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SNC-Lavalin awarded FEED conversion to EPC contract for Guinea refinery

By: Creamer Media Reporter      24th July 2017 TSX-listed SNC-Lavalin has been awarded a contract by private firm Brahms Oil Refineries to undertake a front-end engineering design (FEED) conversion to engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract for a 10 000 bbl/d crude oil refinery in Kamsar, Guinea. The professional services and... 

BMW, VW and Daimler shares skid on EU probe of German carmakers

By: Reuters     24th July 2017 German auto stocks took a hit in early Monday trading, weighed down by uncertainty over possible antitrust fines after European regulators said they were investigating allegations that carmakers were operating a cartel. Shares in Volkswagen were down 3.3%, with premium rivals Daimler and BMW down... 

Red Metal Mining offers bespoke cast resin transformers

     21st July 2017 Diversified project engineering house, Red Metal Mining (RMM), is focused on the specialised design of cast resin dry-type transformers, mini substations, transformer enclosures and electrical automation systems required by mining and associated industries. “Wherever electricity is generated,... 

Transnet Freight Rail 1 064 locomotives acquisition programme

By: Sheila Barradas     21st July 2017 Transnet has reported progress regarding the delivery of the diesel and electric locomotives for the General Freight Business. 

New approach needed to develop Africa’s energy landscape

By: Natasha Odendaal     20th July 2017 Emerging from the closing panel at the PowerGen Africa conference is a strong new message – a different approach is needed to unlock 100% electricity access across Africa. There was no more time for discussions, no more time for political ramblings and no more time to rely on the traditional... 

Shell launches Dynaflex technology in South Africa

By: Anine Kilian     20th July 2017 Shell South Africa on Thursday launched its next generation of advanced fuel formulations enhanced with Dynaflex technology. The Dynaflex technology includes a new additive for Shell V-Power 50 ppm. 

Mercedes-Benz seeks ‘fair share’ of growing bakkie market with new X-Class 

By: Irma Venter     20th July 2017 With a new-bakkie market of roughly 110 000 units a year, Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) would like to secure its “fair share” of this lucrative, “but highly competitive” segment with the launch of the new X-Class in the local market in the first half of next year, says Mercedes-Benz Vans... 

Self-Generated Power Needs Special Focus On Efficiency

     20th July 2017 Remote projects that are far from national power grids will tend to pay a premium for generating their own energy; so they need to plan carefully to use it as efficiently as they can. This is the advice of Zest WEG Group CEO Louis Meiring, who emphasises the opportunities presented by modern... 

Wirtgen Group at Steinexpo 2017 with world premiere from Kleemann

     20th July 2017 The Wirtgen Group will be showcasing tailored solutions for recycled material processing and quarry applications when it exhibits products from Kleemann and Benninghoven at the industry trade fair in Homberg/Nieder-Ofleiden, Germany, from August 30 to September 2. The world premiere of the... 

State capture casts long shadow over Eskom’s results  

By: Terence Creamer     19th July 2017 South Africa’s worst kept corporate secret was confirmed on Wednesday, when Eskom reported a sharp fall in after-tax profits to R888-million in 2017, from over R5-billion in the previous financial year. However, the results were overshadowed by serious allegations of corruption and... 

Hybrid solutions key for Africa’s energy growth  

By: Anine Kilian     19th July 2017 Solar photovoltaic (PV) hybrid technology is fast becoming a cost- and energy efficient solution for remote locations throughout sub-Saharan Africa. There is huge demand for electricity across the continent; however, poor and unreliable grid infrastructure is becoming a major challenge in... 

Porsche ponders diesel exit, pushes electric cars – CEO

By: Reuters     18th July 2017 Porsche's latest generation of diesel engines could be its last, Chief Executive Oliver Blume told Reuters, as Volkswagen's cheating on diesel emissions tests starts to cast a shadow over its Porsche sports-car division. Porsche is spending a billion euros ($1.16 billion) to overhaul its main... 

Opinion: Hybrid energy solutions can boost viability of African mines

     18th July 2017 In this opinion article, juwi Renewable Energies MD Greg Austin reflects on prospects in Africa for bilateral power purchase agreements for both grid-connected and behind-the-meter hybrid energy solutions 

Atlas Copco Portable Energy dewatering pump solutions - the perfect balance between portability, performance, efficiency and reliability

     14th July 2017 Portable Energy, a division of the Atlas Copco Construction Technique business area, offers a comprehensive range of electrical, diesel and petrol dewatering pumps that offer the perfect balance between performance, efficiency and portability. The rugged and lightweight design of these pumps... 

Focus shifts to power distribution

     14th July 2017 Global professional services provider Accenture resources MD and associate director Ken Robinson – who will be speaking at this year’s POWER-GEN & DistribuTECH Africa – says South Africa’s generation crisis is largely under control, but that power supply challenges loom in distribution. 

Medupi power station project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     14th July 2017 Eskom signed a loan agreement with the China Development Bank, which will form part of the funding for the Medupi power plant. 

New solutions make LNG to power a reality in Africa

By: Robyn Wilkinson     14th July 2017 Marine and energy solutions provider Wärtsilä will present solutions that provide a way for the South African government to realise its liquefied natural gas (LNG)-to-power ambitions in a realistic, cost-effective and swift manner at this year’s POWER-GEN & DistribuTECH Africa. 

Pipeline expansion project completed in February

     14th July 2017 In February, high-end and specialised equipment supplier Energas Technologies announced that it had completed a commission to design and supply a mobile heater skid to a budgeted $210-million pipeline expansion project. The project was commissioned by engineering firm VGI Consulting Africa, on... 

Spotlight on solar

By: Robyn Wilkinson     14th July 2017 With solar photovoltaic (PV) installations now recognised globally as the cheapest form of power generation, a key emerging trend is the integration of these systems with storage and transport options, says solar solutions provider SOLA Future Energy CEO Dom Wills. 

VWSA unveils next Polo generation to be produced in South Africa

By: Irma Venter     14th July 2017 Volkswagen has unveiled the new, sixth-generation Polo that will be produced in South Africa, among other global production locations. The new hatchback will make its debut in South Africa in early 2018, confirms Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA). 

Tangible growth seen in global lithium market, says project developer

By: Mariaan Webb     11th July 2017 The global lithium market has witnessed “significant and tangible” change in recent weeks, with Europe embracing lithium-ion energy storage on a political and industry level, says project developer Plymouth Minerals. The company, which is developing the San Jose lithium/tin deposit in regional... 

Atlas Copco railway compressors are built to last

     10th July 2017 Atlas Copco Compressor Technique exhibited its world-class compressed air technology solutions for the railway industry at Rail Africa 2017. Atlas Copco oil-injected screw compressors as well as oil-free scroll, piston and pantograph compressors are used on railway vehicles throughout the world,... 

Eskom has over recovered R7.6bn in renewables-related costs since 2014 

By: Terence Creamer     7th July 2017 The affordability of South Africa’s growing fleet of renewable energy plants has been questioned on several occasions by Eskom and Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown also weighed in recently, telling Parliamentarians in late June that, while electricity arising from the renewables plants was... 

Automotive investment projects, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     7th July 2017 Volkswagen has unveiled the new, sixth-generation Polo that will be produced in South Africa, among other global production locations. 

Volkswagen South Africa Group investment plan, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     7th July 2017 Volkswagen has unveiled the new, sixth-generation Polo that will be produced in South Africa, among other global production locations 

Eskom board confident of turnaround

By: African News Agency      6th July 2017 Eskom’s newly-reconstituted board on Thursday expressed its support on the strides made by executive management in turning around the company’s operational and financial performance, as well as the overall strategy of sustaining this momentum. This comes after a two-day board induction session... 

Volvo Cars to go all electric from 2019

By: Irma Venter     5th July 2017 Volvo Cars has announced that every new Volvo launched from 2019 onwards will feature an electric motor of some kind. The Swedish car maker says pure internal combustion engine (ICE) cars will gradually be phased out and replaced by ICE cars that are enhanced with electrified drivetrains, or... 

MAC lauds initiative to improve transportation infrastructure in Northern Canada 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     5th July 2017 The Mining Association of Canada (MAC) has welcomed the launch of the federal government’s Trade and Transportation Corridors Initiative (TTCI), which will include an allocation of up to $400-million in dedicated funding for transportation infrastructure in Northern Canada. The acute lack of... 

Sponsored Unit From Integrated Pump Rentals Helps Dowse E Cape Inferno

     3rd July 2017 Integrated Pump Rental’s quick response time made the company a valuable sponsor of the fire fighting efforts against the recent Eastern Cape fires, after it received an urgent call for assistance. Business development manager Andre Strydom – himself a seasoned fire-fighter with over 20 years’... 

Petrol, diesel pump prices to fall in July

By: Reuters     3rd July 2017 The retail price of petrol in South Africa will decrease by more than 5% from July 5, while the price of wholesale diesel will fall by nearly 5.2%, the energy department said on Saturday. The price of petrol will fall by 69 cents to R12.86 a litre in the commercial hub of Gauteng province, while... 

Transnet appoints Werksmans to probe locomotive corruption claims  

By: Terence Creamer     3rd July 2017 State-owned freight logistics utility Transnet reports that Werksmans Attorneys has been appointed to oversee a board-level probe into allegations of corruption relating to its purchase of locomotives for China South Rail (CSR). Opposition party the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) recently laid... 

VW shows off new Polo to be produced in South Africa

By: Irma Venter     3rd July 2017 Volkswagen has unveiled the new, sixth-generation Polo that will be produced in South Africa, among other global production locations. The new hatchback will make its debut in South Africa in early 2018, confirms Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA). 

AEP debuts on JSE’s AltX 

By: Natasha Odendaal     30th June 2017 The debut of black-empowered clean energy group AEP Energy Africa on JSE’s AltX marks the start of new beginnings for the company which is aiming to become “Africa’s clean energy champion”. Speaking to Engineering News Online post the listing celebrations, AEP COO Nkosi Gugushe boasted about the... 

A long, relaxed look at wind farms

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     30th June 2017 About two years ago, I was travelling on a train from London to York. On the way I passed the Drax power station. Drax was built to fire coal but at the time it was burning imported wood chips, which, by some logic of a green fanatic, was better for the planet than burning coal. The fact that... 

Richards Bay dry bulk terminal commissions harbour cranes

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     29th June 2017 Two 144 t mobile harbour cranes [MHC], moved from Maydon Wharf, in Durban, to the Richards Bay dry bulk terminal [DBT] have been fully commissioned, Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) said on Thursday. The move entailed lifting the MHCs with the help of heavy lift gear cranes. This was followed by a... 

Screen improves processing production

     29th June 2017 Faster, more aggressive screening technology is allowing mine processing contractor, Two Pedestrians Mining, to push production to new levels and radically shorten processing times on behalf of their clients in the mining industry. According to Neel Rademeyer, who is the hands-on owner of Two... 

Illegal mining a substantial burden on South African economy, warns Sibanye  

By: Ilan Solomons     28th June 2017 Illegal mining is by no means a victimless crime, as it costs South Africa an estimated R20-billion a year in lost mineral sales, taxes and royalties, Sibanye protection services senior VP Nash Lutchman said on Wednesday. In a presentation on the negative impact of illegal mining on the South... 

Moving to LPG: summit focuses on LPG in Africa

     27th June 2017 You are invited to join over 500 pan-African energy stakeholders who will participate in the largest conference around LPG and CNG in the region. The fourth edition of the Africa LPG Summit, co-located with CNG-NGV Africa will be staged from 11 - 12 July at Emperor's Palace, Johannesburg. Limited... 

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