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Alternative fuel and vehicle technologies viable, necessary for SA

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     Updated 6 hours ago Different fuel and vehicle technologies will be required for a successful and sustainable transition to a low-carbon future, and how the transport sector evolves amid growing global demand for energy will have a significant impact on efforts to address climate change, indicates energy giant Shell... 

Mozambique President sacks energy and foreign ministers

By: Reuters     13th December 2017 Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi has sacked four ministers, including those with the foreign affairs and energy portfolios, his office said in a statement late on Tuesday. No reasons were given for the dismissal of Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Leticia da Silva Klemens, Foreign Affairs... 

CGS discovers fresh water resource in Beaufort West

By: African News Agency      13th December 2017 An unprecedented discovery of a fresh water resource has been found in Beaufort West, Western Cape, the Department of Mineral Resources said on Tuesday.  According to the department, the resource was discovered by the Council for Geoscience (CGS), a statutory science council reporting to the... 

Kosmos Energy to plug offshore Mauritania well

By: Reuters     12th December 2017 Kosmos Energy said it would plug one of its exploration wells offshore Mauritania after it failed to find significant amount of oil and gas. Evaluation of logs and samples collected during drillingand wireline operations suggests the Campanian reservoir objective was water-bearing with some... 

DA consulting lawyers on legality of energy blueprint

By: African News Agency      11th December 2017 The Democratic Alliance said on Monday it was taking legal advice on the approval of government’s new Integrated Resource Plan (IRP), which envisions nuclear procurement. Democratic Alliance energy spokesperson, Gavin Davis, said the apparently rushed approval of the policy blueprint with no... 

Electric vehicle growth puts pressure on nickel supply

By: Robyn Wilkinson     8th December 2017 Global research and consultancy firm Wood Mackenzie estimates that nickel demand for electric vehicle (EV) batteries will increase from about 40 000 t in 2016 to 220 000 t in 2025, as demand for hybrid, plug-in and full EVs grows in developed countrie 

Electric vehicle  growth puts pressure on nickel supply
SEAN MULSHAW An increase in demand for passenger electric vehicles will be driven predominantly by the Asia-Pacific region – especially China – as well as Europe and North America

Zuma promises ‘seamless’ ANC transition at energy indaba that sidesteps IRP debate

By: Terence Creamer     7th December 2017 President Jacob Zuma used his address at the Energy Indaba, taking place in Johannesburg this week, to assure business and investors that the upcoming African National Congress (ANC) elective conference would be “orderly and peaceful”, while promising a “seamless” handover to the new ANC... 

Zuma promises ‘seamless’ ANC transition at energy indaba that sidesteps IRP debate
President Jacob Zuma and Energy Minister David Mahlobo

Total, Sonangol sign new project pipeline agreements

By: Schalk Burger     5th December 2017 Oil and gas multinational Total and Angola State-owned oil company Sonangol have signed various agreements to jointly develop new upstream and downstream projects. Total chairperson and CEO Patrick Pouyanné on Monday held an audience with Angolan President João Lourenço and Sonangol chairperson... 

Vivo to gain 300 stations in 9 African countries in Engen share transaction

By: Schalk Burger     5th December 2017 Petroleum and energy company Vivo Energy, which represents oil multinational Shell’s brand of fuels and lubricants in Africa, will gain 300 service stations across nine African countries after it agreed to buys shares in oil multinational Engen International Holdings from Engen Holdings in... 

Total gains momentum in renewable energy sector

By: Anine Kilian     4th December 2017 Petroleum product manufacturer Total has become an indirect shareholder in Total Eren, formerly called Eren Renewable Energy, with a 23% interest. This follows approval of the transaction by the French competition authorities, as well as the consent of all involved stakeholders. 

Exxon eyes Egypt's offshore oil and gas – sources

By: Reuters     4th December 2017 Exxon Mobil is considering a foray into Egypt offshore oil and gas, seeking to replicate rivals' success in the country and boost its reserves, officials and industry sources said. Officials from the world's largest listed oil producer recently held talks with Egypt's petroleum ministry to... 

Second Norway-South Africa Science Week to stimulate oceans science and economy 

By: Schalk Burger     1st December 2017 The second Norway-South Africa Science Week will provide a platform for scientists, researchers, civil servants and business people from both countries to share best practices and policies to promote the sustainable use of ocean resources. Norwegian ambassador to South Africa, Botswana,... 

Second Norway-South Africa Science Week to stimulate oceans science and economy
Norway Ambassador to South Africa, Botswana, Madagascar and Nambiia Trine Skymoen discusses the upcoming Norway-South Africa science week. Video and editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Engineer to unveil new industry technology

     1st December 2017 High-pressure equipment and technology manufacturer Haskel has revealed that its product engineer Poova Mahmoudian will be unveiling new industry technology, as part of a collaborative technology and research alliance with the US Army. The technology is said to dramatically impact those... 

Engineer to unveil new  industry technology
NEW TECHNOLOGY Haskel engineers will explain solutions to mitigate hydrogen embrittlement in pressure vessels at the annual Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Energy Summit in 2018

Opec, allies set to agree oil cut extension to end of 2018

By: Reuters     30th November 2017 Opec and non-Opec oil producers look poised to agree on Thursday to extend output cuts until the end of 2018 to finish clearing a global glut of crude while signaling they could exit the deal earlier if the market overheats. Non-Opec Russia, which this year reduced production significantly with... 

Withdrawal of entire MPRDA only constitutionally acceptable solution – Leon

By: Martin Creamer     28th November 2017 The process of reconsidering the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act (MPRDA) Amendment Bill has generated a new range of procedural missteps and failed to address any of the substantive problems in the Bill, leaving the entire withdrawal of the Bill as the only constitutionally... 

Withdrawal of entire MPRDA only constitutionally acceptable solution – Leon
Photo by Duane Daws
Herbert Smith Freehills Africa co-chair and partner Peter Leon.

Oil slips on US drilling but Opec cuts support market

By: Reuters     27th November 2017 Oil prices slipped on Monday, with US crude easing from two-year highs on prospects of higher output but losses were limited before an OPEC meeting that is expected to extend output limits. Brent crude oil LCOc1 was down 25 cents at $63.61 a barrel by 1110 GMT. US light crude was 45 cents lower... 

Sasol the most successful service station brand in SA, says Lightstone Explore

By: Irma Venter     27th November 2017 Sasol service stations are attracting the most feet per service station in South Africa, with Shell service stations in second position. Engen, with its much larger service station footprint, attracts more visitors, in total, than any other brand. 

 Sasol the most successful service station brand in SA, says Lightstone Explore

IMF credit to Chad delayed over Glencore oil debt

By: Reuters     24th November 2017 Chad's stalled talks with Glencore on restructuring more than $1 billion in debt due to the trading firm has delayed the release of IMF funds for the struggling central African country until at least early next year, sources familiar with the matter said. The International Monetary Fund has said... 

Growing domestic demand at heart of plan to create a million manufacturing jobs 

By: Terence Creamer     24th November 2017 The Manufacturing Circle released a plan on Friday outlining how South Africa could create a million jobs over a ten-year period through pursuing a series of reforms designed at stimulating demand for South African manufactured products and improving the investment climate. The 48-page document,... 

Growing domestic demand at heart of plan to create a million manufacturing jobs
Photo by Duane Daws
Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies and Manufacturing Circle chairperson André de Ruyter

Microgrids add new arrow to Africa’s electricity access quiver

By: Mia Breytenbach     24th November 2017 The launch of a R25-million solar energy, lithium-ion battery storage microgrid on Robben Island – the World Heritage Site in Table Bay, Cape Town, which, until recently, relied on diesel to generate electricity – not only showcases the versatile advantages of microgrid technology, but also... 

Microgrids add new arrow to Africa’s electricity access quiver

Company expands diesel supply to include buses

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     24th November 2017 Wholesale prices fuel supplier Next Grace Investments is providing a valuable diesel supply solutions for clients in the bus and truck industry. During the Gauteng Bus Indaba and Strategic Planning Workshop, held in September at the Nasrec Expo Centre, in Johannesburg, Next Grace Investments... 

Company expands diesel supply to include buses
PARKING THE BUS Next Grace Investments’ depots enables buses and trucks to refuel and park at the facilities, while drivers have access to food and shower facilities

Power and utilities drone market worth more than $9bn

By: Dylan Slater     24th November 2017 The international drone market comprising solutions that use drones for the power and utilities industries is worth as much as $9.46-billion a year, according to a report published by professional services firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).  

Sasol’s new strategy shuns GTL as specialty chemicals emerge as key growth driver

By: Terence Creamer     23rd November 2017 Chemicals and energy group Sasol is preparing to sell several assets, including its Canadian shale gas assets, following an overhaul of its corporate strategy, which eschews any further greenfield gas-to-liquids (GTL) investments in favour of smaller acquisitions and projects of between... 

Sasol’s new strategy shuns GTL as specialty chemicals emerge as key growth driver
Photo by Duane Daws
Sasol joint CEOs Bongani Nqwababa and Stephen Cornell

South Africa eyes Brics partners to build new $10bn refinery 

By: Reuters     21st November 2017 South Africa is looking to the national oil companies of its Brics partners to help build a new 400 000 bbl/d refinery that will be structured by senior debt and equity, Energy Minister David Mahlobo told Parliament on Tuesday. The idea of building a refinery in Africa's most industrialised... 

South Africa eyes Brics partners to build new $10bn refinery
Photo by Duane Daws
Energy Minister David Mahlobo

Shell collaboration helps power London buses with coffee waste

By: Nica Schreuder     20th November 2017 International energy and petrochemicals group Shell, in partnership with London-based clean technology company bio-bean and UK biodiesel producer Argent Energy, is helping power some of London’s buses through a new coffee biodiesel project – launched on Monday – which uses a biofuel made partly... 

Sasol shareholders approve new R21bn BEE structure

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     17th November 2017 Sasol Khanyisa, a R21-billion broad-based black economic empowerment (BBBEE) ownership structure, has been granted formal approval by Sasol shareholders. “We are delighted with this outcome as it marks a significant milestone in Sasol’s transformation journey. Sasol Khanyisa will be implemented... 

Maintenance programmes crucial for mine cost management

By: Robyn Wilkinson     17th November 2017 In challenging economic times, mining companies are looking to ‘sweat’ their assets, and a key cost management strategy in this endeavour is the implementation of sustainable cost management programmes with structured and proactive maintenance programmes, says mining, materials handling and... 

Maintenance  programmes crucial for mine cost management
UPGRADE AND IMPROVE TAKRAF Africa’s redesign of a bucket-wheel reclaimer features three bolted segments that enable maintenance to be carried out only on the worn parts of the bucket wheel

SNC-Lavalin signs multiyear agreement with Chevron

By: Anine Kilian     16th November 2017 Project management company SNC-Lavalin has inked a multiyear agreement with oil producer Chevron South Africa’s crude oil refinery in Cape Town, which will run until August 31, 2020.     As per the agreement, SNC-Lavalin’s scope of work includes the mechanical maintenance services of various... 

Decentralisation key to empowering energy consumers – WEC

By: Anine Kilian     16th November 2017 Digitisation and distributed energy resources are helping to facilitate a new trend of empowered consumers and, provided that governments and regulators allow for it, consumers can play a key role in the grand energy transition, a new report released by the World Energy Council (WEC) states.... 

Shell, AfriForum, TKAG to discuss Karoo fracking 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     15th November 2017 Shell South Africa country chairperson Hloniphizwe Mtolo will meet with civil rights and environmental protection organisations AfriForum and Treasure the Karoo Action Group (TKAG) to discuss environmental, legal and economic concerns over fracking. The groups received an official commitment from... 

Solidarity ranks SOEs, lambastes 'cadre merry-go-round'

By: Anine Kilian     14th November 2017 Trade union Solidarity has ranked South African Airways (SAA) as the most poorly managed State-owned enterprise (SOE) in the country. Speaking at the launch of its latest report ‘South African State Institutions and the Value for Tax Money’, on Wednesday, Solidarity CEO Dirk Hermann said SAA... 

Solidarity ranks SOEs, lambastes 'cadre merry-go-round'

Petrochemicals product supplier launches ball valve

     10th November 2017 Last month, multinational oil and gas product supplier Schlumberger announced the release of the GROVE IST integrated seat technology ball valve. The company, which has an Angolan office that services the Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, Kenya, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, and... 

Student competition fosters innovative energy solutions

By: Nica Schreuder     10th November 2017 In a bid to allow South African engineering students to explore and understand energy efficiency and solutions, Gauteng-based tertiary institution the University of Johannesburg (UJ) has partnered with international energy and petrochemicals group Shell Global for the fourth time to host the... 

Student competition fosters innovative  energy solutions
ECO-MARATHON Fostering an energy efficient-conscious mind-set among students is the first step towards embracing energy efficiency

Gas company secures onshore petroleum production right

By: Mia Breytenbach     10th November 2017 The Petroleum Agency of South Africa has granted integrated alternative and renewable-energy business Renergen’s Tetra4 subsidiary environmental authorisation for its Free State natural gas development. The authorisation, the processing of which has taken more than two years, with multiple rounds... 

Gas company secures onshore petroleum production right
PRODUCTION EXPANSION While Tetra4 already produces compressed natural gas, new expansions will include the liquefaction of the gas – the first in South Africa

Upcoming energy event to showcase African project opportunities  

By: Simone Liedtke     10th November 2017 A key focus point of the African Energy Indaba (AEI) – which celebrates its ten-year milestone next year – is to provide access to project opportunities across the African continent. 

Upcoming energy event to showcase African project opportunities
Africa Energy Indaba (AEI) MD Liz Hart, AEI chairperson Brian Statham and South African Electrotechnical Export Council CEO Chiboni Evans discuss the AEI next year. Camera: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Lionel da Silva.

400 emergency shutdown valves supplied to Oman petrochemicals project

     10th November 2017 Industrial product supplier Metso supplied 400 industry-leading Neles emergency shutdown (ESD) valves for an ethylene cracker as part of the new Liwa Plastics Industrial Complex (LPIC) project in Oman. The new complex will process light ends produced in State-owned oil company Oman Oil Refineries... 

400 emergency shutdown valves supplied to Oman petrochemicals project
SOHAR REFINERY Orpic is undertaking strategic growth projects including the Sohar Refinery Improvement Project and the Liwa Plastics Industrial Complex

Newly inaugurated PV microgrid to supply almost 50% of Robben Island’s electricity

By: Mia Breytenbach     3rd November 2017 Robben Island, a World Heritage Site has gone green with the installation of a R25-million solar energy, lithium-ion battery storage microgrid that will supply almost half of the island’s yearly electricity requirement. The Department of Tourism, together with the appointed engineering,... 

Newly inaugurated PV microgrid to supply almost 50% of Robben Island’s electricity
Photo by Duane Daws
LEON VILJOEN This system makes it the ideal solution, not only for the environment, but also from a business perspective
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