase by 49c per litre on May 3. This is due to the international product prices of petrol increasing during the recent period, as well as the rand having depreciated against the US dollar. 

Fuel price to rise next week

LNG-focused energy firm pursuing ‘diversified’ African investment pipeline

By: Terence Creamer     26th April 2017 Black-empowered energy company African Energy Partners (AEP), which plans to list as a special purpose acquisition company on the JSE’s AltX board on June 1, to raise up to R500-million to pursue liquefied natural gas (LNG) prospects in Africa, reports that its investment pipeline includes a... 

LNG-focused energy firm pursuing ‘diversified’ African investment pipeline
AEP CEO Edwin Kikonyogo

LPG industry urged to act on non-binding market inquiry findings 

By: Terence Creamer     24th April 2017 South Africa’s Competition Commission has made far-reaching, yet non-binding, recommendations for dealing with prevailing “market distortions” in the domestic liquid petroleum gas (LPG) sector following its first-ever market inquiry, which took nearly three years to complete. The report... 

LPG industry urged to act on non-binding market inquiry findings
Photo by Duane Daws
Commissioner Tembinkosi Bonakele and Minister Ebrahim Patel

DMR to brief Western Cape communities on shale gas development

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     21st April 2017 Mineral Resources Deputy Minister Godfrey Oliphant will on Tuesday host an information-sharing session with interested and affected communities and organisations in the Western Cape on the potential of shale gas development through hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. The Deputy Minister will... 

Bunkers improve product quality

     21st April 2017 Dutch axial control valve manufacturers Mokveld Valves BV has recently commissioned two new test bunkers for testing critical, high quality valve systems – used in process control applications for the oil and gas industries – thereby improving the quality and safety of the system. Mokveld, whose... 

Cogeneration valuable to S Africa’s energy mix

By: Robyn Wilkinson     21st April 2017 With cleaner energy technology rapidly advancing and industries increasingly aiming to stabilise their power supply through off-grid generation alternatives, energy solutions provider Vuselela Energy director Jacques Malan is confident that cogeneration systems can offer a valuable power... 

Cogeneration valuable  to S Africa’s energy mix
AWARD-WINNING SOLUTIONS Vuselela Energy’s Eternity Power project is enabling a smelter in Rustenburg to harvest thermal energy and convert it into energy

Pressure, temperature transmitter launched for downhole applications

     21st April 2017 Last month, US-based Emerson Automation Solutions introduced the Paine 328-12-0010 pressure and temperature data logger and digital transmitter for process measurement and data logging in downhole drilling applications. The company notes that downhole drilling operators need to measure pressure... 

Pressure, temperature transmitter launched for downhole applications
PAINE 328-12-0010 It measures pressure and temperature with full-scale accuracy of about 0.05% and is able to withstand operating temperatures from -40 °C to 175 °C

Cross-border power to boost African economies

By: Robyn Wilkinson     21st April 2017 With the announcement of an ambitious power project to connect Cape Town and Cairo within the next three years by regional orhganisation the Eastern Africa Power Pool, the opportunities for reliable cross-border electricity generation are once again in the spotlight, says power generation... 

Integrated energy solutions Africa’s answer

By: Robyn Wilkinson     21st April 2017 While several large-scale energy projects in Africa are progressing positively, growing global interest in sustainability and renewable energy highlights the need to actively pursue other low-cost, fast-tracked integrated energy solutions that will benefit Africans without access to electricity,... 

Fabrication facility to expand to accommodate heavy lifting fleet

By: Simone Liedtke     21st April 2017 Manufacturing company Sky Hill Heavy Engineering - a part of project services corporation Hydra-Arc in Secunda, Mpumalanga - has already commenced with the 100 m expansion of three of its four fabrication bays, to accommodate its heavy lifting fleet, says Hydra-Arc. 

Fabrication facility to expand to accommodate heavy lifting fleet
Photo by Petrus Saayman
IN-HOUSE PROJECTS Fabrication and refurbishment projects are executed from the engineering to transportation stages

Energy Minister reveals extent of executive vacancies at State-owned energy entities 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     19th April 2017 Several executive positions in the country’s State-owned energy entities have remained vacant for a year or more, a written Parliamentary reply by Energy Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi reveals. The Petroleum Agency of South Africa (PASA) has now been without a CEO for five years. 

Innovative projects making strides in laser industry

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     14th April 2017 The Laser Research Institute (LRI), part of the Physics Department at Stellenbosch University, has achieved notable research outputs during the past three years, which has resulted in several innovative projects such as ultrafast laser spectroscopy, as well as infrared spectroscopy and laser... 

Innovative projects making strides in laser industry
SIZEABLE DEVELOPMENT A robust miniature carbon dioxide laser test system for commercialisation and a large, high-pressure carbon dioxide laser to provide infrared light with Terawatt peak power are being developed

R&D capitalises on global growth

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     14th April 2017 The National Laser Centre (NLC), part of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), is undertaking a Photonics Prototyping Facility (PPF) programme and is exploring advance manufacturing technologies, leveraging on the strong global growth of the laser technology sector. NLC PPF... 

R&D capitalises on global growth
Photo by Bloomberg
ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING Laser-based three-dimensional technology is mostly focused on industrial application, and presents a specific area for significant growth in the future

South Africa’s hydrogen fuel cell programme making steady progress

By: Keith Campbell     14th April 2017 The Department of Science and technology (DST) is pleased with the progress being made by the Hydrogen South Africa (HySA) research, development and innovation (RDI) programme. This is a natural resources beneficiation project, aimed at increasing the market for the country’s platinum reserves by... 

South Africa’s hydrogen fuel cell programme making steady progress

Moz plant illustrates rapid commissioning potential of gas engines

By: Dylan Slater     14th April 2017 Electricity generation using gas as a fuel has great potential to meet the growing needs of many African countries, especially with a peaking-plant application, according to Cape Town-based engineering firm MTU South Africa, a subsidiary of UK-based engines, propulsion systems and distributed... 

Moz plant illustrates rapid commissioning potential of gas engines
RESSANO GARCIA The Mozambique gas-fired power plant can operate at full power production of 120 MW at short notice and can be shut down and started multiple times a day with no detrimental affect to the plant

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