Energy news in brief

** More than 80% of oil production in the Gulf of Mexico remains shut in after Hurricane Ida, a U.S. regulator said on Monday, more than a week after the storm made landfall and hit critical infrastructure in the region.

** Entergy projects it could be four weeks before power is restored across much of St. Charles Parish and other hard-hit parts of Louisiana.

** U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and three congressional allies at an event Friday called on President Biden to stop construction on the nearly completed Line 3 pipeline.

**  A South Korean electric vehicle battery company plans to hire 6,000 workers after Georgia invested $2.6 billion to convince the company to locate in state.

** West Virginia elected and business leaders urge U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin to back a federal budget bill to get as many electric vehicles on the road as possible.

** A Wyoming company proposes rehabilitating a defunct Northern California railroad in what some California lawmakers say seems to be a plan to ship Powder River Basin coal to the coast for overseas export.

** Soaring demand for semiconductor chips means the auto industry could struggle to source enough of them throughout next year and into 2023, though the shortage should be less severe by then, Daimler AG’s CEO said on Sunday.

** A federal judge rejects a bid by three tribal nations to halt preliminary excavation work at the proposed Thacker Pass lithium mine in northern Nevada.

** Enbridge Inc. announced Tuesday an agreement with EnCap Flatrock Midstream to buy Moda Midstream Operating LLC in a cash deal valued at $3.0 billion. Enbridge expects the deal to “immediately and strongly” add to cash flow and earning to share upon closing, which is expected to occur in the fourth quarter of 2021.

** Spanish turbine maker Siemens Gamesa said on Tuesday it has started producing recyclable offshore wind turbine blades for commercial use.

** Toyota Motor Corp said on Tuesday it expected to spend more than $13.5 billion by 2030 to develop batteries and its battery supply system, in a bid to take a lead in the key automotive technology over the next decade.

** More than 42 million old vehicle tyres dumped in Kuwait’s sands have started to be recycled, as the Gulf state tackles a waste problem that created one of the world’s largest tyre graveyards.

** The oil-dependent South American country Ecuador, which left OPEC in January 2020 to avoid production quotas, has embarked on an ambitious plan to double its oil output.

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