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Pipelines & Storage News

bp, Shell agree to sell Sapref land, associated assets to the CEF

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     27th May 2024 Following successful negotiations, bp Southern Africa and Shell Downstream South Africa (SDSA) have reached an agreement for the sale of their respective 50% ownership of assets located at the Sapref refinery precinct, in KwaZulu-Natal, to South African State-owned entity the Central Energy Fund... 

Puma Energy’s Africa head calls for urgent development of energy infrastructure on the continent

By: Irma Venter     10th May 2024 Puma Energy Africa head Fadi Mitri has issued a call to action to the African Refiners and Distributors Association (ARDA) to urgently develop the continent’s energy infrastructure. ARDA is the pan-African organisation for the downstream oil sector. 

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... 

Transnet volumes, revenue up, but falls short of recovery targets

By: Darren Parker     26th April 2024 State-owned Transnet has reported a 1.5% year-on-year improvement in the total rail volumes reaching 151.7-million tonnes at the end of March 2024, showcasing improvement in operational performance. However, this figure still fell 1.8% short of Transnet’s recovery plan target of 154.4-million... 

Transnet freight train

Urgent need to develop Africa’s fuel storage, distribution networks – Puma Energy

By: Irma Venter     23rd April 2024 Puma Energy Africa head Fadi Mitri has issued a call to action to the African Refiners and Distributors Association (ARDA) to urgently develop the continent’s energy infrastructure. ARDA is the pan-African organisation for the downstream oil sector. 

Urgent need to develop Africa’s fuel storage, distribution networks – Puma Energy

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

Transnet Pipelines welcomes sentencing of two fuel thieves

By: Sabrina Jardim     9th April 2024 State-owned Transnet Pipelines has welcomed the conviction of two fuel theft perpetrators by the Newcastle regional court, in KwaZulu-Natal, on April 8. This follows an operation conducted by the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (DPCI), in collaboration with local law enforcement,... 

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

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

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.... 

Energy Regulator approves 10.13% pipeline tariff hike on Durban-to-Alrode route

By: Terence Creamer     15th March 2024 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 translates to a 10.13% tariff increase for the Durban-to-Alrode (Johannesburg) route, which will effectively... 

Energy Regulator approves 10.13% pipeline tariff hike on Durban-to-Alrode route

CAC decision on Sasol pricing opens way for Competition Commission to pursue prosecution 

By: Schalk Burger     6th March 2024 The Competition Appeal Court's (CAC's) decision to dismiss chemicals and energy company Sasol's application to review the Competition Commission’s investigation into alleged excessive pricing of natural piped gas paves the way for the commission to refer a case against Sasol Gas to the... 

Sasol's head office

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

Decisions, collaboration in next few months are crucial to bridge 2026 gas cliff, IGUA-SA warns

By: Marleny Arnoldi     27th February 2024 Large industrial gas users are starting to prepare for what will likely be South Africa’s next big energy crisis, the imminent shortage of natural gas. Petrochemicals manufacturer Sasol, as the monopoly supplier of large-scale natural gas, in August last year announced that South Africa was... 

Gas tap with pipeline

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

Preferred bidder selected for bunker fuels terminal on brownfield Port of Richards Bay site

By: Terence Creamer     5th February 2024 Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has appointed FFS Tank Terminal as the preferred bidder to develop and operate a liquid bulk terminal specialising in bunker fuels on a brownfield site at the Port of Richards Bay previously operated by Engen. The appointment follows a competitive bidding... 

Bunker fuels terminal to be developed on a brownfield site at the Port of Richards Bay
Bunker fuels terminal to be developed on a brownfield site at the Port of Richards Bay

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

Hydrogen implementation remains limited

By: Nadine Ramdass     19th January 2024 Following global trends, discussions in South Africa on hydrogen, its production and use have gained momentum, although actual implementation remains limited, says power technology provider Cummins Africa and Middle East hydrogen and fuel cell business director Alan Zhao. Aligned with other... 

An image of Cummins Africa and Middle East hydrogen and fuel cell business director Alan Zhao
ALAN ZHAO A nuanced approach to hydrogen production is needed in the low-carbon energy transition

Fast-growing ENGIE South Africa will consider grid investments under right conditions  

By: Terence Creamer     16th January 2024 Global independent power company ENGIE, which is prioritising the South African electricity market for significant organic and acquisitive growth, is also open to participating in grid investments should government move to open the market to private sector participation. ENGIE South Africa CEO... 

ENGIE South Africa CEO Mohamed Hoosen
ENGIE South Africa CEO Mohamed Hoosen

Preferred bidder selected to build and operate Richards Bay LNG terminal 

By: Terence Creamer     10th January 2024 South Africa’s State-owned Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has announced that it has selected a public-private consortium as the preferred bidder to develop and operate a liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal at the Port of Richards Bay’s South Dunes precinct.  The Vopak & TPL Consortium... 

The Port of Richards Bay, which is currently a coal export hub, has been earmarked for gas infrastructure
The Port of Richards Bay, which is currently a coal export hub, has been earmarked for gas infrastructure

No plan yet for public hearings into gas-heavy draft IRP 2023  

By: Terence Creamer     10th January 2024 The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) has belatedly released the background technical information that has been used to inform the assumptions included in the draft Integrated Resource Plan of 2023 (IRP 2023) and will host two virtual workshops this month to provide greater... 

The scaled-up gas-to-power capacity allocation in the draft IRP would initially require LNG imports
The scaled-up gas-to-power capacity allocation in the draft IRP would initially require LNG imports

Transnet pipeline thieves sentenced to 10, 15 years imprisonment 

By: Donna Slater     19th December 2023 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) reports that criminals tampering with Transnet pipelines with intentions to steal petrol and diesel, have been successfully prosecuted following their arrest. A fuel thief was prosecuted and sentenced to ten years imprisonment in the Vrede... 

A Transnet Pipelines employee attends to infrastructure at the utility's Multi Product Pipeline in Jameson Park
Photo by Creamer Media
A Transnet Pipelines employee attends to infrastructure at the utility's Multi Product Pipeline in Jameson Park

Egoli Gas increases conversion rebates for terminated clients

By: Donna Slater     18th December 2023 Johannesburg gas supplier Egoli Gas has increased conversion rebates applicable to clients in the Kensington and surrounding areas affected by its decision to permanently terminate its services to the region. These include a rebate of R8 000, increased from R3 000, to customers, following... 

Shrugging off sanctions risk, PetroSA aims to seal GTL refinery investment deal with GazpromBank by April 

By: Terence Creamer     11th December 2023 South Africa’s PetroSA aims to make a final investment decision (FID) by April on a project designed to support the resumption of production at the mothballed gas-to-liquids (GTL) refinery in Mossel Bay, following receipt of Cabinet’s backing for its controversial selection of Russia’s... 

The PetroSA GTL refinery in Mossel Bay
The PetroSA GTL refinery in Mossel Bay

Transnet issues South Dunes liquid bulk and green fuels terminal RFP

By: Schalk Burger     11th December 2023 The State-owned Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has issued a request for proposals (RFP) for the appointment of suitable terminal operator to fund, design, develop, operate, maintain and transfer the liquid bulk and/or green fuel terminals for a concession period of 25 years. The RFP is... 

The Port of Richards Bay

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... 

Opportunities, challenges for South Africa in LIB, VRFB industries  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     18th October 2023 There are a number of opportunities for South Africa to capitalise on in terms of both the more established lithium-ion battery (LIB) industry and the emerging vanadium redox flow battery (VRFB) industry, and this requires expeditious actions in terms of policy frameworks, proper strategies for... 

Sapia welcomes appointment of new TNPA board

By: Schalk Burger     18th October 2023 The South African Petroleum Industry Association (Sapia) has welcomed the appointment of an inaugural board of directors for the Transnet National Port Authority (TNPA) and has assured the TNPA board of its cooperation and partnership to achieve a world-class port system that can serve the needs... 

SAPIA executive director Avhapfani Tshifularo
SAPIA executive director Avhapfani Tshifularo

Decision near on $4bn Uganda oil pipeline, Standard Bank says

By: Bloomberg     18th October 2023 A controversial $4-billion crude oil pipeline to link Uganda and Tanzania has overcome a key hurdle that delayed a final decision, according to Standard Bank Group. Negotiations can now conclude after Tanzania settled a disagreement with some Chinese funders on a separate matter, according to... 

Funding increases for small business energy solutions as investment case improves

By: Schalk Burger     22nd September 2023 Different renewable energy, energy storage and/or generator solutions can partially address small businesses' energy related challenges, and funding to install such solutions in small businesses is increasing as the investment benefits for all parties become better understood. Small businesses... 

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Large-scale oil, gas comeback for Angola

8th September 2023 Recent deepwater discoveries and fiscal policy improvements have contributed to a significant uptick in investments in Angola’s oil and gas industry, says energy advocacy group African Energy Chamber executive chairperson NJ Ayuk. He explains that international oil companies are driving multiple... 

Breather range prevents contamination

By: Nadine Ramdass     8th September 2023 Lubrication and industrial equipment specialist ISO-Reliability Partners’ desiccant breather range is a cost-effective solution to prevent fuel contamination. Companies can reduce internal tank cleaning while increasing the life spans of oil and filters. The breathers can absorb water and prevent... 

An image of filling diesel in a vehicle
PROTECTION MEASURES Contaminants in the 1 μm to 10 μm range can damage equipment

Fuel contaminants result in equipment damage

8th September 2023 A lack of knowledge about fuel contaminants results in inadequate fuel protection during the various stages of distribution and storage, and these contaminants can negatively impact the efficient operation of equipment, says lubrication and industrial equipment specialist ISO-Reliability Partners... 

An image of dirt in a fuel entrance point
COSTLY CONTAMINATION Fuel is largely contaminated during the distribution process

Sasol to report lower Ebitda, despite operational improvement in H2

By: Schalk Burger     14th August 2023 JSE-listed energy and chemicals multinational Sasol says it expects to report a 2% to 16% year-on-year decrease in adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) to between R60.6-billion and R70.6-billion for the financial year ended June 30. In a trading... 

A Sasol sign at its Secunda operations

Afreximbank disburses $120m to Kenyan investment development firm

By: Darren Parker     17th July 2023 The African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) in Nairobi has announced the disbursement of a $120-million financing facility to Djibouti’s Great Horn Investment Holding (GHIH) for the execution of a series of development projects in Djibouti’s Damerjog Industrial Development Free Trade Zone.... 

Air Products South Africa secures renewable power for its ASUs in landmark wheeling agreement

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th July 2023 Industrial and specialty gas company Air Products South Africa has concluded a power purchase and wheeling agreement with wind and solar power developer Mulilo Renewable Project Developments, which will result in the companies jointly owning a solar farm in the Northern Cape. Under the terms of... 

Air Products MD Rob Richardson
Air Products MD Rob Richardson

Commission refers excessive pricing complaint against Sasol Gas to Tribunal

By: Schalk Burger     11th July 2023 The Competition Commission has referred a complaint of excessive pricing of natural piped gas against Sasol Gas to the Competition Tribunal. “The commission found that Sasol Gas extracted mark-ups of up to 72%. The excessive pricing has continued for almost a decade and is ongoing,” it said. 

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