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UN expert urges African utilities to improve policies, pricing

By: Kim Cloete     17th May 2016 African power utilities have been urged to adopt good policies and pricing and be at the forefront of change or risk being left behind. “Africa contributes less than 3% of manufacturing globally. That is unacceptable. Our population will be 1.4-billion by 2030 and two-billion by 2050. We need to... 

Gas industrialisation could be a game-changer, say industry players

By: Kim Cloete     17th May 2016 Potential investors and experts in South Africa’s gas industry foresee great potential in the sector despite the risks.  “We are on the cusp of a global oversupply of shale gas. We have the opportunity to ship gas and drive industrialisation in industries from glass and cement to agroprocessing... 

Gas industrialisation could be a game-changer, say industry players
Photo by Duane Daws
South African Oil and Gas Alliance CEO Niall Kramer

DTI launches Gas Industrialisation Unit

By: Kim Cloete     16th May 2016 The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has launched the Gas Industrialisation Unit (GIU), aimed at spearheading a medium to long-term gas industrialisation strategy for South Africa and the Southern Africa region.  The aim is to unlock power constraints and reduce carbon intensity, to secure... 

DTI launches Gas Industrialisation Unit
Trade and Industry deputy director-general for industrial policy Garth Strachan

Shale gas research necessary to put uncertainty to rest

By: Natasha Odendaal     11th May 2016 Shale gas research projects are becoming increasingly essential to put to bed speculation and uncertainties over the potential of reserves in South Africa, as well as the impact of hydraulic fracturing on the environment. This was heard at a Fossil Fuel Foundation workshop on unconventional gas,... 

Shale gas research necessary to put uncertainty to rest

Gas can play a bigger role in South Africa’s energy mix 

By: Natasha Odendaal     11th May 2016 Gas-powered electricity generation will play a bigger, more important role in lighting up South Africa in terms of efficiencies, costs and baseload energy than the renewable energy programme that is under way, Econometrix MD Rob Jeffrey suggested on Wednesday. Discussing the role of gas in the... 

Gas can play a bigger role in South Africa’s energy mix

South Africa moves to procure 600 MW gas-fired power project 

By: Terence Creamer     11th May 2016 The Department of Energy (DoE) has confirmed plans to procure a new 600 MW gas-fired power generation project, to developed as a public-private partnership. It is envisaged that the private ‘strategic partner’ will work with the State-owned companies (SoCs) to implement the project, with private... 

South Africa moves to procure 600 MW gas-fired power project
LNG tanker

CompComm publishes preliminary LPG market inquiry findings

By: Samantha Herbst     10th May 2016 The Competition Commission has published the preliminary findings and proposed recommendations of the liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) market inquiry for public comment.   Among the findings is the commission’s concern about structural impediments to competition, which could hinder the growth of the... 

CompComm publishes preliminary LPG market inquiry findings

Fabrication of ‘bullets’ for R1.2bn Saldanha LPG facility completed

By: Creamer Media Reporter      9th May 2016 The fabrication of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) vessels, or ‘bullets’, for an open access LPG terminal being developed at Saldanha Bay, in the Western Cape, has been completed. Sunrise Energy reported on Monday that the bullets would be moved to the terminal site over the coming five weeks,... 

Fabrication of ‘bullets’ for R1.2bn Saldanha LPG facility completed
Aerial photo of the Sunrise Energy terminal site

Nuclear project affordability a concern for industry

By: Simon Sonnekus     6th May 2016 Owing to the current global economic climate, South Africa’s nuclear procurement deal has had several industry professionals questioning whether the country will be able to afford the projected R1-trillion project. “Currently, there is still a lot of market debate on whether South Africa can... 

Nuclear project affordability a concern for industry
COAL BASELOAD POWER In South Africa, the reality is that coal baseload is the most cost-effective power option as there is direct access to the raw materials

Eskom approves fleet renewal strategy

By: News24Wire      25th April 2016 Eskom's board has approved a new fleet renewal strategy based on the economic viability of a station as opposed to a purely age-based decommissioning of power stations. Eskom said on Monday that to ensure reliable supply of electricity and no load shedding, a fleet renewal strategy is necessary... 

Eskom approves fleet renewal strategy

Clarke Energy to supply GE gas engine tech to Tanzania plant

By: Samantha Herbst     25th April 2016 Securing its first project in Tanzania, privately owned gas-driven power plant specialist Clarke Energy has won a contract to supply one of GE’s high-efficiency Jenbacher gas engines to Bakhresa Group flagship company Said Salim Bakhresa for a combined heat and power (CHP) plant that would... 

Clarke Energy to supply GE gas engine tech to Tanzania plant

High-horsepower generator introduced onto market

By: Simon Sonnekus     22nd April 2016 Multinational power generation equipment manufacturer Cummins introduced its QSK95 generator set to the African market at the Power and Electricity World Africa Exhibition, held at the Sandton Convention Centre last month. The generator set has been designed for critical applications, which... 

High-horsepower  generator introduced  onto market
RELIABLE BACK UP POWER The QSK95 can facilitate a facility’s full load in less than ten seconds

Current trends shift company’s focus to IPPs

By: Simon Sonnekus     15th April 2016 Current market conditions and trends within the power sector have enabled heat exchanger supplier Kelvion to focus on supplying replacement heat exchange equipment and maintenance products within the existing power plant installed base as well as focusing on independent power producers (IPPs),... 

The case for gas as South Africa prepares way for gas-to-power procurement

     12th April 2016 The Department of Energy (DoE) says development of South Africa’s gas industry could be anchored on the demand from its imminent gas-to-power programme. That makes Gas-to-Power a milestone not just for power generation, but also for South African industry to access a natural, cleaner and cheaper... 

The case for gas as South Africa prepares way for gas-to-power procurement
Sabine Dall’Omo

Alternative energy systems boosting African industrial supply chains

By: Schalk Burger     8th April 2016 Alternative energy and storage systems are being used to make various portions of African industrial supply chains more effective and resilient, as well as control energy costs and production disruptions, says electrical equipment specialist firm Eaton alternative energy specialist Winfried... 

LNG imports a real option for South Africa – IGU president 

By: Terence Creamer     5th April 2016 The development of liquefied natural gas (LNG) export capacity in countries such as the US and Australia is transforming gas into a “global energy market” and creating opportunities for countries such as South Africa to diversify its energy mix and bolster security of supply. This is the view of... 

LNG imports a real option for South Africa – IGU president

Creamer Media publishes Electricity 2016: A review of South Africa's electricity sector research report

     4th April 2016 Creamer Media’s Electricity 2016 report provides an overview of South Africa’s electricity sector, focusing on State-owned power utility Eskom and independent power producers, electricity planning, transmission, distribution and the theft thereof, besides other issues. 

Creamer Media publishes Electricity 2016: A review of South Africa's electricity sector research report

SA drawing on 150 experts as rigorous Karoo shale-gas enviro assessment advances

By: Dylan Slater     1st April 2016 The development of shale gas projects in South Africa was halted with the 2011 issuing of a moratorium on the issuing of shale gas exploration licences within the central Karoo, which has subsequently been lifted.  

SA drawing on 150 experts as rigorous Karoo shale-gas enviro assessment advances

SA, Chinese firms team up on Moz–Gauteng gas pipeline study

By: David Oliveira     1st April 2016 JSE- and Aim-listed oil and gas company SacOil signed a cooperation agreement with the China Petroleum Pipeline Bureau (CPPB) last month for the possible construction of a gas processing facility near the Rovuma basin, in Mozambique, as well as a 2 600-km-long, large-diameter pipeline to... 

Challenger undertakes capital raising

By: Anine Kilian     23rd March 2016 Unconventional gas explorer Challenger Energy plans to raise $900 000 through the placement of 30-million new fully paid ordinary shares.   “This commitment will fund the progression of the licence application process in South Africa, working capital and the cost of the offer. It is a further... 

Challenger undertakes capital raising

City of Cape Town sets target of sourcing 20% energy needs from renewables

By: Anine Kilian     22nd March 2016 The City of Cape Town has set itself a target of sourcing up to 20% of its energy needs from renewable energy sources by 2020, Mayor Patricia de Lille revealed at the weekend. She stated that the Western Cape was engaging national government on building its own renewable energy plants, buying... 

City of Cape Town sets target of sourcing 20% energy needs from renewables

Resilient Sasol weathering storm 

By: Martin Creamer     7th March 2016 Worsening market volatility and uncertainty have prompted Sasol to raise its cash conservation target to an even higher outside range of R75-billion from a previous R50-billion. The intensified response plan in response to the low oil price ensured balance sheet and earnings resilience at an oil... 

Resilient Sasol weathering storm
Outgoing Sasol CEO David Constable tells Engineering News Online’s Martin Creamer of an oil price set to be lower for much longer. Photographs: Duane Daws. Video: Nicholas Boyd. Video Editing: Lionel da Silva.

Sasol sees another R8bn half-year capex going into Southern Africa 

By: Martin Creamer     7th March 2016 After spending half-year capital of R8.6-billion in Southern Africa in the six months to December 31, integrated chemicals and energy group Sasol expects to invest a similar capital amount in the region in the current half year. Speaking to Creamer Media’s Engineering News Online after the... 

Sasol sees another R8bn half-year capex going into Southern Africa
Sasol VP Southern African Operations Bernard Klingenberg tells Engineering News Online’s Martin Creamer that the company is set to spend another R8-billion in the region. Photographs: Duane Daws. Video: Nicholas Boyd. Video Editing: Lionel da Silva.

Mozambique President inaugurates new gas-fired station  

By: Creamer Media Reporter      3rd March 2016 Mozambique President Filipe Nyusi inaugurated the 120 MW Gigawatt Park gas-fired power station, in Ressano Garcia, Mozambique, last month.  

Mozambique President inaugurates new gas-fired station 
Mozambique President inaugurates new gas-fired station
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