Afghanistan’s 30-year pipe dream could bring power, industry

By Rod Nickel and Rupam Jain KABUL, April 19 : – Afghanistan is pressing ahead with plans to turn natural gas from an $8-billion pipeline into economic development, with projects ranging from fertilizer plants to power generation, but first it needs to start construction. The TAPI pipeline – named after the countries involved, Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, […]

In Sweden, wind farms and warplanes battle for airspace

By Lefteris Karagiannopoulos OSLO, Apr 18 : Several wind farm projects in Sweden are under threat due to the government’s decision to reserve more airspace for its armed forces, according to two companies and an industry lobby group. In November, the government said its air force had labelled more airspace as low-flying zones in order […]

Australia’s Northern Territory lifts fracking ban

By Tom Westbrook SYDNEY, Apr 17 : Australia’s Northern Territory on Tuesday lifted a nearly two-year moratorium on fracking to extract gas, unlocking vast onshore reserves in the resource-rich region and raising the possibility of other provinces following suit. The Northern Territory (NT), a 1.4 million sq km (540,000 sq miles) expanse of outback extending […]

SKorea’s March Iranian crude oil imports down 39.3 pct y/y

By Jane Chung SEOUL, Apr 15 : South Korea’s March crude oil imports from Iran dropped 39.3 percent from a year earlier on slowing demand for Iranian oil, the country’s customs data showed on Sunday. In March, the world’s fifth-biggest crude oil importer, imported 1.37 million tonnes of Iranian crude, or 324,612 barrels per day […]

Trump says he will probably allow E15 gasoline sales all year

By Jeff Mason WASHINGTON, Apr 12 : U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday his administration may allow the sale of gasoline containing 15 percent ethanol year-round, something that could help farmers by bolstering corn demand. The Environmental Protection Agency currently bans the higher ethanol blend, called E15, during summer because of concerns it contributes […]