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South Africa's petrol, diesel pump prices to rise in May

By: Reuters     28th April 2017 The retail price of petrol and the wholesale price of diesel in South Africa will rise from May 3, the energy department said on Friday. The price of 95 octane petrol will climb 3.7% to R13.79 ($1.03) a litre in the commercial hub of Gauteng province, while diesel will rise 2.6% to R11.80 a... 

Generator servicing lessens fire hazard risk

By: Johane Turkstra     28th April 2017 Companies need to service generators regularly to lessen the fire hazard risk they pose, says risk management company ASP Fire CEO Michael van Niekerk. “A generators is used only occasionally and is generally ‘tucked away in a corner’, so management tends to forget that it can potentially be a... 

Himoinsa

By: Zandile Mavuso     28th April 2017 As a global corporation that designs, manufactures and distributes power generation equipment globally, Himoinsa adds incomparable application and engineering know-how, excellent design and service capabilities, delivering value beyond the equipment it produces. 

Maverick Generators

     28th April 2017 Established in 2007, generator supplier Maverick Generators has earned an excellent track record with many satisfied clients across Southern Africa. This is as a result of the company offering high-quality generating sets for a variety of applications. 

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. 

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... 

Rain halts mining at Tarcoola

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     26th April 2017 Mining operations at the Tarcoola gold project, in South Australia, have been temporarily suspended on the back of two significant rainfall events in close proximity to each other. ASX-listed WPG Resources said on Wednesday that all roads leading to the mine have been temporarily closed, which... 

Goscor Group to showcase agricultural solutions at NAMPO 2017

     25th April 2017 Industrial equipment supplier the Goscor Group, a part of Industrial Services Holdings (InServe), will have a major presence at Grain SA's NAMPO Harvest Day 2017 from 16 to 19 May near Bothaville in the Free State. Last year the 50th anniversary of the annual four-day event attracted a record 75... 

Atlas Copco portable LED light towers shed reliable and efficient light

     25th April 2017 Atlas Copco Portable Energy’s latest range of portable HiLight light towers incorporates cutting-edge LED (Light Emitting Diode) technology and delivers reliable and efficient lighting solutions with up to 25% more light compared to metal halide lamps and average savings of 60% on fuel... 

Congo nears Eskom power-supply contract to boost copper output

By: Bloomberg     24th April 2017 The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) signed a provisional agreement to import power from South Africa that could boost copper production this year by as much as 20%, according to the country’s chamber of mines. State-owned power company SNEL proposed importing 200 MW from South African utility... 

AfDB to review development of Senegalese power plant after complaints 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     21st April 2017 The African Development Bank (AfDB) will review compliance eligibility at the €206-million, 125 MW Sendou coal-fired power plant project, in Senegal, following several community complaints. Two groups raised eight similar issues with the bank, including an unviable government policy option to use... 

Generator giant to expand its Southern Africa network

By: Robyn Wilkinson     21st April 2017 Power generation equipment developer Himoinsa’s new subsidiary, Himoinsa Southern Africa, will provide a base from which the company can develop its geophysical footprint in Southern Africa by expanding and supporting its existing distribution network. 

Integrated energy solutions Africa’s answer

By: Robyn Wilkinson     21st April 2017 While several large-scale energy projects in Africa are progressing positively, growing global interest in sustainability and renewable energy highlights the need to actively pursue other low-cost, fast-tracked integrated energy solutions that will benefit Africans without access to electricity,... 

Local equipment supplier upgrades product offering

By: Simone Liedtke     21st April 2017 Machine manufacturer Meclift has added the ML1812R variable reach truck series to its heavy-lifting equipment range, which has a lifting capacity of 18 t and operates swiftly in confined spaces, including warehouses and cargo vessels. 

Agrium completes commissioning of $720m Borger urea plant, Texas

By: Henry Lazenby     18th April 2017 TSX- and NYSE-listed Agrium has commissioned its new urea plant at the Borger Nitrogen Operations facility, in Texas, having completed its first run of urea production – widely used in fertilisers as a source of nitrogen. The Calgary-based company, which controls the largest retail distribution... 

Eastern Goldfields raises A$25m for Davyhurst

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     18th April 2017 ASX-listed Eastern Goldfields will raise a minimum of A$25-million through a share placement to complete the commissioning of the Davyhurst operation, in Western Australia. The company on Tuesday said that it will issue up to 80-million shares, at a price of 35c each to sophisticated, profession... 

Container handling equipment well suited to African market

By: Nadine James     14th April 2017 Container handling equipment solutions provider Mobicon Systems’ mini straddle carriers have achieved significant success in African markets, specifically because of their low maintenance requirements, which ensure consistent functionality with minimal technical support, says materials handling... 

Botswana's 300 MW power plant stalled over $800m guarantee dispute

By: Reuters     13th April 2017 The 300 MW expansion of two units at Botswana's Morupule B coal fired power plant has been delayed due to a dispute with the contractor over an $800-million guarantee, a cabinet minister said on Wednesday. Japan's Marubeni and South Korea's Posco Energy were last year awarded the contract for the... 

Moma kickstarts Q1 with double-digit production increases

By: Natasha Odendaal     13th April 2017 Output from the Moma titanium minerals mine, in northern Mozambique, during the first quarter of this year has set the pace for a targeted 5% to 16% year-on-year increase in full year production, London-listed Kenmare Resources said on Thursday. Double-digit year-on-year increases seen in... 

Strand jacks an effective option for sugar mills

By: Robyn Wilkinson     12th April 2017 Machine moving and rigging specialist Lovemore Bros is adding four 70 t strand jacks to its service offering, providing an effective heavy-lifting alternative to conventional cranes for many industries, including the sugar industry. 

Diesel tax refund system should be simplified – KPMG

By: Natasha Odendaal     11th April 2017 As the National Treasury and the South African Revenue Service (Sars) work to streamline the current diesel refund system, KPMG believes the development of a more simplified and concise refund framework is needed, particularly in reference to mining sector beneficiaries. The current Sars diesel... 

Rail – The Future of Africa’s Industrialisation

     11th April 2017 Rail infrastructure upgrades remain a core focus of the ongoing industrialisation of Africa, where the transportation of goods and commodities is often difficult and costly, due to underinvestment in rail infrastructure. China’s October 2015 announcement to pledge US$50-billion towards the... 

Premium Miller welding equipment now available for rental from Afrox

     10th April 2017 As of April 2017, Afrox will be offering tailor-made welding equipment rental packages to the South African market, affording customers the option to rent a selection of premium welding machines for short- to medium-term projects. This first-of-a-kind rental equipment offer from Afrox... 

Medupi power station project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     7th April 2017 Eskom announced on April 3 that Unit 5 had reached commercial operation. 

New excavator brought to Africa  

By: Victor Moolman     7th April 2017 Industrial and agriculture equipment supplier Smith Power Equipment (SPE), last month expanded its Japanese construction equipment product offering in South Africa to include Kubota’s KX080-3S excavator. 

Testing of world’s first fuel-cell-powered train under way

By: David Oliveira     7th April 2017 Railway systems and equipment company Alstom successfully completed an 80 km/h test run of the Coradia iLint, the world’s first fuel-cell-powered passenger train, at the company’s test track in Salzgitter, Germany, last month. An extensive test campaign will be conducted in Germany and the Czech... 

Zimbabwe academy uses local machines to build campus

By: Victor Moolman     7th April 2017 Independent school for boys and girls Knowstics Academy, in Manicaland, Zimbabwe, bought three block production machines in June last year from machine manufacturer Hydraform, in Boksburg, South Africa to start construction on new premises that will have separate buildings for boys and girls. 

Transnet unveils Trans-Africa locomotive

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     4th April 2017 State-owned rail company Transnet on Tuesday unveiled the first locomotive to be designed, engineered and manufactured in Africa, the Trans-Africa locomotive. The company said the locomotive, which will be assembled at the company’s production facility in Koedoespoort, east of Pretoria, marked a... 

Economics now key driver of commercial rooftop solar adoption as supply stabilises - juwi

By: Terence Creamer     3rd April 2017 Renewable energy engineering, procurement and construction services group juwi Renewable Energies expects the commercial solar market in South Africa to undergo a significant shift in the coming months as independent power producers (IPPs) begin playing a more prominent role. CEO Greg Austin says... 

South Africa lagging badly in fuel quality stakes, Naamsa warns

By: Irma Venter     31st March 2017 South Africa is fifteen years behind the rest of the world in terms of legislation regulating the quality of fuel available at the pump, says National Association of Automobile Manufacturers (Naamsa) director Nico Vermeulen. He says new clean fuel legislation should have been in place in 2017,... 

Africa not making the most of its solar energy potential  

By: Anine Kilian     28th March 2017 Most African governments are not moving fast enough to progress the uptake of solar energy, with the renewable energy accounting for less than 1% of energy consumed on the continent, Gigawatt Global CEO Welden Turner said on Tuesday. Speaking at Power & Electricity World Africa 2017, in... 

Cape Town to take delivery of 11 electric buses by year-end

By: Irma Venter     24th March 2017 Cape Town’s fleet of eleven electric buses are scheduled for arrival by the end of 2017, “operating by the beginning of 2018, or sooner”, says Cape Town Transport and Urban Development Authority (TDA) commissioner Melissa Whitehead. The buses will be supplied by Chinese green energy firm BYD, in... 

Solar energy may get boost from Africa’s biggest oil exporter 

By: Bloomberg     24th March 2017 Nigeria, Africa’s biggest oil exporter, may be about to turn sunward to generate more of its power. Senators in the capital of Abuja are debating an allocation of $30-million to solar projects in this year’s Budget, according to the Renewable Energy Association of Nigeria (REAN). They are... 

Davyhurst crushing circuit commissioning to start shortly

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     22nd March 2017 Commissioning of the newly refurbished crushing circuit at the Davyhurst mill, in Western Australia, is poised to start next week, with the balance of the circuits expected to be commissioned in April, owner Eastern Goldfields said. The refurbishment of the 1.2-million-tonne-a-year mill is some... 

First continuous hydrothermal liquefaction production plant launched at NWU

By: David Oliveira     17th March 2017 South Africa’s first continuous hydrothermal liquefaction plant was launched at North-West University (NWU) earlier this month, which will result in the production of bio-oils, bio-char, biochemicals and biogas. The plant is one of the outputs of the Department of Science and Technology- and the... 

Microgrid powers Kruger Park lodge resort

     17th March 2017 American battery manufacturer Aquion Energy last month announced the completion of  a newly installed offgrid microgrid at a nature lodge resort in Kruger National Park in South Africa, which consists of a 55 kWh Aquion Aspen battery bank, paired with a 10 kW solar array. Aquion, which... 

Refiners commit to producing clean fuels 

By: Kim Cloete     15th March 2017 Although Africa’s oil refining industry will need significant investments to adapt to the move by industry and the automotive sector to cleaner fuels, companies say they are committed to the change. “The impact will touch all sides of the industry, starting with refining and marketing. It will... 

Industrial manufacturers to implement energy management systems

By: Simone Liedtke     10th March 2017 The National Cleaner Production Centre of South Africa (NCPC-SA) is assisting industrial manufacturing companies – such as foundries – to develop and implement energy management systems (EnMS) in line with ISO 50001 through its EnMS training programme. 

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