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Gas to Power News

Indebted Eskom balks at power deal offered by Turkish generator

By: Bloomberg     6th May 2021 Eskom Holdings, South Africa’s State power utility, doesn’t want to buy electricity from the company that won most of a government emergency-power tender because it’s concerned about the cost and length of the contract, according to two people familiar with the situation. Meeting the terms of... 

Minerals Council encourages distributed generation for mining industry 

By: Simone Liedtke     5th May 2021 The Minerals Council South Africa is encouraging the uptake of distributed generation (also called self-generation) of power in South Africa, especially considering that South Africa is facing an electricity supply gap. The impact of this is “huge”, Minerals Council CEO Roger Baxter told... 

Minerals Council encourages distributed generation for mining industry
Minerals Council CEO Roger Baxter

M&R's Clough awarded R1.1bn EPC contract for New South Wales power station

By: Creamer Media Reporter      5th May 2021 Murray & Roberts (M&R) subsidiary Clough has been awarded a R1.1-billion contract for the engineering, procurement and construction of the Tallawarra B gas turbine power station in New South Wales, Australia. Tallawarra B is a 300 MW expansion of the existing Tallawarra A power station. 

Govt has eight weeks to decide on powership project after it clears environmental hurdle 

By: News24Wire      30th April 2021 Karpowership, the company bidding to moor five powerships in South African harbours for 20 years, cleared another hurdle when its environmental assessors found that the projects at the ports of Saldanha Bay, Richards Bay and Ngqura could go ahead. Balito-based Triplo4, which carried out the... 

DNG Energy takes legal action to halt RMIPPPP

By: Bloomberg     30th April 2021 DNG Energy, a South African company that’s aiming to develop liquefied natural gas facilities, said it has taken legal action to have the government’s award of emergency power generation contracts halted. Last month, the government awarded the right to develop 1 845 mw of generation capacity to... 

Tlou to start Lesedi Phase 1, receives EIS approval for Boomslang

By: Schalk Burger     26th April 2021 Southern African energy development company Tlou Energy said that, following a recent capital raising, it has the necessary funds in place to start construction on the transmission line for its Lesedi project. It added that the Botswana Department of Environmental Affairs had approved the... 

Significant gas supply opportunity for company

By: Cameron Mackay     23rd April 2021 Power generation, while remaining South Africa’s largest barrier to economic growth, provides piped natural gas supplier Egoli Gas with a significant opportunity to provide more piped natural gas for the local industry, says Egoli Gas MD Vishal Pooran. “We are all aware of the current challenges... 

Significant gas supply opportunity for company
VISHAL POORAN The pandemic had a significant impact on the hospitality sector, and resulted in an increase in demand in the domestic, central-water heating and multi-dwelling markets

Low price could boost LNG development

By: Cameron Mackay     23rd April 2021 A decrease in oil demand and, consequently, in prices last year because of Covid-19 also resulted in lower prices for liquefied natural gas (LNG). Business research consultancy Birguid associate researcher Patience Panashe argues that LNG buyers can take advantage of this to import LNG into South... 

Low price could boost  LNG development
GAS CEILING Given the increased LNG exploration in Africa, more acquisition transactions are expected to occur. This will consolidate the African LNG market, bolstering growth and production

Nedbank makes pioneering ‘zero fossil-fuel exposure by 2045’ pledge 

By: Terence Creamer     22nd April 2021 South Africa’s Nedbank Group released an ambitious new energy policy on April 22, containing a commitment to reduce its exposure to all fossil fuels to zero by 2045, as well as a pledge to halt all new thermal coal-mine financing by January 1, 2025. Simultaneously, Nedbank said it would scale up... 

Nedbank makes pioneering ‘zero fossil-fuel exposure by 2045’ pledge

Civil society supports calls for public hearings on RMIPPPP

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     20th April 2021 Civil society organisations are supporting calls by Parliament for public hearings into the decision by the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) to include projects by Karpowership among the preferred bidders for the Risk Mitigation Independent Power Producers Procurement Programme... 

Energy committee to continue RMIPPPP deliberations as call is made for public hearings 

By: Terence Creamer     20th April 2021 Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Mineral Resources and Energy will continue its deliberations next week on government’s Risk Mitigation Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (RMIPPPP), having raised several concerns about the scheme during a Department of Mineral Resources and... 

Energy committee to continue RMIPPPP deliberations as call is made for public hearings

Energy expert writes to government calling for overhaul of RMIPPPP ahead of July financial close  

By: Terence Creamer     19th April 2021 An energy expert has written to the Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI) and the Independent Power Producer (IPP) Office to highlight the expensive shortcomings of the Risk Mitigation Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (RMIPPPP), which he says should be replaced by a... 

Energy expert writes to government calling for overhaul of RMIPPPP ahead of July financial close

Gas is the new coal with risk of $100bn in stranded assets

By: Bloomberg     19th April 2021 Natural gas is falling out of favor with emissions-wary investors and utilities at a quicker pace than coal did, catching some power generators unaware and potentially leaving them stuck with billions of dollars of assets they can’t sell. Citigroup Inc. and JPMorgan Chase & Co. are among the... 

Tenders awarded to connect Lesedi gas, solar project to Botswana grid

By: Schalk Burger     15th April 2021 Southern African energy development company Tlou Energy has awarded tenders for the construction of transmission lines and substations to connect the coal-bed methane Lesedi power project to the Botswana national electricity grid at Serowe, the company said on April 14. Botswana electrical... 

Wärtsilä converting 90 MW fuel oil power plant to LNG in Senegal

By: Schalk Burger     12th April 2021 Energy and marine equipment manufacturer Wärtsilä will convert the 90 MW Bel-Air heavy fuel oil power plant in Dakar, Senegal, to operate on liquefied natural gas (LNG). The project is part of an interim LNG-to-power bridge solution, and is the first power plant gas conversion in Senegal, the... 

New gensets developed

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     9th April 2021 Vertical manufacturer HIMOINSA developed a gas-powered generator set with maintenance periods that stretch for up to 10 000 hours, or 14 months of continuous work, highlights HIMOINSA Southern Africa senior sales engineer Warrick Taylor. The generator's estimated service life of 30 000 hours... 

New gensets developed
NEW GENSET The new HGY-25, available in 50 Hz and 60 Hz, is powered by natural gas, delivering 28 kVA of continuous operation power

Mahlako launches R1.5bn renewables, gas and energy services fund

By: Schalk Burger     7th April 2021 Female-owned investment fund manager Mahlako Financial Services has launched a R1.5-billion investment fund that will invest in businesses and energy projects with growth potential along the entire value chain to close the energy infrastructure gap in South Africa and transform the sector. “We... 

Old Mutual Fund says South Africa needs gas as a transition fuel

By: Bloomberg     6th April 2021 A key funder of South Africa’s renewable energy drive is backing natural gas as the fuel needed to help the country bridge the transition from coal power generation to the use of wind and solar. Old Mutual Ltd.’s African Infrastructure Investment Managers will consider funding companies that... 

Energy analysts question why ‘emergency’ powerships will stay until 2042

By: News24Wire      6th April 2021 A project to quickly ease South Africa's electricity supply constraints by using floating powerships has come under fire by energy analysts, who have questioned why agreements will lock SA into using the ships until 2042.   Earlier this month Minister of Energy Gwede Mantashe announced the names... 

Renergen completes fifth major milestone at Virginia gas project

By: Simone Liedtke     1st April 2021 Dual-listed natural gas and helium producer Renergen has completed its fifth major milestone at its Virgina gas project, in the Free State, as the company works towards the start of production in 2021. The milestone includes the shipment of various equipment from China to South Africa. 

South Africa requires more than 21 GW of energy storage for least-cost 100% renewables 

By: Schalk Burger     31st March 2021 Energy and marine equipment manufacturer Wärtsilä South Africa on March 31 said the country would need more than 28 GW of flexible assets, including more than 21 GW of energy storage and more than 6.8 GW of flexible gas power capacity, to run on 100% renewable energy at the lowest cost. The... 

South Africa requires more than 21 GW of energy storage for least-cost 100% renewables

Karpowership’s record South Africa deal estimated at R218bn

By: Bloomberg     26th March 2021 Karpowership, a unit of the Turkish Karadeniz Energy Group, is on track for its longest contract to date to supply power from vessels to South Africa in a deal worth as much as R218-billion ($15-billion). The company that advertises a “fast, flexible, reliable” solution of floating electricity... 

Against the odds, solar-plus-storage project emerges with lowest RMIPPPP bid 

By: Terence Creamer     23rd March 2021 The fact that a hybrid generation project – combining solar photovoltaic (PV), a battery energy storage system (BESS) and a small portion of gas – emerged with the lowest evaluation price in the Risk Mitigation Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (RMIPPPP) has been described as... 

Against the odds, solar-plus-storage project emerges with lowest RMIPPPP bid

Fossil fuels found accountable for millions of deaths

By: Halima Frost     19th March 2021 Fossil fuels are, through a marked contribution to air pollution, accountable for 8.7-million deaths globally in 2018, which adds to the mounting evidence that air pollution from ongoing dependence on fossil fuels is detrimental to global health, says University College London (UCL) associate... 

Fossil fuels found accountable  for millions of deaths
POISON Fossil fuels are responsible for millions of deaths globally every year

Hydrogen supplier fuels public transport

By: Halima Frost     19th March 2021 Renewable-energy and hydrogen supply company Nel Hydrogen has installed a 2 MW proton exchange membrane (PEM) electrolyser system at transport operator SunLine Transit’s premises in California, in the US, to fuel their fleet of fuel cell buses.  

Hydrogen supplier fuels public transport
ENERGY MAKER The Nel Hydrogen proton exchange membrane electrolyser allows for on site hydrogen generation from water

Sustainability leader ramps up ESG strategy

By: Halima Frost     19th March 2021 Energy management and automation company Schneider Electric has begun to implement its new Schneider Sustainability Impact (SSI) programme for 2021 to 2025, in the hopes of significantly accelerating its progress to being a more sustainable company.   The programme is built on six long-term... 

Sustainability leader ramps up ESG strategy
ZANELLE DALGLISH Our vision of sustainability is holistic and ecosystemic, as it covers all environmental, social and governance topics

Biogas holds great power generation potential

By: Halima Frost     19th March 2021 South Africa has the potential to generate upwards of 10 000 MW of power if it were to harness and capitalise on all biogas opportunities, however, the greatest challenge is not a lack of capacity but more the lack of market opportunity, says Southern African Biogas Industry Association (Sabia)... 

Biogas holds great power generation potential
POWER-TENTIAL Biogas has the potential to contribute significantly to the power mix in South Africa and globally

Gas can decrease emissions in power generation

By: Halima Frost     19th March 2021 With power generation being accountable for 41% of current global carbon emissions, which amount to about 33.7 Gt/y of carbon dioxide (CO2), multinational conglomerate General Electric Company (GE) believes that gas can play a vital role in decreasing carbon emissions. “Gas burns at less than... 

Gas can decrease emissions in power generation
TURNING GAS TO POWER The HA turbine supplied by GE has made significant inroads into the energy sector since its introduction

Bidding for renewables finally opens as powership-heavy ‘emergency’ projects are unveiled  

By: Terence Creamer     18th March 2021 Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe released the names of the eight preferred bidders – including three powership projects – selected as part of government’s 2 000-MW ‘emergency’ procurement programme and also launched the much-anticipated fifth bid window (BW5) for the... 

Bidding for renewables finally opens as powership-heavy ‘emergency’ projects are unveiled
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe

Renergen strikes gas at another well, CEO says it is an ‘unexpected bonus’

By: Simone Liedtke     11th March 2021 Domestic natural gas and helium producer Renergen has made another significant gas strike at its Virginia gas project, this time in well MDR1, 300 m north of the currently producing MDR5 well. The Virginia project is located in South Africa’s Free State province. 

Southern Africa has ‘huge potential’ to benefit from the shift to green hydrogen

By: Simone Liedtke     4th March 2021 While there is growing momentum across the world in investing in hydrogen and the related import and export value chains, management consulting company Kearney MD Romain Debarre warns that there is still a lack of supply and demand for the hydrogen economy. While there is a market for hydrogen... 

South Africa has ‘all the right ingredients’ to transition to a gas economy – panel

By: Simone Liedtke     4th March 2021 As gas opportunities rise owing to recent discoveries and Africa’s ongoing energy deficit, management consulting company Kearney metals and mining global lead Igor Hulak says gas provides a “viable opportunity” to decrease dependency on coal. “Natural gas will remain a critical element of the... 

Africa’s industrialisation will require gas as additional energy source

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd March 2021 Africa will require more energy sources than renewables to ensure the continent’s growth and its industrialisation, International Gas Union secretary general elect Andy Calitz told delegates attending the virtual Africa Gas Forum, on March 2. He said natural gas was already considered to be one... 

Just energy transition remains priority to ensure sustainable future

By: Donna Slater     23rd February 2021 South Africa’s energy sector needs to broadly embrace a just energy transition to ensure it improves energy security and stability, as well as meets its obligations towards mitigating climate change, says nonprofit economic research institution Trade and Industrial Policy Strategies senior... 

Unpacking opportunities in Africa’s gas sector

19th February 2021 Africa’s oil and gas potential will grow significantly over the next two decades, driven by population growth, urbanisation and the emergence of a wealthier middle class in Africa, according to the Africa Energy Indaba, which will take place virtually from March 1 to 5. 

Unpacking opportunities in Africa’s gas sector
OPPORTUNITIES GALORE There is no doubt that Africa remains open for exploration by oil and gas companies

Eskom could launch bidding for repurposing and repowering of Komati within two months  

By: Terence Creamer     16th February 2021 State-owned power utility Eskom is preparing a pioneering request for proposals (RFP) for the repowering and repurposing of the Komati power station, in Mpumalanga, which is among the first four coal plants scheduled for decommissioning in the coming few years. Eskom just energy transition office... 

Eskom could launch bidding for repurposing and repowering of Komati within two months
The Komati power station

Johannesburg’s first gas-fired power plants planned by Harith

By: Bloomberg     4th February 2021 Harith General Partners, which funds infrastructure development across Africa, is pushing ahead with plans to build the first gas-fired power plants in South Africa’s industrial hub of Gauteng and is exploring options to source the fuel. The fund manager wants to build two gas-fired plants at the... 

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