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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... 

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... 

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... 

Gas to flourish in  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... 

Cleaner and quieter generators now available
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... 

Combustion provider goes green to boost projects
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... 

Gas earmarked as notable power source in sub-Saharan Africa
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... 

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

Advocate Sandra Coetzee appointed acting IPP Office head 

By: Terence Creamer     25th July 2019 The Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) announced on Thursday that Advocate Sandra Coetzee had been appointed acting head of the Independent Power Producers Office (IPPO), pending the recruitment of a permanent replacement for Karen Breytenbach, who confirmed this week that she had left... 

Advocate Sandra Coetzee appointed acting IPP Office head
Advocate Sandra Coetzee

Transnet and IFC team up in effort to catalyse Richards Bay LNG PPP  

By: Terence Creamer     23rd July 2019 The International Finance Corporation (IFC) has made a $2-million cost-sharing commitment to support the completion, by Transnet, of a feasibility study into the development of a liquefied natural gas (LNG) storage and regasification terminal at the Port of Richards Bay, in KwaZulu-Natal by 2024.... 

Transnet and IFC team up in effort to catalyse Richards Bay LNG PPP
In this video, IFC and Transnet officials outline the central role that the private sector is expected to play in the construction and operation of new liquefied natural gas (LNG) infrastructure at the Port of Richards Bay, in KwaZulu-Natal. The proposed project is the subject of a feasibility study that is being jointly funded by the two organisations. It is proposed that the LNG infrastructure be developed by a private-sector-led special purpose vehicle, which will emerge following a competitive bidding process. Camera Work & Editing: Darlene Creamer. Recorded: 23.7.2019

CSIR doubles down on solar PV amid energy-autonomous campus success

By: Donna Slater     12th July 2019 The Pretoria-based headquarters of research organisation the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has almost doubled its commissioning of solar photovoltaic (PV) installed capacity because of its rooftop-mounted fixed-axis solar PV plant exceeding initial performance expectations.  

CSIR doubles down on solar PV amid energy-autonomous campus success

Modular power generation systems can be set up in weeks

By: Schalk Burger     12th July 2019 The Wärtsilä Modular Block, a modular gas-fired generation system developed by industrial marine and energy equipment manufacturer Wärtsilä, can be rolled out on site within weeks, depending on the full scope of supply, says Wärtsilä Energy Business division engine power plants VP Antti Kämi. The... 

Modular power generation systems can be set up in weeks
WÄRTSILÄ MODULAR BLOCK The solution is scalable and redeployable and has pre-fabricated, expandable enclosures

Initial ‘just energy transition’ work points to need to cushion coal regions 

By: Terence Creamer     3rd July 2019 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Energy Centre has initiated a project to model the socioeconomic risks and opportunities associated with South Africa’s transition from a coal-dominant electricity industry to one that is increasingly based on renewable energy. The... 

Initial ‘just energy transition’ work points to need to cushion coal regions
CSIR research group leader for the energy industry Ntombifuthi Ntuli

Kibo acquires 100% of Bordersley power generation project

By: Creamer Media Reporter      26th June 2019 Africa-focused energy company Kibo Energy on Wednesday announced that it had acquired a direct 100% interest in the shovel-ready Bordersley reserve power generation project, in the UK, sending its share prices on the JSE and LSE higher. The Bordersley project will comprise a 5 MW gas-fuelled... 

Russia’s latest great game in Africa: energy 

By: African News Agency      10th June 2019 Vladimir Putin has made no secret of his intention to return Russia to its previous glory as a world power by all means available to him, not least of which has been military aggression such as in Crimea. But on the African continent, where Russia has no colonial hangover like Europe or the... 

Egypt mulling Blackstone unit's offer to take over power plants

By: Bloomberg     28th May 2019 Egypt is considering offers from a Blackstone Group unit and Edra Power Holdings of Malaysia to take over three power plants co-built by Siemens – a move that could cut the North African nation’s debts while bringing in much-needed foreign investment. Both Blackstone’s Zarou and Edra have voiced... 

Kibo subsidiary to acquire UK gas-fuelled power plant project

By: Marleny Arnoldi     22nd May 2019 Aim- and JSE-listed Kibo Energy’s 60% subsidiary MAST Energy Developments (MED) has executed an agreement to acquire Bordersley Power Limited (BPL) from Balance Power Projects. BPL – a special purpose vehicle – will comprise a 5 MW gas-fueled power generation plant, which will be supported by an... 

Power Africa moves towards its goal of bringing more energy to the continent

By: Kim Cloete     16th May 2019 Power Africa, which was launched by former US President Barack Obama six years ago, is working towards its target of providing energy access to an additional 60-million new homes and businesses and adding 30 000 MW of cleaner, more efficient electricity generation capacity on the African... 

East African company Société Pétrolière expands LPG business

By: Simone Liedtke     14th May 2019 East African Société Pétrolière (SP) has, through the installation of eight liquified petroleum gas (LPG) storage and cylinder filling plants, doubled Rwanda’s LPG storage and filling capacity. Each of these facilities has a storage capacity of 20 m3 and is capable of filling about 1 000 bottles... 

Release of IRP 'imminent' – Energy Minister

By: African News Agency      14th May 2019 South Africa's Integrated Resource Plan, which will set out South Africa's future energy mix, would be "concluded imminently", Energy Minister Jeff Radebe said on Tuesday. Speaking at African Utility Week taking place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre, Radebe said the IRP was still... 

Release of IRP 'imminent' – Energy Minister
Energy Minister Jeff Radebe

South Africa urged to use seasonal advantage to secure lower LNG prices from Mozambique 

By: Terence Creamer     13th May 2019 South Africa is failing to fully grasp the energy and economic significance of the impending development of the enormous gas reserves discovered in northern Mozambique since 2010, Standard Bank oil and gas specialist Paul Eardley-Taylor argues. Between 150- to 200-trillion cubic feet of gas has... 

South Africa urged to use seasonal advantage to secure lower LNG prices from Mozambique

Company launched natural gas gensets at electricity show in Dubai

By: Halima Frost     26th April 2019 Global power leader Cummins launched its latest global offering – the HSK78G gas generator series – at the Middle East Electricity show, held at the Dubai World Trade Centre, in the United Arb Emirates (UAE) last month. Cummins, also a sponsor of the event, displayed the new series at its stand... 

Company launched natural gas gensets at electricity show in Dubai
NEXT GEN GEN Cummins launched the HSK78G gas generator series last month

Firm plans to deploy 400 natural-gas refuelling sites across SA

By: Schalk Burger     26th April 2019 Natural-gas distributor Delta Natural Gas (DNG) Energy is rolling out 400 natural gas refuelling sites across South Africa for the taxi and freight industries, which will provide an immediate cost reduction of 25% for these industries and reduce their carbon emissions, says DNG Energy CEO... 

Tanzania eyes 10 000 MW power generation capacity by 2025

By: Reuters     23rd April 2019 Tanzania aims to have six times its current power generation capacity by 2025 through investment in thermal and renewable energy, deputy energy minister Subira Mgalu told Parliament on Tuesday. The East African country boasts reserves of over 57-trillion cubic feet of natural gas, but faces... 

Afarak invests in clean energy at its Mogale Alloys plant

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     29th March 2019 Swedish cleantech company Ripasso Energy on Friday handed over a PWR BLOCK 400-F system, which converts industrial residual and flare gases into electricity, to vertically integrated speciality alloys producer Afarak at its Mogale Alloys processing plant, in Krugersdorp. This is the first such... 

Afarak invests in clean energy at its Mogale Alloys plant

Novo Energy launches R130m gas compression facility 

20th March 2019 Energy solutions company Novo Energy earlier this month launched a R130-million large-scale natural gas compression facility, in Mpumalanga. Marleny Arnoldi tells us more. 

Novo Energy launches R130m gas compression facility
Novo Energy launches R130m gas compression facility

Africa needs to embrace all forms of energy, says Van Loggerenberg

By: Mamaili Mamaila     15th March 2019 There is huge demand for electricity in Africa, with about 600-million people on the continent who have no access to electricity. 

Africa needs to embrace all forms of energy, says Van Loggerenberg
MARLEZE VAN LOGGERENBERG We need to embrace LNG as one of the renewables that can make a difference globally

Energy outlook sees GDP doubling by 2040

8th March 2019 With the world’s gross domestic product (GDP) likely to double by 2040 driven by increasing prosperity in fast-growing developing economies, multinational oil and gas company BP states that in the evolving energy transition scenario, this improvement in living standards causes energy demand to... 

Globeleq, Azito Energie to expand Abidjan gas-fired plant

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     7th March 2019 Globeleq and its partner IPS’s Azito Energie subsidiary have signed an amended concession agreement with the government of Côte d’Ivoire to add 250 MW to the existing Azito gas-fired power plant near Abidjan. The power plant currently generates 430 MW. 

Africa has opportunity to supply more gas to China

By: Marleny Arnoldi     18th February 2019 Gas demand is expected to overtake coal demand globally by 2030, says Standard Bank Southern Africa oil and gas head Paul Eardley-Taylor. Speaking at Africa Gas Forum, on Monday, he stated that global energy demand was increasing by 1.3% a year, while gas demand was increasing at between 1.7% and... 

Africa must have clear plan for using its gas reserves

By: Marleny Arnoldi     18th February 2019 It is vital that Africa has a clear and cohesive vision in place for how it plans to use its gas reserves, says New Partnership for Africa's Development Business Foundation senior project manager John Rocha. Speaking at the Africa Gas Forum, on Monday, he pointed out that African countries have... 

Event set to dissect the future of African energy

By: Paige Müller     15th February 2019 The eleventh edition of the Africa Energy Indaba – which will take place at the Sandton Convention Centre, in Johannesburg, from February 19 to 20 this year – will focus on the future prospects and direction of energy on the African continent from an energy provision and investment point of view.... 

Event set to dissect the future of African energy
Photo by Duane Daws
AFRICA’S ENERGY FUTURE The Africa Energy Indaba will take place at the Sandton Convention Centre, in Johannesburg, from February 19 and 20 this year

Power utility business models set to change

15th February 2019 According to Africa Energy Indaba organiser Siyenza, African power utilities must respond appropriately to impending forces to prevent being surpassed by technological and market change. The organiser explains that several disruptive forces are set to threaten the traditional power utility... 

Power utility business models set to change
Photo by Duane Daws
A CHANGING FUTURE Several disruptive forces are set to threaten the traditional power utility business model

Group Five says pursues counter claims in aborted Kpone power project

By: African News Agency      30th January 2019 Construction engineering company Group Five said on Wednesday its legal team was still pursuing its contractual rights and entitlements for payment, including the recovery of damages and other claims, against Cenpower Generation Company over what it called the unlawful termination of the Kpone... 

Radebe insists IRP to be approved soon, amid Nedlac uncertainty 

By: Terence Creamer     18th January 2019 Energy Minister Jeff Radebe has reiterated that Cabinet could soon approve the long-awaited update to South Africa’s Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) for electricity, despite persistent suggestions that National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac) sign-off of the document is still... 

Radebe insists IRP to be approved soon, amid Nedlac uncertainty

Eskom to increase OCGT use at certain power stations

7th December 2018 Although the risk of rotational load-shedding during the festive season is high, State-owned power utility Eskom will resort to increasingly using open-cycle gas turbines (OCGTs) at certain power stations to minimise the risk of load-shedding. 

Policy support needed for development of sustainable alternative energy sources – SAEEC

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th November 2018 Although natural gas is about 60% cleaner than coal in terms of carbon dioxide emissions, it currently contributes only 1.5% of the country’s total primary energy needs. Even through the National Development Plan (NDP) aims to delink economic development from environmental decay and... 

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