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South Africa to pilot first utility-scale vanadium redox flow battery

By: Nadine James     23rd February 2018 Aim-listed miner Bushveld Minerals’ 84%-owned energy subsidiary, Bushveld Energy, will be commissioning its first utility-scale vanadium redox flow battery (VRFB) for testing by State-owned power utility Eskom in May, says Bushveld Energy CEO Mikhail Nikomarov. Nikomarov notes that the... 

Lighting company launches linear light

By: Marleny Arnoldi     23rd February 2018 Designer and manufacturer of light-emitting diode (LED) lighting solutions LEDWise is taking advantage of the definite trend towards using linear LEDs in industrial and commercial applications by launching its ACE continuous linear light.  

Engie acquires Southern African HVAC companies

     23rd February 2018 Multinational electric utility company Engie has acquired air conditioning company Thermaire Investments as well as its sister company heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) products and services provider Ampair. This is a major step for Engie in developing its energy services in... 

Millions, gigabytes and gigawatts

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     23rd February 2018 All the really frightening climate change graphs have the vertical scale in tenths of a degree. The scale is from –0.6 oC to 0.8 oC (about 1.4 oC). On the horizontal axis, the time is given as from 1880 to 2018, a period of 138 years. We know that, routinely, temperatures can change from, say, 12... 

South Africa to pilot first utility-scale vanadium redox flow battery

By: Nadine James     23rd February 2018 Aim-listed miner Bushveld Minerals’ 84%-owned energy subsidiary Bushveld Energy will be commissioning its first utility-scale vanadium redox flow battery (VRFB) for testing by State-owned power utility Eskom in May, says Bushveld Energy CEO Mikhail Nikomarov. 

Henan Tianchi pumped-storage plant upgrade, China

By: Sheila Barradas     23rd February 2018 Henan Tianchi Pumped Storage Co is upgrading its pumped-storage plant with four reversible pump turbines and generators. 

Pipeline delays 'impose demonstrable, substantial economic costs on the Canadian economy' – Scotiabank

By: Henry Lazenby     22nd February 2018 The price received for Western Canadian oil will remain vulnerable to service disruptions in current transportation channels, given the excess of production over takeaway capacity up to about 2020, a new report by the Bank of Nova Scotia (Scotiabank) has found. In a report published on Tuesday,... 

Utilities should embrace technology and innovation – Eskom’s Govender

By: Anine Kilian     21st February 2018 The fourth industrial revolution presents an opportunity to embrace technology and innovation in the energy sector, State-owned Eskom transmission and sustainability group executive Thava Govender said on Wednesday.   Addressing delegates at the Africa Energy Indaba in Johannesburg, he said that... 

Climate change driving energy innovation

By: Anine Kilian     21st February 2018 Climate change is a major driver of global energy innovation, says Clinton Foundation climate initiative senior regional manager Fiona Wilson. Speaking at the Africa Energy Indaba, in Johannesburg, on Wednesday, she said climate change has not just become an environmental concern, but also an... 

BC extends provincial flow-through tax credit for a year; resumes fight against Canadian oil

By: Henry Lazenby     21st February 2018 The British Columbia provincial government has released its Budget 2018 plan, confirming that the provincial flow-through exploration tax incentive will be extended for another year until the end of this year. The mining flow-through share programme is seen as critical to reinforcing the... 

Nautilus rises as vessel construction passes 75% completion mark

By: Henry Lazenby     20th February 2018 The TSX-listed equity of marine mining pioneer Nautilus Minerals has gained nearly 44% since the start of the year, adding about 7% on Tuesday alone on news that construction of its production support vessel has passed the 75% completion mark. Under construction at the Fujian Mawei Shipyard, in... 

Eltherm South Africa Lands Kathu Solar Plant Heat Tracing Contract

     20th February 2018 eltherm South Africa has been awarded the electrical heat tracing (EHT) system design and installation contract for the 100 MW Kathu Solar Park CSP (Concentrated Solar Power) plant in the Northern Cape. The contract also confirms eltherm’s dominance in the provision of EHT for CSP plants... 

After 2017 consolidation, mining to pre-empt future metals demand – EY

By: Schalk Burger     20th February 2018 With stronger balance sheets across the mining and metals sector, miners are increasingly returning to an investment-led strategy, which is driving a renewed focus on building portfolios that deliver sustainable shareholder returns, says multinational consultancy Ernst & Young (EY). The focus... 

SNC-Lavalin secures 4yr maintenance contract with Shell South Africa

By: Schalk Burger     20th February 2018 SNC-Lavalin has been awarded a four-year maintenance service and support contract for ten fuel storage facilities for oil multinational Shell Downstream South Africa. The scope of work includes mechanical, electrical, instrumentation and piping maintenance related services for ten Shell terminal... 

Ramaphosa should shift to green energy – Greenpeace

By: News24Wire      20th February 2018 Environmental organisation Greenpeace is demanding newly-elected President Cyril Ramaphosa takes urgent action on energy policy in South Africa. Ramaphosa delivered his maiden State of the Nation Address (SoNA) on Friday, when he highlighted economic growth and combating corruption. 

Zille blames department of water for stalled Clanwilliam Dam project

By: News24Wire      20th February 2018 A project which aims to double the capacity of the Clanwilliam Dam in the Western Cape will not be able to proceed because of a lack of funding. This is according to Western Cape Premier Helen Zille, who on Monday said the project, for which R2bn had been budgeted as far back as 2013/2014, would... 

Cryptocurrencies speculative, but blockchain can bring positive disruption – S&P’s

By: Schalk Burger     19th February 2018 Global ratings agency Standard and Poor’s (S&P’s) currently views cryptocurrencies as speculative instruments that will have an “insignificant effect on global financial stability if its value were to collapse”, but that blockchain – a shared digital transaction ledger – presents an opportunity... 

Sprinter reboots for digital efficiency as global parcel, food deliveries soar

By: Irma Venter     19th February 2018 Global parcel deliveries reached roughly 44-billion units in 2014, growing by almost 48%, to 65-billion parcels, in 2016.  This trend is far from flattening out. Various studies expect yearly growth rates of between 6% and 8% a year through to 2025. 

Metair expands lithium-ion capabilities in Romania

By: Irma Venter     19th February 2018 Energy storage and automotive component specialist Metair has acquired 35% in Primemotors (Prime), in Romania, through its wholly owned subsidiary, Rombat, in an effort to accelerate its production of lithium-ion (li-ion) batteries for the growing European market. Metair recently launched a... 

Contract duration key to hybrid-power-for-mines investment case

By: Terence Creamer     15th February 2018 Alignment between a mine’s life and the tenor of a power purchase agreement (PPA) has been held up as the main consideration for those mining operations considering investments into hybrid power solutions, which combine renewable energy and battery storage with gas or diesel generators. Speaking... 

Pretorius sees WRTRP transaction as an investment

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     15th February 2018 Johannesburg-focused gold processor DRDGold is hoping that the addition of the West Rand tailings retreatment project (WRTRP), currently the subject of a R13-billion deal with Neal Froneman-led Sibanye-Stillwater, will attract longer-term investors, which might still be deterred by "extreme... 

Three months to first gold at Dalgaranga project

By: Schalk Burger     15th February 2018 Construction of the Dalgaranga gold project, in Western Australia, is on budget and ahead of schedule with first gold expected in May, ASX-listed gold exploration and development company Gascoyne Resources reported on Thursday. Construction of the 2.5-million-ton-a-year Dalgaranga processing... 

Global wind energy installations remain above 50 GW - GWEC

By: Simone Liedtke     14th February 2018 Installations in the global wind energy market remained above 50 GW in 2017, with Europe, India and the offshore sector having had record years. The Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) on Wednesday released its 2017 market statistics, which highlighted a decrease to 19.5 GW for Chinese... 

M&R committed to deliver sub-Saharan power and water prospects as mega-project era draws to close 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      14th February 2018 The Power & Water business platform within JSE-listed engineering and construction group Murray & Roberts (M&R) is beginning to shift its attention from Eskom’s two megascale power station projects, in Limpopo and Mpumalanga respectively, to tackling a range of smaller opportunities in various... 

KwaZulu-Natal is not out of the woods, water levels still critical – Umgeni Water

By: News24Wire      14th February 2018 KwaZulu-Natal's water supply is still at serious risk with one of the province's main storage dam levels critically low. A senior contingent of Umgeni Water officials, led by acting chief executive Thami Hlongwa, dropped the bomb at a media briefing at Albert Falls Dam, where the full impact of... 

Metair expects to report positive growth in FY17 headline

By: Anine Kilian     13th February 2018 JSE-listed Metair expects to report a 24.6% year-on-year increase in headline earnings a share for the year ended December 31, while earnings a share are likely to be between 21.6% and 25.5% higher year-on-year. “The automotive component vertical recovered after a difficult 2016, returning to... 

PFS outlines 'compelling case' for Pilgangoora expansion – Pilbara

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     13th February 2018 Australian lithium developer Pilbara Minerals has delivered a prefeasibility study (PFS) for its flagship 100%-owned Pilgangoora lithium/tantalum project, in Western Australia. The company reported on Tuesday that the PFS outlined a "compelling business case" for the expanding the project to... 

Solar-asset marketplace using cryptocurrency, blockchain to monetise solar energy

By: Schalk Burger     9th February 2018 SUNEX, a new South African cryptocurrency representing the value of power produced and dispatched from the bearer's solar photovoltaic (PV) panels, helps to support and accelerate the rollout and use of PV solar renewable-energy technologies, says Sun Exchange co-founder and CEO Abraham... 

Western Cape water crisis

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     9th February 2018 I think that living by the sea and near Table Mountain has an effect on the local population of Cape Town. Do note that I was brought up in the then Transvaal and, thus, I was told how intelligent the Capetonians were; how civilised and how caring, compared with us carpet baggers who lived on the... 

Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project, Canada

By: Sheila Barradas     9th February 2018 Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said his government will ensure Kinder Morgan Canada’s Trans Mountain oil pipeline expansion is built. 

China's war on noxious smog stokes rally in minor metals

By: Reuters     7th February 2018 China's environmental crackdown is curbing supplies of minor metals such as steel-making ingredient vanadium and defence equipment material germanium, and fuelling an already potent price rally which shows no sign of abating. Strict environmental rules and inspections to ensure standards are... 

Suricate Minerals seeks to unlock latent mineral wealth in Mauritania

     7th February 2018 Privately-owned Mauritanian mining and exploration company Suricate Minerals is engaging with international financial and technical service partners to develop its quartz, barite, lithium, copper and gold prospects located throughout the country. Suricate Executive Director Ahmed Hertani, who has... 

GE, Arenko collaborate on building energy storage systems

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     6th February 2018 Digital industrial company GE and flexible energy storage systems operator Arenko Group have entered into a strategic alliance to build grid-scale energy storage systems in the UK. The companies will seek to leverage the advantages of combining GE's battery technology solutions, power electronics... 

Centerra partially restarts Mt Milligan mill

By: Henry Lazenby     5th February 2018 Canadian midtier miner Centerra Gold has partially restarted its Mount Milligan operation, in British Columbia, after unexpectedly cold weather in December caused a water shortage, halting operations. Toronto-based Centerra said in a statement on Monday that the mill is using a single ball mill... 

Heron awards port services contract for Woodlawn mine

By: Simone Liedtke     5th February 2018 Base metals firm Heron Resources has awarded the port services contract for its Woodlawn zinc/copper project, in New South Wales, to Australia-owned and -operated private company Port Kembla Gateway (PKG). The port services contract encompasses provision of receival, storage and ship loading... 

Feature-Rich Hoists For Very Wide Cranes

     5th February 2018 Crane and hoist manufacturer Condra is to supply feature-rich lifting equipment for ongoing expansion at Aberdare Cables’ Port Elizabeth facility. The modernisation and expansion programme calls for two 23-metre-span overhead travelling factory cranes with capacities of 30 tons and 15 tons, and... 

HIPPO Flameproof Medium-High Voltage Submersible Slurry Pump

     2nd February 2018 Used For De-Sitling Of Dams And Can Assist To Resolve The Water Crisis In Drought Stricken Areas Hazlet on Pumps has been actively involved with the de-silting of tailings dams – specifically in Canada. The HIPPO Flameproof Medium-High Voltage; High Volume; Submersible Slurry Pump® has... 

The legal storage and disposal requirements for generators of used oil

     2nd February 2018 Used oil is a common by-product of mechanised processes in all industry sectors, and because of its harmful properties it is classified as a hazardous waste. Used lubricants contain harmful compounds and carcinogens that can easily contaminate the environment, especially if thrown down drains,... 

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