The ASX rallied on the back of energy stocks, gaining 0.21% or 14.40 points after yesterday’s bloodbath to climb to 6,843.00.
Most other sectors are still in the red, but energy gained 3.61% as a booming Chinese economy put pressure on oil and gas forecasts. Other sectors in the green were finance, up 1.12% and industrials, up 0.39%.
The best performers were unsurprisingly coal stocks, with Coronado Global Resources Inc – a metallurgical coal company – gaining 8.85% and New Hope Corporations Ltd – an oil, gas and agricultural company – up 6.01 %.
The index has been virtually unchanged for the past five days, but is down 8.07% year-to-date.
In the news
Crude oil demand is expected to rise
The International Energy Agency (IEA) raised its estimate of global oil demand growth for this year by 380,000 barrels per day, saying “the gains mask relative weakness in other sectors.”
The agency also revised its forecast for 2022 to 99.7 million barrels per day and its forecast for 2023 to 101.8 million barrels per day, indicating that prices could continue to rise next year.
“Natural gas and electricity prices hit new highs, prompting a switch from gas to oil in some countries,” the August oil market report said.
“With several regions experiencing searing heat waves, the latest data confirms an increase in oil consumption in power generation, particularly in Europe and the Middle East, but also across Asia.
“For now, the deteriorating economic environment and recurring COVID lockdowns in China continue to weigh on market sentiment.
“Nevertheless, global oil demand is expected to increase by 2 million barrels per day in 2022 and 2.1 million barrels per day next year. Jet fuel dominates growth, while demand for road transport declines.
The report cited global stockpiling as a reason prices could stabilize, but could not discount prices rising further due to a growing risk of supply disruptions.
EnergyConnect Riverina Transmission Line Approval
The New South Wales government has given planning approval for the eastern part of a 900 kilometer power transmission line to be built through the Riverina region in the south of the state, intended to connect South Australia, Victoria and New South Wales.
The energy shortages earlier this year highlighted a severe lack of energy infrastructure between states, as each state was forced to go it alone and negotiate separately with its energy markets – with more or less success.
Developer Transgrid claims the transmission line would be able to supply 8% of NSW’s electricity needs.
“We are building the energy highway,” said Transgrid CEO Brett Redman.
“The interconnector will for the first time enable power sharing between NSW and South Australia and Victoria, enable the integration of renewable energy generation and help the Federal Government meet its climate change goals. .”
A map of the proposed EnergyConnect transmission line between South Australia, Victoria and NSW.
The NSW portion of the transmission line would run from Wagga Wagga to Buronga and beyond if construction was approved by the Federal Government, but met resistance from local stakeholders.
Earlier this year, 42 objections to the project were lodged with the NSW Planning Department, prompting a successful re-imagining of the energy highway to avoid the Riverina Wetlands.
Map of the eastern section of the proposed transmission line (purple with blue usage dots) including Tier 1 (orange) and Tier 2 (red) constraints to development, which take into account social, environmental and environmental considerations. land use, network resilience and cost.
The project is expected to generate some 1,500 jobs in the NSW region and could be a vital part of the energy infrastructure needed to decarbonise Australia’s economy.
five to five
Sipa Resources prepares to drill Skeleton Rocks lithium targets
Sipa Resources Ltd’s (ASX:SRI) air core program earlier this year confirmed the existence of anomalous lithium in previously untested greenstone units and identified targets will now be drilled with a rig at reverse circulation.
Caspin Resources plans aggressive campaign across multiple rigs in Serradella as new assay reveals high-grade rhodium
“The results of the past few months have proven to be a breakthrough for the project and give us confidence to embark on an aggressive drilling campaign during the summer season,” said Greg Miles, managing director of Caspin Resources Ltd (ASX:CPN). .
Kingston Resources delivers successive months of record gold production to Mineral Hill
“Production from the TSF Project delivered sequential monthly gold production records in July and August, and we are pleased to see grade and recoveries improving as expected as mining deepens into the tailings pond,” said Kingston Resources Ltd (ASX: KSN) managing director Andrew Corbett.
Lithium Power International gets valuation hike from Edison Investment Research
Lithium Power International Ltd (ASX: LPI) is advancing the Maricunga Lithium Brine project in Chile, which is expected to produce 15,200 tonnes of lithium per year over 20 years, offering a net present value of US$1.4 billion at a rate of 8% discount.
International Graphite produces the first product from the graphite micronization and spheroidization pilot plant in Collie.
“This is a major step in developing our knowledge and operating systems in the downstream graphite processing industry, leading to the building of a team that will understand the operational needs of graphite processing. graphite,” said Phil Hearse, executive chairman of International Graphite Ltd (ASX:IG6).