The Situation Room: Preparing for Paris

The Situation Room: Preparing for Paris

by | published November 11th, 2019

I’ve been back stateside with just enough time for my jet lag to settle down in time for me to head across the Atlantic once again.

This time, I’ll be in the City of Love: Paris.

And this trip to Paris is taking on a new heightened importance, a snippet of which you’ll read about down below.

Before I leave, though, there are other matters that require my attention.

So, read on to find out what they are…

1. Meetings in Paris

First off, I am preparing for a major new development in my meetings beginning in Paris next week.

In addition to sessions with colleagues at the International Energy Agency (IEA) and at European energy finance houses, I will be meeting with representatives of Petrovietnam (PVN), the state-held Vietnamese oil and gas producer on strategies to offset Chinese actions in the South China Sea.

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2. The “Holy Grail” of Energy

Next, I’ll be looking into new developments in energy storage technology.

Longtime readers if Oil & Energy Investor will know that energy storage technology is what I’ve called in the past the “Holy Grail” of energy. And for good reason.

Moving toward renewable energy means we’ll need to have more reliable means of storing energy generated. An advance in energy storage would be a breakthrough of massive proportions for the power sector, regardless of the source used.

New developments could be a game changer.



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  1. Robert Justiss
    November 11th, 2019 at 22:16 | #1

    In the context of IMO 2020 I recall the time 55 years ago working in in a southern power station we had to switch from natural gas to that messy “bunker C” fuel oil during a Cold snap since the public had priority over commercial use.
    With a forecast of a cold winter it may compound the issue not withstanding an oversupply of natural gas this time.

  2. Rafael Guastavino
    November 12th, 2019 at 12:25 | #2

    Is there anything at all being done to harden communications and spy satellites for the next “Carrington Event”? Something akin to a Faraday shield. The last one occured in the mid-nineteenth century just before the American Civil War.

    Sincerely, R.

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