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  1. Wind Power: Measure proposes moratorium on North Dakota wind energy

      BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Worried North Dakota's burgeoning wind-energy industry may be threatening the state's coal-fired power plants, a Republican lawmaker has proposed legislation that would halt wind-generation projects for two years. Mandan Sen. Dwight Cook said the state's wind industry enjoys more favorable tax incentives and less onerous regulations than coal factories, putting them at an unfair advantage. He also said the intent of his proposal is to ensure a reliable source of electricity "Coal plants are shutting down and my assumption is wind generation has something to do with it," Cook told The Associated Press. North Dakota has seven coal-fueled electric power factories. One, owned by Minnesota's Great River Energy , is slated to shutter this year. The company blamed the shutdown on low prices in the regional energy market. Almost 70 percent of electricity produced from North Dakota's power plants is exported to surrounding states to more than 2 million customers. Meanwhile, wind energy — which is cleaner but less reliable than coal-fueled electricity — has become more prevalent in North Dakota in the past decade. The state ranked 11th in the nation last year for the number of turbines and installed wind capacity, according to the American Wind Energy Association . The Washington-based group also has rated North Dakota as having the nation's greatest wind energy potential. North Dakota has about 2,850 megawatts of power generated from wind turbines, and another 6,000 megawatts planned or under construction. A megawatt is roughly enough electricity to power 1,000 homes. Cook introduced his measure to impose a moratorium on wind energy development through the use of a so-called hog-house amendment that erases an existing bill and rewrites it. By doing so, the public can't comment on the proposal because hearings already have been held on the original measure. The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, on which Cook serves, approved the measure 4-3 last week. The full Senate is expected to debate the bill on Wednesday. Florida-based NextEra Energy Resources, which accounts for about half of North Dakota's wind-generated power, called the legislation "extremely shortsighted." The organization said the bill "ignores the fact that wind development in North Dakota is a significant source of tax revenue and job creation, not to mention a source of income for private landowners." North Dakota had only a few turbines at the turn of the century but no major wind farms. Now the wind industry has grown into one of the most powerful industries in the state, with dozens of lobbyists in the halls of the state Capitol in Bismarck. The industry also has a strong ally in longtime Rep. Mike Brandenburg, a Republican from Edgeley. He is so pro-wind generation that his fellow lawmakers call him "Windy." Brandenburg's district is home to two large wind farms and three others are planned. He said wind generation complements coal-fired electricity, and that the Senate proposal "sends a bad message" to industry and investors. He said he fears the state could lose tax revenue and jobs to other states if the measure is approved. "It's going to cost us in the long run," he said.

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    Wed, 22 Feb 2017

  2. Fluor awarded contract for Woodfibre LNG project in Canada

    Fluor has signed an agreement with JGC America, Inc. to provide construction-related support to the front-end engineering and design services for the Woodfibre Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) project in the District of Squamish near Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

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    Sat, 18 Feb 2017

  3. Oil and Gas: Bills aim to beef up oil transportation safety

    With more crude oil expected to move through Washington state, Democratic lawmakers want to toughen rules around oil transportation and raise more money for spill prevention and response efforts.

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    Tue, 7 Feb 2017

  4. No Longer Relevant

    Passing costs along to your valuable and hard won customers will not grow markets.  This business model is no longer relevant! The better model is to drive the cost structure down systemically.

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    Wed, 15 Feb 2017

  1. Oil and Gas: Company plans $800 million LNG plant at Port Fourchon

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    Fri, 3 Feb 2017

  2. STATS Group completes challenging isolation of 42” subsea pipeline

    Engineers at STATS Group had a hat-trick of challenging issues to overcome when commissioned to isolate a 42” subsea pipeline in the Middle East.

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    Wed, 15 Feb 2017

  3. U.S. crude oil exports are increasing and reaching more destinations

    The number of countries receiving exported U.S. crude oil has risen since the removal of restrictions on exporting U.S. crude oil in December 2015.

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    Thu, 29 Dec 2016

  4. New administration’s US LNG export policy moves uncertain, forum told

    Effects of yet-to-be-clarified Trump administration policy moves—from possible new individual free trade agreements if the country withdraws from multination treaties to an emphasis on increased domestic gas production and new pipeline construction—on US liquefied natural gas export growth are ...

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    Thu, 26 Jan 2017

  5. EIA: US petroleum product exports rose in first half

    The US exported 4.7 million b/d of petroleum products in this year’s first half, an increase of 500,000 b/d over first-half 2015 and almost 10 times the crude oil export volume, according to data from the US Energy Information Administration.

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    Tue, 4 Oct 2016

  6. Coal News: No injuries reported in train derailment in Virginia

    Officials say a train has derailed in downtown Suffolk but no injuries have been reported.

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    Tue, 7 Feb 2017

  7. Oil and Gas: Angola's president says he won't run in this year's election

    Angolan President Jose Eduardo dos Santos, one of Africa's longest-serving leaders, is announcing an end to his 38 years in power, saying Friday he will not run again in this year's election.

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    Sat, 4 Feb 2017

  8. Senvion wins Portugal wind turbine deal

    German windpower firm Senvion has signed a deal with Spanish energy company EDP Renewables to deliver up to 216 MW in Portugal.  

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    Tue, 31 Jan 2017

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