Monday, September 17, 2012


  1. Slugcatcher is having a go,subscription anyone?

    Slugcatcher on the great Browse gas protestor paradox

    Monday, 17 September 2012

    LET’S get this straight. As far as Slugcatcher can see, protestors do not want the Browse gas project to go ahead. They do not want shale gas produced, and they do not want coal seam gas exploration in New South Wales – but they also want cheaper power prices.

  2. Malaysia makes LNG hub play

    Monday, 17 September 2012

    MALAYSIA is gearing up to become a major LNG gas hub.


    MOSCOW, Sept. 17 (UPI) -- Russian energy company Gazprom announced plans to invest more than $14 billion on projects in the Sakhalin region of the Far East.

    More than 85 percent of deliveries of LNG from Gazprom were to Asia-Pacific countries in 2011. Gazprom delegates met with Japanese officials during the summer to discuss natural gas deliveries.

    Japan imports all of its natural gas demands as LNG. Gazprom has focused more intently on Asian economies as European partners take steps to break the Russian grip on the regional energy sector.


    This year, it has unexpectedly plunged a further 500,000 sq km to less than 3.5 million sq km.

    ‘‘I have been predicting [the collapse of sea ice in summer months] for many years. The main cause is simply global warming: as the climate has warmed there has been less ice growth during the winter and more ice melt during the summer.

    ‘‘At first this didn’t [get] noticed; the summer ice limits slowly shrank back, at a rate which suggested that the ice would last another 50 years or so. But in the end the summer melt overtook the winter growth such that the entire ice sheet melts or breaks up during the summer months.

    ‘‘This collapse, I predicted would occur in 2015-16 at which time the summer Arctic (August to September) would become ice-free. The final collapse towards that state is now happening and will probably be complete by those dates’’.

    ....As the sea ice retreats in summer the ocean warms up (to 7C in 2011) and this warms the seabed too. The continental shelves of the Arctic are composed of offshore permafrost, frozen sediment left over from the last ice age.

    As the water warms the permafrost melts and releases huge quantities of trapped methane, a very powerful greenhouse gas so this will give a big boost to global warming.’’