Chevron approves next major Tengiz expansion project in Kazakhstan

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A) Location map for Tengiz field in western Kazakhstan; C) Seismic depth map highlighting structure of isolated platform. Chevron is Kazakhstan’s largest private oil producer, holding important stakes in the nation’s two biggest oil-producing projects: the Tengiz and Karachaganak fields.

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ADB approves $240M to help Kazakhstan modernize transport, improve connectivity

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The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a $240.3-million loan to help Kazakhstan modernize its transport system. Improved transport connectivity will help increase trade links between Kazakhstan and the markets in East Asia, the Caspian Sea region, and further to Europe.

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CompactGTL announces 3,000 bpd commercial small-scale GTL project in Kazakhstan

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CompactGTL will build a commercially deployed small-scale gas-to-liquids (GTL) plant in Kazakhstan. CompactGTL Chairman Tony Hayward and Uzakbay Karabalin, the Minister of Oil & Gas of the Republic of Kazakhstan, signed a Memorandum of Co-operation, which will also support the development and implementation in Kazakhstan of innovative associated gas processing technologies with the realisation of the plant.

Alstom, Transmashholding and Kazakh Railways (KTZ) to Create Joint Company to Manufacture Electric Locomotives in Kazakhstan

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Alstom, Transmashholding and Kazakh Railways (KTZ) have signed an agreement for the creation of a joint venture company to produce electric locomotives in Kazakhstan. It follows the signature on 3 June in Almaty (Kazakhstan) of a Memorandum on mutual cooperation. The production of components will gradually be delocalized to Kazakhstan.

Foster Wheeler awarded contract for hydrogen production unit in Kazakhstan for major refinery modernization

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A subsidiary of Foster Wheeler AG’s Global Engineering and Construction Group has been awarded a contract for the basic engineering design of a new hydrogen production unit, based on Foster Wheeler Terrace Wall steam reforming technology, to be built at the Atyrau Refinery in Kazakhstan.

Volkswagen Group’s Škoda to unveil 500 km Vision E electric concept at Shanghai show; leveraging MEB for electromobility

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Škoda operates at three locations in the Czech Republic, produces in China, Russia, Slovakia and India mainly through Group partnerships, as well as in Ukraine and Kazakhstan through local partners.

EIA ups total shale oil resource estimate by 13% to 419B barrels, shale gas by 4% to 7576 Tcf

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The addition of four countries—Chad, Kazakhstan, Oman, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE)—to a previous assessment covering 42 countries has resulted in a 13% increase in the global assessed total resource estimate for shale oil and a 4% increase for shale gas.

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Mercedes-Benz launching round-the-world fuel cell car drive

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From China they will then pass through Kazakhstan, Russia and finally northern Europe, until the tour will return to Stuttgart at the beginning of June, where the 125-day round-the-world tour will come to an end. At the end of January, Mercedes-Benz will launch the F-CELL World Drive— a circumnavigation of the world with the series-produced fuel cell vehicle, the B-Class F-CELL.

Toyota Europe Q1 hybrid sales up 82.3% for 20% of total sales; Auris Hybrid the leader

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First quarter Lexus sales reached a record high of 3,700 units in Eastern Europe consisting of the Russian Federation, Kazakhstan, Ukraine and Caucasus. Toyota Motor Europe (TME) posted 2013 first quarter sales of 197,309 Toyota and Lexus vehicles in Europe. During that period, Toyota and Lexus full hybrid sales reached 38,673, up 82.3% from the same period last year.

ofo and SoftBank enter basic agreement to collaborate on bike-sharing in Japan

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Ofo currently serves markets in China, Singapore, the UK and Kazakhstan; service in some US cities begins this year. China-based bike-sharing provider ofo Inc. and SoftBank Commerce & Service Corp. reached a basic agreement to collaborate on the deployment of ofo’s global bike-sharing business in Japan. ofo and SoftBank C&S plan to enter an exclusive partnership for a large-scale deployment, with SoftBank C&S serving as strategic partner of ofo's bike-sharing services in Japan.

ExxonMobil plans five-year investment of $185B to develop new energy supplies; 21 major oil and gas projects to begin production between 2012 and 2014

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Nine major upstream projects are expected to start-up in the next two years including four in West Africa, Kashagan Phase 1 in Kazakhstan and the Kearl Oil Sands project in Canada. Exxon Mobil Corporation plans to invest approximately $185 billion over the next five years to develop new supplies of energy to meet expected growth in demand, Chairman and CEO Rex W. Tillerson said in a presentation at the New York Stock Exchange.

Repsol and Alliance Oil to form an exploration and production JV in Russia

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Alliance Oil Company Ltd is a leading independent oil company with vertically integrated operations in Russia and Kazakhstan. Repsol and Alliance Oil Company have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to form a joint exploration and production (E&P) venture that will serve as a growth platform for both companies in the Russian Federation, the world’s largest oil and gas producer. Russia was the largest producer of crude oil in 2009, surpassing Saudi Arabia.).

Declining Aral Sea

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By the end of the 1980s, it had split into the Small Aral Sea (north), located in Kazakhstan, and the horse-shoe shaped Large Aral Sea (south), shared by Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan.

Groundbreaking in Turkmenistan for major synthetic gasoline plant; first full-scale Haldor Topsøe TIGAS facility

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Turkmenistan is one of the six independent Turkic states and is bordered by Kazakhstan to the northwest, Uzbekistan to the northeast and east, Afghanistan to the southeast, Iran to the south and southwest, and the Caspian Sea to the west. In August, a groundbreaking ceremony was held in Ovadan-Depe near the capital of Ashgabad in Turkmenistan to launch the construction of a major plant focused on the conversion of natural gas into synthetic gasoline.

Opinion: Uranium Prices Set To Double By 2018

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57 million pounds of uranium imports last year came from Canada and Kazakhstan, with Canada providing 17 million pounds—these producers are extremely well-positioned for what comes next. by James Stafford of Oilprice.com. With prices set to double by 2018, we’ve seen the bottom of the uranium market, and the negative sentiment that has followed this resource around despite strong fundamentals, is starting to change.

Chevron announces $32.7B capital and exploratory budget for 2012; LNG and deepwater investments propel a step change

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Kazakhstan/Russia: Caspian Pipeline expansion. Chevron Corporation announced a $32.7 billion capital and exploratory spending program for 2012. Included in the 2012 program are $3 billion of planned expenditures by affiliates, which do not require cash outlays by Chevron. We continue to develop an unparalleled project queue.

Toyota Motor Europe hybrid sales up 38% in first quarter; 30% hybrid mix

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Sales in the rest of TME’s Europe region (including Russia, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Caucasus, Turkey and Israel) were stable at -0.8% Toyota Motor Europe (TME) reported a 38% increase in its Q1 2016 hybrid sales (Toyota and Lexus brands) versus the same period last year, representing 30% of total sales, compared to 24% for the full calendar year 2015.

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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The largest increase in oil production comes from Iraq, followed by Saudi Arabia, Brazil, Kazakhstan and Canada. Change in primary oil demand by sector and region in the central New Policies Scenario, 2010-2035. WEO 2011. Click to enlarge. 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.

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Eni reports first oil from giant Kashagan field in North Caspian Sea

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The oilfield is located in the North Caspian Sea, approximately 80 kilometers (50 miles) southeast of Atyrau, in Kazakhstan. Eni announced that first oil from the giant Kashagan oil field has been produced.

Russia to cut export duty on ultra-heavy oil to stimulate production

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Kazakhstan and Russia have the largest amounts of bitumen after. Business Mir reports that the Russian government has decided to cut the export duty on ultra-heavy oil to a mere 10% of the standard rate for 10 years to stimulate production. The decision on the so-called “10-10-10” scheme was made last Friday by the government commission on fuel and energy chaired by Deputy Prime Minister Igor Sechin.

Geological Society of London: future supply of rare earth elements could be disrupted by technical, environmental and financial factors

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A June 2010 study by the European Union identified the REE as among the 14 mineral commodities most critical to the EU economy, but most deposits are located outside of Europe, with the majority found in China, the CIS (Russia, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan), the USA and Australia.

Toyota hybrid sales in Europe up 17% in 2015, representing 24% of total TME sales

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A decline in sales in Eastern Europe (Russia, Kazakhstan, Ukraine and the Caucasus region) in line with the very strong market decline (-36%). Despite the lowest gasoline prices in Europe in 5 years, Toyota Motor Europe’s (TME) sales of hybrid vehicles continued their 5-year increase to reach 209,000 units for the full year 2015, up 17% year-on-year. Sales of Toyota and Lexus-branded hybrid vehicles now represent 24% of the group’s sales on the continent, up from 20% a year ago.

4,500th GE Evolution Series Locomotive enters service; reductions in fuel consumption and emissions

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The Evolution Series Locomotives operate in key rail markets worldwide, including in the US, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Egypt, Kazakhstan, China, Mongolia, and Australia. GE Transportation’s 4,500 th more fuel efficient Evolution Series Locomotive has entered revenue service. GE’s $4-billion transportation business marked the milestone at Railway Interchange 2011 held in Minneapolis, Minnesota, from 18-20 Sept.

US, China, and G-20 agree to work to global phase down of HFCs

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This was agreed by: Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Turkey,the United Kingdom, the United States, and the European Union, as well as Ethiopia, Spain, Senegal, Brunei, Kazakhstan, and Singapore. The US reached separate agreements with the G-20 and with China to address the rapid growth in the use and release of climate-damaging hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs).

GE, Rosneft to pursue opportunities in Russia’s oil and gas industry, including Arctic offshore

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In addition, the Company participates in several exploration projects in Kazakhstan and Algeria. GE and OJSC Rosneft signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that lays the foundation for the two companies jointly to evaluate and develop commercial opportunities in oil and gas exploration and production in the Russian Federation.

Sonangol, Maersk Oil and partners strike oil with their first deepwater pre-salt well offshore Angola

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Maersk Oil is an international oil and gas company with operated production of about 650,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day offshore Denmark, UK and Qatar, as well as onshore Kazakhstan and Algeria. Sociedade Nacional de Combustíveis de Angola Empresa Pública (Sonangol, E.P.), Maersk Oil and other partners declared the Azul-1 deepwater exploration well, located in Block 23 in the Kwanza Basin, a discovery well.

Oil Drum Licenses On-Board Hydrogen Generator for Baltic States

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Tomas Balnys, director of UAB Hydro2, said that the company was also looking at expanding its distribution facility to enable it to supply the devices to another potential licensee whose territories include the Ukraine and Kazakhstan. University of Kent (UK) spin-off Oil Drum Ltd , has signed a licensing deal with UAB Hydro2 that will enable its on-board hydrogen generator technology to be manufactured, sold and installed in the Baltic States.

GE Transportation Unveils New Evolution Series Locomotive; 17% Reduction in Fuel Consumption, 70% Reduction in Emissions

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Evolution Series Locomotives currently are operating in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, China, Mongolia, Australia, Kazakhstan and Egypt. GE Transportation introduced the newest line of fuel efficient and low emissions Evolution Series locomotives, the Model ES44C4.

Canadian Pacific Selects GE Transportation’s Trip Optimizer; Locomotive Fuel Savings of 6-10% in Testing

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More than 3200 Evolution locomotives are currently operating in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, China, Mongolia, Australia, Kazakhstan and Egypt, and approximately 17,000 GE locomotives are in use in more than 50 countries around the world. Following operational testing, Canadian Pacific Railway Limited will equip 200 locomotives with GE Transportation’s Trip Optimizer fuel savings system in the product’s first commercial deployment.

GE and Shenhua open coal gasification joint venture in China

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The region’s coal industry comprises China, India, Australia, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Thailand, Vietnam and New Zealand. GE announced the opening of GE Shenhua Gasification Technology Company Ltd., a 50:50 joint venture with Shenhua Group to advance the development and deployment of “cleaner coal” technology solutions in China. GBI report: Asia-Pacific to be the leading coal-producing region.

GE’s Evolution Series Locomotive Delivers 6% Fuel Advantage Over Competitor

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GE Transportation has delivered more than 3,200 Evolution Series locomotives to its railway customers operating in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, China, Australia, Mongolia, Kazakhstan and Egypt. The results of an independent head-to-head fuel test between GE’s Evolution ES44AC and EMD’s SD70ACe Tier 2 emissions-compliant locomotives found that GE’s locomotives are more than 6% more fuel-efficient compared to their EMD counterparts.

Opinion: Oil Megaprojects Won’t Stay On The Shelf For Long

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The collapse in prices may mean we don’t see more white elephants like the Kashagan project in Kazakhstan, an offshore boondoggle that has required more than a decade of development, tens of billions of dollars, and still won’t come online for a few more years. by Nick Cunningham of Oilprice.com. One casualty of the oil price downturn could be the megaproject.

JPL study finds Earths largest lakes warming due to climate change

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slightly weaker in southeastern Europe, around the Black and Caspian seas and Kazakhstan. In the first comprehensive global survey of temperature trends in major lakes, researchers have determined that Earth’s largest lakes have warmed during the past 25 years in. response to climate change. Philipp Schneider and Simon Hook of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory used satellite data to measure the surface temperatures of 167 large lakes worldwide.

EIA Estimates 2.1% Growth in Fossil Fuel CO2 Emissions in US in 2010; Still Below 1999-2008 Levels

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The largest source of growth in 2010 is the United States, followed by Brazil, Azerbaijan, and Kazakhstan. Projected US CO 2 growth from fossil fuels. Source: EIA. Click to enlarge. The US Energy Information Administration (EIA) estimates in the April 2010 release of its Short-Term Energy and Summer Fuels Outlook that CO 2 emissions from fossil fuels, which declined by 6.6% in 2009, will increase by 2.1% in 2010 and 1.1% in 2011 as economic growth fuels higher energy consumption.