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Johnson Crane Hire Now Offers Access Platforms, Telehandlers

10th July 2018 Extending its total lifting solution for customers, Johnson Crane Hire now offers an extensive fleet of access platforms and telescopic handlers from its branch network around South Africa. According to Steve Robson of Johnson Crane Hire’s business development executive, the new units were put in... 

Swiss energy storage startup breathing new life into South African battery invention

By: Terence Creamer     10th July 2018 A Swiss energy storage startup is moving to revive the Zebra battery, which was invented at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), in Pretoria, in the 1980s and initially commercialised for use in electric vehicles (EVs) by, among others, Anglo American and Daimler. Located in... 

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... 

Tank blanketing provides security for flammable liquid storage

6th July 2018 Tank blanketing is deemed one of the most effective ways of preventing fires in flammable liquid storage tanks by means of controlling the formation of explosive vapour or air mixtures above the liquid surface, according to industrial equipment supplier Energas Technologies. Energas Technologies... 

Chemicals factory to support value chain opened in Maluti-a-Phofong SEZ

By: Schalk Burger     6th July 2018 An industrial chemicals factory opened in the Maluti-a-Phofong special economic zone (SEZ), in Harrismith, Free State, will play a key intermediate role in supporting the value chains that pass through this transport node, says the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) Chemicals and Textiles... 

Intelligent management of data key to human-machine interactions

By: Schalk Burger     6th July 2018 The way data is viewed, managed and used is becoming more complex, requiring intelligent management to enable people to interact with machines, devices and services, says enterprise information management multinational OpenText product marketing VP Stephen Ludlow. The effects and combinations of... 

Vedanta starts commissioning activities at Gamsberg

By: Simone Liedtke     5th July 2018 Diversified mining company Vedanta Resources’ subsidiary Vedanta Zinc International (VZI) has started commissioning activities at its Gamsberg project, a greenfield mining project in the Northern Cape. Waste pre-stripping was completed by the end of June and ore production has started. 

AngloGold starts development of Vogue orebody to increase Sunrise Dam production

By: Simone Liedtke     5th July 2018 Development of the large, high-grade Vogue orebody at gold miner AngloGold Ashanti’s Sunrise Dam gold mine, in Western Australia, is now under way, with production expected to increase by 25% this year to about 300 000 oz. This development follows the commissioning of the miner’s Recovery Enhance... 

New technical models set to reduce costs of power generation, distribution for Africa

5th July 2018 Innovative new technologies and architectures set to reduce the costs of power generation and distribution will be presented at the upcoming POWER-GEN & DistribuTECH Africa conference and expo. Speaking ahead of Africa’s premier power sector summit, experts outlined a number of new technologies... 

Bacanora secures $150m debt for Mexico lithium project

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th July 2018 The Sonora lithium project is one step closer to fruition with Bacanora Lithium on Thursday announcing that it had secured $150-million in debt for the development of Stage 1 of the Mexico mine.  

Cape dams half full, but too early to call for easing restrictions 

By: News24Wire      4th July 2018 Cape Town's dam levels rose to 50.3% on Tuesday as streams and rivers swollen with rain from the weekend's intense cold front, flowed into the storage dams. There is now double the amount of water in the city's supply dams than there was at this time last year, when the level stood at 25.1%. The... 

M&D Construction Group sets the benchmark in pipeline quality standards.

By: Creamer Media Reporter      3rd July 2018 M&D Construction Group, a leading local civil-engineering construction and building specialist, has again taken proactive steps to ensure that the highest quality standards are maintained when it builds critical infrastructure for its many public- and private-sector clients. The company’s Pipe... 

Fears of a dry future for Cape Town as water conference kicks off

By: News24Wire      2nd July 2018 A scarce supply of water may become Cape Town's defining feature, and the city has already been touted as one of the first major cities in the world that could run out of water. This was the warning from City of Cape Town Deputy Mayor Ian Nielson, who spoke on Sunday at the WISA 2018 Conference,... 

Veolia's new South African chemical production facility offers improved cost competitiveness

By: Schalk Burger     29th June 2018 The new 6 600 m2 chemical production facility of multinational Veolia Water Technologies South Africa, which opened in Pomona, Kempton Park, on Thursday, is the main blending facility for the company’s local operations, and is also set to export to Veolia’s clients throughout Africa, owing to its... 

Feasibility study on Western Cape rare earths mine to be completed in 6 to 12 months

By: Anine Kilian     29th June 2018 The Steenkampskraal rare earths mine, owned by developer Steenkampskraal Holdings, in the Western Cape, is aiming to be a building block in a global rare earths supply chain independent of China. Manufacturers globally are expressing concern over China’s dominance of these strategic elements,... 

Will the SDGs help us rewire the economy?

By: Saliem Fakir     29th June 2018 The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are the new mantra, and everybody is trying to figure out the best way to leverage them; the question is whether to follow the same old path or to beat a new one.   If the underlying premises of an economic system are the same, what can SDGs really solve?... 

Intelligent data management capabilities support future services

By: Schalk Burger     29th June 2018 Intelligent data management across a company’s information technology environment is a key element supporting faster and more effective use of business data and new technologies and capabilities, such as Internet of Things (IoT) systems, which can involve thousands of different data-generating... 

Port Kembla liquefied natural gas import terminal, Australia

By: Sheila Barradas     29th June 2018 Australian Industrial Energy plans to build a liquefied natural gas import terminal with the ability to supply more than 100 PJ/y of natural gas. 

South Africa calls for expanded Brics cooperation on energy transition

By: Terence Creamer     28th June 2018 South Africa is proposing that the Brics bloc of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa extends the scope of its energy cooperation beyond that of energy savings and energy efficiency to include a range of other issues, arising as a result of the “global energy transition”. In an address... 

Wärtsilä and Hyundai Motor Group announce energy storage partnership maximizing second-life electric vehicle batteries

27th June 2018 Global partnership between the fifth largest automaker and energy systems integrator to enable sustainability in second-life EV battery opportunity The technology group Wärtsilä and Hyundai Motor Group have signed a technology and commercial partnership designed to utilize second-life electric... 

Scania and Growthpoint extend their relationship with lease renewals at four properties

27th June 2018 Growthpoint Properties has renewed four leases with Scania, extending its relationship with the global company that offers sales of trucks, buses, and services in more than 100 countries. The leases were renewed for four properties located in established industrial areas across the province of... 

Water and sanitation minister opens SADC ministers meeting in Johannesburg

By: African News Agency      27th June 2018 South Africa Water and sanitation minister Gugile Nkwinti on Wednesday welcomed the Southern African development community (SADC) ministers to a water and energy summit taking place at Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg. In his welcome address, Nkwinti said: “It has become critically clear... 

Westwater outlines plan for ‘made in US’ battery-graphite business

By: Mariaan Webb     27th June 2018 Nasdaq-listed Westwater Resources is planning to establish a speciality battery graphite manufacturing business in the US state of Alabama, with the Coosa graphite mine an essential cog in this wheel. Once operational in 2026, the Coosa graphite project, near Birmingham, will provide feedstock... 

IEA sees gas demand growth of 1.6% a year, China to become largest importer

By: Esmarie Iannucci     27th June 2018 A new report by the International Energy Agency (IEA) has shown that global gas demand will grow at an average rate of 1.6% a year, reaching just more than 4.1-trillion cubic metres in 2023. This forecast compares with demand of 3.74-tillion cubic metres in 2017, the IEA noted in its ‘Gas 2018’... 

AngloGold gets environmental go-ahead for Obuasi redevelopment

By: Marleny Arnoldi     27th June 2018 Gold miner AngloGold Ashanti has received environmental permits for its Obuasi gold mine, in Ghana, paving the way for the redevelopment of the large and high-grade orebody.  

Wärtsilä partners with Hyundai to advance second-life EV batteries for energy storage

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th June 2018 Technology group Wärtsilä and automaker Hyundai Motor Group have signed a technology and commercial partnership to use second-life electric vehicle (EV) batteries towards the growing energy storage market.  

Metair considers debt funding options for proposed TAB acquisition

By: Anine Kilian     25th June 2018 JSE-listed Metair and its advisers are assessing the most effective and efficient debt funding alternatives for settling the proposed €300-million purchase price for Tovarna Akumulatorskih Baterij (TAB), in Slovenia. Metair earlier this month announced that it had submitted an indicative... 

Hybrid power generation on the rise – HIMOINSA

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th June 2018 Interest in hybrid energy generation is high, says generator manufacturer HIMOINSA Southern Africa business development director Matthew Bell.  

Huawei Launches FusionCloud 6.3 Solution to Accelerate Enterprise Cloud Migration and Innovation

By: Creamer Media Reporter      25th June 2018 At CEBIT 2018, Huawei officially released FusionCloud 6.3, a next-generation enterprise-class full-stack private cloud solution. Huawei FusionCloud 6.3 is the first full-stack cloud to meet the demands of enterprises across a range of industries. The solution’s architecture is based on “One... 

Getting below the surface of the Cape Town water crisis

By: News24Wire      22nd June 2018 It will take three months and cost R350-million for a small-scale temporary desalination plant to produce enough water to raise the level of Cape Town’s supply dams by just 1%. Yet the small amount of rain over the long weekend in April raised the dam levels by more than 1% – free of charge.... 

Two approaches for energy transformation in South Africa

By: Melissa Zisengwe     22nd June 2018 Solar photovoltaics (PVs) and energy storage system provider IBC SOLAR South Africa says it wants to be part of the transformation of the energy system in South Africa using two approaches. One approach entails informing South Africans and local companies about the advantages and possibilities of... 

Plans afoot to pilot project to bring broadband connectivity to rural Uganda

By: Natasha Odendaal     22nd June 2018 Internet service provider iWayAfrica and off-grid renewable energy operator and technology integrator Winch Energy are preparing to embark on a pilot programme to bring high-quality, affordable broadband connectivity to five rural communities in Uganda. The companies will deploy ‘The Winch Hub’,... 

FTS Boltworld

22nd June 2018 Industrial equipment supplier Rutherford is positioned to be a preferred supplier of fasteners through its parent company Hudaco Trading’s, acquisition of Boltworld, one of the largest stockists of industrial fasteners. Boltworld, which stocks a wide and comprehensive range of high-quality... 

Barossa project to backfill Darwin liquefied natural gas plant, Australia

By: Sheila Barradas     22nd June 2018 Santos has awarded three major engineering contracts on the front-end engineering and design phase of its Barossa offshore project. 

Huawei Releases Its Latest IoT and AI Products, Creating Intelligent and Connectivity Genes for Digital Enterprises

By: Creamer Media Reporter      22nd June 2018 At CEBIT 2018, Huawei released its latest IoT and AI products to help enterprises create intelligent and connectivity genes to build digital neurons and accelerate digital enterprise transformation. At Huawei’s press conference at CEBIT, Qiu Heng, President of Global Marketing, Enterprise... 

Zinia 2 deep offshore development, Angola

By: Sheila Barradas     22nd June 2018 Zinia 2 is the first of several possible short-cycle developments in Block 17 off the shore of Angola. 

It’s time to get NAS

20th June 2018 By Joanne Weng South Africa Sales Manager of Synology The enterprise market has traditionally been seen as the one that sits up and pays expensive and complicated attention to cloud storage. It is, after all, only suitable for those companies that have large wallets, skill sets and... 

BPI Launch Marks a New Era in Battery Driven Mining Technology in SA

20th June 2018 Battery Power Industries (BPI), an innovative battery driven mining vehicle solution provider has officially launched. BPI targets zero emission underground mining equipment with their advanced battery energy systems technology offering. BPI is a proudly South African OEM specialising in the... 

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