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There is a monster waiting for OPEC - and it's not shale

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So, OPEC has finally shown that they mean business and decided…

We see the LNG supply - but where is the demand?

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Those who have seen the first installment of the famous "Hellboy"…

Use it or lose it for African flares

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Africa - just like many other regions on earth - suffers from…

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,…

Is the Nigerian fuel crisis the mother of energy opportunities?

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The news about the current Nigerian fuels crisis is already spreading…

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 Pharaoh dimension - LNG in Egypt

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

The real hybrid car - not just a Prius

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

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.

The taming of the shrew - vehicle owners and LNG

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LNG is a fringe fuel - or it still is because we can see it becoming mainstream very fast. The old fuelling world is staging a fierce defense battle. And they will not shy back from making it real ugly to switch. But as Victor Hugo once famously said "You can't beat ideas when their time has come".

Whats so natural on natural gas - a contrasting juxtaposition

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From 2005 until now I had a lot of time to learn about the different sources of gas feedstock for pipelines and LNG liquefaction plants. But something strange occurred to me. Why the hell do we call Earth crust derived methane Natural Gas and treat everything else as some other form of the same molecular mix.

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.

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.