Ben van Beurden speaking in January 2014. The company is planning for a prolonged economic downturn. (PA)
Companies & Finance

Shell gas assets among first in line for disposal

Shell turned in a better-than-expected financial performance in Q2, but will sell some gas assets over the next few years as it plans to reduce its combined portfolio with BG Group.

Free allowances for industries, including Poland’s coal-fired power plants, remain a point of contention. (Zepak)
EU Energy Policy

EU ETS reform remains a work in progress

Question marks hang over Europe's Market Stability Reserve and how it will transform the carbon market in practice.

Rehden UGS depot in Germany. China’s storage capacity is well below the global average. (Astora)
Pipelines, Storage & Power

China’s gas giants explore spinning off UGS

China’s dire shortage of underground gas storage sites could be addressed by having its biggest gas companies separate storage operations from their pipeline businesses.

Gas may be exported through pipelines connected to the GNLM facility.  (GNLM)
Supply & Demand

Chile could export surplus gas to Argentina

The development of the energy industry in northern Chile means it may soon export surplus gas from imported LNG to its neighbour Argentina, a terminal operator executive tells Interfax.

Construction of the Nord Stream pipeline in 2010. Even if transit via Ukraine comes to an end after 2019, new lines into Europe will support additional flows. (Nord Stream AG) Features

Nord Stream and expanding Russian gas exports

Imports of Russian gas into Europe will rise. Even if transit via Ukraine comes to an end after 2019, new lines into Europe will support additional flows.

Gas will dominate the Egyptian energy landscape in the next few years despite supply constraints. (RWE Dea) Features

All roads lead to gas in Egypt

Gas will dominate the Egyptian energy landscape in the next few years despite supply constraints, with LNG imports a temporary solution until domestic production recovers.

Chinese investors monitoring stock prices at a brokerage house in Beijing. While the prospect of a Grexit has grabbed the headlines recently, a potentially bigger crisis in China could be a greater threat to energy markets. (PA) Comment

The China syndrome

The prospect of a Greek exit from the euro has garnered most of the headlines over the past month, but a potentially bigger crisis on the other side of the world could be a greater threat to energy markets.

European Markets

Ukraine facing potential winter storage shortage

The relatively slow pace of Ukraine’s gas storage injections means the country’s security of supply may be at risk this winter.

North American Markets

Low nuclear outages weigh on the Henry Hub

A relatively low level of outages at nuclear power plants across the US has put bearish pressure on the Henry Hub front-month futures contract.

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