What a major offshore gas find means for South Africa’s energy futur

  Many South African politicians, economists and specialists in the energy sector are celebrating the news that a promising show of natural gas has been discovered in deep water south of Mossel Bay. It was found in an offshore prospecting area called Brulpadda (Afrikaans for bullfrog), which is licensed to global energy giant Total. The discovery, comes against the backdrop of rising fuel prices and an electricity utility in crisis, has raised hopes that it may be a game changer. The Conversation Africa’s Nontobeko Mtshali spoke to Robert Scholes and Rod Crompton about the significance…

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Saldanha Bay woos global traders with new million-barrel tanks

What started as a strategic oil storage for South Africa during apartheid is now gearing up to attract the biggest traders as it turns into a global center for crude. A venture building a dozen new interconnected tanks at Saldanha Bay will add to neighbouring government-owned capacity, making it one of the world’s biggest hubs. They are on some of the busiest energy transit routes, giving traders the option to store and blend various crude grades to help maximize profits at a time earnings have taken a beating. “The location…

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OPINION: Rumblings in the belly off the waters of Port Shepstone

CAPE TOWN – Here is an express announcement detailing plans and intent to drill for crude oil on the waters off the coast of Richard Bay all the way down to Port Shepstone in KwaZulu Natal. It arrives at a time when South Africa is gripped in a svengali hold of ever rising fuel prices. And before I get ahead of myself, let’s pay attention to the enormity of the announcement and the implication of what ENI of Italy and Sasol Oil intend to do. Besides, until we resolve the…

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Total’s huge discovery opens new petroleum play off SA’s coast

Total SA said it has opened up a new “world-class” oil and gas province off the coast of South Africa after making a significant gas-condensate discovery there. Success in the nation’s first deep-water well is a potential boon for a country that imports most of its oil, processing the remainder of its fuels from coal and natural gas. “We are very pleased to announce the Brulpadda discovery, which was drilled in a challenging deep-water environment,” Kevin McLachlan, senior vice president of exploration at Total, said in a statement on Thursday.…

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Oil, gas exploration expected to boost economy

Minister of Mineral Resources Gwede Mantashe says the Total Exploration and Production Southern Africa’s deep sea stavenger rig operations in the Western Cape should boost investor confidence and contribute positively to the oceans economy. “If we can discover oil and gas here, that will be a game changer for the country in terms of the economy. We hope that we will discover oil so that we can reduce our dependence on imported crude oil,” Mantashe said. On Saturday, the Minister led a delegation from the Department of Mineral Resources on…

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Yokogawa Wins Order from Zhejiang Petrochemical to Supply 190 GC8000 Gas Chromatographs for New Integrated Refinery and Petrochemical Complex in China

Yokogawa Electric Corporation (TOKYO: 6841) announces that its subsidiary, Yokogawa China Co., Ltd., has won an order to supply the gas chromatographs for the first phase of a project to construct an integrated refinery and petrochemical production complex that is being undertaken by Zhejiang Petrochemical Co., Ltd. at a new industrial site in the Zhoushan archipelago.   Zhejiang Petrochemical was established on June 2015 as a limited partnership between Rongsheng Petrochemical Co., Ltd., Juhua Group, Zhejiang Tongkun Holding Group Co., Ltd., and Zhoushan Ocean Comprehensive Development and Investment Co., Ltd.…

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RTS Africa’s Hy-Optima hydrogen analysers: optimised refinery operations, product and quality

The basic process of refining crude oil – fractional distillation – into useable product is reasonably simple. Crude oil contains various hydrocarbon compounds all of which condense at varying temperatures. The crude oil is heated in a column and the condensates are drawn off at different levels to produce – amongst others – raw petroleum, diesel and jet fuel products. However, it is after these fuels in their basic or ‘raw’ form have been produced, that the complexity and challenge arises. Each of these fuels or fractions has to be…

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Now the Strategic Fuel Fund is looking for oil

Now the Strategic Fuel Fund is looking for oil  LINDA ENSOR Picture: ISTOCK Energy Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi has confirmed that the Strategic Fuel Fund (SFF) is engaged in oil exploration activities. She insisted that this is provided for in terms of the company’s memorandum of incorporation. SFF is in charge of the country’s strategic fuel stocks and was recently embroiled in a scandal involving the sale of 10-million barrels of this stock without Treasury approval. The minister’s confirmation that it is also involved in oil exploration — historically the domain…

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Yokogawa’s Smart Terminal Automation Solution Manages the Largest LPG Terminal Facility in Africa

Yokogawa’s Smart Terminal Automation Solution

Since its foundation in 1915, Yokogawa has contributed to society by providing leading edge products and solutions centering on its measurement, control and information technologies. Yokogawa’s commitment to service excellence and technical support has seen more than 250 projects successfully delivered in the Sub Saharan African region, with the most recent project being the largest on- and offshore open-access liquid petroleum gas (LPG) import terminal facility in Africa. Located in the port of Saldanha Bay, South Africa, Sunrise Energy was established in 2007 to develop and construct an LPG Terminal.…

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SA, Russia sign oil and gas development agreement

South Africa and Russia on Monday signed an agreement that will see about US$400 million invested in oil and gas development. The agreement between PetroSA, the oil and gas corporation of South Africa, and Rosgeo, geological exploration company of the Russian Federation, was signed at the 9th annual BRICS Summit, currently underway in Xiamen, China. “The agreement involves the development in the exploration areas of blocks 9 and 11a off the South Coast of South Africa. Within the framework of the agreement, Rosgeo is supposed to conduct a considerable volume…

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