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Solar Impulse 2 making first round-the-world solar-electric airplane trip

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Then on Tuesday (Mar 10, 2015) the second leg commenced

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New palladium oxalate hydrodeoxygenation catalyst for production of drop-in paraffinic biofuels

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Researchers in Malaysia and Oman have developed a novel palladium oxalate catalyst supported on zeolite A (PdOx/ Zeol) with increased acidity for the hydrodeoxygenation and isomerization of bio-feedstocks into paraffinic (drop-in) biofuels. The biofuel product distribution showed 71% n-C 18 H 38 , 18% iso-C 18 H 38 , and 3% C 17 H 36. 12 °C.

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US EIA reminder: Strait of Hormuz world’s most important oil chokepoint; almost 20% of oil traded worldwide

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The Strait is located between Oman and Iran, and connects the Persian Gulf with the Gulf of Oman and the Arabian Sea. —US EIA.

EIA: China is now the world’s largest net importer of petroleum and other liquid fuels

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Click to enlarge. US total annual petroleum and other liquids production is expected to rise 31% between 2011 and 2014 to 13.3 million barrels per day.

Fisker reports more than $100M in revenue Jan-Apr 2012; more than $1B in funding since 2007

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Al-Futtaim and its network of experienced retailers will allow Fisker to reach customers in the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Oman, Bahrain, and Egypt. The EVer (Electric Vehicle extended range) powertrain of the Fisker Karma. Click to enlarge. We are encouraged by solid demand for the Karma, our unique extended-range luxury model. Karma.

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INPEX and Total launch the $34B Ichthys offshore Australia LNG Project; entire 8.5 Mt/y LNG output already sold for 15 years

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The group has interests in LNG projects in Indonesia, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Yemen, Angola, and Russia. Location of the Ichthys project. Source: INPEX. Click to enlarge. INPEX is the operator—its first time in that role for a world-class project; Total holds a 24% interest. levels. million tons per year.

Oxea launches new phthalate-free plasticizer as C8/C10 trimellitate replacement

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Oxea is owned by Oman Oil Company S.A.O.C. Oxea is expanding its phthalate-free plasticizer portfolio with the introduction of Oxsoft L9 (linear trinonyltrimellitate). Oxsoft L9 directly replaces conventional C8/C10 trimellitates and is available in industrial quantities. In modern automobiles, stringent demands are placed on internal cables.

Baker Institute: End of the ‘Big Oil giveaway’ is underway in the Persian Gulf

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In recent years, all six Gulf monarchies—Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and Bahrain—have begun to challenge the notion that citizens are entitled to cheap energy. Across the Gulf, Iran has taken similar steps. The authors said energy subsidies have long outlived their usefulness. Brief

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MHTL to partner with G2X, negotiate methanol offtake agreement from G2X methanol-to-gasoline plant

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The company has built five world-scale plants in Trinidad and Oman similar in design to the Big Lake Fuels plant. G2X Energy, Inc. Earlier post.). The company is the largest supplier of methanol to North America and is also a significant supplier to the European Market. The Big Lake Fuels LLC facility will produce 1.4 Brief

Shell Technology Ventures to invest several $100 millions in emerging tech companies over next 6-8 years

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Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) contracted GlassPoint to build the plant, which is currently being tested. Shell is ready to invest several hundred million dollars in emerging technology companies, with the aim to accelerate the deployment of innovations that add value to the company’s operations. In 2012, Shell spent more than US$1.3 Brie

Singapore Company Trialing Natural Gas Econic Waste Collection Vehicle

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Sembcorp Industries is one of the largest environmental companies on the Asian continent, and not only takes care of waste disposal in numerous cities and densely populated areas, but is also involved in energy and water supply in Singapore, China, Vietnam, Great Britain, the United Arab Emirates and Oman.

Oil Prices Running Out Of Reasons To Rally

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On top of that, Kuwait’s envoy to OPEC said that Qatar, Kuwait and Oman were also complying with the cuts. by Nick Cunningham of Oilprice.com. Oil prices faltered at the start of the second week of the year, as fears set in about a rapid rebound in US shale production. WTI and Brent sank more than 2.5 mb/d in December to 2.7 told Bloomberg.

France’s IFPEN studying industrial potential of onshore sources of natural hydrogen

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Valérie Beaumont, Christèle Vacquand, Eric Deville, and Alain Prinzhofer (2013) Hydrogen generation during serpentinisation in ophiolite complexes: A comparison of H 2 -rich gases from Oman, Philippines and Turkey. Initial exploratory work has already shown that continuous onshore natural H 2 emissions occur frequently. Resources.

US Mapping Project Highlights Potential for Mineral Carbonation for CO2 Sequestration

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Juerg Matter, a scientist at Columbia’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, and his colleague Peter Kelemen are currently researching peridotite formations in Oman, which they say could be used to mineralize as much as 4 billion tons of CO 2 a year, or about 12% of the world’s annual output. Some also occur in the interior, including Montana.