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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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China investment is a shot in the arm for the global nuclear energy sector

China continues to dominate developments in the world’s nuclear power sector in recent years, in contrast to the lacklustre situationapparent elsewhere, as Mark Godfrey writes.

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Markets ignore the dangers of a Middle East oil rift at their peril

Saudi Arabia’s decision to stop its oil tankers temporarily entering the Red Sea is a shock but prices have hardly moved. The  move follows repeated attacks by militants from Yemen on the ...

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Global energy investment failing to keep up with energy security and sustainability goals

The electricity sector attracted the largest share of global energy investments in 2017, sustained by robust spending on grids – exceeding the oil and gas industry for the second year in row &#...

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A second wave of FLNG investment expected

Global FLNG capital expenditure (capex) is expected to total $52.8bn over the period 2019–2024, according to the latest analysis from Westwood Global Energy Group.As LNG exports take a foothold...

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Romania’s gas windfall tax may reduce Black Sea investment

New offshore law was adopted by Romania’s Chamber of Deputies on 9 July 2018.Commenting on the new law, Will Scargill, Senior Analyst at consultancy GlobalData says: ‘Although the 30...

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Assessing and managing the risk of arc flash

The objective of this publication is to provide a practical approach to the management of arc flash risk within electrical installations. It provides general guidance on the causes of arc flash events...

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Offshore wind leaders event report: Aims, action and industry commitment

Free to download for registered users. For more information on the G+ visit www.gplusoffshorewind.comThe G+ Global Offshore Wind Health and Safety Organisation together with the Health and Safety...

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G+ Safe by Design workshop report: WTG access and egress

This publication is available to download for free for registered users.The latest G+ Global Offshore Wind Health and Safety Organisation (G+) Safe by Design workshop focused on the issues associated ...

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Guidance on managing environmental risks associated with land contamination at filling stations

The intent of this publication is to act as a reference guide for individuals charged with the management of environmental risks associated with land and groundwater contamination at filling stations ...

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South East Europe Energy Outlook 2016/17

This study comprises seven parts: energy policy, energy security, country energy surveys, legal framework, regional economic issues, sectorial analysis and energy investment outlook. It covers all 13 ...

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