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Mickael Vogel, director of strategy, African Energy Chamber
Lessons from Chad: Drilling is a no brainer

Chad's rigs count has been surprisingly high for a year now, in a country that produces only about 100,000 bopd...

By Mickael Vogel, 3 days ago

The Department of Mineral Resources has given the go-ahead for Italian group Eni to conduct drilling off the coast of KwaZulu-Natal. Photo: Eni (fair use)
Controversial KZN drilling project gets go-ahead

Marches, protests and objections to plans to drill for gas and oil along the KwaZulu-Natal coastline over the past few years have come to naught...

3 days ago

Mines need to step up on sustainability
Mines need to step up on sustainability

The mining industry is feeling the heat from government, communities, investors, environmental organisations and even consumers to implement sustainable business practices and reduce the impact of mining on the environment...

12 Sep 2019

Terry Heymann, CFO of the World Gold Council
World Gold Council launches responsible mining framework

The World Gold Council has launched the Responsible Gold Mining Principles, a framework that set out clear expectations for consumers, investors and the downstream gold supply chain as to what constitutes responsible gold mining...

12 Sep 2019

Perdekraal East Wind Farm erects first turbine using local team
Perdekraal East Wind Farm erects first turbine using local team

Perdekraal East Wind Farm's first wind turbine has been erected, using a dominantly South African team...

11 Sep 2019

Oil and gas is the lifeblood of Nigeria’s economy. Wikimedia Commons
Explainer: how Nigeria got hit with a $9.6bn judgement debt in London

Nigeria has received a legal hiding after a UK court awarded a private company a $9.6bn judgement debt against the West African nation...

By Oludara Akanmidu 11 Sep 2019

Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources, Abdirashid Mohamed Ahmed
Somalia will honour legacy oil & gas

Somalia is breathing new life in its dormant oil and gas sector with anew Petroleum Law and Revenue Sharing Agreement and its first ever offshore licensing round (15 blocks covering 75,000km2...

10 Sep 2019

Four host communities’ Amakhosi namely Mbonambi, Sokhulu, Dube and Mkhwanazi; Mayor of uMhlathuze Municipality, Mdu Mhlongo, and uMfolozi Municipality, Smanga Mgenge; RBM MD, Werner Duvenhage; Patsy Himes of RBM; and MEC for Finance, Ravi Pillay
RBM, host communities sign landmark procurement agreement

Richards Bay Minerals and the Dube, Mkhwanazi, Mbonambi and Sokhulu communities have signed a landmark agreement securing local business participation in the Zulti South project. The agreement outlines the principles that form the basis for a broad-based structure with the host communities and their partners...

10 Sep 2019

Dr Sakhile Ngcobo, director, Sibambene Coal
Coal industry needs genuine empowerment

In order to change the landscape of the South African coal mining sector, empowerment cannot just be words but a meaningful action that brings about black excellence throughout organisations.

9 Sep 2019

Image source: Getty/Gallo
Global investment in renewables to hit $2.6trn

Global investment in new renewable energy capacity this decade - 2010 to 2019 inclusive - is on course to hit $2.6trn, with more gigawatts of solar power capacity installed than any other generation technology...

6 Sep 2019

Vuslat Bayoglu, managing director, Menar
Coal and entrepreneurship

Coal has a long and illustrious history of providing energy stability, and is anticipated to play a key role in the global energy mix for many generations to come...

6 Sep 2019

Democratising energy is necessary for Africans to move into the digital age
Democratising energy is necessary for Africans to move into the digital age

Without technological constraints, more people from across Africa are free to innovate and create on the global stage; democratisation of energy is necessary to enable Africans to move into the digital age.

5 Sep 2019

New logistics barometer to assess industry performance
New logistics barometer to assess industry performance

Ctrack has joined forces with economists.co.za to create the Ctrack Logistics Barometer, an economic indicator and performance gauge of the South African logistics and supply chain industries...

5 Sep 2019

Jabu Mabuza
Eskom hopes to dodge load shedding this summer

Eskom is hoping to avoid load shedding this summer, and if it becomes necessary it will not advance beyond Stage 1, promised the power utility's acting Group Chief Executive and Interim Executive chair Jabu Mabuza...

4 Sep 2019

Lake Turkana Wind Power turbines. LTW
How Kenya's mega wind power project is hurting communities

Kenya recently launched the Lake Turkana Wind Power project, Africa's largest wind energy project and the biggest public-private investment in Kenyan history...

By Zoe Cormack 3 Sep 2019

Smart cities will depend on faster adoption of 4IR
Smart cities will depend on faster adoption of 4IR

If you are not digital it will be very difficult to be competitive in industry, or in the buildings you produce. Because what you are building is here for the next 50 years, and it has to be green, smart and automated...

By Taru Madangombe 3 Sep 2019

Maleka appointed as Eskom's interim group treasurer
Maleka appointed as Eskom's interim group treasurer

Mandla Maleka is Eskom's new interim group treasurer. He is replacing Andre Pillay, whose tenure came to an end last month.

2 Sep 2019

Gabon on track to increase oil production
Gabon on track to increase oil production

As Gabon works to increase its crude oil production by 50 percent by 2020/2021, US hydrocarbon exploration firm, Vaalco Energy announced that it will begin its drilling campaign the country's offshore this September...

30 Aug 2019

Medupi's last unit produces first power
Medupi's last unit produces first power

Medupi's Unit 1 has produced its first power attaining 190MW, making it the last of the six units of Medupi Power Station to be synchronised to the national grid...

29 Aug 2019

Coal mines need to be taken to task over water pollution
Coal mines need to be taken to task over water pollution

Coal mines in Mpumalanga have polluted about 90% of groundwater in the Highveld region alone..

28 Aug 2019

Ecolog, Dynology sign MoU to expand defence and energy sector cooperation
Ecolog, Dynology sign MoU to expand defence and energy sector cooperation

Under the terms of the MoU, parties will join forces to provide integrated security solutions, cybersecurity services and end-to-end implementation programmes...

28 Aug 2019

Special paper on the future of Eskom expected soon
Special paper on the future of Eskom expected soon

A special paper that maps a long-term sustainable way forward for Eskom will be published by the South African government in the next few weeks..

26 Aug 2019

Robert Lucian Crusitu/Shutterstock
Fossil fuel extraction could be contributing to climate change by heating Earth from within

Almost all scientists agree that burning fossil fuels is contributing to climate change. But agreement is less clear cut on how exactly it's influencing rising global temperatures...

By Rizwan Nawaz & Adel Sharif 23 Aug 2019

Indaba addresses issues facing women in mining
Indaba addresses issues facing women in mining

A gender database showing exactly how many women are employed in the mining industry and what positions they hold and female-specific stumbling blocks...

22 Aug 2019

Ghana's pact with China to explore bauxite threatens a unique forest
Ghana's pact with China to explore bauxite threatens a unique forest

Ghana's Atewa forest is one of the most beautiful and scenic landscapes in the country...

By Alfred Oteng-Yeboah 22 Aug 2019

Gwede Mantashe, minister of energy and mineral resources, Image credit: GovernmentZA
Nuclear still a possibility in SA energy plan

The government is considering further implementing nuclear power in the country's long-term energy strategy, said Gwede Mantashe, minister of mineral resources and energy, at a round table engagement in Johannesburg...

22 Aug 2019

Equatorial Guinea to build West Africa's first LNG storage and regas plant
Equatorial Guinea to build West Africa's first LNG storage and regas plant

Equatorial Guinea is set to construct the first liquefied natural gas (LNG) storage and regasification plant in West Africa, advancing efforts to monetise gas resources through the creation of a domestic gas-to-power infrastructure...

21 Aug 2019

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Airline passengers can reduce up to 80% of their CO2 emissions

Lufthansa Innovation Hub has launched its new Compensaid sustainability platform sustainability, which will make it possible for travellers to offset their individual carbon footprint using Sustainable Aviation Fuel...

21 Aug 2019

Francesca de Gasparis, Safcei executive director
Call for more vigilance in energy procurement projects

Major energy procurement projects need independent oversight at all stages - pre-procurement, procurement and post-procurement - to prevent further state capture...

21 Aug 2019

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