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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! 

Energy for the poor

13th July 2001 I was wondering the other day how much it costs in this country if one of the poorest of poor in this country dies. 

Jacob Maroga, Eskom Distribution

6th July 2001 Jacob Maroga Eskom Distribution Leader of 15 424 

Hendrina moves to reduce pollution

6th July 2001 Power utility Eskom has embarked on the second phase of the Hendrina power station particulate emission retrofit programme as part of the national utility’s commitment towards cleaner thermal power. 

Caring about Californians and caribou

29th June 2001 With monotonous regularity, the bunny-huggers spring to the defence of the defenceless. 

Energy-hungry world relooks at nuclear

By: Laura Franz     29th June 2001 The golden age of nuclear energy ended nearly 30 years ago, but its return to favour is on the horizon at a time when energy needs are getting bigger, electricity plants are getting smaller and environmental pressures are getting stronger. 

Top supplier against power generation privatisation

By: Joanne Delaurentis     29th June 2001 The privatisation of Eskom is meeting critical review from unexpected sources. 

$3,5bn Chad–Cameroon oil pipeline takes-off

25th June 2001 Chad and Cameroon are set to receive $600-million in financing from a consortium of private banks and the World Bank for their interstate oil- pipeline project. 

SA oilfield development gets nod from govt

22nd June 2001 State-owned oil exploration and production company Soekor E and P has reported that the Minister of Minerals and Energy, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, has approved the development of the Sable oilfield. 

New technology in ‘1-litre’ solar house

15th June 2001 Recent oil price hikes have again focused the attention on the need for alternative energy sources. Solar energy is one such resource that has increased its share of the energy market considerably over the last few decades. 

Power grid boss has global ambitions

15th June 2001 The transmission division of electricity utility Eskom is determined to become an organisation significant enough to compete in Africa and international markets, despite the transmission of electricity being regarded as a natural monopoly, says Eskom Transmission executive director Dolly Mokgatle. 

New application for ‘solar hose’

By: Irma Venter     15th June 2001 A South African solar water heating company hopes to win a half-a-million rand contract in a neighbouring country for an old product that is proving valuable in a new application. 

Continued effort to enhance status

By: System Author     8th December 2000 Sasol chemicals industries 

Division is set to generate 50% of petrochemical giant’s income

By: System Author     8th December 2000 Sasol chemicals industries 

Final approval granted for R998-million alcohol plant

By: System Author     8th December 2000 Sasol chemicals industries 

Improved performance from four divisions

By: System Author     8th December 2000 Sasol chemicals industries 

Turnover increases by 5%

By: System Author     8th December 2000 Sasol chemicals industries 

R2,5-billion in projects in progress

By: System Author     8th December 2000 Sasol chemicals industries 

Production up from carbon dioxide plant

By: System Author     1st December 2000 A multimillion-rand carbon dioxide plant, which has been erected a third time by Afrox, this time in Sasolburg, Free State, is realising 20% increased production, while implementing new technology that brings it in line with a global trend towards greater automation. 

R1,4-billion acid plant design near completion

By: System Author     24th November 2000 Basic engineering of Sasol Chemical Industries’ R1,43-billion acrylic acid and acrylates complex in Sasolburg, Free State, is nearing completion. 

Seven distributor options for large energy users

By: System Author     17th November 2000 Large energy consumers will be able to choose from a group of seven distributors, including Eskom’s retailing arm, as the electricity distribution industry is restructured over the next few years. 

Petroleum industry’s black- empowerment well-founded

By: System Author     17th November 2000 Five of the six established petroleum companies operating in South Africa have handed confidential documents to Minerals and Energy Minister Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, containing proposals for the black-empowerment of the sector. 

Oil exploration, Tanzania

By: System Author     10th November 2000 Energy Africa Tanzania has signed a farm-in agreement with Dublin International Petroleum, whereby it will participate at a 25% level in a first test well to be drilled on the onshore Mandawa concession in Tanzania this month. 

State pipeline firm eyes Pande

By: System Author     10th November 2000 State-owned pipeline management business Petronet is attempting to become part of the joint venture between the South African government and petrochemical firm Sasol for the development of the long-awaited 900-km-long, natural-gas pipeline from the Pande gasfield, in Mozambique, to Sasol’s... 

Progress and promise with syngas

By: System Author     10th November 2000 Spells it Out 

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