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Mining billionaire backs outback gas pipeline to ease power woes

By: Bloomberg     13th April 2018 Billionaire Andrew Forrest is studying a proposed 1 500-mile (2 400-km) transcontinental natural gas pipeline as part of his iron ore company’s strategy to diversify and to boost Australia’s power supply network. Fortescue Metals Group Ltd. confirmed it has undertaken work for a duct that would... 

New Zealand bans new permits for offshore oil and gas exploration

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     13th April 2018 The New Zealand government has announced that no new future offshore oil or gas exploration permits would be granted, in a bid to address climate change. “All three of the parties in this government are agreed that we must take this step as part of our package of measures to tackle climate... 

New Zealand bans new permits for offshore oil and gas exploration

ExxonMobil restarts quake-hit PNG LNG ops ahead of schedule

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     13th April 2018 The Papua New Guinea liquefied natural gas (PNG LNG) project has restarted production ahead of schedule, following the 7.5 magnitude earthquake in the country’s highlands in February. Project operator ExxonMobil reported on Friday that one train was currently operating at the LNG plant near Port... 

International Frontier partnership spuds first hole at Mexican Tecolutla block

By: Henry Lazenby     13th April 2018 Calgary-based oil and gas developer International Frontier Resources (IFR) announced on Thursday that the first evaluation well, TEC-10, has been spudded at its onshore Tecolutla block, in Mexico, which it is developing in partnership with Mexican joint venture (JV) partner Tonalli Energia. The... 

West African mining industry rising despite challenges

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     13th April 2018 West Africa has the potential to attract greater investment and further develop its fledgling mining industry, says Centurion Law group CEO NJ Ayuk. “Almost every country in the region has mineral reserves that have barely been touched, in contrast with Southern Africa, where mining is a mature... 

West African mining industry  rising despite challenges
WEST AFRICA RISING West Africa’s diverse mineral resources, increasing political stability and relatively low entry costs are ideal conditions for mining investment

EY launches new team in Natural Resources segment

By: Nadine James     13th April 2018 Assurance and advisory firm EY in Africa, has incorporated a new Transaction Advisory Services (TAS) technical team into its Natural Resources segment. The team includes a century’s worth of combined mining and oil and gas expertise and combines “deep sector expertise and economic competence” to... 

Coal India to scout for global CBM technology, production partner

By: Ajoy K Das     12th April 2018 With India’s Cabinet Committee for Economic Affairs (CCEA) on Wednesday liberalising rules for coalbed methane (CBM), Coal India Limited (CIL) will shortly start scouting for global technology and production partners to extract the gas from coal blocks that it holds. While detailed search plans... 

India proposes bringing LNG terminals within the PNGRB regulatory framework

By: Ajoy K Das     11th April 2018 India’s upstream oil and gas sector regulator, Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board (PNGRB), has proposed to bring all new liquefied natural gas (LNG) storage and regasification projects under its regulatory framework. The regulator’s draft 'Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board... 

Canada's Saskatchewan sees smaller fiscal deficit as spending kept tight

By: Reuters     11th April 2018 The Canadian province of Saskatchewan, home to major potash and uranium reserves, said on Tuesday it would run a smaller deficit in the current fiscal year and balance its books in 2019/20 as it keeps a tight lid on spending despite projected higher commodity prices. Saskatchewan, which has... 

Canadian crude increasingly attractive for US Gulf Coast refineries as market landscape changes

By: Henry Lazenby     10th April 2018 Canadian crude oil could account for up to one-third of the US Gulf Coast (USGC) region’s heavy oil refining market by 2020, a new report by market research and consultancy firm IHS Markit has found. According to the analyst’s latest research, supplies of Canadian oil sands heavy crude are... 

Canadian crude increasingly attractive for US Gulf Coast refineries as market landscape changes

US to lead global crude production as soon as 2023 – IEA

By: Henry Lazenby     10th April 2018 US shale production growth is expected to lift the jurisdiction to being the top oil producer globally by 2023, a report from the International Energy Agency (IEA) has shown. According to the IEA, US output will expand by 3.7-million barrels a day, more than half of the world’s expected... 

Kinder Morgan suspends Trans Mountain Expansion project as political firestorm heats up

By: Henry Lazenby     9th April 2018 Pipeline operator Kinder Morgan Canada (KMC) has placed non-essential activities and related spending to twin an existing crude oil pipeline between Alberta and British Columbia on ice, as opposition to the project in British Columbia intensifies. The C$7.4-billion project, which was previously... 

Kinder Morgan suspends Trans Mountain Expansion project as political firestorm heats up

Queensland awards Santos exploration rights near Injune

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     6th April 2018 Oil and gas major Santos and its Gladstone liquefied natural gas (GLNG) partners have been granted the rights to explore for gas near Injune, in Queensland. Queensland Mines Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said Santos and its joint venture (JV) partners Total, Petronas, Kogas and Australia Pacific... 

Queensland awards Santos exploration rights near Injune
QRC CEO Ian Macfarlane

Ghana to review corporate tax exemptions for resources sector

By: Reuters     5th April 2018 Ghana plans to review its process for granting corporate tax exemptions to mining and oil companies as part of measures to eliminate fraud and boost revenues, its vice president said on Wednesday. Mahamudu Bawumia said tax exemptions claimed by some resources companies were not transparent, and... 

CAPP urges feds to ensure Canadian oil, gas benefit from growing global energy demand

By: Henry Lazenby     4th April 2018 Despite surging demand globally for all forms of energy, Canada’s oil and natural gas industry is at risk as the cumulative effect of federal and provincial policies and regulations are fast thinning the country’s market opportunity by thwarting industry growth, competitiveness and market access,... 

CAPP urges feds to ensure Canadian oil, gas benefit from growing global energy demand

Santos shares jump on A$13.5bn bid from Harbour Energy

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     3rd April 2018 Energy investor Harbour Energy has made a A$13.5-billion offer for oil and gas major Santos, offering shareholders $4.98 a share, or A$6.50 equivalent. Harbour has previously made three unsolicited offers for Santos, the last of which was priced at A$6.37 a share. 

Santos shares jump on A$13.5bn bid from Harbour Energy

Oil Search restarts PNG operations

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     3rd April 2018 ASX-listed Oil Search has restarted production at its Central Processing Facility (CPF) in Papua New Guinea, following a 7.5 magnitude earthquake in February. Oil Search said on Tuesday that production has started from a number of Kutubu oil field wells, at an initial rate of around 4 000... 

Senex granted approvals for project to supply gas-strapped east coast

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     29th March 2018 The Queensland government has granted ASX-listed Senex Energy a petroleum lease and preliminary environmental approvals to develop Project Atlas, to supply gas to the domestic market. Natural Resources, Mines and Energy Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said the grant of Senex’s petroleum lease in the... 

Senex granted approvals for project to supply gas-strapped east coast

Mereenie partners given marketing approval

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     29th March 2018 The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has given ASX-listed Central Petroleum and fellow listed Macquarie Mereenie approval to jointly market gas from the Northern Territory. The two companies have been authorized to market gas produced from the Mereenie field for a period of... 

India extends last date of auction bids for oil and gas fields

By: Ajoy K Das     28th March 2018 Expecting greater response from international oil and gas exploration and production (E&P) majors, the Indian government has extended by a month the last date for submission of bids for 55 oil and gas blocks under the newly framed Open Acreage Licensing Policy (OALP). Government officials said... 

NT fracking inquiry finds risks can be reduced to ‘acceptable level’

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     28th March 2018 An independent scientific inquiry into hydraulic fracturing (fracking) in the Northern Territory has found that any risks associated with the practice could be mitigated. Inquiry chairperson Justice Rachel Pepper said this report provided recommendations to mitigate to acceptable levels the... 

No major change in Mexico oil output expected before 2025 – official

By: Reuters     28th March 2018 Mexico's government does not expect a 'significant' change in oil production before 2025, deputy energy minister Aldo Flores said on Tuesday. Mexico, which produces around 1.9-million barrels per day of crude, has been pushing back the date by when it expects to reverse a slide in output. Crude... 

Antero Resources eyes ways to cut sand costs for fracking

By: Reuters     27th March 2018 US natural gas producer Antero Resources Corp said on Monday it is eyeing options to mine its own sand for fracking to offset recent price increases. The company, which produces in the Marcellus and Utica shale formations, has seen its sand cost rise markedly in the past year, Glen Warren,... 

Congo's 2017 mining revenue up 36% while oil revenue doubles

By: Reuters     26th March 2018 Democratic Republic of Congo's 2017 mining sector revenue rose 35.6% to $822.2-million while revenue from the oil and gas sector jumped by 103% to $203.9-million, finance ministry data showed. Mining revenue in the fourth quarter more than doubled helped by higher prices for key exports such as... 

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
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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... 

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