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Liquified Natural Gas News

Global natural gas demand set for slow growth in coming years, IEA report shows

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     5th July 2022 Global natural gas consumption is expected to contract slightly this year and grow slowly over the following three years as Russia’s war in Ukraine pushes up prices and fuels fears of further supply disruptions, the International Energy Agency (IEA) states in its latest ‘Gas Market Report’.  The... 

G7 to allow fossil-fuel financing if climate pledges are kept

By: Bloomberg     28th June 2022 Group of Seven (G7) nations are set to allow some exceptional public financing of overseas fossil-fuel projects to continue provided that the investments are consistent with prior climate-change agreements, according to people familiar with the matter. The final text of the leaders’ statement,... 

GreenYellow secures contracts with Retailability, PPC Cement in South Africa

By: Schalk Burger     24th June 2022 Energy efficiency, services and solar photovoltaic solutions company GreenYellow has secured two contracts in South Africa, including a seven-year energy efficiency partnership agreement with retail investment holding company Retailability that will provide 16 GWh of annual energy savings,... 

PASA welcomes recognition of natural gas’ role in Africa’s energy transition

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     21st June 2022 Industry organisation the Petroleum Agency SA (PASA) has welcomed the release of the International Energy Agency (IEA)’s ‘Africa Energy Outlook 2022’ report, which outlines possible pathways for Africa’s energy system that are consistent with both the pressing need for a transition to a cleaner... 

Gas can meet commercial and industrial energy needs

By: Nadine Ramdass     17th June 2022 While there are various sources of energy, gas remains one of the primary sources that can sustain a large amount of industrial and commercial requirements, says consulting service provider Synergy oil & gas consulting and training GM Ismaeel Fataar. He explains that a strong ripple effect from... 

An image of an engineer at an oil and gas processing plant
SKILLS FOR THE FUTURE Skills need to be developed now to meet the future needs of the gas-to-power industry

Increased interest in gas-powered generators

By: Nadine Ramdass     17th June 2022 Since the lifting of the own-generation licence threshold to 100 MW, interest in using gas for embedded power generation has increased significantly, says gas engine and hybrid power plant specialist Clarke Energy business development manager Kara Neale. The high efficiency of gas-powered... 

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TAILORED TO GAS CHARACTERISTICS it is important to ensure that the equipment is suited to the particular gas

Committee welcomes appointment of Jacob Mbele as DMRE director-general

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     10th June 2022 Portfolio Committee on Mineral Resources and Energy chairperson Sahlulele Luzipo has welcomed the appointment of Jacob Mbele as director-general of the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE), saying he believes Mbele’s illustrious career at the DMRE qualifies him for the position.... 

An image of Jacob Mbele, newly appointed director-general of the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy
Jacob Mbele

Renergen says gas project can catalyse Free State manufacturing revival

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd June 2022 Emerging integrated energy producer Renergen is confident that its Virginia gas project, in the Free State, will become a catalyst for “more than just gas” in South Africa, with CEO Stefano Marani expressing optimism about the project’s positive impact on the province as it develops into a... 

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Karpowership slates South African government over project delays

By: Bloomberg     2nd June 2022 Karpowership, the world’s biggest supplier of floating gas-fired power plants, said some South African government agencies have stalled its projects and their conduct isn’t conducive to creating an attractive investment environment. The Turkish company in March last year won the right to supply... 

Converting truck fleets to LNG could reduce transport costs by 30% – Renergen

By: Darren Parker     1st June 2022 With diesel prices at a record high, liquefied natural gas (LNG) has the potential to lower the transportation costs of major logistics companies by up to 30%, LNG and helium developer Renergen CEO Stefano Marani said at the Junior Mining Indaba on June 1. “This means that the conversion of their... 

Renergen CEO Stefano Marani
Renergen CEO Stefano Marani

Commissioning of Renergen’s Virginia gas plant progressing smoothly

By: Darren Parker     30th May 2022 The commissioning of the Phase 1 plant at integrated energy company Renergen’s Virginia gas project, in the Free State, is progressing smoothly, the company announced on May 30. The company said the cooling systems had been fully commissioned, as had the nitrogen removal system to purify the helium. 

IPP Office head says stakeholder alignment key to regular, investment-promoting procurement rhythm 

By: Terence Creamer     17th May 2022 The head of South Africa’s Independent Power Producer (IPP) Office believes that improved stakeholder management and alignment are key to overcoming delays to the introduction of urgently required new electricity capacity and to creating the predictable “procurement rhythm” required to attract... 

IPP Office head Bernard Magoro
IPP Office head Bernard Magoro

South African coal consumers face tough decisions as miners prioritise exports over domestic offtakers – Jones 

By: Donna Slater     13th May 2022 A potential food crisis may be brewing in South Africa as domestic coal consumers face increasing difficulty in securing coal supplies at a fair price to fire their processing plants, says commodity insights and marketplace company African Source Markets CEO Bevan Jones. He tells Mining Weekly... 

An image of African Source Markets CEO Bevan Jones
African Source Markets CEO Bevan Jones

Project launched to fast-track energy, water transition

By: Halima Frost     13th May 2022 The South African Industry Adaption (SAIA) project was launched last month to accelerate South African industry’s energy and water transition to a decarbonised, green and inclusive economy, as well as a vibrant job market. SAIA is a collaboration between the governments of South Africa and... 

A photo of Lee-Hendor Ruiters speaking at teh launch of the The South African Industry Adaption (SAIA) project which was launched last month to accelerate South African industry’s energy and water transition a collaboration between the governments of South Africa and Flanders, in Belgium, and the United Nations Industrial Development Corporation
LEE-HENDOR RUITERSThe South African Industry Adaption (SAIA) project was launched last month to accelerate South African industry’s energy and water transition

Two installations prove company’s mettle

By: Halima Frost     13th May 2022 Industrial boiler manufacturer Steam Generation has successfully completed two projects in Africa that highlight its ability to improve energy efficiency and management for clients. “We commissioned a steam generation plant for a notable brewery in Accra, Ghana, in January, which entailed... 

A large 3 000 kg/h burner installed at local food, home and personal care product producer, in Isando,
BIG BURNER Steam Generation has installed two burners for a client based in Isando

Cold boxes being precooled in preparation for gas

By: Darren Parker     3rd May 2022 JSE-listed Renergen reported on May 3 that it was making “strong” progress in terms of the commissioning of Phase 1 of the Virginia gas project, which comprises exploration and production rights of 187 000 ha of gas fields across Welkom, Virginia and Theunissen, in the Free State. Cold boxes –... 

Transnet prepares to invite bids for Richards Bay LNG terminal 

By: Terence Creamer     21st April 2022 The State-owned Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) reports that a request for proposals (RFP) will be issued in the coming months for the development of a liquified natural gas (LNG) terminal at the Port of Richards Bay, in KwaZulu-Natal. TNPA has confirmed with Engineering News that it... 

An LNG Tanker

Karpowership showcases FSRU vessel, highlights floating gas-to-power benefits 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th April 2022 Floating gas-to-power specialist Karpowership South Africa (KPS SA) has showcased a Floating Storage Regasification Unit (FSRU) ship, in Cape Town, before it ventures on to its final destination in Rio de Janeiro.  KPS SA plans on docking three of these vessels – one each at Richards Bay,... 

Floating storage regasification unit, called Karmol LNGT Asia
Floating storage regasification unit, called Karmol LNGT Asia

Russia’s war in Ukraine puts global energy transition at crossroad

By: Bloomberg     19th April 2022 Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is upending the global transition away from fossil fuels in the fight against climate change. In some ways, the war is slowing the shift and giving old energy new life. In others, it’s bolstering the argument that adding more electric vehicles to roads and installing... 

Russia’s war in Ukraine puts global energy transition at crossroad

Many hydrogen opportunities in S Africa

By: Sabrina Jardim     15th April 2022 The export of green hydrogen is an opportunity South Africa should capitalise on, as are a number of other hydrogen opportunities that are available, says hydrogen-focused company Hydrogen Energy Applications (HYENA) CEO Niels Luchters. “Hydrogen and fuel cells provide a reliable energy source,... 

An image depicting Dr Jack Fletcher and Niels Luchters analysing and discussing plans in an office space
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DR JACK FLETCHER & NIELS LUCHTERS HYENA’s POWER POD is a diesel generator replacement and is currently being developed as a prototype

Sasol drops plan to invest in pipeline in favour of LNG imports

By: Bloomberg     13th April 2022 Sasol will no longer consider gas supply from a planned pipeline stretching from fields in northern Mozambique to its South African operations because it doesn’t want to get stuck with the infrastructure as the world shifts away from fossil fuels, CEO Fleetwood Grobler said. The company, South... 

Renergen to start hot commissioning at Virginia project next week

By: Simone Liedtke     12th April 2022 Emerging integrated energy producer Renergen will start hot commissioning of various utility systems at its Virginia gas project, in South Africa’s Free State, starting with air and nitrogen, next week. On April 12, the company said this would enable the flushing of some of the process plant... 

Sonangol awards ten blocks for production, exploration

By: Donna Slater     11th April 2022 Angolan State-owned petroleum and natural gas producer Sonangol has performed an evaluation of submitted proposals for the partial sale of its participating interests in Blocks 3/05, 4/05, 5/06, 15/06, 18, 23, 27 and 31, following a public tender. As such, Sonangol has selected and certified ten... 

Retaining refining capacity could pose long-term risks for South Africa

By: Darren Parker     8th April 2022 South Africa’s oil refining capacity has always been rather small when considered on a global scale, but there was some sense of national pride and of security in knowing that the country could deliver – even if most of the crude input had to be imported. While local refineries were never able to... 

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Renergen’s share price rises on CEF’s R1bn investment in the Virginia gas project 

By: Simone Liedtke     28th March 2022 The JSE share price of emerging integrated energy producer Renergen rose by more than 10% on March 28 after the company announced that the State-owned Central Energy Fund (CEF) would acquire a 10% interest in its Tetra4 subsidiary for R1-billion. The transaction remains subject to various... 

Renergen’s share price rises on CEF’s R1bn investment in the Virginia gas project

Ivanhoe invests initial R200m in Renergen to secure clean energy for Platreef 

By: Simone Liedtke     14th March 2022 Canadian miner Ivanhoe Mines has invested R200.6-million ($13.3-million) in South African natural gas and helium producer Renergen by buying more than 5.6-million Renergen shares, at R35.625 a share. The placement is within the company’s existing pre-approved placement capacity, and means that... 

Pic of Renergen's Virginia gas project, in South Africa's Free State.
Pictured is Renergen's Virginia gas project, in South Africa's Free State.

M&R to assess European LNG terminal opportunities on a case-by-case basis 

By: Terence Creamer     3rd March 2022 Engineering and contracting group Murray & Roberts (M&R) says it will assess liquefied natural gas (LNG) infrastructure opportunities emerging in Europe as part of a strategic effort in that territory to reduce reliance on Russian gas imports following Russia’s recent invasion of Ukraine. Germany... 

M&R CEO Henry Laas
M&R CEO Henry Laas

Mantashe says Eskom to seek permission for coal-to-gas switch at some old stations  

By: Terence Creamer     25th February 2022 Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe says he expects Eskom to make an application soon for a Section 34 determination to facilitate gas-to-power generation at some of the coal power stations that the utility aims to repower and repurpose as part of its unfolding just energy... 

Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe
Photo by Creamer Media Chief Photographer Donna Slater
Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe

Sasol signs LNG term sheet as it prepares for R20bn-plus coal-to-gas switch at Secunda  

By: Terence Creamer     21st February 2022 Energy and chemicals group Sasol has approved development funds for the first phase of a project that is designed to increase the Secunda complex’s ability to use gas instead of coal to produce fuel and chemicals. The fuel switch is central to Sasol’s initial commitment to reducing its greenhouse... 

Sasol CEO Fleetwood Grobler
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Sasol CEO Fleetwood Grobler

Global Energy Association receiving more nominations from developing countries

By: Schalk Burger     9th February 2022 Energy research and projects organisation the Global Energy Association has seen a sharp rise in the number of countries represented by candidates for the yearly Global Energy Prize. The association hopes to expand its international representation, as developing countries are playing an... 

DMRE’s gas ambitions opposed by activists

By: Darren Parker     7th February 2022 Nonprofit shareholder activism and responsible investment organisation Just Share has questioned the wisdom of pursuing a natural gas strategy in South Africa. The organisation has made several technological and economical arguments opposing the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy’s... 

Hybrid energy systems needed to transition Africa away from coal  

By: Darren Parker     4th February 2022 A combination of renewables, storage and flexible gas are needed to create a stable and resilient energy system that provides a reliable source of electricity while transitioning away from carbon-intensive coal-fired power, marine and energy technology company Wärtsilä Energy Europe and Africa VP... 

A rendering of a hybrid energy solution
Wärtsilä’s hybrid power plants combine flexible engine power plants and energy storage, easily integratable with renewable assets

Policies drive gas interest

By: Halima Frost     4th February 2022 The regulatory environment for environmental policies and decreasing emissions is a key driver when a boiler owner decides to convert to using natural gas as a fuel source, says natural gas supplier Egoli Gas MD Vishal Pooran. “Natural gas-fuelled boiler studies have shown an overwhelmingly... 

A large gas fueled boiler inside a building used in industrial applications
GOING GAS The amount of companies moving to gas fueled burners owing to an increased interest in going green has grown substantially

Renergen inks LNG supply deal with Italtile subsidiary

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd February 2022 Natural gas and helium producer Renergen has concluded a liquefied natural gas (LNG) supply agreement with Italtile subsidiary Ceramic Industries. Supply will start in the first quarter of this year, from Phase 1 operations at Renergen’s Virginia gas plant, in the Free State. 

DMRE extends comment deadline for Gas Masterplan base case report

By: Creamer Media Reporter      1st February 2022 The Department of Minerals Resources and Energy (DMRE) has extended the deadline for public comment on the Gas Masterplan base case report to February 15. The report was published for public comment on December 14, with the deadline for comment initially set at January 31. 

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
Photo by Bloomberg
Nigerian VP Yemi Osinbajo

US to become largest LNG exporter, China largest importer in 2022 – IHS Markit

By: Schalk Burger     6th January 2022 The US will become the world's top exporter and China the top importer of liquefied natural gas (LNG) in 2022, says NYSE-listed market research and analysis company IHS Markit in its 'LNG Trade in 2021: Runaway Recovery'  report. The report finds that the US, which was the third-largest LNG... 

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