Energy

Leviathan Gears Up For Development Phase As Sanctioning Nears

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Work to develop the gigantic Leviathan Field in the Mediterranean Sea offshore Israel is progressing with project sanctioning expected… Velda Addison E&P Noble Energy Inc. (NYSE: NBL) delivered an update on the field, which holds about 622 Bcm (22 Tcf) of natural gas, during a conference call Feb. 14 after releasing its fourth-quarter 2016 results and… Leviathan Gears Up… Read More »

Coalition to change native title laws to protect mining and agriculture deals

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George Brandis announces bill to reverse court ruling that threw land use agreements thrown into doubt, including deal between Adani and… Joshua Robertson The Guardian The Turnbull government will change native title laws to protect land use agreements thrown into doubt by a recent court ruling, including a… Coalition to change… Read More »

Crisis, what crisis? How smart solar can protect our vulnerable power grids

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Some commentators seem to be worried that our electricity networks are facing an impending voltage crisis, citing fears that renewables (rooftop solar panels in particular) will threaten the quality of our power supply. Lawrence McIntosh and Dani Alexander The Conversation These concerns hinge on the fact that solar panels and other domestic generators can push up voltages, potentially making it harder for network companies to maintain stability across the grid. But what is… Crisis, what crisis… Read More »

We need to think now about our solar power revolution

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Given the lack of regulations governing solar power, Kieran Hartley argues that we need to rethink how we want to use it to meet our energy needs in the future… Kieran Hartley Irish Examiner THE lack of planning guidelines governing the hundreds of applications for solar farms, or Utility Scale Solar Photovoltaic’s (SPV’s), will leave consumers out of pocket and lead local communities to protest. Ireland is on the… We need to think… Read More »

Ireland Is Set to Become the First Country to Completely Stop Funding Fossil Fuels

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Goodbye, coal and oil. Ireland is close to becoming the first country in the world to completely divest from fossil fuels, thanks to a new bill recently passed by the… Josh Hrala ScienceAlert If set into law after review, the vote – which passed with 90 to 53 votes last Thursday – would halt public funding of fossil fuels like coal, oil, and… Ireland Is Set… Read More »

Why Putin needs Orbán

BUDAPEST, HUNGARY - FEBRUARY 17:  Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban converse during a signing ceremony of several agreements between the two countries at Parliament on February 17, 2015 in Budapest, Hungary. Putin is in Budapest on a one-day visit, his first visit to an EU-member country since he attended ceremonies marking the 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasions in France in June, 2014.  (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

Russia looks to Budapest and the new Trump reality to bring down sanctions wall. Lili Bayer Politico BUDAPEST — As Russian President Vladimir Putin prepares to make a rare trip to the European Union Thursday, his choice of destination — Hungary — reveals a shift in the Kremlin’s strategy in Europe following the… Why Putin needs… Read More »

Perspective for ‘Turkish Stream’ Project: Possible Scenarios and Challenges

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Following the cancellation of South Stream, Russia announced its plans to reroute the pipeline to Turkey, instead of… Ilgar Gurbanov * Natural Gas World The new pipeline was dubbed “Turkish Stream”, with same capacity of South Stream, but less vulnerable to EU competition… “Turkish Stream” has also experienced… Perspective for ‘Turkish… Read More »

Republicans step up push for Arctic drilling in wildlife refuge

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (Bloomberg) — Far above the Arctic Circle, one of the longest-running controversies in U.S. oil drilling is about to… ALEX NUSSBAUM World Oil Bouyed by Donald Trump’s election, Republicans are pushing to allow oil exploration in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, the… Republicans step up… Read More »

Congress moves to give away national lands, discounting billions in revenue

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Though recreation on public lands creates $646bn in economic stimulus and 6.1m jobs, Republicans are setting in motion a giveaway of Americans’… Heather Hansman The Guardian In the midst of highly publicized steps to dismantle insurance coverage for 32 million people and… Congress moves to… Read More »

America Must Rethink Its Assumptions about Russia

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From energy and politics to Syria and Ukraine. Nikolas K. Gvosdev The National Interest I rarely find myself nodding in full agreement with Masha Gessen’s writings, but her critique of the deficiencies of the U.S. analytic community in terms of the inquiries into Moscow’s efforts to sway the 2016 American elections is… America Must Rethink Its… Read More »

Southeast Asia’s newest nation faces an election that could make or break its future

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With much of the population living in poverty and oil wealth running dry, Timor-Leste’s upcoming elections could be the public’s most important decision since… David Hutt South East Asia Globe “Our people need money,” said then-President Xanana Gusmão the day after Timor-Leste gained independence from Indonesia in… Southeast Asia’s newest… Read More »

Climate change: 90% of rural Australians say their lives are already affected

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Overwhelming majority believe they are living with the effects of warming and 46% say coal-fired power should be phased… Calla Wahlquist The Guardian Ninety per cent of people living in rural and regional Australia believe they are already experiencing the impacts of climate change and 46% believe coal-fired… Climate change: 90%… Read More »

New Dutch disease — a gas hangover

Demonstrators confront with the police during the Dutch Minister of Economic Affairs' press conference in Loppersum, on January 17, 2014. The Dutch government said on January 17 it would slash gas production in Europe's biggest field by 20 percent over three years after protests by villagers who blame the extraction for causing earthquakes.  "The earthquake problem is a problem for all the Dutch," Economics Minister Henk Kamp told a chaotic press conference in the northern village of Loppersum. Kamp had travelled to the village, one of those worst affected by the earthquakes, to announce the cabinet's decision and was repeatedly interrupted by protestors calling for a complete halt to gas production.  AFP PHOTO / ANP / CATRINUS VAN DER VEEN  ***netherlands out***        (Photo credit should read CATRINUS VAN DER VEEN/AFP/Getty Images)

The Netherlands blew through billions in profits from natural gas, and now it’s turning to Russia for supplies. Naomi O’Leary Politico AMSTERDAM — The Netherlands partied for years on gas from the Groningen gas field. Suddenly the barman is… New Dutch disease… Read More »

For Israel, energy boom could make friends out of enemies

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ABOARD THE ATWOOD ADVANTAGE — In the ship’s control room, facing four video screens, a driller from Mississippi in dark shades and a black baseball cap with a skull on it held what could be the future of Israel in his… Peter Baker, New York Times The Boston Globe The massive drill he controlled extended down 11,345 feet, more than 2 miles below the… For Israel, energy … Read More »

Total’s Cyprus Block 11 could rival Egypt’s Zohr discovery, IHS Markit says

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HOUSTON — Driven by the success of Eni’s major Zohr field gas discovery offshore Egypt in 2015, companies are rethinking the Eastern Mediterranean region’s gas potential, according to new analysis from IHS Markit. Total’s announcement that… World Oil “The Zohr gas discovery in… Total’s Cyprus Block… Read More »

Total’s Offshore Cyprus Block 11 Could Rival Egypt’s Zohr Natural Gas Discovery; Increasing Investment and Competition in Region, IHS Markit Says

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Total to drill one of E&P industry’s most critical wells in 2017, as interest grows in region IHS Driven by the success of Eni’s major Zohr Field gas discovery offshore Egypt in 2015, companies are rethinking the Eastern Mediterranean region’s gas potential, according to… Total’s Offshore Cyprus… Read More »