Monday, May 21, 2012

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Bahrain signs region's first major solar energy project

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he National Oil and Gas Authority (NOGA), the Bahrain Petroleum Company (BAPCO) and Caspian Energy Holdings inked an agreement for a five megawatt with distributed smart solar energy project that will bring solar and smart grid benefits to the BAPCO township of Awali, the University of Bahrain and other locations in Bahrain | Utility Products

China looks to sidestep solar tariffs 
Chinese solar panel manufacturers are making plans to source components from Taiwan in order to get around US anti-dumping tariffs of at least 31 per cent announced by the department of commerce last week | Financial Times

U.S.-China trade tensions worsen amid solar energy row 
BEIJING -- China's government on Friday rejected a U.S. anti-dumping ruling against its makers of solar power equipment, and Chinese manufacturers warned possible higher tariffs might hurt efforts to promote clean energy | Post Gazette

Miner alive after 17 days underground 
A coal miner was found alive Saturday after being underground for 17 days following a flood in a northeast China coal mine, authorities said | UPI

China gearing up for shale gas auction 
A second round of auctions for shale natural gas developers is a sign China is serious about developing the emerging sector, an adviser said | UPI

Sainsbury’s price war: petrol under 130p/litre 
A PETROL price war will finally erupt tonight as SAINSBURY’S makes the biggest cuts on the forecourt this year | The Sun

Spain’s Extremadura becoming a hotbed for alternative energy 
Solar energy is poised to take root in the western reaches of Spain, in a region called Extremadura. The region is considered a viable home for solar energy systems because of its constant exposure to high-intensity sunlight. SAG Solarstrom, a German solar energy company, is planning to work with local developers in the region to build a new solar power plant worth $571 million. If successful, the solar power plant could bring serious benefits to Spain’s economy | Hydrogen Fuel News

Oil thieves held in military dawn raid in Bayelsa 
The Joint Task Force (JTF) in the Niger Delta, code-named Operation Pulo Shield, at the weekend, smashed an oil theft syndicate using the riverside Otuogori community in Ogbia local government area of Bayelsa State as depot for the transportation of illegally refined petroleum products to other parts of the country | SweetCrude

Nigeria: Makurdi thrown into darkness as windstorm destroys PHCN facilities 
No fewer than 30 Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN’s) electricity poles were destroyed by windstorm in Makurdi, Benue State capital, on Friday night | SweetCrude

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