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Fuel cell thrust continuing – Anglo American Platinum 

By: Martin Creamer     Updated 7 hours ago The momentum around fuel cell vehicles as one of the zero-emission technologies of the future is continuing to build as shown by launches and proposed launches of commercially available fuel cell electric vehicles by major car manufacturers. Pictures of fuel cell electric vehicles bearing... 

Dedicated truck highway could improve logistics services

By: David Oliveira     22nd July 2016 A truck rapid transit (TRT) system, with dedicated road infrastructure similar to that provided for the bus rapid transport system being rolled out in many South African cities, could provide the impetus to improve the country’s anaemic economic growth. During petrochemicals group Shell’s Rimula... 

Gas gensets a sustainable power alternative  

By: Sebastian Whyle     22nd July 2016 Engine, filtration and power-generation product manufacturer Cummins notes that gas-powered gensets are a sustainable power solution, owing to natural gas being methane-rich and occurring naturally. This makes it a cost-effective alternative energy source, compared with wind and solar power.  

S Africa to use fuel-flexible turbines as interim power supply solution

     22nd July 2016 South Africa’s gas-to-power programme, aimed at delivering 3 726 MW of electricity, is expected to come on line between 2019 and 2025, says power generation plant and product provider APR Energy regional sales director Mark Makanda.  

Three US states sue Volkswagen, say executives covered up diesel cheating

By: Reuters     20th July 2016 Senior executives at Volkswagen AG including its former chief executive covered up evidence that the German automaker had cheated on US diesel emissions tests for years, three US states charged on Tuesday in civil lawsuits against the company. New York, Massachusetts and Maryland filed separate,... 

Reef Fuel Injection Services Fuels Leadership Position In SA

     20th July 2016 There are only a few South African companies that are able to repair cutting edge diesel fuel injection systems that have entered the market over the years, and Reef Fuel Injection Services continues to grow its reputation as a leader in the field. RFI is an authorised service agent to all... 

Eskom moves to raise exports as it closes in on 80% plant-availability goal  

By: Terence Creamer     19th July 2016 State-owned electricity producer Eskom says it is on course to achieve its stated goal of achieving an energy availability factor (EAF) of 80% well ahead of its 2021 target, reporting a steady recovery in the performance of its fleet of coal-fired power stations. As a consequence, the utility... 

The Brexit fear: Was it overdone?

     18th July 2016 Various global and domestic real economic activity data gave financial markets last week a welcome boost. On the heal of the favourable USA job data the previous Friday, better than expected company earnings in the USA, and good growth prospects for China turned market sentiment to the good. The... 

Complete mobile on-site air, power, light, and now also pump solutions from a single source

     15th July 2016 Atlas Copco Portable Energy leads the market as a single source supplier of turnkey on-site mobile solutions with the development and extension of its pump portfolio to complement the division’s already well-established range of compressors, generators and light towers. “The shared synergies... 

Motorists in for massive drop in petrol price – AA

By: News24Wire      15th July 2016 Motorists can expect a massive drop in the petrol price next month, as South Africans reap the benefit of the weak oil price and the strengthening rand in the face of Brexit, the Automobile Association (AA) announced on Friday. “The mid-month data sees petrol poised for a drop of up to 83 cents a... 

UK should consider prosecuting VW over emissions scandal – lawmakers

By: Reuters     15th July 2016 Britain should consider prosecuting Volkswagen over the diesel emissions scandal, a committee of lawmakers said on Friday, accusing the government of being too slow to decide whether the German automaker broke the law. Europe's biggest carmaker admitted last September to cheating US diesel... 

Acquisition ensures lean manufacturing expertise at all operation stages

     15th July 2016 Project management consultancy Turner & Townsend acquired UK-based operational consultancy Suiko in June, to position the company as the first independent construction consultancy to offer lean expertise at all stages of capital project delivery and operations. 

New heavy-duty diesel oil said to improve engine protection

By: David Oliveira     15th July 2016 Petrochemicals group Shell launched a new range of products in its Rimula heavy-duty diesel engine oil (HDDEO) range at the Maslow Hotel, in Sandton, last month. The new Shell Rimula R6 LM 10W-40 fully synthetic HDDEO features the company’s unique Dynamic Protection Plus Technology. It combines... 

SolarAfrica, Aquion Energy install offgrid solar system in Kenya

By: Natasha Odendaal     14th July 2016 Solar energy services firm SolarAfrica on Thursday said it had, along with Aqueous Hybrid Ion batteries and energy storage systems manufacturer Aquion Energy, completed the installation of an offgrid microgrid at the wildlife research and ecotourism hub Loisaba Conservancy, in Kenya. The offgrid... 

ABB inaugurates its first South African microgrid at Longmeadow headquarters 

     14th July 2016 Automation technology group ABB has commissioned an integrated solar-diesel microgrid installation at its 96 000 m2 Longmeadow facility in Johannesburg. This is the group’s first microgrid in South Africa. Mia Breytenbach tells us more.  

Helios Towers DRC secures $105m funding facility

By: Natasha Odendaal     13th July 2016 Independent tower company Helios Towers Africa (HTA) on Wednesday said its Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) subsidiary Helios Towers DRC (HTD) had successfully completed a $105-million upsizing of its syndicated term-loan facility to partly finance acquisitions and fund portfolio expansion and... 

Female Inspiration In A Male Dominated World!

     11th July 2016 Mosima Ginny, a 30 year old mother of 3 and Level 4 Qualified Diesel Mechanic has proven that the Goscor Cleaning service department is no longer just a man’s’ world. Ginny is an inspiration to more than just the technical industry and Goscor Cleaning Equipment is proud to have her as part of the... 

Parker Hannifin’s new F3 Hydraulic Truck Pump is easy to engage and disengage

     11th July 2016 July, 2016 - Parker Hannifin Corporation, the global leader in motion and control technologies has announced its new F3 Hydraulic Truck Pump that is designed to be installed connected to the engine’s  power take-off (PTO) and used in applications where the driver / operator needs to have access... 

RS Components presents Global Supplier Award for Innovation to Barth Elektronik

     8th July 2016 RS Components, the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc, the global distributor for engineers, has recently granted the Global Supplier Award for Innovation to Barth Elektronik. In particular, the distributor highlighted the success of Barth’s STG series of mini-PLCs.   With its mini-PLC... 

African sales of oil brand rose in 2015, despite economic difficulties

By: Irma Venter     8th July 2016 The volume of Castrol oil sales in Africa increased by around 5% in 2015 compared with 2014, says Castrol Africa MD David Bouet. Despite the visible slump in the continent’s mining industry, the automotive and industrial markets are still ticking over, he notes. 

Cilacap refinery upgrade project, Indonesia

By: Sheila Barradas     8th July 2016 The project involves expanding the Cilacap refinery to 370 000 bbl/d. 

Integrated LNG import and natural gas facilities poised to meet energy demand

By: Robyn Wilkinson     8th July 2016 Consulting, engineering, procurement and construction services provider Black & Veatch liquefied natural gas (LNG) technologies VP Shawn Hoffart and power generation technologies VP and director Alap Shah will discuss the benefits of maximising the synergies of combined LNG import and natural... 

Microgrid solutions integral to sustainable power systems

By: Robyn Wilkinson     8th July 2016 The economics of distributed power generation are changing rapidly and modern microgrid solutions are becoming an important part of sustainable, reliable and cost-effective electric systems, says procurement and construction services provider Black & Veatch distributed generation service area... 

New portable compressor range affords fuel savings

     8th July 2016 Compressed air and gas solutions manufacturer CompAir, which is part of the Gardner Denver Group, is launching a new DLT0705 range of portable compressors with a Stage 3B emissions compliant engine. The DLT0705 is being upgraded to the latest emission compliance regulations. This range includes... 

We are not doing ‘progressed’ matriculants any favours

By: Kelvin Kemm     8th July 2016 There is this issue of the Department of Basic Education (DBE) introducing a new scheme to measure matric pass rates. Many people seem to be praising the idea, but I am not so sure; I am still thinking about it. 

Perseus improves operating performance at Edikan, first gold at Sissingué expected in 2017

By: Mia Breytenbach     7th July 2016 Dual-listed West African gold producer Perseus Mining’s intensive work programme implemented earlier this year to improve operating performance at its Edikan operation, in Ghana, has successfully improved operating performance at the mine in recent months. With the strong performance at Edikan,... 

Zuma leads delegation to France to promote trade

By: Anine Kilian     4th July 2016 President Jacob Zuma will lead South African Ministers and a business delegation on an official State visit to France from July 11 to 12. The key objective for the visit would be to promote South Africa’s exports and to attract investment in the automotive, ship-building, aquaculture and energy... 

Petrol price increase to hit South African pockets

By: African News Agency      4th July 2016 Motorists will be digging deeper into their pockets as the petrol price will increase by between eight and 11 cents a litre on Wednesday. This increase follows a 52 cent increase per litre in June, a 12 cents increase in May, and an 88 cents increase in April. 

Rwanda harnesses lake 'demons' to power the economy

By: Reuters     1st July 2016 Rwandans blame the "demons" of Lake Kivu for the deaths of fisherman and others who have occasionally disappeared on one of Africa's great expanses of water in the heart of the continent. Now Rwanda is turning the methane gas which can bubble up from the lake bed, sometimes with fatal... 

PRASA rail signalling system project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     1st July 2016 The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa plans to implement a new technologically advanced rail signalling system to replace the old and often unreliable system. 

Keep calm and carry on driving

     30th June 2016 A few years ago when petrol prices started rising rapidly, petrol station owners had to buy new pumps to reflect the double digit prices. Car owners started trading in their large cars for smaller, more fuel efficient cars. Soon after the drastic jumps stabalised a bit and as time moved on, some... 

Unitrans’s Megabus procures first Scania Euro 6, CNG buses, Tetra 4 to supply local gas 

     30th June 2016 Unitrans’s subsidiary Megabus has procured ten Scania, 280 horsepower, 100% compressed natural gas buses. Megabus will trial these buses for the next five years at its Free State operations. Mia Breytenbach tells us more. 

GE, Transnet explore use of digital technologies to boost locomotive performance

By: Terence Creamer     30th June 2016 Technology multinational GE reports that it is working with South Africa’s Transnet on ways to integrate its digital solutions into the locomotives it has already supplied, and is in the process of supplying, to the State-owned freight logistics group. The two companies are using GE’s newly... 

S Africa still reliant on coal, struggling to transition to low-carbon economy 

By: Anine Kilian     29th June 2016 South Africa is the twelfth-greatest emitter of greenhouse gases (GHGs) in the world, as well as the biggest polluter on the African continent, according to German political foundation Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) South Africa director Renate Tenbusch, speaking at a roundtable event on black... 

Volkswagen's US diesel emissions settlement to cost $15bn – source

By: Reuters     28th June 2016 Volkswagen AG's settlement with nearly 500 000 US diesel owners and government regulators over polluting vehicles is valued at more than $15-billion cash, two sources briefed on the matter said on Monday. The settlement, to be announced on Tuesday in Washington, includes $10.03-billion to offer... 

Industrial Equipment range brings cost and energy-saving benefits to the Namibian mining sector through Renttech SA’s branch SA Welding in Walvis Bay

     28th June 2016 Renttech South Africa’s pan-African expansion strategy is well on track with the company’s new branch in Namibia.   Featuring a broad range of well-known names in welding machinery and consumables, lifting and rigging equipment, as well as diesel generators and compressors, Renttech - situated in... 

Keaton reports R297m FY loss

By: David Oliveira     27th June 2016 South African coal miner Keaton Energy incurred a net loss of R297.3-million for the year ended March 31, compared with a net loss of R71.9-million the year before. The coal miner reported a headline loss a share of 26.9c, compared with headline earnings a share of 0.4c the year before. 

The Cummins Power City To City Tour South Africa Bringing Energy Solutions to the Nation A Powerful brand on the Move

     27th June 2016 Cummins Inc., a global energy leader providing electrical power generation systems and complementary business units that design, manufacture, distribute and service diesel and natural gas engines and related technologies, is embarking on a national City to City Tour of South Africa in a highly... 

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