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BC extends provincial flow-through tax credit for a year; resumes fight against Canadian oil

By: Henry Lazenby     21st February 2018 The British Columbia provincial government has released its Budget 2018 plan, confirming that the provincial flow-through exploration tax incentive will be extended for another year until the end of this year. The mining flow-through share programme is seen as critical to reinforcing the... 

Public-private partnerships key for gas infrastructure development in SADC region

By: Anine Kilian     19th February 2018 Public-private partnerships are key to developing gas supply projects in the Southern African Development Community (SADC), Nepad Business Foundation (NBF) Africa infrastructure programme manager Peter Varndell said on Monday. Speaking at the Africa Gas Forum, in Johannesburg, he said there was... 

Novatek says wins auction for Alrosa's gas assets

By: Reuters     19th February 2018 Novatek, Russia's largest non-State gas producer, said on Monday it had won an auction for Alrosa's two gas assets with a bid of 30.3-billion roubles. Novatek has been actively buying upstream assets in an effort to boost sluggish natural gas output. 

Mitsui to raise stake in Chile's Collahuasi copper mine

By: Reuters     16th February 2018 Japanese trading house Mitsui & Co said on Friday it will reshuffle its copper assets in Chile, increasing its stake in the Collahuasi mine and selling a small stake in the Los Pelambres mine, boosting its overall copper volumes. Mitsui said it would buy a 3.6% stake in Collahuasi from JX Nippon... 

Framework continues to form sector foundation

By: Simone Liedtke     16th February 2018 The economic opportunity represented by the continent’s need for energy makes the African energy industry an attractive prospect for foreign investment, says law firm Norton Rose Fulbright director Lizel Oberholzer. 

Contract duration key to hybrid-power-for-mines investment case

By: Terence Creamer     15th February 2018 Alignment between a mine’s life and the tenor of a power purchase agreement (PPA) has been held up as the main consideration for those mining operations considering investments into hybrid power solutions, which combine renewable energy and battery storage with gas or diesel generators. Speaking... 

Woodside buys ExxonMobil’s Scarborough field stake, announces A$2.5bn share sale

By: Mariaan Webb     14th February 2018 Australian oil and gas producer Woodside on Wednesday announced that it had entered into a binding agreement to buy ExxonMobil’s share of the Scarborough gas field, in the Carnavon basin as part of a A$2.5-billion share sale. The transaction involves an additional 50% interest in WA-1-R, which... 

Indian mines ministry urges its private sector to partner with African States

By: African News Agency      9th February 2018 India's ministry of mines secretary, Arun Kumar has urged African countries and the private sector in his country to look for partnership opportunities in the Indian mining and downstream sector. “We would like our parastatals (state firms) to join hands with parastatals in Africa," Kumar said at... 

Joburg aiming to complete assessment of feasibility of electric buses by end-2019

By: Irma Venter     9th February 2018 The City of Johannesburg hopes to conclude a near-term feasibility study on the use of battery electric and fuel-cell buses by the end of 2019. With this done, it could be possible to introduce an electric bus to the city’s bus fleet in a pilot implementation project in 2023, says City of... 

Bears Ears' mining rush falls flat as no one bothers to show up

By: Bloomberg     8th February 2018 Early on Friday morning, vast swathes of the red-rock high plateau that surrounds federally protected buttes in southern Utah were officially thrown open to miners. A controversial decision weeks earlier by President Donald Trump had shrunk the size of two national monuments – known as Bears Ears... 

Chinese State-owned energy companies to form coal, power trading JV

By: Reuters     6th February 2018 Six Chinese State-owned energy companies will form a joint venture to trade coal and electricity and invest in an electric transmission system to better connect Shanxi and Jiangsu provinces. The announcement follows the Chinese government's plans to streamline its state-owned coal industry by... 

Chevron slips on Q4 earnings miss; lifts dividend

By: Henry Lazenby     3rd February 2018 Oil giant Chevron saw its NYSE-listed equity slip more than 6% on Friday after it reported disappointing fourth-quarter earnings. The San Ramon, California-based energy company reported earnings of $3.1-billion, or $1.64 a share for the fourth quarter ended December 31, compared with just... 

Production starts at Algerian gasfield

     2nd February 2018 Energy company Repsol has started production from the Reggane Nord gasfields, in Algeria. With construction completed in December, the company explains that the Reggane Nord gasfields are expected to produce eight-million cubic metres a day of gas. 

Industry body authorised as verification authority

     2nd February 2018 The Department of Labour has authorised industry body the Southern African Gas Association (Saga) to be the verification authority for the natural gas and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) industrial equipment industry for South Africa.  All industrial equipment needs to conform to the SANS 329 and... 

Yamal liquefied natural gas project, Russia

By: Sheila Barradas     2nd February 2018 The project is one of the biggest liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects in the world and is expected to supply 16.5-million tons of LNG a year. 

The growing importance of Gas in the Africa Mix, latest market trends

     1st February 2018 The 3rd Africa Gas Forum will be taking place on Monday, 19th February 2018 at the Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa, and is affiliated to African Energy Indaba (AEI) as an official side event. With African economic growth in 2018 making a recovery after a difficult year,... 

BHP is said to mull shale split to speed $10bn sale

By: Bloomberg     1st February 2018 BHP Billiton, seeking to accelerate the sale of its US shale unit, is prepared to offer the assets in as many as seven packages, including three in the prized Permian Basin, according to people with knowledge of the producer’s plans. The world’s biggest miner continues to favour a sale of the... 

Egypt to halt imports of LNG by end of FY 2017/18 – Petroleum Minister

By: Reuters     29th January 2018 Egypt plans to stop importing liquefied natural gas (LNG) by the end of the 2017/18 fiscal year ending in June as it speeds up production at recently discovered gasfields, Petroleum Minister Tarek El Molla said on Saturday. Egypt said previously that it would halt imports by the start of 2019. 

Natural gas boilers coming to the fore

By: Robyn Wilkinson     26th January 2018 As environmental protection pressures increase globally and the quality of coal being supplied to the local market decreases, Johannesburg-based gas reticulator Egoli Gas and one of its technology partners Steam Generation Africa are confident that interest in natural gas as an alternative fuel... 

Natural gas boilers offer hidden benefits

By: Robyn Wilkinson     26th January 2018 The benefits of natural gas as fuel for boilers in industrial processes are too often overlooked by companies who continue to favour traditional coal-fired boilers, which they erroneously believe to be a more cost-effective option, says oil, gas boiler and burner specialist Combustion Technology... 

Santos turnaround delivers strong operating performance

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     24th January 2018 A turnaround strategy to deliver a low-cost, reliable and high-performance business at ASX-listed natural gas producer Santos' operations during 2017 progressed ahead of expectations, with the company now being stronger and more resilient, MD and CEO Kevin Gallagher said on Wednesday. "In 2017,... 

Po Valley sells Italy operations subsidiary to Saffron Energy

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     23rd January 2018 Perth-based Po Valley on Tuesday signed a binding share sale and purchase agreement with Aim-listed Saffron Energy, under which the latter would acquire onshore and offshore oil and gas production, development and exploration assets in northern Italy held by Po Valley Operations (PVO). Subject to... 

Cloud Peak to export US coal to new power plants in Japan

By: Reuters     17th January 2018 US miner Cloud Peak Energy said on Tuesday it will export coal from a Montana mine for 30 to 40 months to two new power plants in Japan with shipments that could start late next year. The coal from Montana's Spring Creek Mine will be carried by rail to Vancouver and then sent by ship for... 

IFR gains Mexican drilling permit

By: Henry Lazenby     13th January 2018 The TSX-V-listed equity of oil and gas explorer International Frontier Resources (IFR) has gained about two-thirds this week after it announced on Thursday that it has received a drilling permit for its Tecolutla onshore oil and gas block, which it is developing with its Mexican joint venture... 

A new era of batteries spells trouble for gas in America

By: Bloomberg     12th January 2018 California, the state that helped birth the global boom in battery-toting electric vehicles, is trying to spark a similar transformation for utilities. And that spells trouble for power plants all across the U.S. that run on natural gas. The California Public Utilities Commission approved an... 

World's top commodity engine roars to record with Xi at helm

By: Bloomberg     12th January 2018 China continues to gobble up the world’s commodities, setting new records for consumption of everything from crude oil to soybeans. In a year of flux marked by industrial capacity cuts, environmental curbs and financial deleveraging, demand for raw materials has continued to grow in the world’s... 

Queensland LNG exports surpass prior records in 2017

By: Natasha Odendaal     12th January 2018 Queensland has achieved record liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports in the year to December 2017, Queensland Resources Council CEO Ian Macfarlane said on Friday. During 2017, Queensland exported 20.2-million tonnes of LNG, an increase of 2.7-million tonnes on the exports reported in 2016. 

Yokogawa Develops N-IO Standard Field Enclosure and Control System Virtualization Platform

     10th January 2018 For improved agility in implementing control system projects Yokogawa Electric Corporation (Tokyo: 6841) announces that it has developed an N-IO standard field enclosure and a control system virtualization platform. The enclosure is a weatherproof remote IO cabinet that stores IO devices used by... 

Algeria's Sonatrach signs $500 mln deal with BP, Statoil

By: Reuters     20th December 2017 Algerian state-owned energy company Sonatrach has signed an agreement with BP and Statoil to produce an additional 11 billion cubic metres (bcm) of natural gas from its Tiguentourine gas field, Sonatrach's CEO said on Wednesday. The field produces 9 bcm per year, but more investment is needed to... 

India’s national oil, gas firms likely to get higher prices for gas from ‘difficult’ projects

By: Ajoy K Das     14th December 2017 India’s Petroleum and Natural Gas Ministry has forwarded a proposal for approval of the Union Cabinet that will more than double the price of natural gas produced by national oil, gas exploration and production (E&Ps) companies from fields categorised as “difficult”. However, contrary to demands... 

Explosion Proof Portable Ventilators

     12th December 2017 Gases, vapours, & mists escape during the production, processing, transportation, and storage of flammable substances in the chemical and petrochemical industries, as well as in the production of mineral oil and natural gas, in mining and in many other sectors. Combustible dusts are also created... 

World's No 1 miner sees bigger role for carbon-capture systems

By: Bloomberg     7th December 2017 BHP Billiton, the world’s biggest mining company, said wider use of systems that trap carbon emissions will be needed to meet international climate goals, even as investments in the technology stall. “We have knowledge of geology, markets and economics, so there’s probably something we can bring... 

Idle power capacity rises in India as coal, natural gas shortages spread

By: Ajoy K Das     30th November 2017 India is facing a sharp rise in idle power generation capacity triggered by shortages of coal and natural gas feedstock. According to information collated from government data, as much as 11 500 MW of thermal power generation capacity across 36 power plants were lying idle for want of coal. 

A$4.8m for projects to boost innovation in resources sector

     30th November 2017 Eight projects that will boost cross-industry innovation, collaboration and sustainability in the resources sector will receive A$4.8-million in funding through the Australian government’s industry growth centres initiative, acting Industry, Innovation and Science Minister Michaelia Cash... 

City of Johannesburg mulls electric bus pilot project 
 

By: Irma Venter     16th November 2017 The City of Johannesburg hopes to conclude a near-term feasibility study on the use of battery electric and fuel-cell buses by the end of 2019. With this done, it could be possible to introduce an electric bus to the city’s bus fleet in a pilot implementation project in 2023, says City of... 

Wind energy industry optimistic despite frustrations

By: Kim Cloete     15th November 2017 The South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) is confident that the tide will turn and that Eskom will soon, and finally, sign the outstanding power purchase agreements (PPAs) that have delayed the renewable energy industry for the past two years. SAWEA chairperson Mark Pickering outlined the... 

Solidarity ranks SOEs, lambastes 'cadre merry-go-round'

By: Anine Kilian     14th November 2017 Trade union Solidarity has ranked South African Airways (SAA) as the most poorly managed State-owned enterprise (SOE) in the country. Speaking at the launch of its latest report ‘South African State Institutions and the Value for Tax Money’, on Wednesday, Solidarity CEO Dirk Hermann said SAA... 

Solar to power ahead as it emerges as ‘cheapest’ source of generation

By: Terence Creamer     14th November 2017 The World Energy Outlook 2017, released by the International Energy Agency (IEA) in London on Tuesday, presents a base case scenario that foresees the world’s growing energy needs being met increasingly by renewables and natural gas over the coming 25 years, as “coal strikes out” and nuclear’s... 

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