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Pipelines & Storage News

GreenYellow secures contracts with Retailability, PPC Cement in South Africa

By: Schalk Burger     24th June 2022 Energy efficiency, services and solar photovoltaic solutions company GreenYellow has secured two contracts in South Africa, including a seven-year energy efficiency partnership agreement with retail investment holding company Retailability that will provide 16 GWh of annual energy savings,... 

Transnet, Sasol, Total, and the apartheid-era pricing deal. Why ConCourt agreed it should end

By: News24Wire      22nd June 2022 The Constitutional Court has ruled that Transnet was entitled to terminate a long-term pricing agreement, put in place in the apartheid era, and relating to the transportation of crude oil to Sasol and Total. Judge Mbuyiseli Madlanga handed down the judgment on Tuesday. 

Committee welcomes appointment of Jacob Mbele as DMRE director-general

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     10th June 2022 Portfolio Committee on Mineral Resources and Energy chairperson Sahlulele Luzipo has welcomed the appointment of Jacob Mbele as director-general of the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE), saying he believes Mbele’s illustrious career at the DMRE qualifies him for the position.... 

An image of Jacob Mbele, newly appointed director-general of the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy
Jacob Mbele

Ways to overcome challenges when your boiler fails

10th June 2022 Over the past 24 months, companies requiring emergency boiler systems have succumbed to price increases to keep their steam operations functioning. 

An image of a man fixing a boiler
STEAM SYSTEMS A spike in boiler hire is directly proportional to an increased uptake in boiler repair services.

Renergen says gas project can catalyse Free State manufacturing revival

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd June 2022 Emerging integrated energy producer Renergen is confident that its Virginia gas project, in the Free State, will become a catalyst for “more than just gas” in South Africa, with CEO Stefano Marani expressing optimism about the project’s positive impact on the province as it develops into a... 

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CDC, Orion Engineered Carbons celebrate sod turning festival at Coega SEZ

By: Darren Parker     30th May 2022 The Coega Development Corporation (CDC) has jointly hosted a sod-turning ceremony with new global investor Orion Engineered Carbons (OEC) to demonstrate the success of the CDC’s 9 003 ha Coega special economic zone (SEZ) in the Eastern Cape as a preferred investment destination in Africa. OEC... 

OEC CE Corning Painter
OEC CE Corning Painter

Kibo to co-develop long-duration energy storage projects in South Africa

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     30th May 2022 Aim- and AltX-listed Kibo Energy has entered into an exclusive agreement with Hasta Trust to jointly assess and develop a portfolio of long-duration energy storage projects held exclusively by National Broadband Solutions (NBS) in South Africa, with an initial target of about 36 320 MWh of capacity. 

Transnet welcomes sentence for diesel theft, tampering with essential infrastructure

By: Schalk Burger     27th May 2022 State-owned logistics and freight agency Transnet has welcomed the 20-year sentence handed down by the Harrismith Regional Court for a 42-year-old man found guilty of tampering with essential infrastructure and stealing diesel. He was arrested for stealing diesel from Transnet’s Multiproduct... 

Wasaa to upgrade newly acquired East London Terminal capacity

By: Schalk Burger     26th May 2022 Local black women-owned and managed petrochemicals company Wasaa has completed the acquisition and handover of the East London liquid fuel import terminal from energy multinational BP Southern Africa (BPSA). The company's subsidiary Wasaa Terminals will upgrade and increase capacity of the... 

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

As drone deployment continues to expand, miners unearth whole-of-mine uses

By: Donna Slater     6th May 2022 The use of drones and ground-based robotics is evolving to such an extent locally that various companies are using them in all aspects of their operations, which is resulting in “bun fights” about which department gets to use the devices and payloads, says Dwyka Mining Services MD Jamie van... 

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Cold boxes being precooled in preparation for gas

By: Darren Parker     3rd May 2022 JSE-listed Renergen reported on May 3 that it was making “strong” progress in terms of the commissioning of Phase 1 of the Virginia gas project, which comprises exploration and production rights of 187 000 ha of gas fields across Welkom, Virginia and Theunissen, in the Free State. Cold boxes –... 

Mozambique $8bn gas pipeline’s board unfazed by Sasol exit

By: Bloomberg     14th April 2022 Sasol's decision to reverse plans to use a proposed pipeline that would stretch from fields in northern Mozambique to its South African operations isn’t seen impacting the project’s prospects. The fuel producer, South Africa’s second-biggest listed company by sales, said in 2020 it would... 

Sasol drops plan to invest in pipeline in favour of LNG imports

By: Bloomberg     13th April 2022 Sasol will no longer consider gas supply from a planned pipeline stretching from fields in northern Mozambique to its South African operations because it doesn’t want to get stuck with the infrastructure as the world shifts away from fossil fuels, CEO Fleetwood Grobler said. The company, South... 

Transnet prepares to resume locomotive procurement to close gap left by halted 10-64 programme 

By: Terence Creamer     11th April 2022 Transnet CEO Portia Derby has confirmed that the State freight logistics group is preparing to procure a significant number of locomotives again, after having halted purchases under the “irregular and unlawful” R50-billion ’10-64’ programme. Derby tells Engineering News that, while a settlement... 

Transnet CEO Portia Derby
Transnet CEO Portia Derby

Unidentified person dies following attempted fuel theft

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     6th April 2022 Transnet Pipelines has reported an attempted fuel theft incident, which has resulted in the death of one person. The State-owned entity reports that it activated its emergency response plan in the early hours of April 6, when the National Operating Centre (NOC) detected a loss in pressure on the... 

ST Energies invests in Matola supply chain to ease energy constraints in South Africa

By: Donna Slater     1st April 2022 Energy firm ST Energies has invested into a supply and storage contract with the Matola region, in Mozambique, to embed diverse energy supply chains in South Africa, supporting existing regional supply chains to help South Africa mitigate its over-reliance on domestic demand from the Port of... 

Transnet Pipelines says Verkykerskop spill site contained, pledges rehab progress across 151 sites 

By: Terence Creamer     31st March 2022 Transnet Pipelines says the containment processes at Verkykerskop, where there was a major theft-related diesel spill on the multiproduct pipeline in early March, are nearing completion and that rehabilitation efforts have started. Verkykerskop is about 50 km from Harrismith, in the Free State,... 

Containment efforts under way after diesel flowed into the Meul river
Photo by Transnet Pipelines
Containment efforts under way after diesel flowed into the Meul river

Nersa and DFFE insist Transnet remains compliant after serious theft-induced fuel spills 

By: Terence Creamer     15th March 2022 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) and the Department of Fisheries, Forestry and the Environment (DFFE) both insist that Transnet Pipelines remains compliant with its licence conditions and with environmental legislation in relation to its response to recent theft-induced fuel... 

The Transnet Multiproduct Pipeline runs from Durban to Heidelberg
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The Transnet Multiproduct Pipeline runs from Durban to Heidelberg

Large gas consumers cautious as Nersa seeks interim solution to avoid price shock 

By: Terence Creamer     14th March 2022 The Industrial Gas Users Association of Southern Africa (IGUA-SA) has cautiously welcomed moves by the energy regulator to introduce an interim pricing methodology for piped gas in light of the recent spike in international gas prices and ahead of what could otherwise be a debilitating July hike... 

Various industries would be affected by gas price spike including glass manufacturers
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Various industries would be affected by gas price spike including glass manufacturers

Fuel theft on Transnet pipeline causes ‘massive’ diesel spill

By: Darren Parker     9th March 2022 State-owned Transnet Pipelines has reported a “massive” diesel spillage caused by fuel thieves tampering with the network. In the early hours of March 9, a pressure drop on the multiproduct pipeline between Durban, in KwaZulu-Natal, and Heidelberg, in Gauteng, was detected by the Transnet... 

Transnet's multiproduct pipeline

Bushveld Energy pushing for localisation of VRFB technology

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     25th February 2022 South Africa needs to industrialise further and create more jobs and vanadium redox flow battery (VRFB) manufacturing presents an ideal technology for full localisation. Energy storage solutions provider Bushveld Energy is seeking to build a local supply chain for its VRFB technology and is... 

An image of Bushveld Minerals’ Vametco vanadium plant
Bushveld Minerals’ Vametco vanadium mine and plant, in the North West province, will have 3.5 MW of solar PV generation and 4 MWh of VRFB storage.

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

Company adds more mobile boilers to portfolio

By: Halima Frost     4th February 2022 Local boiler and burner supplier Combustion Technology is adding two new boiler rental units to its rental offering, bringing its total available capacity to five mobile containerised boiler units. The fabrication of the boiler steam plants, which is being undertaken at the Combustion Technology... 

A high top 6 meter container with a boiler inside supplied with all ancillaries rented out by Combustion Technology
BRING-A-BOILER The containerised boilers on offer from Combustion Technology are easily transported owing to being secured in container vessels

Renergen inks LNG supply deal with Italtile subsidiary

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd February 2022 Natural gas and helium producer Renergen has concluded a liquefied natural gas (LNG) supply agreement with Italtile subsidiary Ceramic Industries. Supply will start in the first quarter of this year, from Phase 1 operations at Renergen’s Virginia gas plant, in the Free State. 

Mantashe to engage traditional leaders on upstream petroleum industry developments

By: Creamer Media Reporter      1st February 2022 Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe will hold a series of engagements with traditional leaders in the Eastern Cape province during February and March to discuss the latest developments in the upstream petroleum industry. The aim of these engagements is to provide clarity and find... 

Industrial gas consumers ‘staring down barrel of gun’ as big July hike looms 

By: Terence Creamer     17th January 2022 A court application to have the energy regulator’s 2021 approval of Sasol Gas’s maximum gas prices set aside as irrational is but the latest clash in what has been a long-running saga over the way domestic gas prices are set in a market bereft of competition. This time, however, the stakes for... 

IGUA-SA executive officer Jaco Human
IGUA-SA executive officer Jaco Human

Nersa concerned about, calls for efforts to prevent pipeline tampering

By: Schalk Burger     5th November 2021 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) on November 5 said it was concerned about the persistent tampering with State-owned Transnet's pipelines to steal fuel. It has also called on municipalities and landowners to cooperate with law enforcement agencies to prevent encroachment on... 

South Africa tests market appetite for creation of gas import hub at Coega 

By: Terence Creamer     5th November 2021 A request for information (RFI) has been issued to assess the implementation options and market appetite for the creation of a liquefied natural gas (LNG) import hub at the Port of Ngqura, in the Eastern Cape. The RFI is designed as an information gathering exercise to inform a future procurement... 

RFI envisages an FSRU, similar to the one pictured, for the Port of Ngqura, in the Eastern Cape
RFI envisages an FSRU, similar to the one pictured, for the Port of Ngqura, in the Eastern Cape

Transnet shuts down fuel pipeline after fire, three dead

By: Reuters     31st October 2021 South Africa's State-owned logistics firm Transnet said on Sunday its petroleum pipeline in Durban has been shut down after a fire that broke out nearby in a botched fuel theft attempt in which three people died. Further investigations were ongoing, Transnet said. 

Energy storage key to embedded electricity solutions

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     22nd October 2021 Amid the discussions around embedded electricity solutions, battery equipment supplier REVOV states that it is important to include energy storage and its solutions in these discussions. Energy storage in renewable-energy and embedded-electricity solutions addresses the time domain – electricity... 

a home installation of REVOV batteries
POWERED UP REVOV states that it is important to include energy storage and its solutions in embedded electricity solution discussions

Biogas engines supplied to ethanol producer

15th October 2021 Multinational gas and diesel power plant specialist Clarke Energy has secured the sale of two of gas engine manufacturer Innio Jenbacher’s biogas engines to ethanol distiller PressCane Limited, based in Chikhwawa, Malawi. The ethanol production site generates biofuel in the form of ethanol, which... 

Production site acquisition finalised

1st October 2021 Multinational industrial gas company Air Liquide’s acquisition of integrated chemicals and energy company Sasol’s 16 Air Separation Units (ASUs) in Secunda, Mpumalanga has now been finalised. The plan to acquire the ASUs was first announced on July 29 last year, subject to approvals. Engineering... 

A photo of seven air separation units and a pylon in the background
BIGGEST OXYGEN PRODUCTION SITE GLOBALLY The initial investment amounts to about R8-billion and comprises 16 air separation units that will now be operated by Air Liquide Large Industries South Africa Air

New drone tech improves inspection capabilities

By: Darren Parker     1st October 2021 Work-at-height company Skyriders has added the Zenith robotic inspection device –a new vertical inspection technology – to its portfolio of services. The winch-operated pan-tilt-zoom camera drone increases the accuracy and efficiency of repeat inspections in vertical downhole applications such as... 

A photo of the fully assembled Zenith robotic inspection device including camera, controller and tripod
DOWN-HOLE DREAM Skyriders first used the Zenith robotic inspection device in June for internal inspections on large petrochemicals tanks

Carbon tax ineffective against major emitters

By: Darren Parker     1st October 2021 South Africa’s “laughably weak and ineffective” carbon tax regime is no disincentive to carbon-intensive businesses, such as integrated chemicals and energy company Sasol, environmental activist organisation Greenpeace Africa climate and energy campaigner Thandile Chinyavanhu tells Engineering... 

A photo of a Sasol plant emitting pollution into the air while crops and flowers grow in the foreground
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PINING FOR CHANGE Greenpeace Africa ponders whether a just transition is possible while major emitters continue to be granted large-scale carbon tax allowances

More equipment donated in the fight against Covid-19

1st October 2021 Integrated chemicals and energy company Sasol has donated mobile clinics, vaccine carriers, laptops, specialised World Health Organisation-approved medical refrigerators and freezers, as well as temperature loggers to the provincial health departments in Gauteng, Mpumalanga and the Free State to... 

A photo of a healthworker’s hands filling out a form at a table with Covid-19 vaccinations lined up in the foreground
SPREADING THE CURE Sasol is supporting Government’s vaccination rollout strategy by donating essential equipment and resources

Security forces prevent fuel theft, says Transnet  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     15th September 2021  A suspicious built structure, a tunnel and equipment erected with the intent to siphon petroleum products from a Transnet pipeline were demolished on September 14 after a joint security operation led to the discovery of the building on a vacant piece of land in Phola, in Mpumalanga, Transnet... 

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