The WorldPower Map provides an interactive view of the global connections between geopolitics, energy infrastructure, and natural resources. The map is free, viewable in Google Earth, and automatically updates with new events.
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The events dataset covers ongoing changes in the state of world affairs. Developments such as armed conflicts, natural disasters, and political decisions fall into this category.
Oil and Gas Fields
Fields contain large volumes of oil and/or natural gas. A full list of included fields can be found here.
Pipelines are used to transport crude oil, natural gas, or refined petroleum products long distances at a low cost. A full list of included pipelines can be found here.
Refineries process raw feedstocks into finished products such as gasoline and jet fuel. A full list of included refineries can be found here.
Export terminals are points of loading and departure for ocean-going tankers.
Power Plants generate electricity for distribution on the electric grid. Plant outages can cause large-scale disruptions of the grid.
Major rivers are sources of irrigation, drinking water, hydropower, and waste disposal. They also serve can be used a chokepoints, either as a transport barrier or by cutting off the downstream flow. River basins are also included to show the land area that directly affects river flows.
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The cooling tower icon represents a power plant.
The tanker icon represents an oil export terminal.
The location of a refinery.
The rig icon represents an oil or gas field.
Violence between opposing groups. Includes war, terrorist attacks, and riots.
All types of natural disasters, including hurricanes, earthquakes, and droughts.
Business developments. Includes M&A developments, expansion announcements, bankruptcies, etc.
Political developments. Includes elections, legislation, and policy.
The location of a major commodity trading hub. Currently includes West Texas Intermediate (WTI) and Brent crude oil hubs.
Company information and updates.
All other types of events without specific icons are represented by an exclamation point.