BRITAIN: Tories spend aid money destined for feeding people on boosting their presence as a main partner choice in Malawi #oil and #gas sector putting #ProfitB4People – @AceNewsServices

#AceNewsReport – Nov.21: Project aimed to make UK ‘partner of choice’ in industry, but campaigners warn of potential for ecological disaster

The British government spent thousands of pounds of aid money on a project aimed at “establishing the UK as the partner of choice” in the nascent #oil and #gas sector of one of the world’s poorest countries.

Malawi is believed to have substantial oil deposits, including under Lake Malawi, a pristine freshwater lake – the third largest in Africa – whose southern shores are a protected Unesco world heritage site. Unesco has warned that any oil activity near the lake risks causing an ecological disaster.

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#AceWorldNews – LONDON – Nov.22 – An explosion last night at the five-star Hyatt Regency Churchill hotel on Portman Square in the Marylebone area of London has left 14 people hospitalized.

' Gas explosion rocks central London hotel, 14 injured '

‘ Gas explosion rocks central London hotel, 14 injured ‘

The blast, which authorities say occurred in the basement of the hotel, caused part of the structure to collapse.

Five hundred people were evacuated from the building and all guests and staff have been accounted for, Sky News reported.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: “At about 11.40pm we were called to a suspected gas explosion at Portman Square. Officers are in attendance alongside the fire brigade and ambulance service.

A small number of injured parties are being treated.Structural engineers are on the site to determine the full extent of the damage.


#explosion, #gas, #hospitalised, #injured


#AceWorldNews – MOSCOW – Nov.17 – Around 600 people have been evacuated from burning apartment buildings in the centre of Moscow following a series of gas explosions, Russia’s Emergencies Ministry has said Tass reported early morning. 

'The accident was caused by a jump in gas pressure '

‘The accident was caused by a jump in gas pressure ‘

The fires began due to jumps in the gas pressure, according to ministry spokesman Mikhail Gefenider.

The blazes were reported in several buildings at 6:57 p.m. in the Presnenskiy region of Moscow, located in the western part of the city centre.

“According to updated information the fire took place in the 13 buildings, affecting 18 separate apartments,” Gefenider said.

“The total area of the fire was 190 square meters. Fire-fighters rescued 12 people and seven people requested psychological assistance.”



#explosions, #firefighters, #gas


#AceBreakingNews – BEIJING – Nov.09 – President Vladimir Putin and Chinese leader Xi Jinping have signed a memorandum of understanding on the so-called “western” gas supplies route to China.



The agreement paves the way for a contract that would make China the biggest consumer of Russian gas.



Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese leader Xi Jinping will discuss new gas supply routes at their meeting in Beijing on Sunday, RIA Novosti reports.

In May, Russia’s Gazprom and China’s CNPC signed a 30-year contract for Russia to deliver 38 billion cubic meters of gas a year via the eastern route of the “Power of Siberia” pipeline.

There’s also a plan to supply China with 30 billion cubic meters of gas every year via a western route, of the “Altay” pipeline.

Speaking to journalists on the eve of his visit to China, Putin was optimistic that he would be able strike a deal on the western route with Beijing, saying that a lot of aspects of the supplies have already been agreed upon.

The deal on the western route NOW signed, China WILL replace Germany as Russia’s biggest gas customer.

All in all, 17 business and political agreements have been prepared for signing at the Beijing meeting between Putin and Xi.


#agreement, #china-russia-deal, #contract, #gas, #pipeline, #western-routes

` Poisoned Gas was Used an Attack in ` Central Province of Hama ' Injuring Scores of People '

#AceWorldNews – BEIRUT April 12 – (AP) – Syrian government media and rebel forces said Saturday that poison gas had been used in a central village, injuring scores of people, while blaming each other for the attack.

The main Western-backed opposition group, the Syrian National Coalition, said the poison gas attack Friday hurt dozens of people in the village of Kfar Zeita in the central province of Hama.

Syrian government has blamed the rebel forces of using poisonous gas in an attack on the village of Kfar Zeita in the central province of Hama on Friday.

RT – State-run Syrian television blamed members of the Al-Qaeda linked Nusra Front for using chlorine gas, killing two people and injuring more than 100.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that dozens were injured, while people suffered from suffocation and breathing problems as heavy smoke rose in the area after the attack.


#syrian, #al-nursa-front, #al-qaeda, #beirut, #gas, #hama, #syrian-national-coalition, #syrian-observatory-for-human-rights

#AceNewsServices says according to Fiona Maharg Bravo #Breaking…

#AceNewsServices says according to Fiona Maharg-Bravo – #Breaking Views
Will the shale boom ever reach Europe’s shores? It has had a remarkable impact in the U.S. Thanks to fracking, American chemicals and steel companies pay two-thirds less than European counterparts for natural gas, according to Eni, the Italian oil and gas firm. They pay half the cost for electricity. The International Energy Agency expects U.S. manufacturers’ share of global energy-intensive exports to grow slightly over the next two decades on the back of cheap energy, against a 10 percent decline in Europe. Thanks in part to the lower energy prices, the Boston Consulting Group reckons the U.S. will create up to 5 million factory and services jobs by 2020.

In theory, Europe could have cheaper energy too. It has vast quantities of shale gas, particularly under France and Poland. But there are problems. Europe’s shale layers are deeper, making it more expensive to extract than in the U.S. Difficulties have led Exxon, Talisman and Marathon Oil to throw in the towel in Poland.

There is also a lack of direct economic incentives. In the U.S., landowners share in the spoils because they own the subsoil. In Europe the profits usually flow to governments. This is no-hard-and-fast rule: fracking is banned in the state of New York and is thriving in Alberta where the subsoil is owned by the Canadian government. But social, political and environmental attitudes weigh more heavily in Europe.

It is more densely populated and that makes fracking more disruptive. Gas is released after blasting underground rock with explosives and pressurized water, sand and chemicals. That creates environmental concerns and understandable reticence by those who live near potential drill sites. In addition, water is hard to come by in certain parts, such as Spain. France has banned the practice.

It is too early to write off European shale gas reserves. U.S. exports of liquefied natural shale gas should also keep a lid on global gas prices, and that helps lower costs for Europeans. Old world economies can find competitive advantages in less energy-intensive industries. Gas is one of the less significant costs when it comes to hand-stitching a Christian Dior gown.

Cheaper energy would provide just the fillip Europe needs. Sadly, it is a pipe-dream.

The author is a Reuters Breaking Views columnist. The opinions expressed are her own.

#breaking-views, #fracking, #canadian-government, #fiona-maharg-bravo-shale-gas, #france, #gas, #poland, #reuters, #spain, #us

UK Citizens are Paying Some Politicians Energy Bills for Their Second Homes

According to the BBC News tonight some of our dedicated politicians who serve the public, are serving themselves, with charging tax-payers for their gas and electricity! What makes it worst is the charges are for their “SECOND HOMES” and while people who are elderly and fuel poor struggle!
This reminds me of the days of “Scrooge” treating people as second class citizens, disgraceful!

#acenewsservices, #alert, #bbc-news, #electricity, #fuel-poor, #gas