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Focus turns to nonexplosives-based rock breaking as quest for safer, more-efficient mining intensifies

By: Dylan Slater     21st September 2018 The South African mining industry, once the backbone of economic growth, intensive job creation and development, is declining constantly, owing to the slow rates of research and development into newer, safer, modernised, mechanised and continuous mining methods. A key pillar of improving mining... 

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... 

Plastic Pipes Body Plays Important Role In Trenchless Technology

24th August 2018 The development of trenchless technology to rehabilitate existing underground infrastructure with minimal disruption to surface traffic, business, and other activities has left a lasting impact on the construction and civil engineering industries.  As the name denotes, trenchless technology... 

CSIR, Mandela Mining Precinct combine forces in push to improve safety and productivity

By: Nadine James     17th August 2018 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), as part of its collaboration with the Mandela Mining Precinct, has either developed or adapted several technologies that could be applied in mining environments to improve safety, productivity and efficiency. The function of the Mandela... 

CSIRO starts gas monitoring in NT

By: Esmarie Iannucci     1st August 2018 The Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association (Appea) has welcomed an announcement by the Northern Territory government that the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) has started work to monitor landscape methane concentrations in the Beetaloo... 

Price of electricity affects local gas-to-power projects

By: Melissa Zisengwe     27th July 2018 One of the biggest challenges of implementing gas-to-power projects in South Africa is the volatility of the natural gas price, compared with that of electricity, says consultancy firm WSP Africa generation and power regional director Martin Mkhabela. This volatility is caused by the pricing... 

Freeport remains positive about copper despite trade tensions

By: Mariaan Webb     25th July 2018 US-based Freeport-McMoRan remains positive on the outlook for copper, despite the recent decline in prices associated with international trade developments, CEO Richard Adkerson affirmed on Wednesday. Copper has been caught up on the trade war rhetoric between the US and China, while at the same... 

CSIR unveils technologies to enhance mine safety

By: Nadine James     24th July 2018 It is unlikely that the mining industry will attain its goal of zero harm by 2020 and, as such, the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has revealed some of the mine safety technologies it is developing and looking to commercialise. Speaking at the Mandela Mining Precinct, on... 

Easily prove product tampering

18th April 2018 Tamper-evident labels provide immediate proof of product tampering and can easily be printed and applied at your location. 

NT fracking inquiry finds risks can be reduced to ‘acceptable level’

By: Esmarie Iannucci     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... 

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,... 

Current public construction project tendering unsustainable – organisation

By: Nadine James     6th March 2018 The manner in which engineering companies tender for public construction projects is unsustainable and unnecessary, says South African Black Technical and Allied Careers Organisation (Sabtaco) president Clint Koopman. “I don’t see a gun being held to our heads to tender at the rates that we do,”... 

North Dakota Bakken oil rises again in shadow of mighty Permian

By: Bloomberg     2nd February 2018 The Bakken shale is roaring back to life, and Kevin Black sees the evidence almost every day as he looks out the window of his blue Ford F-150 pickup truck. The president of Creedence Energy Services, which provides chemicals for oil wells, Black, 29, drives about two hours to Williston, North... 

Gas industry frustrated by NT fracking inquiry delay

By: Esmarie Iannucci     8th November 2017 The Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association (Appea) has warned that a three-month delay in the independent inquiry into hydraulic fracturing (fracking) in the Northern Territory would impact on investment in onshore gas projects over the next year. The Scientific Inquiry into... 

Company keeps up with industrial cleaning trends, wins awards

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd November 2017 Over the past decade, global waste management company Averda’s focus regarding industrial cleaning has been to develop and increase the use of hands-free technologies, making it safer for operators to work and allowing for more complex tasks to be completed.  

Appea asks NT to lift fracking moratorium

By: Esmarie Iannucci     30th October 2017 The Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association (Appea) has again called on the Northern Territory government to lift a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing (fracking), after an independent economic analysis found that shale gas development in the territory could deliver a number of... 

US Energy Secretary defends its stance on nuclear and clean coal

By: Kim Cloete     26th October 2017 US Energy Secretary Rick Perry has defended the US government’s suggested pivot towards clean coal and nuclear energy, saying nuclear and coal producers had been discriminated against in the Obama era. “Basically, we’re saying the government is going to be fair to nuclear and coal . . . no... 

New era of disruption

By: Saliem Fakir     20th October 2017 Perhaps the recent multiple attacks of extreme weather – hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria – do not only tell us that fierce weather is the new normal, but changes in weather, together with other global shifts and crises, are forcing us to acknowledge that we are moving into an era of greater... 

Public comments on gas exploration to close soon

By: African News Agency      10th October 2017 The South African public has at least eight days left to comment on the environmental authorization that the department of mineral resources (DMR) recently granted to Rhino Oil and Gas Exploration South Africa (Rhino) for natural gas exploration across four provinces. The area affected by these... 

Looming east coast shortage sparks war of words over Australian gas

By: Esmarie Iannucci     27th September 2017 The Victorian and New South Wales state governments have hit back at claims made by Premier Malcolm Turnbull that the state governments are failing to develop available gas resources, exacerbating the looming gas shortage faced by the Australian east coast. Turnbull this week urged the New South... 

WA fracking moratorium bad for investment – industry

By: Esmarie Iannucci     5th September 2017 The Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association (Appea) has slammed a decision by the Western Australian government to ban fracking in the South West, Peel and Perth metropolitan regions, as well as imposing a moratorium throughout the rest of Western Australia. “The government... 

Government certainty needed for successful shale gas exploration in South Africa

By: Anine Kilian     1st September 2017 Government must make a clear-cut decision on whether or not to proceed with shale gas exploration in the Karoo, University of Cape Town Institute of Marine and Environmental Law's Professor Jan Glazewski said on Friday. Speaking to Engineering News Online on the sidelines of a national shale gas... 

Report indicates more research needed before fracking in the Karoo is allowed

By: Anine Kilian     31st August 2017 It is vital that all matters related to the development of a shale gas industry be carefully analysed and evaluated before South Africa considers exploiting shale gas, says University of Cape Town senior researcher Professor Cyril O’Connor. “It is well known that the exploitation of shale gas may... 

Gas vital to South Africa’s energy mix

By: Anine Kilian     31st August 2017 All countries face energy challenges and must manage this by improving energy security and economic development, without compromising sustainable development, Department of Science and Technology (DST) director-general Dr Phil Mjwara said on Thursday. He pointed out that sub-Saharan Africa was... 

Fracking a potential 'game-changer' for South African economy - ASSAf professor

By: Anine Kilian     31st August 2017 Hydraulic fracturing (fracking) could be a “game-changer” for South Africa’s economy, Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) VP Professor Barney Pityana said on Thursday. Addressing delegates at a national shale gas conference, hosted by ASSAf in partnership with the Department of Science and... 

Fracking jobs prove elusive for coal miners looking to switch

By: Bloomberg     18th August 2017 Robert Dennis has mined coal in West Virginia for 10 years but a recent evening found him in a classroom at his local community college. He came to learn about opportunities in fracking, a drilling technique used to produce natural gas — the very fuel that is threatening coal’s future. “I know... 

Ferguson calls on NT govt to reconsider fracking stance

By: Esmarie Iannucci     18th August 2017 The Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association (Appea) has called on the Northern Territory government to reconsider its stance on hydraulic fracturing (fracking), saying an onshore gas industry in the region could deliver new sources of stable, long-term revenue for the Territory... 

Shale gas still a power resource option

By: Nica Schreuder     28th July 2017 Global leading engineering, consulting and construction company Black & Veatch sub-Saharan Africa business development director Webb Meko says successful exploration for shale gas could make up for South Africa’s lack of natural gas as a power resource. “Concerns about the possible detrimental... 

Interim report into NT fracking released

By: Esmarie Iannucci     17th July 2017 Communities in the Northern Territory are “overwhelmingly” against hydraulic fracturing (fracking), says the independent inquiry body appointed last year to investigate the environmental, social and economic risks and impacts of fracking. The inquiry, which started in December, concluded its... 

McDonald’s launches new instore design 

13th July 2017 Food and beverage giant McDonald’s South Africa has unveiled its first newly built, revamped restaurant at Stoneridge shopping centre, in Johannesburg.  

Agri SA says will not support fracking as set out under current legislation  

By: Anine Kilian     5th July 2017 Agricultural industry association Agri SA says it cannot support government’s continued pursuit of hydraulic fracturing (fracking). Addressing media at a briefing in Centurion, on Wednesday, Agri SA president Johannes Möller said there were still uncertainties with respect to water supply and... 

WA to publish five-year schedule for petroleum exploration

By: Esmarie Iannucci     23rd June 2017 The Western Australian government has announced plans to introduce a strategic five-year release of petroleum exploration areas across the Canning and Perth basins, in the hopes of minimising environmental, cultural and land use constraints. “The five-year approach provides greater transparency... 

NT releases economic development framework

By: Esmarie Iannucci     20th June 2017 The oil and gas industry has welcomed the Northern Territory government’s release of its Economic Developemnt Framework, with the Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association (Appea) saying it recognised the vital role that natural gas will play as one of the region’s major growth... 

NSW opens new areas for conventional gas exploration

By: Esmarie Iannucci     6th June 2017 The New South Wales government has announced plans to increase conventional gas exploration in the state by releasing new areas for exploration. Resources and Energy and Utilities Minister Don Harwin said on Tuesday that the release of the new exploration areas, which would be done under the... 

Australian resources sector welcomes Budget

By: Esmarie Iannucci     10th May 2017 The Australian resources sector has welcomed the federal Budget, particularly a A$28.7-million investment in the east coast gas security, and over A$70-billion to 2021 on transport infrastructure across Australia. Minister for Resources Matt Canavan said on Wednesday that the A$28.7 million east... 

Lifting fracking ban will help NT economy, says Appea as Budget deficit triples

By: Esmarie Iannucci     3rd May 2017 The Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association (Appea) has urged the Northern Territory government to reconsider its moratorium on hydraulic fracturing (fracking), saying the latest territory Budget confirms the need for new private sector investment. Appea’s Northern Territory... 

Africa needs to change economic, taxation policy to uplift the poor – Oxfam

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     2nd May 2017 Seven of the 20 most unequal countries in the world are in Africa, an income study by Brookings Institute reveals, with Swaziland ranking the world’s most unequal, closely followed by Nigeria. In South Africa, three billionaires own the same wealth as the poorest half of the population – around... 

DMR to brief Western Cape communities on shale gas development

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     21st April 2017 Mineral Resources Deputy Minister Godfrey Oliphant will on Tuesday host an information-sharing session with interested and affected communities and organisations in the Western Cape on the potential of shale gas development through hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. The Deputy Minister will... 

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