Gas pipeline Nord Stream 2 links Germany to Russia, but splits Europe












20 Apr 2022, 16:30



The construction of the controversial natural gas pipeline Nord Stream 2 has been completed with some delay, but Russia's war against Ukraine means chances of it going into operation are virtually zero. Germany and other countries in the European Union have announced they are weaning themselves off Russian fossil fuel supplies. The pipeline under the Baltic Sea has been the subject of heated debate for years. The project would allow additional Russian gas to flow directly to Germany. Proponents argue the pipeline is a commercial investment that is key to Europe's supply security, while opponents criticise Nord Stream 2 on environmental, geopolitical, and security grounds. [UPDATES with decision

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New Technology Could Advance Maritime Wind Propulsion





A vertical axis wind turbine designed with twin cylindrical Magnus-effect rotors mounted on a rotary drive unit (Image courtesy Challenergy)




During the 1980’s, University of Michigan professor of business Dr. C. K. Prahalad’s treatise entitled “Competing for the Future” focused on “the convergence of technologies.” There is potential to combine recent technical developments to advance maritime wind propulsion, and technology from Sweden, Japan, the USA, Germany and in the UK offers such a possibility.


During the early 1980’s, physics professor Brad Blackford entered a windmill powered boat in a competition for wind-powered sail boats at Halifax, Canada. He sailed his boat directly into a headwind and won the race, using an angled axial-flow

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Norway Awards Funding for Two Pioneering Hydrogen-Fueled Bulkers





Halter Bulk plans two hydrogen-fueled bulk carriers for its short-sea routes in Norway (Norway Ship Design)

PUBLISHED NOV 9, 2022 4:43 PM BY 


Norway is continuing its efforts to support the development of a pioneering generation of hydrogen-fueled ships. The government-owned group Enova is awarding $13.8 million to a new project to develop two bulkers that will operate along the Norwegian coast in both the North Sea and Baltic. This latest project brings to 10 the number of hydrogen-fueled ship projects receiving support for Enova.

“The vessels will be among the first of their kind to demonstrate hydrogen solutions,” said Nils Kristian Nakstad, CEO of Enova announcing the funding. “The vessels will be central to demonstrating the solutions

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Mozambique incia sus exportaciones de GNL



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13 de noviembre de 2022


Moçambique iniciou hoje a primeira exportação de Gás Natural Liquefeito (GNL) produzido na Bacia do Rovuma, pelo Projecto Coral-Sul, aunciou há omentos o Presidente da República, Filipe Nyusi, numa comunicação à nação.

Segundo o Etadista, o navio cargueiro British Sponsor “parte das águas territoriais para o mercado internacional”, sendo o primeiro no âmbito do contrato de compra e venda a longo prazo, com a BP, que cobre os volumes totais de GNL produzidos no nosso país.

“Hoje Moçambique entra para os anais da história mundial como um dos países exportadores de gás natural liquefeito, que além de representar uma fonte alternativa de fornecimento, contribui em larga medida para a segurança energética nos países de maior consumo”, enfatizou Nyusi.

Australian Mining Magnate Calls For Deep Sea Mining Ban





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November 8, 2022

JOHANNESBURG, Nov 8 (Reuters) – Fortescue Metals executive chairman Andrew Forrest on Tuesday said his charitable foundation is in favour of a pause on seabed mining, the first time a prominent mining executive has spoken out against the nascent industry.

Forrest said the Minderoo Foundation, which he and his wife Nicola fund with the dividends they get from Fortescue, will back a pause until there’s sufficient evidence that damage to ocean environments can be prevented.

Seabed mining would involve vacuuming up potato-sized rocks rich in battery metals that blanket vast swathes of the sea floor at depths of 4-6 kilometres, and are especially abundant in the north Pacific Ocean. 

Mining the seabed in areas outside national jurisdiction cannot begin until

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