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February 14, 2017
OIL AND GAS
Canada closer to breaking oil landlock



Calgary, Alberta Feb 13, 2017
A review board in Canada said it started a detailed approval process for the route of the expanded Trans Mountain pipeline to the western shore. The National Energy Board said it approved a proposed draft for the detailed route of the Trans Mountain pipeline. The regulator said pipeline company Kinder Morgan must now submit actual plans for each segment of the detailed route and notify any landowners whose property would be crossed. "Trans Mountain must also publish notices in local news ... read more

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More drilling permits issued in Texas
The number of new drilling permits issued in Texas last month was more than 80 percent higher than the previous year, state data show. ... more
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U.S. oil production looking robust, OPEC says
The recovery in crude oil prices means more oil likely from U.S. shale deposits, though immediate gains are coming from offshore, OPEC said. ... more
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Facing multiple pressures, oil prices move lower
Gains in production from some OPEC members, expected U.S. gains and European economic concerns pushed oil prices lower early Monday. ... more
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Lundin Petroleum: Sole focus is now on offshore Norway
A new company will manage most of the assets outside of Norway in order to focus more on those core offshore holdings, Lundin Petroleum announced. ... more
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China's oil demand growing, but at a slower pace
A metric used to gauge oil demand in China, the world's second-largest economy, show steady gains but at a slower pace than before, S&P Global Platts said. ... more
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Iran on Total's radar for future growth
Future investments geared toward growth include signing agreements to work with Iran on its giant South Pars gas field, French supermajor Total said. ... more
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US authorities clear pathway for Dakota pipeline
US authorities said Tuesday they will approve a permit to complete the controversial Dakota Access pipeline to reduce transportation costs and give US producers a boost as they compete against oil from Canada. ... more
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Rice takes deeper look at unconventional oil and gas
Understanding how oil and gas molecules, water and rocks interact at the nanoscale will help make extraction of hydrocarbons through hydraulic fracturing more efficient, according to Rice University ... more
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Methane levels have increased in Marcellus Shale region despite dip in well installation
Despite a slow down in the number of new natural gas wells in the Marcellus Shale region of Northeast Pennsylvania, new research led by Drexel University finds that atmospheric methane levels in the ... more
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Dakota pipeline work resumes, US tribe heads to court
Construction has begun on the final segment of the controversial Dakota Access oil pipeline in the northern United States, prompting a court challenge from a Native American tribe which says its religious rights are under threat. ... more


Oil sharply higher on OPEC compliance

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On oil markets, a report says to wait and see
Even though OPEC members are largely complying with a production deal, the net market condition still favors the supply side slightly, the IEA said Friday. ... more
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U.S.-Mexican energy trade a bright spot
U.S. crude oil exported to Mexico is one of the more lucrative commodities for North American energy trade, the U.S. Energy Department reported. ... more
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Rio Tinto hires from oil and gas talent pool
Rio Tinto, one of the world's largest metals and mining companies, said it was bringing in top former oil executives to join its front office staff. ... more
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Worker missing after New Orleans pipeline explosion
One worker for Phillips 66 is unaccounted for and two others were injured after an explosion on a gas pipeline near New Orleans, the company said. ... more

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Alberta backing bioenergy programs
The provincial government of Alberta said it was creating new jobs by offering funding to support bioenergy and a low-carbon future. The government said it was offering up to $45 million to support a bioenergy producer program aimed at deriving fuels from crops and livestock waste. The industry already powers the equivalent of 200,000 average households in Alberta and contributes ... more
A better way to farm algae

DuPont Industrial Biosciences to develop new high-efficiency biogas enzyme method

Cathay Pacific to cut emissions with switch to biofuel

Magnolia Solar awarded US Patent for High Efficiency Multijunction Solar Cell
Ecoark Holdings has announced its subsidiary Magnolia Solar, Inc. has recently been awarded a new U.S. patent by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). The U.S. Patent No 9,543,456 issued on January 10, 2017 relates to the development of "Multijunction Solar Cell Employing Extended Heterojunction and Step Graded Antireflection Structures and Methods of constructing the same ... more
French government gets renewable energy endorsement

EU to phase out China solar panel duties

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British grid drawing power from new offshore wind farm
While only a fraction of the total capacity is realized, Norwegian energy company Statoil said the British grid is getting power from its latest wind farm. Statoil announced its first wind turbine from the Dudgeon facility off the British coast was now providing electricity to the nation's grid. Up to 6,000 homes are now getting power from offshore wind. Once in full operation later thi ... more
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Explosion at French nuclear plant, 'no radiation risk'
An explosion at a nuclear power plant on France's northwest coast on Thursday caused minor injuries, but the authorities said there was no risk of radiation. The blast occurred in the engine room at the Flamanville plant, which lies 25 kilometres (15 miles) west of the port of Cherbourg and just across from the Channel Islands. "It is a technical incident. It is not a nuclear accident," ... more
Three new uranium minerals from Utah

Iran imports 149 tonnes of uranium from Russia: atomic chief

France's Areva picks up Japanese investors

Scientists argue current climate change models understate the problem
A new study on the relationship between people and the planet shows that climate change is only one of many inter-related threats to the Earth's capacity to support human life. An international team of distinguished scientists, including five members of the National Academies, argues that there are critical components missing from current climate models that inform environmental, climate, ... more
Gas hydrate breakdown unlikely to cause massive greenhouse gas release

Researchers say climate models understate risk, ignore human factors

Cape Town pools crack down on splashing as drought bites

Tesla takes on Gulf gas guzzlers
Electric carmaker Tesla announced the opening of a new Gulf headquarters Monday in Dubai, aiming to conquer an oil-rich region better known for gas guzzlers than environmentally friendly motoring. Elon Musk, the co-founder and chief executive of the American firm seeking to revolutionise the electric car market, was in the affluent city state to oversee the launch of the Gulf sales push. ... more
Dubai aims to launch hover-taxi by July

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Germany to expand infrastructure for electric vehicles

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Iraq hits IS commanders, Baghdadi fate unclear: statement
The Iraqi air force has targeted a meeting of commanders from the Islamic State group that its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi may have been attending, a statement said on Monday. It was not clear in the statement sent by the Joint Operations Command coordinating the fight against the jihadists in Iraq whether the world's most wanted terrorist had been hit. An intelligence cell monitored a c ... more
Rockets hit Baghdad Green Zone after deadly protest

UK sees IS being ousted from Iraq towns this year

Mass graves found in western Iraq: officials

US, Japan conduct test of joint missile
The United States and Japan have conducted the first interception of a ballistic missile target using a jointly built system, amid heightened tensions over North Korea's missile program. The two nations have been working together since 2006 to develop a variant of the Standard Missile-3, a ship-launched missile that operates as part of the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System. Friday' ... more
UN to meet after N. Korea claims successful missile test

Iran's Rouhani says military power 'purely defensive'

French MPs clear way for payouts to atomic test victims

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'Unfair' Hong Kong election sparks fresh democracy calls
The vote for Hong Kong's new leader kicks off this week, but most of its 3.8 million-strong electorate will have no say in choosing the winner, prompting calls for an overhaul of a system skewed towards Beijing. It is the first leadership vote since mass pro-democracy protests in 2014 failed to win political reform and comes as fears grow that China is tightening its grip on semi-autonomous ... more
China villages cheer Robin Hood-like hero in spring festival

Exile, jail, abduction: the hazardous lives of China's rich

Missing Chinese billionaire targeted over stocks crash: report

I. Coast govt pursues bid to end mutiny by elite troops
The Ivorian government planned Thursday to pursue talks with elite troops responsible for President Alassane Ouattara's security in a bid to end a revolt by the special forces, a defence ministry official said. "Normally the discussions should resume this morning," the source told AFP after the mutineers began talks with top military staff following armed protests this week in their barracks ... more
Ivory Coast arrests six journalists over mutiny 'false information'

Ivory Coast govt in bid to end elite troops' mutiny

Somalia to elect president amid security, drought woes

Airbus contracts CAE for C295W training simulation
Airbus Defense and Space awarded CAE an 11-year contract to support the Canadian government's Fixed-Wing Search and Rescue program. Under the contract, valued at over $229 million, CAE will integrate training systems to prepare Canadian pilots to fly the C295W military transport aircraft. Canada selected to the aircraft as its new fixed-wing search-and-rescue platform in December 2016. ... more
Saab offers high-tech jet production hub to India

How to decrease the mass of aircrafts

Israeli companies cash in on F-35 contract work

China's steel capacity grew in 2016 despite pledges
China increased its steelmaking capacity last year by more than twice Britain's annual output, a report said Monday, despite repeated pledges to cut huge excess in the sector. China makes more than half the world's steel but a slowdown in its economy and sagging global demand has left the industry with massive excess capacity. It has been accused of dumping its production on world mark ... more
In the US, Trump ushers in era of dramatic deregulation

China tightens controls on Bitcoin trading platforms

China exports surge tainted by fears of trade turmoil

Property and credit booms stablise China growth
Chinese growth stabilised in the third quarter, data showed Wednesday, as ample credit and hot property markets propped up the world's second-largest economy. But while the forecast-beating reading was in line with state targets, it came as experts warned that authorities have relied too much on easy credit, which has in turn increased financial risks. The economy grew 6.7 percent in Jul ... more
China data and US banks propel equities higher

No debt-for-equity cure for zombie firms, says China

China's ranks of super-rich rise despite economic slowdown

Chinese, US aircraft in 'unsafe' encounter over South China Sea: US
A Chinese military aircraft had an "unsafe" encounter with a US Navy surveillance aircraft near a contested reef in the South China Sea, the US Pacific Command said Friday. The two planes came within 1,000 feet (300 meters) of each other during Wednesday's incident near the Scarborough Shoal, which is claimed by both the Philippines and China, according to Pentagon spokesman Jeff Davis. ... more
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Trump sends letter of thanks to China's Xi

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