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R4bn for SA, Mozambique pipeline

first_img13 April 2007A South African and a Mozambican company are to construct a R4-billion liquid petroleum pipeline between the two countries, reducing South Africa’s reliance on Durban harbour and offering some hope that inland fuel prices might drop in the long term.The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) has issued a licence to build the pipeline from Maputo to Kendal in Gauteng, via Nelspruit, to Petroline RSA. They will build the pipeline jointly with Petroline SARL of Mozambique.Nersa agreed with the option to build the pipeline from Mozambique, instead of a larger 24-inch line from Durban to Johannesburg, because it would be cheaper. Detailed design and environmental impact assessments for the project, already approved by the two countries, are currently under way.According to Petroline RSA director Pinky Moabi, construction will start at the end of the year and the pipeline should be fully operational by the end of 2009.“We hope that fuel prices will drop in Mpumalanga and some parts of Gauteng, because we will be getting fuel directly from the coast of Mozambique, and we know that fuel prices are lower on the coast than in inland cities,” Moabi said.According to Petroline, the pipeline will carry 3.5-billion litres of fuel a year and supply 25% of the fuel demand in Mpumalanga and Gauteng.The pipeline will run from an existing coastal fuel storage depot at Matola Harbour in Mozambique to Nelspruit, where an inland depot will be built, complete with rail and road loading infrastructure.Absa economist Chris Hart told BuaNews that the pipeline’s effect on prices would in all probability be felt in the long term. “The pipeline is unlikely to have an effect on fuel prices in the shorter term as the consumers would have to pay for it,” Hart said. However, the pipeline “might cut costs to a certain extent in the main market in the long run.“Currently, about two thirds of South Africa’s fuel is imported,” Hart added. “There is refinery capacity shortage in the country.”The licence to build the pipeline went to Petroline ahead of state-owned Petronet, which Nersa spokesperson Nhlanhla Cebekhulu put down to Petroline’s strong empowerment credentials.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

JD(U) empowers Nitish Kumar ahead of meeting with Amit Shah

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China has set a new benchmark

first_imgThe beautiful thing about multi-disciplinary sporting events is how the non-stop action from start to finish is spread over a long period but still does not leave the audience bored. Sport today is no longer just about going to the venues and catching the action.The way television cameras are able to capture all the thrilling moments, even people without access to venues are able to soak in the atmosphere.People in the sub-continent, and specifically India, are lucky that within a month they have got to see the highs and lows of the Commonwealth Games and now the Asian Games. A big indicator of the success of the Games is how the opening ceremony is executed. In Beijing, an effort was made to keep things under wraps.That was understandable as the western media wanted to portray China negatively all along. The 2008 Beijing opening ceremony not only was high intensity and showcased the Chinese culture and ethos, it was also able to beat the highest Olympic standards set by previous host cities.After that, it was New Delhi’s turn to dazzle at the Commonwealth Games opening and it happened. As much as the media tried to create a negative hype over the Rs 40 crore aerostat, it was a big success. And so were the Games for what it produced in terms of results for India.Now that Guangzhou has used the whole city to capture the essence of what can be done for an opening ceremony, the standards set are so high that whichever city now hosts big Games will be under pressure to try something more innovative. Having seen Beijing, New Delhi and now Guangzhou, I am convinced that when it comes to planning and execution, the Chinese are the masters.advertisementIf the opening ceremony on Friday night captured millions of hearts in Asia and possibly other continents, the efforts which they have put in to create infrastructure is amazing.At a time when New Delhi is undecided on whether India should bid for the 2019 Asian Games, we need to learn from the Chinese. If Beijing showed to the world what worldclass infrastructure was all about, the port city of Guangzhou is almost of the same standard. Guangzhou created a huge sub-city where everything seems well planned. We were told on landing at the Baiyun airport that the Asian Games zone was a city within itself and self-sustained.I wanted to see for myself the big difference between what New Delhi did for the Commonwealth Games and how Guangzhou is handling the challenge. Undoubtedly, though you had countries like Britain and Australia in the CWG, the Asian Games is far bigger.The sheer number of events, the venues and the logistics involved is mind boggling. Yet, the Chinese organise things in such a cool manner, there is minimum fuss even about the tough things they have to handle. Before leaving for Guangzhou, I read on the web about the city being a high crime zone and how people could sedate or even paralyse you by injecting some stuff! Mercifully, the efficient policemen have ensured nothing like that takes place.Those lucky enough to go to the main city say it’s throbbing with life after sunset and people of all colour and creed are able to soak in the atmosphere. However, within the Asian Games sub city, the sports complexes are awesome.The security tents for cops and a few more features which were referred to as ‘overlays’ during the CWG are there for all to see. However, China has not spent crores of yuans for hiring them on rent! If India wants to learn from Guangzhou, there are many lessons.Organising a Games of this stature means leaving nothing to chance. Miles of highways, bridges, metro networks, volunteers, spick and span venues and a Games Village of high standards with no fear of snakes, dogs and monkeys: this is what Guangzhou has to show. No wonder, they call China a real [email protected]last_img read more

No bones about it Saskatchewan bill calls for T rex to be

first_imgREGINA – A giant, ferocious meat-eating predator is expected to become Saskatchewan’s provincial fossil.The government has introduced legislation to give the Tyrannosaurus rex the official honour.The bill follows the discovery of a 65 million-year-old fossil in 1991 in southwestern Saskatchewan.Last year the Royal Saskatchewan Museum held a contest for people to vote on what the province’s official fossil should be, and T. rex won handily, despite its very short arms.Gene Makowsky, minister of parks, says other provinces have a fossil as an emblem, but none use Tyrannosaurus rex.Saskatchewan’s T. rex is affectionately known as Scotty. (CKRM)last_img read more

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