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Nigeria unlikely to cut fuel sulphur level anytime soon – Rainoil

By: Reuters     22nd September 2017 Nigeria's efforts to cut sulphur levels in its fuel imports are unlikely to succeed this year, the head of a major Nigerian downstream company told the Platts refining conference in Brussels. The government has delayed its target to slash allowed sulphur on imports to 50 parts per million (ppm)... 

Cooling vest reduces industrial heat stress

By: Marleny Arnoldi     22nd September 2017 Staff exposed to hot environments, in combination with doing arduous work and wearing multi-layered protective clothing, such as firefighters, may suffer thermal physiological strain, says water jet cutting company Total Blasting, which is the South African distributing agent for Sweden-based... 

Cooling vest reduces  industrial heat stress
JUST CHILL TST Sweden’s cooling vest consists of nontoxic, nonflammable compound blends of salts, which are known to be an effective ingredient for temperature regulation

Necsa plans to restart nuclear pebble-fuel production

By: Keith Campbell     22nd September 2017 The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) is reactivating its ability to manufacture nuclear pebble fuel, originally created to support South Africa's Pebble Bed Modular Reactor (PBMR) programme. The corporation is also looking for a strategic equity partner for its speciality... 

Legal framework offers model for enhancing transboundary infrastructure investment

By: Mia Breytenbach     22nd September 2017 The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (Uneca) has unveiled the Model Law that provides a framework for the harmonisation of cross-border rules, regulations, laws and policies governing transboundary infrastructure projects in Africa. The Model Law was unveiled at the yearly Nigerian... 

Legal framework offers model for enhancing  transboundary infrastructure investment
Photo by Duane Daws
PAVING THE WAY The Model Law may aid in additional efficiency, transparency and accountability with regard to public and private sector engagement in transboundary infrastructure

ARA recommits to 2020 clean fuels policy

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st September 2017 The African Refiners and Distributors Association (ARA) on Thursday confirmed its commitment to the 2020 clean fuel policy, which outlined a plan for vehicle emission controls and standards to achieve all the benefits of clean air quality. Following a clean fuels workshop in Togo last week, the... 

Eskom’s unsustainable business model in need of proactive reform – Eberhard

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st September 2017 State-owned power utility Eskom is stuck in a “classic utility death spiral” that many power companies worldwide face as the pressure to adopt new business models and proactively reform increases. Eskom’s need for higher tariffs to offset declining electricity sales amid ever-rising costs is... 

The graphite fix: Inside China's newest commodity addiction

By: Reuters     21st September 2017 China's aggressive environmental protection campaign has tightened supplies of graphite electrodes used in steelmaking, boosting the fortunes of big producers like Fangda Carbon as mills search far and wide for a material now in short supply. Beijing's campaign for clearer skies has closed... 

Sasol proposes new R21bn BBBEE ownership transaction 

By: Anine Kilian     20th September 2017 JSE-listed Sasol on Wednesday announced a proposed new R21-billion broad-based black economic empowerment (BBBEE) ownership transaction, Sasol Khanyisa, which will replace Sasol’s debt-ridden Sasol Inzalo fund, which expires in June 2018. When Sasol Inzalo lapses, it will not be able to... 

Sasol proposes new R21bn BBBEE ownership transaction
Sasol joint president and CEO Stephen Cornell talks about the lessons learned from the Sasol Inzalo transaction and how the proposed new Sasol Khanyisa transaction will be different. Video and editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Glencore strikes multi-year purchase deal with Angola LNG

By: Reuters     20th September 2017 Trading house Glencore is to buy liquefied natural gas (LNG) supplies from Angola LNG over a multi-year period, adding to similar recent deals between the producer and traders including Vitol. Angola LNG on Wednesday said the deal was another step toward building its sales book with the most... 

Encha appoints new chief technology officer

By: Samantha Herbst     18th September 2017 Information and communication technology professional Andy Brauer is the new chief technology officer of investment company Encha – an appointment in line with the company’s strategy to attract partners who are subject-matter domain experts with relevant industry-specific experience and... 

Partnership to supply world-class chain slings in South Africa

     15th September 2017 Specialty steel products integrated producer Scaw Metals Group's operation, Distribution Network, has extended its cooperation with lifting, rigging and securement applications manufacturer Crosby by adding Crosby Platinum Line Grade 100 chain fittings to its product offering. Having made the... 

Partnership to supply world-class chain slings in South Africa
Photo by Bloomberg
FACILITY REVAMPED Scaw Metals Group has expanded its chain-manufacturing factory

Consortia, skills, logistics key factors for South Africa to make its mark in Africa

By: Natasha Odendaal     14th September 2017 Consortia, skills and logistics have become the most critical elements in ensuring South Africa’s input in a growing Africa, delegates at the Southern African Metals and Engineering Indaba heard on Thursday. Within a rapidly changing landscape, South Africa urgently needs to start planning... 

PetroSA upbeat about gas exploration

By: Kim Cloete     12th September 2017 Despite a slowdown in exploration and an underinvested industry, South Africa still holds great prospects for exploration in gas, believes PetroSA chief geophysicist Peter Dekker. He told delegates at the South African Geophysical Association (Saga) conference, in Somerset West, that there were... 

Geophysicists urged to innovate amid tough times for exploration

By: Kim Cloete     12th September 2017 The state of exploration for oil and gas as well as mining is in a fix, with exploration spending having decreased by 69% in the last four years, delegates attending the South African Geophysical Association (Saga) 2017 conference have heard. Lockheed Martin business development manager Dan Di... 

First-generation biofuels just as sustainable as second – report

By: Creamer Media Reporter      8th September 2017 A new study on bioethanol has revealed that first-generation biofuels are “just as sustainable” as second-generation biofuels and that both show significant reductions of greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) and promote climate change mitigation. Conducting a quantitative and qualitative sustainability... 

Afrox sees 22% increase in headline earnings  

By: Anine Kilian     8th September 2017 JSE-listed African Oxygen (Afrox) has reported a 22% rise in headline earnings a share to 93.3c, though this was at the lower end of the company’s recent guidance for the half-year ended June 30. Delivering the company’s financial results presentation in Johannesburg on Friday, CEO Schalk Venter... 

Afrox sees 22% increase in headline earnings
Afrox CEO Schalk Venter unpacks H1 financial results. Video and editing: Darlene Creamer 8.09.2017

Cost-effective workforce housing supports oil refinery shutdown

     8th September 2017 Prefabricated buildings manufacturer Kwikspace Modular Buildings helped to facilitate a smooth turnaround process during a three-month shutdown at one of Southern Africa’s largest crude oil refineries this year, through the supply of modular housing for critical staff. 

Cost-effective workforce housing supports oil refinery shutdown
SHORT-TERM SOLUTION Nearly 100 workers from various international locations needed to be trained and housed for the duration of the three-month project

High-quality weld preparation for oil and gas industry

     8th September 2017 Orbital cutting and bevelling machines for high-purity piping from international weld preparation products supplier EH Wachs are now available in South Africa from industrial equipment supplier Dowson & Dobson Industrial, a division of Actum Industrial, to serve the unique needs of the oil and... 

High-quality weld  preparation for oil  and gas industry
SAFETY AND PRECISION The cold cutting process eliminates the risks associated with torch cutting and produces a stronger weld joint

Infrastructure expansion will boost oil rig traffic

     8th September 2017 South African ports are projected to receive an injection of almost R44.4-billion over the coming five years from State-owned logistics operator Transnet, which will increase the number of oil rigs docking for maintenance and repairs in South Africa, says defence and security solutions supplier... 

Infrastructure expansion  will boost oil rig traffic
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INCREASED CAPABILITY Expansions of South Africa’s port infrastructure will increase the number of oil rigs docking for maintenance and repairs in the country

Mobile units ensure flexible fire protection at oil refineries

By: Robyn Wilkinson     8th September 2017 Fire protection equipment supplier DoseTech commissioned a second firefighting trailer-mounted (FTM) unit for a South Africa-based crude oil storage depot last month, providing a highly portable and flexible solution to complement the depot’s existing large-scale foam and water cannon system. 

Mobile units ensure flexible fire protection at oil refineries
SAFETY MADE EASY DoseTech has seen eager demand from South African oil refineries for its mobile fire-protection equipment

Retractable spray injectors important cost savers

By: Robyn Wilkinson     8th September 2017 Retractable spray injectors not only increase the ease and safety of performing inspection and maintenance activities at oil refineries but can also potentially reduce operational downtime and contribute to significant cost savings, says spraying systems provider Monitor Engineering MD Grant... 

Retractable spray injectors important  cost savers
KEY COOLING Spray injectors inject liquids or gases into process streams, providing critical cooling, mixing, quenching, washing, humidifying, gas cooling or chemical reactions

Thermal spray coatings provide protection for refineries

     8th September 2017 Thermal spray coatings can produce significant cost savings for refineries by reducing the amount of piping maintenance required to guard against the consequences of corrosion under insulation (CUI), says wear solutions provider Weartech director Adam Wintle.  

Thermal spray  coatings provide  protection for refineries
PROTECTIVE LAYER Coatings produced with thermal spraying are formed when millions of particles are deposited on top of each other and are bonded to the substrate

Well-managed upgrades essential at African refineries

By: Robyn Wilkinson     8th September 2017 With demand for cleaner fuel products driving refinery upgrades in Africa, turnaround planning must be carefully managed to eliminate the risks of costly overruns and production losses, which can threaten the economic viability of the projects, says project management consultancy Turner &... 

Well-managed upgrades essential  at African refineries
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KEEPING UP Refineries are under pressure to become more environment-friendly in respect of their direct impact on the environment and the impact of the fuels they produce

Importing refined fuels quicker and more financially viable for Africa

By: Robyn Wilkinson     8th September 2017 Rather than focusing time and finances on establishing new oil refineries, African countries should enhance their focus on a niche market strength that will enable them to become competitive in a global market, accepting that the import and storage of refined fuels is a quicker and more... 

Importing refined fuels quicker and more financially viable for Africa
RODRICK NAIDOO Countries that have their own crude resources and established mega-refineries could never be outpriced by a South African refinery

Strategic planning ensures successful turnaround on refinery upgrades

     8th September 2017 Creative thinking and sound preparation enabled engineering firm MegChem to assist oil company Chevron with large-scale upgrades at its Cape Town refinery in a turnaround period of ten weeks, says MegChem director Louis Odendaal 

Strategic planning ensures successful turnaround on  refinery upgrades
TEAM EFFORT The combined Chevron and MegChem teams worked together closely to complete the upgrades

Company champions enterprise development in fledgling waste industry

By: Nadine James     8th September 2017 Skills and socioeconomic development company Bosch Ulwazi launched the first phase of its three-year Enterprise and Supplier Development (ESD) programme in KwaZulu-Natal, in July. The Petroleum and Waste Recycling programme will assist in developing five businesses that will offer products and... 

Company champions  enterprise development in fledgling waste industry
ENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT The programme encompasses project and operations management, mentoring and skills development, as well as assistance with International Organisation of Standardisation accreditation

Statoil acquires an interest in two South African exploration licences

By: Anine Kilian     7th September 2017 Norwegian multinational oil and gas company Statoil has acquired an interest into two South African oil and gas exploration licences. It has bought a 35% interest in exploration right 12/3/252 Transkei-Algoa from ExxonMobil Exploration and Production South Africa. The licence covers about 45 000... 

Woodside steadily building its offshore position in Africa

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     6th September 2017 Australian oil and gas major Woodside will continue to grow its portfolio of offshore petroleum assets across the African region, executive VP for global exploration, Phil Loader, said on Wednesday. Speaking on the sidelines of the Africa Downunder conference, in Perth, Loader said that the... 

Woodside steadily building its offshore position in Africa
Photo by Bryan Charlton
Woodside VP for global exploration Phil Loader

PetroSA, Rosgeo sign multimillion-dollar deal for oil, gas exploration in South Africa

By: Anine Kilian     4th September 2017 State-owned PetroSA has signed an agreement with Russian geological exploration company Rosgeo that will result in the investment of about $400-million in oil and gas development off the coast of South Africa. The agreement was signed at the ninth yearly Brics Summit that is currently under way... 

South Africa has insufficient skills for development of a shale gas industry

By: Anine Kilian     1st September 2017 There are insufficient skills in South Africa to support the development of a shale gas industry, South African National Energy Association secretary general Dave Wright said at a national shale gas conference, in Port Elizabeth, on Friday. He noted that the country had a small and limited... 

Government certainty needed for successful shale gas exploration in South Africa

By: Anine Kilian     1st September 2017 Government must make a clear-cut decision on whether or not to proceed with shale gas exploration in the Karoo, University of Cape Town Institute of Marine and Environmental Law's Professor Jan Glazewski said on Friday. Speaking to Engineering News Online on the sidelines of a national shale gas... 

Policy limits South African gas economy

By: Marleny Arnoldi     1st September 2017 Policy and legislation on natural gas are currently bottlenecked in South Africa, which creates limits to South Africa’s gas economy growth, says growth strategy company Frost & Sullivan.  

Policy limits South African gas economy
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COVERING THE BASES South Africa is unlikely to get to a stage of fully understanding the technicalities and geology of indigenous natural gas until it gathers more empirical data

More participation in safety scheme ensures safe gas use

By: Marleny Arnoldi     1st September 2017 Despite strict safety compliance procedures, industries that use coal-fired or electrical equipment are slowly realising the benefits of using gas-fired equipment instead.  

More participation in safety scheme ensures safe gas use
Photo by Bloomberg
SAFETY CONCERN Having equipment conform to international/national safety standards is key to an effective gas system

Project to unlock local gas economy

By: Marleny Arnoldi     1st September 2017 The pursuit of piped gas into South Africa from Mozambique could unlock South Africa’s gas economy, says investment and project development company Fortune Capital.  

Project to unlock local gas economy
Photo by Bloomberg
UNLOCKING POTENTIAL Fortune Capital is an entity that is going to enable power players to access gas in South Africa Filename:

Waste management company recommends alternative energy switch

By: Marleny Arnoldi     1st September 2017 Considering natural gas as an alternative energy source could prove beneficial for the country’s economy in the long run, says waste management company Interwaste COO Jason McNeil.  

Waste management company recommends alternative energy switch
JASON MCNEIL South Africa’s gas economy is in its infancy, but once the market becomes more competitive, you will see a lot more technology introduced

Studies point to favourable outlook for vanadium redox flow battery

By: Mia Breytenbach     1st September 2017 There is favourable demand for vanadium redox flow batteries (VRFBs), particularly in the utility and offgrid, as well as minigrid, markets, with demand to peak from 2025 to 2030. This is according to recently concluded market studies, commissioned by Aim-listed Bushveld Minerals’ energy... 

Studies point to favourable outlook for vanadium redox flow battery
Photo by Duane Daws
FORTUNE MOJAPELO There is no longer any doubt about the growth of energy storage globally to gigawatts of annual capacity and billions of dollars in market opportunity

Study urges South Africa to find energy storage niche

By: Mia Breytenbach     1st September 2017 With energy storage considered to be the “new wave” in the energy sector and increasingly becoming a reality, South Africa needs to prepare itself if it wishes to take advantage of the energy storage growth opportunities within the energy storage stationary value chain and the mobility value... 

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