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Self-sustaining clean energy system developed

By: Paige Müller     14th December 2018 Sustainable energy specialist Hyson Sustainable Energy – situated in Krugersdorp – has developed and patented a fully self-sustaining, energy-producing tower, says Hyson Sustainable Energy MD Sally Hall. “The Hyson Sustainable Energy ‘Power Tower’, which was provisionally patented just seven... 

Research shows tribology improves energy efficiency

14th December 2018 National science academy the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), completed a study into the state of energy efficiency technologies in South Africa in June this year. The study, initially commenced by ASSAf in 2016, focused on electrical energy efficiency. However, according to national... 

Odourless treatment process produces energy, creates jobs

By: Cameron Mackay     14th December 2018 A new labour-based upgrade for wastewater management plants and acid mine drainage plants below ground – the upflow anaerobic sludge blanket reactor (UASB) process – can be used to produce potable water and energy while reducing costs and creating job opportunities, says engineering and... 

Odourless treatment process produces energy, creates jobs
HYSON CELLS The upflow anaerobic sludge blanket reactor process is below ground, which allows for natural insulation of the cone structures

Nigeria files $1.1bn London lawsuit against Shell, Eni over oil deal

By: Reuters     13th December 2018 Lawyers for the Nigerian government said they had filed a $1.1-billion lawsuit against Royal Dutch Shell and Eni in a commercial court in London on Thursday in relation to a 2011 oilfield deal. The OPL 245 oilfield is also at the heart of an ongoing corruption trial in Milan in which former and... 

Afrox seeks to improve efficiencies in light of declining growth

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     13th December 2018 Against a backdrop of subdued economic growth during the past two years, which Afrox believes will prevail in the medium term, the company has reviewed its operating model to enable continued growth in earnings, the company said in a trading statement released on Thursday. Particular areas have... 

Total to further expand oil exploration footprint in Mauritania

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th December 2018 Global energy company Total and the Mauritanian Ministry of Petroleum, Energy and Mines have signed an agreement that awards Total two new exploration and production contracts for blocks C15 and C31, which are deep offshore Mauritania. The contracts cover an area of 14 175 km2 and will be 90%... 

Total to further expand oil exploration footprint in Mauritania
Total awarded two new exploration and production contracts in Mauritania

Big coal wants consumers to pay for fixing its pollution problem

By: Bloomberg     11th December 2018 Some of the world’s biggest fossil-fuel producers are calling on taxpayers to help them kick their pollution habit. The world’s biggest oil, natural gas and mining companies are stepping up their campaign to deploy carbon capture and storage, or CCS, as way to slow global warming. But with a... 

15 on Orange’s PVT energy system now fully operational

By: Simone Liedtke     11th December 2018 The newly installed Solarus energy system on the roof of the 15 on Orange Hotel, in Cape Town, is now fully operational. According to a statement issued on Tuesday, the hybrid photovoltaic and thermal (PVT) project is currently the largest in Cape Town and is a system that provides the luxury... 

15 on Orange’s PVT energy system now fully operational
The newly installed Solarus energy system on the roof of the 15 on Orange Hotel, in Cape Town

Oil holds drop on doubts over Opec curbs and US supply threat

By: Bloomberg     11th December 2018 Oil held its biggest loss in two weeks as uncertainty over how the Opec+ coalition will implement its output cuts and the prospect of surging US supplies kept investors wary. Futures in New York were little changed, after Monday’s 3.1% drop erased gains following last week’s pact between Saudi... 

Egypt's Carbon Holdings secures $1.25bn to build petrochemicals complex

By: Reuters     10th December 2018 Egypt's Carbon Holdings has secured $1.25-billion in financing to build a giant petrochemicals complex in the Red Sea port of Ain Sokhna. The Tahrir Petrochemicals Complex, a $10.9-billion project, would be the largest in the Middle East and is expected to create 48 000 jobs. 

Opec goes back into crunch talks as Russia resists big oil cut

By: Bloomberg     7th December 2018 The Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (Opec) prepared for a further day of talks on oil-production curbs after a summit on Thursday ended with no deal, as Russia resisted the big output cut that Saudi Arabia was demanding. After a six-hour meeting in Vienna, Saudi Energy Minister... 

Tullow oil seeking partners in bid for additional Ghana block

By: Reuters     7th December 2018 UK oil explorer Tullow Oil is seeking partners in a bid to acquire a new oil block in Ghana which launched its first oil bidding round in October, the company's MD Kweku Awotwi said on Thursday. Tullow is already lead operator of two oil fields in Ghana including its flagship offshore Jubilee... 

Regius developing coal-to-liquids, fertiliser project in Mozambique

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     7th December 2018 UK-incorporated company Regius Synfuels is, through its Mozambican subsidiary Regius Synfuels Mozambique, developing an integrated 10 000 bbl/d clean diesel and gasoline and a 409 000 t/y fertiliser project, in the Tete province of Mozambique. The project is registered with the Investment... 

Nigerian govt launches bid for flare gas offtakers

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th December 2018 The Nigerian government is inviting parties with an interest in accessing and securing competitively priced gas to participate in an open and competitive bid process. The government is implementing a Nigerian Gas Flare Commercialisation Programme (NGFCP) to make use of gas instead of it being... 

Nigerian govt launches bid for flare gas offtakers

Local sugar industry struggles to stay afloat

By: Paige Müller     7th December 2018 The survival and sustainability of the labour intensive sugar industry is under severe threat owing to the flood of sugar imports and the resultant inability by industry bodies to recover costs, according to South African Sugar Association executive director Trix Trikam. “The local sugar industry... 

Local sugar industry  struggles to stay afloat
UNBALANCED TRADE The world sugar market is distorted by producer country incentives, resulting in production that is surplus to demand

Delays in biofuel framework hinder industry

By: Paige Müller     7th December 2018 Despite the local sugar industry championing a bioethanol fuel subsidy as a potential method to relieve the burden on sugar through demand diversification, Ethanol Producers Association of Southern Africa secretary, Alf Stevens, suggests that this may not have the timely impact that the local... 

Delays in biofuel framework hinder industry
Photo by Bloomberg
SLOW PROGRESS Even if the Biofuels Regulatory Framework is attractive, the first ethanol for biofuel would only reach the petrol blenders by the end of 2021 at the earliest

Sugar dumping remains a crisis for industry  

By: Paige Müller     7th December 2018 While national government has shown a willingness to protect the sugar industry against corrosive trade-dumping practices, nonprofit anti-dumping organisation FairPlay founder Francois Baird emphasises that government’s ineffective administrative processes have made its previous attempts at... 

Sugar dumping remains a crisis  for industry
Anti-dumping organisation FairPlay’s Lebogang Chaka discusses the impact of sugar dumping on the local industry. Camerawork and Editing: Nicholas Boyd

South Africa should not be over-reliant on renewable energy for its future electricity needs

By: Rebecca Campbell     6th December 2018 The proposal of the country’s Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) 2018 that wind, solar and gas generation account for a combined total of 42% of South Africa’s total installed electricity capacity by 2030 was most unwise, AFRA-NEST Regional Coordinator Dr Anthonie Cilliers has warned. (AFRA stands... 

South Africa should not be over-reliant on renewable energy for its future electricity needs
Photo by Duane Daws/Creamer Media
Jeffreys Bay wind farm

DoE seeks comment on proposed revisions to fuel-price formula 

By: Terence Creamer     5th December 2018 The Department of Energy (DoE) is calling for comment on a discussion document it has compiled following a review the basic fuel price (BFP) structure for petrol, diesel and illuminating paraffin. The BFP formula has been employed to calculate the prices of petroleum products produce at South... 

DoE seeks comment on proposed revisions to fuel-price formula

EVs to become main driver of battery storage deployment over next decade, says Fitch Solutions

By: Simone Liedtke     5th December 2018 The electric vehicle (EV) market is set to become the main driver of surging battery storage deployment over the next decade, following increasing ambitions by developed and emerging markets to decarbonise their transport sectors, and will have a substantial disruptive effect on how energy is... 

Springs-based fuel cell SEZ approved  

By: Nadine James     5th December 2018 The special economic zone (SEZ) for fuel cell development, proposed for development by the Gauteng Industrial Development Zone initiative and Impala Platinum (Implats), has been approved, Implats fuel cell coordinator Fahmida Smith told attendees at the International Partnership for Hydrogen and... 

Equinor set to start talks with Tanzania over LNG project

By: Reuters     4th December 2018 Norway's Equinor is ready to start talks with the Tanzanian government over developing a liquefied natural gas (LNG) project to produce a huge offshore discovery in the deepwater block 2, the company said on Tuesday. Tanzanian President John Magufuli asked his government to proceed with... 

AfDB, fund provide $200m in joint financing to support Nigeria electrification project

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd December 2018 The African Development Bank’s (AfDB’s) board of directors has approved a $150-million sovereign loan to the Nigerian government to finance the Nigeria Electrification Project (NEP). The financing will support rural electrification efforts in Nigeria by facilitating private sector development and... 

DST hosts hydrogen fuel cell technology conference

By: Nadine James     3rd December 2018 Global stakeholders in the multibillion-dollar fuel cell industry will meet in Pretoria this week for the thirtieth Steering Committee Meeting of the International Partnership for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells in the Economy (IPHE). The Department of Science and Technology (DST) will host the meeting... 

African renewables IPP to list on Mauritian Stock Exchange

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd December 2018 Independent power producer (IPP) Africa Clean Energy Solutions (Aces) will list on the Mauritian Stock Exchange on December 14. The company will issue up to 600 000 new shares prior to the initial listing date. 

Kibo to consider further deadline extension for Sepco III

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd December 2018 China-based Sepco III has requested a further extension on the Strategic Development Agreement with dual-listed Kibo Energy at the Mbeya coal-to-power project, in Tanzania. Kibo on Monday said the request would be considered by Kibo’s board this week. 

TCTA intends to expand its horizons 

By: Simone Liedtke     30th November 2018 Motivated by the idea of making an optimal contribution within the South African water sector, State-owned Trans-Caledon Tunnel Authority (TCTA) on Thursday reaffirmed its plans to explore ways in which it could expand its horizons and capacitate the organisation for the challenges the water... 

TCTA intends to expand its horizons
Photo by Dylan Slater
Recently appointed TCTA CEO Percy Sechemane

International nuclear school for Africa successfully held in South Africa for second time

By: Rebecca Campbell     30th November 2018 The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has reported that its second South Africa-IAEA Nuclear Energy Management (NEM) School, held in Johannesburg earlier this month, was attended by 23 young professionals from 13 African countries. The School was organised in conjunction with the... 

Circular economy presents opportunities for Africa

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     30th November 2018 The circular economy, as a reformative system, presents significant opportunities for Africa to deliver on more inclusive economic growth, which includes job opportunities and the positive environmental practices that are in dire need for sustainable growth, says waste management company... 

Circular economy presents opportunities for Africa
Photo by Creamer Media
GROWING SECTOR The waste picker sector is growing and plays a key role in South Africa’s recycling strategy

Company opens new energy and resource recovery facility

30th November 2018 Waste management service provider Oricol Environmental Services earlier this month opened its new resource recovery facility in Cato Ridge, KwaZulu-Natal. The facility has been certified to the international standard ISO 14001:2015. It specifies the requirements for an environmental management... 

Company opens new energy and resource  recovery facility
RECOVERY FACILITY The Cato Ridge facility is permitted to process hazardous solids, liquids and sludges, which includes solvents, oils and oils sludges, paint sludges, solids, acids and bases

Kaefer SA holds partner-focused innovation day as it celebrates 100 years of sustainable growth

By: Schalk Burger     30th November 2018 Kaefer in South Africa, a division of German industrial insulation and thermal solutions multinational, celebrated 100 years of innovation and sustainable growth during a partner-focused innovation day in November, which also saw the handover of the local division to incoming MD Ben Garrad.... 

Kaefer SA holds partner-focused innovation day as it  celebrates 100 years of sustainable growth
BEN GARRAD AND GEORGE WARDROPE The company will leverage its relationships with its suppliers and partners to roll out new services and innovations

Council for Geoscience to finalise its data policy

By: Kim Cloete     29th November 2018 The Council for Geoscience (CGS) says it is will be finalising its data policy early next year following a moratorium on its geophysical data. The council put a moratorium on geophysical data after it discovered that someone had sold some of its data.   

DMR hopeful about shale gas prospects 

By: Kim Cloete     29th November 2018 The Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) and the Council for Geoscience (CGS) are upbeat about the prospect of shale gas in the Karoo. “Gas formations are starting to show already,” Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe told oil and gas investors at an event in Cape Town on Thursday. He said... 

Mantashe lifts moratorium on oil, gas applications to kickstart exploration  

By: Kim Cloete     29th November 2018 Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe has announced he will amend the moratorium currently in place for the oil and gas sector, to allow for the processing of applications currently in the system. The moratorium, which was originally put in place in June, restricts the granting of... 

Mantashe lifts moratorium on oil, gas applications to kickstart exploration
Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe

First institutional anaerobic digester launched at NPO’s Johannesburg premises

By: Simone Liedtke     28th November 2018 To promote renewable energy as a cost-effective technology in a world facing the impact of climate change and global warming, the University of South Africa, diversified miner Exxaro Resources and the South African National Energy Development Institution on Wednesday launched its first... 

First institutional anaerobic digester launched at NPO’s Johannesburg premises
Photo by Simone Liedtke
The University of South Africa, Exxaro Resources and the South African National Energy Development Institution on Wednesday launched its first institutional anaerobic digester at nonprofit organisation EARTH Centre’s premises, in Johannesburg

AA predicts massive drop in petrol price in December 

By: News24Wire      28th November 2018 Motorists can expect a R1.85 reduction per litre in the price of petrol, with diesel coming down by an estimated R1.40, and illuminating paraffin dropping by R1.28, the Automobile Association (AA) predicted on Wednesday. The association was commenting on unaudited month-end fuel price data... 

 AA predicts massive drop in petrol price in December

Department of Energy to review how it costs basic fuel price 

By: News24Wire      28th November 2018 The department of energy has invited public comments on how it calculates the underlying prices of fuel, diesel and illuminating paraffin, known as the Basic Fuel Price (BFP). This is the price of fuel before taxes, transport, and other costs are added.  

 Department of Energy to review how it costs basic fuel price
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