TOTAL S. A. CEO Christophe de Margerie speaks at the IHS CERAWeek energy conference in Houston on March 4, 2014. (Mayra Beltran/Houston Chronicle)

Total plans to drill for shale gas with Sinopec in China

Total SA plans to seek shale gas with China Petroleum & Chemical Corp. by drilling in Anhui province, moving the third-largest European oil company closer to exploiting Chinese reserves that are the world’s biggest. Total and Sinopec, as the Chinese refiner is known, will search for gas in the 4,000 square-kilometer (1,500 square mile) Xuancheng […]
An Indonesian National Search and Rescue Agency boat patrols the Malacca Strait off Aceh province located in the area of northern Sumatra island on March 12, 2014 in search for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.  ( AFP PHOTOSTR/AFP/Getty Images)

Energy tie to Malaysian jet mystery? (video)

Did an oil rig worker see the Malaysian jet going down?

Oil drops to below $98 on China economy

China’s drop in exports in February fueled worries of a further slowdown in the world’s second-largest economy.
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Oil falls to near $101 on China data

China’s customs data showed over the weekend that exports plunged by an unexpectedly large 18 percent last month.
AES Corporation CEO Andres Gluski (center) speaks about North American power during a panel discussion with American Electric Power CEO Nick Akins (left) and Duke Energy CEO Lynn Good (right). (Simone Sebastian/Houston Chronicle)

International investment tough even as Asian growth surges

Electricity demand is surging in India, Vietnam, sub-Saharan Africa and other developing economies where growing populations are starving for power generation, but U.S. public utilities still remember the hard lesson of the 1990s: The need for energy isn’t enough to an make international investment viable, energy executives said Thursday.
The Freeport LNG Liquefaction Project expansion (Freeport LNG)

Freeport LNG gets $1.2B in equity from Japanese utilities

Freeport LNG, which plans to build a major natural gas and liquefaction facility, signed an agreement that provides the final piece of equity it needs for the initial phase of its plans.
Categories: Asia, General, LNG
An employee of SunPower Corp. checks assembled solar panels at the SunPower Corp. module manufacturing plant at Flextronics in Milpitas, California. (David Paul Morris/Bloomberg)

Solar set for record global expansion in 2014, led by China

Solar developers around the world will install record capacity this year as a thriving Chinese market drives growth.
A fishing boat rests on a sandy beach of uninhabited Little Goat Island, Jamaica. A skirmish has been brewing between the Jamaican government and the conservation lobby over a transshipment port to be developed by state-run China Harbor Engineering Co. that is planned for the uninhabited Goat Islands in a swath of the island's biggest protected area. (AP Photo/David McFadden)

China would use coal plant to power Jamaica port

A Chinese company wants to build its own coal-fired plant in southern Jamaica to generate the power needed for a hoped-for $1.5 billion port that the Caribbean island envisions as helping transform its chronically sluggish economy.
A pedestrian walks on a bridge in front of wind turbines at the Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco-city in Tianjin. (Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg)

China narrows gap to US in renewable-energy ranking

China closed in on the U.S. at the top of a renewable-energy ranking by consultants EY after installing record solar-power capacity last year.
The LNG carrier, a tank ship designed for transporting liquefied natural gas, is towed into port. (Lex Van Lieshout, Getty Images)

Lengthy Panama Canal delays could pose risk for LNG

Commercial analysts at Wood Mackenzie warned Wednesday that lengthy delays to the widening of the Panama Canal could impact profitability for some U.S. liquified natural gas producers, but the firm doesn’t expect disputes that have interrupted construction to cause lengthy disruptions.
Categories: Asia, LNG, Markets, Transportation
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