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IHS Materials Price Index buoyant on strong commodity rally

By: Henry Lazenby     15th December 2017 The materials price index (MPI) from Global Insight by IHS Markit has gained a strong 1.3% last week, hitting its highest level since late 2014 the company reported on Thursday. Three categories led gains, including ferrous metals, rubber and freight, all of which posted large jumps, according to... 

India’s national oil, gas firms likely to get higher prices for gas from ‘difficult’ projects

By: Ajoy K Das     14th December 2017 India’s Petroleum and Natural Gas Ministry has forwarded a proposal for approval of the Union Cabinet that will more than double the price of natural gas produced by national oil, gas exploration and production (E&Ps) companies from fields categorised as “difficult”. However, contrary to demands... 

Mineral Resources says bid for AWE takes into account gas reserve upside

By: Reuters     14th December 2017 Mineral Resources on Thursday said the size of its all-share bid for Australian gas producer AWE, worth A$477-million, took into account that its target may hold bigger gas reserves than currently estimated. AWE said last month that its Waitsia find, which it has called Australia's biggest... 

Mineral Resources says bid for AWE takes into account gas reserve upside
The Waitsia project in the Perth basin.

Rosneft says EU sanctions aim to favour rivals

By: Reuters     13th December 2017 Russian energy group Rosneft told the Luxembourg-based European General Court on Wednesday that European Union sanctions on Russia aimed to undermine its position on global energy markets and favoured its competitors. State-controlled Rosneft is challenging the EU sanctions, imposed in 2014 and... 

Mozambique President sacks energy and foreign ministers

By: Reuters     13th December 2017 Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi has sacked four ministers, including those with the foreign affairs and energy portfolios, his office said in a statement late on Tuesday. No reasons were given for the dismissal of Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Leticia da Silva Klemens, Foreign Affairs... 

Unimin to buy shale sand supplier Fairmount in cash-and-stock deal

By: Reuters     13th December 2017 Fairmount Santrol Holdings said on Tuesday it would sell itself to Unimin in a cash-and-stock deal to create one of the largest suppliers of sand for use in hydraulic fracturing to shale oil and gas producers. The deal, which is expected to close by the middle of next year, will create a company... 

Glencore guiding soaring 2018 earnings

By: Martin Creamer     12th December 2017 Diversified mining and marketing company Glencore sees itself as being best placed for the electric vehicle revolution through its ‘tier 1’ copper, cobalt, nickel, zinc and thermal coal assets. The company said in an investor day update on Tuesday that sustainably low-cost and long-life first... 

Glencore guiding soaring 2018 earnings
Photo by Duane Daws
Glencore CEO Ivan Glasenberg

India’s GAIL earmarks $940m for pipeline expansion

By: Ajoy K Das     12th December 2017 Indian oil and gas infrastructure major GAIL India has announced a three-year capital investment of $940-million to add 2 500 km to its existing gas pipeline network across the country. On Monday, government owned GAIL announced that contracts had been awarded for construction of a 520 km... 

Trade union wins temporary random drug testing victory against Suncor

By: Henry Lazenby     11th December 2017 Unionised workers at Suncor’s Wood Buffalo operations, in northern Alberta, won an important victory last week regarding random drug testing by their employer, Suncor Energy. The Court of Queen's Bench of Alberta issued an injunction on Suncor on Thursday, prohibiting the employer from randomly... 

Trade union wins temporary random drug testing victory against Suncor

Cyril Ramaphosa calls for mining sector action

By: Martin Creamer     11th December 2017 South Africa must urgently break the ongoing deadlock on the regulation and transformation of the mining sector to ensure the proper use of this country’s world-class mineral resources, says Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa. In an article on the CR17 Siyavuma campaign website, ahead of this... 

Cyril Ramaphosa calls for mining sector action
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Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa

Mineral Resources trumps Chinese bid for Australian gas producer AWE

By: Reuters     11th December 2017 Australia's Mineral Resources has offered A$484-million for domestic gas producer AWE, topping a sweetened bid from State-owned China Energy Reserve and Chemicals Group (CERCG). The two suitors are targeting AWE's stake in a gas project in Western Australia, Waitsia, which the company has called... 

Mineral Resources trumps Chinese bid for Australian gas producer AWE

AWE shares rise on fresh offer from Chinese group

By: Mariaan Webb     8th December 2017 Shares in Australian oil and gas company AWE rose 10% on Friday after State-owned China Energy Reserve and Chemical Group made a fresh offer of $0.73 a share in cash. The offer is A$0.02 higher than the proposal two weeks ago, which the AWE board has brushed off as too low. 

AWE shares rise on fresh offer from Chinese group
AWE owns the Waitsa project in the Perth basin in a joint venture with Origin Energy.

NEB declares Trans Mountain Pipeline exempt of Burnaby bylaws

By: Henry Lazenby     8th December 2017 Canada’s federal endowed National Energy Board (NEB) issued an order on Thursday, declaring that Kinder Morgan’s C$7.4-billion Trans Mountain Expansion project is not required to comply with two sections of the City of Burnaby’s bylaws as the company prepares to begin construction. 

NEB declares Trans Mountain Pipeline exempt of Burnaby bylaws

Suncor submits applications to replace coke-fired boilers with 2 cogeneration plants

By: Henry Lazenby     6th December 2017 Canadian fossil energy company Suncor has launched applications with the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA) to replace coke-fired boilers with two cogeneration units at its oil sands Base Plant, which will add 700 MW of oil sands cogeneration. The plants will serve two purposes:... 

Exxon climate change probe goes to Massachusetts top court

By: Reuters     5th December 2017 Exxon Mobil Corp will urge Massachusetts’ top court on Tuesday to allow it to avoid handing over records to the state’s attorney general amid a probe into whether the oil company misled investors and consumers about its knowledge of climate change. The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court is... 

Change or lose another 100 000 mining jobs – Cutifani

By: Martin Creamer     4th December 2017 Without change, the South African mining industry would lose another 100 000 jobs, said Anglo American CEO Mark Cutifani, who six years ago accurately predicted the recent 100 000 job demise in South African mining. “I'll say it again, absent of change, we’ll lose another 100 000 jobs,” the... 

Change or lose another 100 000 mining jobs – Cutifani
Photo by Duane Daws
Anglo American CEO Mark Cutifani

Arrow and QCLNG announce major gas deal

By: Mariaan Webb     1st December 2017 Multinational oil and gas major Shell and its joint venture (JV) partner PetroChina have approved a major gas supply deal that will bring to market Arrow Energy’s significant gas reserves in the Surat basin of Queensland. The JV partners have approved a 27-year deal between Arrow and Queensland... 

Policy certainty needed to drive oil and gas in South Africa

By: Robyn Wilkinson     1st December 2017 The large-scale production of oil and gas has the potential to stabilise South Africa’s economy, relieving unemployment and poverty challenges while driving growth across industries, but government must provide policy certainty and an assertion of future contract stability, says South African Oil... 

Policy certainty needed to drive oil and gas in South Africa
Photo by Bloomberg
IMPORT NEED South Africa must prioritise the import of liquefied natural gas to establish a gas market while indigenous reserves are explored onshore and offshore

South Africa must prepare for oil and gas supply gap

By: Robyn Wilkinson     1st December 2017 South Africa needs to bridge the growing supply and demand gap in its oil and gas sector, says global research and consultancy group Wood Mackenzie research associate Jon Lawrence. 

South Africa must prepare for oil and  gas supply gap
Photo by Bloomberg
WAYS AND MEANS South Africa could channel additional gas imports from Mozambique either through a pipeline or by shipping liquefied natural gas down the coast

Electric vehicle revolution a rare investment opportunity as metals demand spikes

By: Henry Lazenby     1st December 2017 The rate at which global auto markets are adopting electrically powered vehicles (EVs) is accelerating at a much faster pace than even some of the keenest market observers have estimated at the start of 2017, and is opening up once-in-a-lifetime investment opportunities among the four key ‘energy... 

Electric vehicle revolution a rare investment opportunity as metals demand spikes

Oil and gas a key market for specialist steam trap

By: Robyn Wilkinson     1st December 2017 Cape Town-based steam system provider Delta Steam Systems (DSS) is gearing up for a large uptake of orders for its specialist steam traps, following the successful completion of several one- and two-year trial studies at oil and gas plants worldwide, including in South Africa, says DSS MD Bryan... 

Oil and gas a key market for specialist steam trap
POISED FOR GROWTH As companies in the oil and gas sector have started to reap the tangible benefits of DSS’s steam traps, they have become bulk-buyers of its products

Dassault Systèmes heralding in new autonomous mining era  

By: Martin Creamer     30th November 2017 The 'mine of tomorrow' is expected to be a factory-like entity equipped with a multiplicity of autonomous devices, which are controlled by technology savvy personnel working from remote centres, attendees of the natural resources forum heard in Sandton on Thursday. The ‘mine of tomorrow’ would... 

Dassault Systèmes heralding in new autonomous mining era
Dassault Systèmes Geovia CEO Raoul Jacquand interviewed by Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer on mine modernisation. Photographs: Duane Daws. Video and Video Editing: Darlene Creamer.

A$4.8m for projects to boost innovation in resources sector

     30th November 2017 Eight projects that will boost cross-industry innovation, collaboration and sustainability in the resources sector will receive A$4.8-million in funding through the Australian government’s industry growth centres initiative, acting Industry, Innovation and Science Minister Michaelia Cash... 

AWE receives non-binding proposal from Chinese group

By: Natasha Odendaal     30th November 2017 ASX-listed AWE has received an unsolicited, non-binding, indicative and conditional buy-out proposal from the Australian subsidiary of State-owned China Energy Reserve and Chemical Group (CERCG). CERCG Australia offered to acquire 100% of AWE for $0.71 a share, subject to a number of conditions,... 

Mining players employing strategic moves 

     29th November 2017 South32 has okayed a R4.3-billion project at Klipspruit and is looking to set up its energy coal business as a standalone entity, while De Beers has placed its Voerspoed diamond mine on the market and BHP Billiton has committed to exiting its US onshore oil and gas. Mining Weekly editor Martin... 

Mining players employing strategic moves
Mining players employing strategic moves

Indian oil refineries exploring possibility of importing Venezuelan crude

By: Ajoy K Das     29th November 2017 Close on the heels of an offer from Venezuelan national oil company, Petreos de Venezuela SA (PDVSA), to repay its debt in kind, Indian government-owned and -operated oil marketing companies (OMCs) are relooking at the operational viability of using Venezuelan crude as feedstock. Sources say that... 

Glencore, Chad are said to deadlock on $1bn debt deal

By: Bloomberg     29th November 2017 Talks between Chad, Glencore and a group of banks to restructure more than $1-billion in debt have stalled after the African nation rejected the commodities trader’s latest proposal to delay repayment of an oil-for-cash loan, according to people familiar with the negotiations. The negotiations... 

India’s plan to privatise 15 oil and gas blocks runs into opposition

By: Ajoy K Das     28th November 2017 National exploration and production (E&P) major ONGC is opposing the Indian government’s plans to offer private investors a controlling interest in 15 oil and natural gas blocks held by government-owned entities. Senior ONGC technologists and officials have taken up the issue with the Prime... 

Withdrawal of entire MPRDA only constitutionally acceptable solution – Leon

By: Martin Creamer     28th November 2017 The process of reconsidering the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act (MPRDA) Amendment Bill has generated a new range of procedural missteps and failed to address any of the substantive problems in the Bill, leaving the entire withdrawal of the Bill as the only constitutionally... 

Withdrawal of entire MPRDA only constitutionally acceptable solution – Leon
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Herbert Smith Freehills Africa co-chair and partner Peter Leon.

TransCanada restarts Keystone after oil spill; petitions Nebraska to rethink alternative route decision

By: Henry Lazenby     28th November 2017 Canada’s largest fossil fuels infrastructure operator TransCanada said on Monday it will restart the existing Keystone I pipeline on Tuesday, after a 5 000 bbl oil spill, in Amherst, South Dakota, last Thursday morning halted operations. TransCanada reported that its Keystone pipeline repair and... 

Oil slips on US drilling but Opec cuts support market

By: Reuters     27th November 2017 Oil prices slipped on Monday, with US crude easing from two-year highs on prospects of higher output but losses were limited before an OPEC meeting that is expected to extend output limits. Brent crude oil LCOc1 was down 25 cents at $63.61 a barrel by 1110 GMT. US light crude was 45 cents lower... 

Atlas Copco splits into entities focusing on mining and civil engineering, and the industrial market

By: Dylan Slater     24th November 2017 Construction and mining equipment manufacturer Atlas Copco has started a process to divide the company into two separate entities – Atlas Copco and Epiroc. Epiroc will remain a subsidiary of Atlas Copco.  

Atlas Copco splits into entities focusing on mining  and civil engineering, and the industrial market
SANJAY AHUJA Epiroc is now a house where we can live and breathe mining and rock excavation

In shadow of Opec's noisy oil cuts, Asia's miners quietly tightened coal supplies

By: Reuters     22nd November 2017 Australian and Indonesian miners have quietly done in the last two years what Opec has been shouting about: tighten coal markets and prop up prices. The informal coal output reductions, unlike the official cuts in place since January led by the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries... 

TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline clears key hurdle despite oil leak incident

By: Henry Lazenby     21st November 2017 Oil and gas pipelines operator TransCanada is reviewing a decision by the Nebraska Public Service Commission (PSC) approving an alternative route for the proposed Keystone XL (KXL) pipeline project through the state. "As a result of today's decision, we will conduct a careful review of the PSC’s... 

TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline clears key hurdle despite oil leak incident

Tlou to list on Botswana Stock Exchange, raise £2.4m from new investors

By: Creamer Media Reporter      21st November 2017 Coal-bed methane project developer Tlou Energy has secured the support of new investors and plans to list on the Botswana Stock Exchange (BSE) by mid-December. The Aim- and ASX-listed company will submit its application to list on the main board of the BSE this week. 

Mining contributes A$55bn to Qld economy in 2016/17

By: Mia Breytenbach     21st November 2017 The resources sector continues to drive employment and investment in Queensland, having contributed A$55.1-billion to the state’s economy in 2016/17 and supported the equivalent of 282 633 full-time jobs. This is according to the Queensland Resources Council’s (QRC’s) eighth yearly economic... 

Indian oil firms shift focus to Israel from Iran amid changing geopolitics

By: Ajoy K Das     20th November 2017 Changing geopolitical alignments and receding investment prospects in Iran are prompting a consortium of Indian oil companies to push for domestic energy security through wider exploration and production projects in Israel and Latin American countries. With the $5-billion investment offer to... 

Moz Minerals and Energy Minister targets corruption in her department

By: Keith Campbell     17th November 2017 Mozambique’s Mineral Resources and Energy Minister, Letícia Klemens, is considering revising the country’s minerals licencing process, in order to minimise, or even prevent, possible corrupt practices, local media has reported. This was one of the major outcomes of the III Coordinating Council of... 

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