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03/30/2006 | What’s Going On |

ITALGAS PRIZES IN TURIN

British researcher James Barber is the winner, in the “Scienza e Ambiente” section, of the prize of the XVIII edition of the Premio Italgas consigned in a ceremony in Turin. Barber works at the Imperial College of London, and will receive an 80,000 euros to finance his studies on the mechanisms that ...


03/30/2006 | What’s Going On |

GAZPROM AND ITALY, THE “THREE-E” GAME

As announced (see SN n. 12, 2006, p. 1), Eni Ceo Paolo Scaroni and a Gazprom delegation led by chairman Alexey Miller and director general Aleksander Medvedev met in Milan on Friday, a meeting preceded and followed however by meetings with Edison Ceo Umberto Quadrino and Enel Ceo Fulvio Conti: that was the real news of the day. The press releases ...


03/30/2006 | What’s Going On |

ASSOCARBONI WANTS NEW ENERGY PLAN

“In Italy regasifying facilities are welcome to reduce the rigidity of imports which now come exclusively by pipeline, but we should not kid ourselves that greater flexibility in supplies will lead to a reduction in prices. We are convinced that only a true diversification in the direction of coal, ...


03/23/2006 | What’s Going On |

CONSTANTA-TRIESTE PIPELINE SIGNATURE POSTPONED

Industry minister Claudio Scajola was not able to be in Trieste, as had been scheduled, with his colleagues from Romania, Serbia, Croatia, and Slovenia to sign the agreement concerning the pan-European pipeline planned to link the Black Sea port of Constanta with Trieste. The signing has been postpo ...


03/23/2006 | What’s Going On |

ENI, SABOTAGE ON NIGERIAN PIPELINE

The Tebidaba–Brass pipeline used by the Nigerian Agip Oil Company, Eni's Nigerian affiliate, was sabotaged the night of 17-18 March near the Brass terminal in the Niger delta. Eni reports that production was interrupted immediately and that the point on the pipeline damaged was located. The 24-inch ...


03/23/2006 | What’s Going On |

QUADRINO (EDISON) IN EDF GAS COMMITTEE

In strengthening its top management, Edf has created a gas committee which will be headed by Edison Ceo Umberto Quadrino. The Foro Buonaparte announcement explained that the new committee will evaluate the French company's Exploration & Production projects, development of new infrastructure, interna ...


03/23/2006 | What’s Going On |

ENERGY IN ITALY: THE IMPORTANCE OF FOREIGNERS

The headline of a first page article in Il Sole-24 Ore stated that 30% of the Italian market is in the hands of foreigners. But the story itself specifies that the figure refers to the electricity business alone. The journalist, Jacopo Gilibert, gives a detailed account of foreign, especially French ...


03/23/2006 | What’s Going On |

INDUSTRY MINISTRY'S FIRST ACCOUNT OF ENERGY IN 2005

National oil production is increasing, as are exports, while gas production, solid fuels, and renewables are down. In the preliminary Italian energy sector report for 2005, net of pumping, published by the Industry Ministry, what stands out is the national crude production figure (+11.8%), compared ...


03/16/2006 | What’s Going On |

ISTAT, ENERGY PRODUCTION +9.3% IN JANUARY

The national statistics institute Istat reports that in January industrial production was up 4.1% over January 2005, a figure that falls to 1% taking into consideration the extra working day this year, and removing seasonal elements the result is down 0.3% from the December figure. For the energy fi ...


03/16/2006 | What’s Going On |

ITALCEMENTI'S ANTIPOLLUTING CEMENT

Italcementi, with Cnr, Arpa, and Centro ricerche Ispra, has tested a new product called TX Active, a photo-catalytic principle contained in cement, paint, and plaster able to lower air pollution, especially nitrogen oxide, from 20 to 70%. TX Active's photo-catalysis in light stimulates a chemical re ...


03/09/2006 | What’s Going On |

PROTECTED ZONES OUTSIDE TERRITORIAL WATERS

The Gazzetta Ufficiale of March 3 has published law Feb. 8, 2006 n° 61 which authorizes creation of zones of ecological protection beyond territorial waters in line with the UN convention concerning sea rights of Montego Bay in 1982. The zones begin at the external limit of Italian territorial water ...


February

02/23/2006 | What’s Going On |

CLEAN COAL, ITALY-UK WORKSHOP IN LONDON

On Feb. 2-3 in London there was a workshop on “Clean coal technologies and carbon capture and storage” organized by the Italian embassy there with the UK Energy Research Centre, the Imperial College of London, and the UK Carbon Capture and Storage Consortium, with the support of the Industry Ministr ...


02/23/2006 | What’s Going On |

ENERGY AUTHORITIES OF SOUTHEAST EUROPE MEET

Representatives of energy regulatory authorities from the Balkan area and the main bordering countries met in Milan at the Energy Authority headquarters to update their work programs. The meeting was coordinated by Alessandro Ortis and Micheal Caramanis, chairmen respectively of the Italian and Gree ...


02/16/2006 | What’s Going On |

MARRAZZO (LAZIO) TAKES SIDE OF “NO COKE” PROPONENTS

Coal at Torre Valdaliga has become a national issue. “Coal” was thrown on the fire on Feb. 10 when the president of the region of Lazio, Piero Marrazzo, signed an order blocking work offshore in preparation for the conversion to coal of the Torre Valdaliga Nord power plant. His decision came after t ...


02/09/2006 | What’s Going On |

AGIP, FIRST SALES OF ADBLUE® IN ASSAGO OVEST (MI)

On Feb. 3, the Agip service station in Assago Ovest near Milan began to sell AdBlue®, a 32.5% solution of urea in water used to lower emissions from heavy vehicles of the latest generation (Euro 4 and Euro 5). The characteristics and advantages of the new product and plans for its distribution on th ...




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