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Dec 17, 2014
anzania's attorney general resigned late on Tuesday, becoming the first political casualty in an energy corruption scandal in the east African country that has led Western donors to delay aid and weakened the currency. The resignation followed a vote in parliament...
Dec 17, 2014
Forces allied to Libya's conflict parties clashed with heavy weapons on Tuesday over control of the country's biggest oil ports in the east as the European Union was considering sanctions on people obstructing U.N.-brokered peace talks. The United Nations had...
Dec 12, 2014
South Africa will increase diesel and gas imports and sign a private sector coal-fired power plant deal as it seeks to halt chronic electricity shortages, the cabinet said on Thursday. The rand fell to its weakest level against the dollar in six years this week as a...
Dec 11, 2014
Independent upstream oil & gas company SacOil has appointed Sasol corporate finance VP Damian Matroos company CFO with effect from February 1, 2015, replacing acting FD Tariro Mudzimuirema, who would return to the position of FM on the same date.  Matroos holds a...
Dec 11, 2014
Creamer Media’s Liquid Fuels 2014 Report examines these issues, focusing on the business environment, oil and gas exploration, the country’s feedstock supplies, the development of South Africa’s biofuels industry, fuel pricing, competition in the sector, the...
Dec 11, 2014
Petroliam Nasional Bhd (Petronas), Malaysia's State oil company, said it is ready to divest certain assets in Africa if growth prospects are limited. "We are looking at where we can divest in Mauritania and Cameroon," Petronas international upstream operations VP...
Dec 11, 2014
Uganda delayed on Wednesday the target date for announcing a lead investor in its planned crude oil refinery to February next year after bidders requested incentives for the project. The east African nation plansned to build the refinery to process its hydrocarbon...
Dec 10, 2014
Oil-exporting countries heavily reliant on oil revenues and committed to large spending programmes were most likely to have difficulty accommodating low oil prices, Moody's Investors Service said on Wednesday. In its report ‘Global oil price volatility: Oil-exporting...
Dec 09, 2014
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Dec 08, 2014
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Besides tenders for cruise terminals at the Cape Town and Durban harbours, Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) plans to release a series of request for proposals (RFPs) in the coming months for terminal prospects at a number of the country’s commercial ports. As...
Dec 08, 2014
Algerian state energy company Sonatrach plans to intensify exploration by drilling 125 wells a year with a target of increasing production to 225-million tonnes of oil equivalent by 2019, it said on Sunday. The North African OPEC state is looking to increase crude...
Dec 05, 2014
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Challenger MD Robert Willes
Shale-gas aspirant Bundu Gas and Oil Exploration, which applied for a shale gas exploration right in South Africa’s Karoo basin in 2010, has revised its environmental management programme (EMP) and has appointed an independent environmental consultancy to begin...
Dec 05, 2014
KWALE MINERAL SANDS Aggreko has supplied a 350 kVA power package to the Kwale mineral sands mine in to supplement local grid supplies
Temporary power and temperature control solutions provider Aggreko says that it is experiencing growth in demand for its rental temporary power products within the African minerals sector as mining companies increasingly opt for rental solutions to back-up or...
Dec 04, 2014
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Automotive manufacturer Volkswagen South Africa (VWSA) has achieved an international ISO 50001 certification for its energy management systems. The systems were implemented at VWSA’s Uitenhage and Port Elizabeth plants to enhance the company’s energy performance,...
Dec 04, 2014
Nigeria has slashed the oil price assumed in its 2015 budget by 11% to $65 a barrel from $73, in light of lower world oil prices, a Finance Ministry spokeswoman said on Thursday. It was the second time in a month the benchmark has been cut, after initially being...
Dec 02, 2014
A week after it concluded public hearings to secure a licence from the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) to develop a new fuel storage facility in the Western Cape. Burgan Cape Terminals plans to lodge a Competition Commission complaint against...
Dec 01, 2014
Sudan President Omar al-Bashir
Sudan plans to create opportunities for foreign investment in the extraction of natural gas as well as to import gas, both aimed at fuelling power generation and industry, President Omar al-Bashir said on Sunday. Sudan has proven gas reserves of 3 trillion cubic...
Nov 28, 2014
The retail price of 95-grade petrol in South Africa will drop by 69 cents or 5.2% a litre from next Wednesday, while wholesale diesel will decrease by 4.6%, local radio said on Friday. Petrol will cost R12.47 ($1.13) a litre while the wholesale diesel price will be...
Nov 28, 2014
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Plunging world oil prices have dealt a blow to Africa far greater – in purely economic terms – than Ebola, setting back investment in exploration and plans to industrialise. The highest profile victim so far has been Africa's top producer, Nigeria, which was forced...
 
 
 
 
Nov 28, 2014
All development policies in Mozambique are focused on two major issues: poverty reduction and social and economic infrastructure development. This was recently affirmed by the Rector of Mozambique's Higher Institute of International Relations, Dr Patricio José....
Nov 27, 2014
The Central Energy Fund (CEF) has backtracked on its decision to appoint Tshepo Kgadima as a director and chairperson of national oil company PetroSA following the public “controversy” dogging the new appointee. Nonhlanhla Jiyane had now been appointed as interim...
Nov 27, 2014
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HySA facility at the CSIR
The work of the newly launched Hydrogen South Africa (HySA) Infrastructure facilities located at the Centre for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), in Pretoria, would promote South Africa’s hydrogen economy, as well as the beneficiation of platinum-group...
Nov 27, 2014
Gulf oil producers led by Saudi Arabia are expected to press the case on Thursday for not yet cutting Opec output, despite calls from several members of the group to bolster sagging prices by removing surplus crude from the market. Saudi Oil Minister Ali al-Naimi and...
Nov 27, 2014
Petrochemicals giant Sasol’s industrial sludge bioremediation project will move into full commercial scale over the next two years to treat its 200 000 t/y of industrial sludge. The project made use of aerobic composting to convert sludges from Sasol’s Bioworks water...
Nov 27, 2014
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Nigeria's National Assembly said on Wednesday oil major Shell should pay $3.96-billion for a 2011 spill at its offshore Bonga oilfield in the latest assessment of damage to the environment. The non-binding decision comes after years of analysis by various Nigerian...
Nov 26, 2014
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South Africa will know by mid-December whether it would get a new independently owned and operated liquid fuels storage and distribution facility at the Eastern Mole of the Port of Cape Town. The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) was currently mulling...
Nov 26, 2014
South Africa’s investment in coal-related research and development (R&D) was inadequate, given the fact that coal would continue to dominate the country’s energy supply for the foreseeable future, a recent study by the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf)...
Nov 26, 2014
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Lethabo power station
State-owned power utility Eskom on Wednesday said its Lethabo power station, in the Free State, was experiencing “very high emissions” on four of its six units as a result of the failure of ash plant equipment.  The utility explained that the failure of equipment...
Nov 25, 2014
South Africa has dropped four places to rank eighty-third in the World Energy Council’s 2014 Energy Trilemma Index as the country’s performance remained stagnant, while other countries such as China and Nigeria improved their rankings. The WEC Energy Trilemma Index...
 
 
 
 
Nov 25, 2014
Namibia's 885 MW Kudu gas-to-power project is still on track with a final investment decision expected by June 2015, the mines and energy ministry said. Despite objections by an energy lobby group against the generation licence application by the government power...
Nov 24, 2014
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Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson has misled Parliament and should be suspended pending an investigation, the DA said on Monday. "Reports indicate that the minister was involved in recommending and appointing Mr Tshepo Kgadima as chairman of the board of...
Nov 24, 2014
Ghana's government has given Italian energy firm Eni the final green light to develop gas resources in the Offshore Cape Three Points (OCTP) block, expected to begin production in 2017, it said on Monday. The government, hoping to boost oil and gas production, said...
Nov 24, 2014
Independent power producer Ipsa has missed a November 21 deadline to pay Ethos Energy Italia – formerly Turbocare – an initial €3-million payment as part of a dispute settlement reached last month in relation to the sale and purchase agreements and refurbishment...
Nov 21, 2014
STEVE BLUEN Between 2008 and 2010, only 4% of students in sub-Saharan Africa graduated with engineering and construction degrees
The skills shortage in the oil and gas development sector in Southern Africa was hampering economic development in the region, said University of the Witwatersrand Business School head and director Steve Bluen at a skills development seminar, in Johannesburg, earlier...
Nov 21, 2014
MARAIS ‘SPYKER’ VAN HEERDEN 3D Draughting’s MD flanked by Bentley Systems' global marketing director Anne-Marie Walters and building, electrical plants and plant products VP Ken Adamson
South Africa was again recognised for excellence in engineering earlier this month, when Cape Town-based computer-aided design draughting (CADD) specialist 3D Draughting took top honours at global infrastructure software manufacturer Bentley System’s Be Inspired...
Nov 18, 2014
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State-owned power utility Eskom was no longer targeting 2017 for the commercialisation of underground coal gasification (UCG) at its Majuba power station, in Mpumalanga, owing to delays in receiving regulatory approvals. The utility said in October last year that it...
Nov 17, 2014
Petroleum products supplier Gulfstream Energy and independent wholesaler Tipublox Petroleum have formed a new company G&T Tsela to focus on logistics within the South African fuel industry. Gulfstream noted that, as one of the nine companies collectively awarded a...
Nov 17, 2014
Outgoing Group Five CEO Mike Upton
Construction company Group Five has welcomed the decision of the Competition Commission to refer a collusive tendering case to the Competition Tribunal in respect of the construction of 2010 FIFA World Cup stadiums, with outgoing CEO Mike Upton arguing that the move...
Nov 13, 2014
Independent power producer Ipsa on Thursday announced the sudden death of its CEO Phil Metcalf. Ipsa said former CEO Peter Earl had agreed to take on the role of acting CEO in the interim.
 
 
 
 
Nov 12, 2014
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Econometrix MD and senior economist Rob Jeffrey said on Wednesday that the “fundamental weaknesses” of renewable-energy sources currently precluded these projects from being able to provide affordable, reliable power to the national grid. Despite emphasising that all...
Nov 12, 2014
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The existing Lake Charles facility where Sasol already has a 455 000 t/y operational ethane cracker
In a reversal of traditional foreign-investment flows, an African company is poised to make the largest-ever capital investment into the southern US State of Louisiana, with a second, even bigger, investment under investigation. JSE-listed energy and chemicals group...
Nov 11, 2014
World Wide Fund for Nature South Africa (WWF-SA) on Tuesday launched the 2014-15 round of the organisation’s international Climate Solver Awards platform, providing an opportunity for small businesses to showcase innovative technologies that reduce carbon emissions...
Nov 10, 2014
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Advocacy group Treasure Karoo Action Group (TKAG) has called for the revisiting of an intensive public consultation process before licences are issued for exploratory drilling for shale gas in South Africa’s central Karoo region. This followed reports by Engineering...
Nov 07, 2014
PLASTICS TO DIESEL DEMONSTRATION The demonstration plant converts oil-containing plastics to diesel and multifuel
Small-scale plastics-to-diesel plants can be used by communities and in cooperation with municipalities to derive value from waste plastics, says Plastic Diesel cofounder and entrepreneur Deon Bester. With the help of a research partner in New Zealand, the plant has...
 
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