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Uncertain when Milnerton oil refinery will come back on stream ­ 

By: Martin Creamer     11th August 2020 Astron Energy’s oil refinery in Cape Town, where a fire broke out last month killing two people and injuring seven others, remains closed while a full investigation into the incident is carried out. The former Chevron 100 000 bbl/d Milnerton refinery – which with the Caltex brand now fall under... 

Gas to assist in Covid recovery - report

By: Esmarie Iannucci     10th August 2020 – The global gas industry is expected to play a ‘vital role’ in economic recovery post Covid-19, and in a cleaner energy future, a new report by the International Gas Union (IGU) has found. In its Global Gas Report 2020, the IGU noted that after growing by more than 2% in 2019, global gas use is... 

Covid-19 may have accelerated peak fossil fuel demand ‘by more than a decade’

By: Terence Creamer     5th August 2020 If the world economy fails to recover rapidly from the Covid-19 crisis and if efforts to curb emissions are moderately accelerated, it is possible that global fossil-fuel demand peaked in 2019, a new Boston Consulting Group (BCG) analysis shows. The analysis models the future demand for coal, oil... 

Sasol sets sights on large-scale renewables procurement as it pulls trigger on embedded generation projects  

By: Terence Creamer     4th August 2020 Chemicals and energy group Sasol intends issuing, during its current financial year, a request for proposals (RFP) for wind and solar projects with a combined capacity of between 200 MW and 300 MW having received a strong response to a market-testing request for information (RFI) issued in May.... 

New Coupling to meet LPG Tanker Standard

31st July 2020 As per a Bulletin issued by the Liquefied Petroleum Gas Safety Association of Southern Africa (LPGSASA) and further legislated by the Department of Employment and Labour, Cam-and-Groove type Couplings are no longer permitted for use in gas tanker applications and should be replaced with a... 

Occidental discusses $4.5bn asset sale to Pertamina

By: Bloomberg     30th July 2020 Occidental Petroleum Corp is in talks about a potential sale of energy assets in Africa and the Middle East to Indonesia’s state-owned PT Pertamina, people with knowledge of the matter said. Pertamina is negotiating the acquisition of oil and gas stakes in countries including Ghana and the United... 

Brazilian major Vale piloting electric locomotive

By: Mariaan Webb     29th July 2020 Diversified mining major Vale, in partnership with Progress Rail – part of US group Caterpillar – is developing a new 100% electric, battery-powered switchyard locomotive. The initiative forms part of the iron-ore miner’s strategy of reducing direct and indirect emissions (Scope 1 and 2). The... 

Hastings cuts costs at Yangibana

By: Esmarie Iannucci     29th July 2020 Rare earths developer Hastings Technology Metals has reduced the capital cost expectations at its Yangibana project, in Western Australia, by some A$68-million. The cost savings come as the company pursues a decoupled processing strategy and a relocation of the hydrometallurgical plant to the... 

Canada Nickel creates subsidiary focused on zero-carbon metals

By: Donna Slater     28th July 2020 TSX-listed nickel/cobalt sulphide project company Canada Nickel Company has created a wholly-owned subsidiary, NetZero Metals, to begin the research and development of a processing facility aimed at using existing technologies to produce zero-carbon nickel, cobalt and iron products. The facility... 

Northern Dynasty's Pebble mine reaches key environmental milestone

By: Donna Slater     24th July 2020 The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) on July 24 released the final environmental-impact statement (EIS) for TSX- and NYSE-listed minerals exploration and development company Northern Dynasty Minerals’ Pebble copper/gold/molybdenum project in southwest Alaska. In its role as lead federal... 

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