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BP, Angola agree deal to explore oil offshore

By: Reuters     22nd January 2020 BP signed an agreement with Angola aimed at acquiring oil further exploration rights, state news agency Angop reported, the latest in a flurry of agreements between oil majors and Africa's second biggest exporter. The deal with country's petroleum regulator ANPG defines the terms for a... 

PetroSA appoints new CEO

By: Creamer Media Reporter      22nd January 2020 Pragasen Naidoo has been appointed CEO of national oil company PetroSA. His appointment is effective from January 17, subject to a transitional arrangement with the Central Energy Fund (CEF), a holding company of PetroSA. 

Children across South Africa learn about renewables in vernacular

By: Simone Liedtke     21st January 2020 English, Afrikaans, Xhosa and Setswana speaking children across South Africa are learning about the role that wind power is playing as the world transitions to renewable power for a cleaner, healthier planet through a beautifully illustrated story book, named Let the Wind Blow. The South African... 

Children across South Africa learn about renewables in vernacular

Virginia project’s appraisal programme to spud ahead of schedule – Renergen

By: Simone Liedtke     21st January 2020 Emerging domestic natural gas and helium producer Renergen expects the appraisal programme for its Virginia gas project, in the Free State, to spud ahead of schedule during the first week of February. The dual-listed company also advised that the first planned incline in Phase 1’s development had... 

Virginia project’s appraisal programme to spud ahead of schedule – Renergen
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
The drill site at Renergen's Virginia gas project

Index shows policy uncertainty remains elevated

By: Simone Liedtke     20th January 2020 The Policy Uncertainty Index (PUI), as published by the North West University (NWU) Business School, increased to 53.6 index points in the fourth quarter of 2019, from 53.1 index points in the third quarter. The business school points out that “negative factors outweighed positive ones” in the... 

Ncondezi on track to submit tariff submission

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     17th January 2020 Aim-listed Ncondezi Energy is on track to submit a tariff financial model for its integrated 300 MW coal-fired power project and coal mine in Tete, Mozambique, to strategic partners at the end of this month. The company is targeting a competitive tariff rate in line with tariff rates recently... 

Demand increasing for boiler cleaning

By: Cameron Mackay     17th January 2020 There has been a signifiscant increase in demand for industrial and chemical cleaning solutions provider Gra-Tech’s chemical cleaning of package boilers, as industries in which package boilers are used are looking to optimise operational efficiencies and reduce costs. Package boilers are smaller... 

Demand increasing for boiler cleaning
SQUEAKY CLEAN Preoperational cleaning of boilers before commissioning require a 1% hydrofluoric acid solution to remove most mill scale and fabrication defects

Boiler leak-detection equipment ideal for power generation

By: Cameron Mackay     17th January 2020 Power generation facilities can benefit from using turnkey solutions provider Procon Engineering’s boiler tube leak-detection to avoid unplanned shutdowns, says industrial and processing solutions provider RTS Africa Technologies MD Ian Fraser. “This equipment provides a continuous diagnostic... 

Boiler leak-detection equipment ideal for power generation
KEEPING THE LIGHTS ON The Procon boiler tube leak-detection system can eliminate unplanned shutdowns caused by boiler tube leaks

Company to offer carbon tax consulting

By: Cameron Mackay     17th January 2020 Boiler and burner solutions provider Steam Generation is set to introduce Carbon Tax consulting services for its customers to add to its boiler financing services. This comes after the Carbon Tax Act was introduced in South Africa in June last year, which affects energy-intensive industrial... 

Company to offer carbon tax consulting
BOILER EFFICIENCY FOCUS Hlophe notes an increase in customers using coal-fired boilers that require automation to assist in monitoring and realising boiler efficiency, at a reasonable cost

Total plans world’s deepest offshore well to stem Angola decline

By: Bloomberg     16th January 2020 Total will drill the world’s deepest offshore well in Angola, in waters more than two miles deep, as the African country works to reverse years of declining output. The well in Block 48 will be 228 m deeper than Total’s Raya-1 well in Uruguay, completed in 2016, according to contractor Maersk... 

Oilfields at heart of tax dispute to cost Uganda $5bn

By: Bloomberg     16th January 2020 Uganda expects the planned development of two oil fields to cost at least $5-billion, as the government seeks to resolve a tax dispute with the companies that own the sites and pave the way for increased infrastructure spending. That amount is part of the $15-billion to $20-billion that the East... 

Vivo to cooperate with Moroccan authority regarding fuel investigation

By: Simone Liedtke     16th January 2020 JSE-listed Vivo Energy has confirmed that its subsidiary in Morocco has received a report from the investigators in charge of the Conseil de la Concurrence’s (CdC’s) ongoing review of the competitive dynamics of the Moroccan fuel retailing industry. Based on the procedures specified in the rules,... 

US-Iran conflict to affect February fuel price adjustment – AA

By: African News Agency      15th January 2020 Unleaded 95 Octane petrol is expected to drop by eight cents a litre in February, but 93 Octane petrol, diesel and illuminating paraffin are all set to increase at month-end due to the tensions between Iran and the US, the Automobile Association said on Wednesday. Commenting on unaudited... 

 US-Iran conflict to affect February fuel price adjustment – AA

Brazil's Petrobras closes $1.5bn deal to sell stake in African JV

By: Reuters     15th January 2020 Brazil's State-controlled oil company Petroleo Brasileiro (Petrobras) said on Tuesday it had ended its activities in Africa after closing the sale of a 50% stake in Petrobras Oil & Gas BV (PO&GBV), which holds some Nigerian oil assets. Petrobras, as the company is known locally, said in a filing... 

Lekoil slumps as alleged scam puts oilfield future at risk

By: Bloomberg     14th January 2020 Lekoil sank to a record low in London trading after falling victim to an alleged scam, leaving the future of a Nigerian oil project at risk. A loan deal struck earlier this month is no longer valid, the company said, alleging that individuals claiming to be from the Qatar Investment Authority... 

Renewables’ share in global power should more than double by 2030

By: Simone Liedtke     13th January 2020 The share of renewables in global power should more than double by 2030 to advance the global energy transformation, achieve sustainable development goals and create a pathway to climate safety, the International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena) says. Renewable electricity should supply 57% of... 

Intellidex lowers GDP forecast for South Africa 

By: Simone Liedtke     10th January 2020 Given the electricity supply challenges facing the country, Intellidex has cut the average gross domestic product (GDP) forecast for South Africa for 2022 to 2026 to 1.8%, compared with the previously expected 1.9%. The GDP forecast for 2019, 2020 and 2021 all saw downward revisions to 0.3%, 0.6%... 

South Sudan plans environmental audit of oil fields in move to curb pollution

By: Reuters     10th January 2020 South Sudan is launching a tender for a comprehensive environmental audit of all its oil-producing fields in a bid to reduce pollution following years of neglect, the government said on Friday. Oil sales bring in almost all the revenue of the East African nation, which has boosted output to stand... 

Saudi Arabia launches third round of renewables procurement programme

By: Simone Liedtke     9th January 2020 The Renewable Energy Project Development Office (Repdo) of Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Energy has issued a request for qualifications (RFQ) for round three of the Kingdom’s National Renewable Energy Program (NREP), which comprises four solar photovoltaic (PV) projects with a combined generation... 

Aameg appoints three new directors

By: Marleny Arnoldi     9th January 2020 The Australia–Africa Minerals & Energy Group (Aameg) has appointed three new directors, namely Colin Carson, Mark Norwell and Joe Taboni. They have succeeded former directors Bill Turner, Ron Sayers and Grant Pierce.  

Congo wants to sell Gertler’s oil blocks on Ugandan border

By: Bloomberg     9th January 2020 The Democratic Republic of Congo is forming a plan to take back two oil blocks from sanctioned Israeli billionaire Dan Gertler and sell them to another company. The Congolese government has talked to Tullow Oil about purchasing a stake in the Lake Albert licences along the country’s border with... 

Growth initiatives to continue in 2020 as new laws come into effect  

By: Simone Liedtke     9th January 2020 Initiatives to drive growth and stabilise the economy will continue to be a focus in the coming year, especially as efforts to root out corruption and State capture progress, law firm Webber Wentzel says. Robust corporate governance for listed companies will also remain a focus area for the JSE,... 

Growth initiatives to continue in 2020 as new laws come into effect

Investec warns of energy sector’s negative impact on output, GDP growth

By: Simone Liedtke     7th January 2020 Eskom’s declining energy availability factor (EAF) is expected to have a negative impact on the country’s industrial output for the fourth quarter of 2019, as well as gross domestic product growth (GDP) for the fourth quarter of 2019 and the first quarter of this year, warns financial services... 

Batteries, EVs to play ‘critical role’ in low-carbon future

By: Simone Liedtke     19th December 2019 The switch from fossil fuels to renewable energy alternatives and the electrification of energy is one of the key elements of delivering carbon neutral economies, and batteries are set to play a critical role in delivering this low-carbon future, says investment research and advisory company... 

Cabinet approves biofuels regulatory framework

By: Simone Liedtke     17th December 2019 Cabinet has approved the biofuels regulatory framework, which will give effect to the implementation of the biofuel industrial strategy. Biofuels are internationally recognised as an immediate less carbon-intensive substitute, which blends fuel for conventional mineral fuels to reduce air... 

South Africa should use all available energy resources, Minister says at coal event  

By: Simone Liedtke     17th December 2019 Secure and reliable energy supply is a catalyst for economic growth and development, especially within the South African context, says Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe, who highlights that an energy mix that uses all available resources is required to bring certainty to the... 

South Africa should use all available energy resources, Minister says at coal event
Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe

France's Total buys stakes in two Angola offshore oil blocks

By: Reuters     17th December 2019 Total said on Monday it had acquired interests in two new offshore licences in Angola with a view to developing a new production hub alongside the French oil major's partners. Wells drilled so far in the two blocks have produced four discoveries, Total said. It will pay Angolan state oil firm... 

Renergen’s Free State project shows ‘game changing’ potential for domestic power

By: Simone Liedtke     17th December 2019 Drilling at emerging natural gas and helium producer Renergen’s Virginia project, in the Free State, has progressed through the Karoo Supergroup and successfully intersected gas-charged sandstones and fractures, as was previously expected, the company reported on Monday. The gas was intersected... 

Renergen’s Free State project shows ‘game changing’ potential for domestic power
CEO Stefano Marani

Minerals Council joins calls for govt to ensure increased electricity self-generation 

By: Simone Liedtke     13th December 2019 The Minerals Council South Africa has welcomed the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy’s (DMRE’s) statement that it is committed to the development of adequate generation capacity to meet electricity demand in the interests of economic growth. However, the council said the industry... 

Sasol willing to consider using ‘green hydrogen’ to produce lower-carbon fuels 

By: Terence Creamer     13th December 2019 South African energy and chemicals group Sasol, which is under increasing pressure to lower its carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, has indicated a willingness to participate in demonstration projects aimed at deploying its Fischer-Tropsch assets in combination with ‘green hydrogen’, produced from... 

Sasol willing to consider using ‘green hydrogen’ to produce lower-carbon fuels

Renewable-energy projects well under way

By: Darren Parker     13th December 2019 Construction on several Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) fourth bid window projects are well under way. The REIPPPP fourth window bids include 12 wind farms, 12 solar photovoltaic (PV) projects, a biomass project, a mini-hydro project and a concentrated... 

Renewable-energy projects well under way
BLADE RUNNING About half of the turbine components had been delivered to Kangnas and Perdekraal Wind Farms in October

Success of renewables programme continues

By: Darren Parker     13th December 2019 Over the past eight years, the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) has attracted about R209.4-billion in committed private-sector investment, with the successful fourth window bids being valued at about R56-billion. South African companies, such as... 

Success of renewables programme continues
WINDOW OF OPPORTUNITY 27 preferred bidders signed agreements last year and their respective renewable energy projects are well underway

Additional renewable energy development zones proposed

13th December 2019 The second phase of the Strategic Environmental Assessment for wind and solar photovoltaic (PV) energy in South Africa proposes three additional renewable energy development zones for wind and solar PV energy projects. The renewable energy development zones support the responsible implementation... 

Additional renewable energy development zones proposed
RENEWABLE ENERGY DEVELOPMENT ZONES The Phase 2 proposed zones support the responsible implementation of the Integrated Resource Plan 2019

Maintenance work on tunnel completed

13th December 2019 The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) has indicated that the inspection and maintenance work on the Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP) tunnel – which was closed on October 1 and was scheduled to open November 30 – was completed as planned. The recharge of the tunnel started on November... 

Maintenance work on tunnel completed
USEFUL BEAUTY The Katse dam not only supplies water to the South Africa but also hydro electricity and tourism to the Kingdom of Lesotho

Water project underway and making progress

13th December 2019 Last month, the official ground-breaking function for Phase II of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP) took place and was attended by Kingdom of Lesotho Minister of Water Samonyane Ntsekele and South Africa Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu. “Implementing Phase... 

Water project underway and making progress
DAM BIG PROJECT The site of the 2.3-billion-cubic-metre Polihali dam

Project aims to create Africa’s helium hub 

By: Simone Liedtke     13th December 2019 Emerging natural gas producer Renergen marked the start of the pipeline construction at its flagship Virginia gas project, in the Free State, with a sod-turning ceremony, last month. Liquefied natural gas (LNG) and liquid helium production is expected by 2021, when Phase 1 of the project is... 

Project aims to create Africa’s helium hub
Renergen CEO Stefano Marani speaks to Engineering News about the company’s flagship Virginia gas project, and what this milestone means for the company

Environmental studies essential to REIPP success

By: Darren Parker     13th December 2019 In most renewable-energy independent power producer (REIPP) project cases, environmental sensitivities can be successfully avoided if developers embrace advice given by environmental consultants during the environmental impact assessment (EIA) stage. This enables developers to better ensure that... 

Environmental  studies essential  to REIPP success
NOT WINGING IT Embracing the advice given by professional environmental consultants early on can lead to the avoidance of many environmental issues
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