Yeah, I Got Your Chevy Volt, Right Here. Day 2 @ Plug-In 2009

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Luckily no one was really at Plug-In 2009 to hear the Three Car Stooges at this point, they don’t have any pleasant surprises in store for us. Tags: electric cars environment greenwashing plug-in cars politics AeroVironment BMW Mini-E ChargePoint Chevy Volt Coulomb Gridpoint J1772 Mitsubishi i-MiEV Plug-In 2009 Plug-In America If you’ve been wondering just how real the new Chevy Volt that gets 230 mpg in city driving is , well just take a look for yourself.

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Greenius On The Scene: Plug-In 2009

Creative Greenius

Here’s a few shots from yesterday first full day of the Plug-In 2009 conference in Long Beach, California. I’ll be back there today for more Greenius coverage to be published later this week. The Creative Greenius with the new Nissan Leaf flat lithium ion battery. They’ll be making Leafs in Tennessee and they will be making many more batteries than cars. The Nissan spokesman told me they will be selling the battery as a standalone product too.

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Meet Your Next Car At Plug-In 2009

Creative Greenius

Don’t miss Plug-In 2009 if you’d like to get on board the Cluetrain before it leaves the station without you. Last year’s Plug-In 2008 gave attendees an insider’s advantage on the Plug-In technology that will quickly replace today’s obsolete, planet-killing fossil fuel centric cars. Creative Greenius readers were right there with me as I live blogged from the event: Top Ten Things I Learned At Plug In 2008. Day 3 At Plug In 2008.

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Shouldn’t We ALL Be Going to PowerShift 2009?

Creative Greenius

I know I should be in Washington DC in two weeks to help take over the capitol on behalf of green jobs, clean energy and ending our carbon-based economy. I know I should be there contributing, blogging and shooting pictures, marching and lobbying and networking with my green brothers and sisters in arms. I know I should be there with the 10,000 young people who are gathering in Washington to hold our elected officials’ feet to the accountability fire. “I

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What Can One Blog Do?

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Creative Greenius is a proud part of Blog Action Day 2009. Expect to be amazed on October 15, 2009. Tags: climate change blog action day 2009

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So You Think YOU Can Dance? Take To The Streets & Do The PowerShift Dance!

Creative Greenius

These great kids down under are taking part in a ‘flash mob’ on the steps of the Sydney Opera House, dancing as a creative protest at the Power Shift 2009 youth climate summit. carbon producers citizen volunteer climate change environment fossil fuels green jobs flash mob Power Shift 2009

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US Refiners Slightly Expanded Capacity From 2008 to 2009

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From 2008 to 2009, total US crude distillation capacity increased from roughly 17.6 As of January 1, 2009, there were 150 operable refineries in the United States, not including facilities in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. Data in the report are compiled from information reported by the DOE Energy Information Administration in its 2009 Petroleum Supply Annual. million barrels per calendar day (BPCD) to 17.7

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Hyundai Takes the Lead for MY 2009 CAFE in US

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According to the latest US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) fuel economy report, Hyundai passed all major manufacturers in MY 2009 Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) as measured in EPA testing. The EPA 2009 Light-Duty Automotive Technology and Fuel Economy Trends Report indicates that Hyundai has the highest MY 2009 laboratory 55/45 (55% city 45% highway weighted metric) fuel economy with 30.1 MY 2009 EPA Lab 55/45 ( projected ).

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2009 Los Angeles Auto Show: Preview

Green Car Reports

Only a handful of U.S. auto shows count as important. Detroit, in January, is one; historically, New York in April has been another. But the up-and-comer is the Los Angeles Auto Show, which now occurs in late November or early December and focuses on green cars of all stripes: hybrids, electric cars, clean diesels, even vehicles powered by

Event: REFF-Wall Street. 23-24 June 2009

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The 6th annual Renewable Energy Finance Forum-Wall Street (REFF-Wall Street) will occur on 23-24 June at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City. The event brings together industry veterans to discuss the issues associated with renewable energy finance in the US. More than 650 people attended last year’s event with 70% of them senior level leaders within their respective organizations, according to the organizers.

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Cheap and Green: 2009 Hyundai Accent vs 2009 Nissan Versa

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Actually, there are two: the 2009 Hyundai Accent and the 2009 Nissan Versa. Between car loans, trade-ins, and special promotional incentives, most people rarely write a large check for their new car purchase. But what you can get for $10,000? What's the absolutely simplest, least expensive car on the U.S. market today? They're a mere $20

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Best Selling Hybrid SUV for 2009

Hybrid SUV Blog

2009 won’t end up being a record year for hybrid vehicle sales, but considering the circumstances it would be fair to say that hybrids have held their own. In the battle for best selling hybrid SUV of 2009 (U.S.), The closer race is actually for worst selling hybrid SUV of 2009, with 3 sport utilities neck-and-neck (data from hybridcars.com ).

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Piaggio Introduces Li-ion Electric Version of Ape Calessino As Part of 2009 Refresh

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Piaggio has introduced the refreshed 2009 range of the Ape Calessino, including a new electric version powered by lithium-ion batteries. Powered by a 422 cc direct injection diesel engine, the conventionally-powered Ape Calessino is on sale with the new 2009 trim level, on the Italian market, at €9,150 (US$13,000), VAT not included. Ape Calessino Electric Lithium. Click to enlarge.

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2009 Mazda Tribute Hybrid Review

Hybrid SUV Blog

New on the 2009 model are: front and rear stabilizer bar, power-assisted ventilated front disc and rear drum brakes, automatic on/off headlights, standard satellite radio, steering wheel audio controls and Dynamic Stability Control, Roll Stability Control and Traction Control. Although the Mazda Tribute hybrid is currently only being sold in California, it is likely only a matter of time before you see this small SUV in local dealerships.

The Greenius Goes Into Overdrive

Creative Greenius

One of my goals for 2009 is to double the membership of the EPN and I ask you to literally join me and my fellow EPN environmental activists. The Greenius in Yosemite. As the climate change crisis goes from bad to worse (while the deniers get nuttier and more cult-like with each passing day) and Australia gives Californians an advanced sneak preview at what is without a doubt headed our way sooner than you expect , your Creative Greenius has only gotten more Fired Up, Ready to Go!

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SAE Hybrid Standards Committee: Works In Progress For 2009

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During the SAE 2009 World Congress in Detroit, Gary Kissel of General Motors presented an update of hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and electric vehicle standards being revised or developed by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Hybrid Standards Committee. Estimated completion for J1711 is summer 2009. Estimated completion of J1772 is summer 2009. The standard is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2009. The standard is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2009.

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Torrance Enviro Commish - From Curious to CringeWorthy

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Tags: Torrance LEED environmental legislation Buildit Green Fred Koch Development green buildings citizen volunteer environment green building Torrance Environmental Quality and Energy Saving Commission politics Manhattan Beach Environmental Task Force thin film solar Southern California Edision climate change Earth Hour 2009 Environmental Politics Saving Energy Sustainability solar power

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The US Postal Service is All Charged Up!

Electric Cars are for Girls

BTW, it looks like Ford and Chrysler haven't actually forgotten how to build electric cars after all, because they've been quietly building a small fleet of electric postal vans for California since the beginning of 2009 Here's a (pdf) link to a USPS report outlining a grand plan, released this week, to electrify a LOT of postal vans, all across the country. Looks like it's a fiscally smart move, too, which the Post Office dearly needs.

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EIA Projects 5% Decrease in Fossil-Fuel-Based CO2 Emissions in 2009; Little Change in Emissions from Gasoline

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In its current version of the Short Term Energy Outlook ( STEO ), the US Energy Information Administration projects a 5% decline in fossil-fuel-based CO 2 emissions in 2009. The STEO projects that petroleum CO 2 emissions will decline by 4% in 2009, primarily due to declines in transportation sector consumption. Although little change in CO 2 emissions from motor gasoline is expected in 2009, CO 2 emissions from other transportation petroleum fuels, particularly jet fuel (a 9.8%

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Solar Roadways Named a Finalist for 2009 EE Times ACE Awards

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has been nanmed one of five finalists for the Best Enabler Award for Green Engineering category in the 2009 EE Times Annual Creativity in Electronics (ACE) Awards. Solar Roadways , the developer of structurally engineered solar panels that are driven upon., Solar Roadway”s concept is to replace all current petroleum-based asphalt roads, parking lots, and driveways with Solar Road Panels that collect and store solar energy to be used by homes and businesses.

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Mahindra Showcased Hydrogen-Powered 3-Wheeler at World Hydrogen Technologies Convention 2009

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M&M), one of India’s leading automotive majors, showcased its hydrogen-fueled combustion engine Alfa 3-wheeler, the Hy-Alfa, at the World Hydrogen Technologies Convention 2009 ( WHTC-2009 ) held in New Delhi last week. Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. M&M first introduced the Hy-Alfa in January 2006. Earlier post.). The Hy-Alfa is available in both passenger (3–seater) and cargo versions.

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Fiat, MINI and smart Beat 130 gCO2/km New Car Average in Europe for First Half of 2009

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The average CO 2 emissions figure on new Fiat cars sold in Europe during the first half of 2009 dropped 5.2 g/km reduction in the CO 2 output of new cars sold by the top 25 brands in Europe in 1H 2009, with a similar reduction measured in JATO’s 21 monitored EU markets. During the first half of 2009 around 65,000 Fiat Natural Power cars, with an average of 115.8 g/km to 129.1 g/km, according to an analysis by JATO Consult, the bespoke consulting service of JATO Dynamics.

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Honda to Show Hybrid and Battery-Electric Vehicle Concepts at Tokyo Motor Show; CR-Z Concept 2009

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The CR-Z Concept 2009. Honda will reveal the CR-Z Concept 2009, the most recent prototype of a compact sports car using Honda’s IMA technology, at October’s Tokyo Motor Show. Click to enlarge. Honda introduced the first version of the CR-Z concept at the Tokyo Motor Show in 2007. When the production version goes on sale in 2010, it will be the first series-production sports hybrid car from a major OEM, and the first gasoline-electric vehicle to employ a 6-speed manual transmission.

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Fords US Hybrid Sales Up 73% for First 9 Months of 2009; Total US Hybrid Sales Down 14% for Same Period

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Ford Motor Company’s US hybrid sales for the first nine months of 2009 are 73% higher than the same period in 2008, fueled by the introduction of hybrid versions of the 2010 Ford Fusion and Mercury Milan, which went on sale in March 2009. Toyota, still the number one provider of hybrids in the US with 144,351 units sold in the first nine months of 2009, saw its hybrid sales drop 28% from the same period in 2008 (200,450 units).

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Grand Prize Combustion-Engine Winner at 2009 Shell Eco-Marathon Americas Achieves 2,757.1 MPG

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Some of the vehicles in the 2009 Shell Eco-Marathon Americas. The student team from Laval University (Quebec, Canada) took the grand prize in the “Prototype” category at the 2009 Shell Eco-Marathon Americas , held 15-18 April at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, CA, with 2,757.1 Category winners for the 2009 Shell Eco-marathon Americas include: Prototype. The 2009 Shell Eco-marathon Americas Design Award was presented to the Brazilian team from Minas Gerais State University.

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GreenCarReports: 2009 Frankfurt Auto Show Coverage

Green Car Reports

It's time: the 2009 Frankfurt Auto Show is upon us, and High Gear Media is live at the biggest, hottest Messe in the world to bring you the latest on green cars, diesels, electric cars, hybrid electric vehicles, E-REVs, and NEVs right here at GreenCarReports.com.

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NOAA: February 2009 Ninth Warmest February for Globe

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The combined global land and ocean surface average temperature for February 2009 was the ninth warmest since records began in 1880, according to an analysis by the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, NC. million square kilometers) of Eurasia (Europe and Asia) were covered by snow in February 2009, which is 0.4

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Beijing Has No Plans for Vehicle Emission Fees in 2009

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Responding to a story in the Beijing Times about the pending imposition of fees on vehicle emissions in the city, the deputy-director of Beijing’s environmental protection bureau said that there are no plans for such fees in 2009. “We Xinhua. We usually follow the state policies on pollutant discharge fees,” said Du. Beijing had suggested tightening the management on vehicle tail gas after the Beijing Olympics. But relevant state departments are still doing research on the policy.”.

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Geely May Begin Production of Methanol Cars in Late 2009

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Geely has set a target of 25% growth in sales for 2009, despite the global economic downturn. China Daily. Geely Auto may start mass production of its methanol-fueled cars ( earlier post ) in the second half of this year, its chairman said Saturday. Methanol Haifeng. Click to enlarge.

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The Long View from SAE 2009 World Congress

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On 20 April, the opening day of the SAE 2009 World Congress, the AVL Technology Leadership Theater presented a forum on “Green Mobility—The Long View”. For reference, the fully loaded PRT is approximately 80% the weight of 2009 VW Rabbit. The city’s first section, MIST - Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, will be complete by the end of 2009. by Bill Cooke.

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BMW Technology Day 2009: Focus on Aerodynamics, Two New Engines and 8-Speed Transmission

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For its Technology Day 2009 in Germany, BMW focused on describing its work with aerodyanmics, engines and transmissions in the context of its EfficientDyanmics development strategy. This will be applied in a production BMW 7 Series hybrid model in 2009. The new 3.0-liter gaosline engine combines turbocharging, direct fuel injection and VALVETRONIC for the first time. Click to enlarge.

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Adura Systems Wins Frost Sullivan 2009 Technology Innovation of the Year Award

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the developer of the MESA (Modular, Electronic, Scalable Architecture) electric powertrain for medium and large vehicles ( earlier post ) is the recipient of Frost & Sullivan’s 2009 Technology Innovation of the Year Award. Adura Systems, Inc.,

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Japan Meteorological Agency: 2009 Tied With 2002, 2003, and 2006 For Third Warmest Year Since Instrumental Records Began

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A preliminary analysis of worldwide surface temperatures from January to November conducted by the Japan Meteorological Agency shows that the average land and sea surface temperatures for 2009 have been +0.31 ºC above normal, based on the 1971-2000 average, and that 2009 will be tied with 2002, 2003, and 2006 as the third highest record since 1891.

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2009 GMC Yukon Hybrid Test Drive

Hybrid SUV Blog

I had the opportunity to test drive a 2009 GMC Yukon hybrid SUV last week, and I learned first hand how incredible the Two Mode hybrid transmission really operates. The interior of the 2009 model that I drove looked pretty much the same, although the exterior did not have the large “H Y B R I D&# badges on the sides.

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Mazda to Debut Next-Generation Direct Injection Gasoline and Diesel Engines, Transmission and Kiyora Concept at Tokyo Motor Show 2009

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The Kiyora Concept uses a 1.3-liter version of the new SKY-G gasoline direct injection engine and achieves fuel economy of 75 mpg US on the Japanese 10-15 cycle. Click to enlarge. Mazda Motor Corporation will showcase the world premiere of its next-generation engine lineup and automatic transmissions at the 41 st Tokyo Motor Show, to be held from Saturday, 24 October through 4 November.

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Futuresource 2009: Fuel Saving Technology

Green Cars News

Tags: Latest news 2009 cms supatrak futuresource

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Heard At The Show: Snippets from SAE 2009 World Congress

Green Car Congress

Where does all of the energy go? In a session on total vehicle energy consumption, several people shared similar pie charts showing the flow of energy within an automobile. For every kJ of chemical energy in the fuel for a spark ignition internal combustion engine, 73 % is sacrificed to chemical and thermal losses. Braking losses add another 6%. Only 22% remains to power the vehicle.

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Delphi Details Evaporative Emissions Control Strategies For Hybrid Powertrains at tank.tech 2009

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At the tank.tech 2009 congress in Bad Gögging, Germany, Delphi’s Dr. Andrzej Kalina, engineering manager, evaporative emission control products, is presenting a technical paper co-authored by Jan Jasinski, group engineering leader, evaporative emission control products and titled, “Evaporative Emissions Control Strategies for Hybrid Powertrains.”. Delphi evaporative emissions canisters. Click to enlarge.

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Li-Tec Boosting Li-ion Production at Kamenz Plant to 300,000 Units By End of 2009

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Li-Tec Battery GmbH, the lithium-ion battery company jointly owned by of Evonik Industries AG and Daimler, plans to boost its production capacity for battery cells to 300,000 annual units by the end of this year. Its plant in Kamenz, Germany will begin serial production of several million cells in 2011.

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Audi Sets US Pricing for 2010 MY A3 TDI Clean Diesel; Arrives in Showrooms in Late November 2009

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Expected to begin arriving at US dealers in late November 2009, the 50-state certified A3 TDI delivers 42 mpg US (5.6 Audi announced pricing for the 2010 A3 TDI, its second US clean diesel offering launched this year. L/100km) highway cycle fuel economy—the highest highway fuel economy in the luxury car category, according to US Environmental Protection Agency estimates.

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ZENN Motor Increases Stake in EEStor to 10.7%; EESU Production Prototype Promised by End of 2009

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EEStor has said it anticipates having at-voltage components verified independently by September of this year, with delivery of production prototype EESUs to ZMC by the end of 2009. ZMC announced its intention to exercise this additional investment option on 21 May 2009. Earlier in July, ZENN Motor Company Inc. ZMC) increased its equity investment in energy storage developer, EEStor, Inc. with an additional US $5.0 million investment.

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Preliminary Data Shows June 2009 Second Warmest on Record Globally; Global Sea Surface Temperature Hits June Record

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Based on preliminary data, the globally averaged combined land and sea surface temperature was the second warmest on record for June 2009 and the January-June 2009 year-to-date tied with 2004 as the fifth warmest on record, according to the US National Climatic Data Center (NCDC), part of NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). The global ocean SST for June 2009 was the warmest on record, 0.59 °C (1.06 °F) above the 20 th century average of 16.4 °C

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Chinas 3rd Largest Oilfield Expects to Post 24% Growth in Output in 2009

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Xinhua. PetroChina expects that its Changqing oilfield—currently the country’s third-largest—will post an annual growth of 24 percent in oil and gas output this year. By Dec. 19, the oil and gas equivalent production at Changqing had exceeded 30 million tonnes, and the figure would reach 31 million by the end of this year, or 6 million more than last year, said Peng Xufeng, a company spokesman.

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