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The Middle East is the Asia-Pacific region's largest energy supplier, currently satisfying a demand for oil that must keep pace with the region's continued economic growth. This dependence on the Middle East has caused Asia-Pacific to join the US and other Western nations in the hunt for alternative suppliers. Central Asia, located between the Middle East and Asia-Pacific and already an oil and gas exporter, is an attractive possibility.
US-Russia oil supply ties deepen with cargo to Texas
The first direct oil shipment from Russia to the US was lightered last month from a supertanker to ExxonMobil Corp. refineries in Baytown and Beaumont, Tex., in a pilot program by OAO Yukos aimed at developing new markets for its rapidly increasing oil production.
Industry says EPA should expand low-sulfur diesel review
Oil and gas companies including integrated firms, independent refiners, and pipeline operators, urged the US Environmental Protection Agency in comments made public July 25 that the agency must expand the scope of an independent panel reviewing low-sulfur diesel standards this summer or face supply worries later on.
Watching Government: Clean fuels and waters
Fuel marketers say there is a good chance the White House will sign into law this fall a Senate proposal that accelerates underground storage tank cleanups. That could in turn help alleviate persistent public worries over groundwater contaminated by the clean-fuel additive methyl tertiary butyl ether.
DOE marks progress on crude, heating oil reserves
After reviewing industry bids this summer, the US Department of Energy said it will sign new leases with the same storage terminal operators that currently manage the government's 2 million bbl Northeast Home Heating Oil Reserve.
US energy merchants face period of 'extreme stress'
The US natural gas and wholesale power trading sector, along with the power-generating sector, is presently facing a period of "extreme stress," according to Richard Hunter, managing director, global power group, for New York-based Fitch Ratings.
Energy merchants dropping from PFC 50 rankings
Non-US companies continued to dominate the top spots in the second quarter ranking of the world's 50 largest energy firms, while natural gas-power merchant firms continued to fall from the ranks.
Beleaguered energy merchants divest key assets
US energy merchants-struggling to gain the capital they need to reduce debt and shore up their battered balance sheets-are divesting themselves of some of their key assets in recent weeks.
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Energy merchants name new CFOs
Thomas J. Webb has been appointed executive vice-president and chief financial officer of CMS Energy Corp., effective Aug. 5. Webb succeeds Alan M. Wright, who will leave the Dearborn, Mich.-based company Aug. 16 to join another firm outside the energy industry.
Troubleshooting identifies, solves operating problems
Successful troubleshooting combines a thorough understanding of the process and equipment, application of chemical engineering basics to problem solving, and good field techniques and data interpretation skills. Troubleshooting often fails due to faulty, incomplete, and misleading numbers.
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Procedure analyzes low-frequency ERW, flash-welded pipe for HCA integrity assessments
New US regulations, CFR Part 195 Section 195.452, require that special integrity assessments be made to address potential seam-defect problems in low-frequency, electric-resistance-welded (ERW) pipe where a failure of such materials could have affect a high-consequence area (HCA), specifically defined by the regulations based on risks to populated and environmentally sensitive areas.