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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 Swanepoel     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... 

Mountain Valley pipeline project and Equitrans expansion project, US

By: Sheila Barradas     18th August 2017 The MVP project aims to build and operate a new 489-km-long 107-cm-diameter pipeline in West Virginia and Virginia. 

Origin widens losses in FY17

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     16th August 2017 Oil and gas producer Origin Energy has widened its statutory loss for the 2017 financial year, from A$628-million reported at the end of 2016, to A$2.22-billion. The company earlier warned of a A$1.2-billion post tax impairment on the second half of the 2017 financial year, driven by a... 

$690m impairment warning from Santos

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     15th August 2017 Oil and gas major Santos has warned of a $690-million non-cash impairment charge for the half-year ended June. The company on Tuesday told shareholders that the impairment resulted from changes to the carrying value of its assets, brought on by changing oil prices, exchange rates, discount... 

Santos to redirect gas to Pelican Point power station

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     14th August 2017 Oil and gas producer Santos reported on Monday that it had signed an agreement to redirect gas to the Pelican Point power station, to support South Australia’s energy needs. Starting in January next year, Santos will supply 15 PJ of electricity to the power station, through a mix of gas from the... 

Origin Energy warns of A$1.2bn impairments

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     10th August 2017 Oil and gas producer Origin Energy has warned of a A$1.2-billion post tax impairment for the second half of the 2017 financial year. The company told shareholders on Thursday that it expected an impairment charge on the Australia Pacific liquefied natural gas (APLGN) project, which would result... 

Trump is said to be 'really interested' in payments for coal use

By: Bloomberg     10th August 2017 West Virginia Governor Jim Justice said Donald Trump is “really interested” in his plan to prop up Appalachian mining by giving federal money to power plants that burn the region’s coal. Justice, a coal and real estate mogul elected governor last year as a Democrat, announced at a West Virginia... 

GAIL throws lifeline to Kochi LNG as it restarts gas pipeline construction

By: Ajoy K Das     8th August 2017 Gas infrastructure major GAIL India has started work on a stalled 438 km gas pipeline, throwing a lifeline to the Kochi liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal, languishing at less than 10% capacity utilisation. GAIL last week officially restarted work on constructing the pipeline connecting Kochi... 

Gunvor offers Equatorial Guinea funding help in bid for LNG

By: Reuters     4th August 2017 Gunvor has offered to help Equatorial Guinea with financing as the Swiss commodity trader looks to edge out rivals bidding for supply from Africa's first deepwater floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) plant. Gunvor, Vitol and Royal Dutch Shell have been shortlisted for an LNG off-take deal from... 

As Trump sings coal's praises, mine fatalities are on the rise

By: Bloomberg     4th August 2017 Ray Hatfield Jr. was six months into his latest coal job when he was crushed to death in a Kentucky mine. Hatfield, a 23-year industry veteran, was cleaning a conveyor belt that shuttled coal to the surface of the Appalachian mine on the morning of Jan. 26. When his clothing got caught, he was... 

Origin reports substantially higher production and sales revenue

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     31st July 2017 Oil and gas producer Origin Energy on Monday reported a 12% quarter-on-quarter production increase and said its full-year production surged by 40%. During the fourth quarter, ended June, Origin produced 89.2 PJe, compared with the 79.7 PJe produced in the third quarter, while full-year production... 

Positive signals herald increased US reliance on nuclear as part of renewables mix

By: Henry Lazenby     28th July 2017 Changing global macroeconomic trends are increasingly making more space for nuclear power to support renewable energy roll-outs, boding well for the uranium market, which has been dealing with unsustainably low prices for nearly a decade, according to former US secretary of energy and current... 

APLNG hits another milestone

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     28th July 2017 Australian oil and gas resources major Origin Energy on Friday reported that it had completed the 90-day operational phase of the two-train project finance lenders' test at the Australia Pacific liquefied natural gas (APLNG) project, in Queensland. Origin noted that all other elements of the... 

Coega IDZ preferred location for the gas to power programme

By: Nica Schreuder     28th July 2017 The Coega Industrial Development Zone (IDZ) has initiated an environmental impact study for South Africa’s gas-to-power programme, and has strategically explored the IDZ’s full potential beyond its gas power plant’s current allocation of 1 000 MW. “The foundation of South Africa’s readiness... 

Coral floating liquefied natural gas project, Mozambique

By: Sheila Barradas     28th July 2017 The project entails the engineering, procurement, construction, installation and commissioning for a floating liquefied natural gas facility. 

Gas beneficial in diversifying energy mix

By: Nica Schreuder     28th July 2017 Gas can be used to supplement the variable nature of renewables, thereby adding to a steadily diversifying energy mix in South Africa, says advisory firm KPMG South Africa energy economist Requier Wait. Variable renewable energy (VRE) is nondispatchable, owing to the fluctuating nature of, for... 

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... 

Indian mineral production dips in May

By: Ajoy K Das     27th July 2017 India’s index of mineral production during May 2017 fell 0.9% compared with the corresponding month of 2016, according to a statement of the Mines Ministry. The total value of mining and quarrying, excluding atomic and minor minerals, during May 2017, was pegged at an estimated $3.13-billion. 

Pacific Northwest LNG megaproject cancelled following review, ‘changed market conditions’ 

By: Henry Lazenby     26th July 2017 The Pacific NorthWest liquefied natural gas (PNW LNG) project has been cancelled by its shareholders, following an in-depth review and changed market conditions. Malaysia-based Petronas, the majority shareholder of the project, made the announcement on Tuesday, leaving the project, which has a... 

Export restrictions risk exacerbating domestic gas supply problem – Appea

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     24th July 2017 The Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association (Appea) has again warned against plans to restrict gas exports to boost domestic supply. The warning comes as Resources Minister Matt Canavan gave formal notice to liquefied natural gas (LNG) producers that he would consider whether... 

Futureproof solutions ensure green living

By: Robyn Wilkinson     21st July 2017 Demonstrating its capability for creative thinking, engineering and project management consultancy Royal HaskoningDHV South Africa has overcome bulk services shortages and ensured the preservation of the natural environment along KwaZulu-Natal’s north coast through the sustainable design of the... 

Tallahassee power plants project, US

By: Sheila Barradas     21st July 2017 The City of Tallahassee is building a 19 MW and a 75 MW power plant. 

Santos increases output expectations for 2017

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     20th July 2017 Australian oil and gas major Santos has increased its production and sales expectations for the full 2017, following another strong quarter. The ASX-listed company was now expecting to produce between 57-million and 60-million barrels of oil equivalent during the full 2017, while sales volumes... 

Woodside production falls in June quarter

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     20th July 2017 ASX-listed Woodside Petroleum has reported its second quarter of production decline during the three months to June, despite the Pluto liquefied natural gas (LNG) project delivering record rates. Production during the second quarter ended June reached 20.7-million barrels of oil equivalent,... 

Sluggish growth to see Indian national oil companies under stricter oversight

By: Ajoy K Das     19th July 2017 Responding to sluggish growth in domestic oil and natural gas production, the Indian government has brought national oil companies (NOCs) under stricter oversight, including daily reporting of production data from each field operated by these companies. The NOCs also have to submit to government... 

Centrica may sell shares in new gas production company

By: Bloomberg     17th July 2017 Centrica and Stadtwerke Muenchen agreed to combine assets to set up a new European exploration and production company and may sell shares in the venture after two years. The UK’s biggest energy supplier to homes will own 69% of the business and the transaction is expected to close in the fourth... 

Fast, affordable power key for oil and gas producers

     14th July 2017 Given the financial constraints facing the oil and gas industry, the ability to rapidly access affordable power generation that does not tie up capital could be what is needed to jump-start exploration and development activities across Africa, says energy solutions provider APR Energy regional... 

Sub-Saharan Africa needs a ‘gas economy’

     10th July 2017 Natural gas should not be overlooked as a key solution to several sub-Saharan African energy challenges In the rush to adopt renewable energy, Africa may be overlooking the cost savings, efficiencies and lifestyle enhancing properties of gas, say experts participating in the upcoming Africa LPG... 

Australia forecasts lower resource earnings as commodity demand is seen slowing

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     7th July 2017 Iron-ore and metallurgical price increases, which gave Australia’s resource and energy export earnings a 25% lift in 2016/17, are unlikely to last, resulting in the Office of the Chief Economist forecasting lower export earnings for the next two years. Resource and energy export earnings are... 

Prelude floating liquefied natural gas project, Australia

By: Sheila Barradas     7th July 2017 The floating liquefied natural gas facility for the Prelude operation has left South Korea on its way to Australia. 

Poland sees Trump visit catalyst to cut Russian gas reliance

By: Bloomberg     5th July 2017 Polish leaders are betting Donald Trump’s visit to Warsaw starting on Wednesday, two days before the US President meets his Russian counterpart, will bolster their efforts to reduce the nation’s dependence on natural gas from its eastern neighbour. Less than a month after Poland’s Baltic Sea... 

Top level conference alongside the region’s finest supplier expo make Oil & Gas Africa 2017 a magnet for industry chiefs next week

     4th July 2017 Cape Town hosts one of the most important Oil & Gas sector events on the continent in 2017 with key industry speakers examining the present successes and the future of southern Africa’s energy sector Engineers from across Africa arrive in Cape Town next week for the Oil & Gas Africa 2017... 

Prelude facility on its way to Australia – Shell

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     3rd July 2017 Global energy firm Royal Dutch Shell has announced that the floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) facility for its Prelude operation has left South Korea on its way to Australia. On arrival at the Prelude offshore gas field, offshore Western Australia, the preinstalled mooring chains will be... 

AEP debuts on JSE’s AltX 

By: Natasha Odendaal     30th June 2017 The debut of black-empowered clean energy group AEP Energy Africa on JSE’s AltX marks the start of new beginnings for the company which is aiming to become “Africa’s clean energy champion”. Speaking to Engineering News Online post the listing celebrations, AEP COO Nkosi Gugushe boasted about the... 

Trump said to tout coal projects, nuclear aid in 'Energy week'

By: Bloomberg     30th June 2017 President Donald Trump is set to announce he is lifting an Obama-era policy that curtailed the financing of coal-fired power plants overseas, as he seeks to propel American " energy dominance" and reorients the US government away from fighting climate change. Trump also will describe a series of... 

Bridgeport Harbor Station power plant project, US

By: Sheila Barradas     30th June 2017 The project entails the construction of a gas-fired combined-cycle power plant that will replace the existing coal-fired facility. 

First local policy for gas pipes released

     30th June 2017 Southern African Plastic Pipe Manufacturer’s Association (Sappma) has released the local industry’s first policy statement for the supply of gas fuels using polyethylene (PE) pipes, in order to ensure that the application and use of PE pipes conforms to South African National Standards (SANS) ISO... 

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