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Pipelines & Storage News

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

Transnet poised for another record capex year, keeping tabs on weak-economy impact 

By: Terence Creamer     30th June 2014 State-owned freight logistics group Transnet, which invested a record R31.8-billion last year, is planning to invest a further R33-billion in 2014/15 and says it has no intention, at this stage, of pulling back from its R307.5-billion Market Demand Strategy (MDS), despite the sluggish South... 

Transnet poised for another record capex year, keeping tabs on weak-economy impact
Transnet CEO Brian Molefe on why the group is pushing ahead with its big capex plans despite weak economy. Camera Work & Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 30.6.2014.

Plastic piping perfect for water systems

By: Carina Borralho     30th May 2014 In light of looming water scarcity in South Africa, plastic-piping solutions provider Marley Pipe Systems is constantly exploring ways of conserving water, wherever possible. “In South Africa, excess rain can cause floods on roads and in certain low-lying areas. Attenuation is carried out when... 

New gas pipeline to open way for 10 MW MTN power plant 

By: Terence Creamer     27th May 2014 Natural gas reticulator Egoli Gas has formally initiated a network expansion on the west of Johannesburg, which will enable cellular group MTN to increase its power generation capacity from 2 MW currently to over 10 MW during 2015 and lay the basis for further gas-network expansions into areas... 

New gas pipeline to open way for 10 MW MTN power plant
Photo by Duane Daws
Breaking Ground on the new Egoli Gas pipeline, west of Johannesburg

Amid technical and financial concerns, SA moves ahead with biofuels strategy 

By: Schalk Burger     21st March 2014 While the food-versus-fuel dilemma remains, South Africa is moving ahead with the roll-out of its much debated biofuels strategy, which even received a mention in President Jacob Zuma's February State of the Nation address, when he confirmed that biofuels manufacturers had been selected and had... 

Amid technical and financial concerns, SA moves ahead with biofuels strategy

High-density polyethylene pipes supplier bullish on municipal orders

By: Zandile Mavuso     21st February 2014 Following its success in completing the supply of a R4.3-million, high-density polyethylene (HDPE) pipeline in Vosloorus, Gauteng, fluid conveyance products and solutions company Incledon says its increasingly confident that HDPE pipes are poised to play a more significant role in the domestic... 

High-density polyethylene  pipes supplier bullish on  municipal orders
PIPE IN TRENCH The 12-m-long pipes were delivered directly at the installation site where a professional welding contractor welded and installed the pipes on site.

Company’s HVAC products now available on three-dimensional software

By: Pimani Baloyi     14th February 2014 Mechanical pipe-joining systems manufacturer Victaulic has announced the availability of its full range of global piping systems and heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) products in building information modelling three-dimension or 3D design software MagiCAD, which enables the... 

From the role of nuclear to the position of gas, IRP debate heats up 

By: Terence Creamer     20th January 2014 Much of the initial commentary on the draft update of the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) has focused on the potential delay, downscaling or even abandonment of South Africa’s proposed new nuclear build programme. But more comprehensive responses are beginning to surface on the 20-year electricity... 

From the role of nuclear to the position of gas, IRP debate heats up

Ibhubesi developer moving to firm up Ankerlig gas offtake deal

By: Terence Creamer     26th November 2013 The developer of the Ibhubesi gas project off South Africa’s West Coast expects to conclude a sales memorandum of understanding (MoU) with power utility Eskom before the end of the year – a move that could open the way for a future supply agreement that facilitates the development of a... 

Ibhubesi developer moving to firm up Ankerlig gas offtake deal

Creamer Media publishes Liquid Fuels 2013 research report

     6th November 2013 Creamer Media’s 2013 Liquid Fuels electronic research report examines South Africa’s liquid fuels market, 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,... 

Creamer Media publishes Liquid Fuels 2013 research report

Manufacturers turn to courts amid discontent over gas pricing, Sasol contract talks 

By: Terence Creamer     18th October 2013 The Gas User Group (GUG), which represents 13 large domestic manufacturers, has initiated a legal review of the National Energy Regulator of South Africa’s (Nersa’s) determination on maximum piped-gas prices, arguing that the new formula would result in a surge in prices and undermine their... 

Manufacturers turn to courts amid discontent over gas pricing, Sasol contract talks

Zimbabwe says work could start in 2014 on Batoka Gorge hydro project 

By: Oscar Nkala     18th October 2013 The Zimbabwe government says work on the construction of the Batoka Gorge hydroelectric scheme, on the Zambezi river, will mostly likely begin at the end of 2014, following the conclusion of feasibility studies and the project's designs. 

Nearly 5 000 leaks found

By: Carina Borralho     11th October 2013 Engineering and contracting firm Bosch Munitech has located 4 497 leaks in 3 395 km of pipe reticulation, which it surveyed for eThekwini Water and Sanitation (EWS), after being awarded a R7.5-million leak-detection project that will result in the company surveying about 5 000 km of water mains... 

Feasibility study under way for $5bn Mozambique gas pipeline

By: Samantha Herbst     20th September 2013 A feasibility study is currently under way for the construction of a $5-billion, 2 600 km natural gas pipeline that could connect significant natural gas discoveries in northern Mozambique to benefit gas-to-power markets in Southern Africa. Having concluded a prefeasibility study in December last... 

   Feasibility study under way for $5bn Mozambique gas pipeline
SIGNIFICANT REGIONAL BENEFITSA detailed map of the proposed 2 600 km Gasnosu pipeline which, if approved, could run from Cabo Delgado to Maputo, Mozambique, and possibly to regional markets further south, such as Richards Bay, South Africa

Expo to focus on African transport opportunities

By: Schalk Burger     20th September 2013 Seamless transport in South Africa and across the borders of the Southern African Development Community countries will help improve regional integration and growth and will be bolstered by the TransAfrica Expo, says Department of Transport Integrated Transport chief director Mvikeli Ngcamu.... 

CFO Ramon to leave Sasol next month

By: Natasha Odendaal     26th August 2013 JSE-listed Sasol has appointed executive for group finance Paul Victor to take over as acting CFO and executive director from September 10, as Christine Ramon announced her resignation on Monday. Ramon, whose last day would coincide with the release of Sasol’s financial year-end results on... 

CFO Ramon to leave Sasol next month
Outgoing CFO Christine Ramon

Kentz to help see Transnet pipeline project to finish line

By: Natasha Odendaal     25th July 2013 Engineering and construction group Kentz has been awarded a project management consultancy services contract to oversee the commissioning of State-owned Transnet’s new multiproduct pipeline (NMPP). The NMPP, a one-million-litres-an-hour pipeline designed to replace the existing... 

Concerns that gas could undermine renewable-energy development

By: Samantha Herbst     5th July 2013 Increasing the role of gas may be one answer to a low-carbon economy, but it could also undermine support for renewable energy, said Mac Consulting principal consultant Dave Collins at a business breakfast hosted by the firm last month. He explained that, for the last decade, the gradual rise of... 

African energy sector beckoning private investors, but constraints remain

By: Schalk Burger     28th June 2013 Africa’s energy sector is on the cusp of a renaissance, with the most important driver being the growth in African economies. Conversely, the lack of energy necessitates investment in energy to sustain the growth of business on the continent, says auditing and consulting firm Deloitte Southern... 

Plans afoot to increase the role of gas in SA’s energy mix

By: Samantha Herbst     31st May 2013 As an abundant global resource, natural gas is poised to take centre stage in the world’s total energy mix by 2030, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA), with more than 200 years of proved reserves and a worldwide increase in gas consumption, partly owing to the global need for... 

Plans afoot to increase the role of gas in SA’s energy mix

Local CNG market picking up despite limited infrastructure – Nersa

By: Samantha Herbst     3rd May 2013 While the growth of the compressed natural gas (CNG) market in South Africa had been slow, it is steadily picking up, especially in the transport sector, said National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) piped gas regulation executive manager Nomfundo Maseti. She addressed industry... 

Energy company unveils Malawi power-plant plan

By: Marcel Chimwala     26th April 2013 ASX-listed miner Intra Energy Corporation has announced plans to develop a 120 MW coal-fired power plant in Malawi that will burn coal from its newly acquired Nkhachira mine, in the north of the Southern African country. Intra Energy chairperson Graeme Robertson says the energy group, which will... 

Local pumping solutions provider adds solar water pump to product offering

By: Samantha Herbst     22nd March 2013 Local fluid conveyance and pumping solutions provider Incledon has been appointed key distributor for Australia-based solar water-pumps manufacturer BW Solar, which established a branch in South Africa in June 2012. Farmers across the country can, therefore, benefit from BW Solar’s range of... 

Transnet granted 6.4% pipeline tariff increase

By: Natasha Odendaal     13th March 2013 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) on Wednesday granted State-owned Transnet a 6.4% increase in 2013/14 petroleum pipeline tariffs. If the Energy Minister decided to use the pipeline tariff as a proxy for the cost of transporting fuel from Durban to Johannesburg, as had been... 

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