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MOSCOW (AP) — Christophe de Margerie, the charismatic CEO of Total SA who helped establish the multinational oil company as one of the world's biggest, was killed at a Moscow airport when his private jet collided with a snowplow. Three French crew members were also killed.

Bechtel has hydro-tested two additional LNG storage tanks built on Curtis Island in Queensland, Australia.

Several public utility commissions in the United States have approved programs allowing local gas distribution companies to recover the cost of replacing and repairing pipeline infrastructure. Now the rush is on to design and construct the resulting main replacement (MR) programs.

Russia’s Rosneft has acquired land drilling and workover assets of Weatherford in Russia and Venezuela. Rosneft acquires eight companies (part of the Weatherford group) involved in drilling operations in Russia and Venezuela.

Gazprom Marketing & Trading’s newly delivered LNG carrier Pskov received bunkers (heavy fuel oil and marine gas oil) at the port of Nakhodka in the Primorskiy Region of Russia. This marks the first time a GM&T time-chartered LNG vessel has bunkered in a Russian port. Bunkers were provided by GazpromNeft Marine Bunker.

There’s no question why the University of Houston keeps a close eye on the energy business. “Energy is 50% of the economy in the greater Houston area,” said Ramanan Krishnamoorti, chief energy officer for the school.

State-run Argentine oil company YPF SA has reportedly reached a deal with Malaysia's Petroliam Nasional Bhd (Petronas) to develop deposits of shale oil and gas in the Vaca Muerta formation in Patagonia.

For the first time in its history the Gate terminal, located on the Maasvlakte in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, simultaneously reloaded the Wilgas and Coral Methane LNG carriers with LNG.

A recent U.S. Energy Information Administration report indices that China relies heavily on domestic coal (and to a lesser extent oil) to meet rising energy consumption. To reduce air pollution and carbon dioxide emissions, the Chinese government is attempting to replace some of the country's coal and oil use with natural gas.

Over the last two decades pipeline operators have been under increasing pressure to prevent incidents. To their credit, the operators have responded well, despite the aging of the assets, and have substantially reduced the number of incidents per km-year.