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Energy Issues Further Dividing Russian and U.S. Foreign Policy

Energy Issues Further Dividing Russian and U.S. Foreign Policy

Jul 04, 2011 at 18:46 | Joao Peixe

During “frank and candid” discussions in Moscow between Duma members and a visiting U.S. congressional delegation, the rifts between U.S. and Russian foreign policy perceptions were too evident to ignore.…

Energy Companies Run Afoul of India’s Official Auditor

Energy Companies Run Afoul of India’s Official Auditor

Jul 04, 2011 at 17:59 | Joao Peixe

India’s Controller and Auditor General insists that his mandate includes “unfettered access” to investigate the fiscal accounts of private companies, including India’s Reliance Industries conglomerate and foreign operators such as…

Costs of Shuttering Germany’s Nuclear Plants Deemed High

Costs of Shuttering Germany’s Nuclear Plants Deemed High

Jul 04, 2011 at 17:33 | Charles Kennedy

In the wake of the 11 March Fukushima nuclear meltdown, Germany’s Bundestag handed its green movement its biggest victory yet, passing a resolution to close virtually all 17 of the…

Iran To Increase Gas Exports To Pakistan

Iran To Increase Gas Exports To Pakistan

Jun 30, 2011 at 08:15 | Charles Kennedy

Iran's deputy oil minister and managing director of National Iranian Gas Company, Javad Owji, said that new round of talks between Iran and Pakistan on gas cooperation was held on…

Chinese Provinces Suspend Nuclear Power Plant Projects

Chinese Provinces Suspend Nuclear Power Plant Projects

Jun 29, 2011 at 19:18 | Joao Peixe

The implications of the Fukushima catastrophe are reverberating through China, as a number of provinces have suspended new nuclear power projects. This in turn has added pressure to the government’s…

China’s CNPC Delivers biofuel for Air China flights

China’s CNPC Delivers biofuel for Air China flights

Jun 29, 2011 at 17:40 | Joao Peixe

China National Petroleum Corp, Asia's largest oil producer, has delivered 15 tons of jatropha oil to help Air China schedule the country's maiden biofuel-powered test flight for later this year.…

Indo-Burmese Dam Project Raises Concerns

Indo-Burmese Dam Project Raises Concerns

Jun 29, 2011 at 17:24 | Charles Kennedy

Groups monitoring Arakan natural resources have criticized India’s $110 million Kaladan dam project for its potential negative consequences for the local populace. Arakan Rivers Network executive director Ko Tun Zaw…

Iranian Deputy Oil Minister - Era of Cheap Oil is Over

Iranian Deputy Oil Minister - Era of Cheap Oil is Over

Jun 29, 2011 at 00:16 | Joao Peixe

Iran’s deputy Oil Minister Ghazaleh Taifeh stated bluntly, "The era of cheap and low-cost oil production in Iran, which was always considered the most important advantage of Iran's oil industry,…

Troubling Questions Arise About Russian Nuclear Specialists Killed in Crash

Troubling Questions Arise About Russian Nuclear Specialists Killed in Crash

Jun 27, 2011 at 21:28 | Charles Kennedy

Five Russian nuclear specialists were among the 44 passengers who died when a Tu-134 airliner crashed near Petrozavodsk, Russia on 20 June. The quartet had all worked on Iran’s Bushehr…

Energy Starved Angola to Build 150 Micro-Hydroelectric Plants

Energy Starved Angola to Build 150 Micro-Hydroelectric Plants

Jun 27, 2011 at 21:27 | Joao Peixe

Angola’s Minister of Energy and Water Emanuela Vieira Lopes has announced his government’s intention to build 150 micro-hydroelectric projects at a consultative meeting of Angola’s Ministério da Energia e Água.…

Central Asian Regional Water Tensions to Increase

Central Asian Regional Water Tensions to Increase

Jun 27, 2011 at 21:26 | Charles Kennedy

UNDP senior economist Ben Slay has reported in his blog that the water-challenged Central Asian region faces drought conditions this summer, raising tensions among Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan,…

Israel’s Offshore Natural Gas Fields May be Hard to Protect From Terrorism

Israel’s Offshore Natural Gas Fields May be Hard to Protect From Terrorism

Jun 27, 2011 at 19:11 | Charles Kennedy

According to specialists, output from Israel’s Mediterranean recently discovered Leviathan offshore natural gas fields may be hard to protect from security threat. In the wake of potential terrorist threats, former…

Japan - More Reactor Problems, This Time Reportedly Solved

Japan - More Reactor Problems, This Time Reportedly Solved

Jun 27, 2011 at 17:32 | Joao Peixe

Japan’s Atomic Energy Agency recently reported that the problems with the Monju prototype fast breeder reactor in Tsuruga, dating from last August have been resolved, with officials hopeful to resume…

Dollars Reserve Currency Status at Risk Following Russia-China Deal

Dollars Reserve Currency Status at Risk Following Russia-China Deal

Jun 26, 2011 at 20:11 | Joao Peixe

Russian Central Bank Deputy Chairman Viktor Melnikov has served notice on Washington that the world’s second largest energy exporter and world’s second largest economy are about to switch using the…

Fukushima Politics Impacts Bulgarian-Russian Nuclear Deal

Fukushima Politics Impacts Bulgarian-Russian Nuclear Deal

Jun 26, 2011 at 13:33 | Charles Kennedy

Since the March nuclear tragedy in Japan, many countries have been reassessing their commitments to nuclear energy, a prospect that fills U.S. and Russian companies with concerns, as they are…

Chevron to Begin Deepwater Drilling off Liberia

Chevron to Begin Deepwater Drilling off Liberia

Jun 26, 2011 at 13:29 | Charles Kennedy

U.S.-based Chevron, which three months ago announced plans to explore for petroleum in Liberia’s offshore waters, is starting deep-water drilling in Liberia’s Exclusive Economic Zone situated in the oil-rich Gulf…

Public Support for Nuclear Energy Outlined in New Poll

Public Support for Nuclear Energy Outlined in New Poll

Jun 25, 2011 at 08:53 | Joao Peixe

Ipsos MORI, one of the United Kingdom’s largest and best known research companies, has released a new public opinion survey of citizens in 24 countries on their view of nuclear…

Russia Voices Concerns About UN Sanctions on Iran

Russia Voices Concerns About UN Sanctions on Iran

Jun 24, 2011 at 19:21 | Charles Kennedy

Russia, a key member of the United Nations Security council whose assent will be essential in invoking any further UN sanctions again Iran over its civilian nuclear energy program, has…

Hydroelectric Projects Continue to Trouble Central Asian Relations

Hydroelectric Projects Continue to Trouble Central Asian Relations

Jun 23, 2011 at 21:24 | Charles Kennedy

Relations between the Central Asian states located along the region’s largest rivers continue to deteriorate over proposed hydroelectric projects. Uzbekistan in particular is concerned about eastern neighbor Tajikistan’s ambitions to…

China Pressing Forward With Wind Power

China Pressing Forward With Wind Power

Jun 23, 2011 at 20:22 | Joao Peixe

As Beijing’s booming economy devours ever more energy resources, China is turning towards renewable energy. According to a recent forum on maritime wind power held by the National Energy Administration…

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