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“Agriculture is not only about food production, but it also concerns energy. So with the surplus maize, we as government must look again at our biofuel policy,” said Tina Joemat-Pettersson, Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (www.reuters.com).
Petro SA has approved a US$1-billion offshore gas project. The offshore gas field, called FO, is located at the South Coast and production is expected to start by the first quarter of 2011.
Friday, 12 November 2010 12:41

Investigation of BP BOP from the oil spill

Interior and Homeland Security of the United States and the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) has contracted DNV for forensic examination of the blowout preventer (BOP) and lower marine riser package that was fitted to the Mocondo well in the Gulf of Mexico.
Friday, 12 November 2010 12:40

Back-up power for Black Rock Mine

The Tognum Group company MTU in southern Africa is providing emergency back-up power to Black Rock Mine in order to ensure power security during unforeseen electricity failures.
Oilmoz is a refinery in Mozambique that develops 350 000 barrels per day. During a recent African oil conference, Oilmoz CEO Fausto Cruz told journalists that the refinery expects to reach a funding agreement with European energy investors before the end of the year.
“Lesser-known renewable energy sources such as biomass gasification could be seen as an attractive option for private power in South Africa,” says Frost & Sullivan’s power systems industry analyst, Ross Bruton.
The European Union has launched a €2-million Jatropha processing plant in Walewale in the West Mamprusi District. The five-year project is going to use infertile lands in the area for the cultivation of the Jatropha plant and process the seeds to obtain crude-oil and its by-products.
Abdul Minty, a South African diplomat, lost the bid to become head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to Japanese diplomat Yukiya Amano.
If governments remove tariff and non-tariff barriers, investment in small hydropower projects in Africa will increase, says a hydropower consultant with the Investment Climate Facility for Africa (ICF), Leonard Kassana.
BASF was again included in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index (DJSI World). The company received special recognition by the analysts for risk and crisis management, environmental policy and reporting and climate strategy.

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