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Meidel Joins Crowley Fuels in Alaska

Rick Meidel has joined Crowley Fuels as vice president and general manager, responsible for the performance and day-to-day operations of Crowley’s Alaska division. Meidel previously spent 32 years with ExxonMobil in downstream lubricants, retail fuels marketing, refinery optimization and natural gas and co-generation power commercialization. He earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Washington University in St. Louis.  In his new role, Meidel will be based in Anchorage and report to Rocky Smith, senior vice president and general manager. “Crowley

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Natural Gas Workers in Peru May Strike

  Natural gas workers in Peru, South America's biggest exporter of liquefied natural gas, said on Friday they had pulled out of wage talks with Argentine energy company Pluspetrol and would vote on a possible strike in a few weeks. Pluspetrol leads the consortium that taps Peru's Camisea fields, the source of the country's daily natural gas output of around 1.2 billion cubic feet. Juan Carlos Vargas, a spokesman for the SUTRAPPEC union that represents 193 of the 494 Camisea workers, said a walkout would halt natural gas production. "There would be no one to pump the gas,"

TOTE President and CEO Anthony Chiarello (left) with U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx

White House Honors Chiarello for LNG Efforts

TOTE, Inc. President and CEO Anthony Chiarello is among 11 honored by the White House as 2014 transportation industry “Champions of Change.” Chiarello was chosen for his role in leading the U.S. maritime industry toward natural gas as fuel. Chiarello joined fellow honorees and guests in the South auditorium of the White House yesterday to accept recognition and share insight during a panel discussion titled “Opening Doors for Opportunity.” TOTE is building the first natural gas-powered containerships in the world to serve Puerto Rico and is converting its ships in Alaska

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Job Opportunities in NE Florida LNG Sector

Northeast Florida is taking the lead in the natural gas industry to attract and keep business in the area. Viewed as a viable player in this industry, the region is building upon its status as an importer and exporter of liquefied and compressed natural gas by cultivating its available, skilled workforce to support this growing industry, says the JAXUSA Partnership via Business Wire. Significant developments are occurring in the area that will offer employment opportunities. Clean Energy Fuels Corp. plans to build a terminal to supply LNG to cargo ships in Jacksonville – the first of its type

‘Boot Camp’ Trains Students for Natural Gas Jobs

Consumers Energy, Oakland schools offer natural gas boot camp to train, hire high school graduates A natural gas boot camp program between Consumers Energy and Oakland Schools is helping the energy company meet a critical employment need while providing marketable skills and permanent jobs to interested high school graduates.   "This partnership with Oakland Schools is a win-win for all. Part of our promise to Michigan is to help create good-paying technical jobs like the ones offered through successful graduation from this natural gas boot camp," said Daniel Malone, senior

Jack N. Gerard is president and CEO of the American Petroleum Institute Photo by API

API Wants US to Open up More Offshore Acreage

  The offshore oil and natural gas leasing program proposed by the Obama administration puts America’s energy competitiveness at risk, API President and CEO Jack Gerard told reporters today as the government kicked off a series of public meetings on the proposal around the country. “America has a chance to be the world leader in energy now and for decades to come,” said Gerard. “But the opportunity could slip through our fingers if the government keeps 87 percent of offshore waters closed to oil and natural gas leasing. “Studies show we could create 840

Norwegian Unions Say 755 O&G Workers Could Strike

on Monday.   A final round of mandatory talks will be hosted by a state mediator on June 30 and July 1 in an effort to avoid disruption that could start the following day.   The affected fields account for nearly 18 percent of Norway's oil output and a little more than 17 percent of its natural gas, Reuters calculations show.   Combined oil output was about 285,000 barrels per day in the first four months of the year, with natural gas output at 48.5 million cubic metres (mcm) per day.   Norway currently produces about 1.6 million barrels of crude and 280 million standard cubic

Arve Johan Kalleklev regional manager for Oil & Gas in South East Asia

Kalleklev to Head DNV GL's SE Asia Oil & Gas

Basin has some of the largest exporters of LNG, but also some of the oldest plants - many more than 20 years old,” says Mr Kalleklev. “By establishing the LNG and Gas Consulting unit, DNV GL is demonstrating its continued commitment to Singapore’s ambition of becoming Asia’s natural gas hub. I believe DNV GL has an important role to play as an independent partner with more than 50 years of experience at the forefront of the LNG industry. We have the technical knowledge and global insight to support the industry across the entire oil and gas value chain,” he continues. The

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Norway's Oil Wage Talks to Start June 30 in Bid to Avert Strike

; The deadline for reaching a compromise has been set to July 1, Industri Energi leader Leif Sande said. If no deal is struck, shutdowns could begin the following day.   In 2012, a 16-day strike among some of Norway's oil workers cut the country's output of crude by about 13 percent and its natural gas production by about four percent.   Norway produces about 4.2 million barrels of oil equivalents per day, consisting of approximately 1.6 million barrels of crude, 350 million standard cubic meters of natural gas (2.2 million barrels of oil equivalents) and a combined NGL and condensate

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Golar, Rosneft Sign FLNG MoU

  Rosneft and Golar LNG Limited signed a Memorandum of Understanding that foresees cooperation between the companies in the area of liquefaction and transportation of natural gas. Within the ambit of the memorandum the parties will analyze the possibility of employing Golar’s advanced FLNG (Floating Liquefaction of Natural Gas) commercialization technologies at Rosneft projects, potentially opening new markets to Rosneft, one of the leading hydrocarbon producers in the world. While a potential opportunity to further develop its FLNG business for Golar, implementation of the memorandum

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Alaska LNG Gets Conditional Approval to Export

  The Alaska LNG project marks another significant milestone with today’s announcement by the United States Department of Energy that it has conditionally authorized the Alaska LNG Project LLC to export liquefied natural gas to non-Free Trade Agreement countries. The application to export up to 20 million metric tons per year of liquefied natural gas from Alaska for a 30-year period was submitted to the U.S. Department of Energy last July. Authorization to export to nations with existing free trade agreements with the U.S. was previously received in November 2014. Today’s announceme

Studies Examine O&G Potential in GoM and Pacific

new studies by QUEST Offshore Resources, Inc. estimate the significant potential benefits – including jobs, economic activity, revenues to governments, and energy production – that could result from opening the Eastern Gulf of Mexico and the U.S. Pacific outer continental shelf to oil and natural gas leasing. The National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) and the American Petroleum Institute (API) will discuss the study results and the implications for energy policy in a press conference call on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. ET. Randall Luthi, NOIA president, and Erik Milito

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French LNG Terminal Workers Plan to Strike

Workers at Elengy's three liquified natural gas (LNG) terminals in France have voted to stage two 24-hour strikes on Thursday and next Tuesday as part of nationwide protests against a labour reform bill, a CGT union official said on Wednesday.   The strikes will halt unloading of LNG tankers and reduce production of gas for the grid to minimum levels, the official told Reuters.   A previous stoppage last month had already disrupted activity at the terminals before unloading operations resumed last Friday, the official said.     (Reporting by Valerie Parent, writing by Gus

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What does Trump's Presidency Mean for the Power Industry?

power market across the globe? Again, there is some uncertainty given the amount of time that President Trump has held office, but aside from hearing concerns from environmentalists around increases in greenhouse gas emissions, one positive for the US market would be Trump’s plans to increase natural gas exports to places like Europe (where certain areas depend on natural gas from Russia) and China (who deal with air pollution issues from over-dependency on coal). More natural gas exports should allow a level of environmental improvements abroad, whilst benefitting the US economy at the same time

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Most Norwegian Oil Workers Agree to Wage Deal

offer.   Under Norwegian law, the talks involving Lederne will now proceed to a state mediator, which must be conducted before any strike is allowed.   Norway is western Europe's top oil and gas producer with daily output in April of around 2.1 million barrels of oil, condensate and natural gas liquids, as well as natural gas corresponding to about 1.7 million barrels of oil equivalent.   Top operators offshore Norway include, among others, Statoil , Aker BP, Total, Exxon Mobil , Shell and Centrica. (Reporting by Oslo newsroom; Editing by Mark Potter)  

USMRC to Continue LNG Bunkering PIC Course

The U.S. Maritime Resource Center’s (USMRC) Maritime Simulation Institute announced that its inaugural Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Bunkering Person in Charge (PIC) course was a success. The course, which ran July 7-11, was developed on behalf of Harvey Gulf International Marine as it prepares to launch its first dual-fuel offshore supply vessel intended to run primarily on liquefied natural gas. To accommodate future demand, USMRC is adding similar courses every month for the remainder of 2014. They will be offered as follows: August 18-22 September 8-12 October 13-17

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Exxon CEO: Lifting Crude Export Ban Would Create US Jobs

would spur job creation and boost energy security by encouraging new investment that lifts production, Exxon Mobil Corp's chief executive said on Thursday. Chief Executive Officer Rex Tillerson, speaking to a business group, said trade restrictions should also be lifted for exports of liquefied natural gas, or LNG, which are subject to lengthy regulatory reviews. Dozens of companies are lining up to export LNG and a superlight type of crude oil known as condensate as U.S. output of oil and gas has surged to a 25-year high, thanks to advances in hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling of

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