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Pipelines & Storage News

Shale gas and nuclear energy 

30th October 2014 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the start of the processing of some shale gas exploration right applications and the first nuclear vendor parade. 

Exxaro to acquire Total’s South African coal mines for $472m

By: Martin Creamer     28th July 2014 Black-controlled mining company Exxaro is to acquire the South African coal mines of French petroleum giant Total to create coal assets with far stronger black economic empowerment (BEE)credentials through the augmentaion of earlier BEE partnerships. The JSE-listed Exxaro, headed by CEO Sipho... 

Exxaro to acquire Total’s South African coal mines for $472m
Photo by Duane Daws
Exxaro CEO Sipho Nkosi

Joemat-Pettersson reaffirms plan to expand role of gas, nuclear in SA mix 

By: Terence Creamer     21st July 2014 Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson placed significant emphasis on the development of gas, including shale gas, and nuclear in her inaugural Energy Budget Vote to lawmakers in Cape Town on Monday. In an address framed by President Jacob Zuma’s State of the Nation commitment to “respond... 

Joemat-Pettersson reaffirms plan to expand role of gas, nuclear in SA mix
Photo by Duane Daws
Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson

Transnet poised for another record capex year, keeping tabs on weak-economy impact 

By: Terence Creamer     30th June 2014 State-owned freight logistics group Transnet, which invested a record R31.8-billion last year, is planning to invest a further R33-billion in 2014/15 and says it has no intention, at this stage, of pulling back from its R307.5-billion Market Demand Strategy (MDS), despite the sluggish South... 

Transnet poised for another record capex year, keeping tabs on weak-economy impact
Transnet CEO Brian Molefe on why the group is pushing ahead with its big capex plans despite weak economy. Camera Work & Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 30.6.2014.

Plastic piping perfect for water systems

By: Carina Borralho     30th May 2014 In light of looming water scarcity in South Africa, plastic-piping solutions provider Marley Pipe Systems is constantly exploring ways of conserving water, wherever possible. “In South Africa, excess rain can cause floods on roads and in certain low-lying areas. Attenuation is carried out when... 

New gas pipeline to open way for 10 MW MTN power plant 

By: Terence Creamer     27th May 2014 Natural gas reticulator Egoli Gas has formally initiated a network expansion on the west of Johannesburg, which will enable cellular group MTN to increase its power generation capacity from 2 MW currently to over 10 MW during 2015 and lay the basis for further gas-network expansions into areas... 

New gas pipeline to open way for 10 MW MTN power plant
Photo by Duane Daws
Breaking Ground on the new Egoli Gas pipeline, west of Johannesburg

Amid technical and financial concerns, SA moves ahead with biofuels strategy 

By: Schalk Burger     21st March 2014 While the food-versus-fuel dilemma remains, South Africa is moving ahead with the roll-out of its much debated biofuels strategy, which even received a mention in President Jacob Zuma's February State of the Nation address, when he confirmed that biofuels manufacturers had been selected and had... 

Amid technical and financial concerns, SA moves ahead with biofuels strategy

High-density polyethylene pipes supplier bullish on municipal orders

By: Zandile Mavuso     21st February 2014 Following its success in completing the supply of a R4.3-million, high-density polyethylene (HDPE) pipeline in Vosloorus, Gauteng, fluid conveyance products and solutions company Incledon says its increasingly confident that HDPE pipes are poised to play a more significant role in the domestic... 

High-density polyethylene  pipes supplier bullish on  municipal orders
PIPE IN TRENCH The 12-m-long pipes were delivered directly at the installation site where a professional welding contractor welded and installed the pipes on site.

Company’s HVAC products now available on three-dimensional software

By: Pimani Baloyi     14th February 2014 Mechanical pipe-joining systems manufacturer Victaulic has announced the availability of its full range of global piping systems and heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) products in building information modelling three-dimension or 3D design software MagiCAD, which enables the... 

From the role of nuclear to the position of gas, IRP debate heats up 

By: Terence Creamer     20th January 2014 Much of the initial commentary on the draft update of the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) has focused on the potential delay, downscaling or even abandonment of South Africa’s proposed new nuclear build programme. But more comprehensive responses are beginning to surface on the 20-year electricity... 

From the role of nuclear to the position of gas, IRP debate heats up

Ibhubesi developer moving to firm up Ankerlig gas offtake deal

By: Terence Creamer     26th November 2013 The developer of the Ibhubesi gas project off South Africa’s West Coast expects to conclude a sales memorandum of understanding (MoU) with power utility Eskom before the end of the year – a move that could open the way for a future supply agreement that facilitates the development of a... 

Ibhubesi developer moving to firm up Ankerlig gas offtake deal

Creamer Media publishes Liquid Fuels 2013 research report

6th November 2013 Creamer Media’s 2013 Liquid Fuels electronic research report examines South Africa’s liquid fuels market, focusing on the business environment, oil and gas exploration, the country’s feedstock supplies, the development of South Africa’s biofuels industry, fuel pricing, competition in the sector,... 

Creamer Media publishes Liquid Fuels 2013 research report

Manufacturers turn to courts amid discontent over gas pricing, Sasol contract talks 

By: Terence Creamer     18th October 2013 The Gas User Group (GUG), which represents 13 large domestic manufacturers, has initiated a legal review of the National Energy Regulator of South Africa’s (Nersa’s) determination on maximum piped-gas prices, arguing that the new formula would result in a surge in prices and undermine their... 

Manufacturers turn to courts amid discontent over gas pricing, Sasol contract talks

Zimbabwe says work could start in 2014 on Batoka Gorge hydro project 

By: Oscar Nkala     18th October 2013 The Zimbabwe government says work on the construction of the Batoka Gorge hydroelectric scheme, on the Zambezi river, will mostly likely begin at the end of 2014, following the conclusion of feasibility studies and the project's designs. 

Nearly 5 000 leaks found

By: Carina Borralho     11th October 2013 Engineering and contracting firm Bosch Munitech has located 4 497 leaks in 3 395 km of pipe reticulation, which it surveyed for eThekwini Water and Sanitation (EWS), after being awarded a R7.5-million leak-detection project that will result in the company surveying about 5 000 km of water mains... 

Expo to focus on African transport opportunities

By: Schalk Burger     20th September 2013 Seamless transport in South Africa and across the borders of the Southern African Development Community countries will help improve regional integration and growth and will be bolstered by the TransAfrica Expo, says Department of Transport Integrated Transport chief director Mvikeli Ngcamu.... 

Feasibility study under way for $5bn Mozambique gas pipeline

By: Samantha Herbst     20th September 2013 A feasibility study is currently under way for the construction of a $5-billion, 2 600 km natural gas pipeline that could connect significant natural gas discoveries in northern Mozambique to benefit gas-to-power markets in Southern Africa. Having concluded a prefeasibility study in December last... 

   Feasibility study under way for $5bn Mozambique gas pipeline
SIGNIFICANT REGIONAL BENEFITSA detailed map of the proposed 2 600 km Gasnosu pipeline which, if approved, could run from Cabo Delgado to Maputo, Mozambique, and possibly to regional markets further south, such as Richards Bay, South Africa

CFO Ramon to leave Sasol next month

By: Natasha Odendaal     26th August 2013 JSE-listed Sasol has appointed executive for group finance Paul Victor to take over as acting CFO and executive director from September 10, as Christine Ramon announced her resignation on Monday. Ramon, whose last day would coincide with the release of Sasol’s financial year-end results on... 

CFO Ramon to leave Sasol next month
Outgoing CFO Christine Ramon

Kentz to help see Transnet pipeline project to finish line

By: Natasha Odendaal     25th July 2013 Engineering and construction group Kentz has been awarded a project management consultancy services contract to oversee the commissioning of State-owned Transnet’s new multiproduct pipeline (NMPP). The NMPP, a one-million-litres-an-hour pipeline designed to replace the existing... 

Concerns that gas could undermine renewable-energy development

By: Samantha Herbst     5th July 2013 Increasing the role of gas may be one answer to a low-carbon economy, but it could also undermine support for renewable energy, said Mac Consulting principal consultant Dave Collins at a business breakfast hosted by the firm last month. He explained that, for the last decade, the gradual rise of... 

African energy sector beckoning private investors, but constraints remain

By: Schalk Burger     28th June 2013 Africa’s energy sector is on the cusp of a renaissance, with the most important driver being the growth in African economies. Conversely, the lack of energy necessitates investment in energy to sustain the growth of business on the continent, says auditing and consulting firm Deloitte Southern... 

Plans afoot to increase the role of gas in SA’s energy mix

By: Samantha Herbst     31st May 2013 As an abundant global resource, natural gas is poised to take centre stage in the world’s total energy mix by 2030, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA), with more than 200 years of proved reserves and a worldwide increase in gas consumption, partly owing to the global need for... 

Plans afoot to increase the role of gas in SA’s energy mix

Local CNG market picking up despite limited infrastructure – Nersa

By: Samantha Herbst     3rd May 2013 While the growth of the compressed natural gas (CNG) market in South Africa had been slow, it is steadily picking up, especially in the transport sector, said National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) piped gas regulation executive manager Nomfundo Maseti. She addressed industry... 

Energy company unveils Malawi power-plant plan

By: Marcel Chimwala     26th April 2013 ASX-listed miner Intra Energy Corporation has announced plans to develop a 120 MW coal-fired power plant in Malawi that will burn coal from its newly acquired Nkhachira mine, in the north of the Southern African country. Intra Energy chairperson Graeme Robertson says the energy group, which will... 

Local pumping solutions provider adds solar water pump to product offering

By: Samantha Herbst     22nd March 2013 Local fluid conveyance and pumping solutions provider Incledon has been appointed key distributor for Australia-based solar water-pumps manufacturer BW Solar, which established a branch in South Africa in June 2012. Farmers across the country can, therefore, benefit from BW Solar’s range of... 

Transnet granted 6.4% pipeline tariff increase

By: Natasha Odendaal     13th March 2013 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) on Wednesday granted State-owned Transnet a 6.4% increase in 2013/14 petroleum pipeline tariffs. If the Energy Minister decided to use the pipeline tariff as a proxy for the cost of transporting fuel from Durban to Johannesburg, as had been... 

SA’s big piped-gas price restructuring comes under the spotlight

By: Terence Creamer     12th March 2013 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) hopes to finalise its decision on Sasol Gas’ application for a determination regarding maximum piped-gas prices that can be charged from March 26, 2014, before the end of the month, despite having extended the period for public comment and... 

Zimbabwe hopes for savings as it unveils ethanol-blending rules

By: Barnabas Thondhlana     1st March 2013 Zimbabwe stands to save about $2-million a month following government’s decision to pass new regulations making it mandatory for oil companies to sell blended fuel.  

Gigaba promises no delays to second-phase of fuel-pipeline works 

By: Shirley le Guern     29th November 2012 Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba and Transnet expressed confidence on Thursday that both the coastal terminal, located at Island View in Durban, and the inland terminal at Jameson Park, near Heidelberg, which comprised the second phase of the R23-billion New Multi Product Pipeline... 

Too early to review R300bn capex plan despite poor economic outlook 

By: Terence Creamer     10th July 2012 State-owned freight logistic group Transnet says it is too early to say whether the current poor economic outlook will force it to review its R300-billion capital expenditure (capex) plans for the seven-year period to 2019. CE Brian Molefe stressed, though, that the investment plan would not... 

South Sudan seeks $4bn for oil pipelines

By: John Muchira     22nd June 2012 South Sudan is banking on international lenders to help it raise the estimated $4-billion it requires to build oil pipelines that will reduce its dependence on facilities provided by its hostile northern neighbour. A South Sudan government official reports that the country is already in... 

$500bn infrastructrue plan to be presented to SADC leaders in August

By: Terence Creamer     19th June 2012 A Southern African Development Community (SADC) Regional Infrastructure Master Plan (RIMP), which could involve cross-border projects with a combined investment value of up to $500-billion, has been finalised and will be presented to the subregion’s heads of State for offical sanction at an... 

Mozambique govt studies coal-to-liquid plant

By: Natasha Odendaal     18th June 2012 Mozambique’s Ministry of Energy and Clean Carbon Industries (CCI) on Monday signed an agreement to undertake a full feasibility study for the development of a coal-to-liquid plant in the Tete province. The parties aimed to produce 40 000 bbl/d of transport fuel and chemical by-products from up... 

Comments sought on multiyear fuel-pipeline tariff dispensation 

By: Terence Creamer     17th May 2012 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) has invited public comment on a consultation paper it has published regarding the implementation of multiyear tariffs within the petroleum pipelines industry. The consultation paper was prepared in response to indications from some licensees... 

DoE initiates fuel price review, urges motorists to be efficient 

By: Henry Lazenby     3rd April 2012 Department of Energy (DoE) chief director for hydrocarbons Muzi Mkhize said on Tuesday that the department was reviewing how South Africa calculated its basic fuel price. The review has started and would be completed before the end of the current financial year, Mkhize said at a media briefing... 

Big fuel price hike announced as global demand rises 

By: Henry Lazenby     30th March 2012 Motorists will have to fork more for petrol and diesel from Wednesday, when the fuel price goes up on the back of increased global demand. Department of Energy (DoE) deputy director general of hydrocarbons and energy planning Tseliso Maqubela announced the fuel price hike, which will take effect... 

Malawi moves to build fuel reserves across three cities

By: Marcel Chimwala     30th March 2012 The Malawi government plans to invest $25-million in the construction of fuel reserves in the country’s three major cities of Lilongwe, Blantyre and Mzuzu. 

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