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Methane 3.0 - or should we say LMG

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After wood, coal, oil and its derivatives, it's methane gas that…

We must suffer - from here until Methanopolis coming

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After the collapse of communism in 1989, Fukuyama famously predicted…

LNG production will become cheap - real cheap

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Three and a half years ago I wrote about the Black Mamba. That's…

How anarchy works for shale oil

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It's a bit obscene - for years we have watched the meteoric rise…

What effect would the dismemberment of Russia have to European security of Gas Supply

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Here is a warning - this article is speculation as many others…

The Energy Industrial Complex is dead

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Who remembers what's this on the picture above. That's right,…

World - meet Methanumorphosis

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It's almost 9 years ago that I was asked to perform an in-company…

The end of the oil price cycle

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Since my very earliest days in the Natural Gas business, I have…

Unpredictable energy markets – or just the turn of the architect

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In the second installment of the famous Matrix trilogy, Neo meets…

Cold energy - how Stirling can help energy efficiency

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Who knows what a Stirling engine is? Most of us won’t. Well,…

Micro generation - the next African mobile phone revolution

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When I was exposed to Sub-Saharan Africa for the first time in…

The third reign of life – clean energy from another realm

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Most of us will remember from our time at school that life divides…

Ragnarok for oil sellers – and you thought the mayhem is over

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All those interested in Norse mythology (I am sure there are…

The real reason for the (so called) low oil price

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So we have lived through the last OPEC meeting in Vienna holding…

The Pharaoh dimension - LNG in Egypt

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One in 3 Arabs worldwide lives on the banks of the Nile river?…

Evolution in the LNG garden

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Modern man with all his marvels is roaming the planet because…

Where is the oil-price headed?

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If one does a long-term project, one needs good forecasts. But…

80 USD oil is not cheap

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I am feeling a little like in a warp bubble - don't you? Browsing…

The last wonderland for LPG and condensate exporters

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The world of those who trade liquefied gasses and light condensate…

The real hybrid car - not just a Prius

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Since Toyota has bequeathed the Prius on us, all eyes are on…

The demise of the dinosaurs - some parallels

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65 million years ago, dinosaurs ruled the planet. They had conquered…

Peak everything is bullshit - how about peak idiots

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It's incredible how some old, bad ideas linger on in human minds…

The smart grid lie - why the real smart grid will blow your mind

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Already in 2008, Smart Grids were all the rage. Everything was…

How about lunar strawberries?

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Humanity is capable of astonishing feats from making atoms visible to landing probes on saturnian moons. In business though, there are limits of what should be done - or not.

The true price of LNG

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Multiple times since I have turned into the Pitbull, I have faced…

The shape of things to come - Methanopolis

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Robert Kennedy said in a 1966 Cape town speech "There is a Chinese…

Forget hydrogen - here comes biomethane

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Hydrogen is often being touted the final solution to all our problems with vehicles and pollution. It does not produce CO2 (at least not directly) and for that fact alone its the darling of the tree huggers. But reality - as so very often - is much more complex. On balance hydrogen is not really the stuff you want in your tank and it comes at a very heavy price.

Why shale is good for mankind but bad for the US

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But America needs to fix its addiction to easy money and the current crisis could have been the best thing happening to the country in a long while for its curative properties. Its going to be bluntet by the shale gas boom as this puts new easy money at the fingertips of politicians.

Leapfrogging - LNG for Africa

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Many African countries are oil producers but they are also beset by frequent power outages. At the same time they flare Natural Gas in huge volumes. Infrastructure to bring that gas to power plants and then further distribute electricity is weak or non existent. That could be a blessing in disguise as the continent is on the verge of an energy revolution.

LNG on rails - networking fuel

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Road transport might offer ultimate flexibility as one can easily bring anything just about anywhere but when that flexibility is not even needed it comes at a horrendous price. The main difference between a network model and point to point transport is that the network is a loose system of different nodal points between which lumps of whatever (in our case LNG) zip zap around. These nodal points supply smaller satellite distributors which in turn are the backbone of the supply system.

Why terrorists will hate the new LNG world

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We cannot easily say that we did not try (in homeopathic doses) to wean ourselves off our addiction to imported hydrocarbons but who wants to take a reduction in lifestyle, even if that meant financing (directly or indirectly) some people that may wish to harm us. In simple words, we gave some of those who might want to kill us money - to increase their ability to do so. Plus our presence on their lands further stoked their ire. Not really smart but a reality we seemed had to live with so far. No more. The unconventional gas revolution has already done more for US national security than all nation building programs combined.

The coming methane age - will it ever end?

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An offhand remark on my last post made me think a little more about how significant methane will become over the next decades and what will end the show - and when.

Diesel v/ LNG in European trucking - is EURO 6 leveling the field?

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Those going for LNG as a fuel were always on the exotic side…

Cheap oil is over - what that means for LNG

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Cheap oil is gone, expensive oil comes in. But that changes the architecture of the energy planet more than most would like to think.

LNG or emulsion fuels – whats it gonna be

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It's a thorny question. And not one with a clear-cut answer possible.…

Something is lurking beneath those waves

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Methane Hydrates are known to the world as burning ice. It is an oddity to the energy industry and easily shrugged off but they are more imminent than many executives like to think. The LNG projects under construction today will bear its scars.

LNG is cold (when it should be cool)

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It’s incredible how misunderstood Natural Gas and especially LNG is by the general public. It’s the solution to many of our problems (at least energy wise) and still it has a bad name. That’s a shame as this stuff is so incredibly cool, it would have to be invented if it did not exist already.

A letter from Obama

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About 2 months ago I had written an open letter to president Obama. Here is his response. Right below it I explain why I think that LNG as a fuel is not just a blimp or a bridge technology as some like to call it. Its an energy earthquake and it will ring in a new paradigm shift.

Caribbean LNG - the steel pan paradigm

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The Caribbean would be the perfect region for LNGification. It has not happened yet which is a shame as the immaculate pearl it evokes in our phantasies has been tarnished. But things are about to change, very dramatically so.

Beating the megatrains - the nimble revolution

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LNG has been a history of ever larger liquefaction trains. It all culminated in the construction of the Qatari supertrains. One of those monsters is able to satisfy the needs of more than the entire gas consumption of a small country such as Austria. But do they make economic sense?

Another option for Central Asian gas

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Central Asians are the strange region out of the Natural Gas world. They have lots of it. They would like to export it. But that's very hard. In the meantime, something much more worthwhile could be done with it.

What your experience is worth in a wormhole

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Expertise can be a drawback. Sometimes it's outright deadly. Some things - sometimes - change so deeply, so radically that old experience does not even serve as a valid foundation for new learning anymore. It becomes so harmful - you must get rid of it - or else you face oblivion. In Natural gas - this happens right here - right now.

Behold the future and marvel

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The future of energy will not be the linear continuation of the past. It will be a wild, twisted and contorted process and man, will it be exciting. The world will look very different from now 20 years down the road.

LNG sellers will become more like widget makers

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High fuel prices have caused the shale gas boom and there is…

Mr. Obama, could this be your LNG term?

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Mr. Obama - you are in your second term now. There is an entrepreneurial…

The tone here

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LNG has a mystery reputation. This is undeserved. This blog is…

LNG - killer app for diesel

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LNG is the fuel of this century. Its clean, its feedstock is…