Cleaner Fuels and Carbon Taxes

2011-08-01 15:10
The green light for the envisaged 400 000 bpd refinery at Coega is still being awaited from the Energy Minister Dipuo Peters

AT THE TIME of writing we are not much wiser or better informed as to when a firm decision will be taken on what and which cleaner fuel(s) will be imported or locally produced and when this will actually take


FuelWatch by Max Braun – May 2011

2011-05-01 15:30
The May price of diesel at R9.64 a litre when annualised as a cost to operators will exceed R1.1-million a year for 7-axle vehicles covering more than 200 000 kmpa and 6-axle Reefers covering more than 180 000 kmpa

The February issue of FuelWatch noted the probable impact on the oil price in the event of significant geo-political events. The rapid escalation of protests and aggressive responses from beleagued North African and Arab governments let the genie out the


Fuel Cost Trends – May 2011

2011-05-01 15:25

The following graphs and figures are designed to highlight various fuel cost trends as a percentage of trucking costs based on various transport operations. FleetWatch deems this to be vital information if rate adjustments are to be fair and timely.


Biofuels Update – May 2011

2011-05-01 15:20
The world's population is expected to grow by 9 billion by 2050 and the demand for food is expected to grow by 70%

The world’s population is expected to grow by 9 billion by 2050 and the demand for food is expected to grow by 70%. On April 20 this year, the International Energy Agency (IEA) launched its ambitious Technology Roadmap Biofuels for


Straight from the Spout – May 2011

2011-05-01 15:15

During March this year, BP Africa announced the completion of its new R140-million rail gantry built at its Pretoria-based fuel storage facility. The company is in the process of adding a 10-million litre storage facility due to be completed later


Choosing vehicles for optimal efficiency

2011-05-01 15:11

Let’s take a step back from the day to day matters to consider how the wider world is coming to terms with  rising transport costs and how fleet owners and transporters alike can keep the gap between income and expenses


Biofuels Update – Feb 2011

2011-02-24 18:04
Dis mos... Mielies

The long awaited biofuels strategy for South Africa is still simmering away on the DOE’s backburner. There is talk of a major ethanol project to be launched in the Eastern Cape to produce 300-million tons of the biofuel to be


Cleaner Fuels – when and how?

2011-02-24 18:02
Vehicle manufacturers want to bring to the market cleaner burning engines thereby making a further contribution to improving fuel consumption.

With time running out, the Department of Energy (DOE) has still to finalise the questions of a cleaner fuels strategy, increasing refinery capacity or importing refined products as well as decide on a carbon tax strategy. These are immensely challenging