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BDO Global and National Practice Leader Natural Resources, BDO Australia

14th January 2019 BY Sherif Andrawes The period of uncertainty and caution exhibited over the last few years which saw many of the ASX Listed Junior Explorers take their foot off the accelerator, may have come to an end.  

Santos extends Beach/Senex agreements

By: Esmarie Iannucci     10th January 2019 Australian oil and gas major Santos has extended its gas processing agreement with ASX-listed Beach Energy and Senex Energy. The gas processing agreement extensions are expected to result in the production of up to 18 TJ of sales gas per day, or 20 PJ over the three-year term. 

Qld LNG exports reach new heights

By: Esmarie Iannucci     8th January 2019 Liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports through the Port of Gladstone reached a record 20.58-million tonnes in 2018, the Queensland Resources Council (QRC) has revealed, reaffirming the sector’s importance to the Queensland economy. QRC CEO Ian Macfarlane said the data released by Gladstone Ports... 

If you can't pipe it, refine it: Alberta seeks oil glut solution

By: Bloomberg     7th January 2019 What’s worse: Too much oil, or too much gasoline? The government of Alberta, weighing the potential of a new refinery for the province, may be on its way to finding out. In 2018, surging crude production in the Canadian province ran into limited space on export pipelines, creating bottlenecks and... 

Petrobras to focus on core business, spat with govt to be resolved soon -officials

By: Reuters     4th January 2019 Brazilian officials on Thursday predicted a quick resolution to a dispute with Petroleo Brasileiro SA over offshore oil blocks and doubled down on pledges to steer the state-run firm toward its core businesses like oil exploration. At the swearing-in ceremony for new CEO Roberto Castello Branco,... 

Encana to acquire shale oil producer Newfield for $5.5bn

By: Bloomberg     1st November 2018 After years of slimming down its oil and gas holdings, Canada’s Encana is reversing course with a $5.5-billion acquisition of a US shale producer in what will be the company’s biggest-ever deal. Encana agreed to purchase Newfield Exploration, which will give it positions in the Stack and Scoop... 

Santos continues Southern Amadeus farm-in

By: Esmarie Iannucci     31st October 2018 Oil and gas major Santos has informed fellow listed Central Petroleum that it would proceed with Stage 3 of the Southern Amadeus farm-in, after completing seismic works as part of the Stage 2 farm-in. Following the Stage 3 investment, Santos’ share in the EP112 permit will increase to 70%.  

ELB and NOVATEC forms partnership to combine innovation and new technologies into engineered solutions

By: Creamer Media Reporter      30th October 2018 ELB Engineering Services (Pty) Ltd (ELB) is pleased to announce a partnership agreement between ELB and NOVATEC New Technologies (NOVATEC), based in Labin, Croatia. NOVATEC is a computer engineering, process automation and system integration company and active in the South African market since... 

India extends Vedanta’s contract for Rajasthan oil, gas fields

By: Ajoy K Das     30th October 2018 The Indian government has granted a ten-year extension to Vedanta’s contract for exploration and production at the Barmer oil and gas block in the central state of Rajasthan, possibly signalling the end of litigation between the company and government. "The government, acting through the... 

Ramaphosa declares end to 'investment strike' and unveils R290bn in commitments  

By: Terence Creamer     26th October 2018 President Cyril Ramaphosa declared an end to South Africa's proverbial 'investment strike', when he unveiled firm investment commitments of R290-billion across a diverse range of sectors, from mining and energy to infrastructure and manufacturing, at a well attended and vibrant investment... 

Mining still booming in Oz - ABS

By: Esmarie Iannucci     26th October 2018 The Australian economy reached over A$1.8-trillion in 2017/18, reflecting a 2.8% increase, new data by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) said. “Australia has now recorded its 27th consecutive year of economic growth and is performing above the 10 year average growth of 2.6%,” said ABS... 

Govt banking on policy certainty to revive mining industry 

By: African News Agency      24th October 2018 South Africa's government is banking on recent reforms and policy certainty to revive the mining industry after production  fell by 1.7% in the first eight months of 2018 compared with an increase of 4.5% in the same period last year, Finance Minister Tito Mboweni said on Wednesday. In his maiden... 

India receives $822m investment commitment in first round of oil, gas block auction

By: Ajoy K Das     24th October 2018 India has received an investment commitment of $822-million in oil and gas exploration through agreements with successful bidders of 55 oil and gas blocks at the recently concluded maiden auction under Open Acreage Licensing Policy (OALP). Of the 55 blocks, Anil Agarwal-controlled Vedanta bagged... 

SRK Ghana expanding into other West African markets

By: Nadine James     19th October 2018 As the economic mood in the global mining industry turns towards the better, SRK Consulting’s Accra office, in Ghana, has been making inroads into new markets in Côte d’Ivoire and Togo, SRK Ghana country manager John Kwofie noted in a release last week. He believes that there is potential for... 

Major equipment for Guinea bauxite project delivered

By: Rebecca Campbell     19th October 2018 United Arab Emirates (UAE) group Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA) has announced that the single biggest piece of equipment for its Boké bauxite project has arrived in the Republic of Guinea, in West Africa. Boké is being developed by EGA subsidiary Guinea Alumina Corporation (GAC). The... 

Santos revenue jumps on higher oil price, volume growth

By: Esmarie Iannucci     18th October 2018 Oil and gas major Santos has reported a 6% increase in production during the third quarter ended September, while sales revenue increased by 10%. “Santos’ third-quarter results serve to highlight the benefits of a cash generative core asset portfolio and our low-cost, disciplined operating... 

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,... 

Evicted Kenyans demand compensation after mining firm exits

By: Reuters     11th October 2018 Nathaniel Tumo was astounded when an excavator arrived at his farm in western Kenya four years ago and started digging for minerals, almost bringing down his house. "They started blasting a few metres away and the stones fell on my house," said Tumo, 62, his breath laboured from living alongside... 

Chinese delegation to study South Africa’s mineral codes

By: Martin Creamer     2nd October 2018 South Africa’s meticulous set of mineral reporting codes has succeeded in attracting a high-ranking Chinese delegation from the Mineral Resources and Reserves Evaluation Centre of the Ministry of Land and Natural Resources (MRREC) in Beijing. South Africa’s Samcodes Standards Committee (SSC) will... 

Law firms see benefits of gazetted Mining Charter 3, MPRDA amendment Bill removal

By: Simone Liedtke     28th September 2018 To effect the necessary changes that are needed for South Africa’s economy to grow, government and industry will, moving forward, have to focus on economic assessments, instead of policy development, says law firm Webber Wentzel partner and mining sector head Jonathan Veeran. Following the... 

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,... 

Santos aims to double production by 2025

By: Creamer Media Reporter      26th September 2018 Australian oil and gas major Santos on Wednesday outlined its plans to grow production to more than 100-million barrels of oil equivalent (mmboe) by 2025, almost doubling current levels of production. MD and CEO Kevin Gallagher said the successful delivery of the ‘transform-build-grow’ strategy... 

Queensland fires up for gas supply challenge

By: Creamer Media Reporter      26th September 2018 More explorers are on the hunt across Queensland for gas for the hungry Australian market. Natural Resources, Mines and Energy Minister Dr Anthony Lynham on Tuesday announced that four companies would soon start exploring more than 6 600 km2 for more gas for local use, as well as export dollars. 

Ramaphosa aims to crowd in private resources for infrastructure fund

By: Terence Creamer     21st September 2018 President Cyril Ramaphosa has placed the creation of a public-private infrastructure fund at the heart of an economic stimulus and recovery plan, otherwise constrained by South Africa’s serious fiscal constraints. In unveiling the plan during a briefing at the Union Buildings in Pretoria on... 

Ramaphosa moves to revitalise mining, create certainty

By: Martin Creamer     21st September 2018 It is imperative that South Africa restores investment and exploration levels in the mining sector as mining and mineral beneficiation activities have significant potential to drive long term growth, exports and job growth, President Cyril Ramaphosa said in his economic stimulus and recovery plan... 

Global Energy Talent Index 2019 survey closes soon

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th September 2018 The third annual Global Energy Talent Index (GETI) survey is underway and open for responses. The survey is an industry-leading workforce project led by top energy recruitment firm, Airswift, and Energy Jobline, the world’s largest energy job site. The survey results will explore the opinions of... 

US gives rare earths reprieve in revised $200bn China tariff list

By: Reuters     18th September 2018 The United States did not include rare earth elements, metals used in magnets, radars and consumer electronics, from its final list of tariffs on $200-billion of Chinese goods, underscoring its reliance on China for the strategic minerals. China is the world's largest producer of rare earths and... 

New Nema regulations hold advantages, disadvantages for mining industry – law firm

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th September 2018 The mining industry is under constant pressure to demonstrate continued commitment to responsible environmental management and to the concept of sustainable development. There are currently several pieces of environmental legislation being updated or coming to the fore, which the industry will be... 

Vitaglass - ‘reinforcing’ the trend toward maintenance-free, glass fibre reinforced gratings

13th September 2018 For nearly 80 years, Vital Engineering has been providing clients across various industry sectors – from food and beverage, marine exploration, minerals sands processing, architectural, construction, petrochemical, mining, and power generation – with a range of products. This comprises non-slip... 

GAIL to expand natural gas pipeline capacity by 50% over next three years

By: Ajoy K Das     12th September 2018 Having warded off the possibility of the company being split up, State-run natural gas marketer and logistic service provider GAIL India has firmed up plans to expand its gas pipeline network. GAIL will add 5 500 km of pipeline network to its existing 11 400 km, over the next three years, to... 

Ausenco leads the charge to address slurry pipeline failure rates

By: Esmarie Iannucci     11th September 2018 Consulting, engineering and project delivery firm Ausenco has organised the first, focused pipeline user’s symposium, to be held in Santiago, Chile, at the end of October, to discuss a framework to address the high mean failure rate of slurry pipelines. Ausenco VP for pipeline consulting, JP... 

Santos completes divestment of noncore assets

By: Esmarie Iannucci     7th September 2018 Oil and gas major Santos has completed the $221-million sale of its non-core Asian portfolio of assets to Ophir Energy. The deal was struck in May of this year, and would see Santos divest of its 31.87% interest in the Chim Sao and Dua oilfields, in Vietnam, the 67.5% interest in the Maleo and... 

Mining waste set to grow, but ‘reduce, reuse, recycle’ solutions abound

By: Tracy Hancock     7th September 2018 The evolution of waste management techniques to accommodate the shift to low-grade ores by mining operations is one of the key emerging trends in the global mining waste management market, states UK market research company Technavio. The London-headquartered company explains that in the last... 

Mining waste set to grow, but ‘reduce, reuse, recycle’ solutions abound

By: Tracy Hancock     7th September 2018 The evolution of waste management techniques to accommodate the shift to low-grade ores by mining operations is one of the key emerging trends in the global mining waste management market, states UK market research company Technavio. The London-headquartered company explains that in the last... 

Mooted MPRDA Amendment Bill withdrawal an indication govt wants to end regulatory uncertainty, says lawyer

By: Nadine James     7th September 2018 Minerals Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe’s recommendation to withdraw the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act (MPRDA) Amendment Bill is likely because government wants to remove regulatory uncertainty affecting the mining sector, and in so doing, foster a more attractive investor... 

Appea blasts South Australian decision

By: Esmarie Iannucci     5th September 2018 The Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association (Appea) has condemned the South Australian government’s decision to support a bill to legislate a decade-long moratorium on hydraulic fracturing (fracking) in the state’s Limestone Coast region. “It is disappointing to see the state... 

Local manufacturer showcases full-scale solutions at Electra

4th September 2018 Nelspruit-based Electro Systems, which supplies both locally manufactured and type-tested modular enclosures from Danish manufacturer Logstrup, will showcase its three Electro Systems divisions at this year’s Electra Mining Africa exhibition. The company hopes to broaden its exposure and brand... 

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... 

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