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Emissions roadmap launched

2nd October 2020 Chemicals and energy group Sasol has announced the launch of its 2030 emissions roadmap for its South African operations. “This roadmap details our path to at least 10% reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2030, off a 2017 baseline and was developed taking a long-term view. It places us... 

Financial response plan implemented

2nd October 2020 In the face of the oil price collapse and unprecedented challenges, chemicals and energy group Sasol took immediate steps to implement a comprehensive response plan to stabilise the business in the short term and raise cash of at least $6-billion by the end of financial year 2021 to repay debt,... 

QUICK RESPONDERS Sasol took immediate steps to implement a comprehensive response plan to stabilise the business in the short term
QUICK RESPONDERS Sasol took immediate steps to implement a comprehensive response plan to stabilise the business in the short term

NDT viable in volatile environments

By: Theresa Bhowan     2nd October 2020 Rope access specialist Skyriders provides non-destructive testing (NDT) for a large petrochemicals producer in South Africa. “NDT comprises a number of techniques that enable us to evaluate and test the integrity of a structure, component or system without having to physically damage or take... 

HIGH ROLLER
NDT comprises a number of techniques that enables Skyriders to evaluate and test the integrity of a structure, component or system
HIGH ROLLER NDT comprises a number of techniques that enables Skyriders to evaluate and test the integrity of a structure, component or system

ARA conference to be held virtually next month

By: Simone Liedtke     28th September 2020 Newly appointed executive secretary of the African Refiners and Distributors Association (ARA) Anibor Kragha has called for urgent financing to upgrade oil refineries and associated infrastructure to avoid premature deaths caused by air pollution in developing economies. Speaking ahead of the... 

Transition to green energy needs to happen as soon as possible, says think tank

By: Donna Slater     25th September 2020 The transition from burning fossil fuels and the large-scale emitting of carbon dioxide and other harmful gases to renewable energies needs to happen as quickly as the industry can manage, independent financial think tank Carbon Tracker Initiative founder and executive chairperson Mark Campanale... 

Council for Geoscience starts deep drilling in Karoo basin  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     22nd September 2020 The Council for Geoscience (CGS) on September 21 launched Phase 2 of the Karoo Deep Drilling and Geo-environmental Base Programme (KDD), in Beaufort West. The council, as mandated by the Department of Minerals and Energy, in 2016 initiated the research programme to investigate the resource... 

Council for Geoscience starts deep drilling in Karoo basin

Glencore admits deal to buy South African strategic crude oil reserves was invalid

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th September 2020 The Strategic Fuel Fund (SFF) has reached an in-principle agreement with diversified miner Glencore to reverse the 2015 sale of South Africa's strategic crude oil reserves. Glencore has agreed that the sale of the three-million barrels of oil was invalid, after first challenging the matter with... 

Study points to increased cybersecurity risks for oil and gas companies

By: Schalk Burger     16th September 2020 International oil and gas companies are facing an increased risk of cyber-attacks and will need to change the way they approach risk management to reduce the impact of cyberthreats, a recent master study by Stellenbosch University political scientist Kayla Mc Ewan shows. She says that, by... 

Afrox manages healthy dividend, profit despite lower demand in H1 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th September 2020 Gas supplier African Oxygen (Afrox) has declared a dividend of 38c a share for the six months ended June 30. It also posted earnings before interest and taxes (Ebit) of R336-million and basic earnings a share of 77.8c.  

Afrox manages healthy dividend, profit despite lower demand in H1
Afrox's executives discuss its performance for the six months ended June 30

System available for transformer monitoring

11th September 2020 Pretoria-based industrial technology and solutions provider RTS Africa Technologies (RTS) has recently announced the increased availability of its Gen5 System, developed specifically for transformer oil dissolved gas analysis (DGA) for distribution transformer monitoring.  

REDUCED RISK
H2scan’s Gen5 transformer-specific hydrogen analyser provides real-time DGA
REDUCED RISK H2scan’s Gen5 transformer-specific hydrogen analyser provides real-time DGA

Sasol, Air Liquide enter into sales agreement for ASU business

By: Marleny Arnoldi     10th September 2020 Petrochemicals giant Sasol South Africa has announced that it and Air Liquide have concluded negotiations for the proposed R8.5-billion sale of Sasol’s air separation units (ASUs) at the company’s operations in Secunda and the parties have now entered into a sale of business agreement. Sasol... 

Global trading platform key to unlocking competitiveness of green hydrogen 

By: Terence Creamer     9th September 2020 International cooperation will be key to unlocking the competitive production of green hydrogen as global trade will be required to link those countries, such as South Africa, that are best suited to producing the energy carrier, using a combination of low-cost renewable energy, water and... 

Global trading platform key to unlocking competitiveness of green hydrogen

Sasol gives insight into its automation, digital journey

By: Simone Liedtke     9th September 2020 Implementing a digital transformation strategy is a “must”, rather than an option, and is driven by both external and internal forces, petrochemicals company Sasol Chemicals digital lead Oratile Sematle said on September 8. Speaking during an automation-themed webinar as part of this year’s... 

Sasol gives insight into its automation, digital journey

Sasol seeks carbon-utilisation solutions for South African operations 

By: Terence Creamer     4th September 2020 Energy and chemicals group Sasol has initiated a process through which it aims to identify potential partners for the development and demonstration of technologies that can utilise the carbon dioxide (CO2) produced at its South African operations as part of a broader strategy to lower its... 

Sasol seeks carbon-utilisation solutions for South African operations

Long-term demand structure for petroleum unclear

By: Darren Parker     4th September 2020 It is expected that the Covid-19 pandemic will continue to negatively affect liquid fuels demand in the short term, but whether this represents a long-term structural shift is not yet clear, says South African Petroleum Industry Association (Sapia) executive director Avhapfani Tshifularo. Before... 

NO NEED TO IMPORT
Reduced demand will see South Africa becoming somewhat self-sufficient in terms of fuels production if all refineries are operational
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NO NEED TO IMPORT Reduced demand will see South Africa becoming somewhat self-sufficient in terms of fuels production if all refineries are operational

Heavy equipment demobilised after project completion

4th September 2020 Heavy equipment lifting and transporting company Mammoet recently began demobilising equipment it had deployed at the Dangote Petroleum Refinery and Petrochemical complex in Lekki Free Zone, in Nigeria. The demobilising of the equipment began in July. 

BIG DELIVERIES The components for the refinery project consisted of multiple shipments delivered to the purpose-built Dangote Quay Lekki in Lagos
BIG DELIVERIES The components for the refinery project consisted of multiple shipments delivered to the purpose-built Dangote Quay Lekki in Lagos

New proportioning system ideal for refineries

By: Darren Parker     4th September 2020 Fire-suppression systems developer FireDos launched the third generation (Gen III) of its foam proportioners for fire extinguishing systems globally at the end of last year. The technology has since been made available in South Africa through local partner and distributor DoseTech. The Gen III... 

A NEW GENERATION
The Gen III foam proportioner can handle all types of foam agents, even highly viscous, alcohol-resistant and fluorine-free foam agents
A NEW GENERATION The Gen III foam proportioner can handle all types of foam agents, even highly viscous, alcohol-resistant and fluorine-free foam agents

Renergen completes LNG auction registration process

By: Simone Liedtke     2nd September 2020 Domestic natural gas and helium producer Renergen has completed the registration process for South Africa’s first liquefied natural gas (LNG) auction, with the number of registrations significantly exceeding expectations. The number of registrations demonstrate the inherent demand of the domestic... 

CEO Stefano Marani
CEO Stefano Marani

Petredec forms South African subsidiary after acquiring Jubane, Oilco

By: Marleny Arnoldi     1st September 2020 Liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) trading and shipping company Petredec has launched a subsidiary in South Africa called Petrefuel, after recently acquiring Empangeni-based fuels wholesaler Jubane Petroleum and fuels distributor Oilco last year. Petrefuel will operate alongside Petregaz, which is... 

Petredec group CEO Giles Fearn
Petredec group CEO Giles Fearn

Rig platform vessel arrives in Mossel Bay for gas drilling expedition

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     31st August 2020 Rig platform, the Deepsea Stavanger, arrived in Mossel Bay on August 21 ahead of its deployment to the Outeniqua Basin where it is scheduled to work on the next phase of the Luiperdpadda project. The basin is situated off the coast of Mossel Bay, where energy giant Total discovered gas condensate... 

Deepsea Stavanger
Deepsea Stavanger

Embracing digitalisation amid pandemic

28th August 2020 Over the past few years, member association South African Qualifications and Certification Committee for Gas (SAQCC Gas) has been gearing up to fully adapt to the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR), and the Covid-19 pandemic has not found the organisation unprepared. 

Environment-friendly catalysts reduce emissions

By: Theresa Bhowan     28th August 2020 High-performance catalyst manufacturer Clariant Catalysts has developed the EnviCat N2O catalyst, to remove nitrous oxide (N2O) and nitrogen oxide (NOx) gases almost entirely from the waste gases emitted by industrial plants. 

DR JONATHAN CHETTY 
N2O is a climate-changing gas, with an average life span of 114 years in the earth’s atmosphere
DR JONATHAN CHETTY N2O is a climate-changing gas, with an average life span of 114 years in the earth’s atmosphere

Regional developments expected to ignite South Africa’s gas economy

By: Natasha Odendaal     28th August 2020 There has long been discussions about the development of a gas economy having the potential to help transform the South African landscape and, despite the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, about gas emerging as a game changer both in terms of its role in the country's energy transition and the new... 

Regional developments expected to ignite South Africa’s gas economy

Regulations, pricing a challenge for local LNG uptake

By: Theresa Bhowan     28th August 2020 Despite there being vast benefits to using liquefied natural gas (LNG) locally, natural gas producer Renergen tells Engineering News that regulations and pricing are impeding the growth of the LNG sector. 

RENEWING ENERGY 
Renewable energy is fast becoming more affordable
RENEWING ENERGY Renewable energy is fast becoming more affordable

LPG upcoming in SA’s energy mix

By: Theresa Bhowan     28th August 2020 Liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) has an important role to play in the complete energy mix of South Africa – it is a clean-burning, sustainable and portable fuel, with further applications in water heating, space heating and cooking, says industry association and body the Liquefied Petroleum Gas... 

NIRVAN BRIJLAL 
The economic and environmental benefits of LPG emphasises its role as a key player in the local energy mix
NIRVAN BRIJLAL The economic and environmental benefits of LPG emphasises its role as a key player in the local energy mix

LNG project should benefit SADC

28th August 2020 Untapped expertise in Southern Africa should benefit from the opportunities provided by the exploitation of the large liquefied natural gas (LNG) reserves discovered off the coast of northern Mozambique, says engineering, procurement and construction company Lesedi Nuclear Services project... 

IHS Markit says growth in world oil demand expected to plateau

By: Simone Liedtke     25th August 2020 London-based global information provider IHS Markit says the growth in global oil demand is expected to taper off, with global crude oil demand plateauing just below pre-pandemic levels. According to the company’s new analysis, global oil demand, currently at 89% of pre-Covid-19 levels and... 

Mauritius starts to scuttle Japanese oil-spill vessel

By: Reuters     21st August 2020 Mauritius said on Thursday it had started to scuttle the Japanese-owned bulk carrier that ran aground off its shores and spilled oil over pristine waters and fragile coral reefs. The MV Wakashio hit a coral reef off the Indian Ocean island on July 25 and began spilling oil on Aug. 6, prompting... 

A part of the MV Wakashio
Photo by Reuters
A part of the MV Wakashio

Greenpeace condemns exploitation of yet another fossil fuel in South Africa  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th August 2020 Commenting on the arrival of Total’s oil and gas drill rig DeepSea Stavanger in Cape Town on August 12, environmental organisation Greenpeace Africa says the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy “needs to get its story straight”. “The claim is that the drilling aims to diversify South... 

Greenpeace condemns exploitation of yet another fossil fuel in South Africa

Mauritius arrests captain of Japanese oil spill ship

By: Reuters     19th August 2020 Mauritius has arrested the captain of a Japanese bulk carrier that ran aground off its coast, causing a devastating oil spill in one of the world's most pristine maritime environments, police said on Tuesday. The MV Wakashio struck a coral reef off the Indian Ocean island on July 25 and began... 

Mauritius arrests captain of Japanese oil spill ship

Six months set aside for merger of CEF’s oil and gas subsidiaries into ‘Newco’ 

By: Terence Creamer     18th August 2020 The process of merging the State-owned entities of PetroSA, Igas and the Strategic Fuel Fund (SFF) into an “integrated national petroleum company” will formally begin on September 1, with six months having been set aside for the creation of a Newco that is “commercially viable”. All three... 

The PetroSA GTL refinery in Mossel Bay
Photo by Creamer Media
The PetroSA GTL refinery in Mossel Bay

Sasol’s new-look strategy will seek to ‘reset’ group for low-carbon world 

By: Terence Creamer     17th August 2020 Embattled chemicals and energy group Sasol aims to officially unveil its new-look strategy, dubbed Future Sasol, later this year. It has already indicated, however, that the plan will seek to reposition the 70-year-old company, built around a highly carbon-intensive technology that converts coal... 

Sasol’s new-look strategy will seek to ‘reset’ group for low-carbon world

Sasol will execute rights issue in 2021 calendar year as it refines ‘ticket size’ 

By: Terence Creamer     17th August 2020 Debt-laden chemicals and energy group Sasol confirmed on Monday that it was preparing to execute a rights issue during the second half of its 2021 financial year, despite reporting that it was on track to deliver disposals of greater than $2-billion and exceeding its initial cash conservation... 

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

Oil spill puts five-decade Mauritian fisher family in a bind

By: Bloomberg     17th August 2020 It may take a decade to restore a delicate ecosystem in Mauritius after a bulk carrier ran aground and spilled oil into the island nation’s pristine waters. Some fishermen fear they may never get their lives back. The vessel that left Mauritius almost helpless after it spilled 1 000 t of fuel oil... 

Japanese shipping company says Mauritius government has requested compensation

By: Reuters     14th August 2020 The Japanese shipping company that owns the bulk carrier that struck a coral reef off of Mauritius and leaked some 1 000 t of oil said the government of Mauritius had requested compensation. Nagashiki Shipping also said in a statement that the cause of the incident was still not known and would... 

Japanese shipping company says Mauritius government has requested compensation

SANEDI, MDA work together to support South African mineworkers

By: Simone Liedtke     13th August 2020 The South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI) and the Mineworkers Development Agency (MDA) have signed a partnership agreement that will result in them collaborating to bring relief to the country’s former mineworkers and their communities in the wake of mine closures and the... 

Total oil, gas drill rig arrives in Cape Town

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th August 2020 Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe has welcomed the arrival of the DeepSea Stavanger oil and gas drill rig, in Cape Town, which has been commissioned by petrochemicals company Total. Total and its partners will drill the Luiperd prospect in Block 11B/12B off the Mossel Bay... 

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