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Biofuels News

Bob Geldof gets behind African green energy drive

By: Helene Le Roux     11th July 2007 Singer, songwriter and activist Bob Geldof has joined the campaign to promote green energy in Africa. Geldof has joined biomass company Helius, which is listed on London's Alternative Investment Market (AIM), as a special adviser. The company is currently in discussion with Eskom to supply... 

Government to finalise fuel support strategy next month

By: Shannon de Ryhove     6th July 2007 The biofuels industry in South Africa is currently at the forefront of exciting growth. Under the Kyoto Protocol, the government is committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, with one of the most important ways of achieving the targets being to boost biofuels production and consumption. 

Scope for agri growth

6th July 2007 The future development of genetically modified organisms offers unlimited scope for agricultural growth and vast new applications in the field of medicine. 

Sasol may decide in August on proposed fuel-from-soya plant

By: Nelendhre Moodley     26th June 2007 Petrochemicals giant Sasol expects to make an announcement on the viability of its proposed 100 000-t/y soyabean biodiesel plant before the end of the year, a Sasol spokesperson said at a conference in Johannesburg on Tuesday. 

10 SA CDM projects approved - DME

By: Nelendhre Moodley     15th June 2007 Ten CDM projects from entities in South Africa have been approved by the global CDM body, a government official announced on Friday. 

Investors in 'fuel-from-algae' scheme left high and dry

By: Helene Le Roux     8th June 2007 De Beers Fuel, which had promised South Africa biodiesel produced from algae, to date seems not to have made good on any of its pledges.  

Cabinet to consider final biofuels strategy next month

By: Matthew Hill     17th May 2007 A finalised biofuels strategy will be presented to Cabinet in June, the presidency policy coordination and advisory services DDG Alan Hirsch said on Thursday. 

Five small towns to benefit from R3,2bn biofuel project

11th April 2007 The small towns of Hoedspruit and Ogies in Mpumalanga will benefit from a R3,2-billion biofuel project, funded by the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) and the Central Energy Fund (CEF). 

Final biofuels strategy expected by end-June

By: Helene Le Roux     3rd April 2007 The national biofuels task team will be presenting the reviewed draft biofuels strategy to the South African Cabinet in May. Speaking to Engineering News Online at a conference on renewable energy, organised by the Central Energy Fund, in Johannesburg, Department of Minerals and Energy clean... 

Investigative Carte Blanche casts doubt on De Beers Fuel

By: Helene Le Roux     2nd April 2007 The popular investigative programme Carte Blanche has cast doubt on the ability of much-feted biofuels startup De Beers Fuel to produce large volumes of biodiesel. 

Top economist believes economies can still grow while taking responsibility for climate change

By: Terence Creamer     30th March 2007 Renowned UK economist Sir Nicholas Stern, author of the now famed ‘Stern Review: The Economics of Climate Change’, believes adaptive and mitigation action to stem the flow of carbon-dioxide emissions, viewed by most scientists as the cause of global warming, is not only urgent, but also not... 

Farmers voice concern over biofuels plan

By: Mariaan Webb     28th March 2007 Farmer organisations and rural communities from four of the country’s nine provinces have expressed their “extreme disquiet and consternation” with the State’s draft biofuels strategy, claiming that the consultation process was flawed. 

Bioethanol tax regime expected in 2008

By: Helene Le Roux     27th March 2007 It is expected that National Treasury and the South African Revenue Service (Sars) will have a tax-incentive regime for the South African bio-ethanol industry completed in time for the 2008 budget. 

‘Flex-fuel’ vehicle a first for SA

By: Helene Le Roux     27th March 2007 Automotive company Fiat on Tuesday launched the first flex-fuel vehicle in South Africa at the second African biofuels conference, held in Johannesburg. 

Foreign investors await biofuels strategy finalisation

By: Helene Le Roux     27th March 2007 Significant international investment in the South African biofuels industry, and bioethanol production in particular, is contingent on the finalisation of the national biofuels strategy. 

Biofuels association moots national licensing framework

By: Helene Le Roux     13th March 2007 The Southern African Biofuels Association (Saba) has recommended that a licensing framework should be set up by government to address recent concerns by investors in the biofuels industry, in the wake of the collapse of two prominent projects, in Bothaville, in the Free State, and in the North... 

State biofuels plan a ‘sellout strategy’ – enviro groups

By: Mariaan Webb     6th March 2007 Environmental groups Energy CaEucus and Earthlife Africa said on Tuesday that government’s draft plan on biofuels was a “sell-out strategy”, arguing that the Department of Mineral and Energy’s (DME’s) plan was not giving enough attention to job creation in the energy or agricultural sectors. 

Eskom chief says price spike in 'inevitable' given surging costs

By: Terence Creamer     9th February 2007 State power utility Eskom has cautioned that South Africa is headed for an ‘inevitable’ electricity price spike, given the fact that costs associated with new generation capacity and operations are rising so aggressively. 

Preparations begin for Durban-Johannesburg fuel pipeline

5th February 2007 South Africa's State-owned transport utility, Transnet, has called on companies to submit expressions of interest in the design, supply erection and testing of storage tanks for a new multiproducts pipeline to run from Durban to Johannesburg. 

Ipsa in ‘advanced’ talks on BEE deal

By: Nelendhre Moodley     2nd February 2007 Independent Power South Africa (Ipsa), which will bring its new power plant, located in Newcastle, in KwaZulu-Natal, into commercial operation on February 23, is hoping to announce its black economic-empowerment (BEE) partners by the end of March. 

Eskom warns of possible outages this week

31st January 2007 National power utility Eskom announced late on Tuesday that its network was, once again, “in a tight situation” and that there was the risk of load shedding taking place this week. “Eskom wishes to advise customers that its network is in a tight situation owing to a number of... 

Ipsa fast tracks Coega power plant

By: Nelendhre Moodley     31st January 2007 Independent Power South Africa (Ipsa), which posted a loss of  

Eskom may raise coal purchases by 44,9mt by 2025

By: Jade Davenport     30th January 2007 South African power producer Eskom expected to raise its coal purchases by about 44,9-million tons a year by 2025, acting GM: generation primary energy Rob Lines told a coal conference in Cape Town on Tuesday. 

Analysts forecast an increase in consumer inflation

23rd January 2007 Year-on-year consumer price inflation excluding mortgage costs (CPIX) for the period up to December 2006 will show a slight increase compared to the month before, analysts have predicted. 

Six Eskom units back online to ease network pressure

19th January 2007 State-owned Eskom had returned six units at four of its power stations - Kriel, Matimba, Camden and Majuba - to service by Friday afternoon, the utility said in a statement. 

Ipsa plans February start-up for KZN cogeneration plant

By: Nelendhre Moodley     19th January 2007 Independent Power South Africa (Ipsa) on Friday unveiled the timetable for its new power plant located in Newcastle, in KwaZulu-Natal, which it plans to bring into commercial operation - providing steam and power - on February 23. The R120-million combined heat and power plant, will produce 15 MW... 

Biofuels strategy 'an enormously positive step' - industry

9th January 2007 The local biofuels industry has welcomed last month’s approval and publication by Cabinet of a draft biofuels strategy, describing it as an “enormously positive step in the development of a local renewable fuel industry”. 

PetroSA expands Namibian interests

11th December 2006 Local petroleum producer PetroSA announced on Monday that it had acquired a 10% participation interest in Namibia's northern and southern offshore blocks, located some 220 km south-west off the Oranjemund coast of the south-west African state. 

Greenhouse gas elimination and cogeneration playing growing role in carbon transactions

By: Helene Le Roux     8th December 2006 A report released by non-profit research and advocacy organisation the World Alliance for Decentralised Energy (Wade), indicates that cogeneration can play a significant part in the future development of the carbon market. 

Dipico appointed Necsa chair

4th December 2006 State-owned nuclear firm the Nuclear Energy Corporation of South Africa (Necsa) on Monday welcomed Cabinet's announcement of Manne Manne Dipico as its new chairperson, with effect from December 1. 

Eskom admits that its R97bn investment is taking cost strain

By: Matthew Hill     4th December 2006 State-owned power utility Eskom has admitted that it might have to materially increase its capital allocations for its planned R97-billion investment programme, owing to cost pressures plaguing the construction and electricity-equipment industries, Engineering News Online can today report. 

Erwin provides a sector-by-sector breakdown of publc-investment plan

By: Irma Venter     1st December 2006 Of the R161-billion rand which Eskom and Transnet will spend combined over the next five years, around R27-billion is earmarked for construction – particularly civil engineering, says Minister of Public Enterprises Alec Erwin. 

State power utility mulls various ways to meet 47 252-MW target for 2025

By: Jade Davenport     1st December 2006 In a bid to meet South Africa’s phenomenal growth in electricity demand, State-owned utility Eskom is currently evaluating an elaborate capacity project funnel that comprises 17 375 MW is potential new projects. 

Commercial fuel-from-algae plant under construction

By: Nelendhre Moodley     30th November 2006 A second plant, that will commercially produce biofuel from algae, is under construction and scheduled for commissioning in February, De Beers Fuels announced on Wednesday. Speaking at its maiden press conference in Sandton, De Beers chairperson Frik de Beer said that the company had already... 

SA's finalising its approach to radioactive-waste management

By: Mariaan Webb     27th November 2006 The South African government has agreed to the joint convention on safety of spent-fuel and radioactive-waste management, by depositing an instrument of accession to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Mines and Energy Minister Buyelwa Sonjica announced on Monday. 

Biofuels innovator to meet Energy Minister

27th November 2006 Minerals and Energy Minister Buyelwa Sonjica, was scheduled to meet with local biofuels innovator De Beers Fuels to discuss the company's progress in establishing a facility that could produce as much as 24-billion litres of biodiesel yearly, within five years, the company said on Monday. 

Reatile Resources hones in on three acquisitions

By: Nelendhre Moodley     22nd November 2006 Black owned and managed resources-focused investment company Reatile Resources, which has set its sights on twelve acquisitions in the next five years, on Wednesday reported that it was currently conducting due diligence on three potential transactions. 

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