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May 28, 2015
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The Portfolio Committee on Mineral Resources on Thursday said it needed a comprehensive report, as well as insight into the relevant legislation, regarding hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in South Africa. “This information will empower us to understand all the...
May 28, 2015
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The development of a clear climate framework and a global emissions target is essential if the $48-trillion to $53-trillion required for a new sustainable energy infrastructure is to be delivered, a new World Energy Council (WEC) report has stated. The World Energy...
May 28, 2015
Senegal power utility Senelec on Wednesday signed a preliminary agreement with Qatar's Nebras Power and Japanese firm Mitsui & Co Ltd to build a floating liquefied natural gas (LNG) regasification terminal and a 400 MW power station. Senegal, which generates much of...
May 28, 2015
Tanzania said on Thursday it had signed a $70.5-million loan with the African Development Bank (AfDB) to finance reforms in the east African nation’s energy sector. AfDB is among a group of donors that withheld nearly $500-million in budget support to Tanzania last...
May 28, 2015
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PetroSA CEO Nosizwe Nokwe-Macamo
State-owned oil company PetroSA has placed its top three executives‚ including the CEO‚ on gardening leave due to poor performance‚ Business Day reported. The three – CEO Nosizwe Nokwe-Macamo‚ CFO Lindiwe Mthimunye-Bakoro and acting VP of upstream operations Andrew...
May 27, 2015
Nigeria's main oil union has shut down the local operations of US oilfield services provider Halliburton Co in protest against job cuts, the trade body said on Tuesday. Tokunbo Korodo, Lagos chairperson for the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers...
May 26, 2015
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National Planning Commission (NPC) commissioner Tasneem Essop has highlighted a growing global movement against the continued use of coal as a source of energy, telling a panel discussion on Monday that South Africa’s coal-fired power station build programme and...
May 25, 2015
Egypt's Carbon Holdings hopes to conclude a $4-billion debt financing with export credit agencies to back its $7.4-billion Tahrir Petrochemicals project by the end of this year, its CE said on Monday. One of the biggest petrochemical projects ever in Egypt, it will...
May 25, 2015
May 25, 2015
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May 22, 2015
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May 22, 2015
 
 
 
May 21, 2015
THABO KGOGO
Despite oil and gas company SacOil announcing on Thursday that it had incurred a loss of R277-million for the current financial year compared with the R9.5-million profit it achieved in 2014, CEO Dr Thabo Kgogo remained upbeat about the company’s long-term prospects....
May 21, 2015
Egypt has given the private sector a green light to import natural gas or liquefied natural gas (LNG), a government official said, a step that could encourage private investment in the energy sector while easing energy shortages. Declining energy production, held...
May 20, 2015
Detailed engineering work for the development and construction of a 13.2-million-barrel commercial crude oil blending and storage terminal, in Saldanha Bay, has started. The facility would comprise 12 in-ground concrete tanks and was set for completion in the first...
May 20, 2015
Energy and chemicals group Sasol has expanded the production capacity of its alumina spheres plant in Brunsbüttel, Germany, to 4 000 t/y. “The expansion marks another step in strengthening our position in the alumina market to meet growing market demand for carrier...
May 20, 2015
Botswana Oil (BOL), which was established in October, has, together with the Botswana government, called for expressions of interest (EoI) for an in-house technical adviser to assist in the development of the landlocked country’s oil and gas sector. BOL was tasked...
May 20, 2015
South Africa's SacOil Holdings has ended its joint venture with Nigeria's Nigdel United Oil Company and abandoned its oil licence in that country as softer oil prices forced the firm to cut costs. Global oil prices have dropped by about 40% over the last year on...
May 19, 2015
The Department of Energy (DoE) released a request for information (RFI) for gas-fired electricity generation on Tuesday, the outcome of which would guide the design of a 3 126 MW ‘Gas to Power Procurement Programme’. Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson said that a...
May 19, 2015
There is a widespread assumption that weak commodity prices are likely to spark a wave of merger and acquisition activity as stronger companies seek to buy assets on the cheap. The $70 billion buyout of BG by larger rival Royal Dutch Shell is generally viewed by...
May 15, 2015
Several African countries are suffering this year from a double-whammy of higher oil prices and weakening currencies, with Ghana and parts of eastern Africa taking the hardest knock from the surge in inflation. While Africa is home to oil powers such as Nigeria and...
May 15, 2015
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ASX-listed Challenger Energy, whose subsidiary Bundu Gas and Oil Exploration is aiming to explore for shale gas in South Africa’s Karoo, says its expects to be in a position to pursue its exploration programme in parallel with government's two-year strategic...
 
 
 
 
May 15, 2015
US-based liquefied natural gas (LNG) consulting firm CH·IV, a subsidiary of engineering and project services contractor Clough, has been appointed as engineering, procurement and construction contractor for the Magnolia LNG project, in Lake Charles, Louisiana, in the...
May 15, 2015
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May 15, 2015
GAME PLAN Eskom's strategic focus points could include ensuring the viability of projects before commissioning and ensuring their completion on time and within budget
Power utilities need to master the act of balancing scheduled and unscheduled maintenance, says global growth consulting firm Frost & Sullivan. Programme manager for energy and environment, Johan Muller, adds that maintenance can be managed, provided a utility’s...
May 15, 2015
HOLISTIC OFFERING Structa’s subsidiaries provided significant quality, sufficient capacity and a quick production turnaround on the Kusile and Medupi flue ducting
Steel products and related services company Structa Group’s manufacturing, machining and refurbishment services subsidiaries Turnmill Proquip Engineering and One Steel Engineering are supplying flue-ducting material to State-owned power utility Eskom’s Kusile power...
May 15, 2015
REINVENTING THE MODEL Staff in capital build services should cover specialisation in industrial relations, procurement, information technology systems and finance for projects
State-owned power utility Eskom has to implement changes in several key areas to ensure efficient electricity generation and operational management, combined with cost improvements, says management consulting technology services and outsourcing company Accenture...
May 15, 2015
ON TRACK The scope of work of the South African SGR consortium at the Koeberg nuclear power station include removal and off-loading of the old steam generators
Technical resources provider, Lesedi Nuclear Services, remains on track to complete its portion of the steam generator replacement (SGR) project in 2018 at State-owned power utility Eskom’s Koeberg nuclear power station, in the Western Cape. Lesedi Nuclear Services,...
May 15, 2015
Gases and welding products supplier Afrox has commissioned its liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) supply system for the $565-million Bokpoort concentrated solar power (CSP) project, in the Northern Cape.
May 15, 2015
INTEGRATED APPROACH The South African power sector opportunities include designing a dynamic system that can manage the incorporation of alternative energy technologies
While South Africa has to resolve the current power supply problems, the country needs to change its mindset and approach to the power system, as the system allows for ample opportunity to create space for additional growth, states State-owned power utility Eskom...
May 15, 2015
INCREASED CAPACITY Maersk Line's investment plan will enable it to add capacity in line with growth in global container shipping demand while also replacing less efficient chartered tonnage
Global trade, shipping and energy conglomerate Maersk Line in March this year signed a new building order with shipping and logistics services supplier China Ocean Shipping (Group) Company (Cosco) Shipyard for seven 3 600 twenty-foot equivalent container vessels. The...
May 15, 2015
SYSTEM BLUEPRINT The six Council for Scientific and Industrial Research campuses will demonstrate how a primarily renewables-based energy system can be designed and operated
As renewable energy has become increasingly cost competitive as an alternative new-build option in South Africa in the past five years, South African research institute the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) is streamlining its energy-research...
 
 
 
 
May 15, 2015
ACCESS ALTERNATIVE Inspections and maintenance at some power stations are performed using ropes, reducing the need for expensive, and time-consuming traditional access systems
Rope access use can assist in speeding up maintenance and shortening the duration of shutdowns and planned outages at State-owned electricity entity Eskom’s coal-fired power stations, states industrial rope access specialist Skyriders Access Specialists marketing...
May 15, 2015
NEGATIVE OIL IMPACT EBH Namibia states that it is aware of the effects that the continued low oil price could have – not only on the downstream oil and gas sector in which it operates but on the Namibian economy as a whole.
Ship repair company Elgin Brown & Hamer (EBH) Namibia predicts that the oil price will most likely stabilise towards the end of 2016. The company states that it is aware of the effects that the continued low oil price could have – not only on the downstream oil and...
May 15, 2015
ACCREDITED DCD Marine, has worked hard to ensure that it complies with the highest industry standards
Turnkey ship repair solutions provider DCD Marine Cape Town tells Engineering News that its range of international accreditations has cemented the company’s reputation for sound safety and quality compliance, as well as industry-specific skills sets. The company,...
May 13, 2015
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Eskom’s group executive for generation, Mongezi Ntsokolo, was at pains to assure South Africans that the utility was working hard to sort out the country's shortage in electricity supply, when addressing delegates at an African Utility Week panel discussion on...
May 12, 2015
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The South African government has formally launched a R12.5-million, 24-month strategic environmental assessment (SEA) of shale gas mining in the Karoo in an effort to understand the potential environmental risks of exploiting probable, but as yet unexplored,...
May 12, 2015
Kenya is set to import record volumes of oil products in May as its economy gathers steam, soaking up some of Asia's excess supply and helping put a floor under refining margins. Industrial expansion and a growing fleet of automobiles in a region that lacks refining...
May 11, 2015
The presidents of Côte d'Ivoire and Ghana reached a deal on Monday in talks on a maritime border dispute that had frozen new oil drilling in a contested area, mediator Kofi Annan told Reuters. "We have a deal," the former UN secretary general told Reuters, as he...
May 11, 2015
Tanzania plans to spend 12-billion shillings ($6-million) in the next fiscal year to buy land for the planned construction of a liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal, raising hopes it is speeding up progress of the long-delayed project. The two-train onshore LNG...
May 08, 2015
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Developing liquefied natural gas (LNG) facilities at the coastal village of Palma, in Mozambique, will likely facilitate a real gross domestic product (GDP) increase for the country of 800% by 2035, with the government receiving in excess of $200-billion in receipts...
May 07, 2015
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The University of the Western Cape (UWC) has launched an energy storage innovation facility that aims to create an interface between energy storage technology development projects, innovation partners and potential industrial customers in need of advanced energy...
 
 
 
 
May 07, 2015
Saudi Arabia continues to enjoy a trade surplus of R72.6-billion against South Africa, says Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies. The Minister was speaking at the sixth session of the South Africa-Saudi Arabia Joint Economic Commission (JEC) held in Riyadh in...
May 06, 2015
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May 06, 2015
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Chevron South Africa, which trades under the Caltex brand, has restarted production at its 110 000 bl/d crude oil refinery in Milnerton, in the Western Cape, after one if its most significant and successfully planned maintenance and safety inspections in which it...
May 06, 2015
Anadarko Petroleum Corp is not in talks to sell its multibillion-dollar stake in Mozambique's gas reserves and instead is working toward a final investment decision on the planned liquefied natural gas (LNG) project there, the company said on Tuesday. "As it relates...
May 05, 2015
Sapref refinery
Environmentalists have turned to the Durban High Court to force the eThekwini Municipality to release oil companies Engen and Sapref's atmospheric emission licenses and compliance reports. The Durban South Community Environmental Alliance (SDCEA) and the Vaal...
 
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