IEA: Estonia is pioneering technologies for more efficient and cleaner use of oil shale

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An article in the latest issue of IEA Energy: The Journal of the International Energy Agency reports that Estonia, which has the most developed oil shale industry in the world, is collaborating in pursuing wider use of oil shale in a cleaner, more sustainable manner. liquids produced from shale formation via techniques such as hydraulic fracturing—oil shale is a sedimentary rock containing up to 50% organic matter rich in hydrogen, known as kerogen. Oil shale.

IEA: COVID-19 crisis causing the biggest fall in global energy investment in history

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The COVID-19 pandemic has set in motion the largest drop in global energy investment in history, with spending expected to plunge in every major sector this year—from fossil fuels to renewables and efficiency—the International Energy Agency said in a new report.

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Canada Launches Heavy Oil Working Group to Promote Cleaner Fossil Fuels

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The Government of Canada has established a Heavy Oil Working Group. The Honorable Christian Paradis, Minister of Natural Resources, initiated the working group with leaders from countries with heavy oil potential in the Americas during the Ministerial meeting of the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas (ECPA) in Washington, DC on 16 April. The group will facilitate the exchange of information and the sharing of expertise in the area of heavy oil extraction and development.

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EU research project IDEALFUEL seeks to develop marine low-sulfur heavy fuel oils from biomass; Bio-HFO

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In an EU-funded research project, an international consortium is aiming to develop new production methods for sustainable marine fuels to replace heavy fuel oils in shipping. The use of heavy fuel oils (HFOs) contributes to global warming due to the fossil origin of these fuels and, moreover, generating non-negligible emissions of pollutants such as sulfur oxides. Although cleaner fuels are available, many companies opt for HFOs due to their low cost.

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NTU scientists discover sustainable way to increase seed oil yield in crops up to 15%

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Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) scientists have developed a sustainable way to demonstrate a new genetic modification that can increase the yield of natural oil in seeds by up to 15% in laboratory conditions. The new method can be applied to crops such as canola, soybean and sunflower, which are in a multi-billion dollar industry that continues to see increasing global demand. The increased yield in seed oil would also benefit the production of biofuel.

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BP Energy Outlook: 30% growth in global demand to 2035; fuel demand continues to rise, even with EVs & fuel efficiency

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The 2017 edition of the BP Energy Outlook , published today, forecasts that global demand for energy will increase by around 30% between 2015 and 2035, an average growth of 1.3% per year rise expected in global GDP, reflecting improved energy efficiency driven by technology improvements and environmental concerns. Oil demand grows at an average rate of 0.7% The global car fleet doubles from 0.9 Oil: changing dynamics of demand and supply. of the global fleet).

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IEA: global energy investment stabilized above $1.8T in 2018; security and sustainability concerns growing

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Global energy investment stabilized in 2018, ending three consecutive years of decline, as capital spending on oil, gas and coal supply bounced back while investment stalled for energy efficiency and renewables, according to the International Energy Agency’s latest annual review. Global energy investment totalled more than US$1.8 For the third year in a row, the power sector attracted more investment than the oil and gas industry.

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Global Bioenergies beginning road testing with Audi A4 fueled with 34% renewable gasoline blends

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Global Bioenergies is beginning the road-testing phase of renewable gasoline derived from its fermentative isobutene pathway. Global Bioenergies will use an EN228-compliant gasoline blend containing more than 34% of renewable, isobutene-derived, compounds to fuel a car on a circuit. Both compounds are high-performance additives (octane rating equal to or higher than 100) that have been in the past produced from fossil oil. —Marc Delcourt, CEO of Global Bioenergies.

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I’ve Done The Math – Now I’m Doing Something About It

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I had no other choice once I did The Math and saw what things add up to – and how little time we have left before the global temperature goes past the Game Over limit of 2°C. But our friends in the oil, coal and gas industry have 5,795 gigatons of carbon on the books. Like the issue of oil drilling in Hermosa Beach. ’ And of course they’re threatening to collect a $17 million settlement against Hermosa if the citizens vote against the oil wells.

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ExxonMobil: global GDP up ~140% by 2040, but energy demand ~35% due to efficiency; LDV energy demand to rise only slightly despite doubling parc

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As the world population increases by the estimated 30% from 2010 to 2040, ExxonMobil sees global GDP rising by about 140%, but energy demand by only about 35% due to greater efficiency. Significant growth in the global middle class, expansion of emerging economies and an additional 2 billion people in the world will contribute to a 35% increase in energy demand by 2040, according to ExxonMobil’s latest Outlook for Energy report. Forecasts Fuel Efficiency Fuels Market Background Oi

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Biosynthetic motor oil receives highest industry performance certification; demonstrates improved fuel economy

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Biosynthetic Technologies has received ILSAC GF-5 certification on both SAE 5W-20 and 5W-30 grade passenger car motor oil (PCMO) formulations using its Biosynthetic Base Oil. The fuel economy attributes of Biosynthetic Base Oil is further demonstrated by the results of a recent Mercedes Benz M111 Fuel Economy Test in which a Biosynthetic SAE 5W-30 motor oil formulation achieved a 3.05% fuel economy gain compared to the industry reference oil.

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IEA World Energy Outlook view on the transport sector to 2035; passenger car fleet doubling to almost 1.7B units, driving oil demand up to 99 mb/d; reconfirming the end of cheap oil

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Change in primary oil demand by sector and region in the central New Policies Scenario, 2010-2035. The International Energy Agency (IEA) last week launched the 2011 edition of the World Energy Outlook (WEO), the current edition of its annual flagship publication assessing the threats and opportunities facing the global energy system out to 2035. Despite the priority in many countries to increase energy efficiency, global energy intensity worsened for the second straight year.

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KPMG survey finds majority of energy execs see oil over $121/barrel this year; shale expected to have transformative impact, investment in alternatives increasing

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Energy executives expect continued volatility in the price-per-barrel of oil for the remainder of the year, with 64% predicting crude prices to exceed $121 per barrel. The executives also foresee shale oil and gas having a transformative effect on helping to meet the world’s energy needs, according to the results of the 9 th Annual Energy Survey conducted by the KPMG Global Energy Institute. Biomass Natural Gas Oil Oil Shale Solar Wind

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ICCT study examines current & projected use of heavy fuel oil in Arctic shipping; growth in BC emissions points to need for policies

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A new study by the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) estimates heavy fuel oil (HFO) use, HFO carriage, the use and carriage of other fuels, black carbon (BC) emissions, and emissions of other air and climate pollutants for the year 2015, with projections to 2020 and 2025. Top: Heavy fuel oil use (tonnes) in the Arctic, 2015, with minimum sea extents. However, with expanded Arctic shipping comes the increased risk of accidents, oil spills, and air pollution.

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IEA sees China lead the way in developing new cleaner coal technologies

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”China’s coal sector has made remarkable progress over the last decade, fuelling rapid economic growth and bringing a better quality of life for China’s citizens”, said Nobuo Tanaka, Executive Director of the International Energy Agency (IEA), today in Beijing at the launch of the new publication, Cleaner Coal in China. Policy action to widen use of cleaner coal technologies. the 4 000 MW Yuhuan power plant sets a new global benchmark for the efficiency of coal-fired power plants.

Neste Oil to invest €65M to enhance high-octane gasoline production at Porvoo

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Neste Oil has decided to build an isomerization unit at its Porvoo refinery. In addition to its importance for Neste Oil, the new unit represents a major industrial investment nationally in Finland. —Matti Lehmus, Neste Oil’s Executive Vice President, Oil Products and Renewables. Neste Oil took the initial decision to make the investment in 2008, but announced in 2009 that it would postpone the project until the market situation improved.

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Perspective: Ending Oils Monopolya Blueprint for Mobility Choice

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Oil is a strategic commodity second to none—it underlies the global economy and even the American way of life. Of course, other countries benefit from this fact, with about $900 million flowing out of the US to buy foreign oil every day, and about 40% of that going to OPEC. [ 1 ] Our dependence on oil also means that America must support military engagements in regions, such as the Persian Gulf, to defend energy sources, such as pipelines and sea lanes.

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GSI/UNEP conference report finds fossil-fuel subsidy reform complex and challenges sobering; ~1% of global GDP spent on fossil-fuel subsidies

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Although momentum behind reforming subsidies for fossil fuels (for both consumers and producers) worldwide has gained significant momentum during the past few years, and although the benefits of subsidy reform seem evident, countries’ experience of reform and the challenges involved are “sobering”, according to a recently published report from a conference convened on the subject last year by the Global Subsidies Initiative (GSI) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

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Scania unveils new heavy-duty global engine platform

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Scania unveiled its new global engine platform that will be used worldwide for all emission standards: Euro 3, Euro 4, Euro 5, EEV and Euro 6. Seven Euro 3 engines from 250 to 580 hp complete Scania’s global customer offering. Although it is a new design, the inline engine platform retains traditional Scania traits such as separate cylinder heads, a camshaft located high in the block and rear-mounted timing gears, as well as the familiar centrifugal oil cleaner.

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ExxonMobil to invest >$1B in Antwerp refinery to convert heavy, higher sulfur residual oil into diesel, other products

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plans to invest more than $1 billion to install a new delayed coker unit at its Antwerp refinery to convert heavy, higher sulfur residual oils into transportation fuels products such as marine gasoil and diesel fuel. The investment addresses an industry shortfall in capability to convert fuel oil to products such as diesel. This investment will add to our product slate at the Antwerp refinery and deliver much needed cleaner diesel to our European customers.

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IEA: carbon intensity of global energy supply has barely changed in last 20 years; “window of opportunity in transport”

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In a fairly bleak assessment of global progress towards low-carbon energy, the International Energy Agency (IEA) concluded that, despite a few bright spots such as the rapid expansion of renewable technologies and the growth of hybrid and EV sales, the progress is far below that required to achieve a 2 °C pathway—i.e., The global energy supply became 6% cleaner from 1971 to 1990,in response to the oil shocks of the 1970s.

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Global refinery catalyst market forecast to grow 34% to $4.3B by 2018

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Market growth comes in large part from demand for cleaner diesel fuel and the availability of newer technology and nanotechnology. Hydroprocessing catalysts—used to create cleaner fuels, especially ULSD—are the fastest-growing refinery catalysts. manufacturers to refinery catalysts, as these help extract relatively more diesel and gasoline from the same amount of crude oil. Refinery catalyst markets will reach $4.3 billion in. 2018, up from $3.2

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Perspective: Drive Star Conversion Program Could Cut US Oil Use in Half by 2020

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In a pre-response to that speech, having successfully advocated for plug-in hybrids like the forthcoming Chevy Volt, we propose that the President follow that speech up with a “realistic and conservative” roadmap to halve our oil use in 10 years. We outline a second speech by the President, starting with, “I am not willing to be the latest in a succession of Presidents telling you we’re going to end our addiction to oil. Oil is holding us all hostage, economically and physically.

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Air Products heralds successful operation of project to capture CO2 from hydrogen production for use in enhanced oil recovery

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Air Products heralded the successful operation of a US Department of Energy (DOE) demonstration project that will capture approximately one million tons of carbon dioxide (CO 2 ) from hydrogen production for use in an enhanced oil recovery project in which DOE anticipates an additional estimated 1.6-3.1 million barrels of oil to be produced annually from the CO 2 injection.

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Obama sets goal of reducing US oil imports by 1/3 by 2025; domestic and Western Hemisphere production, natural gas, biofuels, electric vehicles, fleet purchases

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Warning that “ there are no quick fixes ” and that “ we will keep on being a victim to shifts in the oil market until we get serious about a long-term policy for secure, affordable energy ”, US President Barack Obama announced a goal of cutting US oil imports by one-third by 2025 from the 2008 level of 11 million barrels of oil per day. The Administration is pushing the oil industry to produce on leases already held.

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Economic Modelling Study Shows Canada Can Meet Global-Warming Reduction Targets While Growing Jobs and Economy

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The second target is derived from analysis of the emission reductions needed to limit average global warming to 2 °C. Meeting either target requires governments to put a significant price on global warming emissions broadly across the economy, and to back this up with strong complementary regulations and public investments. Reduction of “fugitive” emissions from the oil and gas industry and from landfills. Replacement of fossil fuels by cleaner electricity (e.g.,

2009 195

ATCO and Praxair Developing H2 Infrastructure for Oil Sands

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are pursuing the development of hydrogen storage and pipeline infrastructure in Alberta, focusing on opportunities northeast of Edmonton where the growth in heavy-oil processing in Alberta has created an increased demand for hydrogen. Hydrogen is used to remove sulfur so that the end-product fuels are cleaner-burning and meet environmental standards. ATCO Energy Solutions and Praxair Canada Inc.

Air Products to Build Michigan Hydrogen Plant to Supply Marathon’s Detroit Heavy Oil Upgrade Project

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Air Products, the leading global hydrogen provider, will construct a hydrogen production facility in Detroit, Mich., for Marathon Petroleum Company LLC, a subsidiary of Marathon Oil Corporation. The facility will provide hydrogen and steam for Marathon’s heavy oil upgrade project at its Detroit refinery. Increased and reliable hydrogen supply will be important to Marathon’s heavy oil upgrade project.

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Direct lithium extraction company EnergyX secures $20M in funding commitments

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In 2020, EnergyX announced a pilot partnership with Orocobre Limited ( earlier post ) to deliver high-quality and comprehensive solutions that will lead to a cleaner, more efficient lithium extraction. In 2020 global supply was roughly 315k tons; this is expected to rise to 5.5M

Deutsche Bank CCA report highlights Chinese global leadership toward a low-carbon economy; 12th Five-Year Plan

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The many new and expanded strong policy initiatives and green targets in China’s 12 th Five year Plan, released on 5 March 2011, provide “ clear evidence ” that China’s low-carbon policies remain global best-in-class, according to a new report from DB Climate Change Advisors (DBCCA).

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GCP Carbon Budget Finds Anthropogenic CO2 Emissions Rose 2% in 2008 Despite Global Financial Crisis; Natural Sinks Not Keeping Pace With Increasing Emissions

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Despite the economic effects of the global financial crisis (GFC), carbon dioxide emissions from human activities rose 2% in 2008 to an all-time high of 1.3 The authors, under the umbrella of the Global Carbon Project , reported a 29% increase in global CO 2 emissions from fossil fuel between 2000 and 2008 (the latest year for which figures are available), and by 41% between 2008 and 1990, the reference year of the Kyoto Protocol. Global carbon budget 2008.

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Honeywell UOP opens first facility in China to test flare emissions for VOCs

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As a global flare technology leader, Honeywell’s advanced Callidus technology, complete database, and profound experience in related areas definitely will contribute to the successful completion of our project. Callidus flares are used in hydrocarbon and petrochemical processing, oil and gas production and the steel and carbon black industries. China Emissions Natural Gas Oil

2017 170

UrbanX Group signs FEED contract with Hyundai Engineering for renewable diesel facility in Bakersfield

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The company will produce its XRD renewable diesel from vegetable oil, fats and waste cooking oils through a proprietary process. UrbanX Renewables Group of Long Beach, CA, executed a front-end engineering design (FEED) contract with Hyundai Engineering Co.,

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GE, Devon sign new technology collaboration agreement to drive unconventional resources innovations

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GE Oil & Gas and energy exploration and production company Devon Energy signed a new technology collaboration agreement (TCA) to drive innovations that will enhance the performance and economics of unconventional oil and natural gas projects as the demand for energy grows worldwide. The new agreement was announced at the groundbreaking ceremony for GE’s new Oil & Gas Technology Center in Oklahoma City.

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Shell and Tsinghua University set up mobility research center

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Shell officially opened its Joint Research Center for Cleaner Mobility with Tsinghua’s Department of Automotive Engineering (DAE). This new center will focus on developing solutions for the automotive sector, including the development of high-efficiency lubricants and additives; cleaner use of conventional fuels; and the development of alternative fuels and new energies that help reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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Santos reports successful CO2 capture and storage injection trial in Moomba CCS project

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Our Moomba CCS Project is one of the most globally competitive projects – it will be the second largest in the world and one of the lowest cost project at our current estimate of around A$30 per tonne.

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Study: IMO low-sulfur fuel standards will decrease childhood asthma cases, premature deaths; climate tradeoffs

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Marine shipping fuels will get cleaner in 2020 when a regulation by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) requires a decrease in the allowable amount of sulfur in fuel oil from 3.5% This marks the most significant improvement in global fuel standards for the shipping industry in 100 years, and is intended to achieve significant health benefits on a global scale. reduction of childhood asthma globally. global reduction in PM 2.5 Global mean is 3.9?mW?m

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Energy Biosciences Institute Adds Microbially Enhanced Hydrocarbon Recovery Project

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A combined effort of all three academic partners in the Energy Biosciences Institute (EBI) will seek to increase the amount of oil that can be extracted from existing wells by using microbes within their geological habitat to help recover residual oil and enhance production. They will also research methods of in situ biorefining to improve oil field life cycle costs and reduce environmental impacts. Tags: Biotech Oil

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Air Products dedicates world’s largest hydrogen plant and pipeline system

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Air Products, the leading global hydrogen provider, held a dedication ceremony for what is now the world’s largest hydrogen plant and pipeline supply network. Hydrogen is widely used in petroleum refining processes to remove impurities found in crude oil such as sulfur, olefins and aromatics to meet the product fuels specifications.

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Vitol invests USD 50 mn in Sun Mobility to develop EV infra 

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A Bangalore based charging infrastructure provider Sun Mobility and the world’s largest biggest independent oil trader has announced an investment of USD 50 million in Sun Mobility to provide electric vehicle charging infrastructure.

Henkel investing in new technologies and products for e-drive systems

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—Frank Kerstan, Global Business Development, Powertrain & e-Mobility, Henkel. The polyacrylate adhesive shows excellent resistance to oils, including automatic transmission fluids (ATF), and can withstand temperatures from -40 °C to +150 °C. In addition, it shows outstanding oil resistance.

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Waterfront Shipping to commission new ships with methanol flex-fuel engines

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These 50,000 dead weight tonne vessels will be built with MAN ME-LGI flex fuel engines running on methanol, fuel oil, marine diesel oil, or gas oil. Waterfront Shipping, a wholly owned subsidiary of global methanol producer Methanex Corporation, is a marine transportation company specializing in the transport of bulk chemicals and petroleum products. Waterfront Shipping Company Ltd. has reached an agreement with Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd.

2013 179

AP Ventures makes follow-on investment in small-scale GTL company Greyrock Energy

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The Global Gas Flaring Reduction Partnership, a World Bank initiative, notes that billions of cubic meters of natural gas are flared annually at oil production sites, wasting valuable energy resources and contributing to climate change by releasing millions of tons of CO2 into the atmosphere. Additionally, Greyrock’s systems may be deployed in remote oil fields and may be configured to produce high-purity hydrogen as a by-product.

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