October 21, 2020

Petrobras Seals Natural Gas Transportation & Processing Deal

Petroleo Brasileiro S.A. or Petrobras PBR recently inked a deal with the partners in the Santos Basin pre-salt offshore gas pipelines,namely Petrogal Brasil, Repsol REPYY and Sinopec’s SNP local joint venture Repsol Sinopec Brasil and Royal Dutch Shell’s RDS.A Brazilian unit Shell Brasil forsharing natural gas transportation and processing infrastructures.

The deal includes provision for the interconnection and sharing of transportation volumes on routes 1, 2, and 3, resulting in the Integrated Natural Gas Transportation System (SIE). Apart from the SIE, contract provisions comprise the Integrated Natural Gas Processing System (SIP), which includes Petrobras’ access to its processing units, which it runs in Caraguatatuba, São Paulo, and Cabiúnas and Itaboraí (under construction), the last two located in Rio de Janeiro.

The union of SIE and SIP is a vital move by the private companies to allow them to sell their volumes of natural gas directly to their clients. The natural

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How gas car phaseout boosts beyond-gasoline movement

Last month, Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered California’s Air Resources Board to issue regulations requiring all new cars to be emission-free by 2035. The order creates powerful opportunities to accelerate the transition beyond polluting gasoline. It communicates to automakers, the oil industry, and drivers that the gas-car era has an end date, and that further investment in it will not be profitable. It signals to utilities, landlords, and the private sector that investments in electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure will be rewarded with high utilization by many millions of EVs.

The directive builds momentum for other states to sunset sales of new gas cars. In Washington state, a bill was introduced this year requiring 100% of new cars to be electric by 2030, and a growing coalition of environmental, health, business, labor, and community organizations is supporting its passage in 2021. Hawaii and Massachusetts are considering similar bills, and each additional

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9 Manufacturers Poised to Take Advantage of California’s Gas Car Ban

A Tesla car sits parked at a Tesla Supercharger on September 23, in Petaluma, California. According to consumer reviews on Vehicle History, nine manufacturers occupy a positive space in consumer minds with electric or hybrid vehicles. Tesla is at the top of this list.
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California Governor Gavin Newsom’s executive order banning the sale of new gas vehicle sales in 2035 comes with the potential to dictate national trends. Which manufacturers are in the best position today to capitalize on this mandate?

Established players and newer entrants to the electric vehicle space are already in an arms race for range, reliability, consumer interest and technology. Consumer reviews of existing electric vehicles from Vehicle History offer insight into the companies in pole position to capture market share during a more significant push to electrification.

Newsom’s ban only applies to vehicles sold in California. Still, like standards imposed by the European

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