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Platinum Group Element Pollution is a Growing Concern in Countries with Developing Economy

November 27th, 2013

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Environmental Science & Technology
DOI: 10.1021/es404890e

Biotransformation of the Antibiotic Agent Flumequine by Ligninolytic Fungi and Residual Antibacterial Activity of the Transformation Mixtures

November 27th, 2013

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Environmental Science & Technology
DOI: 10.1021/es403470s

Baker Hughes: US drilling rig count edges up to 1,763

November 27th, 2013

The US drilling rig count tallied 2 units to reach 1,763 rigs working in the shortened week ended Nov. 27, Baker Hughes Inc. reported.

New energy conversion principle may double efficiency of today’s engines

November 27th, 2013
Scientists have discovered a new compressive combustion principle that can yield engines with the ultimate level of efficiency. With a thermal efficiency of 60% or more in applications including automobiles, power generation, and aircraft, will their low fuel consumption be superior to that of HV vehicles?

EIA: Crude oil throughputs hit November high

November 27th, 2013

US refiners boost crude oil throughputs last week to their highest levels to date for the month of November, according to the latest data from the US Energy Information Administration.

EIA: Lowest Thanksgiving gasoline prices since 2010

November 27th, 2013

Regular-grade gasoline prices this week average $3.29/gal, 14¢ lower than a year ago, and the lowest level heading into a Thanksgiving holiday since 2010, according to the US Energy Information Administration.

MARKET WATCH: Oil futures prices drop before US inventory gain

November 27th, 2013

Oil futures prices dropped on the New York market Nov. 26 amid slow trading volumes as market participants awaited the Nov. 27 release of a weekly US government report on crude oil and product inventories that traders correctly anticipated showed a 10th consecutive climb.

Pakistan breaks ground on biggest nuclear plant

November 27th, 2013

Pakistan broke ground this week on the nation’s largest civil nuclear power plant, which will be built with China’s help.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif performed the groundbreaking ceremony for the Karachi Coastal Nuclear Power Project, saying the $9.59bn, 2.2 GW plant will be completed in six years.

China will contribute two ACP-1000 reactors and their fuel, enriched uranium, while turnkey contractor China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC) will build the plant.Pakistan nuclear plant

This is not Pakistan’s first nuclear project with China. A previous, smaller project at Chashma in Punjab features two operational reactors with a capacity of 300 MW, and two additional reactors are under construction.

But commentators said this new collaboration is significant in size and importance, representing a move by China toward becoming a global nuclear supplier and a step by Pakistan to address its ongoing and politically tendentious energy crisis. As part of this strategy, Pakistan has also announced plans to build an additional six nuclear plants around the country.

Some critics have questioned whether China’s assistance with the Karachi project could violate its membership in the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty or run afoul of guidelines on the export of nuclear technology set by the Nuclear Suppliers Group, of which China is also a member. But China has stated that its obligations will be met and that the project will be subject to international supervision.

Pakistan’s Nuclear Energy Vision 2050 programme aims to have around 40 GW in nuclear power in place by 2050. 

Tata to spend $260m a year on renewables expansion

November 27th, 2013

India’s third largest utility, Tata Power, has announced aims to significantly expand its renewable energy portfolio with annual additions in wind and solar power.

The company, which focuses mainly on thermal power but has an installed renewable power capacity of over 1 GW, plans to add 150-200 MW of wind capacity and 30-50 MW of solar power each year, with a projected annual spend of $260 million.

Tata currently operates around 400 MW of wind and 30 MW of solar projects.

A 39 MW wind farm in Gujarat is the latest addition to Tata’s renewable portfolio.

"After we announced the Gujarat acquisition, we have got a lot of interest from other owners of solar and wind operating assets who want to exit their investment, so we are evaluating a lot of these opportunities," Rahul Shah, Tata’s chief of business development for India business and renewables, told Reuters.

Projects being evaluated for potential purchase include 370 MW of renewables, Shah said, with new acquisitions projected to happen before the end of the fiscal year in March.  

Tata recently announced a 61 per cent increase in power generation for the 2013-14 fiscal year to date. The utility put its total power generation at 8.5 GW, with 1.4 GW coming from its renewable power plants.

India’s growing energy demand coupled with fossil fuel shortages and high-profile blackouts has given rise to a national focus on renewables. The country aims to double its renewable energy capacity from its current 27 GW to 55 GW by 2017, with plans to install 30 GW of wind power by that year and 20 GW of solar power by 2022. 

Texas-Gulf Coast: Serbin field horizontal drilling planned

November 27th, 2013

FieldPoint Petroleum Corp., Austin, and Riley Exploration Group, Blanchard, Okla., signed a joint exploration agreement to horizontally drill new wells and rework existing vertical wells in Serbin field in Lee and Bastrop counties, Tex.

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