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  1. News - World - ENERGY

    Google-backed plant in US generates electricity with nearly 350,000 mirrors

    Posted Feb 14th 2014, 09:26pm by AP

    ... the cost of building and operating a new solar thermal power plant over its lifetime is greater than generating natural gas, coal or nuclear power. It costs a conventional coal plant US$100, ... Agence France-Presse in Primm, Nevada Hundreds of thousandsof mirrors generate enough electricity for 140,000 homes in what is the world's largest plant of its type Sunburnt west home ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1427966/google-backed-plant-us-generates-electricity-nearly-350000-mirrors
  2. News - World - MEXICO

    At least 26 killed in Mexico gas plant fire

    Posted Sep 19th 2012, 09:50am by Agence France-Presse in Reynosa

    ... Agence France-Presse in Reynosa A huge blaze erupted at a Mexican gas plant near the US border on Tuesday, killing at least 26 people and injuring others in the worst accident in two years ... by the fire and specialists are reviewing the damage, according to Pemex. The damaged plant receives gas from the Burgos basin and distributes the product to Pemex’s gas and petrochemicals unit. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/node/1040439
  3. Business - Commodities - ENERGY

    Asian chemical plants to enjoy brief window of profitability, analysts say

    Posted Jan 01st 2014, 12:36pm by Eric Ng

    ... Eric Ng eric.mpng@scmp.com Lack of capacity and delays in China's coal conversion projects boost oil-based chemical plants but cheap US gas will pose a threat Asian ethylene firms set ... coal into chemicals. However they warn the party will end in 2017 when plants fed by cheap natural gas in the United States start to export their chemicals. This leaves Asian producers a narrow ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/commodities/article/1394728/asian-chemical-plants-enjoy-brief-window-profitability-analysts
  4. Business - Commodities - EARNINGS

    PetroChina sets spending limit for next few years to improve efficiency

    Posted Mar 21st 2014, 01:04am by Eric Ng

    ... to co-invest in its projects, including pipelines, undeveloped and difficult-to-extract oil and gas reserves, refineries, chemical plants and overseas business, as part of state enterprise reforms ... Eric Ng eric.mpng@scmp.com Mainland oil and gas producer pushes quality and efficient growth while capping budget for production capacity boost at 296.5 billion yuan PetroChina sets ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/commodities/article/1453566/petrochina-sets-spending-limit-next-few-years-improve
  5. Full switch to natural gas would help clear the air and rid city of polluting plants

    Posted Feb 12th 2012, 12:00am

    ... replacement of naphtha with natural gas would not only substantially reduce CO2, NOx and SO2 emissions, but save energy and possibly allow us to get rid of the polluting gas plants at Tai Po and Ma ... Towngas proudly stated in its Sustainability Summary Report 2010 that as 'a clean fossil fuel, natural gas improves air quality and mitigates climate change. Natural gas now accounts ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/992438/full-switch-natural-gas-would-help-clear-air-and-rid-city-polluting-plants
  6. Business - Commodities - ENERGY

    Huge gas vessel a prelude to bigger things

    Posted Dec 06th 2013, 05:09am by Reuters

    ... Reuters in London New liquefied natural gas plant breaks records, but builder Shell is planning a larger vessel that can withstand more extreme environments Huge gas vessel a prelude ... of similar size will now be for the Browse project- another venture for gas off Australia. Escalating costs forced backers to dump their original, land-based LNG plant plans, and in September ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/commodities/article/1373981/huge-gas-vessel-prelude-bigger-things
  7. Business - Commodities - ENERGY

    Britain shrugs off EU curbs on coal plants despite looming threat of blackouts

    Posted Dec 30th 2013, 05:23pm by Reuters

    ... Reuters in London The United Kingdom will not challenge the European Union’s environmental rules which have led to closure of many old coal power plants, even as the country faces threats ... minister Coal, which when burned produces about twice the greenhouse gases as natural gas, is not in retreat. In 2011, coal was used to generate 30.3 per cent of the world's primary energy, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/commodities/article/1393168/britain-shrugs-eu-curbs-coal-plants-despite-looming-threat
  8. Business - Commodities - ENERGY

    Former oil tycoon plans comeback in Canada

    Posted Mar 20th 2014, 01:35am by Reuters

    ... and has set up a firm to build a liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant in Stewart, a tiny port on the northwest coast. "I am fascinated by natural gas … the project we're planning is similar ... with an ambitious project in Canada to export gas to mainland China. Gong Jialong, a truck-driver-turned-entrepreneur, ran China's largest private oil firm in the 1990s before Beijing shook up ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/commodities/article/1452673/former-oil-tycoon-plans-comeback-canada
  9. Business - Commodities - ENERGY

    Gas prices under upward pressure

    Posted Jan 20th 2014, 12:20am by Eric Ng

    ... Eric Ng eric.mpng@scmp.com Mainland faces tight competition for supply of the fuel amid moves to tackle pollution during peak consumption in winter Gas prices under upward pressure Rising pressure to tackle air pollution during peak winter months for natural gas consumption will see the mainland increasingly compete with other nations in the region for the cleaner-burning fuel ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/commodities/article/1409333/gas-prices-under-upward-pressure
  10. CLP unit plans two gas-fired plants in Australia

    Posted Oct 26th 2011, 12:00am

    ... gas-fired power plants in Queensland as the country moves towards greener energy sources. Analysts said the projects could be funded by a potential initial public offering of TRUenergy on the Sydney ... high-efficiency gas-fired power stations in Queensland to meet demand in the northeastern Australian state in the next 10 years. Each of the planned stations, which will use open-cycle or combined-cycle ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/982967/clp-unit-plans-two-gas-fired-plants-australia

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