Forbes 2024 Articles

Huge Methane Leak From Kazakhstan Well – Why This Is Important To Kazakhstan And To The West.

Originally published on Forbes.com on February 21, 2024

A huge release of methane from a single well that lasted six months was followed by Kazakhstan pledging with 150 other countries to reduce emissions by 30% by the year 2030.

In 2023 a natural gas well blew out while drilling in Kazakhstan. Why is this important to Kazakhstan, and to the rest of the oil and gas world? To start with, the blowout lasted 6 months. Second, the well was burping methane gas the whole time, and methane heats the atmosphere up to 80 times more than CO2 does. Third, Kazakhstan’s history and independence from Russia in 1991 make it a country the West should want to help resolve problems in its energy industry. Read more.

What The President’s Permit Pause Means For The Golden Age Of Liquefied Natural Gas.

Originally published on Forbes.com on January 30, 2024

On one hand, LNG provides energy security and reduces emissions by displacing coal-fired power plants. On the other hand, LNG causes carbon emissions from leakage and combustion.

The Biden administration, under its view that climate change is an existential threat, has taken action on an LNG dilemma. On January 26, 2024 President Biden paused all approvals to permit new LNG export projects. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) says it needs to update its approval process which includes domestic supply, energy security, and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The order calls for a pause that is temporary and will be followed by a period for public response, and will not likely be resolved until after end-of-year elections. This has caused consternation within the oil and gas industry. Here are some facts that may clarify the government’s actions. Read more >>

Clean Alternate Energies: Geothermal Breakthrough Emerges From Shale Revolution

Originallly published on Forbes.com on January 17, 2024

Two current projects are definitely encouraging for commercial application of geothermal technology as a non-intermittent renewable energy source.

If the world does reach net-zero by 2050, meaning the energy supply is carbon-free, then a third of this energy will come from systems that have much in common with oil and gas industry skills and resources: offshore wind, liquid biofuels, biomethane, hydrogen fuel, geothermal energy. Read more>>

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