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Biofuels News

New plug socket integrates USB ports

By: Mia Breytenbach     19th February 2016 Electrical distribution and protection equipment provider CBI-Electric: low voltage has launched a new 240 V alternating current Euro USB socket outlet that comprises two complementary plug sockets and two integral USB ports. “With the addition of this product to the company’s standard range,... 

Premier energy event a must for energy businesses

By: Nadine James     5th February 2016 Africa Energy Indaba (AEI) MD Liz Hart says the value of attending the eighth yearly AEI is that industry stakeholders will meet the right people who can decide on energy transactions and implement them.  

Premier energy event a must for energy businesses
DOING DEALS AND TAKING NAMES The Africa Energy Indaba is a great place to liaise with potential clients and create new partnerships

Call for government to incentivise renewable energy production

By: Nadine James     5th February 2016 The introduction of support programmes for both the commercial, and household or rural level, will boost growth in the biogas industry, which will subsequently assist with the increase of renewable-energy supply, waste management, job creation, skills transfer and carbon mitigation, says Southern... 

Call for government  to incentivise renewable energy production
Photo by Bloomberg
ALL GASSED UP BMW's Rosslyn plant in Gauteng is one of ten commercial biogas operations in South Africa

Gas boilers reduce hospital carbon emissions

22nd January 2016 Public sector hospitals are leading government’s environment-friendly drive by replacing their coal-fired boilers with equipment that runs on compressed natural gas (CNG).  

Gas boilers  reduce hospital  carbon emissions
GAS SUPPLY Dr Yusuf Dadoo Hospital makes use of CNG Holdings’ pressure regulating plant to supply gas to its boilers

Need for manufacturing of biofuel-fired boilers steadily increasing

By: Bruce Montiea     22nd January 2016 Owing to the price of biofuels becoming more competitive than that of traditional fuels, such as coal, oil and gas, the need for biofuel-fired boilers is steadily increasing, says Cape Town-based industrial boilers manufacturer John Thompson divisional technical manager Etienne de Villiers.  

Need for manufacturing of biofuel-fired  boilers steadily increasing
COMBUSTIBLE MATERIAL John Thompson carries out tests on a variety of biofuels, including torrefied biomass owing to growing demand for a cleaner and sustainable environment

Emerson inks $150m automation deal for Egypt petrochemicals plant

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     19th January 2016 Engineering solutions provider Emerson Process Management has signed a $150-million deal to provide automation and reliability technologies and services for petrochemical firm Carbon Holdings’ Tahrir petrochemicals project at Ain Sokhna, Egypt. When completed, the $6.9-billion Tahrir project, in... 

Emerson inks $150m automation deal for Egypt petrochemicals plant

Creamer Media publishes Energy Roundup – December 2015 research report 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th January 2016 The December 2015 roundup includes details of State-owned utility Eskom’s application to claw back R22.8-billion; South Africa’s ranking as an investment destination for renewable energy; and a nuclear expert’s thoughts on reactor designs for South Africa’s nuclear procurement programme, among... 

Creamer Media publishes Energy Roundup – December 2015 research report

East Africa ripe for energy investment

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     2nd December 2015 East Africa is emerging as a “hotbed” for energy-related investments, not only for its robust economic growth, but also for its potential to become one of the largest producers and exporters of oil and natural gas in the world, research firm Frost & Sullivan reports. In its ‘East Africa Energy’... 

East Africa ripe for energy investment

Sasol improves volumes, predicts strong 2016 output

By: Mia Breytenbach     23rd October 2015 Despite a highly volatile and uncertain macroeconomic environment, exacerbated by lower global oil prices, integrated energy and chemicals company Sasol has registered a strong operational and cost performance for the 2015 financial year. The company released its full-year results for the year... 

Sasol improves volumes,  predicts strong 2016 output
Photo by Sasol
BOOSTING ELEMENTS Sasol’s group-wide operational performance resulted from increased sales volumes, significant cost savings contribution and resilient gross margins

Business performance programme saves Sasol R2.5bn

By: Mia Breytenbach     23rd October 2015 The extensive business performance enhancement programme (BPEP), implemented in 2012 by integrated chemicals and energy company Sasol, has resulted in cost savings of R2.5-billion during 2015 – ahead of the group’s R1.5-billion financial-year target. Moreover, the group’s response plan to combat... 

Business performance programme saves  Sasol R2.5bn
Photo by Sasol
CONSERVATION IMPERATIVE Sasol still plans to deliver remaining cash conservation benefits of between R30-billion and R50-billion over the following 24 months

Auto manufacturer looking to develop diesel cars to run on converted CO2

23rd October 2015 Automotive manufacturer Ford Motor Company is spearheading a €3.5-million research project to investigate the use of alternative fuels that could offer customers the power and performance of modern internal combustion engines, with enhanced fuel efficiency and environmental benefits comparable to... 

Auto manufacturer looking to develop diesel cars to run on converted CO2
Photo by Bloomberg
PROMISING TECHNOLOGY Ford’s project will test the first-ever cars to run on environment-friendly dimethyl ether and oxymethylene ether

Afrox partners with biogas producer to bolster CO2 supply to W Cape

By: Schalk Burger     23rd October 2015 South African industrial gas major Afrox is partnering with a start-up biogas company to produce high-grade carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane for distribution to industries in the Western Cape, which have experienced long-standing shortages of CO2. “Initially, we expect to off-take between 18 t... 

Afrox partners with biogas producer to bolster CO2 supply to W Cape
NAZMI ADAMS Afrox is exploring alternative energy and gas options, which will enable the production of natural gas that can be compressed into CNG or, if the source is significant, liquefied to LNG

Government urged to have holistic view of biofuels funding incentive

18th September 2015 Owing to the drop in global crude oil prices over the past year, the biofuels funding incentive is currently in a state of being revamped by government; however, global biofuel organisation PhytoEnergy Group has called for government to consider the possible gains of leaving the incentive as it... 

Biobulk facility set for commissioning in March 2016

18th September 2015 Water treatment solutions company Veolia Water Technologies South Africa has been awarded a contract to design, build and operate South Africa’s first Biobulk Waste Water Treatment facility, which will be ready for commissioning in March 2016. 

Asia to experience first bioenergy conference in October

18th September 2015 The International Bioenergy Exhibition and Asian Bioenergy Conference (IBSCE) 2015 is set to take place from October 21 to 23 in Shanghai, China. 

India targets 20% blending of diesel to biodiesel by 2017

By: Zandile Mavuso     18th September 2015 The Indian government is planning to boost the use of biofuels in transport fuels after recognising their major contribution to air pollution. 

US biofuels consumption saved significant carbon emissions in past decade

18th September 2015 Based on analysis done by the Biotechnology Industry Organisation (Bio), in the past decade, the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) programme’s requirement to substitute biofuels for fossil fuels has displaced nearly 1.9-billion barrels of foreign oil and reduced US transportation-related carbon... 

Biogas from fish, chocolate used in carpet production

By: Zandile Mavuso     18th September 2015 Biogas produced from anaerobic digestion of fish, chocolate and other food waste is currently being used as an ecofriendly agent in the production of carpets by global carpet manufacturer Interface Flooring’s plant in the Netherlands, which it hopes to employ in all its plants globally. 

Diesel generator manufacturer builds its first biogas product

18th September 2015 Generator supplier Diesel Electric Services has recently completed building its first biogas-fuelled generator, which can export 150 kW of electrical power. 

Solaris biofuel crop in Limpopo certified as sustainable

By: Keith Campbell     18th September 2015 The Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) has certified the Solaris biofuel feedstock plant grown in South Africa and used to produce jet biofuel. Solaris is a variety of the tobacco plant, but without any nicotine and not developed through modern genetic modification processes. “Project... 

Limpopo biofuel crop certified as sustainable

By: Keith Campbell     2nd September 2015 The Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) has certified the Solaris biofuel feedstock plant grown in South Africa and used to produce jet biofuel. Solaris is a variety of the tobacco plant, but without any nicotine and not developed through modern genetic modification processes. “Project... 

Limpopo biofuel crop certified as sustainable

IDC puts biomass plants up for sale

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st July 2015 The Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) has put its two biomass pellet manufacturing plants up for sale. Potential buyers, who would be subject to a confidentiality agreement, were invited last week to submit their offers for the IDC’s 100 000 t/y Coega-based biomass plant and the 80 000 t/y... 

IDC puts biomass plants up for sale

Illovo says policy certainty key to unlocking sugar’s cogeneration potential 

By: Terence Creamer     25th May 2015 Sugar producer Illovo says there is a major opportunity to alleviate South Africa’s immediate power crisis and reduce rural poverty by more fully exploiting the industry’s electricity cogeneration potential. But MD Gavin Dalgleish says this potential will only be fully exploited once there is... 

Illovo says policy certainty key to unlocking sugar’s cogeneration potential
Photo by Duane Daws
Illovo MD Gavin Dalgleish

Eskom exec attempt to reassure SA amid power woes 

By: Kim Cloete     13th May 2015 Eskom’s group executive for generation, Mongezi Ntsokolo, was at pains to assure South Africans that the utility was working hard to sort out the country's shortage in electricity supply, when addressing delegates at an African Utility Week panel discussion on Wednesday along with energy... 

Eskom exec attempt to reassure SA amid power woes

Sasol to complete design of biogas plant by year-end

By: David Oliveira     24th April 2015 Petrochemicals group Sasol will finalise the conceptual design of a 60 Mℓ anaerobic membrane bioreactor (AnMBR) at the end of this year, which is expected to generate 40 MW of electricity by treating a gas-to-liquids (GTL) plant’s industrial effluent to produce methane-rich biogas. Sasol... 

Sasol to complete design of  biogas plant by year-end
ANAEROBIC MEMBRANE BIOREACTOR Sasol’s 20 000 ℓ pilot scale plant was completed in 2013 following a 12-month construction period

Four stats you should know about project management and engineering in South Africa

By: Creamer Media Reporter      17th April 2015 Today’s organisations execute projects within increasingly complex environments – particularly in the engineering sector. The ability to successfully execute these projects is what drives the realisation of successful projects and, ultimately, the achievement of business objectives. As such, the... 

Four stats you should know about project management and engineering in South Africa

CSIR report to help guide SA’s transition to an agricultural green economy

By: Tracy Hancock     27th March 2015 The agricultural sector has a key role to play in a green economy, which incorporates both an environmental and social dimension, notes Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) senior researcher and/or leader of the Agricultural Green Economy Project Dr Constansia Musvoto. “The sheer... 

CSIR report to help guide SA’s transition to an agricultural green economy

DoE goes to ground over mandatory blending of biofuels deadline 

By: Natalie Greve     6th March 2015 Amid an ongoing delay in the promulgation of the Final Position Paper on Biofuels by the Department of Energy (DoE), prospective biodiesel producers have cautioned that continued legislative uncertainty could cripple the fledgling industry. The ‘Regulations regarding the mandatory blending of... 

DoE goes to ground over mandatory blending of biofuels deadline

Group Five expects up to 50% drop in H1 earnings a share

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     2nd February 2015 Construction company Group Five expects its headline earnings per share (HEPS) for the six months ended December 31 to be between 40% and 50% lower than the comparative period the year before, owing to a disappointing performance from its engineering and construction cluster. The company expected... 

Group Five expects up to 50% drop in H1 earnings a share

Creamer Media publishes Liquid Fuels 2014 - A review of South Africa's Liquid Fuels sector research report

19th January 2015 Creamer Media’s Liquid Fuels 2014 Report examines these issues, focusing on the business environment, oil and gas exploration, the country’s feedstock supplies, the development of South Africa’s biofuels industry, fuel pricing, competition in the sector, the logistics of transporting liquid fuels... 

Creamer Media publishes Liquid Fuels 2014 - A review of South Africa's Liquid Fuels sector research report

SAA to test biofuel flight next year 

By: Natasha Odendaal     9th December 2014 As project Solaris gains traction, South African Airways (SAA) has made headway on its journey to becoming a biofueled airliner by 2020 through the conversion of nicotine-free Solaris tobacco plants into more environment-friendly jet fuel. SAA is currently preparing to fuel a domestic test flight... 

SAA to test biofuel flight next year
Solaris nicotine-free tobacco plants

Airline to turn tobacco into sustainable jet fuel

19th September 2014 For two years, Italy-based industrial research and development company Sunchem have been working on producing jet fuel using a tobacco crop project in Marble Hall, Limpopo, which has proved to be successful in the small-scale trials, says Sunchem SA MD Joost van Lier. Sustainable jet fuel... 

Consortium to lead soybean production in the Eastern Cape by 2016

19th September 2014 Development financier the Eastern Cape Development Corporation (ECDC) signed a cooperation agreement with Argentina-based consortium A & G International in July, which will lead to the production of 25 000 ha of soybeans and other grains for biofuels, human consumption and animal feed in the... 

Company develops packaged power boiler

By: Jonathan Rodin     19th September 2014 Cape Town-based industrial boilers designer and manufacturer John Thompson developed the MicroGen watertube boiler – launched this year – to cater for increasing demand for small, medium-pressure power boilers that are particularly suited to applications in fibrous biomass fuel and coal-fired... 

South African biofuels industry slowly growing

By: Jonathan Rodin     19th September 2014 Although a fledgling industry, biofuels in South Africa looks promising, owing to the high volumes of waste being produced that need to be managed and South Africa’s electricity constraints, says power technology, systems and solutions, equipment  and aftermarket service provider Clyde Bergemann... 

New facility increases manufacturing capacity

5th September 2014 US-based oil refiner Chevron Corporation started commercial production of premium base oils from a newly constructed manufacturing facility at the company’s refinery in Pascagoula, near Mississippi, in July. 

New facility increases manufacturing capacity
Photo by Reuters
INCREASING CAPACITY The facility will help countries around the world meet increasingly strict regulatory requirements and higher performance standards for lubricants

EnviroServ converting sludge into green energy at Belville facility

By: Kim Cloete     13th August 2014 While solar and wind energy tend to attract the most attention in the renewable energy space in South Africa, developments in biogas could make it an increasingly viable option.  With the help of an international partner, South African waste management company EnviroServ has developed an... 

EnviroServ converting sludge into green energy at Belville facility
Photo by Bloomberg
Anaerobic Digestion produces a renewable biogas and digestate, a soil improver that can replace traditional fertilisers

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