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Sustainable industry dispels misconceptions

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     31st March 2017 Contrary to the misconceptions about the paper industry being detrimental to the environment, Paper Manufacturers Association of South Africa (Pamsa) executive director Jane Molony posits that the sector is “incredibly sustainable” and shows a circular economy in action. Whether made from virgin... 

Biomass solution brings new energy to degraded land

By: Dylan Slater     31st March 2017 A case study into an opportunity for renewable energy development in conjunction with community upliftment, has led to a proposal for biomass production and a 2 MW bio-energy power plant to be built in the Merafong local municipality, west of Johannesburg.  

Govt gives green light for shale gas fracking in Karoo

By: News24Wire      30th March 2017 The government has given the go-ahead for shale gas development in the Karoo region, Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane said on Thursday. He revealed this during a community engagement on shale gas development in Richmond, in the Northern Cape. 

Liquid metal battery inventor questions lithium-ion as grid-scale storage solution 

By: Terence Creamer     29th March 2017 Liquid metal battery inventor Professor Donald Sadoway, of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, believes the technology has the potential to provide the “missing piece” in an electricity market that relies on “redundancy and overcapacity” to balance supply and demand – a feature that will... 

Liquid metal battery inventor questions lithium-ion as grid-scale storage solution
Professor Donald Sadoway

Erin Energy enters farm-out agreement over two oil blocks in The Gambia

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     27th March 2017 Dual-listed Erin Energy Corporation has entered into a definitive farm-out agreement with ASX-listed oil and gas company FAR, which will acquire an 80% interest and operatorship of Erin’s offshore A2 and A5 blocks in The Gambia. Erin Energy will retain a 20% working interest in both blocks. 

High pressure clean-in-place pump now available

     24th March 2017 Peristaltic hose pump provider Brubin Pumps – a division of pumping solution provider Letaba Pumps – has set the benchmark in developing a solution for easier and better clean-in-place (CIP) pumps, says Brubin GM Hannes Liebenberg. 

High pressure  clean-in-place  pump now available
CLEAN-IN-PROCESS PUMP The Brubin BA Clean-In-Process (CIP) pump has a patent pending designed pump-wheel that will allow the pressing shoes to retract for efficient CIP

Pumps range included in offering to cater for demand

By: Simone Liedtke     24th March 2017 Technical solutions provider Bearing Man Group (BMG) is strategising to enhance its fluid technology services to meet growing market demand in diverse industries, including the pumps industry. 

Pumps range included in offering to cater for demand
PNEUMATIC GREASE TRANSFER About 180 kg of grease is being pumped and used daily at Richards Bay Minerals

Sunrise Energy secures two international deals for LPG terminal

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th March 2017 Sunrise Energy has secured two commercial contracts with international traders and their South African joint venture partners for the sourcing and importation of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) through its new import and storage facility in the Western Cape. The R1.2-billion open-access Sunrise... 

Lack of reliable power supply hinders Africa’s growth – trade commission

By: Nadine James     17th March 2017 Despite an uptick in planned power-generation projects, it is still fair to say that Africa lacks reliable power supply, which has prevented the continent’s economies from developing in line with their potential, says Austrian Trade Commission Advantage Austria.  “The effects of the lack of... 

Lack of reliable power supply hinders Africa’s growth – trade commission
JOHANNES BRUNNER There is significant interest in Africa in terms of the opportunities available for companies in renewable-energy and energy-storage

UK Minister forecasts major nuclear expansion over next 20 years

By: Keith Campbell     17th March 2017 It is estimated that, over the next 20 years, more than £930-billion will be invested in expanding civil nuclear energy capacity worldwide. This was affirmed by UK Secretary of State for International Trade Dr Liam Fox in his keynote address at the Civil Nuclear Showcase 2017 in London, at the... 

Amid challenges, power sector offers massive opportunities

By: Nadine James     17th March 2017 Although the power and electricity sector in Africa faces massive challenges, it also offers massive opportunities, says Power & Electricity World Africa (PEWA) event organiser Terrapinn.  

Amid challenges, power sector offers massive opportunities
MOMENT IN THE SUN Africa’s largest power and electricity event offers innovative, cost-effective means of tackling Africa’s power challenges

First continuous hydrothermal liquefaction production plant launched at NWU

By: David Oliveira     17th March 2017 South Africa’s first continuous hydrothermal liquefaction plant was launched at North-West University (NWU) earlier this month, which will result in the production of bio-oils, bio-char, biochemicals and biogas. The plant is one of the outputs of the Department of Science and Technology- and the... 

Sasol officially launches 2017 GTC Championship

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     16th March 2017 The Sasol GTC Championship team on Thursday welcomed newest team member Robert Wolk, who will be behind the wheel of the team’s BMW GTC racer. Thirty-one-year-old Wolk replaces Hennie Groenewald, who stepped down to start a new business venture in Cape Town. Wolk has been racing since the age of... 

Sasol officially launches 2017 GTC Championship

Expect more oil price volatility over the coming months – Vitol

By: Kim Cloete     15th March 2017 A continuing massive stock overhang could contribute to more volatility in the oil price over the coming months, says energy and commodities company Vitol global analyst Simon Warren. He told delegates at the yearly conference of the African Refiners Association (ARA), in Cape Town, that despite... 

Refiners commit to producing clean fuels 

By: Kim Cloete     15th March 2017 Although Africa’s oil refining industry will need significant investments to adapt to the move by industry and the automotive sector to cleaner fuels, companies say they are committed to the change. “The impact will touch all sides of the industry, starting with refining and marketing. It will... 

Bleeding at South Africa’s State-owned oil company continues, MPs told 

By: African News Agency      14th March 2017 State-owned oil company PetroSA is set to suffer a projected devaluation of assets of R1.1-billion this financial year in addition to the R14.5-billion impairment it suffered in the 2014/15 financial year, MPs heard on Tuesday. Briefing parliament’s portfolio committee on energy, PetroSA board... 

Bleeding at South Africa’s State-owned oil company continues, MPs told

Forging market for automotive application to be valued at $56-billion by 2022

     10th March 2017 Market research company Zion Market Research has published a new report highlighting that the global steel forging market for automotive applications was valued at $41.77-billion in 2016 and is expected to reach $56-billion in 2022, growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.1% between... 

Forging market for automotive application to be valued at $56-billion by 2022
Photo by Duane Daws
INCREASED DRIVE Increasing cars sales are expected to drive the European automotive and automotive components market within the forecast period

Oil still main energy source in 2035 – petroleum company

     10th March 2017 Petroleum company British Petroleum’s (BP’s) 2017 Energy Outlook notes that oil, gas and coal will remain the main sources of energy for powering the world economy, accounting for more than 75% of total energy supply in 2035, compared with 86% in 2015.  According to the outlook, which was... 

Oil still main energy source  in 2035 – petroleum company
NEW KID IN TOWN Petrochemicals will take over as the main source of growth for oil demand by the early 2030s

Rope access company continues maintenance for petrochemicals giant

By: Nadine James     10th March 2017 Rope access solutions provider Skyriders Access Specialists is continuing maintenance work at a petrochemicals company, in Mpumalanga, as part of a five-year service contract that extends  to 2019. Skyriders marketing manager Mike Zinn says the company is providing maintenance solutions for the... 

Rope access company continues maintenance for petrochemicals giant
HIGH STAKES Finding appropriately skilled personnel able to conduct maintenance procedure for Skyriders clients is a challenge

Trial castings successfully completed at foundry

By: Simone Liedtke     10th March 2017 Engineering solutions provider Weir Minerals successfully completed trial castings on new materials for the business’s Trio product range at its Heavy Bay Foundry, in Port Elizabeth, last month. 

Trial castings successfully completed  at foundry
RAPID PROTOTYPING Investments in the rapid prototyping process have enabled the foundry to make new patterns to manufacture parts

Software provider renews refinery service agreement

By: Nadine James     10th March 2017 Process and operations control management specialist BluESP has renewed its yearly service agreement with a local refinery following the client’s decision to maintain its relationship with the company to ensure that the benefits achieved using BluESP’s advance process control (APC) technology... 

Software provider renews refinery service agreement
Photo by Duane Daws
OPERATIONS REFINED The technology has improved the refinery's processes, increasing throughput and reducing the overall carbon footprint

Sacoil buys majority stake in Afric Oil

By: African News Agency      6th March 2017 Sacoil, the South African based independent African oil and gas company, said on Monday that it had acquired a 71% interest in Afric Oil Group, one of the largest independent fuel distributors in South Africa. Following completion, Sacoil’s portfolio will consist of operated production activities... 

Industrial effluent recovery a sustainable water solution

By: Robyn Wilkinson     3rd March 2017 With the Department of Water Affairs’ National Water Week Awareness campaign – taking place from March 17 to 23 – celebrating twenty years of water delivery for social and economic development, water treatment specialist Proxa is looking to the future of water in South Africa by developing... 

Nearly £1-trillion to be invested in nuclear energy globally over 20 years 

By: Keith Campbell     1st March 2017 It is estimated that, over the next 20 years, more than £930-billion will be invested in expanding civil nuclear energy capacity worldwide. This was affirmed by UK Secretary of State for International Trade Dr Liam Fox in his keynote address at the Civil Nuclear Showcase 2017 in London, on... 

Nearly £1-trillion to be invested in nuclear energy globally over 20 years
Photo by UK Government
UK Secretary of State for International Trade Dr Liam Fox

Nersa increases petroleum pipeline tariffs by 0.30%

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     28th February 2017 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) has increased petroleum pipeline tariffs by 0.30%, allowing Transnet Pipelines to realise a 1.43% year-on-year increase in allowable revenue (AR) for 2017/18. If Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Petterson decides to use the pipeline tariff as a... 

Nigeria's economy contracted by 1.5% in 2016 on lower oil prices

By: Reuters     28th February 2017 Nigeria's gross domestic product fell by 1.5% in 2016 due to lower oil revenues, the National Bureau of Statistics said on Tuesday, for its first annual contraction in 25 years. Africa's largest economy slid into recession in the second quarter of 2016 as a slump in crude prices hammered the Opec... 

Sasol says relations with Moz in ‘good space’ as new oil-find notice is issued 

By: Terence Creamer     27th February 2017 Sasol joint president and CEO Stephen Cornell has described the group’s relations with the Mozambique government as being in a “good space”, despite the country’s current fiscal difficulties, as well as periodic criticism that the country is not benefiting fully from the South African energy and... 

Sasol says relations with Moz in ‘good space’ as new oil-find notice is issued
Drilling in Mozambique

Stronger rand flagged by Sasol as a key earnings risk for second half

By: Terence Creamer     27th February 2017 Fuels and chemicals group Sasol has cautioned that ongoing rand/dollar volatility could pose an earnings risk for the second half its 2017 financial year, but reports that hedges are already in place to protect it from any downward oil price pressures. The JSE-listed group reported a 38% fall in... 

Stronger rand flagged by Sasol as a key earnings risk for second half
Photo by Duane Daws
Sasol joint presidents and CEOs Bongani Nqwababa and Stephen Cornell

Erin Energy CEO resigns

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     23rd February 2017 Segun Omidele has resigned as CEO of dual-listed oil and gas company Erin Energy Corporation, with immediate effect. His departure is expected in the coming weeks, during which time he will assist in the orderly transition of his duties and responsibilities to interim CEO Jean-Michel Malek, who... 

Aton share buying spree 'opportunity, not threat', says M&R’s Laas

By: Irma Venter     23rd February 2017 Murray & Roberts (M&R) CEO Henry Laas views ATM Holding’s acquisition of a 25.5% shareholding in M&R, as “an opportunity, not a threat”. “I’m pretty relaxed about what is happening.” 

Aton share buying spree 'opportunity, not threat', says M&R’s Laas
Photo by Duane Daws
Henry Laas

Shell’s Mohale steps down to pursue other opportunities

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     23rd February 2017 Shell South Africa chairperson and upstream VP Bonang Mohale will step down from his role, effective June 30, to pursue other opportunities. Mohale, who has been with Shell South Africa since 2009, will be succeeded by Hloniphizwe Mtolo, who is currently the South African business retail and the... 

Afrox weathers yet another difficult trading year

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     23rd February 2017 The benefits of its successful restructuring and the litigation settlement with ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) resulted in gas company African Oxygen (Afrox) reporting a 23.2% year-on-year increase in earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) to R1.24-billion for... 

Murray & Roberts posts H1 loss

By: Anine Kilian     22nd February 2017 JSE-listed Murray & Roberts (M&R) on Wednesday reported an attributable loss of R60-million for the six months ended December 31. Revenue and profit from continuing operations were R10.7-billion and R119-million respectively for the period. 

New-look M&R to transfer listing to Diversified Industrials board from Heavy Construction

By: Terence Creamer     20th February 2017 Murray & Roberts (M&R) has confirmed that its application to transfer its listing from the ‘Construction and Materials’ sector of the JSE to the ‘General Industrials’ sector has been approved and that the change will become effective from Monday, March 20. From that date, the company will trade... 

New-look M&R to transfer listing to Diversified Industrials board from Heavy Construction
Photo by Duane Daws
CEO Henry Laas

Chamber looks to strengthen partnerships in local green economy

By: Nadine James     17th February 2017 The Italian–South African Chamber of Trade and Industries’ chief aim at the 2017 Africa Energy Indaba is to raise awareness among Italian corporations regarding investment opportunities in South Africa’s green economy. Chamber secretary-general Mariagrazia Biancospino says the chamber mediated a... 

Chamber looks to strengthen partnerships in local green economy
LONG STANDING RELATIONSHIP Members of the Italian–South African Chamber of Trade and Industries have been involved in the South African energy sector since 2013

Programme to accelerate investment implemented

     17th February 2017 The African Union’s (AU’s) planning body, the New Partnership for Africa's Development (Nepad), is undertaking an exercise that will accelerate the development and implementation of Africa’s high priority renewable energy projects and will be organising a showcase at the Africa Energy Indaba for... 

Programme to accelerate investment implemented
Photo by Duane Daws
MOMENT IN THE SUN Governments will be showcasing high priority renewable energy projects to attract private sector participation and investment

Third Women in Energy conference cohosted at Energy Indaba

     17th February 2017 The yearly Women in Energy conference, organised by the Africa Energy Indaba, will bring together Africa’s leading women in the energy sector for its third iteration on Monday, February 20 at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg. The Africa Energy Indaba was the first energy conference... 

Third Women in Energy conference cohosted at Energy Indaba
DOING IT FOR THEMSELVES The Women in Energy conference is designed to aid the increase in leadership and development of women involved in the African energy sectors

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