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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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Key uncertainties shaping global energy markets

The 2019 edition of the BP Energy Outlook explores the key uncertainties that could impact the shape of global energy markets out to 2040, the greatest of which involve the need for more energy to support continued global economic growth and rising prosperity, together with the n...

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Finland to increase domestic biofuels market

Finland’s Parliament has voted in favour of a law to gradually increase the share of biofuels in its domestic market to 30% by 2029, according to Petrolplaza. The measure not only covers transport fuel but also sets the distribution obligation of bio-based light fuel oil.According to the new law, a ...

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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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Events and training

International Petroleum (IP) Week 2019

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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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Economics of the Oil and Gas Industry

A 2-day introduction to the economics of the oil and gas industry. This course is suitable for students who are new to the oil and gas industry.

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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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Introduction to LNG

This 2-day training course provides an introduction to the LNG chain. Suitable for students who are new to the LNG sector and/or those with a non-technical background.

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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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