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Ramaphosa moves to revitalise mining, create certainty

By: Martin Creamer     21st September 2018 It is imperative that South Africa restores investment and exploration levels in the mining sector as mining and mineral beneficiation activities have significant potential to drive long term growth, exports and job growth, President Cyril Ramaphosa said in his economic stimulus and recovery plan... 

Goldman backs commodities as trade war fury now met with shrugs

By: Bloomberg     21st September 2018 Commodity bull Goldman Sachs Group says raw materials are poised to gain into the end of the year as investors have now become used to trade-war tensions, growth in top economies remains strong, and consumers who’d put off purchases in recent months start buying again. Copper jumped. “This week... 

Paramount founder Clayton Riddell dies

By: Creamer Media Reporter      17th September 2018 Founder and chairperson of Canadian natural gas resources firm Paramount Resources, Clayton Riddell, has died at 81. An icon of the Canadian oil patch, Riddell was a fervent advocate for the responsible development of Canada's natural resources and he epitomised the entrepreneurial spirit, the... 

Australian pumps maker targeting Africa

By: Halima Frost     14th September 2018 Industrial equipment supplier Australian Pump Industries, better known as Aussie Pumps, is making inroads in the African market following a recent partnership with English oil group Tullow. Aussie Pumps supplied six Mine Boss 4” trash pumps to the northern Kenyan territories – bordering on... 

Australian pumps  maker targeting Africa
MAKHULU BOSS Aussie Pumps’ heavy duty 4” Mine Boss handles northern Kenya’s tough African conditions

GAIL to expand natural gas pipeline capacity by 50% over next three years

By: Ajoy K Das     12th September 2018 Having warded off the possibility of the company being split up, State-run natural gas marketer and logistic service provider GAIL India has firmed up plans to expand its gas pipeline network. GAIL will add 5 500 km of pipeline network to its existing 11 400 km, over the next three years, to... 

ACCC gives green light for A$13bn APA takeover

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     12th September 2018 The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) on Wednesday said that it would not oppose A$13-billion takeover of infrastructure group APA Group. The directors of the company in August unanimously recommended the A$11 a share takeover offer from a consortium led by CK Infrastructure... 

Further Australian LNG projects needed to keep prices in check

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     12th September 2018 New Australian liquefied natural gas (LNG) supplies will have to come on line by 2028 in order to forestall a shortage, advisory firm Wood Mackenzie (WoodMac) has forecast. “The Queensland LNG export projects have shattered the east coast’s ‘cheap gas forever’ mentality,” WoodMac director for... 

Further Australian LNG projects needed to keep prices in check

Cleveland-sized mine signals the path for an oil-sands revival

By: Bloomberg     12th September 2018 A colossal Canadian oil-sands project may be showing the way forward for an industry many thought would never see new investments. In a forest clearing roughly the size of Cleveland, building-sized trucks dump tons of oily soil into a massive crushing facility, while conveyors move the dirt on... 

Cleveland-sized mine signals the path for an oil-sands revival

Afrox achieves double-digit HEPS growth amid subdued economic environment 

By: Simone Liedtke     10th September 2018 Despite low economic growth in the six months to June 30, JSE-listed African Oxygen (Afrox) achieved double-digit growth in its headline earnings per share (HEPS) to 104c, representing an increase of 11.5% from the HEPS of 93.3c recorded for the six months to June 30, 2017. Referring to the... 

Afrox achieves double-digit HEPS growth amid subdued economic environment
African Oxygen (Afrox) MD Schalk Venter speaks to Engineering News Online about the company’s interim results, and upcoming investment plans. Video & Editing: Darlene Creamer

Congo mining revenues triple in H1; oil revenues fall by a third

By: Reuters     10th September 2018 Democratic Republic of Congo's revenues from its mining sector nearly tripled in the first half of 2018 over the same period last year to $864.61-million, the finance ministry said. Revenues from the hydrocarbons sector, however, declined by a third to $67.75-million, the ministry said in a... 

Santos signs new gas deal with Visy

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     10th September 2018 Oil and gas producer has entered into a new gas supply agreement with packaging specialist Visy to supply wholesale gas for its New South Wales operations. The agreement starts on 1 January 2019 and was awarded following a competitive process. 

Glencore completes sale of Rosneft stake to Qatar

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th September 2018 Global diversified miner Glencore has completed the sale of its 14.16% stake in Russian integrated energy company Rosneft to a wholly-owned subsidiary of Qatar Investment Fund (QIA) for €3.7-billion. Glencore now holds a direct equity stake in Rosneft of 0.57% and QIA holds a direct equity... 

Santos completes divestment of noncore assets

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     7th September 2018 Oil and gas major Santos has completed the $221-million sale of its non-core Asian portfolio of assets to Ophir Energy. The deal was struck in May of this year, and would see Santos divest of its 31.87% interest in the Chim Sao and Dua oilfields, in Vietnam, the 67.5% interest in the Maleo and... 

Santos completes divestment of noncore assets

Mooted MPRDA Amendment Bill withdrawal an indication govt wants to end regulatory uncertainty, says lawyer

By: Nadine James     7th September 2018 Minerals Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe’s recommendation to withdraw the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act (MPRDA) Amendment Bill is likely because government wants to remove regulatory uncertainty affecting the mining sector, and in so doing, foster a more attractive investor... 

Fuel-price intervention will have ‘no impact on fiscus’

By: Terence Creamer     6th September 2018 Cabinet insisted on Thursday that Energy Minister Jeff Radebe’s intervention to hold fuel prices steady in September – rather than to allow for the August under-recovery to be passed on to motorists as usual – would have no impact on the fiscus. In a statement released following its Wednesday... 

Fuel-price intervention will have ‘no impact on fiscus’

Northern Territory’s 5-point plan to build a gas industry

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     6th September 2018 The Northern Territory government has revealed a five-point gas strategy to drive its vision of creating a world-class hub for gas production, manufacturing and services, by 2030. The strategy will be aimed at getting more liquefied natural gas (LNG) in Darwin, and expand the Darwin LNG export... 

India-US dialogue to set outline for Indian crude oil imports from Iran

By: Ajoy K Das     5th September 2018 The Indian government will not totally halt crude oil imports from Iran, but will likely show flexibility on volumes of inward shipment as a nuanced stance at the US-India bilateral engagements starting Wednesday. The Indian government reckons that this willingness to reduce crude volume imports... 

Appea blasts South Australian decision

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     5th September 2018 The Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association (Appea) has condemned the South Australian government’s decision to support a bill to legislate a decade-long moratorium on hydraulic fracturing (fracking) in the state’s Limestone Coast region. “It is disappointing to see the state... 

Serious questions being asked about decision to cap fuel price increase

By: Terence Creamer     4th September 2018 Questions are being asked about Energy Minister Jeff Radebe’s decision to approve an “urgent temporary fuel price intervention” leaving prices unchanged for September, apart from a 4.9c/l increase in the retail margin for petrol to accommodate wage increases for forecourt staff. Ahead of the... 

Serious questions being asked about decision to cap fuel price increase

Grindrod reports strong recovery in interim earnings

By: Marleny Arnoldi     31st August 2018 Freight and financial services group Grindrod has achieved a strong year-on-year recovery in the six months to June 30, with its earnings a share having increased to 317c, compared with a loss a share of 11.5c in the first half of 2017. Headline earnings a share were 3.8c, compared with a... 

Trudeau’s grand bargain unravels after Alberta nixes carbon plan

By: Bloomberg     31st August 2018 Canada’s precarious relationship with its vast oil riches flared up again Thursday after a federal court struck down Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s approval of a key pipeline, reviving fears about the country’s ability to get its resources to market. While the government pledged to press ahead... 

Trudeau’s grand bargain unravels after Alberta nixes carbon plan
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

Woodside to make FID at SNE in 2019

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     31st August 2018 Australian oil and gas producer Woodside is expected to take a final investment decision on its SNE oil field, offshore Senegal, in 2019. Woodside’s business integration manager for Senegal field development, Jamie Stewart told delegates at the Africa Downunder conference, that Woodside would... 

M&R upbeat on prospects for mining unit amid commodity cycle ‘upturn’

By: Terence Creamer     30th August 2018 Engineering and construction group Murray & Roberts (M&R) is upbeat about prospects for its strong-performing underground mining unit, which was the biggest contributor to the group’s 2018 financial performance, as well as to the growth in the JSE-listed company’s R30-billion order book. The... 

M&R upbeat on prospects for mining unit amid commodity cycle ‘upturn’
M&R Cementation aiming to become leading mechanised mining operator in Africa

Central Petroleum gets authority to prospect in Qld

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     29th August 2018 The Queensland government has granted ASX-listed Central Petroleum an Authority to Prospect on coal seam gas acreage in the Surat Basin, covering some 77 km2. Central Petroleum was announced as the preferred bidder for the Queensland acreage in March this year, and in June agreed to a 50:50... 

Mexico's next leader says NAFTA deal preserves energy 'sovereignty'

By: Reuters     28th August 2018 Mexican president-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador welcomed a deal between Mexico and the United States to overhaul the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) that he said preserved Mexican "sovereignty" in the energy sector. The U.S.-Mexico deal was announced by US President Donald Trump... 

GAIL to hire out gas pipeline capacity to avoid company break-up

By: Ajoy K Das     27th August 2018 State-run natural gas logistics and marketing major GAIL India will start hiring capacity on its vast pipeline network to third-party gas transporters in a bid to prevent government’s plans to break up the company. Under the new business plan, GAIL will offer common carriers the option of hiring... 

EWC gets government funding to restart gasfields

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     24th August 2018 ASX-listed Energy World Corporation (EWC) has been granted A$2-million in government funding under the Gas Acceleration Programme to accelerate the recommisisoning of the Eromanga and Gilmore gas fields, in Queensland. The fields are fully owned by EWC and were placed on care and maintenance in... 

GAIL plans core, noncore diversification

By: Ajoy K Das     23rd August 2018 India’s State-owned natural gas marketer and infrastructure provider, GAIL India, is seeking to diversify into ‘core’ and ‘noncore’ business verticals that extend from solar power generation and electric vehicle charging stations to water transportation pipelines. The natural gas logistics major... 

South African watchdog approves Glencore's bid for Chevron assets

By: Reuters     23rd August 2018 South African competition watchdog has given Glencore's bid worth roughly $900-million for Chevron's local and Botswana assets the green light, it said on Thursday. But the Competition Commission placed a number of conditions on its approval, including the preservation of jobs after the deal and... 

Santos half-year profit doubles

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     23rd August 2018 Oil and gas major Santos has doubled its interim underlying profit in the six months to June, as revenues surged. Underlying profit for the interim period was reported at $217-million, compared with the $109-million in the previous corresponding period, while earnings before interest, tax,... 

Santos bids $2.15bn for WA-focused Quadrant

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     22nd August 2018 Oil and gas major Santos has made a $2.15-billion play for Western Australia-focused oil and gas producer Quadrant Energy. Quadrant holds natural gas and oil production, as well as near- and medium-term development, appraisal and exploration assets across more than 52 000 km2 of acreage,... 

Santos bids $2.15bn for WA-focused Quadrant

Lattice Energy integration boosts Beach Energy’s FY results

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     21st August 2018 Oil and gas producer Beach Energy has reported a 92% surge in revenue for the 2018 financial year, and an 86% increase in underlying net profit after tax, following the integration of the Lattice Energy assets into its portfolio. Beach in September last year struck a A$1.58-million deal to... 

Review launched over Australia's offshore potential

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     21st August 2018 The federal government has announced a review into the commercial value of south-east Australian offshore petroleum titles. Federal Resources and Northern Australia Minister Matt Canavan said the National Offshore Petroleum Titles Administrator (NOPTA) has been assigned to conduct the review. 

India’s OVL and Sudan seek to settle default payments through fresh talks

By: Ajoy K Das     20th August 2018 ONGC Videsh Limited (OVL), the overseas arm of India’s national oil, gas exploration and production major ONGC, has agreed with the Sudan government to work out a mechanism to settle the $400-million outstanding dues of the Indian oil company. The decision to find a solution through negotiations... 

Commodity price increases lack conviction – IHS

By: Nadine James     17th August 2018 Commodity analysts IHS Markit on Thursday reported that the Materials Price Index (MPI) had risen by 0.5% in the last week, but that the index’s ten subcomponents were evenly split between those showing increases and those showing declines, highlighting the uncertainty in markets. The MPI... 

BP signs up for PNG LNG

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     17th August 2018 The joint venture partners of the Papua New Guinea liquefied natural gas (PNG LNG) project have entered into a mid-term LNG sales and purchase agreement with BP Singapore. Under the terms of the agreement, BP will be supplied with around 0.45-million tonnes of LNG a year over an initial... 

Origin swings to profit

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     16th August 2018 Energy major Origin Energy has swung into profit for the financial year ended June, following a full year of operations from both the liquefied natural gas (LNG) trains at its Australia Pacific LNG operation, as well as higher commodity prices. Statutory profit for the full year to June was... 

Woodside posts A$541m half-year profit

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     15th August 2018 Oil and gas producer Woodside has reported an interim net profit after tax of A$541-million for the six months to June, with operating cash flows for the period up by 25% on the first half of 2017. Woodside said on Wednesday that the increased operating cash flows was driven by higher production... 

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