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Gas-to-Power

Initiative aims to double industry supply in five years 

By: Halima Frost     15th October 2021 The ‘Doubling of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) Market’ initiative, driven by the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) and the Liquefied Petroleum Gas Association of South Africa (LPGSA), initiated in December 2019, is slowly gaining momentum after the inevitable impact of Covid-19 on... 

Free thermal heat from natural gas baseload power generation solution

15th October 2021 The gas burners used for heating water for students living at the University of Witwatersrand’s Barnato Hall residence were generating enormous costs for the university owing to old and inefficient equipment, which was ultimately affecting service delivery.  The university, which previously had... 

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Biogas engines supplied to ethanol producer

15th October 2021 Multinational gas and diesel power plant specialist Clarke Energy has secured the sale of two of gas engine manufacturer Innio Jenbacher’s biogas engines to ethanol distiller PressCane Limited, based in Chikhwawa, Malawi. The ethanol production site generates biofuel in the form of ethanol, which... 

Gas-to-power crucial to South Africa’s energy future 

By: Halima Frost     15th October 2021 Multinational conglomerate General Electric Company (GE) Gas Power strategy & growth director Michael Konadu tells Mining Weekly that although there is no one solution to decrease South Africa’s carbon footprint, gas-to-power will be integral in the mix. He explains that South Africa’s Just... 

A large Gas Power Combined Cycle power plant designed by GE at dusk
TURNING TABLES The gas turbines offered by GE Gas To Power decrease a clients emissions substantially making a dent on its carbon footprint

Need for training in LNG sector recognised

By: Halima Frost     15th October 2021 With liquefied natural gas (LNG) expected to grow exponentially over the next five years, owing to the global drive to greener power generation, diverse consulting service provider Synergy Oil & Gas Consulting & Training senior energy manager Ismaeel Fataar says now is the time to upskill workers... 

A large ocean bearing vessel with LNG Gas from Mozambique and other parts of the world to South Africa.
KEEPING AFLOAT In order for South Africa to keep abreast with international standards, its LPG workers must be trained correctly

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... 

BIG BOY
Bidvest Tank Terminal’s large-scale mounded LPG storage facility in Richards Bay was scheduled for completion this year
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... 

GAS FOR GROWTH
The industrialisation ambitions of African nations depend on cleaner energy sources such as renewables and gas
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... 

FLOATING GAS
South Africa will need to import liquid natural gas for the short-term future, which will serve to stimulate the market
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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... 

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

Gas to flourish in short to medium term

26th July 2019 Evidence suggests that the natural gas market boom is likely to continue in the short to medium term, alludes trade insurance firm Coface sector economist and statistician Khalid Ait-Yahia. Natural gas is a convenient way to produce energy, owing to its abundant supply, versatility, and the fact... 

IN THE PIPELINE There are still viable uses for gas and the trend should continue for the short to medium term
IN THE PIPELINE There are still viable uses for gas and the trend should continue for the short to medium term

Cleaner and quieter generators now available

By: Halima Frost     26th July 2019 Supportable power generation solutions provider SustainPower has partnered with industrial generator manufacturer Pramac to provide clean and quiet standby power with its liquid petroleum gas (LPG) and natural gas (NG) generators for South Africa. The partnership was announced at the Africa... 

CAN IT Containerised gas generators offer mobile solutions and easy setup
CAN IT Containerised gas generators offer mobile solutions and easy setup

Combustion provider goes green to boost projects

By: Halima Frost     26th July 2019 The ever-increasing need for industry to be greener and reduce emissions has led to more projects being awarded to local oil and gas burner technology provider Combustion Technology. “The ability to supply numerous gas-fired burners and steam boiler plants to the South African market has been... 

BREWING BETTER
The recently converted burner at South African Breweries has improved output and efficiency
BREWING BETTER The recently converted burner at South African Breweries has improved output and efficiency

Gas earmarked as notable power source in sub-Saharan Africa

By: Halima Frost     26th July 2019 Gas is positioned to be a notable contributor to an increased electrification access rate in Sub-Saharan Africa, says multinational conglomerate GE Gas Power sub-Saharan Africa commercial executive, Nosizwe Dlengezele-Motsitsi. She tells Engineering News that gas could also potentially replace... 

PLANE TECH
Aeroderivative gas turbines were borne from jet engine technology developed by GE Aviation
PLANE TECH Aeroderivative gas turbines were borne from jet engine technology developed by GE Aviation

Virtual Gas growing its network

26th July 2019 Natural gas solutions provider CNG Holdings’ delivery subsidiary, Virtual Gas Network, is currently delivering uninterrupted supplies of liquid natural gas (LNG) to its customers equivalent to 736 400 ℓ of diesel for each site. This is achieved through the efficient road distribution system which... 

FAST AND FUEL-IOUS
An ever growing gas network allows for more clients to convert to the cheaper and cleaner natural gas option
FAST AND FUEL-IOUS An ever growing gas network allows for more clients to convert to the cheaper and cleaner natural gas option

Limited gas exploration affects South Africa’s energy mix

By: Melissa Zisengwe     27th July 2018 Gas could soon become an important element in the South African energy mix, despite the amount of gas used currently being very low, with limited imports and exploration activities, says South African Oil & Gas Alliance (SAOGA) CEO Niall Kramer. “South Africa’s gas usage is about 3% of our total... 

NIALL KRAMER The gas industry has the potential to grow and catalytically influence our economy
NIALL KRAMER The gas industry has the potential to grow and catalytically influence our economy

Natural gas vital for S Africa’s energy security

By: Melissa Zisengwe     27th July 2018 The energy sector’s global and inclusive forum for engagement, the Energy Council, believes that South Africa’s Gas-to-Power programme is vital to ensuring energy security for the country. Consequently, the Energy Council regularly engages with the Department of Energy (DoE) to see how the... 

PIPPA BROWN Energy Council Africa director speaking at the Energy Council event in May
PIPPA BROWN Energy Council Africa director speaking at the Energy Council event in May

Price of electricity affects local gas-to-power projects

By: Melissa Zisengwe     27th July 2018 One of the biggest challenges of implementing gas-to-power projects in South Africa is the volatility of the natural gas price, compared with that of electricity, says consultancy firm WSP Africa generation and power regional director Martin Mkhabela. This volatility is caused by the pricing... 

MARTIN MKHABELA The Integrated Resource Plan forecasts South Africa’s long-term electricity demand
MARTIN MKHABELA The Integrated Resource Plan forecasts South Africa’s long-term electricity demand

Gas industry will provide foreign investment opportunity

By: Nica Schreuder     28th July 2017 From a fuel and foreign investment perspective, growing a gas industry is a major direct foreign investment opportunity for South Africa, says engineering consultancy WSP Africa power generation director Wayne Lindecke. He adds that the gas-to-power programme (GPP) is a catalyst to significantly... 

Gas-to-power a more favourable alternative energy source

By: Nica Schreuder     28th July 2017 The nuclear procurement programme was rejected in the High Court earlier this year and opens the way for greater advocacy around the gas-to-power programme, says oil and gas specialist Lizel Oberholzer. “The focus on nuclear energy generation has come at the cost of the development of other... 

LIZEL OBERHOLZER The importation of LNG remains the biggest opportunity for growth in the gas sector, says Oberholzer
LIZEL OBERHOLZER The importation of LNG remains the biggest opportunity for growth in the gas sector, says Oberholzer

African countries embrace alternative energy sources

28th July 2017 With African governments realising that long-term power solutions will not come in the form of one technology, South Africa’s Department of Energy is advocating advances in coal, renewable energy, gas and nuclear technologies, says global engineering, procurement, construction and consulting... 

IMPROVED ALTERNATIVES Kenya is making use of diverse alternative energy sources, such as geothermal electricity
Photo by Reuters
IMPROVED ALTERNATIVES Kenya is making use of diverse alternative energy sources, such as geothermal electricity

Gas beneficial in diversifying energy mix

By: Nica Schreuder     28th July 2017 Gas can be used to supplement the variable nature of renewables, thereby adding to a steadily diversifying energy mix in South Africa, says advisory firm KPMG South Africa energy economist Requier Wait. Variable renewable energy (VRE) is nondispatchable, owing to the fluctuating nature of, for... 

VARIABLE ENERGY Using gas as an energy source could assist in balancing out the variable nature of renewables such as wind and solar power
Photo by Duane Daws
VARIABLE ENERGY Using gas as an energy source could assist in balancing out the variable nature of renewables such as wind and solar power

Investment in gas economy tough if risk exceeds appetite

By: Nica Schreuder     28th July 2017 Gas infrastructure for electricity generation requires key investors to get involved in this capital-intensive endeavour but if the perception among investors is that of risk exceeding reward, investment is unlikely to emerge, says oil and gas equipment supplier Energas Technologies project... 

HEATER SKID Energas technologies’s heater skid contains a thyristor controller, which monitors gas temeperature at the outlet of the control valve
HEATER SKID Energas technologies’s heater skid contains a thyristor controller, which monitors gas temeperature at the outlet of the control valve

Shale gas still a power resource option

By: Nica Schreuder     28th July 2017 Global leading engineering, consulting and construction company Black & Veatch sub-Saharan Africa business development director Webb Meko says successful exploration for shale gas could make up for South Africa’s lack of natural gas as a power resource. “Concerns about the possible detrimental... 

PICTURESQUE POTENTIAL A large amount of untapped shale gas in the Karoo basin provides both opportunities and challenges for South Africa’s gas economy
Photo by Reuters
PICTURESQUE POTENTIAL A large amount of untapped shale gas in the Karoo basin provides both opportunities and challenges for South Africa’s gas economy

Coega IDZ preferred location for the gas to power programme

By: Nica Schreuder     28th July 2017 The Coega Industrial Development Zone (IDZ) has initiated an environmental impact study for South Africa’s gas-to-power programme, and has strategically explored the IDZ’s full potential beyond its gas power plant’s current allocation of 1 000 MW. “The foundation of South Africa’s readiness... 

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY The construction and operation phases to accommodate a gas economy in South Africa will provide job opportunities and economic growth
Photo by Duane Daws
EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY The construction and operation phases to accommodate a gas economy in South Africa will provide job opportunities and economic growth

South Africa draws up plans for gas-generated power

By: Sebastian Whyle     22nd July 2016 In South Africa’s search for viable long-term gas import partners to meet demand in the power sector, Nigeria has been identified as a strong contender, owing to its large natural gas reserves, says professional services firm KPMG.  

MEETING GROWING DEMAND
Global demand for energy will increase as the global economy expands
Photo by Duane Daws
MEETING GROWING DEMAND Global demand for energy will increase as the global economy expands

Call for expressions of interest for S Africa’s gas-to-power plan

22nd July 2016 The Department of Energy (DoE) announced, early in May, a call for expressions of interest (EoI) for the appointment of strategic partners to assist State-owned companies (SoCs) in the development of a 600 MW gas-fired power plant, says international law firm White & Case.  

GAS PIPELINE
The push to use gas for power generation presents a significant opportunity for liquefied natural gas, gas and power sector participants
Photo by Duane Daws
GAS PIPELINE The push to use gas for power generation presents a significant opportunity for liquefied natural gas, gas and power sector participants

Eastern Cape gas-to-power hub plans on track

22nd July 2016 The Eastern Cape’s plan to host a gas-to-power hub is well advanced with the Coega industrial development zone (IDZ) now clearly the province's preferred location for the development says Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism MEC Sakhumzi Somyo.  

GAS-TO-POWER HUB
Coega, as the province’s preferred site for the gas-to-power hub, has led the charge and continues to press ahead with preparations
Photo by Duane Daws
GAS-TO-POWER HUB Coega, as the province’s preferred site for the gas-to-power hub, has led the charge and continues to press ahead with preparations

S Africa to use fuel-flexible turbines as interim power supply solution

22nd July 2016 South Africa’s gas-to-power programme, aimed at delivering 3 726 MW of electricity, is expected to come on line between 2019 and 2025, says power generation plant and product provider APR Energy regional sales director Mark Makanda.  

DUAL-FUEL TURBINES
Provide the flexibility to seamlessly switch between liquid petroleum gas and other fuels
DUAL-FUEL TURBINES Provide the flexibility to seamlessly switch between liquid petroleum gas and other fuels

Gas gensets a sustainable power alternative  

By: Sebastian Whyle     22nd July 2016 Engine, filtration and power-generation product manufacturer Cummins notes that gas-powered gensets are a sustainable power solution, owing to natural gas being methane-rich and occurring naturally. This makes it a cost-effective alternative energy source, compared with wind and solar power.  

GRID INTEGRATION
Cummins aims to design and supply power systems that complement the national grid
Cummins Southern Africa Director Power Generation discusses the implications of gas-fired power generation in Africa.
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