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Gas to Power News

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... 

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... 

Mineral Resources & Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe
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... 

Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe
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... 

Gwede Mantashe
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... 

Minister in the Presidency Jackson Mthembu
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.... 

Advocate Sandra Coetzee
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... 

KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sihle Zikalala
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 COO Jan Oberholzer
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... 

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
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... 

SBIDZ acting CEO Kaashifah Beukes
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... 

Renergen CEO Stefano Marani
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... 

Advocate Sandra Coetzee
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... 

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
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... 

CONFIDENCE IN BIOGAS
Establishing credibility in biogas technology is crucial in implementing more projects
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... 

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

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
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 chief business development officer Gert de Beer and IFC regional manager for infrastructure and natural resources Marcel Bruhwiler
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... 

WÄRTSILÄ MODULAR BLOCK
The solution is scalable and redeployable and has pre-fabricated, expandable enclosures
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... 

CSIR research group leader for the energy industry Ntombifuthi Ntuli
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... 

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