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Disused Saldanha quarry emerging as new liquid petroleum gas hub

By: Dylan Slater     27th May 2016 A liquid petroleum gas (LPG) terminal and import infrastructure is being constructed by energy infrastructure company Sunrise Energy in Saldanha Bay, in the Western Cape, to curb historical LPG shortages and meet potential future requirements for gas-fired power plants and other industrial energy... 

Disused Saldanha quarry emerging as new liquid petroleum gas hub

By: Dylan Slater     27th May 2016 A liquid petroleum gas (LPG) terminal and import infrastructure are being constructed by energy infrastructure company Sunrise Energy, in Saldanha Bay, in the Western Cape, to curb historical LPG shortages and meet potential future requirements for gas-fired power plants and other industrial... 

Disused Saldanha quarry emerging as new liquid petroleum gas hub

Sasol begins drilling of Mozambique PSA licence

By: Anine Kilian     26th May 2016 Drilling is under way at Sasol’s production sharing agreement (PSA) licence in Inhambane province, Mozambique, in terms of its field development plan (FDP), which was approved earlier this year,  the petroleum giant announced Thursday. Adjacent to Sasol’s current producing petroleum production... 

Sasol begins drilling of Mozambique PSA licence

Democratic Alliance wants AG to probe fuel stock sale

By: African News Agency      26th May 2016 The Democratic Alliance will ask the Auditor-General to investigate the Strategic Fuel Fund’s sale of most of the country’s crude oil stock pile without permission from National Treasury. DA MP Pieter van Dalen said the sale of ten-million barrels of crude breached section 54 (2d) of the Public... 

South Africa sold 10m barrels of oil to traders in December 

By: Reuters     26th May 2016 South Africa defended the sale of ten-million barrels of crude oil from its strategic reserves at below market prices in December, saying on Thursday it still had reserves for 90 days. The state-run Strategic Fuel Fund (SFF) sold ten-million barrels of crude at $28 a barrel to a unit of Glencore,... 

The role of gas in SA’s energy mix

By: Creamer Media Reporter      26th May 2016 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about plans to increase the role of gas in South Africa’s energy mix. 

The role of gas in SA’s energy mix

Africa could be the new frontier for GTL-technology-based lubricants – Shell

By: Kim Cloete     25th May 2016 Shell Lubricants is making the most of the growth in Africa’s power sector and sees the continent as a new frontier for its gas-to-liquids (GTL) technology in transformers and turbine oils. “We see tremendous potential for the right kind of oil among utilities in Africa, particularly as... 

Africa could be the new frontier for GTL-technology-based lubricants – Shell

Oil and gas discoveries at 64-year low as price slump hits exploration budgets

By: Creamer Media Reporter      24th May 2016 Conventional oil and gas discoveries outside North America have fallen to the lowest level since 1952, with recoverable resources of only 12-billion barrels of oil equivalent having been discovered in 2015. Analysis from NYSE-listed IHS, which was published on Tuesday, showed that the volume of... 

Offgrid tech has bigger role to play in African electrification – PwC 

By: Natasha Odendaal     23rd May 2016 With two-thirds of the world’s population likely to still be without electricity by 2030 – despite the newly agreed post-2015 UN Sustainable Development Goal of universal access to energy – a new approach is needed that better recognises the role offgrid technology can play, a new PwC report... 

Offgrid tech has bigger role to play in African electrification – PwC

Oil prices fall on strong dollar, firm global supply

By: Reuters     23rd May 2016 Oil prices fell in Asian trade on Monday on a strong dollar and signs that global crude supply is holding up even as volumes hit by unplanned outages rise to at least five-year highs. In a further indication of abundant supply, the number of rigs operated by US drillers was steady last week for... 

Oil prices fall on strong dollar, firm global supply

Transnet appoints group executive for R&D

     20th May 2016 State-owned Transnet has appointed Khomotso Phihlela group executive for research and development to spearhead and monetise the company’s intellectual property drive. The group has identified innovation as one of the key drivers of revenue and profitability, operational efficiency and a way of... 

Antifracking coalition delivers petition to Parliament 

By: Natasha Odendaal     19th May 2016 The AfriForum and Treasure the Karoo Action Group (TKAG) alliance on Thursday petitioned Parliament to uphold its duties and hold the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) to account over shale gas-related activities. The coalition was demanding oversight over the DMR and its approach in pursuing... 

Water, energy sectors need to collaborate more – World Bank

By: Kim Cloete     18th May 2016 The interplay between water and energy is more critical than ever, with climate change forcing people to work together, according to World Bank energy and extractives global practive director Charles Feinstein. “You can’t tackle energy problems without being sensitive to water demands. Global... 

Water, energy sectors need to collaborate more – World Bank

Minister outlines 2016/17 gas IPP, FSRU procurement plans 

By: Terence Creamer     18th May 2016 Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson indicates that the procurement processes for the gas-to-power (GTP) programme and associated gas infrastructure will begin taking shape during the course of the 2016/17 financial year, with a request for proposals scheduled for the fourth quarter.... 

Minister outlines 2016/17 gas IPP, FSRU procurement plans

DTI launches Gas Industrialisation Unit

By: Kim Cloete     16th May 2016 The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has launched the Gas Industrialisation Unit (GIU), aimed at spearheading a medium to long-term gas industrialisation strategy for South Africa and the Southern Africa region.  The aim is to unlock power constraints and reduce carbon intensity, to secure... 

DTI launches Gas Industrialisation Unit
Trade and Industry deputy director-general for industrial policy Garth Strachan

Nersa to propose a coal benchmark cost as part of its multiyear price determination for Eskom  

By: Creamer Media Reporter      16th May 2016 The May 2016 roundup covers activities across South Africa for April 2016 and includes details of the National Energy Regulator of South Africa’s proposal to introduce a coal benchmark cost as part of its final decision on Eskom’s multiyear price determination process; environmental group... 

Nersa to propose a coal benchmark cost as part of its multiyear price determination for Eskom

CSIR launches biomanufacturing facility to support local bio-industry

By: David Oliveira     13th May 2016 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) on Friday launched the R90-million Biomanufacturing Industry Development Centre (BIDC) facility at the CSIR’s main campus in Pretoria. The R90-million investment had resulted in new infrastructure, pilot-scale equipment, enterprise support... 

Saudi group keen to expand South African solar footprint well beyond Bokpoort  

By: Terence Creamer     13th May 2016 Located on a dead flat piece of land about an hour-and-a-half’s drive from Upington and close to the Orange river, the curved solar collector mirrors, gleaming pipes and large molten-salt tanks of the 50 MW Bokpoort concentrated solar power (CSP) plant stand in stark industrial contrast to the... 

Saudi group keen to expand South African solar footprint well beyond Bokpoort
Photo by Duane Daws
The 50 MW Bokpoort CSP plant

Detectors supplied to oil project

     13th May 2016 Over $3-million worth of General Monitors (GM) fixed flame and gas detection products have been supplied to the Egina offshore oilfield by safety products manufacturer MSA Africa, which forms part of the Total Upstream Nigeria project. MSA Africa supplied the products to a major engineering,... 

Detectors  supplied to  oil project
SAFETY ENSURED ON SITE A considerable amount of gas and flame detectors are required to guarantee the safety of all on-site

Energy sector headed in a positive direction

By: Sascha Solomons     13th May 2016 With State-owned power utility Eskom’s Medupi and Kusile power stations contributing about 10 GW jointly at full operation, global consulting firm KPMG believes the Department of Energy is proactively working towards reaching the National Development Plan’s (NDP) 2030 goal of having about 17 GW... 

Fifty-eight participants graduate from Eskom academy

By: Sascha Solomons     13th May 2016 In line with its commitment to develop skills and create jobs, State-owned power utility Eskom’s Contractor Academy saw 58 participants drawn from Mpumalanga, Limpopo, the North West and Gauteng graduate in March this year. The graduation ceremony celebrated the upskilling of another group of... 

Fifty-eight participants graduate from  Eskom academy
Photo by Duane
BRIAN MOLEFE Through the academy, Eskom develops and supports of small and medium-sized enterprises

Illegal connections, cable theft pose threat to zero harm mandate

By: Sascha Solomons     13th May 2016 The increase in the number of informal settlements in the Western Cape has led to an increase in  unsafe electricity connections. This plus the ability of higher income areas to pay electricians to by-pass Eskom meters,  impinges on State-owned power utility Eskom’s zero harm initiative. “The... 

Illegal connections, cable theft pose threat  to zero harm mandate
Photo by Bloomberg
ILLEGAL CONNECTIONS The unsafe electiciy connections are proving to be a costly procedure for Eskom

Ingula set for completion next month

By: Sascha Solomons     13th May 2016 Mechanical engineering contracting company SA FIVE Engineering says State-owned power utility Eskom’s Ingula pumped-storage scheme’s commissioning is set to be completed by the end of next month. “The construction of Ingula is complete and only the commissioning needs to be done. Unit 3 and Unit... 

Ingula set for completion next month
INGULA POWER STATION The new hydropower station nears completion

Medupi to comply with emissions standards

By: Sascha Solomons     13th May 2016 State-owned power utility Eskom intends to retrofit each of Medupi power stations’ six power generation units with flue gas desulphurisation (FGD) technology, which is used to reduce the sulphur dioxide (SO2) emissions of a coal-fired power station but has the drawback of requiring high water... 

Medupi to comply with emissions standards
Photo by Duane
MEDUPI POWER STATION The FGD will allow Medupi to comply with the new plant cabon dioxide minimum emission standard

Power grid might have reached secure state

By: Sascha Solomons     13th May 2016 Despite negative publicity associated with load-shedding, tariff price hikes and the loss of senior management in the past couple of years, State-owned power utility Eskom might have reached a more secure state in 2016, consulting firm Frost & Sullivan asserts. Frost and Sullivan energy and... 

Power grid might have reached secure state
Photo by Duane
ESKOM REACHES STABLE GROUND Power utility to provide oversupply of power

Power utility opts to use renewable energy source

By: Sascha Solomons     13th May 2016 Solar system specialists and engineering design company ZRW Mechanika completed the installation of a 50 kW hybrid solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant at Wilgers education and community centre near the Kusile power plant in Witbank, Mpumalanga, in January 2016. ZRW Mechanika was awarded the... 

Power utility opts to use renewable energy source
HYBRID SOLAR PHOTOVOLTAIC Renewable and cost efficient energy source

Eskom has control back – Molefe 

By: Natasha Odendaal     12th May 2016 State-owned power utility Eskom has regained control of its national electricity system after experiencing a prolonged surge in unplanned maintenance and breakdowns amid challenges to meeting demand. Unpacking the parastatal’s quarterly State of the System briefing, CEO Brian Molefe on Thursday... 

Eskom has control back – Molefe
Photo by Duane Daws
Eskom CEO Brian Molefe

Afrox signs deal to increase LPG imports

By: African News Agency      12th May 2016 South Africa’s African Oxygen Limited (Afrox) on Thursday said that it had signed “an import agreement” with Petredec Limited and Bidvest Tank Terminals to ensure security of supply of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) for its customers in South Africa. Petredec Limited is one of the largest global... 

Afrox signs deal to increase LPG imports

Gas can play a bigger role in South Africa’s energy mix

By: Natasha Odendaal     11th May 2016 Gas-powered electricity generation will play a bigger, more important role in lighting up South Africa in terms of efficiencies, costs and baseload energy than the renewable energy programme that is under way, Econometrix MD Rob Jeffrey suggested on Wednesday. Discussing the role of gas in the... 

Gas can play a bigger role in South Africa’s energy mix

CompComm publishes preliminary LPG market inquiry findings

By: Samantha Herbst     10th May 2016 The Competition Commission has published the preliminary findings and proposed recommendations of the liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) market inquiry for public comment.   Among the findings is the commission’s concern about structural impediments to competition, which could hinder the growth of the... 

CompComm publishes preliminary LPG market inquiry findings

Fabrication of ‘bullets’ for R1.2bn Saldanha LPG facility completed

By: Creamer Media Reporter      9th May 2016 The fabrication of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) vessels, or ‘bullets’, for an open access LPG terminal being developed at Saldanha Bay, in the Western Cape, has been completed. Sunrise Energy reported on Monday that the bullets would be moved to the terminal site over the coming five weeks,... 

Fabrication of ‘bullets’ for R1.2bn Saldanha LPG facility completed
Aerial photo of the Sunrise Energy terminal site

Compressor group appoints Botswana agency

By: Mia Breytenbach     6th May 2016 Compressor and generator rental company Rand-Air has appointed power generation and mining equipment and parts supplier Outdistance, which services the mining, engineering, power and construction industries in Botswana as an agency of choice in the market. Rand-Air, part of the Atlas Copco Group,... 

Compressor group appoints Botswana agency
BRAND PRESENCE Rand-Air has a fleet of more than 700 Atlas Copco compressors and generators, which include electric and diesel compressors

Nuclear energy obvious solution to SA power problems

By: Simon Sonnekus     6th May 2016 The nuclear new build programme, which is projected to supply the South African grid with 9.6 GW, will be a major step towards resolving South Africa’s power problems, says Russian State Atomic Energy Corporation (Rosatom) sub-Saharan Africa VP Viktor Polikarpov. “ . . . for South Africa to... 

Nuclear energy obvious solution  to SA power problems
VIKTOR POLIKARPOV Rosatom is focused on providing tailored nuclear solutions to lower the cost of a unit of electricity

Deal opens way for commercialisation of Free State gas deposit, helium plant investment

By: Terence Creamer     4th May 2016 A contract signed on Wednesday between alternative energy company Renergen, JSE-listed Afrox and The Linde Group, of Germany, is expected to open the way for a €13-million investment into the commercialisation of a Free State natural gas resource and the creation of a large-scale helium... 

Deal opens way for commercialisation of Free State gas deposit, helium plant investment
Photo by Duane Daws
Renergen CEO Stefano Marani, The Linde Group’s Dr Alexander Brandl and head Nick Haines and Afrox MD Schalk Venter

South Africa’s growth out of sync with Africa’s other oil importers

By: Terence Creamer     3rd May 2016 While the International Monetary Fund (IMF) expects South Africa’s growth to halve to just 0.6% in 2016, growth in other oil-importing countries across sub-Saharan Africa is projected to remain relatively resilient at 5.2%. Nevertheless, the IMF is forecasting a difficult year for the 45-country... 

South Africa’s growth out of sync with Africa’s other oil importers

Oil down 3% on Opec output hike, speculative ramp-up in Brent

By: Reuters     3rd May 2016 Oil prices fell about 3% on Monday as production from the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (Opec) neared all-time peaks and record speculative buying in global benchmark Brent sparked profit-taking on last month's outsized rally. OPEC's crude production climbed in April to... 

Oil down 3% on Opec output hike, speculative ramp-up in Brent

World Bank does not see platinum rally being sustained

By: Terence Creamer     26th April 2016 The World Bank does not expect the recent rise in platinum prices to be sustained for the full year, with its latest ‘Commodity Markets Outlook’ report forecasting a 10% year-on-year price decline in 2016. The report, released on April 26, notes that precious metals prices increased by 6% in the... 

World Bank does not see platinum rally being sustained
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