Thursday, January 23, 2020

Mining News

China Opens Up to Foreign E&P Firms

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For the first time, China will this year allow foreign companies to explore for and produce oil and gas in the country, opening up the industry to firms other than state-run energy giants, as Beijing looks to boost domestic energy supplies.The long-awaited opening accompanies a reshuffle of the so-called "midstream" pipeline business, but experts say it may not excite immediate interest from global drillers because of the poor overall asset quality of China's hydrocarbon resources.From May 1, foreign firms registered in China with net assets of 300 million yuan ($43 million) will be

China's Gasoline Exports Rise to Record

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China's gasoline exports in November nearly tripled from a year ago to an all-time high, as refiners processed crude at near record rates to take advantage of sturdy profit margins at home although domestic demand for the motor fuel remained sluggish.Gasoline shipments were 1.84 million tonnes last month, data from the General Administration of Customs showed on Monday. That compares to the previous record at 1.73 million tonnes in October and 630,000 tonnes in November 2018.Diesel exports climbed to 2.21 million tonnes…

Golar Power Wins Brazil Plant Gig

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Golar LNG, a liquefied natural gas shipping company registered in Bermuda, said that its joint venture with Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners, Golar Power Limited has been awarded a 25 year power purchase agreement (PPA) for the construction of a 605MW combined cycle thermal power plant.The LNG-to-power Project will be developed by CELBA (Centrais Eletricas Barcarena S/A), a special purpose company 50% controlled by Golar Power.Located in the Brazilian city of Barcarena…

New App Aims to Improve Project Performance

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An Aberdeen-based company has created a lessons learned management system that captures critical project data and helps inform the future performance of complex oil and gas developments globally.Prism Energy, which provides project and risk management applications and consultancy, has worked closely with Genesis over the past 12 months to build a bespoke solution that will assist continuous development.Track is a cloud-based system designed to improve performance by recording…

Hedge Funds Turn Bearish on Oil: Kemp

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By early last week, hedge funds had become the most bearish towards petroleum prices since the start of the year, as traders grew increasingly pessimistic about the global economy.Hedge funds and other money managers sold the equivalent of 95 million barrels in the six most important futures and options contracts tied to petroleum prices in the week to Oct. 8.Sales over the last three weeks have totalled 206 million barrels, according to an analysis of position records published by the U.S.

Airswift Eyes APAC Growth

Airswift, the global workforce solutions provider for the energy, process and infrastructure sectors, announced two senior hires to build upon recent successes in the Asia Pacific (APAC) region. Fueled by the region’s energy and infrastructure markets, the appointments follow 20% year-on-year growth for the company.Based in Brisbane, Ryan Carroll has been appointed as Regional Director, Australia & New Zealand, where he will be responsible for all in-country operations.

PNG to seek more from Exxon on P'nyang deal than Total's Papua LNG

Papua New Guinea will press Exxon Mobil Corp for "far better" terms on its P'nyang gas project than the government secured in a recent agreement with Total SA for its Papua LNG project, the country's petroleum minister said.The P'nyang field will help feed an expansion of Exxon's PNG LNG plant. If negotiations for the project are protracted, that could delay Exxon's $13 billion plan with Total's Papua LNG to double the country's liquefied natural gas exports by 2024.Talks on P'nyang were put on hold earlier this year when the government sought to revise Total's Papua LNG agreement.

ERE Opens 104MW Windfarm in Serbia

(L to R): Gilad Yavetz, CEO, Director; Miroslav Boškovic, deputy provincial secretary for energy and construction; Milos Colic, CEO New Energy Solutions; Alexander Antic, Minister of Energy and Mining; Alona Fischer Kam, Israeli Ambassador in Serbia; Yair Serousi, Enlight Chairman; Zafrir Yoeli, VP Business Development; Amit Paz, VP Operations and Engineering. Photo: Enlight Renewable Energy

Israel-based renewable energy projects developer Enlight Renewable Energy (ERE) along with its Serbian partner New Energy Solutions has officially opened its Kovacica windfarm in Serbia.The opening ceremony of the Wind farm was held in the municipality of Kovacica in the presence of the Minister of Mining and Energy Aleksandar Antic, Alona Fisher-Kamm the Ambassador of  Israel, the Representatives of the owners,  ERE, and its Serbian partner, New Energy Solutions.Kovacica clean power plant operates with 38 installed wind turbines…

Novatek Signs LNG Pact with Chukotka

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Russia's largest independent natural gas producer Novatek has signed a cooperation agreement with the Government of the Chukotka autonomous area, situated in the Russian Far East.As per the agreement, Novatek will consider supply LNG for use in power generation, and as fuel for transport and mining operations."The Russian Federation fully supports the development of the Northern Sea Route as a yearly navigational route connecting the Asian Pacific and European markets.

SEA\LNG Expands Membership in U.S.

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Houston-based Stabilis Energy has joined SEA\LNG, the multi-sector industry coalition which is seeking to accelerate the widespread adoption of liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a marine fuel.Commenting on the development, Peter Keller, Chairman, SEA\LNG, said: "Welcoming Stabilis Energy as a new member demonstrates SEA\LNG’s continued commitment within the ever expanding North American LNG market. LNG is growing in importance in both the energy and marine bunkering markets.

Cheap Gas Killing US Coal -Rystad

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A new study revealed that coal power is being replaced by cleaner energy sources in the US – primarily due to an abundance of cheap natural gas.According to Rystad Energy, new renewable energy capacity from solar and wind is on the rise in the US, and April 2019 marked the first month when more electricity was generated in the country from renewable sources than from coal.However, the growing renewable energy sector alone is not wholly responsible for the on-going retirement…

Nigerians Pursue Shell Spill Case in the UK

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The Supreme Court in London will hear an appeal by Nigerian farmers and fishermen to pursue claims in England against oil major Shell over oil spills in the Niger Delta, lawyers for the two affected communities said on Wednesday.The decision to hear the appeal re-opens the possibility for British multinationals to be held liable at home for their subsidiaries' actions abroad.

Tanzania State Oil Company Chief Reinstated

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The former head of Tanzania's state company oil is being reinstated by Tanzanian President John Magufuli, after the executive was suspended in 2016 over claims of abuse of office, the presidency said.James Mataragio, who was the managing director of the Tanzania Petroleum Development Corporation (TPDC), was suspended by the company's board from his post in August 2016.The statement by the president's office, seen by Reuters on Tuesday, gave no reason for his reinstatement.

Shell, Nigerian Agree to Reopen Oil Flow Station

International oil major Shell and Nigerian stakeholder communities agreed to reopen the flow station for the Oil Mining Licence 25, the regional Rivers state governor said.Shell also agreed in the memorandum of understanding to pay money owed to the communities, according to the statement. The amount was not specified.Local communities had occupied the flow station and stopped operations for almost two years, in a bid to force Shell to sell the oil mining licence to a local oil firm.

Woodside Expands LNG Supply

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Australian exploration and production company Woodside has opened a liquefied natural gas (LNG) truck loading facility at its Pluto LNG project in Western Australia (WA), as it looks to develop the domestic LNG market for remote power generation and transport fuels.The Pluto LNG project is located 190km north-west of Karratha in WA, in the Northern Carnarvon Basin. It processes LNG from the Pluto and Xena gas fields, which have total dry gas recoverable reserve volumes of 4.4 trillion cubic feet (tcf) and 0.6tcf respectively.Following the completion of commissioning activities…

GA Drilling Gets Fund, Signs Pact with MOL

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High-tech deep-drilling company GA Drilling signed a EUR 4.2 million funding agreement with Lead Ventures and a service agreement with MOL Group.Lead Ventures, a Budapest based venture capital firm invested funds provided by MOL Group, and Hungarian Eximbank.The deal gives GA Drilling access to onshore production wells to test its disruptive PLASMABIT plug & abandonment technology in real field conditions.The agreement is a major step in enabling the commercialization of the PLASMABIT technology…

US Offshore Drilling Takes Center Stage

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U.S. lawmakers will quiz President Donald Trump’s new pick to lead the Interior Department on Thursday, focusing on the former energy and mining lobbyist’s plans to expand fossil fuels production from the United States' public lands and waters.The Interior Department, which oversees more than a fifth of the U.S. land surface from Alaska to the Gulf of Mexico, has been central to Trump's policy of boosting domestic crude oil, natural gas and coal production.David Bernhardt…

Ophir Agrees to be Bought by Medco

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London-listed Ophir Energy Plc said on Wednesday it agreed to be bought by Indonesian oil and gas group Medco for a sweetened cash bid of 408.4 million pounds ($539 million) after previously agreeing to a lower offer.Under the terms, Ophir shareholders will receive 57.5 pence per share in cash, the companies said in a joint statement. That is up from the previously agreed 55 pence per share.The increased offer comes after the Financial Times reported that hedge fund Petrus Advisers…

Petrobras Names Former Vale Exec as CFO

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Brazil's state-controlled oil company Petróleo Brasileiro SA, or Petrobras, named Andrea Marques de Almeida, an engineer and former executive at mining company Vale SA, as its new chief financial officer, according to a securities filing.Andrea Almeida will replace Rafael Salvador Grisolia, who will take over as chief executive of the company's fuel distribution unit Petrobras Distribuidora SA. Petrobras said the changes will be submitted for approval by some internal committees and by its board.(Reporting by Marcelo Teixeira; Editing by Rashmi Aich)

World Bank Targets Offshore Wind Markets

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The World Bank Group announced a new program to advance the adoption of offshore wind energy in developing countries and emerging markets.The World Bank and  International Finance Corporation (IFC) will help these markets evaluate their offshore wind potential and provide technical assistance to develop a growing pipeline of projects that are ready for investment by renewable energy developers, said a release from the  international financial institution.The offshore wind industry has grown nearly five-fold since 2011…