Technology Reviews

It’s War: Nuclear Versus Renewables

June 29, 2017 | Technology Reviews

Robert J. Traydon | – Our Energy Minister, Mmamoloko Kubayi, recently attended the AtomExpo Nuclear Conference in Moscow, where she assured the Russians that South Africa is still on the nuclear train. Almost simultaneously, an inter-governmental task team led by the Deputy Energy Minister, Thembisile Majola, informed Parliament of a further delay with respect to the renewable train: dilly-dallying endangering SA’s renewable programme. The task team gave Parliament the following reasons for Eskom’s deferment in signing R58bn worth of power purchase agreements with various independent power producers …

To Clean Up Oil Spills, Magnetize The Oil First

August 07, 2014 | Technology Reviews

By Emily Gertz | – Physicist Arden Warner’s new process uses magnetism instead of toxic chemicals to mop up oil spills. By day Arden Warner is a physicist at the Fermi National Laboratory, working on the next generation of particle accelerators. After hours, he has been devising a non-toxic way to clean up oil spills. It began in 2010. Warner and his wife were troubled by what they were hearing and seeing in the news about the BP oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. Like …

Oil Exploration in Namibia

July 23, 2014 | Technology Reviews

By Jordan Alexander | – For over a century, Namibia has had a strong mineral foundation, starting with the discovery of diamonds in 1908. In the years thereafter, it has developed into the fourth largest exporter of non fuel minerals in Africa today. This is led by its diamond production, which is the sixth largest in the world by value, uranium production, which is the fifth largest in the world, as well as production of gold, lead, zinc, tin, silver and tungsten. Adding to the …

BP’s Estimate: World’s Oil Will Last 53.3 Years

July 15, 2014 | Technology Reviews

By Andy Tully | – According to BP Plc, drivers whose vehicles rely on burning oil have a little more than a half-century to find alternate sources of energy. Or walk. BP’s annual report on proved global oil reserves says that as of the end of 2013, Earth has nearly 1.688 trillion barrels of crude, which will last 53.3 years at current rates of extraction. This figure is 1.1 percent higher than that of the previous year. In fact, during the past 10 years proven reserves have risen by …

Nigeria Natural Gas: A Transition from Waste to Resource

January 16, 2013 | Technology Reviews

The decree issued by the Nigerian government to stop the flaring of natural gas in hydrocarbon exploration and production (E&P) activities is an effort to realise commercial benefits from the nation’s huge gas reserves. Nigeria has more than 250 oil and gas fields, with about 2,600 producing oil wells and a total oil production of about 2 million barrels per day (mb/d).