NRGLab Pte Ltd showcases new energy project

2014.10.27 Singapore-based NRGLab joined the National Oil and Gas Forum last week in Moscow. Organized by the Russian Ministry of Energy in cooperation with leading entrepreneurial and industrial groups, it was devoted to an evaluation of the Russian energy sector, as well as its goals and objectives. A specialized exhibition “Modern technologies and innovations in Oil…

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A song of fire and ice

2014.01.05 So it seems that yet another form of unconventional fossil fuels looms on the horizon, with the potential to be promoted by governments as the latest solution to our energy crisis, while at the same time destroying fragile environments through its extraction. The culprit this time is a form of gas known as ‘fire…

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A growing movement against fracking

2014.04.24 The news coming out of the UK that the MP Caroline Lucas has been cleared of all the charges laid against her for taking part in a protest against fracking is excellent to hear, and suggests that the movement against this particularly damaging form of energy extraction is gaining more and more popularity around…

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Are we seriously going to import electricity?

2014.03.26 The plan of PT PLN, the state electric company, to import electricity from Malaysia makes us see red. Even though they claim that it is cheaper to import rather than produce it ourselves, this news has broken our heart. Indonesia, as a country, has an abundance of natural resources to produce our own electricity,…

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12th Annual Coal Markets 2014

2014.03.01 Rising coal prices and changing market conditions will spur mining operations in 2014, says energy entrepreneur Ana Shell, who attended the 12th Annual Coal Markets conference (http://www.coalmarketsasia.com/) in Singapore Feb. 25. Securing an adequate coal supply will be a critical challenge facing power companies, while coal suppliers may struggle to meet demand. Representing Ana Shell…

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Why not biomass?

2014.02.28 Reading an article about Growth Steel Group building biomass power plants in several Indonesian regions (http://industri.kontan.co.id/news/gsg-operasikan-lima-pltu-biomassa) has raised the  country’s expectations for renewable energy, even though the sector is moving at a snail’s pace with minimum support from the government. Indonesia is highly dependent on a steam power plant that relies on coal as…

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Fighting the arms trade with non-violence

2014.02.26 As I write this, news is just coming in from the West Midlands area of England about an important, but rather under-the-radar trial that has been taking place for the past two days. Last year, five activists blockaded the main entrance to the Excel Docklands in London during the biennial Defence Security Equipment International…

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Are the police really there to protect us?

2014.01.31 Last week, the UK finally saw a verdict passed on the case of a man named Mark Duggan. Duggan’s name might not be well known outside of that country, but the events he inadvertently sparked are infamous. Duggan was killed in August 2011, shot by police officers who claimed he was holding a gun.…

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Fracking our way to disaster

2014.01.24 Recent reports from the US have suggested that water contamination from the new energy technique known as ‘fracking’ might be more common than previously thought. There were complaints of contamination in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Texas, and Ohio. Texas, the state with the most detailed reporting on complaints (which is itself perhaps surprising, considering Pennsylvania’s…

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