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Statoil gets exploration acreage in Exmouth Plateau off W. Australia

October 31st, 2014

Norway’s Statoil ASA has been awarded an exploration permit on the Exmouth plateau offshore Western Australia.

Shell opens Darwin supply base for Prelude FLNG operations

October 31st, 2014

Royal Dutch Shell PLC has opened a $29 million (Aus.) supply base in Darwin to support its coming operations for the Prelude floating LNG (FLNG) project in the Browse basin offshore Western Australia.

Russia, Ukraine sign interim gas supply agreement

October 31st, 2014

Russia and Ukraine signed a $4.6 billion agreement in Brussels that secures natural gas supplies for Ukraine and, ultimately, much of Europe through March 2015. Ukraine will be required to pay $3.1 billion in two tranches by yearend for gas it previously bought from Russia’s Gazprom under the Oct. 30 deal.

MARKET WATCH: Crude oil futures price falls, natural gas price rises

October 31st, 2014

The New York Mercantile Exchange December crude oil contract dropped $1.08 on Oct. 30, closing at $81.12/bbl. The January 2015 contract dropped $1.06 to $80.90/bbl.

Forum: US unconventional plays still profitable at $80/bbl oil or less

October 31st, 2014

The US currently dominates global upstream capital spending, and producers in many unconventional plays can still make a profit with futures prices for benchmark light, sweet crude oil fetching a price less than $80/bbl, a Wood Mackenzie Ltd. senior analyst told an oil breakfast forum hosted by consulting firm Decision Strategies.

Ukrainian heat networks in $17m modernisation drive

October 31st, 2014

The Ukraine’s district heating systems are to benefit from a $17m (€14 million) investment, thanks to financing led by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.

The cash will be used to improve energy efficiency, reduce energy losses and improve district heating services for almost 150,000 residents in the western municipality of Lutsk.
Ukrainian heat network engineers with piping
It will finance a number of projects, which includes the installation of 210 individual district heating sub-stations and a 2.5 MW biofuel boiler as well as replacing almost 13 kilometres of distribution network pipes with pre-insulated ones.

Energy News Live reports that district heating systems account for 20% of Ukraine’s total carbon emissions and use almost 44% of its resources for heat energy, according to the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).

The EBRD is providing a loan of up to €7 million (£5.5m), supported by €3 million (£2.4m) from the Clean Technology Fund and €4 million (£3m) from the Eastern Europe Energy Efficiency and Environment Partnership (ESP).

“These investments in district heating systems aim to increase energy and cost efficiencies, improve financial sustainability and support the regulatory reform of municipal utilities”, the EBRD said.

Sembcorp opens $635 Singaporean CHP plant

October 31st, 2014

Sembcorp Industries has opened its second state-of-the-art cogeneration plant in Singapore as well as a new technology and innovation centre.

The $635m Banyan gas-fired cogeneration facility is located on Jurong Island and has a gross capacity of 400 MW of power and 200 tonnes per hour of process steam.
The plant, which commenced commercial operations at the beginning of October, generates electricity for the grid and steam for industrial companies on Jurong Island.

The plant increases Sembcorp’s combined gross power generating capacity in Singapore by 50% to 1,215 MW and enhances the flexibility and reliability of the company’s power and steam supply.

Located across from the cogeneration plant is the brand-new Sembcorp Technology & Innovation Centre. Comprising laboratories and applied research and development (R&D) facilities, the centre houses Sembcorp researchers and engineers who develop and integrate innovative processes as well as run test-beds for emerging technologies.

Fundamental physics of diesel engines studied

October 31st, 2014
Researchers are working to study the fundamental physics of diesel engines. Understanding the fundamentals could lead to better engine performance, fuel economy and power.

UK Green Bank backs Citibank CCP project

October 31st, 2014

The Green Investment Bank (GIB) is providing investment for energy efficient initiative being undertaken by Citibank.

It is GIBs first project in the financial services space and is being made by GIB’s fund manager Sustainable Development Capital (SDCL).

The project, being implemented by Clarke Energy, will provide finance for a project to deliver efficient electricity and cooling in a UK data centre owned by global bank Citi. A Combined Cooling and Power (CCP) system will be installed together with energy efficient cooling units and efficiency improvements to the building’s air conditioning system.

It is the first project of its kind at a UK data centre, and the first project of its kind that Citi has undertaken globally.

The CCP system will generate 71% of the electricity needed to power the data centre in Lewisham, London. It will also provide cooling for the servers housed in the data centre. Citi currently uses mains electricity from the national grid and relies on back-up diesel generators.

Shaun Kingsbury, Chief Executive, UK Green Investment Bank said: “The IT industry is one of the most energy intensive sectors globally, second only to aviation. Energy can represent up to 80% of the cost of running a data centre, so they provide an important opportunity for energy efficiency measures.

This project makes financial sense, reducing Citi’s energy costs, and makes environmental sense, reducing the data centre’s greenhouse gas emissions. And because of the innovative investment model, it will involve no upfront capital expenditure for Citi as the cost of the project will be paid for out of the energy cost savings achieved.”

Development of a Planar Waveguide Microarray for the Monitoring and Early Detection of Five Harmful Algal Toxins in Water and Cultures

October 31st, 2014

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Environmental Science & Technology
DOI: 10.1021/es504172j
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