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May 10, 2019

Hefty rise in petrol price for May

Diesel 0.05 percent sulphur will increase by 1c/l, while the price of diesel 0.005 percent sulphur would remain unchanged, the department said in a statement on Sunday.

The wholesale price of illuminating paraffin would increase by 3c/l and the single maximum national retail price (SMNRP) of illuminating paraffin would increase by 4c/l. The maximum retail price for LPGas would increase by 84c/kg.

In a later statement on Sunday, Energy Minister Jeff Radebe said the main reasons for the increased fuel prices were that the rand on average had strengthened slightly against the US dollar from 14.3871 to 14.1401 rand per dollar. The settling of contagion risks from emerging [...]

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May 10, 2019

CLEAN, AFFORDABLE RENEWABLE ENERGY FOR SOMALILAND

The diversification of Somaliland’s energy mix, and the strengthening of energy security will help address the high costs of electricity which is a significant barrier to growth. During Esres Phase 1 (September 2015 – August 2018), the programme supported the MoEM to develop a policy and regulatory framework and implemented a pilot to establish six hybrid mini-grids that are now fully operational across Somaliland.

The second phase, Esres II (September 2018 to 2021), will expand its investment in renewable energy through the Somaliland Renewable Energy Fund (SREF). This investment will help increase affordability and accessibility through lower tariffs and more [...]

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May 7, 2019

S.Sudan, S. Africa sign six-year oil production-sharing agreement

South Sudan and South Africa on Monday signed a six-year production-sharing agreement for an untapped exploration block in the East African country, where production has been hit by civil war.

The Exploration Production Sharing Agreement for Block B2 was signed by Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth, South Sudan’s Minister of Petroleum and Jeff Radebe, South Africa’s Minister of Energy, a Reuters reporter at the ceremony said.

Radebe said the South Africans had committed $50 million for exploration. South Africa was also interested in building a pipeline and refinery, he said, bringing their total projected investment to $1 billion, according to memorandum of understanding signed in [...]

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May 6, 2019

WHAT’S THE TRUE COST OF AN IGNORANT SUPPLY CHAIN?

How difficult is it to build an airplane? According to Ian Poulton, senior finance manager with PPG Aerospace, “The coordination of an aerospace supply chain is, in a word, horrific.”

Speaking at the recent IW Manufacturing & Technology 2019 show in Pittsburgh, PA, Poulton explained that a typical airplane window has close to 100 unique components per window per plane. And every window has to be tested for impact (including birds) and temperature.

“Every day there’s a different issue that needs to be addressed,” he noted, “from human resources issues to customer deliveries to capacity constraints, and so on.” On the HR side, for instance, he pointed out that making [...]

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