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Senegal seeks energy partners

28th September 2001 SENEGAL – Potential strategic partners in Senegal’s electricity company, Senelec, presented their offers to the Senegalese government two weeks ago. 

Senegal seeks energy partner

28th September 2001 SENEGAL – Potential strategic partners with Senegal's electricity company, Senelec, presented their offers to the Senegalese government two weeks ago. 

New board precursor to State oil merger

28th September 2001 The Department of Minerals and Energy (DME) has started recruiting a new board for the Central Energy Fund (CEF), which will come into existence when exploration and oil and gas production companies Soekor and Mossgas have merged to form a new South African oil company – dubbed Petro SA. 

Natref to reopen next month

27th September 2001 South African synthetic fuel producer Sasol’s 95 000 barrels per day (bpd) capacity Natref oil refinery will reopen for production in the first week of October, company officials said. 

Nuclear ships and bread rolls

By: Kelvin Kemm     21st September 2001 There has been some fuss around the request for the American nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, the USS Enterprise, to visit Cape Town. 

Development of renewable energy

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     21st September 2001 This column is about the above, but before we get into the topic per se, I would like to tell a true tale from the crypt. 

SA oil group in Zambia push

21st September 2001 South African oil marketing company Engen has pledged continued investment in Zambia with initial capital investment of K7-billion (US$1=K 3660) on the opening of its first service station in Lusaka last month. 

MK Mohlala, City Power

14th September 2001 MK Mohlala City Power Leader of 3 000 

Contractor licks chops at Nigeria prospects

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     14th September 2001 Construction and engineering giant Murray & Roberts (M&R) is eyeing multimillion-rand projects in the West African country of Nigeria, where the seaports are being privatised and substantial offshore oil and gas development is taking place. 

US oil group in West African deals

11th September 2001 US Phillips Petroleum Corporation said it has joined with the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation and the Nigerian government to study the possibility of liquefied natural gas (LNG) production in Nigeria. 

Oil firms move to end flaring in Nigeria

10th September 2001 With two multinational oil companies teaming up with the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to set up another liquefied natural gas (LNG) project, the federal government has issued fresh directives to oil firms to end gas flaring in their oil installations by the year 2008. 

Industry, ecology and development

By: Terence Creamer     7th September 2001 A few weeks ago, the Economist dedicated three pages to an article by Danish statistician Bjorn Lomborg entitled ‘The truth about the environment’. 

Some promising results from oil, gas search

7th September 2001 Licensing of prospective oil and gas exploration areas by Petroleum Agency South Africa (Pasa) has seen many international firms becoming involved in various levels of exploration off the coast of South Africa, spanning from the Orange river, on the West coast, all the way around to the... 

UK, SA defence technology deal

By: Keith Campbell     7th September 2001 BRITAIN and South Africa are to co-operate in the commercialisation of defence technology, with a formal agreement to be signed on September 11. 

Klamflex

7th September 2001 Klamflex specialises in the manufacture of flexible pipe couplings and flange adaptors. 

Exporting our birthright II

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     31st August 2001 Last week I wrote about how Eskom is selling of power generated in this country, using our non-renewable reserves, to organisations (specifically Mozal, in Mozambique) so that they can make a profit. I wrote how this seemed of very little benefit to this fair land. 

Flying high with perception

By: Kelvin Kemm     31st August 2001 Statistics and risk is a highly complex mathematical subject but, unfortunately, it is often distorted by people who think that they are statisticians, because they can add three numbers and divide by three. 

Awareness key to fighting energy waste

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     31st August 2001 The Canadian-funded Southern African Development Community Industrial Energy Management Project (SIEMP) has identified lack of awareness as the main barrier to industrial energy efficiency in Southern Africa. 

Fresh moves to pump up oil industry empowerment

By: Irma Venter     31st August 2001 South Africa’s petroleum industry last week moved a step closer to the target as set in the Liquid Fuels Charter in November last year, whereby empowerment groups should own 25% of equity in operating assets of South African oil companies in ten years. 

Work starts on $3bn Angola oil platform

30th August 2001 Italian energy giant Eni has started work on a $3-billion offshore Angola deepwater oil plant, in which it has a 20% stake. 

Wind-farm, Western Cape

29th August 2001 State utility Eskom has requested expressions of interest from companies which wish to partner it in one of South Africa's first wind-farm projects. 

Kudos for M'bique aluminium project

24th August 2001 The 253 000 t/y Mozal I aluminium smelter, on the outskirts of Maputo, in Mozambique, has won the Project Management Institute of South Africa's (PMISA's) Project Management Excellence Award for 2001. 

Ghana leads in energy efficiency

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     24th August 2001 Ghana, best known as the first sub-Saharan African country to extricate itself from the shackles of colonialism, has scored another African first in a field the continent can ill-afford to ignore – energy efficiency. 

Keith Lennox, Energy Measurements

24th August 2001 Keith Lennox Energy Measurements Leader of 200 

The benefits of efficient energy use highlighted

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     24th August 2001 A two-day seminar on energy efficiency, held in Cape Town this month by the International Institute for Energy Conservation (IIEC), heard how the efficient use of energy can help save money and increase shareholder value, contribute to sustainable development and aid in the global effort to... 

Can SA avoid becoming the next California?

24th August 2001 Is South Africa, with its energy sector that is set to undergo significant restructuring in the near future, in danger of experiencing a power crisis, as is being experienced in California, US? 

Can SA avoid becoming the next California?

24th August 2001 Is South Africa, with its energy sector that is set to undergo significant restructuring in the near future, in danger of experiencing a power crisis, as is being experienced in California, in the US? 

Smokeless fuel project for Africa

23rd August 2001 An official of Royal Dutch/Shell has reported that the company is studying the possibility of making a smokeless energy brick for cooking in African villages to reduce firewood consumption. 

Mineworkers, women take big position in energy major

22nd August 2001 The Mineworkers’ Investment Company (MIC) and WDB Investment Holdings (WDBIH) are to take an equity stake in BP’s South African operations giving them an immediate three seats on the board of BP Southern Africa and 25% shareholder voting rights. 

Energy efficiency ideas rewarded

17th August 2001 National power utility Eskom is recognising innovative ideas in the field of electricity efficiency through the eta awards. 

SA utility bids Uganda hydropower contract

17th August 2001 National power utility Eskom’s unregulated arm, Eskom Enterprises, and five other companies which are eyeing the build-own-operate (BOO) contract for two mini hydro-electric power stations in north-western Uganda will be asked to submit technical bids within the next three months, Uganda... 

Big fuels research push by petrochem giant

17th August 2001 Research and development (R&D) in the fuels area remains a top priority for local petrochemicals giant Sasol through its Sasol Oil operating division. 

$2,5-billion Algerian gas project finalised

13th August 2001 Algerian State oil and gas company Sonatrach and BP have finalised a deal for the development of the $2,5-billion In Salah gas project, officials at the two companies have revealed. 

SA in Malawi power management

10th August 2001 MALAWI - The Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom), has awarded Eskom Enterprises a two-year management-support contract. 

SA taps into R8bn Nigeria power project

27th July 2001 Some of the larger South African suppliers to the power generation sector have missed out on significant export opportunities and multimillion-rand contracts with oil-rich, but power-starved Nigeria. 

Enviro accolade for lube-blend plant

27th July 2001 Petroleum company Total South Africa continues to expand and upgrade its Island View blend plant, in Durban, Kwazulu-Natal. 

There's power in wave power

20th July 2001 Eskom shouldn’t build experimental wind farms, build some real working ones! 

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