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PostPosted: Mar 23, 2015 12:24 pm 
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Cyril R wrote:
This amount is rather shocking. 3000 billion tonnes, MINIMUM. Crazy!

This stuff is everywhere.

Any ideas on cost, though? Offshore is typically a synonym for expensive. I guess making liquid fuels such as ethanol in situ makes sense since the value is so much higher than coal. But it means a pretty substantial plant. Shell's gas-to-liquids plant in Qatar costs an arm and a leg, and that's onshore, in a useless desert with cheap labor and no one nearby to produce delays and cost overruns of the legal types.


A useless desert, but the labor is certainly not cheap; in most cases they're paying an arm-and-leg for ExPat labor, or at least ExPat supervisors. It's specialized work, they can't just bring in indentured laborers.


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PostPosted: Mar 23, 2015 1:36 pm 
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Speaking of the UK,

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/ ... -next-year

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One of Europe’s most polluting power stations, Longannet in Fife, is to close early after it failed to win a valuable electricity supply [voltage support] contract from National Grid.


So not all bad news from Europe - this seems to be a coal to gas switch.


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PostPosted: Mar 23, 2015 1:59 pm 
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Russian coal to Russian gas is bad.
Now it takes six days to run out of fuel, not six months.


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