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Africa, Middle East, Pipelines

Africa: Playing the long game!

Nicholas Newman Pipeline Coatings Magazine February 2015 – Africa’s importance as a major energy supplier will grow with the development of recently discovered oil and gas fields, not surprising when the number of rigs operating on the continent, according to Baker Hughes, has increased from just 96 in 2012 to 134 […]

Energy Policy, Energy Saving, Energy Security, Energy Storage, Europe, European Energy Review, Power, Power Grid, Southern Europe, Technology

Energy Storage a game changer?

Nicholas Newman European Energy Review 5 February 2015. -Electricity storage offers a practical solution to the chronic problem of intermittency in renewable energy supplies. It can promise lower energy costs and also serves to replace conventional standby fossil plants. There are about 69 such electricity storage schemes in operation throughout […]

Energy Policy, Energy Saving, Energy Security, Energy Storage, Europe, Fusion, Gas, National Grid, Northern Europe, Nuclear, Power, Power Grid, Renewables, Western Europe

What if nuclear power becomes as cheap as gas generation by 2050?

By Nicholas Newman Over the past few decades we have heard the promise that nuclear power will become so cheap, it will be not worth metering. The trouble is, although the operational costs are competitive, the capital costs of nuclear power, remain eye wateringly expensive! In addition, despite the […]

Gas, North America, Oil, Pipelines, Uncategorized

North American Pipeline Network Prospects

Nicholas Newman Pipeline Coatings Magazine February 2014 – There are oil and gas pipelines criss- crossing North America , from the Pacific coast in the west  to the Atlantic in the east and,  from Canada’s tundra region in the north, to America’s  Gulf of Mexico oil refineries  in the south.  […]

Gas, North America, Oil, Pipelines

The politics of US pipelines

Nicholas Newman Pipeline Coatings Magazine May 2014 America’s energy industry has been facing a new challenge.  How is it to deliver, safely and efficiently, the huge new shale oil and gas flows made possible by horizontal drilling and fracking? This fundamental question is posed more severely, not only by the […]