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Focus on gold price, lithium demand, and China’s appetite for copper

It was gold price, lithium demand and China’s appetite for copper that dominated much of the discussion at Mines & Money Online Connect @ IMARC this week at the virtual event – held from 19–21 October. read more

Ukraine Gas Investment Congress creates partnerships in Ukraine’s gas sector

The first ever Ukraine Gas Investment Congress was launched yesterday in Kyiv, as Ukraine looks to attract international investors and partners for its ambitious goals of achieving net-zero natural gas imports within five years, and carbon neutrality by 2040. read more

Shaping Ukraine’s energy future

As Europe enters an historical phase of energy transition, Ukraine Gas Investment Congress (UGIC) will provide a platform for efficient co-operation; a showcase for new concepts and solutions; and a hub to explore the role of the cleanest-burning fossil fuel in the continent’s energy future. read more

Analysis: Gazprom signals no change in gas flows to Europe

Wholesale natural gas prices across Europe rallied on Monday morning, as bookings for pipeline access for November showed Russia’s Gazprom expects to leave flows unchanged into western Europe next month. Tom Marzec-Manser, Lead Analyst (European Gas/LNG) at ICIS, reports. read more

Double-decker EV bus from Equipmake and Beulas sets new global standards for range and efficiency

Leading commercial vehicle electrification specialist Equipmake has launched a state-of-the-art electric bus, Jewel E, in partnership with Spanish coachbuilder Beulas. The new EV bus boasts up to 250 miles of range – the longest of any electric double-decker in the world. read more

Green hydrogen firm Protium to partner with energy services leader Petrofac

UK green hydrogen energy company Protium has announced the signing of a strategic partnership with Petrofac – a leading international service provider to the energy industry – with the aim of delivering green hydrogen projects in the UK. read more

REE Automotive and Hino win European Product Design Award – ‘Design for Society’

E-mobility company REE Automotive Ltd and partner Hino Motors have received this year’s European Product Design Award in the ‘Design for Society’ category. read more

REPORT: Careful policy design could unlock massive rooftop solar market globally

A new BloombergNEF (BNEF) and Schneider Electric report finds rooftop solar market still largely untapped, with potential to exceed 2,000GW of solar and 1,000 gigawatt-hours of energy storage by 2050. read more

FVB to design district heating system in fast expanding area near Stockholm

In a new contract, energy consultancy FVB will be responsible for all district heating design in the swiftly growing Barkarbystaden area near Stockholm, including undertaking work to move the current transit line. read more

Resources sector is key to Australian economy weathering the Covid-19 storm

Australia’s mining profits attained a record $55 billion – or close to $600 million per day – in Q2, 2021 according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), despite the lagging financial performance of other sectors in the country. read more

Laureates of the 2021 Global Energy Prize announced

The winners of the 2021 Global Energy Prize were announced on 6th September in Kazan. The laureates were: Russian scientists Zinfer Ismagilov and Suleyman Alakhverdiev, alongside American academic Yi Cui. read more

The UK's 2025 boiler ban – Debunking the myths

In 2019, the UK government announced it would be bringing in a ban on gas boilers. Originally scheduled for 2025, this has since been brought forward to 2023. Here, heating contractor Rightio dispels some of the myths surrounding the upcoming legislation. read more

Welltec becomes key partner in Denmark’s ‘Project Greensand’

Energy sector technology stalwart Welltec has become a central partner in Demark’s Project Greensand – an ambitious and innovative initiative to develop new ways to capture and store CO2. read more

World’s first subsea DAS installation carried out in offshore Gulf of Mexico

UK-based Silixa has announced successful installation, validation, and borehole seismic acquisition from a permanently installed fibre optic Distributed Acoustic Sensing (DAS) system, Carina® Subsea 4D, on BP’s Atlantis Phase 3 subsea field development, marking a world ‘first’. read more

Opportunity to develop world-first, industry-transforming oil pipeline robotics

An exciting opportunity has become available to help bring to market world pioneering robotics to repair oil pipelines from a safe, remote distance without the need to stop production. read more

Birla Carbon announces aspiration of Net Zero Carbon Emissions by 2050

Birla Carbon – one of the world’s leading manufacturers of carbon black and a flagship company of Indian conglomerate Aditya Birla Group – has committed to reducing its net carbon emissions to zero by 2050. read more

Musashi AI, 634AI and Suzuyo collaborate to deploy Autonomous Mobile Robots in logistics centres in Japan

Suzuyo, a $1.2bn-turnover Japanese logistics conglomerate, is advancing its plans for automating its logistics distribution centre in Shizuoka prefecture with MAESTRO – an AI-enabled control tower for the platform-agnostic co-ordination of all indoor mobile tasks. read more

Wärtsilä storage system to support Taiwan’s ambitious renewable energy targets

Technology group Wärtsilä will supply a 5.2MW / 5.2MWh energy storage system to provide the frequency regulation in the ancillary service market for the Taiwanese grid as the country seeks to achieve 20 per cent of its energy from renewable sources by 2025. read more

An Australian first – IMARC mining event welcomes First Nations partner

In an Australian first, the International Mining and Resources Conference (IMARC) has announced the Indigenous Women in Mining and Resources Australia (IWIMRA) as its First Nations Partner when the event returns in October. read more

Tensio to utilise digital twin service Kognitwin Grid

The recently concluded research project KogniGrid resulted in Kongsberg Digital’s newly commercialised digital twin for power grids, Kognitwin Grid. Now, Norway’s second largest power grid company – Tensio – has signed up for a six-month trial of the new SaaS product. read more

Sub-Saharan oil aspirations could be curtailed by lack of investment

Sub-Saharan Africa’s oil production aspirations could be scuppered by a lack of investment and low number of new projects coming online, according to GlobalData. read more

Renewable energy investment hits first-half year record in 2021

According to research company BloombergNEF (BNEF), new investment in renewable energy projects and companies totalled US$174 billion in the first half of 2021, supported by record public market financing and record levels of venture capital and private equity commitments. read more

Solar boat completes emission-free voyage to Alaska

An electric boat that runs virtually endlessly on solar power is a dream that has driven father and son team David and Alex Borton for the last 17 years. This summer, that dream became reality with a landmark voyage for their firm Solar Sal Boats. read more

Autonomous train initiative enters test phase in Finland

A ground-breaking autonomous train development project is entering its test phase in Finland – the goal being to double railway transport and create entirely new transportation services. read more

UK forklift operator crisis is driving up sales of automated handling solutions

An ‘exceptional’ shortage of forklift drivers is prompting more and more UK companies to adopt automated materials handling equipment (MHE) to optimise the efficiency of their warehouse intra-logistics processes – that’s according to Toyota Material Handling UK. read more

ESG disruption will shake up oil & gas, prompting process and product change to minimise losses, says new report

To reduce emissions and minimise loses, oil & gas firms should adopt measures such as carbon pricing by altering processes across the value chain – and invest in transitioning to less hydrocarbon-intensive product alternatives, according to GlobalData. read more

GES acquires Aqwise in bid to become global player in water & wastewater treatment tech

Michael Dayan, CEO of GES, says the Aqwise acquisition positions his company as a leading, dominant player in the Water, Industrial & Municipal Wastewater Market on the international stage. read more

Crowdguard bolsters crowd safety capabilities with two new temporary fencing solutions

Crowdguard – the UK-headquartered specialist in temporary event safety and crowd management solutions – has added two additional systems to its range: FenceSafe fencing systems and FenceSafe Hoard. read more

New survey highlights power conundrum facing datacentre sector

Continued confidence in future demand levels in the datacentre sector could be hampered by challenges around availability of power, according to a new independent survey of industry professionals. read more

BASF CEO to receive ICIS CEO of the Year Award

The ICIS CEO of the Year Award will be presented to Dr Martin Brudermüller, CEO of chemicals industry giant BASF, for outstanding achievement as voted on and recognised by his peers in the ICIS Top 40 Power Players ranking. read more

SIPEX – Suriname’s first international oil & gas conference and expo – to launch in October 2021

Already being touted as the most anticipated and premier oil & gas summit and exhibition in Suriname, the inaugural edition of SIPEX will be held from 5–7 October 2021. read more

BHP enters into nickel supply deal with Tesla

BHP has announced the signing of a nickel supply agreement with one of the world’s leading sustainable energy companies, Tesla Inc. read more

Recently concluded gas professionals event in Croatia seen as important scientific and expert meeting of minds

The 36th International Scientific & Expert Meeting of Gas Professionals – alongside an international exhibition of gas equipment and technologies – was successfully held in Opatija, Croatia, last month. read more

5G and Edge Computing under spotlight as digital transformation enablers at AUTOMA 2021

As oil & gas continues on its digital transformation path, the industry’s majors, EPCs, refineries, pipeline operators, drilling contractors, and system integrators gather together at the Oil & Gas Automation and Digitalization Congress (AUTOMA) to address the sector’s most relevant digital issues. read more

Wärtsilä launches major test programme to advance carbon-free solutions with hydrogen and ammonia

Technology group Wärtsilä is pioneering the adoption of hydrogen and ammonia as viable engine fuels via advanced testing in its fuel-flexible combustion engines, as the company continues to lead transformation in the energy and marine sectors towards carbon-free solutions. read more

OPINION – Wider investment in local infrastructure ecosystem is key to freeport ‘levelling up’ success

Freeports present an opportunity to rebalance economic prosperity in the UK. However, investment into the local infrastructure ecosystem within which those hubs are set to exist will prove crucial if the PM’s ‘levelling up’ agenda is to succeed. read more

UK’s FCA clears acquisition of Octopus Renewables by Octopus Energy

Acquisition of sister company makes Octopus Energy one of Europe’s largest operators and investors in solar and onshore wind power, adding £3.4bn worth of green energy projects to the firm’s asset management portfolio. read more

Step aside Windows, iOS and Android – Europe’s first operating system is on the horizon

Berlin start-up Incari wants to create an alternative to Windows, iOS and Android. The IT firm is part of ‘Scale-Up Europe’ – an initiative championed by the French President Macron. read more

EU launches new space programme with largest ever budget

With the EU’s largest ever space budget, the new integrated European Union Space Programme will be the instrument to deliver on the bloc’s space ambition for the continent, according to Thierry Breton, EU Internal Market Commissioner, who spoke at the launch event for the new programme. read more

Replacing coal with renewable generation and flexibility promises European energy independence, Wärtsilä finds

Modelling by technology group Wärtsilä has revealed that major system-wide benefits are in reach for European power producers that rapidly replace coal with renewable generation and flexibility – from avoiding fuel and carbon costs, to new clean power export opportunities. read more

Opinion – Will we get a global minimum corporate tax rate?

Dr Marcel Olbert, Assistant Professor of Accounting at London Business School (LBS) considers the shape of global tax reform following the G7 agreement. read more

Latest issue – Vol 3/21
Lead stories
– Security focus
– Global gas supply risk
– Deepwater dangers – Cyber-security on deepsea drill rigs 
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Suriname International Petroleum & Gas Summit and Exhibition 2021

VIRTUAL

International “Astana Mining & Metallurgy” Congress

Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan

Ukraine Gas Investment Congress 2021

PARKOVY Convention and Exhibition Center, Kyiv, Ukraine