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Efora Energy seeks strategic partner to jointly own, operate Lagia oilfield in Egypt

By: Marleny Arnoldi     27th September 2018 JSE-listed Efora Energy has decided it is best to seek a strategic partner to accelerate the development of its Lagia oilfield, in Egypt, following a strategic review of the project. The company will also consider reducing its interest in Lagia, as part of a partnership agreement.  

Solidarity says Sasol’s Khanyisa in breach of Mining Charter 3

By: Marleny Arnoldi     27th September 2018 Trade union Solidarity is of the view that petrochemicals giant Sasol now finds itself on the wrong side of Mining Charter 3, which was gazetted this week. According to the charter, employees must share in company shareholding and all employees must benefit from employee share ownership plans.... 

Solidarity says Sasol’s Khanyisa in breach of Mining Charter 3

Polish miner JSW to work with Sasol on new plant

By: Reuters     27th September 2018 Poland's JSW, the European Union's biggest coking coal producer, said on Thursday it will cooperate with South African petrochemicals group Sasol on a project to launch a synthetic fuel plant in Poland. "Poland is an ideal place for launching a coal to fuel plant. We have valuable coal deposits... 

ABB digital technology to help enhance Egypt’s power grid

By: Simone Liedtke     26th September 2018 Multinational automation company ABB has been selected by the Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company (EETC) to help upgrade and digitalise the electrical grid in the Port Said region, located along Egypt’s Mediterranean coast. The area includes the landmark Suez Canal. 

Opec will balance oil markets, but spare capacity limited – Nigerian official

By: Reuters     26th September 2018 The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (Opec) will act to balance the market after oil prices hit their highest in four years, but its options may be limited by available spare capacity, a Nigerian oil industry official said on Wednesday. "It's obvious that if you have high prices... 

Link Solar launches portable solar panels suitable for outdoor, marine use

By: Simone Liedtke     26th September 2018 There is a lack of portable solar panels in the market, says specialised solar product manufacturer Link Solar, which has released of its own portable solar panel range for outdoor use and marine grade level use. These solar panels, the company explained, are specifically created to serve as an... 

Tullow Oil abandons first Namibian well, keeps options open

By: Reuters     25th September 2018 Africa-focused Tullow Oil will abandon its first well in Namibia, but data gathered in the project indicated it might strike lucky in another attempt, it said on Monday. "The Cormorant-1 exploration well in the PEL-37 licence, offshore Namibia, encountered non-commercial hydrocarbons and the well... 

Global Energy Talent Index 2019 survey closes soon

20th September 2018 The third annual Global Energy Talent Index (GETI) survey is underway and open for responses. The survey is an industry-leading workforce project led by top energy recruitment firm, Airswift, and Energy Jobline, the world’s largest energy job site. The survey results will explore the opinions of... 

Sasol, Solidarity unable to reach agreement

By: Schalk Burger     19th September 2018 Trade union Solidarity and petrochemicals major Sasol were unable to reach an agreement during talks at the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) on Wednesday. Solidarity CE Dr Dirk Hermann said the mediation was deferred to get more clarity on the final Mining Charter’s... 

Engen operations in nine African countries transfer to Vivo Energy in March 2019

By: Marleny Arnoldi     18th September 2018 Oil company Engen Holdings’ operations in nine sub-Saharan African countries will be transferred to JSE-listed downstream petroleum company Vivo Energy on March 1, 2019. The $203.9-million transaction will see Vivo’s retail service station network expand from 15 to 23 countries in Africa,... 

Engen operations in nine African countries transfer to Vivo Energy in March 2019

Italy judge set to give first ruling in Nigeria oil graft case

By: Reuters     18th September 2018 Oil majors Shell and Eni will be carefully monitoring a first ruling this week by a Milan judge in one of the energy industry's biggest corruption scandals for clues to what might be round the corner for them. The two companies are embroiled in a long-running graft case revolving around the... 

World’s first hydrogen fuel cell train enters commercial service

By: Simone Liedtke     17th September 2018 The world’s first hydrogen fuel cell train, the Coradia iLint, made its debut this past weekend. The train is equipped with fuel cells that convert hydrogen and oxygen into electricity, thereby eliminating pollutant emissions related to propulsion. 

World’s first hydrogen fuel cell train enters commercial service

Perdekraal East wind farm preparing for construction activity to start

By: Simone Liedtke     17th September 2018 The Perdekraal East wind farm, which is situated within the Witzenberg local municipality, in the Western Cape, is preparing for the start of major construction activity. Once complete, the 110 MW Perdekraal wind farm, which spans 3 055 ha, will comprise 48, 115-m-high wind turbines. 

Perdekraal East wind farm preparing for construction activity to start

Egypt signs oil, gas exploration deal with Shell, Petronas worth about $1bn – statement 

By: Reuters     17th September 2018 Egypt has signed a deep-water oil and gas exploration deal with Royal Dutch Shell and Malaysia's Petronas worth around $1-billion for 8 wells in the country's West Nile Delta, the petroleum ministry said on Saturday. The country also signed a second $10-million deal with Rockhopper, Kuwait Energy... 

South Africa’s nuclear industry disappointed with the new IRP

By: Rebecca Campbell     14th September 2018 The Nuclear Industry Association of South Africa is not happy at the exclusion of further nuclear power (over and above that already provided by the existing Koeberg nuclear power plant) from the Government’s recently released Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) 2018-2030. Although he described the... 

In situ measurement of hydrogen made possible

14th September 2018 The reliable in situ measurement of hydrogen in multiple gas process streams is something that refinery and petrochemical plant process control engineers would like to have been able to do previously, but have never had the capability to, until this year. In a global first, Norwegian laser-based... 

In situ measurement of  hydrogen made possible
HYDROGEN ANALYSER Neo Monitors has developed a method of measuring hydrogen in situ – the LaserGas II SP H2

Tribunal approves OTS’s acquisition of controlling share of Chevron South Africa

By: Simone Liedtke     13th September 2018 The Competition Tribunal on Thursday approved, with conditions, the proposed merger between Off The Shelf Investments 56 (OTS) and Chevron South Africa (CSA). The approval follows after the tribunal heard the second bid to acquire the controlling 75% stake in CSA and after receiving a minor... 

Radebe moots shale gas exploration as answer to high fuel price 

By: African News Agency      13th September 2018 Energy Minister Jeff Radebe on Wednesday called for all impediments to shale gas exploration to be removed as part of the government's response to the record high in the fuel price. Radebe told a debate in the National Assembly on the fuel price, the main driving factor was the current policies... 

Parliament to debate recession, fuel price hikes

By: News24Wire      12th September 2018 Parliament will debate record fuel prices and ideas for economic revival on Wednesday afternoon.  Last week Stats SA announced that SA had slipped into a technical recession - defined as two successive quarters of negative economic growth - for the first time since 2009.  

 Parliament to debate recession, fuel price hikes

Trafigura loses last big Angolan oil deal as new president shakes up sector

By: Reuters     12th September 2018 Trafigura has lost its last big contract in Angola, once a core market and revenue generator for the trading house, as the country's new president Joao Lourenco part ways with oil firms that worked with his predecessor Jose Eduardo Dos Santos. Trafigura, which declined to comment, lost the rights... 

Sasol, Indian companies join EP100 global energy saving initiative

By: Marleny Arnoldi     10th September 2018 Petrochemicals giant Sasol and Indian companies UltraTech Cement, Mahindra Vehicle Manufacturers, Mahindra Heavy Engines and Godrej Industries and Associate Companies (Gilac) on Monday pledged to put energy efficiency at the heart of their business growth strategies by joining EP100. EP100 is a... 

Solidarity CE writes open letter to Sasol directors amid ongoing strike

By: Marleny Arnoldi     10th September 2018 Solidarity CE Dr Dirk Hermann has written an open letter to two Sasol directors, on the eve of the union’s lawsuit to seek approval for a Section 77 application at the High Court, which will enable all the union’s members nationwide to strike along with those members employed at Sasol, who have... 

Solidarity CE writes open letter to Sasol directors amid ongoing strike
Solidarity CE Dr Dirk Hermann

Congo mining revenues triple in H1; oil revenues fall by a third

By: Reuters     10th September 2018 Democratic Republic of Congo's revenues from its mining sector nearly tripled in the first half of 2018 over the same period last year to $864.61-million, the finance ministry said. Revenues from the hydrocarbons sector, however, declined by a third to $67.75-million, the ministry said in a... 

Significant growth expected in flame arrestor market

7th September 2018 The global flame arrestors market is estimated to be $713.8-million in 2018 and is projected to reach $924.7-million by 2023, at a compound annual growth rate of 5.31%, according to research company Research and Markets. In their report titled ‘Flame Arrestors Market by Type (In-Line and... 

S African refineries pulled in two

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     7th September 2018 Local oil refineries will find it difficult to adjust to the International Maritime Organisation’s (IMO’s) new sulphur cap of 0.5% by 2020 for residual marine fuels, and the Clean Fuels Two Programme in South Africa, says South African Petroleum Industry Association (Sapia) head of strategic... 

S African refineries pulled in two
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LOCAL REFINERIES South African oil refineries face two main challenges

Two new refineries in the works for Nigeria

7th September 2018 As part of its refinery collocation initiative designed to boost local refining capacity to end the era of petroleum products importation, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has hinted of plans to establish a 100 000 bbl/d brownfield refinery in both Port Harcourt and Warri in... 

Investment affected by environmental impact compliance

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     7th September 2018 South African oil refineries need to be aware of their impact on the environment to comply with changing legislation and to further investment opportunities, states Norton Rose Fulbright insurance litigation director Caroline Theodosiou. “Oil refineries need to ensure that if they are increasing... 

Investment affected  by environmental  impact compliance
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ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT Oil refineries need to take steps to reduce their environmental impact to pacify investors

New oil refinery for Uzbekistan

7th September 2018 Jizzakh Petroleum, a joint venture of Uzbekistan’s State-owned Uzbekneftegaz and Russian oil exploration company Gazprom International’s subsidiary Gas Project Development Central Asia will use American multinational conglomerate Honeywell Universal Oil Products (UOP) technologies to build a new... 

New oil refinery  for Uzbekistan
Photo by Bloomberg
NEW OIL Uzbekistan is getting a new five-million tons a year oil refinery

New partnership offers turnkey STO solutions

7th September 2018 At Marcus Evans' tenth annual Chemical/Petrochemical and Refinery Shutdowns and Turnarounds Event in San Antonio, Texas, in May, US-based business management consultant KAP Project Services and US-based industrial workforce management company Mobideo Technologies announced a strategic partnership... 

New partnership offers turnkey STO solutions
TURNING AROUND A new partnership will make Special Technical Operations easier

Sasol develops new IT solution for head office

7th September 2018 In partnership with integrated energy and chemical company Sasol’s Information Management Services (IMS) to develop and deliver an integrated information technology (IT) solution for its new head office, professional services company Turner & Townsend has helped Sasol – which is involved in... 

Sasol develops new IT solution for head office
FLEXIBLE TECHNOLOGY The use of flexible technology will make future refurbishments less complicated

Brenmiller Energy markets thermal generation, storage solution into African countries

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th September 2018 Solar power company Brenmiller Energy is focusing on African countries to fill its project pipeline, where it sees strong growth for renewable energy and energy storage solutions. Brenmiller in 2012 developed a thermal energy storage-based generation unit, which can function either as thermal... 

Fuel-price intervention will have ‘no impact on fiscus’

By: Terence Creamer     6th September 2018 Cabinet insisted on Thursday that Energy Minister Jeff Radebe’s intervention to hold fuel prices steady in September – rather than to allow for the August under-recovery to be passed on to motorists as usual – would have no impact on the fiscus. In a statement released following its Wednesday... 

Fuel-price intervention will have ‘no impact on fiscus’

African gas output could make up 10% of global total by 2040 – official

By: Reuters     5th September 2018 African production of natural gas could contribute as much as 10% of the global total by 2040, an expansion of around 530-billion cubic metres, the secretary general of the Gas-Exporting Countries Forum, Yury Sentyurin, told a conference on Wednesday. 

Serious questions being asked about decision to cap fuel price increase 

By: Terence Creamer     4th September 2018 Questions are being asked about Energy Minister Jeff Radebe’s decision to approve an “urgent temporary fuel price intervention” leaving prices unchanged for September, apart from a 4.9c/l increase in the retail margin for petrol to accommodate wage increases for forecourt staff. Ahead of the... 

Serious questions being asked about decision to cap fuel price increase

Energy Department intervenes to keep petrol price increase down

By: News24Wire      3rd September 2018 On Wednesday fuel prices will increase by just 4.9c per litre, the Department of Energy announced on Monday.  This is below the 23c to 25c per litre increase expected by the AA.  

 Energy Department intervenes to keep petrol price increase down

White workers at Sasol launch 'go-slow' ahead of Thursday strike over black staff scheme

By: Reuters     3rd September 2018 Workers from South Africa's mainly white Solidarity union started a go-slow protest at petrochemicals firm Sasol over a share scheme offered exclusively to black staff, and will launch a full strike on Thursday. The Solidarity union also said it will file a complaint to US regulators over Sasol's... 

China's TBEA to invest in €180m Gabon hydropower project – Gabon official

By: Reuters     3rd September 2018 Chinese energy firm TBEA will invest in a €180-million ($209-million) hydropower project in Gabon alongside the West African country's sovereign wealth fund, a Gabonese official said on Saturday. Construction will begin "pretty soon" on the project, which will have a power generation capacity of... 

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