Thursday, April 26, 2018

Trudeau's Political Troubles Boil as Pipeline Surprise Weighs

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Canada's government got just 24 hours notice that it would be thrust into a political and economic crisis by an ultimatum from a pipeline operator, government sources said, leaving Prime Minister Justin Trudeau scrambling for options in a dispute that could damage his re-election chances.

Norway Labour Unions Threaten Strike by 35,000 Workers

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Almost 35,000 private-sector workers organised by Norway's largest labour unions plan to go on strike from April 8 unless a deal is found over wages, pensions and other compensation, the unions said on Tuesday. The first wave of a strike…

SoftBank, China's GCL Team Up for $930 mln Indian Solar Venture

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Japan's SoftBank Group Corp has agreed to launch a $930 million Indian joint solar energy venture with Chinese firm GCL System Integration Technology Co as part of its India solar investment roadmap. The venture will work on photovoltaic technology, which is used in solar panels.

First Wind Farm Operational in Coal-reliant Bosnia

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Bosnia's maiden wind farm began producing electricity on Wednesday as part of the country's efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions and meet the renewable energy standards of the European Union it aspires to join. The 50.6 megawatt (MW) Mesihovina wind power plant…

Hydro Reveals Additional Spills from Brazil Plant

A Norsk Hydro plant's spill of waste water in Brazil last month was more extensive than previously reported, and the company still lacks overview of the situation, it said on Tuesday. Authorities in late February ordered Alunorte, the world's largest alumina refinery…

MaRINET2 Advances Renewable Energy Research

The MaRINET2 project has awarded €1.1 million in support to 32 offshore renewable technology developers to test at its network of world-leading research facilities. This support will accelerate the next generation of energy technologies toward the marketplace…

Venezuela Arrests Two Chevron Execs

Chevron Corp said on Tuesday two of its executives were arrested in Venezuela, a rare move likely to spook foreign energy firms still operating in the OPEC nation stricken by hyperinflation, shortages and crime.Venezuelan Sebin intelligence…

"Fat and lazy" LNG buyers Need Producers Help to Boost Demand

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Buyers of liquefied natural gas (LNG) have grown "fat and lazy" on expectations of a surplus of the super-chilled fuel and they now risk a shortage in the early years of the next decade. There's no surprise that this was the view of a LNG project developer…

Wavepiston Puts Renolit Films to the Test

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With its “Film Instead of Paint” concept RENOLIT is exploring new horizons in the maritime sector, as the company now plans to enter the renewable energy market with its films. The first step has been made with the use of the flock-film RENOLIT SEAL for an innovative enterprise in Denmark…

US LNG Firms Lament Bad Timing of Tariffs, China Trade Spat

The Trump administration's planned steel tariffs and a potential trade battle with China could hurt U.S. liquefied natural gas companies just as a new wave of developments in the fast-growing market is gaining steam, company executives say.

MacArtney Supplies for Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy

The wind turbine nacelle and hub interface with the generator rotation tool. (Photo: MacArtney)

The generator rotation tool (GRT) is designed to create efficient solutions for long-term storage of nacelles and helps ensure max lifespan of turbines. The employment of the GRT has turned out to be an important milestone for the logistics function of Siemens Gamesa.

Dutch Plan to Build Giant Offshore Solar Power Farm

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An offshore seaweed farm in the North Sea will be turned into a large solar power farm that aims to pipe energy to the Dutch mainland in roughly three years. The project comes at a critical time for the Netherlands, which is struggling to…

France Eyes Role as Tidal Energy Powerhouse

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French Secretary of State for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition, Sébastien Lecornu, announced preliminary studies to the launch of a tidal energy tender in Paris yesterday evening. The announcement is an important first step and strong message to the sector.

Subsea Infrastructure: Challenges & Solutions

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As offshore oil and gas reserves become ever more difficult and costly to recover, the demand for innovative technology has never been greater. Joe Orrell, managing director at RED Engineering, considers some of the challenges in subsea…

Sanjeev Gupta to Buy US-based Steel Assets in 2018

British industrialist Sanjeev Gupta is in talks to purchase and build more U.S.-based steel and industrial assets next year, after buying ArcelorMittal's Georgetown Steelworks at the weekend. Gupta, executive chairman of GFG Alliance which is a $10 billion metals…