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Gas company able to remotely monitor customer sites

     26th August 2016 South African automation specialist Abacus Automation was in July approached by a natural gas supplier, which requested that Abacus provide a solution that would allow the supplier to conduct remote monitoring of its customers’ sites. Prior to the implementation of this solution, the customer... 

Gas-to-power programme to play significant role in power grid

By: Sascha Solomons     26th August 2016 Although demand for power has decreased, owing to stagnation in the economy, meaning less demand from key industries such as mining and manufacturing, engineering and design firm WSP⎪Parsons Brinckerhoff Africa believes that the Gas-to-Power Programme (GTPP) has a substantial role to play in... 

Gas-to-power programme to play significant role in power grid
JAY URBAN Gas-to-Power Programmes has a substantial role to play in South Africa’s power mix once economic activity picks up

Greater awareness of SA gas installation regulations needed

     26th August 2016 Similar to an electrical equivalent, gas installations need to be regulated in order to ensure optimum safety practices are adhered to. As gas usage increases in South African homes and businesses, awareness needs to be drawn to the safe practice of working with, installing and storing gas. As an... 

Greater awareness of  SA gas installation  regulations needed
SAFETY FIRST Anyone that works with gas installations needs to be a registered gas practitioner with the South African Qualification and Certification Committee for Gas

LPG an affordable energy alternative

By: Sascha Solomons     26th August 2016 While the cost of electricity continues to increase quite substantially, the price of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) for domestic use, which is regulated by the Department of Energy, and its efficiency, make it a viable alternative energy carrier, says the Liquefied Petroleum Gas Safety... 

LPG an affordable energy alternative
DANGEROUS DYNAMIC Failing to maintain or refill gas cylinders correctly is illegal and could cause injuries

Natural gas a more affordable selection

     26th August 2016 Apart from natural gas being a low carbon dioxide-emitting, affordable carbon fuel source used globally, within the Southern African context, natural gas is used in domestic, commercial, industrial and specialised environments owing to the Pressure Equipment Regulations (PERs) established to... 

Southern African piped gas industry booming

     26th August 2016 With the availability of natural gas in countries such as Mozambique and Namibia, coupled with the discovery of gas reserves offshore Mozambique and South Africa, the piped gas industry in Southern Africa is undergoing rapid expansion, says the Southern African Gas Association (Saga). In November... 

Supply of LNG increasing despite economic downturn

By: Kimberley Smuts     26th August 2016 Although there has been a global slowdown in economic activity, global liquefied natural gas (LNG) supply has increased, owing to a surge in supply projects approved before the drop in the price of gas in 2014, says KPMG energy economist Dr Requier Wait. “On the demand side, gas-fired power... 

‘Green’ gas demand up, shale provides long-term opportunity

By: Kimberley Smuts     26th August 2016 The biggest potential for growth in the gas industry lies in finding additional gas resources that can replace traditional gases used in industrial processes to generate electricity, which waste management company Interwaste is doing  by generating methane gas from its landfill sites. “With... 

‘Green’ gas demand  up, shale provides  long-term opportunity
Photo by Bloomberg
GROWTH OPPORTUNITIES Lie in finding additional gas resources that can replace traditional gases used in industrial processes to generate electricity

Despite commodity slump, M&R bets future on resources

By: Terence Creamer     25th August 2016 Murray & Roberts (M&R) CEO Henry Laas says the decision to sell its infrastructure and building unit, as well as Genrec, to create a multinational project company focused on oil and gas, underground mining, as well as power and water has created an entity that no longer fits neatly within the... 

Despite commodity slump, M&R bets future on resources
Photo by Duane Daws
Murray & Roberts CEO Henry Laas

M&R to sell building, manufacturing units to focus on global resources

By: Terence Creamer     24th August 2016 Construction and engineering group Murray & Roberts (M&R) has announced its intention to sell its infrastructure and building units, as well as manufacturing business Genrec as part of ongoing moves to focus on the global natural resources markets of oil and gas, metals and minerals and power and... 

M&R to sell building, manufacturing units to focus on global resources
Photo by Duane Daws
M&R CEO Henry Laas

Cracker ‘fundamentals intact’ despite cost rise to worst-case $11bn

By: Terence Creamer     23rd August 2016 Sasol joint CEO Stephen Cornell insists that the “fundamentals” of the Lake Charles Chemical Project (LCCP), in the US state of Louisiana, remain intact despite confirmation that the project’s costs have increased to the ‘worst case’ projection of $11-billion, from an initial forecast of... 

Cracker ‘fundamentals intact’ despite cost rise to worst-case $11bn
Photo by Duane Daws
Sasol joint CEO Stephen Cornell

Tanzania's President Magufuli orders officials to speed up LNG project

By: Reuters     23rd August 2016 Tanzanian President John Magufuli ordered officials on Monday to speed up long-delayed work on a planned liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant, saying implementation of the project had taken too long. BG Group, recently acquired by Royal Dutch Shell, alongside Statoil, Exxon Mobil and Ophir Energy,... 

Carbon offset regulations could have major financial implications for businesses

By: Dylan Slater     19th August 2016 Draft regulations on carbon offsets, which were published for comment by the National Treasury on June 20, under the Carbon Tax Bill, are due to come into effect in early 2017 and could have significant financial implications for businesses in South Africa, according to legal services firm Cliffe... 

Gas suppliers Praxair, Linde hold merger talks

By: Reuters     16th August 2016 US industrial gas supplier Praxair and German peer Linde are in early-stage talks about a merger to create a market leader with a value of more than $60-billion, Linde said on Tuesday, sending shares in both companies higher. An agreement would accelerate consolidation sweeping the industrial gas... 

Cairn Energy raises resource estimate for Senegal oilfields

By: Reuters     16th August 2016 Oil exploration company Cairn Energy Plc raised its best estimate of reserves at its oilfields off the coast of Senegal by almost a third on Tuesday, following successful appraisal of the SNE-4 test well earlier this year. The company said its 2C resource estimate, or its best estimate of... 

Infrastructure development critical to the success of the oil, gas industry 

By: Anine Kilian     12th August 2016 Demand for oil and gas in Africa remains high but low crude prices combined with poor physical infrastructure, inadequate logistical solutions and onerous government regulations have stunted investment in oil- and gasfield development, says SacOil CEO Thabo Kgogo. He believes industry activity on... 

F1 competition exposes children to engineering and technologies

By: Schalk Burger     12th August 2016 The Formula One (F1) in Schools Technology Challenge, a worldwide competition in which 44 countries participate, promotes science, technology, engineering and mathematics skills, as well as their role in commercial operations, says South African education equipment company Sangari MD Bez Sangari.... 

F1 competition exposes children to engineering and technologies
AURORA GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL TEAM Kamohelo Petlele, Nompumelelo Masuku, Jeanette Manengula, Nompumelelo Mawa, Malindi Ngobese and Asiphe Mgangane with the gas-powered F1 model car

Fuel efficient equipment launched

By: Sascha Solomons     12th August 2016 Following the launch of its fuel efficient robust Hyundai Robex R180LC-9S excavator in South Africa earlier this year, earthmoving equipment distributor and manufacturer High Power Equipment Africa (HPE Africa) plans to market the product, owing to its fuel efficiency in the local environment.... 

Fuel efficient  equipment launched
MEETING INDUSTRY DEMANDS The Hyundai Robex R180LC-9S excavator can generate bigger digging power in proportion to its working pressure and cylinder bore size

Kenya unveils plan to revive idle petroleum refinery

By: John Muchira     12th August 2016 Kenya plans to revive its obsolete petroleum refinery – which has been idle since 2013 – as it gears up for commercial crude oil production over the next two years. In a move aimed at utilising the archaic facility that has been lying idle since 2013, the government has directed state-owned Kenya... 

Power Up energy systems boost green development

By: Kimberley Smuts     12th August 2016 With construction expected to begin in September, specialised procurement company Build Africa Corporation will supply its Power Up energy systems to 480 luxury-living housing units in the Acorn Creek complex in Somerset West, in the Western Cape. “This is the largest green residential... 

Remediation of waste tyres reduces carbon emissions

By: Kimberley Smuts     12th August 2016 The Recycling and Economic Development Initiative of South Africa (Redisa) has adopted several tactics to remediate waste tyres and, ultimately, reduce carbon emissions. This includes processing waste tyres using pyrolysis, crumbing and controlled burning in cement kilns. From January last year... 

Steel construction company receives major contracts in Saudi Arabia

     12th August 2016 Steel fabricator Zamil Steel Construction Company (ZSCC) was awarded a new contract in July valued at R23.1-million by Chinese contractor Sepco 3 for the Riyadh Power Plant (PP) 14 project in the central region of Saudi Arabia. 

Steel construction  company receives major contracts in Saudi Arabia
Photo by Duane Daws
STEEL CONSTRUCTION Zamil will be building a prebuilt steel building for the Saudi Electricity Company

Sustainable concrete structures actively reduce energy consumption

By: Kimberley Smuts     12th August 2016 Being active in reducing energy consumption, The Concrete Institute (TCI) notes that concrete is a cost-effective material with low embodied energy and is, therefore, important in contributing to the sustainability of South Africa’s infrastructure. Embodied energy is the energy consumed by all of... 

Sustainable concrete structures actively reduce energy consumption
AIR-BORNE TOXINS DISMISSED Use of titanium dioxide in the surface of concrete results in the conversion of harmful compounds when exposed to ultra-violet light

Gas master plan needs to be finalised so investment can follow – Gibb

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     11th August 2016 If South Africa is looking to incorporate more gas into its energy mix, while moving away from carbon-intensive coal, hurdles such as policy uncertainty and legislation need to be resolved in the short-term, according to multidisciplinary engineering consultancy Gibb. This includes government’s... 

Bio2Watt appoints Anaergia to manage biogas plant, looks to expand

By: Irma Venter     10th August 2016 The day-to-day management of South Africa’s first commercial biogas plant have shifted to biogas expert Anaergia Africa, part of the Anaergia international group of companies, as from July. Anaergia Africa will manage the plant in a two-year contract. 

Bio2Watt appoints Anaergia to manage biogas plant, looks to expand
Sean Thomas

Eni reaches deal with Exxon on Mozambique gas project-sources

By: Reuters     8th August 2016 Italian oil firm Eni has wrapped up long-running talks to sell a multibillion dollar stake in its planned Mozambique liquefied natural gas (LNG) development to Exxon Mobil, two sources with knowledge of the matter said. "The deal is done but won't be announced for several months at Exxon's... 

Eni reaches deal with Exxon on Mozambique gas project-sources

Acid gas scrubber column en route to Sasol Secunda

By: Natasha Odendaal     4th August 2016 The journey of a Sasol replacement acid gas scrubber column is nearly complete, with the 91 000 kg, 60-m-long abnormal load set to arrive in Secunda on Friday, after three days on the road. The Kelvion Thermal Solutions-manufactured scrubber column left Germiston, Gauteng, late on Tuesday and... 

Acid gas scrubber column en route to Sasol Secunda

Afrox restructure starts showing results in H1

By: Natasha Odendaal     2nd August 2016 JSE-listed African Oxygen (Afrox) on Tuesday posted an improvement in earnings for the six months ended June 30, as the restructuring efforts of 2015 start bearing fruit and delivering improved margins. The group, which will publish its interim results on September 8, expects to report a 106% to... 

Oando targets return to profitability; H1 loss narrows

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     2nd August 2016 Nigeria-based energy group Oando is targeting a return to profitability for the 2016 financial year, after its after-tax loss for the six months ended June 30, narrowed 23% to N27-billion, compared with a loss of N35-billion in the first half of 2015. This followed on a loss of N56.57-billion in... 

Petrol strike affects bus routes

By: African News Agency      2nd August 2016 Metrobus has warned commuters its buses would not operate on all scheduled trips from Tuesday owing to the ongoing strike in the petroleum industry which has resulted in depots running low on fuel. “Our depots are already running low on fuel supplies and as a result, we may be compelled to reduce... 

Tanzania says plans to complete Uganda oil pipeline in 2020

By: Reuters     1st August 2016 Tanzania plans to complete construction of a crude oil pipeline from Uganda in 2020 at an estimated cost of $3.5-billion, its energy ministry said on Monday. Uganda said in April it would build a pipeline, to ship out crude from its fields in the Albertine rift basin, through Tanzania rather than... 

Union sticks to its guns as fuel stations run dry

By: African News Agency      1st August 2016 The Chemical‚ Energy‚ Paper‚ Printing‚ Wood and Allied Workers Union (Ceppwawu) said on Monday it would not back down from its nine percent wage increase demand as reports of fuel shortages in some areas trickled in. The union’s head of collective bargaining, Clement Chitja said fuel refineries... 

Union sticks to its guns as fuel stations run dry

Huge petrol price relief

By: News24Wire      29th July 2016 The pump price for a litre of petrol will be 99c a litre cheaper for all grades from next Wednesday, while the price of diesel 0.05% sulphur and diesel 0.005% sulphur will decrease by 74c and 73c a litre respectively. Motorists will now pay R12.35 a litre for unleaded petrol inland and R11.87 on... 

Huge petrol price relief

Joemat-Pettersson backs renewables; promises coal, expedited renewable-energy IPP decision soon

By: Natasha Odendaal     29th July 2016 With government preparing to announce its long-awaited decision on the expedited round of  the Renewable-Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) and the Coal Baseload Independent Power Producer Procurement  Programme (CBIPPPP), Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson has... 

Joemat-Pettersson backs renewables; promises coal, expedited renewable-energy IPP decision soon

Petrol could fall by R1/litre – AA

By: News24Wire      29th July 2016 Motorists could see a drop in the petrol price by up to R1 a litre in August as the rand continues its robust run against dollar, according to the Automobile Association (AA). The organisation commented on Friday on unaudited month-end fuel price data released by the Central Energy Fund (CEF). 

Petrol could fall by R1/litre – AA

SacOil says DRC drilling may start in 2017 after positive exploration results

By: Terence Creamer     29th July 2016 South African oil and gas junior SacOil is optimistic that energy major Total could initiate a drilling campaign in 2017 on a resource in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), following positive geophysical exploration results. The French group is the operating partner over the 3... 

 SacOil says DRC drilling may start in 2017 after positive exploration results
SacOil group executive of operations Bradley Cerff

Hold off nuclear until current projects are complete, Outa urges Eskom  

By: Creamer Media Reporter      28th July 2016 The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) on Thursday urged State-owned power utility Eskom to complete its currently-under-construction Medupi, Kusile and Ingula power stations before embarking on any new mega power station projects, particularly nuclear projects. Outa spokesperson Ted Blom... 

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