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Kinetiko thrilled with successful onshore gas-to-power demonstration in South Africa

By: Creamer Media Reporter      14th May 2024 ASX-listed Kinetiko Energy has successfully demonstrated that it can produce gas-to-power (GtP) from an onshore natural gas resource at its Amersfoort project, in Mpumalanga, South Africa. The company is focused on developing an energy transition solution for South Africa focused on... 

Green hydrogen community development toolkit launched

By: Darren Parker     10th May 2024 Green Hydrogen South Africa (GHSA), with support from the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), has developed a community development toolkit (CDTK) to support project developers in effectively engaging with local communities. The CDTK will be piloted in June. Project... 

Opinion: A symphony of solutions – South Africa’s tech-agnostic energy mix

10th May 2024 In this article, renewable energy solutions provider Scatec sub-Saharan Africa project development VP Alberto Gambacorta writes about the need for South Africa to adopt a technology-agnostic and diversified approach to power generation. 

Scatec's Kalkbult solar plant

Big guns will speak at Enlit

By: Halima Frost     10th May 2024 Advisory and analytics firm Frost & Sullivan, a global strategy consulting and market intelligence firm with a long-standing presence in Africa will again be represented by its partner and Africa CEO Hendrik Malan at this year’s Enlit Africa 2024, which will be held at the Cape Town International... 

Gas cylinders in front of a gas transporting ship
NATURAL SELECTION The increased uptake if natural gas will be the talking point at a panel discussion held at this year’s Enlit Africa

Cumulative effort to transform grids a hot topic

By: Halima Frost     10th May 2024 Of the 103 countries that in 2020 pledged to reduce global carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane emissions by at least 30%, 54 are African, says global technology giant Siemens South Africa CEO sub-Saharan Africa Sabine Dall’Omo. These countries have agreed to implement Nationally Determined... 

Siemens South Africa CEO sub-Saharan Africa Sabine Dall’Omo standing on a stage talking
SABINE DALL"OMO A panel – The Factors Determining Success in Transitioning to a Low-Carbon Future – will be sponsored by Siemens, and be led by Dall’Omo on May 22

City of Joburg working on 'innovative measures’ to reduce power outages, promises Mayor Gwamanda 

By: Thabi Shomolekae     2nd May 2024 City of Johannesburg mayor Kabelo Gwamanda announced on Thursday that the City intends to add an additional 50 MW of power to its grid by bringing online the Durban Street Substation, in the next financial year. Gwamanda was presenting the State of the City Address in Johannesburg, where he said... 

Image of Kabelo Gwamanda
Johannesburg mayor Kabelo Gwamanda

Cape Town targeting this year as starting date for turning waste into power 

By: Irma Venter     30th April 2024 The City of Cape Town (CoCT) says it is moving closer to turning landfill waste into energy, with two projects that are designed to produce electricity from the combustion of landfill gas moving towards implementation. Landfill gas, primarily made up of methane, is produced when organic matter,... 

Image of a landfill

Draft Gas Master Plan released amid supply ‘cliff’ warnings 

By: Terence Creamer     29th April 2024 South Africa’s much-delayed draft Gas Master Plan (GMP2024) has been released for public comment by Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe, amid indications that the gap between demand and supply will grow steeply from 2026 onwards when Sasol ceases to supply Gauteng and... 

Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe
Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe

Namibia's Kudu gas-to-power project faces further delays, sources say

By: Reuters     25th April 2024 BW Energy has postponed the final investment decision (FID) on its long-delayed Kudu gas-to-power project in Namibia to 2025, two company sources said on Thursday. "It is true, we have delayed FID," said one source without elaborating. Both sources declined to be named as they were not authorised... 

Nelson Mandela University-led consortium to develop green hydrogen feasibility study

By: Darren Parker     22nd April 2024 A consortium led by Nelson Mandela University and boutique consultancy firm Ikigai Group has won a UK Government grant under the South Africa-UK Partnering for Accelerated Climate Transitions (Pact) programme to deliver an innovative feasibility study to explore the viability of green hydrogen... 

Green hydrogen symbol on a tank

South Africa needs 13 GW of gas-to-power capacity – more than the IRP envisions  

By: Darren Parker     17th April 2024 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 outlined in the draft Integrated Resource Plan 2023. Speaking at mine ventilation solutions developer... 

Standard Bank head of Southern Africa’s oil and gas coverage Paul Eardley-Taylor
Standard Bank head of Southern Africa’s oil and gas coverage Paul Eardley-Taylor discusses the need for increased gas-to-power capacity in South Africa's energy mix. Video and editing: Shadwyn Dickinson

Electricity outlook for winter  

By: Creamer Media Reporter      12th April 2024 Engineering News editor Terence Creamer discusses the halt in loadshedding over recent weeks; what South Africans should expect for the higher-demand winter period; and the longer-term outlook for South Africa's electricity sector. 

Electricity outlook for winter
Electricity outlook for winter

Role of gas in SA’s future energy mix under intense scrutiny

By: Darren Parker     5th April 2024 Given South Africa’s ongoing energy crisis, there remains much debate around whether gas should be included in the future energy mix and, if so, how much. Advocates argue that the fossil fuel is a necessity and a step up from coal – since it produces fewer carbon emissions when burned – but many... 

gas pipes leading to gas terminal
GAS CLIFF Until local gas resources come on stream, an impending gas shortage undermines South Africa’s near-term future dependence on it

BLSA calls for immediate reworking of IRP, describing assumptions as ‘spurious’ 

By: Terence Creamer     2nd April 2024 Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA), whose members include the largest domestic and foreign companies operating in South Africa, has added its voice to a growing chorus of opposition to the draft Integrated Resource Plan 2023 (IRP 2023) and has called for it to be “revised immediately”.... 

Business Leadership South Africa CEO Busisiwe Mavuso
Business Leadership South Africa CEO Busisiwe Mavuso

Release of Gas Master Plan approved at Cabinet’s last official meeting ahead of May poll 

By: Terence Creamer     28th March 2024 Cabinet approved the publication of the long-awaited Gas Master Plan for public comment during what was the last formal meeting of the executive ahead of the May 29 election. However, Minister in The Presidency Khumbudzo Ntshavheni indicated that special Cabinet meetings could still be convened... 

Minister in The Presidency Khumbudzo Ntshavheni
Minister in The Presidency Khumbudzo Ntshavheni

Draft IRP 2023 lacks environmental, health, climate commitments, says Life After Coal

By: Schalk Burger     27th March 2024 Coal phase-out campaign the Life After Coal Campaign, in its comments on the draft Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) 2023, said the plan has fundamental flaws and expressed skepticism in the plan's ability to ensure cost-effective electricity supply, energy security and to uphold the Constitutional... 

A coal-fired power plant operated by Eskom

Mixed generation necessary for ‘seamless’ energy transition

By: Trent Roebeck     22nd March 2024 The energy transition – in South Africa, Africa, and globally – entails an appropriate mix of energy generation sources, including gas, hydrogen power and renewables, in order to achieve the goals of energy security, decarbonisation and emission reduction, says energy technology company GE... 

An image of GE Vernova’s Sub-Saharan Africa gas power service MD Kenneth Oyakhire.
KENNETH OYAKHIRE During this energy transition, efforts ought to include hydrogen as an energy source, incorporate carbon capture and sequestration solutions, enable the digitising and orchestrating the grid and the adoption of more fuel-efficient fleets

Renergen, Airsol deal now complete

By: Simone Liedtke     20th March 2024 Gas producer Renergen has completed all the required steps for Airsol, a company fully owned by SOL S, to invest in special bonds called convertible debentures. These bonds can be turned into Renergen shares once the gas producer starts selling its shares to the public on the Nasdaq stock market.... 

IRP 2023 comment deadline fast approaching  

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th March 2024 Engineering News editor Terence Creamer discusses the fast-approaching deadline for public comment on the draft Integrated Resource Plan of 2023 and stakeholders' likely reaction. 

IRP 2023 comment deadline fast approaching
IRP 2023 comment deadline fast approaching

Conclusions in opaque IRP 2023 are ‘incorrect and economically damaging’ 

By: Terence Creamer     19th March 2024 In an excoriating assessment of the draft Integrated Resource Plan 2023 (IRP 2023), Meridian Economics points to serious problems with the modelling and cost assumptions used by the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE), which the consultancy says has resulted in “incorrect and... 

Unconstrained IRP would have far more wind and solar PV, analysis shows
Unconstrained IRP would have far more wind and solar PV, analysis shows

Industrial gas users prepare to make ‘orderly transition’ case at crunch gas-cliff meeting  

By: Terence Creamer     14th March 2024 The creation of a formal public-private platform to assess solutions to a pending “gas cliff” for industrial consumers in South Africa points to the fact that the issue is finally being taken seriously by all stakeholders, Industrial Gas Users Association of South Africa (IGUA-SA) executive... 

Industrial Gas Users Association of South Africa executive director Jaco Human
Industrial Gas Users Association of South Africa executive director Jaco Human

Local gas supplies not likely to come on stream in time for South Africa to avoid a 'gas cliff' 

By: Darren Parker     13th March 2024 Although gas is widely regarded as a necessary part of South Africa’s future energy mix, Presidential Climate Commission (PCC) head of mitigation Steve Nicholls is not convinced that a reliable source of local gas supply will be brought to bear in time for the approaching “gas cliff”. The country... 

Speakers who participated in the webinar hosted by Creamer Media on March 13.
The Role of Gas in South Africa’s Energy Transition

SDCEA, groundWork approach court to review Richard's Bay gas-to-power plant

By: Schalk Burger     11th March 2024 Environmental justice groups groundWork and the South Durban Community Environmental Alliance (SDCEA), represented by the Centre for Environmental Rights (CER), have filed a review application to challenge the decision to uphold an environmental authorisation, granted in November 2022, for the... 

Move to formalise deal on injecting private skills into Eskom amid plan to add and recover 10.6 GW by end-2025  

By: Terence Creamer     6th March 2024 Government and business have set a goal of increasing South Africa’s electricity generation capacity by 10.6 GW by the end of 2025 as part of ongoing collaborative efforts to tackle growth-sapping power disruptions and reduce the intensity and almost daily frequency of loadshedding by year-end.... 

Kendal power station

TNPA to appoint developer soon for common-user infrastructure required for LNG terminal 

By: Terence Creamer     4th March 2024 South Africa’s Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) expects to appoint a developer within months for the common-user infrastructure required to support the proposed liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal at the Port of Richards Bay, in KwaZulu-Natal. In January, the State-owned company... 

Port of Durban
Port of Durban

100 MW of OCGT power to be available in Gauteng by April – Lesufi

By: Schalk Burger     20th February 2024 Johannesburg power utility City Power would, on behalf of the Gauteng government, add 100 MW of electricity capacity to the grid to assist the Gauteng province in its goal to reduce the impact of loadshedding on residents. The 100 MW would be generated using open-cycle gas turbine technology and... 

Gauteng Premier Panyaza Lesufi
Gauteng Premier Panyaza Lesufi

Energy Council of South Africa joins World Energy Council

By: Schalk Burger     19th February 2024 The Energy Council of South Africa has become a member of the United Nations-affiliated global body the World Energy Council (WEC), which will serve to strengthen the standing of the Energy Council of South Africa and provide access to a range of international resources and global networks, as... 

South Africa's gas cliff   

By: Creamer Media Reporter      16th February 2024 Engineering News editor Terence Creamer discusses South Africa's gas cliff and the warning of a likely 'day zero' in the coming two years, as well as the possible risks associated with some for the proposed solutions.   

South Africa's gas cliff
South Africa's gas cliff

Event aims to catalyse change, progress in next decade

By: Simone Liedtke     16th February 2024 With a focus on long-term sustainable development and innovation, African energy sector-focused event Africa Energy Indaba (AEI) aims to catalyse change and progress over the next decade. The 2024 iteration of this event will be a “prime example” of this ongoing event’s relevance to the industry,... 

LATEST ITERATION
The 2024 iteration of the Africa Energy Indaba reflects a comprehensive strategy designed to address both immediate and future energy challenges
LATEST ITERATION The 2024 iteration of the Africa Energy Indaba reflects a comprehensive strategy designed to address both immediate and future energy challenges

Pipeline progress enhances Southern Africa’s energy market, capacity

By: Simone Liedtke     16th February 2024 Gas is a key enabler for economic growth and social development in the Southern Africa region, and a cleaner alternative to fossil fuels, says joint venture (JV) Republic of Mozambique Pipeline Investments Company (Rompco) CEO Mlandzeni Boyce, who underscores the importance of gas as a... 

MOZAMBIQUE-SECUNDA PIPELINE
Rompco operates the 865 km pipeline linking Mozambique’s gas fields to markets in Mozambique and industrial operations in Secunda
MOZAMBIQUE-SECUNDA PIPELINE Rompco operates the 865 km pipeline linking Mozambique’s gas fields to markets in Mozambique and industrial operations in Secunda

DMRE to remodel draft IRP 2023 in light of new information, curtailment plans 

By: Schalk Burger     1st February 2024 Many of the submissions the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) has received from the first round of public engagements about the draft Integrated Resource Plan 2023 (IRP 2023) in January have revealed new sources of data to consider in the plan’s modelling, DMRE energy planning... 

Power lines with the Kendal power station in the background

Africa’s flatlining electricity trajectory requires urgent intervention – IEA 

By: Terence Creamer     24th January 2024 A new International Energy Agency (IEA) report on electricity highlights that per person electricity demand across Africa has been stagnant for three decades, making the continent a worrying outlier in electricity demand trends. As of 2023, 600-million people, or more than 40% of the African... 

Big divergence as African electricity demand flatlined over the past three decades and India and South East Asia's surged
Photo by IEA
Big divergence as African electricity demand flatlined over the past three decades and India and South East Asia's surged

Financial closure for $90m small-scale LNG plant in Tanzania imminent

By: Darren Parker     22nd January 2024 Energy solutions company KS Energy is targeting financial closure this year for the first phase of a small-scale liquefied natural gas (LNG) supply chain in partnership with a Tanzanian gas producer, with first gas offtake expected in early 2026. The capital expenditure for the liquefication... 

TPDC MD Mussa Makame and KS Energy Group CEO Steve Martin sign agreement
TPDC MD Mussa Makame and KS Energy Group CEO Steve Martin sign the agreement

DBSA to support participation of black firms, communities in bid windows for renewables, batteries and gas

By: Terence Creamer     22nd January 2024 State-owned development financier the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) is gearing up to play a role in the public procurement of 7 615 MW of new electricity generation and storage capacity, including by facilitating participation for black-owned entities and communities. The DBSA has,... 

Wind turbines

Electricity procurement picks up pace  

By: Chanel de Bruyn     19th January 2024 Engineering News editor Terence Creamer discusses the efforts being made to reinvigorate South Africa's public procurement of new electricity capacity after recent disappointments and amid ongoing loadshedding, as well as the key messages that emerged from bidders’ conferences on the country's... 

Photo of Terence Creamer
Electricity procurement picks up pace

Reliable electricity must be prioritised over transition

19th January 2024 The sheer urgency of addressing energy insecurity in Africa demands that a reliable grid is prioritised first and other energy concerns, such as transitioning to renewable-energy sources, second, says energy advocacy group African Energy Chamber executive chairperson NJ Ayuk. Ayuk critiques... 

An image of delegates at COP28
DOUBLE STANDARDS Western leaders often pressure African countries to transition to renewable energy without considering the realities of these countries

1 000 MW gas-to-power cap placed on Richards Bay for first gas procurement round 

By: Terence Creamer     18th January 2024 While ‘location agnostic’, South Africa’s inaugural 2 000 MW gas-to-power (GtP) procurement round is limiting the development of facilities in the City of uMhlathuze, where KwaZulu-Natal’s deep-water Port of Richards Bay has been earmarked as a future gas hub, to 1 000 MW – a threshold that will... 

TNPA recently selected a preferred bidder for a 25-year LNG terminal concession in the Port of Richards Bay's South Dunes precinct
TNPA recently selected a preferred bidder for a 25-year LNG terminal concession in the Port of Richards Bay's South Dunes precinct
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