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Women at Glencore oil trading unit earn 28% less than men

By: Bloomberg     23rd March 2018 Women working in oil trading at Glencore earn 28% less pay on average than men and receive bonuses that were 57% lower. The income disparity, disclosed by the second-biggest independent oil trader under UK government-mandated pay gap reporting, underscores the lack of women in senior roles at... 

BC govt unveils tax incentives to induce Kitimat LNG development

By: Henry Lazenby     22nd March 2018 The British Columbia minority government on Thursday unveiled several measures to entice natural gas development in Kitimat, where LNG Canada is working towards a development decision on a new C$40-billion terminal that will process and ship liquefied natural gas (LNG) to Asian markets.... 

BC govt unveils tax incentives to induce Kitimat LNG development

US LNG firms lament bad timing of steel tariffs and China trade spat

By: Reuters     22nd March 2018 The Trump administration's planned steel tariffs and a potential trade battle with China could hurt US liquefied natural gas companies just as a new wave of developments in the fast-growing market is gaining steam, company executives say. China is the fastest growing major buyer of LNG, making... 

US LNG firms lament bad timing of steel tariffs and China trade spat

Australis raises cash for US drilling

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     22nd March 2018 ASX-listed Australis Oil & gas will raise A$39-million through a share placement to start drilling at its Tuscaloosa Marine Shale (TMS) project, in the US. The company on Thursday said that it had received commitments from institutional and sophisticated investors for the placement of... 

Nopsema approves Barossa-Caldita plans

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     21st March 2018 The Barossa-Caldita offshore project has taken a major step forward with Australia’s offshore petroleum regulator approving the project proposal. Oil and gas major Santos on Wednesday reported that the National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environment Management Authority (Nopsema) had assess... 

US bans transactions with Venezuela's digital currency – White House

By: Reuters     19th March 2018 US President Donald Trump on Monday signed an executive order barring any US-based financial transactions involving Venezuela's new petro cryptocurrency, as US officials warned that it was a "scam" by President Nicolas Maduro's government to further undermine democracy in the OPEC country. "The... 

Erin Energy widens loss despite higher oil price lifting revenue

By: Simone Liedtke     16th March 2018 Oil and gas exploration and production company Erin Energy has widened its net loss to $151.9-million, or $0.71 a share, in 2017, from $142.4-million, or $0.67 a share in 2016. The loss comes despite a 30% increase in revenue to $101.2-million and lower exploration and production expenses. The... 

South Africa discount no longer warranted, say analysts

By: Martin Creamer     15th March 2018 The so-called 'South Africa discount' that has dogged and diminished the share prices of mining companies operating in South Africa for decades, has been declared "unwarranted" by Goldman Sachs Europe Metals & Mining Equity Research analysts, against the backdrop of the winds of political change... 

South Africa discount no longer warranted, say analysts
Photo by Goldman Sachs
Share prices of Glencore and Anglo at 2013 levels, despite higher earnings, lower debt

Sundance Energy unveils $221m Eagle Ford buy

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     15th March 2018 ASX-listed Sundance Energy has reported a $221.5-million acquisition and a $260-million capital raise. The company on Thursday announced the acquisition of 21 900 acres and 1 800 bbl/d of oil equivalent in the Eagle Ford Shale, on trend with the company’s existing core McMullen, Atacosa, LaSalle... 

Sundance Energy unveils $221m Eagle Ford buy

McGowan announces LNG jobs taskforce

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     14th March 2018 The Western Australian state government has established a dedicated taskforce focused on the liquefied natural gas (LNG) sector. Premier Mark McGowan on Wednesday used the Australasian Oil and Gas expo, in Perth, to announce the establishment of the jobs taskforce, which will be focused on... 

McGowan announces LNG jobs taskforce

South Africa to become eighth country to export helium by 2019 – Renergen

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th March 2018 Alternative and renewable energy investment firm Renergen expects to become a significant global producer of helium when its Virginia project starts production in 2019.  

South Africa to become eighth country to export helium by 2019 – Renergen
Tetra4 plant in the Free State

Alrosa uses gas sale proceeds to repay loans

By: Creamer Media Reporter      12th March 2018 Diamond miner Alrosa has used the proceeds of the cash sale of its gas assets to repay $450-million in bank loans. The company announced on Monday that it had repaid a $250-million loan from Rosbank and a $200-million portion of its existing Raiffeisenbank loan, reducing its debt by more than 27%... 

Australia’s offshore exploration activity at 14-year low

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     12th March 2018 The Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association (Appea) has warned that the stalled oil and gas exploration in Australia could prove an economic risk. Using the latest data by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), which indicated that the slump in petroleum exploration in... 

Australia’s offshore exploration activity at 14-year low

Mereenie JV partners move ahead with NT gas project

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     12th March 2018 The Mereenie joint venture (JV) partners will proceed with the development of the gas project, in the Northern Territory, after the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) granted interim approval for joint marketing arrangements. The ACCC authorisation allows developers Central... 

Shell, Blackstone eye $10bn bid for BHP US shale assets – Sky News

By: Reuters     9th March 2018 Royal Dutch Shell and US private equity firm Blackstone Group are working on a joint $10-billion bid for BHP Billiton's US shale assets, Sky News said on Thursday. Shell and Blackstone's offer will only be one of several credible proposals that BHP will receive for its US shale operations, Sky... 

Shell, Blackstone eye $10bn bid for BHP US shale assets – Sky News

State revenues from extractive industries increasing in Mozambique

By: Rebecca Campbell     9th March 2018 The extractive industry – oil, gas and mining – now provides the Mozambican State with 4.1% of its revenues from taxation. This figure was released by the country’s Director General of Tax, Augusto Tacarindua, at a recent seminar in Maputo on taxing extractive industries. In the past, the sector... 

Resources Watch  

     8th March 2018 This week: Sasol expects to realise $1-billion from noncore asset disposals And, Northam Platinum to create 6 500 new jobs in growth thrust 

Resources Watch
Resources Watch

World's biggest mining show draws huge crowd, signalling mining investment optimism

By: Henry Lazenby     7th March 2018 The Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada's (PDAC's) 2018 convention, in Toronto, drew an international crowd of 25 606 people, in what is widely considered as a clear sign that optimism is returning to the mineral exploration and mining industry following several years of turmoil.... 

World's biggest mining show draws huge crowd, signalling mining investment optimism

AWE board recommends shareholders accept Mitsui offer

By: Schalk Burger     7th March 2018 The board of ASX-listed oil and gas company AWE on Wednesday said that it continued to recommend that shareholders accept the offer from multinational industrial conglomerate Mitsui, which would declare its bid unconditional if its interest exceeds 50.1% by March 14. Mitsui is offering AWE... 

Energy execs says tariff gambit could hit shale, LNG project costs

By: Reuters     7th March 2018 Energy executives say the Trump administration's proposed steel and aluminum tariffs could bump up the cost of big-ticket projects needed for rapidly rising US shale oil and gas output by three to 10%. Higher construction costs could slow growth in production and exports of crude and natural gas... 

German ruling likely blessing in disguise for platinum - RBPlat 

By: Martin Creamer     6th March 2018 The German Federal Court ruling on diesel car emissions, which could cost transgressors eight-billion euros in fines a year, is seen as a likely blessing in disguise for platinum, Royal Bafokeng Platinum (RBPlat) CEO Steve Phiri said on Tuesday. The global backlash against diesel-engine cars,... 

German ruling likely blessing in disguise for platinum - RBPlat
Royal Bafokeng Platinum CEO Steve Phiri’s presentation of results is covered by Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Photograph, Video & Video Editing: Darlene Creamer. Recorded 6.03.2018

Mining-specific staff recruitment, management app developed 

By: Mia Breytenbach     6th March 2018 To refine and improve the execution of recruitment within the mining industry, mining and engineering professionals recruiter TrueVine Consulting has developed a new, innovative online recruitment platform, called Digger. “Digger is a digital recruitment, talent management and staff retention... 

Mining-specific staff recruitment,  management app developed
Innovative mining-specific staff recruitment, management app developed. Editing: Darlene Creamer and Christo Greyling.

Global metals exploration likely to rise 20% in 2018 – S&P Global

By: Henry Lazenby     5th March 2018 Global mining exploration budgets are expected to swell about 20% in 2018, bolstered by the generally positive trend in metals prices extending into early 2018, a new report by S&P Global Market Intelligence has found. Global spending on the search for nonferrous metals rose 15% year-on-year in... 

Global metals exploration likely to rise 20% in 2018 – S&P Global

Bass Oil flags major prospectivity boost at onshore Indonesian oil producing property

By: Simone Liedtke     5th March 2018 ASX-listed Australia Bass Oil on Monday announced a major upgrade to the prospectivity of the company's producing Tangai-Sukananti KSO, located in onshore Sumatra, Indonesia. Highlights of the upgrade, resulting from an independent review of the company's stake in the KSO located in the prolific... 

Bass Oil flags major prospectivity boost at onshore Indonesian oil producing property
Bass Oil's Tino Guglielmo

PNG LNG to remain closed for eight weeks following earthquake

By: Simone Liedtke     5th March 2018 The Papua New Guinea (PNG) LNG facility, which is part owned by ASX-listed Santos, is expected to remain closed for about eight weeks following a February 26 earthquake. Santos, which has a 13.5% interest in PNG LNG, noted on Monday that it has been advised by the PNG LNG operator that, following... 

ACCC proposes joint gas marketing in Northern Territory

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     2nd March 2018 The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has released a draft determination proposing to authorise joint gas marketing arrangements between joint venture partners ASX-listed Central Petroleum and Macquarie Mereenie for their Mereenie oil- and gasfield, located in the Amadeus... 

Canadian petroleum producers outline four-point plan to combat ailing investor confidence

By: Henry Lazenby     1st March 2018 Rising government costs, the burden of inefficient regulations, and the lack of infrastructure to move Canadian energy to growing markets are undermining investor confidence in Canada, a new report by the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) has found. Published earlier this week,... 

M&R’s oil and gas unit turns to ‘complementary markets’ amid project slowdown

By: Terence Creamer     1st March 2018 The oil and gas unit of engineering and construction group Murray & Roberts (M&R) is actively pursuing projects in “complementary markets”, owing to a slowdown in new project activity in the Australasian oil and gas sector. The value of M&R’s oil and gas order book has fallen to below R4-billion,... 

M&R’s oil and gas unit turns to ‘complementary markets’ amid project slowdown
M&R CEO Henry Laas

Exxon to quit Russian oil ventures frozen by US sanctions

By: Bloomberg     1st March 2018 Exxon Mobil said it’s abandoning joint ventures with Russia’s Rosneft PJSC after international sanctions against the nation’s energy sector paralysed a historic drilling project. Exxon’s decision to quit its biggest exploration region was made late last year as the US expanded sanctions, the... 

Po Valley retains Italy assets following mutual termination of Saffron deal

By: Mariaan Webb     1st March 2018 Australia-based gas producer Po Valley on Thursday announced that it would retain its northern Italy gas assets, after a deal with UK firm Saffron Energy about the sale of Po Valley Operation (PVO) was terminated. The transaction formed part of a broader three-way commercial deal to create a... 

India, Venezuela to deepen hydrocarbon sector collaboration during Maduro’s New Delhi visit

By: Ajoy K Das     28th February 2018 India and Venezuela will push for deeper engagement and joint ventures (JV) in the hydrocarbon sector during Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s visit to New Delhi next month. Despite US sanctions against the Latin American nation, New Delhi is expected to follow its “own balanced and pragmatic... 

ONGC blames policies for Krishna-Godavari delay

By: Ajoy K Das     27th February 2018 India’s national exploration and production (E&P) major, ONGC has said that it would miss the June 2019 deadline to start production from its deep-water Krishna-Godavari (KG) oil and gas block on the east coast. In a regulatory filing, ONGC cited changes in government policy as the reason for... 

Santos launches $750m Queensland gas project

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     27th February 2018 Domestic gas supply and regional jobs in Queensland are set to gain considerably with Santos GLNG investing $900-million in upstream gas developments in Maranoa, Western Downs, Central Highlands and Banana this year. As well as upstream developments around the Fairview, Scotia and Arcadia... 

Resounding welcome for Gwede, who declines opportunity to comment

By: Martin Creamer     27th February 2018 New South African Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe has received a resounding welcome from the Chamber of Mines of South Africa, Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA) and mining luminaries. The Chamber of Mines of South Africa has welcomed the appointment of Mantashe, 62, describing him... 

Resounding welcome for Gwede, who declines opportunity to comment
Photo by Duane Daws
Incoming Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe

Miners report some infrastructure damage after Papua quake

By: Reuters     27th February 2018 Miners in northwest Papua New Guinea reported some damage to infrastructure following a powerful magnitude 7.5 earthquake on the weekend, as projects in the resource-rich region assess the impact on their operations. Barrick Gold said a power station that supplies its Porgera gold mine had been... 

Sasol expects to realise $1bn from noncore asset disposals 

By: Terence Creamer     26th February 2018 Chemicals and energy group Sasol expects to realise more than $1-billion from the disposal of noncore assets in the coming few years. However, besides its Canadian shale-gas assets, which have been formally put up for sale, the group is yet to announce which other assets will be sold. Speaking at... 

Sasol expects to realise $1bn from noncore asset disposals
Sasol joint CEO Stephen Cornell on the group's noncore asset disposal plan. Camera Work & Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 26.2.2018

Exxon, BHP axe lengthy sale of 50-year-old Australia oil fields

By: Bloomberg     23rd February 2018 Two of the world’s biggest energy producers have abandoned the sale of some of Australia’s oldest oil fields after running a 20-month sales process. Exxon Mobil and BHP Billiton will retain ownership and operation of fields, licenses and associated infrastructure held in the Gippsland Basin... 

Alberta govt accepts olive branch as BC seeks reference case on rights over oil exports 

By: Henry Lazenby     23rd February 2018 The political impasse over the much-needed expansion of crude oil export capacity from Alberta through Canada's West Coast seems to have been temporarily resolved. Alberta, which is host to the bulk of Canada's significant oil reserves, on Thursday said it would suspend a ban on the sale of... 

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