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27 декабря 2017, 16:00

Международный коммерческий суд

Недавно на Buzzfeed опубликовано расследование, посвященное ISDS – международному суду, которым пользуются крупные коммерческие предприятия, чтобы давить на целые государства. 18 месяцев журналистской работы помогли раскрыть механизм действия хитроумной системы, с помощью которой корпорации избегают ответственности за преступления, а также вынуждают страны менять собственные законы и выплачивать колоссальные денежные компенсации. Аббревиатура ISDS расшифровывается как «investor-state […]

27 ноября 2017, 16:53

Foreign Stock Roundup: BP Buys Cairn Energy Stake, Honda to Recall 900K Minivans

Investors across the world should brace for a volatile end to the month of November.

25 ноября 2017, 20:01

There Is Just One Thing Preventing Elon Musk's Vision From Coming True: The Laws Of Physics

When Elon Musk stepped on stage at Tesla’s product-launch event earlier this month, he knew the market’s confidence in Tesla’s brand had sunk to an all-time low since he took over the company a decade ago. So, he resorted to a tactic that should be familiar to anybody who has been following the company: Shock and awe. While the event was ostensibly scheduled to introduce Tesla’s new semi-truck – a model that won’t make it’s market debut for another two years, assuming Tesla sticks to its product-rollout deadline – Musk had a surprise in store: A new model of the Tesla Roadster that, he bragged, would be the fastest production car ever sold. Musk made similarly lofty claims about the battery life and performance of both vehicles. The Tesla semi-trucks, he said, would be able to travel for 500 miles on a single charge. The roadster could clock a staggering 620 – more than double the closest challenger. There was just one problem, as Tesla fans would later find out, courtesy of Bloomberg: None of it was true. In fact, many of the promises defy the capabilities of modern battery technology. Elon Musk knows how to make promises. Even by his own standards, the promises made last week while introducing two new Tesla vehicles—the heavy-duty Semi Truck and the speedy Roadster—are monuments of envelope pushing.   To deliver, according to close observers of battery technology, Tesla would have to far exceed what is currently thought possible.   Take the Tesla Semi: Musk vowed it would haul an unprecedented 80,000 pounds for 500 miles on a single charge, then recharge 400 miles of range in 30 minutes. That would require, based on Bloomberg estimates, a charging system that's 10 times more powerful than one of the fastest battery-charging networks on the road today—Tesla’s own Superchargers.   The diminutive Tesla Roadster is promised to be the quickest production car ever built. But that achievement would mean squeezing into its tiny frame a battery twice as powerful as the largest battery currently available in an electric car.   These claims are so far beyond current industry standards for electric vehicles that they would require either advances in battery technology or a new understanding of how batteries are put to use, said Sam Jaffe, battery analyst for Cairn Energy Research in Boulder, Colorado. In some cases, experts suspect Tesla might be banking on technological improvements between now and the time when new vehicles are actually ready for delivery.   “I don't think they're lying,” Jaffe said. “I just think they left something out of the public reveal that would have explained how these numbers work." While Jaffe seems inclined to give Tesla the benefit of the doubt, there’s little, if anything, in Musk’s recent behavior to justify this level of credulity. In recent months, Musk has repeatedly suffered the humiliation of seeing his lies and half-truths exposed. For example, the self-styled “visionary” claimed during the unveiling of the Model 3 Sedan that he would have 1,500 copies of the new model ready for customers by the end of the third quarter. Instead, the company managed a meager 260 models as factory-line workers at its Fremont, Calif. factory struggled to assemble the vehicles by hand as the Model 3 assembly line hadn’t been completed. Increasingly agitated customers who placed deposits with Tesla back in March 2016 have begun asking for refunds, only to be chagrined by the company’s sluggish response. While nobody in the mainstream press has (somewhat bafflingly) made the connection, Tesla revealed earlier this month that it burned an unprecedented $1.4 billion of cash during the third quarter - or roughly $16 million per day - despite Elon Musk's assurance that Tesla had its "all-time best quarter" for Model S and X deliveries. And let’s not forget the fiasco surrounding Tesla’s autopilot software. Musk has repeatedly exaggerated its performance claims. And customers who paid more than $8,000 for a software upgrade more than a year ago have been repeatedly disappointed by delays and sub-par performance. Musk’s exaggerations about the Tesla Roadster were particularly egregious. Tesla claims that its new $200,000 Roadster is the quickest production car ever made, clocking zero to 60 in 1.9 seconds. Even crazier is the car’s unprecedented battery range: some 620 miles on a single charge. That's a longer range than any battery-powered vehicle on the road—almost twice as long as Tesla's class-leading Model S and Model X.   To achieve such power and range, Musk said the tiny Roadster will need to pack a massive 200-kilowatt-hour battery. That’s twice the size of any battery Tesla currently has on the road. Musk has previously said he won't be making the packs bigger on the Model S and Model X because of space constraints. So how can he double the pack size in the smaller Roadster?   BNEF’s Morsy has a twofold answer. First, he expects Tesla will probably double-stack battery packs, one on top of the other, beneath the Roadster's floor. That creates some engineering problems for the battery-management system, but those should not be insurmountable. Still, Morsy said, the batteries required would be too large to fit in such a small frame.   “I really don’t think the car you saw last week had the full 200 kilowatt hours in it,” Morsy said. “I don’t think it’s physically possible to do that right now." Is it possible that, thanks to incremental improvements in battery density and cost, Musk somehow manages to hit these lofty targets? Perhaps, though, as Bloomberg points out, the fact that Musk is basing these claims on a set of projections that haven’t yet been realized is hardly confidence inspiring. To be sure, there’s an important caveat to Musk’s claims. While they may be staggeringly exaggerated, there’s still the possibility that incremental improvements in battery technology will make these targets more feasible by the time the models hit the market. Again, Musk may be banking on the future. While Tesla began taking deposits on the Roadster immediately—$50,000 for the base model—the first vehicles won't be delivered until 2020. Meanwhile, battery density has been improving at a rate of 7.5 percent a year, meaning that by the time production starts, packs will be smaller and more powerful, even without a major breakthrough in battery chemistry.   “The trend in battery density is, I think, central to any claim Tesla made about both the Roadster and the Semi,” Morsy said. “That’s totally fair. The assumptions on a pack in 2020 shouldn’t be the same ones you use today." However, in its analysis of the feasibility of Musk’s claims, Bloomberg overlooked one crucial detail: Back in August, the company's veteran director of battery technology, Kurt Kelty, unexpectedly resigned to "explore new opportunities," abruptly ending a tenure with the company that stretched for more than a decade, and comes at a critical time for Elon Musk. Kelty’s resignation – part of an exodus of high-level executives that is alarming in and of itself - hardly inspires confidence in Tesla’s ability to innovate. We’ve noticed a trend with Tesla: The more the company underdelivers, the more Musk overpromises. In our opinion, this is not a sustainable business strategy.   

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21 ноября 2017, 17:15

BP to Acquire Cairn Energy's Oil Assets Offshore Senegal

BP is reportedly planning to acquire a stake in Cairn Energy's oil assets for about $600 million.

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23 октября 2017, 22:16

Former HSBC banker found guilty of fraud in the US

US prosecutors said British citizen Mark Johnson defrauded Cairn Energy in a $3.5bn currency deal.

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11 июля 2017, 19:21

Cairn-led group makes oil discovery offshore Senegal

The Cairn Energy PLC-led group has made an oil discovery with the FAN South-1 exploration well drilled in deep water offshore Senegal.

27 июня 2017, 00:25

Largest Coal Consuming Countries Increase Appetite In First 5 Months Of 2017

Coal mining in the United States, India, and China – the world’s three biggest coal consumers – has increased in 2017, reversing a downward trend in the use of carbon-heavy fossil fuel in recent years, according to the Associated Press. Coal production through May is up by 6 percent, or 121 million tons for the trio year-over-year. The most dramatic change came in the United States, which saw a 19 percent rise in mining over the first five months of 2017, figures from the U.S. Department of Energy show. President Donald Trump…

26 июня 2017, 19:20

London’s Fund Managers Soften Opposition To Saudi Aramco IPO

London’s top fund managers have thrown in the towel on their fight to stop Saudi Arabia’s state oil giant Aramco from listing shares on the London exchange, accepting that the “political will” to lure what is expected to be the biggest IPO in history is too strong to oppose, The Sunday Times reported. Aramco, which Saudi officials claim is worth US$2 trillion, aims to list 5 percent of the company on one or more international stock markets next year. In April, UK Prime Minister Theresa May traveled to Saudi Arabia together…

26 июня 2017, 19:20

Exxon Talks With Emir Of ‘Isolated’ Qatar

The emir of Qatar, the tiny gas-rich Gulf state now isolated by its Arab neighbors, met with ExxonMobil’s chairman and chief executive Darren Woods in Doha on Saturday to talk bilateral cooperation relations, Reuters reports, citing Qatar’s state news agency QNA. At the beginning of June, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Egypt, Yemen, and Libya cut diplomatic ties with Qatar, accusing it of sponsoring terrorism and destabilizing the region. Last week, Saudi Arabia and its several other Arab allies issued a list…

26 июня 2017, 18:31

World’s 2nd Largest Gas Importer Set To Receive First US LNG In July

Korea Gas Corporation (KOGAS) is expected to receive its first cargo of U.S.-sourced LNG under a long-term supply contract with U.S. exporter Cheniere Energy, the U.S. company said on Sunday. KOGAS’ 20-year deal commenced officially on June 1, and the first cargo was loaded the following day, Cheniere said. The SM Eagle LNG tanker is en route from Sabine Pass to South Korea’s Tongyeong, with an estimated time of arrival of June 30. Under the terms of the 20-year Sales and Purchase Agreement (SPA) that was signed in 2012, Cheniere…

23 июня 2017, 23:37

Global Energy Advisory June 23rd 2017

Mexico awarded 10 of the 15 oil and gas offshore blocks it tendered this week, with the results of the tender exceeding expectations amid increasingly weak oil prices. Winners included Italy’s Eni, Shell, Total, Spanish Repsol, Lukoil, and Ecopetrol, as well as local major Pemex. The Italian oil and gas giant was the biggest winner, securing licenses for the development of three blocks, two of them in partnership with a Mexican independent, Citla Energy, and one together with a unit of Cairn Energy. Colombia’s Ecopetrol won the licenses…

20 июня 2017, 11:30

Mexico Round 2: 10 Blocks Awarded

Ten of the 15 blocks on offer in Mexico's Round 2 licensing round of Gulf of Mexico shallow water acreage were awarded June 19. Strong competitive bid interest was registered, with two or more bids received on areas 6, 7, and 9-11, with offers there consequently high. However consultancy Wood Mackenzie...

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19 июня 2017, 16:59

India steps up fight in Cairn Energy tax dispute

Officials demand $350m while UK group says it is claiming $1bn from New Delhi

19 мая 2017, 20:58

Cairn-led group drills appraisal well in SNE field offshore Senegal

A combine led by Cairn Energy Ltd. has completed drilling of an appraisal well in SNE oil field offshore Senegal. The group recording strong flow rates in the SNE-6 well from the upper reservoirs.

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28 апреля 2017, 00:22

Cairn unit to operate block off Ireland

Capricorn Oil Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Cairn Energy PLC, has become operator of Licensing Option 16/19 offshore Ireland after acquiring a 70% interest from Europa Oil & Gas (Holdings) PLC.

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26 апреля 2017, 19:46

Cairn-led group to drill wildcat offshore Senegal

A group led by Cairn Energy PLC working offshore Senegal will spud a wildcat in the deepwater Basin Fan play in the coming weeks.

04 апреля 2017, 17:44

Transneft Ready To Send 24M Tons Of Crude To Belarus

Russia’s pipeline giant Transneft has enough capacity to export 24 million tons of crude oil to Belarus this year, a company official told Reuters today, after yesterday Moscow and Minsk announced that they had settled their dispute concerning shipments of natural gas and overdue payments that had sparked tensions between the otherwise friendly neighbors. Minsk agreed to gradually pay the outstanding $726 million Moscow said it owed Gazprom—an agreement that was seen as good enough by the Russian side. In return, Russia would resume…

04 апреля 2017, 00:18

Tesla Shares Reach All-Time High As Production Records Set

Tesla shares reached an all-time high topping $292 each on Monday, after the release of a report showing a 69 percent increase in electric car deliveries compared to a year ago, according to ZeroHedge. The jump set a quarterly record of 25,418 vehicle deliveries, which goes a long way towards recovering from shipment delays in 2016 Q4. Model S Sedans represented 13,450 of the Tesla orders fulfilled, while the Model X sports utility vehicle represented 11,550. The company said it expects ship as many as 50,000 Model S and Model X’s in the…

31 марта 2017, 01:44

CNOOC Takes On Australian Partner For African Exploration

China’s CNOOC has struck a partnership deal with smaller Australian exploration company FAR for joint operations off the coasts of Senegal and Gambia, where the Australian company already has a presence. In Senegal, FAR is working with larger players including Woodside Petroleum and Cairn Energy, and in Gambia, it just acquired an 80-percent interest in several offshore blocks. The company’s managing director commented that the CNOOC deal will give FAR the means to continue with its acquisition drive in West Africa. For CNOOC, the deal…