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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 …

Gazprom discusses South Stream contracts

MOSCOW, Feb. 29 (UPI) — Russian officials met with directors to discuss the environmental impact and engineering design contracts for the South Stream pipeline, said Gazprom.

Russian natural gas company Gazprom officials met with top executives from…

Rena officers plead guilty

WELLINGTON, New Zealand, Feb. 29 (UPI) — The New Zealand government said the master and second officer of the stricken cargo vessel Rena pleaded guilty to 10 of the 11 charges they faced.

Maritime New Zealand announced both officers pleaded guilty t…

Mercosur keen to profit from Arab markets

BRASILIA, Brazil, Feb. 29 (UPI) — Latin America’s Mercosur trade bloc is keen to profit from Arab cash investments and expanding consumer markets while talks with the European Union on a free trade agreement remain stalled, officials said.


EU urges quicker energy market reforms

BRUSSELS, Feb. 29 (UPI) — Bulgaria, Cyprus, Spain, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Romania, Slovakia and Estonia are moving too slowly in implementing energy market reforms, the EU says.

The European Commission warned the countries Monday they could be sub…

Black holes’ effects on nearby stars eyed

GREENBELT, Md., Feb. 28 (UPI) — U.S. astronomers say they have identified a curious correlation between the mass of a galaxy’s central black hole and the velocity of stars around it.

A team led by Francesco Tombesi at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Cen…


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