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Oct 31, 2014
The retail price of 95-grade petrol in South Africa will drop by 45 cents or 3.3 percent a liter from next Wednesday, while wholesale diesel will decrease by 4.9 percent, the government said on Friday. Petrol will cost 13.16 rand ($1.20) a liter while the wholesale...
Oct 31, 2014
Countries across Asia are quietly reaching deals to import liquefied natural gas (LNG) from Mozambique, which could transform its economy and give it a front-row seat in tapping rising global gas demand. The unannounced agreements, five in total, show how war-scarred...
Oct 31, 2014
GREEN INDIFFERENCE Companies are focusing more on short-term investments and returns to reduce upfront investment costs, which negates the “green impact”
The South African market tends to be indifferent towards the green industry trend, with the current market seemingly not valuing buildings that practise green management or that have been designed with green principles, says integrated facilities management solutions...
Oct 31, 2014
GENERATION CAPACITY Trigeneration can be up to 40% more energy efficient, and helps to reducing operating costs, fuel expenses and environmental pollutants
Trigeneration technology as a green technology is receiving more interest locally, resulting in its increased implementation. Trigeneration technology has the same components as a cogeneration plant – a gas engine, electricity generator and a heat exchanger – but...
Oct 30, 2014
Sasol announced on Thursday that its broad-based black economic empowerment (BBBEE) transaction, Sasol Inzalo, has been partially refinanced, making a significant contribution to reducing its financing costs. The refinancing would see shareholders of Sasol Inzalo...
Oct 30, 2014
Oct 29, 2014
Independent power producer Ipsa on Wednesday settled its dispute with Turbocare related to the sale and purchase agreements and refurbishment agreement for the Siemens Westinghouse 701DU turbines Ipsa bought in 2007. In terms of the agreement, Ipsa would pay...
Oct 28, 2014
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The first exploratory drill head could be biting its way down through Karoo rock in search of shale gas by as early as mid-2016, according to the Mineral Resources department. Speaking to Sapa after briefing MPs on shale gas exploration licences, deputy director...
Oct 28, 2014
Oct 28, 2014
Oct 27, 2014
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Oct 27, 2014
 
 
 
Oct 27, 2014
The Tanzanian Ministry of Energy and Minerals (MEM) has published an Electricity Supply Industry Reform Strategy and Roadmap for 2014 to 2025, which aims to implement sweeping structural reforms that would streamline project finance structures and liberalise the...
Oct 27, 2014
Fossil Fuel Foundations' Lionel Falcon
A roadmap for underground coal gasification (UCG) is on the way with its own association and charter, Fossil Fuel Foundation (FFF) stalwart Professor Lionel Falcon said at the weekend. Speaking at the FFF’s 20th anniversary awards banquet, Falcon said the UCG...
Oct 27, 2014
Coal asset developer Ncondezi Energy has signed a nonbinding memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Shanghai Electric Power Company (SEP) that could see SEP becoming the controlling shareholder of Ncondezi’s 300 MW power plant project in Tete, northern...
Oct 27, 2014
The Petroleum Agency of South Africa (Pasa) has advised unconventional gas explorer Challenger Energy’s Bundu Gas and Oil Exploration subsidiary that a decision has been taken to proceed with processing Bundu’s application for a shale gas exploration right in South...
Oct 27, 2014
Tanzania has held talks with France's Total and Britain's BP over oil and gas exploration, its energy ministry said on Saturday, aiming to add to major companies active in its thriving energy sector. Companies already present in the east African state include...
Oct 24, 2014
CREATIVE COMPRESSOR SOLUTION The compressors were initially designed as oil-free air compressors, and had to be modified to accommodate the flow of nitrogen
Compressor and generator hire company Rand-Air, which is part of international engineering group Atlas Copco, played a significant role in the recent timely delivery of mission-critical equipment as well as services to petrochemicals producer Sasol Synfuels’ nitrogen...
Oct 24, 2014
EXPANDED OFFERING ImproChem concluded the purchase and integration of Swiss speciality chemicals company Clariant’s African water treatment business on July 1
JSE-listed speciality chemicals group African Explosives and Chemical Industries’ (AECI’s) wholly owned water, energy and air solutions subsidiary ImproChem recently expanded its technology offering and market reach to provide water, energy and air quality management...
Oct 24, 2014
SAFE OPERATIONS Oryx GTL recorded about 16-million work hours without a lost-time incident
The use rate of the flagship Oryx gas-to-liquids (GTL) project – the joint venture (JV) between South African energy and chemicals group Sasol and Qatari State-owned Qatar Petroleum – increased from 81% to 97% over the past three years. Speaking at the group’s...
Oct 24, 2014
Owing to energy and chemical company Sasol’s water-conservation partnership with the Emfuleni municipality, 4.76-million cubic meters of water, to the value of about R26-million, have been saved in the past year. Speaking during the company’s financial results...
Oct 24, 2014
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The Central Térmica de Ressano Garcia (CTRG) gas-to-power plant was inaugurated in August. This is Mozambique’s first permanent large-scale gas-to-power facility in Ressano Garcia, which is on the border between Mozambique and South Africa. The CTRG power plant is a...
 
 
 
 
Oct 24, 2014
ESCRAVOS GAS-TO-LIQUIDS PROJECT In June the plant, which Sasol has a 10% share in, achieved first production
Over the past three years, South African energy and chemicals group Sasol had placed significant focus on developing gas-based opportunities in Africa, which included the $9.5-billion Escravos gas-to-liquids (GTL) project, in Nigeria, said president and CEO David...
Oct 24, 2014
SLURRY BED REACTOR Commissioning of Phase 2 of the Fischer-Tropsch wax expansion project is on track to take place during the second half of 2016
South African energy and chemicals group Sasol continues to diversify its local business portfolio by driving several local chemical projects, including the 334.5 t Fischer-Tropsch wax expansion project (FTWEP) and the new Ethylene Purification Unit 5 (EPU5) that are...
Oct 24, 2014
Oct 24, 2014
SASOL SOLVENTS GERMANY The 76% decrease in operating profit of Sasol’s solvents unit was as a result of the negative impact of the sale of its Solvents Germany operations
South African energy and chemicals group Sasol completed the disposal of its German and Iranian assets in the past year to “strategically reposition” its global operations. Speaking at the company financial results announcement last month in Rosebank, Johannesburg,...
Oct 24, 2014
PROJECT SITE The Oltin Yo'l gas-to-liquids plant, with a capacity to produce about 38 000 bbl/d, is scheduled to start operations in August 2017
Independent research and consulting firm Enerdata’s analyst brief, ‘The future of the GTL industry’, published in August, states that South African energy and chemicals group Sasol, together with Uzbek State-owned oil and gas company Uzbekneftegaz and Malaysian...
Oct 21, 2014
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South Africa’s national oil company PetroSA produced 14% less refined product in 2013/14 than budgeted, owing to diminishing gas feedstock. The State-owned group also warned that that inadequate feedstock would remain a constraint on its future performance. The...
Oct 21, 2014
Total CEO Christophe de Margerie
The CE of French oil major Total, Christophe de Margerie, was killed when a business jet collided with a snow plough during takeoff at Moscow's Vnukovo International Airport, the company and airport officials said. The collision occurred late on Monday, just minutes...
Oct 20, 2014
Energy company Shell has handed over rare, high-quality three-dimensional (3D) seismic data, collected off the west coast of South Africa, to the universities of the Western Cape and Cape Town to be used for the advancement of research and skills development relevant...
Oct 17, 2014
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Kariba North South Hydropwer
Efforts to adequately fund the $290-million rehabilitation of the Kariba dam, on the Zambezi river basin, have proven successful as the Zambezi River Authority (ZRA) moves to finalise pledges of up to $280-million. The ZRA on Friday said it had embarked on the final...
Oct 16, 2014
Africa's under used gas reserves, either exported or burnt away into the sky, are set to play a big role in stemming the continent's crippling electricity void, a shift that should boost economies and small-cap energy firms. Sub-Saharan Africa contains some of the...
 
 
 
 
Oct 16, 2014
JSE-listed Allied Electronics subsidiary Powertech Transformers on Thursday announced that it has reentered the arc furnace market, reestablishing its position as the only South African manufacturer designing, building and testing arc furnace transformers locally....
Oct 15, 2014
Koeberg power station
The National Nuclear Regulator (NNR) on Wednesday said it would, on October 22, conduct a full-scale nuclear safety regulatory emergency exercise at the Koeberg power station, in the Western Cape, to test the effectiveness of the Integrated Koeberg Nuclear Emergency...
Oct 15, 2014
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Local authorities along Kenya's coast said they plan to introduce new taxes on mining and oil exploration despite resistance from the country's central government. Kwale, Lamu and Taita Taveta counties along Kenya's Indian Ocean coastline have proposed the new taxes...
Oct 14, 2014
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Nearly 3% of global oil production is vulnerable to cuts if prices fall to $80 per barrel, making some projects in Canada, Angola, Brazil and Norway unprofitable, the International Energy Agency said. The estimate was included in a monthly report in which the IEA...
Oct 13, 2014
Kenya is yet to decide whether to turn east Africa's only oil refinery into an oil storage facility or pay for its upgrade after buying the remaining 50% stake from India's Essar Energy, the energy minister said on Friday. Fuel distributors have long complained about...
Oct 10, 2014
Medupi power station
State-owned power utility Eskom this week fired-up the first gas burner of the Medupi power station’s Unit 6, which was scheduled to be synchronised at the end of this year. Eskom explained that the firing of the gas burner, which followed the filling of the...
Oct 10, 2014
Cape Town is on a drive to strengthen its position as a key business capital in Africa. The Mother City is keen to retain its reputation as a leading tourist destination, but wants to be taken more seriously as a destination for local and international investment...
Oct 10, 2014
With just over 80% of South Africa’s fuel price being made up of government levies and taxes and the basic fuel price, the South African Petroleum Industry Association (Sapia) states South Africa’s fuel prices are below the global average petrol price.
Oct 09, 2014
Electricity generation was the natural “anchor” for the commercialisation of conventional and shale-gas resources in South Africa, particularly in light of prevailing security-of-supply problems. But energy experts speaking at the Joburg Indaba on Thursday warned...
Oct 09, 2014
ASX-listed Jacka Resources and its joint venture (JV) partners have committed to the $220-million Phase 1 development of the Aje Cenomanian oil reservoir, offshore Nigeria. Jacka’s share of the funding would be A$14.7-million, and the company told shareholders on...
 
 
 
 
Oct 08, 2014
More than 20 people were injured when a fire broke out at Sasol's Secunda plant in Mpumalanga, the company said on Wednesday. "Around 23 employees were treated at the local medical station, mostly for smoke inhalation. No employees were hospitalised," Sasol...
Oct 07, 2014
Chad expects to double oil production by the end of 2015 as new fields come on stream and has appointed firms to inventory potential mineral deposits in an effort to diversify the economy, its finance minister said. The former French colony, one of the poorest...
Oct 03, 2014
Although Southern Africa faces the global challenge of meeting the triple bottom line of energy affordability, security of supply and reducing its carbon footprint, it is rich in natural energy resources, which must be harnessed to deal with these and other energy...
Oct 03, 2014
The National Business Initiative (NBI), which heads the Private Sector Energy Efficiency (PSEE) programme, states that the National Energy Regulator of South Africa’s (Nersa’s) approving the increase in energy costs has meant that companies have to find ways of being...
Oct 03, 2014
Solar power products manufacturer SolarWorld Africa has sponsored the eight-day countrywide integrated energy and chemical company Sasol Solar Challenge, which aims at demonstrating the performance of solar-powered vehicles.
 
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