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Anadarko wants armoured vehicles for Mozambique gas project

By: Bloomberg     1st February 2019 Anadarko Petroleum Corp wants a fleet of at least six vehicles with armor heavy enough to stop AK-47 bullets at its natural-gas project in Mozambique. And it needs them soon. The company called for expressions of interest from potential suppliers of so-called B6 specification vehicles, and also... 

Aurora takes an axe to Molopo valuation

By: Esmarie Iannucci     1st February 2019 Aurora Funds Management has again downgraded the valuation of its shareholding in ASX-listed Molopo Energy, following that company’s quarterly results for December. Aurora in September of last year announced that the fair value of its holding in Molopo had been reduced from 3.6c a share to 2.6c... 

Queensland unlocks new land for resource exploration

By: Esmarie Iannucci     1st February 2019 The Queensland government on Friday announced tenders for coal exploration in the Bowen and Surat basins, and for minerals exploration in the North West province. “Unlocking land for resource exploration - whether it is to uncover coal, gas or minerals - is vital to continuing resource... 

Biltong receives gas flush and packaging makeover

1st February 2019 South Africa’s unique and favourite snack, biltong, has received a packaging makeover from equipment manufacturer Safari-Vac, in partnership with modified atmospheric packaging (MAP) specialist Afrox. To give biltong a longer shelf life, industrially produced biltong can now be sold in MAP.... 

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... 

Biogas flowmeter introduced for variable compositions

1st February 2019 Industrial process instrumentation supplier Krohne announced the introduction of the new Optisonic 7300 Biogas ultrasonic flowmeter to the Southern African market in the last quarter of last year. The Optisonic 7300 Biogas is an ultrasonic flowmeter for low pressure biogas, landfill and sewage... 

Hydrogen energy facility, New Zealand

By: Sheila Barradas     1st February 2019 The project entails the construction of the first hydrogen production and refuelling facility at the Ports of Auckland's Waitematã port. 

Vinca waste-to-energy project, Serbia

By: Sheila Barradas     1st February 2019 Beo Cista Energija is building a waste-to-energy facility that will process residual municipal waste generated by 13 municipalities of the City of Belgrade, as well as construction and demolition waste generated in its territory. 

Invest in clean technology to counter the siege on the coal industry, Mantashe implores 

By: Kim Cloete     31st January 2019 The coal industry needs to counter the negative attitude towards the industry by investing in clean coal technology and funding research initiatives to find alternative markets for coal, says Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe. He told delegates at the opening of the fourteenth annual... 

India receives 145 bids for 25 small oil, natural gas fields at auction

By: Ajoy K Das     31st January 2019 The second round of auction of 25 discovered small fields (DSF) in the Indian oil and natural gas sector has received 145 bids from 39 investors, including six foreign companies, the sector regulator has reported. The Directorate General for Hydrocarbons (DGH) states that domestic oil and natural... 

Beach hikes FY production guidance after strong first half

By: Esmarie Iannucci     31st January 2019 Australian oil and gas major Beach Energy has revised its full year production expectations for 2019, after a better-than-expected first half. The ASX-listed company is expecting full-year production to reach between 28-million and 29-million barrels of oil equivalent, up from the previous... 

India to look at mining agreements during Argentine President's visit

By: Ajoy K Das     30th January 2019 India is preparing the groundwork to sign a slew of bilateral agreements with Argentina encompassing nuclear energy, and the mining of copper, lithium and cobalt during the visit of Argentine President Mauricio Marci, next month. The Argentine President will be leading a high-level business... 

Strong vanadium market underpins healthy cash flow for Bushveld

By: Simone Liedtke     30th January 2019 A strong vanadium market has ensured that Aim-listed Bushveld Minerals’ Vametco operation, which forms part of Bushveld’s vanadium platform, generated healthy cash flow, despite its operational performance falling below expectations during the fourth quarter ended December 31. Even though the... 

JOGMEC establishes Johannesburg Office as a base for natural resource development in Africa

30th January 2019 The Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation (JOGMEC) will be setting up an office in Johannesburg, South Africa on February 1, 2019, bringing the number of international JOGMEC offices to 14. “Recognising the immense potential which Africa has in supplying the world with natural resources,... 

Cummins Inc. Celebrates Centennial Year

30th January 2019 Cummins Inc. is celebrating its 100th year as a company throughout 2019. Cummins today, which is listed as a Fortune 150 company, employs around 60 000 people worldwide, and serves customers in nearly every country across the globe. Cummins products range from diesel and natural gas engines to... 

Group Five says pursues counter claims in aborted Kpone power project

By: African News Agency      30th January 2019 Construction engineering company Group Five said on Wednesday its legal team was still pursuing its contractual rights and entitlements for payment, including the recovery of damages and other claims, against Cenpower Generation Company over what it called the unlawful termination of the Kpone... 

Opinion: Will unbundling Eskom ensure a sustainable electricity system?  

By: Tobias Bischof-Niemz     30th January 2019 That Eskom needs to be restructured is no longer in question. In its current form, the organisation poses a systemic risk to the South African economy and is ‘too big to fail’. The real question is what form this restructuring should take. For sure, the generation assets need to be separated from... 

High-Precision Chemical Fingerprint Allows Unambiguous Identification

30th January 2019 EQ BOKU at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna uses high-tech approach to classification of 42 wines Numerous components of 42 different wines have been analysed using state-of-the-art equipment for the first time. The data generated will provide an extremely accurate... 

Jogmec to establish Johannesburg office as African base to meet Japan's natural resource needs

By: Simone Liedtke     29th January 2019 The Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation (Jogmec) will open an office in Johannesburg on February 1. This brings the number of international Jogmec offices to 14. 

Xstate teams up with Hillcrest in North American hunt

By: Esmarie Iannucci     29th January 2019 ASX-listed Xstate Resources has struck a deal with TSX-listed Hillcrest Petroleum to jointly hunt for oil and gas acquisitions onshore Canada and the US. Xstate told shareholders that the alliance will be the primary investment vehicle for material investments by either party in the North... 

NitraLife has it covered!

25th January 2019 Assists RSI SmartCanopy with on-site, on-demand nitrogen for premium-quality steel and paint finishes The success story of RSI SmartCanopy is a remarkable one. From a start-up which rubberised pick-up or 'bakkie' load bins, within just 11 years, the company has grown into a major manufacturer of... 

Shut-off valves suitable for gas and oil fuel lines

By: Thabi Madiba     25th January 2019 Valves, steam and combustion system solutions provider, Heaton Valves Africa (HVA) says the German designed and manufactured Albrecht safety quick shut-off valves are suitable for use on gas and oil fuel lines for burners in the local market. “These valves carry all the relevant certification,... 

Steam Generation in talks to expand on boiler distribution

By: Thabi Madiba     25th January 2019 Heat and energy generation equipment provider Steam Generation Africa says it is in talks with a small- to mid-range biomass boiler manufacturer to distribute into the South African and African markets this year. Owing to biomass being readily available and the possibility to produce it as a... 

Missing element

By: Terence Creamer     25th January 2019 It has taken nearly ten years – and counting – for South Africa to update its Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) for electricity. The draft document is currently wending its way though the final, excruciating stages of a revision process that has been under way since August. Some adjustments will be... 

HOSTILE CLIMATE

25th January 2019 When Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) –headquartered in San Francisco, California – filed for bankruptcy last week, some commentators suggested that the utility’s failure would potentially turn it into America’s poster child for climate-change dangers. Bloomberg reported that the cost of wildfires... 

Comperj Complex e-house, Brazil

By: Sheila Barradas     25th January 2019 Kerui Metodo Construção e Montagem aims to provide an e-house solution for the construction of a natural-gas processing unit. 

International Plastics Pipes Bodies Issue Advisory For Substandard Pipe Used In Oil, Gas And Other Fields

24th January 2019 The Southern African Plastic Pipe Manufacturers Association (SAPPMA) has added its voice to a recent warning about substandard high-density polyethylene (HDPE) pipes that do not comply with relevant product standards, issued by the Plastics Pipe Institute, Inc. (PPI) - the major North American... 

Opinion piece: Upcycling beats carbon tax, drives skills and B-BBEE compliance

24th January 2019 By Yasmine Miemiec, Executive Director at 5Inc Upcycling doesn’t just decrease waste and contribute to ‘zero to landfill’ initiatives, it’s also creating a new ecosystem that supports communities, enables skills growth and helps organisations in South Africa meet B-BBEE and Corporate Social... 

Santos books Q4 revenue of A$1bn

By: Esmarie Iannucci     24th January 2019 Oil and gas major Santos has reported record sales revenue for the three months to December, on the back of a 6% increase in production. Sales revenue during the December quarter reached more than A$1-billion, up 7% on the previous quarter, with Santos also reporting record quarterly liquefied... 

Gold, copper prices to rebound in 2019 – Fitch Solutions

By: Nadine James     23rd January 2019 Increased economic uncertainty and declining metal stocks are expected to drive gold and copper prices this year, Fitch Solutions commodities analyst Sabrin Chowdhury stated during a webcast on Wednesday. She noted that the expected rebound in gold was “already playing out” and that the price... 

Miners welcome Labour’s A$1bn hydrogen strategy

By: Esmarie Iannucci     23rd January 2019 The resources sector has welcomed the federal opposition’s A$1-billion hydrogen strategy, to fund hydrogen research and commercial development. Labour’s plan will see A$1-billion in funding from the Clean Energy Finance Corporation go towards supporting clean hydrogen development, with up to... 

PTM to raise $4m for Waterberg DFS

By: Marleny Arnoldi     23rd January 2019 TSX- and NYSE-listed Platinum Group Metals (PTM) intends to sell up to three-million common shares at $1.33 apiece for gross proceeds of up to $4-million. The company intends to use the proceeds for its share of remaining costs to complete a definitive feasibility study (DFS) on the Waterberg... 

Afrox invests R150m in state healthcare

22nd January 2019 Southern Africa’s leading gases supplier looking to expand filling facilities to meet demand of new contract Afrox is in full swing upgrading its service facilities at hospitals across South Africa as part of the company’s R150 million investment strategy to deliver on the state healthcare tender... 

GETI provides insights into talent environment for energy sectors

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     22nd January 2019 The third annual Global Energy Talent Index (GETI), the world’s largest energy recruitment and employment trends report, was released on Tuesday, and offered insights into five industry subsectors – oil and gas, renewables, power, nuclear and petrochemicals. The report, compiled by Airswift and... 

Africa's position as the world's hottest oil and gas frontier to be entrenched this year

By: African News Agency      22nd January 2019 The year ahead will be key for the advancement of new exploration and production development projects from West to East Africa in the hydrocarbons market, entrenching the continent’s position as the word’s hottest oil and gas frontier, the African Energy Chamber (AEC) has said. The year however... 

Afrox injects R150m into upgrading its facilities at State hospitals

By: Marleny Arnoldi     22nd January 2019 JSE-listed Afrox plans to invest more than R150-million at hospital sites in Mpumalanga, KwaZulu-Natal, the Free State and North West to upgrade the company’s service facilities, Afrox healthcare head Joseph Ramashala confirmed on Tuesday. This is part of the company’s investment strategy to... 

Gas flows from Van Gogh

By: Esmarie Iannucci     22nd January 2019 Oil and gas major Santos has produced first oil from its Van Gogh infill project, in the Exmouth Basin, offshore Western Australia, marking the completion of the two-well programme that is expected to increase production from the field. The Van Gogh field is one of three subsea field... 

Sheffield secures LNG for Thunderbird

By: Esmarie Iannucci     22nd January 2019 Mineral sands miner Sheffield Resources has struck a liquefied natural gas (LNG) supply agreement with ASX-listed Woodside Energy and Energy Developments (EDL) at is Thunderbird project, in Western Australia. The 15-year supply agreement will see Woodside and EDL deliver 1 950 TJ/y of LNG to the... 

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