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Technical Review Middle East 4 2014

Technical Review Middle East 4 2014
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The question being asked by the region’s football fans is – “Will it be possible to take a train from major cities - such as Kuwait City, Riyadh or Abu Dhabi - to see the World Cup in Qatar in 2022?  The Gulf Coast Countries (GCC) planned regional rail network linking all six countries is due for completion in   2018 but,  according to  Srinath Manda, Programme  Manager  Transportation & Logistics Practice, Middle East, North Africa and South Asia,  of Frost and Sullivan, the project is still in the design stage for the overall route linking Kuwait to Muscat . Each individual GCC member is currently planning or scheduling the execution of their individual    country railway networks, which will form part of the GCC-wide rail network. Two member states   - Saudi Arabia and UAE – have  started  construction  but  the  Gulf Railway Authority ,essential for the establishment of uniform standards and specifications such as track gauge ,  signalling systems and power source  necessary  for  seamless cross- border traffic of freight and people,  is not yet operational. 

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The question being asked by the region’s football fans is – “Will it be possible to take a train from major cities - such as Kuwait City, Riyadh or Abu Dhabi - to see the World Cup in Qatar in 2022?  The Gulf Coast Countries (GCC) planned regional rail network linking all six countries is due for completion in   2018 but,  according to  Srinath Manda, Programme  Manager  Transportation & Logistics Practice, Middle East, North Africa and South Asia,  of Frost and Sullivan, the project is still in the design stage for the overall route linking Kuwait to Muscat . Each individual GCC member is currently planning or scheduling the execution of their individual    country railway networks, which will form part of the GCC-wide rail network. Two member states   - Saudi Arabia and UAE – have  started  construction  but  the  Gulf Railway Authority ,essential for the establishment of uniform standards and specifications such as track gauge ,  signalling systems and power source  necessary  for  seamless cross- border traffic of freight and people,  is not yet operational. 

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OXFORDPROSPECT - QUANTUM GLOBAL ODYSSEY TO BRING QUANTUM-CLASS CRUISING TO WORLD’S TOP COSMOPOLITAN CITIES

OXFORDPROSPECT - QUANTUM GLOBAL ODYSSEY TO BRING QUANTUM-CLASS CRUISING TO WORLD’S TOP COSMOPOLITAN CITIES | Nicholas Newman | Scoop.it
World Travellers will not need to trek out to New York City to catch Quantum of the Seas, the most anticipated cruise ship to-date. The ship will come to them. Royal Caribbean International has announced the details of the Quantum Global Odyssey, a 57-night epic journey, departing May 2, 2015, from the New York-metropolitan area to its new home in Shanghai (Baoshan), China.
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The Challenges of European Energy Infrastructure Finance | CORNERSTONE MAG

The Challenges of European Energy Infrastructure Finance | CORNERSTONE MAG | Nicholas Newman | Scoop.it

Energy infrastructure construction is expected to “take off” and undergo rapid growth in coming years. The world’s demand for global energy infrastructure investments is projected to reach some €421.14 billion in each year to 2030, of which 60% will be spent on electricity. Power generation as a whole will account for 46% and the remainder will be spread between transmission and distribution, according to the International Energy Agency.1 Despite the European aspiration to decarbonize the power sector, coal-based power generation is increasing with some 1200 coal-fired power plants planned to be built in 59 countries.

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There are many drivers of power infrastructure investment in Europe, chief of which is the commitment to decarbonize the electricity sector by 2030, although this objective is being undermined by the “dash for coal” which is widely available and whose price in relation to gas has crashed. Equally important is the state of the EU’s energy infrastructure which is aging and is unable to match future demand for energy, ensure security and diversity of energy supply, or support large-scale deployment of energy from renewables such as wind and solar. It is this factor that makes upgrading of the existing network and the development of new, intelligent, energy transmission imperative.  In Europe, with its aging power generation and distribution infrastructure, power utilities will need to spend an estimated €1 trillion by 2020 on new infrastructure to secure and maintain power supplies. Out of this total sum €750 billion is needed for power generation alone, €90 billion for transmission lines, and at least €150 billion to expand gas supplies and build new pipelines.2http://cornerstonemag.net/the-challenges-of-european-energy-infrastructure-finance/

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OXFORDPROSPECT - Richard Barnes Chiropodist

OXFORDPROSPECT - Richard Barnes Chiropodist | Nicholas Newman | Scoop.it
Oxford chiropodist registered with the Institute of Chiropodist and Podiatrists.
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Bring me your feet! is it not time that you checked your feet out. Richard Barns   knowexactly how to take care of your feet. Give your feet a well deserved MOT by calling Richard Barnes chiropodist.

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The Oil Traders’ Word(S): Oil Trading Jargon

The Oil Traders’ Word(S): Oil Trading Jargon | Nicholas Newman | Scoop.it
Stefan van Woenzel, book is designed as a communication aid to allow people involved in the global oil trading world including oil traders, operators, contract personnel, claims departments, contro...
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OXFORDPROSPECT - Medicare

OXFORDPROSPECT - Medicare | Nicholas Newman | Scoop.it
Przychodnia Medicare Reading - Polscy Lekarze, profesjonalna, nowoczesna obsługa medyczna oraz nowoczesna aparatura diagnostyczna w Reading! http://www.oxfordprospect.co.uk/Medicare.html
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OXFORDPROSPECT - CATALAN INDEPENDENCE

OXFORDPROSPECT - CATALAN INDEPENDENCE | Nicholas Newman | Scoop.it
A new star may appear shortly - not in the heavens, but on the flag of the European Union. It denotes the self-proclaimed nation of Catalonia, which is starting to talk seriously of seceding from Spain and declaring itself independent.
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Osaka News - Japanese government takes less than a week to row back on nuclear pledge

Osaka News - Japanese government takes less than a week to row back on nuclear pledge | Nicholas Newman | Scoop.it
Japanese government takes less than a week to row back on nuclear pledge
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OXFORDPROSPECT - Has CSS got a future in the UK?

OXFORDPROSPECT - Has CSS got a future in the UK? | Nicholas Newman | Scoop.it
Given the current slowness in the progress of development of new nuclear and renewable capacity in replacing Britain’s planned closure of coal[i] and oil power stations, gas power, is likely to continue to play a vital and important role in meeting...
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OXFORDPROSPECT - FRENCH AND BELGIAN PARALYMPIC ATHLETES BID ADIEU TO LONDON 2012

OXFORDPROSPECT - FRENCH AND BELGIAN PARALYMPIC ATHLETES BID ADIEU TO LONDON 2012 | Nicholas Newman | Scoop.it
The French and Belgian Paralympic teams enjoyed one last celebration yesterday as they departed from London by Eurostar, the Official International Rail Service Provider for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
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OXFORDPROSPECT - MONEY TO BURN? LORDS TO INVESTIGATE EU ENERGY DECARBONISATION AND ECONOMIC GROWTH

OXFORDPROSPECT - MONEY TO BURN? LORDS TO INVESTIGATE EU ENERGY DECARBONISATION AND ECONOMIC GROWTH | Nicholas Newman | Scoop.it
How can the push for green energy be made consistent with pulling the EU (and the UK) out of the current economic mire?
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Energy Consultant

Energy  Consultant | Nicholas Newman | Scoop.it
I am an Oxford based energy consultant that provides timely data, rigorous analysis and sound strategic advice on global oil and gas, coal, shale gas, LNG and liquid fuels.I specialise in energy market analysis and strategy for energy companies, energy...
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African Review September 2014

African Review September 2014
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“There is much scepticism, amongst the South African public, of the existence of huge supplies of natural gas,” observed Simon Ashby Rudd, Global Head of Oil & Gas Investment Banking’ at Standard Bank, in a telephone interview on 4th May 2014. “Since the 1940s, geologists have been looking for significant oil and gas reserves both, on and off- shore, with little luck. However, news of success in neighbouring countries like Angola, Namibia and Mozambique has changed all that”.  http://issuu.com/alaincharles/docs/atr_sep_2014_final/18

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freelance journalist

freelance journalist | Nicholas Newman | Scoop.it
A look at the various energy related technologies used in the global energy industry today.
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Enhancing Offshore Rig Communications

Offshore communication companies are looking at a whole variety of solutions including subsea cables, wireless and satellite to meet the ever-growing data needs of energy companies. Unfortunately, for many users on offshore rigs and vessels, the experience of using the internet connections or the phone does not compare to the lightning speed connections experienced most onshore business users experience every day.

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Enhancing Offshore Rig Communications

Offshore communication companies are looking at a whole variety of solutions including subsea cables, wireless and satellite to meet the ever-growing data needs of energy companies. Unfortunately, for many users on offshore rigs and vessels, the experience of using the internet connections or the phone does not compare to the lightning speed connections experienced most onshore business users experience every day.

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The New Shale Countries - PennEnergy Research

The New Shale Countries - PennEnergy Research | Nicholas Newman | Scoop.it

The shale gas and oil revolution has transformed North America’s energy mix, revitalizing its energy-intensive industries, reducing imports of oil, and offering the prospect of natural gas exports both to Europe and the lucrative markets of the Far East. Currently, North America and Canada are the only major producers of commercially viable natural gas and oil from shale formations. The US shale revolution has resulted from a mix of technological, regulatory, environmental and market factors - that have ultimately allowed firms to produce shale gas profitably. Knowledge of the geology and composition of shale formations outside North America is sparse, requiring extensive study and widespread well-drilling. Furthermore, it is not clear how much of the identified shale resource is economically recoverable. The desire to emulate North America’s shale experience stems from three “must haves”. This report looks at a “Baker’s dozen” of the most promising shale gas prospective countries, which could be significant in the next decade.


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nicnewmanoxford.com

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To provide a gateway for investors and decision makers to comprehend the often complex issues that...

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Nicholas Newman (EUjournalist) on Twitter

Nicholas Newman (EUjournalist) on Twitter | Nicholas Newman | Scoop.it
The latest from Nicholas Newman (@EUjournalist). Nicholas is an energy journalist and consultant with deep expertise and experience of investment, risk management, geopolitics and trading. 44(0)7580469514.
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OXFORDPROSPECT - Theodore von Neuhoff, King of Corsica: The Man Behind the Legend.

OXFORDPROSPECT - Theodore von Neuhoff, King of Corsica: The Man Behind the Legend. | Nicholas Newman | Scoop.it
This exciting biography traces the unlikely career of the German baron who in 1736 had himself proclaimed and crowned King of Corsica.http://www.oxfordprospect.co.uk/Theodore-von-Neuhoff,-King-of-Corsica-The-Man-Behind-the-Legend.html
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OXFORDPROSPECT - Home

OXFORDPROSPECT - Home | Nicholas Newman | Scoop.it
Oxford Prospect is a current affairs, lifestyle, art, culture, fashion, sport, entertainment, technology, geopolitics, policy and business news magazine based in Oxford.The Oxford region is famous for its universities, research, advanced technology...
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OXFORDPROSPECT - Thame Rotary Club calling on all Swimmers

OXFORDPROSPECT - Thame Rotary Club calling on all Swimmers | Nicholas Newman | Scoop.it
The preparations for the first edition of the Rotary Thame Swimathon are under way. Inspired by the London Olympic and Paralympic Games - the event will take place at the Thame Leisure Centre on Sunday 7 October 2012 between 10 am and 1 pm.
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Power Engineering International September 2012

Power Engineering International September 2012 | Nicholas Newman | Scoop.it

Is Japan ready for its energy revolution? Read about its latest attempts to reform its power sector.

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OXFORDPROSPECT - Mobile Polish Film Festival Sets Out to Conquer the UK

OXFORDPROSPECT - Mobile Polish Film Festival Sets Out to Conquer the UK | Nicholas Newman | Scoop.it

This autumn, Polish films are going to win hearts of cinema-goers in the United Kingdom for the second time.

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OXFORDPROSPECT - Opera Anywhere presents The Mikado by Gilbert & Sullivan

OXFORDPROSPECT - Opera Anywhere presents The Mikado by Gilbert & Sullivan | Nicholas Newman | Scoop.it
Last Sunday afternoon, Opera Anywhere brought its 2012 production of Gilbert and Sullivan comic opera to Oxford. Despite the unusual summer heat, and the small team of players, the performance was excellent.
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freelance journalist news - Responsible Energy Leadership Workshops Launched

freelance journalist news - Responsible Energy Leadership Workshops Launched | Nicholas Newman | Scoop.it
Responsible Energy Leadership Workshops Launched 12 July 2012 It is clear many of the problems that the global energy industry faces today are a failure to provide effective and responsible energy leadership.
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