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Biofuels News

Foreign investors await biofuels strategy finalisation

By: Helene Le Roux     27th March 2007 Significant international investment in the South African biofuels industry, and bioethanol production in particular, is contingent on the finalisation of the national biofuels strategy. 

Biofuels association moots national licensing framework

By: Helene Le Roux     13th March 2007 The Southern African Biofuels Association (Saba) has recommended that a licensing framework should be set up by government to address recent concerns by investors in the biofuels industry, in the wake of the collapse of two prominent projects, in Bothaville, in the Free State, and in the North... 

State biofuels plan a ‘sellout strategy’ – enviro groups

By: Mariaan Webb     6th March 2007 Environmental groups Energy CaEucus and Earthlife Africa said on Tuesday that government’s draft plan on biofuels was a “sell-out strategy”, arguing that the Department of Mineral and Energy’s (DME’s) plan was not giving enough attention to job creation in the energy or agricultural sectors. 

Eskom chief says price spike in 'inevitable' given surging costs

By: Terence Creamer     9th February 2007 State power utility Eskom has cautioned that South Africa is headed for an ‘inevitable’ electricity price spike, given the fact that costs associated with new generation capacity and operations are rising so aggressively. 

Preparations begin for Durban-Johannesburg fuel pipeline

     5th February 2007 South Africa's State-owned transport utility, Transnet, has called on companies to submit expressions of interest in the design, supply erection and testing of storage tanks for a new multiproducts pipeline to run from Durban to Johannesburg. 

Ipsa in ‘advanced’ talks on BEE deal

By: Nelendhre Moodley     2nd February 2007 Independent Power South Africa (Ipsa), which will bring its new power plant, located in Newcastle, in KwaZulu-Natal, into commercial operation on February 23, is hoping to announce its black economic-empowerment (BEE) partners by the end of March. 

Eskom warns of possible outages this week

     31st January 2007 National power utility Eskom announced late on Tuesday that its network was, once again, “in a tight situation” and that there was the risk of load shedding taking place this week. “Eskom wishes to advise customers that its network is in a tight situation owing to a number of... 

Ipsa fast tracks Coega power plant

By: Nelendhre Moodley     31st January 2007 Independent Power South Africa (Ipsa), which posted a loss of  

Eskom may raise coal purchases by 44,9mt by 2025

By: Jade Davenport     30th January 2007 South African power producer Eskom expected to raise its coal purchases by about 44,9-million tons a year by 2025, acting GM: generation primary energy Rob Lines told a coal conference in Cape Town on Tuesday. 

Analysts forecast an increase in consumer inflation

     23rd January 2007 Year-on-year consumer price inflation excluding mortgage costs (CPIX) for the period up to December 2006 will show a slight increase compared to the month before, analysts have predicted. 

Ipsa plans February start-up for KZN cogeneration plant

By: Nelendhre Moodley     19th January 2007 Independent Power South Africa (Ipsa) on Friday unveiled the timetable for its new power plant located in Newcastle, in KwaZulu-Natal, which it plans to bring into commercial operation - providing steam and power - on February 23. The R120-million combined heat and power plant, will produce 15 MW... 

Six Eskom units back online to ease network pressure

     19th January 2007 State-owned Eskom had returned six units at four of its power stations - Kriel, Matimba, Camden and Majuba - to service by Friday afternoon, the utility said in a statement. 

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... 

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