Can global shale gas reduce Russia’s influence on Europe’s gas sector?

[img:World%20eu_0.jpg| ]5 December 2012 - Recent shale gas explorations in Europe have proved highly promising, and with the US already sitting on a number of vast plays, the latest report from industry analyst GBI Research adds further weight to the suggestion that Russia’s gas export dominance may soon be at an end.

Shale prospects in Europe may well reshape the continent’s energy market dynamics by easing reliance on Russian natural gas imports.The International Energy Agency (IEA) stated that unconventional gas reserves in Europe, including tight gas, shale gas and Coal Bed Methane (CBM), are estimated to be around 3,500 trillion cubic feet (tcf). If these reserves were commercially exploited they would produce more than enough to sustain the continent’s gas demand for the next 60 years.

Shale gas revolution redrawing political map of the world

[img:MarvinO.thumbnail.jpg|Marvin Odum,
President, Shell
Oil Company
]5 December 2012 - The shale gas revolution is redrawing the geopolitical map of the world, and Shell has a four-pronged approach toward capitalising on that new supply, the president of Shell Oil Company told the 2012 Platts Global Energy Outlook Forum Fuel Fight: Environment Meets Economics in New York City.

High power laboratory to facilitate super grids

[img:KEMA_testing_0.jpg| ]4 December 2012 - Energy consulting and testing & certification company DNV Kema will invest approximately US$91 million in the expansion of its high power laboratory in Arnhem, the Netherlands. With the expansion, DNV Kema creates the first laboratory in the world in the extreme testing segment for the upcoming market for super grids; bulk energy transport at 800 kV+ levels.

A shift towards drive turbines over gearboxes in wind energy

[img:June%202%202008%20Pic%2033_0.jpg| ]4 December 2012 - Wind installations have begun to reject gearboxes in favour of direct drive turbines. This is according to a report by GlobalData. A gearbox allows the generator’s internal shaft to spin 50–250 times for each rotation of the turbine blades, and provides advantages including low noise levels and high efficiency. However, drawbacks include a high level of maintenance and low reliability.

CDP acknowledges SA mining companies’ climate change policies

[img:Mining1.thumbnail.jpg| ]4 December 2012 - The global Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) rates Gold Fields as one of the best performers among the top 100 companies listed on South Africa's Johannesburg stock exchange. The global CDP organisation, which is supported by 655 global financial investors, annually ranks almost 6,000 of the world's largest companies in 60 countries according to their disclosure of carbon emissions as well as their carbon adaptation and mitigation strategies. In South Africa the CDP is supported by the National Business Initiative.

Koeberg unit 2 back on the grid

[img:Koeberg%20-%20w_0.jpg| ]3 December 2012 - Eskom reports that the nuclear power station Koeberg unit 2 was synchronised to the national grid in the early hours of Sunday morning on the 25th of November 2012, after completing its planned refuelling, maintenance and inspection outage on schedule.  The unit was taken offline on the 7th of September.

Koeberg unit 2’s power output has been increasing to 100% over the subsequent few days, with monitoring being down at various power levels to ensure that all technical parameters are within the expected values.  

Carbon capture and storage may be key to meeting global emissions...

[img:carbon-capture_0.jpg| ]3 December 2012 - Although currently negligible in prominence, carbon capture and storage (CCS) could be the technology that makes the world’s carbon emission reduction targets achievable, says energy expert GlobalData. CCS techniques, such as enhanced oil recovery, have been used in the energy sector for decades, but only recently has the concept of long term carbon storage been viewed as a viable means of reducing the amount of carbon released into the atmosphere from power plants.

Sub-Saharan Africa yet to harness cogeneration’s potential

[img:Money1.thumbnail.JPG| ]3 December 2012 - The emerging cogeneration market is proving to be an asset in Africa where access to power is limited. However, its worth as an electricity production mechanism for export to the national grid is still undervalued and underutilised, mainly due to a lack of understanding, funding and support from government and financial institutions.

Analysis from Frost&Sullivan finds that there is potential to produce between 1% and 20% of a country’s total electricity demand per annum through cogeneration. This research covers South Africa,Tanzania,Mauritius,Uganda and the Ivory Coast.

Kenya going into solar

[img:Kengen_0.JPG| ]30 November 2012 - Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen), Kenya’s largest power producer, plans to begin building its first solar-power plants in 2013, producing as much as 150 MW at a cost of about US$300 million. The plan is to start with about 10 MW of photovoltaic solar capacity connected to the grid and about 20 MW of concentrated solar power.

Egypt’s first privately owned power plant begins operations

[img:Egyptf_0.jpg| ]30 November 2012 - The Daily News of Egypt that TAQA power, a branch of the Citadel Capital owned TAQA Arabia (formerly Global Energy), has announced the start of the commercial operations of its independent power plant (IPP).

The Alexandriabased power plant is the first in the Egyptian private sector to provide electricity; the energy market has historically state controlled.The company was awarded a Build Own Operate (BOO) contract to provide the energy needs of Egyptian polystyrene company, E-Styrenics, a subsidiary of the Egyptian Petrochemical Holding company, in July 2011. It is the first to acquire a license to generate and produce electricity from the Egyptian Electric Utility Regulatory Agency, and the Consumer Protection Agency.

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