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Cal on June 21st, 2017

The International Energy Agency foresees the global oversupply of crude oil continuing through 2018. The driver is US shale oil production which will grow by 430,000 barrels per day this year and 780,000 next year. Total non-OPEC production including the US is forecast to grow by 1.5 million b/d next year. With global inventories currently […]

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Cal on May 25th, 2017

McKinsey & Company asks: Self-driving car technology: When will the robots hit the road? “A close examination of the technologies required to achieve advanced levels of autonomous driving suggests…such vehicles are perhaps five to ten years away.” Volkswagen Group is in talks with Exxon Mobil Corp. and Russia’s Gazprom to support its efforts to promote automobiles powered by natural […]

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Cal on May 21st, 2017

China and Japan have started harvesting methane ice from the seafloor.  Commercial development of the globe’s huge reserves of methane hydrates or “combustible ice” has moved closer to reality after these Asian companies have successfully extracted the material from the seafloor off their coastlines. Methane hydrate is a frozen mixture of water and concentrated natural gas that can be […]

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Cal on May 13th, 2017

UK startup Tokamak Energy Ltd. activated its ST40 fusion reactor last week and achieved first plasma, an early milestone on the path to higher energy tests, and eventually, electricity production. The company is hoping the ST40 will show fusion temperatures—100 million degrees Celsius—are possible in compact, cost-effective reactors. Tokamak’s compact reactor is about 100-times smaller than ITER (International […]

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Cal on May 9th, 2017

San Francisco think tank RethinkX says self-driving electric cars will dominate US roads by 2030. Within 13 years self-driving cars will represent 95% of all car miles driven in the US.  While 40% of the cars in 2030 will still be of the internal combustion variety, they will represent just 5% of the consumer miles driven. This forecast is […]

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Cal on April 14th, 2017

The African nation of Kenya has awarded a contract for the construction of a geothermal power plant (Olkaria V) which will have 140 megawatt (MW) capacity. With the completion of Olkaria V, Kenya will have 290 MW of geothermal capacity or approximately 10% of the nation’s total electric generation capacity. Scientists from around the world will […]

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Cal on April 11th, 2017

Fitch Ratings Agency is forecasting that global crude oil prices will average $52.50 this year, up from $45.10 in 2016. This figure is still believed to be below the breakeven point for most Middle Eastern oil exporters. Only Kuwait, which is said to have a breakeven point of $45 a barrel is well below the […]

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Cal on April 8th, 2017

On a global level, 2015 and 2016 marked the lowest level of new conventional crude oil discoveries since 1952. In 2016, only 3.7 billion barrels of conventional oil were discovered, roughly 45 days of global crude consumption or 0.2% of global proved reserves. Globally, exploratory drilling fell by almost 20% in 2015 and fell even […]

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