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Real-time oil leak tracking with PAH sensor from Norwegian Geotechnical Institute can precisely measure hydrocarbons in water around oil wells

Real-time oil leak tracking with PAH sensor from Norwegian Geotechnical Institute can precisely measure hydrocarbons in water around oil wells

Globally, there are 496 offshore oil and gas rigs in operation.[1] The big oil spill is an obvious environmental disaster, and a response is usually immediate. Smaller and ongoing leaks, however, are difficult to detect, due to the dilution effect of the surrounding water. The cumulative impact of smaller, but undetected leaks, could be enormous. For… Continue Reading

Natural Resource GDP increased 0.4%, led by Energy subsector at 0.7% — Statscan

Natural Resource GDP increased 0.4%, led by Energy subsector at 0.7% — Statscan

Real natural resource gross domestic product (GDP), or the volume of economic activity attributable to natural resources, increased by 0.4% in the first quarter after edging up 0.2% in the fourth quarter. In comparison, GDP for the total economy grew 0.9%. Energy, the largest subsector, was the main contributor to the growth for the quarter (+0.7%). The mineral… Continue Reading

New oil extraction methods such as swept acoustic wave promise to increase yield

New oil extraction methods such as swept acoustic wave promise to increase yield

Typically, companies only manage to extract a third of the oil from a given field using current technologies. A promising new extraction method, developed by veteran Russian engineer Alex Barak and his engineer associates, at Galex Energy Corporation, could dramatically improve yield — although not without some environmental risks. They are working on various methods, but… Continue Reading

$26 Trillion needed over 13 years to power infrastructure for world’s fastest growing economies

$26 Trillion needed over 13 years to power infrastructure for world’s fastest growing economies

Putting aside issues such as carbon footprint, food, economic fundamentals, infrastructure development and cost is the biggest issue facing the fast-growing economies in Asia. These areas need at least $1.7 trillion in investment every year until 2030 — just to support current levels of growth — according to Asia Development Bank.     That breaks… Continue Reading

Financial risks associated with emissions limits for Canada for oil and gas industries

Financial risks associated with emissions limits for Canada for oil and gas industries

According to a study by Carbon Tracker, Canadian oil and gas companies face financial risks associated with emissions limits outlined in the Paris Agreement. The goal of the Paris Agreement is to limit global warming to two degrees by monitor and limiting greenhouse gas emissions worldwide. While many companies are making great strides toward meeting… Continue Reading

Three Out of Four Energy Companies Hit by Cyber-Attacks in the Last Year

Three Out of Four Energy Companies Hit by Cyber-Attacks in the Last Year

Global hacking attempts have become increasingly more prevalent over the past few years. Governments, companies, and individuals alike have been victims of these attacks. Hackers targeting governments and political figures often intend to leak classified information, expose corruption, or even attack a candidate in order to see their side win. Hackers who target large corporations… Continue Reading

Ontario invests $488,250 to create new jobs in Subdbury and expand research in mining.

Ontario invests $488,250 to create new jobs in Subdbury and expand research in mining.

Ontario is supporting the development of new, innovative mining technologies and helping to create new jobs for residents in the Sudbury area by expanding a state-of-the-art research mine. “NORCAT continues to work to help develop innovative mining technologies. Our support for the Underground Centre in Onaping is improving on a unique facility that supports companies… Continue Reading

Engineers among highest paid Canada; Alberta averages highest; quarrying, mining, oil and extraction dominate wages

Engineers among highest paid Canada; Alberta averages highest; quarrying, mining, oil and extraction dominate wages

Natural and applied sciences engineers are among the highest paid full time hourly wage earners according to he 2016 Statistics Canada Job Vacancy and Wage Survey. Only Management edged out engineers. Also, significant, the highest hourly wages in Canada were found in Alberta. Six out of the nation’s top ten regions for wages were in… Continue Reading

Avalon Advanced Materials creates jobs to make lithium ion batteries from Kenora-area mine

Avalon Advanced Materials creates jobs to make lithium ion batteries from Kenora-area mine

The Ontario Governement is diversifying the Northern economy and helping create good new jobs for people in the North by supporting innovation at a mining company near Kenora. “Our government recognizes that supporting mining innovation is vital to the growth of our Northern economy,” said Bill Mauro, Ontario Minister of Northern Development and Mines “Today’s investment in… Continue Reading

Swimming Robot to Examine Damage from Japan’s Nuclear Reactor

Swimming Robot to Examine Damage from Japan’s Nuclear Reactor

Toshiba, a Japanese industrial group unveiled a swimming robot designed to probe damage from meltdowns that occurred at the Fukushima Daiichi. Extreme levels of radiation and significant structural damage made it difficult to probe damage to the reactors, and the agency hopes that the robot will be able to change that. It will send the probe… Continue Reading

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