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Gas to Power News

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... 

Moody’s upgrades Enel’s long-term credit rating

By: Donna Slater     25th January 2021 Credit rating company Moody’s Investors Service has upgraded the long-term rating of energy company Enel to Baa1, from the previous level of Baa2, with a stable outlook. The ratings agency has also affirmed the Prime-2 short-term ratings of the subsidiaries Enel Finance International and Enel... 

Evaluation of emergency-power bids ‘by February’, with renewables bidding to open in ‘first quarter’ 

By: Terence Creamer     25th January 2021 The evaluation of the 28 bids received under South Africa’s Risk Mitigation Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (RMIPPPP) is anticipated to be concluded by February 2021, the IPP Office has confirmed with Engineering News. The preferred bidders, it adds, will be announced as soon as... 

Evaluation of emergency-power bids ‘by February’, with renewables bidding to open in ‘first quarter’

Staying local pivotal for Mozambique LNG project

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     15th January 2021 Local content and employment are integral to one of the largest liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects under way on the continent, says petroleum refining company Total Mozambique country chair Ronan Bescond. The Area 1 Mozambique project is one of three LNG projects that are under way along the... 

Staying local pivotal for Mozambique LNG project
RONAN BESCOND Foreign companies that want to work on the project must value local partnership

Big oil producers face 19% fall in production

15th January 2021 Assurance, advisory and tax services firm PwC’s Africa Oil and Gas Review 2020, released in November, estimated a 19% fall in oil production for the top five African producers: Nigeria, Algeria, Angola, Libya and Egypt. The report, titled ‘Energising a New Tomorrow’, focused on 20 African... 

Big oil producers face 19% fall in production
ENERGY TRANSITION The report noted that the pandemic had not only caused the biggest global oil demand slump in history, it had accelerated the global energy transition by as much as five years

Chamber motivates for local participation

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     15th January 2021 With the current liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects under way in Mozambique, Mozambique Oil and Gas Chamber executive chairman Florival Mucave notes that government needs to ensure that there are rules and regulations in place to encourage local participation. Mozambique has a unique... 

Chamber motivates for local participation
FLORIVAL MUCAVE The chamber will foster relations between members and their counterparts as well as develop a platform of companies providing goods and services

M&R subsidiary Clough secures Waitsia Stage 2 construction, engineering contract

By: Donna Slater     11th January 2021 JSE-listed engineering and construction group Murray & Roberts reports that its subsidiary, construction and engineering company Clough, has been awarded a A$400-million contract for an engineering, procurement and construction scope of work on the Waitsia Stage 2 development project in Western... 

Global electricity demand to fall 2% this year, says IEA 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      14th December 2020 Global electricity demand is projected to fall by about 2% this year – the biggest yearly decline since the mid-twentieth century and far larger than what followed the global financial crisis in 2008/9, which resulted in a drop in electricity demand of 0.6% in 2009, the International Energy... 

Local natural gas producer keeping its foot on the gas 

8th December 2020 Emerging natural gas and helium producer Renergen, who continues to keep its foot on the gas in South Africa, invited the Engineering News team to visit the company’s project site in the Free State, South Africa. Creamer Media journalist, Simone Liedtke, gives us the update. 

Local natural gas producer keeping its foot on the gas
Local natural gas producer keeping its foot on the gas

Sasol's rights issue and 2.0 transformation programme  

4th December 2020 Sasol is still mulling over whether or not to proceed with a rights issue to help it deal with its debt burden. Engineering News editor Terence Creamer discusses this and the ‘Sasol 2.0’ transformation programme. 

Sasol's rights issue and 2.0 transformation programme
Sasol's right issue and 2.0 transformation programme

Sasol keeps rights-issue powder dry having ‘banked’ $3bn in disposals

By: Terence Creamer     2nd December 2020 Debt-laden chemicals and energy group Sasol is keeping its rights-issue powder dry, indicating on Wednesday that a final decision on any possible issuance, including its scale, will depend on various factors, including whether or not it is successful in completing yet more asset disposals. CEO... 

Sasol keeps rights-issue powder dry having ‘banked’ $3bn in disposals
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Sasol CEO Fleetwood Grobler

DNG Energy says LNG bunkering hub to benefit South Africa, rest of the world 

By: Simone Liedtke     27th November 2020 Natural gas distributor DNG Energy’s floating storage unit (FSU), in Algoa Bay, South Africa, once operational and delivering liquefied natural gas (LNG) in 2021, is set to secure energy for various industries and numerous households, while also creating jobs and contributing to skills... 

DNG Energy says LNG bunkering hub to benefit South Africa, rest of the world
DNG Energy group CEO Aldworth Mbalati gives Engineering News some more insight into the company's LNG bunkering hub project, in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Video: Recorded via Zoom. Editing: Creamer Media's Darlene Creamer.

De Ruyter calls for upscaling of power procurement plans as he questions whether coal IPP will proceed 

By: Terence Creamer     24th November 2020 Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter has again called on government to open the way for the procurement of more new electricity capacity in addition to the 11 800 MW outlined in a recently gazetted Ministerial determination, cautioning that the 1 500 MW of new coal included in the determination is unlikely... 

De Ruyter calls for upscaling of power procurement plans as he questions whether coal IPP will proceed
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter

More than 60 power firms signal intention to bid into ‘emergency’ scheme – IPP Office 

By: Terence Creamer     17th November 2020 South Africa’s Independent Power Producer (IPP) Office reported on Tuesday that more than 60 respondents had signalled their intention, by the October 31 deadline for doing so, to participate in the Risk Mitigation Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (RMIPPPP), through which... 

More than 60 power firms signal intention to bid into ‘emergency’ scheme – IPP Office
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IPP Office CEO Tshifhiwa Bernard Magoro

Opinion: Breathing fresh air into old coal power stations

13th November 2020 In this opinion piece, Wärtsilä South African business development manager Wayne Glossop writes about the benefits of converting old coal-fired power plants to modern gas engine power plants. AGL Energy Limited undertook a successful transformation of an old coal plant to a modern flexible gas... 

Sasol working to reset business for low-carbon world 

13th November 2020 Financially and environmentally beleaguered energy and chemicals group Sasol is working to reset its business for a low-carbon world. Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer unpacks the emerging strategy. 

Sasol working to reset business for low-carbon world
Sasol working to reset business for low-carbon world

Long-term operations, maintenance contract awarded for Kuvaninga power plant

By: Donna Slater     9th November 2020 Power plant services provider ADC Projects and Austrian energy engineering company ECI-Distribution have jointly been awarded the long-term operations and preventive and corrective maintenance contract for the Kuvaninga Energia power plant, in Mozambique. The plant is operated and maintained by... 

IPP Office extends bid deadline for R40bn risk-mitigation programme 

By: Terence Creamer     2nd November 2020 South Africa’s Independent Power Producer (IPP) Office has confirmed an extension to the bid submission deadline, to December 22, for the Risk Mitigation Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (RMIPPPP), under which government aims to procure some 2 000 MW of dispatchable generation... 

IPP Office extends bid deadline for R40bn risk-mitigation programme

R1bn Richards Bay mounded LPG storage facility commissioned

By: Creamer Media Reporter      29th October 2020 The R1-billion mounded liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) storage facility, in Richards Bay, owned by South African independent bulk liquid and gas storage operator Bidvest Tank Terminals and independent LPG specialist and trader Petredec, has been commissioned. The 22 600 t storage facility is the... 

Renergen drilling programme back on track

By: Simone Liedtke     21st October 2020 Emerging domestic natural gas and helium producer Renergen’s re-drill of the inclined drilling programme (referred to as P2V2) at its flagship Virginia gas project, in the Free State, is expected to be at, or be close to, target by the end of the first week of November. In a statement on October... 

Recognition of LPG benefits in energy mix growing

16th October 2020 For many years, the benefits of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) for South Africa “have been largely, frustratingly, moot”, according to a statement from industry association LPG South Africa (LPGSA). The doubt surrounding LPG’s benefits stems from an historically inconsistent and unreliable supply... 

Recognition of LPG benefits in energy mix growing
BIG BOY Bidvest Tank Terminal’s large-scale mounded LPG storage facility in Richards Bay was scheduled for completion this year

Natural gas to play important role in the energy future

By: Darren Parker     16th October 2020 Energy solutions company GE expects gas power to play an increasingly important role in the medium- to long-term future of the country’s energy mix as government continues to pursue decarbonisation through balancing the demands between a coal-fired past and a renewables future. GE Gas Power... 

Natural gas to play important role in the energy future
GAS FOR GROWTH The industrialisation ambitions of African nations depend on cleaner energy sources such as renewables and gas

Gap analysis needed to guide gas-to-power industry growth

By: Darren Parker     16th October 2020 With the potential of gas as an alternative energy source in South Africa an encouraging prospect, South African Oil and Gas Alliance (Saoga) CEO Adrian Strydom says the gas-to-power industry needs to conduct an accurate gap analysis, and engage in upskilling and capacity building to ensure that... 

Gap analysis needed to guide  gas-to-power industry growth
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FLOATING GAS South Africa will need to import liquid natural gas for the short-term future, which will serve to stimulate the market

Gas-powered solutions offer lower upfront cost

By: Darren Parker     16th October 2020 In a capital-constrained Covid-19-affected market, gas-fired generators offer the advantage of a relatively low upfront capital cost, compared with coal- or diesel-fired alternatives, says energy solutions company GE Gas Power Sub-Saharan Africa  executive Nosizwe Dlengezele. She adds that it is... 

Gas-powered solutions offer lower upfront cost
NOSIZWE DLENGEZELE Gas plays an important role in bridging the energy gap to help create a lower-carbon energy future

Energy expert calls for RMIPPPP overhaul to facilitate cheaper, cleaner emergency power 

By: Terence Creamer     8th October 2020 Energy expert Clyde Mallinson is calling on government to urgently overhaul its Risk Mitigation Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (RMIPPPP), which he says not only fails to address the country’s immediate electricity needs, but will also lock in dirty and expensive energy for the... 

Energy expert calls for RMIPPPP overhaul to facilitate cheaper, cleaner emergency power
Clyde Mallinson

Nersa says Eskom must be buyer of IPP power arising from new determination 

By: Terence Creamer     22nd September 2020 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) says that Eskom should remain the buyer of the electricity produced by independent power producers (IPPs) and procured by the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) in line with a new Section 34 Ministerial determination for 11 813... 

Nersa says Eskom must be buyer of IPP power arising from new determination

System available for transformer monitoring

11th September 2020 Pretoria-based industrial technology and solutions provider RTS Africa Technologies (RTS) has recently announced the increased availability of its Gen5 System, developed specifically for transformer oil dissolved gas analysis (DGA) for distribution transformer monitoring.  

System available for transformer monitoring
REDUCED RISK H2scan’s Gen5 transformer-specific hydrogen analyser provides real-time DGA

Mantashe says Nersa’s concurrence with determination opens way for procurement of 11 813 MW of new power 

By: Terence Creamer     10th September 2020 Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe reported on Thursday the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) had provided its concurrence to a Section 34 Ministerial Determination, issued in February, which opened the way for the procurement of  11 813 MW of new electricity... 

Mantashe says Nersa’s concurrence with determination opens way for procurement of 11 813 MW of new power
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Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe

Kibo's UK subsidiary to acquire 9 MW flexible gas power project

By: Schalk Burger     7th September 2020 Africa-focused energy company Kibo Energy's wholly owned UK subsidiary Sloane Developments will acquire a production-ready 9 MW flexible power project. The acquisition in line with Kibo's strategy to acquire and develop a portfolio of small-scale flexible power generation assets that will help... 

Opinion: Can the private sector deliver government’s proposed infrastructure plan?

1st September 2020 In this opinion article, Vantage GreenX MD Alastair Campbell, who spent 25 years as an investment banker and who manages the R5-billion GreenX Debt Funds, says the renewables programme has proved that the private sector will invest in South African infrastructure once policy certainty is... 

Opinion: Can the private sector deliver government’s proposed infrastructure plan?
Alastair Campbell

Botswana plans to add 600 MW of coal-fired and solar power by 2026

By: Reuters     31st August 2020 Botswana plans to add 600 MW of solar and coal-fired power in the next six years as the country looks to wean itself off imports while also eyeing power exports, the minerals and energy minister said on Monday. Botswana currently has national demand of 600 MW, but recurring breakdowns at one of... 

Regional developments expected to ignite South Africa’s gas economy

By: Natasha Odendaal     28th August 2020 There has long been discussions about the development of a gas economy having the potential to help transform the South African landscape and, despite the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, about gas emerging as a game changer both in terms of its role in the country's energy transition and the new... 

Regional developments expected to ignite South Africa’s gas economy

Regulations, pricing a challenge for local LNG uptake

By: Theresa Bhowan     28th August 2020 Despite there being vast benefits to using liquefied natural gas (LNG) locally, natural gas producer Renergen tells Engineering News that regulations and pricing are impeding the growth of the LNG sector. 

Regulations, pricing a challenge  for local LNG uptake
RENEWING ENERGY Renewable energy is fast becoming more affordable

LPG upcoming in SA’s energy mix

By: Theresa Bhowan     28th August 2020 Liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) has an important role to play in the complete energy mix of South Africa – it is a clean-burning, sustainable and portable fuel, with further applications in water heating, space heating and cooking, says industry association and body the Liquefied Petroleum Gas... 

LPG upcoming in  SA’s energy mix
NIRVAN BRIJLAL The economic and environmental benefits of LPG emphasises its role as a key player in the local energy mix
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