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Gas to Power News

Opinion: Billions can be saved by building gas turbines ahead of solar and wind 

     24th January 2017 In this opinion piece, Professor Dawid Serfontein enters the debate on the costs and benefits of South Africa’s renewable-energy fleet, responds to recent media articles on the matter and makes the case for a revision to the sequence in which new generation technologies are added to the... 

Opinion: South Africa at an electricity crossroads 

     23rd January 2017 In this commentary, independent economic consultant Rob Jeffrey cautions that a future electricity mix which relies heavily on wind and limits the contribution of coal could undermine South Africa’s plans for addressing unemployment and poverty 

Opinion: South Africa at an electricity crossroads
Rob Jeffrey

DoE extends comment period for energy plans to end of March 

By: Terence Creamer     9th January 2017 The Department of Energy (DoE) has formally extended the period for public comment on the draft Integrated Energy Plan (IEP) and the draft Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) base case until March 31. The closing date for written comment was initially set as February 15, after the two plans were... 

DoE extends comment period for energy plans to end of March

New African owners of Ibhubesi gas prospect aim to settle Ankerlig supply deal in 2017

By: Terence Creamer     15th December 2016 The new African owners of the Ibhubesi Gas Project (IGP), off South Africa’s West Coast, report that negotiations with Eskom for the supply of gas to the Ankerlig power station are ongoing, with the conclusion of a gas supply agreement (GSA) targeted for the second quarter of 2017. The project... 

New African owners of Ibhubesi gas prospect aim to settle Ankerlig supply deal in 2017
Sunbird executive chairperson Kerwin Rana

New gas projects will be economical – Aurecon  

By: Victor Moolman     15th December 2016 With two major gas-to-power projects under way in the country, consulting company Aurecon believes that the two, possibly three, gas power stations associated with the projects can be economical as existing infrastructure can be used to support them. 

New gas projects will be economical – Aurecon
Aurecon associate – power generation explains the future and opportunities of electricity projects in South Africa.

Zambia eyes energy diversification, reviews South Africa's progress

By: Natasha Odendaal     9th December 2016 Zambia has started reviewing its options to reverse the country's current energy constraints and diversify its own energy mix, leaving no viable potential initiatives off the table as it seeks to become a "power trader". The mostly hydropowered Southern African country is currently battling... 

Zambia eyes energy diversification, reviews South Africa's progress
Zambian President Edgar Lungu

Public consultations for IRP, IEP get under way as DoE attracts criticism over timelines, pricing basis 

By: Natasha Odendaal     7th December 2016 Planned nationwide public consultations got under way in Boksburg on Wednesday for the Department of Energy’s (DoE’s) long-awaited draft Integrated Energy Plan (IEP) and updated Integrated Resource Plan (IRP), drawing some industry criticism regarding timelines and an outdated pricing structure.... 

Public consultations for IRP, IEP get under way as DoE attracts criticism over timelines, pricing basis

Gas technology group makes case for flexibility as South Africa mulls power road map 

By: Terence Creamer     7th December 2016 Leading gas-engine technology provider Wärtsilä has started making the case for greater flexibility within South Africa's evolving electricity supply industry, as well as within the gas-to-power subsector itself, as the country seeks comment on its future electricity road map. The Finnish group,... 

Gas technology group makes case for flexibility as South Africa mulls power road map
The 180 MW Sasolburg gas-engine plant

High- and medium-speed power generation products for South Africa

     2nd December 2016 Power systems provider Rolls-Royce presented its high-speed and medium-speed power generation products, including various power generation solutions in the 24 kW to 9 400 kW range suitable for a wide variety of applications and types of fuel, at Power & Electricity World Africa. The event was... 

Sasol turns focus to oil in Moz after shoring up gas for 400 MW power plant

By: Terence Creamer     25th November 2016 South African energy and chemicals group Sasol has completed drilling two gas wells in southern Mozambique and has since turned its attention to the development of two commercial oil reservoirs, located in close proximity to its producing gas fields in Temane and Pande. Under the terms of the... 

Sasol turns focus to oil in Moz after shoring up gas for 400 MW power plant
Photo by Duane Daws
John Sichinga

Dismissive of 2037 nuclear timeline in IRP base case, Eskom to release RFP by year-end 

By: Terence Creamer     22nd November 2016 State-owned power utility Eskom indicated on Tuesday that it planned to move ahead with a controversial request for proposals (RFP) for nuclear before the end of 2016, despite the base case in a draft Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) update indicating that the first reactor would only be required... 

Dismissive of 2037 nuclear timeline in IRP base case, Eskom to release RFP by year-end
Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson

Rolls-Royce unit eyeing Southern African gas-to-power prospects

By: Terence Creamer     17th November 2016 Power systems group Rolls-Royce aims to use a newly inaugurated 100 MW gas-fired power station at Ressano Garcia, in southern Mozambique, as a key reference plant, as several countries in the region consider their gas-to-power options. The plant is owned and operated by the independent power... 

Rolls-Royce unit eyeing Southern African gas-to-power prospects
100 MW gas-fired power station at Ressano Garcia

ACWA Power to reassess bullish South Africa stance should Redstone collapse 

By: Terence Creamer     15th November 2016 The head of Saudi Arabian electricity group ACWA Power says that, while the company remains a patient investor in South Africa, the outcome of the current impasse with Eskom relating to its 100 MW Redstone concentrated solar power (CSP) project will be critical to the group’s future investment... 

ACWA Power to reassess bullish South Africa stance should Redstone collapse
ACWA Power CEO Paddy Padmanathan

Amid policy angst, US energy diplomat points to bipartisan support for powering Africa

By: Terence Creamer     11th November 2016 America’s Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Energy Resources would not be drawn this week on how the administration of President-elect Donald Trump could approach energy policy and the Africa Power Initiative in particular. However, Ambassador Mary Burce Warlick highlighted during... 

Amid policy angst, US energy diplomat points to bipartisan support for powering Africa
President-elect Donald Trump

APR Energy secures 50 MW power generation project in Benin

By: Anine Kilian     8th November 2016 Energy company APR Energy has signed a 12-month contract with the Ministry of Energy, Water and Mines in Benin to provide 50 MW of power generation using its fuel-flexible aeroderivative gas turbines. The turbines will be fuelled by natural gas, but have the ability to be seamlessly switched to... 

CSIR study reveals optimistic renewable-energy scenario

By: Kim Cloete     3rd November 2016 A study by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has revealed that South Africa could radically cut its energy costs if it aims for a 70% renewable-energy share by 2040. CSIR Energy Centre head Dr Tobias Bischof-Niemz provided details of the study, titled ‘Least-cost... 

CSIR study reveals optimistic renewable-energy scenario
CSIR Energy Centre head Dr Tobias Bischof-Niemz

Winde questions why Saldanha Bay was excluded from DoE’s LNG IPPPP plans

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     2nd November 2016 Western Cape Economic Opportunities Minister Alan Winde on Wednesday said the provincial government was disappointed that Saldanha Bay was not identified as a port for the importation of natural gas. The Department of Energy last month selected Richards Bay, in KwaZulu-Natal, and Coega, in the... 

Winde questions why Saldanha Bay was excluded from DoE’s LNG IPPPP plans

SA’s first coal IPPs announced 

     13th October 2016 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the announcement of preferred bidders in the first window of South Africa’s coal independent power producer (IPP) programme, as well as the latest developments in the country’s gas-to-power and nuclear new... 

SA’s first coal IPPs announced
SA’s first coal IPPs announced

Coega puts R25bn value to proposed gas-to-power investment in the IDZ

By: Terence Creamer     6th October 2016 The Coega Development Corporation (CDC), which oversees the Coega Industrial Development Zone (IDZ), in the Eastern Cape, expects the investment associated with the zone’s selection as one of two locations for the first phase of government’s Liquefied Natural Gas Independent Power Producer... 

Coega puts R25bn value to proposed gas-to-power investment in the IDZ

Natural gas prices expected to remain stable, says expert

By: Kim Cloete     5th October 2016 The price of natural gas in the US is expected to stay relatively low and stable, says Norton Rose Fulbright partner for global consultants John Mauel. He told delegates at the South Africa: Gas Options conference, in Cape Town, this week that the volatility in the US gas to oil price ratio... 

Gas will help get right balance in energy mix, says government 

By: Kim Cloete     4th October 2016 The Department of Energy (DoE) says it is committed to finding the right balance between different sources of energy with liquefied natural gas (LNG)-to-power a vital part of the mix.   DoE director-general Thabane Zulu told the South Africa: Gas Options conference that while gas and renewables... 

Global investors show interest in gas-to-power programme 

By: Kim Cloete     4th October 2016 Investors from around the world, including the US, Japan, Spain, South Korea and China, among others, have met in Cape Town this week to hear more about plans for South Africa’s gas-to-power programme. A preliminary information memorandum (PIM), which establishes the scope of the Liquefied... 

Global investors show interest in gas-to-power programme
DoE IPP office head Karen Breytenbach

DoE opts for integrated model for highly anticipated gas-to-power roll-out

By: Terence Creamer     4th October 2016 South Africa’s Department of Energy (DoE) has opted for an integrated delivery model for the country’s highly anticipated Liquefied Natural Gas Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (LNG IPPPP), which will be initially deployed at Richards Bay, in KwaZulu-Natal, and Coega, in the... 

DoE opts for integrated model for highly anticipated gas-to-power roll-out

Coega positions itself as energy mix hub

By: Nadine James     23rd September 2016 A growing number of manufacturing opportunities have been created and sustained through the approach of diversifying the energy mix in the Eastern Cape, which has seen the development of several energy investment projects worth more than R3.5-billion. The Coega Industrial Development Zone (IDZ)... 

Coega positions itself  as energy mix hub
GREEN SHOOTS OF GROWTH Special economic zones have managed to attract foreign and local investment in a lackluster economic environment

Black business pioneer raises concern about IPP uncertainty

By: Terence Creamer     16th September 2016 One of South Africa’s pioneering black-owned companies, Thebe Investment Corporation, says it is critical that the prevailing uncertainty surrounding the future of independent power producers (IPPs) be urgently resolved, saying that the current “confusion is not appreciated” by it and other... 

Black business pioneer raises concern about IPP uncertainty
Thebe executive chairperson Vusi Khanyile

Sasol insists gearing will fall rapidly once Louisiana project enters production

By: Terence Creamer     12th September 2016 Energy and chemicals group Sasol expects its capital expenditure (capex) to rise to R75-billion in 2017 and its balance sheet gearing to increase to between 25% and 35%, following the upward revision to the budget of the Lake Charles Chemical Project (LCCP), in the US, to $11-billion, from an... 

Sasol insists gearing will fall rapidly once Louisiana project enters production
Photo by Duane Daws
Sasol joint presidents and CEOs Bongani Nqwababa and Stephen Cornell

Afrox secures LPG deals worth R1bn

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     9th September 2016 Local welding and gas solutions provider Afrox on Friday reported that it had signed additional deals within the liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) sector totalling R1.1-billion. The first contract will see the company provide LPG to major Lesotho distributor Gordon Enterprises over a ten-year period,... 

Afrox secures LPG deals worth  R1bn

Cummins Africa opens CNG training facility 

By: Schalk Burger     9th September 2016 Power and engine multinational Cummins Africa has added a compressed natural gas (CNG) engine training programme to the courses available at its Kelvin View training facility, in Gauteng, to support the growing use of CNG engines in public transport and power generation, says Cummins Africa... 

Cummins Africa opens CNG training facility
Cummins launches technician training programme

Investec says release of updated IRP could ease IPP frustration and uncertainty

By: Terence Creamer     7th September 2016 Banking group Investec, which has supported various renewable energy and peaking power projects in South Africa, including the Avon and Dedisa open cycle gas turbines that recently entered commercial operation, remains convinced that the country will continue with its independent power producer... 

Investec says release of updated IRP could ease IPP frustration and uncertainty
The Avon peaking power plant

CNG demand in Southern Africa increases

     26th August 2016 Although Africa is endowed with large amounts of fossil fuels, general safety awareness in the technology and operating fields of the compressed gases industry promoter the Southern Africa Compressed Gases Association (SACGA) states that there is a relatively high demand for compressed natural... 

CNG demand  in Southern Africa increases
COMPRESSED NATURAL GAS in Africa the CNG market is worth billions of dollars and growth is currently exceeding global expectations

Gas-to-power programme to play significant role in power grid

By: Sascha Solomons     26th August 2016 Although demand for power has decreased, owing to stagnation in the economy, meaning less demand from key industries such as mining and manufacturing, engineering and design firm WSP⎪Parsons Brinckerhoff Africa believes that the Gas-to-Power Programme (GTPP) has a substantial role to play in... 

Gas-to-power programme to play significant role in power grid
JAY URBAN Gas-to-Power Programmes has a substantial role to play in South Africa’s power mix once economic activity picks up

Southern African piped gas industry booming

     26th August 2016 With the availability of natural gas in countries such as Mozambique and Namibia, coupled with the discovery of gas reserves offshore Mozambique and South Africa, the piped gas industry in Southern Africa is undergoing rapid expansion, says the Southern African Gas Association (Saga). In November... 

Despite commodity slump, M&R bets future on resources 

By: Terence Creamer     25th August 2016 Murray & Roberts (M&R) CEO Henry Laas says the decision to sell its infrastructure and building unit, as well as Genrec, to create a multinational project company focused on oil and gas, underground mining, as well as power and water has created an entity that no longer fits neatly within the... 

Despite commodity slump, M&R bets future on resources
Photo by Duane Daws
Murray & Roberts CEO Henry Laas

South Africa won’t change IPP course ‘midstream’ 

By: Terence Creamer     22nd August 2016 Cabinet appears to have put paid to Eskom efforts to halt the country’s highly regarded independent power producer (IPP) programme, with Minister in The Presidency for Performance Monitoring and Evaluation Jeff Radebe indicating on Monday that there was no intention to “change course midstream”.... 

South Africa won’t change IPP course ‘midstream’
Minister in The Presidency for Performance Monitoring and Evaluation Jeff Radebe on South Africa's commitment to the IPP programme. Camera Work & Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 22.8.2016

$1bn Nigeria power plan delayed on scarce gas

By: Bloomberg     19th August 2016 Transnational Corporation (Transcorp) of Nigeria has suspended plans to build one of the nation’s biggest power plants as a local gas shortage makes it difficult to obtain fuel and a downturn in Africa’s largest economy hinders efforts to raise funds for the project. The company in 2014 said it... 

Steel construction company receives major contracts in Saudi Arabia

     12th August 2016 Steel fabricator Zamil Steel Construction Company (ZSCC) was awarded a new contract in July valued at R23.1-million by Chinese contractor Sepco 3 for the Riyadh Power Plant (PP) 14 project in the central region of Saudi Arabia. 

Steel construction  company receives major contracts in Saudi Arabia
Photo by Duane Daws
STEEL CONSTRUCTION Zamil will be building a prebuilt steel building for the Saudi Electricity Company

Gas master plan needs to be finalised so investment can follow – Gibb

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     11th August 2016 If South Africa is looking to incorporate more gas into its energy mix, while moving away from carbon-intensive coal, hurdles such as policy uncertainty and legislation need to be resolved in the short-term, according to multidisciplinary engineering consultancy Gibb. This includes government’s... 

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