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South Africa must cut red tape to close energy gap, ANC suggests

By: Bloomberg     13th May 2022 South Africa must accelerate plans to generate more electricity itself, buy more energy from private producers and make it easier for power-hungry mining companies to build their own plants, according to a draft economic policy document compiled by the nation’s governing party. Projects outlined... 

Project launched to fast-track energy, water transition

By: Halima Frost     13th May 2022 The South African Industry Adaption (SAIA) project was launched last month to accelerate South African industry’s energy and water transition to a decarbonised, green and inclusive economy, as well as a vibrant job market. SAIA is a collaboration between the governments of South Africa and... 

A photo of Lee-Hendor Ruiters speaking at teh launch of the The South African Industry Adaption (SAIA) project which was launched last month to accelerate South African industry’s energy and water transition a collaboration between the governments of South Africa and Flanders, in Belgium, and the United Nations Industrial Development Corporation
LEE-HENDOR RUITERSThe South African Industry Adaption (SAIA) project was launched last month to accelerate South African industry’s energy and water transition

Electricity generation procurement delays  

By: Creamer Media Reporter      6th May 2022 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the latest delays in the procurement of new electricity generation capacity under the Risk Mitigation Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme, as well as the Renewable Energy Independent Power... 

Photo Terence Creamer
Electricity generation procurement delays

South Africa seeks to make climate finance deal global benchmark 

By: Bloomberg     4th May 2022 South Africa’s planned $8.5-billion climate finance deal with some of the world’s richest nations could serve as a blueprint for other coal-dependent countries, the head of its negotiating team said. The potential funding, which will be made available over three to five years, was announced at... 

Daniel Mminele
Photo by Bloomberg
Daniel Mminele

Sasol completes Ressano Garcia gas-to-power divestment

By: Schalk Burger     3rd May 2022 Chemicals and energy multinational Sasol says it has completed the divestment of its shareholding in the 175 MW gas-to-power plant Central Térmica de Ressano Garcia (CTRG), in Ressano Garcia, Mozambique, effective April 29. In December 2020, Sasol announced that a sale securities purchase... 

Karpowership committed to South Africa even as setbacks mount

By: Bloomberg     29th April 2022 Karpowership, the world’s biggest supplier of floating gas-fired power plants, said it’s committed to delivering what would be its biggest ever project as South African activists mounted a fresh legal challenge against the company’s plans. The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse said on Thursday it... 

Gas industry gearing up for growth

By: Anna Moross     29th April 2022 Decisions and announcements made last year by a number of state owned entities have inched South Africa closer to the implementation of a successful gas-to-power programme, says engineering consultancy WSP regional director Martin Mkhabela. 

An image of WSP regional director Martin Mkhabela
MARTIN MKHABELA The biggest constraint to the gas programme in South Africa has always been the availability of gas volumes to support the future growth of the industry

Project aims to boost gas industry in SA

By: Anna Moross     29th April 2022 Natural gas and helium producer Renergen is securing financing for Phase 2 of its Virginia gas project the completion of which it hopes to achieve by 2025. The project comprises exploration and production rights for 187 000 ha of gasfields across Welkom, Virginia and Theunissen, all in the Free... 

An image of Stefano Marani CEO of Renergen
STEFANO MARANI With there being “a great need” for energy and gas in South Africa and Virginia gas project has paved the way to smooth the path for the rest of the industry, hopefully clearing significant amounts of red tape for other producers.

Delivering compressed natural gas to industry

29th April 2022 Supplier of premium quality gas SLCNG is a wholly owned subsidiary of SLG that has been delivering large-scale compressed natural gas (CNG) to industry since 2015. The operation is based in Umbogintwini, in KwaZulu-Natal, and accesses gas from the existing pipeline network. 

An image of  SLCNG’s trucks
COMPRESSED NATURAL GAS The switching to CNG from other fuels like liquefied petroleum gas, IP, diesel, and petrol, can save 20% to 30% on fuel costs

Outa asks High Court to overturn Nersa's decision to grant Karpowership generation licences  

By: Schalk Burger     28th April 2022 Civil organisation Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) has filed a review application in the North Gauteng High Court to have the decision by the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) to grant floating gas-power ship company Karpowership-linked independent power producers generation... 

One of Karpowership's powerships

Eskom seeks indemnity from Karpowership in power-purchase pact

By: Bloomberg     26th April 2022 South Africa’s bid to secure 2 000 MW of so-called emergency electricity has hit an obstacle, with the State power utility asking the biggest winner of the tender to indemnify it against any adverse outcomes from corruption allegations, two people familiar with the situation said. A losing... 

Transnet prepares to invite bids for Richards Bay LNG terminal 

By: Terence Creamer     21st April 2022 The State-owned Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) reports that a request for proposals (RFP) will be issued in the coming months for the development of a liquified natural gas (LNG) terminal at the Port of Richards Bay, in KwaZulu-Natal. TNPA has confirmed with Engineering News that it... 

An LNG Tanker

Karpowership showcases FSRU vessel, highlights floating gas-to-power benefits 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th April 2022 Floating gas-to-power specialist Karpowership South Africa (KPS SA) has showcased a Floating Storage Regasification Unit (FSRU) ship, in Cape Town, before it ventures on to its final destination in Rio de Janeiro.  KPS SA plans on docking three of these vessels – one each at Richards Bay,... 

Floating storage regasification unit, called Karmol LNGT Asia
Floating storage regasification unit, called Karmol LNGT Asia

Eskom to seek gas-supply bids for OCGT plants, still mulling coal-to-gas conversions  

By: Terence Creamer     13th April 2022 Electricity utility Eskom will issue a request for proposals (RFP) “imminently” for the supply of gas to the Ankerlig and Gourikwa open-cycle gas turbine (OCGT) power stations in the Western Cape, which currently produce electricity using diesel. CEO André de Ruyter confirmed the preparation for... 

The Ankerlig OCGT plant in Atlantis
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The Ankerlig OCGT plant in Atlantis

Wärtsilä signs performance guarantee for 130 MW Senegal power plant

By: Schalk Burger     12th April 2022 Industrial technology manufacturer Wärtsilä has signed a ten-year guaranteed asset performance agreement contract with power producer Malicounda Power, of Senegal, which covers the 130 MW Malicounda Melec power plant, in Mbour, south of Dakar. The power plant is scheduled to be commissioned in June. 

Malicounda Melec power plant, in Mbour, Senegal
Malicounda Melec power plant, in Mbour, Senegal

Report urges South Africa to push pause on gas-to-power so risks and alternatives can be fully assessed  

By: Terence Creamer     31st March 2022 A new report on the role of gas in South Africa’s electricity system argues that it would be a “costly mistake” to pursue large gas-to-power investments in light of a shrinking role for gas in the power sector and improving prospects for greener alternatives. Published by the International... 

Report urges South Africa to push pause on gas-to-power so risks and alternatives can be fully assessed

Signing of risk mitigation power deals ‘postponed’  

By: Terence Creamer     31st March 2022 The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) has confirmed the “postponement” of the signing of power purchase agreements (PPAs) for projects selected as part of the controversial Risk Mitigation Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme. A signing ceremony was expected to take... 

Minister Gwede Mantashe
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Minister Gwede Mantashe

Africa has prime opportunity to provide commodities usually supplied by Russia

By: Marleny Arnoldi     29th March 2022 As Western Europe accelerates a structural transition away from Russian energy dependence, Africa will play a salient role in filling this void, says Oxford Economics Africa (OEA). During a webinar on March 29, the research company unpacked how a more pressing shift towards renewable energy and a... 

Court decision to determine South African power security, DNG plans

By: Bloomberg     22nd March 2022 A court hearing on Tuesday will determine whether South Africa can move forward with a project to top up its energy capacity after a year of record power blackouts. The ruling will also be critical for the businessman who blocked the plan with his lawsuit. The country’s efforts to add power... 

Cape Town nears first production of electricity from landfill gas

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     16th March 2022 The City of Cape Town is nearing the production of electricity from landfill gas, also known as waste-to-energy. Although only a small amount of electricity will be produced at this stage, the successful implementation of this project is an important milestone in the journey towards overall... 

SA turns to Mozambique's vast natural gas reserves as Eskom battles to keep the lights on

By: News24Wire      11th March 2022 South Africa will seek to bolster its energy security by tapping into neighbouring Mozambique's vast natural gas reserves. President Cyril Ramaphosa made the announcement on Friday morning in his opening remarks at the third South Africa-Mozambique Bi-National Commission Plenary Session held at... 

Mozambique's Filipe Nyusi & South Africa's Cyril Ramaphosa
Mozambique's Filipe Nyusi & South Africa's Cyril Ramaphosa

Environmental groups opposed to Richards Bay gas power plant get High Court date 

By: Schalk Burger     10th March 2022 Environmental organisations the South Durban Community Environmental Alliance (SDCEA) and groundWork have been notified that their case challenging the environmental authorisation by the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment (DFFE) for a 3 000 MW combined cycle gas power plant, in... 

Portfolio Committee halts plan to hold inquiry into alleged RMIPPPP corruption

By: Schalk Burger     8th March 2022 The Portfolio Committee on Mineral Resources and Energy has rescinded a decision taken last year to conduct an inquiry into allegations of corruption and malfeasance during the process to appoint preferred bidders in the Risk Mitigation Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (RMIPPPP).... 

Mantashe says Eskom to seek permission for coal-to-gas switch at some old stations  

By: Terence Creamer     25th February 2022 Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe says he expects Eskom to make an application soon for a Section 34 determination to facilitate gas-to-power generation at some of the coal power stations that the utility aims to repower and repurpose as part of its unfolding just energy... 

Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe
Photo by Creamer Media Chief Photographer Donna Slater
Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe

Ending load-shedding, training experts among measures that can improve South Africa’s energy security 

By: Donna Slater     23rd February 2022 South Africa needs to undertake six measures to improve its energy and electricity security and sustainability, as well as ensure it can meet ongoing electricity demand, FutureEnergy CEO Andy Calitz said on February 23. Speaking at a webinar on South Africa’s Energy Transition Journey, hosted by... 

Low-carbon hydrogen power on the rise

By: Darren Parker     23rd February 2022 Market research and analysis firm Fitch Solutions is expecting to see an increase in the development of low-carbon hydrogen production technologies and projects over the rest of the year. Speaking at a webinar on February 22, Fitch Solutions senior power and renewables analyst Thomas van Lanschot... 

A composite graphic of green hydrogen text and images
Natural gas consumers and suppliers will be negatively impacted by the rise of green hydrogen

Platinum industry sees value in offshore wind-to-hydrogen technology

By: Darren Parker     18th February 2022 Sustainable offshore energy production could help deliver cost-competitive green hydrogen, which the World Platinum Investment Council (WPIC) says could play a significant role in the transition away from fossil fuels. Green hydrogen is produced by the electrolysis of water, which is, in turn,... 

A photo of offshore wind turbines
Global installed wind-generation capacity was at 564 GW in 2018

Mantashe confirms some RMIPPPP projects won’t close, outlines six-monthly renewables procurement tempo  

By: Terence Creamer     15th February 2022 Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe confirmed on Tuesday that not all of the 11 Risk Mitigation Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (RMIPPPP) preferred bidders would be in a position to conclude power purchase agreements at the end of March, the deadline for the... 

Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe

New gas report says LNG pathway ‘optimal’ for South Africa as it lowers stranded-asset risk 

By: Terence Creamer     15th February 2022 A new report on ‘The role of gas in South Africa’s path to net-zero’ argues in favour of a pathway based on the importation of liquefied natural gas (LNG), which it describes as “optimal” because it minimises the risk of stranded assets and gas infrastructure lock-in post-2040. In addition, such... 

An LNG tanker

DMRE’s gas ambitions opposed by activists

By: Darren Parker     7th February 2022 Nonprofit shareholder activism and responsible investment organisation Just Share has questioned the wisdom of pursuing a natural gas strategy in South Africa. The organisation has made several technological and economical arguments opposing the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy’s... 

Hybrid energy systems needed to transition Africa away from coal  

By: Darren Parker     4th February 2022 A combination of renewables, storage and flexible gas are needed to create a stable and resilient energy system that provides a reliable source of electricity while transitioning away from carbon-intensive coal-fired power, marine and energy technology company Wärtsilä Energy Europe and Africa VP... 

A rendering of a hybrid energy solution
Wärtsilä’s hybrid power plants combine flexible engine power plants and energy storage, easily integratable with renewable assets

Policies drive gas interest

By: Halima Frost     4th February 2022 The regulatory environment for environmental policies and decreasing emissions is a key driver when a boiler owner decides to convert to using natural gas as a fuel source, says natural gas supplier Egoli Gas MD Vishal Pooran. “Natural gas-fuelled boiler studies have shown an overwhelmingly... 

A large gas fueled boiler inside a building used in industrial applications
GOING GAS The amount of companies moving to gas fueled burners owing to an increased interest in going green has grown substantially

Uptick after project completion expected

By: Halima Frost     4th February 2022 Energy solutions provider Energy Partners anticipates an increase in interest in its offerings in the Eastern Cape, subsequent to the development and commissioning of a boiler house at a chicken processing plant in Uitenhage, in the Eastern Cape. The project, which entailed the installation of a... 

A large boiler with a circuit board attached with Energy Partners logo on, cables and pipes leading to and from the boiler at a chicken processing plant
IN THE PROCESS The refurbishment of a boiler at a processing plant in the Eastern Cape has boosted Energy Partner's visibility in the area

Social cost of using fossil fuels much higher than govt gains, study shows   

By: Marleny Arnoldi     31st January 2022 The International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) finds in a report on South Africa’s energy fiscal policies, that the social cost of fossil fuel combustion for South Africa is at least R550-billion a year and exceeds, by five times, the revenues government earns from fossil fuel... 

A truck transporting coal, with a power station in the background
IISD discusses the social cost of fossil fuel subsidies in South Africa

South Africa extends financial close for emergency power bids

By: Bloomberg     31st January 2022 South Africa has extended by two months a deadline for companies to reach financial close for projects aimed at adding emergency generation capacity to end nationwide blackouts, according to people familiar with the situation. While financial close was due Monday, environmental challenges and a... 

DNG’s legal bid to halt emergency power programme fails

By: Bloomberg     31st January 2022 DNG Energy, a losing bidder for state contracts to supply emergency power in South Africa, had its legal bid to halt the process dismissed, paving the way for the program to proceed. DNG had alleged corruption involving government officials had led to Turkey’s Karpowership, which supplies... 

South Africa’s emergency power process nears another deadline

By: Bloomberg     27th January 2022 South Africa has made faltering progress toward implementing plans announced more than two years ago to procure additional power needed to swiftly address crippling energy shortages. The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy first issued a request for information from potential electricity... 

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