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DNG’s legal bid to halt emergency power programme fails

By: Bloomberg     31st January 2022 DNG Energy, a losing bidder for state contracts to supply emergency power in South Africa, had its legal bid to halt the process dismissed, paving the way for the program to proceed. DNG had alleged corruption involving government officials had led to Turkey’s Karpowership, which supplies... 

South Africa’s emergency power process nears another deadline

By: Bloomberg     27th January 2022 South Africa has made faltering progress toward implementing plans announced more than two years ago to procure additional power needed to swiftly address crippling energy shortages. The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy first issued a request for information from potential electricity... 

A Kapowership vessel

McKinsey pegs the price tag of a livable climate at $9.2tr a year

By: Bloomberg     25th January 2022 A new analysis from McKinsey & Co. estimates that the investment, in new infrastructure and systems, needed to meet international climate goals could be $9.2-trillion a year through 2050. That’s at least $3.5-trillion more a year than the world is currently laying out for both low-carbon and... 

Natural gas, electricity price volatility and inflation the result of natural gas crisis

By: Schalk Burger     24th January 2022 Natural gas and electricity prices have spiked to record highs, most notably in Europe and some major Asian markets, causing potentially significant economic impacts and volatility in gas and electricity markets, driven by turmoil in natural gas markets, says intergovernmental organisation... 

IEA executive director Dr Fatih Birol
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IEA executive director Dr Fatih Birol

Nigerian VP calls for natural gas to be accepted as a transition fuel

By: Darren Parker     21st January 2022 Nigerian Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has called for natural gas – which Africa has in abundance – to be accepted by the rest of the globe as a transitional fuel. In his address to the Davos Agenda 2022 – hosted by the World Economic Forum – on January 21, Osinbajo reminded world leaders that,... 

A photo of Nigerian VP Yemi Osinbajo
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Nigerian VP Yemi Osinbajo

Eskom set to halve FY loss to R9bn, but R392bn debt remains ‘unsustainable’ 

By: Terence Creamer     15th December 2021 State-owned electricity utility Eskom expects to cut its full-year loss to R9.1-billion in 2021/22, from R18.9-billion in 2020/21, but warns that its debt position remains unsustainable despite some positive financial momentum during the six months to September 30, including a reduction in its... 

Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter

DMRE releases Gas Masterplan base case report

By: Donna Slater     15th December 2021 The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) has released the Gas Masterplan base case report for public comment. The Gas Masterplan, once developed, will serve as a policy instrument, providing a roadmap for taking strategic, political and institutional decisions, which will guide... 

Central Termica de Temane power project in Mozambique reaches financial close

By: Schalk Burger     9th December 2021 Independent power company Globeleq, energy and chemicals multinational Sasol and Mozambique State-owned power utility Electricidade de Moçambique (EDM) have announced financial close of the Central Termica de Temane (CTT) power project. Located at Temane, in the Inhambane province, CTT comprises... 

Portfolio committee agrees on in-principle terms of reference for RMIPPPP inquiry

By: Donna Slater     8th December 2021 The Portfolio Committee on Mineral Resources and Energy has resolved, in principle, on the terms of reference that will guide an inquiry into allegations of corruption and malfeasance during the process of appointing preferred bidders in the Risk Mitigation Independent Power Producer Procurement... 

Gas-powered electricity generation not South Africa’s best bet for the long term –WWF

By: Donna Slater     6th December 2021 The attractiveness of renewable energy, even in the face of using gas as a bridging fuel to take off from where coal is being disused, is continuing to increase, the World Wide Fund for Nature senior climate specialist James Reeler has said. During a webinar titled ‘Fossil gas: decarbonisation... 

South Africa’s environment department rejects floating gas plant

By: Bloomberg     3rd December 2021 South Africa’s Environment Department has turned down an application to moor a floating, gas-fired power plant in the eastern port of Richards Bay. Anchor Energy LNG’s Nseleni power plant would have had the capability to produce 6 500 MW of electricity, according to Groundwork, an environmental... 

Opinion: How can we ensure that Africa’s energy transition aligns with its development ambitions?

3rd December 2021 In this opinion article, SPEAR Capital partner Martin Soderberg writes about how African can achieve a just energy transition. 

SPEAR Capital partner Martin Soderberg

Eskom power transition lacking energy, says LTM Energy CEO

By: Tracy Hancock     2nd December 2021 State-owned power utility Eskom, South Africa’s largest emitter of greenhouse gasses, is not adapting to change fast enough, as the world races to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 by adopting greener energy solutions, says local energy services company LTM Energy CEO Dhevan Pillay. South... 

LTM Energy CEO Dhevan Pillay
LTM Energy CEO Dhevan Pillay

Eskom CEO sees end to crisis in shift from coal 

By: Reuters     1st December 2021 South African state power utility Eskom sees an opportunity to emerge from years of crisis by shifting from coal-fired power generation towards natural gas and renewables, its chief executive told Reuters. Eskom has implemented power cuts for more than a decade in Africa's most industrialised... 

Germiston-based DNG Energy receives first LNG shipment

By: Donna Slater     30th November 2021 Pan-African liquefied natural gas (LNG) supply network DNG Energy has received a shipment of LNG at its plant in Germiston, enabling the company to accelerate its pilot projects with its partners in the next few weeks. DNG Energy’s pilot projects aim to test the feasibility of using LNG as an... 

DFFE appointing independent expert to help rule on Karpowership appeal

By: News24Wire      23rd November 2021 The Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment says it is appointing an "independent expert" to assist Minister Barbara Creecy in responding to an appeal by floating powership provider Karpowership SA. Karpowership SA, which falls under Turkey's Karadeniz Energy Group, was in March... 

South Africa graft ombudsman holds hearings in renewables probe

By: Bloomberg     23rd November 2021 South Africa’s graft ombudsman will hold a week of hearings as part of an investigation into the awarding of contracts to independent renewable power producers. The probe was established in 2019 after a complaint by a nongovernmental organisation that alleged “improper conduct and... 

Eskom not holding up RMIPPPP projects, De Ruyter insists 

By: Terence Creamer     19th November 2021 Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter has denied that the utility is delaying the introduction of new electricity capacity procured under the Risk Mitigation Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (RMIPPPP), as suggested by Minerals Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe in a recent... 

Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter
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Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter

R130bn climate deal can be leveraged for R500bn clean energy shift, says RMB

By: Schalk Burger     9th November 2021 The R130-billion concessional climate finance green deal South Africa signed at COP26 could translate into a R500-billion boost to help South Africa’s just energy transition to decarbonise its sources of energy, says financial services firm RMB CEO James Formby. “We are yet to see the details... 

South Africa tests market appetite for creation of gas import hub at Coega 

By: Terence Creamer     5th November 2021 A request for information (RFI) has been issued to assess the implementation options and market appetite for the creation of a liquefied natural gas (LNG) import hub at the Port of Ngqura, in the Eastern Cape. The RFI is designed as an information gathering exercise to inform a future procurement... 

RFI envisages an FSRU, similar to the one pictured, for the Port of Ngqura, in the Eastern Cape
RFI envisages an FSRU, similar to the one pictured, for the Port of Ngqura, in the Eastern Cape

City of Joburg gets ready to realise waste-to-energy projects

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th November 2021 The City of Johannesburg is considering waste-to-power projects to generate electricity, particularly in times of load-shedding. Environment and Infrastructures Services deputy director Mvuselelo Mathebula mentions in a press statement that key projects have been lined up to divert waste from... 

Funding Africa’s $2.8tr net-zero transition by 2050 a ‘pressing issue’ 

By: Terence Creamer     4th November 2021 Funding Africa’s transition to net zero by 2050 is one of the most pressing issues that Africa and the world must address, PwC states in a new report that estimates the cost of such a transition to be about $2.8-trillion. The ‘Africa Energy Review 2021’ calculates that $33-billion would be... 

PwC energy strategy and infrastructure head James Mackay
PwC energy strategy and infrastructure head James Mackay

Natural gas key to Africa’s energy security, says AfDB’s Adesina

By: Bloomberg     4th November 2021 Natural gas remains key to Africa’s energy security and economic prosperity, even as political pressure grows to speed up the transition away from fossil fuels, according to the continent’s biggest development bank. “Gas is fundamental to Africa’s energy system,” African Development Bank... 

NBI study sees role for gas in South Africa’s transition to low-carbon economy 

By: Terence Creamer     2nd November 2021 A new National Business Initiative (NBI) study offers support for gas as a transition fuel in South Africa’s shift from coal in the production of electricity and synthetic fuels (synfuels). The study stresses, however, that this role should be confined in the electricity sector to the provision... 

A photo of a LNG tanker
Report says LNG imports will lower gas lock-in risk

Gas key as South Africa transitions to clean energy

By: Schalk Burger     27th October 2021 Gas will be needed to help meet energy demand in South Africa during the necessary transition to clean energy, speakers from the energy sector, academia, financial institutions and South African government departments said during a webinar on October 27. They noted, however, that South Africa has... 

African Energy Chamber report provides details into continent's energy sector

By: Schalk Burger     26th October 2021 Industry organisation the African Energy Chamber (AEC) has published its 'State of African Energy 2022' report, which highlights the need for a balanced and Africa-centric energy transition that incorporates the needs of the African continent within global climate mitigation strategies.... 

Energy transition holds greatest promise for growth, job creation and development 

By: Schalk Burger     19th October 2021 A transition away from fossil fuel-based electricity to renewable-based electricity in South Africa can contribute significantly to job creation, growth and increased availability of electricity to support other commercial activities, four investment and energy specialists noted during a... 

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... 

A stainless steel stove top with gas burners burning blue flame from an LPG gas supply, used for cooking
LPGSA MD Gadibolae Dihlabi discusses the plan to double the LPG sector over the next five years

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

Eskom aiming to secure concessional funding for R400bn just energy transition project pipeline 

By: Terence Creamer     14th October 2021 State-owned electricity producer Eskom has identified a pipeline of ‘just energy transition’ projects valued at about R400-billion that it will seek to fund using concessional finance raised from international financiers that have committed to supporting decarbonisation initiatives in developing... 

Photo of Eskom's rock-man statue at Megawatt Park

Mantashe opposes coal ban for climate aid 

By: Bloomberg     14th October 2021 Rich nations shouldn’t force South Africa to ban new coal-power projects and impose other conditions as a requirement for funding to help reduce its environmental footprint, the country’s energy minister said. Gwede Mantashe last month skipped a meeting with climate envoys from the UK, US,... 

A photo of Gwede Mantashe
Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe

South African emergency power plan hit by new graft allegations

By: Bloomberg     13th October 2021 DNG Energy, a losing bidder for State contracts to supply emergency power in South Africa, made fresh corruption allegations against a winning bidder, Karpowership, and a government official. In an October 12 supplementary affidavit to court papers, the first of which were filed in April, South... 

IEA warns of more energy market volatility as transition investment lags 

By: Terence Creamer     13th October 2021 There is a looming risk of more turbulence ahead for energy markets, the International Energy Agency (IEA) warns in its latest World Energy Outlook publication. “The world is not investing enough to meet its future energy needs, and uncertainties over policies and demand trajectories create a... 

IEA executive director Dr Fatih Birol
IEA executive director Dr Fatih Birol

RMIPPPP preferred bidder confirms delay to end-Jan 

By: Terence Creamer     1st October 2021 One of the preferred bidders participating in South Africa’s Risk Mitigation Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (RMIPPPP) has confirmed that government has delayed the deadline of financial close to end of January. The delay was foreseen, but not confirmed by September 30, which was... 

Mineral Resources & Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe
Photo by Creamer Media Chief Photographer Donna Slater
Mineral Resources & Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe named the initial eight RMIPPPP preferred bidders on March 18

PetroSA mulls geothermal as way to offset ‘decommissioning liability monster’ 

By: Terence Creamer     17th September 2021 Embattled State-owned gas-to-liquids refiner PetroSA is considering plans to harness geothermal energy from its mature or depleted gas wells to produce electricity and delay decommissioning. Addressing a conference in Cape Town this week, Central Energy Fund (CEF) CEO Dr Ishmael Poolo reported... 

PetroSA refinery in Mossel Bay
Photo by Creamer Media
PetroSA refinery in Mossel Bay
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