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‘Time of essence’ for finalisation of South Africa's gas-to-power plan

By: Terence Creamer     18th September 2019 The acting head of the Independent Power Producer Office (IPPO), Advocate Sandra Coetzee, says “time is of the essence” for finalising South Africa’s gas-to-power (GTP) plans in light of the prospect of possible electricity supply shortages arising from the underperformance of Eskom’s coal fleet.... 

South Africa approaching gas supply cliff edge, industrial users warn 

By: Terence Creamer     18th September 2019 The Industrial Gas Users Association of Southern Africa (IGUA-SA) warned on Wednesday that South Africa is in the midst of a gas supply crunch, which will worsen dramatically from 2025 onwards in line with depleting production from Sasol’s Pande and Temane gasfields, in southern Mozambique. The... 

South Africa approaching gas supply cliff edge, industrial users warn

Sasol is said to plan sale of its South African coal mining unit

By: Bloomberg     18th September 2019 Sasol is planning to sell its South African coal-mining business, according to people familiar with the matter. The company will begin a formal sales process in the coming weeks, said the people, who asked not to be identified as the information isn’t public yet. The mining business had turnover... 

Sasol is said to plan sale of its South African coal mining unit

Recent attacks on Saudi Arabia’s oil highlight region’s risks – S&P

By: Simone Liedtke     17th September 2019 Although high inventory levels could limit the impact of the September 14 attacks on Saudi Arabia’s oil infrastructure, S&P Global Ratings on Tuesday said the event highlighted the region’s high geopolitical risks and the risks to spare capacity. The attack on national oil company Saudi Aramco's... 

Vitol and Mozambique's State oil firm form trading joint venture

By: Reuters     17th September 2019 Global energy trader Vitol and Mozambique's state oil firm, ENH, have launched a trading joint venture called ENH Energy Trading, Vitol said on Tuesday, to focus on liquefied natural gas (LNG), liquefied petroleum gas and condensate. The new entity will be incorporated and based in Singapore. 

SA petrol price still expected to decrease in October – AA

By: News24Wire      17th September 2019 An attack on a major oil facility in Saudi Arabia means that a predicted drop in the petrol price for October will be lower than anticipated, according to the Automobile Association. It now expects the price of a litre of 95 octane petrol to drop by 5 cents, and a litre of 93 octane by 20 cents... 

 SA petrol price still expected to decrease in October – AA

Renergen redeems A$500 000 of convertible notes

By: Creamer Media Reporter      17th September 2019 Emerging natural gas and helium producer Renergen, which is listed on the JSE and the ASX, has redeemed A$500 000 of convertible notes issued in December 2018. The notes had an interest rate of 15% a year and were convertible into shares at an equivalent price of A$0.074 a share. 

Tanzania plans to extend its gas pipeline network

By: Reuters     16th September 2019 Tanzania said on Monday it planned to construct a 30-km pipeline to extend the country's natural gas supply network from the capital Dar es Salaam to the nearby town of Bagamoyo to provide cheaper energy for factories and households there. The country has been eager to expand supplies of natural... 

G5 Sahel heads of State extend support to Desert to Power initiative

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     16th September 2019 The G5 Sahel heads of State, at a Summit in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, last week, gave strong support to Desert to Power, an African Development Bank- (AfDB-) led initiative. The summit, "Harnessing solar energy for the socioeconomic development of the G5 Sahel countries" came on the heels of a... 

SA was on track for a petrol price cut – then kamikaze drones struck Saudi oil plants 

By: News24Wire      16th September 2019 A record spike in the oil price – which jumped 20% at the start of trading on Monday – has probably dashed all hopes of a South African fuel price cut in October. On Saturday, ten drones struck two Saudi oil facilities – which affected half of that country’s oil output, or 5% of the world’s oil... 

 SA was on track for a petrol price cut – then kamikaze drones struck Saudi oil plants

Durban Aerotropolis to drive investment across KwaZulu-Natal

By: Shirley le Guern     16th September 2019 The proposed R1-trillion Durban Aerotropolis would be the hub of the KwaZulu-Natal economy and would not only connect the country’s second-largest economy with the rest of Africa and the world, but also drive billions worth of investment across the province, Premier Sihle Zikalala told guests at... 

Durban Aerotropolis to drive investment across KwaZulu-Natal
KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sihle Zikalala

New LPG storage tanks arrive in Richards Bay for Petredec facility

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     16th September 2019 Transnet National Ports Authority’s Port of Richards Bay last week welcomed the arrival of four new 5 650 t liquefied petroleum gas storage bullets on board the vessel XIN LU. The bullets are for the R1-billion, 22 600 t mounded LPG facility which is being developed at the port by Bidvest Tank... 

New LPG storage tanks arrive in Richards Bay for Petredec facility
The new liquefied petroleum gas storage tanks

Afrox benefits from healthcare, LPG sector demand while cost savings drive continues

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th September 2019 JSE-listed African Oxygen (Afrox) will continue to focus on specific growth opportunities, strict cost management and effective price cost recoveries going forward, after low economic growth persisted in the country during the six months ended June 30. MD Schalk Venter told Engineering News... 

Afrox benefits from healthcare, LPG sector demand while cost savings drive continues
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Afrox MD Schalk Venter

Oil jumps the most ever after attack cuts Saudi Arabian supplies

By: Bloomberg     16th September 2019 Global oil prices surged the most on record after a strike on a Saudi Arabian oil facility removed about 5% of global supplies, an attack the US has blamed on Iran. In an extraordinary start to trading, London’s Brent futures jumped almost $12 a barrel in the seconds after the open on Monday,... 

Oil jumps the most ever after attack cuts Saudi Arabian supplies

Looks like hydrogen economy could happen – CPM  

By: Martin Creamer     13th September 2019 Hydrogen energy has been like science fiction since the post-World War II period. Many have dreamed about being able to replace oil and natural gas with hydrogen, but limiting factors have been been the cost of production and safety issues. Now, widespread sun and wind power use as well as liquid... 

Looks like hydrogen economy could happen – CPM
New York-based CPM MD Jeffrey Christian spells out hydrogen’s prospects to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Video: Nicholas Boyd.

Partnership provides value to fabrication industry

By: Theresa Bhowan     13th September 2019 Local nitrogen generator manufacturer NitraLife’s partnership with Swiss steel processing original-equipment manufacturer Bystronic is adding significant value to end-user customers in the fabrication sector. 

Partnership provides value to fabrication industry
NITROGEN GENERATION The NitraCut system was specifically designed for the laser cutting market

Renergen appoints drilling contractor for Virginia gas project

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     11th September 2019 Emerging liquefied natural gas (LNG) and helium producer Renergen has appointed Bohrmeister Technik as drilling contractor to undertake the drilling of a horizontal well in the prospective sandstone contained within its Virginia gas project’s production area, in the Free State. Bohrmeister is a... 

Kibo subsidiary successfully renews MCPP water permits

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     11th September 2019 Africa-focused energy company Kibo Energy has been informed by its Tanzanian subsidiary, Mbeya Power, that its water rights for the Mbeya coal-to-power project (MCPP), obtained in August 2018, were successfully renewed ahead of schedule. This ensures that the MCPP environmental-impact assessment... 

PetroSA may run out of domestic supplies by the end of next year 

By: Kim Cloete     10th September 2019 South Africa’s national oil company, PetroSA, is facing an ongoing crisis, with concerns that its Mossel Bay gas-to-liquid (GTL) refinery may run out of domestic supplies by the end of next year. “Reserves are close to depletion and are expected to run out by December 2020 and there is still no... 

PetroSA may run out of domestic supplies by the end of next year

Master Drilling remains focused on regional growth strategy  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     10th September 2019 JSE-listed drilling solutions company Master Drilling’s acquisition of Atlantis Group helped to boost its revenue and regional operations in the six months ended June 30. CEO Danie Pretorius on Tuesday said the company has remained committed to diversifying its presence across geographies,... 

Master Drilling remains focused on regional growth strategy
Master Drilling CEO discusses the market conditions in the six months ended June 30 and the company's commodity focuses. Video done by Kutlwano Matlala; editing done by Nicholas Boyd.

S&P warns of governance risk at Sasol

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     9th September 2019 A further delay in the release of South Africa-based integrated chemicals and energy group Sasol’s year-end results indicates greater management and governance risk, and suggests potential disclosure restatements in last year’s financial statements, says S&P Global Ratings. The company rates... 

Company committed to youth empowerment

6th September 2019 Young chemical engineer Nokubonga Ngqulunga is one of many whose horizons have broadened thanks to oil company Engen. 

Company committed to youth empowerment
NOKUBONGA NGQULUNGA Anything and everything is possible if you put in the hard work and believe in yourself

Company launches management solution

6th September 2019 Petroleum products and solutions provider Masana Petroleum Solutions has extended its long-standing strategic partnership with oil industry company BP Southern Africa (BPSA) – which jointly runs the Sapref refinery located in KwaZulu-Natal – to deliver an innovative fleet management solution, BP... 

Company to use virtual reality to enhance offering for refineries

By: Mamaili Mamaila     6th September 2019 Spray technology distributor Monitor Engineering is currently ordering a virtual reality system that will enable the company to show clients how its spray nozzles and spray systems operate in their applications. 

Company to use virtual reality to enhance  offering for refineries
WINDOW OF OPPORTUNITY While 4IR may bring about the reality of job losses, it could also present added benefits that the country may not be aware of as yet

Foundation celebrates 25 years of success in used oil recycling

6th September 2019 More than 1.5-billion litres of hazardous used motor oil has been kept out of the environment. 

Foundation celebrates  25 years of success in  used oil recycling
COLLABORATION It is imperative that ROSE works alongside government to ensure we help shape legislation which will benefit all stakeholders in the oil industry

IMO regulation a hurdle for local oil refineries

By: Mamaili Mamaila     6th September 2019 The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) 2020 regulation has prescribed for a large reduction in the maximum sulphur content of bunker fuels which presents a challenge for South African oil refineries. 

IMO regulation a hurdle for local oil refineries
ENVIRONMENTAL COMPLIANCE Oil refineries have to comply with the minimum emission standards as stipulated in the national Air Quality Act

Beneficial operation at facility reached

6th September 2019 Oil company Sasol, a leading integrated energy company which jointly runs the Natref refinery located in the Free State, reached beneficial operation of its new alkoxylation plant in Nanjing, Jiangsu, China on April 18, 2019. 

New vaporising regulator increases accuracy and reliability

6th September 2019 Automation and control solutions provider Emerson Electric has introduced the first vaporising pressure reducing regulator for gas chromatograph analysers. The new TESCOM44-6800 Series Vaporising Regulator offers the option to separate the regulator body from the electronic enclosure, without... 

New vaporising regulator increases accuracy and reliability
CONTROL FREAK The series of controllers ensure optimal performance and safety in locations rated as hazardous

Total suspends planned $3.5bn Uganda–Tanzania oil pipeline

By: Bloomberg     5th September 2019 Total has suspended its planned $3.5-billion crude export pipeline from Uganda to Tanzania after the collapse of a deal to buy a stake in Tullow Oil’s oil fields in Uganda. The French oil major has terminated all activities related to the 1 445 km conduit from its crude fields in Uganda to Tanga... 

Oil refiners are slowly realising increased digital potential – Accenture

By: Marleny Arnoldi     4th September 2019 Oil refiners are increasing investments in digital technologies despite low improvements in operating margins from these technologies, says NYSE-listed multinational professional services company Accenture Accenture on Wednesday released its third yearly study on digital technology in the... 

Portfolio Committee warns of imminent energy crisis in South Africa 

By: Simone Liedtke     2nd September 2019 The Portfolio Committee on Mineral Resources and Energy has warned of an imminent energy crisis in South Africa, if nothing is done, as a matter of urgency, to turn things around. This is after the Central Energy Fund briefed the committee on Friday about the crisis facing national oil company... 

Portfolio Committee warns of imminent energy crisis in South Africa

Engen refinery to undergo planned routine maintenance

By: Creamer Media Reporter      30th August 2019 South Africa's second-largest oil refinery, the Engen Refinery, in KwaZulu-Natal, will undergo a planned maintenance outage from September 2. The outage forms part of the refinery’s ongoing maintenance programme, with 21 days set aside for reformer regeneration activities and 63 days for... 

From healthcare to energy, gases play critical role in SA economy

By: Rebecca Campbell     30th August 2019 A gas can be defined as “a form of matter, in which the molecules move randomly in otherwise empty space, filling any size or shape of container into which the gas is put,” (The Hutchinson Dictionary of Science, 2nd edition) or as a “fluid that expands to fill any container, however large,... 

From healthcare to energy, gases play critical role in SA economy

Virginia project to stimulate local gas economy

By: Cameron Mackay     30th August 2019 Alternative fuels investment firm Renergen’s Tetra4 Virginia natural gas project, in the Free State, will produce liquefied natural gas (LNG) in 2021, with a Phase 2 expansion being planned. Tetra4 is a natural gas and helium company, which Renergen acquired 90% of in December 2015. 

Virginia project to stimulate local gas economy
DOMINO EFFECT Once the plant is built and producing commercially, it will inspire confidence for other project developers to bring similar projects on line

M&R order book nears R60bn with another R10bn added since July 

By: Terence Creamer     29th August 2019 Engineering and construction group Murray & Roberts (M&R) has added a further R10-billion to its order book, which stood at R46.8-billion at the end of July, and CEO Henry Laas believes the backlog could rise even further in the months ahead. At the end of July 2018, the group’s order book stood... 

M&R order book nears R60bn with another R10bn added since July
Photo by Creamer Media
M&R CEO Henry Laas

Tullow Oil says Uganda stake sale to Total, CNOOC called off

By: Reuters     29th August 2019 Tullow Oil's sale of a stake in its planned 230 000 bl/d project in Uganda to France's Total and China's CNOOC has been called off due to a tax dispute with the Ugandan authorities, Tullow said on Thursday. The London-listed firm had previously sold about two thirds of the project to CNOOC and... 

Bushveld receives approval to acquire Vanchem assets

By: Simone Liedtke     29th August 2019 Aim-listed Bushveld Minerals says it has received approval from the Competition Commission of South Africa to acquire the Vanchem assets, without conditions. The transaction currently remains on track to be completed by October 31, and the company is progressing the negotiations with local banks... 

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