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Improved film helps extend solar panel lifetime

By: Halima Frost     25th January 2019 With a focus on continuous innovation, science multinational DuPont is developing a new and improved clear Tedlar film to increase efficiency and the life of a solar panel well beyond the industry standard of 30 years. The Tedlar film is made of polyvinyl fluoride polymer – which is a more... 

GETI provides insights into talent environment for energy sectors

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     22nd January 2019 The third annual Global Energy Talent Index (GETI), the world’s largest energy recruitment and employment trends report, was released on Tuesday, and offered insights into five industry subsectors – oil and gas, renewables, power, nuclear and petrochemicals. The report, compiled by Airswift and... 

Africa's position as the world's hottest oil and gas frontier to be entrenched this year

By: African News Agency      22nd January 2019 The year ahead will be key for the advancement of new exploration and production development projects from West to East Africa in the hydrocarbons market, entrenching the continent’s position as the word’s hottest oil and gas frontier, the African Energy Chamber (AEC) has said. The year however... 

Afrox injects R150m into upgrading its facilities at State hospitals

By: Marleny Arnoldi     22nd January 2019 JSE-listed Afrox plans to invest more than R150-million at hospital sites in Mpumalanga, KwaZulu-Natal, the Free State and North West to upgrade the company’s service facilities, Afrox healthcare head Joseph Ramashala confirmed on Tuesday. This is part of the company’s investment strategy to... 

Afrox injects R150m into upgrading its facilities at State hospitals
Afrox bulk tank installation

Nigerian commodities king Dangote targets foreign markets in sales push

By: Reuters     22nd January 2019 Africa's richest man, Aliko Dangote, said on Monday he expected to step up exports of cement and other commodities from Nigeria from this year as he focuses on foreign markets to boost sales and generate much-needed hard currency. Dangote told Reuters he expected to have 8 million tonnes of... 

To meet climate goals, world urged to reuse natural resources

By: Reuters     22nd January 2019 More of the billions of tonnes of materials the world uses each year must be recycled and reused to keep climate change in check, researchers said on Tuesday. Only about a tenth of the nearly 93 billion tonnes of materials utilised annually - including minerals, metals, fossil fuels and biomass -... 

Egypt to invest $9bn in refineries' upgrade over four years – Minister

By: Reuters     21st January 2019 Egypt plans to upgrade six oil refineries at a cost of about $9-billion over four years to increase domestic production to 41-million tonnes a year, the petroleum minister said. "We are trying to secure crude oil supplies for Egyptian refineries to increase local production of refined products,"... 

Nigeria's State oil company seeks $4.1bn to lift output

By: Bloomberg     21st January 2019 Nigeria’s State-owned oil company said it’s in talks with financiers to raise as much as $4.1-billion and will seek to sign service deals to increase production from three leases. The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, or NNPC, is in discussions with Lagos-based Sterling Oil Exploration &... 

Location a key discussion point as Saudi Aramco mulls South African refinery investment

By: Terence Creamer     18th January 2019 “Location, location, location,” South Africa’s Minister Jeff Radebe quipped on Friday after a meeting with his Saudi counterpart, Khalid Al-Falih, where it was agreed that Saudi Aramco and the Central Energy Fund (CEF) would jointly study a plan for a new oil refinery and petrochemical investment... 

Location a key discussion point as Saudi Aramco mulls South African refinery investment
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources Minister Khalid Al-Falih with South Africa's Energy Minister Jeff Radebe

IEA sees oil demand growth defying economic slowdown for now

By: Bloomberg     18th January 2019 Global oil demand remains on course to be stronger this year than in 2018 as a boost from lower fuel prices counters slowing economic activity, according to the International Energy Agency. “We have seen prices fall very significantly since the peak at the beginning of October, and that is... 

Saudi Arabia plans oil refinery, petrochemicals plant in South Africa

By: Reuters     18th January 2019 Saudi Arabia plans to build an oil refinery and a petrochemicals plant in South Africa as part of $10-billion of investments in the country, Saudi Energy Minister Khalid Al-Falih said on Friday. In comments following a meeting with South Africa's energy minister Jeff Radebe in Pretoria, Al-Falih... 

Roadshow highlights motion control products to industry

By: Halima Frost     18th January 2019 Electrical solutions provider Magnet Group hosted a roadshow with about five of power management company Eaton’s technicians in October to highlight Eaton’s DILM range of contractors, circuit breakers and overload relays to Magnet clients and end-users. The roadshow, which visited the Durban,... 

Roadshow highlights motion  control products to industry
ON SHOW The DILM Range was highlighted at the recent roadshows held by Magnet

Sappma pleased with results after increasing audit frequency

By: Cameron Mackay     18th January 2019 Last year, more factory audits of plastic pipe producers and manufacturers who are members of the Southern African Plastic Pipe Manufacturers Association (Sappma) showed promising results leaving much hope for the future of the plastic pipes industry, says the quality regulator’s CEO, Jan Venter.... 

Sappma pleased with results after increasing audit frequency
SAPPMA From an environmental point of view, we can do a lot more for the same amount of money and materials

Tullow Oil hit by payment delay, but sees higher output

By: Reuters     16th January 2019 A delay in receiving payment from the sale of a stake in Ugandan oilfields caused Tullow Oil to miss cash flow and debt forecasts on Wednesday, although the firm said it expected to receive the money soon and also forecast higher production. The Africa-focused company said it expected production... 

Talks under way to build new gas pipeline to Egypt, Israel says

By: Bloomberg     16th January 2019 Talks are in progress to build a new underwater gas pipeline between Israel and Egypt, part of efforts to transform the eastern Mediterranean into an energy export hub on Europe’s doorstep, Israeli Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz said. Israeli gas stocks rose. Construction could begin as early as... 

Nersa cancels Eskom revenue application hearings in Northern Cape, Limpopo

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     15th January 2019 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) has cancelled the public hearings into Eskom’s third multiyear price determination (MYPD3) regulatory clearing account (RCA) Year 5 (2017/18) application and its MYPD4 revenue application, that were scheduled to take place in Kimberley, in the... 

AA predicts another fuel price drop for February

By: News24Wire      15th January 2019 The Automobile Association (AA) said on Tuesday that the fuel price would likely fall in February, based on unaudited mid-month fuel price data released by the Central Energy Fund. The AA said the projected drop in the price of petrol, diesel and illuminating paraffin was due to international oil... 

 AA predicts another fuel price drop for February

Radebe confirmed as Ministerial keynote speaker for Africa Energy Indaba

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     15th January 2019 Energy Minister Jeff Radebe will deliver a Ministerial keynote address at this year’s Africa Energy Indaba.   The indaba will be held at the Sandton Convention Centre on February 19 and 20. 

Mnangagwa seeks cash in Russia as Zimbabwe descends into chaos

By: Bloomberg     15th January 2019 Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa said he’s seeking loans from Russia on a visit to Moscow as protests erupted across his country Monday, leaving 24 people injured and five possibly dead. “I can’t say that we want this much or that much,” he said in an interview with the state-run Russian... 

Opec+ plans review in Baku in March, Ministers' Meeting in April

By: Bloomberg     15th January 2019 Opec and its allies plan to hold a meeting in March to assess their oil-production accord in Azerbaijan, and then ministers will gather to set policy in April, according to the organization’s top official. The body that reviews the implementation of Opec’s supply cuts, the Joint Ministerial... 

World's highest gasoline price prompts strike in Zimbabwe

By: Bloomberg     14th January 2019 Police clashed with protesters in the Zimbabwean capital as the main labor-union confederation began a national strike after the government more than doubled fuel prices to the highest in the world. The stay-away comes as a foreign-exchange shortage has sparked scarcities of everything from fuel... 

Oil near one-month high amid Opec cuts, economic uncertainty

By: Bloomberg     10th January 2019 Oil traded near a one-month high after entering a bull market, while the tension between an uncertain economic outlook and efforts by Opec to restrict supplies continued to cause volatile trading. West Texas Intermediate slipped 0.5% after a rally on Wednesday brought crude’s rebound from an... 

Self-sustaining clean energy system developed

By: Paige Müller     14th December 2018 Sustainable energy specialist Hyson Sustainable Energy – situated in Krugersdorp – has developed and patented a fully self-sustaining, energy-producing tower, says Hyson Sustainable Energy MD Sally Hall. “The Hyson Sustainable Energy ‘Power Tower’, which was provisionally patented just seven... 

Self-sustaining clean  energy system developed
Photo by Bloomberg
ZERO EMISSIONS The Hyson Sustainable Energy ‘Power Tower’ allows for the recycling of liquefied carbon dioxide and water used in the energy generation process, resulting in zero harmful emissions

Research shows tribology improves energy efficiency

14th December 2018 National science academy the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), completed a study into the state of energy efficiency technologies in South Africa in June this year. The study, initially commenced by ASSAf in 2016, focused on electrical energy efficiency. However, according to national... 

Odourless treatment process produces energy, creates jobs

By: Cameron Mackay     14th December 2018 A new labour-based upgrade for wastewater management plants and acid mine drainage plants below ground – the upflow anaerobic sludge blanket reactor (UASB) process – can be used to produce potable water and energy while reducing costs and creating job opportunities, says engineering and... 

Odourless treatment process produces energy, creates jobs
HYSON CELLS The upflow anaerobic sludge blanket reactor process is below ground, which allows for natural insulation of the cone structures

Nigeria files $1.1bn London lawsuit against Shell, Eni over oil deal

By: Reuters     13th December 2018 Lawyers for the Nigerian government said they had filed a $1.1-billion lawsuit against Royal Dutch Shell and Eni in a commercial court in London on Thursday in relation to a 2011 oilfield deal. The OPL 245 oilfield is also at the heart of an ongoing corruption trial in Milan in which former and... 

Afrox seeks to improve efficiencies in light of declining growth

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     13th December 2018 Against a backdrop of subdued economic growth during the past two years, which Afrox believes will prevail in the medium term, the company has reviewed its operating model to enable continued growth in earnings, the company said in a trading statement released on Thursday. Particular areas have... 

Total to further expand oil exploration footprint in Mauritania

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th December 2018 Global energy company Total and the Mauritanian Ministry of Petroleum, Energy and Mines have signed an agreement that awards Total two new exploration and production contracts for blocks C15 and C31, which are deep offshore Mauritania. The contracts cover an area of 14 175 km2 and will be 90%... 

Total to further expand oil exploration footprint in Mauritania
Total awarded two new exploration and production contracts in Mauritania

Big coal wants consumers to pay for fixing its pollution problem  

By: Bloomberg     11th December 2018 Some of the world’s biggest fossil-fuel producers are calling on taxpayers to help them kick their pollution habit. The world’s biggest oil, natural gas and mining companies are stepping up their campaign to deploy carbon capture and storage, or CCS, as way to slow global warming. But with a... 

15 on Orange’s PVT energy system now fully operational

By: Simone Liedtke     11th December 2018 The newly installed Solarus energy system on the roof of the 15 on Orange Hotel, in Cape Town, is now fully operational. According to a statement issued on Tuesday, the hybrid photovoltaic and thermal (PVT) project is currently the largest in Cape Town and is a system that provides the luxury... 

15 on Orange’s PVT energy system now fully operational
The newly installed Solarus energy system on the roof of the 15 on Orange Hotel, in Cape Town

Oil holds drop on doubts over Opec curbs and US supply threat

By: Bloomberg     11th December 2018 Oil held its biggest loss in two weeks as uncertainty over how the Opec+ coalition will implement its output cuts and the prospect of surging US supplies kept investors wary. Futures in New York were little changed, after Monday’s 3.1% drop erased gains following last week’s pact between Saudi... 

Egypt's Carbon Holdings secures $1.25bn to build petrochemicals complex

By: Reuters     10th December 2018 Egypt's Carbon Holdings has secured $1.25-billion in financing to build a giant petrochemicals complex in the Red Sea port of Ain Sokhna. The Tahrir Petrochemicals Complex, a $10.9-billion project, would be the largest in the Middle East and is expected to create 48 000 jobs. 

Opec goes back into crunch talks as Russia resists big oil cut

By: Bloomberg     7th December 2018 The Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (Opec) prepared for a further day of talks on oil-production curbs after a summit on Thursday ended with no deal, as Russia resisted the big output cut that Saudi Arabia was demanding. After a six-hour meeting in Vienna, Saudi Energy Minister... 

Tullow oil seeking partners in bid for additional Ghana block

By: Reuters     7th December 2018 UK oil explorer Tullow Oil is seeking partners in a bid to acquire a new oil block in Ghana which launched its first oil bidding round in October, the company's MD Kweku Awotwi said on Thursday. Tullow is already lead operator of two oil fields in Ghana including its flagship offshore Jubilee... 

Regius developing coal-to-liquids, fertiliser project in Mozambique

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     7th December 2018 UK-incorporated company Regius Synfuels is, through its Mozambican subsidiary Regius Synfuels Mozambique, developing an integrated 10 000 bbl/d clean diesel and gasoline and a 409 000 t/y fertiliser project, in the Tete province of Mozambique. The project is registered with the Investment... 

Nigerian govt launches bid for flare gas offtakers

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th December 2018 The Nigerian government is inviting parties with an interest in accessing and securing competitively priced gas to participate in an open and competitive bid process. The government is implementing a Nigerian Gas Flare Commercialisation Programme (NGFCP) to make use of gas instead of it being... 

Nigerian govt launches bid for flare gas offtakers

Local sugar industry struggles to stay afloat

By: Paige Müller     7th December 2018 The survival and sustainability of the labour intensive sugar industry is under severe threat owing to the flood of sugar imports and the resultant inability by industry bodies to recover costs, according to South African Sugar Association executive director Trix Trikam. “The local sugar industry... 

Local sugar industry  struggles to stay afloat
UNBALANCED TRADE The world sugar market is distorted by producer country incentives, resulting in production that is surplus to demand
 

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