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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... 

Trump 'has a point' on China's cheap aluminium, Glencore CEO says

By: Bloomberg     2nd June 2017 Donald Trump “has a point” in criticising China’s trade in aluminium and steel as cheap power has effectively been a subsidy to Chinese producers, said Glencore chief Ivan Glasenberg. Trump should be pragmatic in dealing with China, given that it imports a lot of US goods, said Glasenberg... 

BHP CEO tells investors options for US shale under review

By: Bloomberg     29th May 2017 BHP Billiton is assuring shareholders that it’s exploring numerous options for its contentious US shale unit amid pressure from activist investor Elliott Management to carry out a wider review of petroleum operations. In a series of meetings in Australia last week, CEO Andrew Mackenzie stressed... 

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... 

DMR to brief Western Cape communities on shale gas development

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     21st April 2017 Mineral Resources Deputy Minister Godfrey Oliphant will on Tuesday host an information-sharing session with interested and affected communities and organisations in the Western Cape on the potential of shale gas development through hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. The Deputy Minister will... 

Challenger welcomes reports of South Africa's plans to proceed with Karoo shale gas development

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     3rd April 2017 Junior unconventional gas explorer Challenger Energy has welcomed reports from the South African media that the South African government will proceed with shale gas development. The country’s Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane was reportedly quoted as saying that, based on the balance of... 

Govt gives green light for shale gas fracking in Karoo

By: News24Wire      30th March 2017 The government has given the go-ahead for shale gas development in the Karoo region, Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane said on Thursday. He revealed this during a community engagement on shale gas development in Richmond, in the Northern Cape. 

Opinion: Billions can be saved by building gas turbines ahead of solar and wind 

     24th January 2017 In this opinion piece, Professor Dawid Serfontein enters the debate on the costs and benefits of South Africa’s renewable-energy fleet, responds to recent media articles on the matter and makes the case for a revision to the sequence in which new generation technologies are added to the... 

SA can save billions by building gas turbines first, then PV-solar and wind

     24th January 2017 Dawid Serfontein, Associate Professor in the School of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering, North-West University. This is a response to the Fin 24 article Koko unpacks Eskom’s renewable costs, but experts disagree (17 Jan.). I am impressed with the dramatic reductions in the prices of PV-solar,... 

Opinion: South Africa at an electricity crossroads 

     23rd January 2017 In this commentary, independent economic consultant Rob Jeffrey cautions that a future electricity mix which relies heavily on wind and limits the contribution of coal could undermine South Africa’s plans for addressing unemployment and poverty 

New gas projects will be economical – Aurecon  

By: Victor Moolman     15th December 2016 With two major gas-to-power projects under way in the country, consulting company Aurecon believes that the two, possibly three, gas power stations associated with the projects can be economical as existing infrastructure can be used to support them. 

Further tweaks possible as India's marginal oil and gas block bids fall short of expectations

By: Ajoy K Das     14th November 2016 In a rearguard action, the Indian government is considering further tweaks and changes to the ongoing auction of 67 marginal oil- and gasfields – a week before the extended deadline of November 21. While no official information is available on the number of bids or valuations received for these... 

Small oil, gas field bid extension raises questions over auction response

By: Ajoy K Das     17th October 2016 The Indian government has extended the bid submission deadline for the auctioning of 67 marginal oil and gas fields, which may be an indication of a poor response to the auction. While officials in Oil and Natural Gas Ministry declined to comment on the response to the auction, an industry source... 

South Africa needs more shale gas data – report 

By: Natasha Odendaal     12th October 2016 A new report, commissioned by the Department of Science and Technology (DST), has found South Africa lacking sufficient comprehensive baseline studies to support the development of a shale gas industry in the country. Presenting the consensus report titled ‘South Africa’s technical readiness to... 

India mulls options to sweeten deals for marginal oil, gas fields

By: Ajoy K Das     11th October 2016 India’s Oil and Natural Gas Ministry is considering offering investors leeway to explore adjoining areas to the 67 marginal oil and gas fields already up for auction. Faced with the challenge of securing positive responses from prospective bidders in a weak oil and gas market, the Ministry is... 

Natural gas prices expected to remain stable, says expert

By: Kim Cloete     5th October 2016 The price of natural gas in the US is expected to stay relatively low and stable, says Norton Rose Fulbright partner for global consultants John Mauel. He told delegates at the South Africa: Gas Options conference, in Cape Town, this week that the volatility in the US gas to oil price ratio... 

Gas will help get right balance in energy mix, says government 

By: Kim Cloete     4th October 2016 The Department of Energy (DoE) says it is committed to finding the right balance between different sources of energy with liquefied natural gas (LNG)-to-power a vital part of the mix.   DoE director-general Thabane Zulu told the South Africa: Gas Options conference that while gas and renewables... 

Appea blasts greens report on fracking

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     22nd September 2016 The Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association (Appea) has slammed a report released by the Western Rivers Alliance, which warned of the alleged dangers of unconventional oil and gas extraction in the Channel Country in outback Australia. The report highlights a number of risks... 

‘Green’ gas demand up, shale provides long-term opportunity

By: Kimberley Smuts     26th August 2016 The biggest potential for growth in the gas industry lies in finding additional gas resources that can replace traditional gases used in industrial processes to generate electricity, which waste management company Interwaste is doing  by generating methane gas from its landfill sites. “With... 

AECOM offers total lifecycle solutions for oil, gas and chemical sectors

     18th August 2016 Clients in the oil, gas and chemicals sectors are on the lookout for smarter, more efficient ways to produce, process and deliver products to market, as well as assistance with environmental and sustainability considerations. AECOM is able to offer comprehensive services to these sectors over the... 

Concerns mount over EPA potentially duplicating reclamation assurance rules

By: Henry Lazenby     11th August 2016 The chairpersons of the US House of Representatives' Energy and Commerce Committee and Natural Resources Committee on Tuesday sent a letter to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) voicing their concern regarding the agency’s work on developing financial assurance requirements for the hard... 

Company supports impact of IPP projects in Africa

By: Robyn Wilkinson     8th July 2016 Consulting, engineering, procurement and construction services provider Black & Veatch will support the evolution of independent power producer (IPP) projects already under way in South Africa. 

India likely to tweak model revenue sharing contracts before next oil, gas auctions

By: Ajoy K Das     28th June 2016 The Indian government is ready to tweak the model revenue sharing contract between it and oil and gas exploration (E&P) companies, before putting up more blocks for auction under the newly unveiled Hydrocarbon Exploration Licensing Policy (HELP) next year. According to an official in the... 

Stringent specs for plastic pipes in gas pipelines

     24th June 2016 South Africa’s gas industry is on the cusp of great growth and expansion in light of a potential global oversupply of shale gas. As a result, local plastic pipe manufacturers have to ensure that the pipes used in gas pipelines have been manufactured according to stringent specifications and... 

The state of the European plastics industry

     21st June 2016 Despite a host of issues to tackle that range from marine waste to multiple force majeures at materials suppliers, the European plastics industry approaches K 2016 in a good state of health and with cautious optimism. But there are still many hills to climb. Plastics industry consultant Applied... 

Presidency reports on progress with 9-point plan

By: News24Wire      21st June 2016 The South African Government is making steady progress in the implementation of its Nine Point Plan to reignite growth and create jobs, the Presidency said on Monday. The plan, which forms part of of the implementation of the National Development Plan (NDP), was announced by President Jacob Zuma... 

Antifracking coalition delivers petition to Parliament 

By: Natasha Odendaal     19th May 2016 The AfriForum and Treasure the Karoo Action Group (TKAG) alliance on Thursday petitioned Parliament to uphold its duties and hold the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) to account over shale gas-related activities. The coalition was demanding oversight over the DMR and its approach in pursuing... 

CIL’s consultancy arm tapped as nodal agency for UCG projects

By: Ajoy K Das     17th May 2016 The Central Mine Planning and Development Institute Limited (CMPDIL), the consultancy arm of miner Coal India Limited (CIL), has been appointed by the Indian government to act as the nodal agency for the development of underground coal gasification (UCG) projects in the country. The mandate for... 

Gas industrialisation could be a game-changer, say industry players

By: Kim Cloete     17th May 2016 Potential investors and experts in South Africa’s gas industry foresee great potential in the sector despite the risks.  “We are on the cusp of a global oversupply of shale gas. We have the opportunity to ship gas and drive industrialisation in industries from glass and cement to agroprocessing... 

Shale gas research necessary to put uncertainty to rest

By: Natasha Odendaal     11th May 2016 Shale gas research projects are becoming increasingly essential to put to bed speculation and uncertainties over the potential of reserves in South Africa, as well as the impact of hydraulic fracturing on the environment. This was heard at a Fossil Fuel Foundation workshop on unconventional gas,... 

Hydrogeological investigation studies enviro impact of fracking

By: Ilan Solomons     29th April 2016 South Africa’s groundwater resources play a significant role in the domestic water supply and are often the sole source of water available to local municipalities and farmers in the arid Karoo basin. The possible existence of large reserves of shale gas within the Karoo Supergroup, which covers... 

Most nuclear waste is not highly radioactive

By: Keith Campbell     15th April 2016 Only a tiny minority of nuclear waste contains the vast majority of radiation produced by such waste. “No less than 96% of the radioactivity comes from just 0.2% of the waste volume,” highlights Arint SA MD François Mellet. Nuclear waste is generally divided into low level waste, intermediate... 

NT keen to make progress with fracking regulations

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     14th April 2016 The Northern Territory government was hoping to introduce hydraulic fracturing (fracking) recommendations made in a 2015 independent inquiry into regulation. Speaking on the sidelines of the 18th liquefied natural gas (LNG) conference, in Perth, Northern Territory deputy Chief Minister Peter... 

Eskom makes case for adding new nuclear to power mix

By: Keith Campbell     1st April 2016 South African national electricity utility Eskom is excited about its imminent new nuclear era. So affirmed Group CEO Brian Molefe in an address to the recent Nuclear Africa 2016 conference, that was delivered on his behalf by Eskom's recently appointed Chief Nuclear Officer, Dave Nicholls. He... 

SA drawing on 150 experts as rigorous Karoo shale-gas enviro assessment advances

By: Dylan Slater     1st April 2016 The development of shale gas projects in South Africa was halted with the 2011 issuing of a moratorium on the issuing of shale gas exploration licences within the central Karoo, which has subsequently been lifted.  

Challenger undertakes capital raising

By: Anine Kilian     23rd March 2016 Unconventional gas explorer Challenger Energy plans to raise $900 000 through the placement of 30-million new fully paid ordinary shares.   “This commitment will fund the progression of the licence application process in South Africa, working capital and the cost of the offer. It is a further... 

Eskom needs new nuclear power to meet country's needs 

By: Keith Campbell     16th March 2016 South African national electricity utility Eskom is excited about its imminent new nuclear era. So affirmed Group CEO Brian Molefe on Wednesday in an address to the Nuclear Africa 2016 conference, that was delivered on his behalf by Eskom's recently appointed Chief Nuclear Officer, Dave Nicholls.... 

Botswana dismisses reports of fracking rights in pristine Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park 

By: African News Agency      16th February 2016 Botswana’s Ministry of Environment, Wildlife and Tourism has dismissed as untrue recent reports that the government has issued fracking rights for the exploration of shale gas in more than half of the Kgalagadi Trans-Frontier Park (KTP). In a statement issued on Friday, the ministry said the... 

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