McDonald’s in the Netherlands will Fuel You & Your Car

McDonald’s Corporation (MCD) is the leading global foodservice retailer with nearly 37,000 locations in over 100 countries. The Corporation operates and franchises McDonald’s restaurants in the US and across the globe with over 90% of its restaurants owned and operated by local, independent businessmen and women.

Starting before the end of the year, McDonald’s customers in the Netherlands will be able to charge their electric cars while getting food to fuel themselves. McDonald’s and Nuon, a subsidiary of Vattenall a European utility company, have created a deal to institute two charging stations at each of the fast food chain’s 168 locations.

Despite the popularity of the electric car in the Netherlands, there is still only a small amount of public quick-charging stations. The electricity for the charging stations will be provided from Dutch wind turbines.

Google has also be joined the wind power trend, with its recently signed deal to buy 190 MW of energy from three Finnish wind power plants. The energy will be used to supply its data center in the Nordic region. Google has purchased nearly 900 MW of renewable capacity across Europe to meet its electricity demand.

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McDonald’s, Google strike wind power deals in Europe

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — McDonald’s customers in the Netherlands will soon be able to buy fast food for their electric cars as well as themselves…

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ExxonMobil Plans Petchem Plant and LNG Investment in China

ExxonMobil announced that it recently signed a preliminary deal to build a petrochemical complex and invest in a liquefied natural gas terminal in China. The deal with the southern Guangdong provincial, which is worth billions of dollars, includes a 1.2 million-tonne-per-year ethylene plant, two polyethylene production lines, and two polypropylene lines in the city of Huizhou.

The company has also agreed to take part in a provincial project of building a liquefied natural gas terminal in the coastal Huizhou and to also supply the liquefied natural gas for the terminal. China is granting greater access to its massive chemical markets for both global majors and local independents. Exxon would be one of just a few international oil majors to invest in the liquefied natural gas in China.

Exxon’s agreement follows the German chemical giant BASF’s $10 billion investment to build the first wholly foreign-owned chemicals complex in China. BASF’s complex will also be built in Guangdong and will produce 1 million tonnes a year of ethylene through a steam cracker.

Exxon’s deal with China could be seen as a goodwill gesture by the country during a heightening trade war between the US and China.

The local government of Guangdong province and Huizhou, along with Guangdong Yuedian Group, the state power company signed the preliminary deal.

After a joint study signed late last year, the petrochemical deal did not come as a surprise, but the liquefied national gas was not expected and it marks the second investment in China’s gas infrastructure by an international oil company.

Saul Kavonic, director for Asia Pacific markets and head of energy research at Credit Suisse in Australia stated, “It marks a salient step for Exxon in their pursuit of becoming an LNG portfolio player.”

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ExxonMobil latest foreign major to invest in petchem plant, LNG terminal in China

ExxonMobil Corp said on Thursday it has signed a preliminary deal to build a petrochemical complex and invest in a liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal in China, the latest major foreign investment in the world’s top chemicals market. The agreement worth billions of dollars with the southern Guangdong..

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Caterpillar Is First Multinational Company To “Act” Successfully On Mexican Electricity Industry Law

Dow 30 Component Caterpillar, Inc. (CAT) is the world’s chief manufacturer of diesel and natural gas engines, construction and mining equipment, industrial gas turbines, and diesel-electric locomotives. Caterpillar, Inc. also works to make sustainable progress possible and contributes to driving positive change on every continent.

Caterpillar, Inc. has recently become the first multinational company to produce and consume its own energy in northern Mexico under the new Mexican Electricity Industry Law. During the last three years, the Caterpillar facilities in Monterrey and Torreon have been generating their own electricity, each with a 14.75 MW generation capacity. The purpose of the facilities is to use low-cost and best-quality electricity specifically during peak periods. The Caterpillar Mexico Energy Center in Monterrey is now able to provide the Santa Catarina Campus with 100% of the electricity it needs during top hours. In the time of five minutes, the Caterpillar Mexico Energy Center is able to create enough electricity for a single house for a month.

Luis A. Cantu, Advanced Components Manufacturing (ACM) Mexico energy operations project manager stated, “Without a doubt, this is an important achievement for the company as both projects reinforce Caterpillar’s commitment to sustainability through reduction of polluting emissions into the atmosphere. I’m proud of the collaboration between our multiple facility teams and how they have made it possible to achieve and maintain this sustainable advantage.”

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DOE Invests $64 Million Towards Nuclear Technology Advancement

$64 million will be given in awards for an advanced nuclear energy technology to DOE national laboratories, industry, and 39 U.S. universities in 29 states from the U.S. Department of Energy. The DOE’s Office of Nuclear Energy has selected a total of 89 projects for funding of nuclear energy research, facility access, and crosscutting technology and infrastructure development.

The Nuclear Energy University Program, the Nuclear Energy Enabling Technologies, and the Nuclear Science User Facilities program are the three DOE programs that the awards are spread between.

NUEP was awarded $47 million to help support 63 U.S. university-led research projects. Another $5 million was awarded to NEUP to back 18 university-led projects for the research reactor and infrastructure improvements that are meant to provide integral safety, performance, and educational upgrades to some of the nation’s university research reactors.

NEET was awarded $5 million for 5 research and development projects that will be led by the DOE national laboratories, industry, and universities. The research will be conducted over crosscutting nuclear energy challenges.

Under NSUF, the DOE selected on industry and two university-led projects that will receive $6.6 million for research, facility access costs and expertise for investigation of important nuclear fuel and material applications.

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Intel Works Towards Water Recycling With Construction of Oregon Plant

Intel Corporation (INTC) seeks to expand the boundaries of technology to provide the most amazing experience possible while designing, manufacturing, and selling integrated digital technology globally.

Intel’s largest water recycling plant, located in Hillsboro, Oregon, is under construction. The goal of this three-year construction project will be to help meet Intel’s long-term water reduction and recycling goals. With the reconstruction, the company will be able to reduce its water use in its computer chip manufacturing, as well as recycle nearly 1 billion gallons of water each year. For perspective, that is equivalent to 90,000 Olympic-sized swimming pools. Upon completion, the plant will stand as the largest water recycling facility in the world.

The reconstruction project comes as part of Intel’s worldwide goal to return 100% of its water to communities and watersheds by the year 2025.

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Caterpillar Contributes to Utah’s Cleaner Mountain Air

Caterpillar, Inc. (CAT) is the world’s chief manufacturer of diesel and natural gas engines, construction and mining equipment, industrial gas turbines, and diesel-electric locomotives. Caterpillar, Inc. works to make sustainable progress possible and contributes to driving positive change on every continent.

A 76-year-old power plant in The City of Provo, Utah was recently replaced with a new one that is powered by five Cat G3520H natural gas generators. This new power plant, which is significantly cleaner that its former, will provide peak power to six municipalities in the Utah Valley Area.

Reducing emissions put off by power plants helps to make the air cleaner for over a million Utah Residents. The slopes and valleys of mountains tend to create a bowl effect and trap pollutants near the valley floor of mountains which can lead to increased coughing and asthma attacks among residents

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Chevron Resumes Drilling in Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI)

Chevron recently confirmed that it has resumed drilling in the Kurdistan region of Iraq (KRI). Drilling had been originally suspended in October 2017 post an independence referendum that ignited issues between Baghdad & the semi-autonomous area’s government.

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Chevron restarts drilling in Kurdistan region of Iraq (Feb 19)

U.S. oil company Chevron Corp on Monday said it had resumed drilling operations in the Kurdistan region of Iraq (KRI). “Chevron can confirm that it has resumed its activities in the KRI and we have restarted drilling operations at our Sarta 3 well,” Chevron spokeswoman Sally Jones said..

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Chevron Turns Within & Appoints New Chairman & CEO Michael K Wirth

San Ramon, California based Chevron Corporation is one of the world’s leading integrated energy companies. Through its subsidiaries that conduct business worldwide, the company is involved in virtually every facet of the energy industry. Chevron explores for, produces and transports crude oil and natural gas; refines, markets and distributes transportation fuels and lubricants; manufactures and sells petrochemicals and additives; generates power; and develops and deploys technologies that enhance business value in every aspect of the company’s operations.

This week Chevron Corporation (NYSE: CVX) announced that its Board of Directors elected within their ranks Michael K. Wirth chairman of the board and chief executive officer, effective February 1, 2018. Wirth, who is currently vice chairman of the board and executive vice president of Midstream and Development, succeeds John S. Watson, who will retire from the company and its board on February 1, 2018, after 37 years of distinguished service, including eight years as chairman and CEO.

Currently, Wirth is vice chairman of the board for Chevron, a position he has held since February 2017. He is also executive vice president of Midstream and Development for Chevron Corporation, a position he assumed in 2016. He is responsible for supply and trading, shipping, pipeline and power operating units. He also oversees corporate strategy, business development, and policy, government and public affairs.

Previously Wirth was executive vice president of Downstream & Chemicals. Prior to that he served as president of Global Supply and Trading from 2003 to 2006, leading Chevron’s worldwide supply and trading operations as well as its aviation and marine businesses.

In 2001, Wirth was named president of Marketing for Chevron’s Asia/Middle East/Africa business, based in Singapore. He also served on the board of directors for Caltex Australia Limited and GS Caltex Corporation in South Korea.

Wirth joined Chevron in 1982 as a design engineer. He earned a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Colorado in 1982.

Wirth stated, “I appreciate the confidence that John and the board have placed in me. Chevron has a proud 138-year history of developing the energy that improves lives and powers the world forward. I am honored to have been selected to carry on that tradition. Under John’s leadership, we’ve developed legacy assets in Kazakhstan, Australia and the Permian Basin that will underpin our portfolio for decades to come. John will also be remembered for his plain-spoken and principled views on company business and energy policy matters.”

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Michael K. Wirth Named Chairman and CEO of Chevron

Chevron Corporation today announced that its Board of Directors elected Michael K. Wirth chairman of the board and chief executive officer, effective February 1, 2018. Wirth, who is currently vice chairman of the board and executive vice president of Midstream and Development, succeeds John S…

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Energy Titan Chevron (CVX) Needing A New Leader?

Chevron Corp. (CVX), the energy titan, is reported to be seeking new leadership as Chief Executive John Watson is looking to retire. Looking internally, their leading candidate is reported to be Michael Wirth who is a refining specialist at Chevron.

Chevron CEO John Watson plans to retire soon

Chevron Corp. Chief Executive John Watson is planning to step down as the energy giant seeks new leadership for a changing oil world, according to people familiar with the matter…

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