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A new energy tech start-up has won the support of two of the world’s largest hydrocarbon players with plans to turn coal waste into the world’s cheapest fossil fuel. Arq Fuels has struck a deal with Vitol, the world’s largest oil trader, and Fortune 500 coal mining giant Peabody to develop a fuel which could slash costs within the global shipping industry. At the same time, Vitol and Peabody have invested $10m (£7.6m) each as part of a $50m fund raise which values the Arq business at $500m. Julian McIntyre, the founder and chief executive of Arq, said the coalition of industry players could help develop the cheapest hydrocarbon in the world. The technology uses the wasted coal scraps which are too small to process and transport, to create a super-fine micro dust which is far higher in energy density than traditional coal stones. The technology uses the wasted coal scraps which are too small to process and transport Credit: George Frey/Bloomberg The 99pc pure hydrocarbon powder could be used to create nuggets or pellets with 50pc more energy than coal, and lower carbon emissions. However, in Arq’s first major tie-up, the powder will be used to top-up the bunker fuel used in the shipping industry to lower the overall cost as well as the sulphur dioxide emissions. “Think of it like orange juice concentrate,” said Mr McIntyre, “This concentrate is a tenth of the cost, so you could add just enough to your original juice to lower the overall cost without changing the taste for your customers,” he said. Mr McIntyre said the process could create barrels of oil which cost less than $10 a barrel, compared to a prevailing market rate of around $70 per barrel, which would place the company within the top ten most economic oil producers in the world. The low cost of the fuel should ensure a place in the market, even as the world shifts towards cleaner sources of energy. “If the market shrinks it’s the lowest cost producers that will survive,” he said. The global shipping industry will be the first to benefit from ultra low cost Arq fuel blends In addition, the technology will help to “clean up the vast ponds of waste” from the coal industry, which Mr McIntyre said is the equivalent of “throwing away around 10pc of the world’s oil”. Arq will work on Peabody mining sites across globe to source coal waste, while Vitol will have exclusive rights to market the fuel. Charles Meintjes, of Peabody, said the deal is “a rare opportunity to add value to our product, reduce our environmental footprint and expand the market for our product at the same time". Mike Muller of Vitol, adeed: “Arq fuels will be pure hydrocarbons – combining them with fuel or potentially with crude provides the opportunity for refiners and fuel customers alike to diversify into a new and cost-effective source of supply, whilst the production of Arq fuels also has a beneficial environmental impact.”
As American as apple pie—it’s a phrase that suggests a gingham tablecloth, a plate full of warm pastry cooling in an open window, a grandmotherly type bustling in a tidy kitchen. It’s the invocation of an idealized past. As we barrel toward the Fourth of July this year, let’s set the apple aside for a…
The OPEC oil countries have agreed to increase their production by almost 1 million barrels a day. Questions remain, however, over the ability of some OPEC nations to increase production as they struggle with domestic turmoil and sanctions. Oil prices rose after OPEC's announcement, which analysts cited as evidence that investors believe the actual increase in production will be smaller.
NEW YORK (AP) — Oil prices and energy companies rallied Friday after OPEC said it will produce more oil, but not as much as investors feared. While trade tensions remained in the headlines, U.S. stocks finished slightly higher at the end of a bumpy week.
The US trade war with the world is well underway. In retaliation for Washington’s levy of duties on aluminum and steel from the European Union, the 28-country trading bloc has now imposed a plethora of tariffs on hundreds of US goods. Here is a look at all 340 products affected, divided into two lengthy lists.…
Comex gold futures for August delivery were down 0.02% to $1,270.30 a troy ounce as of 4:41 AM ET (8:41 GMT). Tensions between the U.S. and its allies continue, as India joined China and the European Union in retaliation against steel and aluminum tariffs. Meanwhile the European Union imposed tariffs on about $3.4 billion of U.S. imports on Friday, including motorcycles, orange juice and cranberry sauce.
Investing.com – Gold prices recovered from a 6-month low on Friday as the dollar slipped after hitting a 11-month peak earlier in the day.
Gold prices remained at six-month lows on Thursday, as trade tensions between the U.S. and China resurfaced. Comex gold futures for August delivery were down 0.46% to $1,268.60 a troy ounce as of 10:57 AM ET (14:57 GMT). Tensions between the U.S. and China continue, as the two largest economies in the world faced a tit-for-tat over trade tariffs.
Essentially, falling Treasury yields will be supportive for gold, while rising yields will be bearish for the precious metal. Additionally, the trend is down and not likely to change unless there is totally unexpected news that forces Treasury yields lower like a major flight to safety rally.
When the US confirmed that it would be slapping the European Union, Mexico, and Canada with tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, many saw the move as the action of a volatile president, stubbornly ignoring warnings from economists and industry experts. However, Donald Trump’s decision is actually just a revival of a routine strategy that…
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on trade tensions involving the United States, the European Union, Mexico and Canada (all times local):
The Canadian tariffs are set to go into effect on July 1 and stay in place until the United States lifts its own measures, Freeland said, hours after the United States said it would impose tariffs on aluminum and steel imports from Canada, Mexico and the European Union. "The American administration has made a decision today that we deplore, and obviously is going to lead to retaliatory measures, as it must," Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said at a news conference in Ottawa with Freeland.
Investing.com – Gold prices were pinned to the psychologically important $1,300 level as gains on the back of a weaker dollar were offset somewhat by easing safe-haven demand as Italian political turmoil subsided.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's administration is planning to impose tariffs on European steel and aluminum imports after failing to win concessions from the European Union, a move that could provoke retaliatory tariffs and inflame trans-Atlantic trade tensions.
PARIS (AP) — Europe is bracing for the United States to slap restrictions Thursday on imported steel and aluminum, a move that could provoke retaliatory tariffs and inflame trade tensions.
Breakfast in America doesn’t look like it used to. Among other big changes in the American diet, consumption of breakfast cereal, orange juice, and dairy milk are all the decline, thanks to on-the-go options like breakfast bars and the Greek yogurt explosion. But there’s one morning staple that hasn’t just held its ground, but has…
Food trends will always be a thing. Sometimes they are dictated by economic circumstance or ethical considerations, and sometimes they are shaped by emerging nutrition science that redefine how we think about what we eat. In this shapeshifting market, we can track with per capita consumption and sales data just what’s happening to our three…
It’s crunch time for trade relations between the United States and Europe. May 1, International Labor Day, is going to be busy for the European Commission in Brussels, as the US’s tariffs exemption on EU steel and aluminum is set to expire at midnight eastern time in the US. In March, US president Donald Trump…
If you’re taking vitamin D and calcium supplements to maintain strong bones and prevent fractures, it might be for naught. A report released this month by a US government-appointed panel of doctors who have been analyzing research on taking those supplements—alone or together—baldly states: “The evidence does not support a finding of fewer fractures with…
Escalating U.S-China trade tensions mean risk aversion is likely to remain the name of the game across financial markets, as investors seek to avoid riskier assets. Yesterday, in a move that rattled global confidence, China announced plans to apply tariffs to 106 U.S.-produced goods, ranging from aircraft to orange juice.
On this day in 1998, the US Food and Drug Administration approved a chemical compound called sildenafil citrate for use as a prescription drug for erectile dysfunction, which, at the time, wasn’t even a recognized medical condition. The researchers who discovered Viagra weren’t even looking for it. Sildenafil, the drug’s active ingredient, was originally developed…
President Donald Trump's approach to steel overcapacity is wrong, the EU's trade chief said Friday.
Although Donald Trump appears to relish the possibility of a global trade war, the rest of the world isn’t so keen. Following Trump’s recent suggestion that the US will impose tariffs on imported steel aluminum, both the European Union and Canada have announced, reluctantly but forcefully, that they will retaliate by slapping tariffs on certain…