Los Angeles Moves A Step Closer to Approving Huge Solar with Battery Storage Installation

LCG, September 12, 2019--The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a plan on September 10 to install a 300-MW/1,200-MWh battery energy storage system (BESS) located at 8minute Solar Energy's (8mSE) Eland Solar and Storage Center.

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FERC Accepts LNG Permit Application from Commonwealth

LCG, September 4, 2019--Commonwealth Projects, LLC yesterday announced that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has formally accepted Commonwealth LNG, LLC's filing application to construct one liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant at the mouth of the Gulf of Mexico near Cameron, Louisiana. The company stated that it is on schedule to commence operations in the first quarter of 2024.

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Saudi Arabia May Reopen Gas Resources

LCG, June 25, 2002-Meetings with Royal Dutch/Shell and Exxon Mobil representatives and Crown Prince Abdullah point to new agreements in natural gas development.

According to the New York Times, Saudi Arabian Ministers will determine certain parts of the potential $25 billion, 20-year agreement within the next two weeks.

The companies and Saudi Arabian government began negotiations a year ago, but sdisagreements over shared revenue and plans to run water, power, and desalinization plants kept anything concrete from emerging.

The situation may been further complicated by the Saudi Arabian public's relationship to the United States, although Saudi officials reject assertions that the delay has anything to do with U.S. Middle East policy.

One major point of discrepancy is in the percent of revenue from downstream projects. The companies want 15 to 20 percent, which is usual when a risk is taken in gas exploration, but the Saudis contend that, since the utility projects do not involve such risk, the revenue should be closer to 8 or 9 percent. If the agreement ends up with a 10 to 12 percent revenue, the Saudis may allow bidding.

The two projects included, lead by Exxon Mobil, are a $15 billion South Ghawar project with Shell, BP, and Phillips, and a $5 billion Red Sea Coat project involving Occidental and Marathon.

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