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Total global energy investment in 2016 was just over $1.7 trillion, accounting for 2.2% of global GDP

Energy markets focus on the trade and supply of electricity, gas and liquid fuels. They consist of three main elements: generation or production, transmission and distribution, and supply. Once electricity is generated or gas is produced, it is sold on the wholesale market to suppliers, who sell it on to consumers and arrange for its delivery. It is distributed to homes and businesses through the transmission and distribution grids. In the UK, energy markets are regulated by the Office of Gas and Electricity Markets (Ofgem). In recent years the markets have experienced significant changes due to diversification of electricity generation through the rise of renewable energy sources, as well as the addition of many new suppliers. Investment in the energy system is also shifting, with increasing funds flowing into renewables, grid flexibility mechanisms, and low carbon transport.

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Online sales and heavy trucks to drive China’s HDMO market

Demand for heavy duty motor oil (HDMO) in trucks in China is estimated to increase at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 0.6% through 2022, based on the ‘most likely’ scenario in a recently published report from Kline. In particular, the heavy truck fleet is estimated to show 5% to 7% annual gr...

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Ineos selects Antwerp for €3bn olefins investment

Ineos has selected Antwerp as the location for its €3bn olefins project, which comprises a world-scale propane dehydrogenation (PDH) plant (750,000 t/y) and world-scale ethane cracker (likely 1mn–1.25mn t/y). The development represents the biggest investment made by Ineos to date and will be the fir...

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EBRD pulls out from oil investment

The European Bank for Reconstruction & Development (EBRD) will stop funding upstream oil exploration. And it will not finance upstream oil development projects, except in exceptional circumstances where projects reduce greenhouse gas emissions, writes Keith Nuthall.The commitments come in a new ...

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Capacity Market was closed ‘on a technicality’

The scheme was implemented to ensure supply security during electricity market transition.Suspension of the Capacity Market for electricity in the UK, following a ruling in November by the General Court of the European Court of Justice, may be only temporary as the case was decided on ‘procedural gr...

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EY deems China ‘most attractive’ country for renewable investments

China and the US remain the most attractive countries, but less-developed markets are catching up. China has retained the top spot in EY’s latest Renewable Energy Country Attractiveness Index (RECAI), which ranks 40 nations on the appeal of their renewable energy investment and deployment oppor...

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Events and training

What to look out for in the energy sector in 2019 - Energy Institute Singapore branch event

I am pleased to announce that we will be kicking off the year with our first networking session entitled “What to look out for in the energy sector during 2019”.

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International Petroleum (IP) Week 2019

For full information and to book, please visit

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Future-proofing your Career: Role of IOCs in the Energy Transition

The industry is in a state of flux. So what role can oil and gas play in the future of energy supply in a wider energy mix, and in developing the careers of young energy professionals?

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Valuation and risk analysis of oil and gas assets - October 2019

The 3-day training course is pitched to appeal to professionals with a large range of technical and commercial backgrounds and varying levels of experience seeking insight to the broad range of asset valuation techniques required across the industry.

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Technical guidance publications

Proceedings of the 20th World Petroleum Congress. Energy Solutions for All: Promoting Cooperation, Innovation and Investment. 4-8 December, 2011, Doha, Qatar

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Financial investment in energy efficiency

Taken from Croner's Energy Management loose-leaf manual, this 30-page module identifies a number of accountancy techniques to help energy managers quantify potential savings by investing in energy efficiency. It outlines the basic principals of investment appraisal, explains the barriers to investin...

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