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East Africa hits it big in oil, gas boom

MAPUTO, Mozambique, Feb. 29 (UPI) — East Africa is emerging as the new hot zone for oil and natural gas exploration, with major discoveries by Anadarko of the United States and Italy’s Eni in the Indian Ocean off Mozambique and by Norway’s Statoil of…

Lugar: Keystone a national security issue

WASHINGTON, Feb. 29 (UPI) — Backing the entire Keystone XL pipeline from Canada would shield U.S. energy markets from a potential Iranian oil crisis, a U.S. lawmaker said.

Oil prices are near 9-month highs in part because of concerns over Iran. Tehr…

TAP unfazed by South Stream

BRUSSELS, Feb. 29 (UPI) — Russian plans to build its South Stream natural gas pipeline by December are “irrelevant” when considering rival projects, a TAP official said.

Russia said it wants to start building its South Stream natural gas pipeline by…

EIA expects long-term growth in renewables

WASHINGTON, Feb. 29 (UPI) — Use of renewable energy in the United States depends on local efforts though the U.S. government said it expected growth as the technology becomes competitive.

The U.S. Energy Information Administration said, not counting…

U.S. consulting with IEA on Iran

WASHINGTON, Feb. 29 (UPI) — The U.S. Energy Department is consulting with the International Energy Agency about the potential for an oil crisis with Iran, a spokeswoman said.

Democratic leaders in the House of Representatives last week called on the…

Canada gives preliminary OK for new pipeline

CALGARY, Alberta, Feb. 29 (UPI) — The Canadian government said it conditionally approved plans by a division of TransCanada to expand natural gas pipeline capacity in the country’s west.

The National Energy Board announced it approved of three natur…

Mongolia to tap wind power

ULAN BATOR, Mongolia, Feb. 29 (UPI) — Construction on Mongolia’s first wind farm is to start next month.

The $100 million Salkhit — “windy mountain” — project, 40 miles southeast of Ulan Bator, Mongolia’s capital city, is expected to generate near…

Scotland funds small green technology

EDINBURGH, Scotland, Feb. 29 (UPI) — The more than $5 million available in research funding would help Scottish businesses develop low-carbon technology, the Scottish government said.

Scottish officials announced that they awarded $5.4 million in de…

Britain, Bangladesh team for renewables

LONDON, Feb. 29 (UPI) — British officials announced they signed a memorandum of understanding with Bangladesh to encourage the development of renewable energy projects.

The British Department of Energy and Climate Change announced the MOU with the B…

Kiev wants big players in shale reserves

KIEV, Ukraine, Feb. 29 (UPI) — Ukraine aims to attract “big international companies” to its lucrative natural gas fields during an auction, a natural resources official said.

Ukraine officials said they would auction the rights to around 70 percent …

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