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Pipelines & Storage News

Nersa concerned about, calls for efforts to prevent pipeline tampering

By: Schalk Burger     5th November 2021 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) on November 5 said it was concerned about the persistent tampering with State-owned Transnet's pipelines to steal fuel. It has also called on municipalities and landowners to cooperate with law enforcement agencies to prevent encroachment on... 

South Africa tests market appetite for creation of gas import hub at Coega 

By: Terence Creamer     5th November 2021 A request for information (RFI) has been issued to assess the implementation options and market appetite for the creation of a liquefied natural gas (LNG) import hub at the Port of Ngqura, in the Eastern Cape. The RFI is designed as an information gathering exercise to inform a future procurement... 

RFI envisages an FSRU, similar to the one pictured, for the Port of Ngqura, in the Eastern Cape
RFI envisages an FSRU, similar to the one pictured, for the Port of Ngqura, in the Eastern Cape

Transnet shuts down fuel pipeline after fire, three dead

By: Reuters     31st October 2021 South Africa's State-owned logistics firm Transnet said on Sunday its petroleum pipeline in Durban has been shut down after a fire that broke out nearby in a botched fuel theft attempt in which three people died. Further investigations were ongoing, Transnet said. 

Energy storage key to embedded electricity solutions

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     22nd October 2021 Amid the discussions around embedded electricity solutions, battery equipment supplier REVOV states that it is important to include energy storage and its solutions in these discussions. Energy storage in renewable-energy and embedded-electricity solutions addresses the time domain – electricity... 

a home installation of REVOV batteries
POWERED UP REVOV states that it is important to include energy storage and its solutions in embedded electricity solution discussions

Biogas engines supplied to ethanol producer

15th October 2021 Multinational gas and diesel power plant specialist Clarke Energy has secured the sale of two of gas engine manufacturer Innio Jenbacher’s biogas engines to ethanol distiller PressCane Limited, based in Chikhwawa, Malawi. The ethanol production site generates biofuel in the form of ethanol, which... 

Production site acquisition finalised

1st October 2021 Multinational industrial gas company Air Liquide’s acquisition of integrated chemicals and energy company Sasol’s 16 Air Separation Units (ASUs) in Secunda, Mpumalanga has now been finalised. The plan to acquire the ASUs was first announced on July 29 last year, subject to approvals. Engineering... 

A photo of seven air separation units and a pylon in the background
BIGGEST OXYGEN PRODUCTION SITE GLOBALLY The initial investment amounts to about R8-billion and comprises 16 air separation units that will now be operated by Air Liquide Large Industries South Africa Air

New drone tech improves inspection capabilities

By: Darren Parker     1st October 2021 Work-at-height company Skyriders has added the Zenith robotic inspection device –a new vertical inspection technology – to its portfolio of services. The winch-operated pan-tilt-zoom camera drone increases the accuracy and efficiency of repeat inspections in vertical downhole applications such as... 

A photo of the fully assembled Zenith robotic inspection device including camera, controller and tripod
DOWN-HOLE DREAM Skyriders first used the Zenith robotic inspection device in June for internal inspections on large petrochemicals tanks

Carbon tax ineffective against major emitters

By: Darren Parker     1st October 2021 South Africa’s “laughably weak and ineffective” carbon tax regime is no disincentive to carbon-intensive businesses, such as integrated chemicals and energy company Sasol, environmental activist organisation Greenpeace Africa climate and energy campaigner Thandile Chinyavanhu tells Engineering... 

A photo of a Sasol plant emitting pollution into the air while crops and flowers grow in the foreground
Photo by Reuters
PINING FOR CHANGE Greenpeace Africa ponders whether a just transition is possible while major emitters continue to be granted large-scale carbon tax allowances

More equipment donated in the fight against Covid-19

1st October 2021 Integrated chemicals and energy company Sasol has donated mobile clinics, vaccine carriers, laptops, specialised World Health Organisation-approved medical refrigerators and freezers, as well as temperature loggers to the provincial health departments in Gauteng, Mpumalanga and the Free State to... 

A photo of a healthworker’s hands filling out a form at a table with Covid-19 vaccinations lined up in the foreground
SPREADING THE CURE Sasol is supporting Government’s vaccination rollout strategy by donating essential equipment and resources

Security forces prevent fuel theft, says Transnet  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     15th September 2021  A suspicious built structure, a tunnel and equipment erected with the intent to siphon petroleum products from a Transnet pipeline were demolished on September 14 after a joint security operation led to the discovery of the building on a vacant piece of land in Phola, in Mpumalanga, Transnet... 

Fully developed legislation needed

By: Nadine Ramdass     27th August 2021 The legislation has not caught up with where the gas industry needs it to be, says gas producer Renergen CEO and MD Stefano Marani. Technical aspects that are critical to companies’ decision-making have not yet been addressed, with industries in the gas sector consequently unable to develop to... 

An image of gas extraction at Renergen's Virginia Gas project
GAS EXTRACTION Renergen is the only onshore petroleum rights holder in South Africa

Partnership notes first new chemicals success

6th August 2021 The partnership between carbon recycling technology company LanzaTech and multinational chemicals company BASF, who together aim to transform the carbon contained in industrial off-gases into valuable chemicals, has achieved a key first success. The companies announced in May that, with the help... 

An image of a LanzaTech installation capturing off gasses
ON-GASSES A key first success has been achieved by LanzaTech and BASF in using off gasses or emissions for a positive product

Renergen inks multiple conditional helium sales agreements for its Virginia project

By: Simone Liedtke     4th August 2021 Domestic natural gas and helium producer Renergen has inked multiple conditional helium sales agreements from its planned Phase 2 plant at the Free State-based Virginia gas project. Following the company’s maiden sales agreement in April for Phase 2 helium, Renergen has further secured three... 

Afrox working with authorities to ensure deliveries of medical oxygen to hospitals

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th July 2021 Gas supplier Afrox says it is working with the authorities and that hospital deliveries to areas affected by civil strife remain a priority where police escort is available. As a result of the unrest across KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng in recent days, and in order to meet demand for medical oxygen,... 

Two suspects arrested for allegedly tampering with Transnet's pipelines infrastructure

By: Schalk Burger     9th July 2021 State-owned freight logistics group Transnet says increased surveillance and security measures put in place along the Transnet Pipelines network has led to a further two suspects being arrested for attempting to tamper with the pipelines. This brings the total arrests for the past three months to... 

State gas companies move to exercise pre-emptive rights over Moz-SA pipeline 

By: Terence Creamer     28th June 2021 The State-owned gas companies of South Africa and Mozambique have announced that they have exercised their pre-emptive rights to acquire, for R4.15-billion, the 30% equity stake in the Republic of Mozambique Pipeline (Rompco) hitherto owned by Sasol. The announcement follows on from Sasol’s May... 

State gas companies move to exercise pre-emptive rights over Moz-SA pipeline

Sasol moves to sell big stake in Rompco pipeline to a Reatile-led consortium 

By: Terence Creamer     14th May 2021 Energy and chemicals group Sasol confirmed on Friday that it had entered into a R5-billion agreement with a Reatile-led consortium for the sale of a 30% stake in the Republic of Mozambique Pipeline Company (Rompco), the joint venture that owns the 865-km gas transmission pipeline from southern... 

Sasol moves to sell big stake in Rompco pipeline to a Reatile-led consortium

Sasol expects to narrow full-year headline loss

By: Marleny Arnoldi     29th April 2021 Petrochemicals giant Sasol says it expects to report at least a 20% year-on-year improvement in headline earnings a share for the financial year ending June 30. It had posted a headline loss a share of R11.79 for the year ended June 30, 2020.  

Low price could boost LNG development

By: Cameron Mackay     23rd April 2021 A decrease in oil demand and, consequently, in prices last year because of Covid-19 also resulted in lower prices for liquefied natural gas (LNG). Business research consultancy Birguid associate researcher Patience Panashe argues that LNG buyers can take advantage of this to import LNG into South... 

GAS CEILING 
Given the increased LNG exploration in Africa, more acquisition transactions are expected to occur. This will consolidate the African LNG market, bolstering growth and production
GAS CEILING Given the increased LNG exploration in Africa, more acquisition transactions are expected to occur. This will consolidate the African LNG market, bolstering growth and production

Renergen inks landmark Phase 2 helium contract

By: Simone Liedtke     12th April 2021 Domestic natural gas and helium producer Renergen has inked its first helium sales agreement with a global tier-one automotive supplier in what is the company’s first direct-to-customer helium deal. For reasons of confidentiality, Renergen says that it is unable to disclose who the customer is or... 

Renergen completes fifth major milestone at Virginia gas project

By: Simone Liedtke     1st April 2021 Dual-listed natural gas and helium producer Renergen has completed its fifth major milestone at its Virgina gas project, in the Free State, as the company works towards the start of production in 2021. The milestone includes the shipment of various equipment from China to South Africa. 

Green hydrogen has role to play in wind, solar energy in Africa

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     24th March 2021 Africa has considerable potential to generate solar and wind energy at a low cost, as it hosts many areas of high solar irradiation and good wind speeds. There is also potential to transport that energy to other areas where there is high demand for green energy to produce hydrogen, Delft... 

Hall Longmore launches fusion bonded epoxy pipe coatings for the local market

By: Donna Slater     19th March 2021 Steel pipe manufacturer Hall Longmore is looking to attract a key domestic market segment with its newly launched dual layer fusion bonded epoxy (FBE) coatings. MD Kennith van Rooyen tells Engineering News the company, which is based in Wadeville, Gauteng, recently commissioned a dual spray... 

Hall Longmore launches fusion bonded epoxy pipe coatings for the local market

Hydrogen supplier fuels public transport

By: Halima Frost     19th March 2021 Renewable-energy and hydrogen supply company Nel Hydrogen has installed a 2 MW proton exchange membrane (PEM) electrolyser system at transport operator SunLine Transit’s premises in California, in the US, to fuel their fleet of fuel cell buses.  

ENERGY MAKER
The Nel Hydrogen proton exchange membrane  electrolyser allows for on site hydrogen generation from water
ENERGY MAKER The Nel Hydrogen proton exchange membrane electrolyser allows for on site hydrogen generation from water

Sustainability leader ramps up ESG strategy

By: Halima Frost     19th March 2021 Energy management and automation company Schneider Electric has begun to implement its new Schneider Sustainability Impact (SSI) programme for 2021 to 2025, in the hopes of significantly accelerating its progress to being a more sustainable company.   The programme is built on six long-term... 

ZANELLE DALGLISH Our vision of sustainability is holistic and ecosystemic, as it covers all environmental, social and governance topics
ZANELLE DALGLISH Our vision of sustainability is holistic and ecosystemic, as it covers all environmental, social and governance topics

Gas can decrease emissions in power generation

By: Halima Frost     19th March 2021 With power generation being accountable for 41% of current global carbon emissions, which amount to about 33.7 Gt/y of carbon dioxide (CO2), multinational conglomerate General Electric Company (GE) believes that gas can play a vital role in decreasing carbon emissions. “Gas burns at less than... 

TURNING GAS TO POWER
The HA turbine supplied by GE has made significant inroads into the energy sector since its introduction
TURNING GAS TO POWER The HA turbine supplied by GE has made significant inroads into the energy sector since its introduction

Renergen strikes gas at another well, CEO says it is an ‘unexpected bonus’

By: Simone Liedtke     11th March 2021 Domestic natural gas and helium producer Renergen has made another significant gas strike at its Virginia gas project, this time in well MDR1, 300 m north of the currently producing MDR5 well. The Virginia project is located in South Africa’s Free State province. 

Government sees new renewables zones helping to unlock low-carbon energy mix  

By: Terence Creamer     10th March 2021 Three additional geographic areas – Emalahleni, Klerksdorp and Beaufort West – have officially been declared as Renewable Energy Development Zones following the publication of a Government Gazette notice signed by Environment, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Barbara Creecy. The new zones increase... 

Government sees new renewables zones helping to unlock low-carbon energy mix

Organisations call on Standard Bank, others not to finance East African oil pipeline

By: Schalk Burger     1st March 2021 In an open letter to financial services provider Standard Bank and 24 other banks, 263 community and nonprofit organisations from 49 countries have called on the banks not to fund the construction of the world’s longest heated crude oil pipeline, namely the East African Crude Oil Pipeline (Eacop)... 

Sasol upscales renewables roll-out ambition to 900 MW, starts plotting big green-hydrogen role 

By: Terence Creamer     22nd February 2021 JSE-listed Sasol announced on Monday that it would pursue a 900 MW renewable-energy roll-out at its Secunda and Sasolburg complexes by 2030, raising its initial deployment target of 600 MW by 50%. President and CEO Fleetwood Grobler said that the upscaled plan would be pursued in partnership with... 

The Secunda complex, in Mpumalanga
The Secunda complex, in Mpumalanga

Sasol abandons rights issue as it secures $3.3bn from asset disposals 

By: Terence Creamer     22nd February 2021 Chemicals and energy group Sasol confirmed on Monday that it would no longer pursue a rights issue in light of progress made, through assets sales and cost savings, to shore up its debt-laden balance sheet. In a recorded results presentation, president and CEO Fleetwood Grobler said that the... 

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

Two contracts keep marine transformation afloat

29th January 2021 Specialist marine solutions provider African Marine Solutions (Amsol) has been awarded two contracts which will act not only as a catalyst for continued transformation but will also ensure continuity in supply chain. The first contract awarded to Amsol is a multiyear contract with multinational... 

FUELING TRANSFORMATION The contract awarded to Amsol by Shell Downstream South Africa will extend the company’s services in fuel logistics and transportation
FUELING TRANSFORMATION The contract awarded to Amsol by Shell Downstream South Africa will extend the company’s services in fuel logistics and transportation

Renergen appoints contractors for Virginia gas project's Phase 2 studies 

By: Simone Liedtke     27th January 2021 Emerging helium and natural gas company Renergen has appointed three companies for the engineering studies for Phase 2 of its Virginia gas project, in South Africa’s Free State province. The three companies are Saipem South Africa, EPCM Holdings and Sproule. 

Renergen appoints contractors for Virginia gas project's Phase 2 studies

Oxygen supply hampered by logistical issues, but there are adequate reserves, say suppliers 

By: Simone Liedtke     21st January 2021 Industrial gases company Afrox has confirmed that it has adequate reserves of liquid oxygen in storage across South Africa and that it has supplied oxygen as required by public and private hospitals in all provinces at substantially higher than normal demand levels. In response to questions from... 

Oxygen supply hampered by logistical issues, but there are adequate reserves, say suppliers

M&R subsidiary Clough secures Waitsia Stage 2 construction, engineering contract

By: Donna Slater     11th January 2021 JSE-listed engineering and construction group Murray & Roberts reports that its subsidiary, construction and engineering company Clough, has been awarded a A$400-million contract for an engineering, procurement and construction scope of work on the Waitsia Stage 2 development project in Western... 

Sasol's rights issue and 2.0 transformation programme  

4th December 2020 Sasol is still mulling over whether or not to proceed with a rights issue to help it deal with its debt burden. Engineering News editor Terence Creamer discusses this and the ‘Sasol 2.0’ transformation programme. 

Sasol's rights issue and 2.0 transformation programme
Sasol's right issue and 2.0 transformation programme

Sasol keeps rights-issue powder dry having ‘banked’ $3bn in disposals

By: Terence Creamer     2nd December 2020 Debt-laden chemicals and energy group Sasol is keeping its rights-issue powder dry, indicating on Wednesday that a final decision on any possible issuance, including its scale, will depend on various factors, including whether or not it is successful in completing yet more asset disposals. CEO... 

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