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Protests test tribal authority on South Africa's platinum belt 

By: Reuters     9th October 2017 A new power struggle is unfolding in South Africa's old homelands between global mining giants, traditional leaders and an impoverished rural populace. Parts of an industry long used to labour unrest are now contending with community protests that have cut production of the country's largest... 

Renewables’ share of global energy market to rise, system stability central

By: Anine Kilian     14th September 2017 The world’s energy system will decarbonise over the next three decades, says advisory services and risk management company DNV GL Africa business manager Robert O’Keefe. Unpacking DNV GL’s ‘Energy Transition Outlook 2017’ report at the Nordic Energy Days conference, in Pretoria, on Thursday, he... 

South Africa has insufficient skills for development of a shale gas industry

By: Anine Kilian     1st September 2017 There are insufficient skills in South Africa to support the development of a shale gas industry, South African National Energy Association secretary general Dave Wright said at a national shale gas conference, in Port Elizabeth, on Friday. He noted that the country had a small and limited... 

Government certainty needed for successful shale gas exploration in South Africa

By: Anine Kilian     1st September 2017 Government must make a clear-cut decision on whether or not to proceed with shale gas exploration in the Karoo, University of Cape Town Institute of Marine and Environmental Law's Professor Jan Glazewski said on Friday. Speaking to Engineering News Online on the sidelines of a national shale gas... 

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.  

Report indicates more research needed before fracking in the Karoo is allowed

By: Anine Kilian     31st August 2017 It is vital that all matters related to the development of a shale gas industry be carefully analysed and evaluated before South Africa considers exploiting shale gas, says University of Cape Town senior researcher Professor Cyril O’Connor. “It is well known that the exploitation of shale gas may... 

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... 

Science sector’s action on shale gas to be deliberated at conference

By: Anine Kilian     28th August 2017 A science action plan to help steer the South African shale gas industry will be considered at a national shale gas conference to be hosted by the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), in partnership with the Department of Science and Technology, in Port Elizabeth, later this week. The... 

BHP announces US shale exit, profit jumps to $5.8bn

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     22nd August 2017 Mining major BHP has heeded investors’ calls to exit its shale gas business, announcing on Tuesday that it would sell the US onshore assets that it had bought for $20-bilion five years ago. BHP, which has come under pressure from activist shareholders over its US shale investment, said it had... 

Legal and policy certainty required if gas economy is to be realised

By: Mia Breytenbach     4th August 2017 Key factors that will influence the establishment of a gas economy in South Africa include the passing of the amended Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act (MPRDA) and greater clarity regarding the expected and stated imports of liquefied natural gas (LNG), says South African Oil and... 

Shale gas still a power resource option

By: Nica Schreuder     28th July 2017 Global leading engineering, consulting and construction company Black & Veatch sub-Saharan Africa business development director Webb Meko says successful exploration for shale gas could make up for South Africa’s lack of natural gas as a power resource. “Concerns about the possible detrimental... 

Gas-to-power a more favourable alternative energy source

By: Nica Schreuder     28th July 2017 The nuclear procurement programme was rejected in the High Court earlier this year and opens the way for greater advocacy around the gas-to-power programme, says oil and gas specialist Lizel Oberholzer. “The focus on nuclear energy generation has come at the cost of the development of other... 

Investment in gas economy tough if risk exceeds appetite

By: Nica Schreuder     28th July 2017 Gas infrastructure for electricity generation requires key investors to get involved in this capital-intensive endeavour but if the perception among investors is that of risk exceeding reward, investment is unlikely to emerge, says oil and gas equipment supplier Energas Technologies project... 

Interim report into NT fracking released

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     17th July 2017 Communities in the Northern Territory are “overwhelmingly” against hydraulic fracturing (fracking), says the independent inquiry body appointed last year to investigate the environmental, social and economic risks and impacts of fracking. The inquiry, which started in December, concluded its... 

MPRDA, LNG import clarity key to establishment of gas economy

By: Mia Breytenbach     11th July 2017 Key factors that will influence the establishment of a gas economy in South Africa include the passing of the amended Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act (MPRDA), while greater clarity is also needed around the anticipated and stated imports of liquefied natural gas (LNG), says South... 

Agri SA says will not support fracking as set out under current legislation  

By: Anine Kilian     5th July 2017 Agricultural industry association Agri SA says it cannot support government’s continued pursuit of hydraulic fracturing (fracking). Addressing media at a briefing in Centurion, on Wednesday, Agri SA president Johannes Möller said there were still uncertainties with respect to water supply and... 

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. 

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