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Study initiated to assess conversion of Kelvin power station from coal to gas

By: Terence Creamer     21st August 2018 A $1.3-million feasibility study has been initiated into the prospect of converting the coal-fired Kelvin power station, east of Johannesburg, into a 450 MW to 600 MW gas-fired power station. The study will also assess the potential for developing the Kelvin site into a gas distribution hub for... 

South Africa to align energy plans with SADC gas master plan

By: Terence Creamer     26th June 2018 Energy Minister Jeff Radebe has promised greater alignment between South Africa’s energy plans, included the new Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) for electricity, with a regional gas master plan, which is currently under development within the the 16-country Southern African Development Community... 

Prepare for greater generation competition, Radebe tells Eskom

By: Terence Creamer     4th June 2018 Energy Minister Jeff Radebe has hinted at possible dramatic changes in the structure of South Africa’s electricity supply industry, which is currently dominated by Eskom, a vertically integrated State-owned utility. During a recent stakeholder gathering the Minister responded strongly in the... 

South Africa to release new-look renewables bid window in November

By: Terence Creamer     1st June 2018 Energy Minister Jeff Radebe announced on Friday that South Africa would launch a fifth Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) bid window in November with the aim of procuring a further 1 800 MW of renewable energy from independent power producers (IPPs).... 

Radebe sees energy contributing $25bn to South Africa’s $100bn investment target

By: Terence Creamer     16th May 2018 Energy Minister Jeff Radebe says one-quarter, or $25-billion, of South Africa's newly announced five-year investment target of $100-billion could be met through investments in new energy projects, including a possible new greenfield crude oil refinery and a gas pipeline linking South Africa to... 

‘High priority’ IRP update to be published soon

By: Terence Creamer     10th April 2018 Department of Energy (DoE) director-general Thabane Zulu says the updated Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) is undergoing a final set of processes and consultations, as stipulated by Cabinet in December, before being published in the Government Gazette. Speaking at the Africa Power Roundtable in... 

Radebe ends years of IPP uncertainty, unlocks R56bn in renewables investment 

By: Terence Creamer     8th March 2018 Energy Minister Jeff Radebe moved decisively on Thursday to end the confidence-sapping uncertainty that has hung over South Africa’s independent power producer (IPP) programmes for more than two years, announcing that project agreements for 27 stalled renewable-energy projects would be signed on... 

Renewable energy procurement programme notches up successes despite delays

By: Kim Cloete     7th March 2018 A recent report has shown that 112 projects have been procured through the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers Procurement Programme (REIPPPP), with 62 of those having started commercial operations by December 31, 2017. The total infrastructure investment from 64 signed projects totals... 

M&R committed to deliver sub-Saharan power and water prospects as mega-project era draws to close 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      14th February 2018 The Power & Water business platform within JSE-listed engineering and construction group Murray & Roberts (M&R) is beginning to shift its attention from Eskom’s two megascale power station projects, in Limpopo and Mpumalanga respectively, to tackling a range of smaller opportunities in various... 

S Africa may lose out to other African gas sectors

By: Victor Moolman     19th January 2018 Several major international independent power producers and power generation developers are interested in South Africa’s gas-to-power programme (GPP), for which direction in the form of request for quotations and request for proposals from the Department of Energy (DoE) is keenly awaited.... 

South Africa must prepare for oil and gas supply gap

By: Robyn Wilkinson     1st December 2017 South Africa needs to bridge the growing supply and demand gap in its oil and gas sector, says global research and consultancy group Wood Mackenzie research associate Jon Lawrence. 

New merger boosts offering for Africa’s mining industry

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     10th November 2017 Multinational consulting, engineering and project management firm Amec Foster Wheeler has merged with industrial facilities specialist Wood Group to form a new company – Wood – that will specialise in the delivery of project, engineering and technical services in the energy and industrial... 

Development plan for gasfield submitted for approval

13th October 2017 Oil and gas company Aminex has submitted a development plan for the Ntorya field, located onshore in the Ruvuma basin, in Tanzania, to the Tanzania Petroleum Development Corporation (TPDC) for approval. 

Tlou secures mining licence for Lesedi CBM project

By: Anine Kilian     21st August 2017 Aim- and ASX-listed Tlou Energy has been granted a mining licence for its Lesedi coal-bed methane (CBM) gas project, in Botswana. “The mining license for the Lesedi CBM project was the first application of its kind to be lodged in Botswana. The awarding of the licence by the Ministry [of Mineral... 

IDC approves R218m loan for development of Free State natural gas project 

By: Terence Creamer     24th May 2017 South Africa’s State-owned Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) has approved R218-million in loan finance to support the further development of a natural gas resource in the Free State through the creation of a 107-km pipeline network and associated gas processing facilities. The funding,... 

Indian LNG demand to take a dip in the short term

By: Ajoy K Das     19th April 2017 Indian demand for imported liquefied natural gas (LNG) is expected to dip sharply after the government pulled the plug on a scheme supplying subsidised natural gas to power generating plants. Halting the supply of subsidised LNG is expected to shave off at least two-million tons from 22-million... 

UCG power plant developer eagerly awaits procurement programme

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th March 2017 Multifaceted resource and technology company African Carbon Energy (Africary), which plans to develop an underground coal gasification (UCG) power plant project at its one-billion-ton coal deposit in Theunissen, in the Free State, says it has been bid-ready for the domestic gas independent power... 

New African owners of Ibhubesi gas prospect aim to settle Ankerlig supply deal in 2017

By: Terence Creamer     15th December 2016 The new African owners of the Ibhubesi Gas Project (IGP), off South Africa’s West Coast, report that negotiations with Eskom for the supply of gas to the Ankerlig power station are ongoing, with the conclusion of a gas supply agreement (GSA) targeted for the second quarter of 2017. The project... 

Gas technology group makes case for flexibility as South Africa mulls power road map 

By: Terence Creamer     7th December 2016 Leading gas-engine technology provider Wärtsilä has started making the case for greater flexibility within South Africa's evolving electricity supply industry, as well as within the gas-to-power subsector itself, as the country seeks comment on its future electricity road map. The Finnish group,... 

Sasol turns focus to oil in Moz after shoring up gas for 400 MW power plant

By: Terence Creamer     25th November 2016 South African energy and chemicals group Sasol has completed drilling two gas wells in southern Mozambique and has since turned its attention to the development of two commercial oil reservoirs, located in close proximity to its producing gas fields in Temane and Pande. Under the terms of the... 

South Africa won’t change IPP course ‘midstream’ 

By: Terence Creamer     22nd August 2016 Cabinet appears to have put paid to Eskom efforts to halt the country’s highly regarded independent power producer (IPP) programme, with Minister in The Presidency for Performance Monitoring and Evaluation Jeff Radebe indicating on Monday that there was no intention to “change course midstream”.... 

Cooperation needed to save PGMs industry

By: Simon Sonnekus     19th August 2016 Owing to the lower overall platinum group metals (PGMs) price, platinum producers have started to review opportunities to work together through joint ventures.  

Eskom letter sends shock waves through private power sector 

By: Terence Creamer     21st July 2016 News of Eskom’s letter to Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson – seeking clarity on the approach the utility should take to contracting in future with independent power producers (IPPs) – sent shock waves through the private power community, which is only just starting to find its feet in a... 

Eskom reports strong profit recovery despite another fall in yearly sales 

By: Terence Creamer     5th July 2016 Despite another, albeit modest, fall in electricity sales, State-owned electricity producer Eskom reported a strong recovery in its financial performance for 2016, with net profit rising to R4.6-billion from R200-million in 2015. At the interim stage, however, net profit stood at R11.3-billion,... 

Sasol investing $1.4bn to grow Mozambique gas platform 

By: Terence Creamer     30th May 2016 Energy group Sasol has started drilling the first of what will be 12 new gas and oil wells in Mozambique where the government recently approved a production sharing agreement (PSA), as well as a field development plan for the resources, which are in the same neighbourhood as Sasol’s producing... 

Minister outlines 2016/17 gas IPP, FSRU procurement plans 

By: Terence Creamer     18th May 2016 Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson indicates that the procurement processes for the gas-to-power (GTP) programme and associated gas infrastructure will begin taking shape during the course of the 2016/17 financial year, with a request for proposals scheduled for the fourth quarter.... 

Saudi group keen to expand South African solar footprint well beyond Bokpoort  

By: Terence Creamer     13th May 2016 Located on a dead flat piece of land about an hour-and-a-half’s drive from Upington and close to the Orange river, the curved solar collector mirrors, gleaming pipes and large molten-salt tanks of the 50 MW Bokpoort concentrated solar power (CSP) plant stand in stark industrial contrast to the... 

South Africa moves to procure 600 MW gas-fired power project 

By: Terence Creamer     11th May 2016 The Department of Energy (DoE) has confirmed plans to procure a new 600 MW gas-fired power generation project, to developed as a public-private partnership. It is envisaged that the private ‘strategic partner’ will work with the State-owned companies (SoCs) to implement the project, with private... 

LNG imports a real option for South Africa – IGU president 

By: Terence Creamer     5th April 2016 The development of liquefied natural gas (LNG) export capacity in countries such as the US and Australia is transforming gas into a “global energy market” and creating opportunities for countries such as South Africa to diversify its energy mix and bolster security of supply. This is the view of... 

Coal baseload bidder expects IPP project evaluation to begin early April 

By: Terence Creamer     18th March 2016 One of the two bidders for the first round of South Africa’s Coal Baseload Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (CBIPPPP), Marubeni, of Japan, expects the evaluation of bids to begin in April, following an initial delay in the Independent Power Producer (IPP) Office receiving the... 

Sasol sees another R8bn half-year capex going into Southern Africa 

By: Martin Creamer     7th March 2016 After spending half-year capital of R8.6-billion in Southern Africa in the six months to December 31, integrated chemicals and energy group Sasol expects to invest a similar capital amount in the region in the current half year. Speaking to Creamer Media’s Engineering News Online after the... 

It could be a ‘year, two, or more’ before SA has nuclear certainty – Gordhan 

By: Terence Creamer     25th February 2016 Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan indicated on Thursday that it could be a “year, or two, or more” before South Africa had certainty on how it would be proceeding with its contentious plan to introduce new nuclear capacity to the electricity mix. In an interview with ENCA the day after Budget 2016,... 

Independent power solution now ‘critical’ to Saldanha steel mill's survival 

By: Terence Creamer     4th February 2016 ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) revealed on Thursday that it was reviewing the future business case of its Saldanha Works, in the Western Cape, where the steel mill’s viability had come under severe pressure as a result of persistent electricity price increases. The warning over the mill’s... 

Service provider to highlight need for reliable power supply

By: Kimberley Smuts     22nd January 2016 The mining industry is battling resource challenges and the risks associated with secure power supply, coupled with projected utility costs, are undoubtedly prohibitive to industry’s profitability and growth, Cummins Africa power solutions director Kenneth Gaynor tells Mining Weekly. As such,... 

On-The-Air (27/11/2015) 

By: Martin Creamer     27th November 2015 Imported gas is being earmarked to kickstart South Africa’s new gas-to-power electricity vision; Natural gas is to be used as a transport fuel to bus children to school in the Free State; Gold Fields is building a 3D model so that investors can see exactly what’s going on 3 km underground while... 

Imported LNG set to kickstart gas-to-power vision  

By: Sashnee Moodley     27th November 2015 Creamer Media's Sashnee Moodley speaks to Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer about imported liquefied natural gas initiating greater gas use in South Africa. 

Operation Phakisa advancement emphasised

27th November 2015 Government’s Operation Phakisa, which is expected to unlock the economic potential of South Africa’s oceans and, thereby, advance offshore oil and gas exploration, “should be implemented without much delay”, notes the Coega Development Corporation (CDC), whose industrial development zone (IDZ) in... 

Imported LNG set to kickstart gas-to-power vision – Sasol

By: Martin Creamer     24th November 2015 Imported liquefied natural gas (LNG) is expected to initiate the greater use of gas in South Africa’s currently coal-dominated electricity generation. Anticipated is the establishment of infrastructure at South African ports, such as Saldanha Bay, Coega or Richards Bay, to facilitate the... 

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