An Ideal Way to Go About Managing & Growing Technical Talent – Part 2

In our last issue, we discussed the background of talent management, and left you with the question: “How do companies successfully organize the talent management process for stakeholder employees to concentrate on those improvements when they are so busy with their projects and maintaining operations?” Companies should work with their employees to relate human capital plans to improving work practices, standards, and reliability.

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This Week in Energy: How Would LNG Get to Ukraine?

With all the talk about using US natural gas exports as a weapon to fight Russian aggression in Ukraine, what no one’s asking is how this liquefied natural gas (LNG) would get to Ukraine (or Europe in general) in the first place. The answer is Turkey—if Turkey is willing to play ball. The potential for LNG exports to Europe without a deal between Turkey and Ukraine for the transport of LNG through the Bosphorus will fall flat.

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Russia Aggression Paves Way for Ukrainian Energy Coup: Interview with Yuri Boyk

As Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula is lost to Russia, with a referendum on the peninsula’s independence planned for Sunday and the specter of a Russian military advance on eastern Ukraine looming large, we are witnessing a crisis of international proportions. The key to this crisis is energy. Russia’s aggressive move on the Crimea may in fact be the international catalyst Ukraine needs to pave its own energy independence--with a little help from its friends.

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Exxon Eyes Production at 10 New Projects

Supergiant oil company ExxonMobil Corp. says it plans to simultaneously cut spending and launch production at a record 10 major projects this year, adding 300,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day of net capacity to its portfolio. ExxonMobil’s capital spending will decline to $39.8 billion this year from a peak of $42.5 billion in 2013, with capital expenditures expected to average less than $37 billion per year from 2015 to 2017, excluding potential acquisitions.

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America's Oil And Gas Billionaires

No one has made a greater fortune from the North American Oil and Gas Boom than Harold Hamm. The founder and CEO of Continental Resources is responsible for cracking the code of the Bakken — the vast formation of oil-bearing rock that sits beneath much of North Dakota and Montana. With his 72% ownership stake in publicly traded Continental, Hamm is now worth $11.3 billion, making him the 90th richest person on the planet, according to Forbes newly released annual ranking of the world’s billionaires.

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Russia Plays Ukraine Gas Card—Again

Russia appears to be backing down slightly over Ukraine, with President Vladimir Putin saying that military force would be a last resort amid the threat of US sanctions, but Moscow is expectedly playing the gas card—again. Speaking in a live televised address on RT News, Putin said Russia would employ military force in Ukraine as a last resort, but still reserved the right to use all options in Ukraine to protect from the threat of “terror”.

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An Ideal Way to Go About Managing & Growing Technical Talent – Part 1

Everyone knows it’s all about people in companies.  Of course, it’s people who make the decisions and put in the work to produce all of the products and carry out all of the services that other people want.  So, it’s no wonder that companies try to better manage their talented employees whether they be engineers, salespeople, executives, or any other productive workers.

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DOT Issues Emergency Order for Crude Oil Rail Transport

The U.S. Department of Transportation issued an emergency order on February 25 to address the safety of transporting crude oil by rail. According to the order, all shippers moving crude from the Bakken must test their product to ensure it is properly classified before transit. The order came in response to the series of crude oil train derailments, some of which led to explosions and injuries.

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DOE Awarding $3 Million To Support Geothermal Energy Systems With Capability Of Extracting Rare Earth Elements

The US Department of Energy is offering up to $3 million dollars in research and development funding to groups that will help grow low-to-moderate-temperature geothermal resources while working out economic means of extracting rare earth elements from the geothermal brines generated by the power systems. While geothermal energy systems are a quite attractive choice for a

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Israel, Jordan Sign Gas Deal While Kurdish Oil Battle Lives On

This week in energy we feel compelled to head to the Middle East, where we have seen movement on Israeli gas—another boon for US-based Noble Energy Inc.—and the hydrocarbons showdown between the Iraqi central government and the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), two issues we have covered extensively during the past two years.The big news is that Israel and Jordan have signed a deal that will see Israel supply Jordan with $500 million in gas from the Tamar natural gas field in the Mediterranean, which started producing in March last…

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Exxon Starts Production at New Malaysia Gas Field

ExxonMobil’s subsidiary in Malaysia has begun natural gas production at the offshore Damar field, preparing Malaysia to boost its current status as the world’s third-largest exporter of liquefied natural gas (LNG). ExxonMobil Exploration and Production Malaysia has announced the startup of natural gas production from Damar field, which lies in 55 m of water about 200 km offshore eastern peninsular Malaysia.The filed has a projected capacity of 200 million cubic feet of natural gas per day.

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Obama Energy Official: Nuclear Plants Essential To Our Carbon Reduction Goals

Did President Obama just finally come out as pro-nuke?

I’m not referring to the President’s State of the Union Address last month. In that speech, the President made no mention of how nuclear energy production actually fits into what he called his Administration’s “all of the above” clean energy policy. Nor did he mention how protecting the health of America’s existing nuclear power fleet is critical to the realization of our nation’s greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals. In fact, as many nuke industry chiefs will tell you, he’s been mostly mum about the industry for years.

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Heating Bills Reach Record for New Yorkers

Cold weather continues to plague U.S. consumers with high costs for heating. The Northeast in particular has been hit hard. Metropolitan New York is now paying record prices for natural gas and heating oil. For the week ending January 31, East Cost stockpiles of distillates, which include heating oil and diesel, dropped to their lowest levels since 1990, according to new EIA data.Many residential consumers in the Northeast still use heating oil to keep their homes warm in the winter.

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Hiring Managers Tell Us: The Candidate I Still Remember

When you’re applying to and interviewing for jobs, you know you need to stand out to a hiring manager—to make an impression that won’t just be good, it’ll be memorable.

But how, exactly, do you do that?

To find out, we asked a few of our hiring manager friends about the candidate they still remember: the person who, above all the people they’ve interviewed for all the positions they’ve filled, still stands out in their minds as going above and beyond in the application or interview process.

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