Energy & Oil

Energy & Oil
Monday, April 21st 2014 - 07:19 UTC

Gibraltar blackout on Sunday afternoon as fire breaks out in main power station

Power station where the fire broke out

A fire in the Waterport power station left most of Gibraltar without electricity on Sunday afternoon, reports the Gibraltar Chronicle. Police urged residents in the area to close their windows as thick black smoke billowed from the power station, though no one was injured in the incident.

Monday, April 21st 2014 - 07:13 UTC

Argentine experiment to catch livestock's flatulence and convert it into energy

Each cow can produce 300 liters of methane gas a day

Argentina's National Institute for Agricultural Technology (INTA) has invented a way to convert cow flatulence into usable energy, and it involves putting a plastic backpack on a cow. Livestock are responsible for a remarkable amount of global methane emissions, which are a major cause of global warming.

Wednesday, April 16th 2014 - 10:01 UTC

Ukraine falling to economic warfare and its own missteps

Putin has called for payment of 38 billion from Ukraine, the result of unpaid gas sales

As protests in Ukraine's eastern region turned violent on Sunday leading to the death of a Ukrainian security officer in a shootout with pro-Russian militia, Kiev threatens military action while Moscow flexes its geo-economic warfare muscles.

Saturday, April 12th 2014 - 08:59 UTC

Brazilian police investigation into money laundering includes Petrobras

Petrobras president Graca Foster fully collaborated with the court order

Brazil's Federal police confirmed on Friday that it had orders from a Parana federal judge to raid Petrobras offices in search of documentation related to an alleged major money laundering scheme but it was not necessary because of the collaboration from the country's largest oil and gas corporation officials.

Saturday, April 12th 2014 - 08:45 UTC

Oil race fuels new Falklands chapter

”The war completely changed the Falklands from an economic perspective,” said Mike Summers

The following article from the Sydney Morning Herald was written by Chris Zappone, who recently visited the Falkland Islands as a guest of the local government and the Foreign Office.The Falkland Islands are not an easy place to reach. Flights come only weekly. Cruise ships making the trip brave frigid seas, freezing nights and recently, harassment from Argentine dockworkers.

Friday, April 11th 2014 - 08:19 UTC

Chevron and YPF unveil plans to invest another 1.6bn in Vaca Muerta shale

The second phase of exploration calls for drilling 1,500 wells across 395 square kilometers

US oil giant Chevron and state-controlled YPF unveiled plans Thursday to spend another 1.6 billion dollars to develop Argentina's Vaca Muerta shale formation for oil and gas projects. The investment comes on top of 1.2 billion Chevron agreed to spend last year for a shale pilot project.

Wednesday, April 9th 2014 - 19:44 UTC

Renewable energy keeps advancing despite a drop in overall investment

The falling cost of solar photovoltaic systems was partly responsible for a lesser sum of investment.

Renewable energy's share of world electricity generation continued its steady climb last year despite a 14% drop in investments to 214.4 billion dollars, according to a new report released on Monday and produced by the Frankfurt School-UNEP Collaborating Centre for Climate & Sustainable Energy Finance, the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) and Bloomberg New Energy Finance.

Tuesday, April 8th 2014 - 22:05 UTC

Falklands fiscal regime and stability remain attractive for oil and gas industry

Wells to the north of the Islands cost around 50 million dollars to drill and those to the south and east can cost upwards of 100 million

With the Falkland Islands' upstream oil and gas industry still in its infancy, the country's attractive fiscal regime, which boasts a low government take, is expected to remain stable through the short and medium term, says a new report from research and consulting firm GlobalData.

Tuesday, April 8th 2014 - 19:10 UTC

China and East Asia expected to grow at slower pace this year, says World Bank

Chinese reforms are expected to have a profound impact on land, labor, and capital markets,

The World Bank has trimmed its growth forecast slightly for China, citing a “bumpy start to the year”. It now expects the Chinese economy to grow by 7.6% in 2014, down from its earlier projection of 7.7%. A slew of disappointing figures has triggered concerns of a slowdown in the world's second-largest economy.

Saturday, April 5th 2014 - 03:05 UTC

The most profitable gas in the world

Privatizing the pipelines system could raise 50 billion dollars.

By Robert Bensh of Oilprice.com - There is only one certainty in Ukraine: The energy sector must and will be transformed, and how long this takes will depend on who ends up in the driver's seat and how serious they are about becoming a part of Europe and reducing dependence on Russia. But by then, investors will have missed the boat.

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