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Oil & Gas News

Outa calls on Mantashe to intervene to save crude oil reserves 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th June 2019 The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) says a Cape High Court case on Friday will determine the fate of South Africa’s strategic crude oil reserves that are worth more than R9.3-billion. Outa states that, between December 2015 and January 2016, South Africa’s strategic oil reserves had been... 

Kibo signs PPA with Statkraft

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th June 2019 JSE-listed Kibo Energy’s UK-based subsidiary MAST Energy Developments (MED) has signed a five-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with Statkraft Markets for MED’s planned 5 MW gas-fuelled Bordersley Reserve power generation project. MED plans to commission the project by the end of the first... 

Campaign groups accuse Total of breaching French corporate duty law in Uganda

By: Reuters     25th June 2019 French and Ugandan campaign groups including Friends of the Earth have filed a legal notification with Total, claiming it has failed to address the human and environmental impact of its Ugandan operations as required by French law. Under France's Corporate Duty of Vigilance regulation, large... 

Kenya government, Tullow Oil, Africa Oil and Total sign deal to develop crude oil facility

By: Reuters     25th June 2019 Kenya's government, and oil firms Tullow Oil, Total and Africa Oil Corp have signed agreements for the development of a 60 000 bbl/d to 80 000 bbl/d crude oil processing facility for oil discovered in the country's north west, the Petroleum and Mining Ministry said on Tuesday. The ministry said... 

Glencore cuts out agents and dealmakers as scrutiny grows 

By: Bloomberg     25th June 2019 Glencore is cutting out many of its intermediaries – the agents and dealmakers once essential to cracking the toughest markets – amid growing scrutiny of its operations around the world. Under pressure from its compliance division, Glencore is dismantling much of its global network of trading... 

Oil steadies as Iran tensions mingle with economic concerns

By: Bloomberg     25th June 2019 Oil steadied after rallying almost 8% in three days as investors weighed the risks of a supply disruption in the Middle East against concerns over the global economy and demand. Futures were little changed near $58/bl in New York. President Donald Trump imposed sanctions on Iran’s supreme leader,... 

Nigerian court adjourns Oando case against securities regulator to 22 July

By: Reuters     24th June 2019 A federal court in Lagos on Monday adjourned until 22 July a case brought by local oil firm Oando to halt management changes the country's securities and exchange commission is trying to enforce. The SEC's action followed an investigation in which it allegedly found evidence of financial... 

Mozambique gas riches near as $25bn LNG plant approved

By: Bloomberg     19th June 2019 Anadarko Petroleum approved a $25-billion liquefied natural gas (LNG) project in Mozambique that could help transform the economy of one of the world’s poorest countries. CEO Al Walker signed off on what he called the biggest ever foreign investment in Africa. Anadarko sees potential for... 

Mozambique gas riches near as $25bn LNG plant approved

Oil set for weekly drop as tanker attacks can't dispel trade woes

By: Bloomberg     14th June 2019 Oil headed for a weekly decline as the tanker attacks in the Middle East provided only a relatively small boost to prices that have been hammered by a deepening trade war and swelling US stockpiles. Futures in New York were steady after rising 2.2% Thursday. The White House blamed Iran for the... 

Hydrogen offers pathway for lowering hard-to-abate carbon emissions – IEA 

By: Terence Creamer     14th June 2019 Hydrogen and hydrogen-based fuels could help facilitate the decarbonisation of a range of sectors where the pathway for achieving meaningful emission reductions is currently uncertain or difficult, a new global study argues. Released by the International Energy Agency (IEA) at a meeting of G20... 

Hydrogen offers pathway for lowering hard-to-abate carbon emissions – IEA

Oil demand signals are flashing red as price dives toward $50

By: Bloomberg     12th June 2019 Oil demand is shriveling as the trade war between the US and China trips up the global economy. Estimates for March and April are pointing to year-on-year declines in regions that account for almost half of global oil demand, according to Morgan Stanley. Indicators including the profit from... 

Erratic weather boosts energy demand, denting climate goals – BP 

By: Reuters     11th June 2019 Extreme temperatures around the globe drove a sharp acceleration in energy demand and carbon emissions last year, oil giant BP said on Tuesday, issuing a stark warning that the world risks losing the battle against climate change. And while 2018 saw another sharp pick up in renewable power such... 

Senegal's justice ministry calls for inquiry into energy contracts

By: Reuters     11th June 2019 Senegal's justice ministry asked prosecutors on Monday to launch an inquiry into the country's energy contracts after a report alleged that the President's brother was involved in fraud related to two offshore gas blocks being developed by BP. After the publication of the investigation by the BBC... 

Renergen dual listing to provide benefit of Australian research, understanding 

By: Simone Liedtke     10th June 2019 Emerging liquid helium and liquid natural gas (LNG) producer Renergen’s recent listing on the ASX will benefit the company by giving it access to Australian research and industry understanding, CEO Stefano Marani tells Engineering News Online. Renergen, which is also listed on the JSE’s AltX,... 

Renergen dual listing to provide benefit of Australian research, understanding
Renergen CEO Stefani Marani discusses the company’s recent ASX-listing and the company’s Virginia gas project with Engineering News Online. Video & Editing: Creamer Media’s Darlene Creamer 10.6.2019

Nigeria's securities regulator suspends Oando's annual shareholder meeting

By: Reuters     10th June 2019 Nigeria's securities regulator has ordered the suspension of Oando's annual shareholder meeting due to be held on June 11, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) said on Monday. The regulator said the suspension was due to ongoing litigation after it set up an interim management team and... 

Russia’s latest great game in Africa: energy 

By: African News Agency      10th June 2019 Vladimir Putin has made no secret of his intention to return Russia to its previous glory as a world power by all means available to him, not least of which has been military aggression such as in Crimea. But on the African continent, where Russia has no colonial hangover like Europe or the... 

Asia demand to prop up growth in the global gas industry

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     7th June 2019 Global demand for natural gas is set to keep growing over the next five years, driven by strong consumption in fast-growing Asian economies and supported by the continued development of the international gas trade, the International Energy Agency (IEA) says. Demand for natural gas grew by 4.6% in... 

Sasol secures $1.8bn for Lake Charles project 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th June 2019 JSE-listed petrochemicals company Sasol announced on Friday that its subsidiary Sasol Financing USA had entered into new US dollar-denominated senior unsecured credit facilities, comprising a $1.6-billion term loan facility and a $150-million revolving credit facility. The facilities have a... 

Sasol secures $1.8bn for Lake Charles project
Sasol's Lake Charles Chemical Project

Renergen trades at up to A$1.02 apiece on first day on ASX

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th June 2019 On its first day of listing on the ASX on Thursday, AltX-listed Renergen had more than 290 000 shares traded, at an official listing price of A$0.80 apiece. “On day one, we saw the price trade up to A$1.02 at the close, or up 27.5% from [the] listing [price], with encouraging volume in total... 

Renergen trades at up to A$1.02 apiece on first day on ASX
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Renergen CEO Stefano Marani

Senegal President says truth of BP gas deal will be established

By: Reuters     6th June 2019 Senegalese President Macky Sall said on Wednesday the government would find out the truth after a report alleged his brother Aliou Sall had been involved in fraud related to two major offshore gas blocks operated by BP. Making his first comments since the BBC published its report on Monday, the... 

Nigeria's oil thieves roar back as militants kept in check

By: Bloomberg     5th June 2019 Just as Nigeria gets to grips with militants who brought the nation’s oil industry to its knees a few years ago, another group of longstanding foes are slowly making a comeback: thieves. Saboteurs including thieves caused an 80% increase in the number of spills in 2018, Royal Dutch Shell, the... 

Companies lag in climate-related disclosures – G20 Task Force

By: Reuters     5th June 2019 Companies are failing to disclose sufficient detail about how exposed they are to the potential risks of climate change, a global task force said in a report on Wednesday. Many investors have called on companies to provide better communication on how climate change could impact their businesses,... 

Companies lag in climate-related disclosures – G20 Task Force

ANC says ten sectors to be prioritised under ‘re-imagined industrial strategy’  

By: Terence Creamer     4th June 2019 The African National Congress (ANC) has unveiled what it describes as a “re-imagined industrial strategy” as part of a broader five-year programme of action agreed at the party’s three-day lekgotla, which concluded in Gauteng on Tuesday. In a statement released following the gathering, the ANC... 

ANC says ten sectors to be prioritised under ‘re-imagined industrial strategy’

Efora reports ‘disappointing’ full-year results

By: Nadine James     3rd June 2019 A below-par performance from its key business, Afric Oil, resulted in “disappointing” financial results for JSE-listed oil and gas company Efora Energy for the year ended February 28. The company on Monday reported a net loss of R579.9-million, a loss per share of 69.91c and a headline loss a... 

Nigeria financial watchdog sets up interim management team at oil firm Oando – statement

By: Reuters     3rd June 2019 Nigeria's Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has set up an interim management team to oversee local oil company Oando, the financial watchdog said on Sunday. It said in a statement the team would conduct an extraordinary general meeting on or before July 1 to appoint new directors. 

Renergen raises $10m in Australia IPO for South Africa gas project 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     29th May 2019 JSE-listed Renergen has raised $10-million in its secondary listing on Australia’s stock exchange, the emerging liquid helium and liquid natural gas (LNG) producer announced on Wednesday. The company, which is developing South Africa’s first commercial LNG project, said it had raised $10-million... 

Tanzania and Zambia to build $1.5bn oil pipeline between their countries

By: African News Agency      29th May 2019 An oil pipeline running from Tanzania’s commercial capital Dar Es Salaam to the Zambian mining city of Ndola, about 1 349 km away, and costing $1.5-billion, is to be built by both countries to transport refined products between the neighbouring states. Tanzania Energy Minister Medard Kalemani... 

New Port of Ngqura liquid bulk facility to serve South African and African markets

By: Schalk Burger     24th May 2019 A new liquid bulk handling facility at the deep-water Port of Ngqura, in the Eastern Cape, will be built to assist with the predicted future growth of petroleum product consumption in Africa. The terminal – for which civil construction is scheduled to start in July – will serve as a strategic... 

New Port of Ngqura liquid bulk facility to serve South African and African markets

BP bosses get public grilling on climate from largest investors

By: Bloomberg     22nd May 2019 BP lined the road leading to its annual shareholder gathering in Scotland’s oil capital with hoardings touting investments in renewable energy. Inside the meeting, there was a fierce debate on whether the energy major was telling the truth. On Tuesday, investors large and small grilled BP’s... 

LSE says, hello, Africa! Come list with us

By: Bloomberg     22nd May 2019 It’s not often that the LSE comes to Africa looking for listings. Traditionally companies based on the continent have to make a strong case to have their stock traded on one the world’s biggest bourses. But this week, officials are on roadshow in a bid to boost the LSE’s 115 African listings. The... 

Sasol to accelerate $2bn asset disposal plan as capex on US project leaps by another $1.3bn 

By: Terence Creamer     22nd May 2019 Energy and chemicals group Sasol, which announced another large increase in the capital cost of its Lake Charles Chemicals Project (LCCP) being built in the US, will accelerate its $2-billion noncore asset disposal programme and will used the proceeds to deleverage its balance sheet. Joint... 

Sasol to accelerate $2bn asset disposal plan as capex on US project leaps by another $1.3bn
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Joint presidents and CEOs Bongani Nqwababa and Stephen Cornell

PetroConnect calls for fuel industry collaboration

By: Simone Liedtke     21st May 2019 With the South African energy sector undergoing significant change, particularly with the introduction of the Liquid Petroleum Sector Codes currently under way, PetroConnect directors Mark Harper and Sbonelo Mbatha have called on the fuel industry to “see transformation as an opportunity and not... 

PetroConnect calls for fuel industry collaboration
Photo by Creamer Media's Dylan Slater
PetroConnect director Mark Harper

Oil climbs as Opec signal on output curbs overshadows trade risk

By: Bloomberg     21st May 2019 Oil rose for a second day on signs Opec and its allies will extend production cuts beyond June, while a steadily deteriorating US-China trade relationship kept prices from pushing higher. Futures in New York extended their gains after closing up 0.5% on Monday. Saudi Energy Minister Khalid... 

DTI to support South African companies participating in Africa Oil Week

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     20th May 2019 The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) will, for the first time, showcase 15 to 20 local companies in the South African National Pavilion at the Africa Oil Week, which will be held in Cape Town from November 4 to 8.   With the event focused on Africa’s upstream oil and gas sector, the DTI... 

Nigeria's economic growth slows in Q1 as oil sector shrinks

By: Reuters     20th May 2019 Growth in Nigeria's fragile economy slowed to 2.01% in the first quarter as the country's dominant oil sector shrank, the National Bureau of Statistics said on Monday. The annual pace dropped from the previous quarter's 2.38%, when activity was likely to have been boosted by state spending in the... 

East African company Société Pétrolière expands LPG business

By: Simone Liedtke     14th May 2019 East African Société Pétrolière (SP) has, through the installation of eight liquified petroleum gas (LPG) storage and cylinder filling plants, doubled Rwanda’s LPG storage and filling capacity. Each of these facilities has a storage capacity of 20 m3 and is capable of filling about 1 000 bottles... 

Global energy investment out of step with security of supply, climate needs  

By: Terence Creamer     14th May 2019 A new report on global energy investment in 2018 points to an ongoing misalignment between approved expenditure on new fuel and power projects and meeting the twin goals security of supply and decarbonisation. The International Energy Agency’s (IEA’s) ‘World Energy Investment 2019’ report,... 

Global energy investment out of step with security of supply, climate needs
IEA executive director Fatih Birol
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