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South Africa’s largest wheeling project celebrates official commissioning
16th July 2024 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

Vertically-integrated renewable-energy solutions provider the Sola Group has celebrated the official commissioning of South Africa’s largest operational wheeling project, which will add 256 MW of... 


Maersk tankers and competitors bet billions on ammonia fuel carriers
15th July 2024 By: Bloomberg

Some of the biggest names in shipping are betting billions of dollars on tankers to transport a type of ammonia that’s scarcely being produced today — wagering it will become integral to the... 


US company successfully executes regional-range test flight with hydrogen-electric air taxi
12th July 2024 By: Rebecca Campbell

US-based electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) air taxi company Joby Aviation announced on Thursday that its hydrogen-electric demonstrator air taxi had successfully completed a 523-mile... 


Industry advances creation of R10bn-a-year gas company to ensure security of supply
11th July 2024 By: Sabrina Jardim

South African industrial users of natural gas are moving forward with the establishment of a R10-billion-a-year gas-aggregator company to provide the basis for large-scale gas infrastructure... 


Sapia changes name to Fiasa to reflect fuels industry changes
10th July 2024 By: Schalk Burger

Industry organisation the South African Petroleum Industry Association (Sapia) has changed its name to the Fuels Industry Association of South Africa (Fiasa) to reflect its commitment to a... 


Shell wants permission to drill off South Africa's west coast
9th July 2024 By: Reuters

Shell is seeking government permission authorities to drill up to five offshore wells off the west coast of South Africa, a draft scoping report from environmental consultancy SLR showed on... 


Local refineries still in need of capital investment to meet clean fuels requirements
8th July 2024 By: Schalk Burger

Industry organisation the South African Petroleum Industry Association (Sapia) has reiterated the need for capital investment in local refineries to ensure they can meet the second clean fuels... 


Last year was pivotal for the power sector, Energy Council says
5th July 2024 By: Schalk Burger

2023 was a pivotal year for South Africa’s power sector, as unprecedented loadshedding undermined the economy and society, industry organisation the Energy Council of South Africa says. “We can... 


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Biofuels

Boiler rebuild to be delivered to biomass power station
17th May 2024

Flow control solutions developer Valmet announced in April that it would deliver a major boiler rebuild to the Steven’s Croft biomass power station in Lockerbie, Scotland in the UK, which is... 


Big guns will speak at Enlit
10th May 2024

Advisory and analytics firm Frost & Sullivan, a global strategy consulting and market intelligence firm with a long-standing presence in Africa will again be represented by its partner and Africa... 


Organisers expect record attendance at event
10th May 2024

With ballooning foot traffic, demonstrated by an increase in attendance of 81% from 2022 to 2023, the organisers of this year’s Enlit Africa anticipate a “bumper event that will be attended by... 


Cumulative effort to transform grids a hot topic
10th May 2024

Of the 103 countries that in 2020 pledged to reduce global carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane emissions by at least 30%, 54 are African, says global technology giant Siemens South Africa CEO... 


Pioneer solution converts paper sludge, food and textile waste into bioethanol
3rd May 2024

A pioneering solution has been developed to convert cellulose fibre-rich waste from pulp and paper mill operations into ethanol using a specialised fermentation process. The solution was announced... 


Hydrogen

Localisation to be used to create early-stage demand in targeted sectors - Tau
16th July 2024

While proclaiming industrial policy to be the “centre piece” of the government of national unity’s economic development strategy, new Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Parks Tau indicated he... 


Maersk tankers and competitors bet billions on ammonia fuel carriers
15th July 2024

Some of the biggest names in shipping are betting billions of dollars on tankers to transport a type of ammonia that’s scarcely being produced today — wagering it will become integral to the... 


US company successfully executes regional-range test flight with hydrogen-electric air taxi
12th July 2024

US-based electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) air taxi company Joby Aviation announced on Thursday that its hydrogen-electric demonstrator air taxi had successfully completed a 523-mile... 


Last year was pivotal for the power sector, Energy Council says
5th July 2024

2023 was a pivotal year for South Africa’s power sector, as unprecedented loadshedding undermined the economy and society, industry organisation the Energy Council of South Africa says. “We can... 


Separation of energy portfolio welcomed
5th July 2024

Engineering News editor Terence Creamer discusses President Cyril Ramaphosa's decision to separate the energy portfolio from that of mineral and petroleum resources; what the priorities are for the... 


Liquefied Natural Gas

Event to highlight key African projects
28th June 2024

The upcoming African Energy Week (AEW): Invest in African Energy 2024 conference will focus on critical industry issues and investment opportunities in Africa's energy sector, including discussion... 


System converts LPG to hydrogen
28th June 2024

Hydrogen-focused startup HYENA has successfully developed a process to convert liquid petroleum gas (LPG) into clean electricity using its innovative POWER POD system at its new development... 


Green Connection petitions court to ‘force’ Nersa, DMRE to supply Karpowership information
5th June 2024

Environmental activist nonprofit organisation the Green Connection has taken the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) and the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) to court... 


Gas still has a crucial role to play in South Africa’s energy mix – Kearney
23rd May 2024

Gas has an important role to play in South Africa’s energy transition journey, Kearney partner Prashaen Reddy says amid calls for public comments on a draft Gas Master Plan, which was released for... 


Big guns will speak at Enlit
10th May 2024

Advisory and analytics firm Frost & Sullivan, a global strategy consulting and market intelligence firm with a long-standing presence in Africa will again be represented by its partner and Africa... 


Oil & Gas

TotalEnergies plans to exit South African offshore gas finds
2nd July 2024

TotalEnergies plans to exit its discoveries of gas-condensate off the tip of South Africa to prioritize exploration in other areas closer to Namibia, according to people familiar with the matter.... 


UN calls for Potgieter, Huxham’s immediate release from Equatorial Guinea prison
2nd July 2024

The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention has called for the immediate release of South African engineers Frederik Potgieter and Peter Huxham, declaring in a formal opinion that the detention of... 


Separation of energy portfolio and Ramokgopa’s appointment praised amid rising energy-transition complexity
1st July 2024

The decision to establish a separate energy portfolio with the African National Congress’s Dr Kgosientsho Ramokgopa as Minister and the Democratic Alliance’s Samantha Graham as Deputy Minister has... 


Event to highlight key African projects
28th June 2024

The upcoming African Energy Week (AEW): Invest in African Energy 2024 conference will focus on critical industry issues and investment opportunities in Africa's energy sector, including discussion... 


Wärtsilä renews partnership in Morocco for maintenance of two power plants
25th June 2024

Industrial technology company Wärtsilä has signed a five-year maintenance agreement covering 169.5 MW of power generation for two Moroccan power plants owned and operated by Moroccan utility Office... 


Pipelines & Storage

Balancell named fastest growing manufacturing company in Africa in new list
5th June 2024

The Financial Times, in partnership with Statista, has published its list of Africa’s 125 Fastest Growing Companies for the Year. In the top spot for manufacturing was Balancell Energy, a South... 


bp, Shell agree to sell Sapref land, associated assets to the CEF
27th May 2024

Following successful negotiations, bp Southern Africa and Shell Downstream South Africa (SDSA) have reached an agreement for the sale of their respective 50% ownership of assets located at the... 


Puma Energy’s Africa head calls for urgent development of energy infrastructure on the continent
10th May 2024

Puma Energy Africa head Fadi Mitri has issued a call to action to the African Refiners and Distributors Association (ARDA) to urgently develop the continent’s energy infrastructure. ARDA is the... 


Renergen successfully producing liquid helium at Virginia project
6th May 2024

ASX- and JSE-listed gas producer Renergen is now able to liquify helium in batches from its wells at the Virginia gas project, in South Africa’s Free State province. Since April 2, the... 


Transnet volumes, revenue up, but falls short of recovery targets
26th April 2024

State-owned Transnet has reported a 1.5% year-on-year improvement in the total rail volumes reaching 151.7-million tonnes at the end of March 2024, showcasing improvement in operational... 


Refineries & Retail

Separation of energy portfolio welcomed
5th July 2024

Engineering News editor Terence Creamer discusses President Cyril Ramaphosa's decision to separate the energy portfolio from that of mineral and petroleum resources; what the priorities are for the... 


Event to highlight key African projects
28th June 2024

The upcoming African Energy Week (AEW): Invest in African Energy 2024 conference will focus on critical industry issues and investment opportunities in Africa's energy sector, including discussion... 


Tribunal approves Prax’s Natref stake buyout, with conditions
27th June 2024

The Competition Tribunal has approved the merger in which oil refining and logistics company Prax will acquire energy company TotalEnergies' interest in refinery National Petroleum Refiners of... 


Solar PV panels rolled out at 150 Engen fuel stations in Southern Africa
11th June 2024

Solar power provider SolarSaver, which serves as fuel retailer Engen's official solar provider, has installed solar PV systems at 150 Engen Petroleum fuel stations across Botswana, Namibia and... 


Nigeria's Dangote refinery plans London and Lagos listings by end 2024
28th May 2024

Nigeria's Dangote refinery is aiming for a dual listing on the London and Lagos bourses by the end of this year, a senior executive said on Tuesday. "We have listed all our businesses," Devakumar... 


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