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Liquified Natural Gas News

Gas still has a crucial role to play in South Africa’s energy mix – Kearney

By: Darren Parker     23rd May 2024 Gas has an important role to play in South Africa’s energy transition journey, Kearney partner Prashaen Reddy says amid calls for public comments on a draft Gas Master Plan, which was released for comment at the end of April. He notes that the Southern Africa region has had several recent gas... 

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

Renergen successfully producing liquid helium at Virginia project

By: Simone Liedtke     6th May 2024 ASX- and JSE-listed gas producer Renergen is now able to liquify helium in batches from its wells at the Virginia gas project, in South Africa’s Free State province. Since April 2, the original-equipment manufacturer (OEM) that supplied the equipment had brought the helium cold box to the... 

Local supplier establishes LPG division

By: Trent Roebeck     26th April 2024 Eligible small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in South Africa will benefit from cylinder manufacturer Cylinders4Africa’s (C4A’s) establishing a liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) bulk tank supply division, which is set to start operations in May 2024. The company will also be involved in the... 

An image of a C4A cylinder
GRAND GAS PROJECT C4A's gas cylinder vessels will be supplied to Gas Brand for use at the Build It gas depot locations opening in Honeydew, Ventersdorp and Magaliesburg

Cryogenics technology, expertise crucial in future gas economy

By: Darren Parker     18th April 2024 Cryogenics technology and expertise are becoming increasingly important as South Africa plans on leaning into using liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a major source of energy, Howden senior application engineer Pieter Swart said at mine ventilation solutions developer Howden’s Technology Day, hosted... 

LNG terminal

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

Renergen’s helium plant integration nearly complete

By: Darren Parker     28th March 2024 Gas producer Renergen is approaching the final stages of its helium system integration, which will mark a significant step forward in its operations, making South Africa one of only eight countries to produce liquid helium. In a quarterly update issued on March 28, the company said the... 

Renergen's Virgina plant
Renergen's Virgina plant

TNPA boosts energy hub status in the Port of Richards Bay

By: Sabrina Jardim     20th March 2024 State-owned Transnet National Port Authority’s (TNPA’s) Port of Richards Bay is set to become a key hub for energy trade through the provision of bulk infrastructure to two sites located at the South Dunes precinct, in KwaZulu-Natal. The development, which is set for completion at the end of May,... 

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

Zululand Energy Terminal partners test market appetite for LNG services

By: Terence Creamer     12th March 2024 The Vopak Terminal Durban & Transnet Pipelines joint venture selected recently as the preferred bidder for a proposed liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal at Richards Bay has issued an expression of interests (EOI) to test market appetite for booking capacity at the so-called Zululand Energy... 

Port of Richards Bay
Port of Richards Bay

Sasol launches its new forecourt station design

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     4th March 2024 The Sasol Energy Business recently launched its new forecourt design, referred to as Mark – V design, to industry. The new retail forecourt and convenience store design, launched in Secunda, Mpumalanga, is said to reflect the future of Sasol forecourt build and design. 

An image showing Sasol's new forecourt design
Sasol's new forecourt design

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

Tens of thousands flee in new wave of brutal Mozambique attacks

By: Reuters     29th February 2024 Tens of thousands of Mozambicans are fleeing their homes in the restive Cabo Delgado province amid a surge in deadly insurgent attacks since January. The attacks, despite a massive security clampdown, are continuing as French oil company TotalEnergies aims to restart a $20-billion liquefied... 

Security forces operating in Mozambique

Renergen welcomes new substantial shareholder

By: Simone Liedtke     22nd February 2024 Gas producer Renergen has welcomed Ye Jia as the company's newest substantial shareholder, following his acquisition of the entire shareholding from private company Notable Pioneer. Jia now holds 5.69% of Renergen's total issued ordinary share capital. 

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

Renergen resumes LNG deliveries

By: Simone Liedtke     15th February 2024 Liquefied natural gas (LNG) deliveries from the Virginia project, in the Free State, have restarted following a planned maintenance outage, gas producer Renergen confirmed on February 15. The delays suffered during the planned maintenance outage were primarily owing to the scheduled maintenance... 

Renergen's Virginia gas project
Renergen's Virginia gas project

Gas users call for urgent policy and infrastructure decisions to avert 2026 ‘day zero’ 

By: Terence Creamer     13th February 2024 The Industrial Gas Users Association – Southern Africa (IGUA-SA) is warning of a gas supply ‘day zero’ for several large and small manufacturing enterprises and says that urgent decisions will be required within the coming four months if South Africa is to avoid a looming “gas cliff” within the... 

Sasol's gas processing facility and pipeline

Africa’s biggest oil and gas finds are doing little for economies at home

By: Bloomberg     12th February 2024 The last thing Senegal needed in its long-drawn-out effort to capitalize on large oil and gas finds off its coast was political turmoil. Africa’s newest natural gas superstar had bubbled with optimism when BP, Woodside Energy Group and Kosmos Energy agreed to develop the fields off the shores of... 

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

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

IMF sees TotalEnergies restarting Mozambique LNG project in early 2024

By: Bloomberg     18th January 2024 A group led by TotalEnergies will likely resume work on a liquefied natural gas (LNG) project in Mozambique early this year, according to the International Monetary Fund, after a raid by Islamic State-linked militants led to a near-three-year freeze on the more-than $20 billion project.... 

TotalEnergies offices with its logo

OPITO-approved survival courses launched locally, 10-year anniversary celebrated

By: Donna Slater     19th December 2023 The Offshore Africa Training Centre (OATC) will celebrate its ten year anniversary in 2024, commemorating the occasion with the launch of its energy industry not-for-profit organisation OPITO-approved survival courses on February 22, 2024. As South Africa aims to enhance its energy security... 

Charles Dos Santos to succeed Rob Richardson as Air Products South Africa MD

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     1st December 2023 Air Products South Africa has announced that Charles Dos Santos will succeed Rob Richardson as MD with effect from February 1, 2024. Richardson has led the company since 2016 but has announced his intention to retire at the end of March 2024, which will allow for a smooth leadership transition. 

COP 28 to host fossil fuels debate

By: Halima Frost     1st December 2023 This year’s Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, referred to globally as COP 28 and being held from November 30 to December 12 in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), will look to address environmental issues, including decarbonisation... 

A glass glob perched on green moss signifying a global drive to a greener economy
GLOBALLY GREEN The drive to a decarbonised economy will again be addressed at this years Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

$13.5tr needed by 2050 for decarbonisation, especially in hard-to-abate industry sectors

By: Schalk Burger     28th November 2023 The world will require $13.5-trillion in investments by 2050 to transition to a more sustainable and carbon-neutral future, particularly in the production, energy and transport sectors, the World Economic Forum (WEF) states in its 'Net-Zero Industry Tracker 2023' report, which was published in... 

Karpowership SA secures environmental authorisation for Saldanha Bay project

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     24th November 2023 Karpowership South Africa (SA), the local entity of Turkish company Karpowership, has welcomed the granting of an environmental authorisation (EA) for its Saldanha Bay project by the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment (DFFE). It says this is another step forward for the company... 

An image showing Karpowership's project in Brazil
Photo by Creamer Media's Tasneem Bulbulia
Karpowership's project in Brazil

Environmental groups urge funding halt for TotalEnergies' Mozambique project

By: Reuters     17th November 2023 Banks and other financiers should withdraw their support of TotalEnergies' $20 billion liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal in Mozambique, environmental lobby groups urged in a letter sent to more than two dozen project funders on Friday. The letter, seen by Reuters, comes at a crucial juncture... 

TNPA issues Eol for small, medium-scale LNG imports

By: Irma Venter     17th November 2023 Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has published an expression of interest (EoI) document to determine market appetite for small- to medium-scale liquefied natural gas (LNG) imports through the ports of Durban, Cape Town, East London, Saldanha Bay and Mossel Bay. The EoI seeks to explore... 

Sipho Nkosi resigns as Sasol chair

By: Darren Parker     13th November 2023 Sipho Nkosi has stepped down as chairperson and nonexecutive director of energy and chemicals company Sasol, effective November 10.  His decision to resign emanated from the conclusion that, while he was comfortable that he would be able to comply with the conflict-of-interest requirements of the... 

former Sasol chairperson and nonexecutive director Sipho Nkosi
Sipho Nkosi has stepped down as Sasol chairperson and nonexecutive director

Uganda, Tanzania agree to do feasibility study on gas pipeline

By: Reuters     10th November 2023 Uganda and Tanzania have signed an agreement on a feasibility study for a gas pipeline linking Tanzania's vast but remote deepwater gas fields to Kampala, their two energy ministers said. Tanzania is awaiting cabinet approval for a $42-billion liquefied natural gas (LNG) project to unlock the... 

Sasol defends disclosure of potential decarbonisation shortcomings as responsible corporate citizenship

By: Darren Parker     3rd November 2023 Energy and chemicals company Sasol has taken exception to nonprofit organisation Just Share accusing it of shirking its responsibility to meet its previously stated goal of reducing its greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions by 30% by 2030, claiming that the disclosure of risks is simply part of being a... 

sasol sign

Mantashe seeks to extend life of coal-fired power stations

3rd November 2023 Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe has called on the private sector to “please and come talk to us” if they have any ideas on extending the life of South Africa’s fleet of coal-fired power stations. “There are many that have been earmarked for decommissioning because they are... 

Transnet Ports to weigh interest in small- to medium-scale LNG imports 

By: Irma Venter     30th October 2023 Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has published an expression of interest (EoI) document to determine market appetite for small- to medium-scale liquefied natural gas (LNG) imports through the ports of Durban, Cape Town, East London, Saldanha Bay and Mossel Bay. The EoI seeks to explore... 

Image of the Port of Durban
The Port of Durban

Germany's Scholz says his country willing to invest in Nigerian gas, minerals

By: Reuters     29th October 2023 German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said on Sunday his country was willing to invest in gas and critical minerals in Nigeria, Africa's largest oil producer, as he started a two-nation visit to sub-Saharan Africa. This is the third visit to the region by Scholz in two years and comes as conflicts... 

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz
Photo by Reuters
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz

TotalEnergies hopeful Mozambican LNG project can restart next year

By: Irma Venter     20th October 2023 TotalEnergies is “hopeful” it will be possible to restart the $20-billion liquefied natural gas (LNG) project in northern Mozambique in early 2024, says TotalEnergies Gas, Renewables and Power long-term LNG marketing and business development deputy VP Christophe Auger.  TotalEnergies holds a... 

Image of Total Energies logo
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