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Barossa LNG project advances to FEED phase – Santos

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     24th April 2018 Australian oil and gas major Santos and its joint venture (JV) partners have advanced the Barossa project to the front-end engineering and design (FEED) phase of development. FEED activities will involve engineering and commercial work, aimed at finalising the project’s technical detail, cost,... 

APLNG to supply more gas to domestic market

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     23rd April 2018 The Australia Pacific liquefied natural gas (APLNG) project has committed a further 21 PJ of gas to the domestic east coast market. The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) CEO Ian Macfarlane on Monday said that the additional gas from APLNG was another sign that the policy setting in Queensland... 

India seeks consultants to frame regulations for gas trading hub

By: Ajoy K Das     20th April 2018 With the Indian government aiming to set up a natural gas trading hub in the country, sector regulator the Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board (PNGRB) is seeking to appoint a consultant to help determine a regulatory mechanism for such a trading exchange. “In  order to further boost the... 

Trump's latest plan for saving coal comes from the Cold War

By: Bloomberg     20th April 2018 Months into the Korean War, President Harry Truman capped wages and imposed price controls on the steel industry, seizing authority under a newly passed law to take action in the name of national defense. Now, more than a half century later, Trump administration officials are considering using... 

Beneficiation in the spotlight this month at Geneva forum

By: Nadine James     20th April 2018 As more than 90 developing economies are dependent on commodity exports, building the skills needed to add value to raw materials and provide decent work are some of key objectives to be discussed next week at the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development’s (Unctad's) eighth Global... 

Santos production falls in Q1

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     19th April 2018 Planned maintenance has seen oil and gas major Santos’ first-quarter production decline by 1.2-million barrels of oil equivalent, compared with the previous quarter, to 13.8-million barrels of oil equivalent. The ASX-listed major told shareholders on Wednesday that planned maintenance in Moomba... 

Woodside plans Pluto LNG expansion

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     18th April 2018 Australian oil and gas major Woodside Petroleum has flagged plans to accelerate the development of the Scarborough gas field through an expansion of the Pluto liquefied natural gas (LNG) project. Woodside in March acquired ExxonMobil’s interest in the Scarborough gas field, taking its interest... 

Coal India earmarks corpus for CBM foray

By: Ajoy K Das     17th April 2018 State-owned Coal India Limited (CIL) has earmarked $462-million for its foray into exploration and production of coal-bed methane (CBM), following government’s announcement that it will relax rules to allow the company to exploit the resource. Though plans are yet to be finalised, sources have... 

Alrosa switches to cheaper fuel sources to cut operating expenses

By: Creamer Media Reporter      16th April 2018 The conversion of boiler houses and power plants to alternative fuels is expected to reduce the operating expenses of Russian miner Alrosa by about 5.3-billion roubles over the next ten years. In an update on Monday, Alrosa said that it would build a gas boiler-house in Almazny settlement in the... 

Gorgon Stage 2 gets approval

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     16th April 2018 The Western Australian state government has welcomed a decision by US energy major Chevron to proceed with the second stage of the Gorgon project expansion, off the coast of Western Australia. Premier Mark McGowan said Chevron's subsea development at the Gorgon natural gas project will create... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

LNG to underpin Australia’s export earnings growth

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     9th April 2018 Australia’s resources and energy export earnings are expected to reach a record A$230-billion in 2017/18, as liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports increased. The Department of Industry, Innovation and Science has reported in the March 2018 edition of the Resources and Energy Quarterly that LNG is... 

Embattled EPA chief's calendar shows industry had his ear

By: Reuters     9th April 2018 US Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt held 25-times more meetings with industry representatives than environmental advocates during his first seven months in office, according to a Reuters analysis of his schedule, reflecting the agency's pro-business approach under his... 

Bacanora terminates NextView placing, reaffirms Sonara H1 construction start

By: Mariaan Webb     6th April 2018 London-listed Bacanora Lithium has terminated its £31.17-million placing agreement with NextView, after the Chinese institutional fund management group defaulted on the December 2017 agreement. NextView would have acquired a 19.89% equity interest in Bacanora through the acquisition of 32 976... 

NT resources projects to benefit from govt investment

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     6th April 2018 Major resource projects in the Northern Territory are set to benefit from more investment by the state government. The territory government announced plans to invest an additional A$2.44-million over the next two years, to attract and deliver new projects to boost the region’s economy, and to... 

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... 

Coal drives Queensland exports

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     6th April 2018 New data by the Queensland Treasury has shown that the value of the state’s exports had increased by A$10.3-million over the last 12 months, to A$70-billion, with coal accounting for the lion’s share of this growth. Coal exports increased by more than 19% during the year, or A$4.8-billion, the... 

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,... 

WA resources sales surge

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     29th March 2018 Western Australia’s resources sector saw a 16% surge in sales revenue during 2017, to reach A$108.8-billion, as iron-ore prices increased, liquefied natural gas (LNG) volumes grew and gold output remained strong. The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety reported on Thursday that... 

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... 

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,... 

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.... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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.  

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... 

As coal use wanes, US miners depend on foreign buyers, steel  

By: Bloomberg     8th March 2018 It keeps getting harder to sell coal in the US US miners are forecast to cut production 4.7% in 2018 as electricity generators shift increasingly to natural gas and renewable energy, according to the US Energy Information Administration. The expected total of 736.3 million short tons would be the... 

Anglo American Platinum and Yokogawa Forging a New Way Forward

     7th March 2018 Mining Opportunities with new local business entity Yokogawa South Africa is proud to announce the signing of a distributor agreement with 3E Control and Instrumentation (3E C&I) to support local business development by the supply of their wide range of instrumentation products in the North West... 

Energy execs says tariff gambit could hit shale, LNG project costs

By: Reuters     7th March 2018 Energy executives say the Trump administration's proposed steel and aluminum tariffs could bump up the cost of big-ticket projects needed for rapidly rising US shale oil and gas output by three to 10%. Higher construction costs could slow growth in production and exports of crude and natural gas... 

ACCC proposes joint gas marketing in Northern Territory

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     2nd March 2018 The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has released a draft determination proposing to authorise joint gas marketing arrangements between joint venture partners ASX-listed Central Petroleum and Macquarie Mereenie for their Mereenie oil- and gasfield, located in the Amadeus... 

Canadian petroleum producers outline four-point plan to combat ailing investor confidence

By: Henry Lazenby     1st March 2018 Rising government costs, the burden of inefficient regulations, and the lack of infrastructure to move Canadian energy to growing markets are undermining investor confidence in Canada, a new report by the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) has found. Published earlier this week,... 

BC extends provincial flow-through tax credit for a year; resumes fight against Canadian oil

By: Henry Lazenby     21st February 2018 The British Columbia provincial government has released its Budget 2018 plan, confirming that the provincial flow-through exploration tax incentive will be extended for another year until the end of this year. The mining flow-through share programme is seen as critical to reinforcing the... 

Novatek says wins auction for Alrosa's gas assets

By: Reuters     19th February 2018 Novatek, Russia's largest non-State gas producer, said on Monday it had won an auction for Alrosa's two gas assets with a bid of 30.3-billion roubles. Novatek has been actively buying upstream assets in an effort to boost sluggish natural gas output. 

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