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Virginia project’s appraisal programme to spud ahead of schedule – Renergen

By: Simone Liedtke     21st January 2020 Emerging domestic natural gas and helium producer Renergen expects the appraisal programme for its Virginia gas project, in the Free State, to spud ahead of schedule during the first week of February. The dual-listed company also advised that the first planned incline in Phase 1’s development had... 

Editorial Insight: Time to act

By: Terence Creamer     17th January 2020 The return of load-shedding, together with what is a truly dire prognosis for system stability, should surely have been the wake-up call government required to finally begin implementing its very own Integrated Resource Plan 2019 (IRP 2019). Instead, the only indication that the Department of... 

Editorial Insight: Time to act

Pleading for leniency, Eskom wants to slash emissions by 2035 

By: , Bloomberg     9th January 2020 Power utility Eskom, South Africa’s biggest polluter, said it will slash emissions of three major pollutants by 2035 while it asks for exemptions to incoming standards to avoid as much as R37-billion in expenditure. The State-owned utility projected that by 2035, as plants reach the end of their... 

Renewable-energy projects well under way

By: Darren Parker     13th December 2019 Construction on several Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) fourth bid window projects are well under way. The REIPPPP fourth window bids include 12 wind farms, 12 solar photovoltaic (PV) projects, a biomass project, a mini-hydro project and a concentrated... 

Renewable-energy projects well under way
BLADE RUNNING About half of the turbine components had been delivered to Kangnas and Perdekraal Wind Farms in October

Success of renewables programme continues

By: Darren Parker     13th December 2019 Over the past eight years, the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) has attracted about R209.4-billion in committed private-sector investment, with the successful fourth window bids being valued at about R56-billion. South African companies, such as... 

Success of renewables programme continues
WINDOW OF OPPORTUNITY 27 preferred bidders signed agreements last year and their respective renewable energy projects are well underway

Additional renewable energy development zones proposed

13th December 2019 The second phase of the Strategic Environmental Assessment for wind and solar photovoltaic (PV) energy in South Africa proposes three additional renewable energy development zones for wind and solar PV energy projects. The renewable energy development zones support the responsible implementation... 

Additional renewable energy development zones proposed
RENEWABLE ENERGY DEVELOPMENT ZONES The Phase 2 proposed zones support the responsible implementation of the Integrated Resource Plan 2019

Gas project beneficial for local economy

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     13th December 2019 Emerging natural gas producer Renergen’s Virginia gas project is a good example of how effectively small amounts of gas – if they are indigenous – can be used in the local economy, says industry body South African Oil and Gas Alliance (Saoga) executive director Niall Kramer. Renergen is an... 

Gas project beneficial  for local economy
STUNT DEVELOPMENT that South Africa’s lack of policy certainty is hindering the development of it is on- and offshore oil and gas resources

Promoters of Maputo and Richards Bay LNG terminals insist projects can be complementary 

By: Terence Creamer     4th December 2019 The promoters of liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminals at Maputo, in Mozambique, and Richards Bay, in South Africa, insist that the two proposed projects can be complimentary rather than competitive as there is sufficient existing demand and growth potential in the region to support both... 

Promoters of Maputo and Richards Bay LNG terminals insist projects can be complementary

Total, Gigajoule deal brings $350m Maputo LNG import terminal a step closer

By: Terence Creamer     27th November 2019 International oil major Total and Southern African gas infrastructure developer Gigajoule signed a joint development agreement (JDA) on Wednesday for the importation of liquified natural gas (LNG), through the Matola harbour, in Maputo, Mozambique, from the end of 2022 onwards. The import project... 

 Total, Gigajoule deal brings $350m Maputo LNG import terminal a step closer
Photo by Gigajoule
An artist impression of an LNG vessel with Maputo's Katembe bridge in the background

Planets aligning for SA firms as huge Mozambique gas projects get moving

By: Terence Creamer     22nd November 2019 South Africans have yet to grasp both the scale of the gas resources uncovered in neighbouring Mozambique and the size of the business and energy opportunities these discoveries present. With yet more exploration rounds to come, some 150-trillion cubic feet (Tcf) of gas has already been... 

Planets aligning for SA firms as huge Mozambique gas projects get moving

Investment case for LNG imports into South Africa to be completed by year-end  

By: Terence Creamer     11th November 2019 State-owned logistics group Transnet says the investment case for the import of liquefied natural gas (LNG) into South Africa will be completed by year-end and that the solution will be aligned with the anticipated drop-off in gas imports from Mozambique from 2023 onwards. The study is being... 

Investment case for LNG imports into South Africa to be completed by year-end
State-owned logistics group Transnet says the investment case for the import of liquefied natural gas into South Africa will be completed by year-end, Transnet chief business development officer Gert de Beer says. Camera Work: Kutlwano Matlala. Editing: Nicholas Boyd. 11.11.2019

Mobilisation of private finance key to closing Africa’s $2.6tr energy gap  

By: Terence Creamer     8th November 2019 State budgets and development finance will not be sufficient to fund the investments required to meet Africa’s growing power demands to 2040, a new International Energy Agency (IEA) report warns. Titled ‘Africa Energy Outlook 2019’, the report states that cumulative investments of $2.6-trillion,... 

Mobilisation of private finance key to closing Africa’s $2.6tr energy gap

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

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

Kibo, AB Group partner to develop MED’s flexible power plants in the UK

By: Marleny Arnoldi     30th October 2019 JSE- and Aim-listed Kibo Energy’s subsidiary MAST Energy Developments (MED) has signed a joint development agreement (JDA) with AB Impianti, a subsidiary of heat and power generation solutions company AB Group, to assist in the development of selected flexible power plants in the UK. The JDA... 

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

South Africa to test market for emergency power ‘gap fillers’ as IRP is finalised   

By: Terence Creamer     18th October 2019 South Africa will release a request for information (RFI) in the coming weeks to test the market for solutions to close an immediate electricity supply gap of between 2 000 MW and 3 000 MW, which has emerged primarily as a result of a fall in the energy availability factor (EAF) from Eskom’s coal... 

South Africa to test market for emergency power ‘gap fillers’ as IRP is finalised
Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe on the Integrated Resource Plan 2019 allocations and the need for short-term supply solutions. Camera Work: Kutlwano Matlala. Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 18.10.2019

South Africa's energy mix still to lean on coal in next decade  

By: Reuters     18th October 2019 Coal will continue to play a significant role in South Africa's plan to boost electricity generation over the next decade, with more renewable energy also lined up, Mineral Resources & Energy minister Gwede Mantashe said on Friday. He said the additional capacity for the energy mix until 2030... 

South Africa's energy mix still to lean on coal in next decade
Mineral Resources & Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe

Don’t 'declare war among technologies', says Mantashe amid imminent tabling of the IRP  

By: Kim Cloete     8th October 2019 Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe on Tuesday said the latest version of government’s Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) would be tabled before Cabinet next week and would make space for all technologies, ranging from renewables to nuclear. “The promulgation of the updated IRP is... 

Don’t 'declare war among technologies', says Mantashe amid imminent tabling of the IRP
Photo by Creamer Media's Dylan Slater
Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe

Fully committed to undertakings on climate – Minerals Minister  

By: Martin Creamer     3rd October 2019 Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe, who is expected to submit the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) next week, told the Joburg Indaba on Thursday that he hoped to gazette the IRP to give South Africans another chance to comment on the document. With pressure building up globally... 

Fully committed to undertakings on climate – Minerals Minister
Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe at Joburg Indaba covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer.

Cabinet considers, but fails to approve, IRP update  

By: Terence Creamer     19th September 2019 While Cabinet considered the much-anticipated update to South Africa’s Integrated Resource Plan for electricity at its meeting on Wednesday, Minister in The Presidency Jackson Mthembu said discussions had not yet been concluded. Mthembu attributed the extension of Cabinet-level deliberations on... 

Cabinet considers, but fails to approve, IRP update
Minister in the Presidency Jackson Mthembu

‘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.... 

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

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

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

Mantashe expects IRP to go before Cabinet next week

By: Terence Creamer     13th September 2019 Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe says he expects the long-awaited update to the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) to be considered for approval by Cabinet at its next meeting, scheduled for Wednesday September 18. The IRP has not been updated since the IRP2010 was officially... 

Mantashe expects IRP to go before Cabinet next week

Kibo receives preliminary approval to proceed with UK power plant project

By: Simone Liedtke     9th September 2019 Africa-focused Kibo Energy has received a preliminary notice to proceed with the construction and commissioning of its 5 MW gas-fueled power generation plant at Bordersley Power, in the UK. The notice was issued by the company’s 60%-owned subsidiary, Mast Energy Developments (MED), which is the... 

Eskom confident of avoiding summer load-shedding but does not rule it out  

By: Natasha Odendaal     4th September 2019 State-owned power utility Eskom on Wednesday said it was unlikely that there would be any load-shedding over the next seven months as the utility’s generation performance was starting to improve. The embattled utility had managed to avoid load-shedding for 164 consecutive days, with an average... 

Eskom confident of avoiding summer load-shedding but does not rule it out
Photo by Creamer Media's Dylan Slater
Eskom COO Jan Oberholzer

Carbon tax awareness leads to gas conversions, growth for company

By: Cameron Mackay     30th August 2019 Increased demand for converting to the use of natural gas from heavy fuel oils for energy solutions has led to opportunities for compressed natural gas supplier Virtual Gas Network. The introduction of the Carbon Tax Act in June this year has led to an increase in awareness in the industrial and... 

Carbon tax awareness  leads to gas conversions, growth for company
ACCESS FOR GROWTH Importing and increased access to LNG would allow for downstream development and could help Virtual Gas Network become a national gas distributor

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

Tlou Energy achieves sustained gas flow at Botswana pods

By: Simone Liedtke     22nd August 2019 ASX-, Aim- and BSE-listed Tlou Energy on Thursday announced that sustained gas flow rates had been achieved at its Lesedi 3 and 4 production pods, in Botswana. Lesedi 3 and 4 have each achieved an initial sustained gas flow of about 20 000 cubic feet a day, and are performing strongly, Tlou... 

Saldanha Bay ‘Freeport’ lines up 58 prospective investors 

By: Terence Creamer     21st August 2019 The Saldanha Bay Industrial Development Zone (SBIDZ) is working with 58 prospective tenants for the special economic zone (SEZ), which is the first SEZ to be located within a domestic port and the only sector-specific SEZ in South Africa catering specifically to the oil and gas, maritime... 

Saldanha Bay ‘Freeport’ lines up 58 prospective investors
SBIDZ acting CEO Kaashifah Beukes

US provides $40m for Renergen’s South African gas project 

By: Simone Liedtke     21st August 2019 Emerging liquefied natural gas (LNG) and helium producer Renergen has signed a $40-million loan agreement with the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), marking a significant milestone for the company, which recently listed on the ASX. The loan, signed on Friday, was originally... 

US provides $40m for Renergen’s South African gas project
Renergen CEO Stefano Marani

Acting IPP Office head promises ‘extensive' talks with stakeholders on new bid documents 

By: Terence Creamer     19th August 2019 The acting head of the Independent Power Producer Office (IPPO), Advocate Sandra Coetzee, has indicated that there should be “no surprises” in the bid documentation that will be released once procurement activities resume again, following a hiatus of nearly five years. Coetzee, who stepped into... 

Acting IPP Office head promises ‘extensive' talks with stakeholders on new bid documents
Advocate Sandra Coetzee

Legislation, waste diverting can drive biogas growth

By: Cameron Mackay     16th August 2019 Changing legislation and the continued strain on landfill space in South Africa is causing a significant drive in the country to divert waste, particularly organic waste, away from landfill sites. Alternative waste solutions provider GCX Zero Waste manager Hein Fourie says this can help to... 

Legislation, waste diverting can drive biogas growth
COMPLEX MARKETS Growth of the biofuels sector is slow, as the sector is slowly learning how to accommodate and adapt to South African market conditions

Food processing industry ideal for biogas production

By: Cameron Mackay     16th August 2019 Industries that produce large quantities of organic waste, such as the food processing industry, are ideal for biogas production, says local waste disposal solutions provider Global Energy director Henry Thomson. The Cape Town-based engineering consulting and turnkey project company provides... 

Food processing industry ideal for biogas production
CONFIDENCE IN BIOGAS Establishing credibility in biogas technology is crucial in implementing more projects

Opinion: How should SA’s gas infrastructure be configured for a least-cost power system? 

By: Tobias Bischof-Niemz     8th August 2019 As outlined in the previous Transition Talk column (see Engineering News July 12–18, page 51), while gas will become more important in South Africa’s future electricity system, its role should not be overstated. Even in the absence of other flexibility options – such as batteries, pumped-hydro... 

Opinion: How should SA’s gas infrastructure be configured for a  least-cost power system?

Renergen appoints EPC contractor for Virginia project

By: Simone Liedtke     7th August 2019 Emerging liquefied natural gas (LNG) and helium producer Renergen has appointed EPCM Bonisana, a subsidiary of EPCM Holdings, as the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor for its Virginia gas project, in South Africa. The contractor will be responsible for building the gas... 

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