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Sasol reports stabilisation in synfuels output 

By: Terence Creamer     18th April 2019 Chemicals and energy group Sasol reports that output at its Secunda Synfuels Operations (SSO) stabilised in the third quarter, following the total shutdown of the West factory during the first half of its 2019 financial year, which had negatively affected production. In a note to shareholders,... 

Nigeria court orders arrests over Shell, Eni Malabu oil deal

By: Bloomberg     18th April 2019 A court in Nigeria ordered the arrest of two former ministers and others allegedly connected with illegal payments leading to the 2011 acquisition of what is considered one of the biggest oil fields in the West African country. Former Justice Minister and Attorney General Mohammed Adoke, ex-Oil... 

Activists push South African pension funds to tally climate costs  

By: Bloomberg     15th April 2019 Pension funds in South Africa have a legal obligation to account for the financial effects of climate change on their investments, according to two groups lobbying money managers to pay closer attention to the issue. Shareholder activists Just Share and environmental law organisation ClientEarth... 

Brulpadda field unlikely to support a globally competitive chemicals industry, more exploration needed – experts

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th April 2019 Energy veterans Stephen Clark and Wikus van Niekerk, with Jim Petrie and Dave Wright, have unpacked finer details of Total’s Brulpadda gasfield discovery, estimating its likely size, potential development and broader impact on South Africa’s hydrocarbon fuel security. Total entered into the... 

Brulpadda field unlikely to support a globally competitive chemicals industry, more exploration needed – experts
Brulpadda drilling rig

Seplat, NNPC to raise $700m for gas plant due in 2020

By: Bloomberg     12th April 2019 Seplat Petroleum Development and Nigeria’s State oil company will raise $700-million for a joint gas project scheduled to start production next year as the government steps up plans to reduce the country’s reliance on oil. The project, known as Assa North-Ohaji South, is one of seven to boost gas... 

Chevron to acquire Anadarko for $33bn in stock, cash

By: Bloomberg     12th April 2019 Chevron Corp will acquire Anadarko Petroleum Corp for $65 a share, the company said in a statement. Anadarko shareholders will receive 0.3869 shares of Chevron and $16.25 in cash for each Anadarko share. Chevron will issue 200-million shares and pay $8-billion in cash. The company will also... 

IEA says oil market tightening, but global demand may falter

By: Bloomberg     11th April 2019 Global oil markets are tightening as Opec supply falls, the International Energy Agency said, while warning it could lower demand forecasts because of economic threats. Crude inventories are set to decline for the rest of the year as Saudi Arabia and its partners curb production, while exports... 

Oil holds near five-month high

By: Bloomberg     9th April 2019 Oil in New York held near the highest level since late October as an escalation of geopolitical tensions in Libya and Iran fanned concerns over supplies. West Texas Intermediate futures were little changed, after gaining 3.7% over the previous two sessions. Libya’s eastern-based warlord Khalifa... 

Cost of decarbonising global energy system falls sharply, new report shows 

By: Terence Creamer     9th April 2019 Rapidly falling renewable-energy costs, together with emerging opportunities to electrify other energy end-uses such as transportation and heating, are continuing to reduce the investment premium associated with placing the world on a more climate-friendly path, a new international report... 

Cost of decarbonising global energy system falls sharply, new report shows

Glencore announces finalisation of Astron acquisition

By: Creamer Media Reporter      9th April 2019 Glencore South Africa Oil Investments on Monday announced the close of its acquisition of 75% of Astron Energy in South Africa and 100% of Astron Botswana – the two businesses previously owned and operated by Chevron South Africa. Glencore said it was looking forward to working with the Astron... 

Glencore announces finalisation of Astron acquisition

SRK outlines environmental considerations for Brulpadda gas extraction

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th April 2019 SRK Consulting environmental assessment practitioner Sue Reuther says although news of the large Brulpadda gas find off South Africa’s southern coast holds economic potential, the project could take ten years to reach production and all environmental risks would first need to be considered for... 

Sapia granted extended exemption for what is normally cartel conduct

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th April 2019 The Competition Commission has extended the petroleum industry’s exemption of industry activities to June 30, following an application by the South African Petroleum Industry Association (Sapia). Ordinarily, the activities of Sapia members would be considered cartel conduct, says the commission.  

Oando sells 25% stake in Nigerian gas company to private equity firm Helios

By: Reuters     5th April 2019 Oando has sold its 25% stake in Nigerian gas and power company Axxela to majority investor Helios Investment partners for an undisclosed amount, Axxela said on Thursday. The private equity firm now owns 100% of Axxela following Oando's divestment, the gas company said. 

Nigeria to build seaports to ease gridlock on Lagos's shore

By: Bloomberg     4th April 2019 Nigeria is building a new deep-sea port and considering two additional facilities to ease congestion in the main harbors of the commercial capital, Lagos, which currently handle about 80% of all shipping traffic in Africa’s biggest oil producer. A new facility is already under construction in the... 

Oil nears $70 as Opec tightens supply, hopes for trade deal grow

By: Bloomberg     3rd April 2019 Oil rose near $70 a barrel in London, a level last breached in November, as global crude supplies tightened while hopes for an end to the US-China trade impasse lifted financial markets. Brent crude’s rapid recovery this year -- with the biggest quarterly gain in almost a decade -- is a victory... 

Nigeria's Oando aims to raise fresh capital, cut debt – CEO

By: Reuters     3rd April 2019 Nigerian oil company Oando aims to raise fresh capital over the next two years and repay debt used to acquire Conoco Phillips' Nigerian assets, its chief executive Adewale Tinubu told Reuters. Oando has transformed itself in the past few years from a fuel retailer to oil producer and now competes... 

Exxon weighs sale of Nigerian oil and gas fields for up to $3bn

By: Reuters     2nd April 2019 Exxon Mobil recently held talks on the sale of a suite of oil and gas fields in Nigeria as the company focuses on new developments in US shale and Guyana, industry and banking sources told Reuters. The potential disposals are expected to include stakes in onshore and offshore fields and could... 

$30bn investment push into Africa’s downstream oil industry sparks optimism

By: Kim Cloete     28th March 2019 Africa’s demand for energy, which is far higher than that of other regions in the world, is expected to be very positive for the African oil downstream industry, which has seen a $30-billion investment push in logistics, distribution, storage terminals, import facilities and retail marketing in... 

Radebe refutes allegations on South Sudan refinery 

By: African News Agency      28th March 2019 Energy Minister Jeff Radebe said on Thursday his plans for potential South African involvement in an oil venture in South Sudan were above board and aimed at securing access to cheaper crude oil and curbing the local fuel price. "As government we would want to get to a situation in which the... 

 Radebe refutes allegations on South Sudan refinery
Energy Minister Jeff Radebe

Vitol analyst explains slide in global oil demand

By: Kim Cloete     27th March 2019 Global oil demand has weakened significantly over the past few months, largely due to slowing economic momentum across most markets, says energy and commodities company Vitol analyst Simon Warren. He told delegates at the annual conference of the African Refiners and Distributors Association... 

Global emissions hit record as energy demand boosts fuel use  

By: Bloomberg     26th March 2019 Carbon emissions from fossil-fuel use hit a record last year after energy demand grew at its fastest pace in a decade, reflecting higher oil consumption in the US and more coal burning in China and India. Those findings from the International Energy Agency mark a setback for the effort to rein in... 

Drilling oil in one of fastest ocean currents tests Total

By: Bloomberg     26th March 2019 Total’s discovery of South Africa’s first oil in deep water could prove to be a bonanza for a country lacking crude reserves of its own and prompt a rush from other majors. That’s if they’re able to solve the engineering challenges of operating in one of the fastest ocean currents in the world.... 

Drilling oil in one of fastest ocean currents tests Total

African Energy Chamber calls for oil and gas industry collaboration

By: African News Agency      21st March 2019 The chief executive and chairman of the African Energy Chamber (EnergyChamber.org), NJ Ayuk, has called for more industry collaboration on key issues pertaining to Nigeria’s oil and gas industry. Ayuk made the call for strengthened cooperation as he led an industry delegation to Nigeria this... 

Rovuma could propel Mozambique to top LNG producer globally – Standard Bank

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th March 2019 An independent macroeconomic study undertaken by Standard Bank has found that the first phase of Area 4 concession’s Rovuma liquefied natural gas (LNG) project, in Mozambique, has the potential to deliver 15.2-million tonnes of LNG a year. The project is expected to attract between $27-billion... 

Rovuma could propel Mozambique to top LNG producer globally – Standard Bank
Standard Bank Southern Africa oil and gas head Paul Eardley-Taylor

Novo Energy launches R130m gas compression facility 

20th March 2019 Energy solutions company Novo Energy earlier this month launched a R130-million large-scale natural gas compression facility, in Mpumalanga. Marleny Arnoldi tells us more. 

Novo Energy launches R130m gas compression facility
Novo Energy launches R130m gas compression facility

Public-Private Growth Initiative identifies 18 ‘priority projects’ to unlock growth  

By: Terence Creamer     18th March 2019 The Public-Private Growth Initiative (PPGI), an evolving sector-based collaboration between government and business, has earmarked 18 projects across various sectors of the South African economy for priority implementation in the coming months. Minister in the Presidency Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma... 

Public-Private Growth Initiative identifies 18 ‘priority projects’ to unlock growth
Minister in The Presidency Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma speaks, while Dr Johan van Zyl, Mpumi Mpofu and Roelf Meyer listen

Opec+ affirms commitment to oil cuts, defers decision to extend

By: Bloomberg     18th March 2019 Saudi Arabia led fellow members of the Opec+ coalition to reaffirm their commitment to output cuts, but conceded they should defer until June the decision on whether to extend the curbs. A committee of the most influential members in the 24-nation alliance, which includes Russia, Iraq and the... 

Tribunal approves Glencore, Chevron merger, with conditions

By: Marleny Arnoldi     15th March 2019 The Competition Tribunal on Friday approved a merger involving Glencore South Africa Oil Investment (Glencore SA Oil) and Chevron South Africa (Chevron SA). The transaction involves Glencore SA Oil acquiring 75% of the issued share capital of Chevron SA, from Off The Shelf Investments.  

Egyptian business giving great importance to South Africa

By: Rebecca Campbell     15th March 2019 The Federation of Egyptian Industries (FEI) was in full support of the policy of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi to strengthen the country’s relations with the rest of Africa. “As a business community, we will endorse our Government’s role in Africa,” affirmed FEI African Cooperation... 

Egyptian business giving great importance to South Africa
Photo by Egyptian Petrochemical Company
An Egyptian petrochemical plant

Africa needs to embrace all forms of energy, says Van Loggerenberg

By: Mamaili Mamaila     15th March 2019 There is huge demand for electricity in Africa, with about 600-million people on the continent who have no access to electricity. 

Africa needs to embrace all forms of energy, says Van Loggerenberg
MARLEZE VAN LOGGERENBERG We need to embrace LNG as one of the renewables that can make a difference globally

'No tomorrow' for many unless consumption falls – UN

By: Reuters     13th March 2019 Global exploitation of natural resources – from water, sand and timber to oil, coal and gemstones – has more than tripled in 50 years, the United Nations (UN) said on Tuesday, warning of devastating environmental impacts unless demand is reduced. Surging consumption of natural resources –... 

CEF's challenges exposed in Parliament 

By: Kim Cloete     12th March 2019 Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Energy has accused the Central Energy Fund (CEF) of moving far too slowly to transform, following a litany of problems in the beleaguered group. Committee chairperson Fikile Majola on Tuessday accused the CEF management and board of directors of merely "marking... 

Transnet to raise pipeline tariff by 10.95%

By: Simone Liedtke     11th March 2019 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa has granted freight logistics group Transnet a 7.69% increase in its allowable revenue to R5.68-billion for 2019/20, which translates to a 10.95% increase in pipeline tariffs. Should Energy Minister Jeff Radebe decide to use the pipeline tariff as a... 

Petrochemicals and jet fuel to underpin oil growth as gasoline slows 

By: Terence Creamer     11th March 2019 Petrochemicals and jet fuel have emerged as key drivers of oil growth, with the International Energy Agency’s (IEA’s) latest market forecast indicating that the two sectors will account for more that 30% of global growth in the coming five years, as gasoline demand slows as a result of efficiency... 

Petrochemicals and jet fuel to underpin oil growth as gasoline slows

Novo Energy launches R130m gas compression facility in eMalahleni  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th March 2019 Energy solutions company Novo Energy on Friday launched a R130-million large-scale natural gas compression facility at the Highveld industrial park, in eMalahleni, Mpumalanga. The facility provides cleaner, more reliable and cost-effective energy, compared with coal and other petroleum products. 

Novo Energy launches R130m gas compression facility in eMalahleni

Energy outlook sees GDP doubling by 2040

8th March 2019 With the world’s gross domestic product (GDP) likely to double by 2040 driven by increasing prosperity in fast-growing developing economies, multinational oil and gas company BP states that in the evolving energy transition scenario, this improvement in living standards causes energy demand to... 

Waipec focuses more on sub-Saharan Africa

By: Thabi Madiba     8th March 2019 The third West African International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference (Waipec) was a success, bringing sub-Saharan African companies together to learn from one another about best practices to move the industry forward and how to survive in the competitive landscape, says Petroleum Technology... 

Waipec focuses more  on sub-Saharan Africa
BANK ANTHONY OKOROAFOR Gas should be an opportunity to create a viable economy and a vibrant way of growing Nigeria’s gross domestic product
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