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Trucks block South African road to Mozambique as fuel costs surge

By: Bloomberg     6th July 2022 Protesters in a city in South Africa’s north east blocked roads including a highway linking the country to Mozambique with trucks Wednesday morning as they demonstrated against fuel prices rising to a new record. The road between Mbombela, 350 km east of Johannesburg, and White River has been... 

Global natural gas demand set for slow growth in coming years, IEA report shows

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     5th July 2022 Global natural gas consumption is expected to contract slightly this year and grow slowly over the following three years as Russia’s war in Ukraine pushes up prices and fuels fears of further supply disruptions, the International Energy Agency (IEA) states in its latest ‘Gas Market Report’.  The... 

SAWEA calls for strategic plan to resolve energy crisis

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     4th July 2022 Amid the crippling power outages gripping the country, industry organisation the South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) is calling on the South African government to lead the development of a comprehensive strategic plan to resolve the energy crisis and prioritise it with the same gravitas... 

EU plans hydrogen deal with Namibia as it pulls away from Russian energy

By: Reuters     4th July 2022 The European Union (EU) is planning a deal with Namibia to support the country's nascent green hydrogen sector and boost its own imports of the fuel, EU and Namibian officials said, as the bloc works to reduce its dependence on Russian energy. Hydrogen has long been touted as a less... 

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Fuel prices to surge to new record, as general levy relief is trimmed to 75c/l 

By: Terence Creamer     4th July 2022 As feared, Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe has announced big fuel price increases for implementation on July 6. Despite calls ahead of the announcement for the temporary reduction in the general fuel levy to be sustained at 150 c/l, Mantashe confirmed that the reprieve would... 

Fuel prices to surge to new record, as general levy relief is trimmed to 75c/l

Renewable power costs rise, just not as much as fossil fuels

By: Bloomberg     1st July 2022 It’s costing more these days to build and run solar farms and wind turbines, but they’re still cheaper than power plants that rely on fossil fuels. The costs of renewable plants are rising after years of declines due to soaring prices for materials, shipping and labour, according to a... 

Manufacturer now offers new stainless steel braided hose

1st July 2022 Earlier this year, industrial hose specialist Truco announced it had started manufacturing stainless steel braided hose at its Chamdor campus in Johannesburg, Gauteng. Initial capabilities are for hose assemblies from 6 mm to 25 cm in diameter. 

A reel of stainless steel braided hose which is impervious to fire chemicals and pressure
STEELING THE SHOW The new sheet braided hose offered by Truco is ideal for use across a range of industries

Renergen strikes new gas blower named Gandalf, making progress on plant

By: Schalk Burger     30th June 2022 ASX- and JSE-listed natural gas and helium producer Renergen announced a new gas blower named Gandalf at its Virginia gas project, in South Africa’s Free State province, after gas was intersected at 480 m from surface with a flow rate of about 90 000 cubic feet a day. The target depth is 1 200 m,... 

Reunert targets renewable energy market

By: Natasha Odendaal     30th June 2022 JSE-listed industrial group Reunert has set its sights on capturing a critical market in South Africa and beyond: renewable energy. The group, during its investor day showcase on June 28, highlighted its renewable energy strategy execution, which leverages its renewable energy cluster that spans... 

Three South African technologies pitch for Innovate UK funding 

By: Schalk Burger     28th June 2022 During a briefing by energy technology innovation and funding network Innovate UK for technology innovators and entrepreneurs on June 27, three South African technology companies presented their innovations for potential funding from the UK organisation. The three companies also served as... 

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Ducere MD André Reyneke discussing Miser Technologies drivetrain fuel savings and emissions reductions systems and Greenthermo Energy operations director Rearabetswe Dire discussing the company's project to increase production of biodiesel

G7 to allow fossil-fuel financing if climate pledges are kept

By: Bloomberg     28th June 2022 Group of Seven (G7) nations are set to allow some exceptional public financing of overseas fossil-fuel projects to continue provided that the investments are consistent with prior climate-change agreements, according to people familiar with the matter. The final text of the leaders’ statement,... 

Western Cape govt, DTIC driving green hydrogen research in Vredendal

By: Marleny Arnoldi     24th June 2022 The Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (DTIC) and the Western Cape provincial government have committed to putting support mechanisms in place to help resource a green energy hydrogen project in Vredendal. As a starting point, senior government officials already visited the Keren... 

Right decisons key in green transitioning

24th June 2022 “South Africa’s drive towards a just energy transition and net zero carbon emissions should be seen as a great opportunity, rather than a cumbersome task. While the transition is sure to be a challenge, it doesn’t have to be a headache if the right decisions are made, backed by the right... 

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SOLAR EXPERTISE The solar power supply chain must be prepared to act not just as suppliers, but also consultants to ensure the success of new PV installations

GreenYellow secures contracts with Retailability, PPC Cement in South Africa

By: Schalk Burger     24th June 2022 Energy efficiency, services and solar photovoltaic solutions company GreenYellow has secured two contracts in South Africa, including a seven-year energy efficiency partnership agreement with retail investment holding company Retailability that will provide 16 GWh of annual energy savings,... 

Transnet, Sasol, Total, and the apartheid-era pricing deal. Why ConCourt agreed it should end

By: News24Wire      22nd June 2022 The Constitutional Court has ruled that Transnet was entitled to terminate a long-term pricing agreement, put in place in the apartheid era, and relating to the transportation of crude oil to Sasol and Total. Judge Mbuyiseli Madlanga handed down the judgment on Tuesday. 

Hyve Group opens Johannesburg office

By: Donna Slater     21st June 2022 International exhibition and conference organiser Hyve Group has opened a Johannesburg office as a means to enhance its presence in South Africa and expand opportunities for South African citizens.

Hyve Group, which employs over 650 people in 12 offices globally, organises over 50 trade... 

PASA welcomes recognition of natural gas’ role in Africa’s energy transition

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     21st June 2022 Industry organisation the Petroleum Agency SA (PASA) has welcomed the release of the International Energy Agency (IEA)’s ‘Africa Energy Outlook 2022’ report, which outlines possible pathways for Africa’s energy system that are consistent with both the pressing need for a transition to a cleaner... 

‘Jackpot’ oil discoveries may help Namibia double GDP by 2040

By: Bloomberg     21st June 2022 Namibia expects its biggest oil discoveries since independence to help double its economy by 2040, Jennifer Comalie, chairperson of National Petroleum Corp of Namibia, said in a Bloomberg TV interview. TotalEnergies in February said it had made a “significant” oil discovery off the coast of... 

The Industry Transition: A Pathway to Decarbonising the Hard-to-Abate

By: Simone Liedtke     21st June 2022 The hard to abate sectors currently produce more than a third of the worlds’ climate chaining emissions, which we must sharply curtail if we are to hold global warming to 1.5ºC. Yet, they are integral to humanity and ultimately they ’re playing an integral role in reducing our reliance on fossil... 

The Industry Transition: A Pathway to Decarbonising the Hard-to-Abate

Calls for petrol price deregulation display lack of knowledge – FRA 

By: Irma Venter     17th June 2022 Increasing calls from the public for the petrol price to be deregulated speak of ignorance, warns Fuel Retailers Association (FRA) CEO Reggie Sibiya. “As fuel prices continue to rise, there is pressure on retailers to cut margins and be in competition with each other, which is absolutely... 

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Gas can meet commercial and industrial energy needs

By: Nadine Ramdass     17th June 2022 While there are various sources of energy, gas remains one of the primary sources that can sustain a large amount of industrial and commercial requirements, says consulting service provider Synergy oil & gas consulting and training GM Ismaeel Fataar. He explains that a strong ripple effect from... 

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SKILLS FOR THE FUTURE Skills need to be developed now to meet the future needs of the gas-to-power industry

Increased interest in gas-powered generators

By: Nadine Ramdass     17th June 2022 Since the lifting of the own-generation licence threshold to 100 MW, interest in using gas for embedded power generation has increased significantly, says gas engine and hybrid power plant specialist Clarke Energy business development manager Kara Neale. The high efficiency of gas-powered... 

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TAILORED TO GAS CHARACTERISTICS it is important to ensure that the equipment is suited to the particular gas

Africa’s governments face stark choices as fuel prices scale new highs

By: Bloomberg     16th June 2022 African governments face stark choices over fuel prices as sanctions on Russian oil disrupt global markets for energy, according to one of the continent’s key suppliers. “There is no doubt that this has a disproportionate impact on the economies of Africa,” Fadi Mitri, head of Africa for Puma... 

Beheadings show Islamist peril persists for Total in Mozambique

By: Bloomberg     16th June 2022 A fresh wave of attacks by an Islamic State affiliate in northern Mozambique has prompted the evacuation of the nation’s biggest solar power plant and threatens to further delay TotalEnergies' $20-billion liquefied natural gas project. Forces from Rwanda and a southern African regional bloc have... 

Beheadings show Islamist peril persists for Total in Mozambique

South Africa should consider Russian crude imports, Mantashe says

By: Reuters     16th June 2022 South Africa's Energy Minister on Wednesday said the country should consider importing crude oil from Russia as part of efforts to curb rising fuel prices, which have soared since the beginning of the war in Ukraine. "We should consider importing crude oil from Russia at a low price because it... 

Wärtsilä signs performance-based agreement for African gold mine

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     15th June 2022 Technology group Wärtsilä has signed a five-year performance-based agreement for a 20 MW power plant combined with a 40 MW plant extension installation at a gold mine in Africa. The agreement was signed in March, and in alignment with the company’s service agreements, Wärtsilä books expected net... 

Climate Commission sets sights on energy mix as it wraps up work on just transition framework 

By: Terence Creamer     14th June 2022 The Presidential Climate Commission (PCC) is initiating a process of research and consultation on South Africa’s future energy mix, which it aims to present to Cabinet before the end of 2022. Speaking at a conference hosted by the RES4Africa Foundation in Johannesburg, executive director Dr... 

PCC executive director Dr Crispian Olver
PCC executive director Dr Crispian Olver

New report outlines strategy for ending load-shedding by early 2024, but delivery hinges on ‘substantial political will’ 

By: Terence Creamer     13th June 2022 A comprehensive strategy for drastically reducing, or even eliminating, the scourge of rotational power cuts in South Africa by early 2024 has been outlined in a new public-interest report published by Meridian Economics. The authors warn, however, that load-shedding is poised to rise to extreme... 

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Key questions remain on journey to a just transition in the liquid fuels industry – Crompton

By: Schalk Burger     10th June 2022 Key considerations and challenges to support a just transition in the liquid fuels industry to a low- and zero-carbon industry include the need for financing, the need to ensure financial viability of technologies proposed for the transition, the impact on the automotive manufacturing industry... 

Sustainable aviation fuels can be a potential green industry in South Africa

By: Schalk Burger     10th June 2022 Sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) can contribute to a 65% reduction of emissions in the aviation industry by 2050, and South Africa has an excellent resource base to produce like-for-like replacements for fossil fuel-derived fuels that can be used with existing equipment and aeroplanes, says... 

African oil, gas producers can help to create an inclusive energy transition, says McKinsey

By: Marleny Arnoldi     10th June 2022 Global management consulting firm McKinsey & Company says Africa’s oil and gas producing nations have the opportunity to embark on an inclusive energy transition and chart a course toward a sustainable future, amid a heightened focus on sustainability. “As the world looks to accelerate its... 

Committee welcomes appointment of Jacob Mbele as DMRE director-general

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     10th June 2022 Portfolio Committee on Mineral Resources and Energy chairperson Sahlulele Luzipo has welcomed the appointment of Jacob Mbele as director-general of the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE), saying he believes Mbele’s illustrious career at the DMRE qualifies him for the position.... 

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Jacob Mbele

Workers must play central role in shaping just energy transition, unions insist

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     10th June 2022 As South Africa continues on its journey towards realising a just energy transition (JET), workers and unions have expressed their support for the move and for alternative sources of energy to be part of the energy mix, provided that labour plays a significant role, that its views are taken on... 

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Ways to overcome challenges when your boiler fails

10th June 2022 Over the past 24 months, companies requiring emergency boiler systems have succumbed to price increases to keep their steam operations functioning. 

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STEAM SYSTEMS A spike in boiler hire is directly proportional to an increased uptake in boiler repair services.

Just transition holds opportunities, but also risks for South Africa's liquid fuel value chain

By: Schalk Burger     8th June 2022 A just transition of the liquid fuels value chain to a low- and zero-carbon value chain presents opportunities for South Africa, but also holds risks in terms of timing and the impact of the transition on workers and employment. These were some of the impacts discussed by researchers and industry... 

Congo’s oil block sale threatens carbon sinks, forest pact

By: Bloomberg     8th June 2022 The Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC's)plan to auction oil exploration blocks next month threatens to disrupt some of the world’s most important carbon sinks and could jeopardize a $500-million forest preservation agreement. Some of the blocks, estimated to contain 16 billion barrels of crude... 

Renergen nears financing close for Virginia gas’ Phase 2  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th June 2022 JSE-listed emerging helium and natural gas producer Renergen has signed a retainer letter with the US International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) for a possible $500-million loan to finance the Phase 2 development of the company’s Virginia gas project, in the Free State province of South... 

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