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Cal on May 12th, 2015

In recent years, China has embraced coal gasification, which involves treating coal with heat, steam and oxygen to turn it into methane gas that can be sent by pipeline to cities to supply relatively clean heat and power in place of coal. Some 50 of these massive coal-to-methane plants are planned. Global investment in upstream […]

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Cal on April 15th, 2015

In 2014 the US continued to remain the world’s largest producer of petroleum and natural gas, exceeding that of both Russia and Saudi Arabia. For the US and Russia, total petroleum and natural gas hydrocarbon production is almost evenly split between petroleum and natural gas. Saudi Arabia’s production, on the other hand, heavily favors petroleum. […]

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Cal on April 5th, 2015

New Zealand government scientists are looking at ways to extract natural gas frozen in ice beneath the seabed after finding an enormous deposit off the country’s east coast. A solid band of methane hydrates extending from the top of the South island to Poverty Bay in the North Island had been identified during a six-year […]

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Cal on March 28th, 2015

Germany and Norway have agreed to create the NordLink project which will be Europe’s longest electric power grid interconnection, enabling the transmission of 1.4 gigawatts of renewable energy. The high-voltage direct current (HVDC) link will extend 623 kilometers. It is scheduled to go into commercial operation in 2020. Turkey’s first nuclear power plant is unlikely […]

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Cal on March 23rd, 2015

Oil analysts seem pretty confident that a move towards higher crude oil prices will take place sometime in the second half of this year but they disagree as to whether this rebound will reach $100 a barrel or will stop short of that level, ie. below the price necessary to support the high cost of […]

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Cal on February 6th, 2015

Last year the newly elected Prime Minister of Australia, Tony Abbot, vowed to repeal the country’s carbon tax to reduce electricity and natural gas prices in that country.  Recently released figures from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission show electricity prices have declined on average 7.31% and natural gas prices have dropped on average 4.8% […]

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Cal on February 3rd, 2015

ITV tells us about ITER, the man-made star that we all hope will solve the world’s unending demand for energy as the population grows larger and larger. ITER is the acronym for the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor currently under construction in the south of France.  It’s seven partners (US,, Europe, China, India, Russia, South Korea […]

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Cal on November 19th, 2014

The International Energy Agency in its latest World Energy Outlook says the slowdown in the growth of demand for energy to 1.1% per year is attributed primarily to countries becoming more efficient in using energy. (Video of IEA presentation here.)  The IEA says the transport sector is in the leader for energy efficiency improvements. More […]

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