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Energy / Natural Gas

What is Clean, Abundant, Affordable and the Best Alternative Energy Source We Have?

Jan 16, 2012 at 07:42 | Barry Stevens

If you answered cold fusion, eeehhhhh! Your time's run out!   If you answered natural gas, have a cigar. Natural gas, for the simple reason that it is one of the…

Should the US Export LNG at the Risk of Increased Domestic Gas Prices?

Jan 16, 2012 at 07:28 | Ag Metal Miner

Capitalism is a wonderful thing. It can create so much wealth, spur so much research and progress that we sometimes take on blind faith that unrestrained pursuit of profit is…

Natural Gas Giants Forced to GTL Production Following Shale Gas Revolution

Jan 09, 2012 at 16:50 | Al Fin

Gas to liquids (GTL) is a capital intensive process of converting natural gas to either diesel (FT) or gasoline (MTG). The countries of the world with the largest reserves of…

Natural Gas Analysis for the Week of January 9, 2012

Jan 09, 2012 at 08:02 | FX Empire

February natural gas continued its descent along a pair of downtrending Gann angles at 2.958 and 2.850 this week. By the end of the week, however, the market had reversed…

Spain's Controversial Natural Gas Undersea Storage Site Nears Completion

Jan 05, 2012 at 18:14 | John Daly

In May Spain’s Castor undersea storage site in the Ebro river delta will come online. The massive facility, Spain’s largest, is capable of storing 50 days’ worth of Spain’s…

Natural Gas Analysis for the Week of January 2, 2012

Jan 03, 2012 at 19:07 | FX Empire

Another round of selling pressure drove the February Natural Gas futures contract to a new low last week. The market also closed under the psychological $3.00 level, indicating that further…

Pakistan to Produce Natural Gas - By Burning Underground Coal

Jan 01, 2012 at 20:49 | John Daly

As 2011 draws to a close, consider the miserable plight of the average Pakistani electricity consumer.  With about 50 per cent less electricity generation capability than the actual…

India Ponders Developing Extensive Fracking Industry

Dec 30, 2011 at 08:39 | John Daly

Of the four rising economies comprising the BRIC grouping, only the Russian Federation and Brazil are self-sufficient in energy production.  Accordingly, China is investigating any and all possible…

Venezuela to Open up Massive Natural Gas Field with European Investment

Dec 29, 2011 at 09:01 | John Daly

On 23 December Spain's biggest oil firm Repsol YPF, S.A. and Italy’s Ente Nazionale Idrocarburi S.p.A., better known by the acronym ENI, signed a $1.5 billion deal with state-owned oil…

The Benefits of Shale Gas Far Outweigh the Negatives of Fracking

Dec 27, 2011 at 11:27 | Barry Stevens

Natural gas is a critical feedstock to many chemical production processes, and has many environmental benefits over coal as a fuel for electricity generation; over electricity and traditional heating fuels…

Natural Gas Analysis for the Week of December 26, 2011

Dec 26, 2011 at 11:03 | FX Empire

The downtrend continued in the Natural Gas futures market as the February contract reached a new low at $3.100. The trade was slow last week, partly because of light volume…

Natural Gas Analysis for the Week of December 19, 2011

Dec 19, 2011 at 19:24 | FX Empire

The sell-off continued in February Natural Gas last week with the futures market reaching a new low for the year. Like the previous nearby contracts, the February contract is walking…

Earthquakes, Water Pollution and Increased Greenhouse Gas Emissions? Fracking - Strike Number Three?

Dec 19, 2011 at 07:56 | John Daly

The last decade has seen a sustained campaign by the hydraulic fracturing (‘fracking”) industry against its critics, as the fracking industry in the U.S. alone was worth an estimated $76…

Abundance of Shale Gas Could Drive the US Manufacturing Industry to New Heights

Dec 19, 2011 at 07:44 | Mark J. Perry

"The abundance of shale gas resources may spark a U.S. manufacturing renaissance with economic benefits that include cost savings, greater investments to expand U.S. manufacturing facilities and increased levels of…

Natural Gas: The Clean Alternative

Dec 13, 2011 at 17:25 | Barry Stevens

It has been common knowledge for quite sometime now that natural gas is a suitable clean alternative to all fossil fuels. Natural gas can reduce greenhouse gas emissions and its…

Natural Gas Analysis for the Week of December 12, 2011

Dec 12, 2011 at 08:09 | FX Empire

Forecasts of warmer temperatures in the U.S. pressured January Natural Gas futures last week. These unseasonal temperatures are expected to continue to keep buyers on the sidelines this week. With…

A Better Way to Store Natural Gas

Dec 06, 2011 at 17:50 | Brian Westenhaus

Natural gas needs to be very tightly compressed and cooling to very cold temperatures will help to get worthwhile volumes suitable for transport use. Those pressures and temperatures pose high…

Natural Gas Analysis for the Week of December 5, 2011

Dec 05, 2011 at 08:44 | FX Empire

Forecasts of colder temperatures helped give natural gas futures a boost last week. Although supply remains high, increased demand for product led to a decrease in supply last week. On…

Mexico - Rising Natural Gas Superstate?

Dec 05, 2011 at 07:37 | John Daly

Americans looking south of the Rio Grande tend to forget, if they ever knew, that Mexico is, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, now America’s second largest source of…

Is Mozambique the Next African Energy Superpower?

Dec 01, 2011 at 17:41 | John Daly

Portugal’s African colonies were starved of investment for centuries, but now Mozambique seems to be a rising African energy producer. Both Italian and U.S. companies recently announced the discovery of…

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