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Biofuels News

Sappi to establish pilot renewable sugar extraction demo plant

By: Natasha Odendaal     14th June 2016 Pulp and paper group Sappi was preparing to explore and optimise the extraction of biorenewable chemicals after signing an agreement with global supplier Valmet to build a second-generation sugar extraction demonstration plant at the Ngodwana mill. The industrial size plant, which would come... 

Draft regulations, if adopted, will boost biofuels investment

By: Donna Slater     10th June 2016 Business intelligence provider Oxford Business Group (OBG) state that although solar and wind energy are the main focus for South Africa’s renewable-energy segment, Cabinet will discuss draft regulations on the biofuel industry later this year, thereby paving the way for the potential development... 

Biofuels tested for boiler efficiency

By: Sebastian Whyle     3rd June 2016 Owing to growing global demand for a cleaner and more sustainable environment, boiler and environmental solutions provider John Thompson has, over the past few years, carried out a series of tests by firing a variety of biomass fuels on boilers installed at the company’s Boiler Development and... 

EFFECTIVE BURNING
Tests have shown that these fuels can be burnt effectively on existing chain-grate stoker coal-fired boilers
EFFECTIVE BURNING Tests have shown that these fuels can be burnt effectively on existing chain-grate stoker coal-fired boilers

Nersa to propose a coal benchmark cost as part of its multiyear price determination for Eskom  

By: Creamer Media Reporter      16th May 2016 The May 2016 roundup covers activities across South Africa for April 2016 and includes details of the National Energy Regulator of South Africa’s proposal to introduce a coal benchmark cost as part of its final decision on Eskom’s multiyear price determination process; environmental group... 

Nersa to propose a coal benchmark cost as part of its multiyear price determination for Eskom

CSIR launches biomanufacturing facility to support local bio-industry

By: David Oliveira     13th May 2016 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) on Friday launched the R90-million Biomanufacturing Industry Development Centre (BIDC) facility at the CSIR’s main campus in Pretoria. The R90-million investment had resulted in new infrastructure, pilot-scale equipment, enterprise support... 

Energy storage possible standby for grid failure

By: Simon Sonnekus     22nd April 2016 While energy storage may seem like a viable option for standby power initiatives during grid failure, several issues first need to resolved for it to be implemented, South African National Energy Development Institute’s Renewable Energy Centre of Research and Development manager Dr Karen... 

Creamer Media publishes Energy Roundup for April 2016 research report

11th April 2016 The April 2016 roundup covers activities across South Africa for March 2016 and includes details of a North Gauteng High Court Judge’s dismissal of a court application to postpone the 9.4% electricity tariff increase, which the National Energy Regulator of South Africa approved on March 1; the... 

Creamer Media publishes Energy Roundup for April 2016 research report

Alternative energy systems boosting African industrial supply chains

By: Schalk Burger     8th April 2016 Alternative energy and storage systems are being used to make various portions of African industrial supply chains more effective and resilient, as well as control energy costs and production disruptions, says electrical equipment specialist firm Eaton alternative energy specialist Winfried... 

Expected decline in sugar cane crop

By: Simon Sonnekus     25th March 2016 The drought in the eastern part of South Africa will lead to a projected decline in sugar production of 500 000 t, says South African Sugar Association (Sasa) executive director Trix Trikam. “The strategic crop, which is grown in Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal, yields an average of 2.3-million tons... 

RAIN NEEDED
Since November 2014 to date, producers have noted an average decrease of about 60% of the required rainfall
RAIN NEEDED Since November 2014 to date, producers have noted an average decrease of about 60% of the required rainfall

Drought, low oil price weighing down ethanol industry

By: Simon Sonnekus     25th March 2016 The ethanol industry in South Africa remains lacklustre, owing to various issues, including low Brent crude oil prices, the persisting drought in the sugar cane-producing regions and the lack of policy implementation, says Ethanol Producers Association of Southern Africa chairperson Peter... 

DETREMENTAL DROUGHT
The end of the current drought will ensure crop production is restored fully
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DETREMENTAL DROUGHT The end of the current drought will ensure crop production is restored fully

5.7% decline in half-year revenue for sugar producer

25th March 2016 Agriculture, agroprocessing and sugar producer Tongaat Hulett has noted a 5.7% decline in half-year revenue, generating an operating profit for the 2015/16 sugar season. The sugar season, which runs from April 1 to March 31 yearly has been beleaguered by drought during the current season which... 

STRUGGLING MARKET
Tongaat Hulett’s various sugar operations’ revenue totalled R5-billion up until September
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STRUGGLING MARKET Tongaat Hulett’s various sugar operations’ revenue totalled R5-billion up until September

Locally produced flocculants provide cost-effective solutions

By: Simon Sonnekus     25th March 2016 With increasing productivity and water availability being the biggest challenges for sugar and ethanol plants, chemicals group AECI’s wholly owned water, energy and air solutions subsidiary ImproChem has reaffirmed its focus to provide sustainable solutions for the sugar industry. 

SIMON TRESTON
The new SENFLOC range of products is suited to the market as it has a unique property in uncurling to reach maximum expansion
SIMON TRESTON The new SENFLOC range of products is suited to the market as it has a unique property in uncurling to reach maximum expansion

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Monthly roundup of energy news fills a gap in the market

22nd February 2016 In South Africa's fast evolving energy environment, Creamer Media's newly launched Energy Roundup fills a gap in the market as it provides readers with accurate, concise and well-structured summaries of key news and policy developments in the energy sector.   Announcements by Eskom, Nersa and... 

Monthly roundup of energy news fills a gap in the market

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,... 

UNIVERSAL CHARGING
The socket’s configuration includes one three-pin SA, one Euro and two USB inlets
UNIVERSAL CHARGING The socket’s configuration includes one three-pin SA, one Euro and two USB inlets

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.  

DOING DEALS AND TAKING NAMES The Africa Energy Indaba is a great place to liaise with potential clients and create new partnerships
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... 

ALL GASSED UP BMW's Rosslyn plant in Gauteng is one of ten commercial biogas operations in South Africa
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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 SUPPLY
Dr Yusuf Dadoo Hospital makes use of CNG Holdings’ pressure regulating plant to supply gas to its boilers
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.  

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
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... 

BOOSTING ELEMENTS
Sasol’s group-wide operational performance resulted from increased sales volumes, significant cost savings contribution and resilient gross margins
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... 

CONSERVATION IMPERATIVE
Sasol still plans to deliver remaining cash conservation benefits of between R30-billion and R50-billion over the following 24 months
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... 

PROMISING TECHNOLOGY
Ford’s project will test the first-ever cars to run on environment-friendly dimethyl ether and oxymethylene ether
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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... 

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
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 MD Gavin Dalgleish
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Illovo MD Gavin Dalgleish
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