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Rousing Send-Off For Gibela’s First South-African-Built Commuter Train

7th December 2018 Hundreds of Gibela employees gathered today to give a rousing send-off to the first South African-built X’trapolis Mega commuter train. To the strains of vuvuzelas and loud cheers, the six-car train left Gibela’s new train-manufacturing complex at Dunnottar in Ekurhuleni, en route for the... 

There is room for more ride-hailing services, says Taxify country manager

By: Irma Venter     23rd October 2018 Taxify believes there is room for another electronic ride-hailing service in South Africa. US-based Uber started operations in South Africa in 2013, with Estonia’s Taxify moving into the country in 2016. 

South Africa’s synfuels know-how could give it edge as world mulls power fuels 

By: Terence Creamer     15th October 2018 The newly formed Global Alliance Power Fuels believes that South Africa is well positioned to become a leading site for the large-scale production of liquid fuels from renewable energy and has confirmed with Engineering News Online that the country is on its radar for possible future... 

Mercedes-Benz rolls out fuel-cell SUV to tackle tech hurdles

By: Bloomberg     10th October 2018 Mercedes-Benz will soon start handing over its latest fuel-cell electric car to fleet customers to keep a toe-hold in a promising technology that’s been hampered by the difficulties of storing and refueling hydrogen. The Mercedes-Benz GLC F-Cell model combines a fuel cell with a battery that can... 

Shell to drill 250 new wells at Queensland venture

By: Esmarie Iannucci     10th October 2018 Energy major Shell has announced plans to produce more gas from its QGC joint venture, in the Western Downs region of Queensland. Under the Goog-a-binge project, Shell will progressively drill 250 new wells during 2019 and 2020, which will connect the existing QGC gas processing plants and bring... 

South Africa researching hydrogen storage for platinum-using fuel cells

By: Martin Creamer     5th October 2018 South Africa’s Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) is researching innovative hydrogen storage technologies that have the potential to be key enablers of platinum-catalysed fuel cells, which generate clean electricity using hydrogen as a fuel and platinum as a catalyst. The... 

Shell LNG, trade deal no help to stalled Trans Mountain pipeline

By: Bloomberg     4th October 2018 Royal Dutch Shell’s commitment to invest in the largest private-sector project in Canada’s history and a new trade deal with the US and Mexico show the country is open for business again. But neither are likely to help Trans Mountain, the troubled oil pipeline project that has epitomized the... 

Trudeau backs LNG Canada against threat of steel duties

By: Bloomberg     3rd October 2018 Prime Minister Justin Trudeau assured Royal Dutch Shell’s newly sanctioned $31-billion liquefied natural gas project that it won’t be hindered by trade barriers such as steel import duties. “Trade barriers won’t be an impediment to moving forward on this project," Trudeau told a news conference... 

Study confirms ‘quality, size’ of Copper Mountain’s Eva

By: Esmarie Iannucci     2nd October 2018 Dual-listed Copper Mountain Mining has estimated that its Eva copper project, in Queensland, would require a capital investment of $350-million to develop. A feasibility study, results of which were announced on Tuesday, found that the project would produce 334-million tonnes of ore and waste... 

Mineral resource estimate at Avesoro’s Liberia mine now 1.1Moz of gold

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th September 2018 TSX- and Aim-listed Avesoro Resources has increased the measured and indicated mineral resource at its New Liberty gold mine, in Liberia, to more than 1.1-million ounces of gold. The company said in a statement on Wednesday that total openpittable and underground measured and indicated mineral... 

Italy judge set to give first ruling in Nigeria oil graft case

By: Reuters     18th September 2018 Oil majors Shell and Eni will be carefully monitoring a first ruling this week by a Milan judge in one of the energy industry's biggest corruption scandals for clues to what might be round the corner for them. The two companies are embroiled in a long-running graft case revolving around the... 

Egypt signs oil, gas exploration deal with Shell, Petronas worth about $1bn – statement 

By: Reuters     17th September 2018 Egypt has signed a deep-water oil and gas exploration deal with Royal Dutch Shell and Malaysia's Petronas worth around $1-billion for 8 wells in the country's West Nile Delta, the petroleum ministry said on Saturday. The country also signed a second $10-million deal with Rockhopper, Kuwait Energy... 

Cleveland-sized mine signals the path for an oil-sands revival

By: Bloomberg     12th September 2018 A colossal Canadian oil-sands project may be showing the way forward for an industry many thought would never see new investments. In a forest clearing roughly the size of Cleveland, building-sized trucks dump tons of oily soil into a massive crushing facility, while conveyors move the dirt on... 

Cape vulture provides inspiration for homegrown vertical-axis wind turbine  

By: Terence Creamer     11th September 2018 A South African start-up has developed a vertical-axis wind-turbine that employs a groundbreaking morphing wing design, which seeks to mimic the movements of the Cape vulture. A prototype of the turbine, developed by Brayfoil Technologies in collaboration with WorleyParsons, is currently being... 

WorleyParsons provides design support for revolutionary wind power technology

11th September 2018 As an organisation that focuses on finding solutions to the world’s changing resources and energy challenges, WorleyParsons continuously seeks to develop and encourage innovative ideas, refine those ideas and take them to market. With the drive towards renewable energy gaining pace, the project... 

Trudeau’s grand bargain unravels after Alberta nixes carbon plan

By: Bloomberg     31st August 2018 Canada’s precarious relationship with its vast oil riches flared up again Thursday after a federal court struck down Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s approval of a key pipeline, reviving fears about the country’s ability to get its resources to market. While the government pledged to press ahead... 

Platinum-using fuel cells making more headway

By: Martin Creamer     29th August 2018 Last month’s initial public offering (IPO) on the New York Stock Exchange of Bloom Energy suggests a second, much larger market may be emerging for fuel cells, Greentech Media reported this week in an article recording the deployment of Bloom’s technology at 25 Fortune 100 companies. The... 

Acacia appoints interim chair ahead of Dushnisky’s departure

By: Creamer Media Reporter      29th August 2018 Gold miner Acacia Mining has appointed independent nonexecutive director Rachel English as interim chairperson of the board, effective September 1. Outgoing chairperson Kelvin Dushnisky has tendered his resignation, effective August 31, following his resignation as president and CEO of Acacia’s... 

GAIL to hire out gas pipeline capacity to avoid company break-up

By: Ajoy K Das     27th August 2018 State-run natural gas logistics and marketing major GAIL India will start hiring capacity on its vast pipeline network to third-party gas transporters in a bid to prevent government’s plans to break up the company. Under the new business plan, GAIL will offer common carriers the option of hiring... 

Attractive And Tough - Apex Sr 9000 Traffic Door

21st August 2018 The Apex SR 9000 insulated impact traffic door is undoubtedly one of the more attractive heavy duty doors available on the market. Considered by many as the most cost effective answer, this door with its proven construction offers years of dependable operation while maintaining an attractive... 

Pennsylvania petrochemicals complex, US

By: Sheila Barradas     17th August 2018 Shell plans to build a petrochemicals plant comprising an ethylene cracker. 

Sonatrach in talks with 14 foreign firms on trading venture – CEO

By: Reuters     10th August 2018 Algerian State energy firm Sonatrach is in talks with 14 international firms for a joint venture to trade oil and gas products after agreeing to buy its first overseas refinery, its CEO said on Thursday. "I am happy to say that 14 firms are on the list to do a JV on trading with us," Abdelmoumen... 

South Africa has significant potential for biopharming, bio economy

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     10th August 2018 Judging by the number of patent applications filed for biopharming inventions by local universities, research councils and science councils, there is significant potential for South Africa to create an industry around biopharming, claims intellectual property firm Spoor & Fisher. “Biopharming is... 

Borssele III/IV wind farms, the Netherlands

By: Sheila Barradas     10th August 2018 Blauwwind Consortium is building a wind farm with a 731.5 MW capacity off the coast of the Netherlands. 

Professional fees

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     3rd August 2018 You can get advice from a fairly good consulting engineer at a rate of about $700 for an eight-hour day which is near enough to R1 200 an hour. This would be a person who is registered as a professional engineer and has at least 20 years' experience. The rates that individuals and consulting... 

Letšeng large diamond recoveries reach a record in H1

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd August 2018 LSE-listed Gem Diamonds continued to recover large diamonds during the first half of this year, with a record ten diamonds greater than 100 ct recovered, at its Letšeng mine, in Lesotho. Gem recovered another such diamond in July, which resulted in the highest number of more-than-100 ct... 

Redefining philanthropy

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     3rd August 2018 Aliko Dangote, Africa’s richest man – with a net worth of $12.4-billion – is redefining philanthropy in his native Nigeria. But the 61-year-old is doing this in a way that will make his bank account even fatter. Dangote Group, the 30 000-employee multinational industrial conglomerate he founded... 

Gas industry pushes for further easing of restrictions to boost supply

By: Esmarie Iannucci     2nd August 2018 The resources industry has called for a further easing of restrictions on the gas industry to ensure the development of more supply, according to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s (ACCC’s) latest Gas Market Inquiry report. The ACCC said on Thursday that while conditions on the... 

Kumba ‘very bullish’ on exploration prospects 

By: Martin Creamer     25th July 2018 Iron-ore mining and marketing company Kumba Iron Ore is bullish about its R664-million exploration programme, that has funded more than 200 000 m of drilling. "We’re very bullish and very excited,” Kumba Iron Ore technical and projects head Glen Mc Gavigan commented to Mining Weekly Online during... 

SA halts oil exploration permits to revamp licensing

By: Bloomberg     13th July 2018 South Africa’s Department of Mineral Resources has issued a moratorium on new applications for petroleum exploration and development in order to change its licencing process. The restriction won’t affect applications received before the date of publication of the notice, which appeared in the... 

Shell ramps up in Kitimat, raising Canada’s C$40bn LNG hopes

By: Bloomberg     9th July 2018 A flurry of activity in a remote Canadian town is raising optimism that Royal Dutch Shell and its partners are ready to go ahead with the nation’s largest infrastructure project: a C$40-billion liquefied natural gas terminal that could at last unlock energy exports to Asia. The action is... 

BP is front-runner to buy BHP's US shale unit

By: Bloomberg     8th July 2018 BP has emerged as the front-runner to buy BHP Billiton’s onshore oil and gas operations in the US, according to a person familiar with the matter. The London-based oil major has made the highest offer for the assets, which BHP prefers selling in a single package, said the person, who asked to... 

Emergency rescue mask available in Africa

By: Paige Müller     6th July 2018 Local safety equipment supplier Dromex now holds the sole distribution rights in Africa for the internationally distributed safety-critical Duram escape mask. The emergency evacuation mask, manufactured in Israel, is designed to provide respiratory protection and reduce the health risk and... 

Steel a sustainable choice for building addition

6th July 2018 Knysna-based light steel frame (LSF) construction company Rancor has completed the addition of a 570 m2 second floor to the Kaap Agri building in Paarl, Western Cape.  The requirements for the new structure were clear; it had to be cost-effective, comply with building regulations, be acoustically... 

Expo aims for 50% more visitors this year

By: Halima Frost     29th June 2018 Building on record attendance of more than 2 280 visitors to Africa's leading transport, materials handling, logistics and fleet management event the TruckX Conference and Expo (TruckX) at the Kyalami grand prix circuit, in Midrand, last year, TruckX 2018 hopes to increase this year’s attendance... 

Ongoing fuel cell developments kindle hope for platinum demand 

By: Martin Creamer     26th June 2018 Ongoing hydrogen fuel cell developments across the globe are kindling hope for an eventual significant increase in platinum demand. This month alone, Hyundai Auto Canada took part in the official opening of Canada's first retail hydrogen fuelling station operated by Shell and Hydrogen Technology... 

New draft Mining Charter better than ‘disaster’ it is replacing – Mohale

By: Nadine James     22nd June 2018 The latest draft of the third Mining Charter is not perfect, but it is better than the “disaster” it is replacing, Business Leadership South Africa CEO Bonang Mohale told attendees at the African Mining Network event on Thursday evening. He explained that the previous draft, which was... 

AEMO sees no gas supply gaps to 2030

By: Esmarie Iannucci     22nd June 2018 The latest Gas Statement of Opportunities (GSOO) by the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) has found that market intervention, new supply and lower demand have avoided a potential energy shortfall. The AEMO in late 2017, warned of a substantial shortfall in gas for the east coast of... 

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