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UCT to host oil, gas webinar

By: Anine Kilian     30th May 2017 The University of Cape Town will host a two-hour webinar on the future of oil and gas in South Africa on June 7. This webinar will take a 10- to 25-year view on the future of oil and gas in South Africa and the broader Southern African region. It will ask critical questions about the way forward. 

Energy Minister mulls criminal charges over sale of S Africa’s strategic fuel stocks 

By: African News Agency      30th May 2017 Energy Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi on Tuesday told MPs she was considering criminal charges relating to the sale of 10.3-million barrels of South Africa’s strategic fuel reserves. Briefing Parliament’s portfolio committee on energy, Kubayi again confirmed the fuel stocks were “sold” and not rotated... 

Energy Minister mulls criminal charges over sale of S Africa’s strategic fuel stocks
Energy Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi

Rising US output holding back Opec’s efforts to cut global supply

By: Anine Kilian     26th May 2017 Fast-rising US shale output continues to hamper efforts by the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (Opec) to cut oil supply to boost prices. IHS Markit senior director Bhushan Bahree noted in a statement on Friday that the US’s crude oil production is expected to rise by more 900... 

Gas safety highlighted during summit as energy demand grows

By: Dylan Slater     26th May 2017 Using gas safely as a form of energy was highlighted during the Gas Safety and Compliance Summit, held in February, at the Royal Elephant Hotel and Conference Centre in Eldoraigne, and hosted by the Southern African Gas Association (Saga).  

Koeberg Unit 2 restarted after maintenance shutdown

By: Natasha Odendaal     24th May 2017 Koeberg nuclear power station’s Unit 2 has reconnected to State-owned power utility Eskom’s national electricity grid following a 36-day planned maintenance outage. The outage, dubbed Outage 222, as it is the twenty-second outage on Unit 2, has become the second shortest outage performed in the... 

IDC approves R218m loan for development of Free State natural gas project 

By: Terence Creamer     24th May 2017 South Africa’s State-owned Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) has approved R218-million in loan finance to support the further development of a natural gas resource in the Free State through the creation of a 107-km pipeline network and associated gas processing facilities. The funding,... 

IDC approves R218m loan for development of Free State natural gas project
Photo by Duane Daws
Renergen CEO Stefano Marani

Puma Energy sponsors South Africa’s Flying Lions aerobatic team 

     24th May 2017 International oil company Puma Energy recently announced, at Rand Airport in Germiston, east of Johannesburg, that it was sponsoring the Flying Lions aerobatic team. Keith Campbell reports. 

Puma Energy sponsors South Africa’s Flying Lions aerobatic team
Puma Energy sponsors South Africa’s Flying Lions aerobatic team

Adam retires as Niasa president

By: Creamer Media Reporter      22nd May 2017 The Nuclear Industry Association of South Africa (Niasa) will, in due course, announce a successor to nuclear physicist Dr Rob Adam, who retired last week as president. Adam, who served as Niasa president for the past decade, is currently SKA telescope project CEO and a past South African Nuclear... 

IPP Office to be incorporated into overhauled Central Energy Fund 

By: Terence Creamer     19th May 2017 South Africa’s highly respected Independent Power Producer (IPP) Office, which has overseen nearly R200-billion-worth of renewable-energy investment since 2011, is to be incorporated into the Central Energy Fund (CEF), which itself is to be overhauled. Energy Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi announced... 

IPP Office to be incorporated into overhauled Central Energy Fund
DoE director-general Thabane Zulu seconded to SFF as acting CEO

Deal opens way for new liquid bulk handling facility at the Port of Ngqura

By: Irma Venter     19th May 2017 Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) and Oiltanking Grindrod Calulo (OTGC) in May signed an agreement in Port Elizabeth that will see OTGC plan, fund, construct, maintain and operate a new liquid bulk handling facility at the Port of Ngqura, in the Eastern Cape. The facility’s concept... 

World record set after large oil rig lifted and shipped in one piece

By: Dylan Slater     19th May 2017 North Sea oil rig the Brent Delta platform, belonging to oil company Shell UK, was recently successfully lifted off of its three-legged structure in the Brent oilfield, about 180 km off the coast of the Shetland Islands last month, setting a world record for the heaviest single-piece lift at sea.  

World record set after large oil rig lifted and shipped in one piece
BRENT DELTA The large and ageing oil rig arrives at the Able Seaton Port to be recycled

Eastern Cape sets sights on becoming Africa’s leading fuel bunkering centre

By: Mia Breytenbach     12th May 2017 Following the successful introduction of a deep-sea bunkering service off the coast of  Port Elizabeth, in the Eastern Cape, the province has set itself the target of being the leading bunkering stopover in Africa, states Eastern Cape MEC for Rural Development and Agrarian Reform Mlibo... 

Eastern Cape sets sights on becoming Africa’s leading fuel bunkering centre
Photo by Duane Daws
TARGETING OPPORTUNITIES The Eastern Cape province is targeting liquid fuels, bunkering services and biofuels, gas-to-power generation and a commercial and industrial gas industry

Cement and concrete affected by faltering construction industry

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     12th May 2017 The construction industry in South Africa – which is tied directly to the state of cement and concrete – is stuttering, but there is scope to improve, says chemicals solutions provider Chryso Southern Africa (Chryso) CEO Norman Seymore. It has been widely reported that the construction industry... 

Cement and concrete affected by faltering construction industry
Photo by Bloomberg
NOTHING CONCRETE A lack of major infrastructure projects in South Africa is negatively affecting the construction industry, thereby hindering the state of cement and concrete

Robust pump delivers water on dry days

     12th May 2017 Pump manufacturer Franklin Electric has developed a rugged, high-output solar-powered pumping system which solves the challenges presented by harsh and remote environments, providing pumping power on dry days when water is needed most. 

Robust pump delivers water  on dry days
Photo by Bloomberg
SOLAR POWER The SolarPAK uses solar power to transport water over long distances

Renewed interest in delayed Uganda oil refinery plan

By: John Muchira     12th May 2017 The much-delayed crude oil refinery in Uganda is back on track after eight international companies expressed interest in implementing the $4-billion project. Four of the bidders have been shortlisted, and the Uganda government intends to select one of them before July, eight months after the... 

Afrox CFO resigns

     9th May 2017 Dorian Devers has resigned as CFO of JSE-listed African Oxygen (Afrox), effective July 31. He is relocating to New Zealand to pursue opportunities outside Linde Group. 

PetroSA denies business rescue allegations

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     8th May 2017 State-owned oil and gas company PetroSA on Monday refuted claims that it had asked its holding company, the Central Energy Fund, to place it under business rescue, stating that it was not in “financial distress”. It said media reports last week about the alleged request were “inaccurate and... 

Telecommunications giant sponsors African Utility Week

     5th May 2017 Telecommunication provider Huawei has signed a platinum sponsorship with African Utility Week (AUW), which is the leading conference and trade exhibition for African power, energy and water professionals, taking place from May 16 to 18 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.  

Telecommunications giant sponsors  African Utility Week
JERRY JI Green sustainable development can enrich lives in the era of energy intelligence

Awards to recognise innovation and efficiency at utility event

     5th May 2017 The fourth edition of the yearly African Utility Week (AUW) Industry Awards will once again honour pioneering utilities, projects and people in the energy and water industry on the continent during the AUW event, on May 17, at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.  

Awards to recognise  innovation and efficiency at utility event
RECOGNITION Being a finalist verifies excellence in the nominee’s business and proves leadership in either the energy or water industry

PPP promising for water industry

     5th May 2017 Water management forms an important part of African Utility Week and this year, the conference will focus on how private-public partnerships (PPPs) can assist water utilities to become more responsive and efficient in their practices. During the upcoming African Utility Week in Cape Town in May,... 

Energy management to improve

By: Johane Turkstra     5th May 2017 Attending this year’s African Utility Week taking place from May 16 to 18, the National Cleaner Production Centre of South Africa (NCPC-SA) believes that the implementation of energy management systems (EnMSes) can be beneficial for energy producers in Africa. Referring to the Industrial Energy... 

South Africa’s junk status problematic for power sector

By: Johane Turkstra     5th May 2017 South Africa’s recent demotion to credit rating junk status is immediately and directly affecting the country’s power supply. South Africans should not “bluff themselves” as the country’s newfound status can become a huge problem says audit, tax and advisory services company KPMG advisory head De... 

Gold and silver sponsors sign global reseller agreement

     5th May 2017 German conglomerate company and silver sponsor at this year’s African Utility Week, Siemens, and business analytics company and gold sponsor at the event SAP, have signed a global reseller agreement through which SAP will globally resell Siemens’ market-leading meter data management solution... 

Gold and silver sponsors sign global reseller agreement
SIEMENS AND SAP The effort is to address multiple digital end-to-end business scenarios for energy and utility clients globally

Innovation, home-grown solutions to be showcased at event

     5th May 2017 Conference and exhibition African Utility Week, held in Cape Town from May 16 to 18, will showcase how the continent is coming up with innovative, home-grown solutions to its energy and water challenges and how these are creating exciting and lucrative opportunities for utilities and industry... 

Innovation, home-grown solutions to be showcased at event
COMMUNITY ENERGY PROJECTS Community-scale projects are an important emerging trend in the sector

Business networking at Africa’s biggest trade event

     5th May 2017 By participating in business to business (B2B) meetings at the renowned African Utility Week, small, medium-sized and micro enterprises (SMMEs) in the water and power utility sector that benefit from European Union (EU) support will be better able to expand business abroad. Business Beyond... 

Business networking  at Africa’s biggest  trade event
BUSINESS BEYOND BORDERS The next BBB business connections event will take place at African Utility Week

Challenged renewable energy sector growing rapidly in Africa

By: Johane Turkstra     5th May 2017 The renewable energy sector has grown rapidly in the last four years and has delivered over 5 000 MW in South Africa alone, owing to the completion of about 80 renewable energy projects, says financial services company Thomson Reuters. “Renewables will receive considerable attention at African... 

Challenged renewable  energy sector growing  rapidly in Africa
RENEWABLE ENERGY Renewables will receive considerable attention at African Utility Week and in Africa’s energy sector in the future

Largest private IPP in Ghana on course for 2017 completion

By: Mia Breytenbach     5th May 2017 Ghanaian independent power producer Cenpower Generation Company’s Kpone Independent Power Plant (KIPP), which is expected to become a critical baseload component in meeting Ghana’s growing electricity demand, is expected to be commissioned before the end of 2017. Cenpower Generation Company’s... 

Largest private IPP in Ghana on course for 2017 completion
Photo by Cenpower Generation Company
BASELOAD COMPONENT The Kpone Independent Power Plant is a combined-cycle gas turbine power plant with a planned capacity of 340 MW and a multiple fuel operating capability

Internship academy launches young professionals platform

     5th May 2017 In response to the youth unemployment epidemic on the African continent, internship facilitators  Africa Internship Academy (AIA), will be launching its Young Energy and Power Professionals (YEPP) platform at the 2017 African Utility Week, which takes place at the  Cape Town International... 

Internship academy launches young professionals platform
NURTURING POTENTIAL The launch intends to establish a network of graduates attempting to solve Africa’s power and energy issues

Platinum sponsor returns to African Utility Week

     5th May 2017 Conference and trade exhibition African Utility Week has welcomed back a long-standing supporter - global energy giant Shell. The oil company will again be a platinum sponsor at the conference and exhibition from May 16 to 18, in Cape Town. 

Oiltanking Grindrod Calulo, TNPA sign liquid bulk agreement

By: Irma Venter     4th May 2017 Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) and Oiltanking Grindrod Calulo (OTGC) on Thursday signed an agreement in Port Elizabeth that will see OTGC plan, fund, construct, maintain and operate a new liquid bulk handling facility at the Port of Ngqura, in the Eastern Cape. The facility’s concept... 

Oiltanking Grindrod Calulo, TNPA sign liquid bulk agreement
Photo by Duane Daws
The Port of Ngqura

Business R&D showing signs of recovery

By: Keith Campbell     28th April 2017 The South African Government seeks to increase the country’s investment in research and development (R&D) by 100% from the R29-billion of 2014/2015 to to about R60-billion/year by 2020. In terms of percentage of gross domestic product (GDP), this would involve an increase from 0.77% to 1.5%.... 

Fuel price to rise next week

By: African News Agency      27th April 2017 The Department of Energy has confirmed that the price of petrol in Gauteng will increase by 49c per litre on May 3. This is due to the international product prices of petrol increasing during the recent period, as well as the rand having depreciated against the US dollar. 

Fuel price to rise next week

LNG-focused energy firm pursuing ‘diversified’ African investment pipeline

By: Terence Creamer     26th April 2017 Black-empowered energy company African Energy Partners (AEP), which plans to list as a special purpose acquisition company on the JSE’s AltX board on June 1, to raise up to R500-million to pursue liquefied natural gas (LNG) prospects in Africa, reports that its investment pipeline includes a... 

LNG-focused energy firm pursuing ‘diversified’ African investment pipeline
AEP CEO Edwin Kikonyogo

LPG industry urged to act on non-binding market inquiry findings 

By: Terence Creamer     24th April 2017 South Africa’s Competition Commission has made far-reaching, yet non-binding, recommendations for dealing with prevailing “market distortions” in the domestic liquid petroleum gas (LPG) sector following its first-ever market inquiry, which took nearly three years to complete. The report... 

LPG industry urged to act on non-binding market inquiry findings
Photo by Duane Daws
Commissioner Tembinkosi Bonakele and Minister Ebrahim Patel

DMR to brief Western Cape communities on shale gas development

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     21st April 2017 Mineral Resources Deputy Minister Godfrey Oliphant will on Tuesday host an information-sharing session with interested and affected communities and organisations in the Western Cape on the potential of shale gas development through hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. The Deputy Minister will... 

Bunkers improve product quality

     21st April 2017 Dutch axial control valve manufacturers Mokveld Valves BV has recently commissioned two new test bunkers for testing critical, high quality valve systems – used in process control applications for the oil and gas industries – thereby improving the quality and safety of the system. Mokveld, whose... 

Cogeneration valuable to S Africa’s energy mix

By: Robyn Wilkinson     21st April 2017 With cleaner energy technology rapidly advancing and industries increasingly aiming to stabilise their power supply through off-grid generation alternatives, energy solutions provider Vuselela Energy director Jacques Malan is confident that cogeneration systems can offer a valuable power... 

Cogeneration valuable  to S Africa’s energy mix
AWARD-WINNING SOLUTIONS Vuselela Energy’s Eternity Power project is enabling a smelter in Rustenburg to harvest thermal energy and convert it into energy

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