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Santos seals strategic investment deal with ENN and Hony

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     27th June 2017 Oil and gas major Santos has struck a strategic investment deal with shareholders ENN Group and Hony Capital, which jointly own a 15.1% interest in the company. The strategic agreement is based on mutual cooperation and assistance to support the growth of Santos, and will see ENN and Hony use... 

Africa's richest man may quit Ethiopia over mining dispute

By: Bloomberg     23rd June 2017 Dangote Cement, controlled by Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote, said it may shut its operations in Ethiopia if authorities in the central state of Oromia don’t reverse an order to cement makers to hand over control of some parts of their businesses to local young people. Oromia state’s East... 

Narrabri gas project, Australia

By: Sheila Barradas     23rd June 2017 Santos has reaffirmed its commitment to developing the gas project. 

Power plant extension project, Turkey

By: Sheila Barradas     23rd June 2017 The project involves the extension of an existing power plant built in 2011. 

India seeks to extend LNG, energy cooperation with Qatar

By: Ajoy K Das     21st June 2017 Despite Qatar being pushed into diplomatic and economic isolation by its neighbours, India is deepening economic cooperation in liquefied natural gas (LNG) and energy with new proposals and initiatives. The Indian government has proposed a fresh long-term LNG purchase agreement, while the Qatari... 

NT releases economic development framework

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     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... 

Eni finalises $7bn Mozambique gas project investment

By: Bloomberg     16th June 2017 An Eni-led group signed off this month on a $7-billion investment in a project to export natural gas from Mozambique. The country’s President Filipe Nyusi and Eni CEO Claudio Descalzi attended a ceremony in the capital Maputo on June 1 to formally approve the Coral South liquefied natural gas... 

Municipality reduces GHG by using buses

By: Simone Liedtke     16th June 2017 The City of Johannesburg metropolitan municipality aims to achieve 25% less greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions, an operational cost efficiency with gas at R7/l for bus equivalents, and over three phases create more supply chain opportunities using its ‘green’ Metrobus fleet. 

Onshore gas production Africa: ‘We’ve walked the road many still fear to tread’ Renergen COO

     15th June 2017 South Africa’s sole onshore natural gas project Tetra4 owner Renergen has just secured $17m of government funding. Chief Operating Officer Nick Mitchell will reveal more about this landmark project at the Oil & Gas Africa Conference in Cape Town next month Thirteen gas wells make up the Tetra4... 

India assures domestic coal supplies for steel, cement companies

By: Ajoy K Das     15th June 2017 In another step towards zero coal imports, India’s Coal Ministry has offered assured domestic coal supplies to companies outside of the power generation industry. Under the new framework, coal consuming companies in the steel, cement and fertiliser sectors, would receive coal supplies from Coal... 

Glencore doubles down on coal as mining rivals head for the exit

By: Bloomberg     12th June 2017 Glencore is doubling down on coal, even as rivals BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto Group move away from the world’s dirtiest fossil fuel. The company, run by former coal trader Ivan Glasenberg, made a surprise eleventh-hour $3.5-billion bid for a huge patch of thermal coal-rich ground on Australia’s... 

Deloitte WA Index falls again

     12th June 2017 The market capitalisation of Western Australia-listed companies decreased by 2.3% in May, closing the month at A$155.4-billion, advisory firm Deloitte said on Monday. Pointing to its Western Australian Index, Deloitte noted that this decline followed a 4.2% decline in April, bringing the latest... 

Moheshkhali floating liquefied natural gas terminal project, Bangladesh

By: Sheila Barradas     9th June 2017 The project entails the construction of a floating liquefied natural gas terminal about 2.4 km off the shore of Sonadia Island, in Bangladesh. 

Victoria plans gas export cap to shore up local supply

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     7th June 2017 The Victorian government on Wednesday proposed reforms to the gas market that would place a temporary cap on gas exports from the state to ensure local supplies. “There is something seriously wrong when you can buy Australian gas in Japan for a cheaper price than what businesses in Victoria are... 

APA to pay A$270m for Orbost plant

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     1st June 2017 ASX-listed APA Group will spend some A$270-million to purchase and upgrade the Orbost gas processing plant from fellow-listed Cooper Energy. APA earlier this year flagged the acquisition of Cooper Energy’s Orbost gas processing plant to process the natural gas from the Sole gas field, on the... 

Canada publishes rules to reduce oil and gas sector methane emissions, air pollution

By: Henry Lazenby     26th May 2017 Canada has introduced new rules aimed at reducing methane emissions and cutting air pollution from its significant oil and gas industry, a move that met with mixed reaction from the industry itself. Minister of Environment and Climate Change Catherine McKenna introduced the new regulation on... 

Appea welcoms gas umpire in Qld

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     24th May 2017 The Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association (Appea) has welcomed the establishment of the new Land Access Ombudsman in Queensland, after legislation was introduced to Parliament earlier this week. The government in December announced that the independent ombudsman would work... 

Ingeteam to exhibit at AWEA WINDPOWER 2017 after enjoying steady growth in U.S. market

     17th May 2017 Ingeteam, an independent global supplier of electrical conversion equipment, announced today that it will present its full range of wind energy drive train products at AWEA WIND POWER. Ingeteam reported record performance last year, with deliveries reaching a peak volume of 5 GW of new capacity... 

Iran's mining projects on hold as investors fear new sanctions

By: Bloomberg     15th May 2017 Iran has put on hold “almost all” of its mining agreements with foreign investors as companies from Europe to Asia fear additional sanctions on the Persian Gulf nation’s economy, according to the deputy minister of Iran’s Ministry of Industries, Mines and Trade. Less than $100-million of projects... 

McGowan welcomes Woodside's Browse plan

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     15th May 2017 Western Australia’s newly elected Premier Mark McGowan has welcomed plans by oil and gas producer Woodside to incorporate its Browse liquefied natural gas (LNG) project into the North West Shelf (NWS) producing asset. Woodside CEO Peter Coleman recently revealed plans to incorporate the Browse... 

Trump takes aim at western monuments that may hold oil, coal

By: Bloomberg     11th May 2017 Bears Ears National Monument, in Utah, boasts stretches of red-and-yellow sandstone so brilliant they appear to be ablaze and rock structures so precarious they appear to defy gravity. The rugged terrain south of the Colorado River also has reserves of oil and natural gas that are currently off... 

Australian resources sector welcomes Budget

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     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... 

Goldman says Fed hikes, commodity gains to come hand-in-hand

By: Bloomberg     10th May 2017 Commodities investors needn’t fear the Federal Reserve. Raw materials perform best when the US central bank is hiking rates, according to Goldman Sachs Group, which used the findings of a study to buttress its overweight call on the asset class while acknowledging risks to its view. During... 

Woodside studies plan to incorporate Browse into North West Shelf

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     8th May 2017 Australian oil and gas producer Woodside has unveiled plans to potentially incorporate its Browse liquefied natural gas (LNG) project into the North West Shelf (NWS) project. Woodside chairperson Peter Coleman said at the company’s annual general meeting at the end of last week that... 

Origin takes up bigger piece of Beetaloo

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     5th May 2017 Australian oil and gas producer Origin Energy has increased its shareholding in the Beetaloo joint venture (JV), after acquiring a further 35% stake from partner Sasol Petroleum Australia. Located some 500 km from Darwin, in the Northern Territory, the three Beetaloo JV permits cover more than... 

Ichthys liquefied natural gas project, Australia

By: Sheila Barradas     5th May 2017 The start of the Ichthys liquefied natural gas project has been delayed. 

Largest private IPP in Ghana on course for 2017 completion

By: Mia Breytenbach     5th May 2017 Ghanaian independent power producer Cenpower Generation Company’s Kpone Independent Power Plant (KIPP), which is expected to become a critical baseload component in meeting Ghana’s growing electricity demand, is expected to be commissioned before the end of 2017. Cenpower Generation Company’s... 

India mulls oil pipeline to Myanmar

By: Ajoy K Das     4th May 2017 Pushing ahead with its ‘oil and energy diplomacy’ in neighbouring countries, India is considering building an oil pipeline to connect refineries in its north-eastern provinces to consumer centers in Myanmar. According to senior government officials in the Petroleum and Natural Gas Ministry,... 

China's economy shaping up for positive 2018, Rio Tinto says

By: Bloomberg     4th May 2017 Latest indicators on China’s economy point to continued growth through 2018, according to mining giant Rio Tinto Group, which counts the world’s No. 2 economy as its biggest customer. “Are we concerned about the Chinese economic health? The answer is no,” CEO Jean-Sebastien Jacques told... 

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

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     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... 

Inpex-operated Ichthys falls behind on schedule

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     2nd May 2017 The start of the Ichthys liquefied natural gas (LNG) project has been delayed by months, following delays in the installation of offshore production facilities. The 8.9-million-tonne-a-year project had initially been slated to start production in the third quarter of 2017; however, project... 

Shift away from coal good for jobs and more

     28th April 2017 US President Donald Trump’s executive order to repeal former President Barrack Obama’s environmental policies without offering an alternative for how the US will address climate change shows poor leadership and a lack of long-term vision. The executive order will not bring back the coal industry,... 

Australia puts gas export controls in place

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     27th April 2017 The Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association (Appea) has warned that the gas export controls announced by the federal government were short-term, and posed the risk of exacerbating tight market conditions unless accompanied by genuine reforms. The federal government on... 

LNG-focused energy firm pursuing ‘diversified’ African investment pipeline

By: Terence Creamer     26th April 2017 Black-empowered energy company African Energy Partners (AEP), which plans to list as a special purpose acquisition company on the JSE’s AltX board on June 1, to raise up to R500-million to pursue liquefied natural gas (LNG) prospects in Africa, reports that its investment pipeline includes a... 

Indian govt reserves right to call for joint development of oil and gas blocks under OALP

By: Ajoy K Das     25th April 2017 The Indian government has reserved the right to call for the joint development of oil and gas fields to be auctioned under the newly unveiled Open Acreage Licensing Policy (OALP). In a draft contractor agreement, which is signed between a successful bidder and government, a provision for the... 

US weekly coal output rises

By: Henry Lazenby     21st April 2017 Analysis by the US Energy Information Administration (EIA) points to the country’s coal output rising 40% year-on-year to about 14.9-million short tons in the week ended April 15. The production estimate, issued on Thursday, was about 8.5% higher week-on-week. 

Gas still the answer – Appea

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     20th April 2017 The Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association (Appea) has slammed a new report by the Climate Council that claimed more gas production will result in higher electricity prices and pollution. In its report 'Pollution and Price: the Cost of Investing in Gas', the Climate Council... 

Indian LNG demand to take a dip in the short term

By: Ajoy K Das     19th April 2017 Indian demand for imported liquefied natural gas (LNG) is expected to dip sharply after the government pulled the plug on a scheme supplying subsidised natural gas to power generating plants. Halting the supply of subsidised LNG is expected to shave off at least two-million tons from 22-million... 

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