Energy Talk – what the EPA Plan neglects


One of the problems, I suspect, with predictions of future energy use and production is that physical reality can become entangled in the politics of the day. Thus news that tends to negate the optimistic views of future American oil and natural gas production is subsumed by the need to keep the level of those […]

Waterjetting 22b – Steep seams and shrouds


It was not until we started to move the auger that I described last time, that I realized how heavy and cumbersome it remained. It is true that we could lighten it considerably (and we did in the UK version), but it was still largely a platform mounted device that was relatively easy to move […]

Zimbabwe: Prepaid Meters Save Electricity

At least 23% of electricity is being saved through the use of prepaid meters, a senior official with the power utility’s distribution company said last week. Zesa rolled out prepaid meters in 2011 to encourage the efficient use of electricity in the wake of demand outstripping generation capacity. “We can now pay for power imports […]

Projected growth in natural gas-fired generation is influenced by resource availability

June 13, 2014 Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Note: All generation values are for net generation. Different scenarios of natural gas resource availability in the (AEO2014) Reference case, High Oil and Gas Resource case, and Low Oil and Gas Resource case affect the growth of natural gas-fired electric generation. As increasing amounts of natural gas […]

Oil Industry in Iraq Faces Setback to Revival

Oil Industry in Iraq Faces Setback to Revival After a long history of wars and sanctions, Iraq re-emerged as a critical source of oil in recent years. Mounting Iraqi production helped to ease world oil prices despite the tightening restrictions on Iran and tanking exports from Libya. And Western … Read more on New York […]

Tanzania: Mothers Light Up Rural Homes

United Nations — “My mother used to just stay at home, now she has come back and is an engineer and a leader. She is on the Village Energy Committee,” said a 10-year-old girl from the village of Chekeleni, in Tanzania’s southeastern Mtwara district. “When I grow up I will also be a leader. Maybe […]

Jonathan’s Democracy Day Speech


MAY 29, 2014 Fellow Nigerians, 1.I greet and felicitate with you all, today, as we mark 15 years of uninterrupted democratic governance in our beloved country. 2.Our dear nation, Nigeria, has certainly come a long way and made notable progress since our first Democracy Day on May 29, 1999 when the military finally relinquished power […]

Aubrey McClendon Announces $4B In New Oil And Gas Deals

Aubrey McClendon Announces B In New Oil And Gas Deals McClendon clearly has much higher hopes for the Permian basin of Texas, which has a 100-year history of oil production and is currently enjoying a new boom. His new Permian deal looks rich, with AEP paying $ 156,000 per flowing daily barrel. This is in […]

Waterjetting 22a – Mining horizontal coal


Over the last few posts I have discussed some of the problems that arise in dealing with the use of waterjets in mining coal, when the material mined has to be collected and transported away from the face where the coal is extracted. I thought I would follow on that thread in a few more […]

Uganda: Museveni Softens On New Pipeline

Kampala — President Yoweri Museveni has finally accepted to have a portion of Uganda’s oil exported in crude form when commercial production is scheduled to start during 2017. The Ugandan President has been adamant about first building a refinery to process all the oil. But the oil companies have insisted a pipeline to the coast […]

Confab: Part-time lawmakers and jumbo pay

“Gold is a wonderful thing But if you are not enough without it/You can never be enough with it”(MALCOM X). THE principles of Benthamism and Aristotlelianism posit that “the prime and cardinal purpose of any good government and patriotic leadership is the pursuit of the greatest good for the largest member”. But does the solipsistic […]

Recent trends in energy-related CO2 emissions vary across regions and states

June 3, 2014 Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, State Energy Data System (SEDS) 2014 U.S. energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in 2013 were 10% below the benchmark year of 2005. Emissions in 2013 were roughly 2% above their 2012 level and 1.5% below their 2011 level, when emissions were 8.6% below the 2005 level. Recently […]

Somalia: Dozens Injured in Massive Blaze at Gas Station in Northern Town

Lasanod — At least 50 people sustained burns during a massive blaze that broke out a gas station in Sool regional capital of Lasanod of northern Somalia on Monday according to witnesses, Garowe Online reports. Speaking with GO via telephone, local reporter said the explosion of gas can turned flames, triggering plumes of black smoke […]

Waterjetting 21d – confined coal transport


Collecting the material that a high-pressure waterjet has dislodged from a surface can be carried out in a number of ways, depending on the scale and volumes of material that have to be removed. One of the initial problems that arise depends on the energy of the jets that are striking the target, and the […]

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