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Looming 2020 bunker fuel deadline spells trouble for coastal refineries

By: Nadine James     2nd February 2018 South Africa’s three coastal refineries – as well as a significant majority of coastal refineries globally – will definitely miss the International Maritime Organisation’s (IMO’s) January 1, 2020 deadline to reduce the sulphur specification in bunker fuel oil (BFO) from 3.5% to 0.5%, says Wright... 

Kriegers Flak, Vesterhav Syd and Nord wind farms, Denmark

By: Sheila Barradas     19th January 2018 Vattenfall plans to build three wind farms in the North Sea, off the shore of Denmark. 

Denmark will increase defence spending to counter Russia - PM

By: Reuters     17th January 2018 The Danish government expects to win backing for a substantial increase in defence spending next month, to counter Russia’s intensified military activity in eastern and northern Europe, the NATO-member’s prime minister said Monday. Denmark last week deployed 200 troops to a UK-led NATO mission in... 

China's new Silk Road encroaches on US turf in Eastern Europe

By: Bloomberg     12th July 2017 In the 19th century mansion in central Belgrade where bureaucrats plan some of Serbia’s important overseas projects, 64-year-old Ivan Mrkic is busy unpacking boxes teeming with the books, research papers and maps he needs to become an instant expert on China. Mrkic, a one-time Foreign Minister,... 

Poland sees Trump visit catalyst to cut Russian gas reliance

By: Bloomberg     5th July 2017 Polish leaders are betting Donald Trump’s visit to Warsaw starting on Wednesday, two days before the US President meets his Russian counterpart, will bolster their efforts to reduce the nation’s dependence on natural gas from its eastern neighbour. Less than a month after Poland’s Baltic Sea... 

Kriegers Flak offshore wind farms project, Denmark

By: Sheila Barradas     2nd December 2016 The project will be Denmark’s largest offshore wind farm. 

Green ships stay in compliance

     14th November 2016 Environmental regulations for ships are getting more stringent, but automated sensor technology could help ship operators remain in compliance, says Claus Beiersdorfer, SKF sales director. The recent agreement signed in Paris, at the UN Climate Change Conference, will require all industries to... 

Lithuania seeking trade partnership with South Africa

By: Keith Campbell     4th November 2016 The first ever trade mission to South Africa from Lithuania, although small, represented no fewer than six sectors of the latter country’s economy. The just-concluded mission is part of the small European country’s programme of diversifying its trade and investment partners and expanding into the... 

Lithuania seeks to expand business with South Africa through trade mission 

By: Keith Campbell     26th October 2016 The first ever trade mission to South Africa from Lithuania will arrive in the country on November 1. This is part of the European country’s programme of diversifying its trade and investment partners and expanding into the global economy. The trade mission will remain in the country until... 

RFO consumption expected to decline significantly by 2020

     2nd September 2016 US energy research agency Energy Information Administration (EIA) in May released a report that commented that residual fuel oil (RFO) consumption is expected to decline significantly within the next four years. RFO is one of several residuals that remain after lighter materials, including... 

Ecosse Subsea Systems Double Up On Wikinger Offshore Wind Farm Project

     1st August 2016 Subsea technology specialist, Ecosse Subsea Systems, has extended a trenching scope on the Wikinger offshore wind farm in the Baltic Sea with the award of a seabed clearance project.   The Scottish company was last year awarded a contract by main contractor Prysmian Group to carry out pre-cut... 

Ukhta – Torzhok-2 gas pipeline project, Russia

By: Sheila Barradas     1st July 2016 The project aims to ensure the delivery of the required gas volumes to north-western Russia for domestic consumption and export purposes. 

Nord Stream 2 pipeline project, Russia

By: Sheila Barradas     3rd June 2016 Nord Stream 2 involves the construction of will about 1 200 km natural gas pipelines.  

Cities, industrial infrastructure need protection as connectivity rises

By: Schalk Burger     6th May 2016 The threat landscape is changing, along with technologies, impacting on new fields, such as industrial infrastructure, which is becoming increasingly connected. Smart cities are also developing fast through connected devices, Web services and cloud solutions, but these are also making cities... 

Trans-European Transport Network project, European Union

By: Sheila Barradas     1st April 2016 The project will remove bottlenecks, upgrade infrastructure and streamline crossborder transport operations for passengers and businesses throughout the European Union. 

Wikinger offshore wind farm project, northern Europe

By: Sheila Barradas     3rd April 2015 The Wikinger wind farm will be built about 75 km from the German coast, in water ranging from 37 m to 43 m deep. 

Tractebel Engineering and Lahmeyer International jointly at EWEA OFFSHORE 2015

     16th March 2015 On March 10-12, wind energy specialists from all over the world met in Copenhagen on the occasion of the EWEA OFFSHORE 2015. Tractebel Engineering and Lahmeyer International, subsidiaries of the GDF SUEZ Group, presented their expanded range of services together in Hall C1 at Stand B3. These... 

Company Announcement: With Onshore Wind Power the Energy Turnaround Becomes the Real Deal

     20th September 2012 juwi CEO Matthias Willenbacher presents concept for renewable energy expansion and criticizes German government / Possible savings of several billion euros Husum/Wörrstadt, September 19 2012 

Wikinger offshore wind farm project, Germany

By: Sheila Barradas     31st August 2012 Iberdrola has taken the first step towards the construction of the Wikinger wind farm, with two contracts being awarded. 

SA Agulhas II to embark on shakedown cruise to Antarctica

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     6th July 2012 South Africa’s ice-breaker, the R1.3-billion SA Agulhas II would be embarking on a 26-day shakedown cruise to the edge of the ice shelf in Antarctica on July 9. The purpose of the shakedown cruise would be to test all ship systems under full operational conditions and also to train researchers.... 

Antipiracy patrol now a major operational task of the SA Navy

By: Keith Campbell     27th April 2012 I have been doing a lot of travelling recently. In the week before Easter, I was in Sweden and in the week after Easter, in Cape Town. These were business trips, the former sponsored by Saab and the latter by the funders of the Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (these latter being a mix of big... 

Company Announcement: Voith Teams With SCHRAMM group to Develop Special Vessels

     20th March 2012 In the future, operators of offshore wind farms will have one point of contact for all technical and service issues 


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