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Liquified Natural Gas News

Privatisation slowly becoming reality

By: Tracy Hancock     20th March 2020 The type of participants attending this year’s Power & Electricity World Africa & The Solar Show are proof that Africa seeks to become less reliant on governments for its electricity supply, says event organiser Terrapinn Power & Electricity World Africa conference producer Caroline Mubima.... 

Nigeria’s immense gas reserves offer great scope to boost economic growth

By: Kim Cloete     3rd March 2020 Nigeria is hoping to make the most of its immense gas reserves, but needs to refine its legislation and get its projects moving swiftly.  Professor Abubakar Sani Sambo from the Nigerian Ministerial Task Force on Power said Nigeria had the ninth largest gas reserves in the world and was number one... 

Companies urged to gear up for gas revolution in Mozambique

By: Kim Cloete     3rd March 2020 Key players in the gas industry have urged the South African government and companies to gear up for the tremendous opportunities that the gas resources uncovered in Mozambique will offer.  A final investment decision (FID) has been taken for two projects, while the FID for a third project is... 

Natural gas has potential to change energy sector dynamics 

By: Kim Cloete     2nd March 2020 The South African Gas Development Company, also known as iGas, says the dynamics for liquefied natural gas (LNG) are in South Africa’s favour, with LNG prices at the lowest point in real terms since the history of the trade and more projects coming on stream. “LNG has a versatile delivery system.... 

Natural gas has potential to change energy sector dynamics

New energy paradigm can drive Africa’s development

By: Schalk Burger     21st February 2020 Africa can meet its major sustainable energy and development goals without becoming more energy intensive, as it has a unique opportunity to use renewable energy, natural gas and energy efficiency to meet its development needs and provide reliable and modern energy services. This is the... 

New energy paradigm can drive Africa’s development

Mantashe says Ministerial Determinations needed to unlock IRP 2019 are finalised and await Nersa’s concurrence 

By: Terence Creamer     19th February 2020 Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe announced on Wednesday that the Section 34 Ministerial Determinations required to give effect to the Integrated Resource Plan 2019 had been finalised and were currently serving before the National Energy Regulator of South Africa in order to... 

Mantashe says Ministerial Determinations needed to unlock IRP 2019 are finalised and await Nersa’s concurrence
Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe

GE’s gas power unit makes emergency-power submissions to DMRE 

By: Terence Creamer     13th February 2020 The newly created gas power unit of General Electric (GE) has confirmed that it has made both direct and indirect submissions to the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) in response to a request for information (RFI) issued in December for 3 000 MW of emergency electricity solutions... 

GE’s gas power unit makes emergency-power submissions to DMRE
An example of a GE trailer-mounted mobile gas-powered solution than can be deployed as an emergency solution

Consortium makes Richards Bay gas-to-power proposal in response to DMRE’s call for emergency solutions  

By: Terence Creamer     7th February 2020 A black-empowered consortium that includes companies with extensive gas-to-power experience has made a formal submission to the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) in which plans for power generation plants capable of adding between 300 MW and 3 300 MW to South Africa’s grid within... 

Consortium makes Richards Bay gas-to-power proposal in response to DMRE’s call for emergency solutions
The proposed site of the Mhlathuze Energy project

Renergen’s Tetra4 inks LNG supply contract

By: Simone Liedtke     7th February 2020 Emerging domestic natural gas and helium producer Renergen’s subsidiary, Tetra4, has secured an agreement with Bulk Hauliers International Transport (BHIT) for the supply of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the Virginia gas project, in the Free State. The LNG will be used to fuel about 50 of... 

Turkey's Karpowership looks to plug South African power gap 

By: Reuters     4th February 2020 Turkey's Karpowership, one of the world's largest powership firms, has submitted a plan to South Africa to provide "several" ships capable of plugging a severe power shortage in the country, a senior company official said on Tuesday. South Africa's State-owned power utility Eskom has regularly... 

Virginia project’s appraisal programme to spud ahead of schedule – Renergen

By: Simone Liedtke     21st January 2020 Emerging domestic natural gas and helium producer Renergen expects the appraisal programme for its Virginia gas project, in the Free State, to spud ahead of schedule during the first week of February. The dual-listed company also advised that the first planned incline in Phase 1’s development had... 

Virginia project’s appraisal programme to spud ahead of schedule – Renergen
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
The drill site at Renergen's Virginia gas project

Renergen’s Free State project shows ‘game changing’ potential for domestic power

By: Simone Liedtke     17th December 2019 Drilling at emerging natural gas and helium producer Renergen’s Virginia project, in the Free State, has progressed through the Karoo Supergroup and successfully intersected gas-charged sandstones and fractures, as was previously expected, the company reported on Monday. The gas was intersected... 

Renergen’s Free State project shows ‘game changing’ potential for domestic power
CEO Stefano Marani

Project aims to create Africa’s helium hub 

By: Simone Liedtke     13th December 2019 Emerging natural gas producer Renergen marked the start of the pipeline construction at its flagship Virginia gas project, in the Free State, with a sod-turning ceremony, last month. Liquefied natural gas (LNG) and liquid helium production is expected by 2021, when Phase 1 of the project is... 

Project aims to create Africa’s helium hub
Renergen CEO Stefano Marani speaks to Engineering News about the company’s flagship Virginia gas project, and what this milestone means for the company

Company appointed as EPC contractor for Virginia gas project

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     13th December 2019 Engineering consultant EPCM Bonisana, a subsidiary of EPCM Holdings, has been appointed as the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor for emerging liquefied natural gas (LNG) and helium producer Renergen’s Virginia gas project, in South Africa.  EPCM Bonisana is responsible... 

Renergen strikes first gas at flagship Virginia project 

By: Simone Liedtke     2nd December 2019 Emerging domestic natural gas and helium producer Renergen over the weekend recorded short-term venting of pressurised gas in the drilling mud while still in the Karoo Formation, prior to intersecting the targeted sandstone deposit at its Virgina gas project. Drilling out of the casing shoe... 

Renergen strikes first gas at flagship Virginia project
Photo by Creamer Media's Dylan Slater
The drill site at Renergen's Virginia gas project, in the Free State

Total, Gigajoule deal brings $350m Maputo LNG import terminal a step closer

By: Terence Creamer     27th November 2019 International oil major Total and Southern African gas infrastructure developer Gigajoule signed a joint development agreement (JDA) on Wednesday for the importation of liquified natural gas (LNG), through the Matola harbour, in Maputo, Mozambique, from the end of 2022 onwards. The import project... 

 Total, Gigajoule deal brings $350m Maputo LNG import terminal a step closer
Photo by Gigajoule
An artist impression of an LNG vessel with Maputo's Katembe bridge in the background

Total’s Mozambique LNG project gets $400m loan from AfDB

By: Bloomberg     26th November 2019 Total SA’s giant Mozambique gas project will get a $400-million loan from the African Development Bank (AfDB), adding to its list of backers as the East African nation works to establish a fuel-export industry. The AfDB joins a global syndicate of commercial banks, development finance... 

Renergen breaks ground at flagship gas project 

By: Simone Liedtke     26th November 2019 Emerging natural gas producer Renergen on Tuesday marked the start of the pipeline construction at its flagship Virginia gas project, in the Free State. Phase 1 of the Virginia project is expected to start producing liquefied natural gas (LNG) and liquid helium by 2021. This will be followed by... 

Renergen breaks ground at flagship gas project
Photo by Creamer Media's Dylan Slater
(Left to right) Renergen CEO Stefano Marani, DMRE technical support chief director Xolile Mbonambi, Petroleum Agency South Africa acting CEO Lindiwe Mekwe, Renergen CFO Fulu Ravele and Renergen COO Nick Mitchell at the groundbreaking event at the Virginia gas project

Moz needs stronger governance, institutional framework, says IMF

By: Marleny Arnoldi     22nd November 2019 As substantial investments to explore Mozambique’s vast natural gas reserves begin in earnest next year, the country is poised to become a significant exporter of liquefied natural gas (LNG). “LNG can be a game changer for economic transformation, development and inclusive growth, potentially... 

Planets aligning for SA firms as huge Mozambique gas projects get moving

By: Terence Creamer     22nd November 2019 South Africans have yet to grasp both the scale of the gas resources uncovered in neighbouring Mozambique and the size of the business and energy opportunities these discoveries present. With yet more exploration rounds to come, some 150-trillion cubic feet (Tcf) of gas has already been... 

Planets aligning for SA firms as huge Mozambique gas projects get moving

South Africa must consider psychological, trade impact of Mozambique LNG projects

By: Simone Liedtke     21st November 2019 Mozambique is likely on the brink of an economic breakthrough, owing to significant volumes of gas becoming available in the region as the liquefied natural gas (LNG) export projects in northern Mozambique come on line, says Standard Bank oil and gas head for southern Africa Paul Eardley-Taylor. 

Renergen approved for secondary listing on A2X

By: Simone Liedtke     20th November 2019 Emerging helium and domestic natural gas producer Renergen has been approved for a secondary listing on the A2X market, in South Africa. Renergen’s listing on the A2X will be effective November 27. 

Renergen’s Virginia project could place SA on helium export map 

14th November 2019 Emerging natural gas producer Renergen’s Virginia gas project, in the Free State, has the potential to position South Africa as a prominent player in the helium market, making it the eighth country in the world to export helium. Simone Liedtke chats to Renergen about what the project is all about. 

Renergen’s Virginia project could place SA on helium export map
Renergen’s Virginia project could place SA on helium export map

Investment case for LNG imports into South Africa to be completed by year-end  

By: Terence Creamer     11th November 2019 State-owned logistics group Transnet says the investment case for the import of liquefied natural gas (LNG) into South Africa will be completed by year-end and that the solution will be aligned with the anticipated drop-off in gas imports from Mozambique from 2023 onwards. The study is being... 

Investment case for LNG imports into South Africa to be completed by year-end
State-owned logistics group Transnet says the investment case for the import of liquefied natural gas into South Africa will be completed by year-end, Transnet chief business development officer Gert de Beer says. Camera Work: Kutlwano Matlala. Editing: Nicholas Boyd. 11.11.2019

Western Cape government to drive gas agenda 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th November 2019 The Western Cape government has completed a comprehensive study to assess the feasibility of importing liquefied natural gas (LNG) through Saldanha Bay and developing gas storage, transmission and distribution infrastructure along the West Coast corridor. The study confirms that the Western... 

US encourages African countries to import its LNG

By: Kim Cloete     6th November 2019 The US is encouraging African countries to consider importing its abundant supplies of liquefied natural gas (LNG), as it expects its production to more than double within the next few years. US Department of Energy assistant secretary Steven Winberg this week said African countries should... 

Notable Pioneer could increase shareholding in Renergen to 24.8%

By: Simone Liedtke     6th November 2019 Emerging domestic liquefied natural gas (LNG) and helium producer Renergen’s largest shareholder Tamryn Investment Holdings has agreed to sell up to 20-million of the 34-million shares it holds in Renergen to private company Notable Pioneer. The call option expires on February 5, 2020. 

Notable Pioneer could increase shareholding in Renergen to 24.8%
Renergen CEO Stefano Marani

Mantashe calls for more investment in South Africa's gas industry 

By: Kim Cloete     5th November 2019 Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe has urged foreign investors to invest in South Africa’s first liquefied natural gas hub, in the Coega Industrial Development Zone, in the Eastern Cape. Mantashe made a firm plea to investors during the opening of Africa Oil Week, in Cape Town,... 

Mantashe calls for more investment in South Africa's gas industry
Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe

Call for greater urgency as South Africa approaches gas ‘supply cliff’ 

By: Terence Creamer     4th November 2019 South Africa is being urged to accelerate its response to a looming natural gas “supply cliff”, which could arise in the coming four to five years unless alternative sources of supply are found to offset “tapering” imports from southern Mozambique. South Africa remains highly dependent on Sasol’s... 

Call for greater urgency as South Africa approaches gas ‘supply cliff’
South Africa remains highly dependent on Sasol’s Pande and Temane production areas

Renergen reaches final milestone in ramp-up to construction at flagship project

By: Simone Liedtke     28th October 2019 Emerging domestic natural gas and helium producer Renergen has reached its final milestone, before construction starts on its flagship Virginia gas project, in the Free State. The milestone sees the company awarding equipment supplier Western Shell Cryogenic Equipment (WSCE) a contract to supply... 

Renergen completes commissioning of second CNG filling station 

By: Simone Liedtke     21st October 2019 Emerging natural gas and helium producer Renergen has completed the commissioning of its second compressed natural gas (CNG) filling station, in Johannesburg. The filling station will begin supplying CNG to Black Knight Logistics for a fleet of about 15 trucks, starting this month. 

Renergen completes commissioning of second CNG filling station
Renergen's second compressed natural gas filling station, in Johannesburg

Total to supply LNG as marine fuel from 2020

By: Marleny Arnoldi     18th October 2019 Global energy company Total expects delivery in 2020 of its first large liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunker vessel. The bunker vessel will supply LNG to commercial vessels in northern Europe, including 300 000 t/y for French container transportation and shipping company CMA CGM for at least ten... 

Renergen's Virginia project could position South Africa as prominent player in helium market 

By: Simone Liedtke     17th October 2019 Emerging natural gas producer Renergen's Virginia gas project, in the Free State, has the potential to position South Africa as a prominent player in the helium market. As a result, South Africa could become the eighth country in the world to export helium. The project also marks the construction... 

Renergen's Virginia project could position South Africa as prominent player in helium market

Renergen ‘making good progress’ with drilling at Virginia gas project

By: Simone Liedtke     16th October 2019 Emerging natural gas and helium producer Renergen, which is headed up by CEO Stefano Marani, has confirmed that drilling at its Virginia gas project, in South Africa, is on schedule and “making good progress”. The project’s drilling contractor Bohrmeister Technik has partially completed the... 

Senegal delays oil licensing round by a month

By: Reuters     9th October 2019 Senegal has delayed the launch of an oil and gas licensing round due on Wednesday until Nov. 4 as contract documents still need to be finalised, oil minister Mahamadou Makhtar Cisse said. "We need to ensure the legal framework for investors," he told Reuters on the sidelines of an oil and power... 

Small ships are next big thing for this $150bn market

By: Bloomberg     9th October 2019 Giant ocean-going tankers built the liquefied natural gas (LNG) industry into a $150-billion-a-year business. The next expansion opportunity may come from ships a seventh of the normal size. Fifty-five years after the first commercial LNG tanker sailed from Algeria, this segment of the gas... 

Exxon awards contract for Africa’s biggest-ever private project

By: Bloomberg     8th October 2019 Exxon Mobil awarded a JGC Corp-led group a contract to develop its Mozambique liquefied natural gas (LNG) project, which is set to be the biggest ever private investment in Africa. JGC will be joined by Fluor and TechnipFMC to develop the Rovuma LNG project, Exxon senior VP for LNG Peter Clarke... 

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