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Pipelines & Storage News

Renergen spuds first well as expected

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd August 2020 The drill rig at emerging natural gas and helium producer Renergen’s Virginia gas project production hub, in the Free State, is preparing to spud the first well in the programme. The upcoming programme of inclined wells target the gas productive fracture systems at the project. 

Renergen completes plant design ahead of schedule

By: Simone Liedtke     29th July 2020 Emerging domestic natural gas and helium producer Renergen has completed the design of its Virginia gas plant, 22 days ahead of schedule. The significant achievement marks the completion of the fourth major milestone at its Virginia gas project in the Free State. 

New coupling introduced to meet updated LPG tanker standard

24th July 2020 As per a Bulletin issued by the Liquefied Petroleum Gas Safety Association of Southern Africa (LPGSASA) and further legislated by the Department of Employment and Labour, Cam-and-Groove type Couplings are no longer permitted for use in gas tanker applications and should be replaced with a... 

Renergen bringing LNG fuel alternative to South Africa 

By: Simone Liedtke     15th July 2020 The current global recession is accelerating the transformation to cleaner energy sources and the use of liquefied natural gas (LNG) in transport owing to the need to reduce costs by as much as possible. Within this context, emerging natural gas and helium producer Renergen CEO Stefano Marani... 

Renergen bringing LNG fuel alternative to South Africa
Renergen CEO Stefano Marani gives some insight in to how accepting South Africa is of LNG, and whether or not there is an actual demand. Video: Creamer Media's Kutlwano Matlala. Editing: Creamer Media's Nicholas Boyd.

Transnet welcomes arrest of fuel thieves

By: Donna Slater     13th July 2020 State-owned logistics company Transnet commends law enforcement agencies following the arrest of two fuel theft suspects in Rustenburg, North West, over the weekend. The two suspects were apprehended while extracting diesel from the pipeline to a petrol tanker.  

Renergen CEO discusses company, project investment case

By: Simone Liedtke     9th July 2020 JSE- and ASX-listed Renergen is aiming to supply between 12% and 15% of the world's helium with Phase 2 of its Virginia gas project, in the Free State. The project is owned by Renergen subsidiary, Tetra4. 

Renergen CEO discusses company, project investment case
Renergen CEO Stefano Marani

First inclined well at Renergen’s Virginia gas project to spud later this month

By: Simone Liedtke     9th July 2020 The first inclined well at emerging domestic natural gas and helium producer Renergen’s Virginia gas project, in the Free State, is expected to spud late in July, and reach the primary target at the base of the Karoo sequence/top Wits formation late in August. This is the company’s first inclined... 

Renergen believes Virginia project could relieve global helium shortage woes

By: Simone Liedtke     7th July 2020 Emerging natural gas and helium producer Renergen says its Virginia project, in South Africa’s Free State province, has the potential to be the answer to the world’s helium shortage woes following a recent helium prospective resources report, which confirms that the project has undiscovered gross... 

Renergen believes Virginia project could relieve global helium shortage woes
The compression station at Renergen's Virginia gas project, in the Free State.

Sasol narrows immediate asset-disposal focus to ‘top ten’ list 

By: Terence Creamer     3rd July 2020 Chemicals and energy group Sasol has developed a list of ten major assets that will be prioritised for sale in the coming weeks and months as it moves to streamline the business into what is being termed ‘Sasol 2.0’, while also raising proceeds to help it reduce a $9.5-billion debt burden. In... 

Sasol narrows immediate asset-disposal focus to ‘top ten’ list
Photo by Creamer Media
Sasol CFO Paul Victor

Sasol’s asset sale programme advances with bids due for pipeline

By: Bloomberg     29th June 2020 Sasol expects binding bids within weeks for its stake in a natural gas pipeline running from Mozambique to South Africa, as the company accelerates asset sales to pay off debt, according to people familiar with the process. The bidding round underway for the Rompco 865 km gas pipeline stake... 

Advantages of biodiesel highlighted

19th June 2020 Women-owned biodiesel distributor EcoDiesel believes that the solution to South Africa’s current need for an alternative energy source that is efficient, recycles waste and takes care of the environment, is biodiesel. “Crude reserves, global price volatility and environmental impact issues have... 

Advantages of biodiesel highlighted
TRUCK IT EcoDiesel is making the environment and cost saving benefits of locally manufactured biodiesel better known in South Africa

Renergen, Total South Africa ink LNG distribution agreement 

By: Simone Liedtke     18th June 2020 Emerging domestic natural gas and helium producer Renergen and Total South Africa have signed an agreement for the joint marketing and distribution of liquefied natural gas (LNG) through Total’s service stations. The first route targeted under the agreement will be the N3 between Johannesburg and... 

Renergen, Total South Africa ink LNG distribution agreement
Renergen's Virginia gas project, in the FreeState.

Fuel availability is improving, says Sapia

By: Simone Liedtke     15th June 2020 The South African Petroleum Industry Association (Sapia) says diesel and petrol stock availability in the country is improving. Since the lowering of the lockdown alert levels for Covid-19 and recent price changes, Sapia members are building stock as product imports have arrived at the Durban... 

Fuel availability is improving, says Sapia

Sasol to mull adding pipeline, Qatar plant to disposal plan

By: Bloomberg     15th May 2020 Sasol is considering additional divestments, including the potential sale of stakes in an African gas pipeline and a Middle Eastern plant, as it explores ways to reduce its $10-billion debt pile, people with knowledge of the matter said. South Africa’s biggest company by revenue is working with... 

Ncondezi secures $5.5m C&I pipeline

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     6th May 2020 Aim-listed Ncondezi Energy has finalised a binding agreement with GridX Africa Development for a pipeline of solar and battery storage projects in the commercial and industrial (C&I) sector. Ncondezi and GridX have signed a binding relationship agreement under which Ncondezi has the right but not... 

LPG could plug backup energy gap

By: Cameron Mackay     24th April 2020 Research conducted by strategy agency Birguid shows that liquified petroleum gas (LPG) suppliers can approach State-owned power utility Eskom, as well as other independent power producers, to offer LPG supply as a backup energy source instead of diesel or petrol. Birguid researcher Patience... 

LPG could plug backup energy gap
GAS RISING LPG imports are expected to increase, as current suppliers will not be able to cope with the expected increase in industrial and domestic end-user demand

LNG market sees increased clean energy demand

24th April 2020 Global demand for liquefied natural gas (LNG) increased by 12.5% to 359-million tonnes last year, which is a significant increase that bolsters LNG’s growing role in the transition to a lower carbon energy system. This is according to a LNG outlook report that was published by natural gas and... 

LNG market sees increased  clean energy demand
AN EVOLVING MARKET New spot-trading mechanisms and a wider variety of indices used for long-term contracts point towards LNG becoming an increasingly flexible commodity

Opportune time for LPG growth

By: Cameron Mackay     24th April 2020 The local liquified petroleum gas (LPG) market is an underdeveloped industry and has significant growth potential, largely owing to its use as an energy source, says the Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) Safety Association of South Africa acting MD Nirvan Brijlal. Moreover, he highlights the... 

Opportune time  for LPG growth
POTENTIAL UNLOCKED LPG’s versatility in domestic, commercial and industrial applications, and impending supply capacity improvements, are significant factors signalling the potential for growth for the industry

AfDB refutes media reports relating to East African crude oil pipeline project

By: Donna Slater     20th April 2020 Development finance institution, the African Development Bank (AfDB) has refuted allegations reported on by a news outlet stating that the bank plans to provide financial support to the East African crude oil pipeline project. The article references a letter by a group of civil society... 

Mozambique expansion key for gas supplier

By: Darren Parker     10th April 2020 JSE-listed gas supplier Afrox has committed a R75-million capital investment to establish and develop a new regional branch in Pemba and an on-site store in Palma, both in Mozambique, over the next few years. Afrox Mozambique currently has no presence in the northern region of the country, which... 

Mozambique expansion key for gas supplier
EXPANDING GAS Afrox’s R75-million investment into Mozambique is aimed at taking full advantage of the country’s offshore liquid natural gas development

Interior tank cleaning made easier through rope access

By: Darren Parker     10th April 2020 Work at height company Skyriders is cleaning the interiors of large storage tanks for a major petrochemicals producer, in Mpumalanga, using rope access. Having completed its first cleaning scope of the year in February, it started its second cleaning in late March. 

Interior tank cleaning made easier through rope access
ROPING IN THE PROS In many cases, a client’s maintenance and inspection budgets can be stretched further by using rope access

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.... 

Privatisation slowly becoming reality
DRIVEN DISCUSSION The growing adoption of electric vehicles is one trend expected to dominate discussion at Power & Electricity World Africa 2020

Bushveld sees battery storage potential beyond EVs  

By: Simone Liedtke     17th February 2020 While the energy transition is gaining a lot of traction, integrated primary vanadium producer Bushveld Minerals CEO Fortune Mojapelo laments that the battery storage narrative is “still dominated by electric vehicles (EVs)”. He tells Engineering News & Mining Weekly that there is still a lack of... 

Bushveld sees battery storage potential beyond EVs
Bushveld Minerals CEO Fortune Mojapelo chats to Engineering News & Mining Weekly about the energy transition, how vanadium plays a role in this as well as how this fits into the company's growth plans. Video: Creamer Media's Kutlwano Matlala. Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Batteries, EVs to play ‘critical role’ in low-carbon future

By: Simone Liedtke     19th December 2019 The switch from fossil fuels to renewable energy alternatives and the electrification of energy is one of the key elements of delivering carbon neutral economies, and batteries are set to play a critical role in delivering this low-carbon future, says investment research and advisory company... 

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

Maintenance work on tunnel completed

13th December 2019 The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) has indicated that the inspection and maintenance work on the Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP) tunnel – which was closed on October 1 and was scheduled to open November 30 – was completed as planned. The recharge of the tunnel started on November... 

Maintenance work on tunnel completed
USEFUL BEAUTY The Katse dam not only supplies water to the South Africa but also hydro electricity and tourism to the Kingdom of Lesotho

Water project underway and making progress

13th December 2019 Last month, the official ground-breaking function for Phase II of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP) took place and was attended by Kingdom of Lesotho Minister of Water Samonyane Ntsekele and South Africa Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu. “Implementing Phase... 

Water project underway and making progress
DAM BIG PROJECT The site of the 2.3-billion-cubic-metre Polihali dam

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

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. 

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

Bushveld announces strategy to work with vanadium battery manufacturers 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     4th November 2019 Aim-listed Bushveld Minerals intends to establish a vanadium redox flow battery (VRFB) investment platform to lead investments for original-equipment manufacturers (OEMs) with upside potential. The company and its initial investment will play a catalytic role and mobilise additional capital... 

Bushveld announces strategy to work with vanadium battery manufacturers
Photo by Creamer Media
Bushveld CEO Fortune Mojapelo

Tanzania plans to extend its gas pipeline network

By: Reuters     16th September 2019 Tanzania said on Monday it planned to construct a 30-km pipeline to extend the country's natural gas supply network from the capital Dar es Salaam to the nearby town of Bagamoyo to provide cheaper energy for factories and households there. The country has been eager to expand supplies of natural... 

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... 

New vaporising regulator increases accuracy and reliability
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. 

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

Saldanha Bay ‘Freeport’ lines up 58 prospective investors 

By: Terence Creamer     21st August 2019 The Saldanha Bay Industrial Development Zone (SBIDZ) is working with 58 prospective tenants for the special economic zone (SEZ), which is the first SEZ to be located within a domestic port and the only sector-specific SEZ in South Africa catering specifically to the oil and gas, maritime... 

Saldanha Bay ‘Freeport’ lines up 58 prospective investors
SBIDZ acting CEO Kaashifah Beukes

Uganda will be able to get oil-pipeline funding, Stanbic says

By: Bloomberg     6th August 2019 Uganda will be able to get the cash it needs to build a planned $3.5-billion oil-export pipeline, with financiers ready to commit funds as soon as a final investment decision is made, according to Stanbic Bank Uganda. The project has attracted “a lot of interest” and raising capital “is not a... 

Metair expects up to 23% rise in interim earnings

By: Simone Liedtke     24th July 2019 JSE-listed Metair expects to report an increase of 18% to 23% in headline earnings per share (HEPS) and earnings per share (EPS) for the interim period ended June 30. HEPS and EPS are likely to be between 156c and 162c, compared with the 132c reported for the previous corresponding period. 

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