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Oil & Gas News

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... 

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

Companies sign share purchase agreement worth $350-million

8th March 2019 Energy producer Chevron, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Chevron Corporation, has announced that it has signed a share purchase agreement with petroleum products marketer and refiner Petrobras America (Petrobras) to acquire all the outstanding shares and equity interests of refinery company Pasadena... 

Companies sign share purchase agreement  worth $350-million
CHEVRON OIL REFINERY A refinery with a capacity to process about 110 000 bbl/d of light crude

Gas discovery potential indicator of more local resources

By: Thabi Madiba     8th March 2019 A significant gas condensate discovery, made by petroleum company Total South Africa, shows there are potentially more petroleum resources available in South Africa, which will definitely create more exploration interest, says Total South Africa exploration and production MD Adewale Fayemi. This... 

Gas discovery potential indicator of more local resources
GAME CHANGER Brulpadda was drilled in a challenging deep-water environment

Congo lost $617m dispute before approving oil concession

By: Bloomberg     7th March 2019 An international court ordered the Democratic Republic of Congo to pay DIG Oil of South Africa $617-million for failing to honor two oil contracts, weeks before outgoing President Joseph Kabila finally approved one of the deals. The previously undisclosed ruling is the latest twist in an 11-year... 

Chemicals sector crucial for South Africa's industrialisation

By: Schalk Burger     6th March 2019 As one of 18 sectors identified by a Presidential working group as being crucial to accelerating gross domestic product (GDP) growth in South Africa, the chemicals sector has a foundational role to play in supporting the growth of the country's industrial sectors. The chemicals sector has a 12... 

Afrox FY18 HEPS fall amid adverse operating environment 

By: Simone Liedtke     6th March 2019 Adverse movements in JSE-listed African Oxygen’s (Afrox’s) operating environment resulted in the company’s headline earnings per share (HEPS) for the year ended December 31, 2018, decreasing by 23% year-on-year to 154.9c. Basic earnings per share (EPS) decreased by 29% to 144.8c, while diluted... 

Afrox FY18 HEPS fall amid adverse operating environment
Afrox CFO Matthias Vogt speaks to Engineering News Online about the company's results and challenges for FY18. Video & Editing: Creamer Media's Nicholas Boyd.

Afrox appoints John Panikar as chairperson

By: Simone Liedtke     5th March 2019 JSE-listed African Oxygen (Afrox) chairperson Bernd Eulitz has resigned, with effect from April 1. John Panikar will assume the role of chairperson of the board and member of the Nominations, Governance and Management of Resources Committee, following Eulitz’s resignation. 

Libya's biggest oilfield restarts, adding hurdle to Opec cuts

By: Bloomberg     5th March 2019 Libya’s biggest oil field resumed production, adding another complication to Opec’s effort to trim a global supply glut.  Sharara resumed production and is expected to reach 80,000 barrels in one day, according to people with knowledge of the matter who asked not to be identified because they... 

Renergen announces increased methane, helium reserves at Tetra4 

By: Simone Liedtke     4th March 2019 Integrated alternative and renewable energy business Renergen’s subsidiary, Tetra4, now has a total proven methane net gas reserve of 40.76-billion cubic feet and a proven helium net gas reserve of 1.01-billion cubic feet, following an updated independent reserve review undertaken by MHA... 

Dutch prosecutors target Shell over Nigeria oil deal

By: Reuters     1st March 2019 Dutch prosecutors are preparing criminal charges against Royal Dutch Shell over its $1.3-billion acquisition of Nigerian offshore oilfield OPL 245 in 2011. Shell said in a statement on its website that it had been informed by the Dutch Public Prosecutor's Office (DPP) that it had nearly concluded... 

Total to resume drilling at South Africa discovery in December – partner

By: Reuters     28th February 2019 France's Total and partners will resume drilling at the Brulpadda prospect offshore South Africa in December, a minority partner in the field said on Wednesday. Brulpadda, in Block 11B/12B, is a gas condensate discovery that could hold total resources of 1 billion barrels of oil equivalent, Total... 

US government agency’s backing of Tetra4 takes project ‘to next level’ – Renergen CEO  

By: Simone Liedtke     27th February 2019 Integrated alternative and renewable energy business Renergen on Wednesday announced that the US government’s development finance institution, the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), had approved a $40-million loan facility in favour of Tetra4’s Virginia gasfield project. Tetra4 is a... 

Sasol to accelerate portfolio ‘simplification’ as review of 100 assets nears completion  

By: Terence Creamer     25th February 2019 Chemicals and energy group Sasol confirmed on Monday that its asset review was at an advanced stage and indicated that it would, in the coming months, accelerate efforts to simplify its portfolio. The group has indicated previously that it expects to realise more than $1-billion from the disposal... 

Sasol to accelerate portfolio ‘simplification’ as review of 100 assets nears completion
Sasol joint CEO Bongani Nqwababa on why 2019 is a 'defining year' for the group. Camera Work & Editing: Darlene Creamer. Recorded: 25.2.2019

Water deal crucial for Kenya oil project might slip into Q3 – Tullow

By: Reuters     22nd February 2019 A deal with local Kenyan authorities that would allow Tullow Oil to pump water to pressurise oil wells, crucial for a final green light for the country's only oil project, may be delayed to the third quarter, a Tullow executive said on Friday. Tullow, with partners Total and Africa Oil, is... 

Construction gets under way at new Ngqura liquid bulk terminal

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     22nd February 2019 Oiltanking Grindrod Calulo (OTGC) and the Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) on Thursday turned the first sod at the site of the Port of Ngqura’s future liquid bulk tank farm and main access road. This comes ahead of the planned decommissioning and rehabilitation of the existing liquid bulk... 

Sasol appoints Ngonyama Capital as market maker for empowerment shares

By: Marleny Arnoldi     21st February 2019 Petrochemicals giant Sasol on Thursday announced the appointment of Ngonyama Capital to provide market making services for Sasol’s black economic empowerment ordinary (Solbe1) shares. Ngonyama’s appointment is expected to enhance the value proposition of Solbe1 shares and increase liquidity of... 

Nigeria hits oil majors with billions in back taxes 

By: Reuters     21st February 2019 Nigeria has ordered foreign oil and gas companies to pay nearly $20-billion in taxes it says are owed to local states, industry and government sources said, in a move that could deter investment in Africa's largest economy. In a letter sent to the companies earlier this year via a debt-collection... 

M&R expects significant improvement in interim HEPS

By: Nadine James     19th February 2019 JSE-listed engineering group Murray & Roberts (M&R) expects a significant improvement in total earnings per share (EPS) and headline earnings per share (HEPS) for the six months ended December 31. Basic EPS for the period are expected to increase by between 57% and 75% year-on-year to between 44c... 

Clough set to acquire Saulsbury’s oil and gas unit, EPC portfolio

By: Nadine James     19th February 2019 Murray & Roberts (M&R) subsidiary Clough will acquire Houston-based engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor Saulsbury’s Gulf Coast downstream and chemical business unit, as well as its EPC portfolio, for $5.2-million.  In the statement issued on Tuesday, M&R CE Henry Laas... 

Africa must have clear plan for using its gas reserves

By: Marleny Arnoldi     18th February 2019 It is vital that Africa has a clear and cohesive vision in place for how it plans to use its gas reserves, says New Partnership for Africa's Development Business Foundation senior project manager John Rocha. Speaking at the Africa Gas Forum, on Monday, he pointed out that African countries have... 

Event set to dissect the future of African energy

By: Paige Müller     15th February 2019 The eleventh edition of the Africa Energy Indaba – which will take place at the Sandton Convention Centre, in Johannesburg, from February 19 to 20 this year – will focus on the future prospects and direction of energy on the African continent from an energy provision and investment point of view.... 

Event set to dissect the future of African energy
Photo by Duane Daws
AFRICA’S ENERGY FUTURE The Africa Energy Indaba will take place at the Sandton Convention Centre, in Johannesburg, from February 19 and 20 this year

Equatorial Guinea praised for improved business environment

15th February 2019 Continental industry association the African Energy Chamber welcomes the improvement of Equatorial Guinea’s business environment through the establishment of an all inclusive model for setting up businesses in the country. “The implementation of Equatorial Guinea’s one-stop shop allows companies... 

Equatorial Guinea  praised for improved  business environment
Photo by Bloomberg
OBIANG NGUEMA MBASOGO Obiang Nguema Mbasogo has been personally advocating for stronger reforms to Equatorial Guinea’s business environment over the past few years

What to expect from 2019 Africa Energy Indaba

15th February 2019 The Africa Energy Indaba Conference is the definitive energy conference for Africa providing an annual programme that shapes energy policy for the African continent. Key issues that impact the African energy sector will be discussed and debated at the event, based on the outcomes of the 2018... 

What to expect from 2019 Africa Energy Indaba
ADEQUATE GENERATION The Africa Energy Indaba Conference will discuss, debate and seek solutions to enable adequate energy generation across the continent.

Renewable grids present investment opportunity

By: Paige Müller     15th February 2019 The recent trend towards the development of renewable energy, including those based on smart grids and microgrids in Africa, has encouraged the establishment of a new renewable energy equity fund. With the Africa Energy Indaba set to take place from February 19 to 20 at the Sandton Convention... 

Renewable grids present investment opportunity
Photo by Bloomberg
GAS ON THE RISE There has been and increase in the development of gas-fired power stations throughout Africa

As renewables soar, BP sees China hitting brakes on energy growth

By: Reuters     14th February 2019 Global demand for renewable power will soar at an unprecedented pace over the coming decades, BP said in a benchmark report on Thursday, while China’s energy growth is seen sharply decelerating as its economic expansion slows. Still, China is set to remain the largest energy consumer by a long... 

Aker Energy eyes IPO after submitting Ghana oilfield plan in March

By: Reuters     14th February 2019 Norwegian oil company Aker said on Thursday that its exploration start-up in Ghana will submit development plans to Ghanaian authorities in March and the parent will then decide whether to sell stakes via an initial public offering or other means. The subsidiary, Aker Energy, plans to develop the... 

South Sudan to return to pre-war oil production levels by mid-2020 – Minister

By: Reuters     11th February 2019 South Sudan will return to producing more than 350 000 bbl/d of crude by the middle of 2020, up from current levels of just over 140 000 bbl/d currently, the country's oil minister said on Sunday. Production is expected to rise to 270 000 bbl/d by the end of 2019, Oil Minister Ezekiel Lul... 

Sasol expects higher H1 earnings, but warns of Lake Charles cost increase

By: Nadine James     8th February 2019 Chemicals and energy company Sasol expects to report earnings per share (EPS) and headline earnings per share (HEPS) of between R23.71 and R24.16 and between R22.97 and R23.68, respectively, for the six months ended December 31. This means EPS is expected to increase by between 110% and 114%... 

Reatile acquires 37.54% stake in Pragma Holdings

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     8th February 2019 Investment holding company Reatile Group has acquired a 37.54% stake in enterprise asset and facilities management company Pragma; thereby enhancing Pragma’s potential international growth, while accelerating the organisation’s transformation agenda. Pragma CEO and founder Adriaan Scheeres... 

Collaboration to ensure better understanding of emission standards

8th February 2019 Oils and lubricants company Shell collaborates with a number of original equipment manufacturer (OEM) transport operators to understand the future vision of emission standards set by the manufacturers and various legislation, as well as taking into consideration the challenges that transport... 

Collaboration to ensure better understanding of emission standards
FUEL ECONOMY The field trials showed that lubricant selection had a significant impact on fuel economy in real-world driving conditions.

Total makes significant discovery off South Africa’s southern coast

By: Nadine James     7th February 2019 Petroleum company Total has made a significant gas condensate discovery on the Brulpadda prospects, located on Block 11B/12B in the Outeniqua Basin, the company announced on Thursday. Located 175 km off the southern coast of South Africa, the Brulpadda well encountered 57 m of net gas condensate... 

Total makes significant discovery off South Africa’s southern coast
Photo by Odfjell
Brulpadda drilling rig

Energy megaprojects on South Africa's radar as utility falters

By: Bloomberg     5th February 2019 South Africa is looking to spend-billions of rand to secure energy from megaprojects on the continent at a time when state power utility Eskom is broke and struggling to supply enough electricity. The government has signaled a willingness to buy 5 000 MW of power from a planned $18-billion... 

Anadarko signs long-term deal with CNOOC for Mozambique gas

By: Reuters     1st February 2019 Anadarko Petroleum Corp said on Friday a long-term agreement had been signed with the trading division of China's state-owned offshore oil and gas producer CNOOC to supply liquefied natural gas (LNG) from Mozambique. The deal will bring it one step closer to making a final investment decision for... 

Buses using natural gas to curb fuel costs

By: Halima Frost     1st February 2019 Since the initial introduction of natural gas vehicles (NGV) in South Africa, natural gas supplier CNG Holdings has successfully converted about 180 dual-fuel compressed natural gas- (CNG-) run buses for the City of Johannesburg (CoJ). This makes Johannesburg one of the first cities in... 

Buses using natural gas to curb fuel costs
GAS, NATURALLY Natural gas had been selected as a fuel of choice for global bus companies
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