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Opinion: SA needs a plan of action for rollout of gas

By |July 11th, 2022|Home|

The Goverment has approved an LPG strategy but it is light on the details of how to address constraints. The approval of a liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) rollout strategy by the cabinet has the potential to be an important turning point in addressing SA’s energy crisis. However, while the strategy provides a useful overview

South Africa must prepare for a carbon-free future, but we need interim energy sources to get us there

By |April 6th, 2022|Home|

There can be no well-executed just transition unless we address our energy, transport infrastructure, economic growth and employment crises. Only then can we fully implement a bold and ambitious framework for carbon-free future. South Africa appears to be falling in step with the rest of the world in the march towards new energy technology.

Just energy transition: SA isn’t taking the right lessons from Brics

By |February 16th, 2022|Home|

The cabinet approval in November 2021 of new carbon targets for companies, including Eskom, marks a positive step towards meeting SA's carbom emissions target. But the country’s energy users are in desperate need of reliable energy sources right now. Liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) is a prime available solution. With the economy losing R500m-R700m per

OPINION | A just transition must ensure poor households have access to power

By |December 2nd, 2021|Home|

Opinion | A just transition must ensure poor households habe access to power. In practice, the promise of free electricity has not resulted in just and sustainable access to power for the poor. We should be using the Free Basic Alternative Energy to wean consumers off dirty power sources and begin the just energy

Rough seas delay gas deliveries to Sunrise Energy, Saldanha Bay Port

By |August 30th, 2021|Home|

Sunrise Energy regrets to inform the public that rough, stormy seas and adverse weather conditions will delay deliveries of liquified petroleum gas (LPG) at its terminal at Saldanha Bay Port. As a result, the terminal expects to deplete supplies or ‘stock out’ of LPG today, Wednesday 25 August 2021. An extreme cold front is

Ignorance of LPG energy will literally leave us cold

By |August 5th, 2021|Home|

Switching to gas for cooking and heating can immdiately reduce the likelihood of load shedding, among other benefits. July hit South Africa like a hurricane in succession with violence and looting in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng, a series of cold fronts that brought extreme cold and even snow in parts of the country and, as

Saldanha earthquake no great shake

By |November 19th, 2020|Home|

19 NOVEMBER 2020: SALDANHA EARTHQUAKE NO GREAT SHAKE FOR LOCAL SUNRISE ENERGY GAS TERMINAL Sunrise Energy can confirm that, although tremors were detected near its liquid natural gas terminal at Saldanha Bay as a result of the 3,5-magnitude earthquake on Tuesday, the facility continues to safely operate at full capacity. Completed in 2017, the

Sunrise Energy seeks urgent interdict against highly risky gas offloading at Saldanha Port

By |November 5th, 2020|Home|

5 NOVEMBER 2020: SUNRISE ENERGY SEEKS URGENT INTERDICT AGAINST HIGHLY RISKY GAS OFFLOADING AT SALDANHA PORTToday, Sunrise Energy approached KwaZulu Natal High Court (Durban) in an urgent interdict application aimed at preventing Avedia Energy from conducting its highly risky Ship to Truck off-loading of liquified petroleum gas (LPG) at the Saldanha Bay port. The court

Transnet warned of a Beirut-style explosion at Port of Saldanha Bay

By |September 1st, 2020|Home|

1 SEPTEMBER 2020: HEARING THIS WEEK IN BID TO RESOLVE DISPUTE ON HANDLING OF FLAMMABLE LPG An energy company backed by the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) has warned state-owned freight transport and logistics company Transnet that the way the competitor has been offloading liquified petroleum gas (LPG) could result in a possible Beirut-style explosion at

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