By Peter Kaznacheev
The energy industry is in need of new technological solutions that would allow it to adapt to lower crude prices, increase efficiency and maintain operational safety and environmental security. One of the areas of intense innovation is the use of artificial neural networks. This article provides a brief overview of the three main areas where artificial neural networks are applied in the oil and gas sector, namely: interpretation of geological data, automation in field management, and market research.
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By Richard Kent
The economic blockade of Qatar by its neighbouring Gulf states in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) on the 5 June, has caused rifts and uncertainty in global energy markets, and conveys a rebalancing of power and emergence of strategic foreign and energy policies within the wider MENA region. The blockade halted all land, air, and sea traffic, and GCC states have expelled all Qatari diplomats and citizens, causing a diplomatic crisis.
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Dr Frank Umbach, Research Director of EUCERS, on Trump’s declared withdrawal from the COP21 Paris Agreement and China’s rather ambivalent climate protection policies in RSIS-Commentary No. 118/2017, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies/Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore, 14 June 2017, 4 pp.
By Thomas Fröhlich
Brazil is the world leader in the use of biofuels in transport, and can look back at a successful history of introducing and expanding the use of ethanol in particular as an alternative transport fuel to substitute petroleum imports.
After the introduction of the government’s “Pró-Álcool” programme in 1975, Brazil was able to transform its light vehicle fleet to be almost completely ethanol-fuelled by the late 1980s, thereby substituting about 7bn barrels of petrol imports.
Due to high sugar prices, a phase-out of government support and the opening of the economy in the 1990s, Brazilians increasingly opted to buy foreign cars that we
re petrol-fuelled, resulting in a decrease of ethanol-fuelled cars and thereby ethanol consumption.
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