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bloemfontein, south africa, january 6, 2016: the old power station, train station and taxi rank in bloemfontein, the capital city of the free state province. photo taken from naval hill

Key trends in Africa’s power sector

Africa has always been a land of opportunity, promise and risk for investors; however, many of its economic dreams have been handicapped by the shortage of reliable and affordable energy supplies in many areas, whilst in its rural areas over 600 million people have no access to power supplies. In addition, […]

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The history of fossil fuels

Nicholas Newman November 2017 Virtually all of the fossil fuels, including the coal, crude oil and natural gas we use today, was created millions of years ago before, during and even after the days of the dinosaurs. Since then, such materials have played an important part in mankind’s evolution… Virtually […]

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Energy Prices Forecast 2020

Nicholas Newman Energy journalist and copywriter www.nicnewmanoxford.com Predicting the direction, let alone the degree of change in energy prices is tricky and revisions are common. Transport, power and industry, as the major consumers of fossil fuels will be the major beneficiaries of any reduction or plateauing of oil and gas prices. Coal-fired […]

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Energy shifts to a buyer’s market

Nicholas Newman eniday October 2017 A major shift of power is underway in the world’s oil and gas markets… Until 2008, oil and gas producers were “market makers.” This meant they could fix prices and decide their output’s final destination. Also, until recently, oil and gas companies restricted gas wholesalers from […]

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Global extractive industries facing a big financial headache.

Nicholas Newman For extractive industries, including oil and gas fields, gold mines, coal mines and landfill sites, the prospect of closure is becoming a major problem, which is likely to cost billions of dollars for both operators and regulators worldwide. In South Africa, there are some 6,150 abandoned mines and around 1,400 […]

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