The Foster Creek oilsands project in Alberta, Canada. The global oil supply glut shows no signs of abating soon. (Cenovus) Alternative Fuels

Oil prices continue to weaken as global glut grows

International crude oil prices have dropped to their lowest level in six months as the continuing global glut overshadows efforts by OPEC to shore up the market.

By Peter Stewart 21 June 2017
Electricity pylons in China. (China Southern Power Grid) Alternative Fuels

More action needed on Asian grid integration

A panel at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum called for “more action rather than talking” on plans for regional electricity grid integration in the Far East.

7 June 2017
The US has seen a 17.5% increase in coal production so far this year. (PA) Alternative Fuels

Coal is main beneficiary of Trump deregulation

While the revival of fossil fuel production in the United States has coincided with Donald Trump’s presidency, there is little evidence it has been driven by it.

3 May 2017
Japan’s Takahama nuclear power plant. Reactors 3 and 4 are scheduled to restart in the next few months. (PA) Alternative Fuels

Japan’s nuclear output to rise this summer

Reactors 3 and 4 at the Takahama nuclear power plant are set to restart by early Q3, boosting Japanese generation capacity.

27 April 2017
A Canadian oilsands refinery. OPEC production cuts and global political issues mean the supply of oil is starting to tighten. (Nexen) Alternative Fuels

The oil and gas risk premium is back

After nearly three years in which geopolitical tensions have barely affected the pulse of the market, the last few weeks have seen a risk premium being built into the oil price. If this trend continues, it will have the potential to boost LNG prices.

19 April 2017
Sur Independent Power Plant (Phoenix Power Oman) Alternative Fuels

Middle East greens while the US turns to brown

While US President Donald Trump has taken steps to boost the use of highly polluting coal in power generation, the Middle East is increasingly moving towards cleaner fuels in its power sector.

10 April 2017
Cameron LNG plant. The US will become a leading exporter of both gas and liquids. (Sempra LNG) Alternative Fuels

US ratcheting up exports of crude oil and NGLs

US NGL and crude oil exports may have an even bigger impact on global markets than US LNG, Interfax Chief Energy Analyst Peter Stewart told an LPG conference in London this week.

2 March 2017
The potential for technological change has created uncertainty over how large the gas market can become, and in what time frame. (Statoil) Alternative Fuels

Gas investment may be shifting down a gear

The potential for technological change has created uncertainty over how large the gas market can become, and in what time frame. This is changing the pattern of investment in gas infrastructure.

24 February 2017
A Tesla utility-scale battery block. The efficiency of energy storage has improved exponentially in recent years.  (Tesla) Alternative Fuels

Gas and renewables: Back to the future?

Interfax Global Gas Analytics Chief Energy Analyst Peter Stewart spoke at an investment conference in London this week on the interface between gas and renewables, and what it means for energy demand.

22 February 2017
President Trump (left) and former national security adviser Michael Flynn (middle). (PA) Alternative Fuels

US energy strategy may affect oil and gas trade flows

Three strands of US president Donald Trump’s evolving energy strategy have potential implications for the oil and gas market.

15 February 2017
The Brigg gas-fired power station. Gas took the biggest share in the UK's recent capacity auction. (Centrica) Alternative Fuels

Gas and coal are winners in UK capacity auction

Fossil fuels could provide as much as two-thirds of the UK’s power next winter during periods when renewables fall short, if the provisional results of a UK capacity auction concluded earlier this month are confirmed.

8 February 2017
The new US president has threatened to boost coal, cut emissions regulations and introduce tariffs on Chinese goods. His counterpart in Beijing, meanwhile, has stressed the need to do exactly the opposite. (PA) Alternative Fuels

Trump and China: on a collision course?

The new US president has threatened to boost coal, cut emissions regulations and introduce tariffs on Chinese goods. His counterpart in Beijing, meanwhile, has stressed the need to do exactly the opposite.

24 January 2017
Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station (Tepco) Alternative Fuels

Japan’s uncertain nuclear outlook

Further delays to Japan’s nuclear reactors coming back online look likely, but even a limited number of restarts will affect the country’s gas demand.

19 January 2017
GGA's poll of price forecasts reveals a clear trend. (Microsoft) Alternative Fuels

Forecasts poll suggests gas will lag gains in oil price

The latest GGA poll of analyst forecasts suggests oil prices will stage a strong recovery, but the rebound in gas prices will be modest. If this happens, hub-linked gas pricing will be substantially more attractive than oil indexation.

18 January 2017
U.N. climate chief Patricia Espinosa, 2nd left, and Morocco's Foreign Minister Salaheddine Mezouar, centre, celebrate after the proclamation of Marrakech, at the COP22 climate change conference, in Marrakech, Morocco, 17 November 2016. Alternative Fuels

Emission reductions: supportive of gas

Increasing gas use is key to emissions reductions plans in some of the world’s largest gas markets.

1 December 2016
Supporters of US President-elect Donald Trump applauding his pro-fossil-fuel stance at a campaign rally earlier this year. (PA) Alternative Fuels

OPEC to debate cuts but market share still an issue

Next week, OPEC will hold its first ministerial meeting since Donald Trump was elected as the next president of the United States.

23 November 2016
Trump's protectionist stance could depress global oil and gas demand during his presidential term. (PA) Alternative Fuels

Price dip from Trump poll victory likely to be short-lived

It is ironic that Donald Trump’s victory in the US presidential election should have revived talk of $20 per barrel oil. Wasn’t he supposed to revive the fortunes of fossil fuel companies?

17 November 2016
Offshore Resolute jack-up rig offshore Bangladesh. The country is facing a crisis in gas supply. (Seadrill) Alternative Fuels

Bangladesh climate plan gives mixed message for gas

Bangladesh urgently needs to solve its gas and power supply problems, but its plans to reduce emissions under the Paris agreement appear to prioritise coal over gas.

16 November 2016
Fessenheim nuclear power plant, France (EDF) Alternative Fuels

French nuclear outages boost gas generation

The temporary closure of several reactors in France has boosted gas demand, potentially tightening supplies of gas and electricity over the winter in the UK and continental Europe.

28 October 2016
If North Sea output declines, the amount of gas available from the Continent will become an increasingly crucial variable in the supply mix. (PA) Alternative Fuels

Is Brexit a risk for UK gas supply security?

If the UK were to leave the EU’s single energy market, it would have far-reaching implications for energy security that could revitalise LNG demand and boost investment in gas storage.

20 October 2016
The Datang-Changchun coal power station. China’s appetite for the fuel is growing. (China Datang Group) Alternative Fuels

Asian demand leads coal rally

While coal faces challenges, the recent price rally suggests demand remains resilient in Asia.

19 October 2016

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