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Chinese Dam and Pipeline Projects Raise Burmese Tensions

Chinese Dam and Pipeline Projects Raise Burmese Tensions

Jun 18, 2011 at 17:44 | Joao Peixe

Lucrative China-backed hydropower projects are raising tensions along Burma’s northern border with China. Environmental groups claim that the Burmese government's against armed ethnic groups along its northern frontier is intended…

Russia Remains Committed to Burgas-Alexandroupolis Oil Pipeline

Russia Remains Committed to Burgas-Alexandroupolis Oil Pipeline

Jun 18, 2011 at 09:36 | Charles Kennedy

Russian Deputy Energy Minister Anatoli Ianovskii told journalists during an Energy Ministry conference at the St. Petersburg Economic Forum that Russia remains committed to the Burgas-Alexandroupolis oil pipeline. Speaking at…

Russian Oil Company Lukoil Seeks Re-Entry to Iraq

Russian Oil Company Lukoil Seeks Re-Entry to Iraq

Jun 16, 2011 at 20:35 | Charles Kennedy

Russia, blindsided by the March 2003 U.S.-led invasion, is seeking to revive previous Iraqi opportunities. Excluded from Iraq by the U.S.-led March 2003 invasion, Russia’s Lukoil is planning to invest…

China Looks Increasingly Towards Renewables

China Looks Increasingly Towards Renewables

Jun 16, 2011 at 20:34 | Joao Peixe

The Offshore Wind China 2011 Conference and Exhibition is scheduled to be held at Shanghai New International Expo Centre on 15-17 June. The event is Asia's largest renewable wind-power event.…

Lithuania, U.S. Company Discuss Shale Gas Production

Lithuania, U.S. Company Discuss Shale Gas Production

Jun 16, 2011 at 19:33 | Joao Peixe

Lithuanian Energy Minister Arvydas Sekmokas disclosed on 14 June that he had held talks with a U.S. company about beginning shale natural gas production in the energy-poor Baltic state. Citing…

Following Fukushima, India Slows Nuclear Development

Following Fukushima, India Slows Nuclear Development

Jun 16, 2011 at 18:54 | Charles Kennedy

Resource-poor India proposes to increase its nuclear electrical power capacity to 63,000 megawatts by 2032. In the wake of Japan’s March Fukushima catastrophe New Delhi is reviewing its plans. Across…

Russian Expert Criticizes Bulgaria's Proposed Belene Nuclear Plant's Cost

Russian Expert Criticizes Bulgaria's Proposed Belene Nuclear Plant's Cost

Jun 16, 2011 at 16:34 | Charles Kennedy

One of the most contentious issues since the 1991 implosion of the USSR and the end of the Kremlin’s protectorate over Eastern Europe has been the fate of aging Soviet-era…

Debate Over Ethanol Subsidies Heats up in Washington

Debate Over Ethanol Subsidies Heats up in Washington

Jun 15, 2011 at 22:22 | Charles Kennedy

Washington currently provides approximately $5 billion worth of annual tax credits to U.S. farmers growing crops for ethanol production. The question of ending the subsidies is fracturing the Republican leadership…

Natural Gas Issues Inflame Palestinian-Israeli Dispute

Natural Gas Issues Inflame Palestinian-Israeli Dispute

Jun 15, 2011 at 21:13 | Charles Kennedy

Massive potential natural gas fields off the Gaza Strip in the Mediterranean are complicating Israeli and Palestinian peace negotiations. Earlier this week Israel's Ministry of National Infrastructure authorized Noble Energy,…

Zimbabwe's Biodiesel Industry in Trouble

Zimbabwe's Biodiesel Industry in Trouble

Jun 15, 2011 at 20:00 | Charles Kennedy

Biofuels have been heavily promoted in the hydrocarbon-poor third world as both a fuel source and a valuable earner of foreign currency. Now however, The Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe is…

Fallout From Fukushima Rattles Australia's Uranium Mining Industry

Fallout From Fukushima Rattles Australia's Uranium Mining Industry

Jun 15, 2011 at 19:44 | Charles Kennedy

The slow-motion Japanese Fukushima reactor debacle has sent ripples worldwide, with Germany, Switzerland and Italy all now deciding to exit nuclear power. The downturn in European interest in nuclear energy…

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Pentagon’s "Operational Energy Strategy" Promotes Energy Reform

Jun 15, 2011 at 18:16 | Charles Kennedy

The U.S. Defense Department is the U.S. government’s largest energy consumer, using 300,000 barrels of oil (bpd) per day. Seeking changes in how it procures its energy supplies, the Pentagon…

Rosneft Confident Oil Pricing Dispute With China Resolved Soon

Rosneft Confident Oil Pricing Dispute With China Resolved Soon

Jun 15, 2011 at 13:59 | Charles Kennedy

China and Rosneft are disputing the price that the Russian company is to provide oil through its Eastern Siberia-Pacific Ocean (ESPO) pipeline, but Rosneft remains optimistic that the issue will…

Despite Fukushima, Taiwan to Build 4th Nuclear Reactor

Despite Fukushima, Taiwan to Build 4th Nuclear Reactor

Jun 15, 2011 at 13:57 | Charles Kennedy

Taiwan’s government intends to press forward with constructing the island’s fourth nuclear power station, despite political and environmental opposition. The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) is leading political opposition to the…

Germany’s Nuclear Phase-Out Generates Lawsuits

Germany’s Nuclear Phase-Out Generates Lawsuits

Jun 15, 2011 at 13:56 | Charles Kennedy

On 3 June, after meeting with the premiers of German states, German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced that Germany's abandonment of civilian nuclear power will be a phased process, ending in…

Mozambique Moves Towards LNG Production

Mozambique Moves Towards LNG Production

Jun 15, 2011 at 13:55 | Joao Peixe

Western interest on Africa’s energy reserves is intensifying. Houston’s Anadarko oil and gas company has proposed to Mozambique’s government establishing a Liquefied Natural Gas facility capable of producing a billion…

Romania Posts 2011-2035 National Energy Strategy Online

Romania Posts 2011-2035 National Energy Strategy Online

Jun 15, 2011 at 13:53 | Joao Peixe

Romania’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Business Environment (MECMA) has posted its 2011-2035 energy strategy online for discussion. The document is intended to open discussion about Romania’s energy policies for…

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