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South Africa must wake up to fuel cell race or risk losing out 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     9th December 2016 South Africa is in a global race in fuel cell development and should not consider itself “special”, as there are a number of other countries that could reap benefits from their fuel cell plans far sooner, an analyst warned on Friday. Speaking during a panel discussion on the impact of fuel cell... 

Innovation earns company biofuels award

     9th December 2016 Market research company and consulting firm Frost & Sullivan has awarded its 2016 Company of the Year Award to South African renewable-energy company Biogreen for its innovative performance and customer impact in the production of biodiesel from used cooking oil. Biogreen offers its suppliers and... 

Lite-C sensors allow for reduction in electricity bills

By: Simone Liedtke     9th December 2016 Energy efficiency solutions provider Magnet Energy has developed, designed and manufactured the Lite-C wireless lighting control system, which allows for a reduction in electricity bills of up to 43%. 

Lite-C sensors allow  for reduction in  electricity bills
AFTER INSTALLATION Lite-C sensors operate using radio frequency technology that allows input devices to communicate with and control output devices without the need for cabling over long distances

Programmes heighten awareness and participation

By: Simone Liedtke     9th December 2016 The National Business Initiative’s Private Sector Energy Efficiency programme has, among others, not only reinforced the business case for energy efficiency but also raised the bar in terms of industry’s awareness and participation, says resource efficiency and management company Environmental... 

Programmes heighten awareness and participation
DAVID MERCER ERM has identified energy savings ranging from 15% to 20% through programmes it has run in conjunction with companies in different sectors

Research ongoing to further develop biogas in South Africa

     9th December 2016 Despite the biogas sector being a well developed industry globally, ongoing research continues to further develop and strengthen the industry in South Africa, highlights the South African Biogas Industry Association (Sabia). The association notes that a variety of biogas applications have been... 

Sasol enters several hedges for FY17

By: Creamer Media Reporter      8th December 2016 JSE-listed Sasol has entered into several hedges to mitigate specific financial risks in the 2017 financial year, which ends June 30, 2017. The move, part of a board-approved policy, includes hedges against the downside risk in the crude oil price to “increase the stability and predictability of... 

Public consultations for IRP, IEP get under way as DoE attracts criticism over timelines, pricing basis 

By: Natasha Odendaal     7th December 2016 Planned nationwide public consultations got under way in Boksburg on Wednesday for the Department of Energy’s (DoE’s) long-awaited draft Integrated Energy Plan (IEP) and updated Integrated Resource Plan (IRP), drawing some industry criticism regarding timelines and an outdated pricing structure.... 

Public consultations for IRP, IEP get under way as DoE attracts criticism over timelines, pricing basis

Tanzania, Nigeria's Dangote Cement haggle over price of natural gas

By: Reuters     7th December 2016 Tanzania is in talks with Nigeria's Dangote Cement on the supply of natural gas to a manufacturing plant for the building material, but negotiations are currently held up over prices, said a government body in the East African country. The $500-million cement factory in the southeastern Tanzanian... 

West African countries tell Europeans to keep their ‘dirty fuel’ 

By: African News Agency      6th December 2016 Five West African nations are banning ‘dirty’ European fuels – exported fuels with higher sulphur levels – in response to concerns over vehicle emissions and in an effort to bring safer, cleaner air to more than 250 million people. On Monday the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) said... 

Bonuses for failing PetroSA executives must be paid back, says DA

By: African News Agency      5th December 2016 The Democratic Alliance (DA) on Sunday called for the R17.3-million in bonuses paid by PetroSA to its top executives to be paid back immediately, and for the legal opinion which “informed this disastrous payment” to be made public and tabled before Parliament. “This is after it was revealed today... 

Nigeria and Morocco sign gas pipeline deal to link Africa to Europe 

By: Reuters     5th December 2016 Nigeria and Morocco have signed a joint venture to construct a gas pipeline that will connect the two nations as well as some other African countries to Europe, Nigeria's Foreign Affairs Minister said on Saturday. The agreement was reached during a visit by the Morocco's King Mohammed to the... 

UK to stimulate nuclear research, development and innovation

By: Keith Campbell     2nd December 2016 The United Kingdom has launched a new nuclear innovation programme. This was recently announced in Manchester by the country’s Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (equivalent to Minister in South Africa), Greg Clark. “We want to upgrade the UK’s existing nuclear... 

Oil hits 6-week high after Opec deal, sterling jumps

By: Reuters     1st December 2016 Oil swept to a six-week high on Thursday after Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (Opec) agreed to cut crude output to help clear a glut, while sterling hit a three-month peak after traders interpreted comments from a senior UK official as a crack in the government's "hard Brexit"... 

Opec in first joint oil cut with Russia since 2001, Saudis take 'big hit'

By: Reuters     1st December 2016 Opec agreed on Wednesday its first oil output cuts since 2008 after Saudi Arabia accepted "a big hit" on its production and dropped its demand on arch-rival Iran to slash output. Non-Opec Russia will also join output reductions for the first time in 15 years to help the Organization of the... 

Algeria's Sonatrach boosts gas production, sales to Italy

By: Reuters     1st December 2016 Sonatrach boosted natural gas sales to Italy by 140% in the first ten months of the year as Algeria looks to bolster energy exports after years of stagnation, two senior officials from the state company said. More effective exploitation of existing fields and expanded pipeline capacity is helping... 

Koko appointed Eskom acting CEO 

By: Terence Creamer     30th November 2016 Eskom group executive for generation Matshela Koko has been named acting CEO as from December 1. The appointment follows the November 11 resignation of Brian Molefe, which came in the wake of the release of the Public Protector’s 'State of Capture' report, in which he was implicated. Molefe has... 

Koko appointed Eskom acting CEO
Photo by Duane Daws
Matshela Koko

Linde considers fresh merger overture from Praxair

By: Reuters     30th November 2016 US industrial gases group Praxair has revived efforts to combine with German rival Linde, seeking to overcome differences over key personnel and location of headquarters that scuppered previous talks in September. A person close to Munich-based Linde, which also operates medical gas and... 

Opec begins debate on oil cuts amid deep disagreement

By: Reuters     30th November 2016 Opec began on Wednesday debating a deal to curtail oil production and prop up the price of crude, with Iran and Iraq resisting pressure from Saudi Arabia to participate fully in any action. Ministers from the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries started an informal meeting at 0700... 

Total-led consortium awarded Côte d'Ivoire LNG terminal rights

By: Natasha Odendaal     25th November 2016 A consortium led by Total – the Côte d'Ivoire GNL, or CI-GNL – has been awarded the rights to construct and operate a three-million-tonne-a-year liquefied natural gas (LNG) regasification terminal in Côte d'Ivoire. The regasification terminal project, which is expected to be operational by... 

Toyota to launch fuel cell buses in 2017 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     25th November 2016 Toyota Motor Corporation on Friday said it would start selling fuel cell buses under the Toyota brand from early 2017. Having already undergone repeated field tests for practical use, the Bureau of Transportation of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government plans to use two of these fuel cell buses as... 

Sasol turns focus to oil in Moz after shoring up gas for 400 MW power plant

By: Terence Creamer     25th November 2016 South African energy and chemicals group Sasol has completed drilling two gas wells in southern Mozambique and has since turned its attention to the development of two commercial oil reservoirs, located in close proximity to its producing gas fields in Temane and Pande. Under the terms of the... 

Sasol turns focus to oil in Moz after shoring up gas for 400 MW power plant
Photo by Duane Daws
John Sichinga

Exclusive rights for wastewater treatment acquired

By: Sascha Solomons     25th November 2016 Angolan oil and gas services company Friburge has acquired the exclusive rights to provide waste treatment solutions using wastewater treatment company Nature Oil and Gas’s technology in sub-Saharan Africa. The waste treatment solutions are on-board solutions to treat wastewater, or slops,... 

Exclusive rights  for wastewater treatment acquired
WASTE MANAGEMENT SOLUTIONS Friburge provides waste treatment solutions that are on board and can be flushed regularly with water or chemical to clean them of debris and built-up residue

Eni signs off on plans for Mozambique gas development

By: Reuters     21st November 2016 Eni on Friday finalised plans to develop Mozambique's Coral South offshore gas project, part of a larger scheme that will see Italy's top energy company and partners spend an estimated $50-billion. Eni has discovered huge gas reserves in its Area 4 concession, offering Mozambique, one of the... 

In bid to revive GTL refinery, PetroSA plans gas-to-condensate swing 

By: Terence Creamer     18th November 2016 South Africa’s embattled national oil company, PetroSA, has confirmed yet another, albeit smaller, loss for 2015/16, while revealing that it is planning to use more heavy condensate as a feedstock at its gas-to-liquids (GTL) refinery in Mossel Bay, as indigenous gas resources dwindle. The swing... 

In bid to revive GTL refinery, PetroSA plans gas-to-condensate swing

New development phase launched at gas-equipped Centurion estate

By: David Oliveira     18th November 2016 Southdowns Residential Estate, in Centurion, celebrated its tenth anniversary and the launch of its latest development phase earlier this month, which will result in the construction of 65 townhouses and 16 full-title clusters. The townhouse options include two- and three-bedroom lofts in sizes... 

New development phase launched at gas-equipped Centurion estate
ESTATE DEVELOPMENT Southdowns Estate has launched its latest development phase, which will result in the construction of 65 townhouses and 16 full-title clusters

As DoE prepares to release IRP, all eyes will be on nuclear 

By: Terence Creamer     17th November 2016 The Department of Energy (DoE) will on Tuesday November 22 release the long-waited draft of the updated Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) for electricity, as well as the draft Integrated Energy Plan (IEP). The release, which will take place in Pretoria, follows the Cabinet decision of November 2,... 

As DoE prepares to release IRP, all eyes will be on nuclear
The Koeberg nuclear power station, in the Western Cape

Oil demand won't peak before 2040, despite Paris deal – IEA

By: Reuters     17th November 2016 The International Energy Agency expects global oil consumption to peak no sooner than 2040, leaving its long-term forecasts for supply and demand unchanged despite the 2015 Paris Climate Change Agreement entering into force. The Paris accord to cut harmful emissions seeks to wean the world... 

As domestic oil-refinery debate continues, study highlights big jobs contribution

By: Terence Creamer     16th November 2016 The employment and economic spin-offs of South Africa’s domestic oil refining sector have received prominence in a new study, which suggests that the country’s six refineries generate yearly economic activity of more than R200-billion and sustain more than 480 000 jobs. The study, titled ‘The... 

As domestic oil-refinery debate continues, study highlights big jobs contribution

DA alleges political concealment about the state of PetroSA

By: Kim Cloete     15th November 2016 A controversial forensic audit report into embattled State entity PetroSA, which was to have been disclosed to the media and public during the course of a meeting of Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Energy, has been withheld. At the meeting, on Tuesday, which was closed to the media and... 

Cape Town-based German school turns on 100% solar electricity system

By: Creamer Media Reporter      11th November 2016 The German International School Cape Town (DSK), in Tamboerskloof, this week switched on its new 150 kW solar electricity system, aimed at supplying the entire school with energy from the sun and feeding excess energy into the City of Cape Town’s grid. The new system, along with an initial... 

Study forecasts strong growth in demand for lubricants in SA and Nigeria

By: David Oliveira     11th November 2016 According to research from growth consultancy Frost & Sullivan, the volatility of oil prices and the devaluating currencies of (?) Nigeria and South Africa are set to provide a huge boost for the production of automotive lubricants in the two countries. The ‘Analysis of the Automotive Lubricants... 

Central Energy Fund grilled by lawmakers on controversial fuel stock sale

By: Kim Cloete     8th November 2016 The management and board of the Central Energy Fund (CEF) have been grilled by Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Energy, particularly on its controversial sale of 10-million barrels of crude oil reserves. The CEF has, however, been unable to come up with many answers. The main point of... 

Central Energy Fund grilled by lawmakers on controversial fuel stock sale
CEF says PetroSA is burning cash

Transnet sets up R20bn acquisitions war chest, as it pulls in capex horns 

By: Terence Creamer     7th November 2016 State-owned freight logistics group Transnet has set aside a R20-billion war chest for mergers and acquisitions inside South Africa and the rest of the continent, owing to “limited” prospects for organic growth domestically. Specific merger and acquisition (M&A) targets have been identified as... 

Transnet sets up R20bn acquisitions war chest, as it pulls in capex horns
Transnet CEO Siyabonga Gama on the group's R20-billion M&A war chest. Camera Work & Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 7.11.2016

Company experiences growth despite difficult environment

     4th November 2016 Valve distributor TTV Fluval Group of companies is celebrating 18 years of success in the South African market, further illustrated and encapsulated by this year’s numerous successfully completed projects resulting in a total invoicing for valves and actuators amounting to more than R180-million.... 

Company experiences growth despite  difficult environment
SUBSEA VALVES Some of the valves supplied to national oil company PetroSA’s Mossel Bay FO Fields for R60-million

Equipment supplier extends safety range, introduces blanketing valve

     4th November 2016 Southern African specialised oil and gas equipment supplier Energas Technologies has introduced safety product manufacturer Protectoseal’s Series 10 2” tank blanketing valve (TBV) to the South African market. Introduced in  August, the company explains that the valve enables an effective method... 

Equipment supplier  extends safety range,  introduces blanketing valve
SAFETY FIRST The product enables tank blanketing which creates a blanket of inert gas in the tank’s vapour space to prevent atmospheric air from entering

South African renewables IPP in financing deal with Japan’s Inabata

By: Mia Breytenbach     4th November 2016 Renewable energy independent power producer and energy consulting group Next Renewable Generation (NrG) has concluded a significant investment deal with large Japanese trading company Inabata to further fund the development of renewable energy projects in Africa. The investment deal, finalised in... 

South African renewables IPP in financing deal with Japan’s Inabata
GENERATION DEVELOPMENT Next Renewable Generation is currently involved in about 50 projects, which are in various stages of proposals and feasibility

Oil, gas activity in sub-Saharan Africa nosedives

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     2nd November 2016 As oil prices continue to plunge, capital investment budgets in the oil and gas industry in sub-Saharan Africa for the next five years have also been cut by $100-billion, Wood Mackenzie's latest report on upstream activity in the region reveals. Deepwater suffered the biggest capital expenditure... 

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