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Sasol: no impact on its refineries from strike

By: Reuters     Updated 3 minutes ago South African energy firm Sasol said on Thursday there was no impact on its oil refinery or coal-to-liquid plant after a union went on strike over wages. "Operations continue as normal and there is no impact on production," spokesperson Alex Anderson said. 

Eni, Saipem to be tried in Algeria corruption case

By: Reuters     Updated 2 hours 10 minutes ago Italian oil major Eni, oil services group Saipem and former Eni CEO Paolo Scaroni have been ordered by an Italian judge to stand trial in an Algerian corruption case. The long-running case revolves around allegations Saipem paid intermediaries around 198-million euros ($218-million) to bag... 

Strike could hit South African oil refineries – union

By: Reuters     27th July 2016 South African energy workers plan to strike from Thursday over wages, potentially affecting crude oil refineries and fuel depots, the Chemical, Energy, Paper, Printing, Wood and Allied Workers Union (CEPPWAWU) said on Wednesday. Around 23 000 workers in the petrochemical and pharmaceutical... 

Mozambique closes in on huge gas deal after years of delays

By: Reuters     25th July 2016 Mozambique's long-delayed offshore gas project with Italy's Eni could be approved within months, sources close to the deal said, sparking investments with the potential to transform one of the world's poorest countries into a major energy player. Mozambique made one of the world's biggest gas... 

Training courses improve engineering skills, businesses and future stability

By: Sascha Solomons     22nd July 2016 South African Energy and Water Skills Education Training Authority-accredited training provider Terra Firma Academy believes that South Africa’s commitment to reducing carbon emissions and its intention to provide a sustainable energy and water supply can be supported through appropriate short... 

Training courses improve engineering  skills, businesses and future stability
Photo by Duane Daws
SHORT COURSES Offer engineers quick and intense training sessions on specific topics

Natural gas market to boom, but comes with volatility

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     21st July 2016 As liquefied natural gas (LNG) plays an increasingly significant role in the transition to a low-carbon world, the market will become more volatile and risky, believes audit consultancy PwC’s strategy consulting business Strategy&. In a new analysis titled ‘Navigating the transformation of the... 

Samsung Heavy in talks with Eni to build Mozambique LNG platform

By: Reuters     21st July 2016 Samsung Heavy Industries, France's Technip and Japan's JGC are in advanced talks with Eni to supply a floating liquefied natural gas platform to the Italian firm's project in Mozambique, Samsung said on Thursday. Samsung Heavy's share of the contract was $2.5-billion and it expected to receive... 

$150m Brics bank facility seen helping ease South Africa’s grid bottlenecks

By: Terence Creamer     19th July 2016 State-owned electricity producer Eskom expects to finalise commercial terms with the New Development Bank (NDB), of the Brics grouping, for a $150-million facility in the next quarter, CFO Anoj Singh reports. A term sheet has been signed with the NDB and Singh reports that, once consummated, the... 

$150m Brics bank facility seen helping ease South Africa’s grid bottlenecks
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Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown

Boeing, Mango in Africa's first jet biofuel flight 

By: Anine Kilian     15th July 2016 Aircraft manufacturer Boeing, along with South African Airways (SAA) and its low-cost carrier Mango on Friday celebrated Africa’s first commercial passenger flights using sustainable aviation biofuel. The flights used sustainable jet biofuel produced from research and development company... 

Boeing, Mango in Africa's first jet biofuel flight

Infrastructure firm secures new contract

     15th July 2016 Global infrastructure firm AECOM, announced last month that it has been selected as the Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contractor for the electric utility company Alliant Energy’s Riverside Energy Center expansion project. 

Infrastructure firm secures new contract
Photo by Duane Daws
ROAD MAINTENANCE Aecom has been contracted by Sanral to upgrade several roads across South Africa

Infrastructure projects to proceed in African country

     15th July 2016 Fibre-optic sensors manufacturer and supplier Augusta Industries announced that the Trans Africa Pipeline (TAP) group entered into a memorandum of understanding with the government of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania last month. 

Infrastructure projects to proceed in African country
COMPLETE UPGRADE Augusta is helping to improve and upgrade the infrastructure of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania

New heavy-duty diesel oil said to improve engine protection

By: David Oliveira     15th July 2016 Petrochemicals group Shell launched a new range of products in its Rimula heavy-duty diesel engine oil (HDDEO) range at the Maslow Hotel, in Sandton, last month. The new Shell Rimula R6 LM 10W-40 fully synthetic HDDEO features the company’s unique Dynamic Protection Plus Technology. It combines... 

Eskom, local universities sign Phase 2 of the EPPEI funding agreement

By: Samantha Herbst     13th July 2016 Eskom will next week sign Phase 2 of the Eskom Power Plant Engineering Institute (EPPEI) funding agreement, which will see the State power utility committing R155-million to execute and enhance eight interuniversity programmes in South Africa, integrating research efforts and creating synergy... 

South Africa should consider onshore LNG regasification, Fluor argues 

By: Terence Creamer     12th July 2016 Global engineering and construction group Fluor argues that South Africa could consider both onshore and offshore storage and regasification options for the importation of liquefied natural gas (LNG), however it believes that onshore facilities could offer a number of advantages. The South... 

South Africa should consider onshore LNG regasification, Fluor argues
LNG jetty expansion project in Belgium

Air Products appoints new MD

By: Creamer Media Reporter      12th July 2016 Industrial gas company Air Products South Africa has appointed Robert Richardson as MD, succeeding Mike Hellyar, who will retire after nine years at the helm. Richardson, currently the GM on-sites, would become the fourth MD in Air Products South Africa’s 47-year history. 

Air Products appoints new MD
Air Products South Africa incoming MD Robert Richardson

Black & Veatch eyeing South Africa’s gas-to-power opportunity

By: Terence Creamer     12th July 2016 Despite falling electricity demand in South Africa, global engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) group Black & Veatch remains optimistic about prospects for the country’s power market, as well as energy prospects across Africa, where increased attention is being given to addressing the... 

Black & Veatch eyeing South Africa’s gas-to-power opportunity
Black & Veatch Sub-Saharan Africa business development director Webb Meko

France, South Africa join hands on development

By: Natasha Odendaal     11th July 2016 There is further room to increase bilateral trade and investment and expand cooperation between South Africa and France, particularly in energy and infrastructure, President Jacob Zuma said on Monday. Zuma, currently on his second State visit to France to meet with French counterpart President... 

France, South Africa join hands on development
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South Africa President Jacob Zuma and France President Francois Hollande

Private equity investors to increase investment in oil and gas sector

By: Anine Kilian     11th July 2016 Private equity (PE) firms are readying to deploy more capital into the global oil and gas sector, with 25% planning acquisitions before the end of the year and 43% by the first half of 2017, a global survey of 100 PE firms active in the sector released on Monday by advisory firm Ernst & Young... 

Integrated LNG import and natural gas facilities poised to meet energy demand

By: Robyn Wilkinson     8th July 2016 Consulting, engineering, procurement and construction services provider Black & Veatch liquefied natural gas (LNG) technologies VP Shawn Hoffart and power generation technologies VP and director Alap Shah will discuss the benefits of maximising the synergies of combined LNG import and natural... 

Integrated LNG import and natural gas facilities poised to meet energy demand
SHAWN HOFFART Integrating an LNG import facility with a power plant can increase the plant’s capacity

Sasol reports sharing information with universities benefits both sides

By: Keith Campbell     8th July 2016 South African petrochemicals giant Sasol warns that maintaining strict secrecy regarding intellectual property (IP) hampers cooperation between businesses and universities and thus constrains the development of new innovations, to the disadvantage of business. This was pointed out by Sasol... 

Sustainable disposal methods to be investigated

     8th July 2016 The rise in waste generated by South Africa has led to the need for responsible and environment-friendly disposal methods. According to local waste management business Interwaste sales and marketing director Jason McNeil the default method of disposal for many years has been directing this waste... 

Sustainable disposal  methods to be investigated
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Caption: WASTE DISPOSAL Companies are being driven to innovate by changing methods of disposal

Exxon said to join Qatar to look at giant Africa gas deal

By: Bloomberg     7th July 2016 Exxon Mobil Corp. and Qatar Petroleum have teamed up to look at energy assets in Mozambique, home to some of the biggest natural-gas discoveries in a generation, according to four people with knowledge of their plans. The companies are considering buying stakes in gas fields owned by Anadarko... 

Exxon said to join Qatar to look at giant Africa gas deal

First carbon-friendly pour for Khobab wind farm foundations

By: Natasha Odendaal     6th July 2016 The first of 61 low-carbon foundations for the turbines at the new Khobab wind farm, in the Northern Cape, has been poured, using a 89% cement-replacement formula that would reduce the wind farm’s carbon footprint to 90.7 kg/m3 of carbon dioxide (CO2). The formula for the emerging wind farm’s... 

First carbon-friendly pour for Khobab wind farm foundations

Petrol price increase to hit South African pockets

By: African News Agency      4th July 2016 Motorists will be digging deeper into their pockets as the petrol price will increase by between eight and 11 cents a litre on Wednesday. This increase follows a 52 cent increase per litre in June, a 12 cents increase in May, and an 88 cents increase in April. 

Petrol price increase to hit South African pockets

Gibb sets sights on rest of Africa after 60 years of South African growth

By: Terence Creamer     4th July 2016 Leading South African multidisciplinary engineering consultancy Gibb, which marked its sixtieth anniversary in late June, is aiming to materially expands its African footprint in the coming years and has set a target of deriving 30% of its yearly revenues of around R1-billion from the rest of the... 

Gibb sets sights on rest of Africa after 60 years of South African growth
Don Mkhwanazi, who died on Friday, spoke about black industrialisation at Gibb's 60th anniversary last Thursday

Total files arbitration against Algeria on oil tax change

By: Reuters     4th July 2016 French oil major Total has filed a request for arbitration against Algeria for changing profit-sharing terms on oil and gas contracts in the mid-2000s, Chief Executive Patrick Pouyanne said on Saturday. "We tried as always to find a mutual agreement first, it failed, so we decided that we would... 

Heads of South Africa's fuel fund resign after making Chevron bid

By: Reuters     4th July 2016 The heads of South Africa's state-owned Strategic Fuel Fund resigned on Friday, a day after the Department of Energy said it would investigate the fund's unauthorised bid to buy Chevron's assets in the country. The fund, which reports to the energy department, said on Wednesday it had applied to... 

Sasol mulling bid for Chevron's South African assets 

By: Reuters     1st July 2016 Petrochemicals firm Sasol said on Friday it was considering buying a majority stake in Chevron's South African assets, including a 110 000 bbl/d oil refinery and retail stations. Chevron, which has had a presence in South Africa for more than a century, said in January it would sell its 75% stake... 

Sapvia, German solar association formalise PV cooperation

By: Creamer Media Reporter      1st July 2016 The South African Photovoltaic Industry Association (Sapvia) and German solar association Bundesverband Solarwirtschaft (BSW-Solar) have teamed up to support the development of the nascent rooftop photovoltaic (PV) market segment in South Africa. The agreement, formally signed in Munich, would... 

Sapvia, German solar association formalise PV cooperation

Cable protection key in solar systems

     1st July 2016 Despite the harsh environmental conditions that many photovoltaic (PV) installations are subject to, cable protection is often overlooked, reports electrical component, tool and machinery supplier Elquip Solutions MD Mike Cronin.  

Cable protection key in solar systems
CABLE WEAR AND TEAR Cable damage and degradation can affect the long-term viability of photovoltaic installations

Russia seeks to promote intra-Brics investment, economic development

By: Keith Campbell     1st July 2016 Russia is proposing a number of potential trade, investment and economic development projects within the framework of the Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (Brics) alignment. These cover a wide range of sectors, including energy, water resources, mining and mining equipment, the... 

South Africa takes steps to nurture nascent biomanufacturing industry

By: David Oliveira     1st July 2016 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research’s (CSIR’s) Biomanufacturing Industry Development Centre (BIDC), a biomanufacturing innovation hub aimed at supporting small, medium-sized and microenterprises (SMMEs) to enter the local bio-industry, will have provided about R50-million worth of... 

South Africa takes steps to nurture nascent  biomanufacturing industry

DoE ‘disturbed’ by SFF's disregard for governance processes in Chevron bid

By: Terence Creamer     30th June 2016 Department of Energy (DoE) director-general Thabane Zulu has slammed the announcement by the Strategic Fuel Fund (SFF) of its intention to bid for Chevron’s South African assets, saying the government is “disturbed at the complete disregard for governance processes by the entity in question”. On... 

DoE ‘disturbed’ by SFF's disregard for governance processes in Chevron bid

Tullow unlikely to halt Ghana oil output despite damaged ship

By: Reuters     30th June 2016 Tullow Oil is set to announce on Thursday how it will repair a ship that is a hub for its most important oil field, and is likely to recommend a fix that will allow output to continue - instead of suspending it for a year, officials said. The 'spread mooring' solution would mean Tullow avoids the... 

South Africa's Strategic Fuel Fund bids for Chevron refinery

By: Reuters     29th June 2016 South Africa's state-owned Strategic Fuel Fund (SFF) said on Wednesday it had offered to buy Chevron's majority stake in the country's oil refinery in Cape Town and other downstream assets as well as those in neighbouring countries. "SFF has forwarded a commercial offer to Chevron and its... 

TNPA luring private oil-services investors to Saldanha using ‘flexible’ terminal concessions  

By: Terence Creamer     29th June 2016 Freight logistics group Transnet is optimistic of receiving positive responses to a tender for the development of an offshore supply base (OSSB) for the oil and gas industry in Saldanha Bay, reporting that around 120 people attended a tender site briefing this week. A request for proposals (RFP)... 

TNPA luring private oil-services investors to Saldanha using ‘flexible’ terminal concessions
Operation Phakisa programme director Ricky Bhikraj outlines the approach being taken to PPP projects at the Port of Saldanha. Camera Work: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Lionel da Silva.

Southern African gas industry shows economic potential

By: Natasha Odendaal     28th June 2016 The development of a regionally shared vision on developing a gas industry could provide a catalytic opportunity for a regional ecosystem to the benefit of Southern Africa’s economies. A seamless, integrated and coordinated approach was needed to exploit the maximum regional potential of the... 

Southern African gas industry shows economic potential
Photo by Duane Daws
DTI upstream and midstream oil and gas industrial development division director Kishen Pillay
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