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Sasol says its energy business delivers satisfactory full-year performance

By: Schalk Burger     27th July 2021 Integrated energy and chemicals multinational Sasol's energy business had delivered a satisfactory performance, in line with expectations, for the financial year ended June 30. The company on July 27 reported that its integrated value chain had benefitted from higher oil prices in the second half... 

Sasol partners with Mpumalanga govt, launches five-day vaccination drive

By: Yvonne Silaule     26th July 2021 Energy and chemicals company Sasol's Secunda operations has, in partnership with the Mpumalanga government, launched a five-day Covid-19 vaccination drive, starting on July 26. This formed part of the preparation for the operations' upcoming annual maintenance shutdown taking place from August 30... 

Video showcases vehicle specs

23rd July 2021 Coinciding with the arrival of the first models of the new all-electric Taycan Cross Turismo, automobile manufacturer Porsche Middle East and Africa free zone establishment (FZE) is celebrating with a video that showcases the versatile model being pushed to its limits in two remote locations with... 

Porsche's newest electric car in desert terrain
FROM ONE EXTREME Taycan Cross Turismo racing in the scorching, sandy desert in Liwa

Municipal Energy Resilience Initiative signs MoUs with candidate municipalities

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     22nd July 2021 The Western Cape’s Municipal Energy Resilience (MER) Initiative has signed memoranda of understanding (MoUs) with all six of the candidate municipalities participating in the initiative.  This follows a ceremonial signing with the executive mayor of Stellenbosch Alderman Gesie Van Deventer, on... 

Sapref refinery to begin restart on July 21

By: Reuters     21st July 2021 South Africa's largest crude oil refinery, Sapref, will begin restarting on July 21, after temporarily shutting down as a wave of violent looting swept across the country, the operators said in a statement on Tuesday. The refinery, situated in the east coast port city of Durban, shut down last... 

Oando reaches settlement with regulator on long-running disputes

By: Reuters     20th July 2021  Nigeria's Oando has reached a settlement with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the oil company said on Monday, after the regulator ordered the removal of its management team and suspended its annual meetings. Oando challenged the regulator's actions. It has been in a battle since... 

World Bank to support SANEDI in driving energy efficiency in South Africa

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     16th July 2021 Development finance institution the World Bank has partnered with the South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI) and the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) to drive opportunities in the large-scale demand-side energy efficiency market in South Africa. This is... 

Manufacturer provides solutions for distance learning

By: Cameron Mackay     16th July 2021 Educational engineering equipment manufacturer and importer Amtec Techniquip has developed new products to assist in local distance learning at a time when learners cannot physically access their engineering learning institutions. “Two trends we’ve been adapting to are the integration of... 

Afrox working with authorities to ensure deliveries of medical oxygen to hospitals

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th July 2021 Gas supplier Afrox says it is working with the authorities and that hospital deliveries to areas affected by civil strife remain a priority where police escort is available. As a result of the unrest across KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng in recent days, and in order to meet demand for medical oxygen,... 

IEA report points to growth in global electricity demand this year

By: Donna Slater     15th July 2021 The International Energy Agency (IEA) expects global electricity demand to rebound strongly this year and next. Electricity demand decreased by about 1% in 2020, but is expected to grow by 5% this year and by 4% in 2022, a new IEA report shows.  

DMRE continues to monitor safety, security of energy and mining sectors

By: Simone Liedtke     15th July 2021 The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) continues to monitor the safety and security of the energy and mining sectors amid ongoing acts of looting, destruction in violence across South Africa, but particularly in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal. Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede... 

Shell expresses concern over RMIPPPP delays as it confirms Karpowership SA partnership 

By: Terence Creamer     13th July 2021 Shell South Africa country chairperson Hloniphizwe Mtolo has confirmed that the energy group is the exclusive supplier of liquified natural gas (LNG) to Karpowership SA, whose three projects, totalling 1 220 MW, were named in March as preferred bidders under government’s Risk Mitigation... 

Photo of Shell South Africa country chairperson Hloniphizwe Mtolo
Shell South Africa country chairperson Hloniphizwe Mtolo

New Upstream Petroleum Resources Development Bill lauded for improvements

By: Donna Slater     12th July 2021 A new and updated Upstream Petroleum Resources Development Bill, which was introduced to Parliament on July 1, is a significant improvement on its predecessor, reports law firm Herbert Smith Freehills’ (HSF’s) Peter Leon, Paul Morton, Ernst Muller and Lauren Paxton. In a note, the authors state... 

Renergen finds 1.9% helium surprise in P12 at Virginia gas project

By: Simone Liedtke     12th July 2021 Natural gas and helium producer Renergen’s P12 well, which was previously plugged and abandoned, was observed to start flowing gas (at low rates) in the days following rig release. The flow rate has subsequently continued to increase with a current flow rate in excess of 30 000 standard cubic... 

Two suspects arrested for allegedly tampering with Transnet's pipelines infrastructure

By: Schalk Burger     9th July 2021 State-owned freight logistics group Transnet says increased surveillance and security measures put in place along the Transnet Pipelines network has led to a further two suspects being arrested for attempting to tamper with the pipelines. This brings the total arrests for the past three months to... 

Drone and NDT firm join forces

By: Halima Frost     9th July 2021 Materials testing and inspection service provider Dekra Industrial has joined forces with aerial solutions and drone services company Sky Africa Drones to offer a drone inspection service that combines the technologies of high scope non-destructive testing (NDT) systems with the manoeuvrability... 

SKY HIGH
The use of drones to conduct non-destructive testing on taller installations and hard to reach areas is even more possible
SKY HIGH The use of drones to conduct non-destructive testing on taller installations and hard to reach areas is even more possible

EV adoption too expensive for South Africans, study indicates

By: Simone Liedtke     7th July 2021 The upfront costs associated with electric vehicles (EVs) is the biggest barrier to the transport mode’s adoption and uptake in South Africa, says Stellenbosch University associate Professor Stephan Krygsman. Speaking on behalf of Benson Manu, who authored the study on EVs, Krygsman says EV... 

Image of Nissan Leaf EV electric vehicle charging

TotalEnergies, Veolia partner to produce next-generation biofuels

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     7th July 2021 Energy company TotalEnergies and ecological transformation company Veolia have partnered to accelerate the development of microalgae cultivation using carbon dioxide (CO2). The companies will pool their know-how to develop a four-year research project at the La Mède biorefinery in France,... 

US advisory firm gets behind local LPG company to grow asset base

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th July 2021 Gas start-up company Bluedrop Energy plans to list its shares on the NYSE in 2022 and the JSE at a later stage. Bluedrop in April secured $20-million, or R300-million, in funding from US-based private equity firm J Sassoon Group for the construction of a smart composite liquid petroleum gas... 

Bluedrop Energy CEO Kenneth Maduna
Bluedrop Energy CEO Kenneth Maduna

First BioLNG production project considered at French port

By: Simone Liedtke     5th July 2021 French firms EveRé, CMA CGM Group, Elengy and TotalEnergies have joined forces to study the feasibility of creating France’s first production unit for liquefied biomethane (BioLNG), a low-carbon alternative fuel dedicated to the energy transition in the shipping industry EveRé is the operator of... 

New IEA report paints complex picture for future of gas demand 

By: Terence Creamer     5th July 2021 A new International Energy Agency (IEA) report on the outlook for gas presents a complex picture of the fuel’s role in the unfolding energy transition, as well as the outlook for demand. The report forecasts that there will be an immediate 3.5% recovery in demand from the Covid-afflicted 2020... 

New IEA report paints complex picture for future of gas demand

ECMBC, Nafcoc to appeal DFFE’s decision over Karpowership SA’s EIAs

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     5th July 2021 The Eastern Cape Maritime Business Chamber (ECMBC) and the National African Federated Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Nafcoc) Nelson Mandela Bay (NMB) region on July 5 said that would appeal the decision by the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment (DFFE) not to approve... 

Nafcoc pushes for transformation amid promise of energy generation opportunities

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     2nd July 2021 Federated chamber the National African Federated Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Nafcoc) has welcomed the announcement by President Cyril Ramaphosa that the licensing-exemption threshold for distributed generation projects will be increased to 100 MW from the previous cap of 1 MW. “We are... 

Energy transition to have a net positive effect on jobs  

2nd July 2021 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about a new report published by the International Renewable Energy Agency that shows that an energy transition aligned with a 1.5°C-compatible climate pathway will have a net positive effects on job creation and... 

Energy transition to have a net positive effect on jobs
Energy transition to have a net positive effect on jobs

Company achieves milestone

By: Theresa Bhowan     2nd July 2021 Rapidly growing demand in the industrial sector, has seen nitrogen generation equipment supplier Nitralife recently achieving the milestone of having supplied more than 100 customised Nitracut generators to the fabrication and industrial sector over the past four years. “With each new sector and... 

NEXT GENERATION 
While Nitralife’s nitrogen generators have similar designs for various applications, it adjusts each variation according to customer's specifications
NEXT GENERATION While Nitralife’s nitrogen generators have similar designs for various applications, it adjusts each variation according to customer's specifications

Itochu partners with Shell to lower its mining sites’ carbon footprint

By: Donna Slater     1st July 2021 Petrochemicals company Shell International and Tokyo-headquartered investment firm Itochu Corporation have agreed to collaborate to accelerate the digitalisation and decarbonisation of Itochu’s mining sites, as well as increase the operational efficiency thereof. Shell will offer its sectoral... 

Union welcomes High Court’s decision to set aside ‘unlawful’ Econ Oil supply deal

By: Marleny Arnoldi     1st July 2021 The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has welcomed the Gauteng High Court’s ruling to set aside the R8-billion tender between power utility Eskom and oil blender Econ Oil after the matter was heard on June 9. The court on June 29 found that the contract was unlawful.  

RBPlat’s Hanré Rossouw appointed CFO designate at Sasol

By: Marleny Arnoldi     1st July 2021 JSE-and NYSE-listed petrochemicals group Sasol has announced that its CFO and executive director Paul Victor will step down from his roles at the end of June next year. He will be succeeded by Hanré Rossouw, who is currently the CFO of Royal Bafokeng Platinum (RBPlat).  

Renergen’s C3P0 well strikes gas with higher-than-expected helium concentration

By: Simone Liedtke     30th June 2021 One of natural gas and helium producer Renergen’s current wells, C3P0, has struck gas, with a helium concentration of 1.7%, slightly above pre-drill expectations for this well. Renergen says the well is currently waterlogged in order to allow for the running of standard electronic wireline logs,... 

Foundation drives development in Africa from ‘clean’ perspective

By: Marleny Arnoldi     29th June 2021 Climate change interventions have immense potential to unlock new development pathways on the African continent, which necessitates that climate change be brought to the forefront of development thinking and planning in Africa, says the African Climate Foundation (ACF). The foundation, during a... 

TotalEnergies, Uber partner to accelerate transition of electric mobility

By: Simone Liedtke     29th June 2021 TotalEnergies and Uber are partnering to accelerate the transition of Uber’s drivers towards electric mobility, by providing support for vehicle conversion and easier access to charge points. The partnership will be rolled out in France at first, after which it could potentially be extended to... 

South African oil law seen unlikely to be approved until 2022

By: Bloomberg     29th June 2021 South Africa’s draft oil exploration and production law is unlikely to be finalized for at least another year, despite the government’s call for the legislation to be expedited. Parliamentary hearings and amendments to the Upstream Petroleum Resources Development Bill published earlier in June... 

State gas companies move to exercise pre-emptive rights over Moz-SA pipeline 

By: Terence Creamer     28th June 2021 The State-owned gas companies of South Africa and Mozambique have announced that they have exercised their pre-emptive rights to acquire, for R4.15-billion, the 30% equity stake in the Republic of Mozambique Pipeline (Rompco) hitherto owned by Sasol. The announcement follows on from Sasol’s May... 

State gas companies move to exercise pre-emptive rights over Moz-SA pipeline

Renergen raises A$10m for Virginia gas project development, exploration 

By: Simone Liedtke     25th June 2021 South African natural gas and helium producer Renergen has successfully raised A$10-million through an equity raise to fund developments at its Virginia gas project, in South Africa’s Free State. The placement was subscribed to by existing and new domestic and international institutions and... 

Renergen raises A$10m for Virginia gas project development, exploration

Dept refuses enviro authorisations for Karpowership SA projects  

25th June 2021 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment's decision to refuse to provider Karpowership SA environmental authorisations for its proposed powership projects; Karpowership's response; and what... 

Dept refuses enviro authorisations for Karpowership SA projects
Dept refuses enviro authorisations for Karpowership SA projects

Company provides energy storage for hospital

By: Anna Moross     25th June 2021 Solar energy company SustainSolar has completed the supply of its battery energy storage system to the Cecilia Makiwane Hospital in East London, in the Eastern Cape.  

BATTERY ENERGY STORAGE 
The aim of the project – successfully completed at the end of March this year – is to alleviate healthcare pressure at the hospital during the Covid-19 pandemic
BATTERY ENERGY STORAGE The aim of the project – successfully completed at the end of March this year – is to alleviate healthcare pressure at the hospital during the Covid-19 pandemic

South Africa ‘well suited’ to be a green maritime fuel hub

By: Simone Liedtke     24th June 2021 A study by global environmental consultancy Ricardo and Environmental Defense Fund for the P4G Getting to Zero Coalition Partnership has found that South Africa “holds an untapped opportunity” to supply the global shipping industry with zero-carbon fuels. The production of green hydrogen-derived... 

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