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Molewa gazettes financial provisioning regulation amendments

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th April 2018 Environmental Affairs Minister Dr Edna Molewa on Friday gazetted, for implementation, an amendment to the Financial Provisioning Regulations (FPR) for prospecting, exploration, mining or production operations.  

RBPlat receives government approval for Maseve acquisition

By: Simone Liedtke     20th April 2018 South Africa’s Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) has been granted consent in terms of Section 11 of the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act for the transfer of the entire issued share capital of Maseve Investments 11, the holding company of the Maseve mine, in Rustenburg, to Royal... 

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... 

Miners warn new NT royalty proposal to hurt investment

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     20th April 2018 The resources sector has warned the Northern Territory government that adjustments to its royalty system could hamper investment in the region. Northern Territory Treasurer Nicole Manison on Friday announced the introduction of a hybrid royalty scheme as part of the territory government’s plans... 

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... 

BHP cuts guidance at Olympic Dam and Pilbara iron-ore ops

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     19th April 2018 Mining giant BHP has reduced its full-year production expectations for its Pilbara iron-ore operations, as well as the Olympic Dam mine, in South Australia. The miner on Thursday reported a 6% drop in iron-ore production during the three months to March, compared with the previous quarter,... 

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... 

Industry urges quick gas ramp up as Northern Territory gives fracking green light

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     17th April 2018 The Northern Territory government will lift a near two-year moratorium on fracking, accepting all 135 recommendations made by a recent independent inquiry. Chief Minister Michael Gunner said on Tuesday that the implementation of the recommendations in the inquiry report would begin, noting that... 

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... 

AfriForum, TKAG welcome Shell’s indication to withdraw from shale gas exploration

By: Anine Kilian     16th April 2018 AfriForum and the Treasure THE Karoo Action Group (TKAG) view Shell South Africa’s indication of its intention to withdraw from shale gas exploration in the Karoo as a major victory for those who care about the environment, TKAG said in a statement on Monday. The Herald last week reported that... 

First ‘Resources for Future Generations’ conference to be held in Vancouver

By: Henry Lazenby     13th April 2018 The Resources for Future Generations conference (RFG2018) is scheduled to make its debut on the Canadian resource conference circuit between June 16 and 21, in Vancouver, and is shaping up to be an event unlike the myriad of competing forums held in Canada throughout the year. RFG2018 chairperson... 

DMR welcomes mineral production increase

By: Simone Liedtke     13th April 2018 The Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) on Friday welcomed the year-on-year increase in mineral production in February, on the back of higher commodity prices.  Data released by Statistics South Africa on Thursday shows that mineral production increased by 3.1% year-on-year, with diamonds,... 

Glencore is losing billionaire allies to Trump's sanctions

By: Bloomberg     12th April 2018 The reach and power of US sanctions are hemming in the world’s largest commodity trader. In just four months, Glencore chief Ivan Glasenberg has lost two of his closest business allies as President Donald Trump’s aggressive foreign policy hits home, forcing him to cut ties with billionaires Oleg... 

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... 

PTM warns of liquidity constraints ahead of completion of stage two of Maseve transaction

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th April 2018 Project developer Platinum Group Metals (PTM) has warned that its liquidity will be constrained until the second stage of the sale of its Maseve mine to Royal Bafokeng Platinum (RBPlat) is completed.  

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... 

Mantashe to engage further on 'once empowered, always empowered' ruling

By: African News Agency      10th April 2018 South African Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe on Tuesday said that his department would be engaging further with the mining industry about the contested "once empowered, always empowered" ruling. Last week, the North Gauteng High Court granted a declaratory order on the "once empowered... 

Court ruling on ‘once empowered, always empowered’ principle brings certainty to the mining industry

By: Simone Liedtke     6th April 2018 The High Court’s judgment earlier this week in support of the ‘once empowered, always empowered’ principle will provide clarity for the mining industry, which will contribute to greater investor confidence, says law firm Webber Wentzel. The High Court on Wednesday ruled that mining right holders... 

First phase of PTM’s Maseve sales transaction completed

By: Simone Liedtke     6th April 2018 TSX-listed Platinum Group Metals (PTM) has completed the sale of its Maseve concentrator plant, near Rustenburg, in South Africa’s North West province, as well as the sale of certain surface rights to Royal Bafokeng Platinum (RBPlat). PTM and RBPlat in November 2017 executed definitive agreements... 

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... 

Angola seeks to further expand its diamond sector against a backdrop of rising output

By: Rebecca Campbell     6th April 2018 Angola’s diamond exports in January brought in the second highest price per carat ($136.24) for monthly sales since October 2016, the Portuguese news agency Lusa has reported. The highest price per carat ($138.60) for monthly sales in this period was achieved in November last year.  

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,... 

Fluor Awarded Front-End Engineering and Design and Project Management Consultancy Contract for Phosphoric Acid Production Facility in Egypt

By: Creamer Media Reporter      4th April 2018 IRVING, Texas & CAIRO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Fluor Corporation (NYSE: FLR) announced today that it was awarded the front-end engineering design (FEED) contract by Egypt’s state energy firm Enppi for the offsites and utilities portion of the main plant complex and support services for the Waphco... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

Concerted effort needed to combat South Africa’s illegal mining scourge

By: Dylan Slater     23rd March 2018 A multipronged approach involving both the mining industry and government is required to better deal with illegal mining in South Africa, where bloody skirmishes pitting rival gangs profiting from this illicit pursuit and the illegal mineworkers themselves are a frequent occurrence, with police... 

Concerted effort needed to combat South Africa’s illegal mining scourge

By: Dylan Slater     23rd March 2018 Illegal mining in South Africa requires a multi-pronged approach from both the mining industry and the government in an effort to better manage the situation. The violent gang-led tendencies of illegal mining in South Africa spills to the surface through inter-gang rivalry erupting in bloody... 

SA Hippo to be exhibited at the CIM 2018 in Vancouver

By: Creamer Media Reporter      22nd March 2018 HAZLETON PUMPS® will be exhibiting the patented HIPPO Solid Separation System® again at the CIM 2018 in Vancouver from 5 to 8 May 2018 and it will be the fifth CIM exhibition that HAZLETON PUMPS® will be participating in, using the opportunity to showcase the South African manufactured HIPPO... 

Qld grants exploration rights between Middlemount and Blackwater

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     22nd March 2018 The Queensland state government has awarded Metroof Minerals and Sojitz Coal exploration rights to a total of about 13 100 ha between Middlemount and Blackwater, to explore for coal. Mines Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said on Thursday that awarding the tenders was another positive result from the... 

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... 

Stringent regulations may impede coal industry growth

By: Donald Makhafola     16th March 2018 While key challenges facing the coal mining industry make the future of coal in South Africa uncertain, when considering the weight of coal in South Africa's energy mix, the coal mining industry is likely to remain an important one, says credit insurer Coface group economist Ruben Nizard. South... 

Lawyer hails Mantashe appointment, govt resolve to cooperate with mining

By: Nadine James     16th March 2018 Recent political changes, not least the appointment of Gwede Mantashe as Mineral Resources Minister, combined with the Ramaphosa administration’s seeming resolve to collaborate with industry, particularly the Chamber of Mines (CoM), have resulted in a “cautious optimism” for mining stakeholders,... 

Oliphant talks up Mantashe's mining pedigree in Toronto

By: Henry Lazenby     15th March 2018 South Africa's Deputy Mineral Resources Minister Godfrey Oliphant talked up the mining pedigree of newly installed Minister Gwede Mantashe during the recent Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada's annual convention, held in Toronto. "His previous mining experience is an advantage for... 

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.  

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