GGP: Will US LNG Remain Priced Out of Europe?

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When in 2012 Cheniere Energy Inc. broke ground with its first LNG liquefaction plant, it was hailed as the beginning of the end of Russia’s pipeline-enforced dominance of the European Union natural gas market. Many expected US LNG and Russian gas to battle it out for the price-setting role in Northwest Europe’s liquid gas trade.  And many still do.

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World’s largest butterfly survey aims to assess apparent spike in British numbers

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Annual Big Butterfly Count urges wildlife lovers to help assess whether the insects are really returning to gardens this summer

Clouds of butterflies have been sighted in southern Britain this summer but wildlife lovers are being urged to help scientifically assess whether our insects are really bouncing back by joining the world’s largest butterfly survey.

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Woolworths to phase out single-use plastic bags over 12 months

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Company says it gives out more than 3.2bn plastic bags a year but will now offer reusable bags instead

Single-use plastic bags will phased out from Woolworths Group stores Australia-wide by July 2018, the company said on Friday.

The decision means lightweight bags will no longer be offered to customers at Woolworths supermarkets, Big W and BWS, joining Woolworths Group stores Dan Murphy’s and Cellarmasters, which have already stopped offering single-use bags.

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Australian Barossa Offshore Project Proposal Open for Public Comment

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The Australian National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority (NOPSEMA) has published the Barossa Area Development Offshore Project Proposal (Barossa OPP) for public comment, ConocoPhillips said July 13.

ConocoPhillips Australia Exploration and its co-venturers, SK E&S Australia and Santos Offshore is proposing to develop discovered hydrocarbon resources located in waters approximately 300 kilometres north of Darwin, Northern Territory. 

Barossa is an offshore gas and light condensate project that proposes to provide a new source of gas to the existing Darwin LNG facility, subject to suitable commercial arrangements being put in place. The development concept includes a floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) facility, subsea production system, and a gas export pipeline.

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Jewel-bright lizards look at home on one British isle

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Ventnor Botanic Garden, Isle of Wight A balmy microclimate and a scrubland habitat support Britain’s oldest colony of wall lizards

In mainland Britain the common wall lizard (Podarcis muralis) is considered an alien species, and concerns have been raised that competition from this robust and agile continental reptile may be hastening the decline of our rare native sand lizard (Lacerta agilis).

The Isle of Wight colony is the longest established population of wall lizards in Britain and a celebrated part of the island’s fauna, though its origin is hotly debated. It is believed that in the 1920s there were deliberate releases of the reptile, though local legend has it that they are descendants of survivors from a shipwreck off Bonchurch.

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Chinese Oil, Gas Pipeline Network to Expand to 240,000 km by 2025

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China’s oil and gas pipeline network will reach 240,000 kilometres by 2025, according to a report by the country’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) released July 12.

According to NDRC by 2020, the oil and gas pipeline network is likely to be 169,000 km, with those for crude, refined oil and natural gas at 32,000 km, 33,000 km and 104,000 km, respectively.

At the end of 2015, the length of pipelines for crude, refined oil and natural gas was 27,000 km, 21,000 km and 64,000 km, respectively, the NDRC informed.

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