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China Loans Serbia $300 Million to Construct Power Station

China Loans Serbia $300 Million to Construct Power Station

Jul 12, 2011 at 20:13 | Joao Peixe

China’s economic power is growing throughout the world far beyond its traditional spheres of influence, even penetrating the Balkans. Serbian Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Ivica Dacic told…

Will Russia Hike Romanian Energy Prices Following WW2 Comments?

Will Russia Hike Romanian Energy Prices Following WW2 Comments?

Jul 12, 2011 at 18:30 | Charles Kennedy

Romanian Senate Speaker Mircea Geoana has characterized recent statements by President Traian Basescu on World War II as "a diplomatic blunder" with negative repercussions on the relations between Romania and…

Taiwan Surges Forward in Solar Energy Developments

Taiwan Surges Forward in Solar Energy Developments

Jul 12, 2011 at 18:14 | Joao Peixe

In 2010 Taiwan’s annual production of solar cells grew by 118 percent, reaching a capacity of 27.2 gigawatts, while combined solar cell shipments by China and Taiwan accounted for 62.2…

Israel Seeking UN Opinion on Maritime Border Dispute with Lebanon

Israel Seeking UN Opinion on Maritime Border Dispute with Lebanon

Jul 11, 2011 at 21:37 | Joao Peixe

According to Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, Tel Aviv will shortly seek a UN opinion on its Mediterranean maritime borders with Lebanon. The Israeli’s governmental request would be an extraordinary…

Iranian-Omani Pipeline Could Change Persian Gulf Political Dynamic

Iranian-Omani Pipeline Could Change Persian Gulf Political Dynamic

Jul 11, 2011 at 21:35 | Charles Kennedy

A projected major Iranian-Omani project has the potential to change the political dynamic of the Persian Gulf. While since 1979 the Arab states on the western side of the Persian…

Germany Improving East African Trade Ties from Energy to Food

Germany Improving East African Trade Ties from Energy to Food

Jul 11, 2011 at 20:36 | Charles Kennedy

Germany’s foreign policy is now focusing on two bilateral issues of profound interest to both sides. Energy for Germany, food for Africa. For the second time since taking office in…

Post-Soviet States Draw Closer on Energy Issues

Post-Soviet States Draw Closer on Energy Issues

Jul 11, 2011 at 20:10 | Joao Peixe

Twenty years after the collapse of the USSR, former Soviet-dominated states are forging bilateral energy relations. Poland and Lithuania are jointly constructing a new natural gas connection pipeline and a…

Despite Sanctions, Iran Trumpets Nanotechnology Achievements

Despite Sanctions, Iran Trumpets Nanotechnology Achievements

Jul 11, 2011 at 19:24 | Charles Kennedy

In a bid to further break out from its international isolation, Iran is holding its third international exhibition on energy saving and urban electronic management in Tehran from 14 -…

Energy Poor Jordan Eyes Renewable Energy Resources

Energy Poor Jordan Eyes Renewable Energy Resources

Jul 10, 2011 at 15:31 | Charles Kennedy

Jordan’s growing economy has been hobbled by the fact that it currently imports 95 percent of its energy needs. During the "Energy Security in the Middle East and the Gulf…

Gazprom in North Korea for Energy Cooperation Talks

Gazprom in North Korea for Energy Cooperation Talks

Jul 10, 2011 at 11:25 | Joao Peixe

Building on a meeting last month in Moscow between Gazprom President Alekhsei Miller and North Korean Ambassador to Russia Kim Yong Jeh, a Gazprom delegation has flown to Pyongyang for…

Argentinean Falklands Offshore Oil Exploration Well Comes Up Dry

Argentinean Falklands Offshore Oil Exploration Well Comes Up Dry

Jul 10, 2011 at 11:23 | Charles Kennedy

The Falkland Islands are a windswept archipelago in the southern Atlantic, about 250 nautical miles (290 mi; 460 km) from the coast of mainland South America, claimed by both Britain…

Iran Criticizes Saudi Oil Production Boost, Warns of Price War

Iran Criticizes Saudi Oil Production Boost, Warns of Price War

Jul 08, 2011 at 19:44 | Joao Peixe

Relations between Saudi Arabia and the Islamic Republic of Iran have been stressful ever since the latter’s 1979 revolution. The tension extends into the pair’s working relationship within the Organization…

India Finalizes Nuclear Liability Law

India Finalizes Nuclear Liability Law

Jul 08, 2011 at 19:40 | Charles Kennedy

In a move that could expand India’s civilian nuclear power sector by opening up access to foreign suppliers, India’s government has put the finishing touches on its long-awaited legislation for…

Surging Vietnamese Oil Production Causing Tension with China

Surging Vietnamese Oil Production Causing Tension with China

Jul 07, 2011 at 20:42 | Joao Peixe

Despite territorial disputes with China over sovereignty in the South China Sea, Vietnam is pressing forward to develop offshore areas  it claims lie completely within is 200-mile Exclusive Economic Zone…

Russian Envoy Tells Zimbabwe’s Mugabe, You’ve Got a Friend

Russian Envoy Tells Zimbabwe’s Mugabe, You’ve Got a Friend

Jul 07, 2011 at 20:29 | Charles Kennedy

A top Russian government official is visiting Zimbabwe, the first high profile visit in nearly a decade. Mikhail Margelov, Russian President Dmitrii Medvedev’s special envoy, met Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe…

Virgin Australia to Experiment with Eucalyptus Oil as Biofuel

Virgin Australia to Experiment with Eucalyptus Oil as Biofuel

Jul 07, 2011 at 19:13 | Charles Kennedy

The race to develop commercially viable biofuels for the aviation industry has been everything from algae to coconut oil proposed as potential feedstocks. Now Virgin Australia, proudly flying the nationalist…

France Finances Ethiopian Power Transmission Line to Kenya

France Finances Ethiopian Power Transmission Line to Kenya

Jul 07, 2011 at 19:03 | Joao Peixe

France has provided Ethiopia with a $101.5 million grant to build a power transmission line to Kenya. The grant is part of a $488.7 million loans and grants package that…

Russia Offers to Further Increase Energy Supplies to Japan

Russia Offers to Further Increase Energy Supplies to Japan

Jul 07, 2011 at 18:48 | Charles Kennedy

In the wake of the 11 March Fukushima Dai-Ichi tragedy, Japan has had to make some major changes to its power distribution grid and supplies, as the stricken reactor complex…

Energy Issues Cause Pakistan to Reconsider Ties to U.S.

Energy Issues Cause Pakistan to Reconsider Ties to U.S.

Jul 06, 2011 at 20:40 | Charles Kennedy

Pakistan’s chronic energy shortages have combined with widespread perceptions that Washington is more interested in pursuing its anti-terror agenda than assisting the country financially, causing many leading figures to question…

National Iranian Oil Company Assets Worth Nearly $200 billion

National Iranian Oil Company Assets Worth Nearly $200 billion

Jul 06, 2011 at 20:17 | Charles Kennedy

State energy statistics in the Islamic Republic of Iran are closely guarded state secrets.Deputy Oil Minister Mohsen Khojasteh-Mehr has told the Iranian media that "Currently, the total value of…

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