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Nigeria's Dangote shifts focus from cement to oil and gas

By: Reuters     24th June 2016 Africa's richest man, Aliko Dangote, plans to launch Nigeria's first private crude oil refinery by 2019 while almost doubling his cement production on the continent by adding plants in eight countries as he shrugs off a regional economic downturn. Dangote told Reuters the $12-billion refinery... 

Oil prices dive as Britain votes to leave EU

By: Reuters     24th June 2016 Oil prices slumped by more than 6% on Friday after results of a landmark referendum showed Britain had voted to leave the European Union, causing huge market uncertainty and fracturing European efforts to forge greater unity. Financial markets have been racked for months by worries about what... 

Oil prices dive as Britain votes to leave EU

Microgrid technologies can help unlock electrification

By: Mia Breytenbach     24th June 2016 Large scale centralised generation will increase with the development of grid solutions, which will include an increase in focus on microgrid and standalone home systems, as well as off-the-grid, distributed generation solutions, expects advisory firm PWC Power, Capital Projects, and... 

Microgrid technologies can help  unlock electrification
ENSURED SUPPLY ABB’s microgrid uses national grid power, a solar photovoltaic (PV) installation, as well as a backup feed from four diesel generator sets

Stringent specs for plastic pipes in gas pipelines

     24th June 2016 South Africa’s gas industry is on the cusp of great growth and expansion in light of a potential global oversupply of shale gas. As a result, local plastic pipe manufacturers have to ensure that the pipes used in gas pipelines have been manufactured according to stringent specifications and... 

Stringent specs  for plastic pipes  in gas pipelines
HDPE High-density polyethylene pipes are widely used for the distribution of natural gas

AFC, Harith merge power assets

By: Natasha Odendaal     22nd June 2016 Two Africa-based institutional investors have merged their power assets to create a new energy entity equipped with substantial capital, sector specific experience, a critical mass of existing assets and a pipeline of credible power projects. Harith General Partners and Africa Finance... 

PetroSA appoints new acting CEO 

By: Natasha Odendaal     22nd June 2016 Central Energy Fund CFO Siphamandla Mthethwa will step in as acting PetroSA CEO effective June 30 after the resignation of current acting group CEO Mapula Modipa, who was leaving the national oil company after a year at the helm for personal reasons. Mthethwa would lead the turnaround plan... 

BP approves investment in Egypt gasfield 15 months after discovery

By: Reuters     20th June 2016 British oil major BP has approved investment in the first phase of developing the large Atoll gas field offshore Egypt, only 15 months after it first announced its discovery. BP, which declined to give an investment figure for the project, said the field was on track to deliver its first gas in... 

Creamer Media publishes Energy Roundup for June 2016 research report

     20th June 2016 The June 2016 roundup covers activities across South Africa for May 2016 and includes details of Russia’s State nuclear agency’s plans to sign cooperation agreements with Kenya, Uganda and Zambia to lay the groundwork for an expanded presence in sub-Saharan Africa; the Department of Energy’s... 

Creamer Media publishes Energy Roundup for June 2016 research report

Motorists in for stiff petrol price hike 

By: News24Wire      17th June 2016 Ongoing oil strength, with limited support from the exchange rate, has set the stage for further increases in the fuel price, the Automobile Association (AA) warned on Friday. Commenting on unaudited mid-month data released by the Central Energy Fund, the AA said the data predicts a rise of up to... 

Motorists in for stiff petrol price hike

Megabus buys ten CNG buses to be fuelled using Free State gas

By: Mia Breytenbach     17th June 2016 Unitrans’s subsidiary Megabus has procured ten Scania, 280 hp, 100% compressed natural gas (CNG) buses, which it will trial for the next five years at its Free State operations. The official handover of the buses, which comprise the first Euro 6 bus engines in South Africa, was concluded in... 

Megabus buys ten CNG buses to be fuelled using Free State gas
Photo by Duane Daws
ANTHONY KING Each bus has eight carbon fibre compressed natural gas tanks, which will allow for about 1 200 m3 of gas

Sappi to establish pilot renewable sugar extraction demo plant

By: Natasha Odendaal     14th June 2016 Pulp and paper group Sappi was preparing to explore and optimise the extraction of biorenewable chemicals after signing an agreement with global supplier Valmet to build a second-generation sugar extraction demonstration plant at the Ngodwana mill. The industrial size plant, which would come... 

Free State poised to be helium pioneer as gas developments unfold

By: Mia Breytenbach     10th June 2016 The discovery and proposed exploitation of a natural gas dome containing methane and some of the highest concentrations of helium in the world – South Africa’s first onshore gas find – in the Free State has created much excitement and visions of a local gas hub. “The Free State now has the... 

Free State poised to be helium pioneer as gas developments unfold

Draft regulations, if adopted, will boost biofuels investment

By: Dylan Slater     10th June 2016 Business intelligence provider Oxford Business Group (OBG) state that although solar and wind energy are the main focus for South Africa’s renewable-energy segment, Cabinet will discuss draft regulations on the biofuel industry later this year, thereby paving the way for the potential development... 

Free State poised to be helium pioneer as gas developments unfold 

By: Mia Breytenbach     10th June 2016 The discovery and proposed exploitation of a natural gas dome containing methane and some of the highest concentrations of helium in the world – South Africa’s first onshore gas find – in the Free State has created much excitement and visions of a local gas hub. “The Free State now has the... 

Free State poised to be helium pioneer as gas developments unfold

IEA's five-year view sees gas demand slowing, more spot pricing

By: Reuters     8th June 2016 Oversupply and slowing global demand is likely to weigh on natural gas prices and force pricing model changes on pipeline suppliers such as Russia's Gazprom over the next five years, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said on Wednesday. In its medium-term market report, the West's energy... 

IEA's five-year view sees gas demand slowing, more spot pricing

$11bn the ‘worst-case’ capex scenario for Louisiana project

By: Terence Creamer     7th June 2016 Outgoing Sasol CEO David Constable has described the possible increase, from $8.9-billion to $11-billion, in the capital budget for the Lake Charles Chemicals Project (LCCP), in Louisiana, as the “worst-case” scenario. Speaking to investors following the release of a LCCP review “preliminary... 

$11bn the ‘worst-case’ capex scenario for Louisiana project
Photo by Duane Daws
Outgoing Sasol CEO David Constable

Mozambique’s Rovuma gas field faces investment drought – Indian officials

By: Ajoy K Das     7th June 2016 Mozambique’s Rovuma Area 1 gas project, in which India government-owned oil and gas companies hold a 30% stake, has been hit by an investment drought. The start of production from the fields too has become uncertain with no binding agreement from prospective liquefied natural gas (LNG) buyers as... 

Nigeria's Oando signs 94.6bn naira restructuring loan

By: Reuters     7th June 2016 Nigerian oil firm Oando said on Monday it has secured a 94.6-billion naira ($475-million) loan facility from ten domestic banks under plans to restructure its finances and return to profitability this year. The financing led by Access Bank, includes Diamond Bank, Ecobank, FCMB, Fidelity Bank,... 

Ghana expects steady oil output as Tullow's Jubilee recovers

By: Reuters     6th June 2016 Ghana's oil output is expected to average 110 000 bbl/d in 2016, similar to last year, as output is ramped up at Tullow Oil's Jubilee Field, a senior government official said on Monday. Production at Jubilee was interrupted earlier this year due to technical problems but output resumed last... 

Sasol revises cost of Louisiana project upwards to up to $11bn

By: Terence Creamer     6th June 2016 South African energy and chemicals group Sasol reported on Monday that the capital cost of its Lake Charles Chemicals Project (LCCP), in Louisiana, had been revised upwards and that, following a review of the US investment programme, the project schedule had also been extended. A “preliminary... 

Sasol revises cost of Louisiana project upwards to up to $11bn
Photo by Sasol
The Lake Charles complex

Biofuels tested for boiler efficiency

By: Sebastian Whyle     3rd June 2016 Owing to growing global demand for a cleaner and more sustainable environment, boiler and environmental solutions provider John Thompson has, over the past few years, carried out a series of tests by firing a variety of biomass fuels on boilers installed at the company’s Boiler Development and... 

Biofuels tested  for boiler efficiency
EFFECTIVE BURNING Tests have shown that these fuels can be burnt effectively on existing chain-grate stoker coal-fired boilers

Glass recycling adds overall value increase

By: Sascha Solomons     3rd June 2016 Extending the focus of glass recycling adds value to consumers, communities, the industry and corporate South Africa, asserts glass recycling organisation The Glass Recycling Company (TGRC). “Glass is still one of the most preferred packaging forms amongst brand owners, especially among the more... 

IHS eyes offgrid solutions to power up its towers

By: Natasha Odendaal     2nd June 2016 Mobile telecommunications infrastructure provider IHS is aiming to leverage renewable-energy technology and improved grid infrastructure across its portfolio to reduce its reliance on costly diesel and unstable ongrid electricity to power its tower sites across Africa. With over $500-million... 

IHS eyes offgrid solutions to power up its towers

SacOil turns the corner, profit back in black

By: Natasha Odendaal     1st June 2016 Oil and gas company SacOil has returned to profitability in the 2016 financial year, on the back of reorganisation gains of R103.6-million, a weakening rand contributing some R154.6-million in foreign exchange and the nonrecurrence of R420.2-million in one-off write-downs owing to the... 

SacOil turns the corner, profit back in black
Photo by Duane Daws
SacOil CEO Dr Thabo Kgogo

Nigeria's Barkindo frontrunner to become Opec secretary-general

By: Reuters     31st May 2016 Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (Opec) is likely to choose Nigeria's Mohammed Barkindo, a former head of state oil firm NNPC, as the next secretary-general of the producer group, three sources with knowledge of the matter said on Tuesday. The Opec has been looking for a... 

Sasol investing $1.4bn to grow Mozambique gas platform 

By: Terence Creamer     30th May 2016 Energy group Sasol has started drilling the first of what will be 12 new gas and oil wells in Mozambique where the government recently approved a production sharing agreement (PSA), as well as a field development plan for the resources, which are in the same neighbourhood as Sasol’s producing... 

Sasol investing $1.4bn to grow Mozambique gas platform
Photo by Sasol
Drilling for gas in Temane

Huge hike in petrol, diesel prices 

By: News24Wire      30th May 2016 The pump price of petrol will rise by 52c/l for all grades, while diesel will increase by a whopping 76 c/l, the department of energy announced on Monday. The main reasons for the spike are the continued upward march of international petroleum prices and the weakening rand / US dollar exchange rate. 

Huge hike in petrol, diesel prices

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

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

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... 

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