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Feb 27, 2015
Besides its mandate to mitigate pollution and harm to the environment, the emerging trend of going green also provides an opportunity for the creation of small businesses in South Africa, says paper and plastic packaging and recycling company Mpact Recycling.
Feb 27, 2015
The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) earlier this month said South Africa’s strict environmental legislation was a significant challenge for small, medium-sized and microenterprises (SMMEs) that could hamper further growth of...
Feb 26, 2015
The World Bank is working with other development finance institutions to raise some $500-million to modernise weather and flood forecasting services in Africa. Daniel Kull, a disaster risk specialist with the World Bank, said it was talking to lenders, including the...
Feb 25, 2015
Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa
Two environmental groups on Wednesday condemned Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa's decision to grant several companies, including Eskom, a reprieve from complying with minimum emission standards. "The decision taken yesterday... is a clear disregard for the...
Feb 24, 2015
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South Africa has given a five-year reprieve to some top polluters, including power utility Eskom, to meet new air emissions standards, the environmental minister said on Tuesday. The continent's worst polluter and most advanced African economy belches-millions of...
Feb 20, 2015
Medical solutions provider Alloro Africa Enviro Services has introduced Italian medical technology company Newster Group’s NW system for the sterilisation of potentially infectious healthcare waste to the local market. Alloro Africa – the sole importer and...
Feb 20, 2015
JOAN MARIA GARCIA GIRONA BASF’s co-creation activities for its 150th anniversary year will focus on urban living, food and smart energy challenges
Germany-based chemicals giant BASF, which celebrated its 150th anniversary last month, is using its anniversary year to collaborate with all stakeholders and expose them to sustainability practices across the value chain. BASF VP and South and sub-Saharan Africa...
Feb 20, 2015
The Water Research Commission (South Africa’s national funding agency dedicated to water research and development) and the Department of Science and Technology are jointly running an innovation programme known as the Water Technologies Demonstration Programme...
Feb 17, 2015
Feb 13, 2015
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Feb 13, 2015
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Feb 13, 2015
COLLISION RISK Birds can be killed or injured if they collide with wind turbines or associated infrastructure such as power lines
Establishing electricity generation facilities, including renewable-energy facilities, necessitates careful planning to mitigate the risk to birds, other wildlife, the natural ecosystems and area-specific habitats, says bird conservation organisation Birdlife South...
Feb 06, 2015
Out of South Africa’s ten designated special economic zones (SEZs), three are on the verge of implementation and, before the end of this year, one of them will be completed and implemented, says the Department of Trade and Industry, which envisions 2015 to be the...
Feb 06, 2015
ON-SITE OIL REMEDIATION Ergofito Aqua organically turns oil deposits on land and water into organic matter by attacking hydrocarbons and converting them into humus
The Ergofito Aqua oil remediator, manufactured locally by Cape Town-based bioproducts company Ergofito, is selling better internationally than it is locally, the company tells Engineering News.
Feb 06, 2015
PAYING THE COSTS Shell has agreed to pay an out-of-court settlement of £55-million to compensate a Niger Delta community for two oil spills that occurred in 2008
Oil giant Shell early last month agreed to pay an out-of-court settlement of £55-million to compensate a Niger Delta community for two oil spills that occurred in August and December 2008, destroying thousands of livelihoods in the Bodo area, in the south of Nigeria.
Jan 30, 2015
Petrochemicals giant Sasol, which typically incinerates its waste sludge streams or sends them to hazardous waste sites, is increasing its use of composting to treat these streams at its Secunda plant, in Mpumalanga, reducing transportation and disposal costs, as...
Jan 30, 2015
TESTING WATERS Farmers situated next to officially identified hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, operations need to conduct baseline analysis of their drinking water before fracking starts
Nonprofit organisation for cancer prevention the Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA) has advised farmers situated next to officially identified hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, operations in the Karoo, in the Eastern Cape, to finance professional baseline...
Jan 30, 2015
Petrochemicals giant Sasol, which typically incinerates its waste sludge streams or sends them to hazardous waste sites, is increasing its use of composting to treat these streams at its Secunda plant, in Mpumalanga, reducing transportation and disposal costs, as...
Jan 30, 2015
South Africa is, in key respects, an ideal country to deploy the latest generation Integrated (coal) Gasification Combined Cycle (IGCC) technology for electricity generation. This is the view of Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems (MHPS) Africa. “This technology needs...
Jan 29, 2015
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A trading demonstration has showcased the applicability, functionality, utility and readiness of the well-established, commercial and financial electronic infrastructure provided by private-sector commodity registry Silocerts and the JSE as a potential platform for...
Jan 28, 2015
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The City of Johannesburg, whose environmental policy innovations include an integrated waste management plan that covers all relevant environmental legislation, has been named the country’s most environment-friendly metropolitan municipality in the Department of...
 
 
 
 
Jan 28, 2015
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Jan 27, 2015
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The 94.3 MWp Sishen solar photovoltaic (PV) plant, in the Northern Cape, was expected to deliver 216 GWh/y of electricity into power utility Eskom’s national grid. The plant, which was built by Spanish firm Acciona and commissioned by Spanish consulting firm Enertis,...
Jan 23, 2015
South Africa should reconsider Integrated (coal) Gasification Combined Cycle (IGCC) technology for future power stations, because refinements in the technology have greatly increased its efficiency and rendered its previous evaluation obsolete. So argues Mitsubishi...
Jan 23, 2015
MASS ADOPTION SolarPlus’s goal is to implement its systems at 200 000 homes within a ten-year period
As part of its aim to become a renewable-energy utility, solar energy solutions provider SolarPlus Energy Investments has launched the SolarPlus residential long-term solution, a complete solar water heating (SWH) system installed free and provided at a fixed monthly...
Jan 23, 2015
SUSTAINABLE SUPPLY The facility comprises 2 000 solar panels covering a surface area of 4 000 m2 and produces approximately 843 MWh/y
Property group Hyprop Investments launched a new solar photovoltaic (PV) system, valued at about R8-million, at its Clearwater Mall, in Gauteng, in December. “Clearwater Mall is the first property of Hyprop to which we applied a solar PV system of this magnitude,”...
Jan 23, 2015
Jan 23, 2015
AGGRESSIVE TAKE-OFF Powermode’s average monthly installations have increased from about seven to more than 15 installations, for this month
Since power protection and management solutions provider Powermode forecast a significant demand increase for solar photovoltaic (PV) rooftop solutions for local industry in August last year, the company registered “serious” growth in the solar PV market. “Powermode...
Jan 16, 2015
Physical asset management company Pragma will continue to install grey-water recovery plants at petroleum group Shell’s various Ultra Cities, where possible, following the success of its award-winning recycling plant, which was installed at Shell’s Three Sisters...
Jan 16, 2015
RECYCLING SUPPORT Polyco’s project support will increase the tons of polyolefins collected by about 40 000 t over the next three years
South Africa-based Polyolefin Recycling Company (Polyco) will have three project funding cycles in 2015 and has budgeted R14-million to support key collection and recycling projects, Polyco CEO Mandy Naudé tells Engineering News. “Polyco’s project support programme...
Jan 16, 2015
South Africa-based Polyolefin Recycling Company (Polyco) released the names of the six successful applicants who will be receiving total investment loans of R7-million over the next six months to fund existing polyolefin recycling operations, in November last year....
 
 
 
 
Jan 16, 2015
On October 19, 2004, the world’s first exclusively biofuels powered production aircraft received its certification, allowing it to be flown operationally. That aircraft was (and is) the Neiva (now Embraer) EMB-202A Ipanema crop-duster. This is the most recent version...
Jan 16, 2015
Toyota’s Mirai hydrogen fuel cell vehicle went on sale on the open market in Japan on December 15, a few months before the Japanese manufacturer is set to introduce the vehicle in the US, UK and other selected European markets. The Mirai – meaning ‘future’ in...
Jan 07, 2015
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As South Africa readies for the introduction of a contentious carbon tax in 2016, local greenhouse gas (GHG) and energy management advisory firm EcoMetrix has argued that current restrictions on projects eligible to provide carbon offsets – a single element of the...
Dec 12, 2014
Private-owned defence and aerospace manufacturer Paramount Group and the Ichikowitz Family Foundation unveiled its Anti-Poaching Skills and K9 Training Academy in Magaliesburg last month.
Dec 12, 2014
Construction resources and aggregates company Lafarge Ash Resources aims to have fly ash exempted from the National Waste Management Amendment Bill’s classification as hazardous waste. This exemption will improve the sustainability of construction materials and...
Dec 12, 2014
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SARUSHEN PILLAY Sasol has proven the viability of composting to remediate its industrial sludges over the course of two years of testing
Petrochemicals giant Sasol’s industrial sludge bioremediation project aims to move into full commercial scale over the next two years to treat 200 000 t/y of industrial sludge. The project uses aerobic composting to convert the sludge from its Bioworks water...
Dec 11, 2014
Dec 05, 2014
The Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA), in collaboration with the Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency, plans to implement some R256-million worth of environmental protection and infrastructure projects in Mpumalanga, bringing the department’s total funding...
Nov 28, 2014
There is widespread consensus that the Price Preference System (PPS) –introduced in September 2013 to restrict the export of scrap metal before it had first been offered for sale to the domestic consumers at a 20% discount to an international benchmark price – has...
Nov 28, 2014
ON THE MOVE The towers for the turbines necessitate their transportation in three or four segments
International heavy-lift and plant relocation specialist engineering firm Vanguard provided the transportation and erection services for nine 3 MW Sinovel wind turbines for the Van Stadens wind farm project, in the Eastern Cape, says Vanguard MD Bryan Hodgkinson. The...
 
 
 
 
Nov 28, 2014
WIND POWER Aggreko provides support services across the full life-cycle of both on- and offshore wind farms
In its endeavour to support the country’s drive to propel the use of wind farms as sources of generating green renewable energy, temporary power and temperature-control solutions supplier Aggreko supplied nine 60 kVA generators to the precommissioning of the wind...
Nov 28, 2014
The launch of multinational consulting services company WorleyParsons’ new global advisory business Advisian in sub-Saharan Africa will see petrochemicals, hydrocarbons, mineral resources and oil and gas companies being advised on more prioritised decision-making for...
Nov 28, 2014
PRODUCTION CAPACITY The new wind-turbine tower production factory is capable of producing 150 wind towers a year
Renewable energy industrial and logistics processes company GRI Renewable Industries in November opened a new R300-million wind-turbine tower production factory in Atlantis, Cape Town. “With South Africa currently in the grip of debilitating rolling black-outs and...
Nov 28, 2014
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GENERATING ELECTRICITY The Jeffreys Bay wind farm started operating this year
South Africa is creating the capacity to generate close to 2 GW of electricity from wind farms and, “within the next five years, this will more than double”, says Stellenbosch University’s Centre for Renewable and Sustainable Energy Studies director, Professor Wikus...
Nov 28, 2014
NICOLA CENCELLI The wind industry market has progressed into a thriving industry that is showing clear signs of sustainability
The South African wind energy industry has had a few hiccups since the beginning of the independent power producer (IPP) procurement programme, however on the whole the industry has excelled, says technical consultancy 3E Renewable Energy. “Essentially initiated and...
 
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