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Biofuels News

Biofuels strategy 'an enormously positive step' - industry

     9th January 2007 The local biofuels industry has welcomed last month’s approval and publication by Cabinet of a draft biofuels strategy, describing it as an “enormously positive step in the development of a local renewable fuel industry”. 

PetroSA expands Namibian interests

     11th December 2006 Local petroleum producer PetroSA announced on Monday that it had acquired a 10% participation interest in Namibia's northern and southern offshore blocks, located some 220 km south-west off the Oranjemund coast of the south-west African state. 

Greenhouse gas elimination and cogeneration playing growing role in carbon transactions

By: Helene Le Roux     8th December 2006 A report released by non-profit research and advocacy organisation the World Alliance for Decentralised Energy (Wade), indicates that cogeneration can play a significant part in the future development of the carbon market. 

Dipico appointed Necsa chair

     4th December 2006 State-owned nuclear firm the Nuclear Energy Corporation of South Africa (Necsa) on Monday welcomed Cabinet's announcement of Manne Manne Dipico as its new chairperson, with effect from December 1. 

Eskom admits that its R97bn investment is taking cost strain

By: Matthew Hill     4th December 2006 State-owned power utility Eskom has admitted that it might have to materially increase its capital allocations for its planned R97-billion investment programme, owing to cost pressures plaguing the construction and electricity-equipment industries, Engineering News Online can today report. 

Erwin provides a sector-by-sector breakdown of publc-investment plan

By: Irma Venter     1st December 2006 Of the R161-billion rand which Eskom and Transnet will spend combined over the next five years, around R27-billion is earmarked for construction – particularly civil engineering, says Minister of Public Enterprises Alec Erwin. 

State power utility mulls various ways to meet 47 252-MW target for 2025

By: Jade Davenport     1st December 2006 In a bid to meet South Africa’s phenomenal growth in electricity demand, State-owned utility Eskom is currently evaluating an elaborate capacity project funnel that comprises 17 375 MW is potential new projects. 

Commercial fuel-from-algae plant under construction

By: Nelendhre Moodley     30th November 2006 A second plant, that will commercially produce biofuel from algae, is under construction and scheduled for commissioning in February, De Beers Fuels announced on Wednesday. Speaking at its maiden press conference in Sandton, De Beers chairperson Frik de Beer said that the company had already... 

Biofuels innovator to meet Energy Minister

     27th November 2006 Minerals and Energy Minister Buyelwa Sonjica, was scheduled to meet with local biofuels innovator De Beers Fuels to discuss the company's progress in establishing a facility that could produce as much as 24-billion litres of biodiesel yearly, within five years, the company said on Monday. 

SA's finalising its approach to radioactive-waste management

By: Mariaan Webb     27th November 2006 The South African government has agreed to the joint convention on safety of spent-fuel and radioactive-waste management, by depositing an instrument of accession to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Mines and Energy Minister Buyelwa Sonjica announced on Monday. 

Reatile Resources hones in on three acquisitions

By: Nelendhre Moodley     22nd November 2006 Black owned and managed resources-focused investment company Reatile Resources, which has set its sights on twelve acquisitions in the next five years, on Wednesday reported that it was currently conducting due diligence on three potential transactions. 

'SA, France should work together on full nuclear-fuel cycle'

By: Matthew Hill     17th November 2006 South Africa and France had the potential to deepen their nuclear-power ties, while there was good potential for specific cooperation in the full nuclear-fuel cycle, Nuclear Energy Corporation of South Africa (Necsa) CEO Rob Adam argued. 

Eskom mulls ocean-current power option

By: Matthew Hill     17th November 2006 Africa's biggest electricity supplier, Eskom was working with the UK and Norway to establish means by which it could best exploit the large-scale of ocean currents surrounding South Africa to generate electricity. 

As with its political transition, SA could play leading role in energy

By: Laura Tyrer     10th November 2006 South Africa has a leading role to play among its developing nation peers in energy transformation, WWF South Africa Trade and Investment Programme (TIP) officer Peet du Plooy commented at the recent publication of the organisation’s corporate social responsibility survey. 

BEE, techno partners selected for SA soya-to-diesel plant, but economics still a concern

     7th November 2006 Petrochemicals group Sasol and the State-owned Central Energy Fund (CEF) have selected Siyanda Biodiesel as their black economic-empowerment (BEE) partner in a proposed 100 000-t/y soya-bean based biodiesel production plant in South Africa. Sasol said in a statement issued on Tuesday that it... 

Conservation body appeals to energy sector

By: Clement Deane     3rd November 2006 In order to tackle the issue of climate change, WWF, the conservation organisation, is calling for the energy sector, as well as industry in general, to lower its greenhouse-gas emissions through ‘wedging in’ effective elements to curb predicted climate instability. 

Study highlights solar-energy benefits, challenges for developing countries

     1st November 2006 Implementation of large-scale solar thermal electricity generation projects in developing countries have been endorsed and confirmed in a study conducted by a global research alliance (GRA) on behalf of the World Bank's global environment facility (GEF). 

New 1 000 MW gas project could be operational in W Cape by winter 2008

By: Jade Davenport     27th October 2006 South African State-owned enterprise Eskom is in the process of authorising a new gas turbine energy project that will provide an additional 1 000 MW to the Western Cape region by the winter of 2008. 

US energy giant makes re-entry into South African energy sector through IPP tender

By: Jade Davenport     27th October 2006 United States-based energy group giant AES is at the initial stages of re-establishing itself in the Southern African energy sector. 

Utility teams up with conservation agency on renewable-energy research

By: Laura Tyrer     20th October 2006 Power parastatal Eskom and conservation organisation WWF have announced the establishment of a joint initiative that will commit R9-million over the next three years to research into renewable energy in South Africa. 

Newly-listed independent power producer to spend $750m in SA

By: Matthew Hill     19th October 2006 Newly-listed power producer Independent Power South Africa (Ipsa) plans to spend $750-million in South Africa on new power-generation capacity, the company said after listing on the JSE's Alternative Exhange (AltX) on Thursday. Ipsa became the first firm to list both on South Africa's AltX as... 

Ipsa to become first AltX- and Aim-listed firm

     18th October 2006 Power-generation firm Independent Power South Africa (Ipsa) Group will on Thursday become the first company to be listed on both the JSE Alternative Exchange (AltX) and London's Alternative Investment Market (Aim), it said in a statement to shareholders on Wednesday. 

Secunda cogeneration decision mid-2007 - Sasol

By: Mariaan Webb     17th October 2006 Petrochemicals group Sasol's cogeneration study should reach financial closure for a 200 MW open-cycle gas-turbine (OCGT) plant before June, Sasol Synfuels energy manager Sydney Zeederberg told Engineering News Online on Tuesday. The OCGT plant would be the first of three power generation... 

Eskom may announce nuclear project next year

By: Mariaan Webb     16th October 2006 The board of Eskom, South Africa's State-owned power utility, could announce its decision on whether or not it plans to build the country's second conventional nuclear power station as early as next year, chairperson Valli Moosa said on Monday. Speaking at a conference in Midrand, he said that... 

US firms keen to participate in R97bn Eskom power plan

By: Mariaan Webb     16th October 2006 State-owned electricity supplier Eskom said that American engineering-services and energy-equipment suppliers' eagerness to participate in Eskom's ambitious R97-billion capital-expenditure plan over the next five years should not be seen as competition to local suppliers, but rather an... 

Power-generation sector lifting Siemens' SA unit

By: Martin Creamer     13th October 2006 One of Pete da Silva's mandates when he was appointed CEO of Siemens Southern Africa two years ago was to make the rest of the diverse local operation independent of telecommunications. This came against the background of the telecommunications arm of Siemens representing as much as 80% of total... 

Eskom to target Chinese investors in $750m bond sale

By: Bloomberg     6th October 2006 Eskom Holdings Ltd. will seek to sell as much as $750-million of bonds to investors in the second half of next year, including in China and Japan, to help fund new South African power plants. 

Lesotho solar project wins $130 000 World Bank grant

By: Jade Davenport     6th October 2006 The World Bank has signed a $130 000 grant agreement for a solar energy project aimed at improving the lives of rural Lesotho communities. 

Oz heat pump cuts household energy costs

     6th October 2006 The new Rheem heat pump provides the benefits of a solar hot-water heater, without the need to install solar collectors, or panels. 

Power pool puts plans in place to avert Southern African energy crisis

By: Ollie Madlala     6th October 2006 The 11-year-old Southern African Power Pool (Sapp) has put several measures in place to avert an impending regional energy crisis, Sapp coordination centre manager Dr Lawrence Musaba tells Engineering News. Zimbabwe-based Musaba says that the crisis has arisen as a result of demand for... 

Solar suport for biodiesel

By: Laura Tyrer     6th October 2006 Energy consultancy and solar thermal company New Energy Technologies is developing a solar power system to support a biodiesel manufacturing plant, in Ventersdorp. 

ABB secures R85m City Power order

     5th October 2006 Power and automation technology group ABB secured a R85-million contract from Johannesburg's electricity utility, City Power, to supply and deliver 11kV medium voltage metal-enclosed, free-standing Ring Main Units (RMU's). 

SA, Brazil, India back nuclear and biofuels for future energy

By: Keith Campbell     29th September 2006 The first India, Brazil, South Africa (Ibsa) Dialogue Forum Summit, held in the Brazilian capital, Brasilia, on Sepmtember 13, resulted in a trilateral endorsement of nuclear energy as an important and environmentally-beneficial source of energy. 

Eskom calls for Braamhoek access-tunnel bids, says R8,9bn pumped-storage project advancing well

By: Mariaan Webb     26th September 2006 State-owned electricity supplier Eskom's R8,9-billion Braamhoek pumped-storage scheme is “well advanced” and the utility is gearing up to start building the main access tunnel. Eskom Enterprises' Neo Mosinyi said on Tuesday that the company, which issued an invitation to tender for... 

Nelson Mandela Bay pursues wind, waste energy plan

By: Irma Venter     22nd September 2006 The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality, in the Eastern Cape, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with three successful bidders to implement an ambitious R9-billion renewable-energy programme. 

SA, Brazil and India back nuclear as key energy source

By: Keith Campbell     14th September 2006 The first India, Brazil, South Africa Dialogue Forum (Ibsa) Summit, held in the Brazilian capital, Brasilia, this week (with associated Business and Academic Forums preceding it) has resulted in a trilateral endorsement of nuclear energy as an important and environmentally-beneficial source of... 

SA's nuclear power-gen capacity could double over next two decades

By: Keith Campbell     8th September 2006 South Africa’s nuclear generation capacity could double over the next 19 years. 

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