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In the not too distant future, oil workers in Russia could be supervised by an artificial intelligence program dubbed Cyclops. Sputnik reports that the program, developed by a state program for funding high-tech research, could also be applied to other industries, including mining, transport and logistics, and financial services, among others. According to one executive involved in the program, it can be implemented anywhere where there are surveillance cameras since they are where the Cyclops gets its data from. In the oil industry, the Cyclops… 10/20/2019 20:00
The American political leadership may not have been able to connect the dots on a withdrawal in Syria, but it’s really quite simple: 1) Americans step aside 2) Turks swarm across the border and attack Kurds 3) Kurds cut a deal with Assad and the Russians for protection 4) Assad gets his oil back, because it’s all in Kurdish-controlled territory in the northeast It renders sanctions rather null and void. 10/20/2019 19:00
The Aramco IPO has become a headache for many investors having been delayed yet again this week. Banks are now worried that it will be delayed until the end of 2019, which would have a knock-on effect in the financial world as the banks would have been counting on the earnings that the IPO was expected to bring. At the same time, there are no clear signs of the IPO being called off altogether. The very positive statements made by Russian officials, such as Kirill Dmitriev, the chief executive of the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) during… 10/20/2019 15:00
Colorado oil and gas drillers are set to see increased regulatory scrutiny after a highly-anticipated study found that drilling sites pose health risks to people who live in close proximity. The study used emissions data near oil and gas operations and found that estimated exposure to several dozen volatile organic compounds (VOCs) was below health guidelines. However, it found that some chemicals – such as benzene, toluene and ethyltoluenes – may cause short-term health risks for people living between 300 and 2,000 feet of an oil and… 10/20/2019 13:31
The U.S. pullout from Syria sparked strong—and opposing—reactions, as a move of that magnitude was bound to do. Trump bashers bashed Trump for quitting and Trump supporters cheered the America First agenda. And some pointed to the fact that this may be part of a larger reshuffling of priorities that could result in the United States effectively leaving the Middle East. Either way, the aftershock in the oil industry could be wide reaching. It also could form strange alliances. In a recent story for Bloomberg, Liam Denning noted the unexpected… 10/20/2019 13:00
One of the iconic European films of the 1990s, Emir Kusturica’s “Underground”, features a scene where a character pedals a stationary bicycle to produce electricity. The work that character did on the bike was enough to power a headlight. Is this really possible? And if so, would it be an efficient use of energy? The idea of using bicycles to generate electricity while you work out is far from new. With climate change concern on the rise, more and more people are looking for ways to make electricity generation less emission-intensive.… 10/20/2019 11:00
In 2010 the US Department of Energy’s Critical Materials Strategy included lithium as one of 14 elements expected to play a vital role in America’s clean energy economy. Lithium is also among 23 critical metals President Trump has deemed critical to national security; in 2017 Trump signed a bill that would encourage the exploration and development of new US sources of these metals. According to the US Geological Survey, the United States last year imported around half of 48 minerals and 100 percent of 18 minerals. According to… 10/19/2019 17:00
Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of modern Turkey, founded Halkbank in 1933 to provide cheap credit easily to small business owners and large industrial entrepreneurs. Fast forward 80 years, and they police are raiding the home of the bank’s general manager. They found $4.5 million stashed in shoeboxes. And today, Turkey's state-run bank dealings are ensnaring U.S. President Donald Trump and his attorney, Rudy Giuliani, the U.S. Justice Department, and Iran… Halkbank has been accused of corruption and mismanagement quite few times… 10/19/2019 15:00
From Thor’s Hammer to the Flux Capacitor, the wonderful world of fiction has given us some crazy power ideas. We’ve detailed here some of our favorite fictional, non-fossil fuel energy sources. We hope the environmentalists appreciate the shout out for these—for the most part—renewable energy sources, even if they exist only in some super cool fictional realities. Our list compares real-world plausibility, energy source, primary use, creator, and more. Flux Capacitor – This is simply the best of the bunch on our list.… 10/19/2019 13:00
The UK has just ended its first quarter ever in which electricity generation from renewables outpaced fossil fuel-fired power generation—a landmark achievement for the country that started the Industrial Revolution with coal. While Britain’s achievement pales in comparison to other renewable champions in Europe and elsewhere, it is nevertheless a milestone that highlights the advance of renewable energy in the world over the past decade. And the share of renewable energy in power generation is set to continuously grow, everywhere. Declining… 10/19/2019 11:00
Demand for lithium will be booming over the next few years, and the US wants to increase its share in the global market for the metal used in electric vehicle and cell phone batteries, energy storage, and consumer products. Bloomberg NEF forecasts global demand for lithium will double by 2025 to about 800,000 tons. Electric vehicle batteries will make up the lion’s share of that demand, followed by consumer electronics and energy storage. With this booming demand, the U.S. is desperate to dominate the lithium production market. San Diego-based… 10/18/2019 19:00
Nigeria risks disruption in oil and gas supplies and power generation, due to declining exploration activity and depleting oil reserves, the Nigerian Association of Petroleum Explorationists (NAPE) has warned. Inefficient contract and procurement awarding process, oil theft, and illegal refining are the key obstacles to Nigeria’s oil and gas industry, Ajibola Oyebamiji, president of NAPE, said at a press conference, as carried by news outlet This Day. Oil theft and illegal refining are larger threats to Nigeria’s oil industry than a… 10/18/2019 15:00
Maybe it’s just me, but natural gas futures seem to have been very hard to read and predict lately. Unusual weather patterns have caused some volatility in storage numbers, but no move seems able to gain any momentum. It has been the classic “choppy” market for a while, but that may be about to change if a widely followed technical signal is anything to go by. That signal is the pattern formed when a short-term moving average crosses over the long-term. If it does so with the short-term line moving upwards, it is generally considered… 10/18/2019 15:00
Trade war woes and economic concerns have kept a lid on oil prices this week, despite bullish geopolitical news in the Middle East. (Click to enlarge) (Click to enlarge) (Click to enlarge) (Click to enlarge) (Click to enlarge) (Click to enlarge) (Click to enlarge) Friday, October 18th, 2019Oil prices were down on Friday morning as the global economy continues to struggle with the realities of the U.S.-China trade war and crude inventories continue to build. Saudi Aramco IPO to be delayed. Just days before the official launch of the IPO was to be… 10/18/2019 15:00
The biggest market disappointment this week is yet another false start for Saudi Aramco, and we’re not sure how many more the market will tolerate. Yesterday morning, Riyadh was all set to go ahead with the IPO. By the end of the day, the plug was pulled once again, with delays set to run into weeks and months as Aramco belatedly decided to further examine vulnerabilities in the wake of the September 14 attack on its facilities. This will be a further negative mark on MBS’ reputation. The delay will drag on until Aramco releases its… 10/18/2019 15:00
Politics, Geopolitics & Conflict - The United States has granted Iraq another four-month exemption from its sanctions that will allow the country to continue to import Iranian electricity and natural gas. This is the fifth waiver Washington has granted Iraq since it re-imposed the second batch of sanctions on Iran last November. Gas imports from Iran generate as much as 45 percent of Iraq's 14,000 megawatts of electricity consumed daily. Iran transmits another 1,000 megawatts directly. Based on the official data, last year Iran exported to… 10/18/2019 15:00
1. Offshore drill companies hammered- The stock prices of offshore drillers have declined sharply this year, falling faster and farther than the price of oil. - “Yet the offshore rig market as a whole hardly seems to notice, propelled by the increased sanctioning of greenfield projects coupled with a substantial amount of brownfield work aimed at maintaining legacy production,” Rystad Energy said in a report. - Drillship utilization has fallen sharply since the oil bust in 2014, but rebounded by 14 percentage points in a nine-month…

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