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Gas to Power News

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... 

South Africa draws up plans for gas-generated power

By: Sebastian Whyle     22nd July 2016 In South Africa’s search for viable long-term gas import partners to meet demand in the power sector, Nigeria has been identified as a strong contender, owing to its large natural gas reserves, says professional services firm KPMG.  

South Africa draws up plans for gas-generated power
Photo by Duane Daws
MEETING GROWING DEMAND Global demand for energy will increase as the global economy expands

Call for expressions of interest for S Africa’s gas-to-power plan

22nd July 2016 The Department of Energy (DoE) announced, early in May, a call for expressions of interest (EoI) for the appointment of strategic partners to assist State-owned companies (SoCs) in the development of a 600 MW gas-fired power plant, says international law firm White & Case.  

Call for expressions of interest for S Africa’s gas-to-power plan
Photo by Duane Daws
GAS PIPELINE The push to use gas for power generation presents a significant opportunity for liquefied natural gas, gas and power sector participants

Eastern Cape gas-to-power hub plans on track

22nd July 2016 The Eastern Cape’s plan to host a gas-to-power hub is well advanced with the Coega industrial development zone (IDZ) now clearly the province's preferred location for the development says Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism MEC Sakhumzi Somyo.  

Eastern Cape  gas-to-power hub  plans on track
Photo by Duane Daws
GAS-TO-POWER HUB Coega, as the province’s preferred site for the gas-to-power hub, has led the charge and continues to press ahead with preparations

S Africa to use fuel-flexible turbines as interim power supply solution

22nd July 2016 South Africa’s gas-to-power programme, aimed at delivering 3 726 MW of electricity, is expected to come on line between 2019 and 2025, says power generation plant and product provider APR Energy regional sales director Mark Makanda.  

S Africa to use fuel-flexible turbines as interim power supply solution
DUAL-FUEL TURBINES Provide the flexibility to seamlessly switch between liquid petroleum gas and other fuels

Gas gensets a sustainable power alternative  

By: Sebastian Whyle     22nd July 2016 Engine, filtration and power-generation product manufacturer Cummins notes that gas-powered gensets are a sustainable power solution, owing to natural gas being methane-rich and occurring naturally. This makes it a cost-effective alternative energy source, compared with wind and solar power.  

Gas gensets a sustainable power alternative
Cummins Southern Africa Director Power Generation discusses the implications of gas-fired power generation in Africa.

Eskom letter sends shock waves through private power sector 

By: Terence Creamer     21st July 2016 News of Eskom’s letter to Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson – seeking clarity on the approach the utility should take to contracting in future with independent power producers (IPPs) – sent shock waves through the private power community, which is only just starting to find its feet in a... 

Eskom letter sends shock waves through private power sector
Photo by Duane Daws
Eskom chairperson Dr Ben Ngubane

Siemens upbeat about South Africa’s gas-to-power, renewables potential

By: Anine Kilian     21st July 2016 Global engineering firm Siemens says it is committed to South Africa’s renewable-energy revolution and supports the country’s imminent procurement of gas-to-power infrastructure.  Speaking to Engineering News Online on the sidelines of the Power-Gen Africa conference in Sandton, Johannesburg,... 

Siemens upbeat about South Africa’s gas-to-power, renewables potential
Siemens CEO Sabine Dall'Omo

$150m Brics bank facility seen helping ease South Africa’s grid bottlenecks

By: Terence Creamer     19th July 2016 State-owned electricity producer Eskom expects to finalise commercial terms with the New Development Bank (NDB), of the Brics grouping, for a $150-million facility in the next quarter, CFO Anoj Singh reports. A term sheet has been signed with the NDB and Singh reports that, once consummated, the... 

$150m Brics bank facility seen helping ease South Africa’s grid bottlenecks
Photo by Duane Daws
Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown

Group of 30-somethings making steady progress in building black-owned IPP 

By: Terence Creamer     18th July 2016 The Pele Energy Group (PEG), which is owned and managed by a group of 30-something black professionals, is making strides in its stated objective of evolving from an energy investor into a fully-fledged independent power producer (IPP) and, ultimately, a private utility company. Headquartered in... 

Group of 30-somethings making steady progress in building black-owned IPP
The five PEG founders

Infrastructure projects to proceed in African country

15th July 2016 Fibre-optic sensors manufacturer and supplier Augusta Industries announced that the Trans Africa Pipeline (TAP) group entered into a memorandum of understanding with the government of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania last month. 

Infrastructure projects to proceed in African country
COMPLETE UPGRADE Augusta is helping to improve and upgrade the infrastructure of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania

South Africa should consider onshore LNG regasification, Fluor argues 

By: Terence Creamer     12th July 2016 Global engineering and construction group Fluor argues that South Africa could consider both onshore and offshore storage and regasification options for the importation of liquefied natural gas (LNG), however it believes that onshore facilities could offer a number of advantages. The South... 

South Africa should consider onshore LNG regasification, Fluor argues
LNG jetty expansion project in Belgium

Black & Veatch eyeing South Africa’s gas-to-power opportunity

By: Terence Creamer     12th July 2016 Despite falling electricity demand in South Africa, global engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) group Black & Veatch remains optimistic about prospects for the country’s power market, as well as energy prospects across Africa, where increased attention is being given to addressing the... 

Black & Veatch eyeing South Africa’s gas-to-power opportunity
Black & Veatch Sub-Saharan Africa business development director Webb Meko

Creamer Media publishes Real Economy Insight 2016: Electricity research report

11th July 2016 This eight-page brief is a synopsis of key developments in the electricity sector over the past 12 months, including details of South Africa’s constrained power system; State-owned power utility Eskom’s financial status and tariffs, capacity expansion programme, funding, independent power... 

Creamer Media publishes Real Economy Insight 2016: Electricity research report

Standard Bank keen to participate in South Africa’s gas-to-power programme

By: Terence Creamer     8th July 2016 Leading South African financial institution Standard Bank has confirmed that it is keen to participate in the funding of South Africa’s gas-to-power (GTP) programme and that it is eagerly awaiting the release of the project information memorandum, outlining government’s preferred procurement... 

Standard Bank keen to participate in South Africa’s gas-to-power programme
Standard Bank head of power Rentia van Tonder

Exxon said to join Qatar to look at giant Africa gas deal

By: Bloomberg     7th July 2016 Exxon Mobil Corp. and Qatar Petroleum have teamed up to look at energy assets in Mozambique, home to some of the biggest natural-gas discoveries in a generation, according to four people with knowledge of their plans. The companies are considering buying stakes in gas fields owned by Anadarko... 

Exxon said to join Qatar to look at giant Africa gas deal

TNPA luring private oil-services investors to Saldanha using ‘flexible’ terminal concessions  

By: Terence Creamer     29th June 2016 Freight logistics group Transnet is optimistic of receiving positive responses to a tender for the development of an offshore supply base (OSSB) for the oil and gas industry in Saldanha Bay, reporting that around 120 people attended a tender site briefing this week. A request for proposals (RFP)... 

TNPA luring private oil-services investors to Saldanha using ‘flexible’ terminal concessions
Operation Phakisa programme director Ricky Bhikraj outlines the approach being taken to PPP projects at the Port of Saldanha. Camera Work: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Lionel da Silva.

Free State poised to be helium pioneer as gas developments unfold 

By: Mia Breytenbach     10th June 2016 The discovery and proposed exploitation of a natural gas dome containing methane and some of the highest concentrations of helium in the world – South Africa’s first onshore gas find – in the Free State has created much excitement and visions of a local gas hub. “The Free State now has the... 

Free State poised to be helium pioneer as gas developments unfold
Renergen CEO Stefano Marani discusses Renergen’s plans for the Free State helium and natural gas field. Camerawork and Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Telecoms group launches solar car park at Centurion campus

By: Dylan Slater     3rd June 2016 Telecommunications company Telkom completed Phase 1 of a three-phase, 3 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) installation as part of a new parking lot for staff members at its Centurion headquarters, Telkom Park campus, last month.  

Telecoms group launches solar car park at Centurion campus
Photo by Dylan Slater
SOLAR PARK The Telkom headquarters, in Pretoria, are set to produce 3 MW of solar photovoltaic electricity once operational

Sasol investing $1.4bn to grow Mozambique gas platform 

By: Terence Creamer     30th May 2016 Energy group Sasol has started drilling the first of what will be 12 new gas and oil wells in Mozambique where the government recently approved a production sharing agreement (PSA), as well as a field development plan for the resources, which are in the same neighbourhood as Sasol’s producing... 

Sasol investing $1.4bn to grow Mozambique gas platform
Photo by Sasol
Drilling for gas in Temane

Disused Saldanha quarry emerging as new liquid petroleum gas hub 

By: Dylan Slater     27th May 2016 A liquid petroleum gas (LPG) terminal and import infrastructure is being constructed by energy infrastructure company Sunrise Energy in Saldanha Bay, in the Western Cape, to curb historical LPG shortages and meet potential future requirements for gas-fired power plants and other industrial energy... 

Disused Saldanha quarry emerging as new liquid petroleum gas hub

Disused Saldanha quarry emerging as new liquid petroleum gas hub

By: Dylan Slater     27th May 2016 A liquid petroleum gas (LPG) terminal and import infrastructure are being constructed by energy infrastructure company Sunrise Energy, in Saldanha Bay, in the Western Cape, to curb historical LPG shortages and meet potential future requirements for gas-fired power plants and other industrial... 

Disused Saldanha quarry emerging as new liquid petroleum gas hub

Minister outlines 2016/17 gas IPP, FSRU procurement plans 

By: Terence Creamer     18th May 2016 Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson indicates that the procurement processes for the gas-to-power (GTP) programme and associated gas infrastructure will begin taking shape during the course of the 2016/17 financial year, with a request for proposals scheduled for the fourth quarter.... 

Minister outlines 2016/17 gas IPP, FSRU procurement plans

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... 

UN expert urges African utilities to improve policies, pricing

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

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