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CEF's Sapref refinery purchase raises clean-up concern
27th May 2024 By: Bloomberg

South Africa’s purchase of the nation’s largest refinery from Shell and BP for a symbolic R1 will transfer the environmental liability of the site to the government, according to a local advocacy... 


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bp, Shell agree to sell Sapref land, associated assets to the CEF
27th May 2024 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

Following successful negotiations, bp Southern Africa and Shell Downstream South Africa (SDSA) have reached an agreement for the sale of their respective 50% ownership of assets located at the... 


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Adnoc, Aramco said to mull bids for Shell South Africa assets
24th May 2024 By: Bloomberg

Abu Dhabi National Oil and Saudi Arabia’s state oil producer Aramco are among companies weighing bids for Shell’s downstream assets in South Africa, according to people familiar with the matter.... 


Australian natural gas industry seeks policy repairs to boost investment
24th May 2024 By: Reuters

Australia's natural gas industry executives are seeking more measures to restore an investment environment they say has been damaged by a series of state interventions to boost domestic supply and... 


Fortescue excluded from world’s biggest hydropower plant development
22nd May 2024 By: Bloomberg

A company owned by Australian mining billionaire Andrew Forrest will no longer develop the world’s biggest hydropower project in Democratic Republic of Congo, according to President Felix... 


The great business retreat
17th May 2024 By: Martin Zhuwakinyu

The announcement last week by oil giant Shell that it is to divest from downstream operations in South Africa seems to have been a godsend to the political opposition, which did not waste time in... 


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South Africa must create a business-friendly environment to attract foreign investment
13th May 2024 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

Business organisation Business Leadership South Africa CEO Busiswe Mavuso writes in her latest weekly newsletter that the withdrawal of foreign investment seems to be “dominating” at present. She... 


South Africa may curb Shell’s oil exploration over gas-pump exit
10th May 2024 By: Bloomberg

South Africa’s energy ministry signaled it may grant fewer oil exploration permits to Shell over the company’s plans to exit the nation’s fuel-supply business. The oil major is selling its... 


Helium block at the Virginia gas project
Virginia gas project, South Africa – update
10th May 2024 By: Sheila Barradas

Renergen can now liquify helium in batches from its wells at the Virginia gas project. 


Shell to exit South Africa's downstream businesses
6th May 2024 By: Reuters

Oil major Shell will divest its majority shareholding from a local South African downstream unit after a comprehensive review of its businesses across all regions, it said on Monday. "As a result... 


Canada's long-delayed Trans Mountain oil pipeline starts operations
Canada's long-delayed Trans Mountain oil pipeline starts operations
2nd May 2024 By: Reuters

After 12 years and C$34-billion, Canada's Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project (TMX) began commercial operations on Wednesday, a major milestone expected to transform access to global markets... 


Baker Hughes builds first Namibian mud plant as exploration surges
2nd May 2024 By: Reuters

Energy technology company Baker Hughes will construct a new liquid mud plant, and a separate assembly, maintenance and repair base at Namibia's Walvis Bay to cater to booming offshore exploration... 


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NBI launches pragmatic Just Energy Transition Skilling for Employment Programme
30th April 2024 By: Marleny Arnoldi

With skills having been identified as a key cross-cutting requirement for the Just Energy Transition Implementation Plan (JET-IP), the National Business Initiative (NBI), together with the... 


Fiona Grant - Consultant at Africa Risk Consulting
What’s holding back Tanzania’s recovery?
26th April 2024 By: Creamer Media Reporter

What’s holding back Tanzania’s economic recovery? The World Bank states that Tanzania has benefited from “strong macro fundamentals” and emerged from the Covid-19 pandemic and resulting global... 


Drill rig at the Doropo project
Doropo gold project, Côte d'Ivoire – update
26th April 2024 By: Sheila Barradas

Centamin has allocated $14-million to complete the Doropo definitive feasibility study. 


Infinium founder and CEO Robert Schuetzle.
New boost for platinum group metals may arise from emerging eFuel scale-up
19th April 2024 By: Martin Creamer

The emerging use of electrofuel (eFuel) as an interchangeable substitute for petrol, diesel and aviation fuel has the potential to create important new demand for Southern Africa’s platinum group... 


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West Kenya gold project, Kenya – update
19th April 2024 By: Sheila Barradas

Shanta Gold has reported “encouraging results” in an exploration update. 


Centamin CEO Martin Horgan
Centamin confident of increasing production in the quarters ahead
18th April 2024 By: Sabrina Jardim

LSE- and TSX-listed gold miner Centamin reports that the scheduled processing of lower-grade ore from the Sukari openpit, alongside the planned underground ventilation upgrades and mill maintenance... 


Standard Bank head of Southern Africa’s oil and gas coverage Paul Eardley-Taylor
South Africa needs 13 GW of gas-to-power capacity – more than the IRP envisions
17th April 2024 By: Darren Parker

Standard Bank head of Southern Africa’s oil and gas coverage Paul Eardley-Taylor has suggested that South Africa needs 13 GW of gas-to-power (GtP) capacity, rather than the 7.2 GW to 8.6 GW... 


Namibia sees final investment decision on oil find by end 2024
17th April 2024 By: Reuters

Namibia will invest a big chunk of any revenue it gets from a potentially massive oil discovery into a sovereign wealth fund, and expects to learn if the find is commercially viable later this... 


Shanta CEO Eric Zurrin
Shanta reveals ‘encouraging results’ for West Kenya exploration project
16th April 2024 By: Darren Parker

Aim-listed gold producer Shanta Gold has revealed “encouraging results” in an exploration update for the West Kenya project, in Kenya, for the fourth quarter of last year and the first quarter of... 


A building with an Opec sign
Opec woos Namibia as African nation prepares to produce from 2030
16th April 2024 By: Reuters

The OPEC+ oil producers group, having lost Angola and other players in recent years, is eyeing Namibia for possible membership as it sets up what could be Africa’s fourth-largest output by the next... 


Infographic of the flowsheet for the NortH2 project
NortH2, Netherlands
12th April 2024

The project will abate eight to ten-million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions. 


Jeremy Weir
Succession drama grips commodity trading’s billionaire factories
8th April 2024 By: Bloomberg

Trafigura Group has fired the starting gun on an era of upheaval at the top of the commodity trading world, with some of the biggest players preparing a new generation of leaders at a moment of... 


Elandfontein project
Elandsfontein phosphate project, South Africa – update
5th April 2024 By: Sheila Barradas

Kropz is ramping up to steady-state production. 


Image of Virginia gas project at night
Virginia gas project, South Africa – update
5th April 2024 By: Sheila Barradas

Renergen has reached the final stages of its helium system integration. 


fossil fuel emissions
88% of global fossil fuel, cement CO2 emissions linked to 117 producers
4th April 2024 By: Darren Parker

A new report, released on April 4 by InfluenceMap using the Carbon Majors database, shows that 88% of global carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from fossil fuels and cement from 2016 through 2022 can... 


Four sites have been selected for a solar PV pilot project, after which solar PV will be rolled out to all bpSA-owned sites
Energy major gears up to roll out solar across retail sites as it marks South African centenary
28th March 2024 By: Terence Creamer

Energy group bp Southern Africa (bpSA) has set the expansion of its service station network in South Africa as a key priority as it moves to mark its centenary in a country where it first began... 


Oil and gas rig
Enviro groups approach High Court over TotalEnergies Cape coast drilling plans
26th March 2024 By: Marleny Arnoldi

Environmental organisations The Green Connection (TGC) and Natural Justice have submitted an application in the High Court against the environmental authorisation granted to TotalEnergies... 


A picture of Shell Downstream South Africa learning and development manager Kefilwe Maseko stood in front of a Shell banner by a school blackboard
Programme targets underprivileged youth
15th March 2024 By: Halima Frost

Commercial fuels, lubricants and oils retailer Shell Downstream South Africa has invested over R30-million in its science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) bursary programme to help... 


Fuel pumps being held by a mans hand
Industry body condemns fuel adulteration
15th March 2024

Industry body the South African Petroleum Industry Association (Sapia) has affirmed in a statement released in January that it condemns the adulteration of diesel with illuminating paraffin. It... 


Image of CO2 storage
Porthos CO2 transport and storage project, the Netherlands
15th March 2024 By: Sheila Barradas

The project will provide transport and storage services for several companies, including Air Liquide, Air Products, ExxonMobil and Shell, in the Port of Rotterdam. 


Navigating the supply chain for Scope 3 emissions
Navigating the supply chain for Scope 3 emissions
13th March 2024

By Ben Selier, Vice President, Secure Power, Anglophone Africa at Schneider Electric It is encouraging to note that datacentres across the globe are taking proactive steps to incorporate renewable... 


WearCheck’s technical manager, Steven Lumley
SLIDING THROUGH TIME: Lubrication from stone age to modern age
19th February 2024

In part one of Lubrication from Stone Age to Modern Age (WearCheck Technical Bulletin 88), we slid through 5,000 years of lubrication history and left off at the end of the age of enlightenment in... 


Two hands holding an ore with gold flakes in it
Explorer issues tenders for project drilling
16th February 2024

As it looks to progress the development of its Adumbi project, Canadian gold exploration company Loncor sent drilling tenders to a number of drilling companies to bid on a 11 000 m deep drilling... 


Energy Minister Jonathan Wilkinson
Risk of stranded LNG assets is 'real', Canada’s Wilkinson says
14th February 2024 By: Bloomberg

The US decision to pause approvals of new licenses to export liquefied natural gas is welcome, and there are “real” risks that some infrastructure will end up stranded, Canada’s Energy Minister... 


Africa’s biggest oil and gas finds are doing little for economies at home
12th February 2024 By: Bloomberg

The last thing Senegal needed in its long-drawn-out effort to capitalize on large oil and gas finds off its coast was political turmoil. Africa’s newest natural gas superstar had bubbled with... 


Shell new country chair reaffirms commitment to mining
Shell new country chair reaffirms commitment to mining
5th February 2024

Mining Weekly talks to newly appointed Shell Downstream South Africa country chair for South Africa Aluwani Museisi on the first day of the Investing in African Mining Indaba. Museisi succeeds... 


Shell committed to support sustainable mining
Shell committed to support sustainable mining
5th February 2024 By: Tracy Hancock

Oil and gas company Shell is showcasing and recommitting its support to sustainable mining through its products and solutions that help customers achieve their performance and profitability... 


Image of FPSO facility
Mero floating production storage and offloading project – Libra block, Brazil – update
2nd February 2024 By: Sheila Barradas

Production has started at the second development phase in the Mero field. 


Canada Energy Minister sees opportunity in US pause on LNG
31st January 2024 By: Bloomberg

US President Joe Biden’s decision to pause approvals of new licenses to export liquefied natural gas will create opportunity for Canada’s sector, Energy Minister Jonathan Wilkinson said Tuesday.... 


Image of the Elandsfontein operations at night
Elandsfontein phosphate project, South Africa – update
26th January 2024 By: Sheila Barradas

Kropz has made the final drawdown of R52-million pertaining to a bridge loan facility to meet the immediate cash requirements of the project. 


Iron-ore being loaded onto a ship
Red sea attacks push BHP to divert some shipping via African coast
25th January 2024 By: Reuters

Australian mining giant BHP Group said on Thursday that the Red Sea disruptions are forcing some of its freight service providers to take alternative routes, such as Africa's Cape of Good Hope,... 


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