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Appea welcomes South Australia govt’s support for gas exploration projects

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     17th March 2017 The Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association (Appea) has welcomed the South Australian government’s commitment to invest A$24-million to help fund five gas exploration and development projects as part of its Plan for Accelerating Exploration (Pace). South Australia Resource... 

Zambia agreement seen paving way for further solar power solutions

By: Dylan Slater     17th March 2017 The government of Zambia last month signed a second mandate with Scaling Solar, an initiative of the World Bank Group, which is helping developing countries procure low-cost, privately financed, solar power.  

Oil still main energy source in 2035 – petroleum company

     10th March 2017 Petroleum company British Petroleum’s (BP’s) 2017 Energy Outlook notes that oil, gas and coal will remain the main sources of energy for powering the world economy, accounting for more than 75% of total energy supply in 2035, compared with 86% in 2015.  According to the outlook, which was... 

Kenya reins in 5 000 MW power plan amid surplus worries

By: John Muchira     24th February 2017 The Kenya has shelved plans to increase installed electricity generation capacity to 5 000 MW in the immediate future is it is concerned that this could leave the country with excess capacity Previously, the East African country intended to implement a "5 000 MW by 2018 project" to attract... 

Manufacturing sector to benefit from nuclear new build programme – Lesedi

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     23rd February 2017 Government and the broader public should realise that nuclear is “the right way to go” to meet South Africa’s future energy needs, says Lesedi Nuclear Services CEO Francis Carruthers, adding that the nuclear new build programme will hold significant downstream benefits in terms of local... 

Raigarh–Pugalur ultrahigh-voltage direct current transmission link project, India

By: Sheila Barradas     17th February 2017 Power Grid Corporation of India is building one of the longest transmission links in the world. 

San Vicente energy storage project, US

By: Sheila Barradas     10th February 2017 The project proposes meeting the future energy needs of the San Diego region through a new pumped-storage opportunity at the San Vicente reservoir site. 

Australian miners launch new campaign to defend against anti-mining sentiment

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     6th February 2017 The Australian mining industry has launched a new publicity campaign to combat the anti-mining sentiment broadcast by green activists. Minerals Council of Australia CEO Brendan Pearson said the Making the Future campaign will explain the current and future contribution of the mining sector to... 

Keystone pipeline Gulf Coast expansion project, Canada and US

By: Sheila Barradas     3rd February 2017 TransCanada has resubmitted its Presidential Permit application to the US Department of State for approval of the Keystone pipeline Gulf Coast expansion project. 

Junior mining sector must be supported; coal to remain key to S Africa's energy needs – DMR

By: Ilan Solomons     2nd February 2017 Junior mining companies cannot perpetually remain as junior miners, they must be supported by the majors and other industry stakeholders to assist them in their growth journey, says Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) mineral policy and promotion deputy director-general Joel Raphela. He was... 

Opinion: How Minister Brown can address Eskom’s conflicting interests 

     30th January 2017 In this article, Mark Pickering argues that the short answer to the current impasse between Eskom and renewables generators is to instruct Eskom to comply with the law and sign the agreements. The longer answer, however, will involve a more complex restructuring of the utility. 

TransCanada reapplies for Keystone XL pipeline

By: Henry Lazenby     28th January 2017 A day after US President Donald Trump signed executive actions clearing the way for contentious oil pipelines to be built in the US, TransCanada on Thursday resubmitted its Presidential Permit application to the US Department of State for approval of the Keystone XL (KXL) pipeline. This is the... 

Tesla expects SA offering to become increasingly attractive as tariffs rise

By: Irma Venter     20th January 2017 Tesla has finally arrived in South Africa, even if in a somewhat unexpected guise. With the availability of the US company’s electric cars apparently still some way off, South Africans do, however, now have access to its energy storage solutions. The stationary, rechargeable lithium-ion battery... 

Renewable energy projects receive $44.5m boost from ADFD

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     16th January 2017 Four renewable energy projects in developing countries in the Pacific and Africa have been identified by Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD) and the International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena) to receive $44.5-million in funding. These projects include a 4.6 MW hybrid microgrid project in the... 

Tesla arrives in South Africa, targets energy market first 

By: Irma Venter     8th December 2016 Tesla has finally arrived in South Africa, even if in a somewhat unexpected guise. With the availability of the US company’s electric cars apparently still some way off, South Africans do, however, now have access to its energy storage solutions. The stationary, rechargeable lithium-ion battery... 

Public consultations for IRP, IEP get under way as DoE attracts criticism over timelines, pricing basis 

By: Natasha Odendaal     7th December 2016 Planned nationwide public consultations got under way in Boksburg on Wednesday for the Department of Energy’s (DoE’s) long-awaited draft Integrated Energy Plan (IEP) and updated Integrated Resource Plan (IRP), drawing some industry criticism regarding timelines and an outdated pricing structure.... 

Outa calls for forensic audit of Eskom 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     28th November 2016 The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) on Monday called on the public to “rally” for a full forensic audit of State-owned electricity generator Eskom, following “yet another vote of no-confidence on Eskom’s financials and governance manifesting in a Standard & Poor’s (S&P’s) downgrade”. S&P’s... 

Wind and solar PV bodies cautiously welcome draft IRP, CSP body to contest exclusion 

By: Terence Creamer     23rd November 2016 The wind and solar photovoltaic (PV) industry bodies have responded positively to the allocations outlined in the draft Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) base case, while the concentrated solar power (CSP) body has expressed dismay at the technology’s exclusion. South African Wind Energy Association... 

New development phase launched at gas-equipped Centurion estate

By: David Oliveira     18th November 2016 Southdowns Residential Estate, in Centurion, celebrated its tenth anniversary and the launch of its latest development phase earlier this month, which will result in the construction of 65 townhouses and 16 full-title clusters. The townhouse options include two- and three-bedroom lofts in sizes... 

Building Energy to take part in the 2016 South Africa – Italy Summit 

     17th October 2016 Fabrizio Zago, CEO of Building Energy, will illustrate the opportunities in the electricity market during a debate on how to cooperate in the energy sector to overcome the challenges of the future Building Energy, multinational company operating as Global Integrated IPP in the Renewable Energy... 

SA must hit the gas to achieve economic growth

     10th October 2016 Adding gas-to-power generation to the South African energy mix will be a major driver of economic prosperity, adding billions of Rands to GDP and thousands of new jobs, says Sabine Dall’Omo, CEO of African engineering giant Siemens. Generating clean and efficient power from gas will boost SA’s... 

Building Energy, FMO secure $14.7m loan for Ugandan PV project

By: Anine Kilian     7th October 2016 Dutch development bank FMO has arranged a $14.7-million senior loan for the financing of the Tororo solar photovoltaic (PV) project in Uganda. The plant is owned by multinational corporation Building Energy, which has experience in developing more than 2 000 MW of renewable-energy projects in... 

UK PM firm on only revealing fate of nuclear project later this month

By: Keith Campbell     16th September 2016 The future of Britain’s first major nuclear power plant (NPP) project in two decades, Hinkley Point C, remains uncertain. In July, the new British Prime Minister, Theresa May, took everyone by surprise when she announced a delay in the approval for the project. Hinkley Point C is to be a European... 

Aura Energy lists on London’s Aim

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     12th September 2016 Uranium development company Aura Energy started trading on the Aim on Monday. The Australian gold, soda ash and lithium explorer, with projects in Africa and Europe, raised £2.24-million through the placement of 196-million new ordinary shares at £0.0114 apiece, giving it a market capitalisation... 

S Australia launches gas incentive scheme

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     8th September 2016 The Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association (Appea) has welcomed a A$24-million incentive from the South Australian government to increase energy market competition, drive down costs for businesses and consumers and reduce carbon emissions. The incentive programme is aimed at... 

The ‘unbelievably’ low cost of solar PV electricity in South Africa

     26th August 2016 The Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) has seen South Africa leapfrog from renewable energy zero to hero in a few short years. This progress has contributed significantly to acceleration of growth in the commercial, industrial and residential spaces as... 

Rwanda plans $85m petroleum products depot

By: John Muchira     19th August 2016 Landlocked Rwanda plans to build a $85-million petroleum products depot as it seeks to increase the country’s strategic fuel reserve from 70-million litres to 150-million litres by 2018. “Maintaining adequate fuel reserves is one of the key measures towards safeguarding national security and... 

India to unveil natural gas infrastructure policy

By: Ajoy K Das     25th July 2016 India’s Oil and Natural Gas Ministry will shortly unveil a national liquefied natural gas (LNG) infrastructure and logistic policy, laying down standards, benchmarks and conditions for domestic and foreign LNG project developers. Officials familiar with the framing of the new policy have said... 

Wind project to inject more than R800m into local community – CEO

     30th June 2016 Call for pupils to become entrepreneurs in the renewable energy sector to position SA globally A little more than a year after connecting to the national energy grid, one of South Africa’s first major wind farms has announced that it is injecting more than R800-million into community economic... 

Aurora photovoltaic solar power project, US

By: Sheila Barradas     24th June 2016 The project will be Enel’s biggest solar plant in North America when complete. 

AFC, Harith merge power assets

By: Natasha Odendaal     22nd June 2016 Two Africa-based institutional investors have merged their power assets to create a new energy entity equipped with substantial capital, sector specific experience, a critical mass of existing assets and a pipeline of credible power projects. Harith General Partners and Africa Finance... 

Malawi and neighbours studying several new electricity interconnectors

By: Marcel Chimwala     3rd June 2016 Malawi is implementing several feasibility studies for electricity interconnectors with neighbouring countries as it moves to offset its electricity deficit. Joseph Kalowekamo, energy affairs spokesperson at the Ministry of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining, says the interconnector projects at... 

APC’s Dartbrook mine has coal resource estimate of 1.2bn tonnes

By: Samantha Herbst     24th May 2016 ASX-listed junior Australia Pacific Coal (APC) has identified a total coal resource estimate of 1.2-billion tonnes at its New South Wales-based Dartbrook coal mine, confirming the newly acquired mine as one of the largest underdeveloped coal operations in the Hunter Valley. After last week’s move... 

Water, energy sectors need to collaborate more – World Bank

By: Kim Cloete     18th May 2016 The interplay between water and energy is more critical than ever, with climate change forcing people to work together, according to World Bank energy and extractives global practive director Charles Feinstein. “You can’t tackle energy problems without being sensitive to water demands. Global... 

Tallying the benefits of South Africa’s Renewable Energy Power Producer’s Procurement Programme

     9th May 2016 As energy investors eagerly await announcements of the preferred bidders in the latest round of South Africa’s renewable IPP programme – the so-called expedited bid window - it is worth reflecting on the successes of the country’s Renewable Energy Power Producer’s Procurement Programme (REIPPPP)... 

South African solar power plant sets record for continuous, round the clock electricity supply

     5th May 2016 Record six days of 24 hours full-load operation of the Bokpoort Concentrated Solar Power Plant A South African solar power plant has set a new African record for the continuous, round the clock supply of electricity. Within the first month of its commercial operation, the newly inaugurated 50 MW... 

Ensuring future growth and sustainability in challenging times: EBH Namibia puts strategic stabilisation plan into action

     20th April 2016 Like all stakeholders in the international oil and gas industry, leading ship repair company, Elgin Brown & Hamer (EBH) Namibia, has been closely tracking the sliding oil price since it dropped to below US$ 80 per barrel in late 2014. In anticipation of the ‘lag effect’ of the sustained low oil... 

Kibo’s Mbeya coal restatement hikes resource

By: Natasha Odendaal     11th April 2016 Aim- and AltX-listed Kibo Mining’s now completed restatement of its Mbeya coal resource has shown an “unexpected” 10% hike in the mineral resource of the Tanzania-based asset. The total mineral resource increased from the 109.2-million tonnes disclosed in the 2012 resource statement to... 

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