Energy Report

Monday, September 17, 2007

Kazakh energy plan seen aimed at Kashagan
By Kadyr Toktogulov And Liam Moloney —Jeffrey Sparshott, Spencer Swartz and Benoît Faucon contributed to this article.
The Wall Street Journal Europe
17 Sep 2007

ALMATY, Kazakhstan—A proposed law that would allow the Kazakh government to annul naturalresources contracts appears aimed at pressuring Kashagan oil developers led by the Eni SpA amid tense negotiations, rather than as a broadbased threat to energy... read more...

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Moscow f loats a novel program to sell offshore nuclear reactors (The Wall Street Journal Europe, 21 Aug 2007, Page 1)

Moscow f loats a novel program to sell offshore nuclear reactors
By Tom Wright in Jakarta and Gregory L. White in Moscow
The Wall Street Journal Europe
21 Aug 2007

IN AN INDUSTRIAL PARK in northern Jakarta, traders hawk electronics and pirated DVDs. From a steel-grated storefront here, Alexander Chilikov is trying to sell a floating nuclear-power plant. “There’s 100% no risk,” says Mr. Chilikov, a 44-year-old... read more...

Monday, July 30, 2007

Biofuel dilemmas

Bangkok Post
29 Jul 2007

Benzene or gasohol? That is the question. Thailand’s Ministry of Energy is pursing a policy to promote the use of alternative fuels, be they gasohol, biodiesel or natural gas. Gasohol has been introduced at most petrol stations, yet people are still... read more...

Monday, July 16, 2007

Indexes boosted by oil price surge
Calgary Herald
13 Jul 2007

REUTERS NEW YORK Major commodities indexes are posting big returns for investors, after mixed results in 2006, as a rise in prices of oil and other raw materials overcomes losses tied to the shape of the futures curve. The indexes, a favourite... read more...

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Beware of energy nationalism, warns global agency
Terry Macalister
The Guardian
10 Jul 2007

A growing trend towards nationalism over resources in Russia and even Britain could backfire by cutting expenditure on oil and gas worldwide at a time when demand is likely to rise faster than expected over the next five years, the International Energy... read more...

Monday, July 02, 2007

EU energy users could save £40bn a year as markets open up
David Gow Brussels
The Guardian
02 Jul 2007

Industry and households throughout Europe could save £40bn a year after the EU’s domestic energy supply market was yesterday opened for full-scale competition. The move promises to help put an end to distortions that cost UK consumers £10bn last... read more...

Monday, June 18, 2007

Gazprom faces asset sale under EU’s energy plan

The Wall Street Journal Europe
18 Jun 2007

ASSOCIATED PRESS TALLINN, Estonia—The European Union’s antitrust chief on Friday said Russian natural-gas monopoly OAO Gazprom would have to sell its distribution assets in Eastern Europe if a plan to overhaul the energy industry is approved. Under... read more...

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Massacres and paramilitary land seizures are behind the biofuel revolution
Oliver Balch Mutat Rory Carroll Cartagena
The Guardian
05 Jun 2007

Armed groups in Colombia are driving peasants off their land to make way for plantations of palm oil, a biofuel that is being promoted as an environmentally friendly source of energy. Surging demand for “green” fuel has prompted rightwing... read more...

Friday, May 25, 2007

Petrol to hit £1 a litre within weeks as oil supply strains show
Larry Elliott Economics editor
The Guardian
25 May 2007

Petrol prices were on course last night to break the pound-a-litre barrier after the cost of crude oil on global markets rose to its highest level this year. With the US navy putting on a show of strength off the Iranian coast and oil workers in... read more...

Wednesday, May 23, 2007


The Sunday Seattle Times and Seattle Post-Intelligencer
20 May 2007

Craig Pridemore was a University of Washington student when he started his career influencing public policy. He and his friends made a road trip to Richland in the early 1980s to protest planned construction of five nuclear-power plants. Now, the... read more...