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Power underpins wave of African industrialisation

     24th November 2017 Power is closely tied to a surge of new infrastructure projects and rapid industrialisation across Africa, with significant opportunities still open to the power sector, delegates heard at a briefing for key power sector stakeholders in Sandton this week. Infrastructure spend across Africa will... 

On-The-Air (24/11/2017) 

By: Martin Creamer     24th November 2017 Turning mine dump sand into gold received a major boost this week when Sibanye and DRDGold joined forces; Sasol this week announced a new growth strategy that shuns its pioneering technologies of turning coal into petrol and gas into diesel; Gold Fields this week became the second mining company... 

Microgrids add new arrow to Africa’s electricity access quiver

By: Mia Breytenbach     24th November 2017 The launch of a R25-million solar energy, lithium-ion battery storage microgrid on Robben Island – the World Heritage Site in Table Bay, Cape Town, which, until recently, relied on diesel to generate electricity – not only showcases the versatile advantages of microgrid technology, but also... 

More than 600 students register for renowned trade qualifications

By: Nadine James     24th November 2017 Witbank-based artisan training facility the Colliery Training College (CTC) has received a significant number of registrations for trade and mining qualifications. CTC MD Johan Venter says more than 600 students registered on September 18, with classes having started on September 20. 

Company expands diesel supply to include buses

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     24th November 2017 Wholesale prices fuel supplier Next Grace Investments is providing a valuable diesel supply solutions for clients in the bus and truck industry. During the Gauteng Bus Indaba and Strategic Planning Workshop, held in September at the Nasrec Expo Centre, in Johannesburg, Next Grace Investments... 

Microgrids add new arrow to Africa’s electricity access quiver

By: Mia Breytenbach     24th November 2017 The launch of a R25-million solar energy, lithium-ion battery storage microgrid on Robben Island – the World Heritage Site in Table Bay, Cape Town, which, until recently, relied on diesel to generate electricity – not only showcases the versatile advantages of microgrid technology, but also... 

Robben Island inaugurates solar PV microgrid 

     23rd November 2017 Robben Island, a World Heritage Site in Table Bay, Cape Town has gone green with the installation of a R25-million solar energy, lithium-ion battery storage microgrid. Mia Breytenbach has the details. 

Sasol’s new strategy shuns GTL as specialty chemicals emerge as key growth driver

By: Terence Creamer     23rd November 2017 Chemicals and energy group Sasol is preparing to sell several assets, including its Canadian shale gas assets, following an overhaul of its corporate strategy, which eschews any further greenfield gas-to-liquids (GTL) investments in favour of smaller acquisitions and projects of between... 

Britain to hike levy on most polluting diesel cars

By: Reuters     22nd November 2017 Britain will increase the amount of taxation paid by those driving diesel cars that do not meet more stringent emissions standards, finance minister Philip Hammond said on Wednesday. Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) is paid by British drivers with one rate applying in the first year dependent on... 

New field kitchens ordered from Saab by SANDF

By: Keith Campbell     22nd November 2017 The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) has awarded a contract for mobile containerised kitchen systems to aerospace, defence and security group Saab. The contract will be executed by Saab at its facility in Centurion, just south of Pretoria. The value of the contract has not been... 

Two South Africans shortlisted for engineering innovation prize

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     22nd November 2017 Two young South Africans are among the 16 engineers hailing from seven countries in Africa, who have been chosen for the shortlist of the prestigious Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation. University of the Witwatersrand chemical engineering research fellow Collins Saguru has developed AltMet,... 

Metals billionaire to win whether electric cars boom or bust

By: Bloomberg     22nd November 2017 There are two major reasons mining billionaire Vladimir Potanin is within a hair’s breadth of regaining his ranking as Russia’s richest tycoon this year. One is higher prices for nickel used in batteries as metals traders bet electric vehicles are the future of transportation. The other is a... 

Funding made available to advance Burkina Faso solar project

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     22nd November 2017 The Banque Internationale pour le Commerce, l’Industrie et l’Artisanat du Burkina (BICIAB), a BNP Paribas Group subsidiary, will provide $16.5-million in financing to Eren Renewable Energy for a 15 MW solar power plant that is under construction in Burkina Faso. The funding was granted to... 

Mining contributes A$55bn to Qld economy in 2016/17

By: Mia Breytenbach     21st November 2017 The resources sector continues to drive employment and investment in Queensland, having contributed A$55.1-billion to the state’s economy in 2016/17 and supported the equivalent of 282 633 full-time jobs. This is according to the Queensland Resources Council’s (QRC’s) eighth yearly economic... 

New Generation Engines Raise Bar For Remanufacturers

     21st November 2017 So complex has modern engine design become that companies wanting to have their engines remanufactured should first look carefully at their service provider’s equipment and in-house skills profile. According to Andrew Yorke, operations director of Metric Automotive Engineering, the cost benefit... 

WPIC forecasts yet another platinum deficit in 2018

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     21st November 2017 A global platinum deficit of 275 000 oz is expected in 2018, further reducing the availability of above ground stocks of the metal, which have contributed about 2.5-million ounces in the last year, the World Platinum Investment Council (WPIC) said on Monday. “[This] represents the sixth year that... 

Shell collaboration helps power London buses with coffee waste

By: Nica Schreuder     20th November 2017 International energy and petrochemicals group Shell, in partnership with London-based clean technology company bio-bean and UK biodiesel producer Argent Energy, is helping power some of London’s buses through a new coffee biodiesel project – launched on Monday – which uses a biofuel made partly... 

Tesla truck supercharges hopes for boom in battery metals demand

By: Bloomberg     19th November 2017 Tesla’s plans to roll out an all-electric big rig have given a fresh jolt to the outlook for battery metals that will go into powering the truck founder Elon Musk is calling “The Beast.” Banks including Goldman Sachs Group, UBS Group and Bank of America are already forecasting a surge in demand... 

New $200 000 Tesla Roadster speeds in front of electric big-rig truck

By: Reuters     17th November 2017 Tesla Inc upstaged its own debut of an electric heavy duty truck on Thursday when a red Roadster pulled out of the big rig’s trailer and Chief Executive Elon Musk said the new $200 000 sports car would be the fastest production car ever. The showmanship wowed the crowd although some analysts’... 

Legislation, infrastructure crucial for electromobility to thrive in South Africa

     17th November 2017 Tim Abbott contends that, with favourable legislation and the requisite infrastructure, South Africa's burgeoning electric-vehicle market will thrive There is no doubt that the long-term future of automotive mobility includes electric vehicles (EVs). In 2016, nearly 774 000 EVs and plug-in hybrid... 

Specialised welding enhances refurbishment capabilities

By: Robyn Wilkinson     17th November 2017 Having proven the benefits of laser beam welding for the refurbishment of industrial components in a range of experimental projects, the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research’s (CSIR’s) National Laser Centre (NLC) is working to commercialise this specialised technique for the South... 

Blue Crude plant, Norway

By: Sheila Barradas     17th November 2017 The project entails the construction of a plant that will produce the environment-friendly synthetic crude oil substitute Blue Crude. 

SNC-Lavalin signs multiyear agreement with Chevron

By: Anine Kilian     16th November 2017 Project management company SNC-Lavalin has inked a multiyear agreement with oil producer Chevron South Africa’s crude oil refinery in Cape Town, which will run until August 31, 2020.     As per the agreement, SNC-Lavalin’s scope of work includes the mechanical maintenance services of various... 

City of Johannesburg mulls electric bus pilot project 


By: Irma Venter     16th November 2017 The City of Johannesburg hopes to conclude a near-term feasibility study on the use of battery electric and fuel-cell buses by the end of 2019. With this done, it could be possible to introduce an electric bus to the city’s bus fleet in a pilot implementation project in 2023, says City of... 

Fortune to consider higher cobalt output in Nico feasibility report

By: Henry Lazenby     10th November 2017 Project developer Fortune Minerals plans to increase the production rate at its flagship Nico cobalt/gold/bismuth/copper project, in Canada’s Northwest Territories, by between 20% and 30% in a response to feedback from potential strategic partners, the company announced on Thursday. London,... 

South Sudan seeks outside help as it aims to power up

By: John Muchira     10th November 2017 South Sudan is pleading for foreign funding and investment in the energy sector to light the country which remains in the dark. Despite being endowed with vast oil and gas reserves and massive potential to generate electricity from hydro, solar and wind sources, the country entirely depends on... 

Student competition fosters innovative energy solutions

By: Nica Schreuder     10th November 2017 In a bid to allow South African engineering students to explore and understand energy efficiency and solutions, Gauteng-based tertiary institution the University of Johannesburg (UJ) has partnered with international energy and petrochemicals group Shell Global for the fourth time to host the... 

Gas company secures onshore petroleum production right

By: Mia Breytenbach     10th November 2017 The Petroleum Agency of South Africa has granted integrated alternative and renewable-energy business Renergen’s Tetra4 subsidiary environmental authorisation for its Free State natural gas development. The authorisation, the processing of which has taken more than two years, with multiple rounds... 

Innovative system uses truck engine to refrigerate cold trailers

By: Irma Venter     10th November 2017 Eqstra Flexi Fleet, a division of Eqstra Fleet Management and Logistics, has partnered with New Way, Ice Cold Bodies, and Javgro Transport Refrigeration Solutions to design a cold trailer that will run “80% to 90% of the time” using power from the truck engine, says Javgro MD Kenan Gröss. In... 

ISO Bearings

     10th November 2017 Boksburg-based bearings supplier ISO Bearings is the South African importer and distributor of the ISO and LYC bearings brands and ancillary equipment. The company’s product portfolio offers solutions for the mining, agriculture, general engineering, earthmoving, food processing,  railways and... 

Large oil traders escape EU's MIFID II trading rules, for now

By: Reuters     9th November 2017 Less than two months before strict European Union rules on derivatives come into force, most large oil traders have persuaded regulators to exempt them for now from limits on the positions they can hold, arguing they are not speculators. The EU's revamped Markets in Financial Instruments... 

BAW introduces SA assembled diesel taxi

By: Irma Venter     8th November 2017 Beijing Automotive Works South Africa (BAW SA) will test a new diesel minibus taxi in the local market through sales at four selected dealers in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban and KwaZulu-Natal’s South Coast. Should the market accept the vehicle, availability would grow to most of the 28 BAW... 

High-pressure industrial cleaning suitable for various industries

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd November 2017 Water-jetting solutions provider Total Blasting says its ultrahigh-pressure jetting units are suitable for applications in industries such as petrochemicals (refineries), marine, offshore oil and gas, and automotive manufacturing plants.  

Newly inaugurated PV microgrid to supply almost 50% of Robben Island’s electricity

By: Mia Breytenbach     3rd November 2017 Robben Island, a World Heritage Site has gone green with the installation of a R25-million solar energy, lithium-ion battery storage microgrid that will supply almost half of the island’s yearly electricity requirement. The Department of Tourism, together with the appointed engineering,... 

Complete heavy-vehicle service station concept created through partnership 

     2nd November 2017 Oil and gas multinational ExxonMobil and tyre multinational Michelin Tyre Company, teamed up with local truck service and wheel alignment enterprise Laser Fast to create a truck stop where the vehicles are checked, serviced and wheels aligned while drivers rest. Schalk Burger has the story. 

Engen and Edcon partner up for rewards

     2nd November 2017 Engen has launched an exciting new partnership with Edcon’s Thank U loyalty programme.   According to Engen’s Head of Retail, Seelan Naidoo the partnership is another way that Engen is putting customers first.    “By partnering with one of the most popular rewards programmes in the country, this... 

Cooke underground closes but 1 640 Beatrix jobs saved – Sibanye

By: Martin Creamer     1st November 2017 The underground mining operations at the Cooke 1, 2 and 3 gold mining shafts on the West Rand have been placed on care and maintenance resulting in the retrenchment of 2 025 employees, in addition to the 1 350 who took voluntary separation packages, precious metals mining company... 

Renergen reports modest interim results

By: Anine Kilian     31st October 2017 JSE-listed alternative and renewable energy business Renergen’s revenue increased by 179% to R1.4-million in the half-year ended August 31, bolstered by a higher diesel price following a weaker rand and higher oil prices in the period under review. The company’s cost of sales increased by 381% to... 

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