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Event set to dissect the future of African energy

By: Paige Müller     15th February 2019 The eleventh edition of the Africa Energy Indaba – which will take place at the Sandton Convention Centre, in Johannesburg, from February 19 to 20 this year – will focus on the future prospects and direction of energy on the African continent from an energy provision and investment point of view.... 

Continent’s energy demands increase

15th February 2019 Africa’s demand for energy is steadily increasing and solutions to meet this growth have become a major concern amongst the energy sector leaders of the continent. Key factors contributing to this soaring energy demand are Africa’s ever-growing population and the continent’s accelerating economic... 

Continent’s energy  demands increase
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DEMAND SPIKE Africa is still undergoing rapid urbanisation, further contributing to its economic development and energy consumption demands

Equatorial Guinea praised for improved business environment

15th February 2019 Continental industry association the African Energy Chamber welcomes the improvement of Equatorial Guinea’s business environment through the establishment of an all inclusive model for setting up businesses in the country. “The implementation of Equatorial Guinea’s one-stop shop allows companies... 

Equatorial Guinea  praised for improved  business environment
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OBIANG NGUEMA MBASOGO Obiang Nguema Mbasogo has been personally advocating for stronger reforms to Equatorial Guinea’s business environment over the past few years

What to expect from 2019 Africa Energy Indaba

15th February 2019 The Africa Energy Indaba Conference is the definitive energy conference for Africa providing an annual programme that shapes energy policy for the African continent. Key issues that impact the African energy sector will be discussed and debated at the event, based on the outcomes of the 2018... 

What to expect from 2019 Africa Energy Indaba
ADEQUATE GENERATION The Africa Energy Indaba Conference will discuss, debate and seek solutions to enable adequate energy generation across the continent.

Renewables ensure cleaner national energy

By: Paige Müller     15th February 2019 The wide-scale adoption of renewable energy projects throughout South Africa will result in a more cost-effective and cleaner national energy supply, says renewable-energy development and management company G7 Renewable Energies. “About 20 years ago, the renewables debate was about environmental... 

Renewables ensure cleaner national energy
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AFFORDABLE ENERGY For the first time, South Africa is seeing a real opportunity to buck the trend of ever-increasing electricity tariffs

Renewable grids present investment opportunity

By: Paige Müller     15th February 2019 The recent trend towards the development of renewable energy, including those based on smart grids and microgrids in Africa, has encouraged the establishment of a new renewable energy equity fund. With the Africa Energy Indaba set to take place from February 19 to 20 at the Sandton Convention... 

Renewable grids present investment opportunity
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GAS ON THE RISE There has been and increase in the development of gas-fired power stations throughout Africa

Technical workshops to address energy efficiency

By: Paige Müller     15th February 2019 The Department of Trade and Industry’s National Cleaner Production Centre South Africa (NCPC-SA) programme states that it will host technical workshops at this year’s Africa Energy Indaba. NCPC-SA communication manager Julie Wells tells Engineering News that the organisation plans on “a strong... 

Technical workshops to address energy efficiency
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MITIGATING EMISSIONS NCPC-SA’s South African Industrial Energy Efficiency (IEE) project has mitigating about 3.7-million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions

As renewables soar, BP sees China hitting brakes on energy growth

By: Reuters     14th February 2019 Global demand for renewable power will soar at an unprecedented pace over the coming decades, BP said in a benchmark report on Thursday, while China’s energy growth is seen sharply decelerating as its economic expansion slows. Still, China is set to remain the largest energy consumer by a long... 

Aker Energy eyes IPO after submitting Ghana oilfield plan in March

By: Reuters     14th February 2019 Norwegian oil company Aker said on Thursday that its exploration start-up in Ghana will submit development plans to Ghanaian authorities in March and the parent will then decide whether to sell stakes via an initial public offering or other means. The subsidiary, Aker Energy, plans to develop the... 

Sasol achieves beneficial operation of first Lake Charles production unit

By: Simone Liedtke     13th February 2019 Local chemicals and energy company Sasol on Wednesday announced that its new linear low-density polyethylene unit, in Lake Charles, in the US, officially achieved beneficial operations on February 13. This is the first of the seven Lake Charles chemicals project (LCCP) production units to come on... 

Enel starts construction of 140 MW Eastern Cape wind farm

By: Simone Liedtke     12th February 2019 Italy’s Enel, through its renewable subsidiary Enel Green Power RSA (EGP RSA), has started construction of its 140 MW Nxuba wind farm in the Amatole district, making it the group’s third wind project in the Eastern Cape province. The construction of Nxuba, which is expected to be completed by... 

South Sudan to return to pre-war oil production levels by mid-2020 – Minister

By: Reuters     11th February 2019 South Sudan will return to producing more than 350 000 bbl/d of crude by the middle of 2020, up from current levels of just over 140 000 bbl/d currently, the country's oil minister said on Sunday. Production is expected to rise to 270 000 bbl/d by the end of 2019, Oil Minister Ezekiel Lul... 

Sasol expects higher H1 earnings, but warns of Lake Charles cost increase

By: Nadine James     8th February 2019 Chemicals and energy company Sasol expects to report earnings per share (EPS) and headline earnings per share (HEPS) of between R23.71 and R24.16 and between R22.97 and R23.68, respectively, for the six months ended December 31. This means EPS is expected to increase by between 110% and 114%... 

Reatile acquires 37.54% stake in Pragma Holdings

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     8th February 2019 Investment holding company Reatile Group has acquired a 37.54% stake in enterprise asset and facilities management company Pragma; thereby enhancing Pragma’s potential international growth, while accelerating the organisation’s transformation agenda. Pragma CEO and founder Adriaan Scheeres... 

Collaboration to ensure better understanding of emission standards

8th February 2019 Oils and lubricants company Shell collaborates with a number of original equipment manufacturer (OEM) transport operators to understand the future vision of emission standards set by the manufacturers and various legislation, as well as taking into consideration the challenges that transport... 

Collaboration to ensure better understanding of emission standards
FUEL ECONOMY The field trials showed that lubricant selection had a significant impact on fuel economy in real-world driving conditions.

Total makes significant discovery off South Africa’s southern coast

By: Nadine James     7th February 2019 Petroleum company Total has made a significant gas condensate discovery on the Brulpadda prospects, located on Block 11B/12B in the Outeniqua Basin, the company announced on Thursday. Located 175 km off the southern coast of South Africa, the Brulpadda well encountered 57 m of net gas condensate... 

Total makes significant discovery off South Africa’s southern coast
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Brulpadda drilling rig

Energy megaprojects on South Africa's radar as utility falters

By: Bloomberg     5th February 2019 South Africa is looking to spend-billions of rand to secure energy from megaprojects on the continent at a time when state power utility Eskom is broke and struggling to supply enough electricity. The government has signaled a willingness to buy 5 000 MW of power from a planned $18-billion... 

Centrica, Tokyo Gas sign deal to buy LNG from Mozambique

By: Reuters     5th February 2019 British energy supplier Centrica and Tokyo Gas have agreed to jointly buy 2.6-million tonnes of liquefied natural gas (LNG) a year from Mozambique LNG Company, the firms said on Tuesday. Centrica LNG Company, a subsidiary of Centrica, and the Japanese energy company said the LNG would be... 

Anadarko signs long-term deal with CNOOC for Mozambique gas

By: Reuters     1st February 2019 Anadarko Petroleum Corp said on Friday a long-term agreement had been signed with the trading division of China's state-owned offshore oil and gas producer CNOOC to supply liquefied natural gas (LNG) from Mozambique. The deal will bring it one step closer to making a final investment decision for... 

Anadarko wants armoured vehicles for Mozambique gas project

By: Bloomberg     1st February 2019 Anadarko Petroleum Corp wants a fleet of at least six vehicles with armor heavy enough to stop AK-47 bullets at its natural-gas project in Mozambique. And it needs them soon. The company called for expressions of interest from potential suppliers of so-called B6 specification vehicles, and also... 

Disruptive forces set to change power utility business models

1st February 2019 It appears that several disruptive forces are set to threaten the traditional power utility business model. Distributed power generation, technological advances and changing customer perspectives are among some of the major influencers responsible for this transformative change. This volatile... 

Disruptive forces set to change power utility  business models
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ENERGY FUTURE The theme of this year’s Africa Energy Indaba is Africa’s Energy Future

Buses using natural gas to curb fuel costs

By: Halima Frost     1st February 2019 Since the initial introduction of natural gas vehicles (NGV) in South Africa, natural gas supplier CNG Holdings has successfully converted about 180 dual-fuel compressed natural gas- (CNG-) run buses for the City of Johannesburg (CoJ). This makes Johannesburg one of the first cities in... 

Buses using natural gas to curb fuel costs
GAS, NATURALLY Natural gas had been selected as a fuel of choice for global bus companies

Biogas flowmeter introduced for variable compositions

1st February 2019 Industrial process instrumentation supplier Krohne announced the introduction of the new Optisonic 7300 Biogas ultrasonic flowmeter to the Southern African market in the last quarter of last year. The Optisonic 7300 Biogas is an ultrasonic flowmeter for low pressure biogas, landfill and sewage... 

Biogas flowmeter introduced for  variable compositions
GOING WITH THE FLOW The flowmeter is suited to biogas as well as landfill and sewage gas applications

Petrol price likely to go up in February – AA

By: News24Wire      29th January 2019 The price of petrol is likely to go up and that of diesel down in February, according to the Automobile Association (AA). The AA was commenting on unaudited month-end fuel price data released by the Central Energy Fund (CEF). 

Petrol price likely to go up in February – AA

Wind farms improve on foundation mix design to reduce carbon footprint

By: Simone Liedtke     28th January 2019 The 140 MW Kangnas wind farm, in the Northern Cape, and the 110 MW Perdekraal East wind farm, in the Western Cape, have announced the completion of a 28-day strength test of their first foundations, with a significant improvement in the mix design and savings in carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.... 

Shut-off valves suitable for gas and oil fuel lines

By: Thabi Madiba     25th January 2019 Valves, steam and combustion system solutions provider, Heaton Valves Africa (HVA) says the German designed and manufactured Albrecht safety quick shut-off valves are suitable for use on gas and oil fuel lines for burners in the local market. “These valves carry all the relevant certification,... 

Steam Generation in talks to expand on boiler distribution

By: Thabi Madiba     25th January 2019 Heat and energy generation equipment provider Steam Generation Africa says it is in talks with a small- to mid-range biomass boiler manufacturer to distribute into the South African and African markets this year. Owing to biomass being readily available and the possibility to produce it as a... 

Steam Generation in talks to expand on boiler distribution
STEAM GENERATOR Each Cochran boiler features a robust design and construction, ensuring a long operational life and maximum efficiency

Solar streetlights installed at mine

By: Halima Frost     25th January 2019 Lighting manufacturer BEKA Schréder’s LEDlume-midi 36/55W luminaire, used in solar lighting solutions has been used at four intersections leading to iron-ore and manganese mine Assmang’s Black Rock mine, in the Northern Cape. “The intersections leading to the different sections of the mine have... 

Solar streetlights installed at mine
ILLUMINATING The solar installation at the Black Rock mine has made the intersections leading to the mine more visible and safer

Improved film helps extend solar panel lifetime

By: Halima Frost     25th January 2019 With a focus on continuous innovation, science multinational DuPont is developing a new and improved clear Tedlar film to increase efficiency and the life of a solar panel well beyond the industry standard of 30 years. The Tedlar film is made of polyvinyl fluoride polymer – which is a more... 

Improved film helps  extend solar panel lifetime
CRACKING UNDER PRESSURE Solar panels are showing signs of deterioration sooner than anticipated owing to harsher environments

GETI provides insights into talent environment for energy sectors

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     22nd January 2019 The third annual Global Energy Talent Index (GETI), the world’s largest energy recruitment and employment trends report, was released on Tuesday, and offered insights into five industry subsectors – oil and gas, renewables, power, nuclear and petrochemicals. The report, compiled by Airswift and... 

Africa's position as the world's hottest oil and gas frontier to be entrenched this year

By: African News Agency      22nd January 2019 The year ahead will be key for the advancement of new exploration and production development projects from West to East Africa in the hydrocarbons market, entrenching the continent’s position as the word’s hottest oil and gas frontier, the African Energy Chamber (AEC) has said. The year however... 

Afrox injects R150m into upgrading its facilities at State hospitals

By: Marleny Arnoldi     22nd January 2019 JSE-listed Afrox plans to invest more than R150-million at hospital sites in Mpumalanga, KwaZulu-Natal, the Free State and North West to upgrade the company’s service facilities, Afrox healthcare head Joseph Ramashala confirmed on Tuesday. This is part of the company’s investment strategy to... 

Afrox injects R150m into upgrading its facilities at State hospitals
Afrox bulk tank installation

Nigerian commodities king Dangote targets foreign markets in sales push

By: Reuters     22nd January 2019 Africa's richest man, Aliko Dangote, said on Monday he expected to step up exports of cement and other commodities from Nigeria from this year as he focuses on foreign markets to boost sales and generate much-needed hard currency. Dangote told Reuters he expected to have 8 million tonnes of... 

To meet climate goals, world urged to reuse natural resources

By: Reuters     22nd January 2019 More of the billions of tonnes of materials the world uses each year must be recycled and reused to keep climate change in check, researchers said on Tuesday. Only about a tenth of the nearly 93 billion tonnes of materials utilised annually - including minerals, metals, fossil fuels and biomass -... 

Egypt to invest $9bn in refineries' upgrade over four years – Minister

By: Reuters     21st January 2019 Egypt plans to upgrade six oil refineries at a cost of about $9-billion over four years to increase domestic production to 41-million tonnes a year, the petroleum minister said. "We are trying to secure crude oil supplies for Egyptian refineries to increase local production of refined products,"... 

Nigeria's State oil company seeks $4.1bn to lift output

By: Bloomberg     21st January 2019 Nigeria’s State-owned oil company said it’s in talks with financiers to raise as much as $4.1-billion and will seek to sign service deals to increase production from three leases. The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, or NNPC, is in discussions with Lagos-based Sterling Oil Exploration &... 

Location a key discussion point as Saudi Aramco mulls South African refinery investment

By: Terence Creamer     18th January 2019 “Location, location, location,” South Africa’s Minister Jeff Radebe quipped on Friday after a meeting with his Saudi counterpart, Khalid Al-Falih, where it was agreed that Saudi Aramco and the Central Energy Fund (CEF) would jointly study a plan for a new oil refinery and petrochemical investment... 

Location a key discussion point as Saudi Aramco mulls South African refinery investment
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources Minister Khalid Al-Falih with South Africa's Energy Minister Jeff Radebe
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