As news of the Volkswagen scandal broke in the US, it was only a matter of time before the storm hit Europe’s shores. The news was just one more log on the blaze of bad publicity the diesel industry has received in recent times. Moreover, in cultural terms, nitrogen oxide emissions seem to have overtaken carbon dioxide as the more “evil” of the two pollutants.
By Caroline Knight and Reinout Geyssens | October 6, 2015 12:01 AM Comments (0)
By Robert Perkins | October 5, 2015 12:01 AM Comments (1)
By Chris Pedersen | October 2, 2015 12:01 AM Comments (1)
Over the last decade, the United States has firmly established itself as the world’s largest natural gas producer. This significance of this is difficult to overstate, as less than a decade ago growing natural gas demand and declining production was putting the US on course to import significant amounts of gas from abroad.
The growth has created a buzz throughout the entire commodity industry and around the world. Folks that cover oil, ethanol, electricity, coal, natural gas liquids, petrochemicals, and grain often comment about the exceptional growth of the US natural gas industry, sharing thoughts on how big a role gas will play in the US and abroad.
By Jeff Ryser and Eric Wieser | October 1, 2015 12:01 AM Comments (0)
It was a curious stretch of time for wind power generation in Texas.
From mid-August to mid-September, the availability of wind generation in the most heavily-stocked market did a virtual U-turn.
By Janet McGurty | September 30, 2015 12:01 AM Comments (0)
By Joshua Mann | September 29, 2015 12:01 AM Comments (0)
Pipelines are chasing crude-by-rail shipments out of most US markets, but the Bakken-to-Atlantic-Coast route has managed to keep a hold on its market share, making the spread between domestic and international crudes more important than ever to profitability on the rails.
Rail used to have a key advantage in the midstream market; namely, it was already there. When the US started producing massive quantities of crude oil from shale wells about six years ago, the volumes quickly overwhelmed the market’s ability to move it around with traditional infrastructure. Huge amounts of crude oil were piling up in the Bakken, hundreds or even thousands of miles from the major coastal refining regions, and no one had the space to move it.
By J Robinson | September 28, 2015 06:00 AM Comments (0)
During routine testing of the expanded Panama Canal, engineers recently discovered some alarmingly large leaks in the new Cocoli Locks on the Pacific side, separating the middle and lower chambers. Despite the startling volume of water that can be seen cascading through what appears to be several meters of solid concrete, news of this development seems to have remained a secret. Alternatively, perhaps it’s just that no one actually cares.
According to the Panama Canal Authority, LNG tanker traffic is expected to reach 25 million metric tons per year upon completion of the expansion project. In recent years, LNG export project developers along the US Gulf Coast have been banking on an expanded canal for sales to Asia. Indeed, according to some estimates, the transit distance from the US Gulf Coast to Japan can be reduced to around 9,215 nautical miles, compared with 14,570 nautical miles through the Suez Canal.
By Rosemary Griffin | September 28, 2015 12:01 AM Comments (1)
Russia’s oil and natural gas industry is feeling the impact of low prices and financial and technological sanctions, but disagreements within the country’s own energy sector are also proving a hurdle to development, as Rosemary Griffin details in this week’s Oilgram News column, Petrodollars.
By Ben Gonzalez | September 25, 2015 06:00 AM Comments (0)
The US is experiencing a renaissance in petrochemicals due to the abundance of ethane from shale gas. As a result, we saw many announcements of ethylene capacity expansions and ethane based projects in the US to utilize more of the shale gas based ethane. Why? Ethane based crackers sit low on the ethylene production cost curve.
So what do you do if you are a naphtha cracker high on the cost curve producing in Europe and Asia?