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Natural Gas: Fuelling the Future

15th February 2019 Natural gas is a colourless and odourless fuel source that is formed deep beneath the earth's surface, it contains many different compounds, primarily methane. Although considered a simplistic fuel source, it provides consistent and dependable energy. When effectively burnt, Natural Gas is highly... 

Reatile acquires 37.54% stake in Pragma Holdings

15th February 2019 The Reatile Group, an investment holding company, has acquired a 37.54% stake in Pragma, one of SA’s leading enterprise asset and facilities management companies. This move enhances Pragma’s potential international growth, while accelerating the organisation’s transformation agenda. “I’ve been... 

Tanzania hydropower dam to cost more than double government estimate – study

By: Reuters     15th February 2019 Tanzania's Stiegler's Gorge Dam, due to be built on a Unesco World Heritage site, will cost more than double the government's estimates, an independent study showed on Thursday. In December, Tanzania signed a deal with two Egyptian companies, El Sewedy Electric Co and Arab Contractors, to build... 

Event set to dissect the future of African energy

By: Paige Müller     15th February 2019 The eleventh edition of the Africa Energy Indaba – which will take place at the Sandton Convention Centre, in Johannesburg, from February 19 to 20 this year – will focus on the future prospects and direction of energy on the African continent from an energy provision and investment point of view.... 

Continent’s energy demands increase

15th February 2019 Africa’s demand for energy is steadily increasing and solutions to meet this growth have become a major concern amongst the energy sector leaders of the continent. Key factors contributing to this soaring energy demand are Africa’s ever-growing population and the continent’s accelerating economic... 

Hospital group’s impressive energy savings journey recognised

By: Schalk Burger     15th February 2019 Private healthcare company Netcare Group replaced 108 000 inefficient lights and light fittings with modern energy efficient alternatives, and reduced its light-load by 40%, offsetting its hospitals’ carbon footprint by 16 000 t/y of carbon dioxide, says Netcare Group CEO Dr Richard Friedland.... 

What to expect from 2019 Africa Energy Indaba

15th February 2019 The Africa Energy Indaba Conference is the definitive energy conference for Africa providing an annual programme that shapes energy policy for the African continent. Key issues that impact the African energy sector will be discussed and debated at the event, based on the outcomes of the 2018... 

Energy capacity shortfalls stunting Africa’s industrialisation efforts

By: Paige Müller     15th February 2019 Insurance company the Export Credit Insurance Corporation of South Africa (ECIC) says there are significant shortfalls and backlogs in Africa’s installed energy capacity, which is stunting the continent’s efforts to industrialise and expand its local economies. ECIC COO Mandisi Nkuhlu stresses... 

Technical workshops to address energy efficiency

By: Paige Müller     15th February 2019 The Department of Trade and Industry’s National Cleaner Production Centre South Africa (NCPC-SA) programme states that it will host technical workshops at this year’s Africa Energy Indaba. NCPC-SA communication manager Julie Wells tells Engineering News that the organisation plans on “a strong... 

Ramaphosa promises to correct lack of consultation with labour on Eskom unbundling 

By: Terence Creamer     14th February 2019 President Cyril Ramaphosa acknowledged on Thursday that there had been insufficient consultation with labour on government’s plan to unbundle Eskom into three separate companies, but he also stressed that the proposed restructuring would not result in privatisation. In his response to the debate... 

SA infrastructure think tank slams Eskom's hiring of foreign engineers

By: African News Agency      14th February 2019 The Infrastructure Research Development Centre (IRDC) said on Thursday it opposed the government's decision to bring in external engineers to investigate the crisis at State utility Eskom's power stations. Public enterprises minister Pravin Gordhan on Wednesday told Parliament that a panel of... 

Sasol achieves beneficial operation of first Lake Charles production unit

By: Simone Liedtke     13th February 2019 Local chemicals and energy company Sasol on Wednesday announced that its new linear low-density polyethylene unit, in Lake Charles, in the US, officially achieved beneficial operations on February 13. This is the first of the seven Lake Charles chemicals project (LCCP) production units to come on... 

Eskom 'technically insolvent', won't last beyond April 2019 – committee hears

By: News24Wire      13th February 2019 Eskom is "technically insolvent" and will cease to exist at the current trajectory by April 2019, the portfolio committee on public enterprises heard. The department of public enterprises (DPE) briefed members of the portfolio committee on public enterprises on Wednesday, where the issues at... 

Battle lines drawn as opposition parties contest Ramaphosa’s Eskom unbundling plan  

By: Terence Creamer     12th February 2019 The future structure of South Africa’s debt-laden electricity producer Eskom emerged as the central topic during the debate on President Cyril Ramaphosa’s February 7 State of the Nation Address (SONA), in which he announced that the utility would be split, under Eskom Holdings, into three... 

Harmony cuts energy consumption, ushering in solar, mulling biofuels  

By: Martin Creamer     12th February 2019 Gold mining and exploration company Harmony Gold is intensifying its efforts to cut electricity consumption to a minimum while also looking at introducing solar power and biofuel energy. CEO Peter Steenkamp said on Tuesday when the company issued its half-year results that Eskom’s problems could... 

Siemens working with WestPark to build first industrial and business park in Africa wholly powered by renewable energy

By: Creamer Media Reporter      12th February 2019 Siemens today announced it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with WestPark Enterprises to develop an expandable microgrid solution for the fast-growing industrial and business park based in Takoradi, Western Ghana. The WestPark aims to eliminate many of the challenges faced by... 

New statistics point to renewables playing a role in load-shedding mitigation  

By: Terence Creamer     11th February 2019 Newly released statistics on the performance of South Africa’s small, but expanding, renewable-energy fleet point to a positive contribution from the country’s wind and solar plants during those hours towards the end of 2018 when Eskom resorted to load-shedding. Compiled by the Council for... 

What to Expect at 2019’s Africa Energy Indaba

11th February 2019 The Africa Energy Indaba conference is the definitive energy event for the continent providing an annual programme that influences energy policy for Africa. Key issues that impact the African energy sector will be debated together with solutions to best mitigate these concerns. Focused on... 

Siemens launches FABRIC – Turning urban data into a dynamic visualization of Jamestown

By: Creamer Media Reporter      11th February 2019 Design and Data combine to tell a fascinating story about Jamestown, Accra. Leveraging Digital technology with Electrification and Automation domain know-how can help build a more resilient Ghana. 

Better techniques are making a big difference in drilling and blasting, says MAXAM

By: Kim Cloete     8th February 2019 Advanced technologies in mining explosives are making major inroads in the mining industry. This was highlighted by MAXAM, a global technological leader specialising in the design, development, manufacture and application of energetic solutions, at the Investing in African Mining Indaba, in Cape... 

Sasol expects higher H1 earnings, but warns of Lake Charles cost increase

By: Nadine James     8th February 2019 Chemicals and energy company Sasol expects to report earnings per share (EPS) and headline earnings per share (HEPS) of between R23.71 and R24.16 and between R22.97 and R23.68, respectively, for the six months ended December 31. This means EPS is expected to increase by between 110% and 114%... 

Reatile acquires 37.54% stake in Pragma Holdings

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     8th February 2019 Investment holding company Reatile Group has acquired a 37.54% stake in enterprise asset and facilities management company Pragma; thereby enhancing Pragma’s potential international growth, while accelerating the organisation’s transformation agenda. Pragma CEO and founder Adriaan Scheeres... 

DBSA wins global award for renewable energy project financing 

By: Simone Liedtke     8th February 2019 The Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) has won the African Renewable Energy Programme Award. The award was presented to the DBSA, in London, in the UK, by Project Finance International (PFI), an institution that organises the global awards. 

Collaboration to ensure better understanding of emission standards

8th February 2019 Oils and lubricants company Shell collaborates with a number of original equipment manufacturer (OEM) transport operators to understand the future vision of emission standards set by the manufacturers and various legislation, as well as taking into consideration the challenges that transport... 

Ethiopia moving to scale up investments in solar

By: John Muchira     8th February 2019 Ethiopia is scaling up investments in solar energy after unveiling six projects that will have a capacity to generate 750 MW.   As part of its ambitions to become a net exporter of electricity, the Horn of Africa nation said the six projects estimated to cost $800-million will be implemented... 

Adapt IT aims to expand African footprint

By: Schalk Burger     8th February 2019 JSE-listed information technology services company Adapt IT has grown its turnover by 4% year-on-year to R667-million and its earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) by 10% year-on-year to R118-million for the six months ended December 31. The company’s headline... 

Will unbundling Eskom ensure a sustainable electricity system?

By: Tobias Bischof-Niemz     8th February 2019 That Eskom needs to be restructured is no longer in question. In its current form, the organisation poses a systemic risk to the South African economy and is ‘too big to fail’. The real question is what form this restructuring should take. For sure, the generation assets need to be separated from... 

Sort out Eskom or beneficiation will suffer, warns Mantashe

By: Kim Cloete     7th February 2019 Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe has expressed concern about progress in beneficiating minerals, while Eskom is still battling. “If we don’t sort out Eskom problems, we are going to be in trouble with beneficiation. There must be an arrangement for certain categories of customers for an... 

IWMSA aligns with IFAT Africa to support industry collaboration

7th February 2019 The Institute of Waste Management of Southern Africa (IWMSA) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Messe Muenchen South Africa, organisers of IFAT Africa, to collaborate on the 2019 exhibition and conference. IFAT Africa is the leading environmental technology trade fair in sub-Saharan... 

Global and Africa Energy Experts Confirmed to speak at the 11th Africa Energy Indaba

By: Creamer Media Reporter      7th February 2019 Leading figures and global experts within the African energy sector will convene in Sandton, Johannesburg, South Africa at the 2019 Africa Energy Indaba to debate key issues keeping Africa’s energy leaders awake at night.  Discussions will highlight the energy sector’s innovations in Africa,... 

Precious metal refiners face new LBMA environmental standard  

By: Martin Creamer     7th February 2019 The London Bullion Market Association (LBMA) has launched a new standard that addresses environmental as well as sustainability issues in gold and silver markets. To do that in a credible way, LBMA has been actively engaging with mining companies and producer nations. 

Sanedi ready to support the mining industry in energy efficiency

By: Kim Cloete     6th February 2019 The mining sector has been encouraged to use more renewable energy and tighten up on energy efficiency, with the support of the South African National Energy Development Institute (Sanedi). Energy Minister Jeff Radebe said the mining industry would need innovative and novel solutions to reduce... 

Energy megaprojects on South Africa's radar as utility falters

By: Bloomberg     5th February 2019 South Africa is looking to spend-billions of rand to secure energy from megaprojects on the continent at a time when state power utility Eskom is broke and struggling to supply enough electricity. The government has signaled a willingness to buy 5 000 MW of power from a planned $18-billion... 

Centrica, Tokyo Gas sign deal to buy LNG from Mozambique

By: Reuters     5th February 2019 British energy supplier Centrica and Tokyo Gas have agreed to jointly buy 2.6-million tonnes of liquefied natural gas (LNG) a year from Mozambique LNG Company, the firms said on Tuesday. Centrica LNG Company, a subsidiary of Centrica, and the Japanese energy company said the LNG would be... 

Ford engages the mining sector on the road to more EVs

By: Kim Cloete     5th February 2019 Ford is quickening its pace towards the mass production of electric vehicles (EVs) and researching how the mining industry can help it to achieve its goals. “There are tremendous investments taking place at every level to achieve this radical revolution in the automotive industry,” Ford energy... 

Coal was Australia’s biggest export earner in 2018

By: Esmarie Iannucci     5th February 2019 New data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has revealed record exports from Australia in 2018, with resources earnings export revenues of some A$248-billion. This was the highest-ever annual export value and accounted for 72% of Australia’s goods exports. 

Mantashe calls for mining investment amid renewed regulatory certainty  

By: Kim Cloete     4th February 2019 Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe has assured investors it is safe and stable to invest in the South African mining industry, with the return of regulatory certainty and a revised Mining Charter. “There was a lot of policy and regulatory uncertainty for the better part of last year. We... 

The Eskom quagmire

By: Saliem Fakir     1st February 2019 As we enter the year 2019, State-owned electricity utility Eskom, once a success story of South Africa's industrialisation programme, is now an albatros around the neck of the National Treasury and hampering the State's efforts to realise the full potential for economic growth.   

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