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August 16, 2017
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Transocean to acquire Songa Offshore



Washington (UPI) Aug 15, 2017
Rig company Transocean said it built up its position in the offshore industry by reaching an agreement to acquire its North Atlantic rival, Songa Offshore. Transocean said that, on top of its legacy fleet, it has four drill ships designed for ultra-deep waters under construction and two of those are already under contract from Royal Dutch Shell for the next 10 years. Songa Offshore, meanwhile, has seven rigs to its name, including four that are designated for harsh environments. "Songa O ... read more

OIL AND GAS
U.S. gas prices holding steady as summer fades
Washington (UPI) Aug 15, 2017
U.S. retail gasoline prices are holding relatively stable, with analysts offering competing perspectives on the trend ahead as the demand-heavy summer wanes. ... more
OIL AND GAS
Anadarko shale basin lands Oklahoma on EIA map
Washington (UPI) Aug 15, 2017
With more than 10 percent of the new wells drilled in U.S. shale basins, Oklahoma has earned a place in new monthly data reporting, the government said. ... more
OIL AND GAS
Maduro orders Venezuela military drill after Trump threat
Caracas (AFP) Aug 15, 2017
Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro ordered the army to conduct a round of military drills later this month in response to US President Donald Trump's threat of military action in the crisis-stricken nation. ... more
OIL AND GAS
Iran sees banking channels opening up
Washington (UPI) Aug 15, 2017
With foreign energy companies signing early deals with Iran, the country's president said banking channels to the world could be opening up. ... more
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Kuwait reports second oil spill
Kuwait City (AFP) Aug 15, 2017
Kuwaiti authorities on Tuesday reported a second oil slick off the Gulf state's shores days after saying another large spill was under control. ... more
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Capital push under way for Cuban oil campaign
Washington (UPI) Aug 15, 2017
Proceeds from an effort to raise new capital will be used primarily to start planning for a drilling program in Cuba next year, Melbana Energy announced. ... more
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BP starts new gas production from Trinidad, a major exporter
Washington (UPI) Aug 14, 2017
British energy company BP said it expected a ramp up in natural gas production from its second project to come online this year off the coast of Trinidad. ... more
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Moscow backs peace efforts by Libya rivals
Moscow (AFP) Aug 14, 2017
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Monday backed the efforts of Libya's military strongman Khalifa Haftar and his rival UN-backed Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj to reach a peace agreement in the conflict-ridden country. ... more
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Kurdish oil player sees steady production course ahead
Washington (UPI) Aug 14, 2017
Production from the semi-autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq remains at the high-end of expectations for the year, a company said. ... more
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Iraq, Saudi Arabia express full commitment to OPEC balancing act
Washington (UPI) Aug 11, 2017
Oil production from Iraq and Saudi Arabia will remain subdued until the markets reach a target level that indicates a balanced market, leaders said. ... more


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Saudi Arabia reports higher oil revenue
Washington (UPI) Aug 14, 2017
Second quarter oil revenue was up nearly 30 percent from last year on the back of general improvements in the energy market, the Saudi government reported. ... more
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Oklahoma shale production could increase
Washington (UPI) Aug 14, 2017
After mixed results for the second quarter, U.S. shale player BNK Petroleum said it was anticipating more production from its assets in Oklahoma. ... more
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Oil prices edge lower on OPEC output
Washington (UPI) Aug 14, 2017
Crude oil prices edged lower early Monday on signals of declining volatility and reports of a stronger position from OPEC-member Libya. ... more
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Energy-rich Norway sees government debt drop
Washington (UPI) Aug 14, 2017
Norway, the European leader in oil and gas production, reported government debt declined nearly 20 percent from the first quarter of the year. ... more



Additive selectively converts CO2 to multicarbon fuels
Pasadena CA (SPX) Aug 07, 2017
Chemists have figured out a new, more efficient way to create carbon-based fuels from carbon dioxide (CO2). In chemical reactions performed in the lab, a Caltech team has identified a new additive that helps selectively convert CO2 into fuels containing multiple carbon atoms - a step toward ultimately making renewable liquid fuels that are not derived from coal or oil. "The results were qu ... more
Berkeley CA (SPX) Jul 31, 2017
New light-activated catalyst grabs CO2 to make ingredients for fuel
Houston TX (SPX) Jul 31, 2017
Biochar could clear the air in more ways than one
Pullman WA (SPX) Jul 25, 2017
Algae cultivation technique could advance biofuels
ABB wins $30 million order to support integration of renewables in Germany
Zurich, Switzerland (SPX) Aug 09, 2017
ABB has received an order of around $30 millon from the Dutch-German transmission system operator, TenneT, to supply a stabilization solution that will enhance the reliability and quality of power as the grid absorbs more renewable energy. The order was booked in the second quarter of 2017. Germany's "Energiewende" energy transition roadmap aims for a renewable energy target of at least 80 ... more
Karlsruher, Germany (SPX) Aug 07, 2017
Solar glasses generate solar power
Chicago IL (SPX) Aug 07, 2017
New method enhances broadband light absorption in solar cells
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 07, 2017
Lightweight catalyst for artificial photosynthesis
Night vision for bird- and bat-friendly offshore wind power
Richland WA (SPX) Aug 16, 2017
The same technology that enables soldiers to see in the dark can also help protect birds and bats near offshore wind turbines. Night vision goggles use thermal imaging, which captures infrared light that's invisible to the human eye. Now, researchers at the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory are using thermal imaging to help birds and bats near offshore wind farms. ... more
Washington (UPI) Aug 9, 2017
Norway's Statoil reshapes hold of giant wind farm off the British coast
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 07, 2017
Vertical axis wind turbines can offer cheaper electricity for urban and suburban areas
Berkeley CA (SPX) Aug 09, 2017
Annual wind report confirms tech advancements, improved performance, low wind prices
Analysis highlights failings in US's advanced nuclear program
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 16, 2017
Despite repeated promises over the past 18 years, the US Office of Nuclear Energy (NE) is unlikely to deliver on its mission to develop and demonstrate an advanced nuclear reactor by the mid-21st century. That is the conclusion of a new study from the University of California, San Diego and Carnegie Mellon University, published in the journal Environmental Research Letters, which used data ... more
Frankfurt Am Main (AFP) Aug 14, 2017
RWE optimistic for 2017, boosted by nuclear tax refund
Strasbourg, France (AFP) Aug 15, 2017
Clashes at anti-nuclear demo in France
New York, NY (SPX) Aug 09, 2017
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Heat map showcases extreme temperatures in Southern Europe
Washington (UPI) Aug 14, 2017
A new heat map published by the European Space Agency offers a colorful, bird's-eye-view of last week's heatwave in Southern Europe. As showcased by the swath of organs and red hues blanketing much of the Mediterranean, much of Southern Europe experienced highs near 105 degrees Fahrenheit. During the string of extreme highs, ESA's Earth-observing and weather satellites helped tra ... more
Seoul (AFP) Aug 9, 2017
UNEP chief urges China to do more on climate
Beijing (SPX) Aug 09, 2017
Warm periods in the 20th century are not unprecedented during the last 2,000 years
Pasadena CA (JPL) Aug 09, 2017
Can poor air quality mask global warming's effects
Uber board spat over ex-chief Kalanick goes public
San Francisco (AFP) Aug 14, 2017
A bitter fight over control of Uber has intensified in recent days with warring factions battling over the future role, if any, of ousted chief executive Travis Kalanick at the global rideshare titan. On Monday, a major investor fired off a message to Uber employees explaining why it filed suit last week against founder Kalanick, accusing him of covering misdeeds while rigging the board in o ... more
New York (AFP) Aug 14, 2017
Shares of Fiat Chrysler surge on report of Chinese suitors
Washington (UPI) Aug 9, 2017
Electric vehicles to eat into global oil demand by 6 million barrels
Washington (UPI) Aug 11, 2017
Czech Republic aims for nation-wide vehicle charging points
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Iraq readies to retake another IS bastion: officials
Baghdad (AFP) Aug 14, 2017
Iraqi officials said Monday that preparations have been made for the battle to retake Tal Afar, a town held by the Islamic State jihadist group between Mosul and the Syrian border. Federal police chief Lieutenant General Raed Shakir Jawdat said in a statement that "armoured and elite units are headed for Tal Afar", the main remaining stronghold of IS in northern Iraq. The town is located ... more
Ottawa (AFP) Aug 9, 2017
Canada to contribute policing to liberated Iraq city
Washington (AFP) Aug 4, 2017
Conviction, sentences upended in Blackwater case
Mosul, Iraq (AFP) Aug 3, 2017
Iraq faces vast challenges securing, rebuilding Mosul
US-NKorea crisis tests Cold War's nuclear deterrence doctrine
Paris (AFP) Aug 14, 2017
The doctrine of nuclear deterrence, put to the test in the standoff between Washington and Pyongyang, dates to the Cold War when the world's two superpowers seemed hellbent on "mutually assured destruction". The arms race between United States and the then Soviet Union saw a proliferation of nuclear warheads as well as their vectors - missiles, planes and submarines. On the eve of the c ... more
Washington (UPI) Aug 11, 2017
Lockheed Martin receives $22.2 million Trident II contract
Washington (AFP) Aug 14, 2017
Mattis warns of risk of war, pushes diplomacy; CIA chief says 'nothing imminent'
Beijing (AFP) Aug 14, 2017
China bans North Korean iron, seafood imports
Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo's ashes buried at sea
Shenyang, China (AFP) July 15, 2017
The ashes of China's late Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo were buried at sea on Saturday, depriving his supporters of a place to pay tribute to the pro-democracy dissident. Officials showed a video in which his wife, Liu Xia, and relatives lowered a white round urn into the water off the northeastern coastal city of Dalian, two days after the democracy advocate died of liver cancer aged 61 while i ... more
Hong Kong (AFP) Aug 11, 2017
Anger over calls to limit air-con for Hong Kong maids
Hong Kong (AFP) Aug 11, 2017
Hong Kong pro-democracy supporter says 'abducted' by Chinese agents
Phnom Penh (AFP) Aug 9, 2017
Hundreds of Cambodian maids to work in Hong Kong
Dalai Lama cancels Botswana trip with 'exhaustion'
New Delhi (AFP) Aug 12, 2017
The Dalai Lama has cancelled a trip next week to Botswana because of "exhaustion" after Beijing expressed anger at the African country for allowing the visit. The 82-year-old Tibetan spiritual leader, who lives in exile in India, was to speak at a three day conference in Botswana's capital Gaborone, which begins on August 17. An official statement released late Friday said the Dalai Lama ... more
Maiduguri, Nigeria (AFP) Aug 12, 2017
UN says Nigeria relations 'intact' after unauthorised raid
Kano, Nigeria (AFP) Aug 11, 2017
Nigerian forces in 'unauthorised search' of UN camp
Nairobi (AFP) Aug 10, 2017
Kenyan opposition demands Odinga be 'declared president'
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Families demand Malaysia accept MH370 hunt offer
Kuala Lumpur (AFP) Aug 11, 2017
Relatives of passengers aboard missing flight MH370 Friday demanded Malaysia accept a US exploration firm's offer to take up the hunt for the aircraft, which was suspended earlier this year. No trace of the Malaysia Airlines plane, which disappeared in March 2014 with 239 people on board, was found during a lengthy deep sea hunt in the southern Indian Ocean off western Australia, with the se ... more
Washington (UPI) Jul 14, 2017
France and Germany announce new joint fighter program
Washington (UPI) Jul 13, 2017
Honeywell, Pratt and Whitney contracted by Air Force for power system support
Tokyo (AFP) Aug 11, 2017
Japan approves US Marine flights of Ospreys after crash
Australia's Crown says all staff held in China now free
Sydney (AFP) Aug 14, 2017
Australia's Crown Resorts said Monday that China had released all of the casino group's employees who were detained as part of a gambling crackdown last year. Mogul James Packer's gaming company said the last of the 19 current and former Crown employees had been set free after being held for 10 months. "Crown is pleased that all of our employees have now been released and reunited with t ... more
Washington (AFP) Aug 14, 2017
Trump ups ante with China, orders inquiry over trade ties
Hagatna, Guam (AFP) Aug 15, 2017
Guam officials 'ecstatic' as North Korea holds off attack
Janakpur, Nepal (AFP) Aug 13, 2017
Nepal revives railways as China, India vye for influence
US rallies LatAm on Venezuela after Trump military warning
Bogota (AFP) Aug 14, 2017
The United States vowed Monday to stop Venezuela from becoming a "failed state," as it rallied Latin American allies after President Donald Trump warned of possible military action. US Vice President Mike Pence met in a church in Cartagena, Colombia with Venezuelan families who have fled their country's deadly crisis, as he wrapped up the first stop on a Latin American tour. "We will not ... more
Shanghai (AFP) Aug 14, 2017
Now Chinese army takes aim at 'King of Glory'
Warsaw (AFP) Aug 14, 2017
Poland 'centre of gravity' for US army in Europe: commander
Washington (AFP) Aug 10, 2017
North Korea: Trump fire talk singes Tillerson's wings
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Tunisian beachside town fights industrial pollution
Gabes, Tunisia (AFP) Aug 11, 2017
Next to a palm grove, a blackish mud flows into the sea. After years of living with industrial pollution, residents of Tunisia's Gabes are fighting back. Close to the Chott Essalem beach and in front of a rare coastal oasis, the state-owned Tunisian Chemical Group (GCT) has been processing phosphate since the 1970s. The authorities say the plant pumps 14,000 tonnes of phosphogypsum into ... more
Washington (UPI) Aug 11, 2017
To reduce exposure to pollution on your commute, crank the air conditioning
Washington (AFP) Aug 10, 2017
Planet marks new highs for heat, pollutants, sea level in 2016: report
Ottawa (AFP) Aug 14, 2017
Canada looking to add environmental protections to NAFTA
Urban flooding on the rise, as countryside dries up
Washington (UPI) Aug 14, 2017
New analysis of flow rates and precipitation totals suggest flooding in urban areas is intensifying while rural areas dry up. In an effort to identify links between rising global temperatures and river flow patterns, scientists at the University of New South Wales surveyed flow rate and rainfall data from 5,300 river monitoring sites and 43,000 rain gauges in 160 different countries. ... more
New Delhi (AFP) Aug 12, 2017
Hunter fells elephant that killed 15 in India
New Delhi (AFP) Aug 11, 2017
Shoot-to-kill: India hunts serial killer elephant
Tripoli (AFP) Aug 10, 2017
Libya navy bars foreign ships from migrant 'search and rescue' zone


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