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  1. Business - Commodities - ENERGY

    Deutsche Bank lends US$1b in Japan solar gold rush

    Posted Jul 09th 2014, 05:19am by Bloomberg

    ... are staying." Deutsche Bank declined to disclose the interest rates for the solar loans. The average new lending rate in Japan was a record-low 0.779 per cent in May, data from the central bank showed. ... deflation has lowered interest rates in Japan. The benchmark 10-year yield has dropped 24 basis points to 0.555 per cent since December 2012 when Prime Minister Shinzo Abe came to power calling ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/commodities/article/1549940/deutsche-bank-lends-us1b-japan-solar-gold-rush
  2. Business - Commodities - ENERGY

    Fixed prices for output from offshore wind farms hailed

    Posted Jun 20th 2014, 12:59am by Eric Ng

    ... and Belgium. Offshore projects cost twice as much to build as onshore ones and are more challenging technically, which means they require higher power prices to achieve the same rate of return. Power ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/commodities/article/1536514/fixed-prices-output-offshore-wind-farms-hailed
  3. News - Hong Kong - ENERGY

    Hong Kong business groups give thumbs down to electricity imports from mainland

    Posted Jun 17th 2014, 11:38pm by Cheung Chi Fai

    ... with the body's draft position. One member said the import option was clouded with many uncertainties, such as how to keep up the city's top-rated reliability of supply after connecting ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1535266/business-groups-give-thumbs-down-electricity-imports-mainland
  4. News - Hong Kong - ENERGY

    Hong Kong split over whether to import more power from mainland China

    Posted Jun 18th 2014, 02:54am by CHEUNG CHI-FAI

    ... might compromise the city's system, which rates well in studies of reliability and consistency, surpassing other financial centres like London and New York. They say they expect ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1535230/hong-kong-split-over-whether-import-more-power-mainland-china
  5. Business - Commodities - ENERGY

    Mongolia mining reforms target US$1b investment

    Posted May 30th 2014, 01:10am by BLOOM

    ... mineral-dependent economy. As recently as 2011, its economic growth rate was a world-beating 17.5 per cent. That moderated to 11.7 per cent last year, amid a collapse in foreign investment that has ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/commodities/article/1521408/mongolia-mining-reforms-target-us1b-investment
  6. Business - Commodities - ENERGY

    British Columbia woos LNG investment with low taxes

    Posted May 10th 2014, 01:20am by Eric Ng

    ... where 30 projects have been proposed. They will also compete with Russia and Central Asia that have proposed to export gas to the mainland. Clark said a tax rate has been settled with proponents ... processing facilities.   In February, the province said in its budget that LNG export plants will be subject to an initial tax rate of 1.5 per cent on profits. It rises to as high as 7 per cent later ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/commodities/article/1508681/british-columbia-woos-lng-investment-low-taxes
  7. News - Hong Kong - ENERGY

    Vegetable farmer's bright idea for cheaper electricity

    Posted May 05th 2014, 05:01am by Ernest Kao

    ... Centre in Sheung Shui save 3,000 kilowatt-hours of energy per year. At a rate of HK$1 per kWh, that would shave HK$3,000 a year, or 25 per cent, off his HK$12,000 yearly power bill. ... fewer and smaller semiconductor photovoltaic cells than a regular solar panel, but can produce the same amount of power. They have a 25 per cent power conversion efficiency rate but are less ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1504309/vegetable-farmers-bright-idea-cheaper-electricity
  8. News - Hong Kong - ENERGY

    Experts split over 'trust issue' in city's fuel-mix debate

    Posted Apr 28th 2014, 06:05am by CHEUNG CH-FAI

    ... interruption" per consumer. This meant a reliability rate of 99.98 per cent, based on an internationally used average service availability index (Asai). Macau, which imports about 90 per cent of its power from CSG, reported a reliability rate of 99.9999 per cent in 2012. CLP Power said in its annual report that it had a recorded three-year average of 0.48 hours of both planned and unplanned ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1498500/experts-split-over-trust-issue-citys-fuel-mix-debate
  9. Business - Commodities - ENERGY

    Sinopec leads China's shale gas revolution with successful drilling

    Posted Apr 24th 2014, 01:15am by Eric Ng

    ... wells in North America, the initial production rates appear to be higher," Beveridge said. "Bringing costs down will be a key challenge for shale development in China, which we think ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/commodities/article/1495391/sinopec-leads-chinas-shale-gas-revolution-successful-drilling
  10. Business - Commodities - ENERGY

    Husky bullish on gas exploration potential in South China Sea

    Posted Apr 02nd 2014, 05:45am by Eric Ng

    ... rate internationally. Each well costs the firms US$25 million to US$100 million, with later ones costing just a quarter of the first one. Husky, the Canadian oil and gas unit majority owned ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/commodities/article/1462735/husky-bullish-gas-exploration-potential-south-china-sea

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