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October 20, 2017
OIL AND GAS
Wheatstone LNG a drag on Woodside Petroleum



Washington (UPI) Oct 19, 2017
General gains in liquefied natural gas production from Australia's Woodside Petroleum weren't enough to lift expectations for total output, it said Thursday. The company said in a third quarter statement that its production guidance for the year was narrowed because of a delay in the start of the first liquefaction facility, or train, at its Wheatstone project in the state of Western Australia. The consortium behind Wheatstone had expected a startup by midyear 2017, but announced only in ... read more

OIL AND GAS
Higher U.S. exports draining storage levels
wWashington (UPI) Oct 19, 2017
An increase in crude oil exports, which reached an all-time high, helped lead to the decline in storage levels for the U.S. market, data analysis show. ... more
OIL AND GAS
Oil prices retreat on Russian concerns about balance
Washington (UPI) Oct 19, 2017
A downbeat sentiment from a Russian oil boss on the trajectory for crude oil prices sent key benchmarks diving into negative territory early Thursday. ... more
OIL AND GAS
Maintenance period drags Norwegian oil production lower
Washington (UPI) Oct 19, 2017
Oil production from Norway last month was far lower than expected, but still above figures from last year, a government agency said Thursday. ... more
OIL AND GAS
Baghdad reminds oil companies that it's in charge
Washington (UPI) Oct 19, 2017
The Iraqi Oil Ministry said Thursday that it was advising oil companies that they should be making contracts and dealing only with the federal government. ... more
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OIL AND GAS
Oil States International expects revenue hit from Harvey
Washington (UPI) Oct 19, 2017
Oil States International, an oilfield services company catering to deepwater production, said Thursday its revenues would be impacted by Hurricane Harvey. ... more
OIL AND GAS
Russian and other regional energy majors look East
Washington (UPI) Oct 17, 2017
Some of the largest Russian and regional energy companies will be in Abu Dhabi to figure out how to tap deeper into Asian economies, conference organizers said. ... more
OIL AND GAS
Enbridge gets U.S. approval for cross-border pipeline section
Washington (UPI) Oct 17, 2017
The U.S. State Department approved a small cross-border section of a Canadian oil pipeline to Minnesota, a state with a strong opposition to pipelines. ... more
OIL AND GAS
African Petroleum shaky, but confident, about oil offshore West Africa
Washington (UPI) Oct 16, 2017
Some of the more promising oil basins off the coast of West Africa are close the point of pay off despite recent setbacks, African Petroleum said Monday. ... more
OIL AND GAS
All pieces of a new European gas pipeline delivered
Washington (UPI) Oct 16, 2017
The last of the 55,000 pieces of pipe needed to build a transit network from a giant gas field offshore Azerbaijan to Europe has arrived, developers said. ... more
OIL AND GAS
Risk premium may be waning for oil prices
Washington (UPI) Oct 17, 2017
Disruptions to U.S. oil production from Hurricane Nate may support a risk-fueled rally in oil prices Tuesday, but concerns about global outages may be fading. ... more


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OIL AND GAS
Valero awarded $157M fuel contract for Israel
Washington (UPI) Oct 16, 2017
In a new deal struck between the Defense Logistics Agency and Valero Marketing and Supply Co., Pentagon officials announced Friday the allocation of $157 million to the Texas-based company in search of various types of fuel. ... more
OIL AND GAS
Iraq forces take oil fields, dashing Kurdish dreams
Bai Hassan, Iraq (AFP) Oct 18, 2017
Iraqi forces Wednesday appeared poised to take full control of the oil fields in the disputed northern province of Kirkuk, dashing Kurdish hopes of creating a viable independent state. ... more
OIL AND GAS
Lebanon gets two bids for offshore gas exploration
Washington (UPI) Oct 13, 2017
Lebanese ambitions to draw investors to its offshore reserve potential, notably for natural gas, brought in only two bids, the government reported. ... more
OIL AND GAS
Iraq seeks BP help in developing recovered Kirkuk oil fields
Baghdad (AFP) Oct 18, 2017
Iraqi Oil Minister Jabbar al-Luaybi called on British energy giant BP on Wednesday to help develop fields in the northern province of Kirkuk recovered from Kurdish forces this week. ... more



Converting carbon dioxide to carbon monoxide using water, electricity
Chicago IL (SPX) Oct 16, 2017
Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago and the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis have determined how electrocatalysts can convert carbon dioxide to carbon monoxide using water and electricity. The discovery can lead to the development of efficient electrocatalysts for large scale production of synthesis gas - a mixture of carbon monoxide and hydrogen. "The electroche ... more
Styria, Austria (SPX) Oct 16, 2017
Breaking down stubborn cellulose
Leuven, Belgium (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
Separating methane and CO2 will become more efficient
Liverpool UK (SPX) Oct 09, 2017
Breakthrough in direct activation of CO2 and CH4 into liquid fuels and chemicals
Scientists create most powerful micro-scale bio-solar cell yet
Binghamton NY (SPX) Oct 18, 2017
Researchers at Binghamton University, State University of New York have created a micro-scale biological solar cell that generates a higher power density for longer than any existing cell of its kind. A microfluidic lab-on-a-chip system that generates its own power is essential for stand-alone, independent, self-sustainable point-of-care diagnostic devices to work in limited-resource and r ... more
Washington (UPI) Oct 16, 2017
Rooftop solar carving out a niche in China
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Oct 19, 2017
SCE monopoly abuse of power prompts the necessity of off-grid inventions
Thuwal, Saudi Arabia (SPX) Oct 18, 2017
Think laterally to sidestep production problems
A kite that might fly
Thuwal, Saudi Arabia (SPX) Oct 18, 2017
The notion of tethered wind turbines that generate electricity from abundant and reliable high-altitude winds seems futuristic. Now, KAUST research led by Georgiy Stenchikov has identified the most favorable areas for high-altitude wind-energy systems in the Middle East. The results confirm that there is abundant wind energy up there that could feasibly be harnessed, bringing the possibili ... more
Edinburgh (AFP) Oct 18, 2017
First floating wind farm starts operation in Scotland
Canberra, Australia (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
Construction to begin on $160 million Industry Leading Hybrid Renewable Energy Project
Washington (UPI) Oct 17, 2017
Scotland outreach to Canada yields wind energy investment
AREVA NP awarded contract for safety upgrades in seven reactors
Seoul, South Korea (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
AREVA NP will deliver its Filtered Containment Venting System (FCVS) to seven nuclear reactors operated by Korean Hydro and Nuclear Power (KHNP). The project execution has already started, completion is scheduled in 2020. FCVS is a safety related system for the mitigation of severe accidents. It allows the operator to depressurize the containment if needed by filtering the gaseous release ... more
Metz, France (AFP) Oct 12, 2017
Greenpeace fireworks shine light on French nuclear safety concerns
Tokyo (AFP) Oct 10, 2017
Japan government, TEPCO liable for Fukushima crisis: court
Paris (AFP) Oct 10, 2017
French, Belgian nuke plants vulnerable to attack: Greenpeace
Geologic evidence is the forerunner of ominous prospects for a warming earth
Philadelphia PA (SPX) Oct 16, 2017
While strong seasonal hurricanes have devastated many of the Caribbean and Bahamian islands this year, geologic studies on several of these islands illustrate that more extreme conditions existed in the past. A new analysis published in Marine Geology shows that the limestone islands of the Bahamas and Bermuda experienced climate changes that were even more extreme than historical events. ... more
Berlin (AFP) Oct 11, 2017
'Plan B': Seven ways to engineer the climate
Washington (UPI) Oct 11, 2017
British government unveils green spending plans
Berlin (AFP) Oct 11, 2017
As Paris climate goals recede, geoengineering looms larger
President Duterte threatens iconic Philippine 'jeepney'
Manila (AFP) Oct 17, 2017
Firebrand Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte threatened Tuesday to scrap by next year the "jeepneys" that have become a national symbol, as he became embroiled in a showdown with the mass transport industry. The flamboyantly-decorated but smoke-belching vehicles were originally converted from surplus World War II US army jeeps but now largely use reconditioned diesel engines from Japan. ... more
Oslo (AFP) Oct 12, 2017
Norway seeks 'Tesla tax' on electric cars
Ljubljana (AFP) Oct 12, 2017
Slovenia sets tough emissions limits for cars
Paris (AFP) Oct 12, 2017
Paris wants to phase out diesel cars by 2024
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Nearly 700,000 Iraqis from war-torn Mosul still displaced: NGO
Baghdad (AFP) Oct 15, 2017
Nearly 700,000 Iraqis from the former jihadist stronghold of Mosul and nearby areas are still displaced despite the city's recapture in July, the Norwegian Refugee Council said Sunday. "One year since the start of the battle to retake Mosul from the Islamic State group (IS), some 673,000 Iraqis from the city and its surroundings remain displaced and unable to go back to their destroyed neigh ... more
Hawija, Iraq (AFP) Oct 7, 2017
Cinders and desolation in Iraq's Hawija after IS
Moscow (AFP) Oct 10, 2017
Moscow says US 'pretending' to fight IS in Iraq
Paris (AFP) Oct 10, 2017
Shock Iraq torture photos raise ethical dilemmas
N. Korea cloud has silver lining for South's armsmakers
Seoul (AFP) Oct 19, 2017
The constant missile and nuclear threats from South Korea's belligerent northern neighbour have racked regional tensions sky-high, but they are a boon for the country's burgeoning defence industry. South Korea has been one of the world's largest importers of military equipment and technology for decades - mostly from the US - but in recent years its domestic sector has grown rapidly. A ... more
Tehran (AFP) Oct 17, 2017
Iran warns Europe against new nuke deal conditions
Singapore (AFP) Oct 17, 2017
US commander must 'imagine the unimaginable' on NKorea
Busan, South Korea (AFP) Oct 18, 2017
Echoes of war as S. Korean grannies on protest front lines
Chinese businesses herald Communist congress by closing shop
Beijing (AFP) Oct 16, 2017
Businesses ranging from cookware to karaoke in China's teeming capital have temporarily shut down as the ruling Communist Party prepares to hold its most important political event of the last five years. Fitness centres, short-term rental websites and even online retailers told AFP on Monday that they would not be operating in Beijing during the 19th National Congress. The meeting, at wh ... more
Beijing (AFP) Oct 18, 2017
Xi tells Communist Party to combat any actions to 'undermine' it
Beijing (AFP) Oct 19, 2017
Red handed: Xi's anti-graft campaign set to roll on
Beijing (AFP) Oct 19, 2017
Beijing says US should 'abandon biased views' of China
Pentagon opens Niger ambush probe as new details emerge
Washington (AFP) Oct 19, 2017
US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis revealed new details of a Niger ambush that left four US servicemen dead, including that the body of one slain soldier was not immediately evacuated. Mattis's comments come as questions mount in the US media about what happened on October 4, and criticism over President Donald Trump's handling of the aftermath. The Pentagon boss said the body of Sergeant L ... more
N'Djamena (AFP) Oct 11, 2017
Chad extends key conservation area in national park
Kigali (AFP) Oct 10, 2017
Rwanda military uses torture to force confessions: HRW
Paris (AFP) Oct 9, 2017
New witness emerges over Rwandan genocide: French legal source
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State Dept. proposes $343B C-17 support contract with Kuwait
Washington (UPI) Oct 20, 2017
The State Department announced Friday it has approved a possible foreign military sale to the government of Kuwait for continuation of the C-17 logistics support services and equipment. The contract, which requires approval from Congress before being finalized, is said to be worth an estimated $342.6 million and would meet a request from Kuwait for three years - with an option for an a ... more
Edwards AFB CA (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
Hear This: 30 Percent Less Noise
Washington (UPI) Oct 20, 2017
Multiple countries set to receive new eyes in the sky for Apache attack helicopters
Washington (UPI) Oct 20, 2017
U.S. taps Elbit for pilot HUD display units
Hiring not part of Alibaba pledge to create US jobs
Laguna Beach, United States (AFP) Oct 17, 2017
Alibaba executive vice chairman Joseph Tsai said Tuesday he expects to boost US jobs by expanding the Chinese firm's e-commerce platform - not by hiring American workers. Tsai, speaking at a California tech conference, made the comments to follow up on a headline-grabbing pledge earlier this year by Alibaba founder Jack Ma and US President Donald Trump that the Chinese internet firm would c ... more
Beijing (AFP) Oct 18, 2017
China's Xi vows open economy, investors want action
Washington (AFP) Oct 13, 2017
US inflation jumps in the wake of Hurricane Harvey
Beijing (AFP) Oct 18, 2017
Xi says China 'will not close its doors to the world'
Warning for China as US hails India 'partnership'
Washington (AFP) Oct 19, 2017
The United States vowed Wednesday to work with India in preference to China over the next century to promote a "free and open" Asia-Pacific region led by prosperous democracies. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson delivered his unexpectedly sharp message to Beijing on the same day President Xi Jinping opened the Communist Party congress. His upbeat speech was designed to set the stage for a ... more
Washington (UPI) Oct 18, 2017
Nominee for CIA inspector general grilled over retaliation claims
Beijing (AFP) Oct 18, 2017
Xi declares 'new era' for China as party congress opens
Beijing (AFP) Oct 18, 2017
Xi is everywhere: China's omnipresent leader
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Delhi braces for pollution 'airpocalypse' as smog looms
Sonipat, India (AFP) Oct 19, 2017
As Hindus across India celebrate Diwali this week, scientists fear a ban on firecrackers and other emergency anti-pollution measures deployed by authorities may not be enough to prevent a repeat of last year's "airpocalypse" in Delhi. Each year, as winter descends on the Indian capital, a perfect storm of seasonal crop stubble burning, dense cloud cover and smoke generated by millions of fir ... more
Paris (AFP) Oct 19, 2017
Pollution killed nine million people in 2015: report
Washington (UPI) Oct 11, 2017
Scientists trace path of inland plastic pollution from rivers to oceanw/ll
Copenhagen (AFP) Oct 11, 2017
Air pollution kills over 500,000 Europeans a year: report
Zurich Insurance sees $700 mln in hurricane claims in Q3
Zurich (AFP) Oct 19, 2017
Swiss group Zurich Insurance said Thursday it expects to receive around $700 million (595 million euros) in insurance claims related to hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria in the third quarter. Zurich Insurance Group said in a statement it "currently estimates aggregate claims in the third quarter of 2017 related to hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria ... to be approximately $700 million net of ... more
Mexico City (AFP) Oct 19, 2017
Mexicans pick up the pieces one month after quake
Utuado, Puerto Rico (AFP) Oct 19, 2017
Puerto Rico mostly in the dark one month after hurricane
Mexico City (AFP) Oct 18, 2017
Mexico quake hit rich and poor alike, but tragedies differ
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