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Sapref refinery upgrade, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     25th January 2019 The project aims to upgrade the Sapref refinery to produce lower-sulphur diesel. 

Talks under way to build new gas pipeline to Egypt, Israel says

By: Bloomberg     16th January 2019 Talks are in progress to build a new underwater gas pipeline between Israel and Egypt, part of efforts to transform the eastern Mediterranean into an energy export hub on Europe’s doorstep, Israeli Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz said. Israeli gas stocks rose. Construction could begin as early as... 

Vedanta tells top English court pollution case should be heard in Zambia

By: Reuters     16th January 2019 Lawyers for Vedanta Resources told England's Supreme Court on Tuesday that a case raised against the mining company by nearly 2 000 Zambian villagers should be heard in Zambia not London. India-listed Vedanta, which delisted from London last year but maintains a legal base in Britain, is... 

Mercedes-Benz rolls out fuel-cell SUV to tackle tech hurdles

By: Bloomberg     10th October 2018 Mercedes-Benz will soon start handing over its latest fuel-cell electric car to fleet customers to keep a toe-hold in a promising technology that’s been hampered by the difficulties of storing and refueling hydrogen. The Mercedes-Benz GLC F-Cell model combines a fuel cell with a battery that can... 

Shell LNG, trade deal no help to stalled Trans Mountain pipeline

By: Bloomberg     4th October 2018 Royal Dutch Shell’s commitment to invest in the largest private-sector project in Canada’s history and a new trade deal with the US and Mexico show the country is open for business again. But neither are likely to help Trans Mountain, the troubled oil pipeline project that has epitomized the... 

Trudeau backs LNG Canada against threat of steel duties

By: Bloomberg     3rd October 2018 Prime Minister Justin Trudeau assured Royal Dutch Shell’s newly sanctioned $31-billion liquefied natural gas project that it won’t be hindered by trade barriers such as steel import duties. “Trade barriers won’t be an impediment to moving forward on this project," Trudeau told a news conference... 

Egypt signs oil, gas exploration deal with Shell, Petronas worth about $1bn – statement 

By: Reuters     17th September 2018 Egypt has signed a deep-water oil and gas exploration deal with Royal Dutch Shell and Malaysia's Petronas worth around $1-billion for 8 wells in the country's West Nile Delta, the petroleum ministry said on Saturday. The country also signed a second $10-million deal with Rockhopper, Kuwait Energy... 

Trudeau’s grand bargain unravels after Alberta nixes carbon plan

By: Bloomberg     31st August 2018 Canada’s precarious relationship with its vast oil riches flared up again Thursday after a federal court struck down Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s approval of a key pipeline, reviving fears about the country’s ability to get its resources to market. While the government pledged to press ahead... 

Acacia appoints interim chair ahead of Dushnisky’s departure

By: Creamer Media Reporter      29th August 2018 Gold miner Acacia Mining has appointed independent nonexecutive director Rachel English as interim chairperson of the board, effective September 1. Outgoing chairperson Kelvin Dushnisky has tendered his resignation, effective August 31, following his resignation as president and CEO of Acacia’s... 

GAIL to hire out gas pipeline capacity to avoid company break-up

By: Ajoy K Das     27th August 2018 State-run natural gas logistics and marketing major GAIL India will start hiring capacity on its vast pipeline network to third-party gas transporters in a bid to prevent government’s plans to break up the company. Under the new business plan, GAIL will offer common carriers the option of hiring... 

Sonatrach in talks with 14 foreign firms on trading venture – CEO

By: Reuters     10th August 2018 Algerian State energy firm Sonatrach is in talks with 14 international firms for a joint venture to trade oil and gas products after agreeing to buy its first overseas refinery, its CEO said on Thursday. "I am happy to say that 14 firms are on the list to do a JV on trading with us," Abdelmoumen... 

SA halts oil exploration permits to revamp licensing

By: Bloomberg     13th July 2018 South Africa’s Department of Mineral Resources has issued a moratorium on new applications for petroleum exploration and development in order to change its licencing process. The restriction won’t affect applications received before the date of publication of the notice, which appeared in the... 

Shell ramps up in Kitimat, raising Canada’s C$40bn LNG hopes

By: Bloomberg     9th July 2018 A flurry of activity in a remote Canadian town is raising optimism that Royal Dutch Shell and its partners are ready to go ahead with the nation’s largest infrastructure project: a C$40-billion liquefied natural gas terminal that could at last unlock energy exports to Asia. The action is... 

BP is front-runner to buy BHP's US shale unit

By: Bloomberg     8th July 2018 BP has emerged as the front-runner to buy BHP Billiton’s onshore oil and gas operations in the US, according to a person familiar with the matter. The London-based oil major has made the highest offer for the assets, which BHP prefers selling in a single package, said the person, who asked to... 

Equatorial Guinea may strip Ophir of LNG project due to finance delays

By: Reuters     14th May 2018 Equatorial Guinea will force Ophir Energy out of the company's flagship liquefied natural gas (LNG) project and may scrap it entirely unless long-delayed financing deals worth $1.2-billion are presented to the government by December. The ultimatum is a blow to UK-listed Ophir, which has set aside... 

Wheel of industrial safety has turned too far

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     11th May 2018 There is no hotter topic than safety matters on mines and industrial plants. It has become a religion. Like all religions, it causes some unintended problems. When I was young, I worked for a number of years on various mines and industrial plants. (I did this to get money to pay my university... 

Total South Africa seeks to grow lubricants, retail fuel businesses

By: Shirley le Guern     9th May 2018 Total South Africa is looking to grow both its lubricants and retail fuel business as well as restart the offshore oil exploration that it put on hold in 2014, CEO Pierre-Yves Sachet said after a visit to its bulk fuel and lubricant plants in Durban. He said that a R70-million investment in its... 

Shell sells out of Canadian Natural position for C$4.3bn

By: Henry Lazenby     8th May 2018 British–Dutch multinational oil and gas company Royal Dutch Shell has agreed to sell its entire stake in Calgary, Alberta-based company Canadian Natural Resources in a deal valued at about C$4.3-billion. Shell has reached agreement with underwriters Goldman Sachs & Co, RBC Capital Markets,... 

BP said to tap Morgan Stanley as it weighs buying BHP assets

By: Bloomberg     4th May 2018 BP is weighing an acquisition of some of BHP Billiton’s energy assets as the British oil major seeks more US shale, according to people familiar with the matter. The London-based company is working with Morgan Stanley to advise on the plans, said the people, asking not to be identified as the... 

Gabon to revise hydrocarbons law to attract investment – oil ministry

By: Reuters     23rd March 2018 Gabon plans to revise its hydrocarbons law to attract new investment, the oil ministry said on Thursday. Under the current legal framework, the Gabonese state holds a minimum 20% stake in oil projects. The state oil company has the right to a stake of up to 15%. 

Women at Glencore oil trading unit earn 28% less than men

By: Bloomberg     23rd March 2018 Women working in oil trading at Glencore earn 28% less pay on average than men and receive bonuses that were 57% lower. The income disparity, disclosed by the second-biggest independent oil trader under UK government-mandated pay gap reporting, underscores the lack of women in senior roles at... 

BC govt unveils tax incentives to induce Kitimat LNG development

By: Henry Lazenby     22nd March 2018 The British Columbia minority government on Thursday unveiled several measures to entice natural gas development in Kitimat, where LNG Canada is working towards a development decision on a new C$40-billion terminal that will process and ship liquefied natural gas (LNG) to Asian markets.... 

Shell, Blackstone eye $10bn bid for BHP US shale assets – Sky News

By: Reuters     9th March 2018 Royal Dutch Shell and US private equity firm Blackstone Group are working on a joint $10-billion bid for BHP Billiton's US shale assets, Sky News said on Thursday. Shell and Blackstone's offer will only be one of several credible proposals that BHP will receive for its US shale operations, Sky... 

Woodside lashes out at South Korea's Kogas over disputed LNG contract

By: Reuters     14th February 2018 Australia's Woodside Petroleum on Wednesday lashed out at Korea Gas Corp (Kogas) over a dispute it has with the South Korean company, saying KOGAS owes it money for an expired liquefied natural gas (LNG) contract from the North West Shelf Project. CEO Peter Coleman of Woodside Petroleum,... 

Exxon's silent treatment on earnings is rankling Wall Street

By: Bloomberg     8th February 2018 Wall Street wants answers from Exxon Mobil. For at least a decade, Exxon’s top executives haven’t taken questions from Wall Street analysts during quarterly conference calls. Instead, Exxon only fields its VP for investor relations, a unique practice among the top ten S&P 500 Index companies and... 

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... 

Shell, AfriForum, TKAG to discuss Karoo fracking 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     15th November 2017 Shell South Africa country chairperson Hloniphizwe Mtolo will meet with civil rights and environmental protection organisations AfriForum and Treasure the Karoo Action Group (TKAG) to discuss environmental, legal and economic concerns over fracking. The groups received an official commitment from... 

KAZ appoints CFO to take over from Southam

By: Creamer Media Reporter      11th September 2017 Copper miner KAZ Minerals has appointed Intertek FD John Hadfield as its new CFO, effective January 1. Before joining the UK arm of Intertek, Hadfield spent over 14 years at BG Group and Royal Dutch Shell. 

China's fossil-fuel phase-out fails to alarm big oil investors

By: Bloomberg     11th September 2017 In the first day of trading after China said it’s working on a deadline to end sales of fossil-fuel-powered vehicles, shares are holding ground in the oil companies that stand to lose out. The listed units of China’s big three oil companies – PetroChina, Cnooc and China Petroleum & Chemical –... 

Why Russia's market is rising after sanctions Bill approval

By: Bloomberg     27th July 2017 The US House has approved a bill hardening sanctions against Russia, but European resistance to some of its toughest new measures means the impact on companies will be muted, according to Goldman Sachs Group and Deutsche Bank. As it stands now, the most negative aspect of the bill for Russia,... 

Platinum for new fuel cell Mercedes cut to autocat level  

By: Martin Creamer     12th July 2017 German car manufacturer Daimler has cut the platinum loading of its new fuel cell Mercedes to catalytic converter level. “We reduced the amount of platinum by 90%, which provides a significant cost reduction. Our fuel cell is not much above the platinum loading of a catalytic converter on a... 

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... 

Tribeca planning to target overhaul of BHP board directors

By: Bloomberg     6th June 2017 BHP Billiton’s board is being targeted for a sweeping overhaul by Tribeca Global Natural Resources Fund, opening a potential new front in the burgeoning activist campaign against the world’s biggest mining company. The Sydney-based hedge fund, which last month joined billionaire Paul Singer’s... 

Shell completes exit from Canadian oil sands

By: Henry Lazenby     31st May 2017 The world’s second largest publicly traded oil company Royal Dutch Shell is exiting Canada’s oil sands sector after announcing that subsidiaries Shell Canada Energy, Shell Canada Limited and Shell Canada Resources signed two agreements that will transform its Canadian business. Under the two... 

Oil and mining giants detail road map to reduce carbon by half

By: Bloomberg     25th April 2017 A group of companies and nonprofit agencies that includes energy giants Royal Dutch Shell and BHP Billiton said global greenhouse gas emissions could be cut in half by 2040 without impeding economic development, in part by converting grids to use mostly renewable power. The declining costs of... 

Hermes plans to vote against Rio chair on diversity failings

By: Bloomberg     11th April 2017 Hermes Investment Management will vote against the re-election of Jan du Plessis, the chairperson of Rio Tinto Group, because of the company’s policy on boardroom diversity. The London-based money manager, which has said it will be focusing on diversity issues and climate change during this... 

Singer's BHP gambit shines light on little-known oil giant

By: Bloomberg     11th April 2017 The usual suspects have planted their flags along the dusty byways of the Permian Basin, declaring where they’ve staked claims. There are names like Royal Dutch Shell, Anadarko Petroleum, Pioneer Natural Resources. And, on signs fronting a barbed-wire fence, BHP Billiton. For the world’s largest... 

Glycol ether market worth $10-billion by 2024

10th March 2017 A market research report titled ‘Glycol Ether Market: Global Industry Analysis and Forecast, 2016–2024’ compiled by American market research company Persistence Market Research (PMR) concluded that the glycol ether market, currently worth about $6-billion, is expected to exceed a value of about... 

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