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Greenpeace Africa affirms Mpumalanga is a nitrogen dioxide air pollution hotspot

By: Marleny Arnoldi     29th October 2018 Greenpeace Africa states that analysis from satellite data between June 1 and August 31 shows that Mpumalanga is the world’s largest nitrogen dioxide air pollution hotspot across six continents. The data points to coal and transport as the two principal sources of the nitrogen dioxide air... 

India-US dialogue to set outline for Indian crude oil imports from Iran

By: Ajoy K Das     5th September 2018 The Indian government will not totally halt crude oil imports from Iran, but will likely show flexibility on volumes of inward shipment as a nuanced stance at the US-India bilateral engagements starting Wednesday. The Indian government reckons that this willingness to reduce crude volume imports... 

Iran says it plans to boost ballistic, cruise missile capacity

By: Reuters     3rd September 2018 Iran plans to boost its ballistic and cruise missile capacity and acquire modern fighter planes and submarines, the Iranian state news agency IRNA quoted a senior Defence Ministry official as saying on Saturday. News of the military development plans came a day after Iran dismissed a French call... 

Getting below the surface of the Cape Town water crisis

By: News24Wire      22nd June 2018 It will take three months and cost R350-million for a small-scale temporary desalination plant to produce enough water to raise the level of Cape Town’s supply dams by just 1%. Yet the small amount of rain over the long weekend in April raised the dam levels by more than 1% – free of charge.... 

Aluminium gets Iran-style crisis as Rusal shut out of market

By: Bloomberg     12th April 2018 The aluminium market is having its own Iran oil moment. Similar to how US and European sanctions in 2012 cut Iran’s oil sales to the world, last week’s American penalties on United Co Rusal look set to freeze the Russian company’s aluminium out of western markets. The reaction has already been... 

Iran's mining projects on hold as investors fear new sanctions

By: Bloomberg     15th May 2017 Iran has put on hold “almost all” of its mining agreements with foreign investors as companies from Europe to Asia fear additional sanctions on the Persian Gulf nation’s economy, according to the deputy minister of Iran’s Ministry of Industries, Mines and Trade. Less than $100-million of projects... 

Iran’s Farzad oil gas block seen slipping away from India

By: Ajoy K Das     16th November 2016 India’s bid to develop Iran’s Farzad B oil and gas fields is seen to be slipping away as the nations failed to meet the October deadline for reaching an agreement on the development of the asset. Even amid increased diplomatic engagements between the two countries over the past month and a rush... 

South Africa committed to win-win trade with Iran, says Zuma

By: African News Agency      25th April 2016 South Africa is a reliable partner committed to an equitable economic partnership with Iran on a win-win basis, President Jacob Zuma said on Sunday. South Africa had categorically condemned the imposition of unilateral sanctions against Iran and applauded the recent lifting of many of these... 

Debt repayment holds key to India bagging gas assets in Iran

By: Ajoy K Das     5th April 2016 A successful resolution of India’s $6-billion outstanding debt to Iran, to be discussed during bilateral parleys later this week, holds the key to India securing the Farzad-B gas fields in the Persian Gulf nation. A series of ministerial level meetings over two to three days, would be tackling... 

Denmark’s Kamstrup takes first steps into Iran

3rd February 2016 Danish smart meter solutions provider Kamstrup has confirmed its first order in Iran. The order of 6,000 intelligent water meters comes less than two weeks after the EU lifted sanctions against the Middle Eastern nation. Earlier this month, Danish Foreign Minister Kristian Jensen said that Danish... 

Iran hails 'new chapter' in relations with world

By: News24Wire      18th January 2016 The lifting of nuclear-related sanctions on Iran after a decade of international isolation has opened a "new chapter" in the country's history, President Hassan Rowhani said on Sunday. Rowhani hailed the announcement by the European Union and the US that debilitating economic sanctions have come... 

India ratchets up diplomatic push to secure Iranian gas assets

By: Ajoy K Das     11th January 2016 ndia has initiated a diplomatic push to ensure its toe-hold in the Farzad-B Iranian gas field and to avoid retendering for the Persian Gulf asset. The diplomatic initiative to back ONGC Videsh Limited’s bid to develop the estimated 12.8-trillion cubic foot Farzad-B gas reserve was launched last... 

Lifting of sanctions seen boosting Iran’s mining sector after years of underinvestment

By: Ilan Solomons     2nd October 2015 The agreement reached between Iran and world powers in Vienna, Austria, in July over the country’s nuclear programme is reopening the Iranian economy to global trade and investment after ten years of international sanctions against the country. US-based think-tank the Council on Foreign Relations... 

Indian consortium submits fresh development plan for Iran gas block

By: Ajoy K Das     31st August 2015 A consortium of Indian oil and gas exploration and production (E&P) companies, led by ONGC Videsh, has submitted a revised development plan for the Faizad-B gasfield in Iran. While details of the new development plan were not readily available, a senior ONGC Videsh official indicated that it was... 

Rejecting Iran nuke deal will pave way to bomb – Obama

By: News24Wire      6th August 2015 US President Barack Obama on Wednesday launched an all-out campaign to convince Congress to approve the Iran nuclear deal, telling an audience at American University that it would be a historic mistake to squander the opportunity. If legislators rejected the agreement, "Congress would not only... 

Indian delegation heads to Iran

By: Ajoy K Das     23rd July 2015 Following the signing of a landmark deal between the US, the UK, France, China, Russia, Germany and Iran, earlier this month, that prevents Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon, India has moved swiftly to send a high-level Indian delegation to the West Asian country in the hopes of securing back... 

Iran, 6 world powers reach historical nuclear deal

By: News24Wire      14th July 2015 Foreign ministers from six world powers and Iran finally achieved an agreement Tuesday to prevent the Islamic republic from developing nuclear weapons, Western diplomats said in Vienna. In return for limiting Iran's nuclear activities, the tight web of Western economic sanctions that has been... 

All eyes on Saudi Arabia as ups and downs of oil price plunge considered

By: Simon Rees     26th January 2015 The end months of 2014 were grim ones for major oil-producing states everywhere, especially those in the Middle East. As the region continued grappling with the aftershocks of the Arab Spring and the threat of the Islamic State, they also watched the price of oil swoon. All eyes have turned to... 

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Turkcell resumes legal battle with MTN in SA

By: Natasha Odendaal     27th November 2013 Turkish telecommunications group Turkcell has brought its legal wrangle with JSE-listed MTN Group over a mobile phone contract in Iran to home ground, as the Turkish operator revived its court case in the South Gauteng High Court on Wednesday. “The filing of the lawsuit in South Africa is a... 

Asia

By: Asha Ramsaran     21st June 2013 Tenders for work in Asia  

Gulf Opec oil producers will not trim output

By: Reuters     15th April 2013 Gulf Arab Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (Opec) oil producers do not see the need to change production levels to support crude prices, OPEC delegates said after benchmark Brent touched nine-month lows on Friday. A sell-off in commodities saw Brent contracts fall from around... 

Hoffmann Committee dismisses Turkcell allegations 

By: Natasha Odendaal     1st February 2013 Telecommunications group MTN on Friday said it would continue defending its position in a legal battle after the MTN-appointed Hoffmann Committee’s year-long investigation found Turkcell's allegations against it to be “a fabric of lies, distortions and inventions". MTN came under pressure last... 

Asia

By: Asha Ramsaran     14th September 2012 Tenders for work in the Asia  

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By: Asha Ramsaran     17th August 2012 Tenders for work in the Asia  

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SA in talks to get Iran to insure oil cargoes

By: Reuters     10th July 2012 South Africa is talking to Tehran about the prospect for Iran to insure its crude oil cargoes, which can no longer be underwritten by European insurance firms due to sanctions, Energy Minister Dipuo Peters said on Tuesday. Peters said Deputy Foreign Minister Ebrahim Ebrahim had met his Iranian... 

MTN expects Turkcell corruption claims to be dismissed 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     8th June 2012 Telecommunications group MTN CEO Sifiso Dabengwa on Friday rejected allegations of corruption relating to its 49% stake in Irancell as “unfounded” and said it expects the claims to be dismissed. Turkcell has launched a lawsuit in a US court accusing the South African firm of engaging in corrupt... 

Turkcell allegations ‘inexplicable’ and ‘irresponsible’ - Nhleko

By: Natasha Odendaal     7th June 2012 JSE-listed group MTN’s former CEO, Phuthuma Nhleko, reaffirmed on Wednesday evening that no bribes were approved or paid under his watch to secure a mobile licence in Iran. His response comes as reports surfaced that the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation, also known as the Hawks,... 

Hawks to probe MTN Iran allegations

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     5th June 2012 The Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (DPCI), also known as the Hawks, has launched a formal investigation into allegations that JSE-listed MTN had engaged in corrupt conduct to obtain a mobile licence in Iran. “We have considered the allegations and undertook an assessment. It was... 

Probe into Turkcell claims ‘well under way’ – MTN

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     29th May 2012 The investigation into Turkish mobile operator Turkcell’s claims that JSE-listed MTN won a mobile licence in Iran by bribing officials of both governments, was well under way, MTN CEO Sifiso Dabengwa said on Tuesday. He added that the committee, headed up by British supreme-court judge Lord... 

Turkcell claims ‘simply ludicrous’ – MTN CEO  

By: Natasha Odendaal     12th April 2012 Mobile operator Turkcell’s loss of a cellular licence in Iran was a consequence of the telecommunications group’s failure to meet the conditions set out by the Iranian government, MTN CEO Sifiso Dabengwa said on Thursday. Turkcell has filed a suit in the US against MTN, claiming that it won the... 

Engen halts Iran crude imports

By: Reuters     4th April 2012 Engen, the South African unit of Malaysian state oil firm Petronas, has halted all imports of crude from Iran, a spokeswoman said on Wednesday. Tania Landsberg told Reuters the company had halted its imports, but did not say when that went into effect or how much of its oil had previously been... 

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