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Sales and production soar at Woodside

By: Esmarie Iannucci     18th October 2018 Australia’s Woodside Petroleum has seen an increase in both production and sales revenues for the third quarter, as its Wheatstone liquefied natural gas (LNG) project continued to contribute strongly to operations. “Production at Wheatstone LNG continued ahead of plan, underpinning a 13.8% rise... 

BHP iron-ore output up, FY copper guidance trimmed

By: Esmarie Iannucci     17th October 2018 Diversified giant BHP has reported increases in copper and iron-ore production during the three months to September, while petroleum and coal production fell. Iron-ore production for the three months to September was up by 10% on the previous corresponding period, to 61-million tonnes of ore,... 

Chile studying possible lithium trade on LME

By: Reuters     11th October 2018 Chile has called for lithium to be traded on the London Metals Exchange to provide greater "clarity" about its value, Mining Minister Baldo Prokurica said on Wednesday. At present, lithium producers negotiate contracts with buyers but the terms of the deals are not made public. Critics say this... 

Chile eyes new copper markets to shield economy from trade war

By: Reuters     9th October 2018 Chile aims to find new copper markets and expand its lithium industry as it seeks to shield its economy from a US.China trade war, the mining minister of the world's biggest copper producer said on Monday. Baldo Prokurica also told Reuters the South American nation was considering further... 

Venezuela, Iran uncertainties push back ONGC Videsh listing plans

By: Ajoy K Das     28th September 2018 Uncertainties over its assets in Venezuela and Iranian projects will push back the listing of ONGC Videsh. The wholly owned overseas investment arm of Indian national oil exploration and production (E&P) major, ONGC Limited has maintained that with its ventures in Venezuela and Iran in a limbo,... 

Albemarle eyes future as pure-play lithium market leader

By: Reuters     28th September 2018 Albemarle Corp, the world's largest lithium producer, aims to eventually end its dependence on two smaller units to fund growth as global appetite surges for electric-powered vehicles and consumer goods, its chief executive said in an interview. Tesla and other automakers have helped make... 

Opec will balance oil markets, but spare capacity limited – Nigerian official

By: Reuters     26th September 2018 The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (Opec) will act to balance the market after oil prices hit their highest in four years, but its options may be limited by available spare capacity, a Nigerian oil industry official said on Wednesday. "It's obvious that if you have high prices... 

The black grit that beat Bitcoin's rally and didn't slump

By: Bloomberg     11th September 2018 China’s push for blue skies has caused an obscure steelmaking ingredient to fuel gains of as much as 2,600 percent since the start of 2017 for the few companies that supply it, minting at least one new billionaire. The material is graphite, a form of carbon that has seen demand soar because of... 

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... 

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... 

Woodside to make FID at SNE in 2019

By: Esmarie Iannucci     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... 

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... 

Threat of contagion in emerging markets deepens commodity risk

By: Bloomberg     13th August 2018 When Thailand devalued its currency two decades ago, few in global commodity markets took note. Within a year, the crisis morphed into an emerging-market rout that eviscerated the price of everything from crude oil to copper. Fast forward to today and Turkey is presenting a similar challenge. The... 

World's oil cushion could be stretched to the limit, IEA warns

By: Reuters     12th July 2018 The world's oil supply cushion could be stretched to the limit due to prolonged outages, supporting prices and threatening demand growth, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said on Thursday. The expected drop in Iranian crude exports this year due to renewed US sanctions, coupled with a... 

Goldman says buy commodities as clock ticks toward trade war

By: Bloomberg     5th July 2018 Commodity bull Goldman Sachs Group Inc. has poured cold water on the notion that a trade war between the US and China represents a serious threat to raw materials, saying most of them aren’t likely to be significantly impacted, and after recent declines now’s the time to buy. The Wall Street... 

India's options limited as US mounts pressure to stop oil imports from Iran

By: Ajoy K Das     29th June 2018 With the Trump Administration mounting pressures on India to stop crude oil imports from Iran, the option of part barter and part payment in Indian currency to buy Iranian crude, may not work this time around. Unlike during earlier Western sanctions on Iran, India has devised a mechanism to... 

Commodities face a twin threat, Morgan Stanley says

By: Bloomberg     29th June 2018 Commodities face a twin threat in the coming months, according to Morgan Stanley, which flagged burgeoning risks to consumption from a potential escalation in global trade tensions, especially for metals, as well as any slowdown in China. “Escalating global trade tensions bring a risk of demand... 

Indonesia may finalise new mining law by month-end

By: Nadine James     22nd June 2018 News of a new Indonesian mining law first emerged in 2016, and the draft legislation has been revised several times since, US-based international law firm Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner partner and foreign legal consultant Marius Toime noted in a legal opinion last month. Some of the country’s major... 

Gold market could put supply on blockchain as soon as next year

By: Bloomberg     6th June 2018 The gold market could start using the technology behind cryptocurrencies to track an almost-$200 billion supply chain as soon as next year. The London Bullion Market Association (LBMA) last week closed an invitation for submissions of ideas for how to track the metal as it’s dug out of remote... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

Gold bulls left waiting for boost from global angst as oil jumps

By: Bloomberg     10th May 2018 The gold market is greeting geopolitical turmoil with a yawn. The metal, which has dropped for three straight weeks, extended losses Wednesday as Treasury yields and crude oil jumped on the US plan to reinstate sanctions on Iran. The metal is trading at the cheapest relative to crude since late... 

India, Iran near a truncated deal on gasfield development

By: Ajoy K Das     26th April 2018 India and Iran are closing in on a deal for the development of the Farzad B gasfield, albeit of a much smaller size. Diplomatic negotiations between the two countries since early this year have narrowed down differences on the gas project and this will be followed up by a consortium of Indian... 

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... 

Gold forges best run since 2011 as stars align for bullion bulls

By: Bloomberg     29th March 2018 Gold bulls are finding 2018 offers plenty of reasons to be cheerful. Bullion’s wrapping up a third quarterly gain, a feat not seen since 2011; fund holdings are at the highest in a half-decade; and haven demand may get a boost with foreign-policy hawks in the ascendant in Washington. 

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,... 

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... 

New directive will affect mining vessels off the shore of Namibia

By: Victor Moolman     23rd February 2018 In 2020, the International Maritime Organisation will implement a low sulphur fuel directive (LSFD) that will impact on the availability of fuel for ships and mining vessels off the coasts of African countries, including Namibia. The LSFD will require ships to use low sulphur fuel oil (LSFO),... 

Volatility, improving supply erase year-to-date index gains

By: Henry Lazenby     16th February 2018 The Materials Price Index (MPI) from Global Insight by IHS Markit has fallen back to levels at which it started the New Year, as a return of volatility shook markets again last week, dampening appetites for risk and souring the exuberant mood that has prevailed this year. The MPI plunged 3% last... 

India approves policy for auction of small oil, gas fields

By: Ajoy K Das     13th February 2018 India’s Union Cabinet has approved the second round of the Discovered Small Field Policy, paving the way for 60 small oilfields to be put up for auction. These discovered small and unmonetised discoveries host an estimated 194.65-million tons of crude oil or crude oil equivalent natural gas. The... 

Suricate Minerals seeks to unlock latent mineral wealth in Mauritania

7th February 2018 Privately-owned Mauritanian mining and exploration company Suricate Minerals is engaging with international financial and technical service partners to develop its quartz, barite, lithium, copper and gold prospects located throughout the country. Suricate Executive Director Ahmed Hertani, who has... 

Chevron slips on Q4 earnings miss; lifts dividend

By: Henry Lazenby     3rd February 2018 Oil giant Chevron saw its NYSE-listed equity slip more than 6% on Friday after it reported disappointing fourth-quarter earnings. The San Ramon, California-based energy company reported earnings of $3.1-billion, or $1.64 a share for the fourth quarter ended December 31, compared with just... 

Canada's Trudeau says Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion to proceed – radio

By: Reuters     1st February 2018 Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Thursday his government would ensure Kinder Morgan Canada’s Trans Mountain oil pipeline expansion is built and added the C$7.4-billion project is not a threat to Canada’s West Coast. Trudeau reiterated the government’s position in two separate radio... 

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