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Retaining refining capacity could pose long-term risks for South Africa
8th April 2022 By: Darren Parker

South Africa’s oil refining capacity has always been rather small when considered on a global scale, but there was some sense of national pride and of security in knowing that the country could... 


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Virginia gas project, South Africa – update
8th April 2022 By: Sheila Barradas

Renergen’s first phase liquefied natural gas and liquid helium plant is almost complete, and will be operational in several weeks. 


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Retaining refining capacity could pose long-term risks for South Africa
8th April 2022 By: Darren Parker

South Africa’s oil refining capacity has always been rather small when considered on a global scale, but there was some sense of national pride and of security in knowing that the country could... 


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H2 Mobility receives €110m to expand European hydrogen fuelling network
1st April 2022 By: Irma Venter

Mobility fuelling station network H2 Mobility Germany has secured €110-million in funding from Hy24, the world’s largest clean hydrogen infrastructure investment platform, as well as its seven... 


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Prieska copper/zinc project, South Africa – update
1st April 2022 By: Sheila Barradas

A bankable feasibility study has confirmed the potential of Prieska to underpin a significant near-term, low-cost, copper/zinc development project, with exceptional opportunities for future growth. 


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Virginia gas project, South Africa – update
1st April 2022 By: Sheila Barradas

Renergen announced on March 28 that the State-owned Central Energy Fund would acquire a 10% interest in its Tetra4 subsidiary for R1-billion. 


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West Kenya gold project, Kenya – update
1st April 2022 By: Sheila Barradas

Shanta Gold has announced an upgraded mineral resource estimate for the West Kenya project. 


BHP prepares for fresh battle against $6.6bn Brazil dam lawsuit
31st March 2022 By: Reuters

Anglo-Australian mining giant BHP is preparing to battle a resurrected £5-billion ($6.6-billion) lawsuit in London's Court of Appeal next week, launched by around 200 000 Brazilians over a... 


"One Size Fits All" HMI Platform for ATEX and IECEx Zone 2/22 and Non-Ex Areas
30th March 2022

Pepperl+Fuchs has added a new range to its successful modular VisuNet series. With the new VisuNet FLX, the clue is in the name—FLX stands for flexibility, with a modular system that can be... 


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Elandsfontein phosphate project, South Africa – update
25th March 2022 By: Sheila Barradas

Kropz has achieved its first production of phosphate rock concentrate from its Elandsfontein operation. 


Suncor’s troubled mining unit gains new leader from LNG Canada
23rd March 2022 By: Bloomberg

Suncor Energy tapped LNG Canada CEO Peter Zebedee to head its mining and upgrading operations as the oil sands producer grapples with a series of fatal accidents. Zebedee will join Suncor as... 


NOPSEMA approves Prelude restart
21st March 2022 By: Esmarie Iannucci

The National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority (NOPSEMA) has cleared energy major Shell to resume operations at its Prelude floating liquefied natural gas (LNG)... 


Clarity needed on supply, energy plan
18th March 2022 By: Cameron Mackay

Local industry stakeholders need clarity on how the decision by multinational companies Shell and BP’s South African Petroleum Refineries (Sapref) to freeze spending and pause refinery operations... 


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Richards Bay combined-cycle power plant, South Africa – update
18th March 2022 By: Sheila Barradas

Environmental groups the South Durban Community Environmental Alliance and groundWork have been notified that their case, challenging the environmental authorisation by the Department of Forestry,... 


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Virginia gas project, South Africa – update
18th March 2022 By: Sheila Barradas

Ivanhoe Mines has invested R200.6-million ($13.3-million) in Renergen. 


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Akkuyu nuclear power plant project, Turkey – update
11th March 2022 By: Sheila Barradas

Installation of the main equipment within the reactor building of Unit 1 of the Akkuyu NPP has been completed. 


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Elandsfontein phosphate project, South Africa – update
11th March 2022 By: Sheila Barradas

Kropz has made another quarterly drawdown request under one of its equity facilities with major shareholder African Rainbow Capital Fund. 


Environmental groups opposed to Richards Bay gas power plant get High Court date
10th March 2022 By: Schalk Burger

Environmental organisations the South Durban Community Environmental Alliance (SDCEA) and groundWork have been notified that their case challenging the environmental authorisation by the Department... 


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Hillside Aluminium calls for refractory service providers for carbon, reduction departments and casthouse services
10th March 2022 By: Schalk Burger

The Hillside Aluminium smelter, in Richards Bay, KwaZulu-Natal, has called for expressions of interest from refractory services companies to render furnace repairs and maintenance, ladle and... 


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At current oil prices, petrol and diesel are due for massive hikes in April
9th March 2022 By: News24Wire

According to the latest data from the Central Energy Fund, petrol and diesel prices currently look set for large increases in the first week of April. Local fuel prices are determined by... 


Mantashe backs oil, gas hunt despite opposition
8th March 2022 By: Bloomberg

South Africa’s energy minister is adamant that the nation must forge ahead with offshore oil and gas exploration, despite recent legal setbacks to the development of the resources. Environmental... 


Appea backs CCS study in WA
8th March 2022 By: Esmarie Iannucci

The Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association (Appea) is backing a new study by the Western Australian LNG Jobs Taskforce into opportunities for carbon capture, utilisation and... 


Vivo confirms Mittelman’s appointment as CEO
4th March 2022 By: Marleny Arnoldi

London-headquartered downstream petroleum company Vivo Energy has appointed CEO-designate Stan Mittelman to the official position of CEO effective March 3. He succeeds Christian Chammas, who... 


Mining companies may pause growth plans amid Ukraine war, inflation
Mining companies may pause growth plans amid Ukraine war, inflation
4th March 2022 By: Reuters

Flush with cash after bumper earnings, mining companies straddle a delicate balancing act as they benefit from soaring commodity prices amid the Ukraine-Russia crisis but also potentially face high... 


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West Kenya gold project, Kenya – update
4th March 2022 By: Sheila Barradas

Shanta Gold has discovered new high-grade resources at its West Kenya project.  


Glencore reviews equity stakes in Russian companies En+ and Rosneft
2nd March 2022 By: Reuters

Miner and trader Glencore said on Tuesday it is reviewing all its business activities in Russia including equity stakes in aluminium and hydropower group En+ Group and oil giant Rosneft. The... 


As BP and Shell leave Russia, these companies still have stakes
1st March 2022 By: Bloomberg

The invasion of Ukraine has prompted oil giant BP and Shell to quit Russia in a historic move that will bring billions of dollars of impairments. Now the pressure is building on others to follow... 


Using wolves to guard sheep
25th February 2022 By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy

We have seen some interesting developments in the past year. Actually, that’s not true at all; we’ve seen some horrifying developments. I think every South African acknowledges that we live in a... 


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Tabakoroni gold project, Mali – update
25th February 2022 By: Sheila Barradas

Resolute Mining has announced a 40% increase in the gold resource at its Tabakoroni gold project. 


TotalEnergies makes large oil discovery off Namibia
24th February 2022 By: Reuters

Operator TotalEnergies has made a significant discovery of light oil and associated gas off the coast of Namibia, the company said on Thursday. Two sources earlier told Reuters about the large... 


LED lighting solution for Shell service station
21st February 2022

BEKA Schréder has supplied the LED lighting solution for the Shell service station located on the busy Bottelary Road just off the R300 in Brackenfell, Cape Town. Shell Brackengate @R300 is a newly... 


Noncontact temperature measurement vital for cement industry
18th February 2022 By: Claire O'Reilly

Industrial infrared sensors and systems for noncontact temperature measurement are vital to the cement industry and can be employed throughout a plant for process monitoring and predictive... 


Politics and electricity
18th February 2022 By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy

Our Mineral Resources and Energy Minister, Gwede Mantashe, has come out swinging with pronouncements that the future of South Africa’s energy supplies is based on natural gas. On December 14, just... 


Resolute announces 40% increase in Tabakoroni gold resource
17th February 2022 By: Darren Parker

Resolute Mining has announced a 40% increase in the gold resource at its Tabakoroni gold project, in Mali, saying it confirms the potential for a new openpit or underground gold mine. The updated... 


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Shell, Mantashe lose court bid challenging Wild Coast seismic survey interdict
17th February 2022 By: News24Wire

The High Court in Makhanda has dismissed Shell and Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe's application for leave to appeal a ruling that temporarily halted a seismic survey off the... 


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Mantashe confirms some RMIPPPP projects won’t close, outlines six-monthly renewables procurement tempo
15th February 2022 By: Terence Creamer

Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe confirmed on Tuesday that not all of the 11 Risk Mitigation Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (RMIPPPP) preferred bidders would... 


Lubricant company leads global market
11th February 2022 By: Cameron Mackay

Last year global lubricant company Shell retained its status as the leading global supplier of finished lubricants for a fifteenth consecutive year, according to the nineteenth edition of... 


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Prieska copper/zinc project, South Africa – update
11th February 2022 By: Sheila Barradas

Market researcher S2 Research has published an updated valuation for Orion Minerals at R1.16, or A$0.11, a share, compared with its current share price valuations of R0.34, or A$0.03. 


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Virginia gas project, South Africa – update
11th February 2022 By: Sheila Barradas

Renergen has concluded a liquefied natural gas supply agreement with Italtile subsidiary Ceramic Industries. 


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Sapref to halt operations by end-March
10th February 2022 By: Darren Parker

Shell and BP South African Petroleum Refineries (Sapref) announced on February 10 that it would freeze spending and pause refinery operations by the end of March. Established in 1963, Sapref was... 


GasFields Commission steps into Surat gas fight
10th February 2022 By: Esmarie Iannucci

The GasFields Commission Queensland has stepped into the Surat gas project melee, calling on all stakeholders involved to urgently act to resolve ongoing coexistence issues emanating from Arrow... 


BHP welcomes new board member
10th February 2022 By: Esmarie Iannucci

Diversified miner BHP has appointed Catherine Tanna as an independent nonexecutive director with effect from April 4. Tanna has more than 30 years’ experience in the resources sector and was the... 


Shell to invest further in Qld gas
9th February 2022 By: Esmarie Iannucci

Oil and gas giant Shell’s QBC business, along with its joint venture partners CNOOC and Tokyo Gas, have announced plans to develop the next phase of onshore natural gas in Queensland, to supply... 


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