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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... 

Transnet chief business development officer Gert de Beer
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. 

Renergen CEO Stefano Marani
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,... 

Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe
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... 

South Africa remains highly dependent on Sasol’s Pande and Temane production areas
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's second compressed natural gas filling station, in Johannesburg
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... 

Mozambique says Exxon to approve giant LNG project

By: Bloomberg     7th October 2019 Mozambique’s government said Exxon Mobil Corporation will sign off on an initial investment decision for a liquefied natural gas project that could cost as much as $33-billion to build – the biggest ever in Africa. A ceremony marking the decision will take place October 8 in Maputo, the capital... 

‘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

Vitol and Mozambique's State oil firm form trading joint venture

By: Reuters     17th September 2019 Global energy trader Vitol and Mozambique's state oil firm, ENH, have launched a trading joint venture called ENH Energy Trading, Vitol said on Tuesday, to focus on liquefied natural gas (LNG), liquefied petroleum gas and condensate. The new entity will be incorporated and based in Singapore. 

New vaporising regulator increases accuracy and reliability

6th September 2019 Automation and control solutions provider Emerson Electric has introduced the first vaporising pressure reducing regulator for gas chromatograph analysers. The new TESCOM44-6800 Series Vaporising Regulator offers the option to separate the regulator body from the electronic enclosure, without... 

CONTROL FREAK
The series of controllers ensure optimal performance and safety in locations rated as hazardous
CONTROL FREAK The series of controllers ensure optimal performance and safety in locations rated as hazardous

Virginia project to stimulate local gas economy

By: Cameron Mackay     30th August 2019 Alternative fuels investment firm Renergen’s Tetra4 Virginia natural gas project, in the Free State, will produce liquefied natural gas (LNG) in 2021, with a Phase 2 expansion being planned. Tetra4 is a natural gas and helium company, which Renergen acquired 90% of in December 2015. 

DOMINO EFFECT

Once the plant is built and producing commercially, it will inspire confidence for other project developers to bring similar projects on line
DOMINO EFFECT Once the plant is built and producing commercially, it will inspire confidence for other project developers to bring similar projects on line

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

M&R order book nears R60bn with another R10bn added since July 

By: Terence Creamer     29th August 2019 Engineering and construction group Murray & Roberts (M&R) has added a further R10-billion to its order book, which stood at R46.8-billion at the end of July, and CEO Henry Laas believes the backlog could rise even further in the months ahead. At the end of July 2018, the group’s order book stood... 

M&R CEO Henry Laas
Photo by Creamer Media
M&R CEO Henry Laas

US Exim Bank seeks vote on $5bn loan to Mozambique LNG project

By: Reuters     23rd August 2019 The US Export-Import (Exim) Bank said on Thursday its board intends to vote on a $5-billion direct loan for the development of a liquefied natural gas (LNG) project in Mozambique, the bank's biggest export financing deal in years. The government export lender said it has notified the US Congress... 

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

RBR starts training prospective workers for Mozambique LNG projects

By: Simone Liedtke     14th August 2019 ASX-listed RBR Group has started training prospective workers for jobs that will become available at Mozambique’s emerging liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects. As part of its strategy to asses, train and provide workers for the LNG projects, the labour and training specialist has opened a... 

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... 

Policy certainty to create investment and opportunity

By: Theresa Bhowan     2nd August 2019 The Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act (MPRDA) Amendment Bill, which was expected to be presented before Cabinet will now, as requested by the industry, be separately presented as the Petroleum Development Bill and should, if the final terms are commercially attractive, encourage... 

NIALL KRAMER
South Africa has the potential to be the next big frontier in oil and gas
NIALL KRAMER South Africa has the potential to be the next big frontier in oil and 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

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

Total, Benin sign gas supply agreement for LNG

By: Simone Liedtke     25th July 2019 Petrochemicals company Total, the Republic of Benin and Société Béninoise d’Energie Electrique have signed a gas supply agreement and a host government agreement for the development of a liquefied natural gas (LNG) import floating terminal and the supply of up to 500 000 t/y of regasified LNG... 

Total, Benin sign gas supply agreement for LNG

South African firms invited to join exposure tour of Mozambique’s ‘game changing’ gas projects

By: Terence Creamer     22nd July 2019 Market and project intelligence firm Africa House will lead a group visit of South African companies to Mozambique in August to explore the business opportunities that will arise from the development of three multibillion-dollar gas projects in the far-flung northern provinces of the Southern... 

South African firms invited to join exposure tour of Mozambique’s ‘game changing’ gas projects

Renergen dual listing to provide benefit of Australian research, understanding 

By: Simone Liedtke     10th June 2019 Emerging liquid helium and liquid natural gas (LNG) producer Renergen’s recent listing on the ASX will benefit the company by giving it access to Australian research and industry understanding, CEO Stefano Marani tells Engineering News Online. Renergen, which is also listed on the JSE’s AltX,... 

Renergen CEO Stefano Marani
Renergen CEO Stefani Marani discusses the company’s recent ASX-listing and the company’s Virginia gas project with Engineering News Online. Video & Editing: Creamer Media’s Darlene Creamer 10.6.2019
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