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Group raises its Canadian drilling outlook

April 28th, 2017

Canadian oil and gas drilling is brisker than expected after work seasons in 2015 and 2016 that the Petroleum Services Association of Canada describes as “difficult to say the very least.”

MARKET WATCH: Light, sweet crude price hit 1-month low

April 28th, 2017

Light, sweet crude oil for front-month delivery on the New York Mercantile Exchange declined to its lowest level in a month on Apr. 27 as concerns persisted about an oversupplied global market. But prices ticked upward early Apr. 28 on hopes that members of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries and major non-OPEC oil-producing countries will continue a deal to collectively curtail output.

Variation of Bacterial Communities with Water Quality in an Urban Tropical Catchment

April 28th, 2017

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Environmental Science & Technology
DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.6b04737

Airborne Quantification of Methane Emissions over the Four Corners Region

April 28th, 2017

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Environmental Science & Technology
DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.6b06107

Responses of Bacterial Communities to CuO Nanoparticles in Activated Sludge System

April 28th, 2017

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Environmental Science & Technology
DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.6b06137

Will liberals treat deregulation as a character test, too?

April 28th, 2017

While US President Donald Trump loosens regulatory bindings on business, an icon of the left attributes his election to racial bigotry.

Enhanced Photocatalytic Removal of Uranium(VI) from Aqueous Solution by Magnetic TiO2/Fe3O4 and Its Graphene Composite

April 28th, 2017

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Environmental Science & Technology
DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.6b05313

Russia’s $1.3bn Crimean power plan bedeviled by sanctions

April 28th, 2017

The Russian government’s $1.3bn plan to build two new gas-fired power plants in the recently-annexed Crimea region has run into problems as a result of international sanctions.

Two years after its approval, the plan, which would supply Crimea's residents with power they once got from Ukraine, has run aground as Siemens will not supply the gas turbines required, for fear of violating the sanctions.

Russia explored buying turbines from Iran, changing the design to accommodate Russian-made turbines and using Western-designed turbines already in Russia. Each alternative had problems, the sources said, leaving officials and managers unable to agree on how to move forward.
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As a result while the power plants have been built, the facility is without turbines, although the Kremlin said it wanted the power stations partially operational by September and fully operational by March 2018.

 The foundations of the two power plants were designed to accommodate 160-187 MW turbines which can deliver the 940 MW in extra electricity that Russia promised Crimea to end frequent power cuts.

"Siemens’ business policy is very clear: Siemens complies with all export control restrictions," a Siemens spokesman said.

Two of the sources familiar with the project said that the energy ministry was exploring whether it could install 25-megawatt turbines made by ODK, part of the Rostec group.

Russian officials have also said they are exploring buying large turbines from a country that does not support the sanctions, including Iran. A third option, voiced this month by Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak, is to use Western-made turbines already in Russia which are lying idle.

A source in Russia's power sector said it could be hard to find enough compatible turbines from a single manufacturer. Even if a full set was found the manufacturer would need to get them working -- potentially falling foul of sanctions.

Construction of 400 MW LNG-fired power plant begins in Ghana

April 28th, 2017

The President of the Republic of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has performed the commencement of construction of the 400-MegaWatt Bridge Power project, the world’s largest liquefied petroleum gas-fired power plant.

Bridge Power is a 400 MW greenfield power and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) import, storage, and transportation infrastructure project that will be located in Tema near the Tema Oil Refinery (TOR).  The project will be capable of being fueled by LPG, natural gas, and diesel.
Jeff Immelt of GE with Ghana's president
Stage 1 will use five GE TM2500+ gas turbines and one purpose-built GE steam turbine in a combined cycle gas turbine (CCGT) configuration that will collectively generate 200 MW of power.  Stage 2 will add another 200 MW through four GE LM6000 gas turbines and one purpose-built GE steam turbine, again in a CCGT configuration. Together, this will amount to over 17 percent of Ghana’s reliable generation capacity.

Bridge Power is being developed by the Early Power Limited (EPL) consortium, made up of Endeavor Energy, a leading independent power development and generation company focused on Africa; Sage, a leading independent Ghanaian energy trading firm; and GE (General Electric), the world’s premier digital industrial company.

“I intend to grow this economy industrially, and that can be achieved when we have adequate, cost effective and sustainable power supply,” President Akufo-Addo said. The programmes this government has lined up to undertake, such as the ‘One District, One Factory’, and the ‘One Village One Dam’ projects, will all require significant amounts of electricity.”

“The power produced in this country must be cost effective, efficient and sustainable. I am informed that the technology of this Early Power project is one of the most efficient types in the world, and we are happy you chose it for Ghana,” he added.

Ghana has committed itself to universal electricity access by 2020. According to Ghana’s Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research, the country loses between $320-million and $924-million per year in economic growth and productivity due to the current power crises and it is forecast that the country will need an additional 2000MW of power generation over the next five years.

Senate Democrats introduce bill to preserve 2017-22 OCS program

April 27th, 2017

US Senate Democrats introduced a bill on Apr. 27 to preserve the 2017-22 Outer Continental Shelf oil and gas program a day before President Donald J. Trump was expected to issue an executive order for it to be reviewed, and a day after congressional Republicans introduced bills that would direct Sec. of the Interior Ryan Zinke to review moratoria and future leasing schedules.

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