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The world’s top 10 largest utility companies

This feature looks at the world’s top 10 largest utility companies by market value in US Dollars. Many of these companies are not only involved in power generation but also transmission and distribution. An increasing number of companies are phasing out coal power plants and replacing them with either gas power generation or and renewables. In many parts of the world, these leading traditional utility companies are now active investors and developers in renewable power such as on and offshore wind.

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Despite the sanctions Transneft keeps on growing

Transneft is the world’s leading operator of around 70,000 kilometres of oil pipeline in a network linking oil fields and refineries across the European continent, as well as to markets in Central Asia and China. See Table 1.  Indeed, Transneft shifts eight times the amount of crude oil compared with […]

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Areas of German L Gas pipeline networks due for conversion to H gas

The Great German Gas Switch-Over

Germany is at the beginning of a 7 billion euro gas infrastructure project to switch 30% of its gas customers from low-calorie Group L to  high calorie Group H natural gas.  For technical reasons, and under weights-and-measures regulations, the two gas qualities have to be transported in separate systems within defined ranges, and customers cannot switch […]

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Big Politics at Work Behind Nordstream 2

February 2018, Vol. 245, No. 2 The supply of Russian natural gas across the Baltic Sea to Germany and onward to central and western Europe could be doubled by the proposed $10.6 billion (€9.5 billion) Nordstream 2 (NS2) pipeline. The 759-mile (1,200 km) pipeline, running parallel to Nordstream 1, will […]

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Recent work in September

  Here are a few examples describing or introducing some of my recent energy journalism, copywriting and other corporate communication work, which I have completed for various clients during the month of September.   AFRELEC Ghana’s green energy projects await sign-off About 10 percent of electricity production to come from […]

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