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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 May 7th, 2015

Cities currently account for about 66% of global energy use. Forecasters project this figure to rise to 80% as the world’s population shifts to urban centers. Offshore crude oil drillers are bracing for a wave of contract cancellations as energy companies around the world try to cut their costs to cope with continuing low world oil […]

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Cal on April 20th, 2015

Norwegian energy company Statoil said it made a natural gas discovery in the Norwegian Sea in an area near a find made less than a month ago. The company estimates the volume of the discovery to be between 12 million and 44 million barrels of oil equivalent. OPEC should consider re-introducing individual crude oil output […]

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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 10th, 2015

Ecuador’s revenue from crude oil exports was $598 million in January, down about 44% from a year earlier due to lower world crude oil prices. Lower oil prices are expected to drag down economic growth in a country whose oil sector generates about one-quarter of total government revenue and about half of its total exports. […]

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Cal on February 28th, 2015

This week US President Obama vetoed the Keystone pipeline bill which the new Congress had passed as one of it highest priorities. Oil industry analysts believe the veto signals that the President will reject the project after the State Department study is completed. The pipeline, if approved, would run from Alberta, Canada to the southern […]

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