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August 31, 2017
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Total starts new production in the North Sea



Washington (UPI) Aug 30, 2017
French energy company Total said Wednesday it started new production at gas and ultra-light oil fields that will contribute to its growth in the North Sea. The company said it started production from the Edradour and Glenlivet fields in the waters west of the Shetland Islands. Production capacity is around 56,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day. Arnaud Breuillac, the president of exploration and development for Total, said the market was favorable for new developments and the start-up ... read more

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Texas crude oil production up 3 percent before Harvey slowdown
Washington (UPI) Aug 30, 2017
The energy regulator in Texas said data from the industry show the average daily volume of crude oil production was up about 3 percent from last year. ... more
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Oil down as US refineries struggle from Harvey impact
Singapore (AFP) Aug 31, 2017
Crude prices fell further in Asian trade Thursday as refineries shut down by deadly storm Harvey in the key oil-producing US Gulf Coast struggled to get back online, further piling up supplies. ... more
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Oil prices continue downward trend triggered by Harvey
Washington (UPI) Aug 30, 2017
With the largest refinery in the United States closed Wednesday, crude oil prices continued to bear the brunt of Tropical Storm Harvey. ... more
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Four soldiers, civilian killed in Nigeria oil region ambush
Bayelsa, Nigeria (AFP) Aug 30, 2017
Gunmen ambushed and killed four soldiers and a civilian in Nigeria's oil-rich south, local sources said Wednesday, breaking months of uneasy calm after unrest over the distribution of the country's oil revenues. ... more
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Iran lauds oil loading potential from Persian Gulf
Washington (UPI) Aug 30, 2017
It's possible that almost a million barrels of oil could be loaded onto a floating production facility in the Persian Gulf, an Iranian petroleum director said. ... more
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Mozambique emerging as hub for liquefied natural gas
Washington (UPI) Aug 30, 2017
Drilling services company Baker Hughes said it landed a contract that could help establish Mozambique as a major player in the liquefied natural gas market. ... more
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North Korea tensions may upend Asian energy markets
Washington (UPI) Aug 30, 2017
The risk of military conflict over North Korea could have severe global market impacts because of the concentration of refining capacity, Wood Mackenzie warned. ... more
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Oil and gas wells as a strong source of greenhouse gases
Kiel, Germany (SPX) Aug 29, 2017
The pictures went around the world. In April 2010, huge amounts of methane gas escaped from a well below the Deepwater Horizon platform in the Gulf of Mexico. This "blow-out" caused an explosion, in ... more
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Brazil threatens to nix Total's Amazon oil drilling bid
Rio De Janeiro (AFP) Aug 29, 2017
Brazil is threatening to turn down Total's bid to drill in the mouth of the Amazon river, saying the French oil giant has not allayed concerns over its ability to protect a huge offshore coral reef. ... more
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Statoil's Arctic exploration fails to find oil
Oslo (AFP) Aug 29, 2017
Norwegian oil group Statoil said Tuesday that exploratory drilling in the Korpfjell prospect area in the Arctic, which experts thought may contain the country's largest oil find, had been "disappointing". ... more


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Harvey pushing gas prices up as another storm approaches east coast of U.S.
Washington (UPI) Aug 29, 2017
Uncertainty about the long-term impacts from Tropical Storm Harvey are already pushing gasoline prices up at the retail level, motor club AAA reported. ... more
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Oil prices down as US reels from Harvey
Singapore (AFP) Aug 30, 2017
Crude prices slipped back in Asian trade Wednesday as a key US oil-producing region reeled from the devastation caused by monster storm Harvey. ... more
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Oil sees slight recover after hit from storm Harvey
Singapore (AFP) Aug 29, 2017
Crude prices recovered slightly in in Asian trade Tuesday a day after heavy falls caused by the impact of monster storm Harvey on a key US oil-producing region. ... more
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Profits up 40 percent for Chinese oil and gas company Sinopec
Washington (UPI) Aug 28, 2017
Chinese oil and gas company Sinopec said net profit for the first half of the year was up 40 percent in response to domestic demand and higher crude oil prices. ... more



Researchers identify cheaper, greener biofuels processing catalyst
Champaign IL (SPX) Aug 28, 2017
Fuels that are produced from nonpetroleum-based biological sources may become greener and more affordable, thanks to research performed at the University of Illinois' Prairie Research Institute that examines the use of a processing catalyst made from palladium metal and bacteria. Biofuels are made from renewable materials such as plants or algae, and offer an alternative to petroleum-based ... more
Zurich, Switzerland (SPX) Aug 23, 2017
How a bacterium can live on methanol
New York NY (SPX) Aug 23, 2017
Cyborg bacteria outperform plants when turning sunlight into useful compounds
San Diego CA (SPX) Aug 23, 2017
Stretchable biofuel cells extract energy from sweat to power wearable devices
Moscow gets its first traffic signals powered by renewable energy
Washington (UPI) Aug 28, 2017
The Russian capital, Moscow, now has its first traffic signals ever to be powered by renewable energy, the nation's Center for Traffic Organization announced. "Traffic lights of the new system have two independent sources of energy: a wind generator and a solar battery," Vadim Yuryev, the head of the Russian Center for Traffic Organization, was quoted by the Tass news agency as saying. ... more
Beijing, China (SPX) Aug 29, 2017
Perovskite solar cells go single crystal
Thuwal, Saudi Arabia (SPX) Aug 29, 2017
Shape-shifters soak up sunshine
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 28, 2017
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Saudi Arabia shortlists 25 bidders for major wind plant
Riyadh (AFP) Aug 29, 2017
Saudi Arabia invited bids Tuesday from 25 shortlisted companies to build a 400 megawatt wind power project, as the world's top oil exporter pushes for renewable sources to diversify its energy mix. The plant in northern Al-Jouf province is the first utility-scale wind project as part of the government's reform plan to wean the kingdom off oil, which has set a target of 9.5 gigawatts of renew ... more
Washington (UPI) Aug 24, 2017
First foundations set for Baltic Sea wind farm
La Ventosa, Mexico (AFP) Aug 19, 2017
Wind energy blows up storm of controversy in Mexico
Washington (UPI) Aug 21, 2017
U.S. extends wind energy taproots into Zambia
Kazakhstan inaugurates IAEA-backed nuclear fuel bank
Astana, Kazakhstan (AFP) Aug 29, 2017
Kazakhstan inaugurated Tuesday a new internationally-controlled uranium fuel bank seen as potentially important in curbing nuclear proliferation and reducing regional security tensions. The bank is capable of storing enough low-enriched uranium fuel to light up a large city for three years and it is hoped that access to the fuel will dissuade countries from launching their own nuclear enrich ... more
Budapest (AFP) Aug 28, 2017
2018 start for Russia-backed nuclear plant work:
Tokyo (AFP) Aug 24, 2017
Fukushima operator faces $5 bn US suit over 2011 disaster
Abu Dhabi (AFP) Aug 21, 2017
UAE nuclear programme edges toward 2018 launch
Methane from tundra, ocean floor didn't spike during previous natural warming period
Corvallis OR (SPX) Aug 28, 2017
Scientists concerned that global warming may release huge stores of methane from reservoirs beneath Arctic tundra and deposits of marine hydrates - a theory known as the "clathrate gun" hypothesis - have turned to geologic history to search for evidence of significant methane release during past warming events. A new study published this week in the journal Nature suggests, however, that t ... more
Edmonton, Canada (SPX) Aug 28, 2017
Research identifies new microbe with potential to help rebalance Earth's nitrogen cycle
Paris (SPX) Aug 21, 2017
Study gives first proof that the Earth has a natural thermostat
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 17, 2017
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Japan's 'highway doctor' does checkup on ageing roads
Tokyo (AFP) Aug 28, 2017
As Japan takes on the mammoth task of upgrading its capital's outdated roads and infrastructure, a local "highway doctor" is betting that its 3-D technology can led a hand. Tokyo's sprawling maze of ageing expressways, measuring 320 kilometres (or 200 miles) in length, have long been crying out for a facelift, some dating back to the last time the city hosted the Olympic Games in 1964. ... more
Sao Paulom Brazil (SPX) Aug 29, 2017
Nanoparticles pollution rises 30 percent when flex-fuel cars switch from bio to fossil
Worcester MA (SPX) Aug 29, 2017
New liquid-metal membrane technology may help make hydrogen fuel cell vehicles viable
Manila (AFP) Aug 26, 2017
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Jordan, Iraq reopen only border crossing; Iraqi forces close in on last jihadist ISIS stronghold
Amman (AFP) Aug 30, 2017
Jordan and Iraq on Wednesday reopened their only border crossing, saying security had been restored three years after the Islamic State group seized control of frontier areas. In a joint statement, the two countries' governments said the crossing, called Turaibil in Iraq and Al-Karameh in Jordan, was reopened after it was "secured... against attacks by criminal gangs". The border crossin ... more
Tal Afar, Iraq (AFP) Aug 28, 2017
Iraq fighters take 'victory selfies' at Tal Afar citadel
Baghdad (AFP) Aug 29, 2017
IS evacuation deal sparks Iraqi outrage
Tal Afar, Iraq (AFP) Aug 27, 2017
Iraqi forces poised for victory over IS in Tal Afar
US-South joint drills end amid soaring N. Korea tensions
Seoul (AFP) Aug 31, 2017
Seoul and Washington wrapped up their annual war games on Thursday, the South's defence ministry said, with tensions high after Pyongyang's latest missile launch over Japan. Tens of thousands of South Korean and US troops took part in the Ulchi Freedom Guardian (UFG) joint military drills, a largely computer-simulated exercise that ran for two weeks in the South. The annual drills are vi ... more
Tokyo (AFP) Aug 30, 2017
Postman who survived Nagasaki A-bomb dies at 88
Tehran (AFP) Aug 29, 2017
Iran's Rouhani dismisses military site inspections
Seoul (AFP) Aug 31, 2017
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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
Beijing (AFP) Aug 27, 2017
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Shanghai (AFP) Aug 24, 2017
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Hong Kong (AFP) Aug 25, 2017
Hong Kong independence duo fail to regain parliament seats
DRCongo troops chasing reporter 'force entry' at UN base
Kinshasa (AFP) Aug 29, 2017
The UN said Tuesday that soldiers "forced entry" into its base in the volatile Kasai region of DR Congo aiming to arrest a journalist critical of President Joseph Kabila. Journalist Edouard Diye Tshitenge had been planning to present a manifesto on Monday demanding the removal of Kabila, who has refused to step down despite constitutional limits. But the general who heads operations in t ... more
Luanda (AFP) Aug 23, 2017
Angolans vote as Dos Santos ends 38-year rule
Freetown (AFP) Aug 19, 2017
Death toll in SLeone flood disaster reaches 441
Washington (UPI) Aug 21, 2017
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Israel finalizes deal for additional F-35 stealth fighters
Washington (UPI) Aug 28, 2017
Israel announced this weekend it is acquiring 17 additional F-35 Lightning II multi-role fighters from Lockheed Martin, which will bring the Israeli Air Force fleet of the jets to 50. The Israeli Ministry of Defense said Israel currently has five of the stealth fighters in its possession. Thirty three F-35s are to be delivered by 2021, and a new batch is expected to be ordered by 2024. ... more
(UPI) Aug 29, 2017
U.S. Air Force to receive first fully operational F-35A squadron
Washington (UPI) Aug 28, 2017
General Dynamics receives $310.6M contract for M1A2 SEP 3 upgrades
Washington (UPI) Aug 24, 2017
Huntington Ingalls picked to refurbish USS Fitzgerald
China factory activity picks up in August
Beijing (AFP) Aug 31, 2017
China's factory activity gathered steam in August, official data showed on Thursday, beating expectations, but not dispelling concerns about the headwinds facing the world's second largest economy. The figures came as China registered steady inflation but slowing foreign trade growth in the previous month. The latest purchasing managers index (PMI), a gauge of factory conditions, came in ... more
Seoul (AFP) Aug 29, 2017
Prosecutors appeal against ruling on Samsung heir
Shanghai (AFP) Aug 28, 2017
Wanda shares tumble on rumours chairman detained
Shanghai (AFP) Aug 31, 2017
China Construction Bank profits lifted by economy, debt crackdown
NATO battle groups in Baltics now operational
(UPI) Aug 29, 2017
NATO's four multi-national battlegroups in the Baltics and Poland are now fully operational following a certification exercise of a Canadian-led battlegroup. NATO said Monday that the Canadian-led battlegroup is based in Latvia and operates from contributions from Albania, Italy, Poland, Slovenia and Spain. NATO leaders last year decided to enhance its presence in the alliance's ... more
Beijing (AFP) Aug 29, 2017
Chinese troops to patrol border area after India stand-off
Beijing (AFP) Aug 30, 2017
China says it hopes India will 'learn lessons' from standoff
Moscow (AFP) Aug 29, 2017
Russia says massive Zapad-2017 drills 'purely defensive'
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Kenya bans plastic bags in bid to fight pollution
Nairobi (AFP) Aug 28, 2017
A ban on plastic bags came into force in Kenya on Monday in a bid to slow pollution, with offenders liable to jail time or hefty fines. The ban on the use, manufacture and importation of plastic carrier bags was carried through after the High Court threw out a challenge brought by importers who claim jobs will be lost and livelihoods threatened. Dozens of countries have either restricted ... more
Rio De Janeiro (AFP) Aug 28, 2017
Catholic church condemns Brazil plan for Amazon mining
Phnom Penh (AFP) July 13, 2017
Cambodia bans overseas exports of coastal sand
Gaza City, Palestinian Territories (AFP) Aug 26, 2017
Gaza boy swimmer death puts spotlight on pollution crisis
Two landslides kill 30 in China
Beijing (AFP) Aug 30, 2017
Two landslides in rural areas of China have killed 30 people with at least another 12 missing, according to state media reports Wednesday. The death toll from a large landslide that struck a town in southwestern Guizhou province on Monday rose to 23 while a second landslide on Wednesday killed seven people in the northwest of the country. More than 600,000 cubic metres of rock and mud ha ... more
Houston (AFP) Aug 31, 2017
Texas flood toll mounts amid chemical blast fears
New Orleans (AFP) Aug 30, 2017
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Washington (AFP) Aug 31, 2017
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