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July 7 2017
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Diesel Electric Services Installs Piped Natural Gas Supply for Generator Testing
CHAMBER'S FUEL CELL READY TO FIRE.
This article was first published in The Citizen - 2014/12/12
JOZI MAYOR CHALLENGES INDUSTRY TO GO GREEN.
01 OCTOBER 2014 – South Africa
Johannesburg Executive Mayor Mpho Parks Tau has challenged industry players in general and vehicle manufacturers in particular to come up with concrete and sustainable plans to reduce greenhouse emissions in the city, saying that the time for talking was over.
Mayor Tau was speaking today at the Gas Mobility Summit at the University of Johannesburg on the first day of Transport Month. The summit, which was addressed by several local and international gas for mobility experts, was aimed at examining alternative forms of energy while looking at the critical issue of greenhouse emissions.
The city subscribes to the notion of the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. It is imperative that we find alternative energy sources that will also meet our objectives of enterprise development and job creation, Mayor Tau said.
He said the city was working towards enabling and supporting all aspects of the gas for mobility value chain.
Mayor Tau said for now, the city was reliant on compressed natural gas (CNG) from Egoli Gas. However, we are also currently working on developing projects that transform waste to energy using non-traditional resource streams such as municipal solid waste, green waste and waste water.
Another venture the city was looking at was to support the gas supply in the energy crop farming which, as he said, would not only generate the much needed jobs in the city, but also potentially rehabilitate degraded land portions such as old mining land.
Based on our current studies, we estimate that approximately 200 sustainable jobs will be created on every 12 hectares of land developed for what we call a sustainable way of living and farming - whereby biogas production will be the anchor, he said.
The city had completed a pre-feasibility study on the potential of the Joburg Market waste stream, and it was found there is potentially sufficient bio-methane to supply approximately 700 000 liters of diesel equivalent fuel every year. The mayor said biogas would be upgraded through a process of cleaning and compression before it is either used at a site of production or injected into the existing CNG pipeline to be used wherever it is required.
Cllr Tau conceded that at present the city had a poor greenhouse gas emission record.
We contribute 56% to the national carbon emissions and we are regarded as the 13th highest carbon emitting city in the world, he said.
Transport had the highest demand for energy at 67%, with private car use constituting a large percentage of this.
The Mayor said the taxi industry, through partnerships with the Gauteng Provincial Government, the Automotive Industrial Development Centre and SANEDI had converted 800 minibus taxis from fossil fuels to gas.
Minibus taxis provide approximately 70% of the public transportation needs and there are currently about 18 000 operating minibuses in the city, the mayor said.
August 14th, 2014, Joburgday TV
HOMES MAY PIGGYBACK ON MTN PRIVATE LINE
This article was first published in Sunday Times: Business Times
HOUSEHOLDS in some Johannesburg suburbs will be able to connect to a new R65-million gas pipeline that Egoli Gas is building to serve an MTN power station in Fairland. The 8km pipeline, which will stretch from Robertville, where Sasol’s pressure-reducing station is located, to Constantia Kloof, will be finished by December, according to managing director Shepherd Shonhiwa. Suburbs within a kilometre radius of the pipeline, including Florida, will be able to connect to the line. MTN is already using gas, imported by Sasol from its gas fields in Mozambique, to generate about 2MW at its Fairland campus. The new line will allow it to increase its capacity to 10MW. Standard Bank and Nedbank were also considering projects at Lakeview in Constantia Kloof, said Shonhiwa. “The business case for the pipeline is based on the demand by large consumers at Lakeview such as MTN and not households, which consume comparatively small amounts of gas. “Egoli Gas can put a small pipeline along the street if there are a sizable number of households who sign up to take gas,” said Shonhiwa. The piping from the boundary of each property into the house will have to be done by the owner, who must use accredited gas installers. Egoli Gas, which was sold by the City of Johannesburg to black-owned energy group Reatile Energy last year, serves about 6 500 households in the greater Johannesburg area. It supplies about 3.5 million gigajoules of gas a year to consumers in Johannesburg through its 1 200km network and plans to expand this to seven million gigajoules in the coming years.
TSHWANE’S STATE-OF-THE-ART BRT BUSES GEAR UP FOR SERVICES.
Engineering News – 05/06/14 08:34 – South Africa
From Creamer Media in Johannesburg, this is the Real Economy Report. As the City Of Tshwane takes delivery of the first buses for its bus rapid transit system, Volvo Southern Africa looks at what the buses can offer. Natasha Odendaal reports.
Volvo Southern Africa, in partnership with Marcopolo South Africa, had been contracted to produce 131 buses for the City of Tshwane’s bus rapid transit system, Areyeng.
During May, Volvo phased in the first 30 buses – 12m long rigids – enabling the city to start commissioning the bus services.
The remaining buses, another 55 12m rigids and 46 articulated 18m buses, were expected to be phased in over the next two years.
With this project well underway, Volvo Southern Africa GM of the bus division Marius Botha tells Engineering News more about the features of the buses and what makes them unique.
Volvo Southern Africa GM of the bus division Marius Botha
Shannon de Ryhove:
Natural gas supplier Egoli Gas, owned by black-owned energy group Reatile, has formally initiated it first major network expansion in 30 years.
The R50-million project, will supply gas to MTN’s campus, west of Johannesburg. The telecoms group plans to use the gas to increase its power-generation capacity, chill its billing centre and heat its offices. It also plans to capture carbon and convert it into sellable CO2.
Reatile’s Simphiwe Mehlomakulu and MTN’s Willem Weber explain the significance of the venture.
Reatile chairperson Simphiwe Mehlomakulu
MTN senior manager – technical Willem Weber
Shannon de Ryhove:
Other news making headlines this week: Property group Vukile’s portfolio exceeds the R10-billion mark.
Ten years after listing on the JSE, property group Vukile Property Fund has breached the R10-billion portfolio value mark and pushed its market capitalisation to R8.5-billion by the year ended March 2014, from the R1.3-billion recorded in 2004.
Vukile CEO Laurence Rapp
That’s Creamer Media’s Real Economy Report. Join us again next week for more news and insight into South Africa’s real economy.
NEW GAS PIPELINE TO OPEN WAY FOR 10 MW MTN POWER PLANT.
Engineering News – 27/05/14 16:49 – South Africa
Natural gas reticulator Egoli Gas has formally initiated a network expansion on the west of Johannesburg, which will enable cellular group MTN to increase its power generation capacity from 2 MW currently to over 10 MW during 2015 and lay the basis for further gas-network expansions into areas such as Randburg and Sandton.
The company was previously owned by the City of Johannesburg, but was privatised in 2000 and is currently wholly owned by the black-owned energy group Reatile, which is the lead investor in the project with MTN acting as an anchor customer and co-investor.
The 8 km pipeline will link Sasol’s pressure reducing station in Robertsville, west of Johannesburg, with MTN’s 14th Avenue Campus, in Fairlands, which already hosts a trigeneration power plant used to produce electricity, cool the company’s data centre and provide office heating.
The 630-mm-diameter high-density polyethylene pipe will initially deliver 1.5-million gigajoules a year of natural gas imported from Mozambique by Sasol, but there is headroom to increase yearly volumes to 2.5-million gigajoules.
Egoli Gas is currently supplying around 3.5-million gigajoules of gas year to 8 000 domestic, industrial and commercial consumers in Johannesburg through an aged 1 200 km network. However, it has a contract with Sasol to ramp up its yearly supply to 7-million gigajoules over the coming few years.
Orange in colour, the pipe itself is being supplied by Sangiopipe, of Cato Ridge, in KwaZulu-Natal, and will be installed by Velocity Construction between May and November.
The pipeline will connect to the Sasol facility at Saag road and will be buried 1.7 m below the surface of existing roads in the area before a logistically challenging crossing of the N1 motorway to the MTN Campus.
Reatile’s Simphiwe Mehlomakulu says the project represents Egoli Gas’ first main-line extension in 30 years and is a precursor to a larger R300-million, three-year investment plan for Egoli Gas.
The company has aspirations to introduce gas into the energy mixes of both Randburg and Sandton, where it would like to replicate the anchor-customer model being pursued with MTN. It already has large offtake agreements with Absa and Standard Bank, which also operate power plants at some of their Johannesburg facilities.
MD Shepherd Shonhiwa says it is particularly keen to partner with the Gauteng province in its plan to convert its hospital boilers from coal to natural gas, with Charlotte Maxeke Hospital already firing its boilers with gas.
Gauteng Infrastructure Development Department deputy director-general Martin Mkhabela reports that the province hopes to convert 21 of the 77 boilers currently in use at provincial hospital during the current financial year. Where natural gas is not immediately available, the boilers will be temporarily fuelled using diesel. It is also aiming to install a R125-million pilot trigeneration plant at the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital, which, if successful, will open the way for similar investments at other Gauteng hospitals.
However, MTN’s power-generation ambitions are providing the initial expansion impetus with the company keen to improve self sufficiency, while reducing its exposure to future electricity tariff hikes.
Senior manager for technical infrastructure Willem Weber reports that the MTN board will soon consider a R320-million ‘quadgeneration’ investment plan. The idea behind the investment would not only be to bolster electricity generation, as well as heating and cooling capacity on the campus, but also enable the company to capture the carbon for conversion into commercially tradable carbon dioxide (CO2).
By producing CO2 for sale to industrial gas companies, MTN hopes to make commercial virtue out of what would otherwise be a carbon-tax threat.
“The idea is not only to avoid carbon tax, but also to create a new revenue stream,” Weber enthuses, adding that MTN is also hoping to convince City Power to enter into a power purchase agreement so that MTN can supply excess capacity into the city’s grid.
In total, MTN is looking to introduce 14 MW of gas-fired power generation capacity across its facilities in Gauteng, with the lion’s share being planned for its 14th Avenue head office.
From left: Tony Ward (Egoli Gas), Morne (Reatile Gaz – will get surname); Simphiwe Mehlomakulu (Chairman – Reatile Group)
From left: Charl Fourie (Velocity Construction – MD), Ms Babalwa Mgolombane – DDG Health), Mr. Martin Mkhabela (Gauteng Infrastructure Development Department Deputy Director General) , Mr. Simphiwe Mehlomakulu (Chairman – Reatile Group), Mr. Shepherd Shonhiwa (Egoli Gas – MD)
GAUTENG GOES GREEN WITH NEW PIPE LINE FOR NATURAL GAS.
Jeanette Chabalala | 29 May 2014 11:30
JOBURG – Natural gas reticulator Egoli Gas, has formerly launched its new pipe line on 27 May.
Gauteng is going green.
Egoli Gas natural gas reticulator, has formally launched its natural gas new pipe line project on 27 May. The pipe line will run from Sasol’s pressure reducing station in Robertsville to MTN’s 14th Avenue Campus. The aim of the orange 630mm in diameter, high-density polyethylene pipe will initially be to deliver 1.5 million gigajoules a year of natural gas imported from Mozambique by Sasol and a full capacity will be able to deliver 2.5 million gigajoules yearly. Egoli Gas previously belonged to the City of Johannesburg, but is now owned by the black-owned energy group Reatile – the lead investor in the project with MTN. Egoli Gas is already ensuring an uninterrupted power to 8 000 customers.
Reatile Group Chairman Simphiwe Mehlomakulu says, the project represents Egoli Gas’ first significant new pipeline undertaken in over 30 years.
Predictably, Reatile group and Egoli Gas members celebrated their new initiative in style – guests looked plugged and excited about the new natural gas pipe line.
With Eskom’s constant load-shedding problems, people cannot afford to be offline – Egoli gas can be used as an alternative. Shepherd Shonhiwa, Egoli Gas managing director, predicts that gas will replace electricity in 20 years. The enthusiastic Shonhiwa mentioned that residents should know more about Egoli Gas. He added that communities should know that there is a gas pipeline that goes through their neighbourhood.
“What is driving our business now is that Eskom is discouraging people from using electricity, and big companies such as MTN or even banks cannot afford to be offline, so we are there to ensure uninterrupted power supply” he informed.
Musa Gwebu, Reatile’s supply and logistics manager, spoke passionately about the new project and what it aims to achieve.
“If companies such as MTN, don’t have electricity, they need something to function, so Reatile and Egoli Gas are an alternative. We are not here to replace anyone, we are just a company that people can rely on.
”Gwebu also mentioned that they would like to introduce gas into the energy mixes of both Randburg and Sandton, where it would like to replicate the anchor-customer model being pursued with MTN.
NATURAL GAS TO PLAY A MAJOR ROLE IN GAUTENG’S ENERGY FUTURE.
May 30th, 2014, Published in Articles: Energize
Martin Mkhabela, the deputy director-general in Gauteng’s department of infrastructure and development, said that natural gas will play a major role in the province’s energy future, starting with hospital boilers. He was speaking at Egoli Gas’ ground breaking ceremony for its new gas pipeline on 27 May 2014.
GAUTENG TO UPGRADE HOSPITAL BOILERS FOR NATURAL GAS.
May 30th, 2014, Published in Articles: Energize
Martin Mkhabela, the deputy director general in Gauteng’s department of Infrastructure and Development, says that the coal-fired boilers at provincial hospitals will be replaced with natural gas-fired ones. Speaking at a ground-breaking ceremony for Egoli Gas’ new pipeline project – the first in over 30 years – Mkhabela said that Gauteng will develop more and more “green” initiatives to reduce its carbon footprint to mitigate against climate change and improve the province’s air quality. One of these initiatives is the replacement, at an estimated cost of R1,4-billion, of provincial hospital coal fired boilers. He says that the project will begin with the Chris Hani Baragwanath hospital as a pilot project, with all the other provincial hospitals to follow. Natural gas, says Mkhabela, will be also be used to power the province’s public transport vehicles over time. The province also intends to install PV systems on the 8-million m2 roofs of its buildings.
TRIPLE GENERATION AND FACADE.
30 Baker Street, Rosebank is now home to 5 000 Standard Bank employees. While the bank’s head office remains in Johannesburg, the new offices will house the various divisions that occupied different spaces within the city.The tri-generation plant will provide electricity, hot water and cold water. The existing Egoli Gas line that runs under the building will act as the power source for the plant. The production capacity of the plant is 1 MW and this energy will be used on site.
The facade is an interesting element as glass isn’t quite considered green but in this instance it adds greatly to the aesthetics and sustainability. The glass is triple-glazed and has remote activated blinds. At 240 mm, the triple facade is one of the thinnest in the world. The facade was designed with the blinds located in the outer cavity between the second and third skins. The second cavity shields occupants from direct sun rays and is situated on the inside of the building. The team spent two years designing the facade and another year testing it.
• Rainwater harvesting
• Dual flush toilets
• Gas powered tri-generation plant
• Separate energy meters
• 50% FSC-certified timber
• PVC minimised
• Recycle area
• Triple glazed glass curtain wall
• 422 indigenous trees
EGOLI TO BUILD 8KM NATURAL GAS PIPELINE TO JOHANNESBURG.
Wednesday, 28 May 2014
Energy firm Egoli Gas is to expand its gas network via a new pipeline to link Sasol’s pressure reducing station in Robertsville, west of Johannesburg, with MTN’s 14th Avenue Campus, in Fairlands.
The 8km pipeeline will facilitate operator MTN to add 10 MW of capacity by 2015. The 630-mm-diameter high-density polyethylene pipe will deliver 1.5-million gigajoules a year of natural gas.
SHEPHERD SHONHIWA PUBLISHED INTERVIEW OCTOBER
Wednesday, 14 October 2015
Shepherd Shonhiwa's published interview in the October issue of Asset digital magazine