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Free State poised to be helium pioneer as gas developments unfold 

By: Mia Breytenbach     10th June 2016 The discovery and proposed exploitation of a natural gas dome containing methane and some of the highest concentrations of helium in the world – South Africa’s first onshore gas find – in the Free State has created much excitement and visions of a local gas hub. “The Free State now has the... 

Disused Saldanha quarry emerging as new liquid petroleum gas hub

By: Dylan Slater     27th May 2016 A liquid petroleum gas (LPG) terminal and import infrastructure are being constructed by energy infrastructure company Sunrise Energy, in Saldanha Bay, in the Western Cape, to curb historical LPG shortages and meet potential future requirements for gas-fired power plants and other industrial... 

Disused Saldanha quarry emerging as new liquid petroleum gas hub

Transnet appoints group executive for R&D

     20th May 2016 State-owned Transnet has appointed Khomotso Phihlela group executive for research and development to spearhead and monetise the company’s intellectual property drive. The group has identified innovation as one of the key drivers of revenue and profitability, operational efficiency and a way of... 

Minister outlines 2016/17 gas IPP, FSRU procurement plans 

By: Terence Creamer     18th May 2016 Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson indicates that the procurement processes for the gas-to-power (GTP) programme and associated gas infrastructure will begin taking shape during the course of the 2016/17 financial year, with a request for proposals scheduled for the fourth quarter.... 

Minister outlines 2016/17 gas IPP, FSRU procurement plans

Nersa to propose a coal benchmark cost as part of its multiyear price determination for Eskom  

By: Creamer Media Reporter      16th May 2016 The May 2016 roundup covers activities across South Africa for April 2016 and includes details of the National Energy Regulator of South Africa’s proposal to introduce a coal benchmark cost as part of its final decision on Eskom’s multiyear price determination process; environmental group... 

Nersa to propose a coal benchmark cost as part of its multiyear price determination for Eskom

JHB firm to expand lithium iron phosphate energy storage module production  

     13th April 2016 Having completed more than a 100 installations of its locally produced lithium iron phosphate Freedom Lite range of batteries across Southern Africa, Johannesburg-based energy solutions provider Freedom Won aims to enhance its production capacity amid growing demand. 

JHB firm to expand lithium iron phosphate energy storage module production
JHB firm to expand lithium iron phosphate energy storage module production

Creamer Media publishes Energy Roundup for April 2016 research report

     11th April 2016 The April 2016 roundup covers activities across South Africa for March 2016 and includes details of a North Gauteng High Court Judge’s dismissal of a court application to postpone the 9.4% electricity tariff increase, which the National Energy Regulator of South Africa approved on March 1; the... 

Creamer Media publishes Energy Roundup for April 2016 research report

Sasol outlines dual Southern Africa, North America growth plans 

By: Martin Creamer     8th March 2016 Despite the lower-for-much-longer oil price outlook, integrated chemicals and energy company Sasol is remaining focused on executing growth projects in Southern Africa and North America as part of a dual regional strategy. In presenting 63%-lower earnings attributable to shareholders in the six... 

Sasol outlines dual Southern Africa, North America growth plans
Sasol CEO David Constable outlines to Engineering News Online’s Martin Creamer the company’s regional growth strategies. Photographs: Duane Daws. Video: Nicholas Boyd. Video Editing: Lionel da Silva

Sasol sees another R8bn half-year capex going into Southern Africa 

By: Martin Creamer     7th March 2016 After spending half-year capital of R8.6-billion in Southern Africa in the six months to December 31, integrated chemicals and energy group Sasol expects to invest a similar capital amount in the region in the current half year. Speaking to Creamer Media’s Engineering News Online after the... 

Sasol sees another R8bn half-year capex going into Southern Africa
Sasol VP Southern African Operations Bernard Klingenberg tells Engineering News Online’s Martin Creamer that the company is set to spend another R8-billion in the region. Photographs: Duane Daws. Video: Nicholas Boyd. Video Editing: Lionel da Silva.

Turner & Townsend clinches major oil and gas contract 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     1st March 2016 Construction and management consultants Turner & Townsend have been appointed by Black Rhino Mining Oil and Gas Services (BRM) to provide project management and project controls services for the 550 km Horn of Africa fuel pipeline. The $1.55-billion pipeline project was a critical infrastructure... 

Turner & Townsend clinches major oil and gas contract

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Monthly roundup of energy news fills a gap in the market

     22nd February 2016 In South Africa's fast evolving energy environment, Creamer Media's newly launched Energy Roundup fills a gap in the market as it provides readers with accurate, concise and well-structured summaries of key news and policy developments in the energy sector.   Announcements by Eskom, Nersa and... 

Monthly roundup of energy news fills a gap in the market

Sasol obtains approval for Mozambique field development plan

By: Anine Kilian     1st February 2016 Energy and chemicals group Sasol has obtained approval from the Mozambique Council of Ministers for its field development plan, which would see further hydrocarbon resources developed to support Southern Africa growth. To be developed in phases, the first phase of the production sharing agreement... 

Sasol obtains approval for Mozambique field development plan
Sasol CEO David Constable

Creamer Media publishes Energy Roundup – December 2015 research report 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th January 2016 The December 2015 roundup includes details of State-owned utility Eskom’s application to claw back R22.8-billion; South Africa’s ranking as an investment destination for renewable energy; and a nuclear expert’s thoughts on reactor designs for South Africa’s nuclear procurement programme, among... 

Creamer Media publishes Energy Roundup – December 2015 research report

Percentage of new Moz gas possibly destined for South Africa

By: Dylan Slater     28th August 2015 A study on offshore gas reserves in the Rovuma basin, near Mozambique undertaken by consulting firm Frost & Sullivan and published in May 2015 indicates that the reserves might be substantial enough to export a portion to South Africa, providing the country with much sought-after natural gas... 

Percentage of new Moz gas possibly destined for South Africa

Coega advances plans for gas power facility 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     7th August 2015 The Coega Development Corporation (CDC) has issued a tender notice for an environmental-impact assessment (EIA) for its proposed combined-cycle gas turbine (CCGT) power facility, in the Coega industrial development zone (IDZ), near Port Elizabeth. The gas-fired plant would link up to a liquefied... 

Coega advances plans for gas power facility

White Rivers clinches deal with gas developer Windfall

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     6th July 2015 South Africa-focused mineral explorer and developer White Rivers Exploration (WRE) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Windfall Energy to facilitate the joint exploration and development of WRE’s Heilbron and Kroonstad gas assets in the Witwatersrand basin. Under the Terms of the... 

White Rivers clinches deal with gas developer Windfall

Burgan gets EIA green light for WC fuel storage facility

By: Natasha Odendaal     12th June 2015 Construction of Cape Town’s new independent fuel storage and distribution facility is imminent after Burgan Cape Terminals secured the required environmental authorisation this week. The approval of the final environmental-impact assessment (EIA), which was submitted to the Western Cape... 

Welding services specialist secures several petrochem contracts

By: Mia Breytenbach     12th June 2015 Following the completion of several local projects showcasing engineering and labour-broking services provider Fabricon Pipe & Labour Hire’s knowledge about welding processes and its swift project execution methods, the company has been awarded several new contracts in the local petrochemicals... 

Welding services  specialist secures several petrochem contracts
DECIDING FACTOR Fabricon was awarded the new multiproduct pipeline and Vopak projects because of its project execution methods, adaptability and rapid delivery

Saldanha Bay LPG terminal to be operational late next year

By: Natasha Odendaal     22nd May 2015 Terminal operator Sunrise Energy has confirmed that the liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) terminal under construction in Saldanha Bay, in the Western Cape, will be operational by late next year. Sunrise Energy, which was awarded a concession by Transnet National Ports Authority to build and operate... 

Saldanha Bay LPG terminal to be operational late next year

Eskom exec attempt to reassure SA amid power woes 

By: Kim Cloete     13th May 2015 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 Wednesday along with energy... 

Eskom exec attempt to reassure SA amid power woes

Four stats you should know about project management and engineering in South Africa

By: Creamer Media Reporter      17th April 2015 Today’s organisations execute projects within increasingly complex environments – particularly in the engineering sector. The ability to successfully execute these projects is what drives the realisation of successful projects and, ultimately, the achievement of business objectives. As such, the... 

Four stats you should know about project management and engineering in South Africa

Country-specific planning key to obtaining IPP licences

By: Dylan Slater     17th April 2015 Applying for an independent power producer (IPP) licence required extensive planning, with help from various industry-specific companies, said Nigeria-based energy advisory firm Lavayo Energy CEO Lolu Adubifa, who addressed delegates at the ‘How to Get an IPP Licence’ workshop at this year’s... 

Country-specific planning key to obtaining IPP licences
Photo by Bloomberg
STRANDED POWER It would not be feasible to propose building a thermal plant in a location far from the nearest gas pipeline

Nersa raises Transnet petroleum pipeline tariffs, Gauteng petrol price to rise

By: Sashnee Moodley     27th March 2015 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) earlier this month approved a 6.9% increase in Transnet’s petroleum pipeline tariffs for the period from April 1, 2015, to April 4, 2016. 

‘Mostly rand-denominated’ Ibhubesi-to-Ankerlig gas deal expected to be sealed in 2015 

By: Terence Creamer     19th March 2015 State-owned electricity utility Eskom has confirmed that it will enter into commercial negotiations with Sunbird Energy and PetroSA for the supply of indigenous natural gas from the Ibhubesi field, off South Africa’s west coast, to the diesel-sapping Ankerlig power station, 400 km to the south in... 

‘Mostly rand-denominated’ Ibhubesi-to-Ankerlig gas deal expected to be sealed in 2015
Sunbird Energy executive chairperson Kerwin Rana

Nersa raises Transnet petroleum pipeline tariffs, Gauteng petrol price to rise

By: Sashnee Moodley     13th March 2015 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) on Thursday approved a 6.9% increase in Transnet’s petroleum pipeline tariffs for the period from April 1, 2015, to April 4, 2016. 

Nersa raises Transnet petroleum pipeline tariffs, Gauteng petrol price to rise

Pipes association calls for submission of sample HDPE pipes for quality testing

By: Zandile Mavuso     13th March 2015 As the requirements of reliability and the extended life span of plastic pipes across industry are increasing, the Southern African Plastic Pipe Manufacturers’ Association (Sappma) is inviting companies to submit high-density polyethylene (HDPE) pipe samples by April 30 for selective quality... 

Shell pays Niger Delta oil spill victims

     6th February 2015 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. 

Shell pays Niger Delta  oil spill victims
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

Tooling company focuses on culture adaptation to localise its business globally

By: Zandile Mavuso     30th January 2015 Considering culture differences is critical when trying to localise company machine tools and company divisions to suite different regions, states engineering and machine tools manufacturer Fatek marketing manager Matt Yen. 

Creamer Media publishes Liquid Fuels 2014 - A review of South Africa's Liquid Fuels sector research report

     19th January 2015 Creamer Media’s Liquid Fuels 2014 Report examines these issues, focusing on the business environment, oil and gas exploration, the country’s feedstock supplies, the development of South Africa’s biofuels industry, fuel pricing, competition in the sector, the logistics of transporting liquid fuels... 

Creamer Media publishes Liquid Fuels 2014 - A review of South Africa's Liquid Fuels sector research report

Burgan takes WC fuel terminal fight to CompComm

By: Natasha Odendaal     2nd December 2014 A week after it concluded public hearings to secure a licence from the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) to develop a new fuel storage facility in the Western Cape. Burgan Cape Terminals plans to lodge a Competition Commission complaint against Chevron for “anticompetitive”... 

PetroSA sidelines Kgadima amid controversy

By: Natasha Odendaal     27th November 2014 The Central Energy Fund (CEF) has backtracked on its decision to appoint Tshepo Kgadima as a director and chairperson of national oil company PetroSA following the public “controversy” dogging the new appointee. Nonhlanhla Jiyane had now been appointed as interim chairperson of the important... 

Nersa to decide on new fuel storage facility by mid-Dec 

By: Natasha Odendaal     26th November 2014 South Africa will know by mid-December whether it would get a new independently owned and operated liquid fuels storage and distribution facility at the Eastern Mole of the Port of Cape Town. The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) was currently mulling all the outcomes and... 

Nersa to decide on new fuel storage facility by mid-Dec

South Africa’s energy system on knife-edge – NPC commissioner  

By: Kim Cloete     4th November 2014 State-owned power utility Eskom is in very real danger of a ratings downgrade, with the energy system on knife-edge at the moment, warns Professor Anton Eberhard, a member of the National Planning Commission (NPC). South Africa has been plunged into an energy crisis, which Eberhard says is the... 

South Africa’s energy system on knife-edge – NPC commissioner
Photo by Duane Daws
Medupi power station

Shale gas and nuclear energy 

     30th October 2014 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the start of the processing of some shale gas exploration right applications and the first nuclear vendor parade. 

Shale gas and nuclear energy
Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the start of the processing of some shale gas exploration right applications and the first nuclear vendor parade.

Exxaro to acquire Total’s South African coal mines for $472m

By: Martin Creamer     28th July 2014 Black-controlled mining company Exxaro is to acquire the South African coal mines of French petroleum giant Total to create coal assets with far stronger black economic empowerment (BEE)credentials through the augmentaion of earlier BEE partnerships. The JSE-listed Exxaro, headed by CEO Sipho... 

Exxaro to acquire Total’s South African coal mines for $472m
Photo by Duane Daws
Exxaro CEO Sipho Nkosi

Joemat-Pettersson reaffirms plan to expand role of gas, nuclear in SA mix 

By: Terence Creamer     21st July 2014 Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson placed significant emphasis on the development of gas, including shale gas, and nuclear in her inaugural Energy Budget Vote to lawmakers in Cape Town on Monday. In an address framed by President Jacob Zuma’s State of the Nation commitment to “respond... 

Joemat-Pettersson reaffirms plan to expand role of gas, nuclear in SA mix
Photo by Duane Daws
Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson

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