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Inaugural Factory of the Year competition to include future-proofing benchmark

By: Terence Creamer     19th June 2018 Global management consulting firm AT Kearney has officially launched the South African version of its internationally recognised ‘Factory of the Year’ competition and is urging domestic manufacturers to enter ahead of the August 20 deadline for submissions. AT Kearney partner and Africa MD Theo... 

BHP offers August loading LNG cargo from Australia export plant - sources

By: Reuters     19th June 2018 Global mining and resources company BHP is offering to sell a liquefied natural gas (LNG) cargo from its North West Shelf export plant in Australia, two trade sources said on Tuesday. The cargo will load over the August 15 to 17 period and is offered on a free-on-board basis, they said. 

Centrica, Tokyo Gas join Anadarko's Mozambique LNG project as buyers

By: Reuters     15th June 2018 Britain's Centrica and Japan's Tokyo Gas have signed a non-binding agreement to buy liquefied natural gas (LNG) from Anadarko Petroleum's Mozambique acreage, a deal that will help the US company reach a final decision on the project. Centrica and Tokyo Gas will buy 2.6-million tonnes of LNG per... 

Second LNG train at Wheatstone starts up

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     15th June 2018 Liquefied natural gas (LNG) production from the second train at the Wheatstone project, near Onslow in Western Australia, has started. US major Chevron said on Friday that the Wheatstone project is expected to produce 8.9-million tonnes a year of LNG over an estimated 30-year mine life, adding... 

Electric thermometer launched for polar applications

By: Paige Müller     15th June 2018 Measuring instrument supplier WIKA launched a tailored electrical thermometer for applications in the crude oil, natural gas and petrochemicals industries in polar climates. WIKA Instruments sales GM Ralf Hesse states that the electrical thermometer can function in ambient temperatures down to... 

Company invests in new petrochemicals complex

15th June 2018 Petroleum industry company Qatar Petroleum plans to build a “world-scale” petrochemicals complex that will include the Middle East's largest ethane cracker, according to Qatar Petroleum president and CEO Saad Sherida Al-Kaabi. Qatar Petroleum has invited a group of leading international... 

Trump's coal gambit may yield political points, not mining jobs

By: Bloomberg     14th June 2018 The Trump administration’s plan for reviving coal power plants is unlikely to resurrect mining jobs but may boost the president’s support among crucial Rust Belt voters before the midterm elections that will determine which party controls Congress. President Donald Trump has asked Energy... 

PetroSA's GTL refinery could run out of natural gas in two years 

By: Reuters     12th June 2018 South Africa's flagship gas-to-liquids (GTL) refinery at Mossel Bay could run out of natural gas within two years when offshore reserves dry up, a senior energy official said on Tuesday. The Mossel Bay GTL plant, one of the world's largest, is operated by State-owned national oil and gas company... 

US embassy warns citizens to consider leaving district in north Mozambique

By: Reuters     12th June 2018 The US embassy in Mozambique said Americans should consider leaving a northeastern district close to a major gas field as imminent attacks are likely after suspected Islamist militants beheaded ten people and killed seven others since May. Any sign of militant activity is a concern for the... 

The high value industrial safety offering

12th June 2018 Precision matters in everything we do, says Hans Strydom, technical services manager for special products and chemicals at Afrox. Here he talks about Afrox’s HiQ range of innovative solutions, tailor made to suit customers’ specific speciality gas and equipment requirements. HiQ: The high value... 

Coal royalties give Queensland Budget surplus a boost

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     12th June 2018 A record contribution from coal royalties has assisted the Queensland government in delivering a surplus of A$1.5-billion for the 2017/18 financial year – three times more than what was predicted in the mid-year fiscal and economic review forecast in December. “The Queensland economy continues... 

Energy discussion must be resolved soonest to spur economic transformation – Dr Yves Guenon

By: Nadine James     8th June 2018 Certainty, particularly around South Africa’s future baseload energy supply must be achieved in the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP), in order to ensure supply security, which will, in turn, stimulate investment and economic transformation, Izibani consultancy founder and French South African... 

Victoria seeks to unlock more affordable gas for residents

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     8th June 2018 The Victorian government is hoping to unlock more gas supply to provide residents in the state with greater access to affordable gas. The state government on Friday announced that the Victorian Gas Programme (VGP) will be encouraging new commercial offshore gas exploration through the release of... 

Energy efficiency could massively reduce global carbon emissions

8th June 2018 Renewable energy and energy efficiency are the cornerstone of the world’s solution to energy-related carbon emissions, and can provide over 90% of the energy-related carbon emission reductions required to keep global temperature rise to 2 °C above pre-industrial levels, says International... 

Barossa project to backfill Darwin liquefied natural gas plant, Australia

By: Sheila Barradas     8th June 2018 The project aims to provide gas for the Darwin plant after the Bayu-Undan reservoir ceases production post 2022. 

Cairo West natural gas and heavy fuel oil-fired thermal power plant renewal project, Egypt

By: Sheila Barradas     8th June 2018 Cairo Electricity Production Company is renewing four existing power generation boilers at the Cairo West natural gas and heavy fuel oil-fired thermal power plant. 

GLNG ships milestone cargo

7th June 2018 The Gladstone liquefied natural gas (GLNG) project has shipped its 200th LNG cargo from Curtis Island to Korea. “For the next two decades, the International Energy Agency expects natural gas to grow more than any other energy type, to a market share of more than a quarter of all global energy... 

Resources, oil & gas sectors drive Australian GDP growth in Q1

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     7th June 2018 The resources and oil and gas sectors have continued to drive the Australian economy during the March quarter, with the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) revealing that the sectors were the main drivers to a 1% increase in Australia’s gross domestic product (GDP) during the period. The... 

AIE selects Port Kembla for A$300m LNG import terminal

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     5th June 2018 The Australian Industrial Energy (AIE) consortium has selected Port Kembla, in New South Wales, as the site for the first A$300-million liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminal. The proposed terminal will have the ability to supply more than 100 PJ/y of LNG, sufficient to meet over 70% of... 

South Africa to release new-look renewables bid window in November

By: Terence Creamer     1st June 2018 Energy Minister Jeff Radebe announced on Friday that South Africa would launch a fifth Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) bid window in November with the aim of procuring a further 1 800 MW of renewable energy from independent power producers (IPPs).... 

Renergen impairs hydro project to focus on South African natural gas market

By: Simone Liedtke     1st June 2018 Integrated alternative energy business Renergen impaired its R12.2-million Côte d’Ivoire Hydro hydroelectric project, which was managed by its subsidiary, Mega Power Renewables, during the 2018 financial year and shifted its focus to the South African natural gas market. The impairment decision... 

Oil and gas industry contributing greatly to economy - Appea

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     1st June 2018 Australia’s oil and gas industry contributed some A$27-billion to the country’s economy in 2016/17, new data from the Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association (Appea) reported this week. “The economic footprint of the oil and gas industry goes far beyond its production wells and... 

US tariffs cause global trade uncertainty in steel sector

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     1st June 2018 The stainless steel sector is currently experiencing global trade uncertainty, owing to trade barriers being considered globally, as a result of the US duties on steel and aluminium, says Middleburg-based stainless steel producer Columbus Stainless CEO Lucien Matthews. The US duties include a 25%... 

Engineering firm aims to lead in technology, innovation to improve services

By: Schalk Burger     1st June 2018 Infrastructure engineering multinational AECOM is developing high-technology building information modelling (BIM) systems as part of the transition to digital business and service models and to meet changing client needs, says AECOM Africa Buildings and Places MD Tim ter Haar. The company is... 

Infrastructure development key to meeting consumer demand in megacities – economist

By: Marleny Arnoldi     31st May 2018 There are rapidly growing megacities, including Accra, Cairo, Lagos, Johannesburg, Nairobi and Kinshasa, in Africa, and it is important to ensure infrastructure development grows at a pace that will meet the increasing consumer demand that will come out of these megacities, said Imara Africa... 

SustainPower brings the heat (and power) at African Utility Week 2018

31st May 2018 SustainPower was present en masse at African Utility Week 2018. Says Tobias Hobbach, SustainPower MD, “This year saw many promising encounters take place at our stand. As a relative newcomer in the gas-to-power industry, we are proving to be a disruptive gas-to-power solution provider in Africa.” 

Santos announces A$400m Gladstone LNG investment

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     31st May 2018 Oil and gas major Santos and its joint venture partners in the Gladstone liquefied natural gas (GLNG) project, will invest more than A$400-million on the 137-well Arcadia gas project, in the Bowen basin. Santos said on Thursday that the A$400-million Arcadia investment was in addition to the... 

GAIL India seeks to maintain its gas pipeline business

By: Ajoy K Das     29th May 2018 Indian government-owned natural gas importer and infrastructure provider GAIL India has agreed, in principle, to unbundle its gas marketing and pipeline operational business, but only after a domestic gas trading hub has been established and a trading market has developed to an optimal level.... 

Total, Sonangol agree to increased activity in Angola

By: Marleny Arnoldi     29th May 2018 During a recent official visit to France by Angola President João Lourenço and a delegation of Angolan businesspersons, petrochemicals giant Total chairperson and CEO Patrick Pouyanné and Angolan petroleum parastatal Sonangol chairperson Carlos Saturnino signed several agreements to cover the... 

Free State natural gas project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     25th May 2018 Renergen has signed an offtake agreement with Anheuser-Busch InBev a subsidiary of South African Breweries to supply liquefied natural gas to power its delivery trucks. 

Scarborough gasfield development, Australia

By: Sheila Barradas     25th May 2018 Woodside and BHP plan to develop the Scarborough resource with 12 subsea, high-rate gas wells tied back to a semisubmersible platform moored in 900 m of water. 

Mining’s share of total project work in Queensland falling

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     24th May 2018 While the Queensland Major Projects Pipeline Report has shown a 58% increase in major project work during 2017/18, private sector investment, particularly in the mining sector, is falling. The report, compiled by the Queensland Major Contractors Association, Construction Skills Queensland and... 

Woodside outlines plans for expanded Scarborough

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     23rd May 2018 Australian oil and gas producer Woodside has increased the forecast capital investment to develop its Scarborough gas field from the previous estimate of between $8.5-billion and $9.5-billion to $11-billion. CEO Peter Coleman told an investor briefing on Wednesday that the increase in expected... 

Oil pipeline plot thickens as British Columbia files Alberta suit over ‘tariff-like’ Act

By: Henry Lazenby     23rd May 2018 A significant disruption in the supply of gasoline, diesel and crude oil from Alberta to British Columbia would cause British Columbia “irreparable harm” and could “injure human health and safety in remote communities”, the provincial government argued in a statement of claim filed in Alberta's... 

Angola cuts tax rates for development of marginal oilfields

By: Reuters     22nd May 2018 Angola has halved headline tax rates for marginal oil fields as part of a series of laws to drive investment and reverse declining output in Africa's second largest crude producer. The series of presidential decrees, published in the Official Gazette on Friday and made available by the oil... 

Renergen, SAB tap into gas to reduce carbon emissions with landmark transaction

By: Simone Liedtke     21st May 2018 Natural gas development company Renergen has signed an offtake agreement with Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev)subsidiary South African Breweries (SAB) for the supply of liquefied natural gas (LNG) to power its delivery trucks. The agreement sees the initial roll out of compressed natural gas to a... 

Anadarko seeks to raise $14bn to $15bn for Mozambique LNG project

By: Reuters     18th May 2018 Anadarko Petroleum is seeking to raise a record $14-billion to $15-billion from banks and export credit agencies for its huge liquefied natural gas (LNG) project in Mozambique, sources close to the matter said. Fast-growing gas demand from China and Southeast Asia is reassuring export project... 

Minister of Energy breathes new life to the Gas to Power Programme

18th May 2018 Coega identified as one of two sites to benefit from the programme The Coega Development Corporation (CDC) yesterday was highlighted as one of two sites to benefit from the Gas to Power Programme. 

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