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Current mining ‘boom’ very different to last one – CRU

By: Martin Creamer     6th June 2018 A return of capital expenditure (capex) and inorganic sources of growth are seen as a key corporate priority for 2018 and beyond, CRU Group senior consultant Aleksander Popovic said on Wednesday. The provider of marketing intelligence to mining told the Junior Indaba that the company’s... 

BHP is said to get shale bids valuing unit at up to $9bn

By: Bloomberg     6th June 2018 BHP Billiton has received first-round bids for its US shale portfolio from oil majors including BP and Chevron, valuing the unit at $7-billion to $9-billion, people familiar with the matter said. Royal Dutch Shell, partnering with private equity firm Blackstone Group, also submitted a bid for the... 

BHP is said to get shale bids valuing unit at up to $9bn

Rwanda says mineral export earnings rose to $373m last year

By: Reuters     5th June 2018 Earnings from Rwanda's mineral exports more than doubled to $373-million last year from the previous 12 months, supported by a rebound in global prices of commodities, a top official said. After meeting sector players in the capital Kigali on Tuesday, Francis Gatare, chief executive at Rwanda... 

AIE selects Port Kembla for A$300m LNG import terminal

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     5th June 2018 The Australian Industrial Energy (AIE) consortium has selected Port Kembla, in New South Wales, as the site for the first A$300-million liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminal. The proposed terminal will have the ability to supply more than 100 PJ/y of LNG, sufficient to meet over 70% of... 

Govt foots gas plant refurbishment bill

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     5th June 2018 The federal government will award privately held Australian Gasfields A$2-million in funding to bring forward the refurbishment and restart of the Eromanga and Gilmore gas plants, in south west Queensland, by a year. The funding will come from the government’s A$26-million Gas Acceleration... 

Oil and gas industry contributing greatly to economy - Appea

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     1st June 2018 Australia’s oil and gas industry contributed some A$27-billion to the country’s economy in 2016/17, new data from the Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association (Appea) reported this week. “The economic footprint of the oil and gas industry goes far beyond its production wells and... 

Oil & gas, mining industries anxious about top brass succession planning

By: Henry Lazenby     31st May 2018 There is real anxiety in the oil and gas and mining industries regarding the lack of aptitude to replace an ageing top-level management talent pool, Stephen Diotte, partner and head of leadership services for Odgers Berndtson tells Mining Weekly Online. He recently joined the executive search... 

Oil & gas, mining industries anxious about top brass succession planning

Private equity firm makes A$530m cash bid for Sino Gas

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     31st May 2018 ASX-listed Sino Gas & Energy has received a A$530-million cash offer from private equity firm Lone Star, which the Sino board has unanimously recommended. Lone Star is offering Sino shareholders 25c a share in cash for their holdings in the ASX-listed company, which was a 19% premium to the... 

Santos announces A$400m Gladstone LNG investment

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     31st May 2018 Oil and gas major Santos and its joint venture partners in the Gladstone liquefied natural gas (GLNG) project, will invest more than A$400-million on the 137-well Arcadia gas project, in the Bowen basin. Santos said on Thursday that the A$400-million Arcadia investment was in addition to the... 

Santos announces A$400m Gladstone LNG investment

Ottawa buys Kinder Morgan pipeline, expansion project for C$4.5bn

By: Henry Lazenby     29th May 2018 Ottawa announced on Tuesday that it has reached agreement with pipeline builder and operator Kinder Morgan to buy the existing Trans Mountain pipeline and associated controversial expansion project for C$4.5-billion, in the clearest-yet government signal that the oil expansion project is of... 

Ottawa buys Kinder Morgan pipeline, expansion project for C$4.5bn
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Canada's Finance Minister Bill Morneau speaks while Mining Minster Jim Carr listens during a news conference in Ottawa

Tullow Oil picks Australia's Worley Parsons for Kenya contract

By: Reuters     29th May 2018 Tullow Oil has awarded an engineering design contract for oil production in its northern Kenyan blocs to Australia's Worley Parsons, a Kenyan petroleum ministry official told Reuters on Tuesday. Kenya this month moved a step closer to full production at the blocs when the local government and the... 

GAIL India seeks to maintain its gas pipeline business

By: Ajoy K Das     29th May 2018 Indian government-owned natural gas importer and infrastructure provider GAIL India has agreed, in principle, to unbundle its gas marketing and pipeline operational business, but only after a domestic gas trading hub has been established and a trading market has developed to an optimal level.... 

Brazil deal to end truckers' strike rattles Petrobras investors

By: Reuters     29th May 2018 Petrobras shares plunged 15% on Monday after Brazil's government offered new fuel subsidies and softened the oil producer's pricing policy in a bid to settle a truckers' strike that has wreaked havoc on Latin America's largest economy. As a result of tax cuts and subsidies announced by President... 

Kinder Morgan cleans up Trans Mountain spill as high noon looms

By: Henry Lazenby     29th May 2018 Canadian pipeline operator Kinder Morgan reported on Sunday that it is clearing medium crude blend from the Darfield pump station along the existing Trans Mountain pipeline, near Barriere, British Columbia, after oil spilled early on Sunday morning. Trans Mountain, owned by Kinder Morgan, said in... 

Kinder Morgan cleans up Trans Mountain spill as high noon looms
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Kinder Morgan's Westridge Terminal, in North Vancouver, is seen accross the Burrard Inlet

Maatla on track for coal project take-off

By: Melissa Zisengwe     25th May 2018 Coal and energy company Maatla Energy remains on track to start site establishment and construction activities later this year, and production in 2019 at the company’s Mmamabula coal mine, in Botswana. Following the approval of an environmental-impact assessment (EIA) last month, Maatla... 

Maatla on track for coal project take-off
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SIGNIFICANT RESOURCE The Mmamabula coal mine contains more than 90-million tonnes of high-grade thermal coal

Gamsberg producing by mid-year – Vedanta

By: Martin Creamer     23rd May 2018 The Gamsberg zinc project in South Africa’s Northern Cape is on track with production expected by the middle of this year, the London-listed, India-rooted Vedanta Resources said on Wednesday, when it reported higher revenue and profits and lifted its dividend yield for the year to 6%. Current... 

Gamsberg producing by mid-year – Vedanta
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Vedanta chairperson Anil Agarwal

Woodside outlines plans for expanded Scarborough

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     23rd May 2018 Australian oil and gas producer Woodside has increased the forecast capital investment to develop its Scarborough gas field from the previous estimate of between $8.5-billion and $9.5-billion to $11-billion. CEO Peter Coleman told an investor briefing on Wednesday that the increase in expected... 

Santos spurns Harbour offer, says own strategy offers more value

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     23rd May 2018 Oil and gas major Santos has rejected the takeover offer from suitor Harbour Energy, telling shareholders on Wednesday that its own strategy would deliver more shareholder value. Harbour earlier this week increased its cash bid for Santos from $4.98 a share previously offered to $5.21 a share. 

Santos spurns Harbour offer, says own strategy offers more value

Oil pipeline plot thickens as British Columbia files Alberta suit over ‘tariff-like’ Act

By: Henry Lazenby     23rd May 2018 A significant disruption in the supply of gasoline, diesel and crude oil from Alberta to British Columbia would cause British Columbia “irreparable harm” and could “injure human health and safety in remote communities”, the provincial government argued in a statement of claim filed in Alberta's... 

Oil pipeline plot thickens as British Columbia files Alberta suit over ‘tariff-like’ Act

NT looks to US for shale gas inspiration

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     21st May 2018 The Northern Territory government’s Primary Industry and Resource Minister Ken Vowles will be visiting the US as part of a government delegation to investigate global shale gas production. The territory government in April this year announced that it would lift a moratorium on fracking, after... 

Santos receives sweetened bid from Harbour

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     21st May 2018 US-based suitor Harbor Energy has increased its cash bid for oil and gas major Santos, from $4.98 a share previously offered to $5.21 a share. The revised proposal, announced on Monday, is conditional on Santos undertaking additional hedging of oil-linked production in 2018 of about 30%, as well... 

Santos receives sweetened bid from Harbour

India reverses decision to privatise small, ageing oil and gas fields

By: Ajoy K Das     17th May 2018 Reversing its earlier decision to privatise small, ageing or underperforming oil and gas fields held by national exploration and production (E&P) companies, the Indian government has now directed companies to submit time-bound action plans to boost production from these assets. Earlier this year,... 

Harbour tweaks offer for Santos

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     17th May 2018 Takeover target Santos has received a revised offer from suitor Harbour Energy Australia. While the offer price has not been revised from the previous $4.98 a share, the revised proposal included a number of significant changes to the transaction structure, including a US dollar cash offer with... 

Victoria opens new blocks for oil and gas exploration

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     17th May 2018 The Victorian government has released five new oil and gas exploration blocks in the offshore Otway Basin, to assist in developing long-term natural gas supply. The areas being released are near major existing producing gas fields, established infrastructure and underground gas storage,... 

IFR legacy well test reports better-than-expected results

By: Creamer Media Reporter      17th May 2018 Calgary-based oil and gas company International Frontier Resources (IFR) has reported the first production from the successful workover of a legacy well at Tonalli Energia’s Tecolutla project – a joint venture between the company and Mexican petrochemical leader Grupo IDESA. “Rates from the TEC-2... 

Radebe sees energy contributing $25bn to South Africa’s $100bn investment target

By: Terence Creamer     16th May 2018 Energy Minister Jeff Radebe says one-quarter, or $25-billion, of South Africa's newly announced five-year investment target of $100-billion could be met through investments in new energy projects, including a possible new greenfield crude oil refinery and a gas pipeline linking South Africa to... 

Radebe sees energy contributing $25bn to South Africa’s $100bn investment target
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Energy Minister Jeff Radebe

Short spell of mining hope dashed – Lorimer

By: Martin Creamer     16th May 2018 The short spell of hope for South Africa’s beleaguered mining sector, which burst forth with the election of Cyril Ramaphosa as President, has been dashed, Shadow Mineral Resources Minister James Lorimer said during the mineral resources budget debate. Applying the ‘learning nothing and... 

Short spell of mining hope dashed – Lorimer
Shadow Mineral Resources Minister James Lorimer

No deal yet for Santos shareholder

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     16th May 2018 Shanghai-listed ENN Ecological Holdings on Wednesday refuted claims that it had reached an agreement with Santos suitor Harbour Energy over its 10.31% shareholding in the takeover target. ENN has advised Santos that the media speculation around its dealings with Harbour had been inaccurate,... 

Interconnected Carnarvon basin will get more LNG to market – Chevron

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     15th May 2018 US oil and gas major Chevron has called for greater cooperation between industry players and the government to unlock future value in the Carnarvon basin, offshore Western Australia. Speaking at the Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association (Appea) conference, in Adelaide,... 

Australia East Coast gas prices seen rising as cheap gas supply dwindles

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     15th May 2018 Australia’s East Coast gas prices are forecast to rise up to 30% to between A$10/GJ and A$13/GJ by the mid-2020s, as cheap gas supply continues to decline, advisory firm Wood Mackenzie has reported. Speaking at the Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association (Appea) conference,... 

Australia East Coast gas prices seen rising as cheap gas supply dwindles

Santos shrugs off ENN speculation

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     15th May 2018 Oil and gas major Santos has urged shareholders not to take any action in relation to the Harbour Energy takeover offer, after media speculation emerged shareholders in the company had accepted the offer. Reports on Tuesday suggested that Santos shareholder ENN Ecological Holdings, which holds a... 

Rey buys Lennard Shelf, looks for partners

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     14th May 2018 ASX-listed junior Rey Resources has signed an agreement with fellow-listed Key Petroleum and Indigo Oil to acquire the Lennard Shelf blocks, in Western Australia. Lennard Shelf constitutes one exploration permit, one retention lease and one production licence covering some 1 145 km2 of land... 

LNG exports put Australia oil and gas in trade surplus

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     14th May 2018 The Australian oil and gas industry recorded a trade surplus for the first time in 13 years in 2016/17, new data from the Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association (Appea) has shown. Appea on Monday reported that owing to a 35% increase in the value of liquefied natural gas... 

LNG exports put Australia oil and gas in trade surplus

PNG LNG delivering economic promises - Oil Search

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     14th May 2018 ASX-listed Oil Search has maintained that the Papua New Guinea liquefied natural gas (PNG LNG) project has been beneficial to the region, despite reports suggesting otherwise. Social justice advocates Jubilee Australia has claimed that the PNG LNG project has caused increased violence in PNG as... 

More agile Sherritt focused on building ‘cycle-proof’ balance sheet

By: Henry Lazenby     11th May 2018 Canadian diversified miner Sherritt International is focused on further strengthening its balance sheet, with a view to building a “cycle-proof” balance sheet as Class I nickel and cobalt prices rise, president and CEO David Pathe tells Mining Weekly Online. Building on from the late... 

More agile Sherritt focused on building ‘cycle-proof’ balance sheet
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Nickel ore

Higher metals prices prop up BC mining industry in 2017 – PwC

By: Creamer Media Reporter      10th May 2018 British Columbia's mining industry remained upbeat in 2017, as prices for most metals and minerals produced in the province continued to steadily recover from multiyear lows. Although most commodity prices remain below the record highs seen in 2011, the recent increases are part of an upward... 

Radebe links IRP certainty to Ramaphosa’s $100bn investment drive

By: Terence Creamer     10th May 2018 The long awaited update to South Africa’s Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) will be presented to Cabinet for its approval on August 15, Energy Minister Jeff Radebe confirmed on Thursday, adding that the document would provide much-needed certainty for investors in the electricity sector. The... 

Radebe links IRP certainty to Ramaphosa’s $100bn investment drive
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Energy Minister Jeff Radebe

Gold industry running risk of becoming irrelevant – Bristow

By: Martin Creamer     10th May 2018 The gold mining industry is running the risk of becoming irrelevant to the investment community. “It hasn’t delivered much value for a long time,” Randgold Resources CEO Dr Mark Bristow commented to Mining Weekly Online during an interview to mark the company’s presentation of first-quarter... 

Gold industry running risk of becoming irrelevant – Bristow
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Randgold Resources CEO Dr Mark Bristow

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