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Disused Saldanha quarry emerging as new liquid petroleum gas hub

By: Dylan Slater     27th May 2016 A liquid petroleum gas (LPG) terminal and import infrastructure is being constructed by energy infrastructure company Sunrise Energy in Saldanha Bay, in the Western Cape, to curb historical LPG shortages and meet potential future requirements for gas-fired power plants and other industrial energy... 

Disused Saldanha quarry emerging as new liquid petroleum gas hub

By: Dylan Slater     27th May 2016 A liquid petroleum gas (LPG) terminal and import infrastructure are being constructed by energy infrastructure company Sunrise Energy, in Saldanha Bay, in the Western Cape, to curb historical LPG shortages and meet potential future requirements for gas-fired power plants and other industrial... 

Electric trucks make debut in German city of Stuttgart

By: Irma Venter     27th May 2016 Daimler Trucks has provided a small fleet of electric trucks to the German city of Stuttgart. Dr Wolfgang Bernhard, Daimler management board member responsible for Daimler Trucks, and Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation (MFTBC) president and CEO Marc Llistosella in April handed over five... 

Cargo Carriers moves forward in pursuit of excellence

     26th May 2016 Cargo Carriers, South Africa’s premium transportation, logistics and supply chain service provider, has responded to the South African Government’s Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) regulations with enthusiasm and has a host of initiatives in the pipeline. Audit and Risk Manager,... 

DTI moving to iron out local-content frustrations around Transnet contracts

By: Terence Creamer     24th May 2016 The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has confirmed that it is “concerned” about whether all four of the original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) that have been awarded parts of a R50-billion contract to supply 1 064 electricity and diesel locomotives to Transnet will meet the minimum... 

Green car ferry going into operation mid-2017

     20th May 2016 German electronics and industrial conglomerate Siemens has been commissioned to provide a complete electro-technical solution for a car ferry for Finnish sea and lake transport provider FinFerries.  

KiPower independent power producer plant project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     20th May 2016 A draft environmental impact report for the proposed construction of two loop-in loop-out 400 kV power lines to connect the KiPower independent power producer power plant to the Eskom grid has been released. 

St Helena Airport development, St Helena Island

By: Sheila Barradas     20th May 2016 The airport has been given approval to start commercial flight operations. 

Transnet Engineering targets big rise in third-party orders as OEM strategy evolves

By: Terence Creamer     19th May 2016 The engineering unit of State-owned Transnet has set a target of securing 40% of its revenue from third-party orders by 2021, which would represent a material increase from current levels of around 12%. The bulk of Transnet Engineering’s R10-billion in yearly revenues is currently derived from... 

Wind energy saved Eskom R300m, Sawea tells Molefe 

By: Anine Kilian     19th May 2016 The  South Africa Wind Energy Association (Sawea) is striking back at Eskom CEO Brian Molefe, who commented this week that renewables have “failed” the State power utility by not providing the necessary power to avoid load-shedding at the right time of day. In a statement released on Thursday,... 

Increased efficiencies with thyssenkrupp in-pit semi-mobile crushing plants

     16th May 2016 Global plant engineering giant, thyssenkrupp’s production-boosting mobile, semi-mobile and stationary crushing systems assist customers in optimising their comminution processes and increasing their equipment efficiencies. Rising costs for labour, fuel and consumables and the trend to more... 

Astral Foods’ HEPS falls on lower poultry profits

By: Tracy Hancock     16th May 2016 JSE-listed Astral Foods stated on Monday that the decrease in headline earnings from R387-million for the previous year's first six months to R299-million for the period under review was attributable to lower profits from the poultry division following mainly drought-related increases in feed... 

Molefe’s negative renewables comments attract yet more criticism 

By: Terence Creamer     16th May 2016 Eskom CEO Brian Molefe’s negative comments regarding the performance of renewable energy in South Africa continued to attract criticism on Monday, with a solar photovoltaic (PV) industry body describing Molefe’s views as “ill-informed at best, and misleading at worst”. During a recent update on... 

Up your game on sustainability, challenges Manuel

By: Kim Cloete     16th May 2016 Former Finance Minister Trevor Manuel has criticised both governments and companies for failing to live up to their commitments on sustainable development and has called for better laws and greater enforcement of those laws. He was speaking at the first ever Sustainable Brands Conference to be... 

Platinum deficit to reach 455 000 oz in 2016

By: Ilan Solomons     16th May 2016 Lower supply of and higher demand for platinum are expected to lead to a 455 000 oz deficit this year, compared with the 135 000 oz deficit previously anticipated. Total supply was forecast to decrease 1% to 7.8-million ounces this year, from 7.9-million ounces in 2015, owing to lower refined... 

Dependable power supply a top priority in shipping

     13th May 2016 Electric power generation and electromechanical power transmission specialist Vert Energy MD Grant Robertson notes that reliable power supply is a top priority in shipping. Therefore, Vert Energy has tailored its capability to assist vessel owners – not only with routine maintenance programmes,... 

Mine dump biofuel pilot project achieves early success, holds much potential  

By: Ilan Solomons     13th May 2016 Local green technology company G-Tech has recorded early success in its attempt to grow biofuel and other bioenergy feedstock to produce bioethanol and biodiesel as part of a mine dump rehabilitation pilot project in Randfontein, west of Johannesburg. The pilot project, on one of the gold dumps... 

Surveillance vessel visits CT on courtesy port call

By: Kimberley Smuts     13th May 2016 French surveillance frigate the Nivôse arrived in Cape Town in February for a courtesy port call from Reunion Island, a French island in the Indian Ocean, after patrolling French southern and Antarctic territories. The French Embassy in South Africa notes that during the courtesy call,... 

Eskom has control back – Molefe 

By: Natasha Odendaal     12th May 2016 State-owned power utility Eskom has regained control of its national electricity system after experiencing a prolonged surge in unplanned maintenance and breakdowns amid challenges to meeting demand. Unpacking the parastatal’s quarterly State of the System briefing, CEO Brian Molefe on Thursday... 

Platinum out of low-price straightjacket – survey

By: Martin Creamer     12th May 2016 Platinum is leaving its low price past behind it and the palladium deficit is deepening, the Thomson Reuters GFMS platinum report states. The team forecasts a $1 005/oz average platinum price in 2016 and a $595/oz palladium price, with GFMS precious metals mining manager William Tankard expecting... 

Davies weighs in on rail localisation

By: Terence Creamer     9th May 2016 Government was aware of the complaints surrounding the lack of progress in ensuring that localisation in Transnet’s locomotive procurement programme, Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies said on Monday. However, he gave an assurance that there was a plan, as part of the latest Industrial... 

Lincoln Lubrication’s successful Muster II fire suppression system demo draws appreciative applause.

     6th May 2016 Lincoln Lubrication South Africa, lubrication system technology and equipment solutions specialists, successfully demonstrated the effectiveness of its Muster II Automatic Fire Suppression System for mobile and static plant during a customer day hosted by Burgers International at their Pomona... 

African countries have major nuclear ambitions

By: African News Agency      6th May 2016 Eleven African countries are considering building nuclear power plants over the next 14 years to overcome the continent’s extreme electricity shortage. Outside South Africa, the entire installed generation capacity of Sub-Saharan Africa was now just 28 GW – equivalent to that of Argentina – Anton... 

Weight, cost challenges as BMW works to bring fuel-cell vehicle to market

By: Irma Venter     6th May 2016 BMW hopes to have all the components for a hydrogen fuel-cell-powered vehicle ready by “2020-ish”, says BMW head of fuel cell development Dr Merten Jung. Only then will the German carmaker decide which model should be launched onto the market as a customer-ready, fuel-cell-powered BMW. “First of... 

Compressor group appoints Botswana agency

By: Mia Breytenbach     6th May 2016 Compressor and generator rental company Rand-Air has appointed power generation and mining equipment and parts supplier Outdistance, which services the mining, engineering, power and construction industries in Botswana as an agency of choice in the market. Rand-Air, part of the Atlas Copco Group,... 

Equipment supplier flexes agricultural muscles at Nampo 2016

     6th May 2016 Industrial equipment supplier Goscor Power Products (GPP) – which has been supplying equipment to the agricultural industry for several years –  will for the first time, showcase its comprehensive and affordable product range at the Nampo Harvest Day event, held from May 17 to 20. “As... 

Grindrod delivers 6 locomotives to Bolloré Logistics for Sitarail

By: Yolande Botes     6th May 2016 Pretoria-based Grindrod Locomotives has delivered six of the 16 locomotives ordered by Bolloré Logistics for their Sitarail operation in the Côte d'Ivoire and Burkina Faso, in West Africa. The locomotives which were ordered in June 2015 were shipped in April this year. The R400-million order... 

Hyundai pins hopes on new models to sustain SA sales in 2016

By: Irma Venter     6th May 2016   Hyundai Automotive South Africa (HASA) hopes to see 2016 sales reach around the same level as 2015, defying a South African new-vehicle market most analysts agree will drop around 10% this year. 

Lubricants to aid equipment life span

     6th May 2016 International oil and gas industries company and platinum sponsors at this year’s African Utility Week, Shell, will be focusing on the promotion of its commercial lubricant products at the event, which can aid in maintaining equipment used in renewable energy generation. 

Manufacturer to focus on drought relief initiative

     6th May 2016 At this year’s Nampo (or National Maize Producers Organisation) Harvest Day, components manufacturer Bearing Man Group (BMG) will be focusing on its  ‘Feed a Farmer/Voer ‘n Boer’ initiative, in addition to exhibiting its extensive range of agricultural components. BMG agricultural manager Carlo... 

Safety prioritised at Niasa workshop

By: Simon Sonnekus     6th May 2016 Safety culture across the nuclear value chain was in the spotlight at the Nuclear Industry Association of South Africa (Niasa) workshop, held at the Country Club Johannesburg on April 8.  Although the road to nuclear compliance was highlighted, the main theme of the workshop was the safety... 

Weight, cost challenges as BMW works to bring fuel-cell vehicle to market

By: Irma Venter     6th May 2016 BMW hopes to have all of the components for a hydrogen fuel-cell powered vehicle ready by “2020-ish”, says BMW head of fuel cell development Dr Merten Jung. Only then will the German car maker decide which model should be launched onto the market as a customer-ready, fuel-cell-powered BMW. “First... 

America's newest refinery falls victim to oil price slump

By: Reuters     5th May 2016 The owners of a North Dakota refinery that was the first to be built in the US since the 1970s have curtailed output and may try to sell it, the latest victim of the oil price slump roiling the energy industry. MDU Resources Group Inc and Calumet Specialty Product Partners LP, which jointly own... 

Eskom claims ‘steady’ recovery in energy availability factor 

By: Terence Creamer     4th May 2016 State-owned electricity utility Eskom this week claimed that there had been a steady improvement in the energy availability factor (EAF) at its power stations, reporting “preliminary figures” indicating an EAF of 76.37% from the start of its financial year to May 3, 2016. The group’s financial... 

Power no longer major threat to Moma – Kenmare

By: Natasha Odendaal     29th April 2016 Power supply challenges that have affected production at the Moma titanium minerals mine, in northern Mozambique, have been eased considerably with visibly improved power quality and consistency since December, enabling a production surge during the first quarter of the year. Titanium minerals... 

More pain at the pump predicted

By: News24Wire      28th April 2016 Steady appreciation in international petroleum prices during April has brushed aside gains in the rand/dollar exchange rate, setting the stage for more fuel price hikes in May, the Automobile Association (AA) cautioned on Thursday. This view is based on unaudited month-end fuel price data... 

Rail sector moves to deal with ‘mismatch’ between localisation promises and delivery 

By: Terence Creamer     28th April 2016 The railways sector and government have agreed to the creation of a framework to improve the monitoring and implementation of localisation commitments associated with multibillion-rand investments being undertaken by both Transnet and the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA). Discussions... 

Potential benefits to industrial applications

     26th April 2016 As an alternative energy source, Compressed Natural Gas is cleaner, safer, cheaper and more efficient than other conventional fuel sources. It is an energy source that can significantly reduce both the costs and carbon emissions of your business. With reliable supply, and consistent quality, CNG... 

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