Stakeholders in the North Sea's Cara oil and natural gas discovery are seeking Norway's approval of preliminary development plans, which call for connecting the discovery to the Gjoea field platform using a subsea production system. Neptune Energy operates the license and has a 30% stake in the discovery, which is expected to provide 56 million to 94 million oil equivalent barrels.
Tullow Oil is exploring potential partnerships to acquire an oil block in Ghana's bidding rounds, says Kweku Awotwi, the company's managing director. UK-based Tullow, which Awotwi says has spoken with local and international companies, already operates two Ghanaian oilfields.
Apache says it began production ahead of schedule in late November at the Garten development in the North Sea's UK area. The company, which says the well is producing 13,700 barrels of oil and 15.7 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day, originally planned to begin production in the first quarter of next year.
A 4-kilometer stretch of the National Mall in Washington, D.C., includes monuments, buildings and other sites with notable geologic features. Among them are the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, built with ultramafic gabbro imported from Bengaluru, India, and the Lockkeeper's House, which was constructed with gneisses and schists collectively known as Potomac bluestone.
US President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping have agreed to halt their trade dispute, potentially resulting in a deal that would benefit both countries' chemical industries and other sectors. Currently, $10.8 billion of US chemical exports and $22 billion of Chinese chemical exports are subject to tariffs.
Chemical output in the US is expected to grow 3.6% in 2019, up from 3.1% in 2018, due in part to low unemployment, an attractive investment environment and the shale boom, says the American Chemistry Council. Executive Martha Moore notes the US has seen $202 billion in chemical investments since 2010.
Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., will likely become the next top-ranking Democrat on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.
Under President Donald Trump, the Environmental Protection Agency is working on multiple fronts to bring more reliability and transparency to regulations by using the best available science, says the American Chemistry Council. The agency's implementation of the Toxic Substances Control Act and action on confidential business information claims are proof of that progress, it says.
Chevron Phillips Chemical will shutter its paraxylene and benzene manufacturing unit in Mississippi by the end of 2018, citing profitability concerns. In other news, CPChem says it may add a second cracker to one of its sites in Texas and will likely make a final investment decision next year or the year after that.
Recycling and reverse supply chain company Re-Teck has launched the Recycling For a Cause program, giving proceeds from recycling donated e-waste to various nonprofits. Re-Teck also partners with companies to rethink recovery processes of products that have ceased to be useful.