Black Coal to White Trash

This article originally appeared on NewSecurityBeat Coal has long been China’s “black gold,” supplying over half of the nation’s electricity. Yet as coal’s energy share decreases due to domestic action to reduce air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, a new coal industry is emerging. In China’s arid northwest, eight plants are pulverizing coal chunks and “cooking” coal…

China’s Risky Gamble on Coal Conversion

This article originally appeared on NewSecurityBeat At the September 2019 United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) Climate Summit, the U.S. delegation, under the shadow of intended withdrawal from Paris, did not volunteer a speaker. Attention instead focused on China. As the world’s largest carbon emitter, China was poised to assert leadership on the climate crisis.  However,…

Experts Offer a Downstream Preview for 2020

This article originally appeared on Rigzone Earlier this week, Rigzone used six adjectives to recall major trends for 2019 in the downstream oil and gas industry. Based on additional comments from the same panelists interviewed for the recap article, three letters should command much of the downstream sector’s attention in 2020. The letters are “IMO,” the acronym…

A Look Back at Downstream Trends in 2019

This article originally appeared on Rigzone For several years now, Rigzone has prepared a year-end review of dominant themes in the downstream oil and gas industry during the preceding 12 months. This tradition continues for 2019, but with a twist. As always, the downstream recap will rely on insights Rigzone has obtained from a group…