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Infographic: IMO 2020 – Tough new environmental regulations will soon hit the shipping industry

Tough new environmental regulations will soon hit the shipping industry. The IMO 2020 sulfur cap and Ballast Water Treatment rules look set to cause massive disruption, and the continued implementation of worldwide Emission Control Areas (ECA) prese...

Steel for windpower: a burgeoning market

Offshore wind is “on a high” with costs having fallen by around 50% since 2015, the Global Wind Energy Council said in its Wind Energy Outlook 2016: Wind Power to Dominate Power Sector Growth document. GWEC outlines scenarios where wind, offsho...

Crude imports rise as fall turnaround season ends: In the LOOP

Crude imports into the Louisiana Offshore Oil Port increased by 4.628 million barrels in November, as refinery maintenance season came to a close and amid a relatively stable Dubai/WTI spread. The move higher also comes as traders seek to draw dow...

Saudi Arabia gets inspiration from Alan Greenspan: Fuel for Thought

Alan Greenspan could be leaving an indelible mark on OPEC. Saudi Arabia is drawing on the famous central banker’s thinking to frame its new oil alliance with major partners including Russia. Instead of an unstable and hastily brokered marriage of ...

NRC 2.0: Adapting regulation to a changing nuclear industry

A series of sweeping changes at the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission would alter the agency’s mission to adapt to an evolving US nuclear industry, which is in the grips of a struggle for its economic survival. Ten years ago, what some called a nuc...