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Tribunal approves Vitol’s buyout of Engen
25th April 2024 By: Darren Parker

The Competition Tribunal has approved the proposed acquisition of petrol station brand Engen by independent energy marketing and trading company Vitol Emerald, subject to a set of competition and... 


Energy transition will take place in different ways at different rates in different regions
25th April 2024 By: Rebecca Campbell

The energy transition – from high carbon-emitting energy sources to low and zero carbon-emitting energy sources – will vary across different regions and countries, pointed out TotalEnergies VP... 


TotalEnergies committed to the energy transition, assures company executive
23rd April 2024 By: Rebecca Campbell

French multinational energy group TotalEnergies was committed to the energy transition and has a strategy for this, highlighted the group’s MD and CEO marketing and services and country chair and... 


Dangote's oil refinery in Nigeria
Africa needs to build more oil infrastructure
23rd April 2024 By: Schalk Burger

Africa's mid- and downstream oil products supply infrastructure is ageing and suffers from a lack of investment, outdated policy frameworks and insufficiencies in regional, national and urban... 


LPG gas bottles
Project envisions rollout of smart LPG, solar systems, hydrogen stoves to 3.51m indigent households
22nd April 2024 By: Darren Parker

Energy solutions company Kili Energy is spearheading a large-scale initiative, the Kili Energy Clean Energy Democratisation Project, to provide smart liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) canisters and... 


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US restricts drilling and mining in Alaska wilderness, angering state leaders
19th April 2024 By: Reuters

The Biden administration on Friday took steps to limit both oil and gas drilling and mining in Alaska, angering state officials who said the restrictions will cost jobs and make the US reliant on... 


Manufacturing support
19th April 2024 By: Riaan de Lange

The Department of Trade, Industry, and Competition (dtic) on April 4 released an information notice extending an invitation to submit a substantiated application for its Manufacturing Support... 


Standard Bank head of Southern Africa’s oil and gas coverage Paul Eardley-Taylor
South Africa needs 13 GW of gas-to-power capacity – more than the IRP envisions
17th April 2024 By: Darren Parker

Standard Bank head of Southern Africa’s oil and gas coverage Paul Eardley-Taylor has suggested that South Africa needs 13 GW of gas-to-power (GtP) capacity, rather than the 7.2 GW to 8.6 GW... 


German coal mines emit much more methane than reported, study says
German coal mines emit much more methane than reported, study says
16th April 2024 By: Bloomberg

German coal mines spew 184 times more methane than what the country reports to the United Nations, according to a new analysis by Ember. The energy think tank used methodology developed by... 


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Opec woos Namibia as African nation prepares to produce from 2030
16th April 2024 By: Reuters

The OPEC+ oil producers group, having lost Angola and other players in recent years, is eyeing Namibia for possible membership as it sets up what could be Africa’s fourth-largest output by the next... 


Woolworths launches regenerative farming practices campaign
12th April 2024 By: Schalk Burger

Retail company Woolworths has launched a Farming for the Future campaign, with the aim of encouraging farmers to implement regenerative farming practices. By partnering with farmers who adopt... 


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Industry well placed to respond to global demand
12th April 2024 By: Lumkile Nkomfe

African law firm Bowmans asserts that the local and broader Southern African manganese industries are well placed to respond to global demand for the commodity. With increased activity in steel... 


South African fossil fuel subsidies hit record R118bn in 2023 - IISD
South African fossil fuel subsidies hit record R118bn in 2023 - IISD
10th April 2024 By: Terence Creamer

A new study has found that South Africa's fossil fuel subsidies tripled between 2018 and 2023, rising to R118-billion from R39-billion over the period, with subsidies having been increased largely... 


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Virginia gas project, South Africa – update
5th April 2024 By: Sheila Barradas

Renergen has reached the final stages of its helium system integration. 


Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe
Mantashe names South African National Petroleum Company board, interim CEO
3rd April 2024 By: Terence Creamer

The inaugural board of the South African National Petroleum Company (SANPC) has been announced by Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe, who also confirmed Godfrey Moagi as the... 


Petrol prices to increase by more than 65c/ℓ, diesel by 3c/ℓ on April 3
28th March 2024 By: Schalk Burger

Prices for 93-octane petrol will increase by 65c/ℓ and 95-octane petrol by 67c/ℓ, while 0.05% sulphur diesel will increase by 3c/ℓ and 0.005% sulphur diesel by less than 2c/ℓ from April 3, the... 


Four sites have been selected for a solar PV pilot project, after which solar PV will be rolled out to all bpSA-owned sites
Energy major gears up to roll out solar across retail sites as it marks South African centenary
28th March 2024 By: Terence Creamer

Energy group bp Southern Africa (bpSA) has set the expansion of its service station network in South Africa as a key priority as it moves to mark its centenary in a country where it first began... 


AI, scarcity, power, and other datacentre trends
AI, scarcity, power, and other datacentre trends
27th March 2024

By Faith Waithaka, Cloud and Service Provider Segment Sales Lead: Anglophone Africa at Schneider Electric It’s easy to say that 2023 was the year of AI, or generative AI to be more specific.... 


RS PRO launches Industrial Control and Communication range of 1 250 new products across more than 18 technologies
RS PRO launches Industrial Control and Communication range of 1 250 new products across more than 18 technologies
26th March 2024

A trading brand of RS Group plc (LSE: RS1), a global digitally-led provider of product and service solutions for industrial customers, has announced RS PRO’s new Industrial Control and... 


Rio-Carb Pty Ltd Welcomes Conrad De Kock as a Project Engineer
26th March 2024

Rio-Carb the leading provider of the R-C 700 Wear Liner Range, is pleased to announce the addition of Conrad De Kock to our team as a Project Engineer. With an extensive wear solutions background,... 


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Alternative fuel production to increase during energy transition
22nd March 2024 By: Trent Roebeck

One of the foreseeable local and global energy transition trends in 2024, and beyond, is that of increased production of transport fuels made of vegetable oils and animal fats in the short term,... 


BW8 last under IRP 2019, nuclear ambitions not a pipe dream – Mantashe
22nd March 2024 By: Irma Venter

Bid Window 8 of government’s Renewable Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme will be the last bid window under the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) 2019, says Mineral Resources and Energy... 


African Refiners and Distributors Association conference to focus on infrastructure finance
20th March 2024 By: Schalk Burger

Industry organisation the African Refiners and Distributors Association (ARDA) will host a conference in Cape Town from April 22 to 26 to engage on key industry issues and identify financing... 


The ROSE Foundation celebrates 30years of success in used oil recycling
The ROSE Foundation celebrates 30years of success in used oil recycling
19th March 2024

More than 1.5 billion litres of hazardous used motor oil has been kept out of the environment, thanks to the efforts of the ROSE Foundation (Recycling Oil Saves the Environment) which celebrates 30... 


Energy Regulator approves 10.13% pipeline tariff hike on Durban-to-Alrode route
Energy Regulator approves 10.13% pipeline tariff hike on Durban-to-Alrode route
15th March 2024 By: Terence Creamer

The Energy Regulator has approved a 5.98% increase, from R6.8-billion in 2023/24 to R7.2-billion in 2024/25, in Transnet’s allowable revenue from petroleum pipelines system tariffs. “This... 


Petro SA's gas-to-liquids refinery in Mossel Bay
PetroSA confirms no injuries from fire at Mossel Bay refinery
15th March 2024 By: Marleny Arnoldi

State-owned Petroleum Oil and Gas Corporation of South Africa (PetroSA) has confirmed it safely contained and extinguished a fire at its gas-to-liquids refinery in Mossel Bay, with no sustained... 


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Company invests in driver, vehicle management systems
15th March 2024 By: Halima Frost

Specialist transport group Unitrans continues to invest heavily in various event-based in-vehicle management systems (IVMS) to ensure the safety of its drivers, fleet and cargo in its chemical and... 


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Industry body condemns fuel adulteration
15th March 2024

Industry body the South African Petroleum Industry Association (Sapia) has affirmed in a statement released in January that it condemns the adulteration of diesel with illuminating paraffin. It... 


Excise duty hikes a given
8th March 2024 By: Riaan de Lange

How many fingers do you have? A hint, when pointing your finger at someone else, you have three pointing back at you, as the adage goes. Want to reconsider your answer once you have finished... 


South Africa's current account deficit widens sharply in fourth quarter
7th March 2024 By: Reuters

South Africa's current account deficit widened sharply in the fourth quarter of 2023 to 2.3% of gross domestic product (GDP) from a revised 0.5% of GDP in the third quarter, central bank data... 


China sets tougher energy efficiency goal after falling behind on 2025 targets
5th March 2024 By: Reuters

China on Tuesday set more stringent energy intensity targets for 2024 after missing last year's goal, as the world's biggest energy consumer tries to keep from falling further behind on its climate... 


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Petrol price increase poses risks to other industries
5th March 2024 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

South Africa’s food security is in the spotlight, with current weather conditions posing enough of a threat to farmers to cause a potential yield loss of their crops, following the heatwaves and... 


Bid Window 8 the last under IRP 2019, nuclear ambitions not a pipe dream – Mantashe
Bid Window 8 the last under IRP 2019, nuclear ambitions not a pipe dream – Mantashe
5th March 2024 By: Irma Venter

Bid Window 8 of government’s Renewable Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme will be the last bid window under IRP 2019, says Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe. “We’ll... 


Chieta CE Yershen Pillay
Chieta announces new green hydrogen qualifications, skills programmes
4th March 2024 By: Darren Parker

The Chemical Industries Training and Education Authority (Chieta) will be registering new qualifications on green hydrogen and offering specialised skills programmes relevant to growing the green... 


A car being refilled with diesel
Petrol price to rise by R1.21 and diesel by nearly R1.19 from Wednesday
4th March 2024 By: Creamer Media Reporter

The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy has announced that the petrol price will increase by R1.21 a litre for all grades from midnight on March 5. The price of 0.05% sulphur diesel will... 


ROMPCO highlights its sustainability efforts on World Engineering Day
ROMPCO highlights its sustainability efforts on World Engineering Day
26th February 2024

A significant occasion to recognise the pivotal role of engineering in shaping our world is World Engineering Day on 4 March. This year’s theme is ‘Engineering Solutions for a Sustainable World’,... 


Europe, Africa oil markets tighten, lending support to futures
23rd February 2024 By: Reuters

Red Sea shipping delays and Opec+ supply cuts are tightening physical oil markets in Europe and Africa as well as the Brent crude market structure, lending further support to oil futures prices,... 


France’s $1.6bn uranium deal with Mongolia faces delays
23rd February 2024 By: Reuters

A $1.6-billion uranium mining deal between France and Mongolia that is part of French efforts to diversify supplies to power its fleet of nuclear reactors is running into political hurdles. A... 


BMW brings prototype hydrogen fleet to SA
BMW brings prototype hydrogen fleet to SA
20th February 2024

Vehicle manufacturer BMW South Africa has brought prototype hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles to South Africa to showcase the future mobility technology to local stakeholders, test its domestic... 


US moves to restore stockpiling ‘panic button’ in EV metals fight with China
US moves to restore stockpiling ‘panic button’ in EV metals fight with China
20th February 2024 By: Bloomberg

Insiders liken it to a “panic button.” And for more than 80 years, the primary job of the National Defense Stockpile has been to keep the US military supplied with essential raw materials and... 


Platreef exploration
Consultancy laments R10bn/y deficit in exploration investment against govt target
19th February 2024 By: Marleny Arnoldi

Despite the South African government having set a target to attract 5% of global exploration spend within five years from 2019, the country attracted just 0.8% of global exploration spend in 2022... 


WearCheck’s technical manager, Steven Lumley
SLIDING THROUGH TIME: Lubrication from stone age to modern age
19th February 2024

In part one of Lubrication from Stone Age to Modern Age (WearCheck Technical Bulletin 88), we slid through 5,000 years of lubrication history and left off at the end of the age of enlightenment in... 


BHP is planning to shut down its Nickel West operations (pictured), attributing the decision to a significant decline in nickel prices.
Industry welcomes WA nickel royalty rebate as step in right direction
19th February 2024 By: Mariaan Webb

The announcement from the Western Australian government, to provide 50% royalty relief over 18 months, to nickel producers is welcome news to an industry under pressure, says the Association of... 


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