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Liquified Natural Gas News

Renergen, Argonon agreement to potentially establish helium spot market 

By: Simone Liedtke     17th October 2021 South African natural gas and helium producer Renergen has inked a helium forward sale agreement with helium trading company Argonon Helium US for 100 000 units over 19 years, with each unit representing a thousand standard cubic feet (mcf) of helium at 99.999% purity and in liquid form. Argonon... 

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

Sasol triples 2030 decarbonisation target, makes net-zero by 2050 pledge 

By: Terence Creamer     22nd September 2021 Chemicals and energy group Sasol has announced a material acceleration of its decarbonisation plans, confirming that it will reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 30% by 2030 rather than by the much-criticised 10% level to which it initially committed. CEO Fleetwood Grobler has also pledged... 

Sasol CEO Fleetwood Grobler
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Sasol CEO Fleetwood Grobler

DNG, Masana partner to make LNG in transport a reality

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th September 2021 Alternative fuel company DNG Energy’s petroleum division and energy company Masana Petroleum Solutions will test the feasibility of making liquefied natural gas (LNG) available to South Africa’s transport industry. The partnership comes as the world is seeking cheaper alternatives to... 

LNG tanks in South Korea
Photo by Bloomberg
LNG tanks in South Korea

Refrigeration system to cut energy costs available

By: Halima Frost     17th September 2021 With South African retailers looking for ways of recovering from the latest lockdown, as well as the looting and vandalism, an opportunity to decrease costs on the system that comprises the bulk of their energy spend, which is refrigeration, has arisen. “All food retailers rely on refrigeration... 

A large solar installation on a clients roof installed by EP Refrigeration, which is grid-tied and decreases the clients reliance on grid power
LIGHT WORK Adding a solar installation to a company's refrigeration unit deceases the cost of running the unit off grid power alone

Global citrus demand increases refrigeration demand

By: Halima Frost     17th September 2021 A global increase in demand for South African-grown citrus, as well as more export regulations, has resulted in a substantial increase in demand for refrigeration capacity, says local refrigeration manufacturer EP Refrigeration business development head Dawie Kriel. “We not only need to add... 

A roof top refrigeration system installed by EP Refrigeration at a produce packing house
FRUITFUL SERVICES An increased need for refrigerated storage and transport capacity in the citrus sector is being addressed by EP Refrigeration

DNG Energy, Imperial join forces to test feasibility of LNG as diesel alternative 

By: Simone Liedtke     8th September 2021 South African liquefied natural gas (LNG) supplier DNG Energy and JSE-listed Imperial Logistics have joined forces to test the feasibility of using LNG as an alternative to diesel in a pilot that will proactively respond to the drive towards a net-zero carbon transport sector in South Africa. The... 

TotalEnergies' Mozambique LNG project may resume within 18 months, says AfDB

By: Reuters     27th August 2021 TotalEnergies' liquefied natural gas (LNG) project in Mozambique could be back on track within the next 18 months after African armies deployed to help quell an insurgency, the president of the African Development Bank (AfDB) said on Friday. The French energy giant declared force majeure on the... 

Hydrogen a suitable greener alternative

By: Nadine Ramdass     27th August 2021 South Africa’s Gas Act defines “gas” as natural gas (CH4) and hydrogen (H2). Hydrogen will, in the future, be a suitable substitute for natural gas to support decarbonisation, says South African Oil and Gas Alliance (SAOGA) Gas Economy Leadership Group chairperson Craig Morkel. However, the... 

An image of South African Oil and Gas Alliance (SAOGA) Gas Economy Leadership Group's chairperson Craig Morkel
CRAIG MORKEL Imported LNG can start developing gas market

Fully developed legislation needed

By: Nadine Ramdass     27th August 2021 The legislation has not caught up with where the gas industry needs it to be, says gas producer Renergen CEO and MD Stefano Marani. Technical aspects that are critical to companies’ decision-making have not yet been addressed, with industries in the gas sector consequently unable to develop to... 

An image of gas extraction at Renergen's Virginia Gas project
GAS EXTRACTION Renergen is the only onshore petroleum rights holder in South Africa

Rare helium supply opportunity unlocked

By: Nadine Ramdass     27th August 2021 While the South African helium market is small, helium is sought after in the international market, which has created a good opportunity for dual-listed helium, liquid natural gas (LNG) and compressed natural gas producer Renergen’s Virginia gas project, in the Free State. Helium is found at a... 

An image of extraction at Renergen's Virginia Gas Project
VIRGINIA GAS PROJECT Average helium found in the Free State is 3.4%

Renergen, Consol Glass ink LNG supply agreement – a ‘South African first’

By: Simone Liedtke     17th August 2021 JSE- and ASX-listed natural gas and helium producer Renergen will, starting in 2022, shortly after the completion of Phase 1 of its Virginia gas project, supply liquefied natural gas (LNG) to glass manufacturer Consol Glass. The supply agreement is a multi-year contract and will carry a price... 

Sasol’s new 2030 and 2050 decarbonisation targets to be ‘substantially higher’ 

By: Terence Creamer     16th August 2021 South Africa’s carbon-heavy fuels and chemicals group Sasol is poised to announce a “substantially higher” target for the reduction of its greenhouse-gas emissions following an intensive period of financial and organisational restructuring during its 2021 financial year. The JSE-listed group took... 

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

Partnership notes first new chemicals success

6th August 2021 The partnership between carbon recycling technology company LanzaTech and multinational chemicals company BASF, who together aim to transform the carbon contained in industrial off-gases into valuable chemicals, has achieved a key first success. The companies announced in May that, with the help... 

An image of a LanzaTech installation capturing off gasses
ON-GASSES A key first success has been achieved by LanzaTech and BASF in using off gasses or emissions for a positive product

Renergen inks multiple conditional helium sales agreements for its Virginia project

By: Simone Liedtke     4th August 2021 Domestic natural gas and helium producer Renergen has inked multiple conditional helium sales agreements from its planned Phase 2 plant at the Free State-based Virginia gas project. Following the company’s maiden sales agreement in April for Phase 2 helium, Renergen has further secured three... 

Other procurement plans not affected by RMIPPPP deadline delay to end Sept – DMRE  

By: Terence Creamer     2nd August 2021 The deadline for projects selected as preferred bids under the Risk Mitigation Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (RMIPPPP) to reach commercial close has been extended to September 30, from an initial deadline of the end of July. However, the Department of Mineral Resources and... 

Photo of Minister Gwede Mantashe
Photo by Creamer Media Chief Photographer Donna Slater
Minister Gwede Mantashe announced the initial end-July commercial-close deadline on March 18

Flexible dual-fuel engines to modernise Flour Mills Nigeria plant

By: Schalk Burger     28th July 2021 Energy and marine equipment manufacturer Wärtsilä will supply fuel-flexible dual-fuel engines to extend, improve and modernise power generation for a captive power plant at Nigeria’s oldest and largest food and agroprocessing company Flour Mills Nigeria. Flour Mills Nigeria’s Lagos-based power... 

An image of the Wärtsilä Fuel-flexible 34DF engine generator that will be installed at Flour Mills Nigeria's premises

IEA report points to growth in global electricity demand this year

By: Donna Slater     15th July 2021 The International Energy Agency (IEA) expects global electricity demand to rebound strongly this year and next. Electricity demand decreased by about 1% in 2020, but is expected to grow by 5% this year and by 4% in 2022, a new IEA report shows.  

Shell expresses concern over RMIPPPP delays as it confirms Karpowership SA partnership  

By: Terence Creamer     13th July 2021 Shell South Africa country chairperson Hloniphizwe Mtolo has confirmed that the energy group is the exclusive supplier of liquified natural gas (LNG) to Karpowership SA, whose three projects, totalling 1 220 MW, were named in March as preferred bidders under government’s Risk Mitigation... 

Photo of Shell South Africa country chairperson Hloniphizwe Mtolo
Shell South Africa country chairperson Hloniphizwe Mtolo

Renergen finds 1.9% helium surprise in P12 at Virginia gas project

By: Simone Liedtke     12th July 2021 Natural gas and helium producer Renergen’s P12 well, which was previously plugged and abandoned, was observed to start flowing gas (at low rates) in the days following rig release. The flow rate has subsequently continued to increase with a current flow rate in excess of 30 000 standard cubic... 

First BioLNG production project considered at French port

By: Simone Liedtke     5th July 2021 French firms EveRé, CMA CGM Group, Elengy and TotalEnergies have joined forces to study the feasibility of creating France’s first production unit for liquefied biomethane (BioLNG), a low-carbon alternative fuel dedicated to the energy transition in the shipping industry EveRé is the operator of... 

New IEA report paints complex picture for future of gas demand 

By: Terence Creamer     5th July 2021 A new International Energy Agency (IEA) report on the outlook for gas presents a complex picture of the fuel’s role in the unfolding energy transition, as well as the outlook for demand. The report forecasts that there will be an immediate 3.5% recovery in demand from the Covid-afflicted 2020... 

New IEA report paints complex picture for future of gas demand

Renergen raises A$10m for Virginia gas project development, exploration 

By: Simone Liedtke     25th June 2021 South African natural gas and helium producer Renergen has successfully raised A$10-million through an equity raise to fund developments at its Virginia gas project, in South Africa’s Free State. The placement was subscribed to by existing and new domestic and international institutions and... 

Renergen raises A$10m for Virginia gas project development, exploration

Renergen halts trading on ASX ahead of capital raise announcement

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd June 2021 Natural gas and helium producer Renergen has halted trading in its securities from June 23 to June 24 on the ASX, pending an announcement of the company entering a capital raise. Renergen is raising the proceeds for the completion of the Phase 2 studies of the Virginia gas project, and building... 

Renergen discovers 1.1% helium concentration at Evander prospect

By: Simone Liedtke     21st June 2021 Natural gas and helium producer Renergen has discovered helium at its Evander exploration rights prospect, with a concentration of 1.1% helium identified in the gas. Evander spans about 52 000 ha, with many abandoned holes drilled for coal and gold exploration. Evander is also conveniently... 

Renergen intersects gas-bearing fracture system at Virginia project

By: Simone Liedtke     18th June 2021 The target gas-bearing fracture system has been intersected close to prognosis at natural gas producers Renergen’s R2D2 well between wells MDR5 and HR1, which are located at the Virginia gas plant, in the Free State. Renergen said on June 18 that gas samples would be collected and sent to the... 

Big oil must work harder to slash Africa emissions, WoodMac says

By: Bloomberg     15th June 2021 Oil majors need to curb emissions in sub-Saharan Africa -- where almost half of their most polluting assets are located -- as investors demand greater efforts to slash carbon output, according to Wood Mackenzie. Crucially, the companies must reduce gas flaring -- the process of burning off gas... 

Gas a bridge for South Africa to become a low-carbon economy

By: Simone Liedtke     8th June 2021 South Africa will need to use gas as a “very solid bridge” to ensure a just and inclusive transition to a low-carbon economy, University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) Business School professor Maurice Radebe has said. The feedstock's acting as a bridge, he explained during a presentation at the... 

Glencore, Novatek sign heads of agreement on LNG supply

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     2nd June 2021 One of global diversified natural resource company Glencore’s affiliates has signed a heads of agreement with Russia-based gas producer Novatek Gas and Power for the long-term supply of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the Arctic LNG 2 project. The agreement establishes the key commercial terms... 

Renergen on ‘much stronger footing’, despite Covid-19 headwinds

By: Simone Liedtke     31st May 2021 With the financial year, ended February 28, having been an “exciting” one for natural gas producer Renergen, the company believes it is on a “much stronger footing” towards becoming a significant helium and liquefied natural gas (LNG) producer, despite headwinds presented by the Covid-19... 

Transnet engages local communities, businesses on Richard Bay port plans

By: Schalk Burger     28th May 2021 State logistics company Transnet on May 28 shared its plan for the strategic industrial Port of Richards Bay with the local mayor, business community and ten traditional leaders in Umhlathuze and the surrounding areas. The port is set to play a core role in Transnet's Natural Gas strategy and... 

Renergen detects gas odour at R2D2 well, drilling progressing

By: Simone Liedtke     10th May 2021 Drilling at natural gas and helium producer Renergen’s R2D2 well has progressed as anticipated, and drilling has been interpreted to be proximal to the target gas-bearing fracture system. The company reports that logging operations are under way in preparation for casing the well and applying for... 

Questions, concerns remain about Karpowership bids 

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd May 2021 Opposition political party, the Democratic Alliance (DA) has called on Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe to provide more insight into the real basis of the Karpowership bids and to explain why the Risk Mitigation Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (RMIPPPP) seems... 

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