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Gas to Power News

LNG opportunities abound

By: Nadine Ramdass     27th August 2021 The anticipated decline of Mozambique’s Pande & Temane gasfields creates a need for new sources of natural gas for the local industry, says engineering services consulting firm WSP regional director Martin Mkhabela. “The quickest and most cost-effective option to fill the gap is through the... 

DMRE outlines timetable for electricity procurement programmes  

By: Terence Creamer     24th August 2021 The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) has provided an updated timetable for the implementation of its long-term electricity procurement programmes, which are being pursued in line with a Section 34 Ministerial determination, published in September 2020, and catering for the... 

Photo of workers installing solar panels at a project in South Africa
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Workers installing solar panels at a project in South Africa

Nafcoc appeals to Creecy to reconsider Karpowership South Africa’s EIAs 

By: Simone Liedtke     5th August 2021 The National African Federated Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Nafcoc) is appealing to the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment (DFFE) to reconsider its rejection of the Karpowership South Africa's (SA's) environmental-impact assessment (EIA) applications. The EIAs were... 

South African lawmakers plan probe into emergency power contracts 

By: Bloomberg     3rd August 2021 South African lawmakers plan to probe the country’s emergency power procurement program, the bulk of which was won by Turkey’s Karpowership. A program and terms of reference will be drawn up by the Mineral Resources and Energy Portfolio Committee, its chairman, Zet Luzipo, a lawmaker for the... 

Coal-reliant South Africa is turning to gas power

By: Bloomberg     3rd August 2021 Power failures have become routine in South Africa. At the same time, the country wants to wean itself off the coal that generates more than 80% of its electricity and makes it the world’s ­twelfth‑biggest source of greenhouse gases. Most of South Africa’s power stations are near the end of their... 

Other procurement plans not affected by RMIPPPP deadline delay to end Sept – DMRE  

By: Terence Creamer     2nd August 2021 The deadline for projects selected as preferred bids under the Risk Mitigation Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (RMIPPPP) to reach commercial close has been extended to September 30, from an initial deadline of the end of July. However, the Department of Mineral Resources and... 

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Photo by Creamer Media Chief Photographer Donna Slater
Minister Gwede Mantashe announced the initial end-July commercial-close deadline on March 18

IEA report points to growth in global electricity demand this year

By: Donna Slater     15th July 2021 The International Energy Agency (IEA) expects global electricity demand to rebound strongly this year and next. Electricity demand decreased by about 1% in 2020, but is expected to grow by 5% this year and by 4% in 2022, a new IEA report shows.  

Shell expresses concern over RMIPPPP delays as it confirms Karpowership SA partnership  

By: Terence Creamer     13th July 2021 Shell South Africa country chairperson Hloniphizwe Mtolo has confirmed that the energy group is the exclusive supplier of liquified natural gas (LNG) to Karpowership SA, whose three projects, totalling 1 220 MW, were named in March as preferred bidders under government’s Risk Mitigation... 

Photo of Shell South Africa country chairperson Hloniphizwe Mtolo
Shell South Africa country chairperson Hloniphizwe Mtolo

Business alliance joins appeal against DFFE’s Karpowership EIA rejections  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th July 2021 The West Coast Black Business Alliance (WCBBA) has come on board alongside other organisations to appeal the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment’s (DFFE’s) decision to not approve Karpowership South Africa’s environmental-impact assessments (EIAs) for three powership... 

New IEA report paints complex picture for future of gas demand 

By: Terence Creamer     5th July 2021 A new International Energy Agency (IEA) report on the outlook for gas presents a complex picture of the fuel’s role in the unfolding energy transition, as well as the outlook for demand. The report forecasts that there will be an immediate 3.5% recovery in demand from the Covid-afflicted 2020... 

New IEA report paints complex picture for future of gas demand

Company achieves milestone

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     2nd July 2021 Rapidly growing demand in the industrial sector, has seen nitrogen generation equipment supplier Nitralife recently achieving the milestone of having supplied more than 100 customised Nitracut generators to the fabrication and industrial sector over the past four years. “With each new sector and... 

While Nitralife’s nitrogen generators have similar designs for various applications, it adjusts each variation according to customer's specifications
NEXT GENERATION While Nitralife’s nitrogen generators have similar designs for various applications, it adjusts each variation according to customer's specifications

First South African city readies to seek private power generation

By: Bloomberg     1st July 2021 Ethekwini, the South African municipality that includes the port city of Durban, plans to seek initial proposals for the construction of 400 MW of power generation. The so-called request for information will be the first by a South African municipal area since the government said last year that... 

State gas companies move to exercise pre-emptive rights over Moz-SA pipeline 

By: Terence Creamer     28th June 2021 The State-owned gas companies of South Africa and Mozambique have announced that they have exercised their pre-emptive rights to acquire, for R4.15-billion, the 30% equity stake in the Republic of Mozambique Pipeline (Rompco) hitherto owned by Sasol. The announcement follows on from Sasol’s May... 

State gas companies move to exercise pre-emptive rights over Moz-SA pipeline

Karpowership SA to appeal after DFFE refuses environmental authorisation on three projects  

By: Terence Creamer     24th June 2021 The Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment (DFFE) has refused to provide Karpowership SA with environmental authorisation for its three powership-based gas-to-power projects, proposed for development at the ports of Richards Bay, Ngqura and Saldanha Bay. The environmental impact... 

Karpowership SA to appeal after DFFE refuses environmental authorisation on three projects

DFFE denies enviro authorisations for Karpowership’s projects

By: Marleny Arnoldi     24th June 2021 The Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment (DFFE) has declined three environmental authorisation applications submitted by Karpowership for the development of gas-to-power projects. The applicant proposed to locate the three powerships at the Ports of Richards Bay, Ngqura and... 

Energy justice a useful metric for shaping broad, effective policies for a just transition

By: Schalk Burger     22nd June 2021 A just energy transition that mitigates the risks and captures the benefits of renewable energy in developing countries can be achieved through a broad policy framework developed using energy justice as a key set of metrics, say development academics University of Hamburg political science... 

Renergen discovers 1.1% helium concentration at Evander prospect

By: Simone Liedtke     21st June 2021 Natural gas and helium producer Renergen has discovered helium at its Evander exploration rights prospect, with a concentration of 1.1% helium identified in the gas. Evander spans about 52 000 ha, with many abandoned holes drilled for coal and gold exploration. Evander is also conveniently... 

Fishermen, oyster farmers fear power-generating ship will kill business

By: Reuters     18th June 2021 A floating gas-turbine generator meant to alleviate South Africa's crippling power cuts has run into objections by oyster farmers and small-scale fishermen, who fear the environmental damage will destroy their livelihoods. The seafood sellers fear the 415 MW ship - to be moored for two decades at... 

Rolls-Royce announces net zero emissions plans

By: Donna Slater     17th June 2021 Power and propulsion engineering company Rolls-Royce has announced its plans to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050, at the latest. The company’s actions and the development of new low-carbon technologies will enable the users of such products to, in turn, lower their carbon emissions,... 

Gas a bridge for South Africa to become a low-carbon economy

By: Simone Liedtke     8th June 2021 South Africa will need to use gas as a “very solid bridge” to ensure a just and inclusive transition to a low-carbon economy, University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) Business School professor Maurice Radebe has said. The feedstock's acting as a bridge, he explained during a presentation at the... 

Mantashe denies corruption in electricity feud 

By: Bloomberg     4th June 2021 South African Mineral and Energy Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe and the two most senior officials in his department denied corruption in court papers responding to allegations by a losing bidder in a power tender. Director-General Thabo Mokoena confirmed that he and his deputy met Aldworth... 

Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe
Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe

South Africa says DNG’s challenge to power award ‘without merit’

By: Bloomberg     2nd June 2021 South Africa said a legal challenge to its award of a power supply contract worth an estimated R218-billion by DNG Energy was “without merit” and “self serving.” In his answering affidavit to DNG’s demand to be named as a preferred bidder in an emergency power round, the head of the country’s... 

Renewables to take lion’s share of energy investment in 2021, but still falling short of net-zero goal

By: Terence Creamer     2nd June 2021 Renewables projects are expected to account for 70% of a record $820-billion in new power generation investment in 2021, as global electricity deployments exceed those of oil and gas for the sixth year in a row. Nevertheless, a new International Energy Agency (IEA) report warns that energy... 

Renewables to take lion’s share of energy investment in 2021, but still falling short of net-zero goal

Mozambique launches construction of $1bn power plant, transmission line

By: Reuters     1st June 2021 Mozambique on Monday began construction of gas-to-power plant and transmission line projects worth $1 billion in the southern province of Inhambane as the government aims to boost energy supply. The World Bank is one of the financing partners of the infrastructure projects, alongside the United... 

Transnet engages local communities, businesses on Richard Bay port plans

By: Schalk Burger     28th May 2021 State logistics company Transnet on May 28 shared its plan for the strategic industrial Port of Richards Bay with the local mayor, business community and ten traditional leaders in Umhlathuze and the surrounding areas. The port is set to play a core role in Transnet's Natural Gas strategy and... 

Four energy scenarios that may define Southern Africa’s energy transition

By: Donna Slater     27th May 2021 Four vastly different energy transition scenarios, from very ambitious to the least ambitious, were posited by management advisory Africa International Advisors integrated energy practice leader Henry Gilfillan this week. The four scenarios, presented during a webinar on hydrogen, gas and... 

Absa, Investec may back Karpowership’s South African energy deal

By: Bloomberg     25th May 2021 Absa Group, Investec and the Development Bank of Southern Africa indicated they could support a bid by a Turkish company to supply emergency power to South Africa, according to a person familiar with the situation. Conditional backing from the financial institutions, which has yet to be finalized... 

Mantashe again swats away calls for 50 MW licence-exemption cap on distributed plants  

By: Terence Creamer     18th May 2021 Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe has again swatted aside calls for a 50 MW licence-exemption threshold for distributed-generation plants, describing such calls, which have been made by organised business and even endorsed by Eskom, as “academic” in light of a departmental... 

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

Kibo, IGES to develop portfolio of waste-to-energy projects in South Africa

By: Chanel de Bruyn     18th May 2021 The share price of JSE- and Aim-listed Kibo Energy rose by more than 7% and 3% on the JSE and LSE, respectively, on May 18, after the company announced that it had entered into an agreement with South Africa-based Industrial Green Solutions (IGES) to jointly develop a series of waste-to-energy... 

No place for new coal in $5tr/y transition to net-zero by 2050 – IEA study 

By: Terence Creamer     18th May 2021 A new and far-reaching study of how to transition the global energy system to one with net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 highlights the need for a dramatic acceleration in the pace and scale of renewable-energy and grid investment, while simultaneously halting new fossil-fuel supply projects and... 

No place for new coal in $5tr/y transition to net-zero by 2050 – IEA study

IFC could fund controversial gas-power ships in South Africa

By: Bloomberg     12th May 2021 The World Bank’s International Finance Corporation (IFC) said it expressed interest in funding bidders in a South African tender for emergency power provision, including a Turkish supplier of gas-fired power plants on ships, putting it on course for a clash with climate activists. Karpowership,... 

Indebted Eskom balks at power deal offered by Turkish generator

By: Bloomberg     6th May 2021 Eskom Holdings, South Africa’s State power utility, doesn’t want to buy electricity from the company that won most of a government emergency-power tender because it’s concerned about the cost and length of the contract, according to two people familiar with the situation. Meeting the terms of... 

Minerals Council encourages distributed generation for mining industry 

By: Simone Liedtke     5th May 2021 The Minerals Council South Africa is encouraging the uptake of distributed generation (also called self-generation) of power in South Africa, especially considering that South Africa is facing an electricity supply gap. The impact of this is “huge”, Minerals Council CEO Roger Baxter told... 

Minerals Council CEO Roger Baxter
Minerals Council CEO Roger Baxter

M&R's Clough awarded R1.1bn EPC contract for New South Wales power station

By: Creamer Media Reporter      5th May 2021 Murray & Roberts (M&R) subsidiary Clough has been awarded a R1.1-billion contract for the engineering, procurement and construction of the Tallawarra B gas turbine power station in New South Wales, Australia. Tallawarra B is a 300 MW expansion of the existing Tallawarra A power station. 

Govt has eight weeks to decide on powership project after it clears environmental hurdle 

By: News24Wire      30th April 2021 Karpowership, the company bidding to moor five powerships in South African harbours for 20 years, cleared another hurdle when its environmental assessors found that the projects at the ports of Saldanha Bay, Richards Bay and Ngqura could go ahead. Balito-based Triplo4, which carried out the... 

DNG Energy takes legal action to halt RMIPPPP

By: Bloomberg     30th April 2021 DNG Energy, a South African company that’s aiming to develop liquefied natural gas facilities, said it has taken legal action to have the government’s award of emergency power generation contracts halted. Last month, the government awarded the right to develop 1 845 mw of generation capacity to... 

Tlou to start Lesedi Phase 1, receives EIS approval for Boomslang

By: Schalk Burger     26th April 2021 Southern African energy development company Tlou Energy said that, following a recent capital raising, it has the necessary funds in place to start construction on the transmission line for its Lesedi project. It added that the Botswana Department of Environmental Affairs had approved the... 

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