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News Article | April 17, 2017
Site: www.marketwired.com

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - April 12, 2017) - Worldwide Marijuana Inc. (CSE:WWM)(CSE:WWM.CN) the "Company" or "Worldwide") is pleased to announce the appointment of a new management team to spearhead the recapitalization and reorganization of the Company. Incoming directors and officer appointments effective April 10, 2017 are as follows: Mr. Robert Marsh, former President and CEO of the Company, has resigned his executive appointments but will remain as a director to provide guidance and continuity to the new management team. The directors of the Company are therefore Rob van Santen, Annie Storey, and Bob Marsh. The immediate objective is to bring the Company's required filings up to date under National Instrument 51-102 of the Canadian Securities Administrators, which includes the audited annual financial statements with accompanying MD&A and Officer Certificates as at and for the years ended October 31, 2015 and 2016. After completion of these filings, the Company will re-apply to meet all the initial listing requirements of the Canadian Securities Exchange by way of a new Listing Application as a Life Sciences Issuer. Mr. van Santen has over 30 years of investment industry and financing experience, providing financial and intellectual capital to both private business and the public markets. He began his career in 1986 as an Investment Advisor with Burns Fry (now BMO Nesbitt Burns), was recognized as "Broker of the Year" in 1994, and left the industry as a Senior VP to establish family-controlled venture capital, merchant, and investment banking operations. Mr. van Santen is currently Managing Director of Agilis Capital Corp., CIO at Westland Capital Advisors S.A., and Chairman and CEO of Valens GroWorks Corp., a publicly-traded cannabis-focused company integrating an end-to-end global "plants to premium products" bioscience platform. Rob holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree in organizational behavior from Concordia University, Chartered Accountant, Chartered Professional Accountant, and Chartered Market Technician's designations, as well as certifications that include the Canadian Securities Institute's CSC (Honours), CPC (Honours), PDO and the OLC. Ms. Storey brings over 25 years of diverse financial reporting and management experience, including seventeen years in public practice in the areas of audit, accounting, and quality control with national (MNP) and international (KPMG) financial consulting and advisory firms. As a public company audit partner, she navigated complex regulatory environments to meet cross-border reporting requirements. Ms. Storey holds Chartered Accountant and Chartered Professional Accountant designations, has held teaching positions with the BCIT and the CA School of Business, and CFO and director positions with several publicly traded companies. Ms. Storey earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Simon Fraser University with majors in finance and international business, and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of B.C.'s Practice Review & Licensing Committee, the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants' Practitioners' Technical Advisory Committee, and regularly participates on boards of non-profit organizations. "I welcome this opportunity to join Bob and Annie on the Board, and to apply corporate reorganization experience and connections to assist in the resurrection of Worldwide Marijuana. The rapidly growing medical-marijuana industry offers considerable opportunities for consolidation, with specific knowhow and solid operational experience in short supply." said Rob van Santen, incoming CEO. "With the talent and operational experience available within my growing network, our objective is to bring together a team that can capitalize on the myriad of timely opportunities the end of prohibition offers." On behalf of the Board of Directors, This press release contains forward-looking information based on current expectations. Statements about the Company's expectations are all forward-looking information. These statements should not be read as guarantees of future performance or results. Such statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from those implied by such statements. Worldwide Marijuana assumes no responsibility to update or revise forward-looking information to reflect new events or circumstances unless required by law. Neither the CSE nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the Canadian Securities Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release. We seek safe harbor.


Dublin, April 24, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "Global Italian Hard Cheese 2017" report to their offering. This is a report on the Italian Hard Cheese markets in the West and East Europe, Middle East and North Africa, Africa, Asia, Central Asia and Caucasus, Latin and North American regions. The report includes Italian EU PDO types but also locally produced Italian cheese types that have adopted traditional PDO designations but are produced outside the EU, e.g. in Argentina, Canada, US or Australia to name several markets. The report does not include regional or local varieties that may be adopted for similar consumption pattern usages, e.g. kefalotiri or kashkaval in the Balkans or Rumi cheese in Egypt. The report includes: - Information on supply and usage in 130 markets across the regions - Consumption volume (tonnes) and total market value ($/ million), 2011-2016 - Manufacturer supply (2016 only) - Volume Channel distribution split into retail, food service and industrial applications 2016 only - Local production versus imports at country and regional level for 2016 only Italian Hard Cheese is segmented into five categories: - Parmesan - Gran Padano - Asiago - Pecorino (includes romano in USA/Canada or Sardo in Argentina) - Other Italian Hard cheese Product sectors include Italian Hard Cheese segmented into wheel, grated, portion and others. The year series is 2011-2016, with forecasts to 2022. For more information about this report visit http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/qpr74j/global_italian


Dr. Robert Burke Announces UltraSlim Cold Light Body Contouring is Now Available at the Michigan Center for Cosmetic Surgery Ultra Slim cold light body contouring now available at the Michigan Center for Cosmetic Surgery in Ann Arbor. This is the only FDA approved system for immediate reduction of fat without prescription medication, diet, or exercise. In FDA preapproval trials all patients benefited. Ann Arbor, MI, April 24, 2017 --( He also states that, “Ultra Slim cold light body contouring upends the present model for the nonsurgical treatment of unwanted fat resistant to diet and exercise since patients are comfortable during and after treatment, can immediately resume normal activities, and can see measurable results. With other technologies they usually have a period of recovery and a delay of up to 12 weeks before they can see any result.” “The advantage of this includes customization for patients based on their needs as determined by which body areas need to be targeted for treatment.” The Michigan Center for Cosmetic Surgery, directed by Robert H. Burke, MD,FACS is committed to the expansion and success of this noninvasive and minimally invasive division, providing solutions for those seeking ambulatory cosmetic surgery options. Previous additions to this division have included Bellafill for the long term correction of acne scars and facial volume loss (v lift), the Silhouette instalift (nonsurgical alternative to the facelift), and threadlifting with Miracu and PDO threads. Dr. Burke, is a Clinical Professor of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and a Clinical Professor of Facial Plastic Surgery at Michigan State University and well as an Adjunct Clinical Professor of Maxillofacial Surgery at the University of Michigan. He is principal investigator in FDA breast implant studies for both Mentor and Allergan Corporations, and in laser research, including tattoo removal lasers with Astanza corporation. He is also on the clinical advisory board of Suneva corporation. www.RobertBurke.com info@robertburke.com www.annarborcosmeticsurgery.com 1-800-487-4840 1-734-971-0262 Ann Arbor, MI, April 24, 2017 --( PR.com )-- Dr. Robert Burke, director of the Michigan center for Cosmetic Surgery announces the addition of Ultra Slim cold light body contouring. Noting cosmetic medicine and surgery trends in which men and women seek ambulatory solutions to common cosmetic concerns, a decision was made to add this innovative solution to fat accumulation in unwanted body areas. This FDA approved cold light body contouring process is the only FDA approved system for immediate fat reduction without prescription medications, diet, or exercise. “This fits directly into the mission of our division of minimally invasive and noninvasive cosmetic surgery, the first such division created in the United States associated with an accredited surgical center,” says Dr. Burke.He also states that, “Ultra Slim cold light body contouring upends the present model for the nonsurgical treatment of unwanted fat resistant to diet and exercise since patients are comfortable during and after treatment, can immediately resume normal activities, and can see measurable results. With other technologies they usually have a period of recovery and a delay of up to 12 weeks before they can see any result.”“The advantage of this includes customization for patients based on their needs as determined by which body areas need to be targeted for treatment.”The Michigan Center for Cosmetic Surgery, directed by Robert H. Burke, MD,FACS is committed to the expansion and success of this noninvasive and minimally invasive division, providing solutions for those seeking ambulatory cosmetic surgery options. Previous additions to this division have included Bellafill for the long term correction of acne scars and facial volume loss (v lift), the Silhouette instalift (nonsurgical alternative to the facelift), and threadlifting with Miracu and PDO threads.Dr. Burke, is a Clinical Professor of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and a Clinical Professor of Facial Plastic Surgery at Michigan State University and well as an Adjunct Clinical Professor of Maxillofacial Surgery at the University of Michigan. He is principal investigator in FDA breast implant studies for both Mentor and Allergan Corporations, and in laser research, including tattoo removal lasers with Astanza corporation. He is also on the clinical advisory board of Suneva corporation.www.annarborcosmeticsurgery.com1-800-487-48401-734-971-0262


Dublin, April 24, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "Global Italian Hard Cheese 2017" report to their offering. This is a report on the Italian Hard Cheese markets in the West and East Europe, Middle East and North Africa, Africa, Asia, Central Asia and Caucasus, Latin and North American regions. The report includes Italian EU PDO types but also locally produced Italian cheese types that have adopted traditional PDO designations but are produced outside the EU, e.g. in Argentina, Canada, US or Australia to name several markets. The report does not include regional or local varieties that may be adopted for similar consumption pattern usages, e.g. kefalotiri or kashkaval in the Balkans or Rumi cheese in Egypt. The report includes: - Information on supply and usage in 130 markets across the regions - Consumption volume (tonnes) and total market value ($/ million), 2011-2016 - Manufacturer supply (2016 only) - Volume Channel distribution split into retail, food service and industrial applications 2016 only - Local production versus imports at country and regional level for 2016 only Italian Hard Cheese is segmented into five categories: - Parmesan - Gran Padano - Asiago - Pecorino (includes romano in USA/Canada or Sardo in Argentina) - Other Italian Hard cheese Product sectors include Italian Hard Cheese segmented into wheel, grated, portion and others. The year series is 2011-2016, with forecasts to 2022. For more information about this report visit http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/qpr74j/global_italian


News Article | April 19, 2017
Site: www.realclimate.org

Following on from the ‘interesting’ House Science Committee hearing two weeks ago, there was an excellent rebuttal curated by ClimateFeedback of the unsupported and often-times misleading claims from the majority witnesses. In response, Judy Curry has (yet again) declared herself unconvinced by the evidence for a dominant role for human forcing of recent climate changes. And as before she fails to give any quantitative argument to support her contention that human drivers are not the dominant cause of recent trends. Her reasoning consists of a small number of plausible sounding, but ultimately unconvincing issues that are nonetheless worth diving into. She summarizes her claims in the following comment: … They use models that are tuned to the period of interest, which should disqualify them from be used in attribution study for the same period (circular reasoning, and all that). The attribution studies fail to account for the large multi-decadal (and longer) oscillations in the ocean, which have been estimated to account for 20% to 40% to 50% to 100% of the recent warming. The models fail to account for solar indirect effects that have been hypothesized to be important. And finally, the CMIP5 climate models used values of aerosol forcing that are now thought to be far too large. These claims are either wrong or simply don’t have the implications she claims. Let’s go through them one more time. 1) Models are NOT tuned [for the late 20th C/21st C warming] and using them for attribution is NOT circular reasoning. Curry’s claim is wrong on at least two levels. The “models used” (otherwise known as the CMIP5 ensemble) were *not* tuned for consistency for the period of interest (the 1950-2010 trend is what was highlighted in the IPCC reports, about 0.8ºC warming) and the evidence is obvious from the fact that the trends in the individual model simulations over this period go from 0.35 to 1.29ºC! (or 0.84±0.45ºC (95% envelope)). Second, this is not how the attribution is done in any case. What actually happens is that the fingerprint of different forcings are calculated independently of the historical runs (using subsets of the drivers) and then matched to the observations using scalings for the patterns generated. Scaling factors near 1 imply that the models’ expected fingerprints fit reasonably well to the observations. If the models are too sensitive or not enough, that will come out in the factors, since the patterns themselves are reasonably robust. So models that have half the observed trend, or twice as much, can still help determine the pattern of change associated with the drivers. The attribution to the driver is based on the best fits of that pattern and others, not on the mean or trend in the historical runs. Patterns of variability that don’t match the predicted fingerprints from the examined drivers (the ‘residuals’) can be large – especially on short-time scales, and look in most cases like the modes of internal variability that we’ve been used to; ENSO/PDO, the North Atlantic multidecadal oscillation etc. But the crucial thing is that these residuals have small trends compared to the trends from the external drivers. We can also put these modes directly into the analysis with little overall difference to the results. 3) No credible study has suggested that ocean oscillations can account for the long-term trends The key observation here is the increase in ocean heat content over the last half century (the figure below shows three estimates of the changes since 1955). This absolutely means that more energy has been coming into the system than leaving. Now this presents a real problem for claims that ocean variability is the main driver. To see why, note that ocean dynamics changes only move energy around – to warm somewhere, they have to cool somewhere else. So posit an initial dynamic change of ocean circulation that warms the surface (and cools below or in other regions). To bring more energy into the system, that surface warming would have to cause the top-of-the-atmosphere radiation balance to change positively, but that would add to warming, amplifying the initial perturbation and leading to a runaway instability. There are really good reasons to think this is unphysical. Remember too that ocean heat content increases were a predicted consequence of GHG-driven warming well before the ocean data was clear enough to demonstrate it. Solar activity impacts on climate are a fascinating topic, and encompass direct radiative processes, indirect effects via atmospheric chemistry and (potentially) aerosol formation effects. Much work is being done on improving the realism of such effects – particularly through ozone chemistry (which enhances the signal), and aerosol pathways (which don’t appear to have much of a global effect i.e. Dunne et al. (2016)). However, attribution of post 1950 warming to solar activity is tricky (i.e. impossible), because solar activity has declined (slightly) over that time: 5) Aerosol forcings are indeed uncertain, but this does not impact the attribution of recent trends very much. One of the trickier issues for fingerprint studies is distinguishing between the patterns from anthropogenic aerosols and greenhouse gases. While the hemispheric asymmetries are slightly larger for aerosols, the overall surface pattern is quite similar to that for greenhouse gases (albeit with a different sign). This is one of the reasons why the most confident statements in IPCC are made with respect to the “Anthropogenic” changes all together since that doesn’t require parsing out the (opposing) factors of GHGs and aerosols. Therefore in a fingerprint study that doesn’t distinguish between aerosols and GHGs, what the exact value of the aerosol forcing right is basically irrelevant. If any specific model is getting it badly wrong, that will simply manifest through a scaling factor very different from 1 without changing the total attribution. What would it actually take to make a real argument? As I’ve been asking for almost three years, it is way past time for Curry to shore up her claims in a quantitative way. I doubt that this is actually possible, but if one was to make the attempt these are the kind of things needed: Absent any evidence to support these statements, the claim that somehow, somewhere the straightforward and predictive mainstream conclusions are fundamentally wrong just isn’t credible.


News Article | April 20, 2017
Site: www.prweb.com

For anyone interested in continuing medical training, there are many courses available through Empire Medical Training. From April 21-24, Empire Medical Training will be expanding to New York City in order to supply the growing demand for dermal filler trainings. As President and founder of Empire Medical Training, Dr. Stephen Cosentino, DO states, “Our seminars are ideal for anyone looking to improve their medical practice. We provide the latest in medical advances as well as technology for learning.” This training complements other training for aesthetic injectables like Botox and dermal fillers. The average cost per patient is $600–$1800. The Platelet Rich Plasma for Aesthetics course is the first course for the weekend. PRP therapies require the separation of a patient's blood to extract autologous platelets, which are then activated to release adhesive glycoproteins. When the therapy is complete, this PRP releases healing proteins that help boost healing in your body. The main advantage of this type of aesthetic injectable versus other types, such as Botox, is that it is an all-natural, non-synthetic treatment. The training course will review all the purposes of PRP treatments. The training includes hands-on training and live demonstrations. Through Thread Lift Training, a class offered on April 22, students be trained to use Nu-Mesh® PDO thread sutures to lift and tighten the face with a material similar to thread used for surgical stitches. This revolutionary technique has many benefits to patients including no incision or downtime, no scarring or bruising, and immediate improvement of facial wrinkles. The morning will cover technique, protocols, preventing side effects, and treating complications. The afternoon will include a lecture combined with hands-on training in small groups. April 23 is a training on Nu-Lift® PDO Barbed Surgical Thread Lift. Because of the depth of the material, this training will be kept to just 10 students. This technique can be used on other parts of the body such as the stomach, legs, and arms. It can be used in combination on the face with Nu-Mesh to create a greater overall effect. The benefits are similar to that of the Nu-Mesh sutures. The training for this class will be one-on-one with live patients. The last class for that week, on April 24, is on advanced techniques for Botox and dermal fillers. This level II course covers the latest and most advanced injection techniques for Botox, Xeomin, and Dysport. The class will cover communicating expected results, dosing schedules, injection patterns, off label applications of dermal fillers, and advanced off label injections for ear lobe correction and more. For more information on the courses offered with Empire Medical Training, please visit their website.


“Discover our fisheries, competitive and sustainable” will be the slogan of the MAPAMA pavilion, where 22 Spanish companies will participate 3 April 2017: The Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Food and Environment, henceforth MAPAMA, will participate for the twenty first time at Seafood Expo Global, one of the most important exhibitions worldwide, held in Brussels from the 25th to the 27th of April, 2017. The MAPAMA pavilion, located in Hall 7, will have an area of 224 m2. Within the pavilion will be represented the following Spanish associations: the Canned Fish and Seafood Manufacturers (ANFACO-CECOPESCA), the Spanish Association of Wholesalers, Importers, Manufacturers and Exporters of Fish products and Aquaculture (CONXEMAR) and the Business Association of Aquaculture of Spain (APROMAR). These associations will be accompanied by several companies representing different subsectors from the commercialization of the fresh, frozen, canned, and marine and continental aquaculture fishery products. Likewise, in Hall 7, the following Spanish regions will take part in the exhibition: Andalusia, Canary Islands, Catalonia, Galicia, Basque Country and Principality of Asturias. Furthermore, inside the MAPAMA pavilion will be set an institutional area with different informative panels related both to Spanish fisheries and aquaculture, and to their internationalization, all under the slogan “DISCOVER OUR FISHERIES, COMPETITIVE AND SUSTAINABLE”. Some panels will display information concerning Spanish Products under European quality schemes under the following message: “Spanish products. Quality products”, such as the Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) “Mexillon de Galicia-Mejillón de Galicia” (Galician Mussel), the Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) of “Caballa y Melva de Andalucía” (Mackerel and Frigate mackerel from Andalusia) and the PGI’s of “Mojama de Barbate” (Barbate Yellowfin tuna) and “Mojama de Isla Cristina” (Cristina’s Island Yellowfin tuna). Another panels will disclose the standard of the Spanish Association for Standardisation (AENOR), elaborated by the Technical Committee AEN/CTN 173 – processes and products of aquaculture, about the “Guide of Best Practice for sacrifice”, which establishes good practices for the stunning and sacrifice of marine and continental aquaculture fish destined to human consumption and related operations. Likewise, there will be a panel related with the “Spanish Products. Quality products”, where the so-called “Product of Estero” will be shown. This brand distinguishes and identifies a unique product, one that guarantees an environmentally sustainable production system and that is located in Protected Areas with high environmental and ecological value. In these case, it refers to the major wetland marshes that define the large rivers deltas along the Andalusian Atlantic coast. The brand “Atún de Pesca Responsable” (Tuna of Responsible Fishing) will also be exposed at the pavilion. The Spanish tuna fleet, grouped in OPAGAC (Organisation of Producers of Frozen Tuna), has promoted the publication of the first AENOR standard for the creation of a Spanish standard of requirements. This standard must be accomplished by the ships wishing to distinguish their catches as “Atún de Pesca Responsable”. The brand “Crianza de Nuestros Mares” (Breeding Our Seas) will also be exposed. For the first time, thanks to it, consumers will be able to identify fresh fish raised in our seas, like breams, sea bass and meagre. These could be identified by a brand label set in their gills as well as a trace code for each of the specimens. During the exhibition, the MAPAMA will organize an agenda with several business meetings, available to all Spanish participating companies and tailored to their individual needs. It will consist of potential business partner’s listings, with a selection of contacts of interest: importers, agents, or distributors. In addition, it will include the organization of individualized interviews with importers from other countries, reports on the product or service in the target market and practical information about the country of origin. The agenda will also include institutional meetings with foreign delegations, in order to promote export expansion of Spanish fishery products. These meetings will be attended by the Secretary General of Fisheries, Alberto Lopez – Asenjo García, Director-General for Fisheries Resources and Aquaculture, José Miguel Corvinos Lafuente, and the Director-General of Fisheries Management, José Luis González Serrano. The presence of Spain in this exhibition is funded by the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Food and Environment (MAPAMA) and by the European Union, through the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF). Seafood Expo Global and Seafood Processing Global exhibition is the largest trade event of fish and seafood in the world, which holds its twenty-fifth edition. More than 26,000 buyers, suppliers, media and other professionals of the sector from more than 140 countries will visit it. Attendees come to meet with operators in other countries and establish contacts with other professionals in the fishing industry. In the previous edition of the year 2016, 1.664 exhibitors participated from 80 countries, a total of 35.862 m2, with 22.160 visitors from 143 countries.


News Article | February 23, 2017
Site: www.businesswire.com

BAKERSFIELD, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--GlassPoint Solar, the leading supplier of solar for the oil and gas industry, today announced two new appointments to accelerate its projects in California. Tunde Deru joins GlassPoint as Director of Sales, Americas, and Jeffrey Kennedy as Senior Director of Project Finance. GlassPoint’s solar technology powers oilfield operations, reducing a field’s production costs and carbon emissions. In 2011, GlassPoint unveiled its first commercial project at Berry Petroleum’s 21Z lease in Kern County, California. Following the success of the pilot project, GlassPoint scaled its technology overseas in Oman and is currently constructing Miraah, a landmark project with Petroleum Development Oman (PDO). Once complete, Miraah will produce over one gigawatt of peak thermal energy, making it one of the world’s largest solar plants of any kind. “GlassPoint is growing its presence in California to deliver large-scale solar oilfield projects that will generate thousands of local energy jobs while cutting carbon emissions,” said Sanjeev Kumar, GlassPoint Senior Vice President of Project Development, North America. “In today’s challenging operating environment, producers are seeking innovative solutions, including GlassPoint’s solar technology, to improve oilfield economics and reduce their carbon footprint.” Deru joins GlassPoint’s office in Bakersfield, California from LINN Energy (formerly Berry Petroleum), where he was first introduced to GlassPoint’s technology and successful pilot. He most recently served as the Technical Team Lead for Major Projects and previously as the Project Manager for the company’s Diatomite Asset team. Prior to that, he was with Bakersfield’s Process Unlimited (ProU), which was acquired by Stantec. “I joined Berry Petroleum shortly after GlassPoint’s pilot was commissioned and kept a close eye on it throughout the years as it demonstrated its reliability on the oilfield. I’m confident that GlassPoint’s proven solar technology, made in California and deployed around the world, can help move Bakersfield’s oil industry forward,” said Deru. Kennedy brings to GlassPoint over 20 years of expertise in project finance, corporate finance, and strategy and management. Most recently, Kennedy was a Director in Project Finance at SunPower, where he raised more than $1.4 billion in debt, tax equity and cash equity for SunPower’s domestic utility-scale solar projects. Prior to that, Kennedy spent eight years at McKinsey & Co. in China. Kennedy is based in GlassPoint’s headquarters in Fremont, California. “I am excited to join an organization that is leading deployment of solar for the oil and gas industry, an enormous untapped market to scale renewable energy,” said Kennedy. GlassPoint’s solar technology provides the lowest-cost energy for extracting heavy oil, which accounts for half of California’s crude oil production. Heavy oil is produced by injecting steam in to the reservoir to heat the oil so it can be pumped to the surface. By harnessing the sun to generate steam for oil extraction, GlassPoint enables producers to reduce operating costs, lower emissions and create local jobs. GlassPoint Solar is the leading supplier of solar to the oil and gas industry. The global oil and gas industry consumes an amount of energy equal to 10% of its own production, making it one of the biggest markets for renewable energy. Operating worldwide from the Middle East to California, GlassPoint’s enclosed trough technology delivers the lowest cost energy to power oilfield operations. By harnessing sunshine, instead of burning natural gas or other fuels, GlassPoint helps oil producers reduce operating expenses while significantly cutting greenhouse gas emissions. GlassPoint is one of the fastest-growing solar companies in the world with more than one gigawatt of solar oilfield projects under construction. The World Economic Forum recently recognized GlassPoint as a 2016 Technology Pioneer for its role in enabling more economical and sustainable oil production.


News Article | February 27, 2017
Site: www.rechargenews.com

Oil supermajor Shell is looking to integrate renewables into its operations across sub-Saharan Africa, a senior company official said. Shell’s new business development manager for the region, Tayo Ariyo, urged the wider oil and gas industry to invest in renewables “as a means of providing access to energy in remote locations”. “As an industry we must focus on developing lower carbon solutions, and we must rapidly invest in renewables, like solar, hydro and wind,” said Ariyo. “This will require the development of innovative new partnerships and business models that seamlessly integrate renewables into the energy mix. “The sort of project we should be doing more of in Africa is what Shell currently has in Oman – a hybrid gas-solar project that Shell implemented in the Amal oilfield,” she said during a speech at International Petroleum Week in London. In 2012, Shell invested in GlassPoint Solar, a US company that uses solar-thermal technology to aid recovery of hard-to-extract oil deposits. GlassPoint’s thermal enhanced oil recovery (EOR) system is designed to produce the steam needed to help get at heavy oil that is too thick to be pumped to the surface using conventional techniques. A 7MW pilot of the system was first deployed by Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) at a site in the Middle Eastern sultanate. PDO later unveiled plans for the giant 1.02GW Miraah solar-thermal plant that was designed to aid oil extraction at the Amal field from 2017. “Gas use was reduced by 80% in the oilfield activity, which means we could use what we saved somewhere else,” said Ariyo. Now Shell is eyeing similar projects to power up its African oil projects, although Ariyo gave no details about where and when this technology could be implemented. She said: “Gas and renewables is the ideal partnership to address the challenge brought on by increased energy demand. In order to have success, we need new trusted partnerships between governments and industry in order to ensure access to energy is a reality for Africans in Africa.” “Therefore, as an industry, we need to continue to make substantial investments across all sectors, including oil and gas, and renewables. But we will have to do all this while mitigating climate change issues,” she said. Shell – which is also currently active in the offshore wind sector – is not the only oil supermajor to increasingly consider clean energy projects. Most of its oil rivals have acknowledged that the energy picture is changing, as recent energy outlooks have boosted the forecast for renewables in the long term. BP claims to own the largest renewables business of any major international oil and gas company, but the company has not brought a new wind farm online since 2012. However, the oil giant is reportedly considering repowering up to 400MW of its 2.3GW of operating US wind capacity to take full advantage of the production tax credit.


News Article | March 2, 2017
Site: www.prnewswire.com

CSE: PDO OTCQB: PDPTF TORONTO, March 2, 2017 /PRNewswire/ - PUDO Inc. ("PUDO" or the "Company") is pleased to announce that it has closed a non-brokered private placement financing for aggregate gross proceeds of Cdn.$388,284 (the "Offering") by the issuance of an aggregate of 204,360...

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