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IEFCL fertiliser plant expansion, Nigeria

By: Sheila Barradas     21st September 2018 Indorama Eleme Fertilizer & Chemicals Limited plans to build a new fertiliser plant adjacent to its existing facility, which is now operating at full capacity. 

ACCC gives green light for A$13bn APA takeover

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     12th September 2018 The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) on Wednesday said that it would not oppose A$13-billion takeover of infrastructure group APA Group. The directors of the company in August unanimously recommended the A$11 a share takeover offer from a consortium led by CK Infrastructure... 

Riau gas-fired combined-cycle gas turbine power project, Indonesia

By: Sheila Barradas     31st August 2018 PT Medco Ratch Power Riau plans to build a baseload power plant with a capacity of 1 445 GWh/y. 

EAIF backs billion-dollar Nigeria fertiliser plant

By: Anine Kilian     22nd August 2018 The Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund (EAIF) on Wednesday announced the financial close of its 11-year $35-million loan to Indorama Eleme Fertiliser & Chemicals (IEFCL). The transaction is part of the financing of a $1.1-billion expansion of IEFCL’s existing fertiliser plant at Port Harcourt,... 

Santos taps possible PNG LNG source

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     8th August 2018 Australian oil and gas major Santos on Wednesday reported that drilling at its Barikewa-3 well, in Papua New Guinea (PNG), has confirmed that there was significant natural gas resource close to the PNG liquefied natural gas (LNG) project infrastructure, which could still be developed. The well... 

Finding common ground in the energy mix

20th July 2018 South Africa’s energy sector has been mired in controversy of late, leaving citizens in the dark as to where the country’s energy future is headed and what it will take to keep the lights on. Be it the delays in signing power purchase agreements for the renewables projects, the National Union of... 

Finding common ground in the energy mix

20th July 2018 South Africa’s energy sector has been mired in controversy of late, leaving citizens in the dark as to where the country’s energy future is headed and what it will take to keep the lights on. Be it the delays in signing power purchase agreements for the renewables projects, the National Union of... 

Key enviro assessment launched for SA gas and power networks

By: Nadine James     6th July 2018 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and the South African National Biodiversity Institute are undertaking a strategic environmental assessment (SEA) for the development of a phased gas pipeline network and the expansion of the electricity grid infrastructure (EGI) corridors.... 

South Africa to align energy plans with SADC gas master plan

By: Terence Creamer     26th June 2018 Energy Minister Jeff Radebe has promised greater alignment between South Africa’s energy plans, included the new Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) for electricity, with a regional gas master plan, which is currently under development within the the 16-country Southern African Development Community... 

Energy discussion must be resolved soonest to spur economic transformation – Dr Yves Guenon

By: Nadine James     8th June 2018 Certainty, particularly around South Africa’s future baseload energy supply must be achieved in the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP), in order to ensure supply security, which will, in turn, stimulate investment and economic transformation, Izibani consultancy founder and French South African... 

Radebe sees energy contributing $25bn to South Africa’s $100bn investment target

By: Terence Creamer     16th May 2018 Energy Minister Jeff Radebe says one-quarter, or $25-billion, of South Africa's newly announced five-year investment target of $100-billion could be met through investments in new energy projects, including a possible new greenfield crude oil refinery and a gas pipeline linking South Africa to... 

Barrick, Goldcorp to convert Pueblo Viejo power plant to natural gas

By: Henry Lazenby     14th May 2018 Barrick Gold and Goldcorp’s Pueblo Viejo Dominicana Corporation (PVDC), in the Dominican Republic, will convert the Quisqueya I power generation facility from heavy fuel oil (HFO) to natural gas, with the expectation of saving about $54/oz of gold produced over the remaining life of the... 

Rey buys Lennard Shelf, looks for partners

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     14th May 2018 ASX-listed junior Rey Resources has signed an agreement with fellow-listed Key Petroleum and Indigo Oil to acquire the Lennard Shelf blocks, in Western Australia. Lennard Shelf constitutes one exploration permit, one retention lease and one production licence covering some 1 145 km2 of land... 

Ajaokuta–Kaduna–Kano gas pipeline, Nigeria

By: Sheila Barradas     4th May 2018 The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation is building a 614-km-long, 40” gas pipeline and stations. 

BHP sells Minerva plant to Cooper Energy and partners

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     1st May 2018 ASX-listed Cooper Energy, in joint venture (JV) with AWE and Mitsui E&P Australia, has struck a deal with mining major BHP to acquire that company’s 90% interest in the Minerva gas plant, in Victoria. Cooper Energy, which already holds a 10% interest in the gas plant, would hold a 50% interest... 

Barossa LNG project advances to FEED phase – Santos

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     24th April 2018 Australian oil and gas major Santos and its joint venture (JV) partners have advanced the Barossa project to the front-end engineering and design (FEED) phase of development. FEED activities will involve engineering and commercial work, aimed at finalising the project’s technical detail, cost,... 

Kola project feasibility study progresses, due end Q2 or early Q3

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd April 2018 The definitive feasibility study (DFS) on potash exploration and development company Kore Potash’s Kola project, in the Republic of Congo, is 81% complete.  

Sustainable engineering and project services from WorleyParsons Mozambique Lda

26th February 2018 With East Africa emerging as a significant oil and gas region, WorleyParsons is seeing renewed interest in countries such as Mozambique. In recent years the company’s presence in the country has transformed from a project support office into a standalone business with the head office in Maputo... 

Growing domestic demand at heart of plan to create a million manufacturing jobs 

By: Terence Creamer     24th November 2017 The Manufacturing Circle released a plan on Friday outlining how South Africa could create a million jobs over a ten-year period through pursuing a series of reforms designed at stimulating demand for South African manufactured products and improving the investment climate. The 48-page document,... 

Former Rolls-Royce managers plead guilty to US bribery charges

By: Bloomberg     17th November 2017 Two former Rolls-Royce  executives pleaded guilty to US charges that they orchestrated international bribes at the engine maker for more than a decade. The cases, also involving three other individuals, focus on efforts to secure a $145-million contract to power a gas pipeline from Kazakhstan to... 

Australia's project pipeline strong despite end of mining boom

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     1st November 2017 Australia’s resources sector continues to contribute to investment in the Australian economy, despite the apparent end to the so-called mining boom. Advisory firm Deloitte Access Economics this week reported that the total value of projects in its Investment Monitor database rose by... 

APA completes Orbost buy

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     1st November 2017 Australian energy company Cooper Energy has completed the sale of the Orbost gas plant to fellow-listed APA Group. The two companies in June this year struck an agreement under which APA would spend some A$270-million to purchase and upgrade the Orbost gas processing plant, to process natural... 

Australia mulls a west-to-east gas pipeline to shore up east coast supply

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     30th October 2017 The federal government has commissioned a prefeasibility study (PFS) into to evaluate the potential of constructing a gas pipeline from Western Australian to the east coast gas market. Federal Environment and Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg said on Monday that the findings from the study might... 

TransCanada snuffs out Energy East, Eastern Mainline projects

By: Henry Lazenby     6th October 2017 TransCanada has pulled the plug on the Energy East and Eastern Mainline pipeline projects, the oil and gas infrastructure major revealed on Thursday. The TSX- and NYSE-listed oil and gas company said it will inform the National Energy Board (NEB) that it will no longer be proceeding with its... 

‘Virtual’ gas network expands offering to firms within 300 km of Joburg

By: Dylan Slater     6th October 2017 Through a rapidly expanding gas distribution network, gas supplier Virtual Gas Network is presenting the energy industry with lower energy costs and improved profitability, while also enabling energy producers and consumers to move towards meeting cleaner emissions targets.  

Northern gas pipeline project, Australia

By: Sheila Barradas     22nd September 2017 The first sod has been turned at the Northern gas pipeline project. 

First sod turned on A$800m Northern gas pipeline

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     14th September 2017 Queensland State Development and Natural Resources and Mines Minister Dr Anthony Lynham has turned the first sod at the A$800-million Northern gas pipeline. The 622-km pipeline, being developed by Jemena, will link Tennant Creek in the Northern Territory to Mount Isa, in Queensland, with first... 

TransCanada seeks 30-day suspension of Energy East, Eastern Mainline project applications

By: Henry Lazenby     8th September 2017 Oil and gas infrastructure company TransCanada said the viability of its Energy East pipeline and Eastern Mainline projects is in doubt after the Canadian National Energy Board (NEB) last month released a broader scope under which the environmental assessments (EAs) for the two projects will be... 

Offshore gas project to lift Cooper Energy gas output sixfold

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     29th August 2017 ASX-listed Cooper Energy on Tuesday announced a final investment decision (FID) for the A$533-million Sole gas project, offshore Victoria, after securing a fully underwritten finance package. The finance package includes a A$250-million senior secured bank debt facility underwritten by Australia... 

Infrastructure initiative garners support from nine African presidents

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st August 2017 Spearheaded by South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma, the Presidential Infrastructure Champion Initiative (PICI), aimed at accelerating regional trade and unlocking the economic potential of the continent, now has nine African presidents on board, with ten projects in the spotlight as Africa... 

Construction of A$800m NT gas pipeline kicks off

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     13th July 2017 Construction has started on the A$800-million Northern gas pipeline, in the Northern Territory, with Chief Minister Michael Gunner saying the project would create hundreds of jobs and underpin development in the region. The 622-km pipeline will link Tennant Creek in the Territory to Mount Isa,... 

Northern gas pipeline project, Australia

By: Sheila Barradas     30th June 2017 Jemena plans to build a pipeline that will connect the existing Amadeus gas pipeline in the Northern Territory to the existing Carpentaria gas pipeline, in Queensland. 

New Russia sanctions impact muted even as energy shares sag

By: Bloomberg     16th June 2017 For investors in Russia’s energy and metals sectors, the US Senate’s bill to expand sanctions was a blow. Whether it will hurt Russian companies targeted by the legislation is less certain. The Senate bill proposes adding restrictions to banks’ and energy companies’ ability to raise capital, and... 

Upgrades in pipeline for valve manufacturing facility

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th May 2017 Since valves manufacturer AVK Southern Africa’s (AVK SA’s) acquisition of valves manufacturer Gunric in December last year, AVK has taken full control of Gunric’s manufacturing facility in Robertville, Gauteng.  

Eastern Cape sets sights on becoming Africa’s leading fuel bunkering centre

By: Mia Breytenbach     12th May 2017 Following the successful introduction of a deep-sea bunkering service off the coast of  Port Elizabeth, in the Eastern Cape, the province has set itself the target of being the leading bunkering stopover in Africa, states Eastern Cape MEC for Rural Development and Agrarian Reform Mlibo... 

Sasol says relations with Moz in ‘good space’ as new oil-find notice is issued 

By: Terence Creamer     27th February 2017 Sasol joint president and CEO Stephen Cornell has described the group’s relations with the Mozambique government as being in a “good space”, despite the country’s current fiscal difficulties, as well as periodic criticism that the country is not benefiting fully from the South African energy and... 

Legislation to unlock South Africa’s unrealised gas potential Gas offers game-changing opportunity to reinvent growth 

27th January 2017 “South Africa presents a strong case for the development of an integrated gas industry - covering the exploration, production and beneficiation of gas - with huge potential for energy supply diversification, broader industrialisation and job creation,” says Khwezi Tiya, Head, Oil and Gas South... 

BC agrees Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion meets 5 prerequisites

By: Henry Lazenby     12th January 2017 British Columbia has issued an environment assessment certificate for Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain Expansion project, adding its own 37 specific conditions. These conditions are based on the National Energy Board's (NEB's) project report on May 19, 2016, recommending to the federal government... 

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