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Recent work in February

Ancient water mill Albolafia near the roman bridge in Cordoba, Spain

Here are the first few lines of various recent energy journalism, copywriting and other corporate communication work, which I have completed for various clients during the month of February 2017.


Mozambique on hold

The East African state of  Mozambique has sizeable gas volumes, but it lacks the commercial means to bring them to market, writes Nicholas Newman

Mozambique’s natural gas resources, at 180 tcf (5.1 tcm), could make the country a leading light as a gas exporter in Africa, and the world. Much of this endowment lies offshore, in the Rovuma Basin in the north. An onshore liquefaction plant is planned, in addition to an early stage floating LNG (FLNG) unit, which would transform the country into a major exporter. Rovuma Basin Eni and Anadarko Petroleum are in the final stages of completing fundraising for the development of the 85 tcf (2.4 tcm) Mamba field in Area 4 and the 75 tcf (2.12 tcm) Prosperidade field in Area 1. Their plans include a US$17 billion two-train LNG export facility, with capacity of 12 million tonnes per year.


How 3-D printing is transforming the energy sector

Now companies like GE oil and gas division, Haliburton, Siemens in the energy sector are currently field-testing drill bits made from 3-D printed moulds – or, moulds built from the ground up rather than milled out of graphite. The process is relatively simple. Printers gradually build physical objects by adding successive layers of sand-like plastics, metals or virtually any other material based on a computer-generated blueprint. Building a drill bit mould using a 3-D printer takes no more than a day. It means a 3-D printer machine, located on a rig can turn out a vital component in about 100 hours, rather than wait for the component to be delivered in perhaps a month.

Latin America is set to become a leader in alternative energy

An energy revolution that is spreading across Latin America. The region already leads the world in clean energy. For almost seven months this year, Costa Rica ran purely on renewable power. Uruguay has come close to that, too. In 2014, the latest year for which comparable data exist, Latin America as a whole produced 53% of its electricity from renewable sources, compared with a world average of 22%, according to the International Energy Agency.

Energy in Ancient Times

Today, it is simply amazing how energy meets our needs. However, in the times of the ancient Romans and Greeks, many of the things we do today still took place. For instance, people went on holiday, traded goods great distances by sea and land, even cooked and made chemicals. What is amazing is they did not have the modern petrochemical and other energy sources we have today. This feature would look at the energy sources and technologies used that enabled ancient Rome to import grain from Egypt and silk from China, whilst using other fuels to heat their homes, power their factories and operate pumps to remove water from mines.


Gas brings bargain opportunities

The advent of rising gas supplies has allowed the US and Mexico, in particular, to raise gas consumption and cut their greenhouse gas emissions. In Europe, where energy security and renewables enjoy priority, gas has always been important. In all three markets, emissions are lower.

Pipeline and Gas Journal


This could be a good year for oil and gas pipeline project approvals in North America. The new administrations in Canada and the US have given permission to proceed for  long- delayed oil and gas pipeline schemes that improve capacity to move crude and gas from their source to markets. In the US, perhaps least contentious, is the US $3bn, 200 mile Atlantic Sunrise natural gas pipeline expansion in North East.  Bigger and more in the public eye, are TransCanada’s  C$5.4bn Keystone XL pipeline and the completion of the US $3.78bn Dakota Access pipeline. In Canada there is Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain C $ 6.8bn line and  Enbridge’s  C $7.5bn Line 3 expansion project  designed to carry 760,000 barrels a day of  both light and heavy oil. Similarly, across the border, Enbridge plans a US $6.2bn replacement project for its Line 3 pipeline running from Neche in North Dakota to Superior in Wisconsin.

 Quatre Ltd

Generated a series of press releases on behalf of Quatre. These included the following:

Paying for SOUTH AFRICA’s Mining closures and Rehabilitation


In addition, made use of social media tools and platforms including Facebook, Linkedin, Oilpro and Twitter to promote quatre brand, product and services. In addition participated in various web industry discussion groups.

Also, ran an international networking campaign focussed on the media in Australia, Canada, Europe and the US. This included distributing press releases worldwide and talking by phone to numerous industry editors and business journalists.

Arrange for interviews, advertorials etc in various print and web media.

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