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Chevron cans $400m Great Australian Bight drilling plan

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     13th October 2017 US oil and gas major Chevron will abandon its $400-million exploration programme in the Great Australian Bight, saying drilling in the region could not compete for capital in Chevron’s global portfolio, given the low oil price environment. “We appreciate the strong support from governments,... 

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... 

Africa Energy Indaba To Discuss Key Issues Facing The African Energy Sector

     9th October 2017 The 10th African Energy Indaba (AEI) will take place on 20-21st February, 2018 at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa. The conference plenary session topics include: -  

Wheatstone marks milestone with first LNG production

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     9th October 2017 The $34-billion Wheatstone liquefied natural gas (LNG) project, in Western Australia, has produced its first product, with first shipments targeted in the coming weeks. "First LNG production is a significant milestone and is a credit to our partners, contractors and the many thousands of people... 

TransCanada snuffs out Energy East, Eastern Mainline projects

By: Henry Lazenby     6th October 2017 TransCanada has pulled the plug on the Energy East and Eastern Mainline pipeline projects, the oil and gas infrastructure major revealed on Thursday. The TSX- and NYSE-listed oil and gas company said it will inform the National Energy Board (NEB) that it will no longer be proceeding with its... 

‘Virtual’ gas network expands offering to firms within 300 km of Joburg

By: Dylan Slater     6th October 2017 Through a rapidly expanding gas distribution network, gas supplier Virtual Gas Network is presenting the energy industry with lower energy costs and improved profitability, while also enabling energy producers and consumers to move towards meeting cleaner emissions targets.  

Western Australia’s resources sales up 19% to A$105bn

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     29th September 2017 The Western Australian resources sector has again exceeded the A$100-billion mark in the 2017 financial year, with the state recording resources sales of A$105-billion. This was up 19% on the 2015/16 overall sales value, the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety reported on Friday. 

Appea calls for clarity on Pristine Rivers legislation

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     29th September 2017 The Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association (Appea) has called on the Queensland government to clarify its position on natural gas development in the Cooper basin, after reports emerged that the government could be considering environmental legislation to protect rivers.... 

Company provides solutions to facilitate progress in industry

     29th September 2017 Aluminium has a “brilliant” future, as the light-weight material offers impressive solutions for sustainable mobility, durable packaging or urban construction projects, and the SMS group is perfectly positioned to further growth, avers systems supplier SMS group aluminium business head Michael... 

Wärtsilä's renewed contract with Arkay Energy ensures reliable and cost efficient power supply in India

     27th September 2017 Wärtsilä Corporation, Press release, 27 September 2017 at 10 am EEST   The technology group Wärtsilä will support the Indian company Arkay Energy (Rameswarm) Limited to reach higher electrical output and productivity, better operational security and increased efficiency of its power plant in a... 

Looming east coast shortage sparks war of words over Australian gas

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     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... 

Here's one commodity rally that may end up being short-lived

By: Bloomberg     27th September 2017 Is it finally time to get excited about nitrogen fertiliser? Since the end of June, prices for the world’s most commonly used crop nutrient have soared 60 percent in the US – rebounding from the lowest levels in more than a decade. There have been similar moves in Brazil, India and the Middle... 

Gas shortfall forecast for Australia’s east coast in 2018

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     26th September 2017 An interim report by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has predicted a substantial shortfall in gas for the east coast by 2018. “The interim report projects a supply shortfall in the east coast gas market of up to 55 petajoules (PJ) in 2018, which could be as high as 108... 

Electric buses expected to spur platinum demand – Implats 

By: Martin Creamer     19th September 2017 Electric buses powered by platinum-catalysed fuel cells are attracting the attention of South Africans, who will visit Germany next month to update themselves on passenger carriers that emit zero pollution into the atmosphere. “There’s a lot of interest in fuel cell buses simply because the... 

Bullish outlook for Canadian crude, natural gas provides investment opportunities

By: Henry Lazenby     15th September 2017 Two reports issued this week point to a significantly increased global appetite for fossil fuels like oil and gas, presenting an investment opportunity for energy speculators. While renewables are forecast to be the fastest-growing energy source, fossil fuels will continue to be important and... 

Coal shortage triggers higher LNG offtake by Indian power companies

By: Ajoy K Das     14th September 2017 Indian power generation companies are rushing to book liquefied natural gas (LNG) to maintain generation, as coal shortages threaten capacity utilisation of thermal power plants. Over the past two to three days, power companies have made new bookings of an estimated 10-million standard cubic... 

Calcasieu Pass liquefied natural gas export facility project, US

By: Sheila Barradas     8th September 2017 The project is expected to produce ten-million tonnes of liquefied natural gas a year. 

Santos supplies more gas to east coast

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     7th September 2017 Australian oil and gas major Santos on Thursday announced that it would supply a further 30 petajoules (PJ) of gas to the east coast domestic market between 2018 and 2019. The ASX-listed company reported that the gas, which would be sourced from the Gladstone liquefied natural gas (GLNG)... 

Waste management company recommends alternative energy switch

By: Marleny Arnoldi     1st September 2017 Considering natural gas as an alternative energy source could prove beneficial for the country’s economy in the long run, says waste management company Interwaste COO Jason McNeil.  

Policy limits South African gas economy

By: Marleny Arnoldi     1st September 2017 Policy and legislation on natural gas are currently bottlenecked in South Africa, which creates limits to South Africa’s gas economy growth, says growth strategy company Frost & Sullivan.  

More participation in safety scheme ensures safe gas use

By: Marleny Arnoldi     1st September 2017 Despite strict safety compliance procedures, industries that use coal-fired or electrical equipment are slowly realising the benefits of using gas-fired equipment instead.  

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... 

Outgoing economic counsellor sees big ‘untapped’ US-SA economic potential

By: Terence Creamer     29th August 2017 The US Embassy’s outgoing Economic Counsellor, Laird Treiber, says there has been a steady stream of American investment into South Africa during his three-year tour and that, notwithstanding the current hiatus in investment activity, economic relations are poised to expand again, owing to the... 

SOFC and Thermal Spray, General.

     29th August 2017 R. Hinckley Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (SOFC), and hybrid electrical generation systems based upon this technology offer the potential for highly efficient utilization of abundant natural gas resources.  Projected efficiency for SOFC-based systems for electrical power generation could reach as high... 

Barloworld to install 7 MW solar power installation at Namibia mine

By: Anine Kilian     28th August 2017 Gold producer B2Gold has appointed Caterpillar and Cat dealer Barloworld to supply a 7 MW solar power plant at the Otjikoto mine, in Namibia. The full system, including Cat photovoltaic (PV) solar modules and the Cat microgrid master controller (MMC), will be used to reduce reliance on a heavy... 

Dacian chooses Mt Morgan power option

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     28th August 2017 Gold developer Dacian Gold has struck agreements with fellow listed APA Group and Zenith Energy for a power solution at its Mt Morgans gold project, in Western Australia. The company selected a natural gas and gas-fired power station as the preferred option to power the A$220-million Mt Morgans... 

AGL finds buyers for its North Queensland gas assets

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     25th August 2017 Integrated energy company AGL Energy will divest of its North Queensland gas assets to a consortium of Chinese and Australian companies. ASX-listed AGL said on Friday that its 50% interest in each of the Moranbah gas project joint ventures (JVs) and the North Queensland Energy JV, as well as its... 

Despite high upfront costs, technology investments reap long-term savings – BMI

By: Mia Breytenbach     24th August 2017 With metals and mining companies increasingly investing in technology that will help reduce their carbon footprints, owing to the global drive to lower carbon emissions, meaningful efforts to improve environmental standards in the extractive industries require significant upfront costs, according... 

APLNG passes lender's test

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     24th August 2017 The remaining $3.4-billion shareholder guarantees over the Australia Pacific liquefied natural gas (APLGN) project’s $8.5-billion project finance has been released after the project met all of the lender’s completion tests, ASX-listed Origin Energy reported. In 2012, APLNG secured the project... 

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 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... 

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