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Rail to form backbone of South African transport, mobility by 2050

By: Simone Liedtke     11th October 2018 The draft White Paper on National Rail Policy is expected to be completed by the end of this year, with the legislative process only expected to begin post the 2019 national elections. The promulgation of the draft White Paper will be the first instance in which government will be giving the... 

Evicted Kenyans demand compensation after mining firm exits

By: Reuters     11th October 2018 Nathaniel Tumo was astounded when an excavator arrived at his farm in western Kenya four years ago and started digging for minerals, almost bringing down his house. "They started blasting a few metres away and the stones fell on my house," said Tumo, 62, his breath laboured from living alongside... 

DMR accepts Waterberg mining right application – PTM

By: Marleny Arnoldi     10th October 2018 The Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) has accepted TSX- and NYSE-listed Platinum Group Metals’ (PTM’s) mining right application for the large-scale Waterberg platinum group metals (PGMs) project. The application comprises a mining work programme, social and labour plan, and associated... 

Shell to drill 250 new wells at Queensland venture

By: Esmarie Iannucci     10th October 2018 Energy major Shell has announced plans to produce more gas from its QGC joint venture, in the Western Downs region of Queensland. Under the Goog-a-binge project, Shell will progressively drill 250 new wells during 2019 and 2020, which will connect the existing QGC gas processing plants and bring... 

Govt urged to include IRP adjustment that steers renewables jobs the way of coal regions 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      10th October 2018 South Africa should consider including a policy adjustment in its upcoming Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) directing developers of new renewable-energy infrastructure to build projects in regions currently geared towards coal mining and coal-fired electricity production. University of Johannesburg... 

Africa needs to invest more in infrastructure to meet Agenda 2063 goals

By: Marleny Arnoldi     9th October 2018 For Africa to reach its Agenda 2063 goals, the necessary infrastructure needs to be in place, especially to support Africa’s accelerated integration and growth, technological transformation, trade and development. This will include high-speed railway networks, roads, shipping lines, sea and air... 

Kibo completes acquisition of 60% interest in MED

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     9th October 2018 Africa-focused energy company Kibo Energy has completed the acquisition of a 60% equity interest in Mast Energy Developments (MED), a private UK registered company targeting the development and operation of flexible power plants to service the reserve power generation market. MED’s business... 

Mozambique signs oil exploration agreements with Exxon, Rosneft

By: Reuters     9th October 2018 The Mozambican government said on Monday it had signed oil exploration agreements with US energy firm Exxon Mobil and Russia's Rosneft. Mozambique's National Petroleum Institute, an energy regulator in the southern African country, said the government was preparing to sign similar agreements with... 

Technology cost assumptions used to produce IRP explained 

By: Terence Creamer     9th October 2018 An experienced electricity system modeller has corrected a suggestion that the draft 2018 Integrated Resource Plan (IRP 2018) uses levelised cost assumptions for the various generation technologies tested, explaining that overnight capital cost assumptions for each technology are key inputs. The... 

SA HIPPO goes big at the 2018 SASSDA Awards

By: Creamer Media Reporter      9th October 2018 Introduction In view of the success of the HIPPO Slurry pump and pumping systems range HAZLETON PUMPS® has entered into six of the categories for 2018 SASSDA awards; namely: 

Climate crisis spurs UN call for $2.4tn fossil fuel shift  

By: Bloomberg     8th October 2018 The world must invest $2.4-trillion in clean energy every year through 2035 and cut the use of coal-fired power to almost nothing by 2050 to avoid catastrophic damage from climate change, according to scientists convened by the United Nations. Their report published Monday adds pressure on... 

India to auction 102 mineral blocks in next six months

By: Ajoy K Das     8th October 2018 In one of the most aggressive moves yet to monetise natural resources, India’s Mines Ministry is pushing to auction 102 mineral blocks in the next six months of current financial year. The Ministry’s new thrust to complete the auctions by March 31, 2019 can be gauged from the fact that since... 

Technologies listed in IRP may be used as ‘proxies’ for equivalent solutions

By: Terence Creamer     5th October 2018 The Department of Energy (DoE) may consider using the generation technologies listed in the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) as “proxies” for other technologies that are able to deliver an equivalent solution to the power system at the same cost. Speaking at a stakeholder workshop hosted by the... 

Balking miners jeopardise $2.8bn Mozambican coal rail

By: Bloomberg     5th October 2018 A plan to develop a $2.8-billion railway and port to ferry coal in Mozambique may collapse because miners are balking, according to the man trying to build it. Failing to get the project off the ground would deprive the southern African country of a source of revenue it’s come to rely on as it... 

Dr Con Fauconnier latest inductee in South African Mining Hall of Fame 

By: Simone Liedtke     5th October 2018 Dr Con Fauconnier was inducted into the Joburg Indaba’s South African Mining Hall of Fame, this week.   

Petrochemicals becoming largest driver of global oil demand – IEA

By: Simone Liedtke     5th October 2018 Petrochemicals are becoming the largest drivers of global oil demand, ahead of cars, planes and trucks, a study undertaken by the International Energy Agency (IEA) has revealed. Petrochemicals, which are components derived from oil and gas that are used in all sorts of daily products such as... 

Atlas Copco’s DrillAir compressor technology – why have two when one will do!

5th October 2018 Atlas Copco’s rugged and flexible DrillAir compressor range has been scientifically designed around pressure and flow to offer a superior quality compressed air solution for a wide range of high capacity drilling applications. The DrillAir range which includes the XATS 1200, XAVS 1000, V900,... 

Beach sells 40% in Victorian Otway for A$344m

By: Esmarie Iannucci     5th October 2018 Australian energy company Beach Energy has struck a deal with O.G Energy to sell 40% of its Victorian Otway assets for A$344-million in cash. The Otway parcel includes the Otway gas plant, the existing Geographe, Thylacine, Hallandale, Speculant and Black Watch gas fields, as well as exploration... 

EU's biggest coal-mining nation plans output hike to cut imports

By: Bloomberg     5th October 2018 The biggest coal producer in the European Union plans to boost output of the dirty fuel by about 10% in the next several years to cut down on imports, which are set to jump to a record this year, according to the Polish government. The country, which saw its thermal coal output slumping 7% to... 

Pumps offer safe bolting solutions to industries

By: Thabi Madiba     5th October 2018 With several drill ready prospects and potential for more discoveries in the oil and gas industry, hydraulic tools and bolting equipment manufacturer and supplier Hi-Force states that the South African market is constantly in need of new technologies and solutions to support growth. The TPA and... 

Economic stimulus and recovery plan

By: Riaan de Lange     5th October 2018 It is said that there are only three kinds of people in the world: those who can count and those who cannot. The stimulus and recovery plan has sevral broad parts: implementation of growth-enhancing economic reforms, reprioritisation of public spending to support job creation, the establishment... 

Company ensures safety and quality in its offering

By: Zandile Mavuso     5th October 2018 Investment into quality work apparel could lead to higher productivity and can prove to be beneficial to companies as it lasts longer and provides more protection for the workforce, says work apparel manufacturer and supplier Sweet Orr. Sweet Orr places continued emphasis on innovation, research... 

West Qurna Phase 2 oilfield, Iraq

By: Sheila Barradas     5th October 2018 LUKOIL Mid-East is developing Phase 2 of the West Qurna oilfield, which has been divided into three phases. 

We are rooting out State capture, corruption to save and create jobs - Ramaphosa 

By: African News Agency      4th October 2018 President Cyril Ramaphosa on Thursday said his government was determined to eliminate the capture of the State and its organs through corruption which he said was one of the greatest barriers to investment and job creation in South Africa. "One of the greatest barriers to investment, growth and... 

Necsa hopeful that radioisotope production will restart soon

By: Rebecca Campbell     4th October 2018 South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) CEO Phumzile Tshelane told “Engineering News Online” on Thursday that it was hoped that production at its subsidiary NTP Radioisotopes would restart in the near future. Operations at NTP were shut down in June following a breach in safety... 

Coal reaching $100/t in Europe boosts greener alternatives

By: Bloomberg     4th October 2018 Coal’s push to $100/t in Europe may benefit the greenest energy providers more than it does for miners. Companies that provide alternatives ranging from renewable power plants to natural gas turbines are expecting a lift after the commodity reached a five-year high. Far from spurring a revival... 

Shell LNG, trade deal no help to stalled Trans Mountain pipeline

By: Bloomberg     4th October 2018 Royal Dutch Shell’s commitment to invest in the largest private-sector project in Canada’s history and a new trade deal with the US and Mexico show the country is open for business again. But neither are likely to help Trans Mountain, the troubled oil pipeline project that has epitomized the... 

IRP 2018 suffers from major errors, affirms nuclear analyst 

By: Rebecca Campbell     3rd October 2018 South Africa's Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) 2018 contained serious flaws which significantly undermined confidence in its recommendations. So affirmed University of the Witwatersrand Honorary Research Fellow and South African Network for Nuclear Education, Science and Technology National... 

New Wärtsilä power plant will support industry development in Equatorial Guinea

3rd October 2018 The technology group Wärtsilä was awarded a 38 MW power plant project by the EPC company Groupement TEC-IEE in Equatorial Guinea. The project is sponsored by the Ministry of Hydrocarbons with the intention to boost the development of local industry. The order was booked in Q3 2018. A 24 MW... 

Mazda to deploy electrification in all of its production vehicles by 2030

By: Irma Venter     3rd October 2018 Mazda will deploy some form of electrification in all of its production vehicles by 2030. The Japanese car maker expects internal combustion engines, combined with some form of electrification, such as plug-in hybrids, to account for 95% of the vehicles it produces by 2030, and battery electric... 

Peabody reports good news in Queensland

By: Esmarie Iannucci     3rd October 2018 Coal miner Peabody Energy on Wednesday reported that the initial steps to extinguish the fire at its North Goonyella mine, in Queensland, appeared to be delivering results, with either steam or white smoke emanating from only one mine shaft. The company at the start of this week started... 

Bedfordview’s new high-rise apartment building nearly sold out

3rd October 2018 With occupation expected in March 2019, the finishing touches are being put to Infinité, Bedfordview’s stylish new, high-rise residential development which has risen out the ground in a prime location opposite Eastgate shopping centre in Johannesburg. Following a rapid sell-out of all 100 units... 

Panoro partners with Jogmec in Peru

By: Creamer Media Reporter      3rd October 2018 Copper explorer Panoro Minerals has a new joint venture partner in Peru, with Japan Oil, gas and Metals National Corporation (Jogmec) entering an agreement to earn up to 60% indirect interest in the Humamantata property, in Peru. In terms of the option, Jogmec invest $8-million in the... 

Trudeau backs LNG Canada against threat of steel duties

By: Bloomberg     3rd October 2018 Prime Minister Justin Trudeau assured Royal Dutch Shell’s newly sanctioned $31-billion liquefied natural gas project that it won’t be hindered by trade barriers such as steel import duties. “Trade barriers won’t be an impediment to moving forward on this project," Trudeau told a news conference... 

Tullow Oil optimistic about prospects in Africa

By: Kim Cloete     2nd October 2018 Oil and gas exploration and production company Tullow Oil has outlined its sharper and deeper focus on Africa, with upbeat outlooks for its projects in both West and East Africa.   Despite a shift to cleaner energy and alternative energy sources, Tullow Oil also believes there will be strong... 

Chinese delegation to study South Africa’s mineral codes

By: Martin Creamer     2nd October 2018 South Africa’s meticulous set of mineral reporting codes has succeeded in attracting a high-ranking Chinese delegation from the Mineral Resources and Reserves Evaluation Centre of the Ministry of Land and Natural Resources (MRREC) in Beijing. South Africa’s Samcodes Standards Committee (SSC) will... 

Uganda to join transparency programme as it seeks mining investors

By: Bloomberg     2nd October 2018 Uganda plans to join a program aimed at rooting out corruption in resource industries as the East African nation seeks to reassure potential investors that it isn’t involved in “conflict minerals.” The Cabinet has already endorsed the plan to join the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative... 

Australia resources exports heading for record; country takes lithium crown

By: Esmarie Iannucci     2nd October 2018 Australia’s resources and energy exports are forecast to hit a record high of A$252-billion in 2018/19, helped along by a decline in the Australian dollar over the past quarter. In its newest Resources and Energy Quarterly, the Office of the Chief Economist notes that the new outlook had been... 

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