SA’s energy map should consider all role players

South Africa should consider all energy sources available in its future energy plans, says Energy Minister Jeff Radebe. “During the energy planning process, we therefore cannot discriminate against or favour any particular energy carriers,” said Radebe. Addressing the BBQ Awards held at Emperor’s Palace on Friday, Radebe said the country cannot ignore the fact that South Africa is endowed with abundant coal reserves that come at a cheap price. “However this is counter-balanced by the high carbon content that coal has, and this cost has been internalised when we analysed…

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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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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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On the brink of a South African gas economy

What are the next steps in South Africa’s journey to becoming a commercial gas hub? Who are the major decision-makers? Where do the real opportunities lie for investors? And what timelines is government working towards? South Africa’s gas economy was up for discussion at the Africa Energy Forum in Copenhagen recently.

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Yokogawa to Release ProSafe®-RS SIL2 Wireless Gas Detection System

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Offering of a total system solution, including consulting and engineering–   Yokogawa Electric Corporation announces that it will release the ProSafe-RS® SIL2*1 wireless gas detection system in September.   The ProSafe-RS SIL2 wireless gas detection system will consist of a newly enhanced version of the Yokogawa ProSafe-RS SIL3 safety instrumented system (R4.03.10), Yokogawa field wireless network devices, annunciator panels, and GasSecure*2 GS01 or GS01-EA*3 wireless gas detectors.   For this system, Yokogawa will establish a total solution that will include both consulting and engineering.   In energy and basic materials…

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