Sri Lanka invited to visit Chechnya for post war experience

“If Sri Lanka is interested we can arrange the visit,” Karchava  said at a media briefing in Colombo today. He recalled that Russia has in the past voted against resolution submitted against Sri Lanka at the UN Haman Rights Council.The Ambassador said that Russia stands for any conflict situation to be resolved peacefully. (Colombo Gazette) Sri Lanka has been invited to visit Chechnya to learn how the former war zone is recovering and rebuilding.Russia’s Ambassador to Sri Lanka Alexander Karchava said he had put forward the proposal to former President Chandrika Kumaratunga. After a decade of unsuccessfully fighting for independence, Chechnya is now firmly under the control of a Russian-appointed leader.The Ambassador asserted that Russia will not interfere in Sri Lanka’s domestic affairs and how Sri Lanka addresses concerns over the war is upto the Sri Lankan Government. Kumaratunga is heading a task force on reconciliation and Karchava said he proposed to her that Sri Lanka send a delegation to Chechnya to learn about how the city is rebuilding after war. read more

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Better prices new pipelines expected to drive higher Canadian crude output

CALGARY — The Canadian Energy Research Institute says a pipeline capacity gap that is impeding the movement of Western Canada’s crude to market will close by 2021 and there will be surplus capacity from about 2022 until 2030.In a forecast based on financial modelling, the Calgary-based think-tank calls for the Enbridge Line 3 and Trans Mountain expansion pipelines to open in about two years, followed by the Keystone XL pipeline about a year later.It predicts crude oil production will jump to 7.2 million barrels per day by 2038 from 4.2 million bpd last year, aided by thirsty markets that will drive global oil prices above US$100 per barrel by 2030.Canadians split over Trudeau’s purchase of Trans Mountain pipeline, poll showsIEA issues stark warning to oil producers: A huge supply gap loomsFinally, a thumbs-up for Canadian oil — but will anybody notice?CERI says oil production growth will come mainly from the oilsands, which will build from the current 2.65 million barrels per day to just under 5.5 million bpd by 2038.Its oil production forecast is higher than one released last week by the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, which predicted based on surveys of its members that Canadian oil output will increase to 5.6 million bpd by 2035 as oilsands production rises to 4.2 million bpd.CERI foresees a much darker future for natural gas, with rising production from shale gas wells in the U.S. replacing western Canadian gas in its traditional markets of Eastern Canada, the eastern U.S. and, eventually, mid-continent U.S.CERI president Allan Fogwill says gas production will fall from current levels of about 16.5 billion cubic feet per day to about 15 bcf/d over the next two decades unless LNG export facilities are built to send gas to new markets overseas.About 14 liquefied natural gas processing facilities have been proposed for the West Coast but none is being built as yet. read more

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