GM opens engine plant in Uzbekistan; 1.2 and 1.5 liter engines

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The facility, which covers 40 hectares, is GM’s first engine plant in Uzbekistan. GM Uzbekistan, located in Asaka, was established in March 2008 by the two companies. GM has a 52% stake in GM Powertrain Uzbekistan and its partner has a 48% stake. GM has also employed advanced environmental-protection processes throughout the facility, including the most modern wastewater treatment technology in Uzbekistan with the purest discharge of any facility of its kind within GM.

Report Finds Water Stress Rapidly Becoming Key Strategic Risk to Commerce; Impending Water/Energy Collision

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Water consumption or withdrawals per unit of energy produced, by energy type, in the United States. Among the increasing challenges is that while the sourcing, processing, and delivery of clean water is becoming more energy-intensive, the extraction and refining of fossil fuels and their substitutes is trending towards increasing water requirements per unit of fuel produced as energy companies work with progressively lower grade resources. Sectoral Water Risks.

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Declining Aral Sea

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The Aral Sea in Central Asia was once the world’s fourth-largest inland body of water, but it has been steadily shrinking over the past 50 years since the rivers that fed it were diverted for irrigation projects.

Alberta to Host Underground Coal Gasification Demo; Update on Linc Chinchilla UCG In Australia

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Underground coal gasification does not use fresh water in its operation and is significantly different than other in situ processes, such as those used in oil sands development. Simplified UCG process. Click to enlarge.

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