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Turkish Stream to be presented at WGC

The new Turkish Stream gas pipeline project will be presented at the 26th World Gas Conference, which will take place in Paris from June 1 to 5 at …

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Writing value propositions that work

A well-defined problem is half solved. But getting there is harder than you’d expect.<p>Enter the world of value propositions. Projecting “Here is why you should buy from us” seems easy from the company’s perspective: it already knows its product and may be over-valuing the perceived benefits. The …

Saudi Arabia, Russia declare victory in the great oil contest of 2015

Six months ago, when OPEC decided to keep production steady in the face of a collapse in the price of oil, analysts guessed that Saudi Arabia might …

China’s on track for the biggest reduction in coal use ever recorded

China is cutting down on its coal habit. In the first four months of 2015, the country consumed almost 8% less coal than in the same period a year earlier, according to a report by Greenpeace/Energydesk China.<p>This means China’s carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions fell by around 5% in the first four …

Fossil Fuels

Introduction to the Seveso III Directive

A new Directive on the control of major accident hazards involving dangerous substances known as Seveso III was published on 24 July 2012 by the …

Greener, quieter and more efficient - has Rolls-Royce created the train of the future?

Aero engine manufacturer Rolls-Royce is developing a hybrid power system for trains that could mean quieter lives for those living near railway lines<p>A new generation of more efficient, quieter and greener trains could be coming to Britain’s railway lines, driven by a new hybrid power system built …

Fracking debate intensifies in Germany

Germany may shut down eight more coal power plants

Oil prices have been soaring—now look for them to plunge again

After falling roughly 60% from July through March, oil prices are now up around 44% from their bottom. The chatter among many investors and industry players is that the worst is over. The only questions remaining, they say, are how high prices will go from here and how soon oil drillers can resume …

Oil

21 Ways to Be a Better Leader Without Breaking a Sweat

It's not rocket science. Being a better leader starts with the little things. Here's what you need to know.<p>Let's jump right in, shall we?<p><b>1. Switch off your cell phone.</b> Go on, you can do it. Just for one meeting.<p><b>2. Look people in the eyes.</b> Practice doing it consistently.<p><b>3. Think.</b> Pick an hour in the …

Leadership

The True Cost of Not Meeting Your Customer Expectations [Infographic]

The ROI of positive customer experiences is huge, and the cost of negative ones can be devastating. What every business leader needs to know about customer experience management.<p>What do consumers want from companies?<p>They want to know businesses give a damn.<p>The problem is, consumers don't think they …

Customer Experience

10 Presentation Techniques You Can (And Should) Copy From Apple's WWDC Keynote

I look forward to Apple keynote presentations and product launches because, as a communication specialist, it’s hard for me to find a better role model for creating, designing, and delivering a presentation. The keynote at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) 2013 offers yet another …

This May Not Surprise You: Only 10% Of Managers Have What It Takes To Be Managers

It’s actually really, really hard to be a great boss. And the qualities that make people great bosses are not how we decide who gets promoted.<p>If you interact with managers at work, this may not surprise you: A lot of people aren’t good at being managers. They lack the skills, the poise and, above …

Where Is Oil Heading Next? Here's What To Watch

Oil prices have rebounded a bit in recent weeks due to a confluence of factors such as the U.S. dollar’s pullback and geopolitical turmoil in Yemen, but I believe that it is still too early to determine if the rebound is for real. Oil’s glut continues to grow even larger and a more extensive dollar …

BG,Business,Royal Dutch Shell,Oil,Oil and gas companies,Energy industry,Commodities,UK news,Mergers and acquisitions<p>Takeover of the company would be one of the biggest deals in the oil and gas sector in the last 20 years<p>Oil giant Royal Dutch Shell has agreed a £47bn takeover of gas group BG in one …

Oil refineries need to heed concerns, implement safety improvements

"The most important thing is to shelter in place, stay indoors, no outdoor activity, turn the air conditioners off, keep the windows closed." This was the instruction Torrance Mayor Patrick Furey gave to neighbors of the Exxon Mobil refinery, including the children at 14 schools, for three hours …

Oil

Moscow's half-empty $12 billion financial district looks worse than you imagined

But now with Russia's economy in free-fall, the Moscow City complex property values have nosedived, construction sites are abandoned, and vacancy rates have soared to 45%, according to real estate consultants Blackwood.<p>Moscow-based photographer Konstantin Salomatin visited the area for Business …

Brent tumbles on Iran, Libya; U.S. crude up on spread play

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Brent futures fell 5 percent, its most in a month, on Monday as speculation of a nuclear deal that could lift Iran’s sanctions and boost its oil exports brought worries about high supplies back to the market.<p>An oil well is seen near Denver, Colorado February 2, 2015. …

Brazil’s economy implodes; Rousseff pops to the supermarket

Another week goes by and the outlook for Brazil’s economy gets gloomier still. The consensus on GDP is now for a 0.58 per cent contraction this year, …

Oil prices likely to stay at $60 a barrel for two years

Oil,Oil and gas companies,Commodities,Energy industry,Shale gas and fracking,Shale oil,US news,World news,Russia<p>IEA says US shale gas industry is suppressing prices but fracking boom cannot last forever<p>Oil prices are likely to stay at $60 a barrel or lower for the next two years as US shale …

Oil

With Oil And Gas Pipelines, China Takes A Shortcut Through Myanmar

On the 29th of January, China opened, with little fanfare, a <b>new oil link</b> through <b>Myanmar</b>. Despite its low profile, this project has clearly been a huge undertaking, both technologically and politically. This 2,400km long <b>pipeline</b> runs through some of the most rugged areas on the planet, marked by …

End of OPEC is closer to reality

OPEC's dominant role in the global oil market is in serious jeopardy.<p>For nearly half a century, the oil cartel kept a tight check on prices, keeping them from falling too low or rising to unsustainably-high levels.<p>But OPEC's power is being challenged by the surge in North American oil …

World Oil Production On The Rise

World oil production is on the rise, going from 87.8 million barrels a day in 2011 to 97.6 million a day in 2020. However, OPEC's share of the world's oil production is not going down. At least not by much. In 2011 it was 41%. Thanks to North America, OPEC's share will decline by a full percentage …

Halliburton to cut up to 8% of workforce amid slump in oil prices

Facing the stark plunge in oil prices, oil field services giant Halliburton announced thousands of across-the-board job cuts Tuesday.<p>The company said it anticipates laying off 6.5% to 8% of its global workforce, which amounts to 5,200 to 6,400 employees. The cuts will be "across all areas" of …

Only America will benefit from plunging oil prices

A ccording to a report from credit rating agency Moody's, the global economy will not benefit from falling oil prices in neither this year or the next.<p>Defying a report from the National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR) this week, Moody's kept its growth forecasts for the G20 …