Sunday, March 7, 2021

Mining News

Mercuria Teams Up with Envysion for Project Investment

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Trading house Mercuria and Singapore-based asset manager Envysion Wealth Management have agreed to co-invest in mining and energy projects, as default-hit banks tighten their purse strings and leave commodities firms seeking other funding.The deal, signed on Wednesday, will see Mercuria present potential projects for investment to Envysion, founded and led by former Julius Baer banker Veronica Shim. Envysion will then decide whether to participate via a fund with a start…

Australia's Iron Ore Giant Fortescue Plans 235GW Green Energy Drive

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Australian mining magnate Andrew Forrest outlined ambitious plans on Wednesday to build a renewable energy business, aiming to compete with oil giants to provide low-cost green energy globally.Billionaire Forrest, who turned Fortescue Metals Group over two decades into the world's fourth-biggest iron ore miner, said Fortescue Future Industries (FFI) has already signed preliminary deals, such as in Papua New Guinea and Africa, and a team of executives is looking for other partners."We are building a portfolio of renewable assets…

Digitalization: Trust - The Keystone for Digital Transformation

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The slowdown of the world economy and plummeting energy consumption have eclipsed most other industry news. Oil exporting countries are coming to terms with limiting production to sustain reasonable prices, and operators are looking for ways to improve efficiency. At the same time, the marketplace created by the pandemic is forcing companies to work differently. Telepresence and remote work have become the norm, and this directly impacts how work is organized and relationships are maintained.

Baker Hughes Plots Low Carbon Future

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Baker Hughes is pivoting to customers preparing for the transition to a low-carbon future, bolstering its footprint beyond oil and gas oilfield services, its chief executive said on Tuesday.The company will continue to downsize its oilfield services and equipment portfolio, CEO Lorenzo Simonelli said at the Barclays CEO Energy-Power conference, putting more emphasis on the energy transition and technology needed for renewables. It has already been shedding some oilfield assets…

This Energy Source Can Support Your Sustainability Goals Without Wrecking Your Budget

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Port operations are so all-encompassing and downright dynamic that they operate almost like miniature cities. So it’s no surprise these key transition points in the global supply chain are treated as such by regulators with regard to emissions compliance and air quality standards.On their path to a cleaner operation, ports can often face outside pressure on their operational budgets. Even the tiniest decision on how to move goods from sea to shore to the nation’s thoroughfares can have dramatic impacts on the bottom line.

China to Boost Energy Reserve Capacity, Support Unconventional Gas Exploration

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China said on Friday it will bolster the capacity of the country's energy reserves and offer lower gas and electricity charges to key industries, as it looks to ensure energy supply and offset the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.In energy announcements on the first day of the parliament, known as the National People's Congress (NPC), authorities also pledged to boost the country's oil and gas network and continue to support exploration for unconventional gas reserves.The…

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

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

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

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.

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

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.