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Energy News

Environmental Affairs Committee welcomes signing of IPP contracts

By: Simone Liedtke     9th April 2018 The Portfolio Committee on Environmental Affairs on Monday welcomed the signing, last week, of 27 contracts by Energy Minister Jeff Radebe with independent power producers (IPPs). This, the committee averred, indicates South Africa’s commitment to reducing its greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions... 

Coega Development Corporation welcomes the signing of the IPP contracts

By: Simone Liedtke     6th April 2018 The Coega Development Corporation (CDC) on Friday welcomed government’s commitment to clean energy, following the signing of 27 power purchase agreements with renewable-energy producers, reigniting the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP). The projects,... 

Nigeria awards two of three gas pipeline deals

By: Reuters     6th April 2018 The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) said on Friday it had awarded two of three gas pipeline contracts which in total will be worth more than $2.8-billion. One contract for a roughly 200 km (124.27 miles) stretch of the 614 km Ajaokuta-Kaduna-Kano pipeline and stations was awarded... 

Consortium appointed as EPC contractor for Mpumalanga biomass project

By: Simone Liedtke     5th April 2018 A consortium comprising engineering consultant ELB Engineering Services, environment equipment manufacturer KC Cottrell and the ELB Educational Trust, has been appointed as the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor for Ngodwana Energy’s 25 MW biomass project, in Mpumalanga.... 

Consortium appointed as EPC contractor for Mpumalanga biomass project

Ghana to review corporate tax exemptions for resources sector

By: Reuters     5th April 2018 Ghana plans to review its process for granting corporate tax exemptions to mining and oil companies as part of measures to eliminate fraud and boost revenues, its vice president said on Wednesday. Mahamudu Bawumia said tax exemptions claimed by some resources companies were not transparent, and... 

Oando commissions new office building in Lagos

By: Anine Kilian     5th April 2018 Dual-listed Oando has officially commissioned its new office building, the Wings Office Complex, in Lagos, Nigeria. The complex, which was commissioned by State and Petroleum Minister Ibe Kachickwu,  comprises two 12-storey towers with 27 000 m2 of lettable office space, a three-level car park,... 

Upgrade of shiploaders at Durban harbour completed

30th March 2018 Consulting engineering solutions provider Bosch Projects has recently completed the upgrade of two shiploaders at the Durban harbour. The shiploaders have been used to load sugar onto vessels at the South African Sugar Association’s sugar terminal for over 50 years. 

Upgrade of shiploaders at Durban harbour completed
DURBAN HARBOUR The shiploaders needed to be refurbished in line with Transnet’s upgrade of berths at Maydon Wharf

Gas seen playing key role in Africa’s decentralised power landscape

By: Schalk Burger     30th March 2018 Africa is aiming to raise its installed power generation capacity by 250 GW by 2030. Liquefied natural gas (LNG) can serve as a baseload energy source and gas-powered generation assets can be built modularly and scaled up as use increases, says modular infrastructure, engineering services and gas... 

Safety solution provided for contractor at Sappi mill

30th March 2018 Rope-access specialist Skyriders has provided a working at height safety solution for a contractor undertaking maintenance at paper and pulp manufacturer Sappi’s Ngodwana pulp and paper mill, in Mpumalanga. The company explains that this follows an earlier successful project in 2016 where it... 

BP's coastal bunker barge now operational at Port of Richards Bay

By: Marleny Arnoldi     29th March 2018 South Africa’s first coastal bunker barge Amber II is now operational at Transnet National Ports Authority’s (TNPA) Port of Richards Bay, serving as a floating storage and fuel replacement vessel for petrochemicals company BP’s customer vessels at the port.  

BP's coastal bunker barge now operational at Port of Richards Bay
BP's Amber II operational at Port of Richards Bay

US power group touts microgrids ‘as the way forward’

By: Simone Liedtke     29th March 2018 Decentralisation, through the implementation of microgrids, could be the key to improving grid resilience, US-based electricity supplier Illinois Power Company and Tucson Electric Power Company CEO Charles Bayless told an audience in Johannesburg this week. The design of microgrids, which... 

Huge petrol price hike to kick in next Wednesday

By: News24Wire      28th March 2018 The price of 95 unleaded and leaded petrol in Gauteng will increase by 72c/l and at the coast 62c/l with effect from next Wednesday, the Department of Energy announced on Wednesday. The per litre pump price of 93 unleaded and leaded petrol will increase 69c/l in Gauteng and 59c/l at the coast,... 

 Huge petrol price hike to kick in next Wednesday

World’s largest oxygen production plant inaugurated at Sasol Secunda

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th March 2018 Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa on Monday inaugurated French gas company Air Liquide’s €200-million air separation unit (ASU) at chemicals and energy group Sasol's Secunda plant, in Mpumalanga. The ASU is the biggest oxygen production unit in the world, with a capacity of 5 000 t/d... 

World’s largest oxygen production plant inaugurated at Sasol Secunda

Congo's 2017 mining revenue up 36% while oil revenue doubles

By: Reuters     26th March 2018 Democratic Republic of Congo's 2017 mining sector revenue rose 35.6% to $822.2-million while revenue from the oil and gas sector jumped by 103% to $203.9-million, finance ministry data showed. Mining revenue in the fourth quarter more than doubled helped by higher prices for key exports such as... 

Gabon to revise hydrocarbons law to attract investment – oil ministry

By: Reuters     23rd March 2018 Gabon plans to revise its hydrocarbons law to attract new investment, the oil ministry said on Thursday. Under the current legal framework, the Gabonese state holds a minimum 20% stake in oil projects. The state oil company has the right to a stake of up to 15%. 

Genel might starting drilling in Somaliland in 2019 – CEO

By: Reuters     22nd March 2018 Kurdistan-focused Genel Energy might start drilling in Somaliland next year, Chief Executive Murat Ozgul said on Thursday, as the group reported 2017 results broadly in line with expectations. "For the long term, I really like (our) Somaliland exploration assets. It's giving me a sense of... 

Nersa announces petroleum pipelines tariff hike

By: Simone Liedtke     16th March 2018 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) has granted freight logistics group Transnet a lower-than-requested allowable revenue increase for 2018/19 tariff period to cushion end users from the impact of recent fuel levy and value-added tax increases. The State-owned group applied for... 

'Fuel will be more expensive in April' – AA

By: News24Wire      15th March 2018 Although basic fuel prices are showing signs of further decreases at month end, the overall price of fuel is set to increase because of the addition of increased fuel levies in April. This is according to the Automobile Association (AA), which was commenting on unaudited mid-month fuel price data... 

'Fuel will be more expensive in April' – AA

Africa’s downstream oil industry holds promise

By: Kim Cloete     14th March 2018 The downstream market is dynamic in Africa and continues to evolve and become more transparent throughout the supply chain, says African energy specialist CITAC Africa executive director Gary Still. He told the annual African Refiners & Distributors Association (ARA) conference, in Cape Town, on... 

BP outlines the prospects for global energy demand

By: Kim Cloete     13th March 2018 India is rapidly emerging as the world’s largest growth market for energy, says BP West Africa head of origination John Goodridge. He told the annual African Refiners & Distributors (ARA) conference, in Cape Town, that while growth in energy demand in China was tapering off, demand in India would... 

Nigeria aims to become net exporter of refined petroleum by the end of 2019

By: Kim Cloete     13th March 2018 The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation Nigeria (NNPC) is pushing ahead with its goal to revive its oil refineries and become a net exporter of petroleum products by the end of next year, delegates at the annual conference of the African Refiners & Distributors Association (ARA), in Cape... 

South Africa to become eighth country to export helium by 2019 – Renergen

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th March 2018 Alternative and renewable energy investment firm Renergen expects to become a significant global producer of helium when its Virginia project starts production in 2019.  

South Africa to become eighth country to export helium by 2019 – Renergen
Tetra4 plant in the Free State

Himoinsa sees demand growth in construction, mining in Africa 

By: Schalk Burger     12th March 2018 Power equipment manufacturer Himoinsa has expanded its local African teams and partners to meet the growing demand for custom-designed power systems and generators in the construction and mining sectors, Himoinsa Europe, Middle East and Africa director Guillermo Elum said on Monday. The demand... 

Himoinsa sees demand growth in construction, mining in Africa
Himoinsa EMEA regional director Guillermo Elum, Himoinsa Southern Africa MD Martin Foster and Himoinsa Southern Africa business development director Matthew Bell discuss the company’s growth and business development in Africa. Video and editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Tribunal approves Sinopec’s $900m acquisition of Chevron SA with conditions

By: Nadine James     9th March 2018 The Competition Tribunal has approved Hong Kong-based Sinopec’s proposed $900-million acquisition of a 75% interest in Chevron South Africa (CSA), subject to a range of employment, investment and other public interest conditions. Sinopec and CSA had tendered a set of proposed conditions, which... 

Analysers provide optimised refinery operations and quality

9th March 2018 Specialised engineering company RTS Africa Engineering’s Hy-Optima 2700 hydrogen analysers optimise refinery operations, products and quality. The basic process of refining crude oil involves heating the crude oil in a column and the condensates are drawn off at different levels to produce –... 

Analysers provide optimised refinery operations and quality
METICULOUS MONITORING There are up to 23 points in an oil refinery where the level of hydrogen needs to be very accurately monitored

BP and Renault Sport Racing strengthen strategic relationship

9th March 2018 Multinational petroleum company BP has extended its sponsorship of multinational automotive manufacturer Groupe Renault’s motorsport division Renault Sport Racing. BP will continue its support of Renault Sport Formula One Team for at least the next five years and explore new opportunities to... 

BP and Renault Sport Racing strengthen  strategic relationship
TUFAN ERGINBILGIC BP is looking forward to its continued relationship with Renault Sport Racing

Energy company launches new product, expands operation

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     9th March 2018 Independent energy company SA Oil made its new brand of fuel, Accelerate Special Gasoline, available to the market last month. This follows the response to a product trial, which ran between 2016 and 2017, where it was made available in limited quantities and “enthusiastically accepted among... 

Energy company  launches new product,  expands operation
GARY PULLEN SA Oil is entering the agricultural market, with a client-centric service offering

Minigrids gradually becoming more connected in Africa

By: Simone Liedtke     7th March 2018 Emerging power generation networks, which are minigrids that are off the grid, are gradually becoming more connected and providing a directional generation of supply to the demand in Africa, where about 625-million people are still without access to power. At a media roundtable discussion on... 

Energy execs says tariff gambit could hit shale, LNG project costs

By: Reuters     7th March 2018 Energy executives say the Trump administration's proposed steel and aluminum tariffs could bump up the cost of big-ticket projects needed for rapidly rising US shale oil and gas output by three to 10%. Higher construction costs could slow growth in production and exports of crude and natural gas... 

Undoing State capture in South Africa will face stiff resistance, sabotage – Gordhan 

By: African News Agency      6th March 2018 Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan on Tuesday said the new political dispensation in South Africa and the reversal of the “bad things” which led to the capture of key state institutions by private interests will be regularly opposed by the beneficiaries of the corruption. “I think we all... 

Undoing State capture in South Africa will face stiff resistance, sabotage – Gordhan
Photo by Creamer Media
Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan

Fuel prices to fall in March on stronger rand

By: Reuters     2nd March 2018 The retail price of petrol and the wholesale price of diesel in South Africa will fall on Wednesday after the rand strengthened, the energy department said on Friday. The price of petrol will fall by 36 cents to 13.76 rand per litre in commercial hub Gauteng province. Diesel will go down by 47... 

SA company exploring nuclear, other opportunities abroad

By: Nadine James     2nd March 2018 South Africa-based engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) company Lesedi Nuclear Services’ current plans surrounding diversification into biomass, waste-to-energy and gas projects as well as its targeted geographical expansion is supported by the company’s niche expertise in bespoke... 

M&R’s oil and gas unit turns to ‘complementary markets’ amid project slowdown

By: Terence Creamer     1st March 2018 The oil and gas unit of engineering and construction group Murray & Roberts (M&R) is actively pursuing projects in “complementary markets”, owing to a slowdown in new project activity in the Australasian oil and gas sector. The value of M&R’s oil and gas order book has fallen to below R4-billion,... 

M&R’s oil and gas unit turns to ‘complementary markets’ amid project slowdown
M&R CEO Henry Laas

South Sudan accuses oil group of pollution, threatens shutdown

By: Reuters     1st March 2018 South Sudanese lawmakers have accused the consortium running the country's last working oilfields of dumping expired chemicals in the bush, and have threatened to shut down production unless it stops. Members of parliament's energy committee told the assembly they had seen containers holding old... 

Underground mining lifts M&R in challenging market

By: Terence Creamer     28th February 2018 Engineering and construction group Murray & Roberts (M&R) reported a strong rise in results for the six months to December 31 on the back of a robust performance from its underground mining unit, as well as reduced Middle Eastern losses. In addition, the results were buoyed by the fact that a... 

Underground mining lifts M&R in challenging market
Photo by Duane Daws
M&R CEO Henry Laas

African refiners conference to be held in March

By: Anine Kilian     28th February 2018 Major changes and hard decisions facing the downstream oil industry in Africa are high on the agenda of the African Refiners and Distributors Association (ARA), which will hold its thirteenth yearly conference, in Cape Town, from March 12 to 16. Amid oil companies’ divestment of assets and the... 

Editorial: Burning issues for Energy Minister Radebe 

By: Terence Creamer     28th February 2018 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about what Jeff Radebe’s appointment as South Africa’s new Energy Minister is likely to mean for the energy sector, as well as the immediate issues the Minister needs to deal with. 

Editorial: Burning issues for Energy Minister Radebe
The burning issues facing new Energy Minister Jeff Radebe

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