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Sandia National Labs: "Sun-Gas"

Sandia’s Sunshine to Petrol (S2P) team seeks to address the critical national and global issues of growing energy consumption amid increased vulnerability and price volatility of petroleum supplies and climate change risks.

Sandia’s interdisciplinary S2P research team leverages the lab’s extensive experience in concentrating solar power, reactors and reactive structures, systems, materials, and thermodynamics and in several universities.  The team is guided by a diverse and experienced external advisory board that provides feedback on research directions in periodic reviews that ensure progress.

Please learn more about "sun-gas" here and here.

Oil Company Death List: These 19 Oil & Gas Stocks Will Die Soon?


Energy and Infrastructure Strategist Dave Fessler compiled this report entitled “Oil Company Death List: These 19 Oil & Gas Stocks Will Die Soon!”

Falling Oil's Next Victim: Banks

oil stocks hurting banks

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Oil, Gas & Energy Job Fairs (CA, CO, TX, WV)


Details about these job fairs may be found here and here.

Chaos in oil markets driving up my book sales - in France!


A former colleague at French Banque BNP Paribas emailed to tell me that they seem to love my book over there.


Classement des meilleures ventes d'Amazon:
2.431 en Livres anglais et étrangers (Voir les 100 premiers en Livres anglais et étrangers)
 n°1 dans Livres anglais et étrangers > Science > Physics > Energy
n°12 dans Livres anglais et étrangers > Business & Investing >Investing

Well, to my French brothers and sisters, I say merci beaucoup! LOL!

Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah Is Dead


Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud has died and will be succeeded by his half-brother, Crown Prince Salman, at the helm of the world’s biggest oil exporter.

King Abdullah died at 1 a.m. in Riyadh, the royal court said in a statement. He became Saudi Arabia’s sixth king in August 2005 and de facto ruler in 1996 after King Fahd was incapacitated by a stroke. Prince Muqrin, another half-brother, has been named Crown Prince, the state-run Saudi Press Agency said.

The succession comes as the Arab world’s biggest economy confronts unprecedented political instability in the Middle East and a slump in oil prices.

Please read more at Bloomberg News.

Europe plunged into energy crisis as Russia cuts off gas supply via Ukraine

Russia cut gas exports to Europe by 60 per cent today, plunging the continent into an energy crisis 'within hours' as a dispute with Ukraine escalated.

This morning, gas companies in Ukraine said that Russia had completely cut off their supply.

Six countries reported a complete shut-off of Russian gas shipped via Ukraine today, in a sharp escalation of a struggle over energy that threatens Europe as winter sets in.

Bulgaria, Greece, Macedonia, Romania, Croatia and Turkey all reported a halt in gas shipments from Russia through Ukraine.

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Fortune: World's Winners & Losers From Cheap Oil (chart)

Investor Jeff Gundlach: "If Oil Drops To $40 The Geopolitical Consequences Could Be Terrifying"


In a recent interview, DoubleLine's Jeff Gundlach explained his concerns about the oil market not being "unequivocally good" for everyone.

“Oil is incredibly important right now,” Gundlach said in a recent interview with FuW. “If oil falls to around $40 a barrel then I think the yield on ten year treasury note is going to 1%. I hope it does not go to $40 because then something is very, very wrong with the world, not just the economy. The geopolitical consequences could be – to put it bluntly – terrifying.”

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Bloomberg: Geneva's Army of Oil Traders Embraces Profits a Crash Brings


Crude oil’s worst slump since the financial crisis means profits for Geneva’s army of traders.

After years of steady prices, the crash has brought back the volatility on which traders thrive. While the fall in benchmark Brent to five-year lows has rocked economies fromRussia to Venezuela, the world’s biggest commodity trading houses, which buy and sell about a third of the world’s oil from the Swiss city, are relishing the return to a bear market.

Lower prices have cut financing costs, provided an opportunity to lock in profits by storing fuels and heralded the return of big price swings that can help firms from Vitol Group to Trafigura Beheer BV generate higher returns.

“Commodity traders are in a much more optimistic mood these days,” Roland Rechtsteiner, a Zurich-based partner at Oliver Wyman, an industry consultant. “They all hold a lot of inventory, they hold a lot of infrastructure and this can only be monetized when there is volatility. So these are good times for them.”

As banks including JP Morgan Chase & Co. (JPM), Deutsche Bank AG and Barclays Plc (BARC) have exited or pulled back their physical commodity activities, trading houses have purchased assets such as storage tanks, pipelines and refineries. These holdings give traders more options to take advantage of the sudden shift in prices.

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