A rig in the Khazzan gas field. Phase 1 of the project will boost Oman’s gas output by 30%. (BP plc) Alternative Fuels

Oman plans to import LNG and coal at Duqm

The rapidly developing industrial zone at Oman’s Duqm port may prompt the country to start importing LNG and coal.

By Verity Ratcliffe 16 May 2017
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China to spend $15 bln on coal-fired power in Pakistan

Chinese companies are planning to spend $15 billion over the next 15 years developing up to a dozen coal-fired power plants in Pakistan.

3 May 2017
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South African government could appeal against nuclear decision

The government of South Africa may appeal against the decision of the country’s High Court to halt the domestic nuclear-build programme

3 May 2017
South Korea’s Incheon LNG terminal. The front-runner in the country’s presidential election has promised to reform the LNG import tax. (Kogas) Alternative Fuels

Korean election favourite plans to boost role of gas

A South Korean presidential candidate has pledged to sideline nuclear power in favour of renewables and gas, but this might be harder to do than it appears.

2 May 2017
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Toyota trials use of fuel cells to power factory

Toyota is trialling the use of a fuel cell system to power its factory in Motomachi, Japan.

28 April 2017
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South Africa nuclear deal halted by High Court

South Africa’s nuclear build programme has been halted by the country’s High Court, which says current nuclear deals with Russia, South Korea and the United States are unconstitutional.

27 April 2017
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US solar workers outnumbered coal in 2016

The solar industry employed more Americans in 2016 than the coal industry.

26 April 2017
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Myanmar plans 20 hydro projects

Myanmar’s Ministry of Electricity and Energy plans to build 20 new hydropower projects with a combined capacity of more than 6.2 GW.

26 April 2017
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Indonesia’s PLN reconsidering nuclear power

Indonesia’s state electricity company, PLN, has revisited the idea of using nuclear power to meet its long-term electricity needs in a new business plan.

26 April 2017
State power utility Saudi Electricity Co. is currently the only offtaker of power in Saudi Arabia. (Saudi Electricity Co.) Alternative Fuels

Saudi Arabia presses on with power privatisation

Saudi Arabia’s power sector reforms will shift the state power utility into the role of system operator, but the constant changes are taking their toll.

26 April 2017
Brightsource Energy’s 34 MW thermal solar-to-steam power plant at Chevron’s Coalinga oilfield. (PA) Alternative Fuels

Solar on track to compete with fossil fuels

Solar power is now cost-competitive with fossil fuels in the US, but the market’s growth will depend on a number of factors.

26 April 2017
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Tanzania electricity access passes 32%

The share of households on mainland Tanzania with access to electricity has increased to 32.8%.

25 April 2017
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Mercedes-Benz Energy launches home battery system

Mercedes-Benz Energy has launched a domestic energy storage system.

24 April 2017
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Philippines considers the nuclear option

Donato Marcos, the energy undersecretary of the Philippines, has suggested that nuclear power could be a long-term option to meet the country’s growing energy needs.

21 April 2017
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India’s oil buyers to cut Iranian imports over Farzad B dispute

India’s oil buyers have said they will cut their imports from Iran in a bid to exert pressure on Tehran over a dispute concerning the development of the Farzad B gas field.

19 April 2017
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Total completes work on Japanese solar power project

Total, ISE Group and SunPower have started up a 27 MW photovoltaic power plant in the Japanese city of Nanao.

19 April 2017
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Saudi Arabia plans 30 wind and solar projects

Saudi Arabia plans to build 30 solar and wind projects over the next 10 years as part of a $50 billion power generation programme.

18 April 2017
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Brussels signs nuclear safety project with Iran

The European Commission has signed an agreement on the first project for nuclear safety co-operation with Iran.

18 April 2017
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Karadeniz powership starts supplying Maluku islands

Karadeniz Holdings has started supplying electricity to Indonesia from a powership anchored at the island of Ambon in the Maluku archipelago.

13 April 2017
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Algeria launches tender for 4 GW of solar PV plants

Algeria plans to invite bids for three photovoltaic solar power plants with a total capacity of about 4 GW, according to the country’s energy ministry.

10 April 2017
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Enel to invest $157 million in Australian solar PV project

A joint venture between Enel’s renewable energy subsidiary Enel Green Power and investment firm Dutch Infrastructure Fund has signed an agreement to acquire Bungala Solar One.

10 April 2017

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