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China's M&A set to hit new heights

Reuters - 23 December 2015 - China Inc's outbound acquisitions spree in 2015 helped push Asia-Pacific's annual deal value past $1 trillion for the first time, with 2016 set for a bigger splurge still as Chinese firms buy even more assets abroad to sidestep slowing domestic growth..Read more

Big shake-up for oil and gas leases

The West Australian - 23 December 2015 - The Commonwealth’s treatment of retention leases in offshore oil and gas is set for a shake-up amid proposals to streamline licence periods and demand “transparent testing of optimal commercial development”.Read more

Chevron slashes 1,200 jobs at Gorgon LNG

WA Today - 23 December 2015 - Around 530 electrical workers on Gorgon were laid off last week, while another 700 positions, including those of boilermakers, pipe fitters, welders and trades assistants, were axed in the last two weeks, it was reported on Wednesday.Read more

Commodities markets summary 23 December 2015

The Bull - US crude prices have stabilised after a few sessions of steep falls, following the release of some encouraging US economic data while gold futures prices ending a two-day rally, but losses were limited due to a retreat in the US dollar. Read more

Oil price falls to 11-year low

Global glut expected to deepen in 2016

The Guardian - 22 December 2015 - Brent crude hits low of $36.05 a barrel with industry experts saying price could drop to $20 before supply adjusts to demand. Read more

Commodities markets summary 22 December 2015

The West Australian - Global oversupply concerns dragged Brent crude oil prices down on Monday to their weakest level in more than 11 years, but Wall Street gained broadly as investors went shopping after two days of sharp declines. while gold futures prices were up than one per cent as weaker than expected US data and uncertainty about how fast the Federal Reserve will tighten interest rates next year weighed on the US dollar. Read more

Drenched in red: Wall Street plunges in worst weekly retreat since 2011

YAHOO FINANCE - August 22 2015: U.S. markets tumbled more than 5% this week as worries mounted over the state of the global economy. Read more

Al Mazrouie says 25% of UAE energy from nuclear by 2020.

GULF NEWS - December 2 2013: PAbu Dhabi: Suhail Mohammad Al Mazroui, UAE Minister of Energy, told a delegation of foreign correspondents who are currently in the UAE at the invitation of the National Media Council (NMC), that 25 per cent of the nation’s energy needs will be supplied from nuclear resources by the year 2020. Read more

Exports threaten NSW, Queensland gas supply: Report

SYDNEY MORNING HERALD - December 2 2013: he planned launch of a series of gas export projects in Queensland means NSW and Queensland face gas shortages within five years. Read more

Gold prices down, so miners produce more

SKY NEWS - December 2 2013: Gold miners in Australia have reacted to weaker prices by producing more of the precious metal for a second successive quarter. Read more

More job cuts in Queensland's coal sector

THE AGE - November 6 2013: A central Queensland mine will slash 200 jobs, blaming a coal price slump. Read more

More shale gas flows generate growing international interest

THE AUSTRALIAN - November 6 2013: GLOBAL energy majors continue to dip their toes into the Australian onshore gas scene, with Houston-based Apache Corp and China's Sinopec considering entering ground in Western Australia and Victoria. Read more

Climate change warriors: It's time to go nuclear

CNN - November 4 2013: Four top environmental scientists raised the stakes Sunday in their fight to reverse climate change and save the planet. Read more

Chevron puts Gorgon on hold

THE WEST AUSTRALIAN - November 4 2013: Chevron has confirmed an expansion of the Gorgon LNG project is on hold until the joint venture knows how much the three-train start-up development on Barrow Island is going to cost. Read more

Chinalco says mining boom has decades to run

WA TODAY - November 4 2013: One of China's top corporate officials has reassured Australian miners the process of urbanisation in the Asian nation has several decades to run and will continue stoking strong demand for minerals.Read more

Shell’s Prelude FLNG vessel takes shape

THE TELEGRAPH - October 23 2013: Royal Dutch Shell is constructing the world’s first floating liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant at Samsung Heavy Industries’ Geoje shipyard in South Korea. Read more

New petroleum exploration permits granted

NINE NEWS - October 23 2013: SThe federal government has granted petroleum exploration permits over significant areas off the South Australian and Western Australian coasts. Read more

Minister seeks advice on Mineralogy rights

ABC NEWS - October 23 2013: Western Australia's Mines Minister has asked for legal advice over the granting of exploration rights to Clive Palmer's company Mineralogy. Read more

Rio Tinto pink diamonds fetch record prices

THE WEST AUSTRALIAN - October 15 2013: Sydney (AFP) - The annual sale of Rio Tinto's rare pink-hued diamonds attracted unprecedented interest with at least two of the stones fetching record prices of over $2 million, the mining giant said Monday. Read more

Iron ore deposits could be easier to find

9 NEWS - October 15 2013: For many years finding large deposits of the world's most important commodity after oil has been difficult and largely haphazard. Read more

Yeager Joins Maverick Drilling

BLOOMBERG - October 15 2013: J. Michael Yeager, the former head of BHP Billiton Ltd. (BHP)’s oil and gas division, was named chief executive officer of Maverick Drilling & Exploration Ltd, an explorer that’s listed in Australia and focused on the US. Read more

Oil price heading for US$200

SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST - October 14 2013: Last month, China passed another milestone in its economic development when it overtook America as the largest buyer of oil on the international markets. Read more

'Big three' to boost iron ore production

SYDNEY MORNING HERALD - October 14 2013: Australia's "big three" iron ore miners are set to unveil a boost in third-quarter production and will mine even more in the fourth quarter, ignoring forecasts of a looming supply glut in favour of capturing greater economies of scale. Read more

BHP opens major WA gas plant

THE WEST AUSTRALIAN - September 20 2013: Resources giant BHP Billiton has opened a $US1.5 billion gas plant it says will supply 20 per cent of WA's domestic gas for the next two decades. Read more

PNG government takes Ok Tedi mine

YAHOO 7 NEWS - September 19 2013: Papua New Guinea's government has rammed legislation through parliament giving it complete ownership of the controversial Ok Tedi mine. Read more

Australia may miss gas rewards

SYDNEY MORNING HERALD - September 19 2013: Australia and PNG gas exporters are likely to win only a portion of the expected growth in demand for gas in Asia, as buyers shift their focus to new supply sources, an analyst has warned. Read more

Change in government has boosted sentiment

ABC NEWS: September 15 2013: Western Australia's mining heavyweights have met for the first time since the election of the new Coalition Government and say sentiment in the sector is already improving. Read more

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