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Western Cape government to drive gas agenda 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th November 2019 The Western Cape government has completed a comprehensive study to assess the feasibility of importing liquefied natural gas (LNG) through Saldanha Bay and developing gas storage, transmission and distribution infrastructure along the West Coast corridor. The study confirms that the Western... 

Demand increasing for compressed-air audits

By: Cameron Mackay     8th November 2019 Owing to the struggling South African economy, as well as the general need for companies to reduce energy costs in operational processes, the demand for compressed-air auditing has increased over the past two years, says compressed-air products suppliers Artic Driers CEO Allen Cockfield. A... 

Demand increasing for compressed-air audits
SAVINGS IN THE AIR Artic Driers can rebuild many old air dryers sold by certain manufacturers. This will make them more energy efficient and generally cost-effective

Focus on implementing energy efficiency project by 2021

By: Cameron Mackay     8th November 2019 The National Cleaner Production Centre (NCPC-SA) is looking to escalate the implementation of energy management in South African industry to allow companies to benefit from the support of the Industrial Energy Efficiency (IEE) Project before the project ends in 2020/21. The IEE Project is... 

Focus on implementing energy efficiency project by 2021
ENSURING ENERGY EFFICIENCY Companies participating in the IEE Project have achieved energy savings of 4 286 GWh since 2010, and GHG mitigation of 3.9-million tonnes of CO2 equivalent

Manufacturer targets product releases, skills development

By: Cameron Mackay     8th November 2019 Solar energy equipment supplier Microcare plans to share its local story of innovation, job creation and skills development next year during its thirtieth year of manufacturing in South Africa and aims to celebrate with product releases and support for even higher standards of solar equipment... 

Manufacturer targets product releases,  skills development
OFF THE GRID Microcare plans to share its local story of innovation, job creation and skills development next year during its 30th year of manufacturing in South Africa

Company’s butterfly valves in high demand

By: Tracy Hancock     8th November 2019 There is significant demand for the InterApp butterfly valves range from engineering consumables and components supplier BMG, with more than 100 units sold a month. Valves from the range have recently been supplied for chemical applications at mining operations and processing plants in Namibia... 

Company’s butterfly valves in high demand
SIGNIFICANT SELLER InterApp Bianca and Desponia butterfly valves are recommended by BMG for high efficiency and safe use in demanding industrial flow control applications

Valve new option for abrasive slurry applications at mines

By: Tracy Hancock     8th November 2019 Gauteng-based valve supplier Ultra Control Valves (UCV) has expanded its offering for slurry and abrasive applications with the introduction of the Titan metal-seated ball valve from Durban-based valve manufacturer Natal Pipe & Valve (NPV). “We now have a complete range of slurry valves, which... 

Valve new option for abrasive slurry applications at mines
PROVING POPULAR More consulting engineers are specifying the use of ratio reducing pressure reducing valves

Saipem wins $100m Equatorial Guinea pipeline contract

By: Reuters     7th November 2019 Italy's Saipem has been awarded a contract in Equatorial Guinea worth $90-million to $100-million to build a 70 km subsea pipeline linking the Alen platform with the Punta Europa petrochemical hub, the oil ministry said on Thursday. Gas deliveries from the project, operated by Noble Energy, are... 

Sasol E&PI takes steps to expand its African portfolio

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th November 2019 Sasol Exploration and Production International (Sasol E&PI) aspires to extend its gas supply from Southern Mozambique into other Southern African countries and West Africa. “We will progressively grow our exploration and production portfolio in Africa, with West Africa representing a key... 

US encourages African countries to import its LNG

By: Kim Cloete     6th November 2019 The US is encouraging African countries to consider importing its abundant supplies of liquefied natural gas (LNG), as it expects its production to more than double within the next few years. US Department of Energy assistant secretary Steven Winberg this week said African countries should... 

Total steps up Brulpadda gas exploration

By: Kim Cloete     6th November 2019 Integrated oil and gas company Total says it has seen renewed exploration interest by a range of partners in its Brulpadda discovery of a potential on- billion barrels of gas in the Outeniqua basin, 175 km off the southern coast of South Africa. It is also fast-tracking its planning to maximise... 

Total steps up Brulpadda gas exploration
Photo by Bloomberg
Total's Brulpadda discovery

Notable Pioneer could increase shareholding in Renergen to 24.8%

By: Simone Liedtke     6th November 2019 Emerging domestic liquefied natural gas (LNG) and helium producer Renergen’s largest shareholder Tamryn Investment Holdings has agreed to sell up to 20-million of the 34-million shares it holds in Renergen to private company Notable Pioneer. The call option expires on February 5, 2020. 

Notable Pioneer could increase shareholding in Renergen to 24.8%
Renergen CEO Stefano Marani

Mantashe calls for more investment in South Africa's gas industry 

By: Kim Cloete     5th November 2019 Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe has urged foreign investors to invest in South Africa’s first liquefied natural gas hub, in the Coega Industrial Development Zone, in the Eastern Cape. Mantashe made a firm plea to investors during the opening of Africa Oil Week, in Cape Town,... 

Mantashe calls for more investment in South Africa's gas industry
Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe

PetroSA eyes Russia for $359m farmout deal

By: Reuters     5th November 2019 South Africa's national oil company PetroSA and Russia's State geological company Rosgeologia (Rosgeo) are in talks to finalise a $359-million farmout deal to give Russia its first foothold in a prospective oil- and gasfield offshore South Africa, three sources have said. PetroSA is under... 

Enel Green Power starts construction on Karusa, Soetwater wind farms

By: Simone Liedtke     5th November 2019 Natural gas distribution company Enel, through its renewable energy subsidiary Enel Green Power, has started construction on its Karusa and Soetwater wind farms, in the Northern Cape. The plants, each with an installed capacity of 140 MW, are expected to be completed by the end of 2021 at a cost... 

Petrol price to dip by 13 cents, paraffin by 31 cents from Wednesday

By: African News Agency      5th November 2019 The retail price of both grades of petrol sold in South Africa will decrease by 13 cents a litre from Wednesday and the wholesale price of diesel will fall by as much as 16 cents, the energy department has said. In a statement, the department said the retail prices of illuminating paraffin, used... 

Petrol price to dip by 13 cents, paraffin by 31 cents from Wednesday

Call for greater urgency as South Africa approaches gas ‘supply cliff’ 

By: Terence Creamer     4th November 2019 South Africa is being urged to accelerate its response to a looming natural gas “supply cliff”, which could arise in the coming four to five years unless alternative sources of supply are found to offset “tapering” imports from southern Mozambique. South Africa remains highly dependent on Sasol’s... 

Call for greater urgency as South Africa approaches gas ‘supply cliff’
South Africa remains highly dependent on Sasol’s Pande and Temane production areas

Bushveld announces strategy to work with vanadium battery manufacturers 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     4th November 2019 Aim-listed Bushveld Minerals intends to establish a vanadium redox flow battery (VRFB) investment platform to lead investments for original-equipment manufacturers (OEMs) with upside potential. The company and its initial investment will play a catalytic role and mobilise additional capital... 

Bushveld announces strategy to work with vanadium battery manufacturers
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Bushveld CEO Fortune Mojapelo

Kosmos Energy finds oil off Equatorial Guinea – oil ministry

By: Reuters     4th November 2019 US oil company Kosmos Energy has made an oil discovery at its S-5 well offshore of Equatorial Guinea, hitting 39 m of net oil play, the Ministry of Mines and Hydrocarbons said on Sunday. "We are very excited about the results of the S-5 well, the first well drilled in this ongoing exploration... 

Alstom to test hydrogen-powered Coradia iLint in Netherlands

By: Simone Liedtke     1st November 2019 Rail transport company Alstom has partnered with the Dutch Province of Groningen, local operator Arriva, Dutch railway infrastructure manager ProRail and energy company Engie on a pilot project to test the Coradia iLint in the Netherlands. The Coradia iLint is the world’s first passenger train... 

Nigeria’s Dangote refinery to start operating in early 2021

By: , Bloomberg     30th October 2019 Nigeria’s Dangote refinery, which is being built privately by Africa’s richest man, is scheduled to be at full capacity in the middle of 2021. The refinery in Lagos will be ready for commissioning at the beginning of 2021, with full capacity reached by the end of the first half of the year,... 

Petrol, diesel should be slightly cheaper next week – AA

By: News24Wire      29th October 2019 The Automobile Association is anticipating fuel price drops in November of between 8c and 18c per litre for petrol, 14c for diesel, and 21c for illuminating paraffin”.  This is in the wake of oil price retreats in October, the AA said in a statement on Tuesday, commenting on unaudited month-end... 

 Petrol, diesel should be slightly cheaper next week – AA

Sasol mulling several gas supply options as it seeks to reduce carbon footprint   

By: Terence Creamer     28th October 2019 Chemicals and energy group Sasol is investigating several gas-supply alternatives for its coal-heavy South African operations as it seeks ways to reduce its carbon footprint. The JSE-listed group is simultaneously working on a ‘sustainability roadmap’, which will have a strong focus on lowering... 

Sasol mulling several gas supply options as it seeks to reduce carbon footprint
Chemicals and energy group Sasol is investigating several gas-supply alternatives for its coal-heavy South African operations as it seeks ways to reduce its carbon footprint. The JSE-listed group is simultaneously working on a ‘sustainability roadmap’, which will have a strong focus on lowering its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Video and editing: Darlene Creamer 28.10.2019

Sasol seeks to use leadership ‘reset’ to rebuild trust in wake of damning LCCP review  

By: Terence Creamer     28th October 2019 Sasol CEO-designate Fleetwood Grobler insists that he is “realistic” about the challenges still confronting the chemicals and energy group, which parted ways with its previous joint CEOs on Monday, following a damning board review of cost and schedule overruns at the giant Lake Charles Chemicals... 

Sasol seeks to use leadership ‘reset’ to rebuild trust in wake of damning LCCP review
Sasol CEO-designate Fleetwood Grobler insists that he is “realistic” about the challenges still confronting the chemicals and energy group, which parted ways with its previous joint CEOs on Monday, following a damning board review of cost and schedule overruns at the giant Lake Charles Chemicals Project (LCCP), in Louisiana, in the US. Video and editing: Darlene Creamer 28.10.2019

Renergen reaches final milestone in ramp-up to construction at flagship project

By: Simone Liedtke     28th October 2019 Emerging domestic natural gas and helium producer Renergen has reached its final milestone, before construction starts on its flagship Virginia gas project, in the Free State. The milestone sees the company awarding equipment supplier Western Shell Cryogenic Equipment (WSCE) a contract to supply... 

Petrol price cuts are now on the cards

By: News24Wire      23rd October 2019 A combination of falling oil prices and a surprise rally in the rand may ease the financial pressure on motorists at the pump in the first week of November. The latest data from the Central Energy Fund shows that petrol prices could be cut by between 3c a litre (95 unleaded) to 15c (93), while... 

 Petrol price cuts are now on the cards

Kibo raises £1.5m to help fund energy projects

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     21st October 2019 Africa-focused energy company Kibo Energy has successfully raised £1.5-million through the issue of new ordinary shares, with the proceeds to be used primarily to further develop the company’s diverse energy portfolio and working capital requirements. Moreover, the company also received interest... 

Renergen completes commissioning of second CNG filling station 

By: Simone Liedtke     21st October 2019 Emerging natural gas and helium producer Renergen has completed the commissioning of its second compressed natural gas (CNG) filling station, in Johannesburg. The filling station will begin supplying CNG to Black Knight Logistics for a fleet of about 15 trucks, starting this month. 

Renergen completes commissioning of second CNG filling station
Renergen's second compressed natural gas filling station, in Johannesburg

IRP bodes well for solar industry – SAPVIA 

By: Simone Liedtke     18th October 2019 The South African Photovoltaic Industry Association has welcomed the release of the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) and said that the significant allocation toward renewable energy boded well for the industry. The IRP2019 has made an allocation of 6 000 MW of new generation capacity for large... 

IRP bodes well for solar industry – SAPVIA

Total to supply LNG as marine fuel from 2020

By: Marleny Arnoldi     18th October 2019 Global energy company Total expects delivery in 2020 of its first large liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunker vessel. The bunker vessel will supply LNG to commercial vessels in northern Europe, including 300 000 t/y for French container transportation and shipping company CMA CGM for at least ten... 

Renergen's Virginia project could position South Africa as prominent player in helium market 

By: Simone Liedtke     17th October 2019 Emerging natural gas producer Renergen's Virginia gas project, in the Free State, has the potential to position South Africa as a prominent player in the helium market. As a result, South Africa could become the eighth country in the world to export helium. The project also marks the construction... 

Renergen's Virginia project could position South Africa as prominent player in helium market

Sapref appoints new MD

By: Creamer Media Reporter      17th October 2019 Victor Bester has been appointed MD of the Sapref crude oil refinery, in KwaZulu-Natal. He succeeds Ton Wielers, whose assignment has come to an end after almost six years at the refinery. 

Sapref appoints new MD
Sapref MD Victor Bester

Renergen ‘making good progress’ with drilling at Virginia gas project

By: Simone Liedtke     16th October 2019 Emerging natural gas and helium producer Renergen, which is headed up by CEO Stefano Marani, has confirmed that drilling at its Virginia gas project, in South Africa, is on schedule and “making good progress”. The project’s drilling contractor Bohrmeister Technik has partially completed the... 

Portfolio committee expresses concern about governance failures at Necsa 

By: Simone Liedtke     16th October 2019 The Portfolio Committee on Mineral Resources and Energy has expressed concern about the corporate governance failures at the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa). The committee has also called on Minister Gwede Mantashe to urgently appoint a Necsa board. 

Numsa rejects employers proposal in motor retail, components sector

By: African News Agency      14th October 2019 The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) has rejected the latest wage agreement proposals by employer bodies in the motor retail and components sectors, Numsa said on Sunday. Numsa had met employer bodies from the Motor Industries Bargaining Council (Mibco) for the last day of... 

Nigeria's State oil company signs $2.5bn prepayment deal for gas projects with NLNG

By: Reuters     11th October 2019 State oil company Nigerian National Petroleum Corp (NNPC) on Friday said it had signed a $2.5-billion prepayment agreement with Nigeria LNG (NLNG) for upstream gas development projects. NLNG, which produces liquefied natural gas (LNG) for export, is owned by state-run Nigerian National Petroleum... 

Nigeria demands $62bn from oil majors for past profits

By: , Bloomberg     10th October 2019 Nigeria is seeking to recover as much as $62-billion from international oil companies, using a 2018 Supreme Court ruling the state says enables it to increase its share of income from production-sharing contracts. The proposal comes as President Muhammadu Buhari tries to bolster revenue after a... 

Senegal delays oil licensing round by a month

By: Reuters     9th October 2019 Senegal has delayed the launch of an oil and gas licensing round due on Wednesday until Nov. 4 as contract documents still need to be finalised, oil minister Mahamadou Makhtar Cisse said. "We need to ensure the legal framework for investors," he told Reuters on the sidelines of an oil and power... 

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