With the recent signing of its Climate Change Legislation and its Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS), California has embarked on historic steps to reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions. On September 8, 2016, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. signed Senate Bill 32 and Assembly Bill 197 which, together, requires California to reduce GHG (more…)
Just over a year ago, in June 2015, Shell Chemical received approval from Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection to proceed with its plans to build an ethane cracker in Beaver County, Pa. (see my October (more…)
It is well known that China is facing a water crisis. With 20% of the world’s population, China has only 7% of the world’s fresh water. According to Liu Changming, a retired hydrologist for the Chinese Academy of Science, four hundred Chinese cities now face a water shortage of which 115 cities have severe shortages. Most of the (more…)
It always intrigues me to learn how easy it is to make money, in this case, without substantial risk, in the trading world if you only had the “tools” to do it. This morning I read that three trading companies have chartered four crude oil carriers off Singapore and locked in short term trades to make, what I consider big money. (more…)
This is the sixth time I have been under-employed in my career. The oil price pendulum has that impact!
To date, this is neither the longest nor toughest downturn, it just feels that way. Amazingly, however, some (more…)
After reading Marshall Frank’s Three Carbon Dioxide Utilization Technologies, we identified another promising CO2 feedstock process that promises to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Solid Carbon Products LLC (more…)
With the global effort underway to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, particularly carbon dioxide, most activities focus on carbon capture and storage (CCS). These technologies involve scrubbing CO2 from the flue gasses of facilities using fossil fuels such as power plants and cement plants, concentrating the CO2 and then pumping it deep (more…)
The Fort McMurray fire highlights how privileged most North Americans, Oil Sector workers, and oil industry support service providers are to live in a region where Emergency Response Plans and Services are so well organized and coordinated. It has also been a great showcase for our industry in the ability to so effectively (more…)
The ultimate goal of a competency project is to design and deliver a targeted learning and development plan that will lead to a fully competent workforce. IHRDC has learned many lessons around what works and what does not in the development and implementation of competency management and assurance systems. Below are (more…)
Last March, I wrote about several Chinese companies planning to build methanol plants in the United States with the purpose of shipping the product to China for use as feedstock in the Methanol to Olefins (MTO) plants constructed or currently being built in China. I showed that at crude oil prices at that time, i.e. $60/bbl, olefins (more…)