Energy briefs

** Interstate 40 was reopened in both directions Sunday as fire crews continued watch over a controlled burn of remaining fuel from a freight train derailment near the Arizona-New Mexico state line, a local fire chief said. Earlier evacuation orders have now been lifted.

** Exxon Mobil Corp. and Chevron Corp., which reported earnings Friday, are both predicting their production in the Permian Basin — the US region that already supplies more oil than Iraq — will increase by 10% this year.

** Venture Global LNG Inc. expects to begin production at its second liquefied natural gas export facility in Louisiana in mid-2024, further cementing to the US as the world’s biggest supplier of the super-chilled fuel.

** Kentucky faces the prospect of losing an aluminum smelter project — and 1,000 jobs that go with it — to another state if it can’t access enough clean energy, even as state lawmakers go to bat to keep coal-fired power plants open.

** Officials with electric vehicle maker Rivian reiterate their commitment to build a factory in Georgia despite recent financial troubles and a renewed focus on its existing Illinois plant.

** A Vietnamese company announces it will build a solar panel and cell factory in North Carolina.


** Dubai International Airport, the world’s busiest for international travel, will move its operations to the city-state’s second, sprawling airfield in its southern desert reaches “within the next 10 years” in a project worth nearly $35 billion, its ruler said Sunday.

** Turkey is in talks with US energy giant ExxonMobil over a multibillion-dollar deal to buy liquefied natural gas, in an effort to curb its dependence on Russian energy, the Financial Times reported on Sunday.

** Russia launched a massive missile strike at Ukraine overnight, damaging four power plants in the latest barrage targeting the country’s energy supply, officials in Kyiv said on Saturday.

**  Tesla CEO Elon Musk met with a top government leader in the Chinese capital Sunday, just as the nation’s carmakers are showing off their latest electric vehicle models at the Beijing auto show.

** Scotland’s first minister, Humza Yousaf, resigned on Monday, triggering a leadership contest as the governing Scottish National Party seeks to avoid early elections. Yousaf, whose party has been weakened by a campaign finance scandal and divisions over transgender rights, was finally brought down by his decision to oust the Green Party from his governing coalition because of differences over climate change goals.