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Acceleware successfully field tests low-carbon, low-cost oil sands production technology

Acceleware successfully field tests low-carbon, low-cost oil sands production technology

Acceleware had all objectives successfully achieved during the three-day test run Calgary-based Acceleware Ltd. says it has successfully tested a new radio frequency technology that reduces emissions and costs for oil sands production, potentially eliminating steam-assisted gravity drainage (SAGD) techniques. RF XL is a “revolutionary” low-cost, low-carbon radio frequency (RF) enhanced oil recovery for both situ oil sands and […]

Boulder County approves new oil/gas regulations, wades further into legal quagmire

Boulder County approves new oil/gas regulations, wades further into legal quagmire

Colorado Supreme Court ruling last year found local bans on development “invalid and unenforceable” By by Aileen Yeung , EnergyInDepth After being sued by the Colorado attorney general just last month over the county’s extended moratorium on oil and natural gas development, the Boulder Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) voted yesterday to adopt new oil and natural […]

Hedge funds unwind record bullish position in oil, pressure prices

Hedge funds unwind record bullish position in oil, pressure prices

Enormous concentration of hedge fund positions that presaged sharp drop in oil prices seems to have dissipated By John Kemp LONDON (Reuters) – Hedge funds have unwound much of the concentration of bullish positions that contributed to a fall in oil prices this month, suggesting a broader range of views about where prices go next. […]

Suncor provides update on Ft. McMurray plant fire that injured worker

Suncor provides update on Ft. McMurray plant fire that injured worker

Suncor extends best wishes for speedy recovery to Syncrude employee injured in incident On March 14th, 2017, a worker was injured at Suncor’s Syncrude upgrader plant located north of Fort McMurray. The fire occurred on Tuesday afternoon at about 2 p.m. after an explosion rocked the Mildred Lake Upgrader. Officials say emergency crews were able […]

Alberta government launches bidding for renewable energy program

Alberta government launches bidding for renewable energy program

Renewable Electricity Program will support development of 5,000 megawatts of renewable electricity capacity by 2030 Alberta’s Renewable Electricity Program is expected to attract at least $10.5 billion of investment into the Alberta economy by 2030, creating more than 7,200 jobs for Albertans, according to an Alberta Government press release. The Alberta Electric System Operator is […]

Opinion: Saudi Arabia tries to drain oil stocks while protecting customer relationships

Opinion: Saudi Arabia tries to drain oil stocks while protecting customer relationships

Many oil traders have been assuming a sharp drop in Saudi exports By John Kemp LONDON, March 23 (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia faces a difficult balancing act as it tries to work down excess global crude stocks while protecting relationships with important refining customers in the United States and Asia. Saudi Aramco exports most of […]

Forecast: Global nuclear reactor construction market 2017-2021

Forecast: Global nuclear reactor construction market 2017-2021

In 2016, governments of India and Japan signed a deal on nuclear reactor power Technavio market research analysts forecast the global nuclear reactor construction market to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of more than 5 per cent during the forecast period, according to their latest report. The market study covers the present scenario […]

Latest EDF methane study overstates emissions from refineries, NG power plants

Latest EDF methane study overstates emissions from refineries, NG power plants

EDF authors spend significant amount of last two pages of report making the case for more aggressive regulations By Jackie Stewart, EnergyInDepth After spending $18 million on 16 previous methane studies with the stated purpose to “influence government policy concerning…the regulation of fracking,” the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) has come out with yet another methane […]

Massive oil discovery breathes new life into Alaska’s North Slope

Massive oil discovery breathes new life into Alaska’s North Slope

New contingent resource estimate of 1.2 billion barrels of oil for acreage on Western North Slope On March 9, Repsol announced the largest conventional onshore US discovery in over 30 years, news that comes on the heels of ConocoPhillips’ Willow discovery earlier this year, according to Wood Mackenzie. In the latest report, Wood Mackenzie analysts discuss […]

Colorado Democratic leaders tout benefits of oil/gas, urge ‘collaborative conversation’

Colorado Democratic leaders tout benefits of oil/gas, urge ‘collaborative conversation’

“The more discussion, the higher probability we’ll get a solution both sides can live with” By Aileen Yeung, EnergyInDepth At an event sponsored by the Colorado Petroleum Council and the American Petroleum Institute (API) yesterday, Colo. Gov. John Hickenlooper (D), Denver Mayor Michael Hancock (D), and API president and chief executive officer Jack Gerard hailed […]