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Radebe hints at possible Saudi investment to boost South Africa's oil refining capacity

By: Kim Cloete     7th November 2018 Energy Minister Jeff Radebe has called for a collaborative approach to attract investment in oil refining hubs throughout the continent and has hinted that Saudi Arabian investment in refining capacity in South Africa may soon become a reality. “In South Africa we believe the time has come for an... 

Fuel price outlook: 'Petrol price down, but diesel goes up for November' – AA

By: News24Wire      31st October 2018 Fuel prices have moderated during October, with the prospect of some relief for petrol users, although users of diesel will have to cough up more, this is according to the Automobile Association (AA), which was commenting on unaudited month-end fuel price data released by the Central Energy Fund.... 

Santos continues Southern Amadeus farm-in

By: Esmarie Iannucci     31st October 2018 Oil and gas major Santos has informed fellow listed Central Petroleum that it would proceed with Stage 3 of the Southern Amadeus farm-in, after completing seismic works as part of the Stage 2 farm-in. Following the Stage 3 investment, Santos’ share in the EP112 permit will increase to 70%.  

India extends Vedanta’s contract for Rajasthan oil, gas fields

By: Ajoy K Das     30th October 2018 The Indian government has granted a ten-year extension to Vedanta’s contract for exploration and production at the Barmer oil and gas block in the central state of Rajasthan, possibly signalling the end of litigation between the company and government. "The government, acting through the... 

Natural gas cheaper than soaring diesel, petrol, says NGV Gas  

By: Irma Venter     30th October 2018 When compared with petrol, diesel and liquefied petroleum gas, compressed natural gas (CNG) is the most economic transport fuel, believes CNG group sales and marketing manager Wayne Williams. “On 26 September, natural gas was R7.10c cheaper than a litre of 95 octane petrol in Johannesburg,” he... 

URU applies to renew Zebediela prospecting rights

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     29th October 2018 URU Metals has applied for the renewal of the prospecting rights that make up its Zebediela nickel project, in South Africa. The Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) has completed a site visit, a precondition of any prospecting rights renewal process and granted the renewal in principle for... 

BTT starts construction on Richards Bay LPG storage facility  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     25th October 2018 Bulk liquid storage operator Bidvest Tank Terminals (BTT) on Thursday celebrated the start of construction on its R1-billion mounded liquified petroleum gas (LPG) storage facility in Richards Bay. The facility is set to house the largest tanks in the world once completed and is anticipated to... 

Thank you SA! Engen retains its Number One status

25th October 2018 Consumers have backed Engen as their favourite petrol station in the country for the eighth consecutive year, again confirming the company’s brand leadership and market strength in the South African petroleum industry. The accolade was attributed to Engen in the Sunday Times Top Brands*, which... 

Govt banking on policy certainty to revive mining industry 

By: African News Agency      24th October 2018 South Africa's government is banking on recent reforms and policy certainty to revive the mining industry after production  fell by 1.7% in the first eight months of 2018 compared with an increase of 4.5% in the same period last year, Finance Minister Tito Mboweni said on Wednesday. In his maiden... 

Engen’s service excellence acknowledged with award

24th October 2018 Engen has achieved the highest service score in the Petroleum Station category of South Africa's premier service excellence benchmark, the Ask Afrika Orange Index Awards. The Ask Afrika Orange Index Awards took place at The Venue in Melrose Arch, Johannesburg earlier this month. 

India receives $822m investment commitment in first round of oil, gas block auction

By: Ajoy K Das     24th October 2018 India has received an investment commitment of $822-million in oil and gas exploration through agreements with successful bidders of 55 oil and gas blocks at the recently concluded maiden auction under Open Acreage Licensing Policy (OALP). Of the 55 blocks, Anil Agarwal-controlled Vedanta bagged... 

Ichthys ships first LNG to Japan

By: Esmarie Iannucci     23rd October 2018 The Ichthys liquefied natural gas (LNG) has shipped its first LNG from its onshore gas liquefaction plant in Darwin, in the Northern Territory. Operator Inpex on Tuesday said that the first shipment of LNG was destined for the Inpex-operated Naoetsu LNG terminal in Japan, and followed the first... 

Kenya to establish gold refinery in bid to boost mining revenue

By: Bloomberg     19th October 2018 Kenya is seeking consultants for a feasibility study on a planned gold refinery in the East African nation’s western town of Kakamega, in a bid to boost earnings by small-scale miners. “The aim of the project is to improve the livelihoods of the beneficiary community, regional economy and that of... 

Companies face prosecution for fixing gas cylinder prices

By: African News Agency      19th October 2018 The Competition Commission on Thursday referred to the Competition Tribunal for prosecution five Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) companies for cartel conduct.  The Commission said that Totalgaz Southern Africa, Oryx Oil South Africa, KayaGas, Easigas and African Oxygen (Afrox), have been charged... 

Transnet starts preparation work on reconstruction of Island View accumulator tanks

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th October 2018 State-owned Transnet has started preparation work on the reconstruction of the accumulator tanks at the Island View precinct in the Port of Durban, with the project expected to get under way in 2019. The project plan for the reconstruction of the tanks is currently at a feasibility phase, with... 

Sales and production soar at Woodside

By: Esmarie Iannucci     18th October 2018 Australia’s Woodside Petroleum has seen an increase in both production and sales revenues for the third quarter, as its Wheatstone liquefied natural gas (LNG) project continued to contribute strongly to operations. “Production at Wheatstone LNG continued ahead of plan, underpinning a 13.8% rise... 

Nigeria State oil company denies existence of $3.5bn fuel subsidy fund

By: Reuters     17th October 2018 Nigeria's State oil company on Wednesday denied parliament's accusation that it had a $3.5-billion fund to surreptitiously subsidise imports of gasoline. The upper house Senate said on Tuesday it would investigate the fund it said the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) was using... 

BHP iron-ore output up, FY copper guidance trimmed

By: Esmarie Iannucci     17th October 2018 Diversified giant BHP has reported increases in copper and iron-ore production during the three months to September, while petroleum and coal production fell. Iron-ore production for the three months to September was up by 10% on the previous corresponding period, to 61-million tonnes of ore,... 

Engen KlevaKidz surpasses 700 schools visited across South Africa

16th October 2018 Over the past 10 years, the Engen KlevaKidz’s often life-saving safety messages have reached over a quarter of a million vulnerable children.

Engen KlevaKidz is an annual educational campaign that uses industrial theatre to engage and educate young learners across South Africa about the... 

Engineering firm acquires valve test bench

By: Donald Makhafola     12th October 2018 Mpumalanga-based wholly black-owned mechanical engineering company Brimis Engineering will procure a pressure relief valve test bench by the end of this month to test more than 90% of all installed safety valves currently in use in South Africa.  Global valve test and repair equipment supplier... 

Jizzakh refinery, Uzbekistan

By: Sheila Barradas     12th October 2018 Jizzakh Petroleum plans to build five-million-ton-a-year crude oil refinery to produce clean-burning gasoline, diesel and jet fuel. 

August manufacturing production gains 1.3% on food and beverages

By: African News Agency      11th October 2018 Manufacturing production for August came in far better than the purchasing managers' index (PMI) for the same month had suggested, expanding 1.3% year-on-year from 2.8% in July. Statistics South Africa reported on Tuesday that manufacturing production increased by 1.3% in August 2018 compared... 

Opec sees weaker demand for its crude next year as rivals surge

By: Bloomberg     11th October 2018 Opec is under intense pressure right now from consumers to ease prices by pumping more crude, but for 2019 it sees a more doubtful picture. The cartel cut its estimate for global demand for its crude next year due to weakening economic growth and higher output from rivals, notably US shale... 

Govt, fuels industry mull alternative pricing framework for petrol 

By: African News Agency      11th October 2018 Government was considering capping the price of 93 unleaded petrol, Energy Minister Jeff Radebe said on Thursday. Radebe, who joined his communications counterpart, Nomvula Mokonyane, during the post-cabinet media briefing, said they were consulting the industry on the proposal. 

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... 

Astron Energy appoints chair, CEO

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     9th October 2018 Astron Energy, previously Chevron South Africa (CSA), has appointed Mashudu Ramano chairperson and Jonathan Molapo CEO, with immediate effect. CSA was, last month, acquired by black economic empowerment consortium Off The Shelf Investments, which is chaired by Ramano, for $1-billion. 

IEA urges Opec to open the taps as oil market enters 'red zone'

By: Bloomberg     9th October 2018 The International Energy Agency made a direct appeal to Opec and other major oil producers to boost output, warning that prices are inflicting damage on the global economy. “We should all see the risky situation, the oil markets are entering the red zone,” IEA executive director Fatih Birol said... 

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... 

Lithium-rich WA bids to host battery research centre

By: Esmarie Iannucci     9th October 2018 The Western Australian government on Tuesday confirmed that the application for the Future Battery Industries Cooperative Research Centre (FBI CRC) was one of six to be shortlisted to the next round by the Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) programme. The state government has included a... 

Mali approves Randgold’s Morila mine to agribusiness conversion

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th October 2018 Gold miner Randgold Resources’ Morila gold mine’s ambitious agribusiness project has been approved by the Malian government. The project is designed to replace mining with a sustainable economic activity in the local community after the operation’s closure in two years’ time. 

Provincial enviro nod for IDM’s Red Mountain

By: Mariaan Webb     8th October 2018 The Red Mountain gold and silver underground mine, in the Nass Wildlife area of British Columbia, is one step closer to development, with the provincial government granting the project environmental approval. Environment and Climate Change Strategy Minister George Heyman and Energy, Mines and... 

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... 

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. 

Mathunjwa calls on govt to implement more socialist policies to retain jobs

By: Nadine James     4th October 2018 South Africa should transition from a constitutional democracy to a “social democracy” and implement more socialist policies to retain jobs in the mining sector, suggests Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) president Joseph Mathunjwa. Speaking on the second day of the Joburg... 

Charter a stepping stone towards mining industry recovery, but tech adoption needed

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd October 2018 Exxaro Resources CEO and Minerals Council South Africa (MCSA) president Mxolisi Mgojo said 2018 was a second watershed moment for South Africa’s mining industry, following the finalisation of Mining Charter 3. The first moment of this magnitude, he noted, was in 2004, when the Minerals and... 

High administrative costs, industry uncertainty holding mining back

By: Nadine James     3rd October 2018 The mining sector is poised for a positive future but is still hindered by a “harsh” environment, Minerals Council South Africa CEO Roger Baxter stated at the Joburg Indaba, on Wednesday. In his keynote address, titled ‘A harsh environment in South Africa or a new dawn’, he noted that one of the... 

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... 

Zambia mines to pay mineral royalties in dollars to stabilize kwacha

By: Reuters     3rd October 2018 Zambia has asked mining companies to pay mineral royalties directly to the central bank in dollars as one of the measures to help stabilise its kwacha currency , its finance minister said on Tuesday. The kwacha gained more than 5% to close at 11.9500 per dollar on Tuesday after hitting 12.6750 on... 

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