Category Archives: Gas

Well-positioned as a partner in IPPPP

EE Publishers, 1 March, 2017.

Renewable energy, including wind and solar, benefits South Africa significantly. The country’s 2010 Integrated Resource Plan calls for the generation capacity of 17 800 MW from renewable energy sources by 2030. South Africa’s energy market has been extremely active and the Department of Energy, through the Independent Power Producers Procurement Programme, by the end of its Round 4 Expedited Window, will have awarded around 8000 MW of generation capacity. The Department of Energy called for expressions of interest, by the 20th of June, from potential strategic partners to State-Owned Companies for 600 MW of new generation capacity from gas. One such strategic partner is DRA, which has been involved in several such power projects across the African continent since 2001. One of the major projects DRA has worked on was the Arcelor-Mittal wind farm project in Saldanha on the West Coast. The project, since cancelled, was initially commissioned by iWEC Isivunguvungu and was to include the design of protection systems for an embedded generator installation.

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Gas technology group makes case for flexibility as South Africa mulls power road map

Engineering News,

Leading gas-engine technology provider Wärtsilä has started making the case for greater flexibility within South Africa‘s evolving electricity supply industry, as well as within the gas-to-power subsector itself, as the country seeks comment on its future electricity road map.

The Finnish group, which has completed a detailed modelling exercise of the domestic power system, goes so far as to argue that flexibility should be prioritised over project-level cost optimisation, as flexible gas solutions improve system reliability and enable greater levels of renewable energy to be introduced to the grid.

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PetroSA to spend big on Mossel Bay refinery (R3bn)

Engineering News, 12 October, 2016.

(Disclaimer – this article isn’t about electricity, but about wasting taxpayer’s money on sunk costs in a stranded asset.)

STATE-owned gas-to-liquid producer PetroSA plans to spend more than R3bn over the next five years to improve the refining capacity of its Mossel Bay plant and to ensure the security of its energy supply.

It will also be seeking strategic partnerships to assist in the implementation of its plans.

(EG-SA contributor note: Here we go again! How can we even consider spending this much on “the feasibility/ front-end loading stages as part of the long-term planning for ensuring the sustainability of the gas-to-liquid refinery” R3bn on planning!!! And only last year PetroSA declared a loss of R14.7bn, see here.)

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Namibian gas-to-power is trumped by commercial potential

Last week government bodies met at the Namibian Energy Policy Forum in Windhoek where the non-existent future of the gas-to-power Kudu project was brought to the forefront, the Namibian reported.

Speaking at the forum, Leake Hangala, former NamPower managing director, urged the audience that the project was not going to work and all the time and money spent was a waste, the Namibian reported.

‘It is a waste of time and money. Even those people who are spearheading the project know very well that the project is not viable’, Hangala said. Read more on ESI-Africa

Replacing diesel with gas could save SA billions

Multinational energy firm, Shell, said that by utilising liquefied natural gas (LNG) resources to replace the current diesel at Eskom’s open cycle gas-turbines (OCGT), the country may be able to restore capital costs associated with the LNG import terminal.

Eskom spent close to R11 billion, almost triple than their allocated budget, on diesel fuel in 2013/14 to power the Gourikwa and Ankerlig plants.

With the latest coal silo disaster at Mejuba, Eskom has hinted that they may need to turn to OCGT to support the demand during the high maintenance summer period, sources said. Read more on ESI-Africa